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The Weather Report For Bridgeport and vi cinity: Partly cloudy and lightly colder .tonight and -Friday. and Evening Farmer k.- V YVVV AT The Want Columns Classified advertising ln this newspaper is effective, no matter what you may de sire to advertise. Try it once and see. VOL. 54 NO. 33 EST. 1790 BRIDGEPORT, CONN., THURSDAY, FEB. 7, 1918 PRICE TWO CENTS i j u m jam fa) n CD U lit Ti boon out Orders Dealers to Stop. Issuance of Hard or Soft Coal to Plants Here Until Next Wednesday Believes Step Will Relieve Do-j-. mestic Situation. In a drastic attempt to provide comfort in the hundreds of Bridgeport homes now without fuel, Administrator Carl F. Siemon threatens to close industries by seizing -soft coal for domestic use. This afternoon he issued an order to all coal dealers prohibiting the issuance of hard or soft coal to any factory between tomorrow morning and next Wednesday. The administrator is determined to get some relief for the sufferers in the homes regardless of its effect on industry. "The homes must be provided, for, declared Siemon today, "and the com mittee is going to see that it is done. This committee," he continued, "has the power to take coal from the fac tories for use in the homes and we're going to do it unless we get ship ments." During the last few days the local administrator has been reluctant to reveal the true aspect of the coal shortage but makes known today that the situation is worse than ever. In his statement Siemon said: "The -soft coal situation Is so bad that a bunch of manufacturers must shut down next week. They can't get away from it " he went on, "because nothing is coming in and we have nothing to give them. Siemon appeals to manufacturers to close their plants on Saturday and not open until Wednesday morning. He said: "Some of them will have to close anyway and they might as well stay closed over the holidays, be cause in the meantime some relief might arrive." Furthermore Siemon asks manufacturers to close whether or not they have been exempted from closing on Monday. The amount of aoal in the city for domestic consumption is less than. 1,000 tons or 500 tofts under the city's nor mal supply for on day. No ship ments have been received during the last 48 hours and the administrator has no promises. The committee finds it useless to send telegrams to Wash ington andi after trying all day yester day to get telephone communication with B. B. Noyes, anthracite distrib utor at Washington, Administrator Biemon took up the task again today. The waterways are fro-n solid and fhfirn Is not the least chance of get ting barge shipments. Scores of car loads of coal of all sorts passes through the city over the rails, but during the last 72 hours only nine car loads of hard coal have been dropped off here. Unless Immediate relief arrives fo? the domestic situation Administrator Siemon declares emphatically that the committee will take soft coal from th factories to burn in the homes. "The city of Hartford is taking coal from the factories," said Siemon, "and as far as I can see it is the only thing left for us to do." The Admimstratorlays stress on the rulings of National Administrator Gar field to the effect that factories must observe Lincoln's birthday, Tuesday, regardless of the Monday shut-down. This order applies also to exempted factories, whose custom it is to observe legal holidays. Te committee issues on the aver age of 700 ordem for quarter tons each day. After 11 o'clock today all ap plicants were turned away. The dis tribution is being affected as rapidly w possible, but deliveries are six or seven clays behind. According to complaints received by the committee's secretary, William F. Sheehan, sickness is on the increase. NEW RAISE in PRICES OF COAL Fuel Administration Allows Increase on Plea of Mine Operators. Washington, Feb. 7 Two more Increases of 40 cents a ton In the price of bituminous coal at the mine have been authorized by the Fuel Administration on showing of operators that they were working at a loss.. One increase is for all mines in the upper Potomac field which includes Maryland and the coun ties of Mineral, Grant, Tucker and the eastern and. southeastern part ' of Preston county, West Virginia. It is effective as of Feb. J. The other affects Mingo county and parts of Wayne, and Mc Dowell counties, West Virginia, and Buchanan county, in Vir ginia. It became effective today. Defy Watchman and Barbed Wire, Making Big Haul at East Side Coal Yards. BOYS STEAL F. J.THOMAS TWO TONS AIRMAN ON An eight-foot fence, topped with several rows of barbed wire, and a watchman at the Wheeler & Howe coal yards on Crescent avenue meant nothing to six East Side schoolboys, who stole two tons of hard coal from a carload standing in the yards yesterday . afternoon. These lads were fully equipped for the coal party. They drew their sleds and carried one or two hemp bags. Their mothers had told them to go out and get some coal. The dumps were frozen over and none was being distributed at the several coal yards they visited. They were on their way home when they spied a whole carload in the Wheeler & Howes yards. They ; peered through the pickets and saw the watchman. One sug gested climbing over the top, but an other spied the barbed wire. , The smallest lad in the group suggested crawling under the fence. His sug . (Continued on Page 2) INK FROZEN, SHE PENCILS APPEAL TO FUEL BOARD If the Fuel Committee decides to give prizes for the most convincing appeals for coal, the first prize without a doubt would be awarded to Mrs. C. E. Taylor, of 256 Pixlee place. Mrs. Taylor, contrary to, the com mittee's rules, sent in a request for an order by mail and after explaining her case, she added this postscript: "This letter is written in pencil. The ink is frozen." Fred J. Thomas, a Mem ber of 158th Aerial Squadron, May Be Lost. Relatives here are anxiously awaiting news of Fred J. Thom as, a Bridgeport soldier, attach ed to the 158th aero squadron which was aboard the troop ship Tuscania, torpedoed yes terday off the coast of Ireland. , His sister, Mrs. Fred E. Man- j ning, has received no word of Thomas' fate. Eagerly scanning every scrap of news that is made public by. the war department Mrs. Manning, residing at 2,754 Main street, is bravely bearing up under the shock she has suffered when she received the first news that the giant steamer had been sent to the bottom. - . - , . - Fred. Thomas has just passed his twenty-third birthday when he Joined the aerial forces of Uncle Sam. Up to that time he always made his home with his sister. He was employed by the Remington Arms Co. up to No vember 20 of last year when he en listed. He was se&i to Fort Slocum and from there to the Aviation Train ing Camp in Texas.' He was then at tached) to the 158th Aerial Squadron stationed in Louisiana from which point he appears to have ibeen under ordrs for the front. Before entering the employ of the Remington Arms Co. he was employ ed by the Locomobile Co. He was a prominent member of the T. M. C. A, Samuel Thomas, father of the young- airman, is a prominent resident of Chelse.a, Mass. FRESH CHALLENGE FOR CIVILIZATION DECLARES BAKER Washington, Feb. 7 Secretary of War Baker issued the follow ing statement today on the sink ing of the Tuscania and the loss of the lives of American soldiers: "The sinking of the Tuscania brings us face to face with the losses of war In its most relentless form. It is a fresh challenge to the civilized world by an adver sary who has refined but made more deadly the stealth of the sav age In warfare. We must win this war and we will win this war. Losses like this unite the country in sympathy with the famines: of thosd who have suffered loss; they also unite us to make more j determined our purpose to press on." BRITISH LOSE 15 VESSELS IN WEEK London, Feb. 1 The official sum mary from, the admiralty reporting , the loss of 15 British merchantmen sunk by mine or submarine in the last week follows: Arrivals. 2,339; sailings, 2,373. British merchantmen of more than 1.600 tons sunk by mine or subma rine, 10. British merchantmen of less than 1,600 tons sunk by mine or submarine, 5. Fishing vessels sunk. 4. Merchantmen unsuccessfully attack ed, 13. NEAR DEATH AS RESULT OF GAS ASPHYXIATION Cornelius Duggan, 50 years 'old, of 2,803 Fairfield avenue, lies at the point of death in St. Vincent's hospital as a result of being overcome by gas while he slept. Early this morning gas fumes were discovered by the in mates of the house to be issuing from the apartment occupied 'by Duggan. The dctor of his room was broken open. Gas was found to be flowing from a gas heater and the man un conscious. A call was immediately turned! in to the Emergency Hospital and Dr. Aranki, arriving with the ambulance, rushed Duggan to the hospital where he now wavers between life and death. Duggan came to Bridgeport about two weeks ago from Hartford to work as a moulder in Bullard's shop. He has a wifs and four children in Hart ford with which the hospital author ities are trying to get int communi cation. ' Dr. Aranki said that the man has a slim change for life as he had been breathing the fumes from the gas stove for a, long time before he was discovered. TURK, REVENGEFUL, WOULD JOIN ARMY Revengeful for the deaths of his father, mother, two brothers and a sister, slain by the Turks in Armenia, Edward Soghomonian keeper of a lodging house at 515 Water steeet, has waived his right to be exempted from military service with the National Army and is today eager to get "over there." ' . - He has been examined and accepted for regular service. When asked by a Times reporter if he would claim, ex emption Sohomonian said today: "You bet your life not. I want to get a crack at those Turks." With pathos in his voice he explained that his kin has been slaughtered in cold blood and besides himself, only one brother escaped, he finding refuge in Russia. AMERICAN BARK REPORTED LOST NEW FIREMEN SLATED. The Board of Fire Commissioners held a secret session after its regular meeting in its office in, the Court Ex change building last night, and if Is hinted today that the slate of new ap pointees was decided." - Buenos Aires, Feb. 7. In shipping cirdles here it is believed that the American bark Xormandy has been lost while on a voyage from the United States. She left an American port last August with coal for Buenos Aires, but has not been reported since. Captains of vessels recently arrived here Fay they did not. see the Nor mandy. 4 There is an American bark Nor mandy, of 543 tons, owned in Bangor, Mi?. A British bark Normandy, of 1,028 tons, formerly owned in New York, left a gulf port oa August 30 fot Buenos Aires. STATE SCHOOLS MAY BE CLOSED FOR ONE WEEK Hartford, Feb. 7 As a result of the desperate coal situation in Connecti cut, Thomas W. Russell, federal fuel administrator for the state, issued to day an appeal to the school authori ties of cities and towns in Connecti cut which have a population of more than 5,000 according to the 1910 cen sus to close the school houses in their communities all. next week as a coal conservation measure. In making this appeal Mr. Russell said he was doing it in the hope that the response would be such that it would not be necessary for him to is sue a formal order prohibiting the use of fuel to heat, schools in those cities and towns from Feb. 11 to 16, inclusive. 1 Stricken Transport Remains Afloat Two Hours After Being Torpedoed Soldiers Cast Away Clothing and Swim in Icy Water Until Rescued By Crews of Convoys. LATE BULLETIN LONDON, FEB. 7 THREE MEN FROM THE TUSCANIA DIED FROM EXPOSURE IN ONE BOAT. Judge Scott Passes Away At Danbury Native of Bridgeport, Long 111, Dies At Age of 67 Years. Danbury, Feb. 7. Howard B. Scott, former judge of the Common Pleas Court, died here today. He was 67 years old and had been in failing health for two years. He retired from the bench several months ago after he had been stricken with paralysis. CONFESSES TO SLAYIN SWEETHEART'S SPOUSE Much sorrow was expressed among the members of the legal profession at the county court house today at the news of the death of Judge Scott. Judge Scott retired last September, j having been named a state referee. Judge Scott was born in Bridgeport, August 25, 1851, but lived in Ridge field for a number of years. He was graduated from Amherst College - in 1&74, and took up the study of law in the offices of Brewster & Tweeedy in Danbury, being admitted to the bar in 1878. For a period of 12 years pre vious to 1907 he was judge of the City Court of Danbury. He never mar ried. In 1907, at the promotion of Judge Howard J. Curtis to the Superior Court bench Judge Scott was named as judge of the Common Pleas Court, civil si3e, and retained that position until last year, when failing health compelled him to relinquish his du ties. At the last session of the Gen eral Assembly the civil and criminal Common, Pleas CDurts were combined, Judge John- R. Booth and Judge John J. Walsh being named as judges, and Judge Scott was appointed a referee. Appropriate action upon the death of Judge Scott will toe taken by the Fairfield County Bar Association. Antonio Terregno, of 154 Hallet street, who, was arrested last night by State Detectives Thomas E. Bligli and David J. Manning, on the charge of murder, today admitted he had shoi Raphael Connerota, of Westfield, Mass., four times, and then finished his murderous work by stabbing him 21 times with afstilleto. State Detectives Bligh and Man ning were assisted by Bridgeport de tectives, Gerrity and Simon, as well as Special Policeman Gocala, when they arrested the self-confessed mur-: derer, who has been employed at the Graphophone works for the' past sev eral weeks under the alias of Tony Farro. Detective Bligh in telling the story Of the gruesome tragedy, said "Ter regno" boarded with Cannerota's fam ily while he worked at Lane's quar ry, Westfieid, Mass. : Connerota ob jected to the intimacy between Ter regno and his wife, a woman of . over 40 years of age. He put Terregno cut of the house. Shortly after that Ut quarry . works closed . down, and BRITISH CHANNEL SHIP TORPEDOED Terregno, who had been living in a shack, told people that he was goini? to Philadelphia. "Instead of going to Philadelphia rerregno came iu i lugeport a lew weeks ago apd ODtainea employment at the Graphophone Company's plant. He harbored a deep grudge against Connerota and left here a week ago last Sunday for Westfield with no oth er purpose than to murder the man who stood between him and the wom an with whom h had become in fatuated. "Terregno arrived about midnight Sunday at the Connorato home and rapped on the window. Mrs. Conno rato .let . him hi- Next morning -4ie hid under the - bed when Connreato got up to 'so to1 work. That night when Connorato- returned from work teate his supper and : went to . bed, getting up a little while' later to get tt drink of water. - While he stood at the kitchen sink Torregno. crept up behind him and in the -presence of Ottawa, Ont., Feb. 7 A dispatch to Reuter's from London, dated Feb. 6, says announcement of the sinking by the Germans of a dhannel passenger ship bound for a French port was made in the house of commons by H. J. MacNamara, under secretary of the admiralty, who said that of a crew of 20 military and 25 naval passen gers aboard the vessel, 14 and 18, re spectively, were lost. The under secretary also said th captain was the only survivor of 25 persons aboard a steamer from Ire land for Liverpool which also car ried 400 head of cattle and 200 sheep. Washington, Feb. 7 Torpedoed and sunk by a Ger- officers and men of the 32d National Guard Division, lies at the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean today, and at least 168 troopers probably more are missing. .', " On the basis of figures reported to the War and State - Departments here the missing would be 257; the figures of VUW J&AVMlU AUUUAdllVJi Mlfc UUWJ UUWVi WVUXjr VVUUIJ w w " M There) is everv hone that the lower number will nrove to - - v ir be correct: British convoys near the torpedoed ship closed in nuicklv and did heroic work, as the comparatively small num- X V ' a V ber of losses shows. The position of the Tuscania off the north ern coast of Ireland, evidently headed for England, also was such that numbers of British patrol ships and other vessels rushed to her side and in that way the losses were minimized. A statement from the admiralty, made public shortly after 1 o'clock confirmed the earlier figures. AHHif.innal rlisnatrhp's reached the war denarfmpnf. tnrlav saying some 600 survivors are in Larne, Ireland, and that 27 are in Islay, Scotland. The dispatches said the British authori ties were doing, everything to make the survivors as comfort able as possible and were sending supplies to the places where they landed. This does not materially change the number saved. , AnDroximate fierures of those saved given out at London 1 -i are: , Officers, 76; men, 1,935; officers of the crew, 16;meh qf the crew, 125; passengers, 3; not specified, 32. ine Tuscania remained afloat for ,--two hours after being torpedoed. The condition of some of the sur vivors of the Tuscania. was pitiable. Many had cast aside all their clothing ' and had been swiming about for two hours before being rescued. The war department issued the fol- . lowing statement: "British authorities have wired ini structions to their commands in Scotland and Ireland to afford out troops' from Tuscania every possible assistance and to furnish them with clothing requirements. Officers have bean dispatched from Liverpool and " Glasgow and London to points in Ire land, where survivors now are, an4 they will wire names immediately." American consul at Belfast report (Continued on Page 2.) CLAIMED SCHOOL . COAL CONTAINED HIGH EXPLOSIVE CALL BOHEMIANS TO CONFERENCE Amsterdam, Feb. 7- All German Bohemian deputies in tht Austrian parliament, a Vienna telegram says, have been called to Berlin for a con ference next week. The conference his wife and seven year pld daughter wm attempt t0 get their standpoint Bred four shots into his body at point I regarding the establishment of a Ger- blank range.-' - - man-Bohemian 'province. Declaring the school children in Bridgeport were in great danger from a large quantity of high explosives which German spies had placed in the coal supplied the institutions, Albert Taylor, a private from Fort Wright, said he had been ordered by the mili tary authorities to inspect the coal in the bins. His actions were so pecu liar that he was placed under arrest by the police. Yesterday the faculty of Reed High school, notified the Board of Education of the man's movements and the other schools were ordered to be on the lookout for him if he should call, and to immediately notify the police. At noon today Captain Cronan was notified by the head of the Sheridan school, that a soldier in uniform was there inspecting the coal. Captain Cronan sent two men in an auto to the school and Taylor was brought to headquarters. Taylor left the military post on a four day pass and has been absent from the fort for the past two week3. At headquarters his actions gave rise to the belief that he. is. demented. . FINN COMMANDER LOSES IN BATTLE London, Feb? 7 The Finnish Red guard have surrounded Tammerfors and have defeated Gen. Mannerheim, commander of the government forces in Finland, according to a dispatch from the Russian official news agen cy. Gen. Mannerheim's forces are said to be in retreat with the Red guard in pursuit. CJptv Mannprhpim and his White guard are retiring toward the gulf w Bothnia. Tammerfors was defended by 10,000 government troops. The losses on both sides were heavy. The fighting is said to have begun early Monday morning. . ASK VOLUNTEER TYPIST TO AID ON INCOME TAX With the vast amount of wort ahead of the workers at the Incom Tax office in the Federal building, tin ... services of a volunteer stenographed is needed. In the past two days since the weather showed tendencj to be springlike, the income tax work ers have been overburdened. Over 50t i persons were accommodated yesterdav and this morning in the office a large number waited patiently to be taker care of. The outlook was that to- uaj & eitui is ui me wurKera wouia sur . pass all previous days. Forms 10,96 and 1099 have arriv ed. These pertain to information , t ' be given of $800 or more paid h; 1917, regarding salaries, wages, rents, " interest, etc., or other fixed or de terminable gains, profits and incomi not including dividends on- stock. It was said at the office this morn, ing that if the factories would assisi in getting reurns in on time thej . would greatly aid employes as well a: N the government. It would be wef to note that the penalties and fines fo; failure to file returis oa time is se vere. The time for filing expires Ol March '