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U I au Un I I The Want Columns CfekcsiOed advertising In this newspaper is effective, no matter what you may do sire to advertise. Try It once and see, The Weather Report - For Bridgeport and vi cinity: Partly cloudy to night and Sunday. and Evening Farmer VOL. 54 NO. 41 EST. 1790 BRIDGEPORT, CONN., SATURDAY, FEB, 16, 1918 PRICE TWO CENTS 0) -za Jj via iainl Uj -li soldo Marauis Mulcts Miss Carpenters Requesting Government To Me linimum Wage Scale UNION LEADERS PREDICT STRIKE WILL SPREAD ALL ALONG ATLANTIC COAST PRESIDENT WATCHING SITUATION. New York, Feb. 16 An appeal directly to President Wil son to intervene in the strike of ship yard workers engaged on government contracts will be made today by the United Broth erhood of Carpenters and Joiners, it was announced by officers of the organization here today. Approximately 60 per cent, of the shipyard workers ir. the New York district are on strike today, according to claims made by the Brotherhood officials, including T. M. Guerin, mem ber of the executive committee. The strike would spread from New York to other cities along the Atlantic coast, they said, unless wage demands were granted. The number of men out here was declared to be between 7.000 and 8,000. Chairman Hurley of the Shipping Board, General Manager Piez of the Emergency Fleet Corporation, and V. Everit Macy, chairman of the Labor Adjustment Board, conferred with Acting Secretary Roosevelt of ' the Navy in Washington today on the ship yard strikes. The effect of the Shipping Board's second appeal to striking carpenters in. eastern ship yards to return to work pending settlement of their grievances by the Wage Adjustment Board was anxiously awaited at Washington to day. The board's renewed request Was made by Chairman Hurley last night In a telegram to William I Hutcheson, president of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Join ers, virtually demanding that he send the striking ship building employes back to their jobs. Earlier in the day Hutcheson had answered a previous appeal with a communication declar ing it would be Impossible to act un til he had some definite proposition from the Shipping Board as to work ing conditions. Although nothing had come from the Shipping Board early today to in dicate that Hutcheson had replied to Chairman Hurley's second telegram, the union chief was quoted in New York as saying that the action of the men in going out does not meet with his approval. What steps the government will take if the situation, which virtually is paralyzing the ship building pro gram, remains unchanged, has not been indicated, but President Wilson is known to be giving the matter ' his personal attention and is following every development. (Continued on Page 7.) PUBLICS POTATO SAL PROVES 6 AGRICULTURAL DEPARTMENT ANOTHER BARGAIN DAY 2 CARLOADS "Successful beyond expectations," describes the sale of po tatoes under the direction of the Fairfield County association where two carloads of potatoes were disposed of in lots aver aging two and one-half bushels in a couple of hours. TUG AFTER BATTLE WITH ICE ARRIVES Battling with great ice floes in Long ftland Sound for 24 hours the tug boat "Jack Scully," bound from New Tork to eastern ports arrived in Bridgeport last night The Scully had . a tow of three barges and it. was with no little difficulty that she was able to put in port here without damage. j. It was said at the water front this morning that the great floes in the Sound axe making transportation im possible. For the past few days no towns have arrived at the Bridgeport Towing line docks and none are leav ing here. The condition of the har bor are very good. , Little or no ice at all i t be seen. i Wlm i MORE GOAL PROMISED Tl NEW ENGLAND'S SHQ TIDEWATER SUPPLIES IN HAMPTON ROADS WILL BE RE LEASED FOR FACTORIES IN THIS SECTION- HEATLESS MONDAY O. K.'d. Washington, Feb. 16 Increased shipments of coal for New England are to be made from the roads, the United States fuel administration announced today The decision was made after con ferring with the navy department, which is interested in the work done by many New England factories. The shipments will ' be in addAion to the regular order of 500 cars a day for New England. It is thought that with improved conditions in trans portation it will be possible to speed up movement of fuel both by rail and by water. The decision to continue heatless Mondays in New England was made unanimous when the New Hampshire federal fuel administrator gave notice today of his approval of the action of the other fuel administrators for that territory. COAL SITUATION IN CITY ACUTE Bridgeport's coal shortage .coni tinues to be acute, despite the ship ments received during the last few days. No coal has been received by barge for the last 48 hours, but ap proximately 1,700 tons were received last night by rail. This shipment re plenished the domestic supply with 1,000 tons of hard coal, but brought little relief for the manufacturers. Local Administrator Carl F. Sie mon commenting on the industrial situation today, said: "The factories are still in a bad way." REAT SUCCESS ANNOUNCES IT WILL HOLD IN THE NEAR FUTURE SOLD TODAY Agricultural Department of the this morning at 987 Main street The supply was not equal to the de- mand, and arrangements have already been made for another sale in a few days when further lots of potatoes will be offered. Prices seemed to have a controlling influence, the. flat price asked being $1.85 a bushel in lots of 2V4 bushels. Where delivery was requested it had been arranged for at a price of 10 cents a bushel. No charge was made for the containers except in smaller lots than 2 bushels. Then the ac tual cost was charged. Most of the purchasers bought the 2. bushel sacks, and had them deliv ered by the association, the price being $4.63 for the pqtatoes and 25 cents for the delivery. Several more carloads of potatoes are on the way to be sold in the same manner in a few days. Due announce ment will be made. Jl If After He Swindled Her HER HEART WON BY DASHING $lo-A-WEEK TELEPHONE CLERK, MISS JOSEPHINE MAYHER PARTS WITH HER CASH. Hsw .Edwond Rousselot, the $15 dollar a week clerk won the heart of Miss Josephine C. Mdyh?r formerly of Bridgeport and incidentally got $10,000 from her, is ps: i of- ibe .story which makes New York dispatches today- seem like excerpts Tcz tj the Arabian Nights. tidewater supply in Hampton EVERY RESIDENT OF THE CITY HAS A THRIFT STAMP Every man, woman and child in Bridgeport is represented as having j one war savings stamp according to the figures for the first two weeks of February, which were made public at a meeting of the executive committee yesterday afternoon. The total amount in stamps purchased in the past two weeks is $40,500, an average of about $3,000 a day. Although the commit tee thinks this is a pretty gooA record it is going to try to double that amount during the last two weeks of the month and ultimately reach the $10,000 a day goal set out for. In each of the churches tomorrow it has been announced that sermons in behalf of the war savings stamp movement will be delivered. The committee stated today that 118 min isters had pledged to speak in their churches tomorrow at one of the ser vices on war savings stamps. The extending of the campaign among the foreign speaking people of the city will be started soon. LEON, 15 YEARS OLD, IN SERVICE Joseph Leon, 15 year-old-son of Mr and Mrs. M. Leon of 42 Clarence street, is one Bridgeport boy that narrowly escaped being on board tho steamship Tuscania, which was tor pedoed off the Irish coast last week. Private Leon . is a member of the 120th Aero Squadron and was on his way east from Houston, Texas, to join the other soldiers that embark ed. Owing to train delays and the shortage of coaches the outfit which he was with failed to reach New York in time to be sent across. Leon has been in the service since October, having enlisted at the local army recruiting station for service with the signal corps. He is un usually large in stature and easily passed for a young man of 19 years when he enlisted although he is only 15 years. Prior to joining he wa3 employed by the Fairfield Auto Co. He attended St. Mary's school. SINK STEAMER TO QUENCH FIRE An Atlantic Port, Feb. 16. Fire in the hold of the "Scandinavian-Ameri-can steamer Minsk here today made it necessary for firemen, after a vain effort to extinguish the blaze, to open the -vessel's' s?a cocks, allowing the ship to sink in the mud at the pie? where she' was moored. The loss, mostly from water, is estimated at about $500,000. - The shin's cargo consisted of a large amount of Red Cross stores and cot. ton. . . ' " ' " '" ' '. Josie Mayhcr; Obtains Negotiations with the firm of J. P. Morgan & Co. for a loan of $50,000,000 for the King of Spain, bilking of W. E. -D. Stokes, the proprietor of the Hotel Ansonia in New Tork out of $500 for entertainment of the French ambassador are all part of the tale which has amazed the police and populace of the metropolis. . When Miss Mayher heard that the pseudo Marquis, chum of crowned heads, diplomat and ambassador and plenipotentiary extraordinary, had be come entangled in the meshes of the law through alleged violation of the espionage act and using the mails to defraud, she hurried to the Tombs in New York' and offered to bail the young man out. She expressed great fondness . for the accused "Marquis" and even though his bonds were set at $15,000 she would sacrifice anything to get him out of trouble. It will be remembered that when Miss Mayher lived in Bridgeport she resided with the family of William H. Perry, at the Perry mansion at the corner of Noble and East 'Washington avenues. Mrs. Perry was Miss May her's aunt and showered great atten tion upon her favorite neice. When William H. Perry died, he left Josephine Mayher $100,000 be side , considerable property among which is the block of yellow brick houses located between Harriet and William streets. Justice George W. Wheeler of th Supreme Court and Judge Morris B. Beardsley were the executors of the Perry estate and after they had set tled the affairs of the deceased capi talist and had handed over $100,000 to Josephine Mayher she took her de parture from Bridgeport and became a resident of Manhattan. At the time of her uncle's death Judge Carl Fos ter, of 1115 Main street, was Miss Mayher's attorney, but beyond her receiving rentals from her property here, she did not keep up much in tercourse with the large number of friends which she had in this city. When she met Edmond Rousselot, the alleged swindler, has not been re vealed, but from her actions since his arrest it is evident that she became infatuated with the "Marquis." , (Continued on Page 2.) CURB ACTIVITY OF HUN AGENTS AGAINST BONDS To curb the activities of-Hun agents who have been at work in this city causing Liberty Loan bonds to be sold at extremely low prices, the Manufac turers' Association of the City of Bridgeport, appointed a committee of three 'to investigate the matter and devise means to stop the wholesale workings of the scheme. W.E.Eckles, C. L. Warner and C. H. Armstrong were named at a meeting of the ex ecutive committee of the association to handle the affair. As yet they have had no meeting regarding the situa tion. It is said that the propagandists have aroused many of the foreign born residents of Bridgeport who purchased government bods, to such an extent that the Liberty Bonds bought by them were sold for little or nothing. DEFER DEPARTURE OF DRAFT QUOTAS Notices have been mailed to local j, draft boards all over the state by I Adjutant-General George M. Cole ; notifying them not to select a date I for sending their Anal 15 per. cent. quotas to camp until further notice is I received from the railroad company, ! which will make the necessary trans ; portation arangements .and an- nounce the" date for departure. At first indications were that the date would be Feb. 15. laLer was cnang ed to Feb. 23 and now, no one, ex cept possibly railroad officials, knows when the next group of draftees will leave for Camp Devens. VAL FI6HT OFF SWEDEN IS REPORTED Nearby Waters Were Scene of Great Battle Off Jutland. FINDS MANY BODIES OF TEUTON SAILORS Gothenburg, on Western Coast, Believes Clash Occurred. ' London, Feb. 16 Belief that a naval 'cngunaent has occurred is expressed in h dispatch received In Stockholm from Gothenburg. The dispatch reports the recovery of a large number of bodies of German sailoi-s who apparently belonged to a warship. Gothenburg, is on the western coast of Sweden and is near the Skagerrak, one of the bodies of - water connecting the North and - Baltic - seas and the one nearest the North sea. The North sea in the vicinity of the Skagerrak has been the- scene of previous naval engagement, the great battle of Jutland having been fought there. HEIRLOOMS GO AS GREENWICH OUSE IS BURNED Greenwich, Feb. 16 Heirlooms of much value intrinsically were lost when thg home of Mrs. E. W. Russell, in North street, three miles from the borough centre, was burned during last night. The house was built a few years ago at a cost of more than $100,000. It was of English design and of stone and brick. The furnish ings included many paintings, etch ings, tapestries, rugs, china and sil verware which with jewelry and per sonal belongings, all of which were lost, had an estimated value of more than $100,000. The heirlooms were of the Russell family. Mrs. Russell had closed her home, as Mr. Russell is in Washington, and recently she leased it to H. L. Stod dard of New York city, who had not taken up occupancy. There was no fire to heat the house and precaution had been taken to protect tfce elec tric wire system. The origin of the fire cannot be determined. This is the third fire of large loss in . the town in recent months. Mrs. Russell and her son, John R. Johnson, have been at a hotel, here. There were employes on the estate, which is 85 acres in extent, but thej knew nothing of the fire until the Greenwich firemen arrived. The fire men saved outlying buildings and th garage. The fire burned for thre hours. The loss on the house and on much of the contents is covered by insur ance. GOES TO HOSPITAL TO JOIN THE NAVY An example of patriotism, typical of the American youth, is given by Albert I Freeman, 19 years old, of Wilmot ave ; nue, an apprentice draughtsman at the ' Remington-U. M. C. Company's plant. Young Freeman applied for enlist ! ment in the navy several weeks ago. but was rejected because of a slight ! abdominal rupture. Undaunted by this, the youth went , to a hospital and had the defect rem- ! edied by an operation. Today he I made his re-appearance at the Naval Recruiting station and stated his de sire to get into the service. He was slightly weakened by. the effects of the operation, but in spite of this Young Freeman wanted to get into a uniform today. The examining officers instructed the youth to defer his enlistment for two weeks so that he might fully regain his health. NO POWER TO CURB STATE DOGS Hartford, Feb. 16 Attorney-General George E. Hinman has advised Cattle Commissioner Whittlesey that under the statutes he has not . the power to issue any statewide perma nent regulation for the protection of sheep against dogs, as such matters some within the scope of legislative J enaction. . ' . IA t-our uniin ren Ionian Victims In Attacl SHOTTR BATTFRTF.K TYR.TW, OW TT.NTf.MV RTTOM A -! RINE IN MIDNIGHT BATTLE FIRE FROM CHANNEL LASTS FIVE MINUTES, BUT LITTLE DAMAGE . IS DONE TO ' TOWN BY TEUTON GUNS. London, Feb. 16 An enemy submarine bombarded Dover early this morning, it is officially announced. The submarine was fired on from the shore and ceased the bombardment after some 30 rounds had been fired. There were less than a dozen casualties and only slight damage. The official statement reads: ' v "Fire was opened on Dover by an enemy submarine about 12:10 o'clock this morning, the firing continuing three or four minutes. The-shore, batteries replied and the enemy ceased firing after discharging about 30 rounds. "The casualties were: Killed, one child: ini'iir-oH tiiroo on one woman and three children. house property."- INVESTIGATORS TO PROBE BOYCOTT Following charges that Bridgeport manufacturers are boycotting male labor, accepting women apprentices instead, two government labor investi gators are scheduled to arrive in this city early next week. A meeting of the State Labor Council, No. 22, was held in Machinists' hall. Broad street, last night, when it was said that many skilled men are idle or have been forced to move out of town because employment agents are giving women the preference. CREDITORS ACCEPT OFFER The creditors of Rosa Reich' at 'a meeting in the office of referee, John W. Banks, yesterday afternoon ac cepted her composition offer of 35 per cent. She will petition the court to have the offer confirmed. The bankrupt operated a clothing store in Water street HOLCOMB TO ATTEND Governor Holcomb is to be one of the guests of honor at the tenth an nual banquet of the Bridgeport Man ufacturer's association which is to be held at the Stratfield on February 26. An informal reception will be held prior to the dinner. MORGAN ATT RICE SERVIGES It REPRESENTATIVES OF FRENCH AND U. S. GOVERNMENTS PAY LAST RESPECTS TO FORMER AMBASSADOR OF ! BRITISH GOVERNMENT AT OTTAWA OBSEQUIES. - Ottawa,. Ont, Feb. 16 Representatives of the French and United States governments and members of the staff of the Brit ish embassy in Washington are in Ottawa to attend the funeral services at 3 o'clock this afternoon for Sir Cecil Spring-Rice. HUN DELEGATES TO CONFERENCE QUIT PETROGRAD .- Berlin, Feb. 16, via London. The commissioners representing the Cen tral powers left Petrograd yesterday and crossed the German lines this morning, it is announced officially. LEHMAN ESTATE $1,700. . Inventory of the estate of Fred E. Lehman, showing it to be valued at $1,648.30, was filed In the probate court today. It consists of real es tate at Myrtle Beach, valued at $80(1 and $848.30 in personal property. Hampton A. Wilson and Joseph S. tiruning were appraisers. Ou Li Lik iL. a V On British Slight damage, was caused . : .' Cases have not been infrequent of German submarines bobbing up off the British coast and shelling shore points. Yarmouth, for instance, was thus bombarded on Jan. 14. It is not often, however, that the submarines have cared to take chances with such a well defended town as is Dover, the iiiipwiLaiii in sxjuLntrasiern .rjng land, opposite Calais, on the straits of Dover, across which flows a constant stream of war traffic between Eng land and France. It was only yesterday that a power ful squadron "of German destroyers made .a sudden raid in the straits of Dover and sank eight British small craft out on a submarine chase. BARKER REPORTED SAFE IN ENGLAND Edward C. Barker, formerly of this city, was one of the survivors of the ill-fated troop ship Tuscania that-was torpedoed toy a submarine off the coast of Ireland on February 5. Mr. Barker was a member of the 213th Aero Squadron Signal corps and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Bar ker, now residing in Port Jefferson. For several days his parents and friends awaited anxiously news from the young man and on Saturday last a cablegram was received telling of his safe arrival. No details were . given but the fact that he was safe was all the parents cared to hear. The services in St Bartholomew's Anglican church will be conducted by. the Rev. St. John Rohr, bishop of Ottawa. The government of France will be represented by Commander DeBlan tere, naval attache of the French em bassy in Washington. who was a friend of the diplomat, was among the distinguished men to attend the services. Frank Polk, counsellor of the United "States . state department, represents President Wil son. Because of the limited capacity of the church, admission was" by card end was limited to -the members of the Dominion Cabinet and a few per sonal friends of the late ambassa dor. Among the numerous teleirrams of condolence received by Lady Spring Rice are two from former British foreign ministers, under whom her husband served, the marquis of Lansdowne and the earl of Roseberry. Ambassadors of the Entente and neu tral powers in Washington sent mess ages, as did &ada:ne McTta.