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i rn yvi ini 13 , i MyvlS ' ' f The Weather Report New Haven, March 1 For Bridgeport and vicinity: Generally fair tonight and Saturday; slightly colder tonight. VOL. 54 NO. 52 EST. 1790 rS IPS! Kli im r Btl irii 0 i ft r1 i r' n . V hAJi li-m t i rl lit ft I f - 1 t H i 1iV l Mill w. I I II III! H v I f t tv yi Ey" n Fl in m png PI f'SSifl FT F"l B"?WBS3- P ITS DESPITE DENUNCIATION OP ADMINISTRATION'S REFUSAL TO HEED U. S. REQUEST AND CORNELL'S BITTER OPPOSITION RE ' v, . PUBLICANS PASS MEASURE. Totally ignoring the government's request to keep munici pal and state bonds out of the financial market during the war, the city administration exploded its plan last night to increase street extension bonds to the extent of $900,000. The resolution presented under Robert N. Blakeslee's name was adopted by the Republican aldermen, who had been instructed in caucus. The (Democratic aldermen, ledi by John A. Cornell, Jr., registered strong opposition, terming the resolution a most unpatriotic one. Alderman Cornell asked, "For what purpose do ytou propose to allow this vast amount of money to enter upon a propaganda that cannot "be justi fied?" There was no answer to hia Question. The Republican aldermen eat in their chairs twirling their thumbs and wondering what it was all about. They knew they had been instructed tlo vote "yes" but even Alderman; BIakesl.ee would not explain why the expenditure 'was Justifiable at this time. "H never knew a more high-handed. piece of business," Bald Alderman Cornell. "Our nation la at war, the cost of which has already called for the selling of two Liberty Loans, and, if the war continues, we know not how many more. Arid yet the admin istration," he continued, "is williasr to go out into the market and com pete .against the government in this time of stress, that in face of the au peals fitom the State Council of De fense, that in face of the advice agwlnst such processes by the Federal Reserve Bank." The aldermen criticised and scorned the older members of the fooardt. "I iiavenft been a member of this board as long as some of you men," he said, "but in all the time I have Ibeen here I never saw one of you vote against anything founded by the administra tor. It is time some of you older members were governed by your own convictions instead of by arbitrary caucus rule. I demand to know for what purpose this vast expenditure of money is to be made. I ask an ex planation and I think It is my pre rogative to know." Alderman Blalseslee presiding, look ed at the city clerk, then glanced around at a few of the aldermen, still unwilling to give the desired explana tion. Then several of the aldermen repeated "question," and the resolu tion was put to vote. If the city gets so far as to get the bonds into the market, their sale is doubtful. Other cities issuing bonds before the governmental request was made have trouble in disposing of them at 5 and 5 per cent, discount. SERGEANT DANIELS ARRIVES IN CITY AT NOON, GETS - LICENSE AT 12:15, MARRIES AT 1:30, AND LEAVES CITY AND RRIDE HOUR LATER. Traveling 4,000 miles from Kelly Field, Texas-Sergeant Thomas G. Daniels arrived in Bridgeport shortly before noon today and met his sweetheart, Miss Louise Conklin. RANCIS AND HIS ASSISTANTS QUIT EARNED CITY Washington, March 1 The com mute on public information announc ed today official advices from its rep ' rosentatlve in Petrograd that Ambas sador Francis and his staff, the Amer ican consulate, the military mission and the Red Cros3 representatives all left Petrograd for Volagda by rail road on the night of Feb. 27. Stockholm, Thursday, Felt, 28 (By the Associated Pnies) The American consul has left Petrograd, where he remained after the em bassy's departure. MOLL FAMILY IN 3 NEW SUITS AT UPERIOR COURT Three actions involving the affairs of the late Theresa Moll, which have been before the public more or less for the last 20 years, have been filed in the Superior Court, two involving the possession of the Moll farm by Gustave A. Moll, and the third ap pealing from the allowance of his ac count as conservator by the Probate Court. v In one action damages of $5,000 are claimed by Lilly Moll Thorpe and Theresa Moll Oberly as executrices of the will of Theresa Moll, against Gus tav A. Moll and Hulda Moll in which it is alleged that Mrs. Moll, deceased, owned a farm previous to February 1, 1914; that on that date the defend ants took possession of the farm and have occupied it since but paid noth ing to Mrs. Moll for its use. They assert it was reasonably worth $1,200 a year, and claim damages of $5,000. In the second action Mrs. Thorpe and Mrs. Oberly claim that January 13, 1917, the day following the death of their mother, they were entitled to the possession of the farm, but that the defendants, Gustav and Hulda Moll, were, and have since remained in possession of it. Damages of $1,- 500 and possession is claimed. Mrs. Thorpe also files an appeal from the action of the Probate Court in accepting the report of Gustav A. Moll as conservator on the affairs of their mother. He was named Oct. 3, with Mrs. Thorpe, but later Mrs Thorpe resigned, and Gustavebecam sole conservator, until December 27, 1917, when he filed his report. It was accepted January -25, 1918. Mrs. Thorpe claims to be aggrieved by ac ceptance of the report and asks ra- view of the action by the Superior Court. AILES TO GIRL He obtained a license at 12:15 o'clock, was married at 1:30 and one hour, later was on his way back to Kelly Field. Sergeant Daniels will not see his wife again until after he has seen active service, for he is soon to go overseas. Mrs. Dame's escorted her soldier husband to the railroad station. The scene was most affecting as the pair separated after one hour of married life. They hugged and kissed until the hard-hearted conductor shouted, All aboard." Then as the train be (Continued on Page 2) " POTTERS' CONVENTION. Eat Liverpool O., March 1 Seven thousand members of the National Brotherhood of Operative Potters in the United States and Canada began noting today On candidates for offices in the organization. Frank Cratch of this city, Candida'. for chief execu tive, is opposed by Edward Menge, the present president. Representative Rainey Praises Accomplish ments of Garfield. HIS CRITICS WILL SEEK TO RETRACT Future Will Show Far sightedness of U. S. Fuel Supervisor. Washington, March 1 The Fuel Administration's recent closing order was defended in the House today by Represen tative Rainey of Illinois, who declared that when the "entire story is told there will be mem bers of the House .who would be . glad to expunge from the record, if they could, speeches they made immediately after the coal order's promulgation." The Illinois representative asserted that too much already had been dis closed regarding military movements. Not only was coal shipment falling off by the middle of January, he as serted, but shipment of steel plate and steel bars needed for the great new fleet the United States is building bad fallen off 50 per cent. More alarm ing still, he added, was the falling off in shipment of projectile steel, needed for munition manufacture. This had fallen off by the middle of January 45 per cent. He said the relief brought about by the'heatless Monday order was im mediately apparent and as a result 480 ships have been loaded and coaled sinCe Jan. 17. Forty of them, he said, were loaded with food, 71 with coal, oil and gasoline, and 369 with muni tions, and nearly every one of them has safely reached its destination, and the supplies are being distributed to the armies in France. Steel move ments now, he said, have become nor mal, v Despite unprecedented increase in coal production there still is a short age of 60,009,000 tons, the represent ative said, which must be met by im mediately building more coal oars and more engines and by conserving coal. Mr. Rainey said Dr. Garfield is blaz ing his own trail and that the fuel administration badl perfected an or ganization to save 12,000,000 tons of coal annually in homes, 40,000,000 tons in locomotive and stationary steam plant, and 6.000,000 more toy an .in crease of 10,000,000 cords of wood used, 3,500,000 tons by consolidating public utility plants and using natural ice instead of artificial, 500,000 by elim inating unnecessary advertising signs and out of door lighting, 1.000,000 by the proposed daylight saving trill, 6,000,000 by natural reduction of build ing material, 1,600,000 by trolley cars stopping every other .block, and 70, 000,000 by other plans now being de veloped The sneaker deprecated what he said was "the impression created by the speeches here and by partisan newspapers throughout the country" that Dr. Garfield is a college presi dent and nothing more." Mr. Rainey Lid Dr. Garfield is a lawyer of marked ability, that he had organized a. mine railroad and one of the great trust companies of the country, the Cleveland Trust Co., and that no man in thn United States better under stood the business Of operating coal mines. COUNTERFEITER GIVEN 15 YEARS New Tork, March 1. Antonio Pug- lisi. notorious Black Hand leader and head of the band of the counterfeiters that planned to print and circulate $1,000,000 of the spurious $10 federal reserve batik notes, was sentenced to day in the Federal Court to 15 years' imprisonment in the penitentiary in Atlanta, Ga. MEUT. HAINES DEAD. Ayer, Mass., March 1 First Lieut Edward J. Haines of Reading, at tached to the 301st field signal bat talion at Camp . Devens, died las' night of pleurisy. He returned here from Fort Bill, Okla., Sunday night and was taken immediately to thr ban hospital. - and Evening Farmer BRIDGEPORT, CONN., FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 1918 AMERICANS ON HUNS Shells of U. S. Soldiers De stroy Germans' Gas Throwing Apparatus. With the American Army in France, Thursday, Feb. 2S. (By the - Associated Press) Swift re tribution has fallen on the Ger man batteries which this week bombarded the American trenches northwest of Toul with gas shells. American heavy artillery con centrated its fire on the German Miuenwerfer batteries for half an hour today and obliterated the po sition. So far six men have died from the effects of the German gas shells. More than 80 arc in hos pitals suffering from gas poison ing. Most of these cases, how ever, are slight and only one man is reported to be in a grave con dition. , Aeroplane photographs aided the American gunners in their destructive Are against thu German batteries. Iate todaj the Germans at tempted to retaliate for the de struction of the Slinenwerfer bat teries. They bombardeJ the American heavy artille? with their biggest guns, but wxli little effect. American patrols were all over No Man's Land last night but did not encounter any Germans. The American sector row is an ocean of mud and constant work is necessary to keep the freraches, gun pits and dugouts free from water. ABOLISH BA NEWS AT FRONT, URGES GENERAL An (Atlantic Port, Moich 1. Major Gen. Peyton March, now chief of staff of the United States arm?, arrived! to day aftar nine months atroad as chief of artillery of the American expedi tionary force. He will immediately go to Washington. Describing the American, troops in France as so well traind in modern warfare as to be able to handle them selves "with entire credit to the Unit ed States,'' Gen. March said the cen sorship was "lamentable" and inti mated that he would advocate that the regulations in this respect be made less stringent, so that people in Amer ica might learn as much as possible about the activities of the expedition ary forces. American officers in France cannot understand! the present censorship methods. Gen. Mairch said, adding: "I know of no gentle method of conducting a war of this magnitude and no army can expect not to have somebody hurt." The American forces are remarkable for their morale and health, he de clared. "They are keen about the game. Those on the battle line now, and the reserves, too, are so well trained in modern warfaire that they can handle themselves with entire credit to the Unitcdl States. I in spected the troops on the line just be fore I left France, and they are ex traordinarily cheerful and corjented, notwithstanding the mud and tho German shells. "Their health is splendid. There is no sickness and there is better morale than there was at the Mexi can border where I was stationed be fore going abroad. The spirit of the Americans is splendid and every man is happy. A great many of the men take it as a lark, the majority nevex- before having been outside the United States and some even not outside their own states. ' "It is a great advantage to the men that everything is new and interest ing to them; this serves to keep up their spirits." Gen. March was accompanied bj Maj. Gen. S. D. Sturgis and Maj. Gen. F. H. French. DEMURRAGE RATES MAY BE INCREASED Washington, March 1. The later state Commerce Commission was asked today for rate increases on au tomobiles, .boots and shoes, leather, machinery, paper and miscellaneous manufacturers from New England points to Pacific ports for trans-Pacific export. The commission also was asked to establish increased ter riinal charges for demurrage on such traffic at Pacific coast ports. r(K?a 0 i n President' Pondering Si berian Muddle New Message Expected. EXECUTIVE DROPS ALL OTHER PLANS Coming of Ishii Awaited in Washington to Clarify Situation. Washington, Mar. 1 Japan's proposal for action in Siberia has crowded German Chancel lor von Hertling's speech into second place in the considera tion of officials here, and there were indications today that de cisions were being formed which soon would show them selves in some arrangement of an international character to prevent the vast stores in Vladivostok and control of the Trans-Siberian railroad from falling into the hands of the ad vancing Germans. The expectation that President Wil son was planning to address congress very soon in reply to Von Hertling's speech was dissipated today by evi dence that the president is making no such plans at this time and probably does not consider it as necessary to reply to the German chancellor for the present at least. Before the president speaks there doubtless will be an interchange of views with Lon don and Paris so that if Mr. Wilson speaks he will express the view of all the co-belligerents as on previous oc casions. 'Outward indications today were that the president Vas 6tudyin,g the ques tion of American participation with the Japanese in Siberia to the exclu sion of other subjects. Ja.pan has informed! the United States that Americans going to Japan must have their passports vised by a Japanese diplomatic or consular offi cer in this country before leaving. It is a wartime measure which has been adopted by practically all the co-belligerents. Washington, March 1 President Wilson would be empowered to com mandeer timber or lumber needed for the army, navy or shipping board, under a bill ordered favorably report ed today by the senate military com mit! ee. WIFE OF HARTFORD RECTOR SUCCUMBS Hartford, March 1. Mrs. George T. Linsley, wife of the rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd in this city, died today after a long sickness. She was of colonial ancestry, de scended from the Rev. Charles Chaun cey, second president of Harvard col lege, and from Commodore Isaac Chauncey, famous in the wair of 1812. She was chaplain of the Connecticut branch of the Daughters of 1812. Be fore coming to Hartford in 1903 the family lived in Watertown, this state, where Mr. Linsley was rector of Trin ity church. ' FORMER SECRETARY IS SERIOUSLY ILL Boston, March 1 George Von L. Meyer, formerly secretary of the navy, who has been seriously sick at his home here for three weeks, is suf fering fi-om a tumor of the liver and his condition today was regarded as serious, it was announced by Dr Henry Jackson, Mr. Meyer's physician. GIVE PRESIDENT POWER TO SEIZE NEEDED LUMBER 2 P jE . 13 li roil! INVADERS PUSH TOWARD LUGA FROM PSKOV AND UPON SEBEZH BRITISH AND FRENCH EMBASSIES QUIT DANGER ZONE PRO CLAMATION ORDERS FOOD RUSHED. LATE WAR Berlin, March 1, via London German troops, con tinuing their advance in Russia, have reached the Dnieper river, the war office announces, Austro-Hun-garian troops have begun an advance into Ukraine. The movement of Austro-Hungarian troops, the statement says, was begun in response to an appeal from Ukraine, v ' The German advance to the Dnieper was made through northern Ukraine. The Germans also have reached the line Kiev-Shmerinka, near Fastoff and . Kasatin. London, ftfarch 1 Dispatches received by the Exchange Telegraph Co., filed in Petrograd at 6 o'clock last night, indicate that the German advance into A forward movement by the invaders of some 35 miles beyond Polotzk, midway between Minsk and Vitebsk, is reported in these advices, the Germans pushing on despite the fact that the railroad had been blown up and the stores of provisions in their way destroyed. ULCT HOWLAND STORE OF NATTY SUIT OF CLOTHES William Russell, 31, giving New York city as his residence, was arrest ed last evening by Detective Washburn as being one of the two men who en tered Howland's Dry Goods store and stole a suit of clothes valued at $40 by the old trick of "hoisting." Rus sell, is being held by the police while a search is being made for his accom pice and a thorough inquiry into what may develop to be a campaign of "hoisting" carried on throughout New England by the pair. According to a statement made by police officials and store attaches, it appears .that Russell and the other man entered Howland's and going to the men's clothing department asked to be shown some suits of clothes. They appeared to be very fussy as to the style of suits they wanted, so that the stacks of cloth' ng were disar ranged to a great extent, while the clerk was vainly endeavoring to please the customers one. of them slipped a suit !nto a valise and they then de cided that they could not find any thing that they wanted. , When they left the store the clerk missed the suit and followed them. He saw the pair go into the Arcade Ho tel, upstairs and into one of the lava tories. They then climbed through a window out on a veranda from which they reached the street and disappeared. OF FACTORIES FUEL BEING TAKEN FOR REMINGTON PLANTS, HE SAYS - MAY CAUSE SHUTDOWNS REPORTS NO AID FROM GOVERNMENT TO DECREASE SHORTAGE HERE. The industrial coal situation is fast slipping back to the famine point, according to Fuel Administrator Carl F. Siemon,. who says other munitions plants may be forced to close be cause coal'is being taken from their bins to -keep the Reming ton Arms & Ammunition Co., and the Remington-U. M. C. Co. plants in operation. - Appeals to officials at Washington were started last Friday, but no relief has yet been received and the reserve supplies of all the retail dealers are dwindling. Three barges promised to relieve the situation were reported to have started from New Tork Tuesday, but have not arrived. . The Arms and U. M. C. plants by Superior News Service The Times gives the public the latest Asso. Press news dispatches, exclusive news features of the In- . ternational News Service and local matters in a concise, "pithy man- ' ner. A "People's Paper," pub lished without fear or favor. PRICE TWO CENTS ' DISPATCH. Russia has been resumed. ' German troops also are reported, to be moving slowly toward I.uga from Pskov, at which place they are said to have concentrated a division of infantry supported by cavalry and heavy and light artillery. The Germans likewise are declared to be moving on Sebezh, 80 miles northeast of Dvinsk. The Russian council of people's commissioners has decided to return to Petrograd, says an official Russian statement received here today. The removal of elements of the population, valueless in the defense of the capi tal is continued, however. Russian wireless message gives the text of another proclamation to all Russians, appealing for the utmost' resistance to the Germans and order ing the food producing provinces im mediately to send as much food as possible tj Petrograd. and Moscow. The appeal says: , "The capital of the revolution will have to resist a long S.ege, but it will not capitulate until the last moment.'' To this end it needs the utmost as sistance in regard to food. Tou must not permit the starvation of revolu tionary Petrograd." . The British and French embassies have left Petrograd, says a telegram, from the Russian official news agency in Petrograd. (Continued on Page 2) RUMANIA DENIES PEACE EAGERNESS Jassy, Rumania, Tuesday, Feb. 2J5 An official announcement regarding; reports that Rumania would enter ac tive relations with the Central powers declares that statements that Ru mania would accept peace at any price are without foundation and that Ru mania will continue to the end on tho side of the Ilntente allies. borrowing soft : coal from various places have managed to keep running from day to day and this afternoon were trying to get in a supply suffi- cient to last the week out. No coul of any sort has been received in the city by water since Wednesday. Siemon said today. "I hope n fac tory will have to closa.