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The Times gives the public tlie 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. - The Weather Report New Haven, March 27 For Bridgeport and vicinity: Fair tonight and Thursday. and Evening Farmer VOL. 54-NO. 74 EST. 1790 BRIDGEPORT, COm,WEDNESDAY,MAECH 27, 19J8 PRICE TWO CENTS 11 IP! P (Olli 3Mm fmrnlfm fPf oiEMI uyilMbyyvJlfel IrifiiMuvJ U Utk IrlyJLm IJ U i - Bravery However Could Not Match Teutonic Fury in Fighting. MAINTAIN WE GOT A SEVERE LESSON Claim Yankees at Oise Canal Battle Were Badly Defeated. Amsterdam, March 28 The part reported to have been played by American troops in the attempted relief of the British flank near La Fere is referred to briefly by most of the German war correspond ents, but so far no mention has been made of the presence of Americans among the prison ers. Wilhelm Hoeler of the Ber lin Tageblatt says the Ameri cans now have an opportunity to find out what war really means. The Deutsche Tages Zeitung says the fact that the Americans got "a severe les son" is "especially gratifying to us." AnntVipr corresoondent says the undoubted bravery o the Americans proved no match for the "furor Teu tonicus." American troops have taken part In counter attacks against the Ger man front near La. Fere, writes the military correspondent of the Vor waertB, who says the attacks were repulsed. He adds: "After the first surprise the enemy pressure along the entire front nat urally is growing stronger. Threaten ing catastrophe compels the enemy to reckless action. South of the break through' front he tnereiore n collecting strong reserves intended for a flank assault on our attacking army. "Attacks of combined Allied forces yesterday against the pivot of the German attacking front near La Fere were particularly heavy. These cen ter attacks did not find us unprepar ed. It testifies to the superior fore sight of the German command that these attacks in which American tmnnii certainly participated only svmbolically. were not only beaten off but were thrown back on the Oise canal by an energetic blow." POLICE FIND MAN WHO STARTED FIRE New York, March 27 Police head quarters announced today thot Jacob E. Altman haU- confessed that ha was responsible for the fire that caused the exolosion in the Jarvis warehouse in Jersey City yesterday. He said, according to the police, that he start Vd it accidentally. . Altman. who is 53 years old, was employed at the warehouse. He said be accidentally dropped a cigarette on - inflammable materials, the police as serted. The damage is estimated at $1,500, 'boO. Several persons were injured. PLACES THE BLAME ON HIS EMPLOYER Walter E. Schumaker, of 89 Wella street, arrested yesterday for not hav ing a reflecting mirror on the truck he was driving, told Judge Wilder in the City Court today he had a mirror but it was broken, and was being re paired. He said he drove for Bresky Brothers, produce dealers on Water etreet, and that David Breskey told "him to take the truck out without the mirror. Upon hearing this Judg.j Wilder ordered a warrant issued for the arrest of Breskey. , MEETS DEATH IN PITTSFIELD FIRE Fittsfield, March 27. Herbert Smith, " Jr., 2S years old, was burned to death this morning in a fire that destroyed a large barn on the Edward Sedg wick estate in Lenox. Three horses ttml 22 head of stock were burned and It was in trying to save the stock that f.mith lost his life. His father was a classmate of President Witeon in Princeton. TO MEMBERS OF WAR COUNCIL CALLED TO WHITE HOUSE Washington, March 27 President Wilson summon ed most of the executive officials who are members of the war council to the White House for a confer ence at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon. Among those called were Secretary McAdoo, Food Administrator Hoover, Fuel Administrator Garfield, Chairman Hurley of the shipping board, Secretary . Daniels, Chairman Baruch of the war industry board, and Chairman McCormick of the war trade board. JERSEY TEUTONS CELEBRATE HUN RUSH: ARRESTED Jersey City, N. J., March 27. With the. arraignment of two Hotooken sa loon keepers before a United States commissioner today it was learned that federal agents on Monday night raided several places where Germans in Hoboken were celebrating the Ger man advance in France by singing and drinking. Twenty aliens were taken beSore the commissioner and were released after a warning. The two proprietors, Henry Soders and Charles Ohlrogge, were today held in bail for the grand jury on a charge of selling liquor within the government barred zone. STRATFORD MAN INJURED WHEN AUTOS COLLIDE Stamford, March 27 An automo bile collision on the Post road in Noroton last night caused injuries severe but probably not serious, to four persons. They are Mrs. Lewis M. Cronk, 13 Isaac place, Norwalk Lester Warren, of the same address; Mrs. Ann Clark, North avenue, Nor walk, and Nathan Astman, 24 Sachs street, Stratford. Warren was driving a touring car which was involved in a crash with a motor truck. He claims that there were two trucks in the highway, one not carrying lights and in avoiding one he struck the other. The women and Astman had hospital treatment. The police made an inquiry but no de tentions. U.S. TO TAKE OVER 150,000 TONS OF JAPAN SHIPPING Washington, March 27. Negotiations for the trensfer of 150,000 tons of Jap anese shipping to the United States have been completed on the basis of two tons of steel plates for one ton of dead weight ship capacity. This agreement is understood to be in the anture of a preliminary one in tended to bridge over the period of ne gatiations now conducted by Ameri can Ambassador Morris in Tokio for a wider and more permanent under standing. 1 PRAISES AMERICAS S. Paris, March 27 A French mili tary commentator writing in refer ence to the situation todiy, says con cerning the Americans: : POLICE COMMISSIONER OF NOR WALK IS iTM CAUGHT IN GAMBLING OTHER INFLUENTIAL CITIZENS WILLIAM J. MOORE CLAIMS SPITE WORK." South Norwalk, March 27 policemen, Police Commissioner torney J. J. Linxweiler and several other well know and influential men of f his- city,' js-uadr-bon4 rtodayJTWattrifr hearing Saturday in the city court on a charge of gambling. The raid took place in the office of the police commissioner at an early hour this morning and, it is declared, is "spite" work. Since Moore's appointment as com missioner by Mayor Jeremiah Dono van, he has made radical changes in the police department, with the re sult that much dissatisfaction, both to the police and the residents of the city, has ensued. The result of the case is awaited with much interest by local people. The accused say they were playing cards but were not gambling, and promise a bitter fight when they are arraigned in court. The names given by the persons ar rested were aliases, as follows: Harry Scofield, Harry Kelly, Geo. Wilkinson, Robert Ainsley, R. G. Wil liams, A. Mattin, John Dooley. The real names of the men taken were Police Commissioner William J. Moore, Attorney J. J. Linxweiler. Harry Tarlov, Aimes Tarloc, A. C. Millard. steward of the Norwalk Country club, Robert McAllister and George Hopkins. It was learned also that instead ol Judge George H. Vosburgh of the city, court being consulted as to the amount of bonds, Sergeant Bryan Silk, one of the raiding party, who was in charge of police headquarters last night, fixed the bonds in spite of the fact that he had no authority to do so. EXPLOSION KILLS ONE, INJURES FIVE Reading, Pa., March 27 Bert Mar tinson of Harrisburg was killed. Ralph Lobach of Monocacy was fatal ly injured and three other men were hurt, one seriously, by the prematura explosion of a heavy charge of dyna mite in a drilling at the Birdsboro Stone Co. quarry in Monocacy today. The dynamite exploded without an electric connection while another drill hole nearby was being charged with the explosive. HAIG REPLIES TO PRESIDENT Washington, March 27 Field Marshal Haig's reply to President Wilson's cablegram was received to day at the White House. "Your message of generous appre ciation of the steadfastness and valor of our soldiers in the great battle now raging has greatly touched u.1 all," cabled the marshal. "Please accept our heartfelt thanks. One and all believe in the justice of our cause and are determined to fight on without counting the cost until the freedom of mankind is safe." GEN. PERSHING REPORTS NOTHING Washington, March 27 Gen. Persh ing cabled the war department early today that he had "nothing "to re port" so far as the American -troops were concerned in the progress of the battle on the western front. It was said at the war department that the dispatch received from en Bliss in Paris last night and which was supposed to contain some ic formation on the battle, was concern ed entirely with the routine of thij American participants in the inter Allied war council. RAID LAST NIGHT WITH Caught in a raid by his own William J. Moore, with At EFENDED HONOR OF RED GROSS IS CLAIM OF SPENGE John Spence, of 273 Congress street. arrested yesterday charged with as sault upon Ewald Eurat, a fellow ma chinist employed at the Singer Sew ing Machine plant, was before Judge Wilder today in the City Court and his case was continued until tomor row. The two men while at work yester day afternoon became engaged in a heated argument over the recruiting campaign Which Manager David Skelley of the foreign transportation division of the American Red Cross is conducting in Bridgeport. Eurat became abusive when referring to the Red Cross, winding up, it is alleged by shouting, "To with the Red Cross." It is said he was hit by both a hammer and a file by Spence. Eurat fell and a call was sent in for an ambulance. It was found his head was lacerated by the file which struck him full force, while his left leg was bruised where the hammer landed. Spence was discharged by the fore man of the shop, and disappeared. He was sought for until a late hour last night when he was found in Main street and taken into custody. According to workmen in the plant Eurat provoked the assault and little sympathy is felt for him. Spence claims he threw the hammer and file on the impulse of the moment when he heard one of America's greatest institutions maligned in a vicious and uncalled for manner. DR. KARL MUGK MAY HAVE HAD AN ACCOMPLICE Boston, March 27. Dr. Karl Muck, the Boston Svmphony orchestra con ductor naw in Federal custody as an alien, spent today in the East Cam bridge jail while agents of the Depart ment of Justice examined several let ters and documents seized at his home iere. Officials in charge of theinves tigation said that the- activities of a close friend of Muck were being inves tigated and that another arrest might follow. Dr. Muck made no effort, so far as was known, to appeal against his de- yiewed by tne correspondent of the tention, on the ground that he was a j Temps. This man is quoted as say citizen of Switzerland, but friends de- ! ing: glared counsel had been engaged to I "There was much discreet talk in protect his interests. j 3erlin before the present offensive Hans Sulzer, Swiss minister to the concerning extremely violent -scenes United States, declared at New York tetweeen Germany's leaders at general last nieht that if any representation headquarters. Gen. Von Ludendorf Dr Muck's case were made to the legation he would proceed as in the case of any Swiss citizen. GENERAL IS KILLED. Amsterdam, March 27 German newspapers announce that Gen. Paul Blech von Blottnitz, an infantry di vision commander in the German army, was killed at the front on March 23. ' Retake Three Cities in Ukrainian District Aided By Civilians. KILL HUN SOLDIERS SEIZING- FOODSTUFFS Eight Germans in Reval and 40 in Another Section Reported Slain. Moscow, Sunday, March 24 (By the Associated Press) Of ficial reports say Nikolayev, Kherson and Znamenka, all southern Ukrainian cities, have been recaptured from the Aus- trians by Red Guards and arm ed civilians. (The recapture of Kherson and Nikolayev was repoftecrin press Idispatches from Petrograd.) The population of Kherson organized and expelled the in vaders. A heavy artillery bom bardment is reported in con nection with the recapture of Nikolayev. Demands not set forth by the Ger mans in the peace treaty with Ukraine are creating disorder there. Tht latest of these demands is that Ukraine surrender 85 per cent, of its grain and all the sugar from its 114 refin eries except that needed for local consumption. The Ukrainian rada has protested that this is not in the terms of the peace treaty. The German commander in Kiev requested the bankers there to float a loan of 10000,000 roubles on se curity provided by German financial institutions. The bankers declined. German troops constantly are mov ing eastward through Kiev. Bread- stuffs are exported from Kiev large quantities, and consequently there is an acute shortage. The mu nicipal officials clashed with the rada Authorities over the food situation and the mayor resigned. Peasants in Neval, 54 miles north of Vitebsk, organized to resist the German food requisitions. They are reported to have killed 80 German soldiers. Prince Henry of Prussia, brother of the German emperor, and one of his sons have arrived in Reval, Esthonia. They were greeted heartily by the German population, but the Esthon- ians refused to participate in the re ception. The visit was attributed to a desire to create pro-German feel ing in the Baltic provinces. The Germans are busy1 collecting and exporting breadstuffs from the Pskov district, northeast of Dvinsk. At Perchorskaya, near Pskov, 40 members of German detachments re quisitioning bread were killed by the peasants. Bridges were destroyed by the peasants who also harassed tho Germans by carrying away the bread and destroying carts and wagons. I0SE GERMAN EMPEROR? BILL ;ks in fight Paris, March 27. Emperor William and Gen. Von Ludendorf had a vio lent quarrel before the beginning of the great attack on the western front according to a prominent Swiss, who has just returned to Zurich after some ' weeks in Germany and has been inter- spoke so violently .. and authcritively j that the Emperor, becoming ery pale. j arose from his chair and, pounding the table, demanded: " 'General, are you or I Emperor- of Germany?" "General - Von Lodendorf replied that he was only a aoldier and more than any one else desired neace. He said he was convinced that his plans for an offensive were capable of bring ing it about." .: - - AS MIES LAND COUNT TEUTONS WEARIED BY ARE TRYING TO FORCE. LINES OF ALLIES BY MASSING OF THEIR FORCES IN ROYE AND NOYON SECTION OF FRANCE. Germany's supreme effort west apparently is no nearer accomplishment today than it was on the day the great drive started,-and she is estimated to have lost 400,000 men in the futile effort during less than a week's lighting. She has not given up the attempt, however, the advices from the front indicating her forces are massed for and have probably started a drive in the region of. Roye and Noyon in an effort to break through there, as a preliminary to a rolling up process eiiner to tne norm or to tne south. As against the chances of may be counted the factor of forewarning for the Allies. There seems no doubt now as to where the heaviest hammer stroke is to fall and the opportunity is offered of disposing the vast Al lied reserve forces to meet it early stages of the drive. LINE PRESENTS UNBROKEN FRONT The Entente line as it now runs, with the British, French ana Americans standing together, presents an- unbroken front throughout the battle area. in the German pressure north of the Somme, except possibly in the vicinity of Albert, where the British are holding doggedly. Meanwhile it is clear that the Germans themselves are com pelled to admit that their success in driving back the entente lines for such great distances on so wide a front is by no means a decisive one. "Nobody can forsee what will result from it Gen. Von Ludendorff declares in an interview in alluding to tlie victory he claims. The zone of open warfare is continuing to enlarge as the Entente forces fall back fighting under the enormous weight Of the German numbers. It is now clearly established, he adds, that the present of fensive is. the great main effort of the Germans and that it has not been as successful as they anticipated. BRITISH HOLD AMIENS GATEWAY British Army Headquarters in France, March 27 The Ger mans last night continued their furious onslaught southwest ward of Ham against the Allied defenses in the region of Roye and Noyon, having slowed down in their patent attempt to cut through the British line farther north, where such desperate resistance was offered. Hard fighting occurred last night about the town of AlBert. Large enemy forces pushed forward toward the place but at last accounts the British were holding, them doggedly at this pos sible gateway to Amiens. The conflict in the sector around Roye and Noyon appears to be of great importance from the many indications that the German higher command is attempting to split the Allied front there and start a rolling up process either way. From the average of casualties in the various German unit, as given by prisoners, one arrives at the conclusion that the German Emperor has lost 50 per cent, of these men since he gave the signal for the advance. ' . (Continued ISIS FRANCE CR DF Washington, March- 27 Belief that the turning point of the battle in France is near at hand pervaded Washington today and American military observers who are closely following de velopments in the terrific struggle centered their attention on the front held by the French in anticipation of a powerful coun ter thrust. i Hints in the British press that some charge ir the situation may be expected soon has strengthened "the view here that the steady British with drawal is part of a definite battle plan, the ultimate object of which is the launching of a gTeat counter offensive. The most probable place for such a movement, it is believed, is from the flanking position that the French held last night along the left ba-nk of the Oise river. ' ' War department officials today awaited confirmation from Gen. Pershinp of British official statements that American troops were fightinf; side by side with the French and British. Nothing to show American participation reachi ed the war department last night and Gen. Pershing reports offered only de tails of fighting in the region of Nesle and Noyon previously reported in patches to the Associated Press. , ' ER BLOW TERRIFIC STRUGGLE to break the Allied front in the her, accomplishing -this nrpose the opportunitv lackina- in fho - ' v There has been a slowing down on Page 10)