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- New Haven, June 12 For Bridgeport and vicinity: Flair and slightly copier to night, and Thursday. Superior Hews Service The Times gives the publio 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. mm and Evening Farmer VOL. 54 NO. 139 EST. 1790 BRIDGEPORT, CONN., WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 1918 PRICE TWO CENTS 1M o)W RfoiRrxniui MnnrwRi) awaipW' l)-u MIsIJuIm IJrPUrUUrUUxJ u LLni AiU UMhm " . 7 : : : I . HARBOR MURDER I STILL MYSTERY TO DETECTIVE BUREAU No Clue Yet Discovered As To Identity of Woman Found Dead In Harbor Thorough Search of Steeplechase Island Without Result. Captain E. 0. Cronan, chief of the detective bureau, along with Detective Sergeant Wheeler and Detective Derrick, con tinue to scour the wharfs, docks and shore line of Bridgeport harbor for trace of anything which might shed light upon the murder of the unidentified woman whose nude body was found floating in on the tide Monday morning, but up to a late hour this afternoon the gruesome tragedy remains a mystery. From an early hour this morning I detectives were searching every square foot of Steeplechase Island, i empty houses were searched, men, women and children were questioned, ibut at noon time the officials were I forced to admit that the case was !baffling, although not hopelessly so. ... The fact that the body was in such ia decomposed state that even every jvesti'be of hair was gone does not i discourage the detecUves working on Ithe case and they have every confl 'denec of being able to solve the mys tery before long. One fact stands out above an others and that is that the raincoat in which ithe stones, which weighted down the I body were wrapped, is in very good fpreservation, although the label and Iposible initials have -been cut out. Another fact which gives encourage Iment to those working on the case is that the three stones are all scorched iby Are and are of such a size and fshape as would be used to hold a clambake fire together. Captain Cronan is emphatic In his i statement that the murder is in no way to be connected1 with the recent Italian shooting cases, and he is (rather inclined to the belief that the (woman was much more refined than Ithe class that would be embroiled iWith the Italian gangsters. . He ridiculed the statement made trlier In the day that her nairs were "finely polished" and pointed Out the fact that one of her hands was miss ing while the nails had dropped oft the fingers of the other hand. He iFcouts the idea of suicide advanced ly some and stated this idea is fool filsh to toe even entertained. He main tains that the case ie one of murder pure and simple and although it bears Ithe most baffling appearance at the present stage, the meagre stock - of Iacts they have to go upon at present will be added to and the final chap iters written in Bridgeport's most mysterious murder in years. Police officials are inclined to think that the murdered woman comes of good family and in all probability was not a resident of this city, but ! came from either New Tork, Boston I or Philadelphia. They claim that if she came from a smaller town she ! would have been missed long ago and a hue and cry set up about hef (disappearance. The report that the woman had , been operated upon before being mur dered is also treated with ridicule by the police, because the body was too far gone in decomposition for any Continue- on Page 2) ITALIAN TORPEDO BOATS DAiAGE AUSTRIAN SHIPS fMake Attack Upon Two Warships and 10 Destroyers Off Dalmation Coast Both Battleships Torpedoed. Rome, June 12 Two Italian torpedo boats attacked boldly two Austrian warships and 10 destroyers near the Dalmatian coast on Monday. Two torpedoes were sent into one battleship and one into the other and one of the destroyers which pur sued the Italian warships after the encounter was damaged seriously. The Italian vessels returned safely to their base. An official statement issued by the Italian admiralty today follows: I'At dawn on Monday near the Dal matian Islands two small Italian tor pedo boats under command of Com mander Rizzo Lulgl DeMilazzo at tacked an Austrian naval division . consisting of two large battleships of ithe Vtrlbus Vnitis class, escorted by 10 destroyers. Our units, having boldly broken through the line of de stroyers, hit the leading battleship with two torpedoes and the other with one and returned to their base un scathed. One of the destroyers which pursued them was damaged seriously. Battleships of the Viribus Unltis type are four in number and are ths largest in the Austrian navy. They displace 20,000 tons and carry 1,000 men each. UNIDENTIFIED MAN KILLED BY FREIGHT TRAIN Engineer Applies Brakes But Too Late to Prevent Hitting Man. An unidentified man of about (SO years of age was struck and Instantly killed by Freight Train W. H. No. 1, west bound, when it was passing through Bridgeport station shortly be fore 1 o'clock this afternoon. How the man came to be standing between the tracks when the train rushed through thhe station Is a mys tery to railroad officials and police. The engineer saw the man too late to stop the heavy freight train, but he Jammed on emergency brakes with such force as to almost come to aa abrupt stop and narrowly missed in juring some of the crew who were flung fromi their seats in the caboose. When the body was removed from beneath the wheels of the engine the clothing was searched for any papers or other articles that would help to identify him, but all that the police were able to find was a trolley pass entitling the holder to transportation betweeen Far River and Derby and bearing the signaturo of John Berg. There was no address or any other letters that would give any clue as to where the dead man lived. Beside the trolley, pass he had $6 in bills in one of his pockets. In ap pearance he was medium build and wore side whiskers and moustache. His clothing was of dark serge and he looked as though he was a working man. NAMED DIRECTOR. Frank C. Hawley, treasurer of the Spring Perch Manufacturing Co., was named one of the directors of the Bridgeport Trust Co. art a meeting of the officials of the bank held this morning. SUPREME COURT DECIDES CASE Hartford, June 12 The supreme court today handed down a decision confirming the prison sentence of Samuel S. Greenberg of Hartford for perjury. Greenberg' was convicted in the superior court here Nov. 6, 1917, and was sentenced to one to two years in prison. He appealed and has been out on $5,000 bail. No er ror is found by the higher court. The perjury charge was in connection with the trial 'ef Jacob Greenberg, father of the accused-who is serving a term in prison for receiving stolen tobacco. The Mobile concrete shipbuilding plant v.as increased to an eight-ship unit. IIEiy IJ I WJtOU li LULLO TODAY'S FIGHT MAY DETERMINE BATTLE VICTOR By Counter Attack, Critic Says French Have Stop ped Enemy's Plans. ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO DIVIDE ALLIES London Critics Do Not Be lieve Ludendorff's Plans Are Yet Revealed. Paris, June 12. Today's fighting probably will decide on which' side victory will rest in the present battle, says Henri Bidou, the military critic, in reviewing the situation. He says the fighting is taking the classical form in which each side has won on one wing. The scales are now even. By their counter attack the French stopped the enemy from carrying out his plan and at the eame time as sured themselves of a better line of defense. The Germans now are obliged, M. Bidou believes, to keep their effectives on the firing line and to dip into their stock of reserves for fresh divisions. The German plan for the present battle, says Marcel Hutin of Echo de Paris, in reporting the statements of prisoners, included the attacking and storming of Compiegne by the cav alry of the guard under Gen. Von Scl.oeler on Sunday evening. Now the Germans not only are not at Compiegne, but they show a great real less vigor in their efforts, except on their left. London, June 12 Tuesday's Ger man official statement would seem to (Continued on page 2) NEEDY HEIRS OF MICHAEL M'GRATH TO GET FORTUNE Long Search Brings Re sponse From Ireland to Ef forts of Adminstrator. Sometimes in real life things are encountered which rival fiction and the old plot of rich long forgotten relatives, suddenly dying and leaving a substantial fortune, to needy heirs. Such a case has just been brought to the attention of local authorities in the receipt from an attorney in Ire land, of the final papers proving the claim of two men in Ireland to the estate of a former resident of this city. March 16, 1916, Michael McGrath died, leaving an estate of $3,494.27, cash in a local savings bank. R. G. DeForest was appointed administra tor and a long and tiresome search was started to find' relatives and heirs of the dead man. For two years advertisements were inserted m all the leading papers in this country and Ireland 'but until recently no trace could be found of anyone in any wayl related to him. Finally two brothers were located in Ireland, one in Cork, 'Daniel Mc Grath, a builders' laborer, another, Timothy MCGrath, a tailor in Dublin. Owing to the fact that records of births were not kept by the authori ties in bygone years, only such rec ords as had been .kept by parish priests being available, much trouble was encountered in proving the iden tity of the heirs. , Statements proving all claims have ben received at the Probate Court, which have been sworn to before the U. S. Consul, Charles Hathaway, Cork, Ireland. The heirs are men in evry moderate circumstances and the estate, which will amount to about $2,500 when all costs have been paid, will be a fortune to them. BRITISH DESTROY 21 AEROPLANES London, June 12 Twenty-one ene my aeroplanes have been destroyed on the Italian front by the British air forces operating there, according to today's war office statement re porting on the British operations in this area. v . There was sporadic activity by the enemy artillery during the night in the region west of Lens. Sends Letter to Sen. .Hitch cock Explaining Position on "Open Diplomacy." AMENDMENT VOTED DOWN IN SENATE President Says He Meant Publication of Treaties After Their Ratification. Washington, June 12 Pres ident Wilson's disapproval to day killed a proposal in the senate for open discussion of treaties. Senators voted down, 50 to 23, an amendment by Sen ator Borah embodying the pro posal, which had been offered as an amendment to the reso lution of Senator Underwood of Alabama for curtailing senate debate during the war. President Wilson gave an inter pretation today of his statement to Congress last January in favor of "open diplomacy." To quiet the Sen ate controversy over the proposal of Senator Borah of Idaho for public consideration of treaties, the Presi dent made it known that his advocacy of open diplomacy was not in refer ence to the Senate executive dis cussion of treaties, in which he recommends no change, but meant the publication of treaties after their ratification. The President's views were given In a letter to Secretary Lansing, a copy of which was sent- to Chairman Hitchcock, of the foreign relation committee. The letter said: "I wish you would be kind enough to formulate a careful and conclusive memorandum for the use of the committee of the Senate with regard to the enclosed resolution. I take it for granted that you feel as I do, that this is no time to act as the resolution proscribes and certainly when I pronounced for open diplomacy I meant not that there should be no private discussion of delicate matters, but that no secret agreements would be entered into and that all international relations, when fixed, should be open, above. board and explicit." The memorandum requested from Secretary Lansing was not submitted to SenatoE Hitchcock and was said not to have yet been completed. MERICAN ARTILLERY AIDED COUNTER ATTACK Yankee Troops Not Engaged in Present Battle Near Montdidier Repulse Minor Raids Near Cantigny Monday Night. With the American Army in Picardy, Tuesday, Juhe 11 (By the Associated Press) American artillery aided the French in their counter attack against the Germans southwest and south of Montdidier today by directing a harassing fire against the enemy. WILSON'S SPEECH REACHES MEXICO; SLIGHT COMMENT Mexico City, Tuesday, June 11 President Wilson's address to Mexican journalists in Washington last week was printed prominently by most Mexican newspapers, but comment on the sentiments expressed is slight, especially from government officials. The speech was distributed through out Mexico by telegraph and by mail. Gen. Garcia Vigil, president of the Chamber of Deputies, is the only government leader whose views have been madep ublic. He said he believ ed that the President's speech con tained serious advice to democratic people, especially to Mexico, not to be dazzled by German militarism, "which destroys all liberties." DAMAGE SUIT THAT INVOLVES SUM OF $10,000 Administrator Seeks to Re cover for Death of Beccy Kontiowsky. TWELVE YEAR OLD CHILD THE VICTIM Frank E. Clark of Nauga tuck Defendant in This Action. Another damage suit involving' the sum of $10,000 in the case of a fatal ity was started this morning before Judge John P. Kellogg and a jury in the Superior Court. Harry S. Hersh man, adm., for the estate of Beccy Kontorowsky, is seeking to recover from Frank E. Clark, et al. of Nau gatuck, for the death of Kontorowsky girl who was struck by the Clark au tomobile on Stratford avenue on No vember 18, 1917, and who died a short time after from the injuries she received. --.-----. Two of the eye witnesses of the ac cident were on the stand this morn ing, Asa Parkton and George Fair child of the firm of G. W. Fairchild & Sons. There was quite a tilt be tween Mr. Fairchild and Attorney John F. McDonough, as to the dis tance from the gate of St. Michael's cemetery to the actual point of col lision. Mr. Fairchild was not cer tain and refused to give an answer that was purely guess work. The child, who was about 12 or 13 years old, on the afternoon of Sun day, Nov. 18, alighted from a trolley car going toward Stratford and went behind the trolley to cross the street. From the testimony given it appeat-3 that she had just cleared the back of the trolley by a few feet when she was hit 'by the Clark car. Wit nesses testified that the Clark car swung out into the tracks between the trolley car and the car in which they were riding going toward Bridgeport. Mr. Fairchild said that the car In which he was riding was moving at the rate of about 15 miles an hour. (Continued on page 2) Otherwise the . American troops have not been engaged in the present battle. The Americans in the sector west of Montdidier, however, are ready to assist in the fighting at the first op portunity. The Germans made two minor raids against the American lines at Can tigny on Monday night and were re pulsed each time. One raiding party, which' numbered 40, was routed by th'e revolver fire of the Americans. Oh the right of the American sec tor German aviators have been busy. One enemy flying machine, bearing a French insignia as a disguise, flew over the American line at a height of 500 metres and attacked with bombs and machine gun fire American sol diers on the march. The Americans took cover and there were no casu alties. Reports that the Germans have been using French signs on their aeroplanes have been numerous during the last fortnight. With the American Army in France, Tuesday, June 11 (By the Associated Press) The artillery fire on the front northwest Of Toul today was below the average of last week. Few aeroplanes were up, although the visibiility was good. FFORT OF TO BATTER FRENCH Advance Between Montdidier and the Oise Check-i ed on Third Day of Fight Counter, Attacks on f Western End of Line Result in Important AUj lied Gains New Battle between the Aisne and the Marne Now Raging May Be Serious j Threat to Security of Allies North of the Oise Success of Counter Attacks Has Forced . Germans Into Pocket German efforts to batter down the French defenses be- tween Montdidier and the Oise, begun on Sunday, seem to have been checked on the third day of the struggle. On the western end of the battle line the French have counter attacked and have regained important ground, while on the center and right repeated efforts by the enemy to ex ploit his earlier successes have been met with stern resistance from the French, who claim that the Germans are 'held. At the moment, when the plunge of the foe west of the Oise seems to have met with a reverse, the front to the south east, between the Aisne and the Marne, has again flamed up. Sfpilfine- f.hft Allied linn tn thu srmthwest. nf Rnissnns. in the neighborhood of Dommiers. Cutrv and south of Amblenv. the uermans nave negun wnat may ne a very serious threat to the security of the Allies north to the Oise. The new attack would seem, for the moment, to be almost equal in importance to that east of Montdidier. It appears to be an effort on the part of the enemy to cut in south of Com piegne forest, outflanking the French to the north and compell ing their retirement and a re-location of the whole Allied line from Montdidier to Chateau Thierry. Except for the fact that heavy fighting is in progress, noth ing is known of events on this there will be watched with some concern until the magnitude of the German trust there is developed. The French still hold the left bank of the Oise, although they may have readjusted their lines in the northern section of the Ourscamp and Carlepont forests. Their positions there, however, will become very awkward should the Germans drive west of Soissons and make considerable ground. The success of French counter attacks along the western wing of the battle line has forced the Germans into a sort of pocket bounded on the east by the Oise river and on the west by the high ground lying to the west of the Matz. Squarely in front of this wedge the French appear to be holding the foe, for the present at least Although there has been a belief that the Geerman drive east of Montdidier was planned at least in part for the purpose of drawing Allied reserves from the battle fields of Picardy and Flanders, nothing has yet occurred to indicate that the Ger mans contemplate an immediate attack at Amiens or toward (Continued on Page Two) VON STEIN DECLARES FRENCH ARltlY BEATEN Prussian War Minister Asserts Foch Reserve Army No Longer Exists In Speech Before the Eeichstag. Amsterdam, June 12 "A great part of the French army has been beaten," Gen. Von Stein, the Prussian war minister, declared in a speech, to the Reichstag, according to Berlin ad vices. CAVALRYMEN IN A HEROIC STAND AT LE PLEMONT With the French Army in France, Tuesday, June 11. (By The Associ ated Press) The stand of a detach ment of dismounted cavalry on the heights of Le Plemont will be remem bered as one of the most heroic epi sodes of the war. Surrounded on Sunday morning at 4 o'clock, they re sisted until (Monday noon against re peated and most ferocious enemy as saults. Every two hours they sent back a wireless message, whic read: "We're holding. Finally, when the hour of noon was striking on Monday, one word came J through; "Doomed." G DOWN LINE new name area, nut the struggle 'The so-called Foch reserve army no longer exists," the minister assert ed. "The success of the crown prince's carefully prepared attacks against the French and British on the Chemin . des Dames front on May 27 inflicted one of the gravest defeats that the Entente has suffered during the en tire war." Gen. Von Stein made these state ments in a review of the military situation at the second reading of the army budget in the reichstag yes terday. Gen. Von Stein said that the nuni beB and strength of the American troops up to tiie present was far be low what reports spread by the En tente had led Germany to expect. "They, too, like the French re serves," he declared "were thrown into the battle in vain counter attacks and suffered the same fate." Other American troops, the minis ter said, are on quiet sectors of the front. , ' FAILS!