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The Weather Report mm For Bridgeport and vi cinity: Unsettled, probably rain late tonight and on Saturday. i rT r I XT1 OQ Ti'Qrp 17QH Entered as second class matter at the post office JLi. Ol JSJ. ZOO JiiOl. lyy, ,t Brldneoort. Conn., under the act of 187 nnlfpro)nf?u ENVOY IS IN FRANCE Jol. House Goes to Europe As Personal Representa tive of President. TRIP CONNECTED WITH ARMISTICE Accompanied By Sir Wil liam Benson, Chief of Naval Operations. Washington, Oct. 25 Col. E. M. House, personal representa tive of President Wilson and spokesman of the State De partment, and Admiral Wil 'liam S. Benson, chief of the naval operations, have arrived in France to represent the .United States in the considera tion of Germany's plea for an armistice and peace negotia tions. Washington, Oct. 25. Col. House, President "Wilson's confidential ad viser, was Bent t Europe as the per sonal representative .of the. President on an official mission. This announce ment' was authorized officially, - but further Information is withheld. It ts understood, however, that the visit of Col. House to Europe at- this i time i Is connected with Germany's ! pleas for an armistice and peace, which now Is before the Allied gov ernments for decision. Colonel House Ivory probably is authorized to repre sent the President In nJlscussions with :the representatives of the, allied gov ! ernments. 1 The fact that Colonel House left for Europe several days before President I Wilson's final reply to Germany was dispatched Is further proof that every step of the President s negotiations with Germany has been taken In full accord with the entente governments . It also Is taken . to Indicate that de cision to transmit the German plea to the Allies under certain conditions was reached even before the last note 'from Berlin was received. Col. House long has been recognized as the logical selection toy the Pres ident to represent him in such cases as now are to be held. He has made frequent trips to Europe since the war began In 1914, conferring with leaders In the leading belligerent nations and more than a year ago he was charged Iby the President with gathering data for use at the peace conference. Much of it has ibeen assembled at the sead cuartws Of the American Geograph ical Society in New York and on his last trip to that city after the first German note was received President Wilson examined the data in company with Col. House. ft DEMAND FOR COFFIXS GREATER THAN SUPPLY So great has been the demand for coffins In Brld Report since $ the beginning ot . the Influenza epidemic, that one undertaker tills morning was Informed that the supply In the warehouses of sic the manufacturers from whom he purchascs his coffins was completely exhausted. If any is more deaths occur. It will be sit necessary to use pine boxes In sic the place . of regulnr coffins us even the cheapest grade, of which largo numbers are usual- sit ly on hand, are no longer avail- able. sit The manufacturers are run' st ning their shops to capacity with lnsumcient lorces, and are turning out a larger percentage t of coffins In proportion than has ft before been possible. But even It In view of the increased produc K tlon the supply Is not largo t enough, and burial In pine boxes sit will probably be a usual occur- sis sit rence, until there Is a cessation of death from the prevailing sjc epidemic. RELEASE BELGIAN PRISONERS. Washington, Oct. 26 Release of all Belgian political prisoners held in Bel gium or in Germany except where a military . menace would result has een promised by General von Falk Hauusen. This became known here today In connection with news that Burgomaster Max of Brussels had been, sst free. WILL Ml Wilson Asks People For Democratic House And Senate Republican Leaders Are ProWar, But AntiAdministration Washington, Oct. 25 President Wilson today is sued an appeal to the people to return a Democratic Congress in the November elections if they approve of his course in this critical period. Return of a Republican majority to either House of the Congress, the President said, "would be certain ly intrepreted on the other side of the water as repudi ation of my leadership." The President said he would accept the country's verdict without cavil, but that if it was adverse, the power to administer the great trust assigned to him would be seriously impaired. Following is the President's appeal: "My fellow countrymen: The Congressional elec tions are at hand. They occur in.the most critical per iod our country has ever faced, or is likely to face in our time. If you have approved of my leadership and wish me to continue to be unembarrassed spokesman in affairs at home and abroad, I earnestly beg that you will express yourselves unmistakably to that effect by returning a Democratic majority to both the Senate and House of Representatives. "I am your servant and will accept your judgment without cavil, but my power to minister the great trust assigned to me by the constitution would be seriously impaired should your judgment be averse, and I must icainjily tell you so because so many, criticism depend upon your acts.' Your "taste mustnot in grim times like these be allow-ed to stand in the way of speaking the plain truth. "I have no thought of suggesting that any political party is paramount in matters of patriotism? I feel too deeply the sacrifices which have been made in this war by all our citizens irrespective of party affiliations to, harbor such an idea. I mean only that the difficul ties of our present task are of a sort that makes it im peratively necessary that the nation should give its un divided support to the government under a unified leadership and that a Republican Congress .would di vide the leadership. FOURTH DAY OF CASE DECLINE According to Health Officer Dr. Walter E. Brown, the crest of the Spanish influenza epidemic in this city has been reached. One hundred and fifty-two cases were reported for the 24-hour period ending at 9 o'clock this morning, a decrease of 98 cases over the figures of the previous day. It is the fourth successive day that the scourge has been on the decline in Bridgeport, and while Dr. Brown said that there were likely to be spas modic Jumps In the figures at re peated intervals, he was confident that the authorities had the epidemic well In hand. Seventeen additional deaths occurred in the past 24 hours, bringing the total up to 135. At the present time the influenza cases num ber 4,014. "The people of Bridgeport must continue to exert the utmost care and precautions at the present time. We have not reached the stage, and Will not reach It for a good many weekV when the people can say the bars are down and throw precaution to the winds. If they do, the epidemic will immediately remanifest itself. While, the deaths of the last 24 hours' wer rather high, this." said Dr. Brown, "is simply the result of a ireactionary period in the course of the epidemic, that is bound to come for some days." Tho Health Department announced today that several residents of Bridgeport have volunteered the use CROWDS FORM BEFORE REICHSTAG DEMAND WILLIAM'S DOWNFALL Paris, Oct. 25 An enormous Crowd assembled before the Reichstag build ing in Berlin yesterday calling for the abdication of Emperor William and the formation of a republic, accord ing to a despatch from Zurich tto L,'Information, Dr. Karl Liebkneeht, the Socialist leader who has Just been released from prison, was applauded frantically. He was compelled to en ter a carriage filled with flowers from which he made a speech declaring the time of the people had arrived. Basen. Oct. 25 Comment on Pres Ident Wilson's latest note to the Ger mans is oeginning to appear in um- man PK"- received from 6.635 subscribers on thu of Berlin says: ' ' . ' "President Wilson has answered J East s'de. Fourth Liberty Loan sub quickly. Well, if ever Emperor Wil-1 scrlptions amounting to 3623,450. AGT ran FOR INFLUENZA of their homes for the caring of con valescent patients. These sufferers. while needing medical attention for a long time after they have apparently recovered, do not need trained aid, and if the need arises Dr. Brown will have the convalescents removed from the Isolation hospital to the homes that have been placed at the disposal of the health authorities. - Dr. A. C. Fones of the Division of Dental Hygene, has turned over to Dr. L. A. Wilkes, school medical in spector, his entire staff for work in combatting the epidemic and in in vestigating the absences of children and nrses from the schools. They will work under the supervision ot the school nurses. and under the per sonal direction of Miss Rose Hart, Miss Catherine Tuitt and Mrs. Wini fred Hart. It was stated today that further in vestigation has brought to light the fact that only a small percentage of the pupils and teachers absent from school are away because of actual ill ness. A member of the medical staff of the Bridgeport Department of Health weSt to New York today and will visit hospitals and clinics and oth'erj places where influenza is being treated to learn if there are any new ways of fighting tho ep!dmic that may be tried out in Bridgeport. The physi cian will confer with members of the New York Department of Health. Ham's Invocation that God be with him Is in season. It is right now." . The Neuste. of Berlin says: "In I spite of everything we feel that this answer brings us nearer peace." Copenhagen, Oct. 25--The German Reichstag has given Prince Maximil ian, the Imperial Chancellor a vote of confidence, the ballot standing 193 to 52, according to, Berlin despatches received here. Twenty-three of the members did not vote. EAST SIDE STTBSCRIBERS. The American Bank & Trust Co. and Evening Farmer BRIDGEPORT. CONK, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2a, 1918 "The leaders of the minority in present Congress have unquestionably been pro-war, but they have been anti-administration. At almost every turn since we entered the war they have sought to seek the choice of policy and the conduct of the war out of my hands and put it under the control of instrumentalities of their own choosing. "This is no time either for divided council or for divided leadership; unity of command is as necessary . now :in civil action as it is upon the field of battle. If the control of the House and the Senate should be taken away from the party now in power an opposing majority could assume control of legislation and oblige all action to obstruction. "The return of a Republican majority to either House of the Congress would,' moreover, be interpreted on the other side of the water as a repudiation of my leadership. Spokesmen of the Republican party are urging you to elect a Republican Congress in order to back up and support the President but even if they should do this, they would impose on no one on the other side of the water. It is well understood there, as well as here, that the Republican leaders desire not so much to support the President as to control him. "I need not tell you my fellow countrymen, that I am asking your support, not for my own sake or for the sake oi a political party, but for the sake of the na tion itself that its inward unity of purpose may be evident to all the world. In ordinary times I would not feel at liberty to make such an appeal to you. In.ordi- nary times divided counsels can be endured without permanent hurt to the country. But these are not or dinary times. "If in these critical days it is your wish to sus tain me -with undivided minds I beg that you will say so in a way which it will not be possible to misunder stand either here at home, or among our associates on the other side of the sea. "I submit my difficulties and my hopes to you. " "WOODROW WILSON." gallon cans as consumers learn of the possibility. The trucks tap milk- protfueing territory, outside the usual hauling lines, and off the -ail arter es. "Where'll the roads come from to un 9,000 trucks?" he asks. "Well, here are 66,000 rural mail and star outes being operated in the United Itates now. Sometimes I think ev ryone of them would make a truck ;ne. Food is being handled 10 times n Its way to a consumer. We can ut that to five. "Watching these figures, since De efflber, when we started, has given le a new sort of inspiration. We hall be moving the mails and mails irill include a whole unexpected var ety of things in new modes before c '-generation finishes. Airplanes r the thousand mile distances, trains Fortify yourself against it by taking cfLAX-Sftflf. COUNT ANDRASSY REPLACES BURIAN Basel, Oct. 25 Emperor Charles, according to a Budapest dispatch has accepted the resignation of Baron Burian, the Austrian-Hungarian for eign minister, and also of the Hun garian cabinet headed by Dr. Wek erle. Count Julius Andrassy, a Hun garian statesman, has been appointed to succeed Baron Burian. WAR LABOR BOARD AWARD Washington, Oct. 25. An award of the War Labor Board today in the labor controversy at the General Elsc tric Co.'s plant at Lynn, Mass, pro vides for adoption of the scale of hours snd wages already appovod at me r-cnenecmny wage changes te be retroactive to July 17, and or - ders the reinstatement of 13 employes J discharged before a strike at Lynn last summer. Spanish influenza ENT IN WA McELANEY DIES, ; WAS WELL KNQWN i NEWSPAPERMAN Thomas F. McElaney, the well known advertising man passed away at his home, 207 Hawley avenue, this morning after an illness of several weeks duration. Mr. McElaney was born In Boston and for a number of years was con nected with various newspapers in that city, also with Washington and New York papers. : He came to Bridgeport ten years 'ago to take charge of the advertising department of the Bridgeport Times, which position he held for a number of years. More recently he was em ployed with the Post and Standard American, being advertising manager of the last named paper at the time of his death. ' Some years ago she married Anna T. Baker, who with three children, 'Emma, Madeline and John survive him. Mr. McElaney was particular ly well known in business circles 'where his affable disposition and en gaging manner immediately made friends of every one with whom he came in contact. The funeral will be held from his late residence on Saturday, afternoon at three o'clock and from St. Pat-' j rick's church at three-thirty o'clock. THIRD PRECINCT THANKS BULLARD Officers and men attached to the Thir.; Precinct police station Joined today , in delivering to D. B. Bullard of the Bullard Engineering &. Machine Co.,- their thanks for his gift of a Brunswick, Callender & Balke bil liard and pool table, for the. use of tho men during their lesiure hours in he station. Captain George B. Coley -was the spokesman for the happy policemen, and in the course of an interview upon the subject said: "The entire company stationed ar the Third Precinct cannot find words adequate enough to express their thanks to- the donor of this tine gift which will be the most appreciated piece of furniture in the new build .'ng." RECEPTION TO SPELLACY. A reception will be tendered to the Hon. Thomas J. Spellacy, Democratic candidate for governor, Hon. Chas. D. Lockwood, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, and the other candidates on th DemocraUo ticket, by the Woodrow Wilson Club, Sun- aay evening, Oct. 27th, at 8 o'clock, jat Colonial hall, Fairfield avenue! The" pubjic is cordiallv Invited A ' special Invitation is tendered to ladies. - Subscription rates by mall: Dally K.00 per year. One month. Dally SO cents. 179 Fairfield Ave.. Bridgeport M Allies Successfyl In Belgium; New Italian Offensive Commences British Smashing Their Way Eastward in Sector Vital to Security of Valenciennes French! Reported to Have Surrounded La Fere Americans Make Important Gains at Three Points Hold Them Against Violent Counter Atttacks. - (By The Associated Press) As the Allied forces in Belgium- and France continue suc cessfully to storm the stubbornly defended German lines, Ital ian troops on the Italian northern front have begun an offen sive against the Austrians. British troops today are smashing their way eastward on the sector between Valenciennes and LeQuesnere, which is vi tal to the security of Valenciennes. Farther south the French, ,' who gradually have been forcing the enemy from the pocket . between the Oise and the Serre, have resumed their pressure ' and are-reported to have entered Villers-le-Sec and surround- " ed La Fere., , American forces have made further gains east and west""" of the Meuse despite strong"-enemy resistance. The Gerajsl4- on the western end of the line withdraw their positions. AmDpion i Pnon o i rt 1-vAottir w.tJ - - j-. . . v. . -.-. JUUU Hlgll U CLIilJ. . ia ; early today, made important gains at three points and main- , tained them against violent German counter efforts. East of the river the Americans made another sten toward the imnnr-f- ant town oi uanviners by penetrating the Boise d'Ormont. On the left and center of the front west of the Meuse the'Ameri cans have captured several important ridges near Grand Pre. Between Rappes wood and Bantheville wood they also havei extended their line. General Diaz in his new offensive is reported to have di-r 'en the Austrians from important heights north and west It Monte Grappa between the Piave and the Brenta. In the Piafe the Italians have captured two islands. TWO GREAT TENT SHOWS TO PARADE FOR UNITED FUN The combined forces of Barnum & Bailey and . the Ringing .Brothers' shows have been promised for a mam moth entertainment, next month, to raise funds for the war chest out of which money will be paid to the K. of C, Y. M. C. A., Y. M. H. A., Salvation Army, Y. W. C. A., the Li brary Association, and other war funds. The two biggest shows on earth are getting settled in winter quarters here. "Among the big men in the circus world who have already arrived In Bridgeport with the shows and are now laying the plans to , make the forthcoming parade and performances the biggest thing that has ever been seen in this or any other city are F. J. 'Warrel, manager of Ringling Brothers' show; Dr. W. J. Shields, chief physician and surgeon attached to the . Ringling . show; F. A. Cook, attorney for . the Barnum & Bailey show;. Fred D. Wolf, auditor of the Barnum & Bailey show; Thomas B. i Buckley, treasurer of the Ringling f show; Charies Hutchinson.treasurer of the Barnum & Bailey show, and J. J. Brooks, 'auditor of the Ringling show." All of the above men who are con sidered ' giants In the entertainment world, are now getting their heads together to plan a program which for size, merit and spectacular attain ment will have anything hitherto even dreamed of dwarfed by comparison. To get Just an inkling of a few of the things which will be seen by the thousands who will watch the parade, the largest ever planned for any place, there will be nearly one hun dred elephants, more than 40 camels, droves of giraffes and zebras, while the horses will be in such numbers like a brigade of cavalry. Not alono will there be hundreds of animals on foot and in cages, but there wil! be doaens of bands, military and Jazz. There will be clowns, several miles of wagons, Indians, covboys. .Mexi cans, Cossacks, beside the navil and military adjuncts which will niako the forthcoming spectacle an epoch In the history of th& "big tops." In addition to the few of the many wonders listed above will be some of the world's most beautiful - vomon costumed in every manner. Snn rises 7:15 a. m. Sun sets . 5:59 p. m. High water ........ 4:02 a. m. Moon rises ... 11:17 p. m. Ixiv water ........ 10:S8 a. m. PPTfTTC TWO f!TCN"TS X XUAjJ-i KjJn AO r-ei are reported to be prparing tov a T Vl f ! f I - - 7 i ! 1 1 " t v,. 1 . ,f East of Le Cateau the British are before the Mormal forest while south along the Olse and the Serre. the French are pressing hard against the Germans. Since Wednesday morning the British armies advancing from a few miles north of Valencienne? to east of Le . Cateau have takpn 8.405 prisoners and 100 guns. Field Marshal llai, his troops hv- ' ing reached the western edge of th MOfmal forest,, apparently is striving to outflank that natural barrier on th north by advancing throueh Leques noy toward Mons and Maubeuge. The Germans are fighting stiffly to prevmt this, resulting in desperato combats in the : villages ind o'lier. vantage points south of Valenciennes. The British, . however, -are pushing steadily ahead and have taken Maing and Vend gies. Fighting was resumed on this sector, Friday morning with the Brit ish advancing from the hills east of the Ecailon river toward the railroad and high road between Valenciennes and LeQuesnooe. - ' Immediately north of Valenciennes the British have taken ma ov: villages ami continue to approach. the crossing of the Shcltlt. This town is, six and one-half miles northeast of Valen ciennes. - , - French troops east ot Pambre-Oise canal in the resrion of Lorgch,amps have repulsed two , German attempts to drive them back across the canal. Along the Serre and Scuche rivers the French yesterday resumed the pres sure, after navtn tnrown DacK enemy efforts pouth of Morftcornet. In the region east of tho Olse the French are reported to have penetrat ed Villers-le-Sec and surrounded La Fere. ; , . . ; Northeast of Ethen the French have made an important advance on the Ardennes canal, gaining the villages of Ambly and Fleury. At Ambly the French are only three miles south of the railroadi Junction at Amagr.f ths paining of which would comnel th Germans to withdraw from Rethel atld the line of the Aisne in that region. f; With the Allied Armies In Franca and Belgium, Oct 25., 4:30 a. m. (By the Associated Press) Flghtin5 which compares in fierceness to al most any in the war, continued through the night on tho field of tho great battle north and south of Va lencennes. Belated reports indicate that the British have beaten the Ger man defenses, gainins considerabls ground and arc proceeding eastward.' Since Wednesday morning, the Brit ish third army has taken 8,000 prls-, oners and the first and fourth armies; each have taken 1.200, making a total! of 7,200. ' More than 100 cannon weir.' captured on Thursday.