The Weather Report
ALMANAC FOR TODAY
For Bridgeport and vi
cinity: Cloudy and rainy
tonight and Friday; colder
Friday afternoon and night.
f ( j VOL. 55 NO. 20 EST. 1790
ailure to Consult on Char
ter Amendments Throw
ing Down Gauntlet.
TO CUT MACHINE
3enry and Cliff Together
.bt Strong Enough For
King, Friends Say.
Positive assurance that one
iScptiblican alderman who for
years has fought against a one
man eonlrol of the police and
fire departments, will vote
against Mayor Clifford B. Wil
son's resolution asking for a
merger of the departments,
was voiced today.
While a special meeting of the al
dermen has been called for next
Monday night, ostensibly with the
purpose of bringing to a head the
much discussed merger, Mayor Wil
son may decide to sido track this is
rue for another week, in view of the
feeling expressed by Republican
leaders, on this subject. One thing
that will come up at Monday night's
meeting will be the report of the
.Advisory Finance Committee and
their recommendations on the bond
issue for 1919-1920.
Talks with Republican leaders in
dicate that they are consolidated in
he belief that Mayor Wilson Is de
liberately trying to cut the organiza
tion that made him, in '.he hope of
petting Into the pood graces of Henry
H. Roraback and obtaining the gu
bernatorial nomination In 1920. It is
a well known fact this is the mayor's
-nmbition, and as he knows that Mr.
Koraback will take little interest in it
until he has ditched John T. King,
organization G. O, P. men in Bridge
port believe that the mayor is taking
the first step in his attempt to over
rule the so-called master of Fairfield
Bridgeport Republicans are still
, strong for Mr. King. The fact that
, Mayor Wilson in presenting his com
, munlcation on municipal changes to
the Board of Aldermen, disregarded
the Republican town committee en
tirely, is rankling in the breast of
every majority leader in (he council
' and is taken by dis.i!-t leaders,
heretofore consulted in these mat
ters, as a deliberate break of faith
on the part of the mayor The may
or did not even pulbmit his letter to
. a caucus of O O P committeemen.
John T. King's position in the
matter is somewhat hazy. It is
known that Mr. King was kept in the
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lord Robert Cecil Has
Submitted British Plan
Gives England's Idea of a League of Nations Believes
World Has Not Reached Stage At Which Absolutely
Rigid System For Preservation of Interna
tional Peace Can Be Set Up.
London, Wednesday, Jan.
day announced at Pans that he
press a draft of the British view of the subject of the League
df Nations, believes the world has not vet reached a stage at
i which an absolutely rigid system for the preservation of inter
national peace can be set up.
from the French capital. In discussing his idea of the form
Hi" league should take. Lord Robert says be thinks an interna
tional tribunal with absolutely binding powers is not practic
able at present.
"TV.e creation of non-risid interna-1 tiiewater. Certain nations have a
tional machinery by which a council, ' strong interest in having free access
by exerllng influence toward concilia- to Sa!inil;i, .but it is out of the ques
tion, may work, will be tho main tion for them to plan possession of
strength of future pence makers." he : "" port. The most important ex
said. ".Such a bodv must, however, ; a. -.pie of this Hind, of coi'rse, is that
possess at l.-ast sulliciert interna- f 'he Dardanelles and the Bosphorus.
' tionally guaranteed power to be abl-3 ' "Delay which can give opportunity
to prevent surprise declarations of f ,r l:scuscion and conciliation will be
war and to compel disputants to ac- the main resource of the league in,
cent delav. durir.ir which forces ut
civilization may have time to try to j
avert a caladnity. I
"The interdependence of modern
stairs hns became so great that no j
nation can control its own affairs en-
ttrely without resard to ibe effect
'- of Its actions on o'.hr nation. 1 1 j
Is easy to se that in future certain 1
. ' '' located on waterways wil nave
to be under international control,
which will guarantee free access to
them. Some of the new states
-formed out of the Austro-Hungarian
mplre. for example, cannot possibly
'have Independent access to the sea.
""3witaerkind Is, according to ne-ws
cr despatches, considering a plan
Uh w-lH flvt her a way to reach
Entered as second class matter at the post office
at Bridgeport, Conn., under the act of 1879
.;. .. .
Hospital- Ship Mercy Ar
rives With 390 Injured
New York, Jan. 23 The transport
Orizaba returned 2,568 troops to
American soil today. About 380 are
sick and wounded. The arrivals in
clude the 52nd Ammunition Train
complete, and 12 casual companies of
the Signal Corps, Chemical Warfare
Service and other branches of thy?
army. The vessel left Brest Jan. 14.
The hospital ship Mercy, with 390
sick or wounded, arrived from
France, together with the Suriname,
bringing 36 officers.
The battleship Louisiana, carrying
troops, reported by wireless she ex
pected to make Sandy Hook at 9
p. m., and dock here tomorrow, when
the battleship New Hampshire also
is expected to arrive with troops.
Washington, Jan. 23 The transport
Martha Washington has sailed from
Franco with 2.400 troops. Including
250 sick and wounded, and is expect
ed to reach Newport News Jan. 28.
The battleship Connecticut also is
due at Newport News Feb. 1 with
about 1,000 men and the transport
Mallory is expected to reach New
Tork January 31. with 1,800 men of
the 327th Field Artilery and a number
of casuals and wounded.
For Theft of Cash
Charged with theft of $29 from
Mike Frankaski of 210 Willard St.,
Mike Antonisky of the same address
was found guilty by Judge Bartlett in
City court this morning and fined $25
Frankaski had the charge of drunk
enness against him nolled at the same
time. The two were arrested by Pa
trolman Wargo, on East Main street
last night, as they were having an
argument, the officer told them to go
homo when Frankaski refused to go,
because he stated Antonisky had $29
belonging to him, which had been
taken in a saloon
A witness stated that he had seen
the money taken by the accused. An
tonisky denied having taken the
money at the time of his arrest, un
til he seemed likely to be searched
at the Second Precinct, when he, sud
denly produced the stolen money.
He told the court he took the
money because Frankaski was drunk
and unable to care for it. He could
give no plausible reason to the court
for denying taking the money last
night, hence the above fine.
22 Lord Robert Cecil, who to
had submitted to the Peace Lon
according to a Reuters despatch
vital interest of great nations are in
volved. As in tha peace congress, the
ultimate decision must rest with the
great powers, since, as a last resort,
the league can enforce its decisions
only by the military iKAver which will
always be possessed by the great na
tions. In general, the power on which the
jfasue mus, malnlv relv will be pub
j opinion, and it is for this reason
j that the power imposing delay upon
; disputants Is so Important."
New states formed out of the wreck
of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy.
Lord Roberts said, couli be ai.nitted
to the league without difficulty a
soon Ea settled governments were es
Preliminary Peace lay Be
Signed In June, Paris View
Switzerland Expects To
Take Part In Conference
Her President in Paris Conferring With Presidents Wil
son and Poincare Brings Official Statement of His
Country's Views on Pending International
Questions Before Peace Congress.
Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 22 The Presidents of the United
States and Switzerland will meet tomorrow evening at 7:30
o'clock. President Ador, who arrived here from Berne today,
will before he meets President
Poincare, Premier Glemenceau
He comes to Paris bearing an
of the Swiss government on pending international questions,
which will be laid before the Peace Congress. The statement
"1 Switzerland expects to be ad
mitted with other states to the peace
negotiations as far as they will deal
with her own special interests or with
problems of general importance. Ex
clusion from deliberations on prob
lems of the League of Nations would
be considered by the Swiss people as
Inconsistent with the principles of
democracy. Neutral states, not hav
ing been called upon to make as
heavy sacrifices as belligerents, have.
nevertheless, suffered severely in
consequence of the war. All have
been able, especially in case of Switz
erland, to render considerable ser
vice to humanity.
"2 Switzerland highly approves of
the creation of a- League of Nations
for preserving peace, and expects
from it a complete reform of inter
national relations. Consequently,
the maintenance of power should not
really depend upon the observation of
a procedure of inquiry previous to a
declaration of war, but must be
founded upon a general interdiction
to parties in conflict not to resort to
arms. International conflicts must,
as far as their character allows, ba
solved either by arbitration tribunals
formed by the free consent of the
parties or is by a permanent interna
tional court offring every guarantee
of political independence. All other
international disputes must be sub
mitted to a procedure of mediation
through which lasting settlements on
the basis of equity and justice can be
"3 Switzerland recognizes the
Court Hears Falls Appeal
From Decision of Com
Appealing from the decision of the
Compensation Commissioner in which
Elizabeth May Falls was awarded'
$t.50 a week as compensation result
ing from the death of her husband;
who was killed May 2, 1916, while in
the employ of the Burns Company,
the case is fbeing reviewed by Judge
Green in the Superior Coort.
Although former testimony showed!
that George C. Falls was in the em
ploy of the Burns Company on May
2, 1916, engaged in carting dirt from
an excavation at Cedar and Pembroke
streets and that during the noon hour
while endeavoring to- prevent his em
ployers' team from running away he
was killed, the Burns company con
tend that Falls was not acting within
his regular course of employment.
It appears that during the noon
hour Falls departed from his regular
route and proceeded to Crow's cafe
at Connecticut ad Seaview avenues.
Before entering the saloon he un
bridled the horses and adjusted the
feed bags. While the driver was in
. side the cafe the horses became
frightened on the approach of a
train carrying material to the plant
of the American Tube & Stamping Co.
Falls rushed out of the saloon and
tried to head the horses off and pre
vent them from running away. The
team tramped upon him and his skull
was crushed, resulting in death. The
Burns Company allege that Fails had
no right to leave the team unhitched;
that he was violating a city ordinance
in doing so; that at the time the ac
cident occurred was 1:40 when he
should have been on the job in other
parts of the city, and that his actions
at the time were outside of the
course of his employment.
The superior court session this
morning was a short one on account
of the necessity of Judge Greene hav
ing to attend a meeting of the su
perior court judges at- New Haven
Australian government guaranteed
vheat growers a return of $70,000,
)00 tor 1918-1319 prop. '
and Evening Fanner
BRIDGEPORT, CONN., THURSDAY,
Wilson confer with President
and possibly Premier Llovd
official statement of the views
necessity for actions which may ulti
mately consist of military pressure
within the system of the League of
iKations. Nevertheless, Switzerland is
determined not to abandon her neu
trality, which is laid down in the
Swiss constitution and hued on the
tradition of 400 years of peaceful
politics. This neurality is necessary
for Switzerland considering the com'
position of her population as well on
account of her being in an particu
larly exposed strategical position. In
case armed conflict Ehould, after all,
I occur under the reign of the League
01 iauons, tne existence of the sev
eral permanently neutral and in
violable states would be a great bene
fit also for the League itself. The
institution of the Red Cross must be
based on the existence of such neu
tral territory if it is to be able to
entirely fulfill its task.
4 Freedom of production and
commerce is vital importance for
Switzerland. The Swiss people hope
peace will re-establish the principle
of commercial freedom. As far as
limitations will be imposed concern
ing importation, exportation and free
passage of goods, and raw materials,
all states should mutually accord each
other most-favored nation treatment.
"5 iSwitfcerland as a land-locked
country mainly dependent upon its
share of the world's commerce, highly
approves of the principle of free ac
cess to the sea. First of all, Switzer
land attributes great importance to
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Armistice Being Signed
Country Can No Longer
Madrid, Wednesday. Jan. 22 Count
Romanones, the Spanish premier, was
interpellated by Deputy Darcia, Re
publican reformist, today relative to
his visit in Paris and the Moroccan
question. The Premier replied:
"During the war Spain was the ob
ject of constant aggression from the
German submarines. I wished then
to react against aggression, but found
myself deprived of the support of
public opinion. We, therefore, were
compelled to be neutral and were
loyally impartial. The armistice be
ing signed, we can no longer be neu
tral. We must resume our pre-var
Count Romanones recognized that
Spain's policy in Morocco had been
a failure, hut declared that Spain
must observe the Cartagena conven
tion (between England. France and
Spain relative to the community ol
interest between the three countries
jn Mediterranean and eastern Atlantic
MUST W AIT TO SEE i
Senator Frederic A. Bartlpt.
whose puMic career is db-tin- s
guished by an unusual frankness, ;
shoved today the same reluct-
anee to discu.-'s i)'s attitude to- '
! ward tlie prohibition amend- :
j ' ment, that has marked the alti-
i tudo of other Bridgeport mem-
hers of the Gencnl Assembly, ex-
! ceptiii Senator tlark. :
"Your constituents anil the 5
People of Bridgeport would like
i In l.f..t- von nn fr,lr a -
vote on the amendment.'- said a
I Times-Farmer reporter to Sena
j tor Bartlett. "There Is mnoh in.
terest in your position."
"If that is true." said Senator
Bartlett. "I am still afraid that
they jrill have to wait till I cast
my Tote at Hartford."
JAN. 23, 1919
Supreme Council Awaiting
Replies From Various
WORK ON LEAGUE
Whole Attention Will Be
Centered on This Until
Wilson Leaves Paris.
Paris, Jan. 23 The prelimi
nary peace will be signed early
in June at the latest, according
to the most trustworthy infor
mation, says Marcel Hutin in
the Echo de Paris today.
" With replies from the various Rus
sian factions to its proposal for a
conference being awaited, the Su
preme Council of the Peace Confer
ence met at 10:30 o'clock today.
Meanwhile the joint Allied commis
sion is being made up, although no
names have been announced.
All the members of the council
were present when the meeting be
gan. The Supreme Council turned! today
to the establishment of a League of
Nations. This question promises to
command virtually the undivided at
tention of the delegates until their
action regarding Russia shows re
sults. As the Russian delegates are
not expected at Princes Island until
February 15, this means that nearly
the whole attention of the congress
will ibe. turned to the League of Na
tions until President Wilson's de
parture for America.
Out of the -Russian negotiations it
is hoped that some unanimous agree
ment will be reached that will bring
representatives of that country into
further sessions at Paris. Delegates
of all the associated governments have
expressed the opinion that a secure
peace can hardly be considered to
have .been made while Russia remains
. Announcement that the first plan
for a League of Nations to be con
sidered comes from Premier Lloyd
George of Great Britain is quite in
consonance with what has been
fcnown in circles close to the Ameri
can delegates that President Wilson
plans to have European ideas come
before the Congress in advance of his
Mr. Wilson has told his colleagues
that he has no personal pride of
authorship in the plan for the league
and is quite ready to support some
other nation's plan, if he feels that
procedure will best serve the com
mon purpose. Both the British and
French plans probably will be dis
cussed before the President brings
out his own, which is now entirely
It is definitely settled that a large
number of American troops will go
ito America with President Wilson on
the liner George Washington. Mr.
Wilson has personally given orders
that every available 'bit of space oii
the liner be given over to troops and
that the personnel of his party be
reduced to the minimum.
Aldermen Will Find Out
Tonight When Probe Com
mittee Will Report.
Did the United States Housing- Cor
poration violate the standard United
States government building code, af
ter the Board of Aldermen had on
petition suspended the -Bridgeport
building code as a vrar measure? The
question will likely, be answered at an
open hearing1 of the ibuilding1 commis
sioners to be hel-ii in city hall tonight.
It seems that in erecting govern
ment houses in this city, the housn
corpora-turn found that they could not
build at a very rapid pace under the
Bridgeport code, and asked the Board
I of Aldermen to suspend. This they
I did on promise from the Housing Cor
: poration that they would install
iplumbing according to the govemr
' At the meeting of the Board of Al
dermen on January 6. Plumbers' lo(al
' No. 173 brought a petition before the
i board in which they asked for the
; appointment of a committee to inves
tigate the plumbing installed in vgov-
ernment houses here, claiming that
: the work was not in accordance with
the government standards and that
; the corporation had violated its prom-
Mayor Wilson appointed as a com
mittee of investigation. Akjerman
Charles W. Freeman, and the trail
ing Inspector and his assistants. Thej
will report tonight, rjid representa
tives of the Plumbers' t.nion and the
Housing Corporation wi'l be present
to sustain their contemio.
A large gathering of d izecs is ex
pected aa the case has created coa-
J siderable interest in thif city. " .
Subscription rates by mail: Pally W OO per year. One
month. Dally 60 cents. 1T Fairfield Ave.. Bridgeport
Lose Hun Army Control
NO GRIME IN
Coroner Will Hold Young
Men Who Gave Wine to
Girl for Investigation.
Coroner John J. Phelan has com
pleted hearing testimony and sub
mitted his findings in the Veronica
Carson case. The coroner attaches
no criminal responsibility to the two
young men, John Jamilik and James
Sotanatz, in whose company the Car
son girl became intoxicated before
she met her death on the tracks of
the Berkshire Division at Sylvan
avenue and Trumbull road on the
night of January 16th.
The coroner states in his finding
that the girl came to her death ac
cidentally, following the drinking of
wine at Jamllik's Ogden street store,
causing a helpless condition and her
Insistence on walking to her home
along on the railroad tracks, and that
the accident was not the result of a
criminal act, omission or careless
ness of any person or persons.
The. city attorney, however, is
holding the young men concerned and
after investigating other phases of
the case, will decide next Tuesday
whether further prosecution will be
taken in the matter or the young men
GAVE BAD CHECKS
Henry J. Hogan of Norwalk, a
chauffeur formerly employed by the
Cauldwell-Wingate company, waived
examination, on a charge of passing
worthless checks, in City court this
morning and was bound over to the
February term of the Superior court,
in bonds of $1,000 by Judge Frederic
Hogan was arrested yesterday af
ternoon by Detectives James Bray
and George Washburn, as he alighted
from a New Haven trolley car at Con
gress and Main streets.
He is charged with passing worth
less checks amounting to J300 at the
store of Meigs & Co. and G. T. Green.
Both are complainants.
Hogan is said to have been dis
charged from his former employment
'four weeks ago, and since that time
the police state he has "been hitting
the high spots." He has been absent
frcm his room at the Amazon hotel,
since a week ago. His appearance in
this city yesterday, was the first time
in over a week.
He purchased a suit of clothes, an
overcoat and some furnishings, at the
Meigs store, and paid for the goods
with three J50 checks. Green is said
to have cashed a check for $150 for
Hogan. The checks were drawn on
the Plattsburg Trust company of
Plattsburg, N. T., and on the Second
National Bank of New Tork City.
Hogan is said by the police to have
been arrested a year ago on a similar
charge, at which time he passed a
check purported to have been signed
ly an employer in New York. He
uped his own name on all of the
checks he passed here, but is said to
have used the name of "Higgins" and
"Boyle" on other occasions.
Hoover Waxes Sarcastic
Over Recent Criticism
Asserts Swift & Co., Blame Food Administration For Re
ducing Their Profits $10,000,000 During the Last
Year If Farmers and Small Packers Dissatis-
. ed He Wants to Know It.
Paris, Jan. 23 Herbert C. Hoover, the food administrator,
made a statement today in reply to criticisms of him in the
United States senate during a recent debate.
"I apparently emerge in a new light as the friend of. the
Chicago packers," said Mr. Hoover. "At the same time the mn;i
brings a report from Swift and company blaming the foini
ministration for reducing their profits by $10.0 H).ot;n dm-;
last vear. I do not imasinc that the packers would ;t:-ri
a wide circle of such friends.
"I notice also that I committed a f continuance of these war arrange
crime by holding tho October Joint J mer.ts through the armistice period
conference of farmers and representa
tives of 40 strait packers, as well as
the big packers, together with repre
sentatives of all Allied governments
for the purpose of settling on a price
for exports of pork that would give
the American farmer a square deal
and a distribution of orders that
would protect the small packers.
"We have even tried to secure the
Sim rises 7:14 a, m.
Sun pets 4:57 p. m.
High water 3:40 a. in.
Moon rises 12:05 a. m.
Ijow -water 10:58 a. m.
PRICE TWO CENTS
Transferred to Minister of
War Who is Responsible
Majority Socialists Have
Plurality in Assembly
With 164 Votes.
Amsterdam, Wednesday, Jan.
22 Supreme command of the
German peace army lias been ;
transferred from the People's
Commissioners to the minister
of war, who will be responsi
ble to the government. The
transfer was made with the
approval of the Soldiers' and i
Workmen's Council which will '
still be responsible for all so- ,
cial and economic regulations :
concerning the army.
Officers will in future wear a dark
blue stripe on the loft sleeve. All
other distinctive marks have been '
abolished. The obligation to salute 1st
reciprocal but has (been abolished in
the iblg cities.
"London, Wednesday. Jan. 22. -Since
German troops were E'immoned to put
down tho Spartacan uprising in Ber
lin, the army has been suming a
position of greater importance, ac
cording to advice3 receivedi here.
'Basle, Switzerland, Jon. 23. Re
ports from all the 27 electoral dis
ericts in Germany, .returning the full
numiber of 421 members of the Na
tional Assembly show the Majority
Socialists having a plurality in the
.assembly, with 161 votes. The next
highest number of members was re
turned toy the Christian People's par
ty, the former Centrists, who wiTl '
have 88 members. The distribution of :
the merrfhers by parties is:
Majority Socialists, 164; Christian
People's party, $8: Democrats, 77;
German National party, 34; Minority
Socialists, ,24; German People's party,
23; Guelfs, 4: Bavarian Peasants"
league, 4; Wurttemherg Bourgeois :
i party, 2; Peasants' and Workmen's1
l Democratic league, 1. Total, 421.
Premier Elbert and Pbihpp Eoheide-t
manun have gone to Weimar to su
perintend the making over of the 1
court theatre there in which the Na- ;
tional Assembly is to meet.
HOME AS UNIT
(Washington, Jan. 23. -rPracticaliy
the complete strength of tho 27tli di
vision iNew York National Guard),
about 25,000 men, has been ordere"!
assembled for early convoy home from
France. A cablegram to the War De
partment today lists all of the big or
ganizations of the division, showing
that it will fee the first combatant
division to come home as a unit.
It was announced today that the
27th, 30th and 37th divisions had been
ordered to prepare for cmibarkation.
and it is -understood tho assmblingj
of tho 27th as a unit means that the
same course will be followed in re
turning the other two.
I aiiu liie vyt--iinti vi unit, uiaiucM. -
cause the American farmer did his
duty and produced goods.
"If the American farmer ond,,th9;
small packer now feel that these a"
rangemcnts are wrong ,it would 1 :
the sreatest burden off our shouideTS
if we could know it quickly. Tho
British government is particularly,
anxious to be relieved from these ar- i
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