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ALMANAC FOR TODAY
The Weather Report
For Bridgeport and , vi
cinity: Fair and colder to
night and Saturday.
VOL. 55 NO. 27 EST. 1790
i
To'3 Supervise
Vast Improvement, in Which Bridgeport and Stratford
Would Join, Administered Vithout Public Records
Unless Proposed Legislation is Amended
Scheme for Modern Water and Rail Termi
nal Proposed by Chamber of Commerce
After Plans of Famous Engineer.
Senator George B. Clark introduced inlo the Senate today a
Lill to create the Port of Bridgeport, a measure drawn under the
supervision of and by the direction of the Chamber of Com
merce. The Port of Bridgeport, as proposed, would be an artificial
legal person, comprised of the inhabitants, property and terri
tory within the geographical boundaries of Stratford and Bridge
port. The purpose of the corporation would be to build and oper
ate a modern water, and rail terminal for the expedition of bus
iness and the improvement of commerce.
The powers would be exercised by nine persons, named in
the bill, the first of whom is Clifford B. Wilson, named not as
mayor, but as an individual.
These persons would hold office for three years, and
vould be a perpetual self-perpetuating commission. That is, the
nembers of the commission would fill all vacancies in their own
lumbers, however arising.
This commission, perpetual and self-perpetuating, would
kave power to condemn land and other necessary property. This
fower is safeguarded in the usual way.
This commission would have power uncty"j- and unsu
pervised to create a debt of something more than i 1,000,000, by
londing not to exceed five per cent, of the present combined
rand lists of Stratford and Bridgeport. The bonds that might;
lo issued would increase as the grand l-sts increased from year
b year.
This commission would have power forever to levy upon the
iroperty of Stratford and Bridgeport an annual tax of two-tenths
if one per cent., which would provide an immediate revenue of
H50,000, growing larger each year with the increase in property
alues.
The only thing in the nature of public supervision on the
art of the taxpayers is found in a clause which provides that
lie commission shall keep a record and that this record shall
e subject to inspection by three persons, the mayor of Bridge
nrt, a person to he selected by the board of aldermen of Bridge
rt and a person to be chosen
't rat ford.
The activities of the commissioners are confined substan-
ially to a tract of salt marsh about four miles in area, and the
(reams and waters adjacent to such lands. All of the property
5 in the town of Stratford.
Bridgeporters know the location of Steeplechase Island,
rhich is not an Island, but one end of Long Beach. Long Beach
hounded upon the south by Bridgeport harbor and the sound,
fpon the north by a narrow strip of water called the Gut. From
lie east end of the Gut, extending almost due north is a wider
rra of the sound, called Johnson's Creek, which further along
6 known as Hollister's pond, and this in turn narrows into a
resh water stream called Bruce's Brook, which is the boundary
etween Stratford and Bridgoport.
From the extreme east end of the Gut emerges Duck's Neck
2reek, or Little Neck as it is sometimes called, which moves
orth and a little east to the Housatonic river, entering at a point
(Continued On Pago Eleven)
AMERICA MUST NOT BE BEHOLDEN
TO ANY OTHER COUNTRY FOR NAVAL
PROTECTION, SAYS SEC. DANIEL?
Annapolis, Jan. 31. In presenting
commissions today to the last class of
reserve officers trained at the Vnited
Estates naval academy during the war,
Secretary Ianiels predicted that
"there will be ho time of recession of
interest in the navy."
"Not in your day." the secretary
told the young officers, "will there be
tiny reduction of naval powers. We
are now on the last stretch of building
the three-year program of naval con
struction which was authorized three
years ago."
Secretary Pnntcls said he had no
doubt that Congress would authorize
th recommendation of Tresident
Wilson for another three-year pro.
Jrram of construction. In building
Ships under that program, hp said,
"the types of vessels would he con-
Htructed which would keep our navy
o-breast of any navv in the world."
"We shall not build against any
nation,' the secretary continued, "be-
w have faith that the league
of Peace will bring about such friend
nhip and understanding among all na
tions as will ultimately cause a re
ductioa in armament and a conse-
ftntrfdc8Port.ODco,naf." ESS? tWS BRIDGEPORT, CONN., FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 1919
mmission
Port
by the selectmen of the town of
fluent Acvrc ,v ro:,.-. f.
v ""
naval strength.
But so long as this republic needs
a navy, we must have one,
for our
1 own protection and to preserve the
I e of the world, that will be pow
j criul, strong and modern.
"It would be a sin for America, rich
ana powenut to De Denoiaen to any late the fundamental principles .if
other country for naval protection. , s determination of peoples, as ap
We must, in whatever sort of world ' plied to the German colonies, and
ponce snail be needed in tne new or -
; der. contribute as many units and a?
much strength as any other nation.
: We must remember always that the
maintenance of the Monroe Doctrine is
j our peculiar responsibility and duty.
and for its proper maintenance and
; our duty to secure to all the smaller
i nations of the world the rights to
which they are entitled, we must
! maintain a navy strong enough and
! powerful enough to measure up to our
j responsibility and our obligations."
Mr. Daniels said the navy depart
ment intended, after the treaty of
peace is signed, to maintain a trained
and efficient naval" reserve force! of the 329th infantry. Casual Com- , cost end including servants for the
which would be'ready for instant mo-Vpany No. 222, comprising two officers I govern jr's use. A committee on gov
btlization. 'and 7 men waa aboard. (Continued On Page Eleven)
Program
program for "port of
bridgeport" condensed
Prepared by Chamber of Com-
mcTCc.
Rill introduced by Senator Goo.
B. Clark.
Intended to make Bridgeport
city of half million.
Stratford and Bridgeport join-
ed to make new corporation.
Great docks, wharves, railroad
terminals, etc., would be built on
salt marshes.
Four square miles of land near
Lordship would be seat of Port
development.
Scheme supervised by commis- -f
sion of nine men, with power to
tax nnd create debt.
Plan designed to be self sup-
porting, nnd credit of city neces-
sary only to inaugurate the pro.
gram. $
Proposed bill weak because the
commission la not submitted to
public authority, but ia self per-
petnatiiip by internal action, and
records of commission are not
public records.
HERZ ESTATE
ISS102J15
Died Intestate And Entire
Property Goes to
Mother.
Nathan C. Herz, formerly a mem
ber of the real estate firm of S. Loe
with & Co., who died on Dec. 20, left
an estate valued at 8102,715.14, ac-
cordin to an inventory filed with Pro
bate Judge Paul Miller by Sigmund
Loewith, administrator. The apprais
ers were Harry A. Goldstein and Emi
lia Comley.
The deceased was not married and
died intestate. His mother, Mrs.
Theresa Herz, of New Haven, is heir
to the. entire estate.
Mr. Herz had many large real es
tate holdings in this city, which in
cluded 18 parcels of land, many with
dwellings, which are valued at $27,-
600.
Notes an mortgages due Mr.' Herz
at the time of his death are valued at
$39,512.20. .
Personal property, which includes
two automobiles and $700 in Liberty
Bonds and cash in practically every
bank in the city of Bridgeport
amounts to $35,502.94.
SHARPLY ATTACK
COLONIES PLAN
Washington, Jan. 31. Republicans
of the Senate today sharply attacked
the plan for dealing with German col
onies and occupied territories of Tur
key in Asia, which it was announced
in Paris yesterday had been proposed
by President Wilson and accepted in
principle by the Supreme Council.
Senator Lddige, Republican leader,
declared the report of the plan.which
he said would commit the United
States to co-operation in maintaining
order in the occupied territories, was
"absolutely unbelievable," and Sen
ator Knox of Pennsylvania asserted
that the proposed Obligagtions would
involve a stupendous and preposter
ous undertaking.
Senator Johnson of California de
nounced the method of making public
" -""'i ;v v-uiin-i-
ence and declared he would never
jvote for a treaty that provided for
i the sending of American troops to
Africa or Asia.
senators waisn or 'Montana and
Lewis of Illinois, Democrats, expressed
dorbt regarding accuracy of the state
ments in the despatches. The latter
lr--l:ir:' the reported plan would vio-
: ,jd he believed the real agreement
was merely for their temporary ad
ministration t-- the Leauge of Na
tions. TRANSPORT MIN'XEKAHDA
ARRPVES
New York. Jan. 31 The EritiGh
transport Minnekahda arrived here to
day with 2.7tt troops from France.
majority of theae men are of the ttrl
division, including Companies A 71.
C. D. I, K. L. and M. and the fleW
I and staff of the headquarters core pany
and Evening Farmer
SITUATION IN
BRITISH ISLES
VERY SERIOUS
Spreading to Industrial Es
tablishments Signs of
Coming Disorders.
MUST ESTABLISH
UNION AUTHORITY
Several Injured in Glasgow
When Police Charged
Mob of Strikers.
London, Jan. 31. There was still
no prospect early today of any bet
terment in the labor situation in the
Umte'di Kingdom. If anything, the
situation, both at Glasgow and Bel
fast, has become more serious, par
ticularly in the latter city. The strike
movement is spreading to the indus
trial establishments and "there are un
doubted signs of coming disorders
which may entail the proclamation of
martial law.
The seriousness of the situation is
not being ignored hy the government.
It was the subject for discussion at
a special meeting of the cabinet, held
yesterday, while the hoard of trade
also is active in an effort to bring
about settlements.
The government feels that anv gov
ernmental interference now would be
unwise and perhaps dangerous. The
strike movements are local and
against the ad-ilce of the respective
trade unions. Moreover, there is infi
nite variety in the various demands
advanced in the different localities,
while many of the alleged grievances
are of a trifling character, such as
concerning intervals of a few minutes
for lunch. It appears to be generally
neiievea that the absence of strike
pay for the men will soon (bring about
the collapse of the movement.
1 he problem for the government
ministers is how to re-establish the
authority of the trade unions and as
sist in the expansion of machinery of
conciliation so as to enable each trade
to" settle its own disputes. It is fur
ther considered that the strikes are
largely promoted by a few agitators
with political motives. Hence, the
government is determined to limit ita
action to the prevention of intimida
tion and the maintenance of order.
Most of the employers assert that
they will refuse to negotiate until the
men resume work.
Thus far the railways have not been
affected. The board of trade has de
cided to grant an eight-hour day to
the railway men from February 1, but
here again there is dissatisfaction
among the railway employes concern
ing the question of meal times being
included in the eight-hour period.
Furthermore, a meeting yesterday
of representatives of 75,000. railway
clerks and station masters, held in
London, developed talk of a strike
because the board of trade refused
to recognize these men's union. They
will hold another meeting Sunday to
decide upon their course of ac
tion. Glasgow, Jan. 31 Several persons
were injured here today when the
police charged a crowd of strikers
with their batons. The mounted
police were called out and a num
ber of arrests were made.
The clash occurred in George
Square where strikers had been call
ed to meet at noon.
STATE AID TO
CONN. COMPANY
To Amount of $2,000,000
Cost of Investigating
City$3,0C0.
Hartford. Jan. 31. State aid to the
amount of $2,000,000 to the Connecti
cut Co. was proposed in a till offered
"by request." and unspjonsored in the
Fetipral jr,-rr,-intion bodv tflfiav Th.
! public utilities commission would first
! give hearings to determine the need
I and to decide the payments of the
sums as required.
The amendment to the Bridgeport
Taxpayers' league bill for inquiry into
affairs of that city, and ottered in the
Senate, would limit the expense of in
vestigation of $3,000 to be paid by the
city. Senator Harden said that it was
thought advisable to have a commit
tee determine if such an inquiry was
warranted, and upon his suggestion to
raise a committee to make the inquiry,
the amendment proposal went to the
cities and boroughs committee for a
report.
A Suffrage resolution by Senator
Dillon would give women the statu
tory rightt to vote for presidential and
rice presidential electors In 1920.
Senate TTiinrin r proposed In a
bill to have the state own ard main
I tain an eseentive mansion, without
IniiT TPTnpaiii T
rvi. itintAuu
SPENT MONTHS
IN HUN PRISON
Eeceived Horse Meat and
Black Bread for Supper
Menu Never Varied.
NOT COMPELLED
TO DO ANY WORK
Gives Story of His Experi
ences From Time He Went
"Over Top" to Release.
War is iun compared to being a
prisoner in the hands of the Ger
mans," was the manner in which Pri
vate Joseph Tetreault, Co. E, 106th
Infantry, 27th Division, expressed
himself today when he appeared ia
the common council chambers at city
hall to enroll with the "Committee to
Welcome Home Returning Soldiers.'"
Captured at Cambrai on Septembel
27, after he and 11 companions had
been cut off from their regiments by
a break through the Hindenburg line,
Private Tetreault spent two months
in the Hun prison camp at Westforde,
Germany.
Questioned about how the Germans
treated him in camp the Bridgeport
soldier said that he was not compell
ed to work but the food was bad.
A sample of the daily menu handed
out to prisoners by the Germans was
as follows:
Breakfast Coffee, made out of
hickory and acorns.
Lunch A bowl of soup made from
cabbage and turnips.
Supper Horse meat and black
bread.
According to the ex-prisoner the
only variation of this was something
worse. He said that the Germans
took everything from prisoners but
their money. This they were allow
ed to keep and could purchase food
at a canteen maintained at the camp.
Tetreault said that the prisoners
never knew exactly how much they
paid for the articles they purchased at
this camp. They just held out the
money and a Hun took as much as he
wanted.
Private Tetreault's own story of the
Incidents leading up to his being
taken prisoner is as follows:
"On the morning of September 27,
191S, we went over the top. The time
was 6:15 a. m. and we had Just re
placed the British troops about Cam
brai. Our object was to smash
through the Hindenbuhg line at this
point and to hold our ground at all
costs.
Continued On Page Eleven)
HOUSE THIEVES
UNDER ARREST
Property Stolen From
Rooming House is Recov
ered By Police.
Michael Pastelli, age IS, and Jos.
Ritter, 19, both of 78 Courtland
street, were arrested by Detective
Sergeant James Bray and Detective
John Burns this morning, and are
locked up at police headquarters
charged with theft.
Two gold watches, a suit of clothes
and an overcoat were stolen from
roomers at the above address yester
day, an-d a complaint was made to po
lice headquarters of the theft.
Bray and Burns were sent to the
house to investigate the matter, and
discovered that both Ritter and Pas
telli were strangers to the other
roomers, and that no one In the house
knew much about them.
After learning this the two detec
tives searched the room of the two
stra.ngers, and all of the stolen prop
erty was found concealed in a trunk
in the room occupied by Pastelli and
Ritter.
On being questioned after their ar
rest tne men broke down and con
fessed to having committed the rob
bery yesterday afternoon, while the
j house was
empty save for them-
selves.
The police state that there is rea
son to believe that the two young
men may have been concerned in oth
er robberies and burglaries about the
city, as the discription of the two
coincides with the discription of two
men, who held up a man on Hallet
street about a week ago.
Both Ritter and Pastelli state they
have been in Bridgeport but three
weeks, cominc from Xew Tort- R""r
is an automobile repairer and Pastelli
said he was a chauffeur.
SO.OOo MAT STRIKE
PaterBon, X. J., Jan. II. Thirty
thousand silk worker here will go on
strike Monday if the manufacturers
resist their employes' decision to en
force an eight-hour day, Louis Mag
net, local chairman of the United Tex
tile Workers of America, declared today.
Subscription rates by mall: Dally M.0O per year. One
month. Dally 60 cent. 17$ Fairfield Ave.. Bridgeport
1
Infer President Spoke
Of "Peace Of Loot" At
Recen
t C
Understood That the Proceedings of the Session Will Not
Be Made Public Until After Peace Is Declared
Compromise Plan on German Colonies.
Paris, Jan. 31 (By the Associated Press) The crisis in
the Peace negotiations over the disposition to be made of Ger
many's colonies seems to have passed, momentarily at least. It
is too early to say that President
in its entirety, but in American quarters there is confidence that
a compromise plan, which has been accepted in principle, will
be worked out with details which will be acceptable to the )
American viewpoint
When the Supreme Council
today it will have before it the very plain statement made by
President Wilson at Wednesday's late session. So particular
was Mr. Wilson to have an exact record of what he had said
that soon after entering the meeting he summoned one of his
personal stenographers and kept him at his side during the session.-
What he said did not appear in the official communique,
nor has it been disclosed with any official authority, but it may
be stated that it was a very clear re-affirmation of the principles v
for which the President has previously contended. In phrases ., .
stripped of diplomatic niceties, it is understood, Mr. Wilson tld '
the members of the Supreme Council he would not be party to
a division of Germany's colonial possessions among the powers
which now hold them, and then become party to a League of
Nations, which, in effect, would guarantee their title. There
are inferences that the President even referred to a "peace of
loot."
The net result of the past two days of discussion on the co
lonial question, in the opinion of many Americans here, has
been to clear the atmosphere generally and to force a clear defi
nition of aims on all sides.
In the discussions concerning the disposal of the former
German colonies, President Wilson contended in no uncertain
terms that to divide the colonies among the entente nations
would be in direct contravention of the "fourteen points" which
were accepted as a basis of pqace. Such a division, he is said
to have added, also would violate the principles of the League
of Nations as laid Aom at the Peace Conference last Saturday.
(Continued on Page Eleven)
GRAND LIST INCREASES
ALMOST THIRTY MILLIONS
LARGEST RECORDED GAIN
According to information made'
public today by Tax Commissioner
Arthur F. Connor, the new grand
list of the city of Bridgeport amounts
to $22"5,203,136, an increase over last
year's grand list of $29,963, 038. It is
by far the greatest jump in the
grand list in the city's history. The
Second district has an assessed val
uation of $223,817,239 and the First
district $1,385,897.
Assessed valuations of the factories
and corporations in Bridgeport
amount to $92,463,347, and the valua
tions on churches, clubs and societies
total $-4,392,807. The remainder of
the grand list is composed of private
dwellings, stores and places of busi
ness Many of the city's large corpora
tions have been assessed millions of
dollars over the figures on the 'books
of last year.
The Remington Arms and Ammuni
tion company is to be assessed on
$6,365,119. Last year this corporation
paid taxes on $4,995,372.
Valuation of the Remington Arms
LT. M. C. company is placed at $5,914.-
DECIDE ON ARMY
OF 500,000 MEN
Washington, Jan. 31. An army of
oOO.OOO men was unanimously decided
on today "by the House (Military Com
mittee as the basis for determining
the appropriation for army pay for
the year beginning next July. Com
mittee members said the numfoer was
expected to he the average force dur
ing the year.
The decision marked the beginning
of the committee' -work of framing
the annual military appropriation bill.
MeMbers said it has no bearing on
permanent future military policy and
that while pay was figured for a half
million men, it &id not follow that ap
propriations for various branches of
service would be such ao to provide
for an army actually organized as a
permanent force of that site.
Sun rises 7:06 a. m.
Sun sets .. .. 5:05 p. m.
High water 10:11 a. m.
Moon rises ........ 6:32 a, m.
Low water ........ 4:53 p. m.
PEICE TWO CENTS
3
onference
Wilson's view has prevailed
of the Peace Conference meets
250 on the grand list. Last year tbis
corporation and its Bridgeport hold
ings was valued at $5,725,771.
The Union Metallic Cartridge com
pany is asked to pay on $3,231,706.
Last year's figures amounted to $3,
035.182. The Bridgeport Brass company is
Increased from $2,998,427 to $4,001,466.
Leading all banks in the city in as
sessetl valuation the Finst-Briidjreport
NaUonal Bank has been- placed on the
books for $778,24:!. The First Univer
salist church is the highest of asBeosi
ble church property with $34,404.
Valuations placed on additional
Bridgeport corporations are as fol
lows: American Tube and Stamping Co.,
$2,796,235; American Chain Co., $1.
225,341; Bridgeport Gas Light Co.,
$2,641.59; Bridgeport Hydraulic Co.,
$1,701,055; Bullard Machine Tool Co..
$1,413,348; Crane Valve Co., $4,881,
777; Eastern Malleable Iron Co., $850,
709; Lake Torpedo Boat Co., $933,338;
Liberty Ordnance Co., $1,178,762; Saits
Textile Co., $1,310,358: Singer Manu
facturing Co., $3,858,641; Warner
Brothers Co.. $2,061,936.
PRIVATE JOHNSON
IS HOME AGAIN
Private Frederick J. Johnson,
nephew of Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Mul
lins of Noble avenue, is home dis
charged after seeing active service on
the battle front for five months. A
few months after his enlistment, Prl--vate
Johnson sailed for France In
April of 1918 and was continuously
in the trenches under shell Are. He
was at the drives at Alsace Lorraine
and GL Mihlel, where he was gassed.-
Although he bad many narrow
escapes. Private Johnsnn is in good
health and has complftfly recovered
from the gas attack. He arrived in
the United States in December and
received his honorable discharge on
January 2 8. Private Johnson will
now resume his duties in the office of
the Singer Manufacturing company
where he was employed previous to.
his enlistment.
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