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Sun rises 5:2l'a. m.
Sun sets 8:21 p. m.
High water T o.sa p. m.
Moon sets 12:55 a. m.
Low water . . 12:40 a. nr.
The .Weather Report
Tor Bridgeport and Tl- -elnltyi
Fair tonight; Frlday
partly cloudy.
and livening Parmer
VOL. 55 NO. 134 "FIST 1QO Entered as second dui matter at tile peat office
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German Ambassador Kept Other
Diplomats Away From Home Of
Part Owner Of Chicago Tribune
(About a Year Before America Entered the War Mrs.
Eleanor Patterson Managed to Get Rid of Kaiser's
Representative Ford Continues His Effort to Prove
That Newspaper Attacking Him Was Pro-German.
Mt. Clemens, Mich., June 5 Depositions from officials of
the Standard Oil Company and the International Harvester
Company were among those introduced today in the libel suit
of Henry Ford against the Chicago Trjbune. Editorials which
plaintiff contended show pro-Germanism on the part of the
Tribune also were read by Attorney William Lucking.
The depositions were from Frederick Davlri Aah who iliral.tr
of the Standard OH Company of New
mo anegea udoious editorial headed.
1 1917 has been vice president of the
secretary or the company; Arthur F. Corwin, who was vice president of the
Peno-Mex Fuel Company In 1916; President Harold F. McCormack, of the
International Harvester Company, who was vice-president of that corpora
tion in 1111; George A. Ranney. secretary and treasurer of the company
and Mrs. Eleanor Patterson, part owner of tho Tribune.
The depositions of the officials of the two big- corporations were deem
ed pertinent to suit by the plantlff in connection with his charge that the
Tribune wanted war with Mexico because It would benefit, the Harvester
company In obtaining; sisal from Yucatan and the Standard Oil Company
in tho matter of Mexican oil. The plaintiff charged that a distant rela
tionship between Harold F. McCormlck and Col. R- R. McCormick, one of
the defendants. Influenced the Tribune's policy.
Harold F. McCormlck deposed that Col. R. R. McCormlck was distant
ly related to him . He denied any Information or connection In Tribune af
fairs, or that he was consulted In any way as to Tribune policies.
Mr. Ranney deposed that Col. McCormick was a small stockholder In
the Harvester Company In 191 and the tatter's father, former Ambassador
Kobert 8. McCormlck recently deceased, owned 24 shares.
I Mr. Eames and Mr. Asche said
nune owners or editors na aisciaimea an tnempi to imiuence American
policy In Mexico. Mr. Asches company sold crud oil to the Standard, he
Mrs. Patterson's deposition concerned her acquaintance with the then
Oerman Ambassador Von Bernstorf f. She admitted that he called at her
home and that this had a deterrent effect on the making of similar calls
by the diplomatic representatives of countries at war with Germany. She
found means to terminate Von Bernstorffs visits about a year before the
United States broke relations with Germany, she said.
The editorials read Into the record Included one headed "bitter fruit,"
In which this sentence, emphasized by the plaintiff occurs. "Fate holds a
ripe apple to our lips In Mexico and bitter fruit In Flanders." Mr. Ford
alleges that this editorial supports his charge that the Tribune desired war
with Mexico so that American munitions would be diverted from the Allied
countries for use by the American
Cnder s sweltering hot sun which
taeveral hundred enthusiasts from
various . parts of this state and New
York braved today the first round
In the annual metropolitan 'amateur
golf tournament was played at the
Brooklawn Country club. Eighteen
holes were played this morning and
while most of the players labored un
der a "physical disadvantage due to
the extreme heat, the favorites man
aged to hold their own.
' A. L. Walker, Jr., of the Richmond
'Country club, the youth who so sur
prised the experts yesterday by regis
tering the best card in the qualifying
round, defeated J. D. Chapman of the
lOreenwIch club t up. The imatch was
sn Interesting one and the youth play
ed his usual spectacular, yet careful
!gmc. He not only played consistent
' ly, but he also proved himself to be a
truly consistent player.
Gardiner W. White of the Nassau
,-lub. who gave so much promise yes
terday, continued his clean cut golf
and defeated Orantland Rice, the well
Vg-tfiown New York newspaperman and
poet. . ""d 1. Mr. Rice, who did Ss
! holes v-esterdny In I7 found his op
ponent a rather difficult rival and he
I gave way to his masterly tactics.
Hamilton F. Kerr of the Greenwich
Iclub was too much for John M. Ward
'of the Garden City. U I., club and
won hl matcji up.
! Oswald Klrky. the present metro
1 polltan amateur champion, came
'through with a victory over A. F.
tl'nlnsctte of the New York Newspa
permen's Golf club. He won S up.
The champion showed a vast improve
ment over m . .
ternoon. While his play in the qual
ifying round was not the most en-
ed upon to improve as he learns more
of the difficult course that one now
finds at the Brooklawn club.
W Parker Seeley of the Brook
lawn Country nu
yesterday, turning In a card for the
dWy of 15t. defeated R. H. Gwaltney
ct the Balturol club S up. Mr. See
ley Is perhaps the most promising
player representing the local organiza
tion. Today he played with a straight
nd well balancea nann.
M.x Marston of the Baltusrol club.
also did good work, and defeated H.
B. Fsnn, of the Bnglewood club, by
tip. .
The following ' matches had not
been decided up to the time of going
to press this afternoon:
First mil r-roei vs. emwivui
rwrhmrt vs. Abbott.
I second Half HclUiwW vs. Be
.' Ttoar Lavdd .vs. Newton: Rbetc vs.
f Hsbard; Smith, vs. Stoddard; Stearns
Jersey at the time of publication of
"Ford is an Anrchlt and whn tnr;
company; Milton M. Karnes, assistant
they were not acquainted with the Trl-
troops on this continent.
Extreme satisfaction was expressed
this afternoon by members of the
committee which so capably arrang
ed the tournament. Inasmuch as it
is the first tournament staged since
1916, owing to the presence of war,
tremendous interest has been attract
ed with the result that the attend
ance has been even greater than the
estimates of the most liberal mem
bers. Those who watched young Walker
play could not help .but admirs the
player's work. He is extremely
careful of every move he takes. In
Gardiner W. White of the Nassau
club, he has a very dangerous op
ponent, who seems to Improve with
every session.
The second round will be played
tomorrow. -Drawings will be made
today. The semi-finals will be held
on Friday, while the championship
will be decided on Saturday morn
The committee on arrangements
for the convention of the State Police
association, to be held in this city on
June 25, composed of Assistant Super
intendent Charles H. Suckley, Lleuta
O'Leary, Walker, Sergts. McGovern,
Coughlln. Lyddy. McXamara. Rogera
and Sherwood,' have submitted a pro
gram for "the day.
On the evening of the 14th the ex
ecutive committee will meet at The
Stratfleld and later adjourn to the
Elks' club where they will be enter
tained. On the morning of the 26th about
11S delegates from all over the state
will hold a meeting at the Eagles'
club, from which hall they will pro
ceed to the Greenlawn Country club
for dinner. Invited guests will have
dinner at - the Black Rock Country
club where they will be Joined later
by the delegates.. The balance of the
day will be spent by both delegates
and invited guests at the Black Rock
Country club where a delightful pro
gram of entertainment has been ar
ranged. Bathing, music by a large
orchestra, artistic singing and danc
ing will help entertain the cops. A
buffet lunch will bs In service dar
ing the day. The dinner will consist
et ths bast seafood.
Men Mostly Russians and
Poles Want 8 Hour Day
at 52 Cents An Hour.
Seymour, Conn., June S Unskilled
men to the number of six hundred at
the Seymour Manufacturing company
are on strike today, and as these men
posteS themselves about the plant no
one else aside from the office force
was able to go to work. The officials
of the company, W. H. H. Worces
ter, president, and George Matthis,
superintendent said that they did not
know the reason for the strike. The
men want an increase in wages of 15
cents an hour which would give them
62 cents an hour for an eight hour
The strikers are mostly Poles and
Russians. The Seymour company
makes brass goods. During the war
fifteen hundred men were employed
largely on shells.
Jamestown. N. Y., June 5 The
employes In most of the fifty furni
ture factories of Jamestown went on
strike this morning, demanding an
eight hour day with nine hours pay
and an additional increase of ten per
cent for all employes. The strike wiil
affect 3,000 workmen, and many of
the plants have shut down or con
template doing so.
Atlanta, Ga., June & Both sides
remained outwardly detenmlned today
in the strike here of Western Union
and Bell Telephone company em
ployes, the telegraph company hav
ing announced that it would not re
employ those of its force who went
out yesterday in sympathy with the
telephone operators.
The telephone employes who struck
Monday, alleging discharge of union
operators, rtled, with tho possible
exception of about a dozen, to obey
Postmaster General Burleson's orders
to return to work yesterday.
Civilians, Incensed Over
Bomb Disclosures, Deter
mine to Drive Out
Winnipeg, June S. Mayor Charles
F. Gray was informed today that a
parade of several thousand soldiers
Intended to march to the trades and
labor council this forenoon, force en
trance if necessary, and demand that
all aliens be ousted from the Winnipeg'
"I understand the soldiers are so In
censed over the high handed methods
rof strike leaders and. insulting re
marks made by James ITAincan, the
Seattle labor leader, yesterday, that
they have threatened to wreck the la
bor temple and 'make an example' of
the leaders." said Mayor Gray. "I
shall urge the men to remember thai
law and order must be maintained."
Soldiers who attended, the mass
meeting where Duncan spoke yester
day declared he -referred to the re
turned soldiers as a bunch of lg
noramal." The city took over the distribution"
of milk and was arranging to provide
for toreaii distribution if necessary.
Columbia Graphophone
Company Will Employ
1,100 More Workers
Officials of the Columbia Grapho
phone Co. announced today that they
had recently employed 400 additional'
men, and that in the near future
this would be increased to between
1.400 and 1.500. The majority of
the new employes will work on a
night shift in the present factories
of the company. After machinery
is Installed In the property recently
purchased by the company they will
be transferred to new quarters.
James White refused to pay his
rent when demanded by his landlord,
harles Dlvida. 171 Gilbert street, this
nornlns. A policeman wax called
and White was arrested charged! here at 1:45 o'clock to continue the
with assault. The case will be heard j search. Following ths tracks of the
In ths City Court tomorrow-morn-j New Haven railroad, the plans pro
teg. . 1 ceMel In a southerly direction.
Many Workers Hurled To Death When
Spark Explodes Powder Car In
Germany Will Not Get Easier Terms, But Terms Easier
of Execution President Wilson Preparing to Visit
Belgium George Washington Ready to Sail on
Twelve Hours' Notice.
Austria's attitude towards
representatives at St. Germain
cially made known to the Allies. Advices from Vienna, how
ever, carry reports of official dissatisfaction with their provi
sions and a chorus of newspaper disprobation. There are in
dications nevertheless, that the
Completion of the Austrian treaty,
several clauses of which were missing
in Monday's presentation, is not likely
to occur this week, although the
peace conference leaders are giving
daily attention to the matter. The
missing clauses, it is stated, are likely,
to be presented to the Austrian rep
resentatives by note, as they become
Modifications In the terms of peace
with Germany seem to be approach
ing definite form. These alterations
it Is said are planned primarily not to
make the terms lighter for the Ger
mans but to render them easier of
execution. .
Apparently President Wilson, Pre
mier Lloyd. George and Premier
Clemenceau are disposed to fix a defi
nite sum of approximately $25,000,
000,000 as the amount of Indemnity
Germany will be called upon to pay,
and it seems possible that the first
instalment of about $5,000,000,000.
may not have to be paid for within
two years, as now stipulated, but
within four years.
The terms relative to Silesia and
Saare regions may be altered.
There seems, however, to be a gen
eral agreement that Germany will not
Washington, June 5 With their
fight in. Congress won after nearly
forty years of effort, advocates of
Woman Suffrage today turned their
attention to the various state legisla
tures, three-fourths of which must
ratify the constitutional amendment
before victory can be won. Realiza
tion of the hopes of leaders In the
equal suffrage campaign came late
yesterday with the adoption by the
Senate of the historic Susan B. An
thony constitutional amendment reso
lution which was adopted In the
House May 21. The vote was 56 to
There is a . diversion of opinion
among leaders as to whether the rati
fication, by the states of proposed
amendment can be secured in time
Announcement was made today that
H. H. Biggert, for tho past three
months general wosks manager of the
Columibia Graphophone .Company in
this city, has resigned. His successor
has not yet been appointed according
to officials of tho company.
Mr. Biggert came to this city from
Hamilton, Ont., Canada, where he had
been In the employ of the Harvester
company He succeeded C. A. Hanson
as general works manager of the
The future plans of Mr. Biggert
'could not be learned today, it being
said he was out of town.
There was rumor about the plant
today that Mr. Hanson may accede to
a request to return to his former po
Pittsfield. Mass., June G Lieut.
John W. Frost of New York and
Lieut. Ralph Starkweather of West
Medford, In a Curtlss airplane, made
a landing here this morning while In
search of Captain Mansell R. James.
missing British ace. The fliers left
the peace terms presented her
on Monday has not been offi
people as whole are somewhat
be permitted to enter the League of
nations at once.
The establishment of the Rhenish
republic by the people of'Rhlneland
provinces of Germany is not looked
upon seriously in American circles at
the peace conference, it is said. Dis
patches from German sources declare
that French authorities have akn a
prominent role In the setting up of
the hew government.
President Wilson is likely to go to
Brussels next week on his long de
ferred visit to Belgium.
His ship, the George Washington,
has been ordered to be ready to steam
for the United States on 12 hours no
tice, any time after midnight to night.
Jugo-SIav forces which are invad
ing the provinces of Carinthia are re
ported to be advancing, the village
of Volkermarkt, northeast of Klag
enfurt, capitol of Carinthia, having
been evacuated by the Austrian troops
defending It. The reported capture
of Petrograd which was announced
early this week In a- telegram from
Vardoe to Copenhagen, seems to be
without foundation. Esthonian forces
are quite a distance west of the former
Russian capitol and are being sub
jected to heavy attacks by the Bol
shevik! over a wide front.
for the women all over the country
to vote in the next presidential elec
tion. Few state legislatures now are
In session. Those in session, include
Massachusetts, . Illinois, Pennsylvania,
Michigan and Wisconsin. Regular or
special sessions of the law making
bodies In Texas, Georgia and Alabama
are due this ornext month, while the
legislatures of Louisiana, New Jersey,
Maine, Iowa, Kentucky, South Caro
lina, Mississippi, Virginia and Mary
land are not scheduled to meet before
next ' year. 1
Because of pressing reconstruction
problems, however, special legislative
sessions are expected to be called in
a number of these states. Where none
are called for, the suffragists will de
mand special sessions, it was an
nounced. Mannheim, Wednesday, June 4
When the project of the Rhenish re
publio was first broached, . Marshal
Foch, commander-in-chief of the Al
lied armies, was approached through
occupation officers and asked wheth
er the Rhinelanders could work for
a republic without the risk of being
dqisciplined by Germany, according to
the Neue Baden Landeszeitung. The
newspaper states that Marshal Foch
and Premier Clemenceau of France
conferred on the subject and sent a
reply to the Rhinelanders that "the
German government would never
again have anything to do with( the
left bank of the Rhine, and. hence,
the propagandists could not be pun
ished." It is further suggested that France
will help the new republic economic
ally so as to lighten the financial In
demnity chargeable to the Palatinate.
Marshal Foch has notified the Centrist
members of the national assembly, ac
cording to the newspaper, that he
would relieve their electors from ths
necessity of paying indemnities.
Copenhagen, June 4 Persistent re
ports that Petrograd has been cap
tured are "very premature." accord
ing to a statement from ths official
Esthonian press- bureau, her.
Accident Said To Be Direct Result of Violationof the
Law" Which Forbade Transportation of Powder on
Trains Carrying Passengers Identification of Bodies
Impossible Greatest Disaster in- Wilkesbarre District.
Wilkesbarre, Pa., June 5 Seventy-eight men lost their
lives in the Baltimore No. 2 tunnel of the Delaware and Hudson
Coal Company explosion and fire today and 31 were injured,
according to a list given out by the company officials at noon
today. Forty-one bodies have been identified and 36 remain
unidentified. The company's injured list is.not complete and
it is certain that the number of injured will reach about forty.
Men were blown everywhere, hut most of deaths were caused by fire
and suffocation.
The accident occurred shortly before 7 o'clock. A train of empty cars
was sent to the mouth of the tunnel to take the men into the chambers.
One hundred men piled Into the cars, which were drawn by an electric mo
tor. Near the end' of the train was a car of black powder.
When 200 feet in the tunnel, the trolley wire broke and fell. Sparks
ignited the powder and Instantly there was an explosion that sent the bodies
of men flying in all directions.
Flames caused the greater loss of life, many of the bodies being burn
ed to a. crisp. Other men who were burned and were trying to reach safety,
died of suffocation.
When rescuers reached the tunnel, dead and dying were scattered every
where. The injured were rapidly removed and sent to hospitals as quick
ly as ambulances could be provided, and the dead were brought out and
placed In tiers on the ground. Hospitals quickly filled, and morgues were
filled to overflowing.
East End last night was the scene of great gaiety. That section of the
city welcomed home boys from the 811th field artillery. Bands were out,
flags were flying, red fire burned, people laughed and shouted. Within
12 hours all was changed. The fathers of some of the soldiers were among
the dead.
Identification of the bodies Is almost Impossible. Many of them are
charred beyond recognition. The limbs of some, the heads of others are
missing. At 930 a. m.. it was said between 75 and 100 were killed, or had
died from injuries.
The death list Is rapidly growing.
As the bodies were removed from the
mine, living and dead, they were piled
on the green about the colliery. Many
of the injured lived but a short time.
Hundreds of women, men and chil
dren, gathered about the tunnel. As
they lifted the blankets from the
bodies women fainted, men lost their
nerve, and children ran away In
fright. The bodies of scores were
removed to the morgues, where the
work of Identification is being carried
on with little success.
The death list was made large by
the flames and the sulphur fumes
which filled the tunnel. The fire did
not last long, but It was long enough
to make a heavy death toll. Many
of the men were killed outright,
parts of their bodies being found in
the wreckage.
Rescuers got into the mine with
hose and played streams of water on
the flames. While they were doing
this the cries of the dying and tho
injured were heard above the roar
of the flames.
Today's catastrophe Is next to the
greatest this section of the anthracite
coal fields -has seen.
Mine officials and state officials were
on the scene promptly, but their ef
forts were directed solely to the
work of rescue. There were enough
men to meet all needs for the work
Inside the mine, but the chief trou
ble during the early hours was in
Felix Kalewerowltz of Southport,
who was arrested, charged with an
assault on his wife and driving her
out of their home, committed suicide
in the Fairfield lockup during the
night by hanging himself with his
belt to the cell bars. He was all right
at o'clock this morning but when
the keeper visited ths eel at 4:30 he
found him hanging from the bars. He
had been dead for some time. The
body was brought to the morgue of
Mullins, Scott A Redgats on Golden
Hill street, to await action by the
With his throat cut from ear to ear,
Charles Miller of 411 State street.
Lisbon, Wednesday, June 4 Presi
dent Cato y Castro, presented his
resignation to Congress today. Con
gress smid acclamations, voted to ask
the president to reconsider his action.
The president ultimately agreed to
retain his office.
There have been Quits serious dis
orders in Portugal during the last few
months. The most recent occurred
in May, which, according to reports,
was put down by government forces
The disorders were Incident to a
movement toward the re-establishment
of a monarchy, the conservative
powers being reported to nave given
the - monarchists at least their moral
support. . , ' . , v
Coal Tunnel
getting nurses, doctors and sup
plies. The death list, with one exception,
the greatest that has ever occurred
In this vicinity.
More than 100 mine workers were
riding to their work crowded -into
what Is known as a "trip" of mine
cars drawn by a motor. The rear
car carried 12 kegs of black powder
used for blasting loose the coal in the
chambers. When the train had gone
about 200 feet from the entrance the
trolley wire snapped and the sparks
touched off the powder.
There was a roar and In an in
stant every man and boy oh the train
was either dead or dying. Mangled
bodies were found everywhere by the
rescue crews which rushed Into the
mine. Fire fighters, working fran
tically, soon succeeded in subduing
the flames which followed the blast.
Those who bad not already suc
cumbed were so badly burned that In
nearly every case death is a matter
of only a short time.
Carelessness and violation of mine .
laws of the state caused the great
loss of life. One of the most drastic
provisions of the anthracite mime
code is tho section forbidding the
transportation 6f men on a car or
train which carries explosives. Yet
the train of little cars conveying its
freight of miners had attached to Its
rear a car of a dozen kegs of pow
der. Investigation will be made to
disclose whether the men or the com
pany is responsible for this violation
of the law. .
was found lying In a pool of blood at
his home by his wife, Laura, this
morning at 10 o'clock. Mrs. Miller
immediately called the Emergency
hospital and Dr. B. J. Burns respond- -ed
in the ambulance. The dying man
was placed into the ambulance and
expired on the way to St. Vincent's -hospital.
That Miller took his own life Is
certain. Mrs. Miller says that her
husband has been in poor health for
six months.
The suicide Is a native of Danbury
and was employed for' several years
in that town as a hatter. During the ,
war he was engaged as an inspector
at the Remington Arms.
Pittsburgh, Pa., June 6 With the
arrest of George Oliver; 28, of Cleve
land, police today believed they were
on the trail of the anarchists, respon
sible for Monday night's bomb - ex
plosions here. Oliver, who had been
sought since shortly after the blasts
at the homes of Federal Judge W. H.
8. Thompson and Immigration In
spector W. . W. Sibrary, was . taken
Into custody last rnjdnlght.
John Johnson, president of the"
local I. W. W., and 14 other alleged
anarchists, were being examined to
day by agents of the department of
Justice. . ' " '

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