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THE TIMES: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 1919
THE BRIDGEPORT TIMES
And Evening Farmer.
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XHCBSDAY, QCTOIJKR 30, 1919.
Mayor, Allen E. Vincent
City Clerk, Francis P. Dunnigan
Town Clerk, Edward E. Lynch
Tax Collector, Edward A. Drew.
City Treasurer, Moses W. Manwaring.
Board of Education, E. II. Dilion and Dr. E. F. McGovern
Selectmen, James Small. James Griffin and Thomas
City Sheriffs, W. J. Meade, Joseph A. AlUeri and Oscar
MR. STORKS AND
lf R. STORRS of the Connecticut Company explained the
iVJL six, eight, ten and 12 cent fare to the Chamber of
Commerce, yesterday, admitting, however, that he regarded
:he five cent fare proposal of the Lashar commission as a prac
tical plan, provided the city had taken the necessary steps to
carry out the plan.
Storrs wasn't very happy over the admission, in fact it was
wrung from him by the close questioning to which he was sub
mitted. Storrs doesn't want the Bridgeport lines separated from
the dead wood in the Connecticut Company. He doesn't want
the lines separately operated here.
The proof of his position is simple. The Connecticut lines
are in ward of the United States Circuit court. The Lashar
plan requires the city attorney to go before the Circuit court,
to ask the court to modify its decree, respecting the Connecticut
Company, so that the Bridgeport lines may for a period be se
parated in their operation, their accounting and their fares
from the other parts of the system.
Mr. Storrs absolutely declined to join his company with
the city in a request for a modification of the decree.
Nevertheless Mr. Storrs as a reasoning man, was oblig
ed to admit that the Lashar plan is practical, if the city will
carry it out, and did make the admission, though reluctantly.
The question which the people of Bridgeport are to ask, is
Why hasn't the city proceeded under the Lashar plan, to
get a three and five minute service and five cent fares.
Mr. Storrs, rxS the head of the Connecticut Company, and
.i AJaan vib.o doesn't want the Lashar experiment tried, as a
nan who doesn't want the Connecticut system cut up into
larts, may know why the city administration prevents five
ent fares, and brings in six, eight, ten and twelve cent fares,
hit he didn't tell. This is unfortunate. It would be interest
ng to know why the administration, since March 3, 1919, has
ugeonholed the Lashar recommendations and the five cent
It will not be forgotten in this connection that one of the
maxims of the administration, as expressed by its chief lead
er, is that money will be made by any means that do not put a
man in jail.
HEN THE Graphophone strike was in process, an un
fortunate and badly managed affair, certain facts
were alleged against Sam Lavit, leader of the strike, by per
sons who had the right to have their testimony received.
Some of these persons produced an I. W. W. due book,
made out to Lavit. The book had the appearance of authenti
city, seemed entirely regular, and The Times printed it for
what it appeared to prove.
Later, within a few days, it was established that the I. W.
W. card was genuine, but that Lavits name attached to it, had
been forged. The facts which proved the forgery were imme
diately and willingly printed in The Times. '
No honorable newspaper will, and no honorable man ought
to desire to maintain an injurious falsehood about any man.
whether the humblest or the greatest, a labor leader, or the
President of the United States.
This was not the only injustice to Lavit into which the
newspapers were betrayed upon the false statements of men
who appeared to be honorable and responsible.
In order to end the strike Mayor Wilson brougr.r Iavit by
force to his office in City Hall, and there subjected him to a
threat of arrest, under a framed accusation of the vilest sort.
From City Hall the news was conveyed to The Times that
Lavit must leave town within 24 hours, and The Times printed
that, upon the faith of the city government.
Lavit did not leave town within 24 hours. He did not leave
town at all.
He is now in town, and daily speaks before the factories of
Bridgeport to thousands of workers in all parties. He is sur
rounded by police. Usually there are stenographers present.
Under these conditions Lavit describes Mayor Wilson in
terms which no self respecting man would endure; speaks of
him in language that must scorch Cliff Wilson to his soul, and
Cliff Wilson stands it and must stand it.
Probably the whole history of official life in Connecticut
shows no official action more dastardly, more deliberately vio
lative of the principles of justice which are safeguarded in the
American constitution, than the assult upon the honor and the
jiberty of Sam Lavit committed by the mayor of Bridgeport,
for no better reason probably, than that he supposed he could
,;ain himself a few votes. .
- Lavit formed the American Labor party. This party, out
of sheer resentment of the infamy of the city government, join
ed the Fusion and the Democratic party, in nominating Allen
E. Vincent, not to promote the principles of the party, but to
meet an emergency, and to join with other decent people in
cleaning up a dirty mess.
Lavit is a sick man. He is in an advanced stage of tuber
culosis. He has a wife and a little baby. Tdiose who have seen
him know he has not long to live. Those who did not sympa
( Continued in Last Two Columns)
THE ZONE SYSTEM
OfI GOAL STRIKE
(Continued from Pasre one.)
"In order to interfere as little as
possible with the normal course of
coal traffic, the railroad administra
tion up to the present time, has per
mitted coal to go to the designated
consignees. For the last two weeks
open top equipment has been devoted '
to coal leading to the exclusion of
other classes of traffic and the move
ment of such equipment has been ex- j
peditcd so as to faciiitate the maxi- !
mum production of coal. The result I
i:a i. an exceptionally heavy coal;
"ii. h;iu!i5 become necessary, how- I
ever, to be prepared to insure against
all temporary contingencies, that the .
transportation service foe protected,
regional directors have now been in- '
struc;ed to see that each railroad '
shall accumulate a necessary reserve
of coal when it is not already on
hand, purchasing such coal if possible
and otherwise holding coal in transit.
The praciice thus resorted to is a i
practice which railroads have always
employed in emergencies whether un
der private or public control and has i
been recognized as indispensib'.e to :
the mokitainance of an essential pub
lic service. ;
"In holding such coal, exemptions
will be made as far as possible of
coal destined io certain classes of
consignees in the following order of
priority, which is the basis of priority
adopted dur'ng the war by the fuel
''1 Steam railroads; inland and
coastwise vessels. i
"2 Domes'.', including hotels, hos
pitals and asylums. I
"3 Navy Rivl army.
"A Public utilities, including
plants and suih portions of plants as
supply light, heat and water for pub
"5 Producers and manufacturers
of food, including refrigeration.
"6 National, state, county and
municipal government emergency re
quirements. "7 Bunkers and other marine
emergency requirements not specified
"8 Producers of newsprint papers
and plants necessary to the printing
and publication of dtiily newspapers.
"Coal held in transit is not to be
unloaded in storage nor use until ac
tually needed, so that If its use is
later found necessary it can be for
warded to destination whenever prac
ticable. "Instructions issued provide that
there will be as little disturbance as
possible in the distribution of coal
but at the same time protecting the
necessities of the railroads which
have a public duty to perform."
j DISPUTE OVER A
CAUSE OF SUIT
A "dispute aibout payment for a car
load of Be.n Davis aupies resulted in a
: lawsuit being; brought by Henry Hres
i ky &. S0113, local produce dealers,
: against Samuel Cold of this city,
which action was tried today bjre
Judge Webb in the Superior court
The wholesalers ax-e asking- for $1,000
i damages. -Gold admits ordering a car
1 load of apples from the plaintiff com
j pany in January, but says the
fruit was not of the quality K:pre
: sented to him toy the company. The
court reserved decision.
Ail Hold Up Hands
For Allen E. Vincent
Sam Lavit addressed 700 men -in the
pouring rain, before the Singer Com
pany plant, today, at noon. .early
every man held up his hand for Vin
cent. Not a single hand was shown
when the call for Wilson votes was
made. Lavit will conclude his work
for the American Labor party, to se
cure the election of Vincent," before
the IT. M. C. Co. plant at noon to
morrow. FAVORABLE REPORT
Washington, Oct. SO. At the request
of Attorney General Palmer the Sen
ate immigration committee today or
dered a favora.ble report on the House
i bill providing for deportation and
! permanent exclusion from the United
States of alien anarchists.
NEW EXPRESS REGULATIONS.
New Tork, Oct. 30 Attention was
called by the American Railway Ex
press Company here today to the new
regulaiions, effective December 10,
which prevent the shipment of all ex
press packages over 25 pounds unless
packed in wooden containers or car
tons of fireboard, pulp board or cor
rugated straw board material of
specified "test strength." The new
regulations do not affect shipments
under 25 pounds.
SMALL FIRE AT LAKE COMPANY
Firemen responded to an alarm
from the Lake Torpedo Company's
plant at 4 o'clock this morning, and
extinguished a fire among 6ome tar
barrels which had been stored in a
shed. There was no damage.
MANY NEW ARRESTS.
Washington, Oct. 30 Many new ar
rests in a number of states for viola
tions of the food and fuel control law
are expected soon by the Department
TEAMSTER BADLY INJURED.
Christopher Frerson, 59, a team
ster, fell from his team at the railroad
viaduct on Water street this morning
and sustained a possible fracture of
the skull and internal injuries. He
was taken to St. Vincent's hospital by
Dr. J. B. Burns in the Emergency
A successful rally of Re,pu'bliean
supporters was held last night at the
State street Casino when John T.
King, told of the work of the pres
ent administration. Red Are and a
parade from headquarters preceded
Other speakers were Senator John
Dillon, of Shelton; Judge John S.
Pullman and-W. H. Comley, Jr.
Executive Board States No
Indianapolis, Oct. 30 Backed by
sentiment displayed in yesterday's
conference of oilicials of the union,
the executive board of the United
Mine Workers of America met here
today to finish preparatory work in
cidental to the coming strike of bi- 1
tuminous coal miners. No develop
ment could avert a strike, It was
stated, but some change in the atti
tude of the operators might result in
the shortening of the tieup, according
to uii-'n men.
A few of the district presidents and
members of the scale committee re
mained over for today's meeting, but
most of them were enrouie to their
home districts to direct the locals in :
putting the strike into effect. j
More than 350,000 bituminous
miners will be affected by the strike
order and an immediate and complete
tieup of the soft coal industry is pre
dieted by the union leaders, They '
expressed confidenje that several
thousand non-union miners would
follow the organized men in their
Pittsburgh, Oct. 30 The dawn of
Saturday will find more than 100,000
coal miners of Western and Central
Pennsylvania and West Virginia on
strike, according to officers of the
United Mine Workers of America, in
the two districts, who have declared
that the men will obey orders of their
leaders to walk out.
In the Pittsburgh district alone
there were 30,000 miners ready to quit
work at the hour set for the strike,
according to union representatives,
while in the central and western
Pennsylvania fields many of the 150,
000 men were not expected to enter
the mines during the first few days
of the walkout
Union leaders in the West Virginia
fields have announced that they ex
pect 54,000 miners to answer strike,
and operators said that part of the
3,000 union men in the non-union
fields of that state might walk out.
Last honors were paid to the late
Captain George B. Coley at his fu-
' neral at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon,
which was held from the First Pres
, byterian church. The Rev. Alexan-
der Alison, Jr., and the members of
the Hamilton commandery, Knights
Templar, performed the Masonic
! rites at the church and at the grave.
Patrolman John Hughes rendered sev
eral vocal selections and the Wheel
er & Wilson band accompanied the
funeral procession playing appro
Four platoons, comprising 96 men
of the police department and delega
tions from Odd Fellows. Elks and the
Masons were in attendance. Supt.
John H. Kcdgate and his aid, Assist
ant Superintendent Suckley, led the
procession, followed by the platoons.
Captain John H. Regan was in charge
of the first platoon; Captain Philip
Blansfield, second; Captain John
O'Connell, third, and Lieutenant Wm.
O'Leary, fourth. Following the
, platoons were Mayor Clifford B. Wil
son, Police Commissioners Stanley,
; Murphy, Anderson and Primrose.
Friends and relatives of the deceas
ed occupied a number of carriages.
The pall-bearers comprised men of
! the police department and the honor
ary pall-bearers comprised a dele,
gation of the Knights Templar. Tha
interment was at Mountain Grovt
Archangel, Wednesday, Oct. 29
A further advance of the North Rus
sian army is reported by the general
staff today. Its statement claims that
the anti-Bolshevik forces have reached
Birumcheff, 150 versts south of
Onega, where they have formed a
junction with the forces operating on
the railway front. In the Onega sec
tor the capture of 2,000,000 car
tridges, 1,000 shells and other booty
MOBILIZE NATIONAL GUARD.
1 uenver, joio., Oct. 3U iUODinzation
' of the Colorado National Guard for
the protection of miners who wish to
work in case a strike of soft coal
miners occurs November 1 was begun
today upon instructions from Gover
The National Guard,' approximately
1,200 strong, is ordered to mobilize
at Golden and Trinidad by Friday
STRIKE COMMITTEE APPROVES.
Toungstown, Ohio, Oct. 30 The
national strike committee at Pitts
burgh has endorsed the stand taken
by the Amalgamated Association of
Iron, Steel and Tin Workers, that
contracts with steel plants made before-
the strike shall be held Inviolate,
and all Amalgamated men under
such contracts have been ordered to
return to work.
SUES FOR $5,000.
Another chapter in the litigation
which has surrounded the apartment
house at West avenue and State street
was heard in the Superior Court today
when Sehwarz Bros., local building
contractors, started suit against the
Colonial Construction Cot, owners of
the building for $5,000 damages and
foreclosure of a judgment lien.
Sehwarz Bros claim there Is balance
of ?3,100 due them for services in
constructing the building in 1916 and
1917. There are a large number of
attachments already : on the prop
erty. . ".- - . ..
ARE PAID TO
ITALIAN CIRCLES 1
Paris, Oct. SO Rumors received
here that the American government
had refused to accept the latest pro
ject put forward by Foreign Minister
Tittoni for the settlement of the
Flume question caused a display of
deep emotion in Italian conference
circles In Paris.
Although no official confirmation of
the rumor has been received, the
Italian delegates generally feel that
the information is correct and the
delegates are showing great disap
pointment. While the heads of the
Italian mission maintain their courte
ous, diplomatic manner, lesser mem
bers of the delegation are outspoken,
saying the decision would prolong in
definitely the perplexities and anxie
ties now facing the Italian govern
ment. It appears to be the general feeling
in Italian circles that Italy has reach-
ed the extreme limit of possible con-
cessions and will stana on her present
position, it is said Italy's position on
her foreign policy will be consolidat-
ed by the coming elections and that
Parliament has resolved to sustain
the government along the lines of
Foreign Minister Tittoni's proposed
The French newspapers generally
concur in the Italian point of view. ;
expressing surprise at the American j
RIOHAR BRINSLEY SHIRIDKN
Let the world that owes a debt to
genius take off its hat to its knees.
Let a faithless friend and a George
IV.! arise from his ashes, and, paler
than the lining of his marble tomb,
bend before bruised genius. Richard
thanks we owe to thee!
The author of the "School for
Scandal," the wittiest comedy in "'e
English language; the author of "The
Rivals," of "The Duenna," of "The
Critic," etc., Richard Brinsley Sheri
dan, poet, dramatist, orator and
statesman, was born in Dublin, Ire-
land, on October, 30th, 1751. Amidst i
the efficient suns of that brilliant, 1
that blinding, literary era, the era
there were giants in the earth in
those days the name of Sheridan
glitters, eloquence that lingers among
great utterances that "dart fire into
men". At school at Harrow, young
Sheridan was a favorite. That airy,
sparkling face was to make friends
all through life, destined to love with
almost fatal passions; that bubbling
wit that tossed off great comedies;
that scorching eloquence that held L
House of commons of noted debaters
and men of genius enthralled for five
hours at a time, was to end in penury
and weii-nigh disgrace, forsaken by
a Prince whom his pleadings before
the House had lifted over extremely
rough places and threatened public,
In 1770, m Bath whither the family
of the sheridans had removed, sheri-
dan met the beautiful Miss Linly,
whose portrait by Gainsborough hangs
today at Knoie, Kent. To protect
the beautiful singer from thronging
suitors, some of these reckless liber-
tines, to have her, ah, there was no
half way measures with men of the
Eighteenth century! Sheridan ro-
maticaiiy escorted Miss Liniey to a
nunnery in France (for papa did not
favor the suit of a man who had only
his genius for a bankbook), on the
way to the continent, the young lovers
the libertine Matthews whose illicit
conffd'eT to Sheridam'hot6 wTrt
the big baying days of deep-souied
men, prize hounds In the blue ribbon
contests of life,
men of duels, and j
deep play, and deep bumpers, and :
deep passions men of genius, how- !
ever. The father of the "beautiful
Miss Liniey" was at last won over,
and Sheridan and his youthful bride
took a house in London. Relying on
his wits, Sheridan furnished the house
grandly, and entertained like the
fashionable world. "The Rivals" was
produced in 1775. It took that place
on the stage which It has never lost.
There followed "St. Patrick's Day";
and then "The Duenna". And now
Sheridan became part owner, with
Garrick of Drury Lane Theatre.
Comedy after comedy followed from
his sparkling pen.
"School for Scandal
in 1777. It immediately established
Sheridan's fame. In the dreadful
years .mat. were io ionow, tne gen
erous Byron pronounced, thus. UDon
his friend "Brinsley": "He has
wniien tne Dest comedy; the best
opera, the best farce; the best ad
dress (Monologue on Garrick) and,
to crown all, delivered the best ora
tion (the famous Begum speech in
conceived or heard in this country."
When Sheridan heard this next day
thYr,iioVi htc V, . . .
tears, "strange fate", says Thomas
Moore, "the Stage that was to be his
glory and his ruin; the property which
made his master, was exactly of that
i treacherous kind which not only de
ceives a man himself, but enables
him,ato deceive others; and thus com
bined all that person of Sheridan's
carelessness and ambition had most
to dread. An uncertain income, by
evading calculation gave an excuse
for improvidence, amidst the intoxi
cation of as deep and thick draught
of fame as ever a young author
quaffed. Scarcely had the' zest of
this excitement worn off, when he
became the companion and friend of
nobles and princes. Sheridan entered
Parliament in 1780. Here his bril
liance glittered in impassioned de
bate. In the notorious banquets at
Oarleton House where the Prince of
Wales was host, Sheridan was a
sparkling figure. He was the friend
of the Prince, "The first Gentleman
in Europe," who lifted a toast as
none of the others has done before
or since, and whose outrageous pro
fligacy and extravagance overflowed
into the days of the R-egency when
the Insanity of the king, George III,
made the Regency obligatory for the
There followed the fearful decline.
Debts, debts and more debts for
Sheridan to pay who could not.
He was seized, and Imprisoned in a
sponging house for debt. Theatre and
Parliament closed to him most hor
rible of all; health failing; his young
wife's death, from consumption;
Iebts, debts, petty borrowings from
jhe few friends left in hi adversity.
THE OFFICIAL A. E.
October 30, morning (No. 173) North of Verdun our
troops have occupied Aincreville, and have established their
lines just north of the village. Lively artillery fighting oc
curred during the night at various points along the front.
In the Woevre our patrols successfully engaged hostile
detachments and captured prisoners.
October 30, evening (No. 174) On the Verdun front the
day was marked by heavy artillery fire east of the Meuse. An
enemy raid on our lines east of Beaumont was repulsed.
In the Woevre our patrols were again active and brought
Our pursuit squadrons operating on the front of the 1st
Army shot down 21 enemy airplanes and two observation bal
loons. Two of our machines are missing.
(Continued from First Two Columns)
thize with his activities as a labor leader, feel sorry for him be
cause he has been shamefully abused.
Dne miff Wilcm rpnfnt of hi chjimpfnl rrmrlnV't toward n
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dying man. He feels only a desire to mllict a further injury
upon Lavit. Not daring to replv directly to Lavit's burnimr.
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contemptuous and continued accusations Cliff Wilson stands
by while a nameless signature, ''The Republican Town Com-
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mittee, asks Who is Sam Lavit? and reproduces from The
Times, the facts and the photographs of the I. W. W. due card.
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Reproducing from colunis of The Times the statement
which proved that the name of Lavit was forged to the I. AY.
YV. book, and that hence the accusation that he was a member
of the order must be deemed untrue.
Somewhere in politics there may be a case of brutal slan
der against a dying man more cold blooded, more unscrupu
lous and more relentless than
Lavit goes about upon the business of the American Labor
partv, mostly alone. lie is countenanced in what he savs about
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umi Vinson jjv most ui muse
Thousands, when he is done speaking, hold up their hands
for Vincent. Two or three hold up their hands for Cliff Wil
son. Those who do hold up their hands for Cliff act like men
When Cliff Wilson meets Sam Lavit in that Beyond to
: which all men pass, Cliff Vvilson will have some explaining to
UNDAY MOVIES and baseball are a fixture in Bridgeport,
r, , . i - ti i i ut i-
m Connecticut and m the world. A better appreciation
0 the conditions of modern industrial life has brought clergy-
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men, manufacturers, workers and lawmakers to the sound
conclusion that innocent recreation makes people better and
x, c, v,
the Sabbath better.
The modern definition of worship includes not alone the
deeper and holier duties of religious devotion, but all things
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innocently and usefully done by which men are made better
jn(J haDDier ' 1
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The change from the old time Sabbath, when all forms of
recreation were forbidden has come slowlv in New England,
but come to stay. The change is not the product of any one
man's opinion. It proceeds from a conviction that has arisen
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slowly in the minds of the multitude. 1 lie change has not come
to One community, but to all .
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Mr- Yincent, who in so short a time will be the mayor of
Bridgeport, touched upon the matter of Sundav recreation, in-
his remarks to the Seventh District voters last night, saying
that he will favor Suridav pictures and Sundav baseball as ex-
Cellent and USefl11 after divinC worship, for making Hie
Sabbath the happiest and best day of the week.
ALTER B. LASHAR, George W. Eames and W. E. See
ley, were appointed a commission to investigate
traffic conditions in Bridgeport.
On June 3, 1919, they reported to the Common Council,
that the trolley service was abominable, that the trolley cars
ought to run on a three and five minute headway, that six cent
fares were a futility, that more safety cars should be used, that
five cent fares should be charged.
Nothing the mind of man could imagine could be more op-
' nosed to the zone svstem to the
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IfXlu Bjaicm ivi i;nui,(.pui i uiuii liiu n.(.uimin.iiuaiiuil3 Ul tills
The Lashar report did not
tions, but instructed the city government how to proceed to get
the five cent fare.
The city government buried the
months ago, and it is buried now.
Despite this evidence unalterably conclusive as to what
the truth is, the Republican town Committee, has the effron-
tery to say that the zone system
I fnr-rl anrl Walter R. Ijflshar.
mu rn: i
I x lie iiuics uucn i
but it does know that Walter Lashar backs the five cent fare i
for Bridgeport and opposes the six, eight, ten and twelve cent
fare for Bridgeport. I
The Times also knows that the city government has side '
tracked the five cent fare for Bridgeport, and greased the traeks
foi" the six, eight, ten and twelve cent fare for Bridgeport. '
Lashar concludes his statement, with a single interesting
line. He says:
"You can lock your door against a thief, hut damn a liar."
LOOKING BACK 50 YEARS
(From The Farmer, Thursday, October 30, 1869)
The bill board Corner of Main and State street has been,
set back off the sidewalk.
The funeral of Elder Ileman Bangs, will be attended at the
First Methodist church in New Haven, tomorrow afternoon1 at
2:30 o'clock. "
Our lady readers should not fail to read the advertisement
of Messrs. Birdsey and Morgan, the dry goods men. They have
a large stock of all the latest styles of goods and invite the pub
lic to examine them. ;...-.
The faculty of Trinity college having forbidden the use of
the "football, the freshmen of that institution had a solemn fun
eral ceremony Monday night, buried a ball, and indulged in ora-
tions, poems and' dismal songs
YEAR AGO TODAY
this, but such a case is yet to be
sm near mm.
six, eight, ten and twelve cent
n, anra,-.t; u:
confine itself to recommenda-
Lashar report seven
is backed by Charles G. San-
nf c-fj v,i.
nai jjoiciu -nr. oamuru ucicivo,
over the sepulchre. -