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ALMANAC FOB TODAY Sum rises 6:29 a. in. Sun sets 4:44 p. in. High water 9:21 p. m. Moon sets . . 4:44 a. in. Ix)v water 2:48 a. m. Bridgeport and vicinity Fair; Friday increasing cloudiness and warmen AND EVENING FIRMER VOL. 55 NO. 265 EST. 1790 5,teB'rasr? theW BRIDGEPORT, CONN., THURSDAY, NOV. 6, 1919 Subscription rates by mall: Dally KM per year. One month. Dally 50 cents. 179 Fairfield Ave.. Bridgeport PRICE TWO CENTS m. " MINERS r -1 AA Li 1U ' . SIX PASSENGER TRAINS REMOVED FROM SERVICE IN MIDDLE WEST TWO MORE STATES PLEAD FOR RELIEF FROM SHORTAGE. Chicago, Nov. 6 (By the As sociated Press) The dispute between bituminous coal oper ators and union miners which resulted in virtual cessation of production throughout the country last Friday night con tinued deadlocked today with leaders of both producers and miners agreed that the refusal of the department of justice toj wimuraw me mjuncuon pro ceedings against officers of the United Mine Workers of Amer ica had swept away hope of immediate settlement of the strike. As the approximately 425,000 miners remained idle for the sixth ay, further steps had been taken to reduce the menace of a threatened coal shortage, already imminent in come sections. Six passenger trains had been re moved from service in the middle west, and-Federal Fuel Administra tor Garfield had been clothed with full authority over prices, distribu tion and shipment of fuel. To the pleas of several Nebraska towns, Iowa and California added re quests for relieving the threatened shortage. The mayor of Topeka, Kaa., telegraphed B. J. Rowe, middle west coal director at Chicago, that tliat city was without a ton of coal in its market, and "hundreds of fam ilies are in immediate need." (Continued on Page Six.) STRIKE APPEARS TO BE BROKEN New Tork, Nov. 6 (By the As- eociated Press) The strike of 40.000 longshoremen, which has tied up port activities here for several weeks, ap peared to have been broken today. The deciding factor, was the surren der of the "insurgent strikers" who promised Mayor Hylan yesterday rain, wind or fire. The Scott com they would return today, at the old ' pany denied responsibility and suit rate "of pay, pending a decision from : was brought upon the bond, which the national adjustment commission , was furnished by the New Amster f or a re-hearlng. ', dam Co. of New Tork, the latter com- . The insurgents, who at one time ' pany having been joined with the claimed more than 20,000 members of the longshoremen's union, broke with the international officers during the strike. The International officials steadfastly refused to authorize the strike and endeavored to induce the men to return. Within the last week, longshore men slowly returned to work and the great congestion of shipping vi re lieved to some extent. Fire Damage October 1919 Exceeds Same Period 1918 THIS FACT DUE TO BIG GARAGE FIRE WHICH CAUSED LOSS AMOUNTING TO $5,500. The monthly report of the Bridge port Fire Department Issued today fchows that during the month of Octo ber fire damage In this city amount " ed to $9,260. The firemen responded to 89 alarms In all, 17 boll, 22 still tl& two false calls, comprising thn - total. Exposure loss amounted to . tlSO and la included" in the total of (9,280. - During the month of October, 1919. Bridgeport suffered much mors heav Xi irys victory laced Far Too UNOFFICIAL RETURNS FROM 59 COUNTIES SHOWED WET MAJORITIES ON ALL FOUR PROPOSALS TO ARGUE CASE OF CITY AGAINST SCOTT TOMORROW Friendly Suit to Decide Who Shall Pay $50 000 Damages In Supreme Court of Errors Whether the city of Bridgeport or tne T. A. Scott Co. must pay for dam age to the Seaside park sea wall caused by the waves muring' the great storm of October 24. 1917. is the ques tion to be argued before the Supreme Court of Errors in this city tomorrow The city sued the Scott Co. for J50.009 damages atfer the contractors had re fused to repair the damage and the Supreme court will pass upon ques tions of law In this case. The suit has never been tried ok Its merits in the Superior court, as both sides asreed to take it to the Supreme court. The contract was made in 1916 and provided that the Scott Co., which 18 i located in New Lon-lon, would erect a HL f . f ( r wall WTiati ti n -trvh trail almost finished the storm came and :tne high waves destroyed 1.700 feet of the wall. It is estimated that the cost of repairs would be $46,000. City At torney Comley claimed that, accord ing to the contract, the contractors were to repair all losses caused by Scott company as deefndant. SNOW DRAGS DOWN WIRES. Calais, Me., Nov. 6 Telegraph and telephone service in eastern Maine and New Brunswick was interrupted today by a severe storm which began yesterday. In many places wires were dragged down by the weight of the damp snow which clung to them. ily in Are loss than during October, 1918, when the total damage amount ed to but $1,708. In October. 191S the Fire Department also answered more alarms than during the month ;ust past. Fifty-six calls were re sponded to In October, 1918. x The Bresky garage Are which oc curred during the past month, ia re sponsible for $5,600 of this month' total loss, but' even- this figure doe not bring the (Ira damage a low thU year aa It was one year aso. LIQUOR SHIPPED UNDER LABEL OF MUSIC Chicago, Nov. 8 By the Asso ciated Press) A federal warrant for the arrest of Lieut. Colonel Francis T. A. Junkin, member of the contract adjustment board at Washington, on a charge of hav ing falsely labelled a shipment of liquor, has been held up pending an investigation at Washington, District Attorney Charles F. Clyne announced today. Internal revenue agents found the liquor in two boxes marked music records, handle with Care" which were being shipped with other belongings. Columbus, O., Nov. 6 -(By The As sociated Press) Late returns today (rom Tuesday's prohibition election in Ohio seemed to shatter the election night prediction of Secretary of State Smith that the drys had carried the four prohibition proposals voted upon by majorities ranging as high as 75, 000. . Unofficial returns from 59 counties, including all of the wet centers and big cities, showed wet majorities on all four proposals, and unusually large wet majorities against the Crabbe prohibtion enforcement act and ratification of national prohibi tion. Basing, his assertion on late offi cial returns from 39 counties. Secre tary Smith said first dry victory esti mates had been much too high.' The state dry headquarters this morning admitted the probable defeat of the Crabbe bill, said tho vote was very close on ratification, but Insisted that the repeal of state-wide prohibition and 2.75 per cent, beer amendments had been defeated by large votes. L. H. Gibson, wet campaign manager, declared the Crabbe act overwhelm ing defeated and ratification decisive ly so. Fairly complete unofficial returns from E9 of the 88 counties gave the wets a lead of 14,000 on the repeal amendment, of 27,000 on the beer proposal, of 48,000 on ratification and of 78.000 on the Crabbe bill. The missing 29 counties last year gave drys a majority of 32,000, enough to wipe out leads on the re peal and beer amendments. In order to overcome the wet lead of 48,000 or ratification, however, election experts point out that the drys would have to gain 18,000 In the missing counties over last year. To overcome the wet lead of "78,000 on the Crabbe act -was regarded by the experts as im possible. GETS $100 FINE . FOR OBSTRUCTING FJRE APPARATUS For obstructing the apparatus of Engine Co. No. 3, while oh the way to a lire, Uga yinicineh, of this city was fined $100 iy Judge Walsh In the Criminal Court of Common Pleas this morning. The accused pleaded guil ty to the charge of violation of the motor vehicle laws. It was alleged that on September 26 last Vlniclnch was riding a motor cycle on State street when an alarm of fire was sounded. The accused failed to heed the warning of the siren on the fire apparatus and so obstructed the vehicles that they were delayed in reaching the lire. STATE: POLICE CATiTiKD Buffalo, N. ,Y.. Nov. 6 (By" ths Associated. Press) The state police were called . upon today- to suppress disturbances near the Lackawanna Steel Co.'s plant at Lackawanna to day. Crowds surrounded cars car rying men' to work and several fis fights occurred. No one . was aerl-ou-lr hurt. Estimate High Attorneys for Mine Workers Seek to Dissolve Re straining Order ' OFFICIALS ARE IN CONFERENCE Indianapolis, Nov. 6 Attor neys for the United Mine Workers of America sometime today will file a motion in the federal court for dissolution of the restraining order to pre vent officials of the .union from issuing instructions to the striking members. The officials were In conference this morning with their attorneys anil, it is understood, have completed the writing of the motion. Such motions, in accordance with a court rule, must be filed two days in advance of the arguments. The hear ing of the government's petition for a temporary restraining order has been set for Saturday and today is the last motions in the case. SETTING 6 SMALL RES IN . HODS Could Give No Good Reason For Their Craze For Fires As the result of a quiet investiga tion the police last night caught two small boys who have confessed re sponsibility 'for six mysterious fires which have occurred in a double house at 34, William street within the past two months. The youngsters gave no reason for their "fire bug" craze other than that they wanted their mother to'- mov away from the house. The residence where the fires oc curred Is owned by Andrew Maokel, and is occupied by George Mosher and a family by the name of Green wood. For a long time the owner and tenants were mystified by the numerous fires which have broken out in the building, but suspicion finally reverted to the children. The young sters at first denied that they had started any of the blazes, but after being questioned by the police admit ted that they were the guilty par ties. " i The first fire of the series was dis covered in a kitchen on September 5. Two more, one a 'mattress blaze, broke out on October 30. Yesterday morning firemen extinguished a lively blaze under the attic -floor, and yes terday afternoon the department was again called out to quench a small blaze in the same house. None of the fires caused any considerable damage, and it is unlikely that the firemen will be called to 36 William street again for some time. CLAIMS FIRM WOULD NOT PAY HIM FOR APPLES Ienlal that ' the Ben Davis apples were of eatisfactoy quality was made by Samuel Goldberg in the Superior court this morning when trial of the 82,000 suit brought by Henry Breskey & Sons, local .produce merchants, against Goldberg, was resumed before t. . ,i rr Tnr..v. TtiA Brekev Co. claims Goldberg and his partner ordered the apples and tnen reiuaeu iu yaj wi them. The defendants say they or dered a certain- type of Ben Davis ap ples and did not receive them. , G. 3. CAPEWELIi DEAD . Hartford, Nov. 6- George J. Cape well, founder of the Capewell Hprse Nail company, died today at the Hartford Hospital where he -under-wont a.n operation Tuesday. He had in nr it n n iday for film BOYS CONFESS TO MEXICO WILL NOT ASKED FOR Washington, Nov. 6 (By the Associated Press) Mexico will not be asked by the American government to refund 'the $150, 000 ransom money, which coun sel for William O. Jenkins, American consular agent at Pue bla, paid bandits for the release of Sir. Jenkins. Tills announce- aicnt was made today at the. state department. Officials said there was no warrant in international law for ucli a claim and that they could not conceive of the American government paying a ransom. By Crosby Say Dealers LOCAL LIQUOR MEN CLAIM THEY HAVE BEEN FORCED TO LOOK TO NEWSPAPERS FOR INSTRUCTIONS Protests were being heard here on all sides this morning from Bridge port liquor dealers who claim that United States Attorney John F. C.-osby has not officially notified them as to the progress of the prohibition bill and especially the enforcement laws. Liquor men say that they are now , obliged to take their orders from the newspapers as they have never re ceived a single communication from the attorney's office at Hartford. It is their claim that the news oaoers are printing so much abou?- i prohibition and the reports are sq conflicting that they do not know where they stand. One minute they are closed they say, and the next tkey find their neighbor opening his place and they follow suit on some news paper authority. Such a course has gone on for four months they say, and nothing defi nite has been told them. -One man said this morning that he was going to keep open until he received the official word from an authority to close his piace. POLICE ASKED TO LOOK FOR GLENN ACKLEY IS REPORT Bridgeport police have been asked to search for Glenn Ackley, IS, of 1134 Hancock avenue, who left home Monday morning and has not been .een or heard from since. The boy ttiirted for the Maplewood school, but Jid not arrive there or return to his parents' home. When he disappear ed young . Ackley wore a gray suit with knee pants, a gray sweater, blue ap and black shoes and stockings. Tne lad's parents are nearly distract ed over his prolonged absence, and the police of neighboring cities have been asked to join in the search for the missing boy. TWO SUITS FOR DAMAGES ARE BEFORE COURT As a result of a collision between two automobiles at North and Park avenues on October 7, 1918, two suits for total damages of ?3,000 were tried this morning '. before Judge Booth and a jury In the Common Pleas court. Secretary George Milli gan of Lee Bros. Furniture Co. and Henry T. Douglas were sued by Christopher Donahue and his wife. It is admitted that Milllgan was not in his car at the time it collided with the Donahue's machine but the complaint states that. - Douglas was driving the Milligan auto. Reckless driving by Douglas is alleged. Cori ahue testified that his car was total ly destroyed and he asks for $2,000 damages. - His wife wants $1,000 for physical - injuries. ' : The trial was resumed this after- KNOX INTRODUCES ANOTHER BLANKET RESERVATION LA FOLLETTE AGAIN ATTACKS PRESIDENT'S COURSE IN NEGOTIATING TREATY. AUTHORITIES TO START INQUIRY MILK Claim Last Increase Made Necessary By Wage Raise. i be bound by decisions or recommend New Tork, Nov. - (By The Asso- ations of the League of'Xations. Sen clated Press) Federal, state and '. ator Knox said the purpose v,-as to municipal authorities today began in- j P13- hit co,untry a "consulting mem- vestigation of the action of several large milk distributing companies in ! Increasing the price of milk in New F York city. According to Health fl Commissioner Copeland, the increase : jLi made effective yesterday, will in crease the city's milk bill by $1,000, 000 for the month of November alone. An addition of one and one-half cents a quart was made o the price of grade B bottled milk and correspond ing Increases were made on other grades. Officials of the milk companies maintain the increases were made . , . . necessary by wage increases granted to their drivers early this week in or- der to avert a strike. Loton H. Hor- ton, president of the Sheffield Farms Co., one of the largest distributors, has been "requested" to appear fore the state day. investigators on Fri- TAKE BODY OF NOTED POETESS . FOR CREMATION New Haven, Nov. 6 The body of Mrs. Ella Wheeler Wilcox, author , and poetess, who died a week ago at her home In Branferd, was taken to Springfield, Mass., by automobile today. The funeral service, will be in Springfield. After cremation the ashes will be placed in a niche in the ledge close by the late home of Mrs. Wilcox. ' Traffic Schedules Beginning To Show Slight Improveinent ZONE SYSTEM STILL CLOGS TRAFFIC ABOUT CENTER OF THE CITY Traffic schedules under the zone system of the Connecticut company this morning showed a slight lm prpvement- Qyer what it has been since last Silndajr. . Conductors are now becoming more used to "the system, "Is the com pany claim, and they are working faster and the public is co-operating better by beeomln- familiar with tbjtix fox as from various DOinta. , - Washington, Nov,. 6 (By the Associated Press) Presi dent Wilson's views on reser vations to the treaty of Ver sailles will be given to Senator Hitchcock of Nebraska, the ad ministration leader at the White House, within the next day or two. Secretary Tumul ty said today he 'was arranging with Rear Admiral Grayson, the President's physician, for Mr. Hitchcock's visit. The Nebraska senator plans to lay the entire treaty situation before the President and give him his opinions as to what reservations are likely to receive the support of a majority in ne senate. The President in turn will say what reservations will be acceptable to him. Air. Wilson has repeatedly said that no chancre in the treaty which i would require its renegotiation would i b'e acceptable. ! When the treaty was taken up in j the Senate, today Senator. Knox. Re j publican, Pennsylvania, Introduced a j blanket reservavtion to release the r United States from any obligation to of the league. (Continued on Page Six.) NEDETTI IN . FOR JOS CAPTAIN AS A T . , -rr. , , w Lieutenant George L. Benedetti of the Bridgeport police, department I forged ahead today in the race for ! the captaincy made vacant by tl I death of the late Captain George B. be-iColey, and all indications now point to the present movie censor as the man who will fill the office. The contest is still being hotly waged, howover, with Lieutenants Patrick Flannigan, James Walker, Edward Wagner, Jr., and James boo- " lev Tppv miM-h -in th -fio-ht T'sital o Eorts of the "iark horse" continue to make the customary rounds, but-thesa ' are scouted bv the !uce headquarters. wise ones" at po- Promotions all a,on- Une are due at this time but owins to tne iarffe number of candidates who are eligible for the three remaining va- cancies it is impossible to male a sin- se definite noice. The next regular meeting of the Board of Police Com- missioners, scheduled for November 15, will probably tell the tale. BADLY The system still clogs the traffic work of the police in the center of ' the city is the report today but it Is fastbeeomlng much better. No report was forthcoming at the. office of the Connecticut company today of figures showing the extent of traffic as compared with last year at this date but the officials state the number riding is about the same.