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THE BRIDGEPORT TIMES
"Wednesday. June 8, 192T Tage Six THE BRIDGEPORT TIMES And Evening Farmer (FOUNDED 1790.) FOREIGN REPRESENTATIVES Bryant. Griffith & Branson. New York, Boston and Chicago MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PHONE BUSINESS OFFICE Earnura 1208 PHONE EDITORIAL DEPARTMENT Barnum 1287 Published by The Times Publishing Co.. 179 Fairfield Ave.. Bridgeport. Conn. The Associated Press is exclusively entitled to the use for republication of all news dispatches credited to It or not otherwise credited in this paper and also the local news published herein. WEDNESDAY, A MEXICAN RELATIONS between this Country and Mexico seem to be assuming some sort of definite shape. They have pro gressed to a point where Secretary of State Hughes has laid down a definite American policy. In doing so the Secretary made it plain that the question subordinate to the question of in Mexico. What the Harding achieve is a mutual accommodation between the United States and Mexico, under which there will be no confiscation of legi timate American vested interests and rights in Mexico. The most vital part of the provisions inserted in the Mexican Constitution promulgated in 1917. If these provisions are to be put into effect retroactively, the properties of American citizens will be confiscated on a great scale and all sorts of diplomatic friction and trouble would be sure to follow. The American position is made clear by a statement of Secretary Hughes in which he says: ''The fundamental question which confronts the Government of the United States in considering its re lations with Mexico, is the safeguarding of property rights against confiscation. Mexico is free to adopt any policy which she pleases in respect to her public land, but she is not free to destroy without compensation valid titles which have been obtained by American citi zens under Mexican laws. A confiscatory policy strikes not only at the interests of particular individuals, but at the foundation of International intercourse, for it is only on the basis of the securing of property, validly possessed under the laws existing at the time of its ac quisition, that Commercial transactions between the peoples of two countries and the conduct of activities in helpful co-operation are possible "If these provisions (of 1917) are to be put into ef fect retroactively, the properties of American Citizens will be confiscated on a groat scale. This would con stitute an International wrong of the gravest character and this bovernment could not submit to its accom plishment Accordingly this Government has proposed a treaty of amity and commerce with Mexico, in which Mexico will agree to safeguard the rights of property which attached before the Constitution of 1917 was promulgated.' Nothing in this clear cut statement of Secretary Hughes, it would seem could be objected to on the part of Mexico, providing Mexico's intentions are honest and honorable. Ratification of this treaty and its honest observance would, in all probability, be all that would be necessary to secure recognition of the Mexican Government by the Harding Administration. A GOOD SOMETIMES when a long row of stately old trees is ruth lessly destroyed to make way for a so-called improvement in the shape of an ugly curbing and sidewalk, one is tempt ed to feel that there is no longer any appreciation left of these gifts of nature which only our familiarity keeps us from re garding as wonderful. It is therefore refreshing to read of a community who care enough about a beautiful tree to take vig orous and active measures to ensure its preservation. The story comes from Lawrence, Mass., whero the citizens are raising a fund of ten thousand dollars whose principal ob ject is to safeguard a giant elm. Connected with the elm is an interesting legend to the effect that during the French and In dian wars, more than a century and half ago, a young returning soldier was sheltered for the night in the house by which the elm now stands. In the morning wishing to show his grati tude and being without money, and also noting the lack of shade around the newly built house he went to the nearby woods and digging an elm sapling planted it near the corner of the house. The elm has flourished through all the scores of years since ; and while families have come and gone in the now an cient house it has become a remarkable tree. The property has recently changed hands and the new owner seeing nothing in the tree but cord wood was about to cut it down. The only way the public could prevent this was to buy .the property, which will be done with the sum of money now being raised. Eventually the house will be used as a headquarters for the local Historical society. There is scarcely a community, Bridgeport not excepted, which has not been guilty of what actually amounts to a crime in cutting beautiful old trees. It seems difficult for people to realize the obvious fact that an axe, an hour, and a vandal, can destroy a work which it took Nature a century to produce. The example of Lawrence should be brought to the atten tion of every Community in the United States. HOW IT THE NEW Immigration Law went into effect on June first. Yesterday the quota of Italians admissible this month under the present new law was reached, and fifteen hundred more were left on ship in the harbor of New York. Unless some sort of an emergency legislation is passed, these persons cannot be landed. This provides a difficult problem both for the Immigration authorities and the ship owners. It means that either these immigrants must be cared for until next month without being allowed to land, or else they must be taken home to Italy. Unless some sort of systematic supervision of the number of Immigrants leaving foreign ports for America be put into effect, this sort of thing is pretty sure to be repeated each month. Taken altogether the Immigration Act is a good example of hasty, ill considered, and ill-digested legislation. SOME QUESTIONS IT WAS expected that today would not be an altogether pleas ant day at Washington. Members of the Republican Na tional Committee were gathering last night for a session today, one of the purposes of which was to elect a chairman to take the place of Will Hays, who has become Postmaster General. But while this and a few other matters of similar routine were the announced purposes of the meeting there are said to be other matters, fully as vital to the interests of the Republi can party, about which little is being said for publication, but JUNE 8. 1921 POLICY of recognition of Mexico was the protection of American rights Administration is seeking to whole question has to do with EXAMPLE WORKS which nevertheless are doubtless heing pretty thoroughly dis cussed by these political Solons. Dispatches from Washington say that party bosses operat ing away from the National disstisfaciion existing among their constituents over the poli cies, or rather lack of policies of the Harding Administration. While these gentlemen say in Cabinet have made a '"good start," they admit privately, that the people are beginning to display impatience over the failure of the Administration to provide convincing evidence of mak ing good the promises of last fall's campaign. One of the problems facing the gentlemen is how to pay the million six hundred thousand dollar campaign debt still re maining unpaid. Enthusiasm for paying for normalcy does not seem to be prolific. A number of other questions to face and try to find an answer for readily occur, such as:- Are we going into the League of Nations or not? When are we going to have a definite foreign policy? When are taxes going to be lower? When are wo going to collect the money the foreign frovernments to demand universal disarmament? When are we going to re duce the expenses of the government? When is the negro voter going to cret a little patronage? If the Gentlemen of the answer to any or all of these vast amount of curiosity if they make public. What Others Say THE PlKBtiO DISASTER (New Tork Times) June is always an anxious month in Bueblo after Winters of deep snows. It has been so ever since a trading post was established there in 1S50 where the prairies meet the foot hills of the Rockies. The soil of the valley is rich on both sides of the Arkansas and yields heavy 'crops of cereals and fruits. When Pueblo at tracted the steel makers as well as the miners, and a great smelter was set up there, it Soon became a man ufacturing centre. The Pittsburgh ot the West It has been called. At an altitude of 4,680 feet Pueblo is the first large town upon which the stor-ed-up waters of the mountains de scend by the Arkansas and Fountain Rivers. The French trappers' name of the tributary, "Fontaine Qui Bouille," was omiuous. There have always been floods in that valley, and doubtless the City of Pueblo will always stand on tho banks of the Arkansas and Fountain Creek, just where the street lines run to day. There were floods, loss of life and great destruction of property in 1874 and 1S94, but tho Pueblans did not move. They rebuilt, and con tinued to do business as before. So it will bo now. Man has lived under Vesuvius for centuries; he is return ing to the site of St. Pierre, under the crater which poured it3 fires down on the French city a compara tively few years ago. There are many dead in Pueblo today, bridges are down, and buildings have been razed by fire as well as flood, but a greater city will rise from the ruin- It has been nearly thirty years since the last big flood. The Pueblans are opti mists and believe in their city and themselves. PR.MSE FOR THE SHORT SEER? (New Tork World) Now it is Dr. Woods Hutchinson who defends the short skirt from its detractors. In the opinion of this authority it has contributed largely to the physical emancipation of women, as part of "the charmingly graceful costume which is the health iest, most beautiful and artistic gown woman has ever worn." Could masculine appreciation fur ther go? The danger Is lest the growing approval of the abbreviate, skirt may prejudice its wearers against it. It was a symol of revolt against the conventional, and if the object of that revolt has been achiev ed, will not the impulse occur to turn to some new line of aggression? Al ready there are ominous hints from Paris of a movement to revive the corset of other days. But if mere man's opinion of such things is worth recording. It is pretty well agreed that the present styles of women's clothes are more com. foj-table, sightly and hygienic than any previously evolved by fashion. Their benefit to feminine health ot itself justifies their existence. The short skirt, to be sure, encourages eccentricities of brevity against which reformers rail. But it desei-ves to last, and some day, no doubt, the economy of material it manifests will be reflected in an economy of price. OIT OF DATE (Los Angeles Times) There will be no more robber heroes in history. The days of Claude Duval and Jack Sheppard on the highways of England were exploited in books, but everything they ever did has been duplicated recently in American his tory. They wore period costumes, had road horses with fancy names and used clumsy pistols. The highway robbers of today wear evening clothes, ride in motor cars and carry automatics. Years later historians may be writing of our sky knights, such as Franke Luke, or Raoul Luf bery, but they won't celebrate our highwaymen. That sort of hero wor ship is gone and good riddance! Capitol reflect a vast amount of public that the President and his which they will probably have owe us? When are we going And many more. National Committee can find an queries, thev will bo satisfying a j "SELECTING" IMMIGRANTS BY PERCENTAGE (From the New York World) The new 3 per cent. Immigration Law went into effect Thursday morn ing. Before night, figures were given out which show how It works. As a selective measure it does not work at alL Tho 3 per cent, allowance is based on the census of 1910. It gives the hardy and industrious Italians, so many of whom apply themselves to construction work, 38,688 immigrants in a year. Not more than 20 per cent, of these, or 7,738, can come in any month. There are 4,381 Immigrants from Italy now in port or on ships soon due; already -1,1 57 more than an average month's allowance. It is ex pected that the whole year's quota will arrive in five months and that then the stream will cease to flow. Already efforts are being made in Italy to regulate the current. Ef forts by skilled agents of the United States to select the worthiest 40,000 among 200,000 applicants. Not at all; efforts by agents of the steam ship companies to apportion the pas sengers among the several steamship lines That is what "selection" amounts to under the new law. That is how we are holding just ajar the "Unguarded Gate." The worst, if they are prompt, may bar the best. BRYAN'S PTjANK Kansas City Star) Mr. Bryan is to forsake Republican Nebraska to become a senator from democratic Florida his party may find new leadership in a body where its leadership, in recent years has not been conspicuously successful and senatorial debate and public interest in it may improve in proporUon. CONGRESS ON TRIAL. (From the New York Times) A fair test of public opinion would show that it is not favorable to the work of the new Congress thus far. Congress is felt to have waddled over its tasks. Intolerable delays and speeches which are ineffective in di rect proportion to their length have held up dangerously even the neces sary army and navy bills. As for the other urgent measures having to do with taxation and revenue and gov ernmental economy with the excep tion of the Budget bill,, and its bene fits are still in the future there is no sign of their being anywhere near ready. As the precious time is frit tered away with so little done, there is evidence of growing popular impa tience with Congress. CONTXTTICUT POUTIOS (Hartford Courant) The usually well informed "Water bury Republican" in a discussion of state politics says of John T. King of New Y"ork and Bridgeport: King, however, say leaders, was one of the men responsible for swing ing the nomination to President Harding and can get pretty much what he wants in the way of federal appointments. The fact known to everyone who was at the convention in Chicago is that King did not vote once for Harding and was not with the Con necticut delegaUon except when he left Pennsylvania's place to go where he could cast his vote and that vote was for Hiram Johnson. What he will "get in the way of federal appointments" is to be deter mined by events, but, on any per sonal claim of having nominated Senator Harding his record refutes it so completely that the publication of the claim is as laughable as it is unimportant. Mr. Harding is not going to appoint everybody who voted for him. but it is cot likely that he will hand over patronage to one who voted against him at every occasion. The case of Frank Stillwagen against Reginald S. . Hall was heard by Judge John J. Walsh in Common Pleas court this morning, and decision reserved. SCHOOL DAYS Nichols Now Heads Massachusetts Tech Boston, June 8 Ernest Fox Nich ols former president of Dartmouth college, today was inaugurated sev enth president of the Mass. Institute of Technology He succeeds Richard C. MacLajirin, who died in January, 19-0. An academic procession at the conclusion of the exercises escorted ITesident Nichols to his office More Intensive application of scientific knowledge and research to the processes of industry, and the cultivation of more wholesome -rela tions between labor and management wcie prwsonxea as tdie two outstand ing industrial problems in the in augural address which Dr. Ernest Fox Nichols delivered today as presi dent of the MassachuKei'js Tns.t n-f Technology. .oth these problems he said might rightly claim attention in any mod ern soheme of technical education. in formally calling- upon Dr. Nichols to accept the presidency, Dr. Elihu Thompson, acting president since the death of President Tvfs.- Laurin, declared the needs of the in- suntution demanded a rare man as leader. The governlntr hoard be said, felt that Dr. Nichols was the man ror mom they had sought. CHET SELECTMAN OUT OF BED Continued from Page One) also under consideration, whereby anyone telephoning fire headquarters will be automatically connected di rectly with a switchboard in the cen tral fire house. A more modern siren system is also under consideration. Any thoughts of immediate organ ization in the department have been set aside, for the commissioners were greatly gratified with the work and spirit of the men at the fire last Sat urday evening when it was fully dem onstrated that what is needed is more to work with, and not a change of organization. William Anthony, the new permanent man, well showed his worth on Saturday. Stratford's new charter, when effective, will allow the appointment of four additional per manent men, which is none too many for a town of nearly 20,000. which is estimated for Stratford today. A pumping engine will also give protection to many remote parts of the town, not served by hydrants, for any pond, river or brook can be tapped, with good results for two strong lines. Stratford has been particularly fortunate for a good many years and has had a mighty small per capita fire loss, but that the law of averages, has been proven this year, for to date, with nearly seven months to run the fire loss is considerably over 250.000. A pumping engine is the only solution to the problem for in many parts of the town the pressure is absolutely inadequate. For the second consecutive meet ing, the board of fire commissioners remained in session from S p. m. un til long past midnight. The time spent was not in vain, for much good will come of the meeting if the board of finance will give the necessary sup port. K1MAL GETS REINFORCEMENTS London, June 8 - Large military reinforcements have been received by Musta.ph Kemal Pasha, head of the Turkish Nationalist government at Angora, and he is threatening to ad vance upon the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmora. The Angora government is said to havo taken an arrogant attitude toward the Allies. Despatches containing these state ments were featured toy London news papers this morirmg, and the situa tion in Asia Minor was declared to hold alarming possibilities. PLAINTIFFS GET $499.50. Judge John J. Walsh of Common Pleas court handed down a decision today in the case of Frank M. Feeks and Fred. C. Rutz, the firm of Feeks & Rutz, Stamford, against Louis Nel son, also Stamford, allowing the plain tiffs a judgment of $439.50. Hara ses of $500 had been asked. The de fendant had claimed that one Inger soll had authorized the transaction in volved but this was not proven. GOLF SCORES. Gleneagles, Scotland, June 8 Re sults today in the second section of the qualifying round of the Thousand Guineas Tournament of professional golfers on the nine-hole Queen'6 Course were Tom Kerrigan, Siwanoy Country. Club. New York, 36; J. H. Taylor. Sunbury, 33: Edward Ray, Oxhey. 34. Scores on the King's Course of IS holes; Walter Hafen, Detroit. 71: Jock Hutchison, Chicago, 72; J. H. Kirk-wood. Australasian open chaxn- -mam iml m, 7 ALLEGED THIEF IS HELDIN $500 BONDS Alleged to have stolen a hand bag owned by Mary Blair, of Brook -lawn park, in tho Church of the Blessed Sacrament last niffht, Mrs. Alice Harriman, of"-15 9 Alsace street, was arraigned in the City court today, charged with theft. The case was continued until Saturday, and bonds were fixed at $500. A numTber of witnesses claim to have seen Mrs. Harriman reach over a pew and take the Blarir woman's hand-bagr while the owner was en gaged in prayer. Mrs. Harriman was arrested last December for a similar offense in St, Augustine's church. She forfeited $50 bonds, but was later re-arrested and sentenced to GO days in the coun ty jail. She was also arrested once be-fore on a breach of the peace -charge, but her case was nolled. RETAIL PRICES NOW 35 PER CENT. LOWER Continued from Page One) than it was one year ago. A compar ison of our prices now with a year ago and an examination of the reports of the Federal Reserve reports will prove this. "Complaints and charges frequent ly come to our attention, almost in the same volume as during the war, that retail merchants are gouging the public, that we are keeping prices as high as possible while we purchase at falling prices, fallen costs. "Nothing could be farther from the truth. In these days of depression and distress, with thousands of men and women out of work, with ready money scarce and at a premium, and with marked conservatism dominat-. ing the purchases of the public, a merchant clearing three to four pet cent a year on his investment consid ers himself fortunate, indeed." Bridgeport, it was explained by Mr. Jones, is in the New York district of jurisdiction of the Federal Re serve Banks. Monthly reports or questionnaires are compiled from the leading department stores in the dis trict, including those in Bridgeport, by the Federal agency to determine average statistics. The last Federal Reserve report showed that the number of transac tions in stores are on an increase, in dicating that the puiWic is buying more freely, and that the volume of merchandise disposed of continues to be much larger than last year. The average amount of each sale by stores that kept such records was S3.GS. or a decline of 12 per cent, from last year. The dollar value of sales by apparel departments, the report shows con tinues to surpass those of last year in spite of the reductions in price, but sale3 of -house-f umishings are falling somewhat behind. Merchants attribute this tendency to the limited construction of new houses and apartments in this district. B-elow are some of the actual re ductions in prices, comparing the re tail figures of May. 1920, with thosa of today, on goods of identical quality and desirability: Women's suits reduced "4 per oent.; men's suits. 30 per cent.; wom en's millinery, 32: women's hosiery (cotton), 27; women's hosiery, (silk) S3; silk- and satins. 4S: cotton dress goods, 43: woclen dress goods, 36; shoes (women's) 43; shoos, f men's) 38; shoes, (children's) 36; women's furs. 41; furniture, 48; domestic rugs, 36; china and glassware, 24; pianos, 16. ADAMS IS HEAD OF COMMITTEE Washington. June John T. Adams, of Iowa, was elected chair man of the Republican National com mittee here today at the first meeting of the full committee since the Chi cago convention a year ago. Ralph Williams of Oregon, was made vice chairman. Postmaster General Will 11. Hays, the diminutive field marshal of the 1920 campaign, presented his resigna tion as national chairman soon after the committee met today, and the election of Adams was accomplished forthwith as a matter of course and without opposition. ASK $2,000 DAMAGES. The Kimberley Phonograph com pany. New York city, today hl-ed a , suit in Superior court asking damages of J2.000 from Morris T. Goldfield. j for an alleged debt contracted on i May 31, last. The case is roiurna bio the first Tuesday in September. SUPREME COUNCIL MEETING. London. June 8 The Supreme Council will not meet to discuss the Upper Silesian troubles before July it was Ieaxned from a st-mi-offlcia.1 By DWIO Ants Threaten To Destroy Building Wichita, Kas., June 8 .Hordes of ants, driving upward, from the earth through mud tubes are threatening destruction to the ?100,000 Exchange Building at the stock yards here. Oaken lumber storod under the build ing had been practically consumed and the ants have driven their way up along pipe lines to the wood work of the west end of the structure which they have tunnelled as far as the second floor. Washington etomologists have iden tified the ravaging visitor as an Aus tralian or South American ant which drives in armies. An attempt to stop tho pests by placing fly paper in their path was frustrated when the ants built a dirt bridge across the construction. By insulation and shutting off the ants return to the ground, it is hoped that the army can be exterminated. AhDERMEN TO INSPECT BEACH. The management of Pleasure Beach park have invited the aldermen of the city to inspect the island tomorrow. A dinner will be served at Pleasure Beach Inn followed by sports and rides on the various amusement de vices at that place. DINNER FOR SENATE MEMBERS, Senator Alexander L. DeLaney. E. Earle Garlick and Howard S. Chal lenger attended the testimonial din ner in the Hartford Club last night to the members of the State Senate. Brief remarks were made by each of the legslators on the eve of the ad journment of the -eGneral Assembly, and each was the recipient of a hand some favor of silver pencil. RECEIVERS NAMED. New Haven, June 8 A receiver has been named by Judge Banks of the Superior court for the H. Panda jis Lunch System, Inc., with restau rants in this city. Until some months ago the concern had restaurants in Waterbury, Hartford anel Springfield but these were sold, and the enter prise was limited to places here. DIED. Cl'DDY In this city, Wednesday. June 8. 1921, Isabelle A., daughter of Patrick and Mary Cuddy, at the home of her sister, Mrs. John T. Nelson. 61 Wayne street. Notice of funeral hereafter, a RUOSS In this city, Tuesday, June 7, 1921, William Ruoss, aged 71 years. Friends are invited to attend the funeral at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. George Anderson, 1997 Main street, on Friday, June 10. at 2:30 p. ot. Interment at Park cemetery. D8.bp BrilROlGHS In this city, Sunday. June 5, 1921, Alvah S. Burroughs, aged 50 years, 11 months. 10 days. PViends are invited to attend the funeral from his late residence, 192 Bcnham avenue, on Wednes day, June 8, at 2 o'clock. Interment Mt. Grovr cemetery. D6t SCTLVIRER In, this city. Tuesray, june 7, 1921, Anna Holle, beloved wife of Jacob Schairer, aged 46 years. Friends are invited to attend the funeral at her Late residence, 63 Hillside avenue, on Thursday, at 2: SO p. m Interment in family plot Park cemetery. Automobile cortege. U7bp TODAY'S WANTS Mi iM MKNTS ARTISTIC MONUMENTS in Granite and Marble; pre-war prices: satisfaction guaranteed. T. LATHLKA.V, 1314 How ard Ave., opp. Mountain Grove Ceme tery. E"d!" WANTED-Udy to sell Butter. Elms, Cheese to family, for large Dairy com I.ny. Phone 2322. 6-7 p. rn. a WASTED Man to take orders for Ver mont I-a.iry products; goevj commission. Phone Noble 2522. betwee n 8 and 19 a. m. a THOROUGHLY EXPKRIE.VCBI book keeper. Address Box G. H., care of Bridgeport Tlm-s. ESC STATE OF CONNECTICUT. District of Bridgeport, sfi. Probate Court, June 7. 1921. Estate of Gertrude E. Meeker, late of South Orange. N". ... deceased. The Executor having made application for an order authorising him to sell cer tain real estate belonging to said estate, as per said application on tile duly ap pears. Ordered That the said application no heard and determined at the Probate Ofltee in Bridgeiort. on the 14th day of lune. 1921 at 10 o'clock in the forenoon, ami "this Court directs said Executor to give notice to all person Interested in said estate to appear, if they see cause, and be- hwird thereon, by publishing this order once in a newspaper havins a circulation in said district, on or be fore the 9ch day of June. A. D. 1321, and return make to the Court of notice i'. " t. pasl L. MB j Jndce.