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THE BRIDGEPORT TIMES
Saturday, June 18, 1921 THE BRIDGEPORT TIMES And Evening Farmer (FOUNDED 1790. FOREIGN REPRESENTATIVES Bryant, Griffith & Brunson. New York, Boston and Chicago MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PHONE BUSINESS OFFICE Barnum 1208 PHONE EDITORIAL DEPARTMENT Barnum 1287 Published by The Times Publishing Co., 17 5 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. lished earlier is evidenced by' a story published in New York pa pers of a veteran of the "Fighting Sixty-ninth" who was gassed and lost an eye in action at the front and whose name appears on a Government list as a draft evader. SCHOOL DAYS By DWIG SbCW two 7b foT mime ) Cn kviCJL B.t- GOSH - - " SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 1921 UNFORTUNATE UNCERTAINTY Page Six : ygm T WOULD seem that so important a matter as the length or time after the close of a session, of the legislature during which a Governor could legally to question or there be any difference of opinion between law yers as to the interpretation of dealing with the matter. That such is not the case, discussion which has arisen in Governor Lake has. or has ncn, were passed by the late legislature and whether certain acts! vitally affecting this community of calendar days after the adjournment of the legislature are valid or worthless. How important these acts are can be seen! from the fact that in one of sand dollars is involved and the bills should prove invalid it is the legislature would have to be It is these ambiguities of many-sided interpretations which are at once the cause for both disrespect and despair on the part of the laymen. It is j unfortunate that it is not possible to so word all legal acts as ; to make, their meaning absolutely obvious and beyond dispute. THE BIGGEST SHARE OP. AUSTIN writing in the June issue of "The American" makes the surprising statement that American manu factures now comprise more than forty per cent, of the world's total. His statement is based on preliminary figures from the 1920 census and places the grand total of the gross value of manufactures in the United States during the calendar year of 1919 at sixty-two billion five hundred million. The value of this 1919 output is two add one half times as much as that of 1914; over three times that of 19'"9; four times that of 1905 and more than five times that of 1899, only twenty years ear lier. Not only is this record the "Best Ever," but also means that we are producing a much larger share of world manufactories than ever before and at least it is as much as that of any other country of the world. Prior to the war we were only produc ing thirty per cent, of the factory output of the world. These figures as far as this country is concerned are based upon the Csnsus figures, no important manufacturing country, other than the United Stales, takes a periodical and complete census of its manufacture but these estimates are carefully made and are substantially correct. This showing emphasizes how im possible for the United States is the policy of isolation which some contend for. It shows clearly that in a business way. even if in no other, the United States cannot separate i I self from the other countries of the world. TROUBLE IN RUMORS FROM Washington continue to indicate that all is not pleasant for the party in power in Congress. Just now it is the tariff proposition which is proving an 'uncomfor table thing to handle. The fact is that there are many Repub licans entirely out of sympathy with their party's policy of en acting a reactionary tariff program. So great has this oppo sition became that Chairman Fordney has sought the support of President Harding to put through his measure and it is un derstood that the President promised to stand by him. Just at present one of the most disturbing matters under consider ation is the lumber schedule, as the tariff on5 Canadian lum ber will tend to keep it out of this country at a time when it is needed to carry on the large building plans which are so es sential. This situation furnishes an illustration of what might be texpected in trying to put into practice an old-time theory in a new-time world. OUGHT TO VISIT SO RAPID have been the developments and exposures of the Lockwood committee in Buffalo under the direction of its chief counl Samuel Untermeyer, that after only a few days session the officers of three big Buffalo combines have promised dissolution and it is said that Attorney General Daugherty is to confer with Untermeyer with a view to taking up Federal prosecution against building material men who have been do ing an interstate business. It is also reported that bids for school buildings totaling some ten or more million dollars will be rejected because the investigation indicates that they are probably several million dollars higher than they should be. It would be a good thing if the Lorkwood committee had jurisdiction and could visit every city in tne country. A MUCH NEEDED ACT IT TS a satisfaction to know that Secretary Hoover is taking active steps looking toward putting an end to the enormous loss of fish by pollution of the. waters of the Atlantic seaboard by poison and sewage. Mr. Hoover is quoted as declaring (hat millions of dollars worth of fish are killed every year as a result of pollution. Among other forms of pollution Mr. Hoover has found that the increased use of oil driven, crafts and tiinkers which are often flushed out at sea is becoming one of tfee worst. He estimates that the loss in edible fish in the last five years has run into billions of dollars due to pollution of various sorts. Connec ticut people do not have to look very far to see the effect of pollution on the fishing and oyster industries, as this poison has nearly exterminated the oyster business in this state which at one time amounted to something like two million dollars a vear. If Mr. Hoover can secure the Federal action which he is said to aim at, and completes the clearing and keeping clean of the waters of the Atlantic coast so theit once more fish and oysters will thrive and multiply in them he will have accom plished a great work. STILL DOING INJUSTICE. IN SPITE of all the evidence of the uncorrectness of the so called "Slacker List" which has been shown up by the press of the country, the War Department continues to send then, out. That the later ones are no more correct than those pub- sign a bill should not be open! that clause of the Constitution! however, is evident from thel legal circles as to whether! the right still to sign bills which! which were signed a number! them alone three hundred thou further fact that in case these likely that a special session of I called. the law and the necessity for THE FAMILY. ECH TOWN. mUirbn, one hundred thousand dollars gone in that single item or waste, with various others just like it. The interest on about J25.OOO.OO0 of Liberty bonds sunk in the Charles ton mud flats! This and it is only one example while there is so much talk in Washington about savin? tne taxpayers' money. Is it any wonder, in the words of Senator Smoot, that the American public is taxed to death? A DEATH fJIWXS-SI NG AD ODD MORAL. THE (From the World). The grade-crossing disaster at Perth Amboy which cost the lives of nine volunteer firemen while in the performance of their duty excites a public condemnation of proportionate to its seriousness. As one of the worst fatalities of its kind in the met ropolitan area it calls for a more Lhan ordinarily rigid investigation. Will it prove sufficiently shocking to ciuse the removal of any possible danger of other disasters there? This is the question of more importance than the question who was actually at fault. A Coroner's jury and local and State boards of inquiry will fix the blame and no doubt recommend that somebody be punished, if punishment is feasible. But all possible inves tigaUon will do no more than deter mine what is already known, that the failure of some human factor caused the tragedy. And human fac tors are always fallible. If this disaster is taken with real seriousness the grade crossing which long invited it and eventually caused it must go. Safety there is not a matter of gates up or gates down or of the psychological moment for wav ing a red flag signal. The only way to make life safer wherever trains cross city streets at grade is to abol ish the crossing. PRODUCTION FOR TJSE. Only one main idea is in sight with driving force and the power to cap ture he imagination of men. That idea concerns itself with changing the jbasis of civilization. It is the idea of production for use. Production for use is a seemly phrase, so sound that sections of the church have accepted it, so far-reaching that it will bring down the walls of Jericho. It is gentle and deadly. It says that the present order is ethically indefensible and economically unsound. It makes the community the instrument and arbiter of social change It says that the consumer, the citizen, the "aver age man," is the person whose Inter ests are the main concern. The New Republic. STORRS HAS NEW SLOGAN FOR HEALTH Storrs, Conn., June 18 "Eat more lettuce" is a slogan suggested by specialists of Connecticut Agricul tural College. In view of the present large crop In this State and its un usual high quality and present cheap ness. Lettuce, in common with other green, leafy vegetables, con tains valuable mineral salts, especial ly Iron, and is & corrective of cer tain bodily Ills. The present growing season, al though unfavorable to many of the garden products, has brought a I remendous crop of lettuce, which thrives in cool weather. The quality is said to be exceptionally good. Much of It la not being marketed be cause of small demand. , implying that the monax need a good deal of assistance. The example of the Senussi of the desert seems worth copying. An occa sional recollection of their need of forgiveness would hurt none of our public men; and if the custom led, as it must naturally do, to searchings of the soul, we might see documents signed by "His Honor the Mayor May God enlighten him"; "His Ex cellency the President May God mend his literary style", or even by "His Magnificence the Ambassador May God strike him dumb." EXPERT OPINION. (From the Evening World). Former Secretary of the Treasury McAdoo said this week in an address at Wellesley, Mass.: "What we should do at once is to enter into the League of Na tions and throw the weight of our moral and political influence to compose conditions in Europe and restore economic prosperity there, then encourage every ef fort to reduce war expenditures. 'Then we should adopt every possible means that will facilitate and not restrict our foreign trade. "The world is confronted with the alternative of 'disarmament or bust'" Present Secretary of the Treas ury Mellon is pretty closely in accord on the "disarmament or bust" proposition. Where's better expert, inside or experienced opinion? EGYPTIANS ON THE MAN." "STRONG (From Anstruther McKay in the July YALE REVIEW.) The Egyptians, like all Orientals, care nothing for parliamentary in stitutions. They neither understand nor respect them. Their idea of gov ernment is personal, and they look for a strong head of the state an individual raised in rank and station far above his subjects, but easily accessible to the poorest of them, and ready to listen to grievances and petitions. Therefore today every ambitious Egyptian is hoping that the time may come when he himself may be a famous ruler in the land. He cares nothing for the doubtful honor of belonging to any legislative body. It is possible that his ambi tion is not untinged with the hope of thereby benefitting himself and family as well as his country. But the inclusion of parliamentary insti tutions in the Milner proposals for the future government of the country is a tribute to English liberalism ra ther than to Egyptian nationalism. Few of us, say the specialists, eat enough lettuce, spinach and similar vegetables. Their increased use is especially Important for growing children, as they are high in the fac tors known as "vitamines." Use of such fooas. It is said, tend to prevent anemia, scurvey and Intestinal trou bles. Lack of such food elements is now considered to be the chief cause of the Asiatic disease known as beri beri. Letti.ce too, along with similar fresh vegetables. Is believed .to be a preventive of much of the dental j trouoie that follows a deit low In calcium or lime. A resolution authorizing- the Presi dent to open negotiations with Can ada and the maritime provinces for abrogation of provincial and domin ion regulations restricting exporta tion of pulp-wood passed the Senate and was sent to the House. Plants for making finished paper from pulp of cottonseed llnters will be established at McKlnney and Fort WortA. A (0 ton plant will be con structed at Dallas. Trinity Paper Mills Col, at Commerce, Tex, dis covered the process. Copyright, 1921, by Harper & Bros. Published by special arrangement with The McClure Newspaper Syndicate. TODAY'S INSTALMENT. "Two years have passed since then." continued Miss Stoner, "and my life has been until lately lonelier than ever. A month ago, however, a dear friend, whom I have known for many years, has done me the honor to ask my hand in marriage-. His name is Armitage Percy Armitage the second son of Mr. Armitage, of Crane Water, near Reading. My stepfather has offered no opposition to the match, and we are to be mar rjed in the course of the spring. 'Two days ago some repairs were started in the west wing of the. build ing, and my bedroom wall has been pierced, so that I have had to move into the chamber in which my sister died, ajid to sleeip in the very bed in which she slept. Imagine, then, my thrill of terror when last night, as I lay awake, thinking over her terrible fate. I suddenly heard in the silence of the night the low whistle which had been the herald of her own death. I sprang up and lit the lamp, but nothing was to be seen in the room. I was too shaken to go to bed again, however, so I dressed, and as soon as it was daylight I slip ped down. got a dog-cart at the Crown Inn,' which is opposite, and drove to Leatherhead, from whence I have come oi this morning with the one object of seeing you and asking your service." "You have done wisely," said my friend. "But have you told me aU?" "Miss Roylott, you have not. You are screening your stepfather." "Why, what do you mean?" For answer Holmes pushed back the frill of black lace which fringed the hand that lay upon our visitor's knee. Five little livid spots, the marks of four fingers and a thumb, were printed upon the white wrist. "You have been cruelly used," said Holmes. The lady colored deeply and cov ered over her injured wrist. "He. is a hard man." she said, "and per haps he hardly knows his own strength." There was a long silence, during which Holmes leaned his chin upon his hands and stared into the CraCk-Ti...- "This is a verv deep business." he said at last. "There are a thousand details which I should desire, to know before I decide upon our course ot action Yet we have not a moment to lose. If we were to come to Stoke Moran today, would it be pos sible for us to see over these rooms without the knowledge of your step- it happens, he spoke of com ing into town today upon some most mportant business. It is PbaMe that he will be away all da and that there would be nothing to dis turb vou. We have a housekeeper now, but she is old and foolish and I could easily get her out of the """Excellent. You are not averse to this trip. Watson?" "By no means." "Then we shall both come. What are you going to do yourself. "I have one or two things which I would wish to do now that I am in town. But I shall return by the 12 o'clock train, so as to be there in time for vour coming." "And vbu may expect us early in the afternoon. I have myself some small business matters to attend to. Will you -hot wait and breakfast? "No I must go. My heart Is lightened already since I have con fided mv trouble to you. . I shall look forward to seeing you again this afternoon." She dropped her thick black veil over her face and glided from the room. a1 what do you miniv ui n. m Watson?" asked Sherlock Holmes, leaning back in nis cnair tyat the flooring sound, and that the door, window, and chimney are impassable, then her sister must have been undoubtedly alone when she met her mysterious end." . ""What becomes, then, of these nocturnal whistles, and what of the very peculiar words of the dying woman ?" "I cannot think." "When you combine the Ideas of whistles at night, the presence of a band bf gypsies who are on intimate terms with this old doctor, the fact that we have every reason to be lieve that the doctor has an lnterem In preventing his stepdaughter's marriage, the dying allusion to a band. and. finally, the fact that Miss Helen Stoner heard a metallic clang which might have been caused by one of those metal bars which se cured the shutters falling back into their Dlace. I think that there 1 it seei.. j - , he, u in tnls matt. d sinister business - near;y one o' 'Dark enougn 1' R ",-inck Holmes returned '-Yet it tne iaa .s vor. j- .j ,--. .r! in his good ground to think that the mys tery may be cleared along those lines. "But what, then do ?" did the gypsies "I cannot imagine." "I see many objections to any such theory. "And so do I. K is precicely for that reason that we are going to Stoke Moran this day. I want to see whether the objections are fatal, or 'if they may -'be explained away. But what in the name of the devil!" The ejaculation had been drawn from my companion hy the fact that our door had been suddenly dashed open, and that a huge man had framed himself in the aperture. His costume was a. peculiar mixture of the professional and of the agri-cultural, having a black top-hat, a long frock-coat, and a pair of high gaiters, with a hunting-crop swinging in his hand. So tall was he that his hat ac tually brushed the cross bar of the doorway, and his breadth seemed to span it across from side to side. A large face, seared with a thousand wrinkles, burned yellow with the sun. and marked with every evil passion. was turned from one to the other of us. while his deep-set. bile-shot eyes, and his high, thin, fleshless nose, gave him somewhat the resemblance to a fierce old bird of prey. "Which of you is Holmes?" asked this apparition. "My name, sir: but you have the advantage of me," said my compan ion, quietly. "I am Dr. Grimesby Roylott, of Stoke Moran." "Indeed.- doctor," said Holmes, blandly. "Pray take a seat." "I will do nothing of the kind. My stepdaughter has been here. I have traced her. What has she been saying to you?" "It is a little cold for the time of the vear," said Holmes. "What has she been saying to you?" screamed the old man, furi ously. "But I have heard that the crocuses promise well," continued my com panion, imperturbably. "Ha! You put me off, do you? said our new visitor, taking a step forward and shaking his hunting crop. "I know you. you scoundrel! I have heard of you before- You are Holmes, the meddler." Mv friend smiled. "Holmes, the busybody!" His smile broadened. "Holmes, the Scotland-yard jack-in-oftice!" , Holmes chuckled heartily. You, conversation is most entertaining." said he. "When you go out close the door, for there is a decided draught." "I will go when I have said my say Don't "you dare to meddle with vcm affairs. I know that Miss Stoner has been here. I traced her! I am a dangerous man to fall foul of! See here." He stepped swiftly for ward, seized the poker and bent it into a curve with his huge brown bands. .tc... toon VAUrPlf Ollt Ot oce j - j my grip," he snarled, and hurling I the twisted poker into the- fireplace. he strode out OI tne room. "He seems a very amiable person." said Holmes, laughing. "I am not quite so bulky, but it ne. naa re mained I might have shown him that m- c-rin was not much more feeble than his own." As he spoke he picked up the steel poker, and with a sudden effort straightened it out again. "Fancy his having the insolence to confound me with the official de tective force! This incident gives zest to our investigation, however, and I only trust that our little friend will not suffer from her imprudence in allowing this brute to trace her. And now. Watson. we shall order breakfast. and afterwards I shall n-ait rtown to Doctors Commons. where I hope to get some, data, which clock when from his hand sheet of blue paper, scrawled over with notes and figures. "I have seen the will of the de ceased wife." said he. -To deter mine its exact meaning I have been obliged to work out the present prices of the investments with which it is concerned. The total income, which at the time of the wife's death was little short of 1100. is now. through the fall in agricultural prices, not more than .d0. fc.acn daughter can claim an income of 250, in case of marriage- It is evi- j dent, therefore that if both girls had married, this beauty would have had a mere pittance, while even one of them would cripple him to a very serious extent. My morning's work has not been wasted, since it has proved that he has the very strong est motivea for standing in the way anythincr of the sort. And now Watson, this is too serious for dawdling, especially as the old man ro , J cxr?s lSsfs mm IMMIGRATION OF GERMANS INTO MEXICO GROWS Mexico City, June IS Immigra tion of Germans to Mexico is on the increase. A despatch from Vera Cruz today said that S3 per cent, of the first cabin passengers arriving there on the Dutch steamer Friezia on Fri day were Germans. All will settle in this country. Most of the- German Immigrants coming here are from the well to do, educated class. Congress has approved President. Obregon's temporary measure pro hibiting the immigration of foreign laborers. Tliis bill is designed to protest Mexican workers. Its enact ment was due to the recent arrival of about 1.000 American laborers, not belonging to trade unions, who received work in the oil fields in preference to Mexicans. Announce ment was made that the law will be repealed when the industrial depres sion is over. Several more arrests have been made of army officers who were a 1 leged to have been implicated with Pablo Gonzales in revolutionary agitations against the government. They will shortly be court niartialod. The prisoners include r.en. Sidonio Mendez, who, with a handful of fol lowers began an uprising in San Juia Potosi. PREPARING FOR SPECIAL TOWN MEETING JUNE 21 Preparations have been completed for the special town meeting to be held in Stratford Tuesdy evening. June 21, ait which time efforts- will lie made to vote a special tax of two thirds of one mill to cover immediate needs of the fire department. What seems necessary at this time is an adequate pumping engine, and the board of fire commissioners have a triple combination Mack-International in mind. This machine will nvur'.'in a pressure of 150 pounds, whi' is nearly twice the higest pres sure than can be obtained under the best conditions, at present. The truck will come complete for $11,300 and an additional sum of nearly $1,0-00 will be needed to cover new hose, for ample pressure would no doubt blow present hose equipments to bits. The commissioners are especially in favor of the Mack truck betxiu.se it will carry all the men that can find room on it. The claim of the Mack people is that it is impossible to overload the machine. If roads and bridges will cari-y the load, so will the apparatus. Sentiment, as well as surface Vn timent can be judged, seems a g it deal more in favor of this special t.x than for the charity which was voted down about two weeks ago. Many people who are in no immediate need and oblivious to the needs of others, do see the fire peril from personal ob servation, and he peril being much closer home, may vote for this meas-. ure. However, as one prominent Strat ford official said at the meeting of the Fire and Finance boards Tuesday evejning, "Some people in Stratford would vote down a tax to give away $ gold pieces for dollar bills." Realiz ing this, every effort is being made to reach voters and it is urged that property owners who believe Strat ford should be put on an even footing with progressive cities and towns of the state, must not pass the buck to the neighbors, but get out to the meeting, and get out early. With the turbines out of condition and an after compartment filled with water, following a collision with a "dud" torpedo during manoruvers. the destroyer Dent put into Los Angeles harbor. Cotton strike in Manchester dis trict of Kngland. which has kept 600, 000 workers idle for two weeks, was settled. It was announced in Chicago that Donal O'Callaghan. Ijrd Mayor of Cork, had arrived safely in Ireland. i,, aware that we are interesting our selves in his affairs: so if you are ready, we shall call a cab and drive to Waterloo. I should be- very much obliged if you wou!d slip your re volver into your pocket. An Kley's No. 2 is an excellent argument with gentlemen who can twist steel pok ers Into knots. That and a tooth brush are. I think, all that we need." Tomorrow The Adventure of Uio Speckled Band, continued.