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THE BRIDGEPORT TIMES THE BRIDGEPORT TIMES And Evening Farmer (FOUNDED 1790.) FOREIGN REPRESENTATIVES Bryant, Griffith & Branson, New York, Boston and Chicago MEMBER OK THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PHONE BUSINESS OFFICE Barnum 1208 PHONE EDITORIAL DEPARTMENT Barnum 12 87 Published by The Times Publishing Co., 170 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. THURSDAY, WHY? There is both encouragement and discouragement i the current reports from Washington for the friends of disarma ment. Encouragement is found in the fact that it now seems probable that in the conference on the Naval appropriation bill the House will accept the Borah amendment asking for a conference of Great Britain, Japan and the United States on disarmament and that the Senate will accept the House proposal to eliminate something like seventy-eight million dollars frorm the bill passed by the Senate. Discouraging is the statement that President Harding w not call the disarmament conference for Great Britain, Jap and the United States in the immediate future. One Washing ton correspondent says that there will be no such call until there has been a thorough understanding on the very definite agreement made in secret between the representatives of the three countries. This is normalcy indeed. It looks like going back to the old time secret diplomacy methods which were such prolific trouble breeders. There should not be anything in connection with a disarmament proposition such as Senator Borah's which cannot be accomplished better in the open than in secret and which the public would not be allowed to watch the develop ment of. Such an attitude on the President s past if correctly re flected is in striking contrast to that of Premier Lloyd George who recently said, "We desire to work with the great Republic in all parts of the world. Like it, we want stability and peace on the basis of liberty and justice. Like it, we desire to avoid the growth of armaments, whether in the Pacific or elsewhere, and we rejoice that American opinion should be showing so much earnestness in that direction at the present time. We are ready to discuss with American statesmen any proposal for limitation of armaments which they may wish to set out, and we can undertake that no such overtures will find lack of willingness on our part to meet them." It is also strangely at varience to that of Japan's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Count Uchida, who speaking just a week earlier than Lloyd George said: '"My opinion on the question of disarmament was iully expressed last January. 1 now emphatically re peat that Japan is only anxious to co-operate with other countries in the achievement of the noble aim of relieving the nations of the heavy burden of arma ments and of establishing a stable peace throughout the world." Only the country which Lloyd George refers to as "the great republic" holds back from making this move toward disarmament and permanent world peace. Why? TROLLEY It developed at the hearing before the Public Utilities Commission that the Connecticut company has been losing much money in Bridgeport, the total sum running into hundreds of thousands of dollars. It was also admitted that it was be yond the capability of the trolley company to care for all the transportation in Bridgeport. Neither fact will be much of a surprise to anyone, however. Much as the trolley company may oppose the competition of the jitney or how successful it may be in curbing it, it has been obvious to many people for a long time that the trolleys were on their way out and the jitneys were on their way in. It is evident from the success of the Norwalk-Bridgeport jitney line that where jitneys are operated on schedule by care ful drivers with good cars that the trolley company cannot com pete with them. An official of the trolley company is said to have testified that on two occasions when checks were made it was found that the trolley company had supplied eight thousand two hun dred seats in excess of passengers. In view of such facts as these there must be little need for discussing whether the jit neys should stay or not- The real question is whether the public will deny itself the convenience which it wants and pay the necessary money to support a losing proposition as a mere matter of sentiment. QUICK WORK. Some idea of how deadly aircraft are can be gained from the result of the test made the other day off Gape Charles. Within sixteen minutes after the first division of naval seaplanes had attacked the former German submarine U-117 it was resting on the bottom of the Atlantic. One direct hit with a one hundred and sixty-three pound bomb did the work. Only three naval planes had a chance to attack and only twelve missiles were used. Bombs were dropped from an altitude of twelve hun dred feet. What chance has a submarine against such an attack? Of course in this instance the submarine was unmanned and at rest and gave the airmen every advantage but on the other hand had it been manned and under actual war conditions it would have done little except try to run away. Sixteen min utes were sufficient to make a craft, which took much time and a great sum of money to build, a worthless bit of junk on the bottom of the ocean. There would not seem to be much use of taking millions and millions of dollars from the pockets of taxpayers and using it to build boats which are so easily de stroyed from the air. In the terrific force of this one hundred and sixty-three pound bomb there is also a hint of the destructiveness to be expected from airplanes in land operations if war should ever come again. FIZZLED OUT Whatever may have been the feelings of the Secretary of the Navy this morning when Admiral Sims, who had traveled three thousand miles in response to his orders appeared before him, it is evident from the reports that the Admiral was undis turbed and if anything a good deal amused. It is said that the terrible interview lasted exactly two minutes by the clock and that the Admiral's statement that he had been misquoted was accepted. Thus ends in a trifling bit of smoke a matter which had been magnified into a great mountain. No matter what subsequent developments there may be it looks very much as though the Admiral had won the first round. JUNE 23, 1921 vili VS. JITNEY. What Others Say P. M.'S IN ROTATION. (From Che Evening World) Edward M. Morgan was Postmaster of New York City from 1907 until 1917. He was appointed by Presi dent Roosevelt and reappointed by President Taft Thomas G Patten has been Post master of New York City since 1917. He was appointed by President Wil son. If, now, Edward M. Morgan re mains Postmaster of New York City as long as there is a Republican ad ministration at Washington, and if the next Democratic President of the United States duly appoints Thomas G. Patten Postmaster of New York City to serve until Edward M. Mor gan's turn comes around again. Now tl'ork will at least have for some years at the head of its Post Office the efficiency of experience and as much, continuity as it consistent with the pleasant habit of treating Post masters of the First Class like Am bassadors who bow themselves in and out with their party. A FIXE SELEPTIOX. (From Boston Post.) President Harding has done the country a good service by his selec Uon of Charles G. Dawes, of Chicago as director of the budget under the budget law recently enacted by Con- Mr. Dawes is a man of brains, Large executive arid financial experi ence, and a kind of independent cou rage that will be very useful in his important position. He Is not a very violent partisan, as his vigorous "lam basting" of one of the Senate smelling committees on the conduct of tho war last winter gave ample and pic turesque evidence. He was serious ly considered for the post of Secre tary of the Treasury just before that, but he provied a bit too plain-spoken for the job. If anybody can make (the budget system work as art should, that man would seem to bo Charles G. Dawes. More power to him. WHAT'S THE MATTER W I'l l I CON GRESS? (From Springfield Republican.) We are now in the third year after the armistice which ended the Woila war, and government expenditures continue to be "shockingly" high, to quote Secretary MeUon's word, while there is a hopeless feeling in Wash ington and the country concerning any reduction of taxation. Senator Smoot of the Senate finance commit tee even predicts that taxes will be increased. The comparison of the government's present failure to re duce expenditures to a substantial degree with the sharp fall in expen ditures after the Civil -war must seem amazing to most' of our people. While they may account for it by noting the almost immediate plac ing of the army and navy after Lice's surrender on a peace basis the army's size fell eventually to 25,000 men and the navy almost ceased to exist (they are puzzled to understand it Congress's failure to perform a fiscal service today similar to that performed in 1S66-1S70 is due large ly to the insistence of the adminis tration upon continued heavy mili tary expenditures after the war has been won. This policy is excused on the ground that world conditions forbid a reduction of armaments, es pecially on the sea. Secratary Weeks has said this week in a public address that "we (the administration) have information that we cannot di vulge, obtained in a reliaole and com petent manner, which makes us the only competent judges." This infor mation, however, is not given to the public, and ahe public cannot see where the awful danger lies. ADMIRAL AND SECRETARY. (From New York World.) The praise the right man earns by saying the right thing at the right time in the right place and with the right degree of emphasis belongs to Secretary Denby for his comment up on the proposal to meet the home coming Admiral Sims with a mock and derisive "welcome." The Admiral is a gallant old sea dog with a fine record who has talked indiscreetly and has been or dered home. Any further rebuke that the occasion demands is in the discretion of the Secretary of the Navy. Meanwhile he is, as Secre tary Denby says, "an officer of the United States navy and an American citizen, and should be able to arrive and land at any port in the United States without insult or humiliation." The proposed Sinn Fein demonstra tion would be an insult to "tho uni form and to every officer and blue jacket in the American navy." The police are well advised in planning to prevent demonstrations either of approval or disapproval of Admiral Sims upon his arrival. He is travelling under orders of the Navy department and upon Its busi ness, and hostile interference with him will not be tolerated. Unwise admirers who would make a demon stration for him because he told some plain truths should equally be pre vented from an embarrassing, un eam 1 y and untimely display. A STAR IN THE DAYTIME. (From the New York Evening Post). The curious thing about the Star was that once you found it, looked right at it, and kept your attention fixed npon it you could see it clearly. If you had the right kind of eyes. Lots of people couldn't see it at all. some because they did not have the right kind of eyes, bat mostly be cause they were blinded by the garish light of an extraordinarily bright and sunny morning. The sky was a bottomless sea of azure; the clouds that swept across, melting into shift ing wisps and flecks or vanishing al together as the sunshine at them up. shone lake new snow. The flitter ing flags on tall poles distracted your gaze. But if you did get into a sha dowed place or down in the depths of the canyons between the towering buildings, carefully work out the exact location and fix your gaze there, you saw the Star, glittering like a diamond in the blue Then it came to you afresh that after all the stars are there all the time, passing stately across the sky, sending out their steady stream of light, as much and as truly in the glare of the brightest day as against the velvet blackness of the darkest night It is not their fault if, we do not see them. It is the fault of our eyes, filled -with the blaze, of things, or of the earth-born elbuds that shut us in. Also, we do not trouble in the daytime to look at, or for, the stars. Only those who look, out of the depths of canyons, or at the bottom of narrow vistas, se-i the stars in the daytime. In the daytime we are all-powerful. In tho awe and loneliness of night we pray, each after his own fashion: Now I lay me down to sleep: I pray the Lord my soul to keep. As if to say: "While I am awake and on the job I can take care of myself. While the sun is shining, never mind the stars." The prayers of most of us come out of our fears. Suddenly comes a day when we dis cover that whether we look for it or not the Star is overhead and shin ing, regardless of our seeing. And we realize then that if our eyes are open and intent we can see it and steer by it unless we suffer the gar ishness of the day to blind us to its glittering presence. SEEING THE POINT. (From the New York Times.) The unprecedented manifestations of approval of Admiral Sims; all over the country, have no failed to im press the official mind. Secretary Denby brushes aside the question of violated naval regulations as a minor thing compared with the outrage of proposing to put an afront upon the Admiral, when he comes ashore, by inflamed Sinn Feiners. Commis sioner Enright is also quick to see the point and to understand that the city is in no mood to tolerate rowdy demonstrations aimed at a man whom the people are delighted to honor. The fullest police protection is. promised by (the Commissioner, who serves no tice on all misguided Irish-Americans that if they go to the pier where the Admiral leaves the ship looking for trouble 'they will find more than they crave. The indications are, there fore, that whatever is done in receiv ing the returning Admiral will be in accord with the dignity of New York and the dignity of the navy. The present attitude of the public, the changed position of the authori ties, the spontaneous and overflowing tributes to Admiral Sims from the best in the land all these things should give the heady Sinn Feiners pause. They ought to be able to perceive, what is visible to everybody else, that their course has been as if nicely calculated to do all the harm possible to Ireland's cause in the United States. Their idiotic plans to insult Admiral Sims publicly have been a sort of climax of folly. ProD ably these schemes will now be aban doned, ouit of very shame or a sense of their utter futility, but if an ait tempt is made to carry any of them out, the police must put it down with a hard hand. New York is not yet ready to admit that it is powerless to prevent the reception of a distin guished naval officer from being bro ken up or marred by the crazy pro jects of hooligans. WELCOMES- G SIMS. The demand for a popular recep tion of Admiral Sims seems to be one of those spontaneous outbursts of public sympathy that follow a coura geous act which expresses the long pent-up thought of thousands. With no animus against Ireland as a whole, there has yet been a smoldering re sentment against the Sinn Fein ex tremists, which grew at acts of fool ish violence and was finally released when the Admiral made his speech. By clearing the atmosphere, both here and in England, he has done a service to America and to; world peace, which entitles him to a general reception. Thousands are expected to meet him, and if time and circum stances permit, he will be welcomed in a manner befitting the return of a great national hero. New York alone oan greet him, but he and his supporters will know that every per son who goes to welcome him Is a proxy for thousands more tthrougn out the land. SCHOOL DAYS -.-TS Seeking Man Who Injured His Employer Bridgeport and Fairfield police to day are searching: for Tony Terrizzi, of 453 Halett street, who is alleged to have assaulted Edwin Mathewson of 201 TsTorman street yesterday afternoon- If apprehended, the man wijl also bo questioned in regard to the shooting of Patrolman Thomas A Tierney, last Wednesday night. Ter rizzi is alleged to have been armed with a revolver and a club when he attacked Mathewson, and is thought to be a dangeruos character. Yesterday's trouble followed an ar gum en t which occured between Ma thewson and Terrizzi, Tuesday after noon. Terrizzi was employed by Ma thewson on ai construction job ii Stratfield Road, Fairfield, and after quitting his work Tuesday afternoon, returned yesterday in search of his employer. Seeing that the man was armed, Mathewson rushed into a clos et and locked the door. Terrizzi is said to hryve battered down the door and to have given Mathewson a severe beating. He fled after committing the assault. Five workmen who were on the job when Terrizzi approached. took to their heels when the trouble started. SIMS EXPLAINS JACKASS SPEECH Continued from Page One.) What they used for the gargle the admriai did not say hut there were looks of acute distress on the faces of some of the photographers. At the conclusion of the short ses sion. Secretary of the Navy Denby re ceived newspaper reporters and said. "Admiral Sims denied the accounts of the statements attributed to him He said that he had been incorrectly quoted. I gave him a writen memo randum setting tortn tnese state ments and asked him to inform me in writing where he was incorrectly quoted and to tell me if he could,, what he did say in that speech." Secretary Denby would give no hint as to the nature of his future action in the Sims' case, and he would add nothing to the brief statement made at the close of the interview. It was understood, however, that there will be no more action in the case utnil Admiral Sims has forward ed his statement to the Secretary in writing, pointing out that the differ ences, if there are any, in what he actually said and what he is reported In press dispatches to have said con cerning the "jackasses." Admiral Sims, however, immacu late and jovial in his white summer uniform, did not seem particularly concerned about the matter. He showed up at the Secretary's office at 9:30 by appointment, stopped and chatted with reporters while he posed for a swarm of photographers. Then he strolled into the Secretary's office. Almost betfore the photographers had closed up their shutters he was out again, smihng and unperturbed as ever. From the Secretary's office Ad miral Sims strolled down the hall to the office of Admiral Coontz, di rector of naval operations, where he stopped in, as he explained, on a matter of personal business. Killed Before Wife And Son Chicago, June 23 As his wife and son were sitting on a rear porch waiting for Tony Marchese, owner of a saloon to come home Marchese was riddled with shot gun slugs and killed early today by unidentified men in an auto. They are believed to have killed Marchese for revenge in a feud. He was slain directly in front of his home. Mrs. Mrrchese ran to the sidewalk and found her husband dead with the death car speeding away. It woe found that 17 slugs entered his body. Mrs. Marchese denied her husband had received threatening letters. Good Advice To Young Women res Moine, Iowa. June 23 Young women were given the following ad vice today by President Ernest Tudtin of the Northern Baptist convention: "Don't swear, refrain from improp er dancing, give up drinking, quit gambling, stop joy riding and ban im moral plays." He protested against the '"lowered moral tone" of young women's habits, asserted the world is degenerating and said the churches must drop their "petty philosophying and return to the faith of their fathers." g r," e me of gpoats 4 GOMPERS IS TO STAND ON RECORD Continued from Page One.) half declared that "his record in the American labor movement during the past 41 years would re-elect him to the presidency." This made the is sues between the two candidates clear as President Gompers has al ready gone on record against govern ment ownership, unemployment in surance, health insurance and other similar' proposed legislative measures-Supporters of both candidates con tinued their campaigns at top speed today, carrying their electioneering to the floor" of the convention. The Lewis boomers tnade public a telegram sent by John Hassler, presi dent, and William Mitch, secretary of the Indiana district, United Mine Workers, to Frank Frarriragton, presi dent of the Illinois district; Robert Harlan, president of the Washington, and Alexander Howat, president of the Kansas district, urging them to vote (or the miners' leader. All three of these district mine leaders are delegates to the conrention and are reported opposed to Lewis. The telegram said that the execu tive hoard of the Indiana district had held a meeting and canvassed the situation and it was "convinced that the great mass of Indiana miners overwhelmingly favored a change in the presidency of the American Fed eration of Labor. The railroad .rganizations up to today had failed Do declare which candidate they would support If they reach agreemen labor leaders said, their vote probably would de cide the election. With the railroad and the Irish question disposed of, the convention today began to dispose of a number of minor matters and prepared the way to take up jurisdictional disputes and the question of relations with European labor movements. ' Among the more than a score of resolutions yesterday wi re, included declarations: Urging passage of the Nolan hill to make the minimum wage for gov ernment employes $3. Supporting the executive council's report on adverse court decisions and urging enactment of a national anti-injunctio-n law. Supporting efforts of seamen to get workmen's compensation and acci dent insurance. Supporting the United Mine Work ers in their court cases growing out of the coal strike. Opposing the Calder coal bill in tre United States Senate. Approving the Mass law relating to formation of cooperative banks and credit unions. Requesting large appropriations for the federal employment bureau. Approving the executive council's report condemning the "one big union" and urging international un ions with members in Canada to af filiate with the Canadian trades and labor congress. Little Child Suffocated Thomnsonvi'le. June 23 Sylvester Buttone, aged four, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vincenzo Buttone, was suffocat ed to death, a month Id infant of the same family burned about the face and head and damage of $12. 000 done by a lire tlii.s forenoon which completely gutted the upper portion of the two and one-half story frame block at the corner of Pleas ant and Whitwortb streets, and en dangered nearby property. The building was purchased one month airo bv Peter Jodzniak from Martin J. German. It was occupied on the fif floor by stores and business places and on the second fJoor by two families. Fire Rages In Biggest Body Of Coal Known Pottsville. Pa-. June 23 Two min ers, both foreigner, are dead and three others are not expected to live out the day as a result of burns re ceived late yesterday during a terri fic explosion at the Knickerbocker Colliery of the Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron company at Shenandoah. Stjt rti--- inspectors and officials who - the mine to day are convinced tly the explosion was caused wnCD the ! ocM -i::g of coal released a pocket of g.:s The biggest body of coal in the world is afire as a result of the flames started by the explosion. The colliery is in the Mahaney Valley where the richest anthracite veins are found. The mine during the night was a vast inferno with flames leaping; fifty feet from one level to another. By DWIG Files Claim On Estate Of Roosevelt Hillsdale, Ind.. June 23 Mrs. Emma Richardson Burkett. who has filed a claim for $ti9.9u0 against the estate of Theodore ltoosev-clt to tain payment on a note sh? said endorsed by the former president day related a story of an estate herited and loaned out during Republican national convention June, 1912. The note bearing Colonel Rt velt's Indorsement and the wil ob was in ose will by Mi of the which she came into po money ar ein the Chemical National Rank in New York, she says. Her story came after she had been told that attorneys for the Roose estate characterized the colonel'.., in dorsement as a forgery. Mrs. Bur kett says she resided at Danville, Ills., when the loan was made. An uncle, Henry Richardson, a minor, had left a will providing that she should take charge of his money, $69,900, and turn over the. interest to Mary Kenncy, his daughter. Mrs. Burkett said she received word from a friend that an investment for the money had been arranged, and that she was taken to an office in Chi cago where she met Colonel Roose velt and Charles J. Shunson. There, she said Shunson signed the note and the colonel endorsed it. Shunson, she avers, paid her the interest on the loan until 1917, when he went to France. She also declared that she expected soon to receive a message to go to Cincinnati to see Mrs. Alice Long worth, the former president's daugh ter, but would not reveal the purpose of the contemplated trip. "I've offered to compromise." she said. "At first I wanted the principal and the interest for four years, but now I merely want my money back". WORLD SEARCH FOR SHIP Continued from Pago One.) Not a vestige of conclusive evi dence has been developed from the investigations thus far to clear up the mystery that surrounds the dis appearance. As the search of ship logs pro ceeds, officials, by a method of elim ination, should be able, it is said, to definitely fix the identity of all ships which were in the vicinity of the Deerings position during the period in the latter part of January last. By ths process it was said the vessel which ignored the lightship's call, and which is one of the few which are. not recorded on the lightship's records as having passed that point, may be fixed with certainty. If this cluefc is obtained, officials may have sonithinc to work on in tackling the other mysteries. All lines taken by investigators have led up blind alleys, officials saf'l. Ship experts declared it stands out a one of the most perplexing series of ship mysteries in marine history. Giant R-36 In Accident Tnndon. Juno 23 The giant "Brit ish dirigible balloon R-36. a sister ship of th-e R-28 Cnot the ZH-2 t has hpn dama?cf ;n collision with a shed at The Pulham Aerodrome, ac conlns to the; Kvninjr News toda y. The bow was so badly crushed that the ship was rendered unair worthy. Trn R-M has been purchased by th Vnitei Staffs and will soon be tak'-n across th-e ocean under her own pow er. Wife Was Too Good For Him Hyannisport. Mass., June 23 Mar tin Hammerberg of Cleveland. Ohio, fro years old, who ten days ago mar ried a girl one half his age. com mitted suicide by hanging In a garage .nere today. He left a farewell n"te addressed to his wife declaring s.'ia was "Too good" for him and that they should not never have been mar ried. K ron'0udM with an apology for the trouble he has brought upon her. REDUCE OF HEAD. New TorJc June 23 The Aferlcan Smelting & Kenning Company today reduced the price of lead from 4-50 to 4.40 centa .per pound.