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HITS EAST High Cost of Holiday Liquor The Power Behind the Atom Objects Priceless, or Precious Hart ford's Hangar Falls. Holiday liquor took 100 lives in the United States already report ed, and reports still coming in. Thousands are undergoing treat ment in their homes or in hospi tals. Hundreds of others have been buried on false death certificates procured by those ashamed to have it known by what means their relatives died In Manchester, Joseph Scar late, 3 years old, is boiled to death in a pan of wine, heated on the stove and set on the floor to cool. In Seattle, Emil Neurlter, half filled with moonshine and a half filled bottle in his pocket, shoots and kills Annie Engel, 17, Hans, 11, and Lillie, 3 years old. In New Britain, John Olive, 28, all "hopped" up with liquor and Jealousy shoots and wounds successful rival for the affections of a girl. In Washington, Ralph Ruby, prohibition enforcement agent is shot and perhaps mortal ly wounded as he attempts to make a liquor search in the home of Mrs. Minnie T. Trifoby. We must have our liquor. These little happenings won't be per mitted to stand in the way. In Chicago University they are studying the atoms. Six differ ent kinds, weighed in mercury, have six different weights. There couldn't be any doubt about there being more than one kind of atom, at least, not since the radium in vestigations. For some time the unsolved question has been, "how many kinds of electrons?" The electrons are the tinier particles of which atoms are composed. The hydrogen atom, invisible to the strongest microscope, holds some eight or nine hundred elec trons whirling about an elec tronic centre which, relatively, are as distant from each other as the several planets in the earth's system are from each other. Ultimately, there may be found th elemental substance from which all material things are constructed. Creative will might be the best guess at the nature of this substance. From the tomb of King Tutank hamen, -black amber necklace and and robes of the Queen. Also an alabaster vase containing balm, the lid painted with a hunt ing scene done in natural colors. These objects are called priceless. This is a way of looking at things. Most American homes contain such objects which may not be priceless, but which are far more precious. At Port Arthur. Ontario, three men have been devoured by a roving band of hungry timber wolves. Two were Indians; the other a white man of 70 years. Carcasses of 16 dead wolves, some half eaten, lay stretched in a circle about the remains of the Indians. This Is the past come back. Once upon a time herds of wolves were almost every where on the American continent, and somewhat further back were common in European countries. Nowadays flies and mosqultos plant larger graveyards than wolves do. Small evils last the longest. Newspapers discuss reappoint ment of Highway Commissioner Charles J. Bennett. Some rum ors say that he may not be re appointed. Bennett is a Com missioner who builds good roads. There is no graft in the Highway Department. Bennett is a rare type of public servant. The State needs him and ought to keep him. Joseph Jones. SO years old, was arrested, badly wounded, at Follansbee. W. Va., Wednesday after the police had riddled his house with bullets, machine guns and rifle shot. A little gas would have done the work as effective ly and its use would have given the sheriff a larger reputation as a, man of progress and scientific quality of rnmd- Hartford, with enterprise char acteristic of an insurance city with plenty of money to spend, established a flying field and built a. hangar. Came snow, rain, sleet and freezing weather, until the hangar roof was coated with sev eral inches of solid ice. The build ing collapsed all in a huddle. Now the question is. shall Hart ford build again? The duty is plain; a first class city cannot afford to knuckle to two or three inches of ice. tered as second cless matter at trie post omc Bridgeport, Conn., under the act of mi AMD EVENING FARMER Subscription rates by mart: Daily 16.00 per year, cm mooth. Daily 50 cents. 179 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport WEATHER: New Haven, Conn., Dec 29. Weather forecast: For New Haven and vicinity: Fair tonight and Saturday; slightly warm er Saturday. For Connecticut: Fair and con tinued cold tonight; Saturday fair wd'th slowly rising temperature; northerly gales, diminishing by tonight. 'OL. 58 XO. 307 EST. 1790. BRIDGEPORT, CONN., FRIDAY, DEC. 29, 1922 -SIXTEEN PAGES PRICE TWO CENTS. SPEEDY JERSEY JUSTICE FOR NEGRO SLAYER ALMOST $2,000,000 ASKED FOR SCHOOLS Storrs, Conn.. Dec. 2 9 Competing hens In. the 12th Annual Egg-Laying Contest here are breaking all records. All hens in the present contest laid 2.6S8 egrs in the past week, or a yield oi about 37 per cent. MURDERER IS FLAYED BY JUDGES Battles Silent as He Hears Scathing Ar raignment After Con fession J ustice to Move Swiftly Trial Jan. 4. Orange, N. .1., Doc. 29. Fa. moils "Jersey justice," swift and sure. today cast its sinister shadow on the quivering form of William E. Battles. 19-year-old negro, whose confession and in dictment for first degree murder followed within 19 hours the dis covery of tho body of hds victim, Mrs. Charles F. Brigham, kindly llttel .housewife, mother of three sick children, strangled to death in the basement of her pretty home, after an outrage by the brutal negro. Judge Steckel. to whom (the true bill wa3 handed following hurry-up action by the grand Jury today set January 4 for the trial, which, it is bolleved. will take only a few hours. Battles, in his confession, said he enticed Mrs. Brigham into the bas mont h-v ni-ptonddnir he had fallen and injured himself on the Btairs. mi . in v,iT.i rlffenaf of me v. n ii i.vi i uicu .1. i - - . her honor, while her little brood or measles and diphtheria amictea cjih. dren slept in an upsairs ruum. Beastly Crime, Says Judge. When Battles was arraigned today in police court, Judge Ovidio C. Bian chi denounced him in one of the most sca'thing arraignments ever delivered In New Jersey. The judge said: This was the most beastly, and wicked, the lowest, most awful and most dastardly crime ever committed in this community." He turned to Detectives Timothy Cronen and Thomas Burns and con tinued: "I feel it is my duty in behalf of all the citizens of Orange to thank you for your fine work in getting this man. There would have been a great fear in the heart of every woman in the community until the perpetrator of this horrible crime had been appre hended." TV, ,i n otrrd t ,1 n.1 cHpnt witb bead bowed, while the Judge spoke. SEVEN MURDERS IN 1 922 TO 6 PREVIOUS YEAR Police records for 1922 show that one more murder was committed this year than last, six being the number for 1921 to seven for 1922. There were fifty less burglaries this year than in 1921. the records being 450 to 400. According t" the police a large number of the burglaries were caused by carelessness. The Department of Missing Persons has been instrumental in ascertaining the whereabouts of many persons. Only three are yet on the missing list. KLAN BLAMED FOR QUEBEC CHURCH FIRE This photograph is of the burning basilica of the Catholic Cathedral at Quebec, Canada, destroyed, with a loss of $500,000. Church and civic authorities asserted that members of the Ku KIux Klan are responsible for the ineeniary blaze, as well as for numerous others in Catholic institutions in Canada recently. DESERTED WIFE HELPS SAILOR GET DIVORCE GIRL STUDENT FIRE RESCUER Cleveland. Ohio. Dec. 29 (I. X. SI Miss Helen House. 21. Smith Col lege student, daughter of J. A. House, president of the Guardian Savings and Trust Co.. played the role of heroine when fire destroyed their $125,000 home early today. Awakened by smoke she rushed to the room of the housekeeper. Miss Olma Nordand, and dragged her. unconscious, to the street through smoke filled corridors. R. C. Mills, her aged grandfather was rescued by firemen. Many valuable art treasures were destroyed. An unusual divorce case was heard today in the Superior Court when Mrs. Sadie Gardner appeared as principal witness for John Hennessey of 1401 Park aventue, in his action, to testify that her husband, Rodney C. Gardner, formerly connected wilbh tne Columbia Towel Supply company, of this city, deserted her to accompany Jane Donnelly Hennessey, tne re spondent In the divorce action. Hennessey claimed that he was m the navy for 2 0 years and that in 1918 he married Jane Donnelly of this lty. She refused to live with him in quarters which he provided in New London, where he was sta tioned. He said that he was told by his wife to notify her whenever he intended coming home on furlough. On one occasion he neglected to lo so. and found that his wife was work ing. A visit to the establishment was made, where he found the doors lock ed. He suspected that his wife cared for the company of the man for whom she was working, Rodney C. Gardner. His suspicions were con firmed when Gardner's wife told him that she heard that Mrs. Hennessey was working in Macy's department store in New York and upon investi gation found that her husband who had left her, met Mrs. Donnelly after work every evening. Judge John Banks 'presiding on the bench, grant ed a divorce to Hennessey on the grounds of desertion. Invalid, 83, Is Burned to Death CHILD'S MURDER REJOINS PARENTS New York. Dec. 29 CX N. S.) The murder of ten year old Theresa McCarthy for which Benjamin Pren derville, a roomer in her home, is now helj bv the police, today served to reunite the parents of the slain child who had been separated for nine years. They attended the child's fu neral together. Prenderville, when questioned by the police, admitted he owned the .22 calibre' revolver with which the girl was killed. He denied connection with the killing but the police held him on a charge of homicide. Tilton. N. II.. Dec 39. Mrs. Sarah It. Comertord, 83 years old, and an invalid, lived alono in her lonely little farm house here. Each evening she dis played a lighted lamp in a win dow to let her nearest neighbors know all was well with her. Last night her neighbors, as has been their custom, watched for the light. They saw it for the last time for less than an hour later the little farm house was envel oped in flames. Today the police are seeking to determine whether the aeed woman met her death through a fire of accidental origin or whether she was the victim of a criminal seeking a considerable amount of money Mrs. Comer ford was known to have in her home. School Budget Is Boosted $206,949 To Provide For More Pupils And Salaries CI The Board of Education filed with ty Auditor Bernard Keating today) a preliminary budget wnien snows, tliat $1,974,942.50 will be required for; the operation of schools for the fiscal j vear commencing April 1. 192 3. Th.s is an increase from $1,767,993 for tne: fiscal vear beginning April 1. 19T?. The large: single element in the. Increase is produced by the oeerajjon or the salary schedule adopted in the last vear? of Mayor Clifford B. Wil ann's" dm:r, ation. which amounts to almost $5.'.000. This item will j continue to increase until the larger number of teachers have reached the maximum provided by the sched ule. Additional Pupils. The second largest element in the increase is to provide for the addi tional number of ;iuiU who will at tend the public schools during the coming year. This number is esti mated upon the average annual in crease for 1 0 years. It will probably be somewhat larger than the average, because of the falling off during the present year. In the item of "Repairs and Im provements" and other items relating to the care and furnishing of the school buildings, there is an increase of $35,570. which is added because of the opinion of the board that much larger sums will have to be expended in the future unless the buildings are put in shape now and thereafter kept in shape. Many school buildings failed of full main tenance during the war and there after, and a great deal must be done for their protection. (Continued a Page Eiht-i $50,000 BLAZE IN RAIL YARDS AT CEDAR HILL New Haven, Dec. 29. (I. N. S.) Railroad officials today are investi gating a fire that swept the "Kast Hump" in the New Haven road's classification yards at Cedar Hill here, during the night and did damage of almost $50,000, destroying seven load ed freight cars, damaged several sec tions of track, and gave a large force of railroad workers an all-night fight. A train destined for the Shore Line division was being made up just be fore midnight and following the con cussion" of a car being pushed into the train, fire burst out of the car and swept with lightning like speed into the air. Every engine in the great Cedar Hill terminal was called out and workers used the fire hose from each to keep the fire from spreading to 1.00 cars nearby. Ten Families Homeless. Seven other fires during the past 34 hours caused considerable loss. Ten families were driven from an apart ment house at Howard avenue and south street, early today when fire which started in Che cellar spread to the third floor before it was discov ered, doing $10,000 damage to three stores and goods of the tennants. Other fires were at Morris Cove Koxon and on Farren avenue. The tnree causing a total loss of about $5,000. LEAKING BARGES REACHED HARBOR IN STIFF GALE Violent Sleet and Snow storm Accompanied by Sixty-Mile Wind Raises Havoc in New York Booze Steam ers Washed Ashore Two Killed and Many Injured Army of 3, 000 Laborers Put to Work Cleaning Streets of Snow and Slush City Faces Worst Fuel Crisis in Its History. New York, Dec. 29 While New York shivered today in 20 degrees above zero weather, in the wake of the heaviest storm of the winter, the city was menaced w-ith the vorst fuel crisis in its history. There are only 48 hours supply of coal on hand and snow has blocked many of the railway lines leading to the freight terminals where fuel is unloaded The storm began with a gale which swept all the Eastern states, but par ticularly the Atlantic coast. Rain turned to sleet and sleet to sno fl . Throughout the early part of th6 day a 60-mile wind whirled the snow into high difts. The mercury fell to 20 degrees above zero. Two Fatalities. Two men were killed and many other persons were injured. Railway and street traffic were badly crippled and thousands of commuters were late for work. The deep slush which filled the streets froze over, making foot traf fic dangerous. The hospitals were kont busy caring for persons Injured in falls. Steamship traffic was halted by the fog, snow and high wind. Four vessels laden with liquor units of the "bootleg fleet" off the coast were washed ashore and their corgoes lost. Three thousand street cleaners and 400 plows were put at work clearing the chieif business thoroughfares. Officials of ithe public health de partment and he fuel administra tion were greatly alarmed over the coal famine. They feared fbat con. Unued cold weather would lead to an epidemic of sickness. The reserve coal supply was put at 02.000 tons, enough to supply the domestic demand for about two days. NEW YORK STATE IS STORMBOUND Albany, N. Y., Dec. 29 (I. N. S.) Northern and eastern New York today Is digging Itself out pi the second and heaviest snow fall of the sea son. Reports from all northern New York points are to the effect that steam and trolley traffic have been hard hit by the storm and many of the country roads are almost im passible. . Snow workers and street ard road gangs are busy everywhere and normalcy will be restored in few hours if the fair and colder weather predicted comes to pass. ITALIAN-TURK RUPTURE LOOMS i London. Dec. 29 ft N. S.) I Eleutherios Venizelos. head of tne 1 Greek delegation in the Near East Peace Conference, has warned his government to be ready for a renewal i of the war aeafnst Turkey, said an Athens dispatch to the Daily Express today. Greece is putting an army Into Thrace, while Venivelos is urging that it be reinforced as rapidly as possi ble. The Greek Cabinet at Athens nas decided to call up additional classes of reservists. BOOZE VICTIMS FOUND IN SNOW Slpringfield, Mass., Dec. 29 (I. N S.) The storm hit Springfield in full force today and is rapidly developing into an old fashioned blizzard. High winds are piling snow into drifts on top of a three inch crust of sleet that fe'.l yesterday. Service of many su burban trolley lines was abandoned this morning after an all night battle by plows and sweepers. Several cars are stalled in the snow in isolated sections. Three men suffering from alcohol ism were pulled out of snow banks by the police during the night. One of them, a negro, was badly frozen, but is exjpected to recover. COAL SHIPMENTS TO NEW ENGLAND FACE BIG TIE-UP Boston's Death Toll Of Storm Reaches Four Rail Trans portation And Shipping Lines Paralyzed. Boston, Mass.. Dec. 29 (I. N. S.) Boston and other New Eng land cities were today facing a possible and even probable coal famine, as a result of the storm which has already taken a toll of four lives and has badly demor alized steam and electric trans portation. FTderick Davis, 68, of Fairfield street, Back Bay, died of exhaustion before reaching the City Hospital. iPatrick Turner, an employe of the Frost Coal company of Nep onset, while unloading coal from a barge, slipped on the ice and fell to his death in the hold of the vessel. David Hoodgdon, 62, of Providence, was almost instantly killed when he became blinded by snow and fell be fore a moving locomotive in the Dover street yards of the New Haven railroad. William F. Chickerlng. 61, of Lake Port, N. H. dropped dead of heart failure induced by exhaustion. Steamer Late. Shipping out of this port was badly delayed as a result of the storm and there were many late arrivals. Tne Japanase steamer Baltimore Maru was the only vessel arriving yester day. Several fires marked the worst f.torm of the winter in this locality. Approximately $50,000 loss was caus. ed early today to the block in which is located the "VVaslhington theatre at No. 7 24 Washington street. Four alarms were sounded. Firemen were severely handicapped by the oold and the heavy fall of snow. The "church" of Evengelist Law son, of "prayer bride" fame, which was loca'ted in the building, was ruined by fire and water. The raw mill of Isaac McLean at No. 11 and 13 Dunnell street. South Boston, was destroyed at a loss of more ithan $15,000. At Lynn, firemen called to fight a blaze in a two family house at No. 121 Fayette street, discovered two large stills and a quantity of moon. .ihine. CAPITAL STOCK INCREASED BY FOX PIANO CO. The Alfred Fox Piano company of this city, -filed papers at the ofnre of the Secretary of State yesterday, showing an increase in its authorized capital stock from $50,000 to $150, 000. The Hawley Hardware company of this ciy, has similarly filed papers showing an increase from $20,000 to $100,000 in its capital stock. An other increase "reported is that of the P. Turney & Sons Co., Inc., of this city, from $10,000 to $30,000. Among the concerns incorporated is the K. and S. Mfg. Co., or this city, capital, $100,000, to begin with $1, 000; incorporators, William Schroe del. Herman Schroedel and Anna Schilling. Officers have been elected by the Thompson company of Bridgeport, as follows: President, Henry T. Hyatt; treasurer, Harold R. Eastwood; sec retary, Frank A. Blackman. Storm Center Has Pass-' ed Bridgeport Poles,! Trees and Signs Blowni Down Man Breaksi Leg and Trolley Car Is Derailed H arbor master Unable to Ven ture Out, He Says, Bt cause Without Appro priation for Gasoline" Trolley Company Works All Night. Bridgeport today emerged"! from the worst storm of the season, combining sleet, snow and a high wind, with compar atively little interruption to its transportation facilities and only a few minor accidents re ported. According to Weather Observer William J. Mealia the storm center has passed this vicinity. While the gale raged at its height last night, three barges towed by a ug of the McOaffrey Towing line, narrowly escaiped being sunk in the cuter harbor and arrived half full of water. They tied up safely, how ever, at the foot of Wall street. Other shipping warned by storm sig nals, remained safely in the inner harbor. Harbormaster William La.monde, whose official vessel, the "Diik'," wan found half sunk under the Stratford avenue bridge yesterday, today ex plained why e did not venture out in the storm. He said that he has rer-oived no appropriation to run tho "Diik" and that it costs $10 a day to operate the vessel, Which when under way, consumes four gallons of gas-J oline an hour. Man Breaks Leg. Among ithe accidents reported wasi one to David Howe, of 47 Anson street, Who fell on Main Street, and!' suffered a fractured leg. He wag taken to St- Vincent's hospital. In,; rhe center of the city, high winds; blew down several srnali signs, and . trolley car, bound to Derby, was de- railed. Two poles were biown down i in the Black Rock district, and a trea t felled near Boston terrace on Boston! av-enue. The Connecticut Company work4 j all night to keep its tracks clear ant i satisfaction was expressed at tbed company's offices this morning atj (Continued on Page Eight.) ROMANCE OF TROLLEY CO. IS REVEALED A trolley ear romance came to light today when announcement waJ made of the engagement of Miss Cath-' erine Ayres, granddaughter of A. J. ' Kelsey, 55 Garfield avenue, to E. ' Spencer Rider, formerly of Norwalk, i and now superintendent of transporta tion of the Detroit street railways company. Miss Ayres is a clerk in the cash ier's department of the Connecticut, company at Bridgeport. Mr. Rider started as a clerk in the Connecticut company offices here, was advanced , to chief clerk in the Bridgeport of- ' fice, and then to be an accountant in the company headquarters at New Haven. He is 25 years old, and with 8.500 men under him at Detroit, is one of the youngest men ever to hold, a transportation position of importance. Sailors Lashed To Rigging Of Wrecked Schooner Saved CORP. GOSS TRANSFERRED. Hartford. Conn.. Dec. 29 (I. N. S.) Orders from the Adjutant General's office indicate that Corporal Mortimer A. Goss of Battery A, 173rd Field Artillery, is transferred as corporal to Company B, 170th Infantry. SAVE THE SOUL CRUSADE STARTS Nyack, N. T.. Dec. 29 A crusade to "save the soul" of this thriving town is under way today. Strange to say it was inaugurated by non-church goers. A little group of prosperous residents, not exactly noted for their religious leanings, decided that the times were growing so bad that action was necessary. They retained soli citors to visit 500 non-church going fairjilies to ask all to join some church. Provincetown, Mass., Dec. 29 The schooner Annie .L. Spindler of Yar mouth, N. S.. was wrecked at Race Point today. The crew of six men, trussed to the rigging in a storm of aimost hurricane strength for hours. were rescued by breeches buoy. It was reported that the vessel was loaded with liquor, but Captain Irv ing ColHns, head of the Coast Guard crew which rescued the seamen, said he had no official knowledge of her cargo. Steamer WaterLoegecl. New York. Dec. 29 The steamer Munmotor from Boston for Norfolk. Va., is waterlogged and in distress irf a terrific gale off Cape May. radio messages picked up here today said. Her position was given as sixty mi:es southwest of Five Fathoifi Bank kght. Coast guard cutters from Cape May have put out to her assistance, report said. S. O. S. calls from an unknown steamer were picked up in Philadel phia late yesterday, but the ship's Identity could not be learned until today. The Munmotor is a steel motor ship owned by the United States Shipping Board. She was formerly called the Courtois and was built in Ecorse, Mich. She is of 1,485 tons displace ment and has been in the coastwise freighting trade. Boston, Dee. 29 (By the Associated Press) A radio message picked up here early today from a steamer giv ing her name as toe Courtol, said she was listing badly to starboard and was In need of immediate assistance. A gale was blowing. Her position was given as latitude 39:25 north, longi tude 73:30 west, or south of Eire Island, N. Y. The motor steamer Courtois recently changed her name to the Munmotor and sailed from Bos ton for Norfolk on December 24. It was not certain' whether this was th vessel in trouble.