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Wholesale Slaughter Threatened and
Crowds are Leaving by Every
Boat and Train. !
By Cable to the Gateway
St. Petersburg. 1J The Jewish ]K>p-,
ulation of Russia i> panic-stricken and
Jews are crowding every boat and
train to get out of the country in fear
of massacre. Handbills were scattered
throughout the city Saturday declar- j
inu that a conspiracy had been formed [
to inaugurate a general s a lighter ot j
Jews on Sunday,
No outbreak occurred 1 owever, a>
martial law is in force in all the large
cities, and the police and troops rigidly
repress every symptom of disorder anil
permit no large assemblies in the
^t reels.
It U said that fount Witte has tend
ered his resignation to the c/.ar and the
latter refused to accept it, W itte is
much discouraged at the prospect, and
disappointed that the liberal party
does not come to the support of the
government at a time when it promises
free and orderly government and is
making every effort to establish con
stitutional rule.
It is reported that large numbers of
working men have agreed to fight
with the .lews in case a general mas
sacre of the latter is attempted. The
Jews are arming throughout the coun
try and bloodshed is not likely to be
one-sided in case of an antWowish out
break. In Poland, it is said, the na
tionalist leaders are deserting the Jews
because the latter are inclined to favor
Russian rule.
London, Nov. Iff- A dis uitch from
St. Petersburg ^rat *s that every street
in the Jewish 4 uirterof the capital .city
was packed with troops yesterday
morning to prevent the massacre which
was scheduled for Sunday, All was
tjuiet in tin* early morning. The cabi
net at midnight declared martial law,
which was practically in force before.
To Resist Hubbell Transfers
By Cable to the Gateway
Seattle, Nov. Iff The Rank of Cali
fornia and the Seattle National have
brought suits to set aside the transfer
of *ffffd.dOO worth of property to his
wife by Frank R. Hubbell, the real es
tate speculator who committed suicide
in the Washington hotel by inhaling
gas two weeks ago. The deeds were
made two days before his death and the
consideration named was love and
affection. Hubbell owed the banks
named anti owed other large
sums. It is claimed that the deeds
were not delivered in his lifetime and
that the consideration of love and affect
ion was insufficient under the circum
Hearst Men Mold Big Meeting
By Cable to the Gateway
New York, Nov. l.*> Hearst follow
ers to the number of 40,000 assembled
in the Academy of Music Saturday
night to demand a square deal in the
election for the party of municipal
ownership. The determination to push
a contest on the mayoralty was uttered
by all the speakers and wildly ap
plauded. Lawyers employed by Hearst
claim that they have much evidence of
fraud and assert that Hearst was elec
ted by 20.000 majority.
E. Vogel was moving today into his
new store room in the addition to the
Northern building on Washington
street. He will add men's furnishing
goods to his stock of notions.
No Doubt Remains That Fdward
Spencer’s Body lies in Crev
asse Beyond Tunnels.
ialwai’il A. Spencer, timekeeper on
the Alaska Central, left tin* tunnel
camp last Thursday evening to go to
the guiding camp on mile .V) and has
not since been seen, although large :
parties of men have been searching the '
intervening region since Friday after
noon. No doubt is entertained that
Spencer's body is lying in some deep ;
crevasse of tin* glacier which the trail ]
crosses between the two camps.
When Spencer left the engineers'
camp just this side of the Rich & Har
ris camp on mile ~>2 at 5 o'clock Thurs
day evening Walter (1. Jones, chief of
the engineering corps at the camp,
tried strenuously to dissuade him from j
going, telling him that it was extremely \
dangerous to travel the trail in dark
ness, and especially for one man alone.
It was then almost dark and the heavy
weather insured a night of intense
blackness. Spencer disregarded Jones'
protests and started without a lantern, *
sa\ ing;
*• I'll get through all right. Don't
worry about me."
The next afternoon a man came
through from mile -V) to the tunnel and
was asked if Spencer had reached there
tin* night before. IIis negative re
sponse roused the camp at once and
men were summoned from all directions
to join in the search for the missing
man. The search has been kept up
steadily ever since without a trace.
Kvery crevasse within 200 feet on
cither side of the winding trail which
leads between the tunnel camp and
camp -V) has bet n peered into carefully,
but no sign of Spencer has been found.
Not even a footprint leading away
from the trail has been observed.
Spencer has disappeared as com
pletely as if the earth had swallowed
him up and closed after him. It seems
certain that in the intense darkness
lie wandered off the trail, perhaps for
a considerable distance, *and then fell
into a crevasse. If lie broke a leg he
must have died of exposure before this
time. No hope of Finding him alive re
mains. but the search h r the body
still goes on over a wider area.
Spencer came to Seward in August
from Oakland, California, where his
father is a well-known business man.
He was a graduate of the Oakland
high school and an ex-student ot‘ Stan
ford university. Before coming to
Seward he had held an important post
on an Oakland electric line.
General sorrow is felt among the
railroad men over the young man’s un
fortunate end. He was very popular
with his associates, who credit him
with making his fatal journey only
through a sense of duty. He was
carrying important papers to the front
which required urgent dispatch.
American Jews to Aid Russians
By Cable to tha Gateway
Seattle, Nov. 13—A big Jewish meet
ing was held here yesterday to raise
funds to aid Russian Jews to get out of
that country. The meeting pledged
$10,000 to such a fund. Similar meet
ings were held in all cities of the
United States.
Charles Bennett Jumps from Baft
at Head of Arm and is
Swept from Sight.
Charles Bennett jumped from a
raft on which he, with several other
men, was crossing a swollen stream
which Hows into Turnagain Arm on
mile 1)2 of the Alaska Central. It was
at the mouth of the stream and the
rushing water carried the man out
into the water where he disappeared
before any effort could be made by the
other men to rescue him, as it required
all their strength and skill to manage
the raft.
Whether Bonnet jumped from the
raft in sheer panic as it was tossed
about in tin* plunging water or deliber
ately committed suicide is not known,
but the former is assumed to bo the
case. It is not reported that he had
exhibited any mental symptoms tend
ing to suicide and it seems probable
that the precarious journey of tin* 1 aft
momentarily deprived him of judgment
and that in fear that the raft would
capsize In* leaped into the water with
tin* idea of swimming to the shore.
The current was one which no swim
mer could breast and Bonnet was swept
away like a stick and disappeared
almost in a moment. Jit* never came
to the surface in sight ot his com
panions and as In* was carried by the
rush into tide water the body must
have been drawn swiftly awa\ by the
tide far out ward.
Commissioner Goodell finds No
Proof of Homicide in Testi
mony at Preliminary.
Martin Welch, railroa 1 contractor
on Turnagain Arm, was discharged 1 v
(Commissioner (loodoll at the closer of
tin* preliminary hearing to determine
the measure of his responsibility for
the death of August Nilson, a laborer
in his camp, in an altercation October
Id). The commissioner found, as did
the coroner's jury which he impaneled
the day after the tragedy, that Nilson
died of heart disease, caused by excite
ment. The hearing closed at Sunrise
Wednesday night.
All the doctors testified that Nilson's
heart was in such a state that he was
liable to drop dead at any moment
through undue excitement or exertion.
At the inquest Commissioner Goodell
and the six jurors examined Nilson’s
body and found no marks of violence.
On this fact, the testimony of the doc
tors as to Nilson’s condition, and the
testimony of the majority of the eye
witnesses that Welch merely slapped
Nilson, the commissioner based his de
cision that no probable cause existed*
which would justify him in holding
Mr. Welch on the charge of homicide
to answer in the district court.
Nevertheless several laborers in the,
Joe Smith Struck by Fragment
While Standing With Others
330 Feet From Blast.
Joe Smith was killed instantly hy a
rock from a blast while standing with
three other menff'lo feet from tin' blast,
on mile 40 of the railroad yesterday.
Mis head was crushed by the rock,
which dropped squarely upon his head,
and brains oozed from tin* fractured
The unfortunate man saw tin* rock
an instant before it fell upon him and ,
ducked in an effort to evade it. Instead
he thrust his head directly under it. i
His companions think that if lie had
stood still the missile would have hare- ;
ly grazed him. All four men had run t
to what they deemed a safe distance
after lighting the fuse, but the frag
ment which ended Smith’s life seemed
to receive an unusual impetus, and sail
ed far and high, falling with deadly
precision upon its victim.
Smith had been here only a short
time, having come on a late boat from
Seattle. Nothing is known here of his
relatives or friends. He was buried I
near the scene of his death. Doctor I
Applewhite went out as soon as the
news was telephoned in yesterday to
obtain facts for a report and record.
Mercury Below freezing Point
The thermometer was down to .’>1
this morning at 7 o'clock, and a sheet
of ice about the thickness of window
glass covered the surface of still water.
Most people express satisfaction at the
cessation of rain and would be glad to
have even colder weather as a sub
stitute. It is snowing in the hills this
afternoon and the prospect is good for
snow in town.
Oregon Sailed Saturday
Steamship Oregon sailed Saturday
from Seattle. She will come by the
outside passage to Valdez, and should
reach Seward Thursday, as most of
her cargo is for the railroad company
here, and she will not tarry long at
Oregon; sailed from Seattle 11th: due
in Seward Kith.
Bertha; sailed from Seattle 10th: due
in Seward 20th.
Santa Clara; arrived Seattle, 7th.
Santa Ana; arrived Seattle, 9th:
sails Kith.
Portland, sailed from Seward, 9th.
Excelsior; sailed from Seward 12th.
camp testified that they saw the quarrel
and that Welch knocked the man
down, and some said Welch kicked
him after he was down. This was abso
lutely denied by the men who were
close by, as well as the assertion that
Nilson’s face was bloody when he fell.
Mr. Welch is expected in Seward
this week. He is coming over the
trail to the railroad. Mrs. Welch, who
has been with him in the railroad
camp all fall, went to Seldovia on the
last boat, and will come to Seward on
the Dora, it is understood that both
are going to Seattle.
Under Comptroller’s Riilino Town
Will Receive $2300 for
Teachers’ Salaries.
Seward will receive S2500 for school
purposes this year by virtue of a new
ruling by the comptroller of the cur
rency, which reverses the previous
ruling of the auditor of the interior de
partment The auditor held that a
limit of $500 was placed upon school
expenditures in unincorporated towns.
The comptroller rules that there is no
limit to the amount for teachers' saia
ries, A letter from Gov. Brady to K.
K. Gray, secretary of the Seward
school board, explains tin* effect of the
ruling as follows:
“j have this day reee \ da communi
cation from the secretary of the in
terior in reply to mint* of September
20 requesting his personal attention to
tin* matter of the Alaska school fund
with a view of securing a rescission of
the ruling of tin* auditor, and there is
enclosed a decision of the cotap.rollei
! of <)ctober 15 wherein the decision of
the auditor is disapproved, and in
which the comptroller holds that the
law limits the amount for building hat
does not limit the amount for tin
wages of teachers to any specified sum
or the payment of the wagesof teachers
for any "specified period hut that tie
terms of the provision only fix the
minimum number of teachers and the
minimum time for which they are re
quired to be provided.
‘*L have also received a communica
tion from the auditor < f the interior
' department that under the above de
j cision the sum of $2500 is due the
treasurer of the school board at
Seward, and that a draft for this sum
will ho promptly issued payable from
the Alaska fund and forwarded to the

Temperature at 3 p. m. today- 37.

All Alaskans iroimr to Seattle on bus
iness or other purposes at * cordialb
invited to have their mail addressed to
themselves in care of the Industrial
Bureau of the Alaska Central Railway
Company. Lumber Exchange Building.
Seattle. Wash., and to make their head
quarters at the Bureau while in that
At Richards’ Sicre
The elegant collection of book© in
this up-to-date library should appeal
to every intelligent person in Seward.
At the low price of *>0 cent* {*r
month you can read the latest and bast
books published.
By 1\ Welch & Company, contract
ors on the Alaska Central at Turn
again Arm. Station men, rock mem,
ax men and laborers. Steady work
all through winter and next summit’.
Top wages paid.
For the best and cheapest recreation
in Seward, subscribe to Bichards up
to-date library. Only 50c per month
to read as many hooks as you wish.
New books arrive on every boat.
Don't overlook the Troy Laundry
for up-to-date and first class work,
ladies' and gents’ work a specialty.
Nanaimo Coal; $15 a ton. Delivered
to any part of the city. Seward Fuel
Will build house to order for anyone
advancing few months rent- or will
lease ground—corner lot—Adams street
—address M. H., Gateway otlice.
A new stock of Lowney’s candies
just arrived at Seward News Co.

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