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The Hunters’ Paradise—The Homesteaders’ Land of Promise
ADVERTISEMENTS BRINE BESl LTS _PUBLISHED DAILY EXCEPT^SUNDAY^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^JLARGEST^ALASKAN^CIRCULATION Vol. 9. No. 109 . SEWARD. THE GATEWAY TO ALASKA, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 1915. _Ten Cent, the Cop/ ALLIES PROGRESS IN WEST AND TEUTONS IN EAST AUSTRIANS SURROUND RUSSIAN ARMY IN THE PROVINCE OF BUKOWINA-GERMANS TAKE PLOCK ALLIES PROGRESS IN WEST FRONT Submarine Sinks British Collier—Ger many Declares it Impossible to Distinguish Neutrals in Danger Zone.—Russia Building Railroads From City of Warsaw. GERMANS CAPTURE PLOCK BERLIN, Feb. 17.—'The German army, following the two defeats of the Russians east of Tilsit and the Mazur ian lakes, has now captured the city of Flock on the Vis tula about sixty or seventy miles northwest of Warsaw. This city was occupied by the Germans formerly but they retired when their left was threatend by the advance of the Russians toward Thorn. The capture of Flock at this time probably means that the defeats in the north have compelled the Russian center to fall back to avoid a Ger man advance from East Prussia towards the Polish capi tal by way of Mlawa along the railroad connecting the two points. The defeated Russians are now being driven be yond the East Prussian border and by this time it is be lieved the enemy has been cleared out of its last foothold in German territory. It is hardly likely that the German victors will again venture to follow into the Russian prov ince of Suwalki as they did earlier in the war as the clim atic conditions are too severe but it is believed here that the enemy can be held there now by a smaller force while re-inforcements can be dispatched for further attacks on Warsaw iteslf. BRITISH COLLIER SUNK HAVRE, FRANCE, Feb. 17.—A British collier was sunk off this coast yesterday by a German submarine but all the members of the crew were saved. The occurrence shows that the German submarines which sank two Brit ish ships near the same place a couple of weeks ago are still active in the vicinity. Where the collier was sunk is part of the danger zone lately declared by the Ger man government. The saving of the crew was due to the fact that several ships were in the neighborhood at the time and the quick call for help by the collier was answer ed. The submarine was not sighted. CLAIM RUSSIANS SURROUNDED VIENNA, Feb. 17.—It is officially announced this morning that the defeated Russian army which was re treating from Bukowina province has been surrounded by the Austrian victors. The condition of the Russians, as a consequence, is such that the surrender of the whole force is expected unless they can find some means of breaking through the encircling lines. Military authorities here declare that if the enemv in that quarter can be forced to surrender en masse it will leave the right of the main Rus sian armies open to a flanking movement. The news is so important that further information is being awaited be fore becoming too confident. ALLIES WIN ALL OVER LONDON, Feb. 17—That the allies have been suc cessful all along the western front is the statement by the official bulletins this morning. While the exact nature of the successes have not been mentioned it is declared that progress has been made at Ypres, La Bassee, Argonne, Rheims, Vosges and elsewhere. The news is most wel come coming as it does after the rather depressing news of yesterday. It is also announced that the German count er offensive in Alsace has been checked by the French and that the enemy is at a complete standstill in that quarter. At not one point in France or Belgium or Alsace have the Germans advanced a foot while, on the contrary, they have been compelled to evacuate several trenches. ALLIES RAID GERMANS LONDON, Feb. 17.—Allied air crafts raided Zee brugge, Ostend, Middlekerke and Ghisteller yesterday and dropped many bombs that inflicted much damage on the enemy. The total results of the raid are declared to be very satisfactory. The bombs were mostly dropped on fortified German positions and care was taken to avoid injuring the property of the Belgian people within the zone of attack I - WHAT SECRETARY LANE SAID TO COMMITTEE. Verbatim Account of the W'ords Used Dealing With Purchase of Roads. In the Seattle Post Intelligencer of February 6 appears the following ac count of what Secretary Lane said to tho appropriations committee of the house when he was asking for the two millions appropriation: The stenographic report of Secre tary line’s testimony before the ap propriations committee last Monday was made public today. This signifi cant passage occurred in the testi mony: “What we want to do is to be in a position to begin operations in June, wherever we are going, and we want to have some leeway so that whatever road we determine to purchase, if we determine to purcahse any, will have some kind of a deposit to make on it." Chairman Fitzgerald said: “So that your purpose now is after the route is determined, if you decide to pur chase one of the roads, to purchase it and then be able to go ahead with the construction work in addition?" Coal the First Consideration. “Yes," said Secretary Lane, “so as to get our coal available as sopn as, possible; that would be my idea." And then he emphasized the thought that the first consideration is to get out coal. While great secrecy surrounds all matters connected with the Alaskan railway subject, and orders have ap parently gone out in the last ten days to all officers of the government to give no information, it is known that personal representatives of the bond holders of the Alaska Northern have been in consultation with Secretary Lane this week. It is believed that counter propositions have been sub mitted and are now under considera tion. Postmaster Phillip Hickey has left for a trip of a week’s duration or so and Al Casey is in charge of the of* fice during his absence. MME. BERNHARDT LOSES HER LEO KNEE TROUBLE COMPELS DIV INE SARAH TO UNDERGO AMPUTATION. BORDEAUX, Feb. 17.—Next .Mon day Madame Sarah Bernhardt, the greatest actress of the present gener ation, will undergo the amputation of one of her legs. The loss of the limb is due to knee trouble from which she has been suffering for a long time. Recently the trouble has been growing w’orse and so keen had the anguish be come that an amputation wfas decided upon. For some time she has not ap peared on a public stage. She is grewr ing so advanced in age that fears arc entertained that the operation may have a serious result on her general health but she is facing the ordeal with the greatest fortitude. DUNKLE CAME HERE TO GO TO BROAD PASS. No longer Any Doubt that the Gugen heims are Getting to Work in that Field. From outside sources it has been fully confirmed that W. E. Dunkle came here specially to go to th<* Broad Pass country. He left Seward a few days ago after arriving here and is now at Knik or in that neigh borhood. With him went a young man named Cooper who was with Engineer Newsome in this district during the Summer. Harry Hicks is another who joined the party here. Outside papers and Alaska papers havo followed in the wake of this paper and have final ly decided that the Guggenheims are tho real purchasers of the Wells pro perty. GERMANY WARNS NEUTRALS ROTTERDAM, Feb. 17.—An official communication has been received from the German government notify ing all Dutch shippers that German submarines will be unable to distinguish between neutral and British ships and that all vessels, therefore, will be in serious danger if they enter the blockade zone. This blockade zone in cludes all the seas around the British islands and part of the north sea near this country as well as the waters off the northwest coast of France. The communication is evidently sent as a preliminary warning before the Ger mans begin their real campaign against the allied mer chant ships. Rumor has it that the German government has been indefatigably at work since the beginning of the war building submarines for this very purpose and it is very likely that the real war is about to commence. RUSSIANS BUILD RAILROADS PETROGRAD, Feb. 17.—Five lines of strategic rail roads are being built by the Russians from Warsaw to facilitate the movement of troops from one part of the great eastern theater of war to the other. One of these lines, and the most important, will be completed this month. The greatest advantage has been secured by the enemy by the fact that he had prepared strategic rail roads which enabled him to move an army from one point to another with greater speed than could be attained by our forces. No information has been published for the past couple of days as to the progress of the war in the places where the Russian armies are engaged MASSACHUSETTS TO VOTE ON WOMEN. Legislature Casses Suffrage Amend ment to the State Constitution. — COSTON, Feb. 17.—'The legislature today passed the suffrage amendment j and the question will go to the voters of the state in November. The op 1 position in the legislature was very small and this is taken to portend that suffrage will carry when it is present ed to the people. Along the Line of the Alaska Northern—Mile 12 PRODUCTS OF CHILD LABOR ARE BARRED. House Passes Bill to Save the Children From the Greed of Employers. WASHINGTON, Feb. 17.—The house last night passed a bill barring the products of child labor from inter state commerce. By this bill it is hoped to put a check on the practice of employing children in factories. It has been found practically impossible to pass legislation to prohibit child labor entirely but the bill passed last night is believed to be a long step in the right direction. LOUIS ROTH STARVES HIMSELF TO DEATH. PALO ALTO, Feb. 17.—Louis Roth died here last night as the result of a fast which had lasted nearly two months. He was suffering torture from his stomach when he decided to fast for sixty days with the hope of curing himself. ROME FLOODS STILL BAD BUT THE RAIN IS OVER. ROME, Feb. 17.—The rains have stopped and early relief is promised from the floods. The flood conditions are, however, still bad and the city is still threatened but a day or two of dry weather is expected to bring about a great change for the better. CALIFORNIA PRISONS ARE FILLED UP. SACRAMENTO, Feb. 1 i.—The j prison board of the state urged the( judges yesterday to give suspended^ sentences whenever possible to offend ers as the prisons are crowded and there is little room for any more. The filling of the prisons is said to be due chiefly to the dullness of the times which has driven many good men to break the law’s. THOUSAND LAWYERS KILLED BERLIN, Feb. 17.—More than a^ thousand German lawyers had been killed in battle up to December 28. The number officially given in the re ports is 1,071. Six of these jurists; were professors of law, 236 were judges, state attorneys, or other offi-; cials of the judicial department of government. Meet mt at The Branch. HOUSE PASSES SHIPPING BILL HAS BIG MAJORITY AND GOES TO THE SENATE AT NOON TODAY. WASHINGTON, Feb. 17.—The shipping bill passed tho house at one twenty o’clock this morning after four hours of a severe strugg’e. The vote in favor of the bill was two hundred and fifteen to one hundred and twenty one. It goes to the senate at noon to day and many believe it has a good chance of passage there. This meas ure is a compromise which has for its purpose the removable of the opposit ion of the upper house which has balk ed at the thought of government own er ship of an unlimited kind. The bill as it passed the house would plact the purchased ships under the control of a commission to be appointed and which would have forty million dollars as a sort of capital to work on. Two years after the close of the European war the ships would come under the control of the secretary of the navy. STOP SALE OF LOTS IN LAUBNER ADD. Robert Ashland wired to G. B. Poindexter todya to stop all sale of lots in the Laubner addition. The stoppage of sale is supposed to be due to some information that has just leaked out about the railroad and its coming to Seward. The sale of the whole addition which wae reported some time ago has been turned down by Ashland. REPORT SANTA ANA ON WAY. From indirect sources it has been learned that the Santa Ana was scheduled to leave Seattle on Feb ruary 12 and that she would commence her first trip westward from Seward ■ on next Monday, February 22. No word has been received directly from the correspondent of this paper. DEADLOCK BROKEN IN ILLINOIS LEGISLATURE. SPRINGFIELD, 111., Feb. 17.—j David Shanahan, a republican, has been elected speaker of the house af- ^ ter a deadlock which had lasted for, nine weeks. I GUGGS TO ASSAY IN BROAD PASS OUTFIT TAKEN OVER THIS MORNING FOR GREAT SMELTING PEOPLE. That the Guggenheims were really the purchasers, through Tom Aitken, of the property of the Wells boys in Broad Pass and that they sent over an assaying outfit this morning to be gin testing the ores are facts which are now perfectly well established. „ohn Reichart left this morning with sjme of the assaying outfit which is consigned to Engineer Dunkle, who is now at Knik and who represents the Guggenheims. Mr. Reichart left Sew ard about ten o’clock this morning by made between the Wells and Aitken. was about to return to Seward and go into the Broad Pass country and this report caused many to believe that he himself had purchased the property of the Wells but Mr. Aitken is gone to the interior by way of Skagway and this fact, coupled with the knowl^lgo that he never saw' Broad Pass, con firmed the belief stated in this paper some time ago that the Guggenheims were the actual purchasers in the deal made between the Wells and Aitkens. The assaying oumt taken out from Seward this morning for Dunkle will bo taken to Broad Pass immediately and the rock in Broad Pass will be tested carefully during the summer. It is stated that the Wells received a fine cash payment on the deal. DIPLOMATS IN MEXICO CITY IN A QUANDARY. So Many Presidents Happen that For eign Ministers are Kept Busy V'isiting Them. WASHINGTON, Feb. 17.—The taking over of the reins of govern ment by Carranza has placed the dip lomats of the foreign nations in this capital in a most unusual position. Only a short time ago they presented themselves and their credentials to President Gutierrez and after h;* flight they waited on the man who acted in his stead temporarily. Now the same ceremonies must be gone through w'ith Carranza even while Villa poses as president in arother part of the country. Should Villa get the upper hand once again he will probably march on the capital. The United States is without an accredited representative in Mexico City at pre sent but the Washington administra tion is in direct touch with Carranza. No new developments have taken place within the past few days. BECKER'S COUNSEL TO SEEK A NEW TRIAL. Colored Witness Confesses to Perjury In First Trial and Gives C hance to Becker. NEW YORK, Feb. 17.—'The counsel of the condemned police lieutenant, Becker, is about to make an attempt to secure a new trial for the prisoner following the confession of a negro witness that he had given false testi mony in the previous trial. The gov ernment attorney will try to prove that the negro has made the confes sion, if it could be so called, at the instigation of the condemed man’s at torneys and it is hinted that bribery may have been used for the purpose. The Traveller has not yet left on its journey to Knik because of the un favorable weather. Captain Cramer is in the greatest possible hurry as he has aboard the shaft for the Riley dredge which Mr. Riley will have to wait for.