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The Great c u , «. ALASKAN ALASKAN D AILY ' i___J LARGEST ALASKAN CIRCULATION ADVERTISEMENTS BRING RESULTS ... .. . _ ~ Ten Cents the Copy Vol. 10, No. 26 SEWARD. THE GATEWAY TO ALASKA, THURSDAY. DECEMBER 16, 191.>. _______ FIELD MARSHAL SIR JOHN FRENCH RELIEVED OF „ rtl *, ,« n\ n\ m tt\ ff\ ff\ f(\ ff\ W W ff\ w ffl IJI i)\ <<\ II II W »fl II I' 't' 'B 1' 1' W ® m T COMMAND OF BRITISH ARMY AND HAIG SUCCEEDS AUSTRIANS EVASIVE AND U. S. WILL DEMAND DIRECT REPLY AT ONCE c SIR JOHN FRENCH RETIRES LONDON, Dec. 10.—Field Marshal Sir John French, conunander-in-chief of the British armies in France and Flanders, has been relieved of his command at his own re quest and General Sir Douglas Haig has been chosen in his stead. Haig lias made a brilliant record in the light ing and his selection for the chief command is well re ceived. French gained a great reputation as a cavalry leader in the Boer war but he has apparently found the greater command under modern conditions beyond Ids strength. He is also said to have resented the criticisms coming from people at home. AUSTRIANS DEFIANT LONDON, Dec. 16.—The Austrian reply to the Unit ed States demands in relation to the sinking of the Ancona has been delivered to Penfield, the American ambassador at Vienna. It is believed to uphold the act of sinking the ship but the details had not been received at the time this message was sent. WHAT AUSTRIAN REPLY SAYS WASHINGTON, Dec. 16— Austria’s reply to the American demands in connection with the sinking of the Ancona is expected to reach Washington tonight. A synopsis has been received which creates the impression in the minds of officials that the answer from Vienna is meant merely as a play for delay. It has been characteriz ed as unsatisfactory and a curt, emphatic note will be cabled demanding an immediate and unequivocal accept ance or refusal of every demand made by the United States. In the meantime the acting Austrian ambassador has hastened to assure Lansing that the sensational re ports that Austria approves the action of the submarine commander are absolutely untrue. The whole question is again assuming a most grave appearance and the feel ing this morning is pessimistic. The majority of the peo ple feel that the diplomatic relations between the two counrties will be severed within a few days. BULGARS MAY BE IN GREECE THE HAGUE, Dec. 16.—Unconfirmed reports have reached this capital that the Bulgarian cavalry has crossed into Greek territory in pursuit of the British and French who are falling back on Saloniki. This has receiv ed not the slightest confirmation from official sources but if it is true it means unquestionably, in the opinion of mili tary men, that Greece will be invaded by the Bulgarian full strength and that Saloniki will be attacked. It is gen erally understood that the Bulgarians will now be given full control of the Balkan situation by Germany and Austria and will be entrusted with the entire work of keeping the road to Constantinople while the Germans and Turks move against Egypt or, as some people think, India. In the meantime Saloniki is being fortified by the French and British to withstand attack. TRYING TO CATCH GREECE GENEVA, Dec. 16.—Some Swiss papers see in the hurried retreat of the French and British into Greece a plan to tempt the Central powers to invade that country and so draw the Greek army into the fight on the side of the Entente Allies. This is regarded by others as an un founded opinion and the tremendous losses of the Allies are pointed to as proof of its absurdity. SERBIAN KING IN EXILE ROME, Dec. 1G.—King Peter of Serbia will arrive here in a few days and will occupy a villa which has been t provided for his use by King Emmanuel. Peter is seventy years of age and is suffering terribly from the loss of his country’ and the anxieties and hardships endured in his flight from the victorious Teutons. It is said that after leaving Serbia he crossed into Albania incognito with a few friends and made his way to Avlona where the Italians have landed a military force. HOLY WAR BEING URGED VIENNA, Dec. 16.—The Turkish priests have again begun a campaign to arouse the Mohammedans of Egypt, India, Tunis, Morrocco and other countries to a holy war. Abyssinia is also being urged to attack the Soudan simul taneously with the attack on Egypt by the Turks and Teutons. Mrs. Christie Asks Krause for Husband Prisoner Deeply Affected But Re fuses a Direct Answer. JUNEAU, Dec. 16.—Mrs. Christie, the wife of William Christie, visited Edward Krause is jail yesterday and pleaded with him for some informa tion about her missing husband. Krause was deeply affected but re plied in the words; “I cannot tell” and refused to state whether these words meant that he knew or did not know | or a refusal to tell. It is coming to be believed that Krause is not guilty of half the crimes which had been laid to his charge although the conviction is strong that he did do away with Christie and Ole Moe at least. Dur ing all his life he has been noted as a silent, taciturn individual and he is living up to that reputation in jail. Mrs. Christie seemed to be deeply ; moved while visiting him. WOMAN KILLED BY FALL OF 100 FEET SAN DIEGO, Dec. 16.—Mrs. T. A. Comstock, seventy-six years of age, was killed and Aviator MeyerhofTer was seriously hurt when the flying boat in which they were sailing fell today into the bay from a height of a hundred feet. The accident was due to the collapsing of the craft for some unexplained reason. The old lady was taking the ride for pleasure. W illiam E. Root Is New Postmaster WASHINGTON, Dec. 16.—William E. Root has been named postmaster at Seward. Mr. Root was endorsed by the Democratic Club of Seward, ol which he is chairman. He is at present en- ^ gaged in the drug business at Cordova but his family resides in this city. His quick appointment shows the de i sire of the administration to recognize the Democratic organization. Con | gratulations. ’goes MAD WHILE ON A SEA WASHED REEF I I * | Awful Experience of Miner Drives Him Crazy Before He is Rescued. VICTORIA, B. C., Dec. 16.— Everett Fitzpatrick while returning 1 from his mining claim near Preemp ' tion in a canoe loaded with provisions I was wrecked by a storm near the coast but managed to reach a reef to which he clung for thirty-four days. He was found two days ago by In dians in a demented condition. When he reached the reef he managed to save a small amount of the provisions and this saved his life. At times dur ing the thirty-four days he was com ' polled to lash himself to a stunted tree i to keep himself from being washed away by the high seas. The doctors ; believe that his sanity will be regain | ed after a rest. U. S. REPUDIATES FORD LONDON, Dec 16.—Advices from Copenhagen are to the effect that the American legations at Stockholm, Christiania and Copenhagen have made statements that the United States government has no connection with the Ford peace expedition. The statements were made to prevent those three neutral nations from countenancing the expedition in the belief that by so doing they would be pleasing America. FORD CANNOT LAND LONDON, Dec. 16.—Reports received today indicate that the Ford peace party will not be permitted to land at Kirkwall, Scotland, where the Ford ship anchored. SINK BRITISH MONITOR CONSTANTINOPLE, Dec. 16.—It is officially announc ed that the Turkish artillery has sunk a British monitor off Gallipoli peninsula. The monitor was engaged with other allied ships bombarding the Turkish positions. The Turks answered with their land batteries with the result stated. TURKS AND BULGARS JOIN BERLIN, Dec. 16—Turkish forces have connected with the Bulgarians on the frontier so that the Central powers now have a continuous line of steel from the Baltic to Asia Minor. The Bulgars and Ottomans remain, however, within their respective borders where the out posts are within talking distance. Both have apparently forgotten the late war entirely and meet on terms of the closest friendship. GREAT SNOWS IN THE EAST BUCHAREST, Dec. 16.—Campaigning on the east ern front is virtually at a standstill owing to great snow falls. On the Styr river no fighting has taken place for more than a week and the Austrian army has made itself comfortable in winter quarters according to information coming through Galicia. This government is maintain ing complete silence with respect to the rumors of Rus sian concentration on the Roumanian borders and the people generally have nothing to guide them in forming an opinion as to Roumania’s probable action in relation to the conflict. Minnesota Mystery j lias Anti-Climax The Trouble is Purely Mechanical It Is Now Declared by the Authorities. SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 16.—The horrible mystery of the Minnesota now promises to develope into noth ing. The authorities declare today that the mishap was due entirely to mechanical causes and that no con spiracy or plot existed. The boilers are too hot today, it is said, to permit of a perfect examination and the whole truth may not be known for a day or two. There is still a suspicion in the public mind, however, that there is something beneath the sur- j face of the whole matter. BANDITS DYNAMITE CAR ON ARKANSAS R. R. Shattered Contents But Finally Got Away With Registered Packages. KANSAS CITY, Dec. 16.-Three bandits held up a Kansas City & Southern train last night near Eagle ton, Arkansas, and dynamited the ex press car. The explosion shattered the contents in such a manner that nothing was left. The bandits were unable to find a thing worth taking after the shot went off but they then forced a way into the mail car and escaped with registered packages. LONDON POLICE RAID SUFFRAGETTE OFFICES LONDON, Dec. 16.—The police raided the headquarters of Mrs. Pank hurst, the suffragette leader, here last night and seized the type used for getting out the papers of the organi zation. *.> *fr •><•*>*> * ❖ <• * *> * MRS. GALT ADDS * * ON FIVE YEARS * * - ♦ WASHINGTON, Dec. 16. — The marriage license for the Wilson-Galt wedding was issued today. The presi dent's age is given as fifty-nine and the bride elect gave her age as forty three, which is five years more than it was believed to be. Rev. Herbert Scott Smith of the Episcopal church will officiate at the marriage cere mony which will take place the day after tomorrow, Saturday. The presi dent and Mrs. Galt are now almost constantly in the company of each other and are apparently very much in love. BURGLARS SMASH WINDOW ANI) STEAL XMAS GOODS Haines, Dec. 9.—R. M. Odell's store on Main street, this city was broken into last night and a great quantity of merchandise taken. The front win dow was smashed and through the opening thus made access to the building was gained by the robbers. Jewelry, watches, razors, valuable pipes, electric flash lights, cigars, and many other articles were carried away. Just what the exact loss is, at this tmie it is impossible to state, but it is known to be considerable. The police believe that they have a clew as to whom the robbers are, and it is thought that arrests will be made some time today. •>*>•>♦>❖<*♦>♦>•> 4 4* * , ❖ MAYOR ALSO HEARS * ❖ FROM SECY. LANE * ♦> - * l Mayor Myers has received a letter from Secretary of the Interior Lane expressing his appreciation of the ac tion of the city council in endorsing the work of the Engineering commis sion. It is worthy of notice that in the letters to that body and the Com- ^ mercial Club Mr.. Lane uses the, phrase “co-operative 6pirit.” OUR TRADE RIVALRY FEARED BY BRITISH. I I TOP TO BOTTOM, KMHN, ROCKEFELLER, LOVETT. Photos by American Press Association. (Discussing the American Internationa corporation, formed in New York with a capital of *.'>0,000.000 to finance foreign trade estimated at *'>00,000,000, the Lon don Morning Host says; "It is evident that the United States is making prep arations for capturing the world's trad> after the war. This company must be treated as a quite serious proposition.’ Frank A. Vanderllp is chairman of the corporation, and among the other direc tors are Robert S. Lovett. Percy A Rockefeller. Otto H. Kahn. J. Ogden Armour, William K. Corey, Robert Dol lar, James J. Hill, James A. Stillman and Theodore N. Vail.] Maury Diggs Weds Girl He Took Away Man Who is Under Sentence With Caminetti Prefers Chains to Bars. OAKLAND, Calif., Dec. 16— Maury Diggs has married Marsha Warring ton, the girl whom he took away and for whom he is now under sentence of two years under the white slavery law. This was the girl he traveled with when he, Caminetti and Drew went to another state in company with three girls. According to the law a wife cannot give testimony against a husband and as Diggs has applied for a new trial he cannot be convicted if his application is grant ed. Caminetti is the son of the Com missioner General of Immigration of the United States. —— - •> ❖ ❖ •> •> ♦> •> ❖ ❖ ♦ ❖ BALL LEAGUES * ❖ HAVE AGREED * ❖ - ♦ CHICAGO, Dec. 16.—Unless some unforseen circumstance takes place the Federate will be p ermitted to pur chase players of the National and American leagues. This is expected to eliminate opposition and to reduce the expenses of all the clubs by cut ting down the salaries of the players. Wise ones predict that the country will have the three leagues in opera tion next summer. ALMOST BEATS ANCHORAGE SAULT ST. MARIE, Mich., Dec. 16.—The steamer Maruba arrived to day coated completely with ice over six inches thick. To release the pilot from his house it was found neces sary to play hot water out of the hose against the door. ALAMEDA FRIDAY NOON The Alameda sailed from Cordova this morning at 11 o’clock and is due to arrive tmorrow morning any time before noon. REPUBLICANS MEET FRIDAY SEWARI) MEMBERS OF (i. O. IV GET lU'SV IN HOPE OF VICTORY. Next Friday, tomorrow, evening at Pioneer Hull at eight o’clock the local members of the Republican party will meet to begin organizing for the com ing campaign. It is the intention to form a club immediately and as soon as possible delegates \% ill be chosen to represent the Seward men at the convention which i.^ almost certain to be held in this city in March. This division has liv< committeemen. Two of them live in Seward. Judge J. J. Finnegan is the local committeeman and Ed. Whittemorc is the committee man for the westward. MEXIC AN GENERAL GETS HEAD AS XMAS GIFT Comander of Mexico C ity to Receive Head of a Relative of Huerta. LAREDO, Texas, Deo 16*. Gener al Gan sues, commander of the forces in Mex co City, has received a tele gram stating that the head of Gen eral Hernandez, a relative of Huerta, is on the way to him by a special mes senger as a Christmas gift. Hern andez ws>^ killed in battle and when the body was discovered the head was cut off and prepared as a present for the commander at the capital. It is said that Gonzalez will accept the gruesome thing. CHENEY vs. SPENT E Z. R. Cheney who is asking for the removal of District Attorney Spence is the Democratic National Commit teeman for Alaska. He will be un able to attend the National conven tion. OPERATE ON JOE TINKER CHICAGO, Dec. 15.—A serious op eration is about to be performed on Joe Tinker for stone in the kidneys. WANTS DEFENSIVE R. R. AROUND RIM OF U. S. WILLIAMSPORT, Pa., Dec. i'\—A defensive railroad built around the rim of the United States, about which tnousands of coast defense guns could chase and ward off the combined navies of the world, is the skelton of a preparedness plan just submitted to War Secretary Garrison by George Campbell of this city. Campbell says this would be such adequate defense for New York, San Francisco, our other coast cities and coasts generally that we would not need much of a standing army nor much of a navy. He adds that the Belt Line Defense System would be economic because freight and passen ger traffic would pay for the road in peace time. A. B.’s TO HAVE LOW JINX MONDAY EVE The Arctic Brotherhood will give a smoker and low jinx next Monday evening for the members and their friends at their new hall. All mem bers are requested to keep the date open and bring a friend along. SCHOOLS OPEN JANUARY The public schools will re-open January 3, not in February as was -r • stated. The mistake was just a slip. ANCHORAGE WIRE DOWN The telegraph and telephone wires to Anchorage have been down for a 1 couple of days.