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i_DAIL_i __ LARGEST ALASKAN CIRCULATION APVKRTISKMHNTS BRING RESULTS_eVBUSBSD DAILY EXCEPT SUNDAY___—= __ - — ■ * . __ ~ fft,p Ten Cent* the Copy Vo] ,0 Np _ _SEWARD. THE GATEWAY TO ALASKA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 6, 19U __- -----■ CONSCRIPTION INTRODUCED BUT THE NATION’S WORKERS PROTEST I ' Widespread Pessimism in Eng land and Elections May Be * Forced — I reland Excluded From Compulsory Service Bill—More British Steamships Sunk in Mediterranean— Rus sians Rolling Back Germans. CONSCRIPTION SPLITS BRITAIN LONDON, Jan. G.—It is admitted this afternoon that Great Britain is now facing the greatest crisis of its modern history as a result of a resolution passed by the National Labor Congress today protesting against con scription in any form and pledging the labor element of the nation to tight it to the end. The Labor Congress rep it nts three million workers, the very sort of men who would be called out it the new conscription bill be comes law. and the action of their congress has, therefore, created a feeling of widespread pessimism. Not since the war began has the nation felt so gloomy. The first re sult of the action of the workers is expected to be the creation of a grave governmental crisis which will force a general election from which it is expected the present conservative minority would come triumphant with Lloyd George adopted by that party and made a member of the cabinet. The general belief is that parliament will pass conscription in spite of opposition and then will matters come to a head. CONSCRIPTION INTRODUCED \ LONDON, Jan. 6.—Prime Minister Asquith has in troduced the government’s modified conscription bill and Sir John Simons, formerly Home Secretary, has opened the fight against it. The most striking fact connected with the bill is that Ireland is excluded from it after the protest of the National party whose leaders declared that forced military service would split the nation hopelessly. The bill as it stands provides for the enforced enlistment of all single men between the ages of eighteen and forty one who have no one dependent on them. \\ idowers must serve as well as bachelors if they have no children de pendents. The bill is absolutely democratic. Every man of any social station is included so that titled individuals will be compelled to serve with workers. PERSIA TENSION RELAXES WASHINGTON, Jan. 6.—President Wilson and Sec retary Lansing have held a conference over the sinking of the Persia and they have unofficially expressed the belief that Austria will make a disavowal of responsibility. No word has been uttered yet as to what has passed between the two governments with respect to the matter and the silence of Austria has been regarded as peculiar although in some quarters it is supposed that the governments have really exchanged some notes of a preliminary kind whose contents have not been given out. It is known that the tension created by the sinking of the Persia is relaxing but it is admitted to be still intense although matters are not at all as serious as they were immediately after the arrival of the news of the sinking of the ship. MOVE AGAINST ITALIANS ATHENS, Jan. 6.—An army of forty thousand Austrians is now marching against the Italian army which occupies Durazzo, Albania, and an important bat tle is imminent. Just south of the Austrians is Elbassan where the Bulgarians were reported to have defeated the Serbs some time ago so it is assumed that the Austrians will have their left guarded by the Bulgars. Italy has now two armies in Albania, one at Avlona and the other at Durazzo which is on the mainland. A defeat for the Italians would mean their forced evacuation of the coun try' if they could manage to embark on their ships and the coming struggle is, therefore, regarded as one of supreme importance so far as the fate of the Balkans is concerned. The Austrians are reported to be moving steadily forward for the struggle. GARY SAYS ALL EXHAUSTED NEW YORK, Jan. 6.—Chairman Gary’ of the United States Steel Corporation issued a statement today to the effect that the belligerent nations are starving for men and money to continue the war and that the conflict must end sooner than anyone expects. MAY PUT EMBARGO ON MUNITIONS WASHINGTON, Jan. 6.—A strong movement has now been started in congress to prohibit Americans from trafficking in the vessels of belligerent nations and also to place an embargo on American munitions intended for Europe. Should the effort to place an embargo on muni tions come to a show down it is expected to create one of the bitterest fights ever seen in congress as it will divide sharply those in favor of the Allies and those in favor of the Teutons. Pro-Germans all over the nation are now doing everything possible to influence members of con gress to prevent shipment of munitions to Germany s enemies. RUSSIANS STILL WINNING LONDON, Jan. 6.—The Petrograd correspondent of the Times declares that the Russians have forced the Ger mans back beyond their line of defense and have inflicted enormous losses on them. The Russian offensive is being carried on almost all over the greater part of the eastern front and th Slav empire is described as being once more on its feet, well equipped and munitioned. NO ACTION ON PERSIA WASHINGTON, Jan. 6.—It was learned this after noon that no action will be taken in the Persia matter until it is learned positively whether the vessel was sunk by a mine or by a submarine. There is apparently still con siderable doubt on the matter and no evidence has been forthcoming except from those who were aboard the Persia and who are almost entirely pro-Ally in sentiment AUSTRIA STILL SILENT WASHINGTON, Jan. 6.—Penfield, the United States ambassador to Vienna, has cabled the state department that the Austrian government is still silent regarding the sinking of the Persia. The Austrian government has never uttered a word on the matter. BRITISH STEAMSHIPS SUNK MARSEILLES, Jan. 6.—The British steamships Middleton and Helia have been sunk without warning in the Mediterranean and several of the passengers and crews perished. ARMED ITALIAN SHIP ARRIVES NEW YORK, Jan. 6.—The Italian steamship Giusep pe Verdi arrived today from Genoa carrying two four inch guns mounted on her stern. The passengers say it is understood the Italian government is responsible for mounting the guns to repel submarines. The fact is sig nificant as the presence of the guns make the vessel a ship of war and lay her open to destruction without warn ing. She may be forced to leave like any warship. She is the vessel which took two thousand Italian reservists from this city some time ago._ •> OFFICIALS BELIEVE * * HUERTA SHAMMING * * - *| EL PASO, Jan. 6.—The guards have been replaced over the residence of Huerta as the officials have sud denly become suspicious that he is only shamming illness in the hope of stealing away to liberty. It is rum ored that the operations said to have been performed on him were part of the scheme. SAY THESSALONIKI HAS BEEN SUNK NE WYORK, Jan. 6.—Passengers who have been brought ashore from the disabled ship Thessaloniki report that before they left her the seacocks had been opened to mako her sink as she was regarded as a menance to navigation. STEAMER STRIKES WHARF AND SINKS PARKERSBURG, Va., Jan. 6.—The steamer Kanawaka struck the pier here during a storm today and sank. Eight lives are believed to be lost. MAY DYNAMITE THE STEAMER THESSALONIKI WASHINGTON, Jan. 6.-~The coast guard steamer Senecal has been ordered to proceed to sea to tow in the steamship Thessaloniki or to dyn amite her if it is found impossible to bring her home. In her disabled con dition and drifting about she is re garded as a danger to navigation. 75,000 Tons Freight Went to Anchorage Commission Asks For Bids For Build Several Structures. ANCHORAGE, Jan. 6. — The records of the Commission show that seventy-five thousand tons of material v*ere handled over the dock here from June 20 to November 20. Bids are to be opened on January’ 15 for the construction of a warehouse contain ing retail stores, commissary, store keeper ami clerk’s offices and two store rooms. A platform will be built alongside the railroad track also and a two story' building erected there. One hundred and eighty thousand feet of lunmber will be required for the work. STEAMSHIP WHICH ARRIVED IN NEW YORK TODAY CARRYING TWO FOUR-INCH GUNS PUGET SOUND IS ONLY NAVY YARD ADMIRAL DECLARES BEFORE NAVY COMMITTEE IT IS AHEAD OF ALL OTHERS WASHINGTON, Jan. 6. — I’uget Sound Navy yard is the only theoreti cally dependable deep water naval station in the United States, accord ing to Rear Admiral Homer R. Standford, chief of the bureau of yards and docks, who testified before the house naval committee today. The admiral stated that the biggest bat tleships found not the least difficulty in entering Puget Sound. On the other hand, the admiral said, the con dition at the New York yards could be regarded only as serious. Talks Compulsory Service in 11. S. Unless Enough Volunteers Step For ward Conscription May Come. WASHINGTON, Jan. U.—Before the special committee of the house on army preparedness Secretary of War Garrison this afternoon outlined his plans and those of the administration for increasing the military strength of the nation He urges voluntary en listments to bring the standing army up to one hundred and forty thousand men and he calls for a volunteer army of four hundred thousand which would be trained during certain t»°xiods of each year. Failing voluntary enlist ments in the regular army and volun teers, he says, compulsory military service will have to bo resorted to. WASHINGTON, Jan. 6.—More of the plans of the war department for the increase of the United States army laid before the military affairs committee of the house were the creation of eighteen mobile federal forces consisting of a million men all told after six years. Also the ac cumulation of reserve ammunition and equipment. Garrison also wants coast defenses. The whole would cost six hundred millions the first year and two hundred millions a year there after. ❖ FIRE IN NAVY * ❖ AND WAR DEPT. ❖ ❖ - « WASHINGTON, Jan. 6.—A fire was discovered in the basement of the navy and war department today but was easily extinguished. Some rumors were put afloat that the fire was of incendiary origin but there is probably not the silghtest foundation for them. The blaze is attributed to spontaneous combustion. *44<. + *** + *«« ❖ SCOTTY ALLAN * ❖ IS HOME AGAIN ❖ ❖ - * SEATTLE, Jan. 6.—Scotty Allan of Nome returned yesterday from France where he brought the dogs purchased at Nome for the I4 rench army. He has left for Berkeley, Cali fornia. EXPECT CABLE TODAY SEATTLE, Jan. 6.—It is expected that the cable will be put in working: order today or tomorrow. CORDOVA WANTS LABORERS Caleb Corser, superintendent of the Copper River Railroad at Cordova, wires to Seward this morning: asking: for twenty laborers to be sent over on the Alameda to work in the rail road yards in Cordova. ALAMEDA AT VALDEZ The Alameda was reported unoffici ally to be due at Valdez this after noon at 1 o'clock. GREAT PLANT FOR SEATTLE NEW COMPANY TO START BIG STEEL SHIP BITLDING W O U l\ s. SEATTLE, Jan. 6.—G. N. Skinner, of the Port Blakeley Mills an<l C. B. Lamont, former assistant to the president of the Seattle Construction & Drydock Company, have formed a company for the purpose of establish ing a great steel ship building plant which will rival anything on the coast. The new company is said to have the backing of Charles K. Peabody, John T. HofTernan and Joshua Green. The company has already acquired an op tion on the plant and site belonging to the Anderson Steamboat Company on Harbor Island. The Anderson Company had a similar intention but admits that it was unable to raise the money. ANCHORAGE HAS RINK ANCHORAGE, Jan. 6.—The new ice skating rink is now operating nice ly and the skaters are having a tine time. ANCHORAGE WATER SYSTEM OPERATING ANCHORAGE, Jan. 6.—The water has been turned on in the new water works and all is going splendidly but it will be several days before the water is tit to drink. Wickersham Now In Alaska Bureau He and Governor Strong Made Honor ary Members Seattle Body. SEATTLE, Jan. 6. — Gnernor Strong and Delegate Wickersham were designated honorury members of the Alaska Bureau of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce this af'.ernoon. Will H. Parry was a third man designated also. E. C. Hughes and John T. HefTornan were elected mem bers of the executive committee of the Bureau. WANTS TAKE PICTURES HERE FOR PATHE CO. Will E. Hudson, representative of the Pathe Company at Seattle, writes to a member of the Gateway titaflf asking if the Commercial Club or Chamber of Commerce or some ether public body would take up the mat ter of having moving pictures of Seward taken for the the famous film company. All that would be required is the payment of expenses for the photographer. Mr. Hudson traveled with Louis Lane as moving p:cturc man in one of the Arctic trips of the man who was first to find StefTanson. LADIES ENTERTAIN Mrs. George Sexton and Mise Sylvia Sexton were hostesses yester day afternoon to six tables of bridge whist at their home. Mrs. Gla lys Finnegan played high score, winning a beautiful hand embroidered apion. Mrs. Isaac Evans won the consolation prize, a pretty hand painted dish. The ladies present were: Mesdames Sawyer, Borgen, Myers, De Line, Fin negan, Root, McNeer, Chambers, Evans, Daggett, Sloan, Stewart, Sauers, Schaleben, Cramer, Ward, Tamblyn, Sexton, Blue and A. H. Mc Donald; and the Misses Wold, Root, Margaret Romig, Elizabeth Romig and Miss Sexton. GOING ON ALAMEDA The following will leave on the Alameda: Mr. Moffat, Mrs. Hettel, John Kacerosky, Mrs. Mauvais, Joe Laib ner and Herbert Tozier.