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The Great ALASKAN ^-—-—■- Diipi tcupn rtAil Y FYfFPT SUNDAY LARGEST ALASKAN CIRCULATION ADVERTISEMENTS BRING RESULTS PUBLISHED DAILY LXCEPT S JNDA_________ Vo, 1() = SEWAR LASKA, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1916 ___Ten Cents the Copy GREAT FRENCH BATTLESHIP SUNK BY GERMANS IN MEDITERRANEAN MACKENSEN MOVES ON BERLIN. Dec. 18. — The Russians and Roumanians are now reported to he preparing for the evacuation of Braila and Galatz, the two great towns near where the Danube turns into the Black sea. At Galatz the gieat tit er touches Russian territory and runs along northern Dobrudja so that the occupation of that part of the river | woo'd mean the cutting off of the enemy in Dobrudja un-j less he gets out in time. It may be said that not a bit of their country remains to the Roumanians now except the one province of Moldavia. The question being debated by military men at present is whether or not it is worth the time of the Central allies to pursue the Roumanian campaign any further. LLOYD GEORGE IN HARNESS LONDON, Dec. 18.—Premier Lloyd George has im proved so much in health that he will appear in the house of commons tomorrow and make the lirst speech since he look over the reins ot government. 1 his speech is being awaited with tremendous interest as it is expected the new premier will answer definitely the German proposals and give an indication ot the course this government will pursue with respect to them. FRENCH BATTLESHIP HIT AMSTERDAM, Dec. 19. — Berlin reports that the French battleship Patna was torpedoed and badly damag ed by a German submarine in the Mediterranean on De cember 12. The extent of the damage has not been stated but it is believed the vessel succeeded in reaching port and that no lives were lost. SAY SHIP WAS SUNK BERLIN, Dec. 19.—The report was received here to day that a French battleship of the Patria class was sunk in the Mediterranean but the news has not been officially confirmed. SAY OFFENSIVE STOPPED PETROGRAD, Dec. 19.—It is reported here that the Russians have stopped the Teutonic offensive on the Rou manian front. 1 his is not officially stated but high offici als declare that a further advance by the invaders will be found costly if not impossible. PAGE DELIVERS PROPOSALS LONDON, Dec. 19.—Ambassador Page of the United States delivered the Teutonic peace proposals to the Biit ish government yesterday and the cabinet will considei them on Tuesday next when the next conference of the Entente representatives will take place. The Westmin ster Gazette, in commenting on the fact, says that if the proposals are found to be a duplicate of Chancellor von Bethmann Holweg's speech the chances for their accept ance are slight. The most profound interest is manifested in the probable text of the note and the country is await ing eagerly to learn it. GERMANS REGAIN GROUND PARIS, Dec. 19.—It is officially admitted that a viol ent German counter offensive enabled them to secure a foothold in Chambrette Wood east of the Meuse. Fight ing there is still proceeding fiercely and the French are holding the enemy. The Teutons also made a determined effort yesterday south of the Somme but were repulsed in their efforts to gain French positions southeast of Bernv. * JAPS CALL PROPOSALS FARCICAL TOKIO, Dec. 19.—The Japanese newspapers all agree that the German peace proposals are farcical. They are also unanimous in the statement that Japan will never let go of Kiao-chau no matter what the European belliger ents may decide between themselves. Some of the papers urge the Entente alliance to continue the war to the bit ter end. GEORGE REFUSES PEACE LONDON, Dec. 19—Premier Lloyd George made his statement in the house of commons and it is described as a striking one. He declared it not possible for Great Britain to place its head in the noose supplied by Germany while Germany was holding the end of the rope. The war will end, George declared, when the objects of the En tente alliance have been obtained under God. This was greeted with tremendous cheering. Continuing George declared that a full guarantee must be provided against Prussian militarism and its power to destroy peace in Europe. It is believed firmly by all now that the reply of the Entente conference will be similar to the declaration of Britain spoken through her prime minister. The Daily News, however, calls George too astute a diplomat to re ject the proposals entirely before they are defined. SAYS COLUMBIAN ERRED BERLIN, Dec. 19.—The reply of Germany to the de mand by the United States for an explanation o fthe sink ing of the Columbian is ready and it states that the Col umbian was warned and released and was again vfarned but persisted in violating the laws of neutrality and was torpedoed. RUSSIA REFUSES PEACE PF.TROGRAD, Dec. 19.—The Council of Empire un animously favors a categorical refusal of Germany’s peace offer. — » • 4 ROUMANIANS SAFE PARIS, Dec. 19.—The Roumanian army is reported to be now safe behind the Sereth river. It is said to be re grouping with Jassy, the new Roumanian capital, as a base and to be refitting itself for a future campaign. It has now been learned that when the Ploesti-Bucharest fine was lost by the Roumanians the Russians sent cavalry re inforcements quickly to their aid and covered their ie treat. The Archduke Ferdinand made a strenuous effort to get behind the Russians but tailed. REPULSE RUSSIANS BERLIN, Dec. 19.—The Russian attacks near Lutsk where the enemy attempted to regain positions taken b,\ our forces, have been repulsed. The only report from tile Macedonian front is that lively artillery engagements are proceeding on the Cerna. Information of the later devel opments in Greece is lacking but it is generally assumed that the king has been compelled to agree to the allied de mands. SAY AMERICANS KILLED LONDON, Dec. 19.—The Admiralty announces that the American horse transport ship Russian was sunk by a mine in the Mediterranean on December 14 when she had seventeen American muleteers aboard and that eleven were killed, including the first and second officers. It is reported that she was returning home empty from Egypt. The French admiralty has no news of the alleged occui - rence, however. NEWPORT NEWS, Dec. 19. — The Russian sailed from this port on November 15 bound for Egypt. The news of her sinking is believed here. ADVANCE IN DOBRUDJA BERLIN, Dec. 19.—The Teutons and their allies are now advancing northward in Dobrudja while the enemy is failing back and apparently intends to continue the re treat until he joins the main army which tell back from Bucharest at Galatz. Otherwise the conditions in Rou manian territory remain unchanged. [government officials in ALASKA MAY BE ASKED TO MAKE PROBE IN DIVISIONS j JUNEAU, Dec. 7. — According to cable advices from Seattle this fore noon, it is very probable that the four United States district attorneys of the Alaska Divisions will receive in structions to probe the high cost o> living as is being done in the states. The cable advices today did not state whether instructions had already been sent for an investigation or they would be sent. Assistant District Attorney J. J. Reagan stated this afternoon that as far as he knew no instructions had been received in Juneau.—Empire. DEPUTY MARSHAL AL SULLIVAN DEAD Succumbs at Seattle as Re sult of an Operation for Appendicitis. Deputy Marshal Sullivan died at Seattle last night as the result of an operation for appendicitis, accord ing to word received by Isaac Kvans today by cable. Mr. Sullivan was u brother of Harvey Sullivan, formerly United States marshal of this divis ion, and he himself was almost equ ally well ktiown and in other parts of the territory. SEWAUl) HAS NEW MAYOR Henceforth it is “His Honor, May or Sauers.”* Mr. Sauers presided last night at the council meeting and is the ex officio mayor de facto from this time until a new mayor is elected next April. As ex-officio mayor, how ever. Mr. Sauers is still a councilman and will continue to vote as one. HIK EXPECTED HAS HAPPENED An independent steamship company has practically completed its arrange ments for operating in Southeastern Alaska next spring and summer, witl headquarters at Prince Rupert. This company has already one ship ar ranged for and has contracted toi canned salmon to the extent of 4, 000,000 cases, which can be shipped via Prince Rupert and its rail con nections to all Eastern points in Can ada and by steamship lines to Europe Details of this arrangement are to bt found elsewhere in this impression and the strangest and most important feature of the whole is the possibility of Seattle being hit another blow in its great fishing industry without an\ power to alter the situation.——Rail way and Marine News. TORREY WITHDRAWS HIS RESIGNATION Councilman Torrey deferred to the wishes of the other eouncilmen last night and agreed to remain on the council for the remainder of the term. The members of the body all sai<i they disliked the idea of losing hin. and they pointed out that only three or four months remain until election. “If that’s the way you feel about it,” said Torrey, “I'll ride her out.” CONDEMNATION SI IT FILED BY THE CITY City Attorney Green stated to the city council last night that the con demnation suit in connection with the lots near the new depot site has been filed. The meeting was the first held for a month and many bills had to be paid. Dr. Romig, city treasurer, said the municipalty is “in the red at the bank and it was decided to borrow two thousand dollars until the taxes come in. Another room is being fixed up in the city hall for Fireman Semft so that an additional man will be on hand all the time to answer fire calls. The cost to the city of building the Harriman Bank sidewalk was $12 <> which is a third of the total cost. The special assessment roll was approv ed. PRESIDENT OF MINING COMPANY GOES OUT W. J. Cassidy, president of the An chorage-Miller creek Mining and Miling company, is in Seward enroute to the States on business connected with his corporation. The secretary of the company is Captain Lathrop and the fiscal agent is E. M. Huff, all of whom are well known here. Mr, Cassidy is reticent but seems to be elated like everyone else with the mining outlook around Willow creek and the district. k CARRANZA TO AGREE TO U. S. OCCUPATION PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 18. — The indications at the morning session of the American-Mexican commission to day are that Carranza is by no means trying to shut the door on an agreement. Commissioner Pani who has re turned from Mexico City read hi^ report and all the | American commissioners seem to have acquired a more i optimistic view of matters. After adjournment the opin ion was expressed by the United States representatives that Carranza will require Ambassador Arredondo to sign the protocal and will offer no objection to the Ameri can plan of occupation. U. S. MAY HAVE ARMY TRAINING UNIVERSAL WILSONS CELEBRATE I FIRST ANNIVERSARY WASHINGTON, Dec. 18.—Presi dent Wilson and Mrs. Wilson toda\ celebrated the first anniversary of their marriage by a motor ride and a dinner en famille. They took a time for the movies and saw Annette Kellerman. The House also took note of the occasion and Leader Mann in a speech felicitated the President and his wife. FRED WOOD POSTMASTER OVER AT ANCHORAGE WAS HLNGTON, 1 )ec. 1S.—F re.! Wood has been named postmaster at Anchorage. ARC HI BOLD’S WILL NEW YORK, Dec. 10.—Archbold’ will has been filed and the fortune L estimated at a hundred million, third has been left to the widow, a well as the Tarrytoxvn home, and the remainder is divided equally between the three children. SCHOOL RECEIVES $100 The proceeds from the school en tertainment last Saturday were about $100 clear. Fifty dollars will be ap plied on the payment of the balance due on the piano. The remaindei will be used for works for the library. The teachers wish to thank the public for their patronage, as well as all the friends who assisted in every way. BATTLESHIP REPORTED SUNK WAS BIG ONE Ihe rabies from outside today tell us that a battleship of the “Patna* class has been sunk or damaged in the Mediterranean. The ship meant is probably the “Patrie” which was of 14,635 tons and was built in 1007. PREPARE FOR MASQUERADE All the preparations are complete for the Firemen’s Grand Masquerade on Saturday, December 30. It will be a hilarious event, they say. FLOODS INFLICT DAMAGE AT THE SEIFFERT CAMP Recent floods took away part of the pipe line, a bridge and inflicted other damage to the SeifTert camp on Res urrection creek, near Hope, recently. This news came in a letter from none less than Uncle Joe Irving. The fam ous correspondent, by the way, says he is sleeping in a tent now “taking the tuberculosis cure.” CABLE 0. K. Chief Operator Murphy announced this afternoon that the cable is once more in commission. 4 WASHINGTON, Dec. 16. — That the volunteer system has broken down and is entirely ineffective is the statement made by General Scott be fore the senate military committee today, and he urged that universal military training be adopted instead. The advocates and opponents of the idea of compulsory service all are ap pearing now before the committee und giving testimony. Scott stated that he had come to the conclusion that universal training is necessary only after he had discussed the ques tion with other military commanders und “the little war college.” All the military leaders, he says, agreed with Him that the volunteer system is alto gether inadequate for the defense of Lhe nation should defense become necessary. He asked that a million :ind a half instead of half a million, is proposed, be appropriated for mili tary training purposes. A rather sensational fact pointed out by him a*as that the alliance between Hug land and Japan is a menace to this country. General Wood called the militia organization on the border a complete failure during his testimony. WASHINGTON, Dec. 18.—Fisher, former secretary of the interior, later testified before the committee and opposed universal service. He sug gested instead that the pay of priv ates be raised to thirty dollars a month to attract recruits. Another suggestion by General Wood was the abolition of the national guard and giving each man six months service at the age of nineteen. Then to place them in the reserve to be avail able for the first line duty until they reached the age of twenty-one or twenty-two, after which they would be placed in the unorganized reserve until they were twenty-nine. This plan, he said, would give four million trained men and a quarter of a mil lion of a standing army. Woods is certain that the President would en dorse this plan and he believes labor . would be willing if all classes were recruited equally. PIONEERS ELECT NEW BODY OF OFFICERS The Seward Igloo of Pioneers elect ed new officers last night and also en joyed a lunch as part of the proceed ings. The following are the officerj ceded: President, Frank Nickerson; First Vice-President, W. E. Rich; Second Vice-President, Jacob Phile; Histor ian, Reginald Ken;; Chaplain, C. S. Patton; Sergt.-At-Arms, Robert Guest; Trustee, Pete Peterson; Secy Treas., Ike Evans. PLAYED BALL The boys engaged in basket ball and baseball in A. B. Hall last night and at the next playing night will have a couple of good games.