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THE ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE
VOL. 1. N. 19. JUNEAU. ALASKA, SATUR DAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1912. PRICE 10 CENT8. TWO NATIONS ARE MASSING TROOPS BIG DOINGS IN NATIVE TOWN Strange things have boon happen ing during the past week in the Auk : village or Thlinget settlement of Ju ^ noau. The unusual occurrence was brought about through the visit here j of several high priests of the myster- j Sous and ancient clan of the Hydahs 1 or Tsimpseans. These Shamans have been conferring the distinction of membership upon several people of the Auk village in Juneau. The mem-' bership of the clan is very exclusive, and entering it is supposed to con fer great distinction or caste upon the individual. Never before has such an attempt been made to spread the order of I clans to this section. The ancient 1 custom consists of many severe tests < and of much imposing ceremony. The function has been under way i now for the past three days. There i has been feasting and talking and for i three successive night the ceremonial dance has been in progress, the par ticipants being garbed in the para- I phernalia of the clan. Many are the fantastic steps and contortions at tending this spectacular affair. The dance came to an end last night. The conferring of membership in the clan, according to the ancient cus tom. compels submission to the work of the official tattoo artist, or the , person deputised by him. The novice undergoing initiation holds forth a hand which is grasped by two attend ants and then the painful ordeal be Kins. The tattooer takes a blunt needle and begins perforating the flesh so that the coloring to be in jected may take on the form of the design to preserved in this manner ?the novice writhes and screams in agony but the work proceeds until the emblematic figure is complete after which the caudidate is allowed time to recover from the faintness occas ioned by loss of blood and physical pain. These people have crude instru ments for this torture, provided by the ritual,?not the finished instru ments of the professional artist It is said that the basin held under the hands, after the ritual just finished, contained two inches of blood. Ten members endurod the test from among the Juneau Thlingets. and are now members of the clan. It is feared that severe cases of blood poisoning may result. This morning the potlatch is being held and the distribution of moneys is being made among the clan mem bership participating. It is said that an influential native woman of Sit ka financed the affair and takes great pride in the work of spreading the influence of the order. The distribution of moneys amount ed to $1,700, it is said. Some of the natives whose hands were taUooed yesterday have badly swollen handR today. MINING WORK IN PORCUPINE DISTRICT George A. Charlton, accountant of the Porcupine Mining Company, is a passengers on the Spokane en route to the outside. Mr. Charlton will go to New York City for the winter. J. R Blick. the superintendent of the company in charge of the operations lack of Haines, is also a passenger on the Spokane en route to Seattle. The Porcupine Mining Company closed down for the season on No vember 5. This company has a large tract of ground and will probably be piping gravel into the sluices for the next thirty years. The country looks good and every body is cheerful. The placer ground controlled by Senator Dick and as sociates is said to have been thor-, oughly prospected and it is report ed that they will be mining there: next season on Glacier creek. Tim Vogel and associates of thej Cahoon Placer Mining Company will increase their force and operate on a larger scale than heretofore on their Cahoon creek property. The Burnham ? Kennedy ? Conway ^ group of copper properties, and also , the Three Guardsmen have been . placed under bond to Col. J. H. Con rad who is said to be backed by Tor onto capital, or to be more explicit, McKenzie and Mann of the Canad ian Northern. A wire was received yesterday from Col. Conrad, now in New York, stat ing that he had secured the money to take tip the Rainy Hollow copper prop erties. NOTICE TO MASONS. There win be a regular communi cation of Mt. Juneau Lodge No. 147, Monday evening. November 25. Work in Master Mason's degree. All sojourning brothers are Invited. W. W. CASEY. W. M. 2t. THE SPOKANE'S LIST. The outgoing passenger list of the Spokane today is as follows: R. A. Gunnison and wife. R. A. Gunnison. Jr.. Mrs. Gunnison. Sr., W. G. Beat tie. L. E. Erickson, C. M. Scott, O. G. Shurrick and T. T. White. Subscribe for The Daily Empire. Hot chill beans all the time at !.ockie McKinnon's Mayflower. tf. Mrs. Fred Stackpole. who was operated upon yesterday at St. Ann's hospital by Dr. De Vighne, of Douglas, is reported as doing nicely. VICTORS' i SPOILS NOTTINGHAM. Nov. 23. ? Fremicr Asquith and William Redmond, the Irish Nationalist leader occupied the same platfrom at a home rule meet ing held here last night In discussing the Balkan situation. Mr. Asquith reiterated the statement made in his London Guildhall ad dress. that the great powers of Europe believed that the spoils of this war belong to the victors. The premier was applauded liberally. "I AM SANE," SAYS SCMRANK MILWAUKEE. Nov. 23.?In the Mu nicipal Court yesterday when Judge Backus committed John Schrank to the insane aslyum at Oshkosh, Judge Backus said to Schrank: "You are committed until such time as you shall have recovered from insanity, and then you shall be returned to this court for further proceedings against you, according to law." Schrank quickly replied: "I am sane now, and I knew what I was do ing all the time." PROGRESSIVES ASK FOR RECOUNT OF VOTES. LOS ANGELES. Cal., Nov. 23. ? The Progressive party has filed a suit in equity asking for the recount of two precincts in Los Angeles Coun ty involved in the decision of the ap pellate court. SKAGWAY PEOPLE SEND CUT FLOWERS. Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Hockett. form erly of Skagway, but now of Haines, arrived on the Spokane this morn ing. They came to Juneau to at tend the funeral of the late Herman D. Kirmse. Mr. Hocket bore a basket of flowers which had been gathered by the peo ple of Skagway and sent in the care of F. H. Bold as the Coral offering of Skagway. It is late in the seas on but these are nice and fresh. J. H. Nicholds, the candy man, left on the Georgia this morning for a week's stay in Sitka. A. G. Wetzler, the Postofflce Ip j^ctor, arrived in Juneau on the Geor gia. SOLONS AT CAPITAL WASHINGTON. Nov. 23.?-Washing ton is tilling up rapidly with mem bers of Congress and their families, I preparing to the opening of that body on December 2. President Taft is still busy with his message to Congress and it will be in the hands of the printers by the middle of next week, it is expected. The message will be a most compre hensive document, it is believed, and will deal exhaustively with political and economic problems now confront ing the American people. Senator Martin, of Virginia, will be continued as the Democratic leader in the Senate, pending the reorgani-' zation that will be effected after March 4. when the Democrats will control the Senate. Mr. Wilson's Dander Up HAMILTON. Bermuda, Nov. 23. ?President-elect Woodrow Wilson went on the warpath today when he threatened to thrash an American photographer who persistently fol lowed Gov. Wilson about in an at tempt to photograph him. The pres ident-elect became angry after he had several times protested against be photographed. ALASKANS FOR STATE OFFICES SEATTLE. Nov. 23. ? Governor elect Ernest Lister will have consid erable patronagcat his disposal, and already he is receiving requests from many Democrats who would like to serve the State at Ol.vmpia. Among those whose claims are being urged by his friends upon the attention of Mr. Lister, is John \V. Troy, a form er Alaskan, but now secretary of the Democratic State Central Committee. Mr. Troy did invaluable work in the late campaign and his friends would like to see him made state printer, which is an appointive office within the gift of the next governor. The office is a lucrative one. Gwin Hicks, of Tacoma, Is also an aspir ant for the place. Hicks was stale printer from 1S96 to 1900, when that officer was elected. FUGITIVE BANK CASHIER ARRESTED PORTLAND. Or.. Nov. 23.?Guy H. Clark, a fugitive from justice and a former cashier of the First National bank, of Earlville, N. Y.. has been ar rested here, on a telegraphic request from New York. Clark is charged with embezzlement. VERDICT FOR PLAINTIFF. The case of Goldstein vs. Noland, involving right to possession of cer tain tide lands adjoining uplands, tried before the commissioner's court, went to jury late Friday afternoon. The jury was out for a long time but could come to no agreement. They took a recess until this morning. After a short session in the jury chamber they brought in a verdict for the plaintiff. Attorney Z. R. Cheney, for the defense, gave notice of appeal. The Jurors trying the case were Ernest Warren, Gus Brown, W. F. Pendergast, J. G. Peterson, Jas. Joyce and H. H. Williams. Thanksgiving cards, cut flowers, new and attractive novelties at the Winter & Pond Art Store. ??? : If freight receipts are evidence of enterprise, energy and business acu men, then Chas. Goldstein is crowding the limit, for he received 80 tons of general merchandise on the Spokane's last trip?and that is going some for Juneau. The Balkan War Muddle Assumes New Phases VIENNA, Nov. 23.- Tho situation between Austria and Servln Ib be coming more strained with the pass ing of each day. Austria Is on the alert and while nothing official is be ing given out that would tend to clar ify the tangle, the Austrian press is accusing Russia with being behind Servin in her present belligerent at titude towards Austria-Hungary. TROOPS MASSED ON THE SERVIAN FRONTIER. LONDON. Nov. 23. ?Tho Daily Chronicle's Vienna correspondent wires his paper that three hundred thousand troops are massed on the 1 Servian frontier, and steady prepara tions for war are goingon in Galicia. A dispatch to the Daily Mail from Vienna states that several regiments of Don Cossacks have been mobilized on the Austrian frontier and the Rus sian authorities are holding all the available railway rolling stock of the li.ies to the boundary. To Attack the Dardanelles. i LONDON, Nov. 23.?The Constan tinople correspondent of the Dally Mall, says that with the Greek fleet cooperating with the Bulgarians, will make an attack from the rear on the Dardanelles. Greeks Capture Mitylene. CONSTANTINOPLE, Nov. 23. ? A Greek squadron last night took possession of the island of Mitylene. Austria Calls on Reserves. LONDON, Nov. 23. ? Austria has begun the mobilization of her mili tary forces, and the first class Aus tro-Hungarlan reserves have been called out for service. AUSTRIA CALLS SIX CORPS TO THE COLORS. LONDON, Nov. 23?Of the six army corps that Austria has called to the colors three have been ordered to the Servian frontier and three to the Russian border. Austria, it is al leged, Is counting on the support of Uoumnnla In the event of war with Russia. CHINA READY TO STRIKE RUSSIA CHICAGO. Nov. 23.?A Canton, China, special to the Daily News, says that General Chans Wins Wong has been appointed Coirmander of the army consisting of 50,000 men, which is on the way to Mongolia to hold that country for the Chinese repub lic, as against Russia. With Russia likely to become em broiled in a war with Austria over the Ualkan States, the times is con sidered ripe for China to reassert her authority over Mongolia. A RENO TRAGEDY KENO, Nov., Nov. 23.?H. E. Weens, a Baltimore man, shot and it is be lieved fatally wounded Mrs. Estellc E. Baggott, of Los Angeles, in his city lust night, and then committed suicide. Five years ago in BufTalo, N. Y., Weens shot Katherine Wheeler, an actress to whom he was married, and himself, but both recovered. HILLES TO RESUME FORMER POSITION WASHINGTON, Nov. 23? It is re ported that Charles D. Hilles, chair man of the Republican National Com mittee will resume his former po sition of Secretary to President Taft. SHAW ASKED TO APPEAR. Manager of the wharf at Skagway, Edward J. Shaw, has been served with a subpoena, duces tecum, to appear in the district court at Juneau on Jan. 13, in the case of the United States vs. the North Pacific Wharves and Trading Company. He is also cited to bring his books, letter files and other data to be submitted as evidence in the cause now pending. Mr. and Mrs. SldneySmitli returned last night from Jualln on the Georgia. W. G. Beattie, superintendent of Indinn schools inAlaska, took the Spokane for Wrangel this morning. J. R. Smith, traveling auditor of the Pacific Coast Company, will be in town for a few days. Prof. Stickeny, pianist, has been en gaged by the Alaska Grill and excel lent music prevails during the lunch eon hour. ALKI LEAVES KETCHIKAN SUNDAY. The Alki, leaving Ketchikan tomor row, will bring the body of the late Herman D. Klrmse. WOMEN'S CONVENTION PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 23.?The an nual convention of the National Wo man's Suffrage League opened In this city today. There is a large attend ance, nearly every State in the Union, including many women prominent !n the votes for women movement, among them Mrs. O. H. P. Belmont, M rs. Harriet Stanton Blatch, Dr. Anna H. Shaw and Miss Inez Mil holland, of New York. AMERICAN BATTLESHIPS HAVE REACHED CHINA. SAN DIEGO, Cal.. Nov. 23. ? The battleship California, flagship of !tear Admiral Southerland. and the Colorado and Maryland have arrived in China from South America. TALKS TO THE KAISER BERLIN. Nov. 23. ? Crown Prince Ferdinand, of Austria, has arrived here to have a conference with the Kaiser. SID ALLEN GETS FIFTEEN YEARS WYTHEVILLE, N. C.. Nov. 23.? fSidna Allen, of the Allen sang, who raided the court house here last ' spring, killing the Judge, district at I torney and several spectators, wan \ found guilty of murder in the second I degree, and, the jury fixing his sen tence at fifteen years In the peniten tiary. DANCE POSTPONED. The Elks' culb dance, which was to have been given on Thanksgiving eve has been postponed out of respect to the memory of the late Herman D. Klrmse. SPECIAL at Goldstein's today. iBananns 25 and 30 cents a dozen. DEMOCRATS BUSY WITH TARIFF BILLS WASHINGr0N, Nov. 23. ? Work has been already begun upon tariff blllu for the special session of Con-| gresr. which President-elect Wilson J has announced that he will summon to meet next April. A Joint committee representing house and senate Democrats will be selected before the special session be gins, to go over the tariff situation and harmonise whatever differences may exist between the Democrats of the two bodies upon the more import ant tariff schedules. This action it is | believed will result in speedy dis 1 position of tariff revision next April. It will be determined later whether one general bill will bo Introduced embracing the wool, cotton, Iron and steel revisions which the Democratic House hras previously passed, or whether each of these tariff schedules will again be brought in, in the form of a separate bill. It Is said that Democratic leaders are not agreed over the sugar tariff, and this situation is puzzling the man agers of the party In both houses. Paper Money Smaller, But Purchases Just as Much WASHINGTON, Nov. 22.?The flr3t issue of the new paper currency which the secretary of the treasury has decided to issue, will be ready, it is expected, about the first of tho year. The secretary has decided that the paper money now In use is too large for convenience. He has there fore determined to manufacture the currency of the future in such pro portions that it will have only about two-thirds the present area In square inches. The present notes are 3.04 inches wide and 7.28 inches long. The new notes are to 2l? inches wide oy G inches long. The idea was gotten from the money that the treasury has been manufacturing for use in the Philippine il8ands. The change will mean that al! the plates from which the money is struck will have to be made over, and this opportunity is being taken to simplify tho whole system of money designs. The leading feature in this simplification will be placing the same head upon all notes of a given denomination. The portrait of Lincoln, for instance, will appear on all five dollar notes and that of Washington on all dollar bills. BANTZ ISPIRED WASHINGTON, Nov. 23.?Franklin McVeagh, secretary of the treasury, has asked for the resignation of Gid eon C. Bantz, assistant treasurer of the United States, on the ground that he is not in sympathy with the an ministration. Bantz has served forty years in this ollice. WASHINGTON, Nov. 23.?Christian S. Pearce, chief of the division of banks, has been appointed assistant treasurer to succeed Bantz, whose resignation was demanded by Secre tary McVeagh. Would Kill Gov. Wilson COLORADO SPRINGS, Nov. 23 Declaring that he would kill Presi dent-elect Wilson If he got a chance, John J. Cohan, a one-armed man wa3 arrested here today. It has devel oped that Cohan was arrested at New Orleans during President Taft's last visit there, by a secret service officer, because of his suspicious actions. Ho also followed Governor Wilson to a number of places. Cohan was ad judged insane at Charleston, N. D., where he owns a farm. WILSON IS BUSY. HAMILTON, Bermuda, Nov. 23. ?Governor Wilson said he would get to work at once on a plan to ef fect tariff reform, and just now he was not thinking of cabinet appoint ments. MONEY FOR DYNAMITE CASES ROCHESTER. N. Y., Nov. 23.? The American Federation of Labor has requested all affiliated unions to raise funds for the defense of the CZAR ESCAPES AGAIN. LONDON, Nov. 23?A St. Peters burg special to the Dally Mall, says that nn unsuccessful attempt was made today to wreck the train in which Czar Nicholas and the imper ial family were returning from Spala. LAREDO, Tex., Nov. 23.?Governor Gonzales, of Chihuahua has reported that the revolutionists are again ac tive and are aiding In an uprising among the Yaquls. Ho has appealed to President Madero for 10,000 troops. ANXIOUS DEMOCRATS SEATTIjE, Nov. 23.?It is an nounced that a determined effort will be made to prevent the confirma tion of the nomination of Judge Clin ton \V. Howard, of the federal court for the Western district of Washing ton. Judge Howard is serving under a recess appointment, the Senate hav inf failed to confirm him at the last session. He was named by Presi dent Taft to succeed Judge Hanforu. Now the Democrats believe that if they can get the United States Sen ate to hold up the confirmation until after March 4, a Democrat will be ap pointed. Among the Democrats who are willing or even anxious to gei the place are Judge Jere Neterer, of Bellingham. Judge Howard's home town; Supreme Court Justice Chad wick, Judge William Hickman Moore, of Seattle, and Judge Jantes T. Ron ald. PRIVATE BANKER EOUND GUILTY MT. VERNON, Wash., Nov. 23. ? W. E. Schricker, owner of a private bank at La Conner, which failed last spring for a large amount, has been found guilty on a charge of receiv ing deposits knowing that his haul; was insolvent. A Thousand Deaths In an Earthquake MEXICO CITY, Nov. 23.?Reports from the earthquake districts state that the fatalities will reach more than a thousand, and many have been injured. WM. SHAPIRO RELEASED FROM THE TOMBS. NEW YORK, Nov. 23. ? William Shapiro, the chauffeur who drove the "murder car" in which wore the as sassins of Herman Rosenthal, has been released from the Tombs where lie has been confined. It has devel oped that Shapiro knew nothing of the contemplated crime. WIFE-MURDEP.ER HANGED IN SAN QUENTIN. SAN QUENTIN. Cal., Nov. 23. ? Alexander Szafcsur was hanged in the prison this morning here for the mur der of his wife, Edna, at San Fran cisco, in April, 1910. He met his death in a stoical manner.