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THE ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE
VOL. 1, NO. 27. JUNEAU, ALASKA, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1912. PRICE TEN CENTS | THE PERSEVERANCE MILL BURNED HONOR CONFERRED ON OLD | TIME CITIZEN Of SITKA On the Spokane last night arrived Rev Father Sergius r.eorge Kostro metinoff. now rector of St. Michael's cathedral at Sitka, a dignity that was conferred upon him last month in New York by Archbishop Platon, % head of the Hussion church in Amer ?qk - ca. Father Kostrometlnoff left Sitka ^arly last month for the purpose of being ordained to his present posi tion. For twenty years he had been warden of St. Michael's cathedral at vice well entitle him to the new vice well entitles him to the new honor that has been conferred upon him. Father Kostrometlnoff became an American citizen by the treaty of 18t>7. and he is one of the few men now living who were present when the Russian flag was lowered at Sit ka. and the American flag raised in its place. In New York Father Kostrometlnoff was the guest of Archbishop Platon. and he visited every portion of the great city, much to his delight, as well as the big hotels, the art mus eums and other places of Interest. He had visited Chicago twenty years ago, but this was his first visit to the metropolis. "When I reached Seattle from Ju neau." he said. "I thought it a great city, but when I returned to it. from New York, it looked like a village, by comparison." Father KostrometinofT was in New York on Election day, and the noise and excitement were almost bewild ering. At Archbishop Platon's resi dence he met Colonel Roosevelt. As a mark of esteem the rector of St. .Michael's received a diamond cross. A few years ago ifce Czar I sent him a silver loving cup, with an autograph letter, as a reward for his valuable services?the ouly ones ever given to an American citizen. Father KostrometinofT will leave for Sitka on the Georgia in the morn ing. SHOULD ALASKA WOMEN BG GIVEN THE VOTE? The important matter of giving the j women of Alaska the vote as they cult it iu England is a question that bids fair to engage the attention of the territorial legislature when it meets next March. At least this seems to be the opinion of a num ber of Juneau men who have given some thought to the subject. The growth of woman suffrage has been marked in recent years. It is spread ing rapidly. Nine states of the union now have enfranchised women and it I is only a question of time when equal suffrage will be established in all of the states. Among the local men who believe ? that the women of Alaska should be permitted to exercise the right of franchise is J. C. McBride. of the C. W. Young Hardware Co. "Why should not the women of Alaska be given the vote?" he said. My exper ience and observation of this mat ter lead me to believe that they are just as much entitled to vote as those of the male persuaston. It is not a question of politics, but a matter of right. The average woman is go ing to vote right, or what they be lieve to be right, on all questions. They may make mistakes, but so do the most of us. If I were a resident of the States I don't know how I would feel on this question, but as an Alaskan, and knowing the conditions here obtaining put me down as be lieving that the territorial legislature should moke provision for voting by women." SCHOOLS WANTEO IN SMALL PLACES j Several applications have been made to Governor Clark for the es-' tablishing of schools for white chil dren in localities outside of incorpor ated cities.. Under the present law the i,o\ ernor says, there is no fund avaii-! abl*- for such purposes except in such settlements as have 20 or more chil dren of school age. Most of these calls for aid in the matter have come , from communities where the number is below the minimum required by law; such places as Kennecott and McCarthy's. Gov. Clark says there is lots of money in the school fund?more than can be legitimately used under the ' present provisions of the law. The governor adds that at his solicita tion Senator Nelson introduced and ptfescd a measure to allow of school organization in settlements possess ing 15 children of school *\vo. This j bill did not come up in the House. Compressors for the Jualin Mine Albert Xadeau. superintendent of the Jualin Mining Company, left on the Georgia yesterday afternoon to resume his duties at the Berner's bay property. Mr. Xadeau said that their air com pressors which had been shipped from New York via the Tehaunte pec so as to avoid the delay of win ter freighting across the continent and that it should reach the mine by the middle of January. In this event it should be in place and the machine drills in operation by Feb. 1. Mr. Xadeau expects to return to Juneau and spend Christmas with his family and to make arrangements for removing to Jualin in the early; spring. FEMMER & RITTER. See this firm for all kinds of dray lng and hauling. We guarantee sat- j isfactlon and reasonable prices. Coal delivered promptly. Femmer & Rlt-, ter's Express. Stand Burford's Cor ner. Phone 314. Residence phones 402 or 403. j Mine 800 Tons of Katalia Coal KATAAl^A, Alaaska, Dev. 4.?The government coal expedition which has been mining coal on the Cunningham group of coal claims in the Bering river field, has completed Its work, and has sailed on the steamer Yukon for Seattle. Kight hundred tons of coal was mined, and it will be shipped to Seat tle early next spring and tested for naval purposes. FIRST WOMAN IN LEGISLATURE TACO.MA, Dec. 3.?When the State legislature meets at Olympia next March for the first time in its history it will have a woman member. She is Dr. Nene J. Croake and was elected on the Progressive ticket from Pierce County, defeating her two men op ponents by a large plurality. "Consideration for women is the measure of a nation's progress," says Mrs. Croage. She is a native of Il linois but has resided in Tacoma for twenty-two years. She is an active worker in the W. C. T. U. She is al so a civic worker, and succeeded in passing a 6 o'clock closing law in Tacoma for store clerks. She was president of the State Equal Suffrage Society. Dr. Croake is a practising osteopa thic physician, but she does not ne glect her home duties. She filed for her office at the last minute and her husband conducted her campaign. FRESH FLOWERS on the Spokane. For sale at Winter & Pond Store. ??? BOMBARDMENT OF ADRIANOPLE RESUMED. LONDON, Dec. 4.?A dispatch to the Daily Telegraph says that the bombardment of Adrianople has been resumed presumably by the Greek forces. Newest styles in IVORY JEWELRY Just in at W. H. CASE. tf. Hot chill beans all the time at [ Lockie McKinnon's Mayflower. tf. PERSEVERANCE FIRE tiOES NOT ENTAIL A VERY HEAVY LOSS The most disastrous fire in the his-' tory of Juneau from the point of property loss occurred last night. The 100-stamp mill of the Alaska-Gastlneuu Company on the well known Perse verance Mine has been burned to the ground entailing a loss, however, that will be slight. The history of this mill and the property on which It is situated has in a lurge measure been the history of the town of Juneau?a continual struggle to become a factor of some Import. The town of Juneau was startled a few minutes past midnight by the illumination which cast a redglow over the Gastineau channel and cre ated considerable alarm among those who witnessed It. The central tele phone station had caught the flash message to Sheep creek asking that the power be shut off on account of the mill being on fire?and this wa.t all the information that could be ob tained from the clamor of anxious business men. General Manager B. L. Thane was called up by phone: he said that the company's work would go on just the same but could give no further state ment until after an Investigation. An Empire representative visited the scene of the disaster Immediate ly. The mill and crusher house were at this time reduced to the heavy tim ber frame work of those structures? all one mass of flames, casting a weird glow on the snow white background of the mountain. Down at the base of the hill Sup erintendent Jackson and a crew of men were fighting like demons to save the compressor house and the costly machinery but recntly installed. At 2:30 the blazing skeleton of the two largest structures fell with a crash and burned themselves out. The men kept playing the streams on the compressor house and by 3 o' clock had the situation in hand. The Are was discovered by the night mine crew Just 10 minutes after 12. camp time. The blaze had great headway at this time and quickly rushed toward the crusher house up the mountain side, following the con veyor belt from the mill. The fire hnd started in the lower part of the mill near the office and dry room., "'he men quickly turned out There wns dilliculty with tho waLr Hystom. Cold weather had frozen Bome of the hose and a man had to be sent to the penstock to turn water into tho mains. The mill was doomed 80) evory ef fort was bent to save the compres sor house and the valuable machin ery therein as well as the .expensive motors that are needed in the devel opment operations. When j the fire was Anally under control All of the main mill building was gono except the compressor room and tho new shod annex built this year. The origin of the Are is unknown and but three theories yerc ad vanced by men on the ground ? a lighted candle left by someone in the dry room, an overheated stove in the oAlce and a short-circuit in tho electric wiring. The mill carried no insurance and had been written out of the books as an asset of the Alaska Gastineau Company. It was to have been op erated however when theft Salmon creek power became available laf-gely as an experimental station and some new machinery had been installed for tiiat purpose. While the physical property lost; seems great to the people ok Juneau, the real loss to the Alaska Gastineau is small as the mill would h^ve been abandoned soon for the new location at the mouth of Sheep creek, ^he mill wiil not be rebuilt. Manager Thane's Statement. The Are started in the clean-up adjoining the mill where a stove wus used as a dryroom for the mi-a em ployed in hoisting the machinery in to the mill preparatory to building the experimental unit. It started about 11:30 Juneau time, which is about 12 o'clock mine time. It had gotten quite a start inside this room before the watchman discovered it and gave the alarm. In a very fow minutes the Are burned through into the mill proper and as there was a strong draft leading up through the mill and the conveyor belt corridor into the rock house, it created a ter riAc draft and the whole stamp build ing as well as the rock crushing plant were in Aamcs. Meanwhile Supt. Jackson had got ten his whole crew out and spread them around so that the burning shingles would not start fires 111 any of the other buildings, and as soon as it could be done both the new Granite creek water lino and new Gold creek service line were brought to bear with three streams on the fire. Every effort was made to save the new compressors and power house which had Just been Installed, lhe weather was cold and se"eia! feet of snow at the mine made fire-light ing very difficult and Inconvenient. Mr. Thane said, "It was just one of those unfortunnte things that hap pen regardless of every precaution Mr. Jackson with his assistants and crew did everything possible under the circumstances and I am delighted that they saved the compressors from destruction. As far as the old mill was concerned, it was not considered a thing of great importance in itself by the company and we anticipated abandoning it sooner or later. Its chief value to us was for testing pur poses and to mill the ore from devel opment work. The only serious de lay that will be caused by the fire will be the building of the experi mental unit which we had arranged to do this winter in the old mill building It will be impossible to put up this unit this winter because of the heavy snow fall preventing the erection of a new building to cover the machinery. None of our new ma chinery was damaged or injured with the exception of posBibly the two mo tors. One of these we may be .able to save. If so, the plant will be in op eration again in a few days and at the latest will be in operation this month. The repair work will contin ue underground with the full mine crew until the power is on again when the shafts and raises will be started once more. "The men are at work this morn ing tearing down and arranging to rebuild the power house building which was partially burned and sav ing such old machinery out of the burned building as will be useful. "We consider ourselves very for tunate that the whole camp was not burned out as the fire burned with great fury for some two hours with flying embers endangering the whole plant. We are indebted to Mr. Jack son and his whole crew for prompt assistance and good work." BLEASE DEFENDS NEGRO LYNCHERS j RICHMOND. Va., Dcc.4. ? In the conference of governors here yester-; day Governor Cole L. Blease In the' name of South Carolina, assured the governors of other states that lynch ers of the negro assailants of white women in the Palmetto State would go unpunished. SPOKANE'S OUTGOING LIST The Spokane scheduled to sail North this afternoon at 4 o'clock had the following passengers: Judge and Mrs. Maloney and Mrs. H. D. Kirinse for Skagway; Henry Brie and Ed Walt for Haines. AN UNCONFIRMED RUMOR. An unconfirmed report has reached Juneau that James J. Carscadden and Jack O'Brien, well known Cordova men had died suddenly at that place. To Juneau patrons: I wish to announce that I am pre pared to give prompt and efficient service in delivering, coal hauling freight, baggage, etc. HILARY McKANNA TRANSFER Phone Order 5-7 or 55 tf SMALL BLAZE. Fire today damaged the old slaugh ter house building of W. W. Casey to the amount of $50.00. BILL IN THE SENATE TO REDUCE POSTAGE. WASHINGTON. Dec. 4.? Senator Penrose yesterday introduced a bill in the United States Senate provid ing for the reduction of letter post ago to one cent. The bill was re ferred to the committee on Postofflces awl Postroads. TO MEET AT LONDON DEC 13 . SOFIA, Dec. 4.? Peace negotia tions will be continued in London, Dec. IX In the meantime the ar mies will remnin in the same posi tions and the besieged fortresses will not be revictualed. The Bulgarian ar mj in the Held however, may be re victualed within ten days after the armistice agreement is signed, by way of Black sea and Adrianople. It is officially announced that Greece did not definitely reject the armis tice proctocol,. but reserved her de cision. WITNESSES IN BANK CASES ON MARIPOSA. K. C. Schmanke, of the United States Signal Corps, formerly sta tioned at Fairbanks, is a passenger on the Mariposa enroute to Valdez, having been summoned aB a witness in the Washington-Alaska bank cases. I> B. Neal, formerly connected with the Fairbanks banking Com pany is also aboard the Mariposa having been summoned from Now York City to appear as a witness in the Washnigton-Alaska bank cases. EVEN SWITZERLAND PREPARE FOR WAR. GENEVA, Dec. 4.?The war situa tion in Europe is developing in such an ominous manner that even little Switzerland is making preparations looking toward the eventuality of war. NEW SENATORS SWORN. WASHRINGTON, Dec. 3. ? Sena tors Jackson, of Maryland and Perky, of Idaho, were sworn In today and took their seats. GOVERNORS WILL CONFER WITH TAFT WASHINGTON, Dec. 4.?The gov ernors of the states now holding a conference at Richmond, Va.. will con fer with President Taft on Saturday on the subject of an agricultural cred it system and farmers' co-operative banks. Matters which have been re ceiving the attention of the presi dent. RAY OF SEWARD AND ALDRICH OF NOME. According to reports received here L. V. Ray, of Seward, has been elected Senator from the Third division, late returns having given him a majority over his nearest competitor, Geo. E. Baldwin, of Valdez. Frank A. Aldrich, of Nome, and a former resident of Juneau, has de feated J. C. Kennedy for representa tive, according to the latest repr'ot. STEAMER HUMBOLDT'S PASSENGERS FOR JUNEAU. SEATTLE, Dec. 4.?Steamer Hum boldt sailed at noon for Juneau and Northern ports. Among her cabin passengers for Juneau are: E. L. Hun ter and wife, J. E. George, B. L. Kerns, R. W. Silver and wife, W. H. Ashby, J. Blakely, Henry Otterlee, Kinya O. Kogima, Mrs. E. Olson. Mrs. F. N. Bushon'g, Mrs. H. McLean, A. Nlelson, John Wick. Carl Waldal, John Hogan, W. N. Collier, W. Bu fold. SERVIA DOES NOT WANT A SEAPORT. BELGRADE, Servla, Dec. 4.? The government organ Pravada denies that Servla insists upon an outlet through Albania to an Adriatic sea port. GREECE DECLINES PEACE AND WAR WILL CONTINUE LONDON, Dec. 4. ? An armistice and peace proctocol agreed upon by the Turkish and Bulgarian peace plen ipotentiaries has been signed by all the allies except Greece, who has de clined to become a party to the peace urrangeinent. This action on the part of Greece Is interpreted as meaning that the war against Turkey will be continued by that State. Regarding the military situation at the Tchataljn line of fortifications in front of the Turkls hcapital many ru mors are in circulation, but bo far as is officially known there has been no serious engagement. There have been merely a few encounters here tofore between the Bulgarian and Turkish outposts, and the Bulgar ians only occupy a few villages in front of the fortifications, but they will probably continue to hold thein pending final peace negotiations. DEMOCRATS OPPOSE APPOINTMENTS WASHINGTON, Dec. 4.?President Taft yesterday sent over two hundred recess appointments to the Senate for confirmation. All of these appoint ments were made between the ad journment of the last session of Con gress and the beginning of the pres ent session. The Democratic Senate led by Sen ator Gore, of Oakland, are opposing many of the confirmations and a long fight is anticipated. CURRENCY SYSTEM; PANIC PRODUCER WASHINGTON, Dec. 4? In his an nual report to Congress Secretary of the Treasury Franklin McVeagh strongly urges currency reform and he says In support of it that "the present system of the nation will not prevent a panic and after a certain point has b?cn reached and reported a panic becomes inevitable." Secretary McVeagh at great length details a plan for what he believes to be an effective reform of the pres ent antiquated currency system. ALASKA RAILROAD LOBBYISTS GATHERING IN WASHINGTON WASHINGTON. Dec. 4?With the opening of Congress it is noticed that the number of lobbyists has decreased, over former years, but as the session has just begun, and as Congress never, does much work until after the holi days, there is very little for the lob byists to do, except to gather up their strings preparatory to the after-the-1 holidays campaign. This being the short session, too, it is not anticipated thnt there will' be much legislation passed, although; there is little probability that the! flood of bills will be abated. The bill which was introduced In I the Senate during the last session of; Congress providing for the construe-! lion or purchase or both, of one I thousand miles of "trunk railroad" in A luskn, will be pushed, it is said, al-' though it is not thought that it will get very far Una suasion. legisla tion of that kind is more than likely to be handed on to the next Con gress. The lobbyists for the Alaska rail roads who would like to have the government take over their roads either by purchase or lease, prefer ably the former, are already on the ground, but arc not talking rail roads, as yet. The railroads which are for sale or lease arc the Copper River & Northwestern, running out of Cordova, and the Alaska Northern, out of Seward, on Kesurrection bay. However, us before stated, there is little likelihood of this session of Con gress touching the question. It will be passed on to the Democratic ad ministration, ar, another problem to solve. Genera! Sickles' Relics Are Saved ? i NEW YORK, Dec. 4.?A reconcllia-, tion has been effected between Gen eral Daniel E. Sickles and his wife. Mrs. Sickles has arranged for the preservation of the Sickles relics now In the family mansion on Fifty-fourth street, which had been seized by creditors of Gen. Sickles. Convicted Gunmen Refuse to Talk NEW YORK, Dec. 4.?It Is prob able that Gyp the Blood. Left Louie and Wihtey Lewis, the gunmen un der sentence to death, sometime dur ing the first week of next month, will meet their fate without confessing their share in the crime of killing Herman Rosenthal. Efforts to' ex tract a confession from them up to the present have failed. Former Police Lieutenant Becker, also un der sentence to die. maintains the calm composure exhibited during his trial. EIGHT PERSONS KILLED IN A TRAIN WRECK. SEANSVILLE, Pa., Dec. 4?Eight persons were killed on a passenger train of the Pennsylvania railroad this morning, near Dresden, this state. Beautiful sets ladies' furs for the wife, sister or sweetheart, at W. H CASE. tf. Chili concarne served every night at Lockie McKinnon's. on Second avenue. ' tf. I 100 People Killed; $2,000,000 Damages PARIS, Dec. 4.?A tornado which swept over the Island of Madagascar yesterday hilled a hundred people and destrayed property to the extent of two million dollars. Big Jack Johnson Marries Cameron CHICAGO, Dec. 4. ? Pugilist Jack Johnson was married to the white girl Lucile Cameron last night at the home of his mother, Mrs. S. A. Rob erts, by a negro clergyman. Johnson is under indictment on a charge of being a white slaver, and was re cently released on $30,000 bail.. LOS ANGELES PREFERS NOT TO CHANGE. LOS ANGELES. Dec. 4.?The elec tion held here yesterday to decide whether Los Angeles should adopt a commission form of government re sulted in the defeat of the measure, by a decisive vote. PAYS $110,000 FOR EXTENSION OF CHARTER. SPRINGFIELD. 111., Dec. 4. ? The Chicago Burlington & Quincy Rail road Company today paid under pro test $110,000 to the state for an ex tension of its charter in the state of Illinois. The Knights of Pythias have de cided to give a grand ball in the near future. Subscribe for The Dally Empire.