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THE ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE
VOL. 1, NO. a. JUNEAU, ALASKA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1912. PRICE TEN CENTS TURKISH NAVY IS CHASED ASHORE Reclamation of the Juneau Tidelands Emery Valentino who is on the tide flats committee of the Commercial Club, is busily engaged gathering data to be forwarded to Delegate Wicker sham, along with a petition and state ment setting forth Juneau's urgent necessity for the reclamation of the tide lands. "As a matter of fact," said Mr. Val entine. "we ne ed a large part of the tide lands for dockage and warehouse purposes. Not many have given thought to that feature of the recla mation idea. Although it is only a few years back the steamship com panies were able to bludgeon a dollar or two dollars a ton in wharfage charges out of the Juneau business men, the people have for gotten it. They do not realize that i while our little City dock has reduced the charges to 50 cents a ton, and i compelled the Pacific Coast Com pany to do the same, that it has its lyimitation. The time has come when ] more and bettre freight handling fa- < cilities must be provided." I So far as the present available wa- i terfront Is concerned the Pacific Coast I Company has this town by the throat. I Barring a few small tracts at intervals < that company may be said to own the entire frontage from the foot of < Main street to Shattuck's mill. i "Besides the need for more room." I continued Mr. Valentine, "there is i the question of fire risk. If we had i our large warehouses and docks I back from the present congested dis- 1 trict there would be a great deal more i security In the storage of goods. Our insurance rates would be lowered and merchants would carry larger stocks. "All of these reasons for the tide land reclamation would apply if Ju neau's population were to remain as it stands at the present time. The facts are that within a twelve month our population will be more than doubled and this makes It imper ative that something be done at once. "Although there are several other good reasons for reclaiming the tide lands the urgent necessity of provid ing good safe dockage and warehouse room must be apparent to all who think. The present waterfront is rap Idly filling up with manufacturing concerns which, although welcomed by all of us as assets, nevertheless me nace the only available dockage and warehouse district" "The handling of powder by the present system is a constant menace, flreat loads of it are trucked througn the towu and out through the resl ieuce district over the hill road to the basin. With the docks on the Hats a road would go directly up Gold creek." Mr. Valentine believes that the sale cf one-half of the reclaimed land will more than pay the expense of doing the work. Not long ago Mr. Valentine prepared a statement setting forth the present available vacant spaces In the town of Juneau. This statement will be sent along as a part of the com mittee's report. Drunk In Court Was "Jake" When Tried John Williams, sometimes called "Jake" Williams. Indian linguist, po liceman. court interpretor, and gener al source of wisdom for white and red brothers seeking knowledge both as offenders and defenders of the law. has fallen. Jake's particular weakness is whis key. He has always managed to get under auy and all circumstances. He was drunk when arrested, drunk when he appeared as a witness before the grand jury, drunk when he was con victed. but nevertheless he was wise enough to remain faithful to the white persons from whom he gets the favors shown him. The cleverness with which he siae to extract this in formation from him amused the court attendants and sp ctators. "I am not supposed to tell who it was." would be the phrase with which he would dismiss finally all direct questions of that nature. Most of his testimony in his own behalf was a rambling tlow of language without any bearing on the case. Sometimes he would sit staring as if dazed and repeat the question. On one occas ion he said: "Your Honor. I refuse to answer that question." The court then would ask the stenographer to insisted that he should answer, where upon another rambling, meaningless flow of language followed. The real defense of the case as C"t llned by Attorney Burton was that Jake took the money of Frank Pet ers. another Indian, and acting as this Indian's agent bought the liquor ?through the agency of a white man whoso identity was not disclosed? and delivered it to his principal. It was admitted that he helped con sume the booze?but buying and drinking whiskey is not a crime. Thereupon acting as the agent of an other only he could not be guilty of the crime charged. It took nearly the entire day to get a jury. The regular panel was shot to pieces. A special venire of 10 was torn to shreds and a second special venire of six was brought in before the case went to trial. AH of this caused many short re cesses during the progress of the trial. Every time there was a recess Jake would retire to his cache some where in the court house and fortify his courage with the cup that ineb riates. This happened so often that when the jury was finally secured that the courage had replaced most of the Indian cunning as a result the court jester has fallen by the way side. The jury took the case about 3:30 and returned a verdict of guil ty five minutes later. They say around the court house corridors that ! Jake is still drunk. Jake Williams who was out on bond pending his sentence was this afternoon placed under arrest by the marshal's office on a bench warrant issued at the request of his attor ney N'. L. Burton. As soon as the verdict was made known to Jake last evening he deter mined to have one real good "souze" ?every little bit added to what he had brought about the desired result He is now in jail?Drunk. NO TRIAL THIS TERM There is little likelihood of O. Itow and E. Eushlml. indicted for the mur der of Frank Dunn, at the Dundas Cannery, going to trial this term of court. This morning, at the request of Attorney J. H. Cobb, Judge Overfleld reset the trial for Jan. 2. and grant ed a service of process to secure wit nesses not now in the country "This means," says District Attor ney Rustgard, "that the case will prob ably not be called at this term. It is working a hardship on some of the government witnesses in the case. Two of our witnesses have been in jail for six months and are clamor ing foC release." There are five others under bond. Meanwhile the Japs accused of the brutal "murder have a respite. It is quite probable that this trial will drag along for several months?pos sibly into another administration. PADDY DOHERTY FALLS OVERBOARD. Paddy Doherty a longshoreman fell overboard from the City dock about 2 o'clock this afternoon while trucking halibut boxes. The dock is very slippery from the thin coating of ice and Doherty slip ping near the edge went ever. The ! tide was low at the time and Doher ty fell about 25 feet before striking the water. He was immediately fished out of the Icy bath and sent to his homo. He was a bit sore from his fall but not badly injured. Court Notes. R. Baker plead guilty to the indict ment of giving liquor to Indians. The Jury took the Lundgren case at, 1 o'clock. John Dennis was granted a divorce from Delia Dennis on stautory grounds?both parties are natives. J. H. Cobb asked for a Judgment against L. V. Ray in the case of B. M. Behrends vs. L. V. Ray and J. F. Malony. TURKS BEG EORPEACE LONDON, Dec. 20.? A dispatch from Constantinople to the Dally Mall says that a special cpurler has been dispatched from tho Turkish cap ital to London with Instructions to the Turkish peace plenipotentiaries to treat with Greece. TURKISH ADMIRAL ; KILLED IN BATTLE, ATHENS, Greece. Dec. 20.?Accord ing to the report received here from the commander of the Greek fleet Vice Admiral Halll Pasha, former Tur kish Minister of Marine, was killed In tho naval battle between the Grqek and Turkish fleets off the iBlaud : of ' Lcmnos in the Aegean Seat on Dec. 116. BARNETTE ON TRIAL AGAIN VALDEZ, Dec. 20.?The Jury in the ' case of tho United States against E. T. Barnette, Indicted for embezzle- . ment of moneys of the Washington Alaska hank of Fairbanks, has been completed. The trial will probably last a week or ten days. . VALDEZ, Dec. 20.?The jury in the . Barnette case was secured at four . o'clock yesterday afternoon. Today the attorneys for Barnette are argu ing that tho court should direct a verdict for the defendant on the ground that Barnotto only withdrew his owu banking account. Numerous authorities have been cited by the attorneys In support of their conten tion. f The cases of Folstad and Frleld Ing of Afognak. charged with vlolat lOK the election laws have been set . for Feb. 1. 0 POUND BODIES i OP VICTIMS: 8 LOS ANGELES. Dec. 20?The bod- I ies of Kearney and Lawrence, the P newspaper men who started from this city in a hydroplane in an attempt to I reach San Francisco were washed n ashore at Kedondo Beach, a few v miles south of Los Angeles. ' a SLOCUM'S CAPTAIN GETS A PARDON | WASHINGTON. Dec. 20.? Pres ident Taft yesterday issued a par don to Captain Van Schaik, comman der of the Hudson river steamer Slo- f cum, which was burned with an ex a cursion party on board in the Hud- t son river some years ago. About s 1,000 persons lost their lives. Capt. Van Shaik was serving a ten years . sentence upon a conviction of man- . slaughter. Van Schaik has been on ^ parole for some time. i Soccor Game 8 at Douglas, A soccor game has been arranged between the Douglas island and Ju neau soccor teams for Christmas Day, to be played in Juneau. Kick-off at 1:30. There will be two halves of 35 minutes duration with ( five minutes interval. The teams will f play a return match the following Sun- f day at Douglas. There will be a prac- ( tice match on Sunday at 11 a. m. All players are urged to turn out. The folowing is the line up of teams: J Douglas ? Goal, C. Blain; right back. Jack Wilson; left back, W. Grewer; right half, J. Leoy: center half, Dave Barnard; left half, Dave Leggett; outside right, Joe Adams; inside right, O'Connor; center, Da vidson; Inside left, Dan Douglas; , ountslde left. Goo. Brown; ( Juneau?Goal, F. Owthwalte: right , back. Max Humfrey; left back, Mc?; right half, J. Museth; center half, C. A. King: left half, W. Levers; out- ( side right, P. Robinson; inside right, H. Huehn, centre, H. Smith, inside left, Zott; outside left, L. Hurlbut. Douglas reserves?McEwan, W. Mc Cormlck, J. Gunn. Juneau reserves?H. McKanna, L. Derry, A. Zinger. Referees?H. P. Crowther. Lines- 1 men?S. Terry and A. N. Other. Hot chili beans all the time at i LocMe McKinnon's Mayflower. tf GREEK FLEET CHASES TURKISH FLEET ASHORE LONDON, Dec. 20.?A wireless dis patch to Lloyds states that the Tur kish fleet has been forced to run aBhore near the Dardanelles. The report inldcates that the Tur kish fleet was pursued so hardly that It was forced to run ashore In order to escape capture or destruction, and the Turkish admiral chose the for mer alternative. The Turkish navy has 23 war ves sels of all kinds, Including battleships, first, second and third class cruisers, torpodo boat destroyers and torpedo boats and gunboats. A third class cruiser and a torpedo boat were sunk last March by the Italian fleet in the harbor of Beirut Syria. Taft's Visit to Panama WASHINGTON, Dec. 20. ? PresI lent Tuft and family left last night or Key West, Fla., where they will mibark oh the battleship Arkansas, or Panamh.' The Arkansas will bp tccompanlod by the battleship Dele vnre. The start will he made from Key ?Vest tonight, upon tho arrival of the 'residential purty. .The President and lis party probably will reach Colon n time for Christmas, which will be ipent at Cristobal, the canal town on he Carrlbean sea. Others in the President's party ln :lude Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Taft, X D. Hllles, Secretary to the Presl lent, Major Rhodes' and Lieut-Com nandcr Tummons. Two waiters and wo women cooks Have also been tak n along. The Arkansas has been fitted out rlth commodious quarters for the Resident and his family. Silverware ind china bought in New York espec ally for the trip was placed on board he Arkansas. Dace curtains, a piano, i pronograph and scores of books and nagazlncs have been purchased for he use of the party on the trip. A Taft-slze bathtub has been to talled on the Arkansas and private laths for the entire party have been irovided. This Is the last official trip that 'resident Taft will mako to the Ca lal Zone, and It is expected that it vill be a very pleasant one. It Is expected that the President ,nd his party will leave. Panama on he return trip about Jan. 1. FEDERAL JUDGE GROWS TESTY NDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 20.?There was i brief sensation in the federal court oday where the alleged dynamite con plrators are being tried. When Attorney Chester Crum in lis argument for the defense told the ury that the statute of limitations lad run against some of the acts harged against tho defendants in the ndictments, Judge A. B. Anderson in errupted, saying: "You tell that Jury that I shall in truct them, not the law." IAPAN CABINET CRISIS IS OVER TOKIO, Japan, Dec. 20.?Acting un ler tho rescript Issued by the Emper >r. Prince Itsura has succeeded In brining a cabinet, and the ministerial .'risis is over. \TT0RNEY HALL GETS A PARDON WASHINGTON, Dec. 20. ? Presi lentTaft yesterday issued a pardon to John Hall, a former district at torney of Portland, Ore., who was con victed on an indictment charging con spiracy to fence public lands of the United. States. Hall was sentenced to some four years In the penitentiary four year ago. AUSTRIA IS STILL PREPARING FOR WAR. PARIS, Dec. 20.?The Temjs says that Austria Is spending eight hun dred thousand francs daily in the mobilization of her troops, notwith guiding the negotiations for peace now under way in London. Supreme Court is Awake WASHINGTON, Doc. 20.?Tlie dock et of the United Statos Supreme Courv soon will be brought up to date. When ihe Supreme Court convened Oct. It the docket, comprised more than l,00i cases. It was estimated that 'he Just case would not be reached for approx i mutely three years. The court could not handle more than 350 cases a year. Many Important changes in methodt of proceedure have been made. Tlu time allowed for verbal arguments has been shortened by one-fourth. The rules have been mcdlfied so that a great mass of trivial and frivolous cases will never be permitted to reach the highest resort for appeals. They will be finally determined by the low er courts. With the new methods effective the Supreme Court for the first time in recent years, is working up with the chance of catching up with the trial docket. Greater progress was made during the past two weeks than dur ing a similar period for the last two decades. A large number of cases ? was argued and taken under consid eration for decisions. Chief Justice White has steadfastly Bought to devise plans by which the work of the court could be properly lightened and the docket brought right up to date. i PRIVATE BANKER IS A SWINDLER i PARIS, Dec. 20. ? All Paris has ' been stirred by the discovery of ex tensive swindling operations carried 1 on by a private banker named Hen- ' ri Rochette, who for years has en- ? Joyed a reputation for honesty and financial Integrity. It has developed that Rochette has 1 been engaged In the promotion of ' swindles, in which the public have ' been mulcted in an amount exceeding thirty millions of francr., or about 1 six million dollars. Rochette has fled. AUSTRALIA IN GRIP Of A HEAT WAVE SYDNEY, Australia, Dec. 20. ? A ; terrible heat wave has all Australia in its grip and there have been sev- ' eral deaths from heat prostration. The thermometer in this city regis ters 122 degrees Fahrenheit. ETTOR TO BOSS STRIKE. LITTLE FALLS, N. Y? Dec. 20. ? Joseph Ettor, recently acquitted after a trial for murder In connection with the strike riots at Lawrence, Mass., ar rived here to take charge of the strike In the textile mills, conducted by the Industrial Workers of the World. He was met at the station by a delega tion of strike leaders. This afternoon he Is expected to deliver an address at strike headquarters. Labor troubles in the mills here have been in progrecB for the past eight weeks. Recently the American Federation of Labor ordered its mem bers to return to work. The employ ees who belonged to the Industrial Workers of the World refused to obey this order. YOU GET NEW IDEAS as you look through my holiday stock. It is a practical demonstration of pos sibilities in gathering under one roof nearly everything to make people happy at ChriBtmas time. E. Valentine's Jewelry Store, Juneau Taft Would Lease Alaska Coal Lands WASHINGTON, Dec. 20. ? Presi dent Taft yesterday sent a special message to Congress, and after reply ing to certain personal criticisms, touching his executlvo order placing fourth class postmasters under civil service, the President rocommends that Congress enact legislation which will provide for the leasing of Alaska coal lands, due safeguards being in corporated in the law to Insure the ee.reiul working of such mines as may be developed. The message also contained a rec ommendation to the effect that mem bers of the Cabinet be givon the Cabinet be given the right to sit In either the House or the Senate with the right to debate but not to vote. The Senate remained In session for several hours while waiting for the message, but the House adjourned without receiving it. After the mes sage had been read in the Senate that body also adjourned for the hol iday recess. TWO KINGS HOLD A CONFERENCE LONDON, Dec. 20. ? A dispatch from Salonica to the Times Bays that an air of mystery surrounds the vis it of King Ferdinand of Bulgaria to King George of Greece. King Ferdinand visit had not been heralded and the two rulers have been in close conference, but no ink ling of the Bulgarian King's object In meeting the Greecian King has been had. The Times intimates, however, that the visit is probably in connection with Greece's attitude in the Bal kan war. REFORM Of STATE LAWS TRENTON, N. J., Dec. 20.?Gover nor Wilson has been devoting a good leal of time while in Bermuda, and since he returned to the study of the corporation laws of New Jersey. The results of his researches will be Incorporated in his forthcoming message to the State legislature, and it is stated on good authority that he Kill recommend that radical changes be made in these laws. New Jersey has long been called the "mother of corporations" to such m extent In fact, thattho state has become the anchorage ground for many undesirable incorporated insti tutions. HOUSE TAKES HOLIDAY RECESS WASHINGTON, Dec. 1?. ? The House took a recess at njon today jntil Jan. 3. Many members have al ready left for their homes to spend the Christmas holidays with their amilies. NO FLUBDUB FOR SULZER WASHINGTON, Dec. 20. ? Gover nor-elect Sulzer announced yesterday wished his inaugural ceremonies at Albany to be as simple as possible. In a letter which he addressed to Ed ward Lazansky, Secretary of State, at Albany, he wrote: "As you have charge of the prepara tions for my Inauguration the first of the year, I write to say that I hope they will be as simple and as econom ical and as democratic as possible." WILSON TO MEET BRYAN TOMORROW TRENTON, N. J., Dec. 20.?Presi dent-elect Woodrow Wilson announced today that he expected to meet Wil liam Jennings Bryan on Saturday or Sunday. Mr. Bryan will probably have a conference with Gov. Wilson at the latter's home in Princeton. SPECIAL SALE on all CURIOS un til January first, at W. H. CASE. Autonomy For Albania LONDON, Dec. 20. ? Through the Ambassador's "conversations It is learned that six of the European pow ers have agreed to accept the provis sion for the autonomy of Albania and the granting to Servia of an outlet to a port on the. Adriatic. ad valdez 1T1 LABOR LEADERS TALK TO WILSON TRENTON, N. J., Dec. 20?Samuel Gompers, president of the American Federation of Labor, and Frank Mor rison, secretary, had an Interview with President-elect Wilson today and urged the causo of labor upon his at tentlon. Winter & Pond have fresh holly. SCHISM IN THE CHURCH ST. PETERSBURG, Dec. 20. ? A serious split is threatened in the Rus sian Orthodox Church. The imminent schism is caused by the unfrocking of Monk Heiiodorus. for political reasons, it is said, Heiiod orus having been active in the cause of more liberty for the Russian peo ple. ? Eight thousand followers of the de posed monk have notified the Holy Synod of their intention to withdraw from the church. Aeroplane Commission WASHINGTON, Dec. 20? Before j his departure for Panama President Ta't created a commission to investi gate the establishment of a national aero-dynamical laboratory. Dr. R. S. Woodward, president of the Carnegie Institute, is chairman of the commission, and among its du ties will be the investigation of the probable cost and a suitable locaiton. The importance of aernautlcs in the event of war is recognized by mil itary and naval experts. The United States is far behind many of the Eu ropean countries in this particular, hence the appointment of the present ocrumisslon. BIPLANE SPY IS ARRESTED GRASSE, France, Dec. 20. ? A bi plane, piloted by a German, who Is believed to be a military spy, taking observations has been taken into cus tody near this city. The present unsettled conditions in Europe are such that all the gov ernments are becoming more and more suspicious of each other and es pionage has increased in a marked manner. CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY GRADUATE IS DEAD. SAN FRANCISCO. Dec. 20.? Mrs. Amelia Woodward Truesdale, a well known clubwoman, and the oldest woman co-ed graduate of the Univer sity of California, is dead. Mrs. Trues dale has been prominent in the social and political life of California ever since her graduation from the Uni versity. AMERICAN MINING MAN A PRISONER. WASHINGTON, Dec. 20.?Informa tion has reached the State Depart ment that John B. Callbreath, an American mine manager is held for ransom in the State of Chihuahua. Mexico. Callbreath was captured by a band of Mexican bandits. FEMMER & RITTER. See this firm for all kinds of dray lng and hauling. We guarantee sat isfaction and reasonable prices. Coal ? delivered promptly. Femmer & Rlt* ter's Express. Stand Burford's Cor ner. Phone 314. Residence phones ' 402 or 403. ???