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THE ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE
VOL. 1, NO: 52. JUNEAU, ALASKA, SATURDAY, JANUARY, 4, 1913. PRICE TEN CENTS DOUGLAS ISLAND PROPERTY BONDED Japanese Murder Case Now on Trial The twelfth juror was secured out of the fourth special venire at 4:30 yes terday afternoon and the Jap murder trial was commenced by the opening address of District Attorney Rust gard. The district attorney went Into the matter quite fully talking more than a half hour. Attorney Cobb for the defense made no statement and court adjourned at 5:30 until 10 o' clock this morning, when the prose cution commenced introducing exhib its to be used as evidence in the case. Albert Nelson, the government's first witness was also before the jury for the purpose of identifying certain of the exhibits. The government charges that the crime is murder in the first degree! and that it was committed at Dundas Bay Cannery on July 14. 1013. at about 11 o'clock at night. The story of the crime as the gov ernment will probably attempt to prove is about as follows: Ylbert Nelson, the cannery super intendent was awakened at his cot tage about 11 or 13 o'clock at night by some Japanese, who told him that there was trouble in the Chinese | bunkhouse and that some one was ; killed. Within five minutes Nelson : was dressed and at the Chinese bunk house. In the mean time he had sent word to arouse the white men at the place to come to his assistance. As he approached close to the bunk house he saw the defendant. Itow, standing swinging a sword in his right hand and holding a six-shooter with his left. The Jap fired toward the doorway of the building and threw the gun and sword on the walk iu front of Nelson who picked them up. The sword, alout 34 inches long, was covered with blood. Shortly after there was a free-for-all fight on the porch of Nelson's house, where Japs and .Mexicans had gathered. Frank Dunn was found dead in front of the Chinese bunk house. The tide was coming in and was within five feet of the body. When Itow was swinging his sword he shouted to some people in the doorway. "You fellows come out here, and I will kill you." That was I about the time he fired the shot. The man who was hit by the bullet was a .Mexican by the name of Fer-! nando Costello. The bullet entered his right chest and passed within a half inch of his heart. This did not prevent him. however, from running down to the superintendent's house and engaging in the free-for-all fight, before referred to?a performance after the shooting that rather puts "Teddy" in the shade. Costello was, however, that night, put on a boat and sent to the hospi tal in Juneau and came near to dy ing. Carl Waldall, John Wick. John Ho gan and Henry Otterle saw the kill ing of Dunn. They were close to the corner of the bunkhouse when three Japs came rushnig down the walk from the doorway of the bunkhouse with Dunn. After they got off the walk to the ground, Dunn went to his knees, one Jap holding each arm. and while in that position Itow drew his sword and plunged it into Dunn's body, the weapon entering at the left j shoulder close to the neck and pass ! ing through the body of the young man. Dunn gave one agonizing groan, then fell backwards and was dead. Two Japs disappeared while Itow stepped upon the walk swung his word and challenged other to come and he would serve them the same way. The government will probably at ? r.tpt to show that Fushimi is one of the Japs who held Dunn while Itow ran the sword through him. It is said that the Dundas Bay Can nery is operated on the contract peon age system and that Dunn, who was not able to assimalate the Jap food contemplated breaking his contract and leave the institution. The penal ty for desertion is death. > The twelfth juror in the case was secured fro mthe fourth special ven ire in the person of John T. Spick ett. The jury as completed is as fol lows: Kd Woods, R. A. G. Galvas. E. C. Carpenter, J. H. King, Z. M. Bradford, K. G. Trentow. W. G. Pow ers. C. F. Cheek, A. Roche, ? W. C. Miller, and J. T. Spickett. Albert Nelson. John Wick and Carl Waldall were on the stand for the prosecution before noon and told sub stantially what is described above as having happened. Waldall was to undergo cross examination as court adjourned at noon. John Hogan the fourth witness for the government was called after the cross examination of Waldall, his tes timony was largely corrobrative of the preceding evidence. Henry Otterlee, the fifth witness for the prosecution took the stand about three o'colck. The case will probably consume several days. GRAND JURY |i FILES REPORT The grand jury finished tbeir work yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock and ' made their fiual presentment to the court. The report is brief and con- ' cise. The jury was in session 21 days. 1 acted on 6t> cases, conducted eleven ! original investigations, found 49 true 1 bills and nine rot true bills. Two of!1 the original investigations were dis- ' missed without action. The jury ex- 1 amined 220 witnesses and employed |1 three interpreters.. The United States jail and court house were found in a good, clean and sanitary condition; the discipline and order excellent, its conduct business like and economical. The grand jury recommended that an additional deputy marshal be al lowed Marshal's office, the efficiency in the suppression of the sale of liquor to Indians togeth r with other routine matters of the office requiring at least one or more deputies in the local of fice. The jury also recommends that the U. S. Commissioner be authorized to have the records of the Juneau Re cording Precinct from the initiative of the records down to the year 1890 properly indexed and those records that are in the office at the present time that are not permanently bound, or in a mutilated condition, be re copied and that the expense of doing this work be paid for by the fund cre ated 'or Court expenses. The jury also expressed their thanks for and appreciation of the assistance rendered them during the progress of their investigations by the United States district attorney's office. The report is signed by H. A. Bishop, fore man. TABLE d' HOTE DINNER. Tomorrow( Sunday) the Commer cial Cafe will serve a table d' hote dinner from 12. noon, until 8 p. m.. price 50 cents. In addition to this there wil be the usual a la carte ser vice. i I INDIANS AGAINST RECLAMATION There was a meeting in Auk village last night attended by about 40 In Jian property owners of the place. The meeting was called to hear a re port from \V. G. Beattie, superintend ent of Indians schools, on a propo sition submitted by the Juneau Com mercial club for the reclamation of the tidelands. The idea of allowing the tide lands to be filled in front of their property to provide a play grounds and a baseball park does not appeal to them. There is every indication that a strong protest will be made against any attempt to take away their rights by filling in the water front. A dele gation this afternon accompanied Mr. Beattie to the local land office to en quire about their rights to the wa ter rfont. Each property holder has had his parcel of land properly surveyed and recorded so that there is no question of title to the upland. Receiver Boyle told them that unquestionably they had superior rights to all claimants save the government to that part of the waterfront abutting on their prop erty. Mr. Beattie thinks that only solu tion to the situation is to buy the natives out By inquiring amongst them he finds that nearly all are wil 'ing to sell at a fair price. 3'.ACK BEAR FOUND WITH WHITE EARS Henry Moses, the well known fur dealer who returned on the Georgia last night brought with him the pelt of a bear that is somewhat of a freak of nature. The pelt is that of a black beat with white ears. Mr. Moses says that it is unusual to meet with pelts oi this kind. SEAL SHIPT OYSTERS?Fresh al the local agency?CHAS. GOLDSTEIN The Japan current has caused a 20r/r discount on all Ladies FURS until January 1st, at W. H. CASE. Alma Group Is Bonded An option at $175,000 has just been given by John G. Smith and John Perelle to H. T. Tripp ct al for the Alma group of lode claims consisting of Alma No. 1, No. J, No.ll .and No. 4, all on the same lead. The discovery and location of this property was made in July 1911. The property is situated on the southeast end of Douglas Island and about three miles below Treadwell. It is said to be in the same green stone and late contact as the famous Treadwell mines and that it is the same character of ore, and the min eral content is expected to carry equal ly as good values. The lead is 100 feet strong on the surface and extends practically paral lel with the channel. There has not been a great deal of development work done so far. but the bond is to be taken up shortly and it is expected that work on the property will be com menced by the holders of the option within the next few days. John G. Smith lived in Juneau and at Treadwell years ago and worked on the ground under bond 10 years ago. He says that he always had a good opinion of the locality but was unable to do anything toward devel opment on account of other interests land conditions existing around this vicinity at that time. The great Dawson stampede came on in '98 and Smith together with his wife and babe (born in Juneau), joined the mad rush. From Dawson they went to Nome and after many years in the latter place returned to the States. All the time that bit of rock on Douglas island kept calling, call ing, and finally drew him up the Gas-1 tineau channel once more. In com pany with John Perelle he went over to the spot that had haunted him so many years and made the discovery. Adrianople For Turkey LONDON, Jan. 4. ? In the peace conference today today the Turkish delegates flatly refused to surrender] Adrianople. It is the consensus of opinion that Turkey will not recede from her position. NEW YORK. Jan. 4. ? Whitelaw Reid, former Ambassador to Great Britain, who died in London, was bur ied today at Sleepy Hollow. James Bryce, the British ambassador was an honorary pallbearer. President Taft and many other notables were | present. | NEW PORT NEWS. Va? Jan. 4 ? Twenty-two persons including H. A. [ Gilbert, his wife and the crew of the [steamship Julia Luckenbach, were drowned in a collision which sank the ship today in Chesapeake bay. The Luckenbach collided with the Brit ish steamer Indrakuala. NEW YORK. Jan. 4. President Taft said today that he was in favor of submitting the controversey between this country and England over the Pa nama canal tolls, to arbitration by the Hague Peace Tribunal. VALDEZ GRAND JURY'S REPORT The Valdez grand jury, which had been in session since Dec. 2, made its final report to the court a few days ago. They recommend a salary sys tem for commissioners and that a gov ernment .building be constructed for the permanent housing of the com missioners and the records. A dep uty marshal was urged for Ellamar, because of the debauchery of the na tives at that place, a court house for Cordova, a land office for the Third division; that the Reservation school be placed in a better sanitary condi tion, a postal bank for Valdez, a game warden at Seldovia, and it was recommended that a lawbe passed making it a felony for a notary pub lie to administer oaths when such per . son is not before the notary. Many other laws were urged foi > the development of Alaska. The jury reported that they had re turned 27 "true bills." Marshal Sullivan was commendec f for the manner in which he kept th< court house grounds. i Phone your subscription to Th Daily Empire. Phone 3-7-4. Gen. Wood Would Restore the Canteen WASHINGTON, Jan. 4.?In his an imal report to the secretary of war, Major General Leonard Wood, chief of staff of the United States army urges the restoration of the army canteen, and the enactment of legis lation for the elimination of unfit of ficers from the service. General' Wood says in relation to the restoration of post canteens that their abolishment has not tended to in crease the morale of the army, as was expected by its advocates. Bulgaria And Roumania May Now Have A Clash LONDON, Jan. 4.?The relations ex isting between Bulgaria and Rou 1'ianla have reached a delicate stage in the discussions of the peace con ference.. The question at issue is the recti flcation of Roumanian frontier as a compensation for that state's neutral ity during the war. Koumauia asks that her boundaries be enlarged, and as this can be done only at the ex pense of Bulgaria there is strong ob jection from .that country. CASTRO DOESN'T | WANT TO GO NEW YORK, Jan. 4.?Although he' had engaged passage to Europe yes terday, Cipriano Castro, the exiled former president of Venezuela i through his counsel today was grant-! cd a writ of heaeas corpus by Federal Judge Halt, and the government will I have toshow cause why Castro should not be admitted to the United States. The case has been set for hearing; j on Jan. 10. BOISE EDITORS ARE IN A NOTED CELL BOISE, Idaho, Jan. 4. ? Sheridan, Curzen, and Broxon, editors and pub lishers of the Capitol News, who are serving ten days' sentences for con tempt of court are confined in the cells formerly occupied by Moyer, Haywood and Pettibone, who were tried on a charge of procuring the death of Governor Stunenburg. WOMAN CANDIDATE FRENCH PRESIDENT PARIS, Jan. 4.?Mademoiselle Marie Denfcard, a suffragist of Amiens, and a lady of exqusite beauty, and force of character, has announced herself as a candidate for the presidency of the French republic. In speaking of her candidacy Mile Denizard said: "Of course 1 do not expect to be elected: that would be absurd, 1 sup pose, but I wish to see the effect that a woman's candidacy will have on the French people. The woman's suffrage cause is steadily gaining ground, and one day women will have a real voice in the affairs of la belle France." BRYAN DENOUNCES N. Y. STOCK EXCHANGE LINCOLN, Neb., Jan. 3.?Speaking of the New York stock exchange, W. I. Bryan said today: "No agitator in Amerca has ever disturbed vested rights so much as has the New York stock exchange, with the power to raise and lower the values of business securities. I have never been able to understand how it was that 1,000 men in Now York should be allowed to band them selves together to disturb the coun try's securities any more than 1,000 men should be allowed to band them selves together anywhere else to dis turb any other part of our national life. Why should these men be al lowed to ruin any financial institu tion simply by refusing to clear for it? "The testimony that is nemg brought out now will have much to do with moulding future legislation. Legislators who have been inert will wake up now that their constituents are thoroughly aroused over the mat ter that is being laid bare in Wash ington. Men forget when public men speak, but they do not forget when they .wear to evidence on the witness stand." THE DUKE OF ABERCORN DEAD LONLON, Jan. 4.?The Duke of Ah ercorn, one of the oldest Scottish 1 peers of the realm, died here today s of pneumonia. The duke was 76 years old. e SPECIAL SALE on all CURIOS un til January first, .it W. H. CASE. ROCKEFELLER TO "COME ACROSS" NEW YORK, .Jan. 4.?After being hunted for months by process servers, counsel for William Rockefeller has accepted service of subpoenas requir ing Rockefeller's presence before the Congressional committee which is in vestigating the so-called money trust. Rockefeller has been playing hide and-seek with the minions of the law since last June. It is expected that he will testify before the committee some time next week. RAILROAD MAN DEAD NEW YORK, Jan. 4.?Roscwell Mil ler, chairman of the board of direct ors of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad died In this city last night. MILLINERS' TRUST THE LATEST THING CHICAGO, Jan. 4. ? A new trust which is to embrace the entire country is in process of formation in this city an dNew York. The trust will include all the wholesale millinery concerns of the United States, and will have a capitalization of $25,000,000. MEAT DEALERS IN FAIRBANKS INDICTED A grand jury which has been prob ing into the matter since the begin ning of the court term, December 2, at Fairbanks, has returned indict ments against all firms and individ uals engaged in the meat business in that town. The accused are charged with selling diseased and corrupt meats and provisions, and also for bringing diseased animals into the district. The indictments are returned against the Pacific Cold Storage Com pany. Fairbanks Meat Company, White's Market, H. B. Parkin, O. A. Waechter, Litsey's Market, and Shoe maker & Miller. TAFT AND KNOX ATTEND FUNERAL WASHINGTON, Jan. 4.?President Taft and Secretary of State Philander ('. Knox left this morning for New York, to attend the funeial of the late Ambassador Whitelaw Reid. OVERDUE GEORGIA ARRIVES FROM SITKA The Georgia arrived about 7:30 last night, being two and a half days over due from Sitka. It is said that she had her nose in every cove between .icrc and Sitka seeking shelter from the elements. The heavy snow storms made all travel at night impossible. The following passengers were aboard: From Tenakee?0. Carlson, Tim Vo gel, Sam Estrat, Myrtle Burlington, Herman Luckkai, Mike Dahl, Chas. Lund, H. Blagrave, Y. Eyenni, Geo. Mitchell, J. T. Olaff, Ben Anderson. From Sitka ? W. D. Copperfield, Maggie Allard, Annie Lindquist, Wil lie Lindquist, Nick Lindquist, Ida Mon Lee, Peter Allard. From Hoonah?Jas. Barnette, Mrs A. H. March, Henry Moses. From Gypsum?H. Marks, John Ko vatvich. and J. Carlisle. Battleship Runs Afoul of a Lively Breeze NORFOLK, Va., Jan. 4.?After bat- | tling for many boars in a terrfic' storm and a wind that blew at the ; rati- of sixty miles an boar the battle t ships Utah, Ohio, Virginia, Georgia ' Nebraska, Idaho and Minnesota ar- , rived in Hampton itoads last night. | The frlgute Jamestown which wat being dismantled was torn from hel moorings here, drifted to sea an<\ took fire, and is a total loss. The battleships suffered no damage, and weathered the gale without mis haps of any kind. LOTS OF TALK AT THE CITY HALL Last night's meeting of the City Council except for the routine busi ness was given over largely to the dis cussion of proposed coal and dockage contracts. There was a considerable attend ance from among the business men. Remarks were made by Kmery Valen tine, Tom Kadonich, Harry Fisher, Jas. McKanna, of Geddes & McKanna, and by several members of the coun cilmanic body. Nearly all of the ex pressions were against considering any proposal looking toward the mak ing of a contract with any company. .Mayor Hi shop made a comprehen sive address setting fortli his ideas in the matter. His remarks were along the lines indicated in the interview with him published in yesterday's is sue of The Empire. He dcmonstrat ?(1 that additional revenues would be necessary if the dock was to be im proved by increasing its frontage and stated that this would have to be done if the large boats continued to dock there. He positively asserted that the tentative proposal for a con tract contained no provisions giving the Alaska Steamship Company any more rights or privileges than any other company or person operating ships to this port. So far as the city contracting to buy coal was concerned he said that the city was free to go in the open market at any time the company refused to meet a reduction in the price of coal of the sante stand ard. To meet the objection that Aiaska coal might become available within five years he made the statement that1 if tile people burned Alaska coal from the Westward that they would prob ably buy it from the Alaska Steam ship Company as this company owned the coal mines and would undoubtedly ship it in their own vessels. It was J I Wis idea, that it would be better to tie the steamship company with these advantages to the City dock rather than have them rebuild their own dock and have it competing with the city both in wharfage and coal. He asserted that there was no contract to he discussed but that when the con tract which had been sent below for the company's approval, was returned, signed by the company, the matter would then be laid before the peo ple. The council would not take, and had not contemplated taking further action, without laying the matter be fore the people. As the meeting progressed it devel oped that the agitation was more or less a tempest in a tea pot. Many of the business men were under the im pression that the city government was about to sign away ail of the peo ple's rights in the dock. Councilman Fries in an address went on record as being ardently against any contract. Councilman Miller said that he was the original objector to the coal fea ture of the contemplated deal but was in favor of getting all the freight guarantee possible for the dock. He said that he was against making any contract at all. Councilman Femmer Baid that he had been annoyed by diverse persons who taxed the city government with getting ready to loot the city of its dock or words to that effect. He re ferred to the statement in a local pa per about a secret meeting being held to do the'dark deed and felt that it was unfair. He said that there had been no secret meetings and no dis cussion of a contract but simply a talk over a tentative proposal and at open, public meetings. At the close of Mr. Femmer's remarks the meeting ad journed. FORMER ALASKAN HEAD OF BUREAU SEATTLE, Jan. 4.?William T. Per kins, a former resident of Nome, has been elected chairman of the Alaska bureau of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce. .Mr. Perkins takes a great deal of interest in Alaska, al though he has not lived in the terri tory for several years. He was a can didate for Governor of Alaska in 1904. GENERAL LEE DEAD NEW YORK, Jan. 4.?General Ed ward Merwin Lee. former governor of Wyoming and a relative of General Robert E. Lee, is dead at his home | in this city. STEAMER DOLPHIN SAILS FOR NORTH SEATTLE, Jan. 4. ? Steamer Dol pliln, of the Alaska Steamship Co., sailed for Juneau, Skagway and way ports this morning at ten o'clock, with the following cabin passengers: For Juneau?John Conboy, James McNamee, W. C. Irish, L. E. Buell, Go Wong, W. B. Stratton, Ira D. Bron con, Bruce Shorts, N. W. Bolter, C. K. Forner, C. W. Abercrombie, H. D. Barnitz, P. E. Jackson, Miss L. Smith, Miss G. Oliver, H. S. Back, W. F. Gil more. For Douglas?Mrs. J. N. Stoody, I Miss Stoody, Miss Veronica Clans sens, Chas. Zalvint. LOUIS R. GLAVIS SUED. SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 3.?The gov ernment has commenced suit against Lot'is R| Glavis to recover $322, which sum it is alleged, he withheld while special agent of the govern ment. ATLANTIC STORM SWEPT i NEW YORK, Jan. 4.?The severest . storms in several winters have been sweeping over the Atlantic coast, ant! ? much damage has been done to ship ping and other property. AUTO BANDITS GET RICH LOOT CHICAGO, Jan. 4.?A bis touring automobile drew up in front of a jew elry store on State street last night and one of the three occupants jumped out. stepped across the sidewalk, smashed the plate glass window, seized a tray containing diamonds valued at many thousands of dollars, ran to the car, jumped In and the au tomobile sped rapidly away. The police fired a number of shots at the escaping bandits, which they returned, no one being injured, how ever, by the fustlade. KILLS DAUGHTER OE POLISH NOBLEMAN SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 4. ? .Mrs. Rita DIrovey, an actress, daughter of a Polish nobleman and wife of Fran cisco Dirovey, a retired Italian army officer, now a resident of Seattle, was shot and killed here last night by M. J. Howley, of Scranton, Pa. Howley then killed himself. Howley, who had known the woman from the East, is said to followed her to this city. Last night he demanded money from her, and when she re fused he drew a revolver and fired three shots killing her instantly. STEAMSHIP AMERIKA IS DRIVEN ASHORE NEW YORK, Jan. 4. ? The Ham burg-American liner Amerika bound outward went ashore in a gale In New York bay, off Tompkinsville. Tugs have gone to her rescue, and she will probably be pulled off without ma terial damage. NOTICE TO SUBSCRIBERS. Any subscribers to The Dally Em i pire not receiving papers regularly I either by carrier or mall, will confer ? a favor by promptly notifying The Empire office.