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THE ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE
VOL. 1, NO. 55. JUNEAU, ALASKA, .. EDNESDAY, JANUARY 8, 1913. PRICE TEN CENTS -- ^ mm, mm BRITAIN MAY INTERVENE IN BALKANS ? ? , : ????. _______ _ ___ _ i _ _ _ PIONEER Of EARLY DAYS TALKS Of KLONDIKE CAMPS Henry Pinkiert. who has been In Dawson since the early days, and who is known to most of the pioneers of the Klondike, was in New York re cently, and in an interview with a New York newspaper, had the fol lowing; to say concerning the Klon dike: "Dawson is not growing," said Mr. Pinkiert. "In*the early days there were all kinds of mining right there on the ground for the individual, but now, for a radius of about fifty miles around the town, the territory is so worked out that only big corporations can make money working it. and thes?i have taken up a great deal of the land. The biggest operations in the neighborhood are being carried on by a South American company, which owns or practically controls all the claims within that fifty-mile radius that the Uuggeuheims do not con trol. "In the days of the gold rush a man would stake his claim, which would run 500 feet. The moment he got that worked down to low grade he was up against a proposition that re quired dredges and hydraulic machin ery to work on a profitable basis. The majority of small claimholders sold out. and some gave optious. A few are still holding out for their prices. The government gives a man the right to hold his claim as long as $200 #worth of work is done on it a year. "But the situation at Dawson does not end the Klondike for the prospec tor by any means. I should say that part of Yukon territory is still in its infancy as a gold producer, in spite of the millions that have been taken out. The great difficulty has been getting Into the interior. Small boats go up the streams now for hundreds of j miles, but still there are regions prac tically unprospected. lu the past few years the Canadian government has helped transportation by subsidizing these craft, and this makes It pos sible for miners to carry up their grub in the fall and continue their work in the winter, lu my opinion, one of these days we shall hear of discoveries up there that will make the Klondike finds seem insignificant. From Dawson to Whltehorse it is 410 miles, aud there are numerous re gions on both sides of the way that never have been prospected. "We lost a lot of prospectors eight or nine years ago. They went over the border into Alaska, where they seem to have done well. These in cluded some of the best of our pros pectors. Still, about 250 men are korwing on Scroggy creek this win ter. They take out the frozen soil by thawing, pile it up. and then put it in the sliuce boxes for washing in summer. "Dredges are now working longer in the neighborhood of Dawson than used to be possible. Of course, you cannot work a dredge in winter un less you boil the water about it to keep it from freezing. The dredge has to be turned around in order to be used. Before they got to doing this a dredge could not start to work until June 15. and it had to shut down in September. Now it can begin work May 1, and continue until the end of the year. "Commercially, there is nothing do ing in Dawson. Still, the business peo ple there are in fine condition. "The dance hall element and all the undesirable part of the former population of Dawson have been weeded out," added Mr. Pinkiert, "and today the town is as clean as any in the world." WANT LOCAL MONEY IN NEW BUILDINGS "I am glad The Empire has started an agitation for more building pro gress in the business section of Ju neau." said a down town business man yesterday." for there is certainly need of more room. I think it is time that Juneau should wake up and bestir herself. While we should welcome the investment of outside capital it is not at all necessary that Juneau should wail for it to come. We have means to provide the carrying out of build ing plans that would furnish the nec essary relief if some one will only take the initiative in the matter." lu speaking of the present situa tion in regard to the poverty of busi ness locaticus Emery Valentine said: "Our own people are perfectly com petent and financially able to meet any situation that comes up to them. All it really needs is that someone shall start the ball a rolling and as it gathers momentum we will have a building boom such as the town has never experienced. There is some injustice in the implied statements by people arriving from the States that property is too high here. Peo pie will not sell property for less than its rental value, especialv now that Juneau has such a hopeful fu ture. We need a pood first class notei here?well, let us bulid it. No on* man should be expected to burden himself with the construction of such an hotel as we want, but togethei we can do it?and do it promptly, too.' Mr. Valentine said that he woult put $25,000 into such an enterprise I: a sufficient number of others identi fied with Juneau, will join and brinj the amount to such a figure as wil guarantee success. "It is rank nonsense." continued .Mr Valentine, "this talk that Juneau mus wait for outsiders to come in an< build her hotels and other needfu buildings." "What is needed quite badly." sail another business man. "is a chang in the probate laws so that the sei tling of estates may be expedited Much of the valuable business proi erty is tied up pending the settlemen of estates." FRESH "Sealshipt Oysters' on th Dolphin, at GOLDSTEIN'S. HOLLYWOOD ART PRINTS, late! styles in PICTURE MOULDING.' FRAMES, made-to-order at W. I CASE. Every thing that will please a smol er may be found at BURFORD S. TO LET?Two furnished room with bath. Inquire Osborne Hous 48 Franklin street. Finest line of Calabash pipes 1 Alaska at BURFORD'S NORRIS GETS AN INDORSEMENT HELENA, Mont.. Jan. 8.?The State legislature yesterday adopted a resolu tion endorsing former Governor Edwin L. Norris for Secretary of the Inter ior in President Wilson's cabinet. The legislature has a Democratic majority, and will elect Thomas J. Walsh. United States Senator to succeed Sen ator Joseph M. Dixon. Progressive. | WILL REBUILD MILL AT HAINES The saw mill that was burned at Haines some weeks ago is to be rebult according to J. J. Kennedy, a business j man of that place, now in Juneau. "The loss of that mill was certainly a hardship on the owner Mr. Coombs," said Mr. Kennedy, "for he did not have any insurance?the rates were prohib itive. Mr. Coombs has been in the country a long time and he had just about reached the point, known as easy street, when it happened. "The town also suffered through the loss of the industry and we are all glad to know that Mr. Coombs will re 11 build." J. C. Coombs is one of the best mill wrights on the Pacific Coast and is a competent business man as well. . Believing in the future of Haines he . has determined to rebuild the mill . larger and better than ever. He will , be leaving for the South on the next boat calling at Haines for the pur , pose of buying new machinery for the j enterprise. The foundation has al ready been rebuilt and by early spring it is expected that the saws will be heard singing again. ' SHEEP CREEK POWER ! CASE IS STILL ON ( The Sheep creek power case was r stillon this morning and plaintiff, the Alaska-Gastineau Company was still introducing evidence. Chief Engin eer Wallenberg followed Mr. Thane 0 last evening until court adjourned at five o'clock. This morning the plain tiff had Mayor H. A. Bishop on the jt stand for a rime after which Mr. Wal 5, lenberg was recalled and was still on j. the stand at 2:30. The defendants, Alaska-Treadwell company et al.will probably consume ^ all of today and part of tomorrow ir offering testimony. To Juneau patrons s" I wish to announce that I am pr^ pared to give prompt and efflcieni service in delivering, coal hauiin; freight, baggage, etc. in HILARY McKANNA TRANSFER Phone Order 5-7 or 55 ti Adrianople for Turkey CONSTANTINOPLE, Jan. 8.?Sir Edward Grey, British minister of for eign affairs, has submitted a propos al to the great powers having for its object the preservation of Adrian ople to Turkey. BONDS RAISED FOR DYNAMITERS SAN FRANCISCO. Jan. 8. ? The San Francisco Building and Trades Council has raised $42,000 for cash bonds in the cases of Olaf A. Tveit moe and Eugene A. Clancy, the San Francisco labor leaders, who were recently convicted of conspiracy in transporting dynamite. OREGON LEGISLATURE BEGINS SESSION SALEM, Ore., The biennial session I of the Oregon State legislature began today. In his message Governor Os-, wald West urged the passage of pro-1 gressive 'egsilation along a number of lines. He also defended his sys tem of paroling state convicts upon their honor, and claimed that it lias been successful. Dr. Hary Lane, of Portland, who was the choice of the electors for United States'Senators, at the Sena torial primary in November, will be elected to succeed Senator Jonathan Bourne, jr., whose term expires on March 4. Lane is a Democrat, but the legislature is strongly Republican. After March 4 this State will be rep resented by two Democrats in the United States Senate. Important Case Coming Friday The United States vs. North Pacific Wharves and Trading Company, Pa cific aud Arctic Railway and Naviga tion Company, The Pacific Coast Com pany, Pacific Coast Steamship Com pany, C. E. Winn-Johnson, E. E. Bill inghurst, W. H. Nansen. Ira Brown J. C. Ford, J. W. Smith, C. E. Hous ton, A. L. Berdoe, and F. J. Cashing, is the title of a criminal action set for trial on Jan. 10. The defendant companies and in dividuals were indicted Feb. 12. 1912, on two counts?first, conspiracy; sec ond, for monopolization of wharfage facilities in Skagway in violation of sections one and two of the Sherman act. This is one of the prosecutions yet untried, initiated by the government following the investigation on charges brought by the Humboldt Steamship Company. The government lost the first five of the six suits brought and they are now up on appeal. The case will not be without inter est on account of the important per sonages involved as defendants as well as the moral effect that may ob tain on the defendant companies as a result of such trial. Of those in dicted some are on the ground now and others are on the way here. C. E. Winn-Johnson, was formerly manager of Moore's Wharf. E. E. Bil linghurst is president of the North Pacific Wharves & Trading Company, which owns the Moore Wharf at Skag way. He is in Victoria and will not come because he does not want to do so and because the United States can't send for. him. W. H. Nansen has been acting as auditor of the N. P. W. T. Co. J. C. Ford is president of the Pa cific Coast Company. Ira Brown, of Seattle, is attorney for the wharf company and also a member of the directorate. J. W. Smith is general auditor of the Pacific Coast Com pany. C. E. Houston is manager of the Pacific Cost Company's coal depart men and now under sentence in King County jail for conspiracy to defraud in selling coal to the government mill tary posts in Alaska. A. L. Berdoe is a former manager of the White Pass and Yukon Route. F. J. Cushinp is a director of the White Pass, now living in Chicago. The indictment against him is dismissed. The witnesses summoned before the grand jury at the time the indict ment was returned are Max Kalish I E. J. Shaw, J. M. Tanner. Phil Ab . rahams, W. C. Blanchard, R. W. Reid ( Charles B. Martin and P. H. Ganty. COLD STORAGE PLANT SEEMS TO BE ASSUREC The city government has ahou completed negotiations looking to th< c establishment of a cold storage plan I for the fishing industry. Papers are now being drawn an< as soon as the transaction is complet ed full details will be published. 80,000 Sick Have i No Medical Aid LONDON, Jan. 8. -rl A Sofia. Bul garia, dispatch to the Daily News says that the rations in Adriahople liave been reduced to one-fourth for each persons, and there are 80,000 people sick and withouth medical uid or warmth. Rechnd Pasha, one of the Turkish peace plenipotentiaries, has renewed Iiis demand that the Turkish govern ment be permitted to revictual Ad rlanople for a fortnight as a mere uct of humanitarianism. Sir Edward Grey, addressing the House of Commons, today said that the great powers are considering in tervention in the event that the plen ipotentiaries fail to^ conclude peace negotiations. William Rockefeller Said to Have Lost His Speech NEW YORK, Jan. S.?Dr. Walter F. Chappoll, the perspnal physician of William Rockefeller, has issued 1 statement in which hp says that the only way in which Rockefeller can give testimony before the Congression al committee that !s investigating the money trust question, is to reduce it to writing. Dr. Clmppel, who is an expert on diseases of the vocal organs, says thi.t Mr. Rockefeller's conditions is such that should lie attempt to talk at any length it would probably produce strangulation. It is also stated that Rockefeller's I physical condition has been the prin cipal reason <hat led him to evade the service of a subpoena to appear be fore the investigating committee. WASHINGTON, Jan. 8.?Referring to the statement made by Dr. Chap pel, the specialist, who is attending William Rockefeller, chairman Arsene Pujo, of the money trust Investigating committee, announced that a compe tent specialist would be procured to determine Rockefeller's condition. To Test Validity of McDonald Coal Claims] WASHINGTON. Jan. 8.?The United States Government, it is. announced, j will ju once institute proceedings to! test the validity of the"locution of the' famous McDonald co;w claims in thoi Bering river, Alaska,' coal district. T. I'. McDonald, a Montana coal op erator. in 11)07. began the develop- j ment of a coal claim on Bering river,; near Katalia, having acquired the ti- i tie to this and adjoining claims by pur chase from the original, locators. Dur ing 1907 and the early part of 1908, he expended more than $100,000 in developing the claims, and took- out some coal. He was stopped from fur ther work by order of the Interior De partment, since when nothing has been done, and the money invested was practically lost to the last penny. PLAN TO GET A SENATOR PORTLAND, Me., Jan. 8.?There is reason for President-elect Wilson to hope that the Democratic majority in the United States Senate may be increased in view of a compact made a few days ago by eleven Progressive members-elect of the incoming Legis lature. They bound themselves to act independently when the Legisla ture convenes next week. Eight of the members met with members of the Progressive State Committee in this city and after a five-hour con ference agreed on the plan. Three ab sent members sent letters agreeing to abide by the result of the conference. In the coming Legislature there will be 88 Republicans and 83 Democrats, so the 11 Progressives will hold Un balance of power. Since they cannot! elect a Senator, it is believed they I will eventually vote for Senator Oba- j diah Gardner in exchange for some State officers which the Democrats might give. 101 AND NEVER ATE ANY "FANCY STUFF" PLYMOUTH, Mass., Jan. 8. - "Uncle" Tilden Pierce yesterday cele brated his 101st birthday at the Ryder Home for Aged People, where he has lived some years, with an informal re ception to his friends. His health is better than it was a couple of years ago, and he walks a couple of miles every day. Not long . ago he sawed a cord of wood. He never used liquor, but has used > tobacco since he was a youth and still ; enjoys it. Of food he says: "There wasn't so much of this .'an : cy stuff which isn't fit for the p!^ when I was a boy, but we had more ? good, old-fashioned johnny cake. If - people ate more of that now there , would be more of my kind alive " Last summer he played golf, took his , first ride in an automobile and had his first taste of ginger ale. MEXICAN FEDERALS ) MAKE A MISTAKE t * ; TOLUCA, Mex., Jan. 8.?In the be t lief that they were fighting a band of followers of Gen. Zapata, twenty j Mexican federals engaged in a clash with two bodies of government troops several being wounded. ONLY THREE WERE SAVED ASTORIA, Ore., Jan. 8.?But three of the thirty-five men of the crew of the oil tanker Itosecrans, which was driven ashore yesterday on Point Peacock, in a furious gale, have been saved. Captain L. P. Johnson, mas ter of the Rosecrans, is among the lost One of the crew saw the lifeboat approaching and jumped into the sea and was drowned. The vessel is a total loss. FLOGS A CAPITALIST OLNEY, HI., Jan. 8.?A quarrel be tween J. B. Porter, ex-Mayor of Olney. 111., and David Bates, a capitalist, re sulted last night in the shooting of Porter by Bates, after Porter had flogged him publicly. The quarrel had its origin in an in sult which Porter alleges was offered his wife by Bates. Porter met Bates in a store, carry ing with him a rawhide whip. He told Bates to leave the store, and when he refused to leave Porter whipped him. Bates finally drew an automatic pistol and shot Porter, who is dangerously wounded. ROBT. W. JOHNSTON SUCCEEDS BAILEY WASHINGTON, Jan. 8.?Robert W. Johnston, of Houston, .Tex., was sworn in today as successor to Jo seph W. Bailey, resigned. Johnston is the editor of a Houston newspaper HUMBOLDT SAILED AT NOON TODAY SEATTLE, Jan. 8.?Steamship Hum boldt sailed at noon today for Juneau Skagway and way ports, with the fol lowing cabin passengers: For Juneau?D. Guthrie and wife M. E. Shortely, R. E. Clark, Geo Richardson, H. K. Hockenbeck, Mrs S. Brown, M. Kalish. For Douglas?Frank Robinson, J H. Knox, Mike Melivich, Pete Nert wlch, and Sam Maulich. i SEAL SHIPT OYSTERS?Fresh a the local agency?CHAS. GOLDSTEL Two Counties full ot Oranges Are Frozen LOS ANGELES. Calif., Jan. 8.?The| loss of the orange and lemon crops in San Bernardino and Los Angeles Counties lias been almost complete. Every acre of orange and lemon or chards has been frozen, but abm: one-fifth of the crop may be salvaged. The loss will reach forty million dol lars. POLITICAL STRIPE RENDS ILLINOIS CHICAGO, Jan. 8.?The legislature now in session at Springfield lias not one, but two United States Senators to elect -one to succeed William Lor imer, who was unseated, and the other to succeed Shelby M. Culloni, whose term expires on March 4, and thus with two to be elected, and the first Democratic adminstration in twenty years in the saddle, a band of twen ty-six legislators from the Progressive party fighting Republicans and Demo crats and no party holding a majority in either house, or in joint ballot, the session should be full of thrills. Wisconsin's Plan3. Wisconsin has mapped out a com prehensive program of "social better ment" legislation for the year 1913 far in advance of most other states. Kfforts to establish a system of rur al credits to aid farmers, a system of colonization that will make possible the back-to-the-land movement for the men with little money, a mothers' pen sion plan, a minimum wage bill and a recall bill for members of state com missions are a few of the measures that will be considered at Madison. Michigan, Iowa, Nebraska, Sou'h Da kota. Minnesota and Kansas will elect United States Senators. Senatorial Prospects. Indications point to the election from these seven states of four Re publican Senators, at least two, and possibly three Democrats and one Pro gressive. Fn Michigan William Alden Smith Republican. i>as declared he is certain of election, 'owa is slated to return William S Kenyon, Republican, and Nebraska, Oeorge W. Norris, Progres sive. In South Dako'a Thomas Ster ling, Republican primary nominee, may bo opposed by Senator Robert J. Oam ble. In Minnesota the return of Sena tor Knute Nelson seems assured. In Kansas it is expected Judge W. H. Thompson, Democrat, will be elected to succeed Senator Charles Curtis. Republican in Control. Republicans control the legisla tures in Michigan, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota and Wiscon sin; Democrats in Ohio, Indiana, Mis souri and Kansas. In Nebraska tho Democrats have a majority of one on the joint ballot, although the Republi cans have a majority in the Senate. In representation in the legislature and in others the representation is so small as to he of scarcely 110 effect. A review of the legislative programs in these dozen states indicates that suffrage, "blue sky" laws (to regulate the issuance of corporation stocks), the question of public utilities com missions, regulation of women and child labor, good roads, the liquor ques tion and the initiative, referendum and recall will be to the fore In a majori ty of legislative sessions. TRIED TO DROWN CUSTOMS MEN SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 8.?Customs Agent John W. Smith and Inspector E. E. Enlow engaged In a desperate struggle for life last night on board the Pacific Mail Steamship Company's liner China, in from the Orient. Smith and Enlow were in an empty water tank of the vessel in the steam I ship's hold, searching for concealed opium, when some miscreant design edly turned on the water. The men struggled and shouted for some time, but were not rescued until they were nearly drowned. They succeeded, however, in find ing three hundred tins of opium. TO PROBE POR A SI t Am BOAT TRUST WASHINGTON, Jan. 8.?The Housed Merchant Marine Committee, of i which Representative Humphrey, ? Washington, is chairman, lias begtr an investigation into the existence of an alleged steamship trust. The investigation w.il include steam ship companies operating on both the Atlantic and the Pacific, including the steamship companies operating in Alaska waters. WILSON RETIRES ON JANUARY 19 NEWARK, N. J., Jan. 8.?Governor Woodrow Wilson's terms as Governor of New Jersey, will expire on Jan. ID, at which time he will be succeeded by State Senator James A. Fiedler, Dem ocrat who under the state law will be elected by the legislature. Governor Wilson is now closing up the detail work of his administration at governor, preparatory to assuming his new duties us President of the United States. It is announced that James P. Tu multy, Governor Wilson's secretary, will be continued as secretary to Mr. Wilson as president. NO CHANGE IN POTTERY WASHINGTON, Jan. 8.?Oscar W. Underwood, chairman of the ways and means committee, has indicated that the present tariff rates on pottery will be maintained. ' WILSON WRITES TO WOMEN WASHINGTON, Jan. 8. ? At the meeting of the Women's Democratic League today, a letter was read from President-elect Wilson, in which he urged adherence to Democratic prin ciples. i. BROTHER ON ROSECRANS Charles Johnson ,of this city, had :? a brother oj> the ill-fated oil tanker Ilosecrans, which went a shore yester day off the mouth of the Columbia ;t river, only three of the crow being saved. TO AID STATES IN ROAD BUILDING /v. '' V-'S^ -Senator /*y In Xprovid twenty v tlie States . itorj'es iu t)U ^ public high way a. 1v.'T STEAMER FOUNDERS GULE OE GEORGIA VANCOUVER, B. C., Jan. 8. ? The steamer Cheslakc, plying between this city and Victoria and Nanalmo, foun dered yesterday in a heavy gale in the Gulf of Georgia. Four men were drowned, and seventy-one were res cued by a passing steamer. All the passengers lost their personal pos sessions. EGGSTRAORDINARY! COMMERCE, Ga!,?Jan. 8.?Mrs. J. C. King, who lives out on R. F. D., No. 12, just recently related how well she did last year with her chickens. She set a Leghorn hen on thirteen eggs. When the chickens were count ed she found that there were 37 Rhode Island Reds, 42 Buff Orping tons, 36 Buff Plymouth Rocks, 132 Barred Plymouth Rocks, 46 White Plymouth Rocks, 32 Brown Leghorna, and there are 270 eggs still in the nest. TO ELECTRIFY THE TRANSCONT. RAILROADS WASHINGTON, Jan. 7.?The gov eminent has granted permission to the Great Fails Power Company, of Great Falls, Mont., to transmit power for the electrification of 450 miles of t'.ie Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad. Secretary Fisher believes that this is the first step towards the electri fication of all the transcontinental railroads. A complete line of tobacco Jars and ? pipe racks at BURFORDS. i ; FOR RENT ? Five-room house un furnished. Inquire of Juneau Dalry.tf.