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THE ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE
VOL 1 NO. 65. JUNEAU, ALASKA, MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 1913. PRICE TEN CENTS ' ? SECT. FISHER TO BE INVESTIGATED f J. C. Ford Predicts a Big Future Juneau "Juneau." said President J. C. Ford, i of the Pacific Coast Steamship Com pany, "will, in a few years, be the most important mining city in the world. Our people fully realize the1 fact that the great potential wealth i lying in the hills back of town is to be brought forth to take its place in the arteries of trade. We know that iu order to get this wealth tremen dous undertakings are now under way, great developments In a mining way not heretofore attempted. We realize that certain conditions must be overcome, and certain changes made in the immediate future if the natural destiny of the city is not to be retarded. "It will not bo our policy to stand in the way of such development that makes for progress, on the contrary, we shall co-operate in every way to promote the most rapid development of the country's resources. With this idea in view we have decided to have all our property appraised, that Is. a" that is not now actually in use through the conduct of our steamship busi ness. to the end that it may be placed on the market at a reasonable figure to any persons or corporations who wish to engage in any legitimate bus iness in this city or to any enter prise that will be a factor in develop ing the country. We will not. howev er. ofTer any inducements to specula tors. We want to help the people that are doing things. "This municipal dock you have here is in an excellent location but it is too small. It can be made larger. We want to aid in some plan where by this dock can be made large enough to accommodate all the shipping that comes to the harbor of Juneau. We will sell at a most reasonable figure water frontage enough to do this, or we will lease to the city on the most reasonable terms for that pur pose. The city should retain pos session of its dock and continue to dictate the dock charges. The dock, however, should be made large enough to handle all the business that may come to the port. The idea that two or more steamship companies should combine and build a union dock does not seem to me to be a good plan for either the people of Juneau or for the steamship companies. We are in the shipping business and do not care to engage in the dock business, aud have never done so except as it became necessary to care for the shipping business. With a good am ple city dock every ship coming to the port would get fair treatment and there would be a great economic sav ing in the handling of freight We cer tainly prefer a municipal dock to any scheme for a union wharf owned by private capital. "The municipal coal yard estab lished in Juneau was another splen did idea, but I think it would be a mistake for the city to give us or any other steamship company a mon opoly on handling the coal. The city should remain free and allow free competition among the ships enter ing the port in the matter of handling the coal. I am not saying it would be unwise to contract for the pur chase of coal?only for the shipping of it. "We shall be glad to take up the city dock problem at any time and shall do everything possible to the end that better dockage facilities be provided In Juneau." Gold Mining in 1912 I in the interior Country In the Circle district in 1912 the placer gold was taken chiefly from the mines at Mastodon. Deadwood, Eagle, Mamoth. Switch, and Independ ence creeks. It is estimated that, about 27 mines were worked during the winter and 22 in the summer of 1912, employing from 60 to 100 men in the winter and from 145 to 175 in the sumer. A dredge installed on Mastodon creek was operated during the summer of 1912. Hydraulic plants were operated on Mammoth, Masto don, and Eagle creeks. The Fortymile district has a sue cessful season. Three dredges were operated there during the summer. It is estimated that about 25 mines were operated in the winter of 1912 and about 50 during the summer. Many of these were, however, only small plants. It is reported that the Koyukuk dis trict had a very successful season in 1912, but details are lacking at this writing. A large amount of gold is said to have been taken from the newly discovered deep placers of Ham mond creek, and this production may have been sufficient to more than dou ble the output of the district, com pared with previous years. Though the current reports from the Ruby creek district have been rather discouraging, yet it seems certain that this district will become a gold producer of some importance. In 1912 operations were practically confined to six creeks, all lying within a small area about 25 miles south of the town of Ruby, on the Yukon. The creeks on which productive mining has been carried on are Long creek. Upper Longrfjreek. Bear Pup. Mirnight creek. Glenn Gulch, and Trail creek. About 150 men were employed in this dis trict on 30 claims, and the value of the gold production was probably in excess of $150,000. About 24 claims, located on five creeks and employing 140 men, were worked in the Innoko district during 1012. So new discoveries were made. In the Iditarod district Otter and Flat creeks continue to be the most im portant producers of placer gold. Work was also done on Chicken, Wil low, and Happy creeks, and a little mining was carried on about Moore creek, located about 30 miles farther east. A dredge was installed on the upper part of Flat creek during the winter of 1912 and was operated for the latter part of the open season. It is estimated that 34 mines were op erated in the Iditarod district in 1912. These were distributed on six creeks and employed about 650 men. Of these plants, one is a dredge, eight een are equipped with steam machin ery and the rest are operated by man ual methods. During the summer of 1912 gold was discovered on Fox Gulch, a trib utary of Cripple creek, 30 miles north east of Ophir. which created consid erable local excitement. About a hun dred men are said to be prospecting in i this field. It is reported also that some workable placers were found on Mud river, a northwesterly tributary of the Innoko. Prospecting continued in the Aniuk river basin, where gold was found In 1911. A small amount of productive mining was done in this region in 1912. Nothing of importance has de veloped in the Goodnews Bay region, where several claims, however, were operated in 1912. NORTHWESTERN FOR NORTHERN PORTS SEATTLE, Jan. 20. ? The steamer Northwestern, of the Alaska Steam ship Company sailed last night for Juneau and Western Alaska ports. Her cabin passengers for Juneau are: Charles Fowler, Mrs. P. G. Barnett. Miss B. Weiss. W. B. Adams, E. H. Jameson. Miss B. Little, Miss L. Reese. Oak Olson and wife. FOUND?Saturday night, a pair of ice. skates. Owner apply at Empire office. STEAMER HUMBOLDT SAILS EOR NORTH SEATTLE, Jan. 20? Steamer Hum boldt sailed Saturday night at eleven o'clock for Juneau, Skagway and way ports. Her cabin passengers for Ju neau are: W. W. Casey, Paul Frick, J. R. Whipple and wife, T. L. Harri son. W. W. Colman, Mark Kragbaum, Thomas Kragbaum, W. F. Merchant, C. Miller, William Higins. For Doug las?C. Weiss and wife. FOR REN'r ? F've-room house un furnished. Inquire of Juneau Dairy.tf Charges Dismissed At the close of District Attorney Nye's argument Judge Overfield made a decision from the bench without lis tening to further argument.. Judge Overfield found there was no conspir acy to monopolize the wharf business at Skagway. He found that the wharf business at Skagway was not monop olized by virtue of any conspiracy. All of the defendants were dismiss ed as to coun t one, and the case against Ira Bronson, J. W. Smith, and C. E. Houstou was dismissed In Its entirity. The remainder of the de fendants will go on to trial on count two, which charges engaging in an unreasonable monopoly. The big transportation case has everything else submerged in the dis trict court. After many days of in troducing evidence, on the part of the government, much of it documentary which was set aside by the court as inadmissible, the case was in and the government rested. The defense as has already been published moved for a dismissal on the grounds that sufficient evidence had not been introduced to call for the setting up of a defense. Mr. Shackleford made the motion Satur day at 11:15. The jury was excused, and Mr. Stratton, of the defense, be gan the argument, he was followed in rapid succession by Mr. Shorts, Judge Gunnison, Mr. Shackleford, Mr. Held and Mr. Bronson. all for the de fense. The court held a night ses sion and District Attorney liustgard spoke from 8 o'clock until 10:30 when an adjournment was had until this morning. Mr. Nye, assistant district attorney, continued the argument for the government all of the morning hours and had not finished when the noon recess occured. Mr. Nye resumed his argument for the government at two o'clock this afternoon and was still talking at three. There are a number of attor neys for the defense who will answer provided the court cares for further argument. In any event it is not like ly that evidence for the defense will be submitted today. Captain Tanner After Marshalship Territorial Senator-elect J. M. Tan ner, of Skagway, who has been in Juneau for the past week, has an nounced himself as a candidate for United States Marshal, for this judic iau division, under the next adminis tration. Captain Tanner has been a resident of Skagway continuously since 1897, and has served his town as mayor and councilman for a num ber of terms. "I have been looking over the ground," he said today, "and I have decided to enter the race for the mar shalship, and I propose to land it if possible. I shall have support for the place both in Alaska and outside of it" wateiTturned into big flume On Saturday the water of Salmon creek was turned Into the big flume for the first time and allowed to flow down the pipe to the power plant. The main purpose was to clear out the pipe line so that there would be no obstruction when the machinery is ready to operate. The big flume gave entire satisfac tion, but considerable annoyance was occasioned by the ice that had accu mulated before the water was turned in. In a few more days it is expect ed that the big generator will be in operation thus guaranteeing an un failing source of power for the mining development of the Alaska-Gastineau Company, now under way. STEAMER GEORGIA'S OUTGOING PASSENGER LIST The Georgia wil leave for Sitka to night. The following have taken pas sage: For Sitka?Alfred Anderson, J. N. ? Sarvila, L ulSuiavral,i4 ? Sarvila, Lulu Sarvila, Thos. E. Bran don. For Chichagoff r John Michareson, . Matt Laukko, and K. Didrikson. For Warm Springs?P. C. Garlich. Charged With Alliance With Standard Oil Co. WASHINGTON, Jan. 20. ? Secre tary of the Interior Walter L. Fisher is charged with having entered into an alliance with the Standard Oil Com pany, in the leasing of four hundred acres of oil lands in Oklahoma, be longing to the United States. An investigation of the charges has been ordered by Congress, and it will be commenced at once, and it is al so stated that the matter may be ta ken into the federal court in Okla homa. SPEAKER CANNON'S FAREWELL SPEECH WASHINGTON, Jan. 20. ? Former . Speaker Joseph G. Cannon, of Illinois, delivered his valedictory in the House on Saturday. "1 am "going home to the people who honored me with twenty endorsements," he said, "and I may never appear again in public life." Mr. Cannon was defeated for re-elec tion in the Eighteenth District last fall by Frank T. O'Halr, Democrat. He was first elected to the Forty-third Congress and has served continuously since. Mr. Cannon was elected Speak I or in the Fifty-eighth. Fifty-ninth, Six tieth and Sixty-first Congresses. He is 77 year old. URGES RETENTION EOREST RESERVES WASHINGTON, Jan. 20.?Commis sioner of Corporations Luther Conant, jr., in a report made to the President recommends the retention of all ex isting national forest reserves, and he urges that the forest reserves of Alas ka be included in the permanent res ervations. BONANZA MINE DAMAGEDj M'CARTY, Alaska, Jan. 20.?The Bo nanza mine, of the Kenhecott Mines Company, the tram and buildings were damaged yesterday to the amount of $100,000 by asnowslide and fire. DISASTER IN STORE E0R THE DEMOCRACY NEW YORK, Jan. 20. ? President Taft was the guest of honor at a din ner at the Ohio Club on Saturday eve ning, and during his address, he touched on a number of political ques tions. among them that of the Philip pines. "If I were a partisan," he said, "1 should not ask anything better than the Democratic party pass a bill pro viding that the United States get out of the Philippines." TROOPS TAKE CONTROL 0E PIER BUFFALO, N. Y., Jan. 20. ? By order of the War Department, United States troops have taken possession of the Delaware & Lackawana rail road pier in this city. The United States government contends that the ?)ier is partially on land owned by the government. I Colorado Senator Takes His Seat | WASHINGTON, Jan. 20. ? Charles S. Thomas, Democrat, of Colorado, was worn in as Senator from that State today. The credentials of Willian Alden Smith, of Michigan, recently re-elect ed. have ben received by the Sen ate. LEGISLATORS HAVE FREE FOR ALL EIGHT CHEYLNNE, Wyo., Jan. 20. ? A scene of violence of an hour's dura tion occurred this morning in the State legislature. The fight was precipitat ed by an altercation between Speaker Martin L. Pratt and Speaker Pro tein W. J. Wood, of the House. The outbreak was caused ? by Speaker Pratt designating Representative Hun ter to occupy the chair. Wood re sented the Speaker's act, an<' the fight began, which was not only participat ed in by Pratt and Wood, but other members became involved *.u it MUSICAL CLUB TO MEET. The Ladies' Musical Club will meet tomorrow night in the High School building. Many important matters will bo discussed. GOVERNMENT WILL BE REPRESENTED WASHINGTON. Jan. 20.?The re port of the Congressional committee on the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, at San Francisco, in 1915, has been made. The committee rec ommended that the government pre pare and forward a complete exhibit, and the report was unanimously adopt ed. PERILOUS EVEN TO MENTION DYNAMITE Physician Gets Arrested for Saying in a Joke He Guessed He Would Do a Couple of Jobs. ! TRINIDAD, Colo., Jan. 20. ? Dr. Henry Dillon, of Des Moines, N. M., learned that the subject of dynamite is one not to be joked with since the dynamite trial in Indianapolis. Dr. Dillon purchased a supply of dynamite at a hardware store, and casually remarked to the clerk: "I guess I'll go out and do a couple of jobs and get a bunch of money." The clerk became suspicious. Ho telephoned the police, who arested the physician in a barber shop. At the police station Dr. Dillon explained that he was digging a deep well on his ranch near Des Moines and ob tained the dynamite to blow out some rock. The physician's home town there vouched for his explanation. He was released, after which he bought about $13 worth of cigars. YOUNG TREADWELL IS KILLED IN SNOWSLIDE DELTA, Calif., Jan. 20. ? Edward Treadwell, son of James Treadwell, one of the former discoverers and own ers of the famous Treadwell mine, on Douglas island, Alaska, was killed in a snowslidc at the Bonanza mine here on Saturday. TVEITMOE'S BONDS GO TO CHICAGO SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 20. ? The bonds of Olaf A. Tveitmoe, secretary of the California Building Trades Council, one of the convicted dyna miters, now in Leavenworth prison, were forwarded to Chicago Saturday night HOUSE AGREES IMMIGRATION BILL WASHINGTON, Jan. 20.?The Bur nett-Dillingham immigration bill, in cluding the literacy test, has passed he House, as egreed to in the con ference committee of both Houses. INAUGURAL BALL HAS BEEN DECLARED OFF WASHINGTON. Jan. 2.?The inaug | ural ball has been officially declared | off. This step has been taken be j cause of the personal request of Pres ident-elect Wilson, who wrote to Chairman Eustis, of the inauguration I committee, requesting that this be 1 done. Turks' Rejection of Note Agitates the Powers CONSTANTINOPLE, Jan. 20.?The Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs lias drafted a reply to the note of the powers and has presented it to the I'orte for approval. The reply reaf firms Turkey's position, and declines to give up Adrianople to the Balkan allies, as suggested by the powers. LONDON, Jan. 20.?Diplomatic cir cles are greatly agitated over Turkey's rejection of the proposals of the Eu ropean powers. The poace conference is practically broken up. It is said that Foreign Secretary Grey and the German am bassador both have used all their in fluence with the Turkish envoys to cede Adrianople without effect. Rich id Pasha, one of the Turkish plenipo tentiaries is quoted as saying that .\iacedonie had been ceded in a spirit of conciliation and with a desire to avoid a renewal of the war. On two (juestions, however, he said Turkey will not yield. Neither Adrianople nor the islands in the Aegean sea would he given up. The Turkish delegates also declare that Turkey has yielded to the allies four-fifths of what she originally claimed, thus going from a maximum of her expectations to a minimum j which is absolutely irreducible. It Is now the turn of the allies, they point out, to reduce the maximum of their original terms to such a minimum as will meet the Turks in a reasonable compromise. CONSTANTINOPLE, Jan. 20.? The Turkish parliament will convene today ! to take action in the Balkan situation. Greek Battleships Put Turkish fleet to flight ATHENS, Greece, Jan. 20. ? The Greek and Turkish fleets engaged in a fight thirty miles south of the en trance to the Straits of Dardanelles, on Saturday. The engagement is said to have been fierce while it lasted, the Turkish ships being badly dam aged. The Turkish warships, however, were able to get away from the disas trous fire from the Greek vesels, and retreated to the Dardanelles where they found safety. Turkey Gets 14 Days LONDON, Jan. 20. ? A dispatch from Constantinople to the Times says hat Bulgaria, Servia and Montenegro have given Turkey rourteen days in which to reply to their demands. TAFT DREAMED; THEN AWOKE NEW YORK, Jan. 20. ? President W. H. Taft yesterday addressed the Order of B'nai Brith, of :hls city :n the course of his remarks he said that once ho had had a dream of uni versal peace? but after negotiating irbitratlon treaties with Great Britain and France he awoke, to find it really was but a dream. COLORADO UTES ON THE RAMPAGE CORTEZ, Colo., Jan. 20.?There is a big uprising of the Ute Indians. They have defied a Sheriff's posse of hundred men, and refuse to surren der. Chief Big Rabbit is wanted for the wounding of Joseph Vichel, a sheep herder. The Utes complain of their treat ment by government agents. ORANGE CROPS ARE MOVING EASTWARD LOS ANGELES, Jan. 20.?The or ange and lemon crops are beginning to move eastward. Investigation of the damage done to the crops during the late frost, show that they have sus tained less damage than was at first feared, and seventy-five per cent will probably be saved. The weather is now normal. GOETHALS CONFERS WITH PRESIDENT-ELECT TRENTON, N. J., Jan. 20.?Colonel George W. Goethals had a long con ference with President-elect Wilson on Saturday afternoon. He told Gov. Wilson that he expected to fill the Panama Canal with water next De cember. President-elect Woodrow Wilson, af ter the interview, said he had no en gagements, but was just like a school boy and took Saturday off. Subscribe for The Empire. WOULD BAR TRUST SHIPS WASHINGTON, Jan. 20.?Represen tative W. E. Humphrey, of Washing ton, has introduced a bill to bar from the Panama Canal all American and foreign vessels which are in shipping combines. Mr. Humphrey thinks this would bo an effectual way to destroy the sphere of influence exercised by the shipping trusts of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. 25,000 MEN TO GARRISON CANAL WASHINGTON, Jan. 20. ?Colonel George W. Goethals, chairman of the Isthmian Canal Commission, testified before the House Naval Affairs Com mittee that 25,000 men would be need ed to garrison the forts at the Panama Canal. CLARENCEDARR0W AGAIN ON TRIAL LOS ANGELES, Calif., Jan. 20. ? The second trial of Clarence Harrow on a charge of bribery in connection with the trial of the McNamara broth ers, was begun today. The first trial of Harrow resulted in a disagreement of the jury. The specific charge against him was the bribing of jur ors in the McNamara case. LEADING TACOMA LAWYER IS DROWNED TACOMA, Jan. 20. ? A pleasure yacht belonging to S. Blattner, a lead ing lawyer of this city caught firo in Commencement Bay and Blattner jumped overboard and was drowned before aid could reach him. SUFFRAGETTE IS TOURING CANADA VANCOUVER, B. C., Jan. 20. ? Miss Barbara Wylie, England's most militant suffragette, has arrived here on a tour of Canada, in the interests of the suffragette cause. Miss Wylie has "heckled" govern ment ministers, broken windows, stormed the Houso of Commons, and served several terms in Jail because of her militant activities. SAMUELSON'S FUNERAL TOMORROW AFTERNOON The funeral of John Samuelson, > who committed suicide on Friday in - a cabin on the Basin road, will take place tomorow afternoon at 2:30 from the undertaking parlors of the C. W. Young Company.