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THE ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE
VoL I. NO. 7D. JUNEAU. ALASKA. V. EDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1913. PRICE TEN CENTS RAILROAD FROM JUNEAU SUGGESTED ALL NEW YEARS ARE ALIKE TO JUNEAU'S "CHINA JOE" "China Joe." who has liv *??! in Ju neau since l.vi. still clings to the Main street home that has sheltered him since the town's first settlement was made. It is said that "China Joe" first came to Alaska in 1S74. touching at Wrangell as a follower of the Cas siar stampede. In "t?7 he returned to Wrangell the same year went to Sitka. When the strsk. was made in Silver Flow basin in lvs7. Joe joined the rush and landed in Juneau. Me established himself at his present home on Main street. While conducting a bakery at Sit ka. there was a flour famine through the loss of a provision ship. Joe. who had possession of all the flour In the town endeared himself to the white people by keeping the price of flour and bread the same though he had an opportunity to make a stake by rais ing it. When the Chinese laborers were driven out of Trendwell and other Alaska points during the anti-Chinese agitation of Joe was allowed to remain. He lias been here contin i nally since. It has been Joe's custom to keep open house during the China Now Year's celebration. Many of the old timers have for years called to pay their respect on that day or at some time during the week's celebration. Tomorrow. Feb. 6. is China New Year's day. Since last China New Year's, China has made some history. To note what effect the new order of things had made on Joe. The Empire sought an interview with Joe today. Hanging on the wall was a calendar of elaborate and Oriental design, but the chronology was all in accord with the Christian era. Asked if he was still keeping the China New Year, Joe' pointed to the calendar saying: "Old New Year and new New Year?both all right. Tomorrow China New Year all right, if people come to see me all right. In China some still keep the old New Year, but many keep the new New Year." Asked how long he had lived in Ju neau. he answered: "A long time." THE YUKON BRINGS INTERESTING NEWS The Yukon arrived in port last uight about after a good run up from Seattle. She brought a number of working men for Treadwell and a few important persons are aboard en route to the Westward. .Milo Somovitch and family were destined for Treadwell. Mr. Samovitch is to be shift-boss at Treadwell. I.. B. Adsit got on at Ketchikan and is now in Juneau. Har r> Moore and W. I.. Smith for Port Yaldez. Win. Corliss tor Katalla. and John X. Priest for Yakataga. are the other cabin passengers. Captain M. M. Jensen was taken ill on the way up. As soon as the ship docked in Juneau Doctor Simpson was called. Doctor Simpson diagnosed the trouble as tonsilitis. This was not the only case of phy sical disability aboard ship. First Officer Charles Glasscock fell down the hold on the last trip south, and fractured two ribs. .Mr. Glasscock did not realize the seriousness of his injuries until some time after they left Seattle on the way up. One member of the ship's crew is the principal in a more cheetful event since the Yukon was last in port at Juneau. H. A. Duke, the steward, has fallen heir to a lot of money. An uncle died leaving an estate of 51,000. 000. Mr. Duke's share is one-twen tieth of the whole amount. Fred Dyuott. the new steward, who succeeds Duke is making his first voy age in Alaska waters. Captain Ed Hickman, pilot for the Sampson, has been promoted to cap tain of the Swan boat Jeannie. Purser Carl Strout and Captain Jensen will be transferred from the Yukon to the Admiral Sampson after this trip. The Sampson goes on the run leaving Seattle March 5. EBNER RECEIVERS PLAN WORK SOON Judge John R. Winn returned on the Mariposa from Coast cities. To The Empire Judge Winn said that his prin cipal business, while below was to get in direct communication with the New York receivers of the Ebner Mining Company, and that he did so with good results. During his stay in Seattle great progress was made looking toward the reorganisation of the company and de ciding on plans for the early com mencement of work on the property in Silver Bow basin. 33 1-3'". DISCOUNT! On all ladies', tailor-made suits, coats and one-piece dresses One-third off ? one-third off ? Must have room for Spring goods. CHAS. GOLDSTEIN. TO TELEPHONE SUBSCRIBERS All telephone subscribers are re quested to first ascertain the num ber wanted before ringing up "Cen tral." Do not ask for the party bj name. Get the number instead anc then ring. Any subscriber who has not receiver a directory for 1913 will be supplier with one by calling at the office. JUNEAU & DOUGLAS TELEPHONE COMPANY. Edw. Webster. Mgr. 6t A KATALLA COAL STORY BY CARLESS ? William Carless, a Katalla coal man is aboard the Yukon enroute to his home in the Bering river coal region. Mr. Carless was very much interested m the news in yesterday's Empire, | telling of the confession of Secretary Fisher, and in the department rul ing made by First Assistant Secre tary Adams in the Whorf case. "Let me show you something." said .Mr. Carless. producing a shipping re r.-ipt and an itemized statement. "1 am shipping some coal to Katalla for my own use. not very much, but enough. I hope till we can turn the ru seals out. See what my ton of coal is costing me." The itemized statement shows that the one ton of Wellington coal cost: In the Seattle yard $ 9.50 Cartage 1.00 .Manifest 25 Wharfage at Seattle 50 Freight to Katalla 6.00 Total $17.25 To this must be added the further expenditures: Lighterage at Katalla $ 5.00 Wharfage at Katalla 2.00 Cartage at Katalla 1.00 Grand Total $25.25 Everybody is feeling better now that the new administration is coming in and all Alaska-is on the eve of a great revival is the belief of Mr. Cor liss. GREAT PROGRESS AT SHEEP CREEK Great progress is reported in the Sheep creek division of the Alaska Gastineau Company's development work. As a consequence General Manager Thane is wearing a smile that won't come off. "We are getting along fine down there," he said to day. "The changed weather condi tions," he concluded, "have made it possible for us to resume activities on the beach and we are getting along fine." Upon the hill Paddy O'Neal is mak ing himself famous by breaking speed records in the work of boring the big tunnel. During the month of January the tunnel was extended 507 feet since which time even a better rate of progress has been maintained. Mr. Thane said he was still in doubt : as to when he would go East?that he was trying to avoid the journey if possible. Very likely, however, he will leave some time during the present month. BEN HOLDEMAN DROWNED Ben Holdeman, of Klowack was drowned January 18, at the oulet of the Big Salt Lake near Klowack. Hol deman with his friend Davis Wheel ? erwere out hunting when they decid - ed to shoot the falls of the lake. In - doing so the boat was capsized which ? cost Holdeman his life while Wheel 1 er's escape is considered almost mirac ulous.?Petersburg Progressive. i i DRESSMAKING?And sewing by day. Miss Irene E. Smith; address H. ' L. Summer's residence, or P. O. box ? ? 90, city. l-31-3t. STEEANSON ASKS GOVERNMENT AID OTTAWA, Out.. Feb. 5. Viljhamar Stefannson. Arctic explorer and dis coverer of "blonde Eskimo," lias asked financial assistance from the Cana dian government. Stefannson wants to outfit an expedition for a three years' exploration of "the last un known territory," north of Canada. VALDEZ MINING MAN NOW VERY HOPEFUL W. I.. Smith, who is aboard the Yu kon en route to Port Valdez has a 150 ton outfit in the ship's hold which he is taking to his Mineral creel^ prop erty. The outfit includes 40m feet of lumber, a three-stamp mill and a ton of Pennsylvania coal. Mr. Smith said the last item made him blush with shame, but lie had to have it. The outfit is being taken in now while the sledding is good. The Min eral creek property of Mr. Smith Is in the same zone as the Cliff mine. There will be two or three other mills erected on Mineral creek this com ing spring "The future is looking bright for Valdez just now," said Mr. Smith, "and everybody has renewed courage." There is a prospect of six quartz mills all told being erected in the Val dez section this spring. The Big Four mine will have one and possibly the Mineral Creek Mining Company. The Cold King, located between Slioupe and Columbia glaciers and the proper ty of l.athrop it Tuttle. has been fi nanced and the mill will he erected at once. This is a very high grade free milling property. Col. Millard is now probably on his way from Chicago to Seattle and he will be up on the next trip of the Ala meda. The Colonel will have to hur ry. as he must reach Valdez and re turn to Juneau before March 1 in order to help organize the first legis lature of Alaska. SEVERAL CRIMINAL CASES PUT OVER This morning the district attorney's office askod that several criminal cases be put over to the next term of court. Judge Overficld did not take kindly to the idea, stating that he was ready to try them and that the jury was here ready to work. However, the follow ing eases were allowed to be contin ued until the next term: John Har ris, John Jackson. Sam Jackson. Ben LeGrange and Harvey Williams. All of the defendants are charged with selling or giving liquor to Indians Several other cases had previously been put over. "Everybody in this department is tired out." said District Attorney I:nst gard. "We have lots to do. I ani working on a brief in the big trans portation case and Mr. N've is work ing on a brief going before the ap pelate court in the l.ott case." 1-ott is an Indian who was convicted of solic iting a white man to buy liquor for him and has appealed the case. "If we were to try all the criminal cases it would take tis well into March," said the district attorney and I understand there are many civil mat ters of importance yet to be ajudi cate." COURT NOTES. The Alaska Soda Bottling Works will be sentenced tomorrow morning, having pleaded guilty to selling liquor without a license. The following cases have been set for trial in the order In which they are named: Geo. Hemiger, John James, Geo. V. Green, Joe Webber, all but the last named of the defendants j are indicted for selling liquor to In dians. Webber is charged with assault with a dangerous weapon. Following Webber there are two cases on ap peal?Lillian Scott vs. the City of Ju neau and Ruby Alford vs. the City of Juneau. Then follows another case on appeal?J. H. Cobb and Lang Cobb vs the United States. Tomorrow morning Attorney J. H. Cobb will argue his motion for a new trial in the Jap murder case. The court has not yet ruled on the motion for a new trial in which the three soldiers from Ft. Seward are de fendants. The petit jury was excused until 10 a. m. Monday, and court adjourned until 10 o'clock tomorrow. FOUND?Gentleman's scarf pin. In quire Empire office. 2-1 Commission Files a Lengthy Report WASHINGTON, Feb. 5.?The report of the Alaska rail- * * road Commission, which has been received by President * * Taft, makes no recommendations as to a specific railroad * ! route from the coast to the Alaskan interior. The report specifically states, however, that several rail * * roads would be required to properly open up the country * * and that no single road could cover the field. The document also explodes the charge made by Gifford * Pinchot and Senator Poindexter, of Washington, that one * * corporation holds the key to the Alaska coal fields. While * * the name of the corporation is not mentioned in the report * * the Guggenheims, or the Alaska Syndicate, is the corpora- * * tion referred to. * The report is based on a treatise on Alaska railroads, * * written by Alfred H. Brooks, now a member of the Rail- * * road Commission, two years ago. * It is pointed out in the report that the proposed route * by way of the Susitna valley and the Matanuska coal fields * * to Fairbanks would be useless in developing the Copper * river valley and the Bering river coal fields. * According to the report the route from Cordova to the * interior would open up the Copper river and Tanana river * basins to Fairbanks and the Bering river coal fields could * be made available by a branch railroad connecting with * * the main line. * Another route pointed out in the Commission's report * would have its terminal either near Juneau or Haines. * This road would open up the Thunder mountain, Rainy * Hollow districts and several agricultural and grazing val- " leys. The interior terminal of this route would be Fair- * * banks. * President Taft will put the Alaska railroad transporta- * * tion problems squarely up to Congress, in a message * * which he is now preparing. * ********************* Fisher Urges Railroads to Open Our Resources W \SHIKGTON. Feb. 5.?Secretary of the Interior Walter L. Fisher in summing tip liis testimony before the House Committee on Territories yes terday afternoon declared that Alas ka". resources lie dormant because of the lack of railroads to connect the inland with the waters of the coast. Fisher was questioned at length by members of the committee as to Alas ka's development by means of rail roads, and the furnishing of tonnage after being constructed and he stated that Congress should make an appro priation for the further investigation of railroad possibilities. TO BE INDICTED A BADGE OE HONOR? WASHINGTON, Feb. 5.?"An indictment is a presumption of honor in Alaska," declared Falcon Joslin, today, protesting be fore the House Committee on Territories against the restric tions which prevent the opening up of the Territory. "Indicted men," he added, "are the most progressive in Alaska." Joslin it is alleged, is a representative of the Alaska Syndicate in Wash ington. TIED UP THE GRAND JURY TACO.MA. Feb. o. -When the feder al grand jury met t yesterday after noon it was compelled to adjourn for lack of a quorum. Daniel Gleason, the sixteenth member of that body ap peared in the jury room in an intoxi cated condition. He protested that lie was quite capable of attending to any business that the government alight present for his consideration, I but his fellow jurors did not share (Reason's positive conviction, and the jury adjourned while the recalcitrant Gleason was taken to his room to re cover from his debauch. Only with at least sixteen members a grand jury can do business. DEMOCRATS IN LEAD EOR U. S. SENATOR CONCORD. X. H., Feb. 5.?The Sen atorial deadlock in the New Hamp shire State Legislature is still un broken. When the Legislature met in joint session at noon to ballot for a United States Senator, Charles F. Hollis, Democrat, regained the lead he had lost in the ballot of the day before, and came within seven votes of being elected. DENIES MOTION EOR ACQUITAL i BELLINGHAM, Wash., Feb. 5. ? Judge Ed. E. Hardin, of the Superior Court of Whatcom County, today de nied a motion that he instruct the Jury to return a verdict of acquittal in the case of Bankers Jacob Furth, E. W. Andrews R. V. Ankeney and Dan iel Kelliher, odlcers of the Seattle Na tional Bank. These men are on trial here for aid ing and abetting W. E. Schricker, a private banker of LaConner, Skagit County, in receiving deposits when his bank was in insolvent condition. ; Schricker is now serving a five years' sentence. He was a witness for the prosecution. IMPERSONATES HIS FATHER SEATTLE, Feb. 5. ? Joseph Lans j berry for thirty years a resident of Tacoma has been arrested by the fed eral authorities here, charged with representing himself to be his father. Lnnsberry's father served in the civil I war, but died many years ago, and the son, according to the story told, decided, as his father had never drawn pension, he would apply for one in his j father's name. His arrest was the i result Forty Servian Guns Are Trained on Adriariople LONDON, Feb. 5.?According to a dispatch from Belgrade, Servia, to the Daily Mail, the Servians are bombard ing Adrianople with forty new guns, I which are said to be doing heavy dam- j age to the outer fortifications of the city. A Bulgarian aeroplane flew over the town this morning and dropped proc lamations demanding the surrender of j the city. VIENNA, Feb. 5. -The Vienna New Frie I Tease, which is regarded as a channel for the diffusion of informa tion in Europe for the Young Turk party, says that the Turkish govern ment has issued a proclamation in which it is stated that the Cabinet has agreed to the cession of Adrian ople upon the conditions submitted by the Bulgarian government. DEMOCRATIC SENATORS FILIBUSTER WASHINGTON, Feb. 5. ? The Re publican members of the Senate late j yesterday afternoon succeeded in go- j ing into executive session, but noth ing was accomplished. The Demo crats began a filibuster and absented I themselves thus forcing an adjourn-: meat. Nominations, to the number of eighteen hundred, await the confir mation of the Senate. The proposal to print former Sena tor Bailey's farewell speech as a pub lic document, was turned down, upon the objection of Senator Smoot, of Utah. ROYALTY HAS NARROW ESCAPE VIENNA, Feb. 5.?A train bearing Prince William Eitel Friederich, ot' Germany, and suite from Bucharest to Berlin, ran into an oil train this morning. An explosion resulted in which many people were injured. The prince and his suite escaped unharmed. LAND SWINDLER TO BE RELEASED SEATTLE, Feb. 5.?Warden Halli gan, of the McNeil's Island federal penitentiary has announced that Clar ence I). Hillman, will be released on Feb. 7. Hillman was convicted of using the United States mails in furtherance of land swindles and was sentenced to serve two years in the penitentiary. Recently he was pardoned by Presi dent Taft. FRIMROSE GETS DIVORCE NEW YORK, Feb. 5.?George Prim rose, the veteran minstrel man, has been granted a divorce from his wife. LARGEST FUNCTION OF ADMINISTRATION WASHINGTON, Feb. 5.?President and Mrs. William H. Taft held a recep tion for the army and navy last night at the White House, the reception be ing the largest function o fthe admin istration. WILSON URGED TO VISIT THE CANAL TRENTON, N. J., Feb. 5.?Colonel W. C. Gorgas, a member of the Isth mian Canal Commission, of the Canal Zone, called upon President-elect Wil son yesterday and urged him to see the Panama Canal before it is opened. Col. Gorgas revolutionized sanitary conditions in Panama and has been a great contributing factor in the suc cess that has attended the building of the big waterway. FORMER STATE SENATOR GOES TO THE "PEN" SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 5.?Former State Senator Black, of this county, who was recently convicted on a charge of embezzlement, has been sen tenced to serve ten years in San Quen tin penitentiary. AVIATION SCHOOL AT PALM BEACH, FLA. PALM BEACH. Fla., Feb. 5.?The work of establishing an aviation school here for the United States army was inaugurater today. The school will be In charge of Lieut. Call of the Coast Artillery and Lieut. Ellington, of the cavalry service. ?Valentines! Valentines!? SEE Barrager's window display. 2-4tf SEAL SHIPT OYSTERS?Fresh at the local agency?CHAS. GOLDSTEIN OLD KLONDIKERS NOW IN RUBY Among the old Klondikers and Yu koners now in Ruby, the new camp on .the Yukon, are the following, ac cording to a recent arrival from that i camp: Jerome Chute, once om of the (!old ! Hun kiiigs, ranked then with the heav iest operators of Klondike, is waiting ! for anything looking luck to come his ' way. j Norman Macaulay has been having all kinds of experiences, and thinks of hiking Kiondikeward. Harry Kd wards, former Dawson lightning caricaturist and anti-thirst specialist, is running a sampling em porium in Ruby, in partiership with the redoubtable and effulgent Louis Spitz. The only "Hutch." hers* man and hay expert, is using the binoculars trying to spy out an opportunity to get a new start on some paystreak. Hutch went to Iditarod as a packer, and after a varied experience in the mud of that region, hot-footed for Ruby, wooing the goddess luck, which as yet lias not smiled ".00 ardently upon him. \V. Fred Harrison, known to fame in Klondike as the man who made hieroglyphics and ticked the type keys for years in the X. C. oflice and later for Patullo & Tobin, is a broker in Ruby. For a time Fred tried his hand grinding out editorials for Ruby's leading newspaper, but found the bloomin' brainery anything but a sure footed location for a fortune, and shifted to a business where the dollar mark is more often visible on the hor izon. Jack Filbin and Allan X. ('.rant are running the only newspaper of Ruby, the Record-Citizen. Ruby had two pa pers for a time, but the merchants did not advertise sufficient to keep two | papers alive, and one of the papers had to give up the struggle. Ruby not only is without a daily, but the advertisers slipped so far back in the game the town has to be satisfied now with a weekly. But the boys put up a dandy weekly, and are get ting their installment of sinkers, with few interruptions. "Bur" Burmeister. who went down the Yukon with a consignment of Daw son hardware for Ruby, to make a fortune for himself and his Klondike angel, is still in Ruby. The hardware also is in that country. But "Bur" is said to not yet be classed among the Astorheims. Oscar Tackstrom, one-time leading man for Ed S. Orr, later in Iditarod, is now keeping his eye on the long column of figures in the accounting department of the Ruby sawmill. Pat Keyes and Phil Mayhan are freighters. W. T. Hamilton, onetime Dawson telephone superintendent is at the head of the Ruby telephone system. Charles hind, who was operating on : Sulphur, is mining on Long creek, ! Ruby's best stream. THE FINLEY SHEPARDS SAIL FOR EGYPT NEW YORK. Feb. 5.?Mr. and Mrs. Finley J. Shepard yesterday sailed for Egypt, where they will spend their honeymoon. The Duke and Duchess De Tallyrand, the latter formerly Anna Gould accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Shepard.