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THE ALASKA DA LY EMPIRE
VOL. !. NO. 84. JUNEAU. ALASKA, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1913. PRICE TEN CENTS MAY HAVE TO INTERVENE IN MEXICO COMMERCIAL CLUB TALKS Of MANY IMPORTANT MATTERS The Junoau Commercial Club held their regular monthly meeting last night, the tirst to be held since the big banquet of Jan. 14. The meeting was well attended, every chair in the city council chamber was occupied. The earlier part of the evening was taken up with the giving of member ship certificates to the twenty new members admitted. The committee 011 securing a legislative hall for the first legislature, reported that there were three places in view for this pur pose?the court house. Odd Fellows' hall, and Elks' hall. It seemed to be the sentiment of the body that no definite steps should be taken about hiring either place but leave the mat ter in abeyance for the legislature to settle. Harry Fisher, chairman of the ban quet committee, reported that the com mittee had performed the acts for which it had been created and that it was up to the body to continue the good work. Ike Sowerby brought up the matter of providing dockage for the new rev enue cutter Cnalga which will prob ably be stationed here provided a berth is provided at some convenient point. A committee of three consist ing of Charles Carter. Thomas Mc Caul. and John Reck will look into the matter and report at the next meeting. Enter} Valentine, of the Tide Flats committee, reported that all the data collected, together with the petition to Congress, had been forwarded to Delegate Wickersham. Mr. Valen tine also read a copy of the letter he had sent Mr. Wickersham along with the data and petition. After reading the letter Mr. Valentine read the statement and argument which accom panied the data and petition, all of which has heretofore been published in The Empire. Harry Fisher brought up the matter of shortage of help in the local post otfice and Secretary Sowerby was in structed to forward a letter to the department in behalf of the local post-, office asking that the additional help be provided. Mr. Fisher also brought up the mat ter of school room shortage in the city of Juneau. .Mr. Fisher is u member of the school hoard. This subject brought about a good deal of discussion. Sen ator Tripp, who is also a member of the school board, spoke very earnest ly on the subject. He said that there was an absolute necessity of erecting a new school building at once: that he was in favor of making it first class, something that would be a cred it to the city; it should be used as a high school and the old building turned over to the lower grades un til such time as it could be torn down and a better building erected. The present building was characterized as a ramshackle barn. Dave Epsteyn, Harry Fisher. Gus Messerschmidt, 11. P. Crowther. Sidney Smith and Coun cilman Wolland also spoke on the sub ject. The last named said that the city council would undoubtedly have to do that which is necessary in pro viding ways and means for the new building. Sidney Smith then moved that a committee be appointed to take I the matter up with the school board. The chair appointed H. P. Crowther, Gus Messerschmidt, and Charles E. Hooker. At the request of H. P. Crowther, President Reck called a special meet ing of the club to hear the report of the school building committee. Sidney Smith made an eloquent ad dress on the advantage of Juneau be ing connected up with the new Mar [ coni wireless system reaching from Yakutat Yakutat to San Francisco. He said that he had led the Marconi I people to understand that Juneau would welcome the installation of a modern plant in Juneau and he asked that the club back up his promise by not allowing the Marconi people to become the victims of a holdup by real estate owners when they ask for a spot on which to erect their wireless apparatus. Mr. Smith gave a brief ac count of the working of the splendid new station at Jualin. He said that his station could communicate with Prince , Rupert. Astoria, and Sitka, but not with Juneau, because the latter sta- ? tion was inefficient?he could talk , SOO miles, but not 40. The practical use of his station was limited on ac count of the present isolation of Ju neau. 11 JUDGE MORFORD ON ALASKA RAILROADS Judge and Mi's. S. O. Mort'ord, of Seward, who have been in Juneau for the past few days, will be leaving for the South on the Jefferson. The Judge has been attorney for the Alaska Northern Railroad Company ever since its first construction and under; all its different company organizations j and managements. Judge Morford says that the people of Seward are looking forward to the new administration for relief from the present intolerable conditions. It is of small import, the Judge says, wheth er the government builds railroads or j not, if it wil only lift the embargo against private development of the country's resources. Railroads will. be built by private cap .al if the gov ernment will only permit the develop-1 ment of the mines and other resourc es so that tonnage can be offered. , If the coal back of Seward is al lowed to be opened up. then the place will immediately spring into great ac tivity; otherwise the people will have to depend entirely on the gold mining adjacent to the town. There is quite a little activity along this line now. Within 0 miles of town there are at the present time four paying mines opened up. Stampmills have been op erated on three of them and the fourth mill is to t>? erected during the com ing summer. Seward, the Judge says, is an ideal place in which to live. The climate is mi J during the winter, the tem perature never falling lower than 12 below zero and the summers are beau tiful. The place is very healthful.' There has been but one death amongst; children in the past ten years. The Judge and Mrs. Morford will! leave on the Jefferson tonight for Se attle. It is their intention to return to Seward on March 10. NEWS NOTES Dr. J. K. Simpson reports that there have been slight epidemics of gas tric fever and croup recently. Miss Julia Early, who underwent an operatic operation a few days ago at St. Ann's hospital, will be out with in a short time. CLARK PROPERTY |j CHANGES HANDS Yesterday William Burns obtained. a ten-year lease on the Clark proper- j ty on Franklin street, adjoining the Germania. The present tenants were ' immediately served with notice to ( move. The building is to be entirely remodeled. The front will be extend- ! ed out to the street line and the en tire lower floor converted into a mod ern commercial or store room. It is expected to have the building remod eled and fit for occupancy by March 1 15. Mr. Burns in the days of '9S was lo- 1 cated at Circle City and is of course 1 well known to all the old timers. He has been in Juneau for the past sev- i eral weeks looking the place over with a view of settling here provided the 1 business outlook warranted it and a suitable location for business and resi- 1 dence could be found. Mr. Burns feels : dated over securing the property in I question and believes that Juneau has a great future. i VALDEZ PASSENGERS ON NORTHWESTERN The Northwestern, due this evening has the following passengers for Val dez and Fairbanks? E. Nuhn. A. R. Heilig and wife, C. YanDyck. H. Hebb, Mrs. F. C. Noyes, M. L. Stickney, W. T. Soule, W. Sny der. M. F. Kelly. L. P. Rhoades and wife. Miss M. Studler, W. Smith, A. Griffiths. F. McGee, W. Taylor, and six steerage. Young lady wants position in office where there is a charce for advance ment. Address Room 15, Occidental hotel. 2-12-3. t THE HEGG IN PORT Captain Peter Mattson arrived from Skagway yesterday with his staunch cruising launch Hegg. He will be here a few days before returning to his home port. Captain Mattson and the Hegg are well wnown in all Southeastern Alaska waters. Awaits Taft's Word ************ * WASHINGTON. Feb. 12. ? * Every preparation has been * made to intervene in Mexico. * * Transports are in readiness, '?'= and troops can be moved from * * various points at once. Intervention now awaits only * the word from President Taft. * ************ WILL EXTEND WATER MAINS .Mayor H. A. Bishop, who returned on the Jefferson last night from a bus iness visit in Seattle and San Fran cisco. said today that the four-inch water main on Franklin street to the C'itv dock, would be replaced by a ten-inch main, lie also discussed with It. F. Lewis, the owner of the' local water wofks, the advisability of extending the mains on other streets, and in the increase of the present res ervoir capacity. In Seattle Mayor Bishop contracted for the necessary lumber for the ex- ' tension of the City dock and for lloor- I ing for the cold storage plant. He met Oliver Drange while in Seattle. Mr. Orange says that the necessary ar- , rangements have been made for the early completion of the cold storage plant at Juneau. Mayor Bishop also ordered from the Goodyear Rubber Company a monitor nb/.7.el for the lire | boat. The fire pump is on the way here. He also ordered from Chicago four dozen fiine opera chairs for the Elk's club. New Hotel Near I The Court House : Yesterday Lloyd (!. Hill and F. G. ' U'ettrick purchased from W. Young [he 100-foot frontage on Third street I immediately west of Main street. ' The property is designated on the j city plat as lots No 6 and 7. block 6. There is a small residence on the . upper end of the property which is to be torn down at once, preparatory to the building of another structure. I Mr. L. T. Mery is now preparing plans' 1 for a new building. It is said that the N new building is to he constructed for ' :i hotel, though nothing defiinite has * iieen given out on the subject. t NO COURT TODAY c It was a dull day on profanity hill today, court having adjourned yester- j lay until 10 a. m. tomorrow. !' SIN-THRA-ZW.AK IS NOME TITLE GIVEN BY NATIVES Here Nome has been living in a false paradise for several years never ' Joubting for a moment its own per fect loveliness of character while all ' :he time a great portion of its popu lation called a name which trans lated means the very opposite of what ;l we had believed ourselves to be, says *' the Nugget. Sin-thra-zwak is the name by which 1 the Eskimos know the fair city and ' Sin-thra-zwak means, purely and sim- ' ply and literally, "Something crooked." r The Eskimo language has been fill- : ly mastered by a resident of Nome and ts grammar arranged and a vocabu lary compiled. One very remarkable feature about the language is that be- 1 sides Greek, it is the only tongue which has a dual case. It will say one f "man," three or four "men" but when 1 speaking about two it changes the : form of the noun, and, as an example, 1 man or men might become "mon." 1 Snake river has no particular name. 1 When alluding to any stream the Es- ( kimo simply says "the river" which ' in his own language is "kook. "Kook uk" is big river and by that word ' they speak of the Yukon. The "Ko- ' buk" probably received its name that 1 way also. Sledge island is pronounced "i-a." ' Two words are used for snow, or* rather two pronunciations for the same word. They, are "apun" and "avun." "See-gug" is ice. No one seems, to know how Nome first got the name of being "something crooked." There is still a hope that our own fellow citizens did not mean the description as a reflection upon our moral character. The name may after all have been suggested by the contour of some of our streets par ticularly in the suburb so much fre- i qucnted by our critics. Seven hours Battle in Streets of Mexico City MEXICO CITY, Feb. 12.?A seven-j hours' battle was fought yesterday in I the streets of this city, one of the' great cue of the great cities of the j world. Armed men fought from or-j d.lnarv business blocks, from sky-] scrapers and from private homes. Not > since the days of the Paris commune j have shot and shell raked a city of' such proportions. The adherents of Madero and Diaz fought each other with fierce intens ity. and the battle ceased only with j the coming of flight, neither side hav ing the advantage. The number of dead and wounded has not been ascertained, so great is the disorder. MKXICO CITY, Feb. 12.?The bat tlebetween the forces of Madero and Diaz, which ended at dark last night was resumed this morning. Hundreds of people have been killed by shells which are falling in all parts of the city. Henry L. Wilson, the American am bassador this afternoon made a form al demand that the battle cease im mediately. Three thousand prisoners have been released by Diaz from local prisons. TO RESUME PEACE NEGOTIATIONS LONDON. Pel?. 12.?It is evident here that Turkey Is taking steps to resume peace negotiations with the Balkan States. The Turkish government attempt (I to lloat a loan in Paris, but without success, hence the belief that Turkey s now desirous of ending the war. Indeed, diplomats and military ob ? servers generally, are settling to the belief that exhaustion of both Tur key and the Balkan allies will end the ? war, as Europe will not lend money to either side, and the allies are known to be as nearly impoverished as Turkey. The lighting in the Gallipoli pein aula has ben less active the past few days. McVEAGH ASKED TO GIVE REASONS WASHINGTON, Feb. 12.?A reso utiou was introduced by Senator Poiu hxter, of Washington, yesterday di voting Secretary of the Treasury Mc agh to give his reasons for order ng the deposit of customs receipts in National banks. The resolution passed the Senate >ractically without discussion. BRIBERY CHARGED IN WEST VIRGINIA CHARLESTON, W. Va., Feb. 12. ? 'iw members of the State Legisla-1 ure have been arrested here charged i vith accepting bribes to vote for Wil* iani Seymour Edwards for United States Senator. Tin legislature has been deadlocked >ver t he choice of a Senator to suc ?eed Clarence W. Watson, whose term ?xpircs March 3. | Office Building To Be Erected The Malony, Hill and Wilhelm prop ?rty on Seward street is to have ex ensive and expensive improvements 'iade on it in the very near future. The entire Seward street frontage, 00 feet, is to have the second story idded. It is designed to make this very modern oiHce building. There will be a Seward street en rance at a convenient point and a arge hall running full length of the wilding. Every ollice will have di ed sunlight. The construction work s to be modern in every respect. The iwners are determined to make of his one of the most desirable offict inildings in the city. The building is o have a steam heating system. Mr. Lloyd G. Hill is one of the iwners in this property and will be eaving for the East about March 1, ind during his absence Mr. L. T. Mer ?y, who will be in charge of the of lces in this city will prepare the >lans for the new building. It is ixpected to begin operations about \pril 1. Upon Mr. Hill's return it is .ery probable that another very im lortant building will be erected, the ilans of which Mr. Merry is now work ng out. THREE MORE RELEASED FROM LEAVENWORTH LEAVENWORTH, Has., Feb. 12. ? j 'olin H. Barry, of St. Louis, and G. E Roy and Edward Smythe, of Pe iria, Ills., convicted at Indianapolis, if being engaged in the dynamite con-j ?piracy, have been released on bonds! if ?40,000 each. Two* first class waitresses want po sitions. Address Room 15, Occidental hotel. 2-12-3t. HEIPNER TO GET GEO. TURNER'S JOB WASHINGTON, D. C., Feb. 12. National Democratic leaders close to President-elect Wilson have prepared a pair of rollers for former Senator George Turner, of Spokane, to be ap plied soon after .March 4, in remov ing Turner from the international boundary commission, thus creating a place for Charles G. Helfner, of Se attle, Wilson leader in Washington1 State during the pre-convention cam paign. Turner is to be punished for his ef forts in behalf of Champ Clark at Bal timore by losing his place, which pays $7,500 a year. Investigation by Democrats convinc es them the change can be made im mediately by the new president. Hcif ner is now in New York and Is hold ing occasional conferences with the President-elect. WERE FORMALLY ELECTED TODAY WASHINGTON, Feb. 12.?At noon today two houses of Congress in joint session formally declared Woodrow Wilson and Thomas R. .Marshall duly elected as President and Vice Presi dent, respectively, of the United States. YUKON GOLD COMPANY GETS WATER RIGHT A water right claim was filed early last week by which the Yukon Gold Company appropriates 4,000 miners' inches of water flowing into Otter creek near the mouth of Flat creek for the purpose of furnishing power for mining operations on Flat and Otter creeks. The right claimed starts from a point on the right limit of Otter near the mouth of Flat and runs in a northerly direction for about three miles to the power plants. The claim also states that the water is to be con veyed either by ditch, flume, or pipe. ?Iditarod Pioneer. ALASKA REINDERR PAYING PROPOSITION WASHINGTON, Feb. 11. ? Three hundred and twelve per cent is the value of the increase in the reindeer herds of Alaska since they were brought to the North a few years ago. Figuring on the market price of the animals now in Alaska, their value figures up to the sum of $965,000. The reindeer herds are multiplying rap idly and will soon be the general supply of food for Alaska with large quantities of export. It is believed that the reindeer meat wil ultimately take the place of beef in many dis tricts, and it is easy to conceive of a time when the packers will place the cured and canned meats of these an imals of the ranges and ranches which are becoming scarce. Cabinet holds Midnight Session Over Mexico WASHINGTON, Fob. 12.?That the situation in Mexico is causing the Tuft administration grave concern was evidenced last night by a conference between the President, Secretary of State Knox, Secretary of War Stimson, Secretary of the Navy Meyer, and Gen eral Leonard Wood, chief of staff of the United States army. The conference took place at mid night at the White House, and at two o'clock this morning Secretary ('has. D. I lilies issued a statement saying that the only affirmative action that had bee 11 decided upon was to or der three more battleships to be sent to Vera Cruz. Two transports at New port News, Va., will also be put into commission at once, so as to be ready to transport soldiers and sup plies to the Mexican coast, should a situation arise that would make such a step necessary. WASHINGTON, Feb. 12. -President Taft has ordered the troops of the first tactical division with headquarters at Governor's Island, X. V., to be ready to embark for Newport News, Va. NKW YORK, Feb. 12. It is report ed that the War Department has or dered the first brigade of the first army division to prepare for expedi tionary service. Wants United States to Restore Order in Mexico LONDON, Feb. 12.?The renewed disturbances in .Mexico, brought about by the outbreak in Mexico City, i .vere officially brought to the atten tion of the British government last light, in the House of Commons, by William Mitchell Thomson, member* for Liverpool. Thomson in referring to alleged conditions in Mexico urged the government to use its influence with the government of the United States to the end that order may be restored. In reply Sir Edward Grey, the for eign secretary, said that to do that 'would be contrary to international practice, and the government would, therefore, decline to take such ac tion. NO ACTiON BY THIS CONGRESS WASHINGTON. Feb. 12.?The Clay i )ii resolution providing for an amend ? :e?t to the Constitution of the United States, fixing the term of the Presi dent at six years, and one term only as put over yesterday for action by the next Congress. A MEMORIAL FOR THE LATE CAPTAIN SCOTT LONDON, Feb. 12.?The Daily Tel 'graph and the Daily Chronicle have opened subscriptions for a fund to erect a suitable memorial to the mem ory of Captain Scott, the Antarctic explorer. BANK PRESIDENT IS SENTENCED BOISE, Idaho, Feb. 12, ? Former President Edward Payne, of the State Bank, of Idaho, has been sentenced to an indeterminate sentence of from six months to three years, for mak ing false reports concerning the con dition of his bank. The State Bank failed about a year ago with liabil ities of $200,000. NOME'S TRADE WITH THE SIBERIAN COAST The trade of Nome with Siberia dur ing the past year amounted to $115, 000. or almost exactly to the same turn as the trade of the year 1911. Two years ago the trade was greater tut the falling off is due to the efforts now being made by Russian traders to obtain some of the benefits from the growing importance of the Siber ian coast opposite Nome. It has been said that even Russian warships make the most of their op portunities by engaging in a lttle trade on their own account. Once it was said that a Russian war vessel's crew 1 had sold hootch to the natives in the course of their trading, but this story j lacks the evidence that would be re quired to give the story a good foun-. dation. The extent of the trade with Siberia if that territory is opened will be of the utmost importance to Nome, trad-! ors generally believe. Now with Si-! beria in its industrial infancy its trade j with Nome amounts to about $50 per head of the population of the city of Nome. JOE MURPHY SELLS OUT Joe Murphy recently sold out his I tailoring and repair shop to Davis and Van and removed to Ketchikan. The new firm occupies the same Frank-) , lin street place. ILLINOIS DEADLOCK REMAINS UNBROKEN SPRINGFIELD, Ills., Feb. 12.?The Senatorial deadlock in the State leg islature is unbroken. Yesterday the lower House passed a joint resolution that both Senatorships be voted to gether The Senate, however, refused to concur in the resolution. SEATTLE NOW HAS A NEW SLOGAN SEATTLE, Feb. 12.?Seattle has a new slogan. Out of more than 12,000 that were suggested, the Seattle Ad Club lias selected the phrase, "Seattle, the Seaport of Success." The coiner of the slogan is F. E. Phelps, of Se attle, who won a prize of $50, for his researches concerning the slogan fam ily. PROBING THE 1912 CAMPAIGN EXPENSES WASHINGTON. Feb. 12.?The Sen ate committee on campaign fund con tributions, of which Snator Clapp, of .Minnesota is chairman, has begun the i lvcstigation of the 1912 campaign expenses. PUBLIC OWNERSHIP OF TELEGRAPH LINES WASHINGTON, Feb. 12.?In his an i r.ual report to the Congress Postmast | er General Hitchcock again recom "lends the government ownership of all telegraph lines. The same recom mendation was contained in the re port of Postmaster General a year ago. OPINION IN SUMMER'S CASE District Attorney Rustgard today re ceived the opinion of the appelate court in the Summer's case. The ap pelate court held that the proceedure laid down by the Alaska code does not apply in federal cases. The Alaska code provides that there can be but one count on each indictment while there is no such limitation in the fed eral proceedure. The district attorney's office expects that Mr. Summer's attorneys will ask for a mandate calling for a rehearing and in that event Mr. Summers will not deliver himself up to the marshal until the matter is disposed of. 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