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THE ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE
VOL 1. XO. 86. JUNEAU, ALASKA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1913. PRICE TEN CENTS SEVEN WOMEN KILLED IN CONVENT I - - - ^ ? g ELECTION BOARD CANVASSES RETURNS-CHARGES ARE EILED The canvassing board, consisting of! Governor Walter E. Clark, Surveyor General W. U Distin and Collector of Customs J. it. Willis, commenced the arduous task of canvassing the re-1 turns for the November election, at | ten o'clock this morning. Beiore be ginning the count the matter relative to contests and charges tiled were dis posed of. A notice had been filed by Judge Gunnison, attorney for Geo. E. Baldwin, of Valdez. that the seat in the Senate claimed by 1.. V. Ray. of Seward, would be contested. Later a letter had been received from Judge Gunnison withdrawing the contest. Emery Valentine, national commit teeman of the Progressive party, filed a deposition protesting the election of A. G. Shoup on the ground that he was not a citizen of Alaska, and con taining charges of illegal voting for the non-partisan ticket. Mr Valentine's first charge is that in Juneau. Z. Smith, a citizen of the State of California, and Julius Johan son. a cit'./.en of Norway, voted the non | partisan ticket. The second charge! alleges that in Sitka precinct numer- i ous frauds were practiced and to such an extent that the returns should be; excluded; that A. G. Shoup. a citizen of Oregon, and five full-blooded In dians. namely: A. G. Willis. George E. Howard. Frank D. Price. David F. Marsh, and J. A. Beaselv; and.;>lso Peter Sing, the son of a Chinaman, all voted the non partisan ticket; al so that J. L. Henry voted illegally in that precinct. Wrangell is pointed out in the third charge of fraud as the scene of irregularity. Here the judges are charged with acting in au arbitrary and irregular manner, refusing to al low citizens to vote if it were known they were in favor of the Progressive party. It is charged that full sixteen illegal votes were cast for the non partisans ticket, it is asserted that certain resident of Scow bay and Pet ersburg were allowed to vote in Wrangell: it is also charged that Fred l.ynch. who is a Canadian citizen, who came to Alaska in 1S76, voted. The fourth charge reiterates the | drst that Shoup is not a citizen of Alaska and therefore not a legal can didate. The protest closes with the declara tion that no illegal votes were cast for the Progressive ticket. Governor Clark said that he had in formed Judge Gunnison that the can vassing board was in no sense com petent to pass on the matter of con tests. The duty of the board was to canvass the returns, note the irregu larities if any appeared, and issue certificates of election according to the returns. The matter of contests is up to the legislative assembly. The affidavit of Emery Valentine was ordered returned with the state ment that the board could take no cognizance of the contest. It is not probable that the canvass ing will be completed today. A start was made on the first division at 11 o'cock. The canvassing board at three o'clock had finished with the count ing of the returns of the First Divis ! ion and were checking back. The vote of no precinct has as yet been disqual ified nor material change found in the : unofficial returns published. URGE OPENING OF ALASKA That the culmination of the ten years' struggle for railway legisla-: tion in Alaska in the report of the Alaska railroad commission favoring the construction of two roads into the North, is the most important de velopment of Alaska affairs to Seat-i tie since the Klondike rush, is the opiniou of several Seattle men well acquainted with the situation, says the Seattle Sun. J. 1~ McPherson. secretary of the; Alaska bureau of the Chamber of i Commerce, a mining engineer who surveyed the trails which will be fol lowed. today said that, as the com mission had done its work, it was now up to Seattle "That the Seattle people do not realize the situation of affairs is very evident." said McPherson recently. "Seattle, at the door and gateway of a country which the greatest geol ogists proclaim the source of the future wealth of the nation, should fight tooth and nail for immediate ac tion by Congress. "The East and South are not inter ested in the development, for it will not vitally affect them for many years. But Seattle, instead of devot ing so much time and attention to such matter as port commissions, ca nals and other local improvements, should wake '?p to the fact that Alas ka's future is her future, that Alaska's, development will mean the greater development of this city." Speaking alonu the same lines. Captain J. F. Pratt., head of the geo logical survey of the coast, says. "The important thing at the present time is not to consider the conditions or study the affairs of the Great Un known. but to act. Congress has many J things to do. and the matter, if not at tended to immediately, may slip through and the long fight be lost, j The whole Pacific Coast is interested, but Seattle is doubly so and should be the first to stand out strongly for| the development of Alaska." MISS KEMPTHORN'E TO BE MARRIED SOON Letters received by friends In Ju neau state that Miss Kempthorne. a leading member of Juneau's musical circles, is not coming back soon. She is to be married to Mr. McCaul. a bar rister of Nelson. New Zealand. The announced engagement comes as the culmination of a romance which began aboard ship. The wedding will probably occur in June. FOUND?On Salmon creek road a lady's coat. Enquire at Burford's. t.f. OPERA HOUSE TO BE REMODELED It has developed that the Elks do not want to turn their establishment over as a meeting place for the First legislature o fAlaska. Mayor Bishop, who is on the house committee of the Elks, and also a member of the leg islative hall committee of the Com mercial Club, is authority for this statement. The committe appointed from the Commercial Club did secure an op- j tion on the Opera house some time ago. but as it was then in use by a moving picture show and as it would not have been good policy to announce that the hall was wanted for another purpose until the other party had re leased the building, the matter was held in abeyance. The present lease holders have de termined to build a new floor at the level of the present tier of raised boxes, converting the present audi torium into two halls, one below and the other above. Both will be reached from the Seward street entrance. Work is to start immediately and the building put in first class shape. The alterations to be made at this time will be with a view of further changes. The place wil Ibe offered as a meet ing place but the Commercial Club has not contracted for its use for that purpose. THE NEW DIGGINGS ON TESLIN LAKE Among the late arrivals from the new gold strike southeast of Atlin at the latter place, are Wm. Conroy, Ken-1 ny McLaren, Joe Wilson and Skoo kum Jim. Conroy. McLaren and Wil son are old-timers in this district and experienced miners. Skookum Jim is one of the discoverers of the fa mous Klondike in Yukon. All are very enthusiastic over the prospects of the new diggings and predict a lively fu ture for the camp. Conroy and McLar en have started back from Atlin on the I return trip with four tons of supplies which they will relay with dog teams, in fact, most of the stakers are pre paring to return at once with outfits to commence operations as soon as the i snow is off the ground. Up to date, five creeks have been discovered and staked. While no extensive prospect ing has been done, on account of the presence of snow and the frozen condi tion of the ground, good prospects have been found in various places on all of the creeks. Over three hundred claims in the new district have been recorded. Job Printing at The Empire Office Fight United States * MEXICO CITY, Feb. 14. ? * Word has been received here * from Paris that former Presi- * dent Porfirio Diaz has an- * nounced his intention to return * $ to Mexico and take the field * * against the armies of the * United States in case of Inter- * * vention. * Since his flight from Mexico * * after the capture of this city * * by General Madero, two years * * ago. Diaz has been living quiet- * ly in Spain and Paris. **?**?*??*** Diaz Claims Control ************ MEXICO CITY, Fe. 14.?Gen- * eral Felix Diaz, the rebel com- * mander, in an official communi- * * cation to Henry L. Wilson, the * j American Ambassador, asserts * that he is in control of the city, * and asks the United States for * * recognition as a belligerent. * Wilson has not replied to the * ! * note. * ************ OWNER REMODLES DELANEY BUILDING W. II. Case who recently purchased j the Delaney building at the corner of Front and Main Street, is having the property entirely remodeled. Carpen ters have already begun the work un der the supervision of John Lindahl. The building is to be brought to the street line. A fine plate glass front will be put in. The display window besides facing on Front street will have an exposure on Main street and in the angle next to the Occidental totel. The building will not be disturbed and new foundations will replace the old. The floor is to be lowered to the Front street level and the Main street store room will be connected with the Front street store by an arch under the Main street stairs. The photo supply stock. Jewelry and curio department will bo in the Front street space while the furs and heavy | stock and photo studio will be placed in the store room facing on Main street. The entire upper floor is to be re modeled and fitted into first class of fices. It is expected to have the build ing ready for occupancy by April 1. NEW BUILDING ON ERANKLIN STREET Before leaving for the South Z. R. Cheney announced his intention of er ecting a new building on his Franklin street property. The land which is to be improved is the plot used now by James Hogan as a marble yard. The building contemplated will be two stories in height, the full width of the Franklin street frontage. The lower floor will be used for commer cial purposes. The upper floor will be made into lodgings, according to the plans as at present arranged. The building is to cost $7,000. Construction will commence immediately on Mr. Chen ey's return from the South. AT THE ORPHEUM "The Serpents" is an extraordinary drama dealing with the ancient cave man. It is now on at the Orpheum and is followed with unusal interest. Sunday night Manager Spickett will display the great naval parade show ing every ship of the U. S. navy. TO JUNEAU PATRONS: I wish to announce that I am pre pared to give prompt and efficient service in delivering, coal hauiing freight, baggage, etc. HILARY McKANNA TRANSFER Phone Order 5-7 or 55 tf TWO MORE WHISKEY PEDDLERS ARE CAUGHT Wm. Doyle and Thos. Shields were caught in Special Agent Harding's net last night and arrested by Deputy Marshal McLean on the charge of sell ing whiskey to Indians. "Porcupine" Mary Doyle, out on her own recog nizance, but under Indictment for the j same offense, is the government wit j ness. | Subscribe for The Empire. Federals and Rebels In Deadly Combat MEXICO CITY, Feb. 14.?The bat- i tlebetween the rebel and federal J troops was again resumed this inorn- 1 ing, General Felix Diaz, the rebel lead er. taking the offensive and directing , the lighting in person. I A shell fired by the rebels struck < a convent, near the palce. while the ( Inmates were at prayer. The shell ex ploded and it is reported that twelve persons were killed, including seven i nuns. < The federal troops have placed i heavy guns in front of the United < States conciliate to defend it in case < of an attack by Diaz's soldiers. Four solid blocks are this afternoon i being dynamited by the federal forces i in front of the rebel position, and a I desperate conflict is being waged in i the meantime. Dead, wounded and < dying are found everywhere within the /.one of the fighting. 1 I MEXICO CITY. Feb. 14.?When the i battle ended last night between the t forces of President Madero and the ad herents of General Felix Diaz, the reb- ; els had secured a slight advantage in i the fighting of the last hour. The federal troops attempted ai< charge in the direction of the arse-, i lal. They were met by a solid phal mx and a steady stream of Arc was Maintained, until the federal troops .vere repulsed with heavy loss. The streets are still lined with the lead, but every effort is now being jut forth to remove them. The wound ed are also being cared for by the Red ~'ross and other societies. WASHINGTON, Feb. 14. ? At the State Department the gravest con :ern is felt for the safety of the Amer can residents at Acapulco on the west mast of Mexico, ponding the arrival )f American battleships. Acapulco is a town of perhaps 5,000 jeople on the Pacific coast of .Mex co. It has a splendid, though small mrbor, and a considerable American jopulatfon in the town and adjacent rountry. MEXICO CITY, Feb. 14.?The Cu jan and Belgian legations have been rendered untenable by the fighting of :he past week. The Cuban minister has asked for authority to charter a train to take he Cuban residents of this city to Cera Cruz, where they will be placed jn board a Spanish steamer and sent :o Havana. LOEB COMING TO THE COAST SEATTLE. Feb. 14.?C. T. Conover, of this city, has received a letter from John A. Sleicher, publisher of Leslie's Weekly, which confirms the report that William Loeb, jr., has accepted a po rtion with the C.uggenheims in Alas ka. Mr. Loeb will have an administra tive position, and Mr. Sleicher says that he i sdeeply interested in Alas ka. I.oeb is now Collector of Customs for the port of New York. It is ex pected that lie will assume his position vith the Alaska Syndicate early this spring. AND HERE ALSO IS SAMUEL ADAMS WASHINGTON. Feb. 14.?Samuel Adams who is "also mentioned" for Secretary of the Interior in Mr. Wil son's Cabinet was brought to Wash ington by Secretary Fisher, when he was appointed to succeed Secre tary Ballinger. Adams is a Democrat, but has been no more active in poll ; es than has Fisher, and his work in and for the Democrat :.o party has been a out as active as Secretary Fisher's | i.t ors in the ion. Vv of the Kepub j lican party. Neither man is regarded as a politician, and neither has been closely identified with any party. Far this reason, among others. Democrats a:e opposed to Adams, for they have only learned that he is a Democrat ?-inco he became a candidate for ap pointment as Secretary of the Inter ior. Democratc Senators who are pro testing against the appointment of Fisher base their objection mainly on the fact that he is not a Democrat, and that there are scores of good Dem ocrats capable of filling that office, whether they be chosen from the West or the East. They do not be lieve it right that Mr. Wilson should keep a single Republican in his Cabi net, and point to the political blun der made by President Taft when he gave two of his Cabinet offices to Dem ocrats. As to Adams, the objection is more personal than political, though no Sen ator, so far as has ever been disclosed believes that Adams ever rendered the Democratic party such service as tc justify his elevation to a Cabinet of (Ice. Even during the last campaign while Secretary Fisher was away, ant even after his return. Adams stuck t( his desk in Washington, and nevei once raised his voice in the campaign There is strenuous objection to plac irg such a man in the Cabinet. HOOSIER AUTHOR DEAD SHELBYVILLE, fnd., Feb. 14. - Charles Major, a well known author is dead at his home in this city. VINCENT ASTOR'S LI EE WORK ALBANY, N. Y., Feb. 14.?William Vincent Astor, heir to the hulk of the wealth of his father, has announced that he will make agricultural re search his life work, for the benefit of humanity. Young Astor, who recently attained his majority, arrived at this decis ion after a conference \vith Governor Sulzer, who it is understood warmly endorsed the idea. CASH REGISTER OEEICIALS GUILTY CINCINNATI, O., Feb. 14.? The jury in the case against twenty of the National Cash Register oillcials who were indicted on charges of con spiracy in restraint of trade, under j the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. has re ! turned a verdict of guilty McCARTY TO .BOX WELLS CHICAGO, Feb. 14. ? Articles of agreement were signed here yester day by representatives of Luther Mc Carty and Bombardier Wells, of Eng land. for a boxing contest. The match is scheduled for March 14, at Madi son Square Garden, New York. SCOTT'S DEATH TO BE INVESTIGATED CHRISTCHURCH, N. Z., Feb. 14.? Strongsuspicions of cowardice and shame are behind the death of Cap tain Scot and his party. It is known that fuel was removed from caches, and it is probable that the government will make a rigid investigation. Scott in his farewell message said that he could not account for the short ' age of fuel. FOUND GUILTY OF ILLEGAL VOTING VALDEZ, Feb. 14. ? John J. Ral ! stad and Alexander Fredolin were ) found guilty by a jury in the district ? court for having violated the Flection . . -.v.. the specific charge being that I they voted ten absent natives at Afog ) nak for Delegate Wickersham at the r election on August 13, last. MISS DEAN RESIGNS ?Miss May me Dean, one of the fav orite nurses of St. Ann's hospital, has tendered her resignation to take ef fect soon. FOR RENT" ? F-'ve-room house un furnished. Inquire of Juneau Dairy.tf Cabinet Won't Be Known Till Names Sent to Senate TRENTON, N. J.. Feb. 14. ? Ten days ?ko it was stated that President elect Wilson would have his Cabinet completed, to all intents and purposes by Feb. 15, and the names ol' those ho are to accept portfolios would Lc known, unless some entirely unex pected hitch occurred. However, no announcements have yet beer, made nor are any likely to be made for sotne tfme yet. Governor Wilson was questioned ..Kain last niRht as to Cabinet appoint ments, and he said: "I will follow the good old-fashioned methods and not make any announce ment until the names of the Cabinet members are sent to the United States Senate." > PRINCETON, N, J., Feb. 14.- Col. Wm. J. Bryan and Col. E. M. House, an intimate friend of both Col. Bryan and Governor Wilson, passed last eve ning with the President-elect at his home here. It was stated that both had been invited by Governor Wilson to a conference. It is now generally believed that Bryan has been offered and lias accepted the Secretary of State portfolio. Hundreds of Strikers Arrested in W. Virginia CHARLESTON, W. Va., Feb. 14. ? Tliis morning a woman strike leader, known as Mother Jones, leading sev en hundred of the striking coal min ers, sought to interview Gov. William E. Glasscock. Instead of obtaining the desired in j terview Gov. Glasscock ordered Moth ' er Jones and her followers arrested on a charge of conspiracy against the State. The strikers declare that their ob ject in seeking an interview with the Governor was for the purpose of dis cussing means to end the strike. BANKER GIVEN TERM IN PRISON COEUR d'ALENE, Ida.. Feb. 14.? I!. F. O'Neill, former president of <. the State Bank of Commerce, of Wal- i lace, Ida., lias been sentenced to an i determinate term of from two to ten yt ars in the State penitentiary, for i i .aking false statements in regard to ] the bank's condition. The bank failed two years ago. STEAMERS COLLIDE IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY ( SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 14.?The , steamers Hugh J. Corcoran and Sent- | inole collided in a fog this morning in the bay. The Seminole was sunk, hut all an board were saved. WHEELER. Ore.. Feb. 14.?The Ger man bark Mlmi is ashore on the coast near this place. Her position is : dangerous. The crew are aboard the vessel. 1 1 TO BRIBE WAY TO THE SENATE CHARLESTON, W. Va., Feb. 14.? H. F. Edwards, a Republican candi date for the United States Senate has been arrested on a charge of offer ing bribes to members of the Legis lature to vote for him. U. S. BATTLESHIP GOES ON A REEE CAMANERA, Cuba, Feb. 14. ?The United States battleship Arkansas went on a reef near this port last night. She has been refloated but is in a leaking condition. KING GEORGE SHEDS TEARS LONDON, Feb. 14.?National mem morial services were held this after noon for Captain Scott and his com-1 panions, who perished in the Antarc tic. King George and Prime Minister j Asquith were so affected that they shed tears. .ARBITRATION TREATY IS CONTINUED WASHINGTON, Feb. 14.?Secretary of State P. C. Knox and Jean J. Jus seratid, the French ambassador have signed a convention between the . United States and France, which con tinues for another five years; the ar . bltration treaty between the two coun tries. Finest line of Calabash pipes In Alaska at BURFORD'S WHAT THE JONES BILL WILL DO WASHINGTON, Feb. 14. ? Repre sentative Martin E. Olmstead, Repub lican, of Pennsylvania, in a speech yesterday, in oposition to the Jones Lili, declared that the withdrawal of the United States from the Philip pines would precipitate conditions worse than now obtain in Mexico. z The Jones bill provides for the withdrawal of the United States from Jte Philippines and the recognition ot heir independence within eight years. HARD COAL TRUST HALED TO COURT TRENTON. N. J., Feb. 14. ? The United States Government has begun suit here against the Delaware & Lackawana railroad company. The complaint alleges that the defendant company exercises a complete monop oly of hard coal to the amount of nine million tons. The Lackawana railroad is alleged to be a leading factor in what is known as the Hard Coal Trust. UNDERWOOD IS NOW A GRANDDAD WASHINGTON, Feb. 14.?Represen ts, t.ve Oscar Underwood, who has just turned fifty years and looks ten years younger, entered the grandfather class today. .Mr. Underwood's son, who 1 iv ;s in Birmingham. Jla., telegraphed the House leader that he is father of a baby girl. Mr. Underwood was advised also today that one of his admirers, whose lart name is Kidd, had named his lat es arrival Oscar Underwood Kidd. 'I wonder if they'll call him 0. U. K'dd," Mr. Underwood said to his secretary. RIOTING IN JAPAN TOKIO, Feb. 14.?There was rioting and blodshed yesterday In many parts of Japan. TO RESIGN MARCH I TRENTON, N. J? Feb. 14.?Gover nor Wilson announced yesterday that be would resign as Governor of New Jersey on March 1. POLICE GRAFT WITNESS KILLS HIS DAUGHTER NEW YORK. Feb. 14.?William Pur cell. a wltnes In the police graft in vestigation today shot and killed his daughter Agnes, twelve years old, and flred at his wife. He was arrested. Every thing that will please a smok er may be found at BURFORD'S.