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THE ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE
VOL. 1. NO 97. ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1913. PRICE TEN CENTS VIEWS OF ALASKA'S LEGISLATORS ? A Senator Freeding of Nome Eloquent on Alaska Senator Conrad Freeding, of Nome, has had a very active life. In 1898 he started for the gold fields via the Stikiue river. For several weeks he and his party toiled up that noted stream. They had to abandon their outfits and turn back. They floated down the stream covering the same distance in eighteen hours and the Senator says they traveled so fast the hair \sas swept from his head. Noth ing daunted hitn. and he went to Dvea and packed an outfit over the Chil coot pass and floated with the mighty throng down to Dawson. From Daw son the Senator went to Nome in June. IS99. Here he followed mining and made a stake. After running over the country for a time he finally settled in Nome again in 1904 and established i himself in the mercantile business which he still conducts. In 1908 he was elected Mayor of the Seward pen insula metropolis. In speaking of his experiences. Sen ator Freeding said: "Having accom plished a journey of 1.200 miles through the wilderness of Alaska. I am pleased to say that we members of the Second Division of the Legis lature have learned more about our great country than I, for my part, could ever have realized without that experience. In 1^99 I floated down the Yukon in a small boat from Daw son to St. Michael- -what a change in 14 years. In the days of '99 the popu lation along the mighty river was mostly natives but now it is differ ent?every 10 or 20 miles we found small villages had sprung up consist ing of white people, and natives who are engaged in trapping, trading, and mining. "From the moment we left Fair banks until we reached Valdez on the coast. We traveled through a country that for scenic beauty and climate is not excelled in any part of the world. When the sun rose in all t the glory of his Arctic splendor and cast in silhouette the fantastic shapes of the distant peaks of the Alaska range, it was something great, majes tic?and I cried in my ecstasy, 'thou wonderful Alaska.' "1 have read the statements of my colleagues in the Juneau daily papers and 1 agree with them in every partic ular. I realize that the First. Third. I and Fourth Divisions, save mining, have greater resources than the Sec I ond Division. "The first consideration for this Legislature should be the transporta tion question. We should endorse the report of the Alaska Railroad Commis sion and recommend the immediate building of the railroads and the open i ing up of the coal mines. This would j in my opinion be of great benefit to those districts and to the general good of the whole Territory. "In reference to the Second Divis ion. I shall ask the support of the Legislature to recommend to the Con gress that an appropriation be made to build a small harbor at Nome for our coastwise vessels or so-called mos quito fleet. Millions of dollars worth of property has been lost and many lives sacrificed on account of not hav ing a shelter for our small craft. Every fall since 1S99 a number of ; small steamers have been thrown on j the beach and many of them complete ? Iv wrecked. "Nome has been, and is. one of the greatest gold producing camps of Alaska, and has added to the wealth of "Uncle Sam" many millions. I be lieve we are not asking anything out of reason. "Last Sunday I had the pleasure of visiting the Alaska-C.astineau's works and mines and having heard of other mining companies that are to com mence operations here I believe that Juneau will, inside of five, years be a city of ten thousand people. Rep. Collins of fox a Lover of the North Representative Earnest B. Collins,, of Fox, a raining town near Fairbanks, comes from good. old patriotic stock. His forebears fought for the American colonies during the Revolution and for the States in 1S12. After the wars the family pioneered into the West. Mr. Collins is a hoosier. but left with, his parents at an early age to grow up in the valleys of the sun-kissed Sier ras. He was educated in the public schools of Chico, California* taking a special course in the State normal at that place. He served one term as justice of the peace of Chico and was probably the youngest judge ever inducted into of fice in the great State of California. Then came the call of the North and the young judge was caught in its al lurement. Speaking of his experience in the Northland. Mr. Collins said: "I've cast aside that which most people would consider the opportunity of a lifetime to play this Alaska game, but, I don't regret it. for I've enjoyed every moment in this country. The free dom of it all?the open-hearted gen erosity of the people and the natural ness of our associations appeals to me with an irresistible force, precluding any possibility of me going back. I've chos.-u Alaska as my home and am willing to gamble on its future possi bilities. "The ordinary human intelligence cannot conceive of the unlimited pos sibilities in the future of Alaska and as Ions as I enjoy my present robust health and have the co-operation of my vv:*e. 1 am only too willing to call Alaska ray home. "We. who come from the interior and who are developing the mineral result: :es of that broad expanse of territory are naturally the most in dependent people on earth. Our peo ple ask no odds from anyone and are generous to a fault. We have sacri ficed our own personal interests to come here to legislate for the good of the Territory in general and our own divisions in particular; for the betterment of those who have resolved to make Alaska their home and for the advantage of our children who will follow in our footsteps. "1 personally know no politics, ex cept that which is of vital interest to Alaska. I represent no corpora tion and have never made a dollar in my ten years of residence in Alas ka. that 1 did not take from the ground. "I stand unqualifiedly for any legisla tion which may be introduced during the present session of this Legisla | rure that is of vital interest to any one ' of the four districts and any meas ures which may be introduced touch ing those interests will have in me a most ardent champion on the floor of the House. AT THE ORPHEUM The Orpheum theatre held another pleased audience at last night's per formance. "A Stern Destiny" and "The Cylinder's Secret" are clever plays cleverly acted. "The Social Sec retary" and "When Dad Was Wise"! furnished the laughs of the evening. Tonight "A Romance of the Bor der" and "The Mystery of Room 29" promise the thrills. "Vanity Fair" is coming later. WILL PAY $1.00 each for five live and uninjured crows delivered to C. K. Forner. Tripp's Bungalow. Main street. 2-24-6t. TWO PATENTS FOR LAND HAVE BEEN GRANTED Lewis Lund this morning received from the local land office a patent for his homestead near Lemon creek, em bracing a tract containing 270 acres. The local land office has received notice to the efTect that a patent has been granted to James J. Ryan for 1 tract embracing 31 acres and a frac tion at Controller bay. The land was secured by the filing of soldiers' ad ditional homestead script. R. W. Sivler, of Sheep creek, was i in town today having a crushed finger attended to. THE SITUATION IN MEXICO WASHINGTON, D. C., Feb. 2S. ? The sub-committee of the Senate For eign Relations Committee filed their report today on Mexican conditions. Conditions in that country are re viewed in an exhaustive manner, but no recommendations are made. MADERO'S BROTHERS KILLED IN BATTLE WASHINGTON. Feb. 28.?Ambassa dor Wilson has wired from Mexico City that Eniilio Madero. a brother of the late President was killed while leading a rebel force at Monterey. No confirmation has been received of the reported killing of Ravoul, an other brother, in the same vicinity. NEWS NOTES OE NATIONAL CAPITOL WASHINGTON, Fob. 28.?Vlce-Pres ident-elect .Marshall arrived here to day from Philadelphia. President-elect Wilson has let it he known to the Democratic leaders in the Senate that he favors the Hoot amendment to the Canal Tolls Act. repealing the free tolls clause for American coastwise shipping. The Senate naval committee has re stored the items stricken from the na val bill as it passed the Mouse. It will now be a matter for conference. EXCITEMENT IS GROWING OVER TESLIN DISCOVERIES John Drury came in on the Jef ferson from his recent trip to Eng land where he attended the annual fur sale of the Taylor. Drury and Ped lar Company. It is said that this com pany annually disposes of about fifty thousand dollars worth of furs in Lon don. .Mr. Drury will go to the store at Teslin, where they expect a large volume of business this season owing to the new discovery on Silver creek, says the Skagway Alaskan. W. A. Dikeman, discoverer of the Iditarod, and for some time past in terested in placer ground in the Tes lin country, came up Saturday and left the same day for the scene of the new strikes on Silver creek. He has had a number of men in there this winter looking after his interests. SUFFRAGETTES ARRIVE WASHINGTON, Feb. 28?The suf fragette marchers who left New York two weeks ago have arrived here. MANY BURNED TO DEATH OMAHA, Neb., Feb. 28?Twenty or thirty people were burned to death by a Are which destroyed the Hotel Dewey. UP FROM TAKU INLET Jesse Blakely, of the Penn.-Alaska Mining Co., came up from Taku inlet yesterday, on the Santa Rita. Mr. Blakely is making preparations for extensive development of his com pany's properties. ARE GETTING READY TO SMOKE UP The smoker committee of the Com mercial Club has met and divided its duties as follows: Burford and Barra ger on finance: Wolland, on refresh ments: Ferte on entertainment: Car ter. on hall. OPEN DAY AND NIGHT The new dining room of the Com mercial Cafe, with private boxes in connection, is now open day and night, and excellent meals are Served at all times. 2-4-t.f. FOR SALE?Soldiers* additional homestead script?40, 42, 44?9G acres. Inquire of Senator B. F. Millard. FOR SALE?Chicken and hog ranch. Owner has to leave. Inquire Empire office. 2-27-6t. FOR SALE?Fruit and cigar store, one of the best locations in town. En quire XX, Empire office. 2-26-3t. NOTICE TO SUBSCRIBERS. Any subscribers to The Daily Em pire not receiving papers regularly either by carrier or mail, will confer a favor by promptly notifying The Empire office. Marshall May Have Seat in President's Cabinet TRENTON, N. J., Feb. 2S. ? Vice President-elect Thomas It. Marshall arrived here yesterday afternoon and had a conference with the President elect. Mr. Wilson said that friendship had followed his acquaintance with Governor Marshall, and that he was greatly impressed with his ability, which was such that he expected to consult him freely upon matters of public moment. President-elect Wil son also intimated that Marshall would sit in the Cabinet. Mexican Situation as Seen by Vice-President Elect ! PHILADELPHIA Feb. 28?The Mex ican situation and the possible inter vention of the United States was dis cussed here last night by Vice-Presi dent-elect Thomas ltiley Marshall. "1 would spend the last dollar," he said, "to save or defend an American citizen's life, but 1 would not spill a drop of blood to save an American | citizen's dollar. "My own view is that the troubles in Mexico are due to the upper crust of society in that country, rather than to the under crust, for there is no mid dle class in Mexico. "I don't blame those who have mon ey locked up in Mexico for wanting intervention, but more than a ques tion of money is involved." THEATRE MAGNATE EACES CHARGES SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 28? John \V. Considine, a theatrical magnate, and Sid C.rausman, a vaudeville mana ger, who arrived here recently, are charged with persuading four women to enter a Harbary Coast resort in this city and engage in indecent practices. John \V. Considine is a member of the Sullivan-Considine theatrical cir cuit which controls theatres all over I the United States and Canada, and he is reputed to be a millionaire. He has lived In Seattle for many years, where in the early days he was engaged in the saloon business and politics. About eighteen years ago he and his brother shot and killed W. L. Meredith, chief of police of Seattle, but both were ac quitted. The killing grew out of po litical differences. NICARAGUA, TOO, WANTS A CANAlj WASHINGTON, Feb. 28.?The na-1 tional assembly of Nicaragua has voted to give the United States the: exclusive right to construct a canal j across Nicaragua. The selection of the Nicaragua I route was strongly urged prior to the purchase of the French rights in the Panama Canal, it was claimed that the Nicaragua's route presented fewer i engineering difficulties and could be: built much more cheaply than the Isthmian Canal. Recently private proposal to build a canal across the republic of Nicara gua have been made to that country and the granting of an exclusive right to the United States, is a result. The promoters of the project claim that with the opening of the Panama Canal that waterway will soon be congested and another canal will become a ne cessity. MEXICANS STILL I CUTTING THROATS EL PASO. Tex.. Feb. 28.?A dispatch to the Herald says that a battle was fought yesterday, near Conclava, Mex-1 ico, between federal troops and a rev olutionary force commanded by Gov ernor Caronza, of Coahuila. The re sult was indecisive. HIGH SCHOOL BAND TO ENTERTAIN The Juneau High School Band is now preparing for an entertainment, of unusual merit, to be given within the next two weeks, in one of Ju neau's play houses. The boys have been drilling faith-1 fully for some time and are now | putting on the finishing touches prep-, aratory to the concert. A very elab-; orate concert and entertainment is being prepared for this occasion and the different participants promise a good account for themselves. Miss Parr is drilling a number of high school pupils on a very clever sketch entitled "No Men Wanted." The cast of this play is large, and forty minutes of laughter are assured. A local, talented reader has also consented to contribute to the eve ning's entertainment. The Band Glee Club, an organization composed of boys from the band, are working up some good songs. The band boys are working hard fo" new instruments, an order for which has already been placed with an Eastern Music House, and when enough funds are available, the instru ments will be wired for. The entire proceeds of this benefit concert and entertainment will go to ward paying for the desired instru ments. WANTED?Married couple to take ? charge of hotel dining room. Fine op i portunity for right parties. Address J. T. J.. Empire office. 2-25-t.f. LEWIS MAY CLAIM ELECTION SPRINGFIELD, Ills., Feb. 28.?On the eighth joint ballot in the State Legislature for the United States Sen ator yesterday, Col. James Hamilton Lewis, of Chicago received sixty-six out of seventy-seven votes cast. Lewis may claim election as Sena tor on the ground that he had a ma- j jority of those votes, many members I having been absent. PORTLAND LAWYER KILLED PORTLAND, Ore., Feb. 28.?W. A. Cleveland, a leading lawyer of this city was killed last night, by an auto mobile driven by Dr. P. J. Wiley. LADY SCOTT IS NOW IN WELLINGTON WELLINGTON. N. Z? Feb. 27?La dy Scott, wife of the dead explorer, has arrived here from England. COURT NOTES The case of Cobb vs. McCartney was set for 9:30 tomorrow morning. The hearing on the petition for sa loon license was set for Monday morn ing. PTARMIGAN SEASON CLOSING TOMORROW Game Warden Schneider threw his eagle-eye on a bunch of ptarmigan coming down the trail today. The law says 25 birds shall be the maximum of one day's shooting?this bunch con tained 23, so the owner "23'd" with his birds. Tomorrow the season closes. Any one caught with ptarmigan during the closed season is liable to a fine. FOR SALE?Choice residence lot, Shattuck Addition. Enquire Empire office. 2-27-t.f. Senator Millard Says Alaskans for Alaska Col. B. F. Millard, who 1h Senator elect from the Third Division, has decided opinions on the Alaskan sub jects for legislation, both locally and by the general government. "The paramount issue at this time," said Senator Millard, "is transporta tion. Next In importance is the open ing up of our coal fields along legiti mate lines. The laws that were in force at the time these locations were made should be lived up to in every respect. Those who made bona fide locations and compiled with the law should be given title and those who have not done so should have their locations annulled. I consider that a law passed by Congress offering any thing for sale is a contract between the government and the party trying to purchase it. The average Alaskan wants to see justice done to the coal claimants, but, however, insists that the government open up the coal im mediately. The fact that the govern ment should open up the coal would not invalidate a just and legal claim. We are paying annually $18,000 for coal with which to operate the Cliff mine or nine dollars per ton for Wash ington steam coal. This should be cut in two. "I am in favor of the government immediately taking tip the subject of Alaskan transportation. I am in clined to favor government building and owning of railroads or of govern I merit assistance in the building and of government controlling of the roads to the end that cheaper transportation may lie brought about in Alaska. "I think the Alaska Code should be revised and provision made for a rev enue system for Alaska and other mat ters should be carefully gone into." Senator .Millard has had quite an | experience before coining to Alaska in politics, having been Mayor of a city, and several years as councilman and county board member in Chippe wa Falls, Wisconsin. He served one term in the lowt-r House of the Wis consin Legislature and one term as sergeant-at-arms in the lower House and live years on the Republican State Central Committee. Since coming to Alaska, fifteen years ago he has taken no part in politics up to the present time. He was elected as a nonpar tisan and a thorough progressive.' whatever that name is political)'. And he says that he is, and will be, at all times for that which he believes will be to the best interests of Alaska in general. He is a warm supporter of home rule for Alaska and touching the I home situation as to appointments for Alaska his position is more specifi cally shown by the fact that he will introduce in the Senate a joint res olution requesting President Wilson to appoint bona fide residents of Alas ka to fill all offices from Governor down. Senator Tanner Offers Practical Suggestions "I am going to be a good listener for a while," said Senator J. M. Tan ner, yesterday, referring to the Terri ' or in I Senate and the work that may ! e cut out for it, or by it, as the case may be. "I propose to favor anything that is good and oppose anything that I believe is bad. I am of the opinion that the Alaska Codes should be re vised by a commission and that the Legislature should go slow in propos ing amendment. Better secure only one good law, than twenty which may be of doubtful utility. A bank ing law is necessary to protect the people, but it should not be so radical as to drive out any reputable banking institutions. "Municipalities should be given more power, and a law should be passed enabling incorporated towns to soil property for delinquent taxes and to give titles after the period of redemption has passed. Under the present law liens must be first sat isfied. The probating of small es tates should be simplified. I have in mind, in this respect, an Alaska es tate in which the attorneys' fees were *12,000, and the administrator's and other fees, amounted to $10,000?the entire estate being practically eaten | up by fees. "The United States Government should take over all the Alaska tlsli hatcheries. The present system Is In equitable. I know of one small can |nery that paid in taxes $1,500 last year, while the Alaska Packers' Associa tion paid only $700, the balance of ! its tax having been remitted on ac count of salmon fry released. To ques tion of importing Oriental and other help by the canneries should be in vestigated and the canneries should be compelled to take care of their em ployees in all respects. The recent killing of a man at Oundas bay, by Orientals entailed great expense upon the Government and in my opinion a poll tax should be levied upon all can nery employees, and their employers should be held responsible fof the payment of the tax. Under present conditions these big canneries get everything and pay nothing in return for the privilege. "As I said, 1 propose to be a good listener for a time and shall favor anything good, and oppose everything j which 1 believe will not be to the ! best interests of this great Territory." STEFANSSON TO JSAIL IN JUNE NEW YORK, Feb. 2S.?Captain V. I Stefansson will sail from Esquimau, B. C., late in May or early in June for the Arctic regions. He will have a crew of fourteen men and he ex-i pects to Winter at Herschel island or Prince Patrick Land. I GOVERNMENT'S APPROPRIATION WASHINGTON, Feb. 28.?The Sen ate has adopted an amendment to the sundry civil bill appropriating $1,500, 000 for a government exhibit at the Panama and Pacific Exposition at San Francisco in 1915. MEXICO APPOINTS NEW AMBASSADOR MEXICO CITY. Feb. 28.?Emilo Ra basa has been appointed Ambassador to the United States. FOR RENT?Building in a first class location for a restaurant on low er Franklin street. Three-year lease. Enquire Mrs. Cassldy. 2-26-3t. RUSSELL FORCED TO STEP DOWN 1 ALBANY, N. Y., Fob. 28.?Upon I the demand of Governor Sulzer, Sup I erintendent John \V. Russell, of Mat tewan Insane Asylum has sent in his resignation. The resignation is the outgrowth of statements made by Dr. Russell relative to the release of Har ry Thaw, Dr. Russell having testified that he was offered $20,000 by John Anhalt, a New York lawyer. An? halt denied the charge, and so did Mrs. Thaw, the mother of Harry. DORR GUILTY OF MURDER SALEM, Mass., Feb. 28.?William A. Dorr, of Stockton, Calif., has been found guilty of the murder of George E. Marsh an aged Lynn, Mass., manu facturer. The reason alleged for the crime was that Marsh spoke disre spectfully of Dorr's aunt, Mrs. Orpha Marsh. The murder was committed in 1911. After the killing of Marsh, Dorr returned to Stockton, where he was arrested. Every thing that will please a smok er may be found at BURFORD'S.