THE ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE
VOL. 1. NO 97. ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1913. PRICE TEN CENTS
VIEWS OF ALASKA'S LEGISLATORS
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
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
"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
"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
"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
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
"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
"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
WILL PAY $1.00 each for five live
and uninjured crows delivered to C.
K. Forner. Tripp's Bungalow. Main
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
FOR SALE?Fruit and cigar store,
one of the best locations in town. En
quire XX, Empire office. 2-26-3t.
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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 |
"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
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
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
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
MEXICANS STILL I
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Senator Tanner Offers
"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
"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
"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."
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.
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 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.
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.
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
Every thing that will please a smok
er may be found at BURFORD'S.
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