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THE ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE
VOL. 1. NO. 100. ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE, TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 1913. PRICE TEN CENTS PRESIDENT WILSON IS INAGURATED Mr. Ingersoll's Speech in the House Yesterday Following is the speech of lion, ("has. E. Ingersoll, as temporar\ chair man of the llousc of Representatives, delivered at the opening session yes-( terday: "Members Kiect of the House of j Representatives: We are about to enter upon the first session of the first legislative body in the history of this country. I take a conscious pride with all of you in being a member thereof. Legislatures will succeed each other in endless succession. Members innumerable will occupy these chairs, many of whom uo doubt will far transcend the present occu-! pants in intelligence, statesmanship and renown: but as the anxious trav eler eagerly scans the guiding post at the commencement of his journey, so will the eyes of posterity revert to the record of this body for counsel and control. The responsibility that faces us is a grave oue. For one reason and another Congress has always shown towards this territory a lack of con fidence in the intelligence, stability and capacity of her people. After years and years of tearful appeal and hopeless deuial of its rights, public announcement has at last been made that America h; s brought out iu the full glare and splendor of an admiring world, decked out in the full and re gal habiliments of American citizen ship, this?Alaska?its youngest, its largest, its fairest and its most abused offspring. And yet. when this fair maiden is asked to share with long suffering humanity out of the joys and possessions which a bounteous na ture has so liberally bestowed upon her. she rolls her eyes in questioning appeal to the grim visage of an in tolerant Congress, and the suitor turns awnv in urter dismay and despair. Legislature's Limitations. "After carefully analyzing the en abling act which defines the powers of this Legislature, one is obliged to ask himself, outside of gracing the hails of some social function or of drawing down the generous emoluments of of ficers. what in the world we are here for. This instrument is a paradox of hopeless inconsistencies. Resplendent in promise, we find from one and to the other an innocuous dearth of hoped-for privileges. Looking for the substance, we find the shadow. Ask ing for bread, we get a stone. In the words of the immortal bard, it may best be characterized as a 'madness most discreet, a choking gall and a sickening sweet.' "As Alaska is the largest of the pos sessions. so she is the latest to re ceive recognition; and the quality of that recognition is in the inverse ra tio with its size. "Why this reluctance on the part of Congress to extend to us those rights and privileges that long established precedent has made our due? I am not one of those who would impugn the motives or the integrity or fair ness of the Congress of the United States. From the birth of our coun try, the highest legislative branch has been, and I am proud to feel that it always will be composed of the best men. the strongest men, the highest liberty-loving and greatest spirited men from all sections of the land. That high ideal must always be lived up to. if one would attain that point of honor and esteem which is the only reward for a life time of service in the halls of Congress. "Neither have I the temerity to ques tion the wisdom of those great and noble men who placed upon the heights of history's foreground the beacon, light of liberty which has enlightened the world. "Posterity, however, flatters itself that all the minute and arduous labors and patient sacrifice devoted to the framing of that compact which linked together the discordant colonies was given out of an affectionate regard foi its welfare alone. That this overmas tering solicitude was fostered by an inbred love for those who were to in herit the richness of the reward. "To me it is very problematical jusl how far the interests of posteritj came within the horizon of theh views. An emergency had arisen: z crisis had been reached, which hac to be met. Under the arrogant and in tolerant rule of the dominant party o< the mother country, conditions had be come unbearable. Isolated from ma lignant contact with the influences which had created those conditions and with the opportunity offering it self of framing a government whicl would be free from the obnoxious fea tures of all forms of kingly rule. th< paramount question which presenter itself to them was how to frame i compact to eliminate all evils of th' past. And just as man in genera : takes a conscious pride in dofog well' approached this matter. And so those pathfinders summoned up all the re sources of a fertile mind, and with a combined wisdom and foresight which had been schooled and matured by re ilection on the woes of the multitudes that had gone before, they framed the Constitution of the United States ? an instrument which has ever since been the wonder and admiration of the world. "The fact that all through the stormy scenes surrounding the evolu tion of their theories into that life breathing fountain of human rights and the amelioration of human woes, that by the final compromise between the extreme radical views on the one hand and the as extreme conservative views on the other, that by the checks and counterchecks, the delegation of authority, and the careful warding off of the multidtudes from close contact with the framing and administering of the laws, there was exhibited a seem ing distrust in the good sense and calm judgment of the people as a whole -does not in any wise detract from the superhuman judgment and the spotless integrity of those great and noble men who led mankind out of the wilderness of despair into the haven of promise and hope. "We pride ourselves that every-1 thing concerning Alaska must be dealt! with in terms of the superlative. Alas ka is the largest, the richest, the ruggeddest and the grandest. The least understood, it has been the most abused. Promising the least, it has returned the most. The most prolific in its opportunities for the applica tion of human enterprise, ambition and success, it has become a mourn rs' bench for a conscience-stricken i nation, to whom a just expiation for 'he sin of dissipating its own resourc es seems to be to steal that of its neighbors. Overcome with a spirit lof belated repentence. burning with a blind zeal to atone for its own errors, it would deny to the pioneer of this country?the Pioneer?The man who lias dared all. who has risked all and who has sacrificed all, the just fruits of his own efforts. Under false the ries of conservation, which are so utterly inapplicable to conditions, that rhey can only be summed up under the broad term of a farce, and under the technical ham stringing methods of government bureaus, the develop ment of the country has been retard ed. and its resources, with Us great water powers, and its immense for ests and its inexhaustible helds of minerals, wai'ing to be applied to the comfort of suffering humarity. have been tied up. allowed to lie idle, to waste away and decay. Liberty-Loving Stock "We claim no more for Alaskans than has been universally conceded to the pioneer of all lands. That that same hardy, virile stock without whose neroic efforts, sterling grit and masterly ambition the West would today be a barren wilderness, peopled by the roaming savage and with its great resources and natural wealth still locked up in nature's vault, make up the population of this country, is without cavil or dispute. Nourished in their bosoms the same seed that was planted on the cold barren rocks of New England's shores, from which sprain; the mighty oak of freedom, heltering beneath its mighty arms the downtrodden hosts of despair ing humanity has again found rot in this the other extreme of a land dedi cated to liberty, ready once more to fructify and perform its mission of peace and good will to man. Spread ing out its roots In a soil untram melled by those pernicious influences which make one often wonder if the efforts of our forefathers were not all in vain, and gathering within its com 1 forting shades the same promise and the same hope, which has made Amer ica the guiding star of the oppressed 1 and afflicted of all lands, of all races and of all ages?a broad-minded, ad venturous liberty-loving stock, whose ? independent spirit and energetic na ture could not rest content anions the petty conventionalities, the social 1 slavery, the dollar worshiping bigotry ' the hypocritical cant, the artificia pomp, and the enervating settled rui ^ of an effete civilization, where in dividuallty is lost and the only in centlve to human action is to satisfj > hunger's crave. "These are the red corpuscles ir i the veins of the body politic, wardin? off the contagion of ildleness and de e cay. in reinvigorattng its life's bloot ^ and overpowering the germs of dis i content, misery and crime, filling it*! p lungs with the air of freedom, ant .1 (Continued to Page 2.) SPEAKER CLARK MAKES STATEMENT WASHINGTON. March 4.-Just be fore declaring the House adjourned today, Speaker Champ Clark wild: "I violate no conlidence when I say that within thirty minutes of this time 1 might have been sworn in as President, but i pre ferred to stay with you, and even though 1 knew that 1 would not be re-elected Speaker." SUFFRAGETTE MOBBED IN A LONDON PARK LONDON. March. 4. ? Airs. Flora ' Drummoud. a prominent Suffrage lead er, was mobbed while riding in Hyde Park today. She was rescued by the police. Angry crowds surrounded the vehicle and jeering and throwing mud and missiles at the woman until the police arrived. 1! * THE DEMANDS OF BALKAN ALLIES I 1 ROMK, .March 4.?The Balkan allies demand the cession by Turkey of Adrianople. Scutari, Janina. the Aegean Islands and three hundred million dollars in demnity. ? * MR. TAFT AGAIN USES THE VETO i WASHINGTON, March 4. One of the last ollicial acts of President Taft today was to veto the sundry civil appropriations bill. AFTER MAN DAYS MONEY IS AVAILABLE Marshal Faulkner has received the $500 appropriation necessary for the i repairing of the retention wall on the coast side of the court house grounds.j Prisoners will be employed on the | work and Marshal Faulkner intends j while the improvement is being made to sluice all of the ashes and rubbish into the channel. JUDGE OVERFI ELD LEAVING TONIGHT Judge Peter D. Overfield will take passage on the Northwestern tonight for Valdez to resume court at that place. COURT NOTES. In the case of Cobb vs. .McCartney, involving title to and the purchase of certain real property, the jury found a verdict in favor of defendant. Judge Lyons will take up the civil calendar tomorrow morning. Judge Overileld made an order to day denying the motion for a new trial in the Lattimer and Rlake cases. The case of D. M. .McDonald vs. L. J. McDonald et al a co-partnership suit, has ben set for March 15. Judge Grover C. Winn is hearing an assault ease from Douglas Island today in which Tripko Paulovich is de fendant. EXPERT CLERKS ARRIVE FROM PORTLAND Miss Stevens and Miss Mallory, both of whom live in Portland, Ore., arrived on the Jefferson today. They are expert clerks and stenographers. These ladies have had experience in legislative work, having servd in the Oregon Lglslature. They have come to Juneau to offer their services to the Alaska Legislature. YUKON AND ALASKA ARE IN COMPETITION A Dawson dispatch says: A peti tion was formulated here last fall at a meeting of some 20 owners of White ? river copper claims in which they requested the Yukon government, through Governor Black and Dr. Thompson, member of parliament, to i build a trail the coming summer from ? Coffee creek to the head of the White t river. The commissioner and Dr. Thomp; ; son declared themselves in favor of I the trail, especially since it promises , to make much business in the coming I copper camp tributary to Dawson, t Now it transpires that Cordova also - is after the business of the head of . the White, and Yukon may have to r hustle. The Yukon trail can be made for much less than the trail from the j Cordova side. The Cordova people want $20.00C from the Alaska Road Commission j to build from the Copper River anc! Northwestern Railway to the Nazint river, thence across Scalai pass to th( j head of the White, where the largt copper interestr are expected to b< opened soon. Wilson Takes Oath of Office at 1:37 P. M. WASHINGTON, March 4.?At onei o'clock and thirty-seven minutes after 1 this afternoon Chief Justice Edwin D. White administered the oath of office to President-elect Wilson. President Wilson then delivered an inaugural address which lasted just llf teen minutes, and as soon as he had finished he left the capital for the White House. This morning Mr. Wilson rose ut eight o'clock, shaved himself, and im mediately thereafter ate his break fast. . > I I WOODROW WILSON We've chosen you for Captain, To sail the Ship of State; The creiv is yours to manage, From oiler up to mate; We know the ship is sturdy, We know her lines are true; So, Mr. Woodrow Wilson, The rest is up to you! Your chance is all before you, To prove what you are worth, To shoiv how well you handle The biggest job on earth! The course is all uncharted, The beacon lights are feiv, The quarter-deck aivaits you, The rest is up to you! \ False lights ivill flare to tempt you, False voices seek to sway, And storms will shriek and batter, And fogs hang thick and gray; But your task is to guide her, To sail her safely through, We've chosen you for Captain, The rest is up to you! JAMES R. LITTLE. Suffragettes Are Mobbed ' While on Street Parade I WASHINGTON, March 4?President, elect Woodrow Wilson and Mrs. Wil son visited the White House for the first time in their lives last night, and were received by President and Mrs. Taft. Before going to fne White House the President-elect received calls from Vice President-elect Thomas R. Mar-, shall. Governor Sulzer, or New York, and Governor Pothier, of Rhode Isl and. A suffragette parade last night on Pensylvania avenue, 5,000 strong, was broken by a mob. Troops were called from Fort Meyer, and the rioters were dispersed. The Senate and House conferees reached an agreement last night on the naval appropriations bill, provid ing lor the construction of but one batleship, and the omnibus bill appro priating $3,000,000 for the New York | postofllce site. PRESIDENT WILSON'S NEW CABINET WASHINGTON, March 4?At the time this dispatch is sent there has been no ofllcial announcement of Pres ident Wilson's Cabinet, but it may be j said, on the best information that it'' will be composed as follows: Secretary of State?William Jen-, nings Bryan, of Nebraska. Secretary of the Treasury?William , C?. McAdoo, of New York. Secretary of War?Lindley M. Gar rison, of New Jersey. Attorney-General?James C. McRey- j nolds. x>f Tennessee. Postmaster-General?Albert S. Bur-1 leson, of Texas. Secretary of the Navy?Josephus1 Daniels, of North Carolina. Secretary of the Interior?Franklin ] K. Lane, of California. Secretary of Agriculture?David F. Houston, of Missouri. Secretary of Commerce?William C.; Red field, of New York. Secretary of Labor?William B. Wil son, of Pennsylvania. HOUSE AND SENATE PASS NUMBER OE RESOLUTIONS Both houses convened at one o' clock this afternoon. After prayer by the Rev. Stevens the Senate got down to business by receiving a partial re port of the committee on committees, i The committee on rules conslts of; 3runer, Roden and Millard. Senator Millard immediately Intro-: duced joint resolutions No. 1 and 2 the first named requesting President Wilson to make the construction of i railroads in Alaska and the dovelop 1 nient of Alaska along lines recom i mended by the Alaska Railway Com i mission a prominent feature in his > message to the special congress con vening April 1. The second resolu i tion asks that all appointees in Alas i ka be chosen from bona fide Alaskan I citizens. [ In about one minute the Senate re > solved itself into a committee of the! > whole reported on the resolutions fav i orably and the Senate then passed the resolutions unanimously. Down in the House a fight was pre cipitated by Ingersoll's opposition to the plan decided upon in caucus to choose the committee on committees from the four Judicial divisions each division naming its member. Mr. Ing ersoll thought it would be better to have the Speaker name the committee. Gaffney led the fight in favor of "'".oup's resolution in line with the or iginal plan. After much debate the roll was called, thirteen voting in the affirmative and Mr. Ingersoll against it. The First named Shoup, the Sec ond, Kenndy: Third, Kelly: Fourth, Driscoll. Both houses passed resolutions thanking Geenral Distin, and Judges Lyons and Overfield for their services in aiding in the organization of the Legislature and both houses passed resolutions ordering congratulations to President Wilson. The Senate adjourned until tomor row and the house took a recess until four o'clock. Senator Millard Takes a Dip Into the Future Following Is the speech of Senator i H. F. Millard, in the Senate, yester- ' day, placing in nomination Senator ( L. V. Ray, as president of that body. . It is an eloquent vision of the future , greatness of the Territory and is well i worthy of being preserved in print: i "Mr. Chairman and Senators: ( "Inasmuch as the chairman has in- i jected a little sentiment into the pre- < iiminary proceedings, it may not he i amiss for me, in the presentation of a name for presiding oflicer of the i Senate, to indulge in a little Benti . nt to warm the hearts of the peo- i pie. 1 "Mr. Chairman, first let me say that i no Roman citizen of the palmy days of I that great republic was more proud of his title of Roman citizenship than I .1111 of mine as an American citizen, and I consider it a great honor to be i a citizen of this great republic of ours and to lie permitted to participate in the proceedings of this first great leg- ? islative body of the Alaska Territory ?while small in numbers, it may be great in results. "It was my privilege and pleasure I a few weeks ago to stand within the sacred dome of the old Independence I fall in the City of Philadelphia. It ? seemed to me that I was standing upon holy ground, where a man should I remove the shoes from his feet to < tread thereon, and as I looked around at the pictures of the men who took part , in that first organization?the birth i of our National Government?it oc- ; curred to me that their numbers wore < small, but that their hearts were, of ] steel and that they had the souls of < martyrs. The territory that they rep resented at that time?the original 13 i Slates ?was not as large as the terri- i lory back of this body, but they had i the great unknown country back ofi. hem with its natural wealth, and they lad the determination to push for ward and develop the same. On a lesk was a great register where vis tors might enter their names. It struck me forcefully that I was stand lie there as one of the Senators-elect from the last and greatest territory >f the United States, standing within the sacred halls of the cradle of lib erty, and I so registered as a Senator Trom Alaska. "Our body, too, is small, but looking ihead from fifty to a hundred years, who can picture the possibilities of this great territory. Hidden away in the great mountains of Alaska, where nature, In her own laboratory, depos ited the millions of wealth of precious metals, which will not be exhausted for a thousand years; and back in mastodon days, in the glacial gravels of the territory, were deposited mil lions and millions of dollars of prec ious metals that await the miners' effort to bring out and distribute for the use of man. And, as I look Into the faces of the Senators here, I be lieve I can read the same determina tion to push forward harmoniously for the development of this great terri tory. and that they, too, have the souls of martyrs. "To preside over such a body of men, it is fitting that we have a young, en ergetic man. I believe in assisting the young men, for, Mr. Chairman, men of your age and mine will soon pass from the field of activity and this may be \ stepping stone, if he performs his juties properly, to higher and better positions that will work to the benefit if our country. "I take great pleasure and I con sider it an honor to be permitted to nominate for president of this body, my colleague, L. V. Ray, of Seward. Alaska." Representative Boyie Has Decided Opinions Representative F. M. Boyle, of Val-! dez, is certainly one booster for his home town. This is what he says about it: "Valdez, 011 Valdez bay, at the head of Prince William Sound, and the most northerly port in the world free from ice, as a quartz mining camp ranks second only to Juneau in the Territory of Alaska. A number of our mining prospects have now ad vanced to the stage that mining ma-i ehinery is being installed very rapidly. There will be during the ensuing sum mer eight new stamp mills placed 011 as many different properties tributary to our town." Speaking of the important duty that requires his attendance in the Capital City, Representative Boyle said: "Regarding legislation I would state that I am in hearty accord with views previously expressed by a number of my colleagues. "Primarily, I consider that an en dorsement by this legislative body of t!n' report of the Alaska Railroad Com mission with a memorial addressed to the incoming administration a matter of great importance with the further recommendation that prompt action be taken on their findings. This is one of the first things that should re ceive our favorable consideration. "A measure permitting incorporat ed towns to extend their corporate lim its is something which vitally con ci rns the people of Valdez, where one half of the taxable property is beyond the town limits. Besides all munici palities should have greater jurisdic tion over their terminals and wharves and extended policing powers. "Legislation protecting the rights of tlie wage earner?an eight-hour law and a measure guaranteeing and in suring him financial protection in the event of death or injuries sustained during the performance of his duties? that is an 'Employers' Liability Law' are all measures which I heartily en dorse." CHICAGO COAL TRIAL AGAIN POSTPONED CHICAGO, March 4.?The trial of A. C. Frost and other on trial on a j charge of conspiracy to defraud the government of coal lands in Alaska, lias been postponed until Thursday. | TO REARRANGE CUSTOMS DISTRICTS WASHINGTON, March 4 -President Taft yesterday approved the Treasury Department's plan for rearranging j customs districts. Secretary of the Interior Fisher re ; fused to grant the application of the | City of San Francisco the use of wa ; tor from the Hetch Hetchy river. WILSON ENDORSED MEXICO CITY, March 4. ? The American colony here have endorsew Ambassador Henry L. Wilson, and have suggested to President Wilson that he be retained under his adminis tration. ' F. C. Flaherty, a well known Skag wayite, is returning to his home on) the Jefferson. LABOR LEADER ETTOR MAY BE DEPORTED SEATTLE, March 4.--Jacob J. Et tor, one of the leaders of the textile strike In Lawrence, .Mass., a year ago, and who was tried on a charge of murder at Salem, in that State, may be deported, proceedings having been in stituted with that end in view. APPROPRIATION FOR LIGHTHOUSES WASHINGTON, March 4. ? The House yesterday passed the Senate bill carrying $1,200,000 for light houses. CHARGED WITH ARSON SEATTLE, March 4.?A warrant has been issued for the arrest o fDr. A. H. Holcomb, a dentist of this city, on a charge of having attempted to burn the residence of his divorced wife. SEATTLE. March 4.?Dr. Holcomb was arrested in British Columbia and will be brought back for trial.