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VOL. 1. NO. 103. ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE, FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 1913. PRICE TEN CENTS BALTIMORE SUFFERS A HOLOCAUST Coal Question Up in Alaska Legislature If the House concurs in a joint res olution introduced in the Senate to day by Senator Millard, and unani mously adopted, a committee of the Alaska Legislature will prepare a bill for presentation to Congress that will embrace the Alaska idea of the proper coal lands legislation for this territory. Senator Millard's resolution, which is No. 3. is as follows: "WHEREAS, probably the most im portant bill to be presented to this Legislature will be relating to the coal problem and transportation in Alaska: "AND WHEREAS, it Is necessary to give the drawing of such a bill care ful and deliberate consideration; "THEREFORE. RE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE, the House concur ring. that a Joint Committee of three (3) from each house be appointed by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House to take action as a Joint Committee in the drafting of a bill, to present to the respective houses for consideration, covering all matters pertaining to coal and rail road transportation for Alaska." The f irst Bill Is I Introduced in Senate The first bill to make its appear ance in the Alaska Legislature was introduced in the Senate today by Senator Roden. Senate Rill No. 1 is an act to regulate the hours of em ployment in and about mines, smelters, cyanide plants, stamp mills, etc. In other words it is what is commonly known as an eight-hour law. Senator Millard presented the first joint memorial in the Senate today. It asks Congress to repeal the statute extending the time in which to insti tute adverse suits against mineral en try. The memorial in full is as fol lows: 'To His Excellency Woodrow Wil son and the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives in Con cress assembled: "The Senate and House of the Ter ritorial Legislature of Alaska memor ializes the 1'resident and the Congress of the United States for the repeal of the law entitled 'An Act extend ing the time in which to file adverse claims and institute adverse suits against mineral entries in the District of Alaska.' approved June 7. 1910. (30 Stat.. 459). which law applies to Alaska only, and allows eight months, additional to the 60-day period of pub lication. in which to adverse applica tions for mineral patents in Alaska. Three years of experience have dem onstrated that such law is wholly un necessary. and serves no useful pur pose. but on the contrary, it imposes additional delays upon an already tedious procedure, and places unreas onable burdens upon those who seek in good faith to develop our miner-; al lands. No cood reason exists for such special legislation in Alaska. The conditions in this territory warrant every possible effort to simpl.fy the procedure, and to expedite such ap-. plications, instead of imposing addi tional delays and unnecessary bur dens as is done by this objectionable and unjust law. "In many cases the long delay of the present law causes an additional year's assessment work under the law providing for yearly assessments of one hundred dollars ($100.00) in work to be performed upon each claim lo cated." THE HOUSE The House convened at 1:30 and after roll call and a few minutes of in formal discussion on the rules of the House, went into executive session until 3 o'clock and then apjourned un til 10 o'clock tomorrow morning. THE SENATE The Senate convened at one o'clock this afternoon. Joint .Memorial Xo. 1 was referred to the committee on judiciary and fed eral relations, introduced by .Millard. Joint Resolution No. 3 was adopted, introduced by Millard. Senate Resolution, by Tanner, pro viding that the speech of Senator Mil lard be spread on the minutes was passed. Senate Joint Resolutions Xos. 1 and 2 were referred to committee on en rollment and engrossment. House Joint Resolutions Xos. 1 and 2 were referred to committee on rules. The informal letter of Gov. Clark relating to expenses of first assembly was referred to joint committee on contingent expenses and printing. Henry Roden introduced Senate Bill Xo. 1. and it was read by title the first time and referred to the committee on labor and federal relations. The Senate took a recess until two; met and took another recess until four to receive a message from the House. BAND ENTERTAINS I ON MARCH 14 ?? Under the auspices of the pupils and teachers of the high school, and members of the J. H. S. Band, next Friday evening. March 14. will present to the public one of the best entertain ments of the year. The band has had its part of the program laid out and its members have been drilling like Trojans. The play let. which is being dhected by Miss Parr, has been well looked after. Miss Blackwell. a local, talented Read er. will deliver a reading. The band glee club also has its part of the program up to standard. The entertainment will be given in the Orpheum Theatre, and will be un der the supervision of the band ex-' clusively. WHEN YOU want to eat well, go | to the Commercial Cafe Dining Room. 1 Lunch Counter, Private Boxes. The choicest viands at lowest prices. For reservations for private parties, phone 281. 3-5-t.f. Every thing that will please a smok-, er may be found at BURFORD'S. HOUSE BILL NO. ONE MAY BE LABOR LAW It is very probable that House Bill No. 1 will have to do with the labor problem. It seems to be the general opinion among members of this branch of the Legislature that Gaffney's 8 hours labor law Is to have the pre cedence. When seen on the subject. Mr. Gaff ney refused to make any statement other than to admit that he was pre paring a bill that would provide a uni form S-hour day for all mining work, both placer and quartz. SON FOR MR. AND MRS. R. C. HURLEY Yesterday morning a son was born to Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Hurley. The young Alaskan weighed eleven pounds. Dr. Simpson was in attendance. ARRESTED THIS MORNING ON INSANITY CHARGE Deputy Marshal Fels this morning arrested Henry Kaucas on complaint issued by Commissioner Winn charg ing insanity. The demented man will have a hearing tomorrow. SIDELIGHTS ON THE TESLIN STRIKE Isa Goldstein, who returned from Seattle on the Northwestern, says j that the Spirit City is all excited over the reported strike near Teslin and , that a bis; stampede is imminent. While at the Northern hotel, Mr. Goldstein saw his old friend, Skoo kum Jim, who is reported to have made the discovery, lie entered into conversation with Jim using the In I dian language, hut before any in for i mation could be extracted George Car I mack, the discoverer of Bonanza creek came whirling up to the hotel in a big automobile. He stepped through the doors and taking his In dian brother-in-law by the arm walked out, and before a word could be ut tered, they were inside the car and speeding away. Carmack and Skookum Jim were the discoverers of Bonanza creek and are j both wealthy ex-Klondikers. Car-1 mack gave out an interview to the Se-1 attle newspapers, roasting the city for its ill treatment of himself and stated that he would try and keep that city from profiting any from this latest discovery. He and Jim took a boat for Victoria that same day. Mr. Goldstein says that he believes that his friend Skookum Jim has struck something up there and that there will be quite a rush to that sec tion. Hon. N. J. Svindseth, of Wrangell,! says that he has no doubt there has been a discovery up there but he does not appear to be excited about it. Wrangell is the outlUting and start ing point for traffic up the Stikine and ' to Telegraph creek. The representa-1 tive from Wrangell says that the conn-1 try up there has borne the reputation ; of being spotted. The miners on Tel-, egraph are said to have all gone over | to the new strike and made all the lo-' cations that they are entitled to be fore the news came out. WILSON MEN GET APPOINTMENTS WASHINGTON*. .March 7. ? Post master A. S. Burleson today intimat ed that National Committeeman John Pattison, of Spokane, will be recog nized as the controlling factor in the; distribution of Washington State pa tronage. He said. also, that Judge F. A. McDonald will get the Seattle post-1 mastership and that William H. Coch ran will secure that for Spokane. Judge McDonald is one of the lead ers of the so-called Helfner faction in Seattle, and was vice president of the original Woodrow Wilson League in Washington State. W. H. Cochran was the Wilson leader in Spokane. YUKONER'S EXPECT MUCH HIGH WATER The Yukon river may be a veritable flood this summer, especially 011 the lower portion, says the Dawson News, j The fall of snow throughout a vast por-; tion of the Yukon basin seems to be of record depth. Captain Newcomb. of the Northern Navigation Company's fleet, has ad vices that the snow is lying five feet deep on the ground at Gibbon and vi cinity. About the same depth of snow covers the ground near Dawson, and in all directions for long distances. Southern Yukon, however, has been [Shy of snow this year. From Yukon; j Crossing southward little snow has j | fallen. It was only ten days ago that [ the sleighing became good in that region. With so little snow in the southern Yukon country, navigation on the up ! per river the coming summer may be I carried on with difficulty. However, distant mountains may contain a good supply, and there is time for much more snow to fall before the thaw. But, as a rule, the heavy snow falls | do not occur in the latter part of the I winter. From Dawson down, the Yukon will be replenished with the waters of the Klondike, the Porcupine, the Tanana, the Koyukuk and other streams which may give a tremenduous volume of wa ter. Should the valleys of all those streams be as well supplied with snow as is the Klondike, and should the sun be particularly ardent for a continued, oeriod shortly after the breakup, a wall of water may be sent racing to the Bering sea. Low lying localities along the lower river may have floods of unusual proportion with which to contend. Mexico Will right to Suppress the Rebellion MEXICO CITY, March 7. ? Presi dent Huerta's government has deter mined to exert the full strength of the Nation to subdue the rebellous State of Sonora. It was decided to send an army of 10,000 men against Governor Pasqniera at once, and it is expected that it will begin moving northward within a few days. General Cuellar has been selected to lead the federal army against the secessionists. CITY WHARF SHOWS SPLENDID PROFIT Six hundred dollars per month 1 profit, notwithstanding the economical rates, is what the report of the city wharfinger shows for the past two months. Skeptical persons who scan the to tals shown in the report appended, cov ering the period of eleven months, from April 1, 1912, to February 28, 1913, will discover that the prosperity was not confined to those two months alone. One of the main factors in bringing the dock to such financial standing is the profit on coal sales handled through this agency of the munici pality. A study of the methods adopt ed will disclose the fact that coal is also sold by the city at a very low price compared to those prices obtain ing before the city went into business while wharfage rates were cut in half. The report follows: Report of Operation of City Wharf April 1, 1912 to February 28, 1913. Receipts Coal Sales $28,088.75 Wharfage 4,084.18 Dockage 360.00 Kent 150.00 Hoisting 84.40 Water 402.50 Collections 110.75 Fish Boxes 1,426.75 Coal on hand 1,908.10 Fish boxes on hand 300.00 Total receipts $36,915.43 Disbursements Paid for coal $26,545.27 Handling Coal 277.75 Longshoring 807.60 Fish Boxes 1,641.25 Hauling Fish Boxes 5S.50 Miscellaneous 189.50 Salaries 2,198.29 Lights 298.60 Total disbursements $32,016.76 Net Profit for Eleven MRS. LEITER DIES AT WASHINGTON WASHINGTON, March 7?Mrs. Levi I Zeigler Loiter died at her residence in this city last night. .Mrs. Loiter was the widow of the late Levi Z. Letter, one of the most famous of Chicago's millionaires, who died in 1904. She was Miss Mary Theresa Carver before her marriage j in 1S66. Her children all attained high so cial position. Three of her daughters married into the British nobility. | Mary, who died in 1906, was the wife of Lord Curzon; Nancy is the wife of Major Colin Powys Campbell, of the English army, and Marguerite mar ried the Earl of Suffolk. She is also survived by a son, Joseph Leiter, who i inherited most of the family wealth. He resides in Washington and Chica go. STRUCTURAL MEN RE-ELECT RYAN INDIANAPOLIS, March 7. ? Presi dent Ryan of the Structural Iron workers' Union, was today re-elected president of that organization. CASE IS SETTLED, AND BUILDING STARTS | | The case of I. Goldstein vs. John N'oland et al involving title and pos session to waterfront property near the Shattuck mill has been settled out of court and dismissed. Tomorrow morning Mr. Goldstein, will begin the erection of a building on the property to be used as a room ing house I CALL OF THE MOOSE Juneau Lodge, No. 700, of the Loyal Order of Moose, will meet tonight. J There is special business of great im i portance that will be up for discus I sion and the nominations for offices for the ensuing term will be made. It is expected that there will be a large attendance. All members are urgent ly requested to attend at eight o'clock sharp. TO JUNEAU PATRONS: T wish to announce that I am pr.-? pared to give prompt and efficient service in delivering, coal hauling freight, baggage, etc. HILARY McKANNA TRANSFER Phone Order 6-7 or 55 tf TURKS DESTROY I GREEK TRANSPORTS VIENNA, March 7. ? Advices re ceived here today conveys an authen tic account of a battle in the Aegean sea between the Turkish cruiser Ham idles and a fleet of Greek transports conveying Servian troops. Three of the transports were destroyed and sank. HOLLAND TO HAVE EXTENSIVE EXHIBIT THE HAGUE, March 7. ? Holland has voted $300,000 to provide for the participation of that country in the Panama-Pacific Exposition, to he held In San Francisco in 1915. An exten sive exhibit of that country's manu factured products is contemplated. NOME CITIZENS PRAISE LEGISLATURE NOME, March 7.?The stand of the Alaskan Legislature on the question of Alaskan official appointments, as I expressed in the adoption of the Mil lard-Gaffney resolution is being warm ly commended at this place. Mr. Gaff l neys' action in presenting the resolu [ tion is being praised by everybody. All the outlying towns in this vicin I ity have endorsed Major J. F. A. ! Strong for Governor of Alaska, and James Daly for United States Marshal. NOME, March 7.?Michael Samuels, driving John Hcgnes' dog team, left this place yesterday at two o'clock in an effort to establish a twnety-five day's record between Nome and Val dez. AMBASSADOR TO ITALY RESIGNS WASHINGTON, March 7?Thomas J. O'Brien, of Michigan, United States Ambassador to Italy, tendered his res ignation to President Wilson yester day. YALE'S FOOTBALL STANDARD Mr. Taft's salary of $5,000 a year as professor of law at Yale is com pared with the $4,000 that the foot ball coach is to get. But does not football at Yale need at present a rel atively higher degree of expert instruc tion than the law??New York World. Dynamite Explodes Kills Seventy-five BALTIMORE, March 7. ? Seventy live persons are dead or missing as the result of a dynamite explosion on a boat that was being loaded at Curtis Bay, for Panama. Forty bodies have been recovered. Most of the bodies were on the British steamshey Alum chine that was anchored near. The shock of the explosion was ter rific. The great skyscrapers of this; city were rocked as though they were j toy-houses. ANAPOLIS, March 7.?The shock of dynamite at Curtis Bay shook the State House to such an extent that; not a little damage resulted. BALTIMORE. March 7. The dyna mite ? exploded at t'lirtls May was being transferred from this city to the British steamship Aliimchfne on a Larue, the Alumchine and the tug At lantic, which was towing the barge, wore shattered and immediately sank. The United States naval collier, Ja son, which was near the explosion, was badly damaged. Boxes of dynamite wore hurled high into the air and exploded as they struck the water or more solid sub stances. PHILADELPHIA, March 7. ? The shock caused by exploding dynamite at Baltimore was felt plainly here. Bryan Outlines Policy On International Affairs WASHINGTON, March 7. ? Secre tary of State William Jennings Bry an this morning gave to the press his views upon the position the United States should take in international ?natters. He stated that he had ex pressed his position in his Indianapo lis speech of August IS, 1900. From this speech he quoted a paragraph, which said: "I can conceive a national destiny Jar surpassing tin glories of the pres ent or the past; a destiny which meets in full the responsibilities of today will measure up to any responsibilities thut tiie future wjil require." PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS CONTROL WASHINGTON, March 7.?The pro gressive Democratic control of the United States has been materially strengthened as a result of the second , day's Democratic caucus. The organ ization committee of the Senate is absolutely completely controlled by the leaders of the progressive forces. The reorganization steering committee that will make tho committee assign ments is made up as follows: Senator Kern, caucus chairman, and Senators Martin of Virginia, Clark of Arkansas, Chamberlain of Oregon, Owen of Oklahoma, O'Gorman of New York, Smith of Colorado, Lea of Ten nessee and Thomas of Colorado. COLLECTOR'S SALARY WILL BE $4,000 WASHINGTON, March 7.?The cus toms re-organization scheme that was prepared by Ex-Secretary of the Treasury Franklin MacVeagh and ap proved by Ex-President William H. Taft before their retirement from of !iee, fixes the sallary of the Collector of Customs for Alaska at $4,000 per annum. The customs reorganization was prepared by the Secretary of the Treasury and approved by the Presi dent, acting upon authority granted the Treasury Department and the President by act of Congress. The plan provides for the reduction of customs districts in the United States from 152 to about 50, and pro vides that all Collectors of Customs | shall receive compensation in fixed salaries instead of in salaries aud fees as has been the case heretofore in a majority of the districts. There is no change in the actual amount of the compensation received by the Collestor of Customs for Alas ka. but heretofore he has received a salary of $2,500 per year and fees not to exceed $1,500. Cor many years the . fees provided by law and the salary have amounted to the maximum, $4, 000 per year. The plan also provides for the re moval of the chstoms headquarters of the Puget Sound district from Port Townsend to Seattle. Darrow Case Has Gone to the Jury LOS ANGELES, March 7.?The fate i of Clarence G. Darrow, the labor at torney is in the hands of the jury. The last argument for the prosecution was completed this morning, and the case I submitted to the jury. It is still out.1 The prisoner feels confident of an ac-j quittal. Will Work on the Tariff Only WASHINGTON, March 7.?It has been learned here that President Woodrow Wilson will recommend that the tariff alone be acted upo nat the special session of Congress that will begin April 1st. NEWS NOTES It was a defective street light or no light at all rather than a broken side walk that caused Mrs. Harris to be in jured by a fall the other evening. Wilson Gets Another Job WILSON GETS WASHINGTON, March 7?President Woodrow .JVilson has accepted the honorary presidency of the American Peace Arbitration League. Wedding Day Is Decided Upon OYSTER BAY, March 7. ? The Roosevelt-Derby wedding has been set for April 4th. It will take place at Oyster Bay. EURLESON NAMES M. 0. CHANCE AS CHIEF CLERK WASHINGTON, March 7?Postmas ter-General A. S. Burleson today ap pointed Mcrritt O. Chance chief clerk of the Postofllce Department. CURACAO SAILS AT MIDNIGHT The Curacao sails for Seattle at one a. m. instead of eight o'clock to night.