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Arctic Brotherhood
Convention Tomorrow
Practically all of the delegates to
the Arctic Brotherhood are now oti the
ground, the Georgia having brought
the Haines delegation last night.
The convention has been called to
meet at 10 o'clock in the Orpheum
theatre which has been donated tor
that purpose by Manager John T.
Spickett An informal meeting was
held today at which a committee ap
pointed for the purpose made all the
arrangements as to the hour of meet-;
ing and the place of meeting, ('amp |
Treadwell meets in Douglas tonight
and the convention will probably be a
subject of discussion.
Every delegate so far. who has ex
pressed himself, is clear-cut in his
opinions on the subject that calls
them together. The convention is
more than a protest against the grand
camp's action in violating the consti
tution by attempting to institute sub
ordinate camps in Seattle and Van
couver. There is not the slightest
doubt but that action will bo taken to
cut off the outlaw grand camp from
the order.
It is not yet determined just what
steps are necessary to make the sep
aration from the alleged grand camp
legal without taking action in court
but it is practically decided that no
further recognition will be given the
grand camp?in fact Camp Haines and
'amp Skagway are ever, now working
; inder pass words not issued by the
'.rand Camp. There is a determina
ion to institute a grand camp within
! the jurisdiction of the order and to en
force all of the laws of the order that
have been submitted to referendum
The delegates who are here and the
camps they represent are as follows:
Camp Skagway, Xo. 1?Senator J.
M. Tanner, Judge H. B. Le Fevre, Max
Camp Haines, Xo. 17?Judge \V. B.
Stout. H. P. M. Blrkinbine. Grant Bald
win. Fred Handy, and Henry Brie.
Camp Clearv. Xo. 22?Representa
tive E. B. Collins.
Camp Eagle. Xo. 13?W. B. Stout. H.
P. M. Birkinbine (proxy).
Camp Fairbanks, Xo. 16?E. B. Col
Camp Iditarod, Xo. 27?J. M. Tan
I tier (proxy).
Camp Ketchikan. Xo. 20.? D. Smith
Camp Flat. Xo. 26?J. M. Tanner
Camp Petersburg, Xo. 30 ? Xelson
De Brie.
Camp St. Michael ? J. M. Tanner
Camp Treadwell. Xo. 14 ? C. A.
Camp Sitka. Xo. 6.?Dr. F. I,. God
dard. Representative Shoup. Prof. C.
C. Georceson.
Camp Wrangell. Xo. 28 ?Representa
tive X. J. Svindseth, M. Katzenmever.
Camp Seward. Xo. 21?Senator L.
V. Ray and Rep. Kelly of Knik.
Camp Valdez, Xo. 10?Senator B. F.
Millard and Rep. F. M. Boyle.
Representative .Milo Kelly presented
'' >pies of petitions of the citizens of
nik and of the Knik Commercial
lub praying for a better mail service
>r their community and making
mrges and complaints against the
?rvice that is being rendered them
? the contractors and Postottice De
;irtment, yesterday.
The original petitions are in the
Unds of Delegate James Wickersham
t present to the Postottice Depart
i ?nt. The petition follows:
' ? > the Honorable Postmaster-General
"Washington. D. C..
"Sir: The undersigned citizens of
K:k. Alaska, earnestly recommend
t it the Postottice Department erapow
t the Alaska Coast Steamship Com
p ny boats not to deliver the mail at
S dovia. Alaska, from April 1st. to
>> vember 1st., but to let these boats
tl iver the mail at Knik anchorage
v ere they sail every month.
We also strongly urge that all the
K ik mail delivered at Seward. Alas
k every week be at once sent over
tl Alaska Northern Railway to Kern
cr ek and from there be carried by Io
cs. boats to Knik. If satisfactory ar
rr gements cannot be nuide with the
A ska Northern Railway Company to
ca -y the mail, this could be sent over
th United States Government wagon
ro l from Seward and delivered at
Si rise. Alaska, where the local boats
th i could pirk it up and bring it to
Kt k.
'i-'or the winter service we recom
m< id that all mail matters in unlimit
ed quantities, all first and second,
thi d and fourth class, be brought to
Krk twice a month overland from
Se ard. from November 1st. to April
"Signed by lrti citizens"
"T< the Honorable Postmaster-General
Washington. D. C..
*"ir: The Knik District. Cook Inlet.
Ah ka. has for years grievously suf
fer d from inadequate mail service,
tlu loss and hardship thereby entailed
to he citizens here who are striving
hat! to develop this country cannot
be tated in dollars and cents.
"?'rom the month of April to the
mo th of October the local mail boats
are supposed to make two trips a
mo th. but it sometimes happens, as
for instance, last October, that the
ma is delivered at Seldovia within
a f.w days of each other and the lo
cal oats therefore take it upon thera
selV'S to make two trips in one.
"Through the Knik citizens* earnest
app? il they prevailed upon the post
mast .r at Seward last summer to send
all o:r local first class mail over the
AlasVa Northern Railroad to Kern
creek and from this place our small
local oats carried the mail to Knik;
thus ve enjoyed during the summer
a weekly mail service of our first
class mail, but our citizens paid the
captains of our local boats over $100
for this special privilege. At pres
ent the Knik mail is delivered at Sew
ard from Seattle every week.
"From April to October the Alaska
Coast Steamship Company delivers
mail once a month at Seldovia. The
steamship Dora on her westward trip
once a month picks up the Knik mail
at Seward and also lands this at Sel
dovia, The small local boats bring
the mail the rest of the two hundred
miles up Cook Inlet. During the
spring, summer and fall of 1912. the
Alaska Coast Steamship Company
boats called regularly at Knik Anchor
age having all our mail on board, but
here we were treated to the humiliat
ing spectacle that these boats dared
not deliver our mail but were obliged
to take it back to Seldovia and for
this reason our mail reached us one
or two weeks later than it should.
"From Octobe. to the middle of Jan
uary we are entirely cut off from the
outside world, since the first winter
mail leaves Seward January first, and
this mail is limited to two hundred
pounds first class mail only, while
our second class mail is left at Sew
ard from October to April when the
; first boat brings it in. There is no
valid reason why this district snouiu
be without mail service during the
months of November and December.
The Postal Inspector at Cordova
claims that it is not safe to send mail
during these months as it once hap
pened through the carlessness of a
mail driver the mall was submerged in
water crossing a stream. The mail
carrier himself admitted that had he
crossed a little farther up stream this
accident could have been avoided. The
best proof that such puerile objec
tions to the betterment of our mall
service are unwarranted is the fact
that we sometimes daily, and surely
constantly weekly send our mail over
to Seward by private travelers. These
travelers also bring our mail in dur
ing these months and the citizens pay
for this service twenty-five cents a let
ter and seventy-five cents a pound for
second class matter, which taken to
gether is a gross hardship and ex
pense to the settlers here. Thus it
will be seen that most of our summer
and winter mail is carried by private
travelers and therefore the amount of
collection at the local postofilce here
is a very meagre and unreliable au
thority, and is no criterion to follow
in forming a true estimate of our need
ed increase in the present miserable
mail sendee.
"Trusting that the Postofilce Depart
ment will come to our relief in this
matter we remain.
"(Signed) Very respectfully,
Last night about 1?: :?0 the lire alarm
was sounded and in a few minutes the
streets were thronged with people
rushing toward the Governor's House.
A large part of the crowd that was at
tending the joint session of the leg
islature. interrupted Delegate Wick
ersham's speech and were added to
the excited throng.
The volunteer crew of fire laddies
came tearing down the hill and then
turning the corner toiled through the
mud. dragging the heavy burden up
the raise on Calhoun road leading to
the Governor's House. Here flames
were bursting through the roof and I
upper walls of the cottages situated !
on the government reserve just oppo
site the Governor's House. Flaming
cinders floated over the Govern's
House and into the nearby residences,
but in a few minutes the fire bovs had
a stream on the building and the blaze
was soon subdued, but not until the
house was partially destroyed.
The building belonged to the govern
ment and was occupied by Misses
Thursby and Genther. government j
teachers in the native schools.
"The Legislature of Alaska should
pass a pure food law before its ad
journment." That is a declaration
made frequently at the Occidental
hotel by l'hil Abrahams, the all-Alas
ka citizen of Skagway, who is a guest
at that hostelry. Continuing, Mr. Ab
rahams. in discussing the proposition
yesterday, said:
"Practically an me suues m me
country have passed legislation for
the protection of its citizens from im
pure and unwholesome foods, and
there are as many or more reasons
why the people of Alaska should be
safe-guarded by such a law as there
re why the people of the States should
be. It is a necessary step toward bet
ter sanitary and health conditions."
Mr. Abrahams also wants the pay
of jurorors and witnesses increased
and a law giving a man over sixty
years of age the right to claim exemp
tion from jury service.
Forced Out of Business
Had no lease; no store available to
move into, must sell entire stock of
silverware, only 30 days to sell. Cut
glass and hand-painted china at any
sacrifice, as 1 have no place to store
them?I. J. SHARICK t.f.
SEATTLE, March 11. -The follow
ing are the northbound passengers
for Juneau and Douglas on the Mari
posa and Jefferson which sailed last
Mariposa for Juneau -W. A. Schadu,
Mrs. Gunther, Herbert H. Davis, Ru
dolph Blahut, Harry Fisher and wife,
Theodore Bullough, Gus Scogland, H.
L. Pratt, William Britt and wife, J.
J. Cole and G. P. Goggin.
Jefferson for Juneau ? Mrs. E. C.
Russell, Mrs. Jas. Freeburn, Dorothy
Davis, Edith Boyle, Kolaml \\ imams,
A. C. Thane. M. S. Tenner. C. N. Vick,
H. Ahrenstedt and wife, G. J. M. But
tler, David Leblanc, .Mrs. II. E. Pratt,
J. S. Harrison and wife, R. A. Gawley,
Harold \V. Scott, Henry Beety, .Mrs.
Emma Peterson, V. H. Wiihelm, Peter
Jefferson for Douglas?Miss S. Pos
kernegg, Marie Neupven, Richard Has
?enberg and Ernest Waltman.
Charles Carison was given thirty
days and costs in the Commissioner's
court for assaulting Charles Erickson.
The fine was suspended on a promise
of good behavior.
The case against Pat Morrissev was
dismissed on account of lack of evi
There is no supply of coal on hand
at the city bunkers owing to the fact
, that it was determined to clean the
bunkers of every bit of the late ship
? ments before unloading a fresh car
: go. It is thought that this will be ac
i complished by Thursday.
The Santa Ana is now on the way
here with 200 tons of coal for the city
bunkers and should arrive tomorrow
night or Thursday morning.
A complete line of tobacco lars and
pipe racks at BURFORDS.
Joint Resolution No. 3
Is Bone of Contention
Senate Joint Resolution No. 3, pro
viding for the uppointment of a joint
committee to prepare a coal lands
hill seems to have become a bone
of contention between the two bodies.
The resolution as introduced provides
for a committee of six, three from each
body. The House being twice as large
as the Senate claims that proportional
representation would give them a larg
er membership on the committee and.
sent the resolution back with an |
amendment providing four members
form the House and three from the
The Senate evening session con
vened at eight o'clock.
The committee on rules reported a
failure to concur with the House
amendment to joint resolution No. 3
and asked that a conference commit
tee be appointed. The president ap-1
pointed Senators Millard. Bruner, and
The Senate then adjourned until one
p. m. today, subject to the Joint ses- j
sion with the House last night.
The Senate convened at one o'clock;
this afternoon.
Senate Joint Resolution No. 4, by
Millard, relating to the hoisting of
?he I'nited States flag over the build
ing was introduced and adopted unan
Senate 13111 No. 3, an act to further
amend Sec. 404 and 405, criminal code
read first time, referred.
Recess taken until 2:30.
The Senate at 2:30 took up Senator
Freeding's Senate Joint Memorial No.
3, asking the government to appro
priate money for harbor at Nome. It
was put on final passage and adopted.
The Senate then took up Senator
Bruner's Joint Memorial No. 2, ask
ing that the mileage license be taken
from the Seward peninsula railroad.
Kelly, of the Third, and Svindseth,
of the First, each offered amendments
to Rule 43, which caused considerable
discussion in the House today.
House Memorial No. 1 by Represen-;
tative Milo Kelly, House Joint Reso
lution, by Representative Aldrich, and
House Joint Resolution, by Represen
tative Shoup, were all passed to sec-1
ond reading.
House Bill No. 4, and House Bill No.
5, by Shoup, passed to second reading, j
House Bill No. 1, by Gaffney, House
Bill No. 2, by Shoup, and House Bill
No. 3, by Ingram were referred.
The House Joint Memorial, by Dris
coll. asking that the government build
a permanent bridge across Chena riv
er in the town of Fairbanks, was read
the second time.
Great Northern Orders
Two Mammoth Steamers
Cramps Ship Yards at this place have
received an order from the Great
Northern Steamship Company for two;
mamoth steamships presumably for
use between Atlantic and Pacific ports
through the Panama canal. The speci
fications require a speed of twenty
three knots for each steamship.
WASHINGTON, March 11.?Charles
C. Heifner, who is generally regard
ed as the progressive Democratic lead
er of the State of Washington, was re
ceived this morning by President
Wood row Wilson. Mr. Heifner asked
the President to give consideration to
legislation looking toward the devel
opment of Alaska at the special ses
sion next mont. President Wilson as
sured .Mr. Heifner of his interest in
Alaska, and promised that he would
give a further hearing at which Sen
ators and Representatives and others
who are interested in Alaska should
be present and that they would have
an extended talk over the situation.
Government Attorney
Makes Statement
CHICAGO, .March 11.?In the open
ing statement to the jury in the Alas
ka coal cases, the attorney for the
government asserted that It had been
the intention of the locators of coal
lands to sell their holdings to the Gug
genheims as soon as titles were se
cured. He said that correspondence
between them and the agents for the
Guggenheims looking toward securing
this end had taken place and would
be presented to the jury. He also
charged that A. C. Frost had planned
to turn all coal lands along the line of
the Alaska Central,, now the Alaska
Northern, over to the Gugenheims.
The case on trial -Is against Albert
C. Frost, of Chicago, former President
of the Chicago & Milwaukee Elec
tric Railway Company and the Alaska
Central Railway; George M. Stewart,
of Chicago, former vice president of
| the same companies; Pierre G. Reach,
; of Chicago, former secretary of the
i same companies: George A. Ball, of
Muncie, Ind., financial backer of Frost;
Duncan M. Stewart, of Seward, Alas
ka, former governor of Sovereign
ka, former president of Sovereign
Bank of Canada, and Frank Watson of
The cases are the first to be tried on
a series of indictments returned in
1911 charging conspiracy to defraud
the government out of property val
ued at $100,000,000.
The defendants are charged with us
ing dummy entrymen.
Forced Out of Business
Had no lease; no store available to
move into, must sell entire stock of
silverware, only 30 days to sell. Cut
glass and hand-painted china at any
sacrifice, as I have no place to store
them?I. J. SHARICK tf.
London Lawyer Is
Some Swindler
LONDON, March 11.?What is re
garded as one of the greatest swin
dles of the present decade was exposed
today when the police arrested Arthur
Crippens, a lawyer of this city, for
swindling Dr. Hans Borstuh, of Vien
I na, a physician, out of $50,000.
President Asked
to Take hand
CHICAGO, March 11. ? Lieut. O'
Hara, president of the State Senate
, that is investigating the condition of
working girls in Chicago, has asked
I President Woodrow Wilson to meet
the investigators.
All the members of the Seward pen
insula delegation in the Legislature
that claim Nome as a residence are
?'.ockholders in the "Good Era" mine
upon which the rich quartz strike has
been made. They include Senators
; Freeding and Bruner and Representa
tives Gaffney, Aldrich and Jones. Rep
resentative Kennedy, of that Division,
is a resident of Candle. All of the
stockholders .naturally, are elated over
the news from Nome of the rich strike.
There will be an entire change of
program at the Orpheum Theatre this
Wickersham Political
Feud Shows Head
The political feud between the
"Wickersham" and "Anti-Wickcrsham"
forces in Alask.i showed Its head
above the surface for a brief spell at
the joint session of the Senate and
Mouse that had assembled last night
in the hall of the House to listen to
an address by Delegate James Wick
ersham, and for a moment threatened
to bring the proceedings to a close.
As it was Senator Elwood Bruner, of
Nome, withdrew front the meeting.
The incident was precipitated by
Delegate Wickersham's attack upon
Representative Charles E. Ingersoll,
of Ketchikan, because the latter had.
as temporary chairman of the first
meeting of the House of Representa
tives, criticised the organic act of the
t< rritory. As the attack proceeded it
became evident that the Delegate's
attack on Representative Ingersoll
v. as in part because the latter had con
demned the organic act in a "key-note"
speech, and in part because he had
formerly been a Wlckersham support
er and had deserted his leader. The
Delegate asked "Why?" in capital let
ters. but left the question to be an
swered by his auditors.
Delegate Wickersham had hardly
got fairly launched into his attack on
the Ketchikan Solon, when Senator
Bruner arose to a point of order. "We
tame here to hear a speech and not a
lecture for one of our members," he
aid. "The Delegate to Congress was
?nvited here as our guest to discuss
legislation and proposed legislation,
and to give us information as to the
.cope of our powers, not to attack our
motives. I make the point that he is
not proceeding in order, and ask for
a ruling."
President L. V. Ray, presiding over
the joint session, said that as Delegate
Wickersham is not a member of the
Legislature and not subject to its dis
cipline, the only question upon the
point of order is, "shall the speaker
be allowed to proceed?" A roll call
was ordered on that question:
Three Senators and one Represen-j
tatlve, SenatorH Bruner, Kreeding, and
Tripp, and Representative Stubbing
vol.m1 against permitting the Delegate
to proceed. The other five Senators
and fourteen Representatives voted in
the affirmative.
Representative Ingersoll was ap
plauded when he voted "Aye."
After the vote permitting him to
continue was announced, Delegate
Wickersham said that he was sorry
anyone had objected to his criticism.
"I do not desire to condemn any mem
ber of the Legislature or to rm^Ktion
his motives so much as 1 desire to de
fend the Alaska organic act from what
I believe to be unjust attack."
Later, when Delegate Wickersham
became more vitrolic and branched
out into an attack on the Governor and
the "Alaska Syndicate" and "allied in
terests," Senator Bruner arose and
asked President Ray for permission
to retire from the meeting, saying that
he did not care to hear the speech any
further. President Ray bowed his con
sent and the Nome Senator quietly de
Without further Interruption from
the members the speech was conclud
After the conclusion of the speech.
Representative Milo Kelly, of Knik,
first having received permission to
interrogate the Delegate, referred to
the criticism of the Legislature for
approving the report of the Alaska
Railroad Commission, and asked if the
report published in the newspapers
that Delegate Wickersham and Sen
ator Jones had joined in telegraphing
to commercial and other bodies ask
ing for resolutions of approval for the
report, was true.
In reply, Delegate Wickersham said
that he had not signed any telegrams
of that character. He added, however,
that generally speaking and in a
broad way he approved of the report.
That is. that he favored railroad con
struction by the government, but that
he did not like that portion of the re
port favoring the purchase of the Cop
per River Northwestern Railroad.
Delegate to Congress James Wick-'
rsham pleaded for harmony between
the Legislature and the Delegate in
working for the best interest of "a
great country that has suffered from
strangulation because of government j
executive withdrawal orders," in the i
!> -relation of his stirring speech last
night to the joint session of the Sen-1
ate and House of Representatives
held in the hall of the House. "I am
not the appointee of this Legislature,"!
he said. "1 received by election from j
the people of Alaska the same as you:
did, and I am answerable to them for
my actions Just as you are for your;
actions. Von have many powers of
legislation for Alaska and many of
the poyers of legislation arc reserved j
to Congress. It is of great import-1
atice that the two legislative bodies?
the one in which you represent the
people and the one in which I do?
hould work together for the common
good without regard to its effect on the
next election. I will go as far as any
man to bring about that kind of har
mony, and if I could be assured of
that kind of harmony I would here and
now be prepared to assure you that
I would not be a candidate for re-elec
tion. But that should not be neces-;
sary, and it is not."
This declaration of Delegate Wick-!
crsham came after the delivery of a :
speech wherein he explained the pow- j
ers and the limitations on the Legis
'ature, and in which he bitingly ar
raigned those that had opposed him ;
in Congress. In many respects, he
!uid said, the Alaska Legislature has I
greater powers than it has been cus-!
tornary to extend to other territorial I
legislatures and in some respects its |
powers are more limited than others.
The limitations in respect to legisla-1
tion on the liquor question, he said.,
were unusual, and. on the other hand,
the powers to amend laws of Congress
passed for Alaska are broader than it
had been the custom of Congress to
Prefacing his speech, which was in
writing, Delegate Wickersham said
that he had intended not to make a
public speech or statement of any
kind, but that things had come up dur
ing his stay at Juneau that had caused |
him to change his mind-, and to wel
come the opportunity to give expres
sion to his views.
The speech of the Delegate was
carefully and deliberately delivered.
All the members of the Legislature
\V( re present at the beginning and all
but Senator Bruner remained till the
end. The Legislators occupied the
stage of Elks' hall that is being util
ized as the hall of the House of Rep
The auditorium was packed with
citizens of Juneau and visitors in the
city, until it was half-emptied by a
general tire alarm sounded because of
a fire that destroyed a city residence.
The text of the speech, in full, fol
.Mr. President of the Senate, Mr.
Speaker of the House of Repre
sentatives, and Members of the
Legislature of Alaska:
Pursuant to a joint resolution,
unanimously adopted by both Houses
of the Legislature, the President of the
Senate and the Speaker of the House
extended to me a joint assembly in
the hall of the House of Representa
tives, this evening. The invitation
was accepted and my purpose is to
address you upon the legislative needs
of Alaska and how to secure the wisest
and best legislation through frank
consultation and co-operation between
the people's legislative representatives
in both the National and Territorial
Co-Operation Between National and
Territorial Legislatures.
The Constitution of the United
States gives Congress supreme legis
lative power iu a territory. In pursu
ance to a policy older even than the
Constitution, Congress has invariably
created a legislative body in each ter
ritory, and has by law given that lo
cal and temporary body such legisla
tive power as it deemed wise, having
due regard to the conditions existing
in and surrounding each territory. Con
gress is not obliged to create a terri
torial legislature, as you may witness
from the fact that Alaska did not
have such a body from 1867 until It
was created by the act of Congress of
August 24th, 1912. Nor is Congress
compelled tc give the legislature of a
territorial any defined or specific pow
ers. but it may authorize it to exercise
such powers as in its discretion it may
think wise. While all organic acts
creating legislatures In the territories
(Continued to Page Three.)

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