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THE ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE
VOL. 1. NO. 115. ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE, FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 1913. PRICE TEN CENTS GOVERNOR CLARK SIGNS FIRST BILL Committee Hearings on Eight-Hour Bill Yesterday afternoon between three and five the committees on labor, cap ital and immigration of both houses, held a joint session to discuss the bill bill by Roden relating to the employ-, ment of women. J. R. Beegle. a cau- j neryman, J. R. Heckman, at the head ; of five canneries and a bis store: W. j G. Beattie. superintendent of Indian i schools, and the Rev. .Mr. Jones. Pres-j byterian minister of the Juneau In dian church, appeared before the com-1 mittees to give their views. .Mr. Beegle opposed the law on the grounds that it was impractical; that it would reduce their working force during the busy season, and that the earnings would be reduced making the plan unsatisfactory to the native help. .Mr. Beegle said that he represented himself only. Mr. Heckman said that he kept a general store and was interested in canneries and that he was opposed to the measure because it was impracti cal: the hours of labor were uncer tain on account of the supply of fish ">eing uncertain, therefore the law would only decrease the earnings of the help .and the efficiency of the can neries. and at the same time injure the mercantile business. Mr Beattie said that there were a great many children working in the canneries, some of them working S and 10 hours each day during the can ning season and that he thought that they rather liked the work. He thought that if a woman who had young children must work ten and twelve hours each day that it would be a hardship. It was his opinion .how ever. that restricting them to eight hours would reduce their earnings to such a point that it would be unsat isfactory. The Rev. Mr. Jones, who said that he had been twenty years in the ser vice of the Indians, is of the belief that the eight-hour law would work a hardship on them rather than a ben efit. He had no interest In the mat ter other than the welfare of the In dians. The committees held a night session to continue the discussion, but there! was but little further Interest taken in the measure. Alstrom, the secre tary of the Western Federation of Miners, appeared with petitions signed by about 150 miners and others who1 asked that the eight-hour mining bill pass as introduced. E. C. Briggs In answer to lnvita-' tions to appear, was again before the committee but nothing new was ob tained beyond his statements at the first hearing. George Jacalav appeared and said that he had worked in Treadwell for five years. He believed that all the men would be satisfied with the law as introduced but it was his own opin ion that the men should eat and go to their meals on their own time. In the | deep mines it was his belief that time I should start from the entrance of the mine. Where they were operating three shifts he said that the time would j have to start at the work so that one I crew could relieve the other and not j allow the machines to stop. There should be no difficulty in getting ar. eight-hour system in force. It would be the same as now only two hours shorter for the men. TANNER NOT AETER THE WHITE PASS Senator J M Tanner, of Skagway, i does not want to be put in the light of making a fight on the White Pass & Yukon Railway. He used it and its history as he understood it as an ar gument against releasing all railroads in Alaska from taxation He thinks it and other railroads that are in op eration in the Territory can afford to ' pay taxes at the rate of $lnn per mile. The quotation of only a part of Sena tor Tanner's speech in the Senate yes- J1 terduv. hv The Empire. he thinks, might cause him to be misunderstood. ' This morning The Empire received 1 the following card from him and it is due him that it be published: "To the Editor: In The Empire of yesterday I am quoted as stating that the White Pass & Yukon Railway is paying large dividends. This is an er ror. I stated they did pay the cost of the road in two years, and continue to charge exhorbitant rates for freight: to-wit: the rate of $1200 per car for a haul of 69 miles. I stated that I un derstood the same state of affiars ex isted on roads at the Westward where j1 rates are fully as high. My protest included all of the roads. 1 stated with 1 all the roads operating it would take' in five years $200,000 away from the road and indigent fund if the tax were remitted. Very respectfully. "J. M. Tanner"' COMMITTEES ARE BUSV. Senator Henry Roden. general man-: ager of the big entertainment that will' take place Friday a week from to-' night for the benefit of the great Nome; dog race, says all the committees hav- j ing the affair in charge are working, and that the people of Juneau will be given the surprise of a lifetime. THE EAGLE BREWING CO. begs to announce that its Easter Bock Beer is now ready. The brewery is noted for the su- J perior quality of Bock Beer it pr>; duces, but this year the quality excels any yet offered. The great care ha\*-[ ing been used in the selection of ma-1 terials. It is invigorating and exhil-, arating and will prove a good antidote for hard work, care ami worry. Try it and you will be satisfied. Our Bock Beer will be sold in kegs or bottles, and orders from families will be filled by calling up 'phone 2-9. EAGLE BREWING CO.. 3-21-4t. S.Zynda, Propr. SPECIAL THIS WEEK JUST RECEIVED?A shipment of fancy apples. $1.25 per box?GOLD STEIN'S tf. I LAW TO PREVENT LABOR OPPRESSION If a bill introduced by Senator Mil lar dthis morning becomes a law it will be a misdemeanor punishable by eitjier tine or imprisonment or by both to force an employee to board at a company boarding house; to live in a company owned house or to trade with a company store .through threats of discharge or other means. The text of the bill follows: "Section 1.?It shall be unlawful for :iny person or corporation to compel by threats or intimidation, or threats of discharge, or to use any means to compel an employee against his will to board at any particular hotel, board ing house or other place where lodg ing or board may be provided .or to require an employee to purchase goods and supplies at any particular store. "Sec. 2.?Any person violating any of the provisions of this act shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be pun ished by a fine in a sum of not less than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) nor more than one hundred dollars ($100). or by imprisonment in the federal jail not less than 10 nor more than 30 days, or by both such fine and impris onment. "Sec. 3.?All acts and parts of acts in conflict herewith are hereby re pealed. I THIS IS FIRST DAY Of SPRING This is the first day of Spring. The Vernol Equinox took place at 10 min utes past 12 o'clock this morning, Washington time. In other words, at about three o'clock this morning, Ju neau time, the sun crossed the equa tor on its way north, marking the be ginning of the first season of the year 1913. From this time onward for six months the hours of sunshine will ex ceed those of darknes at all points north of the equator. SCOTTISH RITL BANQUET IS COMPLETE SUCCESS The banquet given by the Scottish Rite Masons last night was a most enjoyable affair. There were about 40 persons present including members and visiting members and ladies. Jas. Cristoe. of Douglas, presided. Addresses jvere made by G. P. Goggin. of Nome, J. W. Woodford. Senator Mil lard. and Judge Gunnison. The com mittee having charge consisted of W. W. Casey. D. A. Epsteyn, Lyman Fer ris and Edward Needhara. SEAL SHIPT OYSTERS?Fresh at the local agency?CHAS. GOLDSTEIN Ten New Bills Introduced Today The Senate held two short sessious today. In the morning Senator Mil lard Introduced two new bills. The House struck a rapid pace for the morning seslon and eight bills were introduced in as many minutes. The committee on judiciary and fed eral relations reported on several bills. In the afternoon Representative Dris coll and Speaker Collins made speeches in support of the memorial of the former, asking the government to build a bridge across the Chena slough. Senate The Senate convened at 10 a. m. The joint committee on contingent expenses and printing reported a rec ommendation that the balance of the joint printing fund. $2S00, be seggre gated. $1500 to the House and $1200 to the Senate. The following bills were introduced, read the first time and referred. Senate Rill Xo. 30. by Millard, an act to protect the lives of the travel ing public. Senate Bill Xo. 31, by Millard .an act to prevent oppression of em j ployees. Recess taKon uniu two p. m. ( The committee on education, pub lic health and morals reported favor ' ably on Senate Bill No. 20. by Tanner, relating to fire escapes for hotels. The enrollment committee reported that substitute Senate Joint Memorial No. 2. by Bruner, was properly en rolled. Adjourned till 10 a. m. Mar. 22. House I The House convened at 10 s . m. this morning. The committee on enrollment report ed Mouse Bill No. 2 correctly enrolled. The committee on rules submitted a resolution accepting the resignation of J. J. Mulally. The committee on Judiciary report ed favorably on House Joint Resolu tion No. 2; that House Bill No. 5, Shoup's Juvenile court bill, do pass with certain amendments: that House Bill No. 6 referred to commit tee on highways: that House Bill No. 10 be approved and referred to com mittee on labor, capital and immigra tion: that House Bill No. 16 be report | ed back to the House without recom ! mendation. Eight new bills were introduced in the House, viz: House Bills Nos. 21 to 29 inclusive. House Bill No. 21, by Ingersoll pro viding for extension of boundaries and limits of incorporated towns in Alas ka. House Bill No. ZZ, Dy Aiuricn, un employers' liability act for injuries sus tained by employees. House Bill No. 23, by Driscoll, to provide for sale of personal and real property to pay taxes due municipali ties. House Bill No. 24. by Shoup, to limit the fishing and canning season for certain species of salmon in the Terri tory of Alaska. House Bill No. 25, by Shoup. to re quire the registration of vital statis tics. House Bill No. 26. by Gaffney ,a lien law for benefit of labor and those who furnish material. House Bill No. 27. by Gray ,to amend the Alaska Code relative to duties of notaries public. House Bill No. 28. by Gray, to pro vide a form of summons in civil ac tions in the justice courts. House Bill No. 29, by Gaffney, pro viding for levying and collection of taxes for municipal purposes. Driscoll Memorial asking the gov ernment to build and maintain a bridge across the Chena river at Fairbanks adopted unanimously. Kennedy's joint memorial asking that court commissioners be put on a salaried basis, adopted unanimously Senate Memorial No. 5. by Freeding, aids to navigation passed to second reading. Senator Millard's bill to prevent des ecration of the flag passed to second reading. AL-KI BRINGS MANY FROM THE SOUTH The Alki brought the following pas sengers to Juneau: ' Mrs. Davies, the Misses Davies, C. B. Atwell, Matt Carlson, Oscar Kultstrom, Prank Buck. Mrs. Harry Malone, Vik Allskog, Mat Star, Emil Rutgen, Chas. Wolf. Mrs. C. Wolfe, B. W. Boydstun, Mrs. B. W. Boydstun, Emil Nelson, Chas. Dennett, C. B. Meyers, Mr. Ben son, Mr. Winters, W. R. Hubel, Mrs. B. Robinson, Mrs. F. T. Hilton. Mrs. Ladd, Rev. E. G. Bridgman, O. Lystad, A. Larsen, E .S. Strike, J. Mahoney, Fred Christopher, A. H. Ross, Wm. Hood, S. Bornstein, and E. S. A. Web ster, and twenty steerage. Executive's Signature to first home-Made Law Gov. Walter EL Clark signed the first bill to pass the Alaska Legislature, the Shoup Wom an Suffrage bill at 3:55 o'clock this afternoon. Representative Arthur G. Shoup, author of the bill, Senator Conrad Freeding, chairman of the committee on elections, election laws and mile age in the Senate which considered the bill and reported it favorably in Upper House, Private Secretary W. W. Shorthill, and W. H. Case wit nessed the signature. Gov. Clark used an ordinary steel pen in a carved ivory pen holder. Mrs. Clark, wife of the Governor, claimed the pen and holder as a souvenir of her husband's career as Alaska's chief executive. The Woman Suffrage Bill was the second bill introduced in the House of Representatives, and bore the number two. It was presented by Representative Arthur G. Shoup, of Sitka, Mar. 8th, and had its second reading Mar. 10. Mar. 11th it was referred to the committee on elec tions, election laws and mileage, which gave it an early hearing and reported it back to the House March 14th. It was at once taken up for final passage, and was passed, receiving the votes of all the members except that of Repre sentative Charles E. Ingersoll, of Ketchikan, who had objected to its consideration until the members could have time to consult with their constituents. He declined to vote on the meas ure as a protest, he said, against railroading it through, notwithstanding that he favored the bill. The bill was received by the Senate from the House March 15th, and referred to the com mittee on elections, election laws and mileage, of which Senator Conrad Freeding, of Nome, is chairman. March 17th, Senator D. A. Sutherland, who had introduced a woman suffrage bill in the Sen ate early in the session, withdrew his bill and gave Representative Shoup's bill the right of way. Senator Freeding, chairman of the commit tee on election, election laws and mileage, re ported the Shoup bill back to the Senate March 18th, with the recommendation that it do pass, and it was taken up and placed on final passage at once. It received the votes of all the Senators. Blizzard and Tornadoes Sweep Middle West CHICAGO, March 21. ? The worst - snow storm and blizzard of the win ter is sweeping over the Middle West. The damage to crops will run into many millions of dollars. Live stock that had been turned out to pasture | has suffered. Many Suffer in Tornado. MEMPHIS, March 21.?A terrific tor- j nado has touched many points in j Southern Missouri and Arkansas. Twenty-one persons have been report ed as killed and more than two hun-| dred injured from its effects. Much i property has been destroyed. Wires All Down. WASHINGTON, March 21. ? The storms that have prevailed through out the Middle West for 24 hours, are moving northward. There is no com munication between the capital and points south of Ohio. Wind and snow have broken the wires down. SEATTLE, March 21.?The Pacific Coast is almost completely cut off from wire communication with the Middle West. The wires are down every where. President Emeritus Eliot for St. James WASHINGTON, March 21.?Charles W. Elliott .former President of Har vard University, has been decided up on by President Woodrow Wilson for United States ambassador to Great Britain. George W. Guthrie, of Pennsylvania, | has been selected for ambassador to Mexico. Dudley G AVooten, of Se attle, Washington, was an applicant for this appointment. I AUSTRIA MAY I HELP THE TURKS SCUTARI .March 21. ? It has been learned here that Austria .with the possible assistance of Italy, will at tempt to stop the bombardment of this city that has been in progress with merciless ferociousness for more than a week. ALEXANDRIA. March 21.?The Tur kish cruiser Hamidieh sunk two Greek gunboats near here yesterday; BATRHEAU WILL BE FRENCH PREMIER PARIS, iMarch 21.?Joan Bnrtheau has accepted the premiership of France and the commission to form a cabinet. SPECIAL Shipment of Easter flow ers, just received at the Winter & Pond Store? roses, lilies, violets, car nations, ferns, etc. Phone your subscription to The Daily Empire. Phone 2-7-4. foreign Powers follow Wilson on Chinese Loan I LONDON, March 21?The action of President Woodrow Wilson, in with drawing from the negotiations that have been in progress to compel the new Chinese government to divide the loan it proposes to make among the bankers of the several powers, means , the dissolution of the group. The other, nations will follow the course of the i United Stiites and permit the Chinese ! Republic to handle its loan in its own j way. Bryan Endorses Wilson, DES MOINES, March 21. "Stand patism is dead in the United States," declared William J. Bryan at a ban quet in his honor last night. Mr. Bry an also said that he is entirely In sympathy with the attitude of Presi dent Woodrow Wilson on the Chin ese loan question. Continuing, he said: "1 have discovered by this incident that one of the duties I shall be able to perform as Secretary of State will be the announcement to the people of the world of a policy that I put as a plank in my platform 23 years ago when becoming a candidate for Con gress for the lirsf time. This alone worth is accepting the office for." Bering Schooners Wrecked and Crews Suffer NO.MK, March 21.? Samuel Gotts chalk arrived at this place yesterday front Siberia and the Dioinedes Isl ands. Me reports that the schooners Kikiwack and Moras were wrecked i late last fall on the Siberian coast of Northern Bering Sea. The crews es caped in life boats, but were wrecked again near the Diomedes Islands to which some of them escaped. The suf ferings of the crew before reaching safety or perishing were terrible. Mexican Alcalde Says Madero Was Murdered SAN FRANCISCO, March 21.?Col. Manuel Illache, formerly alcalde of Mexico City and a well known publish er in that city .arrived at Salinas Cruz. He says be has proof that Francisco I. Madero, former presiden of Mex ico .and .lose Snare/., former vice pres ident .were shot and strangled to death in the palace hv attaches of President Huerta .and that their deed bodies i were taken to the prison in an auto mobile. lie says the reported assault was a farcial ruse, and that he has ample proof to convince any one that will listen. HI, PASO, March 21.?Mexicans ar riving at Juarez have confessed to hav ing murdered the long missing Abra ham Gonzales, former governor of Chi huahua. Legislature Will i Hear Underworld ALBANY, N. Y.. March 21.? The legislative committee that is draft- jj ing legislation to remedy police con-1, ditions in New York has decided to , give hearings to the inhabitants of j the underworld, and to secure their views on what ought to be done to im prove conditions in New York city. PASSENGERS BOUND fORJUNEAU SEATTLE, March 21?The follow- i ing are the Juneau and Douglas pas senger lists of the Northwestern and Jefferson, which sailed from here last night: Norhtwestern ? Juneau cabin pass engers: John I?\ Malony and wife, L. E. Buell, A. Reiser, C. W. Miller, V .M. Dupey, Miss M. Smith. M. But ler, Gus T. Anderson, and Gus Mor aan. Jefferson?For Juneau:Mrs. A. Oien.! Mrs. L. M. Almpa, Miss T. Dale, P. G. Hunt, J. A. Rankin, G. J. Gleason, \v. H. Wagner, J. C. Dick, N. R. White, j C. Cotlash, S. Sikimich, Pete Deapuich, | F. Harris, W. H. Ingraham, R. W. Flint I and wife, Mrs. W. A. Hiliis, Mrs. Levy, j Miss B. Levy, Miss Margaret Baker, P. Hinder and wife, Clias Stephens, Chas. Gulley, Miss M. Harris, Chas. Holmberg and nineteen steerage. Jefferson for Douglas:Otto Salo and wife. Eugene Babo, Tillie Janson, Ame lia Nelson, Salin Dahl,-E. A. ltuede, ames Ottsen, Mrs. A. Dikoo, and seven steerage. Port Angeles Banker Commits Suicide PORT ANGELES, Wash., March 21. ?W. F. Delabarre, vice president of the Citizens' National Bank, committed suicide at this place yesterday. He has been a resident of this city for about 10 years. The new Spring and Summer styles are now ready. You are cordially in i vited to call and inspect them.? F. WOT,LAND. lw. Chinese Official Dangerously Shot SHANGHAI, China, March 21. -Gen Sung, former minister of education, was dangerously shot while on his way to the opening of parliament today. JOE M'DONALD REACHES SEATTLE SEATTLE, March 21.?Joseph Mac Donald, formerly superintendent of the Treadwell mines, and wanted at Ju neau for the murder of N. C. Jones several years ago, arrived in Seattle to day in charge of Deputy Marshal War ren. They will leave for the North on the first boat. HILDRETH CUT UP MONEY WITH OTHERS CHICAGO, March 21.?H. H. Hlld reth, former United States commission er at Seward, was a witness for the government in the Frost trial yester day afternoon. He was administrator for several coal claims that were sold to Frost. He said: "We understood that Frost was backed up by great wealth, so Frank Watson told me 'o charge $25,000 for claims. When I got the money I was to divide with Watson, Labaree, Frost and myself. I got a fourth of the amount paid me and gave the rest to Watson." Hildreth said he resigned as United States court commissioner after re ceiving a telegraphic request to do so from Delegate James Wickersham. EARLY ACTION ON CURRENCY LIKELY WASHINGTON. March 21.?It now appears certain that currency reform will be taken up for consideration and solution at the special session of Con gress that will convene April 7th. A complete line of tobacco jars and pipe racks at BURFORDS.