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THE ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE
VOL. 1. NO. 118. ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE, TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 1913. " PRICE TEN CENTS WHOLE NATION MOURNS FOR OMAHA Juneau Takes first Step for Modern School House The people of Juueau tix>k the first step toward the consummation of a plan to erect a modern, fire-proof school building in this city, at the meeting held in the council chamber last night. The plan acted upon was one prepared by the school board, which, proposed that the citizens of the city pledge their credit to a bunk, or banks, or to anyone else that would lend the money that will be required in addition to the amount of money that will accrue to the school fund from license taxes and other sources. This plan was urged for the reason that under the laws in force in Alas ka neither the school board nor the city council have the authority to create an indebtedness. The plan of the school board was approved by those at the meeting and among those present security for $7,000 was pledged in about five minutes. The plan of the school board, as ap proved by the meeting, is for the city to purchase the remaining quarter of the block on which the present school house is located, and to erect thereon a fire proof, modern school building of not less than sixteen rooms, a large assembly hall, furnace rooms, etc.: that this building be so designed that at least half of it can be completed within the next five months for the purpose stated. This action of the citizens of Juneau was taken after the following state ment. in writing, was presented to the meeting by the members of the board. Senator H. T. Tripp, acting as spokes man: "The problem that the City of Ju neau is facing today relating to the school question is of such grave im portance that it assumes the nature Of a serious question which must be taken in hand by the citizens and property holders of the city. "The unusual growth here during the present term overcrowded our schoolrooms to such an extent that it was necessary to procure outside buildings and hire two additional teachers in order to provide for the newcomers wishing to attend school. As this term is drawing near to its end. it is evident that three more teachers will be required to attend to the necessary wants of the influx. The two extra schoolrooms now being used could only be arranged for temporarily and cannot be had for the next term at any cost. And. as three more class rooms must be provided for the be ginning of the next terra ? which makes a present necessity of five rooms staring us in the face?without considering that all of the present (Continued to Page Three.) NEW DISTRICT RICHER* THAN KLONDIKE P. C. Cummings. who is heading a j party of Seattle business men into the | new diggings, that it attracting so much attention just now on the Ca-' nadian side, is on the trail of Skoo kum Jim. He says he had an inter- , view with Skookum Jim before the latter had seen Carmack. Jim told him at that time that Silver creek was not the only place that gold had been discovered. He said that the best strike was only six feet deep, and that the gold is more pletiful than it was in the Klondike. Cummings is an old timer in the Klondike country and an acquaintance of long standing of Skoo kum Jim. though he admits that the latter would not tell him any more than he had already said after he had had an interview with Carmack. Cummings and his party were not surprised yesterday when they learned that Skookum Jim. Carmack and Billy Leake had given the other stampeders the slip at Atlin and had struck out in a different direction than that which lead to Silver creek. Cumming's party will attempt to as certain while at Atlin just where Skoo kum Jim found the ground that "is rfcher than the Klondike." They feel that this information has r.ot yet been given to the public, and that perhaps it has not yet been guessed. Cum mings says he is on the trail of Skoo kum Jim. and he thinks he can pick it up. WILL ORGANIZE AN IGLOO TONIGHT Tonight at Odd Fellows' hall Iglo No. 6. Pioneers of Alaska, will be in stituted by Frank A. Aldrich. install ing ofhcer-at-large. President Martin of the 'S7 Pioneers has called a meet ing of that society for the same time and at the same place for the purpose of assisting the organization of the igloo. The *87 Pioneers will also be- j come members of the larger organiza tion and will be an important factor in Igloo. No. 6. TEAMSTER HURT IN RUNAWAY ACCIDENT A team belonging to the B. M. Behr ends Co. ran away about noon on Main street and collided with a lum ber pile. William Greer, the driver, suffered minor scalp injuries. He was taken to Dr. L. A. Sloane for treatment. C. B. Atwell. an Iditarod mining man who operates property adjoining that of Frank Hanley, was in Juneau yester day while the Northwestern lay at the dock. He is on his way to the in terior. Frank Manley, who has been visiting at Juneau for several days and who made a statement before the joint committee of the Senate and House yesterday, left on the Northwestern for the Westward on his way to Idit arod. MASS MEETING GETS GREAT RESULTS For members of the city council: H. A. Bishop. Fred Stevenson. F. Wolland. H. P. Harrison. J. M. .Miller. J. B. Marshall. C. W. Freis. Wm. Geddes. John Peterson. Gust Studebacker J. W. Bell. Robt. C. Hurley. Charles Carter. Chas. Naghel. Chris Krough. E. C. Hurlbutt. Lloyd G. Hill. For member of the school board: \V. E. Novell ? B. L. Thane. in addition to the above the names of A. D. Back. E. Valentine. John Reck. Chas. Hooker and Sim Freiman were presented, but each in turn declined to be a candidate. Mayor Bishop's gavel fell promptly at the appointed hour of last night's mass convention called for the purpose of nominating candidates for the new city council and for one member of the school board to be elect April 1. J. W. Bell acted as secretary and the business of the evening was fairly launched. Senator Tripp, as president of the school board immediately on the nom inations being over, read an address dealing with the conditions confront ing the school board anent the prob lem of providing more school room. The subject was thoroughly discussed. It was shown that Nome and Fair banks when confronted with the same problem of school accommodations had met the situation by creating an illegal debt which every succeeding administration had recognized a debt of honor and paid off as fast as funds were available. The plan of asking the citizens gen erally to pledge their credit personally for the necessary loan met with ap proval and an enthusiastic response. It was decided to circulate the pledge immediately among all the people after which the meeting adjourned. JEFFERSON TAKES MANY PASSENGERS The following booked passage on the Jefferson last night for Skagway: J. C. Raynor, H. Van Ermen, Jim Bell, A. Hammond, Wm. Flaherty, Al ex. Carroll. E. C. Jameson, L. W. Sea bloom. Dave Patterson, Joe Bell, F. D. Kely, J. McDaniel, F. A. Miller. H. P. Levy, and Chas. Cristoe. CHANGE OF SHOW AT ORPHEUM TONIGHT Pathe Weekly, showing parts of the big Elks' parade at Portland, Auld Lang Syne, in two reels. A screaming comedy. Billy the Butler follows. COURT NOTES Marshal H. J. Faulkner took C. K. Carroll to Skagway last night on the Jefferson. Earle Jameson went as guard. Harry Funkley was given permission to practice law in Alaska by Judge [Lyons this morning. Both Houses of Legislature Busy The Senate this morning went into committee of the whole and put in nearly two hours debating over the Bruner bill, providing for a code re vision commission. Roden, Tanner and Sutherland opposed the measure. [ Ray, Millard and Bruner spoke for it. ' It was passed. The House at the afternoon session was considering several bills and mem orials on final passage. House Joint Memorial No. 1, by Kelly, asking the repeal of the act setting time in which to adverse mining claims, was passed with an amendment. The Svindseth alien fisherman law and Shoup's Juv enile court bill are up for final pass age and it is conceded that they will pass. Both houses met in joint assembly and were photographed at 1:30. Senate The Senate convened at 10 a. m. and went into committee of whole to consider Senate Bill No. 25, by Bru ner, providing for a commission to revise the Alaoka code. Committee of whole reported favor ably and bill passed. Senate concurrent resolution by Bru ner expressing appreciation of the message received from the legislative assembly of the State of Washington. Senate Bill No. 30, by Millard, re lating to negotiable papers .intro duced. House The House convened at 10 o'clock this morning. House Bill No. 19. by Shoup relating to Indian citizenship, was withdrawn at request of its author in favor of the Kelly House Bill No. 54 on the same subject. House Bill No. 21, by Ingersoll, an 8-hour labor law applying to the min ing industry, was referred to the com mittee on labor, capital and immigra tion. House Bill No. 22, by Aldrich, a per sonal injury law, was referred to the committe on labor, capital and immi gration. House Bill No. 23, by Driscoll, re lating to the collection of municipal taxes was referred to the committee on bonks, banking and corporations. House Bill No. 24, by Shoup. regu lating the catching of sockeye and humpback salmon, was referred to the committee on fisheries; fish, game and agriculture. House Bill No. 25, by Shoup, relat ing to vital statistics, was referred to the committe on education, public health, quarantine and morals. House Bill No. 26, by Gaffney, re lating to liens, was withdrawn at re quest of author on account of another bill covering the same* principal. House Bill No. 29. by Gaffney, re lating to assessment and collection of taxes, was referred to the committee on banks, banking and corporations. House Bill No. 30, by Ingram, re lating to false advertising to secure workingmen, was referred to the com mittee on labor, capital and immigra tion. House Bill No. 40, by Kelly, relat ing to the conduct of banks and bank ing in Alaska, was referred to the com mittee on banks, banking and corpor ations. The House took a recess until 2 o' clock. JOSEPH M'DONALD ON WAY NORTH Joseph MacDonald, accompanied by his wife and daughter, will arrive in Juneau either tomorrow night or Thursday morning on the steamer Humboldt. ' "I WELL KNOWN COUPLE MARRIED LAST NIGHT Peter Babi and Mrs. Bertha Jarmy were married in the parlors of the Or pheum hotel at seven o'clock last night in the presence of Mr. and Mrs. John T. Spickett, by Judge Grover C. "Winn. The high contracting parties are both well and favorably known in Ju neau. The bride was for some time a nurse in St. Ann's hospital and the groom is in business in Juneau. A new residence is being prepared where they will be at home to their friends within a few weeks. Fresh shipment of SEALSHIPT OYSTERS was received on the Jef ferson. CHAS. GOLDSTEIN. t.f. The new Spring and Summer styles are now ready. You are cordially In vited to call and inspect them.? F. WOLLAND. lw. Three Hundred Drowned in Dayton, 0., Flood INDIANAPOLIS, March 25?The Western Union Telegraph Company here received word at 11 o'clock this morning that 300 persons were drowned this morning at Dayton, Ohio, in a tremendous and unexplained (flood. / ______________ CINCINNATI, March 25.?It Is be lieved here that the Miami river has over-ruh its levies, inundating Dayton, Ohio. ? COLUMBUS, 0., March 25.?Dayton, Ohio, Is under water. Many have been drowned. The dead include Mayor B. j V. Leas. All wires connecting Dayton are down. | Eliot Refuses to Take Ambassadorship : CAMBRIDGE. Mass., March 25. ? President Emeritus Charles W. Eliot lias declined the proffered appointment as ambassador to Great Britain. Age and financial conditions are said to be the considerations that caused him to refuse the honor the President sought to confer upon him.. WASH. LEGISLATURE CONGRATULATES ALASKA An engrossed copy of the joint reso lution by the Legislature of Washing ton, of which Representative Frank P. Goss, of Seattle, was the author, was received from Secretary of State How ell yesterday and read in the Senate and House of Representatives of the ; Alaska Legislature yesterday. It fol lows: I "Whereas, the 13th - legislature of the State of Washington recognizing the close relations between the people of this State with those of the Terri tory of Alaska, is mindful of the fact that this friendly relation has redound ed to the great benefit of both in a commercial and business way, and "Whereas, We feel great pride in any forward movement looking to thei upbuilding and development ' of the Northwest, Whereas, the first territorial legis lature of Alaska will convene at Ju neau on Monday the third day of March. 1913, "Therefore, be it resolved, by the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, the Senate con curring: "That we offer our heartiest con gratulations to the people of the Ter ritory of Alaska on the assembling of its first legislature, hoping and believ ing that it is the first step in a great era of development and prosperity, which will soon result in a complete home government: "Resolved Further, That the Secre tary of State of the State of Washing ton be and he is hereby directed to for ward an engrossed copy of this reso lution . to the Legislature of the Terri tory of Alaska. "Passed the House Feb. 28, 1913. "HOWARD D. TAYLOR, "Speaker of the House. "Passed the Senate March 4, 1913. "LOUIS F. HART, "President of the Senate." SOCIALISTS NAME CITY TICKET The Socialists nominated a city ticket last night at a mass meeting at the regular meting place of the or ganization near the sawmill. The fol lowing were placed in nomination for city councilmen: Charles Helsing Grafton Coleman, Oscar Harri, John F. Greene, Chas. Oja and John Noland. There is one more candidate to be j selected, due to the declination of Dave Robinson to be a candidate. He will be selected Thursday evening. NO ENCOURAGEMENT FOR PORTLAND CANAL ROAD Lieut.-Col. W. P. Richardson, presi dent of the Alaska Road Commission, writes to the Stewart Citizens' Asso ciation that he cannot promise any favorable action this summer towards widening the present Salmon river trail from Portland to the interna tional line into a wagon road.?Prince Rupert Empire. Job Printing at The Empire Office BILL OPPONENTS HAVE INNINGS The opponents of the Uoden-Gaff ney eight-hour bill had their innings yesterday. Prank Manley and Tom Aitken, two of the largest and most sucessful placer operations from in terior expressed themselves as be ing opposed not only to its application in open cut work but also as apply ing to underground placer mining. They were of the opinion that to enforce the law would work a hard ship on the working miners who would have their wages cut in proportion to the time lost. Harry Badger, representing a ditch company, said that the whole of the ' Chatanlka flats would be abandoned ; if the law went into effect Messrs. Staples and Larsen made statements against the bill. Jerry Scanlon, a well known work ing miner came out with a strong ap proval of the eight-hour bill. Ho said the great majority of the miners want ed an eight-hour law; that some of the ground would not pay if the men worked 12 hours; that placer ground was dangerous to work under ground as quartz mining; that ground that paid at a ten-hour day would also pay at eight hours. BRIGHTER DAYS AHEAD f OR ALASKA "I believe Franklin K. Lane's ap pointment as Secretary of the Interior is the best thing that has occurred for Alaska in a long time," said George E. Baldwin, the well known mining en gineer of Valdez. "I believe there is a brighter day ahead for Alaska since we have gotten Fisher and the other Pinchot sattelites out of the way. The impression prevails throughout th(e; country that the new administration will work out the problem of Alaska development to the satisfaction of the people." Mr. Baldwin Is a passenger on the Northwestern enroute to Cordova. He is general manager of the Mother Lode Mining Company, which is developing property adjoining the famous Bonan za mine at Kennecott In the Copper river district. The company is ship ping machinery for an aerial tram way that will bo 6600 feet in length over which its ore will be delivered from its mine to the Copper River & Northwestern Railway. It is Mr. Baldwin's intention to begin shipping ore before the close of the present season. ALASKA CUTTER AT PORT TOWNSEND PORT TOWNSEND, March 25.?The United States revenue cutter Unalga, designed for service in Alaska, arrived here yesterday. A complete line of iobacco Jars and pipe racks at BURFORDS. SEAL SHIPT OYSTERS?Freeh at the local agency?CHAS. GOLDSTEIN Aid and Sympathy for Nebraska's Metropolis Seattle, March 25?All cities throughout the Nation are tendering aid to wind-swept and burning Omaha. President Offers Help. WASHINGTON, March 25.?President Woodrow Wilson yes terday telegraphed Mayor James Dahlman, of Omaha, asking, "Can we help in any way?" The President expressed his deepest sym pathy with the afflicted city and its people. Hundreds Dead and Injured. OMAHA, March 25.?More than 200 persons were killed in this city and nearby towns by the tornadoes that swept this coun try Sunday and the fires that followed in their wake. The heav iest death toll was levied on the western part of the city. The dead in Omaha alone are known to be in excess of 140. Hundreds have been injured. The hospitals of Omaha and Council Bluffs are filled with the suffering. The city is being patrolled by federal troops and the National Guard of Nebraska. Three companies of militia in addition to the Omaha State troops are in service. The last and worst of the cyclones that swept over the city cut a swath six blocks wide. Fire Continues Raging?Damage $10,000,000. OMAHA, March 25.?Twenty-three fires were kindled in the path of the cyclone that demolished a large portion of Omaha Sunday. Many of them are not yet under control this afternoon. Many fashionable homes on West Farnum street and Bemiss Park have been destroyed. Dozens of business blocks in the vicinity of Twenty-fourth and Lake streets were completely destroyed. Eleven churches and eight school houses, including the Sa cred Heart convent, were wrecked. The property damage will exceed $10,000,000. Death List Growing COUNCIL BLUFFS, la., March 25.?The death list in Iowa and Nebraska resulting from the storms of Sunday continues to grow. Deaths have been reported by telephone from every town in Mills County. 1500 Buildings Destroyed CHICAGO. March 25.?A dispatch from Colfeyville, Kan., to the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad ollices in this city, says 1,500 buildings have been destroyed in Omaha. Twenty Dea'd at Yutan YUTAN, Neb., March 25.?Twenty are dead in this town as the result of Sunday's tornado. Illinois and Indiana Hit CHICAGO, March 25.?One dead and 87 injured is the result of a wind storm that swept over Chicago yesterday. A score of houses were blown from their foundations. PEORIA, 111., March 25.?A wind storm yesterday demolished a number of homes in Galesburg. TERRE-HAUTE, Ind., March 25.?Twenty-four were killed yesterday in this city and Vigo County by a tornado that swept over this section of Indiana and Illinois. Witnesses Make Grave Charges CHICAGO, March 25. ? W. A. Wandtke, bookkeeper for Frost, testi fied that since Frost's books were turned over to Receiver George W. Seward, certain names including that of former Secretary of the Interior Richard A. Ballinger, had been erased. Judge Landis at once ordered that bailiffs bring all the books and records of Frost into the court room. SEATTLE, March 24.?Former Sec retary of the Interior Richard A. Bal linger said today, "Neither I, person ally, nor the firm of which I am a member, had anything to do with the Frost claims in any manner whatso ever." WIRELESS MESSAGE CROSSES OCEAN PARIS, March 25.?The Eiffel Tow er station caught a complete message from the Arlington naval station in the United States yesterday. NOTICE TO '87 PIONEERS All '87 Pioneers are requested to be present at Odd Fellows' hall Tuesday evening at 8 o'clock. Business of im portance. J. T. MARTIN, 3-22-3t. President. STORM VISITS SOUTH ENGLAND LONDON, March 25. ? A terrific storm and hurricane visited South Eng land last night. Great damage was done throughout the country, and it is feared there have been many mar ine disasters. DEPUTY COLLECTOR TAKES NEW POST George W. Woodruff of the United States customs force, y/ho arrived from Fortymile a few days ago, left on the Northwestern for Cordova where he will take charge of the custom house. Since Deputy Collector M. A. Whit tier was transferred from Cordova to Ketchikan last October the Cordova sub-port has been supplied temporarily by a man not connected regularly with the service. Mrs. Woodruff accom panied her husband on the outbound trip as far as Eagle and will remain there until the opening of the Yukon river to navigation, when she will come out and join her husband at Cor dova after visiting relatives in Seat tle. STORK MAKES ANOTHER VISIT TO JUNEAU The old stork left a baby boy at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ole Orson, Sun day. Dr. Mahone is the attending phy sician. All parties are doing finely.