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THE ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE
VOL. L, NO. 144. JUNEAU, ALASKA, THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 1913. PRICE TEN CENTS THE SENATE KILLS FISH-TRAP BILL house Raises Lid for | New Bill Then Kills lt| The House this morning let down the bars for the purpose of allowing Col. Ingersoll. Ketchikan's represen tative. the privilege of introducing a bill by request. The request is said to have come from the district attor ney's office. The bill, known as House Hill No. 92. is for an act authorizing the introduction of e\ idence of de fendant's character reputation, habits and disposition in criminal prosecu tions under indictment charging some degree of homicide or assault with dangerous weapons, or assault with intent to kill. Section one provides that in all criminal prosecutions, un der an indictment charging some de gree of homicide, it shall be compe tent for the prosecution to prove the character, reputation, habits and dis position of the defendant with refer ence to the use of weapons, irrespec tive of whether the defendant intro duces evidence of good character and reputation or not. Section two de clared an emergency to exist making the act take effect immediately. The bill was indefinitely postponed but not before it had ben unmercifully grilled by nearly every member of the House. Representative Kennedy, of Candle, denounced the bill in unmeasured terms. He hopped on the emergency clause with both feet, declaring it as his belief that the bill was introduced for ulterior purposes. This body knows of no emergency that calls for the passage of such a bill, he said, even if it were a good law, which he stated, it was not. Speaker Collins addressed the i House declaring that the bill, if it should become a law, would work great harm. "A law such as this," he said, "would kill all incentive to re form. Laws are made for the refor mation of people as well as for re straining wrongful tendencies. Other speakers followed in rapid succession, denouncing the bill either as a wicked measure, designed to work out the third degree methods, or as a special act for a specific purpose, j The emergency clause seemed to be | the point most assailed in adverse: comment Representative Jones, of Nome, was j the lone member who had a good word , for the bill. He said that he thought: it would be proper to allow the prose-' cution to go Into a man's past to prove his character and habits in cases of the homicide, and assaults with dangerous weapons, or with assaults with intent to kill. The measure was Indefinitely post poned with but one dissenting vote, that of Mr. Jones. Col. Ingersoll was excused from voting. Senator Freeding Wants Ice Breakers For Bering Sea The United Suites government will be asked to establish a winter water service between Dutch Harbor and Nome by the official representatives of Alaska if the legislature passes a memorial that was introduced yester day in the Senate by Senator Conrad Freeding. of Nome. The memorial urges Congress to make the necessary apropriation to build one or more ice breaking craft, such as the Canadians and Russians have demonstrated is practicable under condit.ons that are similar to those existing in Bering sea in the winter time, and that a semi-monthly service for passengers, mail and freight be given to Seward peninsula from November to June, the months when Beriug sea is now closed to navigation. It is asked that the craft be attached to the revenue cut ter service. I The memorial points to the fact that there are 5.000 people in the Seward peusilua country that have no means of communication with the world from late in October until early in June; that they have produced in the last decade approximately $65,000,000, in gold: that 37 dredges are now in op eration there and the number is being increased yearly; that it will contin ue indefinitely as a great gold-pro ducing region; that Canada has dem onstrated the practicability of ice breaking on Northumberland strait and Russia has done so on the Baltic sea. and that the conditions in these waters in the winter time and those of Bering sea are in all respects sim ilar; that ice-breaking craft could be utilized as revenue cutters in North ern waters in the summer time to ad vantage. ALASKA-JUALIN PROGRESS SHOWN The work of laying track from the bayside portal of tunnel number 3 to the Alaska- Juneau mine is now in pro gress and it is expected that it will be completed within the next three weeks. The entire distance is about 5.000 feet. Tunnel number 3. which penetrates Mount Roberts, was com pleted yesterday. This tunnel is 2. 250 feet long, a short interval along the mountainside separates it from tunnel number 2 about 500 feet long; another short Interval separates tun nel number 1. which is but 300 feet long. From tunnel number 1 to the portal of the mine or main tunnel at Snow Slide gulch, is but another brief walk. All of the road bed at the interven ing points between tunnels has been tinished for some time, also tunnels number 1 and 2. The work of lay ing track has been waiting upon the completion of tunnel number 3. the entry to tide water. The main or mine tunnel has now penetrated under the mountain a dis yet to be bored before the main shaft tance of 5,450 feet leaving 600 feet of the mine can be tapped at this low er level. Eeverything is moving along smooth ly and itis expected that by the time the new ore reducing plant is erected that the mine will be ready to deliver the ore. The first unit consisting of a 150-stamp mill with additional roll machinery doubling the capacity of the ordiuary stamp mill will, unless serious mishaps occur, be extracting the ore values before next August. Waffles all day at "U and I" Lunch Room. 4-14-lm. JUNEAU MUST DRESS TOR SUMMER Junt.au must dre38 up for summer. That is the order from the municipal government. City .Marshal Martin is going about telling the people that the time is now here for the regular spring clean-up. It is desirable that the cit izens generally co-operate with the municpal authorities in bringing the town into a more presentable state. It is a matter of some importance, not only from a sanitary point of view, but for the fair name of the city. Cap tain Martin says, that all sorts of gar bage and refuse be carted from the streets and vacant spaces of town lots. The unseemly condition results from the laxity of enforcement of city regulations during the winter months, but the winter is now over, and Ju neau must not cause unfavorable com ment from the citizens of neighboring towns and strangers from the Outside on account of the condition of its streets and vacant lots. The city marshal says that Ordinance No 33 | is to be strictly enforced from this time on, and the people should take due notice and avoid possible unpleas antness. IMMIGRATION AGENT MOVES FROM SKAGWAY Immigration Officer A. H. Joy has been notified that he is to be trans ferred to Ketchikan where he is to remain permanently. The business of the immigration office in Skagway will be handled by the customs office. Mr. Joy, with his family, expects to re ceive official authorization to remove to the First City within the coming 1 week.?Skagway Alaskan. CABLE BREAK NEAR SEATTLE The break in the United States mili tary cable that interrupted service Tuesday has been located as being near Seattle. It is believed that it is not more than 50 milea from that place. This would bring it some place about Port Townsend or Port Angeles. The discovery of the whereabouts of the break was made through tests conducted from Sitka. It is believed, inasmuch as the cable ship Burnside is on Puget Sound that the necessary repairs will soon be made and the cable service resumed. The injury to the cable is located at about the same place the break occurred a few weeks ago when the line was out of commission for about three days. NEW STORE OPENS IN JUNEAU J. H .Handle, one of Juneau's well known citizens, has entered the gen eral merchandising business. His store is being opened in the location formerly occupied by the Fitzgerald store on Franklin street, and has bebn christened the "Scandinavian Gro cery." In addition to a complete line of groceries, the Scandinavian Grocery will carry a line of mens' boots, shoes and clothing. Mr. Handle has a large circle of friends and acquaintances in Juneau and vicinity, and he will doubtless re ceive a large patronage. * RODEN EIGHT-HOUR BILL * SIGNED BY GOVERNOR * ? * * Governor Clark this afternoon * * signed the Roden eight-hour * j * bill applying to the quartz min- * * ing industry. And it Is now a * * law. * j EDDINGTON TALKS COLD STORAGE A large cold storage plant is being' established by the Booth fisheries in- j testers at Sitka. Building operations are to begin at once, and the structure i rushed to completion as rapidly as J possible. Some of the lumber has been | secured and is already on the ground, j It is expected that the machinery will all be installed and the plant ready for business within the next sixty days. The plant will have a capacity i of one million pounds. J. B. Eddington, vice president and general manager of the Booth fisher ies interests, is authority for the fore going statements. Mr. Eddington has just returned from Sitka where he per sonally looked over the ground and made final arrangements for carry ing out the company's plans in this respect. To The Empire Mr. Edding ton said that he considered Sitka a very favorable place for an establish ment of this kind. It is a direct cen ter for an immense fishing area easily accessible at all times of the year. While the place has not the transpor tation facilities of Juneau, it is so near the regular path of travel that the disability can be overcome. Mr. Eddington takes a great deal of interest in the cold storage plant now in process of construction here in Ju neau, and expressed the belief that it will be a great success, tl will un-, doubtedly be of considerable import ance to the town and will be of equal importance to the man engaged in Ash ing is *the belief of Mr. Eddington be cause it furnisher a local market for the Asherman who otherwise might seek another home port. In making the trip to Sitka and re turn Mr. Eddington was accompanied by his wife. The launch PaciAc was chartered for that purpose and they had a very enjoyable cruise. Mrs. Ed dington is a great lover of the sea and is a good sailor. They left for the South on the Spokane and will go to Chicago where the main offices of the company are located. W. Stewart, who has been representing the com pany here, is in charge of the enter prise at Sitka at present. CORDOVA HERE. The Cordova arived with a cargo of coal and explosives and is now dis charging. While off the coast ' of Prince of Wales island she bumped a rock and was slightly damaged. CANADIAN LINE DOWN The Canadian telegraph line was down until nearly four o'clock today. ! At that hour press dispatches arrived. The Empire will be late as a result. W. J. Bryan Goes to Sacramento WASHINGTON, Aoril 24. ? Presl-i dent Woodrow Wilson today wired Governor Hiram Johnson, asking that all anti-alien legislation be held in abeyance until the arrival of Secre tary of State William J. Bryan at Sac ramento. Word was received in reply to the President's dispatch saying that the state legislature of California had passed a resolution announcing its willingness to await the arival of Sec retary Bryan before acting. Br. Bryan Is preparing to leave for Sacramento. Bryan Has Peace Plan. WASHINGTON. April 24. ? Secre tary of State Bryan yesterday submit ted a plan to the U. S. Senate for eign relations commltte for interna tional peace. The plan met with the i unanimous approval of the committee. , Secretary Bryan says he will announce I the plans as soon as he shall have conferred with President Wilson. TOKYO, April 24.?It hsm been an : nounced here that chambers of com j inerce throughout the country are pass ing resolutions requesting President Wilson to oppose the proposed Cali fornia legislation. Jualin Mine on Berne^s Bay Changes Ownership The Jualiu mines have been sold. | It is announced that the Algunican De velopment Company, Ltd., has trans ferred its interests in the Jualin prop erty, on Berner's Bay, to the re-or ganized Jualin-Alaska .Mines Com pany, and that the new concern will take possession of the property on or i about May 1. It is also stated thai I the re-organized Jualin-Alaska Mines Company will take over all of the Alas-i ka business of the Algunican Develop ment Company on the same date. Recently Sidney Smith, consulting engineer of the Algunican Develop ment Company visited the property with the vice president and on their return to Juneau took an early boat for the States. Mr. Smith, It is an nounced, will not return to Juneau but remain in the East in connection with I the opening up of some properties in the Cobalt and Porcupine districts of Ontario. With the retirement of Mr. Smith. Superintendent of Construction Albert X. Nadeau was placed in charge. It is altogether probable that there will be hut little change of adininistra tion under the new ownership except p&rhaps a new business head. It is hinted that Superintendent Nadeau will retain his place as Superintend ent and more than likely others will hold their positions. .Mr. Nadeau left for Jualin with a party today having chartered the launch Pacific to make the run. W. H. Case, the commercial photogra pher, accompanied the party for pur pose of taking photographs of the de velopment work at its present stage. These photographs will be sent along with reports to the head office so that a clear understanding can be had as to the work that has been accom ; plished. The Jualin mine at Berner's Bay has been one of the well known South eastern Alaska mining properties for about 20 years. . It was originally fi nanced by Lieut. W. B. Hoggatt, af terward Governor of Alaska, and the capital in it came from Indiana. He was superintendent of the mine for many years, and was afterward suc ceeded by his brother, Herbert Hog gatt 8,000 KILLED AT SCUTARI CETINJE, April 24.?The Turkish com mander yesterday signed articles of capitulation of Scutari. Eight thous-1 and Turks and Montenegrins were kileld in the final battle. THEY DIDN'T LIKE CEMETERIES ST. LOUIS, April 23?The bodies of .Mrs. Erestine Kommochau, aged 80 years, and her daughter, Thelma, aged 54, were discovered yesterday under a concrete slab in the basement of their home in this city. Another daugh ter, Marce, aged 49 years, was arrest-! ed. She insists that her mother and sister died natural death# and were ' buried in the basement on account of a prejudice that the family possessed against cemeteries. STREET CAR KILLS PITTSBURGH GIRL PITTSBURGH, April 23. ? A girl marching with strikers here yester day was run down by a street car and killed. SPOKANE TAKES MANY PASSENGERS SOUTH The Spokane took a large number of passengers from Juneau at this morning's sniling. Following is the list: For Seattle ? L. F. Jones, Maud Frame, Florence Dayton, H. G. Con way, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Edington, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. B. Hillis, Mary I. Flint, S. A. Asselt. For Ketchikan?Judge Thomas R. Lyons, Mrs. Lyons, Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Robeitson, J. J. Clarke, John Rust gard, R V. Nye, Miss Ina S. Liebhardt, Mrs. Loibahrdt, J. F. Mullen, W. A. Hillis, 31. L. Tatum, H. R. Miller For W'rnngell?A Bernhelm, and R. |w. Flint GERMAN BALOONISTS ANNOY FRENCH NANCY, France, April 23.?Another German military balloon alighted in I French territory yesterday. This time it came down at Nord Arracourt. The ofllcers in the balloon said that they had exhausted their gas. The citizens generally and the ofllcers of the French army are greatly indignant. PARIS, April 23.?The French peo ple are highly Incensed at the Ger mans on account of the landing'of a second military balloon in French ter ritory within a few days of the first one. They suspect that the Germans are taking more than usual interest in the French defenses on the fron tier. MUCH PROGRESS ON STREET WORK Farnham street, a thoroughfare of the new and popular residence section j in which the Governor's House is lo cated, is at last to be put in a pass able state. At the last meeting of the j new city council a petition was read | asking that the grade be established on that street. City Engineer Blakes lee says that progress is being made on this work and that the street is to be graded at once. Work will start in a few days. The city engineer and his assistants are very busy these days. Street lev els are being run in all parts of the city with the .purpose in view of es tablishing permanent grades. As soon as this work is completed it is ex pected that the city government will order some permanent street Improve ments. The idea is growing that rock rather than planking should be used in all future 'paving. The engineering department is also investigating the sewerage conditions prevailing in Juneau at the present early date. Ordinance No. 33?the health and sanitary ordinance? is to be strictly enforced. fish-Trap Bill Meets Death in Senate Today The famous anti-fish trap bill met its (leatli in the Territorial Senate this afternoon. By a vote of four to three?President I... V. Ka/ having been excused from voting?the bill went down to defeat when the roll was called upon its final passage. Those voting for the passage of the bill were Senators Itoden, Sutherland and Tan ner. It was opposed by Senators Bru-; ner, Freedlng, Millard and Tripp. Immediately after the defeat of the bill, the rules were suspended and a memorial to Congress was introduced touching the fisheries question in Alas ka. The memorial was not read. In order to get the bill before the Senate, the vote on the motion where by the bill was indefinitely postponed the other day, was reconsidered. The vote for reconsideration was unani mous. The anti-fish trap bill has excited more controversy and interest than any other measure that has been be fore the Legislature with the possi ble exception of the eight-hour labor bills. So far as Southeastern Alaska is concerned it has aroused more in terest than the other. It popped its head up early in the session, and has been coming up at close intervals ever since. Delegate James Wicker-1 sham spoke of it in his now famous I speech to the legislature, taking: strong ground against the traps, and i it has been the topic for numerous hearings before the committees of the 1 Senate and House. It will be the sub-; ject to be discussed at a mass meet-J ing tonight. * THE SENATE, APRIL 24. The Senate convened at 10 a. m. Several committee reports were read after which the Senate took a re cess until 1 p. in. Afternoon Session, The Senate. The Senate was called to order at 1 p. ni. Senate Hill No. .17 was called. Af ter a lengthy discussion it was Indefi nitely postponed. The House conveued at 10 a. m. A message fropi the Senate stated that Senate Bill No. 1 had been re called from the governor's office to make a slight change. House Bill No. 13 was recalled from the governor's ofllce to make a change providing for the disposition of fees collected through the operation of the law. House Bill No. 65, by Boyle, extend ing power to municipalities to control wharves and wharfage charges, was put on final passage and passed. Senate Joint Memeorial No. 8 was referred. Housce Bill No. 92 was introduced by request by Ingersoll, under suspen sion of the rules. It was considered and indefinitely postponed, on motion of Shoup. The House took a recess until 1:30 Yesterday Afternoon?House. House Joint Memorials Nos. 10 and 8 were passed. Senate Bills Nos. 01, 02. 47, and 48 and Senate Joint .Memorials Nos. IS and 21 were passed. House Bill No. 65 was read a third time. House Bill No. 81 came up. Inger soll made the point or order that the subject matter had been previously passed on in the action taken on Sen ate Bill No. 1. The chair ruled that the point was well taken and the bill was stricken. ASK STRONG _TO TALK SEATTLE, April 24.?The Demo ? crats of Seattle have invited Gov. J. P. A. Strong, recently named as the Gov ernor of Alaska, to make a speech to them at the celebration (hat was to have taken place on Jefferson's birth day, but which was postponed. RYAN GirS | HIS PATENTS Richard S. Ryan, known in Alaska, j Washington, New York and Seattle,; as Dick Ryan, has received a put-1 ent to 160 acres of land on the shores' of Controller Bay. The patent arrived in the last mail at the Juneau land of fice and bears the signature of Wood row Wilson, President of the United States. Ryan was the author, if there was an author, of the so-called "Dick-to Dick letter, if there was such a let ter. 1 his alleged letter, if written at all, was written in connection with Ryan's efforts to secure the patent that has arrived in this city and that now reposes quietly in the land office. It was Ryan, in his effort to get the 160 acres described in the patent here referred to who got President Taft to open to settlement 1,200 acres of the Chukach forest reserve. For this he was attacked by Pinchot and it start ed a light that involved a Congression al investigation and a special message to Congress. Pinchot started the fire-works by ac cusing Taft of trying to present the waterfront at Controller bay to the Guggenheims. There is still some thing like 800 to 1,000 acres of the lands that Taft put out of the for est reserve waiting for whoever that wants it and it includes several miles of Controller Bay's waterfront. JUST LIKE MOTHER'S Pies like mother used to make at the dinner, Friday Friday night in the basement of the Presbyterian church, at 6 o'clock. Price 50 cents. Charles T. Lyons arrived In Skag way on the Jefferson Saturday night and has taken charge of the Alaska Steamship Company's business here. He is relieving Acting Agent Bob Car roll, who will leave for Seattle within the next week or so where he will ship j for Nome to become agent for the company there.?Skagway Alaskan. COMING TO JUNEAU WITH HIS HOUSE SKAGWAY, April 22.?An unusual sight was witnessed when the gas hoat Hogg towed a scow out of Skagway harbor upon which rested a three room house. Passengers on the boat were Captain and Mrs. Aladsen and family and Air. and Mrs. J. O. AlcKet trick, the latter going to their ranch at Glacier point. Mrs. Aladsen and children to Haines, and the Captain hound for Juneuu where he will place his boat on a lot there and make of it his future home. Captain Aladsen owned the house in Skagway which was situated near the beach. He also owned a scow and a gas boat. Desiring to remove to Ju neau and engage in llshing and gener al hauling and boating, he conceived the idea of loading his house onto the scow and towing it 102 miles to the capital city. Captain Aladsen is an intrepid skipper and there Is no doubt he will reach Juneau .on schedule time with his unusual cargo. PRESBYTERIAN DELEGATE LEAVES FOR ATLANTA Rev. L. F. Jones departed on the Spokane for Atlanta, Georgia, where he goes to represent the Alaska Pres bytery at the general assembly of the Presbyterian church. He will go di rectly to Los Angeles, where he will be joined by Airs. Jones and their daughter. From there the family will go onto Atlanta over the Southern Pa cific. The asembly will meet .May 15, and remain in session for about two weeks. After the session of the general as sembly closes, Mr. Jones and his fam ily will visit at Washington, Philadel phia and New Jersey towns. Mr. Jones is a native of New Jersey, and will spend some time around his old stamping grounds. He expects to re turn to Juneau some time in August. Four branches of the Presbyterian church will hold assemblies at At lanta at the same time, and all will meet in the same building. The ques tion of the union of the branches will be discussed, and it is believed that at least two of the branches, the Pres byterian church, North, with a mem bership of about 1,450,000, and the Presbyterian church. South, with a membership of nearly 300,000, will unite. The other branches that will be represented at Atlanta, and which it is hoped will unite with the others, are the United Presbyterians, about 150,000 members, and the Reformed Synod, about 10,000 members.