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THE ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE
VOL. I., NO. 146. JUNEAU, ALASKA, SATURDAY, APRIL 26, 1913. PRICE TEN CENTS Tripp's Mining Bureau | Bill Passes House The House of Representatives this morning passed Senator H. T. Tripp's bill, creating a mining bureau in Alas ka and making the Governor. Secre tary of the Territory and the federal mining inspector the members of the bureau. The bill will now go to the Governor for his action. I'mier the terms of the bill the min ing bureau is authorized to collect data concerning all working mines and prospects, and give accurate informa tion concerning the mining industry in Alaska and the character of the gold and other minerals in the differ ent sections and the separate proper ties. It makes it the duty of all mine own ers to report to the bureau at stated j intervals, giving data as to the num-! her of men employed, the output of minerals and ores, quantity and char acter of the ore produced, the pro cesses of mining, and other informa tion desired by the bureau that it I might be enabled to provide the in formation that it is required to furn ish. The bill is Senate Bill No. 55, and already has passed the Senate. CITY ORDINANCE HAS BEEN LOST WANTED. AN ORDINANCE?The city government of Juneau would like to have a perfectly good ordinance that is lost, strayed or stolen from the archives of the city hall. This is the subject matter that occasioned a special meeting of the city fathers last night. Yesterday when the Valentine build- j ing begun to disappear, members of the city government thought there was something sinister in the movement and hurriedly called a conclave. The excitement is all occasioned over the disputed right of way on Franklin street near Front. As told in yesterday's Empire the city passed an ordinance on May 4. 190(5. establishing the street line in conformity with the buildings now occupying that side of Franklin street approaching Front. This ordinance was repealed October 3. 190S. Subsequently it is understood an other ordinance was passed re-estab lishing the street line practically as before, but this ordinance has disap peared. All of last eveuing was de voted to a futile search of the prem ises for the missing paper. "The loss of the ordinance is due." said a member of the city government, "to the fact that instead of having original ordinances recorded or bound, they have beeu kept on file and it has been the custom to permit them to be taken out of the city clerk's of fice as court records of a temporary nature are sometimes permitted to be taken by attorneys or others in terested." In the meantime city councilmen are wondering what r.ghts the city has in the premises if former Mayor Emery Valentine should decide to place a. building extending over the street . line sought to be preserved by the city. ?????? HOUSE TO DECIDE WHAT IS MAJORITY The question as to the number of i votes that is required to pass a bill in the House of Representatives is one that has yet to be settled. Speak er E. B. Collins ruled yesterday that it requres nine affirmative votes. Hei made the ruling on a point of order raised by Representative N. J. Svind seth when the bill making murder and other crimes bailable under certain conditions. The bill had received 8 votes, and there are only fifteen mem bers of the House, there being one. vacancy from the Fourth Division, due to the failure of Mr. Mullaly to qualify. The statute provides that it requires! a majority of all the members to which each house is entitled to pass a bill. The same statute provides for lt? members of the House of Repre sentatives. Mr. S\indseth. in making his point of order against the pass age of the bill referred to contend that, under the statute, it requires nine votes to pass a bill. He was sustained by the chair. But that did not end the controver sy. An appeal was taken from the rul ing of the chair, and the appeal was referred to the committee on rules. A majority of the committee on rules this morning reported sustaining the decision of the Speaker. Representa tive Milo Kelly announced that a mi nority of the committee desired to file a minority report, and that Rep resentative Charles E. Ingersoll is pre paring the report, and a brief sustain ing it. which will be filed. The prop osition will come up on the question, "Shall the decision of the Speaker be the decision of the House?" Capt. A. C. Jan sen, for many years a master and pilot with the Pacific Coast Company, one of the owners of the George T. Meyers cannery at Chat ham. is in Juneau and will leave for the South Monday on the Admiral Sampson. New Office Building Will Be Going Up The work of excavating under the .Maiony-Hill-Wilhelm building at Sec ond and Seward streets for a steam heating plant is progressing rapidly and will soon be finished. Almost immediately work is to be gin on the construction of the second floor of this structure which is to be converted into first class office build ing. Cleveland & Cleveland, contrac tors. have the work in hand and ex pect to carry it along without any in convenience to the tenants. ALASKA PIONEER TALKS OE SITKA Sitka is just coming into its own, according to Otis Smith, who with .Mrs. Smith, recently arrived in Ju neau enroute to the East. When Sit ka lost the marine barracks the peo ple felt badly, .Mr. Smith says, but it has turned out to be the best thing that could have happened. Losing the barracks was the last support from governmental institutions on which the community had depended for its support. With this loss there was an awakening to the fact that the real resources had not been touched and these were seized upon. Lumbering, fishing and mining took on additional interest with the result that the town is now developing great business possibilities. The Booth fish eries in establishing their cold stor age plant have opened up other indus tries. A large power plant was to be established for the purpose of selling power to the cold storage plant and such other industries as might fol low. In less than two hours the stock required to be sold was over-sub scribed. Just as Mr. Smith was leaving Sitka the waterfront had all been taken up by people looking forward to the es tablishment of more industries. "Sitka is the center of the greatest cedar belt in Alaska." said Mr. Smith. "The Alaska cedar is a rare wood that is in great demand on account of its peculiar qualities in taking a fine pol ish. It is resigned to have this lum ber enter the New York market by going through the Panama canal." During their visit East Mr. Smith will endeavor to arrange for the lum ber dealers having this in view make Sitka the central point in Alaska for that business. The outlook for Sitka was never so bright according to Mr. Smith as at the present time. He thinks that the best possible good has resulted from the fact that they no longer lean upon government institutions for support. The old marine barracks are to be made into a home for the men who have made the country when they shall have grown old and feeble. Mr. Smith thinks that this is especially fitting and he is glad that the legisla ture is taking action that will make the institution immediately available. Sitka now has a white population of 400 whites and a large native popu lation that is very industrious and which they are very proud to claim. Mr. Smith, who is an old newspaper man. came to Juneau twenty-one years ago and was at one time connected with the Mining Record newspaper of the early days. He removed to Sitka nineteen years ago and has lived there ever since. He also conducted a pap er in Sitka when it was the capital of the territory, but gave it up to en ter other fields of work. Mr. and Mrs. Smith are enroute to Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Smith being a delegate to the Pres byterian general asembly that con venes in that city May 15. While East they will visit in Boston and Providence, their old home. Robert Forbes, the well known can neryman, is expected at Juneau Mon day, he will appear before the revenue and taxation committee of the Senate and the ways and means committee of the House. Solons Answer Leaflet Attack | The exercise of the right of per sonal privilege brought forth several bursts of oratory in the House this morning in answer to charges con tained in a pamphlet of resolutions, charging that members of the First Division had repudiated their plat form pledges, alleged to have been passed at an alleged mass meeting Thursday night. Representative Shoup reviewed the statements in the pamphlet along with his acts in the House and the plat form on which he was elected and de clared that he had kept his pledge on everything contained in the platform except as to the abolishment of iish traps and that he had not had an op portunity to be placed 011 record 011 that question because the action of the Senate had killed the bill be fore the House had had an opportuni ty to vote 011 it. Col. Ingersoll said that while he oc cupied a position that made it possible for him to be misunderstood and mis represented, he was glad to testify to the fact that Representative Shoup should not be misunderstood and that his every action had been in harmony with the platform. As for himself he had voted for all of the measures called for it) the platform except the eight-hour day for women in which cannery employees had been elimin ated which would have prevented nearly all the working women in his section from being affected by the act. The remainder of the women employees including laundry employ ees. salesladies in stores and telephone employees had asked him to vote against the bill because it would work a hardship upon them. The woman suffrage bill he did not vote for be cause he was opposed to the haste with which the House was rushing legislation. He did not, however, vote against it. The eight-hour bill affect ing quartz miners, the only industry in which his section was interested was protected by an eight-hour law and he had voted for it?he deferred to the wishes of the gentlmen represent ing the placer mining sections in re lation to placer mines and considered that he had done his duty in so act ing. So far as the fish trap bill was concerned he would certainly have voted for abolishment had the bill been presented to the House. There had been an understanding arrived at between Representative Svindseth chairman of the House fisheries committee and Senator Suth erland of the like committe of the Sen ate that the fish trap bill should b" introduced in the Senate and the alien | fisherman bill in the House. The Svindseth alien fisherman bill had been passed by the House and was now up for consideration in the Sen ate. This measure had his support. The fish trap bill had not reached the House and could not therefore be vot ed upon. Under the rules adopted the House was barred from sending a bill to the Senate abolishing fish traps. Representative Stubbins said that I he had always believed that .Mr. Nol and was an honest sort of man, but did not know much about him. As for the other signature to the pam phlet he would rather have the own er's condemnation than his approval. He did not feel that it was necessary to defend himself against such at tacks. SOLONS INVITED TO VISIT TAKU Members of the Legislative Assem bly will be given an opportunity to see Taku glacier. Manager Murgrie, of the Juneau Ferry and Navigation Com pany, has made up an excursion party to consist of members 01* both houses of the legislature. The trip will be made tomorrow leaving Juneau at 9 a. in., and returning at 3 p. m. Owing to the limited capacity of the boat and in order to insure com fort, no ladles will be taken on this trip. Quite a number of the legisla tors have signified their intention of accepting the invitation. A moving picture machine will be taken along and if the day is clear it is hoped to get a good film. MEMORIAL FOR SKAGWAY WAGON ROAD PASSES Senator Tanner's memorial, asking ' for a wagon road from Skagway to the summit of V/hltc Pass, was put on final passage in the Senate today and passed. BIG CROV/D ENJOYS DINNER The home-cooked dinner given by the Ladies' Aid, of the Presbyterian church, in the church basement last night, was well attended and thor oughly enjoyed. The affair was a complete success. Rigid Restrictions Asked for fish Traps The Senate practically devoted the entire forenoon to the consideration, of the committee substitute for the i Sutherland memorial on fisheries. The memorial was taken up section by sec-: tion and adopted with but slight changes in the text as submitted. Sen ator Sutherland, aided by Senator Tanner and Senator Koden, defended' the more drastic features of the bill, while Senator Bruner was in favor of modifying the radical demands. "You are, in effect," said Senator Bruner, "asking Congress to paBS a law abol ishing the traps, an act which this Senate refused to do." So far the de mand for the abolishment of the jig ger stands and the lead is asked to be limited to 600 feet. It was in relation j to this last demand that the Senator from Nome declared that the trap ! would be rendered useless and vir tually abolished. In the course of the debate Senator Sutherland, author of the anti-fish trap bill, took ocasion to say that Mr. Mr. Bower, Senator Sutherland said, fisheries, was present as an expert at the hearings, and that he (Mr. Bower) came at his (Sutherland's) request. Mr. Bower, Senator Sutherland said upon his arrival frankly stated that the bureau of fisheries favored the traps under restrictions. One feature objected to in the me morial was placing the fishing indus try in the light of being the most im portant in the Territory and the one; that would settle up the country and I establish a standard of citizenship.; This part was eliminated. Senator Roden said that the farmer was the only class that realy developed and settled a country and established a citizenship. The hunters would come and go: also the fisherman and the miner, but the farmer came to stay and any development that could be looked upon as permanent must come through the building of homes and the development of the farming in dustry. The memorial will probably reach the House this afternon and be for warded to Congress early next week. THE SENATE?APRIL 26. The Senate convened at 10 a. m. The committe substitute for Senate Joint Memorial No. 26, by Sutherland, relating to the fisheries of Alaska, was considered section by section. The Senate took a recess until 2 p.m. Yesterday Afternoon?Senate Senate Bill No. 72, providing for a referendum on the eight-hour law for dredge work in the Second and Fourth Divisions, was introduced by Senator Roden. House Bill No. 89, by Driscoli, pro viding for a commission to establish a home for aged prospectors in Inter ior Alaska, was put on final passage and passed. ? j A message wsm received from the Governor, stating that he had signed Senate Bills Nos. 24 and 28; the first a code amendment and the latter, by Sutherland, providing for the punish ment of notaries for issuing false cer tificates. THE HOUSE?APRIL 26. The House convened at 10 a. m. Senate Bill No. 55, by Tripp, creat ing a mining commission and provid ing for a bureau of mines, was put on final passage and passed. House Bill No. 94 by the committee on territorial institutions, creating a commission to provide for a home for indigent prospectors at Sitka, was put on final passage and passed. The following House Bills were withdrawn: Nos. 54, 87, 29, 24. 71, 21, 64, 18. 19, and 1; the latter being GafTney's eight-hour bill. Identical with the original Roden bill; also House Joint Resolution No. 2, by Driscoli, relating to a railroad into the interior of Alaska and House Resolu tion No. 1, by Shoup. relating to con servation. The question of personal privilege was raised and the House was ad dressed by Representatives Stubhins, Shoup and Ingersoll. MONUMENT EOR MAJOR BUTT WASHINGTON, April 26.?A Celtic cross of stone will mark the lonely mound in the Arlington Cemetery, de-' signed as a grave for Major Archje! Butt, but not used because the major i lost his life in the Titanic disaster last year. In his will, Major Butt, who was. President Taft's aide, asked that his j body rest in Arlington Cemetery. The j ocean, however, is his grave. Now the brothers, in respect to his^ wishes, will have the Celtic cross above the mound, selected by the Ma jor. It will be marked, "In memory of Major Archie Butt. Erected by his brothers." FIREMEN'S WAGES ARE ADVANCED NEW YORK. April 26.?The wages of railroad liremen on all lines oper ating out of New York have been ad vanced 10 per cent. The raise may be followed by like advance in the wages of other railroad employees. THURSDAY BALL SCORES" (By Telegraph) NORTHWESTERN LEAGUE. At Seattle?Seattle, 4; Tacoma, 2. At Spokan?Victoria, 5; Spokane, 4. Portland-Victoria?RAIN. I PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE. At Los Angeles?Venice, 5; Oakland, 3. At Portland?San Francisco. 3; Los Angeles, 3. At Portland?Portland, 1: Sacramen to, 0. AMERICAN LEAGUE. At Philadelphia ? Philadelphia. 4; New York, 1. At Washington?Boston, 6; Washing ton, 3. At Chicago?St. Louis, 3; Chicago, 1. At Detroit?Cleveland, 5; Detroit, 3. NATIONAL LEAGUE. At Boston?Boston, 1; Brooklyn, 0. At New York?New York, 7: Philadel phia, 1. At St. Louis?St. Louis. 3; Cincinnat ti. 1. Chicago-Pittsburgh?Postponed on ac count of rain. A complete line of tobacco lars and Dlpe racks at BURFORDS. FORMER EDUCATOR DIES IN SEATTLE SEATTLE, April 26.?Thomas M. Gotch, formerly President of the Uni versity of Washington, died here Thursday morning. Clotch sei 'ed as President of the university before the) administration of Dr. Kane for sev eral years. AMERICAN SHIPS WILL NOT HAVE TO PAY WASHINGTON, April 26.?Senator Root's bill amending the Panama ca nal act. which would remove the ex emption of American ships from toll payment, will be brought up before the interoceanic canals committee again during the present session. The Root amendment may not be taken up at once, but will be disposed of probably before the tariff bill is brought over from the House Senator O'Gorman, chairman of the committee, says that he is Just as much opposed to the Root bill as he ever was and expressed the belief that it would fail to be reported to the Senate by a vote close to that by which it was defeated at the last ses sion?10 to 3. VICE-PRES. MARSHALL IS BASEBALL FAN WASHINGTON, April 2G. ? Vice President Thomas R. Marshall prais es the honesty of organized baseball in a letter sent to B. B. Johnson, pres ident of the American League. Af ter acknowledging the receipt of an engraved annual pass, the Vice Pres ident says: "I am deeply interested In base ball because it is a fascinating game; because it is the great American .sport, and because it sets an example to the j business and professional men of America which is as valuable as the preachments of the politicians?name ly, that no success is lasting or perma nently valuable which does not result1 from playing the game on the square. "The dirt accumulated upon the base ball diamond is clean. A Democrat cannot say that for all other diamonds in America." LITTLE HOPE FOR ENTOMBED MINERS PITTSBURGH, April 26.?Very lit tle hope is felt that the 72 miners in the Cincinnati coal mine on the Mon gehela river will ever come out alive. All efTorts of the rescuers to reach I them have this far been futile. Senator Lewis Arraigns Former Foreign Policy SPRINGFIELD, III., April 26. ? I Speking at the? celebration here yea terday of the 100th anniversary of the ; birthday of Stephen A. Douglas, Sen ator James Hamilton Lewis made a noteworthy speech. He unmerciful ly arraigned the policy of the Republi can party during the later years of its ascendency in the United States. He declared that there is prospect of war between the United States and Japan, that there is disturbance be tween file United States and Eng land over the Panama canal, and that the people of Mexico and Central America are enemies of this country. He aserted thai all this is the direct result of the late course of the United State* in meddling at the direction of stock speculators in the private af fairs of foreign lands. He praised the course that has been outlined by I'res dent Wood row Wilson and Secretary of State William J. Bryan. He be lieves that the United States can be come great better by doing the things that become the country and permit ting other countries to manage their own private matters. He spoke In favor of a return to the old American policy of refraining from entering in to entangling alliance* with other countries. Two Important Municipal Bills Through Both House The Senate this afternoon passed two important hills relating to the welfare of municipalities House Hills N'os. L'l and S4. The first men tioned is by Representative Ingersoll and provides for the extension of the limits and boundaries of incorporated cities in the Territory of Alaska. The second is by Representative Boyle, and provides a manner in which incor porated cities may acquire lighting plants, water works and other public utilities. Col. Ingersoll has been worrying considerable over the fate of his bill because there seems so much need of a provision of tliis kind especially in his home town where a great deal of the assessable proerty Is outside of the town limits. Heretorfore the owners have voluntarily paid taxes but there was no legal means of collecting the same and persons living in that ter ritory were denied the right of partici pating in the city government. The reasons assigned by Co In gorsoll for the urgent need of the measure apply with equal force to Valdez, Fairbanks and Juneau. In Juneau the city assessor has been hes itating on certain parts of his work pending the action that would be tak en on this bill. SALONS WILL CONSIDER TAXES Much of the time of the legislature next week?the last week of the ses sion will he given to the perfection of the revenue and taxation measure, that is gradually being whipped into shape. There will he several hearings given to the fishing interests and others interested. It is the purpose of, the committees on revenue and taxa-j tion in the Senate and the ways and means committee in the House to ad just the taxation provisions of the Dili ( that will be introduced in such a way I that all portions of the Territory will contribute to the territorial revenues.: It has been determined that there I will he no general property tax, as j the cost of collecting it would be sol great in proportion to the amount of revenue derived that the members of the legislative committees believe that it would be impracticable. MONTENEGRO MAY GIVE UP LONDON, April 26.?it is said here that Montenegro has intimated that she will yield to the demands of the powers that she give up Scutari and accept in lieu of her victory at that place the town of Rerdicia, including both banks of the Boyana river, and other territory. STRIKE IS OFT AT PITTSBURGH PITTSBURGH, April 26.?The strike that.has been impending here for some time has been averted. A settlement that is satisfactory to the union work ers and the employers has been reached. GEORGIA WILL BE FIRST TO ACT WASHINGTON, April 26.?Senator Augustus O. Bacon, of Georgia, will probably be the first United States Senator to be elected by direct vote of the people under the new consti tutional amendment. He already had been elected by the legislature, act ing under directions of a Democratic primary, but, it has been decided by lawyers, that the election was not le gal. A strange coincidence is that Geor gia is the one Democratic state that refused to ratify constitutional amend ment for the direct election of Sena tors. Senator James Hamilton Lewis was the last United States Senator to pre sent credentials to the Senate from the j legislature of a state. JAPAN NOW WELL PLEASED TOKYO, April 26. The Japanese government is greatly pleased with the action of Secretary of State Bryan is going going to California to tak? up tile anti-alien legislation proposi tion with the California legislature. Baseball Season Opens In Juneau "Play ball." The first game of the season will he pulled off on the Casey and Shattuck lot tomorrow afternoon. Jack McBride has ben training the C. \V. Young Tigers during the entire week?and was this afternoon out id the alley leading to the ferry slip working like a porpoise. He had a mattress strapped around his grace ful form and a big mit on each hand and was working out to (ill the posi tion on second base. Lawrence Reedy was all dolled tip in the office, but gave a sinister wink when asked about the condition of his terriers. "There's nothin' to it," he said, "we don't need any practice? just look at this talent." He reached behind the counter and brought forth a list bearing such names as Riggs, Krick. Carver, Woodford and Semple -besides he called attention to the fact that he was going to take a hand in the game himself and said he got his bingles just as regular as Hontis Wagner. Mayor C. W. Carter is not going to fling the flrst hall but will be In the game to the finish, having accepted the position of manager for McHrlde's Tigers. The game will be called when they all get there. The following is the line-up: C. Y. Young? Alaska-Gastineau (Tigers) Terriers) Cornell c Frick Sagers p Carver p Dlckeson p Woodford Louke lb Deyo McBride 2b Semple Zott ss Reedy Fisher r.f Lawrence Frleman c.f Terry Albertson l.f McLa.ughlln Tigers' subs?C. W. Carter, mngr., A. Carrigan, C. Naud. NOTICE TO SUBSCRIBERS. Any subscribers to The Dally Em pire not receiving papers regularly either by carrier or mall, will confer a favor by promptly notifying The I Empire office.