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THE ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE
VOL. 1 NO. 149 JUNEAU, ALASKA, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 1913. PRICE TEN CENTS AUSTRIAN ARMY RUSHING INTO WAR i ? ^ m Legislature Committees Agree On Tax Matters The ways and means and revenue .i d taxation committees ot' the Senate' and House held a joint meeting last night tor the purpose of drafting a revenue bill to raise money with which to enforce the provisions en ad d by the sessions of the legisla tui and to agree upon the appropria tions that are to be covered most likely by the introduction by an om nibus bill approximating something betwe? n $30,000 and $75,000. The main items to be cared for will be the expenses incurred by the cre ation of the office of Territorial Treas urer. Territorial Mine Inspector. Pio neers* and Prospectors' homes at Sit-, ka and in the Interior, home for indi gi nts. contingent fund for dependent children, clerk hire for Secretary of i Territory. Clerk hire for Governor's office, banking board, furniture and in cidentals. The system of raising revenue is based upon the principle of the grad uated income tax. with a very few ex ceptions. The committee has estab lished a basis of making this levy that is capable of producing some thing like $240,000 to $250,000. This, the committee believes, will not be needed, however, and the levy will be reduced proportionately to meet the demand with a conservative mar gin. When complete the assessment will porbablv provide for the raising of a sum not to exceed $125,000 and this is regarded as a burden so slight as to be insignificant on account of the manner in which it has been dis tributed. The fisheries of Alaska are expect ed to be the greatest revenue produc ers and the heaviest tariff has been laid on the most valuable species and on the fish said to be growing more rare in Alaska waters. Sockeves are to be taxed on a basis of seven cents per case while cahoes. chums and humpies get off with half a cent per case. Cold storage plants are taxed $500 on an annual business of ?100.000 graduated down to twenty-five dol lars under an annual business of less than ?10,000. Laundries doing a business of more than ?5,000 per annum will pay $25. Meat markets are scheduled the] same practically as cold storage plants. Furs are to bear a burden of one half of one per cent of the gross value j on all furs exported from the Terri tory. Telephone companies doing a busi ness of more than twenty-four hun dred dollars per annum will pay one half of one per cent on the net volume of business per annum over and above tell sum of twenty-four hundred dol lars. Transient merchants will pay a straight tax of ?100 per annum. Mining: one per cent on net in come over and above ?5,000 per an num. Insurance companies: a tax on all premiums payable on risks in the Ter ritory of Alaska of one per cent of the amount of such premiums. In case, such premiums are being paid to com panies not licensed to do business in the Territory, the insured will have to pay the tax. In case of premiums be ing paid to companies licensed to do business in the Territory such tax will be paid by company receiving same. A straight poll tax will be levied on | each person between the ages of twen ty-one and fifty. There is a divergent opinion on this but it will not be more than four dollars per year. Election Law Amendment Bills Are Proba bly Defeated There will bo no election law enact-1 ed at this session of the legislature unless something extraordinary hap pens before the adjournment tomor row. This state of affairs was brought about by the indefinite post ponement of the Millard election law at the uight session of the House last night. There was a tremendous tight on in the House at the night session wh. n the bill was under consideration. Ingram championed the bill but the opposition was too great and the measure was indefinitely pastponed. A> a result of last night's work it is likely that the legislature will ad journ without enacting an. election law The difficulty seems to be a question largely of the right of pre cedence between the two branches of the legislature and if the time were not so limited it is probable that the mat ter would b? amicably adjusted. As told in The Empire yesterday, the | Driscoll bill was passed and sent up to the Senate. This hill was not sat isfactory to the Senate and without uotifyiug the House what dispositiou had beeu made of the measure they seat uowu the Millard bill. Vester uay a message was received from the Senate stating that the Driscoll bill was in the committee of the whole in j the Senate and that if the House waut eu it they could have it. 'ihe .Mniard bill coutains something between two and three hundred pages and passing upon it under the rules seemed almost an impossibility owing to the brief time allowed. The Dris coll bill it is said was introduced in the House at the request of Senator Sutherland who could not get favor able consideration of. his measure in the Senate. Driscoll fought the Mil lard bill as hard as he could and suc ceeded in getting it shelved. EXODUS Of SOLONS BEGINS AT ONCE Tomorrow will be the last (lay of the first session of Alaska's First Leg islative Assembly and before many j days the members will be enroute to their respective homes. Some of; them, however, will choose paths that lead far afield before Hearing the goal. Senator Sutherland, of Ruby; Sen ! ator Roden. of Iditarod: Representa tive Driscoll of Fairbanks, and Repre sentative Burns of Fairbanks will, as soon as their duties are over, take an early boat down the Yukon via Skag way and Whithorse. Senator Freeding and Senator Bru-| ner, of Nome, and Senator Millard, of Valdez. will take an early boat I south, probably the Princess May. i Senator Bruner will go to California; before starting back to Nome; Sena tor Millard will proceed from Seattle to Portland; and Senator Freeding will go East as far as Chicago before start-1 ing for Nome. j Representative Gaffney .of Nome,j will go direct to Seattle and from there take an early boat to Nome. Representative Collins, of Fox, will be detained here on official duties as Speaker of the House for a few days and will then go south. It is his in tention to go to San Francisco be fore starting back to Fairbanks. Rep resentative AUlrich will go direct to Seattle and take an early boat from there to Nome. Representative Boyle, of Valdez will go South and Visit Sau Francisco before going home. Repre sentative Jones, of Nome, will go South and visit Seattle and Portland before sailing for Nome. Representa tive Kennedy, of Candle, will go di rectly to Seattle and take an early boat to Nome. Representative Gray, of Katalla. will probably go to Seattle before going back to his home. Rep resentative Kelly, of Knik. expects to leave for Seattle but is not certain, until the next mail arrives?he may have to go direct to Knik. Representative Ingram, of Valdez, will take the first boat from Juneau traveling to the Westward. Represen tatives Shoup, of Sitka, Ingersoll of Ketchikan, and Svindseth of Wrang ell. will go directly to their homes Senator Tanner, of Skagwav, will start almost immediately for his home in the Gate City. Representative Stubbins, of Douglas, will not patron ize the ferry so much and Senator Tripp will stay home. Senator Ray will be detained here a few days in his. official capacity as President of the Senate, but he will leave for his home as soon as possf i ble. BAND BOYS ARE SENATOR'S GUESTS There plenty of good cheer in the A la.ska drill banquet hall last evening, the event being the dinner given by Senator Henry itoden, of lditarod, to the Jiineau High School Baud. Tom Kadonich certainly left nothing undone in the caterer's art that would have lent pleasure to the occasion. The band boys were out in full num bers and having taken their instru i meats along rendered some excellent music during the progress of the eve niug. Coventor Clark and Secretary Dis till each occupied a seat next to the host and added materially to the en joyment of the evening by appropriate remarks. .Mayor Carter, and City Mar shal Martin also graced the board by being present. Every member of the Senate, except President Ray, who was detained by a very important committee meeting, was present and all took the opportunity to make a few remarks praising the band boys and expressing their appreciation of the services rendered on different occas ions. Senator .winaru suiu uiul u uic were fully prepared to go when the San Francisco Fair opened, that there would be a check tor one thousand dollars waiting for the band to lay claim to at the Cliff mine. Valdez. Senator Koden has taken a deep in terest in the Juneau High School Band ever since coining to the Capital City. In giving this dinner he not only em braced the opportunity to express his sincere appreciation of services ren dered. but took occasion to encourage the boys to renewed effort and great er zeal in their work. He wants the band to attend the Panama Pacific Exposition in l!)ir>. as a representative musical organization of Alaska and he believes that with diligent work from now on that they will be able to do so with great credit to Alaska. OPERATORS GOING TO THE WESTWARD Among the passengers aboard the Yukon passing through Juneau to the Westward yesterday was Lieut. J. O. Downey and a crew of ten sailors. Lieut. Downey under direction of the navy department will bring out the coal mined by a government expedi tion last season in the Bering river coal fields for the purpose of testing as to its qualities for use in the navy Other important men aboard the ship included Kay Smith, the placer mining operator 011 Yakataga beach. Mr. Smith was accompanied by a crew of twenty-two men who will work for him during th eseason. Col. Thurston, a mining operator, of Illiama bay, was also on board the ship with a crew of eight men whom he will employ during the com ing season. Cook Brothers enroute to Kamack bay are also aboard. They are going up to expert some mining properties in that section. Jack Benn and P. P. Blodgett, of Kodiak, are also pasengers enroute to the Westward. MARTIN CHUZZLEWIT WELL PRESENTED AT ORPHEUM A fair-sized audience at the Or pheum last night witnessed Dicken's great American novel "Martin Chuz zlewit" as it is dramatized. The film is the product of the Edison players and the talent engaged" could not be excelled. Every essential feature of the great work except the strictures on American manners is protrayed true to life. It is really a great pro duction by great players. In addition to the prsention of this great drama the management gave a reproduction 'of Vanity Fair with Helen Gardner a3 Becky Sharp. This latter was pre sented by special request. Altogeth er the offering now on is one of the most attractive yet given in Juneau. The same program will be presented tonight. A NEW SALESLADY FOR GOLDSTEIN'S STORE Miss Annie McCormick, formerly with the White House in San Fran cisco. arrived in Juneau on the Jeff erson to take a position in the dry goods department of the Charles Gold stein department stores in this city. Miss McCormi9k will begin her duties in the new position tomorrow morn ing. For home-made pastry and best coffee go to "U and I" Lunch Room. Text of Railroad Bill Now Before Congress There is no legislation pending that, is laden with greater possibilities for Alaska than the Chamberlain-Wicker-J sham railroad bill that Is now being considered by the United States Sen ate. It was introduced in the Senate by Senator Chamberlain, of Oregon, and in the House by Delegate Wicker sham of Alaska. It has been agreed by the Senate committe to extend the railroad mileage to bo built from 7.18 to 1,000 and to increase the authorized loan from $35,611,000 to $50,000,000. The text of the bill as introduced, fol lows : Section 1. The President of the United States is hereby empowered, authorized, and directed to adopt and use the name "Alaska National Hail ways," or any other name or names of like character, in his discretion, by which to designate the railroad or rail roads to be located, owned, acquired, or operated under the authority of this act: to employ such agent or agen cies, in his discretion, as may be ne cessary to enable him to carry out the purposes of this act. such agent or agencies to be appointed or desig nated by him or under his direction; to authorize and require such agents or agencies to perforin any or all of the duties imposed upon him by thej terms of this act; to detail and require any oflieer or ofilcers in the Engineer Corps in the Army or Navy, or any of ficial in the civil list of the United States, to perform service under this act without additional pay, but upon , allowance of actual subsistence and traveling expenses; to locate and des ignate a route or routes for a line or lines of standard guage railroad in the Territory of Alaska not exceeding, seven hundred and thirty-three miles in the aggregate, to be so located as; to connect one or more of the open Pacific Ocean harbors on the south ern coast of Alaska with the naviga ble waters of the Tanana, the Yukon, j or Kuskokwim rivers, in the interior of Alaska, and with a coal field yield-J lag coal sufficient in quality aud quan tity for naval use, so as best to aid in the development of the agricultural, timber, coal, mineral, or other re sources of Alaska, and the settlement of the public lands therein, and so as to provide adequate and suitable trans portation for coal for the Army and Navy, of troops, arms, and munitions of war, of the mails, and for other gov ernmental und public uses; to con struct and build a standard guage rail road or railroads, with the necessary sidings, switches, and spurs along such route or routes as he may so locate and designate, not to exceed said seven hundred and thirty-three miles in aggregate length; to reserve from the public domain or to purchase or otherwise acquire all real and per sonal property necessary to carry out the purposes of this act; to exercise the power of eminent domain in ac quiring property for such use, which is hereby declared to be a public use, by condemnation in the courts of Alas ka in accordance with the laws now or hereafter in force there; to ac quire rights of way, terminal grounds, and all other rights, and to exercise all the powers granted to railroad com panies under and by virtue of the act of Congress entitled "An act extend ing the homestead laws and providing for right of way for railroads in the District of Alaska, and for other pur poses," approved May fourteenth, eighteen hundred and ninety-eight, and all amendments thereto; to pur chase or otherwise ecquire engines, cars, and all other necessary equip ment sufficient to fully equip the said railroad or railroads for the perfor mance of the work of transporting freight and passengers in the usual manner of railroads; to build or other wise acquire docks, wharves, termin al facilities, offices, carshops, machine shops, warehouses, and generally all structures needed in the full equip ment and operation of such railroad (Continued to Page 3.) $20,000 TAKEN OUT IN ONE DAY FAIRBANKS, Alaska. April 23.?Ad vices from the Koyukuk diggings, sev enty miles north of the Arctic circle, state that Karl Johnson, Jack Morton, Jack NeLson, Ben Dahl, laymen on Four Above, on Hammond river, dis-l covered a crevice in bedrock from | which they picked out $20,000 in coarse nuggets in a single day. WILSON PLANS JERSEY TOUR WASHINGTON, April 30. ? Presi dent Wood row Wilson has about com pleted his plans for a two days' cam paign in New Jersey in behalf of his jury reform bill and a new constitu tional convention. It will begin to morrow and the two big meetings will be held at I'aterson and Jersey City. United States Senator William Hughes will preside at the Paterson meeting and National Committeeman Robert Hudspeth will preside at Jersey City. PHYSICIANS MAY SAVE BOB M'CHESNEY'S FOOT VALDEZ, April 30.?Robert J. Mc Chesney, whose foot was crushed at Port Wells, is resting easily. His leg was broken in three places above the ankle, his heel was broken, also sever al bones in his foot, and there was a small break in the ankle. The physi cians hope to save his foot. SEVEN PERISH IN RENT0N EIRE SEATTLE. April 30. ? Mrs. L'oka Skillman and son and five others perished yesterday morning in a ho tel fire at Renton. Renton lies at the south end of Lake Washington and adjoins the city limits of Seattle. TACOMA MAN KILLS HIS SON-IN-LAW TACOMA, Wash., April 30.?In a dispute over land Samuel Verone, of this city, yesterday shot and killed Augustine Travani, his son-in-law. fURTH WILL NOT PAY HIS LINE BBLLINGHAM, Wash., April 30.? Jacob Furth, who was fined $10,000 in connection with the failure of Schricker's bank, announced yester day that he will not pay the fine, hut that he will fight the cuse against hint to the highest court in the land. VANDERBILT'S EX-BUTLER COMMITS MURDER SEATTLE, April 30. ? Carl Axel Westman, formerly a butler for the Vanderbilts, yesterday murdered a man in this city. The victim has been identified as a man named Winslow. MONDAY'S BALL SCORES (By Telegraph) NORTHWESTERN LEAGUE. At Spokane?Spokane, 7; Seattle 1. At Tacoma -Tacoma, 4; Portland. 2. At Vancouver?Vancouver, 6; Victor ia, 3. PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE. No games on Mondays, teams chang ing. AMERICAN LEAGUE. No games. New York, wet grounds: Detroit, too cold to play; Philadel phia, wet grounds: Chicago, rain. NATIONAL LEAGUE. At Chicago?Chicago, 8; Pittsburgh, 5. At St. Louis?St. Louis, 7; Cincin nati, 5. At Boston, rain; Brooklyn, wet ground. PORTLAND WOMAN TRIES TO KILL CHILDREN PORTLAND, April 3?Afflicted with emotionan insanity Mrs. Lillian Strang, aged 26 years, yesterday ad ministered poison to her children, shot two of them and took poison her self. Assistance came quickly after the attempt had been made, and all of them may recover. FAIRBANKS, April 23. ? Fairbank ians express approval of the nomina tion of Maj. Strong as Governor, and Charles E. Davidson, of Fairbanks, as Surveyor General. flower of Austrian Army Moving on Montenegro C.ENEVA, April 30.?Austrian troops are being mobilized at Tyrol. Trains are arriving there hourly with infan try, cavalry and artillery and muni tions of war. The flower of the army is being sent on toward the Montene grin frontier, and the clash of arms be expected any day. England Believes War Must Come. LONDON, April 30- The otulook for , war between Austria and Montenegro is last becoming darker. It is believed in diplomatic circles here that the Dual Km pi re lias gone so far that it cannot recede from its determination to make war on Montenegro if that shall become necessary to prevent that country from retaining Scutari un less the powers restrain it. It is now preparing for war. and 00.000 men are being sent to the front. Bryan Suggests Several Plans To Californians SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 30.? Secretary of State William J. Bryan submitted alternative plans ol legisla tion that could be enacted that would not violate any American treaty with Japan, lie suggested the Illinois law that makes it impossible for aliens to purchase property or to secure a lease for more than six years; or the law of the District of Columbia where by federal statute all aliens are exclud ed from the ownership of lands or long leases, lie said, however, that such laws as are passed should be ap 1 plicable to all aliens. The statute that the leaders of the Califoria legislature had agreed to | pass contained two propositions that were offensive to the Japanese,- that would make it impossible for Jap anese or Chinese to occupy places of i business for more than one year at a time. The two propositions agreed upon were as follows: 1.?No alien who is ineligible to citi zcnship shall be permitted to acquire and hold land in California for a per iod of more than one year after date of stihc acquisition. 2. -Xo corporation, the majority of the stoelc of which is held by aliens who are ineligible to citizenship, shall he permitted to acquire and hold land except for one year. Bryan Asks About Washington. OI.Y.MIMA. Wash., April 20.?Gov. Ernest Lister received a telegram yes t> rda> from Secretary of State Will iam J. Bryan, asking for information as to anti-Japanese legislation in Washington. WASHINGTON. April 30.?The Jap anese-California question was consid ered at a cabinet meeting yesterday. Acting-Secretary of State John Bas in's place at the meeting. After the meeting Moore and Japan ese Amebassador Chinda had a long conference. TARIFF BILL DEBATE TERMINATES I WASHINGTON, April 30. -The tar-j I iff debute in the House of Representa ' lives was closed by Oscar W. Under wood. chairman of the ways and means I committee, last night, and the voting will begin today. The bill will com mand practically the Democratic vote :tii<I carry by two to one or better. It is thought live weeks will see it throuKh the Senate. It is not expect ed that there will be material changes made there in the schedules. JUNEAU BASEBALL | IN THE MAKING There was a meeting of the Juneau i baseball association at the O. K. bar ber shop last night. It was decided to defer the election of manager for the team during the coming season until a subsequent meeting be held next Monday night. In the meantime i practice will be kept up each evening weather permitting. A practice game will arranged if possible for next Sunday between the Juneau tentative line-up and Douglas. If this cannot be arranged then the first and second teams are to play a practice game. A committee consisting of J. C. ,Mc Bride. H. J. Fisher and James Barra gar has been appointed to select the players that are to represent Juneau in the town team through the process of elimination until the very best tal ent has been obtained. SUMMERS CASE IN SUPREME COURT The United States Supreme Court 'will review the case against C. M. Summers, the former banker who is under sentence to the penitentiary. The case was taken up to the Su preme Court from the Circuit Court of Appeals on a writ of certiorari. This information was received today by W. S. Ba.vless, the attorney, and contained in a telegram from Louis P. Shackleford. The Circuit Court of Appeals to which the case was taken from the District Court sustained the convic tion that was secured in the latter. It now goes to the court of last resort. ELKS MEET TONIGHT There will be initiation at the reg ? ular meeting of Juneau Lodge, No. ? 420, next Wednesday night. . This 1 meeting is called for 7 p. m. promptly, i N. L. BURTON, E.R. E. C. JAMESON. Sec. Joint Caucus fixes Tax Levy Tlie Senate held a brief session this morning and adjourned to meet in joint caucus with the House to adopt la revenue and taxation bill and agree to an appropriation bill to cover the expenses to be incurred through the enforcement of the legislative cau cus. The caucus took a recess at twelve until 1::i0 and at this time renewed the work begun. The revenue bill went through practically as submit ted by the joint committee and the appropriation bill with a few addi tions was treated the same. The joint j caucus was dissolved at 3:30 and both houses resumed sessions in their re spective chambers. BILL CREATING TREASURER IN GOVERNOR'S HANDS The Svindsetb bill creating the office of Territorial Treasurer has been sent to the Governor for his consideration and it will probably be signed today. THE "FISHERIES MEMORIAL GOES BACK TO SENATE The fisheries memorial will prob ably go up to the Senate for concur rence on the House amendments this afternoon. BISHOP ROWE HOLDS SERVICES TOMORROW A. M. AND P. M. Bishop P. T. Rowe will hold ser vices in Trinity Episcopal church to morrow. being Ascension Day, at 11 a. m. and 8 p. m. In the morning there will be Holy Communion ser vices and In the evening there will be Evening Prayer and music by a full :?:< :1 choir, when the Bishop will Preach. A cordial invitation is ex tended to all to attend these services i tomorrow. Oyster-lovers, go to "U and I" Lunch Room. 4-14-lm.