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Condemnation, Taxation and
Building Ordinances In
The city Council held an adjourned i
meeting Inst night which lasted well
on toward the midnight hour. Three
long ordinances were introduced and [
subjected to their tirst reading. The
first to be read was the taxation ordi
nance which was followed by the new
building ordinance, and then the con
demnation ordinance of Front and
Franklin streets. Other matters
claiming attention were the report
of the school board relative to the
raising of funds for erecting the new
school building: reports from the
City Engineer and some minor rout
ine business.
Taxation Ordirance.
The new taxation ordinance is a
very lengthy but clearly expressed
document dealing with all the tax
able properties coming under the au
thority of the city. The ordinance fol
lows somewhat the lines of the old
law but has deviated in accordance
with the powers granted through the
enactment of a statute "by the legisla
ture in relatiou to the collection of de
linquent taxes. There is a change of
date also when taxes become delin
quent and when the last hearing will
be held by the city council sitting as
a board of equalization
Building Ordinance.
The new building ordinance pro
vides for regulations modeled some
what after those of Seattle and
larger cities but is rab'ier flexible in
parts and would of necessity have to
be changed to meet changed condi
tions. Buildings are classified ac
cording to the proposed ordinance and
bounds set in which each class may
be erected. Architect Josenhans and
City Engineer Blakeslee took part in
the discussion of the ordinance and
some material changes were suggest
ed which will go in as amendments
before the ordinance is passed.
Franklin Street Corner
The comdemnatlon ordinance was
drawn exactly in accordance with the
proposal as approved by the referen
dum vote on the matter of straighten
ing out the street lines of Front and
Franklin streets at their intersection.
The subject was thoroughly thrashed
out. Councilman .Marshall, who drew
the ordinance, said that he did uot
provide for the repeal of ordinance 69
because the city would stand on the
condemnation made by this ordinance,
which had been upheld by the courts.
Routine Matters.
The city council authorized and in
structed the .Mayor and City Clerk to
endorse the warrants issued for the
purchase of the property for school
The City Engineer reported that B.
L. Thane had presented the City of
Juneau with a rock crusher valued at
$1,700. The council passed a vote of
thanks to Mr. Thane.
The City Engineer also reported on
several sewer investigations and the
orders for changes are being complied
E. R. Jaeger addressed the council
in relation to the stairs on Rawn al
ley and stated that they were in bad
repair. The matter was referred to
the street committee.
Tom Radonich called attention to
the condition of the ball grounds and
said that the seats were not safe.
A representative of the Denuy-Ren
ton Brick and Clay Company appeared
and offered to submit to test a block
of sewer pipe. It will probably be
tried on the block between Third and
Fourth on Seward street.
School Board Raises$26,000
Of Which $17,000 Is Cash
The school board has secured ri
pledges from the citizens of Juneau 1
for $26,000 with which to secure the '
necessary property and build a school
house. The cash subscriptions in- ,
eluded in this amount and the money <
advanced on the securities and *
pledges is now $17,000. The two banks '
have each advanced <5.000 of this '
amount. ',
Senator Tripp, who is chairman of i
the school board, appearing for ]
the board at the council meet- 1
ing last night, reported that the n
building and desired to purchase the'
additional lots. The matter of se
curing the money for erecting the
building and buying the property was
reported on and it was shown that
$17,000 in cash was now actually avail-!
able, and that security notes, or
pledges, to the amount of $26,000 had
been secured. Mr. Bebrends was pres
ent and looked over the plans of rais
ing the money. He said that he con
sidered the personal pledges or resi
dents who lived on and owned their
homes here the very best security on
account of the moral obligation im
posed. He was ready to advance $5,
000 for the immediate use of the school
board so that they would not be em
barrassed in the work in hand, but
suggested that the vork of getting
uore pledges be kept up. It was not
lecessary that the pledges should be
n larger amounts but it was essen
ial that each home-owner become per
sonally interested in the project The
'act that the legislature memorialized
Congress to empower the city to is
sue bonds to provide for this expend
iture was touched upon and reports
made on what had been done along
this line. A letter from Secretary of
the Interion Lane states that he will
take the matter up as soon as it is
brought to his attention by some mem
ber of Congress. Several members of
Congress have already stated that
they would back the movement to give
Juneau the power sought. The school
board is of the opinion that as soon as
Governor Strong is inducted into of
fice that the matter can be rushed
through. The change of executives
at this time makes it rather difficult
for the retiring governor to take up
this new work. It is decided that lo
cal funds will be raised on the plan
already in force to take care of the
movement underway until the relief
can come by the issue of bonds. It.
F. Lewis, of the water company, vol
unteered free use of water for the
sluicing of the surface dirt from the
new property and also stated that he
would advance $1,000 in cash and
guarantee $2,000 in security toward
the plan adopted by the board.
Great work is being done in the
Salmon creek divisior. of the Alaska
tiastineau Mining Company's develop
ment project. About two hundred men
all told are now employed in that di
vision. The basin where the upper
dam is being constructed is the storm
center of activity right now and more
? men are being sent to the works every
day. It is the desire of the company
to have this work progress as rapidly
as possible consistent with thorough
A great change has been made in
the economy of handling supplies that
enter into the construction of the great
work. An 8-ton Porter engine has dis
placed the horses in hauling the tram
cars over the railroati from the top of
the hoist to the dam site. Another
engine weighing 20 tons, a geared
Shay, is now on the way here and will
be utilized on its arrival.
The first shipment of Portland ce
ment will arrive June 9. The ship
ment consists of 500 tons. It will be
transferred as rapidly as possible to
the location where the immense dam
is being constructed.
One of the very largest second
audiences attended the Orpheum pra
duction of the "Lady of the Lake'
last night and was entirely satisfied
with the entertainment. Tonight if
distinctly a comedy night. One eeriout
production, "Man in the Making," ar
educational demonstration is followed
by three mirth provokers. "Partners
for Life," is an Edison production;
"Winning a Widow," is one of Kalem's
winners; "The Butterfly Net," is ar
Essany and a good one.
The Case building at the corner of
Main and Front Street has just re
ceived a second coat of white paint
making the buiding stand out like a
marble monument. The interior fin
ish has all been remodelled aud reno
vated until it stands toduy one of the
handsomest and most comfortable
buildings in town.
The upper floor is occupied in front
bj the dental parlors of Dr. Avaril,
and by Dr. P. J. Mahoue. The after
part contains the portrait photograph
studio of A. C. Mercer. This studio
is probably one of the finest aud best
equipped in all Alaska. The recep
tion parlor opens from the main hall
near the stairs. It is furnished tai
fully aud affors a pleasing welcome
to all who enter. A largo operating
room with fine light adjoins. Off from
the operating room is a dressing
room that leaves nothing to be desired.
The dark room is DAKK and that helps
to tell the tale of results obtained.
Mr. Case occupies the entire ground
floor to house his immense stock of
cUrios, furs, and photo supplies. The
main room contaii.s his stock of cur
ios, baskets and photo supplies.
Among the former is a rare collection
of alslorts of historical relics, unique
ivory carvings, bits of ancient Rus
sian metal ware of hammered copper;
the largest and finest collection of In
dian baskets in the world, the work of
the women of Honnah and Yakutat,
encumber the shelves of this room.
The rear room reached through an
aich contains the furs and woven work
of Indians that have been gathered
from the great empire of the North.
The first is noticeable object is a
magnificent skin of the rare small
white bear known as ursus-comada.
This bear is a distinct type, and must
not be confused with the albiua of
the black family nor with the glacier
bear. .. earby hangs the skin of a
monster glacier bear at least two feet
longer than the ordinary member of
that species. It has a bluish brown
tinge rather than the bluish white us
ually seen.
A monster black wolf pelt is hang
ing in close proximity to the glacier
bear. And a number of fine timber
wolf skins almost cover one wall. The
rear wall Is decorated with the finest
specimens of hand spun and hand
woven Chilcat ceremonial blankets,
gems that immediately seize the at
tention of the tourist and hold it ir
T. J. McBride and Miss Belle Ma
near were united in marriage at 7:30
last evening by the Rev. J. B. Stevens
at the residence of the groom's par
ents in the Bean apartments on Main
street. Only a few friends were pres
ent, including Mr. and Mrs. John Mu
seth, besides parents of the groom, j
Both parties to the sacred contract
are well known residents of Ketchi
The groom came to Juneau on the
last trip of the JefTerson and has
been visiting with his parents. The
bride arrived in Juneau on the last
trip of the Alameda.
Miss Manear was formerly a Seat
tle girl but has lived in Ketchikan for
some time and endeared herself to
the community by her many inesti
mable qualities and charming dispo
sition. Mr. McBride formerly lived in
Cordova but three years ago went to
Ketchikan and has for a long time
been in the employ of the Citizen's
Light & Power Company of that place.
He takes a great interest in athletic
sports and is considered one of the
greatest baseball stars in Alaska.
Mr. and Mrs. McBride will remain
in Juneau until after Sunday and then
take the first southbound boat for
Ketchikan which is to be their future
There was a slight accident at the
power plant of the Alaska-Gastineau
Company at Salmon creek yesterday
1 that necessitated shutting down foi
? ten hours. One of the buckets in
the general pelton wheel became loose
1 and tore others from their fastening;
i before the water could be shut off
i The buckets were replaced by other;
i kept on hand for just such contingen
1 cies and the big wheel Is again turn
} ing out the energy used at the Perse
; verance mine.
i The Lovera Monarch is the popu
lar bit size. **<
Land Office Gives
Coal Claimant Decision
* T
The local land office yesterday ren
dered a decision In the case of the
United States vs. James Wardell in
volving title to 160 acres of coal lands
in the Bering river coal fields and
about twenty-five miles from Katalla.
Wardell was given a favorable decis
The local office decision follows in
line with the decision of Walter L.
Fisher, former Secretary of the Inter
ior in the Cunningham cases, which
was that a coal mine must have been
developed prior to the application for
patent. The local office holds that in
order to profit by the exemption from
cancellation of entry within the reser
vations cerated by the withdrawal or
?der, that such regulations must have
been complied with; and that the de
fendant has complied with the regu
lations and did develop a coal mine
prior to his application for patent.
The decision rests on what may be de
termined a coal mine. It is held that
the mere fact of demonstrating that
coal exists in commercial quantities
is not sufficient. It must be shown,
that workings exist from which coal
can be taken in commercial quanti
The case is interesting from the fact
that Mr. Wardell has obtained a decis
ion recognizing the development of a
coal mine at an expense of under $300,
while many others have spent many
thousands of dollars determining the
extent of vast quantities of coal with
exactness and in full detail render
ing the country a great service hut
have been denied any proprietary
right because they failed to develop
a shaft or an opening whereby the
coal could be hoisted to the surface
before applying for patent, and which
neglect has caused a forfeiture of their
The land in question was filed upon
October 26, 1905 and located October
14 of the same year. Application for
patent was made October 28, 1908 and
$1,600 in cash paid in for the land
November 9, 1909. January 10, 1912,
I charges were filed to the effect that
the claimant did not prior to making
his declaratory statement, open up or
develop a coal mine upon said land.
The defendant entered into a stipula
tion with the government as to the
facts in the case from which the
truth or falsity of the charges was
to be determined by the local office.
The evidence showed that develop
ment commenced on the property in
1903 and continued until 1907 and that
an expenditure amounting to between
$200 and $300 had resulted in an open
cut from which coal in commercial
quantities could be taken and demon
strated that coal in commercial quan
I tlties existed on the land.
Johnson Signs Bill
and Replies to Bryan
SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 15?Be
fore signing the Web anti-alien land
bill yesterday, Gov. Johnson sent a tel
egram to Secretary of State William
J. Bryan in which he said:
"We have made the existing treaties
of the United States a part of our law.
IVe have preserved every right any
foreign nation by international con
tract has insisted upon preserving
with the National Government. Jap
an prevents the acquisition of land by
aliens. California feels that it is its
bounden duty to its citizens to do that
which the. interests of its people de
mands; that which the conscience of
its people approves; that which vio
lates no treaty rights."
Batt e Gets The
Seattle Postoffice
WASHINGTON, May 15.?President
Woodrow Wilson today sent the name
of Edgar Battle to the United States
Senate to be postmaster at Seattle.
Edgar Battle is a native of Texas
and a personal friend" of Postmaster
General A. S. Burleson. He has been
engaged in the real estate business in
a small way at Seattle for many years,
and has never been active in politics.
He is a brother of Alfred Battle, a
law-partner of former Secretary of the'
Interior R. A. Ballinger.
The Seattle and Washington State
Democratic organizations had endors
ed Judge P. A. McDonald for the po
sition. McDonald was first vice-pres
ident of the Woodrow Wilson League,
and is one of the leading political ora
tors and workers of the State.
Crillo Nobili, was seriously injured
by a powder explosion at the Perse
verance mine between five and six o'
clock last night. He is now in St.
Ann's hospital with a scalp wound and
a badly damaged arm as a result of
being hit with flying rock. The
wounds are not dangerous and the
man is having every care at the hos
pital. He was resting comfortably to
day. The accident is supposed to
have occurred through the man go
ing back after blasts had been fired
to investigate a shot that seemed to
have failed. The rules and instruc
! tions positively forbid, this, but men
1 take a pride in their work and some
times break the rule to avoid leaving
a shot unflred. Nobili is an Italian,
1 32 years of age and has been in the
' employ of the company since Febru
1 ary 10 of this year. He is unmarried,
? and a miner by profession, but has
J been working as a machine helper.
Regular meting of Juneau Lodge,
No. 420, B. P. O. Elks, Wednesday
. evening, May 14. There will bo Init
> iatlon. E. C. JAMESON, Secy.
SEWARD. Neb., May 15. ? Eleven
were killed and 30 injured in a torna
do that swept over this place last
night. Four are dead at Toniaro,
which, also, was struck.
The towns of Seward, Toniaro and
McCool Junction were all wrecked.
The damage to property will be large.
Seattle Man To
Inspect Alaska Coal
SEATTLE. May 15.?George W. Ev
ans, a Seattle mining engineer, has
been appointed to head a government
expedition to investigate the merits
for commercial purposes of the Matan
uska coal fields.
In a "Parisian Stage Tragedy" at
the Gross Picture Show tonight, the
audience is given a view of life be
hind the scenes of a big theatre. It is
a story of two women's loves, with
many intense climaxes. One of the
scenes shown is a sensational theatre
fire, in which hundreds of pepole take
part. The play Is In three parts, and
stands on a par with any shown this
week. Tomorrow the management an
nounces another extraordinary produc
tion entitled "The Unwritten Law,"
from the book of the same name. The
"Unwritten Law" was a masterpiece,
and made a living book. The Vita
scope Company, of America, has made
of it a living motion picture.
The funeral of Mrs. Clara Babbage
was held this afternoon from the Epis
copal church. The services were at
tended by a large number of old res
idents and friends of the family. In
terment was In Evergreen cemetery.
For home-made pastry and best
coffee go to "U and I" Lunch Room.
New Governor Will
Work Tor harmony
Major J. F. A. Stroug, who leaves
for the North tomorrow, to become1
Governor of Alaska, was the guest of
the Arctic Club at a welcoming din
ner bust night. He was welcomed as;
a visitor to the State of Washington
by Gov. Ernest Lister, and to the City
of Seattle by Mayor George F. Cotter
ill. President J. E. Chilberg, of the
New Seattle Chamber of Commerce,
which through its Alaska bureau, was
joint host with the Arctic Club, also
made a complimentary speech. In re
ply to the speeches made, Major
Strong said that it will be his earn
est endeavor to try to stop all bicker
ing among the people of Alaska. One
of the striking sentences in his speech
"I shall try to knock down section
alism, and work for a united Alaska."
The big dining room of the Arctic
Club was crowded with guests, and
the reception given to the new Gov
ernor of the Northern Territory was
enthusiastic. Col. \V. T. I'erklns, pres
ident of the Alaska bureau and an old
time Dawson and Nome resident, was
Major and Mrs. J. P. A. Strong will
leave Seattle for Juneau on the City
of Seattle sailing tomorrow night.
Major J. F. A. Strong has expressed |
a desire to take oath of ofllce as Gov-1
ernor of Alaska next Wednesday, May
21. The information was received to
day by Gov. Walter E. Clark from
.Major Strong in a telegram that reads
as follows:
"Telegram received. Would
like to be sworn in on Wednesday,
day after arrival. Any arrange
ments made by yourself or com
mittee will be satisfactory to me."
Democrats Making Plans.
Local Democrats, who have ar
ranged a plan for giving Major J. F.
A. Strong and Mrs. Strong a welcome
on their home coming, met again last
night. A committee was appointed
to confer with Governor Clark and
the inaugural committee to arrange
matters so that everything will move
along in perfect harmony.
Juneau school children have become
enthused on the matter of welcoming
the Strongs and this afternoon were
engaged in the practice of songs and
drills for the big event.
Gov. Walter E. Clark has added .May
or C. W. Carter to the inaugural com
mittee that is making arrangements
for the induction into ollice as Gover
nor of Major J. F. A. Strong.
In announcing the appointment of
Mayor Carter to the committee. Gov.
Clark made the following statement:
"Through a regrettable accident the
name of Mayor Carter was omitted
from the list when the committee was
announced on Tuesday. This accident
arose from the failure to transfer his
name from a tentative list containing
many names which had been under
consideration. 1 appointed Mayor Car
ter yesterday morning, delivering the
appointment to him in person.
"It was intended above all, of course,
that the three members of the Legis
lature, who are present in Juueuu and
Douglas, together with the mayors of
the two towns, should be among the
members of the inaugural committee."
former Northern Publisher
Dies At Tacoma, Wash.
TACOMA, May 15. Richard Roedlg
er, a pioneer Washington and Yukon
Territory newspaper man, who was re
cently appointed Surveyor General of
the State of Washington, died at his
lioine in this city last night of Bright's
disease of the kidneys.
Col. Roediger was publisher of the
Tacoina News at the time Secretary
of the Interior Franklin K. Lane was
editor and part owner of the paper.
Me served as deputy collector of cus
toms at Tacoma during the second
Cleveland administration. In 1897 he
went to Dawson where he made a for
tune as publisher of the Dawson News.
Afterward he became interested in
the publication business at Fairbanks.
He was part owner of the News-Miner
| there. For two years he was the prin
cipal owner of the Tacoma Tribune
that recently was sold to Frank Baker,
son of the owner of the Cleveland, O.,
WASHINGTON, May 16.?The Soi
cete de Gcographie, of France, has
voted a gold medal to Alfred H.
Brooks, of the United States geolog
ical survey, head of the work of his
department in Alaska.
The U. S. S. MacArthur of the geo
detic survey service, Captain C. G.
Quillan In command, arrived in port
last night pausing for coal and sup
plies while enroute to the Cook inlet
country. The MacArthur has been
down around Burnett inlet where a
survey was made and two sunken
rocks heretofore uncharted were lo
cated. The MacArthur will leave for
the Westward after Saturday. She
will call at Seward on the way up
but Seldovia will be the supply base
during the season.
Captain Quillian said that it was the
intenion to survey Kumlshak bay dur
ing the coming summer. It is expect
ed that they will return to Juneau
about October 1. There is a possibil
ity that some survey work will be at
tempted in Southeastern Alaska after
they return.
Try a Lovera, "Sure to Please." tf.
DALLAS, Tex., May 15. ? Atlanta,
Georgia, has ben selected as the meet
ing place for the national convention
of the Shrines in 1914.
KETCHIKAN, May 15.?Court will ?
continue in session at this place for
another week. Judge Thomas R. Ly
ons says it will take that long to clean
up the work here.
The Georgia arrived from Sitka and
way ports late yesterday afternoon
bringing the following passengers for
Juneau: From Sitka?S. E. Hodge,
Itena Gilman, Sadie Gilman, W. K.
Rogers, Wm. Ferguson, and C. M. Mc
Grath; from Killisnoo ? Sam John
son, Mrs. Davis, Peter Penamarkoff,
H. Moses; from Tenakee ? Mrs.
Niece, Tule Carlson, Matt West; from
Chatham?Chas. Sloan; from Gyp
sum?Emil Lazar; from Hoonah ?
Miss Rankin, Mr. and Mrs. O. G. Hill
man, eorge Hillman, David Johnson,
Olaf Nelson, and Mrs. G. E. Good.

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