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VOL. III., NO. 337. JUNEAU, ALASKA, THURSDAY, DEC. 18, 1913. PRICE, TEN CENTS ANOTHER REBELLION CONFRONTS MEXICAN PEOPLE Alaska Bill May Pass House January 14th WASHINGTON, Dec. 18? The indi cations now are that the Alaska rail road bill will come up for final pass age on the second Wednesday in Jan uary. Representative W. C. Houston, of Tennessee, chairman of the com mittee on Territories, yesterday after noon made an effectual attempt to se cure an agreement to debate the bill for ten hours -five hours on a side ? after which the bill should be consid ered for amendment and final passage. Under the rules it will come up each Wednesday for general debate, and it is believed that this will terminate in time for a vote at the second time it shall come up next month. Washington Deleagtion Helps. Delegate James Wickersham, of Al aska, and Representatives Falconer. Humphrey, Johnson and La Follette, of Washington, supported the bill in the debate yesterday. Representative 1 -enroot, of Wisocnsin, also supported the bill. Representative Fordney, of Michi gan, opened the debate for the oppo sition. He made an argument against the government ownership of raii'oads. 1 favored government >id to an Al M^kau railroad sys'?*n tr be construct- j ??? by private <aini.il Representative^ Lenroot said ihat it is necessary for the Government to step in and break up the Alaska syn dicate which he declared prevented the promoters of railroad construction from securing money with which to develop transportation facilities. Friends Say Bill Will Pass. The friends of the bill predict that it will pass the House. The sup porters of the measure contended in the debate yesterday that government construction and ownership is required to develop the Territory of Alaska to j the fullest extent. It was predicted in the course of the debate that if the Government built a railroad from the Coast to Fairbanks feeders would be constructed by private capital, and that other trunk lines could be built l>y the government and the same re sult would be attained in other sec tions of Alaska. HANK SUMMERS WAS CHAMPION STAMPEDER ? o-o ? Hank Summers, who died at White- i horse, December 6th, where he was buried last week, was one of the first men on the ground after practically every new placer gold discovery of importance in Alaska, and he was an early arrival in many districts that never qualified for importance. He was among the pioneers at Juneau, coming here in the '80s. From here he went to Circle City before the dis covery of gold on Bonanza creek in the Klondike district. With the first discovery of gold on the Nome beach he stampeded down the Yukon from Dawson, where he was a pioneer. He was in Tanana before the great wealth of that camp had been fully es tablished. The Innoko and Iditarod ' strikes claimed him in their days, and last year he was among the first to ' reach the Chisana. He was one of Al aska's champion mushers and stam peders. Summers was a native of Cal ifornia. He was 62 years of age at the time of his death. Summers came to Juneau early in the fall from Chisana and had gone from here to Whitehorse, intending to to go into the Chisana again, during the winter. u u u LADIES' COAT AND SUIT SALE Sale commences Wednesday, De cember 17 and ends Saturday Decem ber 20. The stock consists of Wooltex and Marshall Field makes, and are all 1913 models. During the sale these goods will not be sent out on approval and no allowance will made for alter ations. Regular credit cutsomers can have goods charged. All goods marked in plain figures about as follows: $15 garments, now $ 8.60 to $ 9.90. $25 garments, now $15.90 to $16.90. $30 garments, now $16.85 to $18.60. Come in and look them over. B. M. BEHRENDS CO., Inc. 12-16-tf. o ? o ? o Men's ready-to-wear suits and over coats, correct styles at Chicago prices. H. S. Graves, 133 Front St. 12-18-5t. o ? o ? o? Nicely furnished room to let, with bath, two minutes from business dis trict. 123 Gold st. 12-18-tf. MEASLES EPIDEMIC WAS EXAGGERATED ? o ? o ? Unofficial reports received from Ko diak, Afognak, and Ouziniskie, at which points there has been an epi demic of measles among the native population, state that there have been but 30 deaths so far from the ravages of the disease and not 100 as first re ported. That conditions are not a great deal worse than was reported is due largely to prompt action of the Governor's office in applying to the In terior Department for immediate ac tion and the dispatch of a revenue cut ter with medical attendance and the necessary supplies, according to re ports that have come from that sec tion. The Tahoma was dispatched from the South, arriving at Kodiak Nov. 20, with Dr. Jenkins of San Francisco aboard. There were 267 cases of meas les at Afognak alone of which ten were fatal up to Nov. 24. Strict quaran tine regulations were put into force; supplies furnished: infected places fu migated, and every precaution taken to stamp out the scourge. Throughout all the work in caring for the sick and taking steps to pre t-nt further contagion Dr. Jenkins was ibly assisted by Dr. H. O. Schlaben, physician for the board of education, with headquarters in Seward. At the present time it is thought there will he no further development of disease if dae care is taken, help maintaining quarantine regulations by the trans portation companies operating in that section. PERRY WILEY AND ASSOCIATES CLOSE DEAL The Auk Bay group of lode mining claims at Auk bay, eighteen in num ber, have been bonded to H. R. Plate, a mining engineer said to be represent ing William B. Thompson and asso ciates of New York in this deal. The price agreed upon is $200,000. Mr. Thompson is the senior member of the firm of Thompson, Towle & Co. The Auk Bay group is the property of Perry Wiley, A. M. Butterbaugh, and V. C, Spaulding. It has been under ; development in a small way for a long time and is considered by min- j ing men to have great possibilities. Under the terms of the option devel opment work must be commenced on the property by the purchasers on or before next April. There are other excellent showings on Auk bay properties and it Is the opinion of mining men that the clos ing of this deal will be the means of arousing more interest in that section. o ? o ? o "THE SHAUGRAUN" AT THE ORPHEUM THEATRE In addition to "The Shaugraun," the great Irish drama by Dion Boucicault, which has been adapted to a 3-reel photo for the movies, "Roped In," a good Selig comedy will be shown. "The Shaugraun," is recognized as one of the best of Irish dramas, having had a steady three year run in New York City when presented on the le gitimate stage. The plot is laid in Ireland during the troublesome days of Feinianism and is based on the ef I forts of an unscrupulous agent or ad ministrator to defraud a rightful heir. There are fine scenic and dramatic fea ; tures all through the play. o ? o ? o HURRY THOSE CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR THE STATES ? o~o ? Po3tmaster Earle L. Hunter says those desiring to send Christmas gifts to people in the States via the Jeff erson, which will carry the next South bound mail, should be sure to have them in the postoffice before Saturday. The postoffice employees are doing all within their power to handle all the mail, incoming and outgoing, with des patch. The Jefferson will bring one of the largest mail consignments ever to arrive in this city, and it will take away one of the largest mails ever to leave. In order to facilitate the hand ling of this matter by the limited force in the postoffice the patrons of the of fice should co-operate to the extent of getting their parcels in the mail at the earliest possible moment so that it can be sacked and prepared for ship , ment before the arrival of the vessel. o ? o ? o? ? Huyler's candies, fresh from the fao tory, specially made for the Xmas i trade at Nelson's, 12-13tf HOPE HANGS ON PRESIDENT WILSON "Under a constructive legislative program such as President Wilson ad vocates for Alaska, the tragic wrongs of the pioneers inflicted by mis-ap plied conservation, will be forgotten," declared Sidney D. Charles, the well known newspaper man. in the lobby of the Occidental hotel today. "In fact," continued Mr. Charles, | "there is a general feeling among the people to the Westward that the dawn of prosperity, which already has flush ed Juneau, is near at hand. Juneau I simply has come into its heritage a lit tle sooner than has its less fortunate , neighbors, for, be it remembered, oth j er parts of Alaska are just as rich in natural resources. All they require, or ever have required, is common ! sense encouragement, instead of the fanatical 'reforms' advanced by long distance, impractical theorists. "It's always easy, you know, to ex periment at the other fellow's expense. 1 must confess, for one, the bitterness of gall arises whenever I recall the wrongs committed, and the personal and selfish ambitions whetted, in the ' name of 'reform' and the 'rights of the i people.' However, it now looks as though the dark page in Alaska's his tory is about to be turned down. Let us hope so." "Business conditions," continued the newspaper man, "are somewhat quiet ! to the Westward. The Chisana and the Nelchina gold stampedes have been a great boon already to the business interests of the Copper river valley and to Valdez, and it is hoped that the new camps will fulfill their promise and become large producers and the cen ters of new communities, thus enroach ing farther upon the disappearing Al ! askan wilderness. "Permanent prosperity, however, | you understand, must depend upon transportation and the opening of the coal. While a great many Alaskans may differ from one another respect ing government ownership of railways and coal leasing, they are practically united in their demand for action ? action of any sort. Longer delay means further stagnation, bunkraptcy , and industrial death. Already too 1 many of the oldtimers have left for j more promising fields. They were the j very pick of the nation's empire build- j ers' "There is a healhty rivalry between the towns of Cordova, Katalla, Valdez and Seward over selection of a tide water terminus for a government rail road. Each hopes that it may become the one favored above the others. However, without a railroad or addi- j tional railway improvements each place has sufficient tributary resources to keep on growing. Cordova, for in stance, has a railroad tapping what will become in time a great commer cial empire of itself. Katalla is in the heart of the Bering river coal and oil fields and is certain to receive some benefit therefrom. Valdez already has a considerable mining payroll, with ev ery prospect of a rapid increase, and, besides, the government distributes a lot of money in Valdez, being the head quarters ofr the Third Judicial Divis ion. And should the railway engin eers for the government choose Port Wells instead of Seward, the latter place would still have a considerable mineral belt upon which to draw for its support. "In short, there is plenty of room in Alaska today for all of the present towns without crowding. None will go backward, that is certain. On the oth er hand, the wave of prosperity which will follow natural development will add many a smaller community and build up one or two quite large cities. Thus will Alaska come into its own." L. F. SHAW IS APPOINTED COMMISSIONER OF NELCHIN A L. F. Shaw has been appointed U. S. commissioner and ex-offlcio record er of the Nelchina district by Judge Fred M. Brown of the Third Judicial Division. Mr. Shaw is editor and one of the publishers of the Seward Gateway and well known all over Alaska. He was for years located in Nome and other Seward peninsula camps. He is a life long Democrat, and has been active in the support of that political party. o ? o ? o LARGE ELECTRIC SIGN ERECTED FOR ORPHEUM A huge electric sign installed on top of the Winter & Pond building fairly screams at pedestrians informing them how to find the Orpheum theatre. This last bit of enterprise on the part of Mr. Spickett should get good results. o ? o ? o The Big Feed now ready at the "Pio neer." 12-8 ? lm. Burleson favors Public Telegraph and Phones WASHINGTON, Dec. 18.? A sweep ing declaration in favor of the princi ple of the government ownership of the telfgraph and telephone lines of the country and the assertion that the postal service of the Nation is now on a self-supporting basis for the first time since 1883 are the two features ; of the annual report of Postmaster General A. S. Burleson that was trans ported to Congress today. MATRIMONIAL AGENTS IN THE TOILS INDIANAPOLIS,- Ind., Dec. 18. ? j Martin W. Ferris, of Princeton, Ind., 1 his wife and daughters, tile Misses Louise and Ora, were indicted by the Federal grand jury today for the mis- j use of mails in the opeartion of a mat- , rimonial bureau. The United States j district atorney characterized the bu- j reau as the bigegst bureau ever oper- j ated in the country, as the bigegst ! matrimonial swindlers that ever got within the toild of the law. o ? o ? o S. S. GEORGIA WILL BE SITKA'S SANTA CLAUS ? o ? o The Georgia will be Santa Claus for i the good people of Sitka. Leaving for the ancient capital of Alaska about midnight tonight or at a very early hour tomorrow morning she will go loaded with good things that make for good cheer. This will be particularly so for the inmates of the Pioneers Home for many individuals in Juneau without ostentation have done up packages of good things to be expressed to the institution. In addition to the indi vidual efforts of citizens generally and of members of the official circles in Juneau, a movement has been quietly going on among the pioneer women j of Juneau to make up a big ChriBtmas j box to be forwarded to the men, i along with their best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New j Year. BIG ATTRACTION AT THE GRAND THEATRE TONIGHT "The Dead Pays" ? most exciting two reel Kaybee military drama; a Civil War story ? big battles between the North and South; very exciting all the way through, and the kind that touches the heart. This picture is worth hundreds of dollars and one of the most daring pictures ever pro duced for tha moving pictures. We guarantee the two reel military fea ture. We boost our pictures only when we have the goods. Besides we show a Gaumont Weekly ? latest events. "The Jenkins-Perkins War" is a good comedy, which will cend you home well pleased. o ? o ? o ODD FELLOWS WILL ENTERTAIN TONIGHT There will be great doings in Odd Fellow circles of Juneau tonight. Af- j ter the regular meeting of Silver Bow lodge there is to be a social session | that promises to be a very enjoyable af- , fair. All the Odd Fellows and Rebec cas and their families have been urged to come and have a good time. These Odd Fellows certainly do know how to have a good time and it is an assured 1 fact that there will be a great crowd in attendance tonight. TICKETS TO BE ISSUED FOR SCHOOL EXERCISES Tickets will be issued for the enter- ; tainment to be given by the students of the Juneau public schools at the Orpheum next Tuesday, and distribut ed as follows: The parents of each child in the third, fifth, seventh and eighth grades will be given one ticket and each child in these grades will be given four tickets. These are free, but admission will not be allowed i without the tickets. People interested in the public schools should secure tickets from the parents or children. The fourth and sixth grade pupils will have their exercises in the school building. These are open to any one and no tickets will be required. All the parents of children in these grades are particularly requested to be pres ent. ALTAR SOCIETY MEETS TOMORROW AFTERNOON The Altar Society of the Catholic church will meet tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home of Mrs. Em ery Valentine. MRS. EATON WANTS EXPENSE MONEY BACK ? o-o ? BOSTON, Mass., Dec. 18. ? Mrs. Ea ton has asked the State of Massachu setts to reimburse her for the expens es of her trial, which it is said total between $15,000 and $20,000, alleging that the evidence was not sufficient for the finding of an indictment charg ing her with murder of Admiral Eaton. AL-KI SAILS FROM SEATTLE FOR JUNEAU SEATTLE,? Dec. 18. ? The Al-Ki sailed for Juneau last night with the following passengers for that place: Oscar Asen, Ann Huttula, Mrs. H. F. Morton, M. H. Sabin, Mrs. J. Mac Donald, S. Zitron, J. Solomon, S. Leav itt, Mrs. Pearl Haines, F. A. Howard and wife, Sam Enoch and wife, Jas. R. Little, Charles McLaughlin, Otto Trenbow, and Miss Lena Hammonds o ? o ? o LADIES' ALTAR SOCIETY CONDUCTS SUCCESSFUL SALE The fancy article and "goody" sale put on this afternoon by the Ladies' Altar Society in the offices of H. R. Shepard and Son, attracted a great deal of attention. All afternoon the rooms were thronged by women and charming young girls who were buying and selling the choice things that were offered. Well known businessmen al so found time to visit and invest, land was the lucky man that carried home the wonderful three-story cake. MACHINERY FOR BACH MINES AT LIMESTONE The machinery for the Frank Ba^h mines at Limestone Inlet is on the Al Ki now enroute to the North. This machinery has been on the road more than four months. It found its way to Douglas, Arizona and after sending many communications, was finally started once more on the road toward its real destination. The machinery is for a small quartz reduction plant and is of the roller type instead of the accustomed stamps. It will handle 50 tons of ore each day. Mr. Bach will leave for Limestone next Sunday taking a crew of men to handle the machinery as soon as land ed. o ? o ? o + * MARINE NOTES I I I 4 + The Gerogia is expected to arrive tonight and will sail for Sitka as soon thereafter as possible. The Jefferson is expected to arrive from the South early Saturday morn ing bringing heavy mail and many pas sengers. The Alameda is expected to arrive from the Westward either Sunday or Monday. The Al-Ki sailing from Seattle last night should arrive here Sunday. She will go to Sitka and call in at Ju neau on Southbound trip. The Princess May, sailing from Van couver next Saturday, should arrive here Tuesday next. SPECIAL CHOIR REHEARSAL. -O- A - There will be an important Choir j practice in Trinity church this eve- j ning at 7:45 p. m., promptly. All mem bers of the choir are urged to be pres ent without fail. * TWO-STEP CONTEST. The two-step contest last night ' ! nackc I Jaxon's rink, and wi ? | "Cap" Koskey and Abby Arnold, the confest being decided by general ap plause by the audience; judges would "iave had a hard time deciding as the ! couples were all good two-steppers. Another contest next Wednesday. ALASKAN HOTEL ARRIVALS. The following arrivals are registered at the Alaskan Hotel: C. J. Alexander, Hoonah; E. M. ; Johnson, A. Conners, G. Addintong A. J. McDonald, Seattle; H. R. Plate, New tYork; E. J. Doherty, Perseverance. i Brand New Rebellion Breaks Out in Mexico AMERICAN'S TIP FOUND MONA LISA PARIS, Dec. 18? The first real clue leading to the discovery of the thief who stole the painting "Mona Lisa," and the whereabouts of the picture was given to the police of this city by Jean Guiffrey, curator of the Mus eum of Fine Arts, of Boston. o ? o ? o SAM HILL WORKING ON BIG MERGER ? o-o ? NEW YORK, Dec. 18.? The amalga- J mations of independent telephone com panies throughout the United States with a view to eventually merging them with the Postal Telegraph Co. in opposition to American Telephone & Telegraph Co. is being sought by Samuel Hill, sou-in-llaw of James J. Hill. NEW PRESIDENT SELECTS HIS OWN CREDITOR ? o? o ? WASHINGTON, Dec. 18.? The Cu ban government is expected to float in New York a $15,000,000 loan. It is asserted that President Menocal will refuse to abide by the agreement with Speyer & Co. made by former Presi dent Gomez, under which the new loan must be sold to Speyer if that firm of fered a price equal to the highest bid from other responsible bankers. Men ocal favors another New York bank. ? ? o ? O ? u TAFT EXPLAINING HIS QUITTING CINCINNATI -o-o ? NE WYORK, Dec. 18.? Ex-President i William H. Taft states for the first time why he was prompted to give up Cincinnati as his home and accept a professorship at Yale. He said it was because he wouhl have been compelled to practice law before Judges he had himself appointed. SENATE WOULD MAKE ' ASESSMENT UNNECESSARY ? o ? o ? WASHINGTON, Dec. 18? A bill re lieving the miners who have claims on Dam creek region of Alaska of do ing assesment work this year was passed by the Senate today. PRESIDENT TO GIVE FIRST CABINET DINNER WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 ?President Woodrow Wilson will give his first Cabinet dinner at the White House tonight. There will be but few in vited guests aside from the Cabinet. Among the few guests will be Mayor elect John Purroy Mitchell, of New York. ATTACK ON? STANDARD OIL TO CONTINUE JACKSON, Miss., Dec. 18. ? Demur rers of Standard Oil companies of Ken tucky, New Jersey and Louisiana to the anti-trust suit instituted by the State of Mississippi were over-ruled by ' the Chancery Court of Appeals. Three companies are included ni a list of de fendants in a suit alleging a combina ticn of interests to control cotton oil j and much of the cotton business of Mississippi in violation of the Sher man law. CUBA TO HONOR VICTIMS OF MAINE HAVANA, Dec. 18. ? A movement is j on foot at Havana to erect a monu ment in commemoration of the Maine | disaster. It is stated that when the condition of the public treasury has improved, a permanent monument is to be erected. BOOTLEGGER KILLED IN BATTLE IN KANSAS BONNER-SPrTngsT Kan., Dec. 18.? Rolla Harvey, alleged bootlegger, was killed and two seriously injured in a riot that ensued today when a posse j surrounded the city hall on the sec ond floor of which Harvey was sus- 1 nected of conducting a "joint." Fifty shots were fired in the battle that en sued. The encounter was a pitched battle in which the posse was victor ious. o ? o ? o G. G. Miller, deputy collector of cus toms at Skagway, is a Northbound pas senger aboard the Jefferson. J. C. Lynch, moving spirit and rep resentative of the interests controlling the Nevada creek mines plans to leave for the South on the Alameda. EL PASO, Tex., Dec. 18? A brand new rebelion burst forth in Mexico to day. Generals Orozco and Sala'ar are the active leaders of the forces in rebellion, but asociated with them, it is said, are Gen. Felix Diaz and Mil io Yasquez Gomez. (Jen. Salazar was one of the Federal officers with the forces thai were defeated at Chihua hua. It is said that the new forces that are fighting against the government are not associated with the Consti tutionalists. Mexico Plans New Currency Plan. MEXICO CITY, Dec. 18.? A commit te of five bankers which met in this city to provide a method for financing the government has decided upon a Presidential decre making State bank notes a legal tender throughout the country. Under the plan the banks will be compelled to subscribe to a fund to guarantee the State bank no:< s. The government takes the guarantee and it in turn guarantees the validity auu parity of the bank notes ? o-o ? ? Foreign Countries Get Anxious. WASHINGTON. Dec. 18.? Guarded inquiries are being made at the State department by representatives of some of the European governments as to the prospect for an early termination of the present conditions in Mexico, which are imposing grievous burdens upon the foreign interests. o ? o ? o GEORGE REPUBLIC FOUNDER MAY BE REMOVED NEW YORK. Dec. 18. ? The removal of Wililam E. George, who founded the George Junior Republic at Freeville about ten years ago, from participat ing in the affairs of that institution, has been recommended by the State board of charities. George's conduct is severely condemned. HEARST'S PAPERS SAY POWERS WILL PARTICIPATE NEW YORK. Dec. 18. ? The New York Americai- says official participa tion in the Panama fair by England and Germany will be announced in the next few days. URUGUAYAN CREDIT IS WORTH $10,000,000 LONDON, Dec. 18. ? Uruguayan gov ernment has arranged a loan of $10. 000,000 with a London and Paris syn dicate. The government intends to create a tobacco monopoly. NO POSTMASTER YET PICKED FOR BOSTON ?o~o? WASHINGTON, Dec. 18.? Postmast er-General A. S. Burleson says he has not yet pasesd upon the postmaster ship at Boston. This in answer to the report that Representative W. F. Mur ray, of Boston, had already been select ed for this office. o ? o ? o MISS WILSON MAKES CHRISTMAS SUGGESTION WASHINGTON, Dec. 18? Miss Mar garet Wilson, daughter of the Presi dent, addressing the "Spugs" suggest ed as the most useful and practical way of Christmas giving that one should "find some one person and give him or her a happy Christmas." MRS. GATES MAY SELL TEXAS OIL HOLDINGS - < ?-<? ? NEW YORK, Dec. 18.? A Chicago special to the New York Times says that Mrs. John W. Gates, recently held conference with President Mitchell of the Illinois Trust & Savings Bank, which gave rise to the rumor that oil interests of the Gates' estate in Tex as would be sold. HARRY THAW TO BE TRIED FOR SANITY CONCORD. N. H.. Dec. 18 ? A com mittee will be appointed to examine Harry Thaw to determine whether or not his liberty under bail would be dangerous to the public safety and an order for the selection was made by Judge Aldrich today. o ? o? o HINTS TO THE WISE:? It is get ting near to the day when you will fi nally have to make up your mind Just what to buy for Christmas and New Year's gifts. The popular fancy runs this year to Parisian Ivory. A splen did assortment of it may be seen at Doran's Drug Store. 12-10-tf.