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THE ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE
vol. in., no. m juneau, alaska, Tuesday, feb. io, 1914. price, ten cents ADMINISTRATION COAL IAND BILL IS INTRODUCED f Earthquake Shakes Up New York Cities NEW YORK. Feb. 10. ? An earth quake at 1:30 o'clock this afternoon shook up this city and Brooklyn. It was particularly severe in Brooklyn where the buildings rocked, and a landslide was caused, killing one per son. Dispatches say that the tarthquake was severe at Binghainpton. Buffalo and Syracuse, in all the cities the! shock was so pronounced that people ran out of the buildings into the street. TICKETS OUT EOR FIREMEN'S BALL ? - The Seventh Annual Grand Ball of the Juneau Fire Department will be given Thursday evening of this week in Elks' hall. The several committees . having the affair in hand are working! hard and from present indications it | promises to equal in brilliancy any of the previous affairs undertaken by this organization. Juneau boasts one of the best vol unteer Are departments in the world j and has always been able to make good its claim to this distinction, hence every citizen of Juneau no matter what his station in life takes an ac tive interest in the welfare of the or ganization. That this Interest will be manifested in lending assistance to ward the success of the Seventh An nual Ball is assured. Everyone is ex pected to help some toward making the affair a success and the fire laddies are not to be disappointed. When it became necessary to make sacri flees in order to secure funds for the new city hall building and fire hall, the members of the department voluntarily came forward and tendered the drst fruits of their efforts, loaned their money and gave their services. The money realized above expenses will go toward replenishing the fund that has been heavily drawn upon. Tickets are now on sale and nearly everyone is buying a ticket. SPOKANE FOR SKAGWAY The Spokane sailing for Skagway yesterday took the following passen gers from Juneau: Harry Marsh. G. A. Vingar, M. G. Miller, H. Johnson. Ed. Wooden. GRAND THEATRE. ?+?? Excellent pictures will be shown to night. "A Million Dollars." a very strong drama, it will make you think. "Women Left Alone." psychological drama of absorbing interest and beau ty. American Film production. "The Wonders of Surgery," Nellie submits to the skin grafting operation to save her brother's life. An Essany educational film. "A Very Busy Day," Comet comedy. OLD TIME MINER DIES FROM PNEUMONIA AT 65 ? Richard Ferguson, one of the old time miners of this section, died at St Ann's hospital this morning from the effects of pneumonia at the age of; 65. Decease 1 was a native of Ireland and a member of the Masonic order. He leaves no relatives in this country that are known of, but a brother lives in Canada. Ferguson at the time he was first taken ill was employed in the Perse verance mine. He was taken to St. Ann's hospital and given every care and attention. Before entering the employ of the Alaska Gastineau Mining company Ferguson worked in the Treadwell mines. He was a good min er and everyone speaks well of him. No arrangements have as yet been made for the funeraL MONTGOMERY AND McVEITTY OPEN BLACKSMITH SHOP ? ? J. H. Montgomery and George Mc Veitty. well known Nomeites who re cently arrived in Juneau, have estab lished a new blacksmith shop on low er Front street jt-st below the city dock. Both men have a large acquaint ance, both with the work and the peo ple of the North. THE WEATHER TODAY. ? Twenty-four hours ending at 3 p. m.: Maximum?36. Minimum?32. Precipitation?.06. Cloudy. GOLDSTEIN ISSUES BUILDING BONDS The Goldstein Improvement Co., re cently incorporated for the purpose of . erecting a four-story concrete build ing on the site at present occupied by the Goldstein stores, is making an is sue of $60,000 first mortgago seven pei-cent. gold bonds with the interest payable semi-annually. The bonds are serial and of uniform denomination $100 each and in series maturing at the expiration of two, four, five, six, and seven years respectively, the mak* I er having the option of taking any or all at the expiration of four years. Ov er half of the full issue has already been applied for, the subscribers be ing all from Pacific Coast cities and considerable being taken in Juneau. 1 Today the trust deed to the property which the building is to be erected, lots 5 and 6, block 2, Town of Ju- I neau, was filed for record in the name of B. M. Beh rends, as trustee for the bondholders. The tract Is 100x100 feet at the corner of Seward and Second 1 streets and is considered one of the J very best locations in Juneau. The building to be erected will be four stories and basement and of con- 1 crcte. It is estimated that the struc ture will cost between $80,000 and $90, 000. An insurance policy for $60,000 will be carried on the building alone. The $30,000 capital stock of the Im- 1 provement company will be another asset which wiU give added security to the bondholders in addition to the insurance and the first mortgage on both the building and the land on which it will be erected. The building when completed will bo occupied by the Goldstetfc 'stores " which will move Into temporary quar- 1 ters across the street while the build- 1 ing is under way. Mr. Goldstein said today that he in tended giving the people of Juneau an opportunity to take these bonds be fore placing them elsewhere. It is expected to have the building well underway before June and to have it completed before the end of No- , vember next. WHITE PASS ROUTE MAKES 1914 PLANS Three things were brought out at the annual meeting of the sharehold ers of the White Pass and Yukon route in London: Despite the furious rate war on the Yukon last summer the company made more money than it made the year before: the rate war is likely to continue indefinitely, and the company passed its annual divi dend. The dividend was passed be cause of the likelihood that the rate war will continue, and because it was regarded as likely that the company would have to engage in the passen ger and freight traffic between Skag way and Seattle and Vancouver. The report, which was adopted unani mously, showed a profit of more than $200,000. The report stated that on the rail di vision the company had carried 10,898 passengers and 51,517 tons of freight. The operating expenses of the rail di vision shows a decrease of $42,318, as compared with the previous year, and a decrease of $109,446 as compared with 1910. As regards the river di vision the fleet carried 4,917 passen gers and 16,723 tons of revenue freight. President O. L. Dickeson's speech showed that the increased business on the rail division was largely the re sult of the invasion of the lower Yu kon traffic with the new American steamers Alaska and Yukon, through which business was diverted to the up per river route. Mr. Dickeson indicated that the war with the Northern Navigation com pany that prevailed on the Yukon riv er last year will be continued thlB. and his company will continue the ar rangement that It made last year to carry most of its own through freight from Seattle to Skagway, and that it is considering putting passenger steam lers on the run. ROYAL FRUIT CO., Phone 280. Fresh ranch eggs by the dozen or case. Burbanks potatoes?the best?by the pound, sack or ton. ROYAL FRUIT CO.. Phone 280. Empire ads for results. CANCELS MINERAL SPRINGS RESERVES The local land office is in receipt of the first executive order to be Issued by President Woodrow Wilson, revok ing withdrawals of public lands In Al aska, made by previous executive or ders. The order was made January 24, 1914, and revokes withdrawals made under the executive order of March 28, 1911, withdrawing "all tracts of public lands In the District of Alaska upon which hot springs or other springs, the waters of which possess curative medicinal properties, are lo cated, to the exent of 160 acres sur rounding each spring, in rectangular form with side and end lines equidis tant. as near as may be, from such spring or group of springs." The or der revoking withdrawals so made ap plies to lands within National forests. Under the different acts of Congress giving authority to the President to make withdrawals of public lands in certain cases, double withdrawals have been made in different sqctioiiB of Alaska. The withdrawal of certain lands and the creating of National forest reserves has in Southeastern Alaska especially put a lot of land under the control of the forestry service. Afterward by executive order issued March 28, 1911, the land surrounding hot and mineral springs was withdrawn from the con trol of the forest service, thus creating a reserve within a reserve. Tho order just issued places the lands surround ing mineral and hot springs back in the hands of the forest service. Owing to the uncertain tenure of possession, parties who have estab lished themselves at certain of the hot and mineral springs of Southeast ern Alaska, have been loath to invest much money in permanent Improve ments and as a consequence, save in few Instances, the public, In need of such resorts, has been compelled to put up with mnny discomforts or to make JourneyB to the States. Under I the order just issued the forest ser-! vice can make contracts-Lhat will give more security to tenants of such lands and encourage tho making of suitable j improvements that will rebound to the, benefit of the public. MISUNDERSTANDING CAUSES BIG ALARM Pinochle players and lovers of a, quiet game of solo nearly had heart i failure early yesterday evening on ac- ? count of a misunderstanding?but later developments were more reassuring' and one can still frog when it is his turn. Orders were Issued that all card playing in cigar stores and sa loons must cease according to lnstruc-1 tions from the district attorney's of fice. Later the order was cancelled as i to playing for pastime and cigars. District Attorney John Rustgard, dls-1 cussing the matter this morning said that reports had come to his office that gambling was being carried on in some of the places and that he had said that he would clean up everything in cluding the slot machines if gambling was permitted in any of the places. While playing for cigars and amuse ment was a violation of the letter of the law, he said that he did not con sider it a violation of the spirit of the law and was disposed not to in terfere unless it developed Into gam bling for money. He said that infor mation had come to his office that the card playing had degenerated from amusement to real gambling and that it must be stopped. One place bulle tined the fact that their "bingles" (trade tokens) were good^ in several places, naming them. It was told him that it had become the practice in some places to sell a lot of "bingles" to players and give them checks. Then the players would play for "bingles," afterward cashing in the same for money. D. A. THOMPSON HOME FROM VISIT IN STATES D. A. Thompson returned home on j the Admiral Sampson fast evening from a visit in the "East. Mr. Thomp son was called to Youngstown, Ohio, two months ago by the illness of his sister. She is greatly Improved now, and Mr. Thompson spent the remain der of his time visiting the sceneB of his boyhood throughout Ohio, and re turned home by the way of Kearney, Nebraska. OWLS, TAKE NOTICE. * There will be an organization meet ing of the order of the Owls held on! the first Sunday in March, at Gross hall, at 8 p. m. All members of the order are re quested to be present. OSCAR WALLEN, Organiser. Senate Prepares Army For Fighting Purposes ? n WASHINGTON. Feb. 10.?The Unit cd States Sinate passed the fortifica tions bill yesterday evening appropria ting $6,900,000, Increasing the amount appropriated by the House bill by $2, 000,000 for ammunition for coast de fense and field artillery. The preparedness of the United States for war was debated at length. Senator Nathan P. Bryan, of Florida, said that the Increase In the appro priation bill was made to meet the es timated cost of an army of a half mil lion men. Senator Morris Sheppard, of Texas, asked why it vyas proposed '0 be ready to arm and^equlp any such army asj that. "So as to be prepared for war," an swered Senator Bryan. "Think of the whole Pacific Coast without sufficient power to last for 30 minutes of rapid firing of navy and land fortifications!" exclaimed Sena tor Francis E. Warren, of Wyoming. "It is almost criminal," chimed in Senator Reed Smoot, of Utah. Senator George E. Chamberlain, of; Oregon, chairman of the military af- j fairs committee of the Senate, who closed the debate, said: "I do not think I am out of place in saying that the situation now con fronting this country is a delicate' Ion?-"* i i The vote for the increased military :; [ equipment was practically unanimous. , j, alaska gastineau payroll still above $100,000 Today is payday for tho employ ees of the Alaska Gastlneau Mining company. TJie payroll for January amounts to approximately $115,000 a fulling off of about $10,000 over the December payroll on account of weath er condition?. The February payroll will probably show another decline for the same reason. ; _ t t , marshal davies brings two prisoners here Deputy Marshal J. H. Davies of Ket chikan arrived on the Admiral Samp son last night bringing two prison ers under sentence to the Federal jail in Juneau. John Matthews is to serve six months for assault and Charles Halverson .three months for petty lar cency. Kr. Davies will return to Ket chikan on the Mariposa. district court notes. ?+? Lucas Case Coming. The Lucas case has been set to fol low the criminal cases. Chris. Brovlck Goes to Trial. ChrlB. Brovick, indicted for selling liquor to Indians, went to trial in the district court today. Attorney J. H. Cobb Is conducting the defense. The following jury is trying the case: R. M. Shepard, John Day, K. O. Johnson, Fred Anderson, M. E. Russell, Jerry Cashcn, S. G. Holt, H. S. Graves, Geo. Simpkins. Milt Bothwell, Johu Lock hardt, Sim Freiman. Three Months for Sending Bad Letters Henry Cooman, convicted of sending unmailable matter through the malls, was this morning sentenced to serVe three months in the Federal jail. Jose Ramirez Gets Another Chance. j Judge R. W. Jennings this morning j granted a new. trial in the case of Jose Ramirez, recently convicted of robbery. Attorney Z. R. Cheney is conducting the case for the defense by appointment from the court Demurrer In Rice Case Argued. Last night counsel for the defense, J J. H. Cobb, and the district attorney's oilice argued on the demurrer to the indictments against George L. Rice and the matter was taken under advise ment. FEATURE NIGHT AT ORPHEUM. The Orphcum theatre will offer a complote change of program tonight when "the Crooked Path," the special, two-reel feature photoplay of the un derworld will be presented. The scenes being taken amid natural sur roundings show many incidents pe culiar to this side of life. "A Perilous Cargo," is a splendid .Edison dramatic sea picture, showing the dangers of a voyage with explo sives. "How Fatty'Made Good," is a laugh able Vitagraph farce comedy with Hughie Mack. I Savo your coupons. Watch for "The Dawning." SEATTLE COUNCILMAN SUES FOR DIVORCE SEATTLE. Fob. 10.?City Council man Max Wardell yesterday instituted suit for divorce from his wife. He al leges desertion as ground for divorce. ROYAL FRUIT CO? SEWARD ST. Wholesale and retail fruit dealors. Freo delivery.: Phono 280. 1-22-tf. Well ventilated rooms and bonrd at the SL George House, formerly the Simpson hospital. * 10-3-tf CABINET OFFICERS VIEW EXHIBIT: WASHINGTON, Feb. 10. ? Accom-|' panled by Will H. Parry, of Seattle, Secretary of War Lindley M. Garri son, Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels and Secretary of the Interior Franklin K. Lane today inspected the < Alaska exhibit In the Senate building. HAMBURG-AMERICAN LINE CHANGES PLAN! BOSTON, Feb. 10.?The Hamburg American line has abandoned its In- ; tentlon to use Quccnstown as a port of call for vessels in Its Boston ser-j vice and has reverted to Southampt on for this purpose. MANUFACTURERS FAVOR I HIGHER RAILWAY RATES NEW YORK. Feb. 10.?The National I Association has adopted a resolution favoring a speedy Increase in freight rates to railroads. i CHINA NEEDS WHOLE LOT OF MONEY LONDON, Feb. 10.?A Peking dis patch says China must soon negotiate a $125,000,000 loan. TO INCREASE USE OF POSTOFFICE ORDERS WASHINGTON, Feb. 10.?A new law passed the Senate makes postal mon ey orders payable at any postofllce in stead of at the postofllce- on which they are drawn. ANOTHER BOWLING CONTEST ON AT CLUB TONIGHT ?4? There will bo a bowling contest nt the Elks' club alleys tonight between the "Gas Boat Triplets," Dr. E. H. Kas er, Postmaster Earlc Hunter, and Will iam Dickinson, and the "Dutch Kings," Walter Bathe, Sim Frelman and J. H. King. DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS CONSIDERS FREE TOLLS WASHINGTON, Feb. 10.?The Sen ate Demochats will caucus on the Pres ident's proposal to repeal the act ex empting American coastwise ships from paying tolls for using the Pan I ama canal. | ... GOVERNORS TO ATTEND .LAND CONVENTION DENVER, Colo., Feb. 10,? At the suggestion of Secretary of the Inter ior Franklin K. Lane, Gov. Ellas M. Amnions has Invited the Western Gov ernors to hold an Irrigation and recla-1 mation of arid lands convention. MONTANA DANCER KILLS RIVAL AND HIS SON BUTTE, Mont., Feb. 10.?Sazardcno Calcrrati and his son, Rochnlo, aged 10 years, died last night, the victims of the samo bullet fired by John Ca-I terno into a dance hall at Caleratti. Caterno and Caleratti quarreled as to which was the better dancer. Each danced with a young woman whose judgment was to decide the dispute. She decided in favor of Caleratti. Ca terno became enraged and began shoot ing at Caleratti. The latter and his son soon fell each mortally wounded from the same shot Mrs. William McBride will be a pas senger on the Southbound Mariposa tonight. RAILROAD TO BRING j $200,000,000 NORTH SEATTLE, Feb. 4.?There baa been i much quiet talk among bankers the past week as to just what the govern ment railway propect and the opening i of Alaska will mean in a financial way. ? The >40,000,000, which it is csti- J mated the road will cost, is by com- j mon consent, considered but a small | part of the total capital that will go i into the development of the natural j resources of the North. James F. Lane, cashier of the Scan-i tlinavian American bank, says he has' heard the predictions range all the way up to a billion, but thinks >200, 900,000 a conservative estimate, figur ing ahead for a period of five years, \ and that corporate and private inter-! eats will spend five dollars to the gov ernment's one, as the government's nc-' tivities are predicated on the building | of a railroad alone, while outside funds j will find profitable employment in scores of directions. Wealth Will Come Out, Too. These estimates concern only the amount of new money that will go into j Alaska development. The amount that! will come back as a result of this de-j velopment cannot even be guessed. | Mineral wealth has already come out,' according to government figures, to the! enormous extent of >248,300,000. The source from which this devel- j opment money will come are as varied as the ways in which it will be used. ( A great deal of Seattle money will go i back to where It originally came from ?when conditions are right The men; who are now interested in Alaska in a big way in corporate form will widen j the scope of their activities. , ?i -.-j e..nnanh/>lm Interests. muiyan hhu As showing how wldo these raflfi-| cations are It is said that popular belief j us to the size of the Morgan and Gug genheim interests which financed the development of the Bonanza mine of, Alaska and the Copper River & North western railroad is erroneous. Though the voting power of the syndicate is ( equally divided between these inter-! ests, it is contended that at the request | of Kunn, Loeb & Co., the Guggenheim ( interests parted with one-third of their half interest to the bankers and their; friends abroad. It is very probable | that J. P. Morgan & Co. have also al lotted a participation in their 50 per cent, to their clients. The building of the Alaskan railroad for a distance of 1,000 miles Into the interior will, in its way, be almost as great an engineering feat as the build ing of tlie Panama canal. Railroad men variously say from three to five years will be required to complete the undertaking, from the time the bill, which has already passed the Senate, becomes a law until the road is in op eration in itB entirety. Pioneer Will Follow the Steel. In the meantime, with every stretch of line that is thrown open to traffic, will come the pioneer of commerce, in dustry and agriculture, but he will dif fer from the pioneer of early days?he will be backed by unlimited cash and the most modern methods and machin ery. All of this means a tremendous addi tion to the total volume of Seattle's banking business, and a wonderful ex pansion In wholesaling, jobbing and re tailing?for Seattle is the base from which Alaska by reason of its geo graphical position will always operate, no matter to what extent it may grow. COMMITTEE LOOKS INTO STRIKE CHARGES DENVER, Colo., Feb. 10.?The Con gressional committee that 1b investi gating the strike among the coal min ers of this State 1b today Inquiring in to the charges of strikers that peonage exists in certain of the mines and that there have been made illegal imprison ments. COLLISION OF AIRCRAFT KILLS ONE MAN ?+? JOHANNESTHAL, Germany, Feb. 10.?The collision of an aeroplane and a biplane this morning resulted in one , death. FOURTH SESSION OF PARLIAMENT OPENS LONDON, Feb. 10.?King eGorge V ? this morning opened tho fourth ses j sion of tho present ParliamcnL Another Alaska Coal Lands Bill Is In ' ? -i. _ WASHINGTON, Feb. 10. ? Repre sentative Scott Ferris, of Oklahoma, member of the House committee on Territories, yesterday afternoon Intro duced a bill In the House providing for the opening of Alaska coal lands un der a competitive leasing system. The mcascure allows the Secretary of the Interior to lease for private develop ment coal lands to the extent of 40 acres or multiple of 40 acres up to 2560 acres. Same Bill In Senate Today. WASHINGTON, Feb. 10.? Senator Thomas J. Walsh, of Montana, today introduced the same coal leasing bill in the Senate Representative Scott Ferris introduced in the House yes terday. There will be a hearing on the bill by the House committee on public lands next Tuesday. The bill Is an administration meas ure, and was prepared by Secretary of the Interior Franklin K. Lane, who will be the principal speaker at the hearing next Tuesday. He will ex plnln the bill In detail. JAPANESE MOB ATTACKS CAPITOL ?+? TOKYO, Feb. 10.?A mob, consisting of thousands, attacked the parliament buildings this morning, and scores were injured. The mob demanded the impeachment of the Cabinet officers for their attitude on the graft charges against navai officers. FOREIGN COMPANIES GIVEN MORE TIME WASHINGTON, Feb. 10. ? Acting Secretary of the Treasury Williams has approved an income tax regulation ex tending the time within which for eign corporations, partnerships and fi duciaries may take returns to April 1st. STOCKHOLDERS MAY LOOK AT BOOKS NEW YORK, Feb. 10.?The right of stockholders oto inspect the books of a corporation in which they have shares is affirmed by the appellate di vision of the New York Supreme Court. The United States Steel Corporation maintained that its charter limited the rights of stockholders to inspect its books, but the court decided that the laws of the State over-ruled this pro vision. EMERGING INTO ERA OF PROSPERITY ?+? j CHICAGO, Feb. 10.?George Nr. Rey nolds, president of the Continental & ; Commercial National Bank of Chica go, speaking at a banquet last night said: "In my opinion the country is just about to emerge into a true era of prosperity. The tariff and currency bills are infinitely better than I had hoped they would be. They mean ! goodbye to financial stringencies and i upheavals." i Pittsburgh Mills Resume. PITTSBURG, Feb. 10? Mills In the Pittsburgh district resuming operaions, including the Carnegie Steel Co., the j American Sheet and Tin Plate Co. and , the Shcnango Furnace Co., will at ] ford employment to 1200 men. MASSACHUSETTS TAX LAW WIPED OUT BOSTON, Mass., In the codification of the election laws, a paragraph pro viding for the assessment of taxes j was accidentally wiped out, and Mas sachusetts is without laws by which j taxes may bo assessed for the present j year. Tax Commissioner Trefry advo | cates a bill the Immediate passage of i which will rectify the situation. DEEP WATER FOR SEATTLE'S CANAL WASHINGTON, Feb. 10?Authority for the survey of the channel from the Lake Washington canal to the deep j water of Puget Sound so as to secure n depth of 31 feet will bo carried Into ; the rivers and harbor bill which is to | be reported to the House of Represen tatives the latter part of the present j week.