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THE ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE
VOL. III., NO. 386. JUNEAU, ALASKA, WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18, 1914. PRICE, TEN CENTS EXPECT HOUSE TO VOTE ON RAILROAD BILL TODAY ? ? ? . ?tr: ? j ??-? City Council Gives Account of Stewardship The Juneau city council has caused I to be prepared and today issues a re port covering in detail the financial con-: dition of the City of Juneau and the record of the transactions that have occurred during the incumbency of the1 present administration. The council has also issued a statement .explana tory of the report, which sets forth the reasous which have actuated the council in all that it has done. It is the purpose of the council in the near future to hold a public meet ing. which all of the citizens of Ju neau are invited to attend, and at that time the city administration will be glad to answer all questions regarding any items in the accounts, or with re spect to the administration of the city's affairs in any particular. Council's Statement. The city council's statement follows: "What we desire is that every trans action of the administration which may not be clearly understood, be made as plain to any citizen, seeking information as is possible. While, as in all human undertakings, we have no doubt fallen short of the highest possible efficiency, and may in some respects be subject to criticism for our acts, we are conscious of having acted with the sole purpose of accom plishing the greatest good for the peo ple of Juneau, and we do not shrink from any ju^ criticism. "We add here some comments re-1 garding certain of our expenditures, not with the hope that they will meet with universal approval, but merely to explain our motives. No doubt some readers will conclude that we have placed the most favorable con struction upon what wo have done, but we believe that such construction is neither more nor less than fair. New City Hall. The building of the new city hall has been fully justified. The building furnishes school facilities to 9S pupils. There was no suitable building nor, in fact, was there a building of any kind available where these children might have been housed and instruct ed. Even with the increased accom modations in the city hall, the old school building is still overcrowded. We were confronted with the necessity of building the city hall or building a cheap structure (discreditable to a prosperous and progressive com munity) on the school house block. A building which would have accom modated the same number of pupils as now receive instruction in the city hall, and having equal floor space, would have cost not less than $5,000, even if constructed in the cheapest possible manner, and if so constructed it would be necessary to remove it in a few years, and it would not have been a permanent addition to the city improvements. The practical effect of putting the money into the city hall has been to decrease the cost of that building by $5,000, and the money so expended is a permanent asset of the city. When the second floor of the city hall is no longer needed for school purposes, it is planned to de vote a part of it to a dormitory and -l,,k momKaeo r\f tho firo I CiUU ruviuo tUl Uicuiuvio w? kuv M.v department, and the remaining part to a city library and reading room. A representative of the Federal govern ment has made inquiries of the city looking towards leasing the second floor of the city hall for certain of Its departments, and a handsome revenue could be obtained from this source, but if the space were not required for school purposes we believe that the ef ficiency of the Are department and the general welfare of the city would be better subserved by using the space as above outlined rather than convert ing it into a source of revenue in dol lars and cents. The total cost of the city hall. $26. 070.38. including the cement sidewalk around the lot. is proportionately less than any building of similar character in the City of Juneau. School House Site. As is generally known, it was the Intention of the School Board to raise funds to construct a new school build ing on the present school block, based upon a guarantee by the citizens of Juneau to be taken care of afterwards by bond issue whenever the authority (Continued on Page Three.) THE WEATHER TODAY. Twenty-four hours ending at 3 p. m.: Maximum?60. Minimum?28. Clear. LAUNCH UNION IS LOST WITH CREW There is little doubt but that the gas boab Union, plying out of Lituya Bay Is lost, and. if true, William Ger main. owner of the craft, and Strat ton who helped him run the boat, per ished with the wreck. The Union left Lituya Bay 35 daya ago for Dixon Har bor. which is only a 5-hour run. She did not show up at Dixon Harbor nor has she been seeu leaving Lituya Bay, although relief and searching par ties have scoured the country looking for the missing boat and men. Short ly after the Union left Lituya Bay a storm came up and it is almost a cer tainty that the boat never escaped. The Union was a good sea boat, 35 feet long, and formerly was on the Haines Skagway mall run. News confirming the disaster was brought to Juneau by Sid Hooper and A. A. Gabbs, of the mail boat Fox who arrived with the Fox from Lituya Bay at five o'clock this morning. The men who lost their lives with the Union are well known in Juneau. The Fox made the trip to Lituya to take a large prospecting party to that section, making the round trip in four days. .Malcolm and Jack Campbell are at Lituya Bay, but expect to leave for Ju neau within the next three days. DEMOCRATS WILL CELEBRATE MAR. 4 'me Juneau Democratic Club held a special meeting in Gross hall last night for the purpose of making ar rangements for the smoker that is to be held on March 4, in honor of the first aniversary of the inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson. It was a very successful meeting, one of the most enthusiastic gatherings since the organization of the club. The main object of the meeting was placing the entire management of the smoker in the hands of the executive board. The funds necessary were raised at the meeting by contributions. After disposing of this matter a dis cussion on the disposition of Alaska's insane patients took up considerable time. Resolutions were passed plac ing the club on record as favoring the establishing of a permanent hospital for the insane in Alaska. Dr. De Vighne is chairman of a committee appointed to forward a copy of the resolution and bring it properly before the department before the new con tract is made with institutions in the States for the care of Alaska's in sane. FIRE LADDIES PULL OFF GREAT SMOKER The Are bell rang last night, but there wasn't any Ore except in the bosoms of the Are laddies who had gathered at headquarters for a good time. The bell was used to call the ; boys in, and they gathered to the num ber of half a hundred or more. It was one of the most successful smokers ever held since the depart ment was organized. The Juneau or chestra was in attendance and furn ished excellent music for the occasion. There was singing and story telling and plenty to eat and smoke. George Lovegrove. talented monologue artr 1st, added much to the enjoyment of the evening by his work. THANE PLEASED WITH CHANGED WEATHER General Manager B. L. Thane, who visited Sheep creek yesterday In com pany with \V. DeLong head of the pur chasing department of the Alaska Gas tineau Mining company, reports that everything in that division is moving along fine. "If this sort of weather continues," said Mr. Thane, "we will soon have power enough to Increase the work ing force at both Sheep creek and Per severance." ROYAL FRUIT CO. Phone 280. has a large shipment on the Northwest ern, including butter, eggs and prod uce, also a line of fine glace fruits. Our eggs are the finest on the mar kct. Our customers are our best advertisers. Ask them about our eggs Free delivery. 2-14-tl FEDERAL OFFICERS CLOSE BAWDY HOUSES District Atorney John Rustgnrd to day gave instruction to Marshal H. L. Faulkner to close every bawdy houso on both sides of Gastlneau channel. Marshal Faulkner says that every oc cupant of such places will be notified tonight to cease their unlawful prac^ tlces immediately, and that tho or ders of the district atorney's office with which he heartily concurs shall be rigidly enforced. Speaking of the indictments for which prosecutions hnve been under way in relation to this matter Mr. Rustgard said: "I will ask the court to impose a substantial sentence by way of fine In one case against George Rice and that sentence bo suspended In the other three for a definite per iod." "I am not going to ask for a sen tence of imprisonment in the present cases because defendants have been invited to conduct the resorts com plained of and have been misled Into the belief that they would be tolerat ed. In any case that comes up here after, however, I shall insist upon a jail sentence as well as a fine?and I want that distinctly understood. "The marshal's office Is thoroughly in sympathy with me in this matter and we expect to stay on the trail of thcso offenders until they are out ofj the country. "My policy nas aiways ueeu iu ic??c all matters of this kind to the munici pal authorities, primarily, because I believe that the Federal authorities ought, for the sake of harmohy, to stay out of the affairs oyer which mu nicipalities have Jurisdiction, and sec ondarily. because the municipal au thorities have much better facilities for properly handling matters of this kind. "In dealing with the social evil my office has the choice between only two courses: either to eradicate the cribs, or leave them alone. They have caused such a stench in the commun ity, brought ruin to so many young men, wrecked so many homes, and drawn to the city such a large crim inal class that, the time seems ripe for the Federal authorities to step in and enforce the law. "The red light district might be minimized by proper discipline. This could be done by municipal authorities chasing a woman out of the country if: first, she supports or entertains a maquerau, second, if there is rea son to believe she serves intoxicating liquors, third, if she alolws anybody about the premises who is not of ma ture age or who is intoxicated, fourth, ! If there Is ever a complaint that any body is robbed in her place, fifth. If she solicits busines or insists upon as sociating with respectable people in public places. "Of course, to enforce regulations of this kind successful}- requires mu nicipal officers of probity and high intelligence and with plenty of deter mination and firmness of character, and such other qualities as distinguish successful executive officers. It is ev ident that the Federal officials cannot go into any such cleansing process." JUNEAU TEAM PLAYS MEXICAN MINE TEAM The Juneau Athletic Club basketball team will meet the Mexican Mine team Friday night at the Treadwell club. A large crowd of rooters will proba bly attend from Juneau. The Mex ican mine team holds the champion ship among the Treadwell teams. CAPTAIN MALCOM SERVANT OF CUPID A quiet wedding occurred at Lituya Bay a few days ago. Louis James Green and Edna Lituya' were the con tracting parties. In the absence of a minister they put out to sea and board ing the Chlopeck, prevailed upon Capt. Jack Campbell to perform the cere mony. Not possessing a Bible, Capt. Campbell decoriously took his tide book from the shelf and made it serve in tieing the nuptial knot. NOTICE Owing to extended demands for our rubber goods we have decided to con > tinue the sale several days longer, ? with the same discount of 25%. JUNEAU DRUG CO. 2-17-tf Opposite Alaskan Hotel. 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. Have some fun! Tickle the Ivories f at Burford's. 2-16-tf. Seattle Nominates Trenholme and Gill SEATTLE, Feb. 18?The total vote cast for Mayor in yesterday's primar ies was 61,667. The vote for the throe leading candidates was as follows: Gill \,... 23.419 Trenholuie 11,862 Winsor 11,613 Six other candidates divided 14,869 votes. About 13,000 of the registered voters did not go to the polls. It Is estimated that 10,000 voters will reg ister before the election in March. Gill received 38 per cent, of the votes cast. Early Returns Indicate Trend. SEATTLE, Feb. 18.?'Incomplete re turns from Seattle'^ primary., election yesterday leave no doubt about the nomination of former Mayor Hiram C. Gill and J. D. Trenholme for the office of Mayor. The Indications are that Gill has received about 23,000 votes and J. D. Trenholme 12,000. Richard Winsor, Socialist, is running a close ( third. The other candidates aro far 1 in the roar with Austin E. Griffiths ( leading. Of the votes counted, GUI has re- 1 celved nearly 40 per cent, of the total 1 least. -In order to defeat him In the 1 J general election, Trenholmo will have ; to receive from 75 to 80 per cent of those that voted for other candidates in the primary yesterday and a major- ' ity of the voters that did not partici- ' , pate in the primaries. CIVIL CALENDAR H S RIGHT Of WAY Judg W. JennlngB of Jhe district court 1 ~ a clcan-up of the criminal calendar tnls morning by continuing over all matters that have not come to issue. The civil calendar was taken up nt 2 o'clock this afternoon and cases Bet Kitty Change* Her Mind. / i Kitty Brown, Indicted for selling liquor without a license, changed her plea of not guilty to guilty and will be sentenced this afternoon at 4:30. George L. Rice also changed hTs plea of not guilty to guilty and will be sen tenced at the same time. Chris. Bro vlck, convicted of selling liquor to In dians, will also be sentenced at this time. 1 Forfeits Bond Pedro Pett, out under cash bond of $50 and Indicted for Belling liquor to Indians, was called and not answering the bond declared forfeited. Wilbur Bulger Arrested. Wilbur Bulger was arrested by the marshal's offlco on complaint of J. H. Mnloney for pointing a lire arm at com plainant. Sues Vanderbilt. Charles Goldstein this morning died suit against Jom W. Vanderbilt to re cover alleged Indebtedness to the amount of $173.84 for goods sold. FIRE DESTROYS A VANDERBILT HOME JERICO. L. I., Feb. 18.?The country home of Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt. Jr., was destroyed by fire last night. The loss Is placed at $1,000,000. PRESIDENT ENTERTAINS FOR SPEAKER CLARK WASHINGTON. Feb. 18.?President Woodrow Wilson gave a State dinner last night at the White House in hon or of Speaker Champ Clark. EARTHQUAKE SHAKES UP NEVADA CITY RENO. Nov., Feb. 18. ? An earth quake at 10:18 o'clock this morning shook this city. Windows were brok en and many walls cracked. OTTO PRAGER POSTMASTER OF WASHINGTON CITY ?+?1 WASHINGTON. Feb. 18. ? Otto Praeger was today nominated for post master of Washington City. W. B. HOGGATT ENTERING ALASKA FIELD AGAIN The Jualin Alaska Mines Co. filed articles of incorporation with Secre tary Chrales E. Davidson today. W. B. Hoggatt, former Governer of Alas ka, but now of New York, is president and J. F. Kirk is secretary of the cor poration. the home of which Is named as New York City. The capital stock Is placed at $2,000,000. LIGHTING FERRY WAY. Linemen today and yesterday were actively at work'stringing lights along Ferry Way (Hooligan Alley) from the erry float to Lower Front street. When the juice is turned .on tonight It Is expected that the thoroughfare will be es white as Broadway. i. ... PRESH SEALSHTPT oysters at Col'tptolT?'?. 10-9-tf. When hungry, hit the trail for the stampede, corner Front and Franklin. 2-12-tf. JURY CONVICTS i 'FRISCO FUEL MEN; SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 18.?Super- J intendent F. C. Mills, Vice-President ] James B. Smith and Weigher E. H. , Mayer, of the WeBtern Fuel company, . were found guilty by a jury last night , of defrauding the government of cub- ( toms duties on coal. ] NEW YORK BRICKLAYERS i GET INCREASED WAGES j] NEW YORK, Feb. 18.?About 12,000 bricklayers of New York City have eon granted an advance In wages from ( $5.60 to $6 a day. ( More Work for Railroad Men. ( WILMINGTON, Del., Feb. 18?Two , thousand employees at the Pennsyl vania railroad shops at this place, who have been working on reduced time ' for several months, have resumed full time. ~ ! LLOYDS REDUCE I SOUTH POLE RATES i LONDON, Feb. 18.?Lloyds is Insur- , ing all Sir Ernest Shackleton's con- , tracts for South Polo expedition at 10 j per cent premium. For the previous \ expedition the rate was 50 per cent. AIR MEN MAY RACE ROUND WORLD SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 18. ? The , Aero Club of America has given its , sanction to an aeroplane race around ] the world, to be started from San ? Francisco in May, 1915. The first prize will be $100,000. ? ? ? ?FRISCO PAINTER KILLS HIMSELF AND WIFE ? ( ? " ? * - ? I SEATTLE, Fob. 18,?The Admiral j Evans sailed on her first Alaska trip: last night. Among her passengers for Juneau is George McCarthy, who will be agent at that place for the Pacific Alaska Navigation Co. Ho is accom panied by Mrs. McCarthy. The following aro the Juneau pas sengers: H. Elsler, T. F. Kennedy, J. F. Mullen, Geo. McCarthy and wife, E. Nelson, T. M. Lambert, Geo. Bunt ing, Miss Rose $elander, Geo. Moore, Walter Nelson, Tom Merry, O. Drange, Robt. Jackson, E. T. Wallen and eight steerage. ADMIRAL EVANS STARTS FIRST ALASKA TRIP SAN FRANCISCO. Feb. 18.?Hen ning Willing, a painter in this city, last night killed his wife and then took his own life. A six-year-old son notified the police of the tragedy. SPECIAL MEETING. There will bo a special meeting of the'Juneau Commercial Club in the council chambers Thursday evening, February 19, at 8 o'clock, to consider question of appropriation of Alaska ex hibit in Panama-Pacific Exposition. 2-16-31. JOHN RECK. Pros. BIG MASQUERADE FEB. 19. Don't make any engagement that will keep you away from tho Athletic Club Masquerade Ball on Thursday evening. Feb. 19, at Elks' hall. A late ferry has been arranged for to take tho people living in Douglas, Treadwell and Sheep creek home af ter the dance. The Juneau Athletic Club gives dances every Thursday evening. 2-16-4t PERCY ROCHESTER COMMITS SUICIDE PORTLAND, Ore., Fob. 18.?Percy W. Rochester, a dealer In cement and sther building material in this city, ind a pioneer of Seattle, was found lead in his office last night, a suicide. Mr. Rochester was widely known on Lho Pacific Coast and was a prominent Christian Scientist. Deceased was a native of Kentucky and about fifty rears of age. Percy Rochester was a pioneer real estate dealer of Seattle, and accummu lated a fortune during the first joom that took place there immedlate y following the fire. He also was jromlnent in politics, and was a mem ner of the famous "Kid Committee," svhich contributed so largely to the election of Judge James T. Ronald to :he mayorality in 1892. He was a jrother of the late Junius Rochester, 'or many years law partner of James Hamilton Lewis and L. C. Gilman, and >f G. A. Rochester, now a leading Se >.ttle lawyer. He was prominent in society, club life, and civic affairs all :he time that he lived in Seattle. He las resided in Portland for about three rears. His friends were legion. LOW TARIFF BRINGS IN FOREIGN BUTTER; WASHINGTON, Fob. 18.?Tariff re luction has led to large importations >f butter into the American markets. The imports in Juanary reached 210, )00 pounds at New York, a record flg ire. ? GOVERNMENT GETTING FARM MONEY BACK WASHINGTON, Feb. 17.?To dato >16,000,000 of the $40,000,000 crop-mov ing funds originally deposited last au lumn in banks of agricultural sections ias been returned. Several large Chi sago banks, instead of waiting for leflnite dates on which funds were to be returned, are voluntarily returning them in advance. ROCKHILL MAY GET RUSSIAN MISSION WASHINGTON, Feb. 18,?It is Bald that the President is considering the appointment of William Rockhill, for merly minister to China, ambassador to Russia. It is conceded that an ex perienced diplomat is required at St. Petersburg. Two Democrats, Henry M. Pindell, of Peoria, and Charles R. Crane, of Chicago, have refused the appointment. Rockhill is a Republi can. EASTBOUND RATES ARE TO BE CUT BOSTON, Feb. 18.?The Hamburg American Line will cut the steerage rate between Boston and Europe from $27.50 to $22, os the latest move in the trans-Atlantic rate war. BALKAN NATIVES MAY FIGHT AGAIN ?+? NEW YORK, Feb. 18.?A Berlin ca ble to the New York Times says the German government has intimated to M. VenlzeloB, Greek premier, that an other war with Turkey is inevitable unless ways are found of gratifying Turkey's demand for a more equitable settlement of the Balkan situation. MOVEMENT FOR SAFETY AT SEA WASHINGTON, Feb. 18.?The De partment of Commerce will probably make efforts to have an international law adopted requiring steamships to come to a full stop and remain stopped until moving objects can be clearly dis tinguished within an eighth of a mile. MANUEL RELEASES CLAIMS ON THRONE LONDON, Feb. 18.?Ex-King Manu el of Portugal has lost the $50,000 a year income which he has been re ceiving from the private purse of King George of England, and he has re nounced his claim to the Portuguese throne in favor of Braganzas. Whether you like Havana or domes | tic cigars, you can get the kind you like at Burford's. 2-16-tf House Geminates Bond Feature of Alaska Bill Washnigton, Feb. 18. ? In the committee of the whole House this afternoon, by a vote of 88 to 87, an amendment offered by Repre sentative John J. Fitzgerald, of New York, chairman of the appro priations committee, eliminating the $40,000,000 bond Issue provis ion of the Senate Alaska railroad bill was adopted, and a provision Inserted providing that the rail road shall not cost to exceed $35, 000,000 and appropriating $10,000, 000 to start the work. Fitzgerald contended that the road should be built from current revenues of the government, and that the bonded Indebtedness of the Nation should not be Increased. An effort will be made by the supporters of the bill to have the bond feature re-Instated. The vote was so close on the amendment that they are hopeful that they will be able to accomplish it, but they refuse to make predictions on the point Bill Will Pass Today. The friends of the measure still con tend that it will pass the House be fore adjournment today, though at 5 o'clock it has not been disposed of. With the bill adopted, It Is believed that the Senate will insist upon the retention of the $40,000,000 bond pro vision, and it is thought the House will consent in the end. WASHINGTON, Feb. 18.?Detailed consideration of the Alaska railroad bill was resumed in the House of Rep resentatives today with the administra tion leaders confident that a final vote is near at hand. The general debate on the measure has closed, and amend ments are being considered under the five-minute rule. Only one change has been made in the Senate bill. This empowers the President either to lease the road after it is built or to have it operated by the government. President Again Comes to Front. WASHINGTON, Feb. 18?President Woodrow Wilson today told Represen tative Oscar W. Underwood, majority floor leader in the House, that he could be assured that the administra tion supports the Alaska rairoad bill, and that it desires early action. JOHN ZUG IS DANGEROUSLY HURT SEATTLE, Feb. 18?John Zug, of Fairbanks, government engineer for the Alaska road commission and in charge of its work in the Tanana val ley, was run down and dangerously in jured last night by an unknown auto ist CASTILLO IS CAPTURED AGAIN EL PASO, Tex., Fob. 18.?Castillo, the bandit responsible for the Cum bre tunnel massacre, who was report ed having been executed with six of his followers by Constitutionalist cav ] airy, was captured by American troops I yesterday near Hatchita, New Mexico. He was accompanied by six followers ! when captured. They will be brought i here. Castillo Puzzles Government. ! WASHINGTON, Feb. 18.?Three of j the Executive Departments arc search ing for precedents to guide the United States in its treatment of the bandit Castillo who was captured yesterday in New Mexico. Diaz Coming to New York. HAVANA, Feb. 18.?Gen. Felix Di az sailed today for New York. Japan Not Supplying Arms. NEW YORK. Feb. 18. ?Japanese Prime Minister Yamamoto, replying to a Now York Sun cable, states that Jap an is not aiding the Huerta government by supplying arms, but that a contract for arms was made last June with a Japanese private firm. He says that no delivery has yet been made on that contract. The United States govern ment Is said to understand that one delivery has already been made and that another will be made during Feb ruary.