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VOL. III.. NO. 399. JUNEAU, ALASKA, FRIPAY, MARCH 6, 1914. PRICE, TEN CENTS CONGRESS IS STILL TINKERING WITH RAILROAD BILL ' '? ? . , Stamps Will Start Dropping Tomorrow The stamps In the Alaska Juneau Gold Mining; company's pilot mill, which is a fraction of the first unit of the big ore reduction works being built in Juneau, will start dropping tomorrow. It is expected that the; rock crusher will be started tonight.' The ore bins are now being filled so1 there will be no pause in operations after once starting. It was expected that the mill would I have started Wednesday but there was a delay in getting ore down on ac count of a slide on the traffic line. General Superintendent R. A. Kinxie said this morning that Superintendent G. C. Jones was now delivering ore and that It was expected that the mill would start today if there was ore enough on hand. Superintendent Vic tor Clausson of the mill states that the ore is coming in and that he ex pects to start the crusher tonight and that the stamps will be dropping to morrow. The mill consists of forty stamps and other machinery and will serve as an experimental plant, hence it Is called the pilot mill. As the work pro gresses it will grow to full size and become the first unit of the immense reduction plant that is being estab lished. For the present It will be op erated by a picked crew from the great Treadwell organization. LOPP WRITES ABOUT ALASKA REINDEER W. T. Lopp. chief of the Alaska dlvL sion under the United States bureau of Education, writing under date of January 13th to the Scientific Ameri can. adds light to the condition of the reindeer Industry in Alaska. The let ter was published in the Scientific American for February 1st It is as follows: "To the Editor of the Scientific Amer ican: "I have Just noticed in tne issue of January 4. 1913. the letter of Mr.! A. W. Williams, of Chena, Alaska, re garding the Alaska reindeer herds, which, in view of the wide circulation of the Scientific American. I consider j worthy of notice. j "Mr. Williams Implies that the Bu reau of Education's reindeer enterprise1 in Alaska is unsuccessful in that it does not provide a draft animal and a meat producer throughout all of the1 vast and varied regions of Alaska. j "tfrr Williams has entirety misron celved the object of the Bureau of Ed. ucation in this undertaking. It is neither the duty nor the endeavor of the Bureau of Education to furnish Al aska generally with a draft animal and a meat producer. Its Alaska rein-; deer industry Is confined solely to the native population of Alaska; Its ob ject Is to provide assured means of support for the natives of the vast, un timbered grazing lands of Northern and Western Alaska which are adapted .for reindeer raising; in this it has been eminently successful. "Instead of being 'confined entirely to narrow strips of land bordering the oceans.' the reindeer industry affects a region approximately In length the distance from Maine to South Caro lina. In this region reindeer herds are found in the valleys of the Noatak, Kobuk. Selawik. Yukon, Kuskokwim. and other rivers, at many points hun dreds of miles from the coast. The northernmost herd is at Ponit Barrow, on the shore of the Arctic Ocean, in latitude 71* 25'. longitude 156* 20'; the southernmost herd is at Ugashik. in Southwestern Alaska. 40 miles from the North Pacific Ocean, in latitude 57* 50'. longitude 154* 50'. A straight line from Point Barrow to Ugashifl is approximately 960 miles in length. A line connecting each of the 53 herds would be more than 5,000 miles in length. "The official report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1912. show a total of 38.307 reindeer in Alaska, of which 624 natives own 24,0003, or 62 per cent., representing at an average val ue of $25, a capital of $600,075. The total income of the natives from the reindeer industry during said fiscal year, exclusive of the value of the meat and hides used by the natives themselves, was $44,885.04. "Mr. WiHIaa" statement that my na tices (I was the superintendent to whom he referred) 'had to shovel snow several hours in order to enable the reindeer to reach their food," and that the Government had required 'the con tinued services of between thirty and forty men to shovel snow ofT the moss for the Holy Cross herd is without foundation. No men were employed to shovel snow. and. so far as I know none was shoveled. On the trip tc which he has referred. I used relndeei as draft animals all winter, covering a trailless country from Unalakleet to Cold Bay. via Kuskokwim, Nusha gak. and Illiamna. traveling a distance of more than 2.200 miles?a record t< compare favorably with that of th< best dog team in Alaska, when cost comfort, and condition of trails art taken into consideration. I neithei broke trails on snow shoes, nor pushet behind handle bare?I rode. "Very respectfully. "(Signed) W. T. LOPP. "Chief of Alaska Div." INTERNATIONAL BOWLERS ROLL PINS TONIGHT ? ? The Juneau team in the internation al bowling contest will play at th< Elks' club this evening. The teams o Treadwell. Skagway. Whitehorse am Dawson will play In their severe towns also and the results will be ex changed by wire tomorrow. The contest is now just half ove and the Skagway team is 33 pins ahea of Juneau for the first place. THE WEATHER TODAY. Twenty-four hours ending at 3 p. m. Maximum?40. Minimum?34. Priciptatlon?.18. Cloudy; rain. ITOW CASE CALLS COBB TO WASHINGTON Attorney J. H. Cobb will leave for Washington. D. C.. about tho middle of the present month to appear before the Suprpme Court in the Itow-Fushi mi case which has been reset for April 6. Yesterday Mr. Cobb received the records in the case from the Su preme Court and the time is now too short in which to prepare a brief and have it reach the court in time for the date set for the hearing. The argument will have to be delivered and afterward incorporated in the brief prepared in Washington. Tuesday District Attorney John Rustgard was advised by cablegram from the department that the case had been re-set for April 6th and was asked to notifly Mr. Cobb. YUKON PAPERS DONT LIKE ANNEXATION The Dawson News and the White horse Star, the two newspapers of Yu kon Territory, are opposed to the prop osition of annexing Yukon Territory to British Columbia. The Dawson News, discussing the question, says: "Persistent rumors from the outside to the effect plans are under way at Ottawa and in British Columbia for 'the annexation of Yukon to British Columbia are enough to rouse the Klondikers to some expression of oppo sition to any such scheme. Even if there be nothing to the story, it would do no harm for Yukoners to go on record. It is certain Yukon has nothing to gain from being tied to a distant country which knows nothing of Yukon conditions and which would impose on this region mining and other laws totally unlit for this pecu . liar zone. British Columbians, if they had the Yukon, also would begin to i forage in the Held for that which be. longs* to Yukoners. "It ts time 1 uaoners, u luvj iran; j value their independence and their present splendid mining laws and priv ileges. secured after so many years of hard light, should get busy and send protests by wire to Ottawa. Redistri bution may come on any time now. and there is no telling what curves mar come up itr-respect to tHe r?r* lotiS provinces and territories and es pecial'v regarding Yukon. If Ottawa insists on more territory being merged with \ukon, let It be Northern terri tory which has a common zone with common problems, such as Atlin and Mackenzie, but. better still, let Yukon remain as it is." Yukon Would Be Adopted Child., The Whitehorse Star says: "The suggestions of Sir Richard Mc Brlde, premier of British Coumbla, j that Yukon be annexed to that prov. ince. does not find many supporters In Yukon If, Indeed, there are any. Brit ish Columbia Is a grand province but Yukon will prefer remaining as she Is to becoming the tail of any other pro vince. no matter how important its body may be. As a part of British Co lumbia Yukon would occupy about the same position as an adopted waif at a family re-union. We prefer our pres ent status to that we would occupy as the frazzled edge of British Columbia or any other province or country. But there is no occasion for worry This is not the first time the annexation spasm has been indulged in concerning Yu kon. It was advocated seven or eight years ago." FINED FOR ANNOYING LADIES ON STREET + Bob Wood, a foreigner who has been In the country but a short time, was arrested this morning for following ladies about town and annoying them by offensive staring. He paid a fine of ten dollars to Municipal Magistrate E. W. Pettit and after receiving a lec ture was allowed to go. TRAPPER BROWN REPORTS FINDING WRECKED SKIFF Trapper Brown, well known oich 1 timer, arrived In Juneau today from a two-months' trapping expedition on 1 Admiralty Island. He reports finding ? a broken-up skiff on the beach about ? four miles south of DotyVcove on the 1 island side of the channel. Along ' with the skiff was an oilskin coat and i a grub box. In the latter were fout I razors, eye glasses, a navajo blanket, . and some spices, indicating that the ) property belonged to an aged white r man. There were no papers of an> ; kind and nothing to identify the own t er of the property. Trapper Brown has been very il i while alone on the island and was at > acked with pneumonia but pulled } through and reached Gambier bay. H< , was towed in his open boat from Gam i bier bay by a gasoline boat. 1 FIVE TRESPASS SUITS FILED BY LINDERBERGEF J. I.Inderberger. Inc.. today filed flv< trespass suits against the followinj defendants: A. J. Young. T. Z. Cruz ner and Peter Tromp, S. J. Brooks an< i* Gus Kruse. Ed. Williams an dJohi Doe. Sam Williams alias "Black Sam.' The action Is a trespass suit to recovei possession of a tract of ground 300 ? , 600 on Klawack inlet. Bergman lsl j and, alleged to be plaintiff's by right o j leasehold from the forestry deparl ment. In each case restitution c premises and $500 damages is aske< from each individaul defendant. d NEW GREEN GROCERY STARTS IN JUNEAI : G. Barrett has opened the Junea Market, a new fruit and vegetabl store at 332 East Third street in thl city. He proposes to carry all varii ties of fruits and fresh vegetables. ENGINEER LOCATES MUNICIPAL QUARRY B. D. Blakeslee, city engineer has lo cated, In the name of H. J. Raymond, six acres of land a little this side of Shady Bend, to be known as Munici pal Quarry. The claim will be trans fered to the city Just as soon as the lines can be surveyed. This Is thought to be the best and only rock suitable for paving purposes near Juneau. There are thousands of yards all ready to go through the rock crusher as the result of a large slide that occurred on tho land located some time ago. Tho city rock crusher 1b to be Installed on the ground at once. ALASKA WEATHER IS BETTER THAN EASTERN The report of C. R. Reld, United States volunteer weather observer at Juneau, shows that the hlgest temper ature at this place for February 24th was 46 and the lowest 35?three de grees above freezing. On that day the; weather map issued by the United States weather bureau showB that there was freezing weather at all points on the Atlantic coast from New Orleans eastward and north. At Fort Worth. Texas, the temperature was 16, or 16 degrees below the freezing point, and at Galveston it was 30. The freez ing zone Included all of Texas. New Mexico, most of Arizon, touched Cali fornia in two places on the Nevada line and Included all points east of Sierra Nevada Mountains and north of the Qulf of Mexico. Washington was the only State In the Nation that did not have freozlng weather at some tim> between February 24 and Feb ruaiv 26. In Southeastern Alaska it wa. above freezing all the time. MR8. E. SHERMAN TO RESUME BUSINESS HERE Mrs. Km ma Sherman, who has been in New York all winter but who re turned to Juneau recently, will opon her millinery store again in a few days in the room recently occupied by Mrs. Stevens. Mrs. Sherman was ill much of the time during the wlntor, but has completely recovered. FORT SEWARD WINS ARMY CHAMPIONSHIP In a recent bowling contest in which crack teams of the army posts at Fort William H. Seward, Fort Gibbon a-nd Fort Jeff Davis, located at Haines, Tanan'a and Nome, respectively, com peted. each on Its own alley, the Fort William H. Seward team was victor ious. The results of the contest were .reported to all the posts engaged in the tournament by wire after each ser. ies of ganj.es were played. JURY IN WEIDELEICH CASE DISCHARGED The jury in the case of Weideleich against Townsend et al, was discharg ed by Judge R. W. Jennings yester day evening after being out over 30 hours. It was a hopeless deadlock from the start?six for the plaintiff and six for defendant. A verdict was prepared dividing the property Involved and the costs of the trial even Just as the Jury stood, but this verdict could not be accepted. A second verdict was agreed upon giving the property involved to the defendant and providing for a cash in demnity of 5300 to the plaintiff and assessing the costs of the action to defendant. This verdict was also un acceptable. C W. YOUNG TEAM WILL BE STRONG ? Advices received from J. C. McBride state that he will be up just as soon as he can finish signing enough satis factory ball tossers for the C. W. Young 1914 team. The force now on the ground may be seen several tlmos a week during luncheon hour indus triously tossing the ball in the little nook alongside of the road, leading to the ferry float?they figure on play ing some ball. STAGE LINE WANTS HELP IN REPAIRING ROAD ?+? Eric Nelson, manager of the Nelson Stage company, operating an automo bile stage service between Juneau and Sheep creek, sayB that the road ia becoming almost impassable. He states that he had had a man repair ing but that the expense of keeping it up costs more than the receipts fronc , operating the stage at this season o! the year. Mr. Nelson would like t( | talk the matter over with the businesi . men of Juneau and see if there coulc not be arranged some co-operation t< | the end that the service can be con , tinued. It will not require a largo sum t< . get the worst spots permanently re paired, said Mr. Nelson, and ho sayi I that he will gladly superintend thi . work if the business men will hel] I pay the cost. He Rtates that travel ti , the city will be greatly augmented b; 1 the stage service and thinks it to th< advantage of the town to encourag the operation of the line. t BUTTE GROCER TO LOCATE IN JUNEAl * J j D. J. Girard, for 20 years engaged 1 . the grocery busines at Butte,' Mont j arrived in Juneau on the Alameda, an j contemplates remaining in this cltj .. Mr. Girard was accompanied by Mn r Girard and their three children. E ' ' * |. FINE CLASS WORK f NOW ON EXHIBITIOI tc ?4^~ f The. Juneau high school class I d mechanical drawing has some fln specimens of the class work on e: hlMtion In the show windows of th C. W. Young Co. j ? ? ? SATURDAY SPECIAL. :? 500 dozen sweet, Juicy oranges, tvi 18 dozen for 35 cents, at the * JUNEAU MARKET 3-6-2t. 322 East Third Stre Nome Business Men Against Sunday Law The business men of Nome are pro testing against the Sunday closing law that Is being enforced at that place, according, to a cablegram received thlB morning by Gov. J: P. A. Strong! from Mayor Goorge A. Jones and | President of the Nome Chamber of Commerce, Dr. J. H. Mustard. They osk that the law be repealed. The clablegram follows: "Great hardship reshl'*ng to en tire dlvlson by enforcement Sun day law. City council, chamber of commerce, urges special session Include consideration repeal or amend this law In call." ' Section 2021 of the Compllod Laws I of Alaska, under which the saloonB of Nome have been closed on Sundays, reads as follows: "That It any person shall keep open any store, shop, grocery, ball alley, billiard room, or tippling house, for purpose ot labor or traf fic, or any place of amusement, on the first day of the week, common ly called Sunday or the Lord's day, such person, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not less than five nor more than fifty dollars: Provided, That the above provision shall not ap ply to the keepers of drug stores, doctor shops, undertakers, livery stable keepers, barbers, butchers, and bakers, and all circumstances of necessity and mercy may be plead in defense, which shall be treated as questions of fact for the jury to determine, when the offense Is tried by Jury." SENATOR OPPOSES ; DIAZ AS WITNESS WASHINGTON, March 6.?Senator | William Alden Smith, of Michigan, dis cussing the likllhood of G$n. Felix Diaz, now in this city, appearing bo fore the Senate foreign relations com mittee, said that he opposed the prop osition as ho believed that the "United States is becoming th?" international spawning ground for revolutions." ?5LL Naval Vessel for 'Mexico. VALLEJO, Calif., Ma-eh ?. ? The 1 Navy Department has * ordered that , the receiving ship Cleveland be out fltted at once, with a full complement of men and made ready for sea duty. It is presumed that she will be sent to Mexican waters. Works Thinks U. 3. Must Intervene. WASHINGTON. March 6.?Senator John D. Works( of California, in a speech in the United States Senate to day, predicted that the Mexican situ ation is a matter in which tho "United States will be forced to deal with in a decisive way very soon." He char acterized tho administration's course in that affair to be a "dark page of history" in American diplomacy. Wealthy Mexican Pleads for Son. EL PASO, Tex, March. 6.?Gen. Ter rains, aged 80 years,'pleaded with tho American consul here today to Inter cede for his son, who is condemned to be executed unless he pays $600,000. The aged man said: "I am old and money means nothing to me. Gen. Villa can kill me Instead of my son,] or ho can have every cent that I have it my boy is spared to me and to his children." INCOME TAX TO YIELD $100,000,000 ?+? WASHINGTON. March 6.?The re ports of internal revenue collectors from all sections of the United States, received by the Treasury Department by wire on the collections for ton months of 1913, show that the govern ment will derive an income from that source and the corporation tax of $100, 000,000. This is greater than the esti mates that were made of receipts from the Income tax when the bill was pend ing In Congress by more than $20, 000,000. BEATTIE LEAVES ON INSPECTION TRIP ??|? ? W. G. Beatle, superintendent of In dian schools for Southeastern Alaska ' took passage on the Al-KI this morn ing on n tour of inspection to tho South. He will go to Klawack on the Al-Ki and from that point will visit Metlakahtla, and also Hydaberg be i for returning to Juneau. . BIG BRONCHO MILITARY FEATURE 1 AT THE GRAND i The Grand again presents to its pa i trons one of its very, exciting military ? "Broncho" features, "In the Ranks," ; in two thrilling parts. You will see i some very exciting battles of the early f days. Come tonight apd see a good > show! j Nell of tho Pampas," an American 1 drama. ) "Tom, Dick and Harry," apd "Thai - Catchy Rag-Tim? Dance," are tho fln ishlng very laughable comedies. ) We want everyone to see the show i- tonight. All the "young folks" wll s miss something if they don't see "Thai a Catchy Rag-Time Dance." ? Come tonight'. 3 * * ? I LAST CHANCE, TONIGHT e * Last night's Bhow at tho Orphcun was one of the best seen at that popu lar house for some time. The Pathi , Weekly being unusually good. Thi eature, however, was the "Great Steej lechaBe." showing some very darlnj n horsemanship, and a pretty little stor; ?? of race track rivalry for the hand o the heroine. This picture alone i '? well worth tho price of admission am '? !b shown in two reels. "How O'Hara Saved Cupid," Is laughable comedy with Hughle Mac' and Kate Price, and closed the shoi N on a well pleased audience, and thos who failed to see same can avail then n selves of the opportunity as it will b e repeated tonight. x- ? ? ? IC Leaving on Maqulnna. The Princess Maquinna sailing f< the South last night took the follo\ ing passengers from Juneau: Georg rD E. Green. Mrs. J. Graham, Fe. E. Wei ton, O. Larson, F. Wentsman, Georg Smith. Robert Ranath, Nick Kemp et Dr. J. K. Simpson. HOUSE COMMITTEE AGAINST TREE TOLLS WASHINGTON, March 6?The Sims bill to repeal the provision In the Pan ama canal act allowing American ships engaged In coastwise traffic free use of the canal was reported favorably by the House commerce committee to day The vote In the committee was 17 to 4. Polndexter Wants to Know. WASHINGTON, March 6?Senator Miles Polndexter, of Washington, to day Introduced a resolution In the United States Senate calling upon the President to explain what "matter of even greater delicacy and nearer con sequences," he'referred to In his mes sage.' ** LEAVING ON 8POKANE. The Spokane, sailing for the South last night, took the following pass engers from Juneau: George Lolas-, ner. Rush Davis, Joe Protopapaa, W. J. Donaldson, L. P. Shackleford, Mrs. Shackleford and children. MlnDlo Clifton, Charles Goldstein, and James D. Mooney. ALASKAN HOTEL ARRIVALS The follovtfng are reglsterod at the Alaskan Hotel: H. H. Smith, Mrs. E. Sherman, C. D. Knapp, B. F. Watson, C. F. Johnson, city; A. L. Mitchell, Portland: F. B. Straven, San Francis co; J. M. Tanner, Skagway; George] Blackmer, Sheep creek; A. W. QueaL ey, Kensington; Carl Olson, Persever ance;. H. E. Shook, A. M. Goodman, Milton Well, James Prairie and wife, J. W. Fraser, Seattle. LEAVING ON AL-KI The Al-KI, Bailing for the South at noon today, took the following pas sengers from Juneau: C. N. Burt, Mrs. Anna Tobel, Mrs. L. W. Watson, James More, R. C. Post. P. B. Post. Mrs, Pearl Zitron, C, L. Conaway, L. B. Crecy. LENTEN SERVICE. There will be a short Lenten ser vice in Trinity Episcopal church this evening at 7:30 p. m. Everyone is cordially welcome. Choir practice at 8 p. m. LEAVING ON THE GEORGIA The following took passage on the Georgia leaving for Sitka and wayports this morning: For Sitka?P. J. Kostrometlnoff and family, W. P. Mills and wife, Robert Scott, Mrs. L. Pistolis, Charles Turn ey, Henry Moses, and E. Daudall. For Funter?Joe Vrunner. For Tennkee?Ed. Lankester, M. D. Berry. For Killlsnoo?Charles Major, Low Is Ullery, Harry Peeham. TRESPASS 8UIT CONTINUED. The case of the Alaska Juneau Gold Mining company against M. M. Mc ' Kanna occupied the district court to , day. It is an action for restitution ol - premises near the reduction works o! \ the company. The case was continued this afternoon until 10 o'clock tomor j row. I BEHRENDS ON JEFFERSON B. M. Behrends. is a passenger oi r the Jefferson which sailed from Seat 1 tie last night and will arrive in Ju ' neau Monday or Tuesday. J. C. McBRIDE ON EVANS. J. C. McBrldc has taken passage 0! the Admiral Evans which sailed las night and should arrive Monday nigh i or Tuesday morning. B TAKE THE HINT. e Your bills will be smaller If you bu your fruit and vegetables, etggs, bu 5 tor, shelled nuts, etc., of tho * ROYAL FRUIT CO., Phone 280. * Tho Jolly crowd, the good Bmokci the pleasant play will make you happ a day by day. Play pool at Burford i. and take the kinks out of your live v 2-16-tf. t SPRING AND 8UMMER, 1014. e This Is an Invitation for you to ca and inspect the season's new doslgn the spring suitings and other fabri< in the tailoring line. It is an offer to furnish you wll clothes made in your own home tow ;o made by compotent workmen; cloth b- not made In Eastern sweatshops. :? Cordially, ' ?M-tf. F. WOLLAND. MIXES RACE AND SUFFRAGE QUESTION WASHINGTON, March 6.?Senator J J. K. Vardaman, In a debate over the woman suffrage question yesterday, said "our women will not go to the polls to vote In competition with a race that Is congenltally, eternally, ra cially and unalterably unfit to perform the supreme functions of citizenship." "FIGHTING BOB" 8AIL8 FOR THE NORTHLAND SEATTLE, March 6.?The Admiral Evans saUcd for Alaska last night with the following passengers for Ju neau: J. C. McBrlde, W. H. Dickey, F. Cay cough, V. W. Olson, C. G. Douglas, A. P. Cloudy, A. H. Ross, E. E. Carpen ter and wife, C. E. Thurman, Gus Hoff man, T. H. Unger, Peter Gulne, E. L. Kellogg, A. M. Nllcs, W. L. Renick. J. W. Drury, T. P. McNeil and wife, B. E. Douglas, Ed. M. Blossom, H. G. Weir, J. Gobnel, and nineteen steer age. ? _ JEFFERSON 8AIL8 WITH 60 PAS8ENGERS SEATTLE, March 6.?The Jefferson sailed for Alaska last night with 60 passengers for Juneau and Douglas, as follows: j For Jun?^au?B. M. Behrends, T. E. Keegan, Thco. J. Flavin, W. J. Mur phy, A. G. Cole, E. Orlander, E. D. Whittle, Miss Belle Carter, Mrs. M. Banks. J. T. Welch and wife, Mrs. W. Smith, W. K. Martin, Mrs. J. Watklng, Mrs. M. Turner, John Junkln, C. J. Taunte and wife, N. Danielson, T. Kate and wife, J. Mclntyre, J. Thomason, Paul Imphang and wife, O. L. Sunchie, J. AuguBt, George S. Lee, Mrs. P. Ball, Mrs. Dora Abernathy, Raymond Mill ler, Mabel Summers, John C. Fltzglbbo, [Jack Hunt, Frank Williams and six teen steerage. For Douglas?F. S. Dlevendorff, F. M. Simpson, Dorothy Stearns, Mrs. C. W. Stearns, and four steerage. ELECTRICITY SUCCEEDS AS MILK STERILIZER LIVERPOOL, March 6.?Milk ster ilized by electricity is being supplied by the city of Liverpool from its milk depots to about 1000 babies daily. The process is successful. DEERING ESTATE IS VALUED AT $15,000,000 CHICAGO, March 6.?The estate of the late William Deering, the harves ter king, was valued at $15,000,000, ac cording to the Inventory that has been filed. The property is left to two sons and five grandsons. RAILROAD RATE DECISION IN APRIL WASHINGTON, March 6.?A decis ion by the Interstate Commerce Com mission on the pending request of Eastern railroads for an advance in freight rates will probably be made during the latter part of April. FLETCHER ON NEED FOR RURAL CREDIT WASHINGTON, March 6. ?Before the committees on rural creditB Sena tor Fletcher stated that $6,000,000,000 is owed by the farmers of the United States, of which $2,000,000,000 are se cured by mortgage on their farms. On this latter amount interest paid ranges from 6% to 24%, in addition to un just charges made by bankers and agencies In arranging loans. FORMER CHIEF JUSTICE OF NEVADA IS DEAC I RENO, Nev. March 6?Former Chiel . Justice W. A. Massey of the Nevada . Supreme Court died last night on s f train as it was crossing the Callfor r nia State line. He resided at this city I ? ? ? - BORDEN WILL MAKE ANOTHER WHALING TRIF SAN FRANCISCO. March 6?Mill lonaire John Borden, of Chicago, an< i Henry Scott, son of Henry T. Scott . of this city, are planning to make an . other whaling and hunting expeditloi to the Arctic next summer . SAN FRANCISCO BEGGAR n IS MAN OF WEALTt \ SAN FRANCISCO, March 6.?Wll iam Kahler, for 20 years supposed t be a hunchback beggar, was Jailed b the police last night In order to glv him a place to sleep. The "hunch y was examined and it was found to b a tin box containing $11,000 in gol and silver. There was in it, also, ban books showing that ho had $23,000 1 San Francisco banks. b. The charge that had been place y against him was vagrancy. 's ? ? ? r- REDUCE THE COST OF LIVING Our eggs and butter are the best I town?guaranteed fresh. .11 Remember wo are the leaders I R making low prices. ^ ROYAL FRUIT CO., Phono 280. h JOE KELLY IMPROVED. n> Joe Kelly, the popular Front Btre cs merchant, who has been seriously for the past week, underwent a surj cal operation last evening and Is mu< improved today. Dr. L. O. Egglnti Is in attendence. Railroad Bill Back In Conference Again ? 1 1 ?' ? . a WASHINGTON, March 6.?The con ference report on the Alaska railroad bill was withdrawn again last night for the purpose of correcting minor errors found to be in the bill. Chairman W. C. Houston, of the House committee on Territories, Bald this morning that he expected both houses of Congress to agree to the re port today and that the bill will be in the hands of the President tomorrow. Stuck for Wagon Roads Rather Than Railroads. BOSTON, March 6. ? Archdeacon Hudson Stuck, of Alaska, declared here that Alaska's needs aro for roads for wagons and other vehicles and not for railroads. PROUTY MAY RUN FOR U. 5. SENATOR BURLINGTON, VL. March 6?A del egation of Orleans County Republi cans, .after visiting Interstate Com merce Commissioner Charles A. Prou ty, announce that he expressed a will ingness to becoino a candidate for United States Senator to succeed Sen. ator W. P. Dillingham. UTAH DEMOCRATS AND PROGRESSIVES TO FUSE SALT LAKE, Utah, March 6.?Dem ocrats and Progressives In Utah will, In all probability, fuse in this State for the elections next fall. At a re cent State meeting of tho Progressives praise bestowed upon the Wilson ad ministration was vociferously applaud ed. BRAZILIAN SITUATION IS GROWING WORSE RIO DE JANERIO, March 6.?Mar tial law has been declared in this city and the situation is getting worse. The rovolt in the States of Pcrnambo and Para Ceara is gaining headway, and the capital is in a state of seige. PUGET SOUND TRADE IS GAINING FAST ?+? SEATTLE, March 6.?The report of Port Warden D. Thomas Davles shows a tremendous gain in Seattle shipping since last year. Last month Seattle's ocean going commerce reached the enormous sum of $10,349,323, com. pared with $6,919,417 the same month last year. Domestic imports were $2,137,776, compared with $1,828,626; foreign im ports, $3,172,636, compared with $1, 623,292; domestic exports, $3,318,236 compared with $1,992,036; foreign ex ports, $1,720,676, compared with $1, 475,464, the same month last year. BARRY AND CARTER TO COMMAND OVER OCEAN SAN FRANCISCO, March 6.?MaJ. Oen. Thomas H. Barry and MaJ.-Gen. William H. Carter sailed yesterday from this place, the former to take command of the Department of the Philippines and the latter to take com mand of the Department of Hawaii. Gen. Barry has been in command of the Department of the East, with head quarters at Governor's Island and Gen. Carter, of the Second Division, with headquarters at Texas City, Texas. GOV. WALSH TO NAMEUB. & M. HEAD BOSTON, March 6.?The Post says Governor David I. Walsh will name former Chief Justice Knowlton of the Supreme Court of Massachusetts as his choice for chairman of the board ; of trustees of the Boston & Maine rail road. MURDERERS BUTCHER CALIFORNIA WOMAN i ? SACRAMENTO, Calif. March 6. ? f The body of Esther Crotzer, a fallen t woman, cut In thlrteon pieces was re k covered yesterday from where it had . been thrown Into a slough. The pieces of the body were enclosed In gunny sacks. ? WESTERN STATES HAVE COMMERCIAL CONGRESS 1 SACRAMENTO, Calif. March 6. ? * A commercial congress representing the 11 States west of the Rocky Moun 1 tains will be held here beginning Sep tember 16th. , NOME MAN TO SWIM ACROSS ELLIOTT BAY O SEATTLE, March 6.?J. C. Clark, y of Nome, will attempt to swim from e West Seattle to Seattle proper, a feat " that cost Arthur Cavill, former long o distance champion, his life last Sun. d day. k ? ?? n BRYAN TO VISIT d SOUTH AMERICA WASHINGTON, March 6. ? Secre tary of State William J. Bryan will visit Chile and other South American in republics in September. in COTTON INDUSTRY IS MAKING NEW RECORD NEW YORK. March 6.?President Cone of the New York Cotton Ex change says there is a strong rovival et of business in Industries associated ill with cotton. Cotton mills not only Si- have not closed, as was predicted by ch pessimists, but have steadily increased >n their output A new high record has been made since January 1st.