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"RETURN Of fIRE WOULD BEWARACF VERA CRUZ, Dec. 14. ? "If the American troops return the Are of the Mexican constitutionalists at Naco, So nora. we will regard it as an act of war," said Venustlano Carranza, lead er of the Constitutionalists, yesterday. The statement was wired to Washing ton. WASHINGTON. Dec. 14. ? General Carranza's formal reply, notifying the government that If the Mexican Are on the border la returned It would be con sidered by him as an act of open hos tility, was received today. "General Hill," Carranza points out, "Is on tho defensive at Naco, and since his back is at the border. It is difficult to see how he and our troops could be responsible for the stray shots which wour government constantly re port." Puebla Under Siege. MEXICO CITY. Dec. 14?Troops un der General Zapata hare commenced a sicgo of Puebla, a suburb of the cap ital. CONTRACTS TOR SUBMARINES LET WASHINGTON-. Dec. 14.?Contracts for the construction of six submarine boats wore let Saturday by Josephus Daniels, secretary of the navy depart ment. The Mare Island navy yard was the only Western institution favored. It will build one of the submarines. The contracts for the other five were placed with various shipbuilding firms on the Atlantic coast. NOTABLE GUESTS AT GRIDIRON CLUB BANQUET WASHINGTON, Dec. 14.?The Grid iron Club held its first formal banquet of the season Saturday night. Every newspaper having correspondents in Washington was represented at the spread, and the president, members of his cabinet, and of the diplomatic service, including senators and con gressmen. attended in a body. SEAL MEATS FOR PRESIDENT WILSON WASHINGTON, Dec. 14.?President Woodrow Wilson, and the members of his cabinet, soon are to have a feast of seal cutlets and seal steaks, fresh from the rookeries of Southwestern Alaska, if the promise of Dr. EL Lester Jones, of the federal department of fisheries is fulfilled. Dr. Jones said yesterday he would see that the delicacy is dolivercd to the White House before Now Years. YANKEE CLOCKS ARE COPPERING MARKET BOSTON. Dec. 14.?American clock manufacturers, working their forces now at full time, are making strong Incursions into Europe markets, whero heretofore German clock makers dom inated the trade, it is declared here. WINDHAM BAY ICE-BOUND NOW T ? WINDHAM. Dec. 6. ? Windham Is Ice-bound. The bay is frozen over to a thickness of sis Inches, making H impossible for craft to navigate hero, but the men of the settlement walk over the ice and meet tho mail boat Mr. Rowe will bo a passenger for Juneau this week. He has just com pleted the assessment work on the property of Mrs. Kabler. F. Kotchmark has been on tho sick list for the past few days. The cold snap that has prevailed in this section has interfered with tho work of AL Luitman on his placer ground. The Empire has more readers than any other Alaska paper. *** THE WEATHER TODAY. Maximum?..8. Minimum?20. Clear. ITRANSFER I OF CABLE | ISJURGED WASHINGTON'. Dec. 14.?The Im mediate taking over the Alaska cable, and the Fedoral cable and telephone systems in Hawaii and Porto Rico, by the Postofflce Department, Is rec ommended by Postmaster General Al bert S. Burleson, in his annual report, which was filed today. "The postal department," said the I report, "is for tho tho first tlmo In Its j history self-supporting. Tho current fiscal year shows a surplus of $3,500, 000." OFFICIALS SEEK "LIGHT" ON BUSINESS I SEATTLE. Dec. 7?The Post Intelli gencer says: E. A. Brand, of Wash ington, assistant chief of the national bureau of foreign and domestic com merce, who is on a tour of the Import ant cities of the country, arrived in Seattle last night, and will stay here a few days. | Mr. Brand, since leaving Washing ton, has visited New York, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Salt Lake City. On leaving hero he will go to Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles. In each of the cities where a branch of tho bureau has been placed he has been investigating tho usefulness of those branencs. Elsewhere he has como into touch with the commercial organizations and with the largo fig ures in business in order to get some light on business conditions in gener al. Optimistic About Business. This visitor took an optimistic view of the business situation lost night. ' Of the work of the bureau and Its ,r branches he said: "I find them most highly beneficial to tho business men j of the country, and that the service which they have to offer is gaining ; broader scope as tho work unfolds and j as business realizes their purposes. "In New Yoik the office averages^ 700 visitors a month, and the Chicago one gets 100." Will Map Out Work. One purposo of Mr. Brand's trip is to district tho whele country. Thore , are eight branches of the bureau in as j many important cities,-and he will try to divide up tho whole country into . districts which are proporly tributary to each of these. "My idea is to have the agent keep in touch with tho needs . of his territory, and circulate about it,' 'said he. "Our object is to get Just as closo as wo can to the business of tho country, and on this trip I am trying to see what services the bureau , can give in addition to those it is giv ing now." : CAPTAIN OF "WAVE" WAS LASHED TO WHEEL SEATTLE, Dec. 14. ? Territorial Senator" Frank A. Aldrich of Nome, , and Representative Martin F. Moran , and James P. Daly, of the Alaska legislature arrived here Saturday on j the Alameda. They took passage from Seward, whero they were left by the j steamship Dora, after having been picked up at sea from tho derelict I power schooner Silver Wave, on which they left Nome Novomber 10. Tho weather encountered by tho Silver Wave on her way from Nome was so rough at one time that tho pas sengers tied Captain Gudmundson to the wheel so that he could steer her while all tho rest of those aboard went below. THOUSANDS GET WORK IN NEW YORK STATE NEW YORK, Dec. 14.?The State Public Utilities commission published today a report that 1,364,070 persons were employed in New York state fac tories In 1913, an increaso of 12$,000 over 1912. "FARM-TO-TABLE." CHICAGO, Dec. 14.?Tho American Express Co. has completed plans to establish a farm-to-tablo service. Tho company will use Its 10,000 agents from coast to coast to gather up pro duce and drum up purchasers. QUITS JAP SOCIETY. NEW YORK, Doc. 14.?Jacob H. Schiff has resigned hla membership in the Japan-Society on account of his strong Germanic sympathies. Ho sent In his resignation about two months ago. It was announced this morning thai Christmas mall for tho East and mid dlo West will reach Its destination II mailed before Thursday morning whon tho steamship Princess May wil] sail for Vancouvor. Tho Jefferson will also leave Thursday, but mall on the Princess May will havo a lead ol several hours ovor that on tho Joff eroon. Tho Xmas ship for incoming mall will likely be tho City of Soattle, which Is due to arrive on tho 22nd. CZAR AND PORTE OPPOSED TRUCE ROME, Dec. 14.?Rome has learned that Turkey and Russia both sont tele grams to the Vatican, opposing the Pope's proposal to establish a truce of :hrco creeks In the war, to bogln Christmas. It was officially announo 3d that all other powers had agreed to a truce. ArchbiBhop Kavovsky. head of tho Roman Catholic church at Warsaw, las telegraphed the Vatican: "Gor nans operating In Poland arc sys tematically using Catholic churches aB positions on which to place their nltrallleuses, wireless stations, etc. rho .result has been., that .many jhurchcs have been destroyed. The same danger threatens tho old ca thodral at. Criicow, which contains relics of St. Stanislaus." Tho arch pishop beg8 the pope for protection. A dispatch from Athens says that rurkish soldiers aro seizing high priests of tho Greek Catholic church, rho Greek metropolitan at Ahall has seen made a prisoner on charge of netting Greek populationj against tho Purks. WESTERN HEMISPHERE FORM "DUEL ENTENTE" NEW YORK. Dec. 14.?A Washlng :on special to the World says that in formal negotiations point to probable levelopment of closo understanding imong all North and South American ?epublics to opposo any foreign in roads and that a Congress will prob ibly be hold at tho San Francisco fair. Mutual protection against European powers, permanent peace and closor levelopment of trade relations are parts of the plan, Mexico boing cited :o show the need. Also an interpretation of tho Mon roe Doctrine Is sought. rWO DIE IN COLDEST KANSAS CITY WEATHER KANSAS CITY, Dec. 14.?As a re mit of a sovero cold wavo two are lead and the hospitals are filled with peoplo suffering frdm frozon feet and bands. Yesterday was tho coldest Decem ber 13 in the history of Kansas City. SERENO E. PAYNE AT REST !N AUBURN, N. Y, WASHINGTON. Doc. 14.?Funoral Bervicea over the remains of tho late Congressional Serono E. Payno wore held yesterday from tho House of Rep resentatives' chamber, with members of Congress In attendance. The pall boarors were chosen from tho Nov. York delegation and the body wai taken to Auburn for Interment PUGET SOUND URGED AS COAST DEFENSE HUE WASHINGTON. Dec. 14.?The Chlo of the Bureau of Ordnanco today filot a report ir. which ho recommondec that Pugot Sound is tho logical poln for tho concentration of war muni tlons for tho Pacific Coast dofensos He declared tho Northern Inlet su porlor to San Francisco and tho Gold en Gate, In every rcspoct. MILLIONS WASTED. WASHINGTON. Doc. 14.?That thi national loss from tho present unnoc essary waste of natural mineral rc sources of tho United States is $1, 000,000 a day Is a statcmont of Jo soph A. Holmes, director of tho Fedor al bureau of mines, In his annual re port, made publlo today. ? wharf at Skagwny together with all f or tho warehouse;! was destroyed by , flro last Saturday night Tho Are ! on tho sldo track of warehouse No. 1, about six o'clock and It hnd gained considerable headway. By S o'clock practically all of the warehouses and conveyors wero gone as well as most of tho dock. wind was Blowing. There was a north wind blowing at tho time and the f)re did not oxtond much farthor south than tho wharl offlco near warehouse No. 1. The wharf office and all of tho ware houses arc gono. The oro bunkers farthor south were not injured. In cluded In tho loss Is tho dock office of the U. S. customs service in Skag Tho flro was so hot at tho tlmo it was discovered that' It was nlmost im possible to pass warehouse No. 1 where it originated, Littlo could be dono in the way of combatting the flames and tho fire burnod itself out. Dock Was Old Structure. Moore's wharf was located as a part of tho holding of CapL "William Moore and. later incorporated with tho Moore townalte. It wan built In 1837 and nfiTeriifard i?oId to-tho North Pacific Wharves "and Trading company of Vancouver, which rebuilt tho structure, making it much larger and the finest dock in nil Alaska or North of Puget Sound. The White Pass & Yukon Company built an ad dition to tho south end and held pos session of it through a traffic ar rangement Tho company built ex tonBlvo improvements Including side tracks and cattle pens for the purpose of facilitating tho handling of freight Tho Moore's wharf people also con trolled all of the other wharf sites and wharves except tho Pacific Coast dock and all wore closed to traffic except tho ono operated in connection with tho railroad. It Is estimated that over flvo million tons of freight have passed over tho dock. E. J. Shaw, prcseut ngont for tho Alaska Steam ship company at" Skagway was for many years manager of tho wharf. Tho physical loss is estimated to ho $100,000. partially covered by insur G. T. P. HOTEL IN RUPERT IS PLANNED PRINCE RUPERT. Dec. 2.?"I think the site selected for tho G. T. P. hotel here is a splendid one," said G. W. Howarth, assistant managor of tho G. T. P. hotel system, during tho course of a brief chat this morning. "It scorns to mo thnt it is not at all too early to commence tho con struction of tho hotel, but the war is having its nffect on financial affairs." JURY DISAGREES IN LIQUOR SELLING CASE FAIRBANKS, Dec. 5.?James Duke, tho well-known Nenana trader, was tried before tho United States com 1 missionor for soiling liquor without i a license. Tho jury disagreed and a i new jury is now being selected for a ? retrial of tho case. There aro a num i bor of counts against Duke, in whose ? place was found a largo quantity of ' llquoro whoa tho arrest was made, s Ho formerly held a roadhouac llconsc, but has not had ono for soveral years. JACKSON HOUSE BURNS. WESTON, W. Va... Dec. 1'4.? The f boyhood homo of Thomas J. (Stone 1 hero, was destroyed by fire. Loaves - to havo ignited tho bullidng. Tho old Jackson mill, nearby, wot - not harmed. MINER IS MISSING. FAIRBANKS, Dec. 6.?'Woltefr M. 3 Cooloy, ono of the pioneer minors ot the Tanana country, Is reported miss' p ing and his friends fear that he la r dead. Cooloy has been operating on ? Portage creek, and has not been aeon for several weeks. A searching party has been made up to search ? for the missing man. ' :"3D j ENGAGE IN LONDON, Dec. 14. ? Copenhagen despatches that most or tho Gorman warships at Kiel havo steamed out Into tho North Soa, presumably to givo battle to tho British, aroused In tense oxpectancy yostorday. Tho ad miralty, however, caid no official ad vices hud been rccolvod as to exten sive German marlno operations. It Is learned from an authentic source, howovor, that tho British bat tle flcots off tho west coast of Scotland and off the* north coast of Ireland have been notified by wlroless to keep la readiness to proceed at onco Into the North Scu under full steam. ju \ GERMAN SAYS AN ATTACK 18 FOLLY! BERLIN, via tho Hnguo, Doc. 14? j "Tho German uaval policy Is of neces sity a waiting one. If Britain Is dis-1 satlsflcd, sho has her redress. Sho has-tho men and sho h&8 tho ships. I And she. know s exactly where our fleet is." This Is a declaration mado by Count Ernest Zu Rovenlow, Germany's ! greatest naval critic. "it is up to our fleet?about half tho size of tho British fleet?to at tack and give battlo on hor own ground," continued tho Count "Tho British floot has shown no disposi tion to court battle. When oar des troyers mid. submarines seek them, we And them clOso to their own coast line. Ship for Ship as Good. "Ship for ship our fleet is tho equal of tho British. I beliovo that what ever may happen to our fleet, it will give an acount of itself that, when tho batflo Is over there will bo grave doubt whether tho Brltloh aro still tho greatest naval powor In tho world. And I bolievo absolutely that the Brit ish themselves take such an outcome into consideration and havo been wait ing in tho hope that we will attack them in their wators, where everything is in their favor. You know they sunk the Koenigin Loulso almost in the very' mouth of tho Thamos." VALUED CLOTH LOST WHEN RHEIM8 RAZED PARIS, Dec. 14.?Tho TompB esti mates that $70,000,000 worth of cloth in factories of Rhelms was destroyed by German bombardment. ALASKAN HAS 8EVEN COUSINS AT FRONT 4' SEWARD, Dec. 2.?George Mirlach the prominent Jowcllor of Seward, has no less than seven first cousins light ing for Germany in tho great war. In a letter from a lady relative in Ger man a short time ago Mr. Mirlach's brother was told that matters aro very serious In Europo particulary for tho womon folks who never know when the news will come that some loved ono met death. No nowr. hae been received that any of Mr.* Mirlach's relatives have bcon hurt so far. CABLE TRANSFER AGAIN. SEATTLE, Dec. 2?It le stated here that in official circles in Washington thcro is a well grounded belief that a bill will bo introduced at this session of Congress transferring tbo Alaska cablo sen-ice from the War Depart ment to the Postofflco Deparment and it Is contemplated that the change will take placo on January 1, 1915. For the past year or two there has been a movement on to malcc this chango and it is now said that an ami cable arrangement has been made by tho heads of the two departments in terested wherby It can be consummat ed.?(Cordova Times.) LAID TO REST BY MOONLIGHT. SEWARD, Dec. 2.?Miss Volma Mil Ipr was laid to rest last evening aftot tho arrival of the boat on which hoi funeral. He found it necessary to re ? turn to Seattlo by tho eamo oteamei so that tho burial of tho poor girl ; took place in the cemetery by tht light of the moon aided by small i acquaintances who had gathered tc pay their last respects. TURKISH CRUISER IS TORPEDOED LONDON, Dec. 14.?Picking its way through the mine-filled Dardanelles, the British sub marine B-ll yesterday torpe doed the Turkish battleship Messudich and escaped without a scratch, according to a bulletin posted this morning by the ad miralty. The extent of the damage done to the battleship was not made public. ? + + ?> t *> + -t- ?> * ? ? SEVERE COLD IN EAST * + * ?V PETROGRAD, Doc. 14.?Tho ? Army Meesengo): says: ? 4- "Sovcro cold la hampering * ?> operations, but the Russians con- v 4* tlnuo to meet with considerable ? success against tho German, * ' v Austriano and Turks. ?> "A portion of tho Russian army ? ?5- Is nearlng Cracow." * | ? ?5> j *!' **,* *1* v ?*? \* ?*? ?*? ?j? ?% ?% ENGLAND "DISAPPOINTED"; NO ZEPPELIN RAIDERS MANCHESTER, England, Dee. 3.? Speculating on tho possibility of a Zeppelin raid on London, tho Man chester Guardian says there is a notice able feeling of "disappointment" In England over the non-appearance of these airships. While tho Zcppolin would not bo really welcome, there woro thoso at homo so hungering for excitement that as a whole England seemed ready to take tho risk. It was coldly calculated that even if fifty ZcppclInn"woro sent over their concentrated devastation could not cover moro than six acres,?or If they dropped all their bombs on tho square mile" that makes up tho City of Lon don proper "they could not kill some thing under one In a hundred of the people who happened to bo there. "Over tho wholo of London, taking the Metropolitan Police area, the chances of escaping would ho about 70,000 to one. Over what may bo des cribed as the central area of London, within which a Zeppolln might be ex pected to operate, tho chances of es cape would be about 15,000 to one." "Personally, I think it would bo a good job if tho Zeppollns did come. Even if thoy did drop a few bombs, the stimulus to recruiting would bo worth what little was done," says Frank Hedges Butler, who Is founder of tho Royal Aero Club. CRACOW CANNOT FALL, GERMAN LETTER SAYS BERLIN Dec. 14.?A lottor from the' German front south of Cracow says: "It will be impossible for the Rus sians to enter Cracow from the north as the country is flooded for eight miles and their only inlet is from the oast and south which wo have strongly defended. Tho art.llorj is of very lit tle service on account of the heavy roads and tho main work is done by tho infantry. It is vc:y dlfllcult to get any kind of a letter out aB the emperor has declared this a silent war and tho punishment is two days in tho guard houso which some of us rather enjoy. "It will bo almost impossible to tako Cracow and Brcslau on account of the water and defences." Forbid Bank Notes. BERLIN, Dec. 14.?Tho German au thorities liavo prohibited the Belgian national bank from Issuing any more bank notes, bocausc tho gold reserve , has been taken out of tho country and thcro Is no . gold specie . In the . banks to socuro tho currency. Notes ? Issued against-Thp: Bolglan gold in ? London arc allow however. Prince Is' Decorated. [ .BERLIN, Dec. 14.?It is reported I that Prince Joachim has returned to i tho eastern theater of war, his wounds f having healed. He has beon awarded ? tho iron cross and appointed a staff commander. WIRELESS "MISUSED" ATCANAL WASHINGTON, Dec. 14. ? In order to prvent the misuse of the wireless telegraphy in the relay of war messages via Pan ama, which he has construed as actual violation of the United States government's policy of neutrality in the European war, Col. George W. Goethals, gover nor of the Panama Canal zone today reiterated his request that the war department despatch two torpedo boat destroyers with all posisble haste, to the canal zone. DRESDEN IS SAFE. VALPARAISO. Dec. 14?Dis patches received today from Punta Arenas, Straits of Magel lan, declare the German fugi tive cruiser Dresden has come into that port uninjured. The Dresden will likely be interned for the period of the war, it is believed here. BRUSSELS BANKERS TO PAY BIG LEVY Berlin, Dec. 14. ? Brussels bankers have notified the Ger man government they are ready to pay the indemnity demanded of Brussels, Antwerp and Liege, of seventy million marks. AUSTRIANS CLAIM GENERAL SUCCESS .4* Vienna, Dec* 14.?An official statement issued early today claims the Austrian advance to ward Nish was continuous. The Austrians also claim to have recaptured two of the strategically important passes of the Carpathians. ?*? A ?% ?'/ **? ij? \* + ROUMANIA TO ENTER. * ?> ??:*.? + ?> LONDON*, Dec. 14.?Tho Morn- * & ing Post prints a telegram sent * ?> by Ta.'co Joncsco, ox-premier of ? ?> Itoumnnin, to a personal friend in London, which says: "Bo certain * w> Roumania will join ontcntc, the ? only matter still under discus ?> slon being the precise date of it." ? > * ?> ?:* ?:?-> ?> 4. .> .*. 4.4 ABYSSINIA OFFERS ALLIES AN ARMY COPENHAGEN, Dec. 14.?A private despatch from Berlin says the Abys sinian government has offered to furnish an army to Great Britain. GERMAN LAWMAKER SAYS CONDITIONS "GOOD" BERLIN, Dec. 14.?Speaking of the economic situation in Gormany, Herr M. Erzbergen, leader of Center party in tho Reichstag said: "It is a grave error to suppose Ger man industries aro poralayzcd. Mills and factories, except those manufac i turlng luxuries, are working full -timo, although shorthanded, and thoso sup plying army requirements are working day and night." GERMAN CHANCELLOR'S SON MADE A PRISONER PARIS, Dec. 14. ? A dispatch re ceived today from Berne, Switzerland, says that a son of Dr. Von Bethmann Hollwcg. the imperial Gorman chan cellor, is seriously Injured and in tho nandB of the Russians, who capturod him near Lodz. It is declared tho young onicer was struck by a frag ment of shrapnel. Ho was made a pris oner, according to tho advices.