vo ten cents.
ALASKA'S COAL FOUND
TO BE BEST STEAMING
FUEL TRIED BY NAVY
SEATTLE, Dec. 15. ? The Washington
correspondent of The Times today telegraphs
his paper that "two members of the House naval
committee told him that 'misnamed conserva
tion' is dead, as far as Alaska is concerned, and
that an era of real conservation and develop
ment is about to begin.
The naval committee members are also
said to have stated: "Heretofore owners of
Eastern coal fields have been able to maintain
a grip on the throat of the navy department,
and force the government to pay 'any old price'
for its coal for warships. The fine test the Mat
anuska coal has passed will end all this and it
will end the practice of carrying coal from the
Atlantic to the Pacific, at a tremendous expense
to the government"
WASHINGTON. Dec. 15.?Alaska's coal is the future fuel
for the American navy of the Pacific.
This, in brief, is the result of the tests made by United States
cruisers, and when the news was made public late yesterday after
noon, the little colony of Westerners in Washington met in a local
hotel to paint pictures of a great future for the coal industry of
Daniels Breaks News.
Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels, testifying before
the House committee on naval affairs yesterday said:
"Unlike the tests made with the Bering River coal, we have
used hand-picked Matanuska coal for our latest tests. The coal
so tested is in all respects highly satisfactory for the navy's
use, and if the coal tested is a fair indication of the general
character of the coal in the Matanuska field, our fuel needs for
the Pacific fleet will be supplied.
Stokers Endorse It.
"An official report on the tests made by the U. S. S. Maryland
state that the firemen pronounced a 'forced draft' trial of the coal
gave the Maryland the easiest 20-knot run the cruiser ever made.
Firing was easy and the steam pressure was easily maintained.
The coal is said to have burned' 'like pine knots.'
"An unofficial report on an evaporative test at one of the
experimental stations, practically confirms the tests on the Mary
land, The general result was gratifying to the navy department
and points the way to an adequate supply of coal on the Pacific
Coast, for the navy, as soon as reasonable transportation facili
ties arc available."
The testimony of Secretary Daniels was made the feature
of newspaper accounts in several of the Eastern papers this
ALASKA EBNER 70
BOSTON, Dec. 10.?The Boston
News Bureau declares the Consolidat
ed California-Nevada Co. vrll bo organ
ized under Deleware laws very shortly
with $5,000,000 capital comprised of
1.000,000 shares, par $5.00, by A. W.
Middle ton. former treasurer of the
AlaskatEbner Gold Mines Co., tho
property of which company was lately
bought at foreclosure In behalf of a
bondholders' committee for $225,000.
Shareholders of the Alaska-Ebner i
Co., whose equity in the property was!
wiped out, have been asked by Mr. j
Middleton to pay a 50-cent assessment
and receive new stock share for share.
The supposedly best asset of the
Alaska-Ebner Gold Mines Co., con
sisting of 100,000 shares of Ehner
Gold Mines Co. stock, will not go into
the new company, as it has been op
tioned until next spring to the United
States Smelting Co. The latter is
understood to have spent on develop
ment work between $350,000 and $400,
000 on this gold property, which lies'
in the same district at Juneau as the
Alaska Gold Mines Co.
BUY CAVALRY HORSES.
NEW YORK, Dec. 15,?Three Ital
ian cavalry officers arrived on the
liner Regies d'ltalia^to buy 12,000
THE WEATHER TODAY.
CANT QUIT JOB
COLTON. Utah, Dec. 15.?Layman
H. Marble, merchant and postmaster
here, has retained an attornoy In
an endeavor to bo released from his
official position. His term expired
more than a yoar ago but the govern
ment has tailed to appoint him a suc
cessor or to release him or his bonds
The Increase in mall matter since
the adoption of tho parcel post was
established has caused him sorious
loss. Mr. Marble says, and ho has
been obliged to place his own goods
outside his store to make room Inside
for mail matter.
U. S. SECURES BULK
OF LATIN BUSINESS
BOSTON. Dec. 15.?Tho 1913 trade
of the Jnited StateB with twenty La
tin-American republics, based on both
sales and purchases, exceeded that
of any other single country accord
ing to a statement made by John Bar
rett. head of tho Pan-American un
ion, in an address before the Latin
American commercial conference hero
GREAT BRITAIN TO PAY.
WASHRINGTON. Dec. 15. ? Great
Britain has assured the United States
that It will not delay American ships
longer than necessary to search them
for contraband and will pay for dam
age to perishables. Amicable adjust
ment of all shipping troubles Is ex
SEATTLE, Dec. 15. ? It was an
nounced at tho offices of the White
Paso railroad company thl? morning
that the Moore's wharf at Skagway
would be rebuilt Immediately.
Nows from Skagway that tho Whlto
Pasa dock, known far and wide na tho
Mooro wharf, was totally destroyed
by Are at 6 o'clock Saturday evening,
caused genuine regret when tho first
account of the fire v^hs published
in The Empire yesterday. Tho dock
was a Bouanza-daya landmark, over
which millions of tons of material to
develop Alaska and the Yukon have
passed since 1S97 when Captain Wil
liam Mooro built 1L
Complete dotalls of tho firo were
received this morning in a private
wiro to Tho Emplro. Tho Are origin
ated under the trestlo work of the
railroad track which skirts tho bluff,
and between warehouso 1 and 2.
It is believed the Aames wore caus
ed by sparks from tho ash pan of a
locomotive which was in tho yards.
Owing to a high north wind tho Aames
spread rapidly and in loss than throe
hours tho entiro structure, from tho
ofilco, on the North, to tho oro bunk
err, on the south, was ontlroly des
Only by the timely arrival of the
government steamer Peterson from
Fort Seward were tho ore bunkers
saved from destruction. The Peter
son-brought thirty tnen from Haines.
Tho Potcrsou'8 pumps woro used ef
fectively, throwing a salt water stream
upon tho blazing structure.
The loss Is estimated to bo fully
$100,000, as Tho Emplro predicted
yesterday, and Is well covered by in
In addition to tho wharf, twenty
freight car3 on a siding woro burned
and tho entire track grade leading to
tho oro bunkers.
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? CRUISER MUST LEAVE. ?
?> ??? ?
+ WASHINGTON. Dec. 16. ? *
? The German cruiser Cormoran ?
+ arrived at Guam today, accord- *
?> lng to a consular dispatch to *
? tbo Stato Department. Her 4?
+ commander was told that sho ?
?> must interne or leave im- ?
+ mediately. ?
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GIVES A RAILROAD
TO GEN. CAFtRANZA
VERA CRUZ, Dec. 15. ? Goneral
Manager Morcom of the Moxlcan Rail
way has relinquished the manage
ment of tho property and turned it
over to tho Carranzlutas.
Sinco Carranza left Mexico City he
has boon practically operating tho
Mexican Railway for military pur
REPORT GOOD TIMES
BOSTON, Doc. "15.?Reports to John
Hays Hammond, chairman of the in
dustrial economics department of tho
National Civic Federation, received
from thousands of correspondents In
every section of the country, indicato
I that business is improving and that
tho country is on tho verge of an era
of great prosperity.
MEN BOOST ALASKA AIDS
SEATTLE, Doc. 15.?Seattlo officials
of tho group of transportation com
panies operating to Alaska have
strongly endorsed the recommenda
tions of Secretary of Comemrco W. S.
Rcdficld, for aids to navigation in Al
aska. and committees have been ap
pointed to send lettors to all Congress
men and Senators, asking their assist
ance In securing appropriations for
tho work. ?
ON THE HUMBOLDT.
SEATTLE, Dec. 15.?The Humboldt
sailed North at noon today. Juneau
passengers include F. J. Bailey. Mrs.
H. E. Blanchard, P. 'Vedrich, Mrs.
W: A. Ferguson and J. N. Nelson.
Tho Empire has more readers than
any other Alaska paper. ???
Mrs. F. L. Hinson, tho mother of
Mrs. John Z. Bayless of Thame, and
Mrs. William Baylors, Sr., tho mother
of John Z. Bayloss, William S. Bay
Ices and George Bayless. died In Bal
timoro yesterday, the deaths occur
ring within an hour of each other. Tho
news was received by Mr. and Mrs.
Bayless yesterday, a telegram contain
ing tho sad announcement
Early this summer Mrs. J. Z. Bay
leas was called to Baltlmoro by the
serlouB Illness of her mother. Mrs.
Hinson rccovorcd and apparently was
enjoying tho best of health when her
daughter returned to Thane. No warn
ing that her condition had again bo
como such as to causo alarm had
been received and tho death was a so
vero 3hock to her daughter.
Tho death of Mrs. William Bayloss,
Sr., nl?o was unexpected, although It
was known In Juneau that she wan
critically 111 In Baltlmoro. William S.
Bayless, oldest son, loft Juneau nearly
two weeks ago for Baltimore, In re
sponse to a telegram announcing that
his mothor's condition wns grave, and
ho reached tho family home three
days ago, accompaniod by Mrs. Bay
less. Gcorgo Bayloss, of Pcrsovcrnncc,
who Is taking a mining course at Mi
chigan School of Mines, also wan nt
his mother's bedsldo when the end
Mrs. Bayless last visited here with
her husband am? uaugjiier. aune An
na Bayless, nearly "four years ago.
Mrs. Hinson had never been to AlaBka.
Sho-was tho wife of a prominent Bal
* * ?> * ? ? *
? 800 ARE ENTOMBED. ?
? TOKIO, Dec. 16.?Bight hun- *
? dred Japancso. miners wero
+ Imprisoned when an explosion, *
+ caused by fire-damp, wrecked. +
?> the workings of tho Fukuota * '
? colllory into last night. Res- ?
?b cuo crews are at work. 4
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,% .j, ,j, A 4. # J. a, 4. 4. ?|.
CUBAN GENERAL DIES.
HAVANA, Dec. 15.?General Joso
J. Moutcguado, commander in chiof of
tho Cuban army, died today.
"FIVE BILLION" CROPS.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 15.?Tho de
partment of agrlculturo today an
nounced that crops this yoar wore
valued at five billions of dollars.
SEIZE WAR PRIZE.
LONDON. Dec. 15.?Lloyds has an
nounced that tho Norwegian steam
ship Ran, which reached Liverpool
Nov. 29 from New New York, hao
boon taken into custody by tho British
authorities as a prize. She was load
ed by Barber & Co., the cargo in
cluding cottonsocd products, copper
and leather, part for Liverpool "and
tho remainder for Gothonborg and
PARISH SAYS UNITED STATES
FAVORED ENGLAND'S CAUSE
( BOSTON, Dec. 15.?It is published
here that Sir George Parish, arriving
in London, romnrked that ho might
make another trip to this country.
He was most struck, he said, with
unanimity of feeling in this country
in favor of Great Britain's caoo.
NEW YORK, Dec. 15.?A London
cable says: The movement in favor
of conscription in Great Britain pro
gresses rapidly. Men who are in closo
touch with public sentiment are pre
dicting that it will come before
ON TRAM CASE.
KETCHIKAN, Dec. 8.?Judge Thos.
R. Lyons and Maurice D. Loohey ar
rived up on the Evans this morning.
They camo on business connected
with tho suit of the old Brown Ala
ska company against tho Granby Con
solidated Smelting, Mining & Power
company to prevent tho latter con
cora operating an ncrial tram acrouG
tbo property of tho former. Tho case
promises to be- an interesting, one.
BERLIN, Dec. 15.?Newspapers In
Vienna today published reports of a
Russian mutiny before the besieged
fortress of Przemysl. One newspaper
said: "Several battalions aro known
to have been cent away In fetters, to
prison camps near Pctrograd."
German Offlcors Die.
Tho war office announced today
that Lieutenant Goncral Strcck, for
mer inspector general of ordnanco,
had died from wounds received at
Ypres, and the newspapers an
nounced the death on tho battlefield
of General Von Brlesen, commander
of an infantry division, and Major
General A. Von Martin.
GERMANS ESCAPE INTERNE
CAMP BUT ARE 8ENT BACK
ZEVENHAR, Holland, Dec. 15?Two
Gorman officers, who had been pris
oners hero, and~who violated their pa
role by escaping across the border In
to Germany, rcturnod today to the In
torno camp. They said their govern
ment ordered them back.
BRITISH AIRMEN SHOW
DESIRE FOR WARFARE
LONDON. Doc. ID.?A British offl
cor and his mechanic, who had bocn
compelled to . descend upon tho sea
wheu'Uitlr motor bt'Camo dis
abled. were pteSfed. up yestcrdajpin
the North Sea . by the stoamship Or
The aviators refused to loavo their
craft until they were assured they
would not bo interned in Holland.
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* RUSSIAN RESERVES *
* ARE CALLED *
* PETROGRAD, Dec. 15.?Ow- 4>
*? tag fo tho gigantic German
<? military oporationa in Poland, +
which have coot tho Russians <?
* thousands of men, a call was +
* mado totlay for 1,000,000 rosorv- - ?
0. * + .;.
TELLS OF RESOURCES
BERLIN, Dee. 15.?Spoakor Kaompf,
of tho Reichstag, announced today
that 69 mombors are seeing active ser
vice. Moro than 2,000,000 Germans
have offered their services as volun
teers, but only a fraction haB so far
Germany has plenty of men, ho
Before tho Landsturm was called
out for war Germany mado her next
soason's food supply secure so far as
she could by having mon harvest win
ter whoat crops.
JAPS AID RUSSLVNS
BERLIN, Dec. 15.?According to dis
patches from tho eastern theatre, re
ports that Japanese are fighting with
tho Russians have been confirmed.
Export Japaneso artillerymen are
manning some of the big guns In the
Russian artillery sections. Moro Jap
anese troops are reported on their1
way to tho Russian front via Trans
BRITISH TROOPS TO
TRAIN IN EGYPT
LONDON, Dec. 15?Tho government
press bureau has announced that a
contingent of Australian and New
Zealand troop3 has been landed In
Egypt. They will remain there until
their training Is finished; when .they
will bo transported- to France.
INCOME TAX TO GET
LOST VODKA REVENUE
PETROGRAD, Dec. 16. ? It I s ru
mored that Russia may Impono a tem
porary lncomo tax to balanco the loss
to the government of too rovenuo for
merly derived from the sale of vodka.
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REDMOND REPORTED IN ARMY.
LONDON, Dec: 16.?A rumor its cir
culation Sn Parliamentary circles to
the effect that John Redmond, the Ir
ish Nationalist leader has bcon given
a commission In the army and that
ho will soon leavo for the front,
MOSLEMS IN REVOLT;
AUSTRIA ASKS PEACE?;
BELGRADE IS RETAKEN
BERLIN, Dec. 15.?Authoritative reports today from Con
stantinople say that a Mohammedan uprising has occurred in
the Caucasus, armed Russian Moslems deserting and joing the
Turkish troops in their war against the Muscovites.
It is declared that the Moslems have unitedly declared their
intention of waging war against Russia. Priests have aided in
the agitation, it is said.
"TURKEY FORCED INTO WAR."
An olhcial dispatch from the Turkish capital says the Sul
tan declared his country had been forced into the European war
by attacks from the allies, in a speech delivered at the opening
of the Turkish parliament today.
It is officially denied in Constantinople that the Turkish
battleship Messudich was sunk in the Dardanelles.
Berne, Dec. 15.?That Austria has made tentative peace
proposals to Russia was asserted by Swiss newspapers today.
LONDON, Dec. 15.?The recapture of their capital, Belgrade,
by the Servians, the retreat of Russian arms in Western Galicia,
the intimation from St. Petersburg that Germany is seeking the
aid of Sweden, and reports of only slight changes in Poland and
the Western war theatre, summed up the situation as the 135th
day of the European war arrived today.
BELGRAD AGAIN SERBS'.
All dispatches agree that the Servians re-entered Belgrade
only after one of the bloodiest mass attacks of the fighting in
the Balkans. The Austrians were driven out after having occu
pied the city for two weeks. Vienna declares successes in West
ern Galicia compensate Austria for the losses the army sus
tained at Belgrade, and declares that her troops have occupied
Dukla, where several thousand Russians were taken prisoner.
The official report says the pursuit of the Russians has com
menced, all attacks of the enemy having been beaten down.
SWEDEN IN THE LIMELIGHT.
"Systematic attempts on the part of Germany to force Swe
den into the war as an ally of the Kaiser has led the Stockholm
cabinet to consult with Denmark and Norway regarding a joint
formula for the guarantee of the independence of the three na
tions," says a Petrograd dispatch to The Mail.
It is believed in London that the Swedes will enforce their
neutrality at any cost.
TO HOLD WAR COUNCIL.
A dispatch from Copenhagen this afternoon reads as fol
lows: "At the invitation of the latter, King Gustave of Sweden,
and King Haakon of Norway will meet King Frederick of Den
mark Friday and Saturday at Malmoe, Southern Sweden, to
discuss affairs of common interest which have arisen as a re
sult of the war. The three kings will be accompanied by their
ministers of foreign affairs, and by their secretaries-"
FRENCH RETAIN POSITIONS.
An official communication issued in Paris by the war office
this morning says the French troops have retained the Terri
tory won two weeks ago in the Yser Canal district, and have con
tinued an advance in the Argcnnc forests, west of Hellcbrake.
WATCH NEXT RUSSIAN MOVE.
A Times dispatch from Petrograd says: "The German inva
sion reached its crest Saturday. Having failed to undermine
and overthrow the Russian wall, the invaders have now ceased
to threaten further inroads into Poland and interest is stimu
lated in the next move of the Russian staff."
THOUGH NOT WOUNDED
PARIS,, Dec. 15.?Medical men arc
interested In number of curious cases
In the military hospital. It Is reported
from Lyons that soldiers aro under
troatmont, who have been struck deaf,
dumb and blind by explosion of shells,
although not wounded. There aro
cases at Dunkirk where nmnesla was
produced by eholl explosions.
SUEZ CANAL HALTED?
CAIRO, Doc. 15.?British military
authorities have flooded tho desert
east of Port Said for many miles, pre
venting a Turkish attack in that quar
(Port Sald ;ljes at the northern end
of fb.-vSuez canal, where It jqlns the
Mediterranean'. It?. la on tho western
edgy of' the Arabjfch desert.)
British ' military aeroplanes are
making constant flights over tho Si
nai peninsula. They report no sign of
the Turks. It in believed the Turkish j
. advancu against the Suez canal has
REQUESTS EOR SHIPS
WASHINGTON, Dec. 15.?President
Wilson met with his Cabinet this af
ternoon to discuss the renewed' re
quest of Governor George W. Gooth
als, of Panama, for destroyers to
guard tho neutrality of tho United
States at tho Panama Canal, whero
representatives of the warring nations ?
aro said to have overstepped tho limi
tations of wireless telegraphy.
CANADA FACES DEFICIT;
WILL HAVE TO BORROW
MONTREAL, Dec. 15.?Minister of
Finance White announced today to
tho newspapers that Canada probably
will havo to borrow a hundred million
dollars annually during the duration
of the war.
CABINET TO MEET.
PARIS, Dec. 15.?Tho French Cabi
net has been called to meet in extra
ordinary session in Paris, Dec. 22nd.
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