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SAFE-CRACKERS GET $1,000 HAUL IN DOUGLAS ADMIRAL LINER IS DAMAGED : SEATTLE, Dec. 17.?While enter ing the harbor at Port Graham. South western Alaska, at S o'clock Monday evening, the Pacific Alaska Naviga tion Company's steel steamship Ad miral Evans struck an uncharted rock and toro a small hole In her forward collision bulkhead. The Admiral Evans was beached at Port Graham and temporary repairs wero made. Tho vessel left after a short delay and a wire to the offices of tho company says sho lost no time In reaching Seward, from whence she sailed South at 1 o'clock this morn ing. Tho vessel was under command of Captain Edward Klckman. She had gone to Port Graham to load sal mon. V? iw yWi w??ummvanvu ?? Port Graham, news of the accident did not reach the offices of the ves sel's owners-twtll this morning. Damage Is Slight. A wire from the Seward agency of the Admiral line was received by Local Agent George J. McCarthy this morning, confirming the sailing of the Evans, Southbound, from Soward at 1 o'clock this morning. 'The EvanB was not damaged seriously." the wire stated, "and is able to steam at full speed." POTTSVILLE, PENNA., HAS CONFLAGRATION POTTS VILLE, Pa., Dec. 17.?Fire' which broke out in a basement early this morning wiped out the entire! business section of the city, and en tailed a loss of two millions of dol lars. ? , ? "SEA SAFETY" WRIT RATIFIED BY SENATE WASHINGTON. Dec. 17.?The Unit ed States Sonato yesterday ratified a resolution passed before aJ'sea safe ty" convention at London, affecting ships of all nations. AMERICAN GIRL TO WED HOHENZOLLERN WASHINGTON. Dec. 17.?The en-| gagement of Elizabeth, daughter of' Richard B. Rodgers, and Prince Chris-; tlan. a nephew of Emperor William, of Germany, was announced here to-: day. DARING BANDIT ALMOST GETS AWAY WITH $20,000 CINCINNATI, Dec. 17.?An auto bandit held up four Cincinnati banks j at noon today and secured $20,000. While trying to escape he had a pis tol duel with a policeman, and was mortally wounded. The officer is dy ing. FIFTEEN TRANSPORTS DAILY FROM GREAT BRITAIN HAVRE. Dec. 17.?An illustration of the great number of men England is j sending to the front Js shown in a J report Issued today which says that on an average, fifteen British army transports daily arrive here, with; large numbers of troops from South-; hampton and other English cities. SINGING OF "TIPPERARY" FORBIDDEN IN THE NAVY SEATTLE. Dec. 17.?A special to the Post Intelligencer from Washing ton says the United States War De partment has issued orders forbidding naval apprentices singing "It's a Long Way To Tipperary." the battlo song of the Allies in France. TO SAIL ON "SEATTLE" SEATTLE, Dec. 17.?Juneau passen gers booked to sail on the steamship City of Seattle tonight include M. Ab raxas, Edward Worsten, and J. A. Gray blU. TO REMOVE MINES SEATTLE, Dec. 17.?It is announc ed at Vancouver the Canadian gov ernment will remove the-mineo. plant ed in Seymour Narrows because c-f fear of German naval raids, by .the latter part of the weeh. THE WEATHER TODAY. Maximum?34. Minimum?26. Clear. [PROBE LAVISH CHARITY DENVER, Dec. 1?.?Frank P. Walsh member of the federal commission on Industrial relations announced to day that tho commission would meet on January 11, In Now York, to begin an investigation of tho alleged schem ing distribution of large institutional charities and benevolences. Walsh declares tho charge has been! mado that largo charities have been: dispensed by the Rockefeller and Sage foundations in "an effort to perpet uate the present position of predatory wealth through the corruption of pub lic sources of information." Ho de clares if tho charges are carefully ana lyzed the foundations would be found to constitute a "national menaoo." jU. S. S. TACOMA TO CANAL ZONE WASHINGTON, Dec. 17.?Tho Unit ed States cruiser Tacoma lato yoster I day was ordered to tho Panama Can I al zone to "protect United States neu trality as directed by Governor George W. Gocthals, of tho zone." Tho cruis er left Guanatanamo, Cuba, early this I morning for Cristobal. The Department of tho nr.vy stated I that unless Governor Gocthals asks for more warships, none will be cent, at least for tho present. GOVERNOR IN SEATTLE, WILL SAIL ON MONDAY SEATTLE, Dec. 17.?Govornor and Mrs. J. F. A. Strong, of Alaska, will arrive here tomorrow from San Fran cisco, and expect to sail for Juneau Monday night on the Jefferson. BARGE OPERATIONS TO GYPSUM RESUMED 't' SEATTLE, Dec. 11.?Operation of its big barges between Gypsum, Ala ska, and Tacoma was resumed today by tho Alaska Barge company, which temporarily discontinued the service following tho loss of tho barge James Drummond in October The Palmyra, which took the Druininond's place, sail ed at noon today for tho North in tow of tho tug Tatoosh, of tho Pugot Sound Tugboat Company. On her ar rival at Gypsum, the tug will find tho barge SL James waiting to be towed down with a full cargo of gyp3um. The gypsum mine Is operated by the Pacific Coast Gypsum Company In conection with its Tacoma plant. Ad vantago was taken of the lull to tune up the machinery at both the mine and the plant Tho Palmyra is tak ing lumber, supplies and additional machinery to the mine at Gypsum. SUES FOR LIFE LOST IN PRINCESS WRECK SEATTLE, Dec. 10.?Seeking to re cover damages In the sum of >2,000, Theodore Kckcr, father of Walter Ed ward Rekor, wireless operator on hoard the steamship Admiral Samp son, which was sunk In Puget Sound on August 26. following a collision with the steamship Princess Victoria, has begun suit in the federal court against the Canadinn Pacific Railway Sompany, owner of tho Princess Vic toria. Reker alleges that the death of his son was due to the negligence of the officers of the Princess Vic toria in falling to navigate tho vessel! with proper caution. ON THE ALAMEDA SEATTLE, Dec. 17.?Tho stcamor Alameda sailed for the north last ev ening with the following Juneau pas sengers: Mrs. Bert Howdeshell, Marie Johns, C. W. Garfiold, J. G. Shepard, Miss E. Smith. Mrs. J. B. Jackson, Vivian Har-j iris. D. Griffith. Carl Mathison, J. V, Cunnano, A. A. Humphrey, Royal A. J Gunnison. Mrs. R. Scannon, Mary Bur ;gcn. Harry Judd, wife and baby, Vio let Morris, Stephen Carlson, D. W. Burtschell. James Hurley, soeretary to Super intendent Jackson of tho Perseverance mine, leaves this afternoon for the South, to spend the holidays in Seat tle. NO SANTA GENEVA, Dec, 17.?From all over Switzerland comes news that the Swiss pross have editorially asked "why the Unltod Stotec forgot Swiss children In the distribution of Christ mas gifts in Europe." It 1ft argued that Switzerland has suffered great loss in business ob a roault of the war, and tho oxpenso oi koplng its army in a state of mobili zation has been a heavy drain on the treasury of tho Republic. Consoquont ly, the journals say, tho Swiss chil dren will far? no hotter at Christmas this year than tho children of any other neutral nation In Europe. The Now York World"? Christmas ship has arrived in French and Eng lish waters, and tho collier Jason al so brought thousands of presents for tho children in Franco, Germany, Bel glum, Austria, Russia, England, Scr) via, and Montenegro. GOVERNOR PARDONS YOUNG BREAD EARNER COMERVILLE, N. J., Doc. 17.?Gov ernor Fioldor has ordered the releaso of Oscar Phlllipson, the 19-year-old youth who was sentenced to servo 120 days In Jail for killing a rabbit In his own back yard. Tho lad was the main support of his widowed mother and his two Uttlo sinters. Game Warden - Hoblitzoll' arrested tho boy for killing a rabbit out of season. A petition aigned by a large number of prominent people of New York and New Jersey was sent to tho gover nor. EMDEN SAILORS LIVE EVEN WITH REPUTATION MANILA, Doc. 17.?It is rumored hero that forty men who escaped from tho sinking German cruiser Emdcn, when the vessel was shelled by the Australian cruiser Sydney off tho Co cos Islands, havo captured a collier, and with auxiliary guns mounted on her decks hav6 taken Bcvoral mer chant vessels belonging to tho Al lies. "GOD PUNISH ENGLAND" IS GERMAN'S PRAYERS ?*? AMSTERDAM, Dec. 16.?A letter from a Landwohr officer In a German newspaper says the form of greeting now among German officers is: "God punlBh England." Tho reply Is: "May Ho punish England." GERMAN OFFICERS COMMAND CRACOW PETROGARD, Dec. 17. ? Gorman oUlcers arc said to bo In supremo com mand at Cracow. They aro placing machine guns, light artillery and wire less apparatus. It is reported, on tho cathedral and other historical edifices, drawing the Are of the Russians to theso buildings. LACK OF BAIT TIE8 UP FISHING SCHOONERS WRANGELL. Dec. 11 ?Lack of bait has tied up 100 Ashing schoonoraN near Wrangell Narrows. Horrlng are used for bait and tho horring aro not running. Most of the halibut schooners were lying idle un til a run of herring comes. Several of tho boats put back to Juneau, whero the Juneau Cold Storago Co. has a large supply of frozen bait on hand. It is thought that a large run of hor ring will strike in when warmer weather comes. Gowoy Shopard, a Stanford Univer sity student, is on his way homo to spend the holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Shepard. ? iimM DOUGLAS, Doc; 17,?Douglas Ids ? night was tho Mecca for thieve;: 'am 1 safo breakors?two robberies and ai i attempted burglary being reported t< ? the polico tblr; nornlng. The firs and moat sorlous 'Of tho robberies-.c-e i currcd at the Krbnqulst Grocery or St. Ann Avenue ? sometime bctwtiei ' one and two o'clock this morning and tho second a llttlo later at Smlth'i ' Drug Store near tho ferry approach Tho attempted burglary was at thr Corbett Boarding Houso botweou thro< and four o'clock. Tho robbors gained bccosb to Kron quist's storo through a window In the rear wbcro Mr. Kronqnist has his t>rl vato office, and after blowing the safo with hitroglicorlno rifled it ol its contents and ipado their cscaupc through another wjndow. 1 m' " *W# KAkhOm' ?"ll I 1I1U iirttl- &UUWU UlU IVUUU^i nui. when Mr. Kronquitt's brotlicr opened the store this morning at 7 o'clock ? Jtte. went into the offlco and saw a heavy object on '.the floor covorcd with a couplo of quilts, and thinking that the robber had been killed by tho explosion, he raised the alarm-and called his brother, who lives near the store. Upon Investigation it was discovered that what was taken for tho body of a man was- in reality a sack of onions the robbers had placed In front of the safe to deaden the noise of the explosion. A sack ol rice had also been placed 011 top ol the safe to break tho shock as well. Debris was scattered all over tho room and a few dishes on a tablo noar by were broken. Mr. Kronqulst stated this morning that his loss, so far as he can tell at present, was about $900, of which $707 was cash. He stated that tho robbers also got away with two gold watchos, one gold chain and three gold rings as well as somo valuable papers. The reason for so much mon ey being in tho safe was that yester day was pay day at Trcadwell and a number of Mr. Kronquist's customore paid their month's bills,, but ho had not closed tho storo until 9:30 last night and that It was then too lato j to lake tho money to tho bank. Rov. Owen Umstcad, who resides near tho store said that ho hoard the noise of the explosion between one and two o'clock this morning, but did not pay any attention to it as ho often heara blasting at night time. Smith's E)rug Store was entered through a window nt tho rear, by cut ting tho lower pane from the sash. The safe is immediately in front of tho window, but evidently tho man did not have time to touch the Bafo and so confined himself to tho cash register, from which he took $15. Tho loss at tho Drug Storo includes flvo gold and silver safety razors, eleven fountain pons and two manicure sots. Tho loss to the drug store In all will probably amount to $75. A man also entered tho- Corbott I Boarding House and made his way to tho room of Eli Jarvl between iwo and thrco o'clock and when asked his business by Mr. Jarvl ho stated ho liv ed thero. Mr. Jarvl told him that ho know everyone In the houso and that he did not know him. The man then left the room and went down into tho dining room whero ho was finally scared away. Officers, both federal and civil, aro working on tho case's. MILLION CHRISTMAS TREES ON WAY WEST ItUTHLAND, Vti Dec. lTV-Ship ment of 1,000,900 Christmas" troes from this State to city markets'in other parts~of tho couu'try is about over. Within" the last two or three days Boveral carloads of evergreens ] have been started on thoir- way to points west of Chicago., PniMMii11111x111111111*1 miiim i n iH"!"iH-H ;; There is a movement on foot among the businessmen of :; Juneau to start a Citizens' Light & Power Company, accord: ;; ing to the statement this afternoon of a/do\viito\Vn'; tid& " " "The object of the plant," said The Empire's inform- II ant, "primarily is to secure a reduction in the rates now >I "! paid for light and power in Juneau." ?? i" "We are not'quite ready to announce full details," he ?? ?? said, "but the plant is a certainty." ;; 'i i: 111 H-I-H-H-W 11 M .i i:: .4 | lit WAR t DOUGLAS, Dec. 17.?Aftor a long I im?l perilous journey of 8,000 miles i from war-torn Europo to Alaska, Mrs. > Joaoph Itiedl, with her throo children, t arrived on tho Jefferson yesterday mornln'g to rojoin her husband, i Mrs. Uledl has been tr&vollqg olnco i tho 23rd of November, when she loft , Magcnliblm, her paronts* homo In Al j saco, ror Douglas. Tho routo of travel . taken by Mrs. Riedl was through Hoi ) land, as it Is almost Impossible to > loavo Gormany by any other route, sho said. Relatives at Front. 1 "Tho condition/! In Buropo," said ? Mrs. Ricdl this morning, "aro such ' that a person, not brought fnco to : face with them Is unable to even > Imagine that they aro liko. Evory family in Germany has. ono or more ; near and dear relatives at the front 1 and' the work formerly dono by the ? ablo bodied mon has to bo done by ; those who are unable to shoulder a gun. I, mysolf, have four brothors ' and a nophpw in tho German army fighting for the Fatherland. The wives ' and children of tho soldiers, kowover, '. 'are fairly well taken caro of by tho ;j government ?tho women rccoiving ';nlno marks (?2.2G) and each child I five marks per month for malntain ! anco. Although tboro Is plenty of foodstulXs in tho country at the pre sent time, ovcry precaution. In taken for tho future1 ration:* of the people In case of a long war. The popular belief is that tho war will last two years more but tho pcoplo of Al sace would welcome the end of tho war no matter who wins, as tho sol diers take evorything In sight and tho peoplo arc forblddon to tako oven white bread but must uso black bread made of the coarsest kind of flour. Great System Shown. "Germany has systemized every thing. There Is foodstuff sot apart for uso as It Is needed that will sus tain the entire population for a per iod of flvo years, and thoro Is iron and steel at hand with which arms and ammunition' may bo mado in groat quantity for tho next threo i vcars. . "The crops woro divided so as to provide u'galnst hungor if the war should continue long. As soon as the harvest was over, tho family wa3 per mitted to retain what was necessary for its own consumption until time for another crop to bo harvested. Seed was left to provide for the next year's crop, arid -the romalndor was takon over by tho government; but it was paid for by tho government. This surplus has been put aside and will be used only when noccsaity re quires it for the sustenance of tho nation. "Everything is being conserved. It ; is an oifouso againHt tho law to kill a calf In Germany. Neither can a milch cow bo butchered until after she has become useless as such. Stock is being conserved an Is everything else, and there .will bo plenty of meat two, three, four or even flvo years from now, no mnttor how tho bat tles go. "Sentiment Divided. When aBkcd if the German people aB a whole .woro In sympathy with tho German cause, Mrs. Rlcdi stated - tliat she did not know much of tho sentiment of tho. Gormans at largo but that the sentiment Ib vor>* much divided in Alsace and Lorraine as the bulk of tho population In th030 provinces arc of French descent Mrs. Ricdl intimated, that Holland will, sooner or later, be drawn Into tho ombrogllo. Sho said that officers on the Holland liner on which she returned to Amorica talked as if any day they might hear news that Hol land had gono to'wnr." "Over half' a million soldiers have been lost by tho' Germans olnce tho war began," continued Mrs. Riedl, "and just before I loft a.call was .made for boys of 16 years and upward, and nlso'for the able-bodied men of J. a person to reside, during the pros ent troublous'times is, tho Impression left with a person who talks over tho war for v. fow mluntcs with Mrs. Ricdi, who has boon trying to return slnco.the war broke out on August 1st. Deputy Marshal II. J. Wallace took passage on tho Jefferson for his home in Wrangell SLAUGHTER IS r- WITHOUT END LONDON, Dec. 17.?A semioffic ial statement from Berlin this after noon speaks confidently of the situa tion In the Eust "The Austrlans have achieved their first actual suc cess against the Russians, in the last few days of the fighting In Western Galfcfa," is says, "and Petrograd ad mits tho German flanking movements threaten the Russian lines of com munication, making it necessary for the Russians to draw back their lines In certain sections." CADETS LOSE LIVES ROME, Dec. 17.?A Trieste official has announced the blowing up and sinking of the Austrian training ship Beethoven, with the loss of the crew and all cadets aboard. The Beethov en etruck a mine In the Adriatic. BERLIN, Dec. 17.?The War Office announces: "The Russian offenslvo against Silesia and Posen has been completely broken down in the whole of Poland. The enemy was forced to retreat after a fierce and stubborn frontal battle, and is being pursued everywhere. LONDON, Dec. 17.?With tho Eur opean war brought to England's very hearth by the German fleet yester- j day, little nows from tho battloflclds i was posted today. A dispatch from Home, made public ? early today, says It Is admitted In t>*nf rinr(n<r thn battle near V HTUiiU kUUk uu. ...n ??-7 Belgrade tho Austrian killed and wounded numborcd 100,000 men. The Servians have retaken much of the territory lost by them during tho Aus trian advance. Turks Bombarded. A dispatch from Athens says the British squadron bombarded Turkish troops concentrated on the coast of tho Gulf of Saros, on an arm of tho Aogean Sea, Sunday. The pofnt of tho attack was North of the Dardan elles. No Peace Asked. It Is officially denied In Petrogrnd that Austria had asked Russia for her terms of peaco. A dispatch from 3erlln, via Amster dam. declares tho Austrian genera! staff roports the capture of 31,000 Rus sian prisoners In West Galicia. New Battles Develop In the East new battles are devel oping, with a fledco battle raging on the Vistula river. The armies arc described as "surging back and forth," with littlo successes on cadi side. In tho West the Allies have moved up slightly, siidjJJRtle activity is re ported. r.-I" M'lytfcacks of tho Ger mans In the and Alsace are said by Paris tpDiavo been repulsed. ARGENTINE CRUISER SEIZES GERMAN SHIP LONDON, Dec. 17.?A dispatch re ceived' today . from tho British em bassy at Buenos Ayres says the Ar gentine cruiser Pucrredon seized the Gorman steamship Patagonia in the Gulf of San Jorge, after a hot chase. The Patagonia had violated Argen tina's neutrality, It is said. CIVILIAN DEATH LIST LEFT IN WAKE Of RAID STIRS BRITON TO ACTION BERLIN, Dec. 17.?The War Office's official statement on the coup of the German fleet off the English coast, is in part, as follows: "Our high seas fleet made an attack on the North east coast of England on the morning of the Sixteenth, bombarding the coast ports of Scarborough and Hartle pool, both of which are partly fortified. Regarding our further course of actJon no information can yet b!: given." I LONDON, Dec. 17.?Four British merchant vessels i were . J sunk during the night by coming in contact with floating inines presumably strewn at sea by the German raiders which yester day bombarded three coast cities and escaped back acrosjs the North Sea. Three of the vessels went down off Flamborough, w^iile a fourth, the steamship Princess Olga, sank off Scarborough at 4 o'clock this morning. The Princess Olga was bound for (Aber deen, Scotland, when she struck a contact mine. Her creV/ was rescued, but many of her passengers were drowned. The, num ber of casualties in the sinking of the three vessels off Fla'mbor- - ough Head, could not be learned up until 11 o'clock this morn ing. ; Cruisers rvov ounn ? It was officially denied this; morn ing that two of tho German cjulsers had been aunk yesterday. None of tho attackers were captured. ?. in cold figures, tho casualties In tho bombarded English cities Vcrc 74 killed and 145 wounded. At 'Hartle pool, where 55 wore killed and 115 ; wounded, fifteen school boys woro killed by tho bursting of a single shell. Another shell wrecked a build ing five miles from shore. Only two persons wero killod at Whitby, but 17 were killed and SO wounded at Scarborough. England Is Active. Bristling with wrath and resont mcnt at the attack on tho thrco un fortified cities, Great Britain Is astir today as never before during tho war. Another rnld is confidently expected and the entire machinery* of the home dbfen80 has been put into motion. A fleet of steam trawlers have been dis patched to sweep tho North Sea of mines scattered by tho German cruis ers In their return to Heligoland and on tho East and Southeast coasts of England emergency committees arc at work. Women Would Fight In. London, companies of women vol unteer reserves aro being formed, and their services will bo offered to tho Crown, If required. Plans to organize a naval guard composed of mon too . old for military service, aro under way and groat activity Is being taken In naval clrclos. Although to the British mind, a raid on London seems remote, yesterday's opieodo drove home tho stern realities of war as little elso could, and no chances will he taken. Defense Is Planned ArrangemonLs havo been made at' Deal arid., Dover to expedite tho rmov al of the civilian population In caso of an attack on London. Tho meas ures aro primarily to forestall any panic or congestion on tho railroads and thoroughfares which might Im pede military movements. Tho British Cabinet was called to day in session, to discuss tho cvonls of yesterday. FRANCE WANTS RELIEF FOR TRAMPLED ZONES PARIS, Dec. 16.?Members of tho cabinet of President Poincare have de cided to ask Parliament to appropriate $60 000,000 for tho relief of the peoplo In tho departments of France which v, ere occupied by tho German army, of invasion, only to bo evacuated during tho "past six weeks. RUSSIA AIDS ENGLAND TO MEET OBLIGATIONS * LONDON, Dec. 16.?England has ar- ? ranged to receive $100,000,000 from Russia] of which $40,000,000 is in gold, to meet its obligations, Lord Asqulth lias declared.