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SLAUGHTER REPORT? j LONDON, Dec. 24,?The annlhllla- J tlon of the 26th Austrian Infantry bri gade is claimed in official dispatches received today from Petrogr.id One account says the Russians sur- ' prised the Austrian*, and before the ] latter coulo retreat the fire from a J regiment of machine guns was poured , into their ranks. The entire brigade ' met death. The coup took place South J of To mow. In Use East the supremo effort of ^ the German troops continues to be J made before "Warsaw, where the Ger- J man center is ranged. The Russian army Is fighting desperately to check j an advance and the armies are re-j ported to be swaying back and forth! along the banks of the three rivers! I barring the way to the Polish capi-j t&L In Gaiicia the Austro-German forces j have made no farther progress and In ( the North of Poland the Russians are v officially reported to have pushed the; ^ invaders farther back into East Prus-j 1 LONDON. Dec. 24.?The United;! Press agency declares offenslvo move-! meats aro being pushed by the Al-j lies. In the West, by the Russians in; East Prussia and Gallcla, and by the < Germans In Poland. J Before Cracow the Russians havo 1 been driven back by" the Germans. . - King Albert Fighting * Albert. King of tho Belgians, is now established in West Flanders. The King Is said to have recently given 1 out a statement in which he thanked I the American people for their gener osity In sending aid to his strickon peo ple. In praise of his soldiers, the King said: "1 believe my army is courag- 1 cous. In one of those terrible sieges In the trenches along the Yser canal ' 1 know 700 of my soldiers were killed ; outright. I believe our army saved 1 Dunkirk and Calais from capture by the Germans." AUSTRIAN IS VICTIM ( OF HAYESPORT FIRE , PRINCE RUPERT. B. C., Dec. 14.? Haysport, ihts flourishing little fishing town on the G. T. P., 23 miles from here, suffered from a bad firo Satur day night, the hotel being destroyed. Tony Barichievlqh, an Austrian em ployee of the Skecna River fisheries, was burned to death. The fire start- . td in the Imperial Hotel, which was ' completely gutted. Three other build- , ing s including tho. government tele- . graph office, were in great danger. The cold storage plant was saved. Harry Shcere, the manager of the company, was in Prince Rupert Sat urday. leaving that morning for Hayes port. A powerfuf northeast wind was blowing, and as there was no fire protection, the blaze made rapid head way. Fortunately, however, the wind shift ed. The Imperial Hotel contained twenty rooms. . The telegraph opera tor stuck to his. post, until driven by flamcs to safer quarters. FAIRBANKSAN. SAYS tOLOVANA IS GOOD VALDEZ. Doc. 11.?C. E. Bunnell re ceived a telegram, this morning from Fred Martin, of Fairbanks, who has Just returned from the.Tolovana strike, that the district was as good as re ported and that It would be one of the very largest producers of gold in Alaska as soon as the development wcrk now under way was completed i' .he indications for big pay con t - d. argc number of miners and pros 1 "? -rs have gone into the district : . -e working upon the claims they Seated.?(The Prospector.) TO VISIT SISTER .3 Alice Jordison leaves on the .**: <.da tonight' for Ketchikan to r d the holidays with her.^dgtpr, *'s Robert Graham. Miss Jordfcson a turn to Juneau about Jaduarv -/ ic. v- . THE WEATHER TODAY. Maximum.?32. ?-Minimum?25. Clear. SAYS CHOLERA HAS DEVELOPED AMSTERDAM, Dec. 24.?Cholera has proken out In Germany and Austrc EJungary, according to a Berlin dec patch to the Telegraph. It says that 1$ cases have been found In Gormany tnd 1400 In Austra-Hungry, whoro 331 loaths have already occurred. ????*?*?*?+?*+?+ y O E- FLOODS DO DAMAGE * > -4? ? ? TUSCON. Art.. Dec. 24.? * !? From Phoenix to tho American <? !? border, floods have laid a wldo ? ? section waste. A numbor of * .? persons have been drowned and 4? i> tho property damage Is estl- * y mated to be several millions of 4* dollars. Traffic Is demoralized. * y <? . > ?> ?!? r ?><??> + 4 v * HVE BURN TO DEATH IN NEW YORK FIRE NEW YORK. Dec. 24.?Mrs. Mary ?orso. her three children and a niece vcre burned to death today In a fire vhlch destroyed a large apartment iousc. The victims were trapped and :ould not escapo. > MRS, MARY CARROL TREADWELL POSTMISTRESS WASHINGTON, Dec. 24.?The name j >f Mrs. Mary Carrol, of Treadwell, Alaska, to be postmistress at tliatj place, vlco Elna Olson, resigned, was; Yesterday sent to the Senate by Presl lent Wcodrow Wilson. Mrs. Carrol is tho widow of a for nor employee of the Treadwell Com pany, who died nearly two years ago. LOOK WHO'S HERE1 BARCELONIA. Spain. Dec. 24.?Vic :oriano Huerta, formerly dictator of Mexico, said today that ho did not pare to interfere In Mexican affairs, md that ho was not going to return Co the land of his nativity. PROHIBITION BEATEN WELLINGTON, N. Z., Dec. 24.? Complete election return3 show that rational prohibition has been defeated by a largo majority. ORDERS FOR CANS. PHILADELPHIA. Dec. 24.?Orders placed hero since the outbreak of the European conflict have been augment ed by another for 15,000,000 cans, for x meat-packing house in the West which holds a $6,000,000 contract to supply canned meat to the Allies. The order was given to the American Co. Sulzberger & Son Co. placed an order for 6,000,000 cans, early last week. " ? " SEWARD MAGISTRATE BALKS AT WOMEN FINES SEWARD, Dec. 15.?City Magistrate Carl Alroy has taken the stand that It is ?wholly improper for the city of Seward to practically license unfortu nate women by continuing the practice of fining them monthly. Magistrate Almy said to a representative of the "Gateway" to-day, "I do not bollevo that Seward should continue to bo a partner in any such business. Almost j all cities have long ago abandoned the practice of fining unfortunate women while winking at their continuing their mode of life. It is unfortunately true that all cities have questionable re sorts. If the citizens of Seward want to mako the attempt to drive out tho few unfortunate women who are here, I will most certainly do whatever it may be incumbent on me to do. But so long as I remain City Magistrate of Seward I must rofuso to fine women for leading an immoral life. If any such women are guilty of any breach of the peace or of any other offense except that of being In tho class call ed fallen women' I shall fine them. "I have no desire to enter into any discussion concerning the social ovil; most people of mature Judgment have opinions on the subject It is difficult if not impossible, to expel such women from a community but nothing can excuse taking their money while still allowing their so-called business to continue." Henry Roden, former Sonator from Iditarod. took passage on -tho Al-Kl for Seattle. He expects to roturn tp Juaccu la about 3ix woolyj. ERA HERE NEW YORK. Doc. 2i.?Charles M. Schwab, president of the Bethlehem Stool Company, returned yostfcrday from London, where, it is understood, ho communicated to the allied govern ments the decision of tho United StateH government, that orders for submarines for the Allies shall not bo filled in this country. Mr. Schwab said othor contracts placed by tho warring nations would bring to tho United States the great est kind of prosperity in ItB history. Ho said tbo belligerents already had spent three hundred millions in the United States. WILSON LAUDED BY SEWARDITES Undor tho headline "Congratulate the President; People Feel That Coal Tests Havo Proved His Wisdom." J. J. McGrath, writing in the Soward Gateway says: "The result of tho tests of tho Mata nnska coal, as shown in the dispatch from the Associated Press to the Gtao way yesterday, has, needless to say, brought Joy to tho people of this city. "Many business men and others wore seen this morning with a view to se curing what might ho called a com posite opinion as to what the success of the ceal means to this part of Ala ska aud this composito opinion can be described as nothing elso than tre mendously optimistic. "The opening of the coal for the navy alone means the employment of thousands of men. it is also gen erally accepted as certain that the coal will And a commercial market all over tho north Pacific ocean, par ticularly in the western states of the Union. "The result of tho test particularly Justifies tho work of development which Presldont Wilson has under taken and shows that the construction of tho government railroad is not only a sound business policy but one of real expediency, providing as it does for the hauling of the coal to tide water. "Tho opinion gonoraliy is that this part of Alaska is now on the verge of an awakening beforo which the stampede to Dawson or Nome seoms insignificant It Is regarded as Quite within the bounds of possibility that within a twelvemonth tho population of_the country tributary to these neigh boring harbors will exceed a score of thousands. No one seems to doubt that a city or cities will be estab lished in this neighborhood that will far exceed in size ana population any city over beforo cstabllBhod north of Vancouver island. "For all this great Influx of people Seward stands as the most favorable location. It Is closer to tho states than water nearer tho cold fields and pre sents every favorable circumstanco re quired for Its use as the center of population, industry and shipping; It has a harbor which Is always open and it has a railroad running over a route which tho members of the com mission have declared to be as near perfect as possible as a route to the Interior. It has none of the disadvant ages which, take from tho usefulness of its competitors as tho gateway to tho best part of Alaska. "If one wero to sum up in tho fewest words possible tho expression.of tho opinion of tho people of this district when they learned of the result of tho coal test these words would be; "Well done, President Wilson! Well done, Matanu8ka'" MARIPOSA WILL SAIL SEATTLE, Dec. 24.?The steamer Mariposa will sail for tho north to night The following reservations have been made: Irene Bacon, J. M. El mer, It E. Murphy, John Troy, Gov, and Mrs. J. F. A. Strong, Mrs. Bertha West Mrr. J. F. Malonoy, and son, Mrs. E. L. Hill and two children. MILLIONS IN "MOVIES" PHILADELPHIA, Deo. 24.?In itf suit against the-alleged-moving^plo ture trust tho government has cl&lmec that on an Investment of $10,000 each ten manufacturers mad? a prodt c: 1600 por cent ia 13iL ? * ?> * v v ? :? * ? MERRY XMAS. ? This Is Christmas Evo. v AH over tho world, will the 4? *:? :;reat heart of boydoin and 'jlrl- * v' ;-iitrcli?ation of the morrow, ? v with its Christmas trees, It; "t meats and Ita toys. ? Through tho generosity of tho ? American pcoplo,.tho homes in * Europe that hard been riven * + by, tho ploughshare of war will <? ? not bo overlooked this year In * ? tho distribution of Christmas * 4? gifts. Eight million Christmas * ? presonts for the children of * ?> Europe wcro aont across the 4 4- seas, to mako some child, per- ?? hapa now a fatherless child 4* ? happy on tho day of all days. * ? And In our own United States * ? there will bo few, ir any homes 4> overlooked. It la safo to say. 4 ? that ever}- city of importanco 4 ? In tho United States tomorrow 4 ?0 will deliver Christmas baskets, + 4* and Christmas presents among ? ? tho needy?in tho smaller cities ?> + and towns the poverty-stricken 4* + also are looked after. Our great 4* charitable Institutions do great 4 4> work at the Yuletlde, asking ?> v nothing, giving all. 4? + Tho Empiro believes thero < ? will bo no one In Juneau who 4? 4? will go hungry t&bnorrow; that * 4?- no child's heart will acho for ?> someone's neglect. ?> 4? Then, all reason for extend- * 4- ing the season's greetings. Tho 4> 4? Empiro wishes its friends and 4> < 4? supporters a Very Merry Xmas. <f ? ?> *> ? Thoro is every indication that Ju neau and othor Gastlnoau channel towns will have a cheerful.Christmas. The Christinas spirit is very much in ovidenco on every hand. Holiday de corations have been making their ap pearance in the shop windows day by day for some time and by this evening tho town will be all dressed up for tho patron saint. Juneau is giving as well as receiv ing, abroad. Judging from the amount of mail that has been handed at tho postoffico during the past few days. Although Postmaster E. L. Hunter, has been very much bettor oitnated in the now postoffico for tho transaction of business, ho is glad that it is all over with. Christmas Day will be gonrally ob served In Juneau and all the nearby towns. Whoro posssiblo many of tho i men from tho mining camps will come to Juneau for their Christmas dinners. Preparations have been made by ros taurant managements to caro for large crowds. All of tho mining enmps und towns will servo big Christmas din ners to tho crows working in the mines and mills. All of tho churches have arranged for Christmas trees and exercises for tho children of their respective Sun day schools, and many families will keep up the custom of having the family Christmas trco at homo. . For tho Young Ones. ?Tho big thing, however, Is the Christ mas tree that is to bo unloaded aftor Christmas. Next Monday night in Elks' hall a program of exorcises has been arranged for including Christ mas trocs holding a present for every child in Juneau. This Is being done by tho Juneau lodge of Elks and the cvout is being eagerly looked forward to by cvory youngster in town. For the Old Ones. Through tho kindly efforts of Mana ger W. D. Gross of tho Grand theatro and others, a special fund was raised for tho old pioneers, now Inmates of tho Pioneers' Home at Sitka. Tho monoy was sent to thom today and I will do much to spread cheerfulness among them. For the Lonley Ones. One man in Juneau has rnado ar rangements to servo a frco turkey dinner to two bundrod men at his placo of business on Christmas day. It is to be served from 0 to 7 in tho ovening. KENNEDY CONFESSES ^ XICWPORT, Wash., Dec. 21.?Hor ry M. Kennedy confessed to the police .hero Inst night thatW murdered Hor ' aco. M; Warner, of Spokane, near ! Troutjj Lake last September. ?-? ' - INFANTRY TRANSFERED i SAN, FRANCISCO, Dee, 21.~Tho - United'States army transport'Bnford I sailed'today for Now York, "via Pan , ama, with tho I3th U. S. Infantry, ! which hus been. ordered to Platteburg DENY IHIT ? fH JOSEf 1 VIENNA, Doc. 24.?It was officially \ denied by tho War Office today that ? Francis Joseph, Emperor of Austria ^ and King of Hungary, Is on hia death c bed, an published In tho London pross c this morning. ? "The cmporor is enjoying unusual- r ly good health," a bullotin said, "but v owing to his personal direction of tho army campaigns, his time is occupied ,. in-his palace." . The Vonna nowspapors nay rumors of tho Emperor's "critical illness" J wero tho result of the Emperor's ab- . sence from hio usual public haunts. ,! CONGRESS TAKES j HOLIDAY VACATION 4 WASHINGTON, Dec. 24.?Congress adjourned lato yesterday aftornoon for the holiday recess. The session will be reconvened on December 29. 8 Tho ninth amondmont to tho Consti- ? tutlon, tho woman's auffrago- will 1 como up for debate early in January, * according to the program. Champions of prohibition, led by * Congressman Hobson, say tho next ses- h sion would show a gain for thoir 1 causo. . . > it FINE 3A&Y GIRL BORN TO MRS. JACK RONAN SEWARD, Dec. 15.?A baby girl was ^ born last night to Mrs. Rohan, wife s of John Ronan who was at ono tlmo a j. candidate for dclegato to congress ^ from tlila territory on tho democratic n ticket a i IOWA'S CROPS WORTH ? HALF MILLION DOLLARS t DES MOINES. Dec. 24.?Iowa's crops i for 191* aro worth $465,793,419 accord ing to the Iowa Weather and Crop ( Service, or $27,635,979 more than In 1913. The com trop Is estimated at 363, CS9.C00 bushel i, 21,000,000 In excess of t 1913, and at 55 cents per bushel la t worth $200,029,280. Tho Quality of com < nover was better. < Oats turned out 172,696,000 bushels, i against 164,851,000 last year, and worth ] $70,805,360. Wintor wheat totnlod 12,- ] 038,000 bUBhels, worth $11,677,063. Hay i is worth $52,000,000. | DEMOCRAT GETS TO THE . SENATE FROM WISCONSIN ---4*?? MADISON, Wis.. Doc. 24.?Tho state I canvassing board has certified to tho ' olcetion of Paul O. Hustlng ac United I States senator from this atate. Hust- 1 lng Is tho democratic candldato. The i contest was so close that much doubt ^existed as to tho result but the de cision now shown an Incroaso of strength for tho administration, forces in the upper houso. 1 SEES FEDERATED EUROPEAN STATE3 CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 24.?Presi dent Emeritus Eliot of Harvard has suggested a federation of tho stetos of Europe an tho ultimate result of tho I war. Disputes between states would be referred to an international tri bunal which would havo control of a force sufficient to onforce Its docroes, ho said. DEMOCRACY 18 ONLY TRADE CHAMPION PHOENIX, Ariz., Dec. 24? In an dress here last night Vico-Prcsldont Thomas Kiloy Marshall declared tho United States "claimed tho right to deal with all nations." "We must have a world-wido mnr ket," ho sold, "and we will get it only under a Democratic administra tion- Tlicro is no discrimination in Democracy." SEATTLE POLICE FIGHT WITH HIGHWAYMAN BAND SEATTLE, Doc. ?4.?Eorty. Phots were nxeba-nged this morning "by: a gang of cracksmen- and the police. Two of the crooks aro said to havo been wounded, but. escaped. Tho cracksmen woro discovered in tho Ninth TOSkleocb dtetrfoL IAP GUNS TO || AID RUSSIA LONDON, Doc. 24.?A dispatch from Copenhagen today reads as follows: "Slego guns with which the Japanese inttcrcd down tho German forts at 'sing-Tau are being transported across ho Trans-Siberian railway to reinforce ho Russian lines and to bo used igalnst German fortresses in east 'ruBsla, according to information rc- u leivcd hero. Some of these guns are n aid to bo fully as powerful as tho 42 lontimotor guns of the Gormans. Ex tort Japnncso gunners are said to bo p rlth tho guns." ? , , d + " ? JOHN MUIR IS DEAD * . * J LOS ANGELES, Dec. 24.? * c' ? John Mulr, tho famous natural- ? ? 1st, died at 2 o'clock this after- * ? noon. + * fl ? tj? ?*? ?% ?*? ?*? A iWISS REFUSE USE OF GOTHARD WIRELESS Ci ? V BOSTON. Dec. 21.?A Berlin special n ays that the British minister to tl iwltzerlandrfshorttlmc ago requested ho Swiss authorities ,to permit tho q Inglish and French to use the wire- . ass station on Mount St. Gothard. The iwiss government in itc exaspcrntlrn as suggested tho recall of the British ||; sinister. in tc MAID SERVAIT" IS la TO HANDLE-BIG-JOB hi 0 NEW YORK. Doc. 24.?'The Herald tas published an article in which it d ays thnt tho private secretary of o .Tanaging Director Ballln of the Ham lurg-Aracrican lino has sailed for New fork to nogotiate for the formation of , new company to tako over the.line's teamshlps interned in American har iors, in order to carry on trade with n South American republics. The Secre ary is a woman who has obtained her , )aflsago as a maid servant of an 1 Vmcrlcan woman. , , o 3ERMANY SAYS PEACE RESTS WITH AMERICA ^ CHICAGO, Dec. 24.?A Washington " Icspatch says thnt Gormany has mado ?epre8ontations direct to tho United a 3tatc8 government that tho question >f peace rests with this nation. The Jnitcd States, Germany asserts, can S jring about pcaco within two weeks if t will stop exportation of arms and nunitionB of war. Jb 300M "NONSENSICAL" r M. T. HERRICK SAYS f CLEVELAND, Dec. 24.?Myron T. I Korrick, former ambassador to France, s who has Just returned from Paris, has r put his foot down on the presidential t boom which a group of Republicans f started in New York. 1 Mr. Hcrrick said: "I don't caro to c talk about such a nonsensical proposi tion. If thcro is any credit due mo for what little I have done, I have no Jesiro to capitalism it." Ho was emphatic in praiso of tho generosity of tho American people, but criticlsod tho method of distributing ' American relief abrend, saying it lack ed organization and system. Mr. Herrick is planning to establish ! an International war relief bureau, with headquarters in New York. PENNSYLVANIA HORSES BROUGHT TO ENGLAND CHICAGO, Dec. 24.?The British gov ernment has purchased 5,000 horses at tho stock yards, at an average prico of 1 $150 a head. RECEIVES LETTER FROM WRECK OF SUNKEN LINER ?4? < PINCE RUPERT, Dec.-16.?T. Lcd hurst.in this morning's mall received a letter from the dead letter office at Ottawa which he sent from hero May 18th addressed to his wife at Konning to'n, London. England. Across thc.fa.co . of tho address' Is typewritten "Re covered by divers frpm the wreck of tho S. S. Emprca^LIrsIjind." "GUN BO AT" N N ER NEW YORK. "Dec?' 2-1.?Gunboat Smith won from Tommie McCarthy In the seventh round of their fight EIOVER IS ATTACKED BYJAUBE LONDON, Dec. 24.?Dover, ths Eng ch naval baee on the Straits, was )day bombarded from a Taubo (Cer lan) aeroplane. The forts at Dover replied to the re of tho aeroplane and British aer> lanes rose from Folkestone and drove 10 raider off before he had dono any amagc. The German flier was pur jed, but escaped, the Admiralty an* ounced. One of the bombs dropped from the Ir failed to explode. . In a metallic ico was found a note, reading "A hrlotmas present from the Kaiser." French Claim Successes. LONDON, Dec. 24.?Christmas St? ndo but little change la tho trench nrfare now bcln ^conducted in tho Western theatro of otrlfo. Early dispatches from Paris reclt 1 a series of French successes of ilnor importance, from tho sea on tho orth to the frontier of Alsace, on 10 South. ERMAN TROOPS TO HAVE CHRISTMAS ANYWAY LONDON, Dec. 24.?Emperor Wil am of Gcrmanf, will Bpond, Christ ian nt the Western front, according > today's dispatches from Calais. It . [ said the Kaiser's ChWstmas rnos igo to his trcop3 will bo In tho form fa'letter to ovory soldier.- - ? "As far ns possible," says a Berlin ispntcb, "Christmas will bo colcbrat ;I in the German trenches." . SULTAN CONFIDENT CONSTANTINOPLE. Nov. 16?by tall)?"I am convinced that we shall onqucr," declared Sultan Mohemmed ' in addressing a deputation from-tho urklsh assembly on Turkey's advent lto the war. "I regard this patriotic utburst as the most splendid proof of 10 courage and firmness that tho na* !on will display In tho present war, hlch wo undertako for tho defenco f our good.right against three groat owcrs. Wo put our trust In Divlno rotcctlon and tho Prophet's assist nee.- ? - . ?? tERBS TURNED DOWN AUSTRO PEACE OFFER ROME, Dec. 24.?It wan declarod ioro today that the Austrian govern ncnt'n unofficial overtures to Servla or peaco wore mado a few days bofore ho last crushing Austrian defeat and )efore tho Servians had received fitjsh upplles of ammunition. The offer was ojoctod, Is interpreted an evidence hat Austria realizes tho onffnnons dLf Icultlcs of Invading Servla and wishes o have her troops froo for tho defence ?f Hungary. IAPS GUARD BRITISH COMMERCE SN PACIFIC LIMA. Peru, Doc. 24.?Tho Japan -so battleship, Hinzcn, and a Japanese lorpedo boat destroyer aro guarding soyon English merchantmen which are it anchor off tho Northern coast of Peru, according to news which was received hero this morning. MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT FIGHTING WITH ENGLAND LONDON, Dec. 24.?There aro 128 members of parliament serving In the irmy or navy, 29 from the government (Liberals) nnd 97 from the opposition (Unionists). It has Just been discover cd that by accepting commissions, their scats wore automatically vacat ed, and parliament has passed a special law restraining them all. SUGAR GROWERS GET BEET SEED NEW YORK, Dec. 24.?Fear of a scarcity of sugar beet seed for next season's planting throughout the West will be dispelled by the arrival of SO, 000 sacks of German sugar beet seed at New Orleans by a Holland-Ameri can steamor from Rotterdam.- .'This consignment tnado 100 carloads, and Is boing sent to beet sugar companies In Colorado, Utah, Nevada and Call Empire want cdn set results.