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VOL. V., NO. 670. , JUNEAU, ALASKA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 1915. PRICE TEN CENTS.
PRESIDENT | MAY COME TO JUNEAU Wood row Wilson, of Princeton, X. J., twenty-eighth President of the United States?the executive extraordinary? That la. the President wfll come ence. They say that President Wilson er been to Alaska: no President has ever, during his term of office, visited a foreign country and no President, has ever crossed the waters of a for of the United States. News that President Wilson is com to California March 15. and that he "may come to Seattle and Tacouia," has aroused a group of prominent Ju neau citizens and officials to the im portance of asking the President to come and see us. That the President would prize highly an Invitation to come North, even though he found it impossible to comply, is recognized by the interest the President has shown in all matters Alaskan. Not long ago citizens of Fairbanks made the Presl don ivory and gold inkstand. A per sonal letter of thank3. which appro priately -\pressed the President's deep gratitude for the token, was the "A Fine idea." "It's a fine idea," said Gov. J. F. A. Strong this morning. when asked by The Empire for a statement. "While on his Western trip to visit Alaska," the Governor said. "1 nevertheless be lievo he would intensely appreciate an other Alaskan city, although, as r say. the President will be a mighty busy ly not be able to come." John Reck, mayor of Juneau, said: "The city council meets tomorrow night and we will take action looking to inviting the President to come hero. I am sure the city of Juneau would give him an unprecedented welcome and I am sure the President would ? Commercial Club, said that the club President Wilson to be Juneau's guest. Would Delight Juneau. Juneau greater delight." said .Mr. Fish er. "than a personal acquaintance with would leave Southeastern Alaska with nothing bn: favorable impressions I am sure, and I believe every effort suade the President to see what we have up here." In the absence of Mayor M. J. O' Connor of Douglas, a statement could not be secured from him. but Secre tary Elmer E. Smith, of the Douglas "Douglas will heartily co-operate Hon to th President. You can bank on us." HARVESTER COMPANY IS PUTTING MEN TO WORK NEW YORK, Jan. 14.?Auburn. N Co.. which has been idle oxcopt ir certain departments for severa months, began to increaso productioi last Monday and will continue to adt full capacity is reached. ALASKAN GIRL TO SING HERE TUESDA'^ concert In Elks' hall next Tuesda; Bernhofer possesses an unusual vr>icc which was praised by Carman critic ? THE WEATHER TODAY. Maximum?33. Cloudy?Snow. VILLA IS IN SUPREME COMMAND WASHINGTON. Jan. 14. ? Official j dispatches from Mexico City indicate; that Gen. Villa is in supremo com mand of all the forces of provisional PresLdent Gutierrez' military estab of '.ho Constitutionalists. Already most of the State govcrn tion of Gutierrez, and the officials In Mexico city think the complete paci fication of the country is near at hand. GOVERNOR BI.EASE RESIGNS OFFICE COLUMBIA. S. C.. Jan. 14.?Gover nor Cole L. Blease. tho famous par don executive, resigned his office to day und within two hours Lieutenant Governor Smith had taken the oath of office, to serve until January 19. when Gov. Blease's term would have expired. Giving no reason for his action, the Governor filed his resignation .this morning. The State Senate was im mediately notified, and unanimous ac ceptance of the resignation was given. <? v ?> <f ?> ? f i ? ? t ? SALVADOR ELECTS * ? NEW PRESIDENT * I + SAN SALVADOR, Jan. 14.? <? *> Carlos Melcndez was yestorday <? ? elected President of the Re- + public of Salvador. + ? ? *:? *:? * ? ? ?> * ? + + j JAMES A. MOORE PROMOTING RAILROAD SEATTLE, Jan. 14. - James A. .Moore, for many years one of the lead ing rea lostatc dealers and promoters j of enterprises in Seattle and general-1 ly regarded as the greatest "plunger" ever to operate In this city. Is now promoting a railroad through the Flor ida Everglades. Jauies A. Moore's last promotion on thousands of town lots were sold in send, which was to become the center of a great steel industry. In addition to placing several Cap itol Hill additions on the market in Scuttle, in one of which ho erected a handsome home, Moore built many business blocks and was influential in securing more than $6,000,000 for In vestment in the city. GERMANS TO HAVE EXHIBIT IN FRISCO ??>? SAN FRANCISCO. Jan. 14.? Des pite the European war, two ktrgo blocks of space in the Palace of Li beral Arts at the Panama-Pacific Ex position have Just been allotted to the jj German government. ANOTHER BIG AMERICAN STEAMSHIP IS ORDERED ... | NEW YORK. Jan. 14.?A. H. Bull ' Steamship Co. has let a contract to | Maryland Steel Co. for construction |; of a freight steamship of 5000 tons months and to bo used in the Ameri r\ AMERICAN WOOL PRODUCTION OECREASES 6,000,000 POUNDS ? : WASHINGTON. Jan. 14.?The pro . auction of American wool in 191-1 gi',totaled' 290.192000 pounds. This is *! on account of the high price of meats > ? ? STEEL PLANTS ADDED 3,000 MEN LAST WEEK LOSE Li!B: With hit; right leg badly mangled and his left foot crushed, duo to an accident Tijesdny at the Alaska Ju neau mine, where ho was employed as a brakomnn. Earl E. Blossom, aged first of his mother and father in Seat tle, and felt more concern ovor mak ing sure they would not receive news them, than he did of his Injuries, which for a time, it was feared, would cause him to lose his right leg and part of Will Save Leg. Dr. L. 0. Slonno said this afternoon: "Mr. Blossom this afternoon is resting comfortably and his leg will not have to be amputated, I am happy to say. The young fellow's great nerve cer seriously crippled." Another oxam mado by Dr. Sloane tonight On Train when Hurt. When Blossom was hurt, ho was sit ting on the rear end of tho ore train engine. The engine backed into a row of cars and Blossom's legs wore pinned between the engine and the cars. The accidont occurred at noon jured man to tho hospital and Bios od by the newspapers until he could seiid word to his mother and fathor, condition. He did not want his par ents to road an account of his acci dont before he could communicate Blossom's grit is said to have been marvellous. No' once did he com plain of his injury and he said on tho take an anaesthetic. Blossom is a graduate of Lincoln High School. Seattle, and distinguish ed hlmsolf on many occasions, while in school athletics. He played center on the Juneau football team in tho game against Trcadwell last Thanksgiving. 26 VESSELS IN NAVAL PROGRAM. WASHINGTON', Jan. 14.?Tho naval appropriation bill as Anally decided dreadnaughts. six torpedoboat de stroyers, 17 submarines and one hos pital ship. AMERICANS PROTEST ON WOOL EMBARGO BOSTON, Jnnj 14.?At the request of Robert L. Stuuley of Boston, Rep' resentatlve John J. Mitchell. Democrat, ment tho embargo placed by England on the exportation of wool by Aus tralia and New Zealand to the United States, by which English manufac turers obtain wool from 5 per cent to 20 per cent, cheapor than Amerl can manufacturers and so undersoil Americans In the United States. BANK PRESIDENTS DEFEND THEIR CONDUCJ CHICAGO. Jan. 14.?President, Roy nolds. of tho Continental & Commnr cial Bonk, and President Morgan, o tho First National Bank, accused a' Washington of using the reserve banl ' as a "tool" to further their own ends formally deny tho charges. They wol come an official Inquiry, and don; that thoy bavo dominated or tried ti dominate tho rescrvo bank. COPPER CAN NOW GO TO EUROPE SAFEL> BOSTON, Jan. 14.?A London cable not to interfere with copper shipmont to Italy, Sweden and Holland. It 1 ' reliably stated that there have bcei ' recent exportation of copper (tot ? ?4*? : Clure. head of the McCluro Synd s Now York Press In an advisory ci LONDON, Jan. 14.?With Emperor j William as a witness the Germans won an Important victory In the vicinity of Soissons today according to official i statements given out at both- Paris j r.nd Berlin. The victory was won on; the heights of Vrcgry northeast of Solcsons, according to the Berlin statement. The German announcement adds j that the Gormans, charging through heavy mud, took trench after trench, 'clearing the heights and capturing i 1130 prisoners. j EASTERN TIDE SWINGS BACK AND FORTH London, Jan. 14.?Furious fighting1 : was resumed today along the east j front. J A Berlin War Office statement says; : the Russian forces In East Prussia have been driven baok, but the same statement says the Russians have cap tured several towns in Central Po land. Tho Russian troops are advanc ing from the Mlawa region toward tho Russian frontier. It is reported further from Borlln that the Germans have made four vio lont attacks within the last 48 hours, and they have succeeded In driving back the Russians in several places, j winning considerable ground. STREET RAILWAY SY8TEM MUST PAY $2,000,000 JEFFERSON CITY. Mo.. Jan. 14.? Tho Missouri Supreme Court has re fused to rcconBlder its decision in the St. Louis "mill tax" suit, which de creed that the United Railway Co.. operating the St. Louis street railway NEW YORK DIAMOND IMPORTERS DECREASE NEW YORK, Jan. 14.?Importations eluding $15,994,525 in cut stones, and $3,2S2,063* in uncut. This compare:/ with $46.137,32S in 1913, including $33. 513,304 in cut and $12,624,024 in uncut stones. AMERICAN AUTOMOBILES NEARING 2,000,000 MARK CHICAGO. Jan. 14.?Tho number of motor vehicles registered in the Unit ed States during 1914 up to Dec. 4 was 1,808,441, an increase of 6S0.501, compared with same period of 1913. BRITISH GETTING MANY RECRUITS FOR WAR WASHINGTON. Jan. 14. ? Controls tary body, which, however, started its labors with government sanction, has made a partial canvass of household ." crs and has already secured 218,00C promises of enlistment. In the groat Industrial city of Leodf it is estimated that one-fourth of the . whole population has now joined the forces in 6ome form. A to markable feature has been the ac " .uiowlcdged splendid response mad< j by industrial centers like Manchester t Leeds and Sheffield especially. HORESHOE MEN AT WORK * NEW YORK. Jan. 14. ? Neversiiij 3 Manufacturing Co. of Now Brunswick N. Y., has started a night and da; force to work continuously for sovo months to fill a $1,000,000 contract fo BOSTON. Jan. 14.? Dlnmond Shoi largest shoo-concerns in the city COMMISSION MAY DECIDE < special says that the British goverr ment may propose to the Unite toward noutral shipping. PETROGRAD, Jan- 14.?The story of macsncrc by Turkr. who are over running Persia was brought to Tlflla today by Souda Ed Dowlah. Governor of the Provlnco of Azerbaijan, Persia. A Tlflio dispatch quotes him an saying that the Turks are murdering hun dreds of Innocent Persians. The Govzcrnor is one of four sur vivoro of the guard of 400 horsemen who defended the bridge at the en trance of Mlandoab. FOREIGN FLEETS NOT TO PARTICIPATE WASHINGTON, Jan. 14?The plan to have international fleets participate in the Panama canal opening has been abandoned. Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels announced today that in stead of an international ren dezvous at Hampton Roads the I vessels of the foreign countries will proceed directly to Cristo ? bal, at the entrance of the can I al, and pass through to the Pa j cific at stated intervals. ; EGYPTIAN PAPER WANTS NEUTRALITY FOR PALESTINE PARIS, Jan. 14.?A French news paper quotes the Carlo Arabian Dally newspaper A1 Watam as caying: I f.p."From geographical considerations Palestine is to Egypt what Albania Is to Italy or Netherlands to Great Bri tain. Current events havo proved that Egypt can one day or another. be ! threatened from that quarter. There fore It Is absolutely Indispensable for Great Britain that this country should becomo a neutral state, or bo annexed. 'But objoctlon to a British occupation of Palestine is that if the province opens a door on I^jypt it also holds tho relations of this country of an ex it. and presence of a British garrison j in Palestine would keep tho Inhabi tants of Syria awako. So It is bet ter to solve the problem by neutral PILLIPINOS MAY DECIDE AGAINST INDEPENDENCE LONDON. Jan. 14.?Tho Parliament | uioncr Quezon, from the Philippines to the United States, says that It is possiblo that tho Filipinos would de' clde that they did not wish to become wholly independent of the United Rates and assume the burdens and dangers of an independent people. They did wish, however, ho said, tc havo therlgbt to say for thomselves . "We do not wish to be a Blavo peoplo,' i ho added. ? GERMAN UNDERWRITERS ' SHORT ON PAYMENTS 1 LONDON. Jan. 14.?Tho Londoi Times publishes a letter from Nov 1 York in which It Is claimed that Ger " man underwriters have not been re ' inUtiiig any cash to the United Statei ! since tho commencement" of tho war ? and that tho payment of genoral clalmi has been delayed because of tho in ability to recover from German un de.rwriters. ' ENGLAND MAY USE HER WAR PRIZE! r is contemplating using captured vet REPEAL NEW TARIPI Payne act, "bcacuse of the pendin 11 commercial depression," and also t d Senator Galllngcr Is the Republics a NEW 1TORK, Jan. U.?Alasltn Gol . :? ?a:; r.t i' ITALY'S CATASTROPHE GROWS WORSE WITH EACH PASSING HOUR 4? + + ?> 4? ? ? + + v * ?5* >> ? ANOTHER SHOCK TODAY. <' ? ?4>? ? ? ftomo, Jan. 14.?Another dlo- ? 4> tlnct earthquake shock was ?j ?I* felt here at 3 o'clock thlc *! ? morning. The people fled from ? j ? their homes in terror, fearing ?> ? that the disasters of the day ? before were to be repeated. 4? ? The city is bordering on a ?> ?b state of panic. + ? A ?*? A ?*? ij? ?*? ?J? ?*? ?% ?** GROWS WORSE EVERY HOUR Rome, Jan. 14.?Reports com ing in all day from the earth quake stricken r.one are getting worse hourly. Late tonight it stated that the catastrophe that had overtaken Italy is more ap palling than the Messina disas-j ter. RELIEF COMMITTEES NOW AT WORK ROME, Jan. 14.?Relief com mittees are being organized in every locality in the stricken dis tricts to work under the direc tion of a central committee at Rome, which is under the super vision of Premier Salandra. Soldiers have been rushed to all points, and by night they will have established tented colonies in which the homeless thousands may be temporarily sheltered. * STORY OF DISASTER BY EYE WITNESS ROME, Jan. 14.?A young Italian carriago driver who loft Avezzano a fow mtnutos before the earthquake yofltorday morning, today gave a brief account of his experiences. Tho first intimation that he had of trouble was when his carriage came to a sudden stop, tho horses refused to go a single stop farther, but stood In their tracks trembling with supremo fear. "Almost immediately," said tho driver, "thoro came a deep rumbling ,j llko the roar of a railroad train going , over a bridge. Then the earth became , violontly ngitated." "Within three minutes," continued [ tho'young man, "standing walls and some quarries along the road had , crumbled to pieces, and were lying In dust covored heaps. Cries from Frightened People. ! "From Avezzano there came cries of frightened people amid tho roar of falling buildings. The voices of worn . en calling upon the Saints to help them woro plainly heard from every tide. 1 "The city was undor a cloud of dust, ' and nothing was visible that waB be' yond a few feet away. Earth Apparently Swallowed City. 3 . 'It looked as If tho earth had open ? ed up to omit columns of white smoke 5 and that the city had bcon Bwallowed "I tried to drive back to Avezzano " but could make no headway. The horsos were blinded by tho dust. "Finally I mado my way to Rome.' 5i GEOLOGICAL CAUSE BEHIND CATACLASN *i ROME, Jan. 14.?Director Frlcdland er of the International Volcanologlca Institution at Nnplos, who is In Rome says the origin of the cartbquako wa; . from a geological cause, and not vol canlc, with its eplcontrum in the vol r ley of Garlgallano river. 0 Lasted 40 Seconds, o ROME, Jan. 14.?The registration o g the earthquake at tho observatory last 0 ed 40 seconds and became so vlolon that tho needles broke. It is estl n mated that tho shaldng continued fo 23 minutes. Vesuvluo Quiet. d NAPLES, Jan. 14.?ML VcbuvIus; a( ). cording to peoplo In that' section ha shown no signs of unusual activity. ROME, Jan. 11.?The latest reports from various sections throughout Italy indicate that the dead from the earthquake of yesterday morning will exceed 50,000 souls. 15,000 LOSS AT AVEZZANO. Rome, Jan. 14.?The loss of life at Avezzano from yester day's earthquake was fully 15, 000. Only a few escaped death. The property loss throughout Italy has been appalling. LONDON, Jan. 14.?The Lon don Express in an extra edition at noon today says that 15,000 were killed by the Italian earth quake at Avezzano alone. The town was completely destroyed. Avezzano the Center. ROME, Jan. 14. ? The little city of Avezzano was the center of the disturbance in yesterday's terrible earthquake. Among the towns rained are Bussi, Capelle, Scurcola, Magli ano, Cappadocia, Celano and Pa sciro Sora Arpino. The stricken zone extends from south of Naples in the south 300 miles northward to Ferrara, and from the Adriatic to the Ligurian sea. Yesterday morning's shock continued for more than 20 min utes, and was felt throughout the Kingdom. It was worst east and south of Rome, Avezzano being the center. From all sections 01 cenirai Italy come reports of distress. It will be several days before any thing more accurate than guess es can be made of the total dead. Thousands are yet buried in the debris of hundreds of wrecked towns and villages. King Visits Stricken Avezzano. ROME, Jan. 14. ? At a late hour last night King Victor Emanuel left in a motor car for Avezzano, accompanied by Gen. Brusati, one of his aides. Before leaving the- city the King was reminded of interna tional affairs, it being thought that this might keep him in Rome. Replying to this sugges tion the King said: "The sufferings of my people are nearer my heart than any thing else." Relief Work Progressing. ROME, Jan. 14.?Relief work in Italy's stricken district is in full headway. The army corps I is attending to the injured and > the ill, and other branches of the prmy are aiding in the distribu tion of food and clothing to the homeless. Volunteer workers i are everywhere busy. Hun dreds of automobiles have left ? this city with physicians and 1 nurses for Avezzano and other ? stricken towns. ? ?> ?> ?> ? * <? >> ?> ?> << ?> * * * BRITISH SINK TWO ?> * GERMAf SUBMARINES * ( ? * . -r LONDON. Jan. 14.?"?wo Ger- <? t Vj man submarlncB were Bunk + . * yesterday by the British coast 4 r 4* batteries off Dover, according- 4* * to Information given out yester- * * day evening by the War Office. ? <> * 4> ? ?:* * ? ? ? * ? ? ? * * + * r, Empiro ads reach bnyero.