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VOL. v., NO; 689. ? ~~~~ ^JUNEAU, ALASKA, SATURDAY. FEBRUARY G. 1915. PRICE TEN GENTS. ----- . -i -i-- ?"?-rr-rr^r-rrrr~rr?? : - = DICK RYAN OFFERS TO BUILDROAD WASHINGTON, Feb. 6.?Dick Ry an, In hi* eagerness* to prevent tho purchase by the United States gov ernment of the Copper River and Northwestern Railroad, submitted a proposition to build a line from Forty mile river In the Interior of Alaska, thence to the coal mines, thence down to tidewater at Controller bay. Work to Begin in June. WASHINGTON. Fob. 6. ? Secre tary of the Interior Franklin K. Lane desires to begin the active construc tion work on Alaska railroads by the first of June, according to the steno graphic reports of his statemetns be-! fore the House Apropri&tions com mittee. and he desired enough money; to keep men engaged from that time. He also desired enough mouey to! make some sort of a deposit on thei purchase prico of any railroad that: it might be desired to construct. A significant paragraph in the testi mony of Mr. Lane follows: "What we want to do is to be Ini position to begin operations In June. Wherever we are going we want to have some leeway so that whatever! road we determine to purchase, if wej determine to purchase any. we still r have some kind of a deposit to make! on it" TO DECIDE ON EXTRA " SESSION NEXT WEEK WASHINGTON, Feb. 6. ?Whether there will be an extra session of Con gress in case of the defeat of the ahlp-purcbaso bill will be decided in a! conference between President Wood row Wilson and Democratic leaders next week. TORPEDO 80ATS TO BE BUILT ON PACIFIC: WASHINGTON. Feb. S.?Tho House today accepted an amendment to the' naval appropriations bill offered by Representative Will E. Humphrey, of Seattle, providing that three of t he she proposed torpedo boats be built on tho Pacific coast An amendment offered by Majority Leader Underwood that only one in stead of two dreadnaughts be built was defeated. PROVISION MADE FOR NEW DREADNAUGHTS ?*? WASHNIGTON, Feb. 6.?Provision for the construction of two super I dread naught battleships was retained In the naval bill as it passed the House of Representatives. MRS. STONEWALL JACKSON IS DANGEROUSLY ILL CHARLOTTE. N. C.. Feb. 6.?Mrs. Thomas Jonathan Jackson, widow or; Gen. "Stonewall" Jackson. Is serious ly ill at this place. AMERICAN TO BUY. -+ NEW YORK. Feb. 6.?E. N. Brelt ung, whose purchase of the Hamburg* American freighter Dacla has been de clared by the British government not to be bona fldo. has purchased, or 13 about to take over, five more Ham burg line ships, according to reports! credited to shipping circles. The ves-j sels are the Constantina, Georgia. AI-; iemannia. and Albinga. and a fifth,; said to be the Nassovia. Julius P. Meyer, one of the vice-di rectors of the Hamburg-American line,; says that the sale of tho steamship; Dacia to Edward N. Breitung wa3 an absoiutely bona fide transaction in ev ery sense. TO RESUME ROCK ISLAND INVESTIGATION WASHINGTON, Feb. 6.?Investiga tion of tho financial operations^ the Chicago, Rock Island & Pa elf-' Rail road Company, by the Interstate-Com merce Commission will 'be resumed next week by Commissioner Clements. THE WEATHER TODAY. Maximum? Minimum?32. Rainfall?.06 inch. Cloudy; rain. DELHI Off ROCKS BUT j SINKSAGAIN ;* * TO PURCHASE VESSEL. i " ! SEATTLE, Feb. 6. ? It was announced today by President j Ford, of the Pacific Coast Steamship Company that the company would buy a now ves sel to replace the Delhi, lost In Alaska waters. Delhi Breaks Up. WRANGELL, Feb. ??. ? Tho Salvor arrived hero Thursday. | She reported that tho Delhi broke In two Wednesday during a heavy westerly swell. Every ! thing Is gone. When no hope : of salving the destroyed ves- j j sel was left the Salvor left * + The Delhi Is a total loss, accord ing to word brought to Juneau by Capt. Charles McGregor, of the AI-KI. Capt. McGregor says that he was told when the AI-KI was at Wrangell that the Salvor had succeeded In get ting the Pacific Coast Steamship Com pany's freighter of the Strait Island rocks only to lose her again. "The information that I received," said Capt. McGregor, "was that the vcssef foundered, and went to the bot tom in deep water from where It will be impossible to rescue her." Another report said that the Delhi had broken up while on the rocks, and slipped off and foundered. Capt. McCarthy, of the Delhi, Is said to be at Wrangell, awaiting the arriv al of the next southbound vessel to : proceed to Seattle.. The chief engin eer and others are with him. GOTHAM OFFICIAL THINKS BASEBALL STOCK VALUABLE: * NEW YORK. Feb. 6.?Comptroller; Davis, of New York, has ordered the! reappraisal of tho estate of John P.; Bush, baseball capitalist In tho first! appraisal of tho stock of tho New; York National League baseball club was valued at $267 a share. Tho com trollor now believes it is worth at least $700 a share. MORE AMERICAN BANKS FOR SOUTH AMERICA NEW YORK. Feb. 6.?The National City Bank of New York plans to open at least two more branches In South America, at Rio do Janerio and San tos. Brazil, although Sao Paula may bo substituted for the latter. The bank also is considering the opening of a branch in Montevideo, Uruguay, under the control of the Buenos Ay res branch. TO CIRCLE WORLD WITH LONG DISTANCE PHONES ?+? NEW YORK. Feb. 6.?J. J. Carty, engineer who opened up transcontinen tal communication by "phone." says that it will only be a few years before the wholo worid is encircled by tele phone wires and we will be able' to communication with Paris or London without and more effort than when wo now talk with San Francisco. ? ? ? CRAZY MAN PUTS FIDDLE TO PRACTICAL USE FORT WAYNE. Ind. Feb. 6.?Emory Yocum. in jail for wife desertion, saw ed the bars while Leonard Benman, an insane man detained for transfer to the state insane asylum, fiddled to drown ho noise of the saw. Both men escaped. RUSSIA HAS WHEAT SURPLUS ? PETROGRAD, Feb. 6.?Tho Russian exportable surplus of what la official ly estimated at 152,000,000 blshels. ? + + + + * + + + + v 4" * KNEESONE OPERATED ON. ? + ?? + ? Killlam Kneebone, the miner ? + who Is In Si. Ann hospital with ?> + brokon back, was operated on <? ^oday. and this afternoon It + + was reported that he Is rest- ? ? lag comfortably. ? ? * ? ? ? ? -5- -> * + * * * ? 4> ?? ? PRISONER IS RSDI BYJU For tho first time since tho special torm of court convened, a suspended sontcnco was pronounced today In tho district court, when Judge Robert W. Jennings ordered tho rolease of Vaslll Yaniga, a Roumanian. Vaniga hud pleaded guilty to iui in dictment charging him with selling 11 uor to Frank Daniels, an Indian, for $1.25. The defendant cannot speak a word of English and his plea and his story, wero communicatod to the court through an interpreter. Vaniga came to Alaska a year ago, and finally reached Fairbanks. Owing to his inability to converse in English he had great difficulty in getting work. Finally, when in desperate Btrnits, ho started to walk over tho urail to Val dez. He became ill on the way, from lack of nourishment, and n road house keeper gave him n place to sleep, and board, and paid him a dollar a day. Ya niga worked for twenty-throo days, and then walked on to Valdez, from where ho purchased a uecond-class ticket to Juneau. Here ho experienced the same trouble in finding employ ment, and finally Daniels, tho Indian, paid Vaniga for chopping wood, and gave the Roumanian a cabin to sleep in. As compensation for his hospital ity, the Indian demanded Vaniga buy liquor for him. Attorney H. L. Faulknor, who ap peared for Vanlgs. told a story to] Judge Jennings of Vaniga's destitute condition, and Special Agents J. A. Snow and H. F. Morton, who wero the arresting officers, corroborated him. Judge Jennings ordered the prison er's rcloasc, and the records will show "guilty, but sentence suspendod, pend ing good behavior." In warning tho prisoner against a ropctition of his offense, Judge Jen nings told Vaniga that if he eyer.> wero found guilty in court, on a simi lar charge, he would be sent to a pen itentiary, which, ho said, to impress tho prisoner of the soriousncss of crime, * is as bad as banishment to Si beria." Vaniga took tho statement literally and told tho court ho would not sell liquor to an Indian "even If the Indian gave mo $10 for a flask." Mr. Faulkner made an effort this af-; ternoon to secure work for Vaniga on an outgoing steamship, for his pass-, ago to Tacoma, where ho has country men. Carlson Also Let Go. Oscar Carlson walked from the United States jail this afternoon, a free man. Judge Jennings having sus pended sentence on the prisoner, who was convicted of having sold liquor to Jake Williams, an Indian. Carlson had said that he thought1 Williams was in Italian, and tho Juryj recommended tho mercy of the court, in its verdict. Today the defendant ? told tho court he thought a schomo had been worked on him, by the Indian and tho marshal, but the court point ed out the absurdity of such a charge, and in view of the fact that the de fendant has already spent two months i in Jail, he was allowed to go. When Carjson left tho Jail, the prisoners wished him luck, and re-! minded him that with one less mouth to feed there would be "more maca-' roni for the rest of us today." BELLIGERANTS STILL BUYING MATERIAL FOR THE WAR CHICAGO. Feb. 6.?The Serbian government has placed an order for seven locomotives with tho American Locomotive Works, and tho Canadian government has awarded a contract to the Kelly-Springfield Motor Truck: Company of Detroit, for- a "to trucks costing in the neighborhood of $1. 000,000. Buys Gun Cotton. WARREN, Pa., Feb. G.?Tho War ren Chemical Company has begun day and night work on a $500,000 contract to supply guncottor. to England and Russia. More Rubber For U- S. NEW YORK, Feb. 6.?Arrangements have been perfected in London for a second shipment of 1,000 tons of rub British consul in New York. Tho con sul will apportion the rubber among the manufacturers who sign a guafan from the shipment will not ho export ed to Germany or Austria. ' * IfGATiOriS SN FUGM WASHINGTON Fob. 0. ? Advices j received today by tho State Depart ment say that all foreign legations arc ' hastily abandoning Mexico City, owlns ' to tho chaotic conditions which arc ! reportod to be prevailing In tho Mex ican capital. i It Is believed in Washington that tho envoys in Mexico City will go to Vera Cruz. | WIRELESS "TIP" PREVENTS DYNAMITING OF VESSEL PARIS, Fob. <>.?It was learned hore today that a plot, to blow up the French ..steamship ..LaChampalgne, whilo she was bound from Mexico ports, to Corunna, Spain, was frus \ tratod only by a wireless warning flashed to the vessel after she had left when searched was found to have flYe | bombs In his possession. - Tho La' Champalgne arrived at Corunna last evening. IOWA TO VOTE ON WOMAN SUFFRAGE; the Iowa Legislature will pan'ido for' an election upon a woman suffrage amendment to the constitution. In Texas Also. AUSTIN. Tex.. Feb. 6.?Tho equal I suffrage bill has been reported favor-; ably In tho Texas Legislature. REDFIELD SAYS NOW AMERICA'S OPPORTUNITY JVmMPHI?. Tenn.; Fob. 6.?Sounding! tho koynoto at a "dinnor of opUmlfun" | Secretary William C. Rcdfiold of the ; Department of Commerce predicted that If tho oportunltles presented by tho European war for tho commercial oxpansion of the United States nro ?seized '.he current of international trade will be turned permanently In our favor. "Never before has tho opportunity been so great" Mr. Rcdfiold declared.! _I!We have to sell that which all Na-I lions want and to loan that which nil t Nations need. America is tho only' placo whoro they can go. and If tho opportunity is seized wo may, in whole or in part, occupy for the taking tho position of influence and power which ethers have hitherto had." , t r SENATOR ALDRICH'S TAXES DOUBLED BY ASSESSORS PROVIDENCE, It. I., Fob. G.?For* mer United State Senator Nelson W. Aldrich's tax bill was increased from SS23.340 to $1,613,000 by the Warwick. R. I. assessors. DIVIDEND AND INTEREST, PAYMENTS SHOW INCREASE CHICAGO, Feb. 6.?Fobruary dlvi dend and interest disbursements are estimated at' $107,864,572, as compar ed to $103,528,901 In February, 1914, showing a gain for Lite first time; in many months. RAILROAD SECURITIES ARE AGAIN IN DEMAND) ? NEW YORK, Feb. 6,?-A" demand for! railroad securities was evidenced at tho time the Pennsylvania Railroad Company sold at Kuhn, Loob & Coin first mortgage ?! 1-2 per cent gold bond DRYS WOULD DIVIDE AUSTIN, Tok., Feb. 0.?The prohl if a Joint resolution introduced In tho a majority vote at an. election to be held July l. The resolution charges inated by the liquor interests and that city in Western Texas. WASHINGTON, Jan. 6.?Germany's proclamation declaring tho waters sur rounding England and the Irish chan nel at; a war zone, is regarded here as one of the most serious develop ments of the war. WASHINGTON, Feb. 6.?Count von Bernstorff, German Ambassador to the United States, authorized a state ment Issued at the German embassy late this afternoon, that no American vessel would bo seized by the .Ger mane, should vessels of this country be sighted within the war zone as pro claimed at Berlin. President Woodrow Wilson and the1 members of his Cabinet conferred this afternoon on the proclamation Issued by the German government at Berlin designating as a war zone the entire coast of the British Isles. The pro clamation is construed as a move to blockade the English coast to the ves sels of ether nations. WAR ZONE PROCLAMATION WILL ADD TO FOOD COST LONDON, Feb. G.?The Increase In the rato of war risk insuranco on food stuffs and other freight bound for the United Kingdom indicate that the Gor man "war zone" proclamation will add to tho cost of living in Great Britain. RICHMOND DISCOUNT RATE IS FIXED AT LOW FIGURE WASHINGTON, Feb. 6.?The redis count rate for the Federal reserve baud at Richmond. Va.. following that j at San Francisco. liaB been reduced: to 4 1-2 per cent EARTHQUAKE VISITS PARTS OF SOUTHERN ILLINOIS,1 HARRISBURC, 111.. Fob. 6. - The! southern section of the State of Illin ois was visited by an earthquake yes terday which continued for four min uatcs. The vibrations were to slight to cause serious damage. FARMERS FORCED TO FIGHT ELEVATOR TRUST CHICAGO, Fob. 6.?Tho government anti-trust suit against tho Chicago Board of Trade took an ontlroiy new turn when Edward G. Dunne, of Mas on City, Iowa, Democratic candidate for tho governorship of Iowa in 1912, told Federal Judge Land la that farm ers had been forced -to organize to : protest themselves from the elevator owners. Mr. Dunne's testimony is expected ! to preclpltato a federal investigation of tho elevator owners that will over shadow the present suit to abolish the old call committoe. WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY TO SELL WHEAT LANDS SEATTLE. Fob. 6.?The Regents of the University of Washington havo ar ranged to take advantage of the rise In the value of wheat lands to offer for sale 28,000 acres of such lands that aro owned by the uulvorslty. The lands are mostly located In Douglas and Grant counties, and the university has received only a nominal income from them a:; rentals for grazing purpose. It Is now purposed to sell them and in vest tho proceeds of the sale in in come producing securities. MORE MASSACHUSETTS MILLS RESUME FULL TIME! BOSTON, iMass., Fob. 6.?Notices announcing the restoration of a full- j time working schedule have been post ed in the seven cotton mills of the' Fall River iron Works Company. The: mills havo been operating four days' a week for more than the past three ,1 months. The plant employs 7.0000 op-j orators. - ? -o? I NEW CABINET FOR REPUBLIC OF PORTUGAL cabinet has been formed, with Gen. to pacify the conflicting pollticaf ole LOOKS TOR ITALY'S AIDJ LONDON, Fob. C. ? That Italy, j Greece and Roumania and possibly! Bulgaria will enter the war on the sldo of the Allies soon la confidently bolioved by those familiar with the situation hero. The attitude of Bul garia, It Is; said, Is the only doubtful point in the matter. It 1b believed, however, that If that country does not actually partlclpato In the war In .be half of the Allies that It will remain strictly neutral. It is said that the only thing that Is delaying the entrance of the- Balkan countries and Italy and Greece Into the war has boon tho negotiations that have been in progress to define the In terest of each In the conflict In ad vance. In those Great Britain, Rus sia. and France have been assisting. If the little countries of tho Southeast and Italy can agreo and secure the promise of tho Triple Entente to en force the agreement at the end of the war, it Li bolioved thoy will immodiatc ly declare war on Germany Austria and Turkey. All of them are prepared for entrance, and all of them have ex ponded vast sums, mostly provided In London and Paris, In tho preparation. GERMANY EXPECTS ITALY TO REMAIN NETUARL BERL>IN, Fob. G.?Official denial of I reports in the Swiss and English press [ that Germany has protested against the concentration of Italian troops on the Austrian frontier. The opinion of German officialdom is that Italy has no Intention of entering tho war. Re ports of a German ultimatum to Rou mania also arc denied. ROUMANIA MAY DECLARE HERSELF VERY SOON BUCHAREST, Feb C.?The Roumnn lan Parliament has reassembled. Re ports wore circulated that the Promlcr . would make an Important announce ment on the position of Roumnnia as regards the war, and possibly submit' recommendation of tho Cabinet thdt; the Nation align Itself against Ger-; many and Austria. England Helps Roumanian Bank LONDON, Fob. 6.?The Bank of England will ndvanco $25,000,000 to tbo Bank of Kounmnia against Rou manian treasury bills. It 1r under stood that the money will be used for the purch 3e of war materials. LONDON OPPOSES JOINT WAR LOAN BY ALLIES LONDON, Feb. 6.?Financial Lon don Ih Inclined to look upon the re ported Hckomo for a vast internation al war loan guaranteed by the. allied governments aud Issued in the bellig erant capitals and la some neutral; countries as highly Impracticable. j RUSSIA TO TRY GERMAN BOMB DROPPERS PETROGRAD, Fob. G.?Tho Novoe Vremya states that In order to estab lish the legal status of bomb-drlpplng, Russia will place on trial the Ger mans who wore captured in the Zep pelin which recently attacked Libau; They will bo charged with dropping ? bombs on an undefended town. ANTIPODES TO SEND 10,000 MORE SOLDIERS MELBOURNE, Feb. G. ? Tho Aus tralian government's formal tender ofj 10,000 moro men, was dolivored to the ' British government today. It is bo-j lloved the offer of the contingent will ? be accepted at once. EMDEN SAILORS ARE ON ARABIAN COAST BERLIN. Feb. G.-rlt is officially an-! nounccd thnt a part of thecrew of the! i cruiser Emden, which wan beached on j Cocos Island after her defeat by the:, Australian qrtnser . -.Sydney, have! i reached the Turki.ih^Arnbian coast.: ( They escaped from Cocoa Island on iij j schooner. ? 1 Senator F. A. Aldrich. of Nome re- I turned today on the Georgia from a visit to Sitka, where he was the : guest of Representative A. G. Shoup, j superintendent of the Pioneers' Home. ; GERMANS LUNGE AT WARSAW LONDON, Feb. 6.?Gen. Von Hln denburg Is continuing his costly lunges in a terrific effort to break through the Russian lines upon War saw. At the same time the reports from Petrograd say that the Russians far ther north have crossed Bura, and are seriously thraeatenlng the Germans with an outflanking movement. The loco of life already has been the greatest of any battle In the* his tory of the world. The issue Is still undecided, but for the Russians it Is hopeful. GERMANS COME LIKE WAVES OF SEA. Petrograd, Feb. 6.?The German des ecrate attempt to break through tho Russian lino at BorJImon, west of Warsaw, has carried with It the most vicious attacks since the attack on Lodz. They have 105,000 men In ac tion, and more coming from behind. They have 600 guns In action. With 30,000 men to the mile, advanc ing in ten and twelve lines like waves of cea, with a wrecklcss disregard of death, the Germans have swept down upon the Russian who are equally as strong In numbers as the Germans. The Russians had taken their po sition on a flat plain. The trees and houses had all been demolished by pre vious engagements. The Russians met the German ad vance with rifle fire and bayonet The fighting har, been close, and often hand to hand with whole companies being exterminated in the twinkling of an eye. The battle Is likened to that at Bo rodino, when Napoleon lost his Rus sian campaign. Trie battle has been waging with unabated violence for two days. RUSSIA DOMINATES GALICIAN SITUATION PETROGRAD, Feb. 6.?Great mass es of Russian troops arc being poured into Bukowina to overwhelm the Aus trian army concentrated on the Hun garlan-BokowIna frontier. Staff hcad uurters have been established at Czer owltz, the capital of Bukowina. About 250,000 men havo been concentrated In Southern Bukowina. Early In the war the Russian gener al staff underestimated the stragetlc value of Bukowina and of the Kirllbaba and Borgo passes. This error permit ted a groat flank movement by tho Austrian army thnt carried It to the northern part of Bukowina and for a time threatened the rear of the Rus sian forces advancing west through Gallcia. For a month the Russian armies In Gallcia were in a serious pcrdicament. Though well on tho way to Cracow, they were obliged to fall back on tho river Sau. They abandoned tho pass es through the Carpathians, and con centrated near Lemburg, anticipating an attack from two sides. Fortunately .severe weather prevent ed the Austrlans from reinforcing tho advancing army In Bukowina, and when tho situation had bocomo favor able for operations ngain, the Rus sians had managed to make their po sitions secure. Then began an advance In Bukowina that has since been un interrupted. The Russians now hold tho entire JacobenI district DEFEATED TURKS ARE IN SAD STRAITS "TIFI.IS, (via Pctrograd.), Fob. C ? Russian officials assert that the Turks defeated in tho Caucasus are being re duced to terrible straits. In the at tempts to escapo capture they are freezing or i.tarving In the mountain regions. Despite their sufferings, they ire still fighting desperately. The Ottoman lenders are enlisting local tribesmen who are well armed ind acquainted v/lth every foot of the country. In the Trans,Tschorokh re jfon every Turkish village has been turned itKo a minnture fort. Guns are mounted before stone huts and these little strongholds fortified la every way possible. To increase thoir de pletdd ranks the Turks have enrolled prisoners held In tho jails at Trobizond. md Erzorum.