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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.
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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.
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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. ?
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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."
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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.
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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.

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