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~~ ?: ? ?'? - n FRANKLIN K. LANE AGAIN WORKING ON RAILROAD MATTERS WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 ? Secretary of the Interior Frank lin K. Lane has returned to the National capital and has held two conferences with the Alaska railroad engineering commis sion. No information was given out as to the nature of the report that will be submitted to the President and transmitted to Congress. .The report of the commission has been completed: and is in the hands of the Secre tary of the Interior. However, it is believed that a supplement- i al report will probably be pre pared within a day or two cover ing detail asekd for by Secretary of the Interior Lane. SENATE INCREASES NUMBER OF SUBMARINES WASHINGTON. Feb. 27.?The na val appropriations bin was passed by the United States Senate this morn .Jng. which, as it has been doisg for , several days, convened two hours\ earlier than usual. The bill carried appropriations and provisions for two battleships. Svo seagoing submarines, and IS coast defense submarines. When the bill passed the House it provided for eleven coast defense sub marines. No other Important changes were made In the bill. Senate Passes Seaman's Bill. The Senato this morning also passed the seaman's bill which had already passed the House. Shipping Bill May Come Up. The Senato has been working today with feverish haste, passing bill after bill with only brief statements from tbo committee chairmen concerning the measures. The calendar is being rapidly cleared. The shipping bill comes up today, under the agreement, to become unfinished business again. PROSPERITY VISITS BANKS OF CHICAGO CHICAGO, Feb. 27.?Derosits of Chicago banks have increase! $90,000 000 since January 1st. and ire nowt considerably over tho $1,000,000,000 mark. The Illinois Central has ordered a $6,200,000 new equipment, consisting of 5.000 box cars from tho American Car & Foundry Company, and 1,000 new refrigerator cars. Vice-President Parker says: "It is all a capitaliza tion of our optimistic feelings." WANTS CHICAGO TO GULF WATERWAY CHICAGO. Feb. 27.?Gov. E. F. nwwer-of Illinois, has urged the Leg islature to authorize the construction of an eight-foot waterway betv ecn Joliet and Utlca. which would open a channel from tho Great Lakes to the Gulf cf Mexico of the same depth as is now maintained in the Mississippi. BRYAN URGES CLOTURE RULE ON SENATE WASHINGTON". Feb. 27.?Secretary of State William J. Bryan says. "The most Important thing in our domestic affairs is the need for the adoption o! a cloture rule In the Sen-i ate. The rules of the Senate, which havo been construed to allow unlimit ed debate, are tho lest blockade In the way of popular government at tho National capital. AMERICAN COTTON TAKES LONG ROUTE TO RUSSIA SEATTLE, Feb. 27.?Tr-iinlo&d af ter train load of ccttaa is reaching this place for reshipment to Vladivostok from -vherc it vill be transported ov er tho Siberian railroad to Fctrograd. THE WEATHER TOOAY. Maximum?(6. Minimum?32. CLEAR CITIZENS OBJECT j TO ENLARGING j; CITY TERRITORY^ A protest of citizens was filed with [' Judge R. W. Jennings In the district JI court this afternoon, calling attention 1 to the alleged Irregularities in the pe- 1 tition filed by John H. Cobb and oth- j ? era. asking for the annexation of cer- : tain tracts of land to the city of Ju- < neau. The protest came before the ( court when the hearing on the petition ! was called at 2:30 o'clock. Judge Jennings continued tho case * until 2 o'clock Monday afternoon. Tho protest represents about $50,000 In 1m- < pwements. It Is said. notcd?usher is ; still on thejob' ?? : Mushing over the ley trails of thep N'orth or over the planked streets of i Juneau; either of these tasks is child's' i play for Charles Fritz, Alaska sour- j i dough, who resigned a position as gov- ' eminent mail carrier between Seward < and Iditarod to come to Juneau. Notjl long ago Fritz got out of work. About!1 that time the,floating advertisement j < wagon owned by "Punch" Baldwin was in need of an invisible pilot. "I'll j: take it." the ex-mail carrier said. And \ 1 today Fritz Is tho motive powor for! i the Baldwin vehicle. > Fritz mushed over tho long white ' trail from Seward for three seasons ? but last year refused to sign a new 1 contract. Ho had heard of Juneau and < its great development so ho decided!' to come hero. Now Fritz is waiting: I tho word from Washington, as to the location of the government railroad. 1 befr.ro netting out lor new fields. His < family's in Seward. : ? HEIDELBERG TO BUY FOOD FOR CITIZENS ?+? BERLIN. Feb. 27.? A Heidelberg dispatch to the Berliner Tageblatt says that the municipality will raise $750,000 with which to buy foodstuffs. Thy Frankfurter Zletang claims that thero is food enough in Germany at present timo but expects hardships until the government eualizes sup plies. To Conserve Meat. Tho German government is plan, ning to take radical steps to regulate tho meat consumption in tho Fath erland. The Government seizure and administration of Germany's meat supply may bo confidently looked for within tho next fow weeks. ? ? ? BELGIAN RELIEF COMMISSION EMPLOYS 47 SHIPS NEW YORK. Feb. 27.?Tho Ameri can commission for relief in Belgium has a fleet of 47 chartered steamships plying between American ports and Rotterdam, through tho war zone re cently declared by Germany. A major ity of these ships are flying tho Brit ish flag. Luxemburg Wants Aid. The Grand Duchoss of Xuxemburg has appeared for aid for people to tho commission of relief of Belgium. Pco i pie of this littlo country are in des l perato straits and near stnr'ation. I To sink ships of all nations o ? SIXTY FAIRBANKS MEN ASK FOR CITIZENSHIP FAIRBANKS, Fob. 27?More than 60 men will ask for American citi zenship when the United. States Din-, trict court convenes hero next week.' They represent most of the Nations! of Europe, and most of them nro oJd j time resideuts of the North. NEW WIRELESS SYSTEM INVENTED BY COLLEGE' WASHINGTON, Fob. ?7.?Tufts Col-i lege Wlrolcos Society announcos an invention permitting wireless tele graph communication without aerials. A single wire 13 stretched along the ground, and insulated from tbo ground, j to servo as an aerial ASSEMBLY ' TO CAUCUS ON JOBS The stage Is all set for the opening >f the second sesreion of tho Torrl- , ;orlaT Legislature Monday morning at [0 o'clock!. Tho chambers are local- 1 ;d in tho North wing or tho third floor j >f the Goldstein building. A caucus of tho legislators s expected to determine whom r.lmJl ; ie Speaker of tho House, and President < )l th$> Senate, and to whom shall be , rlvon the clerkships and attachments, )f which there are sixteen. Senator 1 j&iiield A. Sutherland, Senator Frank 1 \. Aldrich and Senator Benjamin F. d I Hard aro being urged for the PresI lcncy of the Sonate, while Senator ' X P. Gaustad Is also mentioned for the ? lonor. For tho Speakership Earnest 3. Collins and Arthur G. Shoup r.rc he open candidates. It Is expected that tho usual pro- : iedure In opening the Legislature will >e followed hero by effecting a torn- ( jorary organization In both chambers. , \fter a permanent organization has , >cen formed tho Governor's office win , )e Informed that the Legislature is , ?ead yto transact business. Gov. J. F. A. Strong's first message to , .he Legislature contains about 6,000 ( vords and touches the vital needs of , ;ho Territory, bv legislative enact- , nent. Friends of the Governor .are!; trging him tu deliver tho message , timself, in order that on the opening lay of the session The legislators w.'ll ; tear from hi . vv-n iff; the Govor tor's counsel am! adv?ce to the sof ins. ... ? Twenty members of the legislature iro in the city today. "Two arc ox- , ?ectcd !;o arrive 0:1 the Mariposa to- , light and Representative J. R. Hock nan will bo here tomorrow on tho Ad- j nlrnl Evans, it is certain. The twen y-fourth member of the assembly .will be chosen in the Second Division to lay, at the special election called by jovernor Strong to name a successor :o the Tate Senator Elwood Bruner. Among the early reports which will , be submitted to the legislature are those of Territorial Treasurer Wal jteln G. Smith, Secretary Charles E. Davidson and Mining Inspector tVil- . Ilam Maloney. Treasury- Smith's re port of the, banking board will also bo 'submitted next week, probable on Monday or Tuesday. HOTELS NOW HOMES OF THE LEGISLATORS Juneau's hotels are hosts to the members of the Territorial legislature. Tho "permanent camps" of the mem bers are as follows: OCCIDENTAL?Senrtor F. A. Aid rich, Representatives T. B. Tansy, J. P. Daly and Nathan H. Coombs. CAIN?Senators 0. P. Gaustad and B. F. Mlllaru, Representatives Charles M. Day, \V. T. Burns. W. W. Gotchcll. Earnest B. Collins, Dan Driscoll, T. H; Holland. ALASKAN ? Representative John Noon. NEW CAIN?Senators Dan A. Suth erland. 0. P. Hubbard and J. M. Tan ner, Representative A. G Shoup. Representative C. K. Snow has ta ken a private apartment. John G. Held and William Brltt, Representa tives from Junoau. are "at home." MANY PASSENGERS ON MARIPOSA FOR JUNEAU] KETCHIKAN. Feb. 27.?The Mari posa which will be due to arrive at Juneau at 0 o'clock had forty passen gers for that place, including Senator Charles A. Sulzer oI Sulzer, and Rep resentative Martin R Moran, of the Second Division. The following are the Juneau pas sengers on the Mariposa: S. Swanson, Mrs. F. Carroll. R. J. Adams, U. S. Wilson, Marlon Gold stein,: Mrs. Chas. Goldstein, Ed Le<v C. W, Dye, Mark Purdcn, R. H. Stev ens. Mrs. Stovcns, H. E. White, Robt. E. Crane, Miss W. Greningor, 13. C. Russell. Mrs. Russell, MiS3 A. C. Kane. W. J. MUroy, C. A. Sulzer, Mrs. M. Haslam. Miss E. Fahey, Cole Fti hey, Walter Lyto, F. J. Madden, Mrs. F. C. Jones, H. J. McWilliams. "M. F. Moran, F. B. Norman, W. H. Dickin son, VT. A. Irwin, Win. H. Lowis, and eight steerage. The Empire circulation leads. Try advertising lit it PETKOGRAD, Feb. 27.?The - Russian General Stall' today an- f aounqid that the German offcns- t ive movement in North Poland a has met with disaster. For 25 n miles along the front they were h engaged by Russians, who de-j8 feated them at all points. The i Germans retreated after sus- c taining severe losses. t The Russian victory has not only checked the German ad-; f ranee, but it has opened the way for another Russian invasion ac cording to the statements r> ; received at the War Office. ! V ? ? ? :? ? ? ?> v v v v v v , f i ?l- ITALIANS MUST NOT 'l- 'l HOLD WAR MEETINGS ?k ? > ROiME, Fob. 27.?-The Italian * government ttUs afternoon Is- * n sued an order forbidding tho c people of Italy from holding ?> .. ?> meet lugs cither for oragalnbt ? ; ?> the participation of the conn- * ii ?a <? 0- * y>. ~ ?t* ?> ?> v i ' GERMANV SEEKS li PEACE WITH FRANCE c LONDON. Feb. 27. ? Rumors are J ?gain in circulation that Germany lie * seeking to negotiate separate peace, with Franco. It In said that Germany has offered to restore Alsace and Lor raine to France, to gfy/t France the h southern portions of Belgium and a ti large Indemnity for damage, 'dor.o to n French property If the latter country \ would agree to peace terms. While the British government has '] announced that sho is prepared to con- f tinue the war against Germany alone, Ji If necessary. It Is not bslloved that a Franco will desert the Alljjis, nob that e she would consider a pence that did not Include the restoration of Belgium with Indemnity for her louses. RUSSIA COMMANDERS c ALL FOODSTUFFS C . O PETROGRAD, Feb. 27.?The Run- f slan government ha- commnndorodi v the foodstuffs of Russli to prcvont j; hording nr.d exhort) Jtant' prices. a AEROPLANES EXCHANGE t RAIDS IN THE WEST ? PARIS, Rob. 27. ? A tquadron of German aeroplanes bombarded the dis trict behind Nlcuport this morning. The damage dono war, not material. ' French Drop Bombc In Mcir. French aviators* last, night dropped ' bombs within io German barracks at 5 Metz, and safely returned within the t French lines. j' GERMAN DIPLOMAT WAV BE INVESTIGATED ' NEW YORK, Feb. 27.?The Fedcr a! authorities have been a eked by Now York shipping mcu-to investigate Iho charge that CapL K. Boyer, naval ' attache of tho Germany embassy at r Washington. It is charged that Capt ' Boyer nttemptcd to procure a hraudu- ' lent passport to permit Richard Stog- ' Icr to go to Great Britain: GERMAN STATEMENT OF RUSSIAN LOSSES 1 *8;'1 BERLIN, Feb. 27.-- An official ? statement; says: ! 'The r emits near tho east Prussian ? frontier have increased until now ? we have taken 64,00 prisoners, 71 big < guns, more than 100 machine guns. 1 throe hospital trains, some aircraft. 150 cars filled with ammunition, and 1 counties: earn loaded with war -muni tions and horsc3. A further Licreaso of this booty can bo oxp^ted. " PUBLISHER SELLS SANK - NEW YORK, Feb. 27.?Frank A. ? Muasoy, the publisher, has sold the i control of the Munsey Trust Company 1 ->f Baltimore to a syndicate Tho cap-: 'AMERICANS ARE RIGHT ?V~? London, Feb. 27?Lord Bryce, ormer British Ambassador to he United States, in a signed ; rticle appearing, in the Chron sle today says the United States 3 genuinely neutral, and that: I<0 has maintained her neutral ly in accordance with the high st conception of international. lWl 1RITAIN MAY TURN OUR WAY WASHINGTON, Feb. 27.?It 3 believed here that Great Brit-j in will today give an intima-, ion of her attitude respecting he proposal of the United States j royeniment for the removal of iangers to neutral shipping. While there has been no inti aation received through official hnnuels concerning the matter, ofomiavion from other sources ; that the British govern ment has been seriously im iressed with the strength of the ast American statement of the a?e. INGLAND MAY BORROW $150,000,000 IN US ? NEW YORK, Feb. ^--Negotiations avc i)- id entered Into by Crcat Brl aln through J. P. Morgan and Com any to borrow $150.0T)0,000 In New 'orlt to be used to rednco tho Amorl an balances In Londor. and to estab- , iah a British credit In Now York for urthor American purchases. It Js bo. ieved that such a loan would cnuso n Increase in tho prico of London xchange. Low Exchange. Costly i?HICAGO, Feb. 27.?The effects of ho recent heavy decltno In foreign xehango upon grain importations by !rcat Britain has been to causo that ountry to pay a very heavy premium, or its wheat. A large amount 6f May! i-heat was bought by British Import r? in Chicago the other day at 3i.l>9 bushel. At that time the demand tcvlihg was quoted at $4.80, so that he actual cost wan 81.72 1-2 per blsh 1 to England, exclusive of carryittg nd other charse/i. England Wants $400,000,000 NEW YORK. SJeti; 27.?A T.ondon :abio to Now York Tribune says It t'as prictlcaljy beiin sottled that Eog and Is to offer another war loan of ?4r-0.000.000 to tirmncc her from July 0 tho end of tho year, but It Is moro ban possible that the loan will be Hvlded Into two parts, to bo Issued ruly 1 and Oct. 1. \LLIES HAVE GREAT LEAD IN AMOUNT OF GOLD; NEW YORK. Feb. 27.?A London sable pays: "The Allies' gold holdings '.ro nearly four tinns as big an Gcr_ nony's. The total holdings of Great 3rltaln, Franco and Russia amount ;o ?2.MO.OOO.OOO as against $600,000, )00 for Germany *N ECONOMIC CRISIS HAS- ARISEN Iff SPAIN MADRID, Feb. 27.? An isionomic >n<J financial crisis has developed in 5pain. King Alfonrc- sigr.ed jijj docrcc nljourntng Parliament indefinitely, de rate the fnez that Important bills are lending. Tho premier announced that .he government Is compiled do de mote all Its attention no<v to applying iho lar.' recently passed '.to meet tho lomcatic crista. : ' ? i CANADA ASKS U. S. TO PROTECT BRIDGES ' .WASHINGTON Feb, 27.-The Can adian government."ado asked the Unit ad States to.placo guards ai'thd Amor, lean end of international bridges in arder to safeguard them from attacks an Unitcc'.: States territory. ALLIES' FLEETS PASS INTO DARDANELLES AFTER INNER FORTS i BRITISH SHIP ] IS TORPEDOED i IN CHANNELS ?o DIEPPE, France, Feb. 27,?A a large british merchantman was t torpedoed by a German s'ubma- 1 rine in the English channel this s' morning. A French torpedo boat imme- v diately departed to go to the as sistance of the crippled ship. She will endeavor to save the lives of those aboard. p NEUTRALS INDIGENT \ AT GERMAN METHODS ? ?:? s LONDON. Fob. 27.?Information re- e coived In this dly from the neutral capitals Indicate clearly that there is a.constantly growvag storm of oppo- ? sitlou to the Gorman submarine at- i tacks on the shipping of the world in <] the tocnllod "war zone The United States. Norway, Denmark. Sweden and s Holland have been among the Suffer- I era. All of them havo lost ships, and ^ some of them have lost citizens. The Swedish steamer. Svarton ar- , rived ut "lottcrdarr. in a damaged con- ' dition yesterday. It is said that three members of the crew of the American steamer Carib which was sunk hy a mine off the V German coast perished. n TO SINK SHIPS OF ALL NATIONS j! LONDON', Feb. A Copenhagen q dispatch says that German submar- j Ines engaged In the blockade of the English const have received detailed instructions how to act. Tho Inttruc. u lions rro that tho submarines have the absoluto right to treat .all mcr- |, chantmen found within the blocked- t cd area conveying anything to Eng- J 'and as enemy ships engaged In Ille- a gal operations. Submarines aro to torpedo such merchantmen immediate- , ly without the slightest examination ' of their nationality or In any way con coriiing themselves with tho fato of their crews. England Is ".sitting .tight" awaiting c the flrct brow of the German siibma- o -ine flc.et. It was announced this fore. <! noon that steamer truffle between 0 Folkstone Calais, Cologne. Dieppe. r Southampton and Havre was being maintained. The w'ar risks announced by insur- ? mco underwriters show slight roduc- c tions from those quoted a week ngo. f Tho London Board of Trade has ' eompletod arrangements for compen- ( ?ating all persons employed aboard ' British merchant ships who mr.3 be t injured by hostilities, ' Blockading Bulgaria. A Berlin wireloss rays Brtish and < French warships aro blockading Bul garian port of Dcegatch to provont . the importation of foodstuffs destined for Germany and Austria. 1 No Complaint to U. Sj j '<? LONDON', Fob. 27.? Tho British ' government rejected a proposition to < nrotost KcPrealdcnt Woodrov Wilson 1 igninst "gambling" in wheat, nixl oth- ' or grain futures in New York end oth- 1 or cities having grain exchanges. It ' has been suggested that speculation : In "futures" was partly respO'f'lble for the increase in prices, but Chan oololr David Lloyd-George announced In Parliament that the government would not mako any comoplainl to : tho United States. < Warning To Germans 1 LONDON," Feb. 27.?Tho Journal do I Geneva (Swiss)' warns Germany that t the latter country must bo careful against Irritating America by sinking ' her ships and killing sailers, for If America places her tradeard finance on the side of the Triple-Entente. the 1 i AuBtro-Gcrman-Turklsh alliance will 1 liuffer thereby. ;,j ATHENS, Feb. 27.?The al icd British and French flcr;t en ered tha Dardanelles this morn ng, passing the outer forts and eaching the first fort of the in ter defenses. The bombardment f the inry>r forts was continued II day from the shorter range hat is permitted of their guns hat is permitted by the lighter ;uns of the inside forts. The lighthouse at Sedel Bahr /as burned. SULTAN READY TO FLY. Pari?, Feb. 27. ? The Matin ublishes a dispatch from Ath ns this evening saying that the lultan of Turkey is preparing to ;avc. The Imperial trains have ;cpt steam up day and night ince the forts of the Dardan elles began to fall. The inhabitants of the islands f the sea of Marmora and along ts coast are in readiness to flee. Phe exodus from the country urroutding the Dardanelles has >een in progress for several lays. lUSTRIAN dispatches ARE OPTIMISTIC BERLIN, Feb, 27.?Advice-; from' 'ienrn rr.v that the Auctrlan-Gcr inn :i-my which in to invade Serbia, umbers 450,000. Austria claims the Russians have >.<t 50,000 men Id battTes In tho Duk i Pass of the Carpathians. Austria Is holding an army of 100,? 00 in tho comer of Hungary, near the loumnniau frontier. A "Budapest special says It Is almost our months slnco Przomysl the vatt ndcrground fortress of Gallcla, was unrounded by tho Russian forces, and ' tho besiegers do not show moro ac Ivlty than thoy liavo shown heretofore lie defenders will bo able to hold out nother thrco months. ALLIES TO FINANCE SMALLER NATIONS PARIS, Feb. 27.?Whilo tho recent onferenec of tho Finnnco Ministors r Franco, Great Britain and Runola lecidetb that thoso countries should -ich try to finance Itself they will co. iperate in financing the smaller Nt tonft that may Join them In tho War. licting on that decision, Serbia and lontenogro are receiving financial as Istance to keep their armies In tho ield, and Roumnnia has been aided o tho extent of approximately $50, 100,000. with the promise that sho ihall liavo moro when her .army en cr., the field, which, it has boon an lounced. will be within six weeks. CONVERTED CRUISER SUNK BRITISH SHIPS BUENOS AYRES, Feb. 27.?Tt Is said hero ? that tho British steamcrc Ilghland Brae, Potaro, Hemisphere, md Samantha and the three-masted ?.ehooner Wilfred M. woro sunk by the Herman converted cruiser Krcn Prlnz iVilholm instead of tho Karlsruhe, as -norted from London. The Kron I'rln;: Wilhclm was formerly a North jorman Lloyd liner. TURKEY SATISFIES INSULT TO GREEK ATTACHES LONDON, Fob. 27.?Turkey ban ? ooloslzcd to Grecco for tho arrest )f tho Greek naval attache nt Con stantinople, according to a dispatch rom Athens, and tho danger or war tetweeh the two countries has hoot ?emoved for tho time being.' RAILROAD WAGE CASE TO BE SETTLED APRIL 20 WASHINGTON. Feb. 27?The award n tho Western railroad wage arbitm 'ion ease will be rendered or. April 20 instead of on March 1.