, ^a Mile f ront
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FRANKLIN K. LANE
AGAIN WORKING ON
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
CITIZENS OBJECT j
TO ENLARGING j;
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
$750,000 with which to buy foodstuffs.
Thy Frankfurter Zletang claims that
thero is food enough in Germany at
present timo but expects hardships
until the government eualizes sup
To Conserve Meat.
Tho German government is plan,
ning to take radical steps to regulate
tho meat consumption in tho Fath
erland. The Government seizure and
administration of Germany's meat
supply may bo confidently looked for
within tho next fow weeks.
? ? ?
BELGIAN RELIEF COMMISSION
EMPLOYS 47 SHIPS
NEW YORK. Feb. 27.?Tho Ameri
can commission for relief in Belgium
has a fleet of 47 chartered steamships
plying between American ports and
Rotterdam, through tho war zone re
cently declared by Germany. A major
ity of these ships are flying tho Brit
Luxemburg Wants Aid.
The Grand Duchoss of Xuxemburg
has appeared for aid for people to tho
commission of relief of Belgium. Pco
i pie of this littlo country are in des
l perato straits and near stnr'ation.
I To sink ships of all nations
SIXTY FAIRBANKS MEN
ASK FOR CITIZENSHIP
FAIRBANKS, Fob. 27?More than
60 men will ask for American citi
zenship when the United. States Din-,
trict court convenes hero next week.'
They represent most of the Nations!
of Europe, and most of them nro oJd j
time resideuts of the North.
NEW WIRELESS SYSTEM
INVENTED BY COLLEGE'
WASHINGTON, Fob. ?7.?Tufts Col-i
lege Wlrolcos Society announcos
an invention permitting wireless tele
graph communication without aerials.
A single wire 13 stretched along the
ground, and insulated from tbo ground, j
to servo as an aerial
The stage Is all set for the opening
>f the second sesreion of tho Torrl- ,
;orlaT Legislature Monday morning at
[0 o'clock!. Tho chambers are local- 1
;d in tho North wing or tho third floor j
>f the Goldstein building.
A caucus of tho legislators
s expected to determine whom r.lmJl ;
ie Speaker of tho House, and President <
)l th$> 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;
ALASKAN ? Representative John
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
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
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 ,
?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
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'
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:
OF RUSSIAN LOSSES
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-:
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.
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
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
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. : '
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
AFTER INNER FORTS
BRITISH SHIP ]
IS TORPEDOED i
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'
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 ?
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- '
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
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
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, '
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.
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
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
BERLIN, Feb, 27.?Advice-; from'
'ienrn rr.v that the Auctrlan-Gcr
inn :i-my which in to invade Serbia,
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
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
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.
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.
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