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VOL- V., jStO. 738. ' JUNEAU, ALASKA, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7. lip.l. PRIOR TLX CENTS. ALLIES START OFFENSIVE MOVEMENT IN FRANCE OLD CITY I COUNCIL NENAM0) Unmistakable approval of the rec ord of achievements made by the members of last year's city council, was voiced by the citizens of Juneau yesterday, at the annual election. The entire old council ticket was re-elect ed by average pluralities of 200. N'ot one of the candidates for re-election were in danger of defeat. Grover C Winn, a Juneau product, defeated Her man T. Tripp, who was up for re-elec tion as school director. Mr. Winn made a splendid race, polling 5-1? votes to 334 for Mr. Tripp and 60 for Grafton Coleman. Socialist. The "New Council" Ticket, general ly referred to as former Mayor Emery Valentine's ticket, conceded the elec tion of the entire ticket opposing them as early as 9 o'clock last even evening. The Vote In Detail The results as certified to by the election officials, follow: "Old Council Ticket" ?Mayor Reck sr... $36 I J. R. Willis 625 I George F. Miller 610 William Geddes ... 590 C. W. Fries .... 579 William Britt 577 F. Wolland ........ 569 "New Council" Ticket El. Valentine 450 Oliver Drange 427 O. J. Wicklander 400 M. E. Russell ?.. 399 J. W. MacMUIan 3S6 R. .4. Keoney 36S Sam Kohn 352 Socialist Ticket Lena Morrow Lewis 94 John JurUa ... 56 Charles Helsing 55 George Harkrader .. 54 Henry Leplsto 52 Carl Arola 50 E. C. Briggs 50 ; For School Director? Grover C. Winn ... ..... 545 % Herman T. Tripp 344 Grafton Coleman 60 "Straight Tickets" Feature The total vote was 1079. The total registration was 1272, and with fine weather on the program, the election : drew out a good vote. < A feature of the election was the large number of "straight tickets" 1 voted. The Old Council Ticket I was given 434 of the straight votes, while 285 supporters of the New Council ticket voted without scratching. There were 300 split bal- j lots. Fifty Socialists voted their tick-1 et. straight. Seven ballots were thrown out for irregularities. Six ballots wore spoil- j ed in marking. < Poila Open at Nine j The polls opened at 9 a. m. with skies clear, and by noon the waiting ] line past the judges' table was almost1 < continuous. By 4 o'clock in tho after- ; noon the vote reached $00. and at 6 ] o'clock there was another rush. The . polls closed promptly at 7 o'clock and after dinner the election officials be- ; gan to count the ballots. The "straight" ( tickets were segregated and counted in bunches of five, after the "scratch- < ed" tickets and the totals for school director had been recorded. By nine o'clock it seemed certain that the old ] city council had been re-elected and f Mr. Winn's victory was certain. By | 10 o'clock the full result was certain. , The election officials were Lafe & I Spray, Ben Bullard. and A. Lund-j strom. Judges, and J. A. McKanna and A. A. Gabbs. clerks. Few challenges were registered and the election was , unmarred. The special police station ed at the polls had no call to duty, and although the saloons kept open down town, very little disorder was reported. DELEGATE TO SPEAK TONIGHT Judge James Wickersham. Alaska's 1 representative In Congress, will speak tonight. In Jaxon's rink, on "State hood." The Delegate also will discuss other current Questions. The meeting will be called to order at 8 o'clock. Members of the legisla ture will be present, and a large crowd of private citizens will be on hand. ALASKA GOLD. NEW YORK. April 7.?Alaska Gold closed today at 25; Utah Copper. 57 3-S. J. E. Barragar has taken a position with the Gastineau Mining Company, in the accounting department. + * + + + +. + + + + + .5. * * <. +1 * WEATHER TODAY ? i ^ ^ ^ v i" ^ v + ' ?> Maximum?47. v ?> Minimum?37. + Partly cloudy. + +***?+**+ ???????J.-!-' ALASKA ? ELECTION RESULTS ?Municipal elections were held in nearly all of the Incorporated towns of Alaska yesterday. While many of them were hotly contested, all of theiu passed ofT quietly and good naturedly. Returns from most of the elections were received by The Empire today, the details appearing below: BIG VOTE AT NOME. NOME, April 7.?Yesterday's muni cipal election resulted in a victory for the wets and miners' union ticket. While the contest was spirited, and brought out a big vote, it passed off quietly. Sixteen candidates wore in the race. The Old Council Ticket elected Hen ry Burgh. The Drys elected Ralph Lomen. The wets and minors' union elected the remainder of ticket. Those elected councilmen in the order of the vote received were: George Diamond, Ralph Lomen. Charles Thompson, A. G. Black, E. Charles Ross, Henry Burgh and rhorulf Lehman. The next in order was Billy Weed, who got one vote loss than Lehman. The vote cast was 976, and the reg istered vote was 1,080. May Have Local Option Election. A dry petition Is in circulation here asking Judge J. Randolph Tucker, jr.. to call a special election to determine the wish of the people regarding the Issuance of liquor licenses at Nome. The movement has gathered consider tble headway. MENDENHALL ELECTS COMPLETE SCHOOL BOARD At an election held at the Menden lall school house yesterday Tom vnudson was elected school director: \ J. Skuse. school clerk, and B. Dak :c. school treasurer. There were 22 otes polled., CITIZENS' TICKET WINS AT SKAGWAY. ? SKAGWAY. April 7.?The full Citi :ens' ticket was elected at yesterday's juiet election, as follows: Councllmen?James Kennedy. \V. B. Satson. A. C. Blanchard, W. R. Hll ery. Howard Ashley. O. Selmer and \*. O. Hardy. School Director?Victor I. Hahn. Howard Ashley will be Mayor. QUIET AT HAINES. HAINES. April 7?The election here resterdav was quiet. The vote for :ouncilmen follows, the first seven be ng successful: James Fay 71, Harry Higgins 68, it. M. Odell 58. Timothy Creedon 57. 7. 0. Delhaven 50. W. B. Stout 4S. Jas. McQuinn 44, A. J. Dennerline 38. J. 3. Chisel 37. B. E. Benson 38. Jesse Tensen 43. For school board?A. S. McLean 61'. Mrs. C. Tompkins 24. S. J. Weitzman >. McLean was elected. SITKA RE-ELECTS OLD TRUSTEES SITKA, April 7.?The election here ? passed off very quietly with littlo in terest or spirit exhibited. The old i trustee and school board tickets were i re-elected. The total vote cast was1 178. The vote follows: For Trustees?Roll. 127: Barron.; 127. Johnson, 130: Peterson. 50: Til son, 47: Hanlon. 45. The first three were elected. School Board?Howard. 124: Do Ar mond. 134; Mills. 127: Ashball, 49; Hirst, 48; McGraw. 53. The first three were elected. KETCHIKAN HAS QUIET ELECTION. KETCHIKAN. April 7. ? The elec tion here passed off quietly. The suc cessful candidates for city council men, with the votes they secured, fol lows: Henneghan 272. Becgle 224. King 234. Chesney 214, Paup 200, Scholthan 196. Ryus 190. Henneghan. Paup and Ryus are members of the old council. Mayor D. Smith Harris received 1S5 votes. For member of the school board? George F. Rounsefell defeated B. L. Myers by 21 votes. LIGHT VOTE AT WRANGELL. WRANGELL, April 7.?The election held hero yesterday was very slow. Only 53 votes were cast. There were eight candidates for councilmen. The new council consists of the fol lowing named: J. G. Grant, Tate, Patenaud. Sorsot, Spaulding. Bryant, and Emery. Math eson was elected to succeed Dr. Dawes as clerk of the school board, and (Continued on Page 6.) ! FORMER LEADING I ALASKA LAWYER SHOT IN OREGON PORTLAND, Ore.. April 7. ? Will iam T. Hume, a prominent Portland at torney, and former a practicing law yer at Nome, was shot and probably fatally wounded at noon today by S. A. Constantino, an Italian, who fired j three shots, one of which entered Hume's back. ! Constantino's grievance against Hume was bocause the latter defended ! A. M. Brunswick, another attorney who was charged with having retained money belonging to the Italian. William T. Hume'was at Juneau and | Skagway in the late '90s for a time and went from Southeastern Alaska . to Nome, where ho pmcticed law. Senator O. P. Hubbard, who is now at tending the Alaska Legislature, was a law partner of Hume at one time. Mr. Hume left Alaska for Portland, his former home, a dozen years ago, ! and has practice law since that time there. MAY CUT AREA OF RESERVATIONS WASHINGTON, April 7.?The mat ter of reducing the army and navy res ervations on Orca bay, Alaska, has been considered, and the Navy Depart ment has announced that the officers of the next radio expedition to Alas ka will be charged with the" duty of a naval examination of the reserva tions and making recommendations for eliminations. An order has also been made by the War Department directing that Col. J. B. Cavanaugh, of the United States Army engineering corps, at Seattle, look into the army rcservaUous in Al aska and inako recommendations for reducing their areas. PRESBYTERY ELECTS SYNOD DELEGATES At the meeting of the Presbytery of Alaska, yesterday, the following com of the Presbyterian church Averc elect Ministers: Rev. F. It. Falconer of Klukwan. principal: Rev. Edward Marsden of Ketchikan, alternate. Elders': E. \V. Pettit of Juneau, prin cipal: M. S. Whittier of Juneau, alter nate. The ll>15 General Assembly meets at Rochester. X. Y.. the third Thurs day in May. Representatives from the church in all parts of the United States, to the number of approximate ly 1.000. are expected to be present. Dr. Condlt will represent the Presby tery of the Yukon. The Synod of Washington will meet in Tacoma in October. The Rev. R. J. Dlven was elected as principal delegate, and Rev. Edw. Marsden as alternate to this meeting. The Presbytery celebrated the Lord's Supper at the Native church last evening at eight o'clock. Rev. Da vid Waggoner presiding. Rev. Clark reading the warrant for the service and dispensing the bread. Rev. J. H. Condit. D.D. dispensed the wine, and the communion address was delivered by Rev. R. J. Dlven. Elders?C. L. Johns and John Newell. A number of people from Douglas were present and the house was well filled. The Presbytery held but a short ses sion this morning and adjourned in or der to give the committees an oportun ity to completo their work so as to re port tomorrow. Following are tho committees: On bills and overtures?J. S. Clark and J. X. Cokcr. Finance?C. L. Johns and F. R. Fal | coner. Resolutions?Emil L. Winterberger, George L. Good and John Newell. Minutes of Synod and General As sembly?J. S. Clark. Narrative for Synod?David Wag goner. ? ? AFTER BOAT FOR ALASKA SURVEYS SEATTLE. April 7. ? The United States Geodetic survey oOlcers today opened bids for the charter of vessels with which to wire drag the Alaska coast. Sixty Seattle vessols were of fered for the purpose. The decision was not announced. Fred Hamburg, manager of the shoe department of the C. Goldstein store, returned last evening from a business trip to Seattle and Portland. ?> ? ?> + ? ? ? ?> -i* ? kuskokwim * 4? ' charts ready * ! .j. ? WASHINGTON. April T.? *' ? The Department of Commerce -> ? ahs announced the completion ? ? of the charts of the Kuskokwim + bay and Kuskokwim river. The * <i' announcement says that the + ? river valley now becomes ac- * ? cessible for development. ? ? ? i.;. .j. -j. -j. ?> .;. .;. .j. -j 7 BEL THRO1 THi USE Seven measures wor passed by the House of Representatives today while ! the Senate put In n long grind on the mining committee's bill amending the Roden law. Nine now measures were introduced, eight in the House and one In the Senate. By unanimous vote, the House pui I through the following ;ills: H. B. 54, providing for taking do, positions of witnesses dthin the Tor-! ritory, and designatin couscs. H. B. 55, prescribing the causes I for which challenges t r implied bias of jurors may be take) H. B. 34, preventing and punishing' family desertion anil providing sup-! I port bonds. H. J. M. 5, nsking ongress for a survey of the native ? tlagos in Alas J ka, In order to clear thies. H. B. 44. providing ?egulutions giv ing to unincorporated towns the privi lege of electing a board of trustees of throe members who shall mnke rules I for the management of tho towns, and | otherwise amending the law in regard to incorpation of the c'ties of the sec ond class. H. B. 50,. establishing :i form or lo cal government for Hydnli, Thllnget and Tslmpsean native villages, grant ing councils, penalties for violations of village laws, and providing a menure I of punishment for witcr&ft. "Public Regulation" Passes. H. B. 28, "an act to increase the; power of common councils in municl-[ palities, by granting them the right to regulate rates and otherwise gov ern public service corporations. The measures were signed by the Speaker and sent to the Senate. The House passed to Third reading, without amendment, J. Al. 4, asking for easements on navigable waters, [between homestead entries, and J. M. 11. asking for a government smelter in Southeastern Alaska. ; Representative Noon introduced: J. M. 13, asking for a bounty of $2f> on brown bear and praying that the closed season on that Bpccies of ani mal bo rescinded. The memorial fur ther asks that the laws of the United States relating to the gnmo arid fur bearing animals of Alaska to bo amended to give the Alaska legislature full control. It was rcofrred to the fisheries, game and ugriculture com mittee. Brltt Asks For Power. Representative Britt Introduced J. M. 12, asking Congress to give the Al aska Legislature control of the Alas ka Fund, now collected by tho govern ment. and used for Nelson schools, roads and indigents. The memorial asks further that the legislature be 'given an enlargement of power to leg-1 islnte on the school question and re-! cites that the school-governing power ? is denied by the organic act. The me morial was referred to the education committee. , Representative snoup miruuuccu IT. j B. G2, an act to make uniform the law of partnership in Alaska. It was referred to the judiciary committee. The banking committee introduced House BIIIb 57, 58. 59, GO, and 61, amendatory of the banking laws. In the Senate one bill was intro duced, that of Senator Sulzcr, provid ing compensation for the Secretary of the Territory in recording work. The Ketchikan memorial asking that : authorities in Washington take imme diate steps to protect the fishing in 1 tere8ts of Southeastern Alaska, in the matter of the competition of Prince Rupert, B. C., came back to the House i with a divided report. Itcpresontativc 1 Heckman concurred in the memorial. Representatives Britt, Noon and Dris coll dissented to it and Chairman Da ly reported that it be received by the House, "without recommendation." The report was received. Liquor Bill Is Favored. In the Senate, the committee on el ections endorsed the Snow bill pro viding an election on the liquor ques tion November 4, 1916. The mining committee of the upper house ercommended II. B. 29. filing grubstakes. The judiciary committee of the Sen ato recommended for passage the .Mil lard bill, an act to prevent boys under 16 yoars of age to loiter in billiard hulls, and recommended that S. B. ; 34, providing that juries in civil causes may render verdicts on three fourths sentiment, and S. B. 29, an act to make libel and slander a misde meanor and to prescribe punishment, lie on the table, subject to recall. The Senate committee of the whole recommended the mine inspection bill for passago. with further amendments as to safety appliances in mines, pre ! caution in drilling after a "missed hole," stamping of powder with date of manufacture, and other details. Mining Bill Will Pass. The mining committee's general mining bill, amending the Roden law, (Continued on Page Six) DECISIVE EIGHT Of WAR IS ON IN MEXICO ??}*? WASHINGTON, April 7.?A battle In which 40,000 troops aro engaged and which It is believed will be the deciding action of the war in Mexico between the forces of Gen. Villa anil Gen. Carrapza, is either in progress: or impending neur Irupuato in the. State of Guanajuato. The forces of both armies were mov ing together at the last accounts, and they should have come in contact to day. The forces engaged are so large a part of the armies of the two factions; that is is believed that a victory for one side or the other will be decisive.: LANE AGAIN SAYS IS COMING NORTH WASHINGTON, April 7.-Secretary ' of lite Interior Franklin K. Lane an-1 nounccd last night that, ho will make J a trip to Alaska in July, but he re- j fused to state what parts of the Ter-; ritory he will visit. It Is generally accepted for granted ! that he will visit all of the coast I towns, and efforts arc being made to induce him to extend his visit to tin interior. Rcdfield Praises Congress. At an Alaska dinner given In honor of Secretary of Commerce William C.' Kedneld. by Rear-Admiral Peary on i the anniversary of the discovery of i the North Pole, the Secretary praised Congress for the work that it hn3 done; in making it possible to safeguard shipping on the Alaska coast. It was announced by Secretary of Commerce Uedlleld that the Roose-; velt, Peary's North Pole ship will sail from New York for Alaska soon. Walker Predicts Alaska Development. CHICAGO. April 7. ? George R. Walker, former United States district attorney, for the Third Alaska divis ion, speaking to the Ohio Society here last night, predicted wonderful and rapid Alaskan development with the building of the Alaska. railroad. REPUBLICANS CARRY CHICAGO ELECTION CHICAGO. April 7.?William Hale Thompson, Republican, was elected Mayor of Chicago yesterday by a plur ality of 140,000 over Robert M. Sweit zer, Democrat. Thompson carried the whole Republican municipal ticket to success with him. The result was brought ubout by the Harrison faction of the Democrat ic party supporting the Republican ticket. At tho recent primary election more than 300,000 votes were cast in the Democratic primaries, which was moro than GO per cent, of the total votes of the city. BOY SAVES COUNTRY $12,000,000 EASILY **??? WASHINGTON*. April 6.?How a lit tle messenger boy saved the govern ment $12,000,000 by blocking the pas sage of $300,000,000 post office ap propriation is being told here today. The House of Representatives re mained in session from March 3, until G p. m.. March 4. when it took a rc j cess until 9 o'clock. The post office bill had been in conference between i the houses during the night and the ; conference finally had reached an agreement. All that remained to be done was for each house formally to ngreo to the report. The bill was left in charge of Rep resentative Moon, of Tennessee, Chair man of the House committee on post i offices. Mr. Moon, after carrying the bill to his office, .vent home to get a fow hours sleep. A messenger boy who was on duty found the bill. As the adjournment hour drew near ; it became necessary for Congress to make some provision for running the post office department, so a resolution was rushed through continuing the old appropriation for another twelve months) when the bill was finally dis covered. and it was then too late to enact it. boy who looked up the balletaoish boy who locked up the bill for safe keeping, saved the government about $12,000,000. If that measure had been passed, the total appropriations for the last session would have shown on increase over those for the current fiscal year of $11,500,000 instead of i showing a decrease of about $1,000, ?J* **? ?J? ?J? ?J? V ?5* ? EITEL READY FOR * ? SEA BUT STAYS * ? NEWPORT NEWS. Va? * v April 7.?The Prlnr. Eitcl Fried- * ? rich blew her whistle this after- ? ? noon, and great clouds of coal <? smoke arc pouring from her ? ? funnels, but at 3:50 o'clock this v <? aftornoon she was still tied to ? ? her pier. ? italy and serbians agreeing! PARIS, April 7?Italy and Serbia arc about to conclude an agreement as to the Adriatic control. The negotia tions are being conducted by tele graphic correspondence. An agree ment has been practically reached on the following basis: Italy will not oppose Serbia's occu pation of the territory that will give her an outlet to the sea, on condition that this territory will not be forti fied. The question of Trieste and Istria has not yet been reached, but the Al lies have agreed to the recognition of the Italian character of these locali ties. The present visit of T. Tioni, Ital ian Ambassador In Paris, to Rome is In connection with these negotiations. Look for Italy in War. If this Italo-Scrbian agreement is signed this week, as it is expected that it will be, the Rome correspond-; ent of the Excelsior says the entry of Italy Into the European conlllct may, be considered as imminent. Italy Prepares to Strike. LONDON, April 7.?Italian warships departed suddenly today from the Med iterranean naval station and contra! . ed at Augusta, Slcilly, and at Taran to, and arc thus within striking dis-j tancc of the Adriatic. NEW YORK TO LEND ARGENTINE $25,000,000 MORE ?> NEW YORK, April 7. ? New York, hankers are discussing a loan to Ar gentina. The amount will probably j be about $25,000,000. Argentina has about $50,000,000 of maturities this year, maiuly In London. The National City Bank and associates are expect ed to head whatever syndicate may be formed to llnance Argentina. Argentina Wants More. It is reported by cable from Buenos Ayres that the Argentina government is negotiating a loan of $125,000,000. to be used In pnrt for public works. GERMANY IS HARD PRESSED FOR COPPER BOSTON. Mass., April 7. ? Private letters from Berlin sny children arc paid rewards for destroying toys and giving copper they contain to authori ties. BOER GENERAL SAYS GERMANS WILL WIN NEW YORK. April 7. Germany al ready has 160 submarines and is work ing a force of 40,000 men night and day to build more, according to Brig. ; Gen. Samuel Pearson, who has arrived from Europe. Brig.-Gcn. Pearson, who was a quar termaster general in the Boer army, comes direct from Germany, and says: "I believe Germany will win this war with her submarines. When she gets her great fleet in operation in British and French waters, Germany will be ; able to starve England and Prance in to submission." Ask for Less Bitterness. COPENHAGEN. April 7. ? German federation of woodworkers expresses hope and bollef In German victory! but appeals for suppression of "vile; and contemptible epithets" against foreign people. PRESIDENT CONSIDERING ORIENTAL QUESTION NEW YORK, April tt.?A Washing ton special to the New York World says that President Wodrow WIlBon's attention has been centered upon Ear Eastern problems and Administration views with grave concern Japan's ac tivity in Peking. It has been advised Chinese sovereignity is being jeop ardized while the European war is on and that the Chinese peoplo look to America to save them. It is believed that a cautious inquiry will be made by the American embassador at Lon don to ascertain how far Great Bri tain intends to back her ally. China is said to expect little help from Eng land. The Japanese premier's policy , is said to be to have England loud gold to China and that the Japanese will police the country, thus guaran teeing payment of the money, but meaning the end of the "open door" policy, China Looks to U. S. | NEW YORK. April 6. - The New York American says China looks for a war with Japan and military activity is expected before May 1 next, in the ; effort to gain control of Southern Man churia and Shantung. TO EXCHANGE CITIZENS. VIENNA. April 7.?Sorbin nnd Aus tria-Hungary will exchange interned civilians. The Empire has most readers FURIOUS BATTLES ON IN WEST LONDON. April 7 A furious assault on German positions between the Meuse and Moselle rivers is being made by the French in a continua tion of their new offensive movement, which is fast developing into a gener al conlllct along the whole line in Northern France and Alsace and Lor raine. Dispatches from Berlin say that the French have made many attacks, and that they have been repulsed with ex traordinarily heavy losses. The Ger man accounts say that some of the battlefields are covered with the French dead. The official statement from I'arls gives few details of the engagements, although it is claimed that ground has been gained in some instances. RUSSIA CONTINUES TO WIN. LONDON, April 7. - Dispatches from the eastern front say that Rus sian armies are continuing their suc cesses in Hungary and Poland. GERMAN REFUGEES FLY BEFORE RUSSIANS KOENIGSBERG, Germany, April 7. ?Great numbers of East Prussian re fugees are llceing to this city. Six thousand are already here. AUSTRIA CALLING OLD MEN TO THE FRONT ?4*? ROME. April 7.?Austria is summon ing to the colors all able-bodied men under 52, and those under 42 rejected as physical}' unfit arc being recalled. GERMANY TO RAID ENGLAND ONCE MORE ?4*?? AMSTERDAM. April 7. - Germany will launch her aerial attack against England within two weeks, according to travellers from Berlin. They say a great fleet of zeppelln's and aero planes is concentrated at Brussels and Cologne. ENGLAND WITHDRAWS HONOR FROM GERMAN DEFENDER LONDON, April 7.?Because of his defense of Germany, the name of Sven Hedln. Scandinavian explorer, has been stricken from tKe list of hon orary members of the Royal Geogra phical-Society. FRENCHMAN MAY COMMAND AT WARSAW ANTWERP, April 7.?Reports are again received hero tlint Gen. Paul Pau of the French army has taken command of the Russian troops in the district of Warsaw. Other French oill ?ers have been sent to assist the Rus sians, and England also is preparing J to send a number, according to re ports received at German headquar , ters here. FRENCH REPORT THAT CONDITIONS ARE GOOD PARIS. April 7.?The President of 75 chambers of commerce meeting in Paris report that trade Is gradually In creasing and certain districts unusual ly prosperous, some manufacturing war supplies and others making goods formerly imported from Germany. LAND TROOPS NOW ON GALLIP0LI PENINSULA LONDON, April 7?Athens despatch to the Express says military forces occupy Gallipoli peninsula and will co-operate with the licet in the Dar danelles operations. The censor per mitted transmission of this despatch, but the government press bureau says no confirmation has been received. EMPEROR MOVES PERSONAL PROPERTY FROM ALSACE LONDON, April 7?'The German em peror has ordered the removal to Ber lin of valuable paintings and tapes tries from his mountain castle at Ko enlg8berg on Alsatian side of Vosgcs mountains. Recently French aviators (lew over the place, which formerly be longed to a king of France. AUSTRIA REPORTED TO BE FOR PEACE 1 GENEVA. April 7. ? It is reported from Vienna that Emperor Francis Jo seph has had several interviews with the Papal Nuncio, and it is reported that ho is trying to persuade Emperor William, through the Vatican, to al low Austria to conclude a separate peace with Russia. ITALY PREPARNIG ISLANDS FOR DEFENSE ROME, April 7.?Italy has equipped fortifications on her islands off Asia ' Minor with heavy guns.