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VOL. v.. MO. 555. JLTNLAU. ALASiwi,_ DIRECT TAX N BILL OST IN HOUSE ??? *1" v -I- v -5- V v v ? '?"? ? + ? SENATE FOR DIRECT TAX. <? + ? + Senate Bill 60. the direct *> ? property tax bill, passed the ? Senate this afternoon, and will ?> go to the House, in spite of the * -J* fact that toh lower body turn- ?> ? ed it down last night. Floor <? leaders declare a deadlock uiay * + result, and final adjournment ?> + tomorrow is not looked for. + ?> It is believed, however, that the * ? Legislature will be through this ?> -5- fact that the lower body turn -S? back and recesses taken only ?> for meals and for sleep. In or- ? ? der to get through. ?> ? ? -I* -J- ?> ? ?> v -I- -1- v -1- v v v ?> ? v Like a bolt of lightning out of a cleary sky the direct property tax bill, from the operation of which the Ter ritory expected a yield of $200,000 in revenue, was killed in the House of Representatives last night. Fifteen hundred pages of typewritten sheets were consigned to the waste basket, three weeks of earnest work on the part of Senators Gau tad and Millard and Representative Shoup went a-gliui mering. and the time that the House. Senate and attaches of the Legisla ture put in on the measure is gone beyond redemption. After the direct taxers and licensers had engaged in a duel wherein the verbal shrapuel fell thick and fast Representative Shoup trained the 12 centimeters on the opposition and Representative Pah ordered a charge. The roll call on the question of in definite postponement showed Repre sentative Heckmar. missing from the Had the Ketchikan member voted aye, as had been expected, the vote would tion to Indefinitely postpone would have been defeated. tat: was iir* Aye: Coombs. Daly. Day. Driscoll, C.etchell. Heckman. Moran. Snow ami Speaker Collins. Nay: Britt. Burns, Heitl. Holland, Noon. Shoup. Tanscv. License System Ordered A motion to recommit the bill to a to return by H o'clock tomorrow a bill prevailed, and Speaker Collin: started to select a committee of four, one from each division. Four members declln-1 cd to serve oa the committee and a recess was taken to allow a caucus of the four delegations. When the HpuSe^rc convened it was announced twf the delegations had' selected Representative Heckman from the First. Representative Getchell of the Second. Representa ive Noon, of the Third and Roprcs ntativo Snow, of the Fourth to draff the bill. The committee announced tlpt they would begin work as soon as the House was cleared, and declared they would em ploy legal counsel and clerks, for an (Continued on Page 6.1 AMERICANS GET BIG WAR ORDERS NEW YORK. April t$. -It i < declar taken by the American Locomotive company will be "firm." That is. thei payment will be made under contract even if the war should end at an early date. It is understood the contract was closed through the help of J. P. i Morgan & Co. The American Loco motive company has been negotiating order will be manufactured""at the Richmond. Virginia plant of the com-1 pany. T* ihnt i". Mian 1L IJ? VUHifltVli LUiVk UlUViO tlVSUi Russia. England. Franco for smokeless powder, gun cotton and other munl-j tions of war already placed in this | country run as high as $150,000,900. The Westinghouso Electric company ia understood to have a shrapnel or der amounting to nearly $20,000,000. At least six big concerns in differ ent part of the Xnited States are tnjoving increased business in cart ridge manufacture. These are: Win chester Repeating Arms company; Un ion Metallic Cartridge company; Unit-1 ed States Cartridge company: Lowell. ?innati: Robin Hood Cartridge com- j panv. The DuPont company has con-j structed two new plants at a cost of! $5,000,000 each. Empire ads work af the time. v <? ?> v ?> *> ?:* ?> ?> v ?:< * WEATHER TODAY * <? Ranifall?.32 in. * ?p Cloudy. + -y ?> ?> v ?> ^ SULZER ASKS FOUR DELEGATES TO WASHINGTON The Sulier memorial was in definitely postponed by the Senate this afternoon. Senator Chas. A. Sulzer Introduced ? In the Senate today a memorial ask ing that four delegates from Alaska be elected overy two years/one from each division. His reasons are best explained by the memorial, which reads as follows: To the Congress of the United States: Your Memorialists, the Legislature of the Territory of Alaska, earnestly represent that. Whereas, The Territory of Alaska comprises an enormous area equal to; all of the United States east of the Mississippi river, and comprises dis-1 tanccs equal to those between New! York and San Francisco and botween Canadian and Mexican boundaries. Whereas, This vast country , is rap idly developing along many diversified 1 j lines, and the interests of the four Di- j visions of Alaska are essentially dlf-: fcrent in many vital respects. Therefore. Your Memorialists most respectfully pray that the Alaska en-J abling act he so amended as to pro-; vide for the election of a Delegate to ; | Congress front each of the Four Di visions of the Territory of Alaska. The memorial tooks is place on the calendar. PENNSYLVANIA TO BUY EQUIPMENT! PHILADELPHIA, April 2J>.~ The; Pennsylvania railroad has entered the) market for $20,000,000 worth of equip ment and for material for cars and locomotives, which it will construct in its own shops. This is the first equip ment buying of any magnitude by the Pennsylvania Railroad company in more than a year. It was stated that it may mark the beginning of an era of purchasing by the railroads t the country The company will build 141 locomotives at its shops and bids will be requested for materials. 7643 freight cars will be built by outside compan Packing Business Booms CHICAGO. April 2$.?J. Ogden Ar mour declares that the packing busi ness is busier tbun for years. Plants are running at full capacity. The prin ciple cause of unusual activity now in the large volume of orders received -inco the war began. An increase in meat production of this country this year is indicated by a gain of $200,000 in public revenues ^tvbe derived from granting permits. These revenues this year will aggre gate $1,200,000. QUICK RISING MARKETS MAKES FORTUNE FOR BUYER NEW YORK. April 2S.?A holder of 1000 shares of Locomotive common or dered it -old at 51 at the opening Fri day. The order was executed at 67. which gave the customer $16,000 more than he expected. The New York Tribune says Samuel Untermoyer. who has sought for years to limit the activities of the New York Stock exchange, is estimat ed to have made over $2,000,000 in the rise of Bethlehem Steel. CANADA ARE HEAVY U. S. BORROWERS NEW YORK. April 28.?Charles M. Pepper, former trade adviser of the! State Department, says that since the beginning of the year investors in the United States have absorbed over $50, 000.00b worth of Canadian municipal i1 and provincial loans. In 1913, out of the total municipal issues of $110,-. 000.000, they took $21,000,000. In 1914 j they took $12,000,000 out of $79,000.-j 000. Loans to banks, companies and i individuals have increased the borrow lngs of Canada to nearly $80,000,000. ? ? PROTECTION IN SIGHT FOR DYE FACTORIES 1 *?* ' WASHINGTON. April 2S, Secre tary of the Interior Franklin K. Lane suggosted to President Woodrow Wil son that if German dyes flooded the United States after the close of the war. to the dctrimont of American manufacturers, new federal trade com mission would have the power to pro tect . them under the "unfair compe tition" clause of the trade commission law. Mr. Lane found that American ?concerns disinclined to undertake the | manufacturt of dyes by the Rittman process for fear that when the war isj ended German dye makers would drive the Americans out of business. ? ? * QUIET ON BORDER. BROWNSVILLE, Tex.. April 28. The third Held artillery which was sent here recently for border patrol during the fighting around Matamor-i UNIVERSAL 8-HO BILL LOST The labor committee's bill provid ing application of the* 8-hour working day in every branch of trade and in j dustry in Alaska, failed of passage in the House this morning, by thrco ! votos. Immediately afterward House Bill J.10, the poll tax act. providing a : ?4 tax with the revenuo to go to the maintenance of the Pioneers' Home | and for other charitable work, was passed by the House. 11 to 3. The roll call on final passage of the general 8-hour bill showed the fol | lowing vote: Aye: Burns. Daly'. Moran, Noon, Snow, Speaker Collins. Nay: Brttt. Day, Driscoll, Getchell, Heckman, Teid. Holland, Shoup. Tan sey. _ Abesnt: Coombs. How Poll Tax Passed. The poll tax bill precipitated a long discussion and various changes were made in it before it went to a vote. An amendment which would have up held the validity of the old head tax law by the collection of delinquent taxes, was defeated. Provision was made that the revenue so collected would go to the Pioneors' Home, the dependent children fund, and to tho Aldrich pension bill fund. Aye: Burns, Driscoll. Day, Heckman. Holland. Moran, Noon. Shoup. Snow,] Tanscy. Speaker Collins. Nay: Britt. Daly. Getchell. Absent: Held, Coombs. Important Bills Passed. Late yesterday afternoon the House passed the bill providing for tho elec tion of an attorney general, the bill providing that a stenographic report be made of grand jury Investigations. H. B. 65. relating to the collecting of; delinquent taxes, the McGann anti-j professional jury ac t, S. B. 55, unlforn i acknowledgement of deed, the Aid-; rich prospectors' pension bill with amendments, and S. J. K. .5 setting! aside 25 per cent, of tho forest re- ] Road Bill Is Law. Governor Strong today signed H. B. M. dividing the forest reserve moneys ! equally between the four judicial di-, visions and creating four road dis tracts; with road overseers to expend the money approapriated, on roads ami trails. Another Bill Defeated. The .Millard bill providing designa tion by number of raining claims was indefinitely postponed In the House yesterday. The bill passed the Sen ate early this week. More Measures Pass. The Senate late this -afternoon pass ed the memorial to Congress asking that the Morningside Asylum be inves tigated. andjhat the insane be taken care of in Alaska; and the eapltoi building and Nome mail memorials were also passed. The Senate killed the House min ing committee's memorial asking for a government smelter in Southeast ern Alaska. All House amendments to the Aid rich prospectors' pension bill, includ ing an appropriation of ?2400 for clerk hire for the next two years, for the Pioneers' Home, were concurred in by the Senate. The Senate also con curred In the House amendments to the Insurance registration bill. Mine Inspection to Conference. The Senate refused to concur in the House amendments to the Millard mine inspection bill and the matter will be threshed out in conference. Late today the House put the work men's compensation bill on the right of-way for tonight, after recommend ing the passage of tho taxation hill and taking up a batch of unfinished business. MORGAN ART COLLECTION WILL BE SOLD SOON ? NEW YORK. April 2S.?The New York American says the Morgan art collection was sold to aid the firm of J. P. Morgan & Co.. which needed more millions. The war has brought tremendous business opportunities and corporations had to bo refinanced. UNTERMEYER MAY REPRESENT GOVERNMENT WASHINGTON. April 2$.? Samuel Untermeyer may be retained as gov ernment attorney in the Riggs Nation al Bank case. Attorney-General Thomas \Y. Greg ory refuses to retract the statement that he did not engage Louis D .Bran dies in the Riggs Bank case. Secretary of the Treasury William G. McAdoo says that the government did not exceed its authority in the ALASKA GOLD HOLDS ON. NEW YORK. April 28.--Alaska Gold closed today at 38%; Utah Copper at 70%, Chino 48%, and Ray at 2494. lane sticking to his mm power plans WASHINGTON.. April 28.?Secreta announced that the water power leas i ing bill which failed of passage at the i last session of Congress will bo rein troduced at the beginning of the uoxt session, and that it will bo supported by the administration. Houston Leaves for West. Secretary of Agriculture David P. Houston started for the west today to visit various portions of the national forests. Ho will observe to what ex tent their tlmbor. forage, grazing and water power resource. have been de veloped. and the exteilt of the present plans for future development. GET THROUGH WITH COL. ROOSEVELT ??? ? SYRACUSE. April 2S. The cross j examination of Former President Theodore Roosevelt was concluded to day. Ho has boen under lire for moro than three full days, and has been subjected to one of tljo 8o%orest prob ings that any witnoss has over under gone In this State. William Barnes, jr.; left for Albany yesterday and Is expected to return today. UNION MEN AND : EMPLOYERS^ INDICTED j CHICAGO, April 28. -Eighteen olll | cials of labor unions. 82 contractors and contracting firms and two alleged turned in the United States district court today, charging violations of the Shermuu anti-trust law. They are ex pected to appear and give bond in the sum of $10,000 for each indictment in which their names appear as a guar anty that they will be present whou wanted. TEXAS AGAIN PACES DESTRUCTIVE FLOOD FORT WORTH, Tex.. April 28. ? This city again faces a serious Hood situation because of a new rise of wa ter that has swept down West Fork. Tho water began rising lust night. Big gangs of men were immediately sot to work strengthening tho levees,; and removing people from the danger zone. WILSON PROMISES MISSOURI VISIT WASHINGTON. April 28. ? Presi dent Woodrow Wilson told members of the Missouri State Capitol Commis sion that ho would visit Missouri as soon as the complicated international questions growing out of the European war permits him to leave Washington. The commissioners, headed by j Chairman E. W. Stephens, were given i a private audience in the Blue Room of the WJiite House shortly after noon and mot the President upon his return from the golf links. They were es corted to tho White House by Secre tary of State Bryan. President In Happy Mood. The President was in a happy mood and entertained the visitors with; wit ticisms and storlos. He expressed satisfaction when assured by both the Democratic and Republican members of the commission that is efforts to keep this country out of the war had the indorsement of Missourlans. AMERICANS PLANTS ARE BUILDING SHIPS NEW YORK, April 2S.?The New York Shipbuilding company lias re ceived contracts in tho past three months for eight large steam merchant ships. Six steamers are being built for Boston ownership. The .Maryland Steel company in its marine depart ment has taken six merchant steam ship contracts. The Union Iron Works at San Francisco have contracted for a general cargo steamer, of 10,000 tons capacity. The Fore River Shipbuilding com pany will build a molasses steamer at a cost of about $600,000, which will bo the largest of the Cuban Distilling company fleet. MORE MEN ARE PUT TO WORK IN THE EAST BOSTON, April 2S.~The ? Wllliman tic plants of the American Thread com pany have gone on full time and 3,000 more hunds are employed than on tho first of December. BANK FOR THE SOUTH AMERICAN TRADE NEW YORK. April 2$. To facilitate trade with South American firms. known as W. R. Grace & Cos bank. $25,000,000 annually to South Amer-1 ica. ALLIES ON OFFENSIVE IN BELGIUM ? ?!? ?> ?> ?> + -i* $ GERMANS HOLD ? ? CAPTURED GROUND ? ? BERLIN. April 28.?The Ger- -+ ? mans continue to hold the ?' ?> ground they captured from the ? British during tho fighting that * j ?I* began Friday and which has ?>' ? continued until this evening ?> ?> along the whole front from ?> ?> many miles east of Ypres to ? ?> the coastal region. Tho at- ? tempts of tho British to recap- ?& ture the lost ground In Fland- ? ers have failed. 4- >!? -J- 4- -I- 4> 4- -J- 4- ? -I* -I- 4- -I- 4- *!? LONDON. April 28. ? The battle along the front>4n Flanders was re sumed today with both sides on tho aggressive at different points. How ever, at practically every point on the liuo guarding the way to Calais, tho French and British are moving for ward, trying to regain tlio'ground that waB lost when the Germans hurled their forces forward in one of the tre mendous rushes such as characterized tho fighting last summer in Belgium j and Franco and last fall over tho same; ground as that of the present fight-1 Belgians Win. The Germans made a new charge ! against the section of the Allies' lines that arc now hold by the Belgian forcos, but wcro thrown back with enormous losses, according to dis patches from King Albert's headtiuar Last night the Belgians regainedj Liozornc. following that, in the night, the Germans threw themselves against the Bolgian positions. The attack was timed to follow a bombardment in- j tended to spread asphyxiating gases along the Belgian front, but the strat egy and bravery of the Belgians up-; set the plans made by the Germans, and the attack was abandoned this morning after terrible punishment had been endured. Aeroplanes Join in Battle. Gorman aircraft bombarded Poper Inghe, 12 miles west of Yprcs, last night, while the Allies' aircraft suc cessfully bombarded Tourcolng, Rou baix, Stadem. Roulers and Thielt. Germans Mistreat Prisoners. Earl Kitchener informed the Parlia-j ment today that Germans are syste matically Ill-treating British prison ers, and that many of them are being shot as well as insulted and struck. He stated that he bases his assertions on the evidence given not only by escaped British prisoners, but also by: French and American observers who] are non-combatants. EXPEL FRENCH FROM NORTHERN FRANCE; LONDON' April 28. ?It is learned j through Swiss channels that Germany j has notified the Swiss government that it expects to send through that country nearly 300,000 people from j Northern Franco In territory occu pied by the Germans back into France, j It is stated that the intention Is to reduce the food consumption of tlx : country. Ablcbodied men will be re- ' tained for the purpose of performing i manual labor. MURRAY TO RETIRE BUT WILL RETAIN COMMAND ?*? WASHINGTON, April 28. Although he will bo tcclinlcaly retired tomor row on account of having reached the 1 age limit, Major-Gen. Arthur Murray, commanding the Western Department of the United States army, will retain his command until after the close of the Snri Francisco exposition. ? .? <? JANE ADDAMS HEADS HAGUE PEACE CONFERENCE THE HAGUE, April 28?Miss Jane Addams, of Chicago, was today select- j ed unanimously as the permanent chairman of the International Con gress of Women here this morning to act in the interest of peace. BUSINESS MEN SAY THE TIDE HAS TURNED NEW YORK. April 28.?The Now York Sun presents an interview with the presidents of chambers of com merce and railroad and bank official!, as to whether the business tide has turned. The majority of opinions are optimistic. The speed which business has acquired In its race to "good times' varies in different localities. War has brought good business to many industries, but has injured oth ers. The retail trade is in the poorest condition. Empire want ads get results. iGERMAN FLEET OF 68 VESSELS AGAIN REPORTED ??>?? LONDON, April 28, ? Capt. Scott, commanding a Swedish steamship, rc ports tho presence in the North sea of u German ileet number no lens than 08 large vessels. Reports are constantly coming from vessels, both by wMreless and by re ports after they have arrived in Brit ish ports, of the the presence of the German lleot in the North sea. and the disposition among the people of the city is to credit the news, and to increase the anxiety over an ex pected naval engagement. SWEDEN PROTESTS AGAINST GERMANS SHIPPING TIE-UP LONDON, April 28.?Sweden yester day forwarded a formal protest to Bor lln against the tie-up of the shipping of tho Scandinavian countries. A strong expression of displeasure on at- ? count of the sinking of so many neu-> tral vossels was contained in the pro-j test. It was stated that Sweden and oth-1 or countries are preparing enormous claims for presentation to Germany for Iobscs sustained on account of the. vi olation of international laws by that country. KING OF ITALY STUDIES WAR ROME, April 28.?Tomasso Tittonl, Italian Ambassador to France, is to day holding an audience with King Victor Emanuel. Tho audience devel oped has continued for many hours. The King is giving all of his time to a study of the international situation. Bonaparte To Fight With Italians. GENEVA, April 28.?Prince Louis Napoleon, brother of Prince Victor, head of the houso of Bonaparte, after a long residence near Geneva, has gono to Rome. It is declared that the Prince intends to offer his services to Italy in the event of war; GERMANS ARE LEAVING ITALY FOR SWITZERLAND ?>.. PARIS, April 28.?A dispatch from Chiasso says the exodus of German families from Italy continues. The Ger-' mans are crossing the frontier into-j Switzerland in constantly increasing numbers. .Most of them are settled temporarily in the Swiss towns near the border with the expectation of re turning to their homes in Italy when j the war. is over, or until It is known that Italy has?" decided not to inter vene. Practically every one of the ? Germans, say that they have left be cause they were urged to do so by their respective consuls. ALLIES READY TO FINANCE ITALY LONDON. April 28. -A Rome spec ial quotes Gen. Gnribaldi, after a visit to Paris and London, which was pre-! ceded by a secret conference with; Premier Saiandra, that the Allies are: ready to make a big war loan to Italy the question of financial backing hav- j Ing been solved. BULGARIA STILL REMAINS A NEUTRAL LONDON, April 28.?A Pnris special jays that Rulgaria has decided to aban don Its neutral attitude due to a now situation created by action of the Al- ? lies in the East. BRITISH COLUMBIA INTERNES ENEMIES VANCOUVER. B.C. April 28 Over 200 aliens, citizens of the countries that are at war with Great Britain, nostly Austrian6, were taken in charge j today by the local police, and interned In the government concentration camp. GOVERNMENT MAY MONOPOLIZE BEER ??*? j LONDON. April 28.?State monopoly of beer is, according to the London Daily Express, the solution which the government 1ms under consideration for the problem raised by Chancellor Sir Lloyd George in connection with, the supply of munitions of war. Ni> strong or heavy beer will be brewed. All breweries and licensed houses in Great Britain will be purchased out right. The purchase money cstimat" amounts to between $1,000,000,000 and $1,500,000,000. CANADA TO OPERATE 1800-MILE RAILROAD OTTAWA. April 2S.? The Grand' Trunk Pacific Railway company hav ing refusod to take off. the govern ment's hands the lSOO miles -of rail way from NVinnepeg to Moncton, N. B., and known as the National Trans continental Railway, Canada will op ? , : i' An "ad" in The -Empire reaches ev erybody. trench lose big cruiser BRINDISTI, Italy, April 28. ? The French armored cruiser Leon Gam betta was torpedoed by the Austrian submarine U-6, Monday. The first re port of the destruction of the cruiser came from men on duty at Santa Ma ria, Leuca. These men at once gave the alarm, and vessels were sent out to aid the Gambetta from Brindlsti, Otranto and Barl. ANNOUNCEMENT FROM GERMANY BERLIN, April 28.?The French ar mored cruiser Leon Gambetta was tor pedoed Monday by an Austrian sub barlne, according to reports received by the Overseas' News Agency. A part of her crew only was saved be fore she settled, and 6ank to the bot tom. The Gambetta is a modern fighting ship, and her complement of officers and men was 710. FRENCH ADMIT LOSS. Paris, April 28.?The following sim ple announcement of the loss of the cruiser Leon Gambetta was made at the navy office thic afternoon: "The Leon Gambetta was sunk Mon day in the Adriatic off Otranto. Prac tically her entire crew perished. ALLIES OCCUPY BOTH ? DARDANELLES' BANKS LONDON, April 28. ? British and French troops occupy both sides of the Dardanelles today. After hard lighting yesterday the British have oucccedcd in securing a firm foothold on Gallipoli peninsula, and French troops occupy Kumaleh pennisula on the Asiatic side of tho entrance to the Dardanelles. The bombardment of the forts by the allied fleet continues with unabat ed fury. Turks Claim Successes. LONDON. April 2S. ? Dispatches from Constantinople received last night say that the allied troops which have landed on Gailipoli penin sula wore forced back whenever they pot without the-protection of the fire from the Allies' fleet, and that their attacks have been repulsed. The report says the enemy's losses have been nearly 1,000 In the fighting of the last two daynion the peninsula. The Turks also claim to have de stroy oil another torpedo boat, and to have forced the fleet to fall back 011 several occasions. AUSTRIA WANTS PEACE BADLY ?-*?? PARIS, April 2S.?In fnce of guard ed denials from Venice and Rome. Pct rograd correspondents of Paris Temps telegrapllTfim he I'j assured that Aus tro-Hungary has renewed through a neutral medium within the lasC few days Its efforts to sound the Russian government regarding pourparlers with a view to conducting a separate peace with Russia. N VON HINDENBURG SAYS THE WAR CANNOT LAST ROME, April 28. A leading Italian correspondent hits secured an Inter view with Gen. Voh Hindenberg, In which the commander of the German forces in the East ridicules the new Kitchener army, and says that the Russian forces are going to pieces. The interview thus quotes the noted "I do not believe that lord Kitchen er has 1.000,000 soldiers. Even if he lias them, they do not constitute a real army but a uniformed crowd. It lacks the officers and non-commissioned of ficers whom German has educated for many generations. "As to. the work of the Russian ar tillery it is shooting well, but is wast ing ammunition. The Russian infantry is good, but the cavalry is poor. "The Russian soldier is a good fight er, but his- bravery is the consequence of blind obedience, and is not like the German intelligence and morale. The Russians have learned the lessons of the Japaneso war, especially in trench digging, but outside of the trenches they fare badly and nobody need fear the Russian superior numbers, which i: an old*story. "Numbers never decide battles. At '! annenburg the Russians were three fold stronger than the Germans and they were nevertheless annihilated." The field marshal closed the inter view with the significant words: "Be sides. we observe many unfailing signs that the Russians are already begin ning to get exhausted. "Their war material is diminishing, being terribly wasted. The manner i i which the Russians fight today clear ly indicates that the war cannot Inst long." The Empire circulation leads. Try advertising In it.