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VOL. T., NO. 585. JUNEAU. ALASKA, FRIDAY, .TUNE 4,.1915. . PRICE TEN CENTS.
: ? ? -? RUSSIANS CATCH GERMAN BALTIC ARMY IN A TRAP German Ambassador Seeks to Avert Crisis im ,* . , ' _ ' PRESIDENT FINISHES REJOINDER WASHINGTON, June 4. ? President Woodow Wilson fin ished his new note to Germany today and laid it before the Cab inet. It will probably be dis patched to Berlin late tonight. White House officials say that while the note was penned by Presid-nt Wilson he had con sulted a great deal with Secre tary of State William J. Bryan concerning it. both as to the principles involved and the de tails. It was stated, also, that he had been in consultation with Counsellor Robert Lansing, of the State Department, and At torney-General Thos. W. Greg ory, who had investigated the affidavits presented by ths Ger man Ambassador that the Lusi tania was an armed cruiser, and carried guns concealed below her decks. The government is absolutely convinced that there is no ground for tlv> contention that the Lusitania was armed, and the note will so inform Ger many. Bernstorff Works for ? Peace. WASHINGTON, June 4.? German Ambassador Von Bern storff is making every effort, and expending every bit of en ergy at his command to avert a j crisis between the United States and Germany. In the note that. Count Bernstorff sent to the German government he de-! scribed the interview that he; had had with the President, and laid particular stress on the em phasis which the President laid on the fact that the United, States would omit no word or! act to obtain an acquiescence in its position in the Lusitania case. . BernstorfPs Representative Sails. The reports received by Count Bernstorff today from New York stated, that his personal representative, Meyer Gerhard, sailed yesterday from that port on the steamship United States for Copenhagen with an import ant address for the Berlin gov ernment. Gerhard will person ally outline to the German gov ernment officials the situation in the United States as re spects public opinion towards the German government, and; explain the American point of: view on the submarine warfare! that "Germany is conducting as gleaned by the German Ambas sador through his interview with the President and from other sources. The report ta ken to Germany by Gerhard is supplemental to the report ca bled by Count Von Bernstorff. Germans to Pay for the Gulflight. WASHINGTON, June 4?Ad vices received today from Am bassador James W. Gerard by the State department say that the German government has agreed to pay the United States an indemnity for the damage done to the Gulflight, which was sunk by a German subma .rine, and whose captain, his wife and daughter were killed. STEEL RAIL ORDERS FOR. MAY 200,000 TONS NEW YORK. J'urro 4.?The orders for steel rails placed in May by the American railroads have totaled more than 200.000 tons. ? ? ? * + * ? * WEATHER TODAY * + Maximum?56. * ?$> Minimum?40. ? Rainfall?.22 In. ? * Cloudy. + ? * + + + MEMORIALS GET A COOL RECEPTION Replies have boen received by the Alaska Secretary to some of the me morials passed by the Territorial legislature at its recent session, cop ies of which wcro mailed to tho va rious offices at Washington. As a whole, the general trend of the replies Is not frought with much that is favorable, and so far. except iu tho case of mall service between ' Bethel and McGrath. the memorials ' have been unfavorably passed upon, ! for various reasons, i Joseph Stewart, of the Postoflice Department, writes as follows in re ply to thp memorial: "In reply to your letter of the 11th Instant which the Postmaster General has referred j to me. transmitting the House Joint Memorial No. 7, of the Alaska Terri torial Legislature, requesting provis ! ion for mail service during the sum mer season on a route between Ophir ! and Tokotna, I have to inform you , i that i mall service during tho season of navigation of 1915 has boen author | ized on the steamboat rout No. 78043 I from Bethel to McGrath. It may be practicable for Tokotna to receive mall from McGrath if boats bo oporat jed between Bethel and McGrath so that a material extent of service may be performed. However, tho post- j master at Tokotna has been author ized to employ such special sorvice 1 from Ophir as ho can obtain for an amount equal to two-thirds his com pensation a3 postmaster. The car- 1 rler-tp be paid by the Department at that rate. |l Alaska Insane Asylum. Replying to the House Joint Memo 1 rial. No. 23, which petitions for the establishment of an insane asylum 1 within the Territory of Alaska, Steph- '? en T. Mather, Assistant Secretary of 5 the Departemnt of the Interior, writes ! that the matter is being given very > careful consideration and that a de cision will soon be reached. ' No Bristol Bay Wire. 1 Henry Breckenridge, Assistant Sec- 1 retary of War, to whom was sent Me- I morial No. 12. requesting the estab- ? lishment of a telegraph station at I Dillingham, on Bristol bay, has writ ten that there are no funds at pros- ] ent available to defray the expenses of establishing such a station and that the communication has been for warded to the Secretary of the Navy. ] Fiah Traps Federal Matter. William C. Redfleld replies to the t "Fish Trap Memorial. No. 16, as fol- ( lows: "I will take this opportunity to ( express my belief that the time is r not ripe for the assumption by the . Territorial legislature of Alaska of full jurisdiction over the fishing in- , dustry. It is my belief that just as t any legitimate business enterprise is ? entitled to the legitimate protection t so should those engaged in the taking < of fish lawfully by the use of traps ; and other appliances be entitled to t lawful support. If this protection t can be obtained by no better means ( than by allowing trap site holders 'to ; obtain title thereto, I should favor j granting such title. c "It should be remembered in this j connection that the fisheries of Alas- ? ka have an importance that is far greater than a local one. They arc, t by reason of the distribution of our j national products, a matter of inter- , national trade. ( "For these as well as for other t reasons, while any suggestions com- t ing from the Alaska Territorial legis- , lature will receive dilligent care, the ^ present case must be very fully and j carefully considered in all its import- f ant relations before any action can be r contemplated." 100,000 TONS OF < RAILS FOR RUSSIA ?*? NEW YORK. Juno 4.?The total ton nagc of rails bought In the United < States by Russia to date is about 50.- < 000 tons, one independent company 1 taking about 33,000 tons of that. The t rest was placed with several con corns. Russia, has, however, Inqulr* I ies out for tonnage said to run to 40O.000 tons of rails. Just how much of this will be placed, is. of .course, only guesswork. i : Colorado Gets?Order. i DENVER, June 4.? The Colorado 1 Fuel & Iron Company has taken an < order for a tonnage of steel rails for t Russia. Estimates place the order i at 15.000 tons. Russia har> something i over 400,000 tons to place, according c to its inquiries in the market. 0 t t ? ANOTHER BIG SPECIAL. Special for a few days at Gold- 1 stela's?three cans of tomatoes for a 1 quarter. (6-4-21) i BIG DOCK FOR FEMMER-RITTER IS GOING UP Work is being rushed on a largo dock on Willougkby avenuo.for Fom mor and Rittor. When completed the wharf will havo cost between ton and twelve thousand dollars. It is locat ed just this side of tho Humphcrles stables. Over ono hundred thousand feet of lumber is being useil in the construc tion of the wharf, which will be 100 feet on its face, 40 feet In depth and with an approach 300 feet long. A large warehouse is to bo built as soon as the decking is laid. The Wobslcr piledriver is driving the piling and caps will be placed next weok. It is the intention of Femmcr & Rittor to go into tho wholesale and retail coal business on a heavy scale. Tho firm has for the past two years been buying its own coal direct from the British Columbia collieries, In ad dition to conducting a large transfer and drayage business. Both men are pioneers in the hauling game here. AlASKA-JUNEAU PREPARES EOR FIGHTING EIRE Organizing of more oflicicnt action In caso of fire the Alaska-Junoau Min ing company last night arranged a Ore department of three companies of fiftoen men each. The officers of the new companies are as follows: Company 1, captain, J. Marshall, as sistant, R. Belstline. Company No. 2, captain, H. A. Ste phens, assistant, A. C. Parker. Company 3, captain, R. D. Young, issistant, William Hunter. The officers of the general Are de partment of the Alaska-Juneau who selected the new companies last night ire C. K. White, president; J. L. Mu seth, secretary, Z. H. Ross, vice pres ident, and Felix Gray, treasurer. Mr. White is fire chief, E. J. Higgins is assistant chief. After tho busi ness of the meeting was disposed of :he newly appointed flroraon were the guests at a banquet given by Supt. John Richards, to celebrate the or ganization of the new companies. LONDON QUARRELS OVER "CABINET CRISIS" LONDON, June 4.? London news papers are still quarrelling over the ?ccent cabinet crisis. Thrf Liberal par y papers are particularly incensed >vor the appointment of Sir Edward Larson to place In the government. The Chronicle, commenting upon tho ippointment, says: "Sir Edward Carson's appointment teems to us wholly doplorablc on hreo grounds." says the Chronicle. 'In the first placo It is a grave mis ako to include one, and th3t the imalleut of the Irish parties, in a coal tion which does not include both. In ho second place it is worse than a nistakc to appoint as Attorney Gen iral, that is as a Minitscr responsi ve for the malntainencc of law in 3ritain, a man whose whole recont larcer has been a career of law-break ng, and Jaw-"brcaking on a grand icalo. "In tho. third placo Carson has ihown himself tho worst patriot in rnbllc life. The Ulster agitation vas throughout very dear to the Sermano, who took extraordinary in erest in it as a source of weaknoss o this country. Carson did not repel heir interest. On the contrary, ho vent to Germany and acceptod the Raiser's personal hospitality, and the act that Ulster's mutiny was Ger nany'p opportunity never 'damaged lis mutineering." STORIES OF SCANDALS WITHOUT FOUNDATION LONDON. Juno 4.? David Lloyd 3eorgo claims that the story of alleg >d financial scandals behind tho "Cab not crisis" is preposterous, containing 10 shadow or foundation of truth. 3RITISH SOCIALISTS ASK AMERICANS TO HELP ALLIES NEW YORK. Juno 4.?Tho Social st National Dofensc Committee, rop ?esentlng the nationalist and warlike ving of the British socialist party, las issued a manifesto receivod here, :alling upon all Socialists to support ;ho allied cause" on the pica that the Vllies arc fighting in and for the spir t of freedom and the doctrine of So dalism in Europe. "The Socialism of the United states," say3'the manifesto, "would lave everything to fear and nothing o gain either from the victory of -Tussia or from a premature peace banded on compromise with the enc SEATTLE, Juno 4.?Fire thin morn ing deotroyod the bunkera and plant of the Pacific Coast Coal company on the waterfront at the foot of Dear born strcot. The loss la eati mated to be $150,000. and is mostly covered by insurance. The Pacific Coast Coal company la one of the Pacific Coast company's properties, and does an extensive bus iness along the whole Pacific coast. DOLPHIN FIREMAN FALLS INTO BAY AND IS DROWNED SEATTLE, Juno 4.?Michael Mon ahan, a fireman on the Alaska Steam ship company's Alaski passenger ship Dolphin, fell from the wharf and wa^ drowned last night just before the Dolphin sailed from the Colman dock for Alaska. The body of the man was recovered, but all efforts to restore life proved unavailing. Passengers on the Dolphin. Tho Dolphin has the first Alaska Steamship company's Southeastern Alaska excursionists. 'For Juneau she has the following: C. Fey. T. C. Wright, Mrs. S. Ja cobs, Miss J. Worloe, Anna Bergh, Mrs. M. V. Bjoscaci. B. Glenn. w. H. Locke. John Reid, Hans Itolg. The last three named will leave for j Seward' after visiting at Juneau. IWILSON PRAISED BY REPUBLICAN U. S. SENATOR SEATTLE, Juno 4.?Senator A. B. Cummins, of Iowa, speaking at the. King County Young Mcn'o Republican luncheon yeBtcrday. gave creat praise to the foreign policy of President Woodrow Wilson. "The United : States can do nothing to end tho Eu ' ropciin war," said Senator Cummins. : "but wo should thank God and our ! loyal administration for surrounding j : us with the blessings of peace." Sonator Cummins Is being urged to, become a candidate for the Ropubli-j can nomination for President He has refused to discuss the question. Taft Praises Wilson. PHH,ADELHPIA, Juno 4.?Former President Taft last night, addressing tho Brwyn Mawr graduating classes, highly praised President Woodrow Wilson's foreign policy, ffnd urged that the people give it support. SHIP BILL TO BE URGED BY WILSON WASHINGTON, June 4.?President Woodrow Wilson will again urge the ship purchase bill before Congress next winter unless there is greater activity on the part of American ship ping interests to meet the demand for Soutli American trafficfl Tho President is greatly interested in South American trade. Referring to it and the difficulties that present themselves in securing it ho says: "There is one thing that stands in our way among othcrB. The thing I Have chiefly in mind is the physical lack of means of communication, the lack of vehicles, the lack of ships, the lack of established routes of trado 'and the lack of those things which are absolutely necessary it we are to have true commercial relations with ono another. "I am pcrfgcctly clear in my judg ment that if private capital cannot soon enter on the adventure of es tablishing those physical means of I communication, the government must ; undertake to do so. We cannot in definitely stand apart and need each other for this lack of what can be easily supplied, and if one instru mentally cannot supply it, then an other must bo found which will sup ply it." SONS OF NORWAY SAN FRANCISCO, Juno 4. ? The Sons of Norway for the district which includes all tho Pacific Coast States, Alaska and British Columbia, in annual convention here, elected T. H. Kolderup, of Seattle, president, and K. L. Steberg, of Ketchikan, Al CONDITIONS IN MEXICO UNBEARABLE LAREDO, Tex., June 41?Tales of hunger, riots, wanton looting and bloodshed subsequent to the evacua tion of Monterey troops by Gen. Vil la were told by passengers arriving! here from that city. Many of the pas-! songcrs are American refugees, who came on a spccinl train. Five rioters wero killed and 12 wounded by Rafael Ferrlgno, an Ital ian, when the mob attempted to rail his tailoring establishment. Conditions in all sections of Mexico arc reported to be unbearable. Mexicans Ignore President's Note. VERA CRUZ, June 4. ? President Wood row Wilson's note was publish ed without comment by the news papers of this city. The public are regarding the note with seeming indifference. Thcro is little comment concerning it, and such expressions of opinion as are given utterance indicate that it is not believed that tho loaders of the various factions will pay any atten tion to tho note. ITALY CLAIMS DEVELOPMENTS SATISFACTORY ?-i-?? LONDON. Juno 4.?The strict cen sorship makes accurate information concerning the Italian campaign diffi cult to secure, thougli the best infor mation available is that Italy is crowding S large army into Austria,; and that she is occupying strategic positions in the Tyrolean Alps and other passes leading toward the Aus trians plains beoynd. Gen, Cadrona. Italian chief of staff, Issued a statement today which says that the preliminary movements arc continuing all along the frontier, and that eventualities are developing strongly in favor of the Italian nrmy. Italians have occupied strong posi tions in the Austrian Adige river val ley. * Vienna Saya Italians Fail. Dispatches from Vienna say that the Italian artillery has bombarded Austrian fortifications along the main lino of frontier defenses at several places, but without success. Germans and Austrians Preparing. Dispatches from Geneva say that tho Austrians and Germans arc send ing troops down tho Adige valley.and other passes in the mountains that separate the Italian portions of Trent and the country north. It is believed at Geucvu that large armies will be lighting along the Au strian front in a few days. No Word from Gortz. Not a single word is available con cerning the operations of the nrmy that invaded Gortz and threatened Trieste, though the statement of Gen. Cadorna that developments arc fa vorablo ia believed to have special reference to that army. BALKAN STATES COULD END AUSTRIA ?$? WASHINGTON, June 4.?Officials of the American War College believe! that If the Balkans join In the Europ ean war, Austria is doomed. If Rou manla enters, Bulgaria and Grcoce would follow, adding 2,000,000 men to the forces of the allies). This would also mean the end of the Turks. ITALIANS IN AMERICA ADD TO THE ARMY NEW YORK, June 4.?Thousands of Italian volunteers are expected to augument the ranks of the 400,000 Italian reservists in the United States. 75,000 Italians in New York are lia ble to military duty, and thousands who are not reservists are offering their services. SEVERE FIGHTING ON GALLIPOLI PENINSULA ATHENS, June 4.?Fierce fighting both by day and night continues be tween the Turks and the Anglo French allies on the Gallipoli penin sula. At some points the Turks are reported to bo falling back, accord ing to a a dispatch from MItylonc. ITALIAN SOCIALISTS IN AUSTRIA FAVOR WAR LUGANO. Switzerland. June 4.? As a result of the Austrian aeroplane attacks upon Ancona, Italy, local So cialists who Have "been neutral, have issued a manifesto calling upon all Italians to fight for their country. Spocial to the Empire?Femmer & PRZEMYSL JOB IS NOT | COMPLETED Austro - Hungarian Army Headquarters in Galcia, June 4. ? (Friday) ? Przemysl's i recapture by the Austrian, Hun garian and Bavarian troops, ac cording to details received from the front today, resulted from the capture of the five forts in the northern sector, and the si multaneous threatening of the forts on the south and west fronts. An attack is now in progress against the forts that are still held by the Russians. The Russians are defending the positions held by them with great stubbornness, apparently with the object in view of cover ing the retirement of the Rus sians. Russians hold their positions on the San and Dneister rivers. GERMANY CELEBRATING Berlin, June 1.? Today has been devoted to jubilation aH over Germany and Austria-Hun gary over the fall of Pr/cmysl. The joy over thp occurrence is mingled with surprise at the speed with which the campaign against this stronghold was I brought to a successful end. Vienna, Prague and Buda pest have all witnessed scenes of the wildest rejoicing over this latest victory in Galicia which has come at the end of a long series of victories that be gan in the early spring on the Donajec river. RUSSIA STILL STRONG. In spite of all the rejoicing it is admitted that the Russian po sition remains strong. The Lo kal Aneziger prints a news dis patch this afternoon which says that the Russian lines on the eastern and southeastern sides of Przemysl in the direction of Medyka and Siedliska have not yet been passed. It claims, al so, that the Russians are using reserves of advanced years and tender youths of 17 to 19 in all of Galicia in their desperate at tempts to get a breathing spell. Many members of the class of 1917 have been captured by the Germans. The Russians are still fight ing desperately south of the Dneisfcr and along the banks J of the San river. It is learned that Russia is massing an entirely new force east of the army that is engaged along the line of the San and ' Dncistcr rivers. FEW PRISONERS. Little reports aij? being re- ' ceived of the capture' of any con siderable body of Russian troops, and it is believed that the withdrawal of the Russians < has been in order. - SHORTAGE OF FOOD IN RUSSIA BERLIN. .Tunc 4.?The German In- | formation service declares that the ! shortage of food and fuel prevails In a large part of Russia. Meat prices have advanced; eggs have doubled in ' value, and oats can be had only at 1 prohibitive figures. The only food left , in certain provinces Is said to be , potatoes. There Is also a shortage of . coal. SOUTH AMERICA ! PROVIDES FOR PEACE WASHINGTON, June 4?The peace treaty has been signed in Bucno3 Ay- i res gy the foreign ministers of Ar- i gentina, Brazil and Chile. 1 TWO NEW VESSELS FOR AMERICAN TRADE DETROIT, Mich., June 4.? The Clyde lino has contracted for two new steamers to be used in its coastwise i trade. These boats arc to be con structed at Detroit. RUSSIA CUTS Off ONfARMY LONDON, June 4?Offsetting ing in part at least their re verse at Przemysl, the Russian forces operating in the Baltic provinces have won a notabis victory, and have laid the ground work for the capture of the German army at Libau and surrounding that place, which has been entirely cut off from the German province of Memel, their bass of supplies. A Reuter dispatch from Pet rograd says the Russians turn ed the right wing of the Ger man army that was at Libau, and at the same time forced their way through the German communications, capturing Po langen on the Baltic in the pro vinos of Courtland, and village of Rutzan, south of Libau. Another Russian force is now approaching Libau from the north. With Libau enveloped, the Germans having an outlet only to the sea, and for a short dis tance toward the south. The Russian forces arc mov ing so rapidly and developments an3 so fasf; that it is impossible to keep up with the details of the campaign. At Petrograd the feeling is general that the German army at Libau will be destroyed or captured. With it out of the way, one of th^ finest armies that Russia has in the field will be in operation in the north, with ample numbers to spread out toward the south in Poland. Russia Hopeful. LONDON, June 4. ? The Russian army still holds the forts to the south and west of Przemysl, and their po sitions along the San and Dncistcr river, and are meeting the German attacks against them with reranrknblo stubbornness, and effectiveness. The Germans have not been able to cut through the Russian lines cith er north or south of Przemysl, and ad vices from Petrograd say that the Russians are making desperate and ? hopeful efforts to retain the unre duced forts of Przemys]. While reports from Amsterdam and Copenhagen say that Germany plans continuing their offensive movements in Galicia and Poland until they cap ture Lemberg and Warsaw, advices from Petrograd say that tho main Russian defense in Galicia lias not been weakened by the defeat at Prz emysl. That Germany will continue to press the war in Galicia with tho hopo In view of breaking the Russian pow er for offensive operations is belicvod. To accomplish that will mean weoks of bloody warfare, because tho Rus ninn army Is not yet whipped, and thfc farther it withdraws toward tho Russian boundary tho stronger it will become. Germany's plan includes the renew al of offensive operations in Poland. ALLIES PRESSING HARD IN WEST LONDON, June 4.?The Allies are pressing tho lighting along the Yprcs rhrcr In Flanders, In tho Arras re gion and north of that place, In tho Labassoc region and other sections. They have made gains at all points, capturing a number of prisoners, and inflicting heavy losses. A French aeroplane raid on the headquarters of the German Crown Prince yesterday succeeded In Inflict log severe damage to the Germans. SUBMARINE SINKS SWEDISH STEAMER LONDON, June 4. ? The Swedish steamer Lapland was sunk by a Ger man submarine off the coaBt of Scot land today. JACKLING STOCKS ADVANCE. NEW YORK, Juno 4.?Alaska Gold closed today at 36%; Utah Copper, 59; Chlno. 16%; Ray 24%. Empire want ads. get results