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THE ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE VOL. V.. NO. 588. . JUNEAU, ALASKA. WEDNESDAY. JUNE 9, 1915. | PRICE TEN CENTS. ; 1 " r????? 1 " H 1 ? " ? - - ' I I ? ?? I... ? ? ? II ? ?? ? -'I " ? '? ? ? I ' ? ?? RUSSIANS DEFEAT MAKENSEN'S ARMY IN GALICIAN WAR GENEVA. June 9.?Dispatches from Tarnow that have been coming in all' day tell of a crashing defeat of Gen.1 Makenscn's forces on the Dniester. It! is believed that he will be obliged to' retreat along his entire line extend ing from Poland southward into ' southern Galicia. A dispatch received tonight from Tarnow says: "The Russians are getting nearer and nearer the Vistula river, driving before them the troops of Gen. Mak ensen, who will probably be com pelled to fall back with his entire army. "Since Sunday, the German losses have exceeded 20.000 men in killed and wounded left on the field. "The Russians have again occupied j positions on the right bank of the j Wysznia. "Bavarian troops have suffered ? heavily in the fighting between Gro-j dek and Komnarno. "The Russians have stopped the j German advance on the Dniester riv-j or." ! t ) TURKS SINK AN ENGLISH TRANSPORT CONSTANTINOPLE. Juno 9. ? Turkish shells today set afire to a transport of the enemy after it was in a sinking condition as tho results of, shots that penetrated the vessel's; hulll. The allied troops on Gallipoli are ? becoming exhausted according to re-. ports received from the front. ? ? ? < TURKEY THREATENS TO ATTACK SUEZ AGAIN I CONSTANTINOPLE, (via Berlin I and Amsterdam)?Juno 9.?The Turk- ] < lsh government has notified neutral companies that it finds itself com-! I polled to extend hostilities to the j i Suez canal. ' ? ? ? ITALIAN BATTLE < WILL BE SOON ! LONDON, June 9.?Little news is: being received from Italy, though it! is claimed that the Russian ionvasionj of Austria is progressing, and encoun tering larger forces than previously.1 A general engagement is expected j soon. Aviators Drop Bombs on Venice. VENICE. June 9. ? Two Austrian j aeroplanes flow over Venice today, dropping bombs. One was killed and several injured. ALLIES CLAIM MORE TRENCHES IN WEST LONDON. June 9.?The trench war in France and Belgium has continued along the same lines that have pre vailed for the last two weeks, with the Allies constantly on the offensive. GERMAN SUBMARINES SINK ANOTHER BRITISH SHIP LONDON. Juno 9. ? The British steamship Lady Salisbury was torpe- ' docd by a German submarine this morning and sent to the bottom. RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR IS KILLED IN BATTLE PETROGRAD. June 9. ? The Rus- ( sian embassy today announced the death of Count Peter BenckendorCf the Russian Ambassador at the Lon- . don court Count Benckendorff was a colonel in the Russian Horse Guards and was shot through the neck while ' in action near Kovno. < t t 2 LONDON NOT GREATLY PLEASED OVER ITALY'S AID c NEW YORK. June 9.? A Tendon ; special says the financial district as ' a second thought is not particularly enthusiastic over Italy's intervention. 1 It is not regarded as a development 1 likely to shorten the war very ap- ( preciablv. though some belief was evi- 1 denced because Itlaian finances had been well enough prepared in ad vance as to require no immediate as sistance from London. ITALIAN FINANCES ARRANGED \ LONDON. June 9.?The declaration ^ of war by Italy has so slightly dislo cated business that no moratorium has been found necessary- ! GERMANY PROTECTING SHIPS FROM MINES WASHINGTON. June 9.?Count von " Bernstorff. the German ambassador, has made the following report to the State Department: "l have official j information from our admiralty that German mines laid in the sea are of j such a nature that they become in nocuous when they break from their anchorage." 444444 444444 4 4 4 4 4 4 WEATHER TODAY 4 I +? Maximum?77. 4 i 4- Minimum?42. 4 < 4 CLEAR!! 41 # + 4. 4 4 4 4 4 4 .> 4 4 4 4 4 4 1 AUSTRO-GERMAN DRIVE STOPPED IN BUKOWINA ?I1 GENEVA, June 9. ? A Czernowitz dispatch to tho Tribune says that the Russians have been completely suc cessful against the Austro-German drive into Galicia and Bukowina south of I?erubers. Tho dispatch continues: "Russians north of Stnnislau have repulsed all Austrian and German at tacks between the Swica and Loranlt za rivers. "The Austrians attempted to de bauch on the Dneister river, but the Russians inflicted cruel losses upon them. "Gen. Baltln's divisions operating southeast of Kolomea suffered enor mous losses. "On the Pruth where the Russians have gained important successes since Sunday. Gen. Baltin was unable to effect a juncture with the troops of Gen. Von Linsingen. "The defeat of the German drive into Southeast Galicia has been com plete, and removes all danger of an early attack on Lemberg." AUSTRIAN'S CLAIM BIG ADVANCE COLOGNE. June 9. A dispatch from the Austrian press headquarters sn tho eastern front states that the Russian army in Bukowina has been fully cut ofT from the Middle Gall :ian forces of the Russians. It says j :ho Russians are being driven back ?astwr.rd. The Austro-German forces from Ka-; usz are only a few miles from Stan slau. LONDON. June 9.. - Advices from lalicia arc that the Germans and Au itrians are attempting to cut between he Russian forces operating in Buk >wina and the Carpathian mountains >n the one hand and those operating n central Galicia on the other. Lem ,erg has been the main bases from: vhich both armies are being operat >d. Fighting is now progressing south >f Lemberg at points farther east han that place. West and north of ^emberg. the Russian advance is itill many miles from Lemberg. and nuch farther west of that place. Information fro Petrograd indicates hat the Austro-German army that is j iriving forward for the purpose of >rcaking the Russian line, which has >xtended from South Bukowina north card through Lemberg into Poland, t las met with serious reverses, and; hat it is now attempting to with-, I raw. Fighting is still furious, how ?ver, and both sides arc reinforcing heir armies. t t i JWISS ARE AFTER AMERICAN MUNITIONS ? ?" *3* ? ? PARIS, June '?>.?The Swiss govern nent has asked French authorities or permission to transport war mater als through France. The purchase >f these materials, not ammunition >r food, is being sought at present n the United States. , , , CANADA'S PREMIER MAY VISIT LONDON OTTAWA. Can.. June S.?That Sir tobert Borden may pay a visit to England this summer is now within he range of probabilities. Nothing lefinite haa been decided but it now ippears tnai me prime minister is considering the idea of going to the >ld country for a short period. The reason for this projected trip: las not been given out but it is well mown that there are many matters irising out of Canadian co-operation n this war which could bo well tak >n up by Sir Robert. ;anada is to raise 8,000 more men OTTAWA. June 8.?The Militia De jartment has authorized the fornia* ion and organization of seven new nfantry batallions. comprizing about 5,000 men and officers throughout the Dominion together with several artil cry batallions. middle west freight rates to be raised CHICAGO. June 9? The Tribune says that the freight rates in Illinois, Indiana,. Ohio. Michigan and western Pennsylvania will be thoroughly re* idjusted within the next two months o a slightly higher basis, as a result >f the repeal of the Ohio maximum Teight law, fire insurance companies lost money in 1014 NEW YORK. June 9.?Fire insur mce business In 1914 resulted in an mderwritlng loss to the companies if 4.21 per cent. The premiums col* ected last year were not sufficient :o meet the losses incurred. JAPANESE DRIFT TO THE ARCTIC Six Japanese seamen found on Nu | nlvak island, Bering sea, by Capt ; Louis I.ano of tho power schooner Po i lar Bear, were arrested and tried on vagrancy charges at Urial a ska, May 1.1, and held for deportation accord ing to advices which have Just reach ed Juneau. The Japanese wore aboard the schooner Diafko Maru, a 50-ton vessol registered at Ehimokcn. The vessel carried no cargo and from the state ments of the men they had no fire arms, salt, or trapping gear. They said their objective point was Canada, where they hoped to get work. Tho members of the crew, or part of them wero required to pay to the master carylng sums of money tor the priv ilege of making the voyage, they testi fied before the officials at Unalaska. The Diafko sailed from Kobe, Jap an, about Juno 16, 191-1, and about July 4 of that year sailed from Bar shu. Japan, the last port of departure. After the ship had been out twenty days the captain became ill and tho boat drifted aimlessly about, the crew said. The vessel had no charts and was compelled to steer such courses as they reckoned would take the boat along the south side of the Aleutian islands. They finally reached. St. Lawrence island, but put away again. Two days later the captain died and that pight the vessel struck on a reef on ^iun ivak island und immediately went to pieces. The seven members of the crew camped ashore and finally found native vilalgcs, where they were cared for until the Polar cBar came along. When they reached Unalaska tw6 of the Japanese entered the hospital for treatment for impoverishment. * From the statements the crew made at Unnlnska. there was no evidence to show that the Japaneso had vio lated any laws of the United tSates or the Territory of Alaska, and the dis position of the case has been left with the immigration official. It is believed that deportation is tho only step the officials can take. PORTLAND HAS TERRIFIC FIRE PORTLAND," Ore.. June 9.?A lire that for several hours threatened half of the waterfront section, and be came a raging configuration before it was whipped under control, de stroyed property worth $300,000 to day. Five waterfront blocks Just south of the Burnside street brldgo were consumed by tho flames and fire apparatus was brought from Ore gon City and other suburban towns to aid the local department. SUPREME COURT WON'T HELP LEO FRANK 4* ATLANTA, Ga.. June 9.?The Geor gia Supreme court today denied tho last appeal of Leo Frank, convicted of the murder of Mary Pha'gan. STOCK QUOTATIONS. NEW YORK, June 9.?Alaska Gold closed today at 34%: Chino, 45%; Ray 34%, and Utah Copper, 66%. EVERYTHING BEING USED FOR AMMUNITION NOW PHILADELPHIA. June 9.?O . J. Olvicrce, of the Westwego distillery, of Louisiana, has agreed to furnish the Du Pont Nemours Powder com pany and the Aetna Powder company of Emporium. Pa., with 33.000.000 pounds of alcohol, which they will dc naturize and manufacture into smoke less powder. TO GIVE WORK TO 5,000 MORE MEN NEW YORK. Juno 9.?The Alum inum Company of America has begun work on the erection of a new plant to cost $1,000,000 and employ 5,000 or more men. FORMER KLONOIKER IS DEAD AT SEATTLE SEATTLE, June 9.?W. C. Haring, former Klondike operator, died hero last night as the result of an opera tion performed yesterday for appen dicitis. PERU TO IRRIGATE HER COAST LANDS NEW YORK. June 9.- -The largest contract for the development of arid lands ever entered into by a Latin American government' has been sign ed by Peru. This is republic has agreed to turn over to Brctung & Co., Ltd.. or New York, a large area on and near the Pacific coast for ir rigation aond colonization purposes. PORTLAND ELECTS CITY COMMISSIONERS PORTLAND, Ore., June 9.? Com plete returns elect George L. Baker and C. A. Bigelow city commissioners and A. L. Barber, city auditor. SECOND NOTE TO GERMANY IS NOWJON WAY WASHINGTON, June 9.?Just after 2 o'clock today, the new American note to Germany started on Its way to Berlin. Simultaneously the resig nation of William J. Bryan became ef fective, and a little later he gave out the promised statement of his atti tude. Officials etsimated that the note to Germany contains 2,000 words, but they have not been counted. It Ic believed at the State Depart ment that the first section will arrive at Berlin shortly after midnight. It would require five hours for two clerks at the embassy at Berlin to de cipher the note, and providing all foui* sections move forward promptly, Am bassador James W. Gerard will have the whole document before him some time tomorrow. Note Not Made Public. WASHINGTON. June 9/-After a conference with tho President today Counsellor Robert Lansing, of the State Department, announced that tho note to Germany would go forward to Berlin this afternoon. Ho said tho United States would not make the noto public until It had been Informed that Ambassador James W. Gerard had received and delivered It to the German government . The noto will be signed by Robert Lansing as acting Secretary of State. THOUGHTS TURN TO LANE, BUT MAY BE BARRED WASHINGTON. June !>.?A lurge ' part of the Interest at Washington today centers in the selection of a successor to William J. Bryan, Sec retary of State. The name that is constantly coming to the lips of those who discuss the question is that of Secretary of the Interior Franklin K. Lane, but the belief exists that he will not be chosen. Mr. Lane's Canadian birth counts against him at a time when the United States has difficul ties with Germany. A further rea son why It is not believed that Mr. Lane will be promoted from the In terior Department is the fact, it is believed, the President would have di fficulty in selecting a mnn to take ov er the important Alaskan work that lias been undertaken by the adminis tration. Other names frequently suggested arc those of Secretary of War Llnd ley M. Garrison. Ambassador James W. Gerard, at Berlin. Senator John \V. Kern, of Indiana, Samuel Unter meycr, of New York, and Robert | l.nnsing, counsellor for the State De partment. It is generally believed, however, that the President will not make an I appointment immediately, but will ; permit Counsellor l^ansing to remain I at the head of the Department as | "Acting Secretary of State." i ? ? o I BRYAN'S ACTION IS SENSATION OF HOUR IN LONDON J LONDON. June 9.?The resignation ( of William J. Bryan as Secretary of State is the sensation of the day In .London. Surfeited as the English public has been with war sensations. t Bryan's withdrawal from the Cabinet < has created an unusual amount of in- t tereAt and discussion because it has ( given an entirely new turn to pollti- | cal events in America. All tho papers . today give It big headlines, and they refer to it as the "American crisis." ARIZONA TO BE LAUNCHED JUNE 19 --?? < WASHINGTON. June 9.?The Unit- j ed States superdrcadnaught Arizona, i costing 316,500,000 will be launched at ? the New York navy yard June 19. Gov. George-W. P. Hunt, of Arizona, and his staff will witness tho launch ing. viui.n m?i wwii FOR PEACE'S SAKE EL PASO. Tex., June 9.?Gen. Villa today announced his willingness to resign his leadership of the conven tionalist army, and to eliminate him self from Mexican politics in order to prevent the intervention of President Woodrow Wilson. The oiler of Gen. Villa to eliminate himsolf from the Mexican situation < leads to tho belief here that it is i likely that tho various factions on 1 Northern and Central Mexico will i unite with Gen. Carranza for the es tablishment of the ordorly conditions < that President Wilson has said that he will insist upon in that country. i , DEMOCRATS MAKING POLL OF NATION ; WASHINGTON, June 9.?Tho Na- . tional leaders of the democratic par- 1 ty aro polling the sentiment of the < country as to the popularity of the Wilson policies and the strength of the Republican party in preparation for 1 the campaign of 1916. A poll Is being i taken in every country in the stnte. NEW TYPEWRITER FACTORY. ) BOSTON, June 9.?The Victor Type- : writer company of New York is to oroct a ?1,300,000 factory employing 1500 hands at Lawrence, aMss. BRYAN IS LOYAL TO WILSON *]? ?$? ?*? ?j. ?% 4* * '!* v* *$* *j* ?}? ? + * LANSING ACTING * + SECRETARY OF STATE * ?> ? + Washington, Juno 0.?Coun- ? * scllor Robert I.anBlng received * ?:? his formal appointment today + as Secretary of State, adopt- + 4* ed Interim. ? ? This action marks the form- * ? al closo of William J. Bryan's 4* 4- term as Secretary of State. ? 4* + ? + 4 + * * * ? *> ? ? + ? ? WASHINGTON, June 9.?The resig nation of William J. Bryan han devel oped not only a most unusual situa tion in Democratic party politics In the United States but It has given a grave turn to the American foreign policy. Officials and diplomats who have followed the situation very close ly have pointed out that the President stood out with Mr. Bryan in doing ev erything possible to prevent war, but he believed It necessary also to be ready for any eventualities in case Germany refused to acquiesce In the American point of view as to neutral right on the high seas, and continued her attacks on American lives and vessels. BRYAN WILL GIVE WHOLE STRENGTH TO WILSON. Through his friends it is learned that the former Secretary of State Will give rrosmcni noooron ttiisuii and his administration his undivided and earnest political support. It is stated that he will urge with all the ability and Influence at his command the renomination of President Wil son by the Democratic party and his re-election by the people. It Is under stood that Mr. Bryan is particularly desirous that it should be known that there has been no break between him and President Wilson. BRYAN COSES UP AFFAIRS. Mr. Bryan was up early this morn ing to begin closing up his affairs at the State Department. Before break tost, he took a .horseback ride along Rock Creek and through Rock Creek Park, returning to his home, Cal jmct place, the former mansion of Sen. John A. Logan. He received one caller, Louis F. Post, assistant Secretary of Labor, who stopped on his way to his office to s'eak a word of regret at the de jarture of the Secretary of State. BRYAN'S STATEMENT DUE TODAY. Mr. Bryan said that he would issue lis promised statement sometime this ifternoon, giving in detail his reason 'or the resignation. It wilt be made sublic, he said, after the note to Ger nany had been started on Its way to 3erlln. It will contain about 1,000 words. "I will make my statement public is soon as I learn that I am no longer secretary of State," said Mr. Bryan. 'That will be when the note to Ger nany is dispatched." BRYAN'S ELIMINATION MAY COUNT AGAINST PEACE. In some quarters it is thought that ;he elimination of Mr. Bryan from the Cabinet adds to the possibility of a sreak between the United States and Sermany, though It Is known that 'resident Wilson's desire for peace is is great as that of Mr."Bryan. IUIV1UUIT LArncooco HIS GREAT SORROW WASHINGTON, June 8.? Presi lent's secretary James P. Tumulty yesterday gave out the following for mal statement shortly after the reslg lation of Secretary of State William I. Bryan. Of course everybody connected with the President's official fam ily very deeply regret that Mr. Bryan has felt It necessary to sev er his relations with us. We have all grown to have the deepest af faction and admiration for him. As one who has followed him In his many fights I can but feel a deep sense of personal loss at his withdrawal. Congressmen Refuse to Form Opinions. WASHINGTON. June 9.?Members )f Congress are Inclined to withhold inal Judgment on the effect of the resignation of William J. Bryan as, Secretary of State. Senator Hoke Smith, of Georgia, said: "I will wait to sec the President's lotc to Germany and Mr. Bryan's ex pression of his views." Senator Henry F. Ashur3t, of Ari zona. said: "The letter of resignation and. noti 3f acceptance are luminous and no ale and should be read by all Ameri :an citizens." Republican Thinks Bryan Abused. Representative Frank P. Woods, of Iowa, chairman of the Republican Congressional committee, said: "It is unfortunate, after all the work that Bryan has done for the es tablishment of permanent universal peace, that the administration thought It necessary to adopt a policy to com pel him to resign." Empire want ads. work all th? time. WILSON GIVES GREAT CABINET MEMBER PRAISE WASHINGTON, June 9.?The letter or resignation of William J. Bryan as Secretary of State was as follows: My Dear Mr. President: It is with sincere regret that I hrave reached the conclusion that I should return to you the com mission as Secretary of State with which you honored me at the beginning of your administration. Obedient to your sense of duty and actuated by the highest mo tives you have prepared for trans mission to the German govern ment a note in which I cannot join .without violating what I deem to be an obligation to my country, and the issue involved is of such moment that to remain a member of the Cabinet would be as unfair to you as it would be to the cause which is nearest my heart?namely, the prevention of war. I, therefore, respectfully tender my resignation' to take ef fect when the note is sent, unless you prefer an earlier hour. Alike desirous of reaching a peaceful solution of the problems arising out of the use of submar ines against merchantmen we find ourselves differing irreconcilably as to the methods which should be employed. It falls to your lot to speak of ficially for the Nation. I consid er it to be none the less my duty to endeavor as a private citizen to nromote the end which vou have In view by means which you do not feel at liberty to use. In severing intimate and pleas ant relations which have existed between us during the past two years, permit me to acknowledge the profound satisfaction which it has given me to be associated with you In the' Important work which has come before the State Department, and to thank you for the courtesies shown. With the heartiest wishes for your welfare, and for the suc cess of your administration, I am my dear President. Yours Very Truly, W. J. BRYAN. PRESIDENT WILSON'S REPLY The reply of President Woodrow Wilson to the letter of William J. Bry an was as follows: My Dear Mr. Bryan: I accept your resignation only because you insist upon its ac ceptance, and I accept it with much more than deep regret, but with feelings of'personal sorrow. Our two years of close associa tion have been very delightful to me. Our Judgments have accord ed In practically every matter of official duty, and public policy until now. Your support of the work and purposes of the admin istration has been generous and loyal beyond praise. Your devo tion to the duties of your great office and your eagerness to take advantage of every great oppor tunity for service in it has offered an example to the rest of us. You have earned our affectionate ad miration and friendship. Even now we are not separated in the ? object that we 3eek, but only in the method by which we seek it. It is for these reasons that my feelings about your retirement from the office of Secretary of State go much deeper than re gret. I deplore It. Our objects are the same and we ought to pur sue them together. I yield to your desire only because I must, and wish to bid you godspeed on our parting. We shall Continue to work for the same cause even when we do not work in the same way. With Affectionate Regards, WOODROW WILSON. BRYAN SMILES AGAIN. WASHINGTON, June 9. ? Smiling broadly for tho flrst time in many 1 days, former Secretary of State Wil liam Jennings Bryan today wittily compared himself to a brooding hen while he was chatting with agroup 1 of newspapermen. "Did you ever see an old hen trying 1 to gather her chicks beneath her ' wing in the evening?" ho asked, "well, 1 I havo often felt just like a hen in somo respects. I have been trying 1 to keep a number of international so- ' crets covered up under my wing, so as to r,peal<. and if sometimes I have ? scorned to be crotfs and irritnble it has been because T have been afraid that some of thocs secrets would creep out. Of course you don't Ques tion old hens as to their intentions, and-1 hope you won't question me as to mine." O. L. Coward, Alaska manager of the General Electric Co., left today on the Admiral Watson for a busi ness trip to Southwestern Alaska. COMMONER FAVORED AN INVESTIGATION UNDER PEACE TREATY PLAN WASHINGTON, June 9. ? The statement of William J. Bryan, set ting forth his reasons for resigning as Secretary of State, which was giv en to the public this afternoon, after praising the high motives, patriotism, capabilities and achievements of President Woodrow Wilson and his advisers, gave theso reasons fcr with drawing from the administration: The two points on which wo differ, each being conscientious in his belief, are, first, as to the sug gestion of an investigation of the differences bewtee'n the United States and Germany, by an Inter national commission, and, second, as to warning Americans against travelling on belligerent vessels or vessels carrying cargoes made up wholly or in part of ammuni tion. I believe that this nation should state frankly to Germany that we are willing to apply in. this case the principles which we are bound by treaty to apply to dis putes between the United States and thirty countries with which we have made treaties providing for Investigation of all disputes of every character and nature. These treaties, negotiated un der this administration, make war practically impossible between this country and the the thirty governments representing three fourths of the people of all the world. Among the nations with which we have these treaties are Great Britain, France and Russia. No matter what dispute may arise between the United States and these "treaty nations" we agree that there shall be no declaration and no commencement of police action until the matters In dis pute have been investigated by an international commission, and one year's time is alldwed for tho investigation and a report of its findings. This plan was offered to all nations without any excep tions whatever, and Germany was one of the nations which accept ed the principle, being, I think, the twelfth to accept No treaty was actually entered into with Germany, but I cannot see that that should stand in the way when both nations endorsed the principle. I do not know wheth er Germany would accept the of fer, but, in my judgment this country should at least make the offer. Such an offer, if accepted, would at once release the tension and silence all the jingoes who are demanding war. Germany has always been a friendly nation and a great many of our peoplo are of German ancestry. Why should we not deal with Germany according to this plan, to which the nation has pledged its sup port? The second point of difference is as to the course which should be pursued in regard to Ameri cans travelling on belligerent ships with cargoes of ammuni tion. Why should an American citizen be permitted to Involve his country in war by travelling upon a belligerent ship when he knows that that ship will pass through the danger zone. It is not a question of whether an American citizen has a right un der international law to travel on a belligerent ship.' It Is a question of whether he ought not out of consideration for his country, if not for his own safety, avoid the danger when avoidance is possi ble. It is a very one-sided citi zenship that compels a govern ?? ? r. r Avar a cltl? zen'n rights, and yet relieves tho citizen of all obligations to con sider his nation's welfare. As a private citizen I am free to urge both these propositions and to call public attention to these rem edies In the hope of securing such an expression of public senti ment as will support tho Presi dent in employing these remedies if In the future he finds It con sistent with his sense of duty to favor them. BRVAN URGED PEACE PLAN ON CABINET WASHINGTON, Juno 9.?Secretary Df State William J. Bryan urged con stantly. after the receipt of tho Gor man reply to tho first American note, upon the President and Cabinet that the United States propose to Germany that the matters of dispute between the countries should be presented to an International commission for in vestigation. The suggestion was re jected as being inapplicable to tho present situation. SITUATION SERIOUS. LINCOLN, Neb., June 9.?President Benjamin Ido Wheeler, of the Univer sity of California, said today that he regards the resignation of Secretary of State William J. Bryan as a "vory serious matter." Dr. Wheeler refused to make a statomont as to what he thought tho probable effect would be.