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THE ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE
VOL. V., NO. 628. JUNEAU, ALASKA, VOL. V., NO. 629. PRICE TEN CENTS. GERMANY LOSES 500,000 MEN IN FRUITLESS DRIVE j J. Pierpont Morgan Interested In Juneau ITALY AND AUSTRIA LOCKED IN BIG BATTLE - ? ? ' ..... I. . ? ,, ... - ? I ' I ' " ' ' M ' " ' 11 MORGAN JOINS JUNEAU MEN IN FAMOUS SPEEL RIVER POWER PROJECT ?-K In an interview with \V. P. Lass this afternoon it was learned that J. Pierpont Morgan interests had bought into the Speei River Project and that the transfer of authority was made during his recent visit to San Fran cisco. As announced by The Empire last spring It was the intention of Messrs. j Kennedy and Lass to install an in itial hydro-electric plant at Speel riv er this summer and to this end a cor poration was formed in which all out standing interests were offered their full share of the stock. The matter was then laid before the Department at Washington who ap- ? proved the plans as outlined and i granted the corporation a permit to ( develop the power. At the time llti gation was begun against the com- J pany asking that the entire property be sold Mr. Kennedy and Mr. I-ass ' were completing final details for the j development of one of the largest in stallations on the Pacific Coast. They had already purchased ten thousand . horse power electrical machinery and were actively investigating the supply of iron and aluminum ores for use in ; the electric furnaces. Mr. l>ass states that due to the lit- ' igation and opposition of the outi standing one-quarter interest, their 1 ^ plans have been abandoned and that the machinery and large generators ' that had been purchased for the Speel River Development are now stored in San Francisco. The plans of their associates, as represented by the new board or di- ' rectors, will not b? made known un- ' til after the arrival of their engineer. Mr. Frank Drum, the newly elected , president of the Speel River Project, is also president of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, which is th?. dominating power company for a large portion of California. This company has a total liability capitalization of $77.4S1.500. SIX INDICTMENTS IN EASTLAND CASE CHICAGO. July 28.?State Attorney Hovne announced today that at least six indictments of those responsible for the Eastland disaster have been returned by the State grand Jury. He refused to say who had been indicted, but it is believed that the arrests will be made before the end of the day. Secretary of Commerce William C. Kedfleld thinks the vessel was not necessarily overloaded, and says that government inspectors have told him that she would have capsized under similar conditions had there been but half the number on board. The investgiatlon is continuing, ( both through State officials and those of the Federal government. Chicago Pay? Tribute. CHICAGO. July 2S.?Chicago today paid a sorrowful tribute to the East land dead, as the last rites were said over the bodies of more tt&n 600 men, women and children. The day will go down in the history of Chicago as "Black Wednesday," according to the prediction of the newspapers of the' ATTORNEY SAYS ESTIMATES OF DEAD ARE TOO SMALL; CHICAGO. July 28.?State Attorneyj Hoyne stated yesterday evening that from all accounts that his office is; able to gather there were probably more than 2.700 people on the East land when she capsized. If so, he said, the loss of life will exceed the j 1.220 estimate that has been ten- j tatlvelv accepted as the number .of the dead. BECKER TO KNOW HIS FATE THIS AFTERNOON NEW YORK. July 28.?Former Po liece Lieut. Charles Becker, sentenc-1 ed to die Friday for the murder of Hermann Rosenthal, will know bis fate before the day is over. GERMAN AEROPLANES ARE INVISIBLE AT 3.000 FEET ?V? AMSTERDAM. July 28. The Col ogne Gazette says Germany posses ses invisible aeroplanes. It says the machines are covered with cellon which makes them invisible at an al titude of 3.000 feet. ? ? + + + + + + + ?> + + + * + WEATHER TODAY + ? Maximum?85. ?> Minimum?53. + * CLEAR ! i + + + ?? + + ???<? + + + ? + 1.1 DR. BEVIS IS HEALTH OFFICER Dr. E. M. Bovis. of Juneau, was this afternoon appointed by Gov. J. F. A Strong to serve as assistant commis sioner of health for the First Judicial livision, in place of Dr. S. C. Shur ick. of Wrangell. This chaugo has to>en made for the reason that it is teemed advisable to have the assist int stationed at the center of popu ation in the division. Other Medical Appointments. tlov. strong also appointed ur. u. L. Meyers, of Ketchikan, as a mem ber of the Alaska Medical Board, to succeed Dr. J. L. Myers whose term bad expired and who leaves soon for Seattle, where he will remain for a year. Other appointment to the medical boards of the four divisions of Alaska made today are as follows: _ First Division?Dr. H. C. DeVighne. ?eappointed. and Dr. E. M. Bevis. Second Division?Dr. J. H. Must ird of Nome and Dr. Curtis M. Welch it Candle, who takes the place of Dr. I. M. Sloane, recently recoved to Se ward. ? Third Division?Dr. J. H. Romig and Dr. Charles A. Winans of Valdez. y Fourth Division?Dr. J. A. Suther land. re-appointed, and Mrs. Aline B. Bradley. M.D., both of Fairbanks. 44444444444444444 ?:* v 4 BAYONNE STRIKE OVER. * > ?4? 4 4 Bayonne. X. J.. July 28.?Ev- 4 4 ery man who went out on strike 4 4 against the Standard Oil's 4 4 Tidewater plants has return- 4 4 ed to work. 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 FIREMAN DIES ON 4 4 BOARD BURNSIDE 4 4 ?4? 4 4 Seattle. July 28.?A fireman 4 4 on board of the United States 4 4 cableship Burnside died to- 4 4 day near Sitka, where the 4 4 Burnside is engaged in repair- 4 4 ing the United States cable. 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 + * ? HADLEY MINERS STRIKE + * FOR HIGHER WAGES <fr + + + HADLEY July 28?The min- ? + ere at the Granby Smelting * + company's mine went out on + + a strike yesterday for an in- 4 ?> crease in wages. The miners + + demanded a raise of from $4 ? ?> to $4.50 for machine men and + ? from $3 to $3.50 for muckers. ? ? The demand was not granted, + ?> and the men quit. + 4* ? + + 444+4 + + 44 + + + + + 41 HADLEY IS NOW MONEY ORDER POST OFFICE HADLEY. July 24. ? The Hadley postoffice has recently been designat ed a money order office. This im provement by the postal department fills a long felt want in the commun ity and is highly appreciated. DOUBLE-BARREL FLAMES SHOOTING FROM MT. LASSEN REDDING, Cal., July 28? Mount Lassen broke out yesterday into a double-barreled eruption. Two great sheets of flames are streaming from the mountain. The outbreak was pre ceded by deep rumblings. HAMBURG-AMERICAN STEAMERS NOT FOR SALE ?+? BOSTON*. July 28.?Julius P. Meyer director of the Hamburg-American line, denies the rumors than any ol the company's interned ships are for sale; when the war started there were more than 5,000 employees ol the company in tnis country, but half of them hare found places elsewhere. TERROR IS IN CONTROL OfHAYTI PORT AU PRINCE, July 28. ? A reign of terror exists In this city. President Guillaume and Chief of Po lice Gen. Oscar were both executed this morning by the rebels who have charge of the city. Half of the city is in flames, and the populace is panic stricken. With the President, Governor of the city and the Chief of Police dead, the government forces have been com pletely disrupted, and the revolution ists are supreme. It is expected that Dr. Rosalvo Bo bo will proclaim himself President be fore the day Is over. President Guilaume was dragged from the French legation where he had taken refuge by a mob and ex ecuted early this morning. Gen. Oscar, Governor of Port au Prince, was discovered at the Domi nican legation, and he was dragged out and killed. His death was wit nessed by friends of many of his for mer victims. During his official life ho had executed 160 persons, includ ing Gen. Orestes Samor, a former President. The Chief of Police was killed in battle yesterday. Never before in the history of the i country has a revolution that was ac complished so quickly been so bloody. There is not a block in the business section of the city, and in the neigh borhood of the Palace where dead and wounded are not lying in the streets under the scorching sun. Several hundred have been killed. UNITED STATES SENDS WARSHIPS AND MARINES Washington, July 28.? The United ! States armored cruiser Washington, : commanded by Rear-Admiral Caper ton with 800 blue jackets and marines .sailed during the night for Port Au Prince to protect American and for eign interests. mexicansTlan peace parley WASHINGTON. July 28.?Reports of a great peace movement.in Mexico are being received at tbe State De partment and are receiving the seri ous attention of officers here. The advices received here say that representatives of various factions in the southern Republic are consulting their leaders in an ofTort to bring about a general peace parley with Gen. Carranza as a party to the con ference if Possible and without him if he refuses to Join the movement. Those reporting from Mexico be lieve that there is a good chance to bring about peace in the country. ? ? ? pacific mail may unite with japs SAN FRANCISCO. July 28?A mer ger of the Toyo Risen Kaisha and the Pacific Mall steamship companies is persistently rumored to be one of the plans that is scheduled for con summation In the near future. The rumor that there will be such a consolidation has been in circula tion several times and denied, but the new rumors are circulated by people who know of the denial and should know what they are talking about. American shipping interests 'are making offers for the Pacific Mail steamships, basing their hope of suc cess on the assumption that tho com pany must retire from business on account of its connection with the Southern Pacific railroad. RUSSIA IS CALLING OUT MORE TROOPS PETROGRAD, July 28.?An Imper lal ukase was issued today calling to the colors of the Empire all males born in the year 1896. Another ukase was issued ordering the mobilization of the Siberian troops. These twe orders will add more than 1.500.001 to the Russian army. ? ? RUSSIAN FLEET SINKS 150 TURKISH CRAF7 PETROGRAD. July 28.?In a rah : upon the Turkish harbors of Samsui and Riza. the Russian Black Sea flee sunk 150 Turkish sailing vessels o ' j all rigs and descriptions, according to an official announcement that wai made today. The Turkish towns wer* , fired upon. The destroyers encoun j tered little opposition and returnee ' uudamaged. # jxJj GERMANY MAY NOT ANSWER LONDON, July 28.?A telegram to Reuters from Amsterdam, says that the Cologne Gazette today published as a wireless dispatch from Washing ton, believed to be inspired by the German embassy there, urging that unless Germany Is able to mako a fa vorable reply to the latest American note that she not reply at all. It was stated that this course was necessa ry "in order to avoid further excite ment of public opinion ia America." Admit American Good Faith. It is admitted by German newspa pers today, according to Amsterdam and Copenhagen newspapers, that whether just or uot the position of President Woodrow Wilson, in the the Republic, is that of the American controversy between the Empire and people, and that the President and people havo taken their stand in good faith and as people who would like to continue friendly with Germany and the German people. Von Jagow Gets Orduna Note. BERLIN, July 28. ? Ambassador James W. Gerard today presented to German Foreign Minister Von Jagow today the American note making in quiry regarding the recnet German at tack on the British passenger liner Orduna, bound from Liverpool to I New York. The Orduna had 20 or more American passengers on board, and was attacked without warning by a German submarine. Ambassador i Gerard received the note yesterday and presented it this morning. Submarines Chase Another Brit ish Passenger Liner. NEW YORK. July 28.?Tho Cunard liner Carpnthiu, arriving: last night, ; reported having been pursued off the Irish coast July 18 by a German sub | marine. Germans Get Six More Vessels in North Sea. LONDON. July 28.? The Swedish steamship Emma, three schooners and two trawlers were sunk by German submarines In the North Sea today, i Their crows were saved. GERMAN QUESTION WORRIES AMERICA WASHINGTON. July 28.?There is no denying that the State Department officials are worried over tho Ger man situation. The sinking of the Lee lanaw, an Aemrican ship that was under ballast and leaving a Russian port, and tho report that the German undersea war craft attempted to at tack another Atlantic passenger ship is regarded as evidence that Gen many does not propose to pay any attention to the American demands. This is further corroborated by the announcement that Germany intends to take her time to answer the Unit ed States and permit eventualities to take their course in the meantime. Germans Continue Surprised Dispatches from Berlin say that the Gorman papers are sorely disappoint ed at the American note in reply to the German communication which they expected would meet with favor in the United States. It was believ ed that the pains Germany took to offer a manner of protection to Amer ican lives and commerce would be satisfactory to the United States. SPRING-RICE ASKS ENGLAND TO MAKE CONCESSIONS TO U. S. WASHINGTON. July 28.? British Ambassador Spring-Rice has within the last day or two communicated to his government his belief that some concessions should be made by it to the protests of the United States i against the continuance of the seiz ure of American ships and cargoes . and the blockading of neutral ports. > ? * ? , AUSTRIA AND TURKEY . WOULD FOLLOW SUIT l AMSTERDAM. July 28.?Germany > has the full backi gnof Turkey and ) Austria in the negotiations with America and if the situation results in a break of relations between Washington and Berlin Germany's Al ? lies will also terminate relations with the United States, according to a dlH 1 patch from Berlin. i The dispatch states that an Aus t trian protest sent to the United f States on the subject of the export ; of munitions was the result of a con s ference at Vienna by Chancellor Von b Bethmann-Hollweg, foreign Secretary - von Jagow and Premier Burian, and 1 that a similar protest will be sent by ITALY IS IN GREAT CONTEST LONDON, July 28. ? Corresponds cnts of London newspapers describe the fighting along the Italian Isonzo as of the fiercest variety. It Is esti mated today that nearly 1,000,000 men in the various Italian and Austrian armies are engaged. With the Aus trians are parts of several corps of Bavarians. Definite results have not yet been attained by either side, though reports from Rome are that the Italian plans are gradually being consummated. Captive balloons are being used with which to direct the artillery, and Italian areoplanes are being brought forward in an attempt to destroy the Austrian railroad connections In the rear of their lines. The battle has been in progress for several days, with the forces engaged being augmented hourly. The loss of life has been appalling. The Austrian attacks have been the equal in ferocity and bravery of any thing that has been attempted by men of any of the warring Nations since the beginning of the conflict, but they have been repulsed without exception. The Italian artillery has been used with masterly skill and strategy, and its effectiveness demonstrated doz ens of times daily. Whole battalions and regiments of Austrians have been mowed down, and many charges have resulted in the practical annihilation of those engaged in them. AUSTRIA AND ITALY HAVE OVER 500,000 ENGAGED ROME, July 28.?With over 500,000 Austrian* and Italians engaged In trcir great battle, the ltlanians are making clow but methodical progress. Both aides are suffering heavy cas ualties in the battle. The Italians are delivering heavy attacks, encouraged by the presence of King Victor, who travels back and forth on the battle front in his automobile. Large Bavarian forces are reported to have Joined the Austrians. FRANCIS JOSEPH'S HEALTH STOPS VISIT TO FRONT ??? ROME, July 28.?The Idea Nazion cale states that Emperor Francis Joseph of Austria has been compelled to abandon his contemplated visit to the front in the Southwestern thea tre of war. owing to his physical and mental condition. The war be tween Italy and Austrfa was a hard blow to the aged monarch and since hostilities began he is reported to have suffered considerably from hal lunciations, frequently inquiring if his armies were ready to advance on Trentlno to crush the enemy." "The Austrian emperor's mental state arouses the greatest pity," pitl," says the paper. "It. is feared that one of the paroxysms of rage, which frequently visit the aged rul er, will prove fatal." Italians Claim Successes ROME. July 28.?Another success for the Italian army which invaded Austria west of Lake Garda is offic ially reported. The Italians have oc cupied two more important mountain passes in the Val Comonica in tho Western part of Trcntino. In the Carnic Alps the Italians and Austrians are engaged In fierce fight ing in fogs and darkness upon lofty Affln VIENNA SAYS ITALIANS ARE BADLY DISCIPLINED VIENNA, July 28.?A semiofficial communication given out here says: "Captured Italian soldiers describe conditions in the Italian army as highly unsatisfactory. During the first few weeks of the war the food was good, but now it is of the poor est quality. The bread is hardly fit to eat. The youngest class of 19 .year-old boys has served from the first. Their officers told them that the Austrinns were totally exhausted in the fighting in Gallcia; that the Austrlans were weak and nervous, and would be unable to resist the Italians. "There is a great lack of discipline among the officers and in conse quence there are several cases where men shot tliolr own officers. All of the prisoners say they are glad they escappd Into our lines." J. W. Robinson, manager of the Ketchikan Lyceum course, andEg dis daughter, Helen, returned today from RUSSIA MAY HAVE WON OUT LONDON, July 28.?In a general re view of the war aituatlon, preliminary to a motion for the Commona to ad journ until September 14th, Premier Aaquith today paid a magnificent and eloquent tribute to the Rusaiana, say ing that they have at last defeated the purpoae of the wonderful German war machine in the greateat aeries of battles that have ever been fought by men. "We should be. ungrateful and in sensitive, indeed, if we did not recog nize at this moment the indescribably gallant efforts that have been put forth by our Russian allies to stem the tide of invasion and to retain in violate their positions," said Asquith. "I do not think in the whole military history of the world there has been a more magnificent example of disci pline and endurance and both indi vidual and collective Initiative that has been shown by the great Russian army during the last seven weeks of continuous fighting." By steming the German rusnes, ine Premier said, the Russians have es- i tablished a condition along their fron- i tier like that which prevails in the I west, and the war there, as In France, 1 has developed into a contest of en durance. ' i Asquith predicted that the contest j < between the Allies and Germany forj some time will continue to be an en durance contest, where stubborn men in the field must have the consist ent and equally stubborn support of 1 the people at home. Mr. Asquith said that when the 1 Commons adjourns tomorrow, he will ask that It do so until September 14. RUSSIA WINS IN CAUCASUS CAMPAIGN LONDON, July 28.?An official re port from Caucasus headquarters , states that after a two-day battle the < Russians captured strong Turkish positions In the Olty district. Four , guns were also taken. VON HINDENBERG PLANS BIG SURPRISE FOR ENEMY ?+? I LONDON. July 28.?A Central die , patch from Amsterdam says: "Field Marshal von Hlndenberg is engaged in preparations for something that will surprise the world and may de cide the war." ENGLAND WILL NOT HAVE PEACE NOW LONDON, July 28.? England will not have peace at this time. Prem ier Asquith announced in Parliament that the government refuses at this time to take any steps towards find ing out on what terms Germany will make peace. BRITISH WINNING IN EAST AFRICA CAMPAIGN LIVINGSTON. Rhodesia, July 28.? Minor British successes on the fron tier of East Germany are chronicled in the following official report: "One of our patrolB on June 2, attacked a strong enemy force. The enemy lost one killed, one officer and nine pri vates wounded. There were no oth er casualties among the patrol. Tho Germans wore forced to retire. On June 22 the enemy reinforced by Eur opeans, determinedly attacked Saisa. but was beaten off after an all-day fight." AUSTRALIA VOTES $100,000,000 FOR WAR MELBOURNE. July 28.?Australia! has voted $100,000,000 more for war purposes. England Must Have More Money LONDON, July 28.?Before the ad journment of Parliament Premier Asquith will ask it to vote $1,250,000 000 more for war purposes. STEEL TRUST TO GIVE GARY THREE PARKS CHICAGO, July 28? Tho United i States Steel Company will give three t small parks worth $250,000 to the city of Gary, Indiana. GERMANS CANNOT GET THROUGH RUSSIA'S STUBBORN DEFENSE LONDON, July 28.?Although Ger many has sacrificed more than 500,* 000 men in the most ambitious move ment of the present war, either on the east or west lines of battle, In her effort to capture Warsaw and again control the Western Russian railroad system, the Russian lines re main unbroken at all points. The almost inconceivable magnitude of the movement against Warsaw and the Russian railroad system may be partly comprehended when it is stat ed that they are holding a great line from the Gulf of Riga sweeping south westward, around Warsaw, thence en circling that city and stretching away to the southward to the Gallclan fron tier near Sokal. Along this long line there have been more than a half million men lost since the offensive movement was started. The fighting has been terrific in nearly every sec ter of It. The German attack has been made with skill, with unlimited military equipment and a bravery that reckons not the cost in men and material. The Russian resistance has been equally able, and maintained with a stub bornness never excelled. FIGHTING TERRIFIC. Correspondence and official reports from the west agree that language Is inadequate to describe the ferocity of the fighting that is in progress and which has been under way for several days along the Narew river north of Warsaw and along the line of the Lublin-Chelm railroad, which the Ger mans are attempting to seize and against which they renewed their at tacks today. At both of these fronts the Russian resistance is showing the stubbornness of a stone wall. The Germans have hurled thousands against their lines, yet they have re fused to yield a single Inch. GERMANS SEE IMPROVEMENT. The Germans and Austrlans have renewed their attacks on their ex treme right, which rests on the Bug river, and claim to have improved their positions there. LUBLIN-CHELM SECTOR CEN TER OF BATTLE. It is along the Lublin-Chelm sector south of Warsaw and in the Narew river reigion north of that city that it is believed that the great crisis of war has developed and experts agree that In one or both of these sections the fate of the greatest aggressive movement ever undertaken by armed men will be determined. Immediately west of Warsaw com parative quiet prevails. The Ger mans have, apparently, abandoned the hope of dislodging the Russians in those sections, or at Novo Georglevsk or Ivangorod. FIGHTING BETWEEN VIRPRZ AND BUG RIVERS. The fighting In progress yesterday and today between the Virprz and Bug rivers is continuing with all the strength of the two armies being ex erted. The loss of life everywhere is un paralleled. ENGLAND MAY BE FORCED TO A TARIFF POLICY LONDON, July 28.?Harold Cox, the British economist, predicts that England will have to borrow $10,000. 000,000 before the war ends. The in terest and sinking fund will cost $550 000.000 and pensions will take anoth er $100,000,000 during the first two years after the war. New taxes im posed last November produced $215, 000.000. It is predicted that Great Britain will be forced to adopt a tariff tax. ROUMANIA MAKES GREATER DEMANDS BERLIN, (via wireless), July 28 ? In reply to the demands made upon Roumania by Austria, the Bucharest government has transmitted to Vien na counter demands for the cession of certain territory now forming part of the Austrian empire. The indications are that the ne gotiations are to be of considerable length, but that an effective com promise will be reached. AUSTRIA THREATENS TO CLOSE FRONTIER LONDON, July 28.?A Rome dis patch to the Star says Austria has threatened to close the Roumanian frontier unless restrictions on Austro German exports to Turkey are re moved.