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THE ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE
VOL. VI- NO. 650. JUNEAU, ALASKA, MONDAY, AUG. 23, 1915. PRICE TEN CENTS. GERMANY HARD HIT IN SEA FIGHT IN BALTIC TEUTONIC TROOPS FAIL TO LAND NEAR RIGA TORCHES OE WAR ARE HELD OVER BALKANS; BULGARIA STAYS OUT A . ' BULLETIN. BERLIN. Aug. 23.?The Over seas News Agency today gave out the following: \ "Official reports from Sofia and Constantinople state that Turkey and Bulgaria have signed a new treaty. Turkey grants Bulgaria her desired railroad connection with the sea and Bulgaria agrees to observe a benevolent neutr ality." BULLETIN. MILAN, Aug. 23.?In an inter view here the Premier of Serbia is quoted as saying that Serbia had given away to Italy regarding Albania. A dispatch from Athens says M. Venivelos has accepted the prem iership of Greece and will also assume the post of minister of foreign affairs. He is a member of the war faction. ROUMANIA TO ENTER; ITALY WARS ON TURKEY LONDON, Aug. 23^?With Italy now arrayed in war against Turkey, and with news that Roumania undoubtedly will begin general mobilization Wed nesday, the Balkan situation has be come the center of attention. . Following Italy's declaration of war on Turkey late Saturday night the Italian ambassador left Constan tinople and the Turkish ministers are leaving Rome. Early dispatches fnjm several con tinental capitals indicated that Tur key is strengthening her fortifications In Thrace, fearing a Bulgarian invas ion. A dispatch from Sofia, the Bulgar ian capital, says: "Private advices from Bucharest state that It is feared that Germany has sent an ultimatum to Rumania, regarding the right of the German Empire to transport munitions of war for Turkey over Roumanian soil. The Roumanian cab inet is firmly resolved not to grant this permission. A targe number of cars laden with war material have been held up at Predeal. It is re ported that Roumanian troops are con centrating, and that a heavy force is massing at Jassy, about 200 miles Northeast of Bucharest. The Rouman ian petroleum regions have beer, heav ily garrisoned." Berlin Says Nay BERLIN. Aug. 21.? The Vosstche Zeitung's Sofia correspondent wires that a prominent political personage gave him the following summary of the standpoint of the Bulgarian au thorities: .. "Even if the Quadruple Entente were now in a position to give us not only all Macedonia, but Kavala to boot, with immediate possession, which is. of course, impossible, we would still refuse to join the Allies, for with Russia dominating the Dar danelles, we would only have a very short lease of life. We would rath er remain Bulgarian without Mace donia and Kavala but preserve our independence. Premier Radoslsavoff in his final answer cannot say any thing but "no." Moreover, the Bul garians are unwilling to accept a ter ritorial increase as a gift. They are too proud to beg alms. They would rather take what they feel entitled to. Bulgaria will not remain passive, but strike at the right moment, and on what side there is no doubt, since the Bulgarian-Turkish negotiations in Constantinople have already been signed." SEAGOING YACHT "ITUNA" ARRIVES The handsome yacht Ituna, owned by R. Fred Ypgel, a wealthy Californ ian. arrived in the harbor this after noon. She docked at the Pacific Coast wharf, to coal. The Ituna is on a cruise of Alaskan waters, and will go to Sitka, and possibly farther West after leaving Juneau Thursday. The Ituna's party includes her own er. and Mr. and Mrs. H. O. Vogel of Los Angeles and Mrs. and Miss Yates of San Francisco. The yacht is un der command of Captain Sorenson. Captain Frank White, a pioneer Al askan navigator, is pilot, and H. B. Cloak, an engineer on the old "Idaho." when she was running to Alaska 30 years ago. is chief engineer. Mr. Vogel left New York December 26, 1914. and has been on the yacht con tinuously since that time, with the exception of a short visit in San Francisco*. He brought the vessel through the Panama Canal. The Ituna is ISO feet long. She was built in Glasgow. * : * BELGIANS FAKE RACE; ESCAPE ON BICYCLES AMSTERDAM. Holland.?How j 112 Belgians escaped Into Hoi I | land through a cleverly fake bl j cycle race is told in dispatches : from the frontier. A number of Liege sportsmen I called on the German command ant of that district a fortnight ago, and asked permisslan to or ganize a bicycle race for the benefit of local war victims. The j race was to be from Liege to Mouland, on the Dutch frontier. The commandant foil in with j the plan, only stipulating that each contestant must wear an arm badge with the German col ors and affix a small German flag to his bicycle. After some de mur, the promoters of the race consented to the conditions. The commandant supplied the 1 badges and flags himself, and agreed to send a military band to the starting place. I j The race took place some days later with 112 contestants. The | j entire countryside turned out to j watch the event, and the Ger | man sentries all along the road saluted the racers as they pedal ed by. But the cyclists did not \ stop when they reached Mou land; then continued straight on i across the Dutch border, and failed to return. ! EDUCATOR AND EDITOR PRAISES SCHOOL BOOKS SAN FRANCISCO. Aug. 23.? A. E. Winshlp, editor of the Journal of Edu j cation, of Boston. Mass., speaking be fore the National Educational Asso ; elation today gave great praise to the American school books. In part, he ! said: | "The American school book is the most perfect feature of American ed ucation. More money, more brains, more skill, more art, have been put in to the school books used by all chil dren who arc permitted to use real American school books than into the education and teacher-training of four fifths of the teachers of the Unltrd States in the last thirty years. "Nine-tenths and more of all that we learn in life that is above the or dinary we learn from print. One of the great missions of the school is to teach how to get .the most that I is worth while from the printed page to establish a habit of reading intelli gently and studiously things worth knowing, reading so as to have avail able tor use what one knows from his reading." concluding, .Mr. w uisuip oaiu. "Teachers come and go; a large number of them teach less than three years. If they teach ten years they have not reached 500 children each. If 20 years not a thousand; but every great American school book has reach ed from a million to twenty million ' children; has woven itself into their knowledge for life; has quickened | their intelligence for a lifetime; has | become a dynastic force; has Ameri canized them; has inspired and en nobled them." + + + + + t + * + HAYTIENS WARLIKE. ?> + ??? + + WASHINGTON. Aug. 23.?Re * Washington, Aug. 23.?Relia- * * ble reports that the Haytien <? + army to attack the American + + rebels have been organizing an + . + forces on the Island are respon- + + slble for the plans now being + * carried out to reinforce Ad- * * miral Caperton's marines and + + bluejackets. + * * *??????????++?+? ROBINSON FINED $5 FOR HASTY TEMPER ! Colbey Robinson this morning took the responsibility of settling a score for a small dog that ran underneath I an automobile driven by Frank Her : miL - As a result of his championing the canine, which he accomplished by jumping into the moving car and striking Hermit across the mouth with a closed fist, Robinson was arrested and taken before Magistrato E. W. ! Pettlt. After endeavoring to make Robinson realize that his own action might easily have resulted in an acci dent far more serious than a bruised dog Mr. Pettit collected a fine of $5 and let him go. FRANK'S LAST ACTS DESCRIBED ATLANTA, Ga., Aug. 23.?An un named witness of the kidnaping and hanging of Leo M. Frank has furnish*, ed what is said to bo the actual facts in connection with Frank's execution I by a masked mob of twenty persons. The account was published hero yes terday. The facts are said to be as fol lows: "First, that Frank did not confess; that he twi^e was asked if he had anything to say, but on each occasion replied "No." Asked pointedly if he killed Mary Pbagan, he mado no reply whatever. "Second, that no attempt was made to force a confession from the prison er; that Frank's statement Just prior to his death was that ho loved his wife and mother better than he did his life; and that the latter statement came from his lips unexpectedly, and without questioning. "Third, that Frank was not maltreat ed in any way prior to his actual lynching. "Fourth, that Frank walked 200 yards from the automobile to the death tree without a faltering step.: "Fifth, that Frank was told from the start that he was to be executed as the courts had directed that ho be." ADMIRAL LINE WILL ADD TWO BOATSJO FLEET SEATTLE, Aug. 23.?In a statement issued hero today. President H. P. Alexander, of the Pacific Alaska Navi gation Company declared that the Board of Directors had voted to ex pend a half million dollars for the construction or purchase of two steamships for the Alaska-service. A few days -ago tho Alaska Steam ship Company announced that it would buy or build two new steam ships for the Northern trade, owing to the heavy tonnage of copper ore from Southwestern Alaska. ThiB com pany not long ago bought the steam ship City of Puebla from the Pacific Coast Steamship Company. PHYSICIANS COUGH UP TO INTERURBAN BANDIT ?<?? SEATTLE. Aug. 23.?The Inbound Everett-Seattle electric interburban was held up late Saturday night near Bitter Lake Station. A lonebandlt forced Conductor E. R. Wiseman to pass the hat among the passengers. A dozen Seattle physicians returning from a picnic, and others, contribut ed about twenty-five dollars. The robber made his escape. WORK STARTS ON TOLOVANA ROAD FAIRBANKS, Aug. 23.?Work will commence this week on the building of the road to Tolovana, the placer camp of the interior. The route will be by way of Olnes. Seven teen men left here Friday, to start work on the road. It is expect ed the trail will be blazed through within ninety days. Now arrivals from Tolovana bring glowing reports of the prospects of the new camp. They say the winter's work will make it the best camp In the Territory. Territorial Road Commissioner H. H. Ross is. working crews of men on the creek roads regardless of the legal tie-up, and says that the roads will be in good shape by the end of the summer. MENDENHALL BRIDGE SURE The Mendenhall bridge will bo built this year according to advices received today by Superintendent J. C. Hayes from the Alaska Board of Road commissioners. The work will be prosecuted as fast as necessary to insure the completion before the win ter weather sets in. Mr. Hayes also received instruct ions to repair the Chilkat bridge near Haines. Three bents of the bridge were carried out by the recent high | water. A contract will bo let soon for the i construction of the Skagway river bridge ? the work to be completed during September. John Zug, civil engineer in the em ploy of the road commission, is in Juneau. He is inspecting the pro gress of the road work In Southeast ern Alaska, and will be here for sev eral days. U. S. NOT HURRYING DECISION WASHINGTON, Aug. 23.?Secretary Lansing today cabled Ambassador Gerard asking whether the Gorjpan government had received an official report of the sinking of tho Arabic, i The Ambassador was not instructed, however, to ask for one. It was offi cially stated today that the American government is not yet at all sure of the facts in the Arabic case, and considers its information very frag mentary. Latest reports received here from Queenstown say that of tho six Amer icans killed when the Arabic was tor pedoed, two of tho bodies are still missing. CHICAGO, Aug. 23. ? William J. Bryan suid here yesterday: "It is ad mitted that Americans have the right, under international law, to travol in ships of belligerents, but the ques tion just now 1b whether an American citizon should put his convenience or even his rights above his own nation's welfare. If American citizens refuse to consider their own safety or the safety qf their nation, then a second question arises, namely, whether the government should permit a few per sons to drag the country into an un paralleled war." TAFT URGES LARGER ARMY; ADEQUATE NAVY PORTLAND, Me., Aug. 23.?At a Sunday breakfasts conversation with friends hero, Former President Will iam H. T&ft Bald that the army should be increased and that the United States' sea power should equal tho best. MARYLAND SENATOR CALL8 IT "AFFRONT" SEATTLE. Aug. 23.?Senator Wil lard Snulsbury of Delnware, asserted today that the "United States cannot well overlook the Arabic affront." Senator Saulsbury is a member of the foreign relation committee, and is paying the West a visit. WARLIKE COLONEL WANTS U. S. TO NOW CURB GERMANY ?+? OYSTER BAY, N. Y.. Aug. 23.? In a signed statement issued here yesterday morning, Former President Roosevelt said: "I earnestly hope that the adminis tration will not take the view contain ed in the German answer in reply to the last American note, and apply It to the sinking of the Arabic. "The destruction of the Arabic by a German submarine and the murder of the American citizons aboard should be adequately met by the administra tion dismissing Count Bernstroff, the German ambassador at Washington, and severing diplomatic relations with Germany. io auow mis iasi aci 10 go Dy would be a fresh sacrifice of Ameri can honor and American interests. "The note of President Wilson to Germany last February was excellent if he had only lived up to it. "Every subsequent note directed by him and the administration represent ed weakness and timidity on our side. "The sinking of the Lustitania, the Arabic and the attacks on the Gul flight and Falaba, and all similar in cidents represent arrogant answers to this weakness. "This weakness, moreover, Inspired. Germany to care nothing for the mere severance of diplomatic relations. "The time for words by this na tion has long passed. "It is^ unconceivablo to American citizens who claim to be the Inheri tors of the traditions Washington and Lincoln that ou/ governmental representatives do no< see that the time for deeds has chine." * + + $18,835,520 -ALASKA * ?$? -J* * WASHINGTON, Aug< 23? * <? In a bulletin issued Saturday + ? by the United States Geolo- + + gical Survey, it is officially * -J- announced that the value of Al- + + aaka's 1914 output of gold, sll- * ? ver and copper is $18,835,520. + ? / ? + + ?:.* 4- ?}? + <?* + STOCK QUOTATIONS. NEW YORK, Aug. 23. ? Alaska Gold closed today at 3296. Chino 44, Ray 21%. Utah Copper 64%, Butte and Superior 60%. Copper metal is at 16%. I ITALIANS LEAVE TO JOIN COLORS Seven Italian miners left Juneau Saturday night on the City of Seattle, bound for New York, where they will rail :o Join the colors. All of the men ' arc reservists in the Italian army. JAPAN IS TO ASSIST RUSSIANS TOKYO, Aug. 23.?Japan has de cided to aid Russia In particular and her other allies in the war In general | with all the resources of the nation. The announcement made through the Kokumin Shimbun says: "Premier Okuma states that Japan has decided to give greater assist ance than heretofore to Russia to prosecute the war against Germany. This assistance will take the form of forwarding greater supplies of war munitions." The Associated Press learns that Japan has decided to employ ull available governmental and private resources for increasing the output of munitions of war for the Allies and particularly for Russia. The Japan ese government belives that tho time has arrived for more concerted agtion against the enemies of Japan and her allies. RUSSIA SEEKING AID FROM JAPAN AGAIN; LONDON, Aug. 23.?Russia Is said j to be endeavoring to arrange an al liance with Japan by making conces-: sions In tho Orient to secure the aid I of Japan in the war In Europe. Rus sia has asked Japan, it is said, to send 600,000 troops with equipment , to aid In the contest against Ger many. WALLA WALLA MAN APPOINTED SEATTLE, Aug. 23. ? Roacoc M. Drumhcller of Walla Walla today was appointed Collector of Customs for the district of Washington State, by President Wilson. Ho succeeds Col lector Frederick C. Harper. Drumheller is a native of the State of Washington, and a member of one of the leading families of the East- 1 orn part of the State. He owns large 1 wheat farms in Walla Walla and Col- ! urabia counties to which he gives hiB personal attention. Ho was the Dern ocratic nominee for Congress in his i district in 1912 and again in 1914, i and, although barely passed 30 years i of age, he has been influential in Dem ocratic politics for ten years. He is a nephew of Dan M. Drumheller, mil- j lionaire banker and farmer and form- i cr mayor of Spokane. | CHIEF FORESTER GRAVES PLEASED AT THE OUTLOOK FAIRBANKS, Aug. 23.? Henry S. , Graves, chief forester of the United States, and E. A. Sherman, assistant forester, left Fairbanks last Wednes day for Valdcz, by auto. Mr. GravoB told reporters here that he had be come convinced that Alaska was a country of wonderful opportunity. i NON-SUIT IN CASE ASKED ?+? J. H. Cobb, as attorney for the do- < fense in the tidelands ejectment case i asked an order for non-suit when the 1 Government rested its case this after noon at four o'clock. The court took tho matter under advisement and a recess was declared until 7:30 to night, at which time tho argument ' will be heard. 1 When the case opened this morn- < ing agnin the court room was crowd ed with spectators who are watching 1 closely its development. Shortly af ter the session began, the defense, through Attorney J. H. Cobb, moved for a Judgment on the pleading on ' the ground that it is possible to so- 1 cure an action of ejectment, which is 1 a law action, and that in such cases i it is ruled that no equity action can be had, since there is offered an oppor tunity to evoke the law. The motion was denied. Surveyor General C. E. Davidson was the first witness on the stand this < morning and immediately an argu- < ment wns launched in reference to a map of the district in question, which I was made by Mr. Davidson and which has been labeled "Restricted District." Mr. Cobb instantly wanted to know "at whose request the plat had been ' so marked," and filed an objection to I its being made a part of the record. ' Later development explained that tho plat had been offered to refute the I allegation of the defense that the dis puted buildings had been constructed for purposes of furthering tho inter ests of navigation. Closing the dis cussion Judge Jennings remarked that i "the mere fact that the plat was so < labeled would not modify the import- i ance of tho plat in connection with l the suit" and over-ruled the objection ? of the defense. ( ? i GERMANY TALKING PEACE, AMSTEROAM NEWSPAPERS CLAIM AMSTERDAM, Aug. 28. ?At a secret conference of cabinet . ministers, political leaders and influential writers, called by the imperial German chancellor be I fore reassembling the Reich stag Thursday, peace was the topic, according to the Dally Telegraaf. The Telegraaf claims that Karl Helffcrich, secreary of the Treasury, explained that the new German war loan would causo bankruptcy, therefore, It | Is said, Dr. Helffcrich urged it j was needful "to prepare for hon orable peace." The chancellor, according to the same report, advised his hearers to use their influence to soften down the bellicose in clinations and expansion policy of the ReichBtag, to give tho | country an opportunity to pre pare peace proposals which would be acceptable to the quad i ruplo entente. * ; a ZAPATISTAS GET AWAY WITH HUERTA'S MONEY BOSTON, Aug. 23.?Tb% Globe says that $100,000 gold deposited at Mexi co City in a branch of the German Bank of South America by the Huer ta government was taken from the bank by force by Zapatistas before their flight. FIVE ARE ORPHANED IN VICTORIA TRAGEDY VICTORIA, B. C.. Aug. 23. ? Mrs. Margaret Clark, who lives in King's Road, yesterday received a visit from tier Ave grandchildren. Mrs. Clark kissed each of the children and the youngest, a child of two years, said: "Gimme a cooky, gramma." The eld est child, a boy of 13 handed Mrs. Clark a letter, saying that "Mamma sent it." The note stated that Mrs. George Anderson had killed her husband with an axe, and added that she had tak en her own life. She asked Mrs. Clark, her mother, to care for the grandchildren. Both bodies were found by the poice. R. W. LITTLETON DIES. SEATTLE, Aug. 23.?Rufus W. Lit tleton, a prominent realty dealer, died here last night RIVERS AND HARBORS COMMITTEE AT SEATTLE SEATTI.TE, Aug. 23.?Six members of the rivers and harbors committee of Congress this morning began an In spection of local government projects. SCHOOL FOR ANCHORAGE. WASHINGTON, Aug. 23. ? The Treasury Department today authoriz ed the construction of a government nchoolhouse at Anchorage, Alaska, tho cost to be $2,000. BUSINESSMEN TRAIN. SEATTLE, Aug. 23.?Tho business men's military Instruction camp was opened at American Lake, near Ta colma, this afternoon. ST. LOUIS FLOOD WRECKED 2,000 HOMES ST. LOUIS. Aug. 23.?The flood in 9t. Louis left two thousand families homeless and created five millions of dollars loss to property , including railroads and telegraph lines. RUBY TERM OVER ?+? RUBY, Aug. 23?Judge Charles E. Bunnell adjourned the Ruby session of the district Court Friday, and the court party left there Saturday. STEEL DEMAND EXCEEDS ALL POSSIBLE SUPPLY SHARON, Pa., Aug. 23.? The de mand for open hearth, bessemer bil els and sheet bars exceed all possi ble supply. BIG LINER GROUNDS IN PUGET SOUND SEATTLE, Aug. 23.?Tho steamship Panama Maru ran ashore in a fog of forest fire smoke at Three Tree Point, on tl/e way to Tacoma, at 1 o'clock this morning. She will be floated late thin afternoon. She had a cargo of 1,000 tons from.the Orient, and Is not damaged. . ? ELEVEN GERMAN SHIPS SUNK BY RUSSIANS IN RIGA NAVAL ENGAGEMENT LONDON, Aug. 23.?In a naval bat tle yesterday in the Gulf of Riga the Russian fleet, aided by a British submarine, sunk the German battle cruiser Moltke, a 23,000-ton boat, three other smaller' cruisers and sev en torpedo boats. Late last night two French torpedo boats encounter ed and sunk two German torpedo boat destroyers off Ostend. A dis patch from Sofia says a British sub marine sunk a Turkish collier off Maidis Pasha, and reported that the German steamship Bulos, of the Ger man Levantine merchant fleet, laden with munitions of war for Turkey, was sunk In the sea of Marmora. An official dispatch today to The Times, confirmed tho early reports of the German naval defeat, and said that the German vessels had with drawn from Riga Bay. The dispatch said: "The Moltke was torpedoed and sunk by a British submarine. The Germans tried to land troops at a point near Pernvpin, on the East shore of the Gulf, and 35 miles North of Riga. Four barges, crammed with soldiers, took part in the descent They were repulsed by waiting Rus sian troops, without the cooperation of artillery. The German landing party was exterminated and the bar ges were captured." In the capitals of the entente there was great rejoicing when confirma tion was received of Russia's unex pected victory. England is especial ly Joyous, as it was a British sub marine that accounted for the Ger man battle cruiser Moltke, enabling the Russians to destroy the other German vessels with greater ease. The Moltke was one of the largest and fastest vessels In the German navy. She was a sister ship of the battle cruiser Bluecher, which was sunk by the British fleet In a naval battle in the North Sea last winter. She was completed In 1911. Her speed was 28 knots. She carried over a thousand men. The official Russian announcement of the withdrawal of the German fleet from the Gulf of Riga was made today in Petrograd. Added to It was: "Our destroyers In .the Black Sea have sunk over a hundred Turkish boats since Turkey entered the war." The President of the Russian Duma announced the German defeat while the members of the people in the gal leries wildly cheered. It was declar ed that the Germans lost the Moltke, three other cruisers and 7 torpedo boats in the battle. Russia's losses in the engagement consisted of three torpedo boats. DANES AROUSED AT GERMAN ATTACK ON BRITISH SUBMARINE COPENHAGEN, Aug. 23.?Only the interference of the Danish torpedo boat Jutland saved the British sub marine E-13 from destruction by Ger man submarines and destroyers late Saturday, when the British submarine ran aground on the Danish coast. Shortly after the E-13 ran aground the German submarine U-13 and two destroyers sighted her. A bombard ment of the helpless British boat en sued. The Danish torpedo boat then put in her appearance and with two other naval boats steamed between the British submarine and the Ger man boats, and caused the latter to cease firing. Meanwhile the crew of the British boat had taken to the wa ter, to escape the rain of shrapnel and i machine gun fire. The Danish Sunday papers were I loud in their expressions of Indigna I tlon at the action of the German com ? manders In firing on a crippled boat, and declare that Danish neutrality in the war had been violated. There Is considerable war talk in Copenhagen. ITALY ABANDONS ADRIATIC ISLAND VIENNA, Aug. 23.?The Admiralty announced today that reconnaissances l Sunday established the fact that the j Italilans have evacuated the Island of I Pelagos, in the Adriatic sea, having destroyed all buildings and fortifica tions. The Island had been under bombardment by the Austrian fleet. MERCHANTMAN SUNK; TWO OFFICERS KILLED QUEENSTOWN, Aug. 23. ? The Lamport and Holt liner Dromed was torpedoed and sunk today by a Ger man submarine. The captain, quar termaster and steward were killed by shells fired by the submarine dur ing a pursuit of four hours. WHEAT CROP HAS NOT BEEN EXAGGERATED CHICAGO. Aug. 23.?President Pen | nington or the Soo Lino says that the 1 vheat crop la phonomenal and bum per crop reports aro not exaggerated.