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THE ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE
VOL. VL. NO. 656. JUNEAU . Au, SNA, MONDAY, AUG. 30, 1915! PRICE TEN CENTS. ? - - RUSSIAN ARMIES IN DANGER, BERLIN REPORTS ! Sunken U. S. Submarine F-4 Is Raised S. S. ADMIRAL WATSON RAMMED AND SUNK "WATSON" RAMMED ANDSUNK SEATTLE, Aug. 30.? While lying at the port commission's Bell street wharf, the steel steamship Admiral Watson was rammed and sunk at 7 o'clock Sunday morning by tho freight steamer P&ralso. under char ter to the Pacific Coast Steamship Company. John .Mllmoe, a longshore man. who was working in the for ward hold of the Admiral Watson, was kileld when a pile of ulmber toppled over by the impact of the shock, fell on him. Pilot Commanded Paraiso Both vessels belong to tho Alaska merchant fleet. The Admiral Wat son is owned by the Pacific Alaska Navigation Company and was loading cargo for the Alaska railroad engin eering Commission at the time of the disaster. The Paraiso, a steel ves sel of 1383 tons gross and S55 tons net burden, was being moved from Pier A to Pier 14. Pilot A. J. BjorK land, who was in command of the Paraiso during the absence of Captain Frank Landstrum, says he lost his way in a fog of forest fire smoke. The Admiral Watson was struck on the starboard side, abreast of the af ter hatch, and a hole 2 by 10 feet was torn in her side. She filled with wa ter and sank fifteen minutes after the Paraiso had rammed her, carrying two hundred tons of govern ment freight to the bottom of the channel by the dock. The vessel lies in eighty feet of water at her bow, and in twenty feet of water at her stern, and rests at an angle of almost 45 degrees. Longshoremen had just gone to work to load the remainder of the vessel's cargo for Anchorage, Alaska and the vessel was to have been mov ed to the Pacific Alaska Navigation Company's pier later In the day. She was scheduled to sail last night at 9 o'clock for Juneau and Southwest ern Alaskt# carrying freight and pas sengers. Captain Michael M. Jensen her commander, was not aboard at the time the Admiral Watson was sunk. The Admiral Watson will be raised as soon as possible, and it is admit ted by the marine underwriters that the cost of salving her will be about J50.000. Admiral Farragut To Run President H. F. Alexander, of the Pacific Alaska Navigation Company announced yesterday that the steam ship Admiral Farragut. which has been in the San Francisco-Seattle service for that company, will be put on the Alaska run permanently, with her first sailing from Seattle Septem ber 5th. The vessel will be in com mand of Captain Jensen, of the Ad miral Watson and will have the crew of the latter vessel. The Admiral Watson is a vessel of 1955 gross and 1256 tons displace ment. She is 253 feet in length, is 3S.4 feet in width and draws 22.8 feet of water. She formerly was the the steamship. Watson, but was re modeled and her name changed when she was bought by the Admiral Line two years ago. The Paralso is 216.5 feet long, and is one of the heaviest crafts in the Alaskan service. "Sampson" Wreck Recalled The sinking of the Admiral Watson recalls the ramming and sinking of the steamship Admiral Sampson, by the Canadian Pacific Steamship Prin cess Victoria, off Point No Point. Se attle^ Harbor. on the morning of Aug ust 26. 1914. during a dense fog. Cap tain Zimro S. Moore, commanding the Admiral Sampson, perished when his ship sank, and others who lost their lives were A. J. Noon, chief engineer W. E. Recker. wireless operator. Miss M. Campbell. Stewardess. A. Slater, watchman. L. Cabanas, third cook, J. C. Williams, messboy. C. M. Marguet seaman. Ezra Byrne, a stowaway and Mrs. George Banbury, a passen ger for Juneau. The Princess Victoria, a large and fast steel vessel, rammed the Admir al Sampson, directly on a line with the after hatch, and cut three-fourths of the way through her. The blow caused a 12-foot gash to be opened up in the forward steel plates of the Princess Victoria, in whicn tho cover of the hatch of the Admiral Samp son was still Jammed when tho ves sel arrived at Pier 1 with the surviv ors. ? The Admiral Sampson began to fill almost" Immediately with the impact, and Capt. Hurkey, of the Princess Victoria, realizing that the only hope to save life lay in supporting the Ad qjlral Sampson for as Iohg a time as possible on the prow of his vessel, rang for slow speed ahead, and kept the bow of the Princess Victoria Jammed in the gaping wound in the Sampson's side for several moments. Fire added its horrors to the scene almost before the passengers began to Issue from their staterooms. The bow of the Princess Victoria entered the side of the Admiral Sampson at a point where a large amount of fuel was stored, and crushed several con tainers. The black fluid rushed from the ship's side In a stream, and as friction of the two great steel vessels rubbing together continued flames were generated and the oil caught fire. In an Instant both vessels were en veloped In flames, and as men and women attired in their night clothes ran from their statorooms. It appear ? ed that both vessels were lost Admiral Line's lll-Luck. The Pacific Alaska Navigation Com : pany has had particularly bad luck with its vessels, since it absorbed the Alaska Coast Company in Alaska and the Alaska-Pacific Steamship ship Company, by which Its service to California ports were operated. In cluding the Admiral Sampsin. the com pany lost the steamers Yukon and Bertha in Alaska, and the Admiral Watson anc^ Admiral Evans have been costly carriers, several times having had break downs at sea. Company To Have 3 Boats Agent Hugh Gallagher, of the Ad miral line, this morning received from General Manager R. J. Ring-, wood, the following cablegram: "Ad miral Farragut will sail for Alaska Sunday, September 5, and will re main on route permanently. The Ad miral Evans will sail September-15. On completion of her repairs, the Ad miral Watson will again operate on the Alaska route, in connection with the Admiral Farragut and Admiral Evans." The addition of the Admiral Farra gut t<^ the Pacific Alaska Navigation Company's Alaska fleet will give that company vastly Improved service and the adoption of a once-a-week sched ulfr'will likely result. GOETHALS SEES SEATTLE CANAL ?+? SEATTLE, Aug. 30.?Following a minute inspection of the Lake Wash ington canal project. Col. George W. Goethals. builder of the Panama can al. left this morning for San Fran cisco. DANISH KING'S YACHT QUALIFIES ? SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 30? Nor dug IV, a 6-meter yacht entered by King Christian of Denmark in the In ternational Yachting regatta held un der the auspices of the Panama Paci fic Exposition, won the first heat in the race for President Wilson's cup yesterday, by defeating Captain John Barneson's "Lady Betty," over the exposition's 14-mile course, by four minutes, three seconds. FLOODS DRIVE PEOPLE TO $OOFS LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Aug. 30. ? More than five thousand families have been made homeless by floods, with in a radius of two hundred miles of Newport. Many families have been marooned in the upper stories and on the roofs of their homes from four days to a week. The flood waters arc now receding. MAY INVESTIGATE CHIEF LANG'S ACTS SEATTLE, Aug. 30. ? Councilman Lundy has introduced a resolution, which may pass, providing for the In vestigation of the official conduct of Police of Chief Lang. * + + + + + + + + 4 * ? SUN QUITS AGAIN. + * ?+? * ?> Seattle, Aug. 30.?The Seat- + ?:* tie Daily Sun again suspended ? ?> publication today, after a run * -> of four month after its suspen- ? * sion late last April. The plant * * was operated during the paper's t * second bid for recognition, by <b ? the employers, under a coop- + ? erative plan. * ? + WEATHER Yesterday Maximum?60. Minimum?35. Rain?.04 inch. ? Today Maximum?62.' Minimum?33. Partly cloudy. U.S. MARINE INSPECTOR IS KILLED SEATTLE, Aug. 30. ? Robert A. Turner, United States inspector of boilers, was instantly killed In an au to accident near Sultan, Snohomish County, Sunday, when an axle on his automobllo broke, hurling the ma chine over an embankment. Mrs. Turner received a broken arm, and Mrs. Hattie Adams and Mrs. Francis Seach were dangerously injured. Inspector Turner was appointed assistant inspector under Inspector William J. Bryant in 1902 and served in that capacity until 1905, when he was promoted to local inspector for the Port of Seatlte. Turner was born In Now York and at time of his appointment as assist ant inspector was chlof engineer of the steamship City of Kingston run ning between Seattle and Victoria. H. C. Lord Appointed. SEATTLE, Aug. 30. ? Henry C. Lord, first assistant inspector, today was appointed by Secretary Redfleld, ! of the Department of Commerce, to succeed Inspector Robert A. Turner. FIRE VICTIMS I HAD NO CHANCE GENERAL LEARNS SAN FRANCISCO. Aug. 30.? Gen. John J. Pershing, accompanied by Senator and Mrs. Frances E. Warren of Wyoming, departed today for Cheyenne, with the bodies of Mrs. Pershing, and three children, who were burned to death when Are de stroyed their home at the Presidio early Friday morning. "Poor girl, and little children, they had no chance," said Gen. Pershing, gating at the wreck of their home, "I wanted to see that for myself." i Gen. Pershing reached here from El Paso yesterday, having been called from the Mexican border, where he was in command of United States troops. Senator and Mrs. Warren, Mrs. Pershing's parents, arrived at the same time from the East. The only member of the Pershing family to escape In the Are is Warren Per shing. aged Ave. JUDGE CONWAY HERE. j Judge Martin Conway, U. S. Com missioner at Skagway, is registered at the Occidental. Judge Conway ar rived in Juneau Saturday night. It Is expected that he will become a can didate for the Skagway postmaster iShip when the term of A. E. Kindell expires' next June. HUMBOLDT ARRIVES? SAILS SOUTH TONIGHT The steamship Humboldt arrived from Seattle Sunday, with mail freight and passengers, among whom were E. J. Harrison, Miss E. Walsh. J. B. Walker, J. B. English, W. A. Copeland and Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Faulkner. The Humboldt proceeded to Skag way last evening, and will sail south from here ,late tonight Among the passengers will be Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Baldwin for Seattle and U. S. Mar shal H. A. Bishop, Mrs. Bishop, Dep-I uty U. S. Attorney J. J. Reagan, Dep- j uty Clerk of the Court Carrie Z. Den ny, Court Stenographer L. A. Green. Secretary Ina S. Lfebhardt, J. A. Snow and Hugh P. Crowther for Ket chikan. BLACKBURN TEACHER TENDERS RESIGNATION Owing to the resignation of Miss Anne McGlinch, who has been teach ing at Blackburn during the past five month of the summer session of the school there. Miss Marie Dennis has been appointed for the remainder of the year. A teacher's certificate was issued to Miss Dennis by tho Gover nor's office today. STOCK TODAY. NE^ YORK, Aug. 30. ? Alaska Gold 3314, Chino f>%, Ray 2314, Utah 68, utte and Superior, 6614 Copper metal is at 18c. ZAP ATA-VILLA FACTION TALKS OF PEACE PLANS WASHINGTON. Aug. 30.?Villa and Zapata agents today announced that a peaco convention would be called soon, In a neutralized section of Mex ico, to set up a new provisional gov ernment. Delay In receiving Carranza's re ply to the Pan-American peaco appeal has raised the hopes of the adminis tration that Influences are at work to Induce him to participate in the peace convention. The Vllla-Zapnta adher ents, however, say they will proceed without Carranza, If it becomes neces sary. noblnsTo ASK RECEIVER, RUMOR DECLARES That George R. Noblo Is to ask United States Judge Robert W. Jen nings for a receiver to manage the Noble mining projects in Juneau, dur Iho Ketchikan term of court, which convenes tomorrow morning Is the substance of a rumor which was cir culated here yesterday. The same report was that Ralph E. Robertson, of the law firm of Gunni son & Robertson, will appear for Mr. Noble, and that the application for u receiver was tne cause or Juage k. A. Gunnlson'B recent visit to Seattle, although Mr. Robertson today denied tbat his firm had been instructed to make the application. Marshall R. Barney, a Now York lawyer who has formed a new organ ization that is prospecting some of the former No^lo properties, and said to have been legally abandoned by the Noble companies, said today, at the Alaskan, that he had no definite knowledge of the matter, although he admitted having heard of the receiver rumor. ? "No matter what transpires at Ketchikan," he said to The Em pire, "it will not affect my organiza tion In any manner and I am not in terested in the slightest what Mr. No ble may or may not do. I sincerely hope, however, that if the Reports are correct, Mr. Noble will furnisha suffi cient money to his receiver to pay the balance of the bills he accumulat ed here in Juneau." Mr. Barney, continuing, declared that he ,ha"d personally paid out thousands of dollars In settlement of bills which he says were incurred by Mr. Noble. "1 have told the mer chants here who gave Mr. Noble cred it," he said, "and I repeat it now, if the ore body on my claims warrants it, I shall take over the other proper ties, which means that I shall be obliged to pay up more of his indebt edness. This Is the only method to my knewledge by which these bills can be paid. The present Indications are that I shall take over those prop erties, but If Mr. Noble is alolwed by the owners to complicate matters it will be unfortunate for tho Noble creditors and those who have sold property to him, as I certainly shall not buy litigation." Mr. Barney says Mr. Noble has no connection with the new company, and that it is his understanding that Mr. Noble's connection with the old com pany was as "a salaried employer, plus a contract with H. W. Martin for 5 per cent of Martin's profits." Mr. Robertson said this morning that he, too, had heard of the rumor that Mr. Noble was seeking a receiver for the Noble projects, but, he Insist ed, it came to him Indirectly, and he was not in a position at this time to talk about it. "If wo are hired to represent some interest in court, of course we will appear, Just like any other law firm," he said. GENERAL STRIKE IS NOW FACED SEATTLE, Aug. 30.?By vote of a majority of its members the Seattle Longshoremen's union has refused to ratify the agreement entered into by the committees of the Waterfront Employees' Union, and the Longshore men's Association, stipulating that the front shall be unionized and the wages advanced. The agreement was turned down on the ground that one of the stipula tions was that the men engaged last spring as strike-broakors should be come members of the union. This number includod eight negroes. As a result of the action taken, a gen eral longshoremen's striko from San Diego to Prince Rupert is now threat ened. All other unions have ratified the agreement, which was sanctioned by the international body. LOST F-4 RAISED AT HONOLULU HONOLULU, Aug. 30.?The United States submarine F-4, which failed to rise after a descent in the harbor hero last April, causing the death of her commander, Lieutenant Ede, and her crew, was raised yesterday after noon. She was towed to quarantine. Nothing was divulged as to conditions inside of the boat * * * RAIDERS ARE KILLED + + ??? + * Brownsville, Texas., Aug. 30. ? + ?Reports received here today * + are that all of the forty-seven + + Mexican bandits who three * + weeks ago participated in the ? + raid on Norias ranchers, have + + been run down and killed by + + Texas rangers and United + ?fr States cavalrymen. * * * I * 4. A 4. ;4. + ? + JOHN D. LONG, NAVY SECRETARY IN 1898 DIES HINGHAM, Mass., Aug. 30.?John D. Long, former governor of Massa chusetts, three times a member of Congress, and secretary of the navy during the Spanish-American war, died at his home here Saturday night of intestinal trouble. Mr. Long was 77 years of ago and was born in Buckfleld, Maine. On April 28, 1898, when he was secretary of the navy, Mr. Long sent his famous message to Commodore George Dewey, in command of tho Asiatic squadron, then at Hong Kong. The message said: "War has commenced between Spain and tho United States. Proceed at once to the Philippine Islands. Cap ture or destroy tho Spanish ships. Use the utmost endeavor." Six days later Dewoy's fleet de feated Admiral Cevera's squadron, in Manila bay. ENDS LIFE BECAUSE SONS ARE WITH ALLIES SPOKANE, Aug. 30.?Mrs. Augusta Holz, a native of Germany, ended her life today by Inhaling gas. She left a note saying she was heartbroken because her two sons had enlisted in the French army. NEGROES LYNCHED. SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas, Aug. 30.?Two negroes, charged with kill ing a deputy hseriff, were taken from the Jail here yesterday and burned-to the stake. THOMSON AGAIN SUES THE TIMES SEATTLE, Aug. 30.?Former City Engineer R. T. Thomson has Institut ed another libel suit for $50,000, against the Seattle Times, based on an editorial appearing in that paper two years ago tomorrow. In his recent suit for damages Thomson received a verdict against the Times, amounting to $15,000. ROCKEFELLER NOT PREACHER, BUT IS GOLF EXPERT, HE SAYS CLEVELAND. O.. Aug. 30.?At the conclusion of yesterday's services in the church to which ho belongs, John D. Rockefeller, addressing tho mini ster, said: "I can see in myself the prodigal son." Ho then added: "You may be able to beat me at preaching, but you cannot beat mo at golL" The minister has accepted the challenge and the game will be played on any day except Sunday. POLK IS COUNSELOR OF'STATE DEPARTMENT WASHINGTON. Aug. 30?President Wilson has appointed Frank L. Polk, corporation counsel of New York, to be counsellor of tho State Depart ment under Secretary Lansing. Mr. Polk will accept the appointment, it was lbarned today. P. S. Early came In today on the Georgia from Yankee Cove. WAR MUNITIONS PLANT WRECKED. BY EXPLOSION ACTON, Mass., Aug. 30.?When the glazing mill of tho American Powder Company's plant was blown up this morning farm houses and homes were wrecked, and the shock was felt forty miles dlBtant. Owners of the plant, which Is one of the biggest manufac turers of war munitions In the United States, say that the explosion was ma liciously engineered by spies. The company had been selling shells and powder to the Allied entente. i Two Dlo in Explosion. WILMINGTON, Dela., 9ug. 3Q. ? Two workmen were killed this morn ing when a mysterious explosion wrecked the Upper Hagley plant of the Dupont Powder Co. ENGLISH CREDIT MATTER OF ONLY FEW DAYS MORE NEW YORK, Aug. 30?As a result of conferences between leading bank ers In New York and London the completion of arrangements for a huge British credit in this market appears to be a matter of a very few days. At the close of tho meeting in the office of J. P. Mprgan & Co., it was stated by a banker who has been taking a prominent part in the negotiations that while no plans have crystalized, financiers arc approach ing an agreement whicr should re store parity of exchange. The chief difference, it is understood, Is regard ing the size of external loan which England bankers would like to place here. Some of the interested bank ers believe than to clean up -the sit uation a credit of_not IesB than $7507 500,000 should be arranged, and it is not likely that less than $500,000,* 000 will be decided upon. Don't Want Gold International bankers say they would deplore the arrival of a great quantity of gold in the New York market, as It would ten to cause" in jury abroad by weakening foreign reserves, already very low. In addi tion, a superabundance here, It is feared, would cause a tendency to wards inflation. And For France Too There are indication that negotia tions pending between Morgan & Co. nnod Paris will result in another loan probably larger than the first one of $43,000,000, as the French govern ment will have very heavy payments to make in this country before the end of September. ITALY WANTS ALBANIA LONDON, Aug. 30.?A Sofitk dispatch says that the Italian minister to Serbia has handed Premier and For eign Minister Pachitch of Serbia a new note, requesting Serbia immed iately to evacuate Albanian territory she had occupied, and informing him that Italian troops were already on the way in sufficient numbers to oc cupy Albania. AMERICANS DIGGING UP FOR GERMANY NEW YORK. Aug. 30?The New York Herald says a tribute for the German cause has been levied to the extent of $60,000,000,000 In all sec tions of this country and private banks aro said to have mado enor mous loans at the Instance of hyphen ated Americans. Some of the sums credited to volunteer financial agents of the Fatherland in American cities follow: Chicago, $30,000,000; St. Louis, $15,000,000; Milwaukee, $5, 000,000; San Francisco, $5,000,000; Denver, $5,000,000. ENGLAND HOLDS $3,000,000,000 AF AMERICAN SECURITIES NEW YORK, Aug. 30.?It is esti mated that $3,000,000,000 of Ameri can securities are held in Great Bri tain, of which $1,100,000,000 must be paid off in 1915. ENGLAND RELEASES DETAINED STEAMERS LONDON. Aug. 30?The Swedish steamer Narvik, the Norwegian steam er Stryn, and tho Norwegian steamer Helgu, all of which were detained at Kirkwall by the British authorities, have been released. AGED FRENCH SENATOR IS DEAD IN PARIS PARIS, Aug. 30.?M. Rene Bercng or, one of the last life-term Senators, who was elected in 1875, died here today. CANADA WILL EXPERT 175,000,000 BUSHELS WHEAT OTTAWA, Aug. 30.?The Canadian government estimates the exportable , wheat surplus this year at 175,000, 1000 bushels. GERMANS TRYING TO DIVIDE FOE LONDON, Aug. 30.?According to official announcement made in Berlin this afternoon, 300,000 Russians aro in grave danger of being cut off from the Slav armies of the North, by a new Austro-Germon offensive on the southeastern front. The right wing of the main army of the Grand Duke is being heavily attacked by flying cavalry detachments and Austrian In fantry. A number of reports were received In London today, telling of the effort being made by the Austro-Germon forces to clear the last corner of Gallcia of their opponents. The re ports have excited great Interest In military circles here. FRENCH REPORT TRENCH CAPTURE PARIS, Aug. 30.?"There is violent artillery fighting at many points in the Argonne district, a result of which several of the trenches of the Germans have been seriously dam- ? aged," a French official report this evening said. MERCHANTMAN SUNK. LONDON, Aug. 30. ? The British steamship Sir William Stephenson was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine yesterday. The crow es caped. BULGARIA WARNED BY ALLY NATI0N3 BERLIN, Aug. 30. ? According to a Sofia report, given out today by the Overseas News Agency, Bulgaria has postponed for some days the sign ing of her treaty with Turkey. "This was done," the dispatch from Sofia , says, "because the quadruple entcn- f' te notified Bulgaria that such action at the present time would be regard ed as a wilfully unfriendly act" The dispatch concludes that in spite of the Allies' warning, the two powers are in complete agreement. U. S. Represents Eight Warring Powers. WASHINGTON. Aug. 30. ? Henry Morgenthau, United States Minister to Turkey has taken over the diplo matic interests of Russia, Italy and Montenegro.. The United States is now diplomatic agent at Constantino ple for eight European countries. NORWAY DEMANDS RETURN OF MAIL COPENHAGEN, Aug. 30.? Norway has instructed Its minister at Berlin to protest against the seizure of mall on the Norwegian steamer Haakon, outside of Bergen, on Aug. 7 and to demand the return of the confiscated mall. The Haakon was Intercepted by a German submarine. Part of the mall was jettisoned, but seven val uable sacks were commandeered. KAISER TELLS GREECE TO STAND PAT ?+? LONDON, Aur. 30.? An Exchange Telegraph from Sofia says It Is report ed there that the Kaiser has telegraph ed King Constantlne of Greece to make no concession of Kavaia ter ritory to Bulgaria, adding that Greece will be energetically supported by Austria and Germany. RUSSIA MAY BE INVADED THROUGH FINLAND ?*? LONDON, Aug. 30.?A Copenhagen dispatch says that Russia now fears Germany will land troops in Finland with the object of reaching Petrograd. RYAN'S INCOME IS $1,500,000 A YEAR RICHMOND, Aug. 30.?Thomas F. Ryan in his returns to Nelson Coun ty, Va., authorities shows an annual income of $1,500,000. HUGHEST WON'T RUN NEW YORK. Aug. 30.? Justice Charles E. Hughes has refused to per mit his name to be considered as a Presidential candidate in 1916, accord ing to a statement by former Gover nor Edward V. Stokes of New Jer soy. CZAR PALACE IS HOSPITAL LONDON. Aug. 30.? Thf Winter palace of Emperor Nicholas at Pet rograd has been converted Into a hospital for wounded, with 1,000 beds.