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THE ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE
*._. ? ? - ?? : VOL. VI.. NO. 668. JTTNEAU, ALASKA, TUESDAY, SEPT. 14, 1915 PRICE TEN CENTS. ROUMANIA AND BULGARIA ARE ON BRINK Of WAR U. S. NOT READY TO ARBITRATE WASHINGTON. Sept 14. ? The American government is not yet will ing to discuss with Germany the ques tion of arbitration in connection with ? the sinking of the Arabic. It was stated today by a high government official that "the question of arbitra tion is not an issue." It was stated authoritatively that what the American government wants; first is a disavowal of the attack on the Arabic. Until that is forthcom ing. it was stated that the* United States would refuse to arbitrate any differences between the United States: and Germany. It is held by American diplomats that until Germany directly and unqualifiedly disavows the Arabic; attack the United States cannot go any further in negotiations. This at tack. it is alleged, came after a direct promise from Germany that there would be no more such attacks, there fore tho negotiations between the countries must stop until that is of ficially disavowed and repudiated by the German government It is stated by the same authority that the United States would prob ably be willing to arbitrate with Ger many the question of the amount of damages due the United States, but that the principle of the freedom of the seas must be recognized at all times. BERNSTORFF CONFIDENT. WASHINGTON, Sept 14?There is not the remotest doubt but that Ger many and the United States will agree on all matters of negotiation between them, according to Ambassa dor Von Bernstorff. He says there is no difference in principle between the countries, as both stand unequivocally for the freedom of the seas. He said that Germany understands the United States better now than it did a few weeks ago. GERMANY REPUDEATE HESPERIAN ATTACK ____ i WASHINGTON. Sept. 14.?In a note j received from American Ambassador i James W. Gerard at Berlin at noon today the German government made 1 a qualified disclaimer of responsibil ity for the sinking of the Allen liner Hesperian, bound from Liverpool to Montreal, on which there were two Americans. GERMANS HAVE SECRET CODE FOR TRANSMITTING NEWS NEW* YORK, Sept. 14.?Germans in New York hare received and are showing code cable and wireless mes sages of which the following is an example: "Silk red necktie: three hundred down." This dispatch was translated as fol lows: "Silk" means "Zeppelins"; "red neck- > tie" means "British flag, as represent ed by the British capital. London:" "down" means slain, and "three hun dred" tells the number of victims. A translation of the dispatch quoted means, therefore. "Zeppelins slew 300 in London. Other dispatches that wonld seem to have commercial meanings have been received in great numbers, and it is the conviction of the secret service of the government that there has been arranged a complete working code so that German spies and sympathisers in the United States may communi cate with European confederates with- i out difficulty. PANAMA CANAL SHOWS BIG FIRST YEAR TRAFFIC ~+~ WASHINGTON. Sept. 14.?The first year of commercial operation of the Panama canal was completed on Aug ust 14th.. In that year 1317 vessels i of 6.494.673 tons passed through the canal. The tolls earned amounted to $5,216,149. NEW COMPETITION FOR FORD'S AUTOMOBILE . ??? BOSTON. Sept. 14.?Another sen-| sation will soon be launched in the automobile world by the Chevrelet Company, which, it is understood, will shortly announce a new five-passenger car to retail at $490. This would seem to indicate added competition for the Ford cars. BRIDGE COMPANIES ARE DOING BIG WORK NEW* YORK. Sept. 14.?Since Aug-4 ust 1st bridge and other fabricating shops have taken contracts for ap proximately 150,000 tons of steel shapes, valued at $9,000,000, for con struction of commercial buildings, manufacturing plant extensions, sub ways and railroad and highway bridg-j es. ? + + + + + + + + + + + + + *! + + + WEATHER REPORT + ?> t + Maximum?56. + + Minimum?40. + ?> Cloudy?Rain?.38 in. + + ? PIONEERS ALLOWED PENSIONS Prof. C. C. Georgeson was a pas senger on the Northwestern for Knik where he will spend several days in specting the Government Agricultural Experiment Station. While in Ju neau Prof. Georgeson passed upon the applications of several pioneers for pensions. These applications, which have been on tile in the Gover nor's office for several weeks await ing Prof. Georgeson's arrival. They wore granted today and the following pioneers will receive allowances: William Henry Robinson, age 84, Valdez, $10: John Kerr, age 74, Nome, $10; Cap King, age 68, Nome, $8; Michael Harty, age 66, Pox, $8. The Board of Trustees of the Al aska Pioneer's Home is composed of Gov. J. F. A. Strong, Prof. C. C. Geor geson and W. P. Mills. Among other matters which will be attended to by Professor Georgeson is the proposition of cross-breeding the yak with Galloway cattle, which was recently proposed. Prof. Georgeson was not in a position to state just what steps would be taken, if any, in regard to the experiment, and stated that no definite plans would be out lined until after the matter had been thoroughly Investigated. MANY PEOPLE BOOK PASSAGE FOR JUNEAU SEATTLE, Sept. 14.?The Spokane will sail from Seattle for Alaska to night. The following named havo booked passage. For Juneau?F. W. Foyzely, Grace Asterberg, Jack Ashton, Mrs. Albert Berry. Robert Smith, Mrs. J. C. Smith. For Treadwell?Mrs. L. Werneche and two children. Coming on Admiral Evans. Juneau passengers on the Admiral Evans sailing tomorrow night will in clude Beatrice Walls. Miss Ellen A. Anderson, Mrs. H. Walls, Dr. L. B. Collier, George Studebaker and wife, Miss Urinia Per in and John Smith and wife. CHINESE CAFES DISCHARGING JAP COOKS IN CHICAGO ?+? CHICAGO. Sept. 14.?The wholesale discharge of Japanese cooks and wait ers from restaurants operated by Chi nese which has attracted a great deal of attention in Chicago for the last few days was explained today as be ing part of the effects of a general boycott proclaimed by Chinese in the United States against the labor and products of Japanese in this country. LANE MAKES NEW RULES FOR ALASKA INDIAN OIL LANDS WASHINGTON. Sept. 14.? Secre tary of the Interior Franklin K. Lane announced his decision In the Osage Indian Oil land case. Beginning on March 16, next year, Osage tribes-i men in Oklahoma will get one-sixth royalty from oil and gas taken from their land. Lessees of Indian lands in the future will be restricted to al lottments of 4800 acres each. The decision affects millions of dollars worth of Oklahoma oil lands. 8,000 WORKINGMEN GET RAISE IN PAY BOSTON, Sept. 14.? Nearly 8,000 workers In the factory of the Scoville Manufacturing Company, at Waterbury Conn., have been given an increase of wages of 10 per cent, and a half holi day on Saturdays. ? ? ? GOLD AND SILVER COMING FROM MEXICO NEW YORK, Sept. 14 ? Eighteen carloads of gold and silver bullion from Guanajuato. Mexico, have been ship ped across the border bound for Perth Amboy, N. Y. PENNSYLVANIA CHEMICAL PLANT WORKING ON FULL TIME PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 14.? For the first time in years all of the 17 chemical plants of Forest. Warren, Elk and McKean counties. Pa., are op erating to their fullest capacity. KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS ELECT THEIR OFFICERS At their regular meeting for the annual election of officers last night the Knights of Columbus chose the following men to 1111 their various posts: Grand Knight. Frank A. Boyle; Deputy Grand Knight, P. F. White; Chancellor. J. R. Atckison; Recorder, H. F. Turner: Financial Secretary, F. W. Hebert; Treasurer. George M. Simpkins. BRITAIN WILL NOT TALK FREEDOM OF SEA LONDON. Sept. 14.? Sir Edward Gray formally declares that Great Britain will not discuss the freedom of the seas while there exists unfree dom and unsecurity against war and against German methods of war on land. BANDITS ROB SEATTLE HOTEL IN DAYLIGHT SEATTLE, Sept. 14.?Bandits held np the Standard hotel at First avenue and Pine streets this morning and rob bed the clerk of $70 in cash. The rob bers camo into tho hotel at a time when there was no one in the place except the clerk. They disappeared as soon as the monoy could be socured, and the police, which were called with in a few minutes, havo been unable to locate the perpetrators of the crime. LONE BANDIT ROBS LOGGING CREW Dispatches rocelved here today tell the story of a lone bandit who held up 50 members of a logging crew at Independence in tho southern part of Washington state this morning. He secured $250 In cash from the men, or an average of $5 from each of the men. The bandit oscaped. INDEPENDENCE BANDIT WOUNDS OFFICERS TACOMA, Sept. 14?Marshal Hen ry Stone, of Sumner, was shot through the right lung and Deputy Marshal George Smuch was grazed by a bul let Bandit Charles Anderson, who engaged the offlcerr. in a duel, receiv ed a bullet wound in the heel. When the officers, who were pur suing Anderson, demanded that he stop, tho bandit opened flro on the of ficers. Tho latter returned tho fire. Aftor emptying hit: rovolver, Ander son fled into a blackberry field, whore he was captured by Deputy Marshal Smuch. It is believed that Anderson is the Independence bandit who held up a logging crew. SUFFRAGISTS URGED' TO ESCHEW PARTIES *1*? SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 14.?Urg ing her hearers to forgo any allegiance with any existing men's political 1 party, Mrs. Belmont, as general chair man of the Woman Voters Convention welcomed the delegates gathered here today. The convention If- attended by suf fragists from all sections of the Unit ed States. Speakers predicted that the area In which American women can vote will be materially extended by vic tories In pending elections. Eastern delegates may be described as hopeful of results in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts, but by no means [ confident. FRYE HAS BODYGUARD ON SEATTLE STREETS ?^? SEATTLE. Sept. 14.?Charles H. Frye, a milionaire packer who has been the victim of recent attempts at blackmail coupled with threats of death atthe hands of a man whose name the authorities refuse to divulge, has not appeared on the streets for a month save when accompanied by a bodyguard in the person of H. C. Adams, a former city detective here. Charles H. Frye Is head of the Fryc Bruhn company, which, in addition to its packing and wholesale meat 1 business has numerous retail markets 1 throughout Seattle and other Wash- ' ington. Oregon and British Columbia 1 cities and towns, s.nd in practically every town in Alaska.' ? ? ? i TANANA MURDERER 1 ASKS FOR PARDON ? ? An application for pardon has been made to President Woodrow Wilson by Arthur E. Bernier who was con victed of the murder of a Tanana sa loon keeper in 1909. Bernier was tried by Judge Lyons in 1910 and sen tenced to 99 years in Leavenworth Federal Prison. Judge Lyons endorses the applica tion which has just been filed asking for a pardon. No action has been taken. MUNITION MAKERS STRIKE FOR MORE PAY LOWELL, Mass., Sept. 14. ? Ar rangements to extend the strike at the big plant of the United States Cartridge Company hene were made at a meeting of the employees last night. Four hundred of the workers struck at midnight to enforce the de mand for an increase of 15% in their pay. They also demand Sunday night off with full pay. ALASKA SPRUCE GOES TO PUGET SOUND MILL *The last consignment of a 15,000 foot shipment of lumber will leave the Worthen Mill on the Al-Ki for Se attle and will total 4)00 feet of Alaska Spruce. This lumber will be used by Wor then and Martin in the manufacture of furniture, showcases, etc. The Al aska spruce has proven itself to be of especial va ue in white enamel work and will bt used in place of the flr which has been used in the past. EDI"H "G" ARRIVES. The launch Edith "G", is in port, having arrived at Douglas this after noon from Southwestern Alaska. Fred J. Vandewall, deputy customs collector at Skagwoy, is a visitor In the city. GERMANY TO ATTACK IN WEST PARIS. Sept 14.?The war depart ment announced today that it has in formation that the Germans are trans porting groat numbers of troops, many hoavy howitzers and great stores of ammunition toward France from Poland. Great importance is attached to the movement here. It is believed that it means that Germany and Austria are preparing to cease further invas ion of Russia for the present season, and to begin an appressivo offensive movement in the west against the Allies, Reports coming from Petrograd and elsewhere are that the Teutons are encountering great difficulties in their advance Into Russia, and that there are Indications that they will fortify the positions thoy havo al ready captured, and wait for another spring before again pressing tho in vasion of that country. On tho other hand, climatic condi tions will permit of active campaign ing in tho West until December, and it is believed that Germany's purpose Is to utilize tho time in attacking the Allies along the French frontier. AVIATORS ATTACK GERMAN8. PARIS, Sept 14. ? Tho bombard ment of a railway station at Berns dortf, 28 miles southeast of Metz, by French aviators was reported today in tho official communique from the French war office. Saarbruecken and Cantonments at Chatel in the Argonne forests were also bombarded. GERMANY TO SEND TROOPS TO ALSACE AMSTERDAM, Sept. 14.?Germany Is making preparations to send ad ditional troops and supplies to Al Bnco. Having recently completed a second railway line between Strass burg and Duddler.helm, the Germans have begun the construction of a dou ble-track road from Duddleheim to Molsheim. + * ! SANTA ANE CAPTAIN BLAMES DYNAMITERS ! NEW YORK. Sept. 14.?Wire- ! j less dispatches received here 1 I from the Santa Ana state that ' j Capt. Pavey, master of th eves- | I sel. believes that she was set on j fire by a bomb placed on the ves- 1 j sel before she sailed by sym- ! j pathisers with Austria in the j | war in Europe. I | I "SWIETWATER BILL" IN TOILS OF LAW ?+? SEATTLE, Sept. 14.?William C. Gates, known throughoutAlaska andj the West as "Swift Water Bill," was '? arrested in Spokane today on a war rant issued in Seattle, sworn to by Mrs. Iola Beebe, his former mother in-law, charging Gates with failure to Bupport Fred Gates, his 14-year-old boh, who has been in the care of Mrs. Beebe. Gates claims that he gave Mrs. Beebe,. the boy's grandmother, $10, 000 in payment for her care of his child. Mrs. Beebe's daughter, the former wife of "Swift Water Bill," died sev eral years ago. "Swift Water Bill" Gates was one of the famous characters of the Daw Bon country in the early days. He has made several moderate sized for tunes, but is now said to be in hard Btralts again. ? ? ? 'l? + 4? + ,fr + + 4,4, + 4, + + + 4,+ 4* + + PAN-AMERICAN * * CONFERENCE AT * * NEW YORK SATURDAY + t ??? 4 + Washington, Sept. 14.?Secre- * * tary of State Robert Lansing * * announced today that the Pan- * * American conference on the 4* * Mexican situation which was to * + have convened here tomorrow ? * will meet at New York Saturday. * 4> ?:* GRANT JOHNSON SETS BILLIARD RECORD - Yesterday afternoon, in the pres ence of a number of billiard enthus iasts, W. Grant Johnson set a record for Alaska for the 14.2 inch balk line game by making a run of 104. The century mark is very seldom reached in the amatpur ranks and the ama teur record for the world is 202. m.ade by Calvin Demarest in Chicago in 1908. ? PRINCESS ALICE ARRIVES EARLY SLxteen passengers arrived on the Princess Alice this afternoon at four o'clock among whom were John L. Carlson, Mrs. Odin Hewitt, Mrs. J. J. Cbnnoye and two children, Mrs. At kins, R. Crult and Bert Sperry. *? RUSSIANS NOW Of PER EFFECTIVE RESISTANCI BERLIN, Sept. 14.?Loonhard Adell war correspondent of tho Tageblat with, tho Austrian headquarter^ li Poland, reports that tho Russian rc slstence on the Sereth river has at sumed tho most serious aspcctB. Th proportions of tho resisting forces in dlcate that the new Russian com mander has been ordered to hold Ah remaining positions in Russia's pot session In Gallcia. The force of the Russian counte attacks in various parts of the Urn In Gallcia scorns to corroborate thl conclusion. The Tageblatt, speaking on th strength of the report of its corret pondent, says people may again lool for serious eventualities from tin cast rn front. TEUTONS LOSE HEAVILY. PETROGRAD, Sept. 14.?The Gei man and Austrian forces Invadini Russia lost 465,000 men in two monthi according to official statements madi here today. It is announced by tin Russian government that the Gcrmai prisoners who have fallen into thi hands of the Russians admit tha while German regimenLs were annl hllated In the storming attacks 01 Russian positions. German prisoners conflrm the re ports of the Russian air corps tha the difficulties under which the Tcu tons aro advancing are without par allcl military history. The Pussian official statement con eludes with tho declaration that with in the last threo weeks more thai 70,000 German prisoners have fallei into the hands of the Russians. LENOX, Mass., Sept. 14.?Austrlai Ambassador Dumbn announced torta; that he had requested tho foreign of flee of his government to recall hln on leave of absence in order that h< might explain through a personal re port on the situation in the Unitec States which resulted in the request by the United States government foi his recall. He said that he expcctec to receive his orders to report t< Vienna at any moment. He will thci ask for his passports from the Secrc tary of State. SHIPMENTS TO DENMARK WILL NOT FAIl ?*? COPENHAGEN, Sept. 14.?The Dan ish importers have completed ar agreement with Great Britain by whicl goods shipped to Denmark, consignee to tho Merchant Guild at Copenhagen will not be stopped by the British au thoritles. The arrangement is the same as that with the Netherlandi Overseas Trust, except that the ship mcnts must be made to individua members of the guild, but the organ ization guarantees such consignment! will not reach the central powers. CONDITION OF ANARCHY IN PERSIA. LONDON, Sept. 14.?Reuter dis patches from Teheran say that a con dition of anarchy prevails in Persia It Is stated that the government mill tary forces have been defeated in r series of engagements with tribesmen and a number of Swiss officers witt tho government forces wore rcportec killed. The outbreak among seperatt tribesmen covers a wide area. GERMAN AGE LIMIT HAS BEEN RAISEC COPENHAGEN, Sopt. 14.?The Fo kcblad, of Holding, a frontier Journa with excellent sources of information In Germany, states that there was re cently an alteration in the Retchstaj concerning a national service lav which the German papers arc forbid den to discuss. "The law will Increase the age lim It to 54," the newspaper says. "1 authorizes the calling out of all mci who hitherto have been rejected o: account of their physical condition including even those who previous!] have not been considered fit for tlx untrained landstrum." .VANCOUVER MAN SHOOTS AFFINIT> VANCOUVER. B. C., Sept. 14.?H M. Cottinghain, owner of the Hote Regent, shot and perhaps fatall; wounded Mrs. Cora Abie, his afllnity when he found another man in he apartments. DORA BRINGG POWDER As part of the consignment of th< steamer Dora, which Is due to arrlvi this week will be a powder shipmen of 100 tons for the Dupont Powde Company. DREDGF. OUTFIT ON WAY TO THE RUBY DISTRIC A dredge outfit was among th freight on the Northwestern yestoi day bound for the Ruby district fo the Alaska Gold Mining Company, company organized by John Holmgrer cf Fairbanks, and associates. STOCK QUOTATIONS. NEW YORK, Sept. 14.?Chino clos cd today at 44%; Alaska Gold, 30% Ray, 22%; Utah, 66%; Butte Supei lor, 66%. Copper is quoted at 17%. 1 - : PARLIAMENT FINDS ;; GRAVE SITUATION t LONDON, Sept. 14.?While a tone of confidence marked the opening of r Parliament today there was no at 0 tempt on the part of the government B to minimize the gravity of the situa tion. It waR admitted by the govcrn c ment that the Cabinet has been ser* iously debating the subject of con it scrlption for the purpose of increas ing the army to the number that it is believed that the situation demands. BOND PROCEEDS TO BE SPENT j IN AMERICA I NEW YORK, Sept. 14.?Represen j tatlvcs of Great Britain and Franco , who came here for tho purpose of ( floating a loan aro asking that the United States take $1,000,000,000 in . stead of $500,000,000 as was at first proposed. They pledge that if Amer . leans take a loan of $1,000,000,000 that t every cent of It will be spent In tho United States for cotton, meat, wheat and other war munitions. It is also stated that if tho United States docs not take a loan it will naturally be necessary for Great Brit , aln to purchase all the cotton, moat 1 and other supplies possible In other markets where the British and French exchange arc higher. > LOAN LIKELY TO BE PLACED That tho loan will be placed In New York Is not questioned by bankers ' here. In fact, It Is the solution of the situation that New York bankers have ! been begging and praying for for the last Ave weeks. Large papers, Includ ing the World. Tlmos and Herald and J practically all of tho llnanclal publi cations are urging that the loan be for } $2,000,000,000, because they claim that 1 it will requite that amount to main tain normal British values for Brit ish exchange for a year. Conferences have been held today between American bankers and the foreign representatives. No annouce mens have been made as to the pro i posed loan, but it is accepted here as J a fact that it will be on a Ave per ! cent basis with freedom from any in come or other tax charge. ITALY ORDERS 50,000 AMERICAN OVERCOATS 1 NEW YORK, Sept. 14.?The Italian government has ordered 50,000 over } coats for Italian army from Staw Brothers, Newark, N. J., The coats must be ready in three months. About 1000 a day will liavo to be made. This firm, in March, made 50,000 khaki Jackets for the British army. 1 ? ? * , . RUSH ORDERS OF j IRON FOR ITALY i [ PITTSBURGH, Sept. 14.? Unusual urgency of Italy's need for pig Iron , was Illustrated In Pittsburgh this week I when a special train of 34 freight cars was made up and sent over the Penn 5 sylvanla railroad to the seaboard with nothing but besscmer pig iron aboard | The iron was ordered at special cost to be shipped in time to reach the ; > sailing of an Italian steamship today. ' I . AMERICAN AND RUSSIAN 1 TRADE TO BE IMPROVED ?4? J 1 NEW YORK. Sept. 14?The Rus - slan-American Chamber of Commerce r In Moscow is trying to improve con . ditlons governing trade with this coun try so that relations may be resumed i . on a scale approaching normal. , DURATION OF WAR , DEPENDS UPON GERMAN DEMANDS ON ENGLAND BERNE, Swlterland, Sept. 14?Count Karl Strugh, Austrian rremier, says the duration of war depends on how much Germany will demand from f England. . CANADA MUST MAKE 1 LARGER SHELLS HEREAFTER [ MONTREAL, Sept. 14.?Dr. A. Thorn r as says that undoubtedly a number of larger Canadian plants have ma chinery heavy enough to manufacture bigger shells. The result of the man ufacture of munitions to date In Can e ada is that shrapnel is being accu q mutated faster thnn it can be shipped t ?this forming the bulk of Canada's r present production. Attention must be turned to heavier shells, and while Mr. Thomas says the Dominion would naturally obtain the preference and r get hor full of orders of this nature, p the majority of orders must go to .. the United States, since that country r is much better equipped. |l FRANCE TO MAKE 20,000 SHELLS DAILY PARIS, Sept. 14.?The Paris Matin j. says that within a few weeks fac ; tories of France will be able to pro duce 200,000 shells a day, in addition to those imported. ARMIES OF ROUMANIA AND BULGARIA CLASH AND BLOOD IS SHED ATHENS, Sept. 14. ?Actual fight Ing begun this morning between Bul garians and Roumanians on the bord er between the two countries, accord ing to dispatches received here to day, when the patrols of the two na tions clashed. Ten men were killed and a score were wounded in the fighting accord ing to the dispatches. Dispatches received here through Roumanian sources say that the Bul garians were the aggressors in the fighting. The news of the clash has caused the wildest excitement here. It Is believed that it presages a general renewal of Balkan hostilities. ROUMANIA MOBILIZES TROOPS. ATHEN8, Sept 14.?Roumanla has begun at least a partial mobilization of her army. Several regiments of cavalry have already been sent to the Austrian boundary in the northwest to face an unexpected concentration of Austrian troops on the border there. There Is also a more or less general movement of troops toward the Bulgarian border. BULGARIA'S CZAR IN FIELD. LONDON, Sept. 14.?Czar Ferdin and, of Bulgaria, has taken the field at the head of his torops for "annual maneuvers," according to dispatches today from Bucharest. The belief prevails, however, In many quarters that he is preparing to lead an attack with his army against Roumanla. LOOKS LIKE ANOTHER BALKAN WAR IS ON LONDON, Sept. 14.?The clash at arms between troops of Roumanla and Bulgaria today and the concentration of Austrian troops along the Rouman ian border has perplexed the military experts here. The government has declined to give expression to any opinion regarding the situation, but other experts have not been so un communicative. Many of them be lieve that it presages a war. between Bulgaria and Roumanla with the pos sible invasion of Roumanla by Aus trians. That would have, the effect of making Roumanla an ally of the entente powers and Bulgaria an ally of the Teutonic Empires. It Is thought that If Roumanla and Bulgaria go to war that Greece will join Roumanla for the purpose of fur ther curtailing the limits of Bulgaria in the south. GERMANY ORDERS ROUMANIANS OUT OF THE COUNTRY GENEVA. Sep* 14.?The Geneva Tribune says that thousands of Rou manian workmen In all parts of Ger many have been given notice to leave the country, and are returning to Rou mania. The Roumanian banks at To mesvar and other cities In Austria have been closed. BALKANS MAY FORM NEW LEAGUE AND PUT 1,000,000 MEN IN FIELD LONDON, Sept. 14.?A Rome dis patch says the Balkan League Is to be reconstructed with a provision for putting a combined army of 1,000,000 men in the field. AUSTRIA PREPARES FOR WINTER WARFARE BERNE, Sept. 14.?A Budepest spec ial says that Austria is preparing for a winter campaign. The Russian win ter will begin In six weeks. RUSSIAN WHEAT TO CARGO MINNESOTA ?*? SEATTLE, Sept. 14.?It was an nounced here today that the steam ship Minnesota, which It was recently reported would sail for London soon, is returning to Vladivostok where she will be sold and will take on a cargo of wheat under charter to Balfour Guthrie ACompany. The Minnesota has a tonnage of 20,718 gross and 13,323 net, she is 623 feet long with a breadth of 73.5. Built In New Lon don, Conn., in 1904, she was brought to the Pacific coast for the Oriental trade and was tho largest as well as the fastest of tho trans-Pacific liners sailing from Seattle for Japan. MANY HORSES READY TO GO TO THE WAR PHILADELPHIA. Sept. 14.? More than 41,000 horses purchased by the French government are being exam ined In Philadelphia by French army officers. The range of prices Is from $150 to $200. The entire contract will Involve more than $7,000,000. BRITISH SHIPPING SHOWS ONLY SLIGHT DECREASE LONDON, Sept. 14.?For the year ended Aug. 31, shipping in and out of London aggregated 26,842,000 tons, as against 30,816,000 tons for the 1914 year, a decrease of J2.8 per cent.