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THE ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE
VOL. VEL, NO. 926. JUNEAU, ALASKA FRIDAY, NOV. 12, 1915. PRICE TEN CENTS. __ SINISTER DETAILS OE ALIEN SPY PLOTS ARE UNFOLDED CLEVELAND MEN SEEK KELP BEDS If the plans of T. D. Smith and Henry M. Stowo of Cleveland, 0.. ma terialize. Southeastern Alaska's ex tensive kelp beds are to be utilized by a company which Mr. Smith is report ed to have said stand ready to spend $300,000 in the development of pot ash manufacturing. Smith and Stowe arrived here early this week from the East, and register ed at the Alaskan hotel. Yesterday morning they chartered the gasoline boat Helen and are now making a cruise of the Alexander Archlpelego. in search of large beds of kelp. Mr. Stowe is a former Alaskan having been a pioneer in the newspaper field of this section. He published the first Wrangell newspaper and it is large ly through his erpresentatlons, it is declared, that Mr. Smith was induced to come to Alaska and investigate the feasibility of harvesting the kelp crop 1 for the manufacture of potash, other 1 chemicals and candy. Three years ago Prof. Horace G. Byers. dean of the college of chemis try. University of Washington, head ed an expedition that visited Alaska on the schooner Gjoa for a scientific study of the kelp beds. The report ; which Prof. Byers submitted after a season in the North was very encour- 1 aging and since that time the value 1 of the kelp areas to the potash indus try has been pointed out in bulletins nited States govern ment Mr. Smith is prepared to stay here this winter, and If everything goes well with his plans, a new industry may be launched here by January 1, 1916. THANKSGIVING j. DAY NOVEMBER 25 PROCLAIMED ! Citing that while Europe is being con- - sumed by the fires ot war the United States remains a land of peace and < plenty, and that as a people Americans 1 have every reason to be grateful for 1 national mercies. Governor Strong to- 1 day Issued the Territorial Thanksgiv ing proclamation. In full, the proclamation reads as : follows: 1 1 TERRITORY OF ALASKA i '! By the Governor A PROCLAMATION The annual observance of a day of ' thanksgiving in the United States 1 having become a fixed custom. It 1 becomes a privilege to remind the people of Alaska of the recurrence ' of thl3 event, and to ask their co-op- < eratlon to the end that its signiti- 1 cance may be duly and fittingly ask- 1 nowledged; and. therefore, in r.ccord ance with the proclamation of the 1 President of the United States, T, J. 1 F. A. Strong. Governor of the Terri tory of Alaska, do appoint Thursday, i the twenty-fifth day of November, t nineteen hundred and fifteen, a day of THANKSGIVING And it is recommended that on that day the people of Alaska do refrain from labor, so far as possible, and unite In a general observance of the day. As a people, we should be thankful for many blessings. Our country continues to be at peace with the world: it stands out pre-eminently 1 as the sanest of nations In the midst of the war conflict that engulfs the, .vannl,,.- r\f Vni-nnn - r??? tvhifh shocks r-VK,V-' V. ?v.. | the world. Through the many per plexing situations that have arisen during the year, and the many prob lems that hare dereloped and demand ed solution, this nation has been en abled to preserve and maintain peace without sacrificing principles: the continuation of this colossal war. in volving. as it does, the clash of fun damental political ideas, makes this especially a time for the searching of hearts for taking account of our stew ardship as guardians of those princi ples which are the foundation stones of the nation. We have had bountiful crops, we have had opportunities for service, for public enlightenment, and these have been used for the uplift and benefit of humanity: we have been favored be yond all precedent, and. while there is still much to bo done for the better ment of conditions among our own people, there has been substantial progress along lines that make for the well-being, and greater economic freedom and happiness of all the peo ple of this republic. (SEAL) GIVEN under my hand and the Seal of Alaska, in Juneau, the Capital, this eleventh day of November, in the year of our Lord, one thousand, nine hun dred and fifteen, and of the In dependence of the United States the one hundred and fortieth, (sgd.) J. F. A. STRONG. By the Governor: Governor. (sgd.) Charles E. Davidson, Ex-officio Secretary of Alaska. TAXATION TO PAY TOR READINESS WASHINGTON. Nov. 12.?It was authoritatively learned today that the plan which the administration will submit to Congress at the next ses sion for tho purpose of inaugurating President Wilson's preparedness pro gram and wiping out the deficit In the treasury will be along the following lines: A double Income tax, which is expected to produce $80,000,0000; a tax on freight receipts of 3 per cent, which is expected to yield $60,000,000; & tax of one or two percent on gaso line, which will yield $20,000,000; a re duction of tho exemption on incomes to $2,000, which will produce about $10,000,000 and tho retention of the special "war taxes." known to be tho least irritating to the public, which alone will produce $35,000,000. Briefly, tho President's plan for placing the United States in readiness to defend itself against invasion, is this: To raise the regular army from 100,000 to 140.000 men; to croatc a "Continental Army," of 400,000 men. who will enlist for six yearc, and who will bo required to drill for two months each year for the first three years of their enlistment, and who are subject to call to arms only for ser vice in this country, in the event of Invasion; and the doubling of the rate >f construction of naval vescels. R. E. NIXON, WELL KNOWN IN NORTH, IS DEAD SEATTLE. Nov. 12.?R. E. Nixon, one of the proprietors of the Hotel Savoy, and a pioneer in both the Klondike and Alaska, died this morn ing in Providence hospital, following in operation for appendicitis two lays ago. Mrs. Nixon Is hastening lere from California. Mr. Nixon was l member of the Arctic Brotherhood md other Alaskan-Yukon orders. For several years he was manager >f the Hotel Frye. which, under his iirectlon, became a rendezvous for .Northerners visiting in Seattle. About i year ago he became identified with The Savoy. Nixon was probably one of the best known men that ever resided in the North. He went to the Klondike dur ing the first rush and was Interested In several business and mining ven tures, which were fairly successful. Fie was also associated in business in Nome in the early days but left the North to enter the hotel business in Seattlo about the year 1901. In part lership with a man named Boyker, je took a lease on the Hotel Northern,; lear the corner of First Avenue and Tesler Way, and for a number of years he Northern was known as the head quarters for Alaskans. He left the Northern to become manager of the F*rye Hotel. Mr. Nixon was married about 1902 to Mrs. George Guy. the widow of one of the early Circle City pioneers. SPRINKLERS SAVE BON MARCHE EROM BIG EIRE LOSS SEATTLE, Nov. 12.?Fire believed to have been of incendiary origin, broke out at 1 o'clock this morning in the heart of the Bon Marche depart ment store, which occupies space on Second Avenue from Union to Pike streets. The automatic sprinkling Bystom with which the big store was equipped doubtless saved the store from total destruction. It was dis covered that the leaden caps to the sprinklers had melted within a short time after the flames reached them and within a short time water was gushing from the network of pipes, into the fire. The fire department responded to an alarm rung In by a store watch man. who was on one of the top floors when the flames broke out. "MINNESOTA" LIBELED. SEATTLE, Nov. 12.?The Great Northern liner Minnesota was libeled In the sum of $10,000 last night by at torneys representing the Robert Dol lar company. The charge is that the Minnesota contracted to take a ship ment of lumber to the Orient, which she since has refnesd to load. The ship was released on bonds. STOCK QUOTATIONS. NEW YORK. Nov. 12.?Alaska Gold closed today at 29%, Cblno 54%, Ray 26%, Utah Copper 74%. Butte and Superior 68%. Copper is at 18%. ? + * WEATHBR REPORT + + Maximum?36. + + Minimum?29. * 4? Cloudy: snow and rain + <4 Precipitation, .12 in. + ???????*?????????? "SEATTLE" AGROUND, REPORTED KETCHIKAN, Nov. 12.? Wireless messages picked up here today are that the steamship City of Seattle, northbound, la aground below gflnce Rupert, B. C., having struck in a heavy fog. It was said that Captain McGilllvray expected to float the ves sel at high tide. Among the passengers for Juneau are W. Lcman, K. Arlgosel, Paul Costs!, Henry Stackenbolt, E. Earl Blossom, Mrs. L. Browne, E. 0. Guerin and wife, and L. M. Stevenson and wife. YOUNG HEIR TO FORTUNE TAKES LIFE BY POISON CHICAGO, Nov. 12.?Warren M. Peabody. 21, son of the late Hiram B. Peabody, a millionaire real estato dealer committed suicide at a hotel here today by taking cyanide of po tassium. He Inherited two millions of dollars two months ago. ILLINOIS STEEL TO ENLARGE PLANT TO SUPPLY BIG ORDERS GARY. Ind.. Nov. 12.?It was an nounced todny that the Illinois Stoel Company's plant will bo Immediately enlarged, at a cost of $7,500,000. The onlargcment is made nocossaiy by the company's inability to fill its or ders with its present plant. UNITED STATES TO BE PREPARED FOR DEFENCE IN TWO YEARS NEW YORK, Not. 12.?Thomas A. Edison, speaking of tho President and Navy Department plans said: "In two years the United States will hnvo such a competent defence that it can defy the world. Within that time we shall be In a position to be afraid of no one." WAR COST IS HARD ON GERMANY, FRANCE AND GREAT BRITAIN ?+? PARIS. Nov. 12.?It Is officially es timated that the war has cost tho bel ligerent powers $24,801,000,000 to Oc tober 20, which Is divided between tho powers as follows: England, $6, 163,000,000; France, $4,128,000,000; Russia, $3,724,000,000; Italy. $643,000 000; Germany, $7,380,000,000; Austria, $2,736,000,000. GEERMAN-AMERICANS OPPOSE RE-ELECTION OF PRESIDENT WILSON WORCESTER. Mass.. Nov. 12.? German American delegates claiming to represent 20.000 German voters In Massachusetts, at the request of Pres ident John Albrecht Valz, professor of German ,at Harvard University, adopted resolutions, containing among other things, the clause: "We are. firmly opposed to the re-election of Woodrow Wil son as President of the United States." President Walz said that the organ ization of which he Is tho head does not propose to organize a German American political party, but "we propose to enter politics and do our part to see that Germany gets fair play." ANTI-TRUST APPEAL MAY NOT COME UP SOON ?4*? WASHINGTON. Nov. 12.?The Anti trust suit against the Steel Corpora tion may not be decided before the Supreme Court for a year. An ab stract of 57 volumes of testimony must be laid before the court before oral arguments are made. RAILROADS MAY SPEND $100,000,000 THIS MONTH NEW YORK, Nov. 12.?The New York Commercial says: With the plac ing of 9,000 cars by the New York Central lines, smaller orders by oth er roads, and the issuance of Inquir ies by still otherB, American rail roads have entered on a car and equip ment buying campaign that promises to Involve $100,000,000 In orders with in the month. RAILROADS TO STANDARDIZE BOX CARS IN THE FUTURE CHICAGO, Nov. 12.?A Committee of Boven railroad presidents has been formed to make arrangements to stan dardise box cars. At present there aro 1,000 types and the committee be lieves that by reducing the cars to possibly 50 types, the average cost will be lower. + f CHRISTIE "PUT AWAY7" The Seattle Star declares William Christie was kidnaped by a German because he "was so active in recruiting for the allies at Douglas and TreadweH. It is denied here that Christie j aided the recruiting on Gastin eau channel. ? 816 LINER TORPEDOED, 250^ LOST LONDON, Nov. 12. ? Two hundred and fifty persons were drowned when the British steam ship Rhineland was torpedoed and sunk yesterday by an Aus trian or German submarine, and according1 to official announce ment of the Admiralty, only one member of the crew was saved. (The above "flash message" was re ceived by The Empire, Just at press time this afternoon, and no further details were received. As an Austrl an submarine Is mentioned, It Is Indi cated the vessel was sunk In the Med iterranean.) ANCONA'S DEATH LIST IS 257 WASHINGTON, Nov. 12.?An1 official dispatch from Rome to day says the commissioner of immigration claims 257 passen gers on the torpedoed liner An cona are still unaccounted for, despite press claims that the loss The Ancona affair is taking on a graver aspect and there are rumors that the submarine which attacked the vessel was manned by a German crew, al though her colors were Austri an. Many reports were re ceived that, the submarine kept on firing after the Ancona came to a dead standstill, shelling her at close range for an hour and a half. FUSE FOUND ON SUGAR CARRIER ?DAMAGED BY FIRE HALIFAX. Nov. 12.?A coll of fuse was found in the cargo of BUgar con signed to London and carried by the steamsiiip Rio Legas, which put into port here today on account of fire which broke out In tko vessel a week ago. The origin of the fire has not been accounted for. ENGLISHMEN ARE TO SELL UNITED STATES SECURITIES A LONDON, Nov. 12. ? The BrlUsh government and London bankers are counting upon the resalo to Ameri cans ol-American securities to hold up the values of London exchange in New York. Bonks are purchasing great quantities of American railroad and industrial stocks and railroad, industrial and municipal bonds, and other varieties of American securi ties, and they are being constantly for warded to New York for sale private ly through bankers and on the stock exchanges in various cities. This Is for thepurpose of securing credits in the United States to meet the con stantly Increasing flood of bank pa per that is crossing the Atlantic to ward the United States. In addition to this, gold is being garnered from all sources for ship ment to the United States. The Indi cations are that the gold shipments have yet to reach their climax, and that the next six months will see lar ger and more numerous consignments of gold to New York. Arrangements have been made for $300,000,000 credits in the way of ac ceptances upon which interest pay ments are being made. Already Is the j Item of American earned Interest be coming one of the foatures in the ox-. change problem. ENGLISHMEN IN NEW YORK AFTER CREDIT NEW YORK, Nov. 12. ? Sir Paul Harvey 1b in the United States to as sist Basil Blacken of the British Treasury Department, in arranging for further credits for the Allies in tho United States. With the envoy of the French government he will re main here until after Mr. Blackett has returned home, and will carry on for England negotiations for tho es tablishment of credits addition to the $500,000,000 war loan. Theie credsts it is understood will be created in the form of acceptances, drafts being payable in dollars. While no amounts have been specified, they may run as high as $300,000,000 eventually, as it is recognized that further stringent measures must be adopted to stabil ize the exchango market. SWEDEN SENT 2,000,000 TONS OF STEEL TO GERMANY LONDON, Nov. 12.? The Swedish statistics of export to Germany of Swedish iron show that from January 1015, until the submarine blockade was established, more than 2,000,000 tons were exported fron Lulea, Sweden. REPULSE OE TRITON IS CLAIM LONDON, Nov. 12. ? Although the Teuton soldiers are spread out over hundreds of miles of Serbian territory and are attacking the mountain strongholds west of captured Nith, today's dispatches from Serbian army headquarters indicate a definite check to the Invasion. Central News Agency dispatches from Milan furthermore state that Italy has agreed to givo the allies suf ficient support In the Balkans to In sure triumph. As these dispatches passed the censor it is taken to indi cate that a big Italian force already Is fighting with the allies against the Bulgarians In Southern Serbia. An Athens dispatch to the Evening Standard today stated that the French have Inflicted a crushing defeat on the Bulgarian troops south of Veles. A dispatch from Berne, Switzerland, says that Bulgaria has called upon all of her male subjects between the ages of 20 and 40, including those hitherto exempt from military ser vice, and is strengthening her armies In the field. From Bucharest comes a report that the Russians have ascended the Danube river, landing troops near Si llstrls, In Rumanian territory. The report has not been officially confirm ed, yet London is inclined to the be lief that it Is true, owing to its source. SERBIA CLAIMS MEN DESERTING TEUTON ARMY (By United' Press.) MONASTm S0mW Nov. The i?l lies are (Irmly established in South em Serbia. Monastir (Bitolin) and the surrounding country were in imminent danger for a time, from the Bulgari ans, but the French have saved these points when they recaptured Veles. It is claimed that large numbers of Austrian, Croatian and Dalmatian subjects who sympathize with the Serbs arc deserting the Teutonic cause and are flocking to the Serb standards. The "Fighting Brigands." The Kaiser, in extending his con gratulations to the Bulgars for their success in capturing NTi8h, referred to the Serbs as a "band of brigands," but, a local Serbian paper points out. "the Tetuons know at least that the Sorbs can light with the ferocity of 'brigands'." It is said that several American doc tors escaped to the town of Uskub before the Bulgars arrived at Nish and they are now taking a rounda bout route from the danger zone, by way of Albania. Lady Paget Detained. Postlvc news reached he-e today that Lady Paget of London has been detained at Nish. TURKS PREPARE TO MEET ENEMY FROM NORTH LONDON, Nov. 12.?A Paris dis patch declares that the entire arma ment of the Bospborus has been late ly transferred by the Turks to Tchat alja in Adrianople. 1 LATE NEWS BULLLIlNo WHISKEY IN COFFINS. CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.?On allega tions that they had defrauded the government by shipping from this city whiskey concealed in coffins, fifteen Chattanooga men were indicted by the Federal grand Jury today. SELL SEATTLE RAILROAD. SEATTLE?In litigation over three ; years, Judge Kauffman entered an or-j dcr to sell the Seattle, Renton & Southern railway In order to satisfy debts of $1,600,000. Federal Judge E. E. Cushman will review the order. CARRIES GREAT CARGO. SEATTLE?To be sold If possible to advantage, and certainly to bo: transferred to another flag, the great steamship Minnesota with a cargo of 23,000 tons, Including coal, sailed for London this afternoon. The cargo consists principally of Alaska sal mon, and lumber. "NO STARVING GERMANY." BERLIN?Answering the petition of the Socialist party concerning the question of food prices, Chancellor von Bethmann-Hollwegg declared to day that the people of Germany "could be completely assured that the hopes of tho entente powers of starv ing out Germany would bo disappoint ed." MIKADO THANKS WILSON. WASHINGTON?President Wilson recleved today n message from Em peror Yoshihlto of Japan, thanking him for his congratulations on the ac cession of the emperor to the throne and expressing hope that the good re lations between the two countries may j continue. MEXICO'S "NIGHTMARE." DOUGLAS, Ariz. ? The following translation of an article written by Villa at his headquarter south of Na-j co has been brought to the border by a correspondent: "Mexico today b passing through a nightmare of a hor-' rlble dream In which the entwined whiskers of Uncle Sam and Venuntl ano Carranza are trying to strangle the life out of my beloved country. But Mexico will awaken, and that is why I keep up my fight against the enemies of my poor people.' ' NEUTRALS WORK FOR PEACE. WASHINGTONDr.?Dr. David Stan Jordan. chancellor of Leland Stan ford University and head of tho in ternational peace congress recently held in San Francisco, told President Wilson today that a quasi-official meeting of representatives of neutral natons will be held some time before Christmas ether at The Hague, Ber ne, or Copenhagen, to attempt to bring about peace in Europe. Dr. Jordan conveyed to the President a resolution from the peaco congress, urging him to co-operate with other neutrals in calling such a conference. FORMER AUSTRIAN CONSUL EXPOSES WORKINGS OF GIGANIC ORGANIZATION DESIGNED TO PARALYZE U.S. INDUSTRY ! ? : ' PROVIDENCE, R. I., Nov. 12.?The Providence Journal to day says that Dr. Joseph Goricar, who has been a prominent of ficial in the Austro-Hungarian consular service for fifteen years, up until December 1, 1914, when he resigned, made a statement to The Journal in which he declared: "The United States is honeycombed with German and Austrian spies, who are working directly from Count Johann von Bemstorff, the German am bassador, and Consul General von Nuber." Dr. Goricar alleges that every Austro-Hungarian consul in the country is the center of a hotbed for furthering a propagan da for the destruction of munition factories, for the creation of strikes among laboringmen working in such factories and for every act of violence that is being committed here today having these objects in view. GREEK CHAMBER DISSOLVED UNTIL AFTER ELECTIONS LONDON, Nov. 12.?All doubts as to wh t road Greece would choose out of the muddle caused by divergent views of her political loaders and as to how the policies of the Zalmls cab inet could bo rendered compatible with the opinions of an adverse ma jority In tho Chamber of Deputies, to day were dispelled by the formal dis solution of the Chamber, a dispatch from Athens stated. Tho adjourn ment came as a result of a royal de cree. The Greek elections will be held December 19 and It Is expected Greece will maintain an armed neutrall'y at I least until that time. ENGLAND CON8IDERS PLAN8 TO CURB PEOPLE'S EXTRAVAGANCE LONDON, Nov. 12.?The London Express says that the British treas ury has under advisement the mat ter of commandeering at least one third of every citizen's Income, while It will probably take one-half. This "forced loan" Is contemplaeed In or der to curb the private expenditures and conserve tho national resources for war purposes. The extravagance of tho people Is one of the features of life In war times that Is displeas ing to the government. LONDON NOW PLAYS DURING THE DAY TIME A LONDON, Nov. 12.?The attempts of London to hide Itself from Zeppe lins by darkening its streets at night has made midday luncheons and af ternoon theatres popular. The city man now goes direct to his home In the suburb Instead of dining In town: some churches have arranged to hold sen-Ices earlier In the evening: driv ers are greatly handicapped by dark ness and In some streets the curbs are whitened and small handcarts must be equipped with some kind of un illuminant. KAISER WOULD ENCOURAGE LARGER GERMAN FAMILIES ??? AMSTERDAM, Nov. 12.?As an en couragement to large families In the j German empire, Emperor William has i promised to be a god-father not only j to the seventh and eighth sons born, In succession, but also to the seventh, j eighth and ninth sons born with daughters Intervening. ina lormer Ausiro-nungarjan | consular agent says that the United States "is not awake to the danger which threatens her from i;he activities of German and Austrian agents, who, since the beginning of the war, have spent $40,000,000 in this coun try in their efforts to destroy life and property." Goricar de clares that when he was consul for Austria-Hungary at San Francisco efforts were made by personal conferences and through written communications to him from Commander Max milian Bursty, naval attache at the European embassy, to se cure the plans of all fortification and defenses of San Francisco harbor and along the Pacific coast, and that he was instruct ed especially to get for his gov ernment every possible detail of operation activities of the de fenses, their mechanical con tents and strength, particular ly that of the United States navy'yard at Bremerton, Wash. Dr. Goricar says he declined to attempt to obtain this informa tion and for this reason was transferred from San Francisco to Berlin. Continuing, Dr. Gorlcar said to Tbo Journal "These men ore more ac tive today than they have ever been, for the simple reason that tho eco nomic strain on Germany has reached the limit of her capacity In produc tion and resources. From my knowl edge of what Is going on I can state that tho propoganda will dally In crease in the near future and that In a few weeks this country will be brought face to face with a grave sit uation, Involving attacks on railroads, warehouses, wharves and shipping. Names Several Men. "I charge that in this connection men on whom Ambassador von Bern storff and Consul General von Nuber are depending to carry out their In famous work are tho following, who form the Inner circle and who hold regular conferences with von Nuber. at which they map out their propa ganda: Consul Ernest Ludwlg, Cleve land; Consul General John Schwue gel, St. Louis; Baron Lothar von Hauser, Pittsburgh; George von Grivlclc, Philadelphia; Hugh Sllves tre, Chicago; and Edgar Proehnlk, St. Paul. Consul General von Nuber has surounded himself with a gang of men who are regularly subsidizing the newspapers published In foreign languages. Many times since Ambas sador Iiumba's recall, von Nuber has been performing the same acts as caused the United States to ask for the former's dismissal. When J. F. J. Archibald left this country many let ters he took with him and about which lie said he knew nothing were prepared in his own presence in von Nuber't office and his bags were tak en down to the steamship by two of von NubcFs clerks. Consul General von Nuber, at the Instance of Am bassador von Bern8torff, within tho past week has ordered bis consuls all through the United States to close in on the campaign to get workers out | of munition factories." TEUTONS REJOICE AT BURNING OF BETHLEHEM PLANT BERIME, Switzerland, Nov. 12.?It i Is reported from sovcral German points <:hat when news was received of the partial destruction by Are of the plant of the Bethlehem Steel works at South Bethlehem, Pennsylvania there was great rejoicing In Austria and Germany, where, it was openly de clared In many quarters, such was ex pected long ago. GERMANY U8ES CABLES FOR MAKING AMMUNITION LONDON, Nov. 12.?Dispatches to London newspapers from Amsterdam declare that Germany Is utilizing ca ble on street car lines for copper purposes. The cable is being taken from the little used lines In such cit ies as Kiel.