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VOL. VII., NO. 946. ? JUNEAU, ALASKA, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1916. - PRICE TEN CENTS
Congress Hears President Wilson s Address EPIDEMIC OF FEVER IS FEARED ?? That Juneau is threatened with an epidemic of scarlet fever is the belief which tomorrow may result in the closing of the public schools for a per iod of at least seven days. Three cases of the disease developed last night, two of them being serious and the other mild. Dr. E. ,\r.- Bevls, health commission er. met with the school board at the offico of Superintendent L. D. Hen derson this morning and after ways and means were discussed thoroughly it was decided to close the schools as a first preventative measure but later, further conference were held and late this afternoon the matter of clos ing the schools was undecided. The three cases which developed last j night arc Harvey Nicholson. Petor | Nicholson, and Marie Latten, a young ' high school student. These patients have all been confined in one house which Is ouarantlrcd. It is the fce llef of several of the physicians in town that there are a number cf oth er cases which have not been detect- j ed. since the disease seems to be at tacking in a very mild form. It has been stated by two or three local doc tors that in all probability some of the so-called cases of la grippe have really been scarlet fever in a very mild form and that since the rash has been apparent only a short time peo ple have attributed It to other causes. Councilman Gcddes and Wolland, as of the health and police committees of the City Council have taken the matter In hand and the strictest quar antine will be enforced over the cases which have developed and any others which may come to light. A health officer will be appointed by these committees this afternoon whose duty It will be to Investigate all cases of contagious diseases which arc reported 'Snd where nevessary, to es tablish and discharge quarantine. I This appointment had not been made at press time today. The three known patients are quar antined with four other persons, at the home of Mrs. Ida Pettingill. WISCONSIN SENATOR URGES GERMANS TO SUPPORT ONLY U. S. A. ? ... ? WASHINGTON. Dec. 7. ? Senator Paul Husting. "the new Democratic Senator from Wisconsin. In a state ment directed to German born Ameri cans. urged them not to forget that j the American side of the hyphen Is the one that should control their ac tions as citizens of the United Statec "We cannot learn too much good and the time is gone by when any nation has any right to think that it has a monopoly of all the excellence and goodness in the world." said Sen ator Husting. "We may well learn from Germany its methods of effic iency. but. my friends, we cannot adopt its form of government." TEMPERANCE IS AID TO ENGLAND LONDON. Dec. 7.?The new tem perance regulations now being rigid-; ly enforced in Great Britain have al ready had a most beneficial effect upon labor, according to the report of Lord Dabernon. Chairman of the l.oquor Control Board. Wo-kmcn. he states, are now com ing of their duties in the morning prepared for a hard days' work. They ??how up fit for work and not with bodies half sick and brains befuddled. The regulations, the report empha sizes. are having a most salutary ef fect upon the seagoing classes; drun kenness among sailors, dock laborers. ?1 firemen have decreased. New crews signed up are now more sober j and ships are loaded and cleared! with greater despatch than ever be- j fore in consequence. SAYS INDIAN GIRL LEFT GEORGIA OF HER OWN ACCORD Captain Edward Thornton, of the steamship Georgia, denied today that Mary Nook, a Kluckwan Indian girl, said by her tribespeople to be a witch, was kidnaped from the Georgia at Killisnoo last Wednesday, but said that, on the contrary, she left the boat of her own accord. Captain Thornton and Purser Chas. Ottesen said this morning that sever al Indians came aboard the Georgia, probably to see the girl, but that the Georgia's crew ejected them from the boat. loiter, others of the crew say, the girl left the boat. She had a tick et to Sitka, and was expected to enter the Sheldon-Jackson school. It is al leged that she is reaping a harvest of money by practicing witchcraft, al though the educational bureau officials say that she has disappeared at Kil lisnoo. and Supt. Johns, of the mission at Sitka fears that she has been done away with. Although Man- Nook told the author ities here during the recent witch craft investigations that she wac 15 years old. the Indians say she is near er 20. STOCK QUOTATIONS. NEW YORK. Dec. 7.?Alaska Gold, closed today at 2."?%. Chino at 54%. Ray at 25% and Utah Copper at 80. Copper metal remains at 20. + + + THE WEATHER + For the past 24 hours, ending ? + 3:00p. m. today: * * + v Meximum?37. ? 4- Minimum?35. * 4> Cloudy, rain. .84 in. + +++*+++?**+??*+? Edward Krause's Nameless Launch KRAUSE'S LAUNCH This is a picture of the launch on which Krause cruised about after he was seen with William Christie. The boat was seen In Gastlneau channel, in the vicinity of Salmon creek, and then disappeared. Later it turned up in Ward's Cove, near Ketchikan, and Krause admits having left it thfcre and having gone to Ketchikan where he sailed for Seattle un der the name of Ole E. Mot, whom, the Seattle officers say, Krause killed. HEARING IN KRAUSE CASE IS TOMORROW ? Edward Krause wil! be given a pre liminary hearing before United States Commissioner Marshall at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon, at the court house, on a charge of-kldnaping Will iam Christie of Treadwell on the af ternoon of October 30. by serving a fake subpoena on him. District At torney James A. Smiser and Assist ant Prosecutor J. J. Reagan will rep resent the government. Kazis Krauc zunas will appear for the defendant. The star witness for the government will be Foreman Nick King, of the "700" stamp-mill at Treadwell. King has Identified Krause as the man who took Christie out of the mill, after seeing tho prisoner at the United States jail. LOS ANGELES SCHOOL BEATEN BY SYRACUSE I.OS ANGELES. Dec. 7.?The Syra cuse University football team, which is touring the West, had no difficulty j in beating the eleven representing Oc cidental College yesterday. The score i was 3 6to 0. The only mar to the game was In the third quarter, when Cap t&ia McClurg. of the Occidental team broke his right leg. SALESMAN SAYS HE HELPED IN WOMAN'S MURDER ?+? CHICAGO, Dec. 7.?Confessing, ac cording to County Prosecutor George W. Armstrong of Hennepin County. Minnesota, that he aided Frederick T. Price of Minneapolis, in hurling Price's j wife to death over a cliff. Charles D. Ctchlson. a traveling salesman of Washington, D. C., is due in Minneap olis today to face legal action. Mrs. Price was killed Xovember 28. 1914. one day after she had been given $60. 000 by her father. RECOUNT GIVES THE DEMOCRATS A MAJORITY I* UTICA. N. Y.. Dec. 7. -When the voting machine in a disputed district In this city was opened under order of Justice Ross of the Supreme court it was discovered that the figure three appearing several times in the first column had been read by the chairman as figure eight. On the vote for Mayor this figure would have given the election to the Republican candidate by forty-one. By correcting the error the Demo cratic candidate, J. D. Smith, at pres ent Mayor, is re-elected by a plural ity of fourteen. The Democrats have held all the time that they would abide by the record of the machine, and it is be lieved that the contest is settled. MACKENSEN REPORTED WOUNDED IN SIBERIA ?+? PETROGRAD, Dec. 6.?It is report ed here that Gen. Von Mackensen was severely wounded by a Serbian bullet in one of the recent engagements while he was in charge of the opera tions in Serbia. BRAND WHITLOCK RANKS WITH KING IN BELGIUM NEW YORK, Dec. 7. ?"The most powerful figure in Belgium today, so far as the Belgian people still in that devastated country are concerned. Is Brand Whitlock, American minister at Brussels." said Captain Lucey, presi dent of the Lucey Manufacturing Cor poration and former officer in the United States Army. He continued: "The Belgians hold for him a rever ence and affection as great as that which they entertain for their heroic King." kitchen will aid in providing Cash WASHINGTON*. Dec. 7.?Represen tative Claude Kitchen, chairman of the House ways and means committee and Majority leader on the floor of the House, is working in perfect bar money with the administration in all things except bis opposition to In creased army and navy appropriations Notwithstanding this opposition, he concedes that the administration measure will pass, and he has prom ised to aid in securing legislation to provide the additional revenues that will be requlerd. Including the military preparedness plafts it is estimated that the reve nues that will be required by the gov ernment for the next fiscal year will approximate $1,300,000,000. american bank in south america robbed NEW YORK, Dec. 7.?The Buenos Ayres branch of tho National City Bank has been robbed of $40,000. "JIM" PLUNKETT JAMES O. PLUNKETT This is a splendid likeness of Cap tain James O. Plunkett, believed to have been murdered by Edward Krause. Although the picture of Capt. Plunkett was taken in Willows, Calif., over fifteen years ago, it shows Plunkett as Juneau knew him before he disappeared late in October. Plun kett's binoculars, and one of his guns has been found in Kr.tuse's posses-' sion and the tender from his gasboat is said to have been used by Krausc in reaching Petersburg. DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE JN SESSION WASHINGTON', Dec. 7. ?The Democratic National committee met here today to tlx the time | and plnce of the next Democrat ic convention, to elect a secre tary and to dispose of contests for membership from Kentucky and Oregon. Of three cities in the field for the convention. St. Louis claimed the priority. The proxy of Committeeman Z. R. Cheney of Juneau, Alaska, was held by J. Bruce Krcmer, | of Butte. Montana, i I 4 ?+ ACCUSE VIRGINIA POLITICIAN NORFOLK, Va.. Dec. 7.? Charges I that Alvah H. Martin. Republican Na tional Committeeman for Virginia, has permitted irregularities in his ac counts as Clerk of tho Norfolk Coun-! ty Court, have been filed in the court by a special Investigating committee j appointed by Judge Coleman. Martin filed a general denial of the charges. NEGRO CHAUFFEUR KILLS MAN, LATTER'S INVALID DAUGHTER ILL SEATTLE, Dec. 7.?W. J. Jackson, a negro chaufTeur, ran down and kill ed Charles Anderson, a laborer, today. Tho victim was the father of four children, cne of whom is an invalid daughter whose death as a result of shock at hearing news of her father's death is feared. Jackson is in Jail, arrested on a charge of manslaught er. CHOKES MAD DOG. TO SAVE WOMEN ??? LOS ANGELES, Dec. 7.? Jumping down from an operating table in the city receiving hospital. H. A. Kell, an automobile man, ran to the rescue of several women who had been at tacked in tho street by a mad dog and with his bare hands choked the ani mad to death today. Kell was bitten I several times and will be given the I Pasteur treatment. GERMANY STILL HOLDS SOME CHINA TRADE LONDON, Dec. 7.?Germany's trado with China is far from being exting I uished, declares a Peking despatch to the Times. There are still consid erable exports of German owned and German financed commodities shipped through Chinese firms in neutral ves sels to America. "All the machinery of business is ? maintained for resumption of fuM trade immediately whoa the war has ended," the correspondent says. GERMANS MAY LEAVE UNITED STATES IN GREAT NUMBERS SOON NEW YORK, Dec. 7.?Goorge von Skal, the New York correspondent of the Muenchener Ncucte Nachrichten, predicts that a general exodus of Ger man-Americans from the United States will take placo -within a very short time. , "All the News All the Tlmo." HILL LINE FREIGHTER WALTS AID BULLETIN San Francisco, Dec. 7.?Rumors, probably without foundation, are sweeping the waterfront to the ef foct that the Minnesota has fall on completely Into the hands of mutineers. Spasmodic distress signals which have com? from the ship since last Thursday, coupled with the strange mystery which the Minnesota's wireless main tains as to the ship's exact po sition, has aroused the worst fears here as to what has occurred on board. SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 7. The ; Hill line freighter Minnesota, believed j to have been the victim of anti-Eng lish plotters, is 600 miles South of San Francisco today, with all of her sixteen boilers out of commission . and with three tugs hastening^ her assistance. Captain Gallick wirelessed that the vessel was disabled from natural causes and did not cxplnln the trou ble which was told in previous wire less dispatches. He failed in the mes sages received today, to mention the charge that the secret use of chemi cals had been employed by a spy among the crew to corrode the boiler ; tubes. The Minnesota left Seattlo Novem ber 14 with a groat cargo for England, Including munitions of war. GERMANY HAS ALL MONEY SHE NEEDS AMSTERDAM, Dec. 7.? President Gwlnner of the Dcutsch Bank says that Germany can endure a long war. He says: "All German money stays in the country. It does not mako much difference who's got the money, so long as Germans have It and keep It in Germany. The Allies won't get another loan in America." Germans Buy Goid LONDON, Dec. 7. ? It is claimed that the largost buyer of golI in China is the Deutsch Asintische bonk which ships largo quantities in every mail to America. It is sent by regis tered parcel ;>ost in bamboo tubes, each containing 40 ounces. HUDSONMAXIM SEES DANGER OF DEADLOCK IN WAR ?if? BOSTON. Dec. 7.?Hudson Maxim says: "I predict that the war will last from three to seven years longer if the Germans win in the Balkans and attack Egypt. The war Is liable to resolve itself into a condition where neither side will be able to get at the other. England will be supreme on the sea and Germany will command on land." ENGLAND'S WAR COST LONDON, Dec. 7.?It Is now costing England $27,000,000 a day to carry on the war, according to the parliamen tary correspondent of the Dally Chron icle. RUSSIA WANTS FRIENDLY RELATIONS WITH U. S. A. PETROGRAD, Dec. 7.?A new Rus sian society called "The Society for Promoting Mutual Friendly Relations Between Russia and America." has been established In Petrograd. SALONIKI HARBOR IS WELL PROTECTED ROME. Dec. 7.?The harbor of Sal onikl is guarded by FTench armored tugs and is closed almost complete ly a a huge steel net. FTench and British cruisers are at anchor Inside. The streets of the city are thronged with allied soldiers. It is noteworthy that the French and Greeks salute when they meet, but the British sa lute only among themselves. SPAIN GUARDING AGAINST VIOLATION OF NEUTRALITY MADRID. Dec. 7.? The Spanish government has increased its watch fulness against the German submar ines being supplied from Moroccan or Spanish coasts. It Is tho common be lief in Spain that the government has never been able to prevent smug gling, especially of tobacco, and that many adventurous seamen mnke a liv ing of running cargoes of contraband in smail sailing craft. ? - ? JUNEAU MAN IS AMONG MISSING London newspapers include the name of Lieut. Rupert F. Scribner, formerly' of Juneau, as among the missing in the Gnllipoli campaign. Mr. Scribner, a young Englishman, while a member of the Perseverance mine forco, was well known and well liked In Juneau, both in social Circles and about town. He left Juneau short ly after the war broke out to join the English army. He was commissioned a lieutenant in a Yorkshire regiment, and sailed with one of the early con tingents for the Dardanelles. Cards and letters received by his Juneau friends from London and later told of his good health. Recent papers contain his name as among those who have probably given up their lives in the campaign against the Turks. It is stated that his regiment saw some of the sever est fighting on the Gallipoli Penin sula, and that but 170 members ol it remain alive. In tho early days of the war, Mr, Scribner, who was a graduate of a .German university, wrote several ar ticles for The Empire which were printed. [SERBIAN ! CAMPAIGN COSUOOO LONDON, Dec. 7.?Further success es by the Central Allies in Serbia* and a report of new activity on the Russi an front featured the war news today. On the Italian and Gallipoli fields a lull in the fighting is reported. From Bucharest today, through Gcr ban sources, came advices that the Austro-German losses in the Serbian campaign have been 7,000 men, It: 1 killed, wounded and missing. It is claimed that about 2.000 men wore 'killed by the Serbs. Mutineers Were Shot? According to advices from Saloni ka. throe hundred Bulgarians wcroj shot at Bucharest, for mutiny. It Is said they had been ordered to to to i the Dardanelles. A dispatch from Petrogrnd says the Czar has issued a rescript, postpon ing indefinitely the opening of the Du ma. . VENIZELOS URGES ALLIES TO STOP ENEMY IN SERBIA LONDON, Dec. 7.? The London Post contains the following Interview from M. Venlzelos, the great Greek statesman and leader of the war par ty: "I am not u strategist, but two tiling^ seem quite clear to me. First, the Germans arc bound to be conquer ed in tho end from the fact that the reserves from which they are draw ing their resources ure much smaller than those nt the disposal of the Al lies. The Germans, in fact, have al ready passed the zenith of their full strength, though they are still power ful enough to prolong the struggle for a long time. "Secondly, It seems to me that this new battle ground In the Balkans of fers favorable conditions to tho Al lies. Their position in the west must be strong for them to hold on there and at the same time detach large i bodies of troops for use hero in the' Balkans. "It is Important that you should i cut off Germany from supplies of men ; nnd minerals waiting for her in Tur-' key and the morale effect upon the I Greece and Roumanian countries of' Allied success in the Balkans would ] ilia-considerable.. "A German reverse In the Balkan" too would have the most serious ef fects Tor them at home. The German ; people have been promised so much and have so often been disappointed, j first, at Paris, then at Calais and then In Russia, nfter the taking of Warsaw, and if this new enterprise, with its trumped aim of opening the road to Egypt, turns out another fail ure. tho results is tho interior of Germany may be disastrous." AMMUNITION IS POURING INTO FRANCE IN STREAM ?+? LONDON, Dec. 7.?A correspondent who has Just returned from the French front says the Allies are now receiving war munitions in a steady stream and that as a continuous sup ply of ammunition for big guns Is ;assured, the conviction is growing that the work of "blowing the Ger mans out of France" will proceed im mediately. GERMANY HAS AMPLE COTTON FOR SEVERAL YEARS AMSTERDAM, Dec. 7.?Germany Is said to have several years' supply of cotton for military purposes and to have discovered new sources of supply within the last few months. ? ? ? SERBIANS INFLICT GREAT LOSSES ON BULGARIANS ATHENS, Dec. 7.?In the defence of Babuna Pass the Serbian army In flicted losses upon the* Bulgarians which exceeded the total number of Serbian defenders. , TO SAVE SERBIA LONDON, Dec. 7.?It Is understood England and France have pledged themselves to save Serbia at any cost. ?-? BELGIUM DIGS UP ANOTHER $8,000,000 INSTALMENT * i|r AMSTERDAM, Deo. 7. ? The Bel gian provinces have just paid the German ^admlslstration the tenth In stalment* of the war levy of $96,000, 000. They have up to date actually paid out $80,000,000. FOOD PRICES ARE HIGH IN RUSSIA ?+? BERLIN, Doc. 7.?Food prices In Russia are reaching alarming propor tions due to tho freight congestion at several railroad centers; at Mos cow 6,000 cars of foodrtuffa arj de tained. The Russian minister pro poses to organize military companies of teamsters. consisting of refugees and soldiers, to dischargo freight. ITALIANS LEAVING UNITED STATES IN INCREASING NUMBERS ?+r? WASHINGTON. Dec. 7.?Since the outbreak of the war in Europe 172, 875 Italians have returned to their na tive land to join the colors, and the tfecsmls of each week's departures show stendily Increasing sailings of ! members of this nationality, the Bu reau of Immigration announces. In the last four months 75,367 Ital . lans sailed from Atlantic ports for ? home. November figures Indicate i that not less than 20,000 more left to Join the colors. WASHINGTON STANDS PAT ON RECALLS ?+? WASHINGTON', Dec. 7.?Secretary of State Lansing today answered Ger many's request for an explanation of the demand for the recall of its naval and military attaches at Washington, stating flatly to Ambassador von Bcru storff that Captain Richard Boy-Ed and Captain Franz von Papon were "undesirable because of their military and naval activities." It was learned at the White House that the decision will bo adhered to by the United States, no matter what Germany does on its account, as the President fully approves Secretary I<anslng's stand. THREE DEPARTMENTS WANT CONTROL OF COMMUNICATIONS ? WASHINGTON", Dec. 7. ? No leas than three Cabinet departments have asked for appropriations In connection with telegraphic and wireless com munications In Alaska, and two of them ask for full control of a part or all of such communications. Postmaster-General A. S. Burleson asked for an appropriation of $300, 000 for the Postofllce Department to operate the cable, telegraph and wire less system in Alaska. Accompanying this request Is submitted drafts for legislation which would permit him to take over the whole system on July 1st, next. The proposed legisla tion authorizes the Postofllce Depart- ] ment to borrow such men as may be , needed for tho oporation of the system , from the United States army signal < corps. On the other hand, the War De- , part ment has asked for $50,000 for : repairs and betterments to the Wash- , ington-Alaska cable and telegraph sys tem, In addition to estimates for Its operation as heretofore. It Is stipu lated in the army request that $10, 000 of the $50,000 asked for may be used in installing wireless plant;* | where needed. J. In conflict with the last request, tho ' Navy Department asks that It be su-1 preme In the wireless field in Alaska, j Postmaster-General Burleson's roc-1 ommendatlons Include a provision! that his department be given full con-; trol over the telegraph, telephone and | wireless systems of Alaska, Hawaii and Porto Rico. Lane Wants To Build to Matanuska. The request of Secretary of tho In-; terlor Frnnk K. Lane, which Includes recommendations for appropriations for Alaska railroad construction which aggregates $8,247,520, asks for $1,295,-; 970 for building a road from Matan-1 uska Junction to the coal fields of j Chlckaloon,38V4 miles. Ho also asks i for $2,304,493 for building the rail road from Mile No. 18 on tho Alaska | Northern railroad, which is now call ed the end of the line, or Mile 90, to i the crossing of the Talkeetna river,1 or Mile No. 185, a distance of 9H4 miles. Want Money for Sitka Monument. The Secretary of the Interior asks t'or $1,000 for caring for tho Sitka Na- j tional Monument reservation. He al- j so asks for $115,000 for land and boun-1 dnry Rurveys. Want Money for Roads. The War Department asks for an appropriation for roads and trails In Alaska to be expended with the road i mpnoys of the Alaska Fund through tho Alaska Board of Road Commis sioners, making a total that it Is es timated will run from $320,000 to $350,-; 000 for this purpose. WASHINGTON, Doc. 7. ? The Ad ministration's redrafted shiy purchase bill providing for the expenditure of $50,000,000 will be introduced Wednes day in the Senate and House. MORMON PRIESTS AGAINST SMOOT AS A SENATOR WASHINGTON. D. C.. Dec. 7.?Sen ator Reed Smoot's right to his seat In the United States Scnae has been protested by C. G. Patterson, a Mor mon and Clerk of the District Court of Salt Igike. He has sent a letter to every Senator urginfc that Senator Smoot be refused permission to take his seat. Patterson chaftjes that Senator, Smoot Is the representative of the j Utah-Idaho Sugar Company and that I he and the higher officials of the Mormon Church have mixed politics with religion. He does not question Senator Smoot's religious views, that arc the same as his, but insists that his interference of the Mormon church has abridged the rights of In dividuals. Senator Smoot's right to sit In the Senate was investigated several years affo and no action against him was taken. GERMANY SUFFERS FROM COPPER FAMINE I/ONDON, Dec. 7.? A Copenhagen dispatch says that the copper famine In Germany is so acute that requests, which are equivalent to demands, are now reaching the authorities of the churches to hand over all the copper in their possession. Huge copper roofs of the great cathedral at Bre men are being dismantled, and every thing made of copper belonging to the cathedral has been placed at the dis posal of the military authorities. REAL CITIZENSHIP AND READINESS FOR WAR WILSON'S THEME WASHINGTON, Dec. 7?The doc trine of Pan-Americanism, with full partnership between the nations of the Western hemisphere in the world's affairs was proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilron today In his third annual address to Congress, the tbemc of which was preparedness by the United States, to defend not only its own independence, but the rights of thoso with whom It has made a-com mon cause. The message was read by the President to the Senate and House of Representatives, assembled in Joint session, in the House chamber, at noon. Every recommendation embodied in the document had to do with compre hensive plans for strengthening the national defense, and the program out lined Included the army and navy plans already made public by Secre tary Garrison of the War Department and Secretary Daniels of the Navy De partment, legislation for government owned merchant ships, rural credit laws, Philippines and Porto Rico bills which failed of final passage at the last session, conservation legislation, _ laws giving federal aid to industrial and vocation education, and the crea tion of a commission to inquire Into the transportation problem. Naturalized natlve-norn Americans who by sympathizing with the Euro pean belligerents have plotted and conspired to violate their own coun try's neutrality were scathingly de nounced by the President and Con gress was urged to provido adequate federal laws to deal with such offend ora Of preparedness for war tho Presi dent said: "Unless you take it within your view and permit the full signifi cance of It to command your thought I cannot find the right light In which to set forth the particular matter that lies at every front of my whole thought as I address you today. I mean nation al defense. Great democracies are not belligerent?they do not seek or desire war. Wo insist upon security In prosecuting our self-chosen lines of national development. The war has never been a mere matter of men and guns: it is a thing of disciplined might. If our citizens arc ever to fight effec tively. upon sudden summons, they must know how t odcrn fighting is done and wbnt to do when the sum mons comes to ronder themselves im mediately available and immediately effective." + + I ! SUBMARINE FIRED ON ! - U. S. TANKER WASHINGTON. Dec. 7. ? j Word from the cruiser Des 1 Moines, received today, is that > tho American boat which sent ! ' out the S.O.S.. wireless call for 1 help last Saturday off tho Isl- I j and of Crete, was the Standard j Oil tanker Petrolite, which was ! I fired on. presumably by an Au- [ ' strian submarine. One man was ' wounded. Secretary Lansing has | I ordered an Investigation. ! I * _ + HUGE WAR SHIPMENT8. NEW YORK. Dec. 7.?According to Dudley Field Malone, collector for tho port of New York, In five days of last week war munitions for tho en tente allies totaling fifteen millions of dollars In valuation were shipped from tho port. AMERICANS FINANCE CANADIANS FOR WAR OTTAWA, Dec . 7.? Tho United States is supplying most of the ex tra capital that is required In Canada on account of the war. According to figures compiled by the Dominion Securities Corporation of Toronto, the total amount of Can adian securities sold in the year has been $232,198,000, of which Americans bought $146,831,000; Britain bought $46,392,000 and Canada took $38,975. 000. Tho last total Includes $30,019 000 of municipal bonds, as against $31,396,000 bought In the United , States. Since the figures were made up tho City of Ottawa has raised a loan of $3,000,000, largely in the United States, and Montreal has borrowed extensively from New York and Bos ton. COMPTROLLER OF CURRENCY TO FIGHT FOR REFORM WASHINGTON. Doc. 7.?John Skel ton Williams, Comptroller of tho Cur rency, under fire of tho Federal Re serve Advisory Council's recom mendation that his office be nbolish ed, has indicated his intention to con tinue his campaign for banking re form. He will ask Congress to make usury by national banks punishable without complaint of the borrower. Mr. Williams remarked tbat it would be for Congress, not the kanbs, to determine whether his office is no longer necessary. Beyond this he would make no comment on tho rec ommendation that he be legislated out of office. LONDON TIMES SEES VICTORY IN DISTANCE LONDON, Dec. 7.? Tho London Times says Germany's drive against Egypt is its last hope, the "effects of attrition are beginning to tell se verely," and that Germany's failure in its attack on the Suez canal will end tho war.