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THE ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE
“ALL THE NEWS ALL THE TIME’
VOL. XI, NO. 1582.
JUNEAU ALASKA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1917.
MEMBER OF ASSOCIATED PRESS
PRICE TEN CENTS
CITY OF HALIFAX DESTROYED BY EXPLOSION
OVER TERMS OF
Germans Demand That It
Shall Apply to the
Slav Delegates Want Ger
many to Give Up Pos
session of Baltic
( BERLIN CLAIMS THAT
AN AGREEMENT HAS
NOW BEEN REACHED
BERLIN. Dec. 6.—(Offic- '
lal).—A suspension of hostili
ties 'on the entire Russian
front for ten- days, begin
ning Friday noon, has been j
PETROGRAD, Dec. 6. — Repre
sentatives of the Teutons met the
Russian emissaries at Brest-Litos
vick, for peace negotiations.
"The German commissioners were
empowered to negotiate an armis
tice for the eastern front only. The
Russians demanded an armistice for
all fronts, and requsted that the
Germans also surrender the islands
of Moon, Dago and Oesel in the Bal
tic sea. The Teutons replied that
these conditions could not be ac
cepted, and added that such de
mands could be addressed only to
a conquered country.
This brought the discussion back
to the original proposition for an
armistice on the eastern front alone,
which the Russians are now con
German Submarine Sent
Second Torpedo which
London, Dec. 6.—Survivors of the
steamer Apapa report that German
submarines sent a second torpedo
which smashed the lifeboats con
taining scores of passengers, and
Others were drowned. There
were 14 women on the steamer and
8 were drowned.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 —Naval con
trol of merchant (ships was discussed
at the first working meeting of the
super-war council, composed of five
cabinet officers and members of the
national defense, fuel and food ad
ministrations. and chairman of the
PEKING—It is reported that the
rebels are progressing and have ta
ken several villages.
IS BEING USED
Waves of Infantry At
tempt to Overwhelm
the Italian Lines
VENICE IS DESERTED
Dcoperate Attempts Being
Made to Keep the Ger
mans from the
UNITED STATES TO
SEND TROOPS TO
THE ITALIAN FRONT
WASHINGTON, Dec. fi.
A committee's report declares
that the United Stales prob
ably will semi troops to Italy
Reports From Berlin
BERLIN, Dec. 6.- (Official). Th>
Austro-Germans captured 11,000 Hal
ian prisoners and over 00 guns and
strong 'positions in their new of
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6. Official
advices from Rome say (hat Aus
tro-German divisions from the French
and Russian fronts are constantly
arriving on the Italian front. The
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Alleged Murderer Says
Teutons Intended to
Cause War with
HUERTA WAS THE AGENT
Says Germany Intended to
Make Him the Dicta
tor to Cause
CONCORD, N. H„ Dec. 6.—Testi
fying in his own defense in the trial
for the murder of Mrs. Maude King,
the defendant, Gaston Means, told
of his activities as a German agent.
He declared he had discovered
and reported to the government the
German plot to restore Huerta as
the dictator in Mexico; to cause war
> between Mexico and the United
States and at the same time start
| a peace propaganda.
He said he was working for a
private detective agency, represent
ing German clients, with the under
standing that he would not report
) any information of value to the
IN WAR MEASURE
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6.—George
N. Peek, vice president of Deere and
Company of Moline, has been ap
pointed industrial representative of
the war industries board to direct
conversion of the nation’s manufae
turing facilities to war work.
NEW YORK, Dec. 6.—Alas
ka Gold dosed at 2%.
Chino at 42%.
Nevada Cons at 17%.
Ray at 21%.
Utah Copper at 77%.
American Zinc at 12%.
Butte £ Superior at 17.
BRITISH TANK “BOWLING” THEM OVER
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Six of the 25 Raiders
ers Reached London
and Two Were De
stroyed by British
LONDON, Dec. C. Twenty five
enemy aeroplanes raide I the Eng
lish coast last night and six of
them reached London, accordin'' t.i
an announcement made by the Brit
ish admiralty today.
Two of the raiding machine; were
shot from the sty by British avia
tors, and the crow.; captured.
The bombs caused a number oi
fires in London which were quick! v
controlled The c1 'Haiti' are be
lloved to be light. There were three
men in each of the attaching ma
Seven were killed in London an 1
21 injured in the raid, and three
were killed and ten injure I out all
Reports From Berlin
BERLIN, Dec. «. The Germs I
planes bombed London. Shcrness
Gravesend, Chatham, Dover and Mar
SEATTLE Captain Franc Heifer
captain of the German steamer Sax
onla. seized by the government, an;
former Austrian naval officer, ha;
been arrested, to prevent his leaving
the country before war with Au.:
tria Is declared.
ON VERGE OF
An Appeal Is Being Made
Through the Swedish
Press for Assist
RUSSIA SEIZED FOODS
Practically Ail Imports
from Russia to Fin
land Have Been
LONDON, I"< fi. Finnish food
commlllefi'-. urn oppoGiuK to nil
Scandinavian i ■rilr!e; through ti:
Swedish jo I r help, assertin';
that the f.ud nation i:i Finland
Finland i -it: ihle to save Itself
i and thou and of families must
starve unless help arrives soon.
Russian r-dd'er organizations seiz
el large quantity of food, and have
completely stop;' I all imports from
Russia to Finl.i ul.
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AIRDOME. IS KIT
BY BRITISH PLANES
AND ALSO A TRAIN
LONDON, Ihc. 6. Naval aero
, planes raided Gorman military es
i tablishnients in Belgium and drop
ped bombs which bit an airdome and
ON WEST FRONT
without the Knowl
edge Reaching the
LONDON, Dec. fi. The British
have advanced their lines slightly
outhwest id l.a Vancnuerie on the
! f'ambrai front, according tpan of
ficial announcement today.
I Tuesday night the British with
I dire,v to the southwest of Noyelles,
! and a withdrawal from Bourlon Wood
i was accomplished without the Ger
; mans becoming aware of the fact
[ until late yesterday.
STEAMER MOVEMENTS f
Now North Bound
No boats northbound.
Alaska is scheduled to sail
from Beattie Saturday.
| SOUTHBOUND SAILINGS I
Admiral Evans is at Sitka and 1
is expected southbound to
morrow forenoon. Takes '
DEAD AND DYING LINE
STREETS Of HALIFAX
AFTER AN EXPLOSION
Is Estimated That 1,300 Were Killed and Many
Hundreds Injured When a French Muni
tion Ship Was Rammed By Norwegian
ARE REPORTED TO
HAVE BEEN KILLED
, - |
MONTRRAD, Dec. 6.—It
in estimated that 1,200 were
killed as the result of the
explosion at Halifax. It
was a French, and not an i
! American munition ship, |
1 which caused the explosion.
TUI RO, N . "s , Dee. fi -
—Halifax advices received
here report 200 dead. An | i
unconfirmed report says that
the fire was under control
at 2 o’clock. The vessels j
coH’ded soon after 8 o’clock i
I this morning. Many hnn- |
71 red were injured. Tile mil- j
nition ship was American.
ST. JOHNS, New Brunswick, Dec.
6.—A large part of the city of
Halifax is burning, following an
explosion in the harbor. It is be
lieved that the explosion was
caused by two vessels colliding dur
ing a storm, one of them carrying
munitions, including high explo
sives, and reported to be an Amer
ican munition ship.
Many casualties resulted. The
other shipu sugered, and it is re
ported that the crews on several
vessels were killed.
The Western Union building was
wrecked, interrupting tvire com
munications and the censor has ta
ken charge of all communications.
For many years Halifax was the
chief military and naval station
for the British government.
EFFECTS OF EXPLOSION.
Amherst, Dec. 6.—It is reported
here that two vessels, one carrying
explosives, collided off Rockingham.
The explosion resulting destroyed
the installation in telegraph and
telephone buildings for 30 miles
The explosion was heard at Trur,
61 miles distant.
It is reported that a steamer load
ed with munitions moving out from
her pier was rammed broadsides by
The roof of the railway depot
collapsed, and freight cars were
blown off the railway track for,a
Owing to faulty communications
it is impossible to secure details of
the probable damage to property
and the loss of life.
MASS OF WRECKAGE.
Amherst, Dec. 6. — The whole
' northern section of Halifax is re
ported to be a mass of wreckage
Fires have broken out in a dozen
places in the city.
FATE IS NOT KNOWN.
St. John, Dec. 6.—Several trans
ports were in the harbor when the
explosion took place. Nothing ii
known here regarding their fate
and it is not known whether they
carried any troops.
Halifax, via St. John, Dec. 6.—
Fires were brought under control
this afternoon. Several hundred
were killed and thousands were
wounded. Not a single house in
the city escaped damage.
DEAD LIE ON STREETS.
St. Johns, Dec. 6.—Communi
cations were established with Hal
ifax this afternoon. As the result
! of the explosion the American mu
nition ship and half of the north
lend of the the city were de
! f troyed.
Great fires broke out and raged.
The dead are lying thick on the
I streets. All of the hospitals are
i filled and overflowing. Many in
- jured persons were compelled to
walk about without treatment.
SAYS WAS FRENCH SHIP.
Montreal, Dec. 6.—Halifax ad
vices say the ship which caused
the explosion was French, not
American, and was rammed by a
Norwegian ship carrying food. The
dead is estimated at 1200.
ON NEXT WEEK
William Jennings Bryan
Will Be First Witness
1 to Be Examined by
WASHINGTON, Dec. G. The Sen
ate committee having In charge the
investigation of the St. Paul speech
1 of Robert M. Da Follette, has post
poned the hearing until late next
The attorney for Da Follette ad
vised the committee that he would
he unable to attend a committee
meeting next Tuesday when It was
planned to begin taking testimony,
with William Jennings Bryan as the
IN SHORT TIME
WASHINGTON. Dec. G—Represen
tatives of the steel and copper indus
tries and of war industries and war
industries hoards, will review cop
per prices at a conference to be held
here Dec. 10th to 14th. When the
agreement was made it was under
stood that the price then fixed woald
he subject to possible revision, af
ter four months.
SEATTDE—A box containing nl
tro-glycerine was found near the
Duthrie Shipbuilding plant, having
been uncovered by a plough making
’ ready for the foundation of • new