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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 U Y HUGH OCCURS OVER TERMS OF AN ARMISTICE Germans Demand That It Shall Apply to the Eastern Front Only. RUSSIANS~liOT AGREED Slav Delegates Want Ger many to Give Up Pos session of Baltic Islands. Mi-We I I ( 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 ! arranged. 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 sidering. WOMEN ARE KILLED BY HUN TORPEDO German Submarine Sent Second Torpedo which Smashed Lifeboats of Apapa. PASSENGERS^ KILLED 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 killing several. Others were drowned. There were 14 women on the steamer and 8 were drowned. NAVAL CONTROL MERCHANT SHIPS IS DISCUSSED 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 shipping board. PEKING—It is reported that the rebels are progressing and have ta ken several villages. LIQUID FIRE IS BEING USED GERMAN TROOPS Waves of Infantry At tempt to Overwhelm the Italian Lines Near Asiago. VENICE IS DESERTED Dcoperate Attempts Being Made to Keep the Ger mans from the Plains. 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 | soon. I 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 fensive. New Reinforcements 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 (Continued on Page Two) PURPOSE OF GERMANY TO AID MEXICO Alleged Murderer Says Teutons Intended to Cause War with America. HUERTA WAS THE AGENT Says Germany Intended to Make Him the Dicta tor to Cause the War. 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 United States. MANUFACTURER TO ASSIST GOVERNMENT 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. STOCK QUOTATIONS -i 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. r i i BRITISH TANK “BOWLING” THEM OVER ftvv N BV M BRJTISH DOO roK Ttif TANK t-n, RE. LONDON. © ACTION IN JNlTED STATES BT N Y NEK.AL Ui,\I * « i i m ■ lD CO — ■ tv r, JJ LONDON RAID BY GERMANS LAST NIGHT 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 chines. Seven were killed in London an 1 21 injured in the raid, and three were killed and ten injure I out all of London. Reports From Berlin BERLIN, Dec. «. The Germs I planes bombed London. Shcrness Gravesend, Chatham, Dover and Mar gate. 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. FINLAND IS ON VERGE OF STARVATION An Appeal Is Being Made Through the Swedish Press for Assist ance. RUSSIA SEIZED FOODS Practically Ail Imports from Russia to Fin land Have Been Stopped. 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 is desperate. 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. -— -+■ ♦ ♦-. 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 a train. BRITISH MAKE SOME ADVANCE ON WEST FRONT Accomplish Withdrawals without the Knowl edge Reaching the German Forces. 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 and Mail Information _ ! Now North Bound No boats northbound. Scheduled Sailings 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 ' mail. j I i I i 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 Vessel---Waterfront Destroyed. IBS TWELVE HUNDRED 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. **-*8 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 around Halifax. 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 another vessel. The roof of the railway depot collapsed, and freight cars were blown off the railway track for,a two-mile stretch. 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. LAFOLLETTE INVESTIGATION ON NEXT WEEK William Jennings Bryan Will Be First Witness 1 to Be Examined by Committee. 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 week. 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 first witness. copperTrices BE REVIEWED 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 building.