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' "ALL THE NEWS ALL THE TIME” VOL. XVII. , NO. 2411. ' JUNEAU, ALASKA, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1921. MEMBER OF ASSOCIATED PRESS. PRICE TEN CENTS. Continuation of Navy Building Plans Voted ATTEMPT TO STOP CONSTRUCTION OF SHIPS DEFEATED Senate Naval Committee Re ports Unfavorably on Borahs Proposal. APPROPRIATION VOTED House Committee Reports Bill Carrying $395,504,444 For Fiscal Year 1922. WASHINGTON, D. C., Feb. 9.— The Senate Naval Committee today returned a negative report on Sen ator William E. Borah's resolution proposing to suspend naval building for a six months’ period. Nearly half a billion dollars will be required to complete the United States great naval building program embarked upon in 1916, the House Appropriations Committee estimated In reporting the annual naval ap propriation bill for the fiscal year 1922. The commmittee said that while the cost of completing the program was originally placed at $544,700, 000, Increased cost of materials and labor probably would increase the total to $972,931,000 of which $538,270,000 has been appropriated. * The bill reported, which carries a total of $395,604,444, provides $90, 000,000 for continuing construction next year. ‘‘This amount,” the accompanying report stated, "will allow the work to be prosecuted during the coming fiscal year about as rapidly as it has been possible to proceed thus far In the current fiscal year.” 156 Ships Authorized. The 1916 program authorized 156 ships. Many of these have been completed but seventeen battleships and battle cruisers and a number of auxiliaries still are under con struction. The bill today carried $37,775,129 less than the amount appropriated a year ago and $284,011,287 less than the amount requested by the Navy Department. Besides the cut in the enlisted personnel of the navy from 148,000 to 100,000 heretofore announced, the committee also cut the Marine Corps from 27,400 to 20,000 en listed men. No reduction, however, will be made in the number of offi cers in either service. A force of 100,000 men, the com mittee said, would be sufficient to keep at least 384 vessels in opera tion, or thirty-two more than were were in the entire navy in 1916. $6,913,431 for Aviation. Tlie total appropriation for avia tion is $6,913,431, a reduction of *28,086,569 from estimates and $13,086,000 less than was appro priated for this year. An appropriation of $550,000 for yards and stations on the Atlantic and Gulf Ooasts is recommended, while $4,907,000 is proposed for yards on the Pacific Coast and in Hawaii. Among the provisions for expen ditures on the Pacific Coast are *325,000 for the Mare Island, Cal., navy yard: *1.405.000 for the Pugei Sound, Wash., navy yard: $1,025, 000 for the naval aviation and *177,000 for an ammunition depot at Pearl Harbor; $100,000 for a similar depot at Mare Island and *25.000 for one at Puget Sound; *200,000 for the naval base at San Diego, Cal.,: $40,000 for a submar I iue base at Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone and $150,000 for a similar base at Pearl Harbor. Appropriations Cut. The committee recommended an appropriation of $200,000 for the tmvy yard at Philadelphia, as com pared with $1,200,000 appropriated for this year, cut the appropriation for the Norfolk, Va.. navy yard from $520,000 to $250,000 and made no provision for the yards at Washing ton. D. C„ or Portsmouth. N H. No provision was made for a naval station at Guam, for which the Navy Department recommended a $1,499,000 appropriation. The Senate today knocked out a *75,000 item in the sundry civil bill for the Council of National De fense. leaving no provision for main tenance of that organisation. ASKS U. S. INSTRUCTION ON HOME BREWING Home brew is causing thousands of cases of gastritis, accordi-.g to Dr. Thomas It. Thorburn, of New York city, who is an eminent specialist on physical diagnosis and occupies Important positions on Ihe staff of seceral New York city hospital. He claims that if the govern ment does not at onco show the people how to make “home brew" correctly there will be an enormous increase of stomach diseases and even an appreciable percentage of fatalities. SICK VETERANS NEGLECTED AND ABUSED, CHARGE Gloss Governmental Treat-; ment of Disabled Service Men Alleged by Davis. WASHINGTON, D. C., Feb 9. Charges that Government bureaus j having to do with soldiers' relief1 administration are packing Ameri-i can Legion committees with bureau employees who are members of the; Legion were voiced before the House 1 Legislative Committee today by Abel Davis, of Chicago, Chairman of the Legion's hospitalization committee Davis declared that veterans are being kept in private hospitals in describably filthy and that after they are sent there they are left without inspection by public healtli service physicians. He read a re port of a hospital survey in Illinois which said that white and negro patients slept in the same rooms and that the pharmacy containing nar cotics was left unlocked, affording easy access to any who desired drugs. F. \V. Galbraith, national com mander of the American Legion, later announced that President Elect Warren G. Harding had prom ised that one of the first acts of the new administration would he to remedy conditions affecting care of disabled veterans. Proposed Reorganization Plan of Democrats Opposed WASHINGTON, D. C . Fell. 9. Representative D. Flood, of Virginia. Chairman of the Democratic Con gressional Committee, today said fi it strong opposition had developed to the request of the members of the Democratic National Committee for a full committee meeting in St. Louis March 1, to reorganize the party. Mr. Flood said the issues of the campaign of 1922 would be made , by Democrats in the Senate and House. SHERIFF FORGETS TO HANG SLAYER ON DATE FIXED Louisiana Authorities in Quandary Over Negro Murderer’s Case. BATON ROUGE, I .a., F-b. !>.— Sheriff T A. Grant, of Ovchita Par ish, today notified Gov. R. G. Pleas ant that he forgot to hang Ixinnic Eaton, a negro convicted of murder on February 4, the scheduled date of execution, and asked what he should do about it. The Governor put the question up to the Attorney General. CHOICE OF HANGING OR FIRING SQUAD WITHDRAWN SALT LAKH CITY, Utah, Fob. !) ■Condemned murderers In the State of Utah would be electrocuted under provisions of a bill passed by the low«r house of the Utah Legislature today. The measure now goes to the Senate. Under the present law condemned persons are given a choice of being hanged or facing a firing squad. NEW YORK POLICE TO KEEP TAB ON CROOKS BY WIRELESS NEW YORK. Feb. !i A wireless apparatus is being installed on the roof of police headquarters here The apparatus, which has a range of 300 miles will he used to notify the police of surrounding towns of the movements of criminals. DETECTIVE KILLED WHEN SUSPECTS ROOM RAIDED SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Feb. 9. —Tom Rums, 30, shot and killed FHj 1 (elective George Ham by yes terday wh n the latter and other officers rpided Rums' room. Burns was wounded, probably fatally, when the railers returned his fire. Three men with Burns were ar rested and today were removed to tho utete prison to avert possible mob \ iolence. WASHINGTON ANTI ALIEN LAND BILL GIVEN APPROVAL Federal Relations Committee Favorably Reports Measure Similar to California.s’ JAPAN'S VIEWS BARED Foreign Minister Says Land Legislation Unjust and Discriminatory. OLYMPIA, Wash., Feb. 9. — The House Federal Relations Committee of the Washington Legislature today favorably reported a bill, modeled after that now a law in California, prohibiting ownership or use of lands by aliens ineligible to clti penship. The bill was then referred to the Judiciary Committee fQr further consideration. Tlte Senate today reconsidered de feat of a bill making death the sole penalty for first degree murder and passed the measure with an amend ment authorizing juries to bring in special verdicts recommending life imprisonment. WASHINGTON, Feb. 7.—Taking up "the Californian question," Vis count Uchida, Japanese Foreign Minister, in an address in Tokio, made public here by the Japanese Embassy, said "the historic good re lations between Japan and the United States need no reiteration. Relations Cordial. "Relations between the two na tions have steadily grown in im portance. It is true that this friend ly relationship is not without an oc casional mingling of incidents; that is almost inevitable in any interna tional relations. I3ut I am firmly of ihe opinion that fundamentally the relationship between Japan and Am erica is as cordial as ever. I am hapy to notice that in recent years the popular understanding between the two peoples has been greatly helped by the close and frequent | co-operation of influential men of both countries. "But an unioriunate “cvnt which lias occurred in our relations with! the United States. I>ast November California passed through initiative! the alien land law. The land law is a cognate law of 19 13, made more drastic. That it aims at Japanese and is unjust and discriminatory cannot, be denied. Regret which thej Japanese government expressed at | the legislation of 1913 is still more' keenly felt by them at this new leg | isiation. The difficulty arising be tween Japan and America from leg- ! Isiation of 1913 has unfortunatelv j remained unsettled. Hopeful of Settlement. “The present question has there fore been engaging the most careful attention of tlie Japanese govern ment. They have approached the problem from the higher standpoint of Japanese-American friendship and with full regard to tlie close and important relations of common in terests between the two nations, and they have placed supreme import-! anee on a prompt and satisfactory! solution of the difficulty caused by the unfortunate movements in Cali-! fornia. They have authorized their representatives at Washington toi discuss the situation with the State! Department and a frank and free exchange of views has been pro reeding on various points involved. It is regretted we are not yet in a position to publish the results of these discussions, but we confldcnlv, trust an adjustment compatible with ] the honor and interests of both countries may he finally arrived at “I Latest Bulletins By Special Gable NEW YORK, Feb. 9.—Strike of 40,000 needle workers to enforce jdosed shop conditions in the wo men's clothing manufacturing indus try, was called here today. DUBLIN, Feb. 9.—One hundred or more Sinn Feiners gained control of the Great Northern Railroad station last night and held it for more than an hour before ousted by Crown forces. A train from Londonderry was derailed by the raiders but no casualties were reported, i Governmental Drama Staged __ l Presidential Vote Canvassed WASHINGTON, 1). C., Feb. 9.—Warren Gamaliel Harding of Ohio, and Calvin Coolldge, of Massachusets, today were formally declared by Congress to be elected President and Vice-President, respectively of the United States for the 4 year.4 beginning March 4, next. Thus was written Hie final chapter of the .1920 Presidential elec tions. The scene was laid in the chamber of the House of Representa tives with the Democratic Vice- President Thomas R. Marshall' pfesid ing. The occasion was the canvassing of the electoral votes cast by the electors chosen on November 2—404 for the Republican candidates and 127 for the Democratic candidates, former Gov. James M. Cox, of Ohio, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, of Hyde Park, New York. The recording of the votes was at tended by all the formality and sol emnity prescribed by the Constitu tion, and there rot only were pres ent the members of the Senate and House, but many relatives and friends of the successful candidates. Two highly polished mahogany boxes, inlaid with rosewood and ho. lywood, were dumb actors in this drama of democratic, government. Resting on the Vice-President's desk they contained the official ballots of the electors of the forty eight states. In alphabetical order, be ginning with Alabama’s vote, the re turns. in large envelopes, blazing with seals, were opened by the Vice President. handed to the Senate and House tellers—one Republican and one Democrat representing each body—and read to the assomblage and recorded. At the conclusion of the announce ments anti tally, Vice-President Mar shall declared formally that Mr. Harding had been chosen President and Mr. Coolidge Vice-President—in official language that the announce ment should “be deemed sufficient declaration of the persons elected President and Vice-President of the United States, each for a term be ginning March 4, 1921." The Joint Session was ordered today by both Senate and House. At 1 o’clock, led by two Senate Pages, carrying the ballot boxes, the Senate, following its Vice-President and escorted by its sergeant-al arms, secretary and other officials, pro reeded to the House Chamber, where they were announced with ceremony, the House membership rising a3 the Senatorial party entered. As prescribed by law- the Vice-President took charge of the session, witli Speaker Gillette seated at his left and the Senators at the right of the chamber. In opening the ceremonies, Mr. Marshall gave the usual warning against demonstrations by the specta tors, a warning which always has been honored in the breach until the galleries lost their enthusiasm under the verbal procession of formal announcements by the four tellers. Tlie votes canvassed today were cast January 10 by t lie electors meeting in their respective states and have since been arriving almost daily at the Vice-President's office. Duplicate returns have also been sent by mail and the law requires that a third set be filed with the Federal District Court of each State. Among the personal messengers who brought the ballots to Washington were women serving as such for the first time in the nation's history. A custom ol procedure, followed today as usual, in the joint Congres sional session was an opportunity for objection to the recording of the votes. After each state’s vole was announced, tile Vice-President asked if there were any objections. These, by law, are required to be in writing and, in event of filing to be voted on by the Senate and House separately. Alameda Enroute North With 30 Juneau Passengers SEATTLE, Wash., Feb. 9—Tin steamer Alameda left for the North at !l o'clock this morning with 25S passengers. Those booked for Ju neati are: Mrs. H. Johnstone, Fran cos Johnstone, Mr. and Mrs. George F Forrest, Edward Berg, Miss Nelli) Gilmore. Miss Ceeile Kearney, Mrs G. A. Sophia, Mary Sophia, V Soptiia. Mrs. J. McDonald, Miss B Fries, Henry Berry, Dan Hill, Ed ward Anderson. Fred Waller, L H. Wilson. C. E. Waraker, Mrs. H. La telili, Mrs. H. F. Dott. Mrs. A. M Clare. Margaret Clare. J. C. Murphy, Mr. 11 Andrews and W. Sharp. 47 Kansas City Election Officials Accused of Fraud KANSAS CITY, Mo„ Feb. 9. —Com plaints charging 47 election judges and clerks with making false re turns in the last city election, were filed today by the Prosecuting Attor nev. EX-PRESIDENT OF DEFUNCT TACOMA1 BANK ARRESTED l - Ole Larson Charged with Fm bezzlement of $60,000 by Alleged Forged Note. TACOMA, Wash., Feb. 9.—Ole Lar son. former president of tile defunct Scandinavian American Bank here, was arrested this afternoon charged with embezzlement of $90,000. Hail was fixed at $100,000. The complaint charges that he ap propriated the bank's money by hy pothecating a note, purporting to have been signed by Jafet Linde herg, President of the Pioneer Min ing and Ditching Company of Alaska. Lindberg has notified the receiver of the bank, however, that the note which was signed more than a year ago is a forgery. Lindoherg if one of the bank's heaviest debtors. latte tills afternoon Larson was still in custody while his attorneys were making efforts to have the bail reduced. 26 Deaths from Sleeping Sickness Reported in N. Y. NEW YORK. Ech. 9.—Twenty six deaths out. of a total of 12.') eases of sleeping sickness, have been re ported here since January 1, hoaltn department authorities announced to day. The disease, it is believed, is a post influenza malady. CINCINNATI, Feb. 9—Tho first death here from sleeping sickness was reported today. Crude Oil Prices Drop 50 Per Cent in 16 Days — KANSAS CITY, Mo, Feb. 9.— , Prices of crude oil produced in the mid continent fields of Kansas andj Oklahoma today dropped to one halt the price asked 1 ti days ngo. Refin ers quoted a price of $1.75 per bar rel. Restriction of demand and over abundance of production are given as reasons for the reduced price Wodsmen Spend Night in Tree to Escape Wolves CRAOON, Wis., Feb. 9.—Matt! Willis and Paul Joeget. woodsmen.; were brought here today for treat-1 r/icnt for exposure after they had cr.rnt a night in a tree to escape a pack of ravenous timber wolves. BANDITS HOLDUP WATCHMAN ROB BANK OF LIBERTY BONDS SAN ANTONIO. Tex.. Feb 9 Four bandits held up a night watch-; man, secured his keys and then rob bed the State Hank of Hoorne. rear, here, early yesterday. The cracks-j men escaped witli $10,000 in cash and Liberty Bonds. I JOHNSON BILL IS VOTED DOWN, SUB MEASURE FAVORED Senate Committee to Report Bill Putting Immigration On Percentage Basis. MANY NATIONS EXEMPTED Japan, China, Mexico, Can ada, Other Countries Not Affected by Bill. WASHINGTON, D. C.. Feb. 9.— The Senate Immigration Committee today voted disaproval of the John son bill, stopping immigration tor one year, and agreed to report favorably tomorrow a substitute measure re stricting immigration to percentage basts. The vote in Committee was 5 to 4 against the Johnson bill. Chairman LeBaron B. Colt, of Rhode Island, declared the substi tute measure would allay all fears of a flood of undesirables from Europe and tliat the oomml,ttee would urge its pasagc at this ses sion of Congress. As tentatively drafted, the bill pro vides that the number of aliens from any country who may be ad mitted each year shall be limited to five per cent of the number of persons of that nationality resident in the United States, according to the preceding census figures. The bill, however, exempts from ita provisions Nationals of many coun tries, including Japan. China. Cuba, Mexico, Central and South American countries and Canada. Washington Forest Razed, Storm Does Heavy Damage PORT ANGELES, Wash.. Feb. 9 — Timber worth nearly >100.000,000 was razed in Western Washington by last Saturday’s storm. Fore3t Sup ervisor Charles Morgonroth. reported today after completing a survey of the damage. He declared that the storm was (he greatest disaster that ever hit the state but said that 60 per cent of the fallen timber can be salvaged if prompt action is taken. Thirty or mare families in the Hoh, Clearwater, Bogochiel and the Queetz river districts, have been cut </}f Ilf)in oil'}: | le coninmnlcpUon, and It may ho weeks before com munication is restored, he said. Fully 50 per cent of all fir trees over a densely forested area of 2,200 square miles are down and the remaining 50 per rent is badly dam aged, the supervisor reported. The district now resembles a prairie, rivers three miles away being la plain view. South Africa Secession From Empire Is Averted CAPE TOWN. South Africa, Feb. 9.—Secession of South Africa from the British Empire will not be at teinpted by the newly elected leg islature assembly, the secession party, headed by Gen. Hertzof, fa mous Boer leader, having been de risively defeated in yesterday’s elec tions lay Gen. Smuts’ party. State Troopers Ordered Out in Streetcar Strike ALBANY, N. Y., Feb. 9—State troopers, ordered out yesterday be cause of violence In connection with i street carmen's strike here, arrived here today to ussisL^the police dur ing the strike About 1,200 trac tion company employees have walked out and cars are being operated by strike-breakers. U. S. Bargain Sale Finished Surplus Goods Slaughtered -- * - WASHINGTON. I) C.. Keh 9 Sales of War Department surplus goods, including everything from | needles to an old hickory plant near ' Nashville, has yielded 56 per com of |t» original cost. It. C. Morse, former sales director, told a House investigating committee yesterday The value of the property sold was estimated by Mr. Morse at $1,750, 000,900 in addition to approximately $150,000,900 worth transferred to the other Government departments. Surplus stocks of canned goods and reclaimed uniforms accumulated during and after the war, are to be used in the maintenance of the regular army under orders just Is* sued by Secretary of War Newton !> Hiker. War Department officials say i‘ is not the Intention to raaka the use of such things a permanent policy and that fresh meats and vegetables would continue to form a part of the soldiers’ dally rations. The sole purpose in putting such surplus stocks to such use. It was said, was to reduce maintenance costs.