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“ALL THE NEWS ALL THE TIME” VOL. XVII., NO. 2424. -‘ JUNEAU, ALASKA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 1921. ^ MEMBER OF ASSOCIATED PRESS.PRICE TEN CENTS. PLAN GOVERNMENT REORGANIZATION JAPAN ADMITS ANTI-ALIEN LAND LAW WITHIN STATE’S RIGHTS ■AliE.fcfiF' •+*-■* UCHIDA DECLARES JAPANESE CANNOT INVALIDATE ACT Foreign Minister Says Gov ernment Must Put Reliance In Expected Agreement. ADVANTAGEOUS TOJAPAN Pact Now Being Negotiated Between Ambassadors “Eminently Satisfactory.” TOKIO, Feb. 24.—Viscount Uchida. Japanese Foreign Minister, today ad mitted that California in enacting anti-Japanese legislation is within its constitutional rights and that Japan can do nothing toward invalidaing such legislation however injurious it | may prove to Japanese interests The Foreign Minister declarcJ. howevor, that an agreement of a nature advantageous to Japan is being arranged by Roland S. Mor ris, American Ambassador to Japan, and Viscount Shidehara, Japanese Ambassador to the United States, and that a satisfactory solution of the question might be expected to result. He tapressed doubt whether defin Ite steps toward putting the agree men into effect could be taken during the Wilson administration. Virginia Legion to Act. SACRAMENTO, Feb. 24.—The| Virginia stale organization of the American Legion has adopted reso-1 lutions pledging efforts to obtain j action in that state on the Japanese | question, according to a special des patch from Richmond received here today by the Sacramento Bee. War Pact Report Denied. SANTIAGO, Chile, Feb. 24.—j The Chilean Foreign Minister called! on the American Ambassador today and formally denied reports to the effect that Chile had negotiated treaties with Japan and Great Bri tain with a view to the eventuality of war between those nations and the United States. Dynamite Used to Check Flames in Texas Oil Town RANGER, Tex., Feb. 24.—Dyna-| mite was used today to check .a tirej raging In the business district of i Breckenridge, Texas, an oil town, according to telephone messages re-j ceived here. The loss already is1 estimated at $50,000. Emil Hurja, | former Alaska newspaperman, who; owns a paper at Breckenridfie, is | believed to be one of those | burned out. i Debs’ Mail Privileges Suspended as Punishment WASHINGTON, Feb. 24.—Visit ing and mail privileges of Eugene V. Debs, prisoner at the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary, have been sus pended as a disciplinary measupre because of a recent interview with newspapermen in which he attacked the President, the Department of •Justice stated today. It had been 'reported that Debs was being held incommunicado. Latest Bulletins By Special Gable LONDON, Feb. 24.—Rechad Pasha, delegate of the Constantinople Gov ernment to the Near East Confer ence here, speaking today for both his group and the Turkish National ists told the Allied conferees that both factions would accept the de cision of the Allies. TACOMA, Wash., Feb. 24. — The County Grand Jury today began in vestigation of the affairs of the de funct Scandinavian-American Bank, prohibition violations and other mat ter*. It is the first Grand Jury con vened here in more than five years. WASHINGTON. Feb. 24. — Senate and House conferees reached a com plete agreement on the Fordney em ergency tariff bill late this afternoon and their report probably will go before the House tomorrow. SUDDEN DEATH TO SUBMARINES The new Davis gun and a Lywis gun, mounted on t,he bow of a flying boat, with the marksman loading the Davis gun. The gun I shoots fore and aft. __ ..— New Davis Gun Perfected to Point Where Use Against Undersea Craft Deadly. WASHINGTON, Feb. 24.— Experts of the Bureau of Ordnance of the Navy, after experiments witn the new Davis gun express belief tha' while the gun has not reached the stage of efficiency that will mal.e large types of battleships useles;; j in time of war, it has been perfected to the point that makes certain thtrtj it can play havoc with submarine: i and lighter types of warships. Transportation of Liquor Through Alaska Prohibited WASHINGTON, Feb. 24—Pursu ant to an opinion of the Attorney General the Treasury Department has directed that ail Collectors of Customs refuse transportation and exportation entries for all intoxicat ing liquors through the Territory of , the United States including Alaska, unless they are covered by a prohibi tion permit Issued in accordance with the regulations for the trans portation of liquor from bonded ware houses to consumers under provis ions of the Volstead Act. This will apply to liquor trans ported from British Columbia ports to Yukon Territory through Alaska from Skagway to Whitehorse. It is! not known at Juneau whether or not j there is any Canadian liquor in the | bonded warehouse, at Skagway await ;ing transportation over the While i Pass Railroad. The White Pass at Skagway and the Stikine route at: | Wrangell are the only poiHts in A1 i aska that are affected by the order! j of the Treasury Department. Admiral Watson Northbound With 30 Juneau Passengers SEATTLE, Feb. 24.—With one i hundred and eight passengers and [five days' mail the steamer Admiral ! Watson left for the North at 10 j o'clock this morning. Juneau pa j sengera are: Miss Eva Campbell. W. j W. Lukens. Mrs. C. M. Mc.Neal, Miss ! Mary L. Connor. Mr and Mrs. Clar ence Beatz. E. F. Babson. William | F. Dodge, Jr.. Mr. and Mrs. A. B. j Wyman, Frank Wright, Miss K. E. Olds, Mrs. D. G. Allen, John Weber, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Selfridge, L Wickman, F. J. Turner, John Reon. J Dirgantz, A. Eggan. Miss Rose McLaughlin and eight steerage. Alaska s Fame Extends to Panama and South America SEATTLE. Wash, Feb. 24.—The Alaska Bureau of the Seattle Cham ber of Commerce Is being flooded with letters from all parts of the i United States, asking for information concerning Alaska. Recently a num her of letters were received from 1 South America and the Canal Zone REPEAL OF TAXES ON TRAVEL URGED War and hxcess rroiits taxes Removed in Measure Intro duced in the Hous«. WASHINGTON, Feb. 24.—Repre sentative Nicholas Longworth, of Ohio, today introduced a bill in the House providing repeal of the war and excess profits tax on transpor tation and soft drinks. The meas ure also would abolish the 12,000 exemption on the income of eorpor ationals, levy an additional tax of five per cent on such incomes and reduce surtaxes on larger incomes from a seventy to forty per cent maximum. The Senate Sub-Committee today decided to recommend naval appro priations to provide for a personnel of 120,000 instead of 100,000 as proposed in the House. The first of the big appropriation bills to he passed by Congress was signed by the President toady. it provides for expenditures in gov ernment of tiie District of Columbia. Announcement was made today that Senator Miles Poindexter’s bill for control of radio stations will go over until the next session of Congress. Polish Minister to Resign Because of Allies’ Ruling PARIS. Feb. "4.—Prince Sapieha, Polish Foreign Minister, now here, has decider! to tender his resignation to President Pilsudski because of the decision of tin* Allied Conference at London that the plebiscite in Upper Silisia to determine whether the district shall be Polish or German, must be held in one day. The Poles assert that thin dotation favors the Germans. Two Dead Men Found in Fruit Car from Oregon COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa. Feb. 24. —The bodies of two unidentified men were found here today in a refrigerator car loaded with fruit from Hood River, Oregon. It is be Iteved the two men were asphyxiated by the fumes of charcoal burners. Chinese Who Served with Farragut Dies of Hunger SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 24.—John Karl, a Chinese, aged 84, who is said to have served under Admiral Farragut at Mobile Bay in the Civil War, was found dead from starva tion in a room here today. Karl formerly was a cook on a revenue cutter and took his name from the captain under whom he served. 2 CROSS-COUNTRY FLYING RECORDS ARE ESTABLISHED Army Aviator Makes Coast to-Coast Flight in 22 Hours, 32 Minutes. AIR MAIL~RECORD SET San Francisco Mail Deliver ed in New York in 33 Hours, 20 Minutes. WASHINGTON, Feb. 24. — Two new transcontinental flying records ; are believed to have been established | by government aviators as the result of coast to coast flights completed yesterday and today. Lieut. William Coney, army air man, landed at Jacksonvtll.e Flor ida, early (his morning, with the unofficial flying time of 22 hours and 22 minutes from San Diego', California, to Ills credit. He left San Diego Monday night lii an ef fort to make a one-stop 24 hour elapsed time flight to Jacksonville and while defeated in this purpose by engine trouble which caused him a day's delay at Bronte, Texas, ap parently has clipped several hours from the actual coast to coast flying time. If official sanction Is forthcoming he plans to make another attempt at the elapsed time record on the return flight t< California. Fast Air Mail Trip. Pilot K. M. Allison, of the Gov | eminent air mail service, descended lilt Hazelhurst, N. Y., late yesterday j with pouches of mail from San I Francisco which had left that city 133 hours and 20 minutes earlier, j Allison beat by more than two hours [ the time set by the post office de | partment for the transconlnental dash. Allison was the only one of four jair mail pilots starting who fin j ished, however One eastbound plane was wrecked at Elko, New, and the pilot, ('apt. William E. Lewi.s killed while two westbound planes were forced to land, one at Dubois, Penn., and the other at Chicago. Seaplanes Leave Panama. PANAMA, Feb. 24.—Twelve sea planes of the Pacific Fleet which recently made the 3,200 mile (light from San Diego, California to Pan ama to join the combined Atlantic and Pacific Fleets, started their re turn trip to San Diego yesterday. The flight here, regarded, as one of the most hazardous ever at tempted, was made in eighteen days elapsed time, witli nine stops, only one of which was a forced landing Fourteen planes started from San Diego last December but two were wrecked and abandoned near the end of the trip. Craig Man Boosted (or Sergeant-at-Arms Here (Special To The Empire) KETCHIKAN, Alaska, Feb. 24. j Senator Forest J. Hunt will nom ! inate J. P. Smith, of Craig, for Set geant-at-arms of the Senate in Uu coming session of the Territorial Legislature at Juneau, according to a statement made here today. This will be the only position asked tor by Senator Hunt. Mr. Smith is an old timer in till.' section of Alaska and has been verv active in Republican politics. He is a lawyer by profession and hi been prominent in business. It . hoped here that Mr. Smith will get | the appointment. Strict Enforcement of Dry Laws by Harding Predicted • BOSTON'. Fell. -4. -Strict enforce ment of the Volstead Prohibition Enforcement Act under the Hardin I administration was predicted by Dr p. a Baker, general superintend ent of the Anti Saloon League, in an address here last night. I)r. Baker declared he had been ! assured that President-elect Warren Id. Harding Harry Daugherty and Charles E Hughes, the latter two the President-elect's appointees for At torney General and Secretary ol State respectively, all beliee In strict enforcement of the prohibition law. U. S. Demands Rights in Disposal of \ Germany’s Possessions - i PARIS, Feb. 24. -The Coun- | cil of the League of Nations- i today began consideration of j America’s note on disposition | of mandates. The note claims equal concern and interest ] with other world powers in | former overseas possessions of I Germany and their disposition | as well as a voice in deciding 1 I the fate of Email nations. Some j j members of the Council are | | said to hold to the view that | | the United States had forfeited I I mandatory rights by withdraw- | | ing from the Allied Supreme | | Council as an associated power. : i i ■- -.---■ SCIENTISTS OFF FOR ASIA WILDS Five Years Hunt for “Missing Link” and Other Strange Specimens Begins. NEW” YORK, Feb. 24.—Speeding across the country for San Francisco, where they will take ship March 19, a group of scientists today had started on a mission that will keep them In the vast untrodden areas of Asia for five years. When they return to America they hope to have evidence that the "missing link'' between man and beast actually ex Isted. Also they expect to bring back thousands of animals and bot anical specimens to fill the proposed hall of Asiatic Rife in New York. Roy Chapman Andrews, leader of two former scientific expeditions to ] China, is heading the party, which is known a» the Third Asiatic Expe dition of the American Museum of Natural History. Supporting it fin ancially are more than a score of I New York's wealthiest men and | women, the Museum and other or ganizations. j Joined in Asia by scores of native I i guides, huntsmen, cooks and helpers,! I the scientists expect to introduce! ! American automobiles, moving pic iture cameras and other modern ma chines on the Gobi Desert, Central | Asian plateaus, Tibetian steppes and .other little known lands. Motor Trucks Used Gasoline trucks will constitute! j mobile bases for the various branches I i of the expedition—palaeontologists,! , archaeologists and anthropologists I while speedier cars are used in cx-1 plorations and hunting. Dr. And 1 rews has found a 50-mile an hour' j car too slow to keep up with fright ened antelopes in Central Asia, and! is taking a speedier racer to use in hunting these inile-a-minute runners The first base of the party will be established in Mongolia, where the scientists expect to remain twenty four months before penetrating West ern China. After the vanguard has, spent a'yegtr in Mongolia, a second group of Scientists will leave Nev York to join them. Northwestern and Central Asia will ho thoroughly gone over in the study .of llie origin and migration of man j to prove or disprove the popular scientific belief that Asia was the center of dispersal of the human race as well as for many of the mammals the descendants of which now are scattered over the earth. eeraonnet or Karty There were five persons In the party leaving New York under the leadership of Mr. Andrews. HI si wife goes along as the color photo grapher. The others are Walter Granger and George Olson palaeon 1 tologists and Clifford Pope, geolo 1 gl:d: all from the museum here. Next year the museum will send out geologists and motion pictur ! photographers, and in 1923 archae ologists and anthropologists will fol low Then the entire expedition will devote three more years to intense work. More than 2.000 persons have l -.ought in vain to accompany the I scientists, Mr Andrews said. -.. - BANK CALL ISSUED. WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 — The Comptroller of Currency today is | sued a call for statements of the | onditlon of national banks at the I close of business February 21. HARDING TO UNDERTAKE SWEEPING CHANGES IN MANY DEPARTMENTS AND ABOLISHMENT OF SEVERAL ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., Feb. 24.—With formation of the cabinet virtually completed and out of the way, President-Elect Warren G. Harding- is giving increasing attention to the first big administrative task he will undertake, reorganization of the executive machinery of the national government. His plan 3 have not taken complete form but it is known he has in mind sweeping changes in many departments and bureaus and expects to enlist the aid of some of the ablest ad ministrators he can find in carrying out the task. V/IIC Ul lilt" 1IIIIUV uiiuun will be a separate department of public welfare. A division of in dustrial research also will be built up and it is believed possible many existing subdivisions of executive departments will be abolished. It is understood acceptances have been received from all appointees to cabinet positions with tiie possible exception of Herbert Hoover, named for Secretary of Commerce. Mr. Hoover told The Associated Press at New York today that he had left decision with! Mr. Harding as to whether he could be of more service as Secretary of Commerce or as director of European relief. He also said that he had put up to the President-Elect a proposal for general reconstruction of the De partment of Commerce and cnlarge-1 inent of its field. Asked if he would enter the cabinet if his views on this were met he said he bad not put the proposition to Mr. Harding in that way. "It is not a question of take It. or leave it," he Mid. Smoot Finds “Soldiering" In Government Departments WASHINGTON, Feb. 24.—Work in some government departments Is to leisurely that girl employees have been known to make their troiisseas during working hours, Senator Reed Smoot declared today. He said he| had personally investigated until it "got so that when I start for an ifTice word is telephoned ahead that Senator Smoot is coming and every one gets busy.” Seven Men Entombed in Burning Illinois Mine — DUQUOIN, HI.. Feb. 24.—Reserve squads, after working fifteen hours, abandoned hope of saving the live-! of seven men entombed in a burning mine at Dowell, five miles North of here, and sealed the mine in an effort to extinguish the flames. Former Liquor Inspector Acquitted in Murder Trial SANDWICH, Ont., Feb. 24.—'Til” Rev. J. (). Spraekling, former liquor license inspector, was today acotiil ted of a charge of murder In connec tion with the shooting of an tnr keeper during a raid on the latter's place last November. Bank Robbers Escape with $31,000 Cash and Securities TORONTO, Ont., Feb. 24.—Rob bers today held up the head office of the Bunk of Montreal here am! escaped with $20,000 in cash ami: $11,000 in securities. HARDING'S COUSIN DIES DES MOINES, Iowa, Feb. 24 — Mrs. .Marilla Post, 74. a cousin of President-Elect Warren (! Hardline, died at her home here yesterday. NAVY YARD RULED BY REDS, CLAIM Congressional Probe of Con ditions at Bremerton May Be Demanded by Legion. SEATTLp, Wash., Feb. 24. — Charges that the Puget Sound Navy Yard at Bremerton. Wash.. Is a hot bed of radicalism are being Investi gated by National Headquarters of the American Legion, according lo Information received by the Wash ington department of tho ex-service men's organization. The investigation started following a report by Robert A. Le Roux, Le gion National Flold Organizer, who visited thfe Puget Sound yard after Washington Legionnaires alleged that practically all the Navy Yard fore men were Reds and that they were discriminating against ex-service men in order o hire members of the Com munistic party. "Of thirty seven men who were dis charged recently at Bremerton, thirty five were veterans of the world war,* Mr. La Roux stated. "It seems that the Red foremen are hiring only men who are known to be radicals.’’ Lemuel Bolles, Legion national adjutant, proposes to a3k for a joint investigation by the Senate and House Naval Affairs Committees if the Legion probe bears out the con tention* of the Washington Legion naires. _i _ Lower Prices Continue At St. Louis Fur Auction ST. LOUIS, Feb. 24 — Prices con siderably lower than hist year con tinued yesterday and today at the International Fur Exchange’s an nual winter auction sale here. Fishers were ten points lower, tnink declined, top prices being $21. (itch fell 50 per cent, top offer being $2.40, and kolinsky decreased 40 per cent with top price of $3.30. Marten moved freely, however, at an advance of ten to fifteen per cent over May prices, pelts bringing $15 to $71. Sales for the three days total $2,885,000. ♦ m 9 m Secretary of Agriculture Says Farm Situation Grave CINCINNATI, O., Feb 24 — Speaking to business men here, Sec retary of Agriculture Edwin T. Meredith today declared the agri cultural situation la grave, that farmers produced the greatest crop in history in 1920 but it was worth $5,000,000,000 less than the 1914 crop at prevailing prices. He urged marketing on credit, better transportation t'actilities, regulation of marketing to prevent sharp practices and advocated high er prices for farm products. Sleeping Sickness is Rare Death Rate Not Alarming WASHINGTON. Feb 24 —Dang ' from death from Bleeding sickness is about one in a hundred as c >m pared to pneumonia, and tile di.s ease has never been known in cpi demic form, according to Dr J Scherechewsky, Assistant Surgeon, General, Public Health Service. D spile the increase in the number oi sleeping sickness eases reported, lit added, there was no cause for gen eral alarm, as the disease is not nearly as communicable us pneu monia. or many other "better known maladies." There have been only rare in l stances where a second case ha9 oc curred iu the same family, he added. “Probably the best preventative is i good, healthy condition and proper living.” he continued, “so that the body can resist the attacks of any diseased agent." As against the reported 187 cases of sleeping sickness in New York since January 1. resulting in 48 deaths, the Assistant Surgeon Gen eral cited the pneumonia record since January 2. with "1,001 deaths out of probably 5.000 cases."