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THE ALASKA I AILY EMPIRE
5. . * * “ALL THE NEWS ALL THE TIME” VOL XVII., NO. 2355. JUNEAU, ALASKA, MONDAY, MARCH 21, 1921. MEMBER OF ASSOCIATED PRESS. • PRICE TEN CENTS. POUND LOSES CONTES FOR RICH INDUSTRIAL PROVINCE AS RESOLT - OF ELECTION ORDERED RY ALLIES BERLIN, March 21.—Germany won an overwhelming victory in the plebiscite held yesterday in Upper Silesia to determine whether the province should be retained by Germany or go to Poland, ac cording to official returns received here today. Predicted disturbances ala noi develop, said a semi-official state ment denying rumors of arme-l dashes in which British troops sta tioned in the region to prevent fraud and maintain order were de clared to have participated. The province is a rich stake, its area of about 5,000 square miles containing vast deposits of coa\ iron, zinc, lead and other valuable minerals. It is bounded on the East by Poland, on the South by Czecho slovakia and on the West by Ger many, by whom it was seized in 1740 during Frederick the Great's campaign against Poland. Mining Center. The Germans have developed it into one of the greatest mining and industrial districts of Europe and its loss would have been a serious blow to tbe industrial strength of Germany. "It would he impossible to carry on the war except for the resources of Upper Silesia," declared the Ger man Chancellor, von Bethmann Hollweg. In 1917. Assertion that Without Silesia’s natural resources, "Germany would not be able to re deem her treaty pledges or to work out her own reconstruction.” was emphasized before the Allied Repar ations Commission in Loudon on March 1. Dispute Bitter. Germany, it was claimed, could not live without Us coal while Poland, devastated by war, looked to Upper Silesia to save her econ omic life and make her a real nation. The bitter dispute over posses sion of the province resulted from the clause in the Versailles Treaty 1 providing for the plebiscite within 18 months of the establishment of " *" the Interallied Commission. The Commission took over control in Feb u ary of 1920. Former Alaskan River Boat Operator Dies in Seattle SEATTLE, Wash., March 21. — Mrs. Nellie B. Merrill, 60, formerly engaged in Fairbanks and Nenana. died here yesterday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Nora W. Powers. At one time she owned and operated the steamer Helen M. between Fair banks and Iditarod and on the Yu kon. as well as two tugboats. Three Believed Killed In Emporia Hotel Fire EMPORIA, Kan.. March 21. Three persons are unaccounted for and are probably dead as a result of a fire which destroyed the Hotel , Whiteley here yesterday. Many guests were severely burned and several others were injured by jumping. $250,000 Loss by Fire in Muskogee Business Section MUSKOGEE. Oklu., March 21.— Fire today swept the business dis trict here but was controlled after a portion of one block was des troyed and structures in the ad joining block set afire. The loss is estimated at more than $250,000. I Alameda to Make Anchorage, Cook Inlet on Next Trip SEATTLE, Wash., March 21.— The steamer Alameda, sailing from Seattle to Alaskan points tomorrow, will make Anchorage on her first thip of the season to Cook Inlet. She will alternate with the North western on the Southwestern Al aska run during the coming season. The Alaska Steamship Company, owner of both vessels, announced today that no efforts have been made to return the Alaska, now on .he run between Portland and San Francisco, to the Northern route, but that the freighters Redondo and Juneau will be added to the North ern service soon. The Admiral Line vessels will also resume service to Southwest ern Alaskan ports this month, the Admiral Goodrich sailing March 2*5 for Anchorage via Port Graham and J the Admiral Watson also including Anchorage on her next trip. $1,000,000 Radio Station To Link Poland with U. S. NEW YORK. March 21.—Plans for a wireless station in Warsaw, capable of direct communication with ( the United States are indicated in a contract between the Polish Gov ernment and the Radio Corporation of the United States, according to announcement here. It was said the agreement involves more than Sl. bOO,000. Defunct Bank Seeking to Collect California Loans » _ SAN FRANCISCO, March 21.— The defunct Scandinavian-Atnerican' Rank of Tacoma, Wash., is seeking to collect approximately $l,.r>00,000 in outstanding loans in California in connection with the efforts to return a portion of deposits to creditors, according to Guy C. Kelly, attor ney for the Washington State Rank ing Commission. Immediate Recognition of Soviet by U. S. Is Urged NNKW YORK. March 21 lm-j mediate recognition of the Soviet Government of Russia by the United States has become imperative as a result of the recently signed Russo-j Rritish commercial treaty. United States Senator Joseph I. France of Maryland declared today. -♦ - REGULATIONS MODIFIED Passports, luenmy cards, permits,| etc., will not be required of Atneri-i can citizens leaving the United1 States, according to information re ceived by the Governor's Office,! when they leave on American ves sels. department from an American port and returning thereto, or de parting from one American pori destined to another provided the! Americans do not break the voyage at any port of call but continue to, the port of final destination of the vessel upon which they embark. This is a modification of the regu lations adopted during the period of the war. Canadian Town Fire-Swept Big Loss on “Avalanche Day” VANCOUVER. B. C., .March 21.— Fire, which for a time threatened to destroy the town of Brittania. 2fit miles North of here, yesterday destroyed the main plant and other property of the Howe Sound .Mining and Smelter Company, with a loss of more than $750,000. as well as a number of houses and other struc tures. No lives were lost. Heroic work by volunteer fire fighters saved the main portion of the town and the power plant. The fire, starting Saturday and not brought under control until late yesterday, occurred on the sixth an niversary which killed 50 person in the camp. Old Timers Returning to Dawson, Mining Reviving DAWSON. March 21. -Anticipating renewal of activities in the gold and silver fields of the North this sum mer. many old timers, unable to , get work outside, are returning to I Yukon Territory. Many newcomers j also are coming in. many afoot. Many new mining companies an expected to operate this year in. the Keno Hill. Rambler Hill. Mount Cameron and Lookout Mountain re- ! gions of the Mayo district. I j Huge Tasks Confronting 1 i The Nation, Says Weeks •---■ " <som/ W WEJZKC?. a+r*TO a»v aa«*v• / vnr« Secretary of War Federal Government Must Provide $17,000,000,000 Within Next 30 Months. PITTSBURGH. March 21.—Within thirty months the Federal Govern ment must provide $17,000,000,000 to meet running expenses and refund ing operations. Secretary of War John W. Weeks asserted in a speech before the Pittsburgh Commercial Club Saturday night. "This is a greater task than any ever undertaken by any nation," lie said, "and there is none who does' not view the prospect with more or less alarm." Salmon Companies May Send Small Fishing Fleets North SAN FRANCISCO. March 21.— Codfishing companies here will send no boats into Alaskan or other fish ing waters this year because of the overstocked markets, and labor trou bles, it was announced here today. The Alaska and Union companies have tied up their boats for the season. Salmon fishing companies are still j endeavoring to negotiate a wage i scale which will permit them to] send small fleets North, it was said.. The Alaska Codfishing Company may maintain fisheries operations at stations in the North Pacific but usual activity in Bering Sea will be missing. Grain Elevator Wrecked By Blast, 6 Believed Dead CHICAGO. Mart'll 21. The Armour Grain Klevator on the Calumet Riv er, one or the largest in the world, was destroyed by fire following an1 explosion Saturday. Two men are dead, four injured and four missing as a result of the blast. It is be lieved all of the missing perished. The force of the explosion was felt for miles and every window within a radius of eight blacks was shattered. The elevator, which has a capacity of 10,000.000 bushels, stood in an isolated spot in the outskirts of the city, the nearest house beihg a block away. Anti-Saloon League to Fight Palmer’s Ruling WASHINGTON. March 21. The) Anti-Saloon League is preparing to fight until a recent opinion by for mer Attorney General A. .Mitchellj Palmer that beer may be prescribe I as a medicine j; overruled, accord ing to Wayne Wheeler, general coun sel for the League. Wheeler declared tiiat the propo sition that beer can be sold at' soda fountains in drug stores makes the ruling clear support of vice. Rotarians to Probe Charge Disabled Veterans Abused INDIANAPILIS. March 21—Sur vey of conditions surrounding the j care of disabled world war veter-1 ans is to be made by the 800 Rotary Clubs in the United States to prove whether the American Legion re ports of gross neglect and abuse are based on hysteria or real facts, according to announcement here to day. Alleged Moonshiner Admits $15,000 Profits in Year TACOMA, Wash.. March 21.— l-’ederul officials today said Louis Primorsch, accused of being the owner of a still, had admitted that lie made 113.000 in a year selling moonshine whiskey. GREECE .PREPARES TO LAUNCH DRIVE AGAINSt_TURKISH Thtee Clas^ls of Reservists Called to ^he Colors by Royft Decree CONSTANT®!- EXPLAINS King Says Measure Ordered To Afford Protection to Greeks if Asia Minor. PARIS. Marclf 21. —Greece is pre paring to launch a great offensive jigainst the Turkish Nationalists in Asia Minor, according to reports current in diplomatic circles here today. ATHENS. March 21. Three classes of Greek reservists are call ed to the colors under a royal de cre issued tod»jf King Constantine explained that the measure was adopted to insure greater protection for Greeks in Asia Minor in connection witli pacification of the eNar East and to assist the Allies to secure execution of the peace treaty with Turkey. Dry Law Attacked from New Angle in High Court WASHINGTON, March 21. — An entirely new attack on the validity of the Prohibition amendment to the Constitution based on the require ments that it be ratified within seven years was made in the United States Supreme Court today with the filing of a brief for J. J. Billon, of San Francisco, charged with viola tion of the enforcement act. The provision attacked was offered firs! by Warren O. Harding, then a Sen ! itor. when the Amendment was pro-; posed in the Senate. Broker Cleared of Charge Of Naturalization Fraud PORTLAND, Ore., March 21. 'risl Morris, Portland broker, was ■leared in the Federal Court here! •o(^ay of a charge of having unlaw-' fully' aided John Kthcbridge in ob taining naturalization papers i:i 1918 when the court sustained a demurrer to the complaint. Kthe ridge is under indictment for al leged wrecking of Morris Bros, bond hou se. “Pussyfoot” Johnson III in Iowa with Throat Trouble HAMPTON. Iowa, March 21. William K. (Pussyfoot) Johnson, temperance lecturer, is seriously ill here with throat affection, neces sitating cancellation of his lecturing tour. His wife lias been summoned to his bedside. LIGGETT RETIRED. SAN I'KANCTSCO, March 21 Maj. (len. Hunter I.lggett was re tired yesterday after 42 years’ serv ice. Brig Gen. Richard Blathford, commanding at Camp Lewis, tem por; ri 1 > succeeds Gen. Liggett a~ Commander of the Ninth Corps a rea. DISARMAMENT BILL PASSED BERLIN. March 21.—Tile Reich stag Saturda;. night passed all three readings of the disarmament hill Latest Bulletins By Special Gable OLYMPIA. March 21.—Gov Louis F. Hart today signed the poll tax bill imposing a tax of five dollars on all men and women between the ages of 21 and 50, the proceeds to be used in retiring the soldiers' bonus bonds. LONDON. March 21. — Austen Chamberlain. Chancellor of the Ex chequer. today was selected to be Unionist leader in the House of Commons, succeeding Bonar Law. who resigned recently because of illness. WASHINGTON. March 21.—Wash ington Gardner, former Representa tive from Michigan and National Commander of the G. A. R. in 1913. has been selected by President Harding to be Commissioner of Pen sions. it was understood today. It Matewam Murder _ 'efemidaiiits Are Freed by Jwy?s Verdict ASKS PERCENTAGE OF PROFITS FROM FURS HR ALASKA Senator Chamberlin Puts Plan Up to Government For Alaska Revenues. NO REPLY TO^ANY BILLS” Legislators Silent When Sen ate President Inquiries As to New Measures. A request upon the Government of tiie United Slates that certain revenues derived from tile fur seal Industry be reverted to the treasury of the Territory of Alaska, is the subject of Senate Memorial No. . ■ introduced in the Territorial Senate this forenoon by Senator E. K.| Chamberlin. The latter believes that if a certain amount of the revenue, is permitted to come to the Terri-j tory, funds for a great bulk of the expenditures of the Territory will be provided. The memorial It; addressed to the President of tiie United States, the Senate and House of Iepresentatives of the Congress of the United States, and the honorable Secretary of the Interior. Contents ot Memorial. The memorial is as follows: The Legislature of the Territory of Alaska, assembled, respectfully represent that. Alaska is receiving no part of the revenue derived from tite fur seal islands In Alaska to which we are1 entitled, the same as from our forests. Therefore he it resolved that twenty-five per cent of the net revo-j nue derived from the fur-seal indus-' try, be paid into the general fund.1 for uses of the Territory, And be it further resolved that a like percentage of revenues de rived from all other resources not now allowed, or provided for, he, allowed as our just share of the! natural wealth belonging to the Territory. The memorial was referred to the Judiciary and federal notations committee. Senator Chamberlin stated that for the year 11*20, over $2,000,000 was realized from the fur seal, industry. "Of this amount," said Senator Chamberlin, "seventy per cent goes into the treasury of the United States, the remainder going (o other nations. The fur seal industry is one of the big assets of the Ter ritory. it is strictly an Alaskan industry and we should be given some of tite profits. if tite Terri-1 lory was given 2a per cent of the 7o per cent, practically the entire expenditures of the Territory wool I be provided for "In reference to other percentage on Alaskan products, oil royalties sit on I <1 in part be reverted to Alaska. There are others which would conic; very nearly providing for the main tenance of tite government of this Territory." Senate s Session upenea. The Senate convened abort I v liter to o'clock this morning, being called to order by President Sutnl back- Prayer was said by Rev A. P. Kashevaroff and the daily jour nrl war read and approval. The Committee on Education re ported on Senate Concurrent Reso lution No. k, recommending that it do pass. This resolution is rela tive to two members of Hie Senate and three members of the House visiting, and reporting upon condi tions at the Pioneer's Home at Sitka. Later in the session the reso lution was taken up und finullj I asset! unanimously. When the order of business any bills" was called, there was no re sponse from any Senator. "Everybody must have attended1 church yesterday. ’ said Presiden Sundbuek. "Everybody must have a cold and can't work," replied Senator Collin between coughs and business u r blowing nose. Senator Chamberlin requested that Senate Joint Memorial No. 1 be returned to him by the commit (Continued on Page Eight.) Sixteen Alleged Participants in Famous Battle of West Virginia Coal Fields in Which Ten Were Slain Ac quitted of Charge of Murder of Mine De tective—Other Indictments Pending. WILLIAMSON, W. Va.. March 20.—Writing the latest chapter in Mingo County's nationally famous rtruggle between coal operators and miners, a jury today acquitted sixteen residents of Matewan charged with the murder of Alberl Kelts, private detective, in a battle last May 0 at Matewan between mine detectives and striking union miners or strike sympathizers. NOTED PERUVIAN HERE JOSE PARPO Jos6 Pardo y Barreda, twice President of Peru, who was de posed and Imprisoned ns the result of a “bloodless revolution" in I.ima on July 4, has Just arrived In New fork to make his home in the United States during the schooldays of his sons. In a statement Issued after his arrival Seiior Pardo said that he had no further interest In politics and intended to demote him self to the education of his sons, one of whom will enter nn American university to finish bis studies ns an architect Three others will be en rolled in a New York blgb school. Gompers Attacks Hearst For Course with Labor WASHINGTON, March 111 Sam uel Gompern, President of the Am erjeaiiKedemlion of Labor, in an ar ticle in the Federation's official or gan. attacks William It Hearst. newspaper publisher, asserting that Hearts for yeurs has undertaken personally, politically and through his newspapers to control the labor movement in America. Vessel With 450 Cases of Liquor Aboard Is Seized SAN FltANO+SCO, March 1 The steamer Lloyd S. Seamle. w itli more than 450 cases of liquor aboard, was seized by the Federal authorities Saturday soon after she entered the Golden Gate. The vessel was listed as being in ballast. Publication of Sing Sing Prison Bulletin Suspended OSSINING. N V March 111. The Sing Sing Prison Bulletin, published by convicts, has suspended publico lion, due to lack of funds. Ten men were killed in tlie bat tie. seven of whom were guards of a private detective agency, sent Into I he district to eject union* miners from coni company homes. AH of tlie defendants were form ally discharged but were remanded to jail (lending arrangements for bond on sixteen other indictments. The trial, probably the most famous in West Virginia’s history, consumed forty-six days. Among the defendants was Chief of Police Sid Hatfield, a member of tlie family whose feud with the Mc Coys in tlie 80's and 90's resulted in tlie practically wiping out of the McCoy family and became known far and wide as one of the bloodiest in the history of mountain feuds. Since the Matewun light Mingo lias been tlie scene of other dis orders and railroad mining proper ties have been destroyed by ex plosives. Ifttermittent warfare be tween operators' guards and miners and AJioir sympathizers followed in sucli Tiroportions that recently Gov. John .1. Cornwell, of West Virginia called on the Federal Government for troops. When a provisional bat talion was sent to Mingo, martial law was declared here and several other towns and villages. Clara Smith Hamon, Murder Trial Defendant, Baptised ARDMORE, Oltla., March 21.— Clara Smith Hamon. acquitted by a jury last week of a charge of lire degree murder ia. -cotwiction with the death of Jake Hamon, wealthy oil operator, with whom she is alleged to have lived for several years was baptised in the Sjr.st Christian Church hero last night after she had appeared at the morning service yesterday and re quested the baptisimal service. Harding Eager to Secure Early Passage of Tariff WASHINGTON, D. V„ MRlti 21. President* Harding today suggest ed to Chairman Joseph W. Eordney of ihe House Ways and Means Com mittee that he sound out Republican leader's as to the feasibility of early passage of an emergency tariff meas ure that would afford relief to the farmers from present financial con ditions. President Visits Veterans At Walter Reed Hospital WASHINGTON, March 21.— President Harding visited the Wal ter Reed Hospital here yesterday and greeted scores of wounded soldiers, extending them the liospl tallt.v of the White House and ex lolliug their part and that of women in the world war. CO-ORDINATION OF RAILROADS' FACILITIES UNDER GOVERNMENT SUPERVISION URGED BY OWNERS WASHINGTON. March 31 Co ordination of llu- facilities and .ser vice of railroads throughout Hi • country under strict Government so pervision is proposed by the Na tional Association of Ow net ot Railway Securities its a way out of the transportation crisis in a pin submitted today by Chairman Albert R Cummins, of the Senile fnl •! st(*tc Commerce ConimiUct Officers of the Association as-ert the plan. If carried out. will -act millions of dollars annually to the railroads' *patron . re idling in in creased facilities and lower freight and passenger fares. , Railroad Charged with Attempt to Smash Unions CHICAGO. Mart'll 21. — Frank Walsh. attorney for the railway unions at a hearing before the Na tionul (tail wav Labor Hoard Satur day. tliurged that the railways are trying to smash the unions through public opinion which they are try ing to influence through false pub ! I idly gotten out by paid experts.