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(ONLY CORDOVA PAPER WITH ASSOCIATED PRESS DISPATCHES) -- VOLUME ONE. NUMBER NINETEEN. GORBOVA, ALASKA, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1914. PRICE TEN CENTS. _ Christmas in Cordova this year will he somewhat more widely celebrated than for several years past. Aside1 from the numerous home Chrstmaa trees and the general festivities of tlie season, there will be at least three public entertainments with trees and presents for the little ones. At the Presbyterian church the Christmas entertainment will be held on Christmas eve, and will take the ] form of a sketch entitled "Cathching Santa Clans.". In brief the story goes that Mr. and Mrs. Jones, a farmer couple, discover their loneliness at Christmas time, and invited in three of their small acquaintances to spend . Christinas eve. Meanwhile the child ren and grandchildren have made up their mind to go home to the grand parents for Christmas. None of the children believe in Santa Claus, and a plot is laid to discover the giver of the Christmas gifts, that once were believed to come over the chimney route. Lois Price will have the part of Mrs. Jones, while Arthur Frodenberg will be Mr. Jones. Uncle Billy will be Lorton Sheldon; Aunt Mehitabel will be Celeste Barrus; Patsy, the Newsy, Don Bollinger; Bastus, Edwin Bollin ger; Pete, Mike Shepard; Angeline Oenevieve, Ophelia Howard; Clarice, Charlotte Shepard; Chester Bandolph, Boy Lee,; Bill, Baymond Bedfield; Tom Elaine Bollinger; Dora, Edna Shepard. The exercises will begin at 7: SO and a cordial invitation is extend ed to the general public to attend. Christmas afternoon, from 1 to 5. Cordova Lodge of the Loyal Order of Moose will entertain their friends and families. The lodge has planned that every one attending shall long remem ber the occasion, and to this end nothing has been overlooked that will add to the enjoyment of those who at tend. The center of attraction, of course, for the little one will be an immense Christmas tree, which will occupy the center of the hall, and will be loaded with gifts both for the children and the ladies as well. Santa Claus has promised to be there to distribute the gifts in person, and see that no one is overlooked. In addi tion there will be refreshments-real good things to eat, and plenty of them. There will be music and singing, and other entertaining features to make the time pass pleasantly. A large number of invitations have been is sued. and it is anticipated that the at tendance will be very large. At the Catholic Church services will be held on Christmas day. MasB will I,~ O - Oil A Alt 1 A • 9A Benediction imediately after the last mass. Confession will be heard on Thursday evening from 7 to 9, and t on Christmas morning before the first mass. The entertainment for the children of the Sunday schol has not yet been completely arranged. Nor are the natives to be forgotten. At noon on Christmas day a celebra tion will be held at the Red Dragon ' for the native boys and girls at which there will be a tree and the general good time which accompanies Christ mas festivities. Last but by no means least The Cupid Club will have a Christmas tree at the Red Dragon Saturday evening. Santa Claus has also prom ised to be there to distribute to the members the gifts with which the tree will be decorated. A musical pro gram will also be rendered, and a mer ry time is promised. I -:o: Miss Thora Smith, who has been conducting the school at Kennecott for the past year, was an outgoing passen ger on the Alameda for Juneau, after a short visit with friends in Valdez. DEFEAT-BDTH PARTIES I . EVENLY DIVIDED WASHINGTON, Dec. 23—The resolution introduced in the House by Representative Richard Pearson Hobson, of Alabama, to submit to the states a constitutional amend ment providing for the prohibition of the manufacture, im portation and sale of alcoholic liquors in the United States, was defeated in the House last night by a vote of 197 votes for the resolution to 189 against, a majority of 8 for the measure. Under the rules, however, the resolution requir ed a two-thirds vote of the House to carry, and was thus de feated That the resolution was not a party measure is demon strated by the fact that Democratic learder Underwood and Republican leader Mann worked side by side to defeat it. The vote also shows that party lines were not drawn, there being 114 Democrats, 67 Republicans, 11 Progressives, and 4 Independent Republicans in favor of resolution, while 141 Democrats, 46 Republicans, 1 Independent Republican and 1 Progressive voted in the nagative. HUGE BREWERY F f PROHIBITiDN CUES Off THE ( D FDR SEER — ( DM MBl S, Ohio, I )(><“. 22—ri'lio Hostoter Columbus! Brewing Company, a $12,000,000 corporation, operating the largest brewery in the state, went into the hands of a receiver Indav under an order of the federal court. A decreased de nand for the product of the brewery, adverse legislation and the coting “dry” of many states in the past eight years, are given is the cause of the failure. PETROGRAD REPORTS GERMANS IDE BEING HELO IN CHECK IN R1SS1AAI POLAND PETROGRAD, Dec. 23—A report by the war office today states that tin* Russian forces in Poland, lighting against tin* Germans west of Warsaw, have held the enemy in check, not withstanding the terrific charges hurled against the Russian trout. rl he Germans are reported to be suffering immense losses in these charges. Winter weather prevails throughout Poland, with severe cold, causing much suffering to the sol liers. In North Poland the Russians have crossed the border into East Prussia and are advancing toward the railroad which constitutes the German line of communication. -:o: LONDON, Dec. 23—Lloyds is charging thirty guineas per emit to insure against war betwen Italy and Germany, Austria and Turkey within one month, and fifty guineas per cent that war between these countries will not be declared within six months. Five guineas per cent is asked to insure against war breaking out between England and Norway within twelve months. IMPORTANT BATTLE PENDING VICINITY GE CRACOW PMTRt)(!RAD, Dee. 2.'! Large bodies of Russian troops are moving toward Cracow from the North and Mast, and an important batle is believed to be pending in that vicinity. PORTUGESE EAST AFRICA LISBON, Dec. 23—A dispatch has been received here today announcing that, the Germans liave again invaded Angola, Portuguese Mast Africa. The Portugese traps stationed at Nnnlila fell back before an attack of the invaders. WASHINGTON, Pec. 2.1 A dispatch from (ho Panama onnal zone states that the zone police have seized and dismantled the wirless apprntus of the British naval collier Protesiluns, in the harbor at Balboa. The collier was caught by the police sending code messages in defiance of orders is sued hy President Wilson forbidding the sending of code messages by either wireless or cable to any of the belli gerent nations. NEWSPAPER M “FINIS” NEW YORK. Pec. 23—Alfred and magazine writer, died in this city 1 renry Lewis, the noted newspaper and magazine wri er, died in this city today. As a writer on political subjects Lewis gained a nation-wide reputa tion, and his writings appeared in all the lending periodicals of the coun try, lie was atso the author of a num ber of widely read novels, political in character. I NEW YORK. Dec. 23—Col. Goe thals, builder of (he Panama canal, and governor of the Canal zone, ar rived here from the south today. In | an interview the Colonel stated that the request for warships for the Canal zone was forwarded to Washington by at the request of naval officers who re ported two violations of neutrality hy British shipH. He declared the in cident closed. The Colonel also stated that 25,000 men were still employed on the canal. KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS ELECT NEW OEPICERSj At the regular meeting of the local lodge of Knights of Pythias held last evening, officers for the ensuing six months were elected. The choice of the lodge fell upon the following, who will hold office until July 1, 1915: oJ M. Kinney, K. of R. and S,; J. M. Ly ons, M. of W.; Price Nettleton. M. of T. M. Hunt, M. of F.; V. G. Vance, M. of E.; Harry Nettleton, Inner Guard: L. Keith McCullough. Outer Glard. A board of three trustees were also elected, consisting of James Smith, Norman Rice and Arthur Bar ms. Dr. W. H. Chase, was chosen ex amining physician. -:o: TROOPS WITHDRAWN FROM STRIKE DISTRICT WASHINGTON, Dec. 23—At a con j forence today between President Wll ! son, Governor Ammons, of Colorado, and Governor-elect Carlson, and Sen ator Shaffroth, or that state, It was agreed that the federal troops should h ewithdruwn from the strike dis trict Arrangements are now under way to withdraw the soldiers within the next ten days. TERRIFIC RUTILE RAGING WEST OF WARSAW-INTENSE SUFFERING FROM WINTER STORMS t LONDON, Doc. 23—Tlio eight mile front in Russian Ro land, to the west ot Warsaw, where the Russians and Germans are lighting, along the hanks of the Bzura, Rawka and I’ilica rivers, continues tin* scene of the most desperate lighting. Each side has sustained tremendous losses in this battle, and neither side has gained any marterial advantage, although at some points the Germans have forced the Russian line. The Rus sian front ha sheen straightened, and thew are holding the Germans advance. Neither side has gained any strategic ad vantage. Terrible winter weather, with heavy snow and ex tremely cold weather prevails, and the suffering among the soldiers on both sides is intense. -:o: GERMANS SAY ATTACKS ARE EASILY REPIILSED-FRENCH TROOPS ARE BECOMING ACTIVE HKIilJX, Dec. 23 -An official bulletin issued today states that the allies made several attacks at points in Flanders yes terday, but they were repulsed easily by the Germans. The French troops are reported to be showing greater activity in the vicinity of Camp Deviations, where some lighting has oc curred. The French forward movement in tin* vicinity of Nillerio, Itheims, Xouain and Perthes has been partly repulsed, except at one or two points where the Germans were compelled to retire before sharp attacks II GB IE LONDON, Dec. 2'.i—Advices from the front indicate that the allies in France and Belgium eontiue more on the offensive that the defensive all along the line, with slight gains recorded for them every <lftv. Notwithstanding the failure of the plan for an armistice during the Christmas holidays, there will be a lull on Christmas day, as the ('hristmas spirit clings to tliy men on the battle line, and an effort will he made to make the day as cheerful as possi ble for them. PARIS STILL CLiMS ALLIES IRE I’AHIS, Dec. L’d A war office report issued today states that the allies have made gains in Belgium and that the French troops have again adv need at several points along the line. Severe fighting in Aisne and along the Meuse have resulted at many points in the retirement of the Germans, although sharp infantry attacks upon the German positions at some points were checked -; n: FRENCH DEPUTIES SITE HUGE I PARIS, Dec. 22—•Tlu* (’hamber of Deputies today voted an appropriation of one billion, seven hundred millions of dol lar to pay the government expenses For the ensuing six months, ini hiding tin* cost of the war. -«— :o; L ** BN HIS m TO FRONT ('< >1 < MINK, Doe. 22 Fiinperor William and his entire staff arrived here today enroute to the western battle front. The Fiuperor shows signs of his recent illness, and is far from being i a well man. I CITY One of the most striking pieces of information contained in last night’s Daily Alaskan was the statement that the "Big Pour” in the city council ‘‘choose to serve the public rather than private interests,” when one of its members insisted on expending about $.1,000 of the people's money In building n bulkhead next to the prop erty he is the agent for and adjoining which Is the place of business of the mayor, an improvement which was not only unnecessary but completed in such a manner that the work will have to be replaced more substantially and not in a way that interferes with the rights of other property owners and subjects the city to a suit for damages. This job was done under the super vision of Councilman Roodall who drew $10 a day for the performance of 'his duties as Chairman of the Slroof l'f\mmlttnA rpi. ___ I «. .. --- a «v • vui iF'»nn i f| i he job also drew $7.50 per day. But this important fact is over looked by our contemporary in its zeal to render service to those whose questionable public acts it has at all all times attempted to uphold. As the "city official organ" that paper may consider It a duty to put on the back those who put them regularity on the m unci pal pay roll, but the public will hardly agree with them in selling their independence for a mess of pottage. Great stress is laid upon the record of having reduced the tax rate this year to six mills against ten mills last year. An investigation of the facts, however, show that if the affairs of the city had been economically a I ministered there would have been no occasion for any tax this year. Let's go Into the revenues of the present council and then see what was done wifh this money. When this body went into office there was $3,890.23 in the treasury: $10,004 re eeived from the district court as fed eral licenses, besides other minor revenues. Aside from the routine ex penditures the city built a bulkhead on Front street, costing approximately $•1,000, which stands as a monument of recklessness and extravagance: open ed B street from First avenue to Front street, a thorougfare that is little used, and spent about $200 in building a drain on C street. Then, again, the salaries of city officials were increased $000 per annum and Councilman Good all drew a salary of $10 per day for some little time. These were of the "scores" the Daily Alaskan overlooked in claiming credit for the present council. But it reduced the tax rate from ten to six mills, when no assessment whatever was neces aary. Contrast this great stroke of econo my with some previous administra tions. in 1913 there was $617.97 in the treasury when the council was sworn in. which was $3,181.66 less than the present council started with: the federal licenses hist year 71 n alUkt .1_ .T' 1 *• w/wp • V. » . i 1 Ut|l those of 1914 and the usual minor rev enues. For this money a good ac counting was made in the way of public improvements. A sidewalk was built to the ocean dock, costing $2,170.95; a sidewalk constructed to the railway station, entailing an ex penditure of $1,170.75; a city lighting system installed that is a credit to Cordova, which cost $1,712.17; school house and city hall painted, $652.20; paid for planking of R avenue on Front street, dedicated to the city by the Townsite Company. $600; kept the streets in better reiwir than during | Ihe past year; left $3,799.63 in the treasury when they went out of office. This is a recod of accomplishment and speaks for Itself. - —:o: Mrs. B. W. Klliott and son flay re turned on the Alameda this rooming from a pleasant vipit among friends at Valdez. -:o: Fresn shipments of oorn on the cob at Kinney'8.