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*<The Cordova Daily Times VOLT ME III, NUMBER 176 CORDOVA, ALASKA, MONDAY, ^EBRUARY 4, 1918. PRICE TEN CENTS ATTACKS STATEMENTS OF SECRETARY BAKER Senator Hitchcock Says His Predictions as to Dispatch of Men to France Are Pre posterous and Misleading WASHINGTON, Feb. 4—Congress ional leaders plan to speed up work this week, as but little of the long and| .growing program of war legislation Iras been enacted since congress con vened, two months ago. Important railroad and financial measures will be brought before the ■senate this week by the committee on military affairs. The military affairs committee of the senate began today the fight for( the measures creating a war cabinet, with a munitions director, against President Wilson's opposition. Ad vocates of the measure already have] begun what they term a "campaign of education.” Baker’s Statement “Preposterous.” Senator Hitchcock of Nebraska, ad dressing the senate today, said that Secretary of War Baker’s recent state-] LONDON, Feb. 4.—The supreme allied war council, which met at Ver sailles, finds no approximation in the German chancellor's and Austrian for eign minister’s speeches to the terms of the entente, and decided to con-( tinue a vigorous prosecution of the war until peace can be obtained on the basis of the principles of free dom. justice and respect for interna tional law. The allies are in full ac cord. The Havas News Agency says that the conference adopted measures which are likely to exert a great in fluence on the future of Austria. --« GUNNER CROWELL GIVEN PROMOTION Gunner H. A. Crowell, United States navy officer in charge of the radio stations at Cordova, has just received orders from Washington, D. C., plac ing him as district communication sup erintendent of radio in Alaska. The navy stations now under his charge include those at Ketchikan, Juneau, Sitka, Kodiak, Dutch Harbor, St. Paul, Seward, St. George and two at Cor dova. Mr. Crowell will have his head quarters at the radio station at Mile Seven, along the Copper River & Northwestern railway, where the dis-' trict superintendent's headquarters have been constructed. -* BLAMED FOll EXPLOSION HALIFAX, N. S., Feb. 4.—The gov ernment commission which has been investigating the disaster which de-j stroyed a large portion of this city and snuffed out thousands of lives has placed the blame for the collision which caused the explosion on Pilot Macky and Captain. Laniboc of the French munitions ship. GEN, WOOD RECOVERS FROM REGENT WOUNDS PARIS, Feb. 4.—General Leonard! Wood, who was injured recently while visiting the American positions at the front, Is able to leave the hospital, and is receiving visitors. ments to the effect that "America would have half a million men in France early this year," and thatj “ships would be ready to carry a mill ion more,” was absolutely preposter ous. The statements were so exag gerates continued the senator, as to convey an entirely false impression as to what we can do and are doing. President Did Not Know. Secretary Baker doubtless was sin cere, said Senator Hitchcock, but he was misled by lack of information re garding the scarcity of ships into making too sanguine predictions. He said that President Wilson also was in ignorance of the real situation, and cited this as an example of the ab sence of government co-ordination. The speech was made in support of the munitions director and war cabinet measures. The steamer Alaska sailed Sunday morning, with the following passen gers from Cordova: M. Ryan, P. M. Nickcoff, W. B. •Barb, M. W. Brown, A. Miller. M. E. Hofseth, A. Nelson, A. Barbetina, V. S. Schofseth, Mrs. F. Cunningham. Mrs. Weatherby, E. F. Moore, Bert Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. H. Hawes,, Miss Rhea Fenton, Mrs. Sadie McLellan, M. Bloom. Mrs. J. C. Funk, W. V. Davis, H. D. Foster, Sam Eloff. Dan McKay, Mrs. Silverberg, Roy Gotney, Mrs. and Mrs. H. Holmes, Mr. and Mrs. O. W. Holmes, Mrs. Mahoney, N. Bickford, N. Chilligross. C. Nystrum, E. E. Har wood, R. E. Capers. -♦ HEAVY BLIZZARD RAGES ALONG RAILROAD ROUTE A severe snowstorm and blizzard hit the Interior north of Mile 51 early yesterday afternoon and at noon today is still raging, says the Seward Gate way of January 28. The storm swept along the divide from the Prince Will iam sound region and hit along the railroad at Mile 51, continuing through to Anchorage and directly into the Interior. The snow is wet and heavy. The party of Alaskan engineering commission men headed by F. H. Han sen was ten hours with four dog team making it from Mile 71 to Mile 68 At the latter place there was a lull in the storm and the party headed for Mile 54, reaching there early this morning. At 10 o’clock this morning the party left Mile 54 for Mile 52, and then started from the latter place to the special train waiting to bring them into Seward. The special train, consisting of a locomotive and the private car, had a hard time with the snowdrifts, but made the distance finally and picked up the railroad party this forenoon and started toward Seward, bucking the drifts successfully. The special is ex pected here this afternoon, landing the Anchorage party in time to catch the Alaska for the south. The storm in the Interior was not felt in Seward. -« FAVORABLE WEATHER OAKLAND, Feb. 4.—An unusually large number of amateur baseball teams have been playing this winter owing to the late arrival of the rain. There has been a suggestion of mid summer activity on Sundays, when every available field has been utilized by competing nines. T-- I [ OF SME AMSTERDAM, Feb. 4—The Berlin Tageblatt says that a new strike move-1 ment has begun at Jena, in the grand duchy of Saxe-Weimar. About one third of the women are on strike. Jena’s population is about 21,000. The official statement issued from Berlin predicts the end of the strike, and says the strike is waning every-! where. Many factories are working full staffs. The strike is expected to< end today. AMSTERDAM, Feb. 4—With the ex ception of the trouble at Jena, the German strikes seem to have come to an end. Threats of executions for the men who refused to return to work were the effective means used to quell the industrial upheaval. -• MEETING OF RUSSIANS SET FOR THIS MONTH NEW YORK, Feb. 4.—The revolu tionary Russian followers of former Premier Kerensky will meet in con vention in this city February 9. NEW DECORATIONS FOR SUBMARINE "HEROES” AMSTERDAM, Feb. 4.—Kaiser Wilhelm has created a special decora tion for the crews of the submarines, to mark the anniversary of the ruth less campaign, ai recognition for “meritorious work.” The decoration will be available for officers and men after three voyages. HARVARD UNIVERSITY SUSTAINS SEVERE LOSS CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 4.—Dana Hall, one of the oldest buildings in the Quadrangle of Harvard university, was destroyed by fire Saturday night. Thirty thousand rounds of ammuni tion which were in the basement were removed before the fire reached them. AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT CAUSES EIRE’S DEATH SEATTLE, Feb. 4.—Miss Regna An derson, aged 25, was killed here today when an automobile in which she was riding was struck by a street car Eight persons on board the car were injured. i BLOOD! RIOTS I II MR STRIKE IT ST. L ST. L )UIS, Feb. 4—Three men were . shot In itrike riots yesterday. Traffic is at a* standstill. The board of di rectors of the United Railroads com pany dddares that the strike was in stigated by persons outside of St. Louis, f}> hinder the manufacture of war eqt^pment. The Company refuses to recognize the ne# union. The employment of^ women jm street car conductors is one of the oauses of the strike. I --♦ FIGHjT PROMOTER WILL RAISE CATTLE 1 NEW. YORK, Feb. 4.—Tex Richard, the furious pugilistic promoter, has abandntied his former occupation, and has sailed for South America, where he will engage in raising cattle. LAStflF NAMES GALLED UNDER FIRST DRAFT WASHINGTON. Feb. 4.—Provost ^ Marshal General Crowder today an nounced that the movement of the last increments of men selected in the' first draft will begin on February 23, and will continue for a period of five! days. This will complete the opera tions under the first draft. fOIIIH CHIEF EKECUTIIE Mil BE Clll BUBER BOSTON, Feb. 4—Former President Roosevelt has been invited to act as pall bearer at the funeral of John L. Sullivan. which is to be held on Wed ne*da^fwr^xt The casket was sent from New York, as there was none large enough in Boston. DISASTER IN BOHEMIA ram on LONDON, Feb. 4.—It is reported that a munitions depot near Prague, the capital of Bohemia, has exploded, killing many persons. It is believed that the disaster was caused inten tionally. -» It is an absolute sin to waste food. Food has become sacred. -« Eat le3s wheat. Get into the corn line. INDIAN TROOPS AT BAGDAD ENJOY RIDE The British forces that have conquered Bagdad have been greatly helped In their successful campaigns In Mesopotamia by native Indian troops. 'The Indians are good lighters and are steadfast in their loyalty to the British empire. This British official photograph shows a car load of them enjoying a ride on the Bagdad-Kadhlmaln tramway. AMERICANS UNDER FIRE EFFICIENT AND PROMPT Accuracy of Artillery Fire Shown by Demoli tion of Dugouts and Harrassing of Enemy Transport WITH THE AMERICAN EXF*EI)I TIONARY ARMY, Feb. 4.—A German ] barrage at sundown Friday night opened the heaviest bombardment in many days along the American sec tor. The American artillery replied shell for shell. The firing spread along ; several kilometers. Two Americans | were killed, nine were wounded, and one suffered from shell shock. The censor permits the announce- < ment that the American forces are > occupying a sector of the Lorraine front. Correspondents permanently accred ited to the American army have been informed that they may proceed to virtually any point within the firing zone, except the trenches, without es- ; cort and without special permission. They must wear gas masks when nec essary at the front. The whole American sector re AMERICAN SOLDIERS OCCUPY LORRAINE FRONT WASHINGTON, Feb. 4— Secretary of War Baker’s weekly review of the war, issued today, makes the official announcement that the American troops are now occupying a portion of the actual battle front. A despatch eays that the Americans are on the Lorraine front. Secretary Baker warns the nations not to let the reports of strikes and other internal disturbances in Ger many slacken American war prepar-J edness. For the first time, ”he says, It is* fully believed that the allies have a! preponderance of men and guns on the western front, despite the fact1 that the Germans have strengthened their lines with troops from the Rus sian front. -* -! .1 SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 4.—Many of! the older members of the Olympic club of this city who have never been seen except in evening business or even ing suits by their fellow members now are regularly donning jerseys and running drawers and taking a sys tematic course of training in the club gymnasium under instructors. With the formation of a regiment | of home guards, scores of club mem-! bers, too old for active duty at the) front, enrolled in the guard and their] gymnasium work is supplemental to! their regular pupils in the armory. In the event that it becomes necessary | to call them out for service in the state, the men not only want to have; a military knowledge but be physical ly prepared as well. ROAD TOLflKE TAHOE IMPROVED BY CONVICTS PLACERVILLE, Calif., Feb. 4—The state highway commission is rushing work of closing the ten mile gap on the Sacramento-Placerville highway between Shingle Springs and White rock. A force of over eighty men, about three-fourths of them convicts from Folsom prison, are employed and over a half mile of grade already has been completed. The new road will eliminate the Clarksville grade, con sidered a hindrance to travel since the early day • With the completion of this stretch of road, sometime next summer, there will be 50 miles of paved highway leading from Sacramento in the di rection of Lake Tahoe. sounds with the fire of guns and combs from enemy airmen and snip ers. Two Americans were slightly vounded Saturday. The American ’75s are harrassing raffle behind the enemy trenches, end the Germans are confining their ire largely to the American trencher Americans Prompt and Effective. The American officers are elated ever the results of the artillery dueR vith the Germans, which followed the* preliminary shelling of the Amertcau .renches by the Germans. The official reports of the infantry commanders paid a tribute to the promptness with which the artillery "esponded to the call for barrage fire, ind the effectiveness of their gunfire. Serial reconnoisances showed that the \merican fire had a very destructive effect. It is known that three enemy iugouts were demolished. Where two or three Democrats are gathered together in this division there also shall there be a pow-wow on terri torial politics, as the “unterrified” feel that it is incumbent upon them to name a ticket for the primaries to be held on the first Tuesday of April ^he “ijfdersV aVe busy selecting the* men upon whom the honors are to be conferred, and while' the entire slalfe' has not as yet been completed, a num ber of patriots have been chosen to answer the call of their party. The machine has been well oiled and is in perfect working order, ex cepting possibly as far as Seward Ik concerned, where there has not as yet been any concerted action. But the “powers that be" recognize that Seward is a thriving town and entitled to recognition. As a consequence two candidates for the legislature are to be allotted to the westward town, but the local committeeman and federal officials over there have not as yet decided whom they will launch as the candidates of the people. Anchorage is to be appeased with two names on the ticket. Our former townsman, Tom C. Price, is to be the senatorial candidate, and A. A. Shon beck will run for the legislature. Valdez is to have a member of the divisional road commission, in the per son of James A. Wilson, the incum bent. William Patterson of the Gla cier city will also be a legislative nomi nee. Cordova and the Copper river valley jre to have one candidate for the legis lature on the ticket, in the person of William Ray. ROE FANCIERS MEET FOR ANNUAL SPEED EVENTS BAKERSFIELD. Calif., Fef. 4—The Pacific Coast Field Trials club which is holding its annual trials here to day claims the distinction of being the oldest organization of its kind in the country. The present meet, which be gan yesterday and ends tomorrow, will be the thirty sixth consecutive event of its kind held by the club. Dogs from all portions of the Pacific coast are entered, the Northwest be ing particularly well represented. ■-♦ KETCHIKAN FISH KETCHIKAN, Feb. 4.—Today’s fish prices were: Halibut, 16c; sable, 4c; red rock, 2c.