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_ - X r-. Ni II I COPPER OF THE LAST M jO | AND FISH FRONTIER and Alaskia Evening Post_ \ olume XI. Number 72 = SEWARD, ALASKA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1917 _ Ten Cents the Copy ORDER MILLION FEET OF I TIMBER FOR SEWARD END OF THE U. S. RAILROAD SEATTLE. Friday, Feb. 9.—An order for 1. 000,000 feet of bridge timber for use in repairing and replacing the bridges on the Seward division of the government railroad is being placed here today by Purchasing Agent Dole lor the Alaskan Engineering Commission. This lumber is for early delivery, and it is probable that the cargo carrier which takes it north will also take the fifty ton locomotive pur chased for the Seward division, as part of the consignment. Dole also opened bids today for 74 convert ible ballast cars, for use on the U. S. railroad. Rails ordered are already here. RUSH ORDER FOR 52 ARTILLERY IATTERIES; NAVY WANTS 25,000 WASHINGTON. Friday. Feb. 9—Sec. of War Baker sent direct orders to the Bethlehem steel plant today, to; cease work on minor orders for the war department and concentrate all available men immediately on the produc-j tion of 39 batteries of four-inch and 13 batteries of six inch guns for the United States held artillery. These guns will be built from designs completed as the result of obse.\ ...:ons by military officials in Europe during the present war. The Bethlehem plant will also commence work at once on a 9.2 inch field howitzer for the United States! which it is declared will be a far more excellent weapon of destruction than the 42 centimeter howitzers on which Germany pinned many hopes at the opening of ihe present conflict. The total order is for nearly 400 pieces of artillery. WANT 25,000 MEN IN NAVY WASHINGTON, Friday, Feb.,9. — Navy recruiting; agents have been instructed to immediately enlist 25,000 additional men in the U. S. navy, and urgent appeals for | enlistments accompany the order. DISMISS TEUTONS FROM CUTTERS ! WASHINGTON, Friday, Feb. 9.—An order was is sued today for the dismissal from the coast guard service| all enlisted men who are Germans. _ WILSON WILL NOT ASK FOR WAR WASHINGTON, Friday, Feb. 9.—President Wilson today framed a definite course to be pursued in case Ger-, many commits an “overt act” as mentioned in his address J to congress. .He will not ask congress for a declaration of j war but will do just what he promised, in the address and “ask that he be allowed to use whatever measures he deems neeessarv to protect American seamen and trav elers.” GERMANS TOLD NOT TO FEAR WASHINGTON, Friday, Feb. 9.—Sec. Lansing said today, “I am very loath to believe that the German gov ernment intentionally is detaining Ambassador Gerard in | Berlin for any excuse whatsoever. Because of concern in some quarters over the safety of money and property of German subjects in this country the President gave his personal word today that such fears are entirely unfounded. The state depart nine l al "so issued a reassuring statement when it reported that quantities of money sad been consigned to South Ameri can ports by Germans living here. BRAZIL TO HOLD GERMANY RESPONSIBLE RIO DK JANERIO. Friday. Feb. 9.—Brazil’s reply to the German submarine warfare note is a polite but firm declaration of Brazil’s determination to hold Germany responsible for consequences which may arise or result from “unrestricted warfare." NEW YORK, Friday, Feb. 9—Scandinavian line of ficials declared today that they would not allow the liner Frederick the 8th to sail with Bernstorff unless Germany as well as England and France guarantees the safety of both passengers and ship. PROGRESS LOST HER MAST AND DORIES IN BLOW Power Schooner Now on Way to Seattle For Repairs KETCHIKAN, Friday, Feb. 9.— Capt. Solness of the schooner Zapora arriving here yesterday, from Seattle, reported having met the power schooner Progress in Milbank sound. The Progress had lost her main mast and some of her dories, but all on her were safe. She was enroutt to Seattle for repairs. The Progress had not been seen from the time she lost her tow, the Harold Blekum, now reported safe at Seward, off Cape Ommaney on Jan. 31. TEN STEAMERS ON ADMIRAL LINE’S ALASKA RUN, 1917 SEATTLE, Friday, Feb. !>. — The Pacific Steamship company will oper ate ten vessels on the Alaska run this season, according to an announcement posted here today. HOOTCH SLEDS MAKE TRAIN’S TRAIL SLOW ■ ^ * • Since the order went into effect on the government railroad, preventing the shipment of any liquor consign ments to the interior, sled travel De tween here and Mile 40 has increas ed to a remarkable degree. So many sleds came and went be tween trains during the thaw of two days ago that the dogs and sled run ners pushed snow on the rails which froze over night making hard going for the train next day. EXPECT WORD FROM RELATIVES OF JOHN HENDRICKS Commissioner Ennis has received word that a letter is on its way from the relatives of John Hendricks, who was killed by Watler Stoker, near Mile 12. Hendricks had a large amount of money on his person when killed, and for a time it looked like this would have to be turned ovqr to the terri tory, because no one knew where his relatives lived. Then Ennis heard of a man living in Ballard, Wash., who was an old acquaintance of Hend ricks and a letter to this man brought results. MERCHANT SHIPS MAY REPORT AT I SEA IF DESIRED SEATTLE, Friday, Feb. 9. — The | navy department order respecting wireless reports has been modified so as to permit merchant steamers to re port their positions if they desire to do so. CHURCHES UNITE ! ! FOR PATRIOTIC j TRIBUTE SUNDAY Churches to Hold Union Meeting on Birthday of Lincoln The pastors and congregation of the Methodist and Community Christian churches will unite in a special patriotic service on next Sun day evening, Feb. 11, the eve of Lin coln’s birthday. The service will be held in the Community church at 7:d0. The ad dress of the evening on the subject “God's Providence in American His tory,” will be delivered by Rev. J. J. Patton of the Methodist church. There will be special music and other extra features which will make this one of the very best religious services of the year in Seward . The young peoples’ meeting at 6:30 which will be ably led by Mr. Morford will also be held in the Community church. Surely no patriotic citizen of Seward can spend next Sunday evening more profitably than at $uct'. a service. Everyone will be cordial!*/ welcomed. OOLIKAN IN STREAMS, SO ALL’S WELL No danger of anyone going hungry for the next few weeks, regardless of war, the high cost of living or weath er— The oolikan are running. No, an oolikan is not a breed or racing dog, it’s a fish. (This for the benefit of the cheechakos.) Good catches of the succulent candle fish or “hooligan,” as this mem ber of the smelt family is more com monly known, are being made every day, and if you have not had a mess why not take a keg hoop and a little mosquito netting and go after some up at the head of the bay. > INFORMATION ON SHIPMENTS NOW _; BEING WITHHELD Uncle Sam’s law enacted after the bomb plots aimed at shipments for the allies, which prohibits anyone from giving out or securing informa tion concerning shipments handled by any common carrier is being more rigidly enforced. Notices have been received by all representatives of the steamship, companies that no information must be given out concerning shipments which might in any way be a detri ment to the shipper or consignee. I OLD TIMER KILLED I NEAR FAIRBANKS _ FAIRBANKS, Friday, Feb. 9.— (Special)—Joe Hanbury, an old timer was killed in a logging camp near here yesterday by a falling tree. AT RATE DURING THREE DAYS /ERY BOAT WILL VANISH IN FOUR YEARS % WASHINGTON, Friday, Feb. 9. — Germany’s sub marine campaign may actually bring England to her knees, if it continues to be as successful as from Feb. oth to 7th. This is shown in a graphic manner today in the report by Lloyds that if the destruction of merchant ships continues at the present rate it would clear the seas of every vessel afloat in four years. During the fifth, sixth and seventh days of the cam paign the ships destroyed included a tonnage of 85,000. # “ADEQUATELY ARMED” SHIPS GET BY MONTREAL, Friday, Feb. 9.—“Out of 78 adequately armed vessels which passed through the submarine zone up to Wednesday night, the German submarines were only able to sink six,” was the reply of Wra. Hodge, mini ster of labor when asked in the British parliament today if the sub blockade would isolate England. This information was received in a special dispatch by the Montreal Star. ORDER BRITISH SHIPS BUILT IN U. S. SAN FRANCISCO, Friday, Feb. 9.—British firms or dered three 10,000 ton freighters here today from local ship builders. This is the first time in 50 years that Great Britain has sent orders abroad for ships. LINER RYNDAM WARNED TO “GO BACK” BY SUB NEW YORK, F riday, Feb. 9.—Warned to turn back, under penalty of destruction, the Holland-American liner, Ryndam, is returnig to New York today after encounter ing a German submarine on the border of the forbidden zone of “unrestricted” warfare. The Ryndam sailed from this port on Jan. 29th, with the American consular agent at Luxemburg, and nearly 110 cabin passengers aboard. Information of what happened was received in a radio message sent to relatives here by a passenger. There was considerable rejoicing in the local offices that the submarine commander went out of his way to give those on board a chance instead of allowing the ves sel to steam on into waters, in which it would have been his duty to sink her without warning. 25 MERCHANTMEN SAlF UN 1 CONVOY OF FLEET NORFOLK, Va., Friday, Feb. 9.—Loaded with war munitions, cotton and general supplies for the Allies a great fleet of, 25 freight steamers and sailing vessels fly ing British, French and Italian flags left‘Virginia ports today, and will be convoyed to Europe. Twenty-five miles off shore a fleet of allied cruisers awaited the sailing and will travel with the freighters to prevent raids from the German submarines. It is understood that the sailing ships will be towed to keep them with the rest of the convoy. A newspaper tug or two accompanied the fleet a short distance and report that it appeared a veritable armada. ■ ■ — | SEEK “SAFE” TRIf ON CONVOYED BOATS NEW YORK, Friday, Feb. 9.—A number of persons who had engaged passage to Europe on American line ships and other neutral vessels not armed cancelled their reservations today and booked on ships flying the flags of the belligerents. Some took passage on the French liner ! Espagne which sails Sunday. They gave as their reason for this move that the un I armed and unconvoyed boats were in far greater danger of being sunk than the ships of France and Germanv, now that the latter are being convoyed by armed squadrons.