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2™D i COPPER OF THE LAST L| AND FISH FRONTIER | I IJ THE ALASKA EVENING POST Volume XL Number 7S WARD, ALASKA, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17,1917.__Ten Cents the Copy PRESIDENT IN PERSONAL CHARGE OF PLAN TO K 1 AMERICAN SHIPS MOVING WASHINGTON, Saturday, Feb. 17.—What may vir tually become a blockade of American Atlantic ports by Germany’s submarine fleet is regarded by .officials today as overshadowing other issues in the situation existing as a result of unrestricted sub warfare by the Teutons. The accepted view is that President Wilson will go before congress soon to announce what steps are to be taken to relieve the situation, but no time has been set for ’this action. President Wilson personally assumed charge of the problem of moving American shipping to and from Eur opean ports today. He has planned the next move which tloes not plan acquiescing to Germany’s submarine methods but is said to involve arming of American mer chantmen. _ TAFT SAYS WE ARE RIGHT INDIANAPOLIS, Saturday, Feb. 17.—Ex-President Taft in an address last night declared that the United States is right in its stand and urged all to stand by the president. _ AMERICAN TROOPS LAND IN CUBA f -- HAVANA, Saturday, Feb. 17.— Correspondents for the Cuban newspaper Lalucha state that American troops have been landed at Santiago de Cuba to guard the Ameri can consulate and that they are patrolling the streets. It is officially continued that Americans have landed elsewhere in Oriente province. FORMER CONSULTS HELD AS A SPY NOGALES, Ariz., Saturday, Feb. 17. — Frederick Kaiser, former German vice-consul in Mexico was arrest ed on a charge of violating the national defense laws to day following a visit to the government warehouse at camp Stephen, a little under suspicious circumstances. CAPTAIN OF $5,000,000 GERMAN 4INER TELLS COURT HOW HE WAS ORDERED TO DESTROY ENGINES BOSTON', Saturday, Feb. 17. — Candid statements that fte had been ordered to destroy the machinery in the $5,000,000 German liner Kronprinzessin Cecelie and had transmitted the order to the chief engineer, who carried it out were made in court here today by Captain Polack, master of the ship. Polack refused to sav from whomjie received the or der, stating that if he did he might be tried for treason in i Germany. The incident was most dramatic. Captain Polack had been subpoenied before the federal court on a hearing on a petition by the owners to sell the vessel, at which it de veloped that the engines would have to be rebuilt. Captain Polack stated that he had been ordered by a man connected in an official capacity with the German embassy to disable its machinery, to prevent the use of the ship by this government in event of hostilities with Germany. “I was in Hoboken, when I received the order,” said Polack and I at once telegraphed to the chief engineer here to carry it out. The work of destruction was com pleted between January 31st and Feb. 1st.” When asked to give the name of the person from whom the order was received, Polack said: “Your honor, 1 am an officer of the German navy, and if I should disclose the name of this member at this hear ing 1 might be tried for treason when I went home to Ger many. I wish you would not oblige me to answer the ques tion.*’ The question was not pressed further. Captain Polack and the Kronprinzessin Cecelie figur ed in one of the first dramatic sea stories of the world. She was enroute to Germany at the time war was declar ed and had obard 1,200 passengers and $10,700,000 in gold. She was ordered by wireless on July 31st, 1914 to dodge English cruisers and hurry back to America and on August 4th she reached Bar Harbor, Maine. The Harold Blekum did not sail un til this morning. She dropped down the at a rapid rate with a fair wind. The warm storage on the dock just | ( being finished has three walls, three ceilings and three floors, with a layer of tarred felt between each. PUT FIVE GREAT ENGINEERS IN RESERVES WASHINGTON, Saturday ,Feb. 17. — The greatest single step in national military preparedness was taken today by the war department in the appointment to the U. S. signal officers reserve corps of five leading electrical engineers of the world. Telephone and telegraph. companies and electrical companies of the country have given the chief executives of the nation to understand that their employees have SCANDAL OVER LETTER USED INCONGRESS WASHINGTON, Saturday, Feb. 17. —Another encounter has occurred in the long continued clash between Delegate Wickersham and Col. Rich ardson of the Alaska Road commis sion and as a result reports of a scandal are rampant around the war department and halls of congress. This clash is an aftermath of the “dry bill” one clause of which provid ed that license fees collected in the territory, a part of which are now turned over to the Alaska road fund, should be “deposited by the clerks of the district courts of Alaska in the territorial treasury of Alaska, and the legislature of Alaska is hereby authorized to expend the said funds jy law for territorial uses,” thus cut ting off a source of revenue from the road commission. Wickersham was author of the bill, anti Col. Richardson charged that the clause was a joker aimed at him. The alleged scandal as charged by Richardson’s supporters is that Wick ersham is urging his prohibition measure containing this clause, quot ed an approving letter from Former Secretary of War Garrison, which they allege was altered. In support of the charge the war department’s carbon copy of Garri son’s letter, showing it to be a direct contradiction of the letter as quoted by the delegate, has been produced. Wickersham denies knowledge of the alteration and intimates that if there has been any alteration it was by his enemies on the copy. Sec. of War Baker is skeptical in the matter. It is said that Delegate Wicker sham complained to the war depart ment concerning Col. Richardson’s al leged improper conduct. Opposition by Richardson to Wiok ersham’s .re-election is claimed by the former’s friends to be responsible. Rumors that Col. Richardson is slated to leave Alaska as a result of the continued quarrel are now re ported. Correspondents who have investi gated the affair report Wickersham’s stock as considerably below pat in war department circles, and the next move is awaited with interest. BOATS AND TRAINS The Alaska is due in Juneau tomor row. The Admiral Watson is due in Ju neau Monday. The train left this morning at 8:30 for Mile 40. THE WEATHER Yesterday. Maximum . 32 Minimum . 24 Current . 26 Weather . Clear Wind . North i WEATHER TOMORROW Increasing winds and cooler. 253 TREATED DURING YEAR ATHOSPITAL At the regular meeting of the Hos pital Helpers on Wednesday, the re port of work done during the first year of the organization was read by the president, Mrs. T. M. Ward, show ing the hospital to have accomplished i a great deal for those afflicted by in jury or illness during the past year. The report follows: “This being about the anniversary of the hospital’s opening, we feel that those interested would like to know what is being done. The hospital has been in existence a year and every thing done on as small a beginning as prudence would allow. “During the year 253 people have been treated; there are 23 who have received care without compensation, several of these may respond later. “The many contributions of books, papers, fruits, plants and flowers, fish and game, have all aided to the cheerful keeping of the hospital, and we take this opportunity of thanking each donor. The Christmas remem brances from the groceries, meat markets, school children and the I thoughtfulness of the Seward Bank, are all worthy of particular mention. “There are several things to be ac complished during the year, such as putting in sterilizers for the operat ing room, enlarging one of the wards, and adding necessary equipment in place of temportary arrangements. “The work of the Hospital Helpers consist of the necessary sewing, sup plying all reading material, visiting the sick and furthering the interest of the people in the hospital work. To date they have furnished 36 sheets cut and hemmed, 28 pillow cases, 43 flannel g?wns (mens’), 3 fine bath robes, 1 doz. bedroom slippers, 3 doz. towels, 2 doz. dish towels, 21 pairs of curtains, 2 infant’s outfits, numerous bandages, operating aprons and mis cellaneous things. “There are no dues but a mite box was establshed for voluntary contri butions and with the proceeds needles, thread, markers, etc., were purchased. “Surely all the women of Seward ought to take interest in this good work and try and attend the meetings occasionally which meet twice a month at the hospital on Wednsedays, from 2:30 to 4:30 o’clock. Mrs. J. H. Romig and Mrs. Anton Eide kindly offered their homes for meetings when the hospital was crowded. The officers are: Mrs. William Edes, hon j orary president; Mrs. Thomas Ward, r president; committee on arrange 1 ments, Mrs. J. M. Sloan and Miss M. I A. Ryan. I __ GROUND HOG MAY BE REAL PROPHET Northern lights haveN)een playing around the sky with unusual brilli ancy the past few nights and snow banners from the peaks indicate that Boreas will resume his sojourn here abouts. All of this was foretold on the second when the groundhog crept forth and ducked back into his hole with a frosted nose. been organized and have ottered their services as iesu\ ists in the signal corps. RAILROADS TO CO-OPERATE NEW YORK, Saturday, Feb. 17.—Railroads of the ' United States have made it known through the central ' offices here that in event of war they will co-operate. STEEL NETS BLOCK NTRANC: TO NEW YORK AND HAMPTON ROADS NEW YORK, Saturday, Feb. 17.—Defense measures against raids in the harbor of New York by submarines of the enemy in event of war with Germany were taken today when a great steel net was put in place at the en trance. This net is similar to those in use at the entrance to the harbor of Halifax, from which all of the Canadian contingents have embarked for Europe. ADMIRAL McLEAN ISSUES WARNING NORFOLK, Va., Saturday, Feb. 17. — Warning was issued to mariners today that a steel net to guard against attack by submarines were being placed at the entrance to Hampton Roads. This work is under supervision of Rear Admiral McLean. Pending orders the gate of the net will be left open and marked with dags, but mariners are advised that the iet is liable to be closed without warning in which event patrol boats will be near at night to let merchantmen through. _ GERMAN SEAMEN IN AMERICAN PORTS ARE FREE, EXCEPT THOSE VIOLATING PORT REGULATIONS WASHINGTON, Saturday, Feb. 17.—No German sea men on ships interned in American ports are being held except those charged with an offense or held under suspi cion of violation of some law, is the statement issued to day by Atty. General Gregory. He announced that those responsible for sinking ships in harbors would be prose cuted. HANS HIKES HOMEWARD NEW YORK, Saturday, Feb. 17. — Hans Tauscher, husband of Johanna Gadski, of operatic fame and agent for the'Krupp interests sailed for Europe on the Freder ick Eighth. EXAMINING BERNSTORFF’S PASSPORTS HAL1FAZ, Saturday, Feb. 17.—Examination of pa papers and credentials of German diplomats, including Bernstorff, on the Frederick Eighth is proceeding slowly. WILL LEAVE BRAND WHITLOCK ALONE I BERLIN, Saturday, Feb. 17. — Brand Whitlock will i renn'in in Brussels in his diplomatic capacity._ LOCATION OF COLD STORAGE ISJORVEYED Surveyors have layed out the site tor the San Juan Fishing^nd Packing company’s plant and set the stakes indicating the lines of the dock which will extend into deep water. Piling and all of the material available loc ally has been assembled at Powder House point, and caps and stringers for the dock are on the freighter Ju neau, due here next week. Mr. and Mrs. Gaffney, formerly of Prince Rupert, have taken over the second floor of the Patton building on Fifth avenue and will probably make their home here. BOXING BOUTS FEATURE OF HOP D ’ ATHLETIQUE The basketball game will start at 8:45 and dancing will begin immedi ately following the game. A good lively game is expected and everyone is cordially invited to attend. Sever al good boxing bouts, including one bv the Frazier brothers, will take place during the evening. The decor ation and refreshment committees have been working hard for the past week ot make this the biggest dance of the year, and the person who does not attend will ever afterwards con sider himself entirely “out of the swim" socially.