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PREPAREDNESS TO RESIST ATTACK DY RAIDERS NEEDED HERE
•-—' -—---— i rrrji n gold, coal | i'll OF THE LAST AND FISH FRONTIER I AJNIJ JAStA | THE ALASKA EVENING POST Volume X!. Number 85. SEWARD, ALASKA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27,1917 _Ten Cents the Copy WII: AND DAUGHTER OF CIVIL WAR VETERAN DIE FROM iXPOSURE QUEENSTOWN. Tuesday, Eel>. 27.—Ten American ci?izens lost their lives in the destruction, Sunday night, of t ie Uunard liner Laconia, by a German submarine, ac cording to information in the hands of U. S. Consul Erost.; The dead include: Mrs. Mary Hoy, of Chicago. Miss Elizabeth Hoy, of Chicago, and eight American negro firemen. Mrs. Hoy and daughter died of exposure in the life boats while a"t sea after the sinking and their bodies were j buried at sea. 1 he eight negroes were killed in the fire room of the liner by the initial explosion of the torpedo, which sunk the liner. SON ASKS THAT THE CRIME BE AVENGED LONDON. Tuesday, Feb. 27. — Austin Hoy, son of Mrs. Mary Hoy, who lost her life through the destruction of the liner Laconia, has cabled President Wilson, urging, that the death of his mother be avenged. In the cable hei declared that he also spoke for his father, aged 84, who is 1 a veteran of the Union army in the war of 1861, who is I broken hearted at the loss of his wife and daughter.! PRES. WILSON WAITS CONGRESSIONAL ACTION ■ ■ ' —■ WASHINGTON, Tuesday, Feb. 27. — Late this afternoon the senate foreign relations com mittee agreed on a bill giving the president the right to arm liners, use naval gunners, and take other measures necessary. WASHINGTON, Tuesday, Feb. 27. — Official dis patches to hand today confirm the charge that the Laconia was sunk without warning. Many officials are of the opinon that Germany in de stroying this liner and American lives, has committed the „ “overt act” mentioned by President Wilson in his speech after breaking relations with Germany, which he said would be necessary to force him to believe that Germany intended to carry out her threat. Secretary of State Lansing was in conference with the president for sime time this morning. Later it was stated that although official dispatches established the Li conia case as being in the nature of an overt act. State department officials take the position that no furth er steps will be taken until congress has acted upon the president’s request of yesterday, for power to act in all cases short of an actual declaration of war. The president is said to be opposed to the calling ot an extra session of congress it possible. NEWYORKWILTpROVIDE FOOD FOR IT’S POOR AT COST, PLAN NEW YORK, Tuesday, Feb. 27. — The mayor an nounced today that a bill will be introduced at once in the legislature, allowing the city to purchase tood and sell it at cost to the poor. . _ OFFICERS FOR THE COMING ELECTION Preparation for the coming muni cipal election was made by the coun cil last night and the following of ficers appointed: Judges of election: A. P. Brown, George Sexton, and L. C. Bates. Clerks: Imogene Lucas and Sylvia Sexton. ✓ ADMIRAL WATSON SAILS FOR SEWARD SEATTLE, Monday, Feb. 26.—The Admiral Watson sailed for Seward and way ports last night. The fol lowing passengers were listed: T. W. Hawkins, H. Smith, M. An derson, S. Maxwell, William Davis, J. Bailey, Tom Davis, Chris Calusen, and seven steerage. Steel Net to Guard Puget Sound; Plan Protection of Alaska Mines; Government Agents Coming North SEATTLE, Tuesday, Feb. 27. — Government agents | and secret service men are quietly moving into all parts of Alaska to keep an eye on what is going on, in view of the i war situation, but their real object is known only to Wash ! ington. Extraordinary precautions are also being taken by the Kennecott corporation to protect its Bonanza mine, the Copper River and Northwestern railroad and other property in the north. These preparations not only in clude plans for the present but for the future in event of >iost serious warfare. Equipment on the road has been LIBRARY GIFT OF WOMAN IN NEW JERSEY • Through the courtesy of Miss il. L. Chamberlain, a member of St. James Hpiscopal church of Monclair, N. J., a splendid little circulating library has been received by St. Peter’s church here, and is available for the residents of Seward and vicinity. In a letter accompying the gift, Miss Chamberlain stated that she was unable to do the work she desired for her fellows and must let the books do it for her. To have the books at a place avail - able for all, they have been placed in care of Mrs. A. H. McNeer, living on Third avenue, opposite the tennis court. Mrs. McNeer has kindly agreed to give Thursday afternoons to library work, and is willing to ex change books any other day that she may be at home. The library includes over 100 j volumes of the latest fiction and macy volumes on literary' scientific and the ological subjects. j SUIT ON TRIAL IN LOCAL COUNT — Trial of the suit of Benson vs Dorff is on today before U. S. Com mission Ennis. Attorneys Booker and Mooers are appearing for Ben son, the plaintiff, and Guy V. Gibbs, is defending Dorff. The action is j to collect for Benson money alleged | to be due from Dorff. The case start- j ed at 11 o’clock anl was continued j after lunch. __ Regular meeting of the lire depart-* ment Wednesday evening, at 8 o'clock. All members are urged to attend. [boats and trains The Northwestern is due in Cordova tonight. The Admiral Watson sailed from Seattle Sunday night for Seward and v.ay ports. The train will leave Thursday morning for Mile 40. TRAILS Trails good with a temperature of 14 degrees above zero at Mile 52, 7 below at Mile 114 and 18 above at Mile 71 it'* ED KRAUSE IS SENTENCED TO DIE MAY 11TH " 1 % I JUNEAU. —(Special.) — Edward' Krause, known as the “Alaska pirate,” recently convicted of the murder ot (’apt. James 0. Plunket and suspect-j ! ed of other murders and piracy, was! sentenced by Judge Jennings on Feb. 17, to be hanged on May 11. His at-j torney will probably appeal. I When the court convened for the j purpose of sentencing Mr. Krause,! Judge Jennings told Mr. Krauczunas that he would hear his remarks, at • the close of which he called Krause forward and said: I “Mr. Krause, the Grand Jury indict ed you and the petit jury convicted you after a fair and impartial trial, under the law of the land as the court saw it. If the court made errors an other and higher court can correct i them. If there were no mistakes the j orders of this court will be carried ' out. “It is not a pleasant duty which confronts the court to pronounce sen tence on you and I am not going to deliver any lecture or prolong this matter to make you feel any worse. “It is the judgment of the court that on the 11th day of May you be taken by the United States marshal for this district of Alaska and be hanged by the neck until you are dead.” -— LET CONTRACT FOR FREIGHTERS SEATTLE, Tuesday, Feb. 27.— Duthie & Company, a local ship build ing concern has secured a contractf to build two steel freighters of 8,800 tons each for the Cunard line, to be completed at the earliest possible moment. THE WEATHER ' Yesterday. Maximum . 36 Minimum . 26 Current ./. 30 Weather.Cloudy Wind . Northerly WEATHER TOMORROW Cloudy and warmer, followed by unsettled. I increased to a considerable extent and orders are in now : for rolling stock and locomotives to enable the line to ! handle several times the present output of the mines. I Exact details of the plans for military protection are withheld from publication. WILL PUT NETS AT ENTRANCE TO SOUND SEATTLE, Tuesday, Feb. 27. — Steel nets are to be thrown across the entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fucca as a protection against German submarine attacks on Puget sound. Contract for the construction of this net has already been let. It will be similar to those at Hamit on Roads and New York on the Atlantic coast, DEFENSE MEASURES NECESSARY HERE Patriotic citizens with the interest of defending their homes at heart, are beginning to inqurie into what steps should be taken to safeguard Seward in case of immedi ate hostilities, prior to such time as the necessary forti fications can be erected at the entrance to Resurrection bay. Existence of commerce raiders and super-submarines, liable to strike at any point in an effort to inflict such dam age as possible, would be as much a menace to Seward and ;he government railroad terminal as to Puget sound, and Jie construction of a steel net across the entrance to the sound shows that the danger there is considered real. Preliminary steps to safeguarding government prop arty here have already been taken, all employees of the •ailroad being required to take the oath of allegiance. No one can foresee the end of this world war. By organizing the available men here and making ap plication to Washington for necessary arms and ammuni tion, and if possible a field gun of sufficient range to make it hot for any “future enemy” commerce raider which puts its nose around Cain’s head, a step may be taken, .vhich would be of untold importance in future operations. GEN IAL ATTACK BY BRITISH \n 1ST FAILS BERLIN, Tuesday, Feb. 27.—German positions on ail sections of the western front between the Somme and Ypres rivers were assaulted many times yesterday, and during the night by British troops, but at only one place were the attacking battalions able to enter the trenches, is the announcement made today by the war office. East of Arras, artillery fire so damaged the defenses that the English were able to break through but before midnight the invaders were ejected by counter attacks. DESTROYERS SHOOT UP ENGLISH TOWNS LONDON, Tuesday, Feb. 27. — German destroyers crossed the channel in'a fog last night and bombarded Broadstairs, and Margate on the Straits of Dover last night, without military results, but succeeded in killing a woman and child. TRAIN CARRYING WOUNDED WRECKED AMSTERDAM, Tuesday, Feb. 27—A train carrying 223 invalided Russian soldiers on the way way home from Germany through Sweden was derailed last night, killing 23 insane in the first car and 25 in other cars of the train. HOLLWEG SAYS FIGHT TO VICTORY BERLIN, Tuesday, Feb. 27. — Chancellor Bethman Holl>veg in addressing the Reichstag this afternoon, said that there must be no thought except to fight out to vic tory;_'___ STRIP HEELS FROM DIPLOMATS' SHOES HALIFAX, Tuesday, Feb. 27.—Rubber heels on the shoes of all the members of Ambassador Bernstorff’s staff were removed by Canadian authorities because the rubber might be used for war purposes.