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SEWARD. ALASKA __r._ m cents pbe cop« I Reported Delegate Griggsby Will Contest Decision Made t SEATTLE, Jan. 26—A special message/rom Wash ington to the Seattle Times says that it is understood that George Grigsby, present Delegate from Alaska is to be un seated. This is the report given out by the election com mittee which has been investigating the contest The re ort of the Committee, number three, which has been in vestigating the contest. The report of the Committee has >en adopted by the House. The report which will be filed . in the near future recommends that the seat be given to * Tn^ge Wickersham. It is exoected that Delgate Grigsby dll contest the report which was made. The decision to seat Wickersham was made purely o na party vote on the floor of the House. ___________ AMERICANS BE RETURNED « COBI.UN2, Jan. 25—Fourteen hundred Americans, members of the demobolized Polish Army will be returned to this country on the American transport, President Grant, which left Danzig on January 20. SCHOONER FIGHTS TERRIFIC BATTLE ( CORDOVA, Jan. 26—The power schooner Olga, nine ty days out of Nome arrived here today after fighting a series of terrific battles with the heavy gales along the northern coast. She had been given up as lost many weeks ago. The crew has substained on dried fish and reideer meat TO SETTLE JAPANESE QUESTION • I f WASHINGTON, DVC., Jan. 26—It was announced to day that the negotiations between Ambassadors Morris and Shiedesara over the settlement of the California ques tion for the definition of the rights between the Japanese ad Americans had been successfully concluded. The two governments must now approve of the negotiation before any definite action towards the signing of a treaty can be taken by either side. INVESTIGATION OF SOPHIA DISASTER REVEALS MUCH SEATTLE, Jan. 26—Evidence which shows that the Princess Sophia was not properly manned at the time she was wrecKed and that Captain Locke had the habit of spending considerable of his time in his cabin with women , plbsengers, was introduced by a claimant- yesterday af ternoon after a motion to limit the liability. A. Dickensen, room steward said that on several occasions Capt. Locke had invited women passengers to his room and that he had received life boat instructions only once. Frank Sinnot, a former member of the crew testified that he had never r :eived such instructions. QUADRUPLE BIRTH RATE PREDICTED MILWAUKEE, Jan. 26—Charles Kirschner, profes sor of astronomy predicted yesterday that the country will >3 flooded with twins, triplets and quadruplets during the next six years. His prediction he says is based on the con junction of certain stars with the moon. The world will be startled at thes^ecundity among.all races especially during the next four years. ■V - BROKERAGE FIRM CLOSES PORTLAND PORTLAND, Jan. 26—Receiver W..D. Whitcomb to day announced today the analysis of the affairs of Morris Brothers, the brokerage firm which close dlast month. The analysis indicates that the crdeitors will receive anywhere . from fifty four to. ninety-six cents on the dollar. The de ficit will probably total $700,000. TRY TO TURN AUSTRIAN QUESTION TO LEAGUE PARIS, Jan. 26—An unsuccessful attempt was made today by the Allied Supreme Council to turn the Austrian problem pver to the League of Nations. \ .V ;, .. ' ; .5: . .•* .£.-\ f . » * * - .*•’ . j \ ^ . * r NEW COMPANY *0 START . ‘ ‘ \ That abundant capital has already been secured for the development of a group of oil claims in the west field of the Cold Bay district was stated today by J. W. McCord, agent I f >r the locators who has been in Ju i neau for several days on business (in connection with the filing of ap plioations for oil leasing permits Mr. McCord , who is an old time Alaskan of the Tolovana that has produced in an average of a millior a year since discovery, said that the Westward Development Com pany, an Oregon corporation, formed on December 18, last, is to actively push drilling as soon as machinery’ and supplies can be landed in the field. The company is a closed corpora tion and not a stock selling proposi tion, accrding to Mr. McCord. It numbers among its stockholders prominent Oregonians including James B. Kerr, . attorney, Portland; A. S. Kerry, of the Kerry Timber Company* Kerry, Ore., a former Northerner who was head of the old Lake Bennett and Yukon Navaigation Company in the early Yukon days; Bert C. Ball, President of the Will iamette Iron & Steel Works; Frank lin T. Griffith, President, Portland Railway, light and Power Company; George L. and J. A. McPherson, large timber owners, Portland; Mor ton H. Insley, vice-president Will amette Iron & Steel Works and A. G. Labbe, second vice-president of the same company; Mr. Corbet with Ladd & 'Tilton’s Bank, Port land; Kfr. Woodard of Woodard & Clark, Portland; J. W. McCord, Ko Portland bankers. Mr. McCord stated that although permits have as yet been issued to i none of the locators, no trouble **■ anticipated in that respect and prep arations are being made to begin actual drilling next season. Fifteen out of 22 claims represented , are reported by the L. S. Land Office entirely free from conflict and while there are some apparent conflicts on tne otner seven claims, in reairty . there are none. “In fact,” declared Mr. McCord, “all the men in the west field of the Cold Bay district are 'working in harmony and any seeming conflicts will be amicably straightened out among the locators without difficulty. All of them are anxious to get permits' and begin prospecting and there will be no trouble oevr conflicting claims.” M Outlook Is Promising. “The outlook in the field, from the surface of course, is promising Four of the biggest. seepages in Alaska are located there. One can wade in oil above his boot tops. Gas seepages also exist oil is high grade and of a parafine base and where evaporation has taken place - • • - deposits of parafine substance lie on the surface of the land to a depth in some instances of four feet. Th s makes fine fuel for which it will be used in drilling operations. The geo logical structure is not folded to the extent that is noticeable in other Alaska oil districts and this with the excellent surface indications leads to the belief that oil pools ( will be found to exist all along the ! peninsula. Actual tests have shown the oil to have about three times the value of- California oil.” • Mr. McCord stated that the ma chinery and supplies would be taken into the field next Spring by Capt Peter K.' Larson, Superintendent of San Francisco. It will be shippe ' by the way of Bering Sea into Bris tol Bay up the Egakuk River and into Betharof Lake, on the shores of which a number of claims are lo cated. Capt Larson is interested ir the locations as is Guy V. Graham, a cannery, superintendent of Libby McNejl and Libby with whom ar rangements have been made for use of machine shops located near the field. Others interested in the claimr include Jerry Ford, prominent gold mining operator of Idftarod, L. C Early of . Standard Oil Land & Leasing CMpStry of Eleetra, Tex., Wallace Cathcart, formerly vice president of the Farmers Bank of Fairbanks and owner of mining grodnd in the Interior. Gus Peterson, of Fairbanks, also has a lease in the field. He is one of teh most prominent mining men of Alaska, owning vast tracts of placer mining ground in the Fair banks vand Livengood districts. He also is majority stockholder of the Healy River Coal Corporation, which has a government lease on coal land in the Nenana coal fields and is supplying the Alaskan Engineer* ing Commission and Nenana and Fairbanks with coal at the present enced drill man is now drilling on a 2,000 acre ranch he owns in Ben* ten County, Wasn. He nee oeen asked to take charge of the drilling operations in tile field next Spring, according to Mr. McCord. Mr. McCord commended in warm est terms tile methods of the local land office in handling applications for oil leasing permits. “AH of us who have submitted applications to the Juneau Land Office have found Register F. A. Boyle willing to meet us more than half way in every re spect,” he said, ‘‘and he has bandied all of them without delay. It is a pleasure to encounter and do busi ness with an afficial of this type.” Mr. McCord wiU leave Juneau on one of tiie first southbound steam ers enroute to Washington where he will endeavor to faciHtate issuance 'v of permits. : i SPINACH POISONS THREE PERSONS GRAND RAPIDS Mich, Jan. 26— Two persons are dead and three dying and several in a critical condition as the result of eating preserved spinach. CR1 E IN VIENNA INCREASES VIENNA, Jan. 26—Crime in Vienna has increased five-fold this year, Police President Schober has just told the Vienna Trade Association. He added that nearly every case was one of serious nature, 1 . ^ Charge Billion and Half Has Been Swiped by Coal Dealers WASHINGTON, D. C., Jan. 2ft-Senator Calder of Jew York, a witness testifying before the Senate Commit tee which is considering his bill for the Federal regulation of the coal industry expressed his belief that the American sople had been mulcted of more than $1,500,000,000 by the coal men of the country last year. LARGE FUNERAL PROCESSION SEATTLE, Jan. 20—Police officers and many busi ness men joined the funeral procession of the three police en who were slain last Saturday night in fights with Tohn Schmidt an alleged bandit. Dense crowds thronged 'he down town streets and at the request of the mayor a ent many business houses suspended for a few moments rhile the cortege was passing. A monster benefit is being danned to raise funds for the twelve rttembers of the fam ’?es of the officers who were thrown on the public for sup port by the death of the policemen. Jack Dempsev has i ^-o/yrj f» sked to refree a feature bout and the newspapers 'ave been asked to assist in collcting funds. The mavor has -'aVed the city council to increase the police force and make *. determined effort to rid the city of gunmen and crimi 'als. NEW NAVAL SITES HAVE BEEN SELECTED WASHINGTON, D. C. Jan. 26—Alameda has been se lected by the joint committee for the site of the naval fleet ase in the Pacific. San Diego has been choosen as the sub marine base and Sandpoint, Washington as the site for for the aviation base. GERMANS PASS SENTENCE / COBLENZ, Jan. 26—A German Court yesterday sen tenced Gilbert Mains, a German civilian to be guillotined for the murder of an American soldier last April. It is al leged that Mains killed the-soldier with his own pistol and hen robbed him. i BANKER RESISTS EXTRADITION r CARSON, Jan. 26—Cornelius Huley, former presi > lent and manager of the American State Bank at Fair banks will resist extradition to Alaska. He says that he : wants a fair trial, which he could not get if he returned to Fairbanks in charge of a marshall. He is charged with ac cepting deposits when he knew hat the bank was insol vent. His attorney has announced that Governor Boyle has set the date for a hearing next Friday. JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CONVENES WASHINGTON, Jan. 26—The Senate Judiciary Com mittee today resumed its hearings on the charges against Attorney General Mitchell Palmer and the Department of Justice in connection with the administration of the Espi onage Law. Palmer is charged with, the violation of the law and the constitution and the conducting of raids for the arresting of alleged radicals. BEGIN INVESTIGATION TODAY , i MEMPHIS, Jan. 26—Agents of the United States Bu reau of Explosives began an investigation today to deter- . mine the cause of yesterday’s explosion of a gasoline car which destroyed a city block and caused the death often, negroes and injured scores of others. I ' • t * . ' ,f * LABOR ASKS TRADE RESUMPTION SPOKANE, Wash. Jan. 26—The central Labor Coun cil today passed a resolution asking Secretary of State Col by to confer with President Wilson regarding the immedi ate resumption of trade with Bussia. They further declar ed that many thousand workers were nowJout of employ-* ment who might be engaged on Russian contracts, \ 1 ’ ^ - . • * .»» .