Newspaper Page Text
ANSWER OF GERMANY
TO BE GONCUIATORT WASHINGTON, April 28.—Impatient at the de lay of the German government in dispatching an an swer to the latest American note. President Wilson today wired Ambassador Uerard to explain that the forthcoming reply must be final. Further advices from Berlin leave the situation unchanged. The fact that Ambassador Geiard has gone to the war front to see the kaiser is regarded as significant. Solution Has Been Reached BERLIN, April 28.—A satisfactory solution of the controversy between Germany and tne United States has been reached, according to semi-official announcement made here today. Germany Will Matte Concessions WASHINGTON, April 24.—Confidential dis patches from Ambassador Gerard, at Berlin, indi cate that Germany will make certain concessions in the armed merchant ship controversy. Whether these will be sufficiently broad to meet the demands of the United States government appears uncertain. Germany’s reply to the final American note is ex pected Friday. The government officials note with satisfaction the general tone of calmness adopted by the German iv,ess. Ambassador Bernstorff is out of town. German People Friendly BERLIN, April 26.—The German people give evi dence of friendship for the United States, and it is believed that the crisis has passed. The govern ment hesitates to recede from its position unless the concessions granted will aUo leave chances for win ning the war. The imperial chancellor returned from army head-1 quarters Monday, after a conference with the kaiser. It is believed that consideration of the American note has been finished and that a decision has been reached concurring in the demands. The nature of the reply to be forwarded to Washington is un- j known except to the higher officials. American Ambassador Gerard was to have an- ( other conference with the chancellor today. SIEGE OF PARIS, April 26.—The french troops are making progress on the Verdun front by the use oi hand grenades. Deadman’s hill is still the objective of the German attack. Neither side has scored sub stantial gains there. Germans Renew Bombardment BERLIN, April 28.—The bombardment of Ver dun has been renewed, and is the most violent of | the siege. j The admiralty has announced the sinking of the British submarine F-22. Germans Driven Out by Floods BERLIN, April 24.—The Germans have been compelled to evacuate the newly-won trenches near Ypres by floods. Neutral ana Belligerent Vessels Sunk LONDON, April 24.—Two Danish, one French and one Italian vessels have been sunk by sub marines. British Flagship Sunk LONDON, April 28.—The British battleship Rus sell, flagship of the Mediterranean fleet, has been de stroyed by striking a floating mine. One hundred and twenty-four lives w'ere lost in the disaster. British warships have captured a German sub marine. A- - MILITARY BILL Hi CONFERENCE ^ WASHINGTON, April 26.—The Democratic lead ers in the house of representatives yesterday finally defeated the efforts of Minority Leader Mann to pre vent the army bill from going to conference until amended. Conferees of both houses of congress will meet to work out the final draft of the first pre paredness” measure. For Navigation Aids in Alaska WASHINGTON, April 28.—The lighthouse bill, which has been reported to the house, carries an ap propriation of $60,000 for lights, gas buoys and fog signals to be installed in Alaska waters. The house Democrats in caucus have approved the senate Philippines bill. _ WORK ON CREEKS BEGINS AND THINGS WILL SOON HUM The mining season in this district is fairly launched for the season. While the big dredge of the Yukon Gold Company is not yet in operation, a big force of men is at work getting everything in readiness. An accident at the power plant early in the week delayed matters somewhat, but it is expected to be running by the first of May. The dredge of Riley A' Marsb n. on Otter creek, started up last week, and has been running continuously. The warm weather of the past few days has started the water running, and on Thursday last there was a hurried call from Dave Strandberg for men to work on the Up-Grade. Dave is expecting a good sea son, as he has a considerable reserve water supply. About sixty men are now employed on the Up-grade, principally in cleaning out ditches and getting things in readiness for turning on the water. There are also signs of activity on Chicken. Willow and Happy creeks, and be fore long the season’s work will be in full swing at those points. The honor of doing the first sluicing in the district this year probably may be awarded to Runkel. Johnson and Sullivan, laymen on the Wildcat association, Flat creek. Several men who have been taking out small winter dumps likewise are about ready to commence operations. -▼ - LIQUOR PERMITS DOUB1 ED IN SECOND MONTH IN SEATTLE According to the Seattle Post Intelli gencer of March 1, the number of uquor permits issued in King county for February more than doubles the number issued for January. Six thousand, three hundred and eighty-six permits had been issued since January 1. Of this number, 4,269 were issued for February, as against 2,117 for January. Whisky and other “hard” liquors are increasing in demand, according to a com parsion of the permits issued for the first two months. There have been permits issued for 9,983 quarts of liquor other than beer, and 32.728 quarts of beer. During January permits were issued for 2 122 quarts of liquors other than beer, end for 10,814 quarts of beer. During February the number of permits issued for liquors other than beer increased to 7,361, trebling the number for January, although the number of permits only doubled. The quantity cf beer for February also doubled, permits fur 21,914 quarts being issued. From personal liquor permits el me the county has realized $1,596.50. The num ber of permits issued to druggists increaso. this sum by nearly $75. O EVIDENCE OF PROSPERITY IN SHIPPING BUSINESS SEATTLE, April 26. The Ala-ka Steam ship Company is planning to increase its fleet. The net earnings of the company last year were double those of the previous year. EFFORTS OF RUBY CITIZENS TO SECURE PIONEERS’ HOME Ruby Igloo No. 5, Pioneers of Alaska. | aided by the citizens of that town, has | taken up the matter of the location of the I Pioneers’ home for Interior Alaska, provi j sion for which already has been made by j the territorial legislature. Chena Hot | Springs has been most frequently spoken of in connection with the location of the in stitution, and a strong protest is entered by the Ruby organization against the choice of that place. While not recommending any particular location, the letter of the Pioneers to the commssion having the mat ter in charge Governor Strong, Delegate Wickersham and Surveyor General David son several places said to be more favor ably situated are mentioned. The letter in part says: “We wish to call your attention to the Ray River Hot Springs, a short distance above Rampart; the Melozi Hot Springs, near the Yukon, about forty miles above Ruby; the Horner Hot Springs, about one and one-half miles from the Yukon river, twenty-five miles above Ruby. There is also another very good spring between the Horner and Melozi hot springs. “It is claimed the waters of all the above mentioned springs contain valuable medici nal qualities. There are doubtless other springs, farther up and farther down the Yukon river than those mentoned above, whose claims might be investigated. Even the Manley Hot Springs, on the Tanana river, is preferable as a location to the Chena Hot Springs. It is at least accessible at all times of the year. "If the Chena Hot Springs site were se lected it would seem to us that you must entirely overlook the best interests of the residents of Iditarod, Innoko, Koyukuk, St. Michael, Ku.-kokwim, Nome, Ruby, Tanana and Rampart, as a glance at the map of .Ahv-ka must convince you that they all would be better served if a site were selected at some point on the Yukon river, where it would be easily reached from any of them, cither summer or winter. Even Fairbanks would not fare so badly.” The main objection to the Chena Hot Springs is that ‘‘it is almost certain that no passable summer road would ever be com pleted through such a country.” ♦ THE LAST MAIL The last mail of the winter trail service left here for the Outside on Monday last, in charge of James Haley, who also brought the incoming mail from the Halfway road house. The second-class matter bore mute testimony to the difficulties of transporta ti; n over the trails at this season of the year, as much cf it was water-soaked. Four more consignments are on the trail, but it is doubtful whether all of them will be delivered before the break-up, as the pres ent warm weather has started water flow ing, and the overflows on the streams add greatly to the trials of the mail carriers. The first outgoing mail on the summer schedule will leave this city in time to meet the first incoming mail from the upper Yu kon at Holy Cross nr Nulato, probably be tween the 22d and 27th of May. The sum mer schedule calls for four consignments per month. RIVER FRONT BUSY PLACE WITH SPRING PREPARATIONS The Iditarod river front presents a scene j of industry these days, and everywhere there ! is evidence of preparation for the approach ( ing busy season with the owners of gasboats j and small steamers which ply between this * city and the head of navigation for the j larger steamers, Dikeman. The demand for | : workmen has been keen, the stampede to :the Tolstoi taking practically every avail able man, and the prospect of increased traffic on the river creating new demands. ; Marry Waj-son has had a force of men at work on the steamer Pup for the past ten days or more, remodeling and putting her into first class shape for the season. When the work is completed the vessel will be as ! good as new. I E. J. Smith and John Currin are build i ing a small power scow for river service. The shipyard is in front of the city hall, and , they are given the gratuitous advice of all ; the passing naval architects, including . Charles Denton, Claud Baker and Dick But ton. The vessel will be ready lor the first water. Frank Kern has built a neat deckhouse on his fast launch, the Alice, and she is being put in shape for the season's work. Ira Wood has a force of men at work 1 on his tleet, and all of the owners of craft i on the river are preparing to place their i vessels in safe positions to withstand the I run of ice shortly to occur. Captain Si At well of the Little Delta has had steam up i this week. Si is anxiously awaiting the ! break-up, as he already has a cargo waiting j to be removed to Marshall City, consisting 1 of mining machinery. The busiest place in town these days is ; Andy Carnegie Uhl’s machine shop, where ; an emergency force has been at work get- ! ting out repairs for the various river oufits. 1 — BRANDEIS TO BE CONFIRMED ACCORDING TO SENATE POLL WASHINGTON, March 23- A poll of the United States senate shows at least twenty majority for the confirmation of Louis I). Brandeis to be justice of the , supreme court of the United States. It is j .stated positively that fifty-eight senators ; have agreed to vote for confirmation. This j i would leave thirty-eight known to be ! ; gainst him or uncommitted. It is believed ! that the majority for confirmation will be j larger. Of the members of the subcoin- ; mittee which investigated the appointment, i only one. Senator Johlt D. Works of Cali fornia, Republican, is against him. Sen- j atrr.* William E. Chilton of West Virginia. I Thomas J. Walsh of Montana and Duncan i U. Fletcher of Florida, Democrats, and A. | B. Cummins of Iowa, Republican, favor j confirmation. UNPLEDGED DELEGATES - i BOSTON, April 26. The Massachusetts primaries have resulted in the election of unpledged delegates. SECRET SESSIONS LONDON, April 24. Parliament has be gun discussion of the recruiting situation in ; secret session. 1 LONDON, April 25.—A naval battle is in progress this morning in the North sea between the j German and English squadrons. The battle occurred close to shore, and shells could be seen bursting j from Hull. The report is that the German ships have fled, pursued by the British. Ships Return Showing Evidences of Battle LONDON, April 26.—Twenty persons were killed as a result of a bombardment by German war-1 ships off Lowestoft yesterday. Ail the British ships which engaged in the pursuit of the Germans have returned. Three cruisers bore signs of having been struck bv German shells. German positions on the Belgian coast have been attacked by British warships. Not much in the way of news has been received from the new Tolstoi district dur ing the past week, but what has come tends to bear out the optimistic predictions made by the early stampeders. Trails are now in bad shape, and the present spell of warm weather doubtless will result in putting a stop to travel to and from the district until after the break-up, when the trip can be made by water. In the meantime prospect ing is being carried on with vigor which justifies the belief that by the time water runs a fairly accurate estimate of the pos sibilities of the district may be arrived at. There are said to be fully a score of pros pecting boilers now on the ground, and with these in operation splendid progress may be expected. No estimate of the number of persons now at the diggings can be made with any degree of accuracy. The district is a large one, and there are many creeks upon which prospects have been found, and which are engaging the attention of the miners. Be sides Boob and Hurst creeks, to which the stampede was directed, other tributaries of the Tolstoi which have been staked their full length are Dome, Basin. Ledge, Hurst and Frisco creeks. In addition to these, Madison creek, a stream of considerable size upon which prospecting, has been car ried on for years, has also attracted con siderable attention. Scattered over these various streams are many men with small outfits prepared to sink holes to bedrock in the hope of locating th^elusive pay streaks. It would be strange indeed, in a country which has shown such splendid prospects, if a mineralized area of considerable size and value were not proven shortly. The spirit of optimism which prevails throughout the district augurs well for its future, and men who are acquainted with the country and j its formation look confidently forward to the opening up of some rich properties. The town of Cooper is assuming the airs ! of a sure-enough frontier city. Many build ings have been started, and preparations are j | being made to take advantage of business j opportunities that may arise in the event that the mining developments justify the : building of a city there. Word comes that [ Commissioner W. A. Vina', of Ophir will : . l e located at that point at least until the i break-up. Latest Reports | The latest reports from the district, brought to ldilarod during the past week, ere to the effect that excellent prospects were discovered in a shaft sunk to bed 1 rock on Wilson creek, which is a pup of Mastodon, fiowdng into the latter stream at a point near discovery. The ground re vealed values of several cents to the pan, and there was a stampede immediately to j stake ground there. It is reported that in | a short time the entire creek bed and the benches up to the third and fourth tiers ; were staked. Reports are, of course, in circulation of the finding of pay in various places, but these in most instances may be put down : to mere rumor. Nothing of an authentic i nature has reached this office as to the find | ing of new pay. One report brought to the city during the j week was to the effect that it was now* conceded that there was pay on four creeks. I The details to substantiate the statement | are lacking, and it is given merely for what j it is worth. There is little chance that reliable news | as to real developments will be received j before water run. Interest Still Maintained Although the excitement incident to the first rush has subsided somewhat, the inter- i est of the community in the new finds is [ still in evidence. There is little doubt that should the pay be found to be at all ex- j tensive there will be many persons pre- j pared at a moment’s notice to launch busi- i ness ventures in the new camp. One of the rumors in circulation that has caused a great deal of interest is to the effect that A1 Walsh, the well-known oper ator, is securing options on claims in the new district. A1 recently made a hurried trip to Ruby and returned to the scene of j the stampede, where he has since been. I t BANDIT IS NOT DEAD AND TROOPS REMAIN COLUMBUS, N. M., April 26.—Colonel Dodds’ troops clashed with the Viihstas last Saturday. In the engagement two Americans were killed and three wounded. Six Mexicans were killed and sixteen wounded. Field headquarters, with several detach ments of American troops, have resumed the active pursuit of Villa in the mountains north and west of Parral. Bandit Not Bead Yet PRESIDIO, Texas, April 24. —A Texas messen ger has just arrived at Ojinaja, ojiposite here, with the report that Villa is at Aquachile Chili with two hundred men. Murderer Captured by Carranza EL PASO, Texas, April 24.—Pablo Lopez, the Villa commander who was responsible for the mur der of seventeen Americans at Santa Ysabel, has been captured by Carranza troops. American Troops Wiil Police Infested Area WASHINGTON, April 24.—President Wilson to day announced the plans for the redistribution of the American troops in Mexico. It is proposed to police the area where the bandits roam, and the military status quo will be maintained until the de facto government appears able to prevent a repeti t.on of the raids. Carranza Becoming Impatient WASHINGTON, April 24.—Carranza has asked for an early reply to his note of April 12, suggesting the withdrawal of the American troops from Mexico. Many Villistas Killed MEXICO CITY, April 28.—Five hundred Villistas have been killed in battle at Oazaca with Carranza troops. Mexicans Can Handle Villa CHIHUAHUA, April 23,—General Obregon states that he is prepared to handle all the Villa bandits, and hopes to convince General Scott at to morrow’s conference that the time has arrived for the withdrawal of the American troops. Villistas to Be Executed DEMING, N. M., April 25.—Seven Villistas cap tured on the railroad after the Columbus raid have been condemned to death. They will be executed May 19. Americans Advised to Leave TORREON, April 23.—The consul at Duranzo has advised all Americans to leave the city on ac count of the seriousness of the situation caused by newspaper agitation since the Parra! fight. Ilf IRELAND LONDON, April 25.—Sir Roger Casement, an Irish knight, has been captured on a German ship which attempted to land arms in Ireland. He has been held on a charge of treason. Sir Roger has been in Berlin since the inception of the war, and openly sought the aid of the Germans for a prom ised Irish revolt. Irish Nationalist Society in Control of City Rioting has taken place in the streets of Dublin, and the city is in control of Sinn Fein mobs. The troops were called out and twelve of the soldiers were killed. The mob took possession of the post office and cut the telegraph wires. The city of Dublin has been placed under martial law and a large number of troops with machine guns have been hurried to the Irish capital. Government Realizes Grave Crisis Is On LONDON, April 28.—The grave crisis which ex ists in Dublin was brought to the attention of the house of commons yesterday by Premier Asquith. The whole of Ireland has been placed under martial law. The rebels continue to hold important public buildings. It is stated that German submarines have landed great quantities of arms and ammunition in Ireland. STRIKE RESULTS IN DISTURBANCE PITTSBURGH, April 24.—-Deputy sheriffs are guarding the great Westmghouse plant, and have been compelled to use clubs upon the strikers. Thir teen thousand men are out. I AMBASSADOR TO TURKEY TO BE NEW YORK LAWYER WASHINGTON, April 26,- Henn Mor genthau, United States ambassador t > Tur key, has tendered his resignation. lie will take up organization work of the Demo cratic party preparatory to the pending campaign. Abram Elkus, a New York lawyer, is ex pected to be named by the President as bis fttiocegsor. RIOTS AT COAL MINES WILKESBARRE, Pa., April 26— State troops were used to quell riots between members of the Industrial Workers of the World and the United Mine Workers. Thirty-six Industrial Workers have been arrested. MINERS SECURE INCREASE NEW YORK, April 28.—Differences be tween the bituminous miners and operators of Pennsylvania have been settled, the strikers gaining an increase of wages, i Twenty-four thousand men are affected. -* WIRELESS TO BE INSTALLED AT HOLY CROSS MISSION Welcome news to travelers to and from Iditarod and to steamboat men is contained in the following from the Fairbanks Times of March 20: “After working on the matter for several years, Lieutenant C. H. Mason, officer in charge of the Second section of the mili tary telegraph system, received orders yes terday to proceed at once to requisition the material needed for the construction of wireless stations at Fort Yukon and Holy Cross. Ever since assuming his duties as officer in charge in the Interior, Lieutenant Mason has been trying to get these stations authorized. During his first year in Alaska he pointed out to the war department the needs of the stations, and ever since he has been hammering away on the matter. “These stations will be patterned after the wireless plants used by the field com panies of the signal corps, and will be mov able. “Lieutenant Mason wanted to secure a station for the Koyukuk also, but at the present time the war department evidently does not deem it advisable to send one to that point. “The new stations at Holy Cross and Fort Yukon will be a great help to steam boat men in the summer; to mail carriers and to court officials. They will also tend to protect the public health and welfare of these places, in that the residents will be able to communicate with the Outside world in time of necessity.” -♦ NEW YORK, April 26.- President Wil son has issued an appeal to business met for co-operation with the committee on iiy dust rial preparedness.