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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.
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
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
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^ 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. _
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
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.
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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
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.
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
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 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.
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
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

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
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BOSTON, April 26. The Massachusetts
primaries have resulted in the election of
unpledged delegates.
LONDON, April 24. Parliament has be
gun discussion of the recruiting situation in ;
secret session.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
Abram Elkus, a New York lawyer, is ex
pected to be named by the President as bis
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
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.
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
“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.

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