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VOL. VII. FAIRBANKS, ALASKA, . JAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 1_’. 1917. NO. 51 NEGOTIATE Will UNITED STATES AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN GOVERN MENT WOULD NEGOTIATE WITH THIS COUNTRY RELA TIVE TO SUBMARINE WARFARE —GERMANY PREVENTS IT. GERMAN CONSENT MUST be: SECURED REPRESENTATIVES OF AUSTRIA TELL AMERICAN AMBASSADOR THAT AUSTRIA FAVORS AL LOWING AMERICANS TO TRA VEL MEDITERRANEAN. (Associated Press) VIENNA, Feb. 10, Re port ■ in mm eral circulation here are to the < f feet that the Austro Hungarian gov eminent Is negotiating with United States Ambassador Penfield relative to a move to prevent the severance of diplomatic relations between Aus tria and the United States. The severance is feared on account i : the close alliance between German) and Austria, and it is then fo’ no; expected that the negotiations will succeed, because Germany is avet . to giving any pledge regarding tin safety of Americans traveling on tls high seas. The negotiations relate chiefly ti the traveling of Americans on tie Mediterranean unhindered by tin fc: that the ship on which they an traveling might be sunk at an) mo ment by an Austrian or German an derseas boat. It is expect, d. hov. ever, that Germany will object l such a course on the part of Austria on the ground that it would w eaitei the Mediterranean blockade, and An tria is unable to give the guaranti i without the sanction of Germany. POWDER FACTORY IS DESTROYED (Associated Press) PITTSBURG, Pa., Feb. 10. Tin machine shops of the Union Switch &. Signal company at Swissvale, mar here, burned to the ground tonight The loss is estimated at approxi mately $4,000,000. Until recently tin establishment was engaged in mak ing munitions of war for the allies. The cause of the fire is a mystery. FLETCHER GOES INTO IXICO (Associated Press) WASHINGTON, D. €„ Feb. 10. United States Ambassador to Mexico Henry Fletcher was dispatched to the southern republic today. lit will go first to Carranza’s capital at Queretaro, where he will present his credentials to the provisional president. Last night the remains of Joe Handbury, the well known resident of Fairbanks who was accidentally killed by a falling tree last Thurs day, arrived in town. Just when the funeral will be held is not defi nitely known, but it will probably take place some time this week. Henry T. Ray, secretary of the Pioneers of Alaska, of which the deceased was a member, yesterday received a message from C. E. Hand bury, a son of the dead man, in structing that his father be buried here. Announcement will be made later regarding the time and details of the funeral. In the mail which arrived yester day afternoon a letter was received by Wallace Cathcart, secretary of the local commercial club, from H. E. St. George asking that descrip tive booklets of Fairbanks and this district be mailed to about twenty people, whose addresses he enclosed. Back to the clays of the golden pssi : back to the days when, to ijuoie Service, There was no law o1 | God or man north >f 1'ifiydhree; back to the days of 98 when gold was more plentiiul in Alaska and 'the Yukon than most of the necessi lies of life. That's w lr : e the people went last night who ware in aiUnd ; ante at the charity show. Those j days were all there, including the ! dance hall and the dance hall girls, j ihe parts of the latter h( ing played [ by all the women who were there; | including, also, the gambling tables, | taro, roulette and craps, although ‘ ell of the gambling was done wjtlt "charity money,” which, once lest, I could never bo regained. The only ! thing lacking was the miner “fresh ! trom the creeks.” 11c was there, all sight, but in the garb of today; not in that which prompted those poet 1 ically inclin' d to wax descriptive of ihe North that was; the North tiia' never will be again except on such I occasions as last night or in the minds ; those sourdoti bs dm were actual ; witnesses to the transactions of those i days or who participated in them. The present day dance hall of the Outside, the cabaret, was also there, j making the show it combination of the old and the new. Instead of be ing greeted altogether by pretty girls j in low-necked dresses and with ; snowy shoulders exposed as in the dance hall, those who attended tin 1 cabaret performance were treated to an entertainment such as is provided on tlie Outside. The pretty girls were there just the same, singing solos or taking the parts of chorus girl.-,, in some instances being ac companied by young men, perform ing classy dances and other stunts. The fact of the matter is that all who took part in the entertainment last niglit, as well as those who lent ' their presence there and spent their good money for charity, contributed to the success of what will go down in history as one of Fairbanks’ great l ost successes, both socially and fi | nancially speaking. To attempt to describe it entirely would bo use less, for it was practically beyond description from start to finish. It undoubtedly has set a precedent j whch will be hard for any future af 1 fairs of the kind to outdo. The dancing floor at the Audl | torium, of course, served as the “dance hall." The greater part of i the program, interspersed with danc es, was rendered there, or rather, > on the stage. Between the num bers or after the dances “Hamgrease Jimmy” ("Slim” Packard in turned up trousers, with coat off and gaudy sleeveholders) would shout, “....up to the bar.” leaving out the first word of that famous shout of the notorious, or, as one might say, fa mous, dance hall floor manager of the days of '98. And then the crowd would flock to the bar, where, five or six deep, they would make an ef fort to secure a drink, which would be a "pony” glass a third full of ginger ale or some other mild con coction of the kind, the bar being, stn tched from the stage most of the way to the hack end of the hall along the cast side. Those- presiding behind the bar were such well known old time mixologist, as Andy Mc Kenzie, Jack Alexander, Claude Kelly, John Moe, Billy neap, Charlie Mar tin and others w ho relit v< tl them from time to time, and they ware all kept busy. The gambling tablt s ivt re located in what is known us the coat room at the Auditorium. Two runlet a wheels ran all night until an early hour this morning, as t'.id a crap and faro layout and a black j civ game. All night the ‘■gamblers.” playing with “phony" money, surged around the tables. Ten dei p most of thf time they were with but lit tle chance for more than a few to play at one time. The games were very interesting, particularly to the women who had never set n them Ire-fore, but no more so than to the mi'ii who managed the games, relics of old gambling days in :he North, days ihe like of which viiI never be seen again. I Charlie, or “Kid” Thompson, as lie was known in the old days at Nome cool and calm, dealt at the faro ta hie, silently slipping tile cards l'roi the little mahogany box and taking in the chips, with l-'ivd Carter in the lookout chair. Charlie Beam presided at the crap table, hi- eye: gleaming with old-time enthusiasm whenever he raked in the carnival money, his smile fading to a scowl as though it was real money, when some lucky dice thrower announced by a “yip” that he had thrown seven first or made liis point. Over at the black jack game George Perusse and Aaron Kennedy dealt methodi- j cally, ever and anon U< eping a watch i ful eye on the turned cards, watch ing the chances of percentage against ; the dozen or more players \vho were bucking the game. "IJuc" Sternes and “Bill" Evans presided at the roulette wheels, both quietly raking in the bets of the unsucci ssful plat - ers and just as quietly paying the successful ones in carnival money. Their only utterances were “all b< t : off" after they had pun the wheel and started the little ivory ball to rolling. It would require too much space and time to describe the various numbers on the cabaret and dance hall programs, although special men tion might be made of a few' of them. The choruses, including those led by Mrs. Herb Wilson and Mr. Finley Graham, as well as the “Flora dora” sextette, were encored repeat edly by the crowd, as were practi cally all o£ the other numbers, show- J ing the appreciation of those who heard them. The old standby Frank Hall made a hit as the “head” waiter in "Flora belle.” The big surprise of the evening, however, was the playing of the Fairbanks band. Under the direc-1 (Continued on Page i>.) i China Endorses American Action WILL BREAK RELATIONS WITH GERMANY IF SUBMARINE POLICY IS PURSUED. (A: SUi-UiU'it PlLSiS) PEKING, t'li. 10. Through American Mini " r K inch. China today gave notice to the United Slutts til t she i tnl rs- ih ac tion of that country in In - .Kin-, diplomatic rel:.ti ns with tin many over the hitter's submarine warfare declaration.-'. The notice regarding th • u nf the Chi n.-.-o gtivcrnnient was given the minister ri'tnr a meeting of tin Chinese cabinet today. .Minister Reineh being assured that China associates herself firmly with the United Suites in the mailer. It is understood that the Chi nese government lias informed the government of Germany that China will break Off diplomatic relations if unrestricted subma rine warfare on the pail of Ger man underseas ships against neu tral and allied commerce is not discontinued. The German min ister to litis country, according to the report in general circula tion in diplomatic circles here, has been advised of the fai t and has communicated, regarding the matter, with Iieriin. SECRETARY OF STATE, ADDRESS ING ALUMNI BANQUET, SAYS THAT PROSPECT OF WAR WITH GERMANY LOOMS PROMINENT LY AT PRESENT TIME. HOPES THAT IT MAY BE A\ ERTE1 > SAYS THAT PEOPLE OF COUN TRY SHOULD PLACE THEIR FAITH IN PRESIDENT WILSON —SAYS NATIONAL HONOR IS SAFE WITH HIM. (A'S.K'iaUil Pn-ss) WASHINGTON, I). (’., Feb. 10. The nearness of this country to tie brink of war was the gist of tile remarks made by Secretary of Stale Robert Pausing in addressing the alumni of Amherst college at a ban quet held here tonight. He expressed the hope, however, that the country will be spared the calamity of being forced to enter tile conflict, although stating at the same time that the United States was never closer to the verge of war than at present. Secretary Lansing expressed great faith in President Wilson in his ad dress. He said that the nation can surely trust the chief executive to1 do what is right; that President Wil son will act in no other manner than ! justly, honorably and fearlessly.; Whatever else lies before us, he | said, the national honor is safe in the hands of the President. TO KEEP PEACE (Associated Press.) WAS! i 1 XtVi'OX, I >. C., ! eh. 10. Germany does not . ant war with the G'nilvd Slates. t hat much is indie..tel in a i oil wnich, it ; learned, has been addressed to > L’nited .-lali government by Germany. The commum lion, it i - i:ii let >o*l iiere, tor it has not been oltieially i • reived, sugge-ts that repre-entatives of the two countrie.-. eat together for a conference to discuss ways and means * of preventing actual war between them. Information re garding the channel through which the communication vvii he sent to this country G lacking, but it is supposed that n will he brought to the attention of the state department b_ tiie repre-eiitative- of the Swiss government, who are nano i ling Germany’s interest.' in this country. It is understood that Germany, in the communicatioi . has made clear that, although diplomatic relations with thG country are broken, site greatly desires that peace be iaaeu The preliminary outlines ot the note, as received here in news dispatches, do not indicate any suggestion that (he, man) is read)’ to modify her recent submarine declaration, hi fact, the tenor ot the note, as understood, does nothing I more than invite the United States government to makU s .ggestions regarding steps which the administration thinks might prevent war. WU.Vf DISCUSS G UK MAN PROPOSAL WASHINGTON, D. C., Leb. K).—The taking of steps by Germany to open a discussion with the United State. ’ relative to means for preventing war between the two coun tries, and seeking an exchange ot views on the subject, comes as a great - p; i e to the administration officials. It is not understood here that the German idea proposes a modi- j iication of the German policy of ruthless submarine war j fare, consequently the oilicials express themselves as unfa vorably impressed with the possibilities of such a discus uon while German submarines continue to destroy vessels on the high seas in violation of international law. The new move is understood to be predicated on tier many’s willingness to discuss the safeguarding of American' ships and American lives on the high seas. It is backed, j according to the understanding of the officials, by a re lie\vc<l expression o) a desire on the part ot the Gerniai j ; government to prevent the diplomatic breach between Ger | many and the I'nited States leading to actual hostilities. Just how American interests can be safeguarded if the German war zone proclamation regarding submarine war fare is to stand is not revealed in the communication. Nor is anything stated regarding whether or not Germany will outline any specific means of preserving peace between the j two nations. Because ol the delicacy of the situation, all of the olh | 1 cials refuse to discuss it in detail or to indicate the manner in which the administration will proceed. (Associated l’ress) 1 WASHINGTON, I). Feb. 17. According to reports received bore, Pancho Villa, the Mexican bandit chief, now has Si,000 men under his j i command in the state of Chihuahua. : He has occupied the greater part | of the territory evacuated by the American troops under General John J. Pershing, according to the re ports. It is believed, however, that he will retire upon the approach of the Carranza army, which is now moving against him. Mr. and Mrs Johnny Dwyer came to town to attend the charity social. , (Associated Press) NOME, Feb. 10. Tile dog racing season here opens Monday with the Borden cup race, which will be run over a course twenty-six miles | length. A purse of $1,000 has been ^ hung up by# the Nome Kennel club, j in addition to the trophy. Six of j the swiftest dog teams in Alaska j are entered in the race. They will | be driven by Seppala, Dalzcne, Ayer. I Kiley, Downing and Webb. Consid erable money will probably change hands on the result of the race, as all of the contestants are well known j and experienced dog mushers. BAI1IY'I™ U ■ IU k ■ ■ I I.1.W PRESIDENT OF INTERNATIONAL MERCHANT MARINE SAYS THE AMERICAN MERCHANTMEN ARE BADLY IN NEED OF GOVERN MENT PROTECTION. S \YS <*,( >\ 1-: U X M l-'.XT HAS KI-.l'L'SHD IT THINKS THAT CONVOYS AND GUNS ON MERCHANTMEN ARE ESSENTIAL TO SAFETY OF ALL PEOPLE WHO TRAVEL ON AM ERICAN SHIPS. (A inclnteil Press) MAY YDKK • Ij !" President Franklin, of tin in t na.i t .! .'le. air Ie ' i ne ’.. .... tl !1 boats which travel the m, tin- e days . ild I i he po ible onslaughts of tli riii.m ubmarines. \iii .n boal lie ay . are not iBi ll ' nd need protec : m as \,. ' 1 d I-., any allied or tin r iieutial 1 i In lact, lie says 1. :I no Aii.'-i a n 1" . i can .-ail for liurir." v. n I. : in .i - . n ly jiro ' iiiii b.. /Me inaiilii r if means. That . ■ tile : ■ . . a none nl them are tear ng put the pi t ent time. Mr. i .anR1 in • vpn s i ; hiiusc If as ,• eng "l the opinion ttint the gov rnnii-iu should lake steps to pm ■ i t its shipping int' it t at all ■ ■ ; Convoys lot merchant ves .el • ; able, ' h.' ' ' ing ■i • -mii ad a " * • t. r ot i h> . e , in ..... ir. essen al to the safety of the pa-s-tigers :id im mbi i "I tlii- crew el any bout. !:•■ a ,i .a i h • ,.l • id ref us lo aid in ill pri". ., of the ■ 11. i n t 1 a . In- '" ilia to Mr. a nil it. An V n 1 IP tried . .• utly to st an : n l gun t w . 11 sia , t t was : ll. aci ft I i n a; p. his state ment. (Associated I’ress) CAI'i: IIMTIliX, I'cb. 10. -That he (iennan raider which lias been iperating in the South Atlantic was n Haitian waters between January 26 and Januar;. 20, 1 the report re ceived here. It committed no dep redations near here, as far as can be learnt d, but it is undt , stood that t small steamship, nationality un known. with a crew of twelve, re ft ntly left Monte Cliri ti, San no 0, after 1 01111 w ith 1 he German consul at that place, and bet 11 mi.-' t 11 in e. This bap polling is taken to me. 11 Unit the : aider was working of tliis coast .luring tie latter part of the month. FUNERAL 10 BE According to an announcement made ytsterday afternoon, the funeral of the late Mrs. A. Campbell, of Chata nika, will be held this afternoon at 2:15 o’clock at Eagle hall. A large atti ndance is expected, Mr. t’amphi II member of . aii hank- I . ■■ i. - . of l.iC">0 -It body ,11 ...cl ' p-e- . fi- v. (i. 1;. uci will officiate. The undoriak.ng parlors will re main open from 11 A. M. until 2 r. M. today in order that friends of tin-deceased may view the remains. Mort O’Connor, a former resident of Fai banks in lit ta ly days, and who is well kn iwn by many oldtiiu ers, is reported to h:\e recently been released front an English pris on, when he was serving a ten-year sentence for participating in the late Irish rebellion. Mrs. Thos. A. McGowan will leave for the States next Monday morning. She will probably remain there until some time during the summer.