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WILSONS PROMPT REPLY
TO VATICAN FORESTALLS PLANS OF THE PACIFISTS (,Associated Press) WASHINGTON, D. C, Aug. 2\>. That some ol the entente nations were nut prepared lor the promptness with which President Wilson, in behalf of the allies, answered t'ii pope ' peace offer, became known today when the I’resi dnt's repk was discussed in diplomatic circles. Some ol the diplomats voiced the opinion that their governments expected ;!ie President to give more time to the consideration ol such an important matter. The general opinion prevails, however, that the early leplv was made to make a favorable impression upon the all-Kussian conference now in session in Moscow and also in forestall am obstructive action by pacifists in this country. President Wilson's message, outlining the case ol de mocracv against autocracy an 1 calling upon all tree people of the world to rally to the standard of liberty, was read m the Moscow conference yesterday and was greeted with prolonged cheers The message 'inmded a note ol opti mism and brought about a better feeling of unity among the delegates in favor of the continuation of the war. GERARD MAY NOT BE ALLOWED TO ACCEPT BRIT H TITLE (Associated i’ ess) WASHINGTON, 1). C\, Aug. 30.—Senator Lee S. Overman ut North Carolina today introduced a bill that would prevent lion. Janies W. Gerard, former ambassador to Germany, from accepting the Order of the Hath, recently conferred upon him by King Cieorge. I'he bill would pre vent any American citizen from accepting any present, emol ument of office or title from any king or foreign government The constitution of the United States contains such a provision for officer holders, but as Mr. Gerard is now out of office, it L believed he could accept the titled, under the constitution, although the title is in recognition for his ser vice while holding office under the American government. Senator Overman would have the restrictions apply to tverv American citizen, in private lile as well as office hold er'. It probably will not apply to American military men who are awarded medals of honor in recognition for dis tinguished conduct by other nations 01 the entente. BIG SUM TO BE SPENT IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF DESTROYER FLOTILLA t, Associated Press) WASHINGTON, L>. C., Aug. 29.—The President and officials oi the navy department today arrived at an esti mate tor the expenditure oi $350,000,000 for the building oi additional destroyers, which, on their completion, will give the United .States the largest and strongest fleet oi destroyers in the world. It is expected that a large portion of this sum will be] spent in the construction, purchase or expansion of ship building plants. The government is obliged to acquire more shipbuilding room because of the fact that the present de stroyer building capacity of the country is fully engaged and will be for some time. The exact number of destroyers proposed to be constructed on the appropriation of $350,000, O00 cannot be published for military reasons, but officials de clare that the new fleet will give the United States army tlte most powerful flotilla of destroyers in the world. This type of war craft is the most serviceable, it is said, in convoying transports and food and ammunition supply ships across the Atlantic. INSURANCE FOR SOLDIERS AND SAILORS BEFORE HOUSE (Associated l’ress) W ASHINGTON, D. G\, Aug. 29.—The plan to have Uncle Sam insure the lives of his lighting men at the front became a little nearer realization today when the house com mittee approved the administration’s soldier and sailor in surance bill. The principal change made in committee was the reduction of the maximum amount of optional insur ance from ten to five thousand dollars. Another amend ment inserted in committee is to the effect that allowances to widows of men who give their lives to their country will automatically cease upon their marrying again. The bill will be reported back to the house tomorrow , by the committee and will possibly pass this week. The administration has decided to adopt the insurance plan as a means, in part, at least, of avoiding the big [ten sion claims that arise after each war. The government is to carry the insurance risk itself up to a certain amount, and above that the soldier or sailor will be allowed to take $5,000 more at a very low rate. The bill has met with con siderable opposition from old line life insurance companies. GERMANS WORK PRISONERS IN RANGE OE GUNS (Associateil Press) WASHINGTON, 1). C. Aug. 30.—The state depart ment lias received certified copies of affidavits from Rus sian soldiers who recently es caped from German military prisons. The affidavits de clare that prisoners of all na tionalities are being em ployed by the Germans in work behind the lines within gun range. The statements say that these prisoners are being used I in large numbers on all the I fronts and that the prisoners l are obliged to do this work or submit to a starvation diet, i Working behind the lines in the range of the guns of their comrades is the only manner in which the prisoners can obtain food enough to sus tain them, tnc affidavits de clare. AMERICA HAS SYSTEM TO AT SUBMARINES (Associated Press) WAS H! * V I* (' Aug. dO. That the American naval forces for some t months pa>t have been convoying British, French and other allied merchant vessels across ihe Allantic, was di-clo.-wd today in a statement by the navy department. Secretary Dan iels. in admitting that such a plan ha> been in effect lor some time, declared that the record.-' show that the los> of merchantmen convoyed by American war vessels has averaged I less than half of one per cent, and that not one American naval vessel has been lost or damaged. The secretary states that the svstem has been in effect tor some time and that hun dreds of vessels have been convoyed by American war ships. This statement leads to a belie! that the patrol svstem was established soon alter the l nited States entered the war. Secretary Daniels declared that the American convoy system embraces new and in gen ion s features and that the surprisingly lou percentage ol losses shows that it is a complete success. The details of the system are carefully guarded by the navy depart menl a- a matter of military precaution. This statement following the announcement at Washington that the United Stir is planning to build the largest and most powerful fleet of destroyers in the world is taken to mean that this type of vessel is used in convoying the merchantmen. Since the submarine campaign began, the man in the street has been wondering why naval vessels were not used in eonvoving merchant ships. The secretary’s state ment shows that this government is using every means to protect ships enroute from Am erica to Europe. _ EARLY VOTE IS PROMISED OX M AR BILL : Associated Pi ess) M ASHIXOTOX. D. C„ Aug. JO.—The senate today reached an agreement to take a final vote on the war tax hill on or before September 10. The cloture petition filed yesterday has been withdrawn and the senate as a whole to day agreed to bring the bill to a final decision not later than September El A number of important amendments and changes have been trade in the bill sire.' it wa< introduced in the senate few weeks ago, the senate having spent much time and discussion in revis ing the budget upward to in crease the levy on war profits and incomes from that source. UXCI.E SAM TO PET CONTRACTS FOR SHIPYARDS (Associated Fresa) MASniXGTON. 1). C., Aug. JO.—Contracts for the construction of three vast government-owned ship cards for the construction of fabri cated steel merchant vessels, were completed by the United States emergence fleet corpo ration tonight and will be signed tomorrow. At the same time, the corporation will sign contracts for the construction of a fleet of two hundred merchant ships of standard design, in these cards. lwim heaves eor coast Two outgoing Sheldon line auto mobiles, driven by Scanlon and Bur gess, will leave Fairbanks at an early hour this morning with the party of Alaskan Engineering com mission men headed by Chairman William C. Edes. Another passen ger will be Territorial Treasurer and Secretary of the Territorial Banking Board W. G. Smith, who is returning to his headquarters at Juneau after paying a business visit to Fairbanks. Included in the Edes party are A. Christensen, chief of the land and industrial department of the com mission: W. J. Foglestrom, chief bridge engineer, and C. H. Mason, Chairman Edes' seeietary. A man named Fels will also be an outgoing passenger for Chitina. Chairman Edes states that he plans to go direct to his headquarters at Seward and will then go to Anchor age for a time. It is probable that he will spend the greater part of the winter in Washington, D. look ing after the interests of the com mission. FF.MAi.K shf:f:f CAN’T BK SHOT In orders recently received from the department of agriculture, flame Warden R. S. McDonald is advised of tlie recent enactment of laws pro hibiting the killing of female moun tain sheep or lambs on the Kenai pen isula and in that pari of Alaska no .h of latitude sixtv degrees and west of longitude 141 degre -s, until August 1, 1919. The law went into i ll *ct on the first of the present month. Whether or not it has any thing to do with the ?ame law re cently introduced by Delegate Chan. Salzer is not known here, but Mr. McDonald states that be will en force it to the letter until otherwise officially notified not to h> so. WHEAT PRICE 1$ FIXED AT $2.20 A BUSHED (AsaopiHleil WASHINGTON, D. C„ Aug. 30.—After several days jot debate, the federal price j fixing committee today decid j ed upon a price of $2.20 a | bushel for 1917, number one northern shipping wheat. This is the maximum market price, and quotations in excess of j that amount will lie contrary to law. President Wilson today j gave official approval to the I figure. !tO CONTROL MARKET. WASHINGTON, 1). C.. Aug. 30.—On the basis of j the commission’s wheat price, fixed today at $2.20 a bushel, j the national food administra l tion tonight worked out dif ferentials for various grades and classes and for various terminals. Though the price I is fixed on government pur j chases only, the food admin istration, through' its wheat ‘corporation, expects easilv to ! control the wheat market of ; the country. TEACHER IS ON TRIAL FOR ' WIFE MURDER (Associated mess) SEWARI), Aug. 2U.—The trial ot E. E. McLean, the government teach er at Nushagak, charged with the murder of his native wife, began here today. The first witness called was the small son of the defendant, who declared that McLean beat his native wife and then threw a lighted lamp at her. The boy says his mother's death was due to burns j from the exploding lamp and from the injuries inflicted by his father. The defense, in its opening state ment, declared that the woman’s death was due to the accidental ex plosion of a lamp. The boy testi fied that his father told him to tell the accident story if questioned by j the court. The trial filled the court room | with spectators. Night sessions will be held in hopes of ending the trial so the witnesses can return to their ■ homes on Monday on the steamer j Santa Ana. FAIR PICKETS CONDEMNED BY THEIR SISTERS ; Associated l’ress) SARATOGA SPRINGS, N. Y., Aug. 30.—The state woman’s suffrage party, in convention here today, passed ja resolution condemning in ■the strongest terms the picket ing of the White House bv women who declare they are workers tor suffrage. The resolution urges the press and public of the country to dis criminate between the small group of W hite House pick eted and the great body of loyal women who make up the rank and file of the wo men’s suffrage party. The resolution declares l that the action of the pickets has brought reproach upon the cause and has held the or ganization up as unpatriotic. This is placing suffragettes in the wrong light, so the re port declares. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Craig are re cent arrivals in Fairbanks from Chatanika. BIG BRITISH SHIP IS SUNK. BY SUBMARINE iAssociated Frees) AN ATLANTIC PORT, Aug. 30.—Word was brought to this port this afternoon by an incoming steamer to the effect that the 7,000-ton Brit ish steamship Verdi had been sent to the bottom somewhere | in the Atlantic with a loss | | of six members of the crew. | The Verdi was one of the largest vessels of the British merchant marine, and what use she has been employed in since the beginning ol the war is not disclosed. The captain of the incom ing liner does not bring posi-! live proof, but brings infor mation indicating that the big I vessel was probably sunk. BALE PLAYERS ARE BANQUETED AT THE ARCADE j As guests of the management of j the Arcade Cafe, the members of \ the Fairbanks baseball team were | royally banqueted at the restaurant j last night with a sumptuous seven- 1 course dinner, starting at 8 o’clock i I and ending something more than j two hours later. Covers were laid 1 for eighteen, but one of the expected | guests was unavoidably detained at j the last moment, consequently twelve I i ball players and five others gathered i | around the t'esUve board, j The banquet was evidence oi the j ; good fellowship that prevails among | the members of the ball team Then* j ; were no lengthy speeches, but, on j j account of the fact that the end of j I the season is drawing near, but two j 1 more games remaining to be played, ! | Captain Frank I’. Wood and Manager I : Ben F. Sherman of fhe ball team j took occasion to thank the players | for fhe good work they had done, J tin park commission for fhe spirit exhibited in boosting for the ball j games and in keeping the grt unds in good condition, the members of the press for the advertising that baseball has received at the hands I of the newspapers, and last, but by | no means least, thanking Mr. Wil j ! liams for the spirit his concern had I exhibited in banqueting the members j of the team. j Other baseball talk was also rife j about the table, many incidents of j oldtime baseball days being brought | up. Games this year and last were ! also talked over, as were the two | games which will end the season, i which are coming up with Nenana ! next Sunday and Monday. I Those present at the banquet were Bert Mattson, Charles Fowler, Chris t'achon, Tom Stanford, J. B. Woody, Roy Mattson, Johnny Bidwell, Nor man Koon, Wallace Cathcart, Eddie j Stroecker, John E. Pegues, Captain Frank Wood and Manager Ben Sher ! man, City Councilman E. H. Mack, j representing the park commission; Arthur Williams, representing the ' management of the Arcade, with I Edward G. Morrissey and Stanley R. Hess representing the press. COMING NORTH. SEATTLE, Aug. 27.—The steamship | Northwestern sailed at 9 o'clock this j morning for Alaska points. Mrs. August Hess was a passenger for | Fairbanks. The steamship Spokane j sailed at 10 o'clock Sunday mom j ing. Her Fairbanks passengers were J Mrs. L. Bartlett and Edward Bart lett. S. H. Millwee, the attorney, is making a trip to Nenana on business i PEACE CONVENTION HAS HARD TIME TO GET PLACE TO HOLD ITS GATHERING (Associated Press) Si. PALL, Aug. 30. l ive members ol the People's 1 eace Council who went to Hudson, Wisconsin, today to arrange lor a peace convention at that place, were seized by angry citizens and placed on a truck, hollowed bv a jeering mob, the peacers were escorted to the depot, where they were placed on board a train bound tor St. Paul. MINNEAPOLIS, Minn, Aug. 30. Alter Governor J A. A. Burnquist, oi Minnesota, had refused permission for that body to hold its convention in this state, officers of the People’s Council ol America announced tonight that their forthcoming national peace convention will be held in Hud son, W isconsin. The leaders of the organization are said to have ob tained permission from the town ol Hudson and trom state officials of W isconsin to hold the meeting. It has been authoritatively learned tonight, however, that Governor K. L. Phillips will stop the convention and place its leaders under arrest ii seditious or traitorous ut terances are voiced at the meeting. The meeting is sched tiled to take place on September 1st. The object is said to be to organize the peace move ment in the country and to bring pressure to bear upon W ashington to withdraw America from the struggle. Characterizing the purpose as unpatriotic under the circumstances, Governor Burnquiest of Minnesota refused the organization permission to meet in this state. Subse quently, the mayor of bar go. North Dakota, refused the organization permission to hold its session there. URGES THAT CHRISTMAS MONEY BE USED TO HELP ORPHANS (Associated Press) WASHINGTON, D. C., Aug. do. An appeal to the American people to dispense with Christmas gifts this year and devote the millions of dollars spent in this manner to helping French war orphans was issued In the national com inittee of the patriotic and defense society today. The com mittee declares that the enormous sum America spends ev ery year in Christmas giving would go a long way toward rehabilitating French villages, aiding dependent relatives ol sick and wounded soldiers of France, and -upporting French orphans and war cripples. The appeal is issued with the sanction of the American government and is being received with enthusiasm all over the nation. The committee declares that this would be an excellent means of repaying the debt of gratitude America owes France for her assistance in the American war for indepen dence and would also be the most lolty means for a people to give expression to the Christmas spirit. FIRE FLIES BLAMED FOR STARTING FOREST FIRES (Associated Tress) EUGENE, Oregon, Aug. 2A- 1 low a leu otherwise harmless fire flies caused the loss of millions of dollars’ worth of standing timber in central Oregon was told here today by H. N. Mayo, the forestry lookout stationed on the summit of Prairie mountain. P'ire flies did not set fire to the forest, but in crawling into the telephone generator to get out ot the cold, put the telephone out of commission. Thus when Mayo discovered the fire and attempted to report it to the nearest forest ranger’s station he could not get connections. Investigating the cause oi the “line" trouble, he ascer tained that the fire flies were solely responsible. This statement was made here toda\ by Mayo belore federal agents who are investigating the report that 1. \\ . W’.’s started some of the recent forest fires as a means of retalia tion against the lumbermen and mill owners, who have re fused to grant the men’s demands for an eight-hour day. NENANA LABOR UNION PLANS $10,000.00 HOME (Special to The Citizen) NENANA, Aug. 30. -That the NV nana Labor Union will construct a $10,000 home here yet this fall it a good portion of the money to pay for it can be raised, was the announce ment made here tonight by Jack O'Neil, president of the union. Mr. O'Neil made the announcement after it was publicly announced that Mrs James Duke had given the union one and one-half blocks of ground for construction purposes. No definite plan for raising the money necessary for the construction of a union hall has yet been formed, although ii was stated tonight by President O'Neil that it will probably be secured by bond issue if such a method is found to meet with the approval of the union members. A building committee has, how over, already made plans for a home [01 the union. It will he a two story structure thirty-eight by eighty feet, un the lower floor will be a dance hall and gymnasium, while the upper floor will be divided off into ! lodge rooms, waiting rooms, etc. R IX FORD IS SOI.1)11 K NOW Writing to friends in Fairbanks, Ilex Ford, tlie former well known i local prospector and miner, states that he has enlisted in the California field artillery . He lias enlisted, how i ever, with the proviso that if he [ makes the officers reserve camps, which he evidently was trying for, | lie will be released from service with the artillery. Prior to enlist ing Ford was on an extensive pros : pel ting trip in the Nevada desert (and also in the Death Valley country. CARL WHITE’S LAUNCH I,EA\ ES FAIRBANKS EVERY TUESDAY AT ONE P. H. WITH MAIL, PASSENGERS and EXPRESS FOR NENANA AND BROOKS THROUGH TRIP TO BROOKS GUARANTEED LEAVES BROOKS FOR FAIRBANKS SATURDAYS AT SEVEN A. N.