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V0]_ 9 VALDEZ, ALASKA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1913. NO. 116. SULZER AIDS PLAN COLONIZE ALASKA Captain Sein, Former Alaskan Whaler, Will Head Colony After Canal Opens. Washingl on, i>. I'i'Ii. 25. (Caplain Sein ami (inv. Sulzer have arranged I" colonize Alaska as soon as Ihe Panama canal is opened and will send llinusands of foreigners from Ihe east direct to Alaska and place I hem on farms in the (Copper Hiver valley, (Cook Inlet country and Ihe Tan ana valley. (Captain Sein was in command of a whaler in Alaska lor many years and lie believes Dial Ihou sands of the farmers of northern Europe could find homes in Alas ka. (i o v, Sulzer is aiding Ihe plan heeause he believes llial Ihe areal area of land in this noi l h ern domain may he utilized for the building of thousands of homes mi l a prosperous people. LYONS SUSTAIKED BY SUPREME COURT No Error in Trial of Geo. Mathe son, Who Received Life Sentence for Murder. Washington, I*. •I <• I>. Till- I nil.'ll Slates Sllpl'c. F.IUII'I 11 e|a,v handed down its dee is inn ill I 11 e ea-e o ! < i e 11 r g c M a I 11 e s 1111. ,,| I'aii liaiiks. w ho was eonvieled of in ii I'der a I I lie term n I eon rl held hy .lodge Lyons in Fair hanks. and who appealed from Ihe verdiel of the trial eourl. They lind no error in I lie ease and susl ain I lie lower eourl. Malheson was sentenced In life imprisonment hy Judge Lyons after I lie .jury had found him Riiilly of murder in Hie lirsl de cree willuuil capital punishment. Malheson murdered a man in Ihe Forty-mile country. wit Ii whom he had had a fight in a sa loon, and when separated hy the bystanders lie went to bis cabin got I lie gun and came back to kill. One of the bystanders tried lo take the gun away from him tml was not quick enough and the deceased was killed as he was trying lo hark away from the en raged man. The murderer was only -Mi years obi and an aged mother and father sat through the trial, the mother weeping and Ihe fath er without shedding a tear, tml suffering the agony of hell, hop ing I lull some loophole might I uni up by which his boy might he freed. The ‘evidence, however, was so strong Hint the jury re turned a verdict of guilty of mur der in the lirsl degree. District Attorney C.rosslev prosecuted Ihe case. Malhesmi's defense was insanity COMMITTeT FOR JUDGE HOWIRD Washington, i>. H.. Feb. -Mi.— The Semite judicial eommillee to day rendered a report favorable to iDe conllrmation of Judge 0. W. Howard, of Mellingliaui, after investigating Hie charges made against him by people of Wash ington and by Senator Poindex ler. .No hope is held out for his confirmation, as the Democrats have determined lo hold up all Tall appointments until the end of the session. TEXAS TROOPS CROSS THE RORDER TO RESCUE AMERICANS IN MATAMORAS United States Troops Ordered to Stop Texas Militia Entering Mexico—Governor Colquitt Mobilizing State Troops— America to Intervene Soon After President Wilson Takes Office. Galveston, Tex-, Feb. 25.--Foui companies of Texas militia cross ed the border yesterday and res cued Americans at Matamoras scaring the Mexicans and putting them to flight. Upon arrival ol the militia the rebel and federa forces took to the hills on th< double quick and not a shot was fired by the Americans, but theii presence alone was sufficient tc protect citizens of the Unitec States, who were being attackec by the Mexicans. Governor Colquitt, of Texas has ordered the malitia of ths | state to be ready at a moment's notice, and supplies have beer gathered by the state to prepars for an invasion of Mexico, anc people on the border have aboul made up their minds' that ths conditions in Mexico need decis ive action to protect our citizens in that country. A crash is ex pected at any moment betweer the United States Regulars anc the Texas militia if an attempt is made to stop the Texas militia men from crossing the border. Washington, D. C., Feb. 25.— ; Brigadier General Stever, in com ! mand of the troops on the border, 1 has been ordered by the War de partment to prevent the crossing I of the Texas militia into Mexico j if he has to “arrest the entire ' | state militia. Trouble is feared, i ; as the Texans seem determined j on crossing the border if the i present crisis is not relieved im mediately. President- Taft has ordered more troops in readiness i and any effort on the part of the ; Mexicans to take advantage of the inauguration and change of ad ministrations will be foiled, as the present administration has been in constant communication with the president-elect and a special officer of the Department of State is with the next presi dent, who is advised of the affairs of the State department. Presi dent Taft’s orders to mobilize the troops on the border are being carried out and the day of the change of administration the Anierican forces will be in posi tion to intervene if the incoming Pn Bident should think it neces sai f. I lexico City, Feb. 25.—The for eig i diplomats have decided to aciept the explanation of the Huerta government as to the manner of the death of Afladero anp the people of the city are de teifnined to believe the btory as issued by the government and are gap, parading the streets and banqueting the army and making 'qThe Britishers in the city have emulated a petition to which mlfty British and foreigners have [affixed their signatures, thank | ingf Ambassador Wilson for prqtecting the lives of the foreign population of the city. Ambas sador Wilson has been untiring in his efforts to secure protection for the American and foreign in L_J__ habitants of the city, and went so far as to threaten to request the American government to inter vene, in which event dire vengen ance would be visited on all con nected with any outrage against foreigners. New York, Feb. 25.—The papers of this city are loud in their de nunciation of the murder of Ma dero and spare no words in call ing it a cold-blooded murder, and predict that no government can survive such an inauguration El Paso, Tex., Feb. 25.—Yaqui Indians have started on the war path to avenge the death of Nla dero and are murdering and rob bing all they And in their path. The government has withdrawn all the loyal troops to the capital as fast as possible and the thinly settled sections of the country are given over to the rebels, who are looting and burning the buildings and stealing all the cattle and live stock. EXTRA SESSION FOR APRIL FIRST President-elect Wilson So An- i nounces—Tariff Pledges Must be Kept. I I — | Trenton, .V •)., fob. 25.--Presi dent-elect Wilson today announ ced that be would convene con gress on April first in special session for the purpose of revis ing Hie tariff and carrying out other pledges made by the Dent- i ncrats in their party platform. “The lariff will he the most im portant legislation taken up ill the special session," says the in coming prehidenf, “and the re vision must be downward, and il musl In* a material cut." los anTeleT IS FLOODED ; Five Inches of vyater in 24 Hours Breaks Record and i Does Much Damage. I .os Angeles, fell. 25.--This Icily is lbinded today by I be deluge , <if rain which Inis fallen in Ihe ipasl 2i hours. Thousands of j dollars damage has been caus |ciI by the water. Cellars are all ! full and much merchandise de stroyed. The precipitation of live inch es of waler in 2i hours is a rec lin'd for this city. I - I \ i Just, received on the Mariposa, <i lino of dresses al Harvey’s Tog | gory. FISH, FISH, FI8H. fresh caught fish, lake trout, , fed snapper and halibut at the] Valdez Cafe. CORDOVA ALASKAN LABELS TRAIL AS A DEATH TRAP IF YOU w'JANT THE REAL THIN G IN 1 HE LINE OF FICTION KINDLY INSPECT THE FOLLOWING DESPAIRING EFFORT TO ANCHOR TRAVELERS IN THE RAILROAD TOWN Under the page-wide headline, “Valdez Trail a Death Trap,” the Cordova Alaskan prints the fol lowing : “The mild weather of the past week has had its effect on the government trail from Valdez to Willow creek and conditions are such that travel over that road at the present time is not only slow but very dangerous. The snow is so deep and soft that it is almost impossible for teoms to make any headway, when trayql ing light, and freighting is out of the question. A well authenticat ed report is brought from Val dez to the effect that Bob McIn tosh, who runs the passenger stage, lost three horses on the summit, and two private parties going into Fairbanks had to aban don the trip. In the oases cited the horses floundered in soft snow until they Anally had to be cut loose from the sleds and abandoned Later when an at tempt was made to rescue them they were found frozen to death. They evidently became exhaust ed from the efforts to extricate themselves and perished on the trail. “Numerous stories of hard ships endured are reported by those who have recently attempt ed to travel over the Valdez trail and if the present weather con tinues but few people wilt want to make the trip over the danger ous Thompson’s Pass.” 'The Prospector reprints the above to show what a really ad mirable writer of Action tin* Alaskan maintains, ami further In show how wrathful the railroad town is over the success of Val dez in carrying through mail and passengers since Cordova fell down hopeless ill Hu* task I wo inoiilhs ago. L-'or the henelil of exchanges who read both the Alaskan anti the Prospector, il is here staled that the foregoing Alaskan “story” is true except in the fol lowing minor particulars: Travel over Ihe Valdez trail is neither slow nor dangerous, I hough beyond Tiek'nell the road is a little sofl for heavy loads. At least 100 teams are hauling freight beyond the summit of Thompson pass and are making ordinary speed without difficulty. Several of them are taking sup plies to Chitina to relieve Ihe food shortage there, caused by I he . railroad blockade. The mail is going through on schedule lime. McIntosh has lost no horses on the summit or anywhere else. No body going inside' has abandoned the trip. Nobody has sullered any hardship, because Ihe weather has been ideal for wilder travel ing all through February. No horses have been left in loose snow lo freeze to death. The "numerous stories ol hardship endured” are the kind of “stories" your mamma used lo spauk you for telling when you were) a kid. Far be il from the Prospector to insinuate tliai Ihe Alaskan is trying to hold people in Cordova lo shoot their wads there until fruition of Ihe perpetually reced ing promise I hat “Ihe railroad will be open in three days.’ In all kindness and humility. Hie Prospector does feel moved! lo remind Ihe Alaskan of Josh Hillings' epigram: “It’s belteir "not lo know so many things Ilian to know so j ' many things that ain't so.” j PEACE OVERTURES FROM TURKEY So Says a Dispatch From Bel grade—Direct Negotiations Favored. London, Full. -3-V ilis|nilcl» from, Belgrade says Hint I lie I'orte has commenced diced ne gotiations with tile allies for a cessation of hostilities between the Turks and the. allies. It is pointed out here that the best and surest way to peace would be by direct negotiations instead of through some one of the European powers, as all the other powers would be suspic ious of the one entrusted with the commission from the Porte to conclude peace terms. L Commander Says Has Only a Week’s Provisions for His Men—Much Suffering. Constantinople, Feb. '-’5.--The commander of the Turkish stronghold at Adriauople has wired his government here that the city can not hold out more than a week, as lie has only seven days' provisions left and the men have been on half rations lor some time. He reports the suffering in the city among tile poorer class and also among civilians as much worse than in Hie army. It is expected that the gov ernment will grant permission to surrender the city to the. invest ing army of the allies unless peace is negotiated within a few lays. j . „ Y INJUNCTION ASKED AGAINST LINEMEN Government Makes Application Stop Linemen Interfering First Time in History. Chicago. III.. I'oh. ’.’5.--For the lirsl lime in I lie history of the railed Slates Ihe goveniment lilts applied lo a federal judge lo is sue an iuj unci ion i o pres out strikers interfering with men who hav e taken I heir places. Tin* I’oslal Fnion operators now Oil slrike caused Ihe I rouble and Ihe goveril lileiil does not want the telegraph lines put nut of business. I herefore I he appli ealion. The ease will be argued tomorrow and the be-1 legal tal ent oi l lie middle west have been retained J*\ Ihe labor unions lo lig III I lie ease. ;|' I Ilex do not VV is It Ihe present ea-e lo sel a pl’eee | dent. ! C. .1. Todd relumed on lie ! sleamer ll is morning. CORDOVA ROAD ! SOON 6E OPEN ! i I 'Rotary Has Reached Mile 91— Ice On Tracks Causes Trouble— l j 300 Men Working. i "Tin- Ik -nli i\ a ro • a < I \\ ill' I > ■ ■ • • J • - ; en 111 a lew day .-ay - 1 ieiieral 1 Agent True.'. who was a llirougli ; passenger on llie Maripo>n. " I ew ■ i'll appreeial e I lie l a-k 11 w a~ I< open I lie line mi i I're- nleiil I tax I er janilouneeil I a -1 fall I lull lie would i keep I lie 11 lie open all wilder and lie 1111 end' I o make good. dull iiiwi are working, picking tin* ice j from I Im I raeks. luu men we had | I o gel from Seal I |e." "We liavr used only one rotary idearing lliu track, and ill mile 5CS wc will reach the other rotary and il will lie immediately he senl In Cordova and repaired amt then he used to keep the line open from Cordova to Teikel and one rotary will he stationed at the up per end of the line." “We will clear the track and keep il clear the balance of the wilder as wc promised the oper ators of the interior Iasi fall, Ih;d the road would tie open this winter and they depend on us to keep our word, that they may ship their freight in for the summer work. “Stipl. Cursor, the new head of I lie road, has assumed active j charge of the work and no man I could do better work Ilian he is I doing. lie has been with the company since the lirsl spike was [driven and knows tIn* mail like a In ii d<. "The mill ing of I he mail is up | to the contractor and the I’nst ntl'ice department, and the rail load has nothing In do with il.” says Mr. Tracy, “lull wc will lie i aide In handle il on the arrival of I he Northwestern if all goes well." ItlHSlitt’ IS DYNAMITED | I law.son. Fell. -5.--Tile big dredge ow ned by I lie Cuggenheim exploration Co. was dynamited last night and damage was done to it. This is the larg est dredge in Ibis seel ion and I oust over a quarter of a million [dollars. The Northwestern police jure investigating the outrage. Subscribe for the Prospector.