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   Alaska Citizen, The (Newspaper) - April 22, 1912, Fairbanks, Alaska                               SKA SEMI-CKNTENNIAL, EXPOSITION, THE ALASKA CITIZEN FAIRBANKS, ALASKA'S GOLDEN HEART. THERE'S A SOFT SPOT IN IT FOR YOU. FAIRBANKS, ALASKA, MONDAY, APRIL 22, 1912 TO ASSISTANCE OF AMERICANS 1 WASHINGTON, April 21. It was announced today at the state depart- ment that President Taft has decid- ed to send a warship to the west coast of Mexico for the protection of Americans. There are a num- ber of Americans isolated in Sinaloa and other states who are in con- siderable danger on account of the present disturbances in the republic, and it is to enable these to leave, as they have been advised, that the step is being taken. WASHINGTON, April 20. Pres- ident Taft will leave here this next week to campaign the state of Mas- sachusetts. TO GO AFTER TEDDY. WASHINGTONTXpri] 20. Pres- ident Taft, who has lost his temper because of Roosevelt's many attacks upon him, announced that he will tour the state of Massachusetts next week, and incidentally reply to some of the speeches which have been made recently by the colonel. PUBLICITY BILL. WASHINGTON, April 20. The house today passed the publicity bill, which provides that all candidates for the presidency and -vice-presi- dency of the United States shall file a statement showing how much money they spend during the cam- paign, as well as the amounts they receive from various sources in the form of contributions. EL, PASO, April 20. The re- cruiting officer in this city has re- ceived a message saying: "Ca'nvass actively and accept freely applica- tions for enlistment in all arms of the service." The same order has been issued to recruiting officers throughcut the West. Tried to Withhold News of Disaster NEW YORK. April 21. A big sensation was caused here today when W. T. Sammis, head of the Marconi Wireless Telegraph com- pany, admitted that he ordered the wireless operator on the Cunard steamer Carpathia, which went to the assistance of the Titanic, to hold up all facts in regard to the wreck until notified by him to send. Sammis, it is understood, planned to sell the story and make a big cleanup on the news. His action is being un''versally condemn- ed by the press and public, and it is probable the senatorial investigating committee will take action in his case. According to a letter received from his sister4n-law by John Weg- gers, of Garden Island, there is a strong probability that Gerrett Weg- gers, a brother, was on board the Titanic when that vessel was wreck- ed. Gerrett left Chicago last fall for a tour of the European continent and wrote his wife some weeks ago that he was delaying his departure from England to take passage on the big new boat. NEW YORK, April 20. The ser- iousness of the Senatorial inquiry into the wreck of the Titanic is evi- denced by the refusal of the authori- ties to allow President Ismay or any officers of the Titanic to the United States until the investigation is ended and the blame for the wreck placed. This morning Tthe senate investi- gating committee had President Is- may of the White Star line before them, and he told his side of the story. He said that he placed Sec- ond Officer Charles Latholder in of the lifeboats then in the water, and that the first one was sucked up against the blower, from whence it was dislodged by an explosion. He said that there were sixteen lifeboats launched, four of which were collapsible boats. Other witnesses testified that the cause of the wreck of the Titanic was that she was rushed at top speed in the Iceberg zone, while the ship's officers had abundant warn- ings that the ship was menaced by the txwgs. The testimony of com- of- Ismay in the lifeboat that he was of the first to seek safety, and that he took with him his personal friends among the men passengers, and nicked his crew which manned the lifeboat in which he sought safety. 1'.Tales of bravery among the pass- engers were frequently told in yes- terday's investigation. It appears .that few of the male passengers at- tempted to obtain space in the life- boats, in which there was scarcely room for all the children. Just; before the ship Mink, Guggen- heim called the steward to him and .dictated a message to his wife. He tofd her in the message that, in case he met with death, to believe that he had done his belt to do his duty toward his family and the world. While the was sinking, Phil- lips, the wireless operator, jumped Into the sea. He was dragged into one of the lifeboats, but died from the effects of exposure. As the ship sank, the ill-fated passengers stood manfully erect upon the after- deck, Astor and Butt with a hand on each other's shoulder, and the ship's band plfcfed .the hymn of. dying water. NEW YORK, April 20. John Johnson, a member of the Titanic's crew, testified this afternoon that when the crash came the Titanic was traveling at the rate of 23 knots, and that Captain Smith immediately megaphoned to the crew: "My men, remember that you are NEW YORK, April 20. The sen- ate investigating committee this after- noon decided to recall Ismay. All Atlantic steamship lines have announced that in future their steam- ships will take more southerly cours- es in crossing" the President Ismay of the White Star line has issued an order that all boats of his company in future car- ry lifeboats sufficient to accommo- date all people on board those boats. WASHINGTON, April 20. The senate foreign committee today rec- ommended the adoption of an amend- ed maritime resolution inviting inter- national co-operation in the regula- tion of ocean traffic. NEW YORK, April 20 No start- ling revelations were brought out in the testimony of the Titanic sur- vivors heard by the senatorial com- mittee today. President Ismay was recalled, and he repeated his story of the wreck. He stated that no blame attached to either the company the officers of the Titanic. The ship was not making as fast time as that made by many others of the Atlantic fleet of ocean greyhounds on their regular trips across the ocean, and, under the circumstances there was no possible way the acci- dent could have been avoided. Referring to lack of sufficient life- boats, President Ismay explained that the laws of England and the United States do not require that a vessel like the Titanic carry enough boats to accommodate all of the passengers and crew, and even the number she does carry ordinarily takes up a great deal of room the passengers would rather have devoted to prom- enades. By using sixteen sets of' Welin double acting quadrant davits, which will swing a boat away from the ship's side, and stay put at any angle in any kind of sea, the Titanic was enabled to stow "2 boats, and have most of the deck room too, for each set of davits handled two boats. This arrangement, which has been approved by the conserva- tive British Board of Trade, makes it possible for a modern steamship like the Titanic to carry more life- boats than the laws require, which It is claimed by Ismay the Titanic bad at the time of the collision. TEXAS STORMS BRING DEATH AND DISASTER DALLAS, Texas, April 21. Two terrific cyclones have occurred In tbe district contiguous to this city within the past twenty-four hours and it is feared that many lives have been lost. Already reports of> several deaths have tfeen received and "It Is known there, hai been Local PUBLIC MUSIC ASSURED. During the coming summer the people of Fairbanks are to be treat- ed to first class open air muslo by the flourishing city band. Since the city let the contract for the removal of the buildings on the city dock, which have been an eyesore, the merchants most benefited by the work being done have been active in perfecting arrangements for period- ical appearances of the band. With promises of financial assistance from almost every Front street business man, the prime movers in the nego- tiations have engaged the band to played on stated nights of the week. FRATERNAL SPIRIT SHOWN. Ben Atwater, a former hustler in the North, who was reported some time ago as being in the most pov- erty-stricken plight, will soon be in receipt cf the sum of raised by Fairbanks and Dawson igloos of the Pioneers. Word was received first from the lower river that At- water was in dire want, but since fihat time has gotten to Seattle. The money will be placed in his hands in that city. PREDICTS S6 On his return froom the creeks last Tuesday Commissioner John Dil- Icn made public a very optimistic promise of what the ensuing season will bring forth. Weighing the intensity of opera- tions at the present time with the progress at this time a year ago, in addition to making allowances for the amount of the winter dumps taken out, Mr. Dillon is confident that the output will pass the 000 mark. Mtore prospecting has been done and better results have attended the work this winter than in the winter of 1911, says the judge, and consequently, with more new ground being worked, the total clean- up will mount higher. nings in Brief M'CARTY IS INJURED. Jack McCarty, of Chatanik-a, nar- rowly escaped death the past week when a piece cf lagging became dis- lodged from the edge of the shaft, where he was working as foreman on the Thompson property, and dropped 60 feet, tearing the side of his head with a -dangerous cut five inches in width.- McCarty is con- gratulating himself that the missile cleared his head as well as it did, and, although he was knocked un- conscious by the blow, he is now on the high road to recovery with the expectation that he will resume his labors in a few days. SCHOESER FALLS HARD. J. P. Schoeser, a carpenter employ- ed on 9 below Goldstream, met with a serious accident the past week when a plank between a shed and a boiler house, which he was tearing down, gave way and precipitated him to the ground. With a broken nose and contusions about the head and shoulders, Schoeser came to the city for medical attention and is be- ing cared for by Dr. McCallum. HIGH SCHOOL ENTERTAINS. On Friday evening the Fairbanks high school was the scene the fourth annual party of the Ursa Ma- ior society. Dancing was in prog- ress most of the evening, in which teachers as well as alumni took part. At o'clock luncheon was served. The party was a jol- ly social session all the way through. DEMOCRATS MEET TONIGHT. The Tanana Valley Democratic club will assemble at the Auditor- ium tonight to discharge current business and to consider the two party nominees for delegate to con- gress. C. E. Davidson, the surveyor, a delegate to the recent convention at Valdez, will deliver a report of tihe business done there. BOY SCOUTS MANEUVER. Encouraged by the warm spring weather, the first evolutions of the most northerly body of Boy Scouts on the continent took place on' Birch hill Saturday when the Fairbanks Husky Patrol ambled around in pat- terning after their veteran brothers in the states, who are numbered high in the thousands. Master Scout Louis H. Bulsch was the offi- cer in charge. CLEARY ARCTICS INSTALL On Saturday night the newly elect- ed officers of the Arctic Brother- hood in Cleary City took their chairs which they will fill throughout the year 1911. Dr. C. E. Danforth, now Past Arctic Chief, stepped'' 'down from the chair occupied by the high; est active officer in the camp car- rying with him a token the appre- of bis Arctics in form handsome "charm. dance was held, in which 35 couples took part. GE IN SIGNAL COJIPS. On Junr 1 Lieutenant Singwton, of Fort Rulsel, will depart from Seat- tle on his way to Fairbanks to take up the duties of his predecessor, Lieut. Tatum. who has filled-the re- quired term- of his commission in the North. The new officer who is to take charge the Fairbanks corps will be accompanied North by Captain Mitchell, of'Fort Omaha, who is to relieve Captain Knowles at Fort Gibbon. LECTURES ON QUARTZ. If the predictions on tbe future of Fairbanks as a quartz camp, as voic- ed by W. B. Vanderlip, at the Audi- torium, on Monday evening, come true, the hard rock wealth of the district is bound to cause the palm- iest days, of placer production to fade into Dwelling at insignificance, some length on his experiences in the mining field in other .lands, Mr. Vanderlip worked up .to the subject of the evening with an enthusiasm which gripped his auditors, a gather- ing which filled the hall almost to overflowing. SPALD1NG MILL RUNNING. Captain Spalding, out on pome creek, is preparing- for a seaso% of lucrative development on his property.- He has encount new lead which carries a r splendid ore. While tracing vein first picked up the captainWcut into a cross lead of greater and content. With the expectation that this vein will furnish ore suf- ficient to keep his five atams) mill pounding much of the time, Mr. Spalding has set up the crusher and he reduced his first ore one Wednes- day. TEST MILL BUSY. Burch Anderson, quartz Twin' Straub mill two tons of ore to be for with those of the Citizefi mill, to which   support Russia in that country's operations in the Balkans. Russia also will back up Italy with Its fleet in the Bosphorus. How the ar- rangement between the two countries will OP looked upon by the other powers is problematical at this but the opinion prevails (her international likely to be Strikes Threa East an NEW YORK, April 21. It was definitely announced today at the Railroad Trainmen's headquarters that twenty-five thousand engineers will go on strike on Monday nigat unless an agreement is arrived at beiaveen tlife union leaders and the companies. A meeting is to be 'h'8 looming at which attempts at conciliation wjjl be made and in case these fail the men will all quit work at midnight. -The strike will mean that every railroad in the country east of Chicago will be tied up and business of all kinds will" be paralyzed. Frantic are being made by heavy shippers to avert the catastrophe, but at present neither side appears to be willing to make any concessions. r SEATTLE; plans of th Industrial ganization departme will be, day. have strike opera! freU; cann how but it is is certain. The is prepari it. ch disorder department and expecting. TENEMENTS IN NEW YORK ARE FLAME NEW YORK. April 21: A ter- rible fire is raging in the tenement district and already two score lives have been lost. A wide area is threatened by the flames, which, fanned by a strong breeze, have gotten beyond the control of the firemen. In an effort to stop the spread of the fire the use of dyna- mite is being resorted to and it is believed at this time that the fire- men are gaining the upper hand. Among the dead are a number of firemen who were crushed to death under the debris of falling walls. MSEVEtT IS AWAY AHEAD IN WEST iCINIA WHEELING, W. Va., April At ilie primaries held here yester- day the Republicans of the state de- clared in no" uncertain terms their preference fbr Theodore Roosevelt as their standard bearer. The colonel, in spite of the reports to the ef- I feet that .would win here ess- i ily. was accorded a large majority. GERMANS WILL FLEETS OF AIRSHIPS THIRTY DEAD FROM TORNADO IN BERLIN, April 21. Germany is determined to keep pace with its neighbor in preparation for aerial warfare, and in the near future large fleets of aeroplanes will be at the disposal of the government for both land and sea use. A large appropri- ation for the purpose has been made by the war department and this has been very largely augmented by pop- ular subscription. OKLAHOMA CITY, April 21. Thirty dead and many thousands of dollars damage tells the tale so far as is known of a terrible tornado which yesterday swept through three counties of this state. Several small villages have been almost wip- ed out of existence and the farms have suffered to a great extent. II is feared that when' the complete lists of dead are at hand It will be found that many more persons have lost their lives. At present communication is limited on account of the damage done to tbe electric wires. BREAKUP ISJEAR AT AND A raise of somewhat more than a foot in the level of the slough yes- terday made a big difference in the appearance of the ice and many were of the opinion that a couple of days' more of such weather would cause the breakup. At Chena the ice in front of the town moved down about a hundred .feet and Jammed at the mouth of the The Tanaua river yesterday evening as if it was due to make a move today or tomorrow. It is reported for a distance of many miles below tbe Tanana 'Is, During the summer season ..I T. Ray, townsite trustee, will cated on Eva creek, where he represent Judge Wickereham, principal owner 4 rich Daly bench, in the cleanups on that prop- erty. lm A party including the Anderson brothers, W. Pi Whitely and othe took the Frank .Ooftmbs team urday af left, on a ing trip up the river. Mr. and Mrs. J. Harmon entertained at dinner M ning at their aVen Voegtlta WAS in   

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