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LOOKING DOWN THE COURT OF HONOR ON THE OPENING DAY. JUNE 1, OF THE ALASKA-YUKON-PACIFIC EXPOSITION AT SEATTLE.
ALASKA A FAHMIXG LAND.
Visitors to Exposition Will Get New
Idea of Territory.
The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific exposition was
announced as the exposition that would be
ready on schedule time. When President Taft,
on the afternoon of June 1. at Washington.
pressed a telegraph key of Alaskan gold and
a spark loped across the continent to Seattle
starting the machinery, •..•-- liars, sound
ing: bells and discharging a mountain battery
and curious Japanese fireworks, the huge fair
was probably nearer to completion than has
been any previous one of its magnitude ■•>.■■••
officially threwn open. Every exhibit except
those from the Philippines and Hawaii was in
place. The fountains played, the res adea
sparkled and the lights gleamed upon the
Alaska shaft as if the exhibition had been open
That the .--..•• should be r<-iu2y on time
Is the more remarkable when it is realized that
the first conception was not that of a $10,
000.000 international exhibition. Its inception
was the Eugjr^siion of a Klondike pioneer, and
it was to be the "Seattle fair." exhibiting the
resources of Ala-ska. This idea developed into
that of an ... illustrating the progress
cf tie Northwest in the course of its half cen
tury of history, and continued to gTow until it
became an international affair, including the
countries bordering on the Pacific Its name
was transformed from Seattle Fair into Alaska-
Yukon-PaciSc Exposition, the growing inclu-
Bi-scness of the plan being indicated In the
"Most of the expositions of the past had an
historic motive." said James J. IIHL In the
course of his address at the opening ceremony.
"It is a sign of development when we move
away from dependence upon some past fact
and celebrate Instead the general sweep of such
forces as make for future progress. The nation
to-day faces forward, not backward. Such is
the genius of the Alaska-Yukon -Pacific Expo
sition. It is expressed in its very name, begin
ning with the furthest, newest and least de
veloped district of our national domain, cover
ing a. coast that reaches from well within the
Arctic Circle to near the tropics, and embrac
ing all the mystery and might that have been
su^sested by the word 'Pacific* for nearly four
The Northwest has reached a point In its his
tory -where it has a representative in the Presi
dent's Cabinet and experiments with the popu
lar s* lection of United States Senators. Alaska
used to be called the "Iceberg," and Seward
in his time was styled a Cool for bringing about
its acquisition by the United States for $7,200.
000. Only a tern years ago lecturers all over
the country were describing the terrors of the
journey over the icy summit of White Pass to
the Klondike. A railroad now operates over
the pass, and the pictures of the route do not
suggest the polar conditions which the early
NEW-YORK DAILY TRIBUTE, SUNDAY, JUNE 13, 1909.
lecturers ascribed to it. There are railroads In tion will discover that the future of Alaska
Alaska much nearer the Arctic Circle than the does not depend so much upon its gold mines
White Pass road. Not only are mosquitoes, and its deposits of iron and copper as It does
those pestiferous but certain signs that wintPr \;pon its agriculture, Alaska baa already yield
is dead, found in Alaska in the summer months, I ed total products valued at more than *-•■'.
but It is said that those who visit the expos!- 000,000.
JAKES , H, L U — . *»»-=» «TH ALASKA-YUKON-
FLAG 132 TEARS OLD.
To-morrow National Ensign's Birth
day Freed from Commercial Uses.
It wfl rated
... ■ -_
The recognition of this anniversary and. in
large part, the growing reverence .... flag
which i-Tag Day exercises are Intended to in
spire are of recent birth. It was twelve years
ago that the American Flag Association was
formed for purpose of repressing the many
Insulting uses to which commercialism had
submitted the flag anJ to stimulate a greater
re*fM ct for it. At that time the flag and pictures.
of it were employed tr> <!•> duty as an advance
ag^nt for every conceivable kind of merchan
dise. It was used to advertise bicycles, bock
beer, whiskey, cambric. eour mash, tar
soap, chewing gum, theatres, tobacco, tea,
awnings, breweries, cigars, charity ills, cuff
buttons, dime museums, door mats, fireworks.
farriers, living pictures, picnic grounds, patent
medicines, pool pmrn?, prizefights, restaurants,
roof gardens, real estate agencies, sample
rooms, shoe stores, saloons, shooting galleries,
variety shows and lemonade stands. It was
printed on paper and used for rapping lemons,
oranpos, cheeses, hams, spools of thread, soap,
chewing gum and cigars. The words "StanJ3
for the Best Beer" were printed upon the white
stripes of a reproduction of the national ensign
placed on the back of trolley transfer slips.
Representations of the flag have been im
printed upon confectionery boxes, pillow covers,
paper napkins, handkerchiefs, blotting pads
and porcelain and crockery bathroom furnish
ings. The design of the Bag has appeared in
the form of clouts of prizefighters and contest
ants in athletic events and as the garb of
clowns. The flag itself has been used to make
sacks for the transportation of coal and other
As the result of the efforts of the American
Flag Association, whi ■ ; '' >mariit
<,. g repress oting ma llc soci< ti< ■
of the societies themselves, there are now laws
Intended to protect t : d< secratlon >>n
the statute books of thirl
b rril Tirs of Arizona and Porto Rii o. The fed
the flap In registration of tradei nd the
United Stairs S urt haa afflnned the
constitutionality of Qag legislation by the dif-
Coniinurtl on riiclith pagr.
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