A COUNTRYSIDE THAT'S JUST WAITING TO J
TURN OUT OODLES O ANTHRACITE
-Katalla, Alaska, nearest port to Bering River coal fields; and at bottom
M. S. Hibbard, mineral inspector for the U. S. Department of the Interiar,
and the U. S. cruiser Maryland on way to take on coal for navy test.
of several railroads .and as many" 2
docks and the sale of said coal to
By E. 0. Sawyer.
Katalla, Alaska, Oct. 9. Haul a
carload of Bering river coal into the
railway station here and you will
start a real estate boom the like of
which has never been seen outside
of Los Angeles.
Let a government collier tie up at
this wharf to load and town lots here
will go up a hundred dollars a front
foot in about ten1 minutes. And just
now you can buy a whole lot for "30
Katalla, here, is a town that was
built on a "scheme."
The scheme included wholesale
pruning of Bering river coal, building
"ultimate consumers" along the Pa
cific coast at a fat profit. But the
United States department of the in-1
terior, urged on by prospective "ul-?
timate consumers," spoiled the
scheme at least its immediate con-
summation, and Katalla w;ent. tov
leep! ' " 2
There are seven miles of railroad a
here, leading nowhere, nor Is there
.station nor dock; the million dollar-'1
wharf built by the Guggenhelms hav-
ing been washed away by a storm.
The only coal in town, besides, a few '-
highly-prized specimens from choice;'.
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