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Chitina and then east to the Guggen
.The Guggenhelms favor Cordova
they want to sell the Copper River &
Northwestern to .Uncle Sam, have
Uncle Sam complete the line from
Chitina into Fairbanks and then lease
the whole road to them. Nice plan?
The Seward route is favored by
John E. Bellaine, owner of Seward
town site, and by the Canadian bond
holders who had to take over the
Alaska Northern, which failed after
building 71 miles of line.
Valdez, which was ignored by the
Alaska railroad commission in its re
port, still has hopes.
Upto thepresent time Bellaine of
Seward has the upper hand. He went
before a committee of congress last
year and showed it is the shortest
route to the interior, taps more agri
cultural land than any other and Is so
located that branch roads can be built
from it into more than half of the
inland mining districts of Alaska.
Realizing existing conditions, the
Guggenhelms have attempted toput
one over on Seward and the Kenai
peninsula. They sent an agent with
a survey party up Prince Williams
sound to Passage canal and surveyed
a route 11 miles across Portage pass.
This cuts 50 miles off the route from
the Mantanuska coal fields to the
sea. Then this was tipped off (quiet
ly, of course) and an order secured
from the Coast and Geodetic Survey
department for a survey of Passage
The Passage canal route had al
ready been passed up by the Alaska
Northern, owing to the dangers of
navigating Prince Williams sound in
winter and the danger to railroad line
from glaciers. But there is still a
chance that it might prove the most
valuable place for the navy depart
ment, to build its coaling station at
this point, so the interior department
has crimped any plan to grab the
harbor and right-of-way.
The bills now before Congress pro
viding for the building of this road
leave that question of route in the
hands of the president of the United
The majority of Alaskans with
whom I talked are well pleased with"
A cut through snow 30 feet deep
on the Copper River Line.
The port of London authority has
given out its estimate for cat's milk;
for- the year and an appropriation of'
$4,000 is asked. London keeps its:
army of cats to handle the rats
among the ships that come up the
Thames. Hundreds of these cats an-s
swer the whistle call-for feeding, and,
they hold a record of dead rats which)
runs into hundreds of thousands.