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N. D. COCHRAN
EDITOR, AND PjreiilSHER.
800 SO. PEORIA, ST, CHICAGO, ILL.
JelepfipneS Circulation. Monro 3SZ8
SUBSCRIPTION By Carrier In Chicago.
30 centg a Month. By Mall, United
Statei and Canada. JJ.OD a Tear.
Entered as second-class matter April
1L 1914, at the postotflce atChicago,
lit, under the Act of March 4, 1879.
"MAIL MUST GO THROUGH!"
Some people have an idea that the
frontier days are over. It's true that
the "wild west" is ceasing to be wild
and is now mostly contained in the
traveling aggregations of cowboys
and Indians who entertain our east
ern towns with a more or less accu
rate picture of the frontier as it was.
The attack on the stage coach, the
"pony express" that carried the--
mails, the nearness of death and the
performance of stirring duty are'
mostly memories now, so far as our
'west is concerned.
But we have a new frontier. We
have only pushed back -the frontier
t the Pacific ocean and now it re
appears in our" northern territory of
.maska. Here's a real story of how
the mails are carried and what some-1
times faces the man who carries
them. It comes from the'postofflce
department and it really happened
Once a month the mail steamer
leaves from Seward and goes out the
Aleutian Island chain as far as Un
alaska, making stops along the way
to deliver the mail One of these is
at Cold Bay, opposite Kodiak. Island.
After about the first of November
from the Aleutian chain and in Be
'ring sea northward the ice packs
form and navigation ceases. So the
'mail must go overland from the1
southern coast of Alaska into the in
terior. One of these mail routes
gtarts from -the steamer landlng-atv
Cold Bay, goe3 across- the "Alaska
peninsula to Igagik, and around the3
head of Bristol Bay to Ntishagak3
For years' the man: "who carried th'
mail over this route was CT L. Bow
dry. Between Nov. 1 to April 30 thj
contract calls for four trips over thh
350-mile trail by dog sled. Bdwdn v
was a "musher." A musher in Alas5 1
ka is a man who can stand the rigors
of the winter climate, can wade"In
frozen water, run mail on his back if
necessary, sleep in a bag on the snow,
knows how to drive a dog team andC
keep the dogs in good condition and
is prepared to meet all the emergen-C
cies of a snow trail trip of this char-
acter. , " "
In the winter of 1912 Bowdry left
the steamship Dora with his pack oi
mail to hit the trail for Nushagak.
He never arrived. A searching party
found his-murdered body and the
looted mail sacks. A wandering band
of hostile Esquimos had encountered
him. He had with 'him valuable
clothes and firearms. TThey belonged
to the patrons of Uncle. 'Sam and ha
was responsible. He 'defended the
mail sacks and was'-murdered while
doing his duty. '
But the Dora still takes the mail to
Cold Bay and another, "musher"
takes it overland 350 miles to Nush
agak four times during the winter
season, because" the mining camps
along the trail depend on Uncle Sam
for their communication with the
outside world during the long Alaska
winter night The mail oa'ck may
contain sorely-needed mfediclnes or
importariVletteVs from. the. folks at
home. And ttie'mailmustgo through!
Life at the battle front shouldn't be '
so unbearable for the professional:!
photographer. He's .used to ex
posures. "- h
News Item: "New York artist dies
with' his palette- in his hand.'' This
goes one better than .the fellqw witkN'
his heart in his throat - jl