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MEN OF NORTH ISSUE LEAP-YEAR CALL FOR
WIVES NOW FOR BRIDE STAMPEDE
Mrs. Arch Gerhardi, envoy of the
sturdy men of Alaska who are send
ing out a call for wives. At top:
Unga, Alaska, one of the far north
towns, where men are crying for
BY JACK JUNGMEYER
Seattle, Wash., March 15. Alaska,
land of many bachelors!
The call of the north for women
bids fair to overshadow all other
leap year interest in the territory
With a surplus of men and a scar
city of women, the modest maiden or
coy spinster who does not believe in
'leaping" for a husband has but to
appear at any one of a score of
towns or camps up there to start a
stampede of suitors.
No, it's not a joke. Thousands of
masterful, hard-working, may-be-rich-any-day
"sourdoughs" are sick
of single blessedness and bannock.
They'd pop the question so quick it
would make your head spin.
Now that the wild old days, the
hectic days of gold stampedes, have
given way to an era of construction
and settling down, the plea for wom
en who are not afraid to pioneer has
become a veritable prayer.
All you need, ladies, to get your
pick of these wilderness sons is to
save up steamer fare to an Alaskan
port The W. S.'s will do the rest
Among the women recently back
from the north who are relaying the
call of Alaskans for wives is Mrs.
Maude Gerhardi, who has. spent the