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VOLTME LXXXIII.-XO. T6.
NOW MARCHING OVERLAND TO THE
RELIEF OF ICE-BOUND WHALERS
Starts on the Long
Trail to Point
Story of the Northern Voy
age Written by Lieu
The Call Correspondent Draws
a Graphic Picture of the
Mission of Mercy.
SLEDGE ISLAND PASSED.
But ths Revenue Cutter Puts In at
Capo Vanoouver and Leaves
the Overland Rescuers.
By Lieut. J. G. Berry, U. S. R. M.
UNALASKA, Alaska, Dec. 23, 1597
(Via Seattle, Feb. 13).— The overland
expedition for the relief of the whalers
imprisoned in the Arctic ice has been
landed, and is now tramping through
the snow on the long trail to Point Bar
row. Since the childhood of mankind
itself Santa Clans has started, year
after year, at this season to bring glad
ness from the frozen north, where little
gladness is. Unmindful he must be that
charity begins at home. But we must
not blame him for that, especially since
we are one and all under so deep obli
gation to him since our own childhood.
Now, however, in this enlightened age,
we are beginning to reciprocate his
kindness. And it is fitting that the
United States of America, herself a
child among nations, should be the
first to attempt to repay the debt which
for age after age has covered but one
Bide of the ledger.
The revenue steamer Bear is back at
Unalaska, unharmed and ready to fol
. low in its track, when the summer sun
A shall clear a way through the ice to
■ the Arctic Ocean. All on board are
■ well although somewhat depressed by
the prospect of a dreary winter and
spring in the comparative solitude of
: Alaska. Until this enterprise hove
: above the horizon we had planned so
v. pleasantly on enjoying the comforts of
the hospitable Pacific slope after the
long summer spent in chasing pelagic
sealers in Bering Sea or In watching
over and aiding those same -whalers
and their brothers in the Arctic. But
we have done all that can now be done
until June or July, and the rest is prac
tically dull idleness. You may think
we ought to be supremely happy to
have such a long rest. Just try it some
As I informed you in my last letter
we arrived at Unalaska on December
9. We landed there all of the extra
stores destined for the whalers which
had hitherto cumbered our decks and
even taken up space ordinarily reserved
for coal. >> c also turned over to the
Mission school the boxes of Christmas
presents for the little Aleuts, which
presents had been sent by the children
of the Pacific Coast.
That night ;<e left the wharf there
and went around to Dutch Harbor,
where we began as soon as possible the
next morning to get our coal and water
on board. We took in enough coal to
bring the total up to three hundred
tons. We freshened the water in the
boiler and then filled all our tanks
with fresh water. To be sure we have
a coil for distilling salt water so that it
Is good to drink. But that takes coal
for evaporating the salt water and coal
is very valuable when you once get
etuck In the ice. For at that time we
more than half expected such an ex-
perience. The water ran but slowly
and it was fully 11 o'clock at night be
fore the last tank was full. Then, to
avoid sailing on Friday perhaps as
much as anything else. Captain Tuttle
waited until 1:35 in the morning. At
that time, December 11, we cast off
from the wharf at Dutch Harbor and
steamed out into Bering Sea.
Our good luck, which has followed us
clear from Cape Flattery, did not de
pert us now. The wind came, strong
and fair, from the southward and east-
ward, and with all sail set, the old
Bear broke into a steady lope toward
the North, leaving between ten and
eleven knots behind her ev»»ry hour.
The aim was to sight Nunlvak, the
large island off the Yukon delta, but
the horizon was not clear when we
reached the nearest point to the island,
and we passed by without seeing it. So
northward we went. Nothing but sky
and water was in sight until the 13th
at a quarter to one in the afternoon.
Then for the first time I noticed that
the surface of the sea was beginning
to be covered here and there with slick
places, as if oil had been spilled over
board and had spread out. The waves
did not break in these places, and as
they became more thickly gathered to
gether, the whole surface of the sea
>-was perceptibly calmed. Soon It be
f came apparent that this was very fine
ice. I reported the circumstance to the
captain, and he and several of the other
officers came out on deck to observe it
and to look out for other and more
At 1:10 p. m. we saw the first lump
Pf ice, floating. in the midst pf one- of
The San Francisco Call
The Bear Landing the Point Barrow Party near Cape Vancouver, Nelson Island, and
Lieutenant Berry, Special Correspondent of T^e Call.
Map Showing the Route or the Bear from
Unalaska Until She Landed the Point
Barrow Expedition Near Cape Van
couver. Nelson Island.
those patches of scum. At 1:22 Jarvis
sighted St. Lawrence Island, and soon
we could make out the outlying rocks
thereof. They were covered with mow
and shore ice stretched from one to
another. To leeward of them, that is
to the northward, detached cakes of
ice were floating out to join a cluster
of dazzling, white islands, bobbing up
and down with the waves of Bering
The temperature of the air had fallen
since we had got near the land, so that
it was now between 30 and 32 Fahren
heit. The sea water showed a temper
ature of 29 and 30, almost down to the
freezing point of salt water, which is
28. By 3 or 3:30 the Bear was well in
the ice, encountering cake after cake of
it. It was soft and mushy, but no one
knew how far it might extend, and,
moreover, if it were possible to reach
Sledge Island, who knew if the Bear
could get near enough to the hard
shore ice to make a landing? For there
might be floating Ice extending for
miles outside the grounded cakes. Per
haps the whole Bering Bea to the
northward of us was a mass of ice. So,
at 4:45 p. m., the Bear turned and stood
to the southward, hoping to find a fa
vorable place to land near the mouth
of the Yukon.
The Bear, fitted especially for work
in the ice, has a steam pipe leading to
each opening through the bottom of the
ship, so that they may be thawed out
should they become clogged with ice.
At 10:30 p. m. on the 14th a plug in the
pipe leading to one of these outboard
connections blew out. The fire-room
and engine-room immediately filled
with steam. Nothing could be seen,
even if the stationary lamps had not
gone out. Mr. Bryan, who was on
watch, could not tell but what the boil
er or main steam pipe had given way.
Finally, by means of a lantern, aided
by the sound of escaping steam, the
leak was found and the steam shut off,
but not before all engaged in the search
had got thoroughly wet and somewhat
At 9 a, m. December 15, land was
sighted to the eastward, and the ship
stood slowly in toward it, sounding as
she went, for the water was shoal. At
3:20 p. m. we rounded Cape Vancouver,
iust Inside of JJanivuk Islana, and on,
SA^ FRAKCISCO, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1898.
THE BEAR'S CREW
UNALASKA, ALASKA, Feb. 3 (via Seattle, Wash.,
Feb. 13). — United States steamer, Bear, on Arctic r«.ie.
expedition, in winter quarters at Unalaska, Alaska.
To Hon. John D. Spreckels, San Francisco Call, San
Francisco, Cal. — SIR: We, the warrant officers and crew
of the United States Arctic relief steamer Bear, wish to
testify our appreciation of the generosity of the San
Francisco Call and of your thoughtfulness for our comfort
in this bleak and desolate country of Alaska. Not only
did you call the attention, First of all men, to the suffer
ings of the imprisoned whalers, but by supplying us, who
have volunteered to rescue them, with the comforts as
well as the necessaries of life, you have served the inter
ests of humanity almost as well as in the first instance.
Judson Thurber J. R. Daniels
William Boundy T. M. Toverd
C. Johnson John Petersen
G. L. Linbert R. Hughes
L. Roscig A. Becher
Axel Swanson O. Olsen
W. Christoffersen Jack E. Crinskony
W. Schultz R. L. Aldrich
Henry Hink S. L. Johanson
A. Lindholm G. Hatman
William Goodman E. Richards
William Douglas James Kenney
Edward Crowley A. Careva
Valentine Wilde F. Crowell
James Garey James Igo
Bert Branin L. Larsen
Charles Kelly J. Harris
the eastern end of Nelson Island to
the south of the Yukon delta-
Then we s Jeered to the northward
and eastward, looking for a village —
there are two of them on the chart
there — from which the expedition
might be started. For the dogs which
we had brought from Unalaska were
not trained, and although they would
have to be trained as they went, pro
vided no others were obtainable, it
would be ever so much better to get
from the Eskimos dogs that had done
the work before. Now, for an hour or
so, the temperature of the air and
water as well fell to 24 degrees F., well
below the freezing point of salt water
and new ice was forming, thin but
hard, inside between the thicker but
soft ice and the land.
At 3:50 we sighted a village, found
afterward to be Tunumak, and at 4:15
the Bear anchored in Hazen Bay,
about eight miles from the village, to
wait for daylight. All that night the
ice went by us, drifting with the tide
at the rate of three knots per hour at
its strongest. Then as the tide turned,
back it all came. Sometimes it swept
off shore, outside of us; again it would
swerve in and envelop the vessel. The
thin new. ice had melted by this time
as the temperature of the water rose
to 29 and 30 degrees. But the wind
came down in the heaviest kind of
squalls from the mountain tops.
On the 16th at 8:45 a. m., we got un
der way and stood in a little way
toward the village, and at 9:20 an
chored. Hardly was the anchor down
when two kayaks were seen coming
toward the ehlp. They bone off coyly
and would not come too near us. The
craft apparently held but one man
each. I say "apparently," because
frequently a kayak will come from a
long distance and the man will get out.
Presently, from one end of the craft
a squaw will emerge, then two or
three children will make their appear
ance. Finally some dried fish, their
staple food, is brought out, and the
observers wonder, just as when a
magician hauls yard after yard of rib
bon from his mouth. Then Lieutenant
Jarvis went ashore to see if it were prac
ticable to land. Meanwhile a two
hatch bidarke had come over from
Tunumak to the Cape Vancouver
beach. A half-breed trader in this
craft told Jarvis that he was going to
St. Michael in a day or two. He ex
pected to reach the settlement in ten
days and the overland expedition
might go with him. This was un
expected luck. Allowing for two days
to get ready, that would bring them
into St. Michael by December 28. As
the whole Yukon delta is, so far as the
charts tell us, a trackless waste, there
is no knowing Just what direction the
guide would take. But following the
villages as shown In the chart, the dis
tance from Cape Vancouver to St. Mich
ael, cannot be less than 240 miles. Con
sidering the nature of ground and the
reputed fact that the rivers are not yet
fully frozen over ten days seems only
too short. I doubt if they got to the
end of this, the first stage of their
journey, before the 10th of January.
Of course Jarvis was delighted at this
good luck at the very outset of the
undertaking, and upon hia return to
the ship preparations were at once be
gun for landing the expedition.
Accordingly at 10:30 o'clock Bertholf
shoved off with one boatload of gear.
Shortly after the second boat with
Jarvis, Dr. S. J. Call and F. Koltchoff,
who has lived in this part of the coun
try for some years, left the ship with
most of the rest of the outfit. I went
with this boat. Brown w-as not going
to send any officer to bring back the
boat, but I wanted to see Bertholf at
the last moment. Besides that, so long
as they would not let me go in the
overland expedition, I wanted to have
a* juui-h fun as I could with the fellows
that were going. So I prevailed on him
to let me go.
Bertholf went sailing along merrily
until he got opposite the place selected
for the landing. When he found him
self down to leeward he dowsed his
sail and pulled to the shore. It was
blowing a gale and the sails on both
boats were reefed, with the sprit out.
We had not much more than gotten
clear of the ship in our boat before the
mast went over the side, taking with it
the thwart in which it was stepped.
So we had to row the whole two miles
to the shore, mostly against the wind.
The spray dashed over the boat until
the crew and Mr. Koltchoff, who were
dressed in the clothing furnished by the
San Francisco Examiner, were wet to
the skin. But the rest of us, clothed in
the fur parkays and trousers given us
by The Call, were as dry as a bone.
Koltchoff made several remarks unsuit
ed to the climate, and, since he also
had the fur clothes from The Call,
although he had not chosen to wear
them as yet, I could not feel so sorry
for him as I might have done. Bertholf
had unloaded his boat and sent it back
to the ship before we reached the
beach. When we arrived he was stand
ing in the midst of a pile of goods and
Continued on Second Page.
NEWS OF THE DAY.
Weather forecast for San Fran
cisco: Fair Monday; continued warm
Maximum temperature for the past
San Francisco 68 degree*
Portland 68 degrees
Los Angeles \BO degrees
San Diego 70 degree*
Rescue of Ice-bound Whalers.
Fighting San Jose Boodlers.
Los Angeles and Corporations.
Seeking Haines' Brother.
War Clouds in Central America.
Beal Branding Successful.
Klondike Relief Steamer Bails.
Witness Spirited Away.
France Faces a Crisis.
Spaniards Tamper With Mall.
Riot on a Japanese Steamer.
Death of a Hungarian Diplomat.
Work Before Congress.
Garcia and Wife Arrested.
Fast Hounds Are Poisoned.
Raymond Adds to His Confession.
Todd Sloan and His Rival.
Tried to Kill His Partner.
Put Up or Shut Up.
Our Enormous Business.
The Water Rates.
Lincoln Day Speeches.
Clearing the Decks.
The Maid and the Matron.
"Individual Thoughts," by a Modest
Answers to Correspondents.
Judge Denny, the Turf Wonder.
Thomas Hill's Nemesis.
A Syrian Wedding.
News Along the Water Front.
The New Major-General.
Celts at the Chutes.
National Guard Notes.
Arrested at a Funeral.
News From Across the Bay.
Shooting at Shell Mound.
"Lincoln Day" Sermons.
Births, Marriages. Deaths.
A Sensational Suit Promised.
Veterans Play Baseball.
Grand Jury After Teachers.
A New Klondike Sleigh.
Thorough Organization to
Secure an Honest
Under the Banner of the New
Charter Club the Citizens
Will Drive Boodiers From
SAN JOSE, Feb. 13.— Aroused to ac
tion by a realization of the wide-spread
corruption that exists in the adminis
tration of municipal affairs the best
citizens of the city of San Jose have
organized for the overthrow of the men
who seek public office for the benefits
that they may secure for themselves,
for their relatives and their friends.
How thoroughly the corrupt political
gang has control of every department
of the city and county governments and
how inconceivably corrupt are the men
and methods of this band of boodlers
have been brought home to the citizens
by the exposures made in The Call dur
ing the past few months. This is ad
mitted by every decent and reputable
resident of San Jose and of Santa Clara
The city election is only about seven
weeks ahead, and the people see in this
event their way to pure and economical
municipal administration. An organi
zation has already been effected and
plans have been formulated which are
designed to place the reins of San Jose's
government in such hands that this
city will in the future be held up as a
modal of all that is desirable and com
mendable in municipal government.
In this grand and noble work for the
public welfare are enlisted many of the
most wealthy, influential and promi
nent citlzenE., They have joined hands
under the banner of the New Charter
Club, which was instrumental, more
than any other influence, in securing
the adoption of the present charter for
San Jose, an instrument acknowledged
to be one of the best ever approved by
the Legislature of the State.
The officers of the club are as fol
lows: President, H. E. Schilling; vice
president, J. P. Jarman; secretary, D.
M. Burnett; financial secretary, J. J.
Southeimer; treasurer, T. Ellard Beans.
Schilling is an ex-Mayor and ex-Coun
cilman of San Jose, and is known as one
of the strongest anti-gang men in the
community. During his term of office
he was always found on the side of the
people despite the desperate efforts of
the gangsters to whip him into their
camp by tricks and threats. Jarman is
also an ex-Councilman and his record
is one that ensures him the confidence
of the people under all circumstances.
Burnett is an attorney and has the good
government movement greatly at heart.
He has been ready at all times to give
the benefit of his advice to the leaders
of the movement and always with good
results. Beans is the president of the
Bank of San Jose and no man stands
higher in the community in every re
spect. Southeimer is an ex-County
Clerk of this county and in that posi
tion showed that he was worthy of any
political trust and honor that might
be conferred upon him.
Part of the organization of the club
comprises two constitutional commit
tees. One of these is the advisory com
mittee, of which T. A. Carroll is chair
man. This committee deals with the
policy of the club, but its functions are
simply advisory. It is composed of fif
teen members. It also decides the man
ner in which the campaign shall be
carried on, has power to appoint sub
ordinate committees and arrange pre
cinct organization. The other commit
tee is the finance committee. This con
sists of eleven members, and its chair
man is C. M. Wooster. These two com
mittees, with the president of the club,
comprise what is called the nominating
committee, before which the names of
all candidates for the several offices
to be filled in the coming election are
placed for consideration. After the
committee has made its selection the
name is submitted to the club for the
approval of the members themselves.
Should the name be unacceptable the
committee is so informed. It is its
duty then to submit other names until
the approval of the club Is secured.
It is the avowed purpose of the club
to place a full ticket in the field for the
election for city officers to be held on
April 11. At that time the people will
elect a Mayor, Treasurer. City Clerk,
five Councilmen and an Appointing
Board of fifteen members. The great
fight will be on the Mayor and the
Appointing Board. The latter will have
the duty to perform of appointing a
Board of Health, Board of Education,
Board of Free Public Library Trustees,
Board of Park Commissioners and
Board of Police and Fire Commission
ers. Each of these boards is to consist
of five members. It is the great powers
thus placed in the hands of the Ap
pointing Board that will make it one
of the chief bones of contention. The
Mayor is also a member of this board,
and it requires eight votes to make an
Every person Is eligible to member
ship in the New Charter Club who is
against the present gang rule, and who
has no affiliation in any manner with
the gangsters and boodlers. The great
est care will bo exercised to. exclude}
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
those who are known to have any con*
nection with the ring of corruptionißts,
and even more caution will be used to
see that none but persons absolutely
free from even the taint of the gang
are nominated for any of the city offi
ces. The New Charter Club is organized
on an absolutely non-partisan basis,
and former party affiliation will not be
allowed to enter into any question un
der consideration. Every effort and
sacrifice, if necessary, will be made to
maintain harmony in the ranks of the
club, as it is fully realized that victory
can only come by united and energetic
action. As showing the non-partisan
character of the organization it may be
stated that the chairman of the finan
cial committee is a Republican, while
the chairman of the advisory commit
tee is a Democrat. All parties are also
equitably represented in the personnel
of bath these committees.
The officers of the club state that
they intend to place a ticket in the field
! that will meet with the approval of the
people from top to bottom, and that
there will not be a single man on the
New Charter Club ticket for whom it
I will be necessary to apologize. They
! say their idea is to put up such a ticket
| that whoever wants good and econom
| ical government will be able to vote the
| club ticket straight from top to bottom.
i Only well-known men of established in
' tpgrity in business and private aflair»
i will be placed on the ticket.
The club now has a membership of
! about 250, and it is growing at~the rate
of 100 each week. The nominations
made by the club will be given to the
public in about three weeks, and cer
tainly not later than four weeks from
this writing. The reason for announc
ing the ticket so early is to give any
element that Is not satisfied with the
nominations of the club ample oppor
tunity to place other candidates In tha
Under the old charter there was no
salary attached to the position of coun
cilman, and the Mayor received only
$600 a year. Under the present Instru
ment the councilmen get each $300 a
year, and the Mayor's compensation is
$2000 a year. This matter of salary, It
Is believed, will be an additional In
ducement to good men to accept the
honors of those offices, but will also be
a further incentive for the boodle gang
sters and their heelers to make desper
ate efforts to defeat the decent and re
The work of the New Charter Club
is not to be confined altogether to
matters pertaining directly to the ap
proaching election. There is a special
committee of ten. whose duty It Is to
see that all the provisions of the new
charter are being carried out by the
official Incumbents and to prevent or
punish violations of the charter and of
the laws. Two injunction suits brought
by the club against the council to pre
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