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9 They Have to Forget "Roar Stuff" in Alaska Seward, Alaska, Feb., 1920. y. Mr Dehon to his lawyer: nl on this boat brings two letters; one assess me $((M) income tax, the other penalizing mc or not paying it and demanding immediate tnittanCC of both tax and penalty. First I've ird of it. What shall I do?" V, lawyer to Mr. Dehon: d the $1,350 quick or they will take your ' mdry." r Dehon again : e ent money as advised. I'm sore at in stice of penalizing me for something I knew .thing about. Get that $450 back or make a ar. e lawyer in response: vVill file formal claim for rrf v j i 'v.iiaii j think recovery extremely doubtful. To date ;ild be unprecedented Forget the roar stuff. I would break you." 1 1 X it is considered that Mr. ehon I lawyer is generally con V v . ,1, (1 to be the foremost man at the ka bar. famous for the almost wisdom of his counsel, and that he i among Alaska's shrewdest poli tic import of these telegrams n one. To a citizen of the I States proper, accustomed to re gard his constitutional rights as some t: re than an empty phrase, they will convey an impression of inadvert ence oi incompetency or negligence in the nduct of the government's busi ness the roar stuff. They would break you," might even suggest to such a citizen the petty annoyance of official arroganci or bravado. To the Alaska chizei the significance of these tele gram s clear and unmistakable. They mean I few rights of citizenship are d by the bureaucratic autocracy that governs this Territory. They con rey d ar and deadly import that the CJtizi vho dares to make an unseemly "n ar at the confiscation of his prop erty, h b IsinetS, or his constitutional rights will be forced to pay the full pen alty ol his unpardonable insolence. rcentage of Alaska business men who have been victimized in iden tically the same way is known to be large. The per cent victimized in other ways is still larger. The is a secret known only to the revenue service, aml rets are guarded in Alaska, as in the States, with icrupulous zeal of the confessional. rh question naturally arises in considering cases f fl Dehon type whether the revenue agents know By THOMAS B. DRA YTON that such taxpayers will incur the penalty before re ceiving notice of the assessment, and that both assess ment and notice of penalty will be received simul taneously. To suppose they do not know it would be to presume a state of ignorance of which no sub division of Alaskan bureaucracy has as yet been sus pected, and would certainly appear improbable among men who not only know far more of the private af fairs of Alaska business men than the ordinary resident hut who also often boast, and frequently demonstrate an intimate knowledge of such locally-concealed things as blind pigs, bootlegging headquarters, and other dis reputable places and characters unknown to the re spectable people of Alaska except by rumor and re port. Indeed, the personnel generally of the revenue service in Alaska is little less offensive to the people at large than the brutally-inquisitorial, oppressive, and in aaflslff'WiSkm - wammaHalmlPHHHmmmml att r9 BtoLMMA ?miI BBswk Is gflU4 MXft '' S3B earinE HwilflpL wm awfcfe T jg WfeLT j&tmmkmiiSXfKRm77- I - I J A SCENE ON THE YUKON RIVER many respects barbarous local regulations they enforce with merciless severity. Groups of youthful officials in the Alaska revenue service may frequently be seen in hotel lobbies and other public places loudly and pro fanely discussing the most private affairs of business men; applying vile and contemptuous epithets to white haired citizens of distinguished character and integrity; and in one instance at least a swaggering official bully was rewarded by the plaudits of bis fellows when be publicly boasted that he would "make tin old 7bIow through $10,000 more just to see him squirm," in referring to one of the most eminent and honorable merchants in this Territory a man who was actually mulcted $10,000 the following week for a minor technical error of which he had no- previous personal knowledge. That such things are possible is due to the solidarity of Alaskan bureaucracy in all its relations to ffie gen eral public. Individually the score and mote of nomi nally related but actually separate and indep. nd I I bureaus, commissions, surveys, stations, offices and nomenchtural what-nots are frequently torn by tin most violent dissensions and official antagonism-, re-ult of incessant usurpations of disputed power, mcroachne upon each other's prerogatives, and the curring conflicts of authority in the administration of government. But in defense of its component parts bureaucracy ever presents a united front as against the people as a whole. As to the public or private rights of the individual citizen, it pays not even the poor tribute of nominal respect. The Alaskan bureaucratic autocracy has. at bottom, but one misin , the per petuation of its tenure of virtually ar bitrary administrative power. For this purpose its many constituent elements are held together by that greatest of political bonds the cohesive influence of mutual interest. It is the reproach of human nature that in all times, and in all save excep tional men, a little brief authority has curdled the elemental decencies of the human heart; and from inch pitiable source has dripped the poisonous ex crement called arrogance. Bureaucratic administration in Alaska ti e arro gance of blind official mediocrity gone mad. With no earthly means of knowing the laws, and the far more drastic bureaucratic regulations, save only a possible scant notice in the news dis patches of the public pres or a chance rumor passing from lip to lip. the Alaskan has applied to him, with a re lentless severity unknown in the State the legal maxim that he is presumed to know. Not knowing in fact the sig nificance of the innumerable and fre quently conflicting legal provisions, over which thuir local administrators are themselves habitually at vari ance, and innocently pursuing what his in dicates as the path of good citizenship, ti e Vlaskan is in perpetual danger of an unexpected blow from the arrogant bureaucrat. TNcw Zealand Ministry intends tly t issue a proclamation bring Og ration the act that has been l,a t- an elective Unner House. . the Legislative Council con- nbers nominated for life by the Crown. " uier, the late Mr. Seddon altered this to a J', term, but this alteration placed the I'pper ' J . v v V IHUIIIU W V V I IIIIIV. ill, U V mations were at its disposal, and if members mply with the bidding of the government. not be nominated for a second term. It many years to get rid of this corruption cau.n did ; the ha Her Notes From Australia Melbourne is the seat of government, and that is doubtless the chief consideration which has led to the change. It is understood that it is the result of rep resentations made to Washington by the government of the Australian Commonwealth. Pi Aastra comm. ing fr siona: i fav .r count i Centra earned ajeasui jsemb quate an Australian correspondent we learn that is being visited by several representatives of il houses in Canada, with a view to encourag tween the tWO countries. These trade mi ntertain the hope that preferential trade will d between all countries within the British I mi the other hand, there is talk about "most n" treatment being extended to all the I took part in the recent war against the ropean Powers. As far as Australia is con urancea have been given that one of the tirst i' alt with w hen the new ly-elected Parliament will be the revision of the tariff, giving ade ction to Australian industries. c . al and Shale Miners' Federation of New Brok 'CS' Qlleenslan(1' Victoria, Tasmania and uno y overwhelming majorities have resolved 3 hnur (la. the abolition of the contract sys- ,or V, adoption ol the ( )ne-Big-I'nion proposal ai the branches of trades unionism in Australia. r,,u'H v. it, u. . '"v iiiinr jm ( ji iviors is c.xpeeieii ie ai i?v when the r : resent agreement expires next October. V Chai BTC ha c M.iiU. U I. ,L 1 4i., i ! ,mi uo u ni. me in iiu uHduwii ji s !..... C i m .mm. . it in U.iL VM ,n Sydney, Dut tor the future it Will dc "u-i inirna CJ . 1 with tK . . ; ey people are rawer uispieaseu is th , n"ierence, their contention being that Sydney oft " u ,M,,lslil-Kencral for Australia. Hitherto, his l)r(,t,..r i .. V " ... is the 1 or tnc consulate-generaismp, as n as a r,ni'iis of the San Francisco service, and that of ,K!'it,(,cal of the timber and general cargo trade there, x w,th the United States is concentrated 'n8 withr ar c'a's an(l inconvenience in the deal n Imports and other consular activities. But Australia's commercial agent in the United States, Mr. Mark Sheldon, reports that Pacific coast states are much impressed with the possibilities of trade with Australia, and that efforts are being made greatly to increase the shipping facilities between west coast ports and the Commonwealth. One project, he says, con templates the construction ot seven large passenger his investigations with conspicuous thoroughness and impartiality Already the revelations are of such a nature a to make people wonder that the n ii dents of the Territory tolerated tilings as long as they did. Corruption and log rolling were prevalent, and the residents had to submit to other dis advantages and injustices besides taxati m I i resentation. The dogging of Australian aborigines is another oi the practices that has been disclosed. Mr. Justice Kwing's report is awaited with great public interest. Recently, the tearoom waitresses in Perth, Western Australia, went out on strike for per week stantial increases were accorded to them, and the itrtke was then declared off. steamers. In Australia, the State Parliament of Victoria has passed an act making per manent the closing of ho tels at 6 p. m. At the state parliamentary elections which are to take place this year in Victoria and New Scuth Wales, the question of district local option in connection with the liquor frame w ill be submitted 1 1 the electors. In New South Wales national pro hibition (with compensa tion) will be an issue put to the vote. The causes which con duced to the deportation by the residents of the three Australian Government of ficials from the Northern Territory the "Bloodless revolt" as it was termed are being inquired into by Mr. Justice Ewing, a Tas manian Supreme Court judge, who is conducting In Next Week's Issue How the prohibitionists plan to make America a shining example to the other nations. 1 'Dry 1 9 candidates, from Presi dent down, are one of the hopes of lead ers of movement for a liquorlcss world. The champion corn grower of the world and how he wins his blue ribbons. Ireland organizes movement to put fash ions of "Ungodly France" under ban. I Jnusually good letters from foreign cor respondents and many short, inter esting and informative news stories. 4 SOLICITORS WANTED! T;e D"r';orn who can devote all or part of their time to taking subscriptions for this magazine. You can work during your noon hour in your office or factory, or in the evening among your friends and neighbors. 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