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The Only Daily Newspaper
Published in Alaska. Haa
a Larger Circulation than
any other Publication.
f OL. I. NO. 136.
The b&pgest and Finest Hotel in Alaska.
Kuropoun l'Un.
All Modern Improvements. Sample Rooms for Commercial Men.
May 1st.! !1898'
Choice Wines, Liquors, Cigars.
Comer Shoup and State Sts. Skaguav. Alaska.
Burton W. Johnson.
Packing and Freighting.
Skaguay to Lake Bennett.
Operattng one of the Best Pack Trains
on the route. Handle contracts of any
size and guarantee to deliver goods in
first-class condition.
Bar Cor. Hoore and Ivey Sts.
For further address inquire at this office.
(SerfflMnii "J^adk'eiryl
Th?? OIA -t and l<o>t ''.-tablished Rt>st:iurant an>l Itukery in the city.
IceCream: Wholesale or Retail.
Cor. Holly Avenue ami State. Skaguay, Alaska*
Employment Office
[email protected]> Reliable Help Furnished Employers on Short Notice.
I keep a classified list of all those wanting work and
can till orders with the least possible delay.
jm Leave orders at the Little Star Candy and Tobacco
* Store.
Broadway between Bond and McKinney Streets. Skaguay.
X J. Watsos, Waltkk Chlkch,
Notary Public, Attorney-at-Law.
$100.00 SI 50.00 $200.00.
We have several customers for
tt?r Residence property nortb of J&t
Ninth Avenue.
Watson & Church,
eal Estate And nines
Office? Cor. 5th Ave. and State St.
W and S?ta.U. Holly St
See J^E.(5(5
TDne Leadnimg IPHnotogiraiplltKsr
For Views and Photos.
Skaguay and Dawson City. Baoadway, South of Bond.
I? L,
BOOTS, shoes and slippers otto schlessinqer,
Broadway, near Holly Avenue
Architect and Builder
Plans Drawn and Contracts Taken.
Residence, corner Kaiser aud Ivy st.
first bank
? Iiicorporulrd I NM7 ?
Transacts a Regular Banking Business.
Exchange Bought and Sold. De
posits Received.
Officers :
C. S. Moody - - Pres. and Mirr.
Fred G. F. LAPenotiere. - cashier.
and QKErt/V
Ninth and Kunnalls Streets.
Delivered twice each day to any part of j
of the city. The only tirst-class
Cow's milk in Skaguay.
Henry Schaffer.
McKlnney fltrcot, Skaguay, Alaska.
Attorney at Law and Notary Public,
Moore's Building, south-east corner of Run
nails aud McKlnney Ave.
Atty s-at- Law.
Occidental Hotel Building.
Physician and Surgeon.
Main Street, Corner of 6th or Holly ave.
Dr. J. Jv chter,
? Ortlcc : ?
Cor. Broadway and Bond.
Professional calm attended
to day or night.
Pacific Hotel.
Near Mc Kinney and
Main Streets.
Everything First-Class.
Terms Reasonable.
Dressmaking, Furnishings, 10 per
cent reduction In calicos, shirt-1
waists, corset covers and ladies'
vests for this week only.
Ladies'inl chHdren'n Hosiery. choice per
fumes and toilet soaps.
Broadway, Near Bond.
John Stanley and Co.
First Class Horse Shoeing
and Wagon Work.
4th Avenue or Bond Street, between
Froadway and State.
fire Yoa Going
To Dawson City? The Ben
nett Lake and Klondike
Transportation Company are
now operating the three large
and commodious steamers
From Bennett to Dawson.
For Rates apply at Bennett
office. F. M. RATTENBURY,
Managing Director.
Gus, Schade. Billy Robk.
The Louvre
Sixth Avenue, between Broadway and State.
Steam and Lager Beer on Draught
All kinds of Cold Lunches and Sand
Hot Lunch from 11 a, m. to 3 p. m.
Dkutschks Hocs.
Fffi m ,
l IN HI ;
House Bill Passes the Senate
by a Large Majority.
.float ltd vim tug con* Point on the
Puclflo for the mobilization
of Troopa,
WASHINGTON. July 6.? The annexa
tion of Hawaii is now accomplished so far
as the legislative branch of the govern
ment is concerned. Quite unexpectedly,
the resolutions providing for the annexa
tion of the islands were brought to a vote
in the senate late this afternoon, and they
were passed by the decisive vote of 42 to
Early in today's session of the senate,
conferences of the leaders on both sides of
the chamber were held. The opponents of
annexation practically had concluded their
arguments, and as they bad no desire to
keep the senate in session by dilatory
tactics, they announced their willingness
that a vote should be taken as soon as
White, Pettigrew and Allen had finished
their speeches. Neither White or Petti
grew spoke at great length.
It was evident instantlv that a vote was
I at hand. The word was passed swiftly
I through the corridors and committee rooms
1 and in a few minutes every senator at the
| capitol was in his seat. The galleries
I filled rapidly, and members of the house
I ot representatives learning that a vote was
! to be taken, came hurriedly to witness
I proceedings that will be historic.
The test vote c?me upon an amendment
offered by White, with no expectation
1 that it would be adopted, but* merely to
| place the ideas and opinious of the oppo
nents of annexation on record. It was re
; jected by a vote of 40 to 20, Indicating
I .hat the annexationists were strongley in
! tV
Amendment after amendment wasonereu
?>ut the advocates of the resolutions stood
solidly together, gaining rather than losing
strength on the successive votes.
Finally, at 5:30 p. in., the resolutions
themselves, In precisely the form in which
they were received from the house of rep
resentatives, were reported to the senate,
and the roll call began. Not a sound was
heard in the chamber, except the call of
the clerk and the replies of the senators.
When the vice president announced the
vote by which the resolutions were
passed, a tremendous wave of applause
swept through the galleries, which the
vice president made 110 effort to check.
The sudden and unexpected taking of
the vote on Hawaii today is regarded as
having great significance.
Fear of what Germany may do In the
Phlllippines influenced immediate action.
Now the troops for the Philllppines can be
mobolized at Hawaii, the most advanta
geous point.
The sailing of the Spanish fleet through
the Suez canal brough* matters to a crisis.
Today's action greatlv strengthens our
situation in Pacific waters. While less is
said, the possession of the Philippines
creates more anxiety than the army in
Cuba, for the latter's supplies are being
rushed forward, and all are confident that
Santiago must soon surrender. At Manila
new problems constantly confront the ad
ministration. Germany's moves are close
ly watched. The emperor s desire to ac
quire territory in the Philippines may give
some trouble.
They May Exchange Him For the
Spanlah Admiral Cervera.
The release of Hobson and the other
heroes of the Merrimac incident is likely to
occur soon. It may come about either by
the surrender of the city, which would in
clude the surrender of Hobson and other
American prisoners in the city, or else by
the exchange of Hobson for Admiral Cer
vera or some other high ranking naval
Until today the possibility of exchang
ing Hobson was slight, as this govern
ment had no prisoners of high rank to
offer in his place. Now, however, they
have one of the foremost admirals of
Spain, and among the 1,300 other naval
prisoners there are many of distinguished
To exchange a Spanish Admiral for an
American naval constructor might seem
strange under ordinary circumstances, but
it would be done without any bregruding
by the authorities here, and would be par
ticularly appropriate In view of the action
of Cervera at the time Hobson surrendered
to him.
Capture of Ladrone Island*.
A government cable from Manila via
Hong Kong of the 4th says:
"United States troops on the transports
City of Sydney, Peking and Australia
:onyoyed by the Charleston, arrived off
Cavite at 5 o'clock yesterday evening af
ter an uneventful voyage. On the way
here the Charleston called at Guam, the
largest of the Ladrone Islands, a group in
the Pacific which belonged to Spain, took
possession of the whole group, made prls
onors of Gov. General Marena, his staff
and the entire military force, and raised
the stars and stripes over the ruins of
Santa Cruz fort In the harbor of San Luis
Darpara. The troops are In good condi
tion, and our only loss was Private Hutch
inson, of the First Oregon, who died on
the City of Sidney on June 20 and was
buried at sea on'June 21.
Death* From the Heat.
Eastern newspapers are devoting less
space this year to the fatalities due to the
summer heat, because they need all their
space for war news. All the samo there
is the usual annual loss of life from this
cause. The"" thermoneter was up to 104
degrees in Eastern coast cities the first few
days of this month, and prostrations in
the streets made a long list dailv.
He Had N? Powdet.
The annexation of the Ladrones was
marked by a ludicrous incident. The
Charleston entered the harbor of Guam
and fired seven guns at the forts. The
governor, thinking that this was a salute,
sent word that he regretted his inability
to return it, as he was without powder.
When informed he was a prisoner of war,
he indignantly protested, saying that he
had no idea that war had broken out.
A big delegation known as the Yukon
Navigation and Commercial Company, j
will leave shortly for St. Michaels and the
Yukon river. The members of the party !
are from Chicago, New York and other j
large eastern cities, while others hail from
places 011 the Pacific coast. They have
been in Seattle sincejast March, making
arrangements for the expedition, and have :
purchased a large outfit of supplies and
mining material.
The object of the company is to establish
a line of river bjats between St. Mich lels
anif Dawson. I lie stc'iiner "Northern
Light, recently built by the company at I
Smith Cove, will be one ot these steamers. '
The company lias also several locations on !
Bonanza Creek, which i* about eight miles
from Dawson, Tliey will take north
with them a steam dredge, tile sectional
parts of which are now at Freemont. The
d>'edge has a working capacity of 2,500
yards per day.
The company is taking up machinery
for a saw mill.
Spun l?li Ship Destroyed.
Washington, July 6.? Secretary Long
has received word through Gen. Greely,
signal officer, which is accepted as confirm
ing the report that the Spanish ship Al
fonso XII. was destroyed while trying to
run the Havana blockade. Gen. Greely's
information came in a cipher message and
he considers the report reliable. The ship
is said to be a total loss. It occurred near
Mariel. -
The Alfonso XII. is an iron gunboat
with one screw, one funnel and one mili
tary mast, bark rigged 280 feet long, 4?
feet beam and 1$ feet draft- She has a
speed of seventeen knots for short distan
ces. and an average speed of fourteen
knots. Her officers and crew numbered
Secretary Long is quite hopeful that
several of the Spanish ships oftheCer
vera squadron can be saved, in part, at
least, and possibly as a whole.
The President laauea ?* Proclama
tion to the Churchea.
Washington, July 6.? President Mc
Kinlev at 11:30 o'clock tonight issued the
following proclamation:
'To the People of the United States of
America: At this time, when to the yet
fresh remembrance of the unprecedented
success which attended the operations of
the United States fleet In the bay of Ma
nila on the 1st day of May last, are added
to the tidings of the no less glorious
achievements of the naval and military
arms of our beloved country at Santiago de
Cuba, it Is fitting that we should pause,
and, staying the feeling of exultation that
too naturally attends great deeds wrought
by our countrymen In our country's cause,
should reverently bow before the throne
of Divine Grace and give devout praise to
God, who holding the nations in the hoi'
low of His hand and worketh upon them
the marvels of His high will, and who has
so far vouchsafed to us the light of his
face and led our brave soldiers and seamen
to victory."
The proclamation then asks that a na
tions thanks be mingled with a nation's
prayers in all places of worship.
IS If.
French Liner La Bourgogne
Run Down in Mid Ocean.
II rlplrai Paiienfcr* Batterer
Away From the Life BmIi
And Malta.
Halifax, N. S., July 5.? In one of the
thick fogs which at this time of year
hang; like a pall over the Grand Banks
and Sable island, in the North Atlantic
occurred on the early morning of July 4
one of the most appalling disasters in the.
annals of transatlantic commerce, and in
fact In history.
Without a moment's warning, the
French liner La Bourgogne, with 725 souls ?
on board, was run down by the Iron sail
ing ship Cromartyshire, and sank within
half an hour, carrying with her to the
ocean's bottom over 600 of her passenger*
and crew, while the balance who were not
drowned by the fearful suction struggled
and fought for life until i6j were at length
rescued by the crew of the Cromartyshire,
which ship survived the collision.
The story of the fearful detraction
from the few officers and members of the
crew who were s^ved is yet to be told, but
if the words of the passengers who were
dragged aboard the Cromartyshire and
I iter brought into this port by i he steamer
Grecian are to be bt-lieved, the last few
miiuites on board La Bourgogne witnessed
some of the most terrible scenes ,( horror
and cruelty that have blotted the history
of a civilized race.
Instead of the heroic discipline which so
often has been the one bright fenture of
such awful moments, the crew of the
steamer fought like demons for the few
life boats and rafts, battering the helpless
passengers away from their only means of
salvation, with the result that the strong
overcame the weak, for the list of 163
saved out of the wreck bears the name of
but one women.
The disaster occurred at 5 o'c!' k in the
morning of Monday, July 4, al> ? t sixty
miles south of Sable islanJ, which lies
nearly a hundred miles off this pod. The
Bourgogne had left New York bound for
Havre on the previous SaturJ;:y, while
the Cromartyshire was on its way over
from Glasgow witli a crew of twenty-on
Although the transatlantic steamships
have a definite course, the Bourgogm* was,
by all accounts, forty miles or more north
of these lines.
The fog was very dense, and the Cro
martyshire was sailing along with reduced
canvas and blowing the fog horn. Sud
denly, out of the fog rushed a gre.it
steamer, and in a moment there was a
fearful crash, the iron prdw of the sailing
vessel plunging into the port side of tiie
steamer just under the bridge.
The shock was terrific, and tore a tre
mendous hole in the steamer, while the
entire bow of the ship was demolished.
The steamer plunged on into the fog again,
her whistle crying for help, while her
rockets signaled her distress.
The Cromartyshire was rounded to, and
her master, Capt. Henderson was consider
ably relieved in finding that she was in no
danger of sinking. Half an hour after the
collision the mist curtain began to lift,
giving a clear view tor miles, and then it
was that those on the Cromartyshire re
alized the fearful s-truggle for life on board
the Bourgogne.
The collision had come so suddenly and
at such a time in the morning that few
besides the crew of La Bourgogne were on
deck, but the shock aroused nearly every
one, and within a few minutes the decks
were crowded. As the steamer began to
settle and list to port the officers lost con
trol of the crew and a panic ensued. Pas
sengers and crew fought for the boats and
life rafts. The strong battered down the
weak, the women and children being
pushed faraway from any hope of rescue.
Fists, boat hooks and knives were used
by some of the crew.
The officers were powerless over their
own men, and only four of them were
saved. The tight for life on the decks of
the steamer did not last long, tor in a little
more than half an hour she gave a long
lurch to port and went down.
FOR SALE? Finest restaurant ontfit in
Alaska, very chop. Rsssa & Walkt
Mondamin Hotel.
Parker & Aggers, General Commission
Merchants. Seattle and Sksgoay.
FOR SALE.? Three teams complete (hor
ses, harness & wagons;) fifty tons of feed;
(hay oats & ground meal.) Everything
first class. Inquire Creamer & Noyes,
near Chilcoot Hotel, Dyea. 6-jo-jw

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