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A FOREWORD To the People of S eward and Vicinity During 1915 there was a gradual and steady improve ment in almost all lines of business in the United States over the previous year. 1916 promises to be a banner year for the whole country. Itusiness in all lines held up well for Seward and vicinity, bank deposits during 1915 reached a total of twice as much as at any previous period. The business of this bank for 1915 has been exception ally satisfactory, and we are grateful to our customers and the general public for the confidence and good will that has been manifested toward us to such an unusual degree. We enter the new year more resourceful and better equipped than we have ever been to serve the finan cial needs of our customers. AN AUSPICIOUS OPENING 1916 is opening with a bright outlook for Seward and the tributary country. The ranchers who have taken up homesteads in this part of Alaska will soon have transportation facilities and an outlet for their products; many of the ranches will be subdivided making room for more people and insuring better and more intensive farming. Many saw mills and logging camps will be busy and employ many men supplying lumber and ties for the con struction of the Government Railroad. Almost $3,000, 000.00 will be spent by the Government on railroad work this year in Seward and country tributary to this place. Much outside capital will come here this year seeking in vestments. Alaska has passed thru its first period of mining development. It is entering upon its real, important and permanent expansion with the opening and the develop ment of its great lode mines, only a very few of which are yet among the producing properties, where there will in time be thousands. The outlook for Seward in 1916 is so bright that our people should step into it with a spirit of enthusiasm and with a feeling that things are coming our way. BANK OF SEWARD Established 1905 EMPRESSTHEATRE Thurs., Jan. 13th. 8:15 p. m. Daniel Frohman Presents the Famous American Actor WILLIAM FARNUM In the Famous Tale of a Derelicts Regeneration “The Redemption of David Corson" Admission 25 cents Children 10 cents ST. PETER’S CHURCH At the 7:30 services on Friday eveu ing Mr. Molony will give the first of a series of addresses on outlines of the Christian faith. Everyone is cor dially invited to attend these meet ings. F. L. Waller, an attorney of An chorage, arrived yesterday on a little business trip. Before returning to An chorage Mr. Waller may make a trip to Unga on the Dora. He reports bootlegging at Anchorage is being gradually wiped out. Meet me at The Branch. Howard and Hamilton Watches! George the Jeweler DISAPPOINTED SUITOR KILLS THEE-WOMEN Woman, Her Mother and Sister Mur dered Yesterday in San Francisco. SAN KRANCSISCO, Jan. 12.—Mrs. Margaret Ray, her mother, Mrs. Evans, and her sister Mrs. Irene White were murdered this morning in this city by Lloyd Peyser because Mrs. Hay refused to marry him. The murder of the other two women was due to the fact that Peyser blamed them for advising Mrs. Ray against marriage with him. Peyser shot all the women down and then turning the gun on himself he committed suicide. The four bodies were found close to gether when the reports of the shots brought neighbors and police hurry ing to the scene. POLITICAL NOTES Wickersham and Marshal Erwin of Fairbanks are the latest to indulge in a scrap. They have both been in Washington where Erwin went to answer charges that had been prefer red against him. It is said that he was cleared. The delegate recently accused Erwin of knocking the gov ernment railroad. E. E. Ritchie of Valdez is now spoken of as a possible selection as Republican national committeeman for the territory. Mr. Ritchie repudi ated strongly the statement in the Gateway that some people were urg ing him to be candidate for congress. Rayless of Juneau is the present com mitteeman. He is a friend of Shackleford and rumor has it that the party leaders or some of them arc out for all Shackleford scalps. George Grigsby of Nome still re mains as the only Democrat who would be sure to accept the nomina tion for congress. Many people seem to be sure that he will be the stand' an! bearer. Bunnell has never repudiated the statements of his friends that he might be a candidate. THE S. O. S. CALLS sent out by us the past month, seemed to have attracted little or no attention. We hope the ones that Seward and a greater part of Alaska are sending to the Finance Committee in Wash ington, to get a move on them with that “Emergency Appropriation” will be heard, by Saturday the 15th. Whatever the result the Seward Com mercial Co. are getting in readiness to meet the Big Rush that is bound to follow the Annual Appropriation of $8,500,000 for construction. No trouble to wait on you, lots of time to take inventory after waiting on our trade. SEWARD COMMERCIAL CO. _ _ j CAPITOL CAFE RE-OPENED The well known Capitol Cafe, Mrs. Ayres, proprietor, is open again for business. Best of cooking and ser vice, and a big bill of fare to choose from. tf O-Cedar Mops and Oils. Brown & Hawkins. “Quality First." -- Best cigars and refreshments at! Terminal Bar. See ad. 11-1—tf — Home made Mince Meat from the Bally Green Farm. Brown & Hawk- j ins, “Quality First." . - Commerce Cafe established 1905. Meals 25 cents up. E. Levin, pro prietor. Mackinaw’s, Pants, Socks, Boots, Packs, Underwear. Anything you need. SEWARD COMMERCIAL CO. Try our Diamond S. Pickles. Mam mouth jar 50c Bott. Brown & Haw’k ins, “Quality First.” ._ - -- - PROTECT YOUR PLACE WITH Pyrene M. A. HORNER Agent FISHERIES QUESTION WAS UP LAST NIGHT At Meeting of Local Organization Old Proposal For Cold Stor age Here is Made The question of establishing a cold storage plant hero so that resident fishermen might take advantage of the great fishing opportunities was brought up last evening at a meeting of the Chamber of Commerce. This is the same matter which was agitat ed last year in the Gateway at the re quest of some local fishermen and is a matter of very great importance. Representative John Noon delivered a most enlightening talk on the local fishing industry and he and others ex pressed the belief that if a plant were established here scores of fishermen j could reside here and make good money. The plant would cost about i thirty thousand dollars. The fishing boats could go out from here as they do in the great fishing ports of the east and Europe, come back with their catch, place it in cold storage and ship out large cargoes to Seattle or Prince Rupert. Halibut, salmon and cod fishing was taken up. The proposal is similar to that which has been brought up at Nome and other places on the Alaska coast but which has not yet materialized although on paper it seems to be one of the most promising suggestions possible. Mr. Colwell, at last night's meeting, sug gested that some way should be found i to get rid of the seals at the head of i the bay as they prevent fish from 1 coming in. In speaking of the mat ter this morning Judge Lindley Green stated that the manager of the Port Graham cannery told him that the | salmon run every year is close into shore at the south of this peninsula but that the water is too deep there for successful cannery work, but that, as a matter of fact, theee waters get the full run while the waters around Ketchikan and other places get only a sort of a flank movemennt. Every one who knows anything about Mie business believes Seward has a fine opportunity to make itself the center of a most prosperous fishing industry. NEWS NOTES The Pioneers are at work repair ing the roof of their lodge at the foot of Fourth avenue with corrugated roofing. Wayne Blue, agent, has several fine pamphlets for distribution of the Trail of the Olympian, showing many beautiful scenes along the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway, the line the Alaskans “Mush” on. James McCoy and O. J. Van Pelt spent the day yesterday hunting in the Bear lake country off Mile Seven, where they bagged a dozen ptarmi gan. One of the special features that Manager Ashland, of the Empress Theatre, announces for the next week or so is the thrilling play of the trackless woods, “The Call of the North” by the well known author, Stuart Edward White. Bill Fairman, the Moose Pass min er, came in yesterday on a trip of business and after supplies. Accord ing to Mr. Fairman things in the Moose Pass are on the hum and in the best shape. FOUND Twenty-five cents on Fourth ave. Owner can have same by paying for this and proving ownership. J. H. WHITE PASSED AWAY THIS MORNING Husband of “Grandma” White Ends Suffering that Stretched Over I^ong Period. J. H. White, of Mile Twenty and husband of “Grandma” White, died this morning at 1 :”0 o'clock. He had been suffering for some time from kidney trouble and recently he be came paralyzed. Since the destr < tion of thir roadhouse by fire he and his wife have been living in a cabin near the same place. He had reached an age which was' considerably over seventy. He was married about ten or eleven years ago, and it is said *h< marriage took place at Juneau. Mr. White has children by a former mar riage but Mr. White v.us childle Mrs. White informed Ike Evans of h* death this morning and a casket wil be sent out next Saturday when th remains will be brought to Sewan for burial which will probably t place next Sunday under the auspices of the Masons. Deceased came from some eastern state. Hart, Schaffner & Marx suits a overcoats. A goon assortment of p to-date styles and patterns to choo < from. Brown & Hawkins, “Qualit. First.” See the reaay made skirts and waists at Butt’s. Smoke the Key special. Alway good. Sold only at the Key. Long distance telephone booth at The Branch. If you want to get your breakfast on time get a cord of Worth's Dry Wood. Phone Madison 132« Groceries Hardware Clothing furniture I - Here’s AD That’s Good In Custom Tailoring If you would have Spring clothes made as you want them and de livered when you want them, let us send your measure to Ed. V. Price & Co. largest tailors in the world of GOOD made-to-order clothes Make an early choice from hun dreds of new Spring and Summer woolens. Prices within your reach. & Hawkins Anchorage SEWARD "Quality First” “ PALACE JINGLES " The summer’* slipping away again, And winter’s almost here; The boys are coming from the hill* In search of warmth and cheer. ! Come; all you lads from Anchorage When you crave a glass of beer. You’re welcome as the flowers In May, And no one is siwashed here. i THE PALACE BAR Furnished Rooms for Men JOE MORRIS Cafe and Lunch Counter in Connection | BILL DEVINE “ PALACE JINGLES " They meet down at the Palace For a glaaa of Sherwood Eye, And to tell about the flnde they've made, Aa the winter paaaea by. Bring on that fast Interior bunch, And from every camp afar, For we join you in goodfellowship At the famous Palace Bar.