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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 30, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 22

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would be gladdened, young enthusi
asms fostered, and young ideas put
into practice with his money.
"Ah, Margie, we worked so hard and
were so happy -when we were yours
and Dick's age. The gaining of the
competence was much more enjoy
able than the knowledge that at last
we had it.
"Enjoy yourselves, children, for
Washington, March 30. For the
first time in his history Uncle Sam is
going into the business of building a
big railroad system. This is the re
sult of the passage of the Alaska rail
road bill which, has just been signed
by President Wilson. 1
Here are the essential provisions of
the bill:
The president is given practically
all power to do anything necessary to
bring into existence a completely
equipped railroad a thousand miles
long and not to cost more than $35,
000,000. He is also permitted to buy at phy
sical valuation . any existing line or
lines of railroad now in Alaska, but
if he does so, this is to be included in
the maximum 1,000 miles limitation.
The road is to be built from the
south coast -of Alaska to navigable
waters in the interior, and also to tap
one or more coal fields. The presi
dent himself must decide what will be
the ocean terminus and at what point
it will .connect with the river trans
portation in the interior. The road
will connect with either the Yukon,
the Tanana, or the Kuskoquim, and
the seaport which will be selected will
be either Valdez, Seward or Katalla.
Before determining these questions
the president will undoubtedly ap
point a commission of expert en
gineers from civil life and the army or
navy to make investigation.
One million dollars is provided with
which to start work.
The Panama equipment is made
while age may bring some compensa
tions, after all there is nothing in
this world but youth and this is
truer when love is a part of it. It is
only when you are old that you are
left alone with your thoughts and
(To Be Continued Tomorrow.)
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper
Enterprise Association.)
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The president is authorized to
withdraw lands for. town sites and
also to reserve any such lands in'
Alaska "as are or may be useful for
furnishing materials for construction ,
and for stations, terminals, docks and
for other purposes." This is an im
portant provision, as it will enable
him to reserve forest, mineral or any
other lands which he "deems neces
sary and desirable" for construction
and operation of the railroad.
The president is given the option
either to operate or lease the system
after it is completed. If leased to pri
vate parties, the terms shall not run
for a period of more than 20 years,
and if leased, the interstate com
merce commission is to have jurisdic
tion over it. But, if the president de
termines on government operation,
the control of the road, including
rates, etc., is left entirely in his
The construction of this road fore
shadows the creation of a government-owned
line of steamships con
necting with it in order to secure its
benefits to the citizens of the United
States, and particularly to those on
the Pacific coast. It will also make
necessary the development of the
coal mines, and should eventually,
break the coal trust's high prices on'
the Pacific coast.
Miss Carrie Johnston of Cleveland,
0., is one of the few bacteriologists
in the United States.

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