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ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE
J. F. A. STRONG.
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JUNEAU. ALASKA. NOV. 7. 1912.
ALASKA'S FIRST LEGISLATURE.
Judging by the first reports of the
territorial election for Alaska's first
legislature, we feel safe in saying
that representative men will com
pose that body. And when we use
the term "representative" we do not
mean that they are composed of the J
"capitalistic class." or that they rep
resent "special interests." On the
contrary, we believe, that all inter
ests of the territory will be faith
fully and fairly represented. In other
words we think that the people of
Alaska will be given a square deal.
And that is all that could, or should,
The new legislature will be com
posed of miners, merchants, a couple
of lawyers, and a fisherman, the
strictly professional class being in
the small minority. Therefore we
are to assume that a good beginning
has been made, and from a personal
knowledge of the men who will make
up the first legislature, we have no
fear of the results.
Specifically speaking, most of the
tickets in the different divisions were
composed of excellent men. who
would have made first-class legisla
tors. and who would have discharged
their duties with an eye single to the
territory's best interests.
The opening of Alaska's first leg
islature and the work that its mem
bers shall do will be watched with
great interest, not only in Alaska, but
outside of it
MAIL SERVICE DENIED.
Complaints about Alaska's mail
service are constant. There Is always
some community that has legitimate
cause of complaint. Usually, how
ever. they are in the interior or more
remote places of the Western Alas
kan coast. We know of a prosperous
mining camp in interior Alaska that
never gets a mail during the entire
summer season, except that which
trickles in through the good nature
of river men who pass it along from
the place where the government de
* posits it. a hundred miles away. And
that community has about 300 peo
ple. They have complained? Of
course they have, but without re
dress. The postofflce department
says that a summer mail costs too
much. What do you think of that?
The people of Yakutat have not
had a mail in more than six weeks.
It is accumulating steadily in the Ju
neau postotfice. Yet Yakutat is not
far off the direct line of travel of
a half-dozen steamer which make reg
Much has been made of the fact
that the postotfice department is now
on a paying basis, for the first time
in its history. Was it assisted in
reaching that ideal state by a cheese
paring policy that deprives pioneers
and helpless communities of that great
boon?a mail service
In Alaska they are discussing the
question whether there has been a
permanent change in climatic condi
tions in that territory. Last winter
was one of unprecedented mildness,
the more notable for the fact that
in the central portion of the conti
nent and along the Atlantic seaboard
the winter was one of unusual sever
ity. Now the report comes that the
present autumn season is even milder
than that of last year. Warm days
have continued even in the interior
of Alaska and the British Yukon well
along toward the middle of October,
a time when, in former days, the
country was sealed by ice.
Along the coast it is reported that
ancient glaciers receded during the
past year with heretofore unheard-of
rapidity, their reduction in size be
ing so marked that, at the present
rate of diminution, it is but a matter
of few years before they will entirely
disappear each summer.
It is hardly worth while to ad
vance any theory of permanent cli
matic changes on the experience of
a single year, or even two or three
years. But there are already data
to warant some inquiry Into the
cause, it there is indeed a cause
which promises to have a continuing
Weather observers and scientific
men generally are never inclined to
accept theories based upon the con
tention that there has been a perma
nent change in any of the great nat
ural phenomena, so they dismiss oft
hand the theory that there has.been
a change in the course of the black
current of Japan, bringing it nearer
the coast, thus moderating the win
ter temperature of Alaska. But the
numerous and severe volcunic dis
turbances oft the coast of Alaska
during the past years might possibly
have had such an effect. ? Seattle
PRESIDENT TAFT'S FEARS.
President Taft seins to fear that
the election of Wood row Wilson to
the presidency "means an early
change of economic policy with ref
erence to the tariff." And he sin
cerely hopes that It can be made
without "halting prosperity."
Mr. Taft is a protectionist. He has
always been such. Hence his opinion
as to the economic policy of his
party and the effect it has had upon
the industrial life of the country.
There are many men, who are Re
publicans, who do not share the be
lief that the tariff is a sacred insti
tution. which the common people
must approach with the awe and
reverence with which a Hindu ap
proaches his idol, and with the feel
ing: "I know that you are ugly, but
I am told that you are great."
The tariff is not sacrosane. High
protection is not a fetish save iir the
minds of its beneflciaries. It is the
conviction of 'he majority of the
people of the United StateB as ex
pressed at the polls in the recent
election, that extreme protection has
outlived its usefulness. The common
people are entitled to some consid
eration all the time.
Furthermore, we submit that no
uneasiness need be felt over disturb
ing business conditions, nor the
halting of prosperity. Most people
are agreed that a reduction of the
tariff is demanded, but. if we are
to believe the public utterances of
ITesident-Klect Wilson, or even if
we read aright the tariff plank of
the national Democratic platform,
there will be no extremely radical
tariff legislation, and, therefore, no
possible reason for Jeremaids over
the prospect of a rearrangement of
the tariff schedules so as to meet
AS TO CLEAN POLITICS.
"Locally It (the territorial election)
has been the cleanest ever held In
the city of Juneau." was the published
remark of a Juneau business man to
The Empire yesterday. It augurs
well, then, for the town and the peo
ple. There is no reason why all
elections should not be clean. The
world is steadily progressing and
with progress enlightenment comes
a loftier view of the duties that good
citizenship imposes. A battle 1b now
being waged in all advanced civilized
countries for social Justice and the
betterment of human conditions. The
moral and political uplift are now
more than mere high-sounding
phrases. As a result politics are be
coming removed to a higher level,
and good government is no longer as
"sounding brass or the tinkling of
cymbals." It means something real
and tangible in the efforts being
made for better government, better
living, straight thinking. Our govern
ment was instituted by the fathers
of the republic to secure the inalien
able rights of the people. For this
it was treated, and the growing ten
dency of our people to return to the
first principles, is a healthy sign of
the general awakening that is rapid
ly spreading throughout the nation.
Human rights are beginning to be es
teemed as of much more importance
than the mere rights of property. We
have had our object lesson, and the
people are responding to the insis
tent call to the work that has surely
been mapped out for the American
people. Honest, clean government
will make an honest, self-respecting
WOMEN AND THE BALLOT.
Wisconsin has rejected woman suf
frage. and Kansas has adopted it.
There are now seven states of the
Union that have women suffrage?
Washington. California, Idaho, Utah,
Colorado, Wyoming and Kansas,
They are all in the West it will be
noted, where all things progressive
spring, and blossom and fructify.
In the ordinary course of events
the question of enfranchising the
women of Alaska will come to the
front, as in the course of time it
will be adopted in every state of the
Union. The conservative East and
the South will be the last to adopt it.
although the militant female suffra
gists of New York state arc conduct
ing a strenuous campaign of educa
tion among the people of the Empire
The women in many states are in
teresting themselves in the question
of the ballot. They are educating
their husbands and fathers and broth
ers along the lines of free and equal
suffrage. They demand it not as a
concession but as a right And why
should they not? Sex should be no
bar to the ballot. The feudal idea
that places women in the category
of vassals has no place In the econo
my of a progressive people.
"A WORKER IN BRASS."
In a speech delivered by Governor
Marshall In Seattle, during the cam
paign, ho said, in referring to Gov
ernor Hiram Johnson, the Progres
sive candidate for vice president, that
iie had looked up the antecedents of
Hiram in the Bible, and found that
the original Hiram was a "worker in
Now Governor Johnson is wonder
ing how it happened that he lost Cal
ifornia. Governor Johnson may be
a tine artificer in brass, and robust
orator, withal, but we should judge
thn' he failed to carry California for
his ticket through a loss of votes. By
the peculiar operations of his direct
primary law, the Republicans of Cal
ifornia were unable to vote for their
party's candidate. The Supreme
Court of that state decided that
the names of Taft electors could
not be placed upon the ballot under
the law, Gov. Johnson's law. He had
seized the Republican party, bound it
hand and foot, so to speak, and prac
tically disfranchised it as a Republi
can organization, The result: They
voted for Wilson, apparently almost
? n uiasso. And that's what's the mat
ter with Hiram. It Is, we submit, a
case of "sounding brass."
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It is to b*j hoped that the Democrat
ic party will take its great victory
modestly. Governor Wilson has set
the example. Colonel Bryan, to
whom more than any other man the
president-elect owes his success, has
also spoken modestly. The people
have taken the Democratic party at
their uttered word. They have ex
pressed their willingness to give the
Democracy another trial The peo
ple wauted a change. They have got
it. And they will watch the party
closely and hold it strictly account
able to its promises. Those promises
have been solemnly made and the
strict performance of them will most
indubitably be demanded. If they
are broker, the party will return to
the wilderness and feed upon the
husks for andother twenty years, or
? ? ?
Boss Bill Flinn, of Pennsylvania, is
no doubt feeling quite well thank you.
But Boss Penrose Is scarcely able to
sit up and take a little nourishment.
And then there is Boss Barnes, of
Xew York. And there, too, is Colonel
"Suspender Jack" McGee. A bad
day for bosses was Tuesday the 6th.
Bad for all of them except ho of Flinn
? ? ?
John L. Sullivan supported the Bull
Moose in Massachusetts; Jack John
son aided the Taft cause In t)hlcago.
Note the result? The race Is not al
ways to the swift, nor the battle to
? ? ?
There was a "break" in the "solid
South." The Colone! carried three
counties in Georgia,?but the state at
large failed to respond to the lead.
? ? ?
There is absolutely no doubt that
Mr. Wilson will choose his own cabi
net. But he is receiving gratuitous
advice of expert Cabinet-Makers.
? ? ?
Who was it said that the average
man doesn't vote for a candidate? He
votes against one.
? ? ?
In Athens, says a press dispatch,
the woman who wears a large hat in
a theatre is fined $40. After this,
who will dare to talk about the de
cadence of Greece?
? ? ?
"After Standard Oil" is the caption
of an editorial article In a popular
journal. No, thank you, it would be
preferable to be before S. 0. were it
not such a vain wish.
? ? ?
"Any good Democrat could have
been elected!" No doubt that Is Just
what Colonel William Jennings Bry
an thought as he received the bulle
tins from Armageddon.
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Standard Oil has a new competitor
in the Orient. It is called the Konlglich
Niederlandische Petroleum Gessell
schatt and it furnishes oil to India,
China and Japan. May be something
in a name after all.
There is discord in China, accord
ing to late advices. Too many polit
\ ? ? ?
And Chairman Hilles seems to have
been the least among the prophets.
* ? ?
"This part of Alaska Is enjoying
real Puget Sound weather," said a
Juneau citizen today. And why not?
Is this not also in the banana belt?
* ? ?
In the Interviews with local men,
as published in The Empire yester
day, did you not notice that there was
not a pessimistic note throughout?
Even the losers were good ones, and
most cheerful withal.
According to u dispatch received
by Tho Empire yesterday the Social
lut vote In tho national election was 1
about 800,000. Four years ago It to- !
tnled 420, 793, therefore the Incroaso i
this year as compared with 1908 Is i
nearly cne hundred per cent. Tho i
gain Is not without much significance <
and 1b well worth pondering over.
Victor Berger, tho Socialistic Con
gressman from the Milwaukee district .
waH defeated on Tuesdny, but it was
accomplished only by the fusion of
tho other polltlcul parties. If Social
ism is a menace the only way to re
move it, or render It Innocuous, Is to
remove the causeB which create it.
It is no use blinking-the fact that So
cialism is growing, and rapidly
throughout the whole country.
? ? ?
The Socialist legislative tickets
seem to have not made much of a
showing in any of tho judicial divis
ions in Alaska, except in tho Fourth,
where the Socialist party is except
SQUEEZING THE WATER
Nobody proposes to take these
trusts and squeeze the water out of
them. All that anybody proposes is
to put them on their mettle and tell
tliom that If they can carry that wa
ter they arc welcome to carry It;
but that they have got to earn what
get rid of it In ways which they
themselves are at liberty to devise;
zut that they have got to earn what
they get, and not get it by monopolis
tic agreements and by throat com
petition. That will settle the ques
tion of watered stock in a genera
tion, and 1 do not believe it will run
out so suddenly as to drown any
body.?Prom Gov. Wilson's speech at
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Tread well?*8:00 a. m., 9:00 a. m.
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Leaves Douglas for Juneau?
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m., 1:45 p. m., 3:30 p. m., **4:45
p. m? 7:05 p. m., 8:30 p. m., 9:30
p. m., 11:00 p. m.
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