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J. F. A. STRONG.
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JUNKAU. ALASKA. NOV. 11. 1912.
VOTING FOR PRESIDENT.
Our methcxl of electing a President
and Vice President is cumbersome
and complicated, and we believe that
the time is not far distant when these
olticors will be elected by the direct
vote of the people.
Under our present system each po
litical party nominates a number of
electors in their respective states,
corresponding to each state's repre
sentation in the Congress. The elec
tors chosen then meet, usually in the
January following the presidential
election. In their respective states,
their duties being dvtlued clearly by
the twelfth amendment to the Consti
tution of the United States. The elec
tors vote by ballot for President and
Vice President, and they are required
to make distinct lists of ail persons
voted tor as President and as Vice
President, and of the number of
votes for each, which list they are
required to sign and certify, and
transmit, (generally by one of their
number chosen for that purpose)
sealed, to the seat of government of
the United States, directed to the
president of the Senate. On a day
fixed, that oiticial. in the presence of
the Senate and House of Representa
tives. opens all the certificates and
votes are theu counted, and the per
sons having the greatest number of
votes for President and Vice Presi
dent. respectively, are declared elect
Provision is also made in the Con
stitution as to how a President and
Vice President are chosen, should
none receive a majority of the elec
toral vote, something, however, which
has never happened in the history of
The votes of the electoral college
may be cast for any person. There
is nothing in law to compel them to
vote for the candidates designated.
It is simply a matter of honor with
them, but be it said, has never been
violated. This question caused con
siderable discussion prior to the late
presidential contest, inasmuch as
some electors on the Republican tick
ets of some states, in control of the
Pogressive party, declared their in
tention of voting for Roosevelt, if
they were elected. But the matter,
we believe, was finally amicably ar
ranged in all the states, except Cali
fornia. where no Republican electors
were voted for.
A BROADER POLICY NEEDED.
Reports that have reached The
limp ire from various Coast sections
of Alaska, especially to the Westward
?are to the effect that the people of
those districts are looking hopefully
forward to the inauguration of the
Democratic administration. A cor
"We are looking to Wilson with a
hopeful feeling that he may under
stand and will relieve the unjust, in
iquitous. and absolutely criminal con
dition which exists with regard to the
use and development of some of the
most important natural resources of
Alaska. We have reason to hope that
the Democratic party will not aban
don the fundamental principles of
honesty in dealing with the people of
Alaska, and with the fruits?results
of many years of struggle and priva
tion?which they have believed be
long to them.
"If this policy is adopted by the
new administration, and if it can re
ceive favorable consideration at the
hands of Congress. ? ? ? I see no
reason why Alaska will not advance
by leaps and bounds in material and
economic prosperity. Alaska asks
but the removal of the cruel hand
from her throat, and she will awake
from her condition of suspended ani
mation and will deck her hills and
valleys with the flowers of industry."
We share our friend's hopes. We
do not think that Alaska has had a
square deal under preceding federal
administrations. A more liberal pol
icy is demanded. Alaska's resources,
we claim, should be for the legiti
mate use of Alaskans?those who have
given of their brawn, brain and capi
tal to make them serviceable to man
kind If the incoming Democratic ad
ministration fails to treat Alaska with
more consideration than has been
shown in the past, we may well des
pair. But we hope for a new era
which shall redound to the benefit of
Alaska's remotest bounds. If the
narrow, jug-handled policy of recent 1
years be continued, we shall bo 1
ready to denounce It as vigorously as
it la within our power to do so.
But we are hoping, and, we believe,
Alaskans, who are so vitally Inter
ested. will not hope in vain.
NEWSPAPERS AND THEIR USES.
A newspaper is a retlex?and a good
one -of the community in which it
is published. It the town is alive and
enterprising it may be taken for
| granted that the fact will be reflected
in the newspaper's columns. This
?tateuient is general, and must be ta
ken in ics broadest sense.
This is an age of publicity, the
..orld over. It is str'ctly an advertis
ing era. The Uni ed States is the
greatest country for advertising in
[the world. Its advertising people
know their business and the merchant
jand business mau know that it pays
to advertise. It has become a neces
sity. Modern methods of business de
mand the greatest possible publicity
because it pays. There is no senti
ment in it, save that which brings grist
to the mill.
i ne newvjwiier uuoiuvo.-> 10 ju?
legitimate a business as the grocery
or dry goods store, the shoe store or
the foundry. It has, to be sure, un
dergone an evolution. The earliest
printed newspapers, samples of which
are jealousy guarded, may be found
in the British Museum. They are
strange, indeed, but mightily interest
ing?but if their founders could see
the metropolitan newspapers of today
what a striking contrast they would
The time has passed in most com
munities when a business man ad
vertizes merely for the sake of "help
ing out the paper." That is a relic of
the "meal-ticket plan." when newspa
pers existed by sufferance rather than
by inerit.or because they were of
value to their communities. When a
man advertises he expects, or should
expect, results. And he will get re
sults, if he advertises judiciously
A word more: Some people seem
to think that a newspaper exists sole
ly for their benefit. It is a public
institution which they will patronize
If they can do it without cost to them
selves. That is to say that it is not
a business affair. These are mistak
en. It is. If you go into a grocery
store and buy a sack of sugar you
do not expect the grocer to give you
a sack of flour with it do you? If
you buy a pound of steak from your
butcher, do you expect him to give
a couple of mutton chops for break
fast? Yet, in a way, this is what some
people expect of a neyspaper. The
newspaper is the greatest publicity
agent in existence. Constanly it is
advertising and working for its com
munity, in a hundred ways, for which
it neither asks nor exepects credit
or reward, save that which comes
to it through the growth and up
building of its constituency.
A newspaper or other publication
that has to beg for a living would be
better dead. Such are of no value to
any country or community.
PARCELS POST AN INNOVATION.
We believe that this part of Alas
ka is included In the parcels post
zone. The parcels post law will go
into operation on January 1 next.
Probably it may be of great service
to the people of the States, or a part
of them, but we do not know how it
will affect Alaska. If it aids the mail
order houses it will work harm in
stead of good. As a matter of fact
we have little use for these institu
tions. and ninety-nine times out of a
hundred those who patronize them
would save money and trouble by
buying from the home merchant, even
at a slight additional cost.
It is needless to point out that
money sent outside to purchase goods
never returns, while money spent in
patronizing home industries stays
where it is spent and is of benefit
to the entire community. It is like
an endless chain, and the "butcher,
the baker and the candlestick maker,"
all get a little of it.
Patronizing one's home business
houses, encouraging home industries
by buying and using their products,
builds up your town, increases the
earning population, creates a civic
pride and gives a community stand
ing both at home and abroad.
With us the parcels post Is an in
novation. although in most European
countries it has been an institution
for many years It has worked sat
isfactorily there, but the conditions
there obtaining are much different
than here. There, the farmer
senus nis garuen irucK, nis eggs
even, and his chickens?almost every
thing that he produces in fact?by
the parcels post, and the proceeds are
returned direct to him to be spent
by him in his home village or town.
The parcels post will no doubt en
ter into competition to some extent,
at least, with the big express com
panies of the country, to whose oppo
sition is due the fact that the estab
lishment of this system has been so
long delayed in the United States.
Benj. Silverman, a mining # man
from Valdez, is on the Mariposa
t>ound for the outside on business.
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Juneau and this section of Alaska
are receiving some deserved atten
tion Just now, aud especially from min
ing men who have been here the
post season. Thus Harvey P. Du
nant. of Chicago,, who spent last sum
mer in this district investigating
mining properties in the interest of a
Chicago mining syndicate, said re
cently in Seattle: "I believe that
the Harris district, with Juneau us its
center, is destined to be the most
prosperous and permanent quartz
country on the continent," Mr. Du
nunt said. "Most of the ore is low
grade, to be sure, but it is practically
inexhaustible and this makes for
permanence of tho present prosperity
of the country."
? ? ?
That is the kind of talk that counts.
It attracts attention that is worth
while. It gives people who are look
ing this way something real and tan
gible for their consideration. In a
somewhat vague way it has been
known, for lo, these many years that
this was a promising quartz section,
but many things have developed rapidly
It is true that the Alaska Tread well
Gold Mining Company has been
steadily grinding out gold irom low
grade ore across the Gastineau, for
many years. It has also been doing
substantial development work and
been always a leading factor in the
mining enterprises of this region. On
Douglas island It is known as tho
"old steady producer." And it is,
and it will continue to be so indefinite
ly. Besides It and subsidiary compan
ies give promise of great expansion in
the immediate future.
? ? ?
Not much has been heard as yot of
the turkey and Thanksgiving Day.
Politics have been occupying the cen
ter of the stage at home, while Tur
key-in-Europe is looming largo in in
? ? ?
President-Elect Wilson has deter
mined to dodge political callers and
take a much-needed rest. Uneasy iles
the head that has to deal with the
insistent clanor for public office. It
was President Benjamin Harrison
who regretted that there were not
"offices enough to go 'round." Ap
parently Mr Wilson will have to
share the same regret.
? ? ?
Wood row Wilson, of New Jersey,
will be the twenty-eighth president of
the United States. He was christen
ed Thomas Woodrow and this reminds
us of the fact that President Grant
was christened Hiram Ulysses and
Cleveland, Stephen Grover. Gen.
William Henry HarriBon was the old
est man elected to the Presidency and
Roosevelt the youngest, Grant being
the next youngest by six months.
Cleveland was the only President mar
ried in the White House, and his sec
ond daughter the only President's
child born therein. James Monroe's
daughter (Mrs. Gouverneur), Great's
daughter (Mrs. Sartorls), and Roose
velt's daughter (Mrs. Longworth),
were the only children of Presidents
married in the White House. W. H.
Harrison waB the father of the
largest family, six sons and four
? ? *
By the death of Vice President Sher
man a few days ago, Secretary of
State Philander Chase Knox became
Vice President and he will preside
over the next session of the United
States Senate. The Presidential
succession Is fixed by law, which pro
vides that "in case of the removal,
death, resignation, or Inability of
both the President and Vice President,
then the Secretary of State shall act
as President until the disability of
the President or Vice President is re
moved or a President elected. If
there be no Secretary of State, then
the Secretary of the Treasury will
act; and the remalnedr of the order
of succession is as follows: The Sec
retary of War, Attorney General,
Postmaster General, Secretary of the
Navy, and Secretary of the Interior."
? ? ?
It may be interesting to know that
the Democratic party of today claims
lineal descent from the first Republi
can party and President Jefferson as
JUDGES AND HUMANITY.
New Theory of Justice Terrible Strain
on the Judge.
Being our brother's keeper Isn't of
course, possible in a broad sense for
most of us. We have to delegate
this responsibility, and we are just
coming to understand what a heavy
burden we lay on those to whom we
delegate It, cays the Chicago Record
Federal Judge Carpenter, after
bearing a number of touching pleas
for clemency, was obliged to aban
ion the bench until he could recover
lis poise. Judge Goodnow recently
legged to be relieved of duty In the
:ourt of domestic relations, after hav
ng presided over the court for less
than a your und a half. Tho con
stant gloom by which wo arc sur
rounded darkened his whoio outlook
on llfo, ho said. Ho added:
"It's a constant war between wis
dom and sympathy."
Being a judge was certainly much
simpler and easier In the old dayu
before we began to talk of tho respon
sibility of society for much of our vice
and crime. It Is one thing to act as
umpire and decide contested points
of law. It Is quite another to think
of one's self as a moral doctor and
diagnostician and to feel obliged to
treat not the Bymptoms but tho dis
ease. There can be no doubt that
our courts are rapidly becoming "hu
manized," and the result has been al
most pure gain. But Is there no
way of equalizing the strain which
their additional responsibilities throw
upon the judges?
WHO KNOWS THESE MEN?
The Governor's office has received
inquiries for the following persons:
C. L. Musselinan, left Seattle about
nine years ago for Klondike region
and not heard from since. Was then
about 16 years of age. Brother do
sires to communicate with him.
Prank Taminers, of Cincinnati, O.
Reported to have been killed In a
snovvsllde in Alaska about Juno 14,
1912. Sister anxious for news.
Albert Larsen and Oscar Glatz
have been bound over to the grand
Jury at Fairbanks to answer to a
charge of larceny from a house. Of
late there have been many burglar
ies committed on the creeks and in
Bill Casey is wearing a big smile
thlB morning. He got the deed for
the Marvy Huff property on Chicken
Ridge, for which he opened negotia
tions some time ago. Mr. Casey says
the house and furniture are worth a
great deal more than the price at
which he bought the place outright.
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JUNEAU FERRY & NAVIGA
Leaves Juneau for Douglas and
Trend well?*8:00 a. m., 9:00 a. m.
**11:00 a. m., 1:00 p. ra., 3:00 p.
m., **4:30 p. in., 6:30 p. m., 8:00
p. in., 9:00 p. m., 11:00 p. m.
Leaves Treadwell for Douglas
and Juneau?8:25 a. m., 9:25 a. m.,
??12:00 noon, 1:40 p. m., 3:25 p.
in., **4:55 p. m., 6:55 p. m., 8:25
p. m? 9u25 p. m., 11:25 p. m.
Leaves Douglas for Juneau?
8:30 a. m., 9:30 a. m. **12:05 p.
m., 1:43 p. m., 3:30 p. m., **4:45
p. m., 7:05 p. m? 8:30 p. in., 9:30
p. m., 11:00 p. m.
?On Sundays this trip Is omit
**ThlB trip to Sheop Creek daily
except 4:30 p. m. trip on Saturday,
which is omitted and trips leaving
Juneau at 6:30 p. m. and 11:00 are
made Instead, and Sheep Creek
trips at 11:00 a. m., 6:30 p. m.,
and 11:00 p. m.
HUMBOLDT STEAMSHIP CO.
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NORTHBOUND NOV. 13
SOUTHBOUND NOV. 14
DOCKS AT JUNEAU CITY WHARF
Soattlo Ofllco, 716 Second Ave. GEO. BURFORD, Agent
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Steamers Jefferson and Dolphin all the year round serving the "
prosperous cities and settlements of the world famous Inside Pas?
age Splendid service. Courteous treatment.
! ELMER E. SMITH, Douglas Agent WILLI8 E. NOWELL, Agent
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S. S. NORTHLAND, Carrying Freight and Explosives
H. C. BRADFORD, Mgr., Pier 4, 8eattle.
SOWERBY & BELL, Juneau JOHN HENSEN 1 CO., Douglas
CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY CO.-B.C. Coast Service
Sailing from Juncuu for Port Simpson. Prince Rupert Swnnaon. Alert Bay, Vancouver
Victoria and Seattle
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