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J. F. A. STRONG. i
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JUNKAU, ALASKA. NOV. 13. 1912.
You have heard through the col
umns of The Empire what mining
men have to say about the mining
outlook in this section of Alaska?
that is to say mining men who have
visited this section and investigated
it for themselves, as well as those who
reside here.
Harvey P. Uunant is one of the vis
iting mining men. He is from Chi
cago. He says that this mining dis
trict "is destined to be the most pros
perous and permanent quartz country
on the continent." And he adds, "of
course most of the ore is low grade,
to be sure, but it is practically inex
haustible and this makes for perma
nence and prosperity."
We do not know Mr. Dunant. but
his words ring true. Evidently he
is an observer as well as an investi
gator. Certainly he cannot be classi
fied as a knocker, and we presume his
statements are unprejudiced. Not
only that, but his statements are cor
roborated by many others.
The gold-bearing rock of the Harris
Mining district, and beyond it. Is prac
tically Inexhaustible. Numbers of the
old-time prospectors and miners have
known it for years, but it takes large
capital to develop these immense ore
bodies and make them productive.
Juneau is fortunate in having as
fine a lot of experienced young mining
men as ever were leading factors in
the,development of the mining Indus
try of any country under the sun.
They are energetic and full of opti
mism. They wait until they know
they are right and then, like Davey
Crockett, they go ahead. These are
the men who know how to do things
?and then go ahead and do them.
Juneau has waited long and patient
ly for the coming of the day of de
velopment of the quartz lodes of this
section, and. naturally. It is wel
comed. Let it be met. also. In a
broad and reasonable spirit. There Is
opportunity in store for all who are
wide-awake and energetic and who
know how to meet the changing con
ditions. For of a certainty the change
is here.
The Balkan war situation is getting
mightily interesting. The fly in the
ointment of the other European pow
rs seems to be Austria. The Turks
cry for mediation, while Europe
seems to be awaiting somewhat
breathlessly the bursting-out of the
flame that may enkindle the conti
There is much speculation and no
one seems to know what may not be
expected. Great Britain has declared
that the Bulgarians and their brave
allies shall not be deprived of the
fruits of their victories. The Kaiser
has congratulated Greece upon its
capture of Salonica. Surely the Bal
kan muddle has assumed a deep pur
ple hue.
At this distance, if we may Judge
accurately. Austria is the crux of the
situation, and it is thus outlined.:
"Could Austria smash her way
through to Salonica if Europe per
mitted? That does not seem so cer
tain as it did some weeks a^o Aus
trian arms have long been weakened
by tyranny. She was beaten in Italy
and at Koniggratz partly because the
Hungarians were fretting over politi
cal rigts. How much zeal would Bo
hemians and Slovaks show now in op
pressing brothers of Slav blood?
Would Bosnia and Herzezgovina. held
by an efficient despotism, rebel? And
the Balkan states themselves?would
they be easily conquered? They have
put into the field more than 600,000
men. most of whom would fight to
the death for the freedom of their
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crush the Balkan states? Russia has
already mobilized forces on the Aus
trian frontier. A Liberal Govern
ment In England would neither wish
nor dare to enter another Berlin Con
gress and cynically hand over five
million people to massacre and flames:
it would mean overthrow. As for
Austria's allies. Italy Is tangled up
in Africa, her communications at the
mercy of the French fleet. And is
Germany's interest in Austrian ag
grandizement keen enough to run the
risk of fighting France and Russia at
once, while Britain smashes her new
fleet before it is ready? Germany can
command ponce and she probably will. I
"There seems a fair prospect of i
ivoiding a greater war, chletly bo- i
cause It would be nil almost lncon- <
celvably great calamity. Austria's i
"forward" party will not abandon l
plans for further conquests. It will <
keep to the good old policy of bribes, I
and "diplomacy," and spies, and wink
ing at assassinations, that served so *
long to keep the Balkan states at en- !
tnity that Austria might some day dl- |
vide and conquer. Perhaps the allies
can be set quarelliug among them
selves again."
Lot us see about this. The dis
patches say that United States Sena- 1
tors Cummins and Kenyon, of Iowa,
and Governor Hadley. of Missouri,
have entered upon an attempt to re- 1
organize the Republican party. And
these men are in every sense of the
word progressive. In fact Senator
Cummins Is, und has been for many
years, a leader in securing progres
sive legislation. The statutes of Iowa
attest this fact. His colleague, Sena
ator Kenyon. although a new man In
national politics, is built along pro
gressive lines. And Governor Had
ley. There Is nothing of the Bourbon
about him. He Is a strong, clean-cut,
able man, and although he was a pro
Roosevelt supporter in the Republi
can National Convention, and made a
brilliant fight there for the Bull
Moose leader, he refused to follow
him Into revolt after Mr. Taft had
been renominated. He believed that
the Republican party was old enough
and strong enough to purge itself of
its impurities, and rid itself of the
barnacles that infested it.
Senator Cummins, we understand,
supported the Progressive ticket in
Iowa, but without putting himself be
yond the pale of the Republican par
ty, while Senator Kenyon was bus
ily engaged with his own campaign for
But notwithstanding the assertions
of Colonel Roosevelt respecting his
own party and his denunciations of
the party which had signally honored
him prior to the National Convention
of the party in Chicago, we are not
of those who believe that the Repub
lican party is dead. On the contrary,
we believe that it will be reorganized
and rehabilitated. It has been cast
down, and we believe it should have
been. But it has not been destroyed.
It will emerge from the ashes of de
feat purified, and with new leaders
of a higher type and with higher pur
I poses will again take a prominent
[place in the political life of the na
Colonel Bryan says that he is not
so sure of his politics as he is of his
religion. Happy man! How many of
us there are who are cocksure of our
political beliefs and know little and
seem to care less about our relig
Yet Colonel Bryan is a deeply re
ligious man. He Is also a politician
in that he has run the gamut of po
litical life. He has dropped the plum
met into the political depths of this
nation and sounded them in the past
score of years. And yet he is not
sure of his politics! But he is of his
religion. No doubt he feels that his
political views may undergo a change.
That which appealed to him sixteen
years ago may not do so now. But
his religion?it is the same yester
day, today and forever.
Men are not as easily swayed today by
political passion and prejudice as they
were even a few brief years ago. They
do not consider It a disgrace to change
their political views. No longer, hap
pily. is the slogan heard, "Vote as
you shot." The last vestige of the
"bloody shirt'" has been cast into
the limbo of forgetfulness.
Progress, honest policies, men,
not specious promises or honeyed
words are now demanded.
And we are quite content to let
Mr. Bryan doubt his politics and mix
wita it if he will a little religion. It
will harm no one. We are content
to know that he is one of the great
est moral forces in the political life
of the world today.
There are many and diverse views
about the successive defeats which
the Turks have suffered at the hands
of the Bulgarians and their allies.
Some of them are of more than mere
ly passing interest, and here Is one of
them. It is the opinion of an Oregon
man. and was published in the Ore
"I have seen it stated that there
was no telling what would happen to
the Tnrks in this most amazing war
waged upon the terrible Turk. To
any one who studies the Bible as well
as history, it is perfectly clear that
the Turk Is going to be driven out of
Europe and' that he will set up his
empire in Palestine, with the Holy
City as capital. All the things predict
ed by the inspired prophets have come
true so far; the next thing, told us by
them thousand*! of years ago, is this
ibout the Turks. Judging from the
inircaculous way in which the small
:ountries are disposing of the "ter
rible Turk," one would conclude that
there is more than just what Is
railed "luck" which has given the
illles these wonderful victories."
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And the next will be Thanksgiving
Day. And after that Christmas.
? ? ?
They've also had quite a warm
time In our sister republic of Cuba.
But there Is a wholesome fear of
your Uncle Samuel in the island re
? ? ?
Ambassador James Bryce Is going
home to England to devote his time
to literary work. Perhaps he thinks
this country Is getting too Demo
? * ?
Campaign orators rent the air prior
to the late election and told how the
Englishmen were making contribu
tions to the Democratic chest. Other
orators, not to be outdone told with
much heat how the British were
"plugging" for T. R. This was a
case of "paying your money and tak
ing your choice."
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"The twenty-year cycle holds Rood,"
says the Orogonlan. Yes, and so may
the four-year torm.
? ? ?
In Michigan they're trying to steal
the fruit of the woman suffrage vic
tory. The mean, hateful old things.
So. there!
? * ?
Wo would like to suggest the name
of Senator-Elect Ollie James, of Ken
tucky, for Secretary of War, In Pres
ident-Elect WIlson'B Cabinet. Ollie
has the length, breadth, girth and
voice to All that position to anyono's
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It is a safe bet that there will be
an extra session of Congress. So
why all this superfluity of talk.
? ? ?
According to last reports Presi
dent Mndero was still sitting on the
lid, but there were several thousand
patriots who were ready to lift him
if they could get a good chance.
? ? ?
President RooseveK started the Pa
nama Canal; President Taft has
greatly aided the great work, but it
will be the pleasant task of President
Wilson to open it to the commerce of
the world. Such is the irony of fate
jand politics.
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Brigadier - General Funston's old
friend Emllio Aguinaldo, late Fili
pino rebel, or sterling patriot?accord
ing to the point of view?was much in
evidence In Manila the other day
when tho Filipinos with much eclat
and great aplomb, celebrated the elec
tion of Woodrow Wilson to the pres
idency of this nation. Why? Simply
because the Democratic platform
promises the little brown brothers
complete independence?as soon as
they are able to walk alone. But the
good Lord alone knows when that will
be. But they had a celebration, any
way, and likely some new special fea
tures in cockfights.
? ? ?
We haven't heard of our old con
temporary, Jadam Bede, of Duluth,
since he quit trailing tho Bull Moose
in California.
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We didn't make half the fuss in
electing members of our first terri
torial legislature, as they do In some
other places that we know of. We
are a real, nice people up here, and
our politicians behaved with much
circumspection. For which, thanks.
? ? *
The Colonel says that the battle has
just begun. What, more T. Rmaged
? ? ?
The Swat of Sarawak, or the Sara
wak of Swat?we hnve forgotten
which?Is going on a Journoy to Eng
land. What's swat?
? ? ?
Looks as if the Jappan Current
might have got a sidewinder and Jolt
ed landward. No, we're not antici
pating anything. Not a bit of it. It
may slip back again even if it has
slipped Alaskaward.
? ? ?
John Schrank, the assailant of Col
onel Roosevelt, has pleaded guilty to
the atrocious crime. Schrank stated
to the court that he did not Intend to
kill Roosevelt the citizen, but Roose
velt the third-termer. Without doubt J
Schrank Is a dangerous paranoiac and
should be restrained of his liberty for
an indefinite period. Thiis country
should not afford an anchorage ground
for the breeding of such types. But
inflammatory political speeches and
unwise newspaper articles no doubt
preyed upon Schrank's mind until the
culmination of his deed.
LadloB furs for Holiday trado. W.
H. Case. tf
Vast Graveyard of Prehistoric Mon
sters Discovered by
Searching Party.
Marvellous discoveries of prehis
toric mammals In the shale fields on
the desert twenty-eight miles oast of
Mlna, Nev., are announced as the re
sult of geological research of the Uni
versity of California.
The Investigations disclose the fact
that tho region about Mlna was once
an immense body of tropical water.
The bones of a three-toed horse, about
the size of a lamb, havo been un
earthed. The teeth, well preserved,
and the entire remains of a prehis
toric dog have been brought to light.
It is believed that this animal lived
at least 5,000,000 or 6,000,000 years
ago. The scientists say that tho
(Holds about Mlna are the most mar
velous in tho world.
Fossils eighteen feet high are to
bo seen cropping out in the heart of
the desert miles away from any hu
man life. In the vlcinty is a bed of
pure carbonate of magnesia, which as
says show runs 97 per cent.
The remains of fish are to bo seen
sticking out of the banks . The pro
fessors are bending their efforts to
obtain specimens of mammals. The
remains of an extinct camel, dating
from the mioncene period, have been
Effort 1b being made to obtain spe
cimens of the water lizard, believed
to bo the oldest known from of ani
mal life. -Fish many feet in length
are to be seen and every indication
points to the fact that the remains,
so perfectly preserved, belong to a
period at least 5,000,000 years ago.
Along the southern edge of the des
ert, which is believed to have been
a lake at one time, there has been dis
covered coal of a high quality .
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