ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE
J. F. A. STRONG.
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JUNKAU. ALASKA. NOV. ltl, 191S.
AS TO FIRE PROTECTION.
There can be no valid argument
raised against the necessity of pro
viding adequate lire protection for
any town, no matter where it is lo
Usually in Alaska communities it
is one of the first cares of the munic
ipality. There is too much at stake
for the people generally too overlook
or ignore the dangers of fire. There
are not many business men who are
able to carry their own insurance?
that is. take their own risks, while
the better the fire protection, both in
equipment and water supply, the
lower the insurance rates.
These are facts that cannot be dis
puted. and we submit that the state
ments herein set forth are worthy of
the careful consideration of the cit
izens of Juneau. This town has in
creased in population largely during
the past few months, and the prom
ise of the present is for a much larg
er population within the coming year.
And it seems to The Empire that
it is always a good plan to take time
by the forelock.
THE SEAL OF ALASKA.
We note that the great sea of Alas
ka bears the Inscription. "Seal of the
District of Alaska." This is a mis
nomer. inasmuch as we are now fully
qualified to bear the more mellifluous
anil satisfying name. Territory. Some
of our district courts, however, sev
eral years ago discarded the name
district, and substituted Territory,
uniwsely, and without strict legal war
rant. we thought at the time. But
there can be no question raised now
as to Alaska's territorial status.
The changing of the inscription on
the seal is an easy matter, and we
are simply referring to it for the
purpose of congratulating ourselves
and the people of Alaska upon the
new dignity that has been lately
KODIAK ISLAND SUFERERS?
If the statements of Kodiak island
men are to be taken at their face
value, a condition of affairs exists
amonK the native and Creole popula
tion there that is not at all to the
credit of the government officials lo
cated on the island.
The statements that are published
in The Empire today have been
vouched for by supposedly reputable
and truthfulful men. recently from
Kodiak. But there are usually two
or more sides to every story that is
told. Sometimes the information
supplied does not come from reliable
sources; often it is the result of
prejudice and uot infrequently of a
misunderstanding of the facts, or
When, however, the flat statement
is made that hundreds of people are
destitute, or in immediate danger of
being destitute, it is time to take no
tice of their allegations.
It need scarcely be pointed out that
native peoples usually become extra
ordinarily helpless in the stress of a
great calamity. And it is also need
loss to say that a great calamity has
overtaken these people.
It seems, however, almost incred
ible that officials of the United States
government even though they occu
py minor positions, should permit
such conditions, as it is alleged, exist,
without endeavoring to alleviate them
in a practical way. especially when
there are funds and rations, furnished
by a generous hand, to meet the exig
At the very least a prompt Investi
gation should be made and the truth
or falsity of the charges determined.
UNCERTAIN WAR NEWS.
Newspaper readers cannot fail to
be impressed with the fact that news
of the Balkan war. and the negotia
tions for an armistice between the
belligerents, is most contradicting,
and wholly unsatisfactory.
But It must be borne in mind that
all dispatches from the scenes of
war and the seats of the govern
ments involved in the struggle, are
rigidly censored, and only such mat
ter as is allowed to pass the censors
reaches the public. Enough has
been received to establhh the belief
beyond a doubt that thj condition of
the Turkish forces is pitiable, while,
if the exact truth were known, the
allies are no doubt suffering severe
That cholera in decimating the peo
ple of Constantinople is also certain
and It is equally probable that star
vation faces tens of thousands within
that city. These known conditions
will, without doubt, soon combine to
put an end to a war which has been
remarkable in the suddenness with
which is was precipitated and the
fierceness of the contests at arms
that have followed.
The firmness of the Balkan states
and their allies, has prevented the
European powers from intervening in
the war. The allied nations almost
at the very beginning of the con
flict. served notice upon the powers
I that they would not submit to in
j terference on their part, and that
fact, coupled with the powers' Jeal
ousy of each other and their many
conflicting interests, whose ramifica
tions are widespread, has deterred
them from direct intervention. And
added to all this is the attitude of
Great Brltant, Prime Minister As
?luith hnving recently declared in a
public address that the Balkan states
should not be deprived of the fruits
J of their victory.
THE PROBLEM OF LIVING.
The Democratic national platform lays
much stress upon the tariff and the
trusts as the fundamental causes of the
Increased cost of living in the United
States. That these are contributing
causes rather than basic, we are In
clined to believe. A casual study of
economic conditions in Europe shows
that the people of Germany and those
of Great Britain are also confronted by
desperate economic conditions, and
similar conditions may be said to ex
ist in nearly every other European
country. Of course Germany has a
high protective tariff while England is
partially at least on a free trade ba
sis. But the conditions In highly pro
tected Germany are worse than those
of England. Evidently, however, there
are other causes for the high cost of
living when its phenomena are observ
able pretty much everywhere in the
civilized world. It Is the universality
f the condition that causes economists
to look for universal causes.
There is small questalon. perhaps,
that under-production of necessities
is one cause, although the United
States, this year, produced 3.170.000,
000 bushels of corn, and crops gener
ally were the largest in the history of
the country. Yet prices have not
Intimately connected with under
production. which some economists
point to as the real cause of high food
prices, all the heavy costs of distri
bution that have grown up in mod
ern tfmes and which are such an to
put a heavy tax on the consumer, and
a great problem of today It would
seem, is to bring the producer and
the consumer into closer communica
THE MOTION PICTURE.
But beyond the revolution the mo
tion picture has worked In the mat
ter of optics, comes the development
of the "movies" as means of enter
tainment. It has spread to a degree
unheard of. Sever can the "legit
imate" theatre hope to reach as many
i people in a week as the moving picture
film reaches in a day. The great
mass of people now has its playhouse,
which may be nothing else than made
over storeroom. As soon as the mov
ing picture man begins to turn the
crank all the joys of the world are
dashed before the observer's eyes.
To keep this great educational force
clean should be one of the objects
of the state. America has taken the
lead in dim production, which speaks
well for the tendencies of moving
picture audiences for most of the
American films are clean, and breathe
of the outdoors. Such a vast force
for public good or evil should be
kept above reproach. Infinite capac
ities for good or evil lurk in the
"movies," and the evil should not be
I allowed to creep in.
Much interest is manifested in the
Bohemian linen trade by a reported
invention from the Russian textile
industry. According to the informa
tion. an engineer at Moscow has pro
duced chemically finer linen yarn
than the finest yet spun; also that
less waste ismade in spinning pro
cess. thereby lowering the cost of
production. Very fine linen goods are
to be woven from the new yarn, the
cost of which is calculated to be 20
per cen less than the finest articles
of linen heretofore placed on the
OIL AND WATER.
Ex-Gov. Haskell o.f Oklahoma, has
gone Into the oil business ,and having
been long a Prohibitionist, he will now
proceed to show how water and oil
can be made to go together
HORRORS OF WAR,
War may still continue to rage about
Podgaritza, but It Is reassuring to
know that the conditions at Tegu
cigalpa are improving hourly.
imm11iniin111m in e
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The death of David Waldron, by
fire, is one of the Baddest incidents
in the tragic history of the Northern
country. Not the death itself, but
the manner of his exit from this gray I
old world. Mr. Waldron had reached J
the great age of 89, and for ten had ;
lived in Valdez. A pioneer of the Pa- i
cltlc Coast, he had ouce been wealthy.
But riches take unto themselves wings }
and fly away. Peace be to his ashes. (
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The United States has just paid a (
Kansas man $3.10 due him as a sol
dier since 1865. No interest was paid
on the money which the government
has been retaining for nearly half a i
century. Our Uncle Samuel seems i
tu be maintaining his record of being ~
slow but sure, in paying his debts. j
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District Attorney Rustgard was In
Seattle on election day?the first na
tional election ho had seen in quite
a number or years. What Impressed
him most, he says, was the absence
of anything like enthusiasm among
uny of the political partisans around
the newspaper offices and other places
where returns were being received on
election night Huge crowds were
there, and there was a lot of good-nn
tured "joshing" but few cheers for
any of the candidates. All of which
goes to show, It would seem, that
the American Is beginning to take his
politics seriously. It Is not Indiffer
ence. Shouting establishes no prin
ciples, neither does it establish poli
cies of government. The silent voter
does the work.
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Judging by the election returns that
are still trickling In from a number
of states the results of the late elec
tion may possibly be determined by
Thanksgiving Day?but perhaps not .
until Christmas. In any event let us
give thanks that only two or three
states have not as yet determined who
has been elected.
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John D. Rockefeller and Andrew
Carnegie have returned to tho people
a modicum of the great wealth which
they have accumulated. In the way of
benefactions to churches, colleges,
foundations and libraries. And now
comes Banker George F. Baker, of
New York, who has announced his
intention of giving a trifle of $4,000,
000 to a hospital. After the late Geo.
F. Peabody, Dr. D. K. Pearsons, of
Chicago, was undoubtedly the most
generous giver this country has
known. He devoted all of his fortune
of $5,000,000 to charitable and educa
tior.?.l work, and when he died he was
worth not more than $5,000. But
with all their gifts the wealth of
Rockefeller and Carnegie accumulates
very much faster than they can thus
dispose of it.
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Hutton & Co., stock brokers, of San
Francisco, have a direct private wire
from their New York connections.
On the night of election they had
their operator installed in the St.
Francis hotel in San Francsico and
these returns were flushed hours in ad
vunce of the regular associated press
service, according to Z. R. Cheney,
who was stopping at the hotel. The
lobby was filled with an intensely in
terested crowd with eyes glued to the
screen watching the figures.
"Of course, I felt blue," said Mr.
Cheney, "as the landslide gathered
headway and carried practically
everything before it?I look blue,
don't I? But seriously," he contin
ued, "it will be too bad if Wilson loses
California, and I understand thnt
Roosevelt is 72 votes In tho lead."
END OF CAMPAIGN.
The long sad months of noise and
shrieking come to an end, at Time's
behest, und orators, worn out by
speaking, can give their battered
lungs a rest. How sweet to know an
end of yawping, of all the worries
campaigns mean! Now we can do
our Christmas shopping on buoyant
legs, with mlndB serene. Now we
can gambol through tho city unham
pered by the tariff bores, and wear
a smile and sing a ditty, as glad as
any one outdoors. Relieved of all
the hurly-burly, the screams of war
ring candidates, we'll do our Christ
mas shopping throughout those wide
United States. How sweet it Is to
go a-walking, and hear no wrangling,
near or far, no arguments or tiresome
talking of income tax or I. and R.!
How pleasant when the local daily
prints something else than campaign
junk! We'll do our Christmas shop
ping gaily, and buy enough to fill
a trunk! How sweet to see men safe
ly, sanely, pursuing tasks well worth
their while, Instead of thrashing "is
sues" vainly, dispensing language by
the mile! Farewell to foolish yawp
ing, to tiresome men with tiresome
Jaws; it's time to do our Christmas
shopping and put in lickB for Santa
Claus! WALT MASON.
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SPECIAL TERM OF COURT.
n the District Court for the District
of Alaska, Division No. I,
n the Matter of Calling a Special
December, 1912, Term of Court at
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that
mrsuant to an order of the Honorable
fhomas R. Lyons, District Judge for
he District of Alaska, Division No.
;, made on the 4th day of November,
.912, at Juneau, Alaska, a SPECIAL
PERM of the DISTRICT COURT will
>c holden at the United States Court
Ioubo at Juneau, AlaBku, beginning
m Monday, the NINTH DAY OF DE
CEMBER, 1912, at the hour of ten
>'clock In the forenon of Bald day.
E. W. PETTIT.
Clerk of the District Court for
the District of Alaska, Division
Dated and published at Juneau,
Maska, this 6th day. of November, A.
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