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ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE
J. F. A. STRONG Entered as second class matter November 7. 1912 at the postofllce at Ju neau. Alaska, under the Act of March 3, 1S79. SUBSCRIPTION RATES: Qye year, by mall $10.00 Six months, by mail 6.00 Per month, delivered 1.00 JUNEAU. ALASKA. DECEMBER 23. 1912. THE CHRISTMAS SEASON. IT IS the season of Christmas?the time of good cheer, of good-fellowship vibrant, or it should be now, much more than at the beginning of the so-called Christian Era?what time the shepherds watched their flocks by night, and Angels sang, "On Earth Peace, Good Will Toward Men." In the beginning the observance of Christmas had a purely religious, or perhaps we should say, a distinctly sectarian signifcance, as well as a religious bearing. But with the passing of the centuries its horizon has been greatly enlarged, and while its religious aspect is still manifest in outward and visible forms, the season has assumed a much wider and vastly more cosmopolitan and secular character. It is a season for civilizd mankind, whose observance, in some man ner. is almost universal. No single sectarian religious denomination can lay claim to a prescriptive right to observe Christmas Day or- the Christmas season. It belongs to all who believe in the brotherhood of man and the uplift of the world's peoples. There are, to be sure, sa cred associations and hallowed memories attached to the observ ance of many holidays, and especially so if they have the mel lowness of age attached to them. The Christmas season has its centuries of memories behind it, and in its gladsome round it opens up new vistas, brings new hopes and new aspirations for the future. Therefore its com ing should be welcomed. The old and the young may meet to gether: the rich and poor may dwell in unity; hand may clasp hand in amity; foes may become friends; animosities may be buried with the coming of Christmastide; for even if it served no other purpose it should develop within us that sometimes lat ent but ever-existing spark of human kindness which makes the whole world kin. There is not a town or hamlet in any civilized country where Christmas Day is not observed. The outward observance may be dissimilar, but the same spirit will be apparent everywhere. And this fact denotes the broadening progress of the human race?the cultivation of a spirit of altruism that the sordid cares of modernity cannot efface. There is a brotherhood of man. Years, centuries of class distinction, usurpation of power by the minority; the creation and nurture of villenage, serfdom, slavery?none of these has been able to quite destroy it. It is here, though we decline to believe it, and speculatively await for its consummation. It is here, in part, if not in the whole, and its presence its most marked at Christmas time. "Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men." This was first given to us in concrete form more than nineteen hundred years ago. But in other forms it existed long before. It was crystal lized at the beginning of our Era, hence it may be fairly claimed as our own. And it is always well to keep it in memory, not for the few days of the recurring Christmas season, but always; for, though we now see through a glass darkly, the time will come when we shall see face to face and know as we are known. Let us,then, observe the season, not only in the letter but in the spirit. This is our country, and the Christmas time is still ours to enjoy as best we may. And to each and all, to every one, The Alaska Daily Empire wishes a Merry Christmas and all the joys that such a season carries with it. A COLD STORAGE PLANT, A NECESSITY. THE project for the construction and equipment of a cold storage plant for Juneau should succeed, if the halibut in dustry is to reach the proportions to which it is entitled in this section of the territory. The need of such a plant is becom ing more and more pressing. Recently the halibut fishermen working out of this port scored a point over the rapacious and conscienceless wholesale fishdealers of Seattle by being able to dispose oft their catches here, at prices that are satisfactory. The fact that they have been able to find a market here has stimulated the halibut industry and the demand for facilities to take care of the fish as they are brought in becomes more im perative, if the local market is to become a permanent institu tion. The importance of the fishing industry of this section to Juneau should not be underestimated. The Empire believes in taking care of all home industries, in exploiting them truthfully and fairly; in encouraging them in every legitimate way. It be lieves in their conservation, that they may be perpetuated, and one way to conserve the fisheries is to take care of the product and see that nothing goes to waste that is valuable. The fisheries of Alaska are capable of great expansion and it is The Empire's desire that all the profit that rightfully should accrue to the people of Alaska be given them and not transferred to the pockets of people elsewhere. The proposal for the erection of a cold storage plant has been submitted to the City Council. We do not know whether the terms offered by the projectors are equitable or otherwise. That is for the City Council to determine, as they undoubtedly will, and also see to it that they are not aiding in the establish ment of a cold storage monopoly, that might work to the disad vantage of the halibut industry. We do not anticipate such danger, however, but it is always well for a city council to duly safeguard the city in all matters of this kind. The Empire is only interested in the cold storage proposi tion as a matter of public benefit, not only for the fishermen, but for the commercial interests of the town. TAFT'S VISIT TO THE PANAMA. PRESIDENT TAFT'S visit to the Canal Zone serves to remind us once again that in the year which is just about to dawn, ships will be passing through the Panama Canal from ocean to ocean. Standing on the Gatun locks?which he undoubtedly will?the President will see six or seven miles of completed canal. Gazing in the other direction he will see the basin of the Gatun lake now ready to receive the floods from the Chagres river stretching twenty-five miles toward the Pacific. At the farther end of the lake is the great Culebra cut practically down to the required depth, as the digging is about completed. "The work still remaining to be done there is grading down the sides and removing the earth that has been sliding down the slopes, especially near the Culebra railway station. : Between the cut and the Gatun lake only a thin dike is left, the removal of which will allow the waters from the lake to I flood all the waters of the Atlantic side of the canal. The Gatun dam wihch will compound the waters of the Chagres river and direct them into the lake has been practically completed. Next spring or perhaps before, the waters will fill the lake and the Cu lebra cut as well. The great steel gates which are to open and close the Ga tun locks are in place, and in fact it may be said that as a whole the greatest engineering feat of this or any other age has Seen ended. Of course there is still more to be done, but the great waterway will be ready for ships to pass through it by next September. And with its completion a new era will open for the whole Pacific Coast country. WHAT OF THE CONQUEST OF THE AIR? IF CROSSING the Atlantic in an air ship, as is proposed by a German company, is practiceable, the big steamship lines may prepare to go into the freighting business exclusively almost. Dirigle balloons of the type proposed for the Atlantic flight may be seen any fine day sailing over Berlin and also over Paris. They have regular sailing?or should be say flying schedules, and for twenty-five dollars one sees either great city from above. Another airship line maintains a service between Berlin and Dusseldorf. These dirigible aircraft are most comfortably ar ranged, and up to the present time no accidents to passengers have been recorded, though the airships themselves have not escaped injury, caused in one case by fire in the station where they are kept, and in another by being damaged while preparing for flight. The science of aviation is still in its infancy and no limit can be placed upon its possibilities. The leading nations of the world are spending much money in promoting aeronautics and in perfecting flying machines; and who shall say that within a very few years the men who go up in the air will not be as safe from harm as "they who go down to the sea in ships ?" Soon, perhaps, we may be able to leave Juneau after break fast and dine the same evening in Seattle, and breakfast the fol lowing morning in San Francisco. A FINE MENU CHRISTMAS DAY. Following is a Christmas menu, which, it is hoped, will be served at every table In all Alaska, and the world besides, on Christmas Day: Graco Conscience Clear Kindness Good Cheer Tender Memories Charity Served with Discretion Peace Love Truth Long Life StufTed with Usefulness Heart Fond and True (A Large Portion) Affection Happiness Sweet Thoughts Best Wishes for Absent Friends Mizpah Valentine's Store presents the sea son's opportunity for pleasure and economy In buying; delight and sat isfaction In receiving. It Insures a Merry Christmas. ??? A complete line of tobacco jars and pipe racks at BURFORDS. Natural History. Teacher?The butterfly comes from a caterpillar. Johnny?And you can get fish from a worm, too. i I THE FISHING FLEET. Rolfe?Ar. Dec. 23. Kennebec?Ar. Dec. 19. Dora H.?Ar. Dec 21. Pacific?Ar. Dec. 21. Mildred.?No. 1.?Out. Mildred.?No. 2.?Out Active.?Out Olga?Sailed Dec. 13. Belle?Sailed Dec. 11. Highland Queen?Ar. Dec. 21. Louiae?Ar. Dec. 19. Norman Sunde?Ar. Dec. 21. Volunteer.?Out Vesta?Ar. Dec. 19. Valkyrie?Out Xhanthus?Sailed Dec. 19. Waif?Sailed Dec. 9 . WhlteStar?Sailed Dec. 12. Lister?Ar. Dec. 20. Olympic?Sailed Dec. 10. Dick?Laid Up. Dolphin?Ar. Dec. 21. Halley's?Out. Alameda?Ar. Dec. 22. Annie?Ar. Dec. 22. Uranus?Out Pollux?Ar. Dec. 10. Cedrlc?Out Thelma?Ar. Dec. 23. Alvlda?Sailed Dec. 14. Comet?Sailed Dec. 21. Anita Phillips?Ar. Dec. 21. SPECIAL SALE on all CURIOS un til January first, at W. H. 'CASE. The stock of diamond goods, now 5ii display at Valentine's Store in Ju neau, is something that you would not expect to see In this far North ern country. He has them in any luantity, size or price, and In all ityles of mountings. ??? The United States of America, District of Alaska. WHEREAS, on tho 13th day of De cember, 1912, B. B. Metz and F. M. Flak filed a libel In the District Court of the United States for the District of Alaska, against the launch "Murre let" her boats, tackles, apparel and furniture, In a cause of wages Civil and Maritime. AND WHEREAS, by virtue of pro cess in due form of law, to me di rected, returnable on tho 13th day of January, 1913, I have seized and tak n the said launch "Murrelet" and have her in my custody. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that a District Court will, be hold in the United States Court Room in the City of Juneau, on the 13th day of January, 1913, for the trial of said premises, and the owner or owners, and all per sons who may have or claim any in terest, are hereby cited to be and ap pear at the time and place aforesaid, to show cause, If any they have, why a final decree should not pass as prayed. H. L. FAULKNER, U. S. Marshal. Shackleford & Bayless, proctors for libellants. First date of publication Dec. 13, last date, Jan. 1. 1913. The Juneau Steamship Co. U. S. Mail Steamer GEORGIA Juneau-3ltka Route ?Leaves Juneau for Hoonah, Gypsum, Tenakee, Killlsnoo and Sitka? 8:00 a. m? Nov. 5, 11, 17. 23, 29, Dec. 5. 11, 17, 23. 29. Jan. 4, 10. 16, 22. 28, Feb. 3, 9, 16, 21, 27, March 5, 11, 17. 23 and 29. LeaveB Juneau for Funter and Chatham, 8:00 a. m.?Nov. 17, Dec. 11, Jan. 4, 28, Feb. 21. March 17. Leaves Juneau for Tyee, 8:00 a. m.?Nov. 23, Dec. 23, Jan. 22, Feb. 21, March 23. Juneau ? Skagway Route ? Loaves Juneau for Pearl Harbor, Eagle River, Yankee Cove, Sen tinel Light Station, Jualin, El dred Rock Light Station, Com et, Haines, Skagway,, 8:00 a. m. ?Nov. 3, 9, 15. 21, 27. Dec. 3; 9, 15. 21, 27, Jan. 2. 8, 14, 20, 26. Feb. 1, 7. 13, 19. 25. March 3. 9, 16, 21, 27. Returning leaves Skagway the following day at 8:00 a. m. WILLIS E. NOWELL, MANAGER fl I CHARICK rI.J. JjSSSu. j I II SI I I I I I I II I I 11 11 I I I I i 11 The Empire for ? Job Printing Good Stock Plus Modern Plant Plus Printers that Know Equal Unexcelled Printing MAIN STREET Phone 3-7-4 ? ? Professional Cards R. W. JENNINGS ATTORN EY-AT-LAW Lewis Building, Juneau Z. R. CHENEY ATTORNEY-AT-LAW Lewis Building, Juneau Gunnison & Marshall ATTO R N E Y8-AT-L A W Decker Building Juneau Alaska H. P. CROWTHER U. S. Deputy Surveyor U. S. Mineral Surveyor Office ? Lewie Block ? Juneau N. WATANABE DENTI8T Office Over Purity Pharmacy Juneau .... Alaska C. F. CHEEK THE TAXIDERMIST THAT KNOWS Game Heads, Fish and Birds Mounted. 8KINS AND FURS TANNED Rug Work a Specialty Prices Reasonable HUMBOLDT STEAMSHIP CO. The Aluki Flyer ?, ?, HUMBOLDT I The AUaka Flyer NORTHDOUND DEC 19 SOUTHBOUND DEC. 21 DOCKS AT JUNEAU CITY WHARF Seattle Office, 716 Second Ave. GEO. BURFORD. Agent ? -i-H-H-H-H i 1 1 1 1 I 1 1 H 1 111 1 1 I 1 1 1 1 1 I I 1 1 I 1 II 1 II 111 111 I I I" ? ALASKA STEAMSHIP CO. I " STEAMERS CALLING AT KETCHIKAN, WRANGEL, PETERS- ?? BURG, DOUGLAS, JUNNEAU, HAINES AND SKAGWAY 11 ;; MARIP08A Northbound . Dec. 23. Southbound Dec. 30 ;; NORTHWE8TERN Southbound Dec. 22 ;; ;; DOLPHIN Northbound ... Dec. 26. Southbound Dec. 27 11 I! Tickets to Seattle, Tacoma, Victoria and Vancouver. Through tickets to San Francisco. II !! ELMER E. SMITH, Douglas Agt WILLIS E. NOWELL, Agt. " ?!-i 11111 m 1111 m in m 111 M i ii i i-i 11 H it l 111 m I M NORTHLAND STEAMSHIP COMPANY Operating S. S. ALKI and S. S. NORTHLAND S. S. ALKI, South, DEC. 30 First Class Fare to Seattle $19.00 Second Class Fare to Seattle $12.00 H. C. BRADFORD, Mgr., Pier 4, Seattle. SOWERBY & BELL, Juneau JOHN HENSON A. CO., Douglas ?iwniwm iihwiiiiiii ain rww CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY CO.-B.C.CoastServi? Sailing from Juneau for Port Simpson, Prince Rupert. Swanson. Alert Bay, Vancouver Victoria and Seattle PRINCESS MAY JAN. 2 Front and Sownrd Sto. C. P. R. TICKET OFFICE J. T. 8PICKETT, Agt. -i-FW I I I I C II I M I I I I I I I I II I I I II I I II I II I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I | ALASKA COAST CO. ii ? ? For Yakutat, Katalla, Cordova, Ellamar, Valdez, Latouche, Seward, ?. !! Seldovla?SAILS FROM JUNEAU 1! ! ! S. S. YUKON DEC. 21 | [ !! SAILS FROM JUNEAU FOR SEATTLE AND TACOMA ;! \ \ connecting at Seattle for San Francisco and Southern California ports j | ? ' S. S. YUKON DEC. 13 ? ? Right is reserved to change steamers or sailing dates without notice. ? ? For further information apply to ' ' ' ? S. H. Ewing, Juneau Agent ALASKA COAST COMPANY, Seattle ?' W'( Ml I 1 1 I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I FERRY TIME SCHEDULE JUNEAU FERRY & NAVIGATION Co.?Operating Ferry 8ervlce Be tween JUNEAU, DOUGLAS, TREADWELL and 8HEEP CREEK Lv. Juneau foi Douglas and Trendwcll ?8:00 u. ik. 9:00 a. ir.. 11:00 a. ra. 1:00 p. m. 3:00 p. m. 4:30 p. m. 6:30 p. m. 8:00 p. m. 9:00 p. m. 11:00 p. m. Lv. Tread well for Juneau ?8:25 a. m. 9:25 a. m. 12:00 noon 1:40 p. m. 3:25 p. m. 4:65 p. m. 6:55 p. m. 8:25 p. m. 9:25 p. m. 11:25 p. m. Leaves Douglas for Juneau ?8:30 a. m. 9:30 a. m. 12:05 p. m. 1:45 p. m. 3:30 p. m. 5:30 p. m. 7:05 p. m. 8:30 p. m. 9:30 p. m. 11:30 p. m. Leaves Juneau daily for Sheep Creek 11:00 a. m. 4:30 p. m. Leaves Sheep Creek for Juneau 11:40 a. m. 6:10 p. m. From Juneau for Sheep Cieck Saturday Nilht Only -^iToorrs: for Juneau Returning Leaves Sheep Creek 11:40 p. m. Leaves Treadwell 11:45 p. m. Leaves Douglas 11:50 p. m. Sunday Schodulo name as above, except trip leaving Junaao at ?Mill I'M 1 1 I 1 1 II I I I 1 1 M 1 1 I 1 1 I M 1 M I I 1 I 111 1 I 1 II 1 I I I HI 'I' OCCIDENTAL HOTEL AND ANNEX J jj Restaurant in Connection Established 1881 European Plan I) COMMERCIAL MEN'S HOME !! FRONT ST. JOHN P. OLDS, Mngr. JUNEAU, ALASKA jj ?H ill I I 1 1 1 I I I 1 111 111 I I III III 1 I III ill I III 111 111 ill 1 1 1 1 UNION IRON WORKS Machine Shop and Foundry Gas Engines and Mill Castings Agones Union Gas Engine and Regal Gas Engine ALASKA MEAT COMPANY John Reck. Mgr. Wholesale and Retail Butchers Manufacturers of all Kinds of Sausages Our Hams and Bacon Are Home-Smoked We Are Headquarters for DRY GOODS, CLOTHING BOOTS AND SHOES, FURNISHINGS STAPLE AND FANCY GROCERIES -, ? . - . % - ALASKA-TREADWELL GOLD MINING CO.