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ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE J. F. A. STRONG Telephone No. 3-7-4 Entered as second-class matter November 7. 1912 at the postoffice at Ju neau. Alaska, under the Act of March 3, 1379. SUBSCRIPTION. RATES: Q*e year, by mail $10.00 Six months, by mail * r>-00 Per month, delivered 1.00 JUNEAU. ALASKA. DECEMBER. 27. 1912. ON THE EDGE OF THE BANANA BELT SLOWLY, but none the less surely, it is being noised abroad that Alaska is not a land of perpetual snow and ice. It is beginning to dawn upon the inner consciousness of even peo- [ pie of the far and, of course, effete, East, that Alaska was ma- j ligned when it was dubbed "Seward's ice-box." New York andj the whole North Atlantic Coast have just shaken themselves j loose from the grip of a blizzard. In the Middle West and North west States the cold has been intense. But here in the Alaska panhandle, as this'is written, the rain patters on the roof; the grass, which on Christmas Day bore a light mantle of soft white, is today green; there is no touch of the breath of rude Boreas in the breeze; instead there is the balminess of the spring time in lands where grasses spring, waters run and flowers blow with the touch of April sunshine and showers. From Nome and from Fairbanks, from the mainland and islands to the westward, comes the same story of a climate and climatic conditions that gain by comparison with regions that are supposed to be blessed with a better climate than ours. And yet some will tell you that this is the "Land that God I forgot"?a cursed land unfit for civilized mankind. But these do not know; they cannot, or will not, comprehend its grandeur, its mangnificence, its mountains, although many be nameless, and its rivers which may run, God knows where?but we started out to say that with the record of the past three winters in mind, perhaps the Japan Current has really slipped a cog. TO THOSE WHO COMPLAIN OF "TRIBUTE" THE total salmon pack of the entire Pacific Coast, in eluding Alaska and the Columbia river, this year, is 5,904,354 cases. Of this amount Alaska contributed 4,065,350 cases, and the rest of the Pacific Coast 1,839.004 cases, or less than one third of the salmon output. The figures are keenly interesting, as showing the importance of the salmon industry?not to Alaska ?but to the other sections of the Pacific Coast. For, so far as Alaska is concerned, there is only the glory of being the great est salmon producing country of the world. But it is mere glory and it must be so rated. The profits of the industry are not for Alaskans. They go into the pockets of men and corporations in Seattle, San Francisco, Portland, Ore.; Chicago, New York, ana even British Columbia. Alaska is the Lazarus of the business and gets .the crumbs that fall from the fishing business that they monopolize. The figures that are given above are accurate, having been prepared by the secretary of the Association of Alaska Salmon Packers, who, in his report to the association, complains of the "tribute" that the salmon packer pays to the state and govern ment. But, perhaps he should not be censured too severely. Complaining because the rich cannery concerns have to pay "tribute" to state and government, may be a part of his duties. The foreign cannery corporation preys on a great natural resource of Alaska, and then complains because a tax that is ad mitted to be exceedingly small by every one, except the packers, is levied on the product taken from Alaska waters by alien fish ermen and canned by employes who are virtually peons. These men come from San Francisco or Seattle, or elsewhere in the spring, and draw no pay all the season, nor until they have re turned to the place at which they embarked. There, they are paid off, if the padrone, who farms out their labor, has left them anything after the "store account" has been settled. The time has passed when Alaska's valuable salmon fish eries can be ruthlessly exploited by foreign corporations, and a beggarly pittance given in return for the "privilege." The fisheries of Alaska belong to the people of Alaska? and with canneries owned and operated by Alaskans we have no quarrel. But we protest against the methods of the outside canners who would delude the ignorant and uninformed by complaining of the "tribute" that is wrung from these poor, helpless, meticulous men, but who despite it have waxed rich upon Alaska salmon. Their cry of "tribujke" will not save them from the operation of just and efficient laws by which Alaska shall obtain a fair profit from a great natural product. NEWSPAPERS AND TRUTH-TELLING. tcy HERE are newspapers," said Joseph Pulitzer, "which cyn 1 ically avow their motto to be, 'Facts merely embarass us,'" and the great newspaper man added, "but you can pretty well count all of them in this country on the fingers of your two hands. They are evanescent. Any institution that flourishes on an appeal to morbidness by the aid of mendacity can have but a precarious hold upon prosperity or even upon life itself." Anyone who knows his newspaper history will not ques tion the fact that striving for accuracy is steadily growing keener and more widespread. For every four dollars that a responsible newspaper spends on originally getting a piece of news it spends six dollars in verifying it; and it is safe to as sert than in any important story, where the facts are available, from a national convention to a murder trial or a football game, such newspapers are extraordinarily accurate. To these, news paper work is a trust, not a trade. "Truth-telling," to again quote Mr. Pulitzer, "is the sole reason for the existence of the press, and every time a newspa per prints a mistake, it is performing an abnormal function: every time it prints a deliberate fake it becomes a degenerate and perverted monstrosity." A LITERACY TEST FOR IMMIGRANTS. WE READ that Congress is closely dividing over a bill to apply the reading and writing test to immigrants. The enforcement of the immigration laws is in charge of-the Department of Commerce and Labor. But the annual report of UCHARICK . i J JEWELER ? and OPTICIAN < I 1 I I I I t I I I I I I I 1 I I I I I I ? I I 1 Secretary of Commerce and Labor Nagel makes no mention of I the literacy test as a great saving factor against undesirable incomers. The most desirable immigration we have seems to be that which in many States is taking up their negiected farms; but literacy is no test of this. The most undesirable is that which in undue proportion peoples our charitable and reforma tory institutions, but literacy is again no test and would provide no certain remedy. We shall find a better remedy in the closer enforcement of existing laws against the admission of the diseased, the defect ive, the lawbreaker and those likely to become a public charge, under which last year, according to a recent dispatch, 2,456 were deported and 16,057 were turned away at the gates of entry. Literary tests can prove nothing of a civic value in a nation ded icated to the work of providing larger opportunity for the poor and ignorant and oppressed of the world. ADVERTISED LETTERS t ? List of letters remaining unclaimed ' in the postofflce at Juneau, AlaBka, for the week ending Dec. 21, 1912. Parties calling for them should ask for "advertised" mail and give date of list 1 Ira Aldrlch. Iver Carlson. Knut Erickson. W. Lay ton. Peter Obrini. Joe Oinuma. Andrew Pedersen. , Mrs. John Salsberg. (card) 1 Karl Snthcr. ( Matt Soderland. Miss Vernia Spaulding. (card) E. L. HUNTER, P. M. i THE FISHING FLEET. > Rolfe?Sailed Dec. 26. ] Kennebec?Ar. Dec. 19. Dora H.?Sailed Dec. 26. j Pacific?Out. # < Mildred.?No. 1.?Out. Mildred.?No. 2.?Out 1 Active.?Out. Olga?Ar. Dec. 26. j Belle?Sailed Dec. 11. I Highland Queen?Ar. Dec. 21. Louise?Sailed Dec 27. ' Norman Sunde?Sailed Dec. 27. Volunteer.?Out. Vesta?On beach Valkyrie?Out. ; Xhanthus?Sailed Dec. 19. Waif?Sailed Dec. 9 . WhiteStai?Sailed Dec. 12. Lister?Sailed Dec. 26. Olympic?Sailed Dec. 10. Dick?Laid Up. Dolphin?Ar. Dec. 21. Halley's?Out. Alameda?Out Annie?Ar. Dec. 22. Uranus?Out Pollux?Ar. Dec. 10. Cedrlc?Out. Thelma?Ar. Dec. 23. Alvlda?Sailed Doc. 14. Comet?Sailed Dec. 21. Anita Phillips?Sailed Doc. 27. Solkol.?Ar. Dec. 25. The finest sight in town is my beau tiful stock of cut gloss. Here is where quality counts. Valentine's Store at Juneau has the latest, new est and most beautiful designs, some thing you never saw before. ??? Whatever your needs, come in and let me show you a variety of beau tiful presents that will at once ap peal to you as "Just the thing." Val entine's Store has genuine new at- , tractions for Christmas. ??? High grade cut glass that will please particular people; water, wine and ; whiskey sets; beer bowls, sugar and creams, footed comforts, oil and vine gar bottles, cigar and tobacco Jars. [ I. J. Sharick has the best lines of goods suitable for Christmas. Call and make selections while the stock [ Is fulL The newest and best, the original ! idea and the modern thought in | Christmas goods Is seen everywhere < in Valentino's bright, fresh stock of ! Jewelry, silverware, cut glass, and ] every other thing that you may de- ? sire for presentation. ??? ! ' I < Ladles wishing to make a selec tion of a pipe or box of cigars for Christmas presents may 'phono their wants in to BURFORD'S and depend on prompt and efficient service. To Juneau patrons: I wish to announce that I am pre pared to give prompt and efficient service in delivering, coal hauling freight, baggage, etc. HILARY McKANNA TRANSFER Phone Order 5-7 or 55 tf If quantity and quality are what you want; you should see Valentine's cut glass' before making your purchases. Many new and beautiful designs aro < displayed, not heretofore seen In 4 Alaska. ??? < I have a lot of beautiful gold mount ed fountain pens, of every make. They make Inexpensive, useful and icautiful Christmas gifts. 3. Valentine's Jewelry Store, Juneau. Christmas flowers?carnation, holly, riolets, chrysanthemums?at the Win :er & Pond Store. Place your order low. t.f. The United States of America, District of Alaska. WHEREAS, on the 13th day of De :ember( 1912, B. B. Motz and F\ M. "Isk tiled a libel in the District Court >f the United States for the District )f Alaska, against the launch "Murre et" her boats, tackles, apparel and .'urnlture, in a cause of wages Civil ind Maritime. AND WHEREAS, by virtue of pro :ess In due form of law, to me dl ?ected, returnable on the 13th day of January, 1913, I have seized and tak n the said launch "Murrelet" and have ler in my custody. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that i District Court will be held in the United States Court Room In the City if Juneau, on the 13th day of January, 1913, for tho trial of said premises, ind tho owner or owners, and all per sons who may have or claim any In lerest, nre hereby cited to be and ap pear at the time and place aforesaid, lo show cause, if any they have, why t final decree Bhould not pass as i rayed. H. L. FAULKNER. U. S. Marshal. Shackleford & Baylcss, proctors for libellants. - First date of publication Dec. 13, last date, Jan. 1. 1913. The Juneau Steamship Co. U. S. Mall Steamer GEORGIA Juneau-Sitka Route ? Leaves Juneau for Hoonata, Gypsum, Tenakeo, Kllllsnoo and Sitka? 8:00 a. m., Nov. 6, 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. Leaves Juneau for Funter and Chatham, 8:00 a. m.?Nov. 17, Doc. 11, Jan. 4, 28, Feb. 21, March 17. Leaves Juneau for Tyee, 8:00 a. in.?Nov. 23, Dec. 23, Jan. 22, Feb. 21, March 23. Juneau ? Skagway Route ? Leaves Juneau for Pearl Harbor, Eagle River, Yankee Covo, Sen tinel Light Station, Jualln, 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. 15, 21, 27. Returning leaveB Skagway the following day at 8:00 a. m. WILLIS E. NO WELL, MANAGER Professional Cards R. W. JENNINGS ATTORN EY-AT-LAW Lewi* Building, Juneau Z. R. CHENEY ATTORNEY-AT-LAW = Lewi* Building, Juneau |?* Gunnison & Marshall ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW !! Decker Building Juneau Alaska H. P. CROWTHER U. 8. Deputy 8urveyor 'j U. 8. Mineral Surveyor Office?Lewis Block ?Juneau + ? I N. WATANABE DENTIST Office Over Purity Pharmacy Juneau .... Alaska The Empire for d Job Printing i Good Stock Plus H Modern Plant Plus Printers that Know Equal Unexcelled Printing MAIN STREET Plone 3-7-4 HUMBOLDT STEAMSHIP CO. The Alaska Flyer S. HUMBOLDT I The Alaska Flyer NORTHBOUND JAN. 2 80UTHB0UND JAN. 3. D0CK8 AT JUNEAU CITY WHARF Seattle Olllcc, 716 Second Ave. GEO. BURFORD, Agent M ! 1 1 1 1 1 I 1 M 1 I 1 1 11 1 I I I 1 M 1 1 111 1 111 I i 11 1 1 1 1 1 11 111 MH ALASKA STEAMSHIP CO. STEAMERS CALLING AT KETCHIKAN, WRANGEL, PETERS- ?? BURG. DOUGLAS, JUNNEAU, HAINES AND SKAGWAY !! MARIPOSA Northbound . Dec. 23. Southbound Dec. 30 NORTHWESTERN Southbound Dec. 22 " DOLPHIN Northbound ... Dec. 26. Southbound ......Dec. 27 jj Tickets to Seattle, Tacoma, Victoria and Vancouve-. Through tickets to San Francisco. ELMER E. SMITH, Douglas Agt. WILLIS E. NOWELL, Agt. " -H-H-i-H' I 1 Mil T I 1-1- M III III 111 I III 1 III 111 I 1 I 111 III I 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, Seattlo. SOWERBY & BELL, Juneau JOHN HENSON A CO., Douglas CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY CO.-B.C.CMStService Sailing from Juneau for Port Simpson, Prlnco Rupert, Swanson, Alert Bay, Vancouver Victoria and Seattle PRINCESS MAY JAN. 2 Front and Seward Sta. C. P. R. TICKET OFFICE J. T. SPICKETT. Agt. ; u n m i n 1111 n i u 1111111111 n i n 111 ii 1111111111111 | ALASKA COAST CO. ii For Yakutat, Katalla, Cordova, Ellamar, Valdez, Latouche, Seward, ? ? I Seldovla?SAILS FROM JUNEAU !! ! S. S. YUKON DEC. 27 ! ! ! SAILS FROM JUNEAU FOR SEATTLE AND TACOMA " ) connecting at Seattle for San Francisco and Southern California port# j J ; S. S. YUKON DEC. 13 ? J 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 ;? i ? n i n 111 e i 11111111111111111111111111111111111?1111 FERRY TIME SCHEDULE I JUNEAU FERRY & NAVIGATION Co.?Operating Ferry Service Be- I tween JUNEAU, DOUGLAS, TREADWELL and SHEEP CREEK . I Lv. Juneau for Douiclan and Trend well "*8:00a.m. 9:00 a. m. 11:00 a.m. 1:00 p. m. 3:00 p. ra. 4:30 p. m. 6:30 p. m. 8:00 p. m. 9:00 p. m. 11:00 p. m. Lv. Trcad wcll for Juneau *8:25 a. m. 9 :25 a. m. 12:09 noon 1:10 p. m. 3:25 p. m. 4:55 p. m. 6:55 p. m. 8:25 p. ra. 9:25 p. m. 11:25 p. m. Lea vcti 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. in. 7:05 p. m. 8:30 p. m. 9:30 p. m. 11:30 p. m. Leaves Juneau dally 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 Jun<*u for Shwp Crook Saturday Night Only 11:00 p. m. for Juneau Returning Leaves Sheep Creek 11:40 p. m. Leaves Treadwell 11:45 p. m. Leaves Douglas 11:50 p. m. Sunday Schedule mime as obove, except trip leaving Juneau at 8 a. m. la omitted j I-l-I-H-M MM I i-I-1-1 I I I -I II I I 'H ?H-H'Wl J-l-l-l-l-l-I I I M 1 I 111 1 1 I 1 OCCIDENTAL HOTEL AND ANNEX | ! Restaurant In Connection Established 1881 European Plan " I COMMERCIAL MEN'S HOME " I FRONT ST. JOHN P. OLDS, Mngr. JUNEAU, ALASKA " UNION IRON WORKS Machine Shop and Foundry Gas Engines and Mill Castings Agents (Jnlon Gas Engino and Regal Gas Engine We Are Headquarters for DRY GOODS, CLOTHING BOOTS AND SHOES, FURNISHINGS STAPLE AND FANCY GROCERIES ALASKA-TREADWELL GOLD MINING CO.