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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 postofflco at Ju neau, Alaska, under the Act of March 3, 1879. SUBSCRIPTION RATES: 0?? year, by mall $10.00 Six months, by mail 5.00 Per month, delivered 1.00 JUNEAU. ALASKA. DECEMBER 28, 1912. GOVERNOR CLARK'S ANNUAL REPORT GOVERNOR WALTER E. CLARK'S annual report, a synop sis of which was printed by The Empire yesterday, is a comprehensive document. It touches upon most of the vital points of the economical and political questions that con front Alaska; and the recommendations it contains are, for the most part, liberal, practical and progressive. The report bears ample evidence of a knowledge of the matters upon which it treats. It shows that Governor Clark has been painstaking in his efforts to obtain accurate data and information. It also shows that in a majority of the subjects which he discusses? always in an intelligent and interesting way?he has been able to get the viewpoint of the average citizen of Alaska; and that he has a keen appreciation of the value to the people of the ter ritory of its great natural resources. The report is a veritable fund of carefully arranged infor mation, with regard to the chief products of Alaska, its trade, commerce, fisheries, mining and other interests. Governor Clark's discussion of the fisheries is fair, and though not all might agree with some of the views expressed in connection with the salmon industry, there is much to commend in the published statements. He is opposed to the rebating sys tem, and he favors the establishment of government hatcher ies, the conservation of salmon as well as the development of the many other species of fish with which these waters abound. The question of fish traps and purse seines, in the taking of sal mon, he says, is predicated upon the labor question; and upon the other large question of the actual benefit which the people of Alaska derive from the salmon fisheries, the Governor seems to think that it is also a matter of labor supply; and undoubt edly that question does enter into it to a certain extent. We are not prepared to say, however, that it rests solely upon the solution of that problem, nor that it is not susceptible of par tial adjustment, at least, by sane legislation. It is of interest to note that the total value of imports from the United States and foreign countries are valued at $62,680, 507; while our exports reach a total of $41,509,353. As hereto fore gold maintains its place as the leader, but shows a gradual decline from the shipments of former years. Our fish exports command second place, being, approximately, only $3,000,000 less than the value of domestic gold exported. On the other hand the gain in the production of copper is marked, the out turn for 1912 being valued at $5,040,386?a very substantial increase over the production of any former year. In the matter of imports by the different geographical sec tions, Southeastern Alaska leads all others by a substantial amount. Taken as a whole the report may be said to reflect Alaska conditions with a great deal of accuracy. It may also be classed as optimistic in tone. The inequalities of a number of laws are pointed out, such as that relating to pelagic sealing, wherein the native is deprived of what might be termed his her editary right to take seals during the season. The opening up of the coal lands, that cheaper fuel may be had, and the provid ing of railroad transportation facilities from the coast to the interior are questions pregnant with importance to all Alaska. That the population of Alaska has decreased is all too true, and the reasons assigned therefor, are in the main sound; but we would emphasize the opinion that a leading factor in the de crease is not only the absence of adequate land laws but the governmental policies that have been pursued in locking up vast areas of the public domain, thus preventing their legitimate de velopment. The ultra-conservation policy that has been pursued with regard to our coal measures and the setting aside of im mense tracts of public lands for reservations of one kind or an other has had a depressing effect upon the entire territory, and many of our people, who have left the placer regions, would gladly have settled elsewhere in the territory had there been that opportunity, which these very policies have denied them. But that Governor Clark is in sympathy with the people of Alaska in their endeavor to develop its resources and make it a country worth living in and for, is evident by the able and con scientious manner in which he discusses every question that comes within his purview. In our opinion, taken as a whole, it is the most comprehensive report that has ever emanated from the office of the Governor of Alaska. The parcels post law becomes operative Jan. 1, and express companies only point with pride?to themselves?and view it with alarm. THE LONGING FOR THE FARM. Governor-elect william sulzer, of New York, has arrived. He says that after he has finished his four year's term as Governor of the Empire State he wants to retire to a farm. We do not know whether the very much alive gover nor-elect has in mind Cincinnatus at his plow, and the recall of the Roman people, or not. To our mind, however, it is a perfect ly human desire. Most of us at some time in our lives, have a longing to return to the soil; to get back to the simple life, whether we have been engaged in the tumult of public life or in the tempestuous struggle for wealth, or for existence, in many lines of human activity. Sometime in our lives comes the longing for peaceful pastor al scenes; we want the rest and quiet which an undisturbed view of the landscape brings. We want to listen to the babbling brook, to see the lowing kine wind slowly o'er the lea; to hear the bleating of the sheep, as the sun sinks in the west, unmind ful of the farmer who homeward plods his weary way. We al- i ways forget the plodder. We want to get back to dear Old Na- ; ture and be just as bucolic as we please. We sympathize with all men who cherish such thoughts. For, to these, the madding crowd's ignoble strife does not ap- 1 peal. They want to be free; they want to feel the invigorating | I I CHARICK I I I I it H I I I I I I I I I 1 I I I I 111 breath of God's free air, and they want to be free themselves, ?not cribbed, cabined and confined by the conventionalities of modern city life, or nauseated by the very sordidness upon which it thrives. We agree in part, if not all, with him who cried for a lodge in some vast wilderness, some boundless contiguity of shade. The farm's the thing, Jiot the play. Therefore, we hope that Governor Sulzer, whom we know as "Alaska's friend," may have his farm, whether he, Cincinnatus-like, shall return to the forum, or not; also we hope that all other men who long for the beauty, the freshness, the fairness of life on the farm, may have their wishes gratified. THE SOVEREIGN AND THE BESEIGED WE HAVE been told so often?in fact from the cradle to the grave it is repeated?that every American citizen is a sovereign that most of us have come to believe the dictum, while at the same time mentally classifying the sovereigns, from John D. and J. Pierpont, to the more honest and unpreten tious sovereign, clad in overalls and blouse. But here's the crux: One of the perquisites of being a sovereign is holding of fice, and this?being duly stated, leads us straightway to the seige of Woodrow Wilson, as we gather the news from the many dispatches which fill the newspapers, with the President-elect as the central figure. - - ? ?? ' J l-i? _-c - It is easy to overestimate tne patronage trouoies 01 a emu executive, especially a chief executive who has no ambition to construct a personal political machine. The country does not take the federal office-holder so seriously as it once did. No new ly-elected President would now be likely to suffer the fate of Taylor who was practically killed by the pressure of patronage. Nor would it now be possible even for a Conkling to disrupt a | great party over the Collectorship of the Port of New York, j Nor would a Lincoln be obliged to divert his mind from civil | war to the Postmasterships. I A President who can make himself a leader of the Amer ican people has little to fear from disappointed politicians. The Presidents who have had the most trouble with patronage are those who were made with patronage or who relied upon patron age to carry out their policies. A possible European military problem: Suppose he refuses to become food for gun powder? The season of the sweet buy and buy is about over. MORE COAL LAND CLAIMS REJECTED The following coal claims have been rejected by the commissioner of the general land office for failure to ap ply for patent: L. H. Peterson, T. L. Peterson, L. H. Allan, Grace Frascr, Jas. Ludlow, P, C. Dorenus, Gertrude Whittemore, T. H. Jeter, M. C. Kid der, Emma Kidder: All belonging to the Jeter group of the Matanuska coal fields. The law requires that application for patent be made within three years from the dato of the filing of location notice in the land office. FEMMER & RITTER See this Arm for all kinds of dray lng and hauling. We guarantee sat isfaction and reasonable prices. Coal delivered promptly. Femmer & Rlt ter's Express. Stand Burford's Cor ner. Phone 314. Residence phones 402 or 403. ??? LOST?A Greek letter Sigma Chi fraternity pin, cross-shaped, enameled front, gold base. Reward; H. E. Meyer, Surveyor-General office, tf. 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 65 tf The Daily Empire delivered In Ju neau, Douglas and Treadwell for $1.00 a month. The United States of America, District of Alaska. WHEREAS, on the 13th day of De cember, 1912, B. B. Metz and F. M. Fisk 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 the 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 held 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 bo and ap poar at the time and place aforesaid, to show cause, if any they have, why 4 a final decree should not pass as 1 prayed. 4 H. L. FAULKNER, U. S. Marshal. 1 Shackleford & Bay less, proctors for 4 llbellants. < First date of publication Dec. 13, J ast date, Jan. 1. 1913. < Phone your subscription to The Daily Empire. Phone 3-7-4. The Juneau Steamship Co. U. S. Mall Steamer GEORGIA Juneau-Sltka Route?Leave* Juneau for Hoonah, Gypsum, Tenakee, Klllisnoo and Sitka? 8:00 a. m? Nov. 5. 11, 17, 23. 29, Dec. 6, 11, 17. 23, 29, Jan. 4, 10, 16, 22. 28, Feb. 3, 9, 16, 21. 27, March 6, 11. 17, 23 and 29. Leaves Juneau for Funter and Chatham. 8:00 a. m.?Nov. 17, Dec. 11, Jan. 4, 28, Fob. 21, March 17. Leaves Juneau for Tyee, 8:00 a. m.?Nov. 23, Dec. 23, Jan. 22, Feb. 21, March 23. Juneau - Skagway Route ? Leaves 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. 16, 21, 27. Dec. 3, 9, 15, 21, 27, Jan. 2, 8. 14, 20. 26. Fob. 1. 7, 13, 19, 25, March 3. 9, 16. 21. 27. Returning leaveB Skagway the following day at 8:00 a. m. WILLIS E. NOWELL, MANAGER mm , Ig .1 f.M?????1?? ?? Professional Cards R. W. JENNINGS ATTORNEY-AT-LAW Lewis Building, Juneau Z. R. CHENEY ATTORNEY-AT-LAW . Lewis Building, Juneau Gunnison & Marshall ATTORN EY8-AT-LAW Dicker Building Juneau Alaska H. P. CROWTHER U. 8. Deputy Surveyor U. 3. Mineral Surveyor Office ? Lewis Block ? Juneau _____ I N. WATANABE DENTIST Office Over Purity Pharmacy Juneau .... Alaska The Empire for Job Printing Good Stock Plus Modern Plant Plus Printers that Know Equal Unexcelled Printing MAIN STREET Phone 3-7-4 HUMBOLDT STEAMSHKP CO. The Alwka Flyer ?. S. HUMBOLDT I The AUnkn Flyer NORTHBOUND JAN. 2 SOUTHBOUND JAN. 3 DOCKS AT JUNEAU CITY WHARF Seattle Ofllco, 716 Second Ave. GEO. BURFORD, Agent -H MM H 111 III 1 I 11 1 11 I 1 I II 1 11 I 1 1 I I Ml U I I II I III I 1 I li ALASKA STEAMSHIP CO. J ^ STEAMERS CALLING AT KETCHIKAN. WRANGEL, PETERS- ? ? I BURG, DOUGLAS. JUNNEAU. HAINES AND SKAGWAY !! ; MARIP08A Northbound . Dec. 23. Southbound Dec. 30 *; ; NORTHWESTERN Southbound Dec. 22 ;; ; DOLPHIN Northbound ... Dec. 26. Southbound Dec. 27 jj Tickets to Seattle, Tacoma, Victoria and Vancouver. Through | tickets to San Francisco. \\ ELMER E. SMITH, Douglas Agt. WILLIS E. NOWELL, Agt. !' i m 11 m i m i m ir m-m iiiiiiiiimimhhiiiiiiii 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 CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY CO-B.C.CoastService Sailing from Juneau for Port Simpson. Princo Rupert, Swnnson. Alert Bay. Vancouver Victoria and Seattle PRINCESS MAY JAN. 2 Front and Seward Sta. C. P. R. TICKET OFFICE J. T. SPICKETT. Agt. 11111 u ii 11 [ 111111111111111111111111;111111111111 .111 j ALASKA COAST CO. ij For Yakutat, Katalla, Cordova, Ellamar, Valdez, Latouche, Seward, ? > ! Seldovla?SAILS FROM JUNEAU 1 ! ! S. S. YUKON DEC. 27 || i SAILS FROM JUNEAU FOR SEATTLE ANO TACOMA li j connecting at Seattle for San Francisco and Southern California ports 11 ; S. S. YUKON .... JAN. 15 '? ? ; 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 ?' m 1111111h111ii111111111111111111111111111 a n 111 ii n FERRY TIME SCHEDULE JUNEAU FERRY & NAVIGATION Co.?Operating Ferry Service Be tween JUNEAU, DOUGLAS, TREADWELL and SHEEP CREEK Lv. Juneau for DoucIab and Tread well - ?8:00 a. m. 9:00 a. ra il: 00 a. m. 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. Trend well for Juneau ?8:25a.m. ' 9:25 a. m. 12:00 noon 1:40 p. m. 3:25 p. m. 4:55 p. m. 6:55 p. m. 8:25 p. m. 9:25 p. m. 11:25 p.m. Leaves Do uk Us 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. Leave* Juneau daily for Sheep Creek 11:00 a. m. 4:30 p. m. Leaves Sheep Creek for Juneau 11:40 a. m. 5:10 p. m. From Junrau for Sheep Creek Saturday Night Only TTToo p. m. for Juneau Returning Leaves Sheep Creek 11:40 p. m. Leaves Treadwell 11:45 p. m. Leaves Douglas 11:50 p. Sunday Schedule same aa above, except trip leaving Juneaa at 8 a. m. is omitted | 4-1-1-1-I-I -I-I-I -I -I-1 I -l -l-I I -I i !? 1 1' 1 t I 1 I 1 I 1 1 I H' OCCIDENTAL HOTEL AND ANNEX J r Restaurant In Connection Established 1881 European Plan c COMMERCIAL MEN'S HOME I! [ FRONT ST. JOHN P. OLDS. Mngr. JUNEAU, ALASKA ?? -H-1 I I ! 1 I 1 I 1 1 1 I I 1 1 I I I 1 IT11 ?MI 1 1 I I I 11 1 I I I 1 1 I I 1 I II 1 H UNION IRON WORKS Machine Shop and Foundry Gas Engines and Mill Castings Agents Union Gas Engine and Regal Gas Etglne We Are Headquarters for DRY GOODS, CLOTHING BOOTS AND SHOES, FURNISHINGS STAPLE AND FANCY GROCERIES ALASKA-TREADWELL GOLD MINING CO.