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ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE
J. F. A. STRONG Telephone No. 3-7-4 Entered as second-class matter November 7. 1312 at the postofllce at Ju neau. Alaska, under the Act of .March 3, 1S73. SUBSCRIPTION RATES: O^e year, by mail $10.00 Six mouths, by mail . 5.00 Per month, delivered 1.00 JUNEAU. ALASKA. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8, 1913. THE TIME. THE PLACE AND THE OPPORTUNITY T UDGING by all indications of the present time Juneau must J prepare for a comparatively large increase of population with in the next year, or sooner. How best to meet this problem is a matter that should appeal to every citizen having any mater ial interest in the present and future of the town. And there are many such. There are men who have lived here for years, who at no time lost their faith in the future of the community and district. They backed their faith not only by remaining while others left the country, but invested of their means and did their duty as public spirited citzens. Times were often far from being propitious: disappointments were many, as they al ways are in a frontier community, but faith, coupled with per severance. has won many a heard fought battle. Our sympa thies are with the men who try to do things; with those who make two blades of grass grow where only one grew before. And now that the turning point in Juneau's history has been passed, it is for these men and others to get together and reap what they have sown. The town must have more business buildings and private houses. Already a number of citizens, for seeing the demand that is close at hand, have done what they could to meet the situation, and others are preparing to do so. There are numerous unfilled spaces in the townsite yet to be oc cupied with business blocks and dwelling houses. It will not do, if the town is to increase and propser, to turn the newcomer away because he cannot find a suitable location for his business, or a place for himself or his family in which to dwell. These are matters of public concern, of public welfare. And we believe that the citizens of Juneau are equal to the emergency. There is plenty of money available right here in this town for any legiti mate purpose. And it seems to us?in view of the unfolding conditions, which are such as to warrant the belief that the town and district are entering upon a long period of permanent pros perity?the opportunities for investment here are not excelled by any other town or district of the territory. Speaking by and large the local situation may be briefly summarized: We have the building space to meet the immed iate future demands; we have the money, or we can get it, to construct the necessary buildings that will be needed for a larg er population. What we need is the spirit of willingness on the part of the people who are able to meet the demand. This town, though one of the older of Alaska communities is still in a formative stage, and we should build wisely and well. We repeat the opportunity for the investment of money in legit imate buiuding and other enterprises is unquestioned, or so we believe. A good income may be secured for an indefinite time by the investment of a comparatively small sum of money. And it would be safe, which is a matter of moment to the investor. The Empire believes in the doctrines of progression and unity of purpose. It believes that the only way a town can prosper is for its citizenship to work together for the common welfare. And by doing this everyone is helped and no one is hurt or hindered. And now is the time for all'to work unitedly for a Greater Juneau. It is time to get busy. What do you think? TALKING A BOLT CLIMATE. WE ARE Jipving jyiictle touch of "climate" here, but we may coUjgr*' "fe ourselves that we are so highly favored when we cv. ur climate to that of frost-bitten Southern Ca ?"> always heretofore associated per eftn ami fruit?and not the winter's pierci NU >o> ..... >tor the good people of California or elsewhere'to waste" thei. .sympathies upon us of the country of "perpetual snow and ice." When we read of the blizzards that rage in the more southern country, the deep snows that block transportation lines, the suffering and general misery that these conditions entail, we feel like congratulating ourselves that we have such a favored ? though sadly misunderstood ? land in which to live, in safety and comfort. And although a Taku zephyr whistles without as this is written, it is infinitely milder than the blizzard that rages by night or the tempestuous Borean blasts of day that chill the marrow of the bones of the people in what are popularly believed to be much more ideal climes. But popular fallacies are punctured at times and the truth has a chance to find a lodgment. The Empire extends its] sympathy to the people whose misfortune it is to live in less favored places than Alaska?and who are now suffering from the stress cf snow and cold. It is easy for a millionaire to talk about work. It was a blanket Indian who said it was?easy to see a white man chop wood. BEFOGGING THE CANAL TOLLS QUESTION. IT IS estimated that the approximate tonnage which will pass through the Panama Canal in 1915 will amount to 1,000,000 tons, even if we levy instead of remitting the regular toll of $1.20 a net ton on our coastwise shipping. The remission of these tollls constitutes a concealed subsidy of $1,200,000 in the first year of the canal's operation. We have had in the tariff more than enough of indirect tax ation of one class for the direct enrichment of another class. Let the Government levy this $1,200,000 from our coastwise mo nopolies?one on the Atlantic Coast, the other on the Pacific. After it has that $1,200,000 safely in its treasury, let it then honestly and openly put the question whether the country wants a direct subsidy of this or any other amount paid by the Gov ernment to these monopolies. Then we will have a clean-cut, un befogged issue for the people to decide. If the people do not want a subsidy it should not be paid un der an alias, against their will. If the people do want a sub sidy it can be paid without repudiating our international treat ies and sullying our national honor. It is always well to remember that "Life ain't in holding a good hand, but in playing a poor hand well." WHAT'S THE USE OF QUARRELING? WITHOUT any desire of "butting in" on any controversy, ir respective of its merits, we would suggest to the Demo crats of other districts that it is a little premature to be gin quarreling over who shall have or who shall not have the of fices under the administration of President Wilson. In the first place there are not offices enough to go 'round, and necessarily many of "the faithful," are going to be disappointed?but we trust not so grievously as to give them a perpetual grouch. There are many other things in this life besides holding a pub lic office. To fill such a place acceptably is sometimes a difficult and thankless task. We can readily conceive positions or place that would be preferable to the public service. And above all, and over all, we do not know of a public position that is worth striving for if one must descend to quarrels, strife and bicker ings, or worse, to obtain it. There are few men in any depart ment of the public service whose lives are a continual round of pleasure, or who are ready to sound paeans of praise in its behalf. There are many opportunities in Alaska for men of worth, of courage and action, and we are decidedly of the opinion that it should not be the only ambition of a live man in Alaska to fill a government job. There are better opportunities for most if they will but seek them. Some, of course, must be chosen to fill public office and the first, and it seems to us the chief requisite, for place?no mat ter what it may be?is that ability and honesty be the chief qual ifications. No political party has won credit for itself or worthy ser vice for the nation by quarreling over the spoils of office. NOTES AND GLEANINGS Ramie, or China grass, the fibre of which is entering more and more into dress goods, thread, yarns and millin ery, can now be grown on suitable soils from Maryland to Texas, in Cali fornia, and in Porto Rico. Dr. Ly ster H. Dewey, botanist in charge of fibre investigations at Washington, re ports that the necessity of separat ing the fibre from the woody inner por tion of the ramie stalk, and from the ^iiin outer bark, has hitherto made it impossible to produce the material with profit outside of Oriental coun tries having cheap skilled hand labor. Rut now three different European com panies are advertising amchines for barking the green stalks, and a ma chine built in this country to decorti cate the dry stalks has proved success ful in "rather extensive trials." If it works in practice, a tremenduous growth in the production of ramie goods is assured. Of all animals, the pig seems to be "most susceptible to the moral and mental pain of death," Sir James ('richton-Browne, F. R. S., said in his adress before the Model Abattoir So > ciety at the Royal Society of Arts on j Dec. 7. Sir James recalls the chapter in "Jude the Obscure" in which is de picted with horrible fidelity "every step in the sacrifice of the cottage porker in the dreary light of a snowy dawn." Why do not the anti-vivisec tionists leave off their pursuit of the doctors who use anaesthetics at every stage of their experimentation, and enter the hundreds of private slaugh ter houses from which issue the screams of terror of pigs in the hands of their "stickers?" T he custom in Paris is to stun the pig before it is; stuck. This is easy, Sir James re marks, as the skull of the pig is com-1 paratively soft?"much softer than that of the sheep." THE FISHING FLEET. Rolfe?Sailed Dec. 26. j Kennebec?Ar. Jan. 3. j Dora H.?Sailed Dec. 26. i Pacific?Out. ^ Vesta?Sailed Jan. 8. Gjoa?Sailed Jan. 7. < Active.?Out. < Olga?Sailed Dec. 28. < Belle?Sailed Dec. 11. Highland Queen?Sailed Dec. 28. < Louise?Sailed Dec 27. \ Norman Sundc.?In port < Volunteer.?Out. < Vesta?In port. * Valkyrie?Oat. < Xhanthus?Sailed Dec. 19. < Waife?Sailed Jan 5. J White Star?In port. Lister?Sailed Dec. 26. <! Olympic?Sailed Dec. 10. <j Dick?Laid Up. * \ Dolphin?Ar. Jan. 3. Hal ley's?Out. 4 Alameda?Out. 1 Annie?Sailed Dec. 30. t Uranus?Out 4 Pollux?In port. 2 Cedric?Out. ? Thelma?Ar. Dec. 23. Alvida?Sailed Dec. 14. Comet?Sailed Dec. 21. Solkol?Sailed Dec. 30. Anita Phillips?In port Standard?Ar. Jan. 3. Gioa?Ar. Dec.. 29. The first poinsettas ever shipped to Alaska are on display in the show window of the WINTER & POND Store. *** The Juneau Steamship Co. U. S. Mall Steamer GEORGIA Juneau-Sitka Route ? Leaves Juneau for Hoonah, Gypsum, Tenakee, Killisnoo 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. 15, 21, 27, March 5, 11, 17, 23 and 29. Leaves 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 ? 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, 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 leaves Skagway the following day at 8:00 a. m. WILLIS E. NOWELL, MANAGER 11 I CHARICK f 3 1 I I I I g I I H I I i I I I I I I I I I I 1 ?I Professional Cards R. W. JENNINGS ATTORN EY-AT-LAW Lewis Building, Juneau Z. R. CHENEY ATTORNEY-AT-LAW Lewis Building, Juneau Gunnison & Marshall ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW Decker Building Juneau Alaska H. P. CROWTHER U. S. Deputy Surveyor U. S. Mineral Surveyor Office ? Lewis Block luneau N. WATANABE DENTIST Office Over Purity Pharmacy Juneau .... Alaska JOHN B. DENNY ATTORNEY-AT-LAW Mining and Corporation Law Offices: Juneau, Alaska Seattle, Wash. TCie Emp ire for Job Printing - Good Stock : Plus Modern Plant Plus Printers that Know Equal Unexcelled Printing MAIN STREET Phone 3-7-4 HUMBOLDT STEAMSHIP CO. The Alo?ka Flyer S. S. HUMBOLDT The Alaxka Flyer NORTHBOUND JAN. 12 SOUTHBOUND JAN. 13 DOCKS AT JUNEAU CITY WHARF Scnttle Olllce, 716 Second Ave. GEO. BURFORD. Apent ? ? I I I I I I I I I! I I I I I I II I I I I I 1 I-H-H-Hfc I ALASKA STEAMSHIP CO. '* STEAMERS CALLING AT KETCHIKAN. WRANGEL, PETERS- ? ? I! BURG. DOUGLAS, JUNNEAU, HAINES AND SKAGWAY !! || NORTHWESTERN Southbound Jan. 11 " MARIPOSA Northbound Southbound Dec. 22 ** DOLPHIN Northbound Jan. 8 Southbound Jan. a || !! Tickets to Seattle, Tacoma, Victoria and Vancouver. Through J. || tickets to San Francisco. |j. 7. ELMER E. SMITH, Douglas Agt. WILLIS E. NOWELL, AgL I # . f ^ NORTHLAND STEAMSHIP COMPANY I Operating S. S. ALKI and S. S. NORTHLAND S. S. ALKI, South, JAN. 14 I First Class Fare to Seattle $19.00 Second Class Fare to Seattle $12.00 IH. C. BRADFORD, Mgr., Pier 4, Seattle. SOWERBY & BELL, Juneau JOHN HENSON <5. CO., Douglas CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY CO.-B.C. Coast Service Sailing from Juneau for Port Simpson, Prince Rupert. Swanaon, Alert Hay. Vancouver Victoria and Seattle PRINCESS MAY JAN. 16 Front and Sewnrd Sta. C. P. R. TICKET OFFICE j.t.spickktt. a>rt. | i 8 H I I I i U I I I H I I II I I IH-trC I I I I HH I I i I I I I I I I ALASKA COAST CO. ij For Yakutat, Katalla, Cordova. Ellamar, Valdez, Latouche, Seward, ?? I! ,* Seldovia?SAILS FROM JUNEAU !! !! S. S. YUKON DEC. 27 !! T SAILS FROM JUNEAU FOR SEATTLE AND TACOMA !! connecting at Seattle for San r'ranci6CO and Southern California ports ' j ;; 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 y I I I I I I I I M | 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 Service Be tween JUNEAU, DOUGLAS, TREADWELL and SHEEP CREEK Lv. Juneau for Doutrlnn and Treadwoll *8:00 a. m.!' 9:00 a. rr.. 11:00 a. m. | 1:00 p. m. j 3:00 p in.| 4:30 p. m. ] 6:30 p. m. 8:00 p. in. j 9:00 p. m. ! 11:00 p. m.? Lv. Tread well for Juneau ?8:25 a. in.l 9:25 a. in. j 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 |>. in. Leave* DoukIhs 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. |j 7:05 p.m. ! 8:30 p.m. [ 9:30 p. m. 11:30 p.m. ( Leaven Juneau daily for Sheep Creek 11:00 a. m. 4:30 p. m. Leaves Sheep Creek for Juneau 11:40 a. ra. 5:10 p. m. From Juntau for Sheep Creek Saturday Nbtht 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 samr as above, except trip leaving Juneau at ? a. m. is omitted 1 I-I11! I I 1 I I I III 111 111 1 1 1"M? OCCIDENTAL HOTEL AND ANNEX I T Restaurant in Connection Established 1881 European Plan t COMMERCIAL MEN'S HOME I! i FRONT ST. JOHN P. OLDS. Mngr. JUNEAU, ALASKA -? |. -H 1 1 1 1 1 I 1 1 1 1 1 111 H-l-H UNION IRON WORKS Machine Shop and Foundry Gas Engines and Mill Castings Agents Union Gas Engine and Regal Gas Engine s We Are Headquarters for :: DRY GOODS, CLOTHING BOOTS AND SHOES, FURNISHINGS STAPLE AND FANCY GROCERIES ALASKA-TREADWELL GOLD MINING CO.