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ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE
J. F. A. STRONG Telephone No. 3-7-4 Eutered as second-class matter November 7. 1912 at the postotllce at Ju neau. Alaska, under the Act of March 3. 1S79. SUBSCRIPTION RATES: Cb>e year, by mail $10.00 Six months, by mail 5.00 ' Per month, delivered 100 JUNEAU. ALASKA. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5. 1913. THE NEED OF A PUBLIC LIBRARY A YOUNG man eame into The Empire office the other day, and asked: "Don't you think that a town of Juneau's pop-; ulation and prospects should have a public library?" He went on to say, and he said it well, that there were numbers of men. young and middle-aged, and perhaps old. in this town who would look upon a public library as an unmixed blessing. Under present conditions these men have few places for recreation, and no place they can spend some time in profitable reading and in acquiring knowledge that will help them along in the struggle for life. This young man also pointed out that there are men com ing here constantly now, and the number would be likely to in crease as the months go by. and the need for a public institution of this kind would become more urgent. He did not expect an elaborate library to be started at once, but he thought that this year would be a good time to make a beginning and lay the foun dation for a good public library in the territorial capital. The Empire sympathises with the aspirations of not only this young man. but all young men, or old men, who have a desire to spend their spare hours in reading and the pursuit of that knowl edge which becomes more and more essential in an age of pecul iar specialization in almost every line of human activity. And the public library offers an opportunity to the inquiring mind to read and then digest what is read. The benefits to be de rived from an institution of this kind need not be specifically pointed out. They are so manifest that they will be admitted by every person of ordinary intelligence. The question to be solved is how to secure it, and then maintain it. It involves the expenditure of money, but money spent in a noble and uplifting cause. Juneau, as the capital of Alaska and a growing city of much promise, should take a foremost stand in a matter of this kind. Mr. Carnegie would, no doubt, make a liberal donation for the purpose, but Mr. Carnegie's library benefactions are hedged about with so many restrictions and conditions that in The Em pire's opinion it is much more satisfactory for every town, no matter where located, to own its own public library without as sistance from such a source. FISHER?THE DOG-IN-THE-MANGER THE admission of Secretary of the Interior Walter L. Fisher that he had pursued a dog-in-the-manger policy toward Alaska, in the matter of the coal lands, was not necessary to convince Alaskans that he was pursuing at least an arbitrary and unwarranted course. That fact has been known of all men in the least conversant with the coal land situation. There is not an Alaskan who has any real interest in the Territory who! desires to see the coal measures which it contains, exploited for the benefit of a few individuals. Neither have they shared the opinion of officials of the Interior Department that every coal land applicant was a thief because he wanted 160 acres of the land. The policy pursued by Mr. Fisher has done incalculable harm to Alaska. Its development has been throttled and great loss has resulted through unjust and unlawful acts of federal officials in high and low places. There is not an Alaskan worthy of the name who desires to see the Territory's resources spoliated by the monopolist or the mere exploiter. But they do wish to see them made of some use to the people, due regard being taken to conserve them while at the same time putting them to legitimate use. When, in 1906, President Roosevelt withdrew all the coal lands of Alaska from public entry, he acted in an arbitrary man ner. but this fact seems to be but a barren excuse for the subse-1 quent course of Mr. Fisher. In The Empire's opinion he was j never actuated by any lofty purpose, and his admission that he has pursued an indefensible course, brands him as a man totally unfit for discharging the duties of such an important pub lic trust. It is fortunate for the country that Mr. nsner win soon re tire from public life. Few will regret it anywhere, and certainly none in Alaska, the land where to the fullest is felt the effects of his "dog-in-the-manger" policy. The appropriation made by the Congress for the first ter ritorial legislature should be sufficient to meet all the necessary expenses of that body. TELEGRAPHS AND TELEGRAPH TOLLS THE plan of the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company to es tablish a chain of stations along the Pacific Coast, from San Francisco to Alaska, is important to the people of Alas ka. inasmuch as it should result in a substantial reduction of tolls from the tariff now charged by the government cable sys tem. And apart from this it would be an auxiliary to the pres ent cable service at anytime when the cable should be out of com mission through accident. The government cable service is satisfactory in every way but the price. The Empire has found it prompt and efficient at all times, and the management capable. But the tariff needs re vision downward. The War Department, however, has so far succeeded in thwarting every attempt to reduce it. The cost of the maintenance of the cableship at Seattle is charged against the Alaska cable and land telegraph system, a charge that is manifestly improper. Were it not for this the system would show a creditable balance on the right side of the ledger. The business transacted by the government lines would im mediately show a substantial increase with the lowering of the tolls, and the revenue derived would be increased rather than di minished. CONDITIONS THAT HAVE CHANGED ' SENATOR ROOT, of New York, in a discussion over the bill j lengthening the Presidential term to six years, suggested that this and other bills prohibiting re-election and changing the date of inauguration and of the meeting of Congress, should be combined in one measure. It'will surprise some people that even a progressive Senate took alarm at the radical nature of the proposition, but the wisdom of it will be seen, soon or late, no doubt. These bills comprehend one reform, and as they involve an amendment to the Constitution they should go together. 1 Presidents and Congresses are elected in November. There is; no longer any reason why they should not take olfice within thirty days. Political discontent rests largely upon the wholly unnec essary obstructions that are placed upon the public will. By re moving them, popular responsibility will be increased and com plaint will be minimized. A resolution providing for experiments in rain-making passed the German Imperial Parliament "amid scenes of general merriment." German humor in this case is not a few years be hind American. Even Yukon Territory had its Hatfield, years ago. That is a sort of tumultuous name borne by President-el ect Wilson's secretary. What? MI 11II I I 1 I I I I I I I I | | | | | || I I I I I I I I I ? I ? Add to the Comfort and Charm of Your Home :: Nothing "(Ids more to tho attractlveneus of the homo than , , a well-appointed tablo. It helps to make the home the place , , home ought to be. And you would Ik- surprised, perhaps, , , how much it adds to the positive relish of the meal. We , , make it easy for you to supply your home - little by little, if , , >you like with u tasteful pattern of silverware. ? ? These goods are up-to-date und most reliable of any made , , Come and See Our Look for the Trade Mark , , Silverware Department l'10 \ \ t GORHAM CO. ? ? I I I I H 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 M I I ;; i: i 11 111 11 i 11 11111 11 11 : .i :: The Alaska Press ?Dl 1 I I I !iii"lnI"I,,I I I-I 1 I I I I 1 I I I I 1 Seward should look with much fav or upon the development of the min ing industry in the great Kuskokwim country. A prosperous gold camp in that section of the country means that the Seward-Iditarod trail will be called into use by those seeking ingress and egress to the new diggings. It means dollars for us. and that's what we're after.?Seward Gateway. According to an exchange the Pres byterian Hoard of Monte Missions has spent nearly a million dollars in the work of saving the souls of the Alas ka natives. Now if we had the fig ures as to just how many souls really have been saved, we could find some estimate as to the cost per soul. We would also be able to find out if the rate on Alaska Indians is more or less than is charged by Billie Sunday and his ilk for saving the souls of white folks.- Douglas Island News. The Interior Department could gain a good idea of the popularity of their conservation policies by listening to the examination of veniremen in cases v here conservation regulations have teen broken.?Valdez Prospector. ONIONS ARE NEED FOR PUBLIC HEALTH CHICAGO, Feb. 4.?The use of plen ty of onions will drive contagious dis eases out of any city. Dr. Mary Walk er, who is visiting with Chicago friends, declared yesterday. Tere are Dr. Walker's directions for the use of onions Fat plenty of them, stewed, boiled, fried or raw. Keep the fumes of onions continu ally permeating the atmosphere. Spread onions in the alleys, on the lawn, or any other place they might do some good. Dr. waiKer saiu onions were yumeu Inrly deadly to smallpox. The use of the vegetable in two cities at least, had proven her contention, she said. "Madrid was one of the affected cities," she said. "Some even had made the statement, before the on ions were used, that the city would be depopulated by smallpox. The minister plenipotentiary reported that the spread of the disease had been so halted by the use of onions. They also were used in other cities." EASTER THIS YEAR ON SUNDAY, MARCH 23 Easter, probably the most import ant of the movable feasts, will come earlier than usual this year, falling 0:1 Sunday, March 23. This Is just one day after the earliest date that the holiday could fall on, and that early date has not been celebrated since 1818. Sixty-seven years ago and fity-six years ago Easter was cel ebrated on the same date it will be this year. The date will not be earl ier until 2000. As is generally known, Easter Day, on which the rest of the movable feasts depend, is always the first Sunday after the fourteenth day of the calendar moon which (four teenth day) falls on. or next after March 21 according to the rules laid down for the construction of the cal endar, so that if the fourteenth day happens on Sunday, Easter Day is the Sunday after. This coincidence can not occur more than once in a cen tury, and it is only then the Feast of the Ascension can o.ccur in April, and ; then only on April 30. Easter will not come so early in the year again until 1940, when it will occur March 24.. In : 1951 it arrives March 25, and will oc cur on March 26 in 1967 and 1989.? Ex. MISERABLE SERVICE The seinl-seldom winter train ser vice is certainly a hummer. Wednes day's train left Skagway at 9:30. The Princess May arrived thirty minutes later. We may get her mail this eve ning and we may not get it before Sat urday morning. It all depends on i what sort of time the train makes to | day. Speaking of goats. ? Whitehorse Star. ?? 33 1-3$ DISCOUNT! 1 On all ladies', tailor-made suits, coats and one-piece dresses One-third off ? one-third off ? Must have room for Spring goods. CHAS. GOLDSTEIN. , - The Juneau Steamship Co. U. S. Mail 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, J Feb. 21, March 23. Juneau ? Skagway Route ? Leaves Juneau for Pearl Harbor, I 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~. NOWKLL. MANAGER Professional Cards R. W. JENNINGS ATTORNEY-AT-LAW Lewis Building, Juneau ===== Z. R. CHENEY ATTORNEY-AT-LAW - -i Lewis Building, Juneau -I Gunnison & Marshall ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW " Decker Bbilding Juneau Alaska H. P. CROWTHER U. S. Deputy Surveyor U. S. Mineral Surveyor Office ? Lewis Block ? Juneau -r ????? N. WATANABE DENTIST Office Over Purity Pharmacy Juneau ... - Alaska JOHN B. DENNY ij ATTORNEY-AT-LAW % Mining and Corporation Law J Offices: Juneau, Alaska IJ Seattle, Wash. j j I I The Empire < ' i for 1 II I Job Printing j - < < i < Good Stock ? gpius;: i Modern Plant Plus Printers that Know Equal Unexcelled Printing j :MAIN STREET ] J Phone 3-7-4 HUMBOLDT STEAMSHIP CO. I j I The Alaska Flyer S.S.HUMBOLDT NORTHBOUND SOUTHBOUND DOCKS AT JUNEAU CITY WHARF Seattle Olllce, 716 Second Ave. GEO. BURFORD, Agerit ALASKA STE A]JSHIP CoT^f STEAMERS CALLING AT KETCHIKAN, WRANGEL, PETERS- t BURG, DOUGLAS, JUNNEAU, HAINES AND SKAGWAY I . JEFFERSON Northbound JAN. 26 Southbound JAN. 27 ALAMEDA " ....JAN. 29 J NORTHWESTERN Westbound JAN. 30 + MARIPOSA " FEB. 1 Southbound FEB. 7 X ? T Tickets to Seattle, Tacoma, Victoria and Vancouver. Through j* tickets to San Francisco. X ELMER E. SMITH, Douglas Agt. WILLIS E. NOWELL, Agt. -j 'M'T'I"! TT'I"!1'! i 1 1 l-M-M-M-M-M-I"! 1 * CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY CO.-B.C.CoaslService Sailing from Juneau for Port Simpson. Prince Rupert. Swnn.son, Alert Pay. Vancotiver Victoria and Seattle PRINCESS MAY FEB. 13 Front and Seward Sin. C. P. R. TICKET OFFICE J. T. SPICKETT. jiKt. rt I I I i I I M I I I I II I II I II II I I I II I i I I I I I I II I I I M I I I I I I I I I j ALASKA COAST CO. ij ? For Yakutat, Katalla, Cordova, Ellamar, Valdez, Latouche, Sew;rd, ?. Seldovia?SAILS FROM JUNEAU !! S. S. YUKON - ? - FEBRUARY 4 !! r SAILS FROM JUNEAU FOR SEATTLE AND TACOMA !! ? connecting at Seattle for San Francisco and Southern California ports \ \ > S. S. YUKON - ? - - FEBRUARY 14 ?? 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 ?' -v II I I t I-H-W-W | | | H H | | t | | ; | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | I II H P A C I F I C COAST S T E A MSHIP CO. % STEAMERS FOR ? I SJOATTI.i;. TACOMA, j ? Victoria Vancouver, Bellingham, Everett, Olympia, Port Townscnd, ? ? South Bellingham, Eureka, Santa Barbara, Mexico, San Francisco, ? > Anacortes, Los Angeles and San Diego. f > C. D. DUNANN, P. T. M. G. W. ANDREWS. G. A. P. D. ? ? 112 Market Street, San Francisco. 115 James Street, Seattle i > S S Piiraran northbound feb. 4 t J V^UIClCclO SOUTHBOUND FEB. 5 ? > Right Reserved to Change Schedule. S. HOWARD EWING, Local Agt. J FERRY TIME SCHEDULE JUNEAU FERRY & NAVIGATION Co.?Operating Ferry Service Be tween JUNEAU, DOUGLAS, TREADWELL and SHEEP CREEK Tnnmiii fur Lv. Juneau for Pallidas and Tread weII ?8:00 a. m. 9:00 a. in. 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. 1 9:00 p. m. ; 11 :00 p. ni. Lv. 1 rcatl woll for Juneau *8: 2f> a. mJ ' 9:25 a. m. j 12:00 noon j 1:40 p. m. 3:25 p. m. 4:55 p. in. 6:55 p. m. 8:25 p. m. 9:25 p. m.1 11:25 p. m.1 Loaves Dowrlas for Juneau '8:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. I 12:05 p.m. | 1:45 p.m. j 3:30 p. n: 5:30 p.m. | 7:05 p. m. i 8:30 p. m. ! 9:30 p.m. ! 11:30 p. m. 1 Ixmvott Juneau dully fur Sheep Creek 11:00 a. m. 4:30 p. m. Leaves Sheep Creek for Juneau 11:40 a. m. 5:10 p. m. Sheep Crc-k Sntunluy Night Only i 11:00 p. in. for Juneau Returning I.eaves Sheep Creek 11:40 p. m. Leaves Treadwell 11:45 p. m. Leaves Douglas 11:50 p. m. jMinnay M'niHiuir cimi! a* biwvc, r\< ?-|?i iri|? " itvinK ?iu?iiiu ?i n u. in. ??H"I ?! ?! I I I I I I U-i-t-wr-r OCCIDENTAL HOTEL AND ANNEX Restaurant in Connection Established 1881 European Plan " COMMERCIAL MEN'S HOME " FRONT ST. JOHN P. OLDS. Mngr. JUNEAU, ALASKA I* UNION IRON WORKS Machine Shop and Foundry Gas Engines and Mill Casting's Agents Union Gas Engine and Regal Gas Engine f We Are Headquarters for DRY GOODS, CLOTHING BOOTS AND SHOES, FURNISHINGS STAPLE AND FANCY GROCERIES ALASKA-TREADWELL GOLD MINING CO.