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J. F. A. STRONG Telephone No. 3-7-4 Filtered as second-class matter November 7, 1912 at the postotllce at Ju neau \ tska. under the Act of March 3. 1S79. 9 | SUBSCRIPTION RATES: CX^e year, by mall $10.00 Six months, by mail 5.00 Per month, delivered 1.00 JUNEAU, ALASKA. THURSDAY. FEBRUARY 6. 1913. SEVERAL TRUNK RAILROADS NEEDED THE report of the Alaska Railroad Commission covers the -ground substantially as was predicted by The Empire sev eral weeks ago. Then it was stated that it was not at all probable that the commission would make any specific recom mendation as to routes for a railroad from the coast to the in terior. although, by inference, the Copper river valley route from Cordova is favored, because, according to the report, the Copper river and Tanana river valleys would be opened up. and the Ber ing river coal fields could be reached by a spur from the Copper river road. T!u argument advanced that a railroad through the Susit na valley to the Matanuska coal fields and Fairbanks, would be useless in developing the Copper river valley, is an act of super erogation. for, neither would a railroad through the Copper river valley to Fairbanks develop the Matanuska coal fields or the Su sitna or Kuskokwim valleys. And besides the Copper river val ley now has substantial railroad a couple of hundred miles in length. A statement, however, with wnicn ail Aiassans win agree is that which says that several railroads will be required to prop erly open the country to development. This is eminently true, as is also that other statement that one corporation does not hold the k?y to the Alaska coal fields. This shibboleth of the muck rackers and their congeners was exploded long ago. but since it now has had the commission's denial, it may be laid away with many .. her exploded Alaska theories beloved of those who have beer- instrumental in retarding the Territory's material progress. > 1 another statement contained in the report of the com mission is that which touches upon the route from a terminal either "near Juneau or Haines." with the int erior terminal at Fairbanks. While we would not deprive any of the coast termin p ? - of a railroad, we're enthusiastically in favor of the routes ;'r m Juneau and Haines: and the time is coming when that pro j"C! v:[" it- consummated, as will also the building of other roads <>ir >? istal points, such as Cordova. Seward and Valdez to tap th grt-sat interior country: and each of these would open to development great regions, so vast, in fact, that by no possibility c .1 raih >ad be brought into competition with the other. T 1; .iivl.ng of these railroad- will be necessarily a work of time, bar th. v will come. The thing for the Congress to do now is to a. .e the construction of one trunk road, or aid in its con s ru ion. The others will follow. Xow, when Mr. Joslin declared that "an indictment is a pre sumption of honor in Alaska," did he mean an indicted banker, or n rely a would-be coal baron? There is a wide distinction be tween the two. GIVE RELIEF TO ALASKA THE Portland Oregonian in an editorial article expresses the ? pinion that if Congress should attempt any other than tar iff legislation at the extra session, it could not do better than take up bills for the development of Alaska. The other sub jects of national importance besides the tariff call for action, namely, trusts and finances, but each of these will provoke so much discussion that it should be the chief topic of a session. There is small reason to hope, the Oreponian thinks, that Con gress would divide attention in the special session between the tariff and either one of these subjects. Some Democratic leaders are already talking of postponing currency legislation to the reg ular session. Alaska legislation is not in the same class with these ex tremely controversial questions. There is a pretty general agree ment in both leading parties as to what should be done. Congress already has before it the report of the commission on railroads, and the policy of government construction has been recommend ed both from the Republican side, by President Taft and Secre tary Fisher, and from the Democratic side by Representative (now governor) Sulzer. Leasing of coal and oil land is favored by leading men on both sides. There is therefore small room for disagreement except on details. Bills such as those for Alaska could well be disposed of by each house while it is awaiting the action of the other house on one of the tariff bills. The Democrats talk of taking up the Phil ippine bill, but the case of Alaska is far more urgent than that of the Philippines. Thousands of American citizens have gone to that wild country prepared to develop it and are suffering loss and privation because legal obstacles stand in their way. The Filipinos can better wait another year for the decision when they are to become independent than the Alaskans can wait for permission to develop the country in which they have cast their fortunes. AGE OF MIRACLES HAS NOT PASSED THE whirligig of time brings many changes. Wonders never cease. Oh. the times! Oh, the manners! Here is a trust that is willing to.accept lower duties. It is the-Sugar Trust that has done this unprecedented thing, and it does not plead that i: is lii iven to this step by a guilty conscience; nor out of grati tudi to the public does it offer to make a sacrifice of itself. It does not propose to throw its past profits at theconsumer's head as a simple act of justice. It has not been carried away by an irresistible impulse of charity. Sincere as it may be in its new faith as a tariffrevisionist, tin Sugar Trust is not fanatical. It does not insist upon going to extremes. It has not suddenly become a rabid free-trader, and its sentimental devotion to the millions of people to whom its sugar is a daily necessity is tempered with prudence, tl does not threaten to close down its refineries if the tariff remains un changed. In a pinch it would probably survive that catastro ; phe and pull through somehow under high protection. L What the Sugar Trust wants is a "moderate reduction" in the sugar tariff. How moderate it does not say?it is not exact ing in its demands?but no doubt more moderate than it thinks Congress is minded to make next spring. Still, a trust that solicits lower duties is an inspiring sight. Moved by the Sugar Trust's noble example, who knows but some ^ day soon the Steel Trust may get down on its knees and implore Congress to make a moderate reduction in the metal schedule, and the Woollen Trust may send stump-speakers through the country to declare that Schedule Iv is indefensible and that 45 per cent duties are not necessarily "free trade"? Judge James W. Witten, who may be the next Commissioner! of the General Land Office, would be admirably fitted for the du ties of that important office. Pie is a gentleman of ripe exper ience and sound judgment. Furthermore, he knows the West and he knows Alaska and the conditions obtaining, and Alaska . would get a "square deal." all that that Alaskans have ever asked. J II III I 1 I I M M-M'I 1 I-M 1 1 I-M-l :: Northern News Notes I -I- I' I I 1 I I l I I I I I I l I I I I I 1 i 1 I I i A camp of the Arctic Brotherhood is to be organized at Petesrburg. W. H. Courtney is heading the movement. ? ? ? Milo Caughrean, of Ketchikan, is looking over Petersburg for the pur pose of installing a water system and I electric light plant. ? ? ? Jimmy Yamato and his friend Olaf Ekren, who disappeared on Duncan canal on Jan. 17, have not been found. ? ? ? Petersburg has 20 pupils enrolled in the primary grade and 15 in the grammar grade of the public school. ? ? - The wireless station at Eagle, 100 miles below Dawson, has been making' come wonderful record^ Recently the station communicated with Key' West, Fla. The distance is over 4,000; miles. Eagle is a 35-kilowat station, and the transmitter a Telefunken ma ] chine. ? * * Two couples at Carinacks, Y. T.. were anxiously awaiting the return Df Bishop Stringer, so that they could j ();? married, says the Whitehorse Star. * * * Captain Sid Barriugton, the well known Yukon navigator and Jerry Quinlan. a popular conductor of the White Pass road, are in Mexico, seeing the bullfights and other things. * * * Lieut. Anderson, of Fort Liseum, Valdez, recently dislocated his shoul der while skating. * * * Col. O'Neill and the entire garrison at Fort Liseum, sent a message to j Helen Gould congratulating her upon ? er marriage. . . . The Alaska Road Commission has a force of twelve men and 40 horses j | at work distributing supplies along' the Fairbanks-Valdez trail. The com mission will employ 150 men on the trail from Valdez commencing about June 1. ? ? ? A lodge of the Loyal Order of Moose is to be organized at Petersburg in the near future. . . . William Leasing, an old-time ca- X terer of Dawson, died recently at I Prince Rupert. T * * * ? Igloo, No. 6, of the Pioneers of Alas- 2 ka, has been organized at Ruby, with t Charles E. Hoxie, president, and Ray ? E. McDonald, Secretary; historian, C. 2 K. Snow. i 331-3% 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. WANT TO FORECAST YEAR'S WEATHER ; WASHINGTON, Feb. 6.?The weath- <| , er specialists are planning to extend < their forecasts from six months to a < year. If the Carnegie Foundation will < give $3,000,000 to inaugurate an inter- * | national weather bureau, which Is J said to be probable, the work will be < undertaken. < [ "It is the dream of the weather man <[ ultimately to make accurate weather < forecasts for a year," says Prof. Henry < H. Clayton, scientist, of New York, <j 1 "This could not be done in the United ; [ States, for instance, solely on data < ? that could be gathered within this ? . country. Information-gathering sta- J tions would have to be established in < the remotest places of the earth to n ? furnish data." 1 LEARN EVERY DAY? NO, NOT AT TRENTON WASHINGTON, Feb. 6. ? John C. - Floyd, of Arkansas and several other Congressmen journeyed to Trenton the other day to ask President-elect Wil son to appoint Henry D. Clayton, of Alabama Attorney-General. Today Mr. I Floyd was telling a party of friends that It is a man's duty to gather a lit- i tie knowledge every day. "1 have learned a little something every day of my life." said Mr. Fyold. "No. that is too strong. You do not learn anything the day you go to j Trenton." FOR OLD-TIME SPELLER WASHINGTON. Feb. 6.?Represen tative Thomas U. Sisson, of Missis- t sippi, although a progressive Demo- ?, crat. is a stand-patter when it comes to teaching spelling in the public schools. Speaking at the John Eaton School at Chevy Chase, Mr. Sisson ad vocated the use of the "old blue backed speller." with its b-v by, b-o, bo. and s-h-a sha. d-v dy, shady; in stead of the new way of "ker-art-ter, cat." The Juneau Steamship Co. U. S. Mail Steamer GEORGIA Juneau-Sitka Route?Leaves Juneau for Hoonah, Gypsum, 1 Tenakee, Killisnoo and Sitka? J 8:00 a. in., 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, l March it. I 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 drcd 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 i following day at 8:00 a. m. WILLIS E. NOWKLL. MANAGER ? 1 1111111in11111111111ii1111111111111 j~ Add to the Comfort and Charm of Your Home ii Nothing u<kin more to the attractiveness of tho home than , , _ u well-appointed table. It helps to mnke the home the place , , home ought to be. Ami you would lie surprised, perhaps, , , how much it adds to the positive relish of the meal. We , , make it easy for you to supply your homo-little by little, if , , you like?with a tasteful puttern of silverwure. . , These goods are up-to-duto and most reliable of any mude , , i Come and See Our Look for the Trade Mark t t Silverware Department ?ft,,c ) J f GORHAM CO. i i ? I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I II | I I I I M I I I I I I I I Professional Cards R. W. JENNINGS ATTORNEY-AT-LAW Lewis Building, Juneau Z. R. CHENEY ATTORNEY-AT-LAW ? Lewis Building, Juneau Gunnison & Marshall ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW ~ Decker Building Juneau Alaska' Z. ??????i??wmmmmmmmmm hi H. P. CROWTHER U. S. Deputy Surveyor U. S. Mineral Surveyor Office ? Lewis Block ? Juneau 4 N. WATANABE DENTIST Office Over Purity Pharmacy Juneau ? - ? * Alaska JOHN B. DENNY ~ | ATTORNEY-AT-LAW il Mining and Corporation Law "j Offices: Juneau, Alaska Seattle, Wash. |:i j;; T X +? The Empire ? f?r : ? ? fob Printing! ? ?> ? ? ? ' ' z Good Stock - Modern Plant Plus Printers that Know Equal \z Unexcelled Printing | [MAIN STREET j; i -? Phone 3-7-4 HUMBOLDT STEAMSHIP CO. The Alaska Flyer S. S. HUMBOLDT The Akwka Flyer NORTHBOUND SOUTHBOUND ' DOCKS AT JUNEAU CITY WHARF Seattle Ollice, 710 Second Ave. GEO. BURFORD, A^ent -I- !? H ! I I I 11 11 1 1 M I 1 I 1 M11 I M 1 ALASKA STEAMSHIP CO. STEAMERS CALLING AT KETCHIKAN, WRANGEL, DETERS- " BURG, DOUGLAS, JUNNEAU, HAINES AND SKAGWAY !! JEFFERSON Northbound.... J AN. 26 Southbound ...JAN. 27 - ALAMEDA " ....JAN. 29 II NORTHWESTERN Westbound JAN. 30 *; MARIPOSA " FEB. 1 Southbound ....FEB. 7 Tickets to Seattle, Tacoma, Victoria and Vancouver. Through tickets to San Francisco. ELMER E. SMITH, Douglas Agt. WILLIS E. NOWELL, Agt. H-H-H+rH-l ?! 1 ?Mil H-l-l-l-I-I-HH-H-HHH CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY CO.-B.C.CoastService Sailing from Juneau for Port Simpson, Prince Rupert, Swanson, Alert Ray, .Vancou irer Victoria and Seattle PRINCESS MAY FEB. 13 Front and Seward St?. C. P. R. TICKET OFFICE J. T. SPICK F.TT. A*t. 11 m i M 1111111111111111111111 M M 111111 ALASKA COAST CO. ii For Yakutat, Katalla, Cordova, Ellamar, Valdez, Latouche, Sewa*d, Seldovia?SAILS FROM JUNEAU S. S. YUKON - - - FEBRUARY 4 " SAILS FROM JUNEAU FOR SEATTLE AND TACOMA " connecting at Seattle for San Franciscc and Southern California po*ts j | 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 11 k-H-i -+-i-r4 -*-M i I ! I I I i I I I I I I I I II I I I I I I I I I I I II P A C I F I C CO A S T S T E A M SHIP C 0. ? STEAMERS FOR ? skattijs, tacoma, % Victoria Vancouver, Bellingham, Everett, Olympia, Port Townsend, + South Bellingham, Eureka, Santa Barbara, Mexico, San Francls:o, ? Anacortes, Los Angeles and San Diego. J C. D. DUNANN, P. T. M. G. W. ANDREWS, G. A. P. D. I 112 Market Street, San Francisco. 113 James Street, Seattle 4 SO f NORTHBOUND FEB 4 * ? Curacao 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 Lv. Juneau for Douglas and Tread well *8:00 a. n:. I 9:00 a. 11:. | 11:00 a. in.' 1:00 p. m. 3:00 p in. I 4:30 p. m. 6:30 p. ni. 8:00 p. m. 9:00 p. ra. 11:00 p. m. Lv. Trca?l well for Juneau ?8725 a. III. 9:25 a. m. 12:00 noon 1:40 p. m. I 3:25 p.m. 4:55 p. in. 6:55 p. m. S: 25 p. rn. 1 9:25 p.m. 11:25 p. rn. Leave* DoukIaii for Juneuu | ?8: 30 a. m. I ! 9:30 a. ra. 12:05 p. in. ; 1:45 p. m. i I 3:30 p. IE ' 5:30 p. m. j ! 7:05 p.m. ! ! 8:30 p.m. ; J 9:30 p. in. ' 11:30 p. m. | (.eaves Juneau daily for Sheep Creek 11:00 a. in. I 4:30 p. m. Leaves Sheep Creek for Juneau 11:40 a. m. r>:10 p. ra. From Juneau for Sheep Cree < Saturday Ni?cht Only 11:00 p. m. for Juneau Returning Liaves Sheep Creek 11:40 p. :n. Leaves Treadwell 11:45 p. m. Leaves Douglas 11:50 p. in. Sunday Schedule* same as above, except trip leaving Juneau at a. rn. is omitted | H-H-M-H- !? 1 ! ?!?! -I-I -l-l-H I ! I ! 1 I 1 I II 1 1 M OCCIDENTAL HOTEL AND ANNEX j Restaurant in Connection ? Established 18S1 European P an COMMERCIAL MEN'S HOME li FRONT ST. JOHN P. OLDS. Mngr. JUNEAU. ALASKA ?? '!? !??! I..I..H"M"1,,MiiI"IiT'1III"1I,Ii !? 1"! 'LI 1 I 1 I 1 11 ?! I 1 I I-fr UNION IRON WORKS Machine Shop and Foundry Gas Engines and Mill Castings Agents Union Gas Engine and Regal Gas Engine We Are Headquarters for DRY GOODS, CLOTHING BOOTS AND SHOES, FURNISHINGS i * STAPLE AND FANCY GROCERIES ALASKA-TREADWELL GOLD MINING CO.