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4.50 Underwear . . 2.25
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Oyster*, Crabs and Fish of all Kinds
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2 Telephones: Office 258: Barn 226 ? j
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Negotiations now In progress be
tween the federal authorities and rail
\vav representatives indicate that the
government is llkoly to acquire ex
isting railroads, with termini at both
Cordova and Seward, in addition to
constructing other short linos that
may tap tho coast, including the Ship
Creek road to the Matanuska coal
fields by the way of Cook Inlet. The
report of the Alaska Engineering com
mission is due about the first of the
coming month, and selection of the
routes by tho President and the Sec
retary of tho Interior will follow soon
after. Authoritative statement will bo
followed by grand rushes on the part
of the enthusiastic pioneers who sense
a great business awakening once the
termini are selected.
The stumbling block to early dispo
sition of the railway route questions
Is the negotiation with the Alaska
Northern railway bondholders, who
have indicated a disposition to drive
a shrewd bargain.
Ample terminal, facilities on the
Central Alaska coast and plenty of
them will meet Seattle' views and
tend to strengthen the commerce and
rapid building up of the regions thati
will be tapped. There is ample ton
nage in sight in the great mineral
belt back of the coast, and the more
terminals there are the greater will
be the development. It is safe to say
that tonnage could be supplied to a
half dozen terminal points to kcop the
railroads and steamships busy indefi
nitely in the future.?(Seattle Post
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Bright Prospect.
With tho discovery of a navigable
channel from the Kuskok^'im to thej
sea. a bright prospect opens to thej
country drained by the second largest |
river In Alaska.? (Seattle Times.)
Another Cross.
The double cross Is more numerous
in some parts of America?Cordova,
for instance?than is the iron cross in:
Germany.?(Cordova Alaskan.)
Wholesale and Retail Butchers
Manufacturers of all Kinds of Sausages Our Hams and Bacon Are
to profit by experience gets on jj
the smoothest.
By buying a "cheap" stove f\
or range you make a mistake. j]
By buying a Charter Oak, you R
do not make a mistake, you 'j
save fuel, trouble and money y
in the end.
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Pianos and Piano Players
15,090 Records for All Machines. Sheet Music, Small Musical Insturments
J P. L. GRAVES, Mgr.
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(One of the most vivid descrlp- j]
tlons of the Germany victory at !
Soissons, and a perfect eye'a pic- i
turc of the British naval victory
In the North Sea are contained In i
the following articles one of which )
was taken from the Chicago Her- I
quarters of a certain Gormany army
in typical German military fashion, 1
with a simple soldier's meal, n bowl !
of punch, brewed by the oxpert hands '
of Von Kluk hlmsolf, u graceful little '
toast to the dead?both French and 1
The earth wa3 still dropping on the :
perished during tho eight days of tho
the fourth alter tho close of tho battle, i
the plateau and gorges aro still strewn !
thickly with dead, although 4.000 mom- i
gaged without pause in clearing up
Returned To Earth. 1
Most of the German dead have been i
given to the earth, but French Infan
trymncs In their M^fo-bc-scen red
and blue uniforms, swarthy-faecd Tur- i
kos. colonials, Alpine riflemen and the
benrded territorials, still aro sprawl
lug in attitudes along the heights, and
along the deep cut gorges of the plat- <
eau and across the flat valley bod on <
the north shore of the Aisne.
Tho battle of Soissons. co-callod in <
default of u better name, although it <
really was fought across the river i
from that city, in the number of mon
engaged and tho extent of tho losses,
would rank with Bull Run or Antictam i
of the Civil "War, or with Woerth of i
the Franco-Prussian war, but in this
war it passes as an incident in tho
campaign worthy only of passing men- ,
tion in tho official report.
Opportunity Given.
The results of tho German success
are regarded here as highly important, il
The French were expelled from tho
heights north of tho Alsne?vantage j
ground from which they had hoped ;
to launch a successful attack along
the big elbow of the German line? '
and driven across the river, which
now runs brim full and at many plac
es overflowing Its banks between tho
two armies.
Retain FoothoW.
The French retain foothold north!
of the river only at one point?St.
Paul?where the bridge from Soissons
crosses. The battlefield covers a front
of approximately seven miles. On the
western side Is a deep valley running
northward, which is bounded on eith
er sido by turnpikos from Solssons
to La Fere and Laon.
The battle began January S. with a
French attack up tho valley to the
west between the two turnpikes. The
attack had boon prepared for by a
terrible artillery bombardment. Field
guns and heavy artillery concentrated
o:t this section of the German tronch
cs and there was such a rain of shell
and shrapnel on tho defenders that
they were unable to mako an effective
defense against the French infantry
attack. The Fronch, with great dash,
carried part of the German positions,
but by their succoss; they dampened
the vigor of their artillery bombard
Germans Have Their Turn.
The German guns in turn opened a
heavy fire on the rearward columns
of the French, preventing the bring
ing up of reinforcements. A desper
ate hand-to-hand struggle, on fairly
even terms, raged for four days and
nights in the valley and on tho wood
ed spur crowned by the shot-wrecked
buildings of La Pierro farm. Neither
side was able to gain a decided advan
Gen. von Klult meanwhile was gath
ering his forces for a counter stroke,
which caine not through tho vailoy,
but across tho high plateau to the
eastward, a large part of which was
held by the French. The surface of
the plateau which is fairly lovol, was
crossed by row after row of deep
trenches, each trench with a clear
field for the fire of Its guns.
Apparently Impossible.
It seems ImpOssiblo. in the c old
light of day and after tho passing of
the excitement of battle, to conceive
of troops successfully storming such
intrenched positions. Tho correspond
ent counted in some places as many
as five successive lines of permanent
French trenches, each with its en
tanglement of barbed wire supported
on iron posts, which were screwed
Into the ground. Pioneers might cut
their way through tho first entangle
ment before tho general attack, but
it was necessary for the others to
mako the advanco across the exposed
rVVYTYVVwv* ? > ? - - ? .,T , T T . ,
positions under fire. The attackers, j
cram-, who, tv^tor the famous dash on
Paris, the battle of tho Ma rim and
:onter, and then, on January 13, on
3d and lrreslstlblo attack. By nightfall
ng day they cleared the French from
tho valley helow and drove them clear
icro8s the river. The victory was
complotod by an advance through tho
valley on the same day.
Battlefield a Graveyard
tlefiold over a turnpike leading from
Solssons, approaching by automobile
mile from the French outposts which
cut into the sldo of the hill between
tho plateau and the valley. Tljo nar
row margin of roadside on ono hand
before tho drop Into tho valley had be
come one long cemetery
The Germans had Interred there the
dead of past months In.long rows of
graves, each surmounted by a stone
jr wooden cross telling somotlmos of
one, oftener of twenty or thirty or
nioro comrades lying at rest beneath.
On tho opposite side of the road were
entrances to numerous tunnel stone
quarries, driven several hundrod feet
Into tho hillside. Within tho qunrrlos
bad boon lodged German troops, the
number in each cavern varying from
a "company to a rcgimont.
A Familiar Picture.
The village of Crouy Itself present
jd the familiar picture of shell-wrought
destruction with which the corres
pondent has become so well acquaint
ed after five months of travel through
the war zone.
The promenado along tho exposed
side of tho plateau in sight of Solssons
and tho bank of tho Alsne, held in
force by the French, gave a rather un
canny feeling of Insecurity. However,
It was less dangerous than It seomed,
as a slight haze rendered the little
group In German field gray Invisible
to the French artillery on the heights
on tho opposite side of tho valle.y and
the infantry in the valley itself, al
though nearer, was too far below to
direct an offectlvc fire.
Dotted With the. Dead.
The battlefield is stil! dotted with
corpsos by the hundreds, principally
3f French soldiers who toll during thcir;
hasty retirement from the trenches.
They had to cross open fields under
artillery and infantry fire and death
overtook somo as they rnn. The po
sitions of tho bodies zbow that most
of tho French soldiers retired fighting,
although somo of thorn fell on their
faces as they were stumbling toward
tho rear.
Somo lie sprawling on their backs,
faces to tho sun. occasionally with
heads pillowed on knapsacks, show
ing that de.ath was not instantaneous,
and that porhaps a last service had
been performed over them by their
fleeing comrades. Three or four had
managed to draw from their pockets
packages of black French cigarettes
for a final smoke before passing away.
Mo8g of the bodiies lie with hoads
pointing toward tho abandoned French
trenches, rifles by thcir sides or often
still clenched in the stiffened hands.
Made Last Stand.
At tho edge of the plateau, just over
its brink, lay a long lino of dead mon,
They had turned for a last stand mado
against tho advancing Germans and
there they had met their death. Study
of tho situation showed that they had
made no attempt to rush down tho de
clivity to temporary safety. The bay
onets on all their rifles wore fixed,
and in a number of cases the cham
bers of thcir plccos had exploded am
Two or three rifles were found, tho
stocks of which had been broken off
at the grip, ovidcnce of the severity
of the hand-to-hand fighting.
Too Much For Horror.
There was 110 fooling of horror or
revulsion at the sight of these hund
reds of corpses; their very number
took away tho impression of human
slaughter. They seemed like figuros
In a huge pnnoramlc painting of a
battle. Tho human note, howovor, of
ten came out when was told of the
contents of the letters found In their
knapsacks or grasped in the hands
of thoso dead French soldiers.
It was the duty of the intelligence
officer in tho party with which the
correspondent chauccd to travel to
glance at such letters from homo for
the sake of the military Information
that they might contain. But of this
thero was very little. Far oftoner
would bo found letters from relatives
with stories about the health of the
children, and references to little pres
ents and delicacies on tho way to the
soldier. Somotlmos thero was home
gossip and often expressions of anx
iety for the safety of husband or fa
ther, and always tho hope for the
end of this "terriblo war.'" and for the
safe return of the loved ones.
Sown With Mines
It war necessary to walk with prc
larly In the vicinity of the trenches,
as abandoned hand grenades were
sown thickly about, ready.to explode
at any moment from a careless foot
stop. German burial parties coliect
aro nothing more than square boxes
of explosive bound to wooden handles
eighteen inches long.
.Moat ot the captured cannon already
have been received from the 'b&tUofieUl
the German captors being anxious to
send thorn In and receive the reward
given each unit for making a capture.
Out in the ravine of Lamoncel, on thet
eastern extremity of the Battlefield,
there are still six sicgo guns.
Saluted tho Captors.
While the artillery captain in charge
was exhibiting his prizes with pride
and explaining that they were 10-ccn-.
tlmotcr coast defense guns, calling at
tention to the same time to tho stores
of ammunition also taken by his men
the French suddenly opened fire on
theso guns and on tho road to tho
rear of them. Evidently they had con
jectured that at an attompt would ho
made to remove them, and knowing
their exact location, they were able
to make It warm for the German ar
tillerymen engaged in tho task, rite
riro was a signal for the opening o !
a further general bombardment all
along the lino. It was the first ac
tivity manifested since tho termination
of the battlo three days before.
To return to the automobllo through
tho approaches to the trenches was
most difficult and exhausting. The
trenches themselves and the approach
es afforded comploto protection against
shrapnel fire, bu? their bottoms was
a mass of sticky clay, in which onos
Meet sank nt every step from fifteen
to eighteen inches. Plodding through
milos of such trenches has been the
dailv task of thousands of soldiers
engaged for four months in this lort
rcss warfare on the north bank of tho
LONDON, Jan. 29,-Thc Scotsman
published the narrative of a German
bluejacket,-a survivor of tho German
armored cruiser Blucchcr, who once
lived in tho United States.
Tho bluejacket, said the German
floot was advancing at full speed to
attack the English coast when the
British ships were sighted. '1 here
upon tho Germans turned and made
for port. The Bluccher, which was
comparatively alow, made desperate
efforts to keep up her maximum speed
but tho British overhauled her and
opened fire at a range ot about ten
miles: ?? *???;,
"We were under flro from first to
last,? the bluejacket continued. "The
British centered their flro on us. Their
firo was awful. Our- guns were put
out of action, our decks were swept
and our gun crews wiped out.
"One terrible aboil burst in tbo nrurt
of the ship, where many men were
killed. I saw fivo killed by one shell.
"1 do not know what finished the
Bluecher, as she was full of holes, but
I heard she struck a torpedo. If so,
we can thank the torpedo for Saving
mail}" lives from tho murderous lire.
When the ship was sinking I jumped
clear of her into tho terribly cold wa
ter, which was full of dead and men
with shattered limbs who were crying
for assistance. After being rescued
by the British we were warmed, fed
and clothed."
The sailor is credited with saying
that during tlu> raid of Scarborough
tho men belibved ihcy were taking
part in a great naval action which
was extending all over the North "Sea.'
Other Accounts.
The Scotsman, which is published j
in Edinburgh, also prints other ac-1
counts of tho battle, as gathered from,
men engnged in it. They describe ,it I
as one of the greatest struggles In na-j
val history, and thrilling In ovory re-'
Prom the position of the German
floet when it was first encountered,
tho men assumed that it 19- virtually
cortnin that its objective was Now!
Castle. Tho strength of the raiding
squadron was quickly ascertained, and
as the ontlro raiding forco sheered off!
immediately after it was discovered,
tho chose was a long one before the;
guns began their work.
For forty miles the two fleets rac-1
ed over the shortest route for Heligo
land before tho guns did any real dam- j
age. Then tho Lion, which was lead-,
ing overhauled tho slow Bluochcr, nndi
in passing, gave her a broadside, caus
ing frightful damage. Tho Lion did
not wait, however, but continued in
(Continued on Page SLx)
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life millions are lost, to the ? ? j
thousands lost in actual gam
bling. And this is so because !!-j
the average person has a prej- ! >
udice born of foolish pride or ;;I
is prone to "take a chance." ;; j
In the matter of clothes, if a ; ;I
man be prejudiced in favor of yi
the custom-tailor he will pay ? ?;
forty dollars for a suit no bet
ter than the high grade ready- I! ?
to-wear suit at twenty-five. ;;!
If prone to take a chance, he ;;!
buys an ill-fitting, shoddy,
"ready-made," simply because r
it is a few dollars cheaper than y
a suit of real intrisic worth, j-'.
There is a lesson in the econ
omy that satisfies in i i;
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Coughs, Colds,
Liniments, Tonics, etc.,
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