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Published Monday, Wednesday, Friday, by The Nome
Publishing Company, Nome, Alaska
Telephone Main 114 P, O Box 518
Entered in the Post Office in Nome as 2nd Class Matter
Subscription Rates Payable In Advance
Delivered b> carrier in Nome and Little Creek fior $2.00 per month
By mail, postage paid, outside of Nome & vicinity, $1.50 per month.
A Convoy For Cohoes
The job of patroling Alaska’s coastline, protecting
its merchant ships on their coastal runs, supplying a
watch far out at sea against any attempt at invasion,
is the chore the navy is now performing.
But providing protection for scores of salmon can
neries, fleets of deep-sea halibut fisherman, a full
schedule of cannery tenders plying between packing
plants and Puget Sound, and the many other varied
plants and crafts of the fishing industry is going to be
a much more ambitious undertaking for the nation’s
When the navy supplies this protection for the fish
ing fraternity, which it is pledged to do, Alaskans arc
bound to see a great deal more activity along the
waterfront than even today. Where we are now aware
of bombers roaring across our skyline and patrol boats
off our coasts, the challenge of the fishing industry wall
see navy ships poking their dark prows into our little
inlets, guarding our straits and narrow's and playing
the part of marine watchdogs for any indication of
attack from without or sabotage from within.
As completely as any military division can guaran
tee security in event of a w'ar, the navy has given
their word to protect the fishermen. A recent state
ment from national naval sources said:
“The navy fully appreciates the situation with which
the salmon packing industry is confronted and is in
full sympathy with its desires. It will do everything
in its power to provide the protection required, but it
must be understood that the contingencies of war are
not predictable and that the situation prevailing at
any given time must be the governing factor in any
In a relatively few' weeks the transporting of the
season’s supplies for the northern operations would log
ically commence. With that in mind, a number of
cannery operators last month, soon after the outbreak
of war, got in touch with the Navy Department and
asked what assurance they might have of protection
for their operations. The answer wras quite satisfactory.
The naval heads admitted that at the time they were
unable to provide protection against any contingency.
They declared, how'ever, that W'ithin three months, it
was planned to have in Alaska "sufficient air and sur
face craft to provide the needed safeguards for the
season’s operations.”
This is no gesture on the part of the navy to offer
protection to just any civilian industry. The fisheries
interests are receiving consideration far above any
thing which might be accorded other business enter
prises in Alaska or elsew'here.
There is a good reason. Already in this war, as in
the first World War, Alaska canned salmon has become
an important item in food supplies for the nation’s arm
ed forces. Of the total 1942 pack of six and a half mil
lion cases, the navy, army and lend-lease agencies have
taken more than a million and a half already and are
calling for bids on requirements from an already de- i
pleted stock in cannerymen’s warehoueses. Their re
quirements from the 1942 pack, with the nation now
at war and military forces rapidly expanding, are
logically expected to be several times the amount of
canned salmon purchased during the past year. Alas-i
kans may recall that in 1918 the government establish-j
ed a prior claim on the entire output of the canneries
at fixed prices.
Most vulnerable spot, from the standpoint of Japan
ese invasion, is the Bristol Bay fishing area, which
usually accounts for 20 percent of the total Alaska!
pack, especially supplying the larger part of the reds,
the species in heaviest demand by both the military ;
and civilian consumers. That Bristol Bay must and
will be protected is, then, a foregone conclusion, and
to make Bristol Bay accessible, so crews may be taken
there and the pack shipped south, the entire Alaska
coast must be made secure.
The navy is fully aware of this responsibility, and |
from all statements is ready to do its stuff when the
men who mine the silver horde start their migration
north, a few w'eeks from now.
_ _ —Daily Juneau Empire
SamTi^wwjia '
Natives Make Huge Bond Buy
In a demonstration of loyalty to the Government of
the United States and to the Territory, Alaskan natives
recently made arrangements for the largest single pur
chase of Defense Savings Bonds in the north land to
date when, the Office of Indian Affairs turned over to
Gov. Ernest Gruening, Territorial Administrator, twc
checks totaling $110,645.72 for the purchase of Series
F and G bonds. The sale was consumed after week
long negotiations between the Defense Savings Staff
and the Indian bureau.
Thirty-one native stores, seven corporations, five
reindeer accounts, the Native Arts & Crafts and the
Nome Skin Sellers’ Association arc represented in the
Those In Deal
Stores participating in the deal are Atka Native Vil-|
lage, Barrow Native Store, Chanega Native Store, Dio
mede Cooperative, Elim Cooperative, Buckland Es
kimo Cooperative, Kivalina Reindeer and Trading Co. ;
Kuskokwim Reindeer Co., Mekorvuk Native Store, Na-I
tive Village of Nikolski, Noatak Native Store, Noorvik
Cooperative, Nunapitchuk Trading Post, Point Hope
Trading Co. and Point Lay Branch Store, Perry Tativej
Store, Reindeer Commercial Co. of Savoonga, Native
Village of Shaktoolik, Shishmaref Native Store, Steb
bins Commercial Association, Association of Teller
Unit Herds, Tanunak Native Store, Native Village of
Tetlin and Tanacross Branch, Unalakleet Native Rein
deer Association, Unalakleet Native Store, Venetie
Trading Co., Wales Village Store, Wainwright Rein
deer and Trading Co., and White Mountain Native Co-1
operative. The seven corporation included in the pur
chase are the Angoon Community Association, Craig
Community Association, Hydaburg Cooperative Asso-|
ciation, Hoonah Indian Association, Organized Villages
of Kasaan, Ketchikan Indian Corporation and the Sitka
Community Association.
“This contribution by Alaska natives to the cause of
democracy against the forces of totalitarian evil is a
high expression of the loyalty of these original -Ameri
cans to the Government which has tried so hard to help
them,” Gov. Gruening said. “It is typical of the whole
hearted generosity and sincerity of Alaskans every
where, and it is gratifying to be thus assured that in
purchases of this sort, and countless others that are
being made daily throughout the Territory, our people
are demonstrating their determinaton to crush the
Axis gangsters.”
Of the two checks handed to Gov. Gruening, one
in the sum of $10,058.70, represented a single purchase
by the Reindeer Commercial Co. of Savoonga, located
or\ St, Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea. The other!
check, for $100,587.02, represents surplus funds in
the possession of the Indian office of cooperative and j
individual accounts in which several hundred natives;
:‘The purchase of De
fense Bonds for the nativ
es of Alaska seems, from a
purely financial standpoint
like the best possible in
vestment we could make
for them at this time,”
Claude N. Hirst, general
superintendent said, “At
the same time it affords
ample evidence of their
feeling and loyalty to the
United States. The Alas
kan Native will never be
found wanting in patriot
ism and a desire to serve
in any way whatsoever.”
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W AY^ O F W A D F A P F p,anes> tanks, Scout cars and motorcycles advance over
”” M 1 v 1 " ^^ i AAix L. Fort Knox, Ky., hills, to show that Uncle Sam had studied
the Nazi panzer onslaughts—those swilt-stabblng attacks coordinating planes and combat cars.f'In 4
March Chief of Staff Marshall envisaged 10 armored divisions; now there are five with more soon
to be formed. After war began, draft law was changed: overseas ban was lifted: service is now “for
the duration" plus six months; Congress planned, registration of meu 18 to 64. widening of draft limits.

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