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The Alaska Prospector.
Published at Valdes. Alaska, every Thursday morning by the Prorpmctm Pvbi.ishi.no Co. H.H. HILDRETH, Quill Pusher. W. II. CRARY. Ink Sixnokr. JOS. A. ROl'RKK. Walking Del* EUATE. SV WKI1TION KATES. One Year.I.IJIO Six Months.. .2.00 Throe Month* .. .1.00 Single Copy.10 ADVERTISING RATE*. Single column. $1.00 per inch per month. Larger ads in proportion. Professional cards $2.00 per month. Local ads lOr per line for first insertion and nr per line for each fub*c«|ucnt insertion. Entered at the Valdea postotiice as seeotul class matter. City CSoveknmknt. Mayor. J. L. Steele council men. James McIIik. D. S. Osuoon. A. P. Olson. Ed. Wood. C. X. Chary. H. H. Hildreth. Clerk. J. (J. Snyder, Treasurer. Hon. J. W. Leedy, City Attorney. Dk. A. YonOunthek. Health Officer. Adam Swan, Pres. School Board. GOVERNMENT OKHl EltS. John Lyons. U. S. Commissioner. E.C. Hasey, Deputy C.S. Marshal. John Uoodkll, Deputy Collector Customs. C. X. Chary, Postmaster. VALDEZ. APRIL 24. 1902. ' ! A »t ranger rum A ing into Valdez Bright Eitihe at the present kok time w o u 1 d Valdez. think that it was certainly a dead town, as they would see hut few people and a comparatively small amount of business being done. But this is no criterion for an Alaska town, especially one that is located a long distance from the mines, as Valdez is. The facts are that the merchants of town have dune a larger business this spring than ever before. They have sold more goods, outfitted more prospectors, employed more; help, received more money, and having more confidence in the country, have grubstaked more men than in any previous season. Those who have gone to the in-1 terior have purchased from a three to a six months outfit, and instead of the merchants doing a daily or weekly business, they have in real ity done a six months business in as many weeks. There are more people prospecting and mining in the interior, there are larger outfits, more mining machinery, and more work is L-ing done than ever la-fore. In 1898 there were probably more people in this town, hut they did not go as far into the country as has L-en done since, and those who did go in were iiicx)icrieiiced in mining and prospecting. In fact very few knew anything at all aLiut hard work, or how to go at prospecting and developing a new country. Now this is all changed, there are hundreds of prospectors and miners here who thoroughly understaiul their business and know the country. Many of them have valuable properties that they are working, and we believe a mil lion dollars will la- brought to towu this fall. Many are prospecting recently discovered property, and there is no douL that this summer many new and valuable mines w ill be discovered. If thebe men were all in Valdez now, spending their money, this would have more the appearance of a thriving town, but it would not last. As it is they are opening up a great rich storehouse of min erals, upon which we can draw for many year* to route. A practical argument for the es tablishment of a railroad is now being made by the opening op of great ledge* of copper and gold quartz that must lie brought to tide water to he of real value. This t what moneyed men want to sec. IV ore itself. Tlicv have heal'd enough about it. We must show tbvm now, ami by showing that the facts are as have lieen repre sented, will cause the railroad toj 1h> built. We certainly have every cause to l>elieve that we will have a bright and prosperous future. No place in Alaska lias a more prom ising outlook than Valdez at the present time. • * • Tiic bill of Congressman Sulzcr to encourage the salmon industry in Alaska, is one that affects not only the cunucryman but the en tire world, and bad this industry received one quarter the attention that the seal industry has. it would have bciictilted humanity the world over. There is a wide difference he tween these two industries. The seal fisheries have been protected for years by our government so that the foreign sealers could take the seals, ship them bv Canadian railroads and Knglish steamers to London, where, by Knglish work men they eould receive the stamp of Knglish trademark to l>e re turned for the benefit of the classes.! Hut with the salmon it is different.' for this is the product for the masses, the pauper’s brain food and the working man’s dish. Unless Congress takes heed of Oregon’s and Washington’s efforts to save their salmon fisheries, then Alaska too will cease to send to the world her pau|H-r food and they must seek elsewhere for their food fish. We have every reason to believe that our cannery men favor the Sul zer bill and we hope that Congress will remember the salmon indus-1 try and take active steps, not by experiment and fish commissions.: but by good legislation, honestly i carried out. and save the salmon industry.—Daily Alaska Dispatch.! * * * Tiik Indians of southeastern Al aska should be thankful if the dele* j gate bill is passed, for it gives them the right, as citizens, to walk up to a bar, and get their "hooch” in style instead of bribing some white man to buy it for them, as they do at present. • « * Thk principle governing the! rights of conflicting mining claims on the public domain, is, that other i things being etjual, he who is first in time is first in right. « * Why this sudden cessation of territorial government talk? Some one must have got a “hunch.” I Prospectors in the interior should ! watch for molybdenum, it is not generally known among those who spend their time in the search for; precious metals, that molylxlenum stands well up in that class. But it docs. At the present time it is ; quoted at Illd.HO per pound. Mo I vlxlcnum oeeurs in ledges, most; commonly in the form of a sulphide' which resembles graphite very closely. They are of the same de gree of hardness, hut the specific gravity of graphite is lower than i that of molybdenum, ami it is not affected hv heat, while molybdenum sulphide when heated before a blowpipe gives a greenish-blue flame, and leaves a yellowish white sublimate on the charcoal. Float containing the mineral has l»ceu found in several places in the Copper river country, but lias never been traced to its source. If a locator when posting his no-! tice, in addition to giving the gen eral course of his vein, places mon- \ uments at the center of each end line, this giving definite notice to' subsequent locators as to the mean-; ing of his notice, he is bound by ‘ the same, and can not afterward, during the time prescribed by law for perfecting location, change its course to the prejudice of interven ing rights. Hammond will carry a full line of groceries at his Slate Creek Store. Parties going in light can depend on getting plenty. Heinz Bulk Mince Meat 50c a quart »i Fob P»r>> Ore in Place is Real Estate. An assay er in Colorado was ar rested for buying ore stolen from a i mine, and bis trial lias brought to the surface an old statute that may have some application in the mine taxing question. The statute makes ore real estate, and tin- de fendant made the plea that larceny of real estate could not exist. The man was acquitted. The law provided that ore in its natural place was real estate and when separated from place 1k camc personal property, provided only that a sensible interval of time elapsed lK'twe*-n the act of breaking down the ore and carry-, ing it off. If breaking it down and carrying it off were continuous., then the ore still remained real es-j tate. Ore in place in patented land would thus become taxable as real estate. There is an old Russian at Ta- j titlek. who is over ltlO years of age.. He was born in Silieria and eame to Fidalgo hav with a Russian ex pedition about 1 s-J.'i. He deserted his ship at that place and has lived with the natives ever since. He is unable to get out to tish and hunt, so is kept in clothing and provisions by the Indians. He I says that the expedition with which became to this coast was; making a visit to a rich gold mine which was well known to the Rus sians of that period. Being badly used on the vessel, he made his es cape before the mine was reached, so does not know its exact location although he thinks it is around the head of Fidalgo bay. It is about time for the Ameri can people to awake to the fact that the greatest fortunes of the present and future will lie made in mining enterprises. A great min ing boom is slowly but surely getting under way in the West and Northwest. Improvements Imrder ing ou the wonderful have liecn made in the construction and oper ation of mining machinery. Mines that resulted in loss twenty years ago, are today worked at great profit, and properties that were practically in the heart of a wilder ness five years ago. are now well within the boundaries of civiliza tion. Bllx can supply miners with tools and mercury at Copper Cen ter. at reasonable prices. Recertified Government Script for sale by C. N. Crary. Sauer Kraut at Fish Bros. OFFICIAL GUIDE. For Copper River Valley, Prince William Sound and Valdez Alaska. With four new anil complete maps, thirty half tones showing all characteristics and conditions' and full information about resour ces and possibilities of the country.: sent by mail to all parts for 50 j cents. Address Copper River Min ing. Trading Jt Development Co..; Valdez, Alaska. Store your trunks at the Miners hotel for safe keeping. Notice of Forfeiture. Valdes, Alaska, March 6th, 1902. To R. BLIX: . ; You »re hereby nntitieb that I have expended ; |j0 in labor and improvement* on your one twcnty-seo.nd interest in the |>awson Cornpatty rlaim. located above the canyon, on riiisna river, iu Cbisiia Mining District, Alaska, in order to bold said claim under the provisions of section £124. Revised Statute* oi the I ni led States, being the nuiount required to bold said claim for the year ending Dee. 31, 4901. If at ! th*-cud of ninety days fr«*m date you refuse to contribute your proportion of such expendi ture, as co-owner, your interest in said prop erty will become the properly of the subscriber ; under said section 2824. HANS TORGERSOX. Miners Hotel. . ■ . . Furnished Rooms with BoardifDesired. Com fortable Quarters, Light! Airy Rooms. MRS. JOHNSON, Professional Cards. L. K. RILEY, m. D. Physician and Surgeon VALDEZ, Office anil Residence ALASKA 215 Keystone Avenue. A, Von GUNTHER, M. D. Physician and Surgeon City Health Officeh. 419 Sherman St. VALDEZ. GOODELL & EDWARDS Lawyers. VALDEZ, ALASKA FRED M. BROWN, Lawyer. Mining ami Land Laws. Specialties. 12 Years Ex perience in Mining ami Land Laws. VALDEZ. ALASKA LEEDY & KELSEY, Attorneys and Counselors. Keystone Ave. Valdez. A.JUDS0N ADAMS, Civil Engineer arid Surveyor. U. S. DEPUTY MINERAL AND LAND SURVEYOR. Next dcor to Merchants Cafe. H. H. Hildreth, Notary Public and Conveyancer. Prospector Office. Hininq * Broker. B. F. MILLARD will Ex amine, Take Options on and Purchase Mining Properties. vAiots mm iin to. Complete abstracts of title to all mineral and other claims in the Valdez Min ing district, including the Prince William Sound, Copper River. Chistuchi na and the Chisna dis tricts. Abstracts Furnished to Valdez Town Lots. Valdez, Alaska Thos J. Coles Carriage Making, Blacksmithing, General Jobbing GLACIER St. andMcKINLEY Av. WINES, LIQUOR AND CIGARS. BEST QUALITY. Hall Adjoining. Music. Cor. McKinley St. and Keystone Ave. The Steamship Santa Ana Sitka, Y akutat, Ellamar, AND Elliamna. riie Santa Ana is under Contract with the government to make regular monthly trips by a schedule not exceeding Seven Days la-tween Seattle and \ alder, thus affording Quick, Safe anil Comfortable service. SAILING DATKS; Leave Seattle on the loth of each month northbound. Leave Valdes on the 2nd of each month southbound. FISH BROS, Agents. Hiwhovjo'jIOTHC SIT uKl luN CSPSP ji ««ith s^ccf.*£ af blcst j Just AOv£«a.s; *n tnt pftosp*:cT«w' /\HJ H \w ILL OOTKE R t ST DOARf & MACKINTOSH. Blacksmith Shop. All Kinds of Iron or Steel Work Done in the Best Manner. HORSESHOEINGSLEDS AND PEER SKINS mcmillan fur t& wool co. EXPORTERS AND IMPORTERS. 200-212 First Ive. North, Minneapolis, Mihh. I tor Our Circular aad too the Prices We Pay.T] The Montana Fins i . Alex Singletery, Wines Liquors Cigars PrQprieton