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THE ALASKA PROSPECTOR.
H. H. HILDRETH, Editor. \V. H. C’RARY. Associate Editor. JOS. A. BOCRKE. Business Manager. Published at Valdes, Alaska, every Thursday hy the Prospbptoh Prni.isHiNo Co. Phonk. Main 1. Municipal Government. J. L. Steele. Mayor. H. H. Hiluheth. Clerk. J. (». Snyder. Treawreh. Hon. J. \V. Leepy, City Attorney. Hr. A. Vo.n(» i'xther. Health Okvk er. Adam]Swan, Preh. School Board. I COI'M'ILMEN. James McHie. I). S. Osonnn. A. P. Olson. Kn. Wood. C. N. Chary. Ciias. Crawford. J. L. Steele. I HinscMITHIN RAT*X One Yent*.$3.00 Six Months.2.00 Three Months. 1.00 Single Copy.10 AOHTISINU HATCH. Single column. $1.00 per inch per per month. Larger ads in pro portion. AlTIIORIZKI* A«KNTS*. E. C. Dark. 04-t>'> MerehantaEx ehanjte San Frnm-iaeo Cal. (Iko. P. Rowki.i. a Co., 10 Sprint Stm-t New York. Jamkx Hkffkrmax, 212 Colum bia Street. Seattle. WHATTHK NEW STRIKE MEANS FOR VALDEZ. The discovery of rich new placer gold mines on the Chitina river, a few days ago. that produced over #'2.00 to the pan. and that in : frozen ground.Jwas welcome and eneouraging news to the |icnplc of \ aldcz, ji;id caused a stampede of the few jK-ople who were here! to the scene of the new discoveries. This new strike indicates more for Valdez and the Copper river country than can at onee Ihj realized. If the new strike is ns rich as j at-first reported, and there is no douht hut that it is much richer. • it | will prove Is-vond a question of douht that the Copper river valley,' taken as a whole, possesses the richest mineral lu-lt in Alaska. Tin sc discovcrns are simply the foreruners of many other) rich discoveries that will undoubtedly Ik- made in the Copper river valley on ground that has heen run over hv many people hut not pro|K-rlv prospected. » It means that the Copper river valley will Ik- the most thickly populated section of Alaska, and that Valdez will Ik- the metropolis of the North. It means that the building of a railroad from Valdez over an all-American route to the Yukon will Ik- commenced at a much earlier date than has heretofore been anticipated by those who are directly interested in its construction. The discoveries of large areas of placer mining ground contiguous to the great copper prop erties will hasten action on the part of the railroad people. rhe new strike will bring hundreds of people to Valdez who, have capital to invest in mining or other property, and thousands of prosja-ctors and miners will Hock into the country, and many new mines will Ik? found on the hundreds and thouands of rivers, creek and gulches throughout the district. It is rather lute for a rush of people to this place, hut they arc lmund to come. Throughout the whole country the people know of Valdez, and hundreds are only awaiting such news as they will now receive to to decide them to start for this place. Probably most of those who come at this season will Ik- men of means, and a rush of prosjK-ctors may not commence until next spring, hut it will be well to prepare for them. . * * NOW IS 'J'HK TIME TO ACT. There seems to Ik* no doubt whatever that work will be com menced in the near future on tin* Valdez-Yukon railroad. In fact, we may contidentally expect to see a corps of engineers here within the next month to commence the surveys, to Ik* followed very closely by a force of InUtrers and mechanics. The railroad has I men thoroughly organized, and one of its suit-; organizations is a townsitc company. Railroad companies build! railritads for the purpose of making money. In nearly every case and especially in a new country they lay out their own townsites, and build their own towns and terminals. Strenuous efforts tire being made by different townsitc companies to induce the railroad to start from their townsites rather than from this place. The mat ter has not yet U*en definitely decided and will not be until the engineers arrive here. Unless the town of Valdez offers extraordinary inducements, the rsiilroad will not start from this point on the bay. We had let ter face these facts now and acknowledge them than to wait until it is to late. NOW is the time to take this matter in hand ami do something if we want the road to stairt from here. We must act at once and offer every inducement }H>ssible to the railroad people. We have the U*st location on the bay for a town and for the railroad terminal, but that alone will not bring the road. The ChamUr of Commerce or City Concil, should act at once in this matter. t * • • All olistaeles to the establishment of a coaling station by the navy department at Dutch HarUtr have lieen removed. After a long delay the interior "department has designated a tract of land there lor use as a site for the proposed coaling station and a proclama tion to U* signed bv the president placing this land at the disjKtsal; of the navy department is n.ow lieing drawu up. Admiral Bradford chief of the bureau of equipment, has long been anxious to estab lish a station at Dutch Harlior for storing coal and for coaling naval ships. The land now aUmt to U< turned over is now a part of the lighthouse reservation adjoining the property of the N. A. Company.i AN UNTRUE STATEMENT. “When the snow nn<1 ice of north ern Alaska give up their dead it it will lie'scen at what an awful sac rifice of human life the treasures of that frozen land are lx-ing ol* tained,” It was with such a remark as this that M. C. I). Bristol, the sen ior niemlx-r of the commercial firm of Bristol A Lindard.of Nome City. Alaska, who is s|*ending the winter with his wife and family at No. •>!M>1 Windsor place, prefaces any of his remarks alxnit the country where he has lx-en hx-ated since tin spring of 18JW. Mr. Bristol s|x-nt a year in mining along the ftouga rock Hiver after leaving St. Louis, and during the three years he has lx-en hx-ated at Nome dealing in mining outfits he has established an acquaintanceship with miners and Indians extending all over the Sumner Peninsula, and has -* fund of information front this source alone that makes him well quali fied to speak of the conditions pre vailing throughout the country. "Over a third of those who leave the camps and towns of tin- coast in splendid physical condition are never heard of again, and -ft) per cent, of those who get hack to the point of their departure die while seeking recovery from the hard ships they have endured.” Mr. Bristol continued in the course of an interview. "The horrors of the Sumner Peninsula, in which is lo cated Nome City, are almost un Ix-lievahle in the I'nited States. Of every two men who leave this coun try to prospect up there it is safe to say that only one will return alive, and it is safe to say that even tin dead laxly of the other may never lx- found unless he has died on tin coast.” St.Louis (i)nlx--Democrat. Such rot as thealxive is a slander on Alaska.and a fabrication that no sane man should Ix-lieve. It sounds like the story of a grub-staked man who came to Alaska, sat down in his tent, ate up his provisions, and than went home and bad to in vent some awful story of hardships and misfortune in order to paeifv the party who put up for the ex penses of the trio. Many persons in Alaska, espec ially the prosjtector. have no per manent residence or near friends here, and often when they leave a camp, there is no reason for their writing hack to any one. of their wherealnnits, and consequently they are not heard of again in the camp they left. That is no indi cation that they have met with a atal accident or lost their life on the trail. The statement that "of every two men who leave this country (the States) to prospect up_ there it is safe to say that only one will return alive,” is a most rediculous and false, statement, and shows a la-! mcntahle lack of knowledge of prevailing conditions here. There are hardships here, as there are in all^new countries, hut it is doubtful if ten per cent, of those who come here to prospect loose their lives on account of these ' hardships. There is no healthier country than Alaska and the death j rate is very small. Nearly all the accidental deaths or the loss of life from the sup|H>scd hardships of this country are caused from the lack of judgment, rccklesness. or a lack of knowledge of the prevalent conditions hy those who loose their lives. If you have anything for sale or trade list it with the Copjker River Mining, Trading A Development Co. Miners Hotel. ft i Furnished Rooms with Board if Desired. Com fortable Quarters, Light Airy Rooms. MRS. JOHNSON, Professional Card. L. K. RILEY, m. D. Physician and Surgeon VALDEZ. Office and Resilience A I,ASK A 215 Keystone Avenue. GOODELL & EDWARDS Lawyers. VALDEZ, ALASKA I FRED M. BROWN, Lawyer. Mining and (.and Laws, Sjiccialtics. 12 Years Ex jicricnce in Minin); and laind Laws. VALDEZ, ALASKA LEEbY & KELSEY, Attorneys and Counselors. Keystone Ave. ValdezJ A. JUDSON ADAMS, Civil Engineer and Surveyor. r. s. DEPUTY MINERAL AND LAND SURVEYOR. Next dcor to Merchants Cafe. H. H. Hildreth, Notary Public and Conveyancer. Phospectok Office. DR. ALEXANDER, Dentist. Office with l)r. L. K. Riley. B. F. Hillard Is Prepared to Ex amine. Take Options on and Purchase Mining Properties. nuts mo i Tint (oJ Complete abstracts of title to all mineral and other claims in the Valdez Min-. inn 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, GeneraPJobbing* (i LACIER Sr. ,\xn McKIXLEY Av. I The Keystone WINES, LIQUOR AND CIGARS. BEST QUALITY. Hall Adjoining. Music. Cor. McKinley St. and Keystone Ave. The Steamship Santa Ana New Modern Wooden Steam Ship, Electric Lighted and Steam Heated Sails from ARLINGTON STREET DOCK, SEATTLE, on the 15th of each month, for Sitka, Yakutat, Ellamar, Valdez AND llliamna. The Santa Ana is under Contract with the government to make regular monthly trips l>v a schedule not exceeding Seven Days l«etween Seattle and Valdez, thus affording Quick, Safe and Comfortable service. SAILING DATES; Leave Seattle on the loth of each month northltound. Leave Valdes on the 2nd of each month southbound. FOR FREIGHT AND PASSENGER RATES APPLY TO FISH BROS, Agents. A VALUABLE ALASKA NUQQET Is the PROSPEC TOR. Sample copies will 1«' sent to any address FREE UPON APPLICATION. The ALASKA PROSPECTOR gives all the news of this rich district from Unaluska to the Yukon. Subscription. per year. THE PROJPECTOR V&EZ, ALASKA. _ DOARF £> MACKINTOSH. Blacksmith Shop. All Kinds of Iron or Steel Work bone in the Best Manner. HORSESHOEING SLEDS AMD BEER SKIMS McMillan fur wool co. EXPORTERS AND IMPORTERS. • 200-212 First Ave. North, Minneapolis, Minn. for Our Circular and Seo tho Prices We Pay."'*! J. J. YAKSHAW, Valdez Sheet Metal and Plumbing Shop. Metal Work of all Kinds. Camp Stoves and Air Tight Heaters. Cok.nkk Glacier St.“a.\i> McKinley Ave.