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*m?? ?Headquarters
J- Holiday
The Largest Stock of Toys, Novelties and Fancy Goods
in the Northwest.
A General Banking Business Transacted..
Juneau. Alaska.
Caterer* to Kumily Trade
J. P. SMITH & CO., j
r Meats
Fresh Meat Suppliers revived on every in
comiti; Pacific Count Steamer.
Butter and Keers of flrst-clnsi crude alwars j
on hand.
Douglav Cit.r, ' - ? Aluska. 1
Mercantile Department
rFulI Line Hardware
of Christmas # Iron & Steel
Yovelties W Pipe Fittings
Just Received
Gel our Prices before Purchasing
elsewhere. IFc will do fhc rigid thing.
Governor?John G. Brady; private
secretary, Mrs. Gertrude Knapp.
U. S. Judge?C. S. Johnson.
U. S. Attorney?Robert A. Friedrich. j
Assistant District Attorney?Alfred ?
J. Daly.
District Clerk?Albert D. Elliott.
Deputy Clerk?Joseph J. Rogers.
U. S. Marshal?J. M. Shoup.
Surveyor General?\V. L. Distin.
Register?John \V\ Dudley.
Receiver?Roswell Shelly.
Court Interpreter?George Kostro
'n Ail. O.'il.... i
Commissioners?G. vv. iuiue, oicivti, i
John Y.Ostrauder, Juneau; Fred P.Tus- j
tin, Fort Wrangel; L. R. Woodward,;
Unalaska; Phillip Gallagher, Kodiak;
John U. Smith, Dyea; W. J. Jones, Cir
cle City; Chas. H. Isham, Unga.
Deputy Marshals?W. H. McXair,
Sitka; Edward S. Staler, Juneau;
W. D. Grant, Fort Wraugel;,
Edward C. Hasey, Kadiak;
Lewis L. Bowers, Unga; J. C. Blaine, j
Unalaska; F. M. Canton, Circle City;
Josias M. Tanner, Dyea; Johu McEl
heny. Douglas City; Neil C. Yawter, St. ?
Deputy Internal Revenue Collector?
W. C. Pedlar.
Educational Agent?Sheldon Jackson
Assistant Agent?William Hamilton. \
Supt. of Schools?W. A. Kelly.
Collector?J. W. Ivey.
Special Deputy?W. P. McBride.
Deputy and Inspector?Wm. Mill-!
more and C. L. Andrews.
Deputy Collectors?Joseph Arment,!
Fort Wrangel; E. M. VauSlyck, Mary
Jsland; W. G. Thomas, Kodiak; G. W.
Caton, Cook's Inlet; T. E. Holmes, Ka-1
riuk; J. F. Sinnot, Unga; J. P. Word,
Unalaska: E. T. Hatch, St. Michaels; i
Chas. Smith, Circle City: John C. Ten-!
ny, Juneau.
Inspectors at Jnneau?Loring K. Ad- j
ams, Harry Minto and John R. Auldin. j
Inspectors at Fort Wraugel, Edward
Hofstad, S. L. Adams, Geo. J. Smith, E. j
L. Hunter, Wm. Denny.
Inspectors Afloat?J. S. Slater, S. F.
Hodges, L. H. Lovejoy, Edgar Grim.
Musk with Service ... 10;0C A. M. i
Sunday School .... 3;00 P. M. !
Rosary, Lecture and Benediction 7;00 P. M.'
Priest. Rev. Futher P. C. Bougis, S. J. i
S. Wirt, pastor. Until the new church build-1
ins is completed, evening services will be j
held every Sunday in Ohnmn's Hall at 7:45 p. j
m. Sunday School meets in Odd Fellow's :
Hall at 11 a. m. Society of Christian Endeav- !
or in the same place, Thursday evenings a |
7:30. Ladies League every alternate Thurs- I
dav afternoon.
I. O. O. F.
Alaska Lodge No. 1 meets at Odd
Fellows Hall, Douglas, ou Wednosday j
evenings at 8 o'clock.
Visiting Brothers are Cordially in-1
vited to attend.
Geo. W. Stephensen4 N. G.
W. K. Dorr, M. D., Sec.
Hunter Block, between Front
and 2nd Sts. Pouglus City. :
Offir? with News. Douglas City, Alanka.
fllfll MINI; idTERESTSj
The Year 1898 Will Astonish the!
From every portiou of southeastern
Alaska come reports of new and valua
ble gold discoveries and with the de
velopment of the properties that have ;
been found during the present yoar, j
this portion of Alaska must and will
take high rauk as one of the great min
iug regions of the world. On Prince of
Wales island are located some very val
uable quartz claims, the ore in some
cases assaying thousands of dollars to
the ton and some of these claims are
being rapidly developed and put upon
a profitable footing. At Thorn Arm,
several Seattle companies have beeu at
work for the past six months and the
investors will soon be shipping ore.
Some twenty miles this side of Ketchi
kan, some parties have been working
surface quartz with an ordinary ham
mer, and have been pounding the gold
out of the rock aud making two or
three times the usual wages for a man
per day.
Veins of quartz ranging from four to
six dollars to the ton have been dis
covered near Fort Wrungel, and some
sixteen miles up theStikeen river some
parties have been working placer claims
that have proven quite profitable.
These are but a few of the many dis
coveries that have been made and we
doubt not that during the coming year
there will be many claims developed
giving employment to many men and
paying a large per cent, of profit on the
money invested.
But little is heard of the Douglas
Island and Juneau mining interests,
but they are by far the greatest, and
conducted on the largest scale of any
on the face of the earth. At the latter
city we were much surprised to know
that between the city aud the huge
mountain, there is a large creek in
which placer mining has been carried
on for some years. A company has been
engaged for months in putting a tunnel
through hundreds of feet of rock in
order to furnish an escape for the water
that will be used in working the bed of
the stream. An air compressor plant
was put in and from 9100,000 to 9-0U,
000 will be invested before a dol
lar will be realized. These people
know what they are doiug and thor
oughly prospected the placer grounds
before commencing these extensive op
erations. Follow the stream up for
miles and you find stamp mills at work
and men improving their placer claims.
Cross the channel, a distance of two
and a half miles and you are at Douglas
City and Treadwell on Douglas Island.
For years you have heard that the
largest stamp mill in the world is loca
ted there with its two hundredand sixty
stamps crushing and grinding as fine
as flour 750 tons of ore every day, but
what is this compared to what it will be
within the next four or five months,
when the total number of stamps will
be increased to 800, with a pay roll
ranging from 1500 to 2000 men, and
this is only mentioning the Tread well
interests, for besides these there are
others located on the island.
At Sheep Creek, across the channel j
from Tread well, there is another stamp i
mill which has been in successful opcr- I
ation for years, and yet there are still j
thousands of acres of land that is vir-!
tually one solid bed of good ore that:
has not even been prospected and only i
awaits the arrival of men and capital
to make it equally as profiitable us the j
mines now in operation.
We are not attempting to fully do- j
I scribe the mining interests of this part
of Alaska, but only to give a hint of
what is going on in that lino. We have
I mentioned only a few of the many
stamp mills now in operation, but what
we have said will give our readers, who
are not acquainted with this portion of
Alaska a glimpse of what this country
I will be in the near future?the greatest
miuing country on earth.
Millions have been taken out of the
i Klondike aud more will follow. The
: same may be said of Atliu, but when
tho final account is rendered it will be
! found that as much if not more money
was spent in gettiug that gold as was
: ever realized, owing of course to the
inaccessibility of the country. These
; objections can never be urged against
I southeastern Alaska where you can
live almost as cheap as in the states
and travel as cheap if not cheaper than
j on tho railroads.
A Second and Probably the Third Victim from
This City within Sixty Days.
J. M. Raymond of this city while try
i ing to make the ferry boat at Juneau
last Wednesday night, accidentally fell
! off of the dock and sustained some se
! vere injuries, a broken leg aud ribs
being among the least. He was taken
to the hospital where he is in a fair
way to recovery. A few mouths ago
a woman who is a resident of this city
fell off a dock at Juneau, and we are
I told the same place where the man was
' injured. She is still confiued to her
room. Other accidents have also oc
nunnla fi>Trini? fn <T?f fft fho
UU1 I t'U IW Wi J iu^ w f,vw W vmv
ferry after dark.
There must be some gross careless
ness connected with these accidents.
The way to the ferry should not be left
open so a person can walk off into the
water, and in this connection we might
| add that there should be more lights
between Main street and the ferry.
Juneau is receiving a liberal patronage
from Douglas City, and it is wrong to
leave open traps for our people to fall
i into after they have gone there to
! trade.
How many lives have been lost at
j that same place no one knows, but
there should be no more, and wo be
lieve that the city of Juneau will see
that the death trap is removed.
Thomas Church and Johu Condon
have secured control of the Seattle Re
; view. A. B. Ernst stepping down and
out. Mr. Church is a new one on us
? but John Condon, who will edit the pa
| per, is all right. The paper will con
| tinue to advocate Jeffersonian democ
racy as in the past.
None of the Victims From Douglas
Island. Mrs. Darling
Would Go.
Another snow slide occurred on the
Chilkoot and in it live lives were lost.
The bodies, however, were fortunately J
recovered. The victims were Mrs. Dar- J
I ling, two men whose names we could
| not ascertain, Bert Johns and Harry
! Shaw. The parents of Bert Johns have
i resided in. this city since June last at;
1 which time they removed from Dyea j
: to Douglas City. Mr. Joseph Johns,;
' the father of the boy, went to Dyea on
the City of Olympia last Saturday j
morning and will bring back the re- I
mains of his son.
Youug Johns was a hard working boy ,
only seventeen years old. Harry Sbaw
was a friend and schoolmate of his and !
! about the same age. The boys had
I ' ?
j been working together and Mrs. Dar
! ling had been cooking for them. It be-;
; came necessary for Bert to go to Lake
! Lindermau and he asked Hurry to ac
! enmniiTiv him Mrs. Darlincr asked to I
I j
J go along. The boys begged and plead
for her not to go because they had j
i snow shoes and she would retard their
progress during a storm, but the wo-1
man insisted on going and she told tlio
1 boys if they did not take her she would
j follow them. Of course Mrs. Darling j
I started out with them and as they had
' predicted could make slow progress.
The woman gave out and they had to
carry and drag her part of the way un
til they arrived at nu old abandoned
; cabin or cam]) and laid up for the night1
to give Mrs. Darling au opportunity to
recuperate. This stop cost all of them
! their lives. The slide struck the cabiu
i while they were asleep and tiiey, with
two men who had been with them du
ring a part of the trip, were swept to
I their death. When the bodies were
found, llert Johns and his schoolmate
' and friend lay side by side asleep in |
? death.
flert Johns and his friend wore born
; in Pierce county Washington, where the
Johns family formerly resided. Mrs. i
i Johns has been sick . and the I
shock, that the nows of the death of her
: boy produced, nearly cost hor her life.
Since the above was put in type, the
To'jeka returned with the bodies of
Bert Johns, Harry Shaw and Mrs. Dar
ling. The remains of the two boys
were taken to Carbonado, Pierce couu
i ty, Washington, for burial, and the
body of Mrs. Darling to Seattle, where
her husband residos. Mr. Will Car
! peuter, in whose employ the boys were
engaged, accompanied tho remains to
the sound on the Topeka. The body
of one of the men, named Warner, was
; taken to Lake Linderman where his
family was living and the remains of
the other victim, whose name we could
not ascertain, was removed to'Lake
Bennett where his family rosides.
A Juneau paper in reporting the
matter stated that two children perish
ed witli'Mrs. Darling, but this is incor
rect. She had no children with her in
Alaska. Bert Johns was also reported
as coming from Douglas Island, but
this is also incorrect. His parents re
side here, but the young man never
was in Douglas City.
The Johns family is highly respected
and has the sympathy of the people in
the loss of a good hard working boy.
Literary Projjrum at the f-plscopal Church
The ladies of St. Luke's Guild gave
an entertainment at Oilman's hall last
Thursday evening. It preceded the
sale , of Christmas and other goods
which were sold for the benefit of the
church. It was a stormy night and the
attendance was not large.
The literary program opened with a
song by Francis Shepard. She ha s a
beautiful voice and it was enjoyed by
Little Gertrude Laudsl>et g gave a rec
itation that was very good.
The duet by Esther Croft and Fran
cis Peudglaso was oujoyed by all. The
accompaniment was on the piano. They
responded to au encore.
The recitation by Anna McCormick
was funny and brought forth a storm
nf unnlaiiio ftlio louTtArl nrpr f.llA llftp.lr
of a chair and talked so loud and plain
that every word was understood. The
audience tried to call her back for an
other recitation, but she responded
with only a sweet little bow.
i The duet by Mrs. Ross and Mr. Rout
ledge, U0uly a Dream of the Old Home,"
was a beautiful thing. It was vocal,
there being no accompaniment on
either the piano or the organ that were
in the room. The singers both have
beautiful voices and their song was the
hit of the evening.
On Friday afternoon and evening the
fair was continued. There was no lit
erary program, but lunch was served
and after the close of the fair the tlual
wind up included a dance.
The baud boys attended aud
played some beautiful selections which
was one of the pleasaut features of the
The Episcopal church people are at
quite a disadvantage in this city. Rev.
Hepry Beer, of Juneau, serves them as
a minister and holds his services on
Sunday afternoons, which does not
please the membership. They also want
a minister stationed in this city. A
change for the better will probably be
made when Bishop Rowe of this dis
trict returns from Washington, D.C.,
where the great church convention is
being held. The Rev. Mr. Beer will hold
his last and farewell service in this city
on Christmas evening at Odd Fellows
hall. The pastor is well liked and the
members will all be there.
A Sensible Chans;*.
The Mining Record came to us last
week changed from the form of a mag
azine to that of an eight-page, five col
umn newspaper. The change is a good
one. The Record is also much improv
ed by an increase of local matter. The
new editor will bring the Record up to
a high standard of excellence if ho
keeps up his present gait.

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