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THE DOUGLAS ISLAND NEWS. A. a. ricBRIDR and CHARLES A. HOPP Editors and Publishers. PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY TERMS:?In Advance. One Yeur - - $3.00 Six .Months - - - - - - 1M Three Months ------ 1.00 Single Copies ------ .10 Foreign Postuge must be prepaid. The New.* at Juneau. The News is on sale at the Postoffico News Stand. At Douglas City. This paper is on sale at McDonald's Cigar Store mid at the office of the News. Advertising Rates. Cards, one inch or less, per month * $1 !?0 Display advertising, per in. per month 1.00 Local notices per line, per issue - - .10 These rates will l>o strictly adhered to. We treat all our patrons alike. Wednesday, December 21, 1898. THE PHILIPPINES. The peace commission has arranged that the United States shall retain the Philippine Islands and pay Spain $20,000 000. To this part of the treaty of peace serious objection is made and doubts are expressed as to whether the senate will give its approval upon the ratifica tion of the treaty. Only the sena tors will vote, but upon the appropria tion of money the house and senate each have a voice. Territorial expansion, to such an ex tent as to take in the Philippine islands, is a serious question and it is not un expected that there should be a great diversity of opinion on the matter, upon which, we are pleased to say, there will be no party lines drawn, but rather the east will In? arrayed agaiust the west, the latter in favor of, and the for mer opposing acquisition. It is not our aim to enter into a full discussion of the subject, but briefly stated, some of the arguments of those opposing the expansion of the territory to so great a distance are, that the in habitants are a very undesirable class of people and unworthy to be made citizens, and who, owing to lack of ed ucation aud even civilization, must be difficult to govern; that our standing army would of necessity bo increased Hnd a greater navy would also become necessary; that the forefathers of our country opposed expansion and wo should iu the future as in the past con fine our acquisitions to the North Amer ican continent. On the other hand it is argued, that with the great increase of population, trade, manufacture, and agriculture we should extend our interests, and that an iucrease of territory will open up new markets that we could not otherwise control. Also that having engaged in a war to free Cuba from Spanish oppres sion, we saw proper to carry the con test to the Philippines aud after hav iug assumed control of them we are morally bound to not permit their return to Spaiu. Of the two couteutious, we are favor ably inclined to the latter. The gov ernment of the Philippines may cost us some mouey, but suppose it does? We will need a larger standing army and a good navy, but suppose we do? What we need, or even want, we can afford to have, and why not have it? A fine navy, the superior to that of the Brit ish empire, we can well afford to main tain and we believe it would be very gratifying to Americans to possess it, as a matter of style. We have been re garded as a "joke" by European pow ers until we licked the stuffing out of Spain. Germany and France have both been anxious to knock the chip oft' our shoulder, and we believe in entering European politics and like the British government, grabbing onto everything in sight. A people that can build up a government such as we pos sess, need not hesitate to undertake the government of even that composite mass that inhabits the Philippine is lands. China will be for division soon and why not take our share. The ad vance of the English speaking people is just commencing. It is to the An glo Saxon race that the world must fi nally look foi good, decent, free gov ernment. Man cannot live for himself, aud the same rule will apply to gov - * ? ix 1 _ j ernments. As a iree, emignienea, eu ucated and christian people, we owe a duty to Clod and man to render such aid as is in our power to bring good government and civilization toallmau kind, and when the first real opportu nity has been presented to thus extend our influence, must it be said we were not men, but cowards. Examine into the various systems of government in Europe, and outside of the English nation the people are free in name only. We all know what Spanish rule is. France, that floats under the name of a republic, is a dis grace to the earth. Germany is just a trifle better. Russia is next to an un limited monarchy. Turkey, oh, Lord! think of it. To extend American in fluence to all parts of the world is our duty, as we understand it. Civilize the Philippines first, wade into old Chi na and shake the old "joss" out of ev ery temple, and divide it up, civilize it and make a decent lot of people out of the material, if possible, and gradu ally work over to Europe. They need civiliziug over there too. It won't be long until Germany will want a "scrap" with us and theu we will have an op 1 portunity of doing some missionary I work there. Yes, wo say, keep the Philippines. cmukcm irNt-Lutrsv/L:?. i Wo stepped into a law olllco in Ju , noau a few days ago and were there j told by a student that he was much j pleased with the spirit and tone 01 a recent article that appearod in those columns, in which we expressed our belief in a place of future happiness. Our attention has been so often direct ed to the subject that we are led to again refer to the bible and the man ner in which it is now taught. What ! ever our conduct may bo, it is apparent that there are few people at the close of the nineteenth century who would desire church influences removed from the community in which they live. We may not attend church and in fact I disbelieve many things that the scrip ture contains, but still the fact remains that a truly good man, where guidance I and daily actions are in harmony with the teachings of the bible, is honored and respected in his belief. Any min ister, with fair ability, who will teach Christianity to his congregations as Christ and Paul taught it, need never want for hearers, although what he may say has been taught the people for more than eighteen hundred years. What there is about christian teaching that fascinates the human mind it is not our desire to discuss at this time, but admitting that church influences are 1 desirable, we are led to enquire if that influence is made as effective as it could or should t>e. We have often heard it said from the pulpit that the world is getting better, that with the increase of knowledge j and advance of thought, the teachings ! of the bible are becoming more and I more acceptable to the human iuiud. In our opinion the ministry of today is laboring under an erroneous impression and from a christian standpoint is ret j rograding. The modern or advauced ideas of the scripture, as it is called, as taught by many ministers, tends to, and does create doubt in the minds of many as to the sacredness of the bible. We are referring to the general teuden ! cy of the age. We do not claim that there are no exceptions. There are many ministers who are not led away from the scripture and its teachings, but the general tendency at present is j the contrary. Why is this? What is making this great change? One of the reasons is that the col ; legos of the country are hotbeds of infidelity. Xo opportunity is allowed to pass, to impress upon the mind of the student that where modern thought and ideas, common sense, as some say, does not agree or conflicts with the bible, the former must prevail. That science has so far advanced that, when the bible conflicts with it, the scriptures must be set aside. That those things which can be explained upon natural causes should be accept ed and all others must be swept aside. The result is that every preacher has his own ideas of what common sense j is, his own ideas as to what the con flict between science and the bible is and from the pulpit you get such a con I glomerate mass of-stuff that those who j really desire the truth are soon num bered among the largly increasing number of agnostics, to which class the preachers are gradually drifting if not already within the fold. What the churches need are preach ers who will teach the bible. They i need more church trials. Preachers who refuse to believe the bible and i teach it, ought to be fired out of the de nomination to which they belong. If those things which the bible contains that cannot Ix? explained upon natural causes must be rejected, how much is l there left? What will become of the immaculate conception? Who will be lieve in a God that could not cause miracles to be performed? If you commence rejecting the bible in part, where will it cease? But above all, what does the ministry accomplish in ! teaching this modern idea of the script ure? Will it make anyone better? We fail to see how a preacher can ex pect any great amount of good to re sult from saying to his congregation that this or that part of the scripture ! is nonsense. The boy a from Fort Wrangel tell us they have the best Commissioner in all Alaska. Fred Page Tustin is his name. The information is not new to us how over, we said the same thing in the columns of the News while in that city. CITIZENSHIP IN ALASKA. We observe among our Alaska ex changes a disposition to severely criti cize congress for its apparent neglect of Alaska and the long continued delay in granting to her inhabitants the leg islation she needs and to which she is justly entitled. Some of this criticism ; is no doubt meritod and yet it should j not be forgotten that the people of the : | territories of the United Statos have in ! ; part, if not altogether, suffered from | the same neglect. The Congress of ! the United States is so large that it is J au unwieldy body and it is difficult to socure any needed legislation until the ! peoplo become thoroughly aroused and | I the great luw making body is forced to j action. In this connection wo might j ; say that owing to the unwioldinoss of congress the whole peoplo are deprived of their constitutional representation, j | Of recent years the speakor of the i house has become so autocratic and j dictatorial that no measure can even i be brought to a vote without his con-1 i i ? i---a: 4- ' | seat. A reprosuuiuLivB must* aan jJO* - J mission of the speaker to be recognized by the "Lord" of the nation. We do not refer to this matter from a politi- j cal standpoint, because it matters not to what party the speaker may belong, | the power which that officer assumes | remains the same. But as for Alaska and her rights, it I | should bo remembered that only with- j , in a few years has she become promi- I nent and regarded with that respect to j which she is entitled. It was only a few years ago that John Sherman, one i 1 of our greatest statesmen, opposed j | military aid to the people of Alaska to j protect them against threatened inju-. ' ry by the Indians. At that time, ho j advised an abandonment of tho dis 1 trict by the whites; not, however, that ? | he lacked in sympathy for tho people,: j but because he was totally ignorant of , I Alaska and her resources. Such gross ; ignorance, you will say, is inexcusable, but we must take humanity as we find 1 i it. Many others shared the views of Mr. Sherman, but they were probably ; a little more guarded in expressing j j themselves. When the bill was betore congress 10 pay Russia the purchase price for Alas ka, it was bitterly opposed by some of the supposed greatest statesmen in the country. Seward could see that in the J future, the purcliaso would become a profitable investment and be approved by the people; there were few who be lieved as he did, and it was ouly as a reward and expression of appreciation of the kindness of Russia towards the i United States, for her influence in pre : venting the British government from aiding the South during the civil war, that the appropriation was made. Alaska has beou so grossly unknown, that in part at least, it must l>e sug gested as an excuse for the tardiness of congress. A territorial government for Oregon J was opposed because the country was supposed to be worthless. The settle I ment in that district was continued I from 18.'K) to 1818 before the people ! were iu a territorial form of govern i ment, and the bill for the admission of j Oregon to the union was before con i gross for about two years. The Alaska of to day dates back but a few years, and the fact is that if the ' present congress will extend to her the needed legislation, which we doubt not j she will do, we will be far more fortu } nate than many of the territories that are now among the brightest stars in the flag of our union. Alaska Steam Laundry Dyeing and Cleaning Work. o E. R. JAEGER, Proprietor. o Laundry Work in nil its branches. Suits ; cleaned und pressed. Colors restored. Dye i big of every sort promptly atteuded to. Cnr j i>ets cleaned without taking them up. All | at lowest possible prices consistent with I good work. i C?T*Eddv McCormiek Solicitor for Douglas City and Treadwell. DELMONICO HOTEL AND RESTAURANT. ALEX. LA MOTTE, Proprietor. k Board by the Day, A ? Week, or Month ' " Rates n ? W MEALS AT ALL HOURS, w The table First-class and will satisfy the most fastidious. w Our Coffee cannot be excelled. | Douglas* City, Alaska. yjL|ijr STANDARD f MUSIC HALL JOHNSON &COTTRELL, PROPRIETORS. Douglas City, ? Alaska. Hot and Mixed Drinks a Specialty. The Finost Brands of Liquors and Cigars al ways on hand. jpflF" A First-class Lunch Coun ter has recently been added. ^ Good Goods. ^ G -t You go to that three corner store, ' ^ That's where I get the best, CO Tho Price isn't a darned cent more, O Thau I've paid all over the West. 1 uame *8n'^ovor the door jjjj* But you'll find the place just the same The people flock there by the score, j While the rest of the city is tame. (^) o 3 Low Prices. ^ THE FINEST EQUIPPED RESTAURANT IN ALASKA. Wine and Spirit Merchant. Catering in all its Branches The Nevada Cafe' GEO. L. RICE. Private rooms while waiting for the ferry boat will be found one of the many conveniences at the Nevada. JUNEAU, ALASKA. Comet.... SAMPLE ROOM Headquarters for Tourists and Yukoners "There's nothing too good for The Boys." i ED. CASEBALT, Proprietor. ; Opp. Occidental Hotel, JUNEAU, ALASKA. I G. ROENE, Denier in nnd Manufacturer of? ^STOVES^ TIN- AND HARDWARE. W?PLUMBING?W Douglas City, - - - Alaska. # We have Just Received l LARGEST HOLIDAY l % AND HAND- rAAnc 1 SOMEST QOODS*"" 8 * LINE OF UVVUJ ? ft EVER SHOWN IN ALASKA. ft I '*?? 1 A ft ^ Come and See them. m ^ Our Prices are Right, too S THE ALASKA DRUG CO., $ S PRESCRIP- Front A Seward Sts., S ft TIONS A ft ft SPECIALTY. JUNEAU, ft Tho Best Hotel in Southeastern Alaska. AT THE BAR?Finest Wines Liquors Cipars Yukon Hotel ANDREW ASPLUND, Prop'r $1.00 per Day Front Street DOUGLAS CITY F. M. JAMES, GENERAL MERCHANDISE. VWVW I am CLOSING OUT certain I LINES OF -A-J #Dress Goods To make room for Spring Assortment. /jJtT' Have now on view a full Line of Hen and Boy's Sweaters from 75c. up. DOUGLAS CITY, .... ALASKA. 1U ALASKA MEAT MARKET D. McKAY, Proprietor. A full line of Fresh, Salt, and Smoked Meats constantly on * hand. Poultry and Game Hunter Block, Douglas City, Alaska, in Season. ( . TELEPHONE NO, 8.