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VOL. 1. DOUGLAS CITY AND TREAD WELL, ALASKA, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY ir>, 1899. NO. 13.
| B. M. Behrends j ? BANKER AND MERCHANT S / ^'V T o w < ! * MINERS' OUTFITS f; SOLD AT !; I III I "? ' "" WHOLESALE PRICES II -? J$s>^ Let us figure on your ^L* Outfits. ( w ? ??? w C eneral Banking Business Transacted. \ j?<T" If you want to make Investments consult with us. \ | Juiieuu, Aliisku. j CHlRCtl DIRECTORY. CATHOLIC CHURCH; Mass with Sermon ... 10:00 A. M. Sunday School .... 3;oo P. M. Rosary. Lecture and Benediction 7:00 P.M. Priest. Rev. Father P. C. Boujris, S. J. CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH-Rev. Loyal L. Wirt, pastor. Services will 1h? held every Sunday at 7:4."> p. m. Sunday School meets ut 11 a. m. Society of Christian Endeavor Thursday evenings at 7:Ludies League every alternate Thursdav afternoon. FRIENDS CHURCH -Regular services ut the Mission Sehool house. Subhuth School .... 10 u. m Native Services .... 11 u. in. Evening Services - 7:45 Prayer meeting, Wednesday evening: ut 7:45 Teachers' meeting: every Friday evening at b o'clock at private houses. Any and all arc cordially invited u.id wel comed at all of these services. Rkv. C. N. Replogle. Pastor METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH?At Peniel Mission, Wednesday evenings ut 7:45 o'clock. Scandinavian services at the Peniel Mission Monday eveninjrs ut 7:45 o'clock. A cordial invitation extended to all. Rev. C. J. Larsen, Pastor. A. F. and A. ."1. Masons of Douglas Island meet at Odd Fellows' Hall on the First and Third Tuesdays of each mouth. All Masons are cordially invited to at tend. I. O. O. F. Alaska Lodge No. 1 meets at Odd Fellow's Hall, Douglas, on Wednesday eveuings at 8 o'clock. Visiting Brothers are Cordially in vited to attend. J. G. McDonald, X. G. C. A. Weck, Secretary. DR. \V. L. HARRISON, DENTIST Hunter Block, between Front and 2nd Sts. Douglus City. FRED PAGE-TUST1X, ATTORNEY AT LAW. Will practice in the District Court of Alaska. Fort Wraugel, Alu.ska. A. G. McBRIDE, ATTORNEY AT LAW. NOTARY PUBLIC. Office with News Douglas City. Alaska. T. J. DONOHOE, ATTORNEY AT LAW. Will practice in ulltbe Courts of Alaska. Post Office Building, JUNEAU, ALASKA. JXO. K. WINN, ATTORNEY AT LAW, Juneau, ..... Alaska. P. D. KELSEY, ATTORNEY AT LAW, Juneau, .... - Alaska. JAMES LEDDY, ATTORNEY AT LAW. Juneuu _____ Alaska. C. S. BLACKETT, ATTORNEY AT LAW. Juneau Alaska. > If ILL SflY KELP If.; A News Man Talks With a Few Business Hen upon the Ques tion of Presenting Skag uay to Canada. EFFECT ON OTHER TOWNS. We may aud we may not lose the town of Skaguay. Some think we will and others think we will not, but every- j body we talked to says, keep it. The commission that is trying to fix up matters between the United States and Canada will undoubtedly make some concessions that will not be approved by all the people and we are inclined * to the belief that giving the Canadians a port of entry into Atliu and the upper Yukon will be one of them. Of course Alaskans will have nothing to say about the matter for we are not even a small part of the "people." To be "peo ple" in the United States is to have a "pull,'' that is to have a vote and to have something to say as to who will hold this or that office. The News man concluded that to ob tain an expression from some of the business men on the subject would do no harm anyhow and we give our read ers the result of a few interviews. "What effect will it have on Juneau and surrounding cities and country if Skaguay should be given to the Cana dians," was asked of Rev. Loyal L. Wirt. "I cannot see anything but prosperi ty for Juneau by losing Skaguay. It would check the growth of Skaguay, but it has probably seen its best day anyhow. The best towns are and prob ably always will be on the American side, and to make Skaguay and L)yea British towns will check their growth," | was his reply. John M. Tenuy Deputy Collector was asked the same question, and he thought the loss of D/ea and Skaguay, or either of them, would have a de moralizing effect on all Alaska towns, and he is in favor of holding the towns. Mr. Blum of the Koehler-James Mer cantile Co. stated to the News man that he did not think the United States senate would confirm a treaty that; gives away any of our territory, but the effect even if Skaguay should become a Canadian town would be very little if auy on Juneau. Mr. Behrends the raerehaut and banker said: "Speaking commercially, 1 do not think it would have any bad effect on Juneau itself, but I would not like to 7 # see us lose Dyea and Skaguay or either of them, on general principles. I do not think the Canadians are entitled to the territory named and I don't think [ they will get it." Mr. Kuight of the Alaska Furniture Company was seen and expressed him-' self on the subject as follows: 4*I think it would be quite a serious matter to lose any of our territory, but to the Canadians it would be a'great benefit." Mr. R. L. Ball, manager of the Alaska Drug Co., was seen and asked for his ! Alaska Steam j Laundry Dyeing and CleaningWork. E. R. JAEGER, Proprietor. o Laundry Work in all its branches. Suits cleaned und pressed. Colors restored. Dye- } ing of every sort promptly attended to. Cur pets cleaned without taking them up. AH at lowest possible prices consistent with ' good work. jPy* A. Lu.Motte. Douglas City Agent. ?9 Leave Bundles at Dehnonico Hotel. Front Street. - Juneau. Alusku. j. f. Mcdonald, i WHOLESALE AND RETAIL i Pettier iu Tobacco and Cigars. GOODS SOLD AT SEATTLE PRICES ****** *** SNUFF*** Douglas City, .... Alaska. opinion. His reply was that he did not wish to express an opinion?that lie had not carefully considered the mat ter, but at first blush he would not hes itate to say that we ought not to lose either Dyea or Skaguay. Judge C. S. Blackett. one of tl e most prominent lawyers in Alaska, said: "In my opinion the loss of Dyea or Skaguay would be an injury to us. We ought to control the coast line without a break. Yes, I am opposed to giving up an inch of territory that now Ikv longs to us." Mr. J. J. McGrath, a resident of Ju neau for seventeen years, said that the loss of the two towns would not injure Juneau or the surrounding cities a par ticle, but he was not favorable to giving up any territory. Judge Asa Gardner we quote in his own language: "Any benefit to the Canadians would l>e a corresponding injury to us. The future would develop the fact that the loss of Dyea : n I Skaguay, or either, would lie an irreparable injury to the whole of Alaska." Mr. C. \V. Young expressed himself in the following terse and pointed manner: "1 do not favor losing any territory. It is worth as much to us as it is to the j Canadians. I consider it the duty of I our government to get and hold all we ! have and get more?do as the Cauadi-1 ans do in that respect." Mr. Lewis L. Blumenthal, the Front street merchant said: "I do not consider that the loss -of Dyea and Skaguay would affect us in the least. We are self sustaining. We have never been benefited directly or indirectly by any boom. Our business men are conservative, and permanently building a good city and lasting com mercial interests. I predict that 1000 stamps will be dropping in the basin : just back of our city within the next eighteen months, which with 800 at, Treadwell, and more near by is cer tainly a guarantee of the permanency of Juneau. But while this is my opinion , in case of loss, I am not in favor of giving away any territory." Postmaster K. P. Nelson did not wish to be quoted. Judge Delaney was asked his opinion on the matter and said: ''I think we will not lose Dyea, but I believe that we will Skaguay, but it | would not affect Juneau. I do not! think anything will injuriously affect our city. Indirectly it will help Skag-j uay, for the Canadians would run a line of steamers from their ports to Skaguay." Manager Robinson of the Pacific Coast Steamshi p Co. was also seen by the News man on this question, but he shied around the point. We led hira off onto another subject and in our most graceful manner tried to get back ! onto the question at issue in such a | way that we could get his views for j publication, but all our efforts wore in vain. Mr. Robinson made up his mind he would not be interviewed and that settled it. We then turned onto the, subjects of religion and politics, and we are pleased to state that we left him much refreshed. H. R. Elliott the druggist said: "I don't think it will affect us any in ! Douglas City. Juneau may be a loser in the game. I suppose tho Canadians will l>o after Douglas mxt." J. F. McDonald wholesale and retail dealer in cigars and tobacco: "1 cannot view the matter in any other light except that commercially it would be ruinous to the interests of Alaska t >wus for Skaguay to l>e ceded to the Canadians."' 1). \V. McKay said: "1 think the effect on Douglas City and Juneau, resulting from ceding Skaguay and Dyea to the Canadians, would be very bad." F. A. Insley did not wish to be quoted on the matter, not having given the subject thorough consideration. ('. A. Lindstrom of Lindstrom Hros. retail clothiers, said he did not think that ceding Skaguay and Dyea to the Canadians would be of any benefit to Douglas City and Juneau. Alex LaMotte the restaurant man said he had not given the subject much thought, but in his opinion giving Skaguay and Dyea to the Canadians would throw a great deal of business to this section of the country. K. M. Coates of the F. M. James store said he would think that it would be no detriment to Douglas City and Juneau to lose Skaguay and Dyea. G. L. Johnson's opinion is that it would have a bad etfect on our towns to lose Skaguay and Dyea. P. H. Fox one of the first merchants in Douglas said: r" ? i . iL. " JL O CCQC OKagUiiy iu nit" v tiuaiiiaii.i would open up a prosperous trade be tween British Columbia ports and that city, and would no doubt be a detri ment to the Sound cities, but locally, to Douglas City and Juneau, 1 do not, think it would prove detrimental to any great extent. I am, however, op posed to giving one of our best towns away and hope it will not become; necessary to do so. Judge Dcluncy and the News Mun. The News man has heretofore U>en on tho most amicable terms with the business men of Juneau, but Judge Delaney got after us oue day last week in a manner that made it necessary for us to either back down or fight. The. venerable Judge stopped us on the side-walk where the snow bauk to our left cut off our escape, his large pro portions prevented us from passing him on the narrow walk and retreat was the only visible means of getting away, and, not knowing his sprinting qualifications, we considered that un safe. The cause of this trouble was that we have not been delivering the News at the Judge's office. We never made a cauvass of the city for subsreib ers, and the Judge like the balance of tho high-grade and educated element of Juneau wants to read the News. Of course wo apologized and promised thai tho only religious paper in Alaska, would hereafter be regularly left at his office and by so doing escaped Ixiiug "stepped on." Mr. Martin Conway of the llehrouds mercantile house of Juneau return ed from a trip to Seattle last week. To the News man ho reported times being very quiet in the Queou City. He pur chased some goods for his tirm while away and the people will hear further concerning the mat tor in the NVws. SKAOtAY AND DYfiA. The Mljjh Joint Com mi ? ?n. Some four mouths ago it was report - ed that (he commission which then was, ami still is, trying to settle the differ ences between the United States and Canada, had concluded to give the Can adians Dyea and Skaguay. There was considerable excitement over the mat ter at the time. but it was generally conceded that the senate would not continn a treaty with a clause that gave away any of our territory, and the mat ter was dropped. The report sent out at that time was evidently a "feeler" to ascertain how the Americans would take to such a proposition, for the pa pers of recent date claim that the work of the commission will include the tlx iug of a boundary line and that Skag nay and Dyea will be left under the do minion of her majesty, t he Queen of t ho British. It is imposMhle to say whether such action of the commission would he right or wrong, not knowing fully concern ing all the matters in dispute and the terms of settlement of the same, hut under ordinary rules of right the Cana dians would he entitled to a free en trance into their territory upon the same principle that a man who owns a farm is entitled to a means of ingress and egress and we doubt not that our representatives will make no conces sions that are unnecessary and without proper compensation of some nature. From this distance it seems to us that all the differences between the two governments could he settled without ceding any of our territory. The boun dary line as at present recognized is quite a distance from Dyea and SkHg uay and if the Canadians are to get these two cities it certainly will not lx? upon 1 he theory that they are outside of the true boundary line. If the Uni ted States desires to grant the Canadi ans a free port of entry into their ter ritory it certainly could he arranged without giving away two of our best towns. The State of Washington will no doubt bo seriously affected by the ac tion of the commission for it is rej>ort ed that it had agreed on free coal and lumber into the United States. Alas kans would have 110 objection to free coal and at present free lumlxir would be of no injury to them. Little Thelma'/t Puncrul. The remains of sweet little Thelma Buch wore laid in the grave at Juneau last Thursday afternoon. Services were hold in the double parlors of the Bach residence in this city between twelve and one o'clock, and therefrom the funeral procession marched to the wharf and took the early afternoon boat for the city across the channel. The funeral was largely attended in this city, aud many followed to tho last resting place in the cemetery 0110 of the dearest ami sweetest children that ever lived. Dr. Wirt conducted the funeral services, which were sad beyond description. Mr. Frank Bach is in the Klondike and will not know of the death of his child until his return in tho spring. Mrs. Bach has the sym pathy of kind friends and relatives, but it affords no consolation in such a be reavement ? \ \ ALASKA FURMTLiRE COMPANY j ? + 0 Seward Street, next to Opera House, JUNEAU. ^ * BEFORE PURCHASING, drop in and aeo ouratock Hnd ^ $ pet price* on 5^ ^ bed room suits, bureaus, chiffoniers, fc . CHAIRS. ROCKERS. TABLES. BEDSTEADS, ST ? * SPRINGS, MATTRESSES, COOK STOVES, ^ # * COAL HEATERS, AIR TIGHT HEAT ^ <? O j KRS. GRANITFAVARE, CROCKERV, ^ ^ TINWARE, and all Kinds of _ A HOUSEHOLD GOODS. v O v UV will ?;iv?*.voti i;o<mI poml* and ijimhI vulur,. % * * G. A. KNIGHT, Mgr. There are More Ways than One of Saving Gold AND THE MINERS KNOW IT SJST They are cominir from JUNEAU. SHEEP CREEK, and nil parts of the ISLAND to buy their Underwear, Over Shirts, Boots, A'Pnnnnr Shoes, and Winter Supplies from U V/UIIIIUI ?