VOL. 1. DOUGLAS CITY AND TREAD WELL, ALASKA, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY ir>, 1899. NO. 13.
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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
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,
Hunter Block, between Front
and 2nd Sts. Douglus City.
ATTORNEY AT LAW.
Will practice in the District Court of Alaska.
Fort Wraugel, Alu.ska.
A. G. McBRIDE,
ATTORNEY AT LAW.
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.
ATTORNEY AT LAW.
Juneuu _____ Alaska.
C. S. BLACKETT,
ATTORNEY AT LAW.
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.
"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
"Speaking commercially, 1 do not
think it would have any bad effect on
Juneau itself, but I would not like to
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
Mr. R. L. Ball, manager of the Alaska
Drug Co., was seen and asked for his !
Dyeing and CleaningWork.
E. R. JAEGER, Proprietor.
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 '
jPy* A. Lu.Motte. Douglas City Agent.
?9 Leave Bundles at Dehnonico Hotel.
Front Street. - Juneau. Alusku.
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Tobacco and Cigars.
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
"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
"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
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
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:
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" 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
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
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
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
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