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The Douglas Island News.
Bn tared at Douglas Poat-ofBoe as Second Clnss Mail Matter. TERMS:? In Advencc. One Year - - - - 8tx Months ------- 1.50 Vhreo Months ------ 75 Single Copies ----- 'PHONE NO. 12. $3.00 10 Wednesday, June 24, 1908. CHARLES A. HOPP Editor and Proprietor. PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY Shorthill Heard From Cordova, Alaska, June 10, 1008. Mr. C. A. Hopp, Editor, "Douclas Island News," Douglas, Alaska. My Dear Brother Hopp: How is the Fraternal Order of Fat* these days? Sinco I left you bathed in tears 1 suppose life has hardly seam- ^ ed worth liviug. Well, never mind, "Time's healiog baud all pains efface,'' bo there is hope for you. Dr. Heubner and Tony Tubbs are still there, so you are not nearly alone. 1 arrived here ou the morning of the 22nd of May, after a six day trip from Seattle. The trip up wa9 not pnrticu larly pleasant. Too much raiuy weather and too many "rolls." We had em for breakfast, luncheon and dinner, and between times. At times they were quite "swell." Rex Beach, the author of the "Spoilers" and other work9 was a fellow passenger. He, with a song-aod-dance artist friend of his from New York, are hunting the festive bear in these parts. They have landed three to date. They brought with them two so called bear dog.-, and it was expected that they would be kept busy killing as ?oon as the dogs got interested in the subject. The ilrst day out the hunters became separated from the dogs, and after a time heard a most unearthly barking and howling and rushing forward fully expecting to And the trees full of bear3. Much to their disgust, however, they fouud that the dogs had become lost, and were . dolefully wailing their distress to au unheeding world. Since the n they have huuted without the dogs. Cordova is a small town of some three or four huudred people, besides whom there are several hundred of the employees of the railroad company : and the contractor who have their head quarters here. All told there are some 600 men at work along the line of road between here acd tho Copper Kiver. By the fifteenth of the mouth there will be 27 miles of track laid, extend ing from the wharf at Cordova, to the Copper River. This is a very pretty country, the sceuery much resembling that along Gastineau channel. The railroad is being built along a very pictu resque route. i*rom Cordova it follows along the shore of Eyak Lake for about four miles, and then crosses the western half of the great delta of the Copper river for a distauoe of about 25 miles, when it reaches the west bauk of the river. The delta of the river is fifty miles wide, a low, marshy country traversed by scores of email streams. ; After reaching the river the route fol lows upstream. One of the great at tractions of this route will be the opportunity afforded of riding in a railway coach right across the front of a glacier three miles in width and two hundred feet high; in fact, the road will pass between two glaciers, Miles glacier andChilds glacier, the faces of both being of the dimensions just stated. The icebergs can be seen breaking from the glaciers and falling i with a deafening roar into the river be- , low; the view is magnificent, the crack ling and rumbling and roaring is ap palling. I had a pleasant visit of ten days in Tacoma before leaving for Cordova. After an absence of seven years it seemed mighty good to moet the old familiar faces and talk over "old times." The Sound country "looks ; good to me." I kept out of the clutch es of the police, did not fall off a street car, nor get run down by au automobile. That's a pretty good rec ord for a "Rube" from Douglas Island, ; isn't it? Don't believe you could beat that very much yourself ? not if you had any fun at the same time. There is quite an active market in real estate here, and a good deal of building will be in progress soon. A large hotel, a bank, and a number of business houses will be added to the number already here, and by the end of the year there will be a very nice little town wkere a year ago there was nothing. The climate is somewhat on the same order as that you are blessed > with on Douglas Island. It does not i rain quit? all the time, but when it JOHN ROMAN, MINER OHN RONAN, Democratic candidate for Delegate in Congress id#>nt ?>i t h<? territory, but because ho is of the type of Lardy and deter mined m?'U who have by their efforts made Alaska what she ia today. JOHN RON AN was bom iu Leavenworth comity, Kansas, June 28, 1871, w I ii*ri* he ?iew to manhood, working on hi-' father's farm in summer Hiiti attending the public school in winter. At 22 ho left home and, after woikiug for f\to years in. Iowa, he went to Montana where ho began his career as a miner and prospector, and in 1898, h ?* came to Alaska, the laud of promise, wheie he ha* since lived, sharing the hardships and ex periencing the up.** and downs of a pioneer's life iu a new country. He climbed over the Dyea 'rail, ' ried his luck iu the Atlin country worked for the White ''a^> Co., and finally, In the summer of 1990. he drifted down t he Yukon in a small boat and located in the wonderful Valley of theTanana, when? the year* of patient labor w<?ie rewarded by a strike ouClearj' thwt ha- t/lven him a etart. in t it b worl 1. The cunuidaey of John Ror.an should especially appeal to those who, iike him. have toiled and dug in the h?at and cold, and have en dured pijvsition a*:d .-utf 'iiuu' us only tho>e can and do who undertake to compie the wilderness, in the Tauana. where be i-< known by all, he id universally nv? p?#cf ed and udmired as a man amonu men, a man to be tru-ted to t h?* end and one that it will d > to t.ieto. To the Voters of Southeastern Alaska: John Konan asks for your support iu t he coming election, and pledges y?>u his word that if he should be elected to represent you in the Congress of the United Stateu he will do his duty in the same con ?rientious mannei that he ha?- lived and worked a.- ?? citizen of this gloi ions Nort hland. Vote for John Rouan and you will uuvel* have cau.-e to i egret it. from Alaska, is an Alaskan iu every :-ense of the word, in that he lives in Alaska and has lived here for the last 10 years. As a candidate he should especially appeal to all Alaskans not only for the reason that he is a boua fide res does rain it puts in full time at it. I don't want to <jlose Uutii i tel." you what up-to-date hours we keep heiv We rise at 5:30 a. in . eat i-. 'i;!-: .st at 5:45, go to woi k as soon afU-i br- mfa-t as we cm u yet our breath, atui have ; luncheon at noon; dinner cornea at 6:45, and we work until bedtime. Al most as strenuous hs at: ediior's life, , i9u't it? When Mt. Williams told me: that the breakfast hour was 5:45 I ask ed him if it could m?t be arranged so that I could get mine as soon a^ 1 got ap. I do, except w hen I am to Into. This thing of getting up at mj early an hour that one goes prowling around in the 4'llrst blush of morn," while, Dame Nature is still peacefully repos ing iu her uight ulsters, makes a man of my extreme modesty and refined tastes feel as it he had unwittingly walked into the wrong room, arid I fee! as if I should take off my hat and say "pardon me miss, but can you tell me where the soda fountain is?" Well, I've bothered you long enough. When an editor begins to cuss 1 know it is time to hit the stairs. As a sort of penance X euclose three bucks for the "meal tub." Kindly send the Douglas IslaDd News to Mrs. W. W. Shorthill, 3801 Sixth Avenue, Tacoma, Wash., until further advised by me. Yours with a lump iu my throat, W. W. Shorthill. The largest number of people ever gathered together iu Douglas to listen to a political speaker assembled at the grand stand at the ball park last Sanday evening to hoar John Ronan, democratic candidate for delegate to congress. Mr. Rouan makes no claim to oratorical ability, but presents his claims in a straightforward manner that caunot fail to carry conviction to his hearers ? if not as to the worth of his statements, at least a9 to the honor and honesty of purpose of the speaker. He wa a giveu the most court eous attention from t lie beginning to the end of his discourse, which goes to show that the people of Douglas Is land appreciated his coming, and that he may thereby have gained some votes that otherwise might have gone to the candidate that passed the Is land up like a white chip. Among the pa^engers to arrive in ! Oougla-* !: .veeU wan t?v? old time , .\}a>kan M. G. Jielfzlxn rr.-r, looking st: ?nueer, liii hr#'?- nud happier thai) for ; a lorg tiuiv. Although he has travelled : all fiver i lie grates since leaving Alas ka, he 1 1 L o Douglas?, and will again embark in business here. Pans running from $5 to 67.") is the i report which comes from the Innoka region, the scene of a strike last spring i which drew bundle l.< of men from the Tanana. Many piomineur, business men of Fairbanks aru rushing to the new camp and taking gieat quantities of supplies. Men who were on fcho Tanana bound for the outside recoived telegrams to "Come at once," and sac rificed their tickets to join in the stampede. Mining operators who had grub-staked men are reported to have received word that the new camp Is good and are taking boilers, engines i and other mining equipment in great quantities to run the district. P. Wollaud, the Juneau tailor, is re- j ceiviug shipments on almost every boat of the latest weave** for spring and summer wear. | ?oruwuMUB?MMWMU*<jiniMAK'kr<il .. W Ji MmiHumMuam ...Alaska flyers... Between Seattle, Ketchikan, Doug las, Juneau uad Skagvvay. Due to arrivn at boaglas : Jefferson May 13, 23, jj June 2, 12, 22, July 2 Dolphin flay 18,28, June 7, 17, 27 Steamers and sallinjr date* aabjectto change without notice. Thla Is the only line of 6teamors calling 'regu larly at Douglas both North and South bound. Elmer E. Smith, Agent, Douglas, Alaska 1776 The Day We Celebrate 1908 Douglas i$ tbe only place on Gartb ?be best place in tbe world to buy goods. Wm. Stubbins' Store Is the Best Place in Douglas for Bargains LADIES' Waists Skirts Underwear MEN'S Trousers Shirts Uuderwear Shoes Shoes Shoes Agents For The Famous Carter and Holmes Neckwear ! L. i I ~ i * ?? * I tREadwell market 141 ? WHOLESALE and RETAIL * * * & |?| *j Beef, Pork, Mutton and Poultry $ ^ Ham, Bacon and Lard J > Fish and game in season ? | % i * 'PHONE AUTO J -8 Treadwell, Alaska | * * 5565* *> a| a I t ? | Douglas City Heat Market ? FISH AND GAME IN SEASON DOUGLAS, ALASKA v> D STREET i> < I >f ^ Phthr Gilovioii, Proprietor 4 Dealers in Wines, Liquors and Cigars ^ j Special Attention Given to Family T rade j* FRONT STREET 'PHONE 3-9 DOUGLAS f ftsA/Vv/S/**"" 4 Aim Fffllffi 10 UHNH ce. LOUIS G. THOMAS, Manufactures all kinds of.. Manages. furniture and Caskets OUT OF YELLOW CEDAR Special Articles of Furniture Made and Guaranteed.