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The Douglas Island News.
Bn tared at Douglas Poat-ofBoe as Second
Clnss Mail Matter.
TERMS:? In Advencc.
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8tx Months ------- 1.50
Vhreo Months ------ 75
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'PHONE NO. 12.
Wednesday, June 24, 1908.
Editor and Proprietor.
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
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
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 $5 to 67.") is the i
report which comes from the Innoka
region, the scene of a strike last spring i
which drew bundle l.< of men from the
Tanana. Many piomineur, business
men of Fairbanks aru rushing to the
new camp and taking gieat quantities
of supplies. Men who were on fcho
Tanana bound for the outside recoived
telegrams to "Come at once," and sac
rificed their tickets to join in the
stampede. Mining operators who had
grub-staked men are reported to have
received word that the new camp Is
good and are taking boilers, engines i
and other mining equipment in great
quantities to run the district.
P. Wollaud, the Juneau tailor, is re- j
ceiviug shipments on almost every
boat of the latest weave** for spring
and summer wear.
| ?oruwuMUB?MMWMU*<jiniMAK'kr<il .. W Ji MmiHumMuam
...Alaska flyers...
Between Seattle, Ketchikan, Doug
las, Juneau uad Skagvvay.
Due to arrivn at boaglas :
May 13, 23,
jj June 2, 12, 22, July 2
flay 18,28, June 7, 17, 27
Steamers and sallinjr date* aabjectto
change without notice. Thla Is the
only line of 6teamors calling 'regu
larly at Douglas both North and
South bound.
Elmer E. Smith, Agent, Douglas, Alaska
1776 The Day We Celebrate 1908
Douglas i$ 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
Shoes Shoes Shoes
Agents For The Famous Carter and Holmes Neckwear
I ~ i
I tREadwell market 141
*j Beef, Pork, Mutton and Poultry
$ ^
Ham, Bacon and Lard J
> Fish and game in season ?
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'PHONE AUTO J -8 Treadwell, Alaska |
5565* *> a| a I
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| Douglas City Heat Market ?
^ Phthr Gilovioii, Proprietor
4 Dealers in Wines, Liquors and Cigars ^
j Special Attention Given to Family T rade j*
Aim Fffllffi 10 UHNH ce.
all kinds of..
Special Articles of Furniture Made and Guaranteed.

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