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THE DOUGLAS ISLAND NEWS
NO *> ALASKA RAILROAD READY NEXT YEAR With Five Million Dollan Available, Work Can Bt Rushed to Completion Soon Completion of lh? A lank* rail road Is assured. with rail* connect ing Seward and Fairbanks. except for the croaalag ot the Tanana river. by the rod ot 1931. or early In the lowing year. rtv? million dollar* la now avail able for the railroad and aasurance baa been given that sufficient appro prlatlona will be made from tha orig inal appropriation ot Ili.OOW.OOOO to continue the work for the bal ance of the construction period. This la the message brought to Se attle bv J. L McPherson. manager of the Alaska bureau of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce. who waa at hi* dnk today following a atay of two month* In Washington. D. C. The measures advocated by Mr. Mcl'hersou were embodied In a let t< r written by Kranklln K. Lane, then secretary of the Interior, to Senator Wealey 1.. Jones. In which "Jl- McPherson ha* recently ?ub mltted to me a report covering the development of traffic for the gov ernment Alaska railroad In which he atrlklnglv nets forth the need of the creation of local Industrie* and a growing population that will fur aiah traffic for the railroad. Hla re port contains the following sum marized recommendations: "Natural resource* opened to de velopment: national affair* In Alas ka administered by a board with of fice in Alaska: sale of live stock to settler*: the federal farm loan act extended to Alaska and modified to meet Alaskan condition* to provide loan* to settlers for the purchase of farm equipment and for Improve ments and for loans to associations of farmers for th?- erection of cream eries. dehydrating plants, storage and other faclll' tea: couatructlon of roads and trail* connecting trtbu tarv mining reglona and settlements with the railroad: reindeer Industry opened to development by white population tributary to the railroad; on Alaska." One phase of Mr. McPhersons work while in the capital was to urge legislation which will develop traffic for the railroad when It is road In Alaska will be a succsaa only to the extent In which local Indus tary to the railroad, and the coun try must be peopled, said Mr. Mc One of the direct evidence* of the of friends in Alaska. was the Intro Development Board measure by Rep resentative C. T. furry of California. territories It la the measure advo cated by former Secretary Lane In This measure will form the basis for an exhaustive study of national affairs In Alaska bv the committees on territories ot the Senate and House, which. It is said, will rsault In a strong constructive act and pol Hon of Alaska's rich natural re sources to the one end of creating local Industrlea and building a stable. "The completion of the govern ment railroad la now assured." said Mr. McPher*on. "and rail will be connected between Seward and Fair banks except for the crosalng of the Tanana River, by the end of 1921 or early In the following year The ?onimtsalon Is assured of all needed funds to push the road to an early completion. "Congress Is now beginning to re alise that the construction of this road will not in Itself reault In the development of Alaska and that to be a success the natural resources must be opened to rational develop ment. local Industrlea must bo es tablished and the tributary regions settled With a permanent population This can not be brought about undet our present restrictive policy. "We have been in possession ol Alaska for fifty-three year* and th? population today Is probably lesi than when we acquired the countr> from Russia. The white populatiof la less than It was twenty years ag< ?Vd still we have taken nearly II. VWOOO.OM worth of natural wealtt (Continued on page 3) BREEZE OUT Like Its namesake, the Gastlneau I Brwu nukn It* appearance again I thU week. It ni delivered to the management today. The Issue of thu month I* of eight pages and la > crammed full of good stuff Rotten up by the children of the schools. This number la the very beet yel pro duced and I* a credit to both the scholar* and the school. A copy of the paper should be In the hands of every person Id town. KODIAK BUSY WITH STAMPEDERS Old Town Coming Back to Life on Account of Oil Stampeders Being There KODIAK. March 1C. Kodlak la In the mldat of the most Inteuse throes of excitement which have shaken her calm since the last Aleut glous of southwestern Alaska, pre cipitated when by a recent Act of lands were throw u open to individual claimants. The flelds here cover the greater part of the Aleutian penin sula and the oil indications are so extensive and so promising that there will be room for thousands of claims and prosperity for this district seem* assured for generation* to conic. Kodlak. being the logical point or embarkation, we have already seen expedition after expedition take Its departnre for Cold Bay. the Ural harbor leading to ?he new Kl l?ora do: from there to penetrate the vail region* surrounding. Everyone who could possibly do so has gone, am" everyone who hus not goue has sent a representative with his power of attorney and awslts anxiously news from the Held of activity. Kvcry gas boat to be secured has been pressed Into service and men The gas schooner Valdez was the flrst to get away. carrting Charles Madsen. manager of thu Kodlak Trading Company: Perry J. Eaton proprietor of the Kodlak machine America, wtlh Karl Armstrong, dep Capt John Norton. Ed Wentworth. superintendent of the fish hatchery; Roy Clark, dalrvman at the govern ment experimental station, and sev eral more ?* passengers. Not to b< outdone. II. 8. Ahhert. a stock ranch er here and O. C. Browne, sawmill Services of Arthur Marian's small motor boat and started right after thr America. By that t'me the Ad miral Watson had arrived, bringing men from Anchorage. Seward and other Alaskan points. Some of these were able to secure the Lister. Others look transportation on the Orion and tot a few were compelled to await which had already made the trip. J. J. Flniiesnn of Juneau arrlv.-d on the mall boat Klolse. after en during several days' delav due to To make matters worse, the Watson i '>sased the Klolse out at sea and heat her Into port. A* Mr. Finn* gan was too late for any boat here he continued westward on the Eloise. hoping to And some point of trans fer farther to the westward. The gas schooner Lister returned from tbe oil flelds and brought back the crew of the Valdez. which wa; wrecked at Kamadna village The iioat Is a complete loss, the engine twtng saved. The boat was left at ing the oil flelds when a storm drove her on the rock, dragging her an chors. She was built several yean ago at Valdez by William McCarthy. The America also returned the ftth Inst., and again departed for the oil region on the 11th. All the boats leaving here have been accounted for except the gas , boat Orion, from which nothing has , been heard. It Is hoped that the America will bring favorable news of her safety. Kodiak correspond [ ence In Valdez Miner. BACK TO BELGIUM Paul Miller, who for some lime lived on Douglas Island wh?-re he wgs employed as a miner, left on the Princes* Mary for the South. Mr. Miller will meet hi* wife and family at Portland. Oregon, and from there . they will all go back to Brussella. , Belgium, where they will remain for several months. They plan on returning to Alaska. WHITEHORSE FOLKS DON'T LIKE IT Quarantine Doe? Mot Make a Hit With People of Southern Yukon Metropoli* The epidemic of Infiuonxa In At H ii mo Whltrhur*. i arcro**. 8k uw<y has developed " **ry pealed iituation so far a. tMa plat >? , era, d. Thar. ..m J . tingle iwrtoui cuc of "H here. according to l?r. Clarke. medical health officer for South er,, Yukon, who ha- repealed* Mated that the dtooM* w? of ?o m d ? nature that there wa. no nt.eaa it. regulatio n analnat l? "?road. Not * "hs, thla. "?<'"' ln,?r"C' ?. effect here against alt per north. .tii?l TllT Z that llr*tl?m and come Into ?h#?ir regular builnw *r? .impelled to go Into quarantine fl?e Indiana or with anyone whom - .vol... proceeding north are I able contact. A rumor la In lr .,<!?n abou- town for tfte b?. ? ToTh ma,l? that thla port of the ? t. reported hero tha' -me of with 'ntlunnaa and thr.t In Atlln t>illcmlc ha, prvlty -II ?? '.iew ,?ea uh-M aa a detention station an. her.- .r, wUhlnn ' : ItevM.i, are permitted to enter ? ori!,r ... depart they are forced to undergo th. ?... I""?* " other people bound It; the ??'' *1 Co" The ? nit baa tta? ? .foment of fr. t?ht northbound ha- i" .'n almost entirely ?u.pend^. V,U, . he amount of mall haa of ne ,hL?v h. -., .... .low., to about one wr.v eppo-d to the putting on of sz - '? ?::z . before the meeting took PARENT TEACHERS TUESDAY NIGHT Interesting Program to Be Given on the Next to Last Meeting of the Year Douglas will holtl Its April mere In* In the as inbly room of IhCj IHiuglac Public srbool next Tin wlii> This will ronsls uf ab'iit (We recita tions by thoc who won the Aral round. The judges' decisions of the winners of the 000101*1 will be Klven and prize* will be awarded on that HAVE RECOVERED Mr. and Mrs. Loot D. Bowen, who are both reported as having fully OPEN EVENINGS I City Clerk Kllburn will be at hln 1 off let! on Front (treat tonlKht and tomorrow evening from 7 to $ o'clock for the accommodation of thouc who have not aa yet reentered. The re* latratlon books tor the city of l>oug laa will clove tomorrow night. Aa yet there has not been a heavy reg istration. All cltUeni ahould real tor and vote. If. for nothing else, the voting ahould be done as a mat ter of practice and education so that you will be able to cast your ballot Intelligently somo othor time when there la more at lasue. MAYOR SMITH WILL LEAVE FOR HEALTH After Something Over Twenty Years on Island, Pioneer Druggist Will Seek Milder Climate Mayor Klmer E. Smith, proprietor of the Douglaa Pharmacy and the Juneau Music House, haa b?cn noti fied by physic lana that on account of ' a breakdown In bla health It will be uecewary for him to seek a milder' climate. Mr. Smith has bevn sick most all winter and It Is feared that he will not make a complete rocovery unless he goes to California for his health, it Is the Intention of Mr. Smith to linpuu' of his drug store stock and fixtures in Pouglas within the nut six weeks or two months, and so ar range Ills affairs that ho can take a ?<Mt for at least a year. He plans to retain hla Interest In the Juneau Rimer K. Siulth Is a real pioneer of Douglas Isl.i nd. having been In business here for something over twenty years. Besides being the pro prietor of the Douglas Pharmacy ami Juneau Muilc House, he I* agent for the Alaska Steamship Company and ths Alaska Klectrlc I.lght & Power Company. He haa been mayor of the cltv for the past several years. ; THOMAS BAY MAY HAVE PULP MILL Engineers I nves'igate Possibilities of Location Fifteen Miles From Petersburg A project Is under way looking town nl* the establishment of ? paper pulp mill at Thomas nay. dfteen nillrs from Petersburg. within th* nonr future. Sonic lime ago a com lietcnt engineer from the State? war nuiking a tour of Southeastern Alaska representing a rompany of capitalists who bad orgnnUed n ompany fur this purpose. Shortly before leaving for the south he made the statement to- friends that he had examined three sites for the pro posed mill and that In his report he would recommend the Petersburg i'c for first choice for the location of the plant. Within the past two weeks the en tire flow of Cascade Creek, tribu tary to Thotuac Bay. and the waters from Swan l.ake. at the head of the creek, wero located for "the pur pose of utilizing the same for power in the manufacture of pulp and pa per and Its by-products." Immedi ately after filing the location notice for record in the office of Commis sioner Perkins, the man who posted it iefi for the south to confer with his employers. ? Petersburg Report. Kor the best and neateat job print ing. come to the Newa office. SPRING IS HERE THE TIME TO TAKE THAT TONIC OR BLOOD PURIFIER After * long winter with its accompanying lack of variety in the diet, one'a system needs the benefit of a good tonio. ?A GOOD VARIETY AT? Guy's Drug Store Third and D Douglas TRAFFIC EXPERT GIVES DETAILS R. M. 8emmt* of Territorial Shipping Board Appear* Before Senate Commerce Committee Washington, d. c -?ir. r. m. Scinmcs, who Is now in Washington with Governor Rlggs. as traffic ad viser for the Alaska Territorial Shipping Board, haa been at the hearings during the past week of the Senate committee on commerce upon the Jones bill and other U. 8. Shipping Bourd legislation. He ac ?ompanlea Maurice D. Lecher, spec - lal counsel for tho board, and they have Jiiat completed a nine-months' letalled atudy of the Alaska 'raffle situation. They aro fortified with several hundred paxes of statistics, operntlng coats and other data, which the II S. Shipping Board officials ?ay Is i he moat complete and care fully .totalled traffic statement ever submitted to that body. Mr Semmos made the rather startling declaration that a saving ?>f one million dollars per annum he m ule In the operatlnK costs of i he Al.'.iku steamship lines If the 'raffle be proporly coordinated on ilcflnite routes and handled on reg ular schedules. He says this is Im possible. however, so long as 80 per ent of the Alaaka thlp tonnage l| In private rervfee and handles the ream of the traffic for the larger interests In the territory, who there by contribute practlcal'y nothing to 'ho v ear-round service for the com mon bcicflt.. Mr. Setumca produced an Alaaka eatoni* statement showing that the ships or more than SO tons, which entered Alaska during 1919. regis ferod 1 .17,R52 net tons. This does not Include any boats operating ex 'naively in Alaska waters, but only lioae which came from the outside flic Canadian lines operated 4,970 not 'ons and the regular American lines operated S2.4U net torn The remaining 1J0.13J not tons repre "'?lit stiffs exclusively |n private wrvieo practically all of them Itlier owned or chartered by the 'niter Interests In the territory. These ships operate much more! leaplv than the regular lines, be k free from the requirements Im posed on passenger ships. They pay inch lower wages than the regular lines, and practically no overtime The n ult Is they operate so much nore cheaply that they can well af 'ord to pay $3 per annum license lax on net tonnage which, according "o Mr. Semmea- figures, would mean in average of about 50 cents per ac 'mil torn, of freight handled by these -hips The net tonnage of a ship Is omputcd on the basic of 100 cubli feet while freight is charged by "eight or by measurement ton of i 11 coble feet, which really makes 'lie tax lower than would appear irom the aimple statement. He ex plained ihat It was not planned to ? '?vent the use of private ships, but -imply to require the larger Inter mits who use them to make a fair ontributlon to the venr-round serv ice for the benflt of the entire terrl ?orv in this way. Mr. Scmmes mated, the Territorial Shipping Board would he provided with a fiiinl which It would be authorized to disburse on contracts to support >'? gular service upon specified routes The purpose Ik to keep the passen *er ships tin regular schedule. This would eliminate the evils which re sol' from sending the best ships Into isolated places, disregrrdlng routes ind Interrupting schedules, ho thai "o dependence can be placed upon the arrival or departure of a ahip at even the larger ports. Regular schedules would also mean compll "nee With the post office require ments so the ships would get the ad ditional benefit of mail contracts. Another saving would bo In ma i me insurance which now averages about lfi per cent because of tho practice of sending the heat ships Into the most dangerous water* where the bulk of the marine losses occur. The steamship companies now pay nearly a million dollars In ma rine Insurance premiums on the ships, while- the Insurance rates on freight are correspondingly high. When these savings are offected. both the freight and passenger rates ran be suhatantlnlv lowered to all parts of Alaska. But the situation is very serious, for unless these evils be 'Arrected. the steamship com pnnlca may be permitted to put Into effect another increase In rates which was proposed last fall, but (Continued on Page 3) BACK AGAIN Henry Kufer, the St. Ana Avenue harbor, returned on lh? Prlnness Mary Tueaday night. after linvlnc been away for the paat three montha. Ilenry visited most of the bin cltlea of the country. including Baltimore. Maryland, hla boyhood home. He had a splendid time renewing old ac quaintances and had a Rood re?t. He liaa reopened hla ahop on the avenue. PIONEERS DECIDE FIFTEEN ENOUGH Annual Seuion of Qrand Igloo of Pioneeri Change* Y tan of Residence * The Grand Igloo of Pioneers In Its annual session at Anchorage two weeka ago amended Ita by-laws and constitution so ss to allow all p?r Hona who were In the territory In 1906. or fifteen years ago. to be come eligible to membership In the order. A residence of twenty years haa hitherto been required. The new ruling wilt work for the advancement of the order as it will allow several thousand new members to be Initiated. Officers for the ensuing year wero Hected as follows: Grand Prealdont, Thoa. W. Nelson of Anchorage. First Vice Grand f'reaident. John Noon of Seward. Second Vice Grand Prealdent. Thoa. B. Towlo of Seward. Grand Treaaurer, John Ollpatrlck of Seward. Grand Secretary, A. G. Thompson of Anchorage. Grand Sergeant. George Dooley of Cordova. Grand Chaplain, Thos. H. Hunt, of Vsldez. Grand Historian. John W. Frame if Vald?z. Trustees. Cal Hroslur. Dr. Sloap. H. L. Smith, of Seward; J. Russell Walle. of NenAna; and Jay Thomp son. of Idltarod. The grand Igloo repealed that part of the constitution providing 'or a meeting of the grand Igloo at luneau every other year when the legislature waa In session and voted to meet at Seward on Seward Day. March 29. of next year. Of the twenty-one Igloos which ompose the organization the follow ing were represented: Valdet, by John W. Frame: Wiseman, by Chaa. Kemp: Seward, by M. A. Green; Idlt urod, by Jal Johnson; Cordova, by M. H. Lynch: Nenana. E. Walle, and Anchorage, by W. A. Sherman. The meeting opened by a short address by Grand President Lynch, nnd committees were appointed. A splendid banquet was given the Pioneers the last night of the meet ALEX NELSON COMES FROM LONG VISIT Returns to Alaika After Having Visited Old Home in Scotland All Winter After having been away all win l it. Alex T. Nation returned here on the Princess Mary Tuesday night. Mr. Nelson rime back to aettle up ?nme business mattcra that required hla attention. Since leaving here, Mr. Nelaon haa visited hla old home In Scotland. He remained at and near Glasgow nearly all winter and revlalted many familiar scenes of hla younger days He aald that Dave X. Maimer, hi* nephew, and Mra. Maimer are now located with Mr. Balrner'a father on a farm. It la probable that they will '?main there, aa Dave's health la not of the very beet. It will b? re membered that ho waa very aick for a long time with Influenxa contract ed while be waa In the U. S. Army. On bis way North Mr. Nelson vis ited many former Douglas Islanders nnd found them all doing exceedingly The date of hla departure again for the South and hla probable loca tion are not jet known. PLAY PRACTICE The si'holara of the Douglaa High School arc rehearsing for their school play that will be given at the end of the school year. The play thla year will bo "The Rejuvenation ?f Aunt Mary." All the different parta will be iiken by High 8chool pupils and i hey are practicing very faithfully to ' make the play a succeaa. MANY NOMINATED FOR POSITIONS Caucus Friday Night Reveals Fact That Dong la* Hat Quite a Population The caucus called for lut Friday nljcht and which met In (he assem bly room of the school house brought out about twenty citizens who were Interated enough In city affaire to attend. Krom the opening of the meeting until the close nominations flew thick and fast for the various offices, revealing the fact that there were still many people left in town and that moot of them had friends who were willing to see them serve the city In various capacities. In the absence of *Mayor Smith, who Is not yet well enough to go out In the evenings, Councilman F. A. J. Gallwaa called the meeting to order. Upon motion, he was made permanent chairman and J. F Hen son. aecretary of the meeting. The flrst nominations in order were for the office of counctlmen. of which seven are to be elected. The following were placed In nomination: J. W. Martin, F. A. J. Gallv-aa. Bur' Ixxinils, Guy L. Smith. Juiius Jen ion, Wlllam Ro'iertson. J. F. Men sou (declined), August Olson, 0. M. Olaon, Carl H. Krlckson. J. R. Lang Beth (declined). I. W. Kilburn, Jo sech Patterson, Gust Grundler, Axel Kronqvlat (declined), A. G. Johnson, Leo DeMytt, Klmcr K Smith. R. A. Schmidt, Felix Gray, Carl Th. Carl son. D. H. Chrictoe, Herman Nlemela. A. Murray, Charles Sey. James 8ey. John Sey, Jsmea Chrlstoe, Dr. G. C. Maule. John Feusl. Otto Wldemann. Having exhausted all the avail able material In town, nominations were opened for school clerk and the following were named for that office: David H. Chrlstoe, Guy L. Smith, carl H. Krlckson. L. W. Kilburn, H. W. Irvine. Those nomlnsted for school treas urer were: Mrs. J. w Msrtln. F. A. J. Gsllwas, Carl H. Krlckson. D. H. Chrlstoe. Under the nay law governing Alaskan elaotlPtf ' those who expect io hsve t|j#|r MBt> on the offlclsl ballots at Cin4ld$l?> must flle their declaration of candidacy by tomor row (8aturd?y) poon. After this statement was msde for the benefit of the saplrsnts for of fice the meeting adjourned. SURPRISE PARTY FOR MISS FEUSI Popular Stadent Honored by School mate* in Xemory of Seven teenth Birthday Ail unusually happy surprise party was tendered to Mica Elizabeth Feusl on Wednesday evening by her fellow atudenta of the Douglaa High School In honor of her seventeenth birthday, which occurred on Tues day. The principal amusemifit of the evening was instrumental and vocal music. The guests aang many of the old favorite as well as some of the new songs. There were also a num ber of game* played. Mrs. Feusl had prepared a line lunch, which was much enjoyed by all. Miss Keusl received numerous birthday gift*, not only from her own family, but from all of ber friends. The guesta. who consisted of the entire high school and Instructors, were as follows: Mary Vesoja, Nora Mattson. I.aina Aalto. Rather ("ash en. Una Crowe. Jane Faherty, Lucy Hasklns, Agnes l.ivle. Myrna Bland, Selma Aalto, Martha Sey, Mamie Feusl, Elizabeth Feusl. Margaret Patterson, Miss Mantz, Miss Thomp son. Mr. and Mrs. Young, Mr. Steel*. Sabin Rokanlch. Ed Jackson, Doug las Oliver, Stanton Martin. Oeorge Valeaon. Rangnar Kronqvist. Alfred Hewitt. Henry Bradley, Clifford An derson. William Manley, Martin Oallwaa, Harold Oaltoras. Arthur Nelson, Alex Morgan and Matt Laugblln. CAME BACK Mrs. M. C. Holman. who left here something over a week ago to help nurse the native* at Haines and Klukwan who were suffering from the influenza epidemic, returned here on the Estebeth yesterday. Mra. Holman completed her duties there.