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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)
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Mr. and Mrs. Loot D. Bowen, who
are both reported as having fully
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.
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'
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. ;
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.
After * long winter with its
accompanying lack of variety
in the diet, one'a system needs
the benefit of a good tonio.
Guy's Drug Store
Third and D Douglas
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)
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.
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
Grand Chaplain, Thos. H. Hunt, of
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
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.
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.
Caucus Friday Night Reveals Fact
That Dong la* Hat Quite a
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
Miss Keusl received numerous
birthday gift*, not only from her
own family, but from all of ber
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
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.

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