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THE DOUGLAS ISLAND NEWS
JKJUULM ALASKA. FRIDAY, APRIL 28~ 1920 ! * NO 23 WHY GOLD SINKS AND SILVER SOARS Able Article Showing Why the Excise Law Should Be Passed for Kelief of Miners So much talk hu been heard lately on the question of "gold bonuses" and excise li??. a timely article In the April number or Current Opinion Mr?n to throw considerable light on the condition of the precious mining Industry. The article fol Gold mining, even In the very Opblrs and Uolrondaa of ths world, has almost reached the atage of be ing unprofitable Not, aa the New York Sun point* out. becausa the gold la not In the ground In huge and accessible volume: not because the world does not need It: not be ctinniug In the mlnng of thla prec loua metal which Is the money stan dnrd of civilization. but simply be cause much of the gold that miners once nought eagerly to produce Is not now woc|h mining. For the mining of It coats more In wages. In the supply of power, in transporta tion hills. In every Item of expense that goes Into Its digging, refining and distribution. Also: "When the gold Is out of the ground now It Isn't worth what it price la (lied: because, under such circumstances. Its power of exchange oozes away. Ii is woith only half of what It was worth expressed, mv. in mere white paper. It la worth only one third of what It once was worth expressed In wheat It la worth only one-fourth of what It once was worth expressed In cotton It la worth only one- Aft h of what It once was worlh expressed In white potatoes A wlill" ago an ounce of sold would exchange Into a pretty I fair suit of clothes, a good looking hat and a stoul pair of shoes. A exchange into two barrels of utifar The other day It would exchange into a hundred pounds of au?ar. A while ago an ounce of gold would exchange Info I wo tons of coal Now It will exchange into three-quarters of a ton. A while ago ten penny weight of gold would exchange Into fen peeks of potato-- Now It will ? xchange Into ten quarta. A while ago a pennyweight of gold would ex change Into twenty quarts of milk Now It will exchange Into elgh' pints. A while ago a pennyweight <-f gold would exchange into a day's nupply of food for the average fam ily Now It will exchange Into half ? doren pork chops. A while ago Indeed, an oune* of gold would ex change Into about four pourds of silver: now It will azebange into Just about a pound and a quarter of silver A* a result. silver, the torn moil It?, la on tht rarnpur. stampeding silver the coin. .I'nltke cold, which, how ever high Ita coal of prod-ict'on. can be iwld only at the linl price of $10 whatever Ita market price may be Klve year* ago allvcr waa ar raping bottom at t*S rent* an ounce. This raaile oar silver Hollar* worth, a: that time, only 37 rents Of late. times as much aa Ita low price in 1M?. At the aelltn* price or II S74 Jhe other day our sliver dollar was worth aa much aa $ 1?* >, In gold When. ?* read, silver hi worth $1.29 an ounce aa s commodity It la profit able silversmiths or eiporter* to melt down full-weight dollars and sell them aa bullion. But allver has in be worth $1.18 an ounce for It to be profitable to do this with our To meet the danger of an utterly vanlahnl subsidiary coinage. Repre sentative McKadden has Introduced a bill la congress to lower Ik; sub sidiary standard from J# per rent to tt per cent of fine allver. Canada haa had to reduce the proportion of fine sliver la Its currency from $3$ parts of fine sliver and 75 parts of alloy to parts of fine silver and Ji>? of alloy. Holland has done UkC same thing. Only In this way. while the msrkrt price for silver as a com modity la so high, ran the subsidiary coins be kept In circulation or can their silver content be kept at home. In this conaeetion. says the Sun "The foreign demand for sliver at< bullion la, so heavy that we might wahe up any morning to ftnd our $:ha.0im).??0 of subsidiary rolaa .tailing across the sea as bullion. It wouldn't make so much difference (Continued on rage S) HAVE NICE PARTY The Kagle rard party and dance lata night waa rery largely. attended and waa very enjoyable. Twenty tables of whlitt were In play. The prlxe winner* were Mia* Mary Mc Connell. first; Harriet 8ey. second, and Mr*. Monagle. consolation; tfln elalr Hrown. Itrst; Uleu Oakc*. sec ond. and Atex Sey. consolation. Danclni to the music of IWer'a orchestra was on from the time the card playing wa* over until 1 o'clock Ibis mom I iik. ONE LONE CASE WORTH PARAGRAPH Story of Htmiboldt Picking Up Case of Scotch ? Died to Bring Shiploads to Douglas At one time the steamer Humboldt ?u the favorite ship touching at Douglas. On it was intrusted the valuable cargoes of wet goods that In the year* gone by waa used to slake the thlrat of the dust-throated miner* by the hundred* who worked Id the ureal Treadwell mines. I'rae llquors were transported from Se attle to houglas by the Humboldt fornla run. and alaa? time* have changed WJ^orc a whole ahlpload if booze did not call for a paragraph Scotch on board the vessel <alla for tn article In the Seattle Time*. The atory folow* The White Flyer liner Humboldt arrived at San Francisco recently 'root Lo? Angelea with a greatly ouaaled eommander, K. G. Ilaugh man. and a number of highly If se cretly elated passengers. The Humboldt waa off the Santa Barbara coast at dawn on this par ticular trip when th? watch on deck sighted a floating object within a '?* hundred yards of the ship. In :he offing a motor 'auncb appeared The steamship w?? stopped, n small boat was lowered and thi floating object brought aboard. I* proved to be a pine case marked "Canadian flub." Surmounting thi ase was a small (tick with a white1 On seeing the liner stop the launch made for shore. The case of liquor was ordered In a "safe place" by Purser A. F. Horn. When the men' he ordered to thi* duty appenred on the scene the case had vanished tin one or two occasion* there up the coast, passenger* were ob served going to the rail and throw ing Into the sea object* that bobbed and dipped In the foaming wake ol the Humboldt Captain Raughman Is of the opin ion that the liquor was dropped from a passing vessel from some foreign port with the understanding that persons on shore would pick It up. DOUGLAS COUNCIL GETS ORGANIZED Mayor Gallwai Appoints Committee* and the Council Get* on Working Basis at the meeting of the iKiugla* >-lty pointmrut of committeemen to hav charge of the different department* in K of money to the school hoard and approving of the bond* of the The commit teemen as appointed hjr Mayor (iallwns were as followi. ?he Brat named In each Intsance he mic chairman Street* and publlr property: Gray. Health and pollre: Martin. Oray and Chrlstoe. Wharf: Heraytt, Martin and Feus! Fire and water: Robertson, "e mytt and Chrlatoe. Harbor limits: Keusl. Martin and Uray. Finance: Chrlstoe. Martin and Sewer*: Feusl. Robertson and De inytt. All bonds for the various city Of ( tlcUls wero approved and tho , school board was tdvanced }!.7no xrlth which to pay teachers' salaries. This advance was necessary on ac ount of %ic fart that no money has >?een received from the Territory on refund, although It la something 'over a month overdue, PREDICTS BIG YEAR FOR TERRITORY Forestry Man Say* Outlook (or Ter ritory Wa? Never Brighter Than at Present "In my down years tn the service In Alaska. theru never ?u * spring when the outlook for the Immediate ent time, for thore Is every Indica tion that In tho paper Industry, fur business. and fisheries we will make great Mrldca In the next ttve yeara." laid 0. T. Gardner, forest super visor for Alaaka. this mornlug a* he sat looking over forty-five applica tions for Islands (or fur farming. In the last few years much prog ress has beeu made In fur furmliiK >n the small Islands adjacent to the \laska com I and new applications ing there Is hardly a mall that comes 10 conditions for pulp and paper nllls, and in some Instance* applica tions are made for permits to cut the timber necessary. The trend of annot he spread broadcast by the orestry officials for the reuou that ittempts might be mnde to hold up In mining also the forestry service iirnfng to tho game after having Is planning to do as much road work PLAYING WITH SEATTLE son. This Is a ("Ins* n organization taking the place of the old North western league. Jack Kllleen. a one-time pitcher ^cramento. In the I'naat I.eitgue. this season, anl Is said to be going In the Infield for that city several SAYS HE IS CRAZY i he murder of Steve Kngan, late as It (*.. arrival on the steamship I'rln rm Mary. Dr. Ik>herty la In charge or onf or the big Insane asylums of learned. that Shanahan was con li mil ami waa paroled, during which pa role he disappeared. Dr. Doherty aa to hla condition In the Canadian Another In 'created In the outcome Montreal, a ?i?ter of the defendant, who made the lone Journey from the Kaat In the hope of saving her brother, whom she consider* to have been mentally unbalancad at the WANTS TO KNOW George L. Ford, who for u num ber of yeara worked for the Tread well Company as an oiler In the 700 the News from Port Gamble. Wash. Mr. Ford, who ndmlft that he pamil i he three-score year mark year* ago says that he la getting along nicely with uo worries to speak of. He In quire* as to the welfare of Nick and For hla Information we will say that both the Kinga ? father and sor nr? working In the big mill at 'he Alaska Juneau and that Dan Job Printing at the Xowo office. Ing. come to the Nowg offlc*. > BOUGHT HOSPITAL Yesterday at ma rshal's aale In Juneau, John Reck. (or the First Territorial aHnk of this place, pur chased thu Uencral Hospital prop erty of Juneau (or 111,000. The bank>held a "-mortgage against the property and foreclosure proceed - 1 1 uk* were Instituted against Dr. I'ul I later, the former owner, with the >esult of the order o( salt and pur I.O.O.F. TO OBSERVE ANNIVERSARY Hundred and Firtt Anniversary Will Be Celebrated by Local Lodge Monday Night Next Monday the Odd fellows will celobratethc one hundred and first anniversary of the founding of the order. The celcbratlon In Douglas will be at the hall of Alaska Lodge No. 1. and will Im> in the nature of a card party, dance and banquot. It Is the Intention of th* lodge also to have a speaker for the evening. The affair will be attended by Odd Fellows. Kcbekahs and their families and will without a doubt he one of those get-together affairs for which BOBLET IN Al. Roblet. who has iipciit the past several seasons at Tenakec working for thr Teuakee Fisheries Company, left on th? Jefferson for Ketchtkau, where he will work at hi* trade a* a carpenter. BACK TO WORK Miss Trlna Muaeth. rlerk at the Tread well store, haa no far recovered from here recent attark of alrkness 'hat kihe hax been able to (to back to her duties at the atore. BIRTHDAY PARTY Mareelle l>emrtl. daughter of Mr. and Mra. I*o Deniytt. celebrated her seventh birthday Monday by enter taining a number of her yountr friends at a party at her home. HAD GRIPPE ? ? t Frank Bach, head Jailer of the federal Jail at Juneau, an^l a Dour las resident, waa III laat week with a severe attark of the grip. He bus recovered and ha* gone to work ALBERT CHRISTOE TO COME Albert C'hritoe. for many years employed In the Treadwell foundry hut recently livlug In San Francisco, will arrive here soon,io take a posi tion with the Knterprlse Foundry In tuncau. Mr. Christoe will lire for a time at the home of Ills brother David H. Chrlatoe. of Douglas. CONVENTION OPENS Th* Territorial convention of The American Legion convened this morning In Juueau. The convention will be in aeaalon for thfee days. Kridny, Saturday and Monday. Kloc tion of officer* and the drawing up of by-laws will be In order. Delegate* are In attendance from various posts In the Territory, of which at present there arc eleven, with a total membership of about eight hundred Among the features of the conven tion are to be a banquet Saturday! night and a Legion ball on Monday SPRING IS HERE THE TIME TO TAKE THAT TONIC OR BLOOD PURIFIER Alter a long winter with its accompanying lack of variety in the diet, one's system needs the benefit of a good tonic. ?A GOOD VARIETY AT? Guy s Drug Store Third and D Douglas PRIMARY ELECTION ON NEXT TUESDAY Balloting Will Be on Nominee* (or Different Territorial Offices The Alaska primary election will lie hold next Tuesday. Thn polling places In Douglas will be at the city hall anil the Natatorlum. and at Tread well at the Club. The qualification! of electors will i i be a> for a city election, and both ' men and wonfen can vote without ?uy previous registration. Two tlcko'.s are In the Hold -a Democratic and a Republican ? and when a voter gooa to the polls he muni i all for the party ticket for which he wlahes to vote. For moat of the offices the ballot cast will almpty mean that you wlah that person to be a nominee to run ?in the fall election. For the other officea. such na National Committee men and delegates. It will be a real We are printing sample ballots of both parties. DEMOCRATIC BALLOT For Delegate to Congress (Vote for One) Grigsby. George B. For Territorial Senator (Vote for One) Heath. K. A. Sowerby. Isaac For Territorial Representative (Vote for Four) Casey, William W. Gray. J. l^atimer Roden. Henry Walker. Norman R. Foa Road Commissioners Vote for Two) Connors, James J. For Attorney General I Vote for One? Murphy, J. C. For Democratic National Committee man l?oto for. One) I)onohoe. Thomas J. For Delegates to Democratic Na tional Convention (Vote for 81*) Casey, William W. Caakcy. J. Harmon Connors, James J. Derry. Charles Brwln. L. T. Rlgg*. Thomas, Jr.. For Alternates to Convention (Vote for Six) Kirk. W. B. McMullen. Thomas Ooghe. Arthur E. Mirr* REPUBLICAN BALLOT For Telegate to Congress (Vote for One) Sutherland. Han A. For Territorial Senator (Vole for One) Hunt. Forest J. McCormark. Peter C. For Territorial Representatives 4 Vole for Four) Charles. Sidney D. Cole. Cash Ferris, Lyman 8. Oetchell. Georfo A. Gray. Felix Hunter. Karle L. Hurley. Robert C Kin*. Walter B. Ramstead. George Tripp. Hernjan -T. Wolland. V. For Road Commissioners (Vote for Two) 1'lmer Joseph Wilson, Jack For Attorney General (Vote for Ono) Fl n n ega n J?Ji n^ J . Hubbard. O. P. Rustgard. John Republican National Committeeman (Vote for One) Chorln, John K. Herron. Charles E. MrBrlde. John C. For Delegates to Republican Na tional Convention (Vote- for 2) Hazelct. George C. Reed, T. M Valentine. Bmery Alternates to Convention (Vote for Two) Case, W. H. Dawes. L. P. Governor Thomas Rings. Jr.. and rnmlly left Seatllo on the Spokane today for Alaska, after liavluR been at Washington, D. C.. for several months. STILL SORE A. 0. Johniion, who auftered auch h painful Injury to hi* light hand when he got that member caught in nomB cog wheal*. I* making a very good recovery from hi* Injury. It waa thought for a time that two fln i-era would hare to be amputated on .iccount of being no badly rruahed. The finger* and hand are healing *o well It la now believed that amputa tion will be iiniieceaaary. LYMAN S. FERRIS WILL LEAVE HERE Clotei Deal Whereby He Secures Control of Stedman Hotel at Ketchikan Last Saturday, I.. S. Ferrla closed a (leal at Ketchikan whereby be se cured an option on the Stedman Hotel find he wll lassume charge of lhat place by purchaae about May 1. Mr. Kerrli a ahort time ago left Treadwell with the Intention of look ing over bualnoaa posalbilltle* al Ketchikan and In the atate of Wash Itigton. While at Ketchikan awalt tuic a boat to take him farther South he learned that the Stedman hotel ?'aa In the market, and after exam ining the prtpertv pouted the mone> and took an option on It. The Stedman la an old eatabllahed hotel In Ketchikan and business la ?o good lhat patron* are turuM away from Ita doors each day. The ? Ity Itself la thriving and Mr. Ferris believe* It has a great future. The Stedman has been operated by Mar tin Hugge, part owner with J. K. lleckman In the property. Mr. Ferrla returned to Treadwell on the City of Seattle Tuesday and lias started packing his personal ef fects with a' view of getting to Ketchikan by May flrat If possible. L. S. F?rris has for the past eight een years been connected with the Treadwell Company. For the paat thirteen or fourteen year* be baa been steward for the -ompany and for the past two years manager of the Club and employment a?ent. He was married here and haa always ?uaile his home at Treadwoll. He I* a candidate on (he Republican ticket In the coming primary elec tion for the nomination of represen tative In the Territorial legislature. Mr. and Mrs. Ferris have been a part of the social and fraternal life of the laland and they will ho greatly mlsaed when they go to their new THANE EMPLOYEE ELECTROCUTED Killed Instantly When 22.000 Volts of Electricity Pass Through Body Krnest M William*. 3& yearn or age, an employee of the Alaska Gas tineau Mining Company, wan In stantly killed at 4:30 o'clock yester day morning, when he catne in con tact with a switch In the mill sub station of the Thnne pofcer plant. Williams was alone at the time the accident occurred. Klvo minutes after the accident happened It was discovered In the mill that something wax wrong and help was sent. The body of the man was worked upon for a long time In an attempt to re vive life but was Anally abandoned. K. M. Williams was unmarried and both his father and mother are dead. Before going to Thnne he worked for a time at Qnldatcln'a Kmporium snd previous to that was employed at a rannery at Stag bay. He was a native of New York state, 'fre was well known on Douglas Isl and. where he frequently visited. His body Is at the C. W. Young undertaking parlors awaiting' funeral arrangements. FOX HOME SOLD The former residence of P. H. Fox and family on 8ccon'l street In Douglas, has been sold to Henry Stevens, the natlvo merchant. This residence, one of the tautest ? If not th? largest ? In Douglas, was pur chased by Mr. Stevens for a few hundred dollars. FROM PETERSBURG Mrs. Henry Dahl and daughter, Henrietta, are In town from Peters burg and are visiting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Gurr. Become a stockholder in the Unit ed State# buy war-savlnga stampa. TOURISTS WANTED FOR ALASKA ROAD Secretary of Interior Payne Author ized to Ron Excuniom to Help Oet Settler* The plan (o run ? government tourist excursion from Seattle to Alaska and thence over the federal railroad In that territory and to In augurate a big advertising campaign that will bring settlers to the coun try traveled by the railroad, receiv ed another boot! today, when Sena tor Wesley L. Jones, chairman at the Senate commerce committee. In a letter to Secretary I'ayne. took the view that the Department of the In terior Is fully vested with authority to take any action that It may deem necessary to forward the plan. t'p till now It has been a question of authority. Secretary Payne held (hat the money appropriated should be used only for construction pur ?>oae?. and the Interior Department las proceeded on that theory. Senator Jones points to the orig inal enabling act. which authorizes the President to operate as well as construct the railroad, and that the law contemplates that the govern ment agency should do everything necesary to male* the operation suc cuemful. If advertising and steam ship tourist excursions are necessary to the development of traffic, the secretary of the Interior has author ity to make all necessary contracts and arrangements, and so there won't be any mistake about It. Sen ator Harry New has Introduced a bill authorizing the secretary of the Interior to advertise, or to take any action that the manager of a pri vately owned railroad would take to develop traffic. Secretary Poyne refused to ex press himself on the matter this morning "I have not yet received the letter from Senator Jones." he said, "and of course can* make no comment until I have read It. I am extremely anxious, however, that something be done to develop traffic for the railroad. I have urged these two propositions to start with. I understand that many of the sena tors agree with tliem. They are no less anxious that the traffic ba de vcioped for the road than myself, * * but traffic caunot l? developed with out spending mosey. All that has been appropriated la needed for con struction." Senator Joaaa' letter draws the at tention of Secretary Payne to the ract that the burden is upon the In terior Department for the success of the railroad, unless It can be shown I hat Congress has refused to appro priate the money necessary to Its success. Therp is now pending in the sun dry bill an Item of $8,000,000 to con tinue the construction of the rail road. leaders of the Republican party. In their anxiety to make a record for economy are threatening to cut this down to $7.0oo,000. every dol lar Ht which will be needed for ma lerl.fl and labor. It I* probable, however, that a part of this sum will be set aside for advertising and tlie deficit created thereby carried In the emergency deflclency bill for next year. Kor several weeks past. Secretary Payne has given .practically all the time that was not winding up his connection with the Shipping Board to a plan to liberalize the laws of the territory In a way that will make the resource* avillable. He has adopted liberal regulations with regard to oil development, and ii now working on a plan that might Induce coal prospectors to take leases In the territory: and haa urged upon Congress the necessity for the re peal of the law prohibiting exporta tion of timber outside the forest Re serves in the territory. ? J. J. Un derwood In Seattle Times. OUT OF HOSPITAL c. W. Russell, manner of the mercantile department at Treadwell. I* now out ot 8t. Ann hospital Ju neau and haa returned to bis home. Mr. Russell was In the hospital twelve days recoTertn* from an op eration for append li ltla. LEAVE ALASKA Mr. and Mrs. L. I). Bowcn and two children will leave here on the Spokane early next week. They will make their homo In Washington near ('?ntralla.