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THE DOUGLAS ISLAND NEWS
* IKHIULAS, ALASKA, FRIDAY, SKmiMHKK 24, 1920 . ? NO 43 FUR SITUATION AT PRESENT TllflE The Annalist Give* History of Move ment to Tnke Market From London ? Remit A timely article In the Annalist, a New York financial paper, on the fur situation. (Ives some of the un derlying cause* for the recent slump In fur prlcea and tella of the offorts of the cities of America to take the market from London and hints that the efforts will not be entirely suc World supremacy In the sale of furs, aimed at first by a croup of New York dealers and then by a big St. !<ouis > oucern. may tall short of the deaired mark as a result of con ditions which have overtaken the Industry in this country. The efTort to capture the world's trade was made after the war started and In terfered with the London auctions. waa Justified by the sating effected In enabling the trade to buy Ameri can furs at home. Formerly they had been shipped to London, sold there and brought bark to this coun try. with the added expense to buy ers of the double ocean trip. t'nfortunately for the promoters of the plan to establish America as the headquarters of the world's fur agant period following the armistice. Owing to the financial and business condldtlous of all save a handful of houses, the usual October sales in this country have now been post poned .this action having been taken last week to conserve the lnter?sts of the domestic trade. At present, furs are pledged for amounts that the Individual house* cannot meet In view .if the decline* that have oc curred and the iack of a ready mar ket. The same speculation, how ever. has not been so extreme abroad, and the London houses will hold their usual October auctions, despite the plea made by the Industry of this country. It Is to be assumed that London smarts a bit from the memory of the advantage taken of her when the opportunity of war was seized to snatch away her su premacy. Now she seems determin ed that If no other market will dare to hold a sale tor fear of disastrous effects, she will do so and again have her prices quoted as world prices. to have no postponement is made over the protest of the whole Ameri can indutry. A committee of the In dustrv here, with Samuel t'llmnn as rhairman . after considering ways and mean* of helping the business through Its present crisis, passed res requmtlng the postpone ment of October auctions. There resolution- were transmitted to the various sales companies and confer auctlon Interests were represented. These conferences culminated In an agreement by the New York.St Louis, and Montreal companies to postpone their sale* Indefinitely. Their ac tion was cabled to London, with the request that the decision there to hold sales be reconsidered. The London houae*. through their asso ciation. have not altered their stand It Is thought, however, that the quantities to be sold abroad will be limited, so that prlcea may not suf fer as otherwise they might. Tin countries on the Continent are In no better position to buy furs than the trade here, owing to exchange difficulties and Import embargoes. If a way ran be found by the Lon don companies to prevent large de dines, the city as a market will gain considerable prestige and regain per haps all that was lost during the For an understanding of the dif ficulties In which the domestic In dustry now finds Itself, some knowl edge of the operations by which speculation flourished la necessary. The auction companies are Institu tions to wMrh trappers or shippers representing a number of trappers, may send their catches for sale. Against the sale of the?e furs the shippers may receive advances, which are paid In full when the skins are ?old. The suction companies get their revenue from Interest an<l handling charge* and sale coramis ?Ions. The principal trouble In the trade now Is due to the unliquidated advances. From February. 1*19. to February. 1920. the value of the manufactured skins sold Is placed at (Continued on page 2) BUILDING SOLO The T human building on the cor ner of Third anil D streets. wa? ?<>ld by Marshal's sale In Juneau on Wed nesday to satisfy a mortgago held by the First Territorial Bank. The bank bid In the building for a aum large enough to clear their elalma agatnat the property. The building was formerly owned by the Alaska Furniture ft Undertaking Company. . onslstlng principally of L. 0. and M. K. Thomas WANT ORDINANCE TO HELP BONE DRY Grand Jury Which Ha? Just Ad journed Recommend* That\ City Councils Aunt Tho grand Jury for the fall term of the district court completed It# du ties on Wednesday afternoon and In Us report recommended that the city eounrll* of Juneau and Douglas draw up and enforce an ordinance compelling the owner* of soft' drink places and cl(tar stores to remote all obstructions from the windows of their establishments In an endeavor to assist In preventing violations of the Alaska bone dry law. Several other Interesting recommendations are made In the report, which Is To the Honorable Robert W. Jen nings. Judge of the above en \\>. the Grand Jury, summoned to attend the September. 1920. term of the District Court for the District of Alaska. Dfviaion Number One. hav ing completed our labors for the said term and concluded the business brought before us. now beg leave to report to the Honorable Court as We have been In session 13 days. We have acted on 8 bind-over cases and 17 Independent Investigations; have found II true bills and 1 not true bill. We have examined 77 witnesses', and employed 2 Inter preters. We recommend that the Interior of the culinary department, partic ularly the kitchen, be palntod. and also recommend that the cook's sal ary be raised October 1st to $1 85.6b per month. Attention regarding the risk of lives at ?ea In the waters of South eastern Alaska during the winter months and on account of the sev eral wrecks which have happened In these waters, we recommend that a subchaser and the mine-sweeper Swallow or a similar boat be sta tioned in these waters during the entire year, to be used In assisting vessels In distress or for other pur poses as the occasion may arise. And we recommend that the Gov ernor of the Territory and the Navy Department be notified of this reso lution. We recommend that measures be taken toward t he enforcement of the lawmaking It a felony to carry concealed weapons without a llcenW That Ketchikan is the first and last port of entry In Southeastern Alaska, and. on account of the rapid growth of the elty of Ketchikan and due to the fart that It has developed as a distributing center for the South ern end of the Division, which has created too much business for one Deputy Marshal at this place, and It Is the opinion of this Grand Jury that one or more additional deputy I'. S. Marshals be stationed at this point, and we recommend that such appointments be made and that the U. 8. Marshal, Department of Jus tice. Honorable George Grigsby and Governor Riggs be presented with a copy of this reiommenoitlon. We respectfully suggest to the City Councils of Juneau and Douglas that they pass an ordinance providing for the removal of blinds and curtains, painted windows, partitions and other obstructions which have the effect of screening the business that is being carried on inside of all soft drink emporiums. It la tho opin ion of this grand jury that an ordin ance will tend to prevent the flag rant violation of the Prohibition Uv of the Territory. We have been advised by competent legar authority t Hat such an ordinance ran be paused and enforced. We further recommend that the Governor's Office, V. S. Dis trict Court, commissioner's Court. District Attorney's Office. U. 8. Mar shal's Office, render all possible as sistance to enforce such an ordin ance If passed, and that copies of this resolution be mailed to the respective City Councils. The padded celt recommendation has been presented by almost every grand Jury In session i many times been ignored by t rtmenl YOUNG BANDITS ARE ARRESTED ? Three Boy*. Forming One of Gangs That Have Been in Mischief, Are Apprehended Kllsworth Thurman. Kanno .Hill and Edward Davis, all ranging from trir to twelve yeara of age, wore tried yesterday before Commissioner John Henson for burglary committed on laat Saturday night at the home of William Kova. on the government road beyond l.awson -creek. The boys were let of with a aevere repri mand and put on parole, and their parents assessed the costs, amounting to S33.7S. The boy t one ernedTevnenTTy templatlng a career of rrlme only to be compared with the James Boyi and the Dalton Can* of song and story, on laat 8aturday night vlalted the Kova homr aome time after ,8 o'clock when the owner waa abaent. They broke In the door and wrenchpd the lock from a trunk, and loading themselves down with atoleu articles, hit for town. They were seen carry ing their plunder along the Douglas beach at 9:30 that evening by Karl Myera. Seeing auch amall fellows with auch a big load, he stopped and questioned them and they dropped part of the loot. Among the things that were taken were a pump shotgun. Winchester Rifle, two knives, lantern, silver watch, watch case. tngersoll watch, spectacles, keys aud other articlea. Marshal George L. Johnson visited the school Tuesday to get the boya, < but they saw him coming and hid out , nit finally getting starved out. they returned home and were first brought up before the judge Wed nesday and their trial concluded yesterday. They only cscsped being j ? ommltted to a reform school by a narrow margin. Koving hands of desperadoes, of , whlrh these three hoys form one j gang, have been doing < onaldrrahle , looting and pillaging iu thla city , lately. They havo broken .Into va- , arnt houses and taken the contenta. , broken windowa .and demolished . property. With the apprehension of | this gang. -it Is hoped that the prac- , tlces will be stopped and that the , COUNCIL MEETS After having been In a mate of ( < onu for several week*, the Douglas tv council met on Monday night and cleaned up a lot of business matters that have been pending for tome time. They paid all bills" and put the city In ship shape again. Among the things that they also did was to pass a resolution con demning the ruins of the Roenc building. This building was par age and the remains of It have been standing on the corner of Third and l> streets since. TRIP FOR HEALTH Superintendent L. II Metzgar of the Treadwell Mining Company. ac companied by Mr*. Metzgar. returned evening from a trip to the South | The trip was made for the benefit of Mrs Metzgar'a health, she not hav- ' In* fully recovered from the effects j of an operation. Mrs. Metzgar la now much stronger. * having jurisdiction over this matter. It la a matter which abould be serl oualy considered without further delay. During the paat year then1 have been approximately twenty In mate* confined In thli cell. There la available money In fund C to take care of matter* of this kind, and thla grand jury respectfully and earnestly requests that Immediate action be taken by the Department of Justice and that*a copy of thla recommendation be sent to that De partment and also to the U. S. Mar We have mado a general Inspec tion of the different departments of the court house and find that each and every onq Is conducted In a sat is factory manner. We wish to thftk the various officials for the assistance rendered us In conducting the duties Imposed We respectfully request that cop lea of this report shall be mailed to i the various departments of the gov eminent to which recommendation* we have referred apply. Respectfully submitted. JAMBS E. BARKAGKR. Foreman >J. r. GILKEY. Secretary. CHANCE TO PAY "A* far as I am concerned, 1 will neither oat nor sleep, If iiccossrify, to give tax payera an opportunity to pay tholr city taxoa before thoy b? come delinquent on the last day of thla month," la the way City Clerk L. W. Kllbiirn expressed hli dealre to set the tax money due to the city collected. So that thoae working or other wise busy ? daytime. City Clerk Kll burn will have Ills Kront street office opeu for the collection of taxes four daya next week, from 4 to 8 o'clock. The evenlnga that It will bo open will be Monday. Tuesday, Wednes day and Thursday. The only way to get the benefit of the rebate and to escape the Interest for delinquency In the payment of city tajtea la to visit Mr. Kllburn be fore the end of the month and pay up. NOT TRUE BILL BY GRAND JURY Robert W. Horn Exonerated in the Shooting of-Felcce Gala van ' Here Last Week Hobert \V. Horn, who shot and killed Felece Galavan. a Mexican, oil the Douglas beach last. Thursday custody after the grand Jury In Ju neau returned a not true bill against Immediately after the ahootlog. In which Galavan waa shot twice with a shotgun. Horn gave himself up to Deputy United States Marshal Uoorgc I,. Johnson and said that he ?hot In aelf-'dcfcnse. He was bound over last Saturday evening by United States Commia ?louer John Henson to the grand lury, which, after an Investigation. Found that Galavan had followed llom'a native wife to her home on Ihe beach and had annoyed her When met and remonatrated with by Morn, ho threatened with an auto inatlc revolver. Horn went hom<' ind got his shotgun and shot Gala ran while the latter had his nuto tnatic In his band attempting t<> ihoot. Ilesldes the full clip of cart ridge* In his pistol. It was found thai !he Mexican had two other full clips with him. The body of Galavan Was burie<! Monday afternoon from the Sully Undertaking Parlors In thla rlty Interment waa Jn the Douglas come :ery. FREE PICTURES Superintendent Cordon C. Mltelicll >r the Douglas Public Sclitols an nounces that tills evening at 7:45 [here will be ^durational moving picture* shown In the assembly room >f the Douglas public school. The reel la entitled, "Animal Antic*." rhe projecting machine belonging to :he school will be used for the plc ures. No admission fee will be harged. BOWLING TOURNAMENT The annual bawling tournament )t the Treadwell Fire Department Is lo start early next month. Teams are !o be entered from Treadwell. Doug as, Alaska Juneau and Thane. The coneral rules and regulations that have governed the tournament* In ihe past will also govern this one. The Douglas Klre Department has won first prize for the past two sea ton* and will doubtless enter a team this year, although the team will not be as string a* In the paat. WE APPRECIATE CHILDREN'S TRADE AND SHOW THEM EVERY COURTESY When school opens no pupil will ho ready to start with a full equipment. Something will b? needed In Pencils, Pens, Erasers, Inks, Crayons, Writing Paper, Tablets, Rulers, Paste, Composition Rooks, Drawing' Materials, Lunch-Kits, otc. Let the children come to our store for these things. They will receive the best attention we can give them. Guy's Drug Store OUY L. SMITH. Prop. 3d and D St. Donglai, Alaska WEDDING BELLS RING MERRILY Dora Helen Morgan and Jamet Leo Higlcy Married Last Evening by Rev. Greening To tho merry peal of the wedding march from "Lohengrin," Dora Helen Morgan ami James L.00 Higlcy enter ed the Congregational church last night Co hear tho word* pronounced that made them man and wife. The bride entered thf church on the arm of her father. Alexander Morgan, and wan dressed In a xown of white taffeta with veil of tulle, the veil being enmeshed wlh a string of pearls. She carried a lx?iuet of rose* and carnations. She was at tended by her cousin, Miss Una Crowe, who wore a dress of blue tafctta and carried a boquet of car Tho groom was attended by Alex ander Morgan, Jr., brother of the Perhaps the Iprgext gathering of people that has attended a similar affair In years was present at the church when Itev. II. E. Greening, of th<^ Methodist Episcopal church of Juneau road the marriage service, and listened to the wedding march as played by Mrs. Frank H.'LeNolr. The churt li was tastefully decorated for the occasion In autumn leaves and Alaska flbwers. ? The newlyweds were given a reg ular bridal welcome when they left the church, being generously strewn with rice and pelted with old shoes. The reception that followed the wedding was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Morgan at Treadwell. Many people dropped in between 8 and 10 o'clock to offer con gratulations. During the reception the brides mother, Mrs. Alexander Morgan, was gowned In purplo satin. The Misses Una Crowe and Etta Hrown poured. The hoi^sc was dec orated with carnations. The gifts presented to the young couple, were numerous am^ varied. Mr. and Mrs. Hlgloy will occupy the Episcopal rectory on St. Ann avenue and will bo at .home shortly to their many friends. BREEZE SOON TO MAKE APPEARANCE School Paper Similar to Last Year toSf Published by Student Body Association. The first number of tho GaHtlncau llreoic. the school paper Issued by the student body association of the Douglas school will appear on the sixth or seventh of October. It will be an eight-page paper similar to the one Issued last year. Publica tion would hare begun earlier but the school has been so busy on or ganisation that there has been no time for the work. This year Miss Una Crowe will be editor In chief, with llarold (lallwas assistant editor. Arthur Nelson wfll be business manager, with Sin clair Hrown as his assistant. Off leers of the student body asso ciation that will sponsor tho publi cation will he Martin Oallwas, pres Iden: Kllznheth Kcusl, vice presi dent. and Mary Veioja, seeretary treasurcr. The Breeze this year wll| as last year cover the entire field of school activities mid have contributors in each department of work and In each room of the school. The publication will be supported by advertising as It has been In the | past. REBEKAHS ENTERTAIN There were seventeen table* of whist In l>lay (ant night at the Re Ickalis" rani party given In honor of the seventieth anniversary of the I founding of the order. The affair was at the Odd Fellows' hall and wax attended by Rebekahs and tholr In Prizes for whist were won by Mrs I Id. Cashel. first, and Mrs. Arne Shudshift. consolation; I.eo De.Mytt. Urst and Dave Brown, consolation. Miss Clcary favored with selections nn the piano, ?and dancing was en Joyed for - time. A fine lunch was CHANCE TO DO GOOD Adopt an orphan ? sign a pledge tor the Near East Relief make a young Armenian child happy by giv ing him food. STILL AT GLENORA Tho latost news of the army air planes of the New York-to-Nome flight Is that Plane No. 4, I I charge of I.lout. Fto*a Klrkpatrick, had hopped off from Wrangoll, where It waa for several day* and la now at Kort George. The other three plane* are atlll at Glenora. where they have been held up by first the breaking of an axle on one of the marhlne* and later by foggy weather. Plane No. 4 arrived at Fort George on Sept. 20. MILNESS TRIAL ' ON IN COURT Young Man Indicted for Shooting Partner, Allan Lee, Now Up for Trial The trial of Donald Mllnca*. In dicted by the grand Jury on the charge of shooting with Intent to kill Allan Lee, In Douglas several weeks ago. ly now on In the district court. .Mllness Is defended by John R. Winn. The alleged shooting occurred In Douglaa on August 14 when, after a <|tiarrrl between Lee and Mllnr*. who had been partners, M lines* Is said to have shot Lee twice with a 32-cal Ibre automatic revolver. One of the shots entered the pelvis on the left side and and came out of the but tock und the other entered the left side Jutt below the last rib and Is still lodged in Lee's body The Injured man, after having been shot, staggered out oil the ' street from the cabin on the city wharf approach where the shooting Is said to have taken place, and col lapsln gon the street, was later taken to the Dawes hospital in Juneau. < where be was for bift a short time before recovering. Millies* waa urrvsted by Deputy United States M&rshal George L. Johnson and was bound over to the grand jury by Commissioner Burton and has been out on l'onds ever since. : SHIPPING BILL ' MAY BE KILLED ? - President Wilson Is Seriously Con sidering Declaring It Null and Void In a special dispatch to the Scat tie Timed front Washington, dated September 17, It la stated that Pres ident Wilson Is seriously considering pronouncing the Jones shipping bill null and void. Tills Is the bill that Is obnoxious In part to many Alas kans In the fact that Its provisions destroys competition by eliminating tjie Canadian lines from the freight carrying business of the territory. The bill Itself has furnished a lot of propaganda for Republican candl-l dates In Alaska owing to the fact that Delegate George 11. Grlgsby was unable to prevent Its passage al though he succeeded In getting some of the object lonabic features elimin ated. The Washington dispatch fol So much Impressed is President Wilson with protests made by for eign nations against certain provis ions of the Jones Shipping act, that he la seriously considering declaring It null and void. The power of the President to take such radical action upon a law en acted by Congress I* based upon a written opinion Just completed by his most Important legal advisers and now before him. The opinion holds that the Jones act Is different from other legisla tion in that It provides for the abro gation of certain treaties and that under his constitutional powera the I'resdent has solo jurisdiction over the execution of all treaties. No fewer than 22 treaties affected are still In force and some of them cannot be annulled within flvo years without breach of faith on the part of the United States. Moreover, the President's legal ad visers hold that the provisions of the Jones act arc so loosely drawn as to be Inoperative. Among the nations that havo pro tested aro Great Britain, Japan. Nor way. Sweden and Denmark, all of which havo threatened reprisals If the government attempts to enforce the Jones ?? ' . It was pointed out by officials yes terday that President Wilton wllUIn all probability annul the act on tho same ground that he took when he appealod to Congress t<- repeal sec tions of the Panama Canal toll laws which were objectionable to Ureat Hrltain In that they gave advantage to American ships. MONEY IS NEEDED FOR GOOD CAUSE Drive It On for Funds to Snpport Armenian Orphans ? Quota It Set To rescue from the throw of starvation and unsheltered misery 209 of Western Asia's Christian orphans ? children of some of Amor ica's bravest allies of the great war ?Is the mission upon which th^ Territory of Alaska has started un der the leadership of the Kev. David Waggoner of Juneau. Announcement of Mr. Waggoner's appointment as territorial Chair man for the Near Kast Relief drive now under way throughout Alaska and of the share each section of Al sska Is to have in this life-saving campaign is made In kdvlces reach ing here today from E. A. Potter, ex ecutive secretary for the relief or ganization with his his headquarters 111 Spokane, Wash, Mr. Poller re cently completed a tour of Alaska in preparation for the campaign. Mr. Waggoner will conduct the drive throughout Alaska to raise $12,640 in relief funds. The quota of orphans for Douglas Island as apportioned by the Near East Relief Association has been placed at 9. It coats 160 a year to keep one child, so Qouglas Island will be asked to give (640, or enough money to keep the nlna children for u year. A. E. Ourr has been appointed as local chairman of a committee to raia? the Douglas Island quota and within a few days will appoint hla assistants In the work and make an nouncement of the names. Humor haa It that much of the money raised would go to pay ad ministration expenses of the present drlvedrlve. This is untrue, as an American philanthropist has con tributed o quarter of a million dollars lo pay all overhead expenses. Every ilollar given will go directly towards the upkeep of Armenian orphans. Until I ho committee In charge of nlfalrs liy been named, money may be loft with Mr. Ourr of the Klrst Territorial Dank, who iias the neces sary pledges that arc to be filled out. "Alaska's charity la railed upon For a year's c are for 109 ragged, hungry little fellows who have known nothing but flight from -war ind massacre and death-haunted wnnt for the last five years," says Secretary Potter in announcing the ilTlcial list of qnotaa. "Political chaos still grips their land of war-emptied granaries and massacre-blighted homes. The slay ors of their martyred loved ones, whose bleaching bones litter the lesert wastes for mile upon mile as lildeous tokens of sacrifice for Chris tian faith, still menace their every homeward move, and they face an other biting winter with neither food nor shelter ? 'not even rags to clothe their quaking, hunger-gaunted little iKMtles. "Just a new lease on life; a meager provision for the cold months ahead, a chance to grow up to strong manhood and womanhood ? lit citi zens of the world, worshiping in peace, the God for whom their par ents gave their lives to fanatical fiendo of a barbarous belief. Is all they ask. Certainly Alaska will give them that much. "It costs only $fi a month ? $60 a year ? to tide them through their terrible ordeal and give them that chance. It will give them the com forts of one of the Near East Relief orphanages and save their lives." EAMINE CLAIMS . General Manager P. H. Bradley of the Alaska Treadwell Mlufnfc Com pany, accompanied by Mike Gavrll. has returned 'roni Mslunaki straits. Mr. Rradlcy examined some mining claims that were recently discovered In that district. HOME AGAIN William Gam. who for the past summer, has been employed by 8. J. Kane at Hoonah. has returned to the Island, and In visiting at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mr*. A. Oarn. LEAVES OIL The tanker Lansing left Treadwell last Friday evening. after having discharged something over 40,000 barrels of fuel oil for the Alaska Treadwell Gold Mining Company. It is estimated that the supply will last the company about ? year.