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THE DOUGLAS ISLAND NEWS
DOUGLAS, ALASKA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER :: 1 . 1920 NO 0 HIGHER TOTALS IN ALASKA MINES Almost Three Kilion Dollar* More Produced in Territory This Year Than Last That the total value of all min eral* mined in Alaska for the year 192"> will reach the auiu of 113,070. 000. an increase of f2,449.0S7 over (hat of 1919. is the statement made In the advance report of the I'nltnl State* Urologiclal Survey, released Mats aa the important events in min tomatle pronpectlng that was carried on in the Kuskokwim district by the Treadwell Company. The folio* ing la the report in full: MNirtn and production In Alaska for ! 1910 la now In preparation under the direction of Alfred H. Urookn. thlr- report relating to mining devel "Pment during the year are abstract ed in toe following statement. Com l>lete stat 1st Irs of the mineral pro months after the close of the year to give prompt publication to pre liminary estimates which, based on General Condition* dueed minerals to Itr value o! H60, over half of which Is cred ited to the last decade. About 75 Its can b? profitably exploited eveu under th? moat adverse condition er Isolation and transportation, be on the capital and labor employed, population. In forming communities. tied at I mm than $:? 50 * ton. (2) copper ores containing an uvera?eof worth leu than 7S rcnta to the of Juneau, but It also Includes the P*r mines of Ketchikan and Prlncc mal Industrial conditions this dls nacc produced. Under the prescn* high operating coats and relatively low market value of mineral prod ucts the profits on certain operations are entirely swept away, so that during the last two years there has been no great Incentive to this form of mining In Alaska, and but few large venture* have been under taken. The long Interdict on the use of th e mineral fuels of Alaska has greatly retarded all form* of min ing In the Territory. It not only enhanced the coet of all mining by prohibiting the use of local fuels, but It made tho Industry lose the advantage of the Imprnemeut In In itusrlal conditions that would cer tainly have followed the dovelopmeut The situation was relieved some what by the coal-land leasing act of 1913. but unfortunately this relief came at about the time when un stable Industrial conditions were recently to affect the Alaska mining As about IS per cent of the value been taken from her gold and cop In the tulnlng of those two metals, which continued through 1920. hai With the relative decrease In the not be regarded as an indication of ; the early exhaustion of the gold re s large milragi of wagon roads are ( rr&l immediate Improvement can not . Mineral Production. 1920 four large cupper mines in the Ter- < Important Mining Event* in 1920 born relatively little prospected. The little altered sedimentary rock*. In Yukon. Such conditions aro favor been more prospecting In thla prov ( Continued on Pace 3) VETERAN OF NORTH DEAD AT OAKLAND John Murray, Pioneer of Douglas Island and of the West Died on December 11 John Murray, pioneer carpenter unit contractor of Douglas, died on Dec-ember 11 at Oakland, California, where ho had been for the past year making hla home. This news was received here late this week In a letter from hla brothor, Abner Mur ray. formerly of this city, who Is now living at Sitka. John Murray waa born more than seventy years ago In New Bruns wick. Canada, and leaving that place at an early age went to the mining camps of the West, whore he followed his trade of carpenter, contractor and millwright. He help ? ! frame many mills, hoists and other mill bulldlnga In several of Hie olh-tlme mining camps of the western states, Including California. II' Drat came North more than 25 >ears ago at}d helped frame timbera for some of the bulldiuga for Tread well while the property waa In charge of John Treadwell himself. After an absence lu the South for a number of yeara he came back here and Improved some property that he While here lie designed ami duiii the ixmgla* public school building lu the fall of 1902. Several yearn later ho drew the plana and superin tended the erection of what waa the Alaska Labor Union hall and la now known as the Liberty Theatre build ing. Several other at rue tu res In the ity were planned and ereeted by hint. Having been In Loa Angeles. Cali fornia. when that elty was but a vll lie sold out and loft Alaska to make lie aald he would eome bark to tuo, .hing over a year and where he died. lulque characters that ever lived on Jouglas Island. Although quite well >ff. he had very simple taates. He ?ad one of the keenest senses of urero devoted mostly by him to taking a hite dog. Jerry, and thinking up oki's to tell to hi* friends. Many Realdea his brother. Abner. vlth ?liom he made his home while In iiid his family. He was never mar NATIVE WOMEN'S SOCIETY Following the example of the na sland Wednesday organized tfaem -lety under the name of the Alaska iska Native Brotherhood. The now regulation* and bylaws as the Alas Henry Stevens, treasurer. Meetings Among the charter members are the following: Mesdames Sarah Smith. John Dennis. Joe Rogers. Hanson. Thomas Johnson and the orfleert; the Misses Bessie Daniels. Daisy Fox. and Susie Marshall. ENGINEER LEAVING Livingstone Wernveke, mining en gineer for tho Treadwell Company, who returned several weeks ago from N'lxon Fork on the Kuskokwlm river, ? here he was In charge of mine de velopment for tho company, will leave on the Princess Mary tomorrow morning for Seattle, where he will remain for about two months visit ing with Mrs. Wernecko and the Since arriving here several weeks ago Mr. Wemecke has been busy writing up his note* and making out a report of the work doue by the men under him in the Kusko kwlm. He will return over the Ice to Nixon Fork and again take charge of the work for the company. GETTING BETTER According to Information received here, Oscar Grundler, who has been under treatment at Seattle for an Injury to his hip. has now had the plaster cut that he haa been wear ing for many weeks removed from the limb. Tho hip Is saining In strength constantly and It Is hoped that ho will loou hare the use of It. SEVERAL SEEK FEDERAL JOBS Republican Club Receives Applica tion! From Several for Endorsement Several aspirants were present Tuesday evening at the meeting of the Douglas Island Republican Club to urge their fitness for various Ter ritorial and dlvlslonsl offices. Among those making speeches were E. P. Kendall, Grover C. Winn and Jack Wilson. It was decided to hold an other meeting on January 20, at which time the club's announcement of Its endrosemcnts will be made. Among the applications filed Tuesday nlgbl wore Cash Cole and E. L. Hunter, of Juneau, for colloctor of customs; 11. H. Kolsom and Orover C. Winn, of Juneau, for United States attorney; lack Wilson, of Treadwell. for United States mar shal; Kd. I\ Kendall, of Juneau, for surveyor general and ex-offlclo sec retary of Alaska; Guy L. Smith for the position of postmaster at Doug MISS TRACY TO MARRY SOON Former Superintendent of Douglas School Will Marry University Teacher Tlie engagement of Miss Floy Tracy, former superintendent ol schools and teacher In Itouglas, was announced recently lu (be Seattle PoMt-Intelligeacer In the following "Mrs. Joseph P. Tracy, of 8cattle, suholiKirs llii- engagement of her daughter. Floy, to Mr. Harold Hotel ling. Mlsa Tracy Is a graduate of V ?? itnilnstiT College and Mr. Hotel ling of the University of Washing ton, a member of Sigma Kl and Phi Iletta Kappa honorary fraternities, a former student of the University of Chicago and assistant in mathemat ics at the University. The wadding will take place soon after Christ Miss Tracy waa one of the most popular of Douglas teachers and look the poeltion of superintendent of schools here about four years ago upon the resignation of Miss Malloy. Miss Tracy was urged to return here three years ago, but preferred to go living, and has since that time boen lu that city, where she bad a very She has a legion of friends in tho North who wish her happiness in her married life. NOTHING DOING Few New Year's activities are planned on Douglas Island this evening and many from here will go to Juneau to attend the two dances that aro to be given by the Klks and the Shrincrs. BILL SIGNED President Wilson today signed the bill and It Is now a law allowing owners of mining claims until July 1 next year In which to do their a> Happy New Year Best Wishes for 1921 Guy s Drug Store QITY L. SMITH. Prop. 3d and D St. Douglas, Alaska WORMS SCARCE AND FEW GRAPES Prophet Makes Some Prediction* for the Year 1921 That May Be True Ilecently we received a letter con taining predictions luado (or the coming year by a man named lieu l>en H. Mai-Donald, of Blnghampton, Mew York. There wan no letter of explanation sent with the predictions and Itcubcn did not explain himself In any way. We rather think that he may bo some kind of a weather sharp and a reader of the stars, but as we never happened to visit his barroom when he was on sblft we can not say any thing about him for sure. Two of his predictions will somo what worry people of this place. One is the fact that grapco will be scarce, as will also be tbe case with worms. Tho shortage In the worm market, according to him, will mako a poor year for fish. The short grape crop will naturally make raisin wine expensive and hard to get. As the old year 1920 Is on its last legs we consider that many peoplo will be glad to know what Is to happen In the new year, so we will pass on Heuben's predictions: The entire country, after enjoy ing unprecedented prosperity In fer tility of land, unlimited domauds for building material, machinery, auto mobiles, clothing, shoes and luxur ies. due to only one thing, which is that Venus reigns supreme In 1920, but must now undergo a three-year adjustment to bring business to a satisfactory basis During the year 1921 Mercury, a doubtful planet In many ways, like the thermometer, will regulate busi ness and prlcwi In all parts of the country. Since storehouse* are filled with manufactured articles that must be sold. It standi to reason prices will gradually decrease. Capital and labor will have mauy disputes; some are never satisfied. A person should not try to overdo. Live and High price* arc for good times ? low prices arc for hard times. A ma jority of the people are earning and ^pending more money than over be I'ricea arc regulated according to ? ho price of iron and pork. Whon iron and pork aro high, wages and ''ommodltio* will be high and vice vcma. it will requlro two or throe yeari for those who have left the farms to plunge Into town and city life to realize there is more real living and money In railing crops than in man ufacturing luxuries for foreign countries. In 1921. government officials will Investigate many concern! and as a result fraud orders will be inued in general to protect the public. The weather for 1921 will, In gen eral, be somewhat dlsagrecnbic. Jan ary and February will be change able. The spring will be Inclined to be dry. cold and unseasonable. Plant accordingly. The summer will be wet. which will benefit those living In locations with very little rainfall. In some localities, hay and grain wil rot. unless given proper atten tion. The fall will be wet with early frosts. De prepared for such weather and gather crops carefully. The winter will be one wiin plen ty of mow and Ice whlcb Is good for the soil. Fruit will vary ? In certain local ities some kinds will be abundant, in others somewhat of a failure un less Riven special attention. Grapes will be doubtful. It will bo an off year, which will give the vines a rest. Nature knows best. Mice will be very numerous. Better feed a cat than mice. Worms scarce, con sequently fish will be scarce and poor In quality. Big fish stories will bo out of fashion. Disease of all kinds will cure, hut slowly. Contag alarmlngly. An epidemic will pre vail in cattle, sheep and bogs, but will soon bo overcome by govern ment service and reatrlctlons. The agricultural departments will be of i;roat help to the people In many vuya ? the Information sent out Is leliable and should be appreciated l>y more persons. Furthermore, 1921 will be known in history as the "chemical year." Many chemical discoveries will be made, hence chomtsts and doctor* will bo popular. Newspapers and magazines will be read and referred to by all classes of peoplo more than i vcr before. Every day, something now and useful will be heard of. Bccomo a stockholder In the Unit ed States? buy war-savlngo stamps. MAY RETURN NORTH That Bert Stedmnn and family may come North again next spring Ih tho new* received hero. Mr. Sted tnan has for some time been work ing at varloui mining ramp* In Idaho whllo the family la at Urcsham, Ore gon. Work at the present time among the Idaho mining camp* la more or less erratic and the family may decide to return here in the spring. Mrs. Stndman Is the sister of Carl H. Krickson of this city and the family resided for a number of years on the Island previous to leaving for tho South about three years ago. TENAKEE ENJOYS HOLIDAY TIME Big Christmas Tree, Program by Children, Dance and Plenty to Eat After having ipcnt Christmas at Tenakcc, Capt. Joe Manlcy arrived In port Tuesday afternoon with hli boat, the Karl M. Capt. Manlcy re ported that a very pleasant Chrlst maa wai spent at the hot spring* town where, on Christmas eve at the Grand theatre, there was a big Christmas tree eutortalnment by the school children and a dance that lasted well into tho following morn ing. Supper was also served at mid night and refreshments at other | times during the evening. The following program was given | by the school children under the di rection of their teacher, Miss lmpl| Aalto, of Douglas: Song, "Away in the Manger". . School | "If Santa Claus was Pa" Francis Murphy! "Two Little 8tocklngs"..Adele Black j "A Rest for Santa Claus" Harry Nelson j "The Longest Day" Edna Jack j A playlet, "Santa Claus at School" "Envy" Buster Paddock "Christmas Gifts". Maggie Howard "A Gift to Santa" Alice Orava "Florence's Chrlstmas"..Crceta Black Song, "Christmas Bells" School "Ted-* Stocking" ~. . Charles Jack "Grandma's Mistake". .Carrie Howard "If You Don't Believe" Thuadore Orava "Sam and I" Katberlne Nelson "Eavesdropping". Raymond Paddock "Mrs. Santa Claus".. ........Aille Orava "What Do Johnny Want?" ..... I . .... Dermott O'Toolel Song. "Silent Night, Holy Night" "Not Lettiii' On" Sam Nelson | A playlet, "The Christmas Spirit" School | Orphan Song I lOdlth Murphy and Adele Black "Sandman's Visit" Hoy Murphy "Jessie's Shilling". .. Edith Murphy Songs, "O, Little Town of Bethle hem." Ilumoresiiue"... Miss Aalto| (Accompanied ou mandolin by Harry Perry) "Good Night Song" School. OFFICERS INSTALLED Charles Schrnm was Installed as master of Castlneaux Lodge No. 124. F. and A. M.. and Mrs. Marie Wcschenfelder as matron of Nugget Chapter No. 2. Order of Eastern Star, at the joint Installation of officers of the two lodges on Tuesday evening at the Odd fellows' hall. All the other officers of the lodges for the comli k year were also Installed by James Chrlstoe, installing officer for the Masons, and Mrs. May Johnson, who acted for the Eastern Star. The Installation ceremonies were attended by Masons, Eastern Stars and members of their families and a few friends. They were followed by p banquet. GAMES FRIDAY There have been no basketball games on the Channel during tly> past week and the next one that is scheduled will be played next Fri day evening, when the boys' and girls' teams of the Juneau and Douglas High Schools will meet for the last game of their Interschool series of four. The flnal game Is to be played In the gymnasium of the Juneau public school. CHRISTMAS PARTY Mrs. August Olson entertained ^bout ten of her lady friends last night at her beautiful home on D 1 street at a Christmas party. The feature of the evening was a big Christmas pie that contained gifts for all those present. Tho hostess was assisted by Mrs. Jack Cottrell In serving what was said by those prea ' i iit to be some of the most delicious , and varied refreshment seen here In j a long time. WON ITS GAMES; NOW FOR HOME Douglas High Basketball Team De feat* Wrangell High School and Legion Tearai Having played two games at Wrangell and won both of them, the Douglas High School basketball team will return here at noon tomorrow on u gas boat, after having been out of town since Christmas eve, when they left on the steamer Jefferson. The Trst game was playod Tues day evenlug with the Wrangell High School team and was won rather easily by a score of 38 to 12. The following evening the Lazy Five and the American taglon teams met to decide which one would play Douglas on the following night and the Legion boys were winners. Wed nesday evening Douglas beat them in a hard game by a score of 36 to 22. A game was scheduled for last night at Wrangell between the boys and a team from Petersburg, but ac cording to telegraphic advices re tolved today It did not materialise, so the boys will return to their homes here. I'erhups no sporting event In re cent years has been watched with such keen Interest as has this "barn storming" trip of the high school boys to Wrangell. Having won six consecutive vlctoriee on Gastlneau Channel aud not met defeat this sea son It was as a reward of merit for (he boys to be sent away from home to meet teams of Wrangell and other cities In the other part of tho di vision that might want to come there to play for the championship of 8. K Alaska. The American Legion team of Wrangell was conceded to be an cx ? uedlngly strong one that defeated all comers last year and started this year off well. It Is a senior team composed of men who have played together for tho last two seasons. The luam gavo the high school boys ? hard contest. With (he winning of these (wo games the Douglas High School (earn will have played eight games this season and won all of them. They have but one more gamo scheduled and that I* the one at Juneau next Friday evening The lineup of the team I*: Sin clair Brown, center; Arthur Nelson and Harold Gallwas, forwards; Mar tin Gallwas. captain and running guard; William Mauley, guard, with Albert Oarn, substitute Thorn making the Wrangell trip In addition to the team were Supt. Gordon C. Mitchell and Arthur Gam, coarh. The first telegram from the boya was received Monday by the Doug las fire department. Brown, Martin and Harold Gallaws, Nelson, Arthur Gam, Km!! Palmbom and Richard McCormick united In sending the wire, asking to be marked present at the meeting of the department that night. I'almbom and McCor mick accompanied the (earn as far as Wrangell on their way to Seattle and stopped over to see the games. Tuesday several people received wires announcing the results of the first game and yesterday the same thing happened and phones were kept ringing all over town announc ing the glad tidings. It In predicted that there will bo some wonderful stories told by (he boys upon (heir return here tomor row. At leant one of them took hli first ride on a regular steamer when he boarded the JelTerson and the rest of tlicm. while more or leaa men of the world, have never been far ther away from home than Juneau to engage In any kind of athletic*. No hurry-up ralla have been aa yet received here over (he wires by iny of (he parents of the boys for funds, but K Is thought by (hose who know them best that there Is not enough cash left among (hem (o buy coffee and. aKhough (hey will not be absolutely hungry, as It was ar ranged (ha( different homes at Wrangell were each to take In one of the boys. After having braved the perils of the deep, blue sea, stormed the Wran gell basketball teams In their own home town and snatched the laurels of victory from their brows the young men will next Monday settle down to the prosaic humdrum of pimple school life at Douglas. It will be an awful change. VISITING SON Mrs. Peter Gravrock has been vis iting at the home of her son, Carl II. Krlckson. since before Christmas. She will return to her home at the Perseverance mine next Sunday.