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Valdez Weekly Prospector
Vol. 8 Valdes, Alaska, February 25, 1909 No. 3 ROAD COMMISSION PLANS BIG SEASON So soon as the snow is off sufficient ly to permit of work the Alaska Road Commission will have between .'UK) and 400 men employed on the trail between Valdez and Fairbanks. It is the in tention of the commission to have by theeno of the summer a road along which a man can drive an ordinary vehicle between Valdez and Fairbanks, and within two years it will be possible 10 do the heaviest kind of teaming over the road, summer and winter. Lieut. Orchard, who is in authority when it comes to management of the commission headquarters, now in Val dez, discussed the intention of the com mission in an interview with the Pros pector this morning, and he said that the present plan for the summer is to have three main sections to the work, the one at this end of the road to be under the supervision of .lack Ingram, the center section to be under the sup ervision of James H. Watson, who came to Valdez w ith the commission, and the Fairbanks end to be directed by Superintendent Zug. The supplies are now out on the trail and the work of establishing camps for the summer will require only a short time. The commission is rapidly getting established in its new quarters and the work under Lieut. Orchard's direction is moving smoothly. The headquarters force consists of W. J. Daly, chief clerk, S. L. Carter, chief of the engi neer corps, James II. \Vatson, perman ent engineer. James G. Mulro\ and Miss Klinor Moorhouse, clerks. Lieut. Orchard is no stranger in Val dez, having some years ago been in charge of the quartermaster's depart ment at Fort Liscum. Lieut. Orchard and his family are established in the rooms in the upper story of the build ing housing the commission otlices. MarsiKi I Sh on p Resigns Washington, Feb. 28—United States Maashal Shoupof Juneau lias tendered ] 1 is resignation to take effect June 1. The resigna tion lias been accepted. There are many applicants for the position. Fleet Is Safely Home Hampton Roads, Feb. 23— Safe and in better shape than when it departed from here a year ago, the Atlantic fleet is now at anchor, having comple ted its trip around the World. The battleships arrived at 10 o'clock yesterday morning, and an hour later were being re viewed by the president, and by an enormous crowd representing ail parts of the country. Hoosevelt's Nephew Is Killed Cambridge, Mass., Feb. 24— Stewart Robinson, nephew of President Roosevelt, was in stantly killed yesterday after noon as the result of a fall from a window. Young Robinson was attending Harvard College. He was the son of the Robinson al leged to have profited by the Panama canal deal. Excursionists Are Killed Hampton Roads, Feb. '28— Seven persons were killed and titty were injured in the* wreck of an excursion train enroute to this city yesterday for the pur" pose of joining in the welcome of the fleet. HORSESHOE MINE IS FINE PROPERTY f O. W. Harrington, the mining en gineer who has been doing the assess ment work on the Reynolds property at Horseshoe bay, is back in town, his labors completed. Mr. Harring ton says there is 110 doubt in his mind as to the value of the property, and he says that with time and money the mine can be placed on a profit able shipping basis as the develop I ment work has established the fact that large quantities of 8 per cent ore are in sight. Mr. Harrington freely admits that when he began work he had no great faith in tne property, and he is surprised at the showing made. Mr. Harrington brought to Valdez between 300 and 400 pounds of ore I that has attracted the attention of I mining experts. One piece weighs nearly 200 pounds. Samples Are Much. Admired James McCarty is receiving"the com mendations of his friends who wax en thusiastic after being shown two cop per ore samples that McCarthy has had brought to Valdez from his property on Nugget creek. The samples are to become a part of the Valdez exhibit at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition and they have been in the hands of I'ainter Sanders who has polished them up until the reflection from their sur faces makes a peacock's tail appear like a smudge by comparison. The samples are to be labeled, and they are of such character as to appeal alike to the mining expert and to uninitiated One of the samples weighs 157 pounds and is 70 per cent ore. The other is practically as line. The samples came from the Valdez claim of the McCarthy property, and Billy Egan sfiys that last summer he cross-cut the vein exposing the ore body for a width of twenty eight and one half feet. Clark Is Refused Saloon License The application of Dell Clark for a renewal of his saloon license was re fused by Judge Ileid because of the protest of District Attorney Crossley, the matter being presented without notice to Clark, who knew nothing of it until served with an order directing him to close. The case has been the subject of some discussion and the com ment is made that the official action does not accord with the rule that every man is entitled to his day in court, that a defendant is ent itled to be confronted by the witnesses against him and that judgment cannot be rendered without service of process. J. I). Johnston, the Boulder bay log ger arrested yesterday on a charge of rape, appears to have been the victim of a woman's anger. Johnston was given a preliminary hearing before ('ommissioner Beeks yesterday after n jon and it was developed that there is not the slightest excuse for the charge against him and he was discharged. The story as told by the witnesses is that Johnston and his wife have had } numerous quarrels and that after the last of these quarrels the woman wrote the letter resulting in the arrest of Johnston. Neither Mrs. Johnston nor the alledged victim, her l(>-year old daughter, had any evidence to substantiate the criminal charge. Tetiiitssec Man Succeeds Wright Philadelphia, Feb. 24—Presi dent-Elect Tttft, now in this city, announced this morning that lie will appoint J. M. Dickinson of Tennessee to the cabinet position of secretary of war to succeed Luke E. Wright. Mr. Taft last nitfht delivered an address be fore the students of the Univer sity of Pennsylvania. BEEKS HOLDS JAP POACHERS I Commissioner Heeks decided yes teiday that the Japanese poachers are not entitled to discharge as poor convicts under Section 1042 of the federal statutes which provides that a prisoner sentenced by any court of the United States to pay a fine with or without imprisonment may secure his discharge after serving thirty days for its non-payment, on making an affi davit that ne has less than $20 in mon ey and property. District Attorney Crossley demurred to the jurisdiction of the commissioner, urging that the district court of Alaska is not strictly a court of the United States. Judge Heeks overruled the demur rer, upholding his own jurisdiction, but decided that the Japanese could not avail themselves of the poor con vict act because the term ot their sentence entitles them to serve it out at the rate of $2 a day. He held that the only purpose of Section 1042 is to prevent perpetual imprisonment for non-payment of a fine. The case will be appealed by counsel for the Japanese. TELEGRAPH 1C BREVITIES Washington, Feb. 26—Delegate Cale of Alaska enlivened an all night session of congress last night by caustically giving advice to Gov. Hoggatt who, it was declared "would do a great deal better if he would re main in Alaska, where he belongs, instead of in Washington lobbying for corporate interests." The con troversy arose when it came to a dis cussion of an increased appropria tion for the enforcement of the Alaska game law. Delegate Cale opposed the measure whicn was advocated by Re] r -senta tive Humphrey, and which linally passed at 4 o'clock this morning, in creasing the appropriation from $5, 000 to $10,000. Representative Graines of Tennessee, in opposing the bill declared that it was drafted by Gov ernor Hoggatt in order to increase the executive's patronage. It was at this stage that Delegate Cale made his remarks. Fairbanks, Feb. 26—Fairbanks' first stamp mill was christened yesterday with elaborate ceremony. The mayor of the town declareid a holiday and all commercial houses were closed in honor of an event that presages for Fairbanks and the Tanana country a long and prosperous future. Miss Kellogg, a native born Alaska girl christened the mill and as the first stamps to sound their thunder in the Tanana country fell with a clang, a band played and whistles from all up and down the creeks for miles sounded their jubilations. Witnessed by thousands the stamps fell grindingly upon ore from the Chatham creek quartz mines, and the initial operation of what is believed to presage a cycle of quartz activity in the Tanana became history. Seattle, Feb. 26—Mackenzie Bros., Ltd., of Vancouver, B. C. have char tered the steamship Leelanaw and April 1, will enter the Alaska trans portation field. On the date named the Leelanaw will be dispatched to southeastern Alaska ports and thence westward calling at Valdez, (Jordova, and Seward. When the Nome season opens she will go through to Norton sound ports. Attorney-General Bonaparte wires to Marshal Love that it seems cer tain the Fourth judicial division bill will paws congress at this session, to become effective July 1. For that reason the attorney-general declines at this time to allow deputies asked for by the marshal, as he wishes that matter to he arranged in the organiza tion of the separate divisions. ALASKA ROADS TO BE INVESTIGATED Washington, Feb. 26—The senate territorial committee will report in favor of the war department conduct ing a thorough investigation this sum mer to the effect, that the needs of Alaska in regard to wagon roads may be determined. The committee will further recommcnd that a lighthouse inspector made a tour of the Alaska coast for the purpose of determining the necessary improvements in the way to aids to navigation. The committee urges the extention of time in which Alaska railroads may be completed. It is specifically re j commended that the Alaska Short i Line and the Katalla road be each given an extension of three years. The measure providing for the inves tigation of projected railroads is not to be retained in the committee re port. l'ortus Weave Dies Penniless Los Angeles, Feb. 26—Portus B. Weare, formerly powerful in the com mercial affairs of Alaska died here last night, penniless. During the past ten years Weare's financial downfall has been rapid. Portuw H. Weare. in 1898, was pres ident of and the largest stockholder in the North American Trading and Transportation Company operating in Nome. For more than twenty years he was a member of the Chi cago Hoard of Trade, and ten years ago he was rated as a millionaire, llis financial difficulties originated from unsuccessful speculations, en tered into at a time when Weare's faculties were impaired by old age. Asa young man he never speculated. Last summer Weare made an assign ment for the benefit of his creditors. His speculations caused his expulsion from the Chicago Board of Trade, and for the past year or so he has been living in Los Angeles, in retire ment. Wilmer raises Reid Seattle, Feb. 2f>—Gen. L. Allison Wilmer, special assistant to the at torney general, arrived on the Penn sylvania from Valdez where he has been investigating the conduct of Judge JSilas II. Reid, accused of questionable action with the Alaska Central receivership. Gen. Wilmer declared that Judge Reid's oflftcifl acts are absolutely without suspicion and the charges against him were utterly without foundation in fact. Gen. Wilmer said, however, that cer tain of Judge Reid's appointees are open to criticism and that District Attorney Crossley is to investigate the acts of two men, whom Gen. Wilmer refused to name. Gen. Wil mer departed this morning on his way to Washington. Billy Lear of the Buffet has r< - ceived !• letter from Jack Hardy, wl o i« now in Arkansas Hot Spring*. Hardy writen that he i« having the time of Iiih life and that the town iw ••good,*' but not in the moral «ense of the word. Hardy will be in Seat tle early in March and will remain there until after the exponition. J fog aft Mdhen Suggestions Washington, Feb. 26-Gover nor Iloggatt of Alaska has sug gested the name of Nelson for the new townsite to be estab lished at the head of Cordova bay. The Nelson to be thus honored, if the suggestion is adopted, is Senator Knute Nelson of Minnesota.