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Northwestern Commercial Company
will Place at least two Vessels
on the Seattle-Seward Run
That s. w ard and tributary country
will i»,- w.-U supplied with ocean trails
portal ion next year, can now be given
nit as a cet tainty. It i> well known
that the \laska I’ueitie Navigation
l onmam will be-y in at tout May. next
\ ear to ri n a :a< boa1 betw* on Seat
tle an«l this port, covering thodistance
one wav in thre* and om* h ill or f»n r
ila'- The Alaska t omuiotviai t om
pany have two 'arm steamers, ti ■
Bertha iiai tie 1 V»rt ami, winch make
c . ; • ritw. atol at interval' \os.m >
*f other tin* ' touch hen .
Now conn-'the N* 11invest»: n < onl
ine trial i naieny, a pioneer in the
Nome carrying trade, which propose'
too'ta‘*U'h a 'to mi'aip line Iviuot t
Seatt!*■ and s, ward. Thi' announce-'
mont was made y*-<terdav by ,1. I'.
Tivnliolnn*. of tit* management of the
Con•>‘ration. 'U.vs the l‘.-I- of tin* 11th
up. Mr Tn rholinc s*atod that shell
a niovt is nado p‘"ible through the
rapid development of tin* country and
Cook Inlet district.
The plan provides for the construe*,
lion or purchase of two fast l.-sMMon
st amers. Meanwhile: it «s proposi d
to e-taldish the line early in the com
ing veur. the service to tw regularly
inaugurated about the middle of Feb
ruary. To enter the new field by that
v time the company "ill place three of
its Nome fleet, the steamship*. Victoria,
Olympia and Tttcorua. on the route. J
Thcv will be continued on the run ur ;
til the operirg of *he Nom* -» usot ,
, »v . V V-rtf »> . , i-H*
named will have been purchased or,
Mr. Tn nl olme stated that the com
pau\ i-irclined to huilo *he steamers,*
If >uch a «■ nn-e is adopted it means
the building, most likely on Puget
Sound,of two fust passenger and freight1
vessels at a cost o.f from to
s.Vm.ooo. That amount,of capital, th;
company believe- should he invested in
the two vcs-els in order to give ;*c
adequate -* t vice. Plat's and specified
lions are.already being drawn wi*l> ■
view to letting the contracts.
The projHise'l steamers arc to haw
accommodations each for 1> > tir-'-eki -
and '-•*>»> -• co:nl cabin pass* ngers and a
carrying capacity, exclusive of fuel, 'i
l..">0o tons.
The plans Uung drawn provide for
a vessel of til** situu general deseri| C
•ion tin stoat hip Senator save!
that they will have greater beam and
less draught They art to he equipped
w ith such powemil machid tv and
equipment a» will enable them to make
fast time. Neither %■*<•»•! will, when
fully loaded, draw iron than twenty!
Mr. Trenh il n a’so «iatod that his
company, which together with the
Northeastern Si>»* rial* Company owns
and operates a fleet of seven vessels
each season n the Nome and Siberian
trade, has contemplated enuring this
field for neatly a year past. The
rapid development of this country and
the building < ' *h« Alaska Central j
Railway, causes a demand for better
transportation facilities, and such con
cerns as the Northwestern Commer
cial Company are wi«<* in taking ad
vantage of tie opportunity.
Sc*«?rd Public School
Arthur Gray, ltoy Ashland, Kenneth,
Irvine, Edwin Lowell. Kit Irvine.
I'eat-l Llartholf, Alexandra IjOwoII.
On last Friday aiternoon the child
ren's Thanksgiving entertainment
was repeat' d l»y request, and the sweet
ami unaffected way in which thev gave
their little exercises was euj.r'ml ,by
all and especially their attenrven'Ns
and order.
After the exercises the ichildren
and audiene were enterta tied by
pleasent talks by Mr. Sly and l>r. Sleem
after which Mr Gould treated the
children u* a big waiter of sweets and
they all u>;ev led out wit it happy faces
toi.be sound of the drum beaten by
Enter Hern in g.
G. W. Dickinson, President' A. C.
Ry* and Mr. Wash, a Local Min- ;
ing man are Purchasers
During the first of tin* week a traits-,
fer of some importance took plaee in
Seward. Jack Wash, James Clinton, {
F. Anderson, A. 11. Urgant, Thomas ;
Towle, Jerome J. Ilaehey and C. <).
tIrani, tin* original .owners, selling
Vi three-font ths interest it' thsrteenj
•_*o-aeer placer claim- on Falls creek.
2d mile* nor’h of town. The line of j
the Alaska Central railway runs i
through three of these locations.
Mr. (i. W. Dickinson, president oi
the Alaska Central railway was the;
purchaser: negotiations here having
been carried on and closed by Mr. \
Hugh C. Maker. acting as bis agent. I
The consideration is not made public.
Last Tuesday Mr. Jack Wash bought
Hie remaining interests of the other
wmlor>. hr an I Mr. Dir*riuson
•ire now ilti> owners of the property.
Nine of those claims are in the lied
of Falls creek and four are bench
claims The work of development
will he<'iii at once. Lumber will be
delivered on he emend ami a system
ol prcperai ion for next season's opera
tions beiruti. All the necessary fuutlsj
for this purp-’se having been provided.
Sutlicient work has been performed
on this rruiiml to prove its value; the
former owners bavin** made money by
working it with on'y the pick, shovel
and roeker. At one place a shaft has
been sunk L’d feet which shows colors
from top to IniHoni. 10 cents to the
pan bavin** been obtained a* the sm-j
It is the in’ert’on of the new owners!
to put i»> a flutue anti wash out the
•Travel of tfu* creek claims, then work >
the benches by the hydraulic process.
Mat 'nuska Coal as fine as any for j
Steaming Purposes and will
be Used by Warships
\r> important piece of news leaked
out tin o*her day and caught by
tin li.r•■way man while he was muK
ing his Pumas hunting,.for items.
Cmnnel \V. A.. Swanky., chief en
gine. of the Alaska Central railway.
i> an old personal friend of 1’aul Mor
ton. Soe»*e»cry of tin* navy.
Coldrel Swanitz has forwarded to
Secretary Morton n complete des
cription of Resurrection harbor ami
the Alaska Central railway.
A request from the proper source
has also _fon“ forward to fhe secretary
of the raw for the appointment of a
comn ssie.n, whose duity it will he to'
investigate the advantage, of Res
in red ion hauhor us u naval station.
This cituuui'Sion will also visit the
Matanusk” 1 oal t'p-lds and report on tlie ;
vast quantities of fuel that has lain!
dormant for years waiting for thej
completion of the railway so tint those
duskv diamonds will he of use to man-!
It ha- been thoroughly demonstrat
ed that the .Matanoska coal is as tine
for -teumiuif purposes as any op this
continent. '"nch* Sam desires suf,h
coal for Id- war s|’!ps. The Alaska
Central railroad will)a\ this coal down
at Seward. Cpch* Sams -hip-1 will ,
com** here aftpe it.
Coaling stiitiop.- for warships mutt
he protected: protection of this nature
mean- fortifying theharlior. Kesurrec-i
tion harhor will be fortified before
many years. Jot this dotvn in vour |
note book as vou may forjfet it
f»n«* Sunday Dinners
> i
Me—i's .McCarty ,v Haefs of ,t,h<*
Moose Cabin.Cafe, have inaupyrityd a !
new enterprise in connection with'
their first c]as> restaurant which is
meeting vvite popuutr favor.
They have, commenced a series of
several courye Sunday dinners: the!
time of serving being from if to ft j
o'clock. The dainty cleanliness of * heir j
establishment is noticeable by every
one entering the door.
This innovation has already been
recieved * it h appreciation by the;
people of Seward, and the quality of
such Sunday dinners as they ate serving
will greatly augment their buisness. j
Housewives who are weary of the
drudgery of the home during the week,
can enio\ a first class meal with their
husbands or families without addition
al wo**ry. Dinner parties <>{ any sir.e
can 1 *e accommodated, and aliould a
•voung man desire to giye his lady-love
a rare treat by dropping into the
Moose Cabin Cafe between the hours
named, they can all be satisfied - Tliis
is a necessity of our town that - hould
be encouraged.
Hence a Brief Description of Sew*
ard Townsite is for thefi^t
Time Given Publicity
T<» answer many inquiries ill; *l,nr
no! onl\ to the editor, hut to i*f‘
asking for a desreript-ion of t|i ,0'vn '
site of Seward. an attempt, is * a
made to deserihe that whieh ii >m(,‘
will be the site of, if not the ^'e*.t.
one of the most im|H)rtant an pros
perous eit ies of A laska.
Seward a> i> yvell kno\» n. :s lua'
ed on the yvest side and witl u oiU
mile <>f the ext feme head of lb*;n ,l'*
lion Lay. The townsite is ' 0,1
a gradual slope beginning at tl ha^e
of the uicuutuin on the west ;hi
v lined toward the east and sout' toth<
waters edge, as the townsite hi
measure juts out into the harln • it •'
hounded on the east and south > the
waters of I Iestirreet ion Hay.
Lowell ereek, ijuite a large 'uoun-.
tain stream, Mows from west > east
through tile town a little north d tin
center. To give some idea of t fall,
which in the future will he usi id toi
sewerage purposes, elevation- along
this stream are given. It she»LI he
here stated that Jefferson, a cross
street 100feet in width, is tl.versed
in Lowell ereek, and that n the
course of time this stream will K’ Ihix
•>d in and covered over.
Loginning on First avenue, on the
west side of the townsite. the e vation
is 11’.*> feet above low tide. Sec mil ave
nue ll<» feet. Third avenue 1'<> feet.
Fourth a venue N> feet. Fifth avenue
00 feet, Sixth avenue 45 feet. Seventh
avenue Jo feet. Those streets border
ing on salt water arc but v 0 -t
u’.jv. . r -' -v, 1, ;i.< •« i-y., :ri^
ing about IT feet.
All avenues run north ami south and
are W feet hi width. Cross streets,
which are named after the pnddents.
are 00 feet in width with the exception
of Jefferson s*reet as above stated.
Alleys 20 feet id width run from,north
to south. The blocks are eto feet
north and south by 220 feet e.'.st and
The soil is gravelly, insuring splen
did flra»nage. which is quite nei-essury
>n this moist climate. Regirding
timber, it should be remarked tlpt that
which lccyntly covered the ti.wnsite
was of second growth, the lirst, ‘living
been cut by the Russians ab ut l.»7
years ago. and was made up inr> lum
ber for the purpose of building ships.,
a numtier having been construe til in
this harbor. Such trees as spruce,
hemlock, birch ,balm of gillbl and
cottonwood are the kinds to be found ;
here. Native f.ru'ts are hucklel u ric-.
Alaskan cranberries, high at4 low ;
bush, and red currents, much argeri
and finer than those cultivated!
The townsite company owi the I
water system. Water is taken mm a
stream southwest of town and is nrried
by gravity to points required. Next 1
year this important auxiliary to a]
growing town will be greatly improved.
A great deal of information vhich
may be of interest to many is not in
eluded in the foregoing description, as
this article is not intended as u& ad
vertisement for jthe townsite ^company
or any individual.
Mew Placer Locations
McDonald, Kelly and Murphy, three
prospectors, have-,located a nuni ^r of
placer claims at the mouth of Join-top]
creek. -7 miles north of Sevan. ;md
near the line of the Alaska (Yijfcral
railway. 4 -
Before locating, by. thoroughly !Tt,!v 1
pec.ting the ground they dcn)0usr4ted
that they had a valuable propos h»n.
They have commenced the >vpr4 of
development and will continue throOgb
the winter,.. .Their work will bo prioci.-]
pally confined to sinking shafts *n(^
preparing for sluicing next season *
K ldie Willis; who recently marked j
M’s-' Kmma Newkirk, the lady yho
won the $1<)<>() beauty prisse at Mu<"-f°n
Square (iarden. New York, isas°M
Klondike partner of A. O. Goul I0*
Seward. On account of the roms^flc
feauji' s about this wedding, illu":‘|t'
ed nepers all over the country ! l?e
beep giving the story quite an ann'-wt
of space,
End of Track at Snow River
Pile Bridge will soon be Fin
ished Other Items, Etc.
The end of the truck of the Alaska i
Contras railway i> now at Snow river, i
I’ile driving for the bridge across<
that streuni will begin on next Mon
day .
Grading on mile from -1 to 2* iJ
progressing rapidly notwithstanding!
inclement weat her that has been ex-1
perienced iii that neighborhood lately.
Gall & Westerland have taken the
■"Mfraet. for clearing mile 2d. which,
shows that the railwax is getting fur
ther and further toward tin interior.
Tlr* Construction <'ompanv is daily |
I'xpecting a cargo o* dynamite by sail
ing vi-sstd. This explosive is htully 1
needed to complete the rock cuts on
miles 2.5 to 2<>
In anticipat ion of a Inryo sup ply of
dynamite arriving, the com pane havej
const meted two powder houses, each
Hix:>0 feet in size. One is locate.! be-!
vond the northeast corn>T <•* the town-j
site and the other "no half mile hevond
Bear creek, seven Utiles north of.town
Kxt rente hiyh tides dttriny tlte tir-t i
of t lie we !.- did considerable datnaye
to the embankment soiitl< of thelayoon
outside of town and a. la rye force ot
men have, been kept busy imildiny ad*
dii iottal crib work.
Soundinys for wharf number 2. which
is to he purely a railway dock, have
been completed and plans for it' con
struct ion are heiny made in the cltiel
enyheor’s office. Tlte exact location of
th’" wharf has not yet been decided
The company wbl frame and build
several truss bridyes this winter and
have them ready for immediate orec
tion when required. Mans for the
timbers and iron work are now well
under wav
1 Selections from Fxehanges which
Tend to Show Importance
of Metal Mining
Mining furnishes many illustrations
; in which stockholders reap large profits
in their investments. One of these in
stances is that *'f the stockholders in
the (,'orwen tteef Gold Mining com
pany of file Transvaal. South Africa.
, who i" the past, sixteen years have
j paid .*7.1oti,(H)o in dividends or J.1HX'
pel cent, an average of 7.1 per cent a
year. Exchange.
Vou nearly always hear of the ‘‘big
strikes “ hut you seldom stop to figure
up the thousands who have profited by
the steady little pnxlucers. Find a
good vein that assays well, and you
will never have any trouble in develop
ing it if you don't try to hide your
luck from the world Remember that
the news of \otir ‘‘find" should he
public property,. if you want your
country advertised There is no class
more secretive than the prospectors,
and at the same time no news which i>
more welcome or .more beneficial to a
mining community Record Miner,
Mr Walter Harvey Weed, in a recent
number of the Mining Magazine, gives
the following interesting facts: The
production of metallic copper in the
United States for iMtt.'l was (>08,044..‘>17
pounds of a value of $0l,;>0ti.00ti. In
UK>;h 44 per cent or about 280 million
pounds. wore produced from an area a
mile long and one-half mile wide, at J
Hut i e. Montana; 2(>, per cent, or about!
loti million pounds, from :i strip of j
country two to, six miles long extend
ing through the center of the Kewee
naw Ueninsnty, M'chigan; and IK per
cent, or ISO million pounds, from four
isolated districts ip Arizona;of thct, re
maining 12 percent, the..greater part
comes from Uingham. Utah: Keswick,
Unl.. and Ducktown, Tenn. The gold
and silver mines of the country, not
ably those of Colorado, contribute
about one per cent, t>f the total pro
duction, which is obtained as a by-pro^
duct in smelting for the precious
metals. Of the six largest mines in
the world four are in the United States,
the Anaconda mine of Butte itself
furnishing one-seventh of the entire
world's supply of copper, and the
Calumet and Heela nearly one-eighth.
Patrick Hnckefeller Backus is train-1
ing his whiskers for a purpose* When
they have attained a length of iU)
inches, it is said that Mr. Backus pro
poses to |H>se as a liussian patriach.
Ladies purses and hand satchels at
Seward News stand.
'I'lie Post-fnteIli<rencer correspond
ent at Nome estimates tlx* placer #old
output of that district fertile season
just dosed as in excels of $t.tHMUNKl.
Charles |). Lai e. the largest mininu*
map in the district, says the output
will fully equal that ol last year.
Then 's < veyy reason to believe
that Alaska wWl be represented at
Washington j.his winter., as in years
past. b\ volunteer conyre-smen. but
just for fear that there rniyht be a
shor'.e.M , the ^ alii' / < handier of < on:*
metre has elected two Douglas
J. w. Neal the government fa filler
of ('upper ('enter, i < ports his \ ear - ex
perience as very successful. He raised
a line crop of oats, barlex and wheat,
though the latter got slightly nipped
b\ frost. Outs matured in excellent,
shape, producing a line quality of grain
and a very abundant \ mid. This year,
the second of experiment:! voik. tin
ground produces at least .•> p -r cent
better than last year. As is well
knoxyn. this stumper has been the
\vor*" experienced *n six \ears for cold
tainx weather, and tie-tact that grain
inn’tired under such untavoral'h* con
ditions proves the feasibility of rais
ing in the ('oppi t rivx r vailey all the
feed required. I’rospectot
The Arctic Hrutherorhood. at the
session held tn Seattle, decided that
! persons oil’side.of Alaska and tin- Yu
! koc Territory could not become active
j members of the order. Now if it,
! would make another order to the effect
| that >ts meetings and all its business
tran?actions should be confined to the
same territorial, limits it would lx* in
1 keeping \' ith it'- name.
.T. \Y Allen a pioneer mining man
of Alaska who has spentt It** past month
in the Fairbanks district, is in Seattle
and staged to a newspaper reporter
that, many people, perhaps n.OOO would
winter there and that netting opera
tions in the district are active,
j "T*vr« c-e." said N\c. All n, “tw •
creeks that are deetnc'' rich. Tiiese
are Cleary and Fairbanks. The conn
1 try |uis not been sqwitehed, let alone
prospected properly. f
•'There will lx* a goolt deal of work
done in the Tatiana distrietthis winter
I’ntil this syjnmer there has been no
i machinery o * tin* creeks, Miners had
I to wait for winter to ball it out front
the town.
“I heard of a company which expen
ded as much as $2,000 in haul in*; mu.
chinery only 12 miles from town.
"Last winter's work was roughly es*
timated as having produced a million
dollars. There is some shallow ground
hut most of the ground is deep. There
is more \vat,er than, in the Klondike.
Work whs dyne las* winter on a small
scale by means of wood fires and lijjht
“1 should not added Mr. Allen,"ad
vise people to, #o there until next
spring. There :v e enough people there
to do all the work that is to he done
and only jtM about sufficient supplies
for them."
Alfred Lowell Tells of his Placer
Claim Three Miles South
of SeWard
Editor Oatewav:
One week ago I went to my placer
claim on a creek three miles south ot
town for the purpose of fixing up the
camp and washing out a few pans of
gravel from the bottom of the crera.
After reaching there, 1 to )k three
pan* of gravel from the creek liottoiii
and obtained an average of -•> cents
from each pan W ith a Hume, from
$2f>, to #10 per day to the man could
be cleaned up at this rate.
We call this stream Tansina creek.
While walking along it ,at the time
mentioned I sn.w il yePow spot on
the bed rock: I picked it up and found
it was a gold #uggel. Its value proved
to be $ldii{. u”d Jam now wearing it
as a watch charm
We intend to put in,a flume there
next summer and work at sluicing the,
creek bottom during the season. We
will peauire plenty of lumber for this
Yours truly
Seward, Alaska, Dec. 8, IimR.
If you must drink, then drink ti c
best f’ha^e .A Sanborns coffee at Drown
«y Hawkins

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