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Cordova Daily Times
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Owing to an interruption in the
cable between here anil Valdez and
also on the Sitka line today the
Daily Times was unable to get its
regular Associated Press report
through and unless the break is re
paired before morning our outside
news service will be routed by
wrieless for the present.
WASHINGTON. Oct. 6 (by Associ
ated Press).—Anti-suggragists have
carried the fight against the woman
suffrage amendment to the United
States supreme court and will make
an effort to get. a final decision be
fore (he November elections.
BOSTON, Oct. t! (by Associated
Press).—Charles Ponzi can pay less
than one dollar in three on claims of
creditors, according to a report of the
referee in bankruptcy. Liabilities are
given as $7,500,000, with assets of
TOKIO, Oct. I! (by Associated
Press).—A paper that does not mar
even when wet is said to have been
invented by a young Japanese stu
dent. The paper is described as valu
able as material for paper money,
Japanese umbrellas and military
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 6 (by Asso
ciated Press).—The state supreme
court has sustained the state indus
trial commission’s accident award of
$464 to Owe Ming, a Chinese fisher
man in Alaskan waters, establishing
the right of the commission to make
awards to California citizens injured
outside of the state. The decision re
versed a former judgment by a lower
court, which annulled the award.
Col. J. G. Steese. president of the
Alaska road commission, was in Cor
dova last evening and furnished
the Daily Times with the following
complete resume of the work of this
board during the past year and also
! its plans for a ten-year campaign of
road building:
The Alaska road commission has
been completely reorganized the past]
year and is now composed of three j
officers of the corps of engineers of,
the regular army. Col. Gotwalls. the]
engineer officer, arrived in Alaska:
early last April: Col. Steese, the pres
ident, arrived early in July, and Capt.1
Ward, the secretary and disbursing |
officer, arrived about the end of Aug-!
list. The army appropriation bill did j
not pass congress until June 5. so that ^
plans for the season's work were seri
ously delayed.
A late spring, however, helped the1
situation somewhat and it is expected ;
that work in some localities may be
continued till November. The total
resources of the commission from all
sources, including co-operative funds'
from the territory, amounted on July
1. 1920, to $590,000. exclusive of ac
muruulated plant ar.d supplies. Of
this amount. $523,000 has been al
lotted for the working season of 1920.
leaving the balance ."or the purchase
of supplies this winter, to care for
emergency work this winter and next
spring, and to start operations next
spring, pending receipt of next year’s
appropriation which should be avail-1
able by March 4. 1921, unless congress
fails to pass the appropriation bills
in order to force, the new president to
call an extra session.
The above allotment was distrib
uted as follows:
Juneau local roads .. $ 0,000
Sitka local roads and bridges 1,500 ,
Haines-Pleasant Camp . 34,000
Nome district . .. 70.000
Seward, Moose Pass, Anchor
age, Knik . 18,000
Willow creek district . 15,000
Talkeetna-Cache Creek . 75.000
Iliamna bay . 5.000
Yaldez-Chitina-Fairbanks road 200,000
Tacotna-Ophir-Long-Ruby . 35,500
Circle-Miller House . 7,500 ,
Eagle. Forty-Mile. Seventy
Mile . 5.500
MeCarthy-Nizina . 25,000
Roosevelt-Eureka Creek (Kan
tishna) . 10,000
Fairbanks, Yukon and Koyu
kttk trails . 15,000
Total .$523,000
The above is also exclusive of funds
SEATTLE, Wash., Sept. 30 (Spe
cial Correspondence).—Marking a
new epoch in Northern mining and
representing one of the largest
shipments of gold ever sent out
of the Kuskokwim river district be
tween Seward and the Aleutian
islands—a consignment of $150,000 in
gold dust arrived in Seattle when
the steamer Katherine C docked in
port from the north. The gold dust
is being shipped into the states by
placer miners along the Kuskokwim
river, according to advice received
by J. L. Burnside, general agent in
Seattle for the White Pass & Yukon
route and the Northern Commercial
company, which maintains a number
of trading posts in that territory.
Recent advices from that section
indicate a big increase in population
and am optimistic boom spirit. The
big gold dust shipment just received
here represents the pioneering of
placer miners panning the tributary
streams of the Kuskokwim.
Between 4,000 and 5,000 tourists
were handled on the White Pass line
during the summer season, which
breaks the records of all previous
With cannery crews and cargoes
of canned salmon, the ship St, Paul
and the bark Guy C. Goss, of the
Northwestern Fisheries company, ar
rived in Seattle from Alaska, The
St. Paul was stationed all summer
at Kenai and the Goss at Chignik,
the Northwestern company having
large canneries at both places.
Bonanza ore strikes are being re
ported at Anchorage by prospectors
who have been out during the sum
mer, states reports received at the
Alaska bureau of the chamber of com
(Continued on Page Two)
expended by the department ot agri
culture in the Tongass and Chugach
forest reserves and funds appropri
ated by the territorial leginlati'i 3 and
not expended under the supervision
of the Alaska road commission. Many
projects formerly initiated and main
tained by the Alaska road commission
have been turned over to those two
The following roads are being con
structed and maintained in the for
est reserves by the department of ag
riculture in co-operation with the ter
Katalla to oil fields . 20
Cordova-Eyak lake . 8
Portage-Prince of Wales Island 11
Petersburg-Scow Bay . 5
Ketchikan-Ward’s Cove 7
Auk bay extension to Juneau
Eagle river road a
Salmon river-Hyder 10
Seward-Kenai lake .. 9
Quartz creek-Russian river . 30
Total . 105
Final reports of the season’s work
"ill not he in until about December
1st. but from all indications defin
ite and substantial progress is be
ing made in carrying out the com
prehensive and progressive plans of
the commission (a) to repair the dam
age and deterioration resulting from
l lie lean war years, (b) to main
tain and improve the existing system,
and Ic) to embark on new construc
tion on approved projects which may
bo completed in a reasonable period.
Estimates for next year amount to
$955,000.00. It this amount is se
cured, it will complete the re-open
ing of the Valdez-Fairbanks and
Haines-Pleasant Camp roads and will
enable substantial progress to be
made on the following through
routes: Talkeetna-Cache creek, Rain
ey Pass, Tacotna, Ohpir, Long, Ruby,
Lignite, Kantishna, Roosevelt, David
son's Landing. Kugarok. Candle.
Fairbanks, Chatanika, Miller House,
Circle, Eagle. Forty-Mile, Internation
al boundary (connects with Canadian
road at Dawson). In addition, it will
provide for the maintenance and
improvement of the existing system
and for initiating or continuing work
on a number of important develop
ment spurs and feeders to the pres
ent system, some fifty projects al
The tentative distribution as sub
mitted with the estimate is as fol
lows :
Southeastern Alaska .$ 55,000.00
Southwestern Alaska 158,000.00
road . 250,000.00
Copper river valley . 45,000.00
Yukon district . 327,000.00
Nome district . 100,000.00
Surveys and reconnaissan
ces . 20,000.00
Total .$955,000.00
In addition, a program of a mil
lion a year for ten years has been
drawn up and submitted. This pro
gram will provide not only for the
improvement to wagon road standard
of all the above mentioned projects
but it will also take care of new
projects arising with the develop
ment of the next ten years. The ac
companying table indicates the pro
gram proposed by the commission,
exclusive of isolated projects in
Southeastern Alaska and in the Alas
ka peninsula. It is based upon the
war department appropriation and is
exclusive of the Alaska fund or
funds appropriated for the depart
ment of agriculture or by the ter
ritorial legislature. It will result in
giving Alaska, in addition to short
spurs and development connections
between the producing communities
and water or rail transportation, the
following through routes by road or
“A"—Valdez, C'hitlna to Fairbanks,
t'hatanika and Circle. Summer auto
or wagon road, 573 miles.
■ B"—Government railroad to Cache
Creek. Tacotna (Kuskokwim Dis
niot), Ophir, Long, Ruby (Yukon Dis
tract l. Summer auto or wagon road,
469 miles.
i — ciagie 10 rorry ivme ana in
ternational boundary (connects with
Canadian road to Dawson). Summer
auto or wagon road. 97 miles.
D"—Davidson's Landing to Kuga
rok and Candle. Summer auto or
wagon road, 159 miles.
"L"—Route “A" connected to
routes "B,’ and ‘‘I).’’ Summer
pack train, wagon road, sled road or
trail, 2,887 miles.
"F" -Route "10” extended to Fort
Yukon, Caro, Livengood. Rampart.
Arctic City. Iditarod, Kotlik. St. Mich
ael and Nome. Summer pack train,
wagon road, sled road, or trail, 3.802
“G”—Same as routes “A." ”B." "C”
and "D.” Winter bob-sled or wagon
load, 1,353 miles.
"H”—Route “A” extended to Fort
Yukon, Livengood. Rampart and Fort
Gibbon. Winter bob-sled or wagon
road. 988 miles.
“1” Same as route “F.” Winter
double-ender or dog team, wagon or
sled road, or trail, 3,802 miles.
Mileage of entire project: Through
routes above, winter roads. 2.298;
summer roads, 470; trails, 2.034; total.
3,802. Miscellaneous routes, winter
roads, 567; summer roads, 630; trails.
1.266; total, 2.463. Totals, winter
roads. 1,865; summer roads, 1.100;
trails. 3,300. Grand total. 6,265 miles.
Existing system. winter roads,
1,031; summer roads, 636; trails,
3,223; total. 4.980.
New construction, winter roads,
934; summer roads, 464; trails, 77;
total. 1,375.
The roads and trails already con
strue; ed and now being maintained
by the commission have not only
opened up to development nearly all
sections of the territory but have ef
fected large savings in freight
charges. Data collected by the com
SEATTLE, Oct. (> (by Associated Press).—\Y. G.
Wilt, chief clerk of the Alaska engineering commission,
who is in Seattle on a business visit, suggested the sub
sidizing- of settlers in the proximity of the Alaska gov
ernment railroad as a means of speedy development
in an interview here today in the Times. He contrasted
the attitude of the government with that of Jim Hill,
builder of the Great Northern railroad, and dechired
that only when the government offers good induce
ments to settlers will the northern country be properly
mission in 1913 indicated that the
direct saving in transportation cost
of freight during that year due to the
construction of roads by the commis
sion was $2,144,067. The total amount
expended for construction and mainte
nance, 1905-1913, was $2,578,882.71.
it is doubtful, however, if anything
like that amount of freight would
have been transported without the
roads and the indirect loss which
would be occasioned by the restric
tion on output and development if
the roads did not exist cannot easily
he estimated. The corresponding fig
ures for 1920 are not available but
it is expected that the showing will
he even more striking.
Hoad work in Alaska cannot be
handled from Washington or Seattle.
It cannot even be handled from Ju
neau. It can only be handled prop
erly through an acquaintanceship
with actual conditions on the ground.
This the new board has recognized
from the beginning and both the pres
ident and the engineer officer have so
far spent over 80 per cent of their
time in the field. Between them they
will have visited at least once every!
district and every important project j
in the territory before they have been
in office six months.
Plans for next year call for repeat- j
ed inspections of the most important :
projects and at least one inspection j
of every piece of work and a visit to 1
each town and district in order to I
become familiar with local conditions. |
business, etc. The disbursing officer, j
also, will visit each disbursing dis
trict and standardize methods and ac
The district superintendents of the
commission are all men of long ex-,
perience in Alaska as well as with the
commission. They are excellent men
and have their districts well in hand. !
The foremen are all old-timers who ;
are thoroughly familiar with road !
work and conditions at all seasons of!
the year. Keen the common labor is
made up largely of long-time resi
dents of the territory. A well-knit or
ganization is being built up, addi
tional equipment is being secured,
and granted a reasonable appropria
tion from year to year, substantial re
sults will soon follow.
The support and encouragement
met with in ail parts of the territory
has been particularly gratifying. A
united front should convince congress
of the need for substantial appropria
tions for the next few years, if any
'•eal progress is to be made.
WASHINGTON. Oct. 6 (by Associ
ated Press).—President Wilson has
written a letter to Senator Spencer,
Republican, of Missouri, declaring the
statement recently made by the sen
ator that the president had promised
military aid to Rumania and Serbia in
the event of an invasion, was '‘false.”
SALEM. Ore.. Oct. 6 (by Associated
Press).—Parties of searchers have
been unable to (ind any traces of H.
N’. Hill of Olympia, state highway
commissioner, who went into the wild
section of the Black Hills on a hunt
ing trip last Sunday.
W ASHINGTON, Oct. t! (by Associ
ated Press).—Prevalence of yellow
fever on the east coast of Mexico has
caused the public death service place
to be quarantined and restrictions
placed on all travelers from east coast
SEATTLE, Oct. (1.— (Special to the
Daily Times).—Fish quotations at
noon October 5; Halibut, 21c; chick
ens, 10c; sable fish, tic; red and ling
cod. 2c.
MEXICO CITY. Oct. ti (by Associ
ated Press).—Intimations that the
United States. France and Great Brit
ain have agreed on a treaty against
Mexico tire contained in Washington
dispatches received here. It is be
lieved the treaty is relative to the
collection of $20,000,000 damages re
sulting from the various revolutions
in Mexico. Washington has denied
the existence of such a treaty.
NEW YORK. Oct. 6 (by Associated
Press).—Notwithstanding the general
increase in baseball throughout the
country it is unlikely that in the
present series to decide the world’s
championship that new records will
be made in attendance for a single
game or for the series. The reason
for this is that the capacity of the
parks where the games are to be
played is insufficient to erase from
the record books top notch figures
that have been established in pre
vious years.
The largest crowd that ever wit
nessed a single game in a world ser
ies was 42,620, which was the an
nounced official attendance for the
final contest of the 1916 series be
tween the Boston Red Sox of the
American league and of the Brook
lyn national league, played at Bos
ton. The best record for total at
tendance at a series was made in
1912, when the Boston team of the
American league and the New York
team of the National league played
to 251,901 persons in eight games.
Ebbets Field, the home grounds of
the Brooklyn club of the National
league, has been tested to its cap
acity in one world’s series, that of
1916, and while it is possible for
between 22,000 and 23,000 to crowd
into the stands and pavilions, the
largest official attendance there in
the 1916 series was 21,6622. The
parks of the contending clubs for
the American league penant show no
possibilities for new attendance fig
ures for a single game, or the likeli
hood of a new record for the series
when pared with the comparatively
small capacity of Ebbets Field. The
seating capacity of the park at Cleve
(Contlnued on Page Three)

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