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Letter From Alaska
By Mary J. McDougall
First 1 want to tell you that
I feel as if half of me is left in
Segttle with my boy. 1 surely hope
I can get over it eventually. It
seems I have been on the go and
on a big rush since I arrived at
Anchorage. I will giyt you a brief
story of my trip North.
We had an enjoyable trip most
of the way. except when we— ran
into clouds and fog. I was a trifle
uncomfortable when the plane be
gan to rock. It felt as‘ if it were
going to fall apart any minute. I
sat with a girl from Anchorage
and she cordially invited me to
stay at her home but I refused.
thinking I had a room reserved.
Later I regretted my refusal when
I. with others, sat around waiting
for our rooms. Seems that the
train had returned that day with
unexpected passengers. Some sort
of convention was going on.
Returning to my plane trip: I!
was enchanted with the cloud for
mations. with the rippling waters
beiow and the rugged. cold look
ing mountains on either side. The
water was very clear and appar
ently quite shallow as we could
look down and see the very bot
tom and observe all sorts of sea
life, Of course we were too high
up to be able tc- see what they
were. but there were large white
shapes and dark smaller ones. Two
soldiers sitting behind me were
murmuring their wonder about the
'clearness of the deep blue sea. At
times the fog was so thick the
plane had to soar higher and then
our eyes began to ache and funny
noises crackled in our ears. That‘s
when the sticks of gum. in my
handbag. came in handy. You
should have seen me chew them
‘with a vigor that was neither lady
like nor artistic. or what have you.
:When we landed in Anchorage my
:jaws were really tired.
;_. As I said before. I sat for an
ihcur and a. half with a group of
Lothers waiting for rooms to be
évac'ated. Finally I called up Hotel
iRoosevelt. They had no single
{rooms but had one with twin beds
{90 I took it—and gladly. Cost me
:36 per night. but I needed to stay
Only overnight. Then I went to the
gAlaska Airlines Office to see about
Aflyin’g to Bethe} the next day. but
{Was told the next trip would be
ion Tuesday—and this was Friday.
ifiancelled my ticket there and as
“he Northern Consolidated tRay
gPetersoni was making a trip the
xjext day, I made arrangements
Vwith them. By this time it was
nearly five p. m.. so rushed over
for some fresh fruit to take with
me \Ve were to leave at seven
the next morning. I was getting
famished by now. so tor-k my pur
chase home and tidied up a bit.
but as I was pretty weary and
my head was swimming from the
plane ride, decided to lie down and
nest for about twenty minutes. but
lo. I fell asleep and didn‘t awaken
before one (clock. and so didn't
have any dinner. I made up for
that at breakfast though -— two
eggs \A’lth little sausages. fried
potatoes. fruit. toast, coffee and
mare coffee. Next morning. at the
alto-rt. I mvt several teachers
that were or. their way to their
gum \Ve stupped at .‘ICGI‘th fur
1w» hours. had dinner there Next
5'. ‘p was at Al‘iiflk .vrhvre “'1' tank
or nzazl and two in: re passengers.
Vi" mt 'w- were half waj.‘ to Be‘Jiel
1 . flan»; was<ail :iba k tn Amak
0:. 3!. vixivrgenty A Iltlln‘ girl had
Dr. Ome R. levitt
Telephone 3
Raymond, Wash.
Ishot herself with a rifle in the
Ifoot. After that We proceeded to
iBethe! without mishap.
l Mother and Freda were both
“there to meet me, and friends
dropped in to welcome me home.
EBut then I had to make arrange
}ments for my trip to Eek the next
day. Arrived ‘at Eek 10:00 a. m.
The pontoon plane was so heavily
gloatied that pilot Brown had to
dig me out Moving my things out.
he dropped my suitcase right into
3the Eek River. All the village peo
‘ple were down to meet me-—all
lscreeching and yelling and I. of
{all things, stood there shaking
;hands with tears streaming down
lmy face. But when I found that
lSupt. Marlander had given me the
[wrong keys and I could not get
lin. I felt there really was some
't.hing to cry about. The old vil
ilage chief felt sorry for me, and
with a hammer he took the hinges
off the door so I could get in.
lBless his soul!
The teachers' cottage is cute and
quite comfortable. and by now I
have it cleaned and there isn‘t
even a cobweb in the place. Next
thing we had to file the lock off
the schoolhouse door in order to
get in and check the school freight
and get it out so I could start
school. The larger children helped
me unpack while I was checking.
and carried the boxes and cases of
tomato. orange and grapefruit
juice to the storeroom. Next, the
president of the village council
came to see me about a petition
for a post office. and in a day
or so I have to register all young
men 18 to 25' years old and then
file an application for relief On
top of all an epidemic of dysentery.
so I have to run around with my
sulfa tablets and dose this one
and that one. So it‘s a continuous
merry-go-round. In the evenings I
run down to the radio at Gil's and
answer the phone calls from Supt.
Marlander—he imagined “I was
pretty disappointed about the
Sept. 20—6z30 a. m.
Today is first day of school. and
the school breakfast is being pre
pared by me, so I decided to finish
this epistle while cooking is in
progress. The villagers have show
ered me with native foods such as
fresh small white fish and silver
salmon. After dusk last evening
an elderly woman brought me
smoked salmon strips and a big
Canadian goose. Surely wish I
could share some of these things
with you. I can't possibly use what
they bring. My appetite isn't any
too good. but I do get away with
copious quantities of coffee.
Just finished my first morning
session. Had 327~with three older
children absent. They all -had a
substantial breakfast consisting of
milk. all they could drink. oat
meal and orange-grapefruit juice.
But. oh. the schoolhouse! It is so
delapidated. am almost afraid the
roof will fall down. ‘
Been blowing, snowing and
freezing the last two days, feels
like Christmas. Hope my stuff
ttood and clothes) get here before
it freezes. Am hungry for potatoes.
onions. etc. and will feast if it
ever gets here. ‘
Please write me often and let
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FIGHTING TUBERCULOSIS, the World Health Organization and
the U.N. International Children's Emergency Fund with the Danish
Red Cross are exalnining 50,000,000 European youngsters and vac
cinating the uninfected. Here a zirl is checked for tuberculosis.
News In Brief
The world's first X-ray pear has
been produced at the Swedish
plant experimental station at Bals
gard. A few branches of the Wil
liams variety were irradiated with
5.000 X-Ray units. They have now
borne fruit. and the pears are un
usually large.
The Royal Theatre. Opera and
Ballet. in Copenhagen. opened on
Sept. 1. the first week of its 200-
Years Jubilee season with “Tar
tuffe" by Moliere; “Maskerade.”
opera by Carl Nielsen: "Etude"
and “Sorcerer's Apprentice." bal
lets by Harry Lander: “The Word"
by Kaj Munk; “The Royal Guest."
opera by Hakon Borresen: and
me know how sonny is. I miss him
and I know he misses me.. Re
member me to Mr. Wallgren and
Mr. Carlson.
Will write you as often as I can.
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have been granted permission to
enter Sweden. All are traveling on
Swedish Red Cross passports. They
left their country after the Com
munist coup last February. and
since then have been living in the
western zone of Germany.
After twenty-two years in the
United States, Greta Garbo has
applied for her American citizen
ship papers.
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Ballpoint Pens
OSLO—Ten thusand ball-point
fountain pens, a product from one
Of Norway’s newest industries. re
cently left Oslo for markets in
Iceland, Cyprus, and Tanganyika.
The pens were produced by A/S
Norsk Reynolds, and are the first
ever to be exported by a Norwe
gian firm. Both the Cyprus and
Tanganyika shipments were paid
for in pounds sterling, while the
delivery to 'Iceland was through
the normal clearing channels.
Aksel Schiotz. internationally
famed Danish tenor, will arrive
.on the Swedish American liner
"Gripsholm" on Oct. 4, the same
day tickets go on sale for his
American debut, which is sched
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20, at Town Hall in New York.
Mr. Schiotz, who has legions of
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classical recordings. will give sev
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the coming season and will make
an extensive coast-to-coast tour
between now and March.
Twelve industrialists from Wis
consin. who are making a. study
tour in Europe. have visited
Stockholm. Leader of the group
was Lester D. Harkrider, Presi
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Fishing Licenses. Etc.
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