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The Stroller's weekly and Douglas Island news. [volume] (Juneau, Alaska) 1921-1931, January 21, 1922, Image 1

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Present Outlook for Alaska Bettr.
Now Than (or Many Years
b General Belief
geological survey nlinwtn the out
tompared with for 1930.
cording to the report Jiul received
by the bureau. to lh* world-wide de
pression In Industry which has re
mitted in a decline In all forms of
par. In Alaska. The dominant fea
tures of the year's mining are Riven
copper production and development
owing to the low price of the metal;
(!) the cloalujc of the Peneveraurr
mine, one of th* three auriferous
lode mines at Juneau (3) continu
ation of activity In auriferous quarts
'prospecting In th* Sitka. Juneai:
Salmon River and Willow Creek dl
trlcta; III a revival of placer mln
pruspectlng for coal In the Matanui*
made la Alaaka petroleum Held* b
drilling (7l discovery of a new lo
Jepoait* In the Kantlshna dlntru ?>
ina valley. Golden North flour is
milled by the flouring Mill Corpora
tion at th* Garden Inland mill from
The Taaana Valley Agricultural Aa
Seattle will nila ami San Krati
has purchased the Alaska business
coppiT. value*! at M.Iil.M, as
com pa red with 7<M3.i.3C3 pounds,
valucl at J13.SSO.IoS In 1920. The
total Alaska copper output Ih no*
S72.0 ">,#00 pounds. *alti.il at }135.
says Gov. Srott C. Hone of Alaska, in
a belated telegram rwfind by Sec
retary Cbarln L Moore of the Se
connection with the went banquet
"An optimist. I believe that a goo.l
year is coming for Alaska. There I
everjr promise that 1J2! will show
an Increase of at least 25 per cent in
all business. This is a conservative
estimate. I ask the aid of all sales
men Id spreading the truth about
Alaska vd making its needs
Mon la deeply interested In the|
speedy development of Alaska, a
telegram from (larry S. New.
of the Senate committee
from Seattle to Alaska In 1932. The
opening of the new government rail
road from Seward on the ocean to
Fairbanks in the Interior on the Yu
kon !,,*?? to develop considerable
asportation mon connected
the two big steamship com
tjt travel north
next season. It hut b?n claimed If
transportation costs to Interior
Alaska could be reduced it would re
open all the low grade (travel mines.
Thin hit* now Ih'uii accomplished.
weeks ago on bla mission to aecure
IMxltlon (mm the steamship ruin
panic*. who aitnitl to the through
rate. It la about one-third of the
general Jobbing business with other
ratoa a urea Seattle's future aa the
"We anticipate the doubling of
aa compared with lout year." aaid A.
eral manager of the Pacific Steam
"Aa a result of the revival in aalmon
It la exp led, "III double thoac of
A |i .if of uhc it bread, the product
valley In 191$, ?a? presented to the
KeUU. who brought the grain from
Fairbanks and turned It over to the
Flouring Mills to be made
-deration the age of the
very beat grade of Marcua and Tur
aii be grown In Wash
Chief Executive of Alaska Leaves
Thursday Morning for Na
tional Capital
for the south, he brim en rout* In
mission. he lit going with the view
n<-au. It mnr be the ft rat of April
before the coventor returns. During
Ktren at that we may not have
An enjoyable tlume wan iclven by
at A. II. hall, and cotxl crowd* were
ljutt uight the Auxiliary to the
ed dame and supper at Moose hall
The dam-lug season In this por
?ti t the Territory, opens January 1
the Mullard. were wrecked last week
and In an attempt to take the men
aboard her onto the Mallard, the lat
to keep the engine going by feeding
a few minutes she wan on the beach
Ole Hagen has sold his transfer
outfit to L. M. Kitter. who will eon
Jun.u and thoroughly understands
Temperature at Nome and San Fran
cisco Same Yesterday ? Kodiak
4 Degree* Wanner
If Alaaka waa able to ahow the fol
lowing temperature record* an a gen
oral average for the winter, w
would rood be able to advertise aa a
winter reeort and the people of the
western states would flock to Alaa- 1
ka to avoid the rigor* of their own '
climate. Yesterday morning the
thermometer at Nome stood 36 de
grees above aero? a very unusual oc
currence In Itself ? but what made
It even more unusual waa the fact
that there was an inch and slxteen
hundredths rainfall. According to
Mr. Summers, chief ot fhe Weather
Bureau, this breaka all precedents
for thla time of the year. Inciden
tally, the temperature at San Fran
dsco, California, waa exactly the
The warmest place In Alaska yea
tenlay was Kodiak, where the ther- 1
mometer registered <0 degrees above
zero; the coldest waa Valdcz with a
temperature of 10 above.
All over Alaska the snowfall has
been light this year ? much below
the average ? with the exception of
Valdex. where the snowfall haa been
about normal At Juneau the av
erage precipitation for the month of
January ? and this Is our wotteat
month -haa ben 8.7 Inches to date.
The general average la S3. 6 for the
month. According to Mr. Summers,
our mild winter so far has absolutely
no significance. It la posaiblo that
our present weather coudltlona will
continue for the balance of the win
tor. There aro no Indications to the
contrary. Rut It la also possible and,
according to the law of averages,
probable, that wo will have adverse
?eather for tho remainder of the
cold season.
The following Is a record of the
thermometer readings at widely dif
ferent Intervals over Alaska for Jan
uary 20th
Juneau _... 28* abovt zero
Tanana ....
Sitka 32
Dutch Harbor 36* " "
St Paul Island ...... 30* " "
For the purpose of comparison the
following temperatures outside for
the same date are given:
I'rlnce Rupert 32* above aero
Portland 28* " "
One oldtlmer, William Ireland,
who came to Alaska In '98 In n sall
I UK Vessel from San Krancisco anil
who has been In practically every
ramp In the North, was Initiated at
a meet I iik of Igloo No.,6. Pioneers
of Alaska. Thursday night. I)r. 8.
Ilall Young, a charter member of
Igloo No. 1. Nome, waa present at
tho meeting and made an Interesting
addresa at the clone of the order of
business, as did also Mr. Ireland. At
the first meeting In February a his
torical session will be held and I)r.
Young and other Pioneers will make
talks. Members of tho Auxiliary
are Invited to meet with the Pioneers
on that occasion.
According to the following from
the Petersburg Report. Mr. and
Mrs. Lynn Miller, who lived in Ju
neau two years ago for several
months, are now located In Cali
"Word has been received recently
from Lynn W. Miller, former owner
and editor of the Petersburg Report,
on a recent boat. Mr. and Mrs.
Miller are now located at Petaluma.
California, and In writing to K. L.
Steberg. Mr. Miller says they like it
very much. They send regards to
all their friends.
>vcdcrlck Tennyson Cougdon. who
wai defeated In the late election In
Yukon by 0~>orge Black for member
of the Dominion parliament, was a
passenger on the Princess Mary
Thursday morning for Vancouver,
where he Is conducting a law prac
tice, as are also at least a doien other
former Dawson lawyers. Oeorge
Black, successful candidate In the
late election, la In a Dawson hospital
nursing a few broken ribs and other
injuries, the result of an accident to
a sleigh in which he was riding be
tween Mayo and Dawson two weeks
ago. He will return to ths outside
as soon as able to make the long
trip by stage from Dawson to White
horse. Black also maintains a law
office In Vancouver.
The steamer Victoria Is due at
midnight southbound from the west
The San Francisco Examiner of
January 2 contain* a picture and ex
tended account of how a little Los
Angeles girls. Dorothy llubbard. Ik
to bo the quoon of the moat dlatant
> of America'! possessions, tho Island
I of Guam, us sho will be tho only
white child on tho Island.
The mother of tho little quo?n-lo
l?e. Mrs. Cocll Chase Wright llub
I hard. Is a niece of Shelly II. Graver,
of Juneau, and was to loavo San
Francisco on February 6 to Join hsr
husband, Dr. DeWItt Henry Hub
bard. who I* attached to the United
States naval hospital at Guam, to
which place he Journeyed three
months In advance of his wife and
little daughter, the latter hut 22
months old. Of Dr. Hubbard the Ex
aminer says:
"He Is a veteran of the World War
and during the influenza epidemic
in Alaska three years ago did notable
work In checking Its ravagos."
New Text Book? Contain Much In
formation Concerning North
land Conditions
Copies of new school geographies
published by tho McMillan Publish
Ing House of New York, extensive
publishers of school text books, have
been received by Commissioner of
Education L. D. Henderson which
devote several pagos and no less than
seven illustrations to Alaska, her re
sources. possibilities and conditions.
The Illustrations In tho new pub
lication show flshluK scenes, mining,
a reaper at work In a grain Held, ?
trapper's cabin and typical Alaskan
scenery, while tho descriptions are
explanatory of conditions hero as
they aro. According to Mr. Hender
son. they are the first school publi
cations that have not spe< Iallzed on
glaciers, polar bears and blue snow.
There aro two of tho geographies,
intermediate and primary, and their
study In thousands of schools thru
out the United States should do much
toward giving the youth of the land
accurate and rellablo^ information
concerning Alaska.
The Dawson Daily New* of recent
date contain* the following:
Stair Sergeant llraipitcr, of the
H. C. M. P.. I ewljr appointed m agl a
trato for the Mayo dirt riot . loft Daw
?uin thin morning for Mayo with hln
faiit dog team. A team of poller
horses with supplies for the Mayo
post left yesterday, and alio is car
rying the equipment which Dempster
will need there. In his new position
ih? sergeant will have authority to
try cases of limited scope and thu*
obviate the necessity of having such
matters brought to Dawson. It alao
1* exported that an additional pout
or two will be established In the
Mayo district 1n time. One may be
located at Keno Hill before long.
Kred 8wanaon, the well known
Mayo proapertor and musher, alao
got away with hia crack dog team
today for Mayo district. lie will
visit Mayo City and hopes to go thru
to Keno lllll immediately afterward.
He la taking with him a few light
articles ordered by Mayo merchants,
and some letters. Swanaon made fast
time coming down from Mayo. He
left there Thursday, the 22nd. and
got hero Monday, the 26th. Tony
llollenback and John Mellish, who
also got in this week, loft Mayo thu
While hunting In the hills back
of Healy recently, Louis Doxet, for
some time paat engaged in atation
work along the government railroad,
came across several outcropping* of
quartz of such attractive appearance
that ho gatheerd several samples of
(he rock and sent them to the Bu
reau of Mines station at Fairbanks
for tests.
The samples were taken from
throe places where t he ledge was
exposed and tho tests disclosed the
presence of copper, galena, xlnc and
gold. There is a large body of the
quart! In sight and It Is ho close
to the government railroad, being
only about six miles from Healy, that
Dozet plans to begin development
work at an early date to nacortaln
the extent of the richness of his And.
? Nenana News.
A fine eight-pound boy was born
to Mr .and Mrs. It. Patrick at St.
Ann hospital Wednesday night and
as the proud father Is a "gudo" Klk.
all his brothers smoked Thursday.
Mr. Patrick is employed by the Al
aska Electric Light ft Power Com
Object It to Bring About Clarifica
tion of Federal Employes in
Order of Efficiecy
A good representation of federal
employe* was present at a meeting
lield Thursday night In the Elks' ,
lodge room when a local branch of
the National Federation of Federal
Employes waa perfected.
The object* of tho National or
ganization are to promoto the wefare
of federal employes, Insure their ef
ficiency and creato a public senti
ment that will demand that they be
givon treatment ns good as their fol
low workers In prlvato Industrie*.
To this end tho organization la
endorsing %nd working for- the pas
sage of the Lohlbnch-8terllng bill
which proposes a classification of
federal employes to Insure that po
sitions requiring equal qualification
and effort be paid the same compen
sation regardless of the department
In which the position happens to be.
At present, for example, a stenog
rapher In one department may be
paid $1,200 per year whllo In a dif
ferent department and with prac
tically the same qualifications the
pay may bo $1,800. Klther one Is
paid too little or the other too much.
Tho question of classification of
federal employes nlone is a big prop
osition and It was realized at the
meeting that an effort to solve It may
he fraught with mistakes, but with
out such eiTort the present mistakes
and Irregularities will be perpetuated
It was stated at the meeting that
the welfare of tho organization
should bo of Interest to every citi
zen. a* the membera arc public serv
ants who are doing the people's
work and running the machinery of
their government, which work, in
most cases. Is performed without os
tentation and with more efficiency
than la generally realized.
The meeting Thursday night was
attended by about 20 men and one
woman, all federal employed. The
following officers were elected to
serve for a period of one year:
I'resident. Charlee K. Naghel; vice
president. Wellman tlolbrook; sec
retary-treasurer. M. L. Stepp: trus
tees. M. B. Summer*, Louis King. M.
S. Whlttler: sergeant at arau.. Mark
ItUHsell. A membership committee
was appointed consisting of M. B.
Summer*. H. Sparling and M. S.
Whlttler. The charter roll will ro
maln open for audi period a* the
local association may decide upon.
The local due* were fixed at 60 cents
per month which includes National
due* and subscription to the Federal
Employes' Magazine, which I* pub
lished at National headquarters.
A now heating plant lit being In
Mulled in the Goldsteiu building
which. according to Mr. Goldstein,
will afford n saving of between n
hundred and fifty and two hundred
dollars monthly. Oil is to bo noed
ai fuel and outsido of the question
of economy. It Is more efficient,
cleaner, and the fuel tanks being
?ituated under the sidewalk. the
span- formerly occupied for eoal bins
can now be used for other purposes.
Excavation for the tank waa com
pleted today and everything will be
In leadinea* for It to be put in place
the first of the week. Thin tank la
84 feet long and haa a rapacity of
over 130 barrels, or approximately
6,700 gallon*.
Mr. Goldstein is to be commended
for having the work done at the
present time, ns It furnishes work
for a number of men who otherwise
would be Idle.
tyank Wilson severed his connec
tion with the Territorial ilsh hatch
ery on Wednesday of this week and
Superintendent C. D. Garfield placed
Walter Bathe in the position of fore
man. Mr. Hathc has been connected
with the hatchery for two ycors and
and Is said to have a thorough
knowledge of the work. Mr. Wilson
has not announced his plans for the
future. James Manning is Mr.
Ilatho'a assistant.
Dave Courtemancho, former Fair
banks barber and well known old
timer, is In the tolls In the States.
He is reported to have been caught
recently by the officers of the law
with a load of booze in his car. The
car and booxe were confiscated, and
Dave is ssld to be doing time. He
|j old enough to know better, as ho
was running a barber shop In Daw
son 22 years ago and was at that
time pas' the middle age. He Joined
the first rush from Dawson to Fair
Tliero aro rumor* around town
which. If proven true, will tend to
discredit effort* being ninde to sup
press the traffic In Intoxicating
liquors, but It may bo thnt the ru
mora are unfounded. It la claimed,
however, thnt a big moonshine in
dustry wan discovered some time ago
several miles up Lynn Canal and
that the operator of tho plant was
arieeted and later released on prom
ise to pay his captors a certain sum
of money; that he came to Juneau
to get the money, but instead of re
turning with it, took a steamer
and left town; that the officers wait
ed at the distillery for several days
and, concluding that they bad bean
jobbed, set fire to the building and
dcFtroycd It, together with all the
evidence in the way of outfit and
equipment. Including over a doxen
Hacks of sugar.
I^jcal halibut flshermcu are op
poied to the suggestion advanced at
Seattle that a closed season for hal
ibut be fixed from January 1 to
March IB. They say tho season that
halibut should bo undisturbed is
from November 15 to February IS,
as the spawning season Is over at
the latter date. And If flshermjn
arc not familiar with the habits and
customs followed by flsb, who Is?
Having received news yesterday of
the very serious lllnoss of Popo Ben
edict, Bishop Crimont haa been in
close touch with the cable office to
day. hut up to noon there had been
no change in the Pope's condition
further than that his physicians had
given out tho statement that he
was quietly sinking and that the end
waa but a few hours distant. In the
event news of tho death of the Pope
should be received later today.
Bishop Crimont states that service!"
appropriate to the sad occasion will
bo conducted by him tomorrow.
At n regular meeting of tbo city
council lant night the 'eslgnatlon of
Councilman Fries wan rend and ac
cepted. Mr. Fries left Thursday
moriiliiK on the Princess Mary for
an extended visit to California and
St. lunula and, aa he will be absent
at least three months, he thought
proper to resign his position on the
council, whlcli resignation, together
with that of Counriitnan Robert
Kceny, now In California, leaves two
vacant scats on the aldermanic
hoard. It In probable that both will
he filled at the first regular meeting
In February.
The ordinance regulating dairies
was passed last night and will take
effect March 15,
IJut litlc other business was trans
acted at last night's meeting aside
from passing on a few bills.
John Noon of Seward, former
member for two terms of the Terri
torial legislature, accompanied by
Ills wife and son, was aboard the
Northwestern a week ago en route
10 Portland, where he expects to es
tablish a home after 25 years' real
ilence In Alaska. He disposed of hi*
business at Seward, but says he may I
return to the North in the event that
Ills eyes, which are bothering him,
net better.
As Mr. Noon's town has two can
didates for delegate, he was asked
as to their relative merits and gave
it as his opinion that Thomas I).
Orayton is much the stronger man
of the two. He said Drayton Is
honest and has the courage of his
convlctlonr and would be a live wire
at Washington.
The dance at Moose Hall last
?light by the Auxiliary of the Pio
neers of Alaska, ably assisted by tho
Pioneers themselves, was a page
from the paat, many of the ladies be
ing attired In dresses of the style of
twenty years ago and there wore
none so bold as to decry them as un
becoming. From 9: SO until an hour
l>ast midnight dancing was continu
ous and at times, when old fashioned
'square" dances were on, the sounds [
bat emanatod from the hall might
have recalled to passersby recollec
tions of pay night In a cow town.
(leorge llurford as floor manager
iiept things going at a lively rate
nnd Frank Aldrlch, In the capacity
<<f speaker of the house, gavo indi
cations of having been able to go
?ome when the going was good. The
music by the Woofter, Mock and Har
ris trio was all that could be desired,
while the refreshments, coffee, sand
wiches and beans, had lea cream and
cake discounted.
Financial Wizard of Detroit Hat
More Money on Hand* Than
Any Man on Earth
Allan L. Benson, correspondent or
the International Newi Service, sent
out the following curly this month:
Detroit, Mich. ? Henry Ford becan
the new year with the greatest
amount of caah in the hank tliat auy
human being ever had. A law years
ago, ItuMell Sago, wltb ten or fifteen
millions In ready caah uaed to have
this distinction. Two days ago, the
General Motors Company announced
thai It had In the bank I41.OUO.OOU.
Henry Ford's bank balance today Is
in exceas of $121,000,000. He him
self docs not know within $5,000,000
or $10,000,000 of how much actual
caah he haa at the moment, because
he has not taken the trouble to In
quire of his son. Edsel, the treasurer,
since the foregoing figures were
given to him a few weeks ago. "Our
Imlanco today," aald Mr. Ford, "Is
probably between $13S,C0,000 and
Henry Ford Is a billionaire. In
reply to a question, he told me to<iay
that he had no doubt that his hold
ings. basi-d upon their earnings.
Vould be capitalised and sold for a
billion dollars.
Mr. Ford gave me this Information
because 1 asked for It. Neither Ills
mind nor his conversation runs to
money. I am sure money means less
to him than to any other rich man
whom I ever knew.
"My- property, he continued, "con
sists of about $100,000,000 worth of
building*. $100,000,000 worth of ma
chinery anil lomething more than
$100,000,000 in ca*h. Ai a going
concern. I hare no doubt thnt those
?wots rould be capitallxcd and aold
for a billion dollar*. Ilut thin $121,
000,000 or whatever It is that we
have In the bank*, means nothing to
me except a tool with which to work.
I might liken It to a fly wheel on
an engine, the belt from a motor to
a machine. or to the wire that feeds
electricity to a trolley car. A big
balance Is required to keep oun
wheel* going. Wo pay waR<?
amounting to $500,000 a day and our
materials coat us $750,000 a day.
Our bank balance Is therefore suf
ficient to pay our operntlng expenses
for only about 100 days.
"All the money that comes to mc
goes into new Industries. I never
Invest money In bonds or anything
of the kind. What I want I* to
mak? this a better country for all
of us to live in. That la why I want
to get a chance to go to work ht
Muscle Shoals. I see the government
Is going to have a third bid for Mus
cle Shoals, by the way. I wonder if
the politicians are playing their old
game of complicating a situation for
the purpose of killing a plan by de
laying' action upon It. Well. If they
keep me out of Muscle Shoals, I will
try to get a chance to put some dams
on the Minslsalppl. They can not
bar mo out of all the water power
sites in the country. I am going to
get in a number of places. It In to
the public interest that the wasted
water power of this country should
bo aaved. Knough water power Is
going to waste to heat, cook and fur
nish light for all the people of tlie
"But 1 don't want Muscle Shoals
or any other big power site for the
purpotte of owning It. If I get Muscle
Shoals, I shall contrive a plan by
which It will eventually become the
property of the government with
out cost and serve the people forever
while bringing profit to the govern
With the Issue of January 7, the
Weekly 8tar, which was established
at Whltehorsc early in 1900, being
moved there from Bennett, B. C?
when the White Pas* railroad waa
completed to the head of navigation
on the Yukon river and Bennett had
loat Its prestige, waa discontinued
temporarily, but will probably be
reincarnated In the spring. The Star
waa run as a daily for *everal year*
and during the time Southern Yu
kon waa being exploited at a quartz
field, but for the past 15 years It
has been a weekly and during much
of thnt time it was a money maker.
At present business In Southern Yu
kon Is quiet, but Its mineral wealth
Is so great that It Is bound to re
vive with the bettcrmont of condi
C. J. (Happy) Burnslde. a miner
from the Wheaton district in South
ern Yukon, who spent several days
here recently, was a northbound pas
senger on the Estebeth Monday night
and will likely spend the remainder
of the winter In 8kagway before re
suming his mining operation*.

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