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Edward de'iroff diet! at hi. residence during the evening of April seventh. al ter an illness of aooat a week. Death was caused i>y diabetes. A widow and two step-children survive him. .Mr. detiroff was a i?i^ man in a little town. His bijrness however was not confined to physical q utlities. nor did it extend preatly t > commercialism, but rather included bot'n of these in a character genuinely human. He thoroughly enjoyed livingand. taking it for granted that others l '*> favored in a worldly way t'oun i equal pleasure in life, stood ready always to cooperate in public charities while maintain ing private ones. His taith in Sii-ka was profound. No more eloq uent or persevering champion of a town has spent time, money a.id convincing vocabulary more :.i i-lily in portraying the beau ties and merits of Sitka. His energy in the development of the C.iiehagoff mines, his success in business, his splendid record as United States Commissioner, his peaceful home life, his public irited interest in all local affairs \v vecombined in a citizen,neigh bor and friend whose loss to our co ne.v.inity approaches a calam ity. He was born at Snug Har bor. Staten Island. X.Y. in 18t!0. and as a young man studied law. Failing health from close confine ment forced him to abandon a legal career and led him to Alaska. He arrived at Sitka March 25.1S80 and shortly after was Riven charge of the then important post of the Northwest Trading Company at Killisnoo.In 1S81 the company transferred him to Hirrisburg (now Juneau) where he was successively made post masterand deputy mining record er. 'r'e was prominent in the organization of the town. In January 188(5 he returned to Sitka opened the present store in partnership with Mr.Vand *ri>iit - The latter died and in 1894 .Mr. de Groff and .Mrs. Vanderbiit were married. Shortly before Mr. de Groff's death Mr. Charles Fox was taken in as a partner in the store and the firm incorporated under the name of de Groff Mercantile company. Mr.de Groff had forn.any years been a member of the Episcopal Church. A letter from Patsy Prown who left >eliool in Nov niW says that he is well and haapy. Patsy is at home in Klawock. Kev. ain! Mrs. A J. Whipkey. our missionaries a Hoon; n daring the past year and a half, recently left for the states to r*. main ])ermanently. The people of Iloonah are sorry t) have thein leave. We a re st il 1 exeeed i mi ly anxious about those new buildings >\? have been talking about for the past year or two. However we ean only say what we have said a time or two or three before, "Tliey are eominjr". The name of Osear Case of Wran^ell appears on the editorial staff of The Chemawa American. Alia Madison who went from our school to Chemawa a few years ago was leader of one of the debating teams in an inter soeietv debate at Chemawa last month. We are glad to hear that Alia has been successful in her work in the < kvgon school. Printing Staff, April Thlinget: Sidney Lawson. Frank Donnelly. Matthew Hamilton. WalterGray I Mr. John Kaznakoff who left several tr.ontiis a;r> for a trip to the state am. did the c< 11 u.vas far as Boston was on the ( <? rgia when shi went on i reef in Icy Straits til 'Other <h y on his return trip. Wit i others in the saute boat he v eat! aok to Juneau on 1 the Seat le and t vied the Georgia j again reaching: Sit <a011 the 16th. Mr. Kaz.iakoff says he had a fine trip jutisglad to be in Sitka : : again. -- Rev. (li ome E. Good who lias been past ;>r of th ? Skayrway Pres ?v. teri;.' church or two years has been ransiV* r -d toHoonah to take chat ?e of the work there. Mr. Good is succeeded at Sknji way by R iv.O-W. .. ones ft rmerly of Seattle. II<-r; i:rj;! ave > vii in the bay by the abllit us <1 trimr the month. Then-Mil is the finest crop of ..sli exit's ever i.ii I. In .lames, town :>a\ a ntllo fioin tiio school t ie 11 m t iv- people hu .'?? harvested plenti: lib . The pupils may lie vn iliuost any time with a bit of v iv ed si ripping it of thedeli,-i< us;?_?. - .? nd !<*v<uiriiiii" them a- -a lily . ? ; ii ? >oys and ?i*ii*ls in m my p aees devour sjrawben ies. The ?je;S a fed tied in older t;> preserve mid the native pe >ple >tow away many a s u'k or a >o< fit I of these des sieated ejLjrs for future use. Just as we nregoing to juvss. i the Superintendent received the following message from Seattle: ' Wheel t rrived. Will ship on Northland thetwet ty second." This is rhj waterwheel we lmve been trying to get ?vei:?since hist November. There 11 be some thing doi ig now before long, sure.