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between the white man's virtues,
and vices. While the struggle is j great, leaders are choosing the side of right and soon the white man's drinking,swearing,dancing and kindred evils will be classed and buried with the old native custom. ; ETHNOLOGICAL SOCIETY The Society of Alaskan Natural History and Ethnology held a meeting at the home of the president. Mr. H. B. Parks on Thursday evening. Dec. 15th. Mr. Parks, who is abo curator of the Sheldon Jackson Museum and who has been at work ar ranging and cataloguing its contents, reported interestingly j on his progress in that work and invited the members of the society to inspect the work whenever possible. The executive committee reported that some valuable articles had been pre sented to the museum by one of j the Sitka natives. It was ordered! that the thanks of the society: over the signature of the presi- j dent and secretary be extended' to the donor. Mrs. Parks added j to the pleasure of the evening j by serving dainty refreshments, j The Society will hold its next meeting at Pittsburg Cottage! on Jan. 9. On the 17 inst. Death claimed j the little daughter of Mr. and, Mrs. Quick. The funeral services | were conducted in the Thlinget Church the following Monday j by Rev. E. E. Bromley. June, the little daughter of Mrs. Margery Morrison, who some weeks ago lost the use of her right arm through infantile paralysis is slowly recovering under treatment by Dr. Sinclair. WIFE SLAVERY One of the ancient and heath enish customs that still clings to the Alaskan native?even to some jf them who are English speak ing and are supposed to be civilized ? is that of selling their girls into wifehood. Since the first of September we have learned of no less than six girls whose parents or other relatives have made attempts to sell them to men for wives. Four of these girls were former pupils of our school and we are glad to say that three of these absolutely re fused to be sold into this form of slavery. Although the parents cajoled, then threatened, and in one case, at least, resorted to physical violence, these three girls stood their grounds and finally came out victorious. In one case steps were taken by the legal authorities to punish a mother who chastised her daugh ter in endeavoring to make her goto her buyer, but the daughter refused to testify against her mother, and she was never brought to trial. In the cases reterrea to aoove the prices offered ranged from fifty to one hundred dollars, while in one instance a father was known to offer his girl for sale for ten dollars. All these parents might easily be punished could the required evidence be gotten into the courts, but there in lies the difficulty. These few cases have taken place in three southeastern Alaska towns. A short time ago a giri oareiy past sixteen years of age was married to a native man. Later it developed that her husband had paid fifty dollars to the parents for her. Not only this, but a few weeks before a piece of humanity that calls himself a white man had actually paid the parents fifty dollars for the same girls and was to have married her. However, the second offer of fifty dollars came before the "white man" had claimed hisbride.and the gold looked too good to be refused by the parents. It is true that this happened in one of the least enlightened native towns in this part of Alaska but it is none the less revolting because of this. It is high time that the native people who have received some education, who desire to be loyal to law and order, who wish to see their people develop mentally morally, and physically, who themselves aspire to citizenship, were active and aggressively endeavoring to show their people the tremendous need of stamp ing out the custom of parents or other relatives in selling their girls into marriage, or accepting . pay of any kind from the husband or any one else, when the girl enters into the marriage rela tionship. Here is a case where the native can help himself far quicker and far better than can any mission or government school or law. Alaskan natives, who read this, let your voices be heard byyour own people against this injurious custom. The work on the laundry boiler, room, which has been delayed for some time through bad weather,is under way again. The building will probably be roofed by the latter part of January, 1911. The architects have been making a special study of the soil and drainage conditions here and the very latest methods will be used in making the boiler room floors and the wall below grade j perfectly waterproof.