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?r- y. •* .1 * t The Mining News : J ___ VOL. I. KETCHIKAN, ALASKA, KRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 1907. 1 N0. 2 fr . ^ ANDREW CHILBERG, Pres. J. R. HECKMAN, Vice Pres. MINERS & MERCHANTS BANK Of Ketchikan, Alaska Transacts a General Banking Business The easiest way to establish your credit in a community is to open an account with your home Bank. Small accounts are welcome M. A. Mitchell - - = Cashier vL- ' ..—=# Many Lives Saved By buying Drugs at the Neatest Drug Store in Alaska The Revilla Drug Co. | J. R. HECKMAN & CO. 1 a Have just I Received the Agency | I for i Hanan & Sons fine dress ftp shoes © Burr & Packard Patent X Leather Shoes for men warrented not to crack © We have the only Q& Cravenette g Hat g for men sheds water. © We have it in .bofli the | .stiff and soft styles, in black and in colors. There is no" difference in its appearance from any high grade Hat, Price $4.00. Just the thing for * Alaska. 0 They Are Absolutely Waterproof © The Department Store 1 Ketchikan - - Ala 000000000000®©©©©®© Rates; $1.00 to $3.00 Electric Lighted Room with Bath Steam heated Hotel Stedman European Ketchikan JOHN W. STEDMAN Proprietor Alaska [. .1 J. £\ Smith & Son Ketcli’kan • • Alaska We are Headquarters for Fresh Fruits, Candies, Cigars and Tobaccos We also carry a complete line of Stationery Pens, Ink Pencils and Tablets agents for SEATTLE DAILY STAR 1 and see us SHOWS BIG GAIN Annual Report of the Collector Of Customs-Statistics Of Alaska’s Trade The Mining News is under deep and lasting obligations to Hon. Clarence L. Hobart, Collector of Customs for Alaska, for a copy of his annual re port to the department, showing, in detail, the total amount of merchan dise shipped to Alaska, and the pro ducts of Alaska shipped out, for the several calendar years of 1903, 1904, 1905 and 1900, compiled from the man ifests of all ships plying to and from Alaska. We regret very much thnt our facilities are not such as to enable us to print the report in full, and that we have been compelled to curtail some of the tables by omitting detail ed statements of shipments to the many different points of consignment, and in some cases of totals for the years 1903-4. The parts of the report we have been able to handle will, however, enable the reader to fully comprehend the full measure of the information the report sets forth. Mr. Hobart, in his circular letter, accompanying the report says: Following will be found a statement of the total amount of merchandise shipped to Alaska, and the products of Alaska shipped out, compiled from the manifests of all ships plying to and from Alaska. The Customs Reg ulations recpiire that a copy of every ship's manifest so entering or clearing shall be filed in this office, and from these has been obtained much authen tic information regarding Alaska’s business. Numerous inquiries from the public for information and data which these manifests show brought about the compiling of such informa tion in the form of an annual report for those interested. The first report was issued in 1903, and comparisons for the past four years are given. Totals for each place of consignment of incoming freight are given, sub divided to show : coal, lumber, hard ware, provisions, liquors, and all other commodities. All figures are values in dollars, for the calendar year 1900. An increase is noted in the total domestic shipments inward over last year of more than twenty-four per cent., and in gold production over fifty-two per . cent. Totai ousihess more than doubled in four years. For convenience the district was divided into four sections:—South eastern Alaska, from southern bound ary as far west as Sitka: Southern Alaska, west of Sitka to and including Unalaska; Rering Sea and Arctic Ocean, all ports on Rering Sea, except St. Michael: Yukon River, including St. Michael and all interior places. Each section shows a great increase, Eering Sea coast and the interior leading, however. The towns show ing greatest growth are Nome, Fair banks, Valdez and Ketchikan. The report also shows duties collected and other customs data. Clarence L. Hobart, Collector of Customs. This table shows the total value of shipments of Alaskan products to the United States for the years 1905 and 1900, respectively: 1905 1900 Copper ore, matte.. .003,500 1,785,010 Fish Fresh, other than salmon.189,050 230,005 Cured, other than salmon.428,348 19ft,157 Salmon, canned. .0,730,093 8,449,300 All other salmon... .205,038 273,750 Fish guano.904 32,015 Fish oil..4,099 32,408 Furs.480,805 044,930 Gypsum. 17,400 Tin ore, concentrates.. .480 22,125 Whaleltone.189,048 307.852 Other merchandise. .398,023 500,941 Gold.12,131,003 18,471,451 Total.21,427,003 31,039,082 Exports.134,103 495,310 Grand total.. .21,501,700 31,534,392 The following is a statement of domestic and foreign merchandise received during the same years: 1905 1900 Domestic mdse. .14,7012,52 18,308,145 Foreign mdse.... 1,382,428 1,557,797 Total.10,143,080 19,925,942 The following comparative state ment of the values of domestic merch andise shipped to the principal places in Southeastern Alaska, 1905-00: 1905 1900 Douglas.201,758 258,825 Haines.178,375 200,991 Juneau.711,248 053,287 Ketchikan.409,905 724,370 Loring.74,235 71,413 Pyramid Harbor. 50,807 Skagway.555,544 557,200 Sitka.99,300 125,504 Treadwell.740,822 712,790 Wrangel.137,022 174,457 All othre placps...,.. ,819,715 801,433 Total.4,048,034 4,451,203 Comparative statement of shipments from the United States to principal places in Southern Alaska; - • * 1905 1900 Catalla. 11,748 42,032 Cordova.T.’.... 368 239,992 Cliignik..W-<T\253 167,727 Ellamar.57.719 98,745 ' Ft. Liscum.76,524 60,016 Karluk.115,221 137,191 Kodiak.<15,817 54,703 Latouche.. -16.017 46,854 Orca.,...(.40,357 111,084 Seldovia.87,921 56,709 Seward....994,623 800,918 Uyak.114,483 50,501 Valdez.435,145 863,392 Yakutat. .. .57,038 43,660 All other places.616,224 432,329 Total..^2,759,476 3,205,913 Comparative statement of principal places, Bering Sea'and Arctic Ocean; 1905 1906 Bristol Bay.Jt, 191,348 1,290,751 Council.56,952 189,376 Dicksen.42,937 200,744 Golovin.582,10 108,487 Kewalik..***21,490 151,558 Nome.2,922,082 3,740,188 Solomon.153.530 56,158 Teller.104,306 £15,003 All other places.130,470 182,020 Total.4.681,331 6,051,185 Comparative statement of principal places on Yukon river, including St. Michael: 1905 1906 Chena.219,699 468,479 Circle City.51,495 49,357 Fairbanks.1,569,613 2,128,392 Fort Egbert....'..38,740 50,937 Rampart.127,053 41,259 St. Michael.1,025,011 1,676,577 Tanana.77,943 143,567 All other places.162,857 101,276 Total..1,272,411 4,659,844 Comparative statements of value of merchandise receipts by districts: Southeastern Alaska.$4,451,203 Southern Alaska ..3,205,913 Bering Sea., etc.6,051,185 Yukon River points....4,659,844 Total.$183,6814,54 Receipts by -sub-ports, calendar years 1904-05-06: 1904 1905 1906 Nome. 10,505 10,462 28,059 Eagle. 62,203 39,244 24,759 Ketchikan.10.307 9,373 21,258 Juneau..'5.7^211 12,338 16,382 Skagway."477 8.78! 9,325 Forty Mile.f.,.lO- r*‘.-.2,98(1 Sitka. ..'..-V44 2,V!00T 2,418 St. Michael.005 2,439 2,012 Unalaska........ 7?,'319 4,5<>5 '*-l,'069 Valdez. 681 945 1,640 Wrangel. 1,284 1,064 1,22!) Kodiak.481 204 167 Seward. 21}: Total.138,027 95,967 112,111. Cost to collect $1.$0,638 From the following figures it will be observed that during the year past the Custom House at Ketchikan ent ered and cleared 412 more vessels than all the rest of the ports of Alaska combined: In In Domestic Foreign trade trade Total Ketchikan.521 462 983 Wrangel.6 20 26 Juneau.91 11 102 Skagway.4 10 14 Seward.13 0 13 St. Michael.37 4 41 Nome.110 65 175 Unalaska. 14 8 22 Kodiak.4 0 4 Valdez.61 2 03 Sitka.1 0 1 Eagle.0 110 110 Total.862 092 1554 The reader should recollect that the figures given in the foregoing tables, except as shown otherwise on their face, represent values in dollars. It will he seen that imports and exports for 1905 amounted to $37,705,386, as compared with $51,460,334 in 1906—an increase of $13,754,948, or an increase of 38 per cent last year as compared with 1905. Ketchikan stands at the head of all places of consignment in the south eastern section, lending Juneau by $71,083, and showing an increase of $254,465 over the preceding year. This increase fairly indicates the industrial and commercial growth of the town, with every indication pointing to a still more substantial progress during the present and future years. It will also be observed that in the matter of customs collections, which amounted last year to $112,111, Ketch ikan ranks third with $21,258 collected at a cost of $.263 per dollar. In the matter of entrances and clearances, Ketchikan stands at the head with a record of 412 more vessels entered and cleared than all the rest of the ports combined—083 out of a total of 1554. As compared with the port of Juneau, the preponderance in favor of Ketch ikan is nearly ten to one, though ex penses of the Juneau office was nearly three times that of the latter, and to collect one dollar nearly four times as much. Altogether, the showing is an ex ceedingly gratifying one, especially to the people’ of Ketchikan, which may now justly lay claim to being the leading port of what the collector designates as southern Alaska, not only in the number of vessels entered and cleared, but in the volume ol I business transacted a$ well, RICHARD III LOST Alaskan, Short of Coal, Is Forced To Abandon the Vessel in Clarence Straits The barge Bichard III left here Wednesday afternoon in tow of the steamer Alaskan bound for Niblack, where her master expected to take on a cargo of copper ore. While cross ing Clarence Strait, heavy weather was encountered, retarding the pro gress of the vessels, so that the Alas kan becoming short of fuel, it was deemed advisable to drop the Richard at the e*. ranee of Ingraham bay, which was done, and the Alaskan proceeded to Niblack for the purpose of securing a sufficient supply of fuel to enable her to return to her tow and take her into Niblack Anchorage. The ice in Niblack, however, render ed it impossible to approach nearer than a mile to the landing, but the Alaskan succeeded by most strenuous endeavor of her officers and crew, assisted by those of the Richard, who had been taken on board, in getting over the ice enough coal to enable h-r to return to the place where she had left her tow. Reaching that point this (Friday) morning, the Richard was no where to be seen, and after cruising several hours in search for her, the Alaskan, having no more coal than necessary to enable her to reach her home port, headed for Ketchikan, where she arrived about 4:30 iq the afternoon. The' tug Pilot, belonging to the same owners, came into port about the same time as the Alaskan and pro ceeded immediately in search for the lost barge, she having been sent here for the double purpose of bringing the Potter up and towing the Richard down. - ' ' NOT SO BAD AFTER ALL The officers of the revenue cutter Rush rei>ort finding the condition at Vakataga not nearly so bad as report ed by cablegram. They found but one m£h ill, and provisions on hand suffic ient to last the camp for two weeks or longer. The Rush gave them supplies sufficient to last the camp till the 1st ferwUjch^&'mitc-i ^epjr fulty paid m gold djust.. All the same it might have proved a very serious loattoJi.had supplies not beenjtaken to ■ them by the Rnsh in response to the call for relief. Word received from Seattle by the manager of the Citizens Light, Water and Power company is to the effect that the repairs on the damaged dyn amo are under way, and it will be fin ished in time to be shipped on the steamer due to arrive here Monday, Feb. 4. In that event we should have lights once more on the 5th—a con summation most devoutly to lw wished and prayed for. CURRENT NEWS Iowa—Jonathan P. Dolliver, his own successor. New Hampshire—Henry E. Burn ham, his own successor. Maine—Wm. P. Frye, for the sixth consecutive six years, and of course his own successor. Nebraska—Norris Brown to succeed Joseph H. Millard. This appears to be a case of “twice 0 is 0.” Most of the state legislatures have performed the function of choosing United States senators, as follows: Massachusetts—Murray Crane, at present serving the unexpired term of the late Senator Hoar, to be his own successor. Texas—JosephW.Bailey, re-elected, notwithstanding the charges made against him, and which threatened his otticial extinction. Idaho—Wm. F. Borah, republican, to succeed Fred T. Dultois. No loss, if indeed not a distinctive gain to the Senate in character and ability. Delaware—F. A. Richardson as suc cessor to Frank Allee. Delaware is to be congratulated in that its legis lature did not set up another Allee in the person of the unspeakable Ad dicks. A collision between a passenger and freight train on the Big Four line at Fowler, Indiana, on the ltlth Inst., caused the death of fifteen persons, and severe, if not fatal injury to a number of others. The volcano of Maura Loa, Island of Hawaii, is again in active eruption and devastating the country for miles around. At last accounts the flow of lava was half a mile wide, and still moving at the rate of thirty feet an hour. Montana—Joseph M. Dixon to suc ceed Wm. A. Clark, who held the place by right of purchase in the open legislative market. The new senator must be little better than a double row of ciphers, if his selection is not a gain to the “house of lords.’’ Michigan—William Alden Smith, to succeed Russell A. Alger, who never had any business to be a Sena tor, and has been a distinct failure as governor, Secretary of war and in the Senate, and the election of Smith Is a decided gain to the state and the sen v ate. The House of Lords, otherwise the U. S. Senate, has voted to investigate President Roosevelt’s action in dis missing from the military service, without honor, the battalion of “coons” who shot up the town of Brownsville, Texas, to the discomfort and danger of its people. The Secretary of the Interior, by direction of the President, has modi fied the order withdrawing all the public coal lands in the Pacific States and Alaska from entry, so as to per mit all persons who have, in good faith, filed on such lands, to make entry thereof and perfect titles. Richard A. Ballinger, former mayor of Seattle, has been nominated by the president to be Commissioner of the General Land Office, to succeed ’ V. A. Richards, who will retire Mnr-b 4. Judge Ballinger has accepted he appointment, though reluctantly, ind at considerable pecuniary sacriree. The appointment is one eminently fit to have been made. - -1. The city of Kingston, .Tati almost completely destroyed b quake and lire on the 14th ins- T tended with a loss of life vat 1 estimated at from 500 to 5000, with injury to as many more persons, and involving a property loss of many mil lions. The entire business section of the city, a place of 50,000 people, was completely demolished, principally as a result of the fire which started im mediately after the quake. No injury was inflicted upon any other part of the island, though the first reports were to the effect that the entire isl and had been devastated. Jamaica belongs to Great Britain, and has a superficial area of 4,207 square miles, and a population of 050,000, only 20, 000 of whom are whites. NOTES Martin Bugge, the owner of several locations at Helm Bay, is giving evi dence of the honesty of his conviction that he has something more than ord inarily valuable in the mineral way. He continues the work of development steadily and persistently and reports coming from others than himself are to the effect that his labors are likely soon to meet with a golden reward. He will deserve the best to be found in these scraggy-breasted mountains of ours. ' ~$K1^ * .TTflfefirffirjT work lib, m ineral locations, i-i | which he hope*- .to find a bonanza, and not without hope and indication that it is likely to be something more than “good.”" The Dunton hoys are doing develop ment work on their locations near Hollis. It is announced that work is soon to be commenced on the construction of a railway from Haines to Rainy Hol low, at which latter place are located some very promising copper-gold loca tions recently taken over under bond by a London syndicate, after careful expert examination. Haines is the natural shipping point for the Rainy Hollow district, a part, if not the whole of which lies just across the line in Yukon Territory, and should the properties develop as anticipated, Haines will speedily become one of the best towns in the whole of south eastern Alaska. A Washington dispatch says that Hon. Thos. Gale has been given a seat on the floor of the House of Repre sentatives, and that thus Alaska has two delegates instead of one. Guess that correspondent is mistaken, and that Mr. Gale has merely been accord ed the “privileges of the floor,” the same as is given ex-members and members-elect to the house, and gov ernors of states and territories. That, however, will be a distinct advantage to him in the work he has to do for Alaska. The Whitehorse Star confidently predicts that the year 1!M)7 will devel op great things for the Southern sec tion of the Yukon territory, by way of bringing it into prominence as the greatest quartz-mining field of the North, and incidentally increasing the population. Of course the Star means the word North, with a big N, as applicable to that part of it lying north of Southeastern Alaska exclu sively. A GARB. The undersigned pupils, of the higher grades of the Ketchikan Public schools, are very sorry to see the cen sure published against Prof. Bertram G. Mitchell, by the Daily Miner, and resent it as an insult to ourselves—as he is highly respected by us all. He is a gentleman and hard worker in school. We have never had a better teacher, nor one who has taken more interest in our education and refined entertainment. This is done without the knowledge or consent of Prof. Mitchell. It is a great pleasure to us to obey him. Alice McArthur, Kathleen Rounse fell, Buelah Majory, Sidney Clark, Willis Connell, Norton McClellan, Laurence Hart, Roy Copeland, Lloyd Reynolds, Ted Booth, Clark Water house, Zoe Copeland, Lillian Majory, Frances Morgan, John P. Campbell, Henry Pankratz, Frances Preston, Helen Whitfield, Gertrude Dart, Bes sie Svmonds, Donald Symonds, Elaine Hunt' THE MINES Alaska Industrial Company The Gold Standard The Cymru While there is apprehension of en forced idleness at the mines of this district because of the coal famine, mining operations are still being act ively prosecuted at most of those that have reached the productive stage. But it is, nevertheless, a fact that at least some of them are not only threat ened with a shortage of fuel, which will compel a temporary shut down, but are even now seriously hampered by the lack of the transportation nec essary to clear the bins and stopes of the product already mined .and await ing shipment, and from this handicap there is little prospect for relief ,• in ■ the Immediate fiitve. The , JAL CO.' RELIAP5 producing mine, ' rancf'"* p can S0CU1'e transP°rta' 1 dlldtts tram being in successful working order, and its bins tilled with high grade ore from tho Jumbo mine, with enough more broken and lying in the stopes to refill them as soon as emptied. The bins, as at present con stituted, hold 1,500 tons, but are so built that their present capacity can easily and readily be doubled. The manager is waiting patiently for the transportation promised him, and is in daily expectation of the arrival of the first boat, which will probably be the Ilenriette, to take the first cargo to the smelter at Crofton B. C. This company is fortunate in having the services of a general manager, Mr. Chas. A. Sulzer, who gives his undi vided time and attention to the man agement of its allairs. He is one of the few young men who, without pre vious mine education or experience, has succeeded in mastering the details incident to mining operations and in bringing to a successful issue tho de velopment of a great property. The company has every reason to be pleas ed with tho outcome due to his studi ous and careful in. uagement. THE GOLD W: VNDARD. Concerning which .‘H- has bee' sai«V. UeretVJ for sev ' C - u: work’sinking an-i drifting 5t its prop erty on Helm Bay, with results of an ahi/igother satisfactory character. T v - ' fork was commenced on tho 3rd of Duty lust, and continued until the cXose of the year, during which time tlAj main shaft was sunk to a depth of 15o\ feet and 2(H) feet of underground work accomplished in connection therewith), together with 300 feet of drift on other locations belonging’ to the company. The first and second class ores taken fro n the main shaft and drifts vv^is sent tc the smelter and the balance milled, w’fJi an average yield of $18 per ton. The company, of which C. L. Parker is president, Thos. Appleton, secre tary and treasurer and T. F. .Johnson, superintendent, is the owner of seven teen contiguous locations, the one upon which the main workings are situate, being only about 3000 feet dis tant from the beach of a safe and commodious harbor. It also has a five-stamp mill on the property. The 150-foot shaft and the drifts are in tho lead, which carries a width of from one to four feet, with an unusually rich pay streak which appears to be altogether continuous. Ore from thu outcrop of this lead yielded returns of ■$2li8 to the ton, while that taken from the 110-foot level gave returns of $500, while the second class from same level yielded $275 per ton. About 1500 tons of first and second class ore, together with the leaner rock were taken out in sinking and drifting, all but 400 tons of which was shipped to the smelter or milled on the ground. A resumption of operations in this mine at an early day is confidently ex pected. CYMRU At the Cymru from which no ship ments have boon made since the shut ting down of the Coppermount smelter operations are being continued, though at considerable disadvantage. The bins and stopes are full of ore, and the management is waiting pa tiently for transportation, which it is advised will soon be forthcoming. It is not known as yet to the local man agement to what smelter the next and subsequent shipments will be con signed. __ The tug Pilot arrived in port this Friday afternoon, having the barge John C. Potter in tow, destined for Niblack, where she goes for a cargo of copper ore. She is now out in search for the Richard III, the loss of which is elsewhere recorded. The Philippine Islands are to have at least a semblance of popular home government. By authority of an act of Congress, an election at which members of a home legislature are to he chosen has been fixed for the 30th of July next. Wonder how that legis lature, the proceedings of which will be in the Spanish language, or else will be all Greek to perhaps a major ity of its members, will compare with one that might, with authority emi nating from the same source, be ehosen by the people of Alaska.