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r ' X&mr •• • VOL. I. KETCHIKAN, ALASKA, FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 1007. NO. 0 (-• --:v 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 V--=£ Many Lives Saved By buying Drugs at the Neatest Drug Store in Alaska The Revilla Drug Co. ©©©©©©©©©©©© ©©©©©©0©©©©©©€| | New Goods Arriving | © We wish to announce to the Ladies of © ® Ketchikan that we have just received ®: © a consignment of g| ® FLEECED FLANNELS, OUTING FLANNELS ® 8 HENLEY’S SHADOW PLAIDS, CHEVIOT g © SKIRTING, HEAVY TWILL TOW- ©| 0 ELL1NG, TURKISH TOWELS ® 8 DRESS GOODS, Etc. g 0 by one of the last boats which we are 0 a offering at figures hitherto unknown in~ g 0 Ketchikan. That fact, however, makes 0 g it imperative that you come soon if you g 0 wish to get any of them. They’re going 0 g like Hot Cakes. g ® J. R. HECKMAN & CO. 1 The Department Store . § Ketchikan - - Alaska | 0©@©@©0©@000@©@0©@0000§ ____—- | Rates; $1.00 to $3.00 Electric Lighted | Room with Bath Steam heated Hotel Stedman European Ketchikan JOHN W. STEDMAN Proprietor Alaska | ■ . - ■ — ■■ ---— — -- ! Electric Lighted , Rates: $1 to $2.50 ^ Steam Heated Per Day The Hotel Revilla J. F. Dubail, Manager KETCHIKAN Suites with Bath ALASKA THE DIFFERENCE 1 aim - Ketchikan District to the Fore No Fear of the Octupus While there is, and should he, no antagonism, other than one of a spirit of generous rivalry, between tlie different mining sections of Alaska, a plain statement of the truth as affecting the merits of the Ketch ikan district, particularly in relation to the extent and value of its coppei deposits in comparison with those of tlie Copper River region, may not, he considered wholly out of place at this time. That this district has passed the prospecting stage, and entered upon an era of successful development as well as profitable production, is abundantly evidenced by the fact that of more than two million dollars worth of copper ore and matte shipp ed from Alaska last year nearly if not quite, two-thirds of the whole amount stands to Us credit—a difference in favor of its mines reasonably certain to he largely increased the present year. 1 t lias taken time to accomplish tlie result stated. Perhaps no new mining district was ever more ser iously handicapped from the very beginning in the way of exploration, than was this. Following the pros pector, came the yellow-legged ex pert who, finding all and even more than was claimed in the way of sur face showings, either wholly condemn ed or damned with faint praise all that lie saw, not forsooth because there was not enough hut because ihero was too much to warrant belief in the depth and durability of the veins and deposits of which only the outcrops could he seen. Following the adverse, or discouraging, reports of these wise experts, came unfor tunate direction and management in two or three efforts at development, and an inconsiderate demand of the price of developed mines for mere prospects, all combined to discourage capital and drive would he investors away to other fields of mining enter prise. All this time it was evident to those who had given the conditions careful ^tudy that hut one successful effort at development would suffice to counteract the unfavorable impress ion that had spread abroad concerning the great extent and value of the mineral deposits of the district, and that consummation came almost dmulitaneously with developments at the Nihlack, Mamie, Stevenstown, and one or two other properties that ire now profitable producers. It could not well he otherwise, taking into consideration the great natural advantages of this immediate section for the economical prosecution af mining operations, that-one suc cessful effort at development should fie speedily followed by others, as indeed it has been by a dozen or more producing copper mines, with several others about ready to take their places in the list. That the produc tion of these mines is likely to he somewhat curtailed the present year by lack of necessary transportation, must not ha set down to any deficiency in productive capacity on their part, for it is reasonably certain that, given the necessary transportation, the mines of the district could and would more than double in quantity and value the output of li)0(>. Tiie pre-eminent advantage of the Ketchikan district in the way of copper production will not he found in a more than ordinarily high per centage of values in its ores, hut rather in the natural advantages which will enable the mining and exploitation of those ores at a mininum of cod. These advantages coi sist of close proximity to ocean navigation, afford ing the cheapest of all forms of trans portation and an abundance of water and timber including never failing power for the operation of machinery. Indeed, these advantages are such as to preclude all fears of competition from almost any quarter, should the market for the red metal ever fall to a competitive stage, since it is quite certain that when our mines are fully equipped with all necessary appliances for the'mining and reduc tion of their ores, they will he able to place their product in the market at a price below the cost of produc tion in any other district in the United States, with posssihly one or two ex ceptions. As compared with copper produc tion in any other part of Alaska, the Ketchikan district has nothing to fear. It is probably true that the copper deposits of the Copper River section carry ores of a higher grade than those of this district, hut they lie at a distance of from two hundred to three hundred miles from ocean navigation, and for their ex ploitation will require the construc tion of railroads at a cost of many millions of dollars: and even with them the cost of transportation alone, as compared with that which obtains in this section, will he so great as to preclude successful competition, should it ever come to that. This does not apply of course, to the cop per deposits situated on the small islands in Prince William Sound where, except us to water, timber and climatic, conditions, the situation is somewhat milar to that of this district. No, tlie octopus, should it as threat ened fasten its tentacles on the Copper River regior, cannot materially affect the onward march of develop ment and production in the Ketchikan district, which- lias come to the front to permanenently remain there. V. Bland, mining engineer for the Victory Mining Company, whost property is at Seal bay, Gravina island, and who has had charge o! the work then during the past yeai or more return ed from a trip to Kan sas City, the heaqduarters of the company on Tuesday last. His trip to Kansas City was for the purpose oi consulting with the powers that he ii regard to the inauguration of a systematic plan of operations looking to the more perfect and profitable development o. the mine. While it was determined to proceed with the work, and bid.- tsked and obtained foi a three-drill c j .pressed plant, it was not definitely o aided to adopt in full the plan recommended by Mr. Bland, if his plan is adopted, work will la commenced ot: a working tunnel which will be » tn from 1500 to 2000 feet into the m .untain and thus open up the deposits to a depth of nearly 1000 feet below the surface outcrop. In case of the purchase of the machin ery, the work will he commenced at an early day and prosecuted with all possible vigor: otherwise, there will probably he a iepetition of the ole order of affairs, involving the expen diture of money to little or no pur pose. Should'be Lc-,ked After.—It is up to the city council to see to it that tin health officer is given power to com pel forthwith ho cleaning of front and back door yards, together with tlie streets in front of private resi dences through >ut the town. Not a few residents Intake a practice oi throwing emp y tin cans, decayed vegetables etc.” nto their front and back yards or iu lieu of that into the streets, where they ye not only offt nsive to tl" sight of passers-by, but if left undh'urbed will be apt to breed disease, if not pestilence, should a spell c dry weather inter vene in the nee future. If there is no ordinance ut er the provisions oi which the lieali h officer, or chief oi police, can cor ->1 the much to be de sired cleaning up of private premises in some portions of the town, one more tiian ordinarily stringent in its provisions should be passed without unnecessary delay. This, as a sani tary measure, if indeed it cares noth ing for the cleanly appearance of the town in the eyes of tlie many stran gers who will visit us from this time heneefor ward. Failed To Secure Jury San Francisco, March 1.—The Keuf trial is at a standstill owing to the fact that tho special venire secured early in week was exhausted with out completing the necessary jury. Another venire has been issued re turnable Tuesday, March, 5th when it is expected the trial will begin in earnest. No Property Rights San Francisco, March 1.—The lower house of the California legis lature now in session at Sacramento yesterday passed the Alien Land Kill which provides that no Japs or Chin ese can hold property in California longer than five years. This it is expected will do more to curb the Asiatics in this state, than any measure heretofore attempted. Will Pass Direct Primary Bill Olympia, Wash. March 1.—At a caucus attended by a majority of the members of the senate last night it was agreed to support the direct pri mary bill when same comes up for passage, Tuesday, March 5th. This measure has already passed the lower house and thus is practically suro to become a law. Wants Lunacy Commission New York, March 1.-—It is announc ed in court circles that Prosecutor Jerome will probably apply for a lunacy commission today, for the pur pose of examining Thaw's mental condition. This will he the last move on the state’s part. Several of the most prominent specialists have ex pressed a desire to act in case such a commission is created. Will Sue Attempted Slayer Seattle, March 1.—Jesse Hal) re turned from California today and announces that he will sue his father in-law William Constantine for $100, 000 for personal damages. It will be remembered that some six or eight months ago Constantine shot Hall in the latter’s oiHce alleging as his reason that Hall was not treating his wife, Constantine's daughter, prop erly. Constantine was arrested but never came to trial and was released on bail. Since that time nothing fruther has been done in the case until the statement of Hall's today. A BIG PLANT Ketchikan Power Company’s Mill Terse Tales of Town and The Vicinity The saw mill property of the Ketch ikan Power Company, at the lower eud of Main street, covers in the neighborhood of five acres of tide lands, and is, perhaps, the 'most im portant industry of which Ketchikan can boast. The mill lias a capacity for cutting 23 M per day of ten.hours, and gives employment to from lit) to 50 men, according to the season—the minimum number being required dur ing the winter months, and the max imum during the summer and more active season. The mill is equipped with one liOt) horse power boiler, two engines of 125 horse power each which operate the mill machinery, one CO horse power engine, which runs the dyn amo which furnishes light for the premises together with light and power for the Prye-Bruhn concern and lights for the residences of the mana ger and one of the share holders, one large circular saw and a re-saw, two planers, and a complete plant of box .'.taking machinery, for the manufac ture of salmon packing cases. The dry kiln lias a capacity of 3 M per day, while the wharf facilities and storage, or piling, yards are sufficient to all present requirements. The company also owns the tug Vigilant, which is kept employed in towing logs to tlie mill and in delivering lumber to tho outlying camps and settlements for which last purpose it has its own barge and scows. The company is erecting a building in which it will shortly install a new lot) horse power boiler, which will be used as an auxiliary and to provide against accident to the one now in use. This new boiler is rendered necessary on account of a contract entered into by the company with the Town Council to furnish salt water to tlie town for fire protection. This contract provides that tlie town shall furnish the pump and tho water mains to he laid through the princi pal streets as far as Newtown, and the company tlie steam for the steady and uninterrupted operation of tlie pump. The Blake pump, which lias a capacity for raising 700 gallons per minute, has been received, and will he set up as soon as the house and foundation can he made ready. It will ho capable of throwing five streams through inch or seven streams thro gh Jjj inch nozzles over the highest building in tlie business part of tho town. The water will lie pumped through 8-inch mains, and tlie pump will be kept in steady ojnation night and day, and conse quently always ready for instant use iu case of lire. This, with the other ap pliances for battling with tlie destroy ing element, ought to render tho town wholly immune from anything in tlie shape of a destructive conflagra tion. The industry thus briefly described lias grown in a few short years, from what could properly be considered nothing more than a mere scrap heap of old and practically useless machinery, to its present magnitude and importance, under the careful management and supervision of Mr. H. 7a. Burkhart, who began business in Alaska with tlie nucleus of the present mill at Dolomi, afterwards associating himself with his pesent partners, Messrs Summers and Daily, and removing the plant to this place. He lias well earned the success which has resulted from his indomitable enteprise and energy. Entertain Their Friends.—Wednes day night the local lodge of Arctic Brotherhood held open house to their friends at Redmen’s hall. After an hour or so spent at dancing by the younger, and in cards by tlie more se date, ice cream and cake was served. ,T. ,1. Daily, under the head of “good of the order” told of the organization of the original camp of tlie Arctic Brotherhood, ten years ago on board the City of Seattle on which boat he happened to' he a passenger north bound at the time. It is tlie inten tion of the lodge to hold socials of a kindred nature with considerable fre quency hereafter, the next one, a smoker for members only, Wednes day evening March fi. Some Fish.—Tlie fishermen are bringing in fresh halibut at a lively rate just now. Hamilton & Co, brought in 5,500 pounds yesterday, which they sold to one of the cold storage firms, and immediately depart ed for tho fishing ground, for another “catch.” Tlie Alma came in this morning with 15000 pounds of halibut, and others are expected in steady and continuous order, as long as prices continue renumerative as they now appear to be. Capt. Richard Stack, one of Lor ing's staid and sober citizens, and master of one of tlie boats of the Alaska Packers Association fleet, took in the city sights tlie fore part of the week. Supt,. A. G. Geiger of the Hadley smelter was in town a day or two this week, Cash for Alaska s Exposition Washington, March 1.—The senate yesterday passed a hill appropriating $7(10,000 for tlie Alaska-Yukon expo sition at Seattle in lOOtt. This sum is intended, to cover expenditures for building and exhibits. Nome Rioters Released Seattle, Feb. 2$.— John Christen sen and 10. Wai'derson were today re leased from McNeil’s Island on writs of appeal. The men were under sentence to serve three years each for exciting a rioting at Nome last yea.r their lawyers having been fighting for their relief ever since their incarnation with above results. Crew For Alaska Railroad Seattle, March 1.—Superintendent of Construction McClure with a con struction crew of sixty men leaves on the steamship Saratoga for Catella today, fie takes with him a com plete outfit and will push work on tin new railroad to be built from Catella into the interior. _ Organize. Railroad Company Seattle, March J.—The Catclla Garbon Mountain Railroad lias just been incorporated for one million dollars. The principal stock holders tiro John Schram, W. M. French, T. S hippy and Clark Davis. It is the intention of the company to construct a railroad from Carbon Mountain to Controller Bay near the mouth of the Bering river. Favors Government Aid Washington, D. I'., March 1.—Sen ator Nevvlands of the Alaska Road Commission stated in committee room last night that he advocated government assistance to all bona fide railroads in Alaska. He made the contention that railroads beneiit the country and as such should be assist ed at least until they had secured a firm footing. He cited the instance of the railroad now building from Cordova Bay to the Yukon which would open up an immense amount of tcCtcry B0W prwHrally unexplored,', which if it comes up anywhere near the expectations of those who have been over the route will double Alaska’s copper output New Commissioner For Yukon Vancouver, B. C., March 1.—It is announced today that Hon. Ralph Smith of Nanaimo lias been proffered the commissionersliip of the Yukon Territory to succeed Gov. Mclnnis, who recently • resigned. Mr. Smith lias not as yet accepted but it is taken for granted that lie will do so as the office is a good one. Gov. Mclnnis ii will lie remembered resigned to take up the leadership of the Liberal wing of British Columbia politics but was defeated in his trial for a seat in the provincial pari intent. Trials Postponed to April 1st Boise, Idaho. March 1.—Owing to the length of time consumed in the Adams case, the trials of Moyer, Haywood and Pettibone for complic ity in the murder of Gov. Stunenl urg will be postponed to the next sitting of the grand jury which occurs in this city April 1st. A tremendous amount of evidence has been secured by the state and the longest and most stub bornly contested trial in the history of the west will commence. The state will spare no pains to secure con viction and the Federated Mine Workers are just as determined in their efforts to prevent it. Canal Bonds Illegal Seattle, March L—The Supreme court of the state of Washington handed down a decision in the case of the proposed half million bond issue by King county to dig' the Lake Washington canal declaring the issue illegal. This decision will probably enable the property holders along Lakes Washington and Union to put into effect their scheme of selling the state water front property on these lakes for the purpose of building the canal. Steamer Corona Ashore San Francicso, March 1.—The steamer Corona of the Pacilic Coast Co. is hard and fast ashore on the Hubmoldt Bar. She is in an extrem ely dangerous position with high waves breaking completely over her. She has fifty passengers on board who are in a state of panic. An effort will be made to reacli the vessel this morning to rescue the passengers as the vessel cannot hold together long with the. wind and the sea hammering at her as they arfe. H. E. Heckman, the merchant nabob of Loving, was in town, Wed nesday, A COMPARISON The Ketchikan Mining1 District-lts Natural Advantages Mine Notes D. W. Ogle, who has 1 ee 1 operat ing on Ilumi) Island, which lies a short distance beyo'nd Point Higgins, on tho steamer route between Ketch ikan and Loring, is enthusiastic over the show he has for the develop ment of a valuable mining propertty. Since May last he has been sinking in an apparently large deposit of ore carrying good values in copper and gold—assays running all the way from $10 to $150—and thinks he has an immense property even if the values average no more than those in dicated by tho lowest assay. He has about 500 tons of ore in tho | “dump,” and has made arrangements for the construction of a wharf 75x75 feet, to facilitate shipments, which will be commenced immediately ollowing its completion. In tho meantime, Mr. Ogle goes to Seattle to perfect the orgaization of a com pany, which will take over the prop erty, and at once enter upon the work of its further development by running an open cut into the deposit from the beach immediately above high water mark, from which the ore can he trammed directly upon the wharf. Nocations were made on this island years ago, hut no attempt was ever made at development until Mr. Ogle took them up. It is sincerely to bo hoped that ho may not be mistaken in his estimate of the prospective • value of the property. The sale of the Sea Level property including the 50-stamp mill, The Mining News learns, will shortly be followed by an expert examination with a view to a renewal of operations at an early day. It is quite generally believed that the Sea Level is a valuable property, and one which, if properly bandied, can be made to pay handsome returns. Under the old regime, very little, if any effort was made at development, the operations being practically con fined to the surface. When the shaft is carried down to a depth of 500 feet, and a systematic effort made to open up a mine, without profitable results, it will be in order t.^condomn < the property, nnu not before then. The work preparatory to the com mencement of active mining opera tions at the Moonshine property, Choloinondelev Sound, has been push ed as far as pracaticable for the present. The trail has been cut out, and bridged wherever necessary, for a distance of about one mile from the bench to the foot of the mountain, and when the frost is out of the ground can be easily made ready for the animals which are to bo usetl in packing supplies up to the mine, the buildings for warehouse purposes at the beach and for the aconunodation of the men to be employed has been completed, the ground in the vicinity cleared of timber, and in fact all things made ready for the commence ment of mining operations at an early day. It is the purpose of the manage ment to begin open tions by running a tunnel about 2(0 feet into the mountain to tap the deposit, which has already been opened by shaft to a depth of about 50 feet, in the mean time putting in an aerial tramway for carrying the ore from the mine to a wharf to be erected on the beach. During the time in which tho tunnel is being driven, tho ore that may be taken out w ill be packed to the 1 each on pack animals, and will, it is be lieved, be sufficient in quantity and value to cover all costs of develop ment. The ore is an unusually rich galena, carrying over 80 per cent, lead and n high per centage of silver —being in fact, practically all min eral. The lead is a strong one, most advantageously located for economical operation, and that it will proove a veritable bonanza for the owners there is every reason to believe. The Alaska Industrial Company has at last succeeded in making a ship ment from its Jumbo mine. Tho Mackenzie Bros, steamer Haldis cleared from hero last Monday with 2500 tons for the Tyee smelter, Mr. Sulzer, the company’s managert accom puning it for the purpose of looking after the sampling and making arrangements for the shipment of another cargo. Conservative mining men who have seen the Jumbo ore, pronounce the Haldis cargo the best that has ever been sent out of the dis trict, and estimate the net returns at anywhere from $50,000 to $50,000. The Mt. Andrew maintains a steady output of 100 tons per day, and has its bunkers full awaiting the arrival of a ship for another cargo of 1500 tons. Mr. Freeburn, the man ager, is making good his promise of 5000 tons a month, and will exceed that rate of production if furnished with sufficient tranpsortation. • The Cymru mine made another shipment of 800 tons the first of the week. The ore goes to the Tyee smelter at Ladysmith, Vancouver Island. Heretofore, the Cymru has made its shipments to the Copper mount smelter which is oot at present in operation.