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The Ketchikan Miner
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f Our Spring Line of Ladies’ Shirt Waists, Wash Suits p
^ and Dress Skirts arrived on the Seattle this morning ^
^ after some delay on the road. This is the largest and ^
^ best assorted line of these goods ever brought to South- r
^ eastern Alaska. Styles correct, prices in reach of all. f
\ J. R. HECKMAN & Co. f
Many Lives Saved
By buying Drugs
at the Neatest Drug Store in Alaska
The Revilla Drug Co.
Rates; Si.00 to S3.00 Electric Lighted
Room with Hath Steam heated
Hotel Stedman
Proprietor Alaska
Every Alaskan
Should have a Savings Account with
Dexter Horton & Co.
Bankers, Seattle
All Savings Accounts draw interest at the rate of
4 Per Cent.
Write for BooUet Regarding Savings Accounts
Electric Lighted Rate*’ SI to S2.50
| Stesm Mested P«r D*r
The Hotel Revilla
J. F. Dubaii, Manager
Suites with Bath ALASKA
What the Mines and Miners of
This District Are Doing-Cheer
ing Prospects Ahead.
The Mt. Andrew is working an in
creased force with eorrepsonding
daily increase of j roduct, while the
work of further development is being
steadily driven forward.
The. Alaskan brought up a com
pressor for the Craekerjack mine at
Hollis, which will be installed as
soon as it can be delivered on the
■ j ground.
The Stevenstown and Uncle Sam
are working, and producing ore of
good grade—the latter gradually in
creasing its mining force, and devel
ing promise of becoming one of the
best mines in the district.
The Hydali is about ready to begin
shipments to the Hadley smelter, the
tram-cars and sheaves, for which the
management has been waiting, hav
ing been delivered on the ground dur
ing the past week.
A compressor plant is be ing install
ed at the Craekerjack: and it
appears to be the intention to push
the work of development on that
property with all possible vigor.
Everything is working smoothly
at the Alaska Industrial Co's Jumbo
mine, and The Miner has advices that
a third cargo of high grade ore will
* be ready for shipment as soon as
! transportation can be had.
There )s a renewal of mining ac
tivity all along the line. There are
no idle mines in the district, all the
properties that have .passed the pros- ;
peering stage being engaged either !
in raising and shipping ore. or busv j
making preparations „for active min- j
ing operations. 1
The smelter at Hadley ;s running :
full blast, and doing excellent work. ;
while operations at the Mamie mine. I
from which it draws a large part of •
As ore supply, are progressing as •
usual, though hampered to some ex- '
tent by scarcity of fuel for steaming ,
f purposes.
Jack Westlake, the well known j
prospector, has found the reward due
to patient perseverance such as his. j
in striking a rich pay streak in one
J of his locations at X orth Arm. at a
Jepth of 150 feet below the out-crop— !
; at the end of a cross-cut tunnel made
to intercept the ‘ledge. The vein is a
good strong one. carrying high
i values, aDd Jack, together with those ,
interested with him in the find, are i
! rejoiced thereat.
I ’ -
This will be good news to the people
, of Ketchikan. ' Work on the Ketehi
' kan Consolidated Mining company's '
i property, near town, will be inaug- j
irated as soon as the machinery,
consisting of a 35 h. p. engine, hoist
and compressor, now on the way
arrives and can be installed. Mr. :
Hone, the mechanical engineer and j
: expert, who was here with Col. j
Sboenbar last winter, has engaged :
rooms for himself and wife at the;
Revilla hotel, and will be here;
shortly, to superintend the setting up,
of the plant, which probably will be
i brought by the Alki on her next trip, j
The Miner is pleased to be able to
state that an arrangement, satisfac
tory to the owners, has been perfect
ed whereby operations will at once
oe resumed at the Rush and Brown
mice. Karta bay. Mr. John Rigby,
an old and experienced mine operator
and manager, came up on the City
of Seattle, and will take the roanage
j ment. if he finds the condition of the
.-nine such as he has been led to be- j
lieve it to be. The plan is to further
develop the property, while at the
same time shipping aod disposing of:
the fifteen to twenty thousand tons of
ore already mined. It is understood
that the arrangement is between the
owners of the mine and some of the
shareholders of the lessee company,
i and was made in the interest of the j
latter pending its proposed reorgan
ization, the net profits from the ore
mined and sold to l>e applied toward
the extinguishment of the debts of
the said leasehold company. Mr.
Rigby will be remembered as having'
at one time been manager at the Sea j
Level property in Thorn Arm. If |
given a full reiD, he will make the
Rush and Brown give a godd account
ofitself. Mr. Rigby is now on the
ground with a force of men, and will
at once renew operations, with a view
to first shipping the o-e already min- ,
ed. There is said to be apparently, j
between fifteen and twenty thousand !
tons of ore broken, but The Miner is ;
advised that it has been so carelessly ;
mined, that more or less sorting will!
be necessary to bring it to anything
near a uniform grade. Arrangements i
have been made for the smelting of;
10,000 tons of this ore at the Tyee j
smelter, Ladysmith, B. C.
Cheyenne. May 1—Word reached
this place from Trapper creek today
that raiders, supposed to be cattlemen
had surprised and bound a sheep
herder and dynamited his flock of
sheep, killing more than one thous
| and of them.
Ought to be Hone.—The Miner is
! unofficially informed that at its next
' meeting the Common Council will
consider the question of erecting
j what is now known as the Newtown
walk into the dignity of a full grown
■ street by providing for its enlarge
ment to a uniform width of twenty
five or thirty feet oa its present lin?
from Front to a connection with the
improvement made at its further end
; last year. The eontempated improve
1 ment is one worthy, in the opinion
of The Miner, of favorable conside ra
tion and action as a means of unifying
and solidifying the town into one
municipalty in name not only, but
in sentiment and community of
interests as well. Whatever may lie
the changes wrought by the townsite
survey soon to lie made, it is hardly i
probable that they will affect the j
practically one and only street New
town can now boast, which is along I
the water front, and to which all new
streets will probably be made to con
form. as indeed they should be as a ;
matter of economy^ if for no other,
reason. The suggested improvement
-hould include the acquisition by the
town, either by purchase or condem- j
nation, of all buildings on the water-,
side of the new street, and the pro- 1
hibition of the erection of others, i
anywhere between the Ketchikan \
Steamship company's wharf and the |
! Seattle Bar. all of which water front :
| should be owned and controlled by the j
| municipality and devoted solely to the
; public use and benefit. As matters j
now stand the municipality does not ;
awn or control a single foot of water j
front, and the longer the matter is
1 allowed to rest the more difficult and
i expensive it will be to obtain a
j holding of the kind—one that will
! soon have become, if it is not now.
j absolutely essential to the well being
! of the community. Aside from this,
j unless some action of the kind
j suggested is speedily taken, what
i might be made a most delightful |
; thoroughfare and promenade—we are
' not likely to ever have too many of
the latter—will be made more of a
; nuisance to the town than a delight.
! by the erection of cheap buildings
: and shacks, if nothing worse, on the
water side, vide the fish house now
I building, and which, if it does not
; prove a veritable nuisance, will
scarcely be an ornament and a delight
to people living in the neighborhood,
j or to those making use of what would
otherwise immediately become the
most popular thoroughfare in the
town. It would be well for the mem
! Iters of the Common Council to re
member that they were elected to
"do something. ” and that the im
provement of the streets is a matter
that should be given first and fore
most consideration.
Not all of it.—What can be seen of j
Ketchikan from the standpoint of
anyone of all its business streets, is
not all there is of the town, or at j
least, of all that might, with benefit 1
to all concerned, be included within j
the corporate limits. These limits j
might be so extended as to very i
materially increase the population of i
the incorporated town, by taking in
the not inconsiderable collection of
houses and people beyond the end of
the main thoroughfare in Newtown. \
and to which there is no present j
ingress or egress, except by small j
boat, or rough and, at times, prac- 1
ticallv impassible trail. The little j
settlement thus practically cut off |
from the business part of the town ex
tends along the beach for a distance
of nearly a mile beyond the present
corporate limits—nearly, if not quite,
to what is known as Charcoal point—
and will one day become the most
desirable residence sections of the j
town. What is needed to begin with j
is the construction of a substantial
walk along the water front, from the
west end of Newtown to the Nadeau
mining location: but as matters stand !
that can only be done by voluntary i
subscriptions of money, "material and
labor. Were the territory referred
to brought into the town limits, the
question would be one easy of solu- <
tion, as the common council could
then initiate the suggested improve
ment. and gradually enlarge and ex
tend it as necessity might seem to re
quire. With such an improvement
made, it would not be long before the
ground adjacent to the beach, at least
halfway out to Charcoal point, would
be occupied for residence purposes,
with or without the permission of
those who have plastered it over with
mining location notices. The Miner
hears that an effort will be made to
raise, by subscription, sufficient
money and material to inaugurate
in a small way at least, the suggested
improvement, and if so, the purpose
is one to which the business men and
residents of the town proper can very
well afford to give their aid.
Miller, the man who is accused of
, kicking up the ruction among the
fishermen on Cleveland peninsula,
' was arrested on a peace warrant and
' brought before Judge Stack pole
yesterday, who placed him under bond
of *100 to keep the peace. It is
i thought this will end the trouble, and
that the salmon fishers can now do
I business without let or hindrance
! from ant person or persons,
Local Happenings of the Past
Seven Days Tersely
Deputy Marshal Campbell returned
this morning on the City of Seattle,
from Mt. Tabor, where he had gone
to take Mrs. Kallazeny, the insane
woman who recently made an attempt
at suicide. He left tlie woman in an
apparently cheerful frame of mind,
and in an improved state of physical
: health. He left the husband in Port
j land, where it is hoped he will either
have to earn a living or starve.
Superintendent Pulham, of the
portage wagon road, is in town today I
on business.
The Marion will tow the scow B.
D. Brown, with 75 tons of coal, to
Niblack, tonight or tomorrow morn
If/‘boss" Miller shortly finds him
self in a place where he can neither
fish nor cut bait, he will have no one
l to blame but himself.
Advices have been received to the
effect that the mine owners have
again elongated the price of coal, and
decline to give any assurance of sup
plying the demand with any degree
of certainty as to time.
A strike that is likely to prema
turely end the season's operations of
the fish dealers engaged in the mild
curing and cold storage packing of
salmon is now on. The strike, if
such it can properly be turned, B
based on a demand for higher prices ■
from the buyers of salmon to which
the latter will not accede, with the
declaration that they cannot do so and
continue in business, except at a loss
to themselves.
It appears that up to last Thursday
the buyers were paying 60 cents each
for red salmon 17 pounds or more in
weight, 50 cents each for reds below
that weight, 25 cents for whites
weighing over 17 pounds, and halt
price for whites of less weight—the
buyers taking the fish at the place
where caught. An ill advised buyer
for one concern, and who now- find
himself out of employment, ran the
price up to 75 cents for reds, regard
less of size, and in consequence one
or two buyers withdrew. The buyers,
however, held a meeting and agreed
upon a price of 50 cents, each, for
reds and 25 cents each for whites,
regardless of size. Thereupon, the
fishermen organized and appointed a
committee consisting of two white
men, and three natives—oneThlinket.
one Hydah and one Simpsean—and
this committee came back at the
buyers with a demand for 60 cents
each for all salmon, without regard to
size or color, accompanied by a threat
of personal violence and property
damage to any and all fishermen who j
might dare to sell for less. This i
threat has been partially carried into
effect by the violent eviction of two
or three native fishermen from the
fishing grounds, while hundreds of
valuable fish have been permitted to
spoil, and others are being practically
wasted by dying. •
The report is that one Miller, a
professional agitator, is at the bottom
of the trouble, and if so, it would he
no more than even and exact justice,
(if not made to suffer at the hands of
the law,) should he have, when the
affair is ended, a goodly unstrained
portion of that commodity meted out
to him by those to whom he will be
indebted for the loss of many
hundreds, if not thousands, of good,
hard, round dollars, they otherwise
would have earned.
Call at Frye, Bruhn Co.'s market
Try our Rose of Ellensburg butter.
Fresh shipments on every boat. *dw“
Mr. Frye, lately with the Tongass
Trading company, went to N iblack
this morning to enter upon the dis
charge of his duties as bookkeeper for
the Niblack Copper company.
The Marion has gone to tow the
scow B. D. Brown, with 75 tons of
coal, to Niblack. She has also on
board the cars and sheaves for the
tramway at the Hydah mine.
Thomas Stevens, the prospector,
has struck ore on his mining location
adjoining the Goodro property, at
Karla bay. The ore is a bornito.
exactly like that of the Goodro, and
Mr. Stevens says, occurs in lenticular
form, but be is as yet unprepared to
say anything definite as to the extent
of the deposit, other than that the
lenses outcrop all over the surface
of the location. The samples brought
to town are apparently as rich as any
ever found in the district.
Henry Clay Horsley, of cable fame,
went to Port Stewart on the Meta thB
morning, with trawl and five hundred
fathoms of line, Intent on breaking
the fishermen's strike and bringing
in the biggest salmon ever caught in
these waters, or in lieu of that noth
ing less than a whale.
The Alert went to the head of
Cholmondelsy sound this morning,
with an addition of twenty-five men
to the force employed on the portage
wagon road, together with additional
supplies. The Carita took the Alert’s
run to the other points on the east
side of Prince of Wales,
The Vigilant towed the barge
Japan, which she brought from Maple
bay a week or more ago with a cargo
of 550 tons of ore, to Iladlev today,
j From there she will tow the barge
Potter to Niblack, where, the latter
will take on a cargo of ore, for one
of the smelters.
The steamer Alaskan arrived from
i Seattle yesterday afternoon loaded to
j thejguards with freight for Ketchikan.
She brought the balance of the pipe
for the saltwater mains, for the
auxiliary tire protection system, the
maple flooring for the Elite skating
rink, and last, though not least, 117 j
barrels of beer for home consumption.
Knight & Morrow have a small
army of men at work on the Novelty,
the upper works of which are being
wholly rebuilt, and judging from the
progress that is being made it will
not be long before she is ready to go
into commission once more.
Drowned.—Some of the older resi
dents of the town will remember one 1
Jenkins—‘‘dinky,” lie was called. !
a watch tinker by profession."but who, j
when not in jail on conviction foi ;
selling whiskey to natives, spent most {
of bis time in pleading '‘not guilty” ;
to a second, third and seemingly end- j
less repetitions of the offense—who j
was in fact, happier and more at home j
in jail than anywhere else on top of
the wide world. He disappeared,
finally, and was heard of no more.
But it appears he didn’t get very far
away: fell off the wharf at Port
Simpson, a couple of weeks ago. and
was drowned.
We'll Neither Borrow nor Lend.—
The Miner force has “Mowed itself'
for a gasolene boat: it is needless to
say that it is the best one in town
and from now on they will neither
borrow nor lend—that is. if the pesky
thing don't break down somewhere
and they have to he towe*d home. The
devil has been installed as engineer,
the machine operator will manipulate
tile keys to steer it, the business
manager will furnish the hot air to
run it, the job man is deck band, and
.the Gov. will of course be pilot—if lie
can he persuaded to go aboard the
blankety blank thing, which lie says
lie wont do. The boat is an eighteen
footer, and the fact that it was built
by the Hoadley Bros., at Charcoal
point, is a guarantee that it is built
right, and if you have any doubts
on the subject come and see for your
self. The engine is Roy Thompson's
own special brand of Auto-Marine for
which Connell & Thompson are tht
agents for this district—and is guar
anteed to go further on less gasolene
than any other engine in the market.
So, now all you have to do is to #itoh
our smoke and remember that The
Miner is it.
New Boat.—Mike Patterson, the
boat builder, whose plant is on tin
water front, below the mouth of the
creek, is building a new gasolene
boat for Ben Metz. It will be 110 feet
in length, with more beam than
usual, and constructed on a plan cal
culated to specially adapt it to the
use for which it is intended—that of
the prospector.
Do you want to buy a live going
business? If so see F. K. Turner
lie wants to sell or.* his property. *
M. A. Mitchell, of the Miners' and
Merchants' bank, arrived back from
a two weeks sojourn in Seattle on
the Princess May this morning. Much
to the surprise, if not chagrin, of his
friends, he came alone.
B. \V. Booth, the boat builder, is
now w< rking i n a gasolene boat for
Baines A Suns, the loggers on Belim
canal. The boat, which will bell"
feet long and " fe* t beam, will he
fitted with a 12 horse power engine.
Mrs. N. Casperson arrived home
from a visit to Seattle, on the Jeffer
son thin morning, accompanied by her
young daughter.
The Jefferson arrived early this
morning from the south, bringing 50
ton-, of freight and 18 passengers for
Byron White, Esq. a capitalist who j
has large holdings in the Whitehorse j
section, where lie is engaged in de
veloping some prospectively very
valuable copper properties, was a
Princess May passenger this morning 1
Fie will probably stop off here on his
return and make at least a cursory
examination of the mines of this
Mrs. J. McLaughlin, of Hadley,
who has been in town this week
awaiting the arrival of her daughter,
Miss Belle, and incidentally visiting
with friends Fieru in the meantime,
departed for her home this morning
in the Jefferson. Miss Belle, who!
has been a student at the Anna j
Wright seminary, Tacoma, and who
came up on the Jefferson, accompanied
iier mother to her home at Hadley.
Philadelphia, April 2!l -Prepara
tions of an elaborate character are
being made by the committee in
charge of the convention and reunion
of Elks, which is to be held in this
city during the week beginning July
15th next, for the entertainment of
the lady visitors. A special com
mittee has In charge the caretaking j
of the wives and other fair members
of the Elks' families, and plans have
been completed whereby every con- '
venieuce will be afforded to the
—\\ hen Curio was a younger man,
! by many years, than lie is now or
entertains any hope of over being
again, he occupied for a brief period
the position of foreman on a Mil
wauke daily newspaper, it was dur
ing the most exciting period of the
abolition craze just, proceeding the
breaking out of the war of the re
bellion in fact, while John Brown
and tile border ruffians were doing tho
bleeding act. in "Bloody Kansas”—
and as toreman he had charge of the
i nows room of the Milwauko “Free
Democrat. ' the editor and proprietor
of which was Sherman M. Booth, at
J that time the great unwashed, un
shaven. but almost deified apostle of
; abolitionism in w hat was then styled
! the great Northwest. He had been
i in jail for leading a mob which
j forcibly rescued a fugitive slave from
| the custody of the United States
marshal, -and in various ways had
' unsuccessfully tried to immolate him
sell on the altar of muscular abolition
1 ism. He was a vigorous writer, and
j could string more vituperation into a
single*'•stickfull”*of type than was apt
j he very pleasant reading for the
object of his wrath. As a chirograph
ist, however, lie was a small pattern
of Horace Cicely, by whom lie had
once been employed "as an editorial
writer, and whom he tried to imitate
in everything, even to out-herroding
that distinguished individual in tho
quality of his political faith. Curio,
who was always more or loss expert
in translating perplexing chirography
into plain English, had suceeded in
mastering his hieroglyphics so that
he could, with little effort, render
into sense whole pages of his con
glomerate jumble, which, to the cas
ual observer, would be all Greek, or
something worse. One day, when
short of compositors, a long, lean,
lank individual walked into the news
room, and inquiring for the foreman,
asked if he could get “work "at the
case.” He was given a case, or a
pair of cases, of brevier, had , the
“dead matter” pointed out to him,
md proceeded to distribute his case
with a celerity that was astonishing
to behold. Having filled his case, lie
went to the hook, and as luck would
have it the first “take” was a long
page of the editor's manuscript—his
“leader” for that day’s issue. Curio
can see him now, with that manu
script spread out on the case before
him, his right foot on the floor and
the other on tho cross bar of the
"rack, ” the elbow of his right arm
on the case and his head resting in
his hand, alternately shifting his
position, while lie gazed at the to
him unreadable page. After puzzling
iiis brain for a few minutes trying in
vain to decipher the caption, he took
Die ‘‘copy” to the foreman and asked
Curio to “give him a start.” Curio
•«*ave!y read the caption and a few
lines of the article itself, aloud, and
suggested that perhaps lie had better
put tiiat copy back on the hook and
take some of the “reprint.” Ho re
plied with a look of scorn only, went
hack to his case, and after a time
having apparently finished his
“take,” put on li is coat and hat and
went out—as compositors not infre
quently do. and as Curio thought in
his ease, to get a drink of something
with more principle into it than cold
Water is generally supposed by the
craft to contain. The "proof” of his
galley” was taken and submitted to
the editor, who soon came raring
and tearing into the news room, livid
with rage, apparently thirsting for
somebody's blood, providing it didn’t
involve the slaying of one of his be
loved Hack men. The “leader,”
as rendered in type by the new, hut
now self-discharged and permanently
absent compositor, was something
like this:
The editor of tho News comes to
(jawbreaker,) and says that (2 jaw
breakers) innocent of any (blankety
blank jawbreaker) but tho infernal
spirit (more blankety blank jaw
breakers) rampant in the north as
in the south (blankety blank lie.)
When tho infamous authoi- of the
infamous lio (you’re a balnkety blank
fool, in the I lood and tears (the
devil can't make that out.) Wo can
only say to the News, oh, what a lie!)
if the dastardly scoundrels (oh, you
go to the devil, you blankety blank
old nigger worshipper.)
And about half a column more of
the same sort. That compositor, it is
perhaps needless to remark, nefrer
returned to resume his ease, and it
was not not long till Curio was invit
ed to follow after him. Booth could
not ho made to believe that Curio
was not tin accomplice before the fact
to what he considered a studied and
deliberate insult.
—“Jessica,” said a fond lover to
his only girl, tho other evening,
“your father doesn't seem to like mo
very much; 1 wish you would tali me
what 1 can do to make myself more
popular with him.” “I can't think
of anything you could possibly do to
effect such a purpose,” replied tho
girl, “unless it would he to go off to
some out of the way place, Port
Simpson, for instance, and do as
‘Jlnky’ did.” When the fond lover
learned that what .'."J inky ” did was to
walk off the wharf and drown him
self. lie concluded that his unpopu
larity was not confined to a single
member uf his fair enumorer's fuuiii^,

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