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Published weekly by
The Ketchikan Printing Co.
One year, in advance.Jd.OO'
Single copies.W
May 11. 1907
Sometime ago. The Miner tempor
arily laid aside a discussion of the 1
question of popular home government,
in so far as the real merits were con
cerned. and took up the one and only
objection presented by the opponents
of the proposed measure—the probable :
expense of administration—ant:
proceeded to a discussion of the issue
from that standpoint alone. It did
this because that objection had been
urged not only by the puny, iii-iu
formed brace of anti-home govern
ment editors at the so-called “capi
tal." of the so-called territory, but
by the man with the “big stick" who
assumes the right to dictate what
shall and shall not be done by the
congress in all matters relating to
the district, as an insuperable obstacle
to the successful administration of a
territorial, or other form of popular
home government in Alaska. Not
withstanding the utter silliness of the
objection thus urged, The Miner, lay
ing aside all other poiDts involved,
undertook to show, and substantiate
by facts and figures gleaned from
official repotrts of territorial gover
nors. that the expense of maintaining
a territorial organization in Alask i
need not neccesariiy exceed the
aggregate amount a part of our
people only are now actually contrib
uting to the federal treasury under
the operation of the federal license
ana occupation tax law. At the same
time, it pointed out other sources
of revenue which could readily be
utilized to an extent sufficient to at
leas: double the amount now bfing
drawn from our people, and that
too without hardship, injustice or
injury to any person or interest, and
at the same time challenged success
ful contradiction of either its argu
ment. facts, figures or conclusions.
It has waited patiently for an
acceptance of that challenge, but none
has come from any quarter. Even
Governor Hoggatt, who has asserted
that the administration of a terri
torial form of government would cost
a million dollars annually, is silent,
and evidently does not feel it incum
bent on him to produce the facts and
figures necessary to justify, even in
par:, such an extraordinary assertion.
Tfie brace of anti-territoriai organs
are likewise silent for reasons that
are wholly obvious.
The Miner having taken up and
discussed the question from their
own stand point of expense, why, if
indeed, they are honest and have no:
been intent upon deceiving the people,
why this silence? If The Miner ha
been wrong in its statement of faet^
and conclusions, it should be very
easy to prove it to have been so. ar.c
people who have been so positive in
their statements should not be willing
to rest content under the imputation
of a gross perversion of the truth—for
under such imputation they mu-t
necessarily rest until they shall have
made good their assertion by a sub
stantial array of facts and figures.
Again, why this silence? Is it pro
longed for I he purpose : lulling the
people into forgetfulness of a question
the friends and advocates of special
interests are desirous of relegating
to the rear? It looks that way: but
the question will not down at the
bidding of those whose every move
betrays the fact that it is the welfare
of special and selfish interests they
are intent upon serving, rather than
those of the people.
There may be just a little too much
of a good thing. While boasting o:
the exceedingly fine weather we are
haring, it does cot seem to occur to
cmr people that there is a possibility
of our having too much of it. and
that its continuance much longer may
result in forest fires more or less
disastrous cot only, but in a possible
dearth in the water supply which may
seriously cripple operations at some
of the mining camps of the district.
Here in town, the warning given last
Saturday should have the effect of
putting all on guard against probable
danger from fire.
One often hears the remark: “I
wish I was out of this town. " and one
feels like saying. “I wish you were,"
for a man who stands on the street
corners chewing and spitting telling
obscene stories or scoring the town. 1
finaiDg fault with his grandmother
because she was a woman, claiming
that the merchants are a lot of
thieves, that th6- lawyers and the
newspaper men would skin a man to a
finish, and a whole lot more, is a
nuisance and an abomination. No one
is obliged to live where he is not
suited. If things don't suit you. move
to where they will. A growler and
a sorehead in a town is an enterprise
killer every time.”—Ex.
After a protracted period of dry
weather, threatening forest fires and
a dearth of water for the operation of
at least some of the mines and other
industries. comes refreshing and
grateful showers.' under the influence
of which vegetation is taking a for
ward leap, and apparently making up
for the time lost while spring linger
ed in the lap of winter. Now, if we
don't get too much moisture, and are
vouchsafed an occasional clear day,
with attendant sunshine, we will
have little cause for complaint, j
The ‘ Soo’* Times, a paper printed
and published at the flourishing city
of Sault Ste. Marie. Mich., in its issue
of April A), has a reference to terri
torial days in Michigan which would
be instructive reading to the com
paratively few Alaskans who pretend
to the belief that Alaska is toe
sparsely settled for the successful
administration of a territorial form
of government. It tells of some
“interesting documents of the days
when Michigan was a territory and
Chippewa county {of which Suit Ste. !
Marie was then as now the county
seat* embraced the whole of the
upper peninsula and half of 55 iscon
-;n.found in the office of the county >
clerk. The documents referred to.
show that Chippewa county was or
ganized in 1>27. that the first poll :
list contained 2~ names, and that the
population could not have increased
very rapidly is shown by the fact that
a summons directing the sheriff to,
summon twenty-four persons to serve
as jurors in the circuit court was re
turned with only seventeen names,
but does not say whether the narae
embraced all who were qualified te"
serve that coulei be found.
The superficial area at that time
embraced in that county, was nearly,
if not quite, one hundred thousand
-quare miles, and is now divided
into not less than 50 counties, with a
peculation of more than half a million
people. At the time to which the
Times alludes there were no means of
transportation other than by sailing
vessels on the lakes in the summe:
se-ascr.. a: 1 dog - is ind snow -
in the wintei—and to the greater
part of the residents of that part oS
the territory—and indeed ai! parts of
it. the means of travel and communi
cation to and with the territorial
capital, which was at Detroit, was fat
more difficult, expensive and danger
ous than are now the mean sof travel
and communication between the
different sections of Alaska. There
were no railroads in those days, no
telegraph lines, no wagon roads—in
deed more than two thirds of the
then vast Territory of Michigan was
practically a howilng wilderness,
more sparsely settled than is Alaska
today, with scarcely a tithe of the
developed resources of the latter.
And yet Michigan appears to have
had no difficulty in maintaining a
territorial form of government, and
of finally being developed into one of
the greatest states of the union.
So might be the history and progress
of Alaska, with like opportunities
to achieve the destiny which should
be hers, but which through no fault
of her own is now heid in abeyance.
The Woman’s National Daily thinks
that if the ruling sovereign of Japan
has a serse of humor such as ruling
sovereigns ought to have, he will
' enioy the treat of a hearty laugh i?
evei of the recent action
taken by the British government out
. :>f compliment to him and his great
. representative. I: seems that John
Bull is getting ready to entertain
Prince Fushima and the Japanc-e
I naval squadron. One of the first
steps in the matter of this prepara
tion was the is-uance of official orders
■ that there should be no performance
of the comic opera. "The Mikado."
,ny place in England, nor should
any of the military bands play any
-elections from the tuneful little
peretta daring the visit of the prince
or during the stay of the fleet in
British waters. Great government*
sometimes do some awfully -mail
things, but this action will certainly
appear to some people a- the climax
of ponderous puerility. Of course
the idea is that the caricaturing, as
it might be considered, of the j»eople
and customs of Japan might be
offensive to the Japanese visitor-.
The chances are. if he could know
anything about it. the Mikado him
self would like to have a seat in the
front row at a first cl a.— presentation
A the Gilbert and suiiiran musical
production, that he might get some
notion of the idea- that prevailed way
back yonder when the Englishmen
wrote their opera of the kind of
country Japan was and the kind of
people who lived there. It is quite
the funniest thing that even John
Bull has done for a long while, this
prohibiting of the presentation of a
little hotig>-podge of fun and music
on the mimic stage iest a great nation
should take umbrage. This official
action might well furnish the basis
for a new comic opera even better
than "The Mikado.”
A Minneapolis p>aper says that the
danger of a dynasty of plutocrats is.
under the I'nited States Government,
more imaginary than real, and quote*
the familiar saying that in America
"but three generations usually inter
vene between shirt sleeves and shirt
•leeves." This is very true. The’
people of the United .States have
a facility for dissipating fortune
quite a- great a- for acquiring them.
The Minneapolis paper, however* is a
little wide of the mark. No thought
ful person ha* ever feared a heredi- ’
tary aristocracy founded ujion wealth,
but an aristocracy or. rather, the
overweening influence of wealth, in
whatever hands it might is-. The
nabob of today may give the world a
'Spendthrift -on and a grandson who;
is a dock laborer, bnt bis money is
-till somewhere ard others art
accumulating as be did. In the undue
influence exerted by those who have
by any accident acquired wealth is
the real danger.
" - " .
The su’o-celiar of the Tombs in New
York is said to Ije infested by wat* r
■make-, which are more real if Its*
horrible, than those often seen in the
.•ells. The prison could not have been
better named, for it is a ghastly place,
within and without, " )
Judge Wicker-sham handed down
his decision in the Berner's Bay
cases, las! Saturday afternoon. These
eases have K en hanging fire in the
district court for years, and that they
have finally reached a stage where,
if any of the parties feel aggrieved,
they can seek a remedy iu a higher
court, must be a relief to ail concern
ed. The eases involved property and
money rights estimated at more than
a million dollars, the issue and
tangled webs of which are thus stated
by the Record-Miner.
The main issue involved was the
right of priority between the
mortgage bonds and the receiver's
certificates, and incidentally the
priority between the three issues of
receiver's certificates. Added to
these was the general mangetuont on
the affairs of the company by the :
receivers during the past ten years to
pass upon. The decision was a care- j
fuiiy prepared document, covering j
twenty tpyewritten pages of matter, i
Ti»e court held the mortgage bonds
to be the first lien, fo'lowed by the j
three so of receiver's certificates;
in the order in which they were i
The objections to the account of
Fred D. Nowell as receiver were all
overruled and denied and his report
approved. The objections to the re
ceiver's certificates were also over
The report of the present receiver.
J. C. McBride, was approved, except
as the salary of himself and attor
ney. both of which was fixed by the
court a* #250 per month and both to
be paid as costs of litigation.
The petition of J. H. Cobb for an
allowance of >20.000 for services to
the former receiver was denied ou
the ground that he acted as attorney
for the receiver under a written con
tact for #1500 per annum.
The petition of Shackleford .X
Lyons and John J. Boyce for an allow
ance of #-5.tK'»i for services rendered
the present receiver in the Johnson
suit was denied, the court stating
that they could file their lien ou the
judgment in that suit
The present receiver was instructed
to pay over the money in his bands to
Shackleford .X Lyons to pay for assess
ment work this year, the money hav
[ ing been paid to the receiver by the
International Trust Co. for that pur
The present receiver and his era
; plovers will be discharged and his
bond exonerated
The petition of the special master
; heretofore appointed to sell the prop
erty, for salary and expenses incurr
i ed was. allowed the amounts to be
taxed as cost.-, in the suit.
The bonds which are declared to be
a prior lien amount to #500,eOO and
i interest. The mortgaged property
| will be ordered sold by the marshal to
; pay the same, but the accounts and
salary of the present receiver,
McBride. Lis :,utorney Barnhill, and
I the costs In the case are to be paid
first. After the ec~.s of the case, and
the mortagage bonds are paid off
the receiver's certificates are to be
taken up' and after ail certificates are
paid off the general indebtedness
- - quent to the last cer
tifica:-- will be pai l fi . any funds
left. Genera! claims for salaries and
expenses of F. D. Nowell as receiver,
not covered by certificates, ate to he
t ol - t ft cer
tificates are paid and the same applies
: to claim of T. S. Nowell, Willis E.
N owe!!, Malone Cobb and other
general creditors.'
Should the International Tru-t Co.
bid on the property at the sale, the
bonds and interest will be accepted
in payment.
“The present.f the soldiers
not to suppre— riot .r disorder—no
-ach occasion existed. Their pres
ence wxs considered advisable by the
U. S. mar-hal a- a precautionary
measure against fire on the company's
property, which is scattered over a
large extent of ternary, oo dt annt
intimidate miner- individually or
collectively. The miner- themselves,
presumably the strixer- tendered
their services for such purposes, * *
hut the mirshil thought—and justly
—that a jwwer disinterested in the
contention should a«-ume jioliee
patrol, and as the troop*- are in
Alaska for ju-t such purjio-es. they
were called into service!" Well mav
the civil officials responsible for tiie
appeal to the military on the
occasion referred to pray to be saved
from further defense at the hands of
their damphool friends ! The time
ha- been, is now everywhere except
in Alaska, when a call for the mili
tary to do police duty would neither
have been made or re-ponded to
until the full strength of the civil
authority had lieen asserted and found
inadequate to the maintenance of law |
and order. But alas and alack, that
principle of government it seems doe
not apply to the administration of
affairs in Alaska i
An Australian who was hanging to
the beam of a bridge and realized
that be must fall made a verbal will
to a companion, disposing of al*out
m worth of property, and the
courts have sustained it. Once in a
while the courts actually do a sensi
ble thing.
We are anxious to learn fiom our '
readers just what they would like to!
have u- do to make this magazine
more valuable to them.—Alaska
fiuide. The best thing you could do*
to make such a publication valuable,
in our opiinion, would be to perman
ently suspend its publication—or else
print it in a language few, if any,
persons are abie to read'/ A surer way,
however, to make the papier in ques
tion “more valuable’’ would be to
shoot tbcuameditor: j
Under the above caption the Seattle
Post-Intelligencer credits Governor
Hoggatt with having secured liberal,
m 'difications in the rules and regu- '
lations relating to forest reserves in
Alaska, which it thinks will leave no
just cause of complaint. "Red-tape
methods," say the P.-L. "against
.vhieh there had been much complaint,
have been wiped out of existence as
the result of representations Gov.
Hoggatt made to Chief Forester Pin
chou Less restraint will hereafter
l>e put upon mining operations in
the territory. Rules that hindered
and hampered these operations have
been abolished, or so modified as to ;
very much alter the situation. I n
aecessary and harsh regulations affect
ing townsites, right of way and the
building of homes will no longer stand i
in the way of those who desire to aid
in the development of Alaska. This
is as it should be. The forestry ser
vice. after a careful inquiry into the
matter, concluded that many of the ;
rules could he modified in such a way ■
as to greatly advantage the terri
tory, and consqeuently the changes j
were made. There are many hard i
conditions to overcome in certain ;
parts of Alaska, and the forestry J
service reached wise and just con- '
elusions when it decided not to ■
aggravate these difficulties by impos- ]
ing unnecssary and onerous regulat- ,
ions on those seeking to found homes j
and huil.l industries in the terri- j
tore." The Post-Inelligencer may I
be right, and The Miner, sincerely ■
hopes it is. t ut it must l>e said that
the changes for the better which it
enumerates have cot yet materialized
to any appreciable extent.
It has been said, and truthfully too.
that a poor excuse is worse than none,
and that the truth half told is equiva
lent to an open falsehood. In the
Juneau Record-Miner of a recent date
appears an article severely censuring
some unknown local press reporter in
these words:
Some imaginative individual lias
been wiring mes-ages to the outside
world from Juneau purporting to be
the conditions prevailing at Douglas
Island in the existing controversy
between the company and the miners.
The “San Francisco Examiner of
April 1st and find contains on its first
page an account of riot and murder,
necessitating the intervention of the
U. si. trouts. A more dastardly libel
on the management and miners of
Treadwell would be hard to conceive:
the only truth embodied in the dis
patch is that a disagreement exists
bet ween the management and em
ployees over the company's boarding
housle and that the troops are on the
The presence of the soldiers is not
to suppress riot or disorder—as no
such occasion exists. Their presence
was considered advisable by the U. S.
Marshal a- a precautionary measure
against fire oh the company’s prop
erty. which is scattered over a large
extent of territory, and not to in
timidate miners individually or
collectively. The miners themselves
tendered their services for such pur
poses. as their suspension of work
made it imp — ihle for the company
p lice tl • property but tin.- marshal
thought—and justly—that a power
disinterest b in the contention should
a—unit police patrol, and as the troops
are i:i Alaska for just such purposes,
tl ev were called into service.
Toe management and the miners
have no serious conflict, nor ever had.
wages nor hours eat no figure in the
misunderstanding, and the hoarding
hot,-- i-sue could have been amicably
adjusted without any outside inter
vention were it not for a few irres- ;
pocsible agitators."
Now, if. it may not be amiss to
ask—if there was only a slight dis
agreement between the management
and employes over a matter of slight^
importance, that the striking miners
themselves had tendered their ser
vice- for tbe protection of the com-!
pany's property against loss by fire,
that there was no riot or disorder—
whence the necessity for calling out
the military? The Miner respectfully
suggests to its Juneau contemporary .
that its explanaton is not only un- ;
explanatory, but wholly contradictory.
As attempted explanation is signifi
cant only as indicating the uses to i
which the military forces in Alaska
may be put on the slightest cause or
Uneasy lies the head that wears a
promoter's cap. The redoubtable
Col. Sutherland, who promoted the
sale of t.be'AIaska-Perseverance mine,
seems to have run into a veritable
hornest's nest, on his return to
Juneau, after more than a year's ab
sence. It looks as if it would require
considerable perseverance on his pait
to convince a court and jury that he 1
has been fair and honest, even as a
Nice scheme that of the President!
to have the national, state and muni
cipal government pay the election,
expenses. What a fine field it. would
open up for enterprising and indus
trious gafters. Sounds like some of
the other things that have been
wafted out of tha White House.
Why do had women cause nine- j
'euths of the murders and suicides i
trac'-able to woman's influence, when j
goal women ar: a million times as;
well worth fighting for? Because j,
good women appeal to the mind and '
the true affection of a man, while bad ;
an*-, arouse only his coarser passions !
A which jealousy is not the least; ,
Iccause good women are true and;,
attract rational men, while had ones ,
are false and draw about them those i,
10 whom violence is a familiar idea, I,
I |
—Skagwav is rejoicing over the]
fact that the headquarters of the;
Alaska road commission is to remain,
for the present at least, in that place.
11 is much more likely that when
they are removed from Skagwav they
will go to Fairbanks. At all events,
they ought not to be moved a thousand
miles farther away from where the
major portion of the road work is to
be done.
—They have something new in the
way of dancing music up at Rampart.
It is what the News calls a ‘‘/ana
phone,’’ and not only furnishes the
trnisie but does the "calling-' as well:
but whether it is operated by horse
or water power the News does not

—The Sentinel is authority for the j
statement that all the stores iu Wran
gell are now kept closed as tight as
clams on Sunday. How about the
places that sell wet goods only?
—Bishop Innocence will return to
Sitka as the head of the Russian'
church iu Alaksa.
—Andy Anderson and Fremont
Campbell, two professional baseball
players of Tacoma, will play in the
Juneau 1907 team. That Juneau team
ought to be required to eschew
professional players on penalty of be
ing left t o "play ball" all by its lone
— Philip Holiday, mining recorder
for the Kluane mining district, was
tried and convicted for selling
whiskey to Indians and lined $130 and
—A press dispatch states that a
professor named Jagger will make a
complete technological survey of the
North and visit all of Alaska's vol- I
canoes during the coming summer.
He must be intending to look at those j
volcanoes through an inverted glass
—tumbler, and from a long distance. ,
—Between the Police Judge and i
the Marshal, the honor of keeping the
city jail full is divided. Perhaps]
the extra number of crooks has some
thing to do with it. Ordinarily |
Alaskans are law abiding citizens.
Recently the governors of some of the
states have made this a sort of dump
ing ground for their bad eggs. Crim
inals have been pardoned with the
proviso that they immediately make ]
tracks for Alaska. That's what we i
call a raw procedure. Each state i
should be honorable enough to take ]
care of its morally sick, and not seek
to dump them on a people who are j
denied the right to handle the reins
of their own government.—Douglas
News. Why bless you. Mr. News,
don't you know that at the time the
present bastard form of government
was provided for Alaska, the question
of making it a penal colony was I
seriously considered, as being far pre
ferable to our present plan of govern
ment; And are you prepared to say]
that it wouldn't have been the better
plan I
—Taat must be an admirable loj
cation for the terminus of a proposed j
great railway to the interior; A I
lighter with forty tons of dynamite,
which was being unloaded from the
steamship Jennie, was wrecked at
Catalla on April 21. The dynamite j
was intended for the Copper River
<fc Northwestern railway and was val- j
ued at $10,000. What a fine thing
that dynamite will be either afloat, or ]
sloshing around on the bottom, and be
ing cast up box by box on the rocks
of a turbulent roadstead like that at
—The Tanana placer mines, now
that there is plenty of water of which j
there was a great dearth last year.) !
running, and rich gravel dumps wait
ing to he sluiced down, have gone on
a strike, and refuse to be comforted
other than with ten hours pay for
eight hours work The owners are
alike stubborn,and declare that they
will keep the mines idle all summer
rather than concede the demand for j
an eight hour day.
—The assurance that Rainy Hollow :
is to be developed on a large scale is I
a reminder that Skagwav is located
in the midst of the greatest mineral
region in the North. We are
virtually surrounded by quartz and
placer fields which bear gold, silver. |
copper, lead and other minerals. ,|
This city is the hub of this district j
and ’.lie connection between tidewater j
and land transportation. It offers an
ideal location for smelters and the •
heaqduarters for mining companies, ]
—Skagwav Alaskan.
—A new broom is supposed to sweep [
clean, and the new municipal govern-; ]
ment at Skagwav is intent upon ex- ] <
emplifving the adage, by a thorough <
cleaning up of the town.
—The Yukon, one of the largest | \
rivers on the American continent, is *
□a*igable for 2,000 miles. It carries <
as much water as the Mississippi. J
Its mouth is ninety miles w ide.
—Swiftwater Bill Gates has been ] J
kind enough to announce that he is]*
"through with Alaska for good.”!
Eaxctly so; Alaska's good. j (
—The Wrangell Sentinel takes 4
exception to a little bit of “jollying" .
by the correspondent of The Miner,
inent the last municipal election at j
hat place. The Miner wouldn't have 2
:he Sentinel’s thin skin for more j
than half a dollar! j
—Another chapter was added to the j
^erservance mine troubles when (J. j
3. Pearce filed a suit in the federal i
:ourt for an accounting of an alleged 1
lartnership with Col. Sutherland and 4
tetitioned for the appointment of a <
•eceiver. An Olympia attorney nain- 1
:d Israel appears for plaintiff. Alnjut j
ine year ago a similar suit, with the !|
ixception of the petition for a re- 1
:eiver. was filed and afterward dis- j
uissed.—Juneau Dispute h. 3
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spend a jolly evening at the only theater in *
Ketchikan. Our moving picture machine is %
doing business again with new pictures every
w’eek. Come out tonight and enjoy yourself. *

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