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Colonialism as applied to Alaska
by Outside interest, both private
and government, was again much
in evidence this week as ships lay
idle in Territorial ports waiting
until somebody decided about the
so-called “Alaska case.’’ Jus|t why
there should be an “Alaska case’’ in
this particular instance is one of
those mysteries which often shrouds
actions to be taken on the Outside
in connection with the Territory,
but the subtance of the present sit
uation is this:
Following the martime agree
ments on waterfront wages in Seat
tle and Alaskan ports, jumping
longshore pay from $1.32 straight
time to $1.52, ships again began
plying the route. Approval wa^
to be given by the War Shipping
Administration and the War Sta
bilization Board. This apparently
was done in connection with Seattle
but operators found they had no
approval to pay the scale in Alaska.
Result: Waterfront workers in
Ketchikan and Juneau just stopped
working. Two ships laid at the
docks in Ketchikan and two more
were due during the week.
Ship operators point out that as
agents of War Shipping they were
instructed not to pay the scale
until approval had been given.!
Alaska dock operators were paying
the increase but the ship operators
would or could not. The Alaska
public was suffering as usual. The
mystery was just why WSA and WSB
had approved the pay boost in
Seattle but hadn’t gotten around
to what was termed the“Alaska
case.” Longshoremen and ship own
ers alike knew the new scale wouid
be paid, but because somebody was
holding up the show in Washington,
Alaskans were suffering from what
amounted to another martime strike
—ships just weren’t being loaded
or unloaded in Alaska ports. Colo
nialism sometimes appears a mild
word for some of the treatment
Alaskans are often afforded by
Outside interest, including, on oc
casion, their own government.
OPA, Office of Price Administra
tion, breathed its last last week. It
appeared to be definitely out. There
fstill was a possibility that it might
get a 20-da ' extension under em
ergencies powers while effort was
made to draft a new bill, hut all the
odds .ore against it. The Congress
had pars'd a measure extending the
OPA, hut it was a botched up job
which was generally admitted un
satisfactory. At any rate, President
Truman vetoed it on grounds it
would he worse than no law at ail
and asked for other remedial legis
lation. The chances of his getting
the latter were slim.
Whether the abolishing of OPA at
this time would be good or bad re
mained to be seen. Those effected by
it in the sale of merchandise doubt
less would breathe a sigh of relief
after four years of price control and
making of reports. Persons who paid
rent and bought commodities which
previously were under price control
might take another view if the lid
flew off and the inflation spiral be
came. higher. Reports from around
the nation that only in isolated cas
es were prices soaring, particulai ly
rents. On the whole the boost up
ward, if any, wae small. President;
Truman expressed the view that
general commodity prices would not
gc up much over 15 per cent. The
stock market began soaring which
might mean anything. At any rate,
OPA. sometimes known as the Office
of Perpetual Alarm, was a dead
duck. What would happen under
free flow of trade probably would
not he too had. The nation had got
ten along without OPA up to war
time. There seemed no reason to be
lieve it would go to pot now as OPA
dropped out of the picture.
* * * * *
Official primary returns from the
Fourth judicial division and com
piled this week by Territorial Aud
itor Frank A. Boyle, reveal that
Labor Commissioner Walter P.
fihnrne defected Kenneth C. John
son for the Democratic nomination
by just 43 votes, one less than the
unofficial count previously report
ed. Incumbent Sharpe polled 3,093
vot«F and Johnson 3,050. Thier vote
hv Divisions allows: First_Sharpe,
1.274, Johnson, 1,184; Second,
Sharpe, 350, Johnson, 372; Third—
Sharpe, 870, Johnson, 842; Fourth
—Sharpe, 499, Johnson, 652.
Wrangell Women’s Civic Club
and Library Association will meet
tomorrow at 1:30 at Civic Center.
Mrs. Oeorge Sumption and Mrs.
Joyce Hay will be hostesses for the
dessert luncheon which will be fol
lowed by a business meeting.
JUNEAU—Wrangell’s recent shoot
ing incident, in which Harvey Clark
McKowan, telephone company opera
tor suffered serious wounds from a
1 rifle shot fired by his wife, devel
oped a new angle here Monday with
the filing by the wife of a suit for
separate maintenance.
McKowan is reported recovering
from the head wound, which he
suffered on May 27, 1946.
Olga Margaret McKowan, plain
tiff in the action brought in the U.
S. District Court here, alleges that
her life and that of her child has
been endangered by the defendant
and that his brutal treatment of her
and threats he has uttered against
her make it impossible for their
married life ever to be resumed.
Mrs. McKowan asks judgment:
1— That the defendant be re
strained from molesting her.
2— That the defendant be enjoin
ed from disposing of any of the as
sets of the Wrangell Telephone
3— That the telephone company
be decreed to be the plaintiff's pos
session for her separate mainten
ance and to pay medical and hos
pital c0S(ts involved in the expected
birth of a second child.
4— That an automobile necessary
to the operation of the telephone
company be decreed to the plain
tiff’s ossession.
5_That the plaintiff be decreed
the right to sell and retain fo_r her
self the proceeds of sale of the
Mathesen Building in Wrangell, in
which the plaintiff has invested
*1,000 and which is jointly owned
by the McKowans.
Mr. and Mrs. McKowan were mar
riel in Wrangell, September 37,
SEATTLE — Southeastern Alaska
harhorg have been so taxed through
the increase in fishing, lumbering
and development of processing in
dustries that more small boat facil
ities are needed, Col. Conrad P.
Hardy, District Engineer, said this
“During the war, river and har
bor improvements in Alaska were
kept to a minimum, except where
direct war operations necessitated
docks and similar improvements,”
he explained.
Returning from a series of eight
public river and harbor hearings,
Colonel Hardy praised highly the
community interest shown in t|te de
velopment of trade facilities. The
hearing^ opened 10 days ago at Ket
chikan and extended to Douglas,
Juneau, Kake, Haines and Skagway.
The engineer said a second series
of hearings were planned to obtain
local views toward river and harbor
improvements at other Alaska loca
tions, on a schedule tentatively set
to start August 2 at Valdez and
danced this week unfettered by pol
ice morals in the wee hours of the
mornings and molted with legal ap
Municipal Judge Daniel Shoe
maker had placed his judicial okay
upon it. Anyone who found her
night club dance lewd and lavieious.
he held, must have had a perverted
sense of moral values.
Judge Shoemaker saw for himself
in a special performance and found
the fan and bubble dancer Innocent
of indecent exposure. He dismissed
charges growing out of her arrest
twice within 24 hours last week.
Part of the controversy revolved
around what was left when the
feathers and a filmy gown no long
er protected Sally from the public
gaze. An arresting policeman said
tviov»> was nothing left but Sally.
She said there was a little flesh
colored patch but she couldn’t sur
render it for evidence because it
•’ just floated away.”
“Victory For Art”
Awaiting the court action alter
her second arrest, Miss Rand had
done her finale in long-handled
drawers or behind a sign “Censor
ed by the police.”
“In the finale,” she said after
the court victory, “there should be
just me. This is a victory for art.
My Dance is aesthetic.”
Seattle — Fish has gone up
on the Seattle market with the
death of the OPA. Dealers are com
peting in bidding for catches and
salmon wa^ being sold at an
average of around 28 cents a pound
to the dealers, compared with the
ceiling of from 14 to 22 cents
Halibut was bringing 18 to 20
cents, an increase of 2 cents but
the Fishermen’s Cooperative and
the Fishing Vessel Owners’ Asso
ciation said this did not presage
j any immediate general; Increase in
[ consumers’ fish prices.
WASHINGTON — President Tru
man has signed in to law legislation
extending the draft act until next
March 31 and prohibiting the induc
tion of 18-year-oldsi,
Product of a long controversy be
tween the Senate and the House,
the legislation permits the draft
ing of 19-year-olds and non-fathers
up to the age of 45, although in
practice men over 25 have not been
indducted for some time.
In fact, the Army already has
announced it will levy no draft
quotas for July and August.
MANILA—War-torn but free, the
Philippine Islands became a free re
public yesterday, July 4.
A dependent of the United States
since the Spanish-Ameriean War,
the islands gained their independ
ence through the Tydings-McDuffie
Act after a 10-year interim period
as a commonwealth. Yesterday was
a day of ceremonies and wild re
joicing throughout the islands.
General’ of the Army Douglas
MacArthur, who led the liberation
of the islands from the Japanese,
was an honor guest as representa
tives of more than 50 countries
gathered for the ceremonies.
MacArthur and other dignitaries,
including U. S. Senator Millavd
Tydings of Maryland and U. S. High
Commissioner Paul V. McNutt, were
scheduled as the principal speakers.
Manuel Roxes was sworn in as the
first President of the republic
Mr and Mrs. Roy Blake and son,
Gordon, arrived in town last Sat
urday to spend the Fourth of July
holiday here. They came up on their
own boat, the Emma, from Ketchi
Leta Mae Johnson and Ray John
son arrived in town last Saturday
on the Princess Louise to visjit with
their aunt and family, the E. C.
Intolubbes of Wrangell Institute.
The Johnsons are from Edmond, Ok
lahoma and Van to be here until
the middle of August.
Wednesday, July 10, at 6 a. m,
the Anan and Zimovla Strait areas
•will open for the 1946 season to
commercial fishing,
Howard Baltzo, local Fish and
Wildlife Agent, said that a survey
made of the area earlier this week
revealed only a handful of fish in
the creek. He also said that a trip
he made to inspect the spckeye sit
uation in streams on Prince of
Wales Island indicated that the run
has not yet started as there were
few fish in the streams.
The Coastal Act, allowing passen
gers to travel on Canadian boats
between Skagway and other South
eastern Alaska ports, has been ex
tended for three months, according
to information received by Deputy
Collector of Customs Ray Day here.
The Act expired June 30 but now
will be in effect until September 30.
KETCHIKAN — Prices on hali
but and most salmon have advanced
more than one third since the re
moval of price ceilings.
Bidding on the fish exchange,
for the first time since the establish
ment of OPA ceilings, brought 19%
and 18% ccntt* a pound for the
;12,000 pound catch of the halibut
vessel Wireless. Another catch
brought 19 and 18%.
Under OPA ceilings, the maximum
was 14% and 12%.
Red king salmon sold for 2 8,
compared with 20% for large and
16% for small under OPA; whites
brought 20, compared with a 12%
with 15.
Kings are known as Chinooks and
cohoes as springs on the Seattle
Mr. and Mrs. Eilert Holbeck and
small son Douglas, flew to Peters
burg tjiia morning where they now
make their home, after spending the
Fourth of July here as house guests
of Mrs. Holbeck’s parents, the B. Y.
Jane Williams, daughter of Sec
retary of Alaska' and Mrs. Lew
Williams, arrived home last Satur
day to spend the summer vacation
in Wrangell She will return to the
University of Washington in the fall
where she is studying journalism.
" ALDINGTON — Two measures
to revive price controls reached the
mate banking committee for con
sideration this week after Senator
,0 Daniel (D-Texas) abandoned the
blocking tactics that had stalled
them for three days.
O Daniel gave up after making a
jocular motion to refer the hills to
the committee on pensions
He said that seemed the logical
place for them, as 65,000 former
employees of OPA now have nothing
to do.
Majority Leader Barkley suggest
ed O'Daniel's motion was out of or
der and Senator Maybank (D-S.C.)
acting President pro tempore, up
held Barkley.
The two bills—one already passed
by the House, the other introduced
In the Senate by Banking Committee
Chairman Wagner (D-N.Y.)— are!
Each would grant OPA a tem-j
porary extension of life, until July
20, to give Congress time to work
out permanent legislation if pos
There appeared several signs that
the coalition which molded the
president ially-vetoed OPA extender
might be falling apart.
Senator Murdock (D-Utah) said
that as a member of the hanking
committee he has received concrete
indications that some Democrats
who joined in whittling down OPA
have had a change of heart.
"I think the President has solidi
fied his party behind his position on
the price control question as it nev
er was solidified before,” Murdock
told a reporter.
Republicans declared, however,
they will not agree to restore price
controls without sharp restrictions
in OPA atithority.
Patients admitted this week to
Bishop Rowe General.Hospital were:!
Mrs. Cal Zuver, a surgical pa
George King, of Mill Creek, who
suffered a fractured ankle and Pat
Jack, of Telegraph Creek who suf
fered a broken arm in a fall from n
Mrs. Marjorie Binkley of Anchor
age arrived in Wrangell this week
and is visiting her daughter r.
family, the Morris Larsions. She also
has a son, Kenneth, in Wrangell
With tourists and vacationists free once again to
take to the open road and travel as far as they wish,
! Washington’s Olympic National Park is expected to
■ attract a record number of visitors this year. This
picture of the famous park is one of a series of twenty
five full-color photographs of scenic views of the
West that Standard of California will distribute to
remind travelers of the beauty spots they should
visit. The oil company will give away 20,000,000
copies of the photographs through its retail outlets.
SAN FRANCISCO — The first big
postwar trade promotion program
covering the entire West will get
under way next Monday, July 8,
when Standard of California and Its
.subsidiaries begin free distribution
of 20,000,000 full-color "Scenle
Views of the West."
In all, twenty-five views of top
tourist attractions in 13 western
spates will be given away at the oil
company’s retail outlets, a different
view each week.
Interrupted because of the war,
the company’s previous scenic view
programs in 1940 and 1941 were
outstandingly successful in promot
ing travel.
The nine by twelve-inch prints,
mounted on 12 by 15-inch mats, In
clude the San Francisco-Oakland
Bay bridge, Yoseniite National Park,
the old mining town of Columbia,
Mount Sahsta, Kinks Canyon Na
tional Park, Mission San Juan Cap
istrano, California; Lake Tahoe,
Nevada-Californla; Mount Hood and
the Oregon coast; Olympic National
Park, Mount St. Helen’s and Sno
oualmie Fallq, Washington; Boul
der Peak. Idaho; Great Salt Lake,
Utah; Walpi Indian Village and the
Navajo Country, Arizona; Hawaiian
waters, an Alaska fishing fleet; A
coma Water Hole, New Mexico; The
Alamo, San Antonio, Texas; Snow
mass Lake, Colorado; Chimney Hock,
Nebraska; Grand Teton National
Park, Wyoming; Glacier National
Park, Montana and Mount Revel
stoke National Park, British Colum
With each picture is a commen
tary on the scene, written by such
widely known authors as Ernie Pyle,
Gertrude Atherton, Jim Tully, Don
ald Culross Peattie, Irvin S. Cobh
Ernest Haycox, Joseph Henry Jack
son, George R. Stewart, J. Frank
Dobie, Stewart Holbrook, Frank J.
Taylor and Robert Ormond Case.
The photographs were chosen
from thousands submitted. Among
the noted cameramen whose pictures
are listed in the series are Ansel
Adams, John Kabel, Fred Bond, Ray
Atkeson and Mike Roberts.
For convenience, special albums
and photo-mailers will be made a
vailable to collectors at a small
Every picture will be distributed
in each locality, with the distribu
tion rotated weekly in 100 zones. If
pictures are missed at one point, or
if duplicates are wanted, they can
bo picked up in an adjoining zone.
Wrangell's Fourth of July cele
bration yesterday was one of the
best and most successful for many
years past. Over $600 was collected
by the Fire Department to put on
c real day of fun for youngsters and
grown-ups. A large crowd turned
out to watch the races and contests
and the dances held the nights of
the Third and Fourth were un
usually well attended.' Much credit
should go to the Firemen and the
other organizations which worked
so hard to make the day one of real
Following is the list of winners
in the day's events:
Children" Parade; First prize, Le
anne Miller, Micky Miller; Second
Prize, Mari© Collins; Third, Sidney
Nelson, Malvern Nelson; Fourth,
Aurora Marie Grant, Noel Kathleen
Grant, Douglas Holbeck.
Best decorated bicycle: First,
Freddy Cunningham: Second, Mer
cedes Prescott.
Boy's foot race, !) years and under:
First, Alvin Kaer; Second, Lewis
Wigg. Third, Harry Churchill.
Girl’s foot race, 9 years and un
der: First, Jacquelyn Devatney,
second, Joan Garcia. Third, Joanne
Poy’s^ foot race, 16 years and under:
First, Felix Villnrma; second, Don
Clyrner; third, Sonny Wigg.
Girl’s foot race, 16 years and un
der: First, Bella Louth; second,
Stella Louth; third, Elaine Sim
Boy's sack race, 9 years and un
der: First, Harry Churchill; second,
Lewis Wigg; third, Richard Garcia.
Girl’s sack race, 9 years and un
der: First, Joan Garcia; second
Jacquelyn Devatney; third, Mer
cedes Prescott.
Bov's sack race, 16 years and un
der: First, Felix Vi Hanna; second.
Sonny Wigg; third, Richard Garcia.
Girl’s sack race, 16 years and
under: First, Stella Louth; sjecond,
Bella Louth; third, Rose Kalkins.
Boy’s potato race, 9 years and un
der: First, Randy Kalkins; second,
laeob Jewart; third, Richard Gar
Girl's potato race, 9 years and
unde: Joanne Engstrom; second,
Jacquelyn Devatney; third, Sylvia
Hoy’s potato race, 16 vear^ and
under: First, Edward Kalkins; sec
ond, Don Clymer; third, Felix Val
Girl’s potato raee, 16 years and
under: First, Stella Louth; second,
Dolly Vallarma; third, Sylvia Casey.
Rov’s thri-c -Jegged race, 9 years
and under: First, Freddy Cunning
ham and Dale Intolubbe; second.
Warren Simmons and Billy Won
der^; third, Richard Garcia and
Michael Hay.
dr’s three-legged race. 9 years
and under: First, Marie Cunning
ham and Susanne French; second,
Sylvia Casey and Jacquelyn Devat
rey; third, Doris Kuntz and Georg
ina Running.
Boy’s three-legged race, 16 years
and under: First, Felix Villarma
and Marion Neyman; second, Ed
ward Kalkins and Sonny Wigg;
third, Alvin Kaer and Billy Won
Girl’s three-legged race. 16 years
and under: First Bella Louth and
Stella Louth; second, Dolly Villar
ma and Dose Kalkins; third, Earl
ing Intolubbe and Caroline Lewis.
Boy’s bicycle race, 9 years and
under: Thorn Ferguson and Billy
Wonders, tied.
Girl’s bicycle race, 9 years and
under: Firs’y Dolly Villarma; sec
ond, Shirley Running; third, Bar
bara Sharnbroieh.
Boy’s bicycle race, lfi years aril
under: First, Lee Byrd: second,
Felix Villarma; third, Bilb* Won
Pie eating contest: First, Lee
Byrd; second, Roy Churchill; third,
Alvin Kaer.
Slim horse contest: Thorn Fer
guson, David Churchill, Billy Won
ders, Corkey Casey.
Shot putt: First, Gil Franklin;
second, Bruce Moreland.
Running broad jump: First, Don
Goralski; second, Gil Franklin.
Log rolling contest: Dick Stokes,
Sonny Lewis, Bob Goralski, Don
Goralski, (Prizes split four ways.)
Greased pole: Bob Goralski, Dick
Stokes, Fred Wigg, (prizes split
three ways.)
Row boat races: Dan Webster and
Louie Wigg, tied.
Outboard motor boat races: 10 h.
p.: First, Bert Nore; second Bill
Outboard motor boat race, free
for all: First, Bert Nore; second.
Cliff Kilkenny.
Work boat race: First, the Chief,
owned by A1 Binkley; second, the
Alasco IV, owued by 12. M. Camp
Jack Gucker and son Jack, Jr.,
flew to Juneau this week after sev
eral days spent in Wrangell Mr.
Gucker Is representative for Schen
ley International Corp. in South
eastern Alaska and was calling on
trade here,
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