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. r-' f5 /■» j jnp FliuM I f SUN. j “Where the sun comes up at midnight from an Ice .jacK round the pole.^_ VOL. I. CAPE PHISOEOF WALES, AdJASKA, J UNE, li>05._]SO.L CORWIN ARRIVES FIRST STEAMER On the morning of June 17th the en tire village was stirred up by the whit tle of a steamer behind the Cap" mountain. Tlie cry of i’hro-o-me went up from a hundred native throats. Soon the masts of a steamer appeared which belonged4 to the Sir. Corwin. The shore ice whs still in and made it difficult to get out to her. Alter getting aboard we learned for the first time the news of the battle between the Japanese and Russian fleets, and the victory of the Japs. WHALERS ATDIOMEDES Two Canoes returned from the Lit tle Diomedes today and reported e g.it steam whalers near the islands. The y had caught several whales. None of the ships have visited the Cape, probably on account of the ice in the straits. They also report the pre e:ice < f a small gasoline schooner. While them she traded a bairel or two of whiskey to the natives. Eskimos Increasing. According to ths census of the pres ent year the Eskimo population of Cape Prince of Wales is iuc 'easing. The births for the year number 22; deaths 11; making an increase of 11 in a total population of 37G. During the last fifteen years this vill age together with the neighboring villages on the coast suffered two epi demics that carried away a large part of the population. The increase in num bers since the last epidemic in 1900, has been slow, and largely due to the death of children. 13 U1C i D if S Q iM DIOMEDES Aoozeah, with acxnos arrival from , the Diomede.s Islands. May 15thbring ing the first no -vs of the seasoi. lliey report that three natives committed suicide duritv the past winter among them the murder a a of the wh.be man, Bismark, who was i illed. whi e wint ering on the islands in- i . 02. L will be remembered that bisuark, who was +]-_ . f -<t wldtu !'.T,n "’bp ucceafided to winter there, was landed fitAw tne Eskimo woman and oliilii. : steam whaler “Wm. Bay less” with a | stock of flo’ir molasses, :;ugar a d a still. He had secured con ideiuble ivory and furs with his tongok, audit w-i5- w lile removing these irom his i “w /man’s” house, tuat he was shot, ; b/ tue natives, piobably to get his | tra le goods. Two of the natives shot tlmmse ves ; and the third hung himself. This form i of death seems to be common among f the Diomedris natives. One woman 1 hung herself 1 wst August because -he ■ had injured her child and expected it j to die. Considerable t ng k [wuiskeyJ ha 3 been made during the winter. - ■—u WALRUS CATCH SMALL As compared with the walrus catch of last year, the natives I ave taken but few of tnese animals. !)v r two hundred were brought into the village a year ago while not more than half that many have been killed this year. The ice-pack driven bj the *d..,d, .• u tiuued so tbi 'k along the qVt> es Rut the wni us kept to the ot or side ■ >f Fa away Keck. i>ot until about June iu.it were many walrus seen. At that time the canoes with some difficulty worked their way through the ice pacn t<> Far away Rock. They reported over two hun red passing northward within a few hours. These canoes were fort unate in getting from four to six each at a catch. The skins are valuable for canoe covers and ropes. Four to six tire used to cover a canoe. The.se are sewed to gether with thong and stretched ov .a* the frame work of wood from twenty .o thirty feet long, end four to six ! eet wide. 1 Ootooktok has the banner catch. To ' date his canoe has caught 19. The large number of oogrook [big seal] c Might by the natives will help out some, these taking the place of wal us for some of their work. Am in okow a. knot's canoe brought in twen ! ty on one trip. ACTIVITY IN TIN MINING Tin City. June.20‘ -Two new com panies have arrived on first steamer to prospect for tiu. Machinery will fono.v later.