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One dollar Pe^Tm^ IDITAROD, ALASKA^ SUNDAY, JULYJO, 1910. _Two B.ts Per Copy ■ ■ ■ ii * -■— ■ ■ ■ * -i BUILDING THE CITY RAPIDLY The sound of the hammer is heard tn the land and the festive wire spike is the hero of the occasion. The pine board has become a king and e’en the lowly slab is made a princeling. It is the day of the builders and the carpen ter sleepelh not. All of which, as indicated by that famous Italian poet, is “all to the merry.” Speaking of mushroom towns that light where they listeth and spring up in a night, Iditarod City has them all beaten. Those hardy pioneers who landed on her luxuriant banks on that awful 1st of June, will remember with a touch of pride that they stood for 21 hours in the cold, unfeeling rain and cussed not. Then having stood 21 hours they went right on and stood 21 hours more. That historic spot where pilgrim’s feet first touched will be dedicated for ever as sacred ground in "The City of Beautiful Moss.” True it is that every pilgrim’s foot that touched also stuck, but that was only one of the added novelties of the situation Those ancient dwellings that reared themselves about this spot at that time are now old and sear with age. They will shortly be used as museums where the Iditarod Society of Historical Re search will stow the weapons and the relics of the first stampede. They have served their purpose well but in the modern and up-to-date sky scrapers and emporiums that now grace the city and getting ready to grace it, is shown the true spirit of permanence and future prosperity that shall make Iditarod City the jewel of the land. Building is really going on at an as tonishing rate, and from the reports of intentions of various citizens it is just ’■beginning to get good. According to the intentions of T. J. Nestor and his associates a two-story building, lOCr feet square, is aDOUt to begin on First avenue at the corner of Bonanza street. Brumbaugh, Hamilton & Kellogg, further down the street, are laying the foundations for their big store and warehouse where building will begin at once. The N. C. Co. is erecting a large, temporary warehouse opposite the pres ent store and on the corner of First and Richmond. Billy Fairbanks, gen eral manager of the company, is ex pected here in two weeks and the ar rangements for permanent structures will then be made. East of Richmond on First there are things doing every foot and every min ute. F. W. Rooney is putting up a general merchandise store 20x35 feet, opposite Manuel’s saloon, and behind the store he will have a warehouse of the same dimensions. Next to him, I. Goldstein, of Juneau, is finishing a ladies’ and gents’ furnishing establish ment which will be 24x35 feet. Next to him Fay & Loussac are building a drug store. On Second avenue things are no less violent! The big courthouse building is practically completed and ready for occupancy. Johnson & Clark are put ting up the frame of their big store and warehouse, while smaller dwell ings are going up all along the line. On the corner of Second and Rich mond, Jack Baird is putting up a large building 30x40 feet where his new sa loon has been opened. Next to Baird’s, Kemp & Co. is just stocking shelves in newly finished quar ters. They have a line of ladies’ fur nishings. Joe Smith has just moved from the tent to his new store on the corner of Second and Willow. Allen & Hamilton are laying foun dations for their sheet metal works next to Anderson Bros. & Nerland and buildings generally are going up along Willow. MAJOR ALBRECHT VISITED SUBURBS Hearing that the steamer Casca had ducked herself on the upper Yukon and soaked a lot of baggage, Major Al brecht, local lflgal representative of the N. C. Co., went down to Dikeman a few days ago te view the remains, and to tell the claimants that it was the act of God. Bp is back now and says Dikeman hasn’t changed a bit. -\ ' '-v Frank G. Manley il in town buying machi'nery, boosting for a road, and shaking bands with everyone. He is a firm believer in the camp and his com ing means something doing. IDITAROD CREEKS ARE L OOKING GOOD Having arrived in the Iditarod and having taken a trip over the creeks and through the thriving towns, the invariable question is, “What do you think of it?” and the answer is, “It looks good.” In this is found the watchword of the new camp. It certainly does look good. By reason thereof, optimism pre-! vails, business advances, money is invested, plants are mov ing, freight is storing, and everywhere is the most convinc-! ing evidence given that people have come here to stay, for it looks good to them. In this article, no detailed account of what is going on on the creeks will be undertaken. There is too much work and it is scattered over too many creeks to permit of par ticular mention except in pages devoted exclusively to lays and who are working them. Generally it may be said that there are between seven and eight miles of pay on the known pay creeks. This pay cannot be said to be continuous, nor can it be denied that in places it is spotted, yet some of the ground promises to be the richest discovered in Alaska and enough has been developed to assure a big output for next season. Flat creek is to date the banner creek. It carries pay from the extreme head to the mouth, a distance of four and a half miles. Laymen are working the entire length of the creek, but the production from Flat this year will be small owing to the fact that most of the work now going on is preliminary, consisting of ground sluicing and stripping, looking to the installation of large scraping plants this fall and winter. Boilers are being moved at the present time, but it is doubtful if many of them will be working before the freezeup. At the head of the creek on the Marietta, Manley & Price have uncovered some very rich ground. In one hole sunk on this claim they found nine feet of pay, where pans ran from §3.50 to $7.50, and a picked pan produced §13.50. They figure their paystreak at least 200 feet wide, but it is all not as rich as in the hole mentioned. * (continued on page three.) OUR TOWN’S URGENT NEED *. Immediate and Thorough Construction of a Road From fditarod City to the Creeks There is one thing which above all others should oc cupy the minds of the people of Iditarod City, and engage their immediate attention. There is one thing upon which the very life of the camp depends—one thing that strikes at its very existence. The Iditarod Pioneer, in this its first issue, wishes to go on-record as demanding the immediate and thorough construction of a road from Iditarod City to the creeks. The citizens as a body, must get behind the road commis sion and Mr. Light, its representative, and put up the money to make a good road and dc it now. Mr. Light is doing the best he can, but he is hampered by lack of funds. Large concerns and well-to-do individu als are going into business every day in this city and in vesting large sums of money, yet the chief artery that will supply the life blood of the camp is being neglected, and is left to struggle along as though cf no consequence. This should not be; in truth it is suicidal. Ninety per cent of the business of this town will be made or will be lost acccording as the road is good or bad. Otter City has plenty of goods and claims to have a thor oughly practical water route to the creeks. Dikeman will have lots of goods, and claims a winter trail to the creeks, This city has plenty of goods and is nearer to the mines than either of them, yet every day the officers of the government are only getting dollars from the people by threatening to throw them in jail. The proposition needs no demonstration beyond the mere statement. It is as plain as a wart on a pumpkin that if Tditarod City cannot get freight to the creeks cheap ly, Otter City and Dikeman will get the business. It is as plaint black and white that a good road cannot be built to the creeks this summer with the present available funds. It is entirely plain that the people here will have to dig up and dig up quick. The draining ditches should be dug now'. There are a hundred idle men in the camp who will go to work. They should now be working on that road. There are 10 miles of it and it must be built, else Iditarod City is a dead one. A meeting has been held and a subscription list is go ing the rounds. It is headed by some good looking sums. The big investors are protecting their interests and the smaller ones will come in with their proportion. On another page we publish that list and the amounts given and will hammer away on this proposition until the cows come home or the road is built. Within a mile and a quarter from Iditarod City and close to the Flat creek trail has been discovered a coal mine. Within 30 days that coal will be burning in the stoves of the town and gladdening the hearths of the community. This coal deposit, so far as known through the preliminary development, is 200 feet wide and of unknown depth. Four holes have been sunk and more are being put down, disclosing a hori zontal layer of bituminous coal, of good burning quality, as close as two feet to the surface of the ground. None of the holes put down have yet gone through the deposit itself. The property is owned by the Eureka Coal Company, just formed, and consists of 1,280 acres, nearly straight south from this city and at one point not more than three quarters of a mile from the Iditarod river. Men are now at work on the ground and if the development of the coming week proves the deposit great enough, a large crew will begin operations to take out a plentiful supply for the winter. From a transportation standpoint, the ground is a1 most ideally situated and a tramway is contemplated at once, pending pros pecting work. If the supply justifies the outlay, an aerial tram way will be run, either to the river at its nearest point or to Idit ai-od City. The existence of this find has been known scarcely 30 days, the discoverers being Herman Oman and Wm. Appleby. Now inter ested in the company are Fred McFarline, president; H. L. Jaffe, Henry Weir and C. H. McIntosh. They are enthusiastic to a de gree and assert without hesitation that they will soon put a thor ough and satisfactory quietus on the wood question. Will Have Ample Food Supply It is hard to get an accurate lineup on the food supply question, but from a hasty survey it can be safely stated that the inhabitants of the Iditarod will be well fed this coming winter. Given a new camp where men are blazing a way into a practically unknown country where navigation difficulties must be solved as they are met, and you have the makings of a large guess if you do your guessing in the early summer. As the basis for a guess on the amount of tonnage that will come into this camp this season one has only to lake his choice of a number of conflicting reports that fix the shipments anywhere from 3,000 to 6,000 tons. At this writing it is impossible to tell which of these figures comes nearest to the actual amount of goods on the way. According to estimates of busi ness men in the camp there are now about 1,000 tons landed on the upper Iditarod in this city and at Otter City. There are many tons on the way and much of the total may still get here, though it is generally admitted by shippers that the larger part will stop at Dikeman where they are expecting to have several warehouses and watchmen. Boosters from Dikeman say that it will all be left there, but on the quiet the)’ are coppering their bets and the mosquito fleet is putting gasoline in the tank and getting ready to open a bank account. Those who have looked over the camp have picked this city as the sure winner. This will be the main center of population and the main distributing point and here is where the freight will be brough1: in spite of H— and low water. If the many stories of the strength of the Outside stampede are true there will be 5,000 tons brought up the Iditarod river be fore the close of navigation. That will support the camp in excellent shape and bring prices within the reach of everyone, a consumatiou devoutly to be wished. Job Printing—many kinds—at the Pioneer office. MACHINERY MOVING TO THECREEKS For those wise ones and merry scoffers who said that no machinery would be landed on the creeks this summer, there is a fine and inspir ing object lesson waiting out on Otter where he who runs may read that there is really something do ing the matter of taking out the gold. In spite of the fact that Otter creek as a highway of navigation did not look good to many this spring she has made good in a manner satisfactory to some of the freighters, and the boilers that were apparently doomed to rust on the bank at Otter City are now smok ing up at 1 above and thereabouts. More than half a dozen plants have been landed and things are looking fine for a late summer pro duction, particularly at the Bates, Merritt & McKenzie lay, at Hens ley’s and George Riley, all on i above, Otter. At each of these three laj’s three plants have been landed within the last few days. Bates and partners have a new 30, Hensley and partners have a 35 horsepower boiler and hoist and Riley has a 50 which he took out from this city, skidding it under its own steam. On the Celene Fraction, a strip just above Discovery, Tuttle has a 30 horsepower and James Dolan has a smaller boiler which has just been put on the ground. On 1 beiew, Mickie McHale is there with a new 30 and with his partners will be scratching the gravel on the high speed the bal ance cf the summer. Riley has a big piece of ground stripped on the lower end of 1 above and from this claim it looks as though a complete and satisfac tory detronstratiou will come be fore the snow flies. He will be open-cutting here with bottomless scrapers, and is said to be in the money. Usvmg to tue ueavy going up Flat creek plants are slower getting to the ground there than on Otter, but even at that there will be a number working there before the freezeup. Manley & Price are using every effort to get machinery to the Mari etta at the head of the creek as they have ground that is touted as the best in the country. They are con fronted with a strenuous proposi tion, but they are determined to start work this summer and with the gold in the ground wonders can be accomplished. It is expected that there will be a new plant on the Bonanza half way up the creek where Friend, Lawson & James are said to be negotiating for or have already secured a lay. There are many other proposi tions framed and framing where machinery will be necessary, where fore it looks as though there will be heavy movement in all kinds of hardware throughout this summer HENRY WEIR TAKES A LITTLE OUTING Henry Weir, chief mogalof the Idit arod City Telephone Company, is off on a delightful outing to Dikeman City. In order to enjoy it to the fullest he walked to the warehouse station, pick ing out a telephone line by way of di version. He expected a pleasant trip as the last man sent out lost both horses and burned up his camp outfit. Henry will get back when he returns. First Flagpole To J. A. Slippern belongs the credit of erecting the first flagpole in the city of Iditarod and infurling therefrom the national colors. The town was then three weeks old.___ Cloth signs for trail advertising at the Pioneer office.