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DIVERSITY OF METAL Gold is not the only substance that may be found in the Kuskokwim, if percolating reports from that section are to be clothed in the proper sem blence of authenticity. Gold they have, to be sure, but just to go the rest of tiie country one, two or three better, they have quicksilver, cobalt, copper, silver and coal, al! of which will give the embryo metallurgist a chance to trot a lively heat, should he happen to put. his nose in the race of events across the divide. Take, for instance, that copper and silver ledge on Swift rivor, about 200 miles above Georgetown. This stream is a tributary of the Kuskokwim and it is said that Judge Heavev has two men working there now in an attempt to define the ledge and get the property in shape for production. Then there is reported to be a coal deposit on the Holitna river, some 27 miles above Georgetown, in a place where Nature decided to give future WRITE A LETTER HOME AT Ernest's Cigar Store “You Don’t Have to Frog.” Cigars, Tobaccos, Candies, Lemonade, Milk Snake, Stationery and Fruits NiEHOFF & HAKES, _First and Willow._ generations a chance to mine without paying the government tax on cord wood. If this bo the case, then the Kuskokwim will have a Ballinger con troversy of its own. Then, again report has it, that Judge Heavey and partners have discovered an ore a short distance above George town that is pronounced cobalt—the same kind of stuff that made Ontario famous. Quicksilver they undoubtedly have. Different outfits on the lower Kuskok wim have been exploiting big cinna bar deposits for over a year. Among those are McDonald and Kabidon, who are about 100 miles below Georgetown, or somewhere in the vicinity of St. Clair river, where Gordon Betties and his partner (Sinclair) discovered a whole mountain of mineral last winter. Jerome Chute is interested with them, and, from all accounts, they are in a heavily mineralized section. Dougall MaePherson arrived from Donlan creek last Monday, bringing news of a good strike on Ruby. He is hurrying back accompanied by Angus McDonald, who has just recovered from a protracted illness at Flat City where he suffered from an attack of typhoid-pneumonia. Coal oil and candles for sale at An derson Bros. & Norland's. Full line optical goods at Simpson’s. First Avenue. Modern Throughout. Bath Rooms in Connection Furnished Rooms and Spring Cols, FIRST CLASS STABLE AND DOG HOUSE IN CONNECTION THE Sheet Metal Works Are ‘THERE” on Willow Street Poulin ion Commercial C©E Groceries, Hay end Grain See Us Before Buying 1DETAROD REBUILf The Pmnear FIRST AYENl’E The Most Up-To-Date Hotel in Iditarod Finely Furnished Rooms and Spring Cots. Hot and Cold Wate. Modern Bath Room. Commodious Ladies’ and Gem’s Reception Room. Phone 27. Ratos by the Day, Weak or Month. BERT PHILLIPS and HRS. UHL, Props. _WE SATISFY THE HUNGRY_ TODAY-SPECIAL SUNDAY DINNER-TODAY Everything in Season WILLOW STREET T. L. McGRATH, PROP. Cheer and Comfort AT THK Miner's Home SALOON Miller & Jerman, Props. GUN EXPLODED IN THE AIR A possible tragedy was averted by a narrow margin in a cabin on (leorge river a short time ago, and one of the parties is now out on a bond of $2ooo bound over to the grand jury and cited to appear here when the jury convenes in the spring. K. \V. Parks was returning from a chicken hunt carrying a 22 cal. rifle. lie had warned J. H. Porter off his domain before, but he foiind Porter in one of bis cabins and went to warn him off again. Sidling away, it appears the complaining j witness watched tor an opportunity j to close with the defendant, and in | the struggle that followed the gun j was uncharged but without harm. 1 Porter also claims that the defend I ant tlied to cut him in the back with a cheese knife. 'l'he charge was assault with a deadly weapon and J. C. Moody of this city was there to defend Parks at the preliminary hearing before Judge Heavey. There were no eye witnesses, wherefore tire defendant was bound over for investigation bj- the grand jury. JULIAN CREEK HAD SOMETHING BACK '1 lie operations of the Straudberg Johnson Mining Co. on Julian creek have not been barren o( re sults according to the last reports brought in from that section. It appears that they put down a hoi about a mile up Julian, just to verify their belief that the creek contained a paystreak. Not only did they run into gold bearing gravel, which by the geologists is called auriferous gravel, bat they found four feet of it and in this gravel they panned from five to seventy-five cents. This fact is interesting because it betokens a lot of wealth on Julian. They' know that they have good pay at the mouth, and now they know they have excellent pay one mile from the mouth,—well then, write your own ticket. Among the other junk that he carried, Frank Toudreau, known from Belfast to Point Barrow as the “Malamute Kid,” brought some BIG HEW YEAR’S JOLLIFICA TIQN — Now tlie Now Year, reviving old de Sil'6*. The thoughtful soul to solitude retires Is just as true now as whan Omar said it, and, by the same token, it is also a lead-pipe cinch that thoughtless souls forget all about retiring these here New Yearses. Instead of that they get right out where everybody can see them. Do you remember those times when old Market street was a blaze of light from one end to the other, and a howl ing mob of light-headed citizens pa raded up and down the thoroughfare, throwing confetti in everybody’s eye, so that they couldn’t see Old Man Last Year stealing out through the Golden Gate, and rosey-faced New Year flying gladly over the Ferry building. Say, what a time a thoughtful per son would have had in that riot. Did you ever see such a bunch of asylum candidates gathered on one street, and all of them apparently bent on break ing at once into the sacred walls of a sanitarium? And then, after you had exhausted your wind blowing a tin-horn in every one’s ear, and so deaf yourself that you couldn't distinguish your own 4voice, you headed with the bunch for the cafes and stormed the citadel of snowy linen and sparkling cut glass, trying to pull the wig off the orchestra director as you passed. There was where things got good. The music tore large holes through the ambient atmosphere, while the glasses clinked and boisterous ones grabbed the roses from the table and threw them at tiie pretty girls across tiie way. And do you remember how she kissed the rose and threw it back? You were going to swear off that night, so you didn’t caro. Say, how the joy of it mounted to your head, as you passed from table to table, decking with garlands the brow of friend and stranger alike and touching glasses with them all. And then the mystic hour approached in a swelling chorus of hilarity. The music stopped with a sudden crash, the lights went out, and there you were by her side, stealing the kiss that trembled on her lips. Her eyes had told you she'd be in that spot, and their light lead you unerringly even in darkness absolute. You tarried but a moment in the wild abandonment of spirit that held the whole assemblage, breaking ju3t ia time toetcape the Hood of light that followed the universal indiscretion. That is, you broke—well, of course, it was New Years, and you know what a fellow will do on that salubrious day. Say, let’s come out of it just a mo ment and look the matter coldly in the face. We’re not on Market street, you know. Still that doesn't make much difference as long as the spirit is there. Market street or Alaska, what boots it if wine, women and song are here to cheer us? In our town, which is Iditarod city, wo are geing to pull off a stunt that’ll make even Market street jealous. We are going to gather around the festive board on New Year's eve, and every body for miles and miles is coming with a song on his lips and careless freedom in his heart. Charley Millet has agreed to furnish such a feed as never was— with wine, and women, and music— say, can you beat it? Bicycle cards by the deck, dozen or gross at, Johnstone’s. PUT A SPOKE WHEEL OF PROGRESS They are talking social hall out at Flat City. That is, they want a place wherein they can dance and make merry. To this end a meeting was held the other day, whereat worthy citizens gathered to talk it over. They wanted a social ball and were willing to pay for it. Also they wanted other folks to help pay for it to the end that all could trip lightly and make merry. Such being the intent of their deliberations, they coalesced ideas in a committee, meaning that they appointed a committee of five with five ideas. As a result of this quiet, innocent and unobtiusive action on the part of Flat citizens, there is hell popping at Flat. For look you. j\o sooner had the committee, consisting ot Dr Spaulding, Flarry Shaw, Dr. Carter, C. R. Peck and A1 Thorns, sallied forth, then they were met on the threshold of their endeavors by a large offer from Jack Connolly. Jack offered to take $1000 worth of stock if the hall were erected on the rear ot bis lot. Jack was perfectly frank about it and said it was a business proposition with him. No sooner had Frank Stanley heard of the Connolly offer than he duplicated it, saying he wanted the hall on the rear of his lot- At the same instant, the committee of five good and reputable citizens went up in the air all spraddled out, And can yon blame them ? Now there is sand on the track for the social hall proposition in Flat. Hard, gritty sand which retards progress and preyeuts slipping. At last reports the committee had not come down. The people of Flat want a social hall, and the chances is, they will have it. To do so however, they wish to avoid interurban conflict and fratracidal strife. It is not inconceivable then, that they will build their hall on the top of a neighboring hill where all can linger languor ouslv and make merry. Job Printing at the Pioneer Office diamonds down from Fairbanks. Jack Sale, having no immediate use for them, loaded $10,000 worth of sparks into the Kid’s sled and told him to hurry down here and talk to Chris Anthonison, because Chris might need them for an Idit arod Christmas. Chris has a new patent now, wherewith you can purchase one of those rocks and light yourself home. There is a good chance that Michigan creek is a live one from what is heard over there. The creek is alive with prospectors who are tenting it as one of the live ones of the George river section, and just to cheer them on their way, the re port comes in that they have just made a good strike 011 the Ryan as sociation which is somewhere on tlie right and left limit, above and below. The details of the alleged strike are too indefinite to make the re port authentic, yet it seems that the R/an association is owned by Anderson, McArdle, Nord, Gustaf son, Nelson, Ryan, Ed Anderson and B E.Johnson. SAN FRANCISCO AFTER ALASKA TRACE NOW Seattle, Nov. 8—San FrancFco is going after Alaskan trade. Back ed by the Western Pacific railroad which has just purchased the Strs. Harvard and Yale which are com ing around the horn for the Alaska service, traveling men are now 1 i ing north from Sail Francisco. They will stop throughout south eastern Alsska, Dawson, Circle, Fairbanks, Iditarod and Nome, taking contracts to deliver goods. Call for Bock cigars. Eves examined free—Simpson’s. DR. S3. F. BROOKS, Physician and Surgeon Over Merchants Cafe, First Avenue Telephone 30 Dr. Heinrich V/crlmann Physician and Surgeon Otlice at City Diug Store, Tel. 36 First Are., bet. Willow and Richmond DR. E. T. BRADBURY, Dentist Over Merchants Cafe, First Avenue Telephone 30-B McGowan, Clark & Albrecht ATTORNEYS AT LAW Iditarod, Alaska Phone No. 7 The Pioneer Attorneys of This Camp ALFRED E. MALT BY, [lT. S. Commissioner] Attorney at Law Notary Public: Practice only in District Court. 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