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Miners & Merchants Bank
Capital, $50,000.00
General Banking Business Transacted Gold Dust Bought and Assayed
Drafts Issued on Any Part of the World
JOHN HOLMES, Vice President
R. C. BUTTON, Cashier
Long Creek 'liners Will Continue
Fight for C d Wage Scale for
Eight fours’ Work
LONG, Alaska, Jan. 9. Owing to a
disagreement between the miners and the
operators of this district on the wage ques
tion, the miners held a meeting at Long
on January 2 to determine what measures
they would take and what wages they
would demand new and during the com
ing season.
After some di.-cussion it was voted on
and passed that the miners of Long creek
and vicinity would organize under the fol
lowing resolution: :
“Resolved, Th the organization shall
be known as the United Mine Workers of
Long, Alaska,
“Resolved, That each member sign an
agreemeut not to work for less than $5
per day and board.
“Resolved, Thi.t a committee be ap
pointed to get those who were not at the
meeting and all newcomers to sign the
After electing officers the meeting ad
journed to meet .’gain at the call of the
The Fairbanks newspapers containing ac
counts of the fata fire which destroyed the
California block i: that city on the after
noon of Decembe- 19 reached Iditarod in
the mail which arrived on Monday last.
According to one account, the fire
started about 4:15 o’clock, and was be
lieved to have originated from an explo
sion of the gasoline lighting system in use
at the California saloon, which occupied
the Burnette side of the building. The
first known about the fire was when it
was seen shooting from the windows of
the saloon part of the building. The fire
spread quickly to the room in the same
building occupied by the Henley grocery
store. There another gas lighting plant
explosion occurred, having the effect of
spreading the fire everywhere in the build
ing, It was feared for a time that the
entire block of business houses between
Barnette and Wickersham streets, cn
Front street, would be taken by the
flames. The flames did spread to the
second story of the Northern hotel, now
unoccupied, but they were quickly checked
by' the firemen, who mounted to that part
of the building with a hose. A line of
hose also was laid to the roof of the Pio
neer hotel, the firemen getting in good
work from there, and the roof of the
Northern, and managing to confine the
flames to the building in which they
The property loss on the California
building alone is estimated at about £20,
000. It is owned by Peter Vidovich, now
on the Outside. It ls stated that he car
ried £5,000 insurance on the property.
Andy McKenzie and Sam Basoff. who op
erated the saloon and pool room in the
California, are losers about $6,000, with
no insurance. Jack Healey, the propri
etor of the grocery store, estimates his loss
at $4,500, with $2,000 insurance. Exclu
sive of the insurance, the property loss was
in the neighborhood of £25,000.
George Saloff, a Russian about 30 years
of age, whose body was recovered from
the ruins, was the only person to lose his
life in the conflagration.
The California was one of the best
known places in Fairbanks. Built in the
early days as a dance hall, it had been
through all of the vicissitudes of an early
day Northern mining camp. For the past
several years it has been occupied by a
saloon and pool room most of the time. It
was located on one of the best corner lots
in the city.
SNYDER HOUSE - —j™beasonible
ri \T PITY
Cigars, Candies, Fruits and Soft Drinks
. . . „ . - . A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A AAAAAAAAAAAAA
.Veitover—Wholo;ale Victor Phonograph Naedies for Sals
Nice, fresh Chocolates, Nuts, Candies and Fruits
J. A. NELSON, Prop. ^7™
GRAfVD BAR nothing but the best
The Place to Meet
FLAT CITY Your Friends
Stores at Iditarod Highest Prices Paid
and Flat City V for Raw Furs
A Full Line of Clothing and Furnishings
Warm, Clean Well "V entilated
TUC nnnony massage and
I Hi ImUdDl Bath Parlors
Caribou St., Bot. Black and Willow Sts., on Waterfront
Electric sa l Faradic Mass^e Treatments by Expert Attendants
Lighted by Gas Heated by Steam
Jolly Time Enjoyed at Pioneers’
Entertainment—Future of
Camp Is Promising
OPHIR, Alaska, Jan. 19. Ophir Igloo
No. 11, Pioneers of Alaska, held a dance
in this city on the night of January 1,
which was attended by about twenty
couples, and dancing was kept up until
morning. All seemed to have a good time.
A fine supper was served by the ladies of
the camp, and all had a jolly good time.
Good music, and a good, jolly bunch of
neople can have fun any time, and that is
tlie way we are fixed here.
The old camp seems to produce just
about the same year after year, and it
looks just as good for the future as in the
past. If anyone stampedes away from the
camp they stampede back again, so we just
about hold our own.
The coldest weather on record in the
camp was on January 19. when the ther
mometer registered 04 degrees below zero.
Everyone here is in the best of health,
the mail comes regular, and there is plenty
of grub, salmon and blueberries.
The advance statement by the United
States Geological Purvey on "Mining in
Alaska in 1915,” which has just reached
here, states that the annual report on min
eral production in Alaska for 1915 is now
in preparation under the direction of Al
fred H. Brooks.
"The Alaska mining industry as a whole
was more prosperous in 1915 than in any
previous year,” says the statement. "This
is indicated by the value of the total min
eral output, which is estimated to have
been $32,000,000, compared with $19,064,
968 for 1914. The highest value for any
previous year was in 1906, when Alaska
produced $23,378,428 worth of minerals,
but this was at a time when the bonanza
placers of Fairbanks and Nome were yield
ing their greatest returns.
"The high value of the mineral output
in 1915 was due in large measure to the
extraordinary amount of copper that was
mined. Preliminary estimates indicate
this to be 83,850,000 pounds, valued at
$14,440,000. In 1914 21,450,628 pounds
of copper were mined, valued at $2,852,
934, The gold production also increased
in 1915, when the value was about $16,
i00.000 against $15,626,813 for the out
ut of 1914. This is the largest gold pro
duction since 1912, when the output was
valued at $17,145,951. As the production
of silver is incidental to gold and copper
mining, this also increased. It is esti
mated that $400,000 worth of silver was
mined in 1915, against $218,327 worth in
“The output of other minerals, includ
ing tin, antimony, marble, gypsum, coal
and petroleum, in 1911 had a value of
about $300,000, compared with $232,302
in 1914.
“In addition to the productive mining,
a large amount of dead work was accom
lished during 1915 on properties that
made no output. Therefore the abnor
mally large value of the total mineral
■ reduction must not be considered as sim
ly a temporary expansion of the mining
;ndustry, due to the high price of copper.
The developments made during the year
live assurance of continued large opera
tions in both copper and gold lode min
ing. Placer mining has been less pros
perous, for this industry has not yet re
acted to the stimulus of the government
railway, which will make available for
profitable exploitation large bodies of low
grade gravels. The same is true of the
coal mining industry, which also must
await railway transportation.
“The first gold mining in Alaska was
done in 1880, and since that time gold to
>he value of about $261,050,000 has been
- reduced. Of this about $186,200,000 has
been won from the gold placers. Copper
ruining began in 1901, and the total cop
per output of Alaska is now about 21/,
250,000, valued at $34,150,000. The
value of the total silver production to date
is about $2,650,000. Coal, petroleum, tin,
lead, quicksilver, antimony, marble, gyp
sum and other minerals have been pro
duced to the value of about $2,150,000
Therefore the value of the total mineral
production during thirty-six years of min
ing in Alaska has been $300,000,000..”
With reference to the production in the
Iditarod district the statement says:
“The value of the gold produced in the
Iditarod district in 1915 is estimated at
$2,050,000, or practically the same as in
1914. In ail thirty-one placer mines were
operated, employing from 350 to 400 men.
Two dredges, one on Flat creek and one
on Otter creek, were in operation through
out the season. One drag line excavator,
the first to be used for placer mining in
Alaska, was installed on Willow creek dur
ing the summer. The principal centers of
gold production were at Discovery claim,
on Otter creek, on the upper part of Flat
creek, and at the heads of Happy and
Chicken creeks.”
McPherson is manager
SEATTLE, Dec. 17.—With much impor
tant work to be done during the winter,
the Alaska bureau of the New Chamber of
Commerce last night created the position
of manager and appointed J. L. McPher
son, secretary of the organization since it
was founded, in 1911, to the post. His
selection was unanimous.
The managership, according to McPher
son, was decided upon as a means of cen
tralizing the work of the bureau and mak
ing it unnecessary for the executive com
mittee of the organization to assemble
minor details.
The chief work of the bureau during the
winter will be to prepare data in support
of a cmapaign for legislation for and de
velopment of Alaska, and this is now going
forward under McPherson’s direction.
The committee at yesterday’s meeting
also voted to continue J. H. Edwards, vice
president of the Dexter Horton Trust &
Savings Bang, as chairman of the bureau’s
finance committee.
i Anyone having knowledge of the where
abouts of Adam James Albert Young, son
of the late Sergeant Major Adam Young
of Rockland, Out., is requested to notify
the United States marshal's office. The
missing man came to Dawson in 1898 and
left there for Fairbanks about 1904. Ho
w*as called “Albert,” or “Bert,” and known
^ as A. J. Young.
Scotty Allan Returns
A Seattle dispatch of January 0 says
that Scotty Allan has returned from France,
where he took the dogs purchased at Nome
last summer for the French army. He |
left for California.
Anchorage’s Enormous Tonnage
The records of the Alaska engineering
commission show that 75.000 tons of ma
terial were handled over the dock at An
chorage from June 20 to November 20,
according to the Seward Gateway.
Reduced Rates
The representatives of the transcontinen- j
tal railroad and steamship lines were to
meet in Seattle on January 12 for the pur
pose of reducing rates to and from Alaska
and the East to meet the Grand Trunk
rates via Prince Rupert.
Judge Bunnell Homeward-Bound
After a quick trip to the East to finish
Up some business and to visit his family,
Judge Charles E. Bunnell of the Fourth
Alaska district arrived in Seattle on De
cember 29 and made arrangements to sail
for Cordova on the 31st. Judge Bur.neT
expected to go direct to Fairbanks, where
he will call a term of court shortly after
his arrival.
Anchorage Has a “Wild Man”
A demented man whose name Is unknown
is now roaming the hills around Mile 12
roadhouse, out from Anchorage, and is said
to be in a serious condition. Apparently he
has got it into his head that he was the
man responsible for the capture of the boot |
loggers, and is laboring under the hallucina- j
tion that they are after his scalp.
— O—
Thompson to Return
The Fairbanks News-Miner receiver! on
December 31 the following telegram from iis
former editor, W. 1-. Thompson : “The hour
the stork brought a twelve-pound boy to the
Thompsons at the Twilight Sleep hospital
in this city, the angel of death vi-ited the
father of Thompson in Iihica. Modi. Mrs.
Thompson and baby are doing well and all
will start for Fairbanks as soon as the baby
can travel.''
Murder at Treadwell
Nick Faricello, who has been employed
in the Treadwell mine, at Juneau, shot and
killed Defino, another miner, on New Year’s
eve. The men had been drinking, and had
engaged in a fistic encounter, in which Fari
cello had been worsted. Securing a re
volver. he returned and shot his antagonist,
killing him almost instantly. The murderer
was arrested by a deputy marshal and
lodged in jail at Juneau. He was given a
preliminary hearing and bound over to the ;
grand jury. Both men had been residents
of Treadwell for some time.
First Lime Kiln in Interior
“What perhaps is the first lime kiln ever j
built in the Interior of Alaska is now in i
working order and burning lime on Discov- i
ery fork of American creek, out from Eagle |
twelve miles,” says Deputy United States
Marshal John M. Powers. Buck and Fritch, j
who built and are extending the kiln, have ,
gotten out a quantity of excellent lime. ,
These men have enough orders for lime to 1
keep them going for some time to come. I
myself am taking out several tons that I j
will use in putting a stone and lime founda- j
tion under my new barn.”
Antimony Mining
Within the next day or two, says the j
Fairbanks Times of December 17, another i
antimony property will be producing ore, j
ready for shipment on one of the first boats I
of the year. Jack Leach of Ester creek, ,
who wms in town on business yesterday, said :
that he and his partners were preparing to |
start operations on their Eva creek prop- j
erty. Before spring he hopes to have sev- i
eral hundred tons of ore landed either at j
the Chen a or Fairbanks dock, ready for |
shipment to one of the large smelters of ]
California. The property which is to he j
worked has been tested and has been found i
to be above the standard required by the J
A Reminder of Early Days
A suit which calls forth reminiscenses
from many old-timers of the Fairbanks dis
trict is before the superior court of Yakima
county, Washington, in which Z. A. Scouse
and Lorenzo Byrnes, formerly of Fairbanks
but now of Seattle, are the plaintiffs and
the Alaska-Yukon Investment Company, of
which Mrs. Belinda Carbonneau and her sis
ters, Margaret Mulrooney and Mrs. Thomp
son, are members, is the defendant. The
plaintiffs allege in their complaint that, they j
are able to trace $18,000 in gold, taken *|rom
a Fairbanks placer mine eight years ago, to
North Yakima, and its investment in a fruit
ranch now occupied by Mrs. Carbonneau,
but the title to which, they assert, is held
by the investment company. The plaintiffs
hold a judgment against Mrs. Carbonneau,
who they claim was their mining partner
under a grubstake agreement.
Alasak Mine Operator Held as Spy
Baron Barronsprung of the German no
bility, who is interested in the Blue Bell
mine, of which Charles G. Hubbard is in
control, is under arrest in England as a
German spy. This startling bit of infor
mation was received by letter from Eng
land by Mrs. Hubbard today, says the
Seward Post of January 0. The British
military authorities have requested an af
tidavit as to whether or not he is interested
in business ventures in Alaska from his
friends, who are trying to procure his re
lease. Just how Barronsprung happened
to he in England at the present time is not
known, unless he was trying to get home.
The baron was in Seward for several
months in 1914. He stopped at the Cole
man hotel and made himself aereeable to
all comers, establishing a reputation for
democracy seldom found among the no
Weil-Known Fairbanks Couple Wed
According to the Fairbanks papers, quite
a surprise was created in that city by the
announcement of the marriage of John A.
McIntosh of the firm of McIntosh &. Kubon
to Miss Jennie O’Bryan, owner of the Little
Shop. The ceremony was performed shortly
after S o’clock on the evening of December
30 by Rev. G. G. Bruce, at the Presbyterian
manse, the only ones present being Adclph
Bruning, cashier of the American Bank of
Alaska, a close personal friend of the bride
groom, and Mrs. Mary O’Bryan, mother of
the bride. Mr. McIntosh has been a resident
of the North for many years, having been
in the drug business in Yukon territory', and
for several years in Fairbanks. Mrs. Mc
Intosh is also well known, as she has been
in Fairbanks for several years, at all times
owning one of the substantial business
houses of the Interior.
The Storm at Nome
The city of Nome was threatened with
destruction on the night of January 3,
when a terrific storm drove the ice of
Bering sea and piled it into mountains
against the doors of the buildings cn the
beach side of Front street. In places the
ice was piled up for mere than fifty feet,
and towered above the buildings so that
one standing on Front street could look
over the tops of the houses a! great glacial
peaks rising from within a few feet of
the boarded thoroughfares. The Sesnon
caisson and pier, which have withstood
all the storms of years, were crashed like
eggshell-. For a time the people believed
that only a few more hou3 would be nec
essary to have the whole business part of
the city buried under the ice mountain
which rose as the storm drove it in from
the ocean. A howling blizzard made mat
ters worse. Above and below the city vast
piles of ice were heaped to great elevations
on the tundra. Along Front street the
sea was shut out from view at Barracks
square by the great ice-mountain ridge.
At the mouth of Snake river and along
the spit vast bergs piled on top of each
_ —
The New Year's Storm
According to advices received by the
Ruby Record-Citizen, the stor mof Tuesday,
January 4, caused the highest tide on rec
ord at St. Michael, completely destroying
the Alaska-Yukon Navigation Company’s
warehouse, 100 by 300 feet, on the water
front, and also the dock building, 60 by 300
feet, including six huge crude oil tanks. Only
two tanks are left standing. The power
house of the wireless station was partly de
stroyed, as was the laundry. Roofs on sev
eral buildings took wings, and flying iron
and debris filled the air. doing considerable
damage by coming in contact with other
buildings, windows in general.being smashed.
The old N. A. T. & T. warehouse was de
molished. The storm began at 3 a. m. and
lasted twenty-four hours. At Nulato part of
the antennae of the wireless station was
blown down and several buildings were un
roofed. At Louden the roof of the large
cache of the signal corps was lifted bodily
and set down at the foot of the mountain.
Part of the station also was unroofed. At
Melozi the signal station was unroofed anc
the instruments were removed to Frank
Berg’s roadhouse. At Tanana several build
ings were unroofed.
Cutting Affray on Long Creek
Ralph Barldo is under $2,GOO bonds for
stabbing Cole McDougal at Long City last
Wednesday night, says the Ruby Record
Citizen of January 1. McDougal was
stabbed three times—in the hip, in the
shoulder and in the side, the latter wound
entering the abdominal cavity and being
the most dangerous. Attendants think its
result will not be very serious unless blood
poisoning should set in. There are sev
eral versions of the affair, but all agree
that in the Senate saloon, at about 7:30
on the night in question, Barldo laid his
iumner or coat on a table and went into
the toilet. On returning he saw the gar
ment lying in a spittoon and asked, “Who
put that there?” McDougal answered
either that he did or that he did not—ver
sions differ; and, using some bad language,
said if Barldo didn’t like it he could mighty
soon put him there too. The men almost
immediately clinched, and the cutting fol
lowed. Both the parties are well known.
Barldo is a native of some South American
[ country and has lived in this district
about four years. McDougal lived in Daw
son and Fairbanks before coming here in
Freeh Olympia and Eastern Oysters, $1.50
per can. Iditarod Meat Co.
Job Printing at Pioneer office.
No. 29
In the Probate mirt for Otter Precinct,
Four III Itlvlsb.ii, Territory of Alaska,
bi fore lion, fitly o. Ueragbly, I'.om
ihissloner and ex oITlcio Probate
judge. —In tli- matter of the Estate
or Frank A. Cleveland, deceased.
Abide Clifton Cleveland, administratrix
of the estate of Frank A. Cleveland, de
c-wised, having Ibis day Hied her llnal ae
eonnt in the above entitled matter, it Is
hereby ordered Unit .Saturday, the 1st day
or April, Hilti, at the hour of 10 0’elork
in Hie forenoon, be timl the same is hereby
designated and appointed as the time Tor
bearing Objections to such llnal account
and the settlement thereof.
Hated this 3isl day of January. HMC.
i Seal IiL V H. (JEHAOHTY.
•it-ii Probate Judge.
No. 21
In Ui<* Probate ourt lor Otter Precinct,
Fourth Division, Territory <»!' Alaska,
Id Ton- Hun. r.uy Heraghty, Gum*
, inHsioncr and ex officio Probate
Judge.- In the matter of the Estate
of Henry Sehneider, deceased.
J. Frank Keenan, administrator of the
estate of lb nr\ Sehneider, deceas'd, hav
mg this day lued his final account in the
above entitled matter, it is hereby ordered
that Thursday, tie* Gth day of April, 19 10.
at tile hour of 10 o’clock in the forenoon,
be and the same is hereby designated and
appointed a< the time for hearing objec
tions to such final account ami the settle
ment thereof.
Dated tins rjd day of February, l'.Mo.
< seal ; (11 Y (J. (j l'. It A < i 11T A .
,{[.») Probate Judge.
No. 12
In the ProbrUP Court for Otter Precinct.
Fourth Division, Territory uf Alaska,
tierire lum. tiny 0. UmagUty. Couuuts
tloner and vx ofilrto Prohate Judge.
In the matter or the Estate of George
H. Brinkman, deceased,
jay J. Smith, administrator of the estate
i f George II. Brinkman, deceased, having
tms dav tiled his final arc. nut m the alr-ve
entitled malte;-, It is hereby ordered that
Wednesday, the If.tit day of March, 1916.
at the hour of 10 o'clock In the 1'urcnoon,
be and the same is hereby designated and
appointed as the time for hearing objections
to* such Imal account and the settlement
the"ci f.
Dated this tilth day of January, lfl lo.
•it—0 Probate Judg'd.
To Slg Franscn and to Fritz Larson, your
heirs and assigns:
You one! each or you are hereby notified
that the undei >igned has expended in labor
anil Improvements the >um of one hundred
dollars (i? I <»u > for each claim for each of
the years 19 14 and i91A upon placer_ min
ing claims known a- and called Yeager
Bench and Fraction Gulch claim, situated on
: (janes creek, a tributary or Innoko river,
in the Innoko mininsr and recording district,
district of Alaska, location notices therefor
being of record in Vol. 7, Page o4, and Vol.
2, Page 103. of the records of location for
said mining district.
Ton are further notified that if at the ex
piration of ninety (9e days after the last
publication or tills notice you fail or refuse
to contribute your proportion of such ex
penditure, your interest in said claims will
become the property of tin* undersigned,
vour co-owner, under Section 2a 2 4 of tin*
Revised Statutes or the United States.
Date of Hrst publication, Jan. -29, 191G.
Date of last publication. April *29. 101G.
J.NO. VOGTOR, Co-owner.
I To Edith Ilacirord:
j You are hereby notified that I, the under
signed, have expended during the year nine
! teen hundred and fifteen (1915) one hun
Uired dollars ($100) In labor and iniprov
intents upon the Gold Hun Association placer
I mining claim, on the lel't limit or otter
creek, a tributary or the Iditarod river, In
titter mining district, Fourth division, Ter
irltor.v or Alaska, notice or which is found In
j Volume O, at page 105, or the records or
I said otter mining district, in order to hold
sadi claim under the provisions or Section
i2324 or the devised Statute:, and the
amendments thereto approved January 22,
i 881». concerning annual labor upon mining
j claims, being the amount required to hold
■said placer mining claim for the period end
ling on the 3 1st day or December, this.
[ And If within ninety days after the pub
! llcation or this notice you fail or refuse to
j contribute your proportion or such expendi
ture as a "co-owner, your interest in the
I Gold Run Association placer mining claim
l will become the property of the subscriber,
I your co-owner, wfio has made the required
! expenditure, bv the terms or said section.
CHAS. GERHART, o-owner.
First publication, Jan. 15, lfl 1 A.
I Last publication, April 10, iota.
To James McCormack, your heirs and as
You and each or you are hereby notified
I that the undersigned has expended In labor
land improvements the sum or one hundred
dollars ($100.00) for each of the years or
1912, 1913, 1914 and 1915, upon placer
mining claims Minnie Bench, Minnie Free
| tion and Oregon Bench, situated on right
limit of Danes creek, a tributary or the In
noko river, in the innoko mining and re
cording district. District of Alaska.
Location notices therefor being or record
In Vol. 2, Page 59: Vol. 9, Page 6, and Vol.
12, Page 53, of the, records of location for
said mining district.
You are further notified that ir at the ex
piration or ninety !9(>i days after the last
publication of this notice you fall or refuse
to contribute your proportion of such ex
penditure. your interest in said claims will
become the property of the undersigned,
your co-owners, under Section 2324 of the
.Revised Statutes or the United states.
Date of first publication, Jan. 8, 1916.
Date of last publication, April 8, 1916
I J. GRIFFIN’, Co-Owner.
CHAS. W. SANKEY, Co-Owner.
Ball Band Rubber Boots and Pacs I j N. C. Co. Sole Agents for Alaska
Ball Band Rubber Boots and Pacs j | N. C. Co. Sole Agents for Alaska


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