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The Alaska Citizen
PI HUSHED WEEKLY HY J HARMON CASKEY Prop CITIZEN BLOCK FAIRBANKS, me red S< md-Cl ss Mattel Ma> H, 1910 ai the postoffice at Fair banks, Alaska undet th< \ot of March 3 1879 THIS PAPER REPRESENTED FOR FOREIGN ADVERTISING BV THE GENERAL OFFICES NEW YORK AND CHICAGO BRANCHES IN ALL THE PRINCIPAL CITIES SUBSCRIPTION' PRICE One Year (In advance) #10.0“ "MX Months . 5.00 Phie.- Months J.50 Opp Month 1.00 Single Copies -5 Day of Publication MONDAV Phone 262 Phone A NEW YEARS RESOLUTION That for the present year The Citizen will publish every bit of new> it car. get hold of It will ho ol no avail for anyone to ask us to keep news items from tin (olunin." of The Citizen, for it it i. worthy of publication at all it will i fttainly be printed This resolu tion is mad- to h* kept and not ! rok*n. SIGNS OF PROSPERITY. News front the Outside is to th-' • •ffect that a French commissioner is in the United States to arrange lor tile purchase, at the end of the war. of some $160,000,000 of struc tural steel, machinery and industrial supplies which formerly came from Germany it is also reported that there are men on the coast who are prepared to place, at the end o( the war. or ders for enough lumber to load from 250 to 300 ships, which are to he purchased by the allies to rehabili tatc Belgium. If you want to have a ship buil* today there is not a yarl in the United States where they will even talk about laying the keel inside of eight months and some of tin- big ones will not consider it for twice that time. These are a lew good times hints, just to make us all feel better. And they are all true. ALASKAN POLITICS. Under the above heading, the fol lowing article appealed in the No v end i issue of The All-Alaska Re view, and. while the writer does not sign his name, he says it is by one who has taken part in many campaigns: "Politics are again showing signs of life after smoldering since the ""last congressional election as one cf Alaska's volcanoes slumbers fit fully between eruptions. "The All-Alaska Review has stat ed its position as that of absolute neutrality in politics, and the writer, therefore, comes to it with the feeling that, unlike the usual run of Alaskan publications, it will pub lish vvlrat is said on any side or on all sides "It has often been my desire to speak iny mind about polities in tin territory from the point of view of one who wishes to stand in future outside ol ill controversy. 1 have seen in the political life of this fair Noithland so much that is undesira ble that 1 have no longer the wish to take either side, but I have the wish, and I have it strong, to ex press myself even in a disconnected manner about some of the incidents that 1 have been a witness to. "There is one man who was once a candidate for an elective position in Alaska who failed but who after wards got rewarded by an appoint ment to a lucrative office, and who told the writer that he ’got what lie was looking for.' In other words that man ran for the elective office with no hope of succeeding in se curing the majority of the votes, but in the hope that an appointment would come later. To analyze th> fact is to find that the man in question used hundreds upon hun dreds of voters in the territory for his own selfish ends. This serves only too well as an example of what some leaders of Alaskan poli tics aim at. "It may be said that the strength of any political party in Alaska is ,n direct ratio to the seeming strength of the same party in the States just before e presidential election. Many of the men who voted for Wickersham in the last election bui one immediately quit him when they learned that Woodrow Wilson had been elected President Wick ersham himself, after having held the position of District fudge under the Republican party, opposed that party as the independent candidate for congress when he lost his posi tion on the bench, and today he is again a Republican since his new found love, the Hull Moose, died and left him without a protector. In his first election campaign he war opposed by John Corson, of Nome, the Republican candidate. John Ronan. of Fairbanks, the Democratic candidate, and by Chilberg. the so cialist or labor candidate. The world knows that Corson was not the man to represent the Republi can party, but he was supported by some of the best men in the terri tory' because the best men are just like other men and just as fervently love the party which la expected t > have the handing out of the loaves and fishes to the hungry It can he aid i f lii nan that he was an honest politician His lack of train ing. let us say as a lawyer, rather handicapped him and the result was that f'hilherg the socialist came wri near being delegate from Alas ka It is quite likely that if Wick ersham had been opposed at that time by a strong Republican he would haw been defeated, and would never have gained the prestige which has since fortified him against every atti < k. In the next election Wickersham had gained strength The men who had failed to secure jobs from the Republican President rallied to his standard for there is nothing t ha' makes . man turn from his party so easily as a party turning from him when he asks for a olae.e on the payroll. "Tim iirst election in 19(u> of . delegate to congress from Alaska result- d in the return of Frank Waskey for the short term and of Thomas Calc for the longer term succeeding. Opposed was a form -r governor of the territory, that fim old man Swineford. Waskey and ('ale both ".'ere mining men an I sun et d< d chiefly because they were not lawyers That is really tin secret of the great vote cast for tin in. Waskcy is still in the ter ritory, is very popular and was and is probably as clean a man as ever represented any constituency. Calc after leaving congress remained (jut side and did not return to refute some statements made against him Neither of the two was a candidate tor r -election. The choice of Corson as the Re publican standard bearer was un questionably the cause oi Wicker bam’s overwhelming election in the second campaign. Many of the taunohest Republicans in Alaska turned from the regular patty and went to the support ot the present delegate for no other reason- than that the inner circle of the party, in the usual manner of parties In Alaska, selected a candidate without consulting the rank and file. The following election found On opposed to Wickersham as the Re publican candidate. This was the first attempt to combine the votes of the two regular parties to defeat 'll" man who had rente t > be r - carded as the arch enemy of party organization, and it failed badly. The “ceond attempt of the kind was madi in tin last election and it also failed. During the first election campaign, W. A. Gilmore, of Nome, was one of his strongest supporters in that district. In the following election but one Gilmore was the regular Republican candidate in op 1 osition to his old chief. The Nome man and his supporters defended their action on the grounds that Wi U'Tsham bad declared his inten tion. or. at least intimated the in tention. of not again being a candi date. The truth probably is that Wickersham became suspicious of the hatching of a scheme and like tic- consummate politician he is he let tlie scheme die for lack of fuel -he spoke only enough to bring out the plans of his opponents. "When the star of President Tali appeared in the descendant drawing with it the Republican national pat ty. the Democrats of Alaska came to life once again. The defeat of Wickersham became a secondary consideration and a wave of ent.hu siasm to be associated with the probable winning party passed ovet the politiral world of the territory. Democrats came into being like mushrooms in every nook and cor net and the defeat of Wickersham looked a ditch.’’ But, alas, for human hopes. The struggle for the pie counter resulted in a scramble and the scramble developed into a free-for-all. so that not one Demo cratic candidate faced the electors, but two, and not all the men now calling themselves Democrats abandon d the Wickersham ship. They became Wickersham Democrats,' 'William Jennings Bryan Democrats’ and var ious other sorts of Democrats it the hope that, although voting for Wickersham in the territorial elec tion. they might still hold their title to consideration from the na tional party when the spoils came to be distributed. Robert Jennings, the Democratic regular candidate was also opposed by a regular Republi can, Gilmore. Martin Harrais be came the candidate of the bolters from the Valdez Democratic con vention but he got badly snowed under and soon afterwards he and most of his supporters considered it wise to return to the regular party fold. "Wickersham won again, handi down. Woodrow Wilson became the President of the United States. Jen nings received his reward in the shape of a District judgeship. J. F. A. Strong, one of his chief sup porters, became governor. Davidson became secretary of the territory, and others ol the leading members of the regular party also readied their goals while lesser lights were left in exterior darkness where they have since been weeping and gnash ing their teeth. Men like Janies P. Daly, of Nome, brother of the late Democratic National committee man. and a loyal regular, were turned down cold, while men like Erwin, of Fairbanks, who had been Dili opponent of the regular Denio . cratic candidate, and Jordan, of : Nome, whose politics w ere doublit | ful to say the least, secured the i coveted jobs, and. to add to tne | discomfiture of the loyalists in the territory Washington soon began to send m carpet-baggers*to fill th plat es so eagerly worked for by ih“ Alaskans themselves \n (nr side judge, district attorney an 1 assistant disliiit attorney came to the Second division An Outsi.lt district attorney and assistant tame to the Third division, and tile Kits: division was treated similatly, with the result that newly-born 'Demo i rats" became afflicted w ith an epi demit and began to die off in in fancy, and the epidemic spread it' the new appointees began to dis tribute the subordinate o Pices to men of all parties, and worse still, lo men who actually opposed the regular Deiu.icratit candidate It. this respect, it may he said, that in no country in the world, perhaps, was the rank and file of a party so basely betrayed by the leaders when they had their own wants attended to. To that rank and file the leader; owe their fat jobs today and they have [taid their debts by spurning their creditors from their door steps In Nome. Ruby. Fairbanks. Juneau. Valdez. Seward. Skagway everywhere almost tin n are holding positions un der the Democratic party today who fought that party, while men who fought for the party begged like a - i u from : a up tart T>i. - . i vain. "But, hope springs eternal in the human breast, and when the last election came along, and with a Democrat in the presidential chair of the United States, a Democratic candidate was easily found and lie succeeded in finding enough sup porters to make his candidacy worthy of notice in the national capital Charles E. Bunnell, whose period of adherence in the Democratic party previous to his candidacy tins been questioned, became the candi date. The Republicans failed ,o see any advantage, in the condition of national politic . in putting a 'candidate in the field, but most ,f ; the regular members of the G. O. , 1’. signified their intention of sup porting Bunnell to defeat Wicke; sham and they probably did j There were still many wavering sell styled Democrats supporting W.ek . ersham and they justified their course by declaring that the teni tory should know no politics. A day or two before election Presidcii: Wilson expressed a wish for Her nell's election, but even then Bun nell went down to defeat befor, the apparently invincible .lames, for the experiences of the past Iml shown the rank and file that e uiher from Washington nor lioni the heads ot the party in the territory ilsell could any reward be expected tor faithful service However, Bunnell is now judge ol' the District court of the Fourth division. "Already, the sounds of the ,-est guns are heard in the opening of the next battle As usual rumors are afloat that Wickersham will not run. From Fairbanks comes the , story that he will be a candidate for the governorship if the Repub lican party wins in the presidential election. His name has appealed in the Congressional Director.' as a Republican and he has -"fippsrontly abandoned the Bull Moots In the Directory for 1913 lie was entei.-l without the mention of his politics It is stated that after the election of Wilson he declared himself a Democrat, but throughout it all Am delegate maintains the same oid sphynx-like silence. His henchman, Dan Sutherland, of Ruby, is men tioned as the most likely man io take his place if he decides not to start in the race again. Bum,ml has been mentioned as a likely can didate for the Democrats again, hut it is hardly likely that lie would re sign his judgeship for a mighty uncertainty like that of being sent to congress. Republicans of Xonm have, we are told, declared them selves favorable to the candidacy of Senator Millard, of Valdez An attempt is being made to crpafo -he belief, or the belief really exists, that the Republicans will win the next presidential election so that we may expect a strong Republican rally next year. At present 'he question of candidates is only aider j discussion, but we can look forward to four sure candidates at the next election—a- Republican, a Democrat. : a Wickershamite and a laborito. The two great parties will be repre sented because it is presidential year with the national election m doubt. The Wickershamites will be represdhted because it would bo im possible in so short a time to heal the wounds that have been inflicted ,opened and reopened, and tlie labor ites are surer than ever to put for ward a man because of questions arising from the construction of the government railroad. I SOMETIMES a near-sighted man has no trouble in seeing bis finish. SERBIA and Turkey, both having decorated John D. Rockefeller, he doesn't know whose ally he is. » * • WHEN a woman is in love the man with a fried egg face is as handsome as an Apollo in her eyes. * + * EGOTISM is often the first lap in the direction of the daffy house. District Attorney Roth cannot af ford to make many more laps. • * * ELI HU ROOT has been cheered j in New York as the "next Presi dent," but he isn’t writing his in augural address- on the strength of banquet cheers. ■ * • DAVID HARUM’S long suit was trading horses, but it was left to the two dally papers of Fairbanks to trade horse sense when they traded reporters. The idiocy of one paper will now only he switched to the other. NEW YEAR. Mortal: The night is cold, tin* hour is late, the world is bleak and drear. Who is knocking at n:> door"” The New Year: 1 am (Jood Cheer.” Mortal: Amu voice is strange: I know you not; in shadows dark I grope What seek you here’" Tnc New Year: l iieiin let me in my name is Hope." Mortal: Ai'd mill' is Failure you hm meek the life you seek io bios "!’ass oil." The New Year: Nay. open wide the door: ! am Success." Mortal: "Hut I am ill anti spent with pain: too late has come your wealth. "I cannot use it." The New Year: "Listen, friend: I am (food Health.” MortaI: Now. wide 1 fling my door. Come in. and your fair statements prove." The New Year: •’’it ynu must open. too. your heart, for I am I/Ove.’ ELLA WHEELER WILCOX AS showing how widespread and how deep is the belief that the present is going to be a fine year for standpat Republicans who want to be President, now comes the in formation that the Hon. Warren Fs '.banks expects to enter the na titn al convention w ith the solid dele gat ion from Indiana. ONE New York paper, the name of which is mislaid, reminds the fearsome w'ho are worried about i’ " fate ol the ba'lot in the hands of woman, that “two-thirds of the membership of our schools and churches are women, and three quarters of the inmates of our pris ons are men" WHEN the newspaper plant of the Raleigh News and Observer, owned by Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels, was destroyed by fire on the 6th of November, it proved to be the second time the paper was put out of business by flames within a year. Josephus wrill not feel perfectly at ease until the third and final alarm is rung in. AN unprincipled lawyer in San Francisco, in support of some con tcntion, put one over on a con tit!!*■■■- judge b f re whom lie was trying a case, by quoting a passage : which he affirmed to have been written by Erysipelas, the Greek poet. Being of a curious turn of mind his honor subsequently looked up Erysipelas in the encyclopedia and found, to his indignation, that Ery sipelas was not a poet at all He was a disease. Chatamkans Have Big Celebration The people of Chatanika appro priately celehialed tne advent of the year 1916 on Saturday evening with one of the most successful dai.ces ■ held at the creek city this winter The affair was held at the Chatuii ka social hall, a large numb;, of people being in attendance from tin various creeks of the district. Mu sic was furnished by an orchestra from Fairbanks under the leadership’ of Victor Durand. The original idea of the Chatanikans was to hold the bail on New Year’s eve. but they postponed it until Saturday evening in order that those who wished to attend the Arctic Brotherhood tut” in Fairbanks could do so without a conflict of dates. AUCTIONED TRUNK IS A HIDING PLACE. LONG BEACH, Nov. 2. Obeying a "hunch” while idly watching an "old horse” sale in a Los Angeles transfer company's warehouse. Jos eph Dion, a well-to-do retired mer chant of this city purchased an old trunk in which he found money and personal effects valued at more than $500. Mr. Dion had idly watched the sale of trunks and grips. When a certain trunk was placed on sale, Mr. Dion became possessed with a de sire to become its owner and bid $2. He discovered tucked away in one corner five $20 gold pieces, seven $10 gold pieces and one $5 gold piece. In addition he found four suits, twenty-five silk socks, twelve shirts, twenty four neckties, underclothing, opera glasses, two instruments for weather predictions, stationery and other office material. Mr. Dion thinks he will be able to trace the real owner, whose brother is thought to live in New York. Starting The New Year Right In the presence of a few of their most intimate friends, tin wedding taking place at the resi dence of Mr. and Mrs. Theo. Hrakke, Mr. Norman F. Koon and Miss Frances Quigley were united in the holy bonds of matrimony Saturday evening. The ceremony was per formed at .1 o'clock by Commissionei John Knox Brown. Mr. and Mrs. Brakke acted as attendants to the couple. A reception was tendered to the newlyweds shortly after the wed ding at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Laumeister. A large number of the friends of the couple j were in attendance at the reception i during which a wedding feast was served. Both Mr. and Mrs. Koon are well ; known in Fairbanks. The groom at present is an employee at the ! Nordale hotel, where he has been for some time. The tall man is occasionally short on intellect. TO NEWLYWEDS A protest has been entered from the White House against the pub lication of a song dedicated to Piesi dent and Mrs. Wilson, entitled, "Pretty Little Indian Maid." New York printing presses were busied shortly before the wedding running off copies of the song, which, how ever, had not at that time been set to music. The words are supposed to tell tlte story of the President's wooing of Mrs. Norman Galt, an alleged descendant of Pocahontas. .1. M. Fitzgerald, who wrote the ditty, says the song is being published, but that he may consent to keep it from the music shops. Fitzpatrick sent a copy to the White House The return mail brought a letter frront Secretary Tumulty saying: "The President asks me to say that lie would be very much obliged if the song to which you refer were not published He would be very much distressed if it were.” The first stanza anti chorus of the song follow: "A paleface chief of a mighty tribe On the trail of an Indian squaw. In his light canoe that was built for two Came drifting to the shore. A lover's dart hit the white man's heart. From the girl of copper shade. For he was chief of the paleface tribe And she was an Indian maid. ciioufs. You are ted and I . am white Thai makes i bee \ r.m bltm. Foi I know ’hat you love me Anti you know 1 fiat 1 love you Let’s stroll together ’neath the sil very moon When the twilight shadows 1; I ■, And I’ll otvwn you lady of the pale face tribe. My pretty little Indian maid." With Baby in Arms Girl Shoots Down Its Father in Court CORSICANA, Texas, Nov. 9. Spurned by the man who, it is al leged, failed to give her baby a name after seducing her. Miss Alma Mor gan today shot and probably fatal ly wounded Allen Godley as be stood before the judge of the district court. Clasping her baby in her arms, the gill approached the prisoner just as the trial adjourned. "Allen, here’s your baby,’’ sbe mur mured. holding out the nameless child. Without a word, Godley turned his back upon her. The woman’s anger flared. She jerked a revolver from her handbag and shot. The bullet bored into Godley’s neck and he pitched forward on his face. While the courtroom was in an uproar, guards rushed the girl off to jail. She seemed not to mind the enor mity of her deed. “I’d stood all I could from him,” she said, defiantly, as she clutched her baby. Then she told the jail officials that she really meant to kill Godley yesterday, but had no opportunity. The man in the case is paralyzed, and physicians believe he cannot survive. FIZZY WATERS MAKE HIT WITH CHINESE. The Chinese in Manchuria, accord ing to information coming across Siberia, are becoming very fond of mineral waters. They are an eco nomical, not to say parsimonious, race, and wedded to tea since the days of Confucius. Manufacturers of the mineral waters were dis ccurrged at first and were told there was absolutely no demand. But they set to work and made the dir mand. Now great business is be ginning to accrue. More than 2,00 dozens of bottles of aerated waters came into the port of Dairen last year, including 11,000 dozens of lemonade, 1,000 of a drink called cider—not real apple cider, of course —and ^.000 dozen of soda water. Tonight at Thorne’s THE WORLD FAMOUS NEW YORK Hippodrome Hrought to your very door in Six realistic reels of motion pictures, presenting in all its glittering glorious greatness the complete production of the stupendous spectacle, “A ME RICA ’ ’ a Shubert feature presented hv the World Film Corporation. Admission 50c 0Nf:3SAT Spooney Autoists Must Keep Both Hands on Wheel Prosecuting Attorney of County Starts Campaign Against "One-Armed" Drivers. ST. LOUIS.—Prosecuting Attorney Ralph, of St. Louis County, yesterday enrolled himself as a "safety first” i champion by sponsoring a movement which might be termed the "Society for the Abolition of One-Arm Driv ing." its origin: A feu nights ago the Prosecuting Attorney, standing near the Price road, in Clayton, was amazed at tile number of "one-arm” drivers of automobiles that passed. The phe nomena passed understanding until he made the discovery that in every n tanee th.ee was a woman pas senger at the driver’s side. Prosecuting Attorney Ralph will not tell his conclusion as to this remarkable coincidence, but It is known that Deputy Sheriff Madden has been instructed to look for spoony as well as speedy drivers. As a result, it is expected in most instances two hands will be on the wheel where there was but one be fore. and the auto accidents in St. Louis County will he materially re duced. Madden will arrest one or more “one arm” drivers and make test cases. County authorities believe that it will be possible to obtain convictions on charges of careless driving. CHEMICALS COLOR THE HAIR OF WORKMEN. WATERTOWN, N. Y. Nov. 2, Employees in the plant of the New I York Air Brake company in this ! city w ho are engaged in work upon \ the completion of the company’s munition contracts with the allies are becoming afflicted with green hair and moustaches. Acid in which the jackets of the shells are dipped to clean them is ! attributed as the cause of the phe nomenon. The change has been 1 slow in affecting several men, but j it has proceeded surely and a half I dozen or more now have brilliantly green hair and moustaches. The green hue appears to be ah solutely fast color, as several have attempted by means of shampoos and scrubbings to remove the color, but without avail. Fairbanks School of Dancing PRIVATE LESSONS DR. D. L. M’GINNIS INSTRUCTOR PHONE - - - I4B %\)t Btjou Cushman St. Opp. Courthouse. Am now located in mu new Home q Legal Forms for Sale. Postage Stamps at all Hour*. GEO. L. BELLOWS, Notary Public The Tin Roof is on the House But the Best of all kinds of Liquors are behind the bar and in the stockroom Everything is for sale. THE GLOBE BAR JOHN MOE, Prop.