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; Sermon to the People j ^ BY THE REV G G BRUCE | oooooooooooooooo o o PRESBYTERIAN BILLBOARD 0 o o v l li' ie i- n<> stile iitui* lor v O tie gospel v O | ii' *•* i non' '•ill''! name C* C> wh' I' l y v. i1 must he siuil O v Art - I 1 O O O O O C* O' oooooooo THE POPULARITY OF JESUS. And the • owmci p< "pit- heard him gladly Mark 12 T No man has leaped to popularity with such a degret of ;w.itn< - a* did Jesus, 'n th' ir ey .teimnt men rushed from every .. niter ' '■ n and see with common interest The farmer left his plough in tie fur rough the tradesman his di ~k. 'he women and < hildren hastened to he near the young carpenter to heat him trace the truth in forms of beauty and awaken hopes long dead Generals poets, philosophers scien tists divide honors But in the realm of morals is their one master. Jesus: the next leader is a thou sand leagues behind I The common people loved -T pus because be recovered ttieir lost sense of self respect and discovered the man's soul to himself. Other teachers d<-spis-*d the ordinary man Horae wrote "1 hat. the \ulcs>p crowd and keep them at a d:s tance." The great soldiers held that their people had gone astray like wolves and therefore deserved to be killed Jesus said the people had strayed like sheep from t In fold He found a thousand ext uses for those who had been "damned from their birth." Moved with com passion. He gathered the people into His heart will] large embrace and sought to comfort the universal sorrow of mankind. No other teach er has said so many beautiful things about the poor as He did. With all I he love of a mother for her child, of a patriot for his country, of a hero or a mmtyr for the noble prin ciple for which he was dying. Jesus spoke of th" poor and weak with affection and pride that is almost adoration for a being big with des tiny and made in the image ol God. To the east of Jordan a buried village has been discovered- Slow ly the winds had covered up the buildings and hidden them from view Within are the frescoes, the statuary and vases, the tables and furniture undisturbed though two thousand yeais have passed Cara vans of camels and men have tram pled over tl.e ground, little sus pecting tile riches of treasure under their ii-.-i. Not otherwise the phil osophers and generals trampled down the common people The leaders of that clay had no concep tion of the values of the human soul, of its latent possibilities, of its faculties hidden like reels in tin quiet earth, waiting only for the call of summer to find their latent strength and vigor. Suddenly Jesus came upon the scene and called the people, as He waved liis won der working wand and thousands came fortli from fear and depression to a plave of s if respect and st If reverence, and the dignity of tin sons of God He moved men to a compassion for themselves until they stretched out their hands in ecstasv of joy to Him and kissing the hem of His garment lost their heart to Him, until thousands of the poor today would count it a joy to die for Jesus by reason of their great love. II. The common people loved Him because He was the genial, brotherly, companionable Christ, .-so ciety holds two types oi manhood, the aristocratic type, and tiie demo cratic type. The motto of one is v(.jveness. of the other compre hension. The one manifests itseli in politics in an emperor. House of Lords, the gentleman class. They build iron bars before the gates and high walls around their palaces, holding at arms’ length the masses. The masters of intellect have often manifested this trait to the people and have only made less penetrable the barriers. But Jesus took within his circle of compassion the poor and needy, and the greater their social distress. the larger their claim upon Him, John the Baptist was ever shunning society, desert ing the city, loving silence, choosing solitude. Jesus was most compani unnuic. **/»*,« children. He walked with the di sciples through the cOrn fields. He worked in the vineyards with those who gathered the clusters. Whatever concerned men was full of fascina tion and charm. Ha had the genius of friendship, and drew twelve men with Him wheresoever He is found. It would he ditfic ult to analyse too closely His great attractive powers. "Why is the rainbow beautiful? And the dew drop pure? And the red rose sweet?" When we can answer these Questions we will know why the genial, companionable, lov ing Teacher is the best loved per son in history. He budded an em pire on love, and when His hour of need comes there are millions who would die for Him. III. The common people loved j, us i ■ f ' nd *r pity and brood in a compassion in their hour of mi l How did you feel when yon looked out on the seas of faces ‘ asked the secretary of \braham Lincoln when he had con i luded hi> second inaugural ad dress, after hr had uttered th< words. With malice toward none and with charity for al) Inthat >ast audience Wen colored men. newly • mancipati i!. and their masters, anti there were also lowly patricians, al.d tie poor, statesmen high in of Pci and tramps looking about for a crust of bread. All sorts and condition^ of men in that swaying crowd Thinking of ail their cares and sorrows, of all their pains and problems so big and so black. I,in <<>ln. with his sad smile and marred late at it wits the 'eeling of compassion " Jesus had come to bind up the broken hearted, to heal tiie sick, to preach the gospel to Hi" poor, and He ever had an audience. There was no prodigal so low and no gill so bruised that ft.. . .!. 1 ..... I,...,.. u;.. words of help, with full lack of condemnation for the penitent. It was easy lor Him to forgive From tl:e dwelling is driven a girl crazed by drugs and wines that had been served in the house that should !:av ■ I en a home In an hoar insane by irink she wanders into tiie street, frequents the lowest dives and becomes a care ot t lie state Father, mother and husband blot her name from the family rec ords and try to forget her. By the time she is thirty she is rescued by a Christian nurse, and within a v . ar almost recovers her former health and beauty. Hut those wtio should have protected her would not reeeiv. her hack, but insisted tii..: si i was dead, if a child fool ishly jumps into the river, will the parents s-dze a club and strike the stin gier striv ing to get bai k on shore? Think of a mother turning In r hark upon this woman her daughter, with the words You have made your bed and you must lit in it’ It was the spirit of Jesus in the worker that sent her into the dark places of the rlty to nurse the sick and give assistance to the outcasts The sun is always the same sun. full of warmth and en ergy In July the earth turns her fan towards the sun and reaps a harvest, hut in December her face is turned away and the snow piles high upon her surface. The angle is everything. Jesus was always abroad on missions of blessing. To those who turned their faces to ward Him they found light and love and life: but to those who turned away from Him love congealed and hate found a vent in writhings and wounds. To the overtures of Jesus the soul made instant re sponse and the fisherman became the rock, Peter; and John, the the prodigal became a hero in ser vice. and the poor penitent woman, stripped of her accusers became a saint under the influence of His love and foreglveness. I\ The gentleness of Jesus was s reason why the common people loved Him. A critic of Christianity laments the lack of masculinity in the Beatitudes. He thinks that the Sermon on the Mount would have been improved with a powerful in fusion of iron and blood. Sad that anyone should find a lack of mascu linity in the silent prisoner falsely accused before Herod! Who would deny courage in Jesus when he was in the hands of the mob! What iron endurance in the moments of His torture on the cross! The nerves of youth are exceedingly sensitive to wounds of nails, hut never did Jesus lose His seif control under the hammer. He met blow with pity and torture with forgiveness. His friendship and generosity toward the people has been the pattern for ages. So wonderful is His mas culinity and bravery under fire that brave men on the battlefield ate not to be compared with Him in fortitude. Gold is known for its ■’"idlity and steel for the temper it takes. Jesus’ courage had the tenderness of silk, the tenacity of the Damascus blade, and yet His strength was tempered by gentle ness. What chivalry in the hour when He lifted a shining shield above the sinning woman! You must have -tr.ngth before you can have gentle ness. When Nelson fell he whis [M rc d to his officer, "Kiss me,” ami then his life ousted out. Weakness •n rou-'i: |h ■cause it totters. Gentle ness is an inflection of gianthood. In the Third century 20,000 gladiat ors were slair within three months. One afternoon, just before the gladi ators dropped upon their knee be fore the Emperor’s box and ex claimed, "We who are about to die salute thee,” a young monk named Telemachus. newly come in from the desert, leaped into the arena, ; shouted, “This is murder! The games must stop!" The outraged ‘ emperor gave a signal, the guards thrust the boy through with swords and kicked his body like carrion from the arena, but the next day the gates of the Coliseum were shut and never again was there a gladia torial show. And we cannot fort; t that Tolemaehus borrowed his c oin age from Pilate'' brave prisoner Stern was Jesus in the fat e- of the Pharisees who would destroy the prl\lieges <>f purity of worship and drive away the suppliant Imniov able stood He at the door of the Temple anil drove the thieves into the street. But to the penitent was His arms ever outstretched, and t" the weak always stopped He to help and to strenathen He could (town on the hypocrite and smile on the little children When the disciples would drive women away :ie made a way and an audience N'o wonder the people loved Him' FREE USE OF OFFERER RIGGS CITY WILL DONATE USE OE ITS HALF—NOYES OWNS OTHER HALF At the city count'd meeting the other night it was the consensus of opinion on the part of the conn oilmen that the city should donatt the use of its half interest in the piledriver to the Alaskan Engineer ing commission. The use of the nia chine itad been requested by Thomas Higgs, Jr. in a wire to Dave Retro as chairman of the bridge commit tee of Fairbanks, and Mr Petrs had replied to the wire, stating that the piledriver eould be secured by the commission for $40 per day. it his wire Mr Riggs stated that tin use of tiie local machine is neces sary only tintil a like machine can be imported from the Outside by the commission. F. O Noyes, or tin* Tatiana Mill company, is tic owner of the otln i hall interest m the piledriver. The expressed opinion of the city ottncil. however, inis changed the aspect of tilings, although the mat ter has not yet been definitely set tled Therefori Mr. Petree has wired Mr. Riggs, telling him that lie may have the use of the piledriver for $2n per day. which means that Mr. Noyes must be paid for his half in terest. However, if Mr. Riggs con eludes to take the machine for any length of time over a month, he can have it tor $17,511 per duj Hut the Engineering commission may have the machine only after tiie temporary bridge across the Chena river is installed this spring, as its free use tot construction wuik on tiie bridge lias been given to the Alaska Road commission. When it was announced that Mr. Petree had wired Mr. Riggs that the use of the piledriver would cost tin Engineering commission *10 p r day. tiie ownership of the piledriv er immediately became a matter of considerable controversy. For it was the consensus of opinion among the people generally that the Engi neering commission should be given tiie free use of anything the cry of Fairbanks owns and has no use for in tiie matter of doing construc tion work on tiie railroad. Particu larly was this true in view of tin* fact that many considered that it was a matter of the city taking money from the Engineering column slon which could well bo used els* ■ w'here, showing a lack of apprecia tion on the part of the city to Com missioner Riggs for the work he has done. But, of course, with the recent practical decision of the city, the matter, as far as the munici pality is concerned, is all cleared up. The telling of the history of the piledriver and the ferry might not be amiss at this time. Both were built in the early days of Fairbanks, for use when the bridge was out and to install it again. They were constructed with lumber furnished by the Tanana Mill company, the original cost being in the neighbor hood of $3,500. To defray the ex pense of building the equipages, a number of the business men of Fair banks banded themselves together and formed the Fairbanks Bridge a title to a half interest in the property was given by the mill company. Therefore the half interest in the piledriver anti ferry really belongs to that committee. However, after they have served their use this spring, both will be deeded over to the city by Mr. Petree, as chairman of the bridge committee. FOR RENT—Excellently situated store room large enough to accom modate any ordinary business. Two smaller rooms in connection. Apply CITIZEN OFFICE. Bandit is Caught Makes Confession RAWLINS, Wyo., April 23.—Alter a chase of 20 miles, a possee today caught a bandit who robbed a Pnion Pacific train Friday night. The bandit had jumped off the train near Cheyenne, expecting to find a horse, but not locating it. he was c im pelled to walk, which made possible his capture. After being arrested, the man ad mitted his guilt, and declared that he was responsible also for two other train holdups which took place within the last two months. The prisoner will he taken to Cheyenne tod.;’ for trial. NEWS OF WEEK MONDAY London reports of today are to , the effect that there is hut little change along the battlefront at Ver dun as the result of yesterday’s ar tilbr> duel The fighting continues in a desultory manner, hut neither , the French nor Mermans have made a move from their trenches, being, content to pound away with the ! big guns A Berlin dispatch states that -e\ • *n Italian aeroplanes made a par 1 tiaJly successful raid on tlu* city nt Trieste last night Nine people were killed and about a score wound e<l before tlu attacking aii craft were driven nwa> by the Austrian aero guns Tlu* British press is greatly puz zled over tlu* se» i«*t session of parlia ment luld today All representa tive- of the press were excluded from the meeting, and therefore nothing is known concerning it TUESDAY That tlu Merman navy has made another dash from it- haven in the mouth of Kiel canal is evident from the dispatches of today, which state that a naval battle was fought at an early hour this morning off the British coast. London dispatches ■redit the British squadron of ves sels participating in the fight with a victory hut a- far as can'be learned Mu* damage to neither fleet v.a;| very great. The Mermans forced the battle, it is stated, when they attacked the i British town ot Bowes toft, near Yarmouth, under cover of darkness ; this morning. They shelled the! place and did considerable damage with their bombs Two men. one woman and a bats are said to have been killed. When tin* firing was heard the! British patrol fleet of light cruisers moved out to attack the Merman The engagement was general for a time, but the Merman commander gave his ships orders to withdraw before any extensive damage was j done. The Biitish squadron is said to he still pursuing the Mermans A coastwise attack was wholly un expected by the people of England 1 1 (*onsequentl\ there is considerable clamor concerning the probable in- j enicieruy of the coast guard ships. It is pointed out, how**\er. that, under , tlu* circumstances, no blame can be placed on the patrol boats, as The i attack was made under cover of darkness. A second contingent of Russian ; soldiers is reported to have been 1 landed at Marseilles. They will be rushed to the front as rapidly as possible, probably to Verdun. Tin 'first contingent has reached Lyons on its journey toward the interior.! The troop- are stated to have come j I from the Baltic. The city of Dunkirk was raid'd by German airmen last night. a<- , | cording to despatches tram Paris. ; Details of the raid are being with- J held by the French government, but j it is understood that considerable damage was done. WEDNESDAY The fighting now going on about Verdun is very desultory in it in tare The infantry fighting has pra< tically oeasiMl. the Germans being content with a continuous artillery bombardment west of the Meuse, according to Paris dispatcher Tin* Fn tich militarists art' now practi rally sun that the German offcn sive move against Verdun ha> pent itself A Berlin dispatch says that Zep pelins have been unusually sir c ossful in their raids lately Rc-\ era! fortified positions in Kngland anil France art* reported to 1 ;r. •• been destroyed A fleet of th* f«*r midable German airships made an other raid on London Tin s la> ni.j.t. droppin- over 100 bombs Tie tor tifications at the mouth oi the Thames were damaged considerably The Germans seemed to !*• but little afraid or any resist:.’< t'-.e British could offer with tb •.? -ipii aircraft guns A Paris dispatch states that a French aeroplane and a Zepp.din feught a duel at an altitud* of about two miles off Zeebrugge this morning it a. The result of th* battle in Go air is not stated. Another Zep pci in, however, was i» i s'«'^ranl> .'.imaged off Ostend. having been hit by nine shells thrown from a i* rench aeroplane. A G. tman Fok k-*r. one of the fastest of aircraft, is reported to have been brought to • *ar.h near Luneville. France. The official report of th** naval et Mgement off the British coast v<**ierday morning states Fi.q F !>'■!)[*1 e were killed and ; iir.inbcr of cithers wounded. The Britisn pa trol boats, which have returned to port after an unsuccessful chase after the light raiding squadron of German cruisers, reports that they were unable to ascertain whether or not the Gorman boats sustained damages as the result of the battle. THURSDAY It is import* <1 in Paris that Kaiser Wilhelm has issued a proclamation to his soldiers, asking that they effect the capture of Verdun on nr before May I* and telling them of his confident, ol his ability to do so lie say; that he wants the stronghold to be a birthday pres- j ent to liis son. the Crown Prince Frederick, from the German sol diers. The crown prince is in com mand of the operations now being conducted before Verdun. And in consequence of Lin- kai er's proclamation, the lighting be fore Verdun lias been redoubled, if such could be done. All along the j line artillery fire has recommenced, and it is freely predicted in Paris that the coming week will see tin greatest assault against the de fenses of Verdun ever inaugurated. The kaiser is said to be personally .superintending the operations be fore Verdun at the present time And the Frencli are preparing to receive the attack. Large quanti ties of supplies of all kinds are be ing lushed to the front, together with reinforcements. A large part of the latter is composed of Ru sian troops, lately reported to have arrived in France. A Berlin report of today states that activity along the western bat tiefront has been general, alternate attacks by the forces engaged haw ing been made The only gains re ported were made by the Germans m the Neuville district, where the French trenches were exploded hy miles and later captured, together with many of their defenders. Regardless el the controversy now going on between Germany and the 1'nited States, in connection with the s'lhmarine question, an other steamship was sunk by a German underseas boat in the North •today according to Ixmdon dis palt lies Ann ii seems that the Germans made an effort to evade the submarine controversy by sink ing the ship with gunfire instead of hy the customary use of a tor pedo Whether or not any lives were lost, in the disaster is not i: nown FRIDAY A Paris dispatch today states that the French war office has received information to the effect that tip* Germans are preparing to launch offensive movements on all battle fronts. And in addition to iheir plans in telation to their land forces it is stated that they wfill also push forward tin it air and sea forces. The report t- believed to be authen tic And it is believed in Paris that the offensive will be a last des perate attempt of the Germans to terminate the war The German attack on Verdun has been renewed with greater ener gy. according to the Paris report, the bombardment being general all along the line in the immediate vi cinity of the stronghold. And it is thought that the center of the new German offensive on the western front will be Verdun In fact, it is pointed out by many of the mili tarists that Germany commenced the offensive move when operations were started against Verdun And this opinion is borne out by the fact that fast German cruisers have been lately preying in the North sea. while numerous attacks have been made on the British Isles hy Oer niati Zeppelins. The British admiralty office has announced the loss of the battleship Russel, flagship of the Mediterran ean fleet, with the lives of 121 of t ho members of her crew. Her sinking is attributed to a German mine, which is believed to have been laid some time ago. as naval operations in the Mediterranean on the part of the Germans, have been discontinued tor a long while Ad miral Freeman! le. the commander of the fleet whose headquarters were on the Russel, made his escape from the sinking craft, together with tiVti men and 2-1 officers A German submarine is repotted to have been captured in the North sea hy a British patrol boat. An other is said to have been sunk in the English channel by a British trawler. Details concerning bo'h in cidents are not available. OUR OWN TROUBLES ! MONDAY Contrary to the report sent out | from Washington, D. C.. yesterday, it is stated in dispatches Iron) the capital today that President Wilson is entirely in accord with the plan to let tile American troops compos ing the punitive expedition in Mexi co remain in that country until such time as the object of their trip is accomplished. It is further asserted that it is the intention of the administration to leave the Am erican troops in Mexico unless the Carranza soldiers show that they are capable of handling the situation there. Dispatches sent out from army headquarters at San Antonio state that General Funston is now planning a redisposition of the troops in | Mexico. The plan has not yet been ! announced, but it is understood that j the movement of a considerable i body of new fresh troops to the southern republic is contemplated. Villa is reported to be in the mountainous country to the north of Parral, the place where the Am erican troops were attacked several days ago. And there is now no doubt in the minds of those who are familiar with the situation that the nearness of Villa to the town of Parral was partially, at least, responsible for the attack on the American troopers. Villa is report ed to be wounded. And it is be lieved that the report is authentic, as it was brotight into Pershing’s camp by American scouts. General Hugh L Scott, chief of staff of the Cnited States army, and General Obregon, minister of war of the Carranza government, are soon to hold a conference on the Mexican side of the line, oppo site Eagle Pass, Texas. General Scott is now at San Antonio. It is stated that the conference is be ing held with the full permission of Ca; 'i, who 1 ; Cat snm" way of solving the problem which con fronts the military authorities of both Mexico and the I'nited States may be solved. In the meantime. Carranza is per sistently insisting upon the with drawal oi the American troops from Mexico and has sent another note requesting to be informed concerning ; what action is to be taken. He in sists that his soldiers are amply ! able to cope with the situation, as 1 far as Villa is concerned. A dispatch from El Paso asserts that the I'nited States troops in Mexico are now retreating toward the American border. The report is not believed. TUESDAY Tile military authorities oi' the United States are now awaiting the result of the conference between General Hugh X., Scott and Gen eral Obregon. It will probably take place at Eagle Pass within the next few days. And it is expected that the future actions of the American troops now in Mexico will depend upon the outcome of the conference. Nothing concerning Villa and his movements or the movements of the American troops is told about in today’s dispatches. General Pershing has confirmed the death of an American soldier in a report submitted today to army headquarters at San Antonio. The name of the soldier is not given. He was killed during the engage- j ment which took place at Parral when American troops were fired 1 upon by Mexicans. WEDNESDAY j Two Americans, one a saddler and the other a private, both mem- | bers of troop H, Eleventh cavalry, | were killed on April 22 in an en- I gagement .with 260 Villaistas. Three I otr American s: idler- v.'- i " i I ously wounded Six dead and 111 wounded Mexicans were found on ilie field after the battle. The engagement took place in the heart of the Sierra Madre mountains, near Tomachic Col. Dodd was in command of the Am ericans. who made a surprise at tack on the Mexican forces The Mexicans made a short stand, but were unable to withstand the ma chine gun fire of the American sol diers and had to take to the hills. A considerable quantity of march ing and camp equipment, consisting of horses, saddles, blankets, etc., was captured by the Americans. Gen erals Cervantes and Baca command ed the Mexicans. The report of the battle is offi cial, having been sent in to army headquarters at San Antonio by General Pershing. A new revolutionary movement is reported to have been started in Guatemala. il is the intention, it is stated, to move the revolutionary force into Mexico, with the object of overthrowing the Carranza gov ernment. German officers are stated to be at the head of the new rev olutionary movement, according to the report, which comes from Mexi co City. American Consul General Coen, who is located at Durango, has is sued an urgent appeal to all Ameri cans to quit that section of the country at or.ee. The request has been made on account of the con tinued agitation against Americans since the Pairal incident. General Obregon has not yet met Generals Scott and Funston, as was contemplated, according to dispatch es sent out from Torreon, Mexico. The meeting was to have taken place today, but had to be post poned, owing to a misunderstanding of plans. It is probable that the conference will be held tomorrow THURSDAY Everybody interested in the Mexi can affair expectantly awaits the outcome of the conference between General Obregon. commander-in-chief of t *. i • Carranza forces in Mexico, and the American generals. 9cott and Funston For it is hoped (hat a setu lenient ot the difficulty re ! garding the invasion of Mexico by j the United States troops and their 'possible withdrawal, will he effect | eti. The c onference did not tak I place today, as was expected, owIn. ! to the fact that the arrival of the American generals on tiie border ha been delayed in a dispatch from Chihuahua City. Mexico, General Obregon is quoted as having said that he hoped to convince the American army offi rets of the ability of the Carranza troops to capture Villa, and of the unnecessary presence of the Ameri can troops in Mexico. All of which means that tie hopes to convince the Americans that the removal of American troops from Mexico is de si table from the standpoint of the Carranza government And in corroborating his state mcnt regarding his ability to cap ture Villa General Obregon points with pride to his army For he is direct personal commander of the flower of the Mexican forces, prin cipally cavalry, each soldier being equipped in a manner which would do credit to any other nation In fact, it is stated that the personal body guard of General Carranza only surpasses obregon's troops in tile matter of equipment And. fol lowing a precedent established by Forth io Diaz, Carranza has sur rounded himsolf with a body guard of a regiment of the finest mounted and best equipped soldiers in the world They are of all nationali ties, practically every one being a veritable soldier of fortune, hut few native born Mexicans being in cluded in the lot FRIDAY I'nder orders received this after noon (torn army headquarters at San Antonio, one-half of the garrison of Columbus, New Mexico, left for the Mexican border Nothing is stated in the dispatches concerning their probable destination but it is sue posed that they are going to protect General Pershing's line of communi cation. which is threatened by tbe Villaistas The cavalry column which moved out or Mexico four abreast was more than four miles in length. A report from Mexico City is to the effect that there is a scarcity ot food there and that many of the poorer people are slowly starving to death. As far as is known there is no immediate relief for the situation. There have been no dis orders, but riots are probable at any time It is understood that promi nent members of the American cel ony in Mexico City are making at rangements to appeal for relief to the 1'ivlted States. Another revolution against the Car ranza government is reported to have been started In Mexico This time it is the Inhabitants of the state of Sinaloa who are in rebellion. Gen eral Carrasco is reported to be their leader Carranza forces arc stated to be hastening to quell this latest trouble before it gets a good start. A dispatch sent out from Juarez. Mexico, stat* - that General Obregon. commander-in-chief of the Carranza forces in Mexico, has arrived there for a conference with Generals Scott and Funston The two latter un expected to reach FI Paso today The conference was to have taken place several days ago. but had to be postponed, owing to a misunder standing of arrangements. o «> O O v o oooooooooo o o v LOCAL NEWS IN BRIEF. O O O James \V Hill, formerly of this city, but now the Seattle representa tive of the Wells-Fargo Express com pany, has written to R. C. Wood stating that it is probable that an express route betwen Fairbanks and the Tolovana country "'ill be estab lished. Mrs. R. R. Myers has purchased the Illanchfield property on lowrer Second avenue, almost in the rear of the Myers home. It was her sec ond purchase of Fairbanks real es tate within Bi week. C. B. Sw'eeney, who has been in jail for the past several weeks, after being bound over to the grand jury on the charge of assault with intent to kill, was released on bonds last Thursday. His bondsmen are Dave Courtemanche, Robert J. Geis and Robert Bloom, the amount of the bond being $3,000. Julius Hoffman has been appoint ed administrator of the estate of Charles de Gregory, who died last Monday at St. Joseph’s. The es tate consists of mining interests on various creeks, chiefly on Dome and Vault. The clerk of court’s olfiee has re ceived a supply of blank certificates of naturalization. They came front Washington, D. C., and the clerk is required to issue them to those who have passed examination in court for citizenship. There are now about 15 who have been admit ted to citizenship who have not yet received their certificates. And, as these certificates are necessary in naturalization proceedings, those nat telized must secure them before being given all of the benefits of citizenship, as the certificate serves as a credential. Why does a chicken cross the street? That’s her business.