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J. H. CASKEY .. Proprietor
Editor and Manager
Published every morning except Monday from The
Citizen Block. Garden Island. Alaska.
The Associated Press is exclusively entitled to the
use for republlcaticn of all news dispatches credited to It
or not otherwise credited in this paper and also the local
news published herein.
Delivered by carrier In Fairbanks. Garden island «nc
Graehl for S2.00 per month
By mall, postage paid, at the following rates
One year, In advance, $20.0(
9lx months, in advance 10.00
Three months. In advance 6.00
One month, in advance 2.00
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(\ aide/. Miner.)
The road commission is up against the
hardest proposition this year it has yet en
countered . This sear's appropriation was lor
only 100,000 dollars. The average tor all
appropriations since 1900 to 1'MS is $23:\(X)0.
During that period the mileage was much less
than it is now. At the present time the terri
tory has 4,830 miles to look alter with in
creased prices tor labor, supplies and the
feed for teams. The $bX),(HH) covers this
vast network ot roads at the rate ot about $20
per mile, a sum so small as to be insignilicant.
This small appropriation will compel the
commission to defer work on many miles ot
road which are badly in need ot repair, and
which are ot the greatest importance to the
people of Alaska, several roads being main
highways of communication between one di>
trict and another.
There has never been a case where the
road commission has failed to ask tor a rea
sonable and justifiable amount tor the Alaska
road work, but owing to the contention among
Alaskans themselves and the ignorance of con
gresstnen in regards to the conditions in the
territory, these appropriations have always
been trimmed to the quick In a lalse econo
In March ot this year the road commis
sion sent a statement to Washington to the
effect that if it did not receive an appropria
tion quickly the Valdez-I*airbanks road would
suffer a loss of $550,000 and other roads
would add $350,000 to this amount in a year.
Decpite the showing made the commission re
ceived but $100,000 and the loss, owing to an
unprecedented year of rain and floods will
approximate the proportion the available
funds bear to the $384,000 requested.
The constant kicking and criticism of the
road commission by well-meaning but impru
dent citizens of Alaska has greatly retarded
the work of the organization. While tele
grams of censure sent to the secretary of
war may relieve the feelings of the senders
and possibly change the personnel of the com
mission if kept up long enough, they also
cause a feeling of indecision and reticence to
proceed with the road work among those res
ponsible for the appropriations. It must be
remembered that congress is much in the samv
state as an Alaskan having much property at
the national capitol. Charges of mismange
rnent and waste of funds would cause the
average Alaskan to halt work being done in
Washington until he could investigate and
disprove the charges, and so it is with the
If congress or any other body becomes
convinced that the amounts appropriated are
only going to be wasted they are liable to cut
out the road work altogether. General Rich
ardson stated that every time he went to
Washington he found that instead of being
allowed to confine his efforts to secure funds
for working purposes he was placed on the
defensive and was obliged to spend a lot of
his time contradicting statements made by
Alaskans who were not road builders, and who
travelled over the road hut seldom. When
such matters come up before a congressional
committee the effect is obvious and painful.
The commission is asking for $719,000 for
maintenance and improvements of roads and
trails in Alaska next year, $335,000 is for the
Richardson road. One item is for $65,0(X) to
build the road in the hills away from the river,
to avoid further expeditures repairing wash
outs. Only by concerted efforts on the part
of our citizens can we hope to secure this
The past season lias shown the harm
done to Valdez by the road being out of com
mission. Mails have been held up, travel di
verted to the Copper River railway and
freight for Teikhell and roadhouses along the
route handled once or twice between this point
and Wortmans. The town has lost thousands
of dollars in trade. Auto parties have been
forced to ship their cars over the railway at a
great expense, and signal corps cars have
been routed to the interior via Cordova.
It we are ever to have a town here we
must learn to m* alter what we want in a
business-like manner. I'ntnerited criticism
will surely only “mini up the works” and m“t
us nowhere. I'liev antam»ii/e the commis
sion. befuddle the congressional committees
and render tutile the efforts of the optimist.
We can look forward to no improvement
this year, owitny to lack of funds. Next vear
the situation will undoubtedly be relieved bv
an appropriation siiificieni to maintain the
highway. In the meantime let each of us
confine his surplus energy to help the commis
sion secure funds needed. I .el us boost un
ceasinidy < hily by doinyj this can we hope to
secure anything troin congress.
Sll \KI.\V. IN rill I NI >1 \I\IIA
A ju.-ti I rahle caution i down In Mr
Wilson’- critic- in taking up their po-itimi
in the matter ol a share in the indemnilv to
he claimed trom (lermanv. Three positions
are po-sihle tor the admini.-t ration, and
whichever ol them it should take, a choice ol
two would he left to il- opponents. Hut a
choice ol two mav he a dilemna.
l.et us suppose, ior example, that the
I'resident is I'onvicted ol opposing the claim
hy the l nited States to a share in the indem
nity. I he bombardment ol course would he
ferritic. ‘‘Supremely generous with the pro
perty ol others,” “ready to renounce what did
not a Meet his own pocket,” “an idealist nc
olecttul ol hi- country 's interests,” and o on
it i- not ditiicult to imagine the phrases.
hut which ot the two altiTi.iat i\< i,itursi,>
are his critics more eager to make their own :
It is admitted that what German) can pax will
not cover the losses ot the allied nations which
mitered most directlx I runt the war. In
hriet, tor the l nited Suites to claim a share
m the indemuitx would he making a demand
not on German) hut on ('.real lirilain and
hranee, alretnh so heaxilx in our debt that
the expedience ol canceling part ot the obliga
tion in order to lift Kurope out of the slough
has been seriouslx broached. Kor the United
States to file a claim would take off the edge
ot “Katayette, we’re here," would it not:
Who is urging it ?
On the other hand, suppose that the
United States should claim a share and remit
it to German) a course brut up in the senate
last week, suggested, no doubt, In the prece
dent ot our share in the Boxer rebellian in
demnity which our government remitted to
China in the torm of tree education tor Chi
nese students in this counrtv. It is difficult
to overstate the cynicism with which this just
and kindly act was received In old-world
diplomacy; the prevailing view still is that it
was simply a bribe to increase American com
mercial influence in China. What sort of
reception, then, would probably be given to
the proposal that the United States, at the ex
pense ot the allies, claim a share in the Ger
man indemuit) and in some wav or other
pay it. back to Germane: Who is anxious to
father this proposal: It is not difficult to see
why criticism of the President in this matter
has been careful!) kept to general terms.
W 11.1. OUR CHAIR BK KM I’d A :
The peace treaty will come into force, ac
cording to Article 440 of its own provisions,
“as soon as the treat) has been ratilied In
Germany on the one hand and by three of the
principal and allied/ powers on the other
hand.” Germain and Great Britain have al
ready ratilied, France, Italy, and Japan will
certainly follow. The reparation commission
“will hold its first meeting in Paris as soon
as practicable alter the coming into lone o!
the present treaty,” and at its first meeting
will elect a chairman and vice-chairman, “who
shall hold otlice lor one year and shall be
eligible for re-election.” The commission will
be the exclusive agency of the signaton gov
ernments "for receiving, selling, holding, and
distributing the reparation payments to be
made by Germany.” 11 will hav e complete
control, within the limits of the treaty, of the
relations between Germany and the outside
world. As the payments made bv Germany
must be practically all in the form of manu
factured goods, the reparation commission
will determine to a considerable extent ti
direction of German commerce for vears t<
come, ll the United States is not represented
on the commission it will not have a voice in
these important decisions. If it does not have
a voice its interests will be no more considered
than those ol any other plaintiff without an
attorney. This is confressedly a materialistic
argument. Yet it may appeal to those sena
tors who are unwilling to give the President
authority to appoint a temporary American
member of the reparations commission. For
the treaty can go into effect and the repara
tions commission do the most important part
of its work without our co-operation. If tin
senate means to delay ratification until Or
tuber it might he wise to reconsider the hit
nesslike expediency of filling in the interval
with some temporary representative.
1 \n: •• wks cim;i:k m>pli: h \yf
1)1(1 TIM K LAST rill'HS
may i:vk.mm;
\ charivaree followed by a dance
and social evening at tin* social hall
at Fairbanks creek Iasi Thursdav
• -veiling are reported from there At
both events Mr and Mi K ('. (Irif
tin were tin guests of honor
Mr. (Iriffin let »-ntlv tame to Fail
banks, no i his bride to be, was mar
tied and after a few days in town,
took hi bride that is back to Fair
bank creek Muring his absence,
bis friends got reads foi him and
In bride and the big doings came
• ifi Thur dav night. About 10 cmi
j»b- from up and down the creek
wen present to extend their felici
tation t<» the newl>weds. and Ho
evening v. a most eiijoyablv pent
• KWN'A \:ia . Sept. ITT Worn!
I. \bb. \ 11; i completed tin- coal
i via nil t h*- 11- i |e\ Fork and will
h a s e nil I lie firs I boat f»>l .IlineaU
The bridge crew s are rapidls .ami !
pb iing tbe hi mile briib'e on the X*
.tin riser and will probabh link
p I1 broken eonileet inll onetime
.111 III \ >1 earn hovel SS i 11 b. ill ns ed
eel os: and put tn Work nil l.lle grade
between the river and Lignite rr>•<• I
\ n ss uiTarin-j yang ss ill h.- organi/
ed on the section next week
School opens here Mondas morniny
Mi LiP-Ha SliaetTer. head of the
chool last sear, is principal main
the s“ sion.
There will be a special Inn. tal m
< . I;.‘h! here at I . I a.*e l 'hill ell SllM
•las morning for .lack llan.en, who
dual li.-re Fridas afternoon. No
d.Tniite information has l>. . n given
out regarding the disposition of the
i i .ill a• lint hills ha been beard
from bis relative, in Seattle It is
;LL that the body will he taken i
to Fairbanks for intei nmeiil
Tin Victory made a round trip In
i i- na hula v and will leave here again
tomorrow witli tie body of I'imothv
M1111• 11\ which will be intend at
Fairbanks ( anlain House will not
leave until after thte local telegraph
olliee opens and in case of instrm
linns to bury .lark Hansen at Fail
banks, will take the body with him.
Mr and Mrs Henry Haatz will
have on tin steamer Yukon next week ,
bn- Seattle, where Mr Haatz will go j
into business with his brother
I,on is. Anderson ha been advised
that his son i' la retire L Andcison.
sa In • n made member of the faculty
• i the I niver. it> of Washington, he j
ng eomncted with the college of ■
li herbs of that institution.
Fulonel Mear.' c making good lime
on his way hack lo the coast and i. ^
probably halfway between the ends
of steel The hi t night out he made
H miles south of Lignite.
Church Notices
Services are Held in the St. lames*
Methodist church building on Third
avenue, mar the city hall.
Sunday service, at 2 p. m.. sub
jeet : “Substance.”
Sunday school at 1 p m.
Services Wednesday evening at
8:15 o’clock.
Reading room open Wednesday af
ternoon from 2:30 to 5 o’clock, when
all authorized literature may be read
or purchased
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
s:00 a. in. Communion Mass.
10:o0 a. in. Parish Mass and Sun-]
day School.
7:k0 p. in. Rosary and Benediction!
Special Feasts and Services of the
Monday The Seven Dolors of the
it V. M.
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
are limber Days.
Mass at 6 a. in.
Benediction on Monday and Satur
Owing to tlie absence of Rev.
Marple on his vacation, there will hi
a reading of a short service by a
member of the session. The balance
of the hour will be taken up with
pleasing musical numbers, and hymns
by the audience.
The full program follows:
By the congregation 5 wi ll known [
hymns interspersed thru the service.
By the choir, supported by Mrs.
Wood and Mr. Mack:
Anthem, “Still Keep Me" .... Adams
“Consider and Hear Me”....Pleuger
Duet, sop. and tenor and chorus
“Crossing the Bar” . Bush
Solo, Dr. Bradley
Choir Hymn, “Raise Me Jesus”
. Duet and Chorus
All are invited to a quiet and
pleasant hour of restful worship.
For the Hot Weather Try
Some of the Cooling Drinks.
Patronize a home imhislrv. Honu products ior home
people. We use onk the best ol materials in makhc
out s\rups. I >i-tilleil water, siphons, eh' I ct ns kei p
\oit supplieil.
Fairbanks Beverage Co.
^Fairbanks Lndmv No. Id}*'.!
Mi’il ini’ nil’ll! :'in| ;nit| III; \\ • In*
III > of • i • 11 11111111 11 it Moos* 11:111
roll A vo hotww-n < 'u lmi:m A limn
I. 1! CILUITTi:. S*rr. i:trv. I n I
Noiional li.ink linihiiiir.
THOMAS r Y< >!' 1.1 hi* I itor
Fresh Fruits, the finest quality of Bulk and
Box Candies, Cigars, 1 obacco, 1 Ate.
Pool, Billiard and Cards
You’ll (iiicl the Hunch at the I’ioneer
The most popular place in town
I .eaves from the Nordale Hotel
Fairbanks Creek
Fox, Coldstream, Gilmore, IVdro ( reek
and Cleary Summit
Competent and reliable drivers. Best Autos. N on
take no chance o! walking.
Fast and Reliable Service
l.eaves for Nenana ever)' other dav until permanent
schedule is announced
Pioneer Hotel The “Terminal”
Palace Baths
Fourth Ave. Next to Gordon's Glass Block
Tub, Shower, Steam, Scrub, Turkish
Soft, clear water from well on premises
Children with parents 25c a bath. Open da\ and ni•_;!11
$1.00 per dozen
$27.00 per case
“Alaska's Largest Outfitters”

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