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l'.nti'HHl as SiTuml I'lass mutter August tilth.
I<nn. at the I'o-io v-ee at nsvanl. Alaska, an- |
dot the Vet of I'oiur*" »*l Muivh t*. IJ».'V*
One Year tin - - - S3 0^
Six Month* • ' Sl 5C
Kastern oltlff till \Hvorth Itir.kliilir. l*ulutl' ,
Minnesota Ch; > It Vske. aut homed a>retit.
The “ Frozen North” in this part of
tin* world recedes like wild animals
before the advance of civilization.
Probably every man now living in
Seward imagined when he was a buy
back in "the states" that icebergs per
petually crashed against the shores of
Southern Alaska with polar beats
climbing and sliding over them.
Recent arrivals in Seward, even j
c mting with the assurance that this
r gion is exeunt from the terrors of,
the Arctic winter, have been greatly
surprised that they have no need of a
North Pole out tit to go out ot doors in
safety. Immigrants from Puget S..ut •
w.-ar * he same clothing they did then
and men almost constantly go about ,
the streets without overcoats a> they,
do on the Sound.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer was
so impressed with the record ot te np
erature in Seward recently published
that it gave the figures an editorial,
calling attention to the fact that
throughout last winter the mercury
never reached zero, and coiuparit
the climatic showing with that ot th
states below the fortieth parallel east
of the lharkies.
Se'V art! is i* efts i; to ;i" U’e th** 1 1
Intelligencer that nothing has heeu
handed out by the weather butva
since ?he ,*-t i * ' nts went down trom
the north wh ch requires a minititea
tion of its est itnaie of the Southett.
Alaska climate. The town has bail
one week of winter, the titst week of
1 eo*tuU*r. in which tin* lowest temp
erature recor-b d was 2 degrees abov*
zero an th** average alnnit l". sine
then it ha> h id a f« ot and a half ot
„tlow. widen by temperature almost
steadily al>ove the freezing point am
intermittent rains ha** been reduced to
to a few ,i c s and on toe eve ot
( prist: :o > amniv going.
In one pattiemar Seward has a c‘ -
n at• ■ equu.ee by few localities in the;
civilizi d World. It is absolutely free
from extreme fluctuations of tempera
ture. Pug*‘t S" :i blasts of a climate '
fr> e from vb> ••ii’ changes but Seward
has almost r*s w e a margin over the
Sound it. ‘ha' r»‘sui ct as the Sound has
ever the M indie West.
The ordin rv daily range of winter
temperature in Seattle is from 1" to 2o
d gret s. ami som times reaches 3»> de
grees. In S *ward during November
and IVcembei the daily range 1 as
rarely ... tm high as lo degrees.
Several tines the range ha> been
b ss than that in an entire w. *k an
Vhe daily range has freguently been
only 1 or 2 degrees. During the thir
treu days from December 11 to Dectn
ber 23 the mercury has been steadily
between 33 and 42—only !» degrees
variation ami every hour abo\e the
freezing point.
Two vessels have been chartered to
bring 7o»U*hi feet of lumber with
other bui.ditu' material to Seward,
and liothcarg*» > will be on th< ground
within a few* w* k'. For the first time
in its history tl town will have lum
ber enough r furnish builders every
thing they want.
It is admitted to be a fact that build
ing operations have been hampered
all through the year imKi by the
dearth of mat-rial. Last spring it
looked like a risky undertaking to car
ry a large stock because it was uncer
tain whet in 1 *!it growth of the town
would create a heavy demand. VV hen
it in-cam- certain in midsummer that
a permanent and increasing demand
was assured it was impossible to find
freight room on the steamers for large
quantities of building material and
equally ditticuit to charter extra boats.
A> a result <>f this lack of foresight
ami of transportation facilities Seward
has not enough roofs to shelter com
fortably all tto people who come in.
Scores of lot' are vacant whose owners
would have built house# or business
blocks upon them months ago if they
could have obtained material. Nearly
every hotel and lodginghouae room is
occupied by a regular tenant, and tnen
who arrive on steamers are often com
pelled to sit up in chairs the first night
because they cannot find beds.
For the pres.-at situation nobody is
particularly to blame, but if Seward
does not now proceed to double its house
room jit't as fast as builders can put
the materials together it will soon
have a sorry reputation for enterprise
on the outside, where just now it is
regarded as the most promising town
in Alaska._
The penalty for being a citizen of
S-w ml in good standing is that a mao
is liable to he compelled to serve on a
jury at Valdez.
Charles Simensted of Valdez is cred
it,.,! |>\ ilu- Portland Telegram with
complaining that Seattle papers are
ad veil i>ing Sew: 11*< l as the best town in
this part of Alaska, and he ottered the
trad of Valdez to Portland is the
Wei do >t eity would only take it. Mr.)
Si ensted says the Seattle papers)
credit everything to Seward which j
comes this wav. “although as a matter I
of fact the bulk of the cargo is booked j
foi Valdez.”
Pear Mr, Simensted. you are to he
commended for sticking up for your
towi■. A man who won’t shinny on his
own side ought to he nut out of the
church, hut did you “holler when the
Kdith sailed last August with ’JltM tons j
of steel, a locomotive and six ears for.
the Alaska Central at Sew aril and ll<»|
Civosoted piles for John Rosem ’s new
townsite wharf at Valdez, and both big
Seat tie papers under top heads ati
jiouneed that the steamer was taking,
: he ei11:re cargo to Valdez for Mr.
Kosene’s new railroad V
Repeatedly lh< Seattle papers ha\e
mentioned large cargoi s destined tor
Sev.anl as going to \aidez. soveral
i i;es stating that the freight was for
ihe Alaska Central at Valdez. This
was done s > often that eastern papers
frequently stated that the rai'roa’
was building from Valdez. The Seat tie
pat*prs have lately been informed.
Seward has no quarrel with \ aide/.
Its growth will never interfere with,
that of Seward and its prosperity "ill
redound to the advantage of all Alaska
as will that of every other community.
'Phis town wants no credit for anything
which belongs to its neighbors, but it
does want credit for all that is due to
is, If. Pntil recently it never received
such credit.
Incidentally taking up theclaim that
••the hulk” of -learner cargoes are de
stined f'»r Valdez, the records of the
<te tnish’p companies show, as recently
published in \ aide/ papers, that a
; • ■ e men than -Vhm» tons of freight
were carried hy steamer into Valdez in
• . s' nine months of !!*<>.>. Jn the
saute time a Inna Uipi'o tons were ear
i to Seward on the same steamers.
If the "bulk” of freight curried tlbs
way hy steamship lines is for Valdez
w 1 \ .as the Northwestern Steamship
i liitpani. will's*' president is -aid to he
he Sding a railroad out of Valdez, and
ho is laying olT a new townsito in that
i.ieality. decided to run three steamers
hy ;i e out-iiie passage direct to Sew
ard next year, allowing them to return
hy way oi Valdez?
It was rush. also, for Mr. Simensted
to tell the Tidegram. if he did that
Cue Mask ' Central lias “about thirty
miles constructed" when it had forty
live at the hour of his interview.
Rii'sia seems to be in :t fair way to
repeat the history of France in the
last -avade of the eighteenth century,
with Witte in the role of Mirabeau.
Tiie trouble with these nations who.se
ruling classes trample upon human
l rights for centuries seems to be that
jneiti < r si<U* knows when to quit. The
aristocracy never give up an iota of
1 privilege except upon peril of their
i lives, ami wlcn the proletariat gets a
tastv of power it is like the taste of
1 blood to a hungry wolf.
In Russia. a> in revolutionary
France, a few far-seeing statesmen ami
; philosophers could pull the chariot of
state out of tin mire with the assist
ance of either side, but neither aris
i toeracy nor commonalty has sense
! enough to give and take. In Russia,
s in France, the immediate result is
likely to be chaos, anarchy, riotous
bloodshed and brutality.
It France had followed Voltaire be
| fore the Revolution, or Mirabeau after
it was under way the Terror would
have been averted. If Russia had
listened to Tolstoi these twenty years
or would follow Witte today it could
avoid a similar fate that seems im
Probably it is not in human nature
that barbarism should be uprooted ex
cept by barbaric processes. Men are
guided somew hat by reason in lands
which haw known something of jus
tice. Reason seems to have no place
in lands which have never known it.
The Seattle Times heads one of its
Alaska convention accounts “Three
Delegates will go to Congress.’’ This
! d is not bind the Times to secure seats
i fer tie gentlemen but only signifies
that the news editor let the head go
: through because it fitted the required
Furniture in James H. Hyde's
forme'.- Long Island home brought at
auction little more than 10 percent, of
its cost. Apparently the belongings
of the discredited young insurance
magnate have no value as souvenirs.
Bourke Cook ran has opened hisyawn
ing. fathomless mouth to assail the life
insurance companies, which affords a
conclusive presumption that none of
the companies has paid the brass-lunged
sj)outer a retainer.
Police Captain Stover of Portland
w;i> badly cut up in his chase after a
burglar through thick underbrush,
clad only in his nightshirt, hut the dis
patches fail to state what happened to
to hi> shirt.
Mi>s Kitz ol Nome must have had
’em w hen she learned that a strange
gentleman had walked oil with her
$5000 furs. <*»r maybe Miss Kitz needs
a little advertising to enable her to
'i ll rainiug stock.
President Koosevelt. Senator Platt j
and Coventor Higgins are so strongly '
opposed to l>ossi-,m that they want to
takt^ the New York maeltilie away J
from Odell and run it as it should he,
There is room for several railroads
in Alaska and it is to be hoped that the j
Cordova bay line will build a«
r*pidl\ with government aid a> the
Alaska Central is doing without it.
, — —
The original K.lijah went to heaven
in a chariot of lire hut “K.lijah Howie
goo' to the tropics to become partially
hardened to the climate which is aw ail
ing hint in the hereafter.
Japan has uppmuteu itself receiver
ol Korea hut it "till permits the Ko
rean emperor to draw a salary paid by
his nominal subjects.
This Russian revolution is a good
Td like a prize fight in the quantity
of hot air it requires to get started.
Jim Hill is going to reduce freight
i rates right away so that he can say the
government didn’t make him do it.
The inevitable jawfest from the pro
fessional challangers which always
follows a big light, began on time.
Congress has adjourned for the holi
days. which is a Christmas present for
tii«- whole nat ion.
Tacoma wouldn’t call a grand jury if
she had any hope of rivaling Seattle
in populat ion.
A man always has to ho jolted in the
stomach or head before lu- knows that
he is old. _
The civil service rc'orm league has
j tired another paper wail at the political
i boss! s.
The insurance magnates all seem to
he ashamed or afraid to tell what they
The czar is boxed up pretty tight
but his salary is going on all the time.
Retty even is 70 years old and she
is still drawing interest.
Principal Cod Schools of North
Pacific are in this region
A table of the limiting banks in tin1
North Pacific ocean reprinted from the
Pilot C hart for the month of Decem
ber of the pre>ent year, has been is
sued. giving complete data relating
particularly to tin- halibut and cod
By this chart it is shown that cod
, fish and small halibut are abundant
where the bottom is either black sand
and gravel or gray sand, gravel and
broken shells, the latter predominat
ing on the principal cod hanks. The
depth of water on these hanks ranges
from as low as eleven fathoms to a>
high a> ninety fathoms, no apparent
difference being recorded on account
i of the depth of water.
The principal banks for cod fishing
recorded in tin* chart are in Alaska
waters. Slime hank, in Biting sea.
named from an intermediate zone of
jellyfish which cover fishing lines and
1 bait with slime: Baird bauK, at Bris
tol hay, and Port lock hank, northeast
of Kodiak island, are the largest hanks
where codfish and small halibut are
numerous and red rock fish fairly
| abundant.
Slime bunk covers an area of 1.445
square miles, and the depth of water
1 is from twenty to fifty fathoms. The
bottom is black sand and gravel. Baird
bank is the largest given in the chart.
It covurs 0,200 square miles, and the
depth of the water is recorded as from
eleven to fifty-three fathoms. The
bottom is gray sand, black sand and
j gravel. Portlock bank has0,800square
miles, with a depth of water ranging
j from thirty-seven to sixty-seven fath
oms. and a bottom of gray sand, gravel
and broken shells. Another one of the
larger banks and where the greatest
depth of water is given is Albatross
bank southeast of Kadiak island.
While this bank has not been as fully
investigated as the^others, cod, small
halibut and red rock fish are said to
I be fairly plentiful. The bank extends
over 3.700 square miles, and the depth
of water ranges from twenty-seven to
ninety fathoms.
Santa Ana: sailed from Seattle, lfith:
due in Seward, 2tfth.
Harold Dollar; sails from Seattle
about 23rd.
. Bertha; in Seattle.
Portland; sailed from Seward, 11th.
Santa Clara; sailed for Seattle from
Seward, 13th.
Oregon; sailed from Seward 15th.
In Sweden a plumber is called a vat
ten 1 ed ingsent re penor,
L. F. Shaw Says the Investments
on Falls Creek Are Drawing
Nome Men Here
Prospecting for quartz minus on1
Kenai peninsula will no doubt receive
a tremendous impetus in the immedi*j
ate future by reason of the wonderful i
prospects revealed on Falls creek by
the work so far done on the properties j
di-covered by Skeen and Lechner last j
July. These claims are now underi
bond to diaries 1). Lane, 11. A. Ingalls]
and L. F. Shaw.
Development work has already
] made rapid progress on these claims
j and will proceed on a constantly ex-j
i panding scale as rapidly as arrange
ments can he made to put men at work
! to advantage.
L. F. Shaw has charge of the town
,-nd of the business of the Falls creek
mint s, lie is a young man who has
had extended experience in Alaska,
and spent three years prospecting in
the wilds of Siberia in regions never
before visited by white men. He j
came to Seward on the t'orwin in Oo-1
tober. having been drawn here by his !
association with IT- A. Ingalls, who
took the lirst bond on the Falls creek
I daims for Mr. Shaw and himself.
Since then a large number of Nome
men have come to Seward, attracted
hv the reports written hack to Nome
bv the lirst arrivals from that district,
of the situation here Mr. Shaw said
Means Much to Seward
“The advent into this section of such !
j a man as Charles I). Lane means much |
j to this community, as his judgment in ,
I matters pcrtaininy to mines and min
iny lias a yreat influence, beiny
! founded on wide experience. He ha*
made a la rye fortune in mininy and
lias ample means to carry to a success*
| ful conclusion anythiny he undertakes.
"The tied on Falls ereok i* yet only
a yood prospect, hut a force of haid
rock miners i> now at work on the
! property and it is confidently expected
that a mine of yreat value will he
“Within the past two months many
mininy men from various parts of the i
• north land have come to Seward. I
attracted chiefly hv the Falls creek
j discovery. Amony them may he men
| tinned Theo. Allen, a mininy expert .
well known in the west, and son-in-law
of Charles I). Lane. He recently
' n siyned the position of manayer of the •
Wild (loose Mininy Company, the
laryest concern in the Nome district.
, He left Seward on the Ore yon. but ex
pects to return in the early spriny. as
he expresses himself as well pleased'
i with the prospects of this section, i
i T. M. Lane, a brother of C. I). Lane.
i> snperintendiny the prospect work on
Falls creek. He is a practical miner
i of wide experience and recoyni'/ed
! ability.
Comes Here to Stay
“ii. A. Inyalls, another Nome man.
I is here with his family, and intends to]
’ make Seward his future homo. He is
! a yreat hustler. Before people yener
i ally knew of his presence here he had 1
bonded the Falls creek properties and
>ev ral choice business lot* and left for
the outside, retnrniuy quite recently.
•‘.loc LeClair. an -t l * r recent arrival,
: was one of the pioneers of the Nome !
yoldlields and made a handsome stake
! there. lie says this country looks
yood to him.
“A. I>. Wentworth and Free Pel-ton,
1 formerly of the Kouyarok district near
Nome, are here, and will yo to the
hills when the weather permits. A.
D. McLennan came down from the
Candle Creek country and will cast his
i fortunes with Kenai peninsula. Bill
! Eyyles is a frontiersman who has
i prospected from Siberia to Peru. He
is now here and will remain. A.
Ericson came down from Nome on the
I Corwin and lias already located a yood
prospect. He has prospected in the
Klondike and in Siberia.”
Dec. 2l Frank L- Ballaine to J. M.
Cummings and H. Tecklenburg,
lot >> 37-38 block 4, Seward, *900.
Location Notice
Dec. 21 Axel Heroela, two 20-acre
quart/, claims, north side Lake
Doc. 20—Letters of administration
granted to J. L. Reed estate of
Lewis Johnson who died in Seward
Aug. JO.
Seattle Headquarters
All Alaskans going to Seattle on bus
iness or for other purposes are cordially
invited to have their mail addressed to
themselves in care of the Industrial
Bureau of the Alaska Central Railway
Company, Lumber Exchange Building, j
Seattle, Wash., and make the Bureau
their headuarters while in that city.
* Alaska Central Railway Co.
“Is The Water.”
OLYMPIA BREWING CO. Seattle Office 106 Jackson St.
Northwestern Steamship Company
STEAMSHIPS OPERATED: Victoria, Tacoma, Santa Clara, Santa Ana,
Excelsior, Dora, Oregon, Edith, Pennsylvania,
STEAMERS FOR -Seattle, Kayak, Valdez, Seward, Cook Inlet. Cnalaska,
Nome intermediate |H)int-> and San Francisco. Exclusive line to N. E.
Siberian ports.
I xpress Steamer “ORfGON” Sails from Seward for and Seattle Valdez,
outside route. January nth and every 20 days thereafter.
Str. SANTA CLARA Leaves Seattle 1st of each month. Same trip as Santa
Ana, connecting at Seldovia with S. S. Neptune, etc. returning leaves
Seward 12th of each month.
Steamship "SANTA ANA” Leaves Seattle 10th of each month for Juneau,
Kayak, Yakutat, Ellemar, Valdez, Seward, Seldovia connecting at Sol*
dovia with S. S. Neptune for all Cook Inlet points— returning, leaves
Seward 20th of each month.
S.tr "DORA" Leaves Seward 27th of each month for I'nalaska, Dutch
Harbor, and all way points, returning, leaves Seward about 14th, of
each montit.
For transportrtion, berth reservations, freight rates etc.
call on S. P. BROWN. Agt., Coleman House, Seward, Alaska.
J F. TROWBRIDGE, Gen-l Mgr. E. G. McMICKEN. Gen-l Pass, and Ticket Agt.

I a
™ Portland and Bertha
Sails from Seattle via. Juneau, 10th and 25th of each month
Sails from Seward via. Juneau, 8th and 22nd of each month.
Connecting with Steamers at Seldovia for all points on Cook Inlet
Passenger Service unexcelled
For Rapid Delivery of Freight and for Passenger Rates aud Berths
Apply to
At Brown and Hawkin’s Store.
San Francisco Office. Seattle Agency, lot First Ave. S
;;ii) St._ (), J. Hl'MI’HKKV. Sc.v '
Pianos and Safes Moved 1. cit,^
Give us your orders for ooal &. Wood
General Forwarders PHONE MAIN Seward. Alaska I
Wines, Liquors and Cigars First-class Furnished Rooms
Fourth Ave.,Opposite Alaska Central Commercial Co.
Prospector’s Outfits - High
est Prices Paid for Furs—
Knik P. O.Alaska
Richards’ Bldg Seward, Alaska
Civil Engineer, and Lund and Min
ing Attorney. Address Seldovia,
Alaska, or in cure of Mail Agent,
Steamer Dora.
Surveyor for the District of Alaska,
Addres: Seldovia, Cook Inlet, Alaska,
or care Mail A*rent, Steamer Dora
I. O. O. F.
J. S. SLATER, President,
E. W. YOUNG. Secretary-Tress
Meets every third Sunday aftsrnoon
in each month.
S. E. Cor. Fourth Ave. and Washington SL
Over Brown & Hawkins’ store
Fourth Avenue, * Seward, Aka.
Abstract* of Title to mining and town
property furnished -Examination and
reports made on any property.
Physician and Surgeon
Office and Residence—Carmens’ Build
ing, Fourth avenue.
Office Hours—2 to 4 p. mM and when
ever not otherwise engaged.
Take a bath at Gould and Conners.

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