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TO BUILD ROAD Seattle Men Or ganize to Construct Line Prom Carbon Mountain to Controller Bay. LIPPY AT HEAD OP SCHEME Chief Stockholders Own Coal Lands Which Are to Be Opened Up. $1,000,000 Capital. By Cabl« to Tde Daily Qatsway. Seattle, March l The Katalla-l’ar bnn Mountain Railway Company has beeu incorporated in this city, its capi tal stock being $1,000,000. At the head of the new company is Thomas S. Lippy, tin* Klondike millionaire. It is associates Ik* ins,' John Schram, \\ . M. French and t'lark Davis, l’hc propos ed road w ill run from Carbon mount ain to Controller bay, its terminus be ing near the mouth of Bering river. The organizers of the company are largely interested in coal lands in the vicinity of Carlton mountain, and it is to open up these properties that the »oitd will Ik* built. The promoters expect to begin operations soon. HOGGATT AND PILES OPPOSE In Conference With Roosevelt Object to Creation of New District for Alaska. By Cable to The Dally Oatoway. Washington. I), t’., Feb. 2H Govern or Hoggatt of Alaska and Senator Piles of Washington have had a long conference with President Roosevelt in regard to l’ile>’ bill which provides two additional circuit court judges for the Ninth district. The governor and senator are urg ing an amendment to the bill extend ing the jurisdiction of tho two judges to Alaska. Hoggatt favors the amend ment because it will do away with the necessity for a fourth judicial district in Alaska and thus prevent its crea tion. He is opposed to the new district bill. Piles informed the president that be objects to the formation of another district in Alaska because the new judge thereof would probably be a special representative of the Gug genheim - Morgan people, who have large interests in the section which would compose the new district. Noth withstanding the objections of Hoggatt and Piles, President Roose velt is inclined to favor the bill for a fourth district. He realizes that Alaska is growing rapidly and that the federal government should furnish enough courts and officials to expedite business in the territory. TYONOK MAIL ARRIVES Alfred Lowell Comes In and Reports Mushers Making Slow Progress Alfred Lowell arrived Sunday af ternoon with the mail from Tyonok, Susitna station and Knik. He left Seward February l and reached Tyon ok February 9, making the trip in eight and one-half days. Returning he traveled through a snow storm al most continuously for five days and nights. He had to break trail steadily to Girdwood and did not find much of a trail this side of that place. He re ports that the mushers who started from Seward early in the month had just reached Girdwood when he was there. He met others on the trail. Harry Ellsworth received a letter from Fred Stoll at Girdwood, stating that his party had a hard time getting through. W. S. Starkey froze both hands and both feet, and Stoll had to pull his sied for him toward the end of the journey. A1 Barton had his toes nipped. Going through Placer valley the tuen had to break trail through from three to four feet of snow. \V. A. Milligan, an expert account ant, came to Seward on the North western to audit the accounts of the Alaska Central. He is a partner of George Wilkinson, who did the work last year. PROPOSE NAVAL BASE IN ALASKA| — Resolution Before House Asks for Commission to Inves tigate Matter. _ By C«blo to Tbs Dally Gateway. Washinsrton, D. C., Feb. 28-A reso lution was presented to tho house to day authorizing the appointment of n commission composed of ten members to go to Alaska and select a suitable harbor for a naval base. The resolution also authorizes the commission to investigate the railroad situation in Alaska; to form an esti mateof the cost of a railroad from the j i Gulf of Alaska to the Yukon; to look | | into the matter of freight charges from the coast to interior points, and determine the saving if the railroads were constructed. WOULD ASSIST ALL RAILROADS Senator Newlands Wants Govern-j ment to Aid Alaska Lines to Open Ip Country. — By Cable to The Dally Gateway. Washington, P. (A. March 1 Sena-1 lor Newlands of Nevada, of the Alaska road commission, in voicing the senti ment of the commission, said that all legitimate railroads in Alaska should receive government aid and encourge inent. giving uniform assistance to each. The senator said Live railroads were i essentia! in opening up the great nut- j J ural resources of the northern territory j j and he warmly advocated that mater ! ial aid be given by the federal govern ment, citing the fact that the Philip I pines had been assisted, and that Alas • ka was entitled to equal consideration. | ALLEGED THAT ST. PAUL AND U. P. HAVE MERGED St. Paul, Feb. 28—Officials of the Northern Pacific railroad announce that they have discovered that the St. Paul and Union Pacific railroads are secretly working together on exten sions of the roads to Puget Sound. They charge that a merger of the two roads has been secretly effected. FERTILE ALASKA ISLAND niddleton Farmers Raise Vegetables With Remarkable Success. Middleton island, a short distance south of Prince William sound, is ad vertised by the farmers who live upon it as almost an Eden, considering its northern location. Vegetables are raised there with remarkable success. A resident writes to Prof. C. C. George geson, chief of the agricultural experi ment stations of Alaska, the following description: “Middleton island is the finest in Alaska. We are past experimenting and can raise anything they can raise in the temperate zone. Last summer we gathered four pounds of rutabaga seeds from volunteers we left in the garden all winter, and our cabbage has grown all winter in the garden. The coldest weather we have had was 20 degrees above zero, the warmest 71. The deepest snow was fourteen inches, lasting only twenty days. Last winter we had no snow, and grass was green all winter. Middleton is the finest stock island in Alaska, but unfortu nately is forty-five to sixty miles from the nearest land, thirty-five miles out of the steamer course, and we have no harbor to keep a boat. With trans ; pollution we could furnish this part of Alaska with potatoes.” Sewardites Secure Claims Frank 1*. Skeen and Eugene Bartholf I who have been prospecting together in Nevada during the past winter, have located several claims contiguous to a rich gold strike at Hercules, one of the newest camps in that state. This in formation comes in a letter from Skeen to a triend in Seward. Living is rather high in the new camp. Wood is 830 per coni, water 85 a bar rel, aud every thing else in proportion. George Eberhardj, R. L. Bixby, W. A. Best and O. B. Helmer pulled out for the Yentna this morning. RECENT STORM ! DELAYS WORK Contractor Snow Tells of Plan of Mis firm to Push Operations on Alaska Central. MEN BEING LISTED IN SEATTLE frank Kelly Secured as fmployment Agent-Cameron and Watson Leave Seattle 16th. By Cable to Tho Dally Gateway. Seattle, March 2 - A. L. Snow of Watson & Snow, railroad contractors, and .T. B. Cameron, engineer of con struction of the Alaska Central, ar rived here last nignt, the former from Spokane, tho latter from tho Hast. Watson is expected here next week. Cameron and Watson will leave for Seward on the 10th. Snow may go then, but will probably remain hero until the 24th, arranging for men and supplies. In an interview Mr. Snow said: "It had been our intention to begin ship ping men on the Saratoga which sailed yesterday to commence bridge work immediately, but the recent severe snow storm on the road has caused a postponement until next boat and pos sibly until the 16th. I have cabled to j Mr. Stewart at Seward for particulars of snow fall and condition of weather, and his reply will determine how soon we begin operations. We have em ployed Frank Kelly to spend all his time this summer in engaging men for us. lie has been listing them for the past two weeks. We shall try to com plete the road to mile 75 by middle of the summer, and expect in May or June to he awarded the contract to build to 105. Work will be carried on . steadily with all iTie force possible.” FIRST BLOOD FOR NICARAGUA Troops Fight Four Battles With Honduran Army and Re ported Victorious. 8y Cable to Tbe Dally Gateway. City of Mexico, Feb. 25—Advices received today state that the troops of Honduras and Nicaragua have fought four battles on the international fron tier and that the Nicaraguans have been victorious. No details have come in but it is stated that the Honduran army has fallen back and is awaiting reinforce ments before renewing the attack. Big Battle Raging City of Mexico, March 2—An import ant battle is on between the Horduran and Nicaraguan troops. Details are unobtainable. TEMPERATURE IN FEBRUARY Month was Coldest of Winter and Nearly Broke tne Record February was the coldest month of the winter and almost as chilly as Jan uary 1906, which holds the mean low record, as well as the low record for mean weather. Last month, however, distinguished itself by dropping the mercury to the lowest point known since Seward was a town—11 degrees below zero. The lowest in January; 1906 was 9 below. The average temperature in Febuary | was 17.05 degrees. In January 1906 it was 11 degrees. The minimum in Feb ruary was ll below on the 19th. The j maximum was 41, on the 11th and 26th. i j Snow fell on twelve days. There were ; fifteen clear days. The average tem perature of February 1906 was 31.64 I degrees. It may be worthy of note that the ! last cold day of the month was on the I 23rd and that the maximum that day was 23. The minimum was 1. Then the skidoo began for a higher altitude ^ in the mercury tube. In Nevada, near the California line, : a gold strike has been made which far I transcends anything yet found at other i camps in that state. RAILROAD WILL USE 2000 MEN F. H. Stewart Returns and Says Construction Will Start Next Month. — TRACK TO BE OPENED AT ONCE Watson to Arrive With Bridge Car penters on Early Boat and Graders Coming Steadily. Railroad work will be renewed not later than the middle of March under the contract of Snow & Watson and pushed steadily with all the men who can he obtained. Mr. Watson will sail from Seattle either March I or N, bringing witb him a crew of about seventy-five bridge carpenters. Mr. Snow will remain in Seattle until April, purchasing supplies and employ ing labor agents. The total number of employes will run up to probably 2000 before fall and these will be steadily employed throughout next winter. This statement is authorized by F. H. Stewart, treasurer of the railroad, who returned last night on tho North western. The work of clearing the track for the operation of trains will begin March 1 or within a day or two after that date. Mr. Stewart also states that the dilli culty of securing men for railroad construction has been much exaggerat ed and that 2000 or more can without doubt be obtained withinafew months. This task of course is the concern of the contractors, who “will build the road,” to employ Mr. Stewart’s own language. Snow & Watson will take over the commissary of the railway company. .7. R. Cameron remains chief engin of cofistfuciibii'anU Will return to Seward next month. CORONA 1$ A TOTAL LOSS All Passengers Taken Off Last Midnight and Landed on Shore. Bj C*bl* to Tba Dally Gateway. Seattle, March 2 — The steamer Corona lies a total wreck on Humboldt bar. Last midnight the passengers, fifty in number, were safely taken ashore. One sailor was drowned. Faulty steering geer is assigned as the cause of the running of the steamer upon the bar. Corona on Humboldt Bar Seattle, March 1, 1 p. ra. -- News has just been received that the steamer Corona, plying between San Francisco and Puget Sound, is aground on Hum boldt bar, on the coast of California. Huge waves are sweeping her decks from stem to stern, and her position is dangerous. Fifty passengers are aboard and are panic stricken. Relief has been dispatched to the scene. The Corona is the property of the Pacific Coast Steamship Company. | NORTHWESTERN SAILS SOUTH Steamer Brings Thirty Passengers and Qeneral Cargo. Steamer Northwestern arrived in 1 port Tuesday night and sailed for Se attle at 8:30 o’clock Wednesday even ing. She brought twenty-three pas 1 sengers from Seattle and seven from Valdez. Her freightcargo was twenty eight tons of merchandise and forty two tons for the railroad, which in j eludes ten tons of hay and most of the remainder bridge iron. This is the Northwestern’s first visit to Seward since early in December. Since then she has been in a shipyard, where she accumulated additional passenger accommodations and was otherwise refitted. Capt. Truebridge is still her master and W. H. Triggs purser. Capt. Soule is pilot and C. H. Hayden freight clerk. D. M. Delmas, chief counsel for Harry Thaw, will receive the largest fee ever paid in a criminal case for his services in this notorious criminal triah Delmas is a California lawyer. STEVENS QUITS PANAMA CANAL Chief Engineer Becomes Dissatis*1 fied and Resignation Is Accepted. By Cable to Tlie Dally Gateway. Washington, D. C., Fob. 27—John F. Stevens resigned the position of chief engineer of the Panama canal yester day. The reasons which led to his resignation are subject of dispute and otlicials are reticent. The president announced today in i accepting the resignation of Mr. Stevens that the work will be directed by army * engineers. No further at tempt will be made to let the con struction out to contractors. Friction over the Oliver hid is believed to have been the cause of Stevens’ resignation. Maj. Goethals will be chairman of the canal commission. SEVEN VICTIMS OF SMALL POX Missouri Legislators Stricken With Contagion One by One and Governor III. i By Cable to The Dally Gateway. Jefferson City. Mo., Feb. 29—Seven members of the legislature are now down with small pox and Gov, Folk is indisposed today. A few hours will show w hether he is suffering from the contagion. All the members of the house whoi were exposed are kept in quarantine and new cases are breaking out every ! day. A gom*r:il panto exists among people who have been exposed. WANTS CHANGE IN CARING FOR INSANE OF ALASKA; Washington D. C., Feb. 2H—On ac- I count of the increase in the number' of insane persons in Alaska, the secre- i tary of the interior has sent to the I house a bill authorizing him to con- j tract for the care of the iusane and ; repealing the law giving five per cent of the license money for the care of the insane and placing it in the school fund. The insane from Alaska now num ber eighty-two, and the patients are confined in the Mt. Tabor asylum in Oregon, through an arrangement with that state to care for Alaska’s insane. NATIVES AS PROSPECTORS Numerous Rich Discoveries Must Be Placed to Their Credit. The quartz strike on Chicagoff isl and, near Sitka, is assuming propor tions as development work on the ledges advances. The original discov ery was made by natives in September, 1905. A party of these aborigines set out from Sitka bound for Chicagoff isl and on a fishing expedition. Arriving at their destination one of the number, in quenching his thirst from a small stream, saw a piece of white quartz studded with golden grains lying in the creek. Being familiar with gold the natives began a search for and soon found the ledge from whence the rich float came. The discovery was kept a secret for some time, as the natives were not certain whether they had a right to stake mineral ground. Event ually they took into their confidence several white men whom they trusted, the claims were staked in the white men’s names, a company was organized, half of the stock going to the natives who made the find. The original inhabitants are respon sible for many of the important miner al discoveries in Alaska through knowledge imparted to the white prospector. Natives were with George Carmack when he found the famous Klondike placers. The missionary at Golovin bay, Hultberg, discovered the Nome goldfields through information received from a native woman—Mary, “the reindeer queen.’’ The now noted Beatson copper mine on Latouche isl and was first found by aborigines. Natives first saw the coal fields of the Matanuska.' In fact, practically every important find may be traced to inform ation given by the natives. The conservatives catried British Columbia by an increased majority in the provincial election this month. WICKERSHAM TO BE RE-APPOINTED Department of Justice Announces That President Will Uphold Tanana Judge PENDING FURTHER INUU!R\ Will Send Another Special Repre sentative to Fairbanks to In vestigate Charges. Cy Cabl* to Tli* Dally Gateway. Washington, I). Fob. L'8 The ue partment of justice announces that Pres ident Roosevelt has deiuitely decided to give James Wickersham, judge of the Third judicial district, a recess appointment as soon as circumstance* permit. The president lias also decided U> send a special representative to Fair banks to investigate Wickersham’s record for the third time. The report of District Attorney Hoyt of Nome who made the last report on the Tanaoa judge, and which was adverse to Wick ersham, has not convinced Roosevelt, and he has determined to send another man to look into the matter. STEAMER FOR SUSITNA RIVER Stem-wheel Craft Capable of Steaming Fourteen Knots Per Hour. •w*-—. . F. C. Woolsey writes to the Gateway further details concerning his plan« for Susitna river transportation next summer. From Bremertion he write' that a great deal of interest is taken in the upper Susitna region as well a* I the Yentna and a large number of pros pee tors may be expected to explore the Susitna tributaries this season. The boat which Mr. Woolsey and his partner, G. H. Thayer, will put on the Susitna will be a stern-wheeler. U foot beam, 65 feet long over all. It will have a 40-horse power gasolin* engine and will be a 14 knot boat. Woolsey and Thayer have constructed the frames and timbers for the boat at Bremerton. Both are experienced boat builders from the Puget Sound navy yard, where Thayer was a design er and Woolsey a foreman of construc tion for several years. The plan is to run the Susitna steam er as far as Indian river, or near the mouth of the big canyon, where rapids forbid the operation of any kind of boats. Woolsey and Thayer will also run the launch Bat on the Yentna as they did last year. Both boats will start a* soon as the ice is out of the rivers. The Bat was built by the ownors od the Inlet and had a successful career on the Yentna all last season. NO SYMPTOMS OF HURRY Guggenheims Act As If Bluffing Out Opposition Railroads. A letter from Seattle says it is gen erally accepted there, as stated in the Seattle papers, that the Guggenheims j have definitely selected Katalla as the , sea terminus of their Alaska railroad, but that they will do only enough work this year to serve as a pretense. The letter says: ; “The impression is gaining that they want to postpone and prevent railroad construction into the Copper river valley until they can purchase all the copper claims they want at their own figures. The Guggenheims are spreading many big stories in Seattle about having eight locomo tives and five steam shovels on the way, but those same stories started last fall and yet the locomotives and steam shovels are not in sight. It looks very much like a grand bluff to keep out opposition.” Railroad Hospital Carpenters are now at work trans forming the building formerly occupied by Dr. Burns as iT residence into a hospital for use of employes of the Alaska Central. The building is a roomy structure, and is the property of the railroad company.