Valdez, Alaska, Monday, April 12, 1909
Jack Williams, James Gray and James Montgomery Are
Buried by Snowslide Which Also Catches Four .
Others, Who Escape Uninjured and Are
Coming With Bodies of Victims.
Jack Williams, James Gray and
James M. Montgomery were killed by
a snow slide near the Bonanza mine
at 10 o'clock on the morning of April
(L Eleven hours later their bodies
were taken from beneath the snow
and are now on the way to Valdez,
having passed Tonsina yesterday.
Seven men, who at the time were
shoveling a horse trail about three
quarters of a mile from the mine,
were caught in the slide. The other
four were uninjured. The bodies of
the men killed were located by steel
bars and when dug out were found to
be unmangled, indicating that death
was caused by suffocation.
William Williams, a brother of
Jack Williams, H. J, Watkins and a
man named Clyde are bringing out
the bodies and they made the trip
from the mine to Tonsina in two
days. According to a message re
ceived by the Prospector from James
Fish, who is at Tonsina, they should
arrive in Valdez tomorrow. The first
message concerning the accident was
from Jake Nefsted and was received
Jack Williams was the only one of
the victims of the slide who was well
known in Valdez. He was an old
timer, and with his brother formerly
owned an interest in the Nickoli
mine. He went inside with Superin
tendent McClellan of the Bonanza.
He leaves a wife and a daughter who
reside in Seattle.
Montgomery was a nephew of
Charles Peabody, president of the
Alaska Steamship Company. His
home was in New York city but he
has been in at the mine since last
summer. He was a comparatively
young man and was gaining practical
experience as a mining engineer.
Gray, according to the message
from Mr. Fish, was a native of Liver
pool and was an engineer, whether
mining or steam the message does
Ohio Will Wait for Bodies
Steamship Ohio is to take out the
body of James Montgomery, one of
the victims of the snqwslide near the
Bonanza mine. James Lathrop of
the Valdez Dock Company this morn
ing received from Supt. Burns of the
Alaska Steamship Company instruc
tions to have the Ohio wait, and at
noon today the steamship went to
Cordova, where she will discharge
some freight and then return to
Yaldez. The Ohio will go by the out
L1FESAVSNG GUN CAUSES
ACCIDENT ON THE PENN.
Seattle, Apr. 12—The recoil of a
lifesaving gun 011 the steamship
Pennsylvania of the Alaska Steam
ship Company's fleet severely injured
First Officer Vahlbusch on the trip
down from Valdez. In its recoil the
gun struck Vahlbusch in the leg,
bruising and tearing the flesh. It is
believed that no bones are broken
but it will be some time before the
injured man can return to his duties.
The Pennsylvania arrived last night
after a voyage unmarred except by
the accident to the first officer, whioh
occurred during boat practice.
Man Dies Ifi Steamship Fire
San Francisco, Apr. 12—Arthur
Thorn, a member af the crew of the
steamship Tacoma, was burned to
death this morning while fighting Are
aboard the vessel. The Tacoma was
badly damaged by the fire. She wart
soheduled to depart today for Bristol
bay with cannery supplies.
NOTICE—The AlasKan Exhibit at
the Fair has arranged for a launch to
call at all mines on the Sound about
May 1st to receive ore exhibits. Ix>ts
of 100 lbs. to a ton are desired.
Yakshaw stoves for salo at trio V, U. & M, Co.
The stovo is tho most important part of your
outfit. Got a Yakshaw -;nd you nu votho best
Wanted—One chambermaid and one waitress,
Apply Murko Hotel."Cordova. 137
TARIFF BILL FAVORS
STANDARD OIL COMPANY
Washington, Apr. 12—The Standard
Oil Company has succeeded in getting
a joker inserted in the tariff revision
bill. Under the terms of the bill
crude petroleum is admitted free but
all oil products must pay a duty of 10
Inasmuch as the Standard Oil Com
pany controls nearly all of the refin
eries in the country it can undersell
competitors even if they succeed in
obtaining free petroleum, which is
doubtful ns the Standard is also in
control of nearly all of the crude oil
deposits within profitable shipping
I distance of the United States.
Fire In Lenox Kills Six
Lenox, Mass., Apr. 12—Six persons
were killed and a property loss of
£<300,000 Wftn caused thin morning by
a fire which raged through four busi
ness blocKs. The oiigin of the Are is
I>ost~Roll of bills, in the alloy. Finder please
return to Prospector and receive $100 reward.
► For Sale— Fresh ranch Kitten at the Valdez
Yakshaw trail stoves for sale by J. U. Snyder.
Uainier Is the climax of beer from bottlo or
The prospectors and miners of the Copper rlv
or district declares the "Yakshaw" is tfullty of
belnff the host trail stove on the market.
Inclement Weather Causes
Grief to Wearers of Ex
Easter services in the Valdez
churches were well attended. Special
music was provided both morning
and evening but 110 mass was sung in
the Catholic church. Bishop Rowe
presided at both services in the Epis
copal church, the evening service in
McKinley Hall being largely attended.
Unfortunately for the wearers of
expensive millinery and gowns, the
weather was notof the most pleasant,
and except , for the trips to and from
services there was no Easter parade.
Tonight those who have been strict
ly adhering to Lenten demands will
enjoy themselves at the charity ball
to be given for the benefit of the Hos
pital of the Good Samaritan. There
promises to be a big crowd in attend
ICE STOPS NIAGRAA AND
GREAT DAMAGE RSULTS
Buffalo, Apr. 12—For the second
time this winter Niagara falls is ice
bound and this second time is the
cause of serious damage to property
along the river above the falls. The
freezing has caused the river, to avow
flow its banks and so far the floods
have caused damage estimated at
Unless the pressure from above is
sufficient to liberate the river at the
fails, it is feared that present condi
tions will become very serious. A11
attempt will be made to break the
jam with dynamite.
Ouillan To Command Survey Fleet
Seattle, Apr. 12—Oapt. Quillan ar
rived this morning from Washington
for the purpose of taking command of
the geodetic survey fleet now prepar
idg for its summer work. The river
steamboat Yukon departs for the
north this week. The river steam
boat Taku is to be commanded by
Capt. Rude this season.
Crossley To' Get Affidavits.
Washington, Apr. 12—Attorney
General Wickersham today wired
District. Attorney Orossley in Fair
banks to obtain affidavits from sev
eral persons who some time ago filed
new charges against Judge .Silas II.
Bertha Arrives at Seattle
Seattle, Apr. 11-—Steamship Bertha
of tho Alaska Coast Company's ilect
arrived in port yesterday from Vai
dez. The voyage was uneventful.
Ohio; sailed for Cordova April 12.
Portland; sailed for Vaide7- April 0.
Northwestern; sailed for Valdez April «•
Pennsylvania; In Beftttlo. Hails for Valtiez
itertha; in Seattle. Hails for Vaido/ Apr. 2o.
Yakshftw stoves for solo by T, E. Dougherty.
75 cents hardwood tfee poles for sale at the
Construction Co., 75 cents.
Seo German the Dentist—Over Owl Dru«
Campaign of Publicity Is to
Make Valdez Known
Plans for Convening to the world at
large some information concerning
Valdez and its environments were
discussed and practically decided at
the meeting of the chamber of com
merce held Saturday night. At a
previous meeting- a committee was
appointed for the purpose of sound
ing the sentiment of the business men
of the tpWn in regard to publishing a
folder of some sort to be distributed
at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific expo
sition and also by other means, and
one of the purposes of the meeting
was to hear the report of this commit
Another purpose of the meeting,
and the 0110 responsible for the special
call, is the presence in town of T. V.
Brown, representing the Alaska-Yu
kon Magazine, who is after data for
what is to be known as the Valdez
number of the publication. Mr.
Brown addressed the meeting, ex
plaining the put^ose of his presence
in Valdez and asking co-operation of
the chamber. He stated that 5,000
extra copies of the number will be
printed and thp,^ as the treatment of
Valdez and th^ surrounding country
will be thorough in nature the June
issue of the magazine will be a line
thing for the residents of the town to
send to their friends. The chamber
gave hearty endorsement to the pro
ject and promised Mr. Brown all the
assistance in its power.
The committee appointed to attend
to the question of issuing a folder re
ported that it has decided 011 one of
medium size, profusely illustrated
with halftone cuts and containing con
cise but pertinent information con
cerning Valdez. Twenty thousand
copies are to be printed, the Prospec
tor doing the work. The committee
has power to act and will go ahead
immediately, probably sending the
copy for the cuts out on the Ohio to
C. L. Andrews, special agent of the
Alaska Bureau of the Exposition, sta
ted to the meeting that he has been
informed from Seattle that arrange
ments have been made with B. F.
M illard to have his launch call at all
the mines around th$ Bound and pick
up and bring to Valdez samples of
ore. Mr. Andrews expressed the opin
ion that Valdez is best fitted of any
town in Alaska to make a big display
of ore, as the only samples received
from the strictly gold districts, while
representing great*Value,"are not ex
tensive in quantity* He says that
the commission wants samples any
where from 100 pounds to oue ton in
weight, and he expressed too hope
that the mine owuePp will cooperate
to the effect that the Valdez display
may be the finest ore exhibit from
Alaska. *v .
A few quiet furnished IloQms for
rent at Hose Johnson's. Hot tyater,
heat, Electric light. Phone 07.
You will all Join Jfho crowd Koin# to tho Char
ity Hall on Mondrty nitfht. A yood time Ih in
If you arc an epicure ask for Rainier.
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