Fairbanks, Alaska Monday,
May 8, 1911
Blizzard on Peninsula
Dora, Just Back fro Coast Reports Bad Storm.
[The Citizen Special Service]
SEWARD, May 7 - The steamer Dora has just arrived from the Westward.
Her oficers report that a terrific hurricane
ad blizzard swept over the Alaska peninsula
on April 13. At the time the Dora left it was
reported that many people were near death from
the excessive cold and it is feared that a
nummber of fatalities will have resulted.
Earl Shinkle Passes Away
suffering for two weeks from appendicitis, Earle Shinkle, the 11-year
old son of Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Shinkle died on Saturday afternoon at
4:45. His life had been despaired of throughout the day and his father
and mother where at the bedside when their son passed away at St.
An operation had been performed on Wednesday morning and it was hoped
that it had been successful, but other abscesses formed and the boy
gradually sank after one of them had broken and caused septic poisoning.
Earl Shinkle was a real Alaskan, having been born in Skagway eleven
years ago. He was dearly loved by his playmates and his loss is sincerely
mourned throughout the camp. It is probable that the interment will
take place in Seattle, where the Shinkles have a home.
It was 2 o'clock on Wednesday morning when the preliminary
hearing of Ed Taylor, who is accused of stealing amalgam from the
Chena mill was held, the train bearing Assistant District Attorney
J.K. Brown and some of the witnesses having been delayed. The hearing
was held before Commissioner Fitzpatrick at Chena and at its conclusion
the defendant was bound over to the grand jury, his bonds being fixed
in the sum of $5,000.
The witnesses examined were Martin Harrals. Fred Baster, Chas.
McDermott, Adolph Bruning and Allan Cunningham. Deptuy Marshal
McDermott testified to finding a strawberry can and a peach can
under the floor of the mill, to the rear of No. 1 battery. These
are alleged to have been the defendant’s amalgam caches, and he
admitted bringing the cans to the mill. Both of the cans contained
a small quantity of amalgam and a search of Taylor's cabin brought
to light a bottle of mercury in which there was a small quantity
of amalgam, and a tobacco box stained with mercury.
In the cabin a frying pan was found which appeared to have been
used for burning the quick out on the amalgam and a small piece
of clag, containing mercury, was also found.
Mrs. Finger Bitten by Dogs
Shortly before ten o'clock last night, as Mrs. George Finger was
crossing Second avenue, near the Orr stables, she was attacked by
a number of vicious dogs and badly bitten in several places, principally
about the head. Fortunately help was at hand, or there is little
doubt the woman would have been killed.
The chief of police was notified and he shot and killed one of the
dogs later in the evening.
The dogs are owned by a dishwasher in a downtown restaurant. They
also attacked Mr. Morgan, a neighbor, who started to go over to Mrs.
Finger's assistance when she heard of the occurrence, and it was
only because some men scared off the dogs that she escaped injury
Ore Goes $472 to the Ton
On Wednesday 1,300 pounds of ore from the "Russian Kid's" lead
on Wolf Creek was run through the local test mill and it was found
to contain values of $473 to the ton. The brick obtained from the
1,300 pounds has a value of $308. Contained in the shipment was a
very considerable quantity of whist, and before it was milled L.A.
Freestone of the mill expressed his doubts that the ore would give
any great values on that account. All of the vein matter was included
in the shipment, whereas it is known that the extraordinary high
values are confined to three or four inches of this.
As it was the ore milled higher than any yet crushed here and the
owners of the property, August Balzimer, A.J. Nordale and James Hamil
e jubilant and fairly confident that they have a splendid property.
Drifting will be continued on the stringer while at the same time
the tunneling will be continued in the hope of picking up the big
vein which has been indicated by float found further up the hill.
Seventy-Five Are Coming
On Steamer Jefferson There Were That Number Headed This Way.
[The Citizen Special Service.]
SEATTLE, May 7 -- On the Jefferson which sailed from her last night
there were 75 passengers on board for Fairbanks. It is anticipated
that the rush to the interior this spring will be the largest for
Whereabouts Inquired For
In a communication received from the secretary to Governor Clark,
the information regarding the following persons are inquired for:
WILLIAM ALEXANDER SUTTON (or Wm. Alexander), who is supposed to
have died in Alaska; was a veteran of the civil war.
NAPOLEON W. POWERS, native of Marysville, Ohio, came to Alaska in
CHARLES ROSENBERGER, last hear of about six years ago, at Eyak,
or Kayak, Alaska.
JOSEPH D. SOLLEK, of Cincinnati, Ohio, supposed to have sailed from
Seattle, Wash., to Nome, Alaska about May 20, 1910. Twenty five years
of age, tall, dark complexioned, black curly hair. Father and mother
Information as to the whereabouts of the parties, or circumstances
regarding their death, should be addressed to Hon. Walter E. Clark,
Governor at Juneau.
COPPER DISCOVERER IS DEAD
Man Who Located Copper
Mountain Passes Away at Portland.
[The Citizen Special Service.]
SEATTLE, May 7 -- Jack Smith, the discoverer
of Copper mountain, near Ketchikan, died
at Portland today, the results of a constitutional
The attack on Mrs. George Finger on Saturday night by a band of
vicious malamutes calls attention once more to the necessity for
more stringent restrictions regarding the keeping of dogs in the
summer time. There have been too many accidents already, in and near
the town, and several of them would undoubtedly have terminated fatally
had not help been at hand.
The subject is one to which there are as many sides as to a religious
argument, and it is about impossible to get the owner of dogs to
look at the matter in the same light as does the citizen who does
not own any. But there can be no sane reason advanced against such
action being taken as will positively insure helpless women and children
against such attacks as Mrs. Finger was subjected to. The life of
one woman or child is worth more than that of all the dogs in the
camp, and precautions which might seem pretty hard on the dogs must
nevertheless be taken to render the streets perfectly safe. Either
the dogs must be confined or they must be muzzled during the months
they are idle, for it has been demonstrated conclusively enough that
there is grave danger when they are allowed to roam unrestrained
It is to be hoped the city council will take this matter up at its
next meeting and give it careful consideration, for it is one which
calls for immediate action.
GOOD BUSINESS COMING.
The breakup has come, and in a few days the rivers will be in shape
for the period of navigation so necessary to the country's existence.
The days of comparative stagnation and partial isolation will have
come to an end, and the summer business boom will have been fully
launched. And, unlike the past two or three years, there is at this
time a feeling of optimism in the business world of the camp and
everybody is expecting increased activity.
There is, too, good reason for this optimism, as the Citizen has
frequently pointed out before, for there is every reason to expect
that the placer output will be fully as large as last year and that
the activities in quartz will be increased two or three hundred per
cent. For it is a recognized fact that until this winter there were
many old placer miners who had no faith whatever in the quartz talk,
and who had never dreamt of prospecting for the hard rock, who will
now, lured on by some of the recent excellent strikes, hike to the
hills and spend the summer in the endeavor to acquire properties
for themselves. In addition there will undoubtedly had never dreamt
of prospecting from the Outside, and it is likely the divides will
be pretty well occupied before the summer is many months old.
And then there are the dredging operations to be commenced at once,
with the consequent employment of a large number of men during the
period of installation, and there is a likelihood that one or more
of the big hydrauicking deals will be put through.
Taking it by and large, the outlook for the summer is most encouraging,
and it appears now as if the output of last year will turn out to
have been the smallest in the history of the camp for a good many
- Gus Koellner is back from a visit to the Hot Springs.
- A.G. Bell o the Times was taken sick
in the early part of the week.
- Mrs. E.H. Boyer has entirely recovered
and is able to be about again.
- D.L. Thomas of Chatham creek was in town
the early part of the week.
- A. Blazimer, the "Russian Kid", left for his Wolf Creek
claim on Friday.
- John Lee and Frank O'Rourke were in from
Anaconda Creek on Tuesday.
- Jack Nirish, the Skoogy quartz miner,
returned to his claim on Thursday.
- Ernest Peterson and Max Maniken received
their final citizenship papers on Monday.
- Fred Martin o Fox was brought into the
city on Monday suffering from pneumonia.
- Matt Schroeder o the Niggerhead was in
town on Tuesday to attend a court case.
- Charles McDermott, the town marshal of
Chena, was a visitor to the city on Tuesday.
- Mrs. F.C. Joes, head saleslady at Simson's
was taken ill with appendicitis on Monday.
- Reed Harris, formerly of Ester, has
opened up a general merchandise store at
- Henry Cook, who has a lay on 8a below
of Ester Creek, was in the city at the
beginning of the week.
- Tom Blaylock was in town during the week
and officiated as usual at the dismantling
o the bridge.
- W.J. Thompson, of 1 above bench, Engineer
Creek, was in town for a hoist at the latter
part of the week.
- Henry Riley has purchased the restaurant
and bunkhouse formerly conducted by Miss
Walker at Chatanika.
- John Murray, of the firm o Whitman & Murray, was in town
attending to business the early part of the week.
- P.A. Rettig of Chatanika was in the city
on Tuesday on Tuesday. He will be connected
with the American Bank of Alaska.
- Ale Fowler, formerly with the W.A. bank,
has bought out the grocery business formerly
conducted by L.G. Bordson.
- Tom Roerts, who started to mush to the
Big Chena hot springs, had to return on
account o the creeks being unfordable.
- Alan Cunningham, who with Jack Mathews
had a lay on Steele creek, has decided
to look elsewhere for the elusive paystreak.
- Ed Stier, formerly clerk o the court
here, has been appointed commissioner of the
Georgetown precinct by Judge Overfield.
- T.J. Hilling, who during the past winter
has been stationed at Gilmore, is again
back at his old stand in the T.V.R.R. depot
- H.D. Goodfellow, the wood dealer, was
in town on Friday. He claims that his firm
intends to cut 2,000 cords of wood this
- H.M. Henning, formerly of Engineer Creek,
is ground sluicing on No. 3 Walnut Creek,
preparatory to working it by the open cut
- Jack Wallis of Chatanika was a visitor
to town the early part of the week making
arrangements for the opening up his restaurant
- Walter Fisher of the Niggerhead association
commenced sluicing on Monday, starting
with a crew of sixteen men shoveling into
- F.S. Gordon has purchased the Harry Cribb
block on Cushman street and later in the
summer will move into it with his stock
of ladies' furnishings.
- Shorty Smyser, the Chatanika hotel man,
was in the city Tuesday and Wednesday in
connection with the application for a renewal
of his liquor license.
- L.A. Freestone left for Chena on Friday
night to run through the ore from Sharrard,
ledge. He will be assisted by Howard Riding.
- James Fallon has received word to the
effect that Mrs. Fallon, who had a slight
attack of paralysis a short
time ago, is very improved and that she
and her daughter will loon leave Seattle
GIRL DROWNS IN BATHING
SEATTLE, April 1, - The coroner's jury that investigated
the drowning of Pearl Moore, a 13-year-old
girl, in a natatorium owned by the Hotel
Washington, brought in a verdict today
that the death was caused "by criminal carelessness and neglect
of the grossest sort on the part of the management in not employing
proper help to look after patrons".
Five girls, state university students, testified that Swimming
Instructor Henry S. Horan could have saved the girl if he had been
willing to wet his street clothes. They swore that while the girl
was drowning he went to a dressing room to put on a bathing suit,
and then descended into the pool and dragged out the body.
Horan was formerly swimming instructor at Harvard University.
A CELEBRATED CASE NEXT MONDAY
Next Monday William Mullen and Mr.s J.H. Caskey will stage at
the Auditorium "A Celebrated Case" the famous drama they
have had in course of rehearsal for the past several weeks. It
is confidentiality predicted that this play will be better rendered
and give more general satisfacton than any yet seen in Fairbanks,
as the drama itself is one of the strongest ever produced, and
the cast is without doubt the most capable ever gotten together
in the camp.
There may have been many rehersals of the play, and now all the
members of the cast are letter perfect.
Some of the situations in "A Celebrated Case" are most
interesting, and the intensity of the plot
is such as to coerce the rapt attention
of the audience. The maagement has been
most fortunate in securing the services
of a thoroughly adequate cast, and it can be
said that not one of the many parts has
fallen into incapable hands.
There will be some new faces seen in the cast next Monday, and
it is certain that those about to make
their theatrical debut here will be accorded
a generous welcome, as
they have demonstrated
at rehearsal that they are fully equal
to the tasks allotted to them. Among those
who will be seen for the first time on
the local stage will be Mrs. A.F. Herpick, Mr. Fred
Date, Mr. Walter Rowson and Mr. Frank Green.
The following is the cast:
||Mr. Leroy Tozier
|Lazare (afterwards Count DeLeval
||Mr. Frederick Date
||Mr. Walter Rowson
||Mr. Frank Green
||Mr. Al. Pauli
||Mrs. J.E. Robarts
||Mrs. J.A. Healy
||Mrs. A.F. Herpick
||Miss Ethel Russell
||Mona Anita Robarts
|Julia, Lady's Maid
||Mrs. Fred Truches
|Soldiers, Vivandieres, Peasants, Convicts, Camp Followers,
||In all thirty people
In Ophir Jail
Frank Sodan, better known as "Hobo Frank", recently
adjudged insane by Commissioner Green of Takotna, has been taken
to the federal jail at Ophir.
J.C. Nelson, one of the members of the regular
panel, is sick at St. Matthew's hospital, suffering from a slight
stroke of paralysis. Mr. Nelson is a K. of P., and would be glad
to see any of the local members of the order.
A reader of Jolts who chewed twenty cents' worth
of tobacco a week concluded to try a tobacco
cure. In two weeks he ate $1.50 worth of
the cure, and for the next two weeks used
five cents' worth of gum, five cents worth of
peanuts, and fie cents worth of gum drops,
daily. During the two weeks he had also
consumed two large rubber erasers, ate the rubber
tips from fourteen lead pencils, chewed
up ten penholders, and browsed off his
moustache as high as he could reach. He is now chewing
tobacco in the interest of economy.
(In memory of George Howard, an old Yukon pioneer, who froze
to death on the trail near Diskaket, on December 16, 1910)
Will you let an Alaskan Pioneer
Who is just in from the hill
Say a few words in memory
Of one who lies cold and still
I spent a winter with this Yukon
Who told me tales of hardship
And never shed a tear.
He was always generous-hearted
And would never let you pass
Without saying to you, "Stranger,
Come on in and break our fast."
One spring he came to Fairbanks,
But he never was fond of town;
But he never was fond of town;
So he loaded up his poling boat
Then hepoled up the Kantishna
Where he heard they'd made a strike.
But soon found pencil miners
Had staked everything in sight.
So he drifted down the Yukon.
Poled up the Iditarod;
That winter old George Howard
Was very poorly shod.
Then he floated in to Dikeman
On the first of last July,
And he told me hard luck stories
That would almost make you cry,
How he'd wintered without bacon
In the drifting hills of snow.
Discouraged, weary, undecided-
Didn't know just where to go
But he hiked into the Ditna,
Where he'd heard they'd found some
But again was disappointed.
And the mush was long and cold.
So he sat him down the trail
So weary with the quest,
And they found him there next morning-
You old timers know the rest
He has gone upon his last stampede.
Where they have no gold or snow.
And we know that he's in heaven.
Where all old pioneers go.
Dedicated to Igloo No. 4, Pioneers of Alaska Fairbanks by
Iditarod, March 28, 1911.
One little skunk, not as large as a jack rabbit,
can stink up a band of a thousand sheep, and then trot off with
its tail over its back. In like manner one long tongue, one lying
gossiper, can stir up a whole town and besmirch the fairest characters
in it and trot off unharmed. Of the two we'd rather be the skunk,
for the gossiper is sure to go to hell, but the skunk won't.
At the Rush Sale.
My wife is one woman in a thousand.
I just left her at the bargain counter.
Be joyous; there is but one earthly life
to live, and to miss the joy is to be like a dumb beast.