Fairbanks North Star Borough News

The Alaska Citizen

Vol. II         Fairbanks, Alaska               Monday, May 8, 1911

Blizzard on Peninsula

        Steamer 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

After 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. Joseph's hospital.

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.

Ed Taylor Bound Over

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 herself.

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 several years.

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 1894.

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 very anxious.

Information as to the whereabouts of the parties, or circumstances regarding their death, should be addressed to Hon. Walter E. Clark, Governor at Juneau.


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 breakdown.


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 in packs.

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.



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 years.


- 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 17 Goldstream.
- 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 here.
- 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 summer.
- H.M. Henning, formerly of Engineer Creek, is ground sluicing on No. 3 Walnut Creek, preparatory to working it by the open cut method.
- Jack Wallis of Chatanika was a visitor to town the early part of the week making arrangements for the opening up his restaurant again.
- Walter Fisher of the Niggerhead association commenced sluicing on Monday, starting with a crew of sixteen men shoveling into the boxes.
- 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, Scrafford &Golden 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 for California.



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.



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:

Character Played by
Jean Renaud Mr. Leroy Tozier
Lazare (afterwards Count DeLeval Mr. Frederick Date
Victor Mr. Walter Rowson
Seneschal Mr. Frank Green
Corporal Mr. Al. Pauli
Madeline (Adrienne) Mrs. J.E. Robarts
Valentine Mrs. J.A. Healy
Duchess D'Aubeterre Mrs. A.F. Herpick
Martha Miss Ethel Russell
Little Adrienne Mona Anita Robarts
Mme. Deprets Mrs. Caskey
Julia, Lady's Maid Miss Laine
Sergeant Mrs. Fred Truches
Soldiers, Vivandieres, Peasants, Convicts, Camp Followers, etc., etc. 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 pioneer,
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 gold;
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.
What now?
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.










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