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About The west shore. (Portland, Or.) 1875-1891 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 21, 1889)
JOHN Ml'lll, the explorer and geologist, nays that
he has by m moans yot completed his explora- ;
tionH in Alaska, ami (hat in regard to certain el.',
pliant remains there, the bridging of Uchring
straits nnd other matters, he hopes soon to add infor
mation that will Ik1 of great value to science. Although
the bridging of Uchring straits has lieen widely ri.li
culeil. Muir is inclined to liclicve that such a feat will
one day he accomplished. lie, says: " Senator Stan
ford's girdle of steel around the earth hy way of ll.li
ring straitH is a perfectly feasible scheme. Itchritig
straits can he bridged. It is only sixty miles across
the narrowest place, and there are three islands strung
along it. This would divide the bridge up into four
divisions. But. ln'sides this, the water is very shallow.
In many places it is not over twenty feet deep. 1 un
dertake to say that if a man were strong enough to
take one of our California redwood trees in his hands,
there is ample native authority to support it. Indeed,
it is said that a native of the Yukon country claim
to have seen one last year alive, and to have wn
frightened nearly out of his froen wits hy the appall-
DESTRUCTION ISLAND LIGHT.
ON TIIK coast of Washington, some forty miles
south of l'ac Flattery and a short distance
i from the mainland, Uniu which a new light house .
1 is U'ing established, n siren fog signal has already
I Is'cn put in. The island was tl rut discovered by the
! Spanish explorer, lUlega y t'uadra, in the ship Nenoni,
1 in the summer of 177 Cuadra sent almat' crew to
the mainland at that point to procure a supply of fresh
water, ami they were attacked hy the Indians nnd
killed The island wasuamed by him " Islade I Mores"
; (Island of Sorrows), not Im-aiise of this incident, h..w
! ever, hut for the more potent rcaon, to the devio.it
he could put it down anywhere over the It H k miles of ! Catholic, that the day was the one devoted In the
ltehring sen nnd yet have MO feet of it nlsive water. J Roman calendar to the "Mother of Sorrow." A few
This shows how easy it would lie to bridge the straits, i years later an Knglish fur trader lost a boat' ercw In
The only trouble would Ih from floating icelrrgs, but j precisely the same way, and he hestowed Uh.ii the
that could be easily overcome by constructing swinging j island its present mime. It has Ucii a .langen.ii
bridges. In this way the straits could le kept clear "point m the mtvigation of that region, ami tin year
all the time und trains of cars could run right along.
" There are bo many strange things in Alaska," add
ed the discoverer of the Muir glacier, "that have not
yet come to the knowledge of the public, that one who
has seen them hesitates where to Wgin. Klephant re
mains are found all over the great valley of the Yukon,
A n ionttip nf fuel, ihev are found evcrvwliere thronim
two Vessels, the 'art d'nrina and Ciuximfril ,iihii Were
lost there, one on the Island and one on the mainland.
The erection of a light tower nod the maintenance of a
large fog signal will add mill h to the safety of veswl
set king to enter the Straits of r'tica The Island I
surrounded by rrf of rock at a distance of 'Jim fn-t
from the shore, through which there I a passage on the
out the great western Hlope of Alaska. Dana and Sir east side, into w hi. hvesU may sail. It.ntaln...n.e
Charles l.ylo startled the world by announcing that ; Ueniynve acres ... . ..-... -. .... .,
hairy, fro,en elephants were found wedged among the fvt.,1 fron n... by lb.' urn,.,ndug ledge of r.k.
Sil,rian icebergs, but scarcely anyUy knows that It has long len ud a. a garden by the ndlans wl...
throughout Alaska are the remains of countless tl,u- ' read, it in . an,- from .1, mainlan , I Ir India,,-.
i t .i v i; . tl,...., .... .) llnd i the (Mils, or Uumall. have a reputation for li. r..liii
sands of mastodons. Vu can dig them up amltiim ! "
I. ,.u r.. L...I iiinriiien lint Nnrrchteil I.V the
I,..,.. it... ..r,,.. m...rvw ...re. saw illinlre,. ... in res. ..h,k -, - - ,
lit ill wu hij rui llivv x x j
them, possibly, on my last trip, and I am now anx
iously trying to get up there to complete my investiga
tions. So thick are the elephant remains, that the na
tive Indians, on finding them buried partially in the
ground, decided that they were some kind of great
mole that burrows in the soil. This is the story given
me. I collected a lot of remains. The collecting of
elephant tusks every summer is a regular business in
Silstia, just over Miring sea. We have just a- many
of them on the Alaska side as they ever had in Sils-ru.
Ages ngo great herds of elephants nunied over lb'-'1
fhores. Perhaps they existed down to a comparatively
i-vent date, too, for the hairy bodies and well pre
served Ixines wero evidences of that
incidents als.ve related nor
wre ks of the present year
by tie" attending tl."
Tut: . lection in Montana will I condm ted on thf
"Australian system " as provided for by the istitu-
tion upon whose merit the voter are to pn. All
w.st.rn states and territories will t'h the practical
working" of tl.-' system with much interest, inci ..i.'
improvement ill tl"- meth,Hs.,fc..hdu. tingen tl..nU
imperatively i..v...ary tregoi. r.-i-ially need ..no
thing that will b-n lie- opportunity f.-r political
I,,,.,, und -rruj.tionists to nullify tlm i holes- of th
. ... ., .11 r it.,, i.iKPrv flvii il.it.
M. It. .'11.11. it "'HI ""I
In regard to this latter suppose
l li. t M,,ir
,., live III the hands of the Uwi'l lunch-