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GENERAL ARANGUREN SHOT
Was Surprised Near Camp by
a Spanish Battalion.
FIVE OTHERS WERE CAPTURED
The General'» Hotly Carried to Havana»
Spaniard)» Killed Four anti Wounded
Havana, Jan. 31.—At noon, Lieu
tenant-Colonel Benedicto, with the
Spanish battalion, surprised, near
Tapiste, this province, the camp of the
insurgent general, Aratiguren, killing
Aranguren and four privates, capturing
five of the insurgents and wounding
others who made their escape.
The body of Brigadier-General Aran
guren was brought by train to Havana
this afternoon and delivered to the
military authorities. After identifica
tion it was sent to the morgue.
Brigadier-General Aranguern was
evidently about 22 years of age, of fair
complexion, with blonde hair and a
The body, which
shows two bullet wounds, one in the
head and one in the right leg, is dress
ed in cassimere pantaloons, gray wool
en coat, yellow shoes and gaiters, com
paratively new. It is said that the
gaiters and vest once belonged to Col
onel Ruiz, the aide-de-camp of General
Blanco, who, having gone last Decem
ber to Aranguren’s camp with terms of
surrender, was executed by Aranguren
or with his approval.
According to one account, Aranguren
was surprised while on a visit to a
young woman on the Pitata farm, be
tween Campo Florida and Tapiste. He
was wounded, and, in trying to es
cape, was shot dead. Among the pris
oners is the father of the young wo
man. He was the dynamiter of Aran
Havana Newspapers Insist That It Is
One of l'eucfl.
New York, Jan. 31.—The last ripple
•of visible excitement in the arrival of
the Maine has died away, says the Her
ald’s Havana correspondent, and the
ship as she lies at anchor attracts no
more attention than any other vessel in
the harbor. The pa pets made the brief
est possible allusion to her arrival, and
La Union Constitutional, the conserva
tive organ, prints a Washington dis
patch to the effect that the visit of the
Maine to Havana is merely an act of
courtesy showing the friendly feeling
to Spain, anil to counteract the anti
Spanish utterances in congress. La
Union adds that the visit will be re
turned by Spanish ships in American
In spite of this, there is a strong un
dercurrent of feeling in Havana, as
evinced by the excited talking of angry
groups assembled in the cafes.
general impression among radicals is
that the cause of Spain has been be
trayed by the Blanco government, and
the nation humiliated by what they re
gard as the first step in the direction of
This has in
tensified the hatred of General Blanco
and his associates and of the cause of
autonomy, and this hatred may at any
moment find vent in an outbreak of
fury, in. which case members of the
government may be forced to depend
for their personal safety ou the Maine,
for while the peril is obvious, the
troops concentrated during the riots
have been dispersed and no new pre
cautions have been taken.
The arrival of the Maine created en
thusiasm among the Americans, who
realize that the long period of suspense
has passed and that their safety is ab
Up to the present time no one knows
what precipitated the sudden dispatch
•of sailing orders to the Maine at Dry
Captain Sigsbee had not
the remotest idea why lie was sent, but
he was not much surprised when the
Dupont arrived from Key West with or
ders to stait without a moment’s delay.
Being in total ignorance of the situa
tion, he had no conception as to what
sort of a reception to ex|>ect.
proached the harbor from the west
ward, partly for the purpose of inspect
ing the Spanish batteries and watch
ing for any hostile demonstration, and
partly for the purpose of displaying the
flag and character of the Maine, so as
to give the authorities ashore oppor
tunity to make preparations to avoid a
panic which might have been precipi
tated by the Maine’s sudden entrance.
The battleship was prepared for any
emergency. After picking up a pilot
the Maine went rapidly up the harbor
to a berth near the Spanish flagship.
It will be impossible to give the
crew their liberty while in Havana,
and as yet no shore leaves have been
given to officers, the captain being the
only man who has gone ashore.
this reason it is believed that the navy
department will not keep the Maine
here long, but will replace her by an
other vessel of the squadron the mo
ment the health of the crew becomes
James Eaton has been matched to
race Charles Kaiser, of Switzerland, at
St. Louis, early in February, for a
purse and $1,000 side bet.
The Kush of Immigration.
New York, Jan. 81.—In anticipa
tion of the new immigration law going
into effect, the rush of immigration to
this country has started.
Prince arrived today with 720 persons
in the steerage.
The vessel cornea
from Italian ports.
NEW YUKON MINING
Wreck of the Cor ns Said to Have Been
Due to Careltwneaa.
The Ottawa Govemnaat Draft, a Set of
Kt* gill at ion».
Seattle, Feb. 1.—Twenty-five of the
pasengers of the ill-fated steamer Co
rona, which was wrecked on Lewis
island last Monday morning, arrived
here tonight on the steamer Al-Ki,
which rescued them from the lonely
island. E. W. Pollock, who was a
passenger, on the Corona, in describing
the wreck said:
‘‘The accident occurred at 9:10 A. M.
in the morning. The gong had just
sounded to awaken the passengers for
breakfast, and about 100 of them had
already risen. Captain G. H. Pierce
and Pilot H. F. Coffman were on the
bridge. It was Coffman’s first trip as
pilot. There was light enough to see
the shores on all sides. Suddenly,
while the ship was going at full speed,
without warning a terrible shock oc
curred, followed by a grinding succes
sion of lesser shocks. Instantly it was
realized the ship had struck a rock,
and a scene of great confusion followed.
The wheel was reversed, but the ship
remained on the rock. Thre sea was
Captain Pierce oidered the
boats lowered. The women were taken
ashore tiist, and by 10 o’clock the pas
sengers were all landed. The stock
and some baggage and provisions were
then taken ashore. The passengers re
mained on the island until Thursday,
patiently waiting for a passing steamer
to take them away from a place of
great personal discomfort. Thursday
the steamer Al-Ki arrived, and 200 of
the castaways boarded her. About 100
remained on the island in the hope of
catching a north bound vessel.
“About 10 o’clock Thursday night
the Al-Ki met the steamer Oregon,
bound from Portland to Dyea and
The two steamers were
lashed together and all but 25 of the
Corona’s people were transferred and
started north again.”
It is not believed that the injury to
the Corona is serious.
Pilot Coffman, who was on duty at
the time of the wreck, tells the follow
“The directions on the chart say to
steer direct from Gibson’s islands to
the northwest side of Kennedy’s island.
In this water there are no soundings
marked on the chart less than seven
fathoms of water, and seven fathoms
is only found at the extreme end of
Lewis island, close to the shore. The
soundings taken all around the ship af
ter the accident ranged from 5 to 10
fathoms, with the exception of where
the ship struck, which was only 2?^
“It is 6^ miles from Gibson’s island
to the northwest side. I kept the
ship due northwest for 17 minutes af
ter passing Gibson’s island, and,then
altered it to northwest by north.
Seven minutes later she struck.”
Mr. Coffman declares that he fol
lowed the directions laid down, and
that he is not to blame.
Against Pilot Coffman’s statement
that he was on the correct course is
Steamer Pilot Thompson’s statement,
who went off duty at 4 o’clock the
morning of the accident-
that the reef upon which Coffman ran
the ship is well known among marin
ers, and that she was two miles out
of her course. lie characterizes the ac
cident as sheer carelessness.
Ottawa, Ontario, Jan. 31.—After
careful consideration and with the
advice of William Ogilvie, the Cana
dian authority on the Yukon country,
| the department of the interior has de
cided upon the legal conditions which
are to govern placer mining in the
Yukon. The regulations in substance
are as follows:
Free miner shall mean a male or fe
male over the age. of 18, but not under
that age, or a joint stock company
named in and lawfully possessed of a
valid existing free miner’s certificate
and no other.
A free miner’s certificate shall not
be transferable. This certificate may
be granted for one year to run from
the date thereof or expiration of the
applicant’s then existing certificate,
upon payment therefor of the sum of
$10 unless the certificate is to be is
sued in favor of a joint stock company,
in which case the fee shall be $50 for a
company having a nominal capital.
Exceeding $100,000, the fee shall be
Only one person or joint stock com
pany shall be named in a certificate.
This certificate shall also grant the
holder the privilege of fishing and
shooting, subject to the provisions of
law; the privilege of cutting timber
for actual necessities, for building
houses and boats, and for general min
ing operations; for the exclusive use of
the miner himself, but such permis
sion shall not extend to timber which
may have been granted to other per
sons or corporations.
Certificates may be obtained by ap
plicants in person at the government
department of the interior at Ottawa,
or from the agents of the Dominion
lands at Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton
and Prince Albert, in the Northwest
territory, Kamloops and New West
minster, B. C., and Dawson in the
Yukon district; also from agents of
the government at Vancouver and Vic
toria, B. C.
No person or joint stock company
will be recognized as having any
right or interest in or to any claim un
less he or it or every person in his or
its employment Bhall have a free min
er’s certificate unexpired.
On the expiration of a free miner’s
certificate the owner thereof shall ab
solutely forfeit all his rights and inter
ests unless he shall on or before the
day following the expiration of such
certificate obtain a new free miner’s
Nevertheless, should any co-owner
fail to keep up his free miner’s certifi
cate, such failure shall not cause a for
feiture or act as abandonment of the
claim, but the interest of such co
owners, pro rata, according to their
former interests; provided, neverthe
less, that a shareholder in a joint stock
company need not be a free miner.
Every free miner shall during the
continuance of his certificates have the
right to enter, prospect or mine for
gold and minerals upon any lands in
the Yukon district, whether vested in
the crown or otherwise, except upon
government reservations and land law
A creek, gulch, river or land claim
shall not exceed 250 feet in length in
the general direction of the Btream or
ravine on which it fronts and shall not
be more than 1,000 feet in width.
Every alternate 10 olaims shall be
reserved for the government of Can
ada. That is to say, when a claim is
located, the discovery claim and nine
others and numbered consecutively,
will be open for registration. Then
the next 10 claims of 250 feet each
will be reserved for the government,
and so on.
The penalty for trespassing upon a
claim reserved for the crown shall be
immediate cancellation of any entry or
entries which the persons trespassing
may have obtained, whether by original
entry or purchase for a mining claim,
and the refusal of the acceptance of any
application which the persons trespass
ing may at any time make for a claim.
If any free miner or party of free miners
discover a new mine, and such discov
ery shall be established to the satisfac
tion of the mining recorder, creek,
river or hill claims of the following
sizes shall be allowed:
To one discoverer of a claim, 500 feet
in length; to a party of two discoverers,
two claims amounting together to 1,000
feet in length; to each member of a
party beyond two in number, a claim of
the ordinary size only.
A claim shall be recorded with the
mining recorder in whose district it is
' situated within 10 days after the loca
tion thereof. Entry shall not be grant
ed for a claim which has not been
staked by the applicants in person in
the manner specified in these regula
An entry fee of $15 shall be
charged the first year and an annual
fee of $15 for each of the following
A royalty of 10 per cent on the gold
mined shall be levied and collected on
the gross output of each claim.
sum of $2 ,500 shall be deducted from
the gross annual output of a claim when
estimating the amount upon which roy
alty is to be calculated, but this exemp
tion shall not be allowed unless the
royalty is paid at a banking office or to
the gold commissioner or mining re
Americans Buncoed In a Fake Mining
City of Mexico, Feb. 1.—Another
bold swindle has been brought to light
here by which New York business men
have been swindled out of $21,000. It
appears that last autumn an American
giving the name of Frederick P. Gra
ham, claiming to be a half brother to
the criminal lawyer, John Graham, of
New York, and married to a grand
niece of Sir Robert Peel, persuaded
three or four New Yorkers to go into
phosphate mining in the state of Oaxa
ca, reporting that very rich phosphate
was on the market, and that he con
trolled it. Graham further represent
ed that he had organized here a com
pany known as the Mexican Phosphate
Mineral Company, and when the par
ties were taken into the concern
Graham was made treasurer and presi
dent. Recently two parties from New
York came here to inspect their prop
erty, and now they find that there is
no phosphate, and that Graham has
fled with the cash, which had been de
posited to his order in the bank of the
city of Puebla. Graham played the
game very bodly, representing that he
was in close touch with the highest
officials, and could bring influence to
protect the property, and in case other
things were wanted, they would be
The police are sure
Graham is one of the gang who swin
dled Franke, of Chicago.
Time From Tidewater to Hheadwaters
Shortened to One Day.
Tacoma, Feb. 1.—Hugh C. Wallace,
presiilent of the Chilkoot Railroad &
Transportation Company has advices of
the completion of the company’s aerial
tramway over Chilkoot pass, in Alaska.
The company’s system is a railroad
from Dyea to Canyon City, thence a
system of aerial tramways over Chil
koot pass to Lake Lindermann. This
marks a new era for Klondike travel.
The time between tidewater and the
headwaters of the Yukon is shortened
from a month to one day, besides re
moving peril and hardship. The com
pany made a contract last night with
the Canadian government at 15 cents
per pound for trans[x>rting 200 tone of
its freight for the mounted police from
Dyea to lake Lindemann.
Fatal Naphtha Fire.
Baku, Jan. 31.—Half a million
Chinese brides of high station fre
pounds of naphtha was burned and sev quently do not see their husbands until
eral persons lost their lives during t the red veils are lifted at the marriage
Two Hundred Thousand Dollar Fire.
Chicago, Jan. 31.—Fire tonight par
tially destroyed the Ewart building, 11
to 23 Jefferson street, entailing a loss
The flames broke out
within a few moments after the 500
employee of the various tenants of the
building had left the structure at the
completion of their day’s work.
building was damaged to the extent of
The balance of the loss is
divided among a num tier of concerns
occupying the building.
Struck a Bar Off St Joseph,
PasMenger« and Crew Were Rescued by
the Lifesaving Crew—The 5e»$et 1«
a Total Loss—Sea Wag Heavy.
St. Joseph, Mich., Jan. 31.—The big
grain steamer City of Duluth arrived
off this port, from South Chicago, last
night, and attempted to enter the har
There was a tremendous wind
from the northwest and a very heavy
sea running. The Duluth kept on her
course into the harbor, and at the
mouth of the river struck a bar and
was thrown heavily against the north
pier, breaking in two. The mammoth
steel arches on either side of the boat
gave way immediately, and the bow of
the boat dropped two or three feet.
A large hold was stove in the port side
as she swung around, and she went to
the bottom in an hour, leaving only
her cabin and part of her bulwarks
The two big tugs, Morford and Pro
tection, which had accompanied the big
boat on her trip across the lake, made
desperate attempts to reach her and
get her crew and passengers off, But
crew were summoned and reached the
scene of the disaster in quick time
considering that it hail disbanded for
At midnight they had
shot a mortar line to the boat and the
The first one to be
taken ashore was August Kerwein, of
He dipped into the water
several times during the perilous trip,
and was badly frozen when he was
pulled out onto the pier.
The rest of
the passengers were taken ashore in
this manner, one at a time. There
were 17 passengers and 23 of the crew.
Captain McLean was the last to
leave, being taken off at 5 o’clock this
morning. There were several ladies on
The members of the life-sav
ing crew took turns going out in the
car after them. Mrs. William Tryon
is suffering from the effects of the trip.
She was in delicate condition, and
was badly frozen and seized with nerv-
ous prostration. There is no hope for
her to live.
The City of Duluth had a heavy
cargo of corn and flour, and a deckload
of merchandise for local merchants.
Theie is no hope of saving anything of
the wreck, as there is a very high sea
rolling. No boat can reach her, and
she is rapidly going to pieces. The en
gineer says that when the boat struck
the engine jumped a foot and was im
mediately torn to pieces.
rushed in and put out the fires, and
the firemen barely escaped up the lad
The floor of the deck gave a mighty
heave upward, nnd the passengers were
thrown into the wildest confusion.
The City of Duluth was an old but
stanch steamer. She was under char
ter of the Graham & Norton Transpor
tation Company, carrying principally
through freight from Chicago to this
port, in connection with the Big Four.
She was owned by the Lake Michigan
& Superior Company. Her capacity
was about 1,000 tons, and her value
She was laden with
package freight and grain. The steamer
is well insured, and it is understood
had $10,000 insurance on her cargo.
On several previous trips she stuck on
the bar while entering this harbor.
Glover Explains in Chicago the
Plan« of His Company.
Trade Conditions in the Leading Cities
of the World.
That*« the Way They Speak of It la
Last week was a very important one
in the Chicago wheat market. May
wheat advanced 6 cents |>er bushel and
January 13 cents. Statistics were all
in favor of high prices, but the main
feature is the Leiter corner.
claims to be able to put May wheat to
$1.25. The exports from both coasts
to Europe were very large—5,110,624
bushels, and the visible supply showed
a very good decrease. The foreign
news situation is as bewildering as it
usually is on wheat. Speculators have
their eyes on Argentine, not because it
contributes so much, but because it
sells so furiously the 25,000,000 bush
els it has to contribute. The English
men at Liverpool learned something
during the week to make them nervous
about the South American supplies,
yet direct Rosario cables reported noth
ing more serious than a cessation of de
li series because of rains, and the Ar
gentine shipments for the week were
328,000 bushels, a big start so soon
The flour people
talked dolorously o.f the demand and of
the demoralizing effect of the corn
adulteration going on; and then, to
make this as puzzling as every other
feature, Minneapolis reported 200,000
barrels of flour sold in two days. The
winter wheat condition so far is high,
and recent heavy snows have minim
ized the danger for the present. Ex
ports keep large, and new purchases for
foreign account small. The movement
from first hands is away over any ex
pectation, but the supplies of contract
wheat everywhere are in such few
hands as to be unavailable and in most
markets at startling premiums. Janu
ary wheat at New York for a few min
utes was 12 cents cash at Chicago and
12 cents over the May price at New
York. All of which should be new
proof that no one can tell very much
with any certainty about u subject
which involves the supplies and needs
of the whole world.
In a personal letter, received in Port,
land from William J. Jones, press cor-
respondent in Dawson City, he »ays.
among other things:
“The stones of the great yield of
gold published in the United State*
have not been exaggerated in the least.
The mind is unable to grasp the real
situation, and appreciate the sights that
are so common here to every-day life.
In Dawson City today, ready for ship
ment, are between four and five tons
of gold. Can you realize that such a
thing is possible, or at all probable?
Just consider, too, that all that is
anout one-third of the year’s output.
Men handle gold as you would a plug
of tobacco. At the saloon bars, the
stores, restaurants or other places ofl
business, the mines throw up their
sacks, and casually turn their backs,
never stopping to eee if they are ac
corded pro;>er weight.
think of handing your purse over to a
Portland barkeeper and allowing him
to take out the change?
“In many of the cabins along the
gulches where I have visited I have
seen shelves loaded down with all
kinds of cans filled with gold. In one
cabin on Eldorado creek there are five
coal-oil cans full of the yellow metal,
weighing nearly 1,200 pounds.
“The Canadians are exercising the
laws leniently, and to the satisfaction
of the Americans, and generally speak
ing, the camp is orderly and very
quiet, considering the vast amount of
money in circulation, and the number
of hard character! in the country.”
Wheat—Walla Walla, 75@76c; Val
ley and Bluestem, 78@79c per bushel.
Flour—Bestjgrades, $3.75; graham,
$3.30; superfine, $2.25 per barrel.
Oats—Choice white, 35® 36c; choice
gray, 33® 34c per bushel.
Barley—Feed barley, $19@20; brew
ing, $20 per ton.
Millstiffs—Bran, $19 per ton; mid
dlings, $24; shorts, $20.
$10@ll; California wheat, $10; do
oat, $11; Oregon wild hay, $9® 10 per
Eggs—20c per dozen.
Butter—Fancy creamery, 55 @ 60c;
fair to good, 45@50c; dairy, 40@50c
Cheese — Oregon,
America, 12)^c; California, 9@10o
Poultry—Chickens, mixed, $2.75®
3.00 per dozen; hens, $3.00(3)3.50;
geese, $firstname.lastname@example.org; ducks, $email@example.com
per dozen; turkeys, live, 10@llc per
Potatoes—Oregon Burbanks, 45@50o
per sack; sweets, $1.75(3)2 per cental.
Onions—Oregon, $firstname.lastname@example.org per
Hops—4@16c per pound for new
crop; 1896 crop, 4@6c.
Wool—Valley, 14(3) 16c per pound;
Eastern Oregon, 7@12o; mohair, 20
@22c per pound.
Mutton—Gross, beet sheep, wether»
4c; dressed mutton,
7c; spring lambs, 5J£c per pound.
Hogs—Gross, choice heavy, $4.00;
lightand feeders, $3.00(34.00; dressed,
$email@example.com jier 100 pounds.
Beef—Gross, top steers, $firstname.lastname@example.org;
cows, $3.00; dressed beef, 4^@6c per
Veal—Large, 5@5%o; small, 6®
6)^c per pound.
Chicago, Jan. 31.—George T. Glover,
an inventor, has solved the problem of
getting supplies into the Klondike reg
ion this winter by means of his snow
Seven of these
locomotives are now building in Chi
cago and New York, and 32 freight and
passenger cars will be built at Port
land, Or., for this work
be at Dyea by February 15 for Dawson
City over the Dalton trail.
“The locomotives that are now being
constructed for this Klondike trip,”
said Mr. Glover, “will weigh about
eight tons each, half the weight of the
Butter—Fancy native creamery,
Their capacity brick. 27c; ranch, 22 @23c.
will be about 100 tons’ burden respec
Cheese—Native Washington, 13c;
I find that au eight-ton ma California. 91^0.
chine will do the work and run easier. |
Eggs—Fresh ranch, 23c.
These locomotives are practically ready ;
Poultry—Chickens, live, per pound,
now for shipment to Portland, where hens, 10c; spring chickens, $2.50®
they will be assembled and then ship 3 00; ducks, $3.50(33.75.
ped, together with 32 carB to Dyea.
Wheat—Feed wheat, $22 per ton.
Here they will be put up and placed in
Oats—Choice, jier ton, $21.
readiness for the expedition which
Corn—Whole, $23; cracked, per ton,
leaves that point February 15 for Daw $2 3; feed meal, $23 per ton.
son City, in charge of Captain Brain
Barley—Rolled or ground, per ton,
erd, of the United States army.
$22; whole, $22.
“Chilkat pass will lie the greatest
Hay—Puget sound, new, per ton,
obstruction encountered on the first $11® 12; Eastern Washington timothy,
trip. There is no part of the pass, $17@18; alfalfa, $12.
however, that piesents a grade greater
Fresh Meats—Choice dressed beef,
than 80 per cent. These locomotives i steers, 7c; cows, 6*^c; mutton sheep,
can climb such a grade readily.
Each 8c: jsirk, 6c; veal, small, 7.
machine will have a steam windlass
Freeh Fish—Halibut, $®6c; salmon,
attached and by means of this the train 8c;
salmon trout, 10c;
can easily pqil itself up at a remarka and sole, 3®4; ling cod, 4@5; rock cod,
ble speed. I calculate on getting over 5c; smelt, 2@4c.
the pass in ’.ess than 48 hours with the
Fresh Fruit—Apples, 40c®$1 per
first train. The way once open sub box; pears, 25®75c per liox; oranges,
sequent t-avel will be easier.
navels, $2.25®2.75 per box.
“The cost of building and equipping I
Ran Francisco Market.
these trains will be less than $35,000.
Each locomotive will cost about
Wool—Nevada 11 ® 13c; Oregon, 12
$4.00J. The cost of the passenger and ®14c; Northern 7® 8c per pound.
Hops—12^® 16c per pound.
freig it cars and their transportation to
Dyea will not exceed $5,000.
Millstaffs—Middlings, $22®24; Cal
"On reaching Dawson City four of ifornia bran, $20.50® 21.50 per ton.
the locomotives will be used in trans
Onion»—New red, 70@80c; do new
porting supplies and passengers to and silverskin, $3.50® 2.65 per cental.
from the various points and villages
Eggs—Store, 22® 23c; ranch, 24c;
located in the Klondike gold fields. Eastern, 18® 19; duck, 16c
The others will return and make an posen.
other trip before the winter in Alaska
Cheese—Fancy mild, new, 11 J^c; fair
u over. ”
to good, 7®8c per pound..
Some Motes on Alaska.
There are two telephone lines be
tween Dyea and Lindemann.
T. B. Needham has just started the
Stickeen River Journal at Fort Wran-
H The weather is so moderate at Ju
neau that the people are not wearing
It is estimated that the carrying ca
pacity of Portland and ' °uget sound
Bteamers foots up 10,000 passer j^ra per
The lumber famine continues at
Dyea and Skagway, and prices rule $5
to $50. The dealers promise a supply
in a few days. Good weather for build
Colonel E. O. Lamphere and M.
P. Gilbert, of Chicago, captialists,
have purchasod of a gang of Greek
miners seven gold quartz claims in
Southeastern Alaska for $120,000.
A large force of men and teams are
getting out and delivering piles for the
Nowell wharf at Dyea. This wharf
will probably be the first of the three
wharves under construction to be com
An ordinary shack—if there were
lumber to build it with—in Skagway
will rent for $50 to $60 a month. A
squatter’s right on a lot not far from
the central district brought an offer of
$700 to a Portlander. It was refused.
Archie Sheep and W. Stewart, of
Dawson, presented to the famous
“Slim” Birch—as a testimonial of re
gard— a nugget two inches in diameter.
It is worth $200. Slim’s convict num
ber in San Quentin will be engraved
on it and it will adorn his neck.
J. M. Fowler’s townsite Bcheme at
Lake Lindermann, by which he hoped
to plat out all the aavilable land and
tax everybody $2 who put a tent on it,
has been knocked in the head by the
Canadian government, which has re
served this particular land for the use
of the public to put up tents and store
their goods there without charge.
J. Kay, of San Francisco, who took •
cargo of lumber to Skagway on the
Noyo, says so great is the demand for
lumlier that they can hardly wait until
it is unloaded. Mr. Kay says that but
a small per cent of the hundreds of
people arriving at Dyea and Skagway,
intent on pushing on to Dawson, have
any conception of the difficulties be
fore them. He predicts that conges
tion on the trails will be greater then
A company, of which J. J. McKay,
the Yukon freighter and the man who
made the quickest trip ever made from
Dawson to Dyea during the winter, is
the head, has been organized at Tacoma
to run an express between that city and
Dawson. The company will operate
steamers on the lakes, and from the
White Horse rapids to Dawson, using
dog and horse trains in paoking from
Dyea. It is estimated that the trip
from Tacoma to Dawson will be made
in 18 days in the summer and 25 days
in the winter. The company will at
tempt to secure mail contracts. At
present mail is scattered all along the
trail, and McKay asserts that he is the
only man who ever succeeded in de
livering mail on the Yukon during the
Collector of Customs J. W. Ivey is
receiving a good deal of praise for his
vigorous ;*>licy in enforcing the laws
regrading the liquor traffic. As long
as the laws are in effect they will be
His vigilance in seizing
contraband stuff is attracting general
attention. The liquor men are growl
ing because he ship|>ed away 20 tona
of the stuff on the Elder. The new ad
ministration is making warm times in
the North, and, as a natural result, the
collector is cordially disliked by the
Juneau smuggling ring.
About every party of miners now fit
ting out for Alaska take» along a net
or seine, which is set at night in some
eddy through a hole in the ice, and sel
dom fails to catch fish enough for break
fast. After the ice 1» gone, there ia no
trouble in catching fish in any stream
flowing into the Yukon. A report has
reached Portland that one Sullivan for
merly a fisherman at Yaquina, who
went to Alaska last spring, engaged in
the flihing borines» at Dawson, and,
with the limited plant at bis command,
made $7,000 last summer.