In The News
The Daily Alaskan.
Wednesday Morning, January 10, 1900.
Vol. III, No. 8.
GAMBLING STOPPED IN EAGLE CITY.
Maj. Ray of the United States Army Makes an Order.
WANTS WIRE EXTENDED.
Recommendation Made to Have Telegraph Line Built Beyond Klondike - Dawson News.
Advices from Eagle by way of Dawson state that Maj. Ray, of the United States
army, has stopped all gambling in the military reservation, embracing Eagle,
because five soldiers were caught stealing from the commissary to get the
wherewith to gamble.
Maj. Ray, in charge of the United States force at Eagle, makes public he had
recommended to the government the building of a line of telegraph to connect at
Dawson with the Dominion line from Skagway.
All liquor licenses expired in Dawson December 28, and 15 new licenses were
issued at $2500 each.
Dawson had 18 fires in the first 20 days of December, at a total loss of
$10,000. December 20 it was necessary to shut off all water from city mains
because of flimsy and leaky condition of the conduits. This throws the city back
to the unwholesome river water, which has to be hauled. Overheated chimneys
caused the numerous fires.
An ordinance to require all newspapers to register by name, with the name of the
owners and all persons directly or indirectly interested in them, the name of
the editor and the business manager and their allegiance, and an account of what
they were engaged at for 12 months prior to going to the country, has been
introduced before the Dawson council.
Louis Jergensen, a single Norwegian, fell down a mining shaft near Dawson and
was killed. He was buried at Dawson. Harry Wagner, aged 50, of Burlington, Iowa,
where he leaves a brother, James, died in a Dawson hospital, December 20, of
The Dawson City news prints a sensational story claiming the Yukon Sun, of
Dawson, has been printing stolen news telegrams sent from Skagway to Dawson. It
offers specimens claimed to have been stolen and says irrefutable evidence is
secured that the matter is in the hands of authorities, and as soon as the
derelict on the telegraph line is located, criminal prosecution will be begun.
NO CLUE TO THE MISSING YUKONERS.
Clayson and Olson Still Unaccounted For.
SECOND ARREST MADE.
Tagish Prisoner Has a Draft for $1300 - the Overdue Skagwayan Bought a Draft for
No tidings as to the whereabouts of Dominion Lineman Olson and of Fred H.
Clayson, the missing Skagway merchant, the latter on his way from Dawson to this
city, was received yesterday, but some little circumstantial light was gathered.
Officials and friends are prosecuting a diligent search, and one more arrest has
followed at White Horse.
It was learned in a letter received yesterday by the Skagway branch of the
Canadian Bank of Commerce that Mr. Clayson bought a draft for $200 in Dawson
before leaving and it was also learned that the man arrested by the authorities
and held at Tagish had a draft in his possession drawn for one by the name under
which he travels for $1315. It is said the name of the man arrested at Tagish is
Ralph or Rolph, and again it is said to be O'Brien. Besides the draft he also
had, when arrested, a considerable in cash, two revolvers, a pair of field
glasses and a span of horses.
The fact that Mr. Clayson bought a draft in Dawson has a tendency to dispel the
theory that he had been murdered for the gold he carried, but it is held by his
brother here that he probably had money in addition to the draft. The fact, on
the other side, that Ralph, Rolph or O'Brien had a draft in his own name for
such a large sum as mentioned is looked upon as indicative that he would likely
not have to resort to violence to get money.
Corporal Evans, of the Northwest Mounted Police, who is stationed at LaBarge,
arrived night before last and brought word that a second arrest on suspicion
bearing on this case had been made at White Horse. The name of the man arrested
there has not been learned here, but it is understood he had only $5 in his
The authorities are looking for another man supposed to have been associated in
the mysterious disappearance of Mr. Clayson. It is said he arrived her the
latter part of last week, beating all others over the trail, and it is thought
he has taken the steamer Al-Ki, which sailed Saturday for the Sound and way
The reported finding of the body of Lineman Olson is not credited here. Corporal
Evans, from LaBarge, who left there New Year's day, gathered his later
information at Bennett from Supt. Crain of the telegraph line. He says:
"Fears are felt along the Dominion line before it was generally known in that
region that Mr. Clayson was missing. Olson should have reported as on duty, and
the failure of him to report naturally made the men along the line anxious. He
left Minto, and supposedly with Clayson and a third man, probably the one
arrested at Tagish, Christmas day. Olson's headquarters were at Five Fingers. By
December 31 much inquiry was being made concerning him.
"Olson was supposed to patrol under his line, even after repairs were made. The
rule is that linemen after making repairs cannot go away from the line and find
a beaten and much traveled road on which to go back to headquarters, but must
follow under the wire and in sight of it. Had Olson gone along the line in
regular patrol after leaving Minto he likely would have gone away from the
regular route of travel, and it is barely possible he and those who are supposed
to have accompanied him out of Minto followed the wire instead of the general
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Plather, J. Ralph Barr and S. R. Gibson, who are in the city
en route from the Klondike to the states, traveled from a point eight miles this
die of Minto to Shook's place, at the head of LaBarge, most of the time in
company with the man who has been arrested at Tagish on suspicion. While with
him they did not know anything concerning his past record and hunted along
without thinking seriously of their companion. The place where he was met is
some distance away from the telegraph line and the river, and on the part of the
trail running over a wooden tableland cutting off a bend in the river to the
station of Hootchikoo. Mrs. Plater, who first met him says:
"Eight miles this side of Minto my husband and I became separated from our
party. A number of trails lead in various directions, and we followed a fresh
track, thinking it probably a short cut to the main trail again. We went a mile
and a half and found signs of a fresh camp. My husband went further and the
trail gave out, and we turned back. On the way back I ran ahead, and suddenly
came on a man, whom we think is the one under arrest at Tagish. He was standing
still, and a fine Newfoundland dog lay at his feet. It seemed he had come from a
place off the little trail and from somewhere in the woods. I bluntly asked what
he was doing there, and he said he had lost the trail the night before, and had
camped in the woods. We traveled on and became separated, and he fell in with
the others of the party before reaching Mickey's and told them he had been off
the trail, where we found him, to let his dog rest its feet. He told me he was
going to Atlin, but to Gibson and Barry he spoke of going to Seattle and
Skagway. He kept up with us, but did his own cooking and ate alone, save at the
last, when the C. D. Co. would not let him cook on its stove. From Corporal
Evans we learned he bought horses after leaving us. I did not suspect him of
Mr. Plather says Ralph was not very intelligent, apparently, and he was
suspicious of the man. Mr. Plather says further:
"I was bringing out some gold and was naturally on my guard. I did not like the
looks of the stranger. He seemed a little erratic. As he did not put at the
roadhouses as a rule, he did not register. He had a fine dog, which he called
Bruce. If one would take that dog back to Minto and over the trails where we met
the stranger, one might - if there be a foundation of foul play - find a clue of
the missing man. If Ralph is guilty, he would probably quall if taken to the
scene. Snow and frost have fallen, however, and the dog probably could not find
a scent of blood or tracks.
"No storms have prevailed and the missing men could not have been lost in a
Fred Clayson was yesterday 10 days overdue at Skagway, not 14, as has been
stated. His mother is in deep grief. Will H. Clayson, the brother, is still
hopeful, but is greatly troubled. He has confidence in the efforts of the
ARMY OFFICER LOST.
Government Exposition Has Not Been Heard From.
Lieut. Jos. S. Herron, who with twelve men and three Indian guides went on an
exploring expedition up the Susitna river last summer, has never returned, says
the Sitka Alaskan, and much alarm is felt in army circles. The Golden Gate which
was in port last week brought no news of the missing men. Lieut. Herron was an
officer connected with the exploring expedition of Capt. Glenn, and he and party
were endeavoring to reach the headwaters of the Tanana, and thence go down that
river to the Yukon, mapping the country as they proceed and surveying the
district for mail routes.
MANY YUKONERS GOING TO AFRICA.
Arctic Volunteers Forming Canadian Rough Riders.
GO THROUGH SKAGWAY.
Col. Steele, Recently of Dawson, to be the "Teddy" Roosevelt of the Canucks.
The Canadian soldier and policemen, from highest officers to privates, who have
served in the face of the Arctic rigors in development and protection in the
Yukon basin the last two years are going to the front in the Boer war in large
numbers, and are to hold first places in the western division of the Canadian
mounted rifles, the rough riders of the Britishers, now being organized. Among
them are men known to nearly all pioneers of the Far North. Volunteers from the
Yukon border are appearing daily. Some have already been sent to Africa, and
others are going through Skagway every week on the way to the front.
Lieut. Col. Samuel Steele, lately major in command of the police of the Yukon,
has been chosen to command the western division of the Canadian mounted rifles.
Colonel Evans, who only three or four weeks ago passed through Skagway en route
from Dawson, where he had command of the Yukon field force, went to take command
of the second division of Canada, the largest division then at home. He has
since been ordered to the front, and is now on the Atlantic bound for the scene
of bloody conflict.
Among the passengers leaving Skagway last evening on the steamer Danube were a
number of Northwest Mounted Police, recently honorably discharged in the
Interior. They with others also recently discharged are going to the south to
enlist for the war. Corporal Evans, stationed at Lower LaBarge, who is in the
city on a private visit, says nearly all of the men of the mounted police of the
Yukon country are craving an opportunity to get to the front.
It is reported that Supt. Primace, stationed at Dawson, under Major Perry, has
volunteered. Others of the north reported to have volunteered are: Inspector
Sear__, Inspector Cartwright, son of Sir Richard Cartwright, Canadian minister
of finance; ex-Constable Lee, of Tagish; Ted Harding, of Tagish; Constable
Prisek, of Lower LaBarge; Steward, of LaBarge.
"The men of the division to be under Col. Steele,: says Corporal Evans "will be
of great value as scouts and frontiersmen. They will be chiefly from the mounted
police, then experienced in bush work, prairie work, creeping and other methods
of frontier work requiring craft to cope with craft."
Col. Steele is a veteran of the Wolseley Red river expedition, in 1870; has
served in the Northwest Mounted Police since the organization of the body.
During the northwest rebellion he commanded a corps of scouts, with General
Strange's column, in pursuit of Big Bear, and did gallant work. In his long year
of service on the plains Sam Steele has performed acts of personal daring that
under other circumstances might have earned for him the Victoria Cross, but,
like many of his comrades, his exploits were but incidents in the routine of
LIBRARY FOR SKAGWAY.
Secretary Bringing Books for the Local Y. M. C. A.
W. A. Reid, secretary of the Y.M.C.A., is expected to arrive Wednesday on the
City of Topeka on his way to Dawson. Word has been received his is bringing a
library for the local association. The number of volumes is not known here. This
will constitute the first public library of the city.
Mr. Reid also brings a library of 1000 volumes donated by Thomas Lippy, the
Klondike millionaire, formerly secretary of the Seattle Y.M.C.A.
Rules to govern the Skagway library have not been formulated.
W. T. Iliff, the Skagway sawmill man, has commenced the erection of a six-room
cottage on Third avenue just west of the mill office at the east of Broadway.
The case of Ruppald vs. DeWitt, which resulted in a mistrial Monday, was reheard
in Judge Sehlbrede's court yesterday. At an early hour this morning the jury was
still setting on the case.
John W. Moore, son of Capt. Moore and well known in Skagway, came up as purser
on the Danube.
The following names were inadvertently omitted from the cast of Pinafore, which
appeared in Sunday's Daily Alaskan: Mrs. T. S. Cogswell, Mrs. E. B. Quinn, Miss
Theo Peabody, Mr. Frank Peterson, Mr. J. W. Weiss and Mr. Bogardus.
The case of Clinton versus Dunbar, for wages for services on the Budget, will be
heard in Judge Sehlbrede's court today.
Brannick - L. D. Kinney, E. Frank, F. F. Stoiko.
Occidental - L. Lavring, Eli Portal, R. Roger, H. A. Bauer, E. Morris, Mr.
Marks, E. T. Morris.
Mondamin - F. B. Wrong, J. Tallmere, A. Godfrey, A. B. Cross.
Spokane - S. F. Newland, L. Rong, W. McGoirk.
Dewey - Jas. F. Mahoney, P. Lads. John Olson.