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Alaska Miner, The (Newspaper) - May 2, 1939, Fairbanks, Alaska Page Two Fairbanks May 2 1939 THE ALASKA MINER The Alaska Miner fc F Published every Tuesday at Fairbanks Alaska by the Tanana Inc as matter February 15 1938 at the post office at Fairbanks Alaska under the Act el March 3 Subscription Rates Delivered by mail one Bix months three Much of the Territorial news appearing in these columns is ob from newspapers published where the items originate The Editor welcomes signed letters on Alaska matters of general in terest or suggestions for betterments reserving the right to delete per and otherwise edit such letters For advertising rates inquire or write Tanana Publishing Inc at Fairbanks Alaska BUSH WA Whata title for an essay or an article or an editorial Bush almost ariy of south Wa from the Chi nook trade jargon of Southeastern British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest meaning to speak Freely one might interpret it as the sticks Occasionally one finds himself in an uncomfortable sit That is to be expected from the vicissitudes of Fate Hut why must the months of magazines include a serial wherein both the hero are in imminent danger of losing their the last paragraph of the last installment In more realms one can somehow man age to hold his impatience during the weeks wait until the next issue arrives But in the bush one must learn patience and incidentally a memory of long standing to carry over from one months mail to the next How very far away and unreal seems the outside world Over the airways comes the news of war and disease of GREATEST OF ALL OUTDOOR SPORTS This is the season of the year when Alaskans thoughts trouble and externally to the nation at large and yet how remote it all seems In the bush where there is but one white woman in an area of over 5000 square miles the turn not so much to gold but to gardening Without gardens affairs of tne world take on an entirely different meaning nations perish philosopher once wrote that those who participate in Cincinnatus was called from his plow and oxen team to the are not aware of its historical signifi 2ead the army against the Sabines the Mussolini cance nor able to fit own parts into the pattern of the of his day was offered rich rewards He only asked to return PersPective must be generations later to his farm and f elds Yet Jt seems to these isolated individuals with their ears In the happy simplicity of the Homeric ages the great glued to their radios that they are in an excellent position heroes sought rest and peace in their garden plots or gain a PersPective on history in the their a mess of pulse or herbage iown DUt that of their relatives in the distant world i Legend tells us of the cooking skill of such heroes as the of action Having no part actively in its makinS they listen in 1 Eighty Ulysses who kindled the fire and laid the cloth Achu jon tne etner and from aU parts of tne world draw les turning the spit Patroclus drawing the wine of the threads of resulting picture may be But ancient poetry and essay are one continuous and out of indeed viewed j icle of the hero the gardener Cicero waxed Perspective but it is nevertheless most in the midst of his caustic lambasts upon the succulent beet and sometimes tragic green and tender lettuce grown in his garden plot While these pioneers in isolation may not be conscious The Egyptians raised altaft to cabbages adoring the jof Particular small parts in the history directly affecting huge obese heads as so many gods And the Egyptian bowed region around them they are nevertheless fully aware lowest to the cabbage rilled in his own soil 1 of the stupendous scenes that today are being enacted on The mighty Alexander found the onion in Egypt world stage aware in the sped the war so that he could get home to grow tender not sometimes wonder what the years will do to and consume them each morning with honey dripping from own small parts scattered here and there across the re the scenes The pages of and Horace tell again and again i There is a sadness in having to listen to tales of bygone Of the delights cf gardening and what profit it a man if he j the hearer must listen and nod his head and rule the whole world or write a mighty saga and cannot hoe smile wistfully because his present life seems so dull and hfs own LEGAL ANECDOTES The right of property rests not upon the commendable impulses of benevolence or charity nor yet upon the dictates of natural justice Trie right has its foundation in the fundamental Taw That can be changed by the people but not by legislatures In a government like ours theories of public or nec are often so plausible or sound as to command popular ap proval but the courts are not per mitted to forget that the law is the only chart by which the ship of sate is to be North eastern Reporters ex ample of the lawyers way of think ing THRIFT A truly prosperous person must not only work steadily earn adequately and spend wisely but he must sore to a reasonable extent It is not suf ficient to live jor today only And thrift is the first necessity idr a planned tomorrow MEN FOUR He who knows 2nd knows he knows He s He who knows and not he knows He is hint He who knows not and knows not he knows not He is i iiim He who knows not and knows he knows riot lie is a him PROVERB PEDDLING THE BULL MRS O F OHLSON The two manure spreaders ship commonplace i ped to Anchorage on the last train j One of the old time natives who was a spectator during i from the will be j the gold rush days visited recently The conversation veered j returned on the train it is ex backwards in with old the stories and scenes of the mad rush of humanity swirling up and down the River in the hectic years of the Klondike The sudden and unexpected passing away in Chicago of j Mrs O F Ohlson beloved wife of the general manager of the Alaska Railroad came to Alaskans as a deep and sincere VT and the sympathy of her long list of friends is extended deed t0 hlS Me Ms he UleS old n T them I mans vista and a little disturbing One year the world of the red man was silent and almost as undisturbed as the slow dawn of his coming The next a strange pale horde of bearded men were streaming into the virgin land laying waste the forests along the rivers to feed their mighty It has been reported that they will j be used at some political rally Some one has drawn the conclusion that j there are not enough Republicans in White Anchorage to hold a convention in to the husband in his great loss There are mysteries we cannot comprehend Life beyond the grave and the calling the prime of a useful life is among the mysteries we cannot understand A bereaved husband and friends must bow to the inevitable and be t iul at least there was but little suffering at the end But her daWn a Alaska will her tney never depart How can the red un There is no death The sun goes down To rise upon some fairer shore THEY ALSO PRAY that the history of his millenia is over that in his passing be a sadness scarce noticed in the hu man avalanche of the white mans coming rt is little realized that Hitler Mussolini and Stalin pray It is even less widely known that the prayer which they offer always the same but is identical for each of them It is reported that Gomez used this prayer Through this prayer has fallen into our hands and we give it herewith Dear God DEAR GOD Give me what I want I want money power fame Divest thyself and give me the same I for bomb and gun Shell out Lord and give me Even with the radio the Indian cannot look into his past to see what the future affords Night after night his radio will blare out the music of the world And in other cabins a strange people from time to time blot out the raucous strains to sit ears straining listening to the voice of a news commentator speaking in a language alien to that other people Far away in the bush removed from the barriers of too close contact with an erupting world history may not be therefore it probably is a Demo cratic convention or rally which ex to use the manure spreaders as speakers er Valley Settler JUST LET ME GO Give me a taste of the polar waste That I may try Again to dream where the north lights stream Across the sky Then let me go on the infinite snow Apace to die My bones will bleach on a wind bared beach Of the arctics strand made violently and the speed of its making may not be Let me die out there where the rapid nor may it affect at any given instant more sunsets flare than a few score people but from this vantage point the pat Oer a blood red land tern of world history begins to take shape and have Let me make my peace when ing be a trifle less blurred and chaotic of action like a the pulses cease some I want power from zone to zone Give vast power to me ma seen from the front row center In the bush the In mv ice white hand alone I want fame through blood and war Give me the GOD SHIP of every shore Give me these things and make me and if you dont BLAST YOUR SOUL The doctor buries his mistakes the lawyer digs them up and finds that they were not mistakes The business man hides in ink section of his books but every error a newspaper makes is flaunted before the public Re member this next time you see an error in this paper tator seems to sit in row five The picture begins to integrate itself but even here it is blurred and fuzzy and one must wait with drawn breath to see what comes next It is still Weep not for me by the Polar Sea Whos gone at last too close to guess the last a scanning of remember just I was one first The property of a community is not measured by popu lation but by its civic and commercial progress and organiza tion to trust In lifes poor past Let the gray wolves growl oer my bones and howl in the silence vast ELLIS RANSOM
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