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THE OMAHA SUNDAY BEE: NOVEMBER 14. 1000.
M TilE FUR SEAL ISLANDS
Corner of the United Statei that
Knows No Poverty.
TEN MILLION SEAL HERD
Aleata In In the Arrtlr Well nosed,
Well Cared for and Hanny
" Li af Ike Islands
In j IIHO.
WASHINOTOV. Nov. 1J. The secretary
of commerce and labor In now engaged
In preparing an Invitation to American
rompanle and Individuals to submit bids
for the leasing of on of the most valuable,
and at the mm time most troublesome,
possessions of the United States, the
Prlbllof irroup, better known as the ITur
SeaJ Inlands. The term of ten years of
tha prevent lessee, the' North American
Commercial rompany of Pan Franrisco,
expire on April 30, lStn. The leave allow
tha holder to kill about 15.000 fur seals
annually, and these sell In the London
market for not less than $4R,ilO.
Th Islands wrre acquired from Russia
along with the re.t of Alaska. In 1W7, and
In 1S70 they were first leaned, the Alaska
Commercial company being the lessee. Fn
1TX the North American Commercial com
pany made a better hid and secured the
privilege of taking seals for the succeeding
ten yeara. It Is believed that the Alaaka
Commercial company, which has again be
come an aggressiva competitor In the fur
buying Industry la Alaska, will bid for
Under tha present contrart the lessee
pays at the rate of I10.22V4 for each akin
taken. The secretary Of commerce and
labor determines the kind and number bf
scala to b taken each year and the method
of killing. Under the regulations the ani
mals are killed with clubs, and the kill
1 restricted to "bachelors" of I and 3
years old. The age la fixed by the weight
of the akin, none weighing less than eight
and a half pounds being legal. Aa the
bachelors herd by themselves most of the
killing season. It la an easy matter to see
that only male seals are killed, although
at tha end of the mating season more care
must be exercised.
Natives Well Furnished.
In addition to the sum paid the govern
ment for each skin the company furnishes
free to the natives on the Islands dried
j salmon and salt and salt barrels for pre
serving a supply of meat, eighty tons of
coal annually, comfortable dwellings and
necessary school houses, f which It keeps
In repair, competent teachers and a free
school for the education of the children
eight months of the year, competent phy
sicians, medicines and medical supplies,
and the necessaries of life for the widows
and orphans and aged and Infirm Inhab
itants of the islands unable to provide for
themselves. The company also employs
the natives to perform such work on the
islands as they are fitted to perform at a
compensation fixed by th secretary of
commerce and labor.
On its side the government employs an
agent, Walter I. Lembkey, and three assist
ant agents to look after Its Interest upon
the Islands, and also furnishes revenue
cutters and naval vessels to protect th
Islands from raids by marauding pelagic
The Prlbllof Islands, which art th breed
ing grounds of th major herd of the Pa
clflo fur seals, were discovered In 1784 by
Geraailm Prlbllof, a navigator In the em
ploy of one of the Russian trading com
panies. They are situated In Bering sea,
about 1000 miles from Seattle, Wash. The
group consists of St. Paul, St. George, Wal
rus and Otter Islands and Sea Lion Rock.
They are completely isolated from other
land, th nearest port being Unalaska, on
on of th Aleutian Islands, which is 314
miles to th southward.
Th islands are of volcanic origin and
are deaert to the extent that they produce
nothing capable of sustaining man. They
are remarkable for the profusion of wild
flowers found upon them during the sum
mer months. (
la Foggy Solltade,
During a large part of the year the
islands and the surrounding sea are en
veloped In a dense fog, which makes navl
Ration difficult and haxardoua. There
are no vessels on the Islands practically
the only kind of boat In use Is the native
bldarka or skin canoe capable of being
navigated to the mainland or to th nearest
port, and the only time the residents
tome In touch with th outside world
Is when the North American Commercial
company's steamer calls there twice each
year, and at Irregular Intervals when a
revrnue cutter chances to stop for a few
These islands are the only breeding
ground of th Prlbllof or American fur
k sral herd, which even in lis present de
pleted condition is the largest fur seal
herd in the world. The seals of this herd
breed upon th islands of St. Paul and St.
Oeorge during the summer and annually
In the fall leave them and proceed through
Bering sea and the passes between th
Aleutian islands Into the Pacific ocean
Home of them go as far south' as Santa
Barbara channel, off southern California
Generally speaking, thla annual migra
tion of the herd beglna In November, and
by the latter part of December there are
few If any animals left on the islsnds.
They remain away until the following
spring, the first arrivals usually appearing
about May t and the last the latter part
of June or July.
At th time of th discovery of these
islands by th Russians fur sesl, sea otter,
walrus, see lions and foses were found
In almost unlimited numbers. The killing
of sll these species of animals proceeded
with wonton prodigality from 179 until
135. when the fur sesl herd was redyced
to less than NO.OOO. A closed season was
KtRb'Uhed on the Inlands from 1535 to
ISC.'.-PO. during which period only such
sea.s were killed as were necessary to
fuinlMi fond and clothing for the natives,
while the killing of females was prohibited
As a result of these drastic measures
the herd was gradually lehabilitated, and
during the first twenty years of American
possession Wn.WK) young male seals were
killed annually for commercial purpose.
From JTSfl to 1S09. both Inclusive, there
have been killed In the Islands, about
S.IOO.MO seals. Since lhTO over 2.SO0.OH0 skins,
yielding a revenue to the government of
over il0.000.0on, have been killed and ship
ped from the Inlands.
The natives living upon the Islands are
not the least Interesting of ls Inhabitants.
They are Aleuts, being members of the
race living upon the Aleutian chain, from
which they were brought originally by the
Russians to aid In killing the seals. They
are a simple, kindly p,,pie, with whom the
whites have never had any trouble. Police
men are unknown on the Islands, and Would
have no work to do if they were present.
The peoplo are exceedingly polite and
civil, not only In their Intercourse with
the whites, but among themselves. There
Is no misery or destitution among them,
each family living In a snug, frame dwell
ing which Is plainly but neatly furnished.
The sanitary arrangements of the villages
are carefully looked after by the officials
of the government and the company.
American Oress la Voerne.
After the islands became a part of the
United States, the natives gradually dis
carded the old Russian costumes and now
all dress like ordinary Americans. Some
of the women have developed Into excel
lent seamstresses. A few of the Inlanders
have substantial sums to their credit upon
the company's books upon which they
The women are great gossips. Both
women and men make and receive calls
on their saints' days, and as these are
numerous, social intercourse is generally
active. Most of them give dinners on the
anniversary of thrtr birthday.
Heal meat Is the principal food of all.
They are passionately fond of butter and
are also lovers of sweet crackers and
canned fruits. A tremendous quantity of
tea Is brewed and drunk every year. Their
samovars and tea kettles of American
make, are bubbling and boiling from the
moment the housewife stirs herself at
daybreak until the fire goes out when they
They are practically all members of the
Russian church and both St. Paul and St.
George have churches of this faith and
resident priests. Every year or so they are
visited by Bishop Innocent, the Russian
bishop of Alaska, and during his visit
but little work Is done, all being busy
feasting and attending services In the
church or having processions along the
one street each village boasts. In these
processions the priests, acolytes and sing
ers are all dressed In handsome robes and
11 carry crosses, Icons and banners.
Weddings and christenings are occasions
of especial significance In the church life
and are also celebrated with feasting and
merrymaking In the homes after the
church portion is over with.
WHITE PLAGUE AND RED MEN
Susceptibility of Indians to Infections
RESULTS OF AN INVESTIGATION
j.,..:, jss c4i
Recent Orialn of Tuberculosis Among
arloua Tribes, the Cense and
Core Preventive Meas
THE WOMAN AT THE PHONE
She Wasn't Commnnloatl ve and
the Company Profited
"Occasionally," said the man as he left
the telephone booth red-faced and angry.
folks do things out of a perversity that
cannot be explained. I Just now had an
experience with a woman over the tele
phone that would puzzle anyone.
'A man I know had a telephone at hla
home, but none in his office. I dropped
my nickel In the box, called his horn num
ber and presently a woman's voice an
swered with the usual 'Hello!' I asked If
thla were Mr. So-and-So's house and the
voice came back, 'You've got the wrong
number.' I was about to ask what num
ber I had when the woman rang off. .
"I dropped .another nickel in the slot and
told central she had given me the wrong
number, and so she tried again. After some
waiting the same woman got on the wire
again. Again she told me I had the wrong
number and at once rang off. That made
W rents to the bad.
"One more I got central and this time I
went after her strong. She said she cer
tainly had given me the number I asked
tor, and I was just as sure that she hadn't.
Well, anyway, she promised to get It for
me this time If It could be got.
"Much to my surprise, when I heard a
voice at the other end next time It was
that of th woman I had had twice before.,
I began differently this time. 'Is this num
ber so-and-so?' I asked. 'Yes,' the woman
replied. 'Isn't that Mr. Blank's number?"
I demanded. 'No, It Isn't.' she came back
with. 'I told you that twice before.'
"I thought I detected signs that she was
about to hang up again, and I got in
hastily. I asked how It was that this
number was In the book for the man I
asked for, and I asked her whether the
house number was not a certain street
nurnber in The Bronx.
" 'No,' she answered, 'that Isn't the street
number at all. This telephone number used
to belong to the man you speak of, but he
has no house telephone now and we got It.
We live a couple of miles from where he
"And then ah -rang off once more. Just
think of that! She made me pay IS cents,
when she might have told me that the
WASHINGTON. Nov. 12. -( Special.) -The
very great activity that has prevailed
during recent years In the study of pre
ventlvo diseases and especially of tuber
culosis, has been very widespread. The I
Increased prevalence of tho dread White
Plague has been found to extend far bo
yond the confines of city life and Investiga
tion has shown Its Increase to a marked
degree In Us various forms among tho
Indians In the United States. This subject
Is naturally of very great Importance and
calls for vigorous attempts to limit the
spread of the infection, unless we ate will-
inn mui me, reo man snail ioiiow ine t
bison and other aboriginal forms to ex
termination. Dr. Al.-s Hrdllcka of the scientific staff
of the United Stnlea National Museum un
dertook during the summer of 1"OS. tindei
the Joint uusplces of the office of Indian
Affairs nnd the Smithsonian Institution, n
study of the conditions with regard to
tuberculoids amonK five selected tribes
of Indians In the United States. He made j
an exhibit and presented a preliminary ac-
count of his studies before the Sixth In- i
ternattonal Tuberculosis congress that was
held In Washington during September and '
October of lliOS. This preliminary paper,
extended by the insertion of hla complete
report and wltli numerous Illustrations has
Just been published with the Utlo of
"Tuberculosis Among Certain Indian
Tribes of the United States," as bulletin
forty-two of the Bureau of American
Ethnology of the Smithsonian Institution.
Susceptibility of the Race.
A brief summary of the bulletin can "not
hut be of interest to the general public as
well as to the specialist. In his introduc
tion, Dr. Hrdllcka discusses the history of
the development of the disease among the
Indians, and he finds while there Is no
reference made to it by writers who re
ported on the period of the earliest con
tact of the whltos with the various tribes,
still at the present time tho Indians show
a greater susceptibility to the disease than
the white man, thus clearly Indicating a
lesser Immunization of his system which
Implies the more recent Introduction of the
Infection Into his race. Dr. Hrdllcka cor
rectly assumes "that the dinea.xo must
have been much less frequent among the
Indians in former times when they lived a
more natural and active life, were better
Inured to hardships, and, with the excep
tion of particular localities and periods,
were better provided with suitable food."'
Carefully prepared tables on the mor
bidity and mortality of tuberculosis among
the Indians are presented by Dr. Hrdllcka,
compiled from the census reports, from
statistics collected by physicians In the
Indian service In 1904, and from statistics
on mortality gathered by the Indian of
fice during 1P08. In a general way this
data mmy be summarized as showing that
among' 1,000 Indians there are 9.7 per cent
cases of pulmonary tuberoulosls; 1.95 per
cent of tuberculosis of bones and joints,
and 15 per cent of oases of glandular tuber
culosis. Personal Investigation.
In greater detail even, he discusses his
own results regarding the actual state of
the different tribes, and statistical data
based on the examinations made from ac
tual visits to th tribes themselves. He
first visited the Menominee, a tribe con
sisting of 784 men and 680 women; then
the Ogalalla Sioux, where th population
Is 8,663 persons; and next the Quinaielt, a
small tribe of only 111 Individuals; next
the Hupa, 426 In number; and lastly the
Mohave, or rather Colorado River Mohave,
who live In Arlsona, and consist of 465 per-'
sons. The physloal condition of these var
ious tribes of Indians are contrasted and
the Influence of civilization upon them
"for better or for worse" clearly shown.
Most Interesting is his discussion of the
Etiology of tuberculosis among the Indians.
He finds that the most potent of all factors
Is the facility of infection, particularly
during the cold or rainy season. Almost as
serious la the frequent hereditary taint
among the young. He says: "In a tribe
such as the Sioux it would b very dif
ficult, if not Impossible, to find a family
In which there have not been tuberculosis
Individuals, some of whose progeny ar
congenltally predisposed to the disease."
Among other causes cited are "the greater
racial susceptibility"; "the presence of
tuberculosis glands or other tuberculosis
processes In Individuals"; and "the Influ
ence of diseases other than those of the
respiratory tract." He cajla attention to
the fact that "dissipation, indolence, and
all other weakening conditions contribute,
doubtless, as much to the susceptibility of
the Indian to tuberculosis infection as they
do among the whites." "Want and con
sequent debilitation" are cited as respon
sible for a fair proportion of the cases
of pulmonary tuberculosis among the In
dians. Under the heading therapeutics. Dr.
Hrdllcka discusses treatment. This in
cludes naturally combating the Ignorance
that prevails among the Indiana atfd the
Introduction of sanitary measures, such as
isolation of cases, with rare by nurses and
physicians. Cleanliness and proper nutrl-
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The author wisely urged that "all alco
holism should be repressed."
In bringing his report to an end Dr.
Hrdllcka rightly says "whatever is done
for the Indian in preventing and curing
tuberculosis will be of potential civilizing
influence for the race and will mean also
an advance in the campaign galnt the
other pathological conditions to which he
Is subject." s
The illustrations which are half-tone
reproductions of photographs taken by
the author from actual places visited serve
most admirably to elucidate the text and
also show conditions of the home life of
the tribes of Indians which came under
Vr. Hidllcka's Inspection.
NAVAL FIGHT OFF NICARAGUA
Government Forres Uefeat Revolu
tionists and Capture Three
MANAGUA, Nicaragua. Nov. 13 The
government today defeated the revolution-,
lsts In a naval battle, during which three
steamers and artillery were captured.
A number of revohitlt nlsts were killed.
Oreytown was reoccupled Thursday by
the government without a battle and Its
foiceB are now on the way to Bluefields
Woman s Shop
1517 Douglas St.
For mt fly Hold Htm
On account oft inclement weather Friday and
Saturday of last week wz will continue for a
few days longer the sale of our $22.00 and
These Dresses will not be altered, but sold
quickly to make room for fast arriving Winter
All well made elegantly tailored all wool
Come early you will have a greater vari
ety to choose from.
Woman's W ork
Acttntteo of the Organised
Bodies AJonr the lanes of Us
dertakiaf of Concern to Woau.
The department of oratory has planned
an attractive program for Monday after
noon's meeting of the Woman's club. "A
Day In Japan" will occupy the first half
of the hour and a little Japanese play
written by Mrs. Qeotgia Williams, the
second half. The program follows:
A DAY IN JAPAN.
Poetry of Japan. . .Mrs. Alice H. Tracy
A Cloisonne Vnse...Mrs. Minnie Rogers
Aria from "Madam Butterfly"
Miss Hazel l.oveland
Olory Mrs. Georgia Williams
Violin solo Miss I-uella Allen
Accompanist, Miss Grace Hancock.
THE BRIDE OF YA8UZO.
Hrene The House of Katsura.
Katsura Mrs. Henrietta Rees
Dhyo-han (her daughter)
Mrs. Margaret Shotwell
American consul's wife
Mrs. Georgia Williams
.Mrs. Nora O'Shea
Mrs., Dale Collins
..Mrs. I,ucy Piatt
.Miss Kmily Bolls
Mrs. Nora O'Shea
.Mrs. Alice Tracy
Madam Peach Mrs. Kathryn Kelly
Madam Cherry Blossom. Mrs. T. L. Combs
Madam Morning Glory
I... Mrs. Kugenie Van Dusen
Madam Lotus Mrs Josenhlne Neelv
Madam Maple-Leaf ... Mrs. Iaura Syfert
( Madam Chrysanthemum
Mrs. Florence Kills
Madam Camella Mrs. Kate K. Darr
Hong A Japanese Maiden
Miss Kmily Bolts
Accompanist, Mrs. Harmon.
A Japanese Dove Song
....Esther Workman, Paul Workman
During the business hour Miss Ruth
Fonvllle of Mexico, Mo., one of the cor
net! Is at the recent National Woman's
Christian Temperance union convention
and chief trumpeter of the United Confed
erate Veterans' association, will give a cor
The state associations of the Sons of the
American Revolution and cf the Daugh
ters of the American Revolution will cel
ebrate the 127th anniversary of the
acknolwedgment of the Independence of
the United States by Great Britain with
an elaborate banquet at the Rome hotel
In this city on the evening of November
It will be a Joint affair and represent
atives will be present from both societies
from all parts of the state. The program
has not yet been completed, but it is ex
pected to Include ahuit addresses by the
national officers of both organizations, ai
well as by the state association officers.
The details of the affair will be announced
as soon as completed, and II is the Inten
tion of the Joint associations to make It
the most memorable meeting of these or
ganizations yet held In the state.
The semi-annual meeting of the Nf
braokd branch of the Woman's auxiliary
of the Episcopal church will be held at
Wymre during the convocation, Tuesday,
November 18, to be women's day.
The program will open with the celebra
tion of communion, followed by a busl-
ness meeting. Rev. W. H. Moor of Fair
bury will speak of the "United Offering"
A missionary meeting will be held at 2:30.
Mrs. A. K. Gault of Omaha will give a pa
per on "Influence of Christianity on the
Home Life of Japan;" Rev. F. Mills Hayes
of Lincoln will speak of missions, Rev.
T. J. Mackay of Omaha will give a paper
on "Bishop Hannington" and Rev. John
Albert Williams of Omaha will talk of
the work among the colored people.
Bishop Williams will give a missionary
address in the evening.
' The regular meeting of the literature de
partment of the Woman's club will be held
Wednesday, November 17, at 10 o'clock,
Mrs. Millard Langfeld presiding. Subject
of the morning's lesson will be, "How the
Llteiature of G'. eece and Rome Reflected
and Affected lio'-lal Life." Mrs. G. C.
Swlngley will give a paper on "The
Homeric Poems," "The Heslodlc Poems"
and "Pindaric Poems." Miss Adelaide
Spratlen a paper, entitled, "The Rise and
Development of the Drama; Its Affilia
tions With the Short Story," and Mrs. Al
bert Edholm a reading.
The department of psychology will give
a social afternoon Wednesday from 2:30
to 6 o'clock. Rev. D. K. Jenkins of the
psychology department of the University
of Omaha will be the guest of honor and
will tpeak. There will be music and re
freshments, The hostesses of the after
noon will Include: Mrs. Mary Newton,
Mrs. Charles Tracy, Mrs. T. B. Ward, Mrs.
II. B. Fleharty, Mrs. C. Vincent, Miss
Clara Boutelle, Mrs. G. P. Moorhead, Mrs.
Edward Johnson, Mrs. Draper Smith and
Mrs. Albert Edholm.
The Twentieth Century club of Khelton,
Neb., gave an altogether delightful Hal
lowe'en party recently at the home of
Mrs. O. H. Crumley, at which the Nine
teenth Century club of Kearney, the
Woman's club of Wood River and the
Womun's Study club of Gibbon were
guests. The visiting women came by au
tomobile, carriage and train and numbered
about thirty-five. The affair was most
unique. As the guests arrived they were
met by ghostly figures that directed them
upstairs. When they descended they
found the decorations and all appointments
suggestive of the occult. A witch croon
ing over a cauldron gave out cards that
proved bearers of most appropriate llt'U
sentiments and attractive souvenirs. All
the features were equally clever. Mrs.
Max Hosietler is president of the tfhellon
"The School of FontaJnbleau" and "The
Rebuilding of the Louvre" will be the sub
jects at Thursday morning s meeting of
the Society of the Fine Arts. Mrs. C. C.
George to be leader of the morning.
The board of directors of the Old Peo
ple's Home will meet Tuesday morning at
10 o'clock at the Young Women's Chris
tian association building.
ol Within lite Hlakts.
"Can I have two good seats, well down,
not behind a post and on the aisle?" asked
the quiet gentleman at the box office
"Three dollars apiece." replies th ticket
seller, slumming out t0 tickets that called
for tickets in the last row, benlnd a posl.
and In the middle of the row at that.
"But these ain't what I want." objects
"Can't help that. Got to take em nr
nothln'," responds the ticket seller, ob
"Ixok here, young man, that no way
to talk to people who come here to buy
"Huh!" You talk as if you owned the
t uo. i happen to be the new owner:
"Then Kit awav and let oeonle that want
to buy seats have a chance. You know
very well von can get In for nothing.
ECHOES OF THE ANTE-R00M
Omaha Chapter Royal Areh Masons
Will Give Third Annnal Women's
Omaha chapter No. 1 will give lis third
anneal entertainment for Its women friends
Tuesday evening- The program will be
of a varied order, with miiNlc predomi
nating. Supper will be served during the
evening, after which a reception will be
tendered the visitors. Dr. Frederlch A.
Miller will preside. Mrs. W. A. Challls
will read several selections, while Miss
Estelle Brown will preside at the piano.
Welcome grove No. 64, which meets at
Twenty-fourth and Parker stieets the first
and third Wednesdays of each month, has
arranged fur a series of entertainments
on the third Wednrkday of each month
during the winter.' The first was a card
party and the next one will he a inssl
hall, which will be given next Wednesday
Tribe of Ben Mar.
Omaha court No. 10 will give a dance
in Fraternity hall Thursday evening, De
cember 2 From and after that date this
court will give a regular dance on the
first meeting night of each month for its
members and friends.
Omaha lodge No. 1 will give a progres
sive card party next Tuesilav night. No
vember, 16. Refreshments will be served.
Minnehaha council, degree of Pocahontas,
will give a card and darning party the
evening of November II In Myrtle hall
Ivy camp No. 2. Royal Neighbors of
America, will give a dance patty Wednes
day evening In Modern Woodmen hall, Fif
teenth and Douglas streets.
Garfield circle No. 11, Ladles of the Grsnd
Armv. held Its annual inspection Friday
evening in Harlght hall.
A Bachelor's nrflertlons.
Weather has more to do with a man s
mood than morals have.
The reason a woinmi can be so contrary
Is she thinks she isn't.
It tnkes a man a lifetime to learn how
to live, and then he is readv to die.
A girl knows she has lovelv hair If r,
remember to tell her so. arid she Is Jiif.
as sure of It If you forget to.
Theories can stand tnoKt any test excep
an application of them.
The reason a man doesn't believe ho
snores is because Ills wife makes so much
fuss about It.
A men seems to have an Idea he hm
coal bills because he is a victim of perse
cution by personal enemies.
When a girl Is angry because a nvi-i
wants to kiss her It s a sign she could
be astounded If he didn't want to.
What a woman hates about the telephone
Is how her hiikhand ran tell her over u
that he has tu work late In the office with
out her being able to see how he looks as
If tie were stealing sheep Nw York Press.
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