3rd Letter from Alaska

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3rd Letter from Alaska - JANUARY o. 1914. NO. 8 1 a i Letter From Rev....
JANUARY o. 1914. NO. 8 1 a i Letter From Rev. Patton t Fairbanks, Alaska, Dec. Gth, 1913. Mr. and Mrs. Serrurier, St. Johns, Oregon. Dear brother n..t tlini.iul T t..l.i 1. ...... uuu aiaiur. iiu uuuut vim uuvu 1. . 1 1 1. - 11". . . . ineaiu long ueiore mis icuer reaches you that we arrived I safely in Fairbanks. We are 'now enjoying greatly our new home. There are many things that seem very queer, and yet intensely Interesting to us. We went shopping this afternoon entirely by artificial light. Wood 'saws were running in the streets by the electric light, lights in the public school- in fact had all the anncaranco of nitrht excent every line ol work in full swing, same as if broad daylight. It is, indeed, a queer sight to us to walk along the river front and see the steamboats lifted far above the ice and resting on the ways. Sleds are now used in stead of svagons. The roads are as pavements so that autos and bicycles are used quite success fully. It seems almost incredi ble to see the immense loads a good team will draw. Not un common to see from three to four cords of wood, or nven more, on a pair of bob sleds. Customs of life and living arc very different from Oregon. For instance. I went out Thurs day morning and shot twenty-four twenty-four rabbits. I dressed them and hung them in tho open, where in a few minutes they were frozen solid. Thus they will keep until the warm spring days. About noon today a man called at our door. He had a hand sled filled with graling, pike and ptarmigan. He had caught tho fish in a lako out in the mountuins by cutting holes in the ice nnd then using u net. He sold tho fish for 25 cents a pound. They dress the fish immediately immediately after taking them from the water; then in a few minutes they can bundle them the same as if they were sticks of wood. When prepared for tho table they aro excellent. Mountain Mountain sheep, moose and .caribou ure now being brought into town in lurgo quantities. This wild meat sells from 20 to 30 cents a pound. I would as soon have it as beef, yet many people will pay from 35 to 75 cents a pound for beef instead. Tho temperature has been varying varying greatly. For several days it has boon between five above and ten below zero. It is growing growing colder again this evening, and has every appearance of dropping to what pcoplo call normal, normal, or around 30 degrees below. I notice tho nail heads on the door casing are now gathering frost on them, oven though tho parlor Is very comfortable. Church work Is moving along very smoothly, Mrs. Patton has a lovely class of young ladies. I teach the Bible class. Beech and Everett have a lovely teacher by tho name of Huffman. Her husband husband is in tho government employ employ as timber cruiser. Peoplo who sell wood cut it on government government land ond pay the government government 25 cents per cord. If wo get the wood ourselves wo are allowed GO cords a year without charge. I went out In tho woods and cut the poles for our winter wood and hired it hauled. Teams cost quite a good deal. A man hauled me two loads on Wednesday. Wednesday. It took him just four and one-half hours, and I paid him $7, Teams begin to start for the woods at about 7 a. m., and thus will many times return with the first load of the day be-foro be-foro it is really daylight. Tho breath of the horses freeze on their hair so that to some extent they have a real pitiful appearance, appearance, We received a letter from St. Johns a day or two ago telling of Brother Tallman and Church ill's sickness. How glad we aro to know they are recovering, I have nursed several people who had typhoid fever and realize that under the best of care the disease is very severe. Only three weeks now until the sun will appear to again start northward. It now rises only a little cast of south and sets accordingly a little in the west. Its rays strike very glanc-ingly glanc-ingly and seemingly with little effect. The atmosphere is surprisingly surprisingly dry. Snow, like dry sand, will not stick to wood. In fact many people leave most of their wood in the open. The wood here holds fire much better than in Oregon that is, wood of the same variety, Spruce here burns with really the same durability as the Oregon ash. It ls. remarkable what effect the various temperatures have upon the dogs about town. The Prodigal Girl Wo all have a heart for the prodigal prodigal boy Who was caught In sin's mad whirl, And we welcome him back with songs of joy-But joy-But what of the prodigal girl7 For the prodigal boy there's an open door, And a father's bounteous fare, And, though he bo wretched, sick and poor, He Is sure of a welcome there. But what of the girl who tyis irone astray. Who hus lost in the battle with sin 7 Say, do wo forgive in the same sweet way We've always forgiven him?, Does the door stand ajar, a if to say, "Come, enter, you need not fear; I've been open thus since you went away, Now close to the second year?" Or, do we with hand of hellish pride Close and bolt the door. And swear, "While heaven und earth abide She will enter hero no more?" O Christ! It seems we huvo never learned The lesson taught in the sand, For even yet the womnn isspUrn-ed isspUrn-ed And stoned in a Christian land. f Down into the slough wo lujrl Then turn around with a smile. And welcome the boy frprri. tho. annul irncK, Though ho may have been moro vile. We all have a heart for tho prodigal boy Who was caught In sin's mad whirl. And wo wclcomo him buck with songs of idy But whut of tho prodigal girl? from Lond a Hand, nub sh- ed at the Salem penitentiary, Enjoy a Smoker Tho St. Johns Volunteer Fire Department held its annual smoker in the city hall Monday evening, which was largely at tended and hugely enjoyed. The attendance was composed of members of tho local comnanv. city officials, members of tho Portsmouth firo department and several others. Tho entertainment entertainment consisted of some lively and spirited boxing matches. Tho rounds wero few In number and no decisions were rendered, yet they wero highly diverting. ' TInnll!HVII" Mil ft in nnil Tun tarn" Markwart wero tho first to enter the ring. The combatants combatants were pretty evenly matched, matched, and for youngsters guvo a good exhibition, and while with tho largo gloves it was Impossible Impossible to injure one another, they kept up a lively setto. Anderson, Anderson, tho champion juvenile boxer of St. Johns, and Russell PofT went through three fast and furious furious rounds, und Williams of Portsmouth and Oscar Oihus of St. Johns followed in a two round encountor that was spirited spirited and exciting. "Blackle"of Portsmouth and "Frenchlo" of University gavo a lively fistic exhibition of four rounds duration. duration. Vocal and guitar and violin violin music was furnished at intervals intervals by members of the Portsmouth Portsmouth firo department. A pretty exhibition of rope spinning spinning and twirling was given by a local young man. A splendid banquet followed, and speeches and a general good time ensued. bvery one was highly pleased with tho entertainment afford ed, and voted the St. Johns fire boys royal entertainers. When it is warm, say zero and up, the dogs keep up a continual chatter and howl during the night. No doubt I have heard at least a hundred dogs in various various directions, each singing his own peculiar song; but when the thermometer begins to drop, as tonight, they soon hunt their kennels. No doubt as you people have seen cold winters, this letter will in some ways merely be describing describing your past experiences and observations. Wishing you both physical and spiritual prosperity, your Brother Brother in Christ, J. J. PATTON, For Sale Rhode Island Red cockerels, thoroughbred stock, 51G Central avenue, adv,

Clipped from St Johns Review09 Jan 1914, FriPage 1

St Johns Review (Portland, Oregon)09 Jan 1914, FriPage 1
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