Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 23, 1974 · Page 70
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 70

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 23, 1974
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would cover l-5th of the nation. Yet its population is less than that of Omaha, Neb. To fly over the sculpted, treed islands of Prince William Sound is like floating over a green jigsaw puzzle someone forgot to put together. To measure loneliness here is to feel the desperation of the last man in line or the last soldier in retreat or the last house in town. Perhaps that is why Alaskans have always left their doors unlocked even when they leave their summer cabins built to enjoy the wilderness. It is understood that anyone lost in the bitter winter can come in and partake of food and shelter and replace what they use later. Yet for all the desolation there is a kind of peace here 'too, a peace no man can de- stroy. Not even the builders of the great Alaskan oil pipeline nor the tides of lusty prospectors who have reached into Alaskan mountains and rivers in search of gold. The truth of it is walking before the geometric dazzle- ment of stockpiled pipe at Fairbanks and seeing two small sprigs of evergreen undaunted by metal and snow. State Magazine-June 23,1974- "" ' CHARLESTON; W. VA5m

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