SPECIAL CORRESPONDENCE) - GUSTAVAS, Alaska, March 20— Representatives of the Park Board were in Gustavus this week to nail a sign on our dock stating that they were condemning it as unfit for use and that anyone using it would do so at their own risk. It seems to Ye Olde Reporter that our "Government Of the People, By the People, For the People", has turned out to be "Warnings to the People" instead.
That the Park Board has assumed even this much responsibility or rather lack of responsibility, calls to mind a little data regarding this locality. Gustavus Dock is the Gateway to the Glacier Bay National Monument. With exception of the proved up homesteads, it contains almost all the land of this area, to be more exact, 2,464,000 acres. To quote from Outdoor Life Magazine of September, 1939, it is "Adjacent to the main lines of steamer travel and accessible for large and small craft, it contains some of the finest scenery in Alaska."
This 2,464,000 acres one would think was sufficient area for a National monument without trying to drive out the few persons who live here permanently and love to call Alaska their home. So far, the Park Board has not built one trail nor one shelter in this Great Park, merely hung a sign on the dock saying is unfit for use!
Henry Peterson flew to Juneau to with his family after working at the airfield here, on construction, for a few weeks.
Gordy Meyers brought over a barge load of oil the other day for the airfield, but so far has been, unable to unload it because of the low tides. It will be a couple more days before the tides are large enough, and of course the dock is now condemned, so it can't be brought in that way.
Uncle Pearl Haynes went to Juneau on the mailboat and returned last mailboat after a pleasant holiday in town.
The songbirds are arriving from the South in great numbers and they express themselves, on the whole, quite disgusted with the fact that spring has not begun to show up here, yet. For several days the grove around Ye Olde Reporters home echoed with plaintive peeps and cries. When we began putting out grains and cereals for them, they rewarded us with real summer trills and warbles. Robins, wrens, song sparrows and even the meadow larks are here in numbers. A meadow lark put on quite a show yesterday. There was a puddle in the path and he got into it over his leg feathers and up to his body and how he splashed and washed himself in that puddle, paying, no attention at all to the fact that the snow was a foot deep all around his puddle. We shivered as we watched but he continued washing and splashing for more than five minutes.
Mr. and Mrs. Pete James and little Larry returned from Juneau last Friday. Mr. James was in town for medical care and expects to return there for another operation in the near future.
Mrs. Jess Jones returned Thursday after a trip to Seattle where she was called by the death of a relative.