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Campbell Cross Exam.

The counsel for the protestants (J. C. Price, lawyer for the citizens of Skagway ) cross examined a series of the witnesses called by the claimants (Moore and the company). The cross-examination of Captain Malcolm Campbell of the steamboat "Rustler" was conducted on February 18. His testimony to Attorney Price indicates that it was questionable whether the Moores were actively using the site for trade. 

CROSS EXAMINATION OF MALCOLM CAMPBELL,
FEBRUARY 18, 1898

 

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Captain Malcolm Campbell was then sworn and cross-examined as follows:

Q. When did you know of Mr. Moore conducting a trading post on the land in controversy, of your own knowledge?

A. July, 1897.

Q. Do you know what he had been doing on the land up to that time?

A. I was there in '88 and saw he [sic] and his father there. They were building a log house and had a garden there. In ‘96 I seen them working there putting up a foundation and clearing off some brush and building a crib for a wharf. I also brought them up about 8 thousand feet of lumber that summer on the steamer “Rustler,” which I was running.

Q. When do you know of his manufacturing anything of your own knowledge?

A. I seen him manufacturing lumber, I think in September, last year.

Q. How do you know that was his mill?

A. I seen him building it, and he took me around and showed it to me.

Q. Do you know whether he paid for the material and labor in making those improvements upon the land in controversy, of your own knowledge?

A. I only know that he paid me for what freight I carried for him.

Q. Did Mr. Moore pay you personally for all transactions had with the mill?

A. Either him or his father.

Q. Do you know who is conducting the mill now?

A. Mr. Cole is superintending it.

Q. Do you know whether the Alaskan and North Western Territories rading Company has any interest 1n this saw mill or not?

A. I do not.

Q. Have you ever seen any stationery used about the mill office?

A. I have not.


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Q. Have you seen Mr. Moore exercising general supervision and control over the mill for the last two months past?

A. No.

Q. What was the nature of the trading Mr. Moore was engaged in in July l897?

A. Provisions.

Q. How large a stock was he then carrying, do you know?

A. I saw between $800 and $1,000 worth of stuff in sight.

Q. In September, 1897, what was the character of the improvements on the land claimed by Mr. Moore?

A. He had a saw mill, a wharf, and dwelling house, stable, store, and other small buildings.

Q. How much of that wharf was included within the limits of his claim?

A. Not any, it was fronting his claim.

Q. How much ground was these improvements actually occupying, and how much was Mr. Moore using, in September, 1897?

A. His improvements were occupying about six acres. He had three roads built through his claim and was hauling timber for his mill.

Q. The greater portion of the land was occupied by other people at that time with dwelling and business houses?

A. Yes.

Q. How do you arrive at the trade and business conducted by said applicant as being $5,000 per month?

A. From what I have seen on the place.

Q. What do you know of the business of the saw mill of your own knowledge?

A. That it was cutting lumber through the fall.

Q. What do you know about the trading and other business conducted Mr. Moore of your own knowledge?

A. I have been living there and from what I have seen of the wharf, teams and saw mill, I put it at approx1mately that amount.

 

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Q. Is the store run in connection with the saw mill?

A. Not that I know of.

Q. Is it known as the company's store, or Moore's store?

A. I have known it as Moore's store.

[Signed] M. Campbell

I hereby certify that the foregoing testimony' was by me read and corroded in the presence of the witnesses, and that it was then subscribed to by him at my office in Sitka, Alaska, this 18th day of February, l898.

[Signed] John W. Dudley, Register.


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