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Official announcement has been made by Secretary of Commerce Redfield of the discovery of a practical navigable channel from Bering sea into the mouth of the Kuskokwim river, thus opening the second greatest river in Alaska to commerce. The discovery was made by Captain Lukens of the coast and geodetic survey. In a statement announcing the discovery, Secretary Redfield says that although it cannot be predicted with certainly what this new region will develop when thoroughly prospected, it is not unreasonable to suppose that the near future will see the Kuskokwim river of commercial importance compared with that of the Yukon river.

"The Kuskokwim river," says Secretary Redfield, "is nine miles wide at its mouth and navigable for over six hundred miles inland. The great submerged flats of the delta of this river extend one hundred miles out to sea, and it was through this uncharted delta that the surveying steamer 'Yukon' made the discovery of the channel which means so much to the commerce of that section of Alaska. The Kuskokwim is one of the three great Alaskan rivers emptying into the Bering sea which has been opened to commerce as a result of the charting operations of the coast and geodetic survey. The mouth of the Yukon was surveyed in 1898, and in a few years that river became one of the greatest commercial arteries of Alaska. In 1909 and in 1910 Nuskagak bay was charted, and now the Kuskokwim, by far the most dreaded and unknown of these rivers, will no longer be a menace or a mystery to the navigator who has one of the new charts of its entrance about to be issued by the survey."

Evil a Deception
February 6, 1915

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