OLD BOUNDARY MARKS IN ALASKA
Aged Russians Say Monuments Were Erected Fifty Years Ago.
AN INVESTIGATION IS BEING CARRIED ON.
REPORTED THAT LIEUTENANT EMMOS OF THE NAVY HAS VERIFIED THE STORIES.
He Is Said to Have Discovered Remnant of an Expedition Along the Chilkat Mountains.
Special Dispatch to the "Chronicle."
TACOMA (Wash.), September 17.- Lieutenant Emmons of the Navy is at Sitka interviewing old Russians and others regarding the reports of existing monuments marking the Russian boundary of Alaska. He declines to talk, but the oldest Russian residents have told freely what they know on the subject.
Colonel George Kostrometinoff, a representative at Sitka of the Greek church and Russian Government, says that records in the possession of Father Antolio, a Greek church priest at Minneapolis, should throw light on the subject.
Platon Laranoff, aged 73, has a distinct memory of the monuments. He says an expedition was sent out from Sitka to make boundary surveys fifty-three years ago during the term of Adolph Carlitch as Russian Governor. Laranoff's brother was a pilot to the expedition, which sailed to Chilkat and struck into the interior.
Winter set in and nothing was heard of the party, whereupon the authorities organized a rescuing party. After terrible privations, the rescuers found the remnants of the expedition, which had erected several monuments along the summit of the Chilkat mountains, where a part of them have been found by Lieutenant Emmons. The survivors of both expeditions returned to Sltka. Laranoff thinks subsequent expeditions were sent out.
The San Francisco Chronicle, September 18, 1902