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Skagway, not Sitka

April 22, 1990

Having had the opportunity to take several cruises to southeast Alaska, I can vouch for the many wonders about which Shirley Slater and Harry Basch accurately wrote ("A Couple of Ways to See Alaska From Sea Level," April 8). However, while it is true that in Sitka one can see many examples of Russian architecture, one cannot see the ghost of con man Soapy Smith still stalking the streets.

To appreciate the lore and legend of Alaska's greatest confidence man, one must go to Skagway, walk the streets which Soapy walked during the gold rush days and visit Soapy's grave. Soapy lives on, but in Skagway, not in Sitka.

DONALD L. SINGER

Redlands

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