ALASKA: Land of Beauty & Swat

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When you took me young and trusting

From the growling Russian Bear,

Loud you swore before the nation

I should have the Eagle's care.

Never yet has wing of Eagle

Cast a shadow on my peaks

But I've watched the flight of buzzards,

And I've felt their busy beaks.

—Anonymous Alaskan, circa 1900

In the House dining room of the Capitol one day last week, a youthful dark-haired man was having lunch when he heard the roll-call bell. He jammed the last quarter of his tuna sandwich into his mouth, gulped his coffee and hurried...

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