Mail Tribune 100
Oct. 11, 1914
When the Selig Polyscope company concluded to film Rex Beach's great romance of Alaska, "The Spoilers," which will be seen at the Page Monday and Tuesday, that company determined to leave nothing undone for giving the greatest impress and fidelity in detail. When the production was begun, the main street in the city of Nome, Alaska, had been ruined by a tidal wave and then eliminated by fire. Fortunately there were old photographs of the old water front and the main street; so the original buildings were completely rebuilt and the conditions of early Nome that existed along the shores of Norton sound were reproduced as a background and foreground for the exact period in which the play is cast.
Many episodes showing the manly art of self-defense are as sensationally presented and are as thrilling and strenuous as could be desired, and very real, for the camera never lies. The scene in which the impertinent lounger addresses McNamara, and that evil genius takes him aside and administers two quick, powerful punches on the offender's jaw, under the caption, "There is a man in this 'ere camp," is about as deft a hand-out as one is ever privileged to see, and certainly puts the questioner to sleep on the spot instantly.
Few picture plays have enjoyed more advantages in "location" than "The Spoilers." The scenes at sea, along the shore, in the mountains, in the forest, under the dull glimmer of the midnight sun or in the full sunlight, in the rain (for many of the scenes were taken in the rain), and amid the fury of the storm — are pictures of nature's own making, outdoing by far any composition of the commonplace. It may be remarked that it required over three months work to make "The Spoilers," and some time was lost through rainy weather.
Possibilities securing a jury in the murder trial of Jim George in the federal court before Monday are exceedingly slim. A special panel was drawn this morning, the original venire being exhausted. The fact that all of the evidence in the case is highly circumstantial, and that there is no eye witness to the shooting that resulted in the death of Peter Brown, adds to the difficulty of filling the jury box. It is expected that the taking of testimony in the case will begin Monday morning. All talismen were asked if they had scruples against the death penalty, or convicting a defendant on purely circumstantial evidence.