[Mon. Dec. 29, 1902] The "Excelsior" came in at noon with 35 passengers: Dr. Goddard & Mr & Mrs. McNealey from Tacoma. Recd letters from Debbie & Darrell Debbie is at Tucson & doesn't seem to be satisfied. Working on "Report." Had consultation with Heilig & Lyons who urge my candidacy for Congress. Have about consented to run. Lyons is going to Juneau, Sitka & Skagway to ascertain how the land lies.
[Tuesday 30] During Lyons absence Ostrander will act as Comr. Made appointment today - oath & bond given & filed. Said to Lyons & Heilig = they should have my first consideration in case successful in Congressional matter. Fully informed Lyons of my old scandal and he says it will not bar my candidacy.