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About The Nebraskan. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1892-1899 | View Entire Issue (May 17, 1895)
A LETTER FROM ALASKA
(Continued from lt pnwM
About tho iirst of June the ico
begun blinking up on tho lnko,
and on tho morning of iho 7th wo
broko camp nml sot sail. Aftor
advancing two miles nn inunouso
ico jam barred furthor progress.
A delay of soventy-two hours fol
lowed, thon tho wind changed,
shifting tho ico so that by break
ing through more than n mile of
Hoc wo succeeded in reaching
open water boyond. At tho foot
of this lako another delay of sov-outy-eight
hours was causod by a
vast ico gorge. At tho head of
Lako Tnrkish and noar tho oentro
of Lako La Barge, ico Holds de
layed us thirty-six and thirty
hours respectively. From this
point to Forty Mile the way was
unobstructed, and we made all
possiblo speed, arriving nt Forty
Mile nt 12 o'clock, June 2oth,just
eighty-threo days from tho timo
of our departure from Juneau.
On the way down tho rivor and
across the lakes we had somo
protty close calls; several times I
could almost hear tho Haps of
death's wings. We wore in the
greatest danger while in a severe
storm on one of tho lakes, when
shooting our boat through tho
canyon, while plunging down
White Ilorso Rapids and whilo
going through Fivo Fingers.
Through all those we passed safe
ly and without our boat shipping
hardly a drop of water. However,
nil are not so fortunate as wo in
coming through these places;
almost every spring one or more
luckless fortune hunters are
drowned. Last spring two mot
their fate; three met death this
In company with four other
men I started out prospecting, the
third day after reaching Forty
Mile creek. We have found noth
ing very rich yet. Most of our
timo has been spent working on
tho bars alonj Fortv Mile creek.
Somo days wo take out about $7
in dust each; other days nothing
scarcely. I do not expect to ac
complish much this summer. Ex
perience is about all one can hope
for the first season. Next sum
mer I intend to prospect in the
districts whore tho richest dig
gings now are.
Wages are only moderately
good in this country. At Forty
Mile, common labor is paid $0 per
day, or $100 per month; in the
mines, 10 per day, or $SO0 or
$1,-00 for the running season,
which lasts four or fivo months.
But there is only work for a lim
ited number of men. Prices of
provisions, etc., are very reason
able. At Forty Milo flour is $S
per hundred pounds; bacon, 10;
ham, 8o; beans, 10; dried fruits,
s20 to 50; rice and sugar, 20
eaoh; corn meal, oatmeal and salt,
S15 each. The traders charge
$25 extra per hundred for freight
ing to the mines. In these camps
onions and potatoes sell for $(50
per bushel. Rather dear, are thev
Old timers here pronounce this
a vory exceptional year. Last
winter was longer and colder, and
tho snow doopor than ovor oxpori
oncod before, whilo during tho
spring and aunnnor high wators
and Hoods hnvo broken all previous
records. Sinco my arrival hore,
it has, with but two oxcoptions,
rained overy day, consequently
tho wators nro so high most of tho
timo that but little mining can bo
done on tho bars. During tho
last three days and nights it has
boon raining almost continuously,
and Forty Milo crook has risen
ovor six foot and is wild and rag
ing. During a period of throo
consecutive weoks tho tomporaturo
was down to 72c below, and at one
time tumbled down to 77. Rather
There is plenty of game in this
country, mooso, er 'ibou, a kind of
reindeer, wolves, ami several va
rieties of boars, foxes, etc. Four
spocies of salmon nro found in
those waters; one, the king sal
mon, is tho finest tho woild can
produce. It is so plentiful that
it is used for dog food.
Tho mineral wealth of this
country has boon greatly overesti
mated. Thero aro not a dozen
payiug placer mines in tho coun
try. Already, many of tho 350
men, who came in last spring, aro
leaving or getting ready to do so.
They aro badly disappointed. I
expect to remain next summer and
perhaps longer. 1 must conclude.
Givo my regards to any of my
friends you meet
P. J , J KWELL,
Ft Cudahy, N, W. T., Canada.
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ton and Huif, who were in town
at the time. Tho rooms aro beau
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as excellent music was provided
there was nothing to mar tho per
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Maine, Lottridgo, Addie Whiting,
Moore, Cropsey, and Fitzmaurice.
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Cullen, BishoH, Packard, Andrews,
King, Doubrnva, Young, Pulis,
Saxton, Packard, Mallalieu, Dun",
Hebard, Frank, and Burget
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