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About The Nebraskan. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1892-1899 | View Entire Issue (May 17, 1895)
A LETTER FROM ALASKA
(Coutlnuuil from lnt pnno.)
About tho first of Juno tho ioo
bognu brooking up on tho lako,
nud ou tho morning of tho 7th wo
broko camp anil sot sail. A tor
advancing two milos on innnonso
ico join burred urthor progross.
A delay oE sovonty-two hours Fol
lowed, thon tho wind changed,
shifting tho ico so that by brook
ing through more than a milo oE
iloo wo succoodod in reaching
open wo tor boyond. At tho Eoot
o this lako anothor delay oE sov-onty-eight
hours was cousod by a
vast ico gorge. At tho hood oE
Loko Torkish and noar tho centre
o Loko Lo Barge, ico Holds do
layod ns thirty-six and thirty
hours respectively. From this
point to Forty Mile the way was
unobstructed, and wo mado all
possible speed, arriving at Forty
Mile at 12 o'clock, June 2oth,just
eighty-throo days Erom tho linio
oE our departure from Juneoii.
On the way down tho river and
across the lakos wo had somo
pretty close calls; soveral times I
could almost hear tho ilops oE
death's wings. Wo woro in the
greatest dangor while in n sovoro
storm on ono oE tho lakes, when
shooting our boat through tho
canyon, whilo plunging down
"White Horso Rapids and whilo
going through Five Fingors.
Through all those we passed saEo
ly and without our boat shipping
hardly a drop oE water. However,
all are not so fortunate os wo in
coming through these places;
olmost every spring ono or more
luckless fortune hunters ore
drowned. Last spring two mot
their fote; three met deoth this
In company with four .other
men I started out prospecting, the
third day after reaching Forty
Milo creek. "We have found noth
ing very rich yet. Most of our
time has been spout working on
tho bars along Forty 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 ono can hope
for the first season. Next sum
mer I intend to prospect in the
districts where tho richest diir-
jjinjis now are.
"Wages are only moderately
good in this country. At Forty
Mile, common labor is paid $( per
day, or $100 per month; in tho
mines, 10 per day, or $S00 or
$l,J00 for the running season,
which lasts four or five months.
But there is only work for a lim
ited number of men. Prices o
provisions, etc., are very reason
able At Forty Milo Hour is S
per hundred pounds; bacon, 10;
ham, 35; beans, 10; dried fruits,
20 to 50; rice and sugar, 20
each; cornmeal, oatmeal and solt,
15 each. Tho traders charge
25 extra per hundred for freight
ing to tho mines. In these camps
onions and potatoes sell for (50
per bushel. Rather door, ore thoy
Old timers hero pronounce this
a very exceptional 3'oar. Last
winter was longer and colder, and
tho snow doopor than over oxpori
oncod bofore, whilo during tho
spring and suinnior high waters
and Hoods havo brokonall previous
records. Since- my arrival horo,
it has, with but two oxcoptions,
rained ovory day, consequently
tho wotors oro so high most of tho
timo that but littlo mining can be
done on tho bars. During tho
lost throo days and nights it has
been raining almost continuously,
and Forty Milo crook has rison
over six foot and is wild and rag
ing. During a period of throo
conseontivo wooks tho toniporaturo
was down to 72'" below, and at ono
time tumbled down to 77 Rathor
Thoro is plonty of game in this
country, mooso, caribou, a kind o
roindeer, wolves, and sovorol vo
r.iotios oE boors, Eoxos, etc. Four
spocios of solmon oro found in
those waters; one, the king sal
mon, is tho finest tho world can
produce. It is so plontiEul that
it is used Eor dog food.
Tho tumoral wealth of this
country has boon greatly overesti
mated. Thoro aro not a dozen
paying placer initios in the coun
try. Already, many oE tho 350
men, who caino in last spring, aro
leaving or getting ready to do so.
Thoy aro badly disappointed. I
oxpect to roniaiu noxt summer and
perhaps longer. 1 must conclude.
Givo my regards lo any oE my
friends you meet.
P. J. Jewkll,
Ft. Cudahy, N. W. T., Canada.
Care Messrs. Heoly it "Wilson,
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Thursday evening. Tho party
wasgivou in honorof Messrs. Sax
ton and Huff, who woro in town
at the time. Tho rooms aro beau
tifully arranged for dancing, and
os excellent music wos provided
thero was nothing to mar tho per
fect enjoyment of tho evening.
The guests were Misses Comp,
Burks, "Whiting, Richards, Grif
fith, Rickotts, Marshall, Lou,
Maino, Lottridgo, Addio "Whiting,
Moore, Cropsey, and Fit.maurice.
Tho members of tho fraternity
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Cullen, Bishotf, Packard, Andrews,
King, Doubrovo, Young, Pulis,
Saxton, Packard, Molloliou, Duff,
Hobard, Frank, and Burget.
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