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The Great Gold Rush A Tale of the Klondike   By: (1876-1944)

The Great Gold Rush A Tale of the Klondike by W. H. P. (William Henry Pope) Jarvis

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THE GREAT GOLD RUSH

A Tale of the Klondike

[Illustration: cover]

FIRST EDITION April, 1913 Reprinted November, 1913

THE GREAT GOLD RUSH

A Tale of the Klondike

by

W. H. P. JARVIS

Author of "Letters of a Remittance Man"

Toronto The Macmillan Co. of Canada, Limited 1913

TO

COLONEL SAMUEL BENFIELD STEELE C.B., M.V.O., A.D.C.

ONE TIME OFFICER COMMANDING THE NORTH WEST MOUNTED POLICE IN THE YUKON TERRITORY

THIS BOOK IS DEDICATED AS A TOKEN OF AFFECTIONATE REGARD

PREFACE

There is a freemasonry among Klondikers which rules that no tales shall be told out of school. If, therefore, this were an historical novel, if I were telling tales and seeking to escape censure by the subterfuge of changing names, I could hardly succeed. Let me take the case of Poo Bah, for instance. The reader with a knowledge of the early days of Dawson accepting the story as historical, would fix as the original any one of half a dozen men indecently caricatured. But if he is told the character is a composite one, that it is the personification of Dawson graft, or, in other words, that it is the sum of a merger, he will understand and, I think, make no complaint.

Otherwise the story may be accepted as the author's best effort to convey a true account of the different phases of the world's most remarkable stampede. The stories of corruption among the officials in Dawson are those which a visitor would have heard on every hand, and at the present time there are many old timers in the Yukon who will tell tales similar to the incidents I have introduced in my story.

When one of my characters speaks of the Dawson officials as petty larceny thieves and highway robbers, it is to be understood to be a sample of the phraseology in vogue at the time.

The different types of prospector I have attempted to portray are those I have met, lived with, and mixed with. Should it appear I have given too much space to the humble economies of the miner's life, I shall advance as my excuse the lack of our literature in this particular.

I have also made a humble attempt to establish the respectability of the miner. So much has been written to compromise him, and so many imaginations have drawn lurid pictures of his morals, I feel it his due.

In a general way the reader may accept anything in my story which has none other than an historical interest as being accurate.

I am indebted to the Rev. Archdeacon Macdonald, now of Winnipeg, for the story of his first discovery of gold. For the story of the discovery of Franklin Gulch I am indebted to Mr. William Hartz, who also furnished the accounts of the finding of gold in the Stewart River. These accounts have never before been written.

W. H. P. J.

TORONTO, CANADA. January 1913.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. THE FORTUNE SEEKERS. 1 II. JOHN BERWICK 11 III. THE BEGINNING OF YUKON 21 IV. SOCIETY IN ALASKA 30 V. SOAPY'S LITTLE GAME 38 VI. HITTING THE TRAIL 48 VII. HUGH'S PHILOSOPHY 62 VIII. OVER THE SUMMIT 71 IX. STORM AND STRESS 80 X. AN EMPIRE'S OUTPOST 90 XI. ANOTHER PASS 95 XII. A NEW PARTNER 107 XIII. THE DANCE 115 XIV. A LONG SHOT 126 XV. REVELATION 133 XVI. A STREAM OF HISTORY 137 XVII. DAWSON 149 XVIII. POO BAH! 158 XIX. GRAFT 170 XX. A LOTTERY 182 XXI. THE PEELS' HOSPITAL 194 XXII... Continue reading book >>




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