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ALL ABOARD FOR THE TRAIL TO AASK&iGOLD
DIGGINGS WITH CORRESPONDESA$YER
Cordova, Alaska, Sept. 6. We
have arrived at last!
The steamer Northwestern drop
ped us off at the dock and now every
one of us gold stampeders are won
dering if we are going to strike it
rich after we walk to the new
Shushanna gold diggings or whether
we will find nothing but barren sand.
Gold stampedes are mighty flimsy
Yesterday, aboard steamer, every
thing was lined with gold.
Today, at Cordova, our cloudy
visions are lined with indigo blue.
An ore train has just come in from
Guggenheim's bonanza copper mine,
which is the end of the line and
about 150 miles from the new dig
gings. Now, there were five men on that
train who claim they were among the
first stampeders to Shushanna. They
say that the strike has petered out
that it consisted of only one little
pocket of pay dirt on Little Eldorado
creek. Some -said 152 ounces of gold
were taken out and others $10,000.
"It's no place for a gold miner, but
great for hunting," said A.B. Ben
nett, one of the five. "The ptarmigan
are so thick you can kill them with
a stick, and I never saw so many
rocky mountain sheep and caribou in
. The "sourdoufhs" (old miners) im
mediately put the returning stam
peders through a "third degree exam
ination." How many men were' in there?
Had there been any prospect holes
put down in deep ground? Were
there, any outfits in for the big inter
ests.? How was the trail?
FJom the replies they gleaned that
there were 75 men in the camp, more
in the hills, and that hig outfits were
on the ground for the Guggentieims,
R, H. Channing of Utah, the Alaska
Gastineaux Mining Company of Ju
neau and the London- Exploration
fits wefesaid"JtoBes.taffing) every
thing in sigh'taTid:-jumuigelaims on
whichv; ttie, u;eq UffeirrlOtrr worth of
worK Deiorevr-eKuxyiiigi'iuiu uul ubbu
Hnno Mn-ViWlp'e Vriw-'V?pmi'rrmt. dnwn
".? V'wi?..'r- -r-'"i"
in deep?-gravel;-and-th'eitrail'was re
ported ,as-"r,otten." v . , ,
"Same old gaine,?'; said G. D.
Bunker I of 'Dawson, -Fairbanks and
Nome. "NchariceJ!b?.,'tne"fpoor dufr
f era with-thuttleout'fits;.big fellows
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