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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 22, 1913, Image 14

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the new fabled treasure-house of
Alaska, whither I have journeyed over
a perilous and almost impassable
trail. Since he sent his signal out to
a waiting world-of-men early in July
over 2,000 men and four women have
stampeded into-these fields from Mc
Carthy! And now on the surrounding hills
and on creeks in all directions from
the James claim over an area of some
to take half a million, guided me three
and a half miles over the mountain
from Johnston creek to. the James
home.
The woman had discarded trousers
Ift 50 miles thousands of claims have
been staked, but on all, with the ex
ception of a few in the narrow gulch
v es where the gravel is shallow, it will
tae MONTHS of work before the
owners can tell whether they, too,
will find as "rich little pockets" as
James has located.
Last year Nels P. Nelson joined
them for a year's prospecting, and
Wdl EL Johnson of Dawson "grub
staked" the expedition. The winter's
search for gold was nearly over and
they had only been able to find a
few colors along tributaries to Beaver
Creek" in Yukon territory when they
met Indian Joe, a chief among the
White Kiver Indians and. a friend of
James.
Joe told them of a quartz ledge on
Chathenda creek, a tributary to the
CMsana river, 28 miles north of the
White. Coming up this creek they
met Carl Whitman, a young trapper
and prospector, who had also been in
this country for ten years. They
camped together and began to pros
pect On May 3rd James and Nelson
found a tributary in which the gravel
yielded as high as $25 to the placer
pan. They named it "little Eldorado"
and staked a claim. Carl Whitham
staked the-'hext one above. Nelson
started to Dawson for supplies and
Whitham to Golcona. James remain
ed, living in a little 12x12 tent.
When I arrived at Shushanna a
mining enginee'r, who had just bond
ed a claim for six figures from which,
he told me in confidence, he expected.
Photograph of James Himself in His
Alaskan "Sourdough" Garb. 3
for a skirt of her own making, but
still wore the mucklucks. Her hair!
is just turning gray and her hands'
and face are tanned nut-brown. f.
"I am sorry to be found in such a I

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