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shape," said she, "but one can't keep
up with the styles here, and houses
are real scarce. Won't you come in
to the tent.'
Stepping between a Yukon stove
and a little stand made of split wil
low poles, on which a lot.of condens
ed milk cans were piled, I seated my
self on a moose hide which served as
carpet, mattress and table at differ
ent hours of the day. There was over
$15,000 in gold in those cans I learned
"At the present rate I think we had
better pack up the money we have
and leave," she said. "We could, too,
, only Mr. Johnson will be here tomor
row with a pack train from Dawson
and then we will have a bigger tent
j and plenty of everything as well as
Hearing that I .had, been on the
trail eight days Mrs. James said, "You
are probably hungry. No' man gets
enough to eat on the trail. We will
have tea just as though I was enter
taining at my future home."
She set before me a bowl of tea,
two great slices of "sourdough" bread
and a huge hunk of butter. It was
my first sample of this kind of bread
and although eight days of hot cakes
"might have ma'de me a little preju
diced I say without reservation, that
i is the best kind of bread baked.
Canned butter from Petaluma, Cal.,
ip not so bad, either! Taste better
than some fresh fruit YOU get at the
corner grocery back home!
j Speaking of the search for gold she
V'Billy knew there was a big pay in
this country somewhere, but he had
ail .idea it was on the White river side.
We 'mushed' and prospected and
camped all over that country. Our
Staked claims are thick "there. On
.many of them Billy found colors, but
we had no way to get to bed rock.
Billy believes they will find .lots of
gold over m that country now" that
his strike here will bring in men with
"The years in here .were not so
bad. At first I let Billy ga away dur
ing the day and it was very lonely,
but I grew afraid that he might, be
killed by a slide or a grizzly and I
would be left alone. So after the
first month I always went with him.
We would have breakfast and set out
together prospecting or hunting and
return together at night It was even
better this year with Mr. Nelson along
to talk to."
She told me how she followed Billy
and Nels up Bonanza creek and pan
ned out her first gold on the new
claim with a frying pan. Not till then
did it dawn on her that 'they had
struck it rich. She named the camp
"Shushanna," which is Indian -prb-nunciation
of "Chisana," the name of i
In answer to a question as to what
she wanted most when she reached
the "outside" (the word used by all
Alaskans in referring to thg United
States), she laughed.
"I want to get an automobile 'and
never get out. For three years I have
walked every place. It's over 300
miles to Dawson and we have been
there and back twice, and every day
it's been WALK, WALK, WALK. Then
I want to see an aeroplane. It must
be wonderful to see a man fly."
We visited the sluice-boxes on the
upper end of the claim, where five
men shoveling gravel have taken out
$750 to $1,500 a day. James shoveled
a panful of dirt into a gold pan and,
washing away the sand, I found $8
worth of 'gold at the bottom.
"THAT WAS A RICH LITTLE
POCKET!" James said.
Mrs. Murphy was getting the sup
per for the children on Saturday
night when a young woman came to
"I'm a collector for the Drunkards'
Home," she said. "Could .you help
"Come around tonight and I'll give
you Murphy," said the housewife as
she went about her work. Life.