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WASECnsT&TOK, SIOTDAY MORISTGr, JULY 25, 1897.
THF II MA II brings our Shoes within easy reach of
int U. . 1Y1M1L. aH out.oMowners.
A Closing Out
This is the time of the year when the customary clearing out of
out-of-date, ill-fitting', and. often, poor-wearing: Shoes takes place.
Many of those shoes will provo'n the end too dear at any price.
Our '-'MIDSUMMER, CLOSING-OUT SALE" is held to close out
every pair of Shoes in our three houses prior to the opening of the
fall season. Every pair of Shoes we now.own is cut in price, Not
a pair among them that we would not guarantee for fit and
wear. Already the s!z3S are beginning to become broken so you
had better come tomorrow if you can. These are a few of the
Child' Spring Heel
Solid Sole Tun Button,
Sizes 5 to 8.
Monday and Tuesday QOr
Indies' White Oxford
of bcol white ennvns.
Itcgular $1.25 Shoes. Qp
Closing l'rice... T"OL
Ladle noud-.icwed Oxfords
of genuine vie! kid.
Black or dark Brown. Jt -f ft
Closing Price... tpi.l
Ladles' Brown Kid Booth,
ever oM for i?2
Indies Uuue-welt Oxfords,
Tver bright" Kid.
Indies' IInnC-.sewed Boots.
All the Popjilur (styles.
Black or tan.
$ Reliable Shoe Houses, $
S930 and 932 Seventh St. (k
1914 and 1916 Pa. Ave. 233 Pa. Ave. S. E. i
EARLY AU5KM PIONEERS
Mr. J. F. Djer Tells of the Land
of the Klondike.
THE OVERLAND EXPEDITION
Fitted Oti in the Early Sixties by
the "Western TTnion Telcgrapli
"-Coinpan3- Karly Project to Con
nect Asia and America by a Ber
ing Sea Cable.
In 1SG0, just after the close of the civil
war, the "Wet-tern Union Telcgrapli Com
pany fitted out an exploring party, which
became known ah "Collins' Overland Ex
pedition." At that time it was deemed a
tplendid project to connect Asia and
America by a line over Bering Sea, thus
binding together by a narrow strand of
wire the two hemispheres.
The party set out from California. Col.
Charles Bitiklcy was in command, and with
him were J. F. Dyer, William H. Dall and
William II. Ennis, of this city, Major Kennl
cott, professor of the Chicago Academy of
Sciences; Michael Le Barge, Richard Carter,
Bean, William Bannister, ThomasE.Den
nison, Charles W. Peae, J. Chappell, George
Adams, and Fred Smith. In addition to
those Just mentioned Frederic W.Wymper
and Frank E. Ketcbuoi, both Englishman,
and Baron Bendlebean, a German noble,
Mr. Dniiiton Is at present a resident
ct Washington and one of its foremost
business men. Hels a real estate broker,
with offices at 1410-12 G street north
west. At the time tho expedition start
ed he. In company with Mr. Ennis was in
Ban Francisco, having just come down
from the mines. There they heard of
Ool. Bulklcy's project, and being of ad
venturous natures and hardy frames, more
over both being men of good parts, they
added thcmsclvt-s to the party and were
most wi-k-ornely received.
At that period the land of Alaska had
never been explored by Americans. The
country was comparatively unknown, so
that the undertaking was a serious mat
ter. Mr. Bycr has kept his diary of the
journey and id) the water color sketches
ittRds during their two years in the coun
try. "In 1S1G," lie said, "we left San Fran
cisco on tho steamer George W. Wright
and landed at Sitka. Securing dogs and
bleds, we made our way overland to St.
Michaels, which we made the base of our
supplies placing Mr. Bean In charge. We
traveled with dogs as much as possible,
but where there was neither Ice nor snow
over which our sledges might slide, we
were compelled to proceed on foot In the
lower part of the country we found every
thing irost pleasant A low temperature,
of course- proved somcv.-h.it of a drawback,
but the atmosphere was Invigornfcng and
tharp, and for a while wc found an abund
ance of game and reindeer. With the as
sistance of native guides, we soon reached
the Tnkon, and, taking skin boats, traveled
up stream Wo frequently encountered
natives who told us that there was gold
farther inlaud. They pointed to our gold
filled teeth and our jewelry, saying that
similar metal abounded In those places.
"When we reached a higher latitude the
effects of the cold manifested Itself more
fend mere, and as winter wassettingin we
were forced to R6sume warm and heavy
clothing. Still there was seldom a time
When any of us really Buffered from tho
low temperature and on one occasion when
Boys 75c Tennis Shoes,
with leather indoles.
Black, bruwn or cheeked.
Crash Linen Shoes
for men and boys.
Cool and comfortable.
Men's Tlei Kid Oxfords.
"Were $2 aud more.
Closing Price... ,
Meu's Bicycle Shoes.
Excellent S2.50 values.
Brown or black.
Men's S3 Hand-made Shoes,
brown or black leather,
MenVi Best Itusset Shoes,
Ittissian cnlf or kid.
Splendid $4 qualities. $9 AC
Closiug Trice... p-.OD
the tlurmometer registered 00 degree
below zero the er-tire party slept in the
open ail without any protection except
our fur coverings This weather, it must
he explained, however, was not as cold
as when it Is zero in Washington. The
air is so rariflcd and pure that human
beings do not experience much discomfort
from frigidity when traveling in Alaska.
We were comlortably but not clumsily
diessed. Each man wore a heavy suit of
underwear, stout woolen trousers, a vest
and a sort or native boot or moccasin
made of iclndcer hide, worn with the hair
exposed. In lieu of coats we had short
iclndcer tunics or "parkes," which were
perfectly air-tlpht, and had to be slipped
over the head In much the same manner
that :t night siiirt is put on.
"When traveling grass was to be had
and the game which we found so abund
antly around Sitka was entirely absent.
"Most of the members of the expedi
tion had tome experience at mining and
while we noticed no traces of gold, prob
ably because we were not prospecting,
there appeared traces everywhere of a
great mineral wealth and inexhaustible
fields of coal. In the more salubrious
climate tlifie were untold thousands or
spruce trees of a vigoi and size I have
seldom seen equaled. In the warmer
war.er salmon abounded and in the Yukon
the finest specimens of trout and game
fish abounded. These first were the
sweetest and largest I've ever caught.
We wore entire suits of reindeer .ill
of our traveling was done at night. Dur
ing the daytime the heat of the sun was
a tcnible thing and its reflection en
the show almost blinded us.
"In the northern part of the peninsula
wc found a most bleak and unpromising
land -never a sight of even a blade of
"Ihe Alaska Indians did not afford any
trouble, although in some sections they
are a fierce and troublesome race. The in
habitants ?t the coast are an undersized,
flt-featurcd race, with but little grit and
no ambition. They were entirely differ
ent from the Chilkats and Inglctts
These men were magnificent looking sav
age, very tall and finely built. They were
of a fierce nnture and the bimrest-. thinv
I 1 have ever known. As early as 'GO they
were spicMimiy armed and adepts at the
use of a gun. Strange to say, we never en
countered the slightest opposition from
them, although as a rule our traveling
was done In parties of two and three. On
one occasion I made a journey of two
months with no other companions except
my Indian guides. The women of these
inncs are extremely handsome.
"After w e had been in the county a little
over u year news came to us by an Indian
runner thut America had bought Alaska.
That day proved to be a momentous one
in our little camp. We hoisted the glorious
old Stars and Stripes, and as the folds
formed and spread themselves a lusty
sliout biviultaneous with the reports of our
guns reverberated over the icy wastes, aud
in the name of the United States we took
formal possession of the country.
"Xot long after this event wc were
saddened by the sudden death of tho most
distinguished member of our party, MaJ.
Kcnnlcott. We dug a grave through llie
icebound toil, which for the first three
feet was almost impenetrable, and which
afterwards became more workable, and left
him there among the suows. Soon after this
we returned home.
"I am not surprised at the reports which
I have heard of the Klondike country. Nor
do I think that the reports which have
been received are tnucli exaggerated. Any
man with n, robust, constitution can go and
live there, and even if he does not strike
a fortune, there are other chances for him
in the land.
"Unless parties. leaving now manage to
reach the Yukon beforo SentnmbM- t
would advlso them to wait until spring.
In September the rivers freeze, and ex
cept a temporary thaw, which occurs about
i-ebruary, tbsy remain ice-locked until
Diggings Even in the Most In
TREASURE FIELD EPISODES
Prlvntlon;, Hardships and Death
Constant Attendants of .Miners
After Quick "Wealth Discoveries
of Half (i Century The First Find
The gold craze has been with humanity
from time immemorial. Periodically the
report of some new discovery of the pre
cious metal has caused the wildest excite
ment, and the scramble to get rich quickly
has been productive of many such sen&a
tionF as that created by the recent reports
from the Klondike region.
The hardships endured by gold-seeking
pioneers have also been an important fac
tor in the openiug up and clvillzatiou of
hitherto comparatively unknown regions
of the globe. To gold the entire rucitlu
coast owes its present prosperity. The ex
istence of gold had long been known In
California, and washings had been carried
on in the southern part, near the San Fer
aaudo Mission, as early as 1841. No dis
covery had been made, however, which at
tracted much attention, or caused excite
ment previous to the occupation of the
jcuntry by the Americans.
A piece of native gold was picked up in
an excavation made for a millrace on
the south fork of the American River,
it a place now called Colona. By the
end ot Becember, 1S-18, washing for
gold was going on ull along tho foothills
of the Sierra from the Tuolumne River
to the Feather, a distance of 150 miles.
I'he first adventurers came from Mexico,
the South American coaht aud even from
the Sandwich Islands. The excitement
eventually spread East, and in the spring
:f 1S49 the riiFh of emigration across
the pLiins and by way or the Isthmus of
tt was estimated that 100,000 men
reached California during that year, in
cluding representatives of every State
of the Union. The emigration to the
land of gold continued with butllttle abate
ment for three years, but the excitement
fell off in a marked degree la 1S54.
California discoveries had given rise to
a general search for precious deposits in
the Atlantic States, and this had been
followed by wlldspeculatlons. A great deal
ot money had been sunk In operating new
mines and in attempting to develop old
mes, -which had never yielded anything
Forty thousand men were engaged in
mining for gold in this country at the dote
of 185U. and during 1B52 and 1853
fully 100,000 weieat work. At this time
the California gold washings reached about
$65,000,000 in value a year.
At this period the diggings for gold were
chiefly along the rivers. These were
"Ilumed" that is, the water was di
verted from its natural channel by means
of wooden flues and the accumulation of
sand and gravel in the former beds was
The fist and richest "placers," such as
the bars of the American, Tuba, Feather,
Stanislaus and other smaller streams In
the heait of the region, yielded each miner
a? much as one to five thousand dollars
he miners were excitable and fre
quently left valuable localities in search
for Fomething better. Occasionally a kind
of frenzy would seize on them andthousands
would flock to some very distant localirv
on the strength of newspaper and other re
ports. Many would then perish from
disease aud starvation, the rest returning
3a povery and rags.
The Kern River fever raged through the
States iu 1855, and at least 5,000 miners
went to that distant region ot tho Sierra,
only to find that the gold deposits wero
already worked out.
The Frnser River rush occurred In 1858
and caused more suffering to the men of
California than a pestilence might have
dope. Twenty thousand person left the
states for that remote region, where all
suffered great privations. Many died and
the survivlor went back In a state of
About the same time that thegcld fever
was at Its height on tho western coast of
North America, just two years after the
rush of the "forty-niners," the great gold
boom in Australia commenced.
It wasatSummerhlll Creek, twentymilea
south of Bathurst, in the Macquarle plains,
that Australian gold was fiist found by
E. llarcreaves, a gold miner from Califor
nia. The intelligence was made known
in April or May, 1851, and then began a
rush of thousands. Men left their former
employments in the bush or in the towns
to search for the precious ore which has
ranked almost as an Idol In all ages.
Gold wasfound at Anderson's Creek.near
Melbournc, the following August, and a
few weeks later the great Ballamt gold
fields, eighty miles west of the city, were
opened, and after thatBendlgo, now called
Sandhurst, to the north.
Then came a gold fever which surpassed
that of California in Intensity Not only
In New South Wales and Victoria, whew
Jhe auilferous deposits had been revealed,
but in every British yolpny of Australia
all ordinary Industry was abandoned for
the one eveiting pursuit.
The disturbance of social, industrial and
commercial affairs during' the first two or
three years of the gold craze was very
great Immigration from Europe, North
America and China pduredifito Melbourne
at the rate of 5,000 a week.
While there lias never bsen a year when
the gold fever has not raged with more or
less intensity in some quarter of the globe,
the next great era of intense excitement
which attiacted the ntteatlon of the Avhole
world was in the early eighties, when the
cxtiaordinary gold fields of the Trans
vaal, or South African republic, were dis-
Thc quartz fonpatlon of the famous
Witwatersrand Reef differed entirely from
any hitherto known gold-bearing ore, and at
first many were skeptical of Its value. But
"vheu it became known that the reef extend
ed in an unbroken halt-circle for forty miles
and formed one of the richest Helds in the
world, the rush across the "veldt" began.
Thousands traversed the thousand miles
which separated "the Rand" from the
English colonies, and the peaceful little
Dutch republic was Invaded with a wild,
greedy, excited mob of allnationallties. The
jown ot Johanuesburgrose from a single hut
RIVER STEAMER BOUND FOR DAWSON".
to a city of nearly 100000 Inhabitants in
less than two years."
Fabulous fortuues wetfetnado in a few
months. These were acquired, however,
not by hard work at tho rulnes, but by
floating bogus companies when the fever
was at its height. There wifs'no placer
mining, and before the reef could lie made
profitable immense machinery had to bo
cuTled over hundreds of miles of rough
couutry. But the gold was there, and the
output last year equaled.tliat or any other
country of the world.
The United States had its next great
epidemic ot gold mining fever early in
1S8U, when the discoveries in Lower
California created Intense excitement along
the Pacific coast. The Santa Clara dis
trict, to which the crowds rushed, was
about 120 tulles south ot San Diego, and
forty west ot Resanaga. During March.
Ib89, au average ot 600 men reached the
mines each day. The town ot Emauada
was practically deserted by males.
One of the first woikcrs washed out
$4,000 worth of gold In four hours near the
Rancho Real del CastFllq. The pan deposit
was mainly or black sand, from which the
gold was easily extracted by the aid of
amalgamated copperlplate. A Mexican
digger took out $l,D0p in two days in
the space or eight feet square.
The price or provisions during March at
the diggings was tremendously high. Five
dollars was paid for a fifty-pound sack of
flour and $.1.50 for aten-pound sackof oat
meal. Dilnks wereS. bits (25cent-) each.
It was in this sanieyehr, during the sum
mer of 18fc9. that NC.Creede, who killed
himseir lait week, discovered his famous
"Holy Moses'' mine In Colorado, and other
rich deposits, which attracted thousands to
the wildest regions about the Willow Creek,
where the town or Crcede was subsequently
Meantlme piospectlng had been going
on In the Cripple Creek district of Colorado,
and it was to this vicinity that the
next grand ruh of argonauts was des
tined to be directed. "Bob" Womack, a
cowboy, was the first to find ore in
Poverty Gulch. lie 'took it to Colorado
Springs late In 18G0, and the float was
found to jlcld ?240 to the ton. Edward
de la Vergnc, T. F. Frisbie aud Dr. J.
P. Grannls then put up the Broken Box
ranch on Cripple Creek, located a claim
under the name of Eldorado. This was
the first claim registered In the district;
Next M. C Lackford located the Blue
Bell in Squaw Gulch, and "Bob" Work,
a Denver barber, located the Rose Maud,
which slewed on one of the earliest
assays no leas than S2.300 nor ton.
In July. 1S91. the Buena Vista and the
Gold Kiug mines weie located. When
the Bucnu Vista was fold to Count Pour
tulis and T. C. Parrlsh, of .Colorado Sprincs
the attention of the entire country was
called to .the Cripple Creek gold fields,
and the rush began. Over the wind-swept
Rocky Mountain tops or ivaistdeep through
the snow in thegullies thedetermlnedbody
ot treasure seekers poured upon the dis
trict, and claims were staked in all diiec
tlous. From Mineral Hill to the creek bed the
mountain Rides weie covered with claims,
as was all the ground on lth sides of thu
lines, regardless of the character of the
Many harshipp were enduTedat Ciipplc
Cieek In these early days of its popularity,
and to such as were successful the life was
a loughand distasteful one at best.
One of the wealthiest; men at Cripple
Creek at the end of 1893 was Winfleld S.
Stratton, who was accounted to be worth
from $15,000,000 to $25,000,000. He had
tried his luck in all the camps In the
State ot Colorado,- and was one of the
first to enter the Cripple Creek district.
At that time he had no money at all.
After prospecctingSaround ho had made
np hts mtml to pack up his trap3 and go
back to hi sold work as a carpenter when
he discoveied the yellow metal on a piece
ot float pinked up on grotind owned by
"Dick" ITbuston;,the-Indian scout, and the
"Father of Cripple Creek1." -
It was the morning of July 4, and Strat
ton called the claim he Focated the In
dependence. Ho had at, that time no
great hopes of the claim, but a few weeks
later the assayfcis told him that the rock
he had sent them from this location ran
5300 or ?100 to the ton.
It is reported that one day a man went
to Stratton and said: "Will you take ten
million dollars for your mine?"
Old Man Stratton, as he was always
called, replied: "Bo you happen to have
a million in your pocket?"
The other said: "No, but I can get It."
Then Stratton added: "Well, if you
would give me ten times ten millions and
put a million in gold down to bind the bar
gain, I wouldn't sell. If I had the money
I wouldn't know what to dp with K. X
long as it Is down in the mine no one can
take it away from me, and I can take it out
as fast as I please."
On Battle Mountain, just above "the In
dependence," was the second largest prize
won by the early explorersof Cripple Creek.
Tills great gold mine is called The Port
land. Early residents tell the storj of its
boglnniug as follows:
" 'Jimmie' Doyle had a bit of a patch on
top o' the mountain that might have been
big enough for a garden, and then again it
might not. It was altogether about a sixth
of an acre. But it had a vein.
"Clofe by 'Jimmie' Burns it is Mr. James
F. Burns now had another bit of a patch.
They were both Irish and both from Port
land. Me., and so they put their claims to
gether, and called their mine In honor of
their native town.
"Both were tenderfeet, and didn't know
just what to do with their property, so one
day John Harnan came along and said to
" 'Boys, what'll you give me if I'll find
you pay rock?' "
"Doyle and Burng agreed to give Harnan
a third tt he found the pay rock. He found
It that af ternoan, and a year ago Harnan's
tl-ird of the mine was $2,000,000 In the
The Portland has produced several mill
ionsof dollars' worth of gold. Storlessuch
as these drove Colorado wild in the enrlv
-days of Cripple Creek mining, und from
33,000 to 50,000 people flocked to the
fields. None of these places which have
been the objective points of gold fever
rushes, however, seem to have been so
inaccessible as the new gold fields of
Nortneastern British Columbia, and what
eer hardships were suffered by the Forty
niners of California or the bush diggers of
Australia may he multiplied a thousand
fold for the excited hordes who are floGk
ing to the Klondike.
Among the latest stories told by the re
turned miners from the Yukon Is that
discoveries quite as startling as those which
are now electrifying the. world may shortly
be looked for in territory which belongs
beyond question to the United States.
Some rich stilkeson A merlcan and Minook
Creeks, Alaska, are reported, and it Is be
lieved that since the last news from these
jioints was received much greater develop
ments have been made. In fact, it now ap
pears that the rich promise of this region
has not been a secret among the northern
gold hunters durlngthelastfewmonths, bus
the fame of the Klondike region had become
so great that nearly every one wished to
hurry to rhat district.
News is soon expected which may have
thocfffct of directing a great portion of the
rush southward to American rather than
THE INDIANS OF ALASKA.
They Aro Peaceable Now, But "Wero
Not Always So.
The Indians of Alaska are peaceable now,
but they have not always been. The United
States has had trouble with them. First
Lieut. William Borrowe, Second United
States Artillery, commanding Fort
Wiangle, Wrangle Island, Alaska, made a
report to the Secretary of War on Decem
ber 29, 1869, as follows:
"I have the honor to report as the
result of the late Indian trouble: One
white man, Leon Smith, killed; one Indian,
Si-wau, killed; one white woman, Mrs.
Jacob Mailer, finger bitten off; one Indian
severely wounded by gunshot fracture of
the right hurpurus: one Indian hnn!nri
On the night ot December 25 the com
pany laurdress, Mrs. Jacob Mnllcr, wife
to Scrgt. Mullcr, ot Battery I, Second
Artillery, was bitten by a Stlckine Indian.
While In the act of shaking hands withher
he bit oft the third finger of her hand. The
woman's husband and a citizen were pres
ent at the time. The Indian escaped to the
Indian village. Lieut. Loucks, with a de
tachment of twenty men, was sent to bring
him in. Tho detachment returned with
thu body of the Indian and his brother,
Estone, who was badly wounded iu tho
On the morning of December 20 the ser
geant of the guard reported several shots
in the direction of the store of the post
trader and in a few minutes word was
brought to the garrison that Leon Smith,
partner to the post trader, W. R. Lear,
had been shot. The wounded man was
brought to the fort where it was found
that fouitccn shots had penetrated the
body Just below the heart.
At davlight on the morning of December
27 Lieut. Loucks went with a detachment
under a flag ot truce to the village with
instructions to see the chief of the tribe,
Shakes, and demand of him themurderer
The commanding officer notified Chief
Shakes thatrjff. the murderer was not de
livered by noon the town would be bom
barded. The 'chief lefused.
At -noon no signs were made of any
disposition on the part of the Indians to
comply with the order and their intention
was to fight. At 2 o'clock the battery
opened up with solid shot on the house
in Which the murderer lived, but the In
dians maintained thel r position and returned
CEOCKBR-939 PA. AVE.-SHOES SHTNED FREE.
Women's $3.00 and
Not content with cutting- the
price of every shoe in stock,
except "Jenness Miller" Shoes,
we are literally "cutting the
very life out" of the "broken"
and little lots. Few illustrations:
Just 44 pairs Women's $3 and
S3.G0 Russet Oxrords, In sm.dl as
sorted narrow sizes. To
rirst comers Monday morn- JS r
mg : &A3Q
$3 Bicycle Shoes,
Just 53 pairs Women's High cut
Dark Russet Bicycle Shoes, kid
foxed, canvas lop, fair
rim of. -.!.; llnvihjivu A . j .
$3. Monday's price.. 3 9 g j
"Jenness Miller" Shoes.
?-S Jng- ("ror L,sb thoes' t0 pay- " aa aiit2&!&
CROCKER'S, 9JtJ?t i
' Shoes Sliined Pree. 7v
tol &&. fil ew, Ti rrt ss
the fire, several of their shots striking in
close proximity to the men. Later m the
day fire was opened on the gun detach
ments from the hills in the rear of and
commanding the post, but without ef
fect This fire was replied to from the
upper windows of the hospital, and In
connection with a Tew rounds of cannlster
In that direction, the Indians were soon
Firing was kept up on ttieir part all
the afteriiOon, and a slow fire from the
six-pounder Avas kept up on the village
till dark Tha next morning jut at day
break the Indians opened on the garrison
with musketry which was immediately
replied to. The commandant at the fort
seeing that the Indians were determined
not only to resist but that they had be
come the assailants, resolved to shell
them. This brought a flag ot truce from
Scutdor, the murderer, was delivered
and after trial was hanged In the presence
of the Indians and the soldiers at the post
THi; NEW TAX OX BEEH.
It Gives n Gnin of Over 7 Per Cent
to the Government.
Brewers have been making every possible
effort to take advantage ot the rebate al
lowed under trie present internal revenue
law, which the tariff bill repealed yester
day. An unprecedented demand for beer
stamps was made during the past week,
the demand being far in excess of the
From br tax alone the revenue receipts
have averaged about $1,000,000 a day
ever sine the conference rpport was sub
mitted. The change In the law means a
g'lin of 7 1-2 cents on every dollar of beer
tax for the Government
We are compelled to
give goods away in order
to make room for the
One lot of laundered PERCALE
WAISTS, were 75c,
One lot laundered BATISTE
WAISTS, with Sjcnarate white col-
.lars, were $l,
One lot of BRILLIAXTIXE
SKIRTS, lined aud bound, were
One lot LIXEX CRASH SKIRTS,
One lot ot PLAIN BLACK BRIL
LIAXTIXE SKIRTS, with silk lus
ter, were $4,
One lot of PILLOW CASES, ex
tra rull sizes, were I" l-2c,
One lot of LAWX and PERCALE
WRAPPERS, were 73o and ?1,
One lot ot CIIILDRnX'S TER
CALE and BATISTE DRESSES,
were 125o and 35e, '
806 7th Street N. W.
1924-1926 Penn. Ave.
Men's SS, $6
Men's 55, 6 and S7
French Patent Calf
bhoe, lace and button,
large and small sizes
goat. .. $2.4-9
Ail $5 Shoes.
AU of our Men's $o
' Kusset" Shoes and
Oxfords, all s-yles
and shades, will hence
forth he ( nn
sold at.. $0.03
CHAHDEUfl OF THE 5TIKIIIE
Mr. Harry G. Williams Tells of
the Gold Kegions.
BEAUTIES OFTHBICE GLACIERS
A Happy "Wedding: o Untold 3IlneruI
"Wealth und Lovely Landscape,
Making the Country an A!nkun
Jideu Iron, Copper and C-l Also
Found iu Abundance.
Barry G. Williams, of PhiladelpWa, and
at one time in the employ ot the Indian
seivice, tells an interesting story of a.
trip he made up the Stikine River, or
Alaska, and of the mineral wealth he saw.
"As we drew inland," said Mr. WHLaras,
"the general appearance of the country
grew grander. Immense mountains, whose
fciiow-crowned heads pierce the dome ot
heaven in solemn and majestic grandeur,
rite in every direction," Is the way he puts
it. ''In many places on these nouuta!ni
could be seen huge masses of coal, looking
as though a htUe push would aet them
tumbling down their a.des. Iron and copper
abound in many places, and gold can bo
found n every direction Prospectors ar
going m and reports of gold strikes are
romlng out In 1SG2 a large immigrat on
or miners to thb coast was caused by the
discovery of gold afcout 200 mlle.s off the
Stikine River, at a car named arter iti
discoverer, -'Buck's Bar This, was worked
profitably for about a year, nut the In
ability to procure rations caused the miners
"Opposite Buck's Bar Is an Immense
g'ueh-r about four miles long and of un
known width, extending westward between
two gnat mountains. It varies in depth
from 100 to C0Q feet, commencing near
the water and extending alonglts course.
The top or this glacier is cut and furrowed
by the rain into every variety of shape.
Viewed from the east side of the river
when the sun Is shining Tull upon It, ic
presents a most beautirul appearance, its
Innumemble p.lntsglisteninglike burnished
tilver nn'l its caverns becominirmore dnrir
by comparison. Toward sunset the effeot
of the sun's rays cause it to crack, which
manres a deep rumbling noise, which may
be heard Tor tit teea or twenty miles. Im
mediately oprositc its center across tho
ll'-er is a boiling spring, bubbling up in
eight or ten places, whose water is so hor,
that it will crisp a person's boot in a very
Fbort time. Along the river are Tour other
smaller glaciers, but they are mere snow
balls compared with the one Just de
scribed. ' Sixty miles above the mouth of the
river there i. a great canyon, ninety miles
long, extending through theChigmctMounc
ains. The current In this place runs so rap
idly." says Mr. Williams, "that you can
form no hba as to its speed. Trees and
logs fly along in its foaming waters In
some t laces the rocky sides or thi canyon
rise 300 feet above the water and incline
so close together that a good jump would
carry a man across. In the spring, when
the ice breaks up In this canyon, the water
is from fifty to seventy feet deep. After
crossing the mountains you come to a
beautiful prairie, well watered and with
here and there patches of fine timber.
Gold is found In all the river bars.
"The ciianpe In the climate Is mora
Btrikiog than that iu the appearance ot
the country. It Is clear, bright, and in
vigoratlnc, with but very little rain. The
atmosphere is so pure that yon can see
mnch further and more distinctly than in.
any other climate The nights are so
bright that one may read ordinarv print.
The Indians In this vicinity have" almost
an Eden to live In. Game and fish are
found in endless abundance. These tribes
make annual Journeys overland and meet
the Indians from the coast, thus finding a
market for their furs, which they ex
change for ammunition, guns, chith, ana
uAfter running up the Stikine about
250 miles one come3 to the Clear Water
River. Boulder Creek runs Into this river
and coarse gold is being found hereamona
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