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Evening star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, July 11, 1948, Image 83

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| Today’s THIS
WKKK brings you
the first eyewit
ness story of the
secret Soviet gold
fields. i nr source is Vladimir
Petrov, only known Dalstroy
survivor in America, now on
the faculty of Yale University.
He is preparing a kook on his
11 E WAS assisted by Writer
Corey Ford, who as an AAF
-.AC_A ■_I _
flew along the Be
ring Straits be
tween Alaska and
t he Dalstroy area.
In the mystery land of Arctic Siberia, a grim gold rush is on. Here
is the fantastic inside story of how Uncle Joe has struck it rich
fcy Corey Ford
Fx; drapes a shroud over this desolate
land at the top of the world. It is the
coldest spot on earth; the sullen waters of the
Arctic Ocean smoke with gray mist, and in
winter the temperature may drop as low as
90 degrees below zero. The rivers are frozen
over two thirds of the year, and beneath the
thin layer of tundra is only geologic ice. Bliz
zards hide the land, and for three months
there is the total blackness of the polar night.
' This is Northeast Siberia.
But behind this curtain of fog and snow
there are strange goings-on today in the white
Arctic silence. Sounds of feverish construc
tion day and night. Blasts of dynamite, rum
ble of excavators, the steady scrape of pick
and shovel. And over it all, if you could hear,
the barked orders of prison guards, oaths, the
smash of rifle butts, the shuffling feet of half
a million slaves. . .
The answer is gold.
Gold lining the stream beds, glittering in
the rocks in veins of incredible richness. Gold
mines operating summer and winter, on a
24-hour basis — under electric lights through
the long Arctic night. Prison ships, holds
filled with human cargo, bringing more work
ers to dig more precious metal. Men living
like animals behind barbed wire, starved and
beaten and dying by the hundreds of thou
sands irt a gigantic slave-labor operation
which can be compared only with the terrible
exploits of Cortez in Mexico, of Pizarro in

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