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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 16, 1913, NOON EDITION, Image 14

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hard by. Somewhere below, along
with 250 other outfitsand some hun
dreds of tons of miscellaneous
freight, .are my supplies. They were
carefully packed by one of the best
Alaska outfitters in Seattle to pre
vent disintegration en route.
The assortment of stuff aboard ttito
boat is unique. In the hold there is
everything from mining machinery
to the complete fixtures for, A -saloon,
including a 60-foot' bar. The bar is
crated in two pieces, and getting it
aboard was one of the finest pieces'
or stevedoring seen here in a decade.
Since it became known that i
would sail on the Northwestern for
Cordova en route to the new gold
fields I have become one of the 250
most popular men in town. This day
has been taken up with an almost
continuous confidential chat with
folks who can't go, but who are will-.
Ing to confer on me power of attor
ney to stake a placer claim for them
at Shushanna. Each gave strong as
surances of his ability to get funds
to work "our claim" should I strike
it rich. "
Declaration that I was not going
to get gold, but stories and pictures
for The Day Book was invariably fol
lowed by hoots of disbelief.
Fortunately the mining laws of
Alaska prevent the use of more than
two powers of attorney by any one
man, else the good steamer North
western would never get away. She
would sink at the dock, overloaded
with legal papers. The rush is less
than 15 days' old. What a madhouse
this dock will be when the next
steamer sails! Every berth has been
sold on it already..
We are scheduled to sail at 9
o'clock, but it is 6 already and the
p"ile of freight on the dock seems no
smaller than it was at S d'clock thfi
The checkers say it is because
word was received at Cordova last
night that shiploads of miners from
Nome have sailed south to join the
rush, and the government cable has
be"eh working over time delivering or
ders to merchants here for supplies
Adto trucks from the wholesale1
house have been adding to the pile
on tHe dock as fast as the stevedores
make room for more freight.
The cable which made this rush:
drder service possible is operated by
the United States army signal ser
vice, together with a great wireless
system, which covers nearly all of
Alaska. It' is 'the first move toward
thd opening of the territory by the
government. It is one of the most
.extensive systems for the amount of
business handled in the world. Con
sidering this, the rates for commer
cial messages are low. Ten words
may be sent from Seattle to Cordova
for $2.40 or from Nome for $3.80.
There was no cable when the rush
to Dawson started, and little'informa
tlon about what could be expected on
the trip or what to prepare for could
be obtained in advance. This time
every one knows just where he is
going and that the trip cannot be
made with any degree of safety with
out a pack horse.
This horse question caused more
grief and cuss words along the water
front during Che last two days than
anything else. Men who had not
made the trip didn't realize that pas
senger boats have room for only a
limited number of animals, thatf the
bureau of animal Industry has to
pass on each horse, and that the
shipper has to furnish feed for his
horse en route.
Only 51 horses could be taken on
the Northwestern.
Mine was the fifty-first thanks to
the courtesy of the Alaska steamship
company in providing an extra stall
after the federal Inspector had re
measured the deck-space.
In closing let "me acknowledge the
receipt of complete instructions from
The Day Book editor admonition to
speed up on the trail ana waste no
time chasing gold, but to hike on to
the fertile Tanana and back to the
coal fields, remembering to make.

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