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VOLUME LXXXII.-NO. 56.
HUNDREDS SAIL AWAY FOR DYEA Departure of the Steamship Mexico From Seattle for the Yukon. ON GOES THE RUSH TO THE KLONDYKE. But All the Gold Is Not in British Ter ritory, for Some Paying Claims Are Being Worked at Cooks Inlet. SEATTLE, Wash., July '25.— The steam shin Mexico, the third of the vessels which have departed with passengers for the Yukon and the Klondyke since the news of the first discoveries went out, left at noon to-day. She carried for Dyea some 300 passengers and tad as freight about 1800 ton., principally supplier for the miners. This, with the horses intended for pack-animals, makes up a heterogene ous cargo. There is hardly a public event which has taken place in this city which called out as tip a crowd as witnessed the depar ture of the Mexico. The wharves for nearly a mile were lined with people wav ing handkerchiefs and sending cheers after the departing voyagers. Tue cheers were heartily returned from the Mexico's deck, which appeared black with people. There will be no other departures of Steamers until July 2.th, at which timo the City of Topeka is billed to leave. Her passenger accommodation is already pretty well taken and considerable freight also awaits her. The Klondyke is not the cniy portion of Alaska sending out news of gold dis- ' coveries. The schooner Stella Eiland j arrived here at 3 o'clock from Cooks In let, bringing down news which under ' ordinary circumstances would excite a i Scene on Broadway Wharf Just Before the Umatilla Departed Passengers for the Gold Mines. The San Francisco Call good deal of attention among mining men. She Had on board eight, passengers and some $7000 in gold dust, besides what belonged to the trading company having her chartered, which amount was in a sealed package, and its value was not known to Captain Johnson. George T. Hali, one of the passengers | and an old mining man, informed The ! Call correspondent that the 300 men who I wintered at Cocks inlet have nut in a ' very profitable summer's work. Seventy five claims have been opened, which have paid from $5 to $40 a day to the man. There has been work for every man in the i camp, those not having claims receiving j at least $3 50 a day and board ever since ' last April, and this work would continue until October.when the streams freeze up. I Some small prospecting parties have been j out during the greater part of the sum- I mer, but without reporting any very ex- I tensive discoveries, although gold has ! been found in colors on the bars of every creek. ' The sold brought down by the Erland closely resembled in appearance thnt from the Klondyke. The news of the Klondyke discoveries had not reached Cooks Inlet at the time the Erland left, and probably will not until her return. The men who came down on her. were incredulous when informed of the facts. i * SAN FRANCISCO, MONDAY MORNING, JULY 26, 1897. This Is a Scene of the Ascent of Chi koot Pass When the Influx Was Nothing to the Present One but later in the day were suffering from a severe attack of Klondyke fever them selves. It is reported among the sporting fra ternity of this city that among the pas sengers to St. Michaels on the steamer Portland was a well-known gambler of Puget Sound, who has, in consideration of a large sum paid to tho North Ameri can Trading and Transportation Com pany, been granted the privilege of run ning a gambling game on the steamer on her way down from St. Michaels. As itis believed that the Portland will bring out a large number of miners, having with them not less than $2,000,000 in gold dust, the good luck of this particular man is re garded very enviously by his confreres here, wbo have not turned a trick in many moons. During the rush to Alaska fast season the schooner Lincoln left Seattle bound for Cooks Inlet heavily laden with a cargo of miners' supplies and carrying some twenty passengers. She has never been heard, of since, unless a message from the sea discovered to-day is authentic and not the hoax of some idiotic practical joker. Peter Dahl yesterday picked up on the beach at West Seattle, just around the point from the bathing-bouse, a brown quart bottle containing a piece of water stained paper, on which was written in lead pencil: "The fate of the schooner Lincoln is sealed. We took to the boats tive miles off Campbell Island. As we leave the ship she is fast sinking. "Good-by. Charles Swanson, "Schooner Lincoln." No such name appears in the list of the Lincoln's passengers and crew as pub lished at the time of her loss; but the list was made up from interviews wi'h rela tives and friend., as the vessel's owners had kept no list here. The story is k»d upon as a cruel hoax by. seafaring men, who claim that the currents along the coast all run in a northerly direction, and that every bottle thrown overboard from the Lincoln would be much more likely to co into the Arctic Ocean. than back to Puget Sound.:' Among the freight that went north on the Mexico to-day were eight long-distance telephones and a quantity of wire. This would apparently indicate that some per sons intend to put: in a telephone system into the Yukon, orjat least some portion of it. No hint of such a purpose has leaked out here, and if such a scheme is really on I foot the projectors may congratulate themselves on the. manner in which their secret was preserved. The most diligent inquiry has failed to discover who the persons are concerned in the scheme or anything about it, except the bare fact of the shipment. The telephones were among the last articles taken \ on board, and are consigned to Dyea. FOUND THE FIRST NUGGET. Early Exploration of David R. Bracket:, an Old Alaska Miner and Trapper. BOSTON, Mass, July 25.— David R. Brackett, an old Alaskan miner and trap per, claims to have found the first gold on the Klondyke. Mr. Brackett said , to day that he flrst went to Alaska in 1877. He said he carried the mail. and * supplies for the miners up in the country. • "It was on one of. thoso trips," said Mr. Brackett, "in 1879 that I crossed the great Continued on Second I'age. PASSENGERS CROWD THE UMATILLA Thousands Flock to See the Adventurous Army- Depart. SCORES TRY TO GET ABOARD AS STOWAWAYS. The Rush to Buy or Charter Vessels Is on the Increase and Big Premiums Are Offered — Schemers Are Blooming/ The biggest exposition of the Yukon rush displayed in San Francisco so far attended the sailing of the Pacific Coast Steamship Company's Umatilla for the Sound yesterday. She was crowded with 400 passengers, mainly of those Klondyke bound, and more than that number wanted to get aboard. When the passengers reach the Sound they will transfer themselves to some of the rapidly multiplying steamers running from there to Juneau, and then they will join in the flocking over Chiikoot Pass. The local hustling for special steamers of all kinds and size, lhat can be put on the way to Alaska continues, and several sternwheel river steamers have been the object of bi,* offers by people who want to rush a river boat to the Yukon. Gold is yellow, and the want of it is red and whi>e. The first flush of the fever is still mounting.' This Yukon delirium, this auriferous swoop on the frigid zone, is quite interest ing in the .watching.of it._ Hundreds nave joined in the charge, and some thousands here in San Francisco are wanting to start. An army of them _re saying that they are going in the spring. Those who are going now are in a great measure not taking coun-el of their heads, but are af fected by the contagion of impulse, and are moved by that exciting, thrilling emo tion somewhere inside that loosens the springs of haste and makes man-jams one of the features of human life. It is with the steamer lines as it is with the picnic excursion trains so often. Boarding par ties are ready for almost anything, little or big, that can float on the ocean swells. They are staking much agiinst tremend ous odds with the spirit of a gambler, and they are not reckoning on the fearing and the paling, the chilling and the weary ing, that go with the "outfit." Some who are going grubstaked will need to be heart-staked before they get back — but then there's gold on the Yu kon, somebody will get it, and the devil may not take the foremost. "I tell you I'd go if—" you can hear every hour as ihe stay-homers discuss the Klondyke everywhere. A vast number 1 eaily would go "if " and the lfs call attention to how people get anchored to little hills and spots like an abalone to its rock. It really is distracting to know that millions are waiting for one's scoopshove) somewhere and that one can't break camp and go after them. A few, however, are fairly tearing them selves loose by the roots to get all that gold. Some are making great sacrifices 10 go. Good, permanent jobs are the simplest of these sacrifices. Some who have their accumulations in vested in business or property are selling quick and for almost anything to raise the money. The Klondyke discoveries have made many bargains for people who don't want to go. Some of them are dis played in the newspaper advertising col umns. "Alaska or bust — all for sale"; "Going to Alaska — best paying saloon on street for a man who wants to stay"; "Will deed my ranch for a stake for Alaska"; "Poultry busines. for sale on account of going to Alaska," are typ.s of them. The universal rustling for grubstakes is getting into the advertising columns, too — "A practical miner wants $500 to make two people rich with," and adds the un necessary pointer, "Will co at once." There's a "doctor and druggist" who wants a stake with which to make a stake without driving a claim stake. One rustler is trying to make a gallant play, id-wit: "Wanted— Twenty ladies to or ganize a company to send eight men to Alaska; $200 required." ("If the men were all transported far beyond the North ern Sea.") A Yukon gold excitement fairly sots the brains of schemers to sizzling. The schemes are coming along on time with the "Ho! for the gold fields!" tooted ahead. The exploitation, exploration, development, investment, mining, etc., companies are getting out their pros pectuses with enormous capital, and non.; subscribed that people may get rich off the Klondyke at home. There will be bat two more considerable parties arrive from the diggings this year. They will arrive in about six weeks.one coming here on the Excelsior and the other landing at Seattle from the Port land. On their return trips these steam ers will bring down those who go down tbe river to St. Michaels on the last down ward trips of the river boats. Few will come out by the other route, as it in volves several hundred miles of poling against current., and is taken by but few. The Juneau route is a popular inward but PRICE FIVE CENTS. not a popular outward route. Nearly all those now in the country will remain. THE UMATILLA HURRAH. The Big Steamer Carries Four Hun- dred North and Refuses Passage to More. "Hurrah for Klondyke!'' was the last cry heard from the steamer Umatilla as she backed out from Broadway wharf at 10:30 a. m. yesterday. Thousands were down to see the vessel off, and very few of those who watched the big liner make her course for Victoria, B. ' C, were there out of cariosity. Nearly every one of them had a relative aboard, and women wilh threadbare gowns on their backs watched heir husbands and sons branch out for a mythical fortune in the far north. It was a pitiable and yet an exhilarat ing sight. ' With dozens it was "neck or nothing," while others had a syndicate behind them, or, i; not "a backer," rich relatives who would see 10 it that they did not starve in the frozen north. Such a combination has not been seen on Broadway wharf in years. The laborer rubbed shoulders with the millionaire, and the latter was ready to go down on his knees when it came to a question of getting a favor from the officers of the ship.' Hundreds who could not procure tick ets attempted to stow themselves away, and hundreds more passed themselve&nff as coalpassers, oilers, deckhands and me men, only to be landed on the wharf again by Chief Engineer Lacy and his assistants. When Chief Steward Curtis came to make a tally of the boys, he found that there were at least fifty more than the company allowed him, so there was a weeding out about 9:30 a. m. Neverthe less the Umatilla took away at least 400 people who will make it the attempt of their lives to reach the new El Dorado. When Dyea is reached the rush for the divide wih begin, and then the trouble will commence. Guides will not be pro curable; Indians to carry the supplies will be as scarce as hen's teeth, and boats to carry the prospectors from Lake L.nde man to the gold fields will be anywhere but where the miners expect ti find them. In spite of all the drawbacks that aie plainly set forth, • there were dozens of men who were willing to pay a premium lor a chance to reach the sound on the Umatilla. 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