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VOLUME LXXXIT.— NO. 90.
COMES LADEN WITH GOLD FROM THE KLONDIKE LESS TREASURE BROUGHT DOWN BY THE PORTLAND THAN WAS EXPECTED This Owing to a Failure to Connect With a Yukon Steamer Which Has Three Millions on Board, MINERS BRING STORIES OF VAST WEALTH ON THE KLONDIKE. One of the Returning Miners Says That the News of the Rich Mines Has Not Been Half Told, and That There Is More Gold in a Single Gulch Than Ever Came Out of California. PORT ANGELES, WASH.. Aug. 28.— The steamer Portland, laden with golden treasure from the Klondike, arrived here at 7 o'clock to-night Miners who cam? down on the vessel from St. Michael verified the stories of the vast riches of the Yukon's tributaries. The officers of the Portland stated that the steamer brought down only a million in dust and nuggets, but the next vessel down will probably bring three tim?s as much. There was no disappointment over this comparatively small manifest of the precious metal when it wjs explained that the largest of the treasure-boats coming down the Yukon had not reached St. Michael when the Portland sailed. The Portland waited two days for this boat, but finally had to put to sea without its yellow cargo. This explains the tardiness of the Portland in reaching Puget Sound. Then is apparently no limit to the gold field. New discoveries, as rich as thus far reported, have been maie in all directions from the Klondike. Wherever the earth was turned over there was gold founJ. Some of the returning miners come from working gravel along the streams that were never heard of before, and they smile pityingly when the original Klondike riches are mentioned, intimating that their discoveries are far richer. All within the Arctic circle, according to their stories, is a miner's dream, which means that gold is to be had for Kie picking upu Captain Willing Kidston, in command of the steamer, reported a pleasant voyage, and explained the delay of three days , in reaching this point by stating that a very severe hurricane at St. Michael delayed thi discharge of his cargo. He said: "On our next trip the Portland will bring down the treasure brought on the Weare. We will be convoyed by the cutter Bear, under the command of Captain Hooper. I saw him in the north, and he told me that he had received orders from Washington to guard the Portland on her next trip from St Michael to Seattle. As most of the miners will make their clean-up by that time, we expect to carry a very valuable cargo. "While at St. Michael we heard of new discoveries on Monuet Creek, in American territory, 800 miles from the mouth of the Yukon. A party of miners, who were among the passengers, struck out for the new fields and intended to pass the winter there." Among the passengers brought down by th; Portland from St. Michael is Timothy Bell, who has with him $30,000 in gold, the price of a claim which he bought tor Si 15. William Ogli\ .c, Dominion Surveyor, says the 600 claims now staked out will yield £70,000,000. Ready money is worth 2 to 5 per cent. GOLD IS THERE BUT NO FOOD. Gaunt Famine Confronts the Horde of Searchers for Wealth. Returned Dawsonites Paint a Gloomy Picture of the Klon dike Situation. SEATTLE. Wash., Aug. 28.— Gaunt famine will stalk unsaved in the Klon dike th:3 winter. Gold there will te in plenty, but pelf will have no power to wrest the ravages of hunger. Miners are now hurrying back to civili zation loaded down with riches which they believed would be powerless to save them from death or direst sufferings, were they to attempt to pas? the coming months in the frozen north. It may be that the pictures drawn by those who returned on the steamer Port land to-day are too highly colored and that ihe distress they believed to be inevitable is feared because they do not know of ihe expeditions now on the way to Dawson City by Wiiy of St. Micbnel, sent out from fcan Francisco. They have not heard of the steamers freighted down w ill provisions and carry ins rafts and sni 1 towboais, with Which it is ho; ed to reach the center of the cold HUNDREDS CANNOT REACH DAWSON. SEATTLE, WASH., Aug. 28. — The most important news from St. Michael is that the Yukon River steamers left there two weeks ago for their last trip up the Yukon. It was not certain that they would reach Dawson this fall, in which event passengers who left the sound on the steamer Portland as early as July 25 would only reach Circle City before navigation closed. This makes it certain that hundreds of miners who have left the " sound and California since August 1 for St. Michael will have to win ter there. At least, they can scarcely get started up the Yukon before the river freezes over solid. The San Francisco Call fever before the ice king envelopes the mighty Yukon. They know only of the stories that had rescued St. Michael un to the time they left there. They know that the tmv flet't of r ver b>ats h;is been <s<c eased this sea son by the loss of one, ana in ali proba bility, two cf its number. They also know that a mighty host of treasure-seekers is bearing down on them from the head water- of the great river. The vanguard of those v. ho went north by the D - ea route had already reacied Dawson before they left a:id the reports they cariied of the thousands who were fallowing them have struck terror to thi.se who have already experienced the rigors and sufferings of one or more winters in the Arctic circle. The wildest stories of pold that have already come down from that country are well affirmed by the little batch that rtached Seattle to-day. But even pold will not purchase food in a land where there is no food to be had. Some of the passengers on the Portland say they came down to visit friends or purchase supplies to carry on operations next season, but others frankly admit that they left splendid-paying claims to escape the hardships of the coining win ter that stared them in the face. Not one of those on the steamer belit tles t ne storias of the marvelous riches of the Klondike cou.itiy that have already reuche.i here. Ten million dollars, and possibly $13,000,000, will be wressed irom tne frozen soil between now and spring, t.ut with what sacrifice of human life no one can foretell. But they were also a unit in sending out a warning to every body not to venture north until alter the lirst of the year. SAN FRANCISCO, SUNDAY MORNING, AUGUST 29, 1897-THIKTY ! J AIiEH, ALL THE NEWS NOT HALF TOLD Stories of Wonderful Riches of the Frozen North. Daws on City Booming and Re ported to Be Growing Faster than San Francisco. PORT ANGELES, Wash., Aug. 28.— A letter from a special correspondent 400 miies from Klondike says, quoting J. J. McKay , one of the minors: "The news of rich mines has not half been told. There is more gold in a single gulch ot Klondike than ever came out of California." Another man, Joseph Birch, says: "News has not been exaggerated a bit. I do not know these men, but owners of this barge and others with us, too, say they are truthful and conservative men. They say there are only about 1600 Ameri cans in the mines; that many sieamers are now coming and goint*, by way of the lower Yukon to and from Dawson; that there are plenty of supplies there I iliose already in but not for any big rush late in the fall. The Canadian Gjvern men; may insist that m^u without sup plies shall cross tho line before they are in danger of starvation. Some new mines have been found, but they are not so rich as the earlier ones. "Dawson is buildine faster than San Francisco. It has many big buildings a : ready. Prices in X ondike are: Flour, $6 a sack; fish, 20 to 30 cents a pound; bacon and ham, 40 cents. Clothes are cheap and all thingi are to be had more reasonable than over the trails by which we have come; beef, $1 per pound; coffee, $1 per pound. One passenjrer, as he stepped upon the dock, staggering uii'ier the weight of two heavy valises, said: "I wouldn't advise, no, sir, 1 wouldn't advise or encourage anybody to go there. No, not for $10,000 would I have stayed in that country for another year. No. The Steamer Portland, Which Reached Puget Sound From St. Michael Last Night, Bringing a Million Dollars' Worth of Gold From the Klondike, and Miners Who Tell Wonderful Stories of the Wealth to Be Found Within the Arctic Circle. 'I may go back again; I think I will next year, hut never to go through what I had to get my gold." This was the view of a man who had roughed it in mineral camps all his life, and spent four years in Alasta living as luck and his resourceful ingenuity permitted. TREASURE SHIP LONG OVERDUE Possible Mishap to a Yukon Vessel Bearing Gold to St. Michael. Miners and Their Sacks of Dust May Have Gone to the Bot- torn of the River. SEATTLE. Wash., Au*. 2!).— Though the passenger list of the Portland is small and the treasuies she brings down fall fdr short of expectations it is not because < f the lack of gold in that region. The steamer from Dawson which was to connect with the Portland and is Known to have left tlie mining district with scores of passengers anil hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of billion had not reached St. Michael when the Portland left, although she was fifteen days overdue. It is certain that some mishap had befallen her. but whether she has been engulfed in the mishty Yukon, those on board swept to death and these fortunes lost will not be known until the arrival of the next steamer from the north. Three hundred and thirty thousand dollars is the golden harvest reaped by thirteen returning miners on the steamer Portland from the far-famed Klondike district of the Upper Yukon country. Just what proportion of this sum they bring to Seattle is hard to correctly esti mate, as the miners positively rtfa-e to give definite figures. From their expressions, however, it is safe to place the amount in the neighbor hood of $200, 000. The miners left Dawson City on July 13, coming down the Yukon on the steamer J. J. Healy, reaching St. Michael about August 1. There they remained for over two weeks, until the I'ortland was ready lo sail on August 16, the steamer re«ching Seattle during the early hours of Aogost 29. The names uf these fortunate prospectors, some of whom have endured the bard ships of two or three year-*' existence in the frozen north, with their residences and amounts of their clean-ups during the present season, are as follows : •I. Konan, Sail lrnnciicu $50,000 Tim Bel', Canada 45,000 Jon Goldanltbi Seattle »5,000 N. TV. Power*, l>enver 35,000 W. W. CaldwMll, Nebraska.... 30,000 Win Oler, 1 ultimore 30,000 Z. K. Zilly, Seattle 25.000 F. W. Cobb, Boston and Seat tle 25,000 W. Zahn, Seattle 15,000 A. A. Buckley, Nrvada 10,000 G. S. Lansing, Montana 15,000 B. Farinan, lowa 10,000 M. K. Oowlor, Winnipeg 5,000 J otal 9330, 000 Considerable of this money was rein vested in claims, while a portion was loaned out on interest at from 2 to 4 per ( cent a month, secured by claims. One in dividual reports having loaned $10 000 at 5 per cent. It was generally believed that the amount brought out on the Portland would be much larger, and it would have been had not some accident befallen the river steamer P. B. Weare. It is estimated that from forty to fifty miners would leave on her from Dawson Ciiy, expecting to reach St. Michael early in August and board the Portland ior the *ouih. The sum in their possession is placed at from $2,000,000 to $3,000 000. It is possible they may be able to return on the Excelsior. The Portland will again go north about September 10 and return the middle of October. On that trip she will bring down several hundred miners with their c.ean-ups for the season, which will, in the aggregate, come near $300,000 to ifoOO, --000 in gold dust. This will not include the funds of the North American Transportation and Trading Company, which will aggregate over half a million dollars. S. P. Weston, the returning newspaper correspondent, stated that (JaptainHooper, commandant of the Bering Sea fleet, in formed him that he had orders Iroui the department at W:tsliingson to have the revenue cutter Bear wait for the Portland and act as envoy on her last trip down. Tne news brought by the Portland strengthen* the universal opinion as to the richness of the Yukon and its tributaries. All are united in the belief that Mother Earth has a lap of plenty from which her venturesome and industrious children can take golden nug gets and pan out dust in value and quan tity surpassing all previous finds or esti mates. Efforts thus far have been directed to placer mining-, but expert miners are of the opinion that the mother lode is not far trom the placers in the neighboring mountains. Dominion Surveyor William Ogilvie re ports having seen and examined quartz that assayed from $600 to $700 per ton. From the various reports received it is equally certain that shortage of provisions will exist this winter in the Yukon ci»mtry. ||There has been a shortaee every previ ous season, and with the population now bo largely increased much privation and suffeiing must nectss:irily result this winter. Men who have prospered on the Klon dike and have money enough to purchase all the necessaries of life are apprehensive as to the outcome cf this read rush to this EoUi fields, and many will leave their claims to come to a land of plenty. They sound a warning against any in flux of prospectors this year. The Port land's passengers say it is almost su:cidal for the rush to continue, as tlnre are al ready aboui f>ooo people around Dawson. WHAT HAS BECOME OF THE WEARE? SEATTLE, WASH., Aug. 28.— When the steamer Portland left St. Michael the Yukon River steamer P. B. Weare was fifteen days over due from Dawson City. It is known that the Weare carried $3,5 OO » 000 wortn of gold stacked on her decks. The Portland expected to receive this precious cargo at St. Michael and transport it south. Fears for the safety of the Weare are now entertained, as it is probable the little steamer may have met with some mishap on the Yukon. Some suggest that pirates may have waylaid the vessel, but there is little likelihood of such an occurrence. There are some forty or fifty returning miners aboard. The transportation company find their facilities inadequate to carry sufficient provisions irom St. Michael to Dawson, no more than to supply the number of men going in by that route. They have also engendered much bitter feeling among the miners of Dawson by taking in great quantities of whisky. Men ask for nourishment and instead an element of excitement is furnished them that can but add to their despera tion. From St. Michael to Dawson a boat can iuafce but three trips ever the nearly 2000 miles of water course during the navigation season. At best scarcely more than 4400 tons of freight can be taken in this season, and half of it will be provisions and the bal ance clothing, furniture, hardware and other supplier. Upon arrival in the Yukon cruntry in vasion is at once made upon Dawson. At present there is a thousand idle men there waiting for something to turn np. During tbe past season considerable sickness has prevailed and several deaths noied. An epidemic of typhoid fever is now raging, nearly 300 men being afflicted. PLENTY OF VERY RICH CLAIMS They are Expected to Yield Seventy Millions in Three Years. Many New Discoveries Made, but the Klondike Is Yet in the Lead. PORT ANGELES, Wash., Aug. 28.— Captain Kitiston reported a pleasant voy age and explained tbe delay of three days in reaching Port Angeles by stating that a very serious storm at St. Michaels delayed the discharge of his carjro. He laughed when told of the reports that the Portland was carrying over $2,000,000 in gold. As a matter of fact, he said, there was only about $825,000 in goiddust and nog gets on board of nis vessel. Up to the time be left St. Michael he had heard of no new goldh'elas. Among the Portland's paisengern from Bt. Michael is Timothy Ball, who has with him $30,000 In g >ld, which he dug from a cliiim that cost $125. William Ogilvie, Dominion Surveyor, says the 0.0 cluims now siaKed out will yieid ai leit-t $60,000,000. From a member of the Portland's cr<>w it was learned that Captain Kilston had expected the Weare, one of the company's boats, to come down the Yukon with about ?1, 000,000 worth of nuggets and gold; dust, but as she did not arrive in time he decided PRICE FIVE CENTS. to bring down the treasure next trip. The United States cutter Bear, it is said, will guard the Portland on ber next trip from St. Michael to Seattle. As most miners will make tneir clean-up by that time it is expected that the Portland's cargo will be a very valuable one. The returning miners say that the remarkably rich claims on El Dorado Creek will number 1 40. Mr. Oeiivia esti mates that at the rate these 140 claims are producing, and considering the ground yet to be worked, in the next three years will aggreeate about $70,000,000. To thin must be added tne favorable pos sibilities of pockets and development of claims already found, but not opened so as to permit of greater production. There have been other rich strikes on Stuart River, Hunker, Henderson and Indian Creeks, but none of these are as rich as claims In El Dorado and Bonanza Creek?. Until the wonderful discoveries of Klon dike were mado ground worth ten cents to the pan with two or three feet ol pay dirt was considered very good for the Yu kon, and miners made their money with rockers and sluices. This year miners are parsing entirely over tbe ground of this richness in their search for sand and gravel that will pay liks that of the Klon dike discoveries. l"p to date none of the claims was show ing any signs of exhaustion and scarcely a dozen are more than well opened. Every ono has large areas of ground to be worked. One returned miner says it is impossi NEW TO-DAY. 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