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VOLUME . LXXXII.-NO. 100.
BRINGS THE LATEST TIDINGS FROM THE KLONDIKE GOLD FIELDS - ______ j^Ammmmmmg^ JHW--H ARRIVAL OF THE STEAMER NATIONAL CITY AT EUREKA Returning Miners From the Klondike Tell of the Bad Condition of Affairs at Dawson City* OVER FIFTY MEN READY TO RETURN WITH FORTUNES DIE FROM SCURVY. Provisions Are Getting Very ; Scarce and Many Will Return to Escape Starvation The Steamer Weare Stranded on a Sand Bar and Her Cargo of Over $ 500,000 in Gold Transferred to the Healy* With three passengers and the latest news from the northern gold fields the steam-schooner National City arrived at Eureka yesterday afternoon. The steamer* Cleveland was expected to sail from St. Michael the day after the National City's departure from that port. The Excelsior left twelve hours before the National City. : Interesting information was brought concerning the Yukon River steamer P. B. Weare, long overdue and supposed to have met with some disaster. While going down the river the steamer Healy found the Weare fast on a sand bar, sixty miles below Circle City. All the gold aboard the Weare, which is re ported to amount to nearly $2,000,000, was transferred to the Healy and taken to St. Michael. This treasure is the property of 150 returning miners, who were expected to depart from St. Michael on the Cleveland or Excelsior. Perhaps the most startling news brought down by the National City is the statement that over fifty men have already died from scurvy in ths gold fields this summer. Many of these had acquired con" siderable wealth. - * EUREKA, Cal., Sept. 7.— The steam schooner National City ar rived here this afternoon from St. Michael, Alaska, with three pas sengers from the goldficlds aboard. They arc G. Ralston of San Fran cisco, F. Lamb of Portland and F. Leonard of Nanaimo, B. C. All went into Dawson City last spring over the Chilcoot Pass. Two of the men have done well. The t hird, F. Lamb, does not care to talk of his experiences in the El Dorado. Fortune has probably not smiled on him to the same ex tent that it did on his more loqua cious fellow-voyagers. Leonard has a half interest in a MAP : SHOWING the Location of the New Klondike, as Reported ty Captain Bender' in Last Monday's "CalL" The San Francisco Call ' claim valued in a conservative es- t imate at $25,000. Ralston also i has a half interest in a diggings for which he would not take $10,000. The National City made the trip in eleven days from St. Michael. Alaska, where she left sixty-five eager gold-seekers. It is very doubtful whether any of the pas sengers who went up on the Na tional City will get through this year. The small boat which some of the passengers had taken up on the deck of the steamer has proved a disappointment. Her machin ! cry has gone wrong and she draws i too much water. There is enough SAN FRANCISCO, WEDNESDAY MORNING; SEPTEMBER 8, 1897. provisions in the party, however, to winter it out, and proceed up the river when spring opens. The Cleveland was expected to sail on the day after the National City's departure. The Excelsior left St. Michael twelve hours before the National City. Miner Leonard came down the Yukon on the river boat Healy, which, on the way, found the miss ing steamer P. B. Weare fast on a sand bar about sixty mils below Circle City. All of the Weare's gold, which is said to amount to over $1,500,000, was transferred !to the Healy and taken to St. | Michael. It is in charge of about | 150 men, who arc expected to take j passage with their gold on either the Excelsior or the Cleveland. When asked why he returned. Leonard said: "I found I had to get out or starve. There arc about 4-00?) men in Dawson, and not more than a third of them have work. If you have not a stock of grub you can't get work at any price. j I had provisions for three months and no one wanted me. I hadn't enough to work my own claim until spring, so I sold my stock at a good figure, and will wait until spring. Jim Dunsmuir, the EI Do rado King, has had $30,000 worth of provisions ordered for some months, but has not been able to obtain more than a fifth of it, even with the cash put up in advance." Lamb is authority for the state ment that over fifty men have already died of scurvy this sum m-r. Many of them were return ing with enough gold to give them many years of the joys of civiliza tion when stricken down.' : * The National City came into port without a foremast, having ! lost it at St. Michael by the rig ging parting while provisions were being hoisted from the vessel's i deck. Captain Anderson reports hav ing passed the steamer Humboldt August 28 at 8 A.M. fifty miles south-southeast of St. Lawrence Island, making her due at St. Michael on the following morning. Every one on board the National City thinks the Humboldt's chances of getting up the river this year are decidedly slim. *> HOW THE WEARE WENT AGROUND Passengers Say the Accident Was Due to the Captain's Incompetency. Those Who Returned on the Na- tional City Tell of the Gold on - the Way From Dawson.* EUREKA, Cal., Sept. 7.— Captain An dreason of the steamer National . City, which made the quickest trip to Alaska and return yet ' recorded, was seen by a Call correspondent this evening. He was very proud of his ship, but says he always knew it was in her. Thirty days is remarkable time ana people here did not think the National City capable of the trip. ° The river steamer P. B. Weare has been located, and is apt to stay where she was found until she breaks ud and falls . to pieces. She is stuck fast to a sandbar below Circle City. Her cold, and passen- THE STEAM SCHOONER NATIONAL CITY as She Appeared^ on the Night- of August 7 While Leaving Folsom-Street Wharf for St. Michael With More Than 100 Gold-Seekers. Returning From St. Michael With the Latest News From the Klondike Gold Fields, the Vessel Arrived at Eueka Yesterday noon. gers were transferred to the river stea me Healy, and will be brought down on the Cleveland and other steamers when that ship arrives. The Weare were discovered on the flats by. the Healy on her trip down the river from Dawson City to r St. Michael. She passed her* and then re turned for her gold and passenger.'. • For seventeen -lays the Weare remained on the sandbar before being relieved by the Healy. The passengers with all their sinning gold aboard employed almost su perhuman efforts .o get their craft afloat, but all to no avail. • . The last heard of the Weare before the Healy arrived was on July' 20,' when the Alaskr Commercial Company's steam er Bella passed, her at Circle City. 'She should have reached St. Michael on Au gust 1, and contributed her share of pass engers to the Portland's list, but did not arrive in time to catch her sailing day, AligUSl 10.' '*' . ;_ '' " ' *' ■':'' ' '-"* It was, thought at St. Michael- that the Weare had had the misfortune' to «' break her machinery, and for days she was ex pected hourly at St.* Michael. * She had I on board, according to Lamb and Leonard, about $1,500,000 of gold. The passengers were very reticent on reaching St. Michael, but their gold was seen and lt spoke more eloquently than words. The Cleveland was left at St. Michael by Captain Andreason. She was waitin - for more passengers returning to civilization with their hoards of precious gold. Over fifty had spoken for berths on her, and it was expected on the 27th of Au ust, when the National City sailed, that the Cleve land would depart in a few days. The Excelsior left twelve hours before the National City. She had on board over 100 passengers. The Bella, another river boat, arrived on Wednesday, August 25, withiu two hours of the Healy, which was fourteen days coming aown from Cir cle City. The Bella came down in seven days from Dawson. The Healy was"de layed two days with a broken crankpin a quarter of a mile from where the.Weare struck." Passengers Lamb and Leonard, who were on board the Weare when she struck, say it was due to nothing but in competency. Captain Thielen of the .Weare did not understand the channel. The Indian pilot who was on board at the time protested with Captain Thielen for taking the course that he did, out to no avail. The Indian left the pilot-house and Cap tain Thielen ran, .her ashore with his own hands. The North American Trading and Transportation Company showed the passengers on the Weare no favors after they struck. President Weare of the North American Trading and Transportation Company was on board the ill-fated boat. .He showed the .passengers whom his incompetent oaptatn ran ashore no favors. r He would not allow them a light. An I Indian stole a candle and sold it for a I dollar. The Weare went' on 4 to the, bar : sideways, says Miner Lamb,' and if Mate Phil of the boat had been able to impress Captain Thielen with the practicability of his plans for petting her off she would have been making her trips to-day. : After seventeen days of futile work: the passengers on the Weare were glad to for sake her for the Healy. ; The 'steamers Cleveland, South Coast and Bertha and the schooner Volante and brig Courtney Ford' are waiting at St.; Michael.' The Novelty was met in Uni niak Pass by the National City on her.re turn trip. °° The South Coast had secured about twenty passengers before the Na tional City left. ""'" - '.'..'; ....... ""The Bertha had quite a few and the Vo lante had eight berths spoken ; for. The Cleveland had already sold about lifty tickets. " The St. Michael fleet, all told, will prob ably brine: down about . $1,500,000, pro vided the gold that the Bella and Healy arrived with at Sl. Michael is all shipped this year. Frank Dunsmuir, the veteran prospect or, is among the passengers on the Excel sior. He has been there for sixteen years and has not been out for eleven years. He bought a claim on the El Dorado. Mr. Balaton, one of the National City's passengers, says tnere must hi fully 50.000 tons of gold in the Klondike mines, but it is impossible to tell how much of this can be taken out. On one of the claims he said it was not an uncommon thing to take out $10 in a pan. PROVISIONS ARE VERY SCARCE All the Stores in Dawson City Reported Practically Closed. If Food Could Be Taken In There Would Be Work for Thousands on the -Klondike. EUREKA,' Cal., Sept. 7.— The reluming miners think thai the steamers will be more than overcrowded with men coming from the Klondike. - Some will have stakes, but a greater number will have little dust, and it will be impossible for most to stay there this winter ' without suffering untold hard ships. Provisions cannot be bought for love nor money, and the stores at Dawson City are practically closed, now. Pay in ad vance from $5000 to $30,000 cannot (secure provisions. Fiank Dunsmuir calculated on working seventy men during the winter. -He put up $30,000 in advance payment for hi* goods, but later received his ; money back with the information that only twenty men could be fed with certainty. If food could be got into the Klondike there is work, say the home-comers, for 10,000 laborers this, winter. -.. A mistake which, all - newcomers into Alaska make is to wear winter clothing during the spring and summer. ; The discomforts from * excessive heat is as great as the hardships from the terrible cold of winter. The thermometer varies from 60 to 70 below. zero in winter and to 100* above in summer. ' The summer is short, but excessive. The population of Dawson City in July was about s' oo. About as many more are on the trail. , Not more than a third of the incomers can secure work. , The claims are all staked out on all creeks within fifty miles of [Dawson. The - appended - was written on the Weare by one of her passengers: - Come all you fellow' pnssengers, And listen to my tale, :* ' "'"" ' PRICE FIVE CENTS. Of a grsat trip down the Yukon On a steaming, floating jail. . We started in good spirits. Some with and some without gold, To go down the Yukon in six days, So most of us were told. We steamed along quite beautifully— On down the muddy stream; When we struck in the night a sandbar- Shattering many a happy dream. Dreaming of Home and quick transit, - We sent up many a wail To find as day grew Into weeks. We were fast in the floating jail. At length after seventeen weary days The Healy she came near 'ilatJfSi To relieve from present troubles, And took us from the Weare. We started once more on the Healy, On a Sunday clear and bright, To resume our broken journey. Thinking the Healy was all right. But lot our hopes were shattered, For. very soon we tound That at every fisn camp and woodyard We had to go aground. We had reporters and photographers, And missionaries, too; And stowaways and preachers, - A cosmopolitan crew. TERRORS OF THE PASS. Recent Heavy ' Rains Have Made the Chilcoot Pass Im- passable. PORT TOWNSEND, Wash., Sept. 7.— From a letter received here last nitrht from John Jarae-, who left here six weeks ago for the Alaskan goldtields, an idea of the prerent .tondition at Dyea may be ob tained.: James and bis partner, Lawrence, succeeded in packing 1200 pounds of pro visions over the Chilcoot Pass to Lake Linderman. While building a boat at the latter place Lawrence cut one of bis feet nearly off with an ax, ana will not be able to continue the journey before spring. James is staying with Lawrence as nurse. The letter says that recent heavy rains have made the trail impassable, and the result is that horses which two weeks pre vious were selling at $150 a head are now a drug on the market at $10. Horse feed is selling at $70 a ton and is hard to get at any. price. James says it will be cheaper for those who cannot cross the pass thi"* fall to kill their horses now and ship in others in the sprinc. He says language is inadequate to describe the terrors of the' pass since the rainy season began. HUNDREDS WILL PERISH. Predictions Made by a Govern- ment'i Official Who Writ s to the Treasury Department. WASHINGTON. D. C, Sept, 7.— The Treasury Department to-day made public the following letter from a- Government official now on his way to the gold fields, stating at the same time that the writer, whose. name is withheld, had been twelve yearj in the service and was thoroughly reliable: . DYKA, Alaska, Auk. 22.— 1 deem it my duty to write you on a': subject that does not come, strictly within my line of duty, as it trenches somewhat on the (unctions of the Treasury Department.*! have hud a long talk with Mr. Ivey, Collector of Customs for Alaska, who Is at present at ' Skaguay, three miles below here. The Skaguay trail' is the most largely used