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VOLUME LXXXII.-NO. 103.
STARVATION AND DISASTER IN THE FROZEN ARCTIC REGIONS PLENTY OF GOLD BUT NO FOOD That Will Soon Be the State in the Crowded Klon dike Country. TREASURE AND MINERS ON THE STEAMER CLEVELAND. News Brought of Threatened Starvation at Dawson City and the Spread of Fever. The Excelsior Delayed by a Broken Propeller. SEATTLE, WASH., Sept.' io.— The steamer Cleveland, Captain '.all, twelve days from St. Michael, arrived this evening with sixty five passengers and about $400,000 in gold dust. This amount is only approximate, as many of the miners on board refuse to state the exact amounts they brought with them. Purser J. W. Whitbeck of the Cleveland had in his charge $140,000, and he states that this amount and what he knows of on board will foot up about $400,000. Thirty eight of the passengers came from the goldfields, and twenty-seven were carpenters who went to St. Michael to construct boats for the North American Trading and Transportation Company. The Yukon river steamer P. B. Weare of the North American Trading and Trans portation Company, en route from Dawson City to St. Michael, struck on a sandbar thirty miles below Circle City July 28. The river was at a very low stage, and the passengers remained on board until August 15, when the steamer Healy, bound down the river, took them off and conveyed them to St. Michael, where they took passage on the steamers Excelsior and Cleveland for San Francisco and Seattle. The Weare was hard aground and it is doubtful if she will get off. The story of the fabulous wealth of the Klondike, Bonanza and El Dorado and other creeks tributary to the Yukon is retold . by the re turning miners, but the warning which has already been given to wait until spring is emphasized by every one on board the Cleveland. They say that hundreds must go hungry this winter, and that many will cer tainly starve to death, as the food supply in the mining regions is far below what will be required to keep alive those already in and around Dawson Ciiy. If the river steamers fail to get up the river the suffer ing will be something terrible. On July 26 the stores of the Alaska Commercial Company and the North American Trading and Transportation Company were closed and notices posted on their doors that no more provisions would be sold until the arrival of another steamer from St. Michael. The steamer Excelsior of San Francisco left St. Michael two days before the Cleveland, but when three days out she broke two propeller blades by running on a bar in Bering Sea and put into Dutch Harbor for repairs. When the Cleveland left Dutch Harbor September 3 it \ was expected the Excelsior would complete her repairs by September 6 ! and continue on her journey. The Excelsior has on board about 100 passengers, and it is stated that she has gold dust amounting to nearly $1,000,000. Captain Hall of the Cleveland is most emphatic in his statement that intense suffering will result at Dawson City and vicinity this win ter on account of a scarcity of provisions. In an interview he said: •■Winter is setting in earlier than usual, and ice is already forming on the Yukon near shore. The North American Trading and Transporta tion Company is preparing to shelter at St. Michael 300 or 400 miners who intend to come down the river and spend the winter. The river steamers Bella, Hamilton, Alice and Healy may get up the river before I the freeze-up, but it is doubtful. None of the expeditions now on I their way to St. Michael will get up the river, and the passengers will j simply be compelled to stay at St. Michael and consume their supplies. ' A few of the passengers taken up by the steamers National City and South Coast and Excelsior secured passage on the river-boats, but the majority are still at St. Michael. Half a dozen newspaper men, in cluding S. W. Wall of THE CALL, paid $90 extra and went up on the Hamilton." | MINERS NOW BEG FOR FOOD Stories of Starvation Brought by Those Returning From the Northwest. Nearly Half a Million Dollars' Worth of Gold Comes Down on the Cleveland. SEATTLE, Wash.. Sept. 10.-The The San Francisco Call steamer Cleveland arrived from SL Michael at 5 o'clock to-night with the ioJlowtag passengers, all of whom have made the journey down the Yukon from Dawson Ciiy this summer: A. G. Green, S. Goff, John Guyer, James G.illinger, Mrs. A. P. Henderson, I* S. Holder, Phil Kelly, William Lowden, F. E. Leonard, Samuel Matthews, John Quiver. George Reynolds, Frank Se»rin, H. Schroder, William Sherman, Charles Ross, M. Misa more. T. J. Allen. H. Anderson, B. Ander son. Mis- F. A. By ler. Miss Lottie Burns, T. 11. Beaumont and child, A. H. Barbour. Mrs. B rbonr, li. J. iiurrows, A. Baitlioff (Bank of B:iti-h Columbia). J. 0. . Bcrgle, & R. C urchill, F. Klock, Charles Entile, Mr.--. En«le and four children, George For nien mid Rudolph F.eur. In addition, there were twenty-seven catpcnters, who had been sent to St. SAN FRANCISCO, SATURDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 11, 1897. Michael to set up the new steamer Charles H. Hamilton. Of the passenger?, the following depos ited the amounts set opposite their names with the purser of the . Cleveland, total footing up $138,000. ■"'.:>"''?',:: T. .1. Allen, 5..5.000. F. Sejzrin, $17.000. 11. Schroder, Si*. OOO. Charles Eng-le, $20,000. A. SI. Barbour, $10,000. Fritz ■>."<.»•!♦., $12,000. •*. Matthew*, !•*.'> 000. <»eor<re Ite*, nolil*. $5000, 31. .llisamore, s.tooo. ISans Anderson, S2UOO. It. Anderson, S'SOOO. James <r*allin£;cr, S.IOOO. ISanlc of Kritish Columbia, \ SSOOO. j This amount, however, represents but I WARNING OF A RETURNED KLONDIKER. " Don't forget to caution the people who do not care to die against going into the Klondike this winter." — Extract from a statement made by M. Misamore of Port land, Or., who returned on the steamer Cleveland. a small portion of the cold brought down on the Cleveland, for the purser estimated that the amount of geld dust and nuggets on board the steamer would approximate between $400,000 and $500,000. The bal ance, however, the owners retailed in their possession, and as they refused to give the exact amounts they brought with them the actual amount cannot be stated. Of ; those who journeyed from the far northern gold fields all left Dawson City by the ill-fated steamer Weare, which at last accounts lay a helpless wreck on the sandbars of the \ukon, thirty-five miles below C.role City. These were taken off THE TUG SEA LION Approaching the Steamer -Cleveland in the ; Straits of San Juan de Fuca- Early Yesterday. Morning.. From the Tug The Call " Correspondents Went -; Aboard the Returning/Steamer and Secured the Latest News From the Northern Gold Fields. by the steamer. Healy, which conveyed them to St. Michael. Not one of those who have inspected the region of the KlondiKe will utter one word derogatory of the marvelous rich ness of the land of gold. Fortunes are be ing wiest d from the bjwels of the earth bordering the banks of every river, creek and rivulet almost as if by magic. Such seeming limitless stories of the precious metal the world has never known before, but with their stories of gold they blend a word of warning to the treasure-seekers. Within a radius of say fifty miles of 1 Dawson City the country has been thor • •nghlv prospected, and if there is any I land that has thus far hidden "its secret ' wealth irom prying prospectors it will have been forced to reveal its undiscov- I ered treasure long before the searchers who are now on the way can reach that region. - But those who have made a careful in spection of the country do not hesitate to declare that there are as good or setter sections than the Klondike yet to be opened up. One man, a native of the Northwest Territory, and for years a member of the Canadian mounted police, declares that on the American side of the line there are richer and greater diggings than the wildest dreams of Klondike have pictured. With all the new discoveries thus far re ported, with all the gold that has. reached civilization from these far northern min ing fields, despite the fact that all the prospects are practically in their infancy, come predictions and speculations of the onormous richness ot the source of all this placer gold. All miners know as an axiom that placers take their origin from quartz, either near by or in a far-distant territory, and now comment is rife as to where the mother lode of all this precious metal is to be found and when it may pos sibly be discovered. Ilepresentatives of some of the leading financiers of the world are now in the field seeking the source of these 'placer de posits. Those best informed who are pas sengers on the Cleveland are of the opinion that be f iro the close of the ensu ing season quartz locations of marvelous richness will become a reality. They ex press a certainty from their observations that within tho next six months the ground sluice, cradle-rocker and pan of the placers will give way to the drill and dynamite of the quartz leads.' None pre dict just where the incalculable wealth from which the placers ,take their origin is to be found, but. nevertheless, all. are firm in their .belief that within a com paratively short period t definite and per manent quartz locations will be made known to the world. \ ; ,' The statements of 'these men best. con vey their belief in the resources, of the izreat but as yet practically unexplored Northwest. . Charles Ross, % Those home is tin the Northwest Territory, is, among the pa sengers on the .Cleveland. Ross accom panied the first detachment of mounted police into the .Yukon country and has |' made his home there - ever since. He served as chief ,of scouts during the Riel rebellion and during that rebellion served with Captain P. D. Hughes o. Seattle. He is thorouehly posted on all the mining districts in the far North, having visited them time and time again.. He says that all the claims on the better known tribu taries of the Yukon worth taking up have already been filed upon. He put in the entire summer prospecting and says that the best dirt to be found was on Sulphur Creek, tributary to Indian Creek. Dirt on Sulphur Creek pans from 5 to 50 cents where found on the surface, and a num ber of claims have already been located. Mr. Ros? is a firm believer in the Amer ican side of the line, and says it offers fully as good inducements as diggings on the Canadian side. He visited Forty-mile Creek and the camps in that vicinity, and found that nearly all weie deserted. The miners had all rushed to the X ondike, leaving claims that were really paying property. Joe Dyer and his partner, Ma thison. were sinking a claim on Forty mile Creek, from which they took out in forty days a little more than $5000. They bid for men at the rate of $12 50 a day to help them work, but without success. Everybody was making a grand rush for Dawson City. The situation on Miller Creek was prac tically the same. The few miners who 'stayed there could not procure assistance to work their claims, so they cleaned up for the summer and quit. ' Many good claims were in;this way, unoanned. As no work had been done on, Miller Creek and Forty-mile claims during the sum- mer, under the mining laws.'they are all subject to relocation next spring, and Mr. Ross is of the opinion that these aban doned claims will offer an absolute cer tainty to, incoming prospectors. He. is strongly in favor ot; the Chilkat trail and says if he goes back in the spring he will go in that way. Any good pack animal up there, according to his story, is worth $400. It is explained that a pack animal is an absolute. necessity to the prospector, because without one food cannot be car ried in sufficient quantities to ; justify any sort of an extended trip. . :, While all the miners returning to civil ization on the Cleveland are bringing back with them comparatively large sums Continued on Second I'ajs, WRECK OF THE WHALER NEVARCH Captain Whitesides and Wife and Six of the Crew Res cued by the Bear. TWENTY-NINE OTHERS MAY BE LOST IN THE ICE. Nine Remain Aboard the Vessel, Which, When Sighted on August 15, Was Hopelessly Drifting in an Ice Pack. SEATTLE, Wash., Sept. 10. — Two hours f food upon leaving the vessel, the supply before the Cleveland left Si. Michael, j all told consisting of but a few cans of August 28, the United States revenue ; cuicken and two cans of condensed milk, cutter Bear arrived in port, having, on ' After resting over night on the island the board Captain and Mrs. Whitesides. Mates I party the. following morning began their Blame and Read, two seamen, and Boat- | journey toward Point Barrow. A portion steerers Peters and Sanders of the wrecked whaler Nevarch. They were transferred to the Rosalie, having been picked up by Bear at Cooper Island, thirty, miles east of Point Barrow, on August 17.' The parly. had left their vessel August 14. They dragged a small canvas boat over the ice with them, using it to ferry across open stretches on their course, and alter struggling in this way for thirty hours without rest or sleep, they reached Cooper- Island, a narrow point of sand, managing alter a hard. struggle to reach land. • " ■ " ""' 7 -*■ ' : }Z. . ;'- Their first work upon, gaining land was to build a fire of dry wood, then they built a temporary shelter of the same ma terial, using their sail as a roof over the improvised house. They had but little PRICE FIVE CENTS. of the men walked along the track, th balance paddling along near shore in the canvas boat. At 10 o'clock the same morn ing they ran across a lamily of Esquimos camped on the beach, who treated ti. em as hospitably as circumstances permitted. The one little tent of tie Esquimos was made to shelter the visitors and owners alike for the night, and the sailors were making ready to resume their journey the iollowinc morning when picked up by the Bear. The cutter was signaled by the sailors and fortunately was moving along close enough inshore to notice the signal. In lear of losing their chance of being licked up a crew paddled out to intercept her and was picked. up., by the cutter. . An ; hour later ali were safely on board the Bear, when it was learned that the cutler hud