Through the Gold-fields of Alaska to Bering Straits

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Chatto & Windus, 1898 - Alaska - 312 pages
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Account of a journey through the Chilkoot Pass to Klondike and down the Yukon River to St. Michael, and two-month residence among the Chukchis.

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Page 109 - millions will be taken out of the district in the next few years. On some of the claims prospected the pay dirt is of great extent and very rich. One man told me yesterday that he washed out a single pan of dirt on
Page 123 - Men should be sober, strong and healthy. They should be practical men, able to adapt themselves quickly to their surroundings. Special care should be taken to see that their lungs are sound, that they are free from rheumatism and rheumatic tendency, and that their joints, especially
Page 115 - fine, mercury is placed behind the slats or in these holes to catch it. In this way about three times as much dirt can be washed as by the rocker, and consequently three times as much gold
Page 111 - are gradually washed out, care being taken as the process nears completion to avoid letting out the finer and heavier parts that have settled to the bottom. Finally, all that is left in the pan is
Page 123 - are strong and have never been weakened by injury, synovitis, or other disease. It is also very important to consider their temperaments. Men should be of cheerful, hopeful dispositions, and willing workers. Those of sullen morose natures, although they may be good workers, are very apt, as soon as the novelty of the country wears off, to become dissatisfied, pessimistic, and melancholy.
Page 112 - into the barrel to serve again, and what remains in the bag is placed in a retort, if the miner has one, or, if not, on a shovel, and heated until nearly all the mercury is
Page 100 - River of the Indians (Deer River of Schwatka) enters from the east. It is a small river about forty yards wide at the mouth and shallow ; the water is clear and transparent and of
Page 113 - away all the stones and coarse gravel, gathering the finer gravel and sand in a heap near the rocker. The shallow box on top is filled with this, and with one hand the miner rocks it, while with the other he ladles in water. The finer matter with the gold falls through the holes on to the blanket, which checks its progress, and
Page 112 - The gold then remains in a lump with some mercury still held in combination with it. ' This is called the " pan " or " hand " method, and is never, on account of its
Page 114 - Several of these boxes are then set up with a considerable slope, and are fitted into one another at the ends like a stove-pipe. A stream of water is

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