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Klondike Hardships

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Parent Issue
Day
9
Month
December
Year
1898
Copyright
Public Domain
OCR Text

The last letter reeeived from Paul Perry, who has been for some months in the Klondike is dated Oct. 5, from Dawscm, where he was located. He had built his winter cabiu. He had staked several claims and got out sorne gold from the surface but the water had iuterfered with his goiug deeper. He was suffering from a lame back and in eousequence had deferred the amassing of his fortune uu til later. He tells mauy stories of hardship. One uight while ont alone on a prospecting tour he staked a claim and slept in an abandoned cabiu. During the night he was taken sick. The next day he feit unable to move aud grew rapidly worse. His provisioos were giving out and af ter the next night although not well enough to do so, he feit compelled to return to Dawson with his 40 pound pack on his back. So all alone he started and fainted away twice before he reached Dawsou. Vhen one goes out to prospect in that country, he has to take with him not only his tools but his tent, his store, his sleeping apparafcns, his food, etc,, so that he has quite a load to carry. Since Mr. Perry wrote, Dawson was burn ed on Oct. 1 5, with the 1 ss of half a million dollars. The flre was caused by oue dissolute woman iu a saloon throwing a lighted lamp at another woman of like character. The saloon was next door to the uewly erected postoffice aud that building went with the others.