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Paul Perry Returns

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Parent Issue
Day
8
Month
September
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
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Panl Perry, son of the late superinendent oí schools is home aCter more ,haD two years' stay in the Klondike. 3e is a great, broad shonlclered, tal! onug man who now looks to be in rerfect health. Ha relates very interstingly of his trip. He teil of the orruption of Oanaciian officials, givng names and facts, until the blood of n Aun Arbor citizen, wno has heard ;ne fairy tales of the honesty of the Oanadian officials froru visiting friends, un oold. Mr. Perry says the Tweed gang in New York were angels comlareó with the officials at Dawson 3ity. Whenmen were standing in line t the comnnssioners office to iocate a laim, a $10 bilí would help a man nto a side door and $50 would iix a lerk to give a man a prior location. f a prospector carne in frorn a new istrict and said he wanted to make a ocation, the commissioner wonld ask luw do tbe diggings look. If the irospector wonld say 25 cent to the ian which was pretty good tbe commissioner would take his location memoranda, and appear to look over he books and say: "Tbere seems to e some cloud on ttis location. If yon ome in agaip in five or ten days I eau ell yon howt is." Then the commissioner wonld quickly send a note to n inspector to make a location tbere ud date back the stakes a month. 'he same corrnption exists among the Oanadian custom officials. He bought n outfit from a man by the name of ienuett. This outfit had cost about 50. The custom house officer charged 3ennett $25 duty, and when Bennett ncked laised it to 39, which be paid under protest. The next man that came in brought an outfit tbat cost a $1,000 at least. He had some fresh meat witn him and gave a piece to the custom officers. He charged him $13 duty. If a man kicked they doubled the duty. If he kicked more they trebled it and if he refused to pay the outrageous charges they simply confisticated the wbole business. The receipts given on theirface ehow ;he frand. There is uo inventory. Only a receipt that has paid duty ou his outfit, states uo amonnt. ïhe ürst year oiily $25,000 duties were reported to the government as haviug Deen collected on 400 outfits. The lowest estímate on the dnties collected for that year was 75,000, so that the officials pocketed over 50,000. The next year over 30,üüO people went into the Klondike and the duties reported WPre even less! If this same state oí afifdirs existed anywhere in, the United States there would be a riot, but for some reason the Aruricaus when they jet over the line in the presence of the Snlgish soldiers are most supreme. They don't know what their rights are. There is no use appealing to Ot:awa or Washington, it wonld take too much time. Th6 officials sent out by ;ne govermneut to investígate the corruption in the Klondike seein rather to lave tried to hush up rnatters tban expose the trae state of aö'airs. If Daw son City was on American soil and rnn under Amerioan laws it wonld be a splendid camp. There are ouly five creeks that are paying at present. He says he means by paying, claims that pay $10 a day. There is no chance for new men to po into the Klondike iiow. Tnere are 30,000 claims located of which not more than 200 are good. Last year there were over 20,000 people in Dawson City. This winter there won't be over 12,000. "Why just think of it, a man mast pay for a miners líense, then for stumpage if he wants to cut down any trees to make a raft or build a boat and then again for the privilege of building a boat. There is just festering corrnption everywhere. The officials sent out think the country won't last long and want to make tbeir pile." Mr. Perry and a few frieuds came down tlic Vnkon from Seventy Mile Creek in a boat they had bnilt. In St. yiohaels they took a sailing boat for Kiattle and were 25 days on the eea which gave him a good rest. He says the t reporta about Cape Nome are very ruisleading. There ís some gold there but no good chances for new corners. Mr. Perry expects to leave for Chicago in a few days.