The Klondike Nugget
Dawson City, Yukon Territory
(Gold Discovery at Cape Nome)
News Item: June 14, 1899
Mr C. Andrews, an old timer in the country, and recently from Circle City, corroborates along with others, the story of the reported strike at Cape Nome. Mr. Andrews has seen several letters from St. Michael's all of which spoke in the highst terms of new diggings. Between the 10th and 12th of March 200 men left Rampart for St. Michael's and many of the wood choppers scattered at different points along the river followed suit.
June 14, 1899
The publication in the special edition of the Nugget of the news of the gold strike said to have been made at Cape Nome, or Gnome , as it is spelled by some, created no little excitement about town and quickly became the dominant theme of discussion. The majority of men looked upon it with some skepticism and many openly pronounced it a sheme of transportation companies to cause a stampede and work up business for their boats.
 
Whether or not this theory is true the Nugget does not know.  Like a faithful dispenser of the news should, it gave the report as quickly as its seeming importance deserved, and then only for what it is worth, naming the source from which the news emanated, the manner in which it was received in Dawson only a few hours before, and urging upon our readers to wait for a confirmation of the news before going on stampede.
 
But the report was evidently received with more favorable consideration by many, for when the steamer Sovereign of the Columbia Navigation Company pulled out for St. Michael's at 8 o'clock last Saturday evening, her forward space held a crowd of men and women bound for the new field. It was a rarely edifying sight to see a steamboat load of people leaving the Klondike on a 2,000 mile stampede with little, if anything, more tangible in the way of information than the story of a sensational newspaper in Seattle, and it cannot fail, when known to the outside world, to create the  liveliest speculation, so little are the real conditions of this country known outside.
 
That there has been a stampede to the Cape Nome country there is evidence from other sources than the copy of the newspaper brought in by Hoey Bean and his companions from the outside, an additional news of the reported strike is coming to the surface. Several letters treating of it are known to have been received in Dawson, and one of these has  come into the possession of the Nugget.
The letter was written from Rampart by Thomas Marshall to his partner, Dr. H. L. Reagen, at present in Dawson, and bears date of April 8th. After referring to mining affairs on the Minook and the Koyukuk, Mr. Marshall says: "The great rush to Cape Nome, near St. Michael's has begun. All who could procure the means of winter traveling have gone on their 1,000 mile march, and all on the part of the river below here and at St. Michael's have long started. The rush is solid. Gold has been found in large quantities. One man writes that he took out $1,800 in four days with a common pan. The depth is said to be only three feet. There will be a great rush from here when the river opens, unless something else turns up in this district meanwhile. I would like to go to St. Michael's  rush, but, knowing my property at Circle might not be represented unless I have an understanding with you...I would stake for you by power of attorney, which I have, or, in case of not being allowed to do so, I would be willing to share with you what I stake in the new country. But how to get word from you is a question. You might write to me here, and if I am gone, forward to St. Michael's your acceptance of my proposal..."
 
The deductions which the Nugget is able to make at this time from the information available are as follows: That gold in some quantity or other has been struck in the Cape Nome country is true, that it was known to the outside last winter, and is old news, appears evident, and that there is a big rush to the new gold fields is beyond question. The information most essential, namely, how rich the field has proven to be, is a sealed book, and the Nugget feels impelled again to urge its readers to await confirmation of the reported big discovery before joining the stampede. No Klondiker needs to be told that stampedes as a rule are a "fraud and a snare"; neither need he be reminded that Koyukuk and Kotzobue Sound were heralded quite as loudly as the Cape Nome discovery. Though the chase to each place by thousands of gold seekers resulted in discouragement  for most and death for many. "Look before you leap" is a maxim as old as the human race, and as true as steel.
source: newspaper, The Klondike Nugget, by Eugene C. Allen, June 14, 1898
Bankson, Russel, A. The Klondike Nugget, Caldwell, Idaho, The Caxton Printers, Ltd., 1935, 293-295
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