25,000 IDLE MEN IN DAWSON
Mining in the Klondike at a Standstill
Until Cold Weather Sets In
The Rosalie's Arrival
Port Townsend, Wash., August, 9 - The steamer Rosalie
arrived here last night from Skagway, Alaska, with one hundred passengers
from Dawson City, who came up the Yukon River, via the lakes. They bring
advices from Dawson up to July 27 and considerable gold dust, estimated
at $100,000. Joseph Barrett of Seattle brought out $25,000. Others brought
out sums ranging from $2,000 up to $15,000.
The steamer Monarch arrived at Dawson July
23 and the steamer Sovereign on July 26 from St. Michaels. The Monarch
was last reported high and dry up the river, but the warm weather caused
a sudden rise in the river and she was easily floated. The steamer Joseph
Giossett, owned by Portland parties, plying between Dawson and the
lakes, while trying to run White Horse Canon struck a rock and sunk in
six feet of water. No lives were lost and all the outfits were saved, the
steamer can be floated again and resume her runs.
The Dawson market is well supplied with fresh
beef at $1.15 per pound, dressed.
Mining operations in the Klondike are at a standstill
and will continue so until cold weather sets in. It is estimated that there
are about twenty-five thousand idle men in Dawson, eagerly waiting for
something to turn up. This number is being swelled every day by new arrivals
from both up and down the river. There are now more people there than the
country can support.
source: Brooklyn Eagle; August 9, 1898, page 4.
contributed by Patrick McSherry
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