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A Story Of The Early Days Of Klondike (1908) by

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ISBN10: 0548786305 | ISBN13: 9780548786307

General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1908 Original Publisher: H.M. Caldwell Subjects: Klondike River Valley (Yukon) Fiction / General Fiction / Classics Fiction / Literary Fiction / Westerns History / Canada / General History / Canada / Post-Confederation (1867-) Literary Criticism / American / General Literary Criticism / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to where you can select from more than a million books for free. Excerpt: CHAPTER IV THE BRIDGING OF THE PASS Who has not heard of the notorious Chilcoot Pass -- that grim, glacier-capped gateway to the Yukon's frozen treasure, which in the early days of the great rush demanded so heavy a toll of human life from those who dared to come within its precincts? For the shortest trail to the sub-Arctic El Dorado led over its cold white steeps and treacherous crevasses. Unprecedented in goldfields history was the wild excitement caused when the first news of Klondike burst upon the world, and unparalleled were the difficulties and dangers of the icebound trail. The brief Northern summer had passed before the frenzied gold-seekers' race began, and the iron grip of winter was on the country even ere the vanguard of Fortune's votaries had arrived under the ominous shadow of the mighty Chilcoot. So it was that the Indian village of Dyea, on the coast, absorbed multitudes of those who came and were deterred by their first sight of Nature's barrier. Chicken-hearted and cunning many of them were, and since they might not venture over the pass, they settled down in hastily built huts, and pursued what seemed their congenial bent of robbing and cheating the more unwary of their fellow men. Far up thetrail, balancing precariously on the mountainside, the littl...

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