In The News
The Klondike Nugget
Vol. 1, No. 37
Wednesday, October 26, 1898.
NOTES AND PERSONALS.
It was Elks' Day in Dawson.
Dick Garner from No. 1 was a little tardy but was in the parade.
Captain Jack Crawford didn't look like himself without his sombrero.
Little Willie Chenoweth broke his day's rest to turn out and went over
the entire route.
Bro. F. C. Alder in his black fur coat was not in mourning. It was only
to keep him warm.
One of the most enthusiastic and hard-working elks is Bro. M. J. Conway
of Spokane, No. 228.
George Noble had his make-up with him. The long coat and "coolie" cap
were all right on George.
Mrs. W. M. Wilson deserves great credit for her noble efforts in ticket
selling, having disposed of over one hundred.
The Elks are not without a poet in Dawson for have they not a "Bard?"
His initials are W. H. and Bill is all right.
Jim Donaldson's cap was a picturesque show in the parade. Firearms are
forbidden in Dawson, hence the parade of a cap to the finish.
No use putting Mike Sullivan and Gus Seiffert at the head of a
procession. People ahead cannot see the parade coming, nor those behind
ever see the band.
Capt. Jack Crawford was 'caught' napping, drinking beef tea with his
glass in his right hand. Capt. Jack will take his meals from the mantel
for the next few days.
To Messrs. Biel & Cooper is sweet charity indebted for the use of the
Tivoli. Bro. Biel is a member of Chicago Lodge No. 4 and always ready to
help along anything for the Elks.
Did you see Jim Donaldson's diamond? There are few like it anywhere.
Weights five karats and is a perfect stone. By the way, Jim lost $1600
in gold dust, and his wife a beautiful nugget fob, in Dawson's late
The 14 boxes were occupied by Miss Mulroney, Wm. Chappell, M. Latham,
Dr. Bruner, Judge S. O. Morford, A. C. Co., George Noble, Spencer &
McPhee, M. J. Conway, M. J. Sullivan, Charles Cole, A. E . Co., Wilson &
Chenoweth, J. D. Jourdan, Tom Chisholm, and their invited guests.
One of the most popular Elks in Dawson today is modest, unobtrusive Jim
Donaldson. Bro. Donaldson is a member of Cripple Creek Lodge No. 316,
and was Esquire of his lodge for a term of years. Many a pair of
whiskers owe their growth to Jim's experience.
The new medical ordinance of the Yukon Territory created a medical board
for the examination of applicants for registration and the past week saw
four physicians admitted to practice - three Canadians and one American.
The names of the successful licenses are Doctors Hamilton, Fulton,
McCloud and Cassels.
By the ordinance the doctors already here are allowed to apply for
examinations, providing they have graduated from reputable colleges,
with at least a three-years course. Newcomers must have graduated from a
college having at least a four years course.
M.A. Hamill, manager of the N.A.T.&T. Co.'s stores, has been detained at
home ill, but is again convalescent and attending to his multitudinous
R. Tucker announced at the Tivoli the other night that he wanted to
challenge the winter of the coming wrestling bout between Connors and
Scurvy is making its appearance already in some localities. Three cases
in one neighborhood are reported from the banks of the Klondike a couple
of miles from town.
A recent arrival reports passing at least 50 people afoot on the shore
ice and on the banks of the river on their way to the coast. All were
packing what they needed on their backs.
Claims 3 and 4 below upper on Dominion, owned by Harry Ashe, are turning
out in a very pleasing way to the owner. Pans are being taken out on
bedrock averaging four dollars.
The "Pioneer," under the proprietorship of Harry Spencer, continues to
enjoy the popularity and prestige this house has always received. The
genial proprietor always makes his patrons welcome and at home.
Burnett, the purser of the Nora who shot and killed Cowie, the steward
of the Ora, at White Horse, is awaiting trial at the guard-house and has
secured the services of Messrs. Puttelle & Ridley.
On the 14th Attorney Guillam was appointed public administrator for the
Yukon and assumed his duties at once. The custody and care of the
property of deceased citizens now devolves upon that gentleman instead
of upon the police, as heretofore.
On Wednesday, Oct. 19th, a cabin on J. T. Kelly's Calim, 22 below upper
discovery, on Dominion, was completely destroyed by fire. The cabin was
occupied by Chas. Frost and N. Nelson. The fire was started by the stove
door, a telescopic arrangement, falling from its place. The loss is
estimated at $700.
Mrs. S. Lichtenstadter was a partner with Robert Anderson in securing
the two-and-a-half mile grant on Hunker creek. Lichtenstadter started in
with his wife, by way of St. Michaels and was eleven months in getting
to Dawson, arriving this summer. Meanwhile, Anderson would things up
here and went over to London, England, where he sold the grant for
350,000 pounds, representing that his partner was dead. Lichtenstadter
went out at once to make a fight for his rights and his wife was the
lady who lost outfit, store, and all in the big fire.
D. G. F. Washburne, H.M. Wallace, Dr. E. F. Jackson and J. H. Taylor
arrived in Dawson last week with supplies and machinery for the
Klondike, Yukon and Copper River Mining company, of which they are
officials. They also left 10 men and 15 tons of supplies at Crawford
City, at the mouth of the Hootalinqua, on which river they have large
mining concessions. The name is derived from the assistant general
manager of the company, Captain Jack Crawford. The new arrivals are
businly engaged in preparing winter quarters here.
A co-partnership has been formed between C. W. C. Tabor and H. D. Hulme.
These gentlemen are lawyers of large experience. Mr. Tabor being a
barrister of British Columbia and New Brunswick and member of the firm
of Bowner, Godfrey & Co., of Vancouver. H. D. Hulme is from the Ontario
bar and was for six years associated in practice with Hon. Wm. Muloch,
postmaster general of Canada. They enjoy a high reputation as
barristers, solicitors and advocates and will make a strong pillar in
the Dawson Bar Association.
POLICE COURT ITEMS.
J. Dempsey, too many friends, result $20 and costs.
J. Montgomery imbibed, raised a disturbance and "dug up" $20 and costs.
Henry Gilcher was drunk - noisily full - and squared himself with $20
John Boyle, a pasteboard expert over table green, paid $50 fine and
P. Gillis, noisily unpopular from the influence of "lightning rod" was
muleted in the sum of $20 and costs.
Carrie Boyle boiled over in public. Wrath unallowed in public places, is
reprehensible and she paid $25 dues in advance.
May Parks climbed the various steps of inebriety, jolly, weavy,
boisterous and noisy and was restored to good standing upon payment of
$20 and costs.
Lucy Cooper, an Indian maiden whom Pocohontas would disown, contributed
$10 and costs for getting drunk. W. J. Moor, who gave her the liquor
which made her drunk, was fined $50 and costs. "Verily, it is better to
receive than to give."
RETURNED TO DAWSON.
Mr. Dufferin Puttello returned to Dawson last week to assume the office
of commissioner of abstracts, an important position assigned to him at
Ottawa. Mr. Puttello is the same gentleman who lately occupied the
position of private secretary to Major Walsh and secretary of the
council of the Yukon district.
Mr. Puttello brought in with him the dispatches from Ottawa commuting
the sentence of death against Frank Nuntuck and confirming the sentence
of death upon the other four murderers to hand November 1. Realizing the
uncertainly of river passage at this time of the year, a telegram was
sent a week ahead of Mr. Puttello advising the mounted police at Bennett
to at once start a man down the river to Dawson with word of the
commutation of sentence. Mr. Puttello, with the dispatches overtook the
telegram at Vancouver, but at White Horse saw that it was sent ahead in
case he himself was _______ in or met with other delays.
Amongst other papers brought in Mr. Puttello was the commissioning
Captain Frank Harper as sheriff of this territory. The unwelcome task of
supervising the execution of the murderers now falls upon Mr. Harper.
FIRE DEPARTMENT MATTERS.
The signers of the note which secured the advances of $12,000 from Mr.
wills, of the Canadian Bank of Commerce, wherewith to lift the fire
apparatus from the debts which had enthralled it and to place the fire
department upon its feet, met last Friday night and elected the
following gentlemen as fire commissioners with control of the apparatus
and all things pertaining to
D. W. Davis, J. A. Cooper, J. J . Rutledge, T. C. Healy, Captain Hansen,
G. J. Apple and H. G. Spencer. Messrs. D. W. Davis and G. W. Davis were
confirmed as a finance committee.
At the conclusion of their meeting they were waited upon by a deputation
from the volunteer fire department and on Saturday evening the "fire
laddies" were addressed by two of the fire commissioners, Messrs. T. C.
Healy and G. J. Apple. the volunteer brigade was informed that the
commissioners were more than pleased at the organization of a fire
company and assured the members of the most hearty cooperation of the
part of the commission. The brigade's appointment of Mr. Fletcher as
chief was approved by the citizens and his commission as such was
produced and read.
The speeches of the commissioners were enthusiastically received and the
business of the meeting went through with an alacrity showing the
members well pleased at the __________ of the many conferences between
the volunteer fire department and the citizens who control the
apparatus. Permanent organization was at once proceeded with the
following officers elected: President, T. C. Healy; vice president, E.
C. Allen; treasurer, Captain Galpin; B. H. Moran, secretary.
A committee on by-laws and constitution was appointed and reported
Tuesday night too late for publication in this issue.
The beaten snow has improved the trails and roads until a couple of
miles of a walk for the exchange of social visits is but an enjoyable
incident of the occasion. So it was found last Saturday evening when a
party of ladies and gentlemen walked over the trail to the handsome
cabin of Messrs. Acklin and Morley, the successful Arctic gardeners on
the banks of the Klondike, just west of the ferry. The large, handsome
cabin perched on the side of the hill was the scene of much gaiety,
music and dancing until early morning. A tasty lunch prepared by ex-chef
John L. Gage, was enjoyed just before midnight and with occasional
refreshments the dance went on. There were present: Messrs. Acklin,
Morley, Gage, Col. Miles, McCann, Johnson, Bartholomew, George, Storey,
Hemen, Mr. and Mrs. Semple, Mr. and Mrs. Case, Mrs. Wilson and Mrs.
Assisuous court is paid at the shrine of Bohemia every Sunday evening at
the comfortable residence of Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Semple. the meetings are
wholly informal and enjoyable and the evenings are a pronounced success.
Quartette singing and solos, instrumental music and literary
contributions pass the hours merrily away. As a hostess Mrs. Semple is
unequalled and with the assistance of Mrs. Agnew makes the evening's
entertainment easily the most enjoyable event of the week. Additions are
made weekly of congenial spirits and there are no secessions. One peep
into Bohemia and the n one becomes a regular worshipper.
ROBBED TWICE IN TWO MONTHS.
The very nature of life in these Arctic regions requires that a man
shall risk losing his household valuables time and again, and renders it
almost desirable that our population should remain as free from the
criminal element as it has always been. Cabins and caches are repeatedly
left unprotected by their owners for weeks at a time, and people are
more dependent upon the honesty of their fellow man than anywhere else
in the world.
About two months ago Henry Baatz reported to the police the loss of his
outfit by theft from a cabin at the edge of town. The thief or thieves
had left him his blankets, but little else, and he had only been out of
town three days. Sunday night Baatz and his partner, Louis Hansen,
returned from a two weeks' trip up the gulches. They found the staple of
the door fastener broken and the cabin robbed. Hansen had been robbed of
a large share of his outfit, while Baatz had nothing left but a stove
and one can of milk. Clothes, blankets and everything edible had been
taken, and now the ex-owner invites the thief or thieves to come back
and get the stove to cook the food upon, as raw grub is conducive to
scurvy and kindred complaints.
Henry has a good claim, but having already bought and lost two outfits
finds himself without means to commence the winter's operations. To lost
two outfits in two months would try the patience of a philosopher and
make on wish it were legal to leave poisoned grub in one's cabin or to
fortify it with trap guns. The first man captured robbing miners should
be dealt with to the full extent of the law as an example to the balance
of his kind.
A CHALLENGE TO JIMMY CARROLL.
I hereby challenge James Carroll to meet me in a boxing contest, at a
time and place to be hereafter agreed upon, for $250 or more aside. The
contest may be for a limited number of rounds or to finish it in
accordance with existing laws.
Champion Lightweight Montana and Colorado