There's Gold In Them Hills! Essay

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There's Gold in Them Hills!Characters:Jim Sutter - nephew of John SutterEd Jacobson - friend of JimAaron Steele - friend of JimErik - friend of JimJohnny - friend of JimSetting: Originally, a small town in California; later to Juneau in AlaskaTerritoryIt was late summer when the reports came in like wildfire to that smallCalifornia mining town. They'd found gold in the Klondike! That worthlesschunk of land wasn't so worthless after all! A bunch of my buddies got togetherand decided that they were going, and that I was going. They looked at me asyou would a rabbit's foot, or some other good luck charm, me being thenephew of John Sutter and all.'Come on, Jim,' they says, 'we'll be rollin' in gold before you can say U.S.Geological Survey!' We near busted our asses that fall working, and not justmining neither: we needed cash for the trip and to buy supplies when we gotthere, so we did most any job that paid. Finally we got enough andsomewhereabouts in November we went aboard the Betty Lou, which took usto Juneau in Alaska Territory.That place was the seat of the territorial government of the largest territory inthe Union, but you wouldn't know it if you saw it. Far as I could tell, that placehad more sled dogs than men! So we go into town, and the only reason wedidn't blow all our money right there in the 'local establishments' is the fact thatI was carrying it. So we gits ourselves some sleds and dogs, picks and shovels,guns and ammo, and other stuff. We bought some food too, enough to tide usover till we sets up camp. With all our supplies packed into the sleds, wehitched up the dogs and rode north through the freshly fallen snow.After some days, maybe even a week or two, my memories ain't so clear, wemade it to the Yukon River. There was several camps already set up along theriver, so old Aaron Steele convinced all of us to keep moving. Damn, it wascold! Finally, we made it to another river, so I says to the guys, 'Look here,you all can keep movin' if that's what you all want, but as for me, I'm stayingright here.' I've since learned the name of that river was the Pelly (a tributary ofthe Yukon, if ya know your geography). So anyway, that's where we set upcamp. Ed Jacobson and what's-his-face Creely went around to drive in thestakes marking our claim, while me, Aaron, Erik (who's daddy, he proudly toldus, was a Norweigan), and the rest of the guys fashioned a sort of hut toprotect us from that damn cold.Anyways, that's just how things went; we found a small town a ways down theriver. We went up to the hillside and dug our picks in. Man, the ground waslike a rock! It seemed to take forever to dig just through the dirk. We learnedus a trick, though. Y'see, if we tried to pick through the frozen dirt, we gotnowhere; but if you start a fire over the spot early in the...

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