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An engineer in the uniform of that breed the world over — leather boots, khaki breeches, red kerchief — pulled out his pocket slide rule to prove a point.
Arguments waxed over yardage, power, gasoline consumption.
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Many of the original gold prospectors of the Klondike are dead; others have survived the revolution in mining methods; still others are lively old sourdoughs in the Pioneer's Home at Sitka.
The calm shallow waters of Bristol Bay suddenly become alive with a fleet of ocean-going steamers, long since retired from transoceanic service, and now used to transport, shelter, and feed thousands of seasonal fishermen brought from the Pacific Coast.
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Their huts were holes dug in the ground, surmounted with a driftwood frame covered with flattened gasoline tins or skins, or perhaps with white man's canvas.
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Alaska's greatest and most profitable industry, fishing, has retained some of the color and flamboyance lost when individual placer mining was replaced by mechanized dredging.
Cautious men behind polished desks in San Francisco figure out in advance the amount of metal to a cubic yard, the number of yards washed a day, the cost of each operation. Before they have made the initial invest- ment they know, as well as any solid businessmen can know, what their profit will be.Michael 2,623 9-10 days 80 to 110.00 steamer) Nome 2,621 9-10 days 80 to 110.00 (summer only) TOURS FOR ROUND-TRIPPERS ll X Within Alaska, British Columbia, and Yukon Territory Waterways From To Miles Time Fare Juneau Petersburg 126 10 hrs. Yet there are only about i,ooo farmers in Alaska — this, in spite of the fact that Alaskans consume annually farm produce imported from the States valued at almost four million dollars.