ALASKA: Sourdough's Trail

From the Klondike the Yukon River brawls across the U. S. border into desolate interior Alaska at the town of Eagle.* Here is tough country. At times spirit thermometers show cold of 70° below zero, and lower. The Arctic Circle is only 100-odd miles north; friendly Fairbanks is 200 bitter miles west. Few sourdoughs and no chechakhos live on these rolling tundras, where the ground is frozen several hundred feet down—country in which Chechakho Jack London starved and froze, seeking gold and finding stories.

Tough as a mukluk (fur boot) was Sourdough Edwin A. Robertson, a Maine-born man who had lived...

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