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Famine and disease threaten Dawson City. The Clondyke metropolis is located on a fever-breeding swamp. Professor P. 0. Richardson, who has recently returned from the Alaskan goldfields, has in a letter given to the San Francisco Press some interesting facts concerning the district. Mr Richardson left Puget Sound on July 25, and reached Dawson City on August 12. When Mr Richardson arrived at Dawson City he found a camp of GOO tents and possibly 100 i&bins in course of construction. Very little preparation for the winter was being made, most of the people failing to appreciate the rigorous weather that they must undergo. In the city nearly everyone seemed to be employed, and money was plentiful, but a feeliDg prevailed that owing to the scarcity of provisions great destitution must prevail throughout the coming winter. Two serioua questions confront the people of Dawson City—viz., the food supply and the health of the inhabitants. Dawson itself is built in a swamp at the mouth of the Clondyke River, which in the winter is frozen solid and in the summer is thawed to the depth of about a foot. No provision has been made for drainage. There being no outhouses, all the offal is dumped at the baok doors or in the streets, and when the warm weather comes it seems inevitable that disease should rage.

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THE CLONDYKE., Evening Star, Issue 10466, 9 November 1897

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THE CLONDYKE. Evening Star, Issue 10466, 9 November 1897