CHAPTER 1
OFF TO THE KLONDIKE
 
I'll always remember Valentine's Day, 1898.  Everything on the Victoria waterfront was noise and confusion.  We had just come on board the steamboat Joanna, and were gawking at all the goings on.  My cousin Dave remarked, “Do you suppose that the crate that big crane is lifting is ours?  Hope they don't drop it.  It sure took us a long time to assemble all the things we need to take along.  I hope nothing gets lost along the way”
     My cousin Dave and I were just two of the thousands of men and women of all ages who had responded to the headline news of June 16, 1897:


     In the midst of a severe depression, this news lured many people into walking away from jobs, home and family to head for the Yukon in search of riches. We had