25,000 IDLE MEN IN DAWSON
Mining in the Klondike at a Standstill
Until Cold Weather Sets In
The Rosalie's Arrival


Port Townsend, Wash., August, 9 - The steamer Rosalie arrived here last night from Skagway, Alaska, with one hundred passengers from Dawson City, who came up the Yukon River, via the lakes. They bring advices from Dawson up to July 27 and considerable gold dust, estimated at $100,000. Joseph Barrett of Seattle brought out $25,000. Others brought out sums  ranging from $2,000 up to $15,000.
 
The steamer Monarch arrived at Dawson July 23 and the steamer Sovereign on July 26 from St. Michaels. The Monarch was last reported high and dry up the river, but the warm weather caused a sudden rise in the river and she was easily floated. The steamer Joseph Giossett, owned by Portland parties, plying between Dawson and the lakes, while trying to run White Horse Canon struck a rock and sunk in six feet of water. No lives were lost and all the outfits were saved, the steamer can be floated again and resume her runs.
 
 The Dawson market is well supplied with fresh beef at $1.15 per pound, dressed.
 
Mining operations in the Klondike are at a standstill and will continue so until cold weather sets in. It is estimated that there are about twenty-five thousand idle men in Dawson, eagerly waiting for something to turn up. This number is being swelled every day by new arrivals from both up and down the river. There are now more people there than the country can support.
 
source: Brooklyn Eagle; August 9, 1898, page 4.
contributed by Patrick McSherry
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