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   European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - September 5, 1970, Darmstadt, Hesse                              AP Story and Photos by EDDIE ADAMSAfter tft* Indlojn*, they were the first of the first — thetroppers. Th« Alaskan wilderness was their hom«, its gomertteir quarry* for 0 dwindling few it still 1$. H|almor "Sttm**Carlson (see cover) is 85 now. And still frapping. He isa portrait almost frozen in time . . . dog team and sleda one-room log cabin with a bed, battered sofa, a treetrunk for a chair and a crude wooden table . . . abovehis homestead on Lake Minchumina, the towering mass ofMt. McKinley. "An awfui lot of people on the outside nodoubt would think I'm a lonely man. You con 1*11 them1 wouldn't trade my life with any of them. How can I getloneh/ with so much to do? And i have my dogs. Tele-vision? You can have ft. i wouldn't accept one as a gift.I prefer reading. Anyway, I don't have electricity." Hisone contact with the outside is a battery-powered short-wave radio on a shelf near his bed. "The whole worldhas gone craxy," says Carlson. **We don't have riots outhere. Just mosquitoes." His nearest neighbor is 15 milesaway. But distance it nothing in the wilderness. Carlson'stroptines ore SO miles from hit cabin. H* generally walksit nowadays. At h*« age, Kit dogs sometimes are a littlehard to handle. But he remain* hardy on a diet ofvegetables from his garden and fish from his lake. BesidesMs radio, Carlson keeps contact with the world by sub-scribing to a book club and a variety of magazines —including Reid end Stream. But he knows the hard demandson a man completely on his own. "Once my big too froze,so I cut it off. Another time 1 chopped off my left thumb— accidentry. I tried to tew it back on, unsuccessfully,its either operate on yourself or ale." Imitation fur is moreof a concern right now to the old trapper than his ruggedlife. Sable peftt now bring only $15 or $20. In 1948 theywere worth $72 each. But his knowledge is more funda-mental than the market place. He knows that wolves don'tattack dogs or human beings, that "you can get five gal-lons of good grease from a black bear. Good for bakingend frying doughnuts.1* Carlson sleeps when he likes,reads when he likes, gets up when he likes. "And I alwayshave my dogs to talk to. When they start answering back,i know HI be In trouble." Once he had an itch to climbhis huge neighbor. "I took one of my dogs with me andgot up 12,000 feet. We looked up to the top, talked toeach other and decided to return home. I guess I'll leavemy bones beneath her.**'I've never been lonesome ... 1 have my dogs to folk to.""I eat when I get hungry ... I sleep when I get sleepy."Sunday, September 6, 1970"I never look for the next day . . . only take them as they come."THE STARS AND STRIPES Page VU  

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