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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 25, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, June 25, 1974 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Gold claims increase at Dawson City DAWSON CITY, Y.T. (CP) Gold fever is returning to Dawson City. In 1897-98 this city on the banks of the Yukon River was the scene of the greatest gold rush the world has ever known. And now, 76 years later, the city may be witnessing another rush for the most- desired mineral in history. With the price of gold hovering around an ounce, men's minds have turned to thoughts of strik- ing it at least mak- ing a few extra mining for gold. Old-timers will be the first to benefit because they hold the best claims. But dozens of hopefuls, many from outside the Yukon, have flocked to the Klondike valley. "One thing you can't buy and that's knowledge." said Art Fry. "A lot of out- siders are coming up here but they haven't a clue where to find gold. And even if they get lucky, they likely don't have the machinery to get at it." Mr. Fry. a former Van- couver professional boxer who has been in the Yukon for 45 years, worked his way out of debt for the first time last year. This year, he expects to mine gold worth Bill Hakenson, owner of the Eldorado Hotel, said his five miles of claims on Dominion Creek should yield ounces of gold this summer. That's Oliver Paton is Dawson's mining recorder. "I don't know if you'd call it a gold rush or not but there are claims in good standing in the Dawson district and that's an increase of 300 from when I first came here three years he said. "There also are 174 pros- pecting leases recorded in this office. In July, 1971, there were eight." The leases themselves cost only a mile, but leaseholders have to do 000 worth of work on each mile of leased land each year. Leases are only good for three years, after which they must be put into claims or dropped. "It's a gamble. I guess, and it can get pretty expen- sive." Mr. Paton said. can renew prospecting leases it you wish, but it costs you per mile." It costs to stake a claim, 500 feet wide by 000 feet tang. Claims not worked are forfeited after 12 months and are available on a firstcome first-served basis. A miner working by hand must put in about 160 hours of work, stripping, drilling or sluicing, if he wants to keep his claim in good stan- ding. "We used to have a fair number of what I call sum- mer Mr. Paton said. "They're just souvenir hunters, really, people who want a piece of paper which says they own a claim in the Klondike. They don't show up to work it, so they lose it. I don't think there'll be many of them this year." One syndicate of 18 men from Oregon holds prospecting leases on 90 miles of land, including 70 miles of watershed, north of the Ladue River. John Wierda, manager of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, is the official gold dust buyer. Dawson miners bring their gold to his office to be weighed and shipped to the Royal Canadian Mint. Now, after five years in the North, the former southerner from B.C.'s Fraser Valley, is going to get a piece of the action. Together with teller Joe Taylor he has staked the last two claims on Bonanza Creek. "I'm going out to the Aquitaine sale Wednesday Cattlemen from the U.S. and Canada are expected to be out in force at Banbury, England. Wednesday for the first annual national sale of the Blonde d'A- quitame breed to be held in the United Kingdom. Interest will' centre around the four pure-bred Blonde heifers entered for this Oxfordshire sale, which is being organized by the British Blonde d'A- quitaine Society in con- junction with Banbury Stockyard, the Society's of- ficial auctioneers. claim at weekends with a pick and a shovel and a wheelbarrow. I have a small hand-made sluicebox and I'm just going to putter around. "I might get a few ounces. 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