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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta rrkfay, Octobtr 4, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD -11 Herald Covent Garden atmosphere to be lost in modernization WHITE PASS DIESEL TRAIN, ABOVE, TOMBSTONES, BELOW MARK KLONDIKE TRAIL. Train travels route of Yukon gold rush 7 CHRISTMAS DEPARTURES LENGTH 7-15 DAYS YOUR CHOICE OF 7 HOTELS THE WESTWARD HO ZARVS ANAHEIM HYATT HOUSE THE QUALITY INN THE DISNEYLAND HOTEL THE ROYAL INN NEWPORTER INN Features: Sea World, Tijuana, Wax Museum, Lion Country, Busch Gardens, Universal Studios. Deposit per person confirms reservation. For lull details contact A.M.A. TRAVEL AGENCY 608-SthAvc. South Phone 328-7921 or 328-1181 open Canada's train across the White Pass is a trip back into the grisliest yet craziest chapter of the country's history. The White Pass and Yukon Railroad follows the famed Trail of '98 over which gold- crazed hordes risked their sanity and their lives in search of Kondike wealth. It climbs the steepest railroad grade in the world to almost feet in 21 miles and passes the site of one of history's most gruesome tales Dead Horse Gulch where 000 pack animals "died like mosquitoes." Today the 110-mile trip between Skagway, Alaska, and Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, takes six hours on a narrow gauge rail line, 36 inches wide Twenty miles out of Skagway at the inter- national border, tourists can count the cataracts tumbling from a glacier to form Bridal Veil Falls. And they can remember the awful plight of hopeful men and women who made up the human chain across the dark hills to the Yukon gold fields. "Of the five thousand men and women who attempted to cross the White Pass in the fall of '97, only the tiniest handful reached their goal in time to navigate the Yukon River before freeze-up." wrote historian Pierre Berton in "One man who succeeded compared the slow movement over the pass with that of an army in retreat, those in the forefront struggl- ing on against hopeless odds, followed by a line of stragglers moving forward like a beaten rabble. On the coastal side of the divide an incessant grey drizzle shut out all sunlight, producing streams of gumbo that acted as a sort of mucilage for the hopeless tangle of men and animals, tents, feed and supplies." Novelist Jack London (author of Call of the Wild) related the macabre scene of the pass this way: "The horses died like mos- quitoes and rotted in heaps. Men shot them, worked them to death and when they were gone, went back to the beach and bought more. Some did not bother to shoot them, stripping their saddles off and the shoes and leaving them where they fell. Their hearts turned to stone those which did not break and they became beasts, the men on the Dead Horse Trail." T. Dufferin Pattullo who later became premier of British Columbia reported be saw tortured animals actually trying to commit suicide rather than negotiate the trail. When news of the Klondike Gold Rush readied the financial house of Close Bros, dispatched a survey par- ty to see if a railroad could be built from the Yukon to the sea opening a way to the gold fields and averting the appall- ing hardships of the White and Chilkoot Passes. Engineers decided it couldn't be built. But a young Canadian contractor who had worked on the Canadian Pacific Railway, came to a different conclusion and persuaded British entrepreneurs he wasn't crazy. Work started in the spring of 1898 and by July 21, that same year, a passenger train was placed in service. It went four miles. The following February the track reached the Summit of White Pass and by July 6 the line ended at the head of Lake Bennett in British Columbia. While southern gangs blasted and hacked their way through the pass, construction started from Wbitehorse towards Carcross where the two groups met July 29, 1900. Regular service between Skagway and Whitehorse began in August, 1900 and it's never stopped. From its beginnings the White Pass and Yukon Route has provided transportation impetus to the Yukon but it also introduced the first con- tainerships and container packaging techniques in the world. The Vancouver based corporation operates a com- pletely integrated transporta- tion system from Vancouver to any point in the Yukon, via a modern, ton coastal freighter, a fleet of heavy- duty Diesel electric locomotives, modern rolling stock, a fleet of highway tractor-trailer units plus uni- que temperature controlled containers which are the key to its ship train --truck system. -Every day of the year tourists can board the famous train at either Skagway or Whiteborse for a prolonged look at the countryside that sent men into a kind of delirium. At Lake Bennett north and south-bound passengers stop for lunch where stampcders built their rafts and crude boats that would carry them through Bennett, Tagish and Marsh Lakes to the Yukon River and on to the Klondike gold fields. The nearby log church was constructed by sourdoughs in 1898. Cost of a one-way ,adult ticket between Skagway and NAMED FOR BOAT Gjoa Haven. N.W.T, was named after Norwegian ex- plorer Roaid Amundsen's vessel Gioa. Whitehorse is about and facilities are available for transporting camper trailers or automobiles. A vehicle up to 20 feet long costs about one-way. New York Times Service LONDON The brown cobblestones of Covent Garden were littered with pungent rotting cabbage leaves, flattened tomatoes and broken celery sticks early one recent morning. The shouts of Cockney workers could be heard above the rum- ble of the truck engines. It was business as usual at London's biggest and oldest produce market, where little has changed but the prices since 1661, when the first fruit, vegetables and flowers were sold in this historic cor- ner of the city. It is where Nell Gwyn hawk- ed fresh oranges 300 years ago before she was discovered by Charles II, who made her his mistress. It is where Henry Higgins first encountered Eliza Doolittle in "My Fair Lady" and where pubs Uke the Nag's Head open at 5 a.m. to let the workers knock down a predawn pint for insulation against the chill night air. Some time next month, the produce stalls will shut down, the creaking wheelbarrows will be pushed into retirement and the bustle will die out. Co- vent Garden market is moving south across the Thames to Nine Elms, a modern 68-acre site that cost million, and some of the color of central London will disappear. "In the new market it's a piece of says Ronald Davis, a 52-year-old porter who has been pushing barrows and loading trucks here since he got out of the Royal Navy in 1946. "It's gonna be easier work. Everything's gonna be on pallets and fork lifts, and the lorries are gonna be in and out in an hour. Here, it's five hours he said. The rough and narrow streets around Covent Gardens were not made for the huge trucks that come from as far north as Scotland or as far west" as Wales to gather supplies for super- markets, hotels and grocery shops. The traffic jams are monumental. Some" trucks a day load or unload about tons of produce. "Sometimes it takes an hour just to move 'round the says Ron Miller from the cab of his truck as he waits in a long line. "Fresh farm produce for Sain- reads the lettering on the truck's side panel. Earlier this month, during the afternoons when Covent Garden is normally quiet because the trucks have left and the dealers have gone home to sleep, there were festivities to mark the move. Puppet shows were set up in the produce stalls. Men and women dressed up in 17th century costumes the women to resemble Nell Gwyn, who was born in nearby Drury Lane. People sang and danced The Covent Garden Com- munity Association sold souvenir programs for cents and handed ou- brochures boasting that com- munity action would prevenf the bulldozers from razing the area's historic buildings. In the name of urbc" redevelopment, many of the surrounding area's old struc tures were to be torn down and replaced with offic- buildings and other moder commercial premises. plans have been halted, but the area's future remains un certain. Stephen Hills, a porter for 28 or 29 years, says some of the produce workers will refuse to move across the Thames and will take govern- ment severance pay instead. But he plans to move with the market. "I'll still be doin' he says, "but it won't be the same." Parliament buildings top tourist attraction Canada's venerable Houses of Parliament on Wellington Street in the national capital, Ottawa, are among the city's top tourist attractions, draw- ing no fewer than three- quarters of a million sightseers last year. Many more are expected this year, according to the guards on duty. The 128-man security force is kept busy right through the summer and well into the fall. What's the attraction? The historical glamour of the buildings and their green- roofed architecture are the main sources of appeal to visitors "I had heard the buildings were said one visitor last year, as he eyed the sandstone structure, "but they are more beautiful than had anticipated Guided tours for visitors held every half-hour. THE PASSPORT FACTORY 5 min Service on Passport, Citizenship. I.D. and Visa PHOTOS Upstairs Suite E i 303-5th So. 328-9344 Passport Photos Candid Weddings Picture Framing Photo Supplies A. E. CROSS STUDIO iPhone 328-0111 710 3rd Ave. S. Phone 328-0222 1975 arrives at KING CHRYSLER DODGE Thefe Dodge? Kino CHRYSLER DODGE LTD. 3rd and 11StS. 329-9271 ;