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Expedition to Mount St. Elias, 1888

'The Alaskan' newspaper - Sitka, Alaska Territory, 1891

SITKA, ALASKA TERRITORY,     August 25, 1888

    The Alaska Commercial Company's steamer Dora, which arrived at San Francisco, last month from Western Alaska, brought down about $60,000 in gold dust and amalgam. This unusual shipment represents in part the result of the work of the miners on the Yukon River during the past season. Last year a large number of gold hunters flocked into Alaska and spread themselves over the vast basin of the Yukon, and judging from the reports received by the company from its agents on the peninsula, their work and privations have been fairly rewarded. The miners did not all go from this city. A large number went from Canada and the different settlements on the Aleutian Islands; nor does the shipment by the Dora represent the total year's output; there is more yet to come. The $60,000 represents the amount collected by the agent of the Commercial Company during the winter months in return for supplies furnished. A part of it represents the results of mining expeditions undertaken by the employes of the company themselves. Concerning the mining prospects of the Yukon district, the agent of the Commercial Company at St. Michaels, writes: "Regarding the diggings, the prospects look more promising this year than last. A number of the miners have struck coarse gold this spring and I think by the reports I have heard that more gold will be taken out this season than last." - Bulletin.

    The good news comes from San Francisco that there is every reason to believe that the coal deposits in Western Alaska are at last to be opened up and developed. A dispatch from the City of Golden Gate, dated August 4th, says:

    The steamer South Coast left last evening for Alaska, with a number of gentlemen sent out by a syndicate of capitalists of this city to examine some coal deposits in the north. The exploring party consisted of Messrs. Ross, Strauss, Vehting, Horsewel and L. W. Nowlin, who are experts in coal mining. The syndicate is said to be composed of several railroad companies; W. H. Hunt, attorney...

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These articles have all been reproduced exactly as printed in the August 25, 1888 edition of The Alaskan. The first article was reprinted from the Daily Evening Bulletin (San Francisco, California).