Dawson City: 1897. pp., on a bifolium. Previously folded, with a few short separations from edges along old folds. Slightly nibbled at center of gutter fold. Scattered small patches of light dampstaining. Good. Item #1241
The only issue of this scarce newspaper parody of the disposition of Dawson and the lives of prospectors there at the height of the Klondike gold rush in 1897. The introduction apologizes for the poor production of the paper by stating:
"We don't like to begin apologizing for the appearance of this sheet, but it is due to our readers to say that we hope to be able to print on white paper next spring. The Indian who tried to carry our paper over Chilkoot Pass had the misfortune to stub his toe which started him tobogganing down a declivity of seven miles into Death Canyon. He did not rejoin the party. We are indebted to Soapine Sam, our genial grocer, for the loan of a ream of wrapping paper on which to print this issue. We request our subscribers to return this paper to Sam after reading it as he needs it for wrapping canned peaches."
Humorous pieces include a column of "Personal Nuggets," which lists current outrageous prices ("Canned peaches at Soapine Sam's, only $1.40 per can") and recent news in brief; articles about a recent bar fight ("A cast-iron cuspidor proves to be a deadly weapon in the hands of a bad man from Circle City") and a new bank ("The institution will have a capital of $4,000,000. Two hundred dollars of this will be kept in the bank for emergencies, and the balance will remain for a time in the ground of Juneau Jack's claim"); and an illustrated advertisement for Dr. O.B. Deadeasy ("Regular graduate of the Ringbone Veterinary College of Philadelphia... whose patients sleep in every graveyard from Sitka to St. Michaels").
Scarce, we locate about six institutional copies across several records in OCLC.