Damn the permissions—the lure of the place was too strong to ignore. I wanted to see how this Dawson compared with the real one, where I had spent three months the previous winter. I wanted to know if the American-myth industrial complex had finally bothered to get the story right.
Dawson and the Klondike are rare Canadian historic landmarks, in that they loom as large in American mythology as in our own. The Klondike was the last great frenzy of the gold-mad nineteenth century, but because it unfolded amid the glitzy mass media culture that would dominate the twentieth, it also became an American fever dream, a final glimpse of the frontier.
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In the summer of , tugboats hurried out of the port of Seattle, carrying reporters to meet the first steamship that arrived with prospectors bearing sacks of gold nuggets. Almost overnight, all of America had Klondike fever. Dubious guides to striking it rich soon rolled off the presses in Chicago and Philadelphia, and by the spring of it seemed every ambitious dreamer and schemer was bound for Dawson.
Photographers, in particular the enterprising Eric A. Hegg, documented every step of the trail in haunting black and white, from the lawless Alaskan port of Skagway up the punishing Chilkoot Trail to the Yukon River. Fortunes were made and many more lost, with the diaries and memoirs of stampeders published for decades thereafter. Jack London found his muse in Dawson and scaled to literary fame on tales gleaned from the muddy creeks and smoky saloons. A bank clerk in Whitehorse invented a romantic Dawson in ballads based on yarns from previous gold rushes, and thus did international acclaim come to Robert Service as well.
One of the wildest, grimmest chapters in Canadian history was rewritten as an American legend about the lawless frontier and the steadfast Mounties who struggled to contain it. Overstated and under-examined, the stereotype of the dull, polite Canadian was born. The drama, however distorted, still captivates. The Yukon of myth returns to the screen, peopled by foreign actors in a wilderness that is only nominally Canadian. Will Klondike set the record straight? In the summer of , the sprawling boom town of 30, was a magnet for Gilded Age dreamers the world over.
More than half of the stampeders who arrived that summer were Americans—including such resonant characters as Swiftwater Bill Gates and Joe Ladue, Diamond Tooth Gertie and Calamity Jane—although several of the most vital were not. Belinda Mulrooney, the sharp-tongued saloon keeper who plays a central role in Klondike , was Irish. As stampeders crested the frigid Chilkoot Pass in late and early , they encountered a makeshift border post. Along the shores of Lake Bennett, below the pass, they built makeshift vessels to sail down the Yukon to Dawson after the thaw.
Navigating the treacherous waters, they passed NWMP checkpoints set up to ensure their boats could complete the journey. When they assembled in town for the wild summer of , they found that guns were prohibited and the gang violence, vigilante justice, and routine theft of Skagway unheard of. The grubstake rule averted a winter famine, the river checkpoints saved countless prospectors from a watery grave, and the lawful streets and saloons of Dawson ensured that even if they surrendered their money and their virtue, few lost their lives.
If not for Steele and the NWMP , the gold rush might well be remembered as a catastrophe, as tens of thousands faced a climate and a landscape far harsher than that of any previous stampede. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Fool's Gold by Cassandra Dean. Her irritation rises when she sees the prissy, polite-like Garrett standing outside. Ethan Garrett has a powerful need to gain succor. Or how he just wants to spend some time in her company. When a blizzard storms in, trapping them, will they spend their time arguing or find their irritation for each other disguises something more?
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Get A Copy. Published January 9th by Decadent Publishing first published January 7th More Details Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Fool's Gold , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Feb 25, Sophia rated it liked it Shelves: historical-romance , review-requests , western-fiction-romance. They sniped and circled each other warily all the time.
Now on Christmas Eve when the Diamond Saloon is closed and Pearl is alone for the holiday who should come knocking at the door with a blizzard on his tail, but Garrett the man who constantly gets under her skin. What dust does he want to kick up now? This is the follow up short story to 'Rough Diamond' and tells the story of two side characters from that story, Pearl and Garrett. Those two caught my attention when I was reading Alice's story They sniped and circled each other warily all the time. Those two caught my attention when I was reading Alice's story so I was eager when I saw that they were getting a story of their own.
While I was eager to read this one and enjoyed much of it including the startling reveal about Garrett and the relationship between Pearl and Garrett, there were a couple of things that niggled at me. Not that these were horrid things really and maybe they are things that others won't even care about. First of all, the 'dumbed down' dialogue didn't ring true for me. I just felt like the characters' speech in this one was forced because it was making a point rather than natural. The second thing was that I missed the development of the story that the first book had going for it.
Not to say this one was bad and had no plot, but these were such good characters that I wanted more- more than a vignette and a brief epilogue- to help me connect to the characters and their story. They had that awareness of attraction and feelings though Pearl misunderstood what it was and they that thing with Garrett's family which would have made a great external conflict for them to deal with. Because this was a short story, the characters came together quickly and the other issue wasn't much of anything.
In truth, I guess I am offering a backhanded compliment to how much I like the author's characters and plot idea and wanted them to really have their chance to shine in a broader scope that a higher page count would have brought. Now all that being said, there was still good stuff going on. I loved that I got to witness this moment when these two realized what all the animosity and tension had been about. I loved what happened when they dove right in and did something about it- passionately too.
They are two lonely people with pasts they are trying and successfully leaving behind. I loved the sweet little Christmas tree scene that really gave such insight into who Pearl really is under the persona she created and I loved that adorable ending in the epilogue when Ethan comes to Pearl with his gift made me feel the same as when I bite into my most favorite decadent chocolate- so satisfied. This is a book that I can only recommend to those who read the first book in the series.
As to the series, I recommend both stories to those who enjoy light historical romance in a western setting. Jan 25, Tina "IRead2Escape" rated it really liked it Shelves: part-of-a-series , reading-challenge , novella , christmas , reviewed-per-request , historical-romance , reviewed. I never felt like I was out of the loop or missing something important.
Pearl La Monte is ready for a much needed rest. The Diamond Saloon is closed for the night, thanks to Christmas and all she wants to do is curl up in her room with a drink and enjoy the silence. And then there is a knock at the door that chang 3. And then there is a knock at the door that changes her life forever. Ethan Garrett is in a funk. He finds himself on Christmas Eve, in a snowstorm banging on the door of The Diamond Saloon trying to convince Pearl to let him in. The writing was very well done and the characters played off one another well. I found Ethan very sweet and entertaining.
I wasn't so sure about Pearl, however.
I understand she had issues with the wealthier class because of her past, but it just didn't mesh well with what her chosen path in life is. Of course, had the book been longer more of her character might have been revealed and I may have understood it a bit more. I would recommend this book if you are looking for a quick, sweet read that you can finish in an afternoon. A special thank you to Cassandra Dean for the loan of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Mar 18, Jennifer rated it really liked it. It's Christmas Eve, , and the Diamond Saloon is empty. The staff has gone to spend the holidays away and Pearl la Monte has a hankering to retire early. Her irritation rises when she sees the super polite-like Garrett standing outside. Pyrite is a brass-yellow mineral with a bright metallic luster.
It has a chemical composition of iron sulfide FeS 2 and is the most common sulfide mineral. It forms at high and low temperatures and occurs, usually in small quantities, in igneous , metamorphic , and sedimentary rocks worldwide. Pyrite is so common that many geologists would consider it to be a ubiquitous mineral.
The name "pyrite" is after the Greek "pyr" meaning "fire.
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Pieces of pyrite have also been used as a spark-producing material in flintlock firearms. Pyrite has a nickname that has become famous - " Fool's Gold. However, pyrite is often associated with gold. The two minerals often form together, and in some deposits pyrite contains enough included gold to warrant mining. Specimen is approximately 3 inches 7. Hand specimens of pyrite are usually easy to identify.
The mineral always has a brass-yellow color, a metallic luster and a high specific gravity. It is harder than other yellow metallic minerals, and its streak is black, usually with a tinge of green. It often occurs in well-formed crystals in the shape of cubes, octahedrons, or pyritohedrons, which often have striated faces.
The only common mineral that has properties similar to pyrite is marcasite , a dimorph of pyrite with the same chemical composition but an orthorhombic crystal structure. Marcasite does not have the same brassy yellow color of pyrite. Instead it is a pale brass color, sometimes with a slight tint of green. Marcasite is more brittle than pyrite and also has a slightly lower specific gravity at 4. Pyrite and gold can easily be distinguished. Gold is very soft and will bend or dent with pin pressure. Pyrite is brittle, and thin pieces will break with pin pressure.
Gold leaves a yellow streak, while pyrite's streak is greenish black. Gold also has a much higher specific gravity. A little careful testing will help you avoid the " Fool's Gold " problem. Massive Pyrite: Massive pyrite from Rico, Colorado. The best way to learn about minerals is to study with a collection of small specimens that you can handle, examine, and observe their properties. Inexpensive mineral collections are available in the Geology. Pyrite is composed of iron and sulfur; however, the mineral does not serve as an important source of either of these elements.
Iron is typically obtained from oxide ores such as hematite and magnetite. These ores occur in much larger accumulations, the iron is easier to extract and the metal is not contaminated with sulfur , which reduces its strength. Pyrite used to be an important ore for the production of sulfur and sulfuric acid.