Document 12: Guidebook
A Guide to the Klondike and the Yukon Gold Fields (Seattle: Lowman and Hanford, 1897), p. 95. Original: Provincial Archives of British Columbia; Microfiche, Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions, M2501, Pre-1900 Canadiana, #15074.
Seattle bankers and merchants are prepared to buy all the gold which comes down from the mines at its actual mint value. Some of the banks have already procured the services of expert assayers, so that this value may be determined. A strong effort is on foot to have a government assay office established in this city. If this is done...every dollar of the gold which comes out from the Klondike next season, and which reaches Seattle by the transportation lines, will be purchased in this city.