Document 26: Letter Home from R.Hunter Fitzhugh

Robert Hunter Fitzhugh Collection, Box 2, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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Hoosier Creek, Alaska
November 12, 1899

This winter is a peaceful dream. We have all our winter wood down, and nothing to do but dig, which after all is about the easiest part of mining....

The boys on the next claim, "400", from us have been picking up good prospects every day....They showed me this morning about a dozen pieces $2.00 to $12.00 apiece, so our chance is very good. But there is absolutely no counting on it. GOLD IS WHERE YOU FIND IT, and nowhere else. I was out with a fellow about a week ago and I staked a claim on a new creek. But we stake in this country the way we dynamite fish in the States; throw in the dynamite and if any fish are in range you get them. If not, you lose your dynamite.

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