The Trail of '98

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JULY 14th, 1897 -
 A boat from Alaska sailed
 into San Francisco harbor
  .... to upset the world.

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"Gold!"

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The news began to spread!
GOLD! KLONDIKE! GOLD!
In a few minutes it had
reached the famous Palace
        Hotel.

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"He's Jack Locasto! Just
came from the Klondike
with a million in gold!"

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"He's mine! I saw him 
       first!"

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"But remember that terrible
hardships stand between
you and the gold fields
      of Alaska!"

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"Halves in everything,
    Brother Joe."

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"I just gotta get up to 
the Klondike, too, Mister!
I'll pay you back when 
      I get rich!"

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"Hop aboard, little pardner!
When I get to the end of
my run, I'm goin' with you!"

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"ALASKA OR BUST!"

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"Who's this woman Alaska
you was talking about all
  night in your sleep?"

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"Come on, Lars! Ain't no
 wives in the Klondike!"

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"Look! They've struck
gold! Solid mountains
       of it!"

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"Everybody's goin'!
     I'm goin'!"

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"There ain't a grain of 
gold left in this whole 
        desert!"

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"Perk up, Salvation Jim!
     Look at this!"

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"Oh, Lord .... take my
hand in Thine and
lead me to that golden
        shore!"

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By train... ship... wagon...
horse .... and foot they
came! Thousands of
men with millions of
hopes left San Francisco
       every day.

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"Grandpa.... here come
Mrs. Bulkey and her
      husband."

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"Such a slow-poke! Before
we get our restaurant 
open.... the gold rush will
         be over!"

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"Don't worry. I wouldn't
even look at any another 
    woman but you."

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"Sure! In Alaska the 
mosquitoes are as big
as jumbo June bugs!"

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"Yumbo Yune bugs!
Yumpin' Yimminy!"

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"It also kills flies, fleas,
ants, cockroaches....
and scalp-squirrels!"

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"You yipped me!"

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"I'll save it for Sunday."

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"She's just a poor relation
.... going up to work in
     our restaurant."

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"I'll bring you back a
   million dollars."

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"I'll bring you back a
   million dollars."

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"I'll bring you back a
   million dollars."

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"Pardon me. Seen any-
thing of a young squirt
with a blue cap on his 
        head?"

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"Oh Lord, forgive me....
but verily, a blue cap
in his hand is not
a blue cap on his 
      head!"

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San Francisco forgotten....
good-byes forgotten.... new
friends found.... strange
partnerships formed....
all with one purpose....
one urge.

GOLD! KLONDIKE! GOLD!

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"You hell-hounds! The
devil's lollin' in the bay-
windows of your souls
while God's freezin' in the
        attic!"

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"Can you do that 
    to him?"

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"With your strength and 
my brains, we ought to
   become pardners."

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"He bane my pardner,
        too."

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"- and I'm going to open 
the best restaurant in 
Dawson City for you!"

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"Won't it be great, 
Berna, when we have
all the money we 
      want?"

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"Larry, I've often dreamed
  that some day Grandpa 
  and I would be rich."

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"Gee, we're lucky....
    aren't we?"

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"Gee, but you're
   beautiful!"

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"It was only the door
 slamming, Grandpa."

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"Thanks for pickin' the 
winner. That was my 
        chip."

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"What my chip wins
  is mine, too."

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"You can't swipe what's
     comin' to me!"

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"Take your time, sonny
.... you'll get all that's
    comin' to you."

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Strange shipmates there were.
Lust.... Hate.... Greed....
Decency.... Love.... Romance.
   GOLD! KLONDIKE! GOLD!

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"Look, Berna! We're 
       here!"

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"Alaska! The Klondike!"

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"The land of gold!"

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"Thank God, Mama.... the
     worst is over!"

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"Just think, Mama, all them
mountains full of gold and
nobody to pick it up.... but
         Eskimoses!"

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But the worst was not over. 
 There was still almost
   a continent to be
        crossed.

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There was a freezing,
lifeless wasteland to
    be treked - -

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- an inferno of cold
 to be conquered.

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Into this wilderness of ice
the gold-mad army was
dumped.... and the long
     march began.

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There was no food in the
Klondike so each man
packed a ton... fifty pounds
at a time. Eighty miles
they trudged to move
   ahead one mile.

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A veteran of the trail - -
With his stock of provisions
already in Dawson City, Jack
Locasto soon left this green
      army far behind.

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Days of it - on every height
snow and wind - - in every
  valley icy waters and
   treacherous marshes!

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"Do you think you can 
make it, little pardner?"

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What power has gold 
to make men endure 
      it all?

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"It's getting worse every 
  day, Larry. Must we 
        go on?"

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"I'd rather die than 
  quit and go back 
  to.... nothing!"

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"We'll go on, Larry!"

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"What's got him....
   the scurvy?"

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"No.... the trail! He's
gone crazy. I'm takin'
   him back home."

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"Klondike! Klondike
     or bust!"

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"In the name of the Great
Jehovah, why don't you
hold on to this son-of-
       an-anvil?"

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"She bane my good luck 
charm. She saved my
       life!"

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 "My wife chucked it 
at me.... and missed!"

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"Ain't you got tired, too?"

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"Oh, no! I coulda hung 
on today for another 
ten miles.... easy."

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"Yimminy! I must be 
   awful sick!"

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"You'd better take care 
of yourself. We've got 
a hard day ahead of 
    us tomorrow."

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CLIMBING! PLODDING!
 MUSHING!
  Back and forth....
   back and forth.

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"A snowslide!"

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Then before them loomed
the most disheartening
barrier of all.
    CHILKOOT PASS.

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"I can't go on.... I'll
   never make it!"

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"We must go on! Larry's
already carried half our 
   load to the top!"

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Forty times they struggled
up.... Forty times they 
     straggled down.

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"You'd better go on without
     me, Brother Jim."

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"No, Brother Joe! We're
halves in everything....
   good luck or bad."

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"How's your little pardner?"

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"He's dead, Jim....
        dead."

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"Anything I can do?"

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"Nothin'... except mebbe
 say a prayer for him."

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All winter the trail claimed
its dead, but Spring halted
the living with the greatest
obstacle of all - rivers and
lakes of melting ice and 
         snow!

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Endless work.... night and
day.... Building shapeless
flimsy boats to ride the
most treacherous rapids
      in the world.

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"Ain't you bane tired,
        Yohnny?"

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"I must be awful sick 
      some more."

92
"Yump down here.... you
   young yelly-fish!"

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"Mosquitoes! Spring 
      is here!"

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"I'll put out the light....
   and they'll go away."

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  "Yumpin' Yimminy!
  They come lookin' 
for us with lanterns!"

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"The ice is breaking up!"

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Then with rivers and lakes
swollen from melting snow
and ice, the eager army
started in their frail craft.

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Down the river toward
the perilous WHITE
HORSE RAPIDS where
more lives were lost
than anywhere else on 
     the trail.

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"It's all up with them!
They've lost control!"

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Days of drifting - -
   then before them
   DAWSON CITY,
   the gateway to the
       Klondike.

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"We're here, Berna!
     We've won!"

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"Don't unload your boats!
   Turn around and go 
          back!"

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"There ain't one in a
thousand's found gold....
and there's a hundred
men here for every job."

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"Good God, man! We've
been through hell to get 
         here!"

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"You think you've been 
through hell! Wait till 
you've spent six months 
   in the Klondike!"

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Six months in the Klondike!
Six months of bitterness and
          failure!

107
"My brother Joe will be
back from Bonanza any
minute! Can't you trust
me for a drink till he 
        comes?"

108
"We swore.... halves 
 in everything - !"

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"How's business?"

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"This ain't a business....
it's a headache! I sell
two eggs for five dollars
.... then pay six for two 
           more!"

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"I've been out on my 
claims all summer....
and I've brought in
enough gold to buy
anything I want."

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"Do you know what I've 
  come here to buy?"

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"Beans!"

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"Bring me all the beans
you've got in the place."

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"And a big, thick, juicy 
steak.... with French
   fried potatoes."

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"I'll stake you two for 
  your passage back."

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"It's no use. Berna
wouldn't leave until
Larry makes a gold 
      strike."

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"Leave Berna here.
I'll see that she 
 doesn't starve."

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"It's not our funeral if 
  Berna wants to stay 
          here!"

120
"See here, beans! For nineteen
weeks I haven't had anything
    to eat.... but you!"

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"Now sit there, beans....
and watch me eat real 
        food!"

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Winter closing in -
The last chance to "get out" -
       Many took it.

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"You've got your hunting 
face on, Jack.... found a
        new girl?"

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"Almost."

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"Well.... here's luck!"

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"We failed again, Berna!
      We're broke!"

127
"Never mind, Larry....
 we have each other."

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"Oh, God! If I could 
 only strike gold!"

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"Let's give it all up and
         go back!"

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"I'm afraid to stay 
 here any longer."

131
"Please take me home, 
dear! There's a boat
leaving tonight! Please
- before it's too late!"

132
"You're right, Berna!
We'll get out of this 
damned country! I'll
get the money for 
the tickets somehow!"

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"I'm leaving on tonight's 
 boat.... and I need
passage money for two!"

134
"Sit down! Wait till
you hear the big news,
kid! We're goin' to be
     millionaires!"

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"There's been a new strike!
Everybody's stampedin'
       tonight!"

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"No, Jim! It sounds 
wonderful.... but I'm 
through! I've promised
       Berna!"

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"Berna.... sweetheart....
a wonderful thing has 
    happened - -"

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"Don't leave me here 
alone, Larry! I'm 
     afraid!"

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"But, Berna.... we came 
here to get gold! That
     comes first!"

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"Look! They're stampeding!
It's a sure thing this time, 
          Berna!"

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"It means my chance....
our future, Berna! For
God's sake, let me go!"

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"I've been watching 
you gather firewood
for days... I just had
    to come in."

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"You poor kid. Your
beau left you to starve,
     didn't he?"

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"Oh, no! He'll strike 
it this time! He'll be
     back soon!"

145
"I know what it means 
to be left alone in the 
      Klondike."

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"You're coming home with 
me. I've got enough for 
        both us."

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"God will bless you for 
 being so kind to me."

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"Berna! Berna!"

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"It's the fever.... he'll be
 all right in a few days."

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"You stick with Larry.
We'll stake the claims
  and mush back to 
       Dawson."

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"Better hot-foot back to
   Dawson and get our
claims recorded... pronto!"

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Fifty miles a day the 
stampeders raced back
to the gold office in
       Dawson.

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"You're too late. One
below and one above
were recorded yesterday."

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"It's Locasto and his 
   gang! They jump 
  every good claim!
 The thievin' lice!"

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"I think I bane goin' to
    yump on somebody!"

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Overtaken by a sudden 
blizzard of the Klondike.

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"We're lost, Larry!"

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"I'm too weak to go any
farther. We'll have to
make camp..... in that
    pine shelter."

159
"We've only grub enough 
for two people for two
days - and if those dogs
ain't fed they'll attack us!"

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"Eight matches.... eight fires.
  We can fight hunger.... but
   we can't fight the cold."

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"Don't worry, pardner.
 We've been through 
  worse than this!"

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"One of the girls wants 
      to see you."

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"Berna, I've been searching 
    everywhere for you!"

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"Berna, darling.... Berna!
 We're rich! We're rich!"

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"I've struck the richest 
 claim in the Klondike!"

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"So, you've found 
       gold?"

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"There's not enough 
gold in the world 
to make things right 
       again!"

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"Berna! Berna darling....
 won't you speak to me?"

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"No matter how much you
hate me.... I'll be at your 
feet all the rest of my life!"

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"What right has this 
      man here?"

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"Tell him.... and tell him 
   so he'll understand!"

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"I don't care what has 
happened, dear! I love
you, Berna.... and I'll be 
      proud of you."

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"Too late! Too late!
Everything's too late!"

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"Locasto, it's going to 
be to a finish.... you
        or me!"

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"Berna, our past is burning 
  down there. Won't you
  say that we can begin 
          again?"

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On the ashes they built
again.
They built on industry 
      and work.

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"There's been a new
gold-strike up Nome
  way. I'm goin'."

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"But, Jim.... you've got
  more money now than
  you can ever spend."

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"It ain't the gold that
counts.... it's the fun
    of finding it."

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"FUN?"

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"Holy Yumpin' Yimminy!"

The End

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