By John David Hamilton
This pathbreaking ebook bargains a few nononsense truths approximately northern improvement.
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But there was little understanding of Yellowknife problems. " Ottawa rushed police from Fort Smith to clean up the underworld. They discovered Fraser had literally meant filth in the streets. An embarrassed federal government supplied enough money to build a four-hole wooden toilet in the centre of Old Town. Unfortunately, as The Prospector complained, no money was supplied for a custodian. * In the struggle for self-government, NWT natives had no part. Except for a few Metis who lived like whites, Yellowknife was a totally white town.
Apart from the rugged Junkers, their planes were usually small, high-winged, single-engined craft designed or modified by the pilots themselves. Skis and floats were first used in northern Ontario and soon spread everywhere. If necessary, pilots could quickly switch to wheels in order to land on conventional airfields. Their exploits were legendary. W. Thompson, the mining promoter, crashed in northern Ontario and was rescued in one of the first mercy flights by "Wop" May, already a hero who had survived aerial combat with the great Baron von Richtofen.
One of his new partners asked how much it would cost to develop a mine. "Hundred and fifty thousand," Thompson said. " Thompson turned out his pockets and produced fifty dollars. He shrugged and grinned. "Don't worry - I've got friends," he said. The promoter shook hands and climbed into the plane. In New York he had no trouble raising the money for a mine called Sunset Yellowknife. It never produced much gold, but that too was the luck of the draw. Thompson was a veteran, a famous man in the camps, but there were youngsters just starting out who would make Thompson, Archibald, and even Gilbert LaBine look like pikers.
Arctic Revolution by John David Hamilton