National Geographic : 1899 Jan
THE STIKINE RIVER IN 1898 cannot be traversed save on snowshoes, and which by its inacces sibility is safe in the reputation it has of holding the wildest scenery of the Stikine region. The river rose five feet the second night, in consequence of rains in the Dease Lake country, floated the steamer across the little wharf to which it was tied, and nearly carried away the lumber for the gold commissioner's house before the boat's watchman could arouse a salvage corps. When we left Glenora that morning, it was a new sensation to fly past the banks so rapidly, the engine only making play of the downstream jour ney. We shot the Little canon in less than three minutes, where we had struggled thirteen minutes on the way up, the Ogilvie drawn in with the sweep of the current under half steam, and then, with snorts, roars, and wheezes of full steam under forced draught, steering a mid-course through the eddies and dashing waves of that narrow chute, the most exciting and dan gerous piece of navigation in Alaska. The peaks and glaciers whirl past in their different rearrangements, and in the earliest afternoon, seven hours after leaving Glenora, we had accom plished the serpentine 125 miles and were fast at the Ft Wran gell wharf, the Ogilvie and all the boats of the line then receiving orders to abandon the Stikine and Alaska route. The "all Canadian " and the Klondike incident closed abruptly, and this river of rivers, this culmination and epitome of Alaskan scenery, this most magnificent stretch of peaks and glaciers along any watercourse of the continent may not again be accessible to easy pleasure travel as in the fitful season of 1898. In his annual report to the Department of State, Consul Mer rill, of Jerusalem, says that ten years ago there were very few carriages in Jerusalem, but now that the Yafa (Jaffa) road is in good condition and the road to Jericho, the Dead sea, and the Jordan is opened up-also that to Bethlehem and Hebron there are scores of carriages, and the number is constantly in creasing. A carriage road has recently been constructed from Jerusalem to the top of the Mount of Olives, and one is to be built from Jerusalem to Nablus, a manufacturing city of 20,000 inhabitants on the site of the ancient Shechem, 32 miles north.