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Arctic Brotherhood excursion on the sternwheeler Clifford Sifton, 1901



The sternwheeler Clifford Sifton

Northern Ships and Shipping



Dawson Weekly News, Friday, May 31, 1901

Arctic Brotherhood excursion to Eagle - May 31, 1901

(From Tuesday's Daily.)

    With the Union Jack and the Stars and Stripes fluttering in the breeze, the steamer Clifford Sifton, carrying 70 Arctic Brotherhood excursionists and their guests, passed the international boundary line Saturday evening at 11:45 o'clock. Everyone was on deck, and as the vessel cleaved the waters across the geographical line that separates two great nations, a sudden hush fell on all, only broken by the steady pulsing of the engines. Then from all parts of the vessel arose the strains of the "Star Spangled Banner," and men stood with bared heads as that patriotic song echoed among the hills bordering the river.

    The steamer left Dawson Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock and had a pleasant voyage, each excursionist adding his or her efforts to promote the general good cheer. After the dinner hour the floor was cleared and a dance indulged in, continuing with brief intermissions until Eagle was reached at 12:30 o'clock. The entire population was at the wharf to greet the incoming steamer, for the people not only felt that the laws of hospitality required them to be on hand to receive the excursionists, but the Sifton was the first boat to arrive there this year and therefore it was doubly a great event. Cheer after cheer arose from the wharf as the lines were fastened, and they were responded to with right good will by the representatives of the Yukon metropolis.

    After landing, many of the excursionists were claimed as guests by personal friends residing at Eagle, while all were looked after in a most hospitable manner and the town was theirs in a figurative sense. Members of the Arctic Brotherhood met at a hall and promptly instituted a lodge with eight members, giving it an impetus in the work that promises for it a rapid growth. The new lodge was duly organized by 4 a.m., and from that hour until 9 o'clock the visitors strolled over the town, visited the soldiers barracks, where they were cordially entertained, and paid their respects to the United States government officials at Eagle. They found a thriving young city with business good and with splendid prospects for the future. The development of the mining creeks adjacent to Eagle and the completion of the government road connecting her with Valdes will insure her prosperity and permanency.

    At 9 o'clock the excursionists returned on board the steamer and as the boat swung clear from the wharf and turned her prow up stream the voyagers sang "America" while those on the wharf cheered the national anthem. Fortymile was reached at 1 a. m. yesterday, and Dawson at 4:30.

    The excursion was a most successful one in every way, the management of it being in the hands of Messrs L. L. James, C. B. Zabriskie and F. W. Clayton. Captain Sangster and Brownfield, Purser C. E. Niles and Manager J. L. Wortham, of the Sifton exerted themselves in every way to insure and comfort of all and received the thanks of everyone for their efforts. Good music was furnished by Prof. Max Adler's orchestra. Those who made the trip were:
    Mr. and Mrs, A. W. Kohn, Mr. and Mrs. George Murphy, Mr. and Mrs. George F. Mero, Mr. and Mrs. Davis, Mr. and Mrs. L. L. James, Mr. and Mrs. F. Mortimer, Mr. and Mrs, Geo. Mnrbarger, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Green, Dr. and Mrs. Sutherland, Mr. and Mrs. 4. B. Boyd, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Heath, ‘Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Crawford, Mr. and Mrs. Ed 8. Orr, Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Germain; Mrs: Farr and son; Mrs. Lockwood and son; Mrs. Goetzman, Mrs. McKenzie, Mrs. Card, Mrs. Beede; Misses Taggart and Beede; Messrs R. J. Davis, B. A. Dodge, W. H. Welsh, J. A. Segbers, W. P. Allen, C. L. Peabody, Shafer, J. A. Donald, F. W. Clayton, W. H. B. Lyons, H. Otis, Dr. Edwards, Dr. Wells, G. Wadey, Charles Taylor, Wm. Povah, J. M. Jackson, W. V. Tukey, Mrs. Adler, M. T. Matheson, E. L. Webster, C. B. Za.riskie, Jas. A. Grey, J. H. Huston, Duncan Stewart, B. W. Burritt, Bennett James, Leander James, Richard Roedige: