Just ahead of Part Eleven of our nightly audio adventure, a reminder that the audio edition of Steyn's Song of the Week can be heard on Serenade Radio in the UK Thursday at 9pm London time - that's 4pm North American Eastern.
The listening is anything but easy when Jack London is prowling the Klondike. Mark Steyn Club member Paul Cathey writes from Colorado:
In the photo attached to this segment, the prairie dog peeping through the snow would have provided at least three to four times the protein mass of the tree squirrels, but its fleas would probably have infected the men with bubonic plague, just to cap off their adventure. Jack London is the master of the sober reminder that Nature is utterly indifferent to our welfare. This tale is a superb choice, and beautifully read, as usual, Mark.
Very kind of you, Paul. In tonight's episode of Burning Daylight, our protagonist is enjoying heartier fare:
The weeks came and went, but Daylight never encountered the other man. However, he found moose plentiful, and he and his dogs prospered on the meat diet. He found "pay" that was no more than "wages" on a dozen surface bars, and from the generous spread of flour gold in the muck and gravel of a score of creeks, he was more confident than ever that coarse gold in quantity was waiting to be unearthed. Often he turned his eyes to the northward ridge of hills, and pondered if the gold came from them. In the end, he ascended Dominion Creek to its head, crossed the divide, and came down on the tributary to the Klondike that was later to be called Hunker Creek.
If you know your Yukon creeks, you'll be aware the above are all real places. The picture at top right is of three children working a gold-mine rocker on Dominion Creek circa 1898 - ie, a couple of years after Daylight was staking out the neighborhood. The braided girl with the fixed gaze at left prompted a brief Internet frenzy about whether Saint Greta of Thunberg was a time-traveler come to save us from ourselves.
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Please join me right here tomorrow evening for another episode of Burning Daylight.