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This poem is often wrongly thought to be by Robert W Service. It is published here to the memory of Hugh Antoine D'Arcy, its rightful father.
An Evening with the Bard of the Yukon, July 18 th 2003 at 20.30pm in the Town-Hall of Lancieux, Brittany.
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D

Dawson
North-West Yukon city near the Klondike River, about 50 miles east of Alaska.
dead-line
Line that a prisoner may not cross, under penalty of being shot by a guard.
defile
Long, narrow pass.
demirep
A person of doubtful reputation or respectability.
dight
Tidied or spruced up; arranged, put in order.
disprized
Despised.
drouthy
Dry; craving a drink.

 

E

Eldorado
Mythical land where gold is fabulously plentiful.
empery
Dominion; domain; "sphere of influence."
enervate
Weakened, enfeebled, neurasthenic individual.
envoi
Author's explanatory note that concludes a book.

F

fagged
Worked as an unpaid servant for an older boy in an English public (boarding) school.
fain
Gladly willing
faro man
Keepers of the "bank" in the card game of faro.
fay
White, pale, fair.
ferine
Fierce; undomesticated.
fleered
Sneered; mocked with a sardonic grimace.
flensing
Able to strip off long ribbons of skin and fat.
flume-head
Start of a wooden trough used to divert water, in mining.
foreloopers
Boys who walk beside the first yoke of a team of oxen to guide them.
frowst
To lounge indoors.
funking
Flinching; holding back out of fear.

G

gelid
Icy, frigid.
gibbous
Humped; said of the three-quarter moon.
grayling
Salmon-like fish related to the trout.
green stuff
Absinthe, a wormwood-flavored liqueur.
grubstake
Money or previsions advanced to a miner in return for a share in his future claims.
guerdon
Reward; recompense.

H

helots
Pariahs; serfs, untouchables.
hoary
White or gray with age, old, ancient.
hog-back
Ridge with a sharp summit and steep sides.
hollow needle
Hypodermic used to inject drugs.
"hooch"
Rotgut whisky; moonshine.
hoodoo
Bad luck; jinx.
husbandmen
Farmhands.
Husky
A heavy-coated work dog of the Alaskan or Canadian Arctic region.

I

ice-worms
Twigs or branches protruding through the snow and enveloped in ice so as to resemble slimy, segmented creatures.
insensate
Unfeeling; foolish; brutal.

J

jade
Brassy, shrewish women.
jammy
Delightfully simple or easy.
 

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