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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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Odds and Ends, Other Items Of Interest About Robert

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Published by Webmaster on 07/21/2003 (15738 reads)
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karroo
High-altitude South African tableland.
Kinsey, Clarke and Clarence
Brothers who photographed the Yukon at the time of the gold rush.
klooch
[Chinook:] Indian woman.
knuckle down
In a game of marbles, getting ready to shoot.

L

Lancieux, France
Small town in northern Brittany on the Golfe de St. Malo.
Ladue, Joseph
Early staker of the Bonanza (Rabbit Creek) claim.
Lake Laberge
Yukon river lake about 200 miles SE of Dawson and 30 miles north of Whitehorse.
lazar
Scabrous, leprous.
lief
Gladly willing.

M

MacDonald, Alex
Early surveyor and planner of the Yukon circa 1907.
Macdonald, Hector
"Fighting Mac," British war hero (1853-1903) who shot himself.
mackinaw
Heavy woolen blanket, in stripes or solid colors.
Malamute
A sled dog of Alaska and Northern Canada, named for an Indian tribe.
marge
Edge; shoreline.
marguerite
Also called the Paris daisy, the European daisy. Any daisy-like flower.
mere
Lake; pond.
mill-race
Flowing water that drives a mill wheel.
moil
Dig under wet, dirty conditions; grub.
Moose-hides
Garments worn by Indians; by extension, derogatory term for the Indians themselves.
muckluck
Boot of reindeer skin, with a soft sole.
mummer
One who goes merrymaking in disguise.
mush
To travel by dogsled; the command given to the sled dogs.
muskeg
Sphagnum-moss bog.

N

natheless
Nevertheless.
neck and crop
Swiftly and efficiently; wasting no time.
nigger-head
Hummock or tussock of vegetation: grass moss, etc.
Northern Lights
Aurora Borealis, the colorful display in the sky caused by solar eruptions.

O

P

patent
Patent leather.
pay-streak
Vein of rich ore.
Peary, Admiral Robert Edwin
Discovered the North Pole April 6, 1909.
piked
Made one's way.
pinch
To steal.
pinions
Wings; also: gear wheels.
poke
A bag, sack, wallet or purse; money, the total amount in one's possession.
portage
A carrying of boats, canoes, provisions, etc. overland from one stretch of water to another.
potlatched
gave lavishly, with expectation of a gift in return.
ptarmigan
Bird of the grouse family with feathered feet and white winter plumage.
pukka
Genuine, reliable or good.

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