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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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Published by Webmaster on 07/21/2003 (15747 reads)
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R

raven, ravin
To seize and devour greedily.
reindeer moss
Upright, branched lichen of a pale grey color.
relays
Small bundles to be cached along one's route and picked up on the return.
riffles
On the bottom of a sluice, grooves to trap and hold nuggets.

S

sacerdotal
Priestly.
scapegrace
A scoundrel; a rascal
screed
A letter, a script.
scrofulous
Diseased; contaminated; ulcerous.
seine
Wide, oblong net for herding and trapping fish.
shake
Shake hands; i.e. part company.
shoon
[Scottish:] shoes.
Silver Flail
The Northern Lights.
Siwash
Disparaging term for Indians.
sluice-box
One of the 12-foot units of a gold-mining sluice.
sniped
Hunted and trapped long-billed game birds.
sourdough
Veteran; old-timer; opposite of cheechako.
spread misère
Card game in which the bidder (who is trying to lose every trick) plays with all his cards face up.
stent
Extent.
succor
To help, aid, give assistance.
swell
Member of the upper crust; man about town.

T

tailings
Crushed rock from which desirable minerals have been extracted.
tallow
The white rendered fat of a cow or sheep; suet.
tinhorns
Bragging, pretentious show-offs.
topers
Drunkards.
travail
Painful drudgery.
tundra sponge
Moss and lichen.
tups and wethers
Rams and male sheep.

U

upshoaled
Made shallow by a mud bank or sandbar.

V

vox humana
Reed-pipe organ whose sound imitates the human voice.

W

wattle-blooms
Acacia flowers.
weal
Well-being; good fortune.
weasened up
Wizened up; puckered.
weft
in a loom, thread carried by the shuttle.
weltering
Writhing; tumbling, struggling.
wen
An abnormal growth or blotch.
White, Elmer 'Stroller'
Yukon newspaper man that influenced Service to write about the Yukon gold rush.
Whitehorse
The capital of the Yukon Territory.
windlass
Drum used to wind rope and thereby raise buckets of water, heavy objects, etc.

Y

Yukon
Yukon Territory in Canada. From the Indian word "Yuckoo" which means clear water.
Yukon River
The longest river in the Yukon, 1980 miles long.

Z

 

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