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VANCOUVER AND BRITISH COLUMBIA.   269

the spring thousands of gold-seekers arrived in Vancouver. The little town of Victoria was soon surrounded by a huge encampment of rude huts and tents. But the newcomers did not stay there. They swarmed across to the mainland in boats of all sorts and sizes. Some tried to cross in wretched makeshift contrivances and were

Ti?,:»rlNC ON THE CARIBOO ROAD, BRITISH COLUMBIA.

drowned. 'umbers of storekeepers and adventurers followed the miners, and often managed to possess them-selves of the lion's share of their earnings, for it was difficult to carry necessaries into the mountains, and everything was dear. Soon after the rush began the government tried to open roads to the gold-fields, but the work was slow and costly

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