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Subject: happy? - Mar 30 (Seward's Folly)
From: Abby Sale
Date: 30 Mar 06 - 08:58 AM

Secretary of State WH Seward for the US and Baron Eduard de Stoeckl for Russia sign the Alaska purchase on 3/30/1867. The price—$7,200,000—amounted to about two cents per acre.

(In at least one state, the last Monday of March is recognized as Seward's Day.),

        We are miners, Taku miners,
        To the shaft-house we must go,
        With our oil bottles on our shoulders,
        We are marching to and fro.

      cho:   Loose the swing and jack the bar!
            Come in on the arm, you're out too far!
            Way up to the dump and we call her a hole,
            A son of a gun, this mining for gold!

                        "Taku Miners," by Bill Lore

Song refers to the Taku Polaris Gold Mine, near the Alaska panhandle, by miner Bill Lore, to Phil Thomas in his Songs of the Pacific Northwest. JB, DigTrad filename[ TAKUMINR

        As I walked in the door the music was clear
        The purtiest voice I had heard in two years
        The song she was singin' made a man's blood run cold
        When It's Springtime In Alaska, it's forty below.

            "Springtime In Alaska," Tillman Franks & Johnny Horton; DigTrad filename[ SPRNALS

Early warning notice: This series of the Happy File noncontinues beginning April 16.
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