Chapter 14

Sunk several [gold] pits with negligible results…but took female peromyscus in pit.

Cariboo 1932

Ian and Patrick McTaggart Cowan

Ian and Patrick McTaggart Cowan

Clinton, BC, 1932. Image Cowan_PP_143 courtesy of University of Victoria Special Collections.
Marmot [Woodchuck]

Marmot [Woodchuck]

Marmota monax petrensis prepared for Islander Magazine no date. Illustration by Frank L. Beebe Image Cowan_PH_433 courtesy of Royal BC Museum.
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Their month at Four Mile Creek, the brothers had plenty to keep them busy. The first flush of success encouraged them to construct a makeshift rocking box, “the Rocker,” to speed up the process. Alas, after eight hours on the Cottonwood banks with the Rocker on May 11, they had only garnered 10 cents worth of gold. They had, however, time to study the Woodchuck habits of feeding exclusively on grass, clover and dandelions. The next day, they hiked up the old Pacific Great Eastern railway grade to Ten Mile Lake, where they came upon a breeding frenzy of ducks, gulls, terns and loons.
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