As I mentioned in my March 3 column, Howard Firth of Whitehorse told me his dad was once the president of the Arctic Brotherhood in Dawson City. Here is part of the clipping about his grandfather T.A. Firth that I found in the Dawson Weekly News of April 15, 1910. It follows:
Past Arctic Chief Harry Landahl was called on, and after speaking on the good work of the brotherhood and telling of the splendid success of Mr. Firth in the chair and in conduct of the business of the camp the last term, presented Mr. Firth, on behalf of the brothers of the camp, a magnificent past Arctic chief’s jewel. It is in the form of a watch charm and fob.
The charm bears the gold pan and initial letters of the order on one side, together with other significant northern inscriptions; and on the other side the design of British and American flags crossed, with a diamond in the center, while above is the motto of the order “No Boundary Line Here,” and beneath the full name of Mr. Firth, the period he served and other suitable inscription.
Nuggets are used in finishing the jewel, and on the whole it is one of the most significant treasures given any lodge man in the Yukon.
Mr. Firth responded feelingly, and said that he appreciated the token as coming from brothers of the camp, and that the goodwill and kindly feeling expressed always will be appreciated by him above the high intrinsic value of the present.
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