Kate Rice: Prospector by Helen Duncan

By Helen Duncan

Kathleen Rice was once an inspiring girl who lived sooner than her time. Born in St. Marys, Ontario, she graduated as a gold medallist in arithmetic on the college of Toronto in 1906. After a standard starting instructing institution in Ontario and Saskatchewan, Kate broke freed from the mildew, trying to find new frontiers as a prospector in Manitoba in the course of the gold rush. She shaped a partnership with Dick Woosey and commenced a existence within the distant components round Herb Lake, prospecting and trapping. After Woosey's demise, Kate confronted her ultimate and such a lot tough problem - dwelling by myself within the wildness of the north.

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There were rushes the first winter to Island Lake up near the three Cranberry lakes. Gold had been found years before but the prospector hadn't staked his claims; Kate joined the rush, marching behind the cortege—six horses with a snow plow, two horses dragging a tent, the rear sleigh with four horses carrying a caboose-like structure where the men and Kate ate and slept. " They never found the gold but it was a journey of discovery for Kate: now she was a real prospector, now she'd seen the lake country.

Parti authorities, Ken's parents, his friends, her father, her friends. She wanted her father; he had decided not to come because of the expense but after her telephone call, promised to be with her. She received condolences from Margaret, from everyone as though she was Ken's fiancee. His sudden death was a terrible ending to the happy years of her college life. The funeral was conducted in the college chapel; Ken's father, assisting with the service, asked her to sit with his wife in the front pew.

The pan always filled up with small particles of pulverized rock and earth and she'd been forced to stir the mix with her fingers. Following the illustrations in her manual, A. B. C. , she hadn't dared to ask Mosher or even Charlie Krug for advice. The backbreaking part had been rotating the pan under the stream's water until all the upper material, as the manual called it, was washed away. And she did it not once but three times, panning her own gold and then either helping Margaret or doing it for her.

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