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The Cremation of Sam McGee

The Cremation of Sam McGee


by Robert Service

Analysis: Brain Snacks

Brain Snacks: Tasty Tidbits of Knowledge

Although he roughed it in the Yukon for a few years, Service lived most of the end of his life in France (source). Not a bad move.

Although his characters "moiled for gold," Service didn’t have to do anything quite that strenuous. He worked at a bank when he lived in the Yukon (source).

Sled dogs like the Siberian Husky can survive at temperatures colder than -60 degrees Fahrenheit! (source).

Over 100,000 people joined in the stampede to the Klondike gold fields. Of these, historians think only about 300 made serious money (source).