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That summer of 1903 was a busy one for Dick Penrose for in addition to his mining ventures, he went to Alaska to study ore deposits. From his letters to his father and from the diary he kept, the Alaskan trip can be reconstructed in considerable detail. Letter from Dick, dated Palace Hotel, San Francisco, Calif., June 28, 1903I was very glad to find your letters of June 6th and 10th on my arrival here a few days ago, and to know that you had been so comfortable at Carlisle. I don’t wonder that the president of Dickinson College wanted you to make a speech at commencement, as you are undoubtedly their most illustrious graduate. I have been considerably delayed in getting started for Alaska, but I will get off next week. I wrote to you last week from Salt Lake before starting here. On my arrival here I found that Brockman had been having trouble arranging express and freight rates over the new railroad to Pearce, which has just been completed, and he was telegraphing me to try and settle matters satisfactorily. This took me several days, and then I had to go down to Los Angeles to see Brockman and decide about certain matters connected with the mine. I have just returned here, and our railroad matters are all fixed up, so I can leave without further delay.

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