James D. Livingston

Mary Alice Finds Love in the Yukon

In 1897, thousands of adventurers headed north to Yukon country to seek their fortunes in the famed Klondike Gold Rush. Among those seeking gold in the cold was Mary Alice Livingston, a 36-year-old unmarried mother of four, recently tried in New York for the alleged murder of her mother with poisoned clam chowder. This tells the true story, based on period newspaper accounts, of her exciting adventures on the crowded steamer to Alaska, in a hastily-built tent city at the mouth of the Yukon, and with native Alaskans in the heart of Yukon country, where she braved a winter of four-hour days and temperatures as low as 64 below. But in the Yukon, she found love, and returned to New York with a husband (her first) and a baby (her fifth).

This is a brief sequel to Arsenic and Clam Chowder, which describes Mary Alice's early life, her 1895 arrest and 1896 trial for the alleged murder of her mother.

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