The following passages come from the personal diary of Dr. Howard A. Kelly who traveled into the Klondike in the spring of 1898.
March 25, 1898 — Conditions at Skagway and Dyea are similar. The most prominent feature of the landscape is the activity of the shell-game men and their cappers. How anyone can be deceived by these crooks is a mystery, but many are. They look evil, and are evil. Great numbers lose heavily and a good many have had to give up their journey and turn back, all funds being lost.
Later there is this entry—