December 10, 2009

More Soapy Smith stories from Lost Treasure

I found some more stories over at Lost Treasure. I have to say that just looking at this site alone I would have to say that their members are often led on wild goose chases for gold and treasure that does not really exist.

I registered at the site in hopes of seeing archives stories but found members only get a summary of the articles. Actual subscriptions to the magazine say nothing about being able to see whole articles in the archives and from looking at the summaries I just don't see the need to shell out $25 on a gamble of seeing the entire article to stories that are obviously made up.

Here is the first summary.

The Life And Death Of Soapy Smith: The Man Who Put The Skag In Skagway
By Bill Kelly
From page 32 of the December, 1995 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1995 Lost Treasure, Inc. all rights reserved

Take rugged mountains, cliffs, an authentic frontier community nestled against the Canadian province of the Yukon's Klondike Region, and set these ingredients against a backdrop featuring the fabulous gold strike of 1897. This is Skagway, Alaska, and very little has changed from when Soapy Smith buried $40,000 in gold dust and coins there.

Soapy was given the high sounding name Jefferson Randolph Smith at birth. He was working as a cowboy in Texas when one night he went to a circus and fell prey to a shell game artist. He decided that working the shell game was an easier way for a man with a smooth spiel and personality to make a living than punching cattle.

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And the second, which from the summary gives no clue as to what the story is actually about.

Alaska- Soapy's Loot
By Anthony J. Pallante
From page 38 of the October, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. all rights reserved

Jefferson Soapy Smith was already a wealthy man when he arrived at Skagway in 1898. A variation of the old shell game that he ran with bars of soap in the mining camps of Colorado had earned him enough money to purchase a saloon. The crooked gambling tables at his saloon in Creede soon provided Soapy with the means to hire enough thugs to control the town. Soapy got a cut from the winnings from every table in every casino in Creede.
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