Excerpt from The Trail of a Sourdough: Life in Alaska While the word Sourdough (sour dough) is perfectly familiar to those in Alaska and along the Pacific Coast it may t be amiss to give a brief explanation to our Eastern readers. A Sourdough is a miner who has spent one winter in Alaska and has seen the ice go out. Mrs. Sullivan is a Sourdough herself. In all she has made seven trips to Alaska extending over a period of ten years. When miners are beyond the pale of civilization, with a supply of flour but baking powder, yeast or potatoes, they cut from each batch of bread dough a little piece, to be kept until it turns sour, and then used as leaven for the next baking. It is through this custom that the miners themselves came to be called sourdoughs. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.