New York: Harper and Brothers, 1909. Hardcover. 390p., frontispiece with tissue-guard and seven more plates from illustrations, ownership name on front free endpaper otherwise a very good first edition in red cloth boards and silver and gilt titles and decorations, color plate affixed front cover, corners worn a bot. Fourth book and third novel by Beach, filmed twice, is set in Kalvik, a fictionalized community in Bristol Bay, Alaska, and tells the story of a down on his luck gold miner who discovers a greater wealth in Alaska's run of salmon (silver horde) and decides to open a cannery. To accomplish this he must overcome the relentless opposition of the "salmon trust," a fictionalized Alaska Packers' Association, which undercuts his financing, sabotages his equipment, incites a longshoremen's riot and bribes his fishermen to quit. The story line includes a love interest as the protagonist is forced to choose between his fiance, a spoiled banker's daughter, and an earnest roadhouse operator, a woman of "questionable virtue." Real life cannery superintendent Crescent Porter Hale has been credited with being the inspiration for The Silver Horde, but it is unlikely Beach and Hale ever met. (Inventory #: 214875)
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