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There are records for sim­i­lar es­tab­lish­ments along the route, Blair writes: “A fre­quent dish was fresh-slaugh­tered, quick-frozen horse.”

This es­tab­lished a pat­tern for Trump’s Cana­dian busi­ness model.

It’s summed up in one chap­ter ti­tle: “Min­ing the Min­ers.”

Un­like other gold-crazed mi­grants, Blair wrote, “(Trump) re­al­ized that the best way to get (rich) was to lay down his pick and shovel and pick up his ac­count­ing ledger.”

In his three years in Canada, Trump opened the Arc­tic Res­tau­rant and Ho­tel in two lo­ca­tions with a part­ner — first on Ben­nett Lake in north­ern B.C., and then mov­ing it to White­horse.

Their two-storey wood-framed es­tab­lish­ment gained a rep­u­ta­tion as the finest eatery in the area, Blair said — of­fer­ing salmon, duck, cari­bou, and oys­ters. It of­fered more than food. “The bulk of the cash flow came from the sale of liquor and sex,” Blair wrote. She cited news­pa­per ads re­fer­ring obliquely to pros­ti­tu­tion — men­tion­ing pri­vate suites for ladies, and scales in the rooms so pa­trons could weigh gold if they pre­ferred to pay for ser­vices that way.

One Yukon Sun writer mor­al­ized about the back­room go­ings- on: “For sin­gle men the Arc­tic has the best res­tau­rant,” he wrote, “but I would not ad­vise re­spectable women to go there to sleep as they are li­able to hear that which would be re­pug­nant to their feel­ings and ut­tered, too, by the de­praved of their own sex.”

The Moun­ties ini­tially tol­er­ated the row­di­ness. There were ex­cep­tions, ac­cord­ing to the leg­endary Cana­dian writer Pierre Ber­ton. Peo­ple faced forced labour or ban­ish­ment from town if they cheated at cards; made a public ruckus; or par­tied on the Lord’s Day.

“Sa­loons and dance halls, the­atres and busi­ness houses were shut tight one minute be­fore mid­night on Satur­day,” Ber­ton wrote in Klondike Fever.

“Two min­utes be­fore twelve the look­out at the faro ta­ble would take his watch from his pocket and call out: ‘The last turn, boys!’ ”

Trump acted as cook, bouncer, waiter.

But Blair cau­tions: “I wouldn’t call him a pimp.”

She said back­room rib­aldry was part of the res­tau­rant pack­age in those towns, and it’s not clear how the ar­range­ment worked.

“As some­body try­ing to at­tract busi­ness to his res­tau­rant, of course he would have liquor,” Blair said. “Of course he would ar­range easy ac­cess to women. A pimp is, I think, a dif­fer­ent busi­ness model.” By early 1901, trou­ble was brew­ing. The Moun­ties an­nounced plans to ban­ish pros­ti­tu­tion, and curb gam­bling and liquor. Trump quar­relled with his part­ner. Gold strikes were get­ting scarcer.

“The boom was over, Fred­er­ick Trump re­al­ized,” Blair wrote. “He had made money; per­haps even more un­usual in the Yukon, he had also kept it and de­parted with a sub­stan­tial nest- egg.”

He re­turned to Ger­many with US$582,000 in to­day’s cur­rency, and found a wife. But he was greeted as a draft-dodger for be­ing away and be­com­ing a U.S. citizen dur­ing his mil­i­tary years.

So he was de­ported from his own coun­try. He boarded a ship for New York, his wife preg­nant with Don­ald’s dad.

The el­der Trump died of pneu­mo­nia in 1918, leav­ing be­hind some real es­tate. His son built the em­pire, his grand­son the global brand.

Iron­i­cally, their heir is now run­ning for U.S. pres­i­dent on a plat­form of mass de­por­ta­tion.

But Don­ald and grandpa share some traits — an en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit, and for­ma­tive youth­ful ad­ven­tures in Canada.

Don­ald met his first wife, Ivana, at the Mon­treal Olympics in 1976.


Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump has entrepreneurship in his veins.

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