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Call of the Wild Glossary

by Jack London

Glossary of Terms

Chinese Lottery

Technically illegal, Chinese Lottery was a game of chance played by all strata of society. Tickets could often be purchased at Chinese laundries (frequent victims of police raids). The game was invented in 200 B.C. and was brought to America by Chinese who worked on the transcontinental railroad and silver mines.

Flag Station

A railway station where the train will not stop unless it is flagged down.

outfit

The tools and goods necessary for a specific purpose, in this case making the journey to the Klondike.

rations

A fixed portion, usually an amount of food, allocated to people in times of scarcity.

traces

Straps connecting animals to a vehicle.

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