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The Last of the Clan McDuck is a Scrooge McDuck comic by Don Rosa. It is the first of the original 12 chapters in the series The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck. The story takes place from 1877 to 1880 when Scrooge is a child. He comes in conflict with The Whiskervilles, earns his Number One Dime and heads for the United States on a cattle boat.

It is the first appearance of Scrooge's mother Downy O'Drake. Scrooge's Uncle Jake McDuck appears for the first time in this story even though he was mentioned in A Christmas for Shacktown.

Don Rosa first wrote this story immediately after writing Of Ducks, Dimes and Destinies, which would later be published as "Chapter 0".

Plot

As a child, Scrooge grows up in a poor family that has a rivalry with the Whiskervilles clan. When he gets his first job as a shoe shiner, his first customer presents him with extremely filthy shoes, but pays him with an American coin (a dime). Furious at being cheated, Scrooge becomes much more cunning and gets more business. He later earns more money first by selling firewood and then by selling peat moss.

Family legend meanwhile states that the McDuck family was heir to a castle and large fortune. One of their ancestors, determined to hide the treasure from thieves, sealed it away inside the castle (accidentally sealing himself away at the same time). The family was frightened from the land by a "phantom wolf" and as a result the treasure was lost and the castle fell to ruin. While exploring the castle, Scrooge discovers that the "wolf" was actually a trick from The Whiskervilles, who wanted the McDuck family out of the way so that they could steal the hidden treasure. Encouraged by a strange duck in the castle, Scrooge gets revenge for his family by filling a suit of armor with peat and setting it on fire, tricking The Whiskervilles into thinking it was a ghost. At the advice of the duck, Scrooge decides to go to America to earn his fortune. After he left the castle, it was revealed that the duck was the ghost of the ancestor who was sealed away in the wall. When asked by the ghosts of the other ancestors why he didn't simply just show Scrooge the location of the treasure, he explains that the boy must earn his fortune himself.

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The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck by Don Rosa
Original story chapters 1: The Last of the Clan McDuck • 2: The Master of the Mississippi • 3: The Buckaroo of the Badlands • 4: Raider of the Copper Hill • 5: The New Laird of Castle McDuck • 6: The Terror of the Transvaal • 7: Dreamtime Duck of the Never-Never • 8: King of the Klondike • 9: The Billionaire of Dismal Downs • 10: The Invader of Fort Duckburg • 11: The Empire-Builder from Calisota • 12: The Richest Duck in the World
Companion chapters 0: Of Ducks, Dimes and Destinies • 3B: The Cowboy Captain of the Cutty Sark • 6B: The Vigilante of Pizen Bluff • 8B: The Prisoner of White Agony Creek • 8C: Hearts of the Yukon • 10B: The Sharpie of the Culebra Cut • Bonus: The Dream of a Lifetime
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