Food Prices and Wages in the Cariboo Gold Rush

What was the cost of food at the beginning of the Cariboo gold rush (or the tail end of the Fraser River gold rush)? How much did workers earn? Here is a list of prices and wages published in the British Columbian newspaper June 6, 1861:

Food Prices:

Potatoes 2 cents (per lb)
Onions 6 cts (per dozen)
turnips 4 cts
carrots 4 cts
parsnips 4 cts
beets 4 cts
cabbage 4 cts
Cranberries 75 cents (per gallon)
eggs 50-75 cents (per dozen)
chickens $10-12 (per dozen)
fresh salmon 10 cents (per lb)
other fish 8-10 cents (per lb)
salt 2 cents (per lb)
wild geese 75 cents to $1 each
ducks 50 cents to $1 per pair
grouse 50-75 cents per pair
snipe $1 per dozen

Wages per day:

Carpenters and joiners $3.50 to $4.50
Bricklayers $5-$6
*Compositors (per 1000 ems) $1
Laborers $2.50-$3.50

Wages per month:

Merchants clerks $100-150
Bookkeepers $150-200

*Before typesetting machines, workers known as ‘compositors’ manually set type for newspapers and were paid according to the number of characters placed. The total width was measured against 1,000 of the letter ‘m’.