The Great Gold Rush

The Great Gold Rush

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Excerpt: ...for a claim. "This claim is already applied for," said the official. "But, mister, there vos not a stake on it ven I staked it." "I don't care! It is applied for. Next!" "Can't I see the Commissioner?" "No; he's busy. Next!" "Say! mister, this is my claim." "Next!" Poor Ole was shoved aside by the crowd. He had waited through the weary night to gain a hearing, and now ethereal castles came toppling down! As soon as John had obtained a copy of the regulations he and George Bruce set off to the hill of promise, each to take up a quartz claim. They staked their claims, and then followed the ridge down to Bonanza Creek. They found that the rounded end of the ridge overlooking the creek was admirably suited as the site of a quartz mill. "George," said his companion, "I don't think my right will be of any other use to me. I shall take up a claim here under the placer laws, and I think you had better do the same." So each of them staked a placer claim. Pg 166 Instead of returning by the way they had come, the inclination to return by the creek trail was too strong to be resisted. They would be forced to wade through numerous bog-holes; but what of that? Down the hill they scrambled, and came to a sudden halt amid the full activity of some mining operations. A gang of men were working over a line of sluice-boxes, with a big fellow, standing on a pile of rocks, superintending. The water was shut off from running through the sluices. The men had lifted the riffles out of the dump-box, and the gleam of nuggets and dust was plainly visible. "It looks good." "It ought to be, after three days' shovelling in on discovery," answered the superintendent, who flashed a keen glance at the new-comers. "Is this discovery?" "That's what I endeavoured to enunciate." "Do you object to our watching the clean-up?" "Not that I knows of. I s'pose the gold ain't going to evaporate 'cause you look at it. But where do you come from? Are you miners?" "We are." "Do you want a job?...show more

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  • Paperback | 70 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236718690
  • 9781236718693