Excerpt from The Prodigal of the Hills
Along the Way of Life this kind of thing has happened a good many times before. NO doubt it will happen a good many times again. But this time it all happened in and around Kootenay Crossing, a mining-camp town amid the granite, sky-topped hills in the land beyond the Rockies.
When this old world was some fifteen or twenty years younger than it is now, the Crossing was the Mecca of as hardy a band of Gold Hunters as ever set a footmark on our western slopes. Then fine Gold was sent to buy Gold in the raw, and there was great increase. But although the good creeks and the surrounding hills were golden for the most part, there were spots which had other streaks. So that later Gold came and bought Country Rock. It was thus that the wild-carters brought reproach, and, eventually, quieter times; even as the big dividend payers had brought honourable fame.
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