Excerpt from The Saturday Evening Post, Vol. 182: September 25, 1909
The sulphides, the zincs and the gold-bearing quartz belong to a later era; at first there were only the car bonates. They lay without surface outcroppings, and in such manner that the only way to prospect was to sink shafts. Engineers and mining experts, working from rich ore bodies, calculated their drift or guessed at it; and the little claims that lay in the path of these drifts became of speculative value' to the big companies, even though the little claims showed no results as yet. So hundreds of men who did not know how to draw a check sold out and found themselves suddenly in possession of thirty, fifty, a hundred thousand dollars. The new city lay below the mines, forty thousand young, strenuous, merry souls, and a quarter of them ministers to dissipation. Down from the dumps went the foolish newly-rich into the hands of those who knew by the book how to extract dollars. And hundreds of the little for tunes never got beyond State Street, Leadville.
Take, for example, Johnnie and Mike, as I shall call them. They were plain miners, working in the levels of the Silver Cord. The engineer in charge said one morning.
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