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A GOLD MINE.

"SURELY there is a vein for silver and a place for gold where they fine it." — Jon xxviii.

AFTER loitering so long on a road that leads to a gold mining district it might seem in order to devote a chapter to this natural feature of the country. Falling in with that view I will proceed to put down what strikes me to be the most interesting features. If I do not succeed in making a readable chapter for those who like this kind of literature, it will not be for lack of experience or want of interest on my part. I do not know of any branch of human industry where there are such misconceptions, delusions and utter ignorance as there is in the matter of gold mining, and how gold exists in its natural conditions and locations. In the first place, gold is not a rare metal. Chemically combined with the element chlorine it exists in all ocean water to the value of about three cents to a ton of water. Gold in minute quantities to the cubic


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