Black Boulder Claim

Paperback | February 6, 2012

byPerry Newberry

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921. Excerpt: ... BACK TO BALDY THE clearing of the wild rose patch, that was to substitute utility for beauty, edibilit' for fragrance, cabbages for pink blossoms, was never begun. Instead, at the hour when we should have been wielding axe and spade in the first work on the " farm," a cavalcade which included the youthful gardener, Lemuel P. Strong, Zim, the charger, Faustina, the canned-milk goat, and Ted (short for Theodore) Wilson, was wending its way from out the valley, " Over the hills, and far away." This somersault of plans was the result of an incident at noon. Lem and I had come from the dam to the hut utterly discouraged. All the morning we'd postholed and sampled the creek's bottom, and except for one small pan, the scrapings of cracks and crevices at the place of discovery which washed out three ounces or so, there wasn't a fleck of gold in all its sands. My find had been a pocket. The incident--it was almost an accident--came after dinner, out of Zim's oat sack. I intended to help Lem make garden, gathering the brush as he slashed, and hauling it to a bonfire, using Zim. To catch Zim, I needed oats. I picked up the sack to empty its scant supply of grain to the floor, and out rolled a lump of rock to tumble heavily on Lem's thin shoe. He yelped, grabbed his toe in his hand, and danced around, with: "For the love of Mike! That's not oats, Ted; it's lead!" "Not oats or lead," I laughed, picking it up to pass to him. "It's float ore." "And this fine wire is gold?" He was looking the specimen over eagerly. "It is," I said, and told him of its finding at Ophir Creek. "I'd hunt for the ledge it came from, if it wasn't on Baldly," I finished. "What's your deep-set grudge against Old Baldy?" he asked. "Too dry. No water." "You mean it hasn't any creeks like this one...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921. Excerpt: ... BACK TO BALDY THE clearing of the wild rose patch, that was to substitute utility for beauty, edibilit' for fragrance, cabbage...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:60 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217447589

ISBN - 13:9780217447584

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