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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - August 22, 1907, Lethbridge, Alberta Prospecting for Gold. ProspectiiMT for flohl isn't what it uwd to Iw," said a young but remarkably successful gold hunter to tne, as we smoked our cigars itv his luxurious quarters In OoldfleW. He iste fine example of the highest type of the present dey prospertor. A graduate rospcctor's life that hoMs bim to it. and probably will continue to hold him for years to come. Of his own achievements he would say little but after our con -A-ersation that e\'cning I knew how Rfid why he sucoccde- bo is pretty badly handicapped by ignor -ance und i-sn't likely to do anything more than consume grub stakes. A cover their source. Many a splendid mim has been found in this way. Of-tener, howiewr, he looks for outcrops places where veins of ore appwnr nb-c^ve the surface forced up by vokniiic : action, or e.xposed mnyl� by the man doesn't have to go deep into [wearing these sciences to become a good pros pecto-r, but he cut^ht to have a general id!.'a'of the nnlurp of the earthis crust, he ought to have atheorelicol knowledge of ores and know enoui;h ohout chemistry to make simple . s-says in the field. Of course he can't loam how to distiikguLsh ufinerals by reading books, but he can get j�;ts into his head that will be a whole let of help, und if ho has access to a collection of oiv specimens, ho can lay foundntion of a prospector's career before ho even gets in sight of nvi iicrn 1 reyi on." ".Vnd whot," I inquired, "does ho rwqtiire after he arrivt^.s'.*" "Owod health, ks, plenty of 'sniHl,' 1^ ijood outfit, suflk'icin grub, a pack animal ami common sense. The present day prospector carries pick, shovel and pan, but that is only part of his outfit. Ho roquires n pocket microscope, a .smtill |�ir of scales, cheese cloth sieve, a snjall iron mortor and iwstle, n flnsk of qfuicksilver nnd another of prussic acid. Some prospectors go farther than this and carry snmll assaying outfits with all the nccosssary chemicals for testing oivs, roughly, of course, but much mono nccuratel.v and thoroughly than by simple panning or pan amalgamation. They dont away of sur- erous way, tout much oftener she per- >ven stop there. Quito oftcti nowa-Hiirtently refused to recogmie her oft spring. I met an old nion cf that type Just a' few days ago. He had prospcctod through every state west cf the Hockies for over forty jx-ars, and braved dangers and borne privations innumerable, and had never yet made � strike. Nevertheless ho still believes there is a pot of gold waiting for him at the end of some rainbow, and he will keep on looking for it in the same aimless fa^ion. as full of hope as when he started out. He has acquired some knowledge by experience but,he still trusts more to luck thnn to common sense, and that was the great trouble with the most of prospectors of the past. Unquestionably there are prospectors today who work on that principle, but they mn not now in the majority. Prospecting is bwoming more and more a trade or a profession call it what you Wiill, that demands preparation, study, and the-application cf practical systenntic methods. The man who knows what he is lookmg for, where be is most likapty. But such expedi -tions are sent out by capitalists, as a rule, to prospect certain delVnito localities, and while they cost a Pile of moiiey they are not much of an improvement on the individual prospector until they find something. Then their superior equipment gives them an advatitoge." 'But how." I asked again, "does the lone prospector go at his Job? What docs he look for, and howdoes he know when he has found it?" If he is pros|)ecting for quartz-end most all prospecting nowadays is for quartz, the placer l�ds tx:ing pretty well workx>fl out-he .>;imiily travels around through a mnniriiif bsarintt region, looking for mc'K that appears to contain mineral. Perlin|iK he finds some loose miiveral-'bearing rocks scp.tfcped' along tlie side of a inoiuifain. These walls are called flat and they have u.sually been broken awiiy froiVi a vein somewhere above. If he follows them back ho may dis- softer rock 'rounding. In a great mineral country like this such outsrops aixj frequent and soinotimies their courses can be traced tor miles. lint they don't always contain pay ore. It's no groat trouble to find an out-croiii to find a mine's another thing. But the prospector liivaks off bits of rock horeand thoiv, crushes it to powder and puns it. If he gets a speck of gold, ii color, ho breaks off nwi-o rock and nmkcs more thorough tost by amMigumattion. Thwfs what his quicksilvw ami cyanide aiii for. If results ore still satisfactory he stakes a claim, selects a t>ag *)f samples and hikes to the noaivst ossay ofnce. After that, if his find is good it's simply ;v iimttor of developnioivt." "All this sounds us easy as fitwling pie at a lunch counter, but it isn't It means perhaps mwny weary months on the ii if he is honest, wants to nvako it aptHjar to tho L>est possible* u'dvaii-tase," said a mining oii'giiw.vr IC' itie. "It is ijiir busineK.s to get at the worst us well as tlie best in the iiivcstig'ation of a property, and it tni;os more thnn a casual inspection to do thit. Wo can't alTord to talic Hnyl>(>d.v',s word for an.vthiivg. Tlie mine ownor loiiy l>e:ioie all he says iind be mistal� oiv ill tlK' voin. It's tho enffincor's siui?iilcs ho is aftorand it is ofton quite loucliing to soo how aii.lious he is to assi.'.-l in tilioir selection. Tho cKperieiicetl engineer Iw-m l.v but politel\- (l.Mlines such help. It's so to cuii\ LTiikl �du.'�t uivclor one's finger nails iir in the nshcs of ones cigar or pipe, and it takos iiiigh �ty I'ittio dus-t ti' make a dilToreneu in an nssn.y. l^vcn aiK'r he KVts his samples sacked nml .'ii'nleil with his own privnte .seal ln' isn't out of ilaii-gvr. I've had saniplcs saMod while I hokl them in iii.x hainl. On one occasion 11 scoundrel siippinl up Ix'hind ime, thrust a h.vpiwiiiniic .syriiigt- load ed with chloride nf gold into my sack'of .'tftiuples and h-l Iwr (ly without ino knowing i(. It took a king tinw for mo to riiul out the reason ^ for the a.�tonishiim high value of the oi-c. but ho m.idf ihe mistake of .squirting too much, and 1 was suspicious." FARM LANDS r),inni iicT 3 good iiuKl 20 mill's cast oC Whi'iici'station and on-proposrtl railway, $7.25 acre, $3.(X) cash, en bloc. per Two half sections 20 miles south of Grassey Lake, 8.00 per acre, easy terms. 320 acres 2 miles north of New Dayton,'Sll.UO per acre, easy terms. 320 acres 8 miles north east of Stirling, $9 per acre, easy terms. 320 acres 1-J miles from Stirling, all fenced and 62 acres in fall wheat, 15 a acie, good terms We show our lands free of charge  i The Cunning Coyote. Alberta Realty Co. 9999999999949999999999 S999499999499999999999999999949999999999999� � Thiis is the coyote, Co-yo-tay, with I all the syllables, to tha Mexican who named him "Kiote," merely to tho American wandein'r who has come I and gone so often that ho at lft�l : regards himsolf a resident stockman he knows at once whether or not you hove with you a gun, nnd you cannot know how he knows. Once .satisfied that you aiv iinarniod. ho will ivmijin near in spite of an.v vocal ro-inons'tranco.s, and h.v-nn(l-by may pro-ctvd to interview you in a viay that for unobtrusivencss iiiiight be t�kon �as a model of tho nrt, Lie doivn on the thick bromi ciir- I3et of the wilclei-noKs and txf still for . , twenty minutes, and watching hinn It as this little boast's triangular, j^^,^ ^^^^ ^,,^,. ^^.^^ visage, has sharp nose fitted for tha ^^.^ .^^^^ ^^^^ ,y who has miadc 'offairs, has oblique green eyes with ment. The prospec-tor is the Coluni- and farmer. ! bus of the world's great gold fields, but it is the mining engineer who has raised their productivTeness to the bichest point, them really great. Modem mining would be impracticable without the  ng-ineer, and. without him capital would tje the prey of unscrupulous iiiiircrs. As the expert agent of cai'iti^l he penetrates to the \vil,dest nnd remote regions of the earthj nnd at his word millions are poured out, great mills are constructed, cities founded, railroads ibuilt, and the wilderness ceases to exist. The examination of miincs is the most trying seen. lie seoms to be curious to their squint of cowardice at,d perpat- , .. ^.^^ ual hunger, that .should have a place ; hvos m the adormt of esc,utcheo�s. It ^^j,^,^ elmncc.s-there is anrthlng else IS notonous that the vici.ssitudes of neighborhood that he might find eataible. I his belly never bring to him the fate upon whose verge he always lives, nnd th-at nothing hut strychnine, and i If you pass cm with not alwaj's that will bring an end which is the usual way, he will sit to his forlorn career. himself down upon his tail on the As his grey hack inoves slowly a- noive.'Jt knoll and loll his rod tongue long above the reeds and coarse gms and leer at you as one with whom 'ne andhe turns his head to look at j'ou, ; is half inclined to claim acquaintance Ij k- looks anil ncU'; tlion so much like I a grey doK that one is incl'inen the wii'-.-'s \carning ca-pnci'ty i.s larger 'than tin.' hus'^nnd's indifference, |-'^i"g capacity. Tho nd'wtion of too many wives is of the cold-s'lorage lirand. MIXAaD'.S LINiaiENT DIPHTHEniA. THE SECUETOr STRKNOTH. (Hy Ella Wheeier W'ilco.x.) .""so mortal yet has measured his full I'orco; It is a ri-.'er rising in (kxl's thought, .\nd enil>tyi'ng in tho .soul of man. (to back. Back to the Source, nnd find l>ivin-ity, they j Forgot tho narrow . boi'tlors, ami ignore Tho rocks and chasms which obsitrucl. the way. nomomljor the beginning. Slaii niriy IX! .�\tid do tho things he wislKs; if he kwps That one thought l^i.,.i,.*J ;