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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 22, 1907, Lethbridge, Alberta Prospecting for Gold Prospecting for gold isnt what it to said a young but re rwarkably successful gold hunter to as we smoked our cigars his luxurious quarters in He isle fine example of thehighest type of the present day A graduate cf hnd come west A years ago to seek his for but with ho definite idea as to what route he would take to find He had no no nothing but a good educa a clear head and a pair of strong With uiany others he to Nevada by reports of gold He because a pros Today he is worth several hundred thousand lie has located and is part owner of some the best paying puines in the state arkl has an income that runs into four figures a But he is still a Notwithstanding the perils and there is fas emotion about life prospectors life that hohJs him to and probably will continue to hold him for years to Of his own achievements he would say little but after our con versation that evening I knew how and why he oldtime he went thought himself weir equipped with a pick a shoveVand a He was a child of fortune and on mamma to take care of Quite oftenshe in a gen erous much oftener she per sistently refused to recognize her off I met an old man cf that type just afew days He had prospected through every state west cf the KbckJes for over forty and braved dangers and borne priva tions and had never yet made a Nevertheless he still believes there is a pot of gold valt ing for him at the end of some rain and he will keep on looking for it in the same as full of hope as when he started He has acquired some knowledge by experience still trusts more to luck than to common and that was the great trouble with the most of prospectors of the Unquest ionably there are prospectorstoday who work on but they are not now in the Pros pectingis becoming more and more a trade or aprofession call it what you that demands and theapplication cf prac tical systematic The man who knows what he is looking where h is most likely to find and what to do with it ivhcn he gets ten chances for success to one for the roan who goes for gold in haphazard way much as one buys a lottery A pros pector doesnt have to be a mining eDgineeror a geologist or a miner alogist or acheimstbut unless he cover their Many a splendid knows some of the rudiments of rainmina has been found in this Qf chemistry and geology be is hVlooks for outcrops pretty badly handicapped by ignor places where veins of ore appear ub ance nnd isnt likely to do anything the surface forced up by voicaivic more than consume grub A or exposed maybe by the man doesnt have to go deep into these sciences to become a good pros but he cught a gen eral ideaof the nature of the earthrs away of sofUr rock sur In a great mineral coun try like this such outsrops are ire queut and sometimes their courses he ought to have atheoretical lean oe traced for But knowledge of ores and know enough they dont always contain pay about chemistry to make simple s says in the Of course he cant leurn how to distinguish minerals by reading but he can got into his head that will be a whole let of ttJKl if he has access to a of he can lay foundation of a prospectors car eer before lw even gets in sight of a mineral And I does lie after he arrives Ciood keen plenty of good sufficient a pack animal and Tlio present day prospector carries shovel and but that is only part of his Ho inquires a pocket a of cheese cloth a small ironmortar and a flask of Quicksilver and another cf prussic Soimv prospectors farther than this and curry small assaying outfits with all the chemi cals for testing of but much more accurately and thoroughly than by simple pann or pan They dont even stop Quite often days prospecting reaches the dignity of an In such cases there is a party of prospectors including export mineralogists and and they carry extensive and expen sive They have the most perfect mechanical appliances and chemicals obtainable and their camp erjuipment is as big as a surveying But such expedi tions are sent out by as to prospect certain definite and while they cost a Pile of money they are not much of an improvement on the individual pros pector until they find Then their superior gives them But I asked does Its great trouble to find an out crojit to find a mines another But the prospector breaks bits of rock Ijereand crushes it to powder and pans If he gets a speck of i he bivtiks off more rock and makes morn thorough tost by Thats what his quicksilver ami cyanide aixs If iXsults are still satisfactory he stakes a selects a bug of sam ples and hikes to the nearest assay After if his find is good its simply a manor of All this sounds us easy as finding pie at a lunch but it isnt It means perhaps mcmy weary months on thrt desert utKler a bunting far from human subject to discomforts and suffering from hunger or thirst or TJie hones of many pros pector lie bleaching urn id sage of Nevada or in the mountains of and tragedies of the pick and if fill more volumes than the true stories of fortunate There no calling more or mere dan gerous than that of aivd none in which the of fail ures is so Hut on the other hand thCK are few in which the pos sible re vards are so The lure of gold draws them The prospector is not a mining en ile is the the ex the The mining en gineer follows in his The pros pector finds the engineer It is that an engineer locates a That isnt his role in the drama of Us is the highlypaid aud thv mostinteresting feature to the layman of the engineers A who wants to sell u even if ho is wants to make It appear to the best possible advan said a engineer to It is our business to get at he worn us well as the best in the investigation a and it takes more a casual inspection to do cant afford to take anybodys word for The i owner may thieve all he says j nnd be ho may you acts correctly aiKi hUkj j or he muy be a liar and ti And mim is dishonest tbeiv arc many ways of fooling an just as there HIV many others for au engineer to find out besides thy as say value of But it is in the ore that tlKi swindler usually in his fme The popular idea of salting quite The mine unless his is a attenipts to fool with tlva oiv in tlva the engineers saitipliS he is afterund it is often quite toudiing to twx how anxious he is to assist in their sel The experienced engineer firm ly but politely iUclinos such Its so easy to gold dust under ones fingernails ur in the ashes of ones cigar or and it takes migli ty little dust to makt si difference in an Vvcn alter he gets his samples sucked and scaled with his own privateseal isnt dan Ive had sainpks salted while I held them in my Ou one oc casion scoundrel slipped up behind thrust a hypodermic syringe load cd with chloride of gold into iny sackof samples and lei lur fly with out rite It took a long timo for me to find out the reason for the astonishing High value of the but he themistake oi squirting too and Wiis sus FARM LANDS expert who helps to bridge the abyss and afterwards directs their develop The prospector is the Colum acr s good Iniul 20miles east ot station and onproposed per en Two half sections 20 miles south of G rassoy per easy 320 acres 2 miles north of New per easy 320 acres 8 miles north east of per easy 320 U miles from fenced and 62 acres in fall a good terms We show our lands free of charge i The Cunning he knows at oncewhether or not you Jfe looks hnd tlum so much like have with you and you canjfigroy dotr that one inclined to not know how he Once satj whisilelo any hostile do islied that you are will and lie will a Ik the lone prospector go at his job j bus of the xvorlds great gold What dees lie look and howdoes but it is the mining engineer who he know when he has found it has raised their productiveness to If he is prospecting for the highest who has made and most all prospecting nowadays them really Modern mining is for the placer Ixxls being would be impracticable without the worked simply without him capital travels around through a would be the prey of unscrupulous looking for rock that As the agent of j appears to contain capital ho penetrates to the wiliest j he finds some loose mineralbearing and remote regions of nnd i rocks scatteredalong the side of a at his word millions are poured These walls are called flat great mills are cities and they have usually been broken railroads and the wil away froth a vein somewhere derness ceases to The examin If he follows them back he may dis of mines is the most trying near in of any vocal re is the with nnd byandby may pro all the to Mexican who to interview you in a xay that between the prospector and the named him merelyto iha for imoblruyivencss might be ttikea who examines and reports on j American wandeivr who has come of the values of the mining properties and gone so that he at regards himself a resident and It is this little beasts i ami sit Lie dowii on the thick brown car pet of the wildernessand Ije still for twenty am watching hinj from the corner your his sharp nose fitted for huR easy of other peoples his oblique green eyes s of hi biiithixii lie seems to I if you are if by an hitherto curious to he 15ves unon is anvthiug else in your neighborhood thaL he might find green eyes their squint of cpwardice and perpet ual that should have a place in the adornment of It is notoiious that the vicissitudes of his belly never bring to him the fate upon whose verge he always j and that nothing Imt and j If you pass GTI with not always that will bring an end which is the usual he will sit j to His forlorii himself down upon his tail on the j As his grey back movcs slowly a noirest knoll and loU his red tongue lottg above the reeds ami coarse grns iitd leer at you as one with whom he andhe turns his head to look sit iis half inclined to claim acquaintance Ifby anymoans you uunuigo to of tend hijn drepiy this juncture rhtincos that he ami his com raiis may still further and then bark until they have liootctl yon out of the tieigh That night he andsome of YOU j hiscompanions niy come ami stnl by the straps from your this miI incaL from the frying pol itely clean even the boots from beside your lowly Too often the wlVs yearning ca pacity larger than thi earning The jiIToction of too many wives is the coldstorage IIINARDS CURES THE SlTCRETOP IJy Ella Wheojor Xo mortal has measured liis full forco H is in Gods And emptying in the soul of Go Back to the and find Divin Forjjct the and ig nore The rocks and chasms which obstruct the the JFan be Anddo the tbings he wishes if hn keeps That one thought dominanl through And knows his strength is Its fountain head is ty stream Shall boar upon the breast like gol den fleets His his nnd his pur poses Toanchor in the harbor of RRE HEKDQUKRTERS FOR Consists of Wild from to per acre en and to per acre at Land hear railway per acre and Improved Farms to per Now is the time to make if you want good land near CALL ON US FOR INFORMATION HHTCH 5t ONS OLIVER LETHBRIDGE ;