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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - August 22, 1907, Lethbridge, Alberta Prospecting for Gold. Prospecting for gold Isn't what It used to be," said a young but re-markahly successful gold hunter to , me, as wo smoked our cigars In his | luxurious quarters In GoldAeld. He lata fine example of the highest typo of the present day prospector. A graduate cf Cornell, he hod come westa few years ago to seek his fortune, but with no definite idea ns to what route he would take to Ami It. He had no trade, no profession, no capital, nothing but a good educn -tlon, rt clear head and a pair of strong arm*. With many others ho was/drawn to Nevada by reports of gold discoveries. He became a prospector. Today ho Is worth several hundred thousand dollars. He has located and Is part owner of some of ithe best paying lines in the stnte ami has an income that runs into four figures a month. Hut he is still a prospector. Notwithstanding the perils ami .hardships, there is a fas -clnation about t# prospector's life that holds him 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 -vorsation that evening I knew how and why he succeeded. "The old-time prospector," ho went on. "thought himself well enough equipped with a pick a shovel and n ]mn. Ho was a child of fortune and counted on mamma to take care of him. Quite often she did, in n generous way, ibut much otlcner she per-ttlstently refused to recognise her off spring. 1 met on old man cf that typo Just a few days ago. He had prospected through every state west if the Ilockies for over forty .wars, and braved (lungers and borne privations Innumerable, and had never yet made a strike. Nevertheless he still believes there is a pot of gold v-nit-ing for him at the end of some rainbow, and he will keep on looking for it In the same aimless fashion, as full of hope as when ho started out. He has acquired some knowledge by experience but ,he still trusts more to Hick than to common sense, and that wag the great trouble with the most of prospectors of the past, Unquestionably there are prospectors today who work on that principle, but they are not now in the majority. Prospecting is becoming more and more a trade or n. profession call it what you will, that demands preparation, study, ami the application n whole kt of help, nml If he has access to n collection of ore s|>eciutons, he can Iny foundation of a prospector's career Iteforc Iv-* even gets In sight of a mineral region." "And what." 1 inquired, "does he require after he arrives'?" "tV>od health, kn'ii eyes, plenty of 'saml,' �/ good oittlll. Hufllcient grub, a pack animal ami common sense. The present day prospector carries pick, shovel ami |hu�. but that is only part of his outfit. He requires a pocket nvlcrosco|*\ a simill |>�ir of scales, cheese cloth slew, a small iron mortar ami js-stle, n llnsk of ifulcksilver uneini? pivtty well worked out- h>- � 'mole travels aiound through -i imn.-.n benrtnc; n-gion. looking for r..o'. th.  appetirs to contain inineml. IVnv.-,. he '"lifts some loose mlnernl-benring ro s 'Cttenvi along the side of u iiio,n.�...n These walls are called flat ajr! toy have usunlly t>een broken aw > frorli a vein somewhere above. If he foil >ws them hork he tnoy dis- cover their source. Many a splendid mine has been found In this way. Of-tenor, however, he'looks for outcrops places where veins of ore appear nb-o,vo the surface forced up by volcanic action, or exposed maylw by the wearing away of softer rock surrounding. In n great mineral coun -try like this such outsrops are frequent nml sometimes tholr courses enn be traced for miles. Hut they don't always contain pay ore. It's no great trouble to find an outcrop; to find a mine's another thing Hut. the prospector breaks off bits of rock he round there, crushes it to powder mid pans it. If he gets n speck of gold, a color, he breaks oft more rock and makes more thorough test by nimtlgnnwition. Phivt's what his quicksilver ami cyanide niv for. If results are still satisfactory he stakes a claim, selects a Iwig of samples nml hikes to the nearest assay otllco. After that, if his flml is good it's simply :\ matter of development.' "All this sounds as easy as finding pie at a lunch counter, but it isn't It means (terhnps many weary months on the desert umler a burning sun. far from human habitation, subject to nvnny discomforts nnd hardships, .suffering from hunger or thirst or disease. The hones of many a pros-|teetor lie blenching nmiil sage hrudi of Nevada or in the mountains of gold draws them on. The prospector is not a mining engineer. He is the pitnoer. the ex -ptyiror, the discoverer. The mining engineer follows in his wake. The prospector finds; the engineer develops. 11 is seldom that an engineer locates a mine. That isn't his role in the drama of gold. He Is the highlypaid expert who helps to bridge the abyss between the prospector and the capitalist, who examines and reports on 'the values of the mining properties nnd afterwards directs their development. The prospector is the Colum-' bus of the world's great gold Acids, but it is the mining engineer who has raised their productiveness to the hi; best point, who has made ;thetn really great. Modern mining j would bo impracticable without the  n ;necr. nnd without him capital uoil I '� the i rev of unscrupulous nv or.. As the expert agent of c.o i'>l h |n acts cornet \ mi hiik' ivtbers, or he tiv.iy Ih- ii l;.ir and a swimller. And if t\ nmn is tiidionost lhi>n> niv many ways of (aiding an e\|vrl, just as there are tn.uiy others for an engimvr to flml out Pcskles the assay value of oiiv Hut it is in the ore that the. swiinll.-r usually gvls in his line VoiU. The popular idea of 'salting ft mine, is, howcVvr. quite erroneous The innic swindler, unless be is n novice, s.liloia attempts to fool with tl�e ol>- Hi the Vein. It's the engineer's sniri'los he is ufterand it Is often itiiito touching to see how anxious be is to nssis-t in their sol -eetion. The ex|n-i-leiicisl engiiuvr linn l.v but politelN 11, rlities such help. It's so wis) to ciiiiv cold dust under one's finger nails i i ,n the nshes of ones cigar or pipo. nnd it tnki's inigh ty little dust to ma'.' n difference in an assay. K\on aiier he gi'ts his samples sacktsl mil s.-nii-ii with los own private seal In- isn't out o( ilnn gvr I've had sainpl's salted while I held them in m\ I'.mil On one oc-riisinn a seoiiniln-l sIi|>|mnI up IxOiind m\ thrust n hyp" rime syringe load ixl with chloride golil into in) sack'of samples an I I ! b.'i' lly without mo knowing ii It look a lonu titik- for me to fiinl out i lie r:isou for the n�totiishiiii: high value of the oil', but lie mail.' th.' mistake of *ii Hi i rt inn too line h and I was suspicious." FARM LANDS ."i.mimi nor s i�'hm! in ml 1:0 mill's oust of Wniiior stnlitm nml on- proposril railway, $"i.2o per m:iv, $H00 cash. i>n lilof. Two lmlf sections 20 mili-s south of (irassoy Lake-, H.00por ncru, oubj- lortns. 320 nercs 2 miles north of Now Dayton.'SI 1.1-0 per acre, easy terms. 320 acres 8 miles north east of Stirling, $'.) per acre, easy terms. 320 ncres 1-J miles from Stirling, nil fenced and 02 acres in fall wheat, $lo a aeie, good terms We show onr lands free of charge I I 1 1 Alberta Realty Co. The Cunning Coyote. This is the coyote. Co-yo-tuy, with all the syllables, to .th> Mexican who named blin "Kioto." merely to tho American wanderer who has come and gone so often  h.n he at lnnt regard)) hlms\'lf u ivs.ilein KiocWnuiti nnd former. Tt is this little U'.ist's trintigulur visngi'. his sharp nose fitted for Ihy easy investi-gnt ion of other people's 'affnirs, his otiliqiie gnvn eyes with their squint of cowardice uml perpetual hunger, that should have a place in tho adornment of escutchttnis. It is notorious that the vicissitudes of his belly never bring to him the fate upou whose verge he nlwnys lives, and that nothing i tit strychnine, nml iiot always that will bring uu end to bis forlorn career. j As his grey hack moves slowly a-long above the reeds �tnl coarse gms undhe turns his head to look ut you. he knows at once whether or not you have with you a gun, nnd you cannot know how he knows. Once satisfied that you are unarmed, is- will ivnmjin near in spite of any vocal re-iih n�tranees, and by-nnd-by may pro-c^sl to interview you in a v ay that lor unobt rils�i\eness might tie token us a model of t ho a rt l.ie do-wn on the thick brown rar-|vt of the wilderness and Is' still for twenty minutes, utid watching hinv 1mm the corner of jour eye. jmi will see that he has lRt�n Joiinsl by oth.is of h,s lirethivn bith't'to un-sj'en. lie miiiis to I*' riiruius to knowl. tirst, if \ oil are ikilil. and sec olid, if by any chunce-uml he lives upon chamvs-there is nhjlhiug else in jour Height orhood that lie iniglu find eutat'L'. If j-ou puss on with indiflerenei'. which is the usual way. he will sit himself down upon his tail on th � ne cm knoll anil to' 1 his roil tongue a ml Iwr ut you as one wilh whom he is half inclined to claim acquaintance lie looks timl eiO.s thou so much like n gley iloi; lh.it one is inclimtl to whist let o h'lu Make ally hostile l't n the w;. .'s yearning capacity is larger than th' liiieaiul's earn ni; i apaeit) The alTect ion o.' two itmnv \\i\'es is of i la- eobl si ot-.ip' brand MlN'AltK'S LIM31KXT CUUKS UlPHTllKItlA. TIIK SKCKKT-OI-' STHKNCTII. (It) Klhi Whe'ier Ullcox.) No mortal jet has measured his full forcu; It is a mor rising in (lod's tliouglit. And emptjing In Ihe soul of mail. (Jo back. Hack in the Source, and find |i|\in-ity. Forget the narrow borders, and ignore The rocks ami chasms which obstruct the way Itemeinlvr the beginning Man niav lie And do the tilings he wishes, if lie ki ops That one thouKln iloiiiinant through night ,viii| da) . Ami knows his strength is limitless. bccixis,' Its fountain hi-ad is t!od That migh- t\ st ream Shall bi\.�r upon the breast like jol- deu ll. vs Mis ho|k-s. his ellorts nnd his pur pOSi'S To anchor in the harbor of success WHOLESALE AND RETAIL OUR LIST v Consists of Wild Lands, from $5.50 to 9.00 per acre en bloc, and 7.50 to 15.00 per acre at retail. Land near railway 9.00 per acre and up. Improved Farms $15 to $35 per acre. Now is the time to make selection, if you want good land near railway. CALL ON US FOR INFORMATION. St COONS OLIVER BLOCK, LETHBRIDCE ;