"Well," the miner
lowered his voice--"over the affairs."
"Because," replied the Honest Miner
, "I was so busy digging out gold that I had no leisure to lay up something worth while."
Even as the miner
's body passed on top, the stranger crooked in his right arm to fire; and even in that instant the miner
, with a quick trust of elbow, struck his wrist.
Then, when our ammunition was gone and the Klondiker, still somewhat sober, began to babble again of Milly, Kraft whispered into his ear such a polite, barbed insult relating to people who were miserly with their funds, that the miner
crashed down handful after handful of silver and notes, calling for all the fluids in the world to drown the imputation.
Valparaiso -- Excursion to the Foot of the Andes -- Structure of the Land -- Ascend the Bell of Quillota -- Shattered Masses of Greenstone -- Immense Valleys -- Mines -- State of Miners
-- Santiago -- Hot-baths of Cauquenes -- Gold-mines -- Grinding-mills -- Perforated Stones -- Habits of the Puma -- El Turco and Tapacolo -- Hummingbirds.
The soil where this dark miner
was working bad perchance shown indications that encouraged him.
But there could be no doubt that the whole of the interior was of recent formation, and the marks of the pick were still visible where the soft, lead-colored rock had opposed itself to the progress of the miners
. The whole formed an excavation of about twenty feet in width, and nearly twice that distance in depth.
She bought other claims from discouraged miners
, traded or sold them on percentages.
Pocock V., the last of the line, was blown up in a pump-house by a bomb during a petty revolt of the miners
in the Indian Territory.
When this work was accomplished, the miners
resumed their picks and cut away the rock from underneath the wheel itself, taking care to support it as they advanced upon blocks of great thickness.
The geological formations of the globe already noted are catalogued thus: The Primary, or lower one, consists of rocks, bones or mired mules, gas-pipes, miners
' tools, antique statues minus the nose, Spanish doubloons and ancestors.
For a part of the distance between Auburn and Newcastle the road-- first on one side of a creek and then on the other--occupies the whole bottom of the ravine, being partly cut out of the steep hillside, and partly built up with bowlders removed from the creek- bed by the miners
. The hills are wooded, the course of the ravine is sinuous.