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I GO AFTER GOLD
Bailey decided he wanted a husky partner, so began to
tempt me to join him.
I finally accepted Bailey's proposition to close my
office and prospect for gold, and he formally transferred a
half interest in his Chicago contract to me. I outfitted
with blue flannel shirts, corduroy trousers, miners' boots,
pick, shovel, and gold pan and the hunt was on.
We traveled over a good portion of the Black Hills,
finding plenty of low-grade quartz deposits, but nothing
near our limit. One day we climbed to the summit of
Custer's Peak, one of the highest of the hills, and while
resting enjoyed the wonderful vista in every direction.
Many had preceded us, as was shown by initials, names,
etc., carved on rocks and the trunks of beautiful pine
trees all about us.
From the foot of the peak on one side there stretched
out an extensive natural basin, probably a mile in dia-
meter and almost as symmetrical as one of our modern
Clouds began to gather, and in a short time we wit-
nessed a phenomenon of nature that I have never seen
duplicated. A fierce electric storm came up, thunder,
lightning, and a heavy rain, all below us, while above was
beautiful sunshine. It did not last very long, and at the
end, a rainbow appeared, one end extending right into the
center of the basin so low down that it seemed to touch
the tops of the pines with which the valley was densely
We joked about the traditional pot of gold at the end
of the rainbow, shouldered our equipment, and started
for camp, which, as it happened, was on the other side of
this basin, our trail leading directly across it.
When part way over, Bailey, who was behind me,
called in an excited tone for me to come back. He had in
his hand a piece of float about the size of a hen's egg and
Here’s what’s next.
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