Thinks things would have been different had he gone with the first party. Is somewhat disappointed: or he thinks he has slaved it here about long enough. The Unsuccessful Miner believes Australia to be exactly the place that California ought to be. Wishes he had gone there at first.
Want of capital is the only reason why he does not go now. But if he does strike a small sum, persons addicted to wagers may "bet high" that he'll leave this place quicker than any one of expert articulation could enunciate "Jack Robinson! The Unsuccessful Miner thinks too many persons are allowed to come here.
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Would be glad if a law were passed, making immigration a capital offence. In his opinion, it is immigration which has ruined the mines. As it is rather improbable that any such act could be enacted during this deluded generation, he hopes that the price of passage from the Atlantic here may always cost double the price charged for the homeward trip. If he could only have had the knowledge of the gold deposits all to himself! The Unsuccessful Miner has great confidence in quartz mining. That is, he believes the President and Directors of a quartz mining company can make a snug thing out of it.
He would like to own stock in such a company? Nothing can change the opinions of the Unsuccessful Miner but Good Luck; and that, he thinks, is for him an impossibility. Should such a thing occur, however, it will not be the Unsuccessful Miner's views that undergo a change, for he will then become. The Successful Miner believes that he could go into the mines now, and do as well as he did in ' The idea that the mines are worked out, is all stuff. That success in the mines is dependent to any great extent on Luck, he does not believe.
His own good fortune he attributes to innate force of character. Believes that he would have got along anywhere; and thinks that anybody who works the mines can do well. Thinks California is the only place in the world for a working man to live in. Intends to bring his family out. Believes, in fact, everything in relation to California that the Unsuccessful Miner disbelieves. Is confident that the story which states that a miner on a prospecting tour once tied his horse to a tree at night, and went to sleep in his blankets, and, on waking in the morning, found that his horse had pawed down into "good diggings," from which the miner eventually took out his "pile," is true, every word of it.
Considers monte-banks unsafe opportunities for investment, and thinks Unsuccessful Miner made a confounded fool of himself. Never wearies of writing home about his good fortune to those friends who endeavored to persuade him not to come to California, but considers their letters, asking advice and pecuniary assistance to enable them to reach the El Dorado, quite a bore. Does not send much more money home than the Unsuccessful Miner, but invests it in property here. Considers a camp-fire the most pleasant locality in existence; and believes that sleeping in a tent is an enervating luxury.
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As for himself, a blanket, with a stone for a pillow, is enough. Never thought the Unsuccessful Miner would do much in the mines. Believes Fever and Ague to be a fable, invented at the instigation and for the benefit of doctors; and thinks that all sickness is Spring Fever. Admits that he once thought the mines a humbug, but that was before he struck a lead.
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Once believed in quartz mining, and used to boast of the number of shares he held in a quartz company, but has not been heard to make many remarks about it of late. Thinks some law should be passed to prevent "jumping claims. The Successful Miner never goes to San Francisco, except when he sees real estate advertised for sale, with a prospect of its "going low. Thinks that the beds of the rivers are just as full of gold as the flats which the receding waters lay bare. Did think that dredging machines were just the thing to get said gold, but has changed his opinion.
Entertains pretty much the same views in regard to dams that are cherished by the Unsuccessful Miner. Believes in whisky to some extent, but confines it in a demijohn of his own, and carries on his sprees in his tent. Thinks the Unsuccessful Miner was rather green in his San Francisco losses, but considers that his own misfortunes in quartz mining and town lots were entirely unavoidable. Believes religiously that those claims which are left by their owners in the greatest disgust are the only most likely to pay.
Is an ultra believer in hydropathy, so far as it relates to the gold district, and wishes that the mines were filled with streams, about a mile apart. Entertains the same objections to immigrants as the Unsuccessful Miner, but does not so much mind, if they will stop in the city, and locate themselves on some of his unoccupied lots. Not as the squatters do, however, but after the slight preliminary payment of a monthly rent. Is much surprised that some of the recent arrivals should be discouraged.
Wonders what they would have said or done had they arrived in ' Considers '49 an infinitely more glorious and memorable year that ' Was opposed to the war with Mexico before the gold discovery, but entertains different views now. Has an interest in one or two stores in different parts of the mines, and is very apt to mention those localities to the newcomers who may ask his opinion, as excellent opportunities for making a beginning. Never carries any coin with him, but prefers a buckskin bag full of dust.
It has been asserted by his enemies that he shows it more frequently than is absolutely necessary; but that, of course, is slander. The Successful Miner cannot see any other use for the mountain streams than to bring the gold down with the dirt and afford water to wash it out. Thinks it should have been so arranged as to have the springs full in the dry diggings at the same time that the bars on the river are bare.
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Likes to see rain, when the miners need it; but objects to having it last so long as to keep them idle, although it may be beneficial to the farmer. Considers San Francisco a very good place to invest money and buy goods in, and rather convenient for steamers to arrive at and depart from; but looks on the mines us the life-blood and back-bone of the State. Never can amuse himself tor more than a day at a time at the Bay. Entertains no fear of a pecuniary reverse, unless gold should depreciate in value, which is a contingency he does not like to consider.
Thinks the price of labor too high; but considers his own services worth at least an ounce a day. Considers "prospecting" a very good thing; but as long us he has a claim affording an average yield, prefers that some one else should do it. Before he was interested in any stores, did not place much reliance on store-keepers' statements in regard to mining.
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Thinks now, however, that they have been unjustly suspected, and had as like take their word as that of any one else. Still has confidence in the Gold Bluff story, and believes that locality is being worked sub rosa. Is confident that he can wash a pan full of dirt quicker and get more gold out of it than any other man in the mines.
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Claims to be the original inventor of the "long-tom" and knew that a "sluice" was a first-rate medium for washing gold long before it was introduced. The Successful Miner has made a good deal of his money by selling out claims which he had acquired. Has always preferred realizing the "bird in the hand" to waiting with a view of catching the "bird in the bush.
Likes to compare him to the gentleman of whom tradition makes mention, who on one of his journeys, going to a stream, got off his horse and lay down, intending to cross after it had gone by. The Successful Miner is highly in in favor of the establishment of a mint here, and believes that nothing but the influence of the prominent bankers of San Francisco and the steamship companies has prevented its being established heretofore.
Considers agriculture rather a useful pursuit, but not to be compared to mining. Thinks the Chinese should be driven out of the mines, and suggests that they be banished to San Francisco, by way of retribution for the flour speculation.
The writers represented in this anthology have drawn their inspiration from all times, and pretty much all places, including a few that never existed — although they could. Of course, the stories tend to involve a mortal getting the better of the Trickster, powerful though he or she may be and, although Tricksters are usually a male, there are enough tricksy females in this collection to keep everyone happy , which is a major element of folklore. And yet, there seem to be an infinite number of approaches to this formula. I do have a couple that just stopped me cold.
It also happens to be one of those that brings us the full view of the Trickster. There are a lot more stories in this book, with a full range of moods and messages, some poetic and melancholy, some fast and funny, some downright strange and I mean that in the best way. Robert M. Tilendis lives a deceptively quiet life. He has also been a student of history, art, theater, psychology, ceramics, and dance. Through it all, he has been an artist and poet, just to provide a little stability in his life. Along about January of every year, he wonders why he still lives someplace as mundane as Chicago; it must be that he likes it there.