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A Gold Hunter's Experience (masterpiece Collection)

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Early in the summer of 1860 I had a bad attack of gold fever. In Chicago the conditions for such a malady were all favorable. Since the panic of 1857 there had been three years of general depression, money was scarce, there was little activity in business, the outlook was discouraging, and I, like hundreds of others, felt blue. Gold had been discovered in the fall of 1858 in the vicinity of Pike's Peak, by a party of Georgian prospectors, and for several years afterward the whole gold region for seventy miles to the north was called "Pike's Peak." Others in the East heard of the gold discoveries and went West the next spring; so that during the summer of 1859 a great deal of prospecting was done in the mountains as far north as Denver and Boulder Creek. Those who returned in the autumn of that year, having perhaps claims and mines to sell, told large stories of their rich finds, which grew larger as they were repeated, amplified and circulated by those who dealt in mining outfits and mills. Then these accounts were fed out to the public daily in an appetizing way by the newspapers. The result was that by the next spring the epidemic became as prevalent in Chicago as cholera was a few years later. Four of the fever stricken ones, Enos Ayres, T. R. Stubbs, John Sollitt and myself, formed a partnership, raised about $9,000 and went to work to purchase the necessary outfit for gold mining. Mr. Ayres furnished a larger share of the capital than any of the others and was not to go with the expedition, but might join us the following year. Mr. Stubbs and I were both to go, while Mr. Sollitt was to be represented by a substitute, a relative whose name was also John Sollitt, and who had been a farmer and butcher and was supposed to know all about oxen. Mr. Stubbs was a good mechanic, an intelligent, well-read man, and ten years before had been to California in search of gold. Our outfit consisted of a 12-stamp quartz mill with engine and boiler, and all the equipments understood to be necessary for extracting gold from the rock, including mining tools, powder, quicksilver, copper plate and chemicals; also a supply of provisions for a year. The staple articles of the latter were flour, beans, salt pork, coffee and sugar. Then we had rice, cornmeal, dried fruit, tea, bacon and a barrel of syrup; besides a good supply of hardtack, crackers and cheese for use while crossing the plains, when a fire for cooking might not be found practicable. These things were all purchased in Chicago, together with the fourteen wagons necessary to carry them across the plains. Then all were shipped by rail to St. Joseph, Mo., where the oxen were to be purchased. The entire outfit when loaded on the cars, weighed twenty-four tons. I stayed in Chicago till the last to help purchase and forward the outfit and supplies, while Stubbs and Sollitt (the substitute) went to St. Joe to receive and load them on the wagons and to purchase the oxen.


A Collection Of Scotch Proverbs

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Pappity Stampoy wrote this popular book that continues to be widely read today despite its age.


Stamp Your Style On Borders, Friezes And Walls

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Bring colour into the home and transform a room in minutes rather than days with this complete guide to stamping basics, which includes 25 inspirational stamp projects, step-by-step instructions and over 400 detailed colour photographs and illustrations.

Stamps, blocks and prints make home decoration both fun and easy. The book opens with a section on materials, equipment and techniques, which shows you in next to no time every skill you are going to need to make wonderful interior designs. This detailed section explains how to make stamps from wood, linoleum, foam and rubber, how to design patterns, and how to stamp different surfaces for a professional finish.

The projects section then demonstrates how to create eye-catching motifs on walls and surfaces in every room in the house. Transform a dull space into a Tuscan wall frieze, create a cool atmosphere with a sophisticated Scandinavian-influenced stamp theme, make the most of corridors, entrance halls and landings with warm all-over patterns, decorate larger rooms with stripes, floral sprigs or Medieval motifs, and bring a child's room to life with anything from polka dots or stars to tropical fish or apple trees.

Virtually any surface can be stamped from an entire room to a window-frame border highlighting a special view. There is a choice of motifs to suit any taste from folk art and heraldry to designs drawn from the seashore, flowers, plants and stars. This essential guide to stamping designs on walls and surfaces is a must for every home decorator.

About the Authors

Stewart and Sally Walton are renowned authors of home decorating and craft books. They have appeared on the acclaimed BBC television series Home Front and Funky Junk, a short series for Granada, and have collaborated on numerous titles, including Folk Art, Glorious Country, Eco Deco, Fabulous Home Makeovers, Instant Home Makeovers, Country Style and Window Dressing.


Systematic Data Collection

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Data collection in the field, whether by interviewing or other methods, can be carried out in a structured, systematic and scientific way. This volume compels field researchers to take very seriously not only what they hear, but what they ask. Ethnographers have often discovered too late that the value of their interview information is discounted as a consequence of poor sampling (of both questions and informants) and poor elicitation techniques.

The authors focus on the importance of establishing the right questions to ask through the use of free listing techniques; then they describe in practical terms the administration of an impressive array of alternative kinds of informant task. They conclude with a discussion of reliability and validity of various methods which can be used to generate more systematic, culturally meaningful data.



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