Openings in the Old Trail; How I Went to the Mines

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A BUCKEYE HOLLOW INHERITANCE

THE four men on the "Zip Coon" Ledge had not got fairly settled to their morning's work. There was the usual lingering hesitation which is apt to attend the taking-up of any regular or monotonous performance, shown in this instance in the prolonged scrutiny of a pick's point, the solemn selection of a shovel, or the "hefting" or weighing of a tapping-iron or drill. One member, becoming interested in a funny paragraph he found in the scrap of newspaper wrapped around his noonday cheese, shamelessly sat down to finish it, regardless of the prospecting pan thrown at him by another. They had taken up their daily routine of mining life like schoolboys at their tasks.

"Hello!" said Ned Wyngate, joyously recognizing a possible further interruption. "Blamed if the Express rider ain't comin' here!"

He was shading his eyes with his hand as

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  • A Mercury of the Foot-Hills 1
  • Colonel Starbottle for The Plaintiff 48
  • The Landlord of the Big Flume Hotel 103
  • A Buckeye Hollow Inheritance 135
  • The Reincarnation of Smith 180
  • An Ali Baba of the Sierras 260
  • Miss Peggy's Protégés 278
  • The Goddess of Excelsior 300
  • How I Went to the Mines 333
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