Excerpt from California Gold Book: First Nugget, Its Discovery and Discoverers and Some of the Results Proceeding Therefrom
The mountains are yet rich in opportunities for the searcher after precious metals. Many promising fields are still unexplored. Silver mines are not dee... med the most desirable property at this time, though more or less gold is generally found in combination with silver. When American law makers determine that the producer shall be given the same in¿uence in fixing the value of the prod uct of his courage and industry as the foreign broker; when the same rule is applied which took gold out of the list of speculative commodities, then will silver mining be again profitable, and coast prosperity will be unob structed by the behests Of foreign stock dealers. Resump tion Of specie payments was as easily accomplished in this country as was ever any human act when the Government decided that every public Obligation could be satisfied with any description of national money. Silver will be enno bled, and its value fixed in this country - which is as far as an American statesman need look - whenever the Govern ment acts for the best interests of its own people without consulting the wishes of foreign purchasers of bullion.
The authors Of the California Gold Book believe the railroad as much Of an educator as the public school, and as great a civilizer as any other instrumentality in use among men. It has given railroad enterprises only their appropriate prominence and only their proper credit. Less could not have been done and a claim upon the respect Of its readers retained. The evidence isin its pages, empha sized by the wonderful growth which has followed the introduction of railroad facilities in sections possessing no greater natural advantages than others that have retro graded because lacking this convenience. The railroad will remain man's chief helper until some speedier means Of transit and intercommunication has been discovered.
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