of washing. As a result of our labors we took out some gold-dust. What was secured was worth perhaps ten francs.
it was not the first gold we had seen, yet it was equally rich and was
the first we had collected ourselves. Mediocre as was our first
washing, yet we were far from feeling discouraged. But we worked for
eight days and during these eight days did not secure more than thirty
piastres of gold.
convinced that the mine would not support the miner, realizing that our
supplies were being exhausted, and having learned that over f on the
slopes of the Sierra Nevada richer diggings were being found, we packed
up our tents, loaded our mules, and started off again. This was on May