He found "pay" that was no more than "wages" on a dozen surface bars, and from the generous spread of flour gold in the muck and gravel of a score of creeks, he was more confident than ever that coarse gold in quantity was waiting to be unearthed.
Then it was that Carmack, his brother-in-law, Skookum Jim, and Cultus Charlie, another Indian, arrived in a canoe at Forty Mile, went straight to the gold commissioner, and recorded three claims and a discovery claim on Bonanza Creek.
"First of all," answered the Marionette, "I want to buy a fine new coat for my father, a coat of gold and silver with diamond buttons; after that, I'll buy an A-B-C book for myself."
"Do you want one hundred, a thousand, two thousand gold pieces for your miserable five?"
But King James, who had probably expected that the Rose Algier would return laden with gold
, refused to have anything more to do with the affair.
But all the Ambassadors of the next countries, which had been there before, and knew the fashions and manners of the Utopians, among whom they perceived no honour given to sumptuous and costly apparel, silks to be contemned, gold
also to be infamed and reproachful, were wont to come thither in very homely and simple apparel.
At the base of the "V," by the water's edge, he had found the gold
colors at the grass roots.
And now that all the false hopes had vanished, and the first shock of certainty was past, the idea of a thief began to present itself, and he entertained it eagerly, because a thief might be caught and made to restore the gold
. The thought brought some new strength with it, and he started from his loom to the door.
He gave her a vessel of water and then went back to his place and his thoughts, and with his mind busy over his last adventure, he put his gold
into a long and narrow purse, which he could easily carry in his belt.
He would have given much of the gold
before him for a little water--for he had to replace what had been thrown overboard when the negro was carried up into the air.
A whole month went by before I obtained any result; but whenever I felt my strength failing as I worked, I heard the chink of gold
, I saw gold
spread before me, I was dazzled by diamonds.--Ah!
Damon said," he went on while arranging his papers, "he met me on the train, and he was so taken by the story of the idol of gold
that he agreed to accompany me to Central America."
Unfortunately, Allah has made me so that I must also take off your head - unless," he added, thoughtfully, "you offer me half of the gold
; for He made me weak under temptation."
He loved the red gold
of the sunstone, and the moonstone's pearly whiteness, and the broken rainbow of the milky opal.
Almost immediately upon his return to the village Tarzan commenced making preparations for leading an expedition in search of the ruined city of gold
which old Waziri had described to him.