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[160] week this grain has grown into a mound. A rush for shares takes place, and prices rise from day to day. The betting men come in, and stakes are laid in many of the drinking bars, that shares now selling for seventy or eighty dollars each will sell for five hundred in a month. The journals note these bets, as showing what the knowing ones think of the silver vein. Now every one begins to bet, and everyone who bets believes and buys. Who can resist the golden chance?

Mines only bordering on the big bonanza feel the charm of a good neigbourhood. No one pretends that new discoveries have been made in Ophir, Crown Point, and Yellow Jacket, but who can swear that veins of pure and solid silver do not run through all the Comstock mines? A miner of experience has been heard to say that every part of Mount Davidson is equally rich. Then up go Mexican, Ophir, Crown Point, Yellow Jacket. Mines still further off take fire, as one may say, and blaze like burning stars around these central suns. In six weeks everybody in San Francisco is rich and mad.

Eager for money, still more eager for excitement,

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