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Posted by John Wilson on August 01, 2018 at 20:42:23 user hugo.

In Reply to: Re: NUGGET of GOLD posted by Adam Quinan on June 24, 2018 at 15:14:01:

Hi All: Mostly the prospectors talk about finding "nuggets" eg "found a ten-ton nugget of pure gold” or "sometimes gold is found ... in nuggets" (Ch 10), except for "It’s a baby nugget" from Dick’s blowing (Ch 28). Otherwise they talk about "ingots" which if the material in the crucible had solidified would have been cone-shaped?

John and Nancy wanted to take to Slater Bob "enough gold dust to make a respectable ingot" (Ch 23) While Slater Bob had been prospecting in Africa with one of the Turners (Ch 3) I doubt if he had any experience in producing ingots though Dick is anxious to consult him! Later Nancy said "Making the ingot matters most of all" (Ch 29) but after the disaster "even if we don’t have time to smelt an ingot, the main thing is to prove the stuff is gold" (Ch 30).

When he returns Captain Flint dismisses the story of the Government officer prospector who did not return from WWI as just a myth! And Timothy does not know that the SAD Mining Co had staked their claim with a notice; perhaps one of them had read a novel about the Klondyke goldrush (staking a claim is not in English law)?

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