Adventure in to a young mans life to come to America. Adventure in how he arrived from Italy to find fame as a world famous Gold Prospector . Where he went for his gold and the people he met along the way and a new family ! Enjoy a special book !
Early in the summer of 1860 I had a bad attack of gold fever. In Chicago the conditions for such a malady were all favorable. Since the panic of 1857 there had been three years of general depression, money was scarce, there was little activity in business, the outlook was discouraging, and I, like hundreds of others, felt blue. Gold had been discovered in the fall of 1858 in the vicinity of Pike's Peak, by a party of Georgian prospectors, and for several years afterward the whole gold region for seventy miles to the north was called "Pike's Peak." Others in the East heard of the gold discoveries and went West the next spring; so that during the summer of 1859 a great deal of prospecting was done in the mountains as far north as Denver and Boulder Creek. Those who returned in the autumn of that year, having perhaps claims and mines to sell, told large stories of their rich finds, which grew larger as they were repeated, amplified and circulated by those who dealt in mining outfits and mills. Then these accounts were fed out to the public daily in an appetizing way by the newspapers. The result was that by the next spring the epidemic became as prevalent in Chicago as cholera was a few years later. Four of the fever stricken ones, Enos Ayres, T. R. Stubbs, John Sollitt and myself, formed a partnership, raised about $9,000 and went to work to purchase the necessary outfit for gold mining. Mr. Ayres furnished a larger share of the capital than any of the others and was not to go with the expedition, but might join us the following year. Mr. Stubbs and I were both to go, while Mr. Sollitt was to be represented by a substitute, a relative whose name was also John Sollitt, and who had been a farmer and butcher and was supposed to know all about oxen. Mr. Stubbs was a good mechanic, an intelligent, well-read man, and ten years before had been to California in search of gold. Our outfit consisted of a 12-stamp quartz mill with engine and boiler, and all the equipments understood to be necessary for extracting gold from the rock, including mining tools, powder, quicksilver, copper plate and chemicals; also a supply of provisions for a year. The staple articles of the latter were flour, beans, salt pork, coffee and sugar. Then we had rice, cornmeal, dried fruit, tea, bacon and a barrel of syrup; besides a good supply of hardtack, crackers and cheese for use while crossing the plains, when a fire for cooking might not be found practicable. These things were all purchased in Chicago, together with the fourteen wagons necessary to carry them across the plains. Then all were shipped by rail to St. Joseph, Mo., where the oxen were to be purchased. The entire outfit when loaded on the cars, weighed twenty-four tons. I stayed in Chicago till the last to help purchase and forward the outfit and supplies, while Stubbs and Sollitt (the substitute) went to St. Joe to receive and load them on the wagons and to purchase the oxen.
Charles Patterson's life had become boring, a divorced 50 year-old banker in Chicago, until a long night with his father trapped in a car reveals a mid-night confession. Suddenly, Charles' life is turned upside down, his steady as a rock father tells of a mistress and stolen gold coins - and the gold coins are still there. Now Charles must find the gold coins - they are worth a fortune - this turns out to be easier said than done!
Where's your Joy been lately? Does it feel gone, forgotten or just misplaced?
As we watch ourselves more through daily task, day after day, often the only moment of brightness can be described as a brief sigh because we finally got stuff do ne. We can plan celebrations and vacations which can be great, yet somewhere deep inside it can still feel like the JOY button has gotten jammed due to the pressures of everyday life.
So is this as good as it is gets? Wouldn't it be great to find our way back to REAL JOY as a way of living? Could this be possible or is it just wishful thinking?
REAL JOY is always available! We have been created to experience JOY as a natural part of our life. This book is designed to guide us back into finding our internal JOY switch as well as how to keep it functioning to the best capacity. REAL JOY is available all the time and chapter by chapter a pathway will be presented so we can easily reclaim REAL JOY so that we can live to the fullest.
The time is NOW! It's time to feel really alive and JOY-ful again!
The Heavenly Hippo Wildlife Park is having a competition for its residents and the winners will receive a gold star! George the Giraffe has the perfect spot on his fence for one, but although he helps his friends win theirs, there is no gold star forthcoming for George. Luckily when the competition is over, Georgeâ€™s friends club together to make him lots of stars to show him how much they appreciate him. So in the end, George has lots of stars!
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