The opening scene of the story is in a Nevada mining town, the hub of the gold center. Herbert Mills, a young chap from the east, with his partner, Walter Daniels, an experienced miner, are about to set out on a prospecting trip through the mountains. There is the usual hustle and bustle in loading the pack mules with their paraphernalia and the next scene finds them well on the trail, a scarcely discernible thread winding up through the mountains. Later in the day they draw up at a miner's hut and are attracted by the voice of an aged miner. They enter and find the old prospector very close to death. Daniels shows his surliness and hard-heartedness in advising his pal to let the old chap die, but Mills waves him aside and administers to the enfeebled old man. The latter is revived, but knowing that his life is fast drawing to a close, brings out a chart describing a mine, stating that it is very rich. The chart is delivered to young Mills, who eases the old man in his last battle ...
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