Prospecting - Miners Working a Long Tom
Gold mining is nature's lottery scheme. A man may work in a claim for many months, and be poorer at the end; or he may 'take out' thousands in a few hours. It is a mere matter of chance. - Louise Clapp
These miners are working a long tom. It allowed them to work together in a larger mining operation.
I saw a lawyer who was last year attorney general of the King of the Sandwich Islands, digging and washing out his ounce and a half per day. -Thomas Larkin
Many white miners exploited their labor, and considered them expendable. Thomas Larkin boasted: Come to California, bring 100 Kanakas, 100 spades, shovels and picks with 100 wooden dishes and bowls. (Come), dig, delve and wash, fill your barrels, bury half your Kanakas, go back and make your homage to John Jacob Astor.
I have made about $18,000 worth of pies. $11,000 I baked in one little iron skillet, a considerable portion by a campfire. -anon.
Another woman summarized the situation very well: A smart woman can do very well in this country-true there are not many comforts and one must work all the time and work hard, but there is plenty to do and good pay. It is the only country that I ever was in where a woman received anything like a just compensation for work.
Top: Long Tom, Photo by Christopher Richard
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