Silas Kendall, a prospector, and his daughter Nell, so the story goes, are prospecting in the mountains, a few miles above Canyon City, a little western town, and the basis of supplies for the hundreds of more or less successful gold prospectors. Kendall has built him a cabin and he and his daughter, a robust little woman, have managed to eke out a living, always hopeful some day of making the "big strike." Kendall is old and not thoroughly responsible at times. In fact, his simplicity and childish trust in all strangers has earned him the uncomplimentary title of half-wit. Twice before our story opens he has lost two valuable claims because of his too freely proclaiming his finds with the consequence that his claims have been staked by other prospectors. The story opens showing Kendall and his daughter leaving the cabin for the hills. The girl works with him until close to the noon hour when she lays aside her pick and shovel to return to the cabin and prepare dinner. While she is ...
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