It was stated this morning that gold bearing ore had been discovered at the Jackson Summit mine and the obituary editor attempted to write the item with the following result:
'Twas in the Adirondacks, cold and bleak,
Where the frost covered pines topped every peak
That I found one man with shovel and spade,
Had to all appearance a deep grave made.
"Whose grave diggest thou?" I said.
"Who in this wilderness must lay his head?"
And like some sentinel on a solitary keep,
Be equally lonely, though in eternal sleep?"
"Whose grave diggest thou?" again I cried,
"So near to Mortimer's, on the Bleecker side;
And where the cars of electricity will soon go by
Must this mortal always uneasy lie?"
And then I feared my inquisitive way
Was causing trouble to the digger so gray,
Until resting his spade on a slight incline,
He said, "Hist! we're digging a gold mine."
Daily Leader [Gloversville, NY]. January 29, 1898: 7 col 2.
For more about the Jackson Summit mine and gold mining in Fulton County, see http://tinyurl.com/fulton-county-nuggets
“Perrine & Voorhees.” Johnston Daily Republican. March 9, 1898: 3 col 4.