A Classification of American Wealth
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    The silver kings of Nevada's Comstock Lode  

... George Hearst, the father of press lord William Randolph Hearst, had come to California in 1850 and worked for nine years as a placer miner on the Mother Lode and store owner in Sacramento without significant success. In 1859 he learnt from Grass Valley assayer Melville Atwood that there was silver rich ore in the Washoe range worth 3000 $ a ton, which was systematically being thrown away by the ignorant placer miners and gold seekers. This brought him to the Comstock Lode, where he acquired a one sixth interest in the famous Ophir mine ...


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