We read no farther than the second chapter in the Bible when we find
mention of gold. There Moses speaks of "the land of Havilah, where
there is gold"; and in Genesis, chapter xxiv., we read that Abraham's
servant gave Rebekah an earring of half a shekel weight, say 5 dwt. 13
grs., and "two bracelets of ten shekels weight," or about 4 1/2 ozs.
Then throughout the Scriptures, and, indeed, in all historic writings,
we find frequent mention of the king of metals, and always it is
spoken of as a commodity highly prized.
I have sometimes thought, however, that either we are mistaken in the
weights used by the Hebrew nation in early days, or that the
arithmetic of those times was not quite "according to Cocker." We
read, I. Kings x. and xli., that Solomon in one year received no less
than six hundred and three score and six talents of gold. If a talent
of gold was, as has been assumed, 3000 shekels of 219 grains each, the
value of the golden treasure accumulated in this one year by the
Hebrew king would have been 3,646,350 pounds sterling. Considering
that the only means of "getting gold" in those days was a most
primitive mode of washing it from river sands, or a still more
difficult and laborious process of breaking the quartz from the lode
without proper tools or explosives, and then slowly grinding it by
hand labour between two stones, the amount mentioned is truly
If we're to believe people were here 100,000 yrs. ago these rocks may have been used to mine gold. This article is still the clubs position on how rocks were formed in North America. I beleive most gold rushes were gold recovery, and possibly robbery, of the people's that have been here before. It was nothing new, Clovis collected gold too. Who did they kill that they needed 6" spear heads?