Joel S. Berson
Berson at ATT.NET
Fri Sep 10 21:57:23 UTC 2010
I just looked into EAN. I assume, since you wrote "garbled" and not
"unreadable", you have the whole last sentence, which reads:
"When the lucky spot is pointed out to the gold hunter, and it is
"panned" as the term goes, particles of gold salted in a proper way,
of the course discovered, as the land is bid for accordingly."
My guess is that the meaning is "[particles of gold] are of course
discovered, and the land is bid for accordingly."
EAN has this from the Rhode Island American, Oct. 18, 1832 (two days
later than the Morning Courier & New-York Enquirer, which was a
little closer to the South); and the Salem Gazette, Oct. 26, 1832.
This is presumably about the Georgia Gold Rush of 1829. I think
someone of Hawthorne's family went South and lost his investment
(although I don't know whether he bought into a salted mine). The
publication in the Salem Gazette is perhaps not surprising.
At 9/10/2010 05:08 PM, George Thompson wrote:
>My many fans will be disappointed to find that there is nothing at
>all indecent about this posting.
>Salting. -- A new and unprecedented scheme to knavery has been
>invented in the gold regions of the South. . . . It consists of
>sprinkling judiciously a few penny weights of gold in places which
>have all other signs of containing the precious metal, except the
>gold itself. When the lucky spot is pointed out to the gold hunter,
>and it is "panned" as the term goes, particles of gold salted in a
>proper way [are found]. ***
>Morning Courier & New-York Enquirer, October 17, 1832, p. 2, col.
>3 [The end of the last sentence quoted is garbled beyond
>explication. The article concludes with an instance of a man who
>paid heavily for land that had been salted, and after more than a
>year's effort, had found only a few dollars worth of gold.]
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