Hello everyone. This is Jacques Boone here to interview the internationally known adventurer Charles Emmet Smith. Well Dr. Smith, it’s good to have you here this afternoon.
Charles: It’s good to be here Jacques…I think. I’m still not sure why you want to interview me.
Jacques: Because you are the world’s leading authority on discovering silver deposits.
Charles: Thanks for the compliment, but I think you are mistaken.
Jacques: Didn’t you spend years studying in schools and libraries? And didn’t you interview hundreds of geologists and scientists in your quest?
Charles: Yeah, sure. However, that doesn’t make me an expert.
Jacques: If I’m not mistaken, you must have thought it did, since you gave up all you had to start your search forty years ago.
Charles: You have to understand Jacques. I was young and foolish, and the quest for silver took control of my life. I had to find that big strike. Not only that, but if you had seen my property back then, you’d understand why I wanted out.
Jacques: Bad, huh?
Charles: That’s an understatement. My father purchased that worthless land mass years ago. He tried his best to make something of it, but it was a lost cause. In the end, it killed him. Then I inherited it. I thought fate had doomed me to die there just as my father did.
Jacques: Something happened to change your fate, didn’t it?
Charles: I remember that day very well. It was October 12, 1893. In my travels, I discovered a promising piece of property, but I had no funds to purchase it.
Jacques: I can imagine where this is heading.
Charles” Yup. I found a sucker who paid me full value for that worthless plot of ground. He sat on the large rock I had just outside my front door to sign the papers. I thought it fitting, as I used that slab of rock to clean my boots off whenever I entered the house. Here I was now, cleaning my feet of the whole parcel.
Jacques: So you had enough to purchase the property that captured your imagination.
Charles: Yeah, and I found silver right off.
Jacques: Your great pay day?
Charles: Not really. The vein started shallow and easy to dig, but then went deep. By the time I bought the equipment necessary and hired the manpower to do the job, I went broke. With cost overruns, a slump in the market and workers stealing my silver, I ended up what I am today: a broken old man.
Jacques: By the way, did you ever hear from the guy who bought your old homestead.
Charles hangs his head in shame.
Jacques: Well, our listeners are waiting for an answer.
Charles: It turned out that my ‘mud rock’ was the tip of the richest silver find this country has ever seen. He pulled millions of dollars worth of silver out of the ground and is living like a king today.
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