Business & Finance: Postal Down

Richest strike in Nevada's fabulous Corn-stock Lode was made in March 1873 when the Consolidated Virginia mine opened a silvershot vein 54 ft. thick. Before it was played out the vein yielded $190,000,000 in pure bullion and made a onetime Irish immigrant clerk one of the richest men in the greatest get-rich-quick era in U. S. history. Like many another bonanza king, John William Mackay beat a quick & gaudy path to the capitals of Europe but he did leave an enduring monument to his amazing energy—Postal Telegraph.

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