Canada: BRITISH COLUMBIA: Up from the Ashes

True or not, the tale Nass River Indians had to tell, half a century ago, was enough to parch the lips of any prospectors. This is what they said: not far from their hunting & fishing grounds at Observatory Inlet, 500 miles north of Vancouver, was a "mountain of gold." Two prospectors, led there by Indians, found only "fool's gold" (iron Pyrites) which gives a surface appearance of precious metal. Yet there was indeed a fortune in the district. It took some 18 years of exploration and drilling—and investment of more than...

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