Canada: QUEBEC: City in the Wilderness

When Benjamin Self and his stout, hearty wife Viola arrived in Val D'Or, Quebec, eleven years ago, they had $4 in cash and $267 worth of hardware. When the Selfs retired last week and headed for a U.S. vacation (the World Series, Ben's birthplace at Claremore, Okla., the Mardi Gras at New Orleans, then the warm sun of Florida and Cuba), they had $20,000 cash—the price they got for their hardware store—$100,000 in Val D'Or real estate, and an estimated 100,000 shares of 32¢-a-share stock in a promising but yet-to-be-developed gold mine.

No gold miners themselves, the Selfs had cashed...

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