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By W.C. Jameson

Two matters proceed to fascinate people—the outdated West and a great secret. This publication explores and examines twenty-one of the outdated West's such a lot baffling mysteries, which trap the curious and beg for research even if their suggestions have eluded specialists for many years. Many relate to the loss of life or disappearance of a few of the best-known lawmen and outlaws in background, corresponding to Billy the child, Buckskin Frank Leslie, John Wilkes sales space, The Catalina child, and Butch Cassidy. Others contain mysterious stories and legends of misplaced mines and buried treasures that experience now not been recovered—yet.

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Stewart had heard the entire tales approximately Sublett’s mystery mine yet remained skeptical. He invited outdated Ben to hitch him for espresso on the hearth. The commotion woke the hunters, and so they all got here out in their tents to go to. because the evening wore on, notwithstanding, they back to their bedrolls and Stewart and Sublett have been on my own. Sublett advised Stewart he used to be on his method to the mine within the Guadalupe Mountains. He confided in Stewart that this might most likely be his ultimate journey. He acknowledged he now had all of the funds he wanted and allowed as how he used to be getting too previous to head traipsing round within the rocky hills and canyons. outdated Ben instructed Stewart he might take him and convey him the positioning of the gold mine. Stewart defined he couldn't depart the boys he were entrusted to steer. He additionally similar that he was once apprehensive approximately getting into territory occupied by way of Apaches. outdated Ben acknowledged the Apaches might by no means hassle him after they observed him in his corporation. notwithstanding tempted through Sublett’s provide, Stewart determined to stay in camp. the subsequent morning, Stewart fed Sublett a major breakfast and rode numerous miles with him towards the mountain diversity. Years later Stewart acknowledged that outdated Ben led him to the head of what he defined as a “blue mound” west of the camp. From this mound Sublett, by using a telescope, tried to teach Stewart the positioning of the mine within the far-off mountains. After offering instructions, Sublett shook fingers with the consultant and drove away. 3 days later, Sublett pulled into the hunters’ camp on his as far back as Odessa and was once invited to stick for dinner. Following the meal and a number of other rounds of beverages, the railroad males eventually bedded down and Sublett and Stewart have been on my own once more beside the campfire. After convincing himself that the hunters have been asleep, Sublett pulled a leather-based pouch from the again of his wagon and poured out a volume of gold nuggets on a small deer cover he rolled out via the hearth. Stewart used to be shocked on the huge measurement of the nuggets and acknowledged as a lot. Sublett spoke back that the bigger ones have been more straightforward to choose up, the smaller ones have been easily left at the floor. simply one other rake of a hand throughout the gravel, stated Sublett, could yield a sackful of the massive nuggets. within the morning, Sublett lower back to Odessa and it was once the final time Stewart ever observed him. a number of weeks later Stewart, attempting to take note Sublett’s instructions, tried to find the mine. even if he made a few journeys into the diversity, he used to be by no means capable of finding the gold. On numerous events outdated Ben confirmed his mine to his younger son, Rolth. on the time the kid used to be blind to its value. Years later as a grown guy, Rolth attempted to relocate his father’s mine, yet he went to his grave with out ever discovering it. a few researchers dispute the inspiration that outdated Ben Sublett ever had a real mine within the Guadalupe Mountains. Geologists retain that the weathered limestone that makes up such a lot of this diversity isn't really conducive to the formation of gold ore. Gold, they nation, effectively, varieties whilst hydrothermal strategies stressed penetrate into the rock surrounding underground wallet of molten fabric.

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