Wednesday, October 25, 2017

A Story of Brothers Working on the Railroad #georgiapioneers #genealogy

A Story of Brothers Working on the Railroad

snakeAnother instance of good fortune, unattended with any alloy, is as follows: About 1845 two brothers, who were wereking on the Georgia railroad, decided to visit Dahlonega and try their luck in the mining business. They were hardworking Irishmen, and understood the science of digging to perfection. They leased one or two lots in this vicinity, and are now reputed to be worth $15,000. "And now that it has come into my mind, I will mention another lottery anecdote, which was related to me by an old resident. By way of introduction, however, I ought here to mention that this region is famous for the number and size of its rattlesnakes, and that our hero had an utter abhorrence of the reptile. Among those who obtained prizes at the great drawing, before alluded to, was an individual from the southern part of the State, who drew a lot in this vicinity. In process of time he came to the north to explore his property, and had called at the house of a farmer near his land, for the purpose of obtaining a guide. In conversing with the farmer, he took occasion to express his dislike to the rattlesnake; whereupon the farmer concluded that he would attempt a speculation. Remembering that in going to the land of a stranger he might pass through an out-of-the-way ravine which abounded in the dreaded snake, the farmer beckoned to the stranger, and they took their way towards the ravine. After they had arrived at the spot, hardly a rod did the pedestrians pass without hearing the hiss of a snake or seeing its fiery tongue, and the stranger was as completely frightened as any one could possibly be by a similar cause. In his despair he turned to his companion and asked if there were plenty of snakes in the country and was told that one neighbor near Dahlonega had killed over a hundred last year. Source: Letters from the Alleghany Mountains by Charles Lanman (1849). 

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