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February 3, 2018




Way back when in the wild wild west when gold miners came to the gold country panning with fever, they were in hopes of striking it rich. How important was it for them to sift and sift until the true gems shone through some rocks and dross?


You could say it was their full time job to prospect for these cherished nuggets of prosperity.


Gold is now hoarded in vaults, safes and secret locations everywhere. It still seems to be the go to metal that holds it’s own.


According to 50 mile mining.com the world’s largest…


The world’s largest gold nugget is one named Welcome Stranger. It was found on February 5, 1869 by John Deason and Richard Oates in Moliagul, Victoria, Australia. It measured 24-inches by 12.2-inches and weighed 72.02-kilograms. It could not be accurately weighed as at the time no gold scale existed that could calculate the correct weight. As it turned out, the Welcome Stranger nugget had to be broken into three smaller pieces in order to record a weight. The pair who discovered it apparently earned 19,068 British Pounds for the nugget.


This amounts to 26,929.55 US Dollars. $13,000 could go a long way back then.


Choosing voluntary simplicity.com gives us an idea what things cost in the 1860.


What Did Things Cost in 1860?

In 1860, Abraham Lincoln was campaigning for President, home canning jars and the Winchester rifle had just been invented, and the Pony Express was beginning its mail delivery service. The latest census showed that the United States had 31 million people, 77 of whom were killed that year in the country’s first factory disaster. Land was selling for $3 to $5 an acre, and a laborer’s wage without board was 90 cents a day.


Wheat flour — $7.14/barrel
Rice — 7 cents/pound
Granulated sugar — 8 cents/pound
Roasting beef — 11 cents/pound
Soup beef — 4 cents/pound
Cheese — 13 cents/pound
Eggs — 20 cents/dozen
Hard wood — $6.49/cord
Rent for 4 rooms — $4.45/month
Room and board for men — $2.79/month
Room and board for women — $1.79/month


I gathered this information and these prices from entries in a journal that my great-great (I’d have to figure it up to know exactly how many greats) grandfather kept in 1860. This man made a journal entry almost every day of his adult life and recorded family happenings and events around town, as well as prices for everything he purchased. I “inherited” many of these journals… lucky me… they make for some fun reading. (end of article)


But we need to ask ourselves what is real gold? They are our personal choices which reflect the will and desires of God. Everything else is dross and dross becomes burned because it is refuse and cannot be used.


Dross drôs,dräs/

Noun something regarded as worthless; rubbish.


2 Timothy 2:20-21 (KJV)

20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.

21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.


1 Corinthians 3:12-13 (KJV)

12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;

13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.


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