The dirt he found at twenty-five inches from the surface, and at thirty-five inches, yielded barren pans.
Though the dipping gold-trace increased the man's work, he found consolation in the increasing richness of the pans.
To either side the diminution in the values of the pans was swift.
He squatted down, holding the pan in his two hands, and partly immersing it in the stream.
The contents of the pan diminished rapidly until only fine dirt and the smallest bits of gravel remained.
At last, of the pan of dirt nothing remained but his golden herd.
He could not forbear another survey of the hill before filling the pan farther down the stream.
Returning to where he had started operations, he began to pan up the stream.
Pan by pan, he went up the stream, the tally of results steadily decreasing.
And I seen all them millions this afternoon when them seven hundred dollars peeped up at me from the bottom of the pan
and chirruped, 'Well, if here ain't Burning Daylight come at last.
When she was about to turn them on the other side, the wall opened, the damsel appeared, addressed the same words to the fish, received the same answer, and then overturned the pan and disappeared.
The black slave overturned the pan in the middle of the room, and the fish were turned to cinders.