He is doing placer mining at the mouth of Colo
=rado creek, - employs several men and is
making quite a show with the water from the creek.
Torrance and his packer reached camp late
with packs and mules: 12 miles to Colorado
- swamps and no roads: crossed American
& wolf creeks - waded and got very wet.
My bedfellows last night were George
Jeffery and "Bill Blankinship" - an old
time plainsman, miner and cowboy.
"Bill" went west in 1865 - was a Union soldier
- hunted buffalo, ran a Montana cattle ranch,
became well off, put it all in a sure thing
Butte. mine - the pay streak pinched out
- and "Bill" has tramped from Montana to
the mouth of the Mackenzie river looking for
it in vain. He is an exact image of