Gold In Them-Thar Hills Actually Iron Sulfide

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The hills are alive with them-thar gold.
The hills are alive with them-thar gold.

BODIE, CA–The good dwellin’-folk of Bodie, CA, durn had a mighty hell of a shock this week when the fancy learnin’ men in town done said the gold in them-thar hills is actually “iron sulfide.” “Well it sure is one big ol’ surprise, now inn’t,” said local minin’ man Billy “Little Boots” Rogers. “Been minin’ in them-thar hills for ‘bout twenny years now, ain’t never figured they’ze filled with anythin but gold.” Susanna Walcott, wife of tradin’ man Al “the Armadillo,” can’t believe her damned ol’ ears. “The hell’s this ‘iron sulfide’ business? Just them lab-coat folk and their fancy book-learnin’ hogwash.” At sundown, a town meeting was held to figure whether they could still use the “iron sulfide” for tradin’ with the Injuns.