Anybody's Gold

By Joseph Henry Jackson
THE text of this handsome volume needs no more lavish compliment than the remark that it is worthy of the thirty-odd exquisite drawings by the late E. H. Suydam. These drawings— they are chiefly of streets and buildings of the old mining towns as these are today, and the reproductions are in aquatone — are perhaps the last such group we shall see from an illustrator unique in his chosen province. Mr. Jackson has divided his treatment into two parts. The first is a history of the gold rush and of its social aftermath, with a generous admixture of anecdote, some chronicles of obscure men and women whose importance is that they were typical, and much deft extrication of provable fact from romantic legend. (There are, for example, not many shreds left of what most Californians devoutly believe about the glamorous career of Lola Montez and the heroic outlawry of Joaquin Murieta.) The second part is a systematic guidebook to the mining towns as they now are, frankly arranged for the convenience of the motoring tourist. Unexpectedly, this second part is in no way inferior in interest, for the author has taken it as part of his duty to weave into his tapesty the threads of legend and folkway belonging to practically every one of his mining communities from Mariposa to Weaverville.
W. F.