Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The outfit, provisions, etc., furnished to a prospector on condition of participating in the profits of any find he may make; a layout.
“Most significant of all, perhaps, in this connection, was the custom of the old days, that when August the first came around, the prospectors who had failed to locate "pay dirt" were permitted to go upon the ground of their more fortunate comrades and take out enough for the next year's grub-stake.”
“Told him to consider it in the light of a grub-stake.”
“The cold weather had come on with the long nights, and the sun had begun to play his ancient game of peekaboo along the southern snow-line ere aught was heard of Malemute Kid's grub-stake.”
“And when the last cup of flour was gone and the last rind of bacon, she was able to rise to the occasion, and of moccasins and the softer-tanned bits of leather in the outfit to make a grub-stake substitute that somehow held a man's soul in his body and enabled him to stagger on.”
“Now a man who puts his life and time against a grub-stake ordinarily finds it hard enough to turn over half of what he finds.”
“No, no; no grub-stake about it, no strings on him!”
“This cabin was not his, by the way, having been built several years previously by a couple of miners who had got out a raft of logs at that point for a grub-stake.”
“The other three are all at work and healthy, getting grub-stake to prospect up White River this winter.”
“I could lend it to you -- a grub-stake, she added hurriedly, at sight of the alarm in his face.”
“Well, I suppose I'll have to give you-all a grub-stake or soup, or something or other.”
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