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  • To the right, a heap of frozen gravel and a rude windlass denoted where they toiled each day in dismal groping for the pay-streak.


  • And a Christmas without punch is sinking a hole to bedrock with nary a pay-streak.


  • But the pay-streak was dipping deeper and deeper into the earth.

    All Gold Cañon

  • The first cross-cut the man made, there was space for only three holes, so narrow had become the pay-streak and so close was he to the fountainhead of the golden stream he had been following for four days.

    All Gold Cañon

  • After all, as the Kid says, "A Christmas without punch is sinking a hole to bedrock with nary a pay-streak."

    A Bowl of Yuletide Cheer

  • And it is rather remarkable to think that those ancient miners were able to reach that pay-streak that some of the others have been able to do in other mines.

    Mining—A Permanent Industry

  • "Looks like it orter be as thick as mush if you can run a few thousand yards of that there pay-streak over it."

    The Man from the Bitter Roots

  • But in spite of the time lost the cut was deepening and the side walls stood up so that every scraper that emptied into the sluice-boxes was from the pay-streak.

    The Man from the Bitter Roots

  • Late in the year he struck it rich, the real pay-streak at last.

    Ballads of a Cheechako

  • And there I fought, and there I sought for the pay-streak of my dreams.

    Ballads of a Cheechako


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