I wonder who wrote the title for this article. “A Wonderful Story”. It isn’t an entirely wonderful story, is it?
A miner, Joe Bourke, of Landlock Bay, Alaska, had noticed some of his blasting powder had gone missing, and started a search. As he was doing so he noticed a few sticks of dynamite lying on the path ahead.
Just as he started towards them a goat came out of the bushes and ate it all up.
Joe shouted at the goat and gave chase, so naturally, the goat started running.
Unfortunately for the goat he had supposedly also swallowed a blasting cap. This caused the dynamite to do its job perfectly, and the goat disappeared in what I can only imagine would have been a red mist….
The ‘wonderful’ part of the story is that the goat had conveniently exploded right at the point where a valuable vein of cuprum (copper) ore was. The blast caused a seven-foot deep hole to appear and revealed it to the world.
The only one it was lucky for was the miner. He landed in a snow bank 40ft away and was unhurt, but obviously considerably richer.
I am not sure I would want to do much mining there though until there had been a good hard rain, you know, to wash away all the bits of goat… ick……