Fancy any one working a goldmine in San Francisco for over fifteen years and no one but the miners knowing anything about it. Yet that is what has been done by two men near Ingleside. The mine is on the Sutro property. What success the miners had, how much they made, nobody knows but themselves and one of the men was supposedly on his deathbed, the other disappeared when his partner fell ill and the fact of the mine became generally known.
Mooneyville-by-the-Sea and half a dozen other mining excitements and treasure-hunting booms have struck the ocean beach slope of the city, but through them all and unknown to all their promoters these two experienced miners have been delving sedulously away on their secret mine. There is no question that they found gold, a man does not stick to a task for over seventeen years without something to repay him. And these two miners paid their living expenses all this while. Once while blasting they injured a Spring Valley water main and were assessed $8000 damages by the court, which they promptly paid. Again, it is well known among their intimate acquaintances that they made many big losings at the race track, and they were known as “spenders” at several of the resorts in that locality.
Yet all the while to nearby and inquisitive neighbors these two miners appeared to be simply hermits. They assumed the garb of poverty, snarled like wild beasts at any curious trespassers and drove off interlopers with clubs. They would not permit anyone to put a foot on the place under any circumstances.