By W. Patton Beverly
This story was related to James Taylor Adams on March 12, 1941 by W. Patton
Beverly of Norton, VA (Wise Co.). Part of the WPA project archived at the Alderman
Library, The University of Virginia.
I m not sayin this is so. My father in his old age married a woman who put in all her
life huntin for Swift s mine an I honestly believe she drug poor old pap around over the
mountains so much that it caused his death. She told of finding some silver way
back in the mountains somewhere an she had pap to go with her. When they got there a big
black dog come out of the laurel an growled and looked like it was goin to jump on them.
Now pap never told me this, but his wife did after he was dead. She said the dog was big as
a yearlin and that its eyes was big as saucers and shone like balls of fire. It wouldn t let
them go near the place where she had found what she thought was Swift s Silver Mine.
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