By Molly Fraley
As told to Emory L. Hamilton on August 1, 1940, part of the WPA Project on file
at the Alderman Library, The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.
"Cousin Dave (Beverly) said Mrs. Brickey in Scott Co. told him it was a days
ride from her house to Swift s mine." "I ve heard my mother say she saw the
old pots and furnaces in Picum where they melted their ore."
"When Swift was here a man named Monde was with him. Swift killed Monde and
after he killed him they never could go back to the place anymore. He d set his compass and
something dark would come over it so he couldn t see where he was going. Mother and
Dad always thought the mine was in Picum. They must have covered it so it couldn t be
found. Mother and Dad always allowed old Monde covered it."
"Mother said on a branch that came down from the mountain between Tacoma and
Ramsey someone (I forgot who) found a slug of silver sticking in the bank of the branch.
Whoever found it couldn t pull it out; they had nothing to dig with and when they got
something to dig with and went back they never could find the place anymore."
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