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 When Sheriff Alex Orme had heard that his old boyhood mining companion hadn't returned for supplies, he had a feeling something was wrong, perhaps a broken leg, but nothing like this.He had apparently died of natural causes at age 49. Biscuits that had been cooking
in his now-cold oven were black, Schieffelin's $450 gold watch that chimed on the quarter-hour still was in his pocket, and there was no sign of a struggle.
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Under the body, Orme found a mortar. When Schieffelin died, he
had been grinding down ore, and at the bottom of the mortar was a fine powder,
flecked with what looked like gold.
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On the table inside the cabin, Orme found a few tobacco cans filled with the same powder and nearby, Schieffelin's diary.
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