The Silken East La-
the right course for the company to take was to drive its boring engines into the very bowels of the mountains, and wrest from there the perfect jewels in their keeping.
But it is one thing to know that there are rubies of great price stored in the interior of a mountain in
front of you ; it is quite another to find them. The company, in short, embarked on a policy of adventure. Its slender capital was poured out like water. Here and there a ruby of price was found ; here and there a pocket of unfractured stones rewarded the arduous labour of those who drilled into the darkness