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". . . From the moment (we bought the Baltic) on, the family was ever on the precarious but stimulating brink of riches or bankruptcy, though in true miner-fashion we totally disregarded the unpleasant possibilities of financial disaster, and kept our eyes on the brighter side of the picture. One more stroke of the pick, one more round of powder, down another foot or two. Who knew?" - Marcia Rittenhouse Wynn

[caption id=”attachment_2822″ align=”alignright” width=”200″ caption=”Baltic Stamp Battery, in the Yard of the Rand Desert Museum. Donated by the owners in 1958. The heart of the milling process, five 800-1000 pound 'stamps', or pestles, were raised and dropped ___ times a minute, pulverizing ore to powder before passing over mercury covered copper plates which trapped the gold particles by amalgamation. The ensuing racket from tens of these units running 24-7 became the heartbeat and music of prosperity to the camps. Citizens were awakened in dead of night whenever a mill ceased its rhythmic pounding, 'the silence deafening'. – William J. Warren

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