Swift's Silver Mines
By Patton Beverly

       Related to Emory L. Hamilton on July 24, 1940. "They are mostly from his stepmother
  who as he says wore out his father and her last husband dragging them over the mountain
  hunting for this fable. When the old lady married Mr. Beverly s father he says she got
  him to believing her wild tales and drug him to death over the mountains. Mr. Beverly does not
  seem to believe any of the tales." These are some of the signs indicating the truth of the
  existence of the mine from his stepmother and some from his father after she converted him to
  a believer. Mr. Beverly, will be 80 yeas in December of this year tells them with a merry
  twinkle in his eye, for what they are worth to the listener. They were all long ago signs. The
  WPA Project papers, The Alderman Library, The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

       My father said up Spout Springs Creek was a black pine with a cedar growing
  from the top of it and a cedar pots nearby with a 'scutching  knife fastened in the post
  pointing up the creek toward the top of the mountain. The cedar post then was mossed
  over. (He explains that a scutching knife was an early instrument used in working flax into linen.)
       My father, John F. Beverly, old Doc (Anderson) Wells, and Arch Hunsucker was
  up in Picum and found a hole cut in a cliff - on the face of the cliff. A rock had been cut to fit
  in the hole for a door. They looked in and the inside of the hole was cut out in the shape of a
  kettle. They found a cup moulded from scrap metal, gold and silver. I don t reckon they
  could find the place anymore.  Martha Beverly (his stepmother) told
  her tales to a Mrs. Peterman and got her to believing in the mine. She promised her half of
  what she found if she would help her find it. They were all out hunting and one evening they
  were coming in from a trip. Daddy was old then and crippled up and they sit down to rest.
  She (Martha) started hunting for a place to get a drink. She raked back some leaves in a
  stream and found a bed of solid gold in the creek bottom. Mrs. Peterman saw her and
  asked her what it was. She started running and said it was a dead man buried standing up.
  They run and she said she never could find the place anymore after that. Mrs. Peterman was
  to get half of what she found. People used to cut hollow logs and
  make bee gums out of them. She (Martha) told she found one in the mountain that had door
  and windows like a house and that it was full of silver dollars and dimes.
       Has Hall told about a place at High Knob, at the Camp rock looking across to
  Duncans Ridge he saw blazes of fire. He went there and got some ore that was pure gold. I ve
  been to this very place and all I ever saw was some old prospect holes.
       The last account I ever heard of Swift  was when he returned to look for the mine and
  brought a surveyor. They got on the Knob and every time they d set the compass the form or
  shadow of a human hand would come across the dial so they could not read the callings.

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