For years I was employed as the mine surveyor at a gold/silver mine in the mountains of west central Nevada, near
the site of a ghost town named Aurora, where, I was told, Marc Twain had worked briefly as a mill hand. One of my duties
was to locate claim posts in the area and it was on one of these little journeys that I found, lying on the surface of
the bone-dry earth, in an old camp site, this spoon. The mine had been started in the late 1850's so I figured that the spoon had to have been purloined by some fellow who may have had a berth on that particular clipper which, tragically, was lost at sea in the North Atlantic along with another clipper, the Driver, in February, 1856. I feel very fortunate to have found the relic and just wanted to share the story with everyone.