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The Whiteman Cement Mine is a legendary and elusive mine with extraordinary gold content. According to the legend, the mine was discovered accidentally twelve years ago by three German brothers wandering in the desert. After drawing a crude plan of the area, the Germans headed to California, their pockets loaded with the rich content. Two of the Germans died along the way and the third one lost his mind before reaching California. He gave his plan to Mr. Whiteman, who has since been searching all around for the elusive mine. Since then, the simple sight of Mr. Whiteman is enough to send half the population of a town on his tail, hoping to profit from the mysterious man's potential findings. Mr. Higbie, who can recognize Mr. Whiteman on sight, joins the narrator's party. Following the advice of Mr. Van Dorn, the...

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