From the pages of the Crescent City American, October 1928.
Mystery surrounds the capture of a still on French Hill last Wednesday when W. C. Smith, L. R. Black, P. A. Brunk, Claude Willis and W. H. Taylor swooped down on the big manufacturing plant and brought it to Crescent City together with two prisoners.
The still contained three parts, making an aggregate capacity of around 900 to 1,000 gallons. Where the mystery part of the subject comes in is in the fact that there were two men brought in with the still yet the two men are not in jail nor is there any record in the Justice of the Peace’s Office.
Officers of the county freely admit that there was a still found and that arrests were made, yet there are no prisoners and no one has given bail. The justice of the peace states that no one has been brought to his court.
Gold nugget found
Dan London, who owns a fine mining claim on Myrtle Creek, about 10 miles from this city, picked up a gold nugget on his claim last week that weighted out to $67. Mr. London also had several smaller nuggets, the aggregate find running well over the $80 mark.
This property has been mined ever since the early 1850s, and there never having been a period of more than a year or two that the property has not been worked with good results.