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In the 1840’s two young men came to this country from Germany. The older of the two was skilled in making Sauerkraut. He immediately headed for the west coast.

He bought land ... cultivated it ... and raised cabbage for sauerkraut.

The younger brother had no skill .. no profession. He decided to go to mining school in Colorado. When he finished, he went to visit his brother. His brother was proud of his business and took him to see all that he had accomplished. As they walked, he noticed that the younger brother had stopped and was kneeling.

He ceased to pay attention to what his older brother was saying and just sat there rubbing the soil in his hands. Big brother came over and said, "You are not interested in my work. You have no interest in what I have accomplished."

The younger brother stood, shifting some rocks in his hands. "Do you know what these are? "They’re just quartz." "Yes, but these yellow flecks are gold. You are raising cabbage in a gold field." That was the beginning of the great Gold Strike in El Dorado, California in 1845.