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r But 'they all found shelter to
gether. And near where they
found shelter, Jhe blizzard up
rooted a tree.
When the storm was over the
Merritts went out and gazed
sadly at the fallen monarch of the
forest. They were true woods
men, and it hurt them to see an
Then one of the brothers gave
a cry, and; stooped down ' and
scraped at the roots of the tree.
He scoooed up the,red earth, and
held it out to Kis brothers.
"Look!" he cried v
The Mesaba iron ore fields
were discovered. The roots of
the tree were covered with the
The Merritts; did not imme
diately return to " civilization.
They stayed to find the extent of
this fortune. .By U892Jtheyi'had
discovered that there was at
least one hundred million gross
tons of merchantable ore in the
Mesaba range, covering thou
sands of acres. '
And they held the controlling
interest in thisvast wealth, by
right of the pain they had suffer
ed, the labor they had 'done, by
the first of all rights the right of
They -were afraid. They
thought, of the vastness oftheir
discovery, t arid feared that they
had discovered too much, that the
Mesaba fields would so cheapen
iron ore, that it would lose its
Nevertheless, they returned
tq civilization, iind '' told what
they had f ound. fc
Today the corporation that"
controls the mines THey discov-5
ered controls 5 per cent of the
"tonnage on the latfes, the ore-
catryang roads, the ore docks at
Duluth and at the other end of1
the Jakes paysas high as $60,-
000 a day wages in this county
alone, and spreads a trail of gold
across the continent.
How did the Merritts lose all
this? - -
"When I went to Kew York
to see Rockefeller, I had twenty
million dollars worth of properly.
1 got $420,000 from him on a
loan, and put up ten million 'dol
lars worth of-securities as col
lateral. ' -
"Within three months I had
nothing in the world but the
right to walk froni New York to
Duluthjqn thcties-'i '
So said "Lon" Merritt before
the;Stanley committee. '
' There withinreyesight of .Du
luth is"the dominion of the early
dream of the Merritts pioneers.
There are the humming indus
tries, piling up untoildnvealth
.but not for them. t
jYet.the people of Duluth say
thisrhas not changed the Mer
ritts, say they are still the same
strong, sturdy men, virile and'
vigorous, though approaching0
the twilight of life. ' '
They are still the pioneers-;
straight and, unbending." They
Have lived and do live the Sim
ple life, without ostentation,
knowing only the one creed,
'3Lon" stiH -'walks 'down tht
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