No metal has attracted more attention than has gold. While it may not be the most valuable substance, in human reckoning, nevertheless, from the dawn of time it has held the honored rank of king of metals. Among the ancients, it is thought to have been known earlier than silver, copper, tin, iron, or lead, which were the only other metals then in use. In ancient Egypt its value was thirteen and one third times that of silver, and in Greece and Rome, prior to the Christian era, the ratio was ten to one. Valuations then as now were dependent more upon the use of the metal as a medium of exchange and for works of art, than upon less utilitarian or aesthetic attributes.

Could we look beneath the surface we might perceive upon every page of human history the imprint of golden letters. The desire for gold has directly led innumerable expeditions, and indirectly instigated countless others of less peaceful character. But even beneath this golden glamour may be traced the desire for the power which has long been attributed to this metal simply because of the fictitious valuation placed upon it. This desire has not only led men to search, but has suggested and assisted them to improve upon the methods of securing larger proportions of gold from given volumes of ore.

True Discipleship
August 26, 1905

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