By chance I later met a Quartzsite man named Forest. He has a local claim and spent some time talking to me about finding the gold and he also used the dowsing rod method. And he also found gold so now again I had to believe.
Later in the spring we were camped up by the Octave Cemetery. This cemetery had been renovated by the Motorola 4-Wheel Drive Club years before. The cemetery holds remains of many of the early prospectors and local families. One afternoon a vehicle drove up and out got four ladies, one of which was carrying two metal rods in her hand. John watched for a while and curiosity got the better of him so he went over to see what she was doing. She was witching for graves. The other ladies were marking the spots. After the ladies had gone, John went over to see if what she was doing was what she said. And rightfully so, with his brass welding rod, he was able to find the same graves as the ladies had marked. It appears the cemetery is much larger then the fence would indicate. And the rock outlined graves were not exactly correct. Nothing to do with prospecting, but could be interesting entertainment on lazy day.
Time has passed and places have changed. The little bent rods still go everywhere with the old prospector. This year out here in the desert, things are different and when the eightieth year came and went, and the back began to be bothersome, activity slowed down with all sorts of excuses. A little time in the wash with his Mine Lab and a nice big nugget to show for it, gave a jump start to the old guy and he took off with the brass rods and his favorite tool, the vacuum forgetting all his aches. A few hours later he was back grinning from ear to ear. He panned out his concentrates and low and behold! Eight nice pickers appeared, right where the brass rods had told him there was gold. One of which he actually saw as he vacuumed the hole out. He is totally convinced the dowsing rods work. Not just for witching water, but for his favorite mineral, gold.
Now Brenda’s story is a believer also and I saw it happen. Go try it. If you should get bored with your detector or dry washer, try a new method as old as the Middle Ages, dowsing. You never know what you might dig up!! You just have to believe!!!
Jane Alene Boyles