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24 satisfied that it was a mere rumor, or, what appeared more likely, an entire fiction. But my inquiries led to the strange discovery that no tangible evidence whatever of any of the expeditions of the sixteenth century, either in the form of coin or anything else, had as yet been brought to light in the state of Florida, nor, in fact elsewhere along the traditional routes of their advance and adventure. It was, therefore, with no serious expectations that I jestingly remarked to my men, as they were digging,— "Whoever finds a coin shall be paid five dollars." The words had scarcely passed my lips when one of the negroes picked up some-thing which he had just turned over in the soil, and striking a dirt colored, reso-nant piece of metal against his spade, held
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