But with ore prices up nearly 50 percent in value over the last 12 months, gold fever has swept the rainforest again.
Here, in the maddest times of the gold fever, was a scene of gambling pure and simple, as reckless as ever broke a Homburg bank.
"You've got gold fever, like I had," said Lessels, sympathetically.
The city escaped the excitement of the gold fever, although the yellow metal was first discovered near Los Angeles in 1835.
That, however, was to come later on, when the gold fever fairly got hold of them.
He got caught with the gold fever and emigrated to California in 1850, returning to Ivanhoe within a few years.
We may have been responsible for his infection with the gold fever.
The gold fever has struck the hardy mariner at last, and desertions are numerous from ships up north.
The gold fever had spread to Monterey, and he had determined to be off to the mines at once.
Storehouses were nearly empty, agriculture having been neglected in the gold fever.