“Mind you make it real good,” said the prospector, who stood, watching the operation.
Tresco stood down, and the prospector was placed in the box.
prospector dropped into camp with fist full of good looking quartz.
Benjamin peered over the tops of his glasses at the prospector.
Moonlight had armed himself with a pick, the prospector had grasped a shovel, Tresco drew a revolver from inside his “jumper.”
prospector Tomlinson felt I'd said something insulting to him.
Led by the prospector, the great crowd of diggers roared three deafening cheers; and then the two mates shook hands.
The prospector put the bag of gold on the table, and taking the photographs and map left the room.
The landlord, who was with them, came forward, and bent over the inanimate form of the prospector.
Tresco and the prospector were eating their “tucker” beneath the boughs of a spreading black-birch.
early 15c., "act of looking into the distance," from Latin prospectus "distant view, look out; sight, faculty of sight," noun use of past participle of prospicere "look out on, look forward," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + specere "look at" (see scope (n.1)). Meaning "extensive view of the landscape" is from 1530s; transferred sense of "mental view or survey" is from 1620s. Sense of "person or thing considered promising" is from 1922. Prospects "expectations, things looked forward to" is from 1660s.
"explore for gold, examine land with a view to a mining claim," 1841, from prospect (n.) in specialized sense of "spot giving prospects of ore" (1832). Earlier in a sense "look forth, look out over" (1550s), from Latin prospectare. Related: Prospected; prospecting.