Joseph Alexander Altsheler (April 29, 1862 – June 5, 1919) was an American newspaper reporter, editor and author of popular juvenile historical fiction. He was a prolific writer, and produced fifty-one novels and (at least) fifty-one short stories. A Story of the Old New York Border. THE GREAT WEST SERIES THE GOLD SERIES Book four The Hidden Mine We pushed on for some days, and now began to find that the aspect of the country was changing. It became more sterile and more mountainous. Flowing water was scarcer, and as a precaution against thirst we refilled our leather bottles every time we came to a stream. At first we met a stray wanderer or two, and we passed one party searching, like ourselves, for gold, but after the first week we saw nobody.
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