These are of that branch of the great Snake tribe called Shoshokoes, or Root Diggers, from their subsisting, in a great measure, on the roots of the earth; though they likewise take fish in great quantities, and hunt, in a small way.
On the following day, as Captain Bonneville approached the mouth of Powder River, he discovered at least a hundred families of these Diggers, as they are familiarly called, assembled in one place.
They learned a lesson, however, from their forlorn friends, the Root Diggers, which they subsequently found of great service in their wintry wanderings.
Captain Bonneville gives a cheerless account of a village of these Diggers, which he saw in crossing the plain below Powder River.
As to the subsequent researches of money diggers, Sam knew nothing about them; they were matters quite out of his line; neither did the cautious Wolfert care to disturb his thoughts on that point.
There was a ledge of rock of moderate height, like a wall, on one side, which he thought might be the very ridge whence he had overlooked the diggers.
The whole town was in a buzz with the story of the money diggers.
As it seemed reasonable to conclude that a man who had never been buried could not be unburied, the diggers
gave him up when their task was done, and did not dig down for him into the depths of the earth.
Where are the digger and the spade, this peaceful night, destined to add the last great secret to the many secrets of the Tulkinghorn existence?
And truly when the stars go out and the wan day peeps into the turret-chamber, finding him at his oldest, he looks as if the digger and the spade were both commissioned and would soon be digging.
For the most odious weeks I had been a licensed digger on Black Hill Flats; and I had actually failed to make running expenses.
There was an outrageously lucky digger, another invalid, for he would drink nothing but champagne with every meal and at any minute of the day, and I have seen him pitch raw gold at the sea-birds by the hour together.
It means grasshopper soup, the favorite dish of the Digger
tribe,--and of the Pi-utes as well.
All sorts were represented there, from the successful diamond digger
who was spasmodically embracing a lady in black jet of distinctly Jewish proclivities, to a sporting lord who had been killing lions.
The aborigines of the Andaman Islands may perhaps claim the distinction of being the smallest race upon this earth, though some anthropologists prefer the Bushmen of Africa, the Digger
Indians of America, and the Terra del Fuegians.