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Hills of Gold and Silver.
The Stage Play. A historical reading for four characters
by Craig Cole


Hills of Gold and Silver is the remarkable true story of two friends, Sam Shepard in Port Stanley and Frank Yerington in the distant Nevada territory.

Sam Shepard was a successful grain merchant in Port Stanley. Yerington, his friend and business partner, left Port Stanley in 1863 to find his fortune from the Comstock Lode.
 
This was the start of a lengthy mail correspondence which stretched over the next thirty years. Many of the letters were saved and compiled by Shepard's great granddaughter, Mary Warner. Reading these letters gives us an amazing insight, not only into the personality of these two businessmen, but also into everyday life in two very different regions of the continent in the latter half of the 19th century.

Also included in this collection of letters are what can justifiably be regarded as love letters, written by Shepard to his wife Mary when he was away on business. Finally, there are delightful letters written by their teenage son, Francis, while he was at school in Cobourg.

These letters were first published, under the same title, by Heritage Port, the Port Stanley historical society. They have now been abridged and arranged as a stage play, or, perhaps more accurately, a historical reading.

54 pages
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To read a brief extract from the script, please click here

 

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