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The Honest Miner
About the middle of the year 1911, Mr. McAlpine, founder of the Bakery business in Melbourne which still bears his name, was lying on what proved to be his deathbed.
Dr. Wolston, of Edinburgh, a well-known physician, was due to arrive in a day or two. Mr. McAlpine asked that, if necessary, the funeral might be postponed until his arrival, as he had a particular reason for wishing the doctor to take the service at the graveside, in accordance with an old understanding between them.
Speaking in front of the open grave, Dr. Wolston told this story:
A partnership of seven miners was being “grubstaked” in New Zealand by a local storekeeper. They were very unfortunate, and when the amount owing reached 400 British Pounds Sterling, they decided to clear out. Packing their belongings, they all left one night, but when some miles away, one stopped and said he couldn't go on; he meant to go back and face the storekeeper, and tell him everything. His mates jeered at him, but back he went.
Naturally, their ingratitude angered the storekeeper, who thought they could have found jobs and made some effort to repay him. He told the returned miner that, as a partner, he was responsible for the whole debt. “All right,” was the reply, “if ever I can, I'll pay you.”
Going back to the abandoned claim and getting some help, he struck gold almost at once, and in a week or two was back at the store with a bag containing over 100 ounces of small nuggets and gold dust. The storekeeper heartily congratulated him and refused to take more than one seventh of the debt. But the miner insisted. “Well,” said the storekeeper, “I'm your friend for life.”
“That miner's body now lies in the grave before you,” said Dr. Wolston. “He was afterwards converted and became a most successful businessman.” Then the preacher urged all present to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior, insisting on the truth of the words, “Godliness is profitable unto all things, having the promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.” After the service was over, an old man came up to him and said, “I am the seventh and last of the band of miners. The story is true: all the other five died poor. I am in the Old Men's Home and we made nothing by defrauding the storekeeper.”
1 Timothy 4:8 - For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. (NIV)
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