Sunday Morning in the Mines, 1872

In this work, Nahl sums up what he saw of human nature as revealed in the gold fields.

In this work, Nahl sums up what he saw of human nature as revealed in the gold fields.

It is the Sabbath: tools of work are put aside; one man writes a letter home; two others wash and clean their tattered clothes; another reads from the Bible to his cabin-mates

It is the Sabbath: tools of work are put aside; one man writes a letter home; two others wash and clean their tattered clothes; another reads from the Bible to his cabin-mates

On the left: One man smokes idly; four others race madly into camp; two crooks get ready to fleece a drunken miner of the gold that flies from his open sack; in the back, a murderous fight has broken out at the gambler's cabin

On the left: One man smokes idly; four others race madly into camp; two crooks get ready to fleece a drunken miner of the gold that flies from his open sack; in the back, a murderous fight has broken out at the gambler's cabin

Note that both of the drunkard's "friends" have their left (sinister) foot forward.

Note that both of the drunkard's "friends" have their left (sinister) foot forward.

Predators and Prey

Predators and Prey

A card game in the gambler's cabin turns violent.

A card game in the gambler's cabin turns violent.