With my shovel, pick and bar,
I shall dig
The shining placers of the moon
And the star-
Mines played a role in CAS' own life in and around Auburn, California. At various times CAS did mining work himself, and found source material for his sculptural work therein. And so in "Dying Prospector" CAS gives us a portrait of an eternal digger, whose quest for riches will not be impeded even by death itself.