A cubic inch of gold is worth $210; a cubic foot is worth $362,380; a cubic yard is worth $9,792,762. This is valuing it at $18 an ounce. At the commencement of the Christian era there was in the world $427,000,000 in gold. This had diminished to $57,000,000 at the time America was discovered. Then it began to increase. Now the amount of gold in use is estimated to be $6,000,000,000. Yet all this welded into one mass would be contained in a cube of twenty six feet.

The relative value of gold to silver has varied greatly at different periods. The ratio was in the days of the patriarch

Abraham.................1 to 8

B. 0. 1000................1 to 12

B. C. 500......,.........1 to13

A. D. 1...............1 to 9

A. D. 500...............1 to 18

A. D. 1100...............1 to 8

A. D. 1400...........1 to 11

A. D. 1545..............1 to 6

A. D. 1551..............1 to 2

A. D. 1600..............1 to 10

A. D. 1627..............1 to 13

A. D. 1700............1 to 15 1/2

A. D. 1876..............1 to 20

A. D. 1886..............1 to 28 1/4 the highest point until then ever known.