So what became of that money, buried in plastic under a tree? ... the money might stay buried there until the year 2,000 or longer. Unless one of you victims of gold fever goes up there and...!"" That seductive ""you"" is the bait the author uses to pull readers through sixteen stories of hidden wealth in the far west. A mixture of evidence and hearsay supports these various incidents of mines found and lost, of men who died before they could uncover their loot, of caches of wealth lost in unexpected disasters--and compulsive optimism will bolster reader credulity. And for compensation, the author is usually quick to describe the natural beauties of the West, which, he assures, are enough to make up for the time spent in the sport of searching. The black and white drawings by Ann Grifalconi fail to add to the spirit of the text, and, unfortunately, the small but more informative photographs are all bunched into a supplement at the back of the book. This is not exactly a gold mine of information but it is enough to bring a gleam to the eye.