"A beautiful, shiny thing it was, an' he took out of it a little strand o' white hair an' read these words cut in the gleaming case: "'Here are silver an' gold, The one for a day o' remembrance between thee an' dishonour, The other for a day o' plenty between thee an' want.'
Silver is the chief export; manufactured goods are imported.
My gold bedecks the sunlit cloud, Untouched by human hand; My silver is the sleeping sea, Unshadowed by the land.
Silver is the whitest and most lustrous of all the metals.
The frost-flake's icy silver Is dew at noon for thee.
Silver is the pervading gleam of his oval form; but while he is yet wet and fresh, the silver is flushed with a chromatic radiance of gold, and violet, and pale metallic green, all blending and harmonizing like the mother-o'-pearl lustre in some rare sea-shell.
2. That silver should be a legal tender, at face value, for all debts, public and private.
Silver was the money chiefly in use in the ordinary transactions in all of the principal countries of the world.
We had the assurance that money would come; but from whence we did not know, nor care, for we knew the 'silver and gold' are the Lord's, as well as the 'cattle upon a thousand hills,' and he could easily cause some one to give or send us the money.
Silver, too, were his jingling spurs, the eagles on his sombrero, the buttons on his colorous silken jacket.
Silver and gold, step by step, often making little progress in a century, became the staple and dominant forms of money in the world, while copper and nickel still continued to be used for the smaller monetary pieces.
When this Scotch financier said to the powerful aristocracy around him, 'Silver is only to you the means of circulation, beyond this it belongs to the country,' he announced the ruin of the glebe and the fall of feudal prejudices.
He meant, "Silver and gold are not my gifts; I have something other and more precious."