Hill diggings are those where the pay-dirt is in or under a hill.
Hitherto these men had been accustomed to the slow process of washing “pay-dirt.”
These keen-eyed men with eager talk of claims and pay-dirt could not help me.
In the meantime Angela washed the pay-dirt and placed the residue in a handkerchief.
There was twelve feet of top-stripping to be removed before we could hope to reach the pay-dirt.
They keep right on in this slow and tedious way, until finally the pay-dirt is reached.
Into this the pay-dirt is shoveled, and the water flowing through it leaves the gold at the bottom and carries the dirt away.
In the shallow diggings the superincumbent earth above the pay-dirt is removed, and the process is called "stripping."
This is called by the miners "pay-dirt," and to remove it to the surface and wash it is the end of mining.
All the winter "pay-dirt" is thus excavated and stored; in the summer when the streams run the gold is sluiced out.