The Orchardist's Secret
by Ray Mathews
Orchardist, Sean Kerry, believes his fruits are 'gold' - until the Maidu Indian boys who help him with his harvests, promise him gold nuggets. Afraid he will start a gold rush if he displays the gold; Sean hides it. Before he can tell his family where the gold is hidden, he is killed by two white men bent on the rape of a Maidu Indian girl when he intervenes.