775 Steinbach Smoker The Privy Councillor
Near our home there lived a loveable,
old gentleman with the civil honorary title “Wirklicher Geheimer
Bergrat”, and as he came from Prussia the correct way to address him
I suppose he must have liked me - an I
enjoyed going to see him because of his wonderful collection of minerals
that he had put together in the course of a long life, valuables and
rarities. Overl4O different minerals come from the mines, tunnels and
shafts of our native mountains. (140 different minerals -this is
something unique to our mountains).
“Feldspar, mica and quartz, I
remember them fast” was a typical dogma of the old councillor. I have
not forgotten it, nor lost my love for the stones. On my father’s desk
was a piece of the heavy black “URANIUM PITCHBLENDE” from
Joachimsthal on Keilberg, and on my desk is a peculiary formed stone
like aflower (Blumenstein) - a personal legacy from Dr. F.E. Krauss vorm.
Schwarzenberg/Erzgebirge - the greatest patron of our old craft from the
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