Samuel Downey If anything, nobody stumbling on the lode would symbolize that it is still up to each individual to determine their own fortune and morality. Not sure if this was intended or not.
Kestutis Satkauskas Jerome, I believe author never intended it to develop into something big. Samuel's finding if it was just a symbolic foreshadowing of the "multilyering" of the land, the valley, which was forest many many years ago. Discovery of silver and other things were assigned the indicative role of what's to come. And, good lord, what things happened. Here discovery of silver just wasn't meant to lead to a goldrush type of events