| Season 1, Episode 8 |
#8 in Series
|Air date||October 31, 1959|
|Written by||Thomas Thompson|
|Directed by||Joseph Kane|
| Previous Episode:|
The Saga of Annie O'Toole
| Next Episode:|
Mr. Henry Comstock
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Adam and Hoss meet Philip Diedesheimer, a Dutch immigrant who is trying to convince the silver mine owners in Virginia City that his square set mine system works. The owner of one mine is determined to see that Deidesheimer's idea is not accepted. However, when a friend of Adam gets killed in a mine collapse, the Cartwright boys set about making sure that Deidesheimer is given the chance he deserves.
The mines in Virginia City aren't safe. The depth and width of the silver veins can't be supported by the current form of timbering.
When a mine collapse occurs in the Ophir Mine, Adam works with his good friend and mine foreman, Gil Fenton, to investigate. The Ophir owner, Andrew Holloway, has also hired an engineer, Philip Diedesheimer, to look into it.
While in the mines, another collapse occurs, trapping Adam and Diedesheimer and killing Gil. The two survivors are even more determined to find a solution.
After much thought, and some arguement with Holloway, Diedesheimer comes up with the square set. It requires a lot of timbering, but has many advantages and nearly guarantees safety. But due to the additional lumber, none of the mine owners are interested and even accuse Adam of trying to find a way to make more money. But not one to sit back and accept defeat, Adam, Hoss, and Diedesheimer proceed to install the new square set in the Ophir. They test it by setting off a dynamite explosion near by. Unfortunately, all the mine owners have entered the mine to look at the new system. When their lives are saved because of the square timbering, they all agree to invest in the new system.
Cast and CharactersEdit
- Alan Reynolds: Doctor
- Bob Miles: Waitress
- Charles Cooper: Gil Fenton
- Ethan Laidlaw: Miner
- Howard Negley: Pat
- Jack Perkins: Brawler
- Jack Tornek: Miner
- John Beal: Philip Diedesheimer
- Mae Marsh: Mary
- Mala Powers: Helene Holloway
- Paul Birch: Tregalis
- R.G. Armstrong: Andrew Holloway
- Robert Osterloh: Casey
- William Fawcett: Mine Owner
- William Forrest: Mine Owner
Did You Know?Edit
- Hoss mentions Emily Pennington whom he was in love with in The Newcomers.
- This is the first Bonanza episode not to feature all of the Cartwrights.
|A Rose for Lotta | The Sun Mountain Herd | The Newcomers | The Paiute War | Enter Mark Twain | The Julia Bulette Story | The Saga of Annie O'Toole | The Philip Deidesheimer Story | Mr. Henry Comstock | The Magnificent Adah | The Truckee Strip | The Hanging Posse | Vendetta | The Sisters | The Last Hunt | El Toro Grande | The Outcast | A House Divided | The Gunmen | The Fear Merchants | The Spanish Grant | Blood on the Land | Desert Justice | The Stranger | Escape to Ponderosa | The Avenger | The Last Trophy | San Francisco (episode) | Bitter Water | Feet of Clay | Dark Star | Death at Dawn|