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I THE WESTERN WEEKLY
I Mines and Mining;
H The week lias been an active one in mining circles. The season
M has advanced to that point where some estimate can be formed as to
H what the season's work has accomplished as compared with former
m years. While it would be too much to say that the output of 1908
B will be equal to that of the past year, yet the ore mined during the
H month of July has been at least 20 per cent, greater than during the
H same period in 1907. There have been several causes which led up
H to this result. Chief among these is that many of the smelting plants
H which were under way during the past year have been completed, such
H as the big plant at Ely, Nevada, and the Knight smelter at Silver
H City. The output at Ely is wholly in addition to the production ac-
B credited to 1907, and that of Tintic has more than doubled, though the
Hb plant has only been in operation for a little more than a month.
H From all along the line comes the word that mines and prospects
H are being worked. Aside from Tintic, which has entered its period of
H j.rcatcst activity, there is hardly a camp in the state of Utah which
H has not re-echoed to the sound of the drill and the blast. Many old
H camps which have been quiet for many years have again become ac-
H tivc. Of these latter Marysvale is a sample. This camp has been
H almost deserted for a great number of years. This season, however,
H there is hardly a prospect in the camp which is not being worked, and
H several of the old mines have been opened up, and are now sending
H ore to the market.
H The price of metals keeps up in a satisfactory manner, though
H there is some talk of the smelters demanding a closer rate on the
M handling of silver. Copper has been stronger than at any' time during
H the season.
H Word has been sent out that an eight foot body of gold ore has
m been opened up in the Black Jack. The vein is broadening out and
H may develop into a bonanza. From assays which have been made of
H an average sample of the ore it will run above $40 to the ton. The
H mine is one of the Knight propositions.
H A big development proposition has been started by the Iron
B King people. The undertaking consists of running a tunnel of nearly
l a mile in length, which will tap; the main ore channel 400 feet below
M the level. There arc several veins passing through the territory, and
H these will be developed at the same time.
M New pumps are being installed at the Swansea Con. While it
m will be some time before the actual work of pumping will be under
M way, the mine is even now sending out a good tonnage to the smelter.
M A strike has been recorded in the Victoria. The ore channel was
M opened on the 1.000 level, and is said to be of great extent. The mine
M in connection with the Grand Central, have a big contract with the
H Knight smelter.
M The Montreal is sinking. The shaft is now down 200 feet and is
M being pushed. The management of the Tintic Central is also develop-
B ing, while the Ben Bolt is opening out an ore body which assays $1 1
B gold and 13 ounces silver. Work is under way at the Christcnsen
group. They arc following up a very strong vein, and will develop
M a mine. Grand Junction capital is now being used for the develop-
B lncnt of the Copper Jack, which is said to be making a very good
M The Lower Mammoth and the Beck tunnel mines have again en-
M tored the shipping list and arc sending a fine tonnage of ore to the
m Knight smelter. The Gemini will also be in the list during the
M coming week. The new pumping plant is now in commission at the
M mine and the lower levels will be denuded of water in a very short
M New York people have taken the bonds of the Unity Mining
m Company (the old Continental Alta) and work will at once be under
m way with the object developing the sulphide ores. It is thought that
M the mine will be developed in connection with the City Rocks, which
H is a near neighbor.
M There is talk of a combination of the Jacobson properties outside
M of the Columbus Con. For this purpose there will be a meeting of the
M stockholders of the South Columbus, when the proposition of increas
es ing the capital stock of the company will be taken up. The properties
m, which will be affected are the South Columbus, the Columbus Wedge
, and the Columbus Extension. The Columbus Con. is said to be in the
H finest shape in its history. A fine body of milling ore, mixed with
H liigh grade has been developed. The mill is running night and day
H and shipments of concentrates are going down the canyon daily.
' , ,Thc CS"- Jcfferson s again preparing a shipment of high grade
H go (1 ore. The mine is said to be in a fine condition, and shipments
m will be the order from now on. The management are now at work
m developing the 200 level.
There are a great number of men employed at the King David
mine. All work at the present time is along the line of preparing
for the actual work of mining. Pipe lines for water are being laid and
excavating done for buildings and mills. Before the end of the com
ing week an extra 100 men will be put on.
The Lulu mine, which is the property of Pat Ryan and D. P. ?
Rohlfing, is again active. The mine is a near neighbor to the Horn
Silver and the King David, but has been idle for some time.
The output of copper for the month of July by the Cactus mine is
lightly in excess of 600,000 pounds. The mine is in fine condition
The opening up of the old ledge which was supposed to have
petered out in the Webster, has put new life in the old gold camp.
Sume ume ago the mine was taken by a company of leasers and work
was. ot..itcd cleaning out the old workings. Hardly has actual mining
been under way than the ledge was discovered. A great body of
high radc ore was brought in which averages $250 to the ton. It
is understood that Alex Colbath of Salt Lake has an option on tnc
Ifas-e a I'd that he will form a company to work the ground. "
The Golden Treasure at Kimberly is being worked with a rush.
Word from Manager Cutright is to the effect that some very fine
f,old ore has been encountered and he is sure that he is on the rieht
The output of the Boston Con. for the month of July has been
in the nighborhood of 700,000 pounds. The output is to be kept up to
the present standard for the rest of the season. It is understood that
the company are to install a heating plant at the Garfield concentrator
i-c that the plant can be worked during the coldest season.
The Ohio Copper company has decided to erect a 2,000 ton con
centrator at the mouth of the tunnel. The tunnel is now within 500
tect of the great ore channel.
The Bingham Amalgamated has decided to extend the old Copper
Glance tunnel through to the ore channel in the Amalgamated
ground. A force of men have been put at work and barring accidents
will be completed before the close of the season.
For some time work has been progressing on the Scottish Chief
tunnel which is being run to open up the main ore channel at depth.
1 he face of the drift was still 200 feet away from the point where
the survey had located the vein when a large body of low grade ore
came in. The ore assays 2 1-2 per cent copper, and the quality and
quantity is improving all the time.
J. L. Noys has purchased the Lucky Deal group of claims and
has begun developing the ground. The Miller Hill people are now
steadily shipping to the smelter and the camp is the most active in
The Manning mill which has been working on the Con. Mercur
tailings for some time is making the closest savings effected in the
camp There is absolutely no values escaping the plant. The Mercur
is said to be in fine condition.
Word from Pioche is to the effect that the Mendah-Nevada has
opened great values in the 600 level. The management is sacking
ore for shipment and a consignment is expected at the smelters in a
lew days. I he old camp is said to be very active at the present time.
A fine shipment of high grade gold ore is expected from the
Dreamland group of mines at Rosebud. The mine is held by Salt -1
Lake people. l !
Word from Yerrington brings the cheering news that the Ludwig
mine is showing up bigger than ever.
The possibilities of profitable gardening in England are exempli
fied by an acre of land cultivated on the French system of intensive
culture, which in the last completed year is said to have yielded $3,125
in gross returns. This probably constitutes a record for England.' An
acre of land, the property of a seedsman on the Great Western line
between London and Oxford, has yielded in one year flower seeds
to the value of $1,350. In Samoa $300 to $400 is the average yield per
acre of land planted in cocoa; in Georgia $400 worth of eggplants
have been picked from a single acre, and pineapple farms in the West I
Indies often pay as much as $500 an acre. An acre of vineyard in the '
Moselle wine-growing district was sold a few years ago for nearly
$120,000. It produces a crop worth $12,500. Then Lhcre is that acre
of landin Thibet on which grows the sacred "tree of a thousand
images," the leaves of which yield an annual revenue exceeding