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ROMANCE OF A FIRE.
itradition Has it That Rejected Lover
Set Coal Mine on Fire.
Dispatch to Baltimore Sun.
On Paint Creek, about twenty miles
;above this city, near the station at
Standard, a coal-mine fire is raging
--a fire about the origin of which an
interesting romane is woven. At night
the mountainside in which the mine
is located ie ablaze with a wierd play
of light: by day a column of smoke
-'ascends like a monument. In truth
the mountain is afire, an unquench.
.able fire, as those who have already
lost $20,000 in a vain attempt tc
-smother it will testify.
In the late 50's of the last centur
the Kanawha Coal and Oil Compani
organized. for the purpose o:
-producing oil from the cannel soa
found 9n the mountains divided b:
Paint Creek. Then 'Vein located wa4
a comparatively thin one, lying in th
leart of a thick seam of the bitumm
,ous eoal. The company was busy witl
fits operations when the civil wa
Tbroke out, but continued at work fo:
some time thereafter.
The superintendent was a blunt 014
Englishman named Gordon, who hai
Za handsome daughter, Rowena, wh
rx.s the delight of her father's hear
:ana the despair of the young men c
,the teighborhood. There was tb
nsual courting and flirting, with th
sual final selection of one man an
ithe inev table preparations for th
- wedding. The lucky man was or
Adkin a native of the mountains
strapping young fellow, who had wo
the father's favor as a workman eve
before he won - the daughter's esteei
-as a lover. Thus the course of trt
~love seemed to run smooth.
But the war came : id thtP1
-Creek section was as badly torn I
lopposing factions as any' other sme
part of the entire country. The n
-tives were of the south, while most i
those who had come to work in t]
-mines were Union men. Of the latt
-was bld man Gordon while Adki
-was a regular fire-eating son of Dir
After several stormy intervie,
Adkins was forbidden to enter t
Oordon home and Rowena was ord4
ed not to, see him. He enlisted
-the Confederate army and march
'iut with Wise on his famous retre
'up the valley. This was in the spri
-eof 1861. In the autumn he return
~home on a furlough and sought
irenew smicable relations with .1
4Geid1ons, but was repulsed by b<
SaEer and daughter, It is said tI
ni~a spirit. of revenge he set fire
-:?he drum house at the month ofi
ei(mIe. The fire was communicai
tiotthe rieh vein of cannel coal insi
*au7,- obtaining a good %old, has bE
S m.riiing ever since.
Sadkins returned to his regim
-and -3. killed in battle. The G
-dons left the, e~ountry soon after, a
their subsequent history is not knlo
That is the romantic version. 5
-prosaic one is that fire was comm
ieated to the mine by a forest.1
that raged furiously in October, 16
SCertain it is that the mine begat
burn at that time and has been ht
ing ever since.
In the late 'SO's a company
formed by Chagleston men to ex
guish the fire f.nd reopen the in
but after spending $20,000 in a
--.attempt the enterprise was abanm
ed. It is probable that the fire
be allowed to burn until the er
-ein of coal is consumed..
Often, for years at a tune, the
cannot be seen, but there is als'
~something about 'The locality to 1
-witness to its presence. Sometime
is smoke, sometimes it is steam
-get weather there is always a va
rjiig from- above the mine. In
iter snow melts as rapidly as it:
non the particular spot, while
'ground around is white. In the sp
vezetationi appears earlier where
rezh is warm from th's une%ri
vaeat. Of late it has been 1.'!
-'visibly at night, the extent I
perhaps a hundred. yards along
K -i'ace of the mountar
GOLD IN VAST SUPPLY.
"The time has come when gold
saiiile of manufacture, writes ]
.Kdams ~in Success Magazine.
-are practically exhaustless trac
rock and sdil in which gold is
produced in enormous quantities
absolute eliniinationi of risk. I
2biefly consider two typical insi
est! "gold manufacture,'' eithe:
'of which is suiffcient to doom gi
:s medium of exchange.
In 1884 the discovery of the
- *st deposits of gold in all histor
mfade known. This was in the 'V
tersrand district of the Transv
*South Africa. Compared with
deous Comstock mines were
ing. Not until recent years
.aeen possibl to go ahead wi1
extraetin of th1 billions ill gold
which are scattered throug-h the
rocks and soil of the Witwatersrand.
It required new processes, but science
and invention supplied them. Here is'
a gold-bearing reef, 40 miles in
length, 20 miles in width and in which
borings to a depth of 3,500 feet show
gold in undiminished quantities! How
much gold is there in the Witwater
srand? Hundreds, probably thousands
of billions of dollars of it!
The Witwatersrand congiomerate
carries only the insignificant amount
of ten pennyweight of gold to the
ton, but it runs uniform, therefore it
is only a question of machinery and
labor to determine the yield. Money
supplies the machinery and China
the labor. The annual production of
the Transvaal gold factories now -ax
ceeds $100,000,000 and the record is
broken every month. If labor can be
had, there is no reason why the out
put should not reach half a billion a
year, and the rock can be worked
for centuries without making a ser
r ious impression on its vast extent.
Not many years ago it was discov
ered that all of the soil in the Sacra
I mento and San Joaquin valleys was
I filled with gold. We will consider
) what is being done in the Sacramen
t to. For hundreds of miles this river
f runs through a broad valley , of a
e width varying from twenty to more
e than one hundred miles. When it be
d came known that gold was scattered
e through the soil this 20,000 square
, miles of valley, capital called on
a science and invention for assistance.
1 The distant mountains were made to
2 furnish water power for electricity.
3 Then there was built a floating gold
L3 factory at a cost of $250,000. It
took a position near a bank of the riv
t er, and with its dredging appliances
,Y began to eat its way into the soil. The
1 mud and dirt were carried over the
&- huge scow, the gold extracted, the
tailiis were dumped in the rear.
l Thus was witnessed the strange sight
r of a factory crawling slowly overland
. toward the distant foothills. It rest
- ed in a canal of its own making; i
V was run with electrical power gener
he ated by a mountain brook; it workei
r- twenty-four hours a day with thref
shifts of men; the amount of go
84 extraeted was as uniform as thb
M thrust of its motors; its mine was ai
Eg ocean of mud; there was no more ro
emance about its operation than thera
o is about .a }iriekila,' and yet tha
hO $250,000 gold factory made a net prc
h fit of $300,000 the first year.
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