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Iron Ore Tiflurcs
Compiled for the Government
by John Birkinbine
MESABA FIRST IN AMOUNTS.
The production of iron ore in the
United States for the year 1899, ac
cording to the annual report of the
United States geological survey,
which has just been compiled by
Mr. John Birkinbine, amounted to
24,683,173 long tons, an increase of
5,249,997 tons, or- 27 per cent over
1898. The records for 1898 and 1899
represent the largest output of iron
ore mined in any country in one
year, the nearest approach being a
total of 18,062,040 tons mined in 1880
in England. Twenty four states
contributed to this total, Michigan
leading with 9,146,147 tons, and
Minnesota taking second place with
8,161,209 tons. Alabama occupies
third place with 1,009,327 tons.
The iron ores have been subdivid
ed into red hematites, brown hem
atites, magnetite and corbonate.
The red hematite continues to be
the most prominent of the classes
of iron ore, contributing 20,004,299
long tons, or 81 per cent of the total
for 1899. Of the brown hematite 2,
869,786 long tons were mined, or
11.53 per cent of the total produc
tion while the magnetite output
amounted to 1,737,430 tons and that
of carbonate variety to 81.559 tons.
There was a very general increase
during the year in the amount 11 of
the different classes of iron ore, due
to active demand upon local mines
to supplement ore obtained from
the large producers. Many iron ore
deposits which had not been work
ed for years resumed operations in
1899, and the official reports indi
cate a belief that the general im
provement in this industry probab
ly will still further encourage the
working of deposits which during
the business depression were inact
The Lake Superior region in
creased its former maximum out
dut of 13,779,308 Ions in 1898 to 17,802,
955 tons in 1899. The amount mined
from the several ranges during the
latter year were as follows: Mar
quette, 3,734,596 Menominee, 3,281,
421 Gogebic, 2,752,648 Vermilion,
1,643,984 Mesaba, 6,517,305 tons. With
the exception of Gogebic all of the
ranges in ined their maximum pro
duct in 1899.
The total value at the mines of
the iron ore produced as reported
by producers was $34,999,077 or $1.42
per long ton, an increase of 28 cents
or 24.6 per cent over the average
value of $1.14 per ton as given in
1898. The highest average value
placed on iron ore at the mines is
for the state of New Jersey, where
the expense of mining is consider
able. The lowest average cost, 90
cents per ton, was in Texas where a
portion of the iron ore is obtained
by convict labor.
FIRST IN MINERALS.
It has not been so long in several
important branches of the mineral
industry, but today the United
States unquestionably leads the
world as a general producer of min
erals. This supremacy, moreover,
increases every year, each statisti
cal review disclosing a new metal
to the fore, or a longer lead of an
old champion over its nearest rival,
or some similar phase of superior
ity. It seems perfectly clear that
the United States will long be the
foremost country of the world in
mines and minerals.
To particularize a little this gen
eral statement, reference may be
made first to our amazing progress
in the production of iron and steel.
Only ten years ago we were second
to England in this, the most import
ant branch of the mineral indus
tries. Today England is hopelessly
Never until the figures for last
year were authentically compiled,
could it have been said that the
United states led the world in the
list of coal producing countries.
But that position belongs to her
now, and seems likely to become a
permanent possession. 252,000,000
tons was our output in 1899—a ton
nage only slightly higher than that
of Great Britain. In the current
year, however, we have considera
bly surpassed our British cousins
in this field, and unless the present
outlook is altogether deceptive we
VIRGINIA, ST. LOUIS COUNTY. MINNESOTA. FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 1900.
shall increase our lead rapidly. In
this very month a steamer sails
from Philadelphia with 4,000 tons of
soft coal for the London & North
wester^ railroad—the first shipment
of coal ever made to London from
It is hard to understand how our
little planet could get along with
out American copper, as we produc
ed last year two-thirds of the world's
supply. No other country begins
to approach us in copper produc
tion. Our Lake Superior, Montana
and Arizona copper fields seem al
most inexhaustible, and our pro
duction last year of 291,000 tons will
surely be progressively exceeded in
the new century.
As for the precious metals we
cannot now claim first place in
either ^old or silver. The Nome and
other tiew Alaskan fields may re
store u£ to the first position in gold
and at jftll events we shall be at or
near thte top. As regards silver we
shall probably have to be contented
with a subordinate rank, for the
present at least, as existing condi
tions sgem distinctly to favor our
rivals ih this branch of mining.
Without citing additional instan
ces (thdugh lead and zinc are very
tempting) of our advantages over
competitors in these lines, it is suf
ficient to say that the outlook for
continued prosperitjr in the mineral
industries of the United States was
never rhore promising than it is to
day nature unlocks to us new treas
ures evei*3r 3"ear our mining
machinery, already incredibly
effective, will continue to perforin
fresh rniracles and our men of
brains and money will go on mixing
one with the other, in a widening
range $f industrial trmmphs.—Sci
lyjVKKT) A UL
Horace Andrews, formerly of this
cit}- but for some time past a resi
dent of| Two Harbors, met with a
severe Occident while shooting the
toboggan chute at O-at-ka beach on
Minnesota point, Duluth, Sundaj
last, an attempt to stand up in
his descent to the water he went
over the side, striking heavily npon
the ground. Andrews' head came
in contact with a plank, striking a
glancing blow. He was picked up
in a semi-conscious condition and
taken to St. Mary's Hospital, where
his wounds were dressed, and on
Monday he had sufficiently recov
ered to be removed to his home at
The vast work of re-opening the
Negaunee mine, says the Iron Her
ald, is progressing satisfactorily
and better progress is being made
now than at anytime since the cave
in some weeks ago. At the sand
shaft the volume of water is so re
duced that three pumps can take
care of it more easily than did six
of the same capacity four or five
weeks ago, while at the old shaft
only one pump of large size is re
quired to hold the water. There is
no further sign of settling and the
work of opening goes on with the
same system and security as if in
new ground. Superintendent Piper
is convinced that he has overcome
all unnatural difficulties and now
so thoroughly understands the con
ditions with which he is confronted
that there will be no further inter
ruption to the work of sinking and
O. H. Todd, for the past year cash
ier at the Sauntry and Alpena, on
Tuesday resigned his position and
will shortly go to Hibbing to enter
the employ of A. P. Silliman, taking
up a practical course in civil and
mining engineering. Mr. Todd was
recognized as an exceptionally effi
cient office man by the company, as
evidenced by the fact that within
the past week he was offered a lu
crative position in the auditor's
office of the American Mining com
pany's head offices in Chicago, re
fusing the offer for the purpose of
entering his new profession.
E. C. Garlick was in from Elba
Tuesday. Mr. Garlick has closed
down his exploratory work near
Elba, temporarily, and will shortly
return to his home at Cleveland for
the winter. Explorations on Mr.
Garlick's property, which adjoins
the Elba, leaves no doubt of ulti
mate results, and the work of active
development of the property will
be resumed at a later date.
Orders for removing garbage or
emptying vaults may be left at City
Drug Store or with Jacob Johnson,
1$ Cooking Bright.
C. E. Bailey Talks of the Iron
Ore Situation to a Du
PAYROLLS HOLD UP WELL.
C. E. Bailey, of Eveleth, the well
known mining man, arrived in Du
luth last evening from Minneapolis
on his way home. He takes a very
optimistic view of the outlook for
iron and steel business for the im
mediate future. In the course of a
talk with a News-Tribune reporter
on the subject he said:
"From April 1 to July 1 the mar
ket was in a waiting attitude. Pri
ces for the finished materials ruled
high and few contracts were made.
The movement of ore, however,
from Lake Superior was almost
phenomenal. In three months 9,
000,000 tons of ore were forwarded
and if the last four months of the
season witness as much more sent
forward it will be as much as I ex
pect to see unless there is a great
deal more activity in iron and steel
lines than is expected. I do not
look to see the closing weeks of the
season crowded with a large volume
of ore being sent down to Lake
Erie. I doubt if there will be any
desire to put large stocks on the
docks at the lower lakes unless the
outlook is especially encouraging.
•'The general outlook for the iron
and steel business has been decid
edly better since Aug. 1 and much
to the surprise of some men in the
business the fact that a presidential
election is near at hand does not
appear to have had any unfavorable
effect upon the situation. Prices
for finished material are now down
to a firm basis and a reasonable
margin of profit, and business has
begun to improve.
"During the past 18 months a
large amount of new and good ore
has been shown up in Minnesota.
Not all of the new ore is good, but
most of it is. The reserve of ore on
the Mesaba range is enormous,
greater than most people know of
or believe, and which ensures big
shipments for many years to
Fred Hill, of Biwabik, awaits trial
on a charge of embezzlement, with
a first-class show of expiating his
crime by spending a term in Still
water. Hill was agent for the Du
luth, Missabe & Northern railroad
and for the American Express Co.,
with which latter company his pecu
lations are said to amount to sev
eral thousand dollars. Hill came
to Biwabik from Hibbing and has
a reputation as an indefatigable
hustler for trade, but succumbed to
the iufluences of wine, women and
gambling, and found his salary in
adequate for running expenses.
BOUGHT A NEW MILL.
D. H. Moon, president of the Moon
& Kerr Lumber Co., informs The
Enterprise that on July 28th his
company closed a deal for the pur
chase of a large two band mill at
Cheboygan, lower Michigan. Re
plying to an inquiry as to future
location he said that while other
sites had been offered his company
they have entered into no negotia
tions for the removal of their plant
from this city. The rebuilding of
the mill at this point means much
to Virginia's future, the industry
furnishing employment to a large
force of well-paid men.
OPENING OF NEW TOWNSHIP.
Duluth, Minn., Aug. 18,1900.
Notice is hereby given that the
official plat of survey of Township
151 North of Range 25 West of 5th
P. M., will be opened for filing in
this office on Thursday, October
11th, 1900, at 9 o'clock a. m., and that
on and after said day we will re
ceive applications for the entry of
lands in said township.
Hereafter all garbage and kitchen
refuse must be placed in barrels in
the rear of each lot, near the alley.
The city scavenger will empty the
barrels at regular intervals.
It is urged that all yards and lots
be kept clean as possible.
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