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JOHANNESBURG, "THE QUEEN CITY OF THE RAND"
It Is the Terminus of the Rand Mining District
Railway
jm locriion for a town
Splendid Water Supply and
Milling Facilities
A DISTRIBUTING POINT
Fine Climate and Bracing
Atmosphere
ABSOLUTE TITLE TO LOTS
EXCELLENT OPENINGS FOR BUSI
NESS ENTERPRISER
One of the Greatest Gold Mining Dis
tricts in America—What the Jo
hannesburg Milling and
Water Company Has
Accomplished
As the writer recently reached the
summit of the small ridge at the head
of Butte avenue, Randsburg. equi-dls
tant from both towns and about three
quarters of a mile from each, he gazed
at the beautiful townsite of Johannes
burg for the first time and was so favor
ably impressed with the scene that he
inwardly exclaimed, "What a superb lo
cation for a town!" Nature has indeed
done her part in preparing this valley,
or plateau, for the habitation of man.
in addition to storing rich minerals in
the bowels of the earth, readily acces
sible to those who will delve therefor
with a reasonable outlay of money and
brawn, and has even stored in Mother
Earth an abundant supply of that great
desideratum—water —for mining and
domestic purposes.
Situated at an elevation of 3600 feet
above the level of the sea, and almost
surrounded by hills and mountains, the
topographical situation is unsurpassed
in picturesque beauty. The sanitation
is perfect, and the climate is excellent
on account of its elevation and being
free from the sweeping winds that occa
sionally infest the surrounding districts
that are less protected by hills and
.mountains. The climate is bracing, but
is not excessively cold in winter; neither
hot in summer, the thermometer rarely
exceeding 100 degrees in the hottest days
of the year. It is an ideal climate for
those suffering from rheumatism, asth
ma, bronchial diseases, and even con
sumption, as will he seen by a letter
from Dr. Ormsby, an accomplished
physician and surgeon of Randsburg,
which appears in the preceding article
on Randsburg.
THE JOHANNESBURG MILLING
AND WATER COMPANY
No words of praise are too great for
the enterprise of the above company
in its work of inaugurating and carry
ing through to a successful completion
the establishment of an ideal townsite;
also the kindred enterprises of water
development, milling facilities and last,
but not least, securing the construction
of twenty-eight miles of standard-gauge
railroad from Kramer, on the Atlantic
and Pacific division of the Santa Fe
Pacific to Johannesburg.
On account of the great scarcity of
water in the entire Randsburg mining
district, comprising Johannesburg and
Randsburg, a syndicate was formed by
well-known Los Angeles capitalists, to
H. L. NELSON'S REAL ESTATE OFFICE
ether with capitalists of New York and
Chicago, in November, 1«96, for the pur
pose of supplying it, and the first step
taken w as to purchase the best water
bearing lands in the district, situated in
the mountains, four and a half miles
from Johannesburg. In January, 1897,
the Johannesburg Milling and Water
company was incorporated, with the fol
lowing officers: Henry A. Darling, presi
dent; George H. Curtis, vice-president
and treasurer; George E. Pratt, secre
tary, and with a capital stock of $200,
--000, all subscribed and fully paid up.
Since last November water development
has been vigorously prosecuted, until
there is now an ample supply for the
domestic needs of the entire Rand dis
trict, also for the requirements of sev
eral stamp mills and concentrator works
and for the new railroad now approach
ing completion from Kramer. After a
thorough investigation of the water
plant—wells, pumps and reservoir—the
writer can well smile at the incredulity
of those who fear that a sufficient sup
ply for the rapidly growing require
ments of the Rand district cannot be
developed at the company's'wells, for
any one who will take the time anil
trouble to visit and carefully examine
the water plant must become, like the
writer, thoroughly convinced that the
water facilities are ample for all needs
of the district.
; Besides the purchase of water-hearing
j land, the purchase of machinery for the
I development of water, etc., the com
pany has expended many thousands of
dollars in piping water to Johannesburg
and along the principal streets; also
in laying out and Improving the town
site, erecting many substantial build
ings. Including the hotel, which cost,
with furniture and other appointments,
$11,000; the post office building, a store
building, the office building of the com
pany, a large stable building, etc. The
company has also constructed good
roads to Randsburg, St. Elmo district.
Holer and the Stringer district, and by
means of the aforesaid improvements
has induced the "Woods dry concen
trator plant, which cost $20,000, to lo
cate here, which is now in operation on
the Alameda mining company's ground.
For the same reason the substantial
and thoroughly appointed ten-stamp mill
now nearing completion and described
elsewhere, was established at this point;
also the Johannesburg sampling works
and last, but not least, the railroad from
Kramer was secured through the inde
fatigable efforts of this company.
The company have purchased all its
machinery—pipe, lumber and other ma
terials used in development work, town
improvement, etc.—so far in Los An
geles, and their enterprise has certainly
been of great benefit to that city. They
have labored under great difficulties, anil
now look forward confidently to the
fruition of their hopes. Randsburg and
Johannesburg has each Its place In the
work of building up what will ere long
be one of the best gold producing dis
tricts in the world, and the officers of the
Johannesburg Milling and Water com
pany assured the writer that they will
co-operate in every way possible with
the sister city in the effort to achieve
that end.
WATER SUPPLY
As before stated, the wells of the
Johannesburg Milling and Water com-
pany are situated four and one-half
miles northeast from Johannesburg. The
first well has a shaft S feet in diameter,
is 120 feet deep, with two drifts 30 feet
long, and 700 feet of two-inch pipe to the
reservoir. The pump is operated by a
crude petroleum engine. The second
well is about 1000 feet from No. 1, has
a seven-inch hole bored like that of
well No. 3, with a large oil boring rig
brought last spring from Summerland,
Santa Barbara county. This well is 250
feet deep, and is cased with 5%-inch
perforated casing. The water reaches
within 85 feet of the top. and has 800
feet of two-Inch pipe to the reservoir.
This well only is now used for the entire
water supply, and the pump is down 150
feet. A steam engine and boiler is used
with a Woodward pump. Well No. 3,
bored, is about 900 feet from the second
well; has a 9Vi-inch hole, 283 feet deep;
is cased with 7%-inch perforated casing.
The water is within 110 feet of the top.
There is BHO feet of 3-Inch pipe to the
reservoir, rfnd a 4-inch "Ames cylind, r
pump," with r,-inch casing, is now be
ing put in 200 feet deep, which will throw
from 150 to 100 gallons per minute. A
12 horse power Foos gasoline and dis
tillate engine is also being put in. Th >
flow of water from all the wells Is fully
10 miners' inches.
It is worthy of note that four new
Foos gasoline engines are now being
placed in this district, making a total of
eight.
The reservoir is a marvel of skillful
work—blasted out of the solid rock at an
elevation of 260 feet above the wells. It
is substantially cemented and as
phalted, and has a capacity of 30.000 gal
lons. Water Is conducted from the res
ervoir to the town and along the
principal streets, a distance of four and
one-half miles, through a 4-inch steel
pipe. The water is pure and soft, much
superior to any other obtained in the
Hand district, and is now the principal
source of supply for Randsburg and th"
entire district.
K. M. Skilling, the pioneer water deal
er of the Rand district, has two wells
in this vicinity from which water in
hauled to Randsburg.
A. F. Snow of Fresno has two wells nt
Squaw Springs, seven miles east of Jo
WOOD'S DRY CONCENTRATOR
hannesburg, from which water is hauled
by wagons.
JOHANNESBURG—ITS BUSINESS
AND IMPROVEMENTS
The townsite of Johannesburg is situ
ated on a school section, making alto
gether 200 acres. The streets are 60 feet
wide, with the exception of Broadway,
which is eighty feet wide. The streets
are all run at right angles and are ad
mirably laid out itnd graded. The lots
are 40x110 feet and arc sold from ?2. r > up.
Water is conveyed to the town in pipes
as before stated, by the Johannesburg
Milling and Water company to a central
point, and also piped along the principal
streets. The title to the townsite is
vested in the Johannesburg Milling and
Water company by a recently obtained
patent from the state of California, and
the company give a grant, bargain and
ALAMEDA MINES
sale deed to every lot; also a certificate
uf title, the same as is given to property
elsewhere in the state. Quit claim deeds
only are usually given to property in
mining districts, which do not protect the
purchaser.
Water is furnished to residents at 1
cent per gallon or 50 cents per barrel.
The fact that fresh water can be ob
tained at any time during the day is
an Important consideration from a sani
tary standpoint.
In addition to the buildings erected
by the Johannesburg Milling and Water
company already mentioned are many
others worthy of notice, including that
of (i. J. Woodward, president of tho
First National bank of Fresno, which
was built last spring. This is a substan
tial structure 40x60 feet, which has sev
eral storerooms and a corner designed
for a bank. Under the bank building Is
a very heavy cement and granite foun
dation. As w ill be seen under "Needs."
a bank would pay well in Johannesburg.
The Hotel Johannesburg cost, includ
ing the furniture. $11,000. The furniture
and appointments cost fully $4000. It is
a substantially built structure, 60x100
feet, two stories in height and is sur
rounded on two sides by a wide veranda
anil porch. It has thirty-six large rooms,
including an office 24x24, a commodious
ladle*' parlor with elegant piano, a bar
and billiard room, an elegant dining
room that will seat 100 persons. The
furniture throughout the blulding is
first- class and the appointments up to
date in every respect, including electric
bells In every room. In the kitchen, pre
sided over by an accomplished "chef,"
is a French range that cost $.100. All the
room walls are nicely decorated and
there is an air of comfort pervading the
whole building that makes the guests
feel at home. Water Is piped into the ho
tel and ample protection is afforded in
case of fire by fire hydrants and extin
guishers. A large "Hosier" safe gives
ample security to valuables. H. W.
Squires is the proprietor and Mrs. 11.
1.. Squires, formerly of the Windsor ho
tel, Redlands, and an experienced hotel
keeper, is the manager.
A commodious music hall, the Monte
Carlo, 30x60 feet, was opened last week
and entertainments will be furnished
every night in a short time
The Val Verde hotel and Phillips' res
taurant are commodious buildings, also
the Miners' home. The Pioneer Lumber
company and the Desert Lumber com
pany also have' buildings in connection
with their yards.
The Johannesburg Sampling works,
Charles It. Wores, proprietor, is a val
uable enterprise for this district. This
is a branch of the Tucson Sampling
works, where Mr. Worcs has been en
gaged for many years in that line of
business. It is a great advantage to the
entire Hand district to have a thorough
ly equipped plant for sampling ores so
conveniently located.
The Johannesburg Reduction works,
owned by Messrs. Montgomery, Hicks
& Griffith of Los Angeles, Is now being
LOS ANGELES HERALD: SUNDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 31, J897
erected in the town. The 10-stamp mill
is one of Llewellyn Pros.' (Los Angeles)
manufacture, and has an Bxl2 Blake
crusher, a 20 and an 8 horse power gaso
line engine. The foundation is very
substantially built in stone and con
crete. The battery timbers alone weigh
30,000 pounds. The capacity of the
mill will be 30 tons of ore per day and
it will be In operation by Nov. 10. Wa
ter will be furnished by the Johannes
burg Milling & Water Company, and
it is expected that at least 30.000 gallons
per day will be used from the start.
Johannesburg has a postofflce, West
ern I'nion and Postal telegraph offices,
a telephone line from Mojave and inter
mediate points; also a telephone ex
change with Randsburg, two general
merchandise stores, one real estate of
fice, one stationery and variety store,
one billiard and pool room, several sa
loons, a music hall, four hotels, one
lunch counter, two laundries, two lum
ber yards, two livery stables, several
dealers in hay and grain, one barber
shop, one delicacy store, one notary
and one attorney-at-law.
Johannesburg needs a church (flour
ishing Sunday school already estab-
I lished), a blacksmith shop, tin shop, a
large general merchandise store, coal
yard, drug store, physician and surgeon,
bank, ice factory (plenty of pure water
here), a shoe shop, tailor simp, painter,
carpenter and last but not least, a news
paper.
Stages run twice daily to and from
Mojave and once a day to and from
Kramer.
RANDSBURG RAILWAY COMPANY
This railroad company was incorpor
ated a few months ago to construct a
railroad from Kramer on the Atlantic
and Pacific division of the Santa Fesys
tem to this district. A. A. Dattgherty,
the president, went east and completed
arrangements for building the road be
i fore the town of Johannesburg was
started. The Johannesburg Milling
j and Water company offered such favor
able Inducements to the railroad com
pany that a contract was made last
-May. making Johannesburg the termi
nal point. Many unforeseen delays have
occurred since then, but tin- contract
for building the road (28 miles in length)
was finally made last month, to be com
pleted to Johannesburg by Nov. 2:,, the
contractors to incur a heavy forfeit if
not completed by that date About 12
miles has been graded to this date (Oct.
27) and about six miles of track laid.
This railroad is said to be simply a con
necting link between the San Joaquin
Valley railroad and the Santa Fe system
by many who assume to have good au
thority for that assumption. Rut. in
any case, the completion of the railroad
to the Rand district will mark a new
era in its history, an era of progress
and development undreamed of by its
most sanguine advocates.
REAL ESTATE AND MINING IN
VESTMENTS
In a rapidly growing mining district
such as the Hand is and will be, and in a
town that is destined to grow probably
faster than any other in Southern Cali
fornia during the next year or two, it i 3
important to know who is a re liable real
estate and mining broker. 11. 1.. Nelson
is one of the pioneers of the district in
those lines and is as well informed on all
land and mining matters to say the
least as any man in the district. His
main office is in Johannesburg, a cut of
which appears elsewhere. He also has
an office in Randsburg, where he has a
cabinet tilled with a great variety of ore
specimens from the Rand district.
THE RANDSBURG GOLD MINING,
MILLING AND WATER SUPPLY
COMPANY
This company owns seven full mining
claims, three of which, known as th >
Val Verde group, are situated just norm
of Johannesburg, which is the center of
REEDLEY GROUP, VAL VERDE,
DISTANT ONE-QUARTER MILE
a. very rich gold producing section, and
in the same mineral belt in which we find
the Rand, Kinyon, Wedge, Butte and
King Solomon mines. The other claims,
La Monte, Zephyr, Luna and Solar, fa
miliarly known as the La Monte group,
are in the Stranger district and contig
uous to the Merced, Napoleon and Gold
Coin mines, lying about midway be
tween the two last named. Active work
of exploitation is now being done on ali
these properties and immense bodies of
ore are being blocked out in readiness
for milling, when proper facilities are
obtained. This company at the present
time has the Ophlr mill at Cuddebaek
lake under lease, and keeps it employed
night and day. The capacity of this mill
is very small (five stamps) and being
twelve miles from the mines, the expense
of hauling is so great that only high
grade ore can be handled at this point.
It is the purpose of the company to erect
a large mill upon the Val Verde prop
erty as soon as arrangements can be
perfected. The work of development
upon the Val Verde mine shows a de-
) termination on the part of the manage
? ment to probe deep for the hidden treas
ure, and the success attending their cf
,• forts is certainly very gratifying. Shaft
- No. lis down 250 feet on the pitch of the
l vein, which, starting at three and a half
8 at the surface, is now over seven
1 feet at the bottom of the shaft. Drifts
- in both directions along the vein on the
• 100 foot level, as seen by the writer, show
1 large bodies of ore, swelling at times to
? fully fifteen feet from wall to wall. At
the lower workings, a view of which is
. given on this page, there are three shafts
, respectively thirty feet, forty feet and
. fifty feet deep.the last, intended for main
. working shaft, is now being pushed with
I night and day shifts. At this place the
ledge has been breasted for a distance
, of about sixty feet, showing a vast de
. posit of ore running from eight feet to
• twelve feet thick and averaging in value
. from $10 to $20 per ton, with rich streaks,
I sometimes on the foot wall and some
• times on the hanging wall that will run
up in the hundreds of dollars per ton.
It is safe to say that on this property
there is now blocked out from 4000 to 5000
tons of ore that, with proper milling fa
cilities on the ground, could be worked
at a very handsome profit. It is of this
property that Ben Thayer, the celebrat
ed expert of the Hearst estate, after a
thorough examination of the workings
and the strong dyke movements appa
rent upon the surface, made the remark:
I "Here is a property that will be heard of;
; this ledge will go down."
The La Monte mine produces high
grade ore running from $100 to $200 per
j ton in value. On this mine there arc
' three shafts all in ore. the deepest be
ing SB foot. Most of this work has been
done by men who have leased privileges
i from the company, and it is of record
, that two men named Johnson nad Hoi
comb, while winking under a lease in
sinking a shaft 35 feet deep took out
$2100, making a net profit of $1600 after
[ paying royalty and milling charges,
and this in a period of less than forty
! days. This was indeed a Klondike stake,
as both left at once for the new gol
| conda of the frozen north, This com
j pany is Incorporated under the laws of
Colorado with 2.000,000 shares of stock
| with par value of $1 per share. The
[ main office is in Los Angeles, C. A.
Burcham is president, J. S. Wilde sec
retary, and John C. Quinn superintend
ent,
THE REEDLEY nnoi'P
Immediately west of the Yal Verde
group and in the same mineral licit, or I
zone, is the Reedley group, consisting'
of the Reedley, Ruby, Inca, Provo, Iz
tec and Oro Cash. These properties
were purchased several months ago by
J. Wilson, an experienced miner who
came from Humboldt county. Nevada,
to Randsburg, last March. The writer
having heard that this group is consid
ered by expert mineralogists to lie equal
in prospective value at least to the Val
Verde property a careful investigation
of these claims was made by him, ac
companied by two experts. The verdict
was unanimous, that not only is (here
a large body of uniformly good ore in
SCENE AT VAL VERDE MINE
sight, but moreover, that it will unques
tionably run about $25 per ton, free mill
ing gold, on an average.
Tne Reedley mine has a vertical shaft
of the depth of 20 feet, thence an incline
shaft on the lead to the depth of 75
feet from the surface. The ledge will
average from 2U to 3 feet in width and
the ore averages from $20 to $30.
The Ruby, adjoining the Reedley on
the side lines is another very promising
mine. It has an incline shaft 45 feet
in depth on the lead, distant 60 feet from
tho Reedley shaft. The ledge in this
shaft will average 4 feet in width from
top to bottom, and will run fully $25 per
ton. This- shute of ore should produce
about 2000 tons, or more, according to
actual measurements made by experts.
As will be seen by annexed cut, there
are four other good claims in this
group, all on the same lead, but upon
which only a small amount of work has
been done.
Mr. Wilson may be congratulated up
on hoving valuable properties in this
group and which will unquestionably
prove good producers. If he ever sells
the claims they certainly ought to com
mand a high figure.
GEORGE COOK MINE
Adjoining the Val Verde group on the
north is the above, owned by Fred B.
Dexter and E. N. Baker. The shaft is
down 65 feet on the same ledge as the
Val Verde and following the course of
lode line through three feet of ore. They
have 292 tons of ore on the dump which,
by mill and sampling works tests in 500
pound lots, shows a value of from $18
to $20.
THE ALAMEDA MINES
This valuable property, comprising
the Alameda and the Jolly Girl, adjoins
the townsite of Johannesburg on the
east. It is upon this property that the
big Wood automatic dry concentrator
plant and ore crusher is situated, and
which it is confidently believed will work
a revolution in gold mining throughout
the country. It is reported that the
Alameda company contemplates pur
chasing the above plant when fully con
vinced of its adaptability to their needs.
The above two claims were located
in 1896 by the Ashford brothers, present
owners of the King Solomon group.
The present company was incorporated
Sept. 1, 1897, with a capital stock of
$500,000, divided into 500,000 shares of $1
each, all of which was taken up by the
partners. The officers of the company
are as follows: J. W. Hagesdale, presi
dent; K. Hamilton Sim, vice-president;
William Sim, treasurer; George W. Mc
pherson, secretary, and William H. Mc-
Ewen, superintendent.
The principal work now being done
is on shaft No. 3, which runs on an in
cline to a depth of 130 feet, where the
ledge straightens up thence 15 feet, on
|an angle of 45 degrees. The ledge is 34
| feet wide at the 145-foot depth, has well
I denned walls of porphyry and syenite,
! and good talc gouge. The ore mills on
an average $20 to the ton. From the 80
--foot level there is a drift of 25 feet in
I length (running earterly toward shaft
| No. 1), which has similar walls and an
| 18-inch ledge of high grade ore, milling
| $75. The bulk of the ore taken out of
| this shaft and drift is stock plied (about
jSO tons) on the dump awaiting comple
j tion of the above mentioned Wood con
| centrator. Ten tons of ore from this
I shaft was just being shipped to Cudde-
I back lake mill, when the writer went
through the mines, and about the same
quantity will be shipped each week until
the dry concentrator and crusher are
in operation. ,
Shaft No. 1, where a rich strike was
made some months ago, is down 100 feet
by incline shaft at an angle of 45 de
: grees. This shaft is now being worked,
although in a large body of medium
j quality ore the company deeming it best
JOHANNESBURG MILLING AND WATER COMPANY'S OFFICE
to push development in shafts Nos. 2 and
3. Shaft No. 2 is about 60 feet west of
shaft No. 3, is down 90 feet, and Is in
good ore, similar to that of shaft No. 3,
above described.
The Jolly Girl, adjoining the Alameda
mine on the north, has a 50-foot shaft
just completed and promises, from pres
ent indications, to become as good a
property as the Alameda.
The company contemplates adding a
gasoline hoist engine to their plant in
a short time, and to reduce the ores from
the various shafts and drifts in the
Wood concentrator and crusher. These
two claims are unquestionably destined
to become great gold producers.
WOOD'S AUTOMATIC DRY CON
CENTRATOR
As stated above, this plant is situ
ated on the Alameda company's ground.
It is claimed to be an improvement on
all other concentrators, the fundament
al basis of the invention being (as F. W.
AVood, the Ingenious inventor describes
It) the reaction of the vibration of air or
"the wave motion." The great advan
tage claimed by Mr. Wood is that it will
save a large percentage of concen
trates than are saved by any other
known process. The many tests made,
commencing with the one made in Los
Angeles several months ago and wit
nessed by the writer, have been so uni
formly and completely satisfactory that
reference thereto in detail is unneces
sary. The machines now being man
ufactured have a capacity of fifteen tons
of ore each per day of twenty-four hours
and can be operated with one-eighth
the power used in other machines to ac
complish the same results, making it
HOTEL JOHANNESBURG
one of the cheapest, if not the cheapest,
concentrators in America. Where
mines are situated a long distance from
a mill, smelter or cyanide plant, and
where water is scarce, this concentrator
is invaluable and it will be a great factor
In the development of such mining
property. The number of tons of ore
that can be concentrated into one ton
by the Wood process is, of course, de
pendent on the proportion of concen
trates in the ore. In some cases thirty
tons of ore have been reduced to one
ton by this machine, which is a remark
able showing. Base ores are success
fully handled as well us free-milling
ores. The concentrates can be extracted
from the base ores on the spot where
they are mined, thereby avoiding the
cost of transportation on the unproduc
tlve part of the ore. In con
nection with the Wood concen
trator is a quartz crusher, which also
has a very important advantage in a
dry country, as all the water necessary
to run a plant of this kind, with a capac
ity of thirty tons per day, Is about one
ordinary barrel, using a gasoline engine.
The necessary power to crush and con
centrate the ore In this plant is fur
nished by one 25-horse power. The
crusher Is not giving perfect satisfac
tion, and is another man's invention,
hence Mr. Wood is investigating the
merits ot other crushers and is confident
that he will soon have the crushing de
partment in as successful working order
as the concentrator.
Those associated with Mr. Wood In the
j ownership of the Invention and ma
i chines are J. M. Hale of the firm of J. M.
I Hale & Co. of Los Angeles, Frank Colo,
I William Glore and C. C. Gibbons. Mr.
Wood comes from New Haven, Conn.,
and has devoted almost his entire life
from early boyhood to the invention of
automatic machinery. He is the Inventor
ef a pin machine thaS makes the pin,
puts It in the paper, folds the paper and
prints the name of the firm on the back
of the fold. He is a man of considerable
means, and has for a number of years
past regularly spent his winters in
Southern California. He claims that hfci
invention of this automatic concentrator
is the most valuable of any he is the
author of. His friends claim for him
that he can do by machinery anything
that can he done by band.
JOHANNESBURG- GOLD MINING
COMPANY
This company was recently incorpor
ated with a capital stock of 1,000,000
shares of a par value of $1 each, for the
purpose of operating mines in the Rand
district. They have secured a group of
four contiguous claims adjoining the Al
ameda mine and the townsite of Johan
nesburg. These claims are the Monto
Cristo, Alameda No. 2, Golden Wedge
and Croesus. Their close proximity to
such prominent mining properties as the
Alameda and Val Verde, which are
known to have Immense depoists of rich
gold-bearing ore, gives the new com
pany a great advantage from the start.
Folowlng are the officers of the com
pany: H. J. Woollacott, president (the
well-known banker of Los Angeles); C.
L. Hanson (capitalist of Los Angeles),
vice-president; Warren Gillelen, treas
urer UUeMJont of tho DiuoJwoj UUIIK,
Los Angeles), <JW -««t*a -am». v
OTHER JOHANNESBURG MINES
The William J. Bryan group is east by
north of the Val Verde mines and com
prises the following: William J. Bryan,
Algonquin, Gotham and Eclipse. The
William J. Bryan is the only claim on
which development work has been done.
It has a stringer ledge In SB-foot shaft;
also 55-foot shaft and drift of 150 feet.
Fourteen tons of ore have been milled
to date, which netted $ISOO. Sam J.
Montgomery and others are the owners.
The King Solomon group, lncorpoi- l
-ated as the Ashford Mining company,
adjoins the Butte mine on the east. This
group consists of five claims, the cen
tral and principal one of which is the
King Solomon. This has a main shaft
270 feet deep on foot wall, another 250
feet deep on hanging wall at the bottom,
100 feet distant from shaft No. 1. A
thirdshafthasalOO-foot drift connecting
with shaft No. 1 at the 20 and 100-foot
levels. There is also 300 to 400 feet of
drifting elsewhere at above levels. There
is another shaft at the west end 35 feet
deep, and many others from 10 to 60 feet
each, but only one of latter depth. The
ore mills $100 to the ton, and is very uni
form in grade.
Another shaft is now being sunk on
the King Solomon 270 feet deep, and one
on the Magpie 60 feet deep at this writ
ing; another 25 feet deep so far on the
Hector. There are also tunnels 127 and
240 feet long on these claims. The ore
is hauled up by a gasoline engine hoist,
and is milled at Cuddeback Lake mill.
The Camperdown adjoins the Val
Verde on the east, has shaft over 100
feet deep. Messrs. Colson & Irwin are
the owners.
The Golden Bar and Right Hand
Bower adjoin the Alameda mine on the
east; they have two shafts, each 120 and
40 feet; 80 feet in drifts, and a 3-foot
ledge. The ore averages about $17, of
which there is 100 tons on the dump.
These claims are ow ned by 11. L. Hollls,
a mining engineer of Chicago, and Geo.
H. Curtis, vice president and treasurer
of the Johannesburg Milling and Water
company.
The Juanita is north of and adjoining
the King Solomon group. It has a 60.
--foot shaft and a good ledge, with a six
inch pay streak. J. R. Parker is the
owner.
THE HERALD AT JOHANNESBURG
The Herald will be delivered in town
on appication to W. H. Roworth, agent.
J. MILLS DAVIES.

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