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vm , V„ 42 Goldfield New., vd io. No. 4o. GOLDFIELD. NEVADA. SATURDAY. JANUARY 17. 1914. PRICE TEN CENTS ' ’ Goidfldd Weekly Tribune. Vol 7. No. 40.____ SUNSET COMPANY MAY ERECT MILL STOCKHOLDERS EXPECTED TO AUTHORIZE BUILDING OF REDUCTION PLAITT The annual meeting of stockhold ers of the Sunset Mining and Devel opment company will be held in San Francisco on January 21, when the question of the immediate erection of a mill will be considered and it is generally believed that a decision will be reached to proceed at once with the construction of a plant of at least 2000 tons monthly capacity. This mill, according to present plans, will be erected near the portal of the Tramp Consolidated tunnel, through which the ore will be trammed from the Tramp shaft and from other workings in the proper ties comprising the merger. During a recent visit in the east E. S. Van Dyck, president and man ager of the company, took up the matter of mill construction with a number of the principal stockholders, who expressed themselves as favoring the plan to begin, as soon as possible, treating the large tonnage of low grade mill ore that is already ex posed on the property. Exhaustive tests of the ore by assay and mill runs have led the management to believe that the product can be han dled at a total cost, for mining and milling, of $3 per ton. The ore Is free-milling throughout and can be mined at an exceedingly low cost. Development work is now in prog ress and the main Tramp tunnel is being driven to connect with the old workings of the Denver Bullfrog Aa nex, in which large quantities of mill ore have been developed. An inter mediate level has been established on the Hobo vein, at a depth of 265 feet, and the vein is shown to be of large size. Drifts are being extended both ways on the vein, showing ore for the full width of the drifts of an average value varying from $4 to $6 per ton. The extent of the vein matter has not been determined by cross cuts. Development work performed during the past year has resulted in adding 25,000 tons of pay ore to the reserves, according to the estimates of the company’s engineers. E. T. Hager is the engineer in charge of operations. -« PIONEER CON. IS MAKING SUCCESS RECENT CLEAN-UP OF MILL SAID TO HAVE YIELDED GOOD RETURNS Mining and milling operations of the Pioneer Consolidated company are progressing in a most satisfac tory manner and gratifying results were obtained in the recent clean-up of the cyanide department at the mill and in retorting the product for shipment in the new furnace plant. The company has developed an am ple supply of water at its springs, from which the water is conveyed through a pipe line to the mill, and everything about the plant is work ing smoothly, with the assurance that there can be no hitch or inter ruption in its successful operation. The mine is in better condition than at any time in the past and Su perintendent Bryan has been adding constantly to the visible ore reserves, having placed over 1000 tons in sight in advance of mill requirements dur ing the past few weeks. The ore is being followed downward and ap pears stronger and of better grade as depth is attained and it is esti mated that there is an ample supply of excellent mill ore to occupy the mill, at full capacity, for nearly two years to come. The property is now on a profit-earning basis and is con dition to continue earning money in definitely. President W. J. Tobin is expected in Goldfield shortly. ORE OF GOOD GRADE FROM THE LACY CAMP A shipment of 19 tons of ore Has been made recently from a property in the Lone Mountain district, now being operated by J. E. Lucy, and the ore is said to have made a net re turn of $32.95 per ton. It is said that a body of ore of good size is showing in the breast of a drift and that tiiiB ore has yielded average assays around $59 per ton, while assays as high as $260 per ton have been obtained on the property. The ore has been shipped to the sam pler of the Western Ore Purchasing company. DIAMONDFIKLD LEASES Lessees are active in the Diamond field part of the district and some good ore is being shipped from the Coldfield Belmont property. SILVER PICK IS PREPARING SUMP • ■ SHAFT IS STILL IX HIG LEDGE THAT SHOWS FINK-LOOK ING QUARTZ Preparations are now being made to cut a station in the main shaft of the Silver Ptrv Consolidated prop erty and a sump is now being pre pared for this purpose, extending be low a depth of 500 feet. The new level will be established at a depth of 485 feet and extensive lateral work will be conducted on this level, to open up and explore the great vein penetrated by the shaft. For a dis j tance of over 80 feet the shaft has j been in this vein and has not yet ! reached the foot-wall. I This vein is composed of quartz of excellent quality, in which is found the talc and siliceous matter that characterizes the best ore deposits of the Goldfield district. Average as says across the width of the shaft, taken at frequent intervals in sink ing, have varied from $2 to $10 per ton. The strike of the vein is ap parently east of north and this is plainly a part of the main north south vein system that traveses the property. On the 2 70-foot level a large cross fissure was penetrated and it is known that there are several other cross veins in this territory, but none of the work has yet reached the point where it has opened up or explored (Continued from page five) MANHATTAN PROSPERITY SEEMS ASSURED DURING IURRENT YEAR _ . .. _2*_ _ _ The Manhattan district gives prom ise of becoming one of the important gold bullion . producers of the state during the current year, but opera tions at a number of the foremost properties are held up pending the conclusion of negotiations that are now being conducted, and appear certain of consummation, and that will bring together, under a common operating head, several of the most promising properties in the district. Manhattan had an incipient boom, and a false start, before the San Francisco earthquake, and it has re quired a long time and more than the normal amount of development work and ore exposures to overcome the handicap of a collapsed over promotion. Since the boom times the district has been develope along scientific lines and a sufficient tonnage of mill ore has been exposed to insure the success of mining operations, if con ducted on a miner-like and business like basis. Manhattan has been purged of all suggest’on of wild-cat mining and while the average value of the ore mined hereafter may be below that of other camps, operating costs will certainly be corresj>onding ly low and a profit can be realized from a very low-grade product. In connection with the report of the Manhattan paper, to the effect that the contemplated Big Four deal, so-called, merging this property with ethers of the best known claims in Manhattan, has been consummated, Mr. L. K. Koontz, president of the Big Four company, has given the fulhcst assurance to the Goldfield News and Tribune that no such deal has been concluded and that negotia tions are still pending. The wildest reports have come from Manhattan and Boston, regard ing this proposed deal and regarding the reports that would eventually be issued by the engineers who have reported on the properties. The only authentic reports, so far as can be learned from the management, have appeared in the columns of the Gald field News and Tribune. Following are excerpts from the Manhattan Post, outlining some of the present activities in the district: The Mushett - Wittenberg leases on the Big Pine and Dexter are making a very promising showing of late. The glory-hole work on the Big Pine seems to have no trouble in keeping the mill going, and as soon as the roads become in better shape bo that the transportation posts can bo cached, the operation of the Big Pine glory-hole will show similar working costs with the Keilly Fraction work. The new ore recently opened up in the Union Nine lease is still in its preliminary stage, considerable timbering and filling being essential before stoping operations could be prosecuted to any extent. The show’ (Continued on Page Eight.) VERNAL DRIVING TO RICH DEPOSIT LOW GRADE MATERIAL IS SHOW IN MAIN DRIFT ON 200 LEVEL On the 200-foot level of the Ver nal property. In the Diamond held part of the district, the main drift is being extended to cut the ore shoot that was followed to a depth of nearly 160 feet by a winze from the 100-foot level and for the past 90 feet low-grade ore has been show ing in this drift, the average value across the face of the drift being around $5 per ton. In this vein are , seams of better material but there has been no effort by the manage ment to sort any of the material | hoisted or to follow or prospect any of the better seams, as every effort is being devoted to reaching the ore shoot, which is the objective point for which the drift is being driven. It is expected that it will require nearly 100 feet of driving to reach the ore-shoot and the point under the winze where a raise will be start ed to connect with the winze. A grab sample of the ore in sight in the bottom of the winze assayed about $200 per ton and the rich ore varied in width at that point from one to three feet, the rich materia! being contained in a vein of large dimensions. The most recent ship ment of ore from this vein returned over $90 per ton. REVIEW OF MINING OPERATIONS IN GOLDFIELD DISTRICT There has been no notable change In the progress of mining operations in the Goldfield district during the past week, but at several points in mine workings the results have been gratifying and a 'better quality of ore is reported on two or three proper ties. Development is making good progress in a dozen or more of the most promising mines and there can be no doubt thai orebodies of great value will be discovered and mined with further opening up of the great vein system that traverses the cen tral portion of the district. Some of the outside properties are also making an excellent showing, with every indication that they will join the list of producing mines in the near future. During the past ! few months development work, on an exhaustive scale, has been started at a number of places in the district and in almost every instance the re sults have been most satisfactory. The area of proved ore-bearing ter ritory extends from a point four miles west of the town of Goldfield to the Red Mountain country, nine miles east of camp, and from the Vernal property, north of Diamond field, to the Yellow Tiger, some six miles south of the Diamondfield Black Butte. While only a comparatively small part of this great territory has pro duced ore of commercial grade, lit tle of it has been thoroughly pros pected and at a large number of points good ore lias been found in small quantity, leading to the belief that large deposits of low-grade ma terial exist that will eventually, with j better milling facilities, be treated at a profit. Several of the mines in j which development has been pro gressing for months past are now apparently nearing the producing stage and with the advent of a sin j gle producer of importance there can be no doubt that Goldfield will wit ness a revival of activity that will I be a reminder of the old boom days. Goldfield Consolidated The usual large production con tinues to come from the mines of the Goldfield Consolidated company and regular shipments of bullion ingots are sent to the branch United States mint at Denver. The company has also shipped quantities of smelting ore, mined on the deepest levels of the Clermont, Grizzly Bear and La guna mines, this ore carrying copper and silver and being unsuited for ereatment, with the highest possible recovery, by the processes employed in the company’s 100-stamp mill on Columbia Mountain. While the ore treated by the Con solidated company is not of as high average value as formerly, operating costs have been materially reduced and the net profits of the company have averaged from considerably over $150,000 to around $200,000 monthly for some time past, a record that has been equalled by few min ing companies in this or any other country, and it is believed that divi dends will continue to be paid for a long time to come. The dividends already paid to stockholders by this company have exceeded $2G,000,000 and only a comparatively small por tion of the company’s large property has been explored up to the present time. The fact that ore of excellent grade has been exposed almost con tinuously to a depth of 1400 feet opens unlimited possibilities for the development of new orebodies in vir gin ground and at greater depth. Atlanta Mines Company Active development is now in pro gress at a depth of 1750 feet in the ground of the Atlanta Mines com pany and it has been reported late ly, cn the highest authority, that the cross-cut at this depth has gone out of the shale, the basic formation of the district, and has penetrated latite, in which the greatest ore de posits of the deep mines have been developed. No ore of commercial grade has yet been exposed in the progress of this work but the forma tion is favorable for the occurrence of ore and the present showing is regarded by the management and others as most encouraging. The cross-cut on the 1 750-foot level is to be continued to explore this terri tory and in the event that pay ore is found it is probable that a raise will be driven to connect with one of the deepest shafts on the Atlanta, in order to provide a central and eco OUTLINE OF MINING OPERATIONS IN NEVADA SHOWN IN A REVIEW — The following review of mining co tiviue.' In Nevada during the veer 1913, | ublisned by Engineerir.; 0. Mining Journa', is far from complete out a If or Is an idea of the va.it x tetu of operations in the state Nevada occupies an important po sition among the mining states of ‘.lie Union, and during the last year prog ress ha- been at a rate consistent with its best traditions. There i>re many important camps within the state, some of the most famous and older ones and some that are ex pected to be famous in the future. Manhattan had a fairly active year, about one-fifth of the production be ing from placer operations. The gen eral trend is toward mining low-grade ores on a larger scale. The most important operators were the Man hattan White Caps Mining company, the Big Four Mining company, the Riley Fraction, the Wittenberg & Mushett operations on the Big Pine and Mayflower claims, and the opera tions of Mr. Brady and associates on the Union No. 9, the Jumping Jack and the Earl claims. Most of these properties are operating on free-gold ore. The latter part of the year was quiet owing to pending negotiations for the consolidation of several properties. The treatment of the low-grade orebodies offers thei best field at present, and it is ex pected that these will be exploited in 1914. The Pittsburgh Silver Peak Gold Mining company continues to be the largest producer in the Silver Peak and Red Mountain distrists. The com pany milled about 15,000 tons month ly in its 120-stamp mill and cyanide plant at Blair. There were one or two small “excitements” during the year, but nothing of importance was opened. At Lucky Boy, seven miles south west of Hawthorne, a long drainage and exploration tunnel was under construction in 1913, and about 2000 of the 5700 feet calculated as neces sary to drain the Mountain King workings, was completed. Much water was encountered about the middle of October, and driving was temporarily abandoned, though It was resumed later in the year. The Excelsior Copper Mining company continued the development of its claims at Whiskey Flat. At Aurora, the Aurora Consoli dated Mines company began to build a 500-ton cyanide plant that is to be completed in April, 1014. This company owns about half the prop erty in this district and Is driving a drainage tunnel to tap the vein at 300-foot depth. At Buckhorn, the Buckhorn Mine3 company erected a 350-ton mill and cyanide plant, and the Cortez Mining & Reduction company erected a 30 ton silver-lead concentrator mill at Mill canyon, about four miles from Buckhorn. The United Smelting, Refining & Mining company continued develop ment in a small way at its Rich mond-Eureka property, pending the settlement of its suit with the Eure l;n-Nevada railroad for a reasonable rate. In Goldfield, the Consolidated com pany operated throughout 1913 with only slight interruptions, opera tions being curtailed in April to make changes in the filter plant. The pro duction for the year will amount to about 350,000 tons, and the profit to about $3,000,000. It seems that this profit, however, was made in the first quarter, during which the ore treated averaged $21. The grade of the ore treated in the last three quar ters of the year was much lower, the monthly p'oflt averaging less than $200,0 00. The cost per ton was re duced from about $7 at the beginning of the year to slightly over $6 for the latter months. Albert Burcli was appointed manager, succeeding .1. F. Thorn, who went to Salvador. Rochester and Others The most important developments were in the White Cloud mining dis trict, Copper Kettle, Table Moun fContinued an Page Eight.) nomical point for the company’s work. Goldfield Merger Mines Operations of the Merger Mines company continue along establish ed lines, with development pro gressing on the 1750 and 1330-foot levels, from the main or St. Ives shaft. Connection has been made from this shaft, on the 1330-foot level, with the workings of the Griz zly Bear mine of the Goldfield Con solidated, adjoining on the west, and in this work the main vein was cut and was shown to be fifty feet wide and highly mineralized. Seams of good ore, opened on this level, have been prospected by drifts and raises and at present the company Is ex ploring, on the 1 750-foot level, the fissured and broken ground that was exposed in sinking the main shaft. Florence Goldfield Mine Shipments of milling ore of excel lent grade are now being sent to the Millers sampler of the Western Ore Purchasing company from the Flo rence mine at the rate of fifty tons daily and it is reliably reported that the mining company is realizing a good revenue from these shipments. Ore is being broken by two or three machine drills, on at least two levels, and other air drills are being em ployed in development work in new ground. The best ore shipped of late has come from virgin territory, south of the shaft and at a depth of about GOO feet, near the big dike that cuts through tlie Florence hill and that has been thought to mark the southern limit of the main >re zone. Good ore has also been con ing from the drifts some S00 feet north of the main shaft, near the old Baby-Florence No. 2 lease workings. .1 ii ill lx» Extension <>|M*rat ions Recent developments on the prop erty of the Jumbo Extension com pany are reported to have yielded gratifying results and the grade of ore shipped to the leased mill at Bon nie Clare is said to have shown a decided improvement while ship ments of high-grade ore have been sent to the sampler of the Western Gre Purchasing company at Millers. The latest shipments of the higher grade material returned about $92 per ton and it is said that there is a considerable quantity of this char acter of ore in sight in the mine workings. The mill is reported to be working successfully and steps are to be taken to increase its efficiency. E. S. Van Dyck and some of his asso ciates have resigned from the board of directors, though Mr. Van Dyck remains in the capacity of general manager,- and the control of the property has been assumed by Charles S. Sprague of Goldfield, with Harry Schwaikert and J. K. Turner also on the directorate. Reorganized Blue Bull Drifts are being driven on the strong vein opened on the 500-foot level of the Blue Bull property and the management reports that the ore continues to make a good showing in both drifts. A cross-cut is being driven to the east on the 700-foot (Continued on Page Four) JUMBO EX. IS ON X PAYING BXSIS CONDITIONS ARB OUTLINED IN A CIRCULAR LETTER ISSUED BY MANAGER E. S. Van Dyck, formerly presi dent of the Jumbo Extension Mining company and who is still acting as general manager for that company, has 'been in Goldfield during the week and stated to the Goldfield News and Tribune, in an interview, that he had reached the decision to resign from the directorate and head of the company owing to the neces sity for his devoting more of his time to other enterprises and that he had deferred this action until the company had been placed upon a profit-earning basis. It now appears certain, said Mr. Van Dyck, that the Jumbo Extension is on a successful operating basis and that good profits are assured for a long time. He said that he had selected Charles S. Sprague and his associates to succeed him in the con trol of the company's affairs in the balief that they are best able to con duct the business to the best inter ests of the stockholders. In a cir cular letter that Mr. Van Dyck is sending out to the stockholders of the Jumbo Extension company, he says: “This is to advise you that 1 have resigned from the hoard of directors of the Jumbo Extension Mining com pany, but for a time will continue to act as general manager. Do not as sume that, in taking this step, 1 aiu abandoning a sinking ship, for such is not by any means the case. The darkest, days of the company have passed and since July, 1D1 :i, it has been operating at a steadily increas ing profit. The net for December was more than the total profit for ’ the preceding five months. “Since the day I first assumed the management of the company, I have been following a systematic plan of development and operation. The problems which confronted us were 1 many and difficult, hut a successful conclusion has at last been reached. The vagaries of our orebodies have been pretty well cleared up and the (Continued from page five) ---—« UNITY CLUB HAS GREAT MEETING “GET - TOGETHER” MOVEMENT TAKES FORM IN EFFECTING ORGANIZATION The first called meeting of the Goldfield I'niiy club, an organiza tion formed for the purpose of bring ing into closer business and social relations all elements in the Gold field district, was held at the Hippo drome on Thursday evening and in spite of inclement weather the large theater was crowded. Throughout the evening the keenest interest was manifested in the proceedings, which took the form of perfecting a per manent organization, adopting a con stitution and by-laws and electing a board of directors. The meeting was presided over by W. 1). Hatton, with Robert Scruby acting as temporary secretary and the following well-known Goldfield men were chosen by ballot to be members of the board of directors: Albert Uurch, Elmer King, Ur. J. L. McCarthy, J. K. Milne, Michael Can non, William Reid, William lJallan tyue and A. W. Honsigner, with Richard Pooley and J. A. Cody tied for ninth place on the list. The board will holtl a meeting shortly and will issue a call for a meeting under the permanent organization. It is ex pected that much good will accrue to the camp from this organization and that club quarters will be secured without delay. OltK IS DKVKIiOPKI) l\ TALMAUK UROll* WORKINGS Development continues on the Talmage property, on the east slope of Vindicator Mountain, and some ore of good grade has been exposed in the progress of this work. Man ager C. W. Hays now has a force of men at work and will carry on the development on a liberal scale in the belief that orebodies of value will be opened up in this ground. The ore carries some copper but has the api>earance of that contained in some of the richest veins of the dis trict. The vein that has been pene trated cn two levels is of large size and is apparently influenced by the big Vindicator Mountain fault, which is similar in every respect to the Col umbia Mountain fault, farther to the west.