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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.____
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

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.
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
Lessees are active in the Diamond
field part of the district and some
good ore is being shipped from the
Coldfield Belmont property.
• ■
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
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)
_ . .. _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
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.)
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.
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

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
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
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
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
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)
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
“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)
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.
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

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