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THE GOLDFIELD NEWS
AND WEEKLY TRIBUNE • • f Mews and Tribune The Goldfield News, Volume 15. No. 20 GOLDFIELD. NEVADA. SATORDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 1918 PRICE TEN CENTS Vol. lO. No. 81 Toldfield Weekly Tribune, Volume 18. No. 20 1 ___ DISTRICT IS AROUSED BY DISCOVERY IN SPEARHEAD Recent reports from the Spear head more than confirm the im portance of the discovery madd there, and the outlook for that property affects the entire eastern part of the district. The developments since Nov. 7 have been highly interesting, as siiiTpick win OPED ORE ZONE ATI 300 FEET The discovery of molybedenum some time ago at a depth of 1250 feet in the shaft of the Silver Pick created interest among mining men of the district. To more thoroughly explore the territory in which the discovery was made it was decided to sink the shaft an additional 50 feet, or to the 1300 foot point. The shaft has now reached a depth of 1285 feet. No molybdenum has ever been found in the Goldfield district in paying quantities and, as far as known, no commercial bodies have ever been found in the state. It is the intention of the Silver Pick management to open the recent find in the hope of exposing moly bdenum ore in such form that it may be shipped or in such quanti ty that it may *'e shipped after concentrating in a small plant on the ground, which could be erect ed if the deposit opened would warrant the erection of such a plant. Traces of molybdenum have been found in other mines of the district and the mineral was found in fair quantity on the upper levels of the Tonopah Divide mine, but in the Divide little was found and it practically disappeared on the third level. When the discovery was made in the Silver Pick it was said that the ore contained one-half of one per cent, and the average was said at that time to be low. Specimens of the ore were analyzed in the east and found similar to foreign ores. Aside from the discovery of molybdenum in the Silver Pick, there is interest in the sinking of the shaft owing to the fact that the heavily mineralized quartz zone which will be explored has yielded good assays in gold and silver and the material is similar to that found in the big mines adjoining on the east the territory in w’hich the shaft is being sunk. described by the mine foreman, R. S. Wilbur, who has been connected with the property during the last four years. On Nov. 7 the main crosscut on the 910-foot level broke through the shale into the bedded quartz zone, lying between the shale and the latite. Ore of shipping grade appeared almost at once. After penetrating the quartz zone to a distance of about six feet a four-foot lens of $65 ore was cut, and while the crosscut was extended toward the hanging wall in ore of a milling grade, a drift was started on the ore to the southeast. This ore occurs in gash veins of from four to 12 Inches and covers a width of eight feet, according to Mr. Wilbur. These streaks have enabled the management to sort several tons of a rather high-grade shipping ore and tnn> is being daily placed on the flumn There is also a screen product that runs I in excess of $20 in value, while the shipping ore is valued at $75 per ton. The southeast drift, now out 15 feet, also shows a continuous ore shoot that has increased in value, from a four-foot sample giving a return of $63 to a sample taken in the face of the southeast drift on i Nov. 26 showing values, under an I assay by Downer Brothers, as fol ! lows: Silver, ounces, 21.50; I gold, 1.75; copper, 38 per cent; I total value, $209.30. It appears | from this that as the drift pro j gresses in a southerly direction. the values increase. Assays on ! sampljo *al:en this morning show ! values of $146.30 from an average across six inches of an 18-inch streak of ore. The extension of the main cross I cut has revealed that the quartz, lor ore-bearing .dike, is 35 feet in I width, and in the face is ore as ! saying $40 in values. The ore appears to be identical with the ore found in the Bonanza stope of the .Tumbo Ex. four years ago. There is also a resemblance to ore found on the lower levels of the Atlanta and the Merger and the Grizzly Bear. There were similar small lenses found in the Florence in the earlier days. The ore is distinctly a smelting ore. The shaft on the Spearhead is located on the endlines of the Spearhead and Rosebush claims. The present work is about 300 feet southeast of the shaft and the ore bodies, if continuous, could be followed about 200 feet to the southwest and about 600 feet to the northeast within the lines of the company’s property. The management is now con sidering enlarged plans for active development, but no information as to details could be obtained. TEN LEASES WORKING IN FLORENGE GROUND / Ten leases are operating on the; Florence and occasional shipments are being made to the smelters by them. The close of the receiver ship, which involved payment of a heavy indebtedness, left but a small amount in the treasury. Dur ing the period of the receivership, which extended from November. 1916, to early in October of this year, the Florence made a gross production of about $225,000 and, i in view of this production, it is felt that good profits will result 1 from future operations under di rection of E. A. Byler. manager for the company since the receivership was closed. A number of the lessees have made big productions in the past, notably the Mechling and Brandon 1 leases, which, combined, netted the leases over $60,000. Much of this ore came from territory that had not been explored previous to the work done by the lessees and it is believed that continued opera tions will result in new and profit able ore bodies being opened. When operated in the early days of Goldfield by lessees, ihe Florence was one of the largest producers of bonanza ore in the district and many fortunes were taken from the mine. The Keilly and Sweeney leases combined pro duced over $1,500,000 in high grade ore. These lessees were prohibited from extracting ore assaying under $50 per ton. Important operations are being conducted by the Red Hill Flor ence, holding a long-time lease on the Red King claim of the Flor ence and fairly regular shipments from this block have been made over a long period. With the exception of the Red Hill Florence lease, all are oper ating on a 25 per cent royalty basis, with no limit on the amount or grade of ore that may be shipped. The Florence company rents to them the entire equip ment and the lessees pay for sup plies, sir sad hoisting expense. RAISE IN GREAT BEND SHOWS FIRST CHANGE OF IMPORTANCE • •• The raise from the 375-foot lev el of the Great Bend is now ¥>5 feet above the level and during the past week the first important change occurred in the material through which the raise is being extended. Conditions are npw believed to be excellent for open ing within a short distance the ore shoot found on the upper levels and which the raise is being driv en to meet. During the week good ore showed in the raise for a short distance. Hauling of ore to Columbia con tinues and shipments are being made slowly but regularly to the smelter. A carload shipment is now in the bins at Columbia and in the next few days will be sent to the Western Ore Purchasing com pany’s sampler at Hazen. The drift from raise 113-A above the 160-foot level, is being driven in ore of good shipping grade and the material being sent to the sampler is being mined in the drift and at a point on the 160-foot lev el, where ore of good shipping grade has been exposed for a long period. i Raise 113-a was driven on an in cline last year to explore the yein above the 160-foot level. A short I ■ ■ i time ago the raise was continued I through to an adit to secure air and the drift was started on a foil face of $40 ore. The raise from the 375-foot level follows the in cline of the vein and Ib believed to be entering the most westerly of the ore-shoots found on the 200 foot level and from which a good tonnage of high-grade ore was ex tracted. The work on the 260-foot level also resulted in large quan tities of milling grade ore being blocked out and the territory un der this level will be explored | through the raise from the drift 1 bn the 3 75-foot level as this is ad | ] vanced east toward the old Lock i hart lease shaft, near the endline of the Daisy claims. Work east from the shaft was | first started at 400 feet, but at this ! depth the vein was found in poor ' condition, having assumed the con | sistency of mud. This was caused I by a break in the vein and work ! was abandoned. On the 375-foot level the vein is well defined and hard and good progress has been made in development work. It is planned to eventually extend the drift to the Lockhart shaft, 1000 .'jet from the shaft through which work is now being done. TONOPAH DEVELOPMENTS SET FORTH II REPORTS I Tonopah Miner: The Tonopah j Belmont sent to the mill 1919 tons. ] the Tonopah Mining 2100 tons (for j two weeks), the Tonopah Exten j sion 2350 tons, the West End 983 ! tons, the Jim Butler 139 tons, the j Montana 170 tons, the Tonopah Di-j vide 300 tons, the MacNamara 400 ! J j , tons, the Rescue 53 tons and mis j cellaneous 96 tons, making the 'total production for the week 8110, tons, the estimated value being i $137,870. This valuation is cal-j culated on the gross milling value ! of the ore. I } Tonopah Belmont j The last official report of bul i lion shipment shows that 4 8 bars, j weighing 84,609 ounces, and repre- ■ I senting a value of $101,529 in sil- j ver ^nd gold, went forward to the smelter within the past few days, j Work continues regularly in | west drift 1168, and while regular] progress has been made in advanc ing this drift since the last report was issued, practically no change has occurred during the week. On ^he 1200-foot level, west drift 1224, off north crosscut No. i 1, is being continued at the regu-! lar rate, and it is now going ahead i on a face of ore about one foot *n ' width. This drift is being driven j in the 1220 vein. On the 1330-foot level, raise 41 . off east drift 1321 on the 1220 j vein is making good headway on a vein of good ore about one and | one-half feet in width. Northwest crosscut 1324, off No. 1 15 crosscut, is still in progress, be ing run to the Mizpah trachyte for mation for mining purposes. Tonopah Mining Company The report of net profits earned by the Tonopah Mining company for the month of October shows the sum of $43,153, which is only a little over $2500 less than the profits for the previous month. This is a gratifying showing when i one considers the serious handicaps ! against which the company has had j to contend during the past month or six weeks since the influenza appeared with its harassments and unavoidable labor shortage, which of necessity caused a falling off in mine production and other damag ing embarrassments. Tono|>ah Extension Sinking the shaft to greater depth has been temporarily discon tinued on the Tonopah Extension, pending the arrival of the immense Nordberg hoist that was ordered 10 months ago, but the shipment of which has been delayed on ac count of the Nordberg Manufactur ing company being commissioned by the government and required to side track all orders for private concerns and to devote their ener gies to the manufacture of marine engines. The concrete foundation for this enormous hoist has been built for some time and the 110 foot steel headframe is on the ground and will be erected next week. So it will be seen that ev immedlately upon its arrival. This a depth of 3000 feet. The loaded cage will weigh about 10,000 pounds, which will give some idea of the magnitude of this piece of machinery that is soon to be in sielled at the Victor shaft, and at tne same t'me it is very -.ignifi cant of what the management o' the Extension thinks relative to the big ledges now being worked on the 10X0 foot level. West End The first cleanup of November at the mill of the West End Con will be by far the largest hoist ever operated in southern Nevada, and will be capable of hoisting two and one-half tons of ore from erything is in readiness to receive the hoist, which will be installed solidated Mining company was not 'quite as valuable as the one pre ceding it, the results reported con stituting a shipment of 27 bars of gold and silver bullion weighing 52,800 ounces. As compared with this, the final cleanup in October ' fontinuefl on Page Eight I SHIPMENT READY AT TOLICHA Two carloads of ore assaying I $30 in gold and silver are ready ( i for shipment at Tolicha, 50 miles . • I south of Goldfield, according to E. A. Ludwick, who, with C. W. | Webster and Hugh McCloskey, is working the Jordan and Yaiser claims there. All this ore has been obtained on the surface. A short tunnel is being driven to connect with the bottom of a shaft sunk during the period of the Tolicha boom and from this tunnel the ore will be stoped through to the surface. It is then planned to start an other tunnel on the south side of the mountain, at a point where a depth of 185 feet can be gained on the vein. Ore will be hauled from the mine 12 miles to the nearest point on the railroad in an automobile truck, according to present plans. A good road has been constructed. i MILL IS READY TO TREAT ORE FROM INGALLS MINE Borcherding and McDeniritt, leas ing on the Ingalls mine in Tale canyon, have repaired and have al-: most ready for operation a Hunt ington mill about 3000 feet from the mine shaft. The old five stamp mill on the Florida mine near Lida has also been acquired by the lessees and they plan to move this to the Ingalls mine and use it there in treating ore. These two mills will treat, the lessees estimate, a tonnage ample for the work they have mapped out at a good profit. They plan to put through the Huntington mill from seven to eight tons in an eight-hour run and will operate with only one shift for the present. The mill is only a few hundred feet from a deep well over which there is a wind mill, and water will be piped from the water to the well. Difference in elevation is sufficient to provide a good flow into the mill tanks without pump ing expense. Borcherding and McDermitt have been developing the mine for sev eral months steadily and over a long period have done sufficient work to satisfy themselves that present conditions justify the erec tion of the small mills. The les sees estimate that there is in sigh* in the mine enough ore to keep ithe mill operating over a long per 1 iod at a good profit and without any more development work being done. The possibilities of further development are great for, al though worked at intervals over a period of nearly 25 years, and with a production record of $125, #00, the mine has never been ex plored below the 200-foot level and but little work has ever been *done below the 10 0-foot point, j The ore will be hauled the short distance from the mint to the mill in an automobile truck. Borcherding and McDermitt have planned to open the Ingalls mine on a comprehensive scale and all their efforts in the past have been with this in view. They have re alized good sums from their ship ments through Goldfield, but have known that this was the most ex travagant method of ore treatment and one that would not permit re duction of the large bodies of ore assaying around $3 0 in the mini and in the mine dump. The vein running through the Ingalls ground can be traced on the surface for 6000 feet and is from 10 to over 25 feet wide. I Wherever opened in the mine the vein has been found to contain ex ceedingly high-grade ore on both the hanging and foot walls and en gineers who have examined the orebody at different times since the lessees started work have urg ed sinking of the shaft to greater depth and have predicted that important orebodies would be found. CRACKER JACK IS AGAIN SCENE OF ACTIVE MINING Mining on a broad scale is about to be resumed in the Cracker Jack, according to H. G. McMahon, man ager for the company, with pros pects that another producer may be added to the Goldfield list as a result of the work planned. The Cracker Jack is regarded as one of the most promising prospects in the district and the resumption of mining there has been awaited since the recent return of Mr. Mc Mahon from the east. Preliminary work has already been started and the mine is expected to be in full operation before the end of next week. A winze will be sunk on the East vein 40 or 60 feet to the junction of the East and Cracker Jack veins, where it is expected good ore will be opened, as the best showing in the mine is at the point where the winze will be started ip the vein in the andesite formation. The East vein dips east 70 degrees and the winze will be started from the 320-foot level at a point in the north drift. It is expected that the junction of the two veins will be found about 50 feet below the drift. On the 320-foot level, COO feet east of the shaft, a raise will be driven 40 or 60 feet to cut the Cracker Jack vein, which lies flat.. Drifts will be advanced from this raise both ways on the vein and from the drifts raises will be driv en through to the 120-foot level, where large bodies of low-grade ore were found in earlier work. Where the Cracker Jack vein was oxidized fair values were found in the earlier work and these raises will enter the oxidized zone. Other important work by the Cracker Jack company is planned and will be announced in the next few days. GOLD VEIN IN DIVIDE OPENED BY CROSSCUT i _ i At 570 feet from the shaft, on the 260-foot level, the south cross-; i j cut of the Tonopah Divide has j penetrated the vein. Stringers of ore assaying as high as $75 per ton ; ; were found. The vein cut is known as the gold vein and produced high-grade ore in early work done in the Divide district, then know?' as Gold Mountain. Drifting will ' be started on the gold vein and the crosscut will be continued to; ! open another vein found on the surface near the summit of the di- J I vide. With the recently installed elec trically driven surface plant in op eration, development work is pro gressing more rapidly and new ex ploration has been started. On tbe 265 and S70-foot levels a great tonnage of ore has been blocked out and crosscuts are being driv en to prospect for other veins. Raises and crosscuts are being driven at 50-foot intervals on the two lower levels. Work in all parts of the mine has shown the orebody to average over 25 feet in width, with the average value high. On the 370-foot level, in a 26-foot | crosscut through the ore, an aver age of over $C4 per ton was ob obtained. It is planned to immediately re sume sinking of the shaft and this will be continued to water level, which it is believed will be found at not less than 700 feet. An aux iliary hoist has been placed in the shaft station at 370 feet for use in sinking. Ore from the dumps is being shipped to the Consolidated mill at a rate of over 200 tons weekly. This dump is estimated to contain over 0000 tons of ore valued at $30. kind in spearhead is OF CHEAT IMPORTANCE it is the general opinion in Gold field since the important discovery in the Spearhead that the possi bilities of the find, with relation to the entire eastern part of the district, can scarcely be over-esti mated, as great possibilities aro opened for the Grandma, Kewanas. Lone Star and Jumbo Junior, par ticularly for the former, in which drifting is now being done in the contact zone. The drift in the Grandma recently entered the quartz zone and is being continued in a great quartz mass along the surface of the shale.