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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 ___
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
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
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
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 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.
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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
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.
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
Two carloads of ore assaying
$30 in gold and silver are ready (
i for shipment at Tolicha, 50 miles .
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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.
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
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
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.
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i At 570 feet from the shaft, on
the 260-foot level, the south cross-;
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
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
kind in spearhead is
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.

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