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Yerington Times | Paper of Lyon County |
iYeringtors Made History the Past Week!
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j Strikes of Vast Importance Greet the New Year j
• The eagerness of capital to gain an en
trance into the Yerington mining and
agricultural field is brought to light
from time to time in a manner that cvi
denies its abiding faith in the future of
this section.
For the past week, F. T. Torpev of
the Fonts cable road, has lieen in Yer
ington, having lieen sent here In his
company to study the section from a
topographic stand| oint. He is not here
for the purpose of rc|iortiug upon the
advisability of installing the system from
the main line of the railroad to the city
and the mines surrounding; that part of
the program had life a agreed u|hiii prior
to Mr. Torpey's visit; in fact, the com
|uny intends to put its first line in Ni
vaila in this district. It will likely lie
running within three months.
While here Mr. Torpev rmle over the
grades to the different properties on a
portion of which trip he was acconi
pained by the Times editor. He reports
all of them easy of access and say s the
engine with its train will have not the
slightest difficulty accomplishing the in
clines to the ore hunkers at any of the
Tile Fonts cable sy stem is an invention
ol the past lew years. It has proven
successful wherever tried and means a
great ileal toward the rapid development
of a mining country that is without the
benefits of railroad communication.
The road operates both successfully 1
and ecouonrically. A cable is tilaced in
the center of the highway and anchored
at the end receiving the strain. The!
engine is provided with a gripping de
vice that grasps the cable, pulling itself
and the train along much as one may
scale a pipe hand over hand. It requires
no track consequently the cost of in
stalling is placed at a minimum white in
addition it is possible to have the system
operating over many miles in a very
short time.
Ttie cars have wheels of Id inches in
width and may Ire pulled along at the
highest speed they will stand under
their load. Kacb car has a capacity of
10 tons. The average running time
with 50 tons or 5 cars is five miles per
hour, which may he increased to 4<>
miles per hour for passenger trains.
In speaking of the time consumed
getting in shape to operate, Mr. Torpey
stated that everything could la- com
pleted connecting the milestone with
the main line, a distance of 12 miles,
within a week from the la-ginning of
operations towards installing the system.
I’tider the tu-w order of things, it will
not la- necessary for the mines to handle
their product more than once and that
in the course of development. The cn
gitie and its train make its wav over
grades up to 25 per cent right to the
hunkers where the cars may be automat
ically loaded.
Mr. Torpey is enthusiastic concerning
Yerington. He sees a brilliant future
ahead, one of wonderful ore production.
On top of that he recognizes the per
manency upon which the camp is built.
It is on this account that he and his
company are anxious to get operating
here at the earliest possible moment.
The system lias been carefully studied
and passed U|sin bv many of the heaviest
Oud wealthiest operators in the Yering
ton district. It is even hinted that many
of them have voluutarily offered finan
cial aid to the company.
"As things look at the present lime,"
said Mr. Torpey, "I believe we will lie
connected up and doing business here
within three months' time. This line
will be the first to be established in the
state. I feel certain the road in this
section will pay front the start. It must
in fact, for we absolutely guarantee ten
per cent interest on any investment
made with us.
"Yerington is a camp that is absolute
ly permanent, lb-sides, in its develop
ment it is represented by the strongest
men financially in the mining world.
l'<> them of course you must hx>k for
your future Kieatne'-s, for it is they
whose motley will prove the extent nntl
value of your ore lxxlies, which are,
jii'IcitiK front what I have seen, incom
"I will leave for Salt Lake shortly
where i am to meet many of your lay;
operators. I’pott my return I hope to
start lavinj' the cable front the main line
to the town ami mines."
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Superintendent Week of the Blue-stone
returned Wednesday afternoon from Sail
l ram-isoo, at which place he spent the
Mr. Week's return to camp was char
acterized by the resumption of opera
tions in the experimental electrolytic
plant at the mine. Thursday morning
the electric current was turned on and
the two new motors, hut recently in
stalled, started. They worked to the
entire satisfaction of Mr. Week.
this week the force of electricians that
has been employed at the company’s
workings for the past several weeks con
cluded its laliors. Everything is now in
readiness to resume upon a magnificent
s ale, the mine having lieen equipped
with a thoroughly modern plant, includ
ing a .VlO-horse power compressor.
Results of the tests now being made
m the electrolytic plant are awaited with
the keenest interest. There is every
reason to believe that they will lie emi
nently satisfactory to all parties con
cerned. Tests made in the past were
quite successful, on account of which
the company burned a great quantity of
brick to lie used in the construction of
its mammoth plant, which will undoubt
edly he a realization of the immediate
in the process that is being exper
imented upon, Superintendent Week has
played a most important part. While
the manner of treating the ore is not a
new one, Mr. Week has made many im
provements which will accrue to the
benefit of his people.
M. J. Heller, the eminent engineer,
who secured the property for himself
and Captain DeEamar, is expected to
arrive in Verington from San Francisco
early the coming week. Ills trip may
result in orders for immediate resump
tion of operations. At all events, much
interest attache., to his forthcoming visit.
The writer visited the Mason Valley
mine this week in company with F. T.
Torpey of the Folds cable road. Hut few
nun are engaged at the present time,
their work consisting of driving a new
tunnel to tap the lead at greater depth.
With that exception there is nothing else
going on in the shape of development.
As will be seen elsewhere in these col
umns it is proposed to resume operations
it an early date. The new power plant
is in place ready to be turned on. the
motor is of 100-horse power.
While at the property a v’sit was paid
In the ol 1 workings where, in the early
lavs of the Comstock, much ore was
shipped to the mills along the Carson
river and converted into Milestone for
leaching purposes. These old workings
represent much "gophering." Some of
the ore extracted at that time remains
>n the various dumps to this day, the
>xidi/.ution bespeaking its age.
Mountain View Records One of the Greatest
Strikes in History of Western Nevada
And now the cry is Mountain View.
News from there the past few days has
l>een of a most sensational nature which
has resulted in quite an exodus of peo
ple to the scene, some out of idle curios
ity, others as stockholders and still oth
ers to locate ground that may Ire found
subject to entry.
A letter received in Yerington Tues
day last by one of the officers4 of
the Wilson Gold Mines company
conveyed the information that a
big shoot of ore had been broken into in
the company’s main workings, pannings
from which clearly indicated values of a
high-grade nature.
Immediately ujxm receipt of the news.
Secretary George Willis of the Wilson
Gold Mines company struck out in one
of Vogler’s autos for the camp. He re
turned bubbling over with enthusiasm
and secure in the knowledge that the
mine had developed into something of
proportions out of the ordinary.
In the east drift from the bottom of
the winze the ore body was encountered,
j It shows a width of 8 feet as far as can
1 lie ascertained, and all of a shipping
grade. The character of the ore is such
I that it is easily mined, which made it
possible to extract several tons the day
of the discovery. The find was made at
a depth of alx>ut 65 feet beneath the sur
face, the winze having been sunk but a
few feet from the mouth of the tunnel.
Yesterday 600 sacks were sent to the
mine to receive the ore, preparatory to a
shipment. A careful estimate says the
ore will mill better than J100 per ton.
Taking it for granted that the ore lxxly
will hold out at depth, the strike is mi
doubt edly the greatest ever recordefl in
this particular section from a gold stand
point and one of the best in the entire
A person unfamiliar with the ore
would most likely “pass it up” as worth
less. It resembles very much volcanic
ash or pumice stone. A panning, how
ever, will convince anyone of its worth.
While the metal is not visible to the
naked eye, it contains gold in great
quantity. The ore has l>een classified as
silica and sulphur.
This remarkable find can not fail to
bring Mountain View into popular favor.
The adjoining properties have equally
strong surface showings, which admit of
the conclusion that the district will l>e
represented by several producing mines.
The country bears all the surface indi
cations of a producer of the precious
metals. The ground for a wide scope 01
country shows a tellurium stain, in fact,
tellurium was found some time since on
the Shirlev C. claim, adjoining the
scene of the big strike.
Tliad Hoppin, who is thoroughly fa
miliar with Goldfield and its mines, hav
ing been employed in the great gold
camp for quite a lengthy period in re
sponsible positions, states that the pan
nings he made from the Wilson Gold
Mines company’s ore were better than
ever he saw in Goldfield with very few
Mountain View will likely take on a
genuine boom as a result of the discov
ery. It will stimulate activity there to
such a degree that a town will spring up
as have others in regions less meritorious.
Nevada, therefore, offers another
camp to the world to bid for honors.
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J Reports of the copper production of Nevada for the years $
$ 1905 and 1906 have just been made public at Washington. The 1
j figures show that Yerington occupies first place in the produc- 1
* tion of the red metal in the State of Nevada, with its era of t
$ production hardly commenced. The report follows: f
* Washington, Jail. 5.—The output of blister copper from Ne- 1
1 vada in 1906 was 1,090,633 pounds, as against a little more than t
j 400,000 pounds in 1905. The mine production amounted to I
! 1,625,985 pounds. Mast of the ore produced in 1906, as in 1905, i
I came from the mines of the Mason district in Lyon county. I
| The ores shipped were of high-grade, mostly oxydized, and $
l went to California, Utah and Illinois for smelting. 1 he output t
J of this district in 1907 will probably be considerably larger. |
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A. M. Wishart returned to Yerington
this week from Pine Grove where lie is
operating a lease on the Black Horse
mine. With him he brought a quantity
of quartz well sprinkled with free gold.
He reports that his men have broken
into an ore shoot at the liottom of the
shaft which is in the nature of a good
sized vein, showing gold in the free for
its entire width.
The Black Horse is one of the original
locations of the Pine Grove district. It
had a history of big production up to a
few years ago, when work was aband
oned for a lack of funds to prosecute
further development. It was never
mined in a workmanlike manner. In
several places caves-in have occurred
during the period of idleness, but the
j intention is to remove the dirt from the
I workings affected and to open up the
| estate systematically.
Morris M. Johnson, chief engineer on
the Newhouse staff and general manager
of the Western Nevada Copper com
pany’ mines at Yerington, expects to
leave for Nevada today. After visiting
Tonopali and some of the adjacent coun
try, he will go over to Yerington and
size up conditions. , »
It will he remembered that the west
ern Nevada, Mason Valley, Yerington
Malachite and several other properties
in the district met the demands of the
Miners’ Union for advance in pav with a
prompt order to close down. This hap
pened three or four months ago, just
after the chief properties had installed
compressor and power drill plants, had
erected buildings and otherwise got
things in shape for a vigorous and lively
campaign of development. No attempt
has since been made to doanytliing, not
withstanding the fact that the companies
are all well financed add particularly the
Mason Valley and Wes'.ern Nevada Cop
If the Western Nevada starts, it is un
derstood that' the Mason Valley and
other properties which closed at the
same time will follow suit. The Mason
Valley is already a well developed prop
osition, and the Western Nevada and
Malachite are both opening up ore bodies
that are now sufficiently demonstrated to
stamp both as coming great mines of the
district.—Salt Lake Herald.
While there is not the slightest doubt
that Yerington will attain to its greatest
fame on account of its wonderful depos
its of high-grade copper ore, it is never
theless a fact that the production of
gold will play no inconsiderable part.
During the years that have elapsed
between the period of the first discov
eries of copper and the sudden entrance
of Yerington into the limelight of red
metal camps, little if any attention has
been devoted to searching for gold.
Kvents of the past few weeks have
proven that had the same energy been
expended in prospecting for the precious
metals as for copper, the district would
unquestionably have been well along in
its gold-producing era. •
The latest find to attract no end of
local attention was made public this
week. On the Red Bird claim, owned
by Wm. Richards and others, two well
defined veins have been uncovered car
rying splendid values in the yellow
metal. The larger of these two leads is
IV% feet in width, average samples from
which returned a gold value of #158.20.
The other, 18 feet from wall to w'all,
assayed #12.80 in gold per ton.
For some time past Mr. Richards and
his associates have been showing speci
mens of gold-bearing quartz which they
claimed were found in the main ore belt
made famous by the discoveries of cop
per. That they saw fit to keep the exact
locality of these finds a secret until the
present time is made plain by the fact
that they had not found the ore body
from which the specimens came, which
were float. Now, however, since the
locality of the ledge lias been ascer
tained, there is no further reason to
keep the find from the public.
It is the intention of the owners to
opeu up the estate at once with a view
to placing it upon a producing basis. In
the event that the values hold out at
depth, they cannot fail to meet with
The McConnell shaft has reached a
depth of 324 feet at which point the
miners are still working in the garnet
ized lime capping. The force at the
present time consists of six men which
will be materially augmented in the
near future.
Big tilings are expected of the Mc
Connell; in fact, it is considered one of
the most promising properties in tile
district. It is located on the same core
as the Blnestone, Malachite and Western
Nevada, and is owned by the Goldfield,
Nevada Reduction company.
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Visited Sunrise District
Officials of the Sunrise mining com
pany operating in the district of that
name in Lyon county, eighteen miles
southeast of Dayton, returned from a
visit to the property yesterday. Ten
men are employed in development work
and a broad ledge of $15 ore is said tc
show on one of the company’s ten
claims,—Virginia City Chronicle.
Tuesday morning Walter C. Orem,
manager of the Nevada Douglas Copper
company, received a telegram announc
ing a new find of extremely fine popper
ore on the 550-foot level of the Lndwig
portion of this Yerington acreage. The
message announced that the entire face
of the south drift averages 12 per cent
red metal. Mr. Orem states that this fa
the farthest drift to the sootk on the
550 level of the Ludwig, and is in that
portion of Ludwig territory generally
considered heretofore as the hanging
wall country.
This new find is most significant tn
every way. In the first place it demon
strates on another portion of the Ludwig
group, as has been shown in numerous
other instances as development work has
progressed, that the Ludwig ores grew
better and richer with depth. The man
agement knows that this chute will ex
tend upward from the 550 level in prac
tically the present form for at least 150
feet, judging from lessons learned in the
past. And from the way the body is now
showing itself, it is certain- that below
the 550-foot level is another great and
rich copper ore body which will be avail
able for the efforts of the company. In
opening up such rich territory as the
550 level has shown itself to be, the Ne
vada-Douglas management is bringing
resources into sight at a mighty gratify
ing clip.
Mr. Orem received the settlement
Tuesday of the last car of ore' from the
Ludwig, it being like all the shipments
this year from this mine, the result of
nothing but development work. The ore
averaged 20.72 per cent copper. The
record of this company has been a splen
did one during the year just closed, and
with the perceptible clearing up of the
copper situation, this company finds it
self in ideal shape to meet the new year.
—Salt Lake Tribune.
On Important Visit
I)r. W. M. Cavano, of Los Angeles,
a capitalist who couples mining with his
profession and a man eminently success
ful in both, arrived in Yerington the
first of the week enroute to his holdings
at Pine Grove.
Dr. Cavano is owner of the Link
group of claims, which adjoins the well
known Wheeler acreage. It is a'very
promising estate, which bears all the
ear marks of making into a mine with
development. It is his intention to
form a strong company at an early date
and open up the property at depth.
In an interview with a Times repre
sentative, Dr. Cavano said he believed
the Pine Grove section would outdo all
previous efforts in the near future. The
district has a record of production run
ning well up into the millions with the
deepest workings but 80 feet beneath
the surface. In the opinion of the doc
tor the main ledge has never been en
countered. He believes it can only lie
encountered at depth and expresses ihe
opinion that when found it will prove
sensationally rich in the yellow metal.
While here Dr. Cavano inspected the
Rockland mine. While he gave out bo
information on this subject, it is under
stood he visited the property in the in
terest of southern California capitalists
who are anxious to acquire title.
Chamber off Commerce
All members of the Yerington Cham
ber of Commerce are urgently requested
to l>e present at a meeting of mnch im
portance, to be held on Monday evening
next at Owl hall at 8 o’clock p, in. The
meeting is for the purpose of consider
ing resolutions to be forwarded to the
Nevada state legislature about to con
vene in extraordinary session.
W. G. Davidson
George Knierim s little daughter, de
lta, is quite ill.

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