UTAH MINING NOTES.
Special Correspondence of the Engineering and Mining Journal.
To THE EDITOR : SIR.—There have been but few important changes in our mining or smelting industries during the past two months. With the excep-tion of the closing of the furnaces of the Flagstaff Silver Mining Company (Limited), the works which were running last winter are still in blast. The smelting of the ores in the southerly districts, in the neighborhood of Beaver and Star, is attracting much attention at present, and aside from the works es-tablished at Shauntic and Lincoln, four new plants are projected, also one for Pioche, Nev, for working the base metal ores of that district. An impetus has been given to both mining and smelting in the southern districts by reports that the Utah Southern Railroad would build their road south 150 miles dur-ing the present season. Such an extension would benefit both the road and the mines, since it would open up new mines and increase the amount of reight on the one hand, while reducing the cost of transportation so much, that ores which will not now bear the cost of working and shipment, would then pay well. Ores which will pay to ship 150 miles by wagon, are very scarce in Utah.
In the mines of the "Old Telegraph" Mining Company, in Bingham dis-trict, has been developed the largest body of lead ore ever discovered in Utah. The ore contains from 45 to 80 per cent, of lead, and from 12 to 23 oz. of silver per ton. They are now taking out about 100 tons per diem, which could readily be increased to 500 tons. These mines are netting the owners upward of $2,000 per diem. The Revere and Yosemite Mines, in Bingham, ship about 40 tons a day each.
In Cottonwood the mines are troubled very much by water, and the extrac-tion of ores has been retarded. No new developments in regard to the Emma. An effort was made by buyers to lower the prices on Cottonwood ores, and the best offer WALKER BROS, could get on a lot of good grade "Prince of Wales" was $1.10 per oz. Ag. on 35 per cent. Pb. They refused all bids, holding for better prices, and rates will advance again should the supply from Cottonwood not soon be increased.
In Dry Canon most of the mines which pay or promise anything are being worked. The "Hidden Treasure" Company have completed their hoisting works and are now building a tram road to connect the mine with a new wagon road down the canon. The "Chicago" Company are getting the hoisting works on the "Queen of the Hills " in place and, I hear, intend taking their Hallidie tramway from the Chicago Mine and putting it on the "Queen of the Hills."
The suit of the Magnolia vs. Mono Mine, wherein the plaintiffs asserted that the Mono was on their vein and asking possession, has been decided in favor of the Mono and the latter company will immediately apply for their patent. The Mono has been abominably worked, the object seeming to have been to get out all within easy reach and spend as little as possible. A good vein of rich ore is shown in the face of the bottom and easterly workings, and I be-lieve that with proper management this mine will regain its position as the best paying thing in Utah.
In Stockton new developments prove that no one knew anything about it, since, contrary to general expectation, several good mines have been found there. The Southport leads at present, shipping 20 tons a day of ore assaying 50 to 70 per cent. Pb. and 20 to 35 ozs. Ag. During the month of May there were shipped:
169 cars bullion………………..3,551,341 lb.
5 “ copper ore ………………….100,986 lb. } Utah product alone.
45 " lead ore……………………. 946,5001b.
During the month of April there were shipped:
149 cars bullion……………….3,129,4011b. } Utah product alone.
SALT LAKE CITY, June 17, 1876. S. C.
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