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Sending Out About 150 Tons Per Week in Spite
of Difficulty in Securing Teams - Rushing
Work on the King-Heisner Mill.

The Mining Investor, May 3, 1909, page 274

(By Jack Bell.)

Rawhide, Nev., May 3. - The big King-Heisner is pressing into service every man that room can be found for. Twenty-five men have been at work most of the week framing the timbers and setting up the big crushers and pumps so taht the cncrete can be mixed the minute the last joint of pipe has been laid. There still remains about one-quarter of a mile of pipe to complete the line. Owing to defective joints that much pipe had to be taken up and thrown to one side and new pipe ordered. This pipe is now on wagons and tonight was camped at Sand Springs, 18 miles north of Rawhide. It should be in tomorrow and the middle of the week should see the water turned into the mains and the work of mixing concrete and laying the foundation for the big plant well under way. As soon as the concrete foundation is finished about 50 carpenters and mill-builders will be turned loose on the job and unless something unforseen happens the big plant will begin turning its golden stream into the pockets of Rawhide leasers and mine-owners.

This mill will be the most complete ever attempted in this end of the state. Its initial capacity will be 100 tons daily, and this will be increased by the installation of additional units as the production here demands.

The King-Heisner people promise that they will treat as low as $10 ore at a profit. Of course they cannot promise to run entirely on that grade of ore, and that will not be necessary, as very little of the ore now blocked out as available tonnage is counted on to run that low. They will run a reasonable amount of that grade ore right along to encourage development. They will mix this with the very high grade ores and in that way strike a high grade milling average.

The mill will be equipped with the most modern samplers and cash will be paid on the spot as soon as the value is arrived after passing through the sampler. Another feature worth mentioning in connection with the big plant is its proximity to the producing area and the great saving that will be effected in the freight rate as compared with the rates that now obtain.

The King-Heisner plant, as it is known locally, is the first plant to be installed by the newly organized National Ore Purchasing company. This company promises to be a very energetic competitor of the old ore-purchasing companies, and is very strongly backed by Eastern capital. Plants will be strung all over the state in the leading mining districts and every plan will be adopted to increase production and to give assistance to the small mine owner and shoe-string leaser.

Walter S. Evans, representing Milwaukee capitalists, who are erecting what is known locally as the Evans mill at Milltown, just below Rawhide, has received the results of comprehensive tests his representatives have been asking on Rawhide ores with stamps, amalgamation and cyanide treatment. The results are almost unbelievable, showing as they do a saving of 100 per cent. Not a cent's worth of value gets away. The ease with which Rawhide ores can be treated gives them such additional value that it is well worth pondering over.

The Weiss has added automatic samplers to the plant and is paying cash for its ores. Owing to the small capacity of the plant and the fact that the big producers keep the plant congested the small leaser gets little benefit from the cash market.

The Murray mill is being kept busy running on Murray ores exclusively and some fat returns are being banked to swell the company's account.

The net returns of the test shipment made to the owners of the Bridges-Daniels lease by the Knight-Conlon mill was $187.90 per ton all gold. This is almost double the amount that disinterested parties estimated the ore would run.

Daniels and Bridges, the owners of the now famous lease on Bethania mines estate have a unique method of treating their high grade ore. Not content to await returns from shipment to the outside and fearful of local treatment, they have begun treatment on their own account. They crush and buck-down the rich stuff in a local assay shop and run it through an ordinary "rocker" to recover the values which are all in gold.

They are then making settlements to the parent company, Bethania Mines, Inc., on a basis of between $3.00 and $5.00 per pound. This is without a doubt the most persistent high grade shoot yet found in this camp and promises to add two more millionaires to Nevada's list of lucky leasers.

The Lawyers' lease on block 3 of Crystal Queen claim of Bethania Mines estate are now 31 feet on their fissure where the north end of the shoot showing gold distributed plentifully through the quartz coming in from the south end of the shaft. This vein is conceded by all mining engineers who visit it as being the most perfect fissure that they have ever seen. The shaft has been in a good grade of mill dirt from the collar. As soon as the 40-foot point is reached a crosscut will be run from the north-and-south drifts east and west to prospect the fissures that lie on either side of this vein. A 25-horse power plant is awaiting shipment at Tonopah and will be forwarded and installed as soon as the ground is prospected from the 50-foot point. A crosscut will also be run to cut the Daniels-Bridges vein which survey shows lies 80 feet to the west.

The Murray shaft, on the great Consolidated estate, is at the 300-foot point where a station is being cut. Everything being broken at this point goes direct to the mill and the "heads" show it to be a $20 producer. The shaft will be continued as soon as the station has been completed and work will be rushed to the 500-foot point. the "glory hole" on the suface is down 18 feet and continues to break $40 ore for eight feet, which is loaded into wagons and goes to the mill direct.

The Mint at the 320-foot point, after cutting through a mud intrusion has come into the same rich seam that has been in the shaft continuously from the surface. The bottom of the shaft at this point is giving a product of better than one and one-half ounces.

The Dayton-Toledo, at the 300-foot level, in the south drift is breaking a one-ounce product, which is going to Milltown for treatment.

Grutt Balloon Hill continues to be the greatest sensation in the district, and the 30-ton shipment awaiting teams show controls of almost $400 per ton.

The Grutt Hill Truitt have received returns from 365 pounds of picked high grade taken from the cut where a shaft has been started west of the working shaft that Selby's settlement returned them $1,250. The former settlement for 310 pounds of this high grade which they received last week netted them $775.

Dr. E. A. Wheeler and Denver associates have taken over the Reynolds-Ogilvie lease on Queen estate and have opened up six feet of ore on the apex of Balloon hill that, from careful sampling from a 16-foot hole gives returns of better than one ounce. Work will be prosecuted vigorously on this lease which is a 3-year holding with a 15 per cent and 20 per cent royalty.

The Queen estate now has three steader shippers: The Company shaft, Kearns No. 1 and Grutt Balloon Hill. They are sending out to Hazen at the rate of 150 tons per week. There is still great trouble in securing teams to transport the shipping product of the camp, and hundreds of tons lie about the district awaiting transportation.

Grutt Mining, on Grutt hill, in their new shaft near the Marigold, seem to at last centered on the body of the immense shoot that furnishes such high grade for the Marigold and Grutt Hill Truitt. The new shaft is down 22 feet and the owners are sacking at the rate of three tons per day of ore that is almost identical with that of the Grutt Balloon Hill. In fact, samples cannot be distinguished one from the other. This company is making ready another 30-ton shipment of 20 ounce ore.

The Mining Exchange, known as the Mining Stock and Exchange Board has permanently closed its doors and disbanded the organization.

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