A visit to the Seine River gold fields will convince the most skeptical that this district is coming along rapidly to the front as a gold producer, thus verifying the predictions made in these columns for some time past. In order to learn the latest news in and around the mines the editor paid a visit to that locality last week and was more than surprised at the development work in progress.
The Olive 10-stamp Mill, which has been running now for over two weeks, had a cleanup at the end of the first week which resulted in 624 ounces of amalgam, or about $5000 in gold bullion. The ore was a mixture taken from the 75 foot level and is not regarded as carrying anything like the value at the bottom of the shaft. Everything about the mine and Mill is working smoothly and as soon as the air compressor drills get properly to work it is expected to crush 30 tons of ore per day.
At the Golden Star mine there is a great excitement over the discovery of a rich pay streak in the west drift, between the third and fourth levels, which assays hundreds of dollars per ton. The management is very conservative as to the exact richness of the find but when questioned admitted that the ore was so rich that it was being sacked in the district and carried direct to the Mill. It is also the intention to send out a couple of sacks of the pure stuff direct to the mint as a sample of what Seine River gold fields can produce. The vein, or pay streak, is about 16 inches wide and occurs in a six-foot vein. Sinking in the main shaft is a progressing rapidly and as a result the ore grows richer, recent assays running from $165 to $378 per ton. This is a remarkable value and places this mine on a par with any in the world as a dividend payer.
Jerry Robertson has a gang of thirty men working on shafts 2 and 5 of the Lucky Coon, and as soon as navigation opens the 5-stamp Mill will be removed to Vermilion lake from the property and set in motion.
Col. Hillyer of West Superior was here this week for a few days, closing some big deals whereby 1200 acres have been added to the Alice A property, including a large timber berth. When seen at the Mine Centre hotel the colonel was very busy with his solicitor, W.J. Keating of Fort Frances, but found time to say a few words to the HERALD. When asked as to the amount of development work contemplated and under way, Col. Hillyer said they had purchased a sawmill and all necessary machinery for cutting their own timber. They have also let the contract to build a stream tug for Little Turtle lake, and with the opening of navigation will bring in their 50-stamp Mill. The colonel is jubilant over the great future of the Alice A and informed the HERALD that he was at liberty to say that there would shortly be one of the biggest mining enterprises in the district that had yet been operated. "We will have 500 stamps dropping," said he, " before two years are over and you will see the Alice A mine the wonder of the century." The colonel leaves for in a few days for London, Eng., where, in company with his English associates he will perfect the plans for mining on a large scale. Supt. Robbins left for Duluth and Chicago on Friday morning on business connected with the mine, which is supposed to be for the purpose of ordering a quantity of new machinery. Everything points to a lively time to this district next summer, as mining is now on the boom.
J. McLeod, ex-mining captain of the Golden Star, has just closed a deal with J.P. Rossman of Duluth for a location north of Bad Vermilion, known as the "Sweden Boys' claim." Mr. Rossman was here several days examining various properties, among them being the Gibson property, HP192.
Several mining deals have been made the past few weeks in a quiet way which forces people to realize that this country is coming to the front as a gold producing district.
The Foley mine, about which so much has been said, will open up shortly with a large crew. Sinking and drifting in the several shafts will be actively prosecuted until a good sized stock pile of ore is ready for the Mill, after which the stamps will be falling. Manager Robinson is now purchasing a full line of supplies and looks forward to a busy season.
Otto Taubert of St. Paul, who owns a tannery and is one of the leading citizens of the Saintly City has organized a company with five million dollars capital and purchased several properties in the Seine River and Lake of the Woods district and will commence operations on the Fighting Chance, so it is learned, at once. Mr. Taubert has interested some of the prominent men of the northwest in his enterprise and has already raised ample money to carry out a gigantic scheme of development which contemplates not only the development of a large number of properties but the improvement of water power and the erection of several big stamp mills.
Within the next week or two work will be commenced on a large scale on the Gold Bug on the west and the Emma Abbott on the east of Alice A. Work will be pushed vigorously on both of these properties and it is not unlikely that the erection of two stamp mills will very shortly follow their development.
It is reported that J.L. Grant of Liverpool has succeeded in floating a big English company to operate the property purchased from D.M. Blackwood and Geo. Campbell of Mine Centre. As the locations secured consist of over 3000 acres it is expected that heavy operations will be carried on in the way of development work this summer.
D.J. Gillon is at present in the Seine River district surveying the newly acquired possessions of the Alice A.
The Emma Abbott and Gold Bug are the names of the two new mining companies formed to operate locations adjoining the Alice A.