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Mine No. 3 is a shaft, 55 feet deep; equipped with very good machinery for hoisting and draining. First inspection was made September 8, when the ventilation was found up to the requirements of the law, with a very strong current of air passing through the face of the workings. This is considered a wet mine, as considerable water accumulates at the face of workings, which is drained out by a pump. Mines Nos. 4 and 5 only were working at date of this inspection.

Second inspection was made March 9. At this date only one mine (No. 3) was running, which rendered any test of the sanitary condition of the mines unsatisfactory, as only one-third of the usual number of miners were at work, to make use of the air considered sufficient for the three mines. d careful examination was made of all parts of the mine, and the roadway between No.3 and No. 4 was found in good condition, with the machinery, ropes, cages and safety catches in very fair condition.

Mine No. 4 is located about one-fourth of a mile north of Mine No. 3. Shaft 70 feet deep; steam-power is used for hoisting. This mine has an underground connection with mines Nos. 3 and 5, and is working the same coal-face and ventilated by the same air-current. The ventilation was found satisfactory at both dates of inspection, and all other requirements of the law complied with. The roadways are high, wide and dry, and the mine considered in good condition.

Mine No. 5 is also a steam plant, located one-forth of a mile north of No. 4. Shaft 75 feet deep. The same description of the underground workings applies here as that given for Nos. 3 and 4. The fan is 12 feet in diameter; it is set near this plant, and was making about 80 revolutions per minute, on date of my visit. The air-current is divided into two parts, one of which passes to the west, and the other to the east workings, and after traversing the entire working face of the several mines, it is forced out at the hoisting shafts. Good roadways are maintained between the mines, to afford an avenue of escape from either in case of accident. The roadways are high and dry, and the machinery, gates, cages and ropes in good repair.

Mine No. 9 is located one-half mile west of Richmond, and connected with the St. Joe branch of the Santa Fe railroad. Shaft 100 feet deep, and the only mine operated by this coir pany where hoisting is done by horse-power; ventilation is produced by a furnace which was giving very good results at date of inspection. The mine is only operated in fall and winter, employing about 25 men.

Mine No. 12 located 1.1 mile west of Richmond, and connected with the St. Joe branch of the Santa Fe railroad. The shaft was sunk last summer and coal found at a depth of 125 feet. The company have

erected a brick engine house, and equipped the mine with first-class machinery. The pit-head and tipple house is well constructed for conveinence and economy. Every effort was made, neither money or labor spared to make this the best mine in the county. But unfortu. nately the shaft was sunk in a faulty place, where the coal was found very low and running irregular. Entries have been driven in all directions to test the coal with very poor satisfaction up to date of my visit March 9. I hope, however, that the thickness of the coal will soon come up to the standard, as this company deserves success for the enterprise it has displayed, and the large amonnt of money which it has expended in order to make it a first-class mine.

All coal from the mines of this company is consumed in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Minnesota. For a number of years $1 per ton has been paid for mining in this county, both summer and winter ; but

: on March 1, 1894, the price of mining was reduced to 873 cents per ton—the lowest ever paid for mining in this section.

The company employs about 400 men and boys.

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SWANWICK POSTOFFICE.

Williams Coal Co., J. R. Williams, superintendent; F. M. Lamb, foreman.-Mine located at Swanwick, a station 5 miles north of Richmond, on the St. Joe branch of the Santa Fe railroad. Shaft 95 feet deep ; horse-power. This is the same seam of coal as that so extensively mined in other parts of the county; but it is much more obstructed by faults, and runs more irregular. Ventilation is produced by a furnace located near bottom of hoisting.shaft, and exhausting through an air-chamber partitioned off from side of main shaft. It was giving very fair results, and the mine found in very fair condition ; but the cages and safety catches needed repairs, and the attention of the foreman was called to the matter. Two new hoisting-ropes had been put in the place of the old ropes which were condemned on former visit. Mine employs about 25 men, and the product is consumed at local towns along the line of railroad.

ST. CLAIR COUNTY.

Production, 5337 tons. While the greatest portion of St. Clair county is underlaid by the Coal Measure formation, yet very little mining is carried on in the county. The mines that have been operated during the past year are worked on a small scale to supply home consumption. The following parties have been operating mines, in various parts of the county, dur. ing the past year :

J. W. Alexander is stripping coal near Appleton City, where it is consumed.

Bachelor Bros. are operating a strip-mine in the same locality, to supply home trade.

Ed. McDaniel is operating a strip-pit on the Donahue land, near Appleton City.

Jas. Allison is operating a strip-pit near Johnson City, to supply home demand.

L. G. Cherington operates strip-mines at Lowry City.

R. L. Crawford is operating strip-mine at Lowry City, to supply home demand.

Walker Bros. are stripping coal on Chris. Claus' land, and shipping over the Bailey road.

C. W. Nesbit operates a drift and a strip-pit, to supply the home market at Lowry City.

Wm. Dowers is stripping coal at Lowry City.
Dr. Bell operates a drift-mine, near Osceola, to supply home trade.

Wm. Watkins operates a mine four miles northwest of Osceola; slope opening; coal 30 inches thick, and worked on the room and pillar plan, and hauled in wagons to Osceola, where it is consumed.

M. D. Gibson operates a mine on the Harry Lewis farm. Slope opening. Coal 30 inches thick, and worked on the room and pillar method. The coal is hauled in wagons to Osceola, where it is consumed.

W. A. Seymour is operating a mine four miles northwest of Osce. ola, known as the Hoover bank. Coal 30 inches thick, and worked on the room and pillar plan, and consumed at Osceola.

VISTA POSTOFFICE.

Douthat & Vannice.—Mine located at Vista and connected with the K. C., Ft. 8. & M. railroad. Shaft 55 feet deep; hoisting by horse. Formerly, all the coal mined at Vista was found in the hills and taken out through drifts and slopes, but this company sunk a shaft last fall and struck a three-foot vein of coal at the above-named depth. It is worked on the room and pillar plan, and 75 cents per ton is paid for mining clean coal. An air-shaft has been sunk, and the mine will be ventilated by a furnace. About 10 men are employed. The coal is consumed at Springfield, Clinton and other points along the line of the road.

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SULLIVAN COUNTY.

MILAN POSTOFFICE. Locust Valley Coal Co.- Mine located at Milan, and connected with the C. B. & K. C. R. R. Shaft 190 feet deep ; equipped with first-class machinery for hoisting. The shaft is sunk between two railroads and is surrounded by every convenience. The machinery, ropes, cages, gates and safety-catches were found in good working order. First inspection of the mine was made December 6th, and 15 men were at work at this date, in the northwest entry, which entry was closed on my former visit, and all the work confined to that part of the mine. The roof was found stronger and harder and easier to secure than on the first opening up of the mine; the rock that was encountered near the bottom of the coal had become thicker as the work traveled westward. Having previously notified this company to sink an escape. ment-shaft, and finding on this visit that nothing had been done toward the commencement of work on same, the following letter was sent to the company :

JEFFERSON City, Mo., January 2, 1894. Locust Valley Coal Co., Milan, Mo.:

GENTLEMEN—My predecessor insisted on your sinking an escapement-shaft at your mine, and I have done the same, but so far without avail.

While I appre-ciate the generally depressed condition of business as atoning in a measure for your failure to obey our instructions, and personally would like to aid you in holding off until money matters become easier, yet you must know tbat I am dealing with the conditions that exist in the mine, and have nothing to do with conditions outside of the physical operations of the same, and however willing I might be to defer the enforcement of the law as an individual, yet I have no discretion in the matter as an official of the State. I am now compelled to insist on the immediate commencement and speedy prosecution of the work of sinking an escapement-shaft, otherwise you will compel me to resort to extreme measures. Yours respectfully,

Chas Evans,

State Mine Inspector. On the 14th of March I visited the mine again, and found only four men at work in the west entry. The rock in the coal had become so thick that the mine could not be profitably operated under the circumstances; the west entry was driven as a prospect entry to test how far the rock extended in that direction. I found that nothing had been done as yet in the matter of sinking an escapement-shaft, and the com: pany would not consent to sink one, under the existing outlook, and asked for more time to test the extension of the trouble met with in the mine. From a practical view of the situation, I would willingly grant them time to prospect the mine further, as a large amount of

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money has already been expended in the equipment and the opening up of the mine, and unless the rock runs out, or gets considerably thinner, the mine could not be operated satisfactorily. But the law in this matter allows the Inspector no discretionary powers; for this reason I could not consent to any extension of time. The four men that were at work in the prospect entry asked the privilege of working in the mine at their own risk and responsibility until the first of May.

July 17 another visit was made to the mine, and it was found idle, but preparations were being made to run the mine during the fall and winter; as no move had been made toward the sinking of the escapeshaft, the following notice was given the company :

JEFFERSON City, Mo., July 23, 1894. Locust Valley Coal Co., Milan, Mo.:

GENTLEMEN-I visited your mine at Milan on the 17th of this month, and was greatly disappointed in finding that nothing had been done in the matter of slnking an escapement-8baft. You have had repeated notices from this department, for the past two years, to sink an escapement-shaft in accordance with the demands made by the laws of the State. You have asked for an extension of time, and the same has been granted. On the 14th day of last March, at your request, I extended the time until the 1st of May, following, in order that you might test tbe coal on the west side. Failure to again comply resulted in the prosecuting attorney being notified to bring suit, and upon your further promise to comply with the law, the prosecutiog attorney was instructed not to bring suit, and yet after all of this delay I find your promise unkept, and nothing whatever done in the way of sinking the shaft. I fully realize your situation, and am sorry to be compelled to resort to extreme measures, but under the circumstances I must now act. The only avenue of escape at your ebaft being surrounded at the top by pine buildings, and in case of fire, would result in the miners being snothered to death ; this is too great a risk for either you or I to take. In view of the above, and my sense of official duty, I pronounce the fact that your mine is being operated in direct opposition to the mining laws and in violation of the laws of the State of Missouri, and I hereby order the mine closed until an escapement shaft is completed. Each day that you operate your mine after this notice, you will do so in violation of law, and become liable for the penalties attaching for such violation. Please govern your operations and acts in accordance with the instructions herein, and oblige,

Yours respectfully,
Chas. Evans, State Mine Inspector.

VERNON COUNTY.

Production, 297,599 tons. During the past year, all of the large coal-producing counties fell off in output except Vernon county. It has increased its output for the year 63,223 tons, or 27 per cent; and for the past four years the increase has been nearly 900 por cent. From the twelfth place in the order of production five years ago it has moved up to third place, with

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