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properties. There are 36 ore-producing mines on this property, and the ore is found at all the way from 30 to 165 feet below the surface. This is one of the big mines of this region, as the value of this year's output ($130,000) shows. The zinc, concentrates from these mines seem to be exceptionally clear and good, as the general manager, Mr. W. C. Wetherill, prides himself on the extra fine work of the mills.

GRANBY MINING AND SMELTING COMPANY. The mines of this company are situated in and around the town of Granby, Newton county, where the company owns very large quantities of land. These mines have been worked for many years. Prior to the advent of railroads in that country, the product of these mines. was hauled by wagon to points on the Missouri river for shipment.

Besides the mines around Granby, the company operates mines in Joplin and Oronogo, Jasper county, which are all doing well. Their output of $132,000 is divided between Granby, Joplin and Oronogo in the proportion of one-half, one-third and one-sixth respectively, in the order named.

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JACOBS BROS. MINES.

This is a 40-acre tract of land owned in fee simple by W. H. Leckie and operated by Jacobs Bros., of Carthage, and 0. O. Frye (superintendent) of Joplin, and is situated about one mile east of Joplin. This was formerly known as the old Pinkard mines, and was noted for its production of surface lead. Recent developments have proven the deposits of ore to be very large and continuous. These parties operate another 40-acre tract adjoining this one, which is as good—this latter, however, being shown in the tabled report under the name of Harrison & Spencer. The value of this year's product for the two properties is over $85,000, which is divided equally between the two.

MARGERUM MINING COMPANY.

The Margeram Mining Company's mine is located in the corporate limits of Oronogo, on the south side, and is properly within what is known as the “ Center Creek bottom." Up to late in the year 1891, this particular locality was not looked upon as favorable to mining purposes, but a shallow deposit of lead was found, and the subsequent developments have proven very productive of lead ore. The property has been almost distinctively a lead producer, and carries the banner for the Southwest in the production of that commodity. The water is very strong in the mines, and during the past year three pumps, with a steam plant for operating same, have bad to be put in.

MOUND CITY MINING COMPANY.

This is one of Carterville's mines. The property contains 80 acres held under lease from Thos. Connor, and is now well developed with steam-hoisting and concentratiog plants. Considerable attention has been given to underground explorations and the opening up of ore deposits, the main shaft having been extended 385 feet in the ore body, and proven it to be 42 feet thick. Under the administration of Mr. Louis Helm, its present manager, the property has become a good producer and seems to have a bright future, if one may judge from the amount of ore in sight in the different openings. This year's output is $28,000.

E. N. PERRY MINES. This property is situated in the southeastern part of Carterville, and contains 50 acres, 10 acres of which is owned in fee simple by Mr. E. N. Perry, and 40 acres operated under lease. . It is one of the mines located in the famous Carterville basin, which has produced so much in the last few years, and which is still the largest producer of zinc blende in the district. The property is well developed, and is a large and steady producer, mostly, however, being operated by miners under sub-lease. A concentrating plant has been built during the year, and the value of the ore output for the same period is over $70,000.

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RICHLAND MINING COMPANY.

The Richland Mining Co.'s mines, of which Mr. J. M. Waugh is superintendent and manager, are situated in the city of Carterville. Nine shafts are being worked, producing this year $38,784 worth of ore, almost all lead. This is owing to the fact that the remuneration received from lead ore has been greater than that received from zinc, and the consequent continuous working of the lead prospects.

A concentrating plant has been put up within the year, and the prospects are that for the coming year the company will have a very materially increased production to report.

REX MINING COMPANY.

The Rex Mining Co. have their mines situated some two miles east of Joplin, where they have 1000 acres of tine mining land. They are making a splendid output, this year's valuation of their ores ($156,000) being the largest in Joplin, and nearly the largest in the entire southwestern district. They are comparatively new mines, and the possibilities of future production great, as energetic men are now pushing development. expecting reward in the increased prices of ores. The company have large and well-equipped concentrating plants on their premises, and with these and its mines gives employment to about 300

The mines are worked on the royalty system, so prevalent in the whole district.

SOUTH JOPLIN LEAD AND ZINO COMPANY.

The tract of land operated by this company contains 40 acres located in the southern part of the city of Joplin. For the first three years its development was confined to a small area, but during 1893 considerable new development was made which opened up new and productive ore bodies, and the property is now a large and steady producer of both lead and zinc. During the year, the company has put up a new concentrating plant, replacing the one burnt down, sunk a new ventilating-shaft, and put down three drill-holes to a depth of 150 feet.

TROUP MINING COMPANY.

The Troup Mining Co.'s property is located in the southeastern corner of Carterville, and has been a very productive piece of land since the first discovery of the ore deposits, which are found at a depth of 150 to 200 feet. Last year's production was not up to the average, owing to the general depression in the mining business, but it may be of interest to know that the value of their output for the last three years has been $269,000, and if we are to judge from the developments being made, the property will excel all its former efforts in the near future.

VICTOR MINING COMPANY. The Victor Mining Co.'s mine is one of the several large producers situate in the Carterville basin, in the town of Carterville. The one shaft on the property is down to a depth of 220 feet, and the company gives employment to 35 men. The mine is a large and steady producer, as is shown by the fact that the output for the past fiscal year is valued $47,536, and promises in the near future to exceed this amount, as developments are being pushed steadily for this purpose.

WESTERN ZINC COMPANY.

The mines of this company are situated east of Joplin, but within the corporate limits of that city. The property has been worked for many yeers in a desultory manner by different companies and individuals, but latterly have been consolidated into one company, and under the present management, is being worked in a more systematic man. ner and with better results. Their sales for the past fiscal year amount to over $69,000. The lease system and royalty prevail here, as they do

over the district.

LAWRENCE COUNTY,

CAMPBELL & CO. AND JNO. SCHMOOK MINING CO.

These two properties, of which Mr. Otto Schmook is superintendent and agent, are situated at Aurora, Lawrence county, and are both doing well. The ore-producing shafts, of which there are twelve, being operated by the two companies, are down to an average depth of 100 feet, and give work to about 60 miners and 80 other employes.

The valuation of the output of Campbell & Co. is $17,000, principally jack ore; that of the Schmook Co. is $35,000, consisting mostly of lead and silicate of zinc ore. What is said of the other nines in this section as to the low grade of the silicate ores is true of these properties also.

CLEVELAND & AURORA MINERAL LAND CO.

The mines of this company are situated near Aurora, and constitute another of Lawrence county's big producers. They have seventeen ore-producing shafts being operated at present, which are all well located and doing well, and every prospect of continuing to do so. This year they have turned out 1200 tons of jack, 2895 tons silicate of zinc and 381 tons of lead ore, making a total valuation of over $59,000. The preponderance of silicate ores in this section makes the price of zinc ore lower than in the other portions of the southwest.

KENTUCKY MINING CO.

The mines of this company are located in Aurora also, and make a fair showing with their varied product. Their out put this year is 145 tons silicate of zinc, 1041 tons zinc blende, 307 tons galena ( lead) and 84 tons dry bone (lead), making a total valuation of over $34,000. There are 13 shafts on the property which will only average 60 feet in depth but are well located and will, no doubt, inake fully as large a return the coming year. This property is worked entirely by lessees.

TERRE HAUTE LAND AND MINING COMPANY.

The mines of this company are located near Aurora, Lawrence county, and are the largest producers this year in that county, producing 566 tons of jack, 1563 tons silicate of zinc, and 477 tons of lead, all valued at more than $64,000. They are working 40 men in their seven shafts, and judging from developments now being made, may reasonably expect a considerably larger return for the coming year. The silicate ores from this section being of lower grade than blende ores, makes the average prices of zinc ores in this section much lower than it is in sections producing the blende.

NEWTON COUNTY.

SPRING CITY MINING COMPANY.

The mines of this company are situated in Spring City, Newton county, and have made a very good showing for the year. There are five shafts on the property, producing ore, which give employment to 30 miners. The product of the mines is about equally divided between lead and zinc, that is, as regards value, though in tonnage the zinc production is double that of lead. The property is doing well, and promises to continue so. The year's output is valued at $12,000.

ST. FRANCOIS COUNTY.

THE CENTRAL LEAD COMPANY.

This company is the owner of 1400 acres, situated in the very heart of this great Flat river basin. Over 50 years ago surface mining for galena was here carried on with the primitive methods then known. In 1876 a diamond drill was procured and a few holes bored to a depth of 240 feet. Some ore was encountered and a corporation organized, but at that time an effort to enlist sufficient capital to undertake development was unsuccessful. In 1890 the company commenced the sinking of a shaft to reach this ore at the 240-foot level, and resumed prospecting with a diamond drill. In the spring of 1892 the shaft was completed to a depth of 240 feet, but during the sinking of the shaft the prospecting had disclosed the existence of a larger and richer ore body at a depth of 360 to 380 feet, and it was decided to sink the shaft to the lower level. The shaft was completed to a depth of 380 feet in the summer of 1893, and in October the erection of hoisting plant and con centrating works was begun. These were completed in May of this year, and are models worthy of imitation. Although the concentrating works have capacity of but 100 tons of ore daily, and with all the delays necessarily incident to underground development and the operation of new machinery, this company has produced since May to date, September 1st, over 1,600,000 pounds of lead Concentrates, averaging over 68 per cent pure lead, and is now producing over 20,000 pounds daily. The concentrates are shipped to the Pennsylvania Lead company, Carnegie, Pa., where they are economically smelted with silver lead ores.

The ore body on which this company is now working has been developed by diamond drill and drifts, and is known to be 3000 feet long, over 200 feet wide and 23 feet thick. It is extremely probable that

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