|About the Book|
(The books I publish are always proof read and corrected before publishing on Kindle! David Snode)Owing to recent rich discoveries in more than one mining field, hundreds of shrewd, intelligent men with out experience in prospecting are turningMore(The books I publish are always proof read and corrected before publishing on Kindle! David Snode)Owing to recent rich discoveries in more than one mining field, hundreds of shrewd, intelligent men with out experience in prospecting are turning their atten-tion to that arduous pursuit to such this book is offered as a safe guide.A complex subject has been treated as simply as its nature permitted, and when a scientific term could not be avoided, the explanation in the glossary has been offered.Also contains medical hints, camping hints, and many mineralogical tables and data.Many men seem to think that should their destinies lead them into parts of the world where there is mineral wealth they will have little chance of discovering the deposits without the technical education of a mining engineer. This is wrong. The fact is that thesphere of the prospector does not cover that of the engineer. The work of the one ends where that of the other begins, and many of the most successful discoverers of metallic wealth have been entirely ignorant of the methods by which a great mine should beopened, developed, and worked.A few simple tools and a not very deep knowledge of assaying, with an observant eye and a brain quick to deduce inferences from what that eye has seen, are the most valuable assets of a prospector. In time he will gain experience, and experience will teach him much that he could not learn in any college nor from any book. Each mining district differs from every other, and it has been found that certain rules which hold good in one region, and guide the seeker after wealth to the hidden treasure that has been stored upfor eons of time, do not apply in another region.To show what may be done with imperfect, improvised apparatus, an Australian assayer, who has since become famous, started up country in his youth with the following meager outfit: A cheap pair of scales, a piece of cheese cloth, a tin ring 1 1/2 inches by 1/2inch, a small brass door-knob, some powdered borax, some carbonate of soda and argol, a few pounds of lead lining taken from a tea chest, an empty jam pot, a short steel drill, a red flower pot. With this modest collection of implements he made forty assays of goldores that turned out to be correct when repeated in a laboratory.