MINING NEWS. GRAHAMSTOWN.
Pumpino Association. — The contractors were not working on the bottom to-day, as tUo water was up in <jhe lower part of tUo shaft sinco the buckets wore changed on Saturday. The vents also having been closed by the water, there is gas in the shaft nearly up to tho!400ft. level, hut this is only temporary, and na tf'O water is reduced the current will be increased and tho gas will consequently bo driven out. There is no change to report in the bottom up to the time tho changing of buckets took place, the country was good and easily worked. There is a littlo to do in the 400ft. level, which will occupy the men while the water is being pumncdout of the shaft. Exchange. — The mine and plant of the Exchange Goldmining Comtlany was sold to-day by auction, under distress warrnt, and was bought in by Mr. Ruddock, one of the directors, for £1,200, that being tho amount of the company's liabihtitB. Immediate steps will be taken for reformiug the company. The new issue of shares have all been applied for, and as soon as tho preliminary arrangements are completed an immediate start will be made with mining operations) ' It is - understood that appioation will bo mado to tho Crown Princess company for permission to use their shaft and level. The drive on the No. 2 reef in the Grown Princess mine has already reached tho Exchange boundary, aud not only is there a good reef in tho face, but there is a good show of gold, so that in this face, at all events, the new company will bo able to start immediate operations upon good payable crushing stuff. In the meantime the drives on tho Nos. 1 and 3 reefs are progressing toward the boundary, and I have no doubt the now company will be able to make satisfactory arrangements with the Crown Princess foi the use of their level and for hauling the stuff. Briuht Smile. —Tho new crushing plant is so far completed that an engineers' start was effected to-day for tho purpose of ascertaining that everything was accurate aud in working oidcr, and the rosult was highly satisfactory. Tho plant is apparently a very cth'cient one, consisting of 40-head of stampers, driven by four powerful beam engines aud twelve bordaiiB. Tho whole of the interior arrangements appear to bo most complete. The whole of the plant with tho exception of the Engine is of Thames manufacture. Tho crushing battery and gear having been built at Jiidd's foundry, and the bcrdans and gear at Prices. Tho wholo has been constructed and oreotod in accordance with pltuw prepared by and under tho immediate supervision of tho company's enginoer, Mr. u. P. Hilton. There are lomo few finishing touches yofc required before everything is in working order, but in all probability on Wednesday or Thursday it will be started permanently to work. Golden Calf.— Crushing for this company will bo rosumod on Thursday at tho Kuranui battery with a force of 10 head of stampers, and tho manager intends to continue permanently to employ this force at least in future. The reef in the bottom lovel continues to show gold freoly not so much in tho shapo qf rich specimens as in a well disseminated show of gold through tho entire mass of the roof which lately has varied from Oft. to Oft, in middle. The present prospects of the mine gives greater promise of permanency aud continuous good yields than have been shown at any time since the mine was first opened. The winding engine and gear have boon thoroughly over hauled and repaired and air pipes are now being c.u-ricd up to the faco tor the drive being in a long distance from tho shaft the ventilation had becomo imperfect. But as the air will ]>e forced in by a ■mall stream of water there will bo no extra expense such an would be incurred if fans had to bo kept working. Tho miinagor and shareholders are very muiguino regarding tho present prospects of their mine. Cukk. — The crushing for the Cure Company continues to show up iplendidly, and on Saturday night, after the fortnights run on general stuff alone, there were l,250oz. of hard squeezed amalgam on hand, and a considerable portion of the amalgam .had boon squeezed in hot water.— [Thames correspondent.]
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Unknown, Daily Southern Cross, Volume XXXI, Issue 5584, 20 July 1875
MINING NEWS. GRAHAMSTOWN. Daily Southern Cross, Volume XXXI, Issue 5584, 20 July 1875
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