Transactions of the American Institute of Mining Engineers

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While transaction and proceeding documents from technical associations can make for some dry reading, this particular one offered, to me at least, an incredible confluence of the obituaries for two great men of the early industrial age, Franklin B. Gowen and Capt. Bill Jones.
Gowen, although maligned in the popular history of the Pennsylvania anthracite coal industry for his involvement in the infamous 'Molly Maguires' uprising, was one of the great early business strategists in the fashion of John Rockefeller, both of whom appreciated market controls as the great leveler of product pricing at the customer level.
William "Bill" Jones' began an llustrious career in the steel industry with an apprenticeship at a foundry and reached it's apex as general superintendent of Andrew Carnegie's leading edge Edgar Thomson Works steel mill. Jones' contributions to steelmaking were crucial in paving the way for the United States to become a global leader in that importance segment of our economy.
The lives of both men deserve contemporary study and, perhaps in the case of Gowen, some relief from pillory.


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Page 881 - Mining claims upon veins or lodes of quartz or other rock in place bearing gold, silver, cinnabar, lead, tin, copper, or other valuable deposits, heretofore located, shall be governed as to length along the vein or lode by the customs, regulations, and laws in force at the date of their location.
Page 885 - But their right of possession to such outside parts of such veins or ledges shall be confined to such portions thereof as lie between vertical planes drawn downward as above described, through the end lines of their locations, so continued in their own direction that such planes will intersect such exterior parts of such veins or ledges.
Page 220 - REPORT ON THE CLAY DEPOSITS of Woodbridge, South Amboy and other places in New Jersey, together with their uses for firebrick, pottery, &c.
Page 904 - States governing their possessory title, shall have the exclusive right of possession and enjoyment of all the surface included within the lines of their locations, and of all veins, lodes, and ledges throughout their entire depth, the top or apex of which lies inside of such surface lines extended downward vertically, although such veins, lodes or ledges may so far depart from a perpendicular in their course downward as to extend outside the vertical side lines of such surface locations.
Page 186 - ... into the conflicting survey than may be necessary to make such end line parallel to the other end line and at the same time embrace the ground so held and claimed. The useless practice in such cases of extending both the side lines of a survey into the conflicting survey and establishing an end line wholly within it, beyond a point necessary under the rule just stated, will be discontinued.
Page 885 - ... so long as they comply with the laws of the United States, and with State, Territorial, and local regulations not in conflict with said laws of the United States governing their possessory title...
Page 885 - May, eighteen hundred and seventy-two, so long as they comply with the laws of the United States, and with State, Territorial and local regulations not in conflict with the laws of the United States...
Page 881 - A mining claim located after the tenth day of May, eighteen hundred and seventy-two, whether located by one or more persons, may equal, but shall not exceed, one thousand five hundred feet in length along the vein or lode ; but no location of a mining claim shall be made until the discovery of the vein or lode within the limits of the claim located.
Page xi - Members shall be professional mining engineers, geologists, metallurgist*, or chemists, or persons practically engaged in mining, metallurgy, or metallurgical engineering-. Associates shall include all suitable persons desirous of being connected with the Institute, and duly elected as hereinafter provided. Each person desirous of becoming a member or associate shall be proposed by at least three members or associates, approved by the Council, and elected by ballot at a regular meeting...
Page xii - The duties of the president, vicepresidents, treasurer and secretary, shall be such as usually pertain to their offices, or ma'y be delegated to them by the unanimous vote of the executive committee.

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