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GEN'L PASSENGER OFFICE OF THE KANSAS PACIFIC RAILWAY,
KANSAS CITY, May 5th, 1876. A. J. White, Esq., Kansas City :
DEAR SIR-We are desirous of publishing a pamphlet showing the general features and mineral resources of San Juan, in Southwestern Colorado, and would like to have your assistance in the preparation of the same.
BEVERLEY R. KEIM,
General Passenger Agent.
KANSAS CITY, May 10th, 1876. Beverley R. Keim, Esq., Gen'l Passenger Agent K. P. Ry., Kansas City, Mo.
DEAR SIR-I am in receipt of your communication of the 5th inst., and am glad to know the Kansas Pacific Railway Company contemplates writing up the San Juan country; and believing all such publications help the country, in which I take the deepest interest, I hand you herewith such memoranda us I have, and which you are at liberty to use in your own way.
A. J. WHITE.
THE MINING INTERESTS OF THE UNITED STATES,
AND THEIR RELATION TO OTHER BRANCHES OF INDUSTRY.
The wonderful placer deposits of But while the gold yield has been gold in California which gave a pro- on the decrease, silver mining is gainduct of $65,000,000 per annum in 1853 ing a sure and substantial footing, and filled the world with amazement, and we now have a silver yield about equal the pockets of many adventurers with to the gold product in the best days of fortune.
California. These deposits, extending 150 miles While perhaps the period has not along the base of the Sierra Nevada arrived in the history of the Americam mountains, were of a richness that jus people that mining is a passion with tified the thorough exploration that us as it was with Spain three or four followed their discovery.
centuries ago, nor has it received that The gain to the country of this im- attention given it by the English or mense treasure had much to do with German people, yet the present indi. the prosperous times which followed cations would seem to justify the hope all over the country, and has fixed that the development of our immense upon the public mind a mania for new deposits of the precious metals will gold discoveries, and thousands go in speedily become one of the chief icearnest quest of the golden treasure dustries of the United States and every year.
afford a permanent and remunerative For twenty-three years the gold employment for capital and labor, product has been on the decline. There second only to agriculture in its imare none of those extensive sandbars portance. that yielded so richly as in California, Any new field of labor which would and the limited deposits found of late not lessen the profits of agriculture years do not seem to justify exten- and manufacture is a clear gain to the sive efforts in gold placer mining. country, while at this time when near
About $18,000,000 gold was the pro- ly every branch of business is strugduct in the United States for the year gling to sustain its position and a large 1875, and that came mostly from the portion of our population is idle, the treatment of quartz gold which in the opportunity for the profitable employ prosperous days of 1850-53 was but ment of capital and labor is particulittle, if at all practiced.
larly desirable. We are all going to San Juan over the Kansas Pacific Railway. The Short
est and Quickest Route.