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LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL.
To His Excellency:
Santa Fe, Ne Mexico.
On behalf of the Board of Regents of the New Mexico State School of Mines, I have the honor in submitting to the people of the State, through you as Governor, a codification of the Mining Statutes of New Mexico and of the United States, etc., which I believe will be of value to those interested in locating and acquiring title to mineral lands of the commonwealth, and for other purposes. With greatest esteem, I beg to remain,
Yours very truly,
FAYETTE A. JONES,
President, State School of Mines. Socorro, New Mexico.
March 7, 1916.
The development of the mineral resources of New Mexico is now being accelerated at a rapid rate, due to the high prices and demand for the various metals. The present demand is due to two factors, viz.:
The European War, and
At this writing, the present high prices will likely be maintained for some time to come—even after the end of the war in Europe.
Activity in every phase of the mining industry is at high water mark. The chemical, mineralogical and metallurgical laboratories at the School of Mines are flooded with ores and enquiries, as never before in the history of the state. Naturally, increased burdens have fallen upon the School and the institution is seriously handicapped for additional help and lack of funds to meet this extraordinary demand, so essential in the development of the mineral resources of the state.
Due to these extraordinary conditions there has arisen a very great demand for copies of the State Mining Laws and of the Revised Mining Statutes of the United States. The School of Mines being the only official State Bureau of the mining industry, it is but natural that the School be called upon to furnish copies of the mining laws of New Mexico and of the United States.
To meet this demand the School of Mines has carefully prepared this codification in order that the layman may know better how to proceed in locating and acquiring title to mineral lands, and otherwise comply with the State and Federal regulations governing the various phases and rights in mining.
The mining sections of the New Mexico Statutes, herein set forth, conform with the new codification of 1915. The arrangement of the Federal laws were chiefly fashioned after the “United States Mining Statutes Annotated” from the two volumes issued under the supervision of Mr. J. W. Thompson of the U. S. Bureau of Mines.
FAYETTE A. JONES. Socorro, New Mexico.
March 1, 1916.