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Frank Williams memoir, page 14


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With this assurance I took a lease upon Campbell's and Smith's part of the claim, at 25% Royalty, and began work at noon on March 6, 1894.I did about 50 feet of dead work, and, not being very experienced in mining, I didn't manage everything in the best way, but by the middle of May I had reached the ore and had extracted about 6 tons ready for milling. In the meantime, my friend Russell had come down from the Keystone and taken a lease upon the Murray. As I was fully occupied with my enterprise upon the Webster I did not go in with him upon his lease. He got a few tons of ore pretty quickly and the latter part of May the Bronze announced itself ready to handle custom ore. They stated that they would work it for $8.00 per ton and give the "cleanup". That is, they would clean up the mill after each man's ore was run and give him the gold obtained. There were about a dozen leasers and small operators upon ground of their own who had ore ready.As each man's ore was milled, they cleaned up the plates inside the battery and out, but did not pan the battery slush. Always considerable amalgam fails to stick upon the inside plates and settles down into the slush. From subsequent experiences in having ore milled I feel sure that we lost about 15% or 20% in this way.This action upon the part of the mill managers caused much bitter feeling and a meeting of the leasers (or chloriders,as we were called in Vanderbilt) was held in a tent nearlyopposite from McShane's lodging house. Some desired that legalaction be taken, but Edward Mulcahy, one of our number, made a talk in which he stated that, while undoubtedly we had been