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Frank Williams memoir, page 16

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very little left. This was a crushing disappointment to me and I felt very bitter toward the operators of the mill. However, it was no use, as I never got to meet any of them. I heard, afterward, that they went to Mexico.I then shipped two tons of the lead carbonate ore to the sampler at Kingman, Arizona and got honest returns, the ore sampling considerably over $100 per ton.This money and what I got from Klinefelter enabled me to pay part but not all, of my obligations. I should state here that while I shipped the ore to Klinefelter in June, it was July 11 before I got returns. Just as we were preparing this ore for shipment to Klinefelter, my brother Harry came out from Kansas. I hired him to work for me. When I got the bad returns from Klinefelter, I had to lay off Mr. Russell. A few days previous to this I had laid off Mr. James, as the ledge was beginning to weaken in size and grade of ore. There was still ore in sight, however, and Harry and I kept at work. Mr. Campbell had returned from quite an extended stay in Salt Lake and promised to work my ore for $10 per ton. About the 20th of August I had all the ore which was then mined, about 20 tons, hauled to his mill. The mill was in very bad shape and it took nearly three days to run this 20 tons through. He had an improvised "Evan's Table" for a concentrator. My ore was not very free milling and the first day the tailings assayed $15 per ton. Next day and the day following they assayed about $9.00 per ton. Yet with this heavy loss, my ore milled $40 per ton, exclusive of the concentrates.