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Edison General File Series 1911. Mining - General (E-11-60)

This folder contains correspondence and other documents relating to mines and minerals to be bought, sold, surveyed, worked, or tested. Included are inquiries by Edison to various suppliers of minerals, letters concerning ores that Edison might supply, requests to have ores tested by Edison, and offers to sell mining properties and mineral products. Among the metals and minerals mentioned are cobalt, elaterite, selenium, tellurium, lithia carbonate, and pumice stone. There are also letters regarding gold mining, assaying, and the publication of Edison's opinions on these subjects in the Saturday Evening Post in January 1911. A few items pertain to Edison's technologies for the magnetic separation of ores and to inactive ore milling companies such as the Edison Ore Milling Syndicate, Ltd., and the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Concentrating Works. Among the correspondents are longtime Edison associate Edward H. Johnson, geologist Henry C. Demming, and William H. Crane, president of the American Lithia and Chemical Co.

Approximately 50 percent of the documents have been selected. Most of the selected items received a significant response from Edison. The selected material also includes a sampling of letters relating to Edison's acquisition of supplies for production and experimental purposes, often for possible use in his alkaline storage battery. Other letters for which samples have been selected concern Edison's advocacy of thinly rolled nickel sheets, rather than paper made from wood-pulp, in the production of books and other printed matter—an idea publicized widely by newspapers and magazines, including the February 1911 issue of Cosmopolitan. Referrals to other vendors and letters concerning ores that Edison was not interested in purchasing have not been selected. Similar material can be found in the unselected archival folder, "Metals and Minerals."

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January 14, 1911.

| Yr, Thomas A. Edison. JAN AG: (ave ‘(v(t !

Dear Sir:

In the February issue of the Cosmopolitan Magazine

enson reports you as saying that you can produce thin nickle

can receive printed impressions at $1. we are very desirous of purchasing from :

Mr. B sheets which ee ae: i i

you are reported correctly, you a sample pound or two with a view to contracting for ton lots in

cape we are able to adapt printing and binding machinary to the use

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enclosed a cutting from the Evaing Journal c of the 12th inst. I own 640 acres where the soil co is gold-bearing sand, varying in depth from 30 to : uv

100 feet. I hold certificates of assays from samples \v

of sand taken by myself from this property, varying in

values from 33 per ton to as high as 490 per ton.

These assays have been made by four different chemists

all of whom, and several others who heve obtsined

similar results, claim that they get these extreordinarily. ---- high results by new processes, ang that by the ordinary

methods employed by assayists, the gold is unobtainable.

These men claim that the cost of obtaining these

results would not be more than about 50¢ per ton,

that there exists a foreign element in the gand which

prevents the separation of the gold therefrom, excepting

by methods which they heve discovered.

Messrs. Ricketts & Banks of this city have also asssyed small quantities of the sand for m, but they only obtained 40¢ per ton by wet assay, and 80¢ per ton by fire assay, and ridicule the statements of the other men. As there exists many thousands of acres of the territory where these sands are, th collossal magnitude cf the fortunes to be realized, if the gold exists in the quantities claimed,and can

be extracted at anything like the cost stated, will

be apparent to you.

I am also sending you herewith eight small samples of the sand, the same as the samples which I had assayed, in the hope that you will hvve them submitted to the treatmant referred to in the press


It appears to me it would be well worth your while to do so, as I could obtain for you a large acreage at a nominal price. You will observe from the markings on the samples that some were taken from the surface, and not any of them at from 9 greater depth than three feet to four feet.

Trusting you will accord my request, and to be favored with your early reply, I am, dear Sir,

Yours truly, ao Paz. Prcarep too ——v00CWC >

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William David Carhrane Real Estate

Nemark Park

. JME LZ a. Firemen’s Building ; a Top Bloor Telephone 3386 Market Newark, N. 3. _ Jan. Y6th. ' IT. Traut 4 Lue Mre Thomas Ae Edison . ain : Lievellyn Park, ' —_* eo de} . te

Dear Sir, : Will you kindly inform me if your storagd battery is likely to mako an increased demand for cobalt?

I am thinking of entering upon the production of cobal by a new process ,which has the possibility of greatly increasing// the supply of that motaljand having heard that you need this in large quantities ,I so ask the service of your kindness in reply to my inquiry. ,

Thanking you, I am,

Mag? Ve iia st

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Mr. Thomas A. Edison, Ge e Orange,

N. J. My dear Mr. Edison: -

I read with much interest your views upon the b / “gold theory" as published in the Saturday Evening Post of last ~ - : week, It was of special interest to me in fact,for the reason that i an myself and my associates have, for two years or more, been endeavor~ ing to solve the problem of recovering the gold values from the , clay deposits of the South, The lines along which we have experi~ mented, however, have been purely mechanical, and we have succeeded to the extent of exacting from 90 to 95 per cent of these values on runs through our machines of from 250 to 500 cubic yards, This, we think,in view of the fact that by no other method employed has it been practical so far as we have been able to learn to take out more than from 30 to 35 per cent. is doing pretty well,

we have been operating one unit of our machines for the past eighteen months at the Portis Mine in Franklin County, North Caro~- lina, with the results above stated, and have demonstrated to our entire satisfaction that it only remains for us to increase the number of units so as to give us a handling capsecity of from three to five thousand yards a day and upwards, and thus establish gold mining in the South and the handling of the hitherto obstinate "saprolite" deposits on a thoroughly satisfactory commercial basis. !

It is but natural that as a result of our long and at times discouraging experience with these Southern deposits, that we should | have acquired no little knowledge of conditions from all practical viewpoints, and thet we should have received many suggestions, some | of them worthless, but not a few of them interesting, \ |

If agreeable to yourself, I should be very pleased, at any

time you may suggest, to run out to Orange and talk with you.

In the meantime I am sending you by this mail a copy of a descriptive booklet on the Portis mine and the development work : : I

_ we have done there,which you may find of interest.

Yours very truly, i hue iA | | _W

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New York, Jan. 17, 1910,

Mr. roenes Ae eter range oJ. ; : JAN ES 19; My dear Sir: Gus tf; /y Your favor of the 14th. in reply to 1 : letter of the 13th. inst. to hand. re We appreciate your feelings about "talking too ; much" but what we earnestly desire that you vould do for us is to give our representative the facts about the coming use of niekel instead of paper for the ae printing of books, etc. We will not quote you at all : if you so desire, : : | This is a topic of considerable importance and the newspapers will be anxious for n=ws on this sub- os " ject. Unless I get the information from you right | away on this subjeet,. soma other paper will steal a | march on me and may garble the valuable facts. | Unless it is your wish we will not quote you on the matter at all, in which case no eriticiam could possibly attach to you for apvearing too frequent— ly in print, though you could hardly do that too often for the American publie. Trusting to receive a favorable reply giving me ' ‘an appointment this week, I beg to remain, : Very truly yours,

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The First to Introduce the Souvenir

Publisher _o€ Copyrighted Birch Bark i

Cards, Artistle Hand Colored Cards,

Post Card In One-Half of New Art Tone Black Cards,

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To the Hon, Thomas A. Edison,

Dear Sir:-

| I am in the wholesale,local view,post card business. | and jae more than ten thousand copper plates to print from. I have | printed on aluminum and made post cards of the same,giving local views | but price of five cents each at retail did not demand a second lot. | If you think it advisable,I will experiment with your nickel. | as per enclosed clipping,with one of my copper plates. . | Please send ,with bill,five hundred’ 500) pietes,size 4" x 6", and send price of sheet nickel,size 24" x 32",in 1000 sheet lots.This size mekes thirty-two post cards to a sheet without waste.Terms 3710 d. I refer you to Bradstreets. I have hendled souvenir goods in New England for thirty years, and would like something new,on which to print local views ,and have it | ‘prove a winner like the post card. Possibly we could make pin trays, baskets or other faney articles of the sheet nickel,printing a local

view on, each and retail them for ten cents each.

Publisher of Copyrighted Birch Bark The First_to Introduce the Souvenir Fae ee eva

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Cards, Artistle Hand Colored Cards, Post Gard in One-Half of New Art Tone Black Cards, Amerlean England 5

Colored Cards, German Colored Cards

Exeter, N. H., "1908

_ I have handled goods with local views as follows :-

Glass, China,from Germany, Wood from Scotland, Aluminum, Celluloid, and Post Cards. ;

The last has lmost killed the others. Hoping for a letter from a very busy man at your earliest convenience,I an Yours very truly,

Frank W. Swallor. . B


St BU Wwe pe “hound in “atecl,”

{. 7 ket | a adr years ta says he, “AT sheet’ of: nickel ‘one - twenty- thousandth of .ari ‘inch: thick: {8° cheaper, tougher,.and. more: flexible than-an ordl- nary shect of book Papers,

Books of. ‘Nickel. .

contain 40,000'paxes, Buch #& book would weigh ‘only one. pound,. 1 can make a pound of nickel sheets tor’ $1.26,

.i"In a single book <gf this sort coula

be. contalned the. equivalent of 20) paner- Jeaved books-of 200 pages each. What.o Ubrary. might be placed between two steel covers and sold’ for, perhaps, $2. History,’ science," flotion, postry—every- thing. Indestructible except through fire or abuso...

“And,” sald Edison, “I could today. fill

‘tan ordor, from a book publisher for o

sheet of nickel seven feet wide and .a mile long MMP nee te eae ne

“A -niokel. book, two inches thick, would.

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Oranre, New Jersey.

Dear Sirte

On page 500 of the February 1912 “Cosmopolitan” i

Thomas A..

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The Mewest, Jarygest and Wlost Sanitary Bathing Gstablishment in Hot Springs



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Mr.. Benson, in his very interesting article, eredits Mr. Ediso

with the statesent that "one New York fimp is already making \

“steel furniture. No tubing is used. The various parts are

“stamped out"

woulda it be permissable to obtain throurh you,

the ;

adéress of this ‘firm?

qhe several bath houses at these Springs are, by Govertim~ ..

ment recuirement, bout. to be eouipped in part, with steel furni-

ture. We are peeking something less heavy and cumbersome than / 7 | _prevailing patterns made up of tubing with its numerous and neces-

_ sary, fittings.

“We would much eypreciate the Kindness,

could we be put

in touch with the firm referred tO. 00nd

Alhanbra Bath House Cos,

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Bepariment of Bands, Forests and Mines

TORONTO, 25th January, 1911.

Sir: Oeneg gus eveey APD OF

Under and by virtue of the Supplementary Revenue At, 1907, 7 Edward VII. chapter 9, which imposed a tax of two cents per acre on all mining lands in unorganized territory and provided that all lands in

arrear fgy such taxes for two years or over should, after advertisement in the Ontario Gazette and a newspaper bli CO

d in the district wkerein,t ds wepAituate, be forfejted tothe7Crown, - L. eS t EP 2

were forfeited to the Crown on the vot September, 1910.

By an Order in Council dated 22nd December, 1910, an opportunity was afforded the late owner of any such patented lands to regain possession of the same by proceeding as follows:

1. Filing with the Department of Lands, Forests and Mines

(a) Accertificate from the Local Master of Titles or Registrar that he was the owner of the land at the time of forfeiture.

(b) A certificate from the Recorder of the Mining Division that there is no adverse claim under the Mining Act of Ontario.

(c) Receipt or statement from the Provincial Treasurer of Ontario, showing that all Algoma land taxes were paid in full, viz., to 1906 inclusive.

(ad) Proof that he has performed all work or expended ail money required by the forfeited patent or lease to be performed or expended on the lands.

oO , o G_ Paying in to the said Department the amount of taxes in defau swith, gpsts and pengltigs, amigo $ /, , together with a sum equal to one dollar per acre, viz, $ o <—,in all $ .

On receipt of the proofs and money mentioned above, on or before 31st May, tgit, a fatent may issue to the person or persons entitled on the form used for lands patented under the Mining Act of Ontario,

Special provision is made for mining lands held under lease, for which you are referred to the Order in Council of 22nd December, 1910, a copy of which is enclosed herewith.

This Notice issent to you, as it appears from the records of the Local Master of Titles or Registrar, as the case may be, that you were interested in the above lands at time of forfeiture. Yours truly, THOS. W. GIBSON, Deputy Minister of Mines.

ct of Ontario, on

Mining Recorder

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Copy of an Order in Council, approved by His Honour the Lieutenant- Governor, the 22nd day of December,

A.D. 1910.

HE Committee of Council have had under considera-

tion the annexed report of the Honourable the Minister of Lands, Forests and Mines, with reference to a number of mining locations and lots granted and leased for mining purposes, which have beon forfeited and vested in the Crown for default in payment of the acreage tax imposed under the provisions of tho Supplementary Re- venue Act, 1907, and advise that the recommendations of the Minister contained in said report be concurred in and

acted on, Certified,

Sgd. J. LONSDALE OAPREOL, Clerk, Executive Council.

To His Honour the Lieutenant-Governor-in-Council :

The undersigned has the honour to state that under and pursuant to the provisions of the Supplementary Revenue Act, 1907, « considerable number of mining locations and lots granted and leased for mining purposes have been forfeited and vested in the Orown for default in payment of the acreage tax by said Act imposed ; and that representations have been made by certain of the Inte owners of such mining locations and lands that they had no knowledge of the said Act or of the said tax, otherwise they would have paid the amount and so have prevented the forfeiture of their lands, ,

The tax is a statutory one and no notice is required, Dut as it seems advisable to allow the late owners to regain possession of their lands on roasonablo terms, and within a reasonable limit of time, the undersigned respectfully recommends that on any one on or before the 31st day of May, 1911, filing in the Department of Lands, Forests and Mines proof:

(1) That he was the owner of any such lands at the time of forfeiture ; :

(2) That there is no adverse claim under the Mining ‘Act of Ontario or otherwise; and that the land is not in default for taxes under the Act respecting the Taxation of Patented Lands in Algoma, Manitoulin, Thunder Buy and Rainy River (R.8.0, 1897, Chapter 26) ;

(3) That he has’ performed all the work or expended all the money required by the forfeited patent or lease to be performed or expended on the lands, and on his paying in the full amount of the tax in default with coats and

penalties, together with a sum equal to one dollar per acre, the undersigned be authorized to issue to such peruon o patent for tho said lands on the form used for lunds patented under the Mining Act of Ontario.

In the case of lands forfeited as above, which, though patented as mining lands, aro shown to the satiafaction of the undersigned not to have been taken up for mining pur- poses, but to have been held or occupied for purposes of pleasure or summer resort or for agricultural purposes, the undersigned recommends that on the payment of all taxes in default, including taxes under R.S.0. 1897, Chapter 26, if any, with costs and penalties, and of » patent feo of $10, and on the claimant showing that ho was the owner of such lands at the time of forfeiture, and that there is no ad- verse claim under the Mining Act of Ontario or othorwiso ; the undersigned be empowered to issue a patent for such lands in the form used for patents under the Public Lands Act, reserving the mines and minerals.

In the case of lands forfeited as above, where lensed for mining purposes, and where the lessee was not in arreor for rental, tho undersigned recommends that on the lessee at the time of forfeiture making payment in full of the taxes in default, with costs and penalties, together with « fee of $10, and on his showing that he had performed all the work or expended all the money required by the forfeited patent or lease to be performed or expended, the undersigned be empowered toissue o patent to such lessee upon his comploting paymont for tho full term of ten years, and on the form used for lands patented under the Mining ‘Act of Ontario, provided that if the lands are in a Forest Reserve a lease on the form now in use be granted instead of o patent.

In the case of lands forfeited as above, which were leased for mining purposes and were patented after the 20th day of April, 1907, the undersigned recommends that on the owner at tho timo of forfeiture making pay ment of all taxes in arrear with costs and penalties, to” gether with a fee of ten dollars, and showing that there is no adverse claim under the Mining Act of Ontario or otherwise, the undersigned be empowered to issuo a patent to him on the form used for lands patented under

the Mining Act of Ontario. F. Cocurans.

Toronto, December 20, 1910.

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Mr, Thomas A, Edison,

West Orange, HH, J, CER ose rehotd&

| Lig dd Dear Mr, Bdison: ' gue?) iti Would you like to go w 4 me to i

Fhiledelphie soon to see & men who claims to have discovered a process for making gold? I have seen the men already--saw him last week on my way to Washington, Sir Willian Ramsey has been to see him, and he showed me half e dozen letters from Ramsay written since the latter's visit, In one letter, Ramsay said that a certain sample of alleged manufactured ' fold was indeed gold, and pin all of the letters, Ramsay showed an interest that he , would not have showed if his vieit had caused him to believe the man to be # fraud, I got track of the mun in tris

way; After my Cosmopolitan article about you was printed, I received a letter from a Phil- i a delphis phyétéian, telling me that your prophecy about the discovery of a metnod of of making gold had already been realized by a Philedelphia friend of his, and offering to \ put me in touch with the man if I so desired, l Before I had an opportunity to answer the letter, I received another letter from the doctor, informing me that he wae et the St Regis in New York, where I might call upon him i? I liked, I didn't get the letter until after he left town, but I aia call upon the gold man himself last week.

The inventor--if he be such--is Rudolph i, Hunter, He is & patent lawyer, with large k offices in the New York Mutual Life Building in = Philadelphia, His offices and.his business look substantial, end he, himself, ladoks to be neither orazy or crooked, I talked with m hin perhaps an hour, but I wae not quite able to male up my mind with regard to hin, That is whr I would like to have you take o look at him, I? he had claimed only to nave invented & machine ;

that would instantaneously freeze water et 2

cost of # cent for each ton of ice, I should have believed him without hesitation, T sus- pended judgment upon him in the gold matter only beosuse it is too big to be taken at e gulp,


If vov would like to go with me to see Hunter, I will make the arrangements to suit your convenience, The newepapers need not know anything about {t--in fact, I don't went the newspapers to know that Hunter glaims to have discovered how to make gold, pecause, if I handle the matter in a magezine article, I don't want the edge to be taken off the story by previous newspaper publication, Purthermore, if you should go to see him with me, I would make no reference to such visit, if you did not want it mentioned, in eny i magazine article that I might write, of i course, if you should see the. man and give any port of serious conpideration to his eleims, I should be gled to say so in my article, but I would be governed in this matter exolueively by your wishes, I simply would like to have your expert judgment in placing en estimate upon the man himself,

I? you know anything about Hunter's reputation, will you be good enough to tell , me what it is? I understand he has taken out : more patents than any other man in the world except three, one of whom is yourself, Is tnis 80?

I am glad the Cosmopolitan article pleased you, and thank you for the letter in which you said so, I thought the pictures were pretty good, The Cosmopalitan people thought ther were very good,

I shell appreciate it very much if { you will let me know at your earliest gonvenience whet you think of the Philadelphia man and the desirability of

going to see him, : Io FARE sme,

Youre Truly,

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February 18, 1911.

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Mr. Thos. Edison, wily

Orange, New Jersey. fuavy vy i Dear Sir,- ees We understand that you have a patented magne tic

process for separating iron from its ore. Will you please . , give us description ana prices on this apparatus?

Very truly yours,

Phophate Mining Co.


Chie? ‘Engineer .

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As informed you @ few days azo we have aC. experi~

Ormge, N. J.

Dear Mr, Edism,

ments in reference to our ability to supply you with Hydrate of Lithium, and findiw thatthe sample which you have sent to us has Biven usa chance to experir nt only once @ twice, I would request you to kindly send me at your earliest convenience about 8 ounces of the same product, sO that we can continue and repeat the experi nts,

Your kind attention to this will be appreciated by

en very truly,

O \eraan ora Satin

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