A Word from the Editor
September 2000 by Scott HarnI've received a few letters over the past year regarding assays and assayers. Most wanted to know how to tell the good ones from the bad. You'll find most of these questions answered by Ralph Pray in his article, "Fake Assays and Assayers," in this month's issue.
Melman on Gold & Silver
America has lost another ex-president with the passing last month of Gerald Ford, the only non-elected president in history. It is worth remembering, however, that he came into the office under incredibly difficult circumstances and acquitted himself well. He will be fondly remembered.
John Fremont and the Gold Mines of Las Mariposas
John Frémont was a man whose luck regularly swung from one extreme to another. At times he seemed to be the luckiest man on earth, yet he sometimes made bad decisions that got him into a considerable amount of trouble.
Melman on Gold & Silver
If there is one word which seems to describe the past month on so many fronts, it is the word "dysfunctional." The tone was set when "American Beauty" won the Academy Award for "Best Movie."
Global Warming—The Press Gets it Wrong, Our Report Doesn't Support the Kyoto Treaty
The National Academy of Sciences released a report on climate change, prepared in response to a request from the White House, that was depicted in the press as an implicit endorsement of the Kyoto Protocol.
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
The Furnace Atmosphere During the Fire Assay
It has been claimed that the introduction of excess air to the assay furnace during sample fusion can materially increase the gold yield. Testimony by expert witnesses for the defense in recent federal hearings dealing with the dependability of the gold fire assay includes data purported to show this.
From The Editor: A Note to Our Readers and Advertisers
We want to assure you that we took our time, looking for someone energetic and knowledgeable, and I think we found the perfect match.
The Bawl Mill • Over the Divide • Guest Editorial—Globalizing Mining in America, Part II • Gold Point, Nevada—A One-Man Mining Town Restoration • Rare Coin Makes a Mint at Auction • Letter to the Editor • Jackson Hole Gold, Wyoming • Picks & Pans: Big River Dredging in Northern California • Fake Assays & Assayers • Turning Acid Mine Drainage Into Drinking Water?—Grass Valley Company May Have the Answer • Everything You Need to Know About Gold Wheels • Exceptional Gold Dredging in New Zealand • Lightning Creek, British Columbia • Mine Reopening Could Revive Region • Willow Creek Dredging Trip • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices • More Treasure From Sunken Ship