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The Mama John

You may reckon by the name that we’re talking about an outhouse for the old lady, but it’s actually the name I gave to a special contraption I put together so my wife didn’t have to work so hard moving big boulders.

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• Royal Gold, Inc.
• Placer Dome, Inc.

Discoloring Assay Beads


We have developed a discoloring procedure, that makes parting unnecessary in many cases. Our discoloring solution contains sulfur, an element that tarnishes high silver content beads quite rapidly.

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.

Utility Agrees to Remove Four Klamath River Dams


PacificCorp, which owns four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River, has agreed to terms for their removal, a key milestone in efforts to restore what was once the third biggest salmon run on the West Coast and end decades of battles over scarce water.

Melman on Gold & Silver


...it is beginning to appear that we are recently witnessing a gradual buildup of background information that could lend strength to the arguments for ultimately higher gold and silver prices.

Diamond Exploration and Mining Heating Up in North America


Diamond exploration in Canada has led to a major new industry that did not exist prior to six years ago. Yet today, Canada ranks as one of the world’s leading producers of gem-quality diamonds.

Looking Back


Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.

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