Marion Co TOC
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Special 1994 Turkey Trot Issue
Mines Are Quiet
Reprinted from 19 Jun 1919 Mt Echo
Transcribed by: Karen L. (Hildebrand) Stevens
MINES ARE QUIET BUT OPERATORS NOT DISCOURAGED
In reply to a question recently asked us by one of our subscribers as to why we are not publishing more mining news at this time, we wish to state that the same condition exists in the North Arkansas field as exists in every other zinc field in the United States today. The low price of ore renders impossible the operation of zinc mines at a profit, and rather than operate at a loss, the owners of the properties prefer to let time lie idle.
We will state, however, that there is at present a movement on foot which, if it terminates as expected, will cause the resumption of operation of practically all our mines. We hope to able to give some definite news reqard to it in the near future. The ore is here and it can be mined as cheaply as it can elsewhere, but the former operators realize that so long as prices remain as they have been for some time past it is better to let the ore remain in the ground.
Development work is being done on a number of properties, the operators merely preparing their ground for heavier output than ever before when conditions will justify commercial mining. In the meantime, sit steady in the boat, as the faith of the men who are is position to know, remains as staunch as ever in the North Arkansas district.