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Catalog number 1997.2.1631
Object Name Clipping, Newspaper
Date 1943
Description TITLE: New Reductlon Plant At Guadalupe MineWill Be In Use Soon. AUTHOR: By STANLEY WALDORF. PUBLISHER: San Jose Evenibng News September 18, 1943.
Development of a rich vein of ore at the historic old Guadalupe mine, discovered after eight years of steady work, is soon to be started, officials of the Laco Mining company disclosed today.
Supervising installation of a new $60,000 furnace and reduction plant, located just a short distance from the old mine shaft, Harvey Mason, company president, said, "We have discovered an extensive amount of ore at the 465-foot level.
"It is not fabulous in amount, but there is sufficient ore in sight to justify erection of a first-class furnace and reduction plant."
Mason declared that reports of the "strike being the largest in the United States in many years" were not true.
"It is not a strike. There always has been good ore there. It's just the result of eight years of steady work," Mason said.
Other officers of the Laco company are George Kirk, vice president, and Howard Meade, secretary. Mine operation superintendent will be P. D. Burtt, outstanding mining engineer.
Operation of the ore reduction plant is expected to start within two months.
Mason declined to comment on reports that the number of pounds of quicksilver per ton of ore greatly exceeds the average.
Needed by U. S.
Quicksilver is now in great demand by the federal government which has assisted recently in finding of new ore sources by appropriating $500,000 for work by geologists.
"There never has been a suplus of quicksilver," Mason declared. "It's uses are numerous."
One of the uses at present is in paint for battleships. The quicksilver solution kills the barnacles and prevents their clinging to the ship", Mason said.
In addition to its uses in connection with explosives and in time fuses and its many medical purposes, recently work has been done successfully in using quicksilver or mercury as a source of steam for operation of steam-run engines.
William Biaggi, local attorney who is interested in quicksilver mining, declared: "The Baldwin Locomotive company has successfully operated a locomotive, using mercury. A group of engineers have been experimenting with some of the steam automobiles, using the mercury to provide the steam."
Biaggi said that quicksilver mining can be profitable now, with a ceiling price of $191.50 for each flask, which weighs approximately 76 pounds.
Although the $191.50 is the government ceiling price here, it has been paying $225 in gold for quicksilver in Mexico, Biaggi said.
Biaggi' declared good quicksilver ore to contain 70 pounds of mercury for each ton of ore.

Photo Caption: Equipment for the new $60,000 furnace and reduction plant at the Guadalupe quicksilver mine is now being installed, prior to start of more extensive operations within a few months. -San Jose News photo.
Cataloged by Boudreault, Art