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United States Department of State / Index to the executive documents of the House of Representatives for the second session of the fiftieth Congress, 1888-'90
(1888-1889)

Siam,   pp. 1425-1428 PDF (1.5 MB)


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FOREIGN RELATIONS.
   (2) A river flows through the placers from northwest to southeast, the
 bed of which has never been disturbed, and which can be turned or
 dredged.
   (3) A quartz lode measuring 1 mile in length by 60 feet in width, the
 surface and excavations of which yield an average of 1j ounces to the
 ton.
   The auriferous area is 10 miles long by 3 wide. A concession for
 twenty-five years has been granted to Chevalier A. Luzzatie, an Italian,
 a"id a company organized with a capital stock of £250,000. three-fourths
 of which, it is asserted, has already been taken in London. A royalty
 of 12 per cent. of the net profits of the mines is to go to the Siamese
 Government. The company have the exclusive right to all minerals in
 the boundaries of the concession, an area 10 miles in length by 3 miles
 in width, containing 4,000 acres of available mining ;urface, which Mr.
 Cooper asserts will average 116 ounces to the acre.
   Three different surveys have been made of these mines, and all of them
 pronounced favorable. The Banta Phan mines are located near a small
 bay, accessible for the largest ships, and are 2 miles from the coast, in
a
 well timbered and watered region, easy of access, so that machinery and
 supplies can be sent to the mines by building a short road through the
 jungle which skirts the coast.
   Heretofore the mines have had the reputation of being very unhealthy,
and thousands of human lives have been sacrificed to the greed of the no-
bles in their endeavor to obtain the precious metal. The present com-
pany proposes to erect habitable dwellings and to clear the forest and
undergrowth, so that the health of the place may- be improved.   Mr.
Cooper, who has had considerable experience in examining and explor-
ing mines, says that the Banta Phan is one of the most peculiar that it
has so far been his fortune to examine. Itembraces everything needed
to operate it successfully, timber and water plenty.
  Work will be commenced as soon as the machinery can be shipped
from England and skilled nwiners sent for. The fact that a company
has been organized in London to work the mines, a telegram to that ef-
fect having been received here, tends to give credence to the report of
Mr. Cooper as to the richness thereof, many specimens of which seem to
corroborate his assertions, but as the reports of gold-mining opera-
tions must be taken for what they are worth, I send you the above in-
formation, which I have received from Chevalier Luzzatie and others in-
terested.
      I have, etc.,
                                                 JACOB T. CHILD.


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