Mica. Nickel, Cop per and Cobalt. Only three of tin- Ontario minef were i i in ik-Ii lets than their full caj The total q lait year, and lIi»-h«- tons, rallied ni $23,810. The amount paid for wages, including Die development work on other mines, was $9,400. The total quantity of salt of all kinds made daring the tober 31, as reported to the Bureau by Mr. John Ransford, m the Association, was 13,387 tons, valued at $162,700 [I not be< sil>l
the ores of three companies yielded copper, the average being 3.19 per cent and the ores of one company yielded cobalt, but the average was only . 9 per cent. At the mines there was employed underground an average of 197 men EmDlovment 1 < > and above ground of 243 men over seventeen years of age, while of boys , under seventeen years of age there was employed an average of only 10, all above ground. The avercge number of men employed at roasting and smelting was 240,—the average of all classes of workers being 690. The mines of one of the companies were worked 310 days, of another 261, of a third 173, and of the fourth 155. The smelting works of one company were in blast 337 dajs, of a second 290, of a third 67, and of the fourth 32. The aggregate of time of labor in the mines may therefore be computed at 105,890 days, and at roasting and smelting 52,428 days, making a grand total working time of 158,318 days for the 690 employ The amount of wages paid for labor by the four companies was $339,821, and the average wage per day would 1 therefore be $2.14H. (iold mining has been comparatively active during thi r, but the (*ld. work carried on has been mostly of development character. Locations have been worked in the county of Hastings, in the district of Kast Algoma and in the region of Lake-of-the-AVoods. Nine companies have made returns of work done during the year ending 31st October, which show that 3,710 tons of gold ore was mined, the value of which is estimated at $36,900. The number of men employed above ground by those companies was 85, and the number underground 40. The aggregate working time of the men was 12,932 days, and the amount of wages paid was $22,750. The average wage per day would therefore be SI. 76. Mills for treating the ore were being erected at a number of mines, several of which are now in operation. New processes of treating ore are being adopted, and interesting results are looked for this year. In the month of December eight properties were in course of active Or* ia on development on Lake-of-the-Woods, the number of mines and laborers [i employed upon them being 159. Since then reduction mills put up at two of the mines have, it is reported, been treating the ores very successfully. A- -cording to accounts published in the Rat Portage newspapers, gold bricks of the value of $1,000 are produced by each plant weekly. The Ophir mine, north of Thessalon, was purchased last year by a Ophir mine. I )uluth syndicate for $100,000. Several shafts have been sunk on the vein and the show of gold has aroused lively expectations. Treating works are ing erected at the Ophir, and it is expected that they will be started in the in »nth of August. Hie ( 'reighton Gold Mining Co. is developing a location of much »n promise in the township of Creighton, west of Sudbury. men mil were employed on the works in February, at which time a shaft of 8 by 9 f is sunk upon the vein to the depth ot 110 feet. Steam drills and hoists -Acre in operation at that time, but air compressors, crushers and other machinery had been ordered and suitable buildings were in course of erection. Three mines are being worked in the county of Hastings, one of, m which has reached a depth of 140 feet. The pyritic ore at this latter mil being treated in a Crawford mill, and the yield of g< I ed to ry satisfactory. At one of the other mines a new process of treating mispickel ore is going to be tried, which is claimed ' the laboratory. 7 1 results in r .