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Newspaper copy courtesy Waverly Lewis

A story from The Bandera New Era
Feb. 15, 1934
Newspaper copy courtesy Waverly Lewis

Del Rio, Feb. 14 - With the price of silver to be purchased by the government now established by the president at 64.5 cents per ounce, Frank L. Hamilton, well known mining man of Presidio, believes that this is an opportune time to develop the industry in this area.
"Think of it," says Hamilton, writing in the Presidio Journal, "from Telingua to Shafter the distance is nearly 100 miles and the mineral zone is traceable on the surface all the way between these points.
"From Shafter to the Rio Grande some 30 miles, the mineral zone is showing all the way. This zone is from 15 to 20 miles wide and there a three fissure veins that we know of. There are cross veins, chutes, chimneys and blowouts until it is a network of mineral showing.
"The only real developed silver-lead mine, which is the Shafter mine, had been worked for 44 years without a shutdown. They were obliged to close down in July, 1930, because the price of silver and lead was too low to make a profit.
"This property has been a wonderful producer. The mine employed some 250 men and in 1929 produced 975,000 ounces of silver, 1,200 ounces of gold and 900,000 pounds of lead.
"According to the Bureau of Mines in Washington, the Shafter mine had produced over $22,000,000 in the last 44 years - where will we find another mining property that has produced more?
"It has been known for years that there was valuable mineral to be found in the Big Bend mining district, but for lack of transportation it never was developed, but now we have the railroad.
"Will our people sit idly while strangers come in and take all the good things?"
The members of the men's bridge tournament met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. DL Sansom Tuesday evening.
The scores up to date are as follows: Roscoe Hayes, 15,839; ER Teel, 15,624; RS Trowbridge, 14,960; DE Conwill Jr., 14,307; FA Mansfield, 12,998; DL Sansom, 12,395; Buddy Sansom, 12,710; FC Billings,10,883.
The Relief Office in the courthouse closes at 4 o'clock pm each day. Those wishing to transact business there are urged to call early.