Excerpt from Mining Law of the British Empire
After reviewing the general principles of mining law and the widely divergent systems On which they are based, I propose to quote and discuss the various codes in practice in each of the principal mining countries Of the British Empire, in as much detail as space and the information at my disposal will permit. The intricate and detailed provisions made in the legislation of some of the British self-governing colonies for the regulation of alluvial gold-mining, I shall but lightly touch upon, as of no great interest to European readers; whilst as much attention as possible will be given to the legislation bearing upon mining leases and properties Of such importance as those in which mining joint-stock companies are more generally interested.
Criticisms and complaints, some just and some unjust, Of the various mining laws are rife on every hand in all countries throughout the world, and will remain so until human nature has effected a radical change in itself until all classes of the com munity - those who labour with their hands, those who labour with their brains, and also those who invest the necessary money capital in mining enterprise - can combine in understanding that each one section of this working community is as necessary as the other to the mutual well-being and general good: until that day dawns, the stupid antagonism of labour to capital, and the resulting arrogance Of capital towards labour, will continue to clog the wheels of progress.
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