Quarterly Bulletin of the Canadian Mining Institute Volume 2-4

Quarterly Bulletin of the Canadian Mining Institute Volume 2-4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...the furnace ran successfully until these pockets were worked out, and that no new sources of supply were found within distances that would permit of the economic transportation of ore to the furnace. John Mason fought manfully against overwhelming odds, and failed mainly through insufficient capital, and inadequate furnace lining. His instance in the year 1813 is the first record of a request to the Government for aid to the mineral industry, and this first request met with a refusal. Let us note the sturdy pride of the old man, who, when the Government refused his request, "therefore, would not ask for the cannon." We may also note his abiding faith, that those who came after him would succeed where he failed. Vanorman's case constitutes a continuous record of success for twenty-five years. When, however, he shifted the scene of his operations to Marmora, his failure was due to conditions over which he had no control, and which, doubtless, he could not forecast. The improvements in methods of transportation brought the iron producing sections of England closer to the Ontario market than was Vanorman's furnace at thirty-two miles distant. That his former experience had been gained in the treatment of bog ores, and that he was suddenly confronted with the problem of smelting a hard dense magnetite, such as the Blairton ore, need not be considered as factors contributory to his non-success heie, for the man who was the first to utilize waste gases for heating the blast, and whose furnace stoves were similar to those in use at the present day, would, we may be assured, be sagacious enough to adopt his treatment to the requirements as imposed in the utilization of an ore of a different character. The case of Uriah Seymour, who operated...show more

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  • Paperback | 228 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 413g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236524721
  • 9781236524720