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Mining History

The Mint at the Mescal Mine

An article in the Los Angeles Sunday Times, December 8, 1895,
by John E. Bennett, U.S. Secret Service Bureau

    The Mescal Mine

    The Mescal mine lay on the east slope of one of the largest mountains in the Mescal range...

    The Reasoning

    “What was the reason?” this was the inquiry on every one’s lips. ...

    All of the Facts

    All of the above facts I learned from my guide and ...

    A Hard Case to Handle

    ... Not alone was it difficult by reason of the fact that the operators were ...

    Continuing on the Case

    We secured a good description of this bacchanalian silver owner, and I started in search of him. ...

    A Good Team of Mules

    ... It was a long and weary drive, across a broad desert into a country of ...

    A Government Detective

    ... I knew the operators of the Mescal mine were a lot of counterfeiters and that I had come there to arrest them, ...

    Counterfeit Silver Dollars

    After witnessing this I felt sure that coining was going on ...

    The Morning Shift

    "... and if you ever come here again I shall send you to San Bernardino to jail.” ...

    I Will See

    ... They scrambled rapidly down toward us, while Davis and Spencer turned white and ...

    The Explosion

    He replied that that seemed to be a unusually heavy one, and it was. There must have been a ton of giant powder burnt in that explosion. ...

    The Trial

    ... The metal I took from the refining pot was assayed and found to contain just the proportion of pure silver and ...


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