Jopling Tells of Cornishmen The Wakefield News 13 Aug 1927 Part 2

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Jopling Tells of Cornishmen
The Wakefield News 
JAMES E. JOPLING TELLS OF MANY CORNISH MINING TERMS (Continued from. First Page) rising from the moors, the cultivated valleys rprotected from the high winds, the rugged coast of the Atlantic ocean all make wonderful contrasts Vhich delight delight the artist. " f 'One.of the interesting experiences was that of going down the Dolcoath mine, which was then l.SOO feet in depth, or three hundred fathoms, as the miners term it. On my arrival in the Cambourne mining region, it was impressive to see the many evidences of mining operations. There were the active mines, indicated in the distance by the shaft houses and engine houses and the tall brick stacks of the boilers, but besides these, and scattered far and wide, were the remains of former operations more or less ancient with great piles of loose rock, or waste from the mines, the old buildings, more or le«s in ruin, and numerous excavations scattered over the hilte. Along the stream beds which wound among the rocky hills and on - their courses toward toward the sea, there were the stamp mills where the ore was crushed and the richer portions extracted. "Tin and other ores have been mined in Cornwall for ages, because even among the remains of the stone age there have been found implements and ancient x workings in the mineral deposits. deposits. Previous to tlie Roman occupation, occupation, the history of mining in Cornwall Cornwall is largely traditional. It is certain certain that, tin was produced at an early age. together with some gold and silver. silver. -The tin became an important item of trading in early commerce on. the sea. and the records show that it was brought to Greece as early as about 300 B. C. There is enough evidence to show that it was also carried at a much, earlier date and it is generally believed that the Phoenicians "monopolized "monopolized the trade for a long period. It may have been used in Egypt at even an earlier date. It was used in making bronze and for many other purposes, such as fixing the Tyrian Purple. "Besides tin and copper, the ancients found a little gold which occurs but rarely. Silver is found in considerable quantities in galena, which is the ore of lead, the lodes occurring principally principally in the limestone. This ore in Cornwall, in several mines averaged more than five dollars to the ton in silver, besides the lead values. Some zinc and deposits of arsenic have been worked and small quantities of nickel und cobalt have been found, besides

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  1. The Wakefield News,
  2. 13 Aug 1927, Sat,
  3. Page 3

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