Calhoun County comes to the front this week with a silver mine
story. A farmer found a chunk of silver weighing over 20 pounds, and he believes
he has a better thing going than the Bickel and Otto Lehman gasoline factory.
E.R. Fluharty of near Lough sold an option on his farm to a New
York mining promotion concern for silver or other precious metals for $500. In
the contract it was provided that the farm should be tested and should any metal
or quartz be found in paying quantities, Fluharty is to receive $7,500 more, or
$8,000 in all, for any precious metal that is found. The option is for six
months only, and it is provided that the farm must be tested in that time,
otherwise the mineral right will revert to Fluharty.
About 15 years ago, Fluharty discovered a piece of white ore,
hard as marble, yet from all appearances seemed a silver nugget. The ore was
about the size of the crown of a hat, but weighed in the neighborhood of 50
pounds. He believed it to be silver, and told several friends about it, and
since that time has received propositions from many companies for lease or
option on the farm. Each company making the proposition wanted a lease or option
for test free and pay a royalty on all minerals taken out.
He has refused these propositions, and about two weeks ago Harry
S. Jenkins of New York, mining promoter, visited the farm, examined the ore and
took a six months lease, paying down the $500 for the privilege of making the
Fluharty has never secured any assay of the ore, but has
succeeded in smelting several specimens during difficult times. He believes it
to be rich in silver and certainly contains some metal of more than ordinary
An electronic secretary, installed last week for Haliburton Oil
Well cementing company, was done by United Telephone Co. It is a device for
recording messages on tape, to be played back when needed. In this way messages
may be telephoned in at any time, on a 24-hour a day basis, be recorded, and
when the office is opened, all messages are played back, and answered.
The secretary answers each phone call with a recorded
announcement, asking that messages be recorded. The tape is of such length that
an average of 12 messages can be recorded.
Because of the necessity of having this special piece of
equipment here, United had to make some modernization on the existing phone