Friday, May 2, 1973'
THE SUMMER DAILY
Fridy, ay 5, 973 HE UMMR DILY ageThitee
Amateurs face mountain
challenge to hunt gold
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ALTHOUGH gold - producing
technology is much improved
from a century ago, it takes
loads of money these days to re-
open old mines.
Technology is better all along
the line," said consulting geolo-
gist and engineer Jack J. Jutzy.
"But what really counts is labor
costs. Back in the '30s, a miner
cost only $2.50 a day and no
"He would produce a tremen-
dous amount of labor for that
price . . . nowadays, a miner
gets a lot more pay, and he also
has to have living quarters,
schools, a telephone, TV, and his
IN THE '30s it cost about $40
a foot to sink a shaft. Today, the
costs can run to $200 a foot.
GOLD was frozen at $35 an
ounce by the 1934 Gold Reserve
Act, which also prohibited Amer-
icans from hoarding or trading
gold, except for holding unrefin-
ed gold in its natural state. Users
such as dentists and artists may
he licensed to hold gold.
Amateurs, apparently undaunt-
ed by the challenge of mountains
of flinty dirt that might occa-
sionally yield a speck of the best,
are reported flocking to the hills.
They're buying pans, picks,
shovels, how-to booklets and
rough-country apparel. The ar-
gonauts prowl around mostly on
weekends, nosing around streams
and squinting into pans for a
flash of yellow.
LOU WALKER, a 67-year-old
Sutter Creek Calif., pensioner
who claims to have made five
fortunes in real estate and the
stock market - and blown the
works on futile hunts for gold-
"If all other costs were held
down and the price of gold went
to $400 an ounce, then the mines
might reopen," he said.
BUT whatever the problems,
and even if the price of gold
settles down to more familiar
elevations, some Californians al-
ways will be looking for the yel-
The gold hunters are a lot like
John Rose, but maybe not so
lucky. The Grass Valley, Calif.,
telephone cable splicer recently
kicked at what appeared to be
a round of cow dung, and came
up with a $2,800 nugget.
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