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means that one of the party rides the animal for say half an hour, then gets off, ties him and goes on foot; when the other party comes up to the mule, he gets on liim and rides the same length of time, and ties. We soon found that the plan did not work in this case, as both of us walked faster than the mule, consequently we put Mr. Mule in charge of the guide and let him hurry him along, and Mr. Herr and I footed it together, which was more comfortable than riding the mule.
We went first to see what was called the Cleveland loca¬ tion, which showed a body of ore that, to a person used to mining brown hematic ore, was truly marvelous. We wanted to see what was known at that time as the Jackson location, a few miles distant. The guide did not want to go, saying there was more ore where we were than could ever be taken away. At that time I was told that a con- trolUng interest could be secured in said Jackson location for $25,000, and I at once made up my mind when I re¬ turned home I would try to induce some of the iron men to take the subject up.
The next day we returned to Marquette and went up to Eagle Harbor to see a copper mine. On the boat were several gentlemen who were interested in the mine I was going to see. As we had gotten pretty weU acquainted on the boat, they invited us to go with them, and go down in the mine and see the native copper about which they had much to say. Of course I accepted their invitation and went with them. The mine was of some depth, but I caimot remember how many feet it was. After reaching the bottom and creeping through a small hole, we saw a mass of fine copper they said would weigh five or six tons, which, to my mind, would cost more to get out than they could get for it in the market. They had to take out the rock over it to give room for the workmen to swing the