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a good business proposition to spend the money to develop the mine. Consequently, I took our best practical mining experts and made a very thorough exainination of the mine and an estimate of the cost of putting it in such shape that a large amount of ore could be taken out annually. As I now remember, the estimate was about $100,000, not over twenty-five cents per ton on the ore, in addition to the royalty. Taking the quality of ore into consideration, it was a very cheap ore. The proposition, however, did not meet the approval of the n-ianagement and the project was dropped. I was now at the end of my line in that direction, and told our management that it was not possible to make good special steel or good rails out of such material as we were being compeUed to use. In reply they again said we were making as good rails as other works were making, and that they could see no reason why we should make them any better. I told them the work we were doing was unsatis¬ factory to me, that it was the aim of my Ufe in whatever Une I might be to tum out good work, that it could not be done with the material we were using, and that I would not be responsible for the result. We were now up against the real thing and something had to be done. My reputation and money were both at stake, and at my age I could not afford to lose either of them.