Found on Aberfoyle Farm
Thursday April 14th 1910.
Report of Mineral Strike is Heard
Specimen Sent to Assayer is Pronounced Very Valuable
Silver ore discovered right here in Wellington County,
within a few miles of Guelph? Such is the well-authenticated story heard
in the city today. It may sound like a
page from a Bret Harte novel but the fact remains that ore containing virgin
silver has been found on a farm near here.
As the natural assumption is that where there is some ore there will
be more ore, the general public will wait, with more than a passing interest
to see what develops. Here, right at
our doors, may be a means of booming our city more effective far than civic
advertising and more clarion-like in its call for the attention of the
country than a dozen slogans. But time
In the meantime, the facts are as follows: — While
digging the holes for the Hydro-Electric transmission towers some time ago,
workmen in the neighbourhood of Aberfoyle drew up some ore. This appeared to them to be of good
quality, so a sample was forwarded to assayers for analysis. Word has been received by the owner of the
farm on whose property this occurred that the ore was that of true silver and
that it was of the very highest quality.
A firm from Hamilton
has offered a large sum if the privilege was granted to them to examine the
place with the understanding that none of it be taken away. This was not granted, however, as the crops
are all in, and valuable as it may or may not be, the silver must stay there
until the crops are harvested.
Monday April 18th 1910.
Officials of the Department of Lands, Forests, and
Mines of the province do not regard seriously the report from Guelph that
silver ore was found by workmen while excavating foundations for towers for
the Hydro-Electric transmission line.
The formation around Guelph
is limestone, and that silver exists is very unlikely. Near Niagara
Falls, nodules of galena have been found in
limestone. These nodules sometimes
contain a small percentage of silver.
No one from the district where the find is reported has communicated
with the department.