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The Gold Mines of the World
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Excerpt from The Gold Mines of the World: Written After an Inspection of Nearly Five Hun-Dred Mines in Transvaal, Rhodesia, West Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, New Zealand, India, Malay Peninsula, Siberia, United States, Alaska, Klondyke, British Columbia, Mexico, Per Of the total yield, the English-speaking peoples were responsible for about 1; or, say, 88 per cent, much the greater part of this being produced in their own territories. Indeed, they may be said to show as marked a bias towards pioneering, of which gold mining is a branch, as the Germans towards music, or the Chinese to husbandry. It is not, however, correct to assume that the English-speaking countries contain more gold than other countries. Gold is one of the most widely distributed metals, and if the rest of the world were to put the energy and the capital into gold-mining that the English-speaking peoples do, the discrepancy in production would be much less than it is now. So far as I am able to judge. Such countries as Russia, Siberia, China, Korea, the Dutch Indies, and Central and South America ought to produce far more gold than they do; but it seems more than likely that the rest of the world will not take up the big and costly work of systematically exploring these countries for gold, and that on the English-speaking peoples, following up this favourite pursuit of theirs, will fall the greater part of the needed development. A more important division of the world's output of gold, so far as we are concerned, is that produced by British capital, as com pared with the production from all other countries combined. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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