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& JENNIE GOLD MINE
101 acres - including 41 acre Mineral Lease
MINFILE No 082FSW091
ARIS REPORT 14429
ARIS REPORT 14417
PROPERTY FILE REPORT 17313
PROPERTY FIELD REPORT (1984) 38272
PROPERTY FILE NEWS CLIPPINGS 17314
HISTORIC MAY & JENNIE, RED TOP HISTORIC CROWN GRANT MAP
NELSON MINING CAMP - Airborne Geophysical Report ARIS REPORT
2017 (3rd Party) SOIL SAMPLING
of 49ER & REDTOP CLAIMS
Total Magnetic Intensity Map from
ARIS 32839B.pdf (page 105)
VTEM (Z-OFF) Map (page 106) along with known Geochemical soil
anomalies & VLF and Magnetic Survey Data
Google Earth Map with known Geochemical soil anomalies, VLF & Magnetic
Road Access Maps
The May & Jennie Property lies on a 101 acre property including a 41
acre Mining Lease. The vein although thought to extend for more than
700m and has been exposed at surface for some 345m with a high-grade
section extending more than 200m. The showing is located approximately 1/2 km
distant from the 49 Creek Watershed and records indicate an existing
underground resource of 80,000 tons of ore having been blocked out. This
resource would support a small-scale underground mining operation for
many years with no
additional development to the property. With additional development
the resource tonnage may easily quadruple or more.
The May &
Jennie occurrence is situated at approximately 1371 metres elevation on
the east side of Fortynine (Forty Nine) Creek, approximately 8.5
kilometres southwest of Nelson.
The property is underlain by
Lower Jurassic Elise Formation (Rossland Group) augite basalt flows,
flow breccias and pyroclastics previously mapped as the Beaver Mountain
Formation. Locally, the volcanics have been intruded by dominantly
fault-controlled, late-stage, biotite-rich lamprophyre dikes that are
probably related to the nearby large granitic stocks and plugs of the
Middle to Late Jurassic Nelson Intrusions.
The May & Jennie vein
is located on the southwest slope of Forty Nine Creek valley.
Development was carried out on this property between 1900 and 1905,
consisting of 610 metres of underground workings. The workings are now caved
or flooded and the vein is only partially exposed in adit No. 2.
The occurrence consists of quartz-pyrite vein mineralization, which
is controlled by a major normal fault (the Red Mountain fault) striking
150 to 160 degrees and dipping 80 degrees east. The fault closely
follows the trend of the local stratigraphy and schistosity and has
numerous associated minor shears. The vein averages approximately 0.6 to
0.8 metres in width and has been traced along surface for approximately 345 metres,
although it is thought to have a strike
of more than 700 metres. The gangue
consists of quartz with minor calcite mineralized by fine to
medium-grained disseminated pyrite. Wider sections of the fault host
massive pyrite with possibly some pyrrhotite and little or no quartz
gangue. Locally, a quartz-pyrite–rich envelope extends into the footwall
stratigraphy. Assays vary from 1 to approximately 36 grams gold. Free
gold occurs in near-surface oxidized zones.
In 1900, the May &
Jennie group—the May & Jennie, Red Top,
Tip Top Fraction, Cold Bell and Golden Giant claims—were owned by A.H.
Kelly. The May & Jennie (Lot 3943) claim was Crown granted to A.H. Kelly
in 1900; the Golden Giant (Lot 4655), Gold Bell (Lot 4657) and Tip Top
Fraction (Lot 4656) claims were Crown granted to Mr. Kelly in 1901.
The United Gold Fields of British Columbia Limited of London,
England, optioned the property in 1900 and began a program of
underground development. The No. 1 adit was driven 24 metres to the
vein, and 175 metres of drifting was carried out. The No. 2 adit was
driven 114 metres to the vein, and 198 metres of drifting was done. A
34-metre raise connected the two levels and a 30-metre raise was driven
to the surface. In 1903, reserves were estimated at approximately 54,431 tonnes (60,000 short tons)
ABOVE the No. 2 level.
Extensive surface work
was done on the Red Top claim in 1903, though the option was apparently
abandoned that same year although there are no records to confirm this.
Construction of a 45.4-tonne mill was
begun in 1904 by Reliance Gold Mining and Milling Company Limited, which
was incorporated in March of that year. Underground workings reached a
maximum depth of 71.63 meters, though very little development work was
completed that year. Ore reserves were estimated at 72,574.8 tonnes.
Once completed, the cyaniding plant proved to be inadequate and the mill
operated for only a short period in 1906. The company charter was
surrendered in 1914 and the mill was dismantled circa 1918.
In 1974 the Indicated resource was 80,000 tons @ 8.57 gpt
Au. In 1986 Player Resources exposed the vein at surface for
345m which remains open in 3 directions. Records indicate the vein varies in
width underground from 1.52m to 7.32m for an average of 4.25m
and has been traced at depth to at least
71.6m vertically (56m down dip from No.1 to No.2 Adit). There is mention
of drilling having been done in the late 80's but there are no records
whatsoever or signs on the property that this ever happened. There
are no old drill pads, core or casing, so although there may have been
talk of drilling, it appears it was ever carried out. Based on
conversations with local miners who know the area intimately, they too
have no recollection of any drilling having ever taken place.
exposed section of the vein is well over 200m long ranging in grades from
0.03 to 1.07 oz/ton gold at surface and grades and widths are expected
to better at depth. Existing tonnage estimates based on the historic data
calculates as a possible 283,400 tonnes @ 0.4 oz/tonne.
vein open in 3 directions and
more exploration to be done, the probability of increasing the size
of this deposit is extremely high. Tonnage could effectively quadruple
or more upon the completion of some additional
exploration and some much needed drilling.
MINES ANNUAL REPORTS
1903 Report - Pages 143, 144
property, which is situated on 49er creek, is connected with
Nelson May and Jennie. by means of a wagon road, and was
systematically developed by the owners throughout the year.
Arrangements have been perfected for the organization of a
company to take over the property; this plan calls for a mill
capable of treating 100 tons per day. Much of the work
preliminary to the erection of the mill has already been done.
The property is equipped with good boarding and bunk-houses, a
flume 2 by 2 has been erected for three quarters of a mile, and
is connected with a steel pipe-line 800 feet long to the
mill-site, giving a pressure of 480 feet, and a retaining wall
and foundation has been laid for the mill. The work done in the
mine has resulted in up the No. 2 level with 60,000 tons of ore carrying good
The underground work on the property consists of the No. 1 adit,
which has been run in
for 80 ft. and gives
a depth of 125 feet on the vein at the face. There have been
575 feet of drifting on this level, which has shown the ledge to
vary in width from 5 to 24 feet, and to carry ore of payable
values. The No. 2 adit has been advanced some 375 feet, the:
ledge being struck in 350 feet in from the portal.
Drifting has been carried on north and south from this level
along the ledge, the former drift being 400 feet long and the
latter 250 feet. There has also been considerable cross-cutting
and work disclosing large bodies of ore. Connections have also
been made between the two levels by means of a 112 foot upraise,
and a second upraise 97 feet in length connects with the
Extensive surface work was also been done on the Red Top claim
of this group, the washing being cut for a depth of 30 feet.
This work uncovered two ledges, one having a width of 9 feet end
the other a width of 20 feet, both carrying good gold values.
Extensive tests have been made of the May and Jennie ore both as
regards milling and cyaniding, and the installation of a mill is
all that is required to enable the property to
requiring special note has occurred in the Nelson Division this
past year, unless
it be the successful
prospecting done on Summit creek, in the eastern part of the
in the body of this Report-and
the opening up and equipping of the May & Jennie, a large,
low-grade gold property in the western part of the division.
At the May
and Jennie property, in the gold belt to the south-west of
Nelson, a 50-ton mill has been erected and will commence
grinding on the large reserves of ore blocked out in the mine
during the early months of 1905.
property is situated on 49-Creek, and is owned by the
Reliance Gold Mining Company, of Nelson. There was very little
development work carried on in the mine during the year, but
satisfactory progress was made in the erection of a mill for the
treatment of the ore already blocked out. This mill is known as
the Akron-Chilian mill, and will have a nominal capacity of
50-tons. The buildings have been erected, part of the plant has
been installed, and the balance of it is
expected to be on the ground in 30 days. The main building is 72
by 36 feet, and the cyanide
by 44 feet. A Riblet tramway has been erected, which has a
length of 1,750 feet
and connects the mine
with the mill, and a ore-bin capable of holding 200 tons has
built at either end.
Under the process to be introduced, the ore, after it leaves the
bin, will be put through a
and a set of rolls 14 by 36 inches, crushing to 1/4 inch, and
depositing into the mill ore bin. From this it is fed into the
Chilian mill, run over the plates, then into the storage tanks,
and from these through the cyaniding plant. From experiments
made, it is estimated that a saving of 90 per cent will be
effected by the treatment to be employed. In the mine the
underground workings aggregate half ½ a mile in length, the
greatest depth being 235 feet. This has resulted in opening ore
reserves aggregating 80,000 tons, the average value of which is
expected to be in the neighborhood of $4 to the ton. As
conditions permit of the handling of the output by gravity from
the mine through the mill, it in expected that a good profit
margins will result from mining and milling operations. The
probabilities are that the mill will be in operation by the end
of April, and preliminary work will be commenced in the mine a
few weeks in advance.
The results from the
experiments carried on at the May and Jennie mine were also
important. Here the adaptability of the Hendryx process has been
demonstrated in connection with the cyaniding of ore of the
character found so extensively in the May and Jennie workings.
The only disappointing feature brought out in connection with
these experiments is that the 50 ton plant which the
company installed during the year is of insufficient capacity
for the profitable working of the property, but with this defect
remedied, and the enlarged plant operating on a successful
basis, there is every reason to believe that considerable
quantities of this character of low grade ore will be profitably
50-ton mill and cyanide plant which was in course of erection on
this property for several months was completed in July last.
Experiments were then made with the ore, which brought out the
necessity for considerable
the cyanide plant, end it was not until December that the
desired changes were effected and regular milling commenced. The
best commercial results were obtained while milling at the rate
of 40 tons per day, the total recovery being 85% of the values.
The net result of the experiments carried on may be summed up in
the statement that the adaptability of the process applied has
been demonstrated ; but it has also been shown that in order to
obtain financial results in the working of the May and
Jennie property, the capacity of the cyanide plant will require
to be very materially enlarged.
reserves in the mine are very extensive, being estimated by the
management at 80,000
tons, the average
value of which is computed at $4. With the process adopted for
the treatment of the ore, and the favorable circumstances
attending the mining and handling of ore, the management
announces its ability to mine, tram and treat the May & Jennie
ore for $1.40 a ton. Work done in the mine consisted of stoping
1,500 tons of ore and breaking down about 3,000 tons in the
mine. The milling plant consists of a Chilian mill with a
nominal capacity of 50 tons, a Blake crusher, rolls and the “Hendryx
1906 Report -
At the May
and Jennie property, for which very high hopes were held out
through the treatment of large body of low-grade Gold ore by the
Hendryx process of cyaniding, there was practically nothing
doing. The insufficient capacity of the cyaniding plant having
been demonstrated, milling operations were discontinued and
underground exploratory work was undertaken on a limited scale,
the ‘progress within the year being insufficient to
determine the results.
Sometime before 1918, (the last
meaningful mention of the property) everything including the
mill was dismantled and removed from the property.
It appears clear the May & Jennie
property warranted the full-scale development it was given but
in the end, the unproven cyanide leaching system did not perform
as expected. I can only assume United Goldfields of British
Columbia quickly backed out of
their Option Agreement and then only a few years later, the owner of the property
(Aaron H. Kelly) passed away suddenly in Victoria BC.
Records indicate Aarron Hartt Kelly
passed away February 15th, 1911. The probate on his estate
settled January 21,
1928 (almost 17 years later).
Since that time nothing meaningful had been
done on the property until Player Resources did work in the
mid 1980's. The work they did was
consistent with all previous records and grades. Some of which
of which have recently been re-tested and once again, reconfirm the
potential of this hidden gem of an undeveloped gold
Samples were taken from the May & Jennie
vein April 1st, 2016
Visible gold in samples were XRF tested
and can range to
3.2794 oz. / ton (102 gpt)
The assays from these samples were received back from ALS Minerals on
April 07, 2017 and average 12.8 gpt Au (0.4115 oz per ton) from the
NE corner of the M&J vein exposed at surface.
It was an
extremely rainy couple of days in June but I still managed to
get up past the mine and to the drill-road where the vein is
exposed in a few places and crosses over onto the newly
acquired 49er claim. I carried out 45 lbs. of samples from two locations off the exposed
vein from the 49er claim side. Unfortunately I slipped
coming down the mountain and the samples got mixed. The
next couple of days also called for rain so I decided to call it
a day and headed home.
In a few
specimens free gold is visible where more advanced oxidization
has taken place as shown in the 3rd picture. Once the pyrite has
oxidized away it leaves behind a porous quartz-type of material.
Viewed with a loupe you can see free-gold still attached to this
quartz. If you crush and pan it,
much of the fine gold just floats away.
Grab samples of massive pyrite have been collected approximately 30m NW of the No.1 adit
that XRF consistently over
1 oz per ton Au, plus Ag and Pb. This high-grade ore was
previously trenched and exposed along strike for over 200m at
surface and go on to support the work done in (1985) ARIS report
14429. After 32 years laying only a couple of inches below
surface, amazingly this ore looks like it came out of the ground
Above are typical XRF results. Many
tests on this high-grade ore return gold values over >100 gpt
across the face of the XRF analyzer window
The total magnetic intensity map speaks for itself
My hand-cleared access trails along the
overgrown roads up to the mine area
Vein exposed at surface close to the
western claim line where the mineral lease meets tenure 393337
A typical oxidized boulder along side of the
around Adit #2
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