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MAY & JENNIE GOLD MINE

101 acres - including 41 acre Mineral Lease

Nelson, BC

 

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 32839B

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 Survey Data

 

Road Access Maps

 

The Property

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 length 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 never 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 on the property.

A high-grade 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.

With the 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

 

MINISTRY OF MINES ANNUAL REPORTS

 

1901 Report - 1033

The May and Jennie near Nelson, have been developed by 2000 feet of work with goodresults, but operations have been suspended for the winter.

1900 Report - Page 845

The May and Jennie Group is situated about nine miles west of Nelson,
May and Jennie and consists of the May & Jennie, Red Top, Tip Top, Gold Bell and Golden Giant. These claims are controlled by the United Gold Fields of B. C., with head office in London, England, and of which Mr. J. J. Fleutot is the local Managing Director. During the year work has been done as follows: 1,400 feet of development; 400 feet of flume; 1,200 feet of pipe line; 4,000 feet of trail, and 2,000 feet of wagon road, in addition to which the Company has contributed $2,800 towards the construction of the main road. Two camps have also been built, with accommodation for 50 men. A I0-stamp mill has been ordered which, it is expected to be working by May 1st, 1901, and a saw-mill will also be erected with a capacity of 1,200 feet per day. A tramway is to be built, running distance of 1,000 feet, connecting the mine with the mill, and by the 1st of April it is expected that 60 men will be at work on these properties.

 

1903 Report - Pages 143, 144

This 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 commercial values. 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 surface. 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 commence producing.

1904 Report - Page 26 

Nothing 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 division 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.

Page 135

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.

Pages 138 & 139

This 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  building 50 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 been built at either end. Under the process to be introduced, the ore, after it leaves the bin, will be put through a Blake crusher 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.

1905 Report

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 treated.

Page 166

The 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 adjustment in 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. 

The ore 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 electro-cyanide process.”

1906 Report - Page 148

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.

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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 excellent and 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 mine.

 

 

     

 

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.

 

June 2017

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.

 

July 2017

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 yesterday.

 

 

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 as you can see in the 3rd picture

 

 

 

The total magnetic intensity map speaks for itself

 

Random Pictures

(July 2017)

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 (49er)

 

A typical oxidized boulder along side of the drill road

 

The area around Adit #2 mine entrance

 

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