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RAMSEY DISTRICTONE of the most remarkable gold discoveries which has yet been recorded among the wonderful bonanza camps of Nevada has been the finding of the fabulous ledges of the new Ramsey District.It seems a strange freak of fate that these wonderful ledges, lying almost at the threshold of the old Comstock should have remained so long undiscovered.The district is situated ten miles from Virginia City, but the character of the geological structure, and the character of the gold-bearing ledges bear a striking resemblance to the famous dykes of the Goldfield District.To Thomas and Bladen Ramsey belong the honor of having been the first discoverers of the newest rich mineral-bearing section. The story of its discovery reads somewhat like a novel. It is really an epic of persistency—that wonderful adjunct of determination which has characterized the movements and operations of expert miners for centuries past.In the fall of 1905 Thomas Ramsey, an experienced miner, and widely known as the original locator of the Mohawk, Red Top and St. Ives mines of Goldfield, made a systematic prospecting tour of the section now bearing his name. He collected a number of pieces of float which strewed the ground, and these, when afterward assayed, were found to contain exceedingly rich values. One specimen produced the enormous return of $800 per ton. The prospector, however, in picking up the various piecesHuge Quartz Dyke Assaying from $40 to $350 Per Tonof quartz was not careful in noticing from which particular spot each was taken, and to later segregate the various assays relative to the section from which procured, proved to be an utter impossibility.The $800 assay, like the others, had no particular place as to locality in the memory of Mr. Ramsey, more than that it had been found somewhere in a certain section of country covering a radius of ten or fifteen miles. The find, however, was kept a secret among three men, Thomas Ramsey, his brother Bladen and George Fletcher, the latter two having been taken into the confidence of the veteran prospector. Pursuant to plans formulated at the time the three men started out again for the new and alluring field on February 8th of this year, and began a thorough search for the ledge from which it was presumed the rich piece of float had emanated. The different draws and gulches were panned and it was found that in each and every one of them there was placer gold. Three different draws were traced to their head before finding the ledges, after which location work began and a total of sixty-eight claims were staked out.Ore has been found in place on two of the claims, namely, the Belcher and Starlight, the former carrying a ten-foot vein averaging $25, and the latter a body of unknown dimensions averaging $40 a ton. This property has been leased to Reynolds & Robinson of Goldfield, and arrangements have been made to put a number of men to work at once developing the property.FAMOUS CLARK STRIKEJust a mile from Ramsey's Belcher and Starlight is found what is perhaps the most marvelous outcropping of ore ever discovered in any country, and consists of a huge dyke of quartz porphyry, 300 feet in length, from thirty to forty feet in width, its upper end jutting out of the ground twenty feet

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