C.A. Earle Rinker letter to his mother, Aug. 12, 1907, page 3
3 and he put his candle in his mouth so he could use both hands to climb. Maybe you think it didn't tickle the miners to see him. Will try to draw a cut here to show you how they take out ore. The Mohawk Ledge sunk a shaft 400 feet deep. Then they run a tunnel until they struck the ledge. Then the commence taking the ore out at the tunnel, picking it loose and letting it fall to the tunnel where it is dumped into ore cars. You can see the open or clear place in the ledge. The ledge is about 2 1/2 feet wide or thick. They have stoped all the ire from the tunnel up to where it marked X. That is where we climbed up to. There are no ladders and you just have to hold to the sides with your hands and feet to get up. the miners have little holes in the walls for their feet to hold themselves up while they are picking. The company is sinking the shaft lower to catch the ledge lower down and stope up to the tunnel above. [hand-drawn diagram of the mine tunnels and ledges on left side of page] I don't know whether you can understand the above or not but if I only had you here I could show you.
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