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ome very drastic reduction in the cost of production thatthe mines can be kept going, and to urge on your Federa-tion and the Unions the necessity of accepting the Chamberssuggestions, unless disaster is to overtake the Witwaters-rand. The proposed modifications would (on the assump-tion that the existing mines continue) involve, over a periodof months, if not years, a reduction, not necessarily all byretrenchment, of, at most, 2,000 in the number of unskilledand semi-skilled Europeans at present employed; and pro-bably much fewer. On the other hand, if the present con-ditions are allowed- to persist, the certain result will be thepremature closing down of mines and loss of employmentto over 10,000 Europeans, skilled and unskilled. Further, unless working costs can be reduced to afigure which will show a reasonable return on capital, evenwhen gold has dropped to its normal price, the ordinary pro-cess by which exhausted mines are replaced by the openingof new ones will entirely cease.
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NOWREADY Including a CompleteMining Directory of South Africa PUBLIC SUPPLY UNDERTAKINGS RAILWAYS TRAMWAYS SUGAR MILLS &c. &c. Published by S.A. Mining & En- gineering Journal Stock Exchange Building Johannesburg Letters to the Editor. UNITED STATES PATENTS. To the Editor, iS..4. Mining and Engineering Journal. Sir,--Statements have recently appeared in the pressthat it usually takes from two to five years to securethe acceptance of specifications of patentable inventions inthe United States and that it constitutes a record tohave obtained a grant in the space of eleven months. Thereare in this town a great many people, interested in thesubject of patents in the United States, by whom thesestatements will be read with considerable surprise, and ifthey are allowed to go forth unchallenged they will causemuch needless alarm to others. May we, therefore, bepermitted to say that in the course of an experience coveringa period of more than thirty j-ears, and a very large number
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