MINING: Trouble in the West

Western miners can never forget the golden 18905, when high-grade, low-cost ores made everyone richer every day in every way. Today the situation is almost exactly reversed. As against cheaper foreign production of richer ores. U.S. veins are becoming poorer while labor costs have soared to an average $18 a day. Last week, when Eagle-Picher Co. closed its zinc operations in Oklahoma and neighboring states, domestic miners chalked up another example of their deepening trouble. Other trouble spots:

¶ Utah, which had 56 producers of lead and zinc in 1948, is down to...

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