May 15, 1925 (14th Parliament, 4th Session)


Levi William Humphrey



That was the point
I was interested in. I am not concerned in any way with the commercial end of the matter; I am interested in providing some way of assisting the prospector, the one who goes out and actually finds the mineral. I can go as far as to say that I have not had any representations made to me on behalf of the commercial phase of the question. When the prospector sends 'his ore to the testing plant at Ottawa, at the time this test is made, it might be very easy to assist him by providing an assay giving the value in dollars and cents of the metal content. If he sends his ore to the plant here and a report as to the result of the test is furnished to him, he then has to send the result of that test to an assayer. That takes a good deal of time and money, and prospectors are not in a position to do that. The fees in connection with assaying are fairly high, and if the man is constantly engaged in prospecting, he has to have a good many assays made in a season. Therefore, when the department has the prospector's ores here, it might go as far as to give him the value of the metal content in dollars and cents and he would then have the result of his season's investigation right before him. I do not think, for a moment, anyone wishes the department to look at this matter from the commercial angle. All the big commercial institutions engaged in mining carry on extensive assaying and testing plants of their own, and' it is hardly necessary for commercial institutions to call upon the department.

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