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BEFORE THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS

OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

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COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS,

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

SERENO E. PAYNE, Chairman.

JOHN DALZELL.

NICHOLAS LONGWORTH. SAMUEL W. MCCALL.

EDGAR D. CRUMPACKER. EBENEZER J. HILL.

CIAMP CLARK. HENRY S. BOUTELL.

WILLIAM BOURKE COCKRAN, JAMES C. NEEDHAM.

OSCAR W. UNDERWOOD. WILLIAM A. CALDERHEAD.

D. L. D. GRANGER. JOSEPH W. FORDNEY.

JAMES M. GRIGGS. JOSEPH II. GAINES.

EDWARD W. POU. ROBERT W. BONYNGE.

CHOICE B. RANDELL.

WILLIAM K. PAYNE, Olerk.
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TARIFF HEARINGS.

COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS,

Wednesday, December 16, 1908. The committee this day met, Hon. Sereno E. Payne in the chair.

STATEMENT OF MR. EDWARD BRUSH, OF NO. 165 BROADWAY, NEW YORK CITY, REPRESENTING THE AMERICAN SMELTING AND REFINING COMPANY.

The CHAIRMAN. You are connected with the American Smelting and Refining Company?

Mr. Brush. Yes, sir; I am one of the vice-presidents.

The CHAIRMAN. Have you any statement that you would like to make?

Mr. BRUSH. No; I came at your request, and I would be very glad to answer any questions and to amplify them so far as I can.

The CHAIRMAN. Your company is engaged in the smelting and refining of lead ores?

Mr. BRUSH. Yes, sir.
The CHAIRMAN. And zinc?
Mr. Brush. Copper ores, but not zinc ores; lead and copper ores.
The CHAIRMAN. Where are your works located ?

Mr. BRUSH. Throughout the west at the most convenient points for the receival of the ore from the Rocky Mountains. We also have some smelters in Mexico. Our refineries are at Omaha, Chicago, and Perth Amboy, on the harbor of New York.

The CHAIRMAN. Then the refining is not done at the same place as the smelting?

Mr. Brush. No, sir; it is an entirely different process, and is done at a point where we can get more skilled labor, and where other features, coal and coke, and zinc particularly-which is one of the large items of consumption in the refining of lead—can be obtained at reasonable prices.

The CHAIRMAN. Have you a smelter in Utah? Mr. Brush. We have one in Utah, at Salt Lake City, called the “Murray smelter."

The CHAIRMAN. Where is the ore mined that is smelted there?

Mr. Brush. The Murray smelter smelts virtually no lead ores excepting ores that come from the State of Utah. They come from all over the State, at distances of several hundred miles.

The CHAIRMAN. Will you not describe the process of smelting?

Mr. Brush. It depends very much upon the character of the ore. If it is a lead ore that is in question, it depends upon whether it is a sulphide ore or a concentrate, or whether it is very fine or not; but most ore, most lead ore, is received in the form of a concentrate. It

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