Excerpt from Opinions of the Press and of Eminent Public Men on the Importance of Our Mineral Resources: And the Advantages to Be Derived From the Establishment of a National School of Mines We give, this week, a review of the year's Operation in the most impor tant branches of mining enterprise in this country, and enumerate, by way of introduction, the causes which have brought about the striking decline in the yield of gold and silver. We have already based upon this state of things an argument in favor of a National School of Mines. But we aremet with the objection, that this decrease is not a matter of national loss. It is individuals, we are told, who lose, and the nation is no more called upon to interfere, than in case of depression in any other branch of business. In answer to this, we desire to look a little more closely into the distinction between individual and national loss, and determine what is the nature of the national interest in the matter we are considering. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.