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Melbourne merchants floated one silver lease merely by printing an anonymous
letter praising it. Zebina Lane, soon to be mayor of Broken Hill, hurried to a
hungry lease 4% miles to the north-west and declaimed with that assurance that
Perhaps he argued that the discoverers' syndicate should repay the £180,000
they had received; maybe he argued that he had floated the mine in good faith
and that sharebuyers had willingly risked their savings. Perhaps he was right.
He returned the mixture into a flotation tank; the particles of lead stayed on the
bottom of the tank and the zinc floated. He had separated them by the simple trick
of altering the surface of the particles of lead. Whereas all the earlier flotation ...
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