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And now this modern Alexander, still young (37 years), having provedhis ability as a student, as a member of a group of field workers in the JL JL state surveys, as an independent geologist, as an explorer for precious metals, as a mining engineer, as a mining executive, and finding himself plentifully supplied with this world’s goods, accumulated by his own efforts, sought new fields for conquest. Or, perhaps, it would be more accurate to say that he sought adventure in another field.Up to 1901 he had written three important works—on phosphate deposits, on manganese, and on the economic geology of Cripple Creek—and several short papers on ore deposits. Then, for nine years (1894 to 1903) no publication came from his pen. He had been extremely busy, of course, with monetary matters which would not brook delay, but for one brought up in the tradition of Shaler, Branner, and Chamberlin—particularly the last-named—this dearth of publication must have been a source of regret. And so began another phase in the life of this versatile gentleman and serious student. In 1901, having visited most of the important mines and workings on the North American continent, he set out to “conquer” the world of ore deposits. Between the spring of 1901 and the fall of 1912, he visited every continent and studied the ore deposits, taking careful notes and obviously making every preparation for the writing of a work which all his friends expected to come from his pen.

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