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The Daily Dispatch: May 6, 1864., [Electronic resource], Report of the Committee on the salt supply. (search)
ich presents itself in the present mode of manufacture is the scarcity of wood and difficulty of transportation over the Saltville Branch Railroad. Nearly all of the difficulties will be obviated by a resort to mining. A mine, if opened, could not be destroyed by the enemy, and damages could be repaired in as little time as it would take to do the injury. The only difficulty which presents itself to the mining operation is that the property in which the mines are situated in Washington or Smythe counties belong to individuals who have leased it for the term of ten years; but this lease does not confer any right to the lessees to take salt by mining, while it excludes the owners from any right of entry to work the mines themselves, thus presenting a complete barrier to any private parties without the concurrence of the owners and lessees. The committee concur in the opinion that if the Government should find it necessary, that power already exists under the impressment act to take t