Various shots of silver being mined - all processes are featured from finding the vein to transportation.
Ontario, Canada. The Cobalt Silver mining area is featured. L/S of the mining town. Various tracks for transporting silver and houses or outbuildings for processing. Camera pans across the settlement. M/S of two men working underground in the mines. They operate a drilling tool. Closer shot of the men drilling a hole in the rock face. C/U of the tool pounding into the rock. Good C/U of man lighting several tapers which have been inserted into holes in the rock. He walks away leaving them to burn. M/S of the rubble left after the explosion (explosion not seen). Workers walk across the rubble. Two men greet each other by tipping their hats as their paths cross. M/S of men pointing to a silver vein. C/U of the vein. C/U of man putting his pick against the vein - this shows how massive it is - it looks unreal. The ore is loaded into chucks. M/S of man pulling ore down into a container on wheels then pushing it along.
A small electric underground train travels towards the camera. It pulls many trucks containing ore. M/S of miner pushing the truck into a lift. It is then lifted up and out of shot. An aerial cable system is used to transport the ore to the mills. Shots of containers of ore travelling on the cable system - exteriors and interiors of their departure from the mine and arrival at their destination. Worker catches a container and tips it into a vat. Men work on a conveyor belt sorting the ore - good shot from high angle. C/U of a large piece of silver held in a hand. Men sort ore as before. A vessel holding melted ore is pulled from a furnace. The silver is poured into moulds. Man tips the moulds over and silver ingots drop out. Two men work together , one pulls ingots from the furnace, the other stacks them on a barrow. The barrow is pulled and pushed through a doorway. Story ends with the intertitle. "And that was the end of our perfect day."
Was a Pathe Pictorial item.