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AVENUE TOP V. ZINC MINING COMPANY. In 1899 the Zinc Mining Company filed an injunction against the AVENUE TOP MINING COMPANY restraining the Avenue Top from mining on the Dillrance property. The Zinc Mining Company had a written lease from the late J. W. Dillrance. The Avenue Top claimed to be operating under a verbal lease obtained from the late J. W. Dillrance during his life and therefore prior to the written one of the Avenue Top. The Avenue Top claimed that verbal agreements were customary among miners who held them binding.(1)

In December 1900 the district sided with the arguments of the Avenue Top company sustaining the verbal agreements. (2)



1. "Case Continued," Dubuque Daily Herald, Aug. 5, 1899, p. 8 Online: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=aghBAAAAIBAJ&sjid=OagMAAAAIBAJ&pg=1252,4571414&dq=avenue+top+vs+zinc+mining+company&hl=en

2. "Avenue Top Company Wins," Dubuque Daily Herald, Dec. 18, 1900, p. 5. Online: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=gTRBAAAAIBAJ&sjid=pqgMAAAAIBAJ&pg=5014,5903814&dq=avenue+top+vs+zinc+mining+company&hl=en