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BALLASTED WITH GOLD.

A Railroad Whose Road-bed is Worth Nine Thousand Dollars to the Mile -
Most Valuable in the World.

A GOLD-BALLASTED road-bed is the latest addition to railroad luxury. On the Belen cut-off of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe, in Mexico, two hundred and seventy miles have been ballasted with gold ore which assays have shown to contain about two dollars to the ton in gold. This is not enough to make it pay to mine for the metal, but the gold is there, nevertheless, and it makes this ballast worth two million four hundred and thirty thousand dollars - the most valuable road-bed anywhere in the world.

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