Soap Mining a New Industry
NEAR Death Valley, in California, there exists the unique paradox of a soap mine, which has recently given rise to the strange new industry of mining soap. From this mine is dug amargosite, a soft smooth rock, rather sticky. A lump of the mineral breaks up when shaken with water, making a soapy liquid having excellent cleansing properties.
Observing the Indians using it, R. K. Fairbanks, a pioneer settler of the Shoshone country, succeeded in finding out where it was obtained.