The decision of the government to close gold mines in order to transfer employees to copper mines where there is a shortage of manpower for this vital product affects Mauch Chunk boroug. It has an interest in the London Gold Mine, Colorado, by virtue of the will of the late Mary Packer Cummings. Dividends from the earnings are received regularly except when there are brief suspensions, reorganizations, or new leasing. The action by the government is due to the war effort.