Bay City, Mich., November 10.— Coal has been reached in the first coal mine sunk in Tuscola County. The shaft, sunk by the Handy Bros. Coal Mining Co., of this city, is also the deepest coal shaft in the state, it being 225 feet from surface to coal. To compensate for depth, the coal is of superior quality, equal to the best Ohio coal, and the basin is unusually heavy, from five to six and half feet thick, while the roof is of rock. The mining conditions, in fact, are almost ideal. The shaft is located about sixteen miles from Bay City, near Akron, and the buildings, powerhouse and boarding houses are under way.
The Pere Marquette has constructed three miles of track to the mine and Handy Bro.’s. will build a road to Bay City, as they did when they sunk the two Wolverine shafts and built the Huron & Western. Handy Bro.’s control a large area-in Tuscola County and will sink another shaft within a year, connecting it will their projected road to Bay City. A portion of the right of way for the line has been secured and a conditional franchise was granted ln this city some time ago.