April 18, 2021 

Correspondence from the President of OAU


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 By Michael Miller

07/18/2003  9:44PM

Tonight, anyone who happens to turn into the FORUM, let your thoughts, opinions, desires, dreams, disgust, passions, frustrations, and soul speak out or stand by and just read. You all are here because of similar reasons. At times our intellectual (and physical) paths do cross. When that happens on this World Wide Web site, who knows who or how many, if any, read what we type into our computers. Tonight and until Monday when Rae gets into the office, take a chance with your thoughts. On Monday we will erase the whole episode if necessary.

Tonight, I invite you who stop by to register. It is safe and it is easy.

The crew mined some gold this week from the area north of the ballroom. Since they only get paid from gold production, they risk their most important resource, time, each day. Moral is pretty good. This block of ground is north and up-dip from the Ballroom. Those of you who are shareholders know the ballroom pretty well from the underground tour each year. Not only are we following recent past production and metal detector signals, but also the geology supports the possibility of a pocket.

I will officially get back into the groove of participating beginning with my summary of the annual meeting. Thank you, thank you. This FORUM is operating as envisioned. It requires attention for certain modifications, additions, clarifications or extractions. My involvement is daily if I have access to a compatible phone link.
In order to gain the most from our company’s public library, the sections entitled FORUM, NEWS, GOLD SALES, COMPANY, MINE, are periodically expanded. You must go back and check ‘em out. Even reading old data, whether from a 1932 US Geological Professional Paper or the stock OAU X Mart is important if you want to understand what the heck OAU is. Now that Dan is gaining momentum, read the Comics section. Read the entries again for they represent a chronology of events.

I am checking out for a while.
 By Michael Miller

06/03/2003  8:44PM

John Muir is embraced by historians, naturalists and others as a man of great sensitivity and awareness and vision. One group extols his virtues to validate their narrow view punctuated with dogmatic arrogance. That group would be the environmentalist. John Muir has become their definitive authority, the one unquestionable figure that really speaks for the Californian environment.

Here is what John Muir, an important American, had to say in 1894. These are his words.

“…the people and the region beyond the camp furnish mines of study of never-failing interest and variety. When I discovered this curious place, I was tracing the channels of the ancient pre-glacial rivers, instructive sections of which have been laid bare here and in the adjacent regions by the miners. Rivers, according to the poets, “go on forever”; but those of the Sierra are young as yet and have scarcely learned the way down to the sea; while at least one generation of them have died and vanished together with most of the basins they drained. All that remains of them to tell their history is a series of interrupted fragments of channels, mostly choked with gravel, and buried beneath broad, thick sheets of lava. These are known as the “Dead Rivers of California,” and the gravel deposited in them is comprehensively called the “Blue Lead.”
The importance of these ancient gravels as gold fountains is well known to miners. The hills have been cut and scalped, and every gorge and gulch and valley torn to pieces and disemboweled, expressing a fierce and desperate energy hard to understand. Still. any kind of effort making is better than inaction, and there is something sublime in seeing men working in dead earnest at anything, pursuing an object with glacier-like energy and persistence. Most of the pioneer miners are sleeping now, their wild day done, while the few survivors linger languidly in the washed-out gulches or sleepy village like harried bees around the ruins of their beehive. “We have no industry left now,” they told me, “and no men; everybody and everything hereabouts has gone to decay. We are only bummers—out of the game, a thin scatterin’ of poor, dilapidated cusses, compared with what we used to be in the grand old gold-days. We were giants then, and you can look around here and see our track.” But although these lingering pioneers are perhaps more exhausted than the mines, and about as dead as the dead rivers, they are yet a rare and interesting set of men, with much gold mixed with the rough, rocky gravel of their characters; and they manifest a breeding and intelligence little looked for in such surroundings as theirs. As the heavy, long-continued grinding of the glaciers brought out the features of the Sierra, so the intense experiences of the gold period have brought out the features of these old miners, forming a richness and variety of character little known as yet. The sketches of Bret Harte, Hayes, and Miller have not exhausted this field by any means. It is interesting to note the extremes possible in one and the same character: harshness and gentleness, manliness and childishness, apathy and fierce endeavor. Men who, twenty years ago, would not cease their shoveling to save their lives, now play in the streets with children.

Mines, morals, politics, the immortality of the soul, etc., were discussed beneath shade trees and in saloons, the time for each being governed apparently by the temperature. Contact with Nature, and the habits of observation acquired in gold-seeking, had made them all, to some extent, collectors, and, like wood-rats, they had gathered all kinds of odd specimens into their cabins, and now required me to examine them. They were themselves the oddest and most interesting specimens.

Fresh beauty opens one’s eyes wherever it is really seen, but the very abundance and completeness of the common beauty that besets our steps prevents its being absorbed and appreciated. It is a good thing, therefore, to make short excursions now and then to the bottom of the sea among dulse and coral, or up among the clouds on mountaintops, or in balloons, or even to creep like worms into dark holes and caverns underground, not only to learn something of what is going on in those out-of-the-way places, but to see better what the sun sees on our return to common every-day beauty. “

John Muir might not approve of freeways, shopping malls covering the earth, cell phones competing with the chattering of birds or other cultural evolutions scattered through the Sierra Nevada landscape; however, according to his own handwriting, he would praise and encourage the old and dignified industry of California gold mining, mining as we do at the Sixteen To One mine. John Muir, this master of the Californian environment, recorded for posterity his feelings about life, nature and the gold fields of the Sierra, “Still,any kind of effort making is better than inaction, and there is something sublime in seeing men working in dead earnest at anything, pursuing an object with glacial-like energy and persistence.”
 By Michael Miller

04/28/2003  10:19PM

Introduction of Damages

letter to Editor, Mountain Messenger

APRIL 15, 2003

Good morning. My name is Michael Miller from Alleghany. The drive to Loyalton was a delight thanks to all the road crews. It is a beautiful day after so much snows the past couple of days. The sights from peaks of western Sierra County through the deep river canyons, the great Yuba pass into the iced down Sierra Valley reminded me why I choose to work and live here. I stand before the board: to publicly announce some misconduct, which occurred in Sierra County; to disclose my intentions for remedy; and to encourage your participation.

There is a growing awareness of the existence and dangers of rural cleansing. Rural cleansing comes in many forms. It is proposed by various individuals, government agencies and non-government organizations. Rural cleansing …do we willingly give up our country sovereignty? Our chosen qualities for life must be defended. I will not go down easily, nor should you. Today, I address you because of the damage claims filed in Downieville. Their basis stems from the tragic industrial accident which took the life of Mark Fussell, our fellow miner, on November 6, 2000. The Sierra County Sheriff, California Department of Safety (Cal-OSHA) and its federal counter part, Mine Safety Health Administration (MSHA) investigated the accident. All three professional agencies independently agreed it was an accident without a smell of criminality.

Seventeen months later the Sierra County DA issued criminal indictments. A private lawyer, Kyle Hedum, signed the allegations under penalty of perjury. Mr. Hedum and his co-workers, employed with the misleading name California District Attorney’s Association, conducted the investigation. They brought the package to Sharon O’Sullivan, our D.A. Sharon’s conduct in office was controversial; however, I never was nor even today am in the camp that hated her. As an elected officer of Sierra County, her official behavior did contribute to the damages I have alleged. She breached her fiduciary duties, which resulted in malicious prosecution, slander, libel, civil rights violations and more. Sharon, like Mark, was involved in a tragic accident, a tragic legal accident.

I first learned of the criminal charges in mid June 2002. That is when I began gathering evidence for the offense, which I knew was my next move once charges were dismissed. The mining company and I are quite confident in winning a lawsuit for damages. Sierra County and Sharon O’Sullivan are not the targets. On all the paths of malicious prosecution, slander, libel, civil rights and constitutional wrongs, one will find employees of the California District Attorney’s association. Their behavior defies the law. In other words they broke codified laws.

I actively sought to end or mitigate the damages caused by Sierra County’s prosecution. Letters were exchanged between Sharon and me. At my request, her secretary kept a phone log of my calls. In September I submitted a request to the Sierra County Grand Jury to investigate the activities of the district attorney office. Instead of responding to my written request, the Grand Jury indicted me on the first specious charge and added murder at the request of Gayle Filter, who was the lead attorney working for CDAA. It also indicted Original Sixteen to One Mine, Inc. On November 20, 2002, a Motion to Set Aside was filed prior to entering not guilty pleas that day. On February 13, 2003, Superior Court Judge Stanley Young granted my Motion to Set Aside the indictment and all charges were dismissed.

Damages submitted by Original Sixteen to One Mine are $24 million. My damages are $50 million. The claims were filed prior to 100 days from the dismissal of the charges; however, alleged damages are ongoing.

My objectives today are to publicly present my position. I understand the process of Sierra County’s review procedures. Legal issues are discussed in closed executive sessions. I will be in the audience at your next meeting on May 6th in Downieville. Sensitive issues of legal substance and strategy should be discussed in confidentiality. I will be in the audience at your call, prepared to expand the evidence supporting the claim. I am confident that a settlement is possible, thus avoiding a costly lawsuit.
 By Michael Miller

04/11/2003  12:36PM

There is one sizable difference between all puny gold mining companies like ours and the puny ones who are not. Distinctions between an exploration operating company and a development operating company resemble the distinctions between night and day. Mining encompasses a variety of words created to distinguish or classify. There are operating and dormant exploration companies. The same is true for companies engaged in the next step before production, the development companies.
“The opinions create the arena for dispute, as to which heading to drift upon.”
Anonymous hard rock gold miner.

An exploration operation will not be expected to find commercial gold. A development operation may, under scientific analysis, mine commercial gold. ORIGSIX conducts an exploration and development operation while also producing gold. These are major distinctions to consider. As an investor in gold, one's timing combines both the fundamental and technical disciplines of the market place. . If you want to know about the Sixteen to One, do not expect a simple math equation like proven gold in the ground equals so much an ounce. That was the twentieth century thinking. In this next bull market of gold, an investment should answer these questions: what does this ownership give me now and what is a reasonable expectation and what does my certificate of ownership represent or give me if that expectation is reached.

The differences in the puny companies were cleanly expressed by past director Charles I Brown, when he said, “I would rather be involved with a gold mining company than a company that mines for gold. There are many of the latter but very few corporations are actually gold producers.” There is no company like ORIGSIX or mine like the Sixteen to One left operating in the world today. Is that reassuring or alarming?
 By Michael Miller

03/30/2003  8:56AM

Response to Foolsgold

You raise good points. I completely understand why skeptics ask questions. There would be less failure haunting the junior gold mining industry if investors knew the questions to ask or better yet took it onto themselves to do the research that can be found on the corporation the wish to own. I entered the world of gold mining in 1974, before the US government unleashed the shackles it placed on the gold miners in 1934. I found it amazing that Original Sixteen to One Mine, Inc. was still in existence. Furthermore, it was the longest sustained gold producer west of Homestake in South Dakota. Its mineral deposit is a proven one. Its financial success was first rate. Could the corporation and its operation be revived was the questions facing me in 1975.

My “due diligence” began in 1974 and continues today. So this response does not become a book, I will focus on your concerns….management, substantial owners and directors. In 1974-75, the directors were also management. Little was going on with the mine, and I asked a lot of questions. They quickly grew to dislike me, so we entered into a proxy fight. I won in 1979 but was overthrown when one of my supporters joined the minority. He was elected president to replace me. Oh, well. I regained absolute control in April, 1983. I actually respected the rich old directors. They held the company assets together in the most difficult time the US gold mining industry ever experienced. They resented me because I wanted to move the company forward while they were grateful that it still existed. They were about to lose the company by transferring its assets to another company. I was offered to join by members of the Take-over Company but refused. That is why we fought so long and hard.

The Sixteen to One shareholders large or small have been led well. What impressed me was the attitude of paying dividends. I talked with many shareholders as I campaigned for their votes. Everyone said how much their families relied on the dividends from the mine. In 1995, the company paid its first dividend since WWII. I pushed the other directors to declare a dividend. They argued that prudence and good economic sense regarding taxes supported investing the money in the mine or in reserves. I also agreed with those reasons. It was important for the company to send a message to its owners: DIVIDENDS FIT OUR PHILOSOPHY. It remains today as a primary goal. The next dividend, however, will be in the form of gold not paper.

Something else I learned from our past leaders was the wisdom of acquiring solid gold mining property. The company grew from one mine in 1896 to at least seven mines by the 1950’s. Since 1983, we have added the Brown Bear mine in Trinity County and the Plumbago mine near Alleghany. We also invested one million dollars in developing our southern claims and sinking a winze into a block of virgin ground. You will not find those assets or value on our balance sheet. The workings remain accessible and add substantial value to our future. An aside: Past management did not anticipate the impact of WWII. In 1941, they acquired the Bald Mountain properties north of Alleghany. It was a great buy; however, none of us either past or present could mount a mining campaign to test its potential. I did not foresee the wicked forces unleashed against us over the past seven years. The brief mining plans I outlined in the last shareholder letter will open our diverse yet proven gold deposits, if not for me, for those who follow and lead the company through the 21st century

Do management and the directors want success? Is this just a toy? Read the past financials and you will find how little compensation has been paid and how much has been given to the company. If I sometimes refer to underground high-grade traditional gold mining as a “game”, it is with the greatest respect and admiration for the game of life.

Now about the downward trend you mention. That is true. It began in 1997, but was interrupted in 2000, because the company recorded a profit. Revenues declined. Expenses were systematically reduced. Production declined. The gold industry was wallowing in a severe bear market. But just like the period after WWII, the company survived with its assets intact and actually much stronger. People more knowledgeable than I have initiated lawsuits against financial institutions and gold mining companies alleging price fixing. Time will tell if those claims can be proven. An aside: certain expenses increased dramatically, such as insurance and electricity. Beginning in 1998, federal agents began an unwarranted assault on our miners and management. Their tactics cut the actual time the guys were able to break rock, which resulted in less gold production. While our recent news or forum entries are loaded with MSHA, CDAA, CVRWQCB stories, it has not always been this way. This is a fact. Time will tell if our claims for damages can be proven. Management felt it had no other course of action than to stand up to the questionable interference it was experiencing if the company were to once again prosper.

Each person must decide his or her concept of time and its relationship to an investment. Management develops the company as a long-term investment. By no means does that imply that we do not want quick or near term profit. We do, but not at the expense of our future. We follow the dictates of “patient capital”, something that was lost during the recent dot.com gold rush. At one point the market cap of individual corporations in that industry exceeded the market cap of the entire SEC reporting gold companies. Wow! We have groomed out timber holdings so the company can reap a sustained income forever, developed our gold markets to prosper regardless of the price of gold, and place our gold detection capabilities as a vital component for success. What I cannot groom is the investing public’s attitude towards gold. I believe the direction has changed from past years of scorn and inattention. If the company looks inviting to some, we will receive the funds needed to produce gold at a profit. That is all that is currently missing in the formula for success.

The word insolvent, which you mention, came from a Certified Public Accountant as an appropriate word to describe our finances. When ones current assets are less than ones current liabilities one is insolvent. It does not mean we are bankrupt or necessarily broke. I felt it was important to speak truthfully in terms used today. I have many issues about the accuracy of our financial statements and have argued with accountants and auditors for years. For example, our inventory of gold is reported at crush spot price. We have a proven record supporting that the value of our gold in the jewelry market significantly exceeds the bullion price. Our real estate is reported at depreciated values. This is truly a distortion that I have argued with lawyers working for the SEC as well. Our timber resource is not reported at all. None of this can I change due to general accounting principles enforced by the government. Yes, the company is insolvent. Management has chosen to work itself out of the cash flow problem and hold onto its assets. The only one currently for sale is the 116 items in our gold collection.

The overall plan for investment [ownership] appreciation has not wavered over the years. I suggest all interested to read the newsletters. If possible, we will add the earlier ones to the web site. Years ago I attended a special gold presentation in New York. One old geezer told me something I will pass on to you. "Read the President’s annual message going back at least five years." We are operating under severe time constraints for help, but perhaps can add the annual president message to this web site as well. While our plan is focused it does adapt to present conditions. Much has been accomplished that has financially benefited the shareholders. Much remains which makes this an interesting investment.
 By MadMike

03/18/2003  3:37PM

Mike, Just received my Shareholder letter today and it sounds like very good news! It seems like there may have been malicious intent by CDAA, what is the likelyhood of civil litigation to recoup at least some monetary losses?

Thanks and keep up the good work,

 By Michael Miller

03/15/2003  3:17PM

Dear friends,

A shareholder letter was mailed yesterday. Included is a large page [both sides] of information on the NEWS section of this web site. Many of our shareholders do not use a computer. I can relate because I am a recent user. The meat of what I have to say is in the letter itself. We are going after Mister Pocket through the proposed Red Star shaft. The letter is posted under Newsletters. Thanks to those who added your comments and encouragement during our trials with unreasonable and/or illegal activities against the company and the solid crew of miners. We have turned a page with the CDAA. Issues remain with MSHA and the water extortioners. Well, that is what they are! Again, I truly appreciate keeping in touch with you using this medium.
 By Rick

02/27/2003  8:04PM

For those of you who haven't personally witnessed Mike Miller's conviction and passion in this matter of freedom, allow me to add my perspective: he's the real deal.

I often crossed my fingers watching Mike in court, knowing well what we are up against, and regret having missed the last hearing.

Let's all take a lesson in conviction, persist in whatever passions we feel so strongly about. This fight in particular defied odds, yet Mike didn't care....

Truth has a way of prevailing, no?
 By flakey

02/27/2003  5:51PM

Congratulations Mr. Mike! As a share holder,
I thank you for all of your hard work to keep
everything going. Some day I hope you are rewarded
for all of your dedication to the mine. Alot of us has believed
in the mine and in your operation of the mine.
Once again, thank you!!! Atta Boy!!!! Flakey
 By bluejay

02/22/2003  9:00PM

Congratulations Michael Miller for defeating the "mighty" CDAA.

You have taught them a good lesson. Maybe next time they'll evaluate things better before they enter into the "perceived bush" to find out too late that they have upset a hornet's nest of patriots.

Your endless hours of research and preparation has saved the day for the shareholders against this vicious attack.

Talk around is that you significantly held down the Company's legal expense during this barbaric assault. My hat is off to you. Thank you!
 By gfxgold

02/14/2003  4:41PM

You open up the paper and find a story like that... Now that's what I call a great Valentine card. Hey, Mike. Does that mean the gag order is off?
 By Michael Miller

02/13/2003  9:16PM

Today, February 13, 2003 in Superior Court of Sierra County the Court granted the Motion to Set Aside and dismissed the defendents from the criminal case No. S -0046-CR -0000000768. Sierra County Superior Court judge Stanley C Young certified the Minute Order.
 By Michael Miller

01/31/2003  10:35PM

Everyone in the courtroom on Thursday familiar with the history of the CDAA contract to prosecute the residents of rural California counties, left with no doubt. It was so remarkable when it truly hit everyone . Judge Young asked the court reporter to flag the record. Since I am not a member of the State Bar and have never presided over a judicial hearing, I cannot fully understand the degree of significance; however by the reaction of Thomas Crary, and George Gilmour,, it was not difficult to judge that a monster of an important legal, ethical and perhaps criminal light bulbs illuminated the courtroom. Later I learned that most everyone in the cheap seats also the violation i have felt for seven months.

Chins dropped. Beliefs became hard-rock solid. No one knows this till now but my chin probably dropped the most because of shock. Even though I am the one most familiar with Mark's accident and the subsequent action by state and federal agents.

I was dumbfounded upon realizing that beyond all of the questionable activities I saw with Kyle, Gale. Denise. Tony and Larry Brown, all CDAA employees, willful and knowing fraud was not one of them. The existence of malice leaves little doubt. Their first 105 pages of discovery specifically identified all mine chutes down the drift from the one Mark hit were in compliance with safety standards. When Vince, Mark’s mining partner at the 1700 foot level, was called by the prosecutors to testify before the Grand Jury, Gale Filter clearly limited his testimony to one chute, which was “all that he cared about.” The CDAA closer witness was Steve Cain, a federal MSHA agent. For those who thoroughly want to complete the puzzle, go to the news page and find the first or oldest entries. The two parts on the MSHA hearing contain significant facts in evidence and in yesterday’s record, and one can smell a rotten rat.

Neither the public defender for Jonathan, Jerry Cooper, who was participating by telephone because of an illness, Tom Crary, who spoke for the company, or I, still en proper, pushed the judge to rule on the motion, because the new district attorney requested a consideration for him to study the record deeper than he has. The next court date is February 13, in Downieville. The motion as orally strengthened may end this fiasco. If not I will ask for an immediaate trial by jury which will likely be dismissed by Larry Allen , the new DA because he knows that part of the CDAA prosecution strategy is to name employees as defendants in order to gain an advantage.
 By Michael Miller

12/28/2002  11:23AM

Second part of letter started below.

Is not this [government oppression of the people] what Americans fought and died for? How can anyone rationalize the loss of so many lives if those living today ignore the oppression displayed by water bureaucrats? In addition to their unfounded opinions masquerading as facts to levi oppressive monitoring of the rain and snow that falls on the mine site, the Attorney General and his client seized our bank accounts in December. This has paralized us. We face PGE shut offs and other ill consequences which endanger the lives of the men and women dependent upon the Sixteen to One.
A workshop to discuss the Sixteen to One is scheduled on January 7,2003 at 9am in Sacramento. The California State Water Board called the meeting in response to my petition for review of the Central water agencies unnecessary demand for monitoring etc. We have been granted ten minutes to present data. I received the State Board proposal on December 26,2002, which gives me one week to submit our case in writing [the last day the board will accept paper is January 2,2003.] Your participation is one weapon against oppression of honest hard-working Californians. Please help us.
 By Michael Miller

12/28/2002  10:46AM

Letter to Rico Oller, California state senator...

Thanks for the time Dan gave to the recent regulatory crisis thrust upon Original Sixteen to One Mine, Inc. Your help in modifying the behavior of the state water bureaucracy is appreciated; however your recommendation of exposing the unreasonable treatment to the general public is difficult to execute. What will it take? A lawsuit filed by the miners for the taking of their employment? A law suit filed by the shareholders for damages? A class action suit filed by Californians?
My question to you remains unanswered. Legislators passed a law, the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, which governs the central and state water agencies. This law has been broken and ignored by the executive agencies empowered to enforce it. Those people responsible have violated their fiduciary responsibilities to Senator Oller, the legislative bodies, and most significantly to the People of California whom they serve. The question again...where do we go or who do we turn to to stop and correct this lawlessness? The Attorney General is the most logical; however with water issues his clients are the very agencies currently violating the act. It is an interesting fact that the government employees press their behavior "on behalf of the People of California". The "People's" rights to sound or Best Management Practices", a concept embraced by all governments and non governments has been compromised by Gary Carlton and many of his staff.
This is a battle in a war that I am too underfinanced and do not want to participate in. This is war with certain people and practices of our own government. It's not the American people who will benefit from the current actions of various water employees in our district. Their highly questionable actions against this small old and very sensitive traditional gold mining company high up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is a battle of attrition or of survival, just depends on how one views it.
 By Michael Miller

09/25/2002  11:03AM

Ryan, thanks for your remarks. An elected person may hold non governmental offices or positions outside his elected office. That goes for Gray Davis. It is a choice not a law .

If I were a political operative for Mr. Davis, I would suggest he take the seat on the board of OAU. Why? He has little non-government business experience, which is continually used against him. He could add to his populist image as well as being a tireless advocate of the little guy. He could become proactive in the controversial environmental war and his input could lead to positive solutions that please all Californians. OAU is a perfect company for his wisdom and leadership to shine.
Governor Davis has yet to respond to his election to our board. Do you think he would be a good director for OAU? How do we get him on board for our journey?
 By M.M.Miller

09/06/2002  10:03AM

A shareholder suggested that the election of directors was a publicity stunt. Not so. If someone else sends company publications to larger circulations, it could be an opportunity for all of us. I do not have the time to develop public relation stunts. Most of my time is absorbed in guiding OAU through its current field of obstacles…. and it is a crowded minefield.

Anyone wishing for specific information from me is encouraged to send me a letter in any form you choose.
 By RyanBaum

08/06/2002  9:07AM

I received in yesterday’s mail the update on the annual meeting and appointment of new directors. I wonder why we would offer our Governor a directorship position.

Regardless of his experience, our company should know that any elected official may not concurrently serve on the board of a for profit company. If OAU wants to be seen as a serious company trying to attract new investors, it shouldn’t try to pull such PR stunts because they only distract from the real issues.
 By Michael Miller

05/17/2002  2:41PM

It may surprise some how active I have been in defending and advocating OAU over the years. A new corporate correspondence section will become the permanent archive for these letters. Until then I will use the forum.

In January I reluctantly sent the staff of the PCX a position paper on OAU status on the exchange. Following is the letter.

January 16, 2002

Mr. Aaron L. Autajay
Listings Representative
PCX Equities
301 Pine Street
San Francisco, CA 94101

Dear Mr. Autajay:

Gold Mining Industry

The primary goal of the mineral companies is the long-run maximization of profit with a minimization of risks. More than for most corporations, the question of risk plays a key role in the mineral company strategies and tactics. Exploration is the most crucial and the riskiest activity. The major gold companies, who collectively have gold production to affect supply, have significantly reduced their exploration activities. Instead of searching for new ore bodies, the greater potential of securing an ongoing supply of gold has been achieved through mergers and acquisitions.

Weak gold prices have limited exploration and new mine development and supply cutbacks are being announced. With the U.S. dollar at 16 year highs, the probability of further strength (which correlates very well with gold price weakness) is low. As a result, the supply/demand position for gold has become a fertile area for price strength.

Lower gold prices have a yet-to-be determined explosive topic….reserves. While the major companies can expect auditors worldwide to take a critical look at reported reserves OAU financial statements will not be affected. Because of the investment communities reliance on reserves, risk/reward evaluations and supply/free cash flow projections should alter the heretofore prejudices towards investment capital placement in the major super gold companies. This in turn could have the effect of analysts and investors more closely examining the junior companies, something which I personally believe is long overdue. In fact major securities corporations have concluded that building a small insurance-type position in gold equities makes sense for investors with a medium to longer term investment horizon.

Other factors will contribute to the price of gold or the desirability of investors to acquire a gold position via equities such as: central bank liquidity, hedging close outs, continuing consolidation. Regardless of factors or conditions beyond the control of OAU, the company has moved to separate itself from the other junior gold companies. As of December 14, 2001, OAU became the oldest operating U.S. gold mining company and the only deep vein producer in the United States. A conclusion to be drawn from this is: when risk is an undeniable truism of gold mining, those companies with proven reserves and large size are usually predicted as safer long term investments. OAU celebrates its ninety third year in business and offers a unique investment opportunity because it defies conventional wisdom.

Business Plan

Continue the mine plan that has been in place for over a decade, which includes, renovation of flooded or inaccessible areas underground, pursue the advancement of gold detecting devices, and expand revenue through value added gold sales.

OAU has employed both horizontal and vertical methods to enlarge the scope of the company. Horizontal integration includes the acquisition of Kanaka Creek Joint Venture (1991), Brown Bear mine (1995) and the Plumbago Mine (1999). Vertical integration refers to our jewelry department and our interest in and exploration of relevant technology. The central aim of these integrations is to reduce risk and to stabilize and increase profits and reduce expenses.

The Sixteen to One mine is like no other mine in the world. Multi million dollar gold concentrations are scattered in small unpredictable areas of the deposit. The single greatest impediment to OAU market success has been the lack of gold production. The greatest negative impact to gold production has been restricted cash flow. The board of directors have approved management’s plan to generate cash in order to improve the results of its mine plan.

An investment group has expressed an interest in acquiring a twenty (20) percent equity ownership in OAU and provide the company with a six million dollar cash infusion. This amounts to a price per share of $2.00. The agreement combines free trading stock and treasury stock.

The investors are sophisticated and have business relationships with a Canadian brokerage house. No sooner than April 16, 2002 (six months after the x-date of share split.) a tender offer may be offered to all shareholders. As of today management will neither recommend nor object to the tender offer. Because certain members of management may join the investment group, it has been recommended that at least a 180 day lapse between the stock split and the tender offer.

The simplest most important factor for the outside investment is funding the construction and testing of a new gold detecting device designed specifically for the Sixteen to One Mine. Those who have investigated the Sixteen to One have realized that once the existing technology is refined, profitability should increase dramatically.
During the past three years, productivity diminished due to excessive harassment by governmental agents and agencies. The small staff was consumed defending the company. Management was forced into a defensive posture and suffered the consequences of such a position. The shareholders and public relations programs were halted. The company evaluated where it was and where it was going as a SEC reporting company. A decision was made to compete for investor attention as a gold mining company for the twenty first century.

· Execute financial plan, technological plan and mining plan.
· Inform public about our activities.
· When the value of OAU shares mirror the value of OAU assets, continue the horizontal and vertical programs.

As president and CEO of California’s oldest mining corporation and the oldest operating U.S. gold mine, I am saddened at the thought that the west coast could lose the historic business relationship between the exchange and the Original Sixteen to One Mine, Inc. The Company is not in financial trouble, gold assets are greater than debt. The fair market value of other assets is greater than the market cap at one dollar per share.

I have experienced difficulties in writing this letter to you because of the sensitive nature of the disclosures I have made. Nothing included herein should be discussed or distributed to anyone outside of your organization.

Any way we can reverse the de-listing process would be greatly appreciated.

Sincerely yours,

Michael M. Miller
 By Michael Miller

05/13/2002  11:55AM

The PCX suspended trading OAU on March 21,2002. On March 22,2002 PCX scuttled its last trading desk and closed its doors. The members just quit after a history going back to the San Francisco Mining Exchange. One of our shareholders who held a seat years ago on the old Pacific Stock Exchange investigated the circumstances of OAU suspension. He wrote me on April 27, 2002 with his concern: “The shareholders of Original Sixteen To One Mine, Incorporated representing nearly thirteen million shares, have been damaged by actions of the PSE in suspending their shares in an environment of rising gold prices.” The shareholder threatens to file a suit in federal court against the PCX and demanded a SEC investigation into the exchange.

OAU filed an appeal of the suspension and awaits the decision whether the PCX abides by its constitution and rules and schedules a hearing. I certainly feel justified in representing OAU position that the actions of the specialist contributed to the circumstances leading to a price below one dollar.

Several people suggested OAU apply for listing on the Toronto Exchange. Canada certainly has a more open attitude regarding gold and natural resource companies than US trading exchanges. Later this week I will submit a report here which goes into some history of the California market place and our recommendations for settling the issue OAU has with its suspension.

Thanks to all of you who are reading and/or writing on the FORUM. The PCX suspended trading OAU on March 21,2002. On March 22,2002 PCX scuttled its last trading desk and closed its doors. The members just quit after a history going back to the San Francisco Mining Exchange. One of our shareholders who held a seat years ago on the old Pacific Stock Exchange investigated the circumstances of OAU suspension. He wrote me on April 27, 2002 with his concern: “The shareholders of Original Sixteen To One Mine, Incorporated representing nearly thirteen million shares, have been damaged by actions of the PSE in delisting their shares in an environment of rising gold prices.” The shareholder threatens to file a suit in federal court against the PCX and demanded a SEC investigation into the exchange.

OAU filed an appeal of the suspension and awaits the decision whether the PCX abides by its constitution and rules and schedules a hearing. I certainly feel justified in representing OAU position that the actions of the specialist contributed to the circumstances leading to a price below one dollar.

Several people suggested OAU apply for listing on the Toronto Exchange. Canada certainly has a more open attitude regarding gold and natural resource companies than US trading exchanges. When the office crew returns Monday I will submit a report here which goes into some history of the California market place and our recommendations for settling the issue OAU has with its suspension.

Thanks to all of you who are reading and/or writing on the FORUM.

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