Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In mining law. A contract between two parties by which one undertakes to furnish the necessary provisions, tools, and other supplies, and the other to prospect for and locate mineral lands and stake out mining claims thereon, the interest in the property thus acquired inuring to the benefit of both parties, either equally or in such proportions as their agreement may fix. Such contracts create a qualified or special partnership. See Berry v. Wood-burn, 107 Cal. 512, 40 Pac. 804; Hartney v. Gosling, 10 Wyo. 346, 68 Pac. 1118, 98 Am. St. Rep. 1005; Meylette v. Brennan, 20 Colo. 242, 38 Pae, 75.