393. Application by more than one applicant.

393.     Application by more than one applicant.

Where separate applications are made by two or more persons for the right to work the same minerals1 and are referred to the court2, the court, in addition to the matters already mentioned3, must determine which, if any, of the applicants is to be preferred, or whether the right to work one part of the minerals should be granted to one applicant and the right to work another part should be granted to another applicant, having regard to the question as to how the minerals can be