Covenants as to working are inserted in a mining lease either to ensure that the demised mine will be worked continuously, or that it will be worked in a particular manner1, or in some cases to effect both objects. A lessee is not bound to work continuously or at all unless he undertakes to do so2, and it is often a difficult question of construction into which of the foregoing classes a particular covenant falls3.
If a lessee covenants without qualification to work the demised mine continuously
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