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THE MOHAVE COUNTY MINER AND OUR MINERAL WEALTH.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28, 1918.
and OUR MINERAL WEALTH
Official Paper of Mohave County
Issued Weekly by the
MOHAVE COUNTY PUBLISHING CO.
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Entered as second-class matter at the post office
at Kingman, Mohave County, Arizona, under Act of
Congress of March 1, 1879.
W. G. DAMON ....Editor and Manager
ANSON H. SMITH Mining Editor
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Gold Mining To Be Cared For
The revenue bill, which has been before the senate the past
week or two contains a provision that is interpreted by gold min
ers to mean that the yellow metal will be divested of the big in
come tax that it has been compelled to pay during the past sev
The reading of section 304, section D, reads as
"In case of any corporation engaged in the mining of gold,
that portion of the net income derived from the mining of gold
shall be exempt from all taxation imposed by thist title."
It is impossible to give any interpretation to the clause other
than it wholly exempts gold miners from the heavy income tax,
which in some cases ran as high as eighty per cent of the prof
its. No one wanted to extract ores and mill them under the
present law, because their mines were being depleted of the ores
and practically all the profits were taken by the government.
Some of the mining companies were thoroughly loyal, as for in
stance the United Eastern of this county, and maintained produc
tion to the limit. It is understood that the Gold Road was shut
down wholly because of the high costs of mining and milling and
the heavy tax imposed by the government. This property was
working on a narrow margin when the first shutdown came, but
eventually went to work and opened a good body of milling ore
and was on the point of starting up again on a large scale, but
the income tax is said to have put a damper on the project.
The Gold miners have been the hardest hit of all the metal
operators, because of the fact that they have been encouraged in
no way by the war board and have had to pay the highest rates
for supplies and wage. Gold is worth no more than it was be
fore the war and really buys less. The other metals were pro
tected to a large degree. Iron and its allied metals received big
bonuses in the way of advances in prices from 80 per cent to 400
and at the same time the demand created by the war gave mining
of metals a great impetus. Copper was also brought under the
wing of the war board and given a chance to make up the' increas
ed wage of employes by price fixing and the contracting of every
pound that could be produced. Silver was advanced from 50 cents
to $1.01 per once, but gold was allowed to struggle along as best
it could. The result has been that every small gold property or
those where the margin of profit was close had to close down.
Gold mining is necessary to the industrial life of the Na
tion and it is to be hoped that it and silver will receive the neces
sary consideration to give impetus to their intensive mining.
Enormous Wealth of United States
As a prelude to the enormous development and reconstruc
t ion work in the United States, people are being given an insight
into the ability of the country to carry on any undertaking, no
matter how much money may be involved. The last call of
treasury department (November 1) showed that the resources
of the national banks of the United States reached the enormous
total of $19,821,404,000. This was an increase of $1,777,799,000
over the call of August 1.
The resources of the national banks exceed the resources of
the combined banks of England, Canada, France, Norway, Italy,
the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Japan and Germany by near
ly eight millions of dollars, and puts people of the United States
in possession of so much wealth that the human mind can hardly
grasp its magnitude. The wealth of all these banks is the wealth
of the one hundred million of inhabitants of the United States,
it is their money and represents only in a small measure the re
sources of the nation as a whole. There are many other banks,
state and private, that holds the funds of the people that reach
far into the billions of dollars. '
With this vast liquid wealth this country is ready to enter
upon an era of building that will make the wealth of the Caesar's
look like thirty cents, as the saying goes. It will not be allowed
. to lie in these banks and at itself up, but will have to be inves
ted in every class of enterprise that will return a reasonable
interest. To do this enterprises will have to be created through
out the country and to maintain these enterprises raw materials
will have to be obtained from every possible souice.
The great Mississippi valley will have to be safeguarded
against the spring floods and the millions of acres of desirable
lands along that waterway will be brought under cultivation. The
intercostal canal, that will cut out that section of the stormy
coast around Cape Hatteras, will be built ,and put into commis
sion. Great dams for the creation of power and the bringing
of water onto the vast desert areas, will be constructed in the
many rivers of the west. And one of the most essential of all
the projects that is to be carried through will be the building
of national highways throughout the county. These highways are
among the most essential of the many projects under consider
ation by our government. By building them farmers will be
, able to get their products to market for a far less sum than it
now costs them and the consumer will be correspondingly bene
fited. In this enterprise state and nation should cooperate.
Trunk lines should be built across the country from ocean to
ocean at convenient distances apart and connecting lines run
through the states to give the best results to the people and to
aid in the development of the sections through which they run.
every line of road would aid in the development of the country
to practically the same extent as the railroads. Good roads are
now recognized as one of the necessities of civilization and the
demand of the country is unanimous for their building. All of
these necessary improvements will employ millions of men and
develop our latent resources to such an extent that will startle
A Soldier's Prayer
If I must die, away from those who love me,
Some place, on some far field, on some far day;
I know whose form it is shall bend above me
I know whose prayer shall speed me on my way.
I know whose form it is, for I have seen her
A thousand times, a thousand cots beside,
(I pray good angels from all harm may screen her)
Where broken men have smiled on her and died.
If I must die, I know she shall stand near me,
.And whisper me sweet words offaith and hope,
"I know the courage in her eyes shall cheer me
As feebly toward that -dim, dim path I grope.
0 lady of the Crimson Cross, be by me,
And help me keep my faith ar.d courage high
When pain encompesses and tortures try me.
For then I shall not fear, not fear to die.
Condition of Western Mining Industry
J. C. Curry, of the Arizona Chapter of the American Mining
Congress in his annual report gives a valuable summary of min
ing conditions which applies with equal force to every western
mining state. He deals with'facts and not theory and says:
"It is estimated that more copper has been produced since
July than has been sold, yet apparently there has been a short
age in supply. The shortage, however, is unreal and is account-
ed for by delays in refining and transportation. Forcing produc
tion has been the rule. Keeping up production, handicapped by
a shortage of labor with which to carry on development has
brought many mines into a restricted productive capacity. Ad
vanced development work must be done before the properties will
again be at their best.
"The advance in wages, freight rates and the increased cost
of all supplies, together with war taxes ,has brought the cost of
producing a pound of copper to more than double pre-war cost
and in many instances materially higher.
"With no reduction in wages, freight rates or supplies,
there is no inducement for mining companies to continue forcing
output even upon the continuance of the present market price
of 26 cents per pound.
"In mining and manufacturing generally it is reported there
has been notoriously diminished efficiency in work per hour or
shift. Although wages are higher, efficiency is low. While
this is clearly noticeable in manufacturing, it is more real than
noticable in mining when per ton of ore per man is taken into
consideration. Figures may be set up to show that efficiency has
either increased or decreased, but personal observation will, in
every instance, show efficiency in working forces since the pre
war priod has materially decreased. This condition is due to
several things, but more partiularly to increase in wages and
.scarcity of labor. The theory that raises in wages tends to
lower efficiency has been clearly proven during the past year.
Labor turnover has been greater. There is a financial loss with
change of workmen. However capable one man might be to
fill another's place it costs money to make the change. These
changes are more frequent when work is plentiful and wages
CONTINUING ITS WORK
PHOENIX, Dec. 27. The partial
demobilization of the food adminis
tration and the withdrawal of many of
its uiles and regulations have given
the impression in some quarters that
all its activities have ceased or are
shortlv to cease. This is nnt tha
case, as is indicated in the following
statement given out by the state head
quarters of the United States food ad
ministration at Washington.
"The Lever act creating the food
administration imposes upon us cer
tain obligations which will continue
until piesidential proclamation re
leases us from further duty, and par
ticularly the obligation to curb prof
iteering and speculating in licenesed
food commodities. This function must
be continued and there is no intention
of relaxing in this direction.
"It has been possible now that peace
is assured to cancel many require
ments for reports and many of the de
tails of the regulations but the profit
margins and rules have been for the
most part retained and will be enforc
ed by revocation of licenses and other
"It is expected that it will be pos
sible from time to time to remove cer
tain commodities from the licensed
list, but this will be limited to com
modiies which do ,no seem likely to be
subject to possibility of speculation
DID NOT FORGET
That the absent Kingmanites do not
forget their old home is evidenced by
the following letter from Mr. and Mrs.
E. F. Thompson, who are visiting in
"My Dear Mrs. Cohenour Enclos
ed find check for $2 for membership
cards for myself and Mrs. Thompson
for the Red Cross. I understand you
are a Captain for the team and we are
in your district. We have also join
ed the Red Cross in Los Angeles.
Hope you will have success and get
everybody to join."
Mr. Thompson was at the head of
the Red Cross drive about two years
ago and like all other matters that he
headed, brought success with it.
BY FINGER PRINT
A. R. Gonzales, who was arrested
and held for the murder of Lee Kwon,
at Tucson, a few weeks ago, was re
leased from durance when it was
found that his finger print did not
conform to that of the murderer,
whose thumb print was left on a bot
tle of soda at the store of the old mer
chant at the time he was killed. The
killing of the Chinaman was most
brutal and a wide search is being
made for the parties who committed
Whv hesitate to buv War Savines
Stamps. You don't give, you receive.
Cheapest Power for Mines
Greatest Household Conven
ience. The one servant an,
economical family cannot
afford to be without.
DESERT POWER & WATER CO.,
Kingman - - Chloride
REGISTERED U S.PAT OFF.
Guaranteed Puncture Proof
GUARANTEED PUNCTURE PROOF
The H. Y. Basham Co.
Authorized Service Station
OILS VULCANIZING GASOLINE
Beale St., at 5th Kingman, Ariz. Phone Blue 113
Phone Blue 230 for
SASH and DOORS
TERRA COTTA CHIMNEYS
A Large Stock of Oregon and Arizona Pine Constantly on Hand. Also
Fire' Wood in Large or Small Quantities. PROMPT SERVICE.
Mohave Lumber Co.
Plumbing, Steam Fitting
Sheet Metal Work
Kingman, - - Arizona
STANDARD AUTO STAGE
OFFICE: BEALE HOTEL LOBBY, PHONE BLUE 147
BONDED CARS COMPETENT DRIVERS
Car Leaves Kingman for Oatman 8:30 A. M.
Returning, Leaves Oatman 2:00 P. M.