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H. SMITH & CO
Editor. -o o- ILPTON KATES: i Tear 5.00 Months 3.00 I Three Months 1,50 25 -0 o ADYERTISIX& RATES: Uno men in column, $ 'j.w tor nrst inser tion and $1.00 per inch for each additional insertion. A liberal discount from abova rates Tvill be made to persons who advortise largely by tne year, naif year or qvartor. Professional and business cards inserted or $2 per month or 20 per year. MINERAL PARK, DECEMBER 3, 18S2. ASSESSMENT WORK. Editor Mohave Couxtt. Miner: You claim that your paper is devoted especially to tlie naming interests of this county. Such being tho case will you be so kind as to tell mo "what in your opinion constitutes a suffi cient amount of work to hold a min ing claim, in-other words what does the term "Assessment "Work" mean in a legal sense. There seems to be r trrff rlonl tF Kcrmf n ymnn rr minorc " ""- "'"I"'"" iiui0 "j'"-" tfn this subject and I should like to see this assessment work business fully discussed in your paper. Respectfully yours, Peospfctor. "We are glad to receive the above communication from -'Prospector," although it is a somewhat difficult matter to answer it, as there seems to be a great diversity of opinion as to what really constitutes a legal amount of assessment work. How ever, in view of the great importance of the subject to miners generally throughout the county, we have do voted considerable time to the solu tion of this question and have ar rived at the following results, which we give for what they arc worth: In the first place on consulting the - Revised Statutes of tho Tailed States -it -i - o iz noo t 1 1. . - 1 1 WO iiUU 111 OtJULlUll-SOi: LUO i"ii-J 111"" rimnms die trict may iHSEe ivgninuons not i n - i rn. ii.. 1 C il, "1 m connicb wiru me iu s ut ""Tiitecl States or with the "ft"7hi iV jri wmcn tne district is JjjRxfgoverning the location, man ner of recording, amount of worn necessaiy to hold possession of a mining claim, subject to the follow ing requirements: On all claims lo cated prior to the 10th day of May, 1872, ten dollars' worth of labor shall be performed or improvements made by the 10th day of June, 1874, and each 3 ear thereafter, for eaeh one hundred feet in length along the vein until a patent has been issued therefor. On each claim located af ter the 10th day of May, 1872, and until a patent has been issued there for, not less than oue hundred dol lars worth of work shall be per- 3rmed or improvements made dur ing. each year." The various acts passed by the legislature of this Territory at differ ent times contain nothing relating to assessment work except repetitions -oTthe above. 'Jla regular annual. miners' meet ing of the miners of "Wallapai min ing district held November 4th, 1872 tho following resolution was adopted: Resolved, that twenty days work be considered equivalent to one hun dred dollars done on a ledge. "We presume this to mean one hun- red dollars worth of work done on a je. This resolution was passed tfrears ago and wages were most .five dollars per day for miners ktime, ahd if so, twenty days raid be equivalent to one lu-VjJlred dollars expended on a claim. Buf all this is changed now and wa gesare down to four dollars a day and have been so for years, and we must be governed entirely by the iruliSg rate of wages, in other words sum of one hundred dollars must sually be paid out for labor, and iether the rate be one dollar or five sr day makes not the slightest differ- rf rr ' -"imr rl hv n oronf. -mnnv it the cost of poaer ana tools y be taken into consideration and a part of the onfthundi-ed dol es necessaiy to be expended. "We mot and never have taken this of the subject, and maintain mt if such had been the meaning .tent of the act that Congress lost certainly have inserted a n to that effect. .But it does ;thing; it saysdistinctly "one .dollars worth of work shall Med or improvements mado" 5fitch of tno imagma 5t-sr inch dump, or work of any kind done on the claim that will show for itself. If a man could reckon in the cost of powder etc. why should ho not buy a hundred dollars worth and shoot it off all at once, and thus do his assess ment work in half a second instead of taking twenty or twenty-five days to do it in. Considering this matter carefully in all its bearings, we have arrivecLat the conclusion that there are only two ways in which the"legal" assessment work can be done. The first, which we consider the safest and best, and which we have adopted in our own case, is to do twenty-five full days' work on each claim, which at the ruling rate of wages for miners at the present time in this district will make one hundred dollars "actu ally expended in labor." "But oven in this case it is of the utmost impor tance that a good fair and honest day's work should be done for the money. It is a very common prac tice among some men we know, to put in only a few hours per day when doing assessment work and we are very much mistaken if some of these men don't live to regret the few hours stolen out of the assessment work. Tho second way j of doing the work takes in the improvements doue on tho claim and is this: whenever a miner wishes to have improvements reckoned in as assessment work, he should be very careful to follow these directions which we think will save him future trouble and litigation. Let him call in at least three disin terested men to examine the improve ments and who will draw up and sign a statement to the effect that they have examined the improve ments and know that they were made during that year and that they are of the value of at least one hundred dollars. This certificate should then be sworn to and filed in the County Recorder's office. This plan should always be followed where the work is done by contract, as is often the case, for it appears to us not only necessary to show that one hundred dollars was expended on the claim, but that it is still more necessary to stiow that one hundred dollars' worth of work was actually done for the money. "We think these twoans the only safe ones to folknfm doinsr asFsmcnt wcdcnarK (bat anything less will not hold a claim that ever turns out to be worth litigati makinj rvF f -rr rt Tho Atlai2cfi? owes its contract?5s?HSHpresent time the enormous amount of one million and a half dollars. ASSESSMENT WORK. "We call the attention of every one, for we are all interested in mines, to the comunication signed "Prospec tor" and tho answer thereto published in another column. This is matter of vital importance to miners in this dis trict and in fact in every district for it strikes to the very root of their titles. To be able to sell a mine a man must be able to show a good clear title and in order to do that, he must be able to prove beyond the possibility of a doubt that he has done his as sessment work for at least a year or two previous and that his miningclaim is not open to relocation. In answer ing the communication referred to we merely take a common sense bus iness view of the subject and have given our opinion accordingly. There are others among us better able to discuss this point in its legal bearings than ourselves for we do not claim any pretentions to legal lore,and to those we extend a cordial invitation to uso our columns freely in discussing this important matter. Let us have this matter dis cussed as it appears to others as well as ourselves. It certainly will do us no harm and we may all learn some thing, and by exercising a little care and foresight now, save ourselves an immense amount of care and trouble hereafter. - SUBSCRIBE FOR THE -t tt- MOHAVE COUNTY MINER -ft tt- TIIE VOTE. A Weekly Newspapek whicn will be strictly Devoted to the -fit ft Vemm W- F. Gkounds. I welton 1 & Ground! AL MERCHANDISE, GENE: n TnTES, LIQUORS AND C5GAKS, --to Mineral Park and PoMamis. ' ' CstvA from A. I. Brows?. The article in the '"Miner" of Nov. 26th relating to the Mineral Park Mill is an uncalled mis-statement of facts. The statement that ore had been removed from tho mill on ac count of exorbitant charges is abso lutely false; the statement that the mill is charging 20. per ton more thanBreou & Spear did is false; the statement that 50. per ton was char ged for free milling ore is false. Mr. Hyde refused to give mo the name of the "friend" who removed his ore from the mill. A. L. Brown. Dec. 1st 18S2. The article in the "Mixer" of Nov. 2Gth relating to tho Mineral Park Mill is not an uncalled for mis-state ment of facts. It is true with one very slight exception. The statement that ore had been removed from the mill on account of exorbitant charges is not absolutely false, it is absolute ly correct with the exception that the ore lies at the mill at the present, the owner not being able to get a team to haul it away; the statement that the mill is charging 20. per ton more than Breon & Spear did is not false, it is true as B. H. Spear offered to niill chloride ore for 30 per ton in side of tho last thirty days; the state ment that 50. per ton was charged for milling free ore is not false, it is strictly true as may be proved by ask ing A. S. Bush how much A. L. Brown charged him for milling surface ore from the Mocking Bird mine. The statement that Mr. Hyde refused to give the name of his "friend" away is true,and Mr.Hyde still refuses so to do,but he warnsA.L.fBrown thaljhe may expect to hear from that"friend" whose veracity he has questioned, in a very few days. James J. TTvtye. KAILKOAB ITEMS The Atlantic & Pacific R. R. Com pany has 1,500,000 more ties than is necessary to complete the road to the Colorado river. The Atlantic and Pacific, and At chison, Topeka and Santa ITe road s by exorbitant' charges, are injuring themselves more than they are the peonln of Northern Arizona. The ad a bill presented to-day for of ink bhipped from New isrut on which, oetween Williams, is some nd. This jer. J.-'res- In the four largest towns, in Ari zona, viz: Prescott, Tucson, Tomb stone and Phenix, the vote at the late election went in favor of the Repub licans, but the country, which is set-1 tied up mostly by people from Miss ouri, Arkansas and other Southern States, overbalanced the large towns and carried the Democratic ticket almost triumphantly. "Again, the Dejnocfats as a rule vote unitedly They don't scratch, as do Republ: cans, hence another reaon-jaJyjgy are successf-gStho Eepubli-iiS-8t3served the clannish rule adopt el by tho Democrats wo believe every man upon tho Republican ticket would havo been elected. Let Republicans hereafter' adopt the Democratic doctrine of never voting anything but the straight ticket, and the party will bo more certain of suc cess. Prescott Miner. MINING INTERESTS OF MOHAVE COUNTY. Kot So !5aliy leffc. Although Porter for Congress is probably defeated we havo Davis for Superintendent of Publiclnstruction; a Republican majority in both branches of the Legislature: Pima, Pinal, Cochise and Apache counties have elected their sheriffs, as have Yuma and Mohave. We do not con sider that the Republican party has received a Waterloo in Arizona by any means. We "are still in the field as Republicans, stauncher than ever. Prescott Miner. MINERAL PARK BUTCHER SHOP. Finest Beef in the Territory. I Keep osi Masul Fresh Eastern Fruit, Potatoes and Dried Fruit. Will Soon Have on If and j FRESH PORK & SAUSAGES. JAMES S3HTTH. FOR SALE CHEAP. A FINE STOCK RANGE wi! 1,0(1 jient for -- .8 8- TERMS--S5.00 PER YEAR IK ADVANCE. - - in Connection with the paper we have a full and Complete JOB PRIITIIG OUTFIT And are"! prepared to Print anything from a DRUGGIST'S LABEL ....... a.. To a Four Sheet Poster -tt tt- AT REASONABLE RATES. Bailroad Contractors fc'Mners Hkdquarters -xx n- - We are now prepared to furnish. Miners, Kcfcel Eeepersfllestaiirant Keepers and Families V?.if-. w . " With Got IsMriees SiaaSyer. . We have the largest stock ofW N NORTHERN ARIZONA. OUE XAKDXNG" AT POLHAMTJS A Istwelve niiJes nearer for shippers to this section of country tan Fcrt Mohave. Shippers will tiiul it to their fadvantage 6 have their freight landed at Polhamus. We have ample storeroom for any qnantity of freight, and a reliable man is there at all times to receive and forward, it: We will Deliver Supplies to Railroad Contractor!' Jkifliev at Their Store in Miaaeral Park or 1'olhamn. - -r -- Hay and Barley for Teamsers r Alwa.vs on hand at either store. Having a Resident Agent in San Francisco, Parties Desiring any Special Business Trans acted or Ores Sold, can have the same Pronrptly Executed Through us, ; We Also Have a Store at the Neediest OTiere Contractors and Others will be-Supplied witrrEveFy- M uiiiiiQ uucy ii cell, L'imrs TE3 TTS.