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Mohave County miner. [volume] (Mineral Park, A.T. [Ariz.]) 1882-1918, September 30, 1899, Image 1

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A Field of Treasure.
The Capo Nome gold Holds uro proving
themselves worth notice, despito
the many disappointing reports that
have come from 'thorp. Next season
will probably witness one of tho greatest
of tatn pedes to the dlstriet that
has oppurred yot in the history of tho
Alaskati gold excitement. Hettor reports
are coming on overy steamer and
according to many who camo down on
the Roanoke it is not only a rich coun
trj, but it is ono of tho most
cold regions ever discovered.
Whether tho drawbacks to the country
will prove more than an offset to tho
auriferous richness cannot be demonstrated
leforo another season. Of tho
remarkable things of which tho Nome
district is mado up none exceed, per
haps, in wonder and interest tho rich
.-trip of lcach which pans out gold in
abundance for a distance of thirty
miles or more. To add to tho intercut
111 this rich strip of giound tho federal
authorities- in charge there havo so far
refused to allow any recording of
claims on It, It is a merry
witli as much fieedom of action
as a lot of Siwushcs in a hucklelwrry
patch. Eery miner is entitled to go
to work wherever there is room for his
rocker to rest, as long as tho ground is
not actually occupied by another.
Good for minors. A miner sots hi
rocker dow 11 and goes to digging. An
other minor comes along and sets his
rocker dowii and goes to work in a new
lmlik Tlitw tlui lwili iik nominte1 fm
f h long distance, and us soon as a miner
has worked out his first hole with a
small piece of ground around him, he
picks up his rocker and moves up to
another unoccupied piece of ground.
It is proving u god-send to the poor
devil of a miner who n aches there
"broke aud dispirited, and if for nothing
else, the miners are calling down
blessings upon tho heads of tho authorities.
Conservative miners who wero talked
with today aud who do not own any interest
in the Cape Xomo country hay
it is rich. Some of the stories of rich
cleanups and a big day's washings may
bo a littlo colored, but it is not intentional.
It is a ricli count ly, but from
what the conservative miners say, tho
Lord never made a more desperate or
more trying country for a civilized
man to get iuto. Tho gold bearing sand
is found in n huge drift above the line
of the present high tide and Iwtween
that point and tho tundra embankment.
The drift is ten, twenty, thirty
Hiid ns high as sixty feet in width. It
1h in the form of a drift and runs along
the length of the shore for a really unknown
distance. The tundra bank is
probably, on the aveiage, ten feet high.
Then comes the rich (strip of drift and
then a gradually sloping saud beach
covering the distance between high and
low tides and practically free gold.
(.old bearing drift. How the gold-bearing
drift got there Is conjectiue.
The most plauslblo theory teems to be
that il is only tho washed ortioii of
the gold-bearing tundra, wushed by tho
natural action of the wuves lashing
against the tundra embankment and
gradually, In the course of ago, washing
them away. Tho surfaco of tho
drift Is a bed of unproductive sand for
a foot or eighteen inches and then
comes pay dirt that is in the aggregate
about the same in depth. This rosts
on a bedrock of blue clay or rock.
Miners with rockers mako 105 to 153 a
day und in many cases as high as i!33
and )? a day. Of tho several hundred
men working tho beach very few but
make good money. Thero is already
a uiovo on tho part of somo men to upset
the regulations of the government.
They aro attempting to have tho minerals
laws applied 80 that a single
mitiorcau locate on po much of tho
beach stiip. Several miners camo down
on tho Roanoke with tho oxpressed
intenlion of accomplishing this object.
The strip reserved is sixty feet wide
from tho high water meander lino as
defined by tho olllcials. This width
makes the reservation extend back as
a gouoral thing to tho tundra. Tho
lich cruvol is not ulways of this width
and in tho aggregate is not probably
1 over twenty feet wide. Alaska .Mining
Record.
Electric Power in Mining.
Edward Bellamy in his "Looking
Backward" saw many exhibitions of
electric power, winch are now so common
that they fail to oxcito oven more
than a parsing glance, or command
moro than a moment's thought. It is
now in the jniwer of those who have
the means at command to gratify their
desires, and add to their comfoit, to
touch a "button" at their bedside in
the morning, light their kitchen tire,
heat their diessing room, dispell tho
darkness fiom their apartments,
.on servants and attendants aud, with
in a fow minutes, enjoy au artistically
cooked breakfast, and rido to his place
of business upon an uutomobile, without
tho scent of coal smoke upon his
rnimant or the suspicion of dust upon
his electrically brushed shoes, hat and
coat.
What electricity has done and i-
doing in man's domestic economy, it is
doing, or may, do in simplifying and
facilitating operations in mine, mill.
sampling and reduction works. What
is being done in that direction is thus
spoken of by Thomas Tongo in his
to tho Mining and Engineering
Journal. Ho said: "Cripple Creek
is, perhaps tho only gold mining
woild where a miner can
go to his ork in mi electric street car,
tho mine in an electric hoist,
keep his initio dry by an electric pump,
do his work by an electric light, run
drills operated by electric air compressors
(jKisslbly, in time to bo
by direct electric drills) and
tiro his shots by electricity fiom a
switchboard remote from the point of
Iho directions in which electric power
may bo eh"octively employed in mining
cannot yet bo hardly
measured or pointed out. If an
electric hoist can take a man to his
underground level, and an electiicair
compressor operate his drills, why can
not an electric shot break the rock, au
electric appliance dump it into the
electric hoist, an electric engine raise it
to the snifacp to bo ran led by electric
power to reduction works run by
Legitimate speculations upon
what electric power may do in mining
operations is a wasto of ink or words,
for we are living in a day and genera
tiou when "ttuth is stranger then
An exchauge iutimutes that in the
Cripple Creek district the use of electric
power etTects a saving of 15 to DO
per cent according to tho location und
conditions of the mine. Electiic power
is retolutionbMiig the Cripple Creek
mining industry in teduciug expenses,
increaii profits, aud making low
grade oros available which, wltherto,
were discarded as incapable of being
treated at a profit, Wnat electric
power liu.3 douo for Cripple Creek, it
may do lor every other miulug center
or camp in the great northwest. And
it will bo done 5ti tho not distant future.
Western Mining World.
Had Ability to Spare.
A person recently inserted in n trade
journal an advertisement for a first-class
bookkeeper witli irreproachable
rcfeieiicos and superior ability us un
all around ofllce manager. Tho salary
offered, '.ii a week, attracted but
ono applicant, who wrote us follows:
"I am a young man, thirty-seven
years of age, having had a business
experieneo of years, being
connect ol with tho United States Embassy
at Madegascur, and feel confident,
if you will givo me atrial, I
can prov my worth to yoirt 1 am not
only an export bookkeeper aud proficient
stenographer and typewriter,
excellent operator aud oiudlto
graduate, but havo several other
accomplishments which might make
me desirable. I am an experienced
enow shoveler, a first class peanut
roaster, havo some knowledge of removing
superfluous hair aud clipping
puppy dog's ears, havoa medal for reciting
"Curfew Shall Not Ring To-Night,"
urn n skilled chiropodist and
practical farmer; can ulso cook, tako
cure of creaso trousers, open
oysters tmd repair umbrellas; being
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possessed of great physical beauty,
I would not only bo useful but would
bo ornamental as well, lending to tho
sacied piecmcts of jour otlico that
delightful urtistic cliarm that a
vaso or a stuped billy goat
would. A- to salary, I would feel I
was robbing tho widow and swiping
the sponge cake from the orphan if I
wero to lake advantage of jour
by accepting tho too fabulous
sum of .T$ per week, and I would
be cutiiely willing to give jou my
soi vices foi less, and by accepting 1h'17$
per week would givo jou an
of not onlj incieaMiig your donation
to the chui oil, pay your butcher
and keep up jour life insurance, but
found a home for indigent
salesmen and endow a free lied
in tho cat
generally known that Ari
zona lias tho most liberal incorporation
laws iu the Uijited States. Even
in Now Jersey, which is apparently tho
niecca of incorporators, the laws in
point of scope and llbeialitj' aro not
a circumstance compared to the
creation Weie this fact widely
to tho commercial world
we would be Hooded with
concerns seeking to operate under
the Arizona laws. In New Jersey and
sonio eastern states the contemplation
of the lneorporation laws cover only
the buines or object specifically
stated iu the incorporation. In other
words tho limits aro and
the business of the Incoiporatioii restricted
to tho one particular lino of
mercantile or other business
it seeks to engage in. There il alo a
yearly charter tax to bo paid to tho
state and many legal requirements to
bo observed during the life of tlio incorporation,
and one of which, if violated,
renders the charter null. Prospect
or.
General Mining News
The gieatest Hood ever kuowu in
Mineral Creek occurred IustSatuiday
morning doing seiious damugo at tho
Raj cm nip, says tho Silver Uelt. Tho
Ray Company lost about 2,0003 worth
of lumber aud supplies, and a frame
building owned and occupied by a
Chinese restaurant keeper was washed
away. The Chinaman also lost 2508 in
which ho had left in tho house.
Prob ibly the oldest mining cump in
tho United States, that is still under
progressive operation, is that of tho
Dahlonegu mines iu Georgia, where
gold has been mined for tho past 75
years. As fur as the records show
these mines hao produced about
and there is no telling how
much moie. Under the operation of
modem machinery thero may be unearthed
many foitunos from theso
Georgia hills for tho miner of tho future.
W. II. Sexton was in from the Old
Hoot in tho Silver Helt district yesterday
He tliero aro;i00 people in
tho camp. Tho Neilson company aro
putting up a slore building. Thero aro
three smelters on the claim which takes
up i:$0 tons of copper ore daily. Tho
haul is miles to Red Rock
and at ceitain seasons a cut olf euti bo
taken which will reduce tho distance
to twenty-two miles. The camp is prosperous
and only one saloon is in sight.
Mr. Sexton will return this morning.
Some years ago lie manipulated .the
type iu tho Star ofllce. Ho has been
doing quite well for a year past, holding
a responsible position most of tho
time. Tucson Star.
Henry U. Clifford telephoned to tho
Journal-Miner last evening that the
fires in tho furnace of the IJig Hug
smelter, under lease to tho Arizona,
Eastern and Montana Company, wero
lighted on Wednesday afternoon. The
bins contain a largo amount of ore,
and oro is arriving thoio rapidly every
duy from different mining districts.
Since tho alwvo company took charge
of tho smelter, tho machinery has all
been overhauled, under orders from
Mr. Clifford, tho furnaces relincd and
put in good condition and everything
gives promise of a successful run.
Daniel G. Jowett is metallurgist for
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KINGMAN, ARIZONA, SEPTEHER 30, 1899 NO. 51.
tho company, and the machineiy department
is in charge of Frank Raymond,
an experienced engineer and
machinist. The success of
means tho circulation iu this section
of a amount of money which
has heretofore been sent abroad for
tho reduction of ore. Journal Miner.
Information received fiom Clifton
conveys tho welcome news that ex-collector
of internal revenue Cha. M.
Shannon, of Clifton, and Gen. Hughe",
the latter of Denver, havo sold theii
group of copper claims on Chase creek,
seven miles above Clifton. The expeit
who in now on the ground with Thompson
und Sholter, aud who spent two
weeks making an extended examina
tion of the properties, says they are
tho finest in tho Itocky Mountain region,
better even than the Arizona's
holdings. The purchasers are the
Thompson Development Company of
I Now York and Hutte, Montauti, and
I tho puce paid is nearly a million and
a half dollars. The purchaseis include
uuuer, ine ijiiuiiik iiihii ul jiuui, .Montana.
Tho company will elect veiy
extensive works on tho river near
Morcuci. Tuc-on Star.
Tho Constellation. Tho meeting of
the boaid of directors of the above
company was held iu Salt Lake this
week and an assessment of ono aud
one-half cents per share was levied. It
' was decided at this meeting to push
I development and allow no further cessation
of work. The same gold ledge
that is in the Sliver King and Thun-I
derer runs through this pioperty, and
the first work done by Manager Sutton
will be to push tho drift, which is al
ready iu from the shaft nearly 1,000
feet, to cut tho ledge which will undoubtedly
show up big, for values ob
taincd from tho sumo ledge on the surface
showed well in gold. Resides this
thero is a rich silver-lead vein running
through the proerty, and development
is all that is required to mukc
this one of tho biggest and richest
proerties in the camp. There has
been a vast amount of woik on tho
Constellation, and a gieat portion of
it has been done single handed by Mr.
Sutton, who has always had absolute
faith iu the property. During tho first
past years 27,0003 has been expended,
2,000 feet of first-class tunnel has been
driven, and u ,.)U-foot double compartment
shaft sunk. Thocmniaiy has a
latest improved :15 lioise power engine,
aud all buildings. Tlio group
consists of seven patented claims, und
six adjoining chums arc controlled by
tho company All iu all tho Constellation
is a valuable pro pert j, and witli
tho determination of tho directors to
push develoftneuts it will onlj be a
mutter of u sliort,time be'ore tho stockholders
will have just cnuse to lejoice.
Tlio Park (Utah) Record.
Owing to the largo use of paint this
j ear, tho price of lead, ti tho great satisfaction
of miners of carbonate and
sulphide of lead ores in this district is
holding up lit 4.10$ per 100 pounds,
luoker'rf price, while the con ect pure
that tho miner should receive is 1.008
per hundred, tho indications aro now
that the price will go to 4 503 per hundred,
tho highest quotation reached
since lb'.)5. It seems an outrage that
miners should 1k compelled to accept
the arbitral- price Hxtd by tho New
Yoikring. Should tho price of lead
aud zinc spelter keep up, the outlook
for the Leadville distnct is quite ipsy,
as extensive bodies of these ores are
opened up, aud facilities for mining,
transpoitutioii und smelting, huge
amounts can be mined aud shipped.
A golden harvest should bo reap-d bj
tho miners of these metals, which will
add to tho general prosperity of the
district. Leadville Miner.
The now cjanide plaut at tho
mine is woikiug perfectly and is
handling 150 tons of tailings pel day.
per cent of the assay values
is saved with a net profit of at least
eighty per cent. It will require over
two j ears' time for the cyanide plant
to catch up with the mill which l
working eighty tons of ore per day.
The working shaft of the mine is now
800 feet deep and the oio at that depth
I is the same value and quality as that
1 found in tho upper levels La Toi
tuna is one of tho dee'iest free milling
gold mines in the world aud has mude
a wonderful record, which it promises
to maintain. The only drawback to
this wonderful wealth producer is the
fact that wood is getting seaiee in that
vicinity and tho fuel question is u
seiious problem that will soon have to
be solved. The management is now
the pioposition of using
crude oil. The uuestiou of transput
tation is the only obstacle and that
be part I j overcome by pumping
the oil from Illaisdell station, a dis
tance of eighteen miles ucios the
Yuma Sun.
An exchange says th it after Ortobel
1 all travelers across the White
Apache reservation, under a
of 1,0003 ' line, mut he proiideii
with a passport, signed by an otllrlui
of the department of the intenor, mi
permtoiident, agent or siili agent ot
Indians by au olllcer of the
United States army commanding the
first military post on tho frontier. The
penalty is to work as well aguiiist all
wlio shall overstay the time limit of
the passport
shall indicate the object of travel, the
route to be and the time the
is to i email!.
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