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Makes Many Recommendations in Its
Annual Report Submitted To
Governor Hunt
News Bureau of the Journal-Miner,
Room 203, N. B. A. Bldg.
PHOENIX, Jan. 8. The State
Tax Commission filed its first re
port -with Governor Hunt today. The
report is for the period between
May 18th and December 31st, 1912.
It not only reviews the work ac
complished by the Commission but
also outlines the anticipated accom
plishments. It gives to the public
for the first time, the history of
lhe mining conference held in Phoe
nix on October 28th and attended
by the Tax Commission, a limited
representation of county assessors
and supervisors and twenty of the
leading mining men of the state.
An Instructive Conference.
The report also includes the re
port of Commissioner Zander who
attended as a delegate from Arizona,
the Sixth National Conference on
"State and local taxation held at
Des Moines in the early part of
September of last year. Accotding
to the report, this conference prov
ed highly interesting and instructive.
A large proportion of the States
were represented and revealed the
fact that the tax question was, not
only the paramount issue in Arizona
but throughout the United States.
It was generally agreed at the con
ference that those states having tax
commissioners were making the
.greatest progress towards an equi
table and fair assessment of all
classes of property.
Uuges State Control of Revenue.
In its report the Commission
draws the conclusion that State con
trol of revenue machinery will fin
ally be the plan adopted by all pro
gressive states. It states where
cttrTi tOiti tc iifl thr trnc rate has
been decreased and total valuations
ave increased, due in a great part
to the additions of property previ
ously escaping taxation.
People Must Enforce Plan.
The entire Board of State Com
missioners, according to their re
port, believe the best that can ba
done in Arizona is to first devise a
plan as nearly perfect as experience
dictates and then charge the vigi
lance of the people to enforce it.
The best plant, says the report,
must surely have central authority
that is responsible generally for
everything and then the people will
have no difficulty in fixing the blame
and acting accordingly. The local
assessor should have as large a jur
isdiction as he can administer effi
ciently, in order that he may be
removed as far as possible from the
influences of cliques and he should
be a resident of his jurisdiction so
that he can be personally familiar
with all the property he assesses.
The local boards of equalization,
in the minds of the commission,
should be governed by the same
condition as the assessor, "both are
needed because of their knowledge
of local property, but they should
not exist because of their abuse of
that knoweldge. To prevent this
abuse, the commissioners urge a
state cct.-ol, with the administra
tive oft; -s in the system all elect
ed by the people.
Producing Mines Problem.
Naturally the report devotes con
siderable space to the subjects of the
assessment of producing mines,
there being at present no specific
law applicable for such, that class
of property having become assess
able on the ad-velorum basis like
all other property in the state not
classified by any special act of the
legislature when the bullion law was
repealed. The report reviews the
efforts of the Commission to ascer
tain necessary information from the
various mining companies qf the
state which was generally readily
furnished. It was not possible,
however, to formulate a plan of as
sessment entirely satisfactory to all
and as a consequence, the mining
conference above referred to was
2.nged for.
he conference lasted two days
resulted in the agreement on
the part of the mining companies
to a proposed legislative act which
would arrive at the assessed value
of mines by the following calcula
tion: rirsr. All patented mines be
assessed per acre at the price paid
the government therefor. Second,
That all improvements upon said
mines be assessed by Tax Com
mission at the same value as other
property. Third, That the net
earnings from mines be ascertained
and assessed at 100 per cent of their
true value. Fourth, That in addit
ion thereto all producing mines be
assessed upon 12J4 per cent of the
gross yield thereof in value.
Although the conference was al
most entirely taken up with earnest
discussion of the subject under con
sideration, there was much good
feeling manifest throughout between
the mine operators, the assessors,
supervisors and state commission
ers. Frequently there was some re
mark which drew the attention of
the conferees away from their sub
ject, as for instances, the situation
when Mr. Ellinwood of the Copper
Queen Company in explaining the
proposition which was submitted by
the mine operators stated that such
was not agreeable to all but was a
consolidation of views and a com
promise. "I think that any scheme that is
finally adopted by the various min
ing companies who operate under
such different conditions will have
to be a compromise," so the report
says were the words of Mr. Ellin-
wood, who continuing said "Nearly
every controversy through life comes
to a compromise. I presume that
if hereafter I should appear at the
pearly gates of heaven and to get in
it will be a compromise."
"No that would be a miracle," in
terjected LeRoy Anderson, counsel
for the United Verde.
As a result of the conference how
ever, a bill has been drawn by the
mining interests of the state which
will be submitted to the special
session of the legislature called for
February, but whether it will have
the approval of the Tax Commis
sion or not will not be known until
a later date, at which time they will
submit a special report on the sub
ject to the Governor. The Commis
sioners are agreed however, that the
greatest dissatisfaction exists over
the methods of taxing mines in this
They have prepared a bill, a re
draft of the revenue laws of the
State and they ask the Governor to
report the same to the legislature
for consideration. The Commission
also ask that they be given power
over all local boards of equalization;
power to equalize between classes
of property; power to assess ex
press, sleeping car and private car
companies without specific restrict
ions of law, along lines similar to
the Minnesota law; power to assess
railroads, telephone and telegraph
lines, covering all of which they
have prepared a proposed legislative
act. They also recommend a tax
list law, a law for a small special
tax on monies and credits and a law
providing for the statement of the
true consideration in deeds.
SACRAMENTO, Jan. 9. State
relief for the banks of Southern
California in the citrus districts
which were hard hit by damage to
the orange and lemon crop will be
sought by Assemblyman Cram, of
Highlands, who conferred with State
Treasurer Roberts as to the possi
bility of the State lending money at
low rates. Cram leaves for San
Bernardino tomorrw to confer with
the bankers.
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 9. Citrus
growers asked representatives of the
transcontinental railroads entering
Los Angeles today for a special rate
and to rush "doubtful" fruit which
has been affected by the cold to the
eastern markets. It is requested
that thirty day rate of fifty percent
less than usual be given the plan
being to rush east 125 cars daily.
Another conference will be held to
morrow at which a decision will
probably be reached.
9. The Stanford student body was
depleted by more than 200 by the
storm and damage to the citrus
crop. Many more are expected to
leave college before the end of the
present semester.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 Arizona
experienced in 1912 an exceptionally,
good year in mining, especially in
the mining of copper ore, and the
preliminary total value of all metals
is estimated at more than $65,000,
000, an increase of more than $20,
000,000, or 49 per cent, above the
production for 1911. Of this total
value, the copper output represented
over $58,000,000, gold $3,500,000, and
silver, $2,000,000.
The production of gold increased
only about 3 per cent, giving an
output of over 170,000 ounces. The
two mam sources were copper ore
and ores amalgamated or cyanided.
Precious mental bullion came prin
cipally form Mohave County, where
great increases were made in out
put by the operators of the Tom
Reed and Gold Road mines, particu
larly the latter.
Silver came mainly from copper
ores and production increased to
about 3,300,000 ounces in 1912, or
about 2 per cent Lead ores from
Cochise and Mohave counties also
contained a considerable percentage
of silver. The ore of the new cop
per producers, Miami and Ray, con
tains so little gold and silver that
it is not a relatively important
source for precious metals.
Arizona led all other states in the
production of copper. The output
has grown from 199,000,000 pounds
in 1904 to about 359,000,000 pounds
in 1912, an increase of 17 per cent
over the 1911 record. The value of
the product was increased by over
$13,000,000 on account of the price
of copper being higher by about
3.75 cents a pound in 1912. The
greatest increases were made at the
Ray, Miami, and Copper Queen
mines, while substantial increases
were made by the Arizona Copper,
Detroit, Shannon, and Old Domin
ion companies. In production there
was little change at the Calumet
and Arizona, where construction was
progressing on the new smelting
plant equipped with roasters to re
duce sulphide ores now found on the
property. A new plant was also in
course of construction at the Ari
zona Copper Company's property at
Clifton, and the American Smelting
& Refiining Company's plant at
Hayden was completed and working
in June on Ray concentrates. The
output was much less from the Con
solidated Arizona smelter at Hum
boldt, and the plant at Swansea was
active only part of the year. The
Pioneer Smelting Company in Pima
County, operated a small matting
plant for a time, and the United
Verde Copper Company made ar
rangements for the building of a
large new plant near Jerome. In
Santa Cruz County the R. R. R.
mine developed into an important
producer of copper ore.
The lead output for 1912 was
about 7,000,000 pounds, a decrease
of 32 per cent from that of 1911. It
was, however, much larger than the
production of an3 of the last eight
years except 1911, which was un
usually high. No lead smelters were
operated in the State. Lead ore
from the Copper Queen and Shat
tuck Arizona mines and lead concen
trates and ore from Mohave County
were shipped to El Paso, Texas, and
Needles, California.
Smelter production increased about
89 per cent over that of 1911 and
was about 8,500,000 pounds in 1912.
From the Golconda mine at Union
Basin zinc and concentrate were
shipped continuously, in September
at the rate of 1,200 tons a day. Ores
from Mohave County were concen
trated at Needles and shipped east.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9. Profits
of more than eighty million dollars
have .been made by the First Nat
ional Bank of New York since its
organization with a capital of half
a million dollars in 1863, according
to the testimony of George F. Bak
er, chairman of the board of direct
ors of the bank, before the money
trust committee today.
Baker told the committee the
bank paid dividends of 226 percent,
more than twice its total capitali
zation which is now ten millions, in
the last four years. Untermeyer cal
culated from the sums supplied by
the witness that since the latter as
sumed the presidency of the bank
in 1873, the bank paid dividends of
18,550 percent on its original capital
Baker flatly opposed the sugges
tion of Untermeyer that national
banks be requested to make public
their assets, declaring he could see
no possible good that could come
from such a provision. Baker ad
mitted he, Morgan and Stillman
were interested in many vast finan
cial enterprises.
Mining location notices for sale al
the Journal-Miner office.
(From Thursday's Dally)
The damage case of Daniel Her
ring vs. United Verde Copper Com
pany, in which the plaintiff sues for
$10,000, was up for consideration in
the Superior Court yesterday on
general and special demurrers of the
defendant, which were overruled.
The case now goes to trial on Feb
ruary 7. Herring is alleged to have
been injured while in the employ of
the defendant company, and asks
the above sum, stating that he is
permanently injured, and was con
fined in a hospital for over two
Default was entered in the ease
of Barnes vs. Tiger Gold Mining
Default was entered in the case of
H. D. Aitken vs. Tiger Gold Com
pan, and the trial set for January
Judgment for plaintiff was given
in the case of F. B. Clark vs. Verde
King Copper Co.
The suit of C E Emig vs. Mitch
ell Mining Company, was dismissed.
The case of Luke C Strider vs.
Mitchell Mining Company was sub
mitted on pleadings, and both par
ties were ordered to file briefs on
or before January 17.
The exceptions of defendant to
the cost bill in the case of Nylund
vs. Lake Superior and Nevada De
velopment Company were sustained,
it appearing to the court that the
property is under attachment in an
other suit.
Judgment for plaintiff was given
in the case of Rosenblat vs. C. C.
Keeler, sheriff.
Judgment for plaintiff was given in
the case of Anna Levy vs. J. Ben
nett Ayras, et al., in which title
to certain property was involved.
Mike Ryan, pleaded guilty to
burglarizing the Bashford-Burmister
Company Store, and will be sentenc
ed on January 20th.
Mrs. R. N. Looney was appoint
ed guardian of the persons of Con
suella and Marguerite Gruwell, min
ors, who reside at Mayer.
(Fjom Wednesday 'g Daily)
The calendar of the Superior
Court for the months of January
and February was announced yes
"terday as follows and trials ordered
on the dates given in each case:
State vs. Angus O. McDermid,
two cases. February 4.
Mayor of Jerome vs. Jerry Cain,
January 22.
R. H. Burmister & Sons Co., vs
Empire G. M. Co., dismissed.
E. D. Seaton vs. Cumberland Min
ing Company and William Wood-
burn Feb. 3.
Mary A. Conrey, administratrix
estate Fred Conrey, deceased, vs. E,
D. Hurley, January 20.
J. T. Dowdy and E. L. Gibson vs.
E. Ziegler, Feb. 10.
Big Stick G. M. Co., vs. J. L.
Howells, Feb. 10.
Pete Calvi vs. E. L. Gibson, Feb-
Territory of Arizona vs. Amalga
mated Mining Company Dismissed
Logos Mining Company vs. W. H.
Bunte and F. E. Andrews Feb. 11
Logos Mining Company and Az
tec King G. and S. M. Co., vs,
William Ciift and George Ball Feb.
Edward Ziegler vs. R. W. Bullard
Feb. 10.
Puntenney Lime Company vs. C
A. & S. F. R. R. Co. Feb. 7.
Stuart L. Dunchean vs. J. W. Wil
son Jan. 20.
R. H. Burmister x Sons Co., vs,
D. A. Burke and T. J. Sparks-
Jan. 20.
John H. Foley vs. W. B. Sheivley
Feb. 7.
Head Lumber Co. vs. Venezia
Gold Mines Jan. 21.
Arizona Brewing Co. vs. Mrs. W.
H. Spencer and J. McWilliams
C. E. McKinley vs. George Merritt
Jan. 21.
Hattie M. Schulze vs. August F.
Schulzc Jan. 21.
Anna Levy vs. J. Bennett Ayras
Jan. 8.
J. W. Koontz vs. Samuel New
som Jan. 21.
Fitzhugh Lee vs. Sam. B. Pemb
erton Feb. 7.
Melina I. Metzler vs. James M.
Metzler Jan. 21.
Peter G. Rosenblat vs. C. C. Keel
er, sheriff Jan. 7.
George Demaine vs. A. C. Nich
ols Jan. 20.
E. W. Monroe al. vs. Geo.
Hancc Feb. 12.
Katherine McMillan vs,
o. w.
Blickenstaff Jan. 28.
John Halberg vs. Will Ray Jan.
Allen Hill vs. Great Western Gold
Company Jan. 22.
L E. Whisler vs. Babbitt Broth
ers Jan. 20.
J. Yamamato vs. Lake Superior
News Bureau of the Journal-Miner,
Room 203, N. B. A. Bldg.
PHOENIX, Jan. a Governor
Hunt today issued requisition papers
on the Governor of Texas for the
return to Arizona of Robert E. Lec
who is wanted in Graham County
on a charge of conspiracy to ac
complish extortion. He is now in
custody of the officers at Lima, Tex
as, and Sheriff Alger left for that
point tonight io secure his prisoner.
Lee's crime according to the accu
sations of H. E. Smith, was a curi
ous one. With two men named
Everett, he visited Smith's house
near Safford and informed Smith
one of his cows was down in an ad
joining pasture. When they arrived
at the place where the cow was
they found the animal chained to
a stake and then the three alleged
conspirators made Smith, at the
point of a six-shooter, remove the
hide from the cow after which they
demanded that he pay them $3,000
or they would inform the authori
ties that Smith had "rustled" the
cow and butchered the animal to
hide his crime. Smith paid the trio
$1,800 after which they disappeared.
The Everett brothers are still at
Another Murderer Reprieved.
Rodriguez who was convicted and
sentenced from Maricopa County to
be hung at the Florence prison on
January 10th for the murder of his
wife was today granted a reprieve
by Governor Hunt on similar
grounds to the reprieves granted
other death sentence men by the
Governor some months ago. It is
still the executive's idea that the
question of capital punishment
should be passed on by the people
of the state before any executions
take place while he is Governor.
The Arizona Corporation Com
mission have been hearing for the
past three days representatives of
various gas, electric and water com
panies of the state concerning a me
thod of uniform accounting to the
Commission. Commissioner Jones
J was largely responsible for the form
proposed by the Commission which
apparently met with the approval of
all concerned and will be establish
ed by a general order of the com
mission issued at a later date.
Auto Run to Tucson.
Phoenix auto enthusiasts are pre
paring for an auto run to the city
of Tucson on January 17th. Gov
ernor Hunt has agreed to join the
party as well as many Phoenix mer
chants. The plans have not been
definitely concluded but it is esti
mated in all thirty cars will partici
(Prom Wednesday's Daily.)
Telegraphic advices from Los An
geles yesterday brought the sad
news of the death of S. L. Summers
from ptomaine poisoning, after a
few days illness. The deceased was
a merchant of Seligman, and was
well known in this city, being a
member of the Masonic fraternity
and identified with Ivanhoe Com-
mandery, Knights Templar, of the
Prescott lodge. He was a frequent
visitor to this city and bore a splen
did name as an exemplary citizen
His affliction was contracted while
enjoying a holiday repast with his
wife and son at a cafe. He was
taken suddenly ill and after his re
moval to his residence on Seventh
avenue continued to sink until the
end came.
(iFiom Thursday's Daily.)
W. Pennycook, of Lynx Creek,
while in the city yesterday received
a telegram from Evapsville, Indiana,
which conveyed the brief and sad
news of the killing of Ernest W.
Teemey, by a negro, in that city on
Tuesday afternoon. No particulars
were given of the tragedy, except
the victim had been shot down with
out any provocation whatever.
' Mr. Teemey will be remembered
by many in this city, as the son of
William Teemey, a frequent visitor,
and who was associated with the
reclamation service as an engineer.
His son, also, was in the engineer
ing corps, and a few days ago a let
ter was received in which he stated
he would soon return to Prescott
to become identified with a private
reclamation undertaking in this sec
tion. He was aged about twenty-
six years, of a genial disposition,
and had many friends throughout
the state who will regret to learn of
his untimely death.
I J ! 5 i ! f J
and Nevada Development Co. Jan.
Edson S. Pettis vs. Lake Super
ior and Nevada Development Co.
Jan. 23.
(Prom Wednesday's Dafly.)
When the case of Daniel E. Park
vs. L. R. Erskine and the Square
Deal Mining Company, was called in
the Superior Court yesterday, the
temporary injunction issued some
time ago affecting the ourooses of
ithe defendants in carrying out cer
tain lines of business, was modified,
so as to remain in force until further
crders of the court were authorized.
The defendants, however, must re
train from selling or disposing of
stock in the corporation, and they;
are particularly enjoined and re
strained from transferring any stock
upon the books of the defendant
The demurrer in the case of Dan
iel B. Herring vs. United Verde
Copper Company, was argued and
submitted. The plaintiff sues de
fendant for the sum of $10,000 dam
ages for alleged injuries received
while an employe.
Nettie Beese was given a divorce
from Charles Beese.
John Lawler, M. B. Hazeltine and
J. W. Wilson were appointed ap
praisers of the estate of Anna Bar
tholdi, deceased, to report to the
court on January 20th.
William S. Post instituted action
against the Ideal Mining and De
velopment Company filing a motion
to dissolve that corporation, which
went over until January 24. The
company formerly operated the Mc-
Cabe and Gladstone mines to the
east of this city, and the Model
group in Peeples valley. The prop
erties were sold under bankruptcy
proceedings to individuals in New
YoTk city.
Mike Ryan, accused of burglariz
ing the store of Bashford-Burmister
Company in this city, was arraigned
and took the statutory time to plead
until today at 10 o'clock a. m.
The petition of Sidney Birch to be
appointed administrator of the es
tate of Michael McHale, deceased,
was called and January 22nd set as
the day for hearing the same.
, v.
(ftsm ttarsfer'i Daily.)
Larry Little was In the city yes
terday from his dry farm near Gran
ite Siding and reported that a large
body of water had been developed
at a depth of 280 feet, which was
flowing so heavy a head that the
pumping plant on the ground was
inadequate to handle it, although 740
gallons per hour were being lifted,
to the surface.
He returned later in the day with
a three-iheh deep well pump, to be
run by gasoline power, and if that
utility does not lower the flow, he
predicts one of the greatest prob
lems that has ever faced that com
munity as having been solved in
tapping an underground channel that
will be of incalculable benefit to
other farmers in the zone.
Mr. Little states that he has
planted seventy-five acres to a win
ter crop, and the volume of water
developed assures that area to be
placed in the producing channel. Up
to date he had sunk seven wells,
and finally is successful in reaching
a body of water that solves that re
clamation of his large acreage.
(From Thursday's Dally)
Felix Lapham, a miner who arriv
ed in the city on Tuesday afternoon
from the Hassayampa country, is
mourning the loss of the hirsute
adornment of his upper lip, which
was hit by the cold wave as he
was walking along the traiL On
reaching home here and after the
thawing process was working
smoothly, the moustache commenc
ed to fade away and he is now par
ading around without it. He also
states his hands and feet suffered.
but no injury has resulted.
Another mining man who arrived
from Copper Basin durincr the same
day, had a similar experience as
Lapham, and is now supporting a
short crop of hair on his upper
lip. These are the first cases ever
known in this section due to extreme
cold weather.
(From Friday's Dally.)
Charles Ault, whose name appears
on the list of those who went down
with the steamer Rosencrans a few
days ago at the mouth of the Co
lumbia river, is believed to have
been a former resident of this sec
tion. He was a camp cook, and
worked at several mines in this vi
cinity. At the time of the sinking
of the ship, he was listed as the
second cook, according to reoorts
received. Ault left Prescott about
one year ago, and stated he would
follow a seafaring life.

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