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Saturday Sept. io, 1004.
Right nt the ite of the nit!j!t workings the Cieneguita Copper Company have sunk a triple com partment; shaft to a depth of 100 feet. It will he immediately sunk a further depth of 100 feet, or as much as may he necessary to get below the atibo workings and explore virgin ground, which was not reached. San Yldefonso do Ostimuris was in the days of its pristine import ance a seat of royal representation, and was the residence of the repre sentative of the Spanish King, to whose patrimony the property is supposed to have belonged. There are on record at Sahuaripa titles to lands granted by this official which are dated 1713, nearly. TWO HUNDRED YEARS AGO. About a mile west of Ostimuris is the village of Yerba Buena and the great Tayapa ledge; a broad belt of mineralized rock, a conspic uous object from the mountain height above Yerba Buena. This great ledge is traced a distance of three miles, and the entire dis tance is honevcombed with the workings of the antiguos, showing in place very rich lead sulphide ores. This great ledge, which is in places ONE THOUSAND FEET WIDE, includes the group of mines, viz: El Tit jo, La Tayapa, La Detcomul ij'xl'i and La Yyletda. Velasco, Ward and others who described the old mines of Mexico, mentioned the "Lost Tayapa mines" and state that from the shaft at the main working "Dos Pilares" two great pillars of limestone are about three-quarters of a leasue distant southward. Standing at the brow of a hill where there is a deep shaft and extensive workings, and looking southward, the two great pillars stand out above the surrounding region, colossal land marks which once seen can never be forgotten, and once described would be immediately recognized wnen seen. Having read the his tory or heard the tradition the be holder is convinced at once that he stands upon the "LOST TAYAPA MINE." The antigiios reduced the ores in furnaces at Yerba Buena and at La Yglesia, about a mile distant. Iluins of the old furnaces are yet visible in both places. All these great properties are now the property of the Cieneguita Copper Company, whose holdings extend three miles along the ledge, and are sufficiently wide to ex tend the side lines to whatever depth the pitch of the vein may carry them. Yerba Buena Creek supplies an ample head of running water to give power to run a large mill all the vear. As yet the company has done little except a small amount of prospect work upon the Tayapa group; but as sognr as the present rainy season is ended operations will begin and be prosecuted with all vigor. In the development mentioned ore has has been found which assayed 5,000 ounces silver per ton. About a quarter of a century ago the late Gabriel Robinson of Guaymas?, arranged to work these properties, and brought in a stamp mill, some parts of which are yet seen lying about at Yerba Buena,, hut I - f s r- ! fiiiU r, !;i jMi-jf-d an Ap.ieh- ih'ur-Mn, killing rv- r . 1 (if hi in'"U, t a, u,i"ij- tm-nt i'f tli- c!itTpri-'. Forty to fifty yea r. ago a gont Io nian naim'd Ortiz, worked on tlf Tayapa, optimum and San Fran cisco h'li". Mr. Farih -tatrs that he learned that in lSt'.S Ortiz loadeil a train of sixty mules with gold and silver bullion and started : for the City of Mexico, accompan ied by a large retine. The entire caravan disappeared and nothing was ever afterward heard of it. At that time bandits infested the; country, and Ortiz and his train ; were no doubt ambushed by a j large band, the owner and his ser vants murdered and the mules and! bullion appropriated. Highway : robbery has been stamped out by i the energetic and efficient adminis-; tration of President Diaz. I In 1859 Mr. Robert L. d'Aumale. j who was the official assayer for the j State of Sonora, made an j OFFICIAL REPORT upon these properties, which is very interesting and valuable for; reference even to this late day. He i mentions Mr. Ortiz as then work- ing the properties. To his report! Mi. d'Aumale appended a table of! assays of which the following is a I copy. i No. 690, La Colorada, 160 oz.i silver per ton of 2,000 lbs., gold, a trace. No. 691, La Chipiona (upper shaft), 224 oz. silver per ton. No. 092, La Chipiona (lower shaft), 316 oz. silver per ton. No. 09-1, La Plomosa (from new adit), 108 oz. silver per ton. No. 095, La Prieta, 30 oz. silver per ton. No. 721, La Prieta (bell metal ore), 21.54 per cent copper. No. 090, La Chipiona (bronces), 100 oz. per ton. The Cieneguita Copper Company have a fourth group of mines about ten miles N. W., known as the Colorada de la Casifa, including two mines, Xa Canaaea and Colo rada de Casita, Their ores are free gold, and the known ore bodies are extensive. Those properties I did not visit; but what I have des cribed in the other properties should in all reason satisfy any one of the immensity and extent of the holdings of the Cieneguita Copper Company and their tre mendous future possibilities. All these properties have been consolidated into a single great enterprise, which has been devel oped, financed and put upon a firm and enduring basis by the inde fatigable energy of one man, Mr. George Beebe, who is president and general manager of the Cieneguita Copper Company. The manage ment is safe, sound and conserva- j tive, proceeding upon broad and ! effective lines. The corporation is J capitalized at $10,000,000 (1,000,-; 000 shares at $10 per share). The ; stock has alreadv reached nar, and no more will be sold at that price. Of the treasury stock there remain : 370,000 shares unsold. That which ; has been sold has realized funds ! amply sufficient to put the enter-1 prise upon a firm and enduring i basis, supplying a fine reduction ; plant and all necessary machinery, : and paving the way for an early j payment of dividends, which will I long continue and steadily in- I create. j The question of I TRAN PORTA TION j i has been of great difficulty. Sit- ! uated 150 miles from the railway I at Minas Prietas, over rough moun-! tain roads and trails, the cost and ! labor of transporting supplies and I In I ' TV fi t '' t "fj ( (.,.-' 1 wjirr"VT itf rf -,t ry the i j 1 1 v 1, ,i.v- built ;'ih1 r;id, and uw briitif all hf-avy machinery and other tn L'hf, right to the mine on wheel.K. T.';ey have a lartr' inuie train of more than fifty tine ani mals, about half of them splendid American mules, wagons, carts, harness, a pa n jn, etc., etc. Steps have been taken already toward construction of a railway, which will be built when needed when the ore consumption readies 1.000 tons daily. One point is that the high grade matte, rich in gold, sil ver and copper which will be pro duced, will bear heavy and costly transportation charges. The officials of the company are: George Beebe, president and gen eral manager; Geo. A. Sanderson, of Chicago, vice-president: L. M. Beebe, secretary; C. W. Wilhelm, h it (,? Mas, rh Chun!,, Pa., a'-i-tan -erpetary and t r 1 --i rr ; T. L'tvi-, of louver, Colorado, tn-i.- Urer; George M, Reyiiald-i, VM r- president of Continental National Bank, Chicago, director; J. II. Wil helm, director the seven named constituting the board of directors. The principal offices of the com pany are in New York, at 25 Broad Street, and in Chicago at No. 511 Railway Exchange Building. In the foregoing the undersigned has endeavored to give a clear des cription of a great mineral region which will in the near future rival in its output of metal Butte, Ana conda, Cripple Creek, The Corn stock or the far famed mines of Potosi in South America, and those equally famous at Guanajuato in the Republic of Mexico. Allen T. Bird. Ciiii'Ioxa, Sonora, July 2S, 1904. The Largest Commercial House in Northern Sonora. Sill A ( mmm X PAllFfJAl 111 fl 111 11.111 . General Merchandise and Mining Supplies. GROCERIES HRR8WBRE POWOER FUSE CUPS, PIPE FITTINGS, HSSHY SUPPLIES. Iron and Steel. Wagon Material. Lumber, Agricultural Implements, Hay and Grain. Paints and Oils. txchanie bought and sold. 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