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THE COPPER ERA, CLIFTON, ARIZ., JUNE 1, 1899.
9 E. V. HUNTER, - - HOUSE, SIGN & CARRIAGE Painting ; PAPER HANGING and GRAINING - - AH work as good as the best. Estimates cheerfully given on all classes of work - - (iive me a trial and get in' prices. Francisco Norte building, South Clifton. E, C. RABER, Watchmaker anil Jeweler. S& Below Clifton Hotel. Daily papers sold and delivered. FRED COOPER, - - Tonsorial Artist, Next to Bine Goose saloon, Clifton, Arizona - - - - Hot and Cold Baths Give me a call. M. J. EGAN, ATTORNEY - AT - LAW. Office : In the Casn Grande, or. the Frisco Embankment, Clifton,. - . - - Arizona. V. C. BLANK, - - . Clifton Shoe Shop, Clifton, Arizona. fJ0 Boots and Shoes made to order. Repair work done promptly and neatly. Ctttliollt Church Servlceft. Services at the Catholic church in Clif ton next Sunday at 0 a. m. ; S.inday school at 3 p. in. ; evening service at 7 : 15 p. in. Services will be held at the ci lurch in Morenci the following Sabbath (April 30ih) at the Paine bourn. Father Tinimerman will then return the follow ing Sunday (May 7th) to Clifton, and on the 8th of M.iy will leave for So'.omon ville and remain there four Sundays after which he will go to Globe and hold services two Sundays, returning to Clif ton the latter part of June. SUAUDING THE MINT. HOW THE PHILADELPHIA INSTITU TION IS PROTECTED. . Little Chanoa For Any One to Get Rich Quickly by Helping Hiintelr to Unci Sam's Treasure Patrols, Kevolvers and Wincheiitera la Plenty. Probably not one person out of a hnn lred who pass by tbe Philadelphia mint, that grim looking edifice at Chestnut ind Juniper streets, after nightfall real izes what is going on inside. There is aothing mean about Uncle Sam, but he is determined that any one who gets dis money shall get it honestly and by process duly laid down. Therefore he has taken all kinds of precautions to properly protect, especially at night, the millions upon millions piled up in the vaults. The doors of tbe mint are closed ev ery weekday promptly at 4 o'clock in the afternoon. After that hour no one but mint employees have any business within the walls which inclose so much money, and no one can either stay in sx get in without a special permit from the' superintendent. Needless to tay, this is difficult to obtain. Simultaneously with the closing of tho doors at 4 o'clock the first shift of the night guard goes on duty. Tbe shift is composed of the captain of the guard nd 11 stalwart men. As the men file ut to begin their round each one is sanded a big Colt's revolver of the most ipproved pattern and loaded with big cartridges. From tben on till midnight seven of ihe 11 guards patrol without cessation ivery floor of the inside of the mint, from ihe corridors of the gloomy vaults where, away down in the earth, are stowed eighty odd million dollars in diver and almost as much gold, to the 'op floor, where' there is nothing more ralnable than machinery. Placed at fre quent intervals throughout the oorridors ire electrical devices for enabling the jnptain of the guard to keep tabs on his oien. Each of these little machines coin umiicates with tbe rotunda opposite ;he Chestnut street entrance to tbe niut. Here it is that the captain is sta tioned all through the long hours of lis shift. Every two minutes and a aalf the central machine in the rotunda ieuotes the presence of some one of the guard at some particular station in the building. If it doesn't, then the cap tain knows that something is wrong, ind he immediately proceeds to discov er what it is. But it has been a long time since tbe little machine failed to send forth its innooncement at the proper time, for tbe mint guards are patrolling up and Jown outside the big building, careful ly watching that no suspioioua cbarao-' ters approach too near the vast treasure left in their care. . Promptly at midnight the second shift of the night guard puts in an ap pearance to relieve the early shif t. It is also composed of a captain and 11 men, and they are split np, as tho other quad, into inside and' outside details. From midnight on until 7 o'clock in the morning they follow - in tbe foot steps of the first shift, with every fao ulty alert to catch an intruder: The big revolvers are not the only weapons upon which the guards have to 'rely. On each side of the main cor ridor leading from tbe Chestnut street entranoe stands a walnut case, Through the polished glass front of one frpwn 30 Winchester rifles. The other con tains as many ngly looking carbines. To grab these dispensers of death would oe but tbe work of an instant for the guards, and tben woe be unto any man or men upon whom it might be found necessary to turn them. For the revolvers there is kept con stantly on hand in tbe mint 500 rounds . of ammunition, and for the rifles and jarbines 2,500 rounds. Each of the guards is an expert in the use of both she pistol and the gnu, and each is en flowed with a plentiful stock of cour age; hence a combination capable of raccessfully resisting almost anything iess than a regiment. . The superintendent and assistant cus todian both talked to the reporter about ihe methods in use to proteot the mint ind its contents. Both smiled siguifi jantly when the possibility of one get ting away with a portion of the vast Tea sure was suggested. : . . "It would be folly for any one to try it, " was the superintendent's only com ment. To it the assistant custodian nod led empbatio assent. . ; -. "I have been here for a good many rears," the latter said, "and no such ittempt has over been made. It is prac Sically impossible for any one to break nto the mint from tbe outside, and no ue could secrete himself in the build jig during the hours when it is open to 'isitors and hope to avoid discovery. Wo- search every nook and corner of the itracture carefully as soon as the doors ire closed for the day, and you may .est assured if any one who had no 3usiness within these walls was found je would regret the day he was born.." In addition to the two shifts of night guards, the superintendent and assistant justodian have a habit of dropping in it the mint at odd hours of the night to