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THE COPPER ERA, CLIFTON, ARIZ., DEC. 21, 1899. The O ojd per Era.. Issued Thursdays at Clifton, Graham County. Ariz Í2.30 a Year; Single Copies lflc. J. D. Lea, Editor. C. E. Bull. BULL & LEA. Publishers and Proprietors. Entered at the Clifton, Arizona, postofñce as second-class matter. Less than a year ago the total annual expenses of the federal government were less than 250, 000,000. They are now 631,000, 000; an increase of more than 150 per cent. Mrs. Jno. Karl, a German wo man living- near Stelmo, Ala., gave birth to six male children on the 13th inst. and three of them are living. They weighed five pounds each. The report in circulation of the discovery of rich deposits of platinum in Arizona do not ap pear to be well founded in fact, says Wm. P. Blake, territorial geologist, in the Tucson Citizen. Delegate Wilson has intro duced a bill in congress for the construction of a reservoir near San Garlos, providing water for the irrigation of the Sacaton reservation at a cost of 1,000,-000. The entire property holdings of the United States are esti mated at 60,000,000,000 about 700 per capita. Of this sixty billions, 4,047 persons, out of seventy-five millions, own one fifth of the entire amount. A shipment of 2,500 tons of lepidolite is being made from the mines in San Diego county, this state, to New York, where it will be used in the manufacture of lythia water. The mineral is worth 25 a ton at the point of shipment. Los Angeles Mining Review. A sanatorium for the treat ment of soldiers of the regular army suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis will be established at Fort Bayard, N. M., and here after transfers of enlisted men can be made to this hospital up on recommendation of the med ical officers of the army. A bill has been introduced in the U. S. senate for the construc tion of a Pacific cable by the nav' department, to be operated by the postoffice department, and appropriating 11,000,000 for the purpose. It is to be from San Francisco to Manila, via Hono lulu, the Midway Islands, Guam and Iloilo. Several of the largest aband oned copper mines in eastern Maine will again be operated. The Maine copper mines were in successful operation in 1879 and showed good profits with copper at 14c. The mines could also be operated on a paying basis with the metal at 12c, but the crash came when the Wisconsin mines put the price down to 8c. The total gold production of the Transvaal for October was 19,906 ounces, against 426,555 ounces for September, and 482, -108 for August. Its gold pro duction has for a long time ex ceeded an average of 400,000 ounces a month. From these figures it can be seen to what ex tent the war is interfering with gold production in that country. A pending amendment to the U. S. coinage laws reduces the standard weight of the unit of value from 25.8 to 25 grains in the gold dollar, 900 fine, and makes all gold bullion of equal quantity and quality legal ten der, as though coined. The amendment degrades the green back to the position of a ware house certificate which can be exchanged for gold. The Metal Market Report, of New York, prints the following: "Wm. A. Clark, president of the United Verde Copper Co., has issued a notice that the mines, works and railroad of the com pany, at Jerome, Ariz., will be sold at public auction at the N. Y. Real Estate Salesroom, No. Ill Broadway, on Dec. 19. The plan of reorganization re ceived the assent of 299,099 out of 3(X),000 shares. One stock-' holder, however, holding about 900 shares, refused to acquiesce in the plan, alleging that it is a scheme to 'freeze out' the minor ity, and has begun an action to prevent the reorganization and to have the property7 turned over to a receiver and sold. " The formation of a syndicate of copper miners in Lordsburg, Stein's Pass, Silver City and other points in New Mexico, is said to be nearty completed to take over the old Fitzgerald copper smelter in El Paso, which has been tying idle on account of numerous law suits. It will cost from two to five thousand dollars to put the plant in shape. The smelter has a capacity of 120 tons per day. The smelter is to be thoroughly rehabilitated and will be in charge of a thor ough manager. The mine own ers expect to have their ores treated at one-half the cost now charged by the various smelters to which they have been ship ping. Las Vegas Optic.