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Secretary Charlts II Akerí
THE VVLK IM. Issued Thursdays. CLIFTON, ARIZONA, JULY 5, 1900. Vol. 2, No. 12 Great Loss by Fire in Morenci. Last Friday a message came over the wires from Morenci that the D. C. concentrator was on fire and there was no hope of saving it. The D. C. company have two large concentra tors, one at their smelter, built sever al years ago, and one at the mines, built recently. The latter is one of the best constructed mills in the Ter ritory; is of 500 tons capacity and has in it the latest up-to-date machinery It was erected at a heavy cost, as no pains or expense were spared to make it first-class in every respect. At first it was reported that this was the mill that was on fire, but later it was as certained that it was the old mill at the smelter. The fire originated from a large slag pot, which was shoved too near the frame work of the building while filled with molten slag; and after it got fairly started there was nothing to do but let it burn, as there was not sufficient water to be had to extinguish it. The fire was discovered during the noon hour, while most of the workmen were away, else it might have been brought under control and the build ing saved. In addition to the concentrator, the old power house and machine shops were completely destroyed together with a large amount of coke and coal and cord wood. The furnaces and converters were injured considerably but not beyond repair, while the new power house, contaiuing the large Westinghouse gas engines, was not hurt at all. The actual loss to the company will not be near so heavy as at first stated, footing up not more than from $75,000 to $100,000,but they will sustain a con structive loss that will fall quite heavily on them, as it will be several months before they will be in shape to produce copper again. In the meantime a large number of employes of the company will necessarily be idle, or compelled to go elsewhere for employment. Quite a number have already gone. . Owing to the lack of- water with which to extinguish the smouldering fire, which is still burning slowly, the work of clearing off the debris for re building is making slow progress: but soon this will be done when a large force of skilled and unskilled labor will be put to work to carry forward the work of reconstruction. A much more complete, substantial and larger plant than the burned one will be erected. The Fourth in Clifton. The 124th anniversary of Indepen dence has come and gone. When reville was sounded off and "Old Glory" raised to kiss the morning ac companied by the usual salute, it was then that Clifton had answered to the roll call and proved her loyalty to that famous band of men who stood shoulder to shoulder and gave to us and our children the heritage justly termed "The Little Deed of Liberty The committees having charge of the ceremonies incident to the com memoration of the day, set about their task in a matter-of-fact way, and the results proved their work of superior excellence. Nothing was left undone to make this celebration the red letter one in the history of Clifton. The programme arranged by the amusement committee was carried out with one or two exceptions to the very letter, and the disappointments incident thereto were unavoidable and beyond the committee's control. Apropos to the occasion, the amuse ment committee, both individually and collectively, desire to express their sincere thanks to Mr. Murray Innes, assistant superintendent of the A. C. company, and Mr. E. M. Wil liams, manager of the mercantile de partment of the A. C. company, for their kindness toward the commit tee and for favors granted. At sunrise, the morning gun was fired by J. C. Thomas and Old Glory was unfurled to the breeze by Henry Hill, who, by the way, must have the honor of conceiving the 4th of July celebration, for it was by his efforts that the meeting was called together for the day. The band circled around the flag pole and played several na tional airs by that time Clifton was awake. The national salute was fired on the ball ground by Dick Fritz, the blacksmith, and assistants, and thus was the festivities of the day ushered in. The parade followed under the marshalship of Judge Munro. The Knights of Pythias, having the right of line followed by the Mexican lodges and civilians. Judge Munro had for his aides Messrs. Townsend and Her rón. The route was covered as laid down on the programme and was dis missed at the grand stand built on the lawn tennis court. . The literary ex ercises began with Mr. C. M. Shannon in the chair, who introduced the Hon. M. J. Egan, who read the Declaration of Independence and who also made some very timely and interesting re marks, which were listened to- ,7th rapt attention by all present, on the history of the document which he so ably read; after which the Clifton Glee Club sang the Star Spangled D. W. WICKERSHAM, Pres. L E. SOLOMON, Vice-Prea. A. Or. SMITH, Casliier. C F. SOLOMON, Asst. Cashier. -JUUUULaJLOA5Ltt-ttA.g-8-9.a - The Gila Valley Bank, DIRECTORS TnrrBTnryBYgTBTTBTnrB Solomonvllle, .Arizona. D. W. Wickers hmm, A. G. Smith, I. K. Solomon, C. F. Solomon, B. B. Adama, Geo. A. Olney, Adolph Solomon. Capital Stock, Paid up, - - - $25,000. This Bank solicits accounts, offering to depositors liberal treatment and every facility consistent with sound banking. fPOpogpqppopPflgPPPflBPBBflBBBflBBBflflBBBBflB BJLBJ-g.B B g g g g g g CbTHE BANK OF CLIFTON ii ietmu ARIZONA. GEORGE HORMEYER, President. C. M. SHANNON, Vice-President. GEORGE HORMEYER, Cashier. CAPITAL, $25,000.- COR RESPONDENTS : Hanover National Bank, New York; State National Bank, El Paso; Consolidated National Bank, Tucson; Anglo-Calif or nian Bank, Ltd., San Francisco. i Banner with splendid effect. Chair man C. M. Shannon announced that in the absence of Hon. Wiley E. Jones, through sickness, he would call upon Judge Goodwin to deliver the oration, which he did in his most ef fective style. His oratorical flights took the audience by storm and the words spoken on that occasion will live in the memories of all who heard him. Mr. Refugio Moreno spoke in Span ish to the Mexicans present and by the "vivas" which interspersed his remarks showed that he was in touch with the spirit of the occasion. At the conclusion of his speech he called for cheers for George Washington, the Father of our country, and for Hidalgo, the Father of Mexico. The literay exercises were concluded by the Grand Chorus singing the national anthem, "America," the audience joining in. The ceremonies of the day were concluded by a dance and fireworks. The dance was conceded by all to be the best Clifton ever had. The plat form was in excellent shape, well lighted and decorated and the ladies, 1 in most exquisite toilets, together with their escorts, either promenad ing or tripping the light fantastic, lent quite a kaliedoscopic effect to the enchanting scene. The fireworks were let off on a knoll above the plat form in full view of all present. Thus ended one of the most enjoyable holi days ever spent in Clifton. Not an accident was reported to mar the celebration. But six miles of road bed of the 19 of the Morenci Southern railway are finished and ready to be turned over to the company, and these are not contiguous. The Phoenix Bridge Co. are at work putting up the bridge over the Gila, about one mile from the starting point. Over this mile the track is laid. Saturday evening Dr. Davidson was called to Guthrie to see a man named Griggs, or Riggs, who had accidently shot himself through the fleshy part of the thigh. The wound, while pain ful, is not serious. Too much "booze" was the cause.