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Volume XI. ACTION LIKELY ON ASSESSMENT WORKFOR 1020 That some action will be taken within the next week looking toward suspension or postponement of the annual assessment work required on all unpatented mining claims appears probable from press dispatches from Washington. A bill extending until July 1, 1921, the time within which assessment work must be done has passed' the senate and is scheduled to come up for action in the house on Monday. T,he bill, according to information re ceived from Hon. Carl Hayden, con gressman from Arizona,, seems as sured of favorable action, as the min ing committee of the house has already favorably reported a resolu tion entirely suspending assessment work for this year. Mining assessment work was suspended in 1918 and 1919 as a war measure, and it is altogether likely that if not suspended entirely this year claim owners will be given an extension of six months within which to perform the 1920 assessment work. M’MILLANIS AGAIN READY TO PLAY SANTA Charles E. MacMillin, senator from Pinal county and popular druggist from Ray, has asked the Copper Camp to announce that he will be pleased to receive the names of any poor fami lies in Ray who may not receive any thing for Christmas. If such names be handed to Senator MacMillin he will do all he can to provide Christ mas toys. Mr. MacMillin has been making this offer for a number of years and will be pleased to get the names of such poor families earjy in order that i proper attention may be given. I Discovery oi Neti> .Mineral in Nevada - Arouses Great Interest 9 Queer things are found in nature, particularly where chemical and physical forces have operated with abnormal intensity, as in Nevada. From that great mineral region there comes the ne§rs that an enterprise has been launched of which it may be said, in the words of a South Sea Bubble prospectus, that it is “a pro ject the nature of which will be later divulged.” However, we would deem it unkind to withhold even our pres ent incomplete information from a world eager for enlightenement. We are told thai a discovery has been made more important in a truly eco nomic sense than that which made the Busted mountains famous in the early days, or the celebrated Halle lujah Consolidated, whose search for oil in the'obsidian of the Never-Never land has excited keen interest among geologists. The enterprise to which we refer is already the subject of ex cited conversation in every mining community in Nevada; it is called the Wet Products Corporation and its promoters are said to control twenty ' five claims covering an immense de posit of “hootchite,” or “hootchspar,” a mineral containing a large percent age of alcohol. The deposit is cov ered by a flow of lava, a variety of dolerite, but its existence was dis closed by a natural spring. It appears that Blinkey McGuire, the well-known prospector, happened to see a coyote in hot pursuit of a rabbit, which 4 stopped and took a drink at the The chase was resumed, but, Tphch to McGuire’s astonishment, the *abbit turned on the coyote and at tacked it savagely, compelling it to retreat. The rabbit jumped, tumbled, and rolled, as if in an ecstacy, and then started after the coyote with _ such speed that its tail was extended * • horizontally. McGuire, being of a scientific turn of mind, was curious. He examined the spring, and being au experienced prospector, he had no difficulty in detecting the familiar odor of a venerable corn whiskey. * He took a sample with hi» for analysis at Goldfield, where his sur mise was confirmed. Returning to the spot with several mining engineers, who were willing to assist him in a scientific study of the deposit, it was ascertained that in an' earlier geo logic period the valley and the sur- WEDDING DELLS. RING FDR RAY YOUNG PEOPLE I* I The marriage of Newton Craig of 1 Ray and Miss Adeline Messinger of Mountainair, N. M., took place Satur ! day afternoon at the residence of Rev. ; Ryan on American townsite. Mr. j Craig has resided in Ray for several years and is a young man of sterling qualities. His wife was formerly one of Ray’s most popular young Ladies. About a year ago she left to make her home in New Mexico. Mr. and Mrs. .Craig’s many friends will be pleased to know that they will make their residence in Ray, and all join in wish ing them a long, happy and useful life. c. of c7plans : MANY THINGS IN DECEMBER MEET The Ray Chamber of Commerce held a most enjoyable and well at tended meeting December 15th. Some thirty members were present. A membership committee was ap pointed to canvas the situation with a view of obtaining more members. The general public is invited to join the Chamber, there being a special rate far individuals. The question of street lighting came up and a committee was ap pointed to follow up that matter and report their recommendations at the; next meeting. * After the regular business meeting a general open discussion was en countered, and it is rumored that “there were various other problems presented but at the time of adjourn ment no solution had been arrived at.” The above meeting refers to the regular monthly smoker. The next regular meeting will be Wednesday, January 5, 1921’. This will be a “din ner.” rounding hills had been covered with vast corn fields, probably in the Carboniferous period, when vegetal growth was so abundant. A flood had swept the corn into the central part of the valley and a flow of lava had buried it completely, as in a retort. Heat and pressure, during long geologic time, had consolidated the decaying corn into a soft yellowish mineral, now known as “hootchite,” or “hootchspar,” which at one place, where the lava is fractured, has been dissolved by the ground-water and brought to the surface as a medicated spring. This opening has been cemented already in order to prevent further wastage. The deposit itself, judging from the local stratigraphy, lies at a depth of about 2739 feet, and a drill-hole is to be sunk to it, with' suitable preparation for closing it with a valve so as to regulate the flow of precious liquid. Whether it will be advisable to sink a shaft in order to mine the solid hootchite or whether the deposit can be extracted by leaching it, as is done in salt mines, or by admitting live steam and melting it, as is done in the exploita tion of sulphur, for example, is not yet decided. We are informed that a market is assured at $25 per quart of solution” or $250 per pound of 65% hootchite. Preferred stock hate been placed on the market, the immediate consequence being a big drop in the quotations for Liberty bonds at Gold field, Tonopaji and Virginia City. Government officials are on the ground already and the U. S. Bureau of Mines has sent a mine-rescue team to the locality, with oxygen helmets, in case the fumes of the hootchite should overcome the force of men now. engaged in preliminary opera tions. Undoubtedly this will prove an important addition to the mineral re sources of Nevada; it may prove as important as the layer of soapstone discovered a few years ago near Ljove lock; it was a kind of ozokerite and proved so useful in removing the stains on the escutcheon of the state that the state treasurer, on the sug gestion of George Graham Rice, changed the motto of the common wealth to “While there is life there is soap.” Since then wash sales of mining stock on Bush street have been conducted with a success that WORK ON DAM STARTS SOON ATFLORENCE j A wire has been received from E. . B. Meritt, Assistant Commissioner of Indian Affairs, to the effect that as no i satisfactory bid for the construction of the Florence diversion dam has been received by the government, the j department will undertake construc , tion by force account at an early date. | This is good news for everybody. Especially will the landowners under , the project be delighted to learn that work is to be started soon. During the past several months conditions have been ideal for the work to go forward without hind rance from high water. There has been very little rain, in fact almost none, since the summer rainy season closed, so that the work could have gone forward rapidly had the govern ment been ready to avail itself of the opportunity. Bids were asked for, however, to be submitted on or before August 16th, but none were received. Later on engineers of the Foundation Com pany went over the project with representatives of the San Carlos As sociation, and repaired to the Los Angeles office to inspect the complete plans. Nothing further was heard from the matter until the above information was received from Washington. Evi dently the bids received, if any, were outside of the department’s estimates. Construction by force account was ! therefore the only alternative left. Inasmuch as the department’s time | for beginning work expires May Ist next, it is reasonable to assume that work under force account will begin shortly after the first of the year. Again, let it be said this is good news. GUN CLUB SCORE FOR LAST SHOOT Score for the gun shoot, December 11th: * Broke out of 100 W. E. Mullin . 97 Carl Smith * 92 C. H. Gowan 91 W. B. Barham 89 J. H. Davis 89 Jake Miller 88 Sam Chappell 84 W. J. McDermott 73 FLORENCE NOTES The Chamber of Commerce held its regular luncheon at the Florence hotel Tuesday noon. Reports of different j committees were heard and quite a bit of new business was brought be fore the body. It was decided to carry out the trade excursion trips planned some time ago to Casa j Grande, Ray and Superior. This , chamber will be the • guests of the | j Casa Grande chamber on Friday, De j cember 17th, and will also root for j the local basketball team from the [high school which will play at Casa NGrande on the evening of the 17th. | £Jo definite dates have been set for j the trips to Ray and Superior, but ! both places will be visited before the | first of January. Archie Ramsey, deputy sheriff from Oracle, who has been in town for the past two weeks as a juror, returned to Oracle, Wednesday. The jury sitting the superior court in the case of C. O. BroWn vs. the Magma Copper Co. were taken to Su perior on 'Tuesday of this week to look over the ground that was over | flowed by the bursting of the dam. | The jury in the case of Lobb vs. i Magma Copper was also taken to Su ! perior last week for this same pur pose. Lobb was given a verdict for $300.00 damages against the copper company. * Manuel Encinas, Fidel Salazar and Frank Kates of Florence and vicinity were given sentences of one year ' each in the federal court at Phoenix j for evasion of the draft laws. i t | It is probable that all road work being done under the bond issue of last year will have to be suspended ; until some differences are settled i with the bond buyers/ I • 1“ has aroused the admiration of the state commissioner of corporations.— | Mining and Scientific Press, Oct. 23, '1920. RAY, ARIZONA, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1920. XMAS HOLIDAYS ARE ANNOUNCED f ' Notices were posted at the mine and mill to the effect that the mines ! J and mill will close down at the end of the day shift tin Friday, December 24th, and resume operations on Mon day morning, December 27th. o RAY LOSES TWO ' GAMES TO GILA COUNTY TEAMS The basketball team of the Ray High school journey to Miami on Fri day, December 10th, for a game with the Miami Y. M. C. A. that evening and a game with the High school on Saturday evening. Although the local boys were very much outclassed by their larger, older and more experienced oppon ents of the Y. M. C. A. and got the small end of a 72-13 score, yet they were very well pleased with their treatment and appreciated the experi ence and further knowledge of the game gained. The game with the High school was not so satisfactory. Miami seemed to be in the game with the ancient idea to “Win fair if you can, but if you can’t—win.” Four of their play ers were disqualified during the game on personal fouls* At the end of the first half the local boys had the large end of the score but during the last half the Miami boys showed their lack of good sportsmanship in many ways and the official refused to allow twelve points to count that our rule book would allow, including three field goals made by Capt. Easton. After the game, which ended in favor of Miami, 23-14, the Mami boys are reported to have hurried over to Globe and so take it all around the local boys, while being very much pleased with the game with the “Y” were very much disappointed in the unfraternal treatment which they had expected at the High school. o R. H. Moorehouse and L. B. Collins were the only applicants taking the rural carriers’ examination last week. It is expected that the route out south and west from Florence will be started January Ist. Gordon Glore, Grand Master, A. F. & A. M., was a business visitor last Wednesday evening. Mr. Glore is from Nogales and was making his an nual tour of this part of the state. It is reported that Minnie M. Ben nett, clerk of the Superior Court, will resign on January Ist an* that her husband, J. D. Bennett, will be ap pointed to fill out the two-year term of Mrs. Bennett. F. A. Richards, formerly of Ray, will be appointed as deputy by Mr. Bennett. Among the out-of-town attorneys at tending court this week were: Judge Hays of Phoenix, G. O. Nolan of Ray, Robert Denton of Casa Grande and Mr. Jenckes of Phoenix. Suits Filed B. Matley of Tempe vs. Samuel W. Simpson of Ray. Licenses Cecil Calvin, 21, Phoenix, and Marie Meslin, Laveen. Arturo Romero, 22, and Felicita Sanchez, 20, Chandler. Charles O. Lewis, 19, and Verna B. Cribb, 17, Phoenix. Sundar Singh, 33, and Alvera Rodriguez, 17, Chandler. Julian Renteria, 30, and Maria Luisa Santa Cruz, 20, Superior. William Newton Craig, 23, Ray, and Adaline Messenger, 18, Mountainair, N. M. N. F. Rivers, 21, and Josephine Mc- Intyre, 20, Phoenix. o HE THOUGHT IT A sergeant of an Irish regiment had a dislike for one of his men named Brady. One day, after drill, at which the sergeant had relieved his mind to the squad, and Brady in particular, Brady walked up to the officer, who, by the way, squinted horribly, and said: “Sergeant, if I was to call you the squinting son of a busted bomb, what would I get?” “Faith,” said the sergeant, "you’d get six months.” “And if I only thought it?” "Oh, you’d get nothing.” "Well,” returned Brady, “I don’t everything that I think.” RAY SCHOLARS PLEASE WITH XMAS CAROLS The combined schools of Ray gave a Christmas serenade on Thursday night. They visited the various town sites and their excellent singing was enjoyed by all those who were privi leged to hear them. The autos and trucks which conveyed the carolers were donated by the public spirited citizens of Ray. Friday morning, and the early part of Friday afternoon, were devoted to the entertainment programs at the Ray schools. Starting with the younger grades, the entertainments progressed until the “Hi” had com pleted their exercises. There were many visiting parents and the exer cises were not only appropriate but interesting. School clo'ses at this time until January 3rd. At Sonora, on account of the num ber of pupils, it was necessary to hold the Christmas exercises at the thea tre, the use of which was donated by Owner Mauk and Manager Gregg for the occasion. RAY MEN TAKE LEADING PART IN SCOUT MEET Mr. Roy T. Fees spent Friday and Saturday in Phoenix attending the Boy "Scout convention and dinner. Mr. Fees represented the Ray Boy Scouts. Mr. W. S. Boyd was elected as a member of the Advisory Council to further the intensive development of the Boy Scout program. Dinner was served at six-thirty Friday at which there were many prominent speakers, , among them Governor Campbell, John A. MacGreagor of San Francisco, chairman of District Twelve Committee National Council Boy Scouts of America, also Charles N. Miller, national field executive Boy Scouts of America, and many others. Men from all over the state attended in response to the request from the committee in charge of affairs. EUROPE HASN’T STARTED WORK OF RECOIPUCTION By JOSEPH WILD, in The Daily News Record Chicago, Dec. 15. —The great war took the ginger out of the election. It extracted the interest of the United States public from Europe, and particularly from Ireland. The war destroyed the European illusion. It left a Europe, much the same as painted by Mark Twain. To to returned soldier, Europe re mains too near Middle Ages. The 4,000,000 soldiers who now enjoy the United States, are through with Europe./ The gulf is too vast. It is a gulf of centuries, of thousands of centuries. In comparison with Eu rope America is an accident. Just as much as Lloyd George’s spirit is an accident abroad. The League of Nations died here because Mr. Wilson had never trav eled and obtained first hand experi ence. He lived a sheltered life and never touched the “pang experiences” of underground Europe. Had he known beyond book lore, he would never have hugged foolish ideals. Half of Europe today dates with the times of Edward the sixth, and % the other half is little advanced be yond Cromwell’s time. The Plymouth Rock idea abounds and the war has not changed the pilgrim idea. We"* recognize, however, that should the continent ever revive its armies —the United States and England must drill men. The great war tripled United States business and is responsible for the crash that now drifts down Broadway. It ruined the interest of, the public in the final depression. It destroyed any spirit of glee at ap proach of Armistice Day. In brief — the world went the limit in emotion. Just so. And so, when Black Paint Vander bilt emits more hard times ink a la octupus, and turns the nearby waters dark, the public remains stagnant. Sated by prosperity, glutted with emotion, the public drifts into the severest period since 1897. Europe has merely dipped its fin ger into the reconstruction period. COPPER CURTAILMENT CONTINUES! „ RED METAL PRODUCTION IS STILL IN - EXCESS OF THE PRE-WAR OUPiIT Boston.—Although copper producers have been operating on the average less than 60% capacity since the first of the year, their efforts to reduce surplus stocks of metal left Joy the European war have been of little avail. Production during the war years was so expanded and capacity so increased, that though curtailment has been increasing for the past year, the outpouring of copper is still far ahead of the peace years prior tq 1914. Producers are now moving to cut to the bone. Greene-Cananea, produc ing between 40,000,000 and 45,000,000 pounds of copper a year, has closed down. North Butte has cut down 1,500,000 pounds a month to 400,000 pounds and Anaconda, the biggest unit of them all, is considering cur tailing to 25% capacity. That copper companies realize the FLORENCE RANK INAUGURATES A MONTHLY FEED The first monthly dinner of the stockholders, officers and employees of the First National Bank of Flor ence was held last week at the Hotel Florence dining room. Covers were laid for seven. An excellent repast was prepared by the hotel chef. Mat ters of general interest to the bank were talked over as well as the latest stories of Frank Schilling being re told. This dinner was the first of a series of such functions monthly, and which might be termed “get-together” din ners. The First National is a new and growing institution and is in the hands of a bunch of live wires. Those present at the first dinner were: Charlie Gorham, Tom Wells, Heinie Schewel, Martin R. Eddy, Lynn Early, J. H. Halmhuber and O. J. Baughn. o STATEMENT IS ISSUED OY THE STANDARD OIL The attention of the Standard Oil Company (California) has been called to articles appearing in Arizona news papers describing a meeting near Phoenix on November 23rd where the Maricopa county highway program was discussed, which indicate that the impression has been created that the Standard Oil Company is in some manner concerned in the Maricopa county highway bond litigation. The sole interest of the Standard Oil Company (California) in the Mari copa county project ended last spring when the company’s bid for furnish ing Maricopa county with a certain quantity of asphalt—a bid called for by the highway commission—was not accepted. This company has had no part what ever in the litigation in connection with the Maricopa bond issue. The Standard Oil Company (California) has made no effort to interfere—nor will its policy permit such an attempt •-with the decision of the people and authorities of Maricopa or any other county, and in the Maricopa situation has taken no action beyond submit ting a bid, and placing before the authorities statements concerning the use of asphaltum for paving and road building, in the manufacture and sale of which the company is engaged. The Hapless Huns A thousand Monte Cristo indem nity fortunes are demanded from Mid-European beggars. Welsh miners live like spendthrifts and saw the legs from English com mercial supremacy. Italy, rocking with Socialism, would welcome a new Hannibal half way across the Alps. Russia is a black pit of homicide and free love. Japan trembles in the embrace of civilization’s satiric gift—a devilish ; business reaction. France’s Future • France stamps at her 30,000,000 population, sees 20,000,000 in 1950 and awaits German prosperity. Actually —awaits German work as its own in dustrial saviour. Hard times will make the world work and the hard times are mustering. \ Number 35 seriousness of the situation is ap parent. We have heard for the past four years that Europe is “bare, of copper.” But the European nations are prohibited from buying American copper in a big way because of the frightful shrinkages in their cur rencies. Europe has not been and will not be a of American copper until she can buy. either on a credit or a satisfactory exchange basis. During the peace years prior to 1914 European countries took between 40% ’ and 45% of American output. Even then production averaged only between 90,000,000 and 103,000,000 pounds of copper a month. Produc tion thus far this year has averaged 114,000,000 pounds a month; and since summer, when further curtail ment began to be evidenced, monthly output has averaged over 105,000,000 pounds. NOTICE GIVEN OF CHANGE IN RONUS PAID BY RAY CON The Ray Consolidated popper Com pany on Wednesday posted the fol lowing notice: “Effective January 1, 1921, dnd until further notice, bonus will be paid as follows: “To men receiving a base v ;e in excess of $4.00 per shift, 85 ct.ts. “To men receiving a base wage of $4.00 per shift and under, 90 cents.” MALESEXCEED IN PINAL BIRTH ROLL • ~ V Out of a total of 151 births re corded in Pinal county for the first six months of 1920, 79 were males and 72 females, according to the bul letin of the Arizona State Board of Health which has just been issued. Segregated according to nationalities, the report shows there were 54 white children born, 92 Mexicans and one Indian. The report shows that in 136 cases the mother was attended by a physician, and in the 15 other cases by a mid-wife or nurse. The total number of births in the state for the period named was 3,775, of which 1,978 were males and 1,797 females, indicating that the pre ponderance of births in favor of the male sex was nearly 200. In fact, the, table shows that in every county in the state except Maricopa, the num ber of males born during the six month period exceeded the number of females. o HANDS OFF . An Italian laborer was working in the sub-basement of a power house and was instructed by his foreman not to touch any of the cables, as they carried an electric current. “Me know,” he replied. “’Lectrisity same as sick dog. Leave ’lone, all right; touch, he bit’a lik’a Hell.” o Italian royal decree increases prices for passenger travel on railways and trolleys from maximum of 180 per cent to minimum of 100 per cent over pre-war charges. On street.cars raise in fare in daytime will be from 6 to 9 cents, and in night time from 8 to 15 cents. o troleum Co. says oil companies have no idea of changing their attitude of opposition with regard to article 27 of Mexican constitution and Car ranza’s oil decree. “If companies or state department had abandoned this attitude a new and most vicious prin ciple of international law would have been established by recognizing right of foreign government arbitrarily to confiscate properties legally acquired by American citizens,” he said. o 1 — $600,000,000 was spent in last five years for newspaper advertisi ind $300,000,000 for magazine advi sing, according to George Olmstead of J. W. Butler Paper Co., speaking at con vention of National Paper Trade as sociation in Chicago. Lloyd George has lived many lives; many parts. From Socialist he has lived to become Oliver Cromwell the second. In the 1921 depression he must assume a new mantle—that of Thoreau with his Walden philosophy. Wp shall require patience in 1921.