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Arizona Copper Caiiip
Volume XI.
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
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.
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-
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
c. of c7plans :
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
The above meeting refers to the
regular monthly smoker. The next
regular meeting will be Wednesday,
January 5, 1921’. This will be a “din
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
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
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
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.
Score for the gun shoot, December
* Broke
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
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.
| 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 •
has aroused the admiration of the
state commissioner of corporations.—
| Mining and Scientific Press, Oct. 23,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.”
• ~ 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
. 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.”
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.
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.

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