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TOMBSTONE EPITAPH : TOMBSTONE, AEIZONA, 8ATTODAY, OCTOBER 29, 1887.
SB TOMBSTONE EPITAPH. REPPY & PEOK, Publishers. Fourth Street, between Fremont and Allen Tombstone, Cochise County, Arizona. Sub-cripikn, one year $4 f o INtlMO IN THI POST orPICI At (ECONO-CLAM MATTIII OFFICIAL PAPER OF C0CHI8B COUNTY A BLACKMAILING OUTFIT. Fur the past few days the Tombstone Prospector has been running "squib." threatening to publish something "rich, rare and racy." They bore the earmarks of blackmail, but not until last evening did the Epitaph learn the true inward ness of the case. It seems that one of our most prominent business men had been guilty of, or at least had been charged with, some indiscretion which might have been laid at the door of nine men out of ten with as much truth. Ytsterdayhe received a note to the ef fect that the Prospector was about to publish a full account of the affiir, and that in order to "square it," he (the busi ness man) had better see James J. Nash. Knowing that Mr. Ritter was a friend of N.isli's, he went to ste him and induced Mr. K. to have a talk with Nash. It is said that Mr. Ritfer cfTcred Nash $25 out of his own po.ket to say nothing abaut it, and that Nash's reply was, "No, sir; I've got a family to support, and I th nk he'.l pay more than that." Ritter left the blackmailer in disgust. Soon after, Nash and the business man had an interview, with the, result that Nash was given a check, made payable to the order of Benny Hyde, for the sum of $100, and Nash agreed to keep quiet. The main facts show this to be as plain and unvarnished a case of black mail as ever was known. The grand jury, which meets here in a few days, cannot help taking cognizance of the matter, and the result will probably be that J. ). Nash will have to stand trial for the crime (if he doe not skip in the meantime), and if convicted will land lb Yuma, where be belong. We have some respect for a robber who stops a stage, but for a blackmailer we consider Yuma too good for him. THE LAW. Section 810. Every person who ex torts any money or other property from another under circumstances not amount ing to rubbery, by means of force or any threat such as is mentioned in the pre ceding section, is punishable by impri onmem mine territorial prison not ceeding five years. ex- It has been a subject of general sur prise how the Piospector managed to exist. The matter is now explained. Who knows but that "counterfeit bill" may have been greasing ihe wheels of thi Prospector for several weeks? An other subject for the erand jury. How are you, Tottilita ? Wouldn't it be a good idea for the Florence, Tucson and Tombstone editors, who prostituted the columns of their p ipers to the advocacy of the Tortilita swindle, to go out into the hills for a few dys until the thing blows over? Medical authorities say that when the brains are out the thing must die, and yet since Ridgeley Tilden left it the Pros pec'oi continues to drag its slow length along in its weak, imbecile, moribund manner. Doctor don't know everything, Of all the newspapers in Arizona, the Glube Silver Belt was the only one that bad a good word to say f r the Epitaph in its single-handed right against the most outr geus swindle that was ever perpetr ted upan a people the Tortilita Mining Company. The EpitXph pi ides itself upon its record in being the first newspaper in America to ventiUte the notorious fraud known as the Tortilita Mining Company. . It has called down upon its devoted head abuse and vituperation from the paid advocates of the swindle, but has not hesitated in performing what it con sidered to be its duty. Letters have been received from every State in the Union, making inquiry about the matter, and copies of the EPITAPH containing the expose have been forwarded to the writers. Now wo take pleasure in re producing the report of one of the most eminent mining experts of the country, General Hal. Sayr, of Denver, who has personally examined the property, and whose report coincides exactly with that of the Epitaph's expert, a well-knowp mining mart of Tombstone. The New York Hrald, for whom General S tyr's repoitwas made, might haYetived itself much ""trouble and expense by publishing the Epitaph's report upon the property wh ch appeared six weeks ago. The le .ding mining journals 'of the country acop eJ our report as correct, with the , r.esut.ihat Tortilita stock dropped from $3 1050 cents per share. While in fact it was not worth ten cents, VIni:i?,i" i,s e'li,orM cqmr&enfuipon tfie Tortilita swindle, the Herald "says: Bunco schemes jyilf injure,, .honest bu-fness and wi 1 give their, great Ter itritory -a doubtful reputation. TheW sJjut.one way to deal with these' iraixt- - expose tbem a we do jWttb this special A BUSTED BUBBLE. THE TORTILITA MINING COMPANY Report of General Sayr, One of the Leading- Experts of the Country, Which Confirms What the Hpl- UphPrerloasljr Said. General Hal Sayr, of Denver, Col., who has been the "court expert" in some of the biggest mining cases in the West, is a very conservative man. He visited the Tortilita for the New York Herald, and pow reports. on what he found there. The following are the points: The Tortilita mines are on the mesa between the Tortilita and Owl's Head mountains, about thirty-five miles north westerly from Tucson and fifteen miles from the Southern Pacific railway. The country is a vast plain, having an average elevation of about thirty-five hundred feet, broken by short mountain ranges, which rise in isolated masses and peaks from the general level in such a manner that a wagon can be driven en tirely around them. Some of these mountain are granite, others porphyritic in general character The plains or as they are locally term ed, mesas are alluvial, showing depos its of twenty-five to 400 feet of alluvial matter. On ariving at Tucson I found no min ing excitement whatever; indeed, many people had never heard of the "famous Tortilita mines." Inquiry at the Sui veyor General's office and the United States Land Office failed to elicit any of ficial knowledge of them; indeed neither of these offices had ever heard of them except in the most casual manner. The only bank in the city had heard of the mines, but Mr. Freeman, the cashier, knew of no shipment of bullion, nor was any business done through their bank by theJTortilita company. I next visited the mines. The mill, office, assay building and a dozen cober tizos occupied by the Mexican laborers, are located in a little gulch which heads in the Tortilita mountains. An examina tion of this gulch for a long distance above the camp showed no water at the surface except in one place where a stag nant pool in 'a rock was fed by a very small stream trickling from a crack in an adjacent ledge. The water for the mill is pumped from a well forty feet deep in the bed-rock of the gulch. We were told that owing to the scarcity of water the mill had -been used only during the daytime tor several days. An examination of the mill, made by permission of Mr. Elmore, the superin tendent, showed the usual machinery for crushing and treatment of ores by raw amalgamation. A five-stamp battery had the accompanying pans and rotating mullers, together with the necessary boil er and engine for driving them. But, taken as a whole, the mill and its sur rounding were not in first class condition and did not bear out the published des cription. We were shown the Gilden Eagle mine, said to be a gold mine, the only one of the group which is claimed such It is in a granite formation, shows a de fined veinof quartz from six to ten inches thick, dipping to the south at an angle of about 80 degrees from horizontal. The shaft is said to be eghty feet deep. No drifting or stoping has been done. The material taken from the shaft re mains where it has been dumped. It is said to carry $9 in gold and $5 in silver to the ton . This being the nearest mine to the mill, as no ore from it is being treated, it evidently has no present value. The By Chance Extension and Lone Will silver mines extend over a surface about one thousand by two two hundred feet. They are of all depth from a mere pit to 180 feet. They dip in various directions and show neither unity nor continuity. The work his evidently been done to ascertain if possible the dip and trend of a main ore body and at the samn time get all the ore within reach. There is no display of systematic work, but a con stant groping for something definitr, :ome denned wall ofdip. Neither of these have yet been found continuous; breaks and faults in all directions have been encountered, and after all the work done there is still a very great doubt if there is a lode, if indeed the ores belong to or come from a lode or have any con tinuity below water level, where it is claimed by the present owners that there is a "concentration of ore," whatever they may mean by the expression, These workings follow a well defined ridge or ledge of syenite which has some thing the appearance of a trap dyke. In this syenite occur veins and ounches of quartz, which are apparently the source of the ores mined. The principal workings have centered about points where the ledge has been greatly disturbed, where, instead of main taining itself as a ridge above the plain, it has disintegrated and merged into the general level. The best 'ore that could be found as sayed,so high that, if th,er,e were, any. real fissure veins of it the mines would be of some value. Theassaysranfr0mS2.il to $85.63 a ton. But thousands of tons o(jthr1pre.jwere worthless. it & t, - The ore bodies in each of these mines have been worked nut td Jhe waier level forty to fifty feetwhereas in the case of the By Chance and Lone Will they ings left by working out the ore bodies developed in any of these working, eith- of a lode, nor is there a defined 1 de Judging from small pieces of the ores picked up in the abandoned workings they were composed of Mtlphides of iron, lead and silver. These, by the anion of the air, were changed to oxides and sul phurets, with some chloride, becoming thereby in a measure a free milling ore. If the deposit continues below water level the ores will be found as -sulphides; the percentage of silver will, doubtless, materially decrease and the ore become more refractory. Some small samples of ore found in the old workings assayed as high as $840.61 per ton, while great bodies of ore were worthless. From the assays' i: 'may be seen that very rich ores were found here and mined in some quantity, but notwithstanding this richness of ores, the "concentration" claimed below water level, and the nat ural decrease of water acknowledged bv Mr. McGovern, the foreman, this prop erty is and has been idle for a long time, while work is being prosecuted on the low grade ores of the By Chance and Lone Will, assays from which were given above. .This, taken in connection with Mr. Elmore's statement that he was pushed to make expenses, places tne matter where the only inference that can be drawn is that the ore body is exhausted. After visiting the other mines and giv ing a detailed account of the character and output .of each mine, General Sayr sums up as follows: the verdict or the tortilita. Mr. Elmore stated that the property was no more than paying running ex penses. He reptesented the monthly txpenditure at about $2,098 exclusive of his salary, which is probably about $500 per month or say in round numbers $2,s o. From all that I could learn I doubt if the monthly shipment of bullion reach es this amount. The company's adver tisement shows one shipment of 2,400 ounces, but claim it as the result of 1 5 days' work. Ifthiswere the case Mr. Elmore could not only easily pay current expenses, but would soon accumulate sufficient surplus with which to erect the needed mill capacity and hoister. The monthly capacity of the mill, according to the nnn in charge, is 300 tons 300 toa, producing 2,400 ounces, gives a product of eight ounces, $7.68 per ton, which, putting all statements irgethei, is doubtless very near the facts in the case. In a conversation one of the most in telligent employes said that ihe property was looked upon by all of them as a "prospect," that he had repeatedly urged its systematic development instead of the present desultory work, and if it were his he would at once prove its character and consequent value r abandon it. The engineer who accompanied me in the examination expressed himself as surprised that the property should be called a mine or mines, .and doubud if the shares could be sold at Tucson at at twenty-five cents, or even at any price. From my examination, the assays here in given and the general knowledge at tained by the property, I arrived at the following conclusions: First That some very good ore is found in the Tortilitas, but nothing that would warrant their grea'ly overestima ted productive value. Second That no lock or body of ore has as yet been found to warrant calling the property more than a prospect. Third That as a prospect it has a present value only equ tl to the amount that a practical miner would be willing to risk in its development. In conclusion, I cannot leave this sub ject without relerring to the advertise ment f this property, now appearing in the East and South. In this we find such statements as the following: The great value has been demon strated by new and continuous discover-' its of vast bodies of ore. I Ihe shares are an absolute security, as they are based on property worth many times what they call for. They are an investment pure and sim ple. "A well known gentleman from the East" is made to report as f Hows: "We then returned and went down hfty feet further, and there measured a breast of ore tony two and a half feet wide, from which I took satnolesto the mill and saw worked, yielding an average of $50 per ton. Heie water was encountered an 1 in three places along the line ol this ve:n brio ore has been uncovered and the vein shown to be f iur feet wide and of un known length and depth. This demon strates the great value of this property, for as all mining men know the concen tration below the water level prove the permanency and value of a mine. I could see thousands of inns of ore in sight that only needs sufficient mill caoacity tn produce unlimited quantities of bullion." Here is richness. After measuring t,l)i feet width of ore, that give a work ing average of $50 per ton, he finds at water level a vein of 4 feet and thereat exclaims that "this demonstrates the great value of the property." That's a from 42 Ji feet tn 4 feet; and fust here where the ore body has suffered1 this remarkable contraction and where. all, byhjs ownttemenv3is.'covered by water, he "could see thousands of tons of oiesirr stgbt-.tflVriJy ' be;a remark able man and has a remarka ble power of vision. Is it supposable that any honest, .welt informed training man "jvbuld for a T1 mora'eA'fiiokibHi niUe tojbg connected with such palpably absurd statements? The very rvfordmg otjthe whole artkle scrutiny. When a mining scnmo reirs lorsurw,- m ,,.Q t ,. ,, . gentleman from the East," who asserts that its value is demonstrated by "the concentration of the ore below the water level," and places that value at from $10,000,000 to $.00,000,000; or upon those of Governor Price, of New Jersey, who probably knows nothing of these mines and who asserts that the value is demonstrated "by the concentration of the ore below the water level;" or upan those of a "well-known mining operator" who was surprised to find "that investors were not invited to go it blind," and gives it as his opinion that the property is worth $15,000,000; or upon the state ments of Mr. Joseph H. Real), "whose mine is promirentlv mentioned for Vice President of the United- States," and whose life occupation has evidently been that of a farmer, it is time for farmers, at least, whose money is evidently being looked after, to tighten their hold on the hard earned dollars and give a scheme of that character a thorough scrutiny be fore investing. Can any sane man believe for a moment that if ihe owners of the "famous Tortilitas" had the millions in sight which they claim, that they would be offering the property or any part of it at the rate of $1,000,000? or that they would he advettising at a cost of $700 to $800 for each inseition the sale of shares suf ficient to erect a twenty or forty stamp mill and a hoistet? The whole scheme is tio transparent to deceive any but those wholly unacquainted with mining operations, and to this class of people the promoters of the "Tortilitas" scheme are evidently looking for the money to pay their advertising bills and possibly to erect a mi 1 and hoister. I am asked by the Herald if after my examination of this property I would isk the erection of a larger mill for the treatment of the ores. My reply is no. The only additional machinery that the outlook would warrant is a hoister of sufficient capacity to take care of the water during the prosecution of such deeper work as would be re quired to demonstrate whether there is any continuity of the oie in paying quan tties below water level, which I very much d.ubt. Hal Sayr, Mining Engineer. Denver, Colo., 0-t. 11, 1887. o Dew Store. , Paul Bahn is offering to the people of Tombstone and the county in general, some of the best bargains in groceries and liquors eer offered in this county. 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