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REPPY & PEOK, Publishers.
Fourth Street, between Fremont and Allen
Tombstone, Cochise County, Arizona.
Sub-cripikn, one year $4 f o
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.
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.
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
Report of General Sayr, One of the Leading-
Experts of the Country, Which
Confirms What the Hpl-
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
mora'eA'fiiokibHi niUe tojbg connected
with such palpably absurd statements?
The very rvfordmg otjthe whole artkle
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.
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.
His stock is new fresh and desirable
canned goods, wines, candles, in fact
every thing sold in a first class grocery
store is being sold by him at Fairbank
prices. tf.
Mineral Burreyor.
U. S. Deputy Mineral Surveyor and
City Engineer, surveys, maps and reports
on mines a specialty.
All work per
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Tombstone, Ariz.
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To the Public.
Having purchased the entire interest of
Jos. Pascholy in the undertaking busi
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mvesp-cial attention to said business.
Emb timing and the preparing of bodies
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To the delinquent members of Rescue
Ho'e Company No 1.
All members in arrears are hereby
notified that on the 10th of November
next, a list of members exempt from
jury duty must be filed with the Clerk of
the District Court. At that time all
members who are in arrears will be
stricken from the roll ofthe company.
By order of Company.
C. N. Thomas,
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