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SATURDAY, JULY 31, 1920.
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The famous old silver producer, the
World's Fair mine, in the Patagonia
mountains of Arizona, with a record
production of nearly $2,000,000 under
the private operation of Frank Pow
ers, the old prospector, is now under
way and rapidly coming into produc
tion again through operations con
ducted on a modern basis by the Bach-man-Merritt
company, of which O .B.
Bachman is president and general
manager; Lewis J. Merritt, vice pres
ident of the company, who is the orig
inal discoverer and locator of the Mes
saba iron range of northern Minne
sota, and is well known as the father
of the iion production of the Lake
The World's Fair has produced
many carloads of silver running from
1,000 to 2,000 ounces per ton and
many a carload around $40,000, when
silver was around 50 cents per ounce;
bo, with the present price of silver and
modern up-to-date methods which are
being put to effect by the Bachman
Merritt company, spectacular and
profitable results may be expected
from this property which has for 30
years held the record as the leader
of southwestern silver miries, and has
perhaps produced the richest carload
sMpments of any mine in the United
It is again producing and stacking
up high-grade to be shipped as soon
as the new road which the manage
ment is now building is completed,
and pending completion of a modern
reduction plant.
The World's Fair mines are parti
cularly interested from the fact that
they have been operated for nearly 30
years by private ownership and have
been known as "Powers' Bank," as it
was the custom of Frank Powers, the
miner, to take out and sell a few hun
dred thousand dollars' worth of ore
then, after locking his tunnels, and
leaving a guard on the property, he
and his wife would take a trip around
the world; have a good time spending
the money, and then come back to
their bank again for the same pur
pose, and repeat the operation.
Under the new ownership, however,
the World's Fair mine is being put
into shape to be operated steadily,
both from a high grade standpoint, as
well as a milling basis.
The new 100-ton concentration and
flotation plant will be equipped with
electricity and enlarged shortly to 300
tons daily capacity. Harvey rotating
furnaces will be installed. The con
centrates and precipitates, as well as
the high grade ores..' will be reduced
to bullion dn the ground.
The old "sorting, dumps," which
contain thousands of tons of excellent
milling ore, will be worked also.
Roads into the mine, connecting the
stage road, ajjd also the Gulch road,
which connects with the Southern Pa
cific railroad, at four miles from the
mine and plant, are now being rebuilt,
and in the meantime, opening up of
new ore bodies, and tacking up high
grade for shipment, while the im
provements are being made, goes
steadily on with a force- of about 50
Mexican labor is employed largely,
though department heads, mechanics,
and engineers are Americans.
The ores, which are entirely sul
phide, carry silver, lead, gold and cop
per, and arc handled admirably by the
process installed, construction of
which will be shortly completed, and
enlarged to handle 100 pons per shift.
The plant is equipped with crush
ers, ball mills, drag classifiers, Dies
ter Overstrom tables, Callow screens
K. & K. flotation machines, Oliver
filters, Dorr thickeners, Dorr settlers;
in fact, a thorough equipment for
pres of the character produced.
The mine is equipped with two
large compressor plants, air hoists,
and air drills, and all modern appli-
Main operation is through the low
er tunnel, 1,350 feet in length, and
through the shaft from the main tun
nel to a depth of 500 feet from the
hoisting plant, which is about 500 feet
below the surface, or a total depth to
the botom of the present workings of
over 1,000 feet. The ore bodies in
the lower workings have developed
into masive sulphides, the proportions
of whiche are continually increasing
wit!) depth.
Bulletin No. 582 of the U. S. Geo
logical Survey has the following to
say regarding the World's Fair
"The World's Fair mine is near the
center of the western part of the dis
trict, two miles west of Harshaw, on
Alum gulch, at an elevation of about
4,680 feet. .
"It was located in 1879 by a MrMc
Namee, who shipped a considerable
quantity of ore from it, and is said to
( have abandoned it in 1881. In 1883 it
was re-located by William Moran, and
in 1884 he sold it to Frank Powers,
the present owner, for $100. Mr.
Powers is reported to have soon ship
ped a few carloads of ore of 25 tons
each, which brought from $8,000 to
$25,000 a car, and by 1903 it was said
that $600,000 worth of ore had been
blocked out in the mine, ready to
ship. Since its acquisition by Mr.
Powers it has been worked at inter
vals only, but has always produced
considerable rich ore, which was min
ed or milled and shipped as desired.
In 1907 for instance, the production
was $74,210 worth of ore, in lead.
copper, gold and silver. During the
year 1910 the production was $42,730.
82. In 1912 a shipment of a few car
loads, mostly very rich ore, is report
ed to ahve been made to the Selhy
smelter. Early in August, 1914, the
mine was said t obe shipping two car
loads of rich ore a week to Douglas.
"The property comprises a group of
eight claims (now fifteen claims and
a millsite) and is reported to have
produced more than $1,000,000, of
which $500,000 was in high grade ore.
Several hundred thousand dollars
worth of medium grade ore, it is said,
now lies on the dumps. It is report
ed that the owner has received sever
al offers for the mine, ranging as
high as $500,000 to $600,000, but that
the price asked has been $1,000,000.
of which 10 per cent was to bs paid
down before anyone would be allowed
to enter the mine to make an examin
ation. In 1913 the mine was reported
to have been sold or bonded to the
Copper Queen Company for $800,000
(this is a misprint, as the price was
one million dollars). Early in 1914
the Tax Commission of the statie of
Arizona was reported to have valued
the mine at $155,000 and to have col
lected $7,000 in taxes, based on that
valuation. More recently it has been
reported that Charles E. Knox, pres
ident of the Montana-Tonopah Mining
Company of Tonopah, Nevada, and A.
Y. Smith, formerly manager of the
Prince Consolidated of Pioche, Nev
adda, had taken over the mine, and
were shipping about 50 tons of ore
"The mine is said to be developed
to a depth of 600 feet ,and is the deep
est mine in the district. It contains
about 15,000 feet of drifts, tunnels,
stopes, shafts and winzes. The main
entrance to the mine is a crosscut tun
nel at an elevation of 4,680 feet, from
which, it is reported, a winze has been
sunk to a depth of 600 feet, with
drifting 1,000 feet each way from the
winze on the vein, at levels spaced
100 feet apart.
"The topography is rough and the
canyon on the north below the prop
erty is impassable, so that the mine is
reached by 1 1-2 miles of wagon road,
of easy grade descending the canyon
on the south from the county highway
at a point a "mile west of Harshaw.
"The country rock is a small area of
diorite which forms the northwest
continuation of the Harshaw belt, but
which at the mine, is almost surround
ed, overlain and intruded by rhyolite,
and is.more or less pyritic and miner
alized. The rhyolite, which is also
considerably mineralized and altered,
seems to be similar to that At Red
mountain, with which it is apparently
"Just across the canyon, east of the
mine, the surface is underlain by a
purple altered andesite volcanic rock
composed almost wholly of oliboclase
andesine and a little biotite or, alter
ed hornblende.
"The deposits, to judge from the lo
cation of the workings, are about all
on or associated with the contact of
i,hc thyolite intruded into the diorite.
"The woikings trend north-north-Aet
and the deposits seem to dip
abcut fcO degrees- W.-S. W. into the
mountain, but in the mine the dip is
ja d to be about 45 degrees.
"From the main entrance which is
i&cated about 40 feet above the floor
of the canyon, the openings and crop
pings extend for one-eighth of a mile
or more southward and through a ver
tical range of about 400 feet, which
together with the 600 feet of depth
the vein is said to have in the mine,
gives for the deposits a known verti
cal range of about 1,000 feet. The ,
croppings aie irregular, however, and I
in places difficult to identify and fol- '
low . j
"The croppings range from 10 to 14 .
feet in width, and the average width j
of the vein in the mine is said to be
about 6 feet nearly all of which is I
good workable ore. The metallifer
ous minerals are said to occur mostly
in the rhyolite or hanging wall side
of the contact. A considerable por
tion of the openings to the south of
the mine are on the north-south rhy
olite dike cutting the diorite. The
croppings of the dike are 15 to 25
feet wide and consist of a reddish
yellow siliceous rhyolite. The valu
able metals in the ore are silver, gold,
lead and copper silver predominat
ing. The gangue of the vein is com
monly said to be quartz, but in most
of the ore seen on the dump, barite
seems to equal the quartz in amount,
and in some run of mine specimen,
it is the chief or only gangue min
eral, quartz being inconspicious or ab
sent. "The '"barite gives to much of the
ore a sparry aspect, and is particul
arly prominent as seams, blades and
plates, filling fractures and cavities,
denoting that much of it is of late or
postvein age.
"In the upper workings the ores, it
is said, were mostly rich, lead-silver
sulphides, but below water level, in
the unoxidized zone, wheer they main
tain or exceed their surface tenor,
they cany besides galena, consider
able copper, mostly in the form of tet
rahedrite or gray copper, with some
chalcocite and antimonial silver, in
places rich in gold. In fact, a con
siderable part of the ore seems to be
antimonial silver. There is also a
sprinkling of finely disseminated
chalcopyrite and pyrite. The ores
from the deeper part of the mine are
reported to average about 20 per cmt
in copper and 500 ounces in silver
and $15 in gold to the ton. Judging
from about 500 tons or more seen on
the dump the ore is mostly hand-sorted
and well graded, seemingly bv
screens, into sizes ranging from that
of a walnut up to that of a 10-inch
bowlder. It is then shipped direct to
the smelter at Selby, aClifornia."
The World's Fair mines, under the
plans outlined by the new owners,
should before the end of this year be
on a basis of production of better than
$100,000 per month, as the average
tenor of the milling grade is better
than 15 ounces per ton, and with sil
ver pegged at $1.00 per ounce by the
Pitman Act, and this plant handling
300 tons daily, the above figurej are
believed to be conservative.
The climate of the Patagonia range
of mountains, which runs almost due
north from the Mexican border for a
distance of about 15 miles, enables the
operation there every day in the year,
and the natives live out doors the
year round.
Many other well known operators
are active in this locality. Senator
Clark, of the United Verde, is the
owner of the Trench mine, joining the
Wjorld's Fair on the cast; the Daily
interests of Montana are developing
the Hardshell, which adjoins the
French, and tht Magma Copper in
terests have recently purchased and
begun operations and diamond drill
ing of the Three R mine while the
Flux mine is under operation by the
"K. & K." flotation interests. The
World's Fair Extension Mining com
pany) recently oiganized by Miami
interests, has started operation on the
adjoining property to the west of the
World's Fair mine.
The Patagonia mountains and
Santa Cruz county, Arizona, are at
tracting attention by its silver activi
ty at the present time; and good re
sults should shortly follow the devel
opment already underway.
The Last Trump
A colored dough-boy who, had hit
Paris on AWOL and supplied himself
generously with the vin sisters, ming
led with stronger waters, woke sud
denly in a still befuddled condition in
the great urban cemetery of Pere la
Chaise, whither his uncertain steps
had taken him. To make it worse,
there was an air raid going on.
The darkey looked around him out
of half closed eyes. On every side
stretched long rows of white monu
ments. Sirens shrilled from the city
streets. Dazzling beams of white
light stabbed the heavens. There
could be but one conclusion.
Hastily searching bis pockets, he
drew forth his remaining possessions
a bottle of vin bland, a pack of
greasy cards, a much-worn pair of
ivories and hurled them from him.
"Git gone away f'ura me, evi
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on, Mistuh Gabriel. I'se ready." The
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Prisoner "Gunn sir."
Magistrate "Well, Gunn, I'll dis
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