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Mohave County miner and our mineral wealth. (Kingman, Ariz.) 1918-1922, July 31, 1920, Image 6

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SATURDAY, JULY 31, 1920.
MINING NEWS Here and Elsewhere Xnson h sg
The Arizona Corporation Commis
sion has granted a permit to the Sil
ver Trails Mines company, of King
man, to sell a block of its stock
at the price of 20c per share. This
company was organized by E. C.
Bradshaw and others for the purpose
of developing and equipping the Dia
mond Joe mines. Mr. Bradshaw has
so far secured sufficient financial aid
to keep the mines in operation, but
one of the essentials is the driving of
a deep tunnel under the old work;
and the opening of the property from
a lower level ,and the erection of
milling plant at the portal. It will
take considerable money to do this
work, but the ultimate cost will be far
less than to maintain operations from
the old shaft. Mr. Bradshaw is now
in Los Angeles conferring with his
As an illustration of the value of
the mine run of the ores the mill has
been running on dump ore that have
been assorted three times and the
heads show values of 30 ounces of sil
ver. From these dumps better than
$5000 in silver has been taken and
more than $9000 has been sent out
from the mill during the experimental
work. The company has built a road
from the mill to the mine at a cost
of $5,000, the road being almost com
plete at this time without calling upon
money from stock sales. Upon com
pletion of the road the company will
be able to mill from 35 to 40 tons of
ore per day, this ore to be furnished
from the stopes recently opened. A
raise is now being driven into the old
glory hole from the tunnel level,
where it id expected a rich body of
ore will be picked up. The old glory
hole was driven down in the rich ore
body some years ago and a miner was
caved upon, since which time that
part of the mine has not been touch
ed, owing to superstition of the old
This week John Garrison, a well
known mining engineer, visited the
Big Four Metals mines, situated east
of Kingman, near the north end of the
Wallapai mountains, in the interest
of J. E. Castle. Mr. Garrison was
so well pleased with the property that
he will make arrangements to at once
begin active development of the min
es and at the same time plan a mill
ing plant for early installation. The
property was discovered by R. O
.nerson, who i holding a large in
terest in it. A company is to be or
ganized for the exploitation of the
mines, although Mr. Castle will be the
principal man in the financing of de
velopment and the building of the
The mines are among the most
promising in the Wallapai mountain
country and being well situated there
is no reason why they should not be
soon on a producing basis.
Vulture-18 Mng
The famous old Vulture mine that
has been in operation more or less
since 1864, is to be dismantled. The
mine was first found by Henry Wick
enbuxg in one of the hills 16 miles
south of the town of Wickenburg and
has been worked intermittantly up to
a year ago. The first mill was erect
ed at Wickenburg where water in
plenty could be had, but after some
years of operation the mill was re
moved to the mine. The ore produc
ed from the upper part of the mine
was wonderfully rich in gold, some of
the most remarkable specimens ever
seen in the world having been taken
from it. The specimens of "crysta
lized" gold sold as high as $200 per
ounce for cabinet purposes. This
gold appeared in the rock crystals and
was in cubical form and sparklingly
beautiful crystalizations of the yellow
metal. The mine developed a number
of faults that made the operation of
the property rather hazardous below
the 400 level, but the vein was picked
up below that level several years ago,
although it failed to produce enough
ore to repay the expenditure.
DOWN 2040 FT.
The drill at the Adamana well, in
the Holbrook Jtield, has reached depth
of 2040 feet and is in a lime forma
tion. The company is now equipped
with cable sufficient to go to the 3000
foot depth, and it is believed that be
fore that depth is reached either oil
will be encountered or granfte will be
entered. The drillers are of the opin
ion that when shale is encountered
btmeath the lime it will represent an
oil cap, through which the drill must
be driven into the oil bearing sands.
Adamana has a large number of
shareholders in this county and no
l matter whether personally interested
or otherwise the people here wish the
company the best of luck and hope
that a gusher will be brought in. Oil
in Arizona means much for the state
and the sooner it is found the better
it will be for every interest
miner want "inraifc BUSI-
James Martin arrived from Los An
geles a few days ago and has gone
to his mines near Cedar, where he ex
pects to do a large amount of work
this fall, He took with him two min
ers and will put them to work sink
ing below the sulphide zone, where
he encountered some very good ore
in the early part of this year.
The property owned by Mr. Martin
is well situated on the road to Cedar
Valley, about two miles from the old
Berkeley. It was a producer of good
ore some years ago and we believe it
capable of coming back and entering
the producing class
amount of work.
rN. Y. Tclci-raml '
The gold mining industry in the
United States has fallen asleep avait
ing some legislative action that would
enable producers to obtain a reason
able profit on the metal produced as
in the case of silver. At the present
time gold miners are doing very lit
tle in the production field for the sim
ple reason that the gold mining in
dustry, under present conditions is
not profitable in most.of our districts.
Reports from many of the districts
disclose the fact that many of the
smaller gold mines have been forced
to cease operations until some relief
is forthcoming in the form of a bon
us as introduced into congress recent
ly. Larger mines have curtailed their
operations so that now they are op
erating on about one-third their capa
city, due to the high cost of material
and all other needs that go with the
mining of tho yellow metal. For the
past few years, as isMvell known to
the average man, costs in all walks of
life have risen nearly, 100 per cent,
this is also true in the gold mining in
dustry. But, other industries have
advanced the price of their products
to offset the advancq in operations,
but the poor gold miner must not take
any advantage over the "non-profiteering
jeweler." I say -this because
if a tax were placed on gold it would
be the manufacturers that would have
to pay the tax and still have no ef
fect on the monetary systems! It has
been these interests that opposed the
bonus plan and have 'succeeded in de
laying the measure until congresr
meets in December, at which time it
is expected that the members will see
their way clear to give the gold min
ers half a chance to put the industry
back to where it belongs and relieve
the threatened shortage of the metal.
Gold is the only commodity! the
price of which is fixed by statute.
The prices of all other commodities
rise and fall with demand and sup
ply. The price of gold was fixed by
international agreement in 1792 at
$20.67 an ounce ,and the price was
legalized in 1834. The process of fix
ing the price was by an estimate of
the time required by man to produce
an ounce of gold at placer mining and
based on thejhen market rate of
wages. Since that time more gold
bearing fields have been discovered,
steam power has been introduced into
gold mining and various mechanical,
chemical and electrical agencies have
been applied for extracting and sep
arating this precious metal from the
earth with greater ease. And all the
while the price of gold has remained
the same on a man-nower basis, he-
fore the age of steam, when man, by
the force within himself, was the only
means of producing gold.
Copper Prospects
ui uuua j? or yzu
It is hard to foresee what improve
ment can be expected in 1920 but the
quantity of copper sold in the early
part of 1920 indicates that the year
will be better than 1919. Any im
provement, however, will be tempo
rary and no stability or security can
bd found until existing .troubles are
settled and industry and trade become
more stable. The prosperity of the
copper industry is peculiarly depend
ent upon the establishment of stabili
ty in other industries, and before the
industry can receive any great stim
ulus tne condition of labor and of
trade generally, not only in America
but in Europe, must be greatly im
proved. When that time comes the
industry will undobutedly be as pros
perous as ever.
B. L. Vaughn, who has been at Win
head of the Banner mine, in the Union
Pass section, reports that he has se
cured finances for that property and
will be here as soon as the weather
moderates to begin further develop
ment of the property. The Banner
is contiguous to the Sheep Trail and
the showing is very good. The sur
face pres.qnthe proferty gayebiff-re-J
suits, in gold,-being one of the most
Inviting' outcrops in-that' region'
The Gold Dust mine at Oatman is
preparing to install a milling plant to
care for its production. The com
pany has a portion of mill that can
readily be converted into a plant cap
able of handling the product of the
mines with small expenditure of mon
ey. The old mill was built by the
Mohave Gold Mines company some
years ago, but part of the machinery
was removed to Baker City, Oregon,
where it was installed on the Ben
Harrison mine. The buildings were
left at the mine and can be made to
do the duty as covering for the new
The Gold Dust has been operated
for several years and large tonnage of
ore opened. During the old days it
was stated that there was many thou
sands of tons of good ore above the
$00 level, but the operating expense of
the big mill, which received its mo
tive power from the Needles, was too
great to return a profit. With a
smaller plant there is no doubt of the
profits in these ores, and later when
the mine is developed to a new level
we believe it will outpiit sufficiently
to maintain a large mill.
eor mexican labor
Demands that American companies
agree to defray the expenses of Mex
ican contract laborers from their
homes to the scene of their labors in
the United States and return will be
made by the Sonora government im
mediately, according to Manuel N.
Bernal, chief of the State Labor Bur
eau, sponsored by the States of Maya
rit, Colima, Jalisco, Sinaloa and Son
ora. Twenty-three thousand laborers are
wanted from the West Coast States of
Mexico by the sugar beet, cotton and
other agricultural interests in the
United States this year, figures com
piled by the Labor Bureau show.
Statistics prove that last year the cot
ton growers had planted 38,000 acres
against 20,000 this year.
In permitting 23,000 Mexicans to
enter the United States to harvest this
and other crops, the Sonora govern
ment, under previously prevailing
conditions, would assume the respon
sibility of returning them to their
honies. This, if all returned to the
border with insufficient money to de
fray their expenses back into Mexico
as between 90 and 85 per cent did last
year, according to Bernal, it would
cost the government $26 each, or
$299,000 in American money.
This the government is unwilling
to pay, in as much, the representativ
es say, as the Mexican laborers" fur
nish a large profit on their work "to
American companies and leave practi
cally all their earnings in the United
(States. Bernal said today:
"It is not the desire of the State
Labor Bureau to prevent Mexican
workers from entering the United
States when it is assured that thev
will be fairly treated and not be a
burden on their own government af
ter five or i six months of labor
"Careful investigation has shown
us that many of the Mexicans who
return to Nogales, alleging poverty
and demanding fare home, either have
ample money to buy their own rail
way tickets or have wasted their
earnings. These men are being fer
reted out and will be punished ac
cording to their deserts. Many of
the- false alarmists have confessed to
tneir falsehoods.
"One feature of the present method,
however, is serious, in as much as it
menaces the friendly feeling we wish
our people to entertain toward the
United States and her interests.
"Occasionally it happens that a man
with his wife, sons, daughters and
other relatives, all under contract, go
to the United States. The husband
may be unfitted for the tasks impos
ed upon him or unwilling to perform
them. He is returned to Mexi hv
I the company he worked for as unfit,
DUt tne rest of the family is returned
under their contracts. Therefore, and
naturally, the Mexican returns to the
border cursing all Americans as hav
ing robbed him of his family. In
many instances the wife is held and
compelled to work out the cost of
defraying the husband's expenses to
the border. The ravings of the hus
band has a bad effect upon the friend
ly relations between the ,two coun
tries, and these are exceedingly
anxious to prevent.
"I am confident that the entire mat
ter will be worked out in a way that
will reflect upon neither side of the
cases involved, and expect soon to
have everything adjusted so that the
United States can) get all the Mex
ican labor it wants and the govern
ment of Sonora be freed of the heavy
expense which it heretofore has borne
in caring for workers who return,
either penniless $or with insufficient
funds to take them to their homes."
The sinking of the shaft of the
United American, at Oatman, to an-
l other level is under way. This new
level is to be the same as the 400 level
, of the Tom Reed, which is now 'being
driven toward the American. With
the opening of the new level good air
will be had, as well as the exploitation
Of the big vein through the two prop
erties. All development is being car
ried on along the Aztec vein, or what
f is believed to be that vein in the
The drifts on the 500 of the Amer
ican have shown good values for
nearly 200 feet to the west and the
farthei) east drift has shown some
good values in the crosscut. While
values have been found in stringers it
is possible that further exploitation
will bring to light larger bodies.
George W. Mark, who has been
looking! after oil property in the
Commanche, Texas, field for Mohave
county people, arrived in Kingman
yesterday morning. He reports that
there is considerable interest being
shown among the oil men in mines
and that it is probable investments
will be made in this county by a group
of rich men from the big Texas and
Louisiana fields.
Mr. Mark also reports that the Am
erican Smelting & Refining company
has just brought in a gasser of 100,
000 cubic feet capacity near the town
of Amarilla, Texas, and that another
company has secured another well
flowing 70,000,000 feet. As a result
of this great valume of gas the A. 5.
&R. Co. has decided to put in a big
smeltery to take care of ores of cop
per, zinc and lead, as well as the dry
ores of gold and silver. The plant
is to be one of the largest in the Uni
ted States and will use gas as fuel.
Other big gassers are expected to be
brought in soon and the town of Ama
rilla will be largely benefited.
The gas wells of Oklahoma brought
to that state the big zinc plants and it
is probable that the gas wells of Tex
as will make that state one of the
most important for the reduction of
ores in the United States. The new
plants are to be on the main line of
railroad to the Gulf of Mexico, where
seagoing vessels will carry the pro
ducts to Europe or to the north At
lantic seaboard.
a f
J. R. Ritter, of Kansas City, presi
dent of the Consolidated Copper Com
pany of Mowry, Santa Cruz oCunty,
accompanied by R. E. Houren and
Henry Pater of Gary, Ind., also in
terested in the oempany are making
an inspection of the property on both
sides of the border. They left yester
day for Santa! Barbara, Sonora, the
first stop in the inspection trip.
Will Halloran, superintendent of
the Kingman Consolidated Mines com
pany returned a few days ago from a
short vacation on the coast. During
his absence the big compressor en
gine was over hauled and repairs
made, so that better progress may
now be expected in the big bore.
Airy Bedding:
If one can't find a house, he might
sleep outdoors on some political bunk.
Baltimore Sun.
or new work with
E Tarr, McComb & Ware
. I I I I I I I 1 I I I I I I I I 1 T - T ' ' T
W. D. Grannis was called to Los
Angeles Thursday evening to hold a
conference with his associates in the
Great Republic property. It is un
derstood that a number of men have
agreed to finance the development of
the big vein and that as soon as Mr.
Grannis returns a compressor and
other machinery will be installed to
handle further development.
The Great Republic is one of the
most promising properties in the
Cedar country and with further de
velopment it should readily be placed
on a producing basis. It lies just be
low the Diamond Joe mine, which at
the present time is producing rich ore,
and was formerly one of the rich pro
ducers of silver in that section.
An accident at Oatman last Wed
nesday evening may rob Roy Perry of
his sight. He was pouring silver sol
der into a mold when some of it ex
ploded and caught him in the eyes.
Evidently the mold was moist.
He was brought to Kingman at once
and taken to a Los Angeles hospital
for treatment. It is not known yet
what the outcome will be.
Walter McGee, of Detroit, at his
preliminary hearing, which lasted al
most a day and a half, has been bound
over to Santa Cruz County Superior
Court charged with having shot his
wife while in a jealous frenzy. Mc
gee's bond was fixed by Justice John
N. Wilkey, at $1500.
The evidence showed that McGee
first beat the woman over the head
with his six-shooter, then shot her
through the thigh. She will recover
physicians say.
McGee must face a charge of as
sault with intent to kill.
B. N. Valenzuela, arrested several
days ago on suspicion of being a
slacker, has been released under $500
bond. Valenzuela, whose home is in
Tucson, is charged with going to Mex
ico immediately after war was de
clared. He returned but a short time
ago and was immediately taken into
Blue Printing
Mine and Hill Examinations
Reports, Surreys and Maps
E. Ross Housholder
Engineer of Mines
BOX 855
Kingman, Arizona
L. H. FOSTER If and
U. S. Mineral Surveyor f kingman, Arizona
Authorized Service Station
6th and South Front Streets
(Rear Mohave Garage)
Kingman, Arizona.
Gates Half-Sole Tires Only Cost Y2 As Much
Anything to do your remodeling
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Full Line of
Now in Stock at the Miner
Among them are the following;.
Power of Attorney
Bill of Sale
Bondjfor Deed ;
Mining Location Blanks
Chattel Mortgage
Realty Mortgage
Bill of Sale
Notice of Non-Liability
Agreement or Contract
Bargain and Sale Deed
Affidavit of Labor
Great Republic Silver Mines
For particulars write
W. D. GRANNIS, Manager.
Kingman, Arizona.
E. Everett
U. S. Mineral Surveyor and As
sayer. Complete analysis and
Mino Reports. Underground
and District claim maps. Cor
respondence promptly answered.
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