1922: CLEMENCEAU; Smelter Resumes Operation February 14.
"EXTENSION SMELTER MAKES ITS FIRST COPPER SINCE PLANT WAS CLOSED LAST MAY."
"For the first time since the shut-down, the United Verde Extension produced some blister copper today and thereby entered again into the ranks of the active producing mines of the country."
"The reverberatory furnace that was warmed up last week was charged this morning and the first matte was drawn off and run through the converters. This furnace will be kept in operation and other units of the plant will be put in commission as fast as required."
"The bins at the smelter are filled to capacity with ore, as are also most of the storage bins at the mine, the total ore ready for treatment amounting to close to 30,000 tons, beside which there is a large tonage of flue dust and smelter wastes --- not far from 10,000 tons more."
"This means that in all probability there will be no more active production at the mine until most of the existing reserves have been treated, but as additional units are put in service at the smelter it will not be very long until it will be necessary to resume mining on a considerable scale. It is not possible to say just now when the smelter will demand more ore and production at the mine will begin."
"President James Douglas arrived home yesterday and plans to remain for several days. He arrived in time for the first real commencement of the output of new copper."
"No trouble of any kind attended the resumption, the plant working to perfection and without a hitch. It will take some little time --- almost a month --- to bring the furnace to full efficiency, owing to the heat losses that will continue for about that length of time, or until the ground below the furnace is heated to the depth and temperature that prevail during normal operation."
(Verde Copper News; Tuesday, February 14, 1922; page 1, columns 6, 7.)