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Verde Heritage Blog: 1900: JEROME; Verde Queen Smelter, October

"A Jerome correspondent of the Phenix Republican under date of October 15 says: The Verde Queen smelter was to have been blown in this morning, after a close down of some time, but a plate needed in the furnace failed to get here from the foundry in time to start up when scheduled. The copper will soon begin to flow, though, and there will be one more producing mine in Jerome."

"The Verde Queen people are the right people in the right place and will be a great good for Jerome and the whole territory. Whatever they ask for they pay for, and that is all to tell regarding their financial standing."

"There seems to be plenty of high grade ore in the mine to make it pay. Soon a big plant may be seen in operation as near Jerome on one side as the United Verde smelting plant is on the other."

(Arizona Weekly Journal Miner; Prescott; October 24, 1900; page 3.)

"NAUTICAL GROUP OF MINES."

"The Verde Queen Copper Mining company, of Arizona, by John J. Hawkins, its attorney in fact, filed applications for patents today in the United States land office for twenty-six mining claims near Jerome. This group has become known as the Nautical group of mines, on account of the nautical terms used as names of the claims. Of the twenty-six, all but four have nautical names, or names of vessels, as follows:"

"Admiral, Commander, Commodore, Magazine, Jibstay, Bow Sprit, Coxswain, Binnacle, Quarter Deck, Jack Staff, Columbia, Yardarm, Ensign, Marietta, Master, Anchor, Capstan, Compass, Signal, Main Top, and Forecastle."

(Arizona Weekly Journal-Miner; Prescott; October 31, 1900; page 1.)

"The Jerome correspondent of the Republican writes that paper that 'the Verde Queen smelter is running steadily, turning out tons of copper. At present they are taking out ore enough to keep the smelter running steadily.'"

"'Some of the backcappers who have repeatedly condemned the property will see their mistake. One good thing, all the opinions of all the people on earth could not take a pound of ore from the rock of any mine in the world, if those people stood and gave their opinions to the multitude until they died from fatigue. If the ore is there their backcapping will not detract from the amount. If this was not a fact, how many mines would there be today.'"

(Arizona Weekly Journal-Miner; October 31, 1900; page 3.)

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