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How the Derby became the Madizelle

Derby Mining Company, a corporation, by George U. Young its president, (E.M. Sanford, vice president) to A.A. Blair, J. Edward Whitfield, F.W. Taylor, Chas. M Taylor Jr., George U. Young, the first four of said grantees being residents of the City of Philadelphia in the State of Pennsylvania, and the last residing in Prescott, Arizona. In consideration of the sum of ten dollars lawful money of the United States of America…

Interestingly enough, about two weeks later on June 8th 1908, the consideration of the same ‘Mining Stock’ is transformed to: ‘the sum of 300,000 shares of the Capital Stock of the grantee’. The Grantee, which are the boys from Philly and George U. Young, all according to the recorded documents shown below. The Articles of Incorporation of the Madizelle Mining Company state in section (roman numeral) VI. ‘The highest amount of indebtedness of liability to which this corporation shall at any time subject itself is the sum of ‘Two Hundred $200,000 Thousand Dollars.’ The shares were offered at $1.00 a share.

‘All those certain lode mining claims situated in Thumb Butte Mining District, Yavapai County.’ Original location notices are listed by book and page number. Read them to find out where they are on the ground. Don’t assume these are: valid, the actual originals of the same lode mining claim named in the same district, not a duplicate with modifications, etc.. The appearance of validity on its face, combined with multiple misdirections, a web of paperwork, likely made the swindle easier to pull off. A bit hard to follow, so most would just swallow.

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Mining Deed Derby Mining Company to the individual men named of the Madizelle Mining Company, May 23rd, 1908. A real sloppy job with the ‘Amended Location Notices’. The theoretical ‘Derby Mining Company’ was also publicly published as being sold about this time for a lovely sum of $13,333.33. The lode claims have always been fictitious.
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Mining Deed of fictitious lode claims from ‘Derby Mining Company’ to the individual men named of the ‘Madizelle Mining Company’, May 23rd, 1908.
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Madizelle Mining Company: ‘In consideration of 300,000 Shares of the Capital Stock of the Grantee’ -June 8th, 1908. Did they transfer the mineral estate in the original locations in the township, or the relocated location(s)? Did the lode claims get up and fly away to another place? But what happened to the Gold?

A Handful of Tools

Relying on the theoretical secondary ‘PLAT’ of record, they theoretically sold several fictitious mineral interests to themselves. In order to bolster the future sale of absolutely nothing, the men and the Company, but really George U. Young, publicly recorded their efforts of the swindle. Their prime objective was to resell the fabricated mineral estate to an unsuspecting ‘investor’ in a fictitious gold mine. The Madizelle Mining Company, like the Derby before, wanted the public to continue to believe the paper operation physically existed somewhere out in the hills, within the confines of Young’s made up U.S. Mineral Survey 2424, a clear impossibility. This is now Highland Pines, although even this present paper position is in conflict with the record 1871 field notes and PLAT of S.W. Foreman.

Young and the Philly boys made sure to document the outstanding payments owed to James R. Lowery, for the lease of the recorded senior land of the Lowry-Hill mining operation. The Lowery and Hill lode claims, recorded of the Ideal Mining Company, lies in the same exact area on the ground that is supposed to be making up this thing plan by field notes & PLAT, that looks like a U.S. Mineral Survey, M.S. 2424. The Derby Mining Company and the Madizelle Mining Company are prime examples of the lengths that many swindlers in this era went through, to loot the public domain. The lands were much more valuable than the $5.00 per acre paid under fraudulent patent application(s). These claims were always fictitious, the recorded documents speak for themselves, the PLAT represents the swindle. The platted grounds never existed. It’s made up, fairy dust. It’s not on the elemental chart. It is of no object, only existing in the mind.

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The Pennsylvania Madizelle Mining Company incorporators ‘Personally appearing in Yavapai County Territory of Arizona’: –Notarized by Sanford. The boys from Philly must have been in a real hurry.

According to the crafty Prospectus put out by George U. Young and E.M. Sanford of the Derby Mining Company in 1902, the LOCATION OF PROPERTY: ‘The property consists of six full sized mining claims, each 600 x 1500 feet, situated four and one -half miles west of Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona, and less than one-half mile from a siding on the main line of the Santa Fe, Prescott & Phoenix Railway. There is an abundance of water and timber on the property.’ (Timberland Frauds)

Skilled Labor

The width of the ledge: (see map) of the Derby Mining Company that was included with the 1902 prospectus to stock investors. The prospectus and the map illustration are a complete sham, used as props to deceive out of area investors, into buying stock in a non-existent gold mine. The map does not even conform to the written location in the prospectus, or the recorded location notices, of the same purported lode claims. The original lode claim notices are severely called into question, as to their initial validity under the mining law of 1872.

These are the same purported lode claims of record that are recorded in Yavapai County. There was a later conversion on paper of these same lode claims, an aggressive marketing campaign full of skilled illusion, which was under the the Madizelle Mining Company banner from 1908 on, until they were subsequently incorporated into a fictitious application for U.S. land patent 818945, which used theoretical Mineral Survey 2424, as the basis for some mineral patent deed, to the Highland Pines area in Prescott.

Unfortunately these mining swindles of the west were all too common place during this era. Most were discovered much sooner, few had the conviction or connections to pull off a hoax of this magnitude. Tall tales told, from only the best of the best, of the Looters the Public Domain.

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Fictional Derby Mine Prospectus Map circa 1902, showing lode claims running north and south, lying easterly of ‘Willow Creek’. The Derby lode claims are depicted as covering the Big Ben lode claims, according to their recorded positions. The illustration is more closely resembling the recorded lode location notices of the same ‘claims’, however it is simultaneously disregarding the very same locations as recorded. Nothing here conforms to the mining law. Something’s very wrong here…none of this is real.

The above prospectus map of the Derby Mining Company associated the claims to one of at least four locations, all miles apart from each other, lying throughout the township, in the Thumb Butte Mining District during the stock promotion years of George U. Young. The origins of the swindle(s) in this region began in the late 1800’s. The Derby stock promotions began over six years before the Madizelle Mining Company was created, and fifty years before Highland Pines was a glimmer in the eyes of Elmer J. Winternheimer and Earl J. Wilson.

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Fictional plat ‘map’ of ‘Derby Mines: Property of George U. Young’ Thumb Butte District Yavapai County, Arizona T14N, R3W, by J.J. Fisher, U.S.M.S. 1907, Looters of the Public Domain.