J. H. Drake
[letterhead]DETROIT, MICH.Dec 4/06Prof Jno Muir.Martinez CalDear Sir,In the November issue of The World's Work I was much interested in what you are p[illegible]ported to have said concerning the petrified forests of Arizona. Over 20 years ago I undertook to invent machinery which would work that refractory mat[illegible]al. G[illegible] [illegible]e of Arizona and Judge Bryce of New Orleans had been induced by one Wm Adams (a cow boy) to visit the forest, and they contracted with the Railway for such as lay upon Railway lands, and filed mineral claims on such as lay upon good Lands. The brought a car load of the [illegible]eted material to St Louis, and at the [urgent?] [illegible]tation of Tiffany & C. New York I went to St Louis to see the material. I contracted with the p[illegible] to devise a way to cut and polish the material. At the polishing works of the Drake Company at Sioux Falls South Dakota I experimented for several months and finally succeeded. Col Frank C. H[illegible] of Phoenix A. [illegible]. succeeded to the Bryce [illegible] T[illegible]e interest and for nearly 20 years we have endeavored to make03778
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