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THE MONTANA POST.
A Newmpaper*, Devoted to the Mineral, .gricultral and Conmmercial Interents of Montana Tlerritory,
1)L. V. NO. 24. HELENA. MONTANA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1869. WHOLE NO. 233
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S114 NMlI is becoruin4 very popular.
- .-':lreint hasl recently pelaced
1; .,t 141Euralj ,2 u .SP'.3+$ of
",f that It'rritorv. Better
, 1. " L\ *r WC-hLI will tih ( ioV
r, the Montana account'
* *. jr .l~rI .1 ,n nuatee tor the Poet
I ..pTerttlttft f(.r thet current year
- hj~ ceerers an estima
i. u in revenue- *'t 1-5., l4)E.(I).
f1 , -t 14 *iO I-i'E deprecattes
*--e-ini.: Fin s+.e."" tte telegrasus
1.... d"Ti(Ce P.-ukin.: tonneesS -at
", .. r, · Nit bout in uCla ditinction.
~as.eiDinton I I', .,,e and I,.
each urnt.- a p.iision to Mr,.
n II \- their service.s were mcetued
r," ri _.ttiflL thee :ý.'1.ŽIO.4i apharca
*.le y ,hieeuld certainly lie uale
* * ilrouu! i paltry Pi(KM) pension
I , .lait',antse .1 ikado. it ia said, has
. ;,.i a jre\ eDtatfive of contiagra
S..-. in au; c.liet that the owner of a
-. in l cli, a n:,ontlagration originI
, r .1all at once lose his head. There
-01 alpl.eal By this style o' doing.
ra. .'.Lan,'d ware is likely to xo
S. ,z,.-et.tbl. war against 'ustar has
:ntcn',.d -.Every other general otti
'or all, Is seci ured place on the plains
ia.i oital lhite ulnn more n l ppTiaeable
', than the ludiauns. Ie;tn. c'ustarn,
irwstic" may, and we trust will. carry
,iº -I -.,- -tull). throu.hl thi- indian
\ 1.'n! .nar
' i"1 'ºtation it Quakeis has itIlor-
.i,"i the Senate Indian t'nmmittee for
,.. ','ltuet mitasurres towald the Indians.
1, v think the "triendllys" are re
..;. , the Friends . W\Vhy don't
" ',.r' t'end their solicitude toa thought
r t:- whiites antd Iers4nalv entreat
SInrtians to =ua1pend hostilities
I !,I a ,,o had in store Jan. lst. 1, ;º.
.; ,harrels of flour. received 2'.~02,.3.4l
:;1r:- and manufactured f7,67*il'; bar
:- !,,al 2.-42.10(4 barrels .An excess
St ",i -:1 barrels over l,'i;. On Jan.
-'. ",; there was on hand 112.~0K bar
:Is the ,hiilnents for 1958 was 2,22,
,,l l'arr.*,s. an excess oft :324,3i7, over
\;t >r l i-. -your inquiry : "')id ..~
Ir iuce. fd,rmiierly of Virginia 'ity,
-in ag.ainst Ben Loan for ('ongree," we
ann,, positive.ly answer without refer
.- , .\Ancient History, and the only
Ily we had has been "'bagged." % e
:, t know of Major Bruce running
.,ai.tlnst any ',,,n". recently, but under
=:arnc, Le i- 'going it alone ' for 'on
Ii: lHouse has a new Speaker to
.t..: after the 4th of March. The as
:;.rants for the ,peakership are fully as
IIunirous as for any of the ('abinet po.
-.tions. Mr. Blaine ot Maine. Dawes of
Iaseachusette, Cullom of Illinois, Gar
ield of O)hio. and a dozen other candi%
lates are named. Rather strangely the
-t Louis I.kocrart has declared in fa
* 'r of an eastern man-Blaine.
tI E paper currency of the country, at
,ar. it made up as follows
uiteated ates Note.........$t56E,021,073
NaSti nal Bank Notes............ 299,806,56,
Three per coat certifcates ..... 55,865,000
Fractiunai cturrency............ 34,215,715
rhe amount of paper currency in cir-.
lation amounts to about $10.15 for
-act. lerson in the United States.
TO THE PUELIC.
. :ihe tire yoeterday alternoon obliged
, to hurriedly move our material and
iroes iunto) tLe street: aud as such a
iurried removal of a printing offie, by
kindly but inexpeenesd hands, is al
:'lot eq ual to its destruction, we will
'lot be able to issue the Gazette, till such
:mle as we get sufficient material picked
pr and put in order again-which will
Le but a day or two at most, after which
'Le paper will regularly appear. We ten.
etr ojr he avrtelt thanks to those who
abored so hard to save oar ee tram
tire and also to oar cotemporaries who
:ave kindly offered us the use of their
tefices to imsue our paper.
WILrmnox & Roxam,
iPub's Rocky Montanta Gazette.
TWRINGo EW Ve Ji3n.
Notwithstanding Grnt's antipathy to
ostentatious display, and his request
that the customary Inauguration Ball
be dispensed with for the occasion, the
finest building in the United States, and
the beit Treasury building in the world
is to be devoted for the night to Terpsi,
corean delights, while the day is to be
devoted to a pageant in honor of tbh
American Hero. beside which.the Athe'.
nian l'anathna'a would be insignificant.
With altogether a different object In
view 4 en. Grant has assured the success
and increased popular interest in the in
auguration ceremonies by postponing
the Iublicity ot his selections for Cabl
net otficers until after the inauguration.
The legion ,of anxious expectants,. du
bious aspirants and the bearers of hearts
whomse hopes are almost forlorn, will now
screw their courage to the sticking
point and march on the office seeker's
4th of July, as many of them never
marched before, in the column of Grant.
The mere announcement of the Cabinet
would have been a damper on thousands
who will now strain every nerve to give
rl t to the occasion, and thus by a flank
movement and the longest speech he
has ever made tirant has, probably un
inarntionally, accomplished two purpo
.se.. The determination to withhold
the names until sent to the Senate for
c-ontirtmation, not only assures an ilme.
diate Executive session after the expi
ration of this Congress on the 4th of
March, but indicates the call of the new
Congress. The time intervening be
t"-.e n this and the new administration
is 'iiolly insufficient to dispose of the
important questions eflecting finances,
reconstruction, internal improvements,
etc., already prresented, and an immedi
ate. session of the Forty First Congress
is imuperative. Grant's significant asser
tion that he will as rigorously require
honesty and efficiency from his appoin
taes as he would tromn the appointees of
his ,redecessor, was a statement the
circumstances would not have suggest
ed had it not been a prominent consid'
esation with him, one upon which he
hail detrnrmined, and gave utterance to
for a purpose. It is assurance and noti
ticaion in advance that useless otficials
in -very department will be rooted out
and kept out, the WVhiskey Hiags be
broken, and the rivers be turned into
the official stables to cleanse them of
corruption. The country expects this of
g;rant, and if a faithful honest, econom-
ical administration of the appointive
otfices is secured the country will bless
him who has the power to accomplish
this more than Herculean task.
THE ISTHMUs 'CANAL.
The oistanc-es to commerce are being
conquered tast and sure in these latter
days. It was esteemed a wonder when
Diaz do,ubled the Cape of Good Hope in
14 4;, and De H(ama followed with his
tieet to eastern seas in 1498. When
the Dutch ships safely passed Cape
l1 ru iu Il(il;. the circuit of the world
\as completed and daring navigators
may have sighed that there were no
more such problems to solve. But
though this served for a time the ne'es
sities of commerce, it has proven inade
quate in these later years, and ship
owners and shippers are no longer con
tent to have their fleets and cargoes go
out like those of Solomon, on three
year voyages through tropics and ice
bergs to reach their destination. For
tunately a break in the Continents,
nearly on the zodiac of great emoires,
leaves it within the power of man to
conquer intervening difficulties and
send his argosies about the earth's mid
dle. The Suez Canal, seventy-five
miles long, now almost complete, ooa'
nects the led and Mediterranean Heas
and makes a new route for the largest
ships that float, saving the lotsg voyage
around Africa, and now American capi
talists are about to cut the ligament
that has bound North and South Amer
ica together like the Siamese twins, and
by a canal a few leagues ia length, in a
tropical clime, float navies from the At
lantic to the Pacific oceans, and avoid
the long and dangerous voyage around
Cape Morn. To obtain fromw Colombia
the grant of this Canal was Caleb Cush
ing's mysterious midion, sad all the
world will be gratided at his success.
The corporators are prominent capital
ists and there is no question of their
ability to carry out the project, even
though It may not have Government
subsidy. Over three hundred years ago
the idea was sugested and the
route explored for a Ship Carnal between
the Chagre. and Grnade rivers, but ope
ratioes sepprmeed by onder of Philip II
who for litieal reasos. made aay far
ther movements toward this object pun,
isbable with death. In 1885, ansther
exploratio was made between Panama
and Portobello. In 1848 the F.eset goa
ermiset made ezaminatima of the route,
and the report was favorsbie. Siaes
that there bee bee. so questle of the
feasibility of a canal acros the iethmas,
vasions poate b~lg pmvws pcteable
Which of ths r es wille ed
by the company n by (lseb
(.hbiag, we do not know, bat that it
will be speedily and m Caro.
red to compl.etoa, sad ap wdll as
railway emmuno b oe sedi
acrs the lahrn of P a rv is
n doubt. It will be aselser eami
Is iateb et d pesee, rat o eer.
and, with the Pale uelmasetIsa te
the A isss tenst s a wst
the trade that weai be di
I vtes tBoash thU esial.
Tri wIrTClnl1 CAULW>e.
The Democrat has certainly aequired
the above title. There is nothing very
attractive, or yet very repulsive in the
thing itself. It was what the "sacret,
black and midnight hags" threw b it
in their "deed without a name," that
made the apparitions *
'Come like shadows, s depar t."
So we have no grudge at the harmle ss
pot-metal imported from Missouri and
en route to Misery, nor would we abbe.
viate the existence of the motley crew
of wierd witches and Macbethian "'Ob
servers" who brew the broth sad least
their frenzied eyes on its blue blaze lux
v.en till Destrutnioou sicke.
May it be to them full compensation
for the lots of better things. and sastate
to the full their gnawing desire. To
present in epitome the last dish of dait -
ty gruel served up, we give some d they
historic ingredients of similar stew so
"The Great Banquet" of the Deasoert :
let Hfrter.-Round about the caoldro go
In the Ibilneed entralle throw.
ttweltered venom, sleeplng get
Boil thou irst i' the obermed get !
".d Wirarr -Fillet of an enviout seeke.
In theeanoldrun boil and bake.
3d triter.-Adder's fork, and blind worm's som.
Lizard' leg, and owlet's wing
For a charm of pow'rfun tronble
Like a bell bruh boil and babhbt
4tk iurtu r.--Iiuer of birth strangled babe
Make the gruel thick and slab.
.'th Nr itrr.- Toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog.
tirk l'riter.-Gream, that's sweater from a usmrder
tlibbit, tbrow into the fame.
.t lf'r,:cr.--Cool it with a baboon's blood
Then the soup is firm mad good.
. ll.-And now about the oauldrom sing
That we have done the smartest thing.
For darkness hides us ia this b er.
.,d nobody knows the gArpse are
Tiloi Gaette' evidently thinks Ashley.s
"purity of elections," hill a Republclan
dodge to control the DIumocratic vote
and detest Major Bruce at the next del
egate election. The Colorado Vrea
arript, which makes pretensions of De
mocracy and divides the animal creation
by the tame political rule as the (unette
takes a different view of it. In the is
sue of January 27th. it rays of the bill.
"The House. however, is to be congratu
lated on taking a fair view of. and bon
orable action upon the subject. This
system will prevent repetitions of sch
management of returns as placed our
Territory in a false position at the last
election. Had this plan been in oplera
tion lest September, there is no dvtbt
but the Democratic candidate tor d&i
gate would have received the certileate
of election in accordance with the will
of the people, as recently expressed by a
handsome majority of the votes. By
this bill the influence of the horde of
Federal office holders, who control the
Territory, will be broken, and a fair ex
pression of the popular will can be ob.
tasned. This measure cannot fall to
meet the approval of every well-wisher
of the Territory.
A C'uicago special ot the 16th says:
"The Havana authorities refuse to isc
ognize the American Consul, except as
a Commercial Agent Naturallued
Americans are being imprisoned with.
out charges or trial. The Consul says
he must leave unless he is supported
from Washington. Americans desirng
to leave the Island are obstructed by
the Government." It looks very man
as though Cuba desired a little armed
intervention from this GovernmntL
We pay our Consul General and his As.
sistants=25.000 per annum to look dter
the rights of American citizens in C-ba
and Porto Rico, and do an annual taide
of $37,000,000 with those commuanils.
The United States will not permit *@
rights of our people to be infrlaged
upon, or be ousted from a trade worth
annually as much, or more, as the Island
was valued at by Mr. Slidell in 1850. k
is not probable, with the present wo
lution in Cuba, the unsettled condilOa
of affairs in Spain, and the populas fa
vor with which the acqutiltioa of the
Island is regarded, that an outrap of
the magnitude of the Black WaMler
affair would be permitted to pass wiMs%
out the exercise of a little cuastlisiat
to Dulos and his imported Governam t.
The \%Vashington correspondent of the
New York Tribun relates how a eLue
cure was ferreted out from the Legida
tire Appropriation bill:
* When this bill was under cousldera
tion by the Committee on Approa
tions, Gen. Butler discovered an Iem
providing so much per annum for the
Superintendent of the Crypt. Not o
derstanding what this meant, he souht
knowledge from his fellow-members, hut
they were no wiser than he. He tbhn
consulted the Appropriation bills for
fifty years back, and found the same
thing charged in each bill. After a se
termined search among the employ-ee
of the capitol the Snperintendent of the
Crypt was found. He wre brought ter
ward sad made to relate his history. It
seems shortly after Gen. Wa7shigton
died sa act was passed by Congre Po
vidlag for the building of a rvau be.
neath the Capitol which was to hol the
remains of the immortal statesman and
warrior, and to be called the Crypt. It
was found necessary to have a Mau to
watch the sacred spot, and accordigly
an oicer was created to be called -
perintendeat of the Crypt. The deas
f tthe Bapeiateden-t were to sit .ear
the Cryp daly, from 9 . m. to 3 p. m.,
and see that only one as burer wa
need. This the presem occupant has
dame for the lat forty, years, ad w
GO . Bader cruelly propose to abeIkh
QLD ANd OUIK KNAC.IS.
The decision rendered by Chiet Justice
Chase in regard to gold contracts and
cUrireey contracts is one of ijnportance
to all business men, and will create qmte
a sensation in financial circles. We
coafems an inability to reconcile the app
pasimtly antagolnstic points in the de
eei . ualess accepting it entire as a
virtual decipon against the constitu
tionality of the Legal Tender Act. That
act speciflea certain exceptional dues
tor which gold is payable; for all oth
ers the Legal Tenders are receivable.
This has been frequently tested and de,
Scded invariably adverse to the present
decision. While gold contracts have
been continually made and tulfille-, it
was upon the basis of honor alone that
these special obligations were redeetmed.
The law knowing only the Legal Tender
dollar in flnanscal transactions, it did
not approve, but merely tolerated those
"special gold contracts." U'nder t'hie
JustIce Ch se's decision they have the
;aseanst of law. It is nothing more
than equity, the war necessity that sug.
gested sad enacted the Legal Tender
act having pansed away. but the stat
ute remains the same. To provide an
exit from this dilemma, Shlermsns' coin
contract bill was prepared, and has the
smetlo. of almost the entire press of
the country, but under the Supreme
Court decision it would appear to be
now unnecessary to this object. Men
doing business with foreign tGovern
ments were compelled to resort to these
outlawed special contracts; the cusp
toms and established usages of the Pa
cific coast demanded recognition of their
transactions by law, and the entire bu
siness community of the country was
deeply interested in securing a sate and
steady basis of business which could
not be secured under the eccentric and
often ruinous fluctuations of green
backs. We believe the decision will
"be regarded with favor, but hol. that
Sherman's bill will pass, as, aside from
thise point. it contains other provisions
te mdg to commercial prosperity, and
an early, easy return to vpecie resump%
a- ~ a aa' aa ~'j.
IN THE MIG(GHT 1ltEcTIOP'.
While it may not be the part of win.
dom to approve, or of gallantry to con
deos, the efforts of certain women to
secure political privileges equal to those
of her masculine tyrant, there is yet in
their every Speech, Assembly. Sorosis
and Lecture one feature, made more or
laes prominent, that demands approval.
Th is the asseted principle that : a
woman performing the same labor and
equally as well as a man, she should re
ceive the same comnpensation. One of
the .Chicago Soroeis Clubs hold this as a
cardinal object, and is earnestly striving
to attain work for the women, and pay
for the work. It may be asserted fully
within bounds of fact, that women in
the Eastern States do not receive over
two-thirds the compensation for the
same labor that is paid to men, and in
many industrial and commercial avoca
tions which they are by nature better
quaalifed for than their mascwline rivals.
While strong. healthy awkward men,
endowed with strength and endurance
tor ruder taskA are paid salaries for deal
ing out tape and trinkets sufficient to
sport fast horses on the Avenue, women
better adapted to the avocations they
pursue, are doled out the merest pittance
that avariionus exaction can obtain their
service for, or are driven to ply the
needle for beggarly pay. or seek the
ways of shame. If the opportunities
oabred in America for young and vigor
ous men to attain fortune and position
in manly pursuits; if the vast prepon
dernace of unmarried women who are
eespslled to ears their own livelihood,
the- .alseents and incentives are alike
tomwmtoo lasp men, voluntarialy
to Le roem for woman where she can
work, there is still one imperative duty
remaining--to pay the laborer her hire.
The master hee bins bieaght bemfre
O egwm to pay fema eepioyees of the
nrtuents an equal compeasation
w the males. There le but one obj.ec
tiem that can be urged against it. It
may be held that economy requires the
Government to obtain service at the
lowest posble rates instead of increas
lag them, yet it can searce be conceived
a great government will place itself on
the record against a principle of right
that a few collars may be saved from
the e ardlng of its female employees.
Shbuld this succeed, individuals will, in
time, esaeorm to the rule of the vern
eet, and an act of justie ebe of
mone ýlpoesace to women than confer
rngea tea politel. t privileges or pro.
ssra- i dioaag
In view of the strike on the part of
Journeymen Book Printers in New York
city, the Tribune suggest the removal of
all the stereotyping, printing and book
binding establishmente to some of the
suburban villages-say Yonkers, Tarry
town, White Plain.e or Mount Vernon.
It Is estimated ten million dollars worth
f such work is done annually, and the
TTrune says frty cents per thousad.
Swould be bette ampenaation in those
plaee for priaters with hmilies. than
fifty easts n the city, n account of the
lesser expeses of living.
A hog, weighing S00 poudse, was
killed at Nevada, CaL, the othei day,
Sad on cleaning him a circa!ar bona
w.u found deepl imbedded in the flesh
around o- of the hind lep above the
boof. The bwo stopped through the
boem who small, and it remained there
without being noticed, though the hog
hb beens lme fr som time from the
aelte of the prese -u its leg.
That's a new ktnd of rt.go.
I U1Bl UAM11 AS AN OUA TUr.
The Boston T,'..et11r has the follow'.
1ng in a letter, written by a lady of that
city from Salt Lake. Time was whenr.
Boston people had a reputation for pure
taste and discriminating judgment. A
little more of this kind of nonsense will
dispel such ideas. The "'alkali" must
have been bad on tlw overland route:
Brigham Young we saw at the Taber
nacle the first tunday after our arrival.
When he rose to deliver his sermon, I
saw a man apparently forty years of age
(he is really 70,) of light complexion
and light hair, and pleasing address.
with a strong voice, well modulated and
clear. His style of oratory seems more
of a conversationel style. but it was
characterized by gentle dignity. I was
disappointed, for the description I had
read of the mau always represented him
as a coarse, illiterate awagger.er in the
pulpit. I was also astonished to hear
the success of the prophet-a man o!
equal talent as an orator to Beecher,
but with an easier style, and a more
graceful flow of language: but in almost
every sentence reminding one strongly
I of the Plymouth church divine: while In
magnetism that attracts, enolhsins, and
holds you in spite of prejudice, I saw
in Brigham Young the orator that sur
Spased all that I ever listened to.
-. . . . . . . . . . .
THIE ncCGABRAHAN CL ('LB,.
Mr. Stewart in the discussion in the
Senate, Jan. :%, gave the history of the
Mc(~arraban claim, which has occupied
considerable time in 'ongress, and a
goodly portion of the telegrams. In
1844 Vincente (Goutez, a clerk in the
department of ('alitornia, applied fora
grant of a certain tract of land which
was not granted, nor was possession
taken, but an attorney named Ord af
terward became possessed of a half in
terest in the old Spanish claim, and be
ing appointed District Attorney in Cali
fornia, he selected an attorney to ap
pear for the opposite side. and then wentr
into court and consented to a decree.
When the cause came to the Supreme
Court, it, having co;lnizance of this
transaction, rejected the claim, and ren
dered a severe opinion, on the ground of
fraud. tiold having been discovered
some distace from the claim, several
companies, among others the New Idria.
proceeded to develop and work the
uines. when Mctiar-ahan carried his
rejected claim into Congress and asked
for the grant, enabling him to buy it in
at $1.25 per acre. The companies now
at work are unable to procure patents
for their mines ao long as this bill is
pending. It has already been before
five sessions, and at the last preceding
this was indefinitely postponed. 'Mr.
Stewart and two other Senators signed
an application to the Commisreoner of
the Land (flece, asking him to grant
patents to the parties in possession, and
now argue that 31Mcarrahan's claim has
no business in Ct'ongress, a law having
been passed covering all these ,ld Span
ish land grants, and under which Mc
(iarrahan should seek adjudication ,f
his cl aims.
T.E House bill establishing an Assay
Office in Idaho has passed the $enate.
We may certainly anticipate from this
an early and favorable consideration of
the bill to establish an Assay Office in
Montana. According to. J. Ross Browne's
report. Colorado has, since Ii90,produced
$22,000,000 in bullion, and has found
an Aam Ofce desirable, it not essen
tial. Idaho, in which gold was discer
ered in 1852, and has been extensively
mined since 1800, has produced $4L,000
in bullion, and has an Assay Office es
tablished. The first string of practical
sluices was set in Montana in 1862, since
which time it has produced, by Browne's
Report, $65,000,000; by KRye's estimate,
x7e,100,000, and certainly does not tall
within the latter limit. More isolated,
producing more bullion, and with fully
as cheering prospects of permanent and
productive quartz and placer mines as
either of our neighbors, it is difficult to
see by what method of argument a re
fusal of our request for an Assay
Office could be urged. On the contrary,
we have had assurances that the senti
ment was favorable, and therefore con
gratalated our Idaho eighbors on their
seaess, expecting ours will quickly fol
Seastor Sherman, in a speech on the
natioaal debt and currency, Jan. 27th,
" The old in the shield of Achies,
the shek ls that bought the field of
Machpslah, the pieces of silver the price
of the blood of our Bavrlor, will be cqr
ws eatm wmhe the eosaptsd hitory
of naions now rising into retness will
be folded away among the records of
From all accounts the "thirty pieces"
referred to have been "currndt" ever
sleas. If not, let us trust that portion
of the Semator's prophecy will be ua
Nev1 s ins getg hatam exeisive aslk
lw, ame ramry t~hes already co
tdminge«mlMem wmw .
'IOiM OUILDB·E VALLEY.
Slang M atters ato oulder Distrlet
--Cheeriy n rouepe.etL--sew-Ex
odes of ame - lee - Persomal -
What thie Folks are DoIln-News
E.IToI Po4T:--lt is indeed a source
of pleasure to, me, to perceive in the lo
cals of last week's PosT, that my defic
iencies in corresponding are well met
by enterprising informants of this val
ley, though gross errors as to the loca
Lion of the recent discovered bar, and of
the mysterious spring have been com
mitted in some quarter, but I will not
dwell upon corrections, as it matters but
little where the diggings are. so they
pay capital invested for their thorough
deve.lopment and for the untiring labor
and work bestowed upon them by an
enterprising community. Tlie ditch of
which I made previous mention, is pro
gressing with a rapidity which dispeh-
all doubt of ultimate success, and com
mands respect for the comupany engaged
In the worthy undertaking. The porta
ble saw mill which has been summoned
into the valley for the expeditious proe
ecution of the ditch, is situated near
the head of Muskrat ('reek, and is now
turning out lumber to the entire satis
faction of all concerned. Messrs. Stuart
& Anderson, proprietors of the Old Bar,
struck the raise of the bed-rock :l1: feet
from the lace of the tunnel, and the
prospects, as usual. are very encoura.
P'eter'st iulch also retains within its
limits a small company of active and
determined miners, who. so far, have no
cause to complain of their success, but
have every indication to expect ample
remuneration the coming Spring. Still
another party is again at work on long
neglected, but well remembered Boome
rang iulch ; they, too, predict a good
thing. In fact, every man owning a
foot of mining ground within the Boul
der district is ready to burst out in a
"glory hallelujah." There is, of course.
an uncertainty, which even the most ex
perienced miner cannot discern until he
tries his ground through a set of sluice
~oxes. We have evidence to a certain
extent, obtained by this process. that
some claims are exceedingly rich. but
whether all the ground will meet the
expectation of the hopeful owners, time,
and labor can only tell.
Snow in the surrounding hills aver
ages about eight inches, but in the
higher regions and in the vicinity o!
Bason c'reek. two feet is the lowest
depth, with fair prospect of still more ot
the freezing element. Game has sud
denly vanished out ot the mountains as
though ordered through headquarters to
evacuate unconditionally. The occur
ance is regarded as a very strange anti
unusual one. Some of our farmers and
business men are busily employed in
cutting and laying in ice. Boulder river
has indeed a splendid crop, two feet
thick, as clear as a crystal, and lots of it.
H. Liddall, Fsq., whose arm was re
cently dislocated, is doing very well.
Mr. 11. Payn, a fair representative o;
Vulcan, is about to leave this valley
with the intent uf seeking brighter for
tunes at the tertminus of the railroad.
May he hit the nail right square on the
head. His family will remain for the
present in Boulder Valley.
Sweet & Higley are btilding an inº
posing and spacious store in this valley.
next to the Boulder store, which im
groves the appearance of our little burg
amazingly. Mr. M. N. Fitch. the well
known first premium cheese manufac
turer, has again r,,moved to his beauti
tul ranch on WVhite Tail. He is now
on a speculative tour to Mormondoni
for the purpose of importing and rais
Yours as ever.
l r, Feb. AI. IiN
liulder Store, Feb. 14, 1869.
Tue Shasta # ;'i',r re of January 23d is
responsible for the following: " 'We
heard a good joke on a resident of Dog
Creek the other day. The party referred
to is a bachelor and lives on the wagon
rmad. A few days ago an emigrant
wagon from sregos came along and
camped near our friend's place. The
head of the family soon made himself
acquainted with the proprietor of the
premises, and asked him why he didn't
get a woman to keep house for him.
The answer was, that he intended to
marry just as soon as a woman willing
to enter into the bonds of matrimony
could be found. The Oregonian re
marked that he could find him a partner
if he would take her. The bachelor
said that was right into his hand, and
the emigrant invited him to his camp.
The Oregonian called up a bouncing
damsel of about twenty years, and in
formed him that the gentleman accom
panying him was 'on the marry,' and
willing to take her for better or for
worse. The damsel, delighted with the
prospect, advanced, and seizing our
friend by the hand, assured him that she
was glad to meet him, and was ready to
marry him at the drop of a hat, while
the old lady hastened up and congratu
lated her 'darter' on her good lack. Sur
prised and alarmed at the serious turn
matters had taken, our friend, who is
constitutionally opposed to the institu
tion of matrimony, endeavored to ex.
plain, by saying he was only joking and
did not want to manrry. At this the Or.
egonlan beeame very indignant, and the
would-be bride requested her father to
take his rifle and 'drap the varmint in
kig tracks.' At this afbtate sa~
dsa the bachelor Ifs tor his fortlfcea'
tioss, the last thing he heard being the
voies of the old lady coneoling her dis
appointed 'darter' with the remark that
it was best to 'let the bilk go, as he
weren't man enough to do her any
Lombards, Italy, claims to have the
oldest tree in Europe. It is 106 feet in
height sad 10 feest in erecumferene at
emo feeot from the ground, and it is be
lieved to have been In existence forty
two years befrie Christ.