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MINES AND MINI NEWS
ITEMS OF INTEREST GATHERED
DURING THE PAST WEEK.
Mine Owner* Are Preparing for the
Winter's Work on Their Properties
In Idaho, Montana and Oregon-
Mine Ooeratlona of British Colum
bia Are Brisk—Many Accidents and
William Appleby, discoverer of the
famous Daly-west mine in Utah, is
said to have duplicated his discovery
in finding a wonderfully rich gold vein
in his mine in Hig guicn, west of Ana
conda, Mont. Mr. Appleby brought a
rough sample of the ore to the city
for teat, and according to report it
goes several thousand dollars a ton.
The Big gulch strike has caused much
excitement among mining men, and
numbers have gone out mere to pros
pect. A flrat class copper strike is also
said to have been made thero. ana
samples from the strike have been
pro yon rich in that metal. The site of
me discoveries is not tar from this city
and easy of access.
Five bodies have been recovereu
from the Burnett, Wash., coal mine,
and now all of the 16 victims of tlu>
recent explosion have been accounted
One hundred thousand dollars will
he paid into the treasury of Shoshone
county, Idaho, before Janaury 1 by the
mining companies of the (Joeur d Al
enes for their 1904 taxes.
Sumpter, Ore.—A. h. McKwen, who
has been retained as manager of the
Imperial by the new company, verifies
the reported sale of the group.
Wallace, Idaho. —Continued low wa
ter had the effect of sin I further re
ducing the output of the Coeur v Al
enes last month, but notwithstanding
this fact the output was far ahead of
the average monthly production of last
year and former years. It is estimated
that output for November was between
19,000 and 20,000 tons, which is over
1000 tons less than for October.
Sumpter, Ore. —The Golden Chariot
company has purchased all the outside
mining and milling plants of the Gold
en Wizard company.
Beginning last Monday the child la
bor law of Illinois was enforced in all
the coal mines of the state. Under the
interpretation of the law, made by
Factory Inspector Davis and sustained
i>y the courts, no boys under 16 years
of age will be permitted to work in
the mines. It is estimated the enforce
ment of the statute will take 2500
boys away from employment under
Ore shipments for the week were:
Le Roi. 2862 tons; Center Star, 1320
tons; Center Star, milled, 450 tons;
War Eagle, 720 tons; War Eagle, mill
ed, 450 tons; Le Roi No. 2, 330 tons;
Jumbo, 324 tons.
Rossland.—At the 1450 foot level ot
the Le Roi the work shows the recent
ore find is of considerable extent. Val
ues are the best yet found in the camp
at depth, running about $25 to the ton,
and of this $20 is gold.
Rossland. —The large concentration
and reduction plant of the Rossland
Power company at Trail will close next
week. The mill company has been en
gaged for several weeks in its trial
run. The process comprises the two
standard operations of coarse concen
tration on jigs and tables and a cy
anide treatment of the tailings.
Phoenix. —The record breaking out
put of low grade mines in the Boun
dary for November is 72,000 tons, or
about 3000 tons in excess of the rec
ord for October. At an average valua
tion of $5 per ton this would give a
total value for tne month's output
of about $350,000.
BATTER SUNKEN HULKS.
Japanese Believe the Russian Squad-
Ron Will Never Fight Again.
Tokio, Dec. 12.—The battering of
the Port Arthur fleet continues and
there is but little ground for expecting
that it will ever again engage the
Japanese. The battleship Sevastopol
continues at anchor outside, and it is
possible that she returns to the harbor
at night. Her anchorage is inside the
outer boom, which protects her from
torpedo attacks, besides, the heavy
weather recently has given her added
Naval experts are discarding the the
ory that the Russians sank and ships
themselves. The fact that the ves
sels first showed lists, the exposed po
sitions of the sunken vessels and the
effort of the Russians to save the Sav
astopol are regarded as conclusive
against the theory of self sinking.
French mining experts have been
making extensive examinations of the
mineral resources of Fukien, China,
and have found large deposits of both
coal and gold.
Bclence may show us the surreal of
the fittest, but Christ Bhow3 us the sal
vation of the failures.
LATE NEWB ITEMS
The entire cabinet of Spain has re
signed because of the proposed reforms
and the king's refusal to oonflrm cer
tain nominations^presented by the war
Robbers recently blew open the safe
in the bank of Rice at Rice station, 15
miles north of St. ('loud, Minn., and
secured $2000 in cash and f 16,000 in
The dismiHKal from the servioe of
President Cunningham of the Associa
tion of Rural Mail Carriers and of
President Keller of the Association of
Letter carriers will probably have a
wholsome effect in preventing among
government employes the "pernicious
aotvity" that has been "a subject of
criticism so many years.
Denver, Dec. 15. —By deciding to
throw oat the vote of precinot seven,
Eighth ward, of this city, in conse
qnenoe of frauds committed there at
the late election, the supreme court es
tablished apreoedent that may be ap
plied to many other prcincts in which
it is alleged the court's injunctive or
der was violated, and there by vitally
effect the results of the eleotion.
Should similar |action be taken in
other cases to the extent demanded by
the republican lawyers, it will result
in the election of the republican legis
lative ticket in this county and give
the republicans control of both
branches of the legislature. By the re
turns the republicans have a majority
in the house and the democrats a ma
jority in the senate.
Spokane Retail Markets.
Vegetables—Potatoes, l%@2Msc lb;
rutabagas, 3c lb; dry onions, 4@sc lo;
cabbage, 3@4c lb; celery, 2^@sc a
stalk; parsley, 3@sc bunch; new beets
3 bunches 10c; watercress, 5c bunch;
parsnips, 2@3c lb; cauliflower, 20®
35c head; green peppers, 12@18c lb;
sweet potatoes,, 3%@>sc lb; brussels
sprouts, 2 lbs 25c; wax beans, 20c lb;
artichokes, 15c each; chickory, 5c a
bunch; lettuce, 10@20c lb; cucumbers,
2 for 25c; tomatoes, 20c lb.
Poultry—Dressed chickens, 14@16c
lb; spring ducks, 18c lb; geese,. 16@>
18c lb; turkey, 25c lb.
Dairy Products —Butter, best cream
ery, 40c lb; common creamery, 30 Cg)
35c lb; best country, 25c lb; common
country, 15®20c lb; imported Swiss
cheese, 25@35c lb; American Swiss,
25c lb; cream brick cheese, 18®25c
lb; New York cheese, 20c lb; Wiscon
sin cheese, 15@18c lb.
Wholesale Produce Prices.
Potatoes, $1.25 cwt; onions, $2.25 a
cwt; cabbage, $firstname.lastname@example.org>o cwt; peppers,
75c box; peara, email@example.com box; crab
apples, $1 box; Cornichean grapes,
$l.7T> crate; xuibbard squash, $1 doz;
Spitzenbeig apples, $1.50 box; com
mon apples, 75c@$l box; sweet pota
toes, 3c lb.
Wholesale heed Prices.
Bran, $19 ton; bran and shorts, $20
ton; oats, $1.35 cwt; wheat, $1.45 cwt;
chopped corn, $1.00 cwt; whole corn,
$1.50 cwt; timothy hay, $17 ton; ai
falfa hay, $13 ton; oil meal, $1.85 cwt;
grain hay, $14 ton.
Prices Paid to Producers.
Vegetables and Fruits—Root vege
tables, 75c cwt; potatoes, 90c cwt; ap
ples, 50@$l box; pears. $1 box; on
ions, $1.50 cwt; cabDage, $firstname.lastname@example.org
Poultry and Eggs—Chickens, 9c lb,
live weight, 10c dressed; geese and
ducks, 12c lb, live weight, 13c dressed;
turkeys, 18c lb, live weight, 20c dress
ed; eggs, $7.50@8 case-
Live Slock—Steers, $email@example.com cwt;
wethers, $2.50 cwt ;hogs, $firstname.lastname@example.org cwt;
veal. $3@7 cwt.
Hay—Timothy, $15 ton; lfalfa, $11®
11.50 ton; oats. $email@example.com cwt.
Creamery Products, V. O. B. Spo
kane—First grade creamery butter fat,
per lb, 29^c
Portland, Ore.—For export—Walla
Walla, 80c; bluestem, 85c. For milling
—Walla Walla, 83c; bluestem, 88c; val
ley, 87% c. For eastern markets —Wal-
la Walla, 85c; bluestem, 90c.
Tacoma, Wash.—Unchanged; blue
stem, 89c; club, 86c.
Kruger's Body at Pretoria.
Pretoria. —The funeral train bearing
the remains 01 the former president ot
the Transvaal republic, Paul Kruger,
arrived here and an imposing cere
mony attended the removal of the
casket from the train to the hall where
the body will lie in state. The hearse,
which had been specially constructed
for the occasion, was escorted by a
uniformed bodyguard composed of for
mer members of the Boer artillery
and police. Preceding the cortege were
Generals Botha, Smuts, Delarey, De
wet and other Boer leaders.
"Edith seems to be popular with
men who have touring cars. Nearly
every night last week there was one
in front of her house."
"Oh," explained her dear girl friend,
"those automobiles were laid up there
with punctured tires. Edith make*
her little brother strew nails in the
street just to make us girls jealous.'
THE HOUSE \yHERE LINCOLN DIED.
Above Judet's purple-mantled plain,
There hovers still, among the ruins lone.
The spirit of the Christ whose dying moan
Was heard in heaven, and paid our debt In pain.
Within this house —this room—a martyr died,
A prophet of a larger liberty,
A liberator setting bondmen free,
A full-orbed MAN, above mere mortal pride.
The cloud-rifts opening to celestial glade*
Oft glimpse him, and his spirit lingers stlTl,
As Christ's sweet influence broods upon the hill
Where the red lily with the sunset fades.
—Robort Mackay, in Success.
The Return of the Prodigal
cr» tall, thin man. deeply bronzed,
/£\ tlnycrowßfeet showing athwart
the tan at the corners of his
ejes, his forehead white wh«n h>»
pushed back his soft felt hat, leanM
over the rail of a small "pleasure"
steamer that made short trips between
Bar Harbor and Jonesport twice and
thrie© a week.
The man seemed somehow out of
place among the storekeepers and
small tradesmen, who had brought ba
bies, bottles, and biscuits, and wero
having an outing.
The little steamer kept close In shore
after leaving the harbor, and the man
looked up at the giant red cliffs, their
summit crowned with crisp salt grass,
as If every landmark was familiar.
His hand was brown and sinewy,
like himself, and the cigar he held he
dropped overboard as the tiny craft
came in sight of Sidbridge.
There is no pier there; the leviathan
craft only stops there when ordered
To get ashore the boat gently noses
the shingle and passengers lgnomln
louflly "walk the plank."
The man, looking shore-wards, took
out a fresh cigar, and, as It would
not light, he held It In his hand, look-
Ing still shorewards, and his hand —
essentially the hand of a worker —
A rent In the cliff cuts Sidbridge In
Looking up from the sea one sees
houses on either side of the fissure; a
square towered stone church crowns
all. As has been said, there is no pier
or landing stage, and barelegged little
fellows were rolling about on umber
colored nets spread out to dry.
"Good God" —and there seemed no
savor of irreverence as the man spoke
the words, and his k«>en gray eyes
were moisf —"not a speck of change
not a speck! No railway apparently,
no pier, no anything, after twenty
years! And I've come 12,000 miles to
Bee you and I find you just as I left
"Eh—-eh? Ifs my body that has
grown old, not my heart."
"Do you get off here, sir?"
"Yes, purser, and look out for me on
j-our way back. What a quaint old
place this seems to be!"
The purser laughed.
"They say of Sidbridgo that no one
ever dies there and no change has tak
en place for fifty years or more."
"Ah, ifs different on my side! I'm
from the other side of the world."
Herbert Seaton walked the plank,
the only passenger to alight, leaving
buns and babies behind him, and, car
rying his grip, he went up the main
street, looking keenly from hand to
The names on the few stores were
familiar to him. He nodded and gave
"Good day!" to an old lady sunning
herself upon the doorstep, who return
ed his greeting with no sign of recog
" 'The old order changeth, giving place
to the new,
And God fulfills himself In many
he quoted and walked on, grip in haiui,
his eyes glancing hither and thither,
Behind the coast guard's cottage is
» small squara You enter it from the
main street by a narrow passage that
looks like a cul de sac, but It opens
out Into a tiny quadrangle, where the
sound of the sea scarcely penetrates.
The houses—all of one pattern—are
lime washed and tiled, with green
shutters, and the rust from the hinges
has stained them almost red in patch
And the man made his way towards
one with feet that lagged. The gre^n
shutters, the hall mark of respectabil
ity, hung awry, and their hinges were
rusted. He turned to the next lious"
and knocked at the door.
At the house of bis quest the front
door swung to and fro.
"Can you tell me where Mrs. Hay
garth has moved to?"
"I have never heard the name, sir."
"Did not Mrs. Haygarth—her namu
was Radford before her marriage—
come here to live on her wedding
"Radford la a common name here,
■lr. There are three Margaret Rad
fords in the parish now."
"But tlie Margaret I mean married
the New York broker twenty years
"That is long before my time, sir.
But the broker. I have heard, was*
killed on his wedding day."
"<iive me the addross of these Mar
garet Radford*. I've bwn 'claan
away' for many years.
The Yankee speech slipped back to
the man's tongue, and the young wom
an laughed, for at first the man spoke
with the twang of a foreigner.
"Well," she said, the laugh still upon
her lips, "there's Margaret who's gone
Vlean away,' Margaret who bides to
Saloombe, and the schule mistress —
her what bides tew Peak schule."
"What a bonny maid: Is that yours?
And he put a gold piece into the
ready little palm.
"Who am I to thank, sir?"
And not a tinge of recognition cams
over the woman's face.
He was as forgotten as if he'd
never "bided tew Sidbridge," and the
HR HELD OUT HIS ARMS.
woman he was talking to and he were
sweethearts twenty years before.
So he made his way to Margaret
Uadford who bided near the church,
and finding the announcement that
apartments were to let, engaged a
bedroom, and there was no grumbling
about her terms, for the Australian
had generosity all over him!
Then Herbert Seaton made his way
up the steep path he had been told led
to the "schulenouse."
In his day he remembered the local
cobbler kept school and turned out per
haps poor scholurs, but good fisher
men, and he emphasized his remarks
with a strap. Beaton felt It now. Be
tween hedges twenty feet high, up the
steep red path he made his way, and
at the cud stood the schoolhou.se, fac
ing the sea. He stood outside for
some minutes brushing perspiration
from his forehead.
It was a tiny climb, after all is said
and done, but he painted painfully and
drank in the air from the sea.
Then he peered between the serried
ranks of fuchsia and myrtle that stood
on the broad window sill, and he saw
a beautiful woman, of nearly his own
age, who had blue, gentle eyes, and n
gentle face, and an aureole of fair
hair, that In beams of sunlight looked
to him like a halo.
Small man and woman kind were
round her knees, from tiny tots to
girls of 13, and she was talking and
teaching as only an angel upon earth
—or a good woman, which is the tamo
thing—can talk and teac* from tho
book of books that lay upon her lap.
And the Australian wanted to go in.
too, and kiss a pair of lips that erst
while were his to kiss, but he stopped
and listened, and the lump in his
throat choked him, for he was listen
ing to the old-new story of the prodi
pal ton, and the narration seem** . •''
move the sweet saint, and thTch!* '
dren, who had heard It hundred? w'*
times before, always found somTfW
questions to ask. iretl>
"Sweet," was the informal addm.
of one dark-eyed boy, who seem«T!
f.rorlt.. "what would you doT? o +
•on came back to you like this orodSl
■on who ate husks T »"wugy
"Sweet never had a son. Sweet ha.
And the heart of the man bounded
within him. unaM
"I should welcome my pro< , lwU
dearly, of course." And the sweet
mouth had grown wistful, but her
eye* seemed as if they had vision, of
something far away.
"Would you kiss him,'l wonder?"
Schoolma'am blushed and lauithed
like a young gtrb
"Yes, I think I should kiss him"
she said gently. '
"Well, let's pretend I'm the prodier
and you be the man who owned th»
Seaton chuckled to himself, feeiinir
a boy again. 8
Then he went for a walk, returning
an hour later, to find Bchool dismissed.
Margaret Radford folt Btrangelv
lonely when her little flock had run
off shouting down the hill, and the sal
little look came into her face.
And then a shadow fell across the
floor, and she looked up. For a mo
ment she did not speak; her eyes
grew round and her breath came and
went in deep gasps between her Dart
ed lips. y
"The prodigal son has returned
Margaret. Lord knows I have eaten
husks enough down under!"
"You are a thousand, thousand times
welcome, Herbert Sea ton:" And she
began to sob.
He had not yet even touched her
hand, but had drawn nearer.
"What did you tell little Bob Carey
you would do when the prodigal re
He spoke in a tone of banter to hide
the deep feeling that moved him, but
he held out his arms, and his love flew
into them, and he rained kisses upon
lip, cheek and brow.
"My love—my lore!" was all h«
could stammer out, after a silence of
And she, too, lay silent in his strong
arms, thinking many thoughts, that
shaped themselves Into a prayer of
"Why did you ever leave me, dear
one?" she asked.
"Your fathor told me that you were
engaged to Haygarth, and he was
richer than I. He even showed me
the house you were to live in ■when
"And you believed him—you, Her
bert, my lost love? How coulrl you—
how could you? To go away without
Her eyes had filled with tears again
and he took her once more to nil
Buy a Smoking Mountain.
What Is perhaps Dame Nature's big
gest laboratory has been purchased by
a syndicate of Americans. It is lo
cated In the crater of the historic
smoking mountain of Mexico, the Po
pocatapetl of the Aztecs. The trans
action, whether regarded as a real es
tate transfer or an Industrial deal, i«
interesting by reason of Its novelty.
Popocatepetl hns been on the whole
rather a beueflclent volcano than oth
erwise. Instead of poring out floods
of lava and ashes like Vesuvius it has
furnished for a century or so a prac
tically inexhausltable supply of sul
phur. The world has long been aware
of this fact and the sulphur mine has
been worked by native labor, though
on a necessarily small scale, sine*
heretofore It has been well-nigh inacces
sible. The mountain Is over 17,000
feet high and for 13,000 feet is covered
with a dense growth of forest. Th«
crater Itself Is three miles in circum
ference and 1,000 feet deep.
These natural obstacles in the way
of extracting and marketing the vast
sulphur deposits in the crater are to be
overcome by constructing a railway
from the village at the base to tii
summit The mountain was pur
chased some years ago by a syndicate
of wealthy Mexicans, who, however,
failed to develop It and have now sold
out to the American capitalists. Th«
undertaking will be a large one, but by
applying modern methods the output
of sulphur can be made enormous,
while the timber which clothes th«
mountain sides has large commercial
value. Certainly It will establish a
new and unique Industry In Mexico,
though thousands of old Aztecs will
doubtless turn in their graves upon
realizing such a profanation.
Owls In Market.
Those who visited the markets 8M
from time to- time hanging up in the
butcher stalls an owl, a crow, or •
hawk. "They are brought In by tM
farmers," said a marketman. "There
Is a steady demand for owls, naww
etc., on the part of taxidermist^amt
teurs chiefly, and they will *ometim*
pay as high as $1 or $2 for fine speci
mens of_th^a ; r^_hawks_or_owlß-
The man who wu born great ma/
not die that way.