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I NOT THE LARGEST BUT THE BEST 3 Silver City Nugget I?- 1 Volume Xll Silver City. Owyhee County, IdeJho, February 6, 1903 Number 39 7 . LOCAL. PERSONAL AND MISCLLEANEOVS * Matters of ImportfAnce, Truthful a.nd Imaginary, Rounded Up by Nugget. Billy Parr, the blacksmith, has been boled up this week with symptoms of appendicitis. Freighters have been able to come clear through from Murphy this week with sleds and big loads. Timothy Shea came over from Boise, Monday, and is looking after his min ing and other Owyhee interests. Mrs. W. J. Prisk and children went to Boise, Tuesday, for a short stay. Mr. Prisk has been in Boise for several days. Harvey Strode left here, Wednesday, for a trip to California, to look after interests in his late father's estate. He expeots to be absent about six weeks. The convenience of buying eastern or California exchange at a local bank is becoming highly appreciated here. The Owyhee County bank will modate you. It is also paying interest on time deposits. George Ivor, the ladies' man of De Lamar, drove up here yesterday, bring, ing with him Mesdames Swaine, Thom as and Rodda, who made calls. So sorry the old man was absent when Nugget was called upon. The Order of Washingtons have ranged to give a grand ball in honor of its patron saint. As Washinton's birthday will come on Sunday, the ball will be given the following night, Feb. 13. Fuller particulars will be publish ed next week. The substitution of "any'' for "my"in a warrant call advertised in the official paper, made the call look ridiculous and Owyhee's county treasurer very justly indignant. Such a mistake should not occur again. The treasurer is positive the copy was correct. Mr. York, before leaving here to take possession of the Weiser World, sold his residence to Ed. Grete, and Mrs. York is now packing her household goods preparatory to following her husband. Tilver City will miss this very pleasant family. Ah Gin, one of Silver City's best known Chinamen, who has resided here for thirty-five years, and his partner in a store here, All Hook, took their de parture for the land of the wicked em pire, Wednesday. They took with their return certificates signed by prominent citizens. Ge, whiz! what a thermometer Bill Evans has! It registered down to 32 degrees below zero Tuesday morning, and as William swears by it, he came near freezing to death while down at the stable, and kept wondering why milk didn't freeze in the bucket. Nogget stated last week that Geo. W. Palmer had gone to Warm Springs to recuperate. It has received a note from him this week from Boise. He congratulates himself for getting away from here when he did, feeling that he would have a siege of illness had he remained here. He is getting all right Rgain. Messrs. A. J. Orem and A. J. Davis, Salt Lake mining men who are inter ested in the purchase of the Holland and the Palmer group of mines, paid Silver City a visit this week. A com pany to be known as the Trade Dollar Extension has been organized in Salt Lake, to exploit-these well known prop erties. There will be something doing on this portion of Florida mountain' when spring opens. Patrick Kendrigan, a Black Jack miner, started from the mine to down to Dewey, yesterday, aud accept ed an iuvitation from a companion to ribe behind him on his skis a part of the way. But at a steep point the gait bot too swift for him and he jumped off and in the ensuing tumble his leg was broken near the ankle. A team was sent lor him from here and he was brought to the miners' hospital where Dr. Hamilton took him in charge. accom ar was go Robert Leonard, jr., now offciat j bookkeeper at the Myers-Bibbins mer cantile establishment. as MissLottie Lewis, her brother George and J. K. Stout arrived from the Castle Creek country the front end of the past week. Barney Francisco and Chris. Conway have gone out to the Sugar Loaf dis trict, where they will do prospoct work for a few weeks. Barney owns some promising property in the section men tioned and 'tis to be hoped the boys will return with more gold than a mule can pull. The Addie mill was shut down, Wed nesday, and a clean-up is being made, The miners working in the stopes have been laid off and a contract is to be let at once to extend the tunnel north to cut under the shoot of ore on the Cala veras claim, a distance of 600 to 700 feet. Mrs. R. H. Leonard received a letter from a friend in San Franoisco, stating that Mrs. Robert Weeks had died iu that city of heart disease. Mrs. Weeks are both affectionately re membered by people who were resi dents hare twenty years ago, when Mr W. kept a stove and tin shop here. They removed to Portland, Ore., where the husband died about a year ago. Mrs. Mills, the milliner, departs for Portland and other cities along the coast Sunday morning. She expeots to be absent abont thirty days, and will select her spring and summer goods during her absence, and familiarize herself with all the latest fashions. Mrs. Dr. Worthington will accompany her from Nampa. Miss Lily Toy will havecharge of Mrs. Mills' millinery tablishment during the latter's absence Mr. and es A Successful Lecture The very much interested audience which went with Rev. Kennedy, sailing down the Columbia fjoin Portland, across the bar at the month of that great river, past Vancouver Island and then through the channels among the the grand island and mountain scenery up along the coast of Alaska; stopped in at Glacier Bay and to see the habita tions and learn the manners and toms of the Indians about Fort Wran gle; saw the long summer days in June, in an atmosphere clearer than even that of the Owyhee mountains; had a de lightful trip and learned a good deal about the resources of a wonderful land, itsjgold mines, wealth in timber and fisheries. Although Mr. Kennedy was suffering from la grippe so severe ly that he hesitated about keeping his appointment, he entertained his audi ence well. When in better form hope he will repeat that lecture. The attendance was highly satisfactory. Miss Myrtle Hastings rendered a beautiful song, entitled; "Bring My Wandering Boy Back to thp Old Farm." Mrs. Dr. Hammond presided at the organ. cus we Likes Silver City M: After wading around in the deep snows of the north for several days Andrew J. Davis returned this morning from Silver City, Ida., where he recent ly became interested in the Palmer and Hollaud groups, located on Florida mountain, which have been incorpor ated as the Trade Dollar Extension Mining Company. Mr. Davis came home delighted with the late acquisition and expressed great confidence that the property will be come in the near future, one of the principal producers of the camp, To this end, a campaign of develope me'nt will be inaugurated at once, which will be continued throughout the pres ent year. It is not unlikely that the mine will be ready for a mill before the summer advances. — Salt Lake Desert News. . It Is Surmised That if you are desirous of learning the news of the Owyhees you had bet ter subscribe for Nugget. That Steele's Latest continues to be the popular cigar in this neck o' the woods. That one drink of hot water before breakfast is better for one's digestive organs than 6 cocktails—that its much easier for some of us to preach than to practice. Especially when we're asked, or have the price. That the old saw that competition makes business seems to even extend to church affairs in Silver — each of 'em having an increased attendance over former days. Let the good work go on.; That Ndqokt's devil has more ine religion in his little toe than is con tained in the whole carcass of a job-lot of kneelers at the sanctuary in this bailiwick—and that isn't enough co in sure that St. Peter will give him any thiug, but a swift kick, when applica tion is made for admission through the pearly gates to that land with gold macadamized streets. That one good man is worth a dozen ordinary men—at campmeetiugs. That the new 16-104 volt electric lamps are quite an improvement on the old regime. That Nugget is acknowledged to be authority on mines and mining—re gardless of large display heads, wind and posing of anatomy. The hare and tortoise fable is particularaly applica ble to this subject. That the next time Mr. Chas. E. Knapp calls at this think shop aud springs another ghost story, similar to that of last Tuesday, there will be gore one foot thick; that it's no fan to haust one's grey matter on an obituary and then have the subject refuse to die. That Brunzell's Best is the bestest of genu ex all. all. That the words "any" and "my" look all alike—when convenient to so con strue. That the cheapest printing is not al ways the best. That a jack-of-all-trades is never a success in any vocation of life. That those county officers awaiting necessary printed stationery can secure it promptlyjind in the latest style of the art at Nogget office—prices reasonable. That either the groundhog has given to the second day of February a wide spread notoriety, or that day and date has given to the groundhog a celebrity that places this marmot iu line with il lustrated names catalogued as immor tal. Last Tuesday was the, by com mon consent, resurrection day for this hibernating quadruped, yclept "wood chuck," "hedge-hog," ground-hog, or any old-hog, and if the photographic gallery of nature is in working order, have his shadow imprinted on the land scape, which this diminutive weather prophet donates to a credulous world as an infallable forecast of meteoro logical conditions for the forty days accruing, which will be surcharged with frost, suow, blizzards and glacial chips as chilly as the democratic ice berg now drifting round in Idaho, try ing to find a warm place to heave an chor. Whether the seer - gifts of the groundhog makes him an elee mosynary adjunct to the weather bu reau, has never been revealed by any official report of that department— (our local weather reporter is invited to give us data on this important sub ject—a delinquency that challenges sus picious criticism. This year the shadow of this weather-wise prophet was a very pronounced picture which the coal barons, no doubt, most highly prize, but which sends a cold shiver along the spinal column of the rest of man kind on this mundane sphere of trials and tribulations. Wrong Elgrciiiion. The policeman heard high words and poked his head in the door. "What's goin' on here?" manded. "Nawthin'! Nawthin' at all!" an swered one of the belligerent Irish men in the middle of the floor. "Theres nawthin' there's a fight cornin' off in liss than a minute if ye'll only keep movin'."— Chicago Post. Thi he de goin' on, but ... The Taxation Proposition Taxation, even with the idea predom inant of equal and exact justice to all, is, and has been since governments were first formed, a very hard problem, but in no phase of it is the difficulty great as in framing legislation for the taxation of mines. The first plan ad opted in this state of taxing patented mineral land at the government price of 35 an acre was transparently wrong. This was unequal taxation with a vengeance, making no distinction be tween a mine vhat has turned out mill ions and is still a big producer, and a non-producing property, or one of un determined value as a mine's merits are estimated; but at best the value of such property is enigmatical. A "mill ion dollar bonanza" this year may not be worth six bits next year or the year after. Of course this is more or less true of other forms of property, but not to the extent, nor anywhere near it, as in relation to mining property. The opinion of Attorney General Frank Marlin, adopted by the Assessors of all the counties of the state about two years ago, that patented mining ground should be assessed at its value, or as uear thereto as was possible to be deter mined, was an improvement over the uuiform assessment which did not take into consideration the supposed value of the property. The Assessors were confronted with a very dificult problem. They could estimate the value only on what the mine had been, and what it had produced was no guarantee of what it would continue to produce. After experimenting with different laws, most of the miuing states have adopted the plan of assessing the net product, aud it seems to meet with greater satisfaction than any of the other methods, and probably about as near solving the problem correct principles as any plan that could be proposed. All admit the justice of taxing mines in some way but not to the extent of checking dev elopement of those that have not reached the paying producing point, and are an expense instead of a value to the owners. As all industries in Idaho are largely based on the pros perity of the mining regions, no legis lation should be enacted that would teud to impede the development of mines that nave not been placed on a paying basis. The plan to tax the net proceeds seems to be abont the best that has thus far beed proposed. — Idaho World. 80 a comes on Enroule to London Manager R. H. Britt, of the Poorman mines, is now on his way to London to confer with his company in regard to future operations on that well known property. It has been a splendid ex ample of English grit and persever ance, the manner in which the owners have stuck to and put up for develop ment work on this property so long continuing in borasoa, and it is most gratifying to all admirers of such per sistency to know that their pluck is about to be amply rewarded. The de velopment on the deep levels in the mines have proven that the veins, after passing through a comparatively poor zone, are found to be again in the char acter of ore which once gave the mines an almost world-wide fame as a bonan za. It is surmised that now the only questionsconfronting the owners of the property are regarding methods of operating and changes to be made in manner of treating the ores, and that it is for this purpose that Mr. Britt has been called to London to confer with the directory. v AN OLD PROSPECTOR CAVGHT IN SNOWSLIDE William Davies, an Old Resi bantof DeLamar, the Victim —A Faithful Dog, A dispatch from Ilailey to the Boise Statesman of last Tuesday, announced the death of William Davies, a well known DeLamar mining man near that place and the finding of his remains, last Monday. Mr. Davies, it appears was interested with Dr. J. J. Plum er in a mining claim and was liv ing in a cabin on the claim while doing work on it. A person going to his cabin found victuals on the stove as if a meal had been in preparation, but Davies not there. And noting no tracks in the new snow, suspected that he might have gone out before the fresh snow had fallen and that some mishap had befalled him. Calling the attention of men at a nearby mine to the circumstance a party was made up to look for him. They were not long in finding Davit s' faithful dog, which had dug a hole in a small snow-slide on the mountain side and in '.he hole was found the remains of the dog's master. Dr. Plumer took charge of the funeral and (burial of his remains. Deceased was the locator of the Man hattan mine at DeLamar aud the own er of an one-third interest iu the well known Howe-Manhattan group of mines on DeLamar mountain. He bad lived on the mountain for seventeen or eighteen years, having almost single handed done the greater part of the work on that property. He had a rec ord of having run ore tunnel 900 feet without assistance, bringing out the rock and dirt with a wheelbarrow. His reputation for industry end endurance was almost unsurpassable. More than a year ago Mr. Dalbv Morkell, who is also interested in the H.-M. group took the management of the property. Later on, Davies left for Contact, Ne \ada, where he owned an interest in a valuable group of properties. Since leaving, but little has been heard of him here, further than he had gone from Nevada to the Wood River coun try, where he was prospecting. The writer of this, for the past dozen years or more, has known Mr. Davies about as intimately as he permitted anyone to know him. To the best of our information he was born in North ern California, a little less than fifty years ago, and has always followed mining and prospecting, coming to Owyhee about twenty years ago. We have never heard him speak of his rela tives and cannot tell if he left any. He was never married. His property interests at DeLamar and in Nevada are of considerable value. Weather ILeport for week ending Feb. 5: Maximum temperature 28. Minimum temperature 7. Total precipitation, 0.96. Total snowfall, 15. No. days cloudy, 4. No, days partly cloudy, 0. No. days clear, 3. Prevailing wind, direction west. A. E. Fabmeb Local U. S. Weather Observer. School Exe.miria.tion The next quarterly teachers' exam ination for first, second and third grade certificates will be held in Silver City and in Riddle, Idaho, Feb. 26, 27 and 28, 1903. Questions in school law will be taken from chapter XXXI and the state constitution, article XVIII. Mibtle M Hastings, County Superintendent.