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I NOT ) Silver City Nugget li"""™ 3 THE LARGEST BUT THE BEST V. Silver City, Owyhee County, IdaJio. April 10. 1903 Volume Xll Number 48 T7VTVtfT7'T *r v LOCAL, PERSONAL AND MISCELLANEOUS Matters of Importance, Truthful and Imaginary, Rounded Up by Nugget A Banquet Dinner will be served at Mrs. Morgan's Royal Resturant Easter Sunday, at 5:30. Fifty cents' FOR SALE—Three room house, (furn ished) in Blaine gulch, at a bargiu, if taken soon. Riohabd Bundle. FOR RENT—Four Room House, well furnished; electric lights and fael; water in kitchen, luquire of Mrs Taylor, Nugget building. Mrs. Nick Gardner formerly well known here aud in De Lamer as Miss Belle Luther, came over from Boise, Suuday, and is visiting friends and relatives. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Day took their leave of DeLamar, Wednesday, Mr Day has had charge of the Howe— Manhattan Mining property during< during the past winter. Dr. Hamilton was called to Murphy to prescribe for a daughter of George Inmans', Tuesday he was also called to Guffy to visit a patient whose name we did not assertain. F. G. Cottingham, the Nampa lumber dealer, is fitting up his establishment wiffi planing mill machinery, and will soon be able to fill carpenter's and builder's orders with home manufac ur ed material. Abel Berg, who has spent uearly the entire winter working his well known Lone Tree properties, east of the Trade Dollar, on Flordia Mountain, left, on Monday for a season of rest, recreation aud recuperation, at Hot Lake, Oregon. A new new sign writer struck the camp, Monday, and the next morning began embellishing business houses with his brushes. He started in by do some clever work on C.H, Grete & Co's., show wiudows aud then littering Andy lloltgren's lodging house and Saloon front. Deputy Sheriff Irving was called to Murphy, Wednesday, to arrest and bring back a chinamau, employed by hotel propritor. S. G. Hamburg. The celestial violently insane aud was cutting up all manner of chink capers. suddenly become bad A. E. Haines, wife and son departed for Silver City Wednesday where Mr. Haines has accepted a position as fore man on the Silver City Nugget, one of the best papers of the state. Al. is a first class printer and was employed by the Independent up to the time of its suspension.—Shoshone Journal. Rev. Kennedy wishes Nugget to an nounce that on account of his regular appointments requiring him to be at Jordan Valley, next Sunday, he will conduct Easter exercises at Silver City on the following Sabbath for which a program has been arranged. The ser vices will be open at the usual hour— II o'clock a. m. The J®'"©8 of the Silver City girls are small, tapering and beautifully shaped; their ii i's are as brilliant as the * * *'s and they are without a || in this or any other §; their frowns are like 11 t' s and their 2217's excite ! ! I's of pleasure. Peruse this U closely and do not ? its reliability, aud try to the situation. Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Crutcher, form erly of Silver City, but for the past three years residing in Kentucky, have sold their old Kentucky homestead and returned to Idaho, stopping for the present with Mr. C's brother, J. I., in Boise, but Mrs. C. will be here today to spend Easter with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard. Even the charms of the famous Blue Grass section grow tiresome to ones who have experienced the delights of Idaho's cilmate and attractions, Mr. and Mrs. Crutcher are very welcome back again. County Attorney John F. Nugent went to Boise Wednesday. Easter Sunday, now promises to bo fine and give our charming ladies a chance, but this is April! At the last meeting of the school trustees a 32500 insurance policy was taken out on the schoolhouse. S. D. McLain, after several weeks absence returned. Monday, to look after his numerous Owyhee interests. Frank Taylor, this week received a letter from relatives in England, telling him of the death of his father, at the advauced age of 83 years. Landlord W. D. Evans went to Boise yesterday on business. His absence, causiag a duck shooting party to fore-go a trip to Cow creek Lakes. Miss Emma Brooks has given the telephone company of her intention to quit the hello-girl job. Miss Mary Liaehan will probably be her successor. John Matthews, who disposed of his pretty Sinker fruit ranch last fall but still resides there, has rented the Morgan ranch near Oreana, to which he and his family will remove. Cattle are being turned out on the ranges from the valley ranches; the farmers are plowing and making gardens aud gentle spring with its ethreial mildness is with the valley people once more. Note the announcement of Rev. Kennedy's lecture to be given here the 18th, instant. Mr. Kennedy is one of the pioneers of the Northwest Coast, and the incidents and experiences he will tell of will be very interesting. Reports from Nampa indicate that the long and remarkable life of Col. William H. Dewey is nearing its end. A consultation of physicians has been called, but with little or no hope of doing more than bringing him temporary relief Mrs. Mary Grote, who, is visiting at Oreana the guest of Mrs. Linehan, iu company with her hostess spent a couple of days this week visiting friends on Sinker, and the two ladies have planned to spend next week visiting on Castle creek. Mrs. Grete's health has been much improved by her pleasant outing. A Ha.ppy Wedding. Married —At the home of the brides parents, DeLamar, Idaho, April 9, 1903, Miss Mary Elizabeth Varker and Mr. Albert Rodda, Rev. G. W. Kennedy officiating. The wedding was a happy affair the friends of the popular young couple filling the house and having a good time. It was a most enjoyable party. A large number of handsome wedding present were received by the bride. Refreshments were bountifully served to guests. Many friends of the happy pair extend to them their sincere wishes of fuiure happiness. Nugget heartly adding good wishes. if Fire At Murphy. Lightning, supposedly, struck the electric power line, Monday night set ting fire to the Central Lumber com pany's store buildiug and the lineman's residence at Murphy, creating con sternation in Owyhee's only railroad town. Happily the buildings were saved and no very great damage sustained. At the same time the transformers at Dewey and at the Black Jack mill were temporarily thrown out of com mission, causinga stoppage of both the Black Jack and Blaine mills for a time. The electric lights in Silver City were extinguished for a time, but at so late an hour that thair obsence was little noticed. The switchboard in the central telephone office here played pyrotechnies for a short time with out doing any particular damage. Everything was put iu repair the following day. Has Been Prospecting. 'g John J. Baker, popularly known as "Baker the Tailor," is likely in the future to better known as "Baker the Prospector." He has for some time past left his shop in the care of his son and Gibson and staid out in the hills with pick, pan and shovel, and has located several claims which are south of Jacob's Gulch. He was in town the first of the week looking and feeling like a prospective 'bonanza king.' May he bring in uuggets big as his tailor's goose. Returns to Owyhee. y Pete Nelson, one of the old time miner's, who left h9re eleven years ago, with a tidy sum in his pocket and went back to Sweden and married his boyhood sweetheart, bought a farm and has a family of three children, is back among his Owyhee friends intending to have his family follow him as soon as he can get located. The old home became dull to him in again, re calling the attractions of Idaho. It will be remembered that his brother, Carl, after spending a couple of years in Alaska, went home from here two years ago with quite a fortune. Pete says that Carl is married and flourish ing. K. P.Barvquet and Entertainment. y Stiver City Lodge Knights of Pythias, has arranged to give a fine musical and literary entertainment and ban quet at their hall, next Tuesday uight to which all visiting members of the oder aud Rathb <ne sisters are cordially invited. John F. Nugeut Esq. will deliver an address. Grand Chancellor, C. C. Hedmutt will speak of his recent tour of the state, visiting lodges etc and a fine musical and literary program in which a number of Silver City ladies will take part and several bright school children will participate. Then the banquet. Attacking Mining Fakes. The postal department has taken steps fo spueich the many fraudulent mining companies by deuying them the use of the mails prosecuting the the promoters. Thera is no doubt that this will do much good, by rendering it impossible for mauy of these schemes to bleed the public with their fakes, aud thus dis crediting the industry. But they are so numerous that it is doubtful if even the utmost vigilance ou the partof the authoities will reach more than a tithe of them. However, if the citizens will assist their officials by calling their attentiou to any of these fakers that they encounter, they will be doing well by their country. —Wood River Times. Easter Services. There will be Divine Services at St. James Episcopal church next Easter Sunday at 11 a.m. There will be appropriate music sung by the choir aud Mrs. Joues will render an Easter Solo. All the children will he there to present their "Lent offerings. All are cordially invited to attend. GOOD FRIDAY. There will be Divine service at the St. James' Episcopal church Good Friday evening at 7:15 The choir will sing appropriate music aud Mrs. Jones will render a musical selection. EASTER EXERCISES. The St, James Episcopal church will hold its Easter Exercises next Easter Monday at 7:15 p. m. There is a treat in store.—You are all cordially invited to attend p. ru. T7VTVtfT7'T *r v THE ANCIENT RICH GULCH PLACER Discovery of the Sourceof the Richest Placer Ground Ever Worked in Owyhee County— J. J. Bakerand HadsslI Dye the Fortunate Finder*. In the days of placer mining on Jordon creek and its tributaries; when Blue Gulch, running down from the west side of Florida moun tain was giving up its millions: when Ruby city was flourishing aud Jacob's Gulch and Long Gulch were being worked and paying. Pete Donnelly, one of the early pioneers—now living at the Dewey Palace, discovered on the south western point of Florida Mountain, a little gulch which pro duced the coarsest gold and proved to be the richest placer ever found iu our mountains. It was worked with rockers for a length of about 250 feet. It has been worked aud reworked, a number of times, but the gulch after going up it the 250 feet, ceased to give up its values. The source of the gold became a mystery which no one was able to solve. That a gravel which reports say yielded 81,000 per linear foot of its length should within a few feet cease to yield values could not be understood. From that time to the present prospectors have been trying to solve the mystery. Holes have been dug aud cuts run over acres of grouud to find an extension gravel Prospectors have time and again camped and worked on the ground ior weeks without results. Two weeks ago, J. J. Baker and Hadsell Dye, while developing a quartz claim which they had located in that vicinity, sat down to eat their noon luncheon and began discussing the mystery of Rich Gulch, wheu Baker, sitting on a wheelbarrow, suddenly broke out, "Dye I have a theory. Note the eountonr of that summit, over west of us? There has beeu a slide there some day, aud it crowded Rich Gulch farther to the east thuu it was when the gold was deposited in that gulch. The original channel is under that slide and there will be Profit* From Mining. (New York Banker.) Profits J'rom mining are increasing year by year, and the mining indu stry instead of being frowned on, as in former years, is now looked upon by the general public as being a pretty safe investment, more especially with such mines as show a sufficient devolp meut to form some estimation of what can be expected from them in the fut ure. Last year dividends paid by mining companies probably exceeded 3150,000, 000. There should be deducted from this amount the dividends of the United States Steel corporation, which probably contributed not less than 850, 000, 000. The result was accomplished despite the drop iu the price of copper and the decreased price in silver. Many mines are still in their infancy and many give every indication of being profitable investments. Companies that were organized iu the latter 90's have reached the dividend paying stage, and while it usually takes a mining property from 3 to 5 years to show dividend profits, increased knowledge and de creased expense of mining now enable mining operators to form a pretty close estimate of what can be accomplished by a very much less development thau in former years. The immense fortunes which are the result of profitable mining propositions are numerous,and contrary to opinions held by mauy t.he general public plays fouud the continuation of th« placer. Dye responded. "I noticed that slide last summer, and intended to look into the matter, but had never yet found tune." Baker said. "Let's do it now." They went at it, digging down through five teet of snow and then through five feet of dirt and rock. They sturck a cement formation, wheu Dye exclaimed. " tVe have it. This is what old miners call 'webfoot' we will find the gravel under it!" They dug a foot further andstruck the gravel. They had found the original Rich Gulch channel. They kept the discovery a secret and began digging other holes to trace its direction, and have traced it for 800 feet. They in some places fouud the ' webfoot" is within one foot of the surface. They have posted a notice locating 20 acres of placer ground, and believing they have fouud the source of gold in the placer, they have located a quartz claim to the north of it. When all this had been done th> y took John F. and Harry Sullivan and Boh. Lewis up aud showed them their find. Sullivan had taken 3100,000 worth of dust aud nuggets out of Rich Gulch 30 years ago, constructing a three mile ditch from Sawpit Gulch and cutting a 300 foot tunnel through a summit to get water on the ground. Wheu Baker and Dye showed him their prospects and he had carefully examined the pieces of gold with a glass, he ex claimed. "You have it. That is the Rich Gulch placer!" Bob Lewis was dis mayed. He had spent months and months during past years, looking for that self-same thing, but all three of the visitors congratulated the lucky prospectors. Baker, on Monday, relocated the water right on Sawpit Gulch and the old abandoned Sullivan ditch. ■ a very much smaller part than in form er years. Radical changes have taken place in the mining industry since the days when a prospector, equipped with a pau aud cradle, could wash out the precious metal from the rivers of Cali fornia aud make fortunes in a short time. The miues that are paying at the present time are those which are controlled by large corporations, which briug to bear all the methods of mod ern science, and with superintendents or managers selected for their ability more than for the amount of stock they may hold in the properties. This has, of course, induced the gen eral public to invest to a much larger extent than in former years, and while there are no doubt many mining pro perties on the market which may be fairly classed among "wildcat" mining properties, those which are controlled by expetienced business men and prac tical miners very rarely fail to show satisfactory profits to the stocker holders. To Ha.ve a Foundry. Nampa will soon be able to boast a a fine equipped foundry and machine shop for turning out mine and mill equipments. Mr. E. F. Stuart, long time master mechanic of the Trade Dollar company is completing the equipment of a machine shop in connection with the foundry already established which will be entirely modern and complete in every detail. Mr. Stuart's familiarity with the needs of the mines and mills in Owyhee will bring the work to his establishment.