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D. W. TILTON, & CO., Editors & Proprietors. My Country, May she Always be rightt t My Country, Right or Wrong." TER S:-.7,50 In Gold Pfr Year in Advase
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D. W. Tilton, & Co.,
D. W. TILTON. I:. R. DD:rrs.
Office at the City Book Store, Corner
of Wallace and Jackson Streets.
One cop:, one year, .50
one coip. i1x inonths, 4.00
tU'e copy, three months, - .50
Itates of Advertising.
Bu ines~ cards. Give lines or less,) one year $20 00
" six months, 15 00
S " " three months 10 00
Onr "e(:(are crno y.l.r, (ten lin"s or 19ss) 40 00
O.0c -3re cix :n: .,sl, " '" " 25 00
(Ce 'la-ruo, t',re mont:th! " ·' " 15 00
ru:.: 'r colu ,n o vy:.r, 60 00
S ix in)nths 45 00
tnree 30 00
Enif cc!umn, one year. 90 00
. : ) tLs, 60 00
ti:re" mInti3s 45 00
One column, orie y',ar', 150 00
100 00
.. . t.:r3 :;:t:.3, 75 00
' :" "i.verti-- rs will be ialPowed to change
.:teri .:R ,! at i.iditional charge.
A: .:-ins :omnn:nicationf 'hould be addressed
to D. ',i. ' ILT, N & t ,.. Virgtuia City, M. T.
.cJb r::l::m:; of e- "r: - "c i.ption executed in a
S :rir n'.,::r i:d at reasoyna'.e rates.
Territorial Officers.
u ; ,,,,., . Y EHilRTON, B:anrack City;:
S.-.. 11. It. L. liH)- EMI F"
AX.. .:.s:- J: ,.e. A?-MI? 1 .IDDINGS,
L. B. WILTT1,'TN.,
Co "'ny tOf ccrs of .U-adion County.
. ( ' . . "E'L- icS r • ini
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^1 n .. aI r ::c- f cc:-. o:' Virginia Ci:y.
I' ' "Arman, Y, M.
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S. t . .IN I 1O::.....K 0.'. R .
Pr::: .. t ('., :.n-i:.. : ',:--T . J. , I, :. SDALE,
'i. E. cP-uT '. 2.
A.::a. DAVI. .S ".t'y.
.... ': ... . Tv , , v F.,. A. M.. TmO T
,'1! I\ 2.I . 1 1 r e. S'dnaon rh School
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oW. i'. b 5' rs. Jerry Cook.
STTMRNi\YS at Law, Virginia City, Montana
. L Trritory.
Si. ..M. IATlu. [W'. Y. LUVELL.
Att-:neys c t Law, VirginiaCity. M. T., will promp
t!, attend to all 1rof.c-ion:al busiuns entrusted to
'. J. M Cornick W. Y. I'emberton. HI. l.urnt.s.
McCormick, Pemberton & Eurns.
A,:t~r,,nys t Lw, VirJilia City, Montana Torrito
-. Otti in Contett' Coiun r up-stair. 1-tm
W.. ! . TA ,RPn. It. B. I. 'oI: OTT, L. W. BouT'Xo,
Cld. Iowa. Col.
Attorneys at Law. Office on Idaho street, opposite
the court Lou-e, Virginia City, Montana Territory.
, B. JUDI',
',ot & Shoe maker, Virginia City, Montana T"r
liry. The boit of cu. trn wcok always on hand.
tive nm a trial. 1-min
'rench Bakter, Nevada City, Montana Territory,
S,:ul, say to his numerrous customers that he is al
Says on hanl to stuff the mouths of the hungry.
. him a call. 1-6m
1R. If. N. (REPIN,
!'hisi ian and- Sur.on, formerly assistant in the
l,: pital du midli in Pari', and attached to the New
".; l k o.lh.ital, New York-recently from Dubuque,
IJw:. Utoice in Virginia City, opposite the hay
:":ies, main street. 1-6m
Practical Watchmaker and Jeweler. Particular
sttention paid to l;epairing all claaes of watches.
Any part of any watch can be made new at this es
t;'bl-hkment, and warranted to give satisfaction.
C,1I and examine specimens of Jewelry maide from
t:oe native cold. 1-iv
Netada Cily, Mlontana Territory.
This hot'l is eituated on Main street, and in the
best part of the City. The table supplied with the
'Jbt the mazket a.ords, and the saloon furnished
with the be.t liquors.
Rooms aLd beds can be had at reasonable prices.
f.arges for board moderate. 2
consolidated Silver Star Company. The owner
Yo proving property and paying for this advertise
meat can have the same at the City Book Store,
Vga City. 4--tf
ReoL and LIdler Cospany No. 1.
IEET reCularly asery ao.day, at 7 o'clock, P.
-., at omc Hall. BL order o
---tt 'ox. BArmE. Captain.
Wallace street, Virginia City, M. T. J. M. Castner
proprietor. The proprietor announces to his old
friendl and the public generally, that he is now
preparwl to accommodate boarders by the meal, day
o; week at low rates. His table furnished with the
best the market affords. I-lv
C 0 OR.D O
Hai Dyeing and Cutting Done in
TOM. WHITE, Proplietor.
,iur; on D entist.
L luilding. Patients visited at their residence
when de-ired.
rectfrom the manufactories.
Every description ofJewelry manufactured from
tle Native Gold. Call, Examine Specimens,
and then judge.
Sign of the MAMMOTH WATCH,
VIRGINIA CITY, Montana Territory.
Virginia City, sept. 10, 1SGI.
Office on Cover Street, Viginsa City.
Also Flue Building, and all kinds of brick work
o,. to order. 5-3m
1 tana Terri tor. O(Aice, corner of Wallace and
Jackson streets, at J. A. Ming's Store.
:having and Hair Dressing Saloon
Siozt.! Nidc of Wallace Street, Va. City
LYONS &WIIITE, Proprietors.
Idiaho street, Virginia City, M. T. .James Gen
rail, Iroprietor. Kee.s constantly on hand all
it.s of the best lumber. which will be hold at low
rat'-:. ]-ly
Nevada City. M. T. Patrick Ryan, proprietor.
A..1 l per:ns wihing good bread are requested to
call. Prices low. Ablo, beer furni-hed with the
beI< of drinks. Here is the place to get an honest
a,.tf, a cake or pie, and "'something to wash it
dc wu." 1-inr
F. C. CORNELL, M. D. S. L. F. W.aun, M. D
(Successors to)
0,fce on Jackson Street, below Wallace, Virginia
City, Montana Territory. ly-12
S19ISC 0' 'SI. ' HO USE.
Idaho Street, Opposite Recorder's
Will give Board and Lodging at $14 00 per week.
Ary one who wants warm, comfortable and clean
beds, meals and liquors, let them call and see
Virginia City Council, No. 2, U. L. A.
" T W ILL meet every Tuesday evening, at 7 o'clock.
SV By order f A. M. TORBET, Pres't.
]I. J. 'PauLIS.os, Sec'y. 1S-tf
Corner of Idaho and Jackson Sts., Vir
ginia City, Montana Territory.
(Formerly of the Planter's House, Hannibal Mo.)
conducted by Wm. Sloan, Esq., having been
enlarged and re-fitted is now open with eiry facil
ity for the accommodation of Guests and Boarders.
Comfortable rooms and beds are provided and the
atble is carefully furnished with the best the mar
ket and seasons afford.
Passengers for the early Stage Coaches can obtain
good lodgings here and be wakened at the proper
hour. Tie patronage of the public is respectfully
solicited. Wu. & Jso. A. SHOOT,
4-tf PaoPaiztros.
Particular attention given to the sale of Live
Stock and Real Estate, sales of Stocks of Goods
in Store. Office at the Eilephant Corral, Virginia
City, M. T. 3m-18+
SJ4ONSTANTLY on hand and manufacturing from
the best material, all styles of Saddles, Bridles,
Single and Double Harness, or anything else made in
a fist class saddler shop. lm-14
Virginia City, Moutsan erritory. sbklshie
A Posnaneki, Proprietors. 2-tf
From Last Chance.
HELENA, Friday Evening, March 3, 1865.
DEAR DcTOR.--Since writing the short
note which goes with this askina~ certain
favors, 1 find time and a comforta.le place
-the latter a rare thing here-to give you
a few items, perhaps of interest to you.
Building, which had been going on so brisk
ly for two or three weeks, hasýbeen brought
almost to a stand still in this town by the
extreme cold, though to-day I notice a few
venturesome ones doing what they possibly
can towards completing cabins to thelter
themselves from the cold, but what with
running to the fire, say every five minute.,
to warm themselves, and commdncing at
10 A. M., and quitting at 4 P M., they ac
complish but little. Less than four weeks
ago when I first came here, Helena could
boast of not over a dozen houses, and now
it is more than half the size of Virginia,
and is growing as rapidly as ever, or will,
,as soon as the weather moderates. A week
ago last Sunday there was a stampede to a
new gulch, called Skelly's gulch, about
fifteen miles from here. The gnlch has not
been prospected yet. Forty-five cents to
the pan w':s had on the bar-this is no
humbug. Some four hundred claims of
one hundred feet each were taken on the
gulch-some of them perhaps over the
range. Last Sunday there was another
stampede, thermometer at zero at the time
to the left-hand fork of the foregoing
gulch, called Greenhorn's gulch. In this
last prospects from five to twenty-five
cents to the pan were had, and part of the
prospects I saw taken out myself, and be
lieve the gulch will prove as rich as anything
in this country. Notwithstanding it was
so cold I went on this last stampede, start
ing at midnight and reaching the gulch
all the way on foot-almost four in the
morning and back again a little past noon
on the next day. Pretty well for an old
man like myself;. but tle pursuit of gold
is exciting, and what will man not do to
obtain it. 'The knowing ones are whisper
ing round to their frienos that another rich
discovery has been made to which there
will be the "biggest stampede" of the
season as soon as the weather will admit.
Also, I have it from a friend, an acquaint
ance of yours, that an excellent thing has
been struck some fifty or sixty miles from
here, and believe there is something in it.
There have been a good many prospecting
parties out during the winter, and by the
time ,now disappears we can show you in
this and Jf.i'erson county the richest mining
secti(ii in this or any other country, Cali
formnia not exceptcd. I speak what I hon
estly believe. In Grizzly gulch, which is
now attracting so much attention, and for
claims in which such prices are being paid
they have sunk shafts through what they
have hert ofore considered the b.d-rock
and at a depth of twelvre feet below the
first bed-rock have struck another bed-rock.
The original, evidently, which prospects in
some places as high as eight dollars to the
pan, presenting the novelty of two pay
streaks, one above the other. You proba
bly hear fabulous stories about (irizzly
gulch, such as that it has gravel six feet
deep which prospects anywhere from one
to three dollars to the pan. Such stories
are all both. It will rot go ever twenty-five
cents to the pan on an average, and this
you know is big, when you consider that
it has pay dirt six to eight feet deep and
no draining to do in nearly half the gulch.
Twenty and thirty dollar prospects are fre
quently obtained, but it is of course picked
dirt. The largest nugget I have seen which
was taken out of that gulch weighs about
two ounces. Snow which when I last wrote
you was but :L few inches deep is now over
a foot, and further up the gulch two feet.
Nelson gulch, about eight miles from here
is increasing in favor and is paying well,
but the "streak " is evidently narrow.
Claims which when I first came here were
selling at from one to two hundred dollars
will now sell for from five hundred to one
thousand dollars. Dry gulch running par
allel to Last Chance and only half a mile
distant, is paying well generally, and a
few claims largely. From this last. gulch
nearly all the gold in circulation .here is
taken; the dirt being hauled from half a
mile to a mile and a half to water. But
very little mining is going on here just now.
Everybody is waiting for the snow to melt
to furnish water for sluicing. In a month
or six weeks from this we can probably
show you as much gold taken out as ever
was taken out of the same number of feet
in any country. It will take several months,
perhaps a year, to equal Aider Creek in its
palmiest days. It is said we are, in ,the
course of two weeks, to have the first steam
saw mill-and the only one-ever set up in
this Territory ; it will make more money
this summer than any mining claim. One
would suppose Virginia City, and indeed,
the whole of Alder Creek deserted, by the
number froin there one sees in the streets.
I presume many are here merely to look
around during dull times in Alder Creek,
yet I hear of many who have made money
out of elaims there investing to quite a
large amount here. As I said in former
letters some will wish they had kept their
money in their pockets. I hope the mails
will soon be running regularly from the
States. Yours as ever, C. H. S.
-Three million five hundred and eight
e thousand three hundred and twenty-five
8 dead letters were received at the dead letter
office during the past year--over nine thou
s and a day. Many of theseletters contained
money, deeds, bills of exchange, drafts,
checks, jewelry and other valuables. Some
of them were misdirected, others not di
a rected at all, others unstamped, and others
cnly partially directed. Thousands of
these dead letters were returned to their
owners; but the great majority had to be
destroyed. This statement ought to teach
the publio to be more careful in their cor.
; respondence, for the amoant of suffering
caused by these lost letters is incalculable.
BannackL Correspobnence.
[From our Special Correspondent.]
BA..ACK, Feb. 9th, 1865.
DEAR PosT.-It is gratifying to be able
to mention a rare instance of conscientious
adherence to firmly settled convictions on
the part of one of your Madison county
There has been passed by both houses of
the Assembly "An Act to provide for va
cancies in the Legislative Assembly." Now
it is due to Mr. Huffaker to say that this
act received from first to last unflinching
and obstinate opposition. His reasons for
this course were well set forth in his lucid
argument against the bill wherein he con
Sclusively demonstrated that the Assembly
had no constitutional right to vote them
selves pensions. This retninds me of the
legislation concerning extra compensation.
The Governor and Judges have $2,500 vo
ted them from the Territorial treasury, not
unusual, and hence, strange to say, not
wrong. The Secretary, Attorney General,
Surveyor, &c., are left out in the cold.
The mbmbers of the Assembly voted them
selves extra compensation, not wrong unless
we consider the amount, which is twelve
dollars per day, making their entire pay
sixteen dollars per day, beside mileage; a
nice bill for th, Territory to pay.
A bill has also passed crediting all per
sons who paid taxes under the Idaho laws,
the amount so paid on the tax for Montana
upon their producing the receipt to the tax
collector, as evidence of such payment-a
most excellent law. The tax law will make
tax payvers groan, especially when they
know where the taxes go, and travelers in
Montana will curse this assembly so long
as its monuments (toll-gates) remain.
We are all becoming wearied with the
dull monotony of our duties here and with
the changeless routine of the assembled
wisdom. But for Courtright in the House,
and Bombastes Furioso in the Council, the
ennui would be terrible and stagnation com
plete. We are also relieved by occasional
acts which illustrate the peculiar legerde
main which prevails. A House bill passed
both houses, received the signatures of
their presiding officers and was carried to
the Governor for his approval. Here it was
confronted with a petition signed by a ma
jority of the members of the House asking
him to veto it, which he did, and then it
went back to the House which passed it
over his accon:modating veto.
The bill relating to printing tha laws, re
quires the printer to make sense of them ; an
arduous task certainly. Should he succeed
in the onerous task he will figure largely
and creditably in history as the eight won
d'.r. id' th,. world1
oS much of the Governor's message as
r related to Federal affairs was referred to a
SCommittee whose report surprised every
,- _: who knew tha! Dr. L-avitt and MIr.
SThompson belonged to it. but it has trans
pired that Mr. Ba:;g, made it on his own
responsibility; and Mr. Ti:ompson openly
stated that he had never heard it until it
was read as the report of the Committee :
and I presume that Dr. Leavitt only awaits
Sa proper opportunity to repudiate it also.
The truth is there are several me'mbers
of the assembly of whose political status I
am ignorant, and the trouble is they are no
better informed than I.
They mean pretty well but some of therm
are swayed easily Iby other considerations,
to take all sides of all questions. In my
next I will try and give the finale of the
two houses. FRANKLIN.
F['rolnt Austin.
- Ars'x, Nevada, Feb. 6, 1365.
EDITORS PosT.-- have been ver7 busy of
late, in a mill ; so I have neglected to write,
but you have not lost much, for times have
been very, very dull here, and the weather
intensely cold for the last month. Cattle
are turned out to pick for thimsnelves, and
they freeze and starve to death bv the hun
dreds. All our beef is turned to mahoga
ny of a blue east; but that is easy to ac
count for; for the wind blew cutting and
cold all the month, and the people are get
ting blue with blue noses. I think times
are getting bluer every day; half the mills
are idle; tied up for debt or some other
cause, I don't know what ; and even those
that are running can't pay their help a dol
lar in cash. There are some flew compa
nies preparing to build, and they only pay
three dollars per day for laborers. Flour
is twenty dollars per hundred, and the
whole provision market pro rata. What
are we coming to? If a man works all the
time all he can get is a living. Every work
ing man I speak to says he shall leave for
some other place as soon as the spring
opens; some for your Territory and others
for Arizona. All agree in voting this place
a humbug; but I cannot agree with them
altogether. I think there are many good
led/tes here, though in this immediate vi
ciuity the ledges are narrow, broken and
hard to be traced. When they are followed
down to a depth of two hundred and fifty
and three hundred feet, they are generally
rich; but it takes some money to develope
them properly, and many failed in their
operations, which discourages others; still
many no doubt will be successful. Labor
is a species of commerce; and where there
is not an equivalent return for time or
money expended, trade or business must
soon stop. Our friend J. H. H., started for
your city last evening, and will probably
reach there before this does. I shall most
likely start from here in a couple of months;
but where I shall bring up, well, I don't
know ; so for the present, au revoir.
San Francisco Call is informed by a gentle
man who arrived on the last steamer that a
company has been organized in New York
for the purpose of erecting two more lines
of telegraph across the continent to San
Francisco. All the stock has been sub
scribed and ample capital is now in the
hands of the company to carry out their
project. It is to be hoped that the report
is true.
Irom Blven's Gulch.
BIVEs's GCLCII, March 6, 1865.
EDITORS PoET.-We have just passed
through as severe a week of cold weather,
as we have had this winter. The coldest
day being Wednesday, thermometor stand
ing at 7 o'clock in the the morning, at 18
dog. below zero. The old saying " Come
in like a lamb go out like a lion," was ver
ified in the month of February. The first
day of February was, according to the
thermoneter, the warmest day we have had
this winter, and the last day one of the
coldest, it being 14 deg. below zero. March
bids fair to keep up his reputation as a
boisterous old fellow, if the five days we
have had is a sample. The snow has drift
ed worse during the last week than all thq
rest of the winter together. Roads are just
about impassable.
The past week put a quietus on all min
ing operations. Week before last some
good strikes were made. Paine & Co.,
took out from a sort of sink or pocket in
the bed-rock, filled with quick-sand, some
five hundred dollars. Kane Bros. & Co.,
took out and aro still taking out, at the rate
of eighty and ninety dollars per day, to the
four men. This is called in this gulch
good diggings, as the claims have already
been worked over and large amounts of
money taken out.
During last winter a company was form
ed at Bagdad, in this gulch, and a charter
obtained by them, to bring water into this
gulch from the Rams Horn, but little has,
as yet, been done to the ditch, excent to
survey it. But on the opening of sprin"
the work will be pushed rapidly forward.
It is the intention of the company to buy
claims that have been worked, or partially
worked, and by constructing a bed-rock
flume, use this water either for ground
sluicing or by means of hydraulics, and so
work the ground over. It will undoubtedly
be a good thing, and be the means of put
ting a snug little sum in the pocketg of the
company. Other companies are forming
for the same purpose, and claims are chang
ing hands correspondingly. Some miners
have just returned from Last Chance, who
have been to see the country, and report
big things there. In fact, I have seen, nor
heard, no bad accounts of the new ElDor
rado. Quite a number have sold out and
and are going to the Prickly Pear Country
as soon as the weather will permit. Others
seem to think that the Last Chance is the
best and are making preparations accord
ingly, among whom you can count on
Mlner's leeting.
At a miner's meeting, held at the store
of E. E. Thomas, in Brown's District, Biv
en's Gulch, Madison County, Montana Ter.
ritory, on Sunday, March 5th, Joseph Itar
per was chosen Chairman, and II. N. Elliott
Secretary. Mr. Stanley in a few remarks
stated that the meeting had been called to
consider the propriety of making some
change in the laws of this District, in re
lation to thl owning and holding of claims.
Nearly all the claims in this Distiict were
worked out, so that it would not pay min
ers to work them, unless by changing the
laws, giving every one a right to hold what
he might purchase, until such time as wa
ter could be obtained in sufficient quanti
ties to work them to advantage. Several
already owned more claims than they could
hold under the present law, and it was
thought advisable to make some change.
On motion of Mr. Huffaker it was moved
and carried, that the section of the law re
stricting the number of claims be repealed.
On motion of Mr. Stanley it was Resolc
ed, That any person, company or compa
nies, shall have the right to purchase and
hold, all purchased mininng c'aims, on Biv
en's Gulch, in Brown's l)istrict, by repre
senting the same according to the laws
On motion of ,Ir. Ruxrsey it was Re
solvhed, That the laws of this District, re
quiring two day's work for each claim, per
week, be changed so as to read one day.
It was moved and carried that we pro
caed to elect a new Recorder, and on mo
tion, Mr. E. E. Thomas was duly elected.
A cominitte, consisting of Mr. Stanley
and Mr. llutfaker, were appointed to wait
on the former Recorder, Mr. Perkins, and
request him to deliver over to Mr. Thomas,
all books and papers belonging to the Re
dords of the District.
On motion it was carripd, that the pro
ceedings of this mceting be signed by the
Chairman and Secretary, and recorded in
the Records of this District.
On motion it was Resolved, That a copy
of the minutes be sent to the MoN:rANA Post
for publication. The meeting then ad
journed. JOSEPH HARPER, Chm'n.
II. N. ELLIorr, See'y.
NEVADA CLAY.-The Virginia Union re
port' in full many of the speeches delivered
in the legislative halls at Carson. The
following is one:
The following, we are told, is a verbatim
speech of Hon. Jake Smith, notwithstanding
the report given in the proceedings of the
Ious., .published this morning: " Mir.
Speaker-I rise to a question of privilege.
It was said in the fore part of this session
that my colleague, Dr. Bien, was an ass in
voting for State Printer." (Turning to
Bien he said, " What did you want me to
say, Doctor 1") (Laughter.) " Well I
guess I won't say any more."
-Some don't believe in civilizing the
" noble red man," as poetry conceives him.
A Western editor says :-" The far west
Indians are about as susceptible of culti
vation as a last year's calf is of religious
influences. The chief of the Kickapoos,
although highly cultivated, could not re
sist the impulse to brain his mother-in-law
with a pump handle, a few months a o.
Select the besti Indian on the plains, bring
him to New York, give him a brown stone
house, and all the comforts of an elei ,iJ
home, and in less than a week e will yield
to the fascinations of .n and sugar, and
smash thg fa .are."
To preserve the District Records in relation
to Leads, Loads and Ledges.
Be it enacted by the Legislative Assembly of
the Territory of Montana.
1 That all mining district records of
all Leads, Lodes and Ledges, Ranche, Wa
ter or Mill claims that are now, or shall be
deposited within the next ninety days here
after succeeding the passage of this act,
in their respective County Recorder's Of
fice, are now, and shall become a part and
parcel of said County Records, and shall
be evidence in any court or courts of com
petent Jurisdiction.
¢ 2 That it shall be the duty of all min
ing district recorders to file any and all re
cords pertaining to all Leads, Lodes,
Ledges, Ranche, Water and Mill claims in
their respective County Recorder's Office,
within ninety days from and after the pas
sage, approval and the printing in the Mon
tana Post of this act, and upon failure to
do so they shall be guilty of a misdemean
or and upon conviction thereof may be
fined in a sum not to exceed one thousand
dollars or by imprisonment in the county
jail not to exceed one year, or by both such
fine and imprisonment, and shall be subject
to a suit in civil action for all damages.
3 That it shall be the duty of the
County Recorder when any such District
Records are tendered him'to receive the
same and place them on file in his Offiie for
which he shall receive a fee of fifty cents
to be paid by the District Recorder and
upon his refusal to receive said District
Records he shall be deemed guilty of a
misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof
may be fined in a sum not to exceed one
thousand dollars or by imprisonment in the
county jail not to exceed one year or by
both such fine and imprisonment and shall
be subject to a suit in a civil action for all
F 4 This act to take effect and be in
force from and after its passage, approval,
and ninety days after its publication in the
Montana Post three consecutive weeks:
PROVIDED, That nothing in this act shall be
so construed as to admit any District Re
corder to deposit more than one set of
books, or to continue recording from and
after the passage and approval of this act,
by the Governor.
Approved January 17, A. D., 1865.
A Correction.
HELENA, March 4th, 1865.
E1D MONTANA PosT-Dear Sir: In your
issue of Feb. 25th, your correspondent, "C.
II. S.," speaking of Prickly Pear Gulch,
says: " On this gulch were the first discov
ered mines in the present Territory of Mon
tana?' Being one of the early gold pros
pectors in this country, I know "C. H. S."
to have býea misinformed. The first min
ing gulch discovered in the present Terri
tory of Montana, was the "Pioneer Gulch,"
situated in the valley of Gold Creek, a few
miles esstwardly of what was in 1862 called
Johnny Grant's-now Cottonwood. Here
three sets of sluices were in operation in
thb spring of '62, before Prickly Pear dig
gings were discovered. For truth of this I
refer to Granvillo and James Stewart, to
Johnny Grant, Frank Wor-l:n i.nd Mejor
Graham; all residents here before the gold
While "on it" I would ask you to cor
rect a statement I saw in a pamphlet issued
in Minuesota, viz : "The Bannack diggings
were discovered in the fall of '62, by some
Minnesotans." The Bannack diggings in
fact were ±irst discovered in the summer of
'62, by John W!it,. from Colorado, before
the 31iinesotans had ever seen the Beaver
Head country. Col. McLane, Wash Staple
ton, and others who came from Colorado at
the same time, will verify this.
These matters are of small moment to us
at present, but the historian who n.ay in
future write the history of the early days
of Montana, should have the facts as they
are. Yours, respectfully,
tells of a verdant chap who came to Denver
for the purpose of beholding the Lion in
all his huge and magnificent proportions.
Hle was taken by a party of friends to the
Diana saloon on Blake street, where he soon
became fascinated by the brilliant gaze of
the "Tiger," "Monte," etc., and began
betting very high anld winning very seldom.
Sanguine that the fickle goddess Fortune
would surely smile upon his hand, before
the game was over, ho kept on-betting until
his purse " busted," after which he put up
collaterals and borrowed until he left the
outside party as fundless as ýimself. Fin.
ally, in a fit of desperation, he put his glos
sy black moustache against ten dollare,
which the facetious "dealer" at once ad
vanced. Down went the greenbacks, and
up went the moustache which " Mr. Deal
er" proceeded to shear carefully but close
ly. This is the latest case of despearte
gambling, on record, and also the most
novel and original. But then they do queer
things in Denver.-Black Hawk (Col.)
NEw SILvEa Mass.--About 100 miles
north-east from the head of navigation on
the Colorado river, and about 300 miles
from Great Salt Lake City, silver mines at
unparalleled richness are said to have been
recently discovered. They are is what is
called Meadow Valley, and the ore is so
rich as to be malleable mnder the hammer.
The assays are said to show these mine to
be worth more than the famous Washoe
-At a Paris theatre all lddie are re
quired to take off their bonnets. This pro
viso has been found tedessarj ,inos, owhI
to the present fashion of female attire
is almost impossible for persons slttl be
hind a lady with her bonnet on to ss what
is going forward o she stage. The sad
has been attalaed by, tl printed bills
about the theatro i ll .d
nounceepst "All d n._t. *a. 1.
dies are politely requestdi toth ot their
bgtnets. All others may kep them os,'*

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