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BAXTER SPRINGS NEWS.
PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY. CHAS. L SMltH, Editor and Owucr. One copy one year $1.00 One copy six months 50 One copy three months . . .25 In Canada, $1.50 per year. All subscriptions are payable strictly in advance. Entered at the postoffice in Baxter Springs, Kansas, as second class mail matter. THURSDAY, JULY 30, 1908. NEWS FROM THE MINES. The Lincoln ville is steadily producing some very good zjnc ore, from a hand jig plant which it lias installed. The Mascotte on the Red Eagle land, has installed a new pump, and is now drifting in good ore, at the 8(Vfoot level. Two cars of zinc ore and ' one car fo lead ore are in the bins at the Mission mine, where the mill is turning out 5 to 6 tons per day of concentrates. The Lancaster mill is turning out 8 to 10 tons of zinc ore per shift. The ore at this property is very rich and there seems to be no limit to the amount in sight. Joining the Lancaster to the west is the .Three Queens so called, after three Oklahoma la dies, who originally leased this tract, where a good lead prospect is being worked on hand jigs. The Myrtle has started up its mill and the new development has uncovered the main ore body, which gives a rich face of ore eighteen feet thick. Two cars of high grade ore are now in the bins ready for shipment. The Newlands mill is to be put into operation the first of the month. This property has been out of commission since last fall, while its ore showing is such that it could have been kept producing to advantage, as it has an ex ceptionally rich bed to work. Sunburst shaft no. 2 is dump ing about 30 tons per day of good ore. The present working is be ing pushed to the southeast in the direction of the Good Luck, where the formation is becoming more open, indicating the break ing into the same ore bed as that, which the Good Luck is now de veloping. The record made last week by the Hobo mine, -showing a saving of over 20 per cent from the ore milled at the Omaha mill, has at tracted a great deal of attention to this part of the camp. It is rumored, that a combination is under way to take in several prop erties including the Hobo, there by effecting a large saying in op erating expenses, and insuring a steady production. A new derrick , and ore chute have been erected at the Luther, south of the Omaha mill, which gives the property additional room to dump its ore. The un derground development at tlm mine, has proven up the drilling and the drifts in all directions from shaft no. 1 are showing up excellent ore. As soon as suffi cient ground can be opened up to keep a mill go'flg steadily, one will be installed on this property. John Rice is drilling on the Duluth Lead and Zinc Compa ny's lease south of . Cuapaw sta tion, where the formation shows to be much the same as is found in the Miami camp. A heavy bed of shale is encountered with in a few feet of tht surface and is 0 feet thick, the underlying formation showing conglomerate sand spar, oil rock and some flint, It would not be at all surprising to the men who have studied tht conditions and territory, if the same kind of an ore deposit, were to be opened up on the Duluth Lead and Zinc Company's lease, as is now making the Miami camp so attractive. Much quiet work has been going on, by the best informed mining men tn the district, securing leases in this locality. J. C. Bryner has gone through three feet of the ore bed tn sink ing shaft No. 4 on the "Big Eighty" lease of the Sunburst The ore js very rich, and is found in a soft formation where very little if anv powder would be re quired to mine it. This corres ponds very closely to the ore and formation found in the Newland lease, which joins it to the south east. Over at the Old Tannehill shaft a hand jig plant is working on the ore being taken from the west workings, which are show incr up to good advantage. This lease showed, during former days, verr rich zinc ore in a sandstone formation, and this same forma tion seems to predominate in the present drifts. The Heap-O'Brien is still sink ing in its shaft; at the same time drifting is being done, prepara tory to the installation of a mill for cleaning the ore. Only a few feet remains to be sunk, until the ore bed will have been penetrated, which shows the thickness of the workable deposit to be twenty- eight feet. After several years of litigation the Ouivera Lead and Zinc Com pany property is to be put into operation, which is certainly wel come news to the camp as it was run but a very short time after the mill was installed. The prop erty has a splendid showing in both its shafts, as well as man) excellent drill holes, scattered over a large area of its eighty- acre lease. Quite extensive experiments are being carried on at the Whitt Eagle mill, of the Eastman Co. on the Abrams land to demon strate the most successful method of fine disseminated zinc ore, which is so thoroughly diffused throughout the entire mass of black rock found in the mines on this property, the solution ot which means so much to the op erators not only on this land, but to all parties interested in the North Camp. This mill is now beine run double shift, on tail ings which were milled prior to the installation of the sizing sys tem, installed in this -mill br Thomas Hackwood, formerly of Flat River, Mo. The saving be- incr effected is 1 to 2 per cent which demonstrates the superior ity of the sizing system over the old method used. . The Good Luck has purchased the Joanna mill, from the Hood Implement Co., which has the contract for moving and erecting it at the Good Luck mine, on the Iowa & Oklahoma land to the Southeast of the Sunburst mine. The recent development on this property has proven that the ex tra large blocks of zinc ore, are not only a pocket but extend in all directions, which may lead to demonstrating the largest deposit of this formation yet discovered in the district D. D. GilL man acer. is the busiest as well as the happiest man in the camp, and promises to show the "boys" how to produce ore as soon as his mill is installed, and from the looks of the dump he has to start on, there is little doubt, but that hi will make good his promise. Many varying opinions have been held and much has been written, particularly about the formations which prevail in the Baxter-Quapaw and Miami Lead and Zinc Districts, as to what the formation should be styled or called' After a very extensive examination and inspection by Mr C. E. Siebenthal, Assistant U. S Geologist, requiring a larger part of a year, he writes as follows, in the Advance Chapter from Bulletin no. 340, Contributions t Economic Geology, 1907, Part 1 "A basal breccia was formed where the later shale formations were deposited upon and in the residum which mantled the sur face and in part filled the caverns of the limestone land that was subject to underground solutious; such breccias, also called 'mixed' or 'confused' ground, are the loci of ore deposits i i many places. Locally a chert member of the Boone, with thin interstratified limestone strata, was finely shat tered by warping or other tension the more elastic limestone escap ing brecciation. On being rece mented in place this rock formed a sheet breccia. When the lime stone was replaced later by ore and ore-bearing jasperoid, it be came 'sheet ground'. Though important in the Joplin district, sheet ground was apparently not extensively developed in this area. "When the imbedded limestone in such a series was dissolved, not replaced, it allowed the chert to settle irregularly, resulting ir. strong brecciation, in many olace? completely obscuring the bedding. Shale may have been carried into the openings or they may havr been filled with ore or jasperoid. A horizontal tabular body of brec cia, which differs in origin and in form from sheet breccias, was thus developed. Such a forma tion may be called a blanket brec cia. "The lead and zinc ore in the Baxter-Quapaw District is gener ally found in a breccia of this kind. In distinction from the sheet ground deposits in the sheet breccias, the Baxter-Quapaw ore bodies in the blanket breccias may be called blanket ground. "The ore deposits of lead and zinc, within the Wyandotte Quad rangle are found mainly in the Boone formation, but also to a considerable extent in sandstone breccias in the Chester, particu larly in the new Miami district. Blanket breccias, with blanket ground deposits, are the main source of ore, being especially well displayed in the Baxter-Quapaw district In the Miami Camp he says, "The surface formation is Cher okee shale, below which are sand stone and limestone of Chester age. resting upon the Boone chert and limestone. In certain areas the limestone of the Chester group has been carried away by solu tion, allowing the sandstone to settle down upon the Boone. In this settling the sandstone was more or less fractured and broken. The ore was first discovered in this sandstone breccia, though in some recent drillings it has been found to continue down into the Boone chert." EXTRACT FROM Department of the Interior U. S. Geological Survey Bulletin 340 C by C. E. Siebenthal. The Mission mine may be cho sen to exemplify the blanket ground mines because it is typ ical, because its underground workings are the most evtensive, and because it is the best known mine in the district having been the "show" mine from the begin- j ning of the camp. The mined area extends over approximately i 5 acres in the NE 1-4, Sec 1, T. 28 N., R. 21 E. The blanket ground is about 30 .feet in thick ness, the top of the ore being i Chlctvgo Colorado California I The Lakes and East etc. Attractive Summer Tours This is vacation time. Have you de cided where you will spend your period of rest ? . The Santa Fe has very low rates to all the pop ular resorts, as well as to many other good ones, not so well known. I a Low Rates You are invited to apply for conic of our vacation folder, viet nmer, "The Lake ami h "Colorado Summer, ngt in California, at, "Similiter Out- If at the ame time you will Hate your L, preference, I will be (lad to quote you lowed rate for excumion ticket. L. B. Smith, Faoanrcr At ant Tha JUohlaoa, Topeka Santa Ft Railway, Boom 7, Union Depot, Kanaaa City. Frisco Time Table. NORTH BOUND. 114 for Kansas City departs at lt:50 pra 110 for Kansas City via Cherokee departs at 3:03 am 116 for Kansas City via Pittsburg departs at 10:20 am 324 for Kansas City via Joplin departs at 10:50 am SOUTH BOUND. 109 for Oklahoma City via Afton departs at 2:20 am 123 for Oklahoma City via Afton departs at 8-35 am 111 for Fort Worth via Afton departs at 5:10 pm EAST BOUND. 316 for Joplin departs at 6:30 am 302 for St. Louis via Joplin departs at 2:00 am 324 for Kansas City via Joplin and Pittsburg departs 10:50 am 320 for Joplin from Kansas City departs at 2:55 pm 318 for Joplin from points south departs at S:25 pm 308 for Joplin and St. Louis from Wichita departs at 7:35 pm WEST BOUND. 126 from St. Louis to Wichita and west departs at 1:50 am 128 from St. Louis to Wichita and west departs at V:10 am This schedule went into effect March 22, 1WS. C. S. ROBERTS, A rent. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. reached at about 50 feet from the surface and the limestone upon which it rests at about 80 feet. Only the upper 18 to 20 feet of this ground has been worked, though at the time the mine was bisited a lower slope 10 or 12 feet in heighth was being taken up from the pump shaft. In this mine, as generally in the district, there is at the top of the blanket ground 2 or 3 feet of soft ground, containing more or less black shale and yellow clay. Locally solution has progressed so far that slabs only of lime stone and chert occur in the clay and shale. There is as a rule more or less spar and tiff in veins and pockets, and here and there a little bitumen. Much of the shale is slickensided. This zone is apparently not one of general movement, but one of accommo dation to the light stresses re sulting from underground solu tion and the weight of the super incumbent strata. It seems like ly that the opening at the top of the blanket breccia, into which the clay and shale have been drawn, was largely a result of the settling of the chert beds when the interbedden limestone was dissolved. The fact that the roof did. not settle into this space would be explained if the solution in the blanket chert went on by areas, portions re maining to support the roof until after the portions first dissolved and fractured had been recement ed by jasperoid and rendered ca pable of sustaining the roof. This upper, softer sheet in many places is richer in ore than the harder ground below, but on the other hand it is here and there entirely barren. Below the soft ground the blanket breccia consists of great ly fractured "live" blue- flint, which in the more unbroken por tions shows small dark spots, an eighth to a fourth of- an inch in diameter, surrounded by a light er border. At many points the stratification of the chert is ob scured by the brecciation, bui in general it can be made out either from the chert br from the jas peroid sheets between the broken chert beds. The brecciation of the chert ledges is uneven. In places the whole ledge is broken up; else where it is broken into big boul ders with finer brecciation be tween them; elsewhere still the sheets are comparatively unbro ken, with chert fragments sus- jpended in the jasperoid inter- strata. In m:iny of the more unbroken portions of the chert strata traces of a former fine brecciation may be distinguished. The outlines of the fragmects are faint, and the cementing ma terial resemblesa network of thin dark veins. These are not ore bearing and possibly correspond to the older sheet brecciation in the sheet ground deposits of the I Joplin district. At numerous jplacesinthe mine the chert is 'fractured veitically or nearly so. Some of these fractures come so close together ;;s to constitute j "sheeting" and to conceal the bedding of the chert completely, j They are ordinarily rot slic':en ! sided, but are usually stained jdark by the circulating waters. ' In general they are open, contain ing neither ore nor jasperoid, jThey are probably equivalent to the sheeting in the mines of the sheet ground in the Joplin dis trict, where also the sheeting is later than the ore deposition. The ore in the Mission mine consists of sphalerite and lead in the proportion of 2 or 3 to 1. The latter is found in fissures and crevices in the chert, and the for mer is disseminated in the jasper oid as well as !n the crevices and fissures. Where both the ores occur in a pocket, the galena' shows a tendency to be crystal lized in the upper parts and the sphalerite in the lower parts. In the mine as a whole not much differentiation can be seen, more lead occurring in the upper por tion in some places and near the bottom in others. WE BUY WHEAT. Highest market price for wheat. Baxter Mill & Elevator Co. D. L Harper, Manager. FOR SALE-Cood 31-2 in. wagon and double har ness, almost new, for sale cheap, if sold at once. See Ceo. f. Rucker or C A. Smith. E. H. CULLISQN, LAWYER. Notary Public. Abstracts of Title Examined. Office in Daniels Block. .