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The position or honor in each ot the
June ami July numbers of the Alaska
and Northwest Mining Jonrnal. pub^
lished at Seattle, are devoted to the
"Juneau Gold Belt" The articles
are from the pen of O. E. Bennett, of
this city, special correspondent of the
magazine, and they occupy the first
halt dozen pages in each of the last
two numbers.
Mr. Bennett calls to mind a fact
that Juneauites often lose sight of?
a fact which many ot the citizens of
Juneau have never known to be the
truth. He says "Gold in the form
of placer was first discovered in
what is now known as the Juneau
mining district, at Sumdum and
Windham Bay. in the year 1870."
Continuing. Mr. Bennett relates
now ten years later, two prospectors,
Joe Juneau and Richard Harris, land
ed at the mouth of Gold Creek which
empties into Gastlneau Channel now
only a few yards from a number of
the principal business houses of tho
City of Juneau. "The prospectors
discovered float ore at the mouth of
this stream" tho article goes on to
say, "and they followed it up to Sil
ver Bow Basin whore they discover
ed good placer prospects. Tho follow
ing year there was what would be
considered a smalt stumpedc to this
district, and the year 1881 found ap
proximately 100 people in the camp
then known as Harrisburg. From that
time up to the present, a period of ov
er thirty-two years, the Junenu min
ing district has witnessed a gradual
and continuous development."
"There arc special features char
acteristic of tho Juneau Gold Belt
which deserve special mention and ;
which, at the same time have a defi
nite bearing on its future" says Mr.
Bennett, and further states that "the
most important of these is that
throughout the whole Pacific Coast
this is one of' the few places where
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the mineral zone Ilea dlerctly and ad
jacent to the natural channels of wa
ter transportation. Thd second Im
portant point is, that the high moun
tains framing the hanging way of
the lode system act as'a bulwark to
the moisture of the ocean and cre
ates conditions allowing u heavy pre
cipitation which, In turn becomeB val
uable as cheap and abundant power.
The third characteristic is, that the
lode systems so fur determined have
such metallurgical ' characteristics
as to permit of simple and easy ex
traction. .
"These three factors are necessary
to and acfhally make possible the
cheapest known working costs for
gold mines In the world. By way.of
comparison, there aro lodge systems
as large as those in this belt and hav
ing the same values found In many
minlng districts, but as a rule, these
three elements necessary to ctasap
working costs permit of working ore,
under the right conditions, that will
show an extraction of not over $2 a
ton. Inasmuch as the conditions
which create high grade values aro
unusual high grade deposits of any
size are, as a rule, of rare occurence,
and the mining of such deposits is
invariably coincident with a short
life. On the other hand, small strin
gers and velulets of high grade ore,
which cannot be worked themselves,
scattered over a large area, is a con-(
dition which exlBts in this district,
and which makes up the large depos
its now being worked and developed.
"All of these special features just
mentioned have a strong bearing on
not aloue the present history of this
pie, the life of the despits, on account
district, but Its future. For exam
of their size, will bo great. It is
confidently expected that dome of the
deposits already developed will bo
working for upwards of a hundred
years from what is at present known
of them. The normal working con
stant. both as to output and mon
dltlon of this type of deposit is con
"From the standpoint of the mer
chant, mines of this character, as
against high grade deposits, allow him
to build and develop along natural
and substantial lines without fear
that the bottom may drop out with
the working out of high grade body
of ore* From the standpoint of the
minor and the working man. as
against the quick and easy returns
in a high grade camp, followed by a
shifting of his position and occupa
tion. he can, if he will, determine to
definitely settle in this givep area,
build his home and bring up his fam
ily, feeling that his work and his fu
ture rests on a substantial founda
that better than fifty to seventy-five
per cent, of the gross yield from the
deposits is paid direct to labor and
supplies. The present gold output, for
the entire district fo rthe year 1914.
or up to the present time, is approxi
mately five million dollars, so that
over two million dolThrs has been paid
direct to labor, and this does not con
sider the new money which is going
into equipment and development
work, but refersonly to present out
"As an example of what large, low
grade mines mean to the laboring man
and merchant, take for example the
Treadwell group of mines. This
group to date has milled some 45,000,
000 tons of ore and produced in the
neighborhood of $60,000,000 in gold
and silver. Out of this, approximate
ly $30,000,000 has been paid out in
the form of salaries direct to labor,
lias been paid out in equipment, ma
chinery and supplies. The yearly
output of this group averages about
$4,000,000 a year, and Is increasing.
T$e average number of men employed
is 1.500, with a payroll, of approxi
mately $166,000 a month. All this is
taken direct from the ground and is
added wealth, not alone to the com
munity itself, but to the world at
Up to the present time some $5,000.
000 has been expended on develop
ment work on the low grade proper
ties in this district, and there is an
assurance of severul millions more
being spent on the development of i
other properties within the noxt two i
or three years. Theso expenditures i
are being made direct In the Silver i
basin us woll as on Douglas Island, !
and will increase the present large <
milling capacity by several thou
sand tons. i
In connection with tho Immediate
vicinity of Juneau tho writor says
more particularly:
"Tho magnltudo of mining In. South
eastern Alaska, and moro particularly
on what Is known as the Juneau gold
belt, where the raining and milling
of low grade ore Is now beln'g carried
op in operations of such proportions
as to cpntor tho eyes of the mining
and business world upon this sec
tion, have, to a certain extent, led
tho interested public to believe that
tho Juneau gold bolt Is one of tho
low grade ore bodies exclusively, and
contains llttld. If any, rich veins of
high grade ore in small bodleB, such
as Is 'characteristic of many other
camps. This 1b not tho case, by any
means. Most of the ore bodies now
being developed uiong hub dou are
found to lie In what Is commonly
termed, the Juneau slate, and are
comparatively close to the water.
However, there Is abundance of vci
dence all along this belt for a dis
tance of more than two hundred
'miles, that the dlorite and Its allied
rocks which are found tb make the
cast side contact of tho slates, con
tain many smaller leads of rich, or
very high grade ore.
"At numerous intervals along this
belt. Immense glaciers cut the for
mations almost at right angles, and
stretch from many miles into the
interior down almost to the sea. Tho
glacial morane and debris which lie
at the fott and along the sides of
these immense rivers of Ice, contain
the undlsputable evidence of the
richness of the veins disrupted by
theso glaciers while moving In their
course to the sea. Much float quartz
may bo found around any of these
glaciers in which free gold can readily
be seen, some of It assaying very
high in values.
"Many of these rich stringers of
veins have been located at numerous
localities throughout this belt and
held for several years, sufficient as
sessment work being done each year
to hold them and no further attempt
l>elng made toward development.
These veins usually being found in
small bodies, have been neglected for
the reason that local capital has been
absorbed almost entirely and to its ut
most capacity in handling the larger
propositions of low grade ores, and
also that often these smaller leads
are rather difficult of access, or at
least considered so in a coyntry
where the mining developments have
been heretofore carried on almost
at sea level.
"However, H Is apparent already,
that this vest mineralized domain is
soon to receive the attention of both
prospectors and" mining investors
that its indications warrant. When
.it is taken into consideration that
this immense and practically unex
plored expanse of country, which lies
back of the States and known to be
heavily timbered for more than one
hundred inlles Sack from the const
line of the main land of Alaska, the
future possibilities of this mineral
empire of latent wealth are beyond
"Another heavily mineralized sec
tion, where the conditions are closely
analogous to those of the Juneau min
eral belt, lies on the west side of
Lynn Canal, between the head of Ex
cursion Inlet and Chilkat River. Here,
as on the Juneau mineral belt, are
found a long and unbroken chain of
heavily mineralized slates, the same
being intersected along its whole
course by many dikes of Intrusive
'rocks, and many of the streams which
flow through this belt and empty in
to the west side of Lynn Caual, show
an appreciable and constant working
of gold, apparently eroding in large
quantities yearly from these slates.
"A cursory and rather superficial
examination made by prospectors and
well known mining men during the
summer of 1914, developed the fact
that many large bodies of ore are to
be found in this section which con
tain both gold and galenn, and ar$
almost identical in character with the
ores in the Juneau belt. This miner- ,
alized section, as a rule, lies within
five or six miles back from tide wa
ter. where numerous land-locked bays
and indentations along the coast ren
der fine harbors for the largest sea
going vessels. ,
"Water power and timber suitable J
for mining purposes are to be found 1
in abundance throughout these min- I
eral belts, and when it is taken in- I
to consideration that thiB district is
open the year around for transporta
tion facilities and accessible for min- i
ing operations which are now and ]
have been carried on at all seasons i
of the year., it is little wonder that |
large combinations of capital are t
spending millions of dollars here 1
where an absolute guarantee of per
manency is assured, and where a big
share of the attention from tho mining <
world is attracted and where many i
homeseekers and investors are now |
interested. 1
"The conditions of the mines in this
mineral belt as they stand today, are
pleasing to contemplate. "The Tread- ,
well group, Alaska-Gastlneau, Alaska- t
Juneau and other properties on a :
large operative basis, are in better <
condition from a point of view in ton
nage' and development work sb ^ell
as surface equipment, than ever in <
their history. The exploration work ]
in all the mines in this district con- \
tinues steadjly and satisfactorily, and ^
the ore bodies are retaining an equal
ly satisfactory depth and value.
"Only a short way from this im- t
mediate section, active and consist- t
snt development work Is being car- r
?led on in the Auk Bay country, in i
'.lie Eagle River country and the Ber
tiftr's Bay country, the results of
which are generally satisfactorily
and encouraging. Thero can bo little
ioubt that with the Improvement of
modern metallurgy and the contlnua
atlon of this dovelopmont work now
planned in these outside sections, the
olther mines comparable In size to
this Immediate vicinity, will be forth
The articles are profusely Illus
trated, and Mr. Bennett has received
congratulations from many mining
men for the careful manner In which
he has presented the facts concerning
the Juneau Gold Belt.
Copies of both the June and July
numbers of the Alaska and North
west Mining Journal arc on sale at
Juneau news stands.
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Statisticians in Hamburg, Germany
have complied figures showing that
Gorman is rapidly becoming tho lan
guage of tho world. In 1800 there
were 30,320,000 speaking German, 31,
-150,000 French, and 20,520,000 English
in 1890 75,200,000 51,200,000 and 111,
100,000, respectively. In 1914, 105,
000,000, 52,000,000 and 152,000,000 re
spectively. In 1800 there were 280,
000 speaking German in tho United
States, in 1890, 7,100,000 and in 1914,
13,000,000. In 1914 there were 90,
500,000 speaking German in Europe,
compared with 46,000,000 each of the
French and English languages.
A Zurich dispatch says that at the
beginning of the war the Kaiser's
special train was painted whitish-blue
so that troops and civilians could all
recognize and cheer the emperor as
he passed. To prevent hostile avia
tors from scolng the train easily It
has been periodically repainted in dif
ferent colors. The telephone system
is so perfect that tho Kaiser when
in the field can get into immediate
connection with his army chiefs in
the west and east fronts, the govern
ment representatives nt Berlin and
with ambassadors in neutral Eurpp
can countries. y
Bread just before the fall of Warsaw
was double and triple its usual price.
Eggs, which sold for for two cents,
are now six "centos each. At Easter
each Russian soldier received four
eggs?1,000,000 soldiers around War
saw meant 4,000,000 eggs?and the
country was stripped of this product.
There is no beef, and a pound of poor
moat now costs 60 kopecks, against
tho usual price of 24 kopecks?the
poorest quality of stouppo oxen.
In the Boston Globe, correspondent
J. O. D. Bennett writes from Gb'ris
tiania that men of affairs there feel
that Norway will bo drawn Into the
war as an irily of England. Explorers
Amundsen and Nansen have voluntar
ily returned to the Norwegian.)govern
ment subsidies which they had been
granted for further polai; researches,
and have abandoned the latter until
after the close of tho war.
Germany has a new ureoplanc, that
is practically invisible at 3,000 feet,
at a height of 6,000 feet to the. nak
ed eye. Tho invisibility is obtained
by covering tho pinned with "cellon,"
a combination chemical mixture of
cellulose and acetic acid, which make
them exceedingly tough, transparent,
and pliable and is also non-inflam
A London special asserts that ob
servations indicate thnt whether ship
is torpedoed with or without warning
depends upon the individual German
submarine commander and that there
is no record of the Admiralty ever
having issued Instructions on this
German submarines sunk ten Brit
ish trawlers an;I three neutraj vessels
on Tuesday. l;Tench Submarine Mar
iotte was destroyed by the Gorman
submarine on July 26 in the Dardan
elles, according to a Constantinople
Arrivals and departures of. British
merchants sliips from British port
since the inauguration of the Gorman
submarine war have been 31,395; 98
shipB having been sunk, of 31 per
cent. The officers and men who have
been killed were 505; and neutral ves
sels sent to the bottom, 95.
A Cincinnati manufacturer, L. L.
Wolf, hus discovered a flreproofing li
quid designed to offset the effects
of shells which on explosion distri
bute burning liquid. The British gov
ernment upon txpcrimentj has order
ed 600 gallons.
A representative of the French gov
ernment is in Pittsburgh seeking tp
place an order for sufficient mica to
make 4,000,000 lenses for glasses
lor glasses to be worn by the soldiers
is a protection against gas and acid
German Under-Secretary For For
eign Affairs Zimmerman says: "We
ean never give up our submarino war
fare. The people would never sanc
:ion that."
In an article headed "Unfounded
\nxieties," Count Reventlow admits
he German public is a good deal an
loyed by theu nsatisfying progress
if the submarine war.
A Germaif colonel claims the Kais
er told the grand general staff that
10 has decided to end the war Jain
lary 1, and sign a peace treaty on
lanuary 27th, his birthday.
The French forces have captured
he Important position of Lomie, on
he German colony of Kerermn, Af- I
lea, and have advanced as far as ;
^otourzitsa. <
Abe Martin Says
It's for easier t' talk back than it
s t' come back. Mrs. Tipton Bud's
icphew has loft the penal farm as he
vuz not satisfied.
DON'T forgot tbo Names?
Concrete or frame construction.
In her quarterly report submitted
to the Library Association last night,
Mrs, R. E. Robertson, secretary, Bald:
"Tho library now contains 1637 books,
the average circulation being 1400 a
month, or for tho quarter an average
of approximately 47 books a day. The
numbor of roaders in the reading
room averages 30 a day. One day
during July 50 readers availed thom
hcIvcs of the privileges of tho read
ing room. Tho number of borrow
ers is 880. Fifty-one new borrowers
have been added to the list since the
first of July."
Acording'To tho report, the averago
monthly expenses of tho library arc
itemized as follows:
Rent $40
Librarian 75
Substitute 5
Janitor .'. 12
On August 1st tho association had
on hand 'in tho banks a total of
$508.31. During the quarter the sum
of $720 was received from tho fol
lowing sources:
From Draper Club $204.94
Baseball game, gross receipts.. 233.20
Monthly subscriptions 131.30
Membership dues In aso'n 8.00
Calling cards sold 1.45
Fines for overdue books 36.80
Electrio light company, dona
tion 15.00
A respectable middle aged widow
wants general house work. She is
a good plain cook and capable of tak
ing complete charge of children and
home for woman In business, or wid
ower. No washing. Any part of Al
aska. Mrs. L. C. Bennett, 2652 15th
Ave. W? Seattle, Wash. 8-5-2t.
just received another large ship
ment of the famous Augustine & Ky
era candles, bearing the factory date
of.July 30th. The public can always
feel confident of obtaining a fresh
box of the celebrated Augustine &
Kyer candy at the
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Empire want ads. work all the time.
Rateo?75c to $2.50 Per Day
Weekly Rates on Request
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Jewelry, Silverware
Jeweler end
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Phone 388 Strictly Pint Class
Juneau Construction Co.
Contractors flstom and office fix- II
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Capital, Surplus and undivided Profits over 100,000.00
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