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was the is HEWS OF THE WORLD IN BRIEF as A Complet« Review of the Kvente for the ___Among the Post Week-In This »nd Foreign lands—Taken From the Latest Dis patches. *-- j his The death of J. A. Pryer by suicide oc- the eurred recently in his cabin near Pine City, j Bubonic plague is abating and the fear ful epidemic at Honolulu is apparently under control. | The speech of Queen Victoria at the opening of the seventh session of 14th par liament breathes of war. | Colonel W. J. Bryan was the central figure of an unusual demonstration in Mechanics' hall recently at Boston. j jin, The steamer Goodwi» sailing from Ta- the coma recently for China, went on the tody beach at Brown's Point m a heavy fog. Mrs. Lawton was completely overcome | when told of the fund wised for herseit port and children by the people of the United dlan Gutes. I The British steamer Expedient has run down and sunk a harter ^^nier near Ah tona, Germany, and woi drowned. I C" 1 Y" led ® 1 m rl hemorrhage of »bed suddenly recently oi nemorrnage oi died suddenly recently of taemorr ge v» the stomach. Mike Reilly of « asgow 1 J Mowreceived w eg wi j of Birmingham, at the NaLonal Sporting C1 "J? in J j0mio '- p ,. w B C 85 . L l the ^^Tginating in the furnace room. E. Coming, the proprietor, had been in pos session only thrre days. The loss on the building and contente is $9000. The Lisbon correspondent of the London Standard says: "1 hear the indemnity to be awarded Great Britain will be so large that Portugal will be obliged to make over the railroad and the port of Lorenzo Mar quez to the British government'' The republicans are to impose a tariff against Puerto Rico colony exports. The action of the committee amounts to a de- j cision that customs and revenue laws of the United States shall not apply to our, insular possessions. Rear Admiral Crowninshield ha* arrived at San Diego, Cal., to confer with Rear Admiral Kautz. After a brief stay here Admiral Crowninshield will proceed to San Francisco to inspect the naval train ing station on Yerba Buena island. The supreme court of Ohio has handed down a decision which sustains what is generally known as the V-alentine-Stewart anti-trust law, which prohibits the com bination of companies or firms for illegal purposes which are therein outlined. Patrick Oberil of Boise, Idaho, has been bound over by the United States commis sioner on a charge of passing counterfeit money. There are two otheis under arrest, George Buchanan and W illiam Hendricks. They passed a considerable amount in bo gus five-dollar pieces in that city. It is believed they disposed of nearly $500 of the coins. Captain Wendell C. Neville, commander of the marine corps at the Brooklyn navy yard, who has been appointed governor of the island of Tutuila, has received or ders to prepare to go to the Samoan i-lands at once. It has been decided to establish a coaling station at Tutuila, and a com pany of marines will shortly sail with Cap tain Neville to garrison the station. A scouting party of the Twenty-fifth in fantry while operating near Subig was am bushed by insurgents, and three privates were killed and two or three privates wounded. A company some distance in the rear, oil hearing the firing, hurried to the scene and recovered the bodies. The Manila papers assert, although the state ment is not confirmed, that the insurgents lost 40 killed and wounded. A runaway electric car on the Dayton A Xenia road left the track at a sharp curve just east of Dayton, O., recently and was demolished. An unknown man was mashed into an unrecognizable mass. Hattie Klong, a young woman residing at Alpha, O., was instantly killed. John Cox, the motorman, had his leg injured to such an extent that amputation may be necessary. Several other passengers received injuries. The resting place of General Lawton is in the National Cemetery at Arling Chicago suffered from cold last week and two deaths occurred. The mer cury was eight below zero. McGovern knocked out Eddie San try in the fifth round in Chicago, and so holds the championship. The contest in Kentucky seems to be purely a state matter, and McKinley says he will not meddle in it. Under the auspices of the German nationalists some 3,000 people met ln Vienna recently to express sympathy for the Boers. Tommy Ryan of Syracuse was given the decision over George Lawler of De troit after 13 rounds recently at Hot Springs. Ark. There will be no strike on the Great Northern, as the labor troubles are over. The western employes are op posed to a strike. George N. Wiswell, of Milwaukee Wis., ex-United States marshal, has been appointed sergeant-at-arms of the republican national convention in Philadelphia next June. The Philippine commission has giv en its views to the country as they .leave. They suggest a territorial idea until the natives grow more intelligent centralize power in American hands Nicholas Hotzaler stabbed and in stantly killed Mrs. Louise Schaefer re cently in the dining room of her home at 4435 Princeton avenue, Chicago Hotzaler then shot himself, dying al most immediately. There was quite a severe earthquake at Abbotsford, B. C.. last week, the , ^ 4 — . 1 « disturbance being almost un _____ ______________ precedented ln this part ~Of the coun try. No serions damage was done, though dishes rattled and plastering was cracked. A dispatch from Zurich states that the report that Menelik is arming men is untrue and that the negus has not consulted French and Russian experts as to an attack on the English from hn the rear. the passengers on the quar antlned Australia, from Honolulu was Arthur gewall, eX-candldate for vice president, who has been on a visit to his son, H. M. Sewall, special agent of the United States In Hawaii, The cost of the war to the end of the fiscal year, March 31, is estimated at 30,000,000 pounds. The house of com mons has already granted 10,000.000 pounds, and the Times says another ; 20,000,000 pounds will be asked for. | j R. V. Wilson, accused of the embez zlement of $6,000 from the Great 477 Northern Express company at Frank- | 87 jin, Washington, has started back to j the 8ce ne of his alleged crime in eus- 1 of tody of special Agent Hunt of the ex- 1 100 pres8 company. | The 8teamer Farallon's officers re port that a p rlnce of Wales iBland In- j Mr dlan shot and kmed ^ latter . 8 nat ive wife. Later the assassin returned and 1 agaIn opened fire. The Russian gave batUe and 8hot the bloodthirsty buck ! dead in his tracks. The fisherman gave hlmself up to the authoritles - i Flre in Indianapolis. Ind., destroyed George w - stout ' 8 wholesale grocery , & __.juuin. HuiMimra gtore> 8pread to adjoining buildings oc cupied by Brinkmeyer, Kuhn & Co., wholesale grocers and the Hendrieks Vance company, causing a total loss Rt $ 350 ooo. Insurance was 85 P er cent of the va,ue - Mr. Darnel. United States consul at Nogalre, Mexico has telegraphed the slate department that there It i not : a word of truth in the stoij that six Americans were shot by order ofGen eral Torrre nw Guaymas because they were found with the hostile Yaqui Indians The fast train on the Plant system was wrecked 20 miles north of Tampa, Fla. Engineer Kennedy was instantly killed. One passenger was killed and the body so mutilated it has not been j identified. The son of H. P. Herndon, mail agent of this city, died at the Sanford hospital. The senate in executive session re cently took up The Hague peace treaty. ted in to . . „ „„„ „„„ ; rnons has already^ granted 10,000^,000 tbe A There was a brief discussion of It, but no opposition was developed. The treaty would have been ratified, but under the rule it had to lay over 24 hours after being read. The extradi tion treaty with the Argentine Repub lic was also read and considered, but went over for the same reason. Charles H. Cole, formerly president of the Globe National Bank, who is charged with embezzling and misap propriating $900,000, the property of the bank, waived examination and was held in $50,000 bond for the grand jury of the district court, which sits March 20. Benjamin E. Smith and Benjamin Walls of Boston were accepted as sure ties. Cole was brought here early in January from Los Angeles, Cal. A cable from Manila was received by the quartermaster's department stat ing the Hancock sailed from Manila for San Francisco on January 29 with the bodies of 462 dead soldiers. The Indiana is expected in immediately with 200 bodies and the Ohio with 13S arrived today. These, in addition to the 159 which came in on the Peking, make an imposing total of nearly 1,000 soldiers who lost their lives in the Philippines and have been brought heme to the United States for final in terment. After a joint conference lasting near ly two weeks at Indianapolis, Ind., the delegates from the United Mine Work ers of America and the Interstate Op erators' Association finally adopted scale which is a compromise between the first demand of the former and the first offer of the latter. The scale adopt ed is a general advance of 2.21 per cent and is satisfactory to miners and oper ators of Ohio, Pennsylvania and In diana and will be accepted by the 1111 note miners and operators. It 26 to ln op has the in in re al the un Mutiny in Kgyiit. Berlin, Feb. 5.—The news from Egypt of mutiny among the Egyptian troops at Khartoum is regarded here gravely, es pecially as private dispatches confirm re ports previously received. In circles close to the government it is considered that a spread of mutiny and an uprising like Arabi Bey's is within the possibilities. Here it is also believed that in such case France would be sure to actively inter meddle, probably backed up by Russia. An article by Sir Edward J. Reed, chief constructor of the navy of the emperor, in the Deutsche Revue, is creating a pleas ant sensation, the article being extremely appreciative and sympathetic, instancing a number of points from the writer's per sonal observation, showing his majesty's remarkably close and accurate informa tion about naval and other difficult mat ters, and the emperor's freedom from pre judice. The United States embassy is gratified at the fact that for months there has been a perfect lull in the complainte about German official seizures and vex atious delays of American meats and fruit. Except a few trifling cases nothing has been heard of that description. <|ut-<»n Will Not Go to Ituly. London, Feb. 5.—The queen had made all arrangements to go to Italy, but she now declares her intention of remaining in England unless by the Leginning of March there is a great improvement in the situation. The prince of Wales and other members of the royal family will remain in England in any event. InenraeatH Defeated. Manila, Feb. 5.—General Kobbe has oc cupied the islands of Samsar and Leyte In a fight at Taelohan 10 insurgents were 1 killed and the Americans captured five al-[cannon with their artillerymen. tun imihi » BRIEFLY TOLD IN hn Interesting Collection of Items From the Four Northwest States of a Miscellaneous Nature Uath ered the Past Week. MONTANA. Range horses In Montana will be as of age • NOTES. I is this year at $10 a head, -phe receipts of the Montana Btate ' j and „fjco f or the fiscal year of 1899 amounte d to $200,195, of which $112, 477 04 was received from leases and | 87 > 7 15 .b 6 from sales. B j 8 sported that Thomas C. Cotter of Milea City haa refused 21 cents for of 100 000 poundB of his 1900 clip of wool, offered by Mr. Hallett, representing Jer emlah wi liiam 8 & Co. of Boston, Muss, Mr Cott e r - 8 clip will be about 250,000 pound8 Tb people of Livingston, at a city electlon hav0 ] U8t declared ngainst of municlpal ownership by a majority of proposition to bond the city for $100,000 to secure funds to purchase plant of the uvtngston Waterworks & E iectric Light Company was (submit . . . . ted and brought out a strong opposition from the business Interests of the city, About 15 carpenters are at work on tbe new $20,000 hotel building at Libby. A heavy vote was polled and the elec-, tion created great interest. Feed ln Teton county is not at all good, as the heavy snowstorm of last October flattened the grass to the ground, and when the snow melted it thawed from the bottom, leaving the grass dead and without nourishment. It is said that many Teton stockmen are wintering their herds along the Marais and ln the P«nd d'Oreille basin. Every Indication points to a big price for wool this coming seasoD and the wool growers are jubilant Repre sentatives of a Boston house are abroad and are eagerly picking up everything In sight at prices constantly Increas ing. Predictions are freely made that 26 cents or even 30 cents will bo reach ed before the season closes, and It Is getting more difficult to induce the growers to dispose of their clips at the prevailing prices. Gust Moser, supervisor of the Lewis and Clarke forest reserve, says that the reserve system is giving satisfaction as far as he can learn, and the settlers are becoming acquainted with the rules and regulations of the reserves so that they are not subjected to any Inconve nience from their operation. The sheriff of Butte has received by I express from Silver Bow a box contain ing the books of account of Crowley & Holland, who were forced in to in volun tary bankruptcy in December, 1898. When proceedings were commenced in 1898 both members of the flrm skipped, and the books could not be found. Since then certain of the accounts have been collected, but the collector was never detected. The outlook is now that numerous creditors will soon re ceive another dividend. WASHINGTON. WASHINGTON. Chelan county is in the twenty-sixth class. Citizens of Spokane are forming a driving club. The arrangements for the poultry show at Walla Walla are being per fected. The month just ended was the warmest January on record in Spo kane. The Association of County Assessors of Washington meets at Ellenshurg Feb. 19. George Lockwood has been arrosted ; on a charge of arson committed at Waitsburg. j The Spokane smallpox epidemic is over and the physicians believe that they now have the disease well in hand. H. M. Pearson was drowned by fall-1 ing from a boom of logs at the Mein tosh mill, four miles from Tenino, last week. ' Legtelatlon against, log rafting on Puget Sound, or the high seas, is op posed by the Seattle chamber of com merce. I An ordinance Increasing the salar-1 les of nearly all the city employes has been introduced ln the city council of Seattle. | The Washington state republican convention to elect delegates to the na - » » u tlonal convention meets at Ellensburg April 4. I The Rainier Chemical Works Com- J pany has been organized ln Olympia, 1 with A. C. Stevens, formerly of Seattle, ac president. The contract has been awarded for 13,560 feet of cement sidewalks on Uni versity Heights, Seattle. The contract price is $11,125. Total receipts by Pierce county for . last year as shown by the récapitula- 1 tlon of the county treasurer amounted to $1,135,445.19. , The bonded indebtedness of Kittitas ccunty is $195,000, and there is cash now on hand sufficient to pay all out standing warrants. The ladies of the Westminster Con gregational church at Spokane have started a movement favoring the re mnvfli nf «il hats during service Charles Cukenbaugh, a farmer living three miles from Marshall, had his col lar bone broken by being caught be tween the hay rack and gate post. North Yakima merchants have en .ered into an agreement to close their stores and places of business every night, except Saturday, at 6:30 o'clock. Gua Kries, a laborer in the employ of the Washington Brick * Lime Co., had both legs fractured below the knee re rentlv ln an accident at the quarry at Snrinadale * 7 A. D. Pinkerton, an old-time resident of the Snoqualmle valley, died at his home near Novelty last week, at the age of 74 years. Death resulted from Bright's disease. A steamship is on its way to the Sound to load for Vladivostock, and another is under charter to load at Portland for the Siberian port. The principal cargoes are flour and provis ions. • A heavy wheat deal was recently consummated at Dayton, and the grain is being sent to Portland as fast as cars can be had for that purpose. ' ;eu '- 0 - I Lieutenant J. B. Caldwell, of Com pany K - First Washington, sent to Gen-1 eia ' Charles King as a Christmas pres ent a beautiful album prepared by Mr. Caldwell at the request of the officers of the regiment The book was a beautiful piece of workmanship, hand- j somely bound and engrossed, contain-, lug photographs of all the Principal , scenes in the Philippine campaign. ! General King has received the book and acknowledged receipt with a letter 1 of thanks. Another great opportunity for the development of new agricultural possi-1 bilities in this country is suggested by the present condition of the bean mar- ! lcet. Beans is a staple that has an im _______________________... ___.._____, i niense consumption ln the northwest I owing to the extensive operations in \ mio vci „ 0 „„„ t , _________ About 100 cars will be needed and it is possible to secure but a few each day. The dea j was f 0r 70,000 bushels, aver __ _____, it P ' | sections where all food products have , to be imported. Not less than 10Q.000 pounds of beans are sold In Spokane J each month, and this amount is con- j stantly being Increased. Only a small | percentage of this amount Is supplied ( locally, and the rest is imported from California. IDAHO. A movement is on foot to erect a monument to Ole Hagberg at the Uni versity of Idaho. A mass meeting of voters who be lieve in direct legislation is called to meet ln Moscow February 12. The postoffice formerly known as Jo seph has been changed to Ahsahka. E. E. Harris Is postmaster. William Beasely of Wardner has been adjudged Insane by Probate Judge McKlnlay and ordered committed to the asylum at Blackfoot. The Idaho Independent Telephone Company has a force of men working on its line from Boise to Pearl. According to tbe report of the state superintendent of public instruction, there are 50,172 school children in Idaho. I W. H. Cooper, the Owyhee convict who was recently granted a conditional * April haS p Tb ^ e are now nlne case8 of 8maU . pox in the part of the country around Wallace, two of them at the hospital and seven in Canyon Creek. The town trustees of Rathdrum have declared quarantine against Spokane, Butte, HarriBon and Shoshone county, Idaho. S. O. Tannahill has been arrested at Lewiston on the charge of forgery sworn out against him by S. G. Isa man, chairman of the board of county commissioners of Nez Perce county, This action is the outgrowth of a for mer suit to recover on fraudulent war rants. Tannahill served one term as asseesor and one term as auditor of Nez Perce county, and is one of the most prominent politicians of the state. The Moscow poultry show prize win ners are all residents of Moscow. Im portant classes are well filled, leaders being Wyandottes, Plymouth Rocks and Langshans. Dr. W. W. Watkins' ; pen received the highest score. There were 12 of the leading wool producing states west of the Missls j sippi river in 1899, 650,000 sheep, a gain over the year 1898 of about 3,000, 000. Idaho is credited with having 2,311,880 of them, an increase of 600, 000 over 1898. There is no likelihood of any cases growing out of the Wardner riots be ing heard at this term of court, but J ' both sides were present to look after , them at the opening of court. The is A state was represented by J. H. Forney, acting county attorney, and the de I fense by Peter Breen. Judge E C Steele has announced the following dates for holding the terms of court in Nez Perce, Idaho and Latah | counties: Nez Perce county. March 6 and September 3 ; Idaho county, April 30 and October 8; Latah^county, June ( ~ M 4 and November 19. The Supreme I court will meet in Lewiston April 16 J and October 1. The United States 1 court will meet at Moscow May 7 and October 22. ORBCON. Arlington has voted a special 10-mill school tax. The Oregon state democratic conven . tion meets at Portland April 12. 1 A sale of 52 bales of hops at Wood burn Is reported at 5% cents per pound. , t were counted and burned at the Janu ary term of the county court, Umatilla county's court will redis trict the entire county, reducing the In Jackson county 123 bounty scalps 20 to 9. ! The lumber business is active in Clackamas county, and new machinery > being added to Increase the capacity number of justice court districts from of several mills. A. Ballte of Portland was recently ap pointed to take charge of one of the na tional exhibits at the ParlB exposition, and will shortly leave tor the scene of , his labors. The execution of Magers, the mur of derer of Andrew Sink, an Oregon rancher, took place last week. After re- the sheriff read the death warrant the at condemned man, filled with rage, de , m ollshed all the furniture in his cell, but offered no resistance later on. MINES AND MINING NEWS OUR NORTHWESTERN MINES. (toms Gleaned From the l.nte Report«— All District« Are Being Developed—A Prospérons Veer 1s Predicted—Mining Rotes and Personals. olin Bros, of New York and that it will handle the entire output of the Amalga mated Copper Company, as well as the 0 j ber j ar g e business now conducted by Ijewl8ohn Bros. A member of the firm ^ Lewteohn Bros, confirmed the report that the flrm would be absorbed by the new company The new concern will, Jn effect be ftn expansion of the busi s Qf th0 flrm wRh ^ d , fference that Q(her capita i i8t8 ln the Amalgamated Company will also be Interested. RRMJBLIC. The Hercules shaft is 23 feet deep, Next Monday a force of men will e P ut on the Big Lion claim. ! A 5-foot ledge has been uncovered on the Copper Mountain claim i Thi> pnmnressor niant on 10 I The compressor plant on the Princess \ Maud will start l *P tomo / r ^l The United Metals Selling Company, ^ which was incorporated recently under the New Jersey laws, with a capital stock of *5,000,000, is a highly import ant organization. It is learned that the company will absorb the flrm of Lewis-, " v '' * ** ' , An increased force of men will be set at work on the Nova heb. 1. J A complete compressor plant for t e j Chico is to be installed at once. | A smallpox case has been dlscovere ( at the Republic mine bunkhouse. The drift from the bottom of the winze on the Stray Horse is In 100 feet, There is a report ln circulation that the ledge has been cut ln the Gopher shaft. Wm. Morrill & Co. have begun work on a 40-foot contract to run a tunnel for the Black Horse. Some fine appearing quartz is being taken out of the shaft on the Liberty at a depth of about 40 feet The Blacktatl winze is showing high grade ore averaging over $50 a ton. The ore body is nearly 4 feet thick. The Golden Harvest tunnel has reach ed a length of 200 feet. The ledge varies in width from 6 to 8 feet Four men are prosecuting work on the North Star tunnel, but there are nc indications that the ledge is near the face of the tunnel. The 18 men employed on the Qui Ip . are rapidly transforming it into a mine, Another crosscut Is being made on the 100-foot level in the winze. The management of the Merrlmac announces to the stockholders that a hoisting plant is to be placed on the property in the near future. Work has been discontinued on the south drift on the San Poil. The qual ity of the ore is good. The width of tbe ore body is about 3 1-2 feet The good news has been received by Superintendent James S. Wyatt that the last of the machinery for the Moun tain Lion has been loaded and is on the way from Grand Forks. The new hoist on the Tom Thumb will probably start up on Saturday for the first time, as all is ready but the the is gallows frame and some minor matters , J duction Company is beginning to as , 8ume shape. A good many of the tlm bers are in place, while hundreds of that can bo quickly adjusted. j Drifting is going on in both the north and south levels of the Ben Hur. The south drift Is in 140 feet and the north drift 60 feet. The quartz in both drifts is said to be of high grade. The crosscut ln the Golden Lion and Little Four was In 244 feet last night. A close estimate places the face of the drift as still being 56 feet from the ledge, which crops out on the hillside. After various long continued experi ments the Republic Company is satis fied that the ore must first be roasted and then leached. Major Leckie was some time since convinced that it was the proper method, and all the experi ments have confirmed that belief. The building that is being erected to hold the machinery of the Republic Re ^ ^ ^ ___ 6 evldence that ^ vein ^ill be 50 to 60 feet wide ln gtead of 20 M before gtated ( The BuU Frog by lateat deve i op . ment puts the property away beyond others are ready framed and will be put in place quickly. Forty men are at work on or about the building. Loomis, Washington. At the Bull Frog each day's drifting on the ore bodies cut is giving stronger any prospect stage. The Wehe Consolidated will soon make many surface improvements. The contractor who is to deliver them 100, 0C0 feet of timber has just started the sawmill which is to make it The work of sinking and tunneling is going for ward in good shape. The Milwaukee & Okanogan has en countered some very fine looking ore in the tunnel recently started, and Man of ager Boettcher has sent quite a quan tity to Milwaukee to be chemically treated. The Gold Hill people are now running ln on the Golden Fleece vein in good in wood and Spokane capitaliste for $54. ore. british cm VMBIA The Dayton, a rich Camp McKinney prospect, has been bonded by Green ap na of 000 . A tunnel is being driven on the Kitty W„ north fork of Kettle river, to tap the lead at a depth of 200 feet. Nine feet of solid ore waa encoun tered a few days ago in a crosscut at a depth of 60 feet on the Strawberry claim, in Brown's camp. The new plant for the Bonanza, the Knight a camp, North fork of Kettle de- river, is being installed. It consists of cell, a steam pump, hoist, sufficient to work'coast jthe property to a depth of 200 feet The treasury stock has been largely sold in Canada. The recent strike on the Reservation Rossland men think Is a second Repub lic. A shaft 100 feet deep on a claim 10 miles west of Bossburg Is said to have opened ore of exceedingly high grade. The Commonwealth group has been sold for $50,000. The new plant for the Pathfinder mine on the North fork or Kettle river has reached Grand Forks. It will be installed immediately. It includes a ^ ^4 Band drill, a duplex pump with a opacity 0 f 200 gallons per minute, a 50 horse-power boiler and hoist Thos. p arkluB0Ili president of the company, th „lant will be enlarged long bo fQre tbe 4O0.foot i eV el Is reached. ' Good progress 1 b being made ln run ning a tunnel on the Phil Sheridan claim of the Earthquake group, 12 miles north of this city. Frank Sears, secretary of the company, Is confident that the main vein of the Golden Eagle mine will be encountered at a depth of 100 feet. The Phil Sheridan claim shows two parallel veins, which also ex tend across the Golden Eagle property. The control of the Gray Eagle, Ban ner, Tiptop and Triangle ln Phoenix camp has passed to Jay P. Graves of Spokane and eastern Canadian associ ates. These claims adjoin and sur round the Old Ironsides and Knob HiU mines, and exploration work on these two has proved that the ledges pass through this new ground. Mr. Graves has completed the formation of a com pany ln Montreal to acquire the group, which will also be developed on a large scale, adding quite a pay roll to Phoe nix. The new 40-drtU compressor or dered by him is to be used jointly by ail the properties in Greenwood camp under his control. mining notrs. A now company is in control of the Helena-Frisco mine. A Libby Creek company has failed aiffi the Buzz Saw mine is in the sher iff's hands. Paul Becker of Spokane is a pioneer in the world-famous Cape Nome camp in Alaska, and says that it was in his rocker that tbe first pay dirt was wash ed on that wonderful beach. The Silver King mill on Government gulch, near Kellogg, Idaho, is running steadily night and day, handling about 50 tons of crude ore daily and keeping one teuiu busy hauling concentrates to the railroad at the mouth of the gulch. A shaft is being sunk on tbe property. Hon. Joseph P. Gallaher, Btate sena tor from Clear Creek county, was in stantly killed at Leadville, Col., by the Ip explosion of a blast which was supposed to have missed. Gallaher's home is Sil | ver Plume, hut he was working in the Moyer mine at Leadville. He had been a a member of the legislature six years, | F. August Heiuze has filed a petition | for the appointment of a receiver for the Minnie Ileuly mine in Butte. The mine is a most valuable one, and of Heinze claims that the Boston & Mon | tuna Company lias extracted ore to the value of $100,000 from it by means of underground workings from the Piccolo and Gambetta claims. The good ore in the 100-foot level in the Black Bear is still holding out and is proving to he the best body of ore ever encountered in the mine. It will average better than $50 a ton. At the 200-foot level the drifts are improving every day. The drift from the bottom of the shaft at 250 feet depth has been started, and the cutting of the three parallel veins will he watched with la uréat The ore bins are fast filling up and the starting of the mill is becoming necessary to make room for the ore coming up each day. Frank A. Launtz, a Monterey man who has spent the past three years prospecting in the Canada and Alaska mining regions in the interest of the St Louis Mining & Development Company, has returned home with news of the dis covery of an exceedingly rich platinum deposit in the Copper river district, which at the surface yields $13 to the ton, at 3 1-2 feet the yield is $18,000 to the ton, and at 6 feet It la $30,000 to the ton. Launtz, who is now in St. Louis, will return about the middle of Febru ary and will at once begin the work of developing his new discovery. The interest which was created at Baker City last fall by the uncovering of the Lewis copper ledge, 18 miles northeast of the city on Tucker creek, has steadily grown with each day's de velopment. The deposit was then thought to be about 200 feet. The ledge is now determined to be between 400 and 500 feet, and possibly wider. The croppings show it to be over a mile ln length, and the ore on and above the surface, of which there are hundreds of thousands of tons, will run throughout upward of 5 per cent copper. The for mation Is volcanic, insuring depth with out limit From the grass roots down tbe values have Bteadily increased un til at a depth of 60 feet the average value in copper is 20 per cent, besides gold and silver to the amount of about $10 per ton. a More Hopeful. Cape Town, Feb. 1.—General Buller still holds the Tugela drifts, and will possi bly renew his attempt to force the Boer defenses before long. In any case, Lady smith is capable of holding out for a con siderable time. London, Feb. 1.—When the nation had almost resigned itself to the fall of Ladysmith, there comes from all quarters an indication that Bul ler will make another attempt to reliev« the besieged place. If the Daily Mail's re porte of Butler's statement that he hopes to be in Ladysmith within a week can he implicitly relied on, news of further seri ous fighting would be expected shortly. But the papers are loth to believe that what the St. James Gazette characterizes „ "unwarrantble boasting" is true, of The navy will be on guard along the work'coast of England, while the islands will be stripped of troops.