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VOLUME XIII. % HAMILTON. MONTANA. WEDNESDAY. OCTOBER 21. 1903 =-. fc ■ NUMBER 52 "You don't have to take my word for it—take God's word," reverently remarked W. D. Cross to the editor of The Western News as he pointed out the great veins of the big ledges on Owl Creek. Here the vein was seamed with streaks of free-milling ore, touched with the glint of gold; there the vari-colored sulphurets in massive bold-relief formed a picture that sim ply dazzled the eye. Above us frown ed the giant cliff or ledge that em braces the lead. Below, reaching nearly down to the bank of the creek, some 4,000 feet, and choking up a great gulch, are strewn masses of ore that have been sloughed off from the ledge and have slid down the great mountain side during the ages agone. Chunks of ore, some as big as the Hennessev building, the largest in the state, are scattered about with bound less prodigality. To supply a thous and stamps for a hundred years, no shafts need be sunk nor tunnels driv en—the ore may be simply quarried and dropped through shutes into the bins a mile below and ground into pulp by the water power that dashes over an 80 foot fall, close by, in reck less abandon. Afterwards The West ern News man saw ore chipped from the It ad, here and there, pounded up in a mortar and gold panned from it. This no doubt sounds like a fairy tale. To be convinced all one need do is to go and see tor himself. The round trip from Hamilton can be easily made in five days. The Discovery, The original discovery of the Morn ing Star ledge was made by Mr. W. D. Cross, of Denver, a well known mining expert, on Aug. 21, 1903. Mr. Cross and the men in his employ im mediately located about a dozen claims, whereupon he rode over to Indian Creek and from the office of the Kittie Burton Gold Mines Co. he wired a report to his backers in New York, urging that at least three of them, in cluding Mr. A. C. Rahe, a man of large experience in the mining world, come at once and see his find. This message, by telephone and telegraph cost Mr. Cross $25. It was arranged for the party to rendezvous in Ham ilton. In due time Mr. Rahe arrived and was met here by Mr. Cross and conducted to Owl Creek. They pres pected Owl Creek and Mr. Rahe was more than pleased with what he saw. The men were set to work and a total of 37 claims were located for the New York syndicate. These claims include 36,000 feet of placer along the main fork of Owl Creek and tied to these along the west ridge are the quartz locations. They nailed down the creek and the adjacent ledges, in cidentally providing ideal mill sites and dumping grounds, for a distance of six miles. They also appropriat ed all the water in Owl Creek. Along this stretch the stream falls fully 3,500 feet, in one instance, just below the Morning Star ledge, dropping over a fall 80 feet in height. Mr. Rihe and Mr. Cross then re turned to Hamilton, the former gen tleman departing for New York on October 8. Before leaving he placed at the disposal of Mr. Cross ample funds to carry on the preliminary work planned for this winter. Mr. Cross then purchased several four horse team loads of provisions and other supplies and on Oct, 13 arrived at Owl Creek, where he now has a force of 20 men àt work. A crew of men, including Wm. Cam eron and A. Lezotle of West Fork, are already busy building winter quarters. Cabins are being constructed at "Cross' Roost," the headquarters, lo cated in the beautiful little park where Owl Creek canyon broadens into a little round valley just below the big ledges; near the summit where the original discovery of the Morning Star ledge was made and near the mouth of Bear Fork. Description of the Ledges. The Morning Star group of claims comprise Cross' original discovery. Later he found the Mammoth ledge which is even larger than the Morn ing Star. Both are true fissure veins. The trend is northwest and southeast. The foot wall is granite and the hang ing wall porphory. The Morning Star on top is 75 feet wide. The ore is ex posed on the side about 2,000 feet from the summit. The estimated width of the vein by cross-cut at this point is about 2,000 feet. She dips easterly and is exposed at water level at a dis tance of 4,000 feet from the top. The ledge can be traced clear into the schist. Mr. Cross estimates the gold values at from from $14 to$300 per ton, A dump 4,000 feet long, filling up a deep gulch and reaching nearly down to the creek, has been sloughed off from this ledge. Ores of varying richness are strewn here to a vast depth, resembling a great natural slide. in to to G. & =-. ■ QOl D! GO LD! W. D. Cross Finds the Lost nine—Ledges Believed to be the Great Hother Leads That Feed the Placer Beds of the Salmon. Mammoth Ledges From Which Nice Pannings are Secured Anywhere—Good Wagon Road From Hamilton Leads to the Rich Owl Creek Gold Fields Only Eighty Miles Away. Outline of Plans. According to the plans outlined to The Western News by Mr. Cross, he proposes to start a tunnel on the Morning Star at water level on Bear Fork, about 4,000 feet from the sum mit, and where the ledge makes a magnificent showing. From the rno ment a pick is struck in the ground at this point a solid body of ore will be encountered. He proposes to slash a road up Owl Creek, a distance of about six miles, to connect with the Boulder road. Next spring two or three hydraulic placer plants will be placed in opeiation, a saw mill will be built and work is to begin on a 50 stamp mill in the spring as soon as machinery can be gotten in. The cyanide process is to be utilized, A telephone line to connect with Darby will be constructed as soon as possible and application will be made to the interior department for a right of way across the forest reserve lor an electric trolley line to connect with the near est Northern Pacific railway terminal, which by next spring will be Dai by. This line will be operated by power generated by the falls of Owl Creek which can easily furnish 1,000 horse power at the lowest stage. Company Being Incorporated. Meanwhile Mr. Rahe is busy at the New York end forming and incorpor ating a company to car*-y on the work. Associated with him are Senator George E. Green of Binghampton, N. Y.,and other capitalists, who repre sent $50,000,000 in capital. Nota dol lar's worth of stock will be placed on the market as it will all be subscribed by Mr. Rahe and his immediate asso ciates. Mr. Rahe proposes to incor porate the new company with $500,000 in the treasury. Between $5,000 and $10,000 will be spent in preliminary work this winter. While Mr. Rahe was on Owl Creek innumerable sam ples of ore from all points on the ledges were pounded up and the pan nings showed gold eyery where. When he went east he carried with him 500 samples taken from all points on the ledges and which will be subjected to exhaustive assays. In his presence pannings from the rim rock were tak en and nuggets worth from 25 cents to 50 cents were found. About eight pounds of free gold ore, taken from a rich streak, yielded between $40 and $50 when pounded up. Other Locations. Mr. Cross and the miners with him estimate that there must be fully 5,000 ledges in the Owl creek district. Up to last Saturday when The Western News representative came out not over 100 locations had been made. Of these the New York syndicate held 37. Messrs. Robert Forbes, Frank Mayer and Julius Weimer, old time placer miners, who have operated in that sec tion for seven or eight years, each have secured a number of good claims. Byron Castner and Pat Shannon, well known throughout the Bitter Root, were among the first to hear of the Owl Creek discoveries. They im mediately quit work on Indian creek and hastened in. They had secured seven fine quartz claims, including the great Climax ledge, and the Early Bird and Barefoot locations, besides some placer ground that prospects well. These boys had the pick of the creek after the New York people. D. A, Bishop, Dr. Fred Ellis, Dr. E. G. Ellis, J. E. Totman and C. G. Vin cent of Hamilton have a group of promising claims. A company of eight, consisting of Byron Castner, Miles Romney, J. R. Rawlins. Matt Blindauer, Peter Blin dauer, J. E. Totman, Pat Shannon and Forbes Buchanan have taken 12, 000 feet of placer lying along Owl creek, between the New York syndi cate's property and the site of Joseph & Groff's arastra. Messrs. Totman, Rawlins, Blindauer and Romney have also located two promising ledges known as the Apex and Butte quartz claims. Numerous locations have been made since, including some by J. O. Len dahl, a traveling insurance agent rep resenting the New York Life, who happened to be in Hamilton when the discoveries were first heralded and hastened to the front. He returned to Hamilton Sunday. Mr. Lendahl has visited the gold fields of Alaska and Cripple Creek and declares that he never saw anything to equal Owl creek and that he was simply amazed at the showing. Timber, Power, Water, Etc. Right below the ledges the canyon widens into a little round vale, con taining possibly a thousand acres, which certainly is one of the prettiest dimples on the cheek of nature. Just below it is a water fall of 80 feet and just above another which combined might easily furnish 1,000 horse power, enough to run the stamp mills, a trolley line lo Hamilton and then have power to burn. Within this park there certainly must be 1.000,000 trees four feet in thickness and the mountains besides are heavily wooded. Only a few miles away down the South Fork, lie inexhaustible beds of coal. A little prospecting has developed that this valley is immensely rich in placer deposits. The Road to Owl CreeK. Owl creek is easily accessible from Hamilton. The distance is 85 miles. The Ravalli county road, always kept in good condition, ends at Mineral Point, 65 miles from Hamilton. There you take the new road to the George Orr mine, connecting with the Boulder Creek road just opposite this mine. Ar riving on the Owl creek divide, you leave your wagon or buggy, and mounting a horse you ride up over the A GOOD WAGON ROAD RUNS FROM HAMILTON TO OWL CREEK, DISTANCE OF 8o MILES. fc-N 1 SS0VLA. V arL# » * o 38k; w. è t; A*# BEAV •kl m I r. -X. if ÎI h iS THE X INDICATES THE VICINITY OF CROSS' CAMP. | divide and descend into Owl creek canyon at Cross' camp, a distance of not to exceed eight miles. Thus you travel nearly 80 miles over a good wagon road and ride horseback and pack but eight miles. The road crosses the divide between Montana and Ida ho by way of a low and easy pass, the altitude at the summit being 7400 feet. At present there is not a particle of snow along the route and the proba bility is that there will be very little snow for a month yet to come. There is an abundance of fish and game all through this section. A Great Mineral Country. Owl Creek flows into the Salmon riv er about six miles above the mouth of Middle Fork. Cross' discoveries are about eight or nine miles above where Owl Creek empties into the Salmon. Owl Creek lies in the heart of a great mineral country. Hughes creek, Mon tana, and Hughes creek, Idaho, Indian creek, Mineral Hill and Shoup are within a radius of 20 miles. From the Owl Creek divide you may see Thun der Mountain, some 80 miles away. Just across the Salmon quite a copper excitement has been started on Black bird creek. Silyer, nickel and zinc discoveries are reported on Deer creek, tributaries of the Middle Fork, Yel low Jacket, Leesburg and all those old Idaho camps are in the same great mineral belt. How He Happened to Strike It. Cross had been wandering for three years through the wilds of Idaho look ing for something and finally the Sal mon-eaters took to calling him the "Lost Mine Hunter." He took in Thunder Mountain and many another unexplored nook and corner of the panhandle state. He wanted to traverse certain al most inaccessible sections threaded by the Salmon River that could only be reached with a boat during high water. The Salmon is a wicked, dan gerous stream that dashes over long stretches of rapids and high falls. Tt has claimed many victims. One day Cross gave it out in Salmon City that he was going to lloat down the Salmon to the Middle Fork when the river reached its highest stage. This was looked upon as a most foolhardy aud hazardous undertaking, but it was the only way by which Cross could reach the locality he had in view so he de termined to make the attempt. He had a boat specially constructed for the trip. His boat was 28 feet long and 4}4 feet wide, decked over and made air tight On top a platform was j I constructed on whicn he rode. Cross j had great difficulty in securing a com- | panion, but finally prevailed upon ' Harry Gulcke, the celebrated Salmon river boatman, to accompany him. On June 2 they left Salmon City. The whole population of the town was at the landing to see them off and nearly everybody prophesied that the daring pair would never make the voyage alive. The river was at its highest stage and they dashed down it at the rate of 30 miles an hour. They were compelled to shoot nunerous rapids, including Deep creek, Dutch Oven, Pine creek and Sheep Eater. It is one continuous rapid for a distance of four miles from Pine creek to Dutch Oven. At Pine creek they dashed over a slanting fall of 30 feet drop. The waves often rose to a height of : 50 feet and on one occasion one of the sweeps "broke loose and both men were knocked down. Cross navigated the the boat alone while his companion lay full length on his stomach and at tempted to secure the sweep, tinally Cross regained control of the boat bv climbing out on the after sweep just as she was approaching a huge cliff, by which the river is walled in on both sides. At last they- arrived at a point where Cross had his men.Robt. Forbes, Frank Mayer and Julius Weimer sta tioned with horses. The provisions and supplies were landed safely and the horses were transported across the river and the packs loaded upon them. The party arrived in the vicinity ot Owl Creek about Aug. 1st. Near the mouth of Owl considerable placer gold had been taken out and a few miles up the stream Joseph & Groff had success fully operated a small arastra, secur ing their ore from a rich lead of free milling ore far up on tile mountain side. Cross held to a theory that the placer gold must come from big loads along Owl creek and he determined to explore it to its headwaters The canyon is walled in by nearly perpendicular mountains that rise to an altitude of nearly 10,000 feet. The upper canyon is boxed in so that it seemed almost impossible of ingress. Jim Vance, an old time mountaineer of this section, and who with Arthur j Woods discovered tlie Hughes creek I placers, stated to The Western News reporter that he had frequently ridden around the rim of the canyon while hunting but had never ventured down for the reason that he considered it al most impossible. Cross determined to prospect this canyon and set his men to \york cutting a trail. This was a very difficult undertaking but the party finally succeeded. Arriving at the park where Cross' camp is noyv lo cated,chunks of float were encountered. Following these Cross ran across the big dump which led him to the ledges. Cross and his men were simply trans fixed by the magnitude of the discov eries. For two weeks Cross slept on the Morning Star ledge, guarding it as a most precious treasure, until tbe claims could be staked out and the necessary work done. There was not the slightest indica tion that mortal hand had ever defiled these ledges. Nowhere could it be discovered that a particle of rock had been chipped off even a piece of ore on the dump. What a difference now. Everywhere the prospecting pick has left its mark on the soft, decomposing rock, soon to be ground up and added to the wealth of the world. W. D. Croit. W. D. Cr oss is a handsome, athletic young fellow, 36 ye ars of age. He is a New Yorker by birth but makes his home in Denver. He is of the most strenuous type «of young American manhood and no hardships or dangers daunt him. He is a natural moun taineer and this together with his knowledge of mining affairs, gained in high class technical schools, and by experience in Alaska, Mexico and the northwest mineral fields make pros pecting easy for him. He has the force and energy to dare and do things and in his case fortune has right worthily bestowed her favors. Filed for Record. Deed—E. O. Hageman and wife to Hugh Murray, one acre in Riverview; $150. A Lawyer Who Did His Duty. A highly respected citizen of Victor forwarded the following clipping from the New York World, together with the pertinent comment, "If some law yers would do likewise, there would not be so many lynchings." LAWYER TURNS ON CLIENT. Minneapolis, Minn., Sept. 26.—"I have no doubt that this man is guily, and I, recommend that a severe sentence be imposed," said James L. Curtiss, a negro attorney for James Hayes, his negro client, who was at found guilty of abducting thirteen year-old Ruby Steele and attempting criminal assault. "The evidence showed that he com mittd the crime, and since the jury has found him guilty, my duty as his attorney is fullfiilled, and I ask that he get his just deserts." Hayes was sent meed to twenty-five years in prison. Curtiss's speech was commended by all classes, white and black, and the court was well pleased with his atti tude as an attorney. Sensational Suit Filed. A case entitled the state of Montana against May Bros.has been filed in the con.t of Justice Frank J. Morris at Hamilton. The complaint was made by R. W. Angevine of Missoula, state stock inspector, and charges the defendants with stealing cattle. May Bros, are among the prominent men of Stevensville, and Albert May is mayor ot tiie town. The information was filed about two weeks ago It is charged that the defendants bram ei cattle belonging to Charles Cowell of Missoula. George P. Bigg's is attor ney lor May Bros. May Bros, and Cowell are tiie largest cattle and sheep owners in the valley, and have been having trouble for several years That Piano Contest. Me take this method of informing our neighbors and friends that tiie Woodmen of the World lodge has en tered into the Biddle Piano contest of Hamilton. With every 25 cent pur chase made at the A. C. M. Co. store, A. L. Bank's jewelry store, the Ham ilton Book Store, tiie Southern Saloon, Jack Egan's barber shop, or Swan Johnson s meat market, a ticket will be given. The holder of any ticket is hereby invited to vote the same at A. L. Bank's jewelry store, marked W. 0. W. on tiie blank space, with the name of the voter following. In the event of the W. O. W. winning the piano, the following prizes will be given by the said lodge: To the per son casting the highest number of votes marked W. O. \Y., $25.00; to the person casting the second largest number of votes marked \V. O. \V., $10.00, aud to the person ''asling the third largest number of votes marked W. U. W., $5.00. Prizes to be paid as soon as votes are counted, and it is found the Woodmen of the World have won. 48-tf W. O. W. THE VOTE. The votes are counted every Wed nesday and the totals for this week follow: High School................... 37,657 Woodmen of the World....... 28,984 Eastern Star................. 16,172 American Labor Union....... 5,963 Corvallis School............. 1,725 1. O. O. F .................... 906 Scattering.................... 270' 91,677 Born. Hagyard—To Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Hagyard, at Lexington, Ky., Oct. 13, a daughter. McCulloch—To Mr. and Mrs. R. Lee McCulloch, at St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 14, a daughter. Hay Baling Outfit For Sale. A complete hay baling outfit, consist ing of baler and all its equipments, cook house, stove, dishes, etc. Baler niay be inspected while running at Hackett ranch near Victor during the next 10 days. Warranted to bale from 12 to 17 tons per day. T. J. Patty, 42-tf Victor. At Private Sale. I offer for sale 4 head of horses, 1 cow, 1 roadwagon, 1 light open bug gy, 1 single, anti 1 double, set of har ness, farming tools and other artic les too numerous to mention. 5ütf M. II. Reindeau. Ilucklcn's Arnica Salve. Has world-wide fame for marvel ous cures. It surpasses any other salve, lotion, ointment or balm for cuts, corns, bums, boils, sores, felons, ulcers, tetter, salt rheum, fever sores, chapped hands and skin eruptions; infallible for piles. Cure guaranteed. Only 25c at Bitter Root Drug Co. For Sale At Private Sale. Black walnut folding bed, bed steads, bureaus, commodes, mahog any book case, chairs, patent rockers, willow chairs, white enameled bed room set, foot rests, three-burner gas olene stove with oven, tables, refrig erator and a large variety of house hold furniture. Call after 12 p. m. at first house north of Baptist church. 50-3 N. Farnsworth,