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Metal Quotations
Lead. $8.05.
Spelter, $9.12*/2
Copper, $26.
Silver, $1.01'/ 8 .
NO. 36.
President Percival
Explains Details
of Action.
V i Contract Cancelled and Stock
Returned-Output Sold
for Three Months
of the dissolution of all rela
tions between the Consolidat
ed Interstate-Callahan Min
ing company and the American Metal
company lias been made by John A.
Percival, president of tile Interstate
Callahan, in a letter to the stockhold
ers, a copy of which has been receiv
ed by the Miner. The 10-year con
tract held by the American Metal
company for the output of the Inter- i
state-Callahan mine, has been can- j
celled in consideration of the return
of all stock in the mining company
held by the -metal company, also the i
stock held by individuals connected j
with the metal company. The rea
sons given by Mr. Percival for the ac
tion are the refusal of the directors of
the Interstate-Callahan to make con
cessions in the terms of the ore con
tract to cover the increased cost of
treatment. He makes no reference to
tlie German ownership of the Ameri
can Metal company which is popular
ly believed to be the real cause of the
dissolution. Mr. Percival's letter fol
To the Stockholders.
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"As you know, in April, 1914, this
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company so d its entire mine and mill
output to the American Metal com- I
pany for a 10-year term, commencing
September 22, 1916. Our product was
sold at St. Louis spelter prices, less |
certain deductions for smelter charges, '
freight, etc. At the time the contract]
was made the world was at peace, and j
normal prices obtained for labor and
material, and there was nothing to in
dicate that such prices would not con- I jng
tinue. Since that time, extraordinary L,
conditions have resulted, in large part L
revolutionizing all mining and amelt-■ h(j
ing operations. Costs have •<> ""'^fetary
part more than doubled. j p
"Since September, 1916, nearly all
our product has been taken by the : bap
Metal company. Before the United j
States entered the war there was a 1
large demand for spelter, and prices | M
rapidly increased, so that the earnings :
in 1916
were very
ot our company
As a result of the
States entering the war, and virtual
ly commandeering all iron and cop
per, the galvanizing business in the
T'nited States has been practically;
suspended. In consequence a large ]
part of the use of spelter has ceased.
Instead of increasing, as have all
items of cost of mining and smelting,
the price of spelter has decreased. At
tbe end of the war it is certain there j
will be an increased use of spelter, ;
;ind n consequent return to relatively j
normal conditions in the zinc indus
We assume that the stockhold- j
with these |
ors are fully conversant
facts, but 'mention them as the rea
son why this company has not been
able to earn and pay larger dividends.
Want Better Terms.
"Within a few months after
metal company began receiving our
ores under the contract, it brought to
our attention the increased costs of
labor and material for treatment op
erations, and requested an additional
allowance therefor. The Increase
labor and material have been contin
uing and smelters and refiners in the
copper and zinc industries
doubled their charges for treatment,
over the pre-war period. In addition
to these high costs of treatment, the
metal company has had strikes at its
plants in Oklahoma and Pennsylvan
ia, and has from time to time request- :
ed suspension of shipments under the
contract during such strike periods.]^
In view of the limited market for spel-|^
ter, and with a view of conserving our j
Property, the directors, In the interest L
of the stockholders, for the last few ]
months have limited our production to j
nbout one-half of normal.
Directors Refuse Concessions.
"Our directors have not considered
It in the Interest of the stockholders
io grant the metal company any con
cessions or relief from the conditions
°f high costs, for the reasons, among
others, that the same high costs af
fect our own mining operations, and
because the lessened price of spelter
■id market conditions did not justify
They felt that
tri give the metal company Increased
Giarges simply would take that much
more out of the net values to be re
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increased output.
(Continued on page S)
It is learned
George Turner,
Constitution Mining company, vis
ited Pine creek last week lie
accompanied by E. J.
formerly general manager of the
Federal Mining & Smelting com
pany, and a railroad constructor
and engineer of wide experience
in Canada and the west. The two
gentlemen remained over night at
the Constitution and it was ob
served that upon his return trip
Mr. Roberts walked over the right
of way, evidently giving close at
tention to the character of ground
over which the proposed line
passes. In view of the prohibitive
bids made by contractors for the
construction of the road, which
have caused the government to
abandon building it at this time,
it is assumed that Judge Turner
induced Mr. Roberts to look over
the route in order to obtain his
estimate of the cost of construc
tion. Judge Turner is now or
soon will be on his way to Wash
ington to make further represen
tations to Director General Mc
Adoo in the hope of having the re
cent order countermanded and a
contract awarded to build the
that when Judge
president of the
week the republican state
committee selected Robert O. Jones,
of Kellogg, for secretary of state to
fill the vacancy caused by the with
drawal of W. W. Von Cannon, of
Samlpoint. The committee could
hardly have made a better selection
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cations for the position and personal
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popularity. Mr. Jones grew to man
^ , n the Coeur d . Alene di8trlcti at _
tended the bUc sehools of Kellogg
| Ward worked the adjacent
' and entered the , tate univer .
at Moac where he graduated
j wRh bonors Pollowlng hl8 gradlla .
U(m he served one term in tbe stat e
]egislature . and the cam paign follow
I jng , )e , ]nade ft strong but unsucce88 _
L, rftce for tbe repubHcan nomination
L congress. About three years ago
h(j went t0 Washington as the private
""'^fetary to Semitw Brady, which
j p 08 j t j 0n be be ] d until the senator's
death He has been admit ted to the
: bap and planned t0 take up the prac
j tjp(? Qf h|s profession untlI he was
tendered a place on the state ticket
| M g candldate for secretary of state.
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where through his long resi-[
His public service has given
Jones quite an extensive acquaintance
j throughout the state and his accept
the republican
e Qf a p , acc on
^ begn , m(Jgt cordia ii y
ceive(J K u particularly pleasing to
^ peop i e 0 f the Coeur d'Alene dis
: dence he is so we)1 and favorably I
known . H e is the type of man thatj
needgd at thls time wben the statel
threatened by the elements of dls- ]
j ]oyalty and disorder as represented in ]
L nonpart i 8a n league.
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Crosscut Being Run That Should Cut
the Vein in 70 Feet.
E. J. Duff, president and manager of
Mining company,
from the property Tuesday. One
tlie Sabina
shift is now being employed, and the
work in hand is a crosscut from No. 3
tunnel which, according to the engin
estimate, should cut the vein in
about 70 feet and at a depth of about
half this distance has I
There is a splendid
185 feet,
now been run.
surface i—
all conditions are favorable to an ore
shoot when the vein is reached.
showing on the property and
Shoshone County Must Subscribe $460,000
in the Next Two Days.
EXT SATURDAY evening the drive for the fourth Liberty
loan will close and during that brief period the people of
Shoshone county must come through with $401,100 to sup
ply their quota of $1,350,000. Reports received by James F.
McCarthy, county chairman, last night showed the total subscrip
tions to be $SSS,900, with several remote sections to be heard from
ulid with incomplete returns from Kellogg and vicinity. The sub
scriptions reported include only one of the large mining companies,
the Tamarack & Custer, which subscribed $100,000. While there will
be many more small subscriptions, and perhaps many of the small
er class will be increased, it is evident that the balance of the allot
ment to this county must come chiefly from ttie mining companies
and individuals of large means connected with mining and other en
terprises earning large protlts.
Attitude of Government Toward Subscribers.
The government is no respecter of persons in urging that every
citizen goes to the limit in subscribing for bonds. A telegram
from the treasury department, transmitted through the general ex
ecutive board of the twelfth district, says in part:
"In order to make good on this loan it is absolutely ne
cessary that the number of large subscribers be multiplied
and the size of their subscriptions greatly increased. * * *
"The excuse of lack of funds in bank is not an adequate
corking and salaried classes are pledging their
future earnings al! over the land in installment subscrip
tions, and people of wealth must pledge their future income
and their credit to insure the safety of their entire princi
pal and the lives of their sons and brothers."
Full Amount Must Be Subscribed.
The talk of peace must not influence any one' to withhold his
subscription. It is not likely that the war will end in the near fu
ture, for while Germany has received a stunning reverse and has
disaster staring her in the face, she is still able to make a stubborn
defense along the Rhine and no doubt intends to do so in the last
hope of saving the fatherland from invasion. But without regard
to the duration of the war, Uncle -Sam has 2,000.000 men in France
to be paid, fed and clothed, and to be transported home after the
war, and a great emergency fleet under construction which must be
completed. A failure now would not only seriously embarrass tlie
government, but would give substantial encouragement to the kaiser
at a time when his army is being driven back under the irresist
able assaults delivered by Pershing and the allies.
Shoshone county has never failed to respond to the full extent
to every demand of war. When the drive ends next Saturday eve
ning the figures for the county must be well over the top.
Hard Rock Delays Progress in Cross
cut to Foot Wall.
A circular letter from L. L. Brain
ard, secretary of tlie Old Veteran Min
ing company, under date of October
7, states that between the difficulty in
getting miners and the excessively '
hard rock, the extension of the cross
cut to the foot wall has progressed ,
much more slowly than was antici-1
pated when the work was undertaken
last August. However, the mineral I
showing is reported very encouraging,
and the presence of a "horse," which I
was also encountered in another short I
crosscut further ahead, is regarded t
favorable to finding a well defined
vein when it is passed, with a strong
probability of an ore shoot,
crosscut lias now been advanced up
wards of 30 feet, being about half the 1
estimated distance to the foot wall. !
An assessment of one mill was levied
by the directors, which is expected to
provide sufficient funds to complete
the crosscut.
Drift on Marmion Claim Showing Up
Good Lead-Zinc Ore.
Archie McCuilom, who is in charge
of the Douglas mine on Pine creek, Is
in the city. He brought up with him
samples of ore taken from tlie face of
the drift on the Marmion claim, on the
opposite side of the creek from the
main Douglas workings,
about four inches
foot wall in which the proportion of
load is much greater than usually
found in Douglas ore, and while the
zinc still predominates, the two met- ,
als are independent and easily separ
ated by concentration. There is also
a streak of ore along the hanging wall,
and the width between walls is four
or five feet. The tunnel Is in about
300 feet and has attained about the
same depth.
There is
of ore along the
Committee Appointed to Arrange for
Unveiling Ceremonies.
Mayor Brown has appointed City
Attorney L. E. Worsted, City Clerk D.
H. DeLong and Councilman Alex Pen
aluna a committee to arrange a suit
able program in connection with the
formal acceptance and unveiling of
the monument erected in this city by
I w . a. Clark, Jr., of Butte, to perpet
uate the line of the old Mullan road
and j n honor of the builder, Captain
] John Mullan. The committee expects
] to have the program arranged within
the coming week and It is probable
that tbe exer cises will be held on Sun
day, October 27.
Rush J. White, manager of the Jack
Waite Mining Company, came over
from Butte the first of the week and
visited the Jack W]nlte mine Tuesday.
He went to Spokane Wednesday and
is expected to return to this city Tues
day and soon thereafter return to
Butte. Chris Grimsmoe, foreman of
He re
I the Jack Waite, is in the city.
ports the ^agon road in bad condition,
' making it very difficult to haul ore
over the road, and this condition is not
expected to change until snow comes.
j with which it is connected by a good
wagon road. Mr. Ferguson says tlie j
company has a complete plant for "1
'mining development, consisting of a j
Property Well Equipped and Work
Progressing Satisfactorily.
John F. Ferguson,
urer of the Lucky Swede Gold & Cop
per Mining company, returned Mon
day from a visit to the property of
the company, which is located on the
St. Joe, near Falcon, and about two
, nj|les from tbe Milwaukee railroad,
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40-horsepower gasoline engine,
drill compressor, well equipped black-j
smith shop, all housed in substantial j
buildings, and good buildings for tlie
accommodation of employes.
. Pearson, president and manager
Morris :
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the company, with his wife lives at j
the property and gives his personal
attention to its development,
crosscut is now in over 800 feet and
ic is expected that the vein will be
reached by Christmas.
Returning by way of Saltese, Mr.
Ferguson visited the Tarbox, and like
all others who inspect the mine, he!"
rp be i
was enthusiastic in describing the
large amount of ore in sight and the
possibilities of further development of! >Y
the property. is
One week ago yesterday the mortal
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remains of Patrick W. Murphy were
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followed by a host of friends to their
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final resting place. Death came to
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him so suddenly and unexpectedly
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that it is difficult even now to realize
that he is gone. This is not because
he occupied a conspicuous place in .
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this city, for he was essentially a
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quiet, reserved and unobtrusive man. ',
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Nevertheless he had a wide circle of jn
friends in this community which had;^
been his home for many years, and (jf
fine knew him but to respect ids up- ,
right character and kindly, sympa
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thetic nature. No fulsome eulogy is
needed to cherish his memory. With
out embellishment his life was a beau
tiful story of faithful Industry, devo- j „
tion to family, moral rectitude, relig- ,
ious reverence and loyal citizenship
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All of these ennobling attributes he L
possessed and practiced without af-■ '
fectatlon, and so when the shadow oft
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death fell upon him he viewed it with
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the calm serenity that had character
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lzed his life and passed to
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The undiscovered country
Liko one who gathers the drapery of l
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About him, and lies down to pleasant ,
( roams.
Pat Murphys life was his own best
eulogy, and this brief tribute from one '
who knew him intimately for many j
years simply reflects the high esteem
and affection in which he was held by ]
ail who enjoyed his acquaintance and
close friendship.
Suit on Adverse Claim—Evidence.
In a suit brought to determine an
adverse claim for patent when the is
sue was one of discovery of mineral j
and conflict of boundaries, proof ofjbe
performance of annual labor or the
$500 worth of work required as a pre- [
requisite to patent was Immaterial
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and promptly
Dechsli (Mont.), 172 Pacific 1037,
From present indications the
Big Creek Mining company will
make a record of five carloads of
ore shipped this month, according
to a statement made by G. Scott
Anderson, president and manager
of the company, last Tuesday.
This will be the best
date, although this can no doubt
be increased with the passing of
the labor shortage. About the
time the company got into posi
tion to increase its output, the
difficulty in getting miners be
came more and more acute, with
the result that for several months
the mine has been short of -men
much of the time. This month
the situation so far as Big Creek
is concerned has been much im
proved, and it is upon this basis
that tlie company expects to
the shipping record. The mine is
in good condition, with plenty of
available ore, and the only diffi
culty has been in getting it out.
Two teams are engaged in haul
ing ore from the mine to the rail
road, a distance of about two
miles. I.ast Monday a carload of
94,000 pounds was shipped. Nor
mally the Big Creek company
employes about 25 men.
In its review of the metal market
under date of October 9, tlie Engin
eering and Mining Journal lias this
comment on lead and zinc;
"The situation is easier. Produc
tion is being maintained, but the eas
ier tendency is due mainly to the suc
cess of the lead producers' committee
in checking some kinds of consump
"The lead producers' committee for
war service is now allotting and clear
ing all carload shipments of virgin
lead, botli domestic and bonded, re
lined and antlmonial. In order to
clintribiite most equitably the supply
"1 lead remaining alter provision lias
j been made for U. S. government or
2.jders, the lead producers' committee
f° r war service requests
j relative to all purchases made during
1915, 1916 and 1917. A card that is to
be so filled out as to provide this in
[ formation has been sent to all buyers.
"Following is a list of 'chief uses' of
beets ' h'P es ' bends ' etc " Hteel ,nillM '
"The market went off rather sliarp
! lead:
Buyers are asked to name one
i only in the place provided on the card
(for that purpose: Batteries, brass, bul
lets and shot, car seals, cable, foil, lo
comotives, mixed metals, paints and
colors, railroad equipment (other than
locomotive), retail sales, shrapnel,
>Y from <iu y t0 day - October spelter
is not very plentiful, but there were
offers to sell November-December,
which was offered freely from a good
many quarters. At the close October
spelter was freely offered at 8% and
at 8 V *, and it
whetver those prices
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was doubtful
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could be realized.
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"There were some large sales
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high grade spelter at something less
thjm the maxllrium price .
„ The AmeHcan Metal company , ow _
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in# to the great increase in the cost of
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smelting, that it was advantageous to
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itself to surrender its share holdings
jn the Congolldated mterstate-Calla
M|nlng company , n conBlderatlon
(jf {he cancellatlon of it8 sme |„ n g con
t wUh that company , whlch
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made on ante-bellum terms,
„ b|iean# Meet in Mo8COW and
E , ect vice Chairman.
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In order to make an intensive and
L ffectlve campaign during the short
, me that lett for political work,
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'members of the republican state corn
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mittee from the ten northern counties
A rxnA s, Bniloo . f1
met at Moscow Tuesday and discussed
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plans for carrying out the work in
hand . The state committee was repre
l t€(J by Dayld BurreUi secretary an d
acting chairman, who came from
, BoUe fop the purpose . The meeting
was called upon the suggestion of C.
R ebepard( of Jerome, after visiting
' var)ous countle8 of the north for
j Qse of conferrlng wlth the re
ans an(] tQ , M upon them
] th0 neceaslty for prom pt and concerted
act)on aga|nst tbe nonpartlsan lea .
.... p w . Davis, republican eandi
date for governor, attended the meet
It was decided to establish north
ern headquarters at Moscow,
j which the campaign in the north will
ofjbe directed. Arnold S. Lyon, former
ly president of the Latah county
[ farmer's union, was elected vice chair
man, and R. F. Kercheval, of Coeur
I d'Alene, was elected field secretary for
north Idaho.
Issues Outlined in
Nation, State
and County
Why There Must Be Change
of Adiminstration in
Shoshone County
WING TO the Liberty loan
drive which for the past
three weeks has properly oc
cupied tile attention of all
citizens without regard to party, the
real active period for campaign work
lias been practically reduced to two
The bond drive closes next
Saturday, October 19, and on that date
it is hoped and confidently believed
that the news will be flashed to the
world that the American people have
subscribed the $6,000,000,000 and a
liberal surplus above that amount.
From that date the American people
will feel free to give their attention
until November 5 to the settlement of
their political differences for the next
two years. There will be no lavish
expenditure of money, for In the
heart of every true American the
great battle that is being waged on >
tlie French frontier, in which our own
flesh and blooij is fighting to perpetu
ate the freedom we enjoy, overshad
ows tlie political contest at home and
makes a large expenditure for politi
ends seein a sacrilege. But this
does not mean that we are to neglect
our political duties at home; on the
contrary, the menace to free govern
ment that has thrown tlie world Into
war should be an impressive warning
to every thoughtful citizen that "eter
nal vigilance is the price of liberty,"
and impel them to give closer atten
tion to tlie selection of men intrust
ed with the framing, interpretation
and execution of the laws. Just as the
war suddenly imposed great problems
to be solved in the way of military
preparation, so the country is now
confronted with the problems of pre
paring for peace which are second in
importance only to those of prepar
ing for war. These problems must be
solved by tlie next congress, and it is
therefore the right and duty of every
citizen to participate in the solution
by expressing his choice for senators
and representative. The republican
party and the republican candidates
believed in preparing for war before
we became Involved in war, and they
believe in preparing for peace before
victorious peace has been concluded.
Just us the stealthy propaganda of
the hated Hun sowed the seed of
treason and anarchy throughout tlie
nation, so the insidious poison of the
nonpartisan league has permeated
the state of Idaho. It must be met
by the same heroic and determined
resistance that faced the Hun, the
only difference being the use of bal
lots in place of bullets. It is, in fact
tlie same enemy, for tlie nonpartisan
league has ever been and is today
the faithful ally of tlie Hun. It is the
duty of every citizen, in tlie presence
of tlie emergency that confronts the
state, to forget party lines and make
common cause against tlie common
enemy. The honor and credit of the
state is at stake. Tlie nonpartisan
league is a combination of pro-Ger
manism, pacifism, I. W. W.-ism and
socialism. This is no idle statement,
for it is based upon indisputable
facts, repeatedly publisehd with a
standing challenge to contest it in
the courts. Its candidates are abso
lutely pledged in writing to obey the
orders of the league. This assertion
is made upon the authority of A. C.
Townley, founder and absolute dicta
tor of the league. In his speech at
Moscow, with H. F. Samuels, tlie lea
gue candidate for governor, on the
platform, Townley said:
"The nonpartisan league pays
the campaign expenses of its can
didates, and when they are elect
ed they are the employes of the
league and must do its bidding."
Surely the loyal, liberty-loving,
self-respecting people of Idaho will
never consent to permit such an or
ganization to gain control of the
There is no disloyalty, no pro-Ger
manism, to contend with in the selec
tion of county offices, for republicans
and democrats are as one in support
of the government. But there are lo
cal questions to he considered which
are involved in the county election,
and which may be settled without
disturbing the united front the people
of this county have preserved during
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