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THE WALLACE MINER Metal Quotations WILLFIND MINING NEWS AND COMPANY NOTICES OF INTEREST TO THEM IN THE WALLACE MINER Lead, $8.05. Spelter, $8.25. Copper, $26. Silver, $1.0114. NO. 41. VOL. XII. WALLACE, IDAHO, TH JRSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 1918. FIVE CENTS A COPY m Labor Shortage Will Soon Be Re lieved WILL INCREASE OUTPUT Next Spring Should Witness General Resumption of Development EFORH THE war ended there was much speculation as to what would be the effect of the return of peace upon the min B ing industry, and now that peace is established fact we are still "in the far as definite information is It is still a matter of One thing seems certain, an air" so concerned. speculation. • and that is the immediate return of the thousands of men in training to their homes and the gradual camps return of the soldiers in Europe will make itself felt in relieving the soon labor shortage, so that this handicap to productive mines will be relieved. This will enable the large mines t > carry their development work well in advance of production requirements and to increase their output. When they are in position to do this it will then be a question whether the indus trial demand for the metals will be sufficient to absorb the production at a price that will insure an adequate profit to the operators. We believe it will, although it will require consid erable time to bring this condition about. By next spring the transform ation from a war basis to one of peace should be practically consummated, when we may reasonably expect a re sumption of business and Industrial activity such as the country has not seen in many years, barring the* per iod during the war, but more gener ally distributed throughout the coun try than during that remarkable per iod. This will create a demand for lead, zinc and copper, probably at lower figures than now prevail, higher than in the ante-bellum days and insuring a higher standard of .wages for men employed in the metal Industry than prevailed before wa r. but the Renewal of Mining Operations. It naturally follows that a condi tion that will provide a steady demand at good prices for the product of the mines will be the most effective stim Ulent for the discovery and develop ment of new ones. The situation that prevails in the Coeur d'Alene district is doubtless the same that generally exists in other mining districts of the High prices for mining sup west. plies, high wages and the shortage of men combined to put a stop to new Scores of promis rievelopment work. Ing properties, well equipped for car rying on development, are idle In this district. Most of them are owned by stock companies and are financed by assessment, and only await the return of more favorable conditions to re The operation of sumo operations, these numerous development compan ies is one of the important features of mining in this district. They not only contribute» largely to the business Prosperity of the district, but they are mines in the making, giving as surance that new mines will be open P(1 to take the place of mines exhaust ed. Mining Is a wasting industry and every tnlne has Its limitations. Miner confidently expects that next year will witness a tremendous re sumption of mining development, and that new mines will he proved to s'.'ell the output of this wonderful dis trict and bring prosperity to the peo The pip. Favorable to Investors. Most .everybody, whether he lives in mining district or far removed from mining operations, Is touched by the Asclnntlon of mining and some time 0r other is moved to take a chance In •he greatest of all legitimate games. 1'1'e Miner believes that no more fav orable time wining Investments, and particularly In the r'oeur d'Alene district. The sit ever presented for was . natlnn is one that Is not only favor able f or legitimate Investment, but It I* also unfortunately one that will be "rized upon hy Irresponsible promot <T* to foist upon the public, worthless wiring stock representing wildcat mi ning elal lorions development companies in the Coeur There are many merl ms. d'Alene district whose stock ■'•ay he bought far below Its real value ,ln «l which promise substantial profit *'lthln a reasonable time. The oppor tlinlt y is here, but purchasers are yarned to make no Investment with a thorough Investigation through 1 ''dependent Unmoter with glittering stock certlfi eatos and l*es of out channels. Beware of the with more glittering-prom quiek and Incredulous profits. Nabob Company Will Build 150-ton Mill The Nabob Consolidated Min ing company wilt soon begin the construction of a mill of 150 tons This information obtained from William 1 capacity. was Beaudry general manager of the yesterday. company, This is an enterprise that has long been contemplated, and this definite announcement is taken as another Indication that Pine creek is soon to have a rail road, although Mr. Beaudry states that he has no assurance on the subject; The crosscut from Na bob No. 4 to the Denver vein and raise of 250 feet to a connection with Denver tunnel No. 2 has re sulted in developing a large amount of ore in addition to that which had already been developed in the Denver claim. This ore is a combination of lead and zinc, carrying about 20 per cent of each and 7 ounces of silver, nel, 100 feet above No. 2 with which it is connected by raise, carries a much larger percentage of zinc. No. 1 tun Ore shipments are now being made from the property. It is also understood that there Is quite a large amount of lead ore of good milling grade in the Nabob workings. No. 4 tunnel, which Is the outlet for both the Denver and Nabob, is connecting with the loading station on the line of the proposed railroad by a gravity tramway, the one that was form erly used by the Stewart company. The control of the Nabob com pany is held by the Stewart Min ing company. It Is expected that construction of the mill will begin within the next week or two. SHOWS STRONG STRINGER OF GALENA HEAVILY MINERAL IZED THROUGHOUT. The crosscut on the Washington struck the vein last week and pene trated it about four feet, at which point the contract was 'completed and work was suspended for the winter. The company is well pleased with the showing in the vein as far as disclos ed. It is mineralized throughout and there is a streak of galena, Iron and quartz two or three inches wide that promises to lead to an important ore shoot. Along the wall there is a streak of talc three inches thick that carries much lead as determined by panning. It is a matter of regret to the management that work could not be continued at this time, as it is probable that additional ore will be found before the other wall is reach ed, and the showing now indicates that a drift will soon develop an ore shoot. The crosscut is 775 feet in length and cut the vein at a depth from the surface of 350 feet. In the upper tunnel there is about 10 inches of nice ore, galena and carbonate. Drive Lower Tunnel. Owing to the possible hardship that an assessment would Impose on some stockholders at this time, and the fact that there is about two feet of snow at the camp which renders It difficult to take in supplies, it was de cided to suspend operations until spring. It is then proposed to con tinue the crosscut through the vein and explore it by drifts. If this work satisfactory as anticipated. proves ns another tunnel will be driven that will give about 1000 feet depth. The com pany has sufficient stock in the treas to finance this work, and also to and electric ury provide a compressor power. The line of the Montana Pow company is only about half a mile from the property. The Washington the hill north of er is situated over Burke, about two miles, at the head of Granite creek, and the natural out let is down Granite creek to the North Side railroad at Raven, of Burke, 1s president and manager of the company; J. W. Evans, of this city, 1s vice president, nad Dr. C. A. of Burke, is secretary John Finley, Dettman, treasurer. 8UCCE8S. Employing 60 Men—Ex Company tracting Ora on Three Levels. with other mines of the In common district, the Success Mining company had difficulty In maintaining Its account of the preva'ence However, the mill has shift as usual has output on of Influenza, been kept running one and conditions are now much improv has 60 men on the of ore hns ed. The company payroll. A good shoot been developed on the 700 level, and on the 1400, 1500 and 1600 levels the highly satlsfact delicered showings of ore are Concentrates are now the mill to the railroad, about truck, and the sold the teams formerly ory. from half a mile, by motor company has l used for this purpose. Price of Metals in Peace and War HE COMING of peace and the cessation of the war demand for munitions and other manulactured products which consum ed large Quantities of metal naturally brings up for consider ation the probable effect upon prices of these metals and upon the wages of men employed in their production, voiced in the readjustment of the world to a normal peace basis are so numerous, far-reaching and complicated in their nature that man can foresee with any degree of precision the business and industrial condition that will follow their tlnal settlement. Neverthe less there is one feature that stands out clearly which it is well to recognize now in order to avoid a shock when it becomes a reality. The high prices of all commodities and the high about by the war can not be maintained on the same level after the business of the world has returned to'a permanent peace basis. Metal Prices and Wages in Peace and War. The people of the Coeur d'Alene district naturally are chiefly concerned in the prices of lead, zinc and silver, for upon these depend the maintenance of high wages and their prosperity, of metal prices and wages at the beginning of the war and at Its close is therefore interesting and is here given: Lead Zinc Silver Miner's per lb. per lb. 3.87c 5.30c 8.05c 8.50o Of course everybody 'in the Coeur d'Alene district would be glad to see these prices and the present scale Unlike copper, the prices of lead and zinc are not fixed by direct tion of the government. While the war was on the government was the largest purchaser of these metals, taking about one-third of the entire product of the lead mines. This practically fixed the price. With the government no longer In the market, will the consumption in peacefulu industries and the demands of reconstruction in Europe be sufficient to absorb the sulplus created by the withdrawal of the government to an extent that will maintain the prevailing prices of the metals? T The questions in no wages brought A comparison per oz. 54.81c 101.12c wages $3.50 1914 . 1918 . 5.25 of wages maintained. ac Manager Diacuaaas Metal Prices. Local mine managers are not disposed to go on record with any- .. thing approaching definite predictions regarding the future of min ing, since at best it would be largely a guess and one man's guess Is as good as another. However, In the course of a conversation with Frederick Burbidge, general manager of the Federal Mining & Smelting company, he discussed In a general way the lead situation and the Influences governing the price. During the last four years large amounts of lead and zinc have been exported for the use of the allies, and In the last year and a half further large amounts have been taken by our own government, These demands will now cease, and the metals thus released must be sold in the Industrial mar kets. There has been for some months a scarcity of lead, with a ten dency to higher prices, which was only held in check by the re straining hand of the war Industries board. But with the release of the lead heretofore taken for military use the supply for domes tic manufacturing purposes is likely to be more than sufficient. There will probably be a surplus of the metal; and In that event we must, of course, expect the price to decline. In a general way the same reasoning applies to zinc. Outlook for Silver Is Good. As to silver, Mr. Burbidge said there seems to ,be good reason to belUve that the price will be maintained; if not at the present level at least on a level much above that of the pre-war period. This Is due to the fact that the war has created conditions which require that Silver shall occupy a larger place as a circulating me dium, calling for the use of very large amounts of the metal for coinage. Wages and High Prices. What the effect will be on labor it is difficult to forecast, said Mr. Burbidge. Mr. Gompers serves notice on the country that la bor intends to hold on to all it obtained as the result of the war, and will not submit to a reduction of wagfes. It is to be regretted that Mr. Gompers did not state how wages are to be maintained in the face of falling prices for the products of labor, employers will be glad if conditions continue to permit the payment of the present wages; but as the prices for their products fall they ■must either reduce wages or close their plants. Possibly the demand for the materials for reconstruction will be great enough to prevent any marked fall in prices for a while. Wage earners should real ize that their employers are benelitted as much as they are by high prices and high wages. But they are unable to control prices; and as prices fall wages must fall proportionately. Undoubtedly SHERMAN. Company Adopts Novel Plan to Dis pose of Wasto. What to do with the waste rock from the Hidden Treasure tunnel was a problem confronting the Sherman Development company when It was decided to extend that tunnel to the Union vein, a distance of possibly 900 feet. The portal of the tunnel Is right In the town of Burke, back of the old Tiger mill, which made the usual dumping arrangement impossi ble. Heretofore the railroad compan ies have hauled the surplus rock Dom Burke mines for a nominal charge, for filling in along their using it tracks, the lower railroad yards of Wallace being made of this material; but It appears that under government ownership of railroads this practice has been discontinued, hence the had to devise Sherman company to overcome the difficulty. The means solution was found In the construc tion of a bucket tramway which will convey the waste rock over the top of the hill on the opposite side of the narrow canyon In which Burke Is sit uated, dumping It automatically. The being constructed. tramway Is now The loading station will be on the north side of the railroad tracks, Just below the Tiger boarding house. UNITED WAR WORK. Allotment for Shoshone County Fully Subscribed. The close of the united war work drive yesterday evening resulted the full quota for in rounding out Shoshone county, according to an nouncement of Chas. Z. Seelig, Several reports the county chairman, from outlying districts are yet to In, and until these are received come definite figures can not be announced. The allotment for this county was $60,000. Manager of W. W. P. Co. Here. ■ H. L. Bleecher, of Spokane, mana of the Washington Water Power in the city the first of ger company, was the week on business connected with the large Interests of the company In this district. FRIEND. Winzo Being Sunk on Ore—Hand Jig Plant in Operation. William Sehierding, of Spokane, manager of the Friend Mining com pany, came up Monday and visited the property of the company on Bea ver creek, remaining until yesterday morning. The Friend company re cently Installed a crusher and hand jig, by means of which it was hoped to be able to ship concentrates to an extent that would contribute largely toward the development of the prop erty. The plan worked all right, but In the meantime the market for zinc, which is the chief value, became de pressed to an extent that made it Im possible to sell the product at a pro fit. Fifteen or 20 tons of concentrates are on hand which Mr. Sehierding says assay 45 per cent zinc, 12 per cent lead and 5 ounces silver. Under these circumstances hand jigging was suspended and work Is now directed toward developing the ore body. The ore shoot is 250 feet In length, vary ing in width from a few inches to 4 feet, zinc generally predominating. On the west end of the shoot the ore Is a foot and a half wide, mostly lead. In stoping above this the ore gradual ly pinched out about 20 feet above the tunnel. Indicating that It would con tinue to Increase In thickness with depth. Acting upon this theory a winze 1« now being sunk on the ore, which It Is proposed to extend 100 feet, when drifts will be run east and west. ing the wlntv-r Li being confined to the tungsten vein, which has been stripped for over 70 feet and Is now Kennan Visits Pony Guloh> •Colonel Chester T. Kennan came up from Spokane the first of the week and Inspected operations of the Ken nan Mining company, on Pony guloh, the property being developed under bond to John A. Perelval, president of the Interstate-Oallahan company. Col onel Kennan Is acting In the capacity of consulting engineer. He returned to Spokane yesterday. As stated in the last Issue of the Miner, work dur being explored by shaft. Hecla 2000 Big Dividend Rumors The large station at the 2000 level of the Hecla is now practic ally completed and It is announc ed that drifting started on tills level this week. It is estimated that the ore shoot will be reached in about 1000 feet, although it is not improbable that ore will be encountered in less distance. This level is 400 feet below the pres ent lowest workings, and the proving of the ore shoot at this depth will make a tremendous ad dition to the ore reserves of the inline. The company is maintain ing its normal production, both the Gem mill, which handles the lead-silver ore, and the Federal leased mill, which handles the alnc ore, being in steady opera tion. The company Is therefore making a line operating profit, ow ing to the prevailing high prices of lead, silver and zinc. So far as any action taken by the officials of the company is concerned, there is nothing to warrant the persistent rumors of a 50-cent dividend in December. J. F. McCarthy, manager of the Hecla, stntes thtft the govern ment has reached no decision re garding the amount of taxes paid by the company for 1917, and the levy for 1918, which is draw ing to a close, is equally uncertain. Under these circumstances it Is regarded as not Improbable that the directors will be disposed to husband the company surplus in order to be prepared for any eventuality. be E CONDITIONS MORE FAVORABLE FOR ITS CONSTRUCTION BUILD THIS WINTER. About 45 men are now employed in repairing the washed out track on Pipe creek, and while no new infor mation has' been received on the sub ject, it is evident that the belief is becoming quite general that when this repair work is completed, the con struction of the line will go forward and that the branch will be completed to the Constitution. Of course the rebuilding of this two and a quarter miles of track alone would be of ma terial assistance to the Nabob by re ducing the wagon haul of ore almost half, and to a less extent in propor tion to distance it would benefit other comi>anles having ore (o ship, but It would not be sufficient encourage ment to induce shipments and would therefore he of comparatively little advantage to the Pine creek district as a whole. Railroad companies long ago established the habit of waiting until late in the full or early winter to begin construction work in this district, and now that cold and dis agreeable weather may be expected, the construction of this line would be true to form. Labor More Plentiful. The construction of the Pine creek branch last summer was prevented by the high cost of material and diffi culty to secure men for the work. In the face of these conditions the best bid to complete the work was so high that its acceptance was out of the question, and the matter of building the Pine creek branch was abandoned until the return of more favorable conditions. Upon his return from the east a few days ago ex-Senator Tur ner stated that he had received as surances that the line would be built without further delay, and coincident with his return work started repair ing the track. Thousands of men will soon be released from military service, a situation that will make its Influ ence felt In relieving the labor short age, and It Is reasonable to expect a substantial decrease In the cost of material used In construction. Under these circumstances It is believed that upon the completion of the repair work now going on, construction will proceed either under contract or by the company direct. The right of way has been cleared to a point above Beeler, more than half the distance. Much Tonnage Available. The tonnage that will be Immedi ately available upon the completion of the Pine creek railroad Is not a mat ter of speculation. There Is the Con r.ltutlon with a 150-ton mill and a Lirge amount of ore blocked out on both the tunnel and shaft levels. The Douglas was a steady shipper under the Anaconda lease and the mine Is now In shape for Immediate and steady production. shipping now and Is preparing to in crease Its output. The Highland-Sur prise 1s equipped with a 200-ton mill [and there Is much ore accessible in There are. numerous near shippers on Pine creek, which require only the encouragement that will come with railroad transportation to place them on a productive basis. the mine. The Nabob is Significant Strike in Crosscut From Winze ORE OF BETTER GRADE Geological Conditions Favor* able — Strike Fulfills All Predictions T HAT THE highest expectations of deep development of the Tnrbox are about to be realiz ed through the exploration of the vein on the 1000-foot level Is clearly indicated by the extensive ore disclosures in the crosscut from the winze sunk from tile 80(». For prob ably 40 feet the crosscut had been passing through stringers of ore which represented a fair milling av erage, and the last G or 7 feet shows practically solid ore of excellent mill ing grade. The crosscut seems to have entered the east end of the Ulg ore shoot developed above, and the best results are expected by drifting to tile west a short dlstnaee, possibly 100 feet, although it is probable that additional ore will be encountered before the hanging wall is reached. Richard Daxon, manager of the Tar box, returned from the mine yesterday afternoon, and expressed himself as much gratified with the showing. Samples of the ore show a lurge pre ponderance of lead, the zinc, which features the upper workings, having practically disappeared. There Is also a notable increase In the amount of copi>er, which made Its appearance on the 800. A large flow of water still continues. Described by Davy. Frank J. Davey, assayor and min ing engineer of this city, who has been ft close observer of the Tarbox, went over to the mine Tuesday to in spect tlve new strike. He returned yesterday afternoon, and in response to an Inquiry from the Miner, made the following statement: "Yes, I have just returned from an inspection of the 1000-foot level of the Tarbox mine. The results ob tained by sinking the additional 200 feet from the 800-foof level have fully verified my prophecy that the entire Burke quartzite formation would bo found regular, undisturbed and free from the crushing movement, which is so pronounced In the levels above. "The footwull of the vein has been cut at 123 feet from the winze, and stringers of ore from 18 Inches to 6 feet have been crosscut in the 60 feet following and the hanging wall has not been reached. As soon as the hanging wall is reached, drifting for the big ore shoot lying to the west will begin and all Indications point to much Improved conditions, both In quantity and quality, to those devel oped on the 800-foot level, situation Is satisfactory." The entire Large Tonnage in Sight. The striking of this ore on the 1000-foot level makes a large addi tion to the available ore in the Tar box, and justifies tile prediction that It Is on the verge of soon becoming one of the great producers of the dis trict. The disappearance of the broken and disturbed the formation which the upper levels, as pointed out by Mr. Davey, together with the Burke quartzite in which the are favorable to a large and persist ent ore body, and the future of the Tarbox therefore seems assured. The management will now doubtless take up the matter of providing a mill for the property with the full assurance of long and Increasing production. Wljth this in view preparation Is al ready far advanced in the utilization of a splendid water power which will provide power for both the mill and conditlou of characterized ore Is found, compressor. A dam which will pro vide an ample reservoir has been completed and grading for a pipe line from the dam to the millsite, a short distance below the shaft, Is practical ly completed, been made for the pipe, which will soon be delivered and placed In posi tion. Altogether the outlook for tile Tarbox is exceedingly flattering, and stockholders who have pinned their faith to the property are to be con gratulated upon the prospect of re turns on their investment. Arrangements have Perris of Arkansas Farm Life. (Gravatte News-Herald) Dick Barlow's mare bit one of his fingers nearly off, and the colt kicked him In the eye. Happiness Is often the price of be ing commonplace.