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THE WALLACE MINER Metal Quotations WILLFIND MINING NEWS AND COMPANY NOTICE8 0F INTEREST TO THEM IN THE WALLACE MINER Lead, $5.50. Spelter, $7. Copper, $19@23. Silver, $1.01'/*. NO. 50. VOL. XIII. FIVE CENTS A COPY WALLACE, IDAHO, TH URSDAY, JANUARY 23, 1919. No Promise Made to Take Over Contracts THEY DO IN PRACTICE Burke Union Makes Charge That is Not Sustained By Facts Acting upon representations made hv the district miners' union of Burke, the. state federation ol' labor, in ses sion at Boise, adopted a resolution condemning the mining companies of the Coeur d'Alene district for their alleged failure to refund the amount paid by employes under contracts to purchase Liberty bonds when they have 'been thrown out of employment through the curtaMmt.it or the sus pension of production. In bringing this matter to the attention of the slate federation, the Burke union is sued quite a lengthy statement, from which the following is an extract: Claim of Union. "During the many drives we have had for Liberty Bonds, War Savings Stamps, Red Cross and other war re lief, we were asked to buy, buy, buy until it hurts, and then some. We were assured steady employment if we bcught or donated in installments, furthermore, the employer promised, in case the workman could not pay for the 'bond, he would refund the amount paid thereon and assume the bond himself. "With those rosy promises before them, but lltle trouble was experi enced in selling bonds or stamps, with the result that wages were mortgaged for months on the lyospect of steady wtrk, for the purpose of helping our government to finance the war and back up our members at the front. "After a 10-day layoff during the holidays, without a moment's warning, on January 3, the mines and mills cc nnected therewith closed down in Two payments on bonds definitely. are due in January. The holders, being out of work, cannot meet this obliga tion, and the employer refuses to re turn the amount already paid on them, so the workman finds himself with a partially paid bond and must borrow tho balance or lose all." Facts in the Case. At a time when there are so many matters in the industrial world rc quirlng adjustment, it is unfortunat; to have the situation complicated by the publication of this unwarranted It is not claimed that the charge. Burke union has knowingly misstated the case, but the action must liave been taken without due investigation, otherwise the Miner is sure it would r.ever have received the approval of the union. So far as this paper is in and both from memory formed, through investigation since the charge made by the union was published, the mining companies made no promise whatever regarding refunding money But as a partially Paid up bonds, matter of fact, it is known that sev eral (companies, and it 1s (probably true of all of them, have taken the bond contracts off the hands of em ployes leaving their service in every Instance that application has been The Miner is also informed no doubt Oil made. from a source that leaves to Its truth that when the Tama few as rack & Custer closed down a v eeks ago, announcement was made by the management that all employes having payments to make on would be relieved of their contracts and have payments already made re funded If they so desired, action of these companies was purely voluntary and not in the performance of a promise, which they expressly state was not made. For Drafted Men. bonds But the The only promise that was made, so far as the Miner can determine, ■with the fourth was In connection Liberty loan. At that time the second draft law had gone Into-effect and of ci.urse a great number of employes and others were subject to call Into military service. Many of these would be unable to meet the payment for bonds if they were called and under the circumstances hestltated to sub scribe. In order to enable them to Perform their patriotic duty and re lieve their minds of uncertainty, James F. McCarthy, chairman of the Liberty loan campaign In this county, issued a public statement In Septem ber, in which he said: "Anyone subscribing for a bond of the fourth Liberty loan and who Is called into military service before the Lltli of January, 1919, may be lleved of his contract for the purchase re Old Hickory Cuts Two-Foot Vein Oscar Nordquist, Hickory Mining came down from the manager of the company, Old property yes terday, bringing with him samples • of ore encountered the first of the week. The ore is quartz thoroughly impregnated with galena, with frequent bunches and stringers of galena, having that light cast that suggests high value in silver, fact, there are particles here and there that have the In appearance of native silver. The samples repre sent a vein about two feet thick, tout it is not believed that it is the main vein. Its course is differ ent, having the appearance of be ing an offshoot connecting the vein to the west. Shortly after beginning work in the crosscut a similar mineralized vein with was cut, being about ten feet wide, and having the same course. Numer ous slips have been cut, followed by an excessive flow of water which would gradually subside. The theory is that these connect with the main vein, from which comes the mineral described. Ac cording to the survey the vein should be cut in about 40 feet and the crosscut is being extended with the full expectation of encounter ing it. There is of course a possi bility that the vein just cut is the true vein, but Mr. Nordquist and others who have examined the con dition are of opinion that it Is still ahead. In any event the showing is very flattering for a body of high grade ore such as made the You Like famous. I ! LOSS IS COVERED BY INSURANCE ■STEPS TAKEN TO RESTORE PLANT. A fire Monday night destroyed the compressor building of the Big 'Creek Mining company, together with all contents. In addition to the compres sor, the building also contained the blacksmith shop and a dry room. It is believed that the compressor can be restored for use again, tout with this exception practically the entire contents of the building were destroy ed. These included tvv.o machine drills, the electric motor, numerous blacksmith and machine shop tools and other usual equipment. The build ing was insured for $500 and the con tents for $2000, which it is believed vMl cover the loss. How the fire started will never be known positive ly, but it is assumed that it started through defective electric wiring. Only the day shift was working, and this came off at about 3 o'clock Mon day afternoon and no one had been about the premises after that time. The building, which was situated near the portal of the tunnel and probably 600 or 700 feet above the boarding house at the foot of the hill, was discovered in flames 'between 12 and 1 o'clock Monday night. A care ful search was made for tracks in the fresh snow, upon the theory that the •fire was of Incendiary origin, but none were found, manager of the Big Creek company, stated that he had wired for a new motor and that every effort would he made to restore the plant at the earl iest possible date. Continue Wtork in Mine. Mr. Anderson Following the drop in the price of he Big Creek mine n men, practically Un was lead the force at l vas reduced to all of the men working on ore. der this arrangement the company shipping at the rate of three carloads of ore per month, pressor is being restored the extrac tion of ore will continue The mine is reported in The management While the com by hand ex • work. cellent condition. under consideration plans for ex development, which If carried largely increase the avail hat tensive out, will able ore and result in great economy in operations. to of Is without loss and have his desires. This of the bond money refunded If he so promise to purchase after been fully paid for." clear that this promise is not a they have It is very applied only to men subject to the and only when called into mlli It must also be notel speaking as draft tary service, that Mr. McCarthy was of the bond drive and what not directed to employes than to other chairman lie said was of the mines any more ubjeet to draft who desired citizens s to purchase bonds. As a matter of fairness to the min ing companies, the Burke union should withdraw its charge and make a statement In accordance facts, which should be given publicity as the original. the with as wide Free Accomodations for Soldiers While Waiting for Employment. -Mining companies and employers generally in the Coeur d'Alene district are giving their employes their old positions as rapidly as they return from service in the army, and some of the companies have let it be known that ex soldiers, whether former employes or not, will be given the preference when men are required. Ttiis is a fine spirit and in keeping with that which cheered the boys as they marched away. The men who wore the uniform, it matters not whether they went to France or remained in the training camp, are de serving of tills consideration. They made a real sacrifice in entering the army and it was not their fault that their fate was to remain in a training camp. They were ready and eager to gw and are therefore entitled to the same con sideration as those who were more fortunate. Now that the boys are daily returning they should receive a greeting that will show that the patriotic en thusiasm that characterized their departure still lives, though in a less demon strative form. It must be shown through a personal interest in their welfare. Do Not Delay Action. dn all parts of the country the citizens have organized for the purpose of assisting returning soldiers in obtaining employment and to provide accommo dations for them while waiting for work. This is a matter that should have received the attention of the people of Wallace and the Coeur d'Alene district long ago, tout it is not too late now to be a real service. A man who has been months in the army drawing a stipend of $30 per month, half of which was probably paid to a dependent, or at least withheld from his pay for that pur pose, ts not likely to return home with surplus cash. He must go to work without delay, or if there is unavoidable delay, he must have some means of support provided while waiting. Right there is the problem for the com munity to solve, and the solution should bring out the same patriotic spirit so vociferously displayed when the hoys followed the flag to fight the Hun. They performed their duty cheerfully, bravely and loyally, and it is now up to us who remained at home to show a proper appreciation of their service and (sacrifice, Provide Quarters in Barracks. In the early stages of the war when it was necessary to protect the lead against German depredations, the mining companies built comfortable quarters for the company of soldiers stationed here, sation with the manager of one of the large companies this week, he suggested that these barracks be provided with accommodations for returning soldiers His idea is to place the building in and zinc mines In conver- while they are waiting for employment. charge of a man to keep it clean and orderly, and employ a capable cook and I all necessary help to serve first-class meals to the men who take advantage The barracks would, according to this plan, provide and a comfortable lounging of the facilities offered. good lodging accommodations, excellent board The Miner presents this as a practical method of well as citizens ptace for the soldiers. ! helping the boys, a plan in which the mining companies as generally would toe expected to join. If this plan is found mot to be desirable, then lot some other toe proposed. There should be no further delay. soldiers here now who would toe glad to receive this more will be coming. They It is probable that there are ex while waiting for employment and many It is the patriotic duty of the people of this community to them, and it should be a pleasure as well. service are entitled to it. give it to Tarbox Ore Body is 32 Feet Wide returned from Tarbox Tuesday afternoon, where he had been since Saturday. inquiry', he stated Lra'nk J- Davey tho In response t that the east drift on the 1000 level had been extended 160 feet,in ore. A crosscut is now being run near the face toward the hanging wall to determine the width of the shoot. When he left this had proved the ore to be 32 feet wi le and the face of the crosscut was still in ore. The entire body is of good milling grade, with occasional streaks of shipping. same level has been extended 100 Ore had been coming for a The west drift on the feet. considerable distance and a cross cut is also being run to prove its This showed 12 feet of extent. lower grade ore which will show improvement no when doubt further explored, as the main body has evidently not been reached. Mr. Davey states that this is the shoot that was opened on the I same 800 level. Richard Daxon, mana ger of the Tarbox, has been confin ed to the hospital week or two, but is reported so far Improved that he will soon be in condition to take up his duties for the past again. AMAZON-DIXIE. I Ready to Resume Crosscutting South | 1100 Level. on Wesley Everett, of Sildix, Montana, | of the Amazon-Dixie Mining* manager company, accompanied by Mrs. Ever ett. registered at the Samuels yester Asked regarding operations at day. the mine. Mr. Everett said that it was necessary to suspend work on the 1100 on account level several months ago of shortage of water for power, supply not toeing sufficient for hoist In the meantime the ing and pumping. continued on the main Recent rains and drifting was tunnel or 700 level. materially increased the snow have ater supply and the Indications are further trouble Arrangements have v that there will be no that account, therefore been completed for a resumP Cross on of work on the 1100 level. been started north and south this level, and work for the present ill be limited to extending the cross the south vein, which is the one Only a tion cuts have on « cut to that has been explored above. remains, in fact, the short distance vein may be cut any day. Syndicate. Mining company, of claims near the Syndicate The owning a group mouth of Big Creek, plams to start up The low short time, out tunnel, now 972 feet in operations in er cross-'- length, will be pushed ahead until the vein is reached. Surveys show the be close at hand and the pres deptli of i vein to ent crosscut will give nearly 800 feet below the upper wotk [ n ga—-Wardner-Kellogg News. a GOES TO NEW MEXICO. Manager of Idaho & Los Angeles Seeks Change of Climate. John W. Flink, president and mana ger of the Idaho & Los Angeles Min ing & Milling company, accompanied by Mrs, Flink. left last Saturday morning over the Northern Pacific , for Albuquerque, N. M., where through , the influence of dry, mild climate he ■" , expects within a few months to re gain his health. For several years J Mr. Flink has given close attention to the development of the Idaho & Los Angeles, and w hile there is noth ing alarming in his condition, he has very wisely acted upon the advice of his physician to take time by the jfcrelock and recuperate before a se rious situation develops. Work will continue as usual at the property dur ing his absence. Only one shift of two men has been employed during the winter and this will be continued, The crosscut has been advanced up-j wards of 200 feet and probably more tlmn 100 feet remains to be run to The rock has been exces the vein. sively hard, but there is evidence a change that will enable better prog rcss. ST. JAMES. Work Delayed by Failure of Receiver to Arrive. Mrs. Theresa James, president and ■manager of the St. James Mining cotn in the city the first of the pany, was week. She stated that the compres sor w h| c j, was delivered at the prop ago has been erty several weeks placed in position, but failure of the air receiver to arrive has prevented Its arrival is beginning operations, still uncertain, but it is expected tj reach Spokane dally and upon its ai rivail will Immediately be transported Develop - to the mine and installed, ment work contemplated Is-the exten slcn of the cross cut, which it is be lievedr, is now breaking into'the vein, to be followed by drifting. Consider able ore has been disclosed on the sur face, which, with the large and favor able outcrop, indicate a large ore body the tunnel level. on Dump and" SWEENEY MILL. Now Reworking Tailings Handling Leasers' Ore. The Sweeney mill, recently by the Bunker Hill when the taken over Federal turned over its property here, has been remodeled throughout and is now in active operation on leasers' and Is also working on the huge Sweeney dump, all of which is to be retreated in this mill up facilities for saving values, says the Wardner-Keltogg News. The Sweeney dump lias In the neighborhood of a million and a half tons of material, the accumulation of 25 years' opera tion of the Last Chance mine, product carries from 1 to 3 per cent In lead and some silver values. By careful milling methods and the adop tion of modern treatment a profit can bo realized upon ores of even this low grade. The Sweeney mill has a capac ity of 600 tons dally. ore to date The Ur£e Quick Action on Assessment Law A Washington dispatch Tuesday stated that the senate had passed a resolution suspending assess ment work on mining claims in Alaska for four years beginning with 1917. Over six months ago the senate passed a similar resolution applying to mining claims in the United States, extending the ex emption until the end of the year following the conclusion of peace. Ttiis would appear to include Alaska also, tout evidently there is some special reason for action applicable to that ter ritory. The conditions that make the exemption necessary in Alaska apply with equal force to the mining states of the west, a fact that was fully recognized by the senate when the exemption resolution was passed six months ago. It is now up to the house to give the mining interests the re quired relief, tout owing to the op position of the chairman of the committee on mines and mining, It Is not likely that any action will toe taken unless pressure is brought from the mining Industry. Action should toe taken by commercial bodies of the state and particularly by the Idaho Mining association, which has a respresentatlve at Washington. VALID MINERAL DISCOVERY SUS TAINED BY THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR. The secretary of the interior, un der date of January 10, handed down decision in the case of A. D. Bur row vs. William T. Spears, being a contest over the right to about 15 acres of land upon which had been filed both mineral and homestead The case turned upon the de claims. termination of the character of the lilnd - mineral or agricultural, and specifically the validity of the miner I. ,. ... ful discovery of the owner of the mtn . , . , . . .... ing claims. The decision of the sec . . ., . ... rotary sustains the contention of the . . _ „ , , 'miner, A. D. Burrow. The ground in controversy is situated a few miles (south of Medimont. Although the claims of miners and homesteaders in tlat vicinity have occasionally clash ed heretofore, and have been fought out in the land department, tills Is the first case in w^iich the miner came out victorious. last August when William T. submitted final proof for bis home [stead in the United States land of flee at Coeur d'Alene his filing in eluding about 15 acres held as mining Lost in Local Land Office. The issue was raised a year ago Spears of!claims by A. D. Burrow, an employe the Hecla mine. Mr. Burrow filed protest against issuance of patent t.. the homestead. A hearing was held by the local land office, in which Mr. Burrow was represented 'by Therretf Towles, attorney of this city. The homestead entryman was represented by C. H. Potts, of Coeur d'Alene. Ex • pert testimony was Introduced to prove the character of the land. To ^irove his contention that the land In controversy Is mineral and that his claims were based upon a valid min eral discovery, Mr. Burrow was sup ported by the testimony of Sidney L. Shnnts. mining engineer of this city, and W. H. Herrick, county assessor and a mining man of wide experience. Also the testimony of Carl Johnson, practical miner and former owner of the claims. In support of the claim of Mr. Spears that the land was non mineral, John H, Nordquist, mining engineer 0 f this city, testified; also |'Timothy' McCarthy, a homesteader an(J mlnin g the Coeur d'Alenes, j er ,| s j (>n 0 f the register und receiver mon of extensive experience in The a of the local land office was in favor of the homesteader. Appeal to Commissioner. Mr. Towles, attorney for Mr. Bur row, at once prepared an appeal to the commissioner of the general land A decision was rendered last office. May by the commissioner in which the lc-cal land office was reversed, reviewing the case at some length, the commissioner said: 'The record has been carefully ex amined In connection with your said As shown by diagram, Ex After decision. Dibit A, of the homestead entry, the his evidenced miner claimant has faith and confidence by driving some 250 feet of tunnel since he became in terested in the group, his outlay rep resenting between $3000 and $4000. It must accordingly be held that a valid discoverey of mineral in rock in place has been made upon the claims. Your decision Is therefore reversed and the entry held for cancellation as to the area in conflict with said North Star ar.d Jumbo locations, subject to the Preparing Quarters and Surface Fa cilities PERCIVAL HAS OPTION Ore Exposed and Great Pos sibilities of Property-Gray Copper Vein Preparations are being made for the development of the Chlcago-Boe ton and it is probable that work will begin in about two weeks, possibly sooner. Accommodations are now be ing provided for employes and it Is understood that all surface equipment will toe installed as soon as It can be delivered. The control of the Chlcago Boston company Is held under option by John A. Pereival, of New York, president of the 'Consolidated Inter fctale-Callahan. Mining company, but so far as is known ttie company has no connection with the deal. Tho property Is situated on Lake gulch, about two miles west of Wallace. The main ore shoot lias been proved for several hundred feet in the lower tun nel, and while under bond to the Days a shaft was stink from the surface to a depth of 200 feet. At a depth of 100 feet a drift was run which ex posed a good body of lead-silver ore, and at 200 feet another drift was run with the same result. These two showings were supposed to be X con tinuation of the shoot exposed In the tunnel. However, since the Days gave up their option a cross-cut north from the tunnel, together with sur face work, has disclosed what appear to be two more veins parallel to the fiist, all dipping strongly to the south. This situation indicates that the ore encountered at 100 feet In the shaft Is in the second vein; that on the 200 is In the third, ar.d that the dip of the original ore shoot carried It south of the 100 level. There are also rumors that the last round of hole* it, the bottom of the shaft broke Into ore. Altogether the Chicago-Bbston resents a most interesting proposi tion and its further development by Mr. Pereival will be watched with ex i ceptlonal interest Gray Copper Vein. The discovery of the big lead de posit on tho 'Chioago-Boston a few years ago, Its subsequent exploration and the fact that Mr. Pereival is about to undertake further development, have all combined apparently to over shadow the original vein which for many years was the property's only claim for recognition. Some very high grade gray copper ore has been found on the Chicago-Boston and a considerable quantity was shipped many years ago. Several tunnels have tapped the ledge and disclosed pi od ore, but not In sufficient quan tity to make It profitable to mine at the then prevailing price of silver. In the hope of finding a larger body of ore, a tunnel was run Just above the creek level which had reached the vein and which made a promising showing of ore. Plans for its further exploration were stopped when the big lead vein was unexpectedly discovered at d which gave promise of quicker returns. Now that the property has pi ssed into strong financial hands It Is probable that this gray copper vein will receive attention along with plans for the development of the lead vein. With silver at the fixed price of $1 01% per ounce and with a reason able certainty that it will not be low er at least for a period of years, an Incentive Is presented to the new own ers that can hardly be resisted, par ticularly at this time when the lead market is not in a satisfactory con dition. Throndton Mill. J. A. McEachern, one of the chief stockholders In the Throndson com pany which is operating a 200-ton mill opposite the mouth of Pine creek, was In the city yesterday. He says the mill Is now running very satisfactory. The company owns a large tract of ground covering with tailings, from which the mill Is making a good re covery. usual right of appeal." Affirmed by Secretary. The homestead entryman, through hie attorney, Mr. Potts, thereupon ap pealed to the secretary of the inte rior. This week Mr. Towles received a copy of the secretary's decision, v/hich Is a complete victory for his client. After stating the title of the case and the issue Involved, the sec retary disposes of matter In these few words: "The department finds no error In the commissioner's decision, which ti accordingly hereby affirmed."