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Metal Quotations
Lead, $5.00.
Spelt«r, $6.65.
Copper, [email protected]
Silver, $1.0114.
NO. 51.
Strike Proves Ore
Body at Great
Another Case of an Old Mine
Coming Back-Idle for
Many Years
or ten days
ago a strike was made in
lower tunnel of the Sherman
which lias since proved to
of great importance. This drift
being run to open the large ore body
that toas been developed in the tun
nel 500 feet above and is also expos
ed in the Oreano crosscut, and it was
estimated that by extending the low
er, or what was formerly known
the Hidden Treasure, tunnel about 900
feet, this ore shoot would be encoun
tered. While there was of course the
possibility of striking ore before the
objective point was reached, the
striking of ore as above stated came
rather as a surprise. The drift has
since been extended probably 75 feet
and the ore shoot now fills the
entire face and is probably
siderably wider,
made some 600 or
The strike was
700 feet east
of the ore In the tunnel next above
and is believed to toe a new ore shoot,
although it is possible that it is the
same shoot extending to this unex
pected length. But whether it is a
new shoot or the old one, the strike
proves a great ore body on the lwest
tunnel level, which is probably at a
depth of 1500 feet from the surface,
where the outcrop of the vein shows
galena, and two intermediate tun
nels are in commercial ore. Thus an
old property abandoned years ago has
come back and will soon become one
of the big producers of the district.
Formerly the Union.
A quarter of a century or more ago
wihat is now known as the Sherman
was called the Union and was owned
by the Coeur d'Alene Mining & Con
centrating company, of which John A.
Finch and A. B. Campbell, both now
dead, w'ere the controlling factors.
After spending a large sum in de
velopment work, buildings and equip
ment, and constructing a mill for the
treatment of the ore, operations prov
ed unprofitable and work was discon
tinued never to be taken up again by
the Finch & Campbell syndicate.
About that time Finch and Campbell
struck the bonanza ore body in the
Standard and the Union mill was
transferred to that property, the same
mill, though greatly enlarged and im
proved, that is now owned by the Fed
eral company. Some two years ago a
bond and lease on the old Union was
obtained by Charles McKinnis, Harry
R. Allen, Axel Swan and possibly oth
ers. They organized the Sherman De
velopment company and drove a
crosscut from the Oreano into the
Union ground and encountered a fine
body of lead and zinc ore. After de
veloping this for several hundred feet,
work was transferred to one of the
old tunnels <500 feet below, where de
velopment was equally successful. A
raise was made from this level for al
most 100 feet in high grade lead ore,
in places 14 feet wide.
Reorganize Companyr
About this time negotiations were
taken up with E. R. Day for the con
trol of the company in consideration
of financial advances sufficient to pay
$100,000 due on the bond and to devel
op the property to the extent of plac
ing it upon a productive basis. These
negotiations were successful and
carrying the terms into effect the cor
porate name of the company was
again changed, or rather the Sherman
Lead company was organized
which all holdings of the old company
By this arrange
were transferred,
ment Mr. Day secured 51 per cent of
the stock of the new company, tor
which he has made and is making the
financial advances named above. The
lower tunnel of the Sherman is a
short distance below the Hercules,
from which power is obtained,
•-striking of this ore proves
amount of ore above, while th^ devel
opment of neighboring mines at great
depth gives assurance of equally good
results when it becomes necessary to
a vast
Caledonia Dividend.
The February dividend of _the Cale
donia Mining company will be $26,056.
at the rate of 1 cent per share, ac
cording to announcement made by
Stanly A. Easton, president of the
company. This will bring the grand
total of earnings for the stockholders
U I> to $3,605,000.
Make the Barracks
a Club for Soldiers
Assuming that
every soldier
gets his job back when he returns,
there will still be a large number
seeking employment
when jobs
In many places provision Is being
made for boarding- and lodging
these men while waiting for work,
for it is evident that they will not
come out of the army with any
silwplus cash to carry them over
until employment is found. What
is Wallace
at a time
are not easy to find.
d'Alene district going to do about
it? We have met
every war de
mand loyally and liberally up to
this time; let us not fail now In
the final test.
We speeded the
boys away with lusty
waving flags and blaring bands.
'Now that they have
their duty with a splendid valor,
it is up to us to
see that upon
their return they are made to feel
that their
service and sacrifice
are duly appreciated. The bar
racks in this city, occupied by sol
diers who were here to protect our
industry in the early days of the
war, should be transformed into a
club for the soldiers waiting for
work. Everything should be pro
vided for their comfort and
maintenance, all in a spirit that
would make them feel that it
done with the same patriotic mo
tive that cheered their departure,
that it is due them for services
rendered. There should be no
further delay. The boys
coming almost daily and they
should have a place at their dis
posal with ample accommodations
without cost while waiting for
County Commissioners Shy at Assum
ing Obligation.
The influenza epidemic has raised
an interesting question regarding the
payment of hospital expenses of a
large number of mine employes who
have been paying $1 per month for
hospital service and who naturally as
some that medical and hospital service
in cases of flu are included in
t ' ie
doctors and hospitals working under j
these contracts take the position that j
flu is contagions and that the care
contract. As opposed to this view the
and treatment contract expressly ex- (
cludes "contagious diseases," which
frees them from handling flu cases
under the terms of the contract. They
have therefore passed the matter up
to the mining companies and the mi
ning companies have in turn "passed }
the buck" to the county eommission
The combined bill from the sev
to over $4000
eral hospitals amounts
• j
Managers of the mines met with the ;
county commissioners yesterday after-|f
noon and discussed the subject, the
commissioners reserving a decision
until they could secure an opinion
from the county attorney. The hos
pital contract has the approval of the
industrial accident board, and under
its terms each employe pays $1 per
month for hospital service, to which is
added 50 cents per month by the em
ploying companies for each employe.
Public Does Not Like Curtailment of
Local Train Service. «
After almost two years of service
between Wallace and Enaville, prov
ing of great value and convenience to
the people of the district, the gasoline
motor commonly referred to as the
"bug," will toe taken off next Saturday.
Many protests have been made against
this action by the company, but with
out avail. Unless the unexpected hap
pens, the "bug" will make its last trip
Saturday and Sunday morning, will
proceed to the division headquarters
at Tekoa. This reduction in train ser
vice is in line with the general policy
of curtailment on all lines and will re
main In force until business and in
dustrial conditions change for the
Charles McKinnis, manager of tire
National, left yesterday morning for
Spokane and points on the coast.
Ed Ehrentoerg, of Spokane, who is
extensively interested in mining in the
district, is here for a few days.
Richard Daxon, manager of the Tar
box, left the hospital yesterday, where
he had been confined for a couple of
weeks. After a few days for recup
eration at home he expects to be able
to take up his work again.
Pearson at Coblenz.
Julius P. Hall, mining engineer
countv surveyor, this week received a
letter from Harry Pearson, formerly j
of the Lucky Swede Gold
He Is now ;
Copper Mining company,
stationed at Coblenz,
and, while he finds much of Interest
in the famous city and along the his
toric stream, he expressed the hope
that his stay would be short and that
be back in the Coeur
the Rhine,
he would soon
Road Across the Summit at Lookout
Pass is Now Assured
will be changed
Trail across the Idaho-Montana summit
to Lookout pass as early as practicable In
the spring, thus removing the last barrier from
tinental highway that will make it the
a transcon
t^topular iu the
Haines, of St. Maries,
forest, in a conversation by
A. Rogers, clerk of the board of county
commissioners, stated that he had just received notice of the
propriation for road building through the
jear and that it contained an allotment for the construction of the
Lookout road. This
afternoon Roscoe
supervisor of the St. Joe national
telephone .with
t'orest service for this
appropriation, it is understood, will be avail
This announcement by Mr. Haines follows a con
able immediately,
ference with the county commissioners in this city the first of the
week, when a perfect understanding
between the county and forest service in the construction of roads.
The particular roads
for cooperation
under consideration were the Lookout and the
road from Avery to Taft, for both
made formal application for cooperative assistance from the forest
of which the commissioners
The attitude of the present commissioners
ti'ast with that of their Predecessors,
the commissioners recognize the fact that
county is deprived of all benefit of being on the Yellowstone Trail,
and that so far as transcontinental or interstate travel is concern
ed the appropriation to build the Cataldo bridge and the large sum
given by this county to improve the Fourth of Vuly
would be absolutely wasted.
is in marked con
Regarding the Lookout road,
without this change the
Canyon road
The building of the road from Avery
is an enterprise to which that section of the eunty is entitled as a
matter of right.
Mining Situation Unchanged in Spite of
Many Rumors-Review of
Metal Market
HE PAST week
has been rife
with rumors regarding the min
ing situation, ranging from
report that all the mining com
parties contemplated suspending op
erations to the more cheering
that the two mines now idle were
paring to resume.
Along with the last
report was coupled the persistent as-I
sertion that the Day mines and the
Day smelter at Northport
had been
taken over by the Guggenheims for
the measly consideration of $23,000,
000. As if this was not enough to sat
isfy the voracious maw of the smelter
octopus, the Bunker Hill & Sullivan
mine and smelter were also reported
within its grasp, while another arm
had closed around the Interstate-Cal
|lahan, leaving the Hecla, Hunter, Na
tional and Success and a few tailings
mills scattered alongs the river the on
]y remaining' representatives of a once
prosperous and independent industry,
it was a great week for the dopesters,
o )e insiders the
wiseacres and those
who delight in dispensing the-truth
about mining in the northwest. All
ot these rumors pr0 ved both interest-I
ng an ,i entertaining and helped break
h e monotony of an otherwise
, , i • * . , ,, ,
am! depressed existence, but the ab-.
... ...
sence • of any fact to support them
leaves the situation as it was in the
beginning, with the field again open
or fatuous forecasts
futufp of the mining industry.
The mining situation remains prac
tically the same as it was when
policy of curtailment of production
was adopted the last of the year, and
there is any radical change con
templated it is not yet in evidence.
Another cut in the price of lead was
feature of the past week and a
slight increase in the demand for the
metal was noted, but these were not
sufficient to exert any appreciable in
fluence upon local mining operations.
the absence of an active demand
for lead at home or for export, stocks
continue to accumulate, but so far as
can be learned the surplus lead in
the United States is not large com
pared with the demand in normal
times and would he quickly absorbed
upon the resumption of Industrial ac
tivity throughout the country. A for
tunate feature of the situation in the
Coeur d'Alene district Is the uniform
value in silver associated with lead,
The fixed price of $1.01 % for silver
and an unlimited world demand for
metal is a substantial offset to the
low price of lead and is a big factor
meeting the operating expenses and
enabling the companies to continue
The Engineering and Mining Jour
has the following comment on the
metal market for the week ending on
January 22;
"There was very little business done
any of the markets this week, but
such as there was reflected further
Lead is distinctly in the
position of all of the major met
s {be ] ea( j pro( j ucers having lookel
| ng8 gq Uare ly in the face and hav
displayed good judgment in their
ban( ji| ns 0 f difficult problems,
"The British minister of munitions
notice of the following stocks in
possession In Great Britain
1, 1919; Copper, 36,000 long
(tons; spelter, gob, 22,273; spelter, re
fined, 80^7; aluminum, 11,957; soft pig
62,582; nickel, 2096; and antl
mony 3508 tons.
"According to our own advices, the
stock* of spelter In France amounts to
45,000 short tons. The French gov
ernment is refusing all licenses to
Import metals until the stock in the
hands of the government H exhaust
'Lead—i in tlie secondary decline a
I little more business has been done, the
! amounting to about 1500 tons, besides
j the business ordinarily done
news'age price contracts
' sales reported ti
us this week
on aver
and some ar
rangements for new business on
1 same basis,
business done
The major part of the
this week was with
showing that, although
j some of the latter are well stocked
ahead, there are some who need sup
" <lH
plies or are willing to anticipate fut
ure requirements. The market
more or less irregular, as any devel
oping market at the present time is
The A. S. & Ii. company
on Monday afternoon reduced its price
to 5%c., New York, but that was only
a step in following the market down.
Since then small business has been
done in St. Louis as low as 5.15 cents.
likely to be.
"London reduced its quotation to
j C 35 for spot on January 17. Appar-I
ently, that was to meet the coinpeti
j tion
i in, with the prospect that more would!
I .
f some foreign lead that crept
'Zinc —The crumbling away in his
market continued, on small business,
frnm a „ v
* irom day to day, and on January 21
there were transactions
with sellers over at that price."
"Copper—The large producers did
no business this .week. Indeed, we
have had no reports of any transac
the'air has been full of
tions toy producers large or small. The
vague rumors re
specting what consumers would pay
or terms that had been offered
them, but these rumors reflect wide
is no doubt that
copper has been offered during the
week by small producers at 19c., but
how much could be obtained at that
j figure or how much could be placed
are both uncertain.

real market in
one of the large
Delay has
day's further delay makes
The markets are go
"When copper buying begins, as it
"There can be no
copper until some
producers, who has plenty of copper
to sell, undertakes to make a market.
Tn its initial stages such a market
would naturally be convulsive and
would no doubt, go lower temporarily
than the economic level. The idea
that there would be no substantial
buying at any price, under present
'conditions, Is fallacious.
already produced a bad situation, and
things worse,
ing to be righted only by letting na
jture take its course. There might be
|a temporary palliative if some large
buyer should come in.
will some day, it is likely to occur
first in a demand for wire bars. The
greatest part of the present stocks of
refined copper everywhere is in in
gots and ingot bars. Conversion of
these into other forms would be cost
Destroyed Compressor Plant Being
Wfithin a week from the time the
(compressor building and contents were
destroyed by fire, the Big Creek Min
jng company had a new building com
pleted and expects to have the new
plant in operation Dy the first of Feb
Through a special ar
Rapidly Restored.
ruary. The old compressor and re
ceiver can be repaired and used again.
A new motor, an ..exact duplicate of
the old one, was delivered at the mine
rangement with the insurance com
panies, the restoration of the property
was permitted to proceed while await
ing the arrival of the adjuster, who
made his inspection yesterday. Work
has been continued by hand In the
mine since the fire.
Work for Soldiers
Constructing Roads
The matter of employment for
returning soldiers
universal attention at this time,
and as a means to that end the
is receiving
construction of highways
proved to be the most feasible
plan. The commissioners of this
county are giving attention to
the solution of this .problem, and
it is hoped that an extensive cam
paign of road building and im
provements will be undertaken,
both because the county needs
better and permanent roadways
nad because it is the duty of the
people to see that employment is
provided the men who gave their
services to the country in war. In
a letter to Julius P. Hall, county
surveyor, H. C. Allen, state high
way engineer, states that "we are
including in our tentative budget
some state highway funds for
Shoshone county for the years
1919-20," and adds that ho had
never received much encourage
ment from this county and that
he is "glad to note an interest
displayed toy the present board,
and also your own Interest in as
sisting the matter." Mr. Hall
called attention to the fact that
before the main highway across
this county could become a state
road, it would have to be sun-ey
ed under the direction of the
highway engineer and right of
way secured. Of the entire 37
miles in length, Mr. Hall says
only 4 miles of right of way Is on
record. Referring to this subject,
Mr. Allen said he. expected to toe
in this county within the next six
weeks and would then take up
the matter.
P. V. Whelan Appointed to Fill Vacan
cy in Wallace Office.
The vacancy In the office of federal
I labor agent in this city caused by the
death of C. E. Struthers was this week
filled by the appointment of P. V.
i Whelan, "who took over the office last
Tuesday. The Wallace office handles
!. t j le
business for five counties, namely,
Shoshone, Benewah, Kootenai, Bonner
I and Boundary. A register is kept here
lof all men seeking employment and
the character of work desired, and
j employers wanting men may secure
I them through application to the labor
i agent. The idea of the government in
(establishing labor agencies throughout
! the country is to mnke them a sort of
clearing house for the distribution of
labor. If there is a surplus of labor in
one section of the country and a
j shortage in another, the situation be
I , ,, , . ,,
j comes known through reports of dis
trlct agents to the central agency and
through that channel men may be
transferred, if they so desire, in order
to bring the man and the job together,
The system was devised and is main
talned by the department of labor.

Company Hopes to Secure Tariff Pro
tection for Metal.
At the annual meeting of stockhold
ers of the Coeur d'Alene Antimony
Mining company M. E. Jolley of Cou
lee City, Wash., was elected president
of the corporation; C. P. Blankenship,
of Washtucna, Wash., vice president;
C. M. Powell, secretary-treasurer,
these officers comprising the board of
directors. President Jolley reported
the completion of a milling plant,
which includes a flotation unit in ad
dition to jigs and tables and states
that trial runs by the mill have fully
met expectations in effecting a high
saving in values, says the Wardner
Kellogg News. A large tonnage of
ore is blocked out on the mine levels
and as soon as suitable market con
ditions obtain the property will again
get into the producing column. Writ
ing from Washington, D. C., Attorney
it. J. Hibschman, a member of the
company, states he has the matter of
a suitable tariff up with the western
senators and is hopeful of getting re
sults In the new tariff bill to be fram
ed toy the republican congress after
March 4. Antimony producers have
been making a hard fight to get pro
tection for their output against the
cheaper ore from China and if suc
cessful the Industry will be an active
one throughout the west,
Copper Miners of Michigan Agree to
Wage Decrease.
A dispatch from Houghton, Mich.,
under date of January 24, says that
copper miners in the employ of O. H.
Franklin Mining company have" agreed
to accept a wage reduction of approx
imately 17 per cent, it was announced
today, in preference to working a
three-quarter day.
The miners of the Franklin com
pany, under the new scale will re
ceive $110 monthly for an 8-hour day.
while miners working a three-quarter
day for other companies will receive
$97.50 monthly.
The Franklin company employes 310
men. They were granted a 20 per
cent Increase last October.
Shipment of Four
teen Cars in
Value of Shipment for Month
Conservatively Placed
at $42,000
FTER A RUN of hard luck
that caused much loss of time
and which would have dis
couraged a less determined
management, the National now seems
to have entered upon a period of un
interrupted operation with everything
favorable for the accumulation of a
substantial surplus in the treasury.
Although there was some delay
ed by mishap In the mine, ths
months of November and December
Were characterized toy a series of un
avoidable accidents and delays In the
mill which greatly cut down produc
tion of concentrates.
However, the
new year seems to have marked the
turn In the long lane of hard luck, for
during the month of January the Na
tional mine and mill have been run
ning without a hitch and shipment!
have been going forward at a rate
never equalled before. The mill has
been handling approximately 300 tone
of ore per day, and by tomorrow eve
ning, the last day of the month, the
Company will have established a new
record of 14 carloads of concentrates
shipped during the period. The price
of copper when the final settlement
for these shipments is made remains
to be determined, but the best auth
orities seem to place it around 23
cents, and silver will be $1.01%. Tak
ing 30 tons as an average carload, a
conservative estimate of the value of
these shipments would be $3000
ear, or a total value of shipments for
the month of $42,000.
The concen
trates run about 15 per cent copper
and probably 40 ounces In silver.
Much Ore Available.
The ore that is now being milled
comes generally from the 800, 1200 and
1400 levels, on each of which a large
amount has been broken down. Re
cent work has disclosed a better grade
of ore on the 800, and work now in
progress is expected to disclose a
similar result on the 600. Work for
the present lias been discontinued in
the drift from the winze on the 1500,
although there Is reported a large
Showing of ore of good milling grade.
The mill is running full time, han
dling about 300 tons of ore per day
with Half the plant in operation. A
higher grade concentrate could be
produced, but experience has shown
that better results are obtained by
Infilling the grade down to about 15
per cent copper. Assuming that the
market for copper will soon be ad
justed on a basis of from 20 to 23
cents per pound, and with an assured
price of $1 an ounce for sliver, the
outlook for profitable operation of
the National is very flattering, in fact
far better than it has ever been In
the history of the mine.
Will Begin Operation* a* Soon a* the
Power Is Secured.
A. D. Marshall, manager of the Eu
reka Mining & Milling
states that development will be re
sumed as soon as the electric power
line of the Washington Water Power
company is extended to the property.
A new compressor has been installed
near the portal of the lower tunnel
and 40 horsepower motor. It is ex
pected that the power company will
make the connection within a short
time. The distance is only 215 feet
from the main transmission line. The
Eureka ground covers the ledge for
over 3000 feet, as evidenced by a large
outcrop in places 200 feet wide. Con
siderable lead-silver ore has been ex
posed in the upper tunnel and the
lower tunnel, which has attained a
depth of 400 or 500 feet, is following
a north-south vein containing
ore. This vein
the main vein running east and west,
and It is the purpose of the manage
ment to extend the drift to the point
of intersection which Is believed to
be not more than 200 feet. Mr. Mar
shall expresses great confidence In
finding a commercial ore body when
this work is accomplished. The com
pany is well financed and the man
agement is determined to continue de
velopment in spite of adverse condi
tions. Control of the company I*
owned by wealthy fruit growers In
Wenatchee, Wash. The property is
situated on the east side of Nine Mile,
about two miles from Wallace, In line
with the great mineral belt that
crosses Canyon creek.
evidently intersects

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