THE LOST SPRINGER MINE.
In nearly every
hamlet there is an old house or cab- j
in around which clusters a romance,
which If brought to light, tills us with j
This is es- 1
wonder, sometimes awe.
pecially so with old mining camps.
The city of Beer Bodge is uo excep
toeing one of the
the territory, not,
tlon to the rule.
strictly speaking, a mining camp, yet
enough to the mines to toe the
home of many hardy prospectors, says
the Anaconda Standard.
part of the
Here, in the western
town, stands an old tumbledown cab
in, which, in the '60s was the home
of one of these hardy pioneer pros
pectors who seemed bent on attend
ing to his own business, apparently
desirous of avoiding the society of all,
living a recluse life, Quietly attending
to his own affairs, never entering
saloon, where congregates the miner,
cowboy and others to
while away their idle hours.
wont to be
Many comments were
made by these men, when congregat
ed in a saloon, drinking a social glass
or filling a place at the card table,
about this shy, close-mouthed
No one seemed to know how
he lived, for food and raiment cost
money those days; and no one ever
saw him at work; yet he, at stated
Intervals, presented a bug of gold
dust at the bank in the town and re
ceived coin of the realm in exchange
No one seemed to know anything
about him, except that his name was
-Springer, and that lie arose early
euch morning and with shovel and
canvas bag, left town, pursuing un
easterly direction to the mountains,
and in the evening or early
returned with ttie bag partially lllled
with what seemed to toe some heavy
Sometimes, late In the night, per
sons passing by Ills cabin would hear
a cliekety-cllck sound, emanating
front within the cabin, like the break
ing of rock with a hammer, but no
one had the courage to ask him the
cause of the noise.
Thus the time passed, until It was
noticed that Mr. S. was not seen
wending his way in the early morning
to the east, as was his custom,
the saloon the matter was discussed,
and It was concluded that
must toe sick,
ready and willing to lend a helping
hand to the needy 'than these hardy
miners and cowboys
oilier place of amusement than the
saloon ln the average town. It was
determined to appoint some one to
visit Mr. S. the next morning and see
what was wrong, and to report to the
company what might be his needs.
I was chosen as such committee,
and next morning I called at Mr. S.'s
cabin and knocked for admittance.
"Come in," was the response. On en
tering It was found that Mr. S.
hunk, -but cheerful and apparently
glad to have some one come ln and
"I came as a committee appointed
by the boys, to see how you were fix -
We had not seen you for a few
days and feared that you were sick,
and 1 was to come in this morning
and inquire whether you needed an>
help or not. for if you were sick, says
the -boys, he surely needs help, and
wo do not propose to stand Idly
and see a fellow man suffer without
our at least trying to help him. I, of
course, do not wish to pry Into your
business or anything like that, but if
you need help 1 am here to do what
1 can for you."
"Thank you very kindly for your
Interest in ine. 1 know that I have
not been very sociable with the boys
since I have been here in Deer Lodge,
but 1 have an object ln my reticence,
and hope that the boys have taken no
offense a%my peculiar ways, for I as
sure you that no offense was by me
Intended. 1 have a loving and noble
wife and a charming daughter in the
east, the daughter now nearly grown.
I -broke their hearts by my drinking
and reckless life, squandering a for
tune and bringing down to povert>
and degradation not only myself, but
my wife and daughter as well,
could not, when I fully sobered up,
bear to see the wreck and ruin that
I had wrought by my folly, so con
cluded to leave home, or what we
called home, a miserable travesty of
a home, and come to Montana and If
possible make a fortune and return
to my family and once more place
them ln the social and financial posi
tion from which I had so recklessly
Now, no one is more
because there is no
unable to rise from his
"I first stopped here In Deer Lodge,
erected this cabin and then went to
seemed to think that gold could be
found only ln placers, but I thought
differently. 1 thought that gold could
be found in ledges in the mountains
above the placers, and started out
with this idea in my mind.
the mountains, up above the rich
placers, which were all being work
ed, and after careful search for many
days I struck a ledge, from which 1
have been taking
here to my cabin and pounding It up
in a hand mortar and washing out
the gold. I now have quite a nest egg
and had it not been for this sickness
be able to quit the
mountains and return to my family
with money to make their lives happy
Now I fear that 1 shall
be able to see them again, for
ore, carrying it
I would soon
my heart thumps so hard when I ex
ert myself, that I doubt very much
that-I shall ever get well again."
We will care for
and have you out and as well m
'you ever were In a few days."
"I hope so. But how is it that you |
come to see me when 1 have been so
exclusive and never mingle with the
"That's all right; a man has a
right to live as he pleases, as long as
he does not interfere with anybody's
else business, and you never molest
ed any one."
"Well, 11 am grateful that you havejy°
not turned against me, but I knew
my fallings and dared not trust my
self in company, for if I did, I knew
that I would fall and never be able to '
see my wife and daughter again.
"Since you have taken such an in
terest In me, i will show you that I
am not wholly ungrateful. 1 believe
that 1 can put you and your friend, |
Mr. B„ Into possessln of a secret that
will make you r ichund no one toe the j
poorer thereby. Please lift the lid of
that box in the corner and look at
quartz about the size of a man's list,
litprally tilled with gold.
what It contains.''
"Mercy on us, man!
you get this?" taking up a piece
I took it
"Why, that is my secret.
out of a ledge I found In the moun
'T do not know how much there is,
but the vein is four feel wide and
"Is there much of this kind of
ore In the ledge?"
have not sunk on it more than six or
seven feet. The vein is Just as wide
and just oh ricli at the bottom of the
shaft as it was where I took out that
"W|iy, man alive, this is worth at
pounded out, in a
hand mortar, about *2000 worth from
What 1 have carried down here in «
least $10,000 to the ton."
"Yes, I have
canvas sack within the past month.
"Where is the mine?"
"That Is known only to me. I have
kept it secret for the renson that
wanted to take out enough with which
to retrieve my fortune and again
place my family ln easy circum
"How much will you take for a half
you and Mr. B. very well and 1 know
that you are both honorable men,
and I will make this proposition to
you. If you and Mr. B„ when I get
well enough to work, If that time
ever comes again, will accompany me
interest Iri the mine?''
"It is not for sale, but I
1 will show- you the prospect, and if
I will soon be able to be out again."
you will stand by me nad help
with the work, will give you a one
half interest in the prospect.
from the day I first met you and Mr.
B. felt a kindly Interest In you and!
believe that you would stand by
at all hazards, if necessary,
knowing that I can not, now under
REPORT OF TREASURER, CITY OF WALLACE, FOR THE PERIOD END
ING SEPTEMBER 30, 1918.
May 2. 1918, balance on hand
Source of receipts:
D. H. DeLong, clerk .
Shoshone county .
Street obstruction .
Paving assessments . . . . ..
Sale of bonds, local improvement Dist. No. 6....
Wallace library. Janitor service .
Sale Of hay.
Bale of garbage cans .
Receipts from city clerk in detail:
* Fines, police court ..
Forfeiture police court ..
Costs, police court.
Garbage collect ions.
Employment office . .. .
Rent, city park.
Refund insurance premium.
Sale of chemicals.
Sale of cribbing.
Refund sidewalk repairs.
Total . . . ..
Detail of receipts from Shoshone countv:
County licenses .
General taxes .
Delinquent paving assessments.
Apportionment of receipts:
Local Improvement District No. 1.
Local Improvement District No. 2.
Local Improvement District No. 3.
Local Improvement District No. 4.
Lpcat Improvement District No. 6.
Local Improvement District No. 7.
Local Improvement District No. 8.
General fund warrants.
Garbage fund warrants . . ...
Wallace public library .
Local Improvement District No. 1 Interest Coupons
Local Improvement District No. 2 bonds .
Local Improvement District No. 2 Interest Coupon .
Municipal sewer bonds (sinking fund) .
Municipal sewer bonds Interest coupons
Local Improvement District No. 6 .
Condition of funds:
Local Improvement District No. 1 .
Local Improvement District No. 2.
Local Improvement District No. 3.
Local Improvement District No. 4 .
Local Improvement District No. 5.
Local Improvement District No. 6.
Local Improvement District No. 7.
Local Improvement District No. 8.
. . . 2,197.29
1 , 000.00
..., .$ 169.08
... (Overdrawn) 44.65
C. A KEATING.
my present disabilities. develop the'
mine alone. I have watched you is
closely and have come to the conclu- |
elon that 1 want you for partners 1
realize that 1 can do no more hard
1 am sure that with you and
Mr. B. as partners, we could work the
mine to good advantage and ell get
rich, provided the ore holds out
good as It gives j promise of doing. '
"Surely we will be grateful to you
for the chance you offer us. and will
be glad to accept it, with the assur
that we will toe no detriment to
u < tor we will do our toest to devel
'up the mine and assist you in every
way in our power. But now what do j
you need to make you comfortable? :
Shall I call a doctor?"
do any good,
"No. It is not necessary,
doctor could do me no good.
disease can not toe cured,
and ease of mind can
ond as I now feel assured that you
and Mr. B. will help me to develop
the mine, thus enabling me to the
sooner Join my family, I am sure that
After preparing and cooking an
appetizing breakfast, of which Mr. S.
partook with a keen relish, the con
versatlon on the all-absorbing theme,
the rich find, was resumed and plans
were discussed relative to the man
ner i n which operations should be
It was agreed that no
one, outside of the three, should be
to Id anything about the mine, and
ijust as soon as Mr. S. should be able.
t ]ie three should go up to the mine
and that the claim should then be lo
staked and recorded as secret
jy as possible to avoid the rush of
prospectors to the locality of such a
r |ch find,
Milking things comfortable for Mr.
g an( | placing things where he could
'reach what he wanted without rising
f rom his bunk, I took my departure
t o hunt up Mr. B.. whom I soon found
ciml, taking him to a secluded spot,
opened the conversation by saying:
"Mr. S. is sick with an attack of heart
trouble, tout I left him much better
than he was when I first called on
"j s be poor and in need of financial
"Well—-hardly. See here; look at
t hi 8 piece of rock and tell me wha:
you think of it." Pulling out of my'
pocket and handing to Mr. B. a spec
i men i bad selected from the bunch
o( ore Mr. S. had In his cabin,
"Holy smoke! Where did you get
"What do you think of it?"
"Why, it beats anything else that
j eV er saw in the form of gold ore. It
at least, $10,000 to
must too worth.
on]the ton. Where did you get it?"
"Now. easy, my friend. Do not tell
anybody about it. for it would create
H hould toe found
mejfrcm, that would depopulate the town
in the town, If it
out where it came
|n 24 hours or less."
"But I want to know where you
tliis specimen and whether there
the place from
which It came, for If 1 cou n
mine of that kind of ore " uU '
consider my fortune made.
■'You may he able to get an Inter
in the prospect from which this
by carefully observing
like it in
In caring for
nay and ansisting
He Is the possessor of the
secret of where this ore came from
and wants you and 1 for partners to
and develop the prospect.
"He says that he has already taken
out, carried to his cabin, pounded out
ln " mor *)!" . tll „. ,h e
about *2000 w orth of gold <:ha<: the
ledge is lorn ee
>«■ not sunk over six or seven feet
on the vein.
He wants you and I as
partners and if we
l;e«p the matter secret, he will, Just
as soon as
he gets able to toe out, take
to the place and show us what he
has found. He would
where it Is, tout that when he recovers
enough to be out again he will lead us
to the spot and then we can judge for
ourselves whether he lias made any
misstatement about it or not."
"Do you think he is very sick?"
•Yes. He is certainly suffering
greatly from heart trouble and
be able to do any more
hard work, but with care I believe
that we can have him up and out
again In ft few days. We
very attentive to him and do all we
can for his recovery."
1 would suggest that
turns waiting upon
will never toe left
you and I take
him, so that he
alone and to the end, that his
covery be as speedy as possible, for
I want to see the mine."
With careful nursing and attention
Mr. S. in about 10 days was able to
be around again, apparently able to
dertake the Journey to the mine.
made for an
early start on the morrow, we taking
such things as Mr. S. thought would
for the two or three
days' stay which we thought neces
thoroughly investigate the
mine and its surroundings.
About daylight we pulled out, go
ing up Cottonwood creek to near the
foot hills, then deflecting to the north,
following up Bag's creek, but, -being
quite heavily loaded with baggage,
made slow headway. We tolled on
until about 4 o'clock in the afternoon,
when Mr. S. suggested that we had
better go into camp for the night, as
were yet a little distance from
the mine and where we were was an
ideal camping place.
After starting a fire
the camp, Mr. S. took up his rifle, re
marking that we had no fresh meat
and that he knew where to get
saying that he would soon be
He started off up the moun
We waited until nearly dark, but he
out to find
came not back, and
about him, we started
him, hallooing and firing our guns
a signal. All to no
found him not and returned to camp
disturbed and anxious.
After passing a sleepless night, we
started out again at the first peep of
day on the hunt for the missing man,
separating more fully cover
ground. Soon 1 heard a shot, whjch
signal that our man was
1 hastened to the spot, saw
Mr. B. standing motionless, gazing in
tently at something before
and casting my eyes in the
'direction indicated by Mr.
I not 10 yards away, kneeling on
knee with rifle raised. Just as though
a deer, was
i he was going to shoot
;Mr. S. stone dead.
Miner's Wages in China.
The principal lead mine in China is
the Shuikoushan in Hunan, owned by
the provincial government, according
to Commerce Reports.
of this mine
records of the
period of 20 years show that it
produced 50,000 tons of lead and 126,
000 tons of zinc concentrates. It ern
ployes 5000 laborers, who receive from
12 to 30 cents (Mexican silver) per
The Kungshan mine in Tung
Is the only -other
mine in operation Jn
Nothing but n surgical operation
will bring out the best there is ip
NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE.
-By virtue of an execution in my
hands, issued out of the District Court
of the First Judicial District of the
State of Idaho, in and for the County
of Shoshone, in the suit of of B. C.
Redhead, against Dreadnanght Mining
company, a corporation, duly attested
the 3rd day of January, A. D., 1919, I
have levied upon all the right, title
and interest of the said Dreadnought
Mining company, in and to the follow
ing described property, situated in Sho
shone County. Idaho, viz:
The "Lucky Fraction" lode mining
claim (unpatented), located toy W. J.
J. Smith, October 23rd 1916. recorded
December 2nd, 1916, records of Sho
shone county, State of Idaho. Notice
of location of which is recorded in
Book 16 of "Quartz Locations" on page
601 thereof, records of Shoshone County
Idaho, and therein more particularly
(Notice is hereby given, that on Mon
day, the 24tli day of February, A. D.
1919. at 10 o'clock a.m., of said day, at
the Bank street entrance to the County
Court House, in the City of Wallace.
Shoshone County, State of Ida ha I will
sell all the right, title and interest of
tiie said Dreadnanght Mining company,
defendant, of, in and to the said above
described property, at public auction,
to the highest bidder for cash in law
ful money of the United States, to
satisfy said execution and all costs. The
amount of the judgment in said action
Given under my hand, this 20th day
of January, A? D.. 1919.
JEPTHA H. SCOTT.
JOHN DOLAN. Deputy Sheriff.
Jan. 23 to Feb. 20-5 ts.
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«*—» w " h - J "' w
ed stock on account of an assessment
of five ( 5 ) mills per share levied on the
third day of September, 1918, the
several amounts set opposite the names
of tire respective shareholders as fol
lows, to-wit; Cert No
Name No. Shares Amt.
SSn K etna .:I 1 ?!! moo $1 6o:oo
Austin', j. f. ::::::: |> woo 2 5.oo
Austin' J F.-1228 5000 25.00
Austn J F. 1249 2500 12.50
Beck, Eliza 121 £ ^.75
Beck, Eliza . 185 165
Binbander, H. T. .. . 136 2050 1®'^"!
Bimbander, H. T. ... 874 610 2 ®j>
Bjorklund, Win. .. 737 38600 193-00
Bowers, H. L. .'- 278 -a0 L-»
Bowers, H. L. 625 to -"'
Brown, Capt. Wm. H. 416 4i47 23.73
Brown, Capt. Wm. H. 904 141a i'??
Carlson, Gust .1120 69a
Clerf, Frank .1135 323a 16-2|>
Collman, G. A. 543 23a 1.17
Collman, G. A. 683 (0 •">>
Cossalman, Jas. W. 364 118 .50
Cossalman, Jas. W. 867 35 .18
Joseph N.363 118 '°
Joseph N. 866 3a
Cossalman, Mary R. 362 940 .4.70
Cossalman. Mary R. 865 280 1.40
Cossalman, W. W. . 361 .1331 6.65
Cossalman, W. W. . 864 395 1.97
Croft, Capt. Chas. A. 694 610 3.05
Danielson, J. D. 564 2500 12.50
Danielson, J. D. ... 990 970 4.85
Deeds, J. VV. 391
Deeds, J. W.
Doane, W. H
Doane, W. H. 899
Duncan, C. A. .
Duncan, C. A. .
Duncan, C. A. .
Duncan, C. A. .
Eng, Mrs. Fina ....
Eng, Mrs. Fina ....1032
French, E P.
French, Caroline E. 293
Gilman, Isabelle A. 970
Griffith, R. P.230
Griffith, R. P.
Miss Mary........ 177
Miss Mary . 77
! Hills, Adelia . 17
Hills. Adelia . 892
Krieninger, John C. 133
Krienlnger, John C. 923
Lindsay, Isabelle .. 885
Logue, Sherman L. 286
Logue, Sherman L. 973
notice to delinquent stock
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Taylor Chao. A. .. 231
Tormey, Miss Hazel 1152
Tucker, E. B.241
Tucker, E. B.079
Tanks, Mark S.
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Vernon, Mrs. Bessie 999
Welch, Martin - 435
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'Welch, Martin' .
Welch, Patrick Jr. 1147
An(J in accordance with
many shares of each parcel of stock
as . may | je necessary will be sold on
15th j ay 0 f February, 1919, at the
Court House, Wallace, Idaho, at 3:00
o'clock -p. m. of said day to pay the
delinquent assessment thereon,
| ^ e jj, er with the cost of advertising and
expenses of sale.
B EN L. COLLINS,
Secretary-Treasurer of the Western
Union Mining Company, 1210 Old
National Bank Building, Spokane,
. 1111 1490
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