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Metal (isolations THE WALLACE MINER Lead, 6.50c. Spelter, 7.35c. Copper, 23'/gc. Silver, $1.18(/4. WILL FIND MINING NEWS and company notices OF INTEREST TO THEM IN THE WALLACE MINER VOL. XIII. NO. 38. FIVE CENTS A COPY WALLACE, IDAHO, THUR SDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1919. OFFICE III WALLACE All Companies Will Support the System EDM1STON IN CHARGE Will Prove an Advantage to Men, Mines and the Community HE MOST important develop ment in the mining situation during the past week was the action of the managers of the which were recently closed T mines down by the strike in Joining in the establishment of a central employ ment office to be maintained in Wal A meeting was held last Thurs in the Day building lace. day evening which was attended by representa tives of the Hercules, Tamarack & Custer, Hecla, Hunter, Morning and Interstate-Callahan, at which the question of employing men for the mines and mills was discussed, hav ing reference particularly to the dif ficulty in keeping out disturbing ele It was agreed that the only meats. practical plan was the establishment j f a central office In Whllace through which all men for the mines and mills would be employed; in other words, the managers decided to reestablish the system of employment that pre vailed here 'for many years and up to about three years ago, and to place the office In charge of the same man who managed it so successfully be fore. Without regard to former views on the question, the manager of every mine realized that some effective safeguard had to be adopted in Ehe employment of men in order to se cure an efficient peaceful and orderly conditions in the district. The central employment of fice having proved its value similar circumstances in years past, there appeared to be no reason doubt that It would meet all require ments of the present emergency, es pecially with Its management in trusted to the same guiding hand. force and insure under to to reestablish Having determined the employment office, the plan was presented to George T. Edmiston and his services were secured to open it as soon as possible and conduct it in his own inimitable way. the former employment office closed down some three Mr. Edmiston moved to Spokane. He is now here and expects to have the within a few Soon after was years ago, office doing business days, or Just as soon as the carpen ters complete their work, will be located on the ground floor in the Gyde-Taylor building, corner of Cedar and Seventh streets, permitting a close check on the class of men employed and making It pos sible to eliminate the undesirable, the employment office will convenience to men seeking employ ment at the mines. It will not be ne for them to Incur the expense to rustle a The office Besides prove a real cessary of going to the mines All a man who wants work has is to register at the employ job. to do ment office and If he is the right kind he will get placed as soon of a man as there is an opening in his line of work, and If possible he will be sent to the mine of his choice. No man all right and whose intentions are Who Is willing to do an honest day's work has anything to fear from the employment office, with the office at Kellogg, the opening of this office will have a beneficial ef fect throughout the district by favor ing the better class of men. In cooperation Mines Are Getting Men. The Interstate-Callahan heads the list in the number of men employed since the strike was called off, company yesterday afternoon having 270. This la about 80 men short of the number desired. The mill is run ning two shifts, but toy the first of the week It Is expected that it will be run Several cars of con the nlng full time, centrates have been shipped. Morning. At the morning mine 194 men employed yesterday afternoon from 7 to 10 were applying every day. The men employed now are generally miners and timbermen, no muckers being put on. Repairing the shaft will be completed tomorrow, which will be when were and followed by mine production work for all classes of At the present there will be underground men. rate It ls expected that the mill wi! be running one shift early next week. Hunter. Things are moving along fine at the The company ls still a few Hunter. (Continued on Pngs •> FLOHR ELECTED PRESIDENT OF FIRST NATIONAL BANK. At a meeting of the directors of the First National bank yesterday afternoon M. J. Flohr, first vice president and manager, was elected president to till the va cancy caused toy the death of Henry White, and J. W. Winter, cashier, was elected to till the va cancy on the board of directors. The advancement of Mr. Flohr to the head of the institution was merely a continuation of his steady and well-merited promo tion since he became connected with the bank almost 25 years ago. He started at the lowest rung of the ladder and has now reached the highest, presenting another example of success that comes through faithful and efficient service. Under his direction the First National will doubtless con tinue to grow in tinanctal strength while maintaining Its long estab lished policy to extend to its pat rons the greatest service consist ent with conservative banking. The elevation 0 f Mr. Flohr to the presidency was by unanimous vote of the directors, all of whom were present. EXEMPT ALL CLAIMS HONOR MEMORY OF HENRY WHITE—PRECAUTIONS TO PREVENT FLU. At the regular meeting of the Wallace board of trade last Monday, a resolution was unanimously adopt ed in favor of the bill now pending in congress to suspend assessment work on all mining claims this year, and •the president and secretary of the board were instructed to write the senators and representatives from Idaho advising them of the action and requesting them to use their ef forts to secure the passage of the la>w. The resolution was presented by Joseph F. Wlhelan and it was passed without a dissenting voice. In Honor of Henry White. James F. McCarthy, chairman of the committee appointed to prepare a suitable expression for the board with respect to the memory of Henry White, submitted the following, which was unanimously adopted: 'This organization, the city of Wallace and the entire Coeur d'Alene district has been called upon to suf fer a very distinct loss in the removal from the scene of his earthly labors of our former member, Henry White. "Mr. White came to the Coeur d'Alene mining district when it was yet a wilderness in 1883. his own efforts, by giving of his phy sical and mental attainments to the development of this district, and through his service publicly and pri vately to its people, be won a place of respect and admiration in the hearts of all who knew him. Through "He was a resident of the city of Wallace since 1889, and gave to the development of this city the best of his thought, the benefit of good busi ness judgment and an unselfish spirit in working for its development, a merchant, a banker and a citizen, as well as a husband and father, be has left a pleasant memory and the record of a life to be emulated by all. "This organization feels his loss most keenly and desires to express to those who were his most immediate concern, while he was among us, his wife and children, the sympathy of all Its membership, and our resolve that his example as a business man and a citizen shall serve as our guide." As Precaution* Against Flu. Dr. J. R. Bean, county health of ficer, speaking for himself and health officers of Wallace and Kel lcgg, spoke upon the probable recur of influenza and tbe necessity the re nee of taking precautions now to prevent He read the suggestions prepar ed by the health officers prevention and treatment of the mal ady and strongly urged all members of the board of trade to cooperate with the health authorities in efforts to avoid another flu epidem Dr. Bean also stated physicians of the county were agreed that vaccination to prevent flu was desirable; that while It did ways prevent contracting it rendered it less virulent, and It. covering their that the ic. not al the dis ease statistics show that few cases result fatally after vaccination, of the county are now supplied with Those who feel unable to at Kellogg, declaring ln fa of maintaining the presetit time Physicians the serum, pay the expense by the city and county health officers. ■will be served free Saving Daylight. L. E. Hanley called attention to the placard prepared toy the Bunker Hill company vor s\ stem; that is, opposed to turning back the clocks on the 26th Inst, as contemplated by the act of congress. House Committee Makes Favorable Re port Suspending Assessment Work on All Mining Claims Suspension of annual assessment work on all mining claims for the year 1919 still has a good chance of becoming a law. Resolutions Iwere introduced in both houses ul congress several weeks ago und representatives from Idaho and other western states have been ac tive In trying to secure a favorable report from the committee hav ing it in Charge. That these efforts have been successful is shown by the following telegrum to the Miner from Congressman Addi son T. Smith: Make Suspension General. Washington, D. C. October 21, 1919. Miner, Wallace, Idaho: Resolution to repeal the provision of the law suspending assessment work on mining claims, .limited to five alalins, and making the law general In its application, has been favorably reported to the house by the committee on mines and mining. ADDISON T. SMITH. The fact that the committee has .made a favorable report may to a certainty that the resolu that it will meet .be accepted as Indicating alanos tion will puss the bouse, and it is not .believed serious opposition in the senate. Although too late to give the re lief to which the mining Industry warn entitled, the passage of this now resolution will nevertheless be of substantial .benellt, also free congress front censure that would follow allowing the 5 clatm exemption to stand. It was apparent front the time the reso lution was passed that It would be easily evaded, for there Is noth flve claims and will ing in the 'law to prevent a person having more than from transferring the excess to a riendly agent who would claim the The exemption, and this could be done with any number of claims. Miner has no information that this has been done, but it lias been frequently suggested, and there is nothing in the law to prevent it. Meaning of.Five Claims. Then it was evident that the question of what constitutes five claims within the meaning of the laiw would lead to confusion and litigation. This objection has now .been confirmed by an absurd ruling by the department of the interior, from which the following is quoted: "The matter of the performance of annual labor upon mining claims required by section 2324, United States revis ed statutes, Is a question going to the right of possession of such lands and within the Jurisdiction of the courts and not of tills department. It is my opinion, however, that the house Joint resolution No. 150 must be construed by this department as applying to claims whether fractional or full. Therefore, if an individual, either direotl> or as a member of an associa tion or corporation, claims exemption from the performance of work upon five dalms In which he possesses an Interest, no matter haw small that interest may be, he would not be en titled to claim exemption upon any other claims which he may own or hold In full or In part." Literally this ruling means that If a person owned 5 claims or less and also had shares of stock In a corporation that claimed its holdings, the person j ! ! j j exemption from assessment work on would be barred from claiming exemption on his individual hold ings; or if he otwned interests in several groups of claims, matters not how small the Interests, 'he could claim exemption In orily one. Such a ruling is ridiculous, at the same time it Is not clear how the 5-daIm exemption law could be construed so that of claims, held lt claim owners having Interests in several groups either on a partnership basis or as stock In a corporation, could This difficulty and also the ease receive the benefit of the law. with which the law may be evaded have evidently been brought to the attention of congressmen, and particularly the members of the committee on mines and mining, and probably explains the dispo sition to remedy it by suspending annual assessment on all mining claims this year. Quick Action Necessary. Only two more months remain to perform assessment work for this year, and during that period had weather wfll in many eases This fact should be understood by and should prevent any further delay in .make the work impossible. — members of congress passing a measure that should have been enacted long ago. tthe On motion of Herman J. Itossl, board approved the proposition and j the president was Instructed to ap point a committee to request the city council to give official approval to the maintenance of the present time. The chair appointed Herman J. Ros si. L. E. Hanley and T. F. 'Wlhiteiman. ' Plant for of the 5 I BULLION. i Big Ore Shoot Continuei Winter Work. James H. Taylor, manager Bullion Mining company, came over from the mine Monday. The drift on been ad the big ore shoot has now vaneed about 80 feet with practically the same excellent showing of copper The ore that was first encountered, entire face Is In ore of commercial grade, probably 3 or 4 per cent cop with frequent streaks and per, bunches of high grade. Wlork Is not being crowded at this time, the force working half time underground and half outside. This outside work con- | slsts of building sheds and making other preparation for the winter. The ' snowfall Is very heavy at the Bullion and this outside work must be round- , will be em-M'y ed up now. Three men ployed during the winter and Mr. Tay lor says the work will be confined to , making a raise to No. 2 tunnel. Be- ! fore this is started the drift will be continued to a fault that is known to! be ahead, probably not more than 25 feet and the position of the fault will determine the location of the raise. It will be started east of the fault un less Its throw would carry It beyond the face of No. 2. In that event the raise will be made west of and at a point that will clear the fault. Highway Last week County Commissioners Keys, Rowe and Miller drove over the Placer creek road to the St. Joe sum ,mit to make personal observations ln connection with the proposed road to Avery. All are strongly Impressed with the desirability of building the road and unless there are unexpected ROAD TO AVERY. Commissioners Considsr From Placer Creek 8ummit. next year. Julius P. Hall, county sur difficulties in the way of construction j n tf le wa y of prohibitive cost, it is probable that it will toe constructed veyor, expects to make a preliminary trip over the proposed route, or rather for the purpose of selecting a feasible route, within the next two or three weeks if weather conditions will per !mlt. It Is proposed to follow the ridges from the summit southeasterly toward Avery, keeping on the high ground, and It is believed that a grade can be obtained that will not exceed 5 per cent and which will reach Avery The distance from In about 15 miles. Wallace to the summit by the present road Is about 7 miles, making the to tal distance from Wallace to Avery by the proposed road about 22 miles. GIANT LEDGE. Dpjft 8hou , d 8# Und , r st#en shaft by . P . n( ... v .*r ' Charles G. Taylor, manager of the Glant Led « e Mining company, was In ' h « city yesterday. He reports the drWt on tbe 400 level t0 * et under the steen shaft Progressing satisfactor and he expects the objective point will be reached by the first of the y^kr. ,been followed , but tbe ground became 80 hard that " was declded to swing ou t lnto the han S ln *' where better 'Progress Is being made. Some lend ore ha8 been found continuously and Mr Ta y |or 8a y s vaUles a,s0 run from to * 7 ln gold - The drlft wil1 be i 16d ^ eet be ' ow tbe bottom of the Steen ^ 8haft * in whlch thera ls reported a >«*• af ' ba ' "111 average M 7 > a tor a width of H feet. The footwall until recently has In addition to the gold ore toeing sought, the Giant Ledge has a shoot of lead-silver ore on the 200 and 400 levels 200 feet in length, most of which | s described as excellent min ting ore, and the prospect of develop lng a large body of this class of ore by drifting easterly Into the mountain (is highly promising. This is the opin Ion of engineers and geologists who have examined the property, and the exploration of this ground will be taken up when the present work ls completed. WALLACE PEOPLE OPPOSE TURNING BACK THE CLOCKS. The people of Wallace are not unanimously in favor of retaining the present mountain time, but unquestionably a large majority are in favor of it. In order to ob tain an expression on the subject, a mass meeting was called by Mayor Toole in the district court room last evening, the small at tendance Indicating that the peo ple were not greatly concerned about the .matter. The following resolution was adopted unanim ously: "Resolved, That the city coun cil of Wallace go on record as be ing in favor of adoption of moun tain time by the city of Wallace, effective October 2ti, 1919, provid ed that similar action is taken by the city of Kellogg and other com munities of Shoshone county, and that if such action is taken by them the mayor be requested to issue suitable proclamation and that a copy of this resolution be furnished to the commissioners of Shoshone county." i LIVINGSTON SAYS HEATH DIS TRICT MAY RIVAL UTAH COPPER. Idaho's fame as a mining state, since the cream has been taken from the early-day gold camps at Pierce City, Florence, Boise Basin and other .wonderfully rich placer camps, must be attributed chiefly to mineral pro duction of the Coeur d'Alene district. The mines of this district have made Idaho a close rival of Missouri for first place in the production of lead, (while tbe production of zinc In the (Coeur d'Alene district has become a factor of large and steadily growing importance. This district is also a large producer of silvef as a by-pro duct of lead, und there are mines also In which silver is the primary pro duct which promise to greatly In crease the output of the white metal now that the high price of the metal Is assured. Recent developments ini the copper belt of the Coeur d'Alene | district are decidedly encouraging s. it is probable that copper will soon assume an Important, place in mining operations ty. But Idaho is not dependent alone upon the copper deposits of this coun ty to 'win a high place as a copper producing state. At this time tbe most notable copper section Is that around Mackay, In Ouster county, from which most of the copper cred ited to the state comes. ml | the f Shoshone coun-| Robert N. Bell, state mine Inspect- | or, has within the past year called j promising copper | showings of the Heath district, in i Washington county, and advanced the , opinion that it would prove to be one j fl f th e g rea t copper producing sections j has just Heath May Rival Utah Copper. attention to the of the west. This opinion been confirmed by D. C. Livingston, profesor of geology In the school of mines at Moscow. pares the copper Heath district with Idaho He com deposits of the the great por phyry mine of the Utah Copper com- | pany. and says: "There are many hundred acres of low grade disseminated copper in the Heath section. Ore that closely re semibles the large copper deposits of At the Xevadn and southern Utah. j. x. L. mine, one of the principal op 300-foot tunnel crating properties, tons been driven disclosing a quantl ty of ore which probably a run about 10 per cent. "Some little copper ore may he seen none though the possibilities of this partlc ular rPK | on are considerable if sys tematlc prospecting Is done by exper thp SpVPtl pevlls district Itself fhp property of tbe Red Ledge the north fork of Hornet creek, hut of it has been developed, nl on fenced men. "Probably the best mine I saw In was un posit on Deop creek, near tbe old town of Helena . Much of this ore carries po1(1 and „ llver !1S well as copper." pressor Livingston covered sev pral mlnlng (llstr lcts in the course of the summer In the Interests of the Idaho bureau of mines gpologleal survey, which Is working a pany, a concern sma) , crpw on a splendid copper de and the IT. S. CHICAGO-BOSTON. Work at the Ohlcago-Boston, which A. Percival. Is under option to John will toe confined for driving the crosscut tunnel south to a vein that the present to from the main was dls wbile ex covered several years ago cavatlng for the compressor building Investigation Indicated addition to the resources of the prop erty and It was decided to determine Its extent by crosscutting before un dertnklng the deep development of the property through the shaft. Subsequent that this vein might prove a valuable It May Mean Build ing of Local Lines MAY GET MILWAUKEE Prospect for Pine Creek and Murray Branches Will Greatly Improve T HE PROSPECT of early return of the railroads to private own ership under conditions that .will permit a resumption of construction has revived considerable speculation locally as to the effect of the change in this Immediate locality. The two miles of rusty rails on Pine cieek stand as a convincing com mentary upon the failure of govern ment ownership to provide necessary .transportation to meet the growing demands of industry. The O.-W. R. N. company finally undertook the construction of the Pine creek branch, but not until absolute guarantees re garding tonnage and freight rates had been made whicti Insured quick and sure return of the capital. In the meantime the government took over control of t)he railroads, and this to gether with a flood that wrecked .much of the two miles of track that had been completed, resulted In stop ping tile enterprise, and although persistent efforts were made to In duce l)lie railroad administration to complete the road, accompanied by Indisputable evidence that It was justified by the business In sight, not another rail was laid, government incubus Is soon to be re moved from the railroads, It Is hop ed that this rich mining section will be given the transportation fa | Now that the soon eillties to which it has long been en titled. Murray Branch. The railroad from the North Fork | up Prichard creek Is another branch that succumbed to flood and federal control. spanning long stretches out grade, and track that remains in places covered by weeds, are sugges tive evidences of the depressing in ties attached of washed Hulls ■with fluence that fell upon a prosperous community when the railroad was de stroyed and it became known that no would be made to restore retained con it move while the government trol. | lug development continued and as j result there is today considerable ore | tonnage available and which would be i quickly and largely Increased if there , was assurance that the railroad would j be restored within a reasonable time, j with the return to private ownership, the prospect for rebuilding the rail nd to Murray will be greatly im in mining In spite of this handicap, mln a r< proved, and the increase operations on the North Side present an r ,,a«i company can not Ignore, | may Inducement that tthe rall Milwaukee Main Line. d'Alene comes a re Coeur From new a I of the report that the Milwau eonstruct a link between Ac kee will ery and Coeur d'Alene through Fourth of July canyon, connecting at the latter city with tbe branch from Spokane and .making It the main line. This recalls that Just before the F.ur the Spokane, the openn war broke out Wallace & Interstate Railway pany had secured right of way tiVeen Wallace and Coeur d'Alene and details for com be had worked out all the letting contracts for the construction. A French engineer had made a thor ough Investigation of the enterprise. sent here by a group of having been Belgian capitalists who were ready to take the bonds of the company which would Insure the construction of the had englneer and was The French read, cabled a favorable report about to sail to make his report in de broke out and the tail when the war Immediately invaded Bol Hun army glum, which, of course, precipitately stopped all financial Investments so The Belgium was concerned. far tvs promoters of this enterprise were lo ch lef among whom wore cal men William J. Hall, then assistant man of the Federal company, now Her of the Rossi ager commissioner of public works, .1. Rossi, manager & Investment man company: Insurance Frank F. Johnson, formerly of this city, now cashier of the Boise City National bank, and several other res idents of the Coeur d'Alene district. It was believed that the ,as hack of this company, and It Is that this belief prevails extent nt Coeur d'Alene at th's It is denied by the Milwaukee to evident some j time, although j promoters in this city. j tKp following story from tbe Coeur In any event (Continued on Page 6'