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THE SUPERIOR TIMES,
pcbi.ished at SUPERIOR, DOUGLAS CO., WISCONSIN BY THE SUPERIOR TIMES PEIHTIHG CO. TERMS: - - $2.50 Per Annum. We are daily receiving letters speaking in commendatory terras of the Times, and what is equally gratifying they are always accompanied by the cash for subscription. But a large number ot the non-resident propertv owners and friends of Superior re main vet to be heard from, Report to this office immediately, gentlemen! ( THE DEFEAT OF THE BOND QUESTION So much lias been said in our columns on the bond question, now that it is dis posed of we cannot close the subject with out a few words. The causes which led to the de feat of the proposition that Douglas County should issue $300,000 of its bonds to aid the State Line Railroad, did not arise from any antipathy of our citizens to railroads. On the contrary, they are ex ceedingly desirous to obtain railroad comniu mention for Superior, and are willing and anxious to generously assist, by all means in their power, any project looking to that end, which carries with it the prospect of a consummation within a reasonable, fixed lime. With them it was not a question, Shall we, or shall we not have a railroad ? The question was, Is it best to vote $300,- 000 to the State Line Railroadf The re sult of the election on Thursday shows the verdict. 11;i< 1 Mr. Stinson and the other large owners of property here, whom we are look ing to, to build the road, furnished any tan gible assurances that in case the aid was voted the work would be proceeded with at any defined time, or at all, there would not have been a dozen votes cast against the proposition. The absence of such as surances, we are sorry to say, killed the scheme. No blame is attached to Mr. Stinson for the failure of his efforts to raise the means to build the road. It is believ ed that he did all that could be done, all that any one could do, in the matter. The cause of the defeat of the measure is laid at the doors of those who were relied upon and expected to join with Mr. Stinson in building the road. It Is imb ed deplorable, if not humiliating, to the people of Supe rior to be linked to and dependent upon a cla-s of men, (whose individual names we will imt now mention) any one of whom is able, out of his own private purse, to build the Slate Line Railroad ; but who each seem to 1 tek either the will or the nerve to move in the matter. It is earnestly hoped Mr. Stinson will not relax his efforts to se cure the means to build the road. Let him be able to show that the voting ot the bonds of this County only stands in the way of the enterprise, and their issue will be authorized by our citizens with cheer fulness. For ourself, we still have faith in the State Line road. Although a short road, only 23 miles, yet we believe its con struction will be of more real benefit to Superior than any other now projected, ex cept the great Northern Pacific railroad, the continuation of which into Superior the State Line virtually will be, enabling that road to reach the lake over a route incom parably shorter, more direct and of easier grade than any other. We believe the building of the State Line 11. 11. would do more towards indelibly fixing the lake ter minus of the Northern Pacific in this town, where natureintended it should be, than any other means at the command of the place. Therefore, as long as there is hope for the road we shall endeavor to advance its in terests. W e wish it understood, however, that our great desire to see that road built shall not stand in the way of our advocat ing other railroads; and, as we said before, the people of Superior are willing and anxious to aid liberally any other railroad oo ming to our town. NORTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD Col. \\ Mainor Roberts of St. Louis has been appointed Chief Engineer of the Northern Pacific Railroad, and will enter upon his duties on the first of December. He takes the place of Gen. Edwin F. John son of Connecticut. Ii is anticipated that many changes of the administrative officers ot the road will take place on the advent of Engineer Roberts. As to the progress of work on the road, we are informed that the iron is now laid on twenty miles westward from the Junc tion, and that the remainder of the lino is graded to the Mississippi and the iron will be laid thereon as fast as practicable. HARBOR IMPROVEMENT. The Government work upon onr harbor is going ahead with vigor. Twelve cribs or 584 feet have been added to the Minne sota Pier since July, making that pier now 1,504 feet long. 'The Wisconsin Pier has been extended by five cribs or lt3o feet since the same period. The weather be- THE SUPERIOR TIMES. VOL. 1. ing favorable on Tuesday three united cribs or 90 feet, were safely placed in position on the Minnesota pier, the extension of which will continue as long as the weather permits this fall. The cribs are being sunk in about 12 feet of water. Capt. J. B. Schrom, the Government Superintendent, is the very personification of “Old Business” himself, and is pushing things with his accustomed energy. SUPERIOR AND PACIFIC R. R, CO. The preliminary steps for the organiza tion of this Company have been taken, by the publication of the articles of incorpor ation in the St. Paul Pioneer. James Stin son, Geo. W. Cass, E. W, Anderson, Jr., I. I. Moore and Joseph Curran are the cor porators, and first board ot directors. The general business of the corporation shall be the building and operating of a railroad through Carlton Cos., Minn., from the point where the Superior State Line K. R. touches the State line between Wisconsin and Minnesota to an intersection with the Northern Pacific Railroad, near the Junc tion of that road with the L. S. tfc M. R. R. The capital stock is fixed at $500,000, in shares of $5O. The object of the organi zation is to provide for the continuation of the State Line Railroad through Minnesota, according to the laws of that State. SAULT STE MARIE CANAL- It is estimated that the cost ot the con templated improvement of this canal will reach $240,000. The canal will close to commerce the second day of December. Messrs. Barker & Williams, contractors upon the work, advertise for 500 laborers for the winter. To give an idea of the work to be done, we append an extract fmmi the advertised notice of proposals for the same: The appropriation available amounts to about one hundred and forty thousand dollars, and the work to be done consists of excavation in both rock and grav el re-budding the guard lock and its gates, and rivet ing the tow path with a stone walk. For the purpose of comparing the bids, bidders will please state the price per cubic yard for excavating and depositing in positions to be designated, on the north side of the canal,.each kind of material, the price per cubic foot for the riveting wall complete, and the gross amount f>r re-building the guard lock to conform to the new dimensions of the canal, hut each proposal will be ccn.-idered in its entirety. The work will have to be commenced ibis season and continued through the winter, beginning at the extreme upper end, complet ing it as far as undertaken, and all coffer dams and other appliances w hich would interfere with the navi gation, removed before the opening of the next season. LAKE SUPERIOR*^SILVER MINES- I/O W THEY FA Y—SUCCESS ASSURED. [From the Detroit Free Press, Oct. 16.] About a month ago, there was published in the Free Press an account of the organ ization of a silver mining company, in which Detroit capitalists were largely interested, and the purchase by them ot a tract of land on the north shore of Lake Superior, con taining 107,000 acres for which $225,000 was paid. The work of developing the silver mines at one point was then well un der wav, and it lias been prosecuted with so much vigor that substantial and tangi ble proofs of success are already to be seen Yesterday morning the propeller Arctic arrived down from Lake Superior with nine barrels, containing 5,500 pounds of the ore, all of which was obtained by two blasts; and late last night the propeller Meteor brought down another installment, consisting of sixteen tons of the ore, valued at over $30,000. To show with what energy the work lias been pushed forward, on the first day of September Capt. \Vm. B. Fine, who is a large owner of the property, and has charge of the mining operations, landed from the steamer City of Detroit, having with him 35 men from Houghton. The steamer had on board all the materials, engine, tools, etc., needed for working the property, and she also towed over a large scow, and a raft of heavy, square timber from Portage Lake. Work was at once commenced and pressed with extraordinary diligence, as ii was feared that stormy weather might in terfere. The crib work is nearly square, taking in a part of the island. Toward the north, the pier work is six feet in length, thence south 133 feet, thence north 118 feet ti inches, being 10 feet inside between the timbers, averaging 9 feet from top to bot tom, and entirely filled with rock. Inside of the breakwater a very compact coffer dam, hexagonal in shape, has been built, the clay used in it having been taken up in a vessel from Detroit, Considerable diffi culty was experienced from the rush of wa ter through crevices in the rock composing the island, but everything has been over come, and the coffer dam was dry enough to commence mining on the morning of tlie sth inst. at 10 o’clock. The result is the shipment of 35,000 pounds of silver ore in less than five day's work, valued at £l per pound in gold. The length of the lode enclosed by the coffer dam is seventy Jeet, and the lode it self is about eight feet between the walls. Silver islet, on which tlie lode is situat ed, lies five miles cast ot Thunder (Jape oul •_’o miles east of Fort William. It is halt a mile from the main land, about five feet above the water, and is about 80 feet long by 70 broad, entirely destitute of any veg etation. As the water is q ite shoal around the islet, approach to it, even in a moder ate sea, was out of the question, and there was not room to erect cribs on the island. SUPERIOR, WISCONSIN, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 1870. It was necessary to build them on the main land, and tow them to the required posi tion by means of a tug boat, which was chartered for the purpose. This was done in 13 working days by a force of 30 men. It must not be understood that silver ore is found through the whole width of the lode. It occurs in extensive pockets, and is in places quite massive, pieces of 500 to 800 pounds having been thrown out by a single blast. It is not reasonable to ex pect tins deposit of ore to continue to any great depth, if past experience in silver raining countries is taken into considera tion. Should it do so, it will be an excep tion in silver mining. That it is a wonder fully rich lode there is no gainsaying. The minors working it are most of them interested pecuniarily, # which will in a measure account for the unparalleled amount of work done hy them in so short a time. The average time of working while the crib work was building was 18 hours per day. The whole work is as sub stantial as anything of the kind which can be found on either of the lakes. We are pleased to see that a real live, energetic Company have at last taken hold of one of the silver mines around Thunder Bay, Lake Superior, in Canada. The mag nificent result given above of only a few week’s operation goes to prove what was sta ted in the Superior Gazette a year or two ago about the richness of this district. Soon after llie first lode was discovered, wo stated that for surface indications on true genuine silver veins this was per haps the richest district ever found on the American continent. White Pine, in Ne vada, had its irregular deposits or pockets, at first very rich, but it turns out they were mostly accidental, with but few true veins. The Thunder Bay district shows very per fect lodes, distinct on the surface, some of them from 15 to ‘24 feet wide, and tracea ble for miles by taking their general course with a compass and prospecting on the line. In the spring of 18G7 the Joniia Mining Cos., composed of Cincinnati and Kentucky gentlemen, located several thou sand acres of this mineral land ; they start ed to develop one of their lodes on a small capital. The Canadian parliament during the winter of 18G7-’6B, listening to the most exaggerated reports of the richness of their government lands in this district, withdrew them for awhile from market; also passed laws amounting to almost an absolute restriction on any further attempt at mining. Even the Crown land office re fused for a time to issue patents on thou sands of acres that had been applied for. These impediments put a stop to the oper ations of this, the first Silver Mining Com pany started on the North Shore of Lake Superior. A misunderstanding among the proprietors, or more properly a want of funds, prevented their resuming opera tions even after the next Parliament re pealed all these obnoxious laws and regu lations. In the summer of 18G8 another Company called the Thunder Bay Mining Cos., composed mostly of parties connected with the Hudson Bay Cos., started mining operations on a larger scale, on what was termed the “ Original discovery.” Their prospects were very encouraging so long as they worked. They ceased operations last year, not from any want of success, or failure in their mine, but from causes too numerous and not in our province to men tion. Tin* present Detroit Company under the management of Capt. Win. B. Frue, who by the way, has the reputation of be ing the most successful Superintendent of Copper Mining ever on Lake Superior, may be said to be the first real legitimate adventure in silver mining in this district. From what we learn of Capt. Frue’s char acter for energy, and from the showing he has already made, as evidenced by the above, we may soon look tor startling re sults. The Captain’s friends say he knows no such word as fail, and we of our own knowledge know there is every evidence that the lodes are not only genuine, true bearing silver lodes, but wonderfully rich so far as they have been tried. Messrs. Willard & Rogers of Ontonagon bring con firmatory accounts of the above Wonder ful operations of Capt. Fine. As an evi-! ilencc of the richness of this vein, and of ; the faith the parties working have, it is stated by Capt. Erne’s friends that he, agrees to take for his services in these! mining operations, from about the sth of | Sept, to the close of navigation, say about two months working time, one half of the gross proceeds of the ore, after first getting out enough to pay the owners £150,Ooo; that is he gets out first £150,000 worth ore for the owners, and after that amount is paid one-half of the balance is his. In case of failure he receives nothing. This ac counts for the great rush in putting Up the breakwater and coffer dam, and the rapid succession of ore shipments, as no doubt the miners themselves have an inter est with tiie Captain in the profits. We shall make arrangements to get full and fair statements of the progress of these mines, and will lay them before our readers from time to time. We will de cline publishing any humbuggery about mining generally, or any exaggerated ac counts from this mine in particular, but will endeavor to get at as full, fair and truthful statements of facts as it is possible to do. A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE STATE LINE RAILROAD AND ITS BOND BILLS. In the winter of 1838-’9 M. S. Bright and other residents of Superior, procured from the Wisconsin Legislature a charter for a railroad from the Bay of Superior, running West, to the Minnesota State Line, to be called “ the Superior & Stale Line Railroad.” This charter has been renewed from time to time bv the Legislature, and kept alive by its Diiectors, at a considerable expenditure of time, money, and labor, i Whilst in the hands of these directors, one or more bond hills, varying in amount, were voted by the peo ple of Douglas County, to aid the building of this road, or the first one coming to Superior; all of which fail ed to accomplish the end desired, namely: the con struction of the Road. In 1868 several of the large, non-resident property holders met in Superior and got up another bond bill large enough as they thought to insure the immediate construction of this road, or of some other connecting Superior with the L. S. Si M. road. The amount agreed upon to be given as a bonus was $300,000. About that time, Mr. Stinson, at the earnest solicitation of parties interested here, purchased the entire stock together with all the franchises of the road. With a view to making all parties interested in Superior, equally interested in this enterprise, subscriptions to the capital stock of the road, in lots, lands or money, were obtained. The bonds were voted by the citizens, and a liberal amount of property and money was subscribed, mostly by non residents. The Road would have been commenced at once, had not some slight misunderstanding arisen among those subscribing. Before this was satisfacto rily arranged, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin ren dered a decision against the giving of bonds as a bonus to railroads. This made the action of our people, m vo'ing the $300,000 in bonds, null and void, conse quently, for the time being, no further progress was made towards getting the road under way. Last win ter, another bond bill, so drawn, as to meet the re quirements held to be necessary by this decision of the Supreme Court, was passed by the Legislature. The main feature of this last bill was, that the County should sell $300,000 of its bonds at not less than 80 cents on the dollar, and invest the proceeds of such sale In stock of the State Line road, said stock to be hold and controlled by the County as other County property. Before an election was called on this bill, meetings of the citizens of Superior were held, at which several of our largest’ non-resident property holders were present—some in person, and others by proxy It was then understood and agreed that the citizens would vote for issuing the bonds, and these non-resident property holders were to cash them and take $400, 000 of stock in the road, and in order to meet the wish of the subscribers to the road, and those proposing to subscribe, anew directory com posed of James Stinson, Jesse D. Bright, Geo. W. Cass, Thos. A. Scott, I. I. Moore, E. W. Anderson, Jr., and Joseph Curran, was nominated by the panics propos ing to subscribe, and duly elected. As far as the people here can learn, there has been no concert of action among the non-residents towards fulfilling this agreement, and consequently the bill was defeated. We must say of Mr. Stinson, who is the largest stock holder of the State Line Koad, that we know he lias been ready and willing to carry out his part of the understanding, and has endeavored to in duce others to do the same. Had the County taken its $300,000 of stock, and other parties their propor tionate amount as agreed upon, Mr. Stinson’s share in the control of the road would have been comparatively small, about one-seventh of the whole. So here the State Line Railroad rests for the present. As for the rumors afloat of other parties being anxious to build the road without bonds, we can only say that we have no time or inclination to deal with such improbabilities. We by no means abandon all hopes of a iabroad, but propose to look on awhile quietly and hopefully, to see what the future may dis close. Now that the bond bill is defeated, and the coast is clear, is it not time that certain of our citizens were untying the bag to let out the mysterious personages who were only awaiting the retirement of Mr. Stinson before taking hold of and building our rail roads without any County aid ? Untie the strings, gentlemen, and let’em out. Eighty four voters are anxious to hear what they have to say. We fear that “Jack the giant killer” is repeating himself in our midst. DENSE FOGS AT BAYFIELD! The 1 Jay Held Pre*s, in its first number issue !, dated October 13th, copies on its outside page the article from the Polk County Press, part of which we quoted last week. In that article it is alleged that “another great drawback to the harbor at | the head of the lake is the dense fogs that pievail at times, caused by the difference of temperature between the waters of the Lake and the St. Louis river, and which are sometimes so dense as to delay vessels for days.” We showed, in our last, that if this re mark applied with truth (which we greatly doubted) to the St. Louis River Entrance into the Superior City Harbor, it did not to the Breakwater Harbor of Duluth, nor would it apply to the new Ship Canal En i trance being constructed to the Inner Har- I bor of Duluth. Fogs, however, are known on all the great lakes, ami are an incident, more or less, of every harbor on Lake Superior; an<l the attempt to claim for one port great er exemption in tins regard than another, must end in the refutation of the claim on ian examination of the facts. Iluis far this season, no great difficulty has been experienced at Duluth Harbor from fogs: nor greatly, we think, at the j Entrance into the Superior City Harbor. But, we have good testimony (in law a man is always a “good'’witness against himself it he is not against other people) that Bayfield has recently been very badly in the fog —to such an extent as to prohib it vessels making that point “for several hours”—“causing boats to hang outside tine harbor several hours at a time, waiting for it [the fog] to clear away.” THls very clear testimony on a foggy subject we find on the inside pages of the said Bayfield Press of the 13th, under the “Marino” head as fallows: “ For the last week or two the steamers have been rathir irregular in their trips to this port, owing to the density of the fog, which has been quite annoying, causing boats to “hang up” outside the harbor sever al hours at a time, waiting for it to clear away. The Cuyahoga and Norman gut off their course on the 28th ult., and were eight or ton hours behind time in con sequence.” Wo think the Bayfield organ had better now dry up about “ fogs at the head of the lake!”— Duluth Minnesotian. Perry’s Insurance Office is open for business eve ry day. WILLIAM R. PERRY, Agent. No Rest for the Wicked! HARD TIMES AXD PLENTY OF MONEY. R. A. BIGGER, Provision and Grocery STORE. Where you can get the worth of your money and no ' change back. me a call. Heavy Mess Pork and Good Stoves- Good Butter and Grindstones- Vinegar and Dried Apples Lard and Tobacco Raspberry Jam and Salt Codfish. Sugar and Soap- A No 1 Flour and Kerosene Oil. Syrup and Salt- Onions and Blacksmith Tools Beans and Ox-Yokes Cheese and Oakum Teas Resin and Stovepipe Double and Single Blocks and Potatoes. Prunes and Mustard CracKers and Snowsboes Log Chains and Copying Ink Shovels and Carpet Sacks Trunks and Spike. Bags and Boring Machines- Brooms and Sewing Machines- Blarkets and Rafting Rigging- Candles and Dried Currants- Rice and Dried Peaches Coffee and Cigars- Corn Meal and Powder Horns- Lamps and Spile Rings Mens Clothing and a full set cf Cooking uten Slls for the Lumbering Business. CABBIES & CABBED FRUIT. All kinds of Groceries, every thing you want and a number of things you don’t want. 11. A BIGGER, 272, Second St. 4- Superior, Wig. GREAT BARGAINS AT FREH C H ’ S IN— STOVES, TIN AND HARDWARE. Having just received a full and complete stock of the above goods, I now propose to sell them at the : very lowest possible figures for cash. Don’t rely on what some may say, but call and examine my goods and prices for yourselves, before purchasing elsewhere, for I am confident you will find it to vour advantage. Among my stock of stoves will be found the ‘‘ALL RlGHT,(heating) t , AND THE “REVOLVING RESERVOIR,” (Cook,) besides a great variety of other styles. la my stock you will find ROGER’S, WOOD HE AD’S and AMERICAN Pocket Cutlery, J. RUSSEL & CO.’S TABLE CUTLERY. ROGERS & BROS. No. 1, Table Spoons and Forks, SEYMOUR’S k SONS SHEARS AND SCISSORS. WHEELER MADEN k CLEMSON’S WOOD AND OTHER SAWS. RED JACKET, HUNT’S & FENN’S AXES, Universal Clothes Wringer, Extra. WILLIAMS AND CO'S LADIES, GENTS AND BOYS SKATES, BUILDERS’ HARDWARE of cverv description, and l,"ol other thins*, ton numerous to mention, including the useful RUBBER STRIPS for Windows and Doors. Last, but not least, the charming, silent, WILLCOX AND GIBB'S SeAving Machines, which will he sold on most liberal terms for the pur chaser. ars. B. The old Tin Shop still runs at R. W. FRENCH’S. Atlvertisin**- Scale. 1 week. 2 weeks. 4 weeks. 3 mo’s. 6 niO’s. 1 v< sr. 1 square, t 1.00 $l5O $2 00 $ 4.00 $6.00 $;0(0 2 squares 2.90 3t 0 40 ) 7.0) 10.00 1 o 3 squares, 300 400 600 !().■ 0 15.00 20. o >4 column, 5 0# 7210 M.oo 15.00 ■>: 00 Soto column, 9.00 12.00 16,(0 24.n0 86 .-o ftf. t. 1 colUit*u, 12.00 18.00 22.00 30.(0 f.O 00 MMO A will be counted tbe spare of leu lines of the. kind f type. Business cards 5 lines t>f Jess $5,00 a year. Ltgil advertisements charged at the rales prescribed by stat ute. Special notices 10 cents per line for each insertion. Transient advertisement is fus! M> pad for in advance; all others quarterly. Advertisements not otherwise ordered cbufinno.l, nil !>e con tinued until ordered onf, ami ckmrtrerf nccording'v. No proof of legal advertisements furnished until the adver tisement is paid for. NO, 8. ISS6. SUPERIOR ixjij. LAND AGENCY. OFFICE, NO. 347, WEST 2ND ST. E. W. ANDERSON, J R„ Heal Estate bought and sold on commission. Titles Examined and correct abstracts funds ed Taxes Paid for non-residents. Land Warrants Located, and all ’ -moss in con ; nection with Real Estate promptly attended to. Desirable Lots and Land 3 in ami at omul site RIOR, DULUTH, and FONDULAC, for sale. Several Tracts of Choice Pine Lands on naviga ble streams and very accessible, for sale. Foreign and Domestic Exchange bought and sold. Passage Tickets to and from all parts of Europe for sale. With an experience of kouktkkv years in this sec tion, I am thoroughly posted in all that pertains to real estate, and parties desiring to invest in or around Superior or Duluth, or having property to sell would do well to confer either in person or by letter with K. AA'. AmltM’son, .J r., HEAL ESTATE BROKER, Superior City, Wisconsin, Peter E. Bradshaw. .John W. Bradshaw. P. E. Bradshaw & Cos., ‘2nd St., Superior, Wis., We have recently received a large and well selected stock of which we are selling at the LOWEST MARKET RA TES. We do not claim to sell goods at, or below cost; but we do claim to sell them at prices which will give satisfaction to our customers. 13 R Y O O S : In this department will bo found a general assort ment of DRESS GOODS, and trimmings of the | latest styles and patterns -ind also a large variety of CLOTHS and CASS I MERES kc. CLOTHING : Our stock of clothing has been purchased with spe cial reference to the climate and to the WANTS OF THE PEOPLE , and we think wc can st ir all who may favor us with a call. In this line will be found a good selection of RUDDER GOODS, consisting of COATS, DLAS KETS, LEG OIKS, Ac , and also, OIL CLO TH!EG of various sizes. Carpeting and Wall Paper ; Of CARPETS, OIL CLOTHS, and WALL RA PER, we have many handsome and excellent varie ties to which we invite attention. GROCERIES & PROVISIONS: If we are overstocked in anything, it is in Grocer ies and Provisions, of which wc keep a Good Stock, consisting of CHOICE and FANCY GROCERIES, as well as STAPLES. In this line we would call Special attention to our TEAS, which we think are not excelled by anything in the market. visiting our store, if you do not see what you want, ASK FOR IT. Owen Shark lai i. Second St., Superior, DEALER IN Iron, Steel & Nails, Heavy and Shell Stoves, Paints, Oil, Glass, Putty, &c. E. C. BECKER~ ATTORNEY AND COUNSELLOR AT LAW. SUPERIOR, DOUGLAS CO., - - WISCON IN D. GEO. MORRISON, R egister of Deeds, TOWN CLERK, NOTARY PUBLIC, I AND COMMISSIONER FOR MINNESOTA. Office No. 2V3 West2nd St., Superior, Wi.