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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!
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
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.
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.
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-
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.
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.
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.
[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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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!
Provision and Grocery
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.
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.
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 ,
besides a great variety of other styles. la my stock
you will find
Pocket Cutlery,
No. 1, Table Spoons and Forks,
Universal Clothes Wringer, Extra.
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,
SeAving Machines,
which will he sold on most liberal terms for the pur
chaser. ars. B. The old Tin Shop still runs at
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
Business cards 5 lines t>f Jess $5,00 a year.
Ltgil advertisements charged at the rales prescribed by stat
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.
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
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.,
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
Our stock of clothing has been purchased with spe
cial reference to the climate and to the
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
KETS, LEG OIKS, Ac , and also, OIL CLO TH!EG
of various sizes.
Carpeting and Wall Paper ;
PER, we have many handsome and excellent varie
ties to which we invite attention.
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,
Iron, Steel & Nails,
Heavy and Shell
Stoves, Paints,
Oil, Glass,
Putty, &c.
R egister of Deeds,
Office No. 2V3 West2nd St., Superior, Wi.

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