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MINES, MINING AND PROSPECTS IN GREAT SOUTHWEST REGION RUMOR OF GREAT GOLD DISCOVERY CUPRITE ASTONISHES OLD TIMERS WITH STRIKE AT THE 150.F00T LEVEL $300 ORE APPEARS Dry Crushing Plant Will Be Installed at Eureka—Hornsilver Again Comes to Front with Big Strike GOLDFIELD, Feb. 14.—From the Cuprite district comes the rumor of a discovery of such magnitude as to cause the old-timers to sit up and take notice, but which at this time has not assumed anything like a substan tial form, although, if true, the dis covery will undoubtedly arouse that section of the country as it has never been aroused before. As the story goes, it appears that at a depth of 150 feet in a shaft half a mile south from the Goldfield and Cuprite road, ore has been found from ■which grab samples run $162 and picked samples $309 a ton. The strike is reported to have been made in a lease where values were being sought in a red formation. How ever, nothing of any consequence came of this red deposit, and very recently, by what would seem to be a mere chance, an assay was made of a cer tain dark rock found in the shaft, when, to the surprise of those in charge, the startling values men tioned were obtained. Six samples of this rock, it is reported, were assayed and each of them gave returns of bet ter than $100 a ton. Are All in Gold The values are all in gold, and it is said the whole bottom of the shaft is in the formation, which gives the promise of developing into a big dike, no walls having been found. Nothing of a definite nature can be learned concerning the strike, or the personnel of those interested. The rumor has it that Captain Mc- Dougall is engaged in experting the Transvaal ground, and that Mrs. Rose Baker of Goldfield owns fifty-two claims surrounding the strike. It is claimed that ten or twelve tons of the dark rock had been thrown over the dump before ite value be came known. Work is shortly to start on the dry crushing and cyanide plant o f the Eu reka-Windfall Mining company prop erty, at Eureka, New, part of the ma chinery of which, together with the lumber to be used, is now on the ground. The work of construction is being done by the Kaeding Construction company of Goldfield, and George Kaeding is now in Eureka superin tending the preliminaries. Is Pleased with Outlook Charles Kaeding, who is familiar with the character of ore which will fee treated by the plant, is back in Goldfield. and speaks enthusiastically of ttte outlook. "They have an enormous body of $18 rock blocked out, which, in my opin ion, is the finest ore for cyaniding to b1? found in this state. I have tested' the ore myself and know that it is ideal for this method. It comes from the mine in the form of a sort of sand, and in my experiments I found that 70 per cent of this sand will run right through an 18-mesh screen into the cyanide tanks. For this reason I am of the opinion that this plant will do the cheapest reduction work of any in the state. The plant will probably be completed about May 1, and is expected to handle about 150 tons of the ore per day. W. C. Rannells of Goldfield. general manager of the Broken Hills Mining company, -at Helena, is interested in the development of the Windfall. Hornsilver again comes to the front •with reports of a big strike, this time on the Cotterell ground adjoining the Great Western on the west. Worked fer Some Time This property has been worked for some time, and, while values have been encountered from time to time, yet the unusual meandering of the ledge through the workings made it neces sary for an unusual amount of ex ploration work to be dorue, which has apparently resulted in the finding of a permanent ore shoot. The strike is said to have been made on the 55-foot level, in a cross-cut ■which had been run for a distance of seventy feet. The owners say ten tons of rock have been taken out and will soon reach the Nevada-Goldfield re duction works for treatment. James E. Cox has returned from an inspection of certain ground in which he is interested twenty-five miles west of Goldfield, near Paymaster canyon. Mr. Cox brought samples of ore which has been found on the ground that carries big values in copper, lead, gold and silver. "I have had assays made of this rock, and if these values can be main tained there can be no doubt but that In the very' near future will find a busy district to the west of Goldfield. At present the district is unorganized, but this condition will not prevail long, since others are becoming interested in the section. For years that ground has been unnoticed, every ono con tenting himself apparently with staying on the east side of the can yon, and not venturing across the range to the west." McNAMARA ENTERS DIVIDEND PAYING LIST OF PROPERTIES TONOPAH, Feb. 14.—The McXa mara has entered the dividend paying list. The plan of the company, which has amassed a fine treasury and disposed of all its litigation, is to disburse $10,000 on the first of each month, be ginning March 1. This means $120,000 velvet money a year, or 33 1-3 per cent interest on the investment at present prices, one of the most tempting plums in the stock line, far exceeding even Goldfield Consolidated and T«nopah Mining in proportionate rate. There is also the strongest talk of a mill, erected either by the company alone, or through partnership with an other mining company, for the McNa mara contract with the Montana mill expires the middle of March and will not be renewed. Furthermore, the McNamara com pany will begin tomorrow on a most important piece of development work. It will start lowering the main work ing shaft, which is now 500 feet deep, to the SOO-foot point, in order to pick up an entirely new ledge which was discovered some months ago at a depth Of 740 feet by means of a diamond drill. Camp Pioneer, Nevada's Latest Excitement, Less Than Month Old "•%.».'-A'< . '- \ ' ' f " "" SYLVANITE ENTERS ON SECOND STAGE WILL INSTALL MACHINERY AND PRODUCE REGULARLY Work Starts on Eureka Sylvanite. Winnie Group Is Sold—Jowell Mine Improves—Townsite Changes Hands SYLVANITE, N. M., Feb. 14.—Syl vanite, from the mining man's point of view, is entering upon the second stage of its existence—that of the installation of machinery and the beginning of reg ular production. The Gold Hill, Consolidated and Ned dcrland mines, aTe now preparing to install machinery for operating com pressed air drills, indicating that their owners, Colorado mining men, are sat isfied that the properties have passed out of the prospect stage and are mines. Ore bins are being built at their prop erties a"nd preparations are being made to begin shipments and maintain them regularly. . v . Tuesday morning the Eureka Syl vanite Mining company started work en the Ridgewood claim with four men. Under the direction of Superintendent Felix Walters the ore shoot in the dike is being stripped from foot to hanging wall, and where exposed will average about ten inches in width of high grade shipping ore, which appears to be widening, and the indications are that a good body of high grade ore will be encountered when the hanging wall is struck. About forty feet distant from these workings another streak of high grade ore was found Thursday, and this is now being explored. In doing the above work from three to four tons of shipping ore have been extracted. ■ '■■'■- Takes Winnie Group I. J. Russell received a telegram from Sam A. Phipps in Denver Wednesday asking him to take over the Winnie group from the locators on account of Colorado operators, and the initial cash payment was made at once. The Win nie group . comprises three adjoining claims known as Winnie, Helen and Gertie about 600 feet south of the Ned derland and adjoining the Fluorine group of the Eureka Sylvanite com pany, and situate in the heart of the best proved and most promising section of the camp . The Jowell mine, owned by the Jowell Gold and Copper Mining company, con tinues to improve with depth. i At sixty threje feet the pay streak of high grade ore has not only widened, but shows increased enrichment, an assay taken last week giving the splendid results of $293 in silver and $42 in gold, a total of $335 a ton. As further evidence of the unbounded faith that Colorado capital has in the ultimate great future of Sylvanite, William Clark, the wealthy florist of ! Colorado Springs, purchased the con trolling interest last week in the Syl vanite Townsite and Development com pany, owning the town of Sylvanite. Mr. Clark is no novice in the mining lownsite business, having had previous experience in the towns of Cripple Creek, Creede and Altman in Colorado, in all of which he was heavily in terested^ '■ .i Prospector Accidentally Uncovers Lost Ledge Running Thirty Per Cent Copper PHOENIX, Feb. 14.—A few casual blows with a pick made by a visitor to the claim led to what appears to be one of the most important mining strikes ever made in Maricopa county. Had it not been for the curious pros pecting of Charles Slankard, John Ey rich, Pat Riordan, William Anderson and William Turner of Phoenix they would now be the owners of a mere prospect, perhaps an abandoned claim, instead of one of the richest undevel oped properties in Arizona. While the strike was made several months ago, little or nothing has been heard of it in Phoenix. Ore running 30 per cent copper has been taken from the mine, and all the ore, which is there in enormous volume so far as can be told by the limited amount of development work done, carries high values in the red metal. The claim is about thirty miles north of Phoenix, two miles north of the well known Plank property, and directly adjoining the property of Charles Slankard on the south. Tur ner and Anderson are doing the de velopment work. They began by sink ing a shaft over 100 feet deep in the place that looked best to them. They lost the ledge and at the-bottom of their shaft ran four drifts, one south, one north, one east and one west. They failed to locate their ledge, but were continuing their work more or less hopefully. One day Slankard dropped in at their camp to sharpen tools. As he was leaving he saw some rock on the side of the hill that looked pretty good to him, and out of curiosity cleared off a small space, uncovering a ledge. All the rock carried copper. Later he told Anderson and Turner that he believed he had found their lost ledge. Finally they decided to run a drift from their shaft in a southeast erly direction. They crosscut the ledge discovered by Slankard. At the point where they struck it it was seventeen feet wide and some of the rock they took out ran 30 per cent in copper. AT THE LEFT IN THE CUT IS PIONEER MINE. THE MAN WHO DISCOVERED THIS MINE STANDS IN THE FOREGROUND LUCY GRAY STRIKES STRINGERS ASSAYING NEARLY $4000 A TON LAS VEGAS. Feb. 14.—Things have been happening at the Lucy Gray mine near Las Vegas in the past few days—• things that have brought joy to the hearts of the owners, who have so per sistently and diligently pushed the work, and will bring gladness to those faithful friends who have placed their money in it and whose confidence in both the mine and management has never wavered. Thursday of last week a crosscut was started from the main drift on the 200 level, toward the east, the first round of shots bringing to view big stringers of ore that ran over $500 to the ton. The next day's work exposed ore worth $650 a ton, and on Monday T. L. Bright came in with specimens so rich it would be hard to conceive a value. A grab sample from a box of this ore that had been assorted, assayed in gold $1676.75, silver 388 ounces and lead 28 per cent. The ore is crystallized lead and pos sibly tellurium, and lies next to a ver tical seam of talc gouge sixteen inches in thickness. It is conservatively es timated to be worth $1 a pound. Later—A series of assays just com pleted on ore from the latest strike give values a ton of $3619.40. $3959.27, $3327.04, $3473.90 and several others running above the $600 mark. WINNEMUCCA MOUNTAIN LEDGES DISCLOSE RICHES After Idle Winter Properties Become Active, with Blasting in Every Direction WINNEMUCCA, Feb. 14.—There is much activity being shown on Winne mucca mountain these days, and work is being resumed on properties that lay idle all winter. The sound of blast ing is a common occurrence, and some good ledges are being opened. Dave Payne and J. S. Barnes are rapidly pushing a tunnel into the hill on the Hercules group of claims and are already encountering ore carrying good values in gold and silver, with the yellow metal predominating. They have been working on their property for the past few month*, and they be lieve that they are uncovering a pay ing mine, as the ledge is of good size, and so far the ore is of the milling grade, which is satisfactory, provid ing that it reaches depth. This* they propose to prove by the tunnel which they are running and is in some 50 feet. The ore is an oxidized quartz showing some sulphides. On the mountain just north of the mouth of Robins canyon Mr. Zeigler and associates are prospecting develop ment work on a group of claims they have there. So far a good sized ledge is being stripped at intervals along its strike, and high grade ore is disclosed in a number of places. A tunnel is to be started at the bottom of the hill that when completed will cut the ledge at great depth. At the , lntermountain property on the south end of the mountain the ground is being broken for the pump ing plant which is to be installed thers in a short' time. This end of the moun tain will be quite a busy section the coming summer, as Superintendent W. G. Adamson is planning for extensive development. The double compart ment shaft wili be sent down to the 400-foot point, where they expect to intersect the old Pride of the Mountain ledge, which was a good producer >n the earlier days. There was no low grade stuff. Their latest? move is to sink a shaft near the point where Slankard made his discovery. A few days ago it was down about thirteen feet and they were in ore which was estimated at about 10 per cent copper. Thumb Butte Millsite PHOENIX, Ariz., Feb. 14.—The di rectors of the Thumb Butte Mining company will leave next week for a visit to the property to select a loca tion for a millsite. A. B. Ming, secre tary of the company, has returned from an examination of the mines and will make-a report on the recent strike of rich ore on one of the main ledges. Tho company has twenty claims, and has been developing the property for the past year and a half. The main shaft has been sunk for 300 feet and a large body of ore is now blocked out. With the new strike there is sufficient ore in sight to demand the erection of a reduction plant. Directors in the com pany are P. O. Spittler, Sheriff Living ston, J. L. Lee, A. B. Ming and J. P. Moffett. To Clear Sutro Tunnel A large force of men has been sent to Sutro to clear the caving ground and repair the timbering at the end of the big drain tunnel damaged by the re cent fire, and another gang will be employed in similar service in the north lateral from the C. & C. shaft to the junction with the main tunnel. From the fact that the outflow from the main tunnel of mine and pressure wa ter pumped by the C. & C. and Ward shafts to the tunnel level is nearly the same volume now as prior to the fire induces the belief that the extent of caving ground is not as gerious as apprehended, and may require but a short time to clear away the debris to admit of the resumption of work in the Savage, Halo and Norcross. Chollar and Potosi mines in the south lateral. Los Angeles Herald KING OF ARIZONA TO MILL ALVARADO ROCK TWO BROTHERS' MINE HAULS FIRST ORE Claims Only Recently Located Carry $50 Averages and $1500 in Places, * Values Increasing with Depth YUM A. Feb. 14.—Ore from the Two Brothers' mines, the new Alvarado strike, will be hauled to the King of Arizona mines, a distance of seventeen miles, and there milled by the plant of the King company. Felix Mayhew, who, with Joe and P'red Alvarado, owns the new claims, is enthusiastic over the discovery, and says it is r» better thing now than the North Star, when he sold the 50-foot hole for $300,000. A contract for hauling has been practically arranged and May hew expects to be putting the new stuff through the mill by March 1. The Alvarado brothers had been cov ering the range for the past four months, looking for something good, when they stumbled across this rich float in an entirely new district. In dications showed a considerable free gold-bearing ledge in the Castle Dome district, seventeen miles on the Yuma side of Kofa. Location notices were posted and samples sent to Felix May hew, together with descriptions as to the length and width of the ledge. It took Mayhew less than twenty four hor.rs to get on the ground in his automobile and he went wild over the prospect. He wired his friends that they might locate next, and within three days there were more than thirty prospectors on the scene. Today every foot of the ground is located. Seven men were put immediately to work by Mayhew. The ore averages $50 a ton and runs as high as $1500 in places, values increasing with depth. Already enough pay ore is blocked out to make a good mill run and it assays so high that arrangements have been made to run it through the King of Arizona mill. Joe Alvarado has refused $150,000 for his interest in the new mine. Sev eral attempts to purchase the property have failed. Mayhew will not take chances of repeating his experience of selling a $3,000,000 mine for less, and his brothers-in-law will follow his ad vice. MINERS DISCOVER CAVE LADEN WITH COPPER ORE BENSON, Feb. 14.—Reports from sev eral reliable sources have reached here that the Centurian Mining company has cut into a cave of unknown ex tent which appears to be a great treas ure vault of nature. The crosscut tunnel from the hot torn of the inclined shaft on a group about a mile and a half north of Dra goon station, about twenty miles east of Benson, at a depth of 120 feet, broke into a cave fifty feet wide that extends along the course of the formation a distance unknown at present. At the farther side ol the cave from where the tunnel cut into it is a cre vice wide enough for a man to go down, to which no bottom has been found at last report from there. Stones dropped into it could not be heard to strike bottom. One of the miners was lowered about 100 feet into it with a rope, but could, not see this bottom. There must be a very extensive open ing below, as there are the workings where the crevice was struck in the I bottom of the shaft from which a strong draft of air comes out all day and draws in all night. The arching roof of the cave presents a beautiful sight in the candle light, showing red and green and blue ore, with white crystals interspersed. But the most interesting feature from a business standpoint is the ore with which the cave is filled ten feet higher than the floor of the tunnel, and is in lumps that would weigh from 50 to 200 pounds. They are all covered with a shell of red iron, filled with green mai achite and blue chrysocolla, principally the latter, which is 26 per cent copper. No drilling or blasting is required, th# miners using bars to pry down the pieces, of ore, which are wheeled out through the crosscut to the bottom of the shaft and hoisted to the surface. A carload, part of which was already on the dump before the strike in the cave, was shipped to Douglas and smelted, netting $33 a ton clear of smelting charges, railroad rate and hauling to the railroad station from the mine. Activity at Vicksburg WICKENBURG, Feb. 14.—The old Desert mine and mill a few miles south from Vicksburg are coming to the front in a creditable manner. Mr. Winches ter, the superintendent, has the mill in operation and Vicksburg, the supply point, is taking on the air of a hust ling center. Several other properties adjacent to Vicksburg have become active of late, which will add largely to the general prosperity. Plume Starts to Sink TONOPAH, Feb. 14.—The work of repairing the Red Plume shaft, which has been going on for the past week, has been completed and ; the work of sinking started. It is the intention of the company to sink to a depth of 700 feet and then start prospecting for sev eral veins known to exist. The pres ent depth of the shaft is 500 feet, which corresponds with the 600 workings of the Mizpah shaft PROSPECTOR CARRIES SACK OF FABULOUSLY RICH ORE TO SIGNAL A tetter from Frank Rogers, now de veloping at Camp Signal, San Bernar dino county, says that a prospector named Brannon passed his camp sev eral days ago carrying a sack of ore on his back. The ore was fabulously rich and Brannon declared he was afraid to take out any more, as he was alone tind had not filed on the claim. He declared that he intended to sell the ore in the sack and buy an outfit with the proceeds. He carried the ore all the way to Goffs and shipped it at a valuation of $SOO. Brannon told Rogers his claim was about three miles from Camp Signal. In order to cover his tracts he roasted the ore in the sack before leaving his claim. He said he would be back in two weeks. Rogers reports Camp Signal in a flourishing condition from a prospec tive point of view and believes that with capital many bonanza properties could be developed. NORTHERN INYO TO BE COMING COUNTRY Mining Man Tells of Rich Mineral and Agricultural Region Awaiting Development H. R. Palmer, who is interested in mining and an assay office in northern Inyo county, is now in Los Angeles. He is well posted on Inyo and believes ! it will come rapidly to the front, now that the Southern Pacific is soon to complete its branch to Keeler. "Nature has indeed been very kind to this section of California and it now remains for the hand of man to bring the endowment to its later uses," said Mr. Palmer yesterday. "The Owens valley, from which Los Angeles will get its future water supply, con tains thousands of acres of rich agri cultural land awaiting the plow. In the mountains to the east are vast mineral deposits of gold, silver and lead which will undoubtedly open the eyes of the mining world in the very near future, as the work of the past year has opened up some very prom ising ore bodies. "The old Cerro Gordo mine at Keeler struck an immense deposit of lead silver ore at the 900-foot level a few months ago and has lately finished a 150-ton daily capacity smelter and will blow in as soon as the tramway is completed. "Work on the aqueduct is progress ing rapidly and is beginning to look like business. •, "Ex-Mayor Fred Eaton is looking to the future and has lately finished a large chicken ranch a few miles south of Big .Pine. He intends to furnish Los Angeles with eggs when the rail road is completed. "My partners and I are interested in some promising properties about thirty miles easterly from Big Pine and in tend in the near future to begin active development. The ore, which is base, will be concentrated and shipped to the smelter. "I consider Inyo county a winner and will, besides furnishing Los Angeles with water, prove a great tributary to the mining industry and agriculture." Ten-Stamp Mill Now Operating at the Maguire Mine, Mohave County, Arizona • - l • fflllflljjljl MmgEt'. v TTINGMAN, Feb. 14.—There is a |\ strong probability that before the -*-*- year is out Kingman will hear the pound of a hundred stamps crushing gold ore at the Maguire mine. The test mill of ten stamps now operating on this mine has determined to the satis faction of the Arizona Gold Mines com pany, operators of the property, that the values are there, and last week in Prescott the company made a tender of $40,000 to the owners, Major Pickerell and Mrs. Maguire, to close the final deal, which was accepted and the title to the mine passed to them. This makes $70,000 for the property, $30,000 having been paid when it was taken over. The Bi-Metal mine, more commonly known as the Maguire, three miles south of town, is a great deposit of the same nature as the Homestake in MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1909 SHOSHONE MAKES ONE GOLD BRICK EACH DAY MONTHLY OUTPUT AGGRE GATES 2700 POUNDS Proportion Is Fifteen Per Cent Gold to Eighty.five Per Cent Silver. Production May In. crease RHYOLITE, Feb. 14.—From January 8, 1909, to February 6, 1909, the Mont gomery Shoshone Consolidated Mining company of Rhyolite shipped approxi mately 2700 pounds avoirdupois of gold and silver bullion. This is the record for the Shoshone mill. The shipment on January 8 con sisted of ten bricks, weighing approxi mately 800 pounds; the shipment on January 28 consisted of ten bricks, weighing about the same; the ship ment of Sunday last consisted of eleven bricks, weighing more than 1000 pounds. Shoshone bullion is worth from $3 to $4 an ounce, so the management has declared on one or two occasions. No official figures are given out as to the value of the three shipments noted, but figuring the bullion at $3 an ounce, the combined shipments should be worth in the neighborhood of $100,000. The reported proportion of gold and silver is 15 per cent of the former to 85 per cent of the latter, which is high enough in gold to gain the distinction of being "gold bullion carrying silver."' The Shoshone has turned out in thir ty days thirty-one bricks, any one of which would put the average man on "easy street" for a few months at least. The only product of the mill at this time is bullion, as the concentrates are reground in a tube mill and treated by cyanide, as previously noted in this paper. It is not expected that the monthly output of bullion will continue to be around the $100,000 mark. The recent shipments included the bullion reduced from an accumulation of concentrates from the previous month. However, with the increased capacity of the mill, the production should be larger on the average than it was during 1908. Un fortunately, the mill has been idle for a few days, owing to the breaking of machinery, but operations will probably be resumed the last of the week. Shipment from Bellehelen Griffith and Vice, leasers on the Lau rence and Harwood property at Belle helen, shipped fifty sacks of ore from their lease to Columbia last Wednes day which is expected to run better than $500 a ton. The entire width of the shaft is all shipping worth, and neither wall has been found. Old tim ers on the Kawich range are united in saying that this a great and bona fide strike that will create an excitement like the present one in the Bullfrog district when opened up the same as the Pioneer mine. Blue Bull Proves Rich Although no ono is saying much about it, the Knickerbocker lease on the Blue Bull at Goldfield is proving up a tremendously rich property. Four or five feet of ore that will break bet ter than $60 to the ton at about ISO feet depth is being blocked out. and the shaft will be sunk away down. The ore started almost from grass roots and is a sort of silieified porphyry. South Dakota. The entire mountain side is being broken by the use of steam drills and goes without sorting to the mill. It is claimed that the plates show greater values than were found by sampling, as throughout the mass, as in the Homestake, are rich spots that will assay in the thousands. The ten stamp mill which has run night and day for the past two months, is as complete in all its various depart ments as any mill ever built in this country, the company having in view the probability of its immediate en largement. Nature certainly favored the Maguire mine. The railroad track crosses the property and the mill is situated directly at the mine, on a spur." From any day train the pas sengers may see the mill and the mine working and it is certainly a good ad vertisement for Kingman and Mohave county. PLACER MINES TO OPEN SOON BOISE KING PREPARES FOR PROSPEROUS SEASON HAULS SUPPLIES TO BIG IDAHO WORKINGS Los Angeles Interests, Maligned by Disgruntled Stock Pirates, Appear in Excellent and Unincum bered Condition The Boise King Placers company, Wright & Callender building, Los An geles, operating in the middle fork of the Boise river, Elmore county, Idaho, announced yesterday that the mines would open for the regular working season in a' few weeks and that sup plies are now being hauled to the seat of operations. Marked activity pre vails in camp, and, endowed with a rich property, the year promises to bo one of exceptional prosperity to the Boise King Placers. The principle increase in gold bullion production in the state of Idaho cornea from its low-lying placer beds that are being equipped with hydraulic ma chinery, and probably no placer mines in the whole states are more favorably situated than are the Boise King placers, lying in the very heart of one of the greatest gold placer regions of the world. The gravel is rich and all conditions of grade, dump, water and timber favorable; the gold is almost pure, very heavy and easily saved, and readily amalgamated. The property consists of 640 acres and is divided al most equally by the middle fork of the Boise river, which flows through the center of the property. For Active Operations The South Side is now fully equipped for active operation and arrangements are now being made to put the North Side on a full producing basis and to install from four to six No. 4 giants, which should give approximately a capacity of from 6000 to 10,000 cubic yards a day. The average depth of the gravel is over thirty feet and there is contained in the whole property over 28,000,000 cubic yards, with values rang ing from 17 cents to 25 cents a cubic yard. The bed rock is granite and of such a character as to be easily cleaned. The product of the mine is taken direct to the government assay office at Boise City, the Atlatita-Boise City wagon road running directly through thd property and freighters passing daily. At least $500,000 in gold has already been taken out. From one pit, about 250x300 feet, nearly a quarter million was taken by the late Governor Steun enburg. There are two large reservoirs on the property besides penstocks, over six miles of ditches complete, flumes, under currents, one of the finest camps in the state, a good up-to-date sawmill fully equipped with a' capacity of 18,000 feet a day and approximately $250,000 of tim ber (pine and fir) on the property. The water supply can hardly be equaled in the state; more water is available than will ever be harnessed. The company has purchased the valu able water right of the Warm Springs creek as well as acquired the water right on the Middle Fork of the Boise, river, and there is over 11,000 miner's inches of water during the low water season. The dumping facilities are re corded as perfect, the titles absolutely clear and the water rights above re proach. A. W. Stevens, mining engineer, with over twelve years' actual experience, has been in charge for about two years. Values have been most carefully proved, several hundred tests having been made. All risk has now been practically eliminated and engineering problems from now on will be simple. The property is a most valuable one, having already been brought to the pro ducing stage, and money invested in further equipment should add greatly to the increased output. Several mining speculators have en deavored to get a controlling interest in these properties. Only a short time ago a Los Angeles promoter attempted to do so, using some very shady methods at the time for the purpose of jobbing the stock, but all such efforts have failed. Many of the stockholders are local persons, and the futile efforts of disgruntled stock jobbing pirates to malign their interests have, they de clare, only strengthened their faith in the Boise Kingr Placers. GOLD FEVER HITS CAMP; EVERYBODY GOES HUNTING CLOUDCROFT, N. M.. Feb. 14.— The excitement around Cloudcroft an<l Alamogordo over the discovery of gold in James canyon shows no sign of abating:. It is said J. S. Houser, a Klondike miner, discovered a quartz ledge a mile from Cloudcroft on James can yon, and in two days the mountain side was located all the way to the In dian reservation, where it is found that the Indians have been mining for years. Nearly every one at Cloudcroft and some from Alamogordo have taken claims and all are mining; even the storekeepers locked up their stones for several days and Avent prospecting. There are miners here from Klon dike and California and Cripple Creek, and companies have been formed by persons from Alamogordo and here. There will be some large mine own ers from California and Cripple Creek here in a few days. Even the farmers and sawmill men are locating claims. Cloudcroft is booming and property has advanced. Two vacant lots sold last week in North Cloudcroft for $400. Corner lots are now held at $500 each. Old Mine Is Sold TUCSON. Feb. 14.—Papers have been placed in escrow in Tucson by which title of the Jackson mine, situated in the Galiuro mountains, Graham coun ty, Arizona, was passed from the own ers, Paul Mitchell, William Speed and J. L. Branch, to a group of eastern capitalists. The Jackson is one of the old mines of the section in which it is located. 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