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UL LONDON DEALER IN EMERALDS HAS FITTED OUT AN EXPEDITION
TO SEARCH FOR THE GREEN GEMS THAT WERE LOST TO THE
WORLD WHEN THE MINES DISAPPEARED.
Somewhere in Egypt are the richest
émerald mines in the world. When the
fascinating Cleopatra was queen these
»nines were a part of her possessions and
ehe kept a number of slaves constantly
engaged in working them. Day by day,
urged on by the lash of the task master,
the slaves sought for these rare gems
and each dar the output of the mines
was sent to the queen. This is a matter
of h istory. So. too, is the fact that the
(beautiful Cleopatra had so many of these
gt-ni 8 that she was in the habit of bestow«
ing them upon those to whom she desired
to show her favor.
When Cleopatra died the location of
these mines was forgotten. For years
mines of gold, emeralds and other pre
cious stones had been in operation and
yet they disappeared as mysteriously as
they had been run. Whether or not the
secret of their location had been a state
secret that was to be kept from the
Roman conquerors at all hazards is a
matter that will probably never be
known, but the fact remains that the
Romans did not discover the mines and
that before the Egyptians had another
bpportunity to operate them they had
forgotten where they were. For nearly
two thousand years the immense wealth
in these mines has remained unclaimed.
More than five hundred years ago an
effort was made to locate these proper
ties but without success and at last the
mines of Cleopatra came to be regarded
as e. fable that had no foundation in
reality.
A few days ago. however, a small but
perfectly equipped expedition left Lon
don for the purpose of opening up the
mines of Cleopatra. The man who is
at the head of this remarkable expedi
tion is Edwin Streeter, a diamond mer
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THE JEB-EL ZEBARA MINES HAYE BEEN LOCATED AND AN ENGLISH CO MPA NY WILL SOON OPEN UP THE
LOST EMERALD MINES OF THE FAMOUSi QUEEN.
ehant in Bond street, London, and he is
80 confident that he has discovered the
location of the buried mines that he has
entered into an agreement with the
Egyptian government by which he agrees
not only to bear all the expense of his
explorations, tout also to share the profits
of his trip. In view of this fact he is
promised protection by the government.
Mr. Streeter, who claims to have made
this remarkable discovery, is a man of
no little ability. Not only is he a promin
ent figure in the commercial life of Lon
don. but lie is an explorer and archeolo
gist of repute and an author of consid
erable renown. One of his books, • Pre
cious Stones and Gems," is already in
its sixth edition and is regarded as one
of the few standard works in this field
of knowledge. Under these circumstances
it is not strange that commercial London
should have oeen willing to accept his
remarkable story without question.
According to the statement made by
Air. Streeter, the diamoul merchant has
known the location of these mines for
more than twenty years. Long ago he
had read of the famous Jebel Zebara
mines and of the rich finds they yielded
to tlie early Egyptians. He had also
studied every part of the story in which
there was any mention of the gold and
jewels that had been dug from the earth
to add to the wealth of Cleopatra. At
last he became persuaded that such
mines had actually existed and that they
bad been buried in order that they might
Ibe kept from the hands of the Romans.
With this idea in view he went to Egypt
b°nt upon finding the mines that had
once made that country one of the richest
nations in the world.
When he returned he said nothing
about his trip but from time to time since
then he has paid mysterious visits to
Egypt and it has been known that he was
in diplomatic communication with the
government. Now that his aeeret Is out
Die admits that he was successful in find
ing the mines on the occasion of his first
trip, that they were within a stone's
throw of one of the largest of the ancient
Homan barracks and that he has kept
this secret all these years simply be
cause he has been unable to make ad
vantageous arrangements with the gov
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ernment. For nearly a quarter of a cen
tury he has known where these mines, so
rich in precious stones, were located, but
lie lias been unsuccessful in securing the
grant that would enable him to operate
them.
Once during this long period of wait
ing it almost seemed as if the treasure
was within his grasp. He 'had laid the
matter before Nubar Pasha and he was
so favorably impressed by the scheme
'that he promised Mr. Streeter a com
I pany of sold ers to guard the property
jbut he died, and as the new govern
jment was not friendly to the idea, an
other failure was scored.
I About a year ago Mr. Streeter made
another effort to secure his grant of land
1 from the authorities and finally, much
■ to his surprise, lie was successful. His
concession give» him the light to carry
ion his mining operations within an area
j of about HO square miles on condition
• that the government be taken into part
j nership in the scheme and that, at the
;end of five years, he shall withdraw from
the company entirely. Hard as these
; conditions were Mr. Streeter was very
glad to accept them as he expects to be
able to mine a vast quantity of the gems
: during the years in which his concession
j is in force.
The land where these unique mining
! operations will be pursued lies in the
j center of a vast mineralfie !d formed by
i a depression in a long range of mo«n
| tains which runs all along the Red Sea
coast. In this territory there are at least
I two mines that will be worked. One is
j about 140 miles from Eâfu on the Nile
and the other is about 120 miles overland
, from the same point. To reach either of
; these mines it will be necessary to travel
by camel, and the stone mined will have
to be brought to the Nile by the same
means. Up to the present time this por
tion of the Arabian desert is practically
unexplored and Mr. Streeter expects to
make some important discoveries during
the next live years. In February lie will
visit Zebara, where he discovered the
ruins of the Roman barracks more than
twenty years ago.
To archeologists this discovery was a
most interesting one, as there are few
ruins in that part of the country that
are as well preserved. In their day these
barracks were able to accommodate 20,000
men and even today those who visit the
spot are able to obtain an excellent idea
of the ancient Roman architecture. Time
has entirely demolished the roof, it is
true, but in other respects the ruins, as
well as those of the Roman oven and the
various temples are in a wonderfully fine
state of preservation.
It is remarkable, however, when one
remembers that when the Roman sol
diers were encamped in tliis spot they
were within a short distance of the vast
mines for which the authorities had been
searching so diligently. They had known
j that the mines existed and that they
had -been one great source of wealth to
! Cleopatra as well as to the rulers that
j had preceded her upon the Egyptian
; throne. The disappearance of these
! mines must have been most mysterious
' to them and the fact that they had
! erected one of their largest barracks al
! most on the site of one of the buried
I mines adds a touch of romance to the
story that is scarcely credible,
j In addition to the larg* quantity of
emeralds that Mr. Streeter expects to
j mine, he believes that he shall find some
rare specimens of beryl and other pre
cious stones, so that he is perfectly eon
' fident that he will have no reason to re
gret the hard bargain that the govern
ment has driven with him.
j At tile present time there are emerald
I mines in various parts of the world, but
' the richest are those of Columbia. If
history is correct, however, even these
-mines are small When compared to the
ancient mines of Egypt from which the
fair Cleopatra obtained the rare gems and
j which her portrait was engraved and
J which she then presented to favorite am
bassadors and others who found favor in
her sight.
Romantic as such a project may seem
to those who have long regarded the
mines of Cleopatra as purely traditional,
a basis of probability is given to the
scheme by the fact that it was Mr. Street
er -who found and developed the ''Bur
malt Ruby Mines." With the permission
of the government, who granted him the
assistance of a military force, Mr. Street
er, accompanied by his son, headed a
most romantic expedition into the in
terior of Buntiah. The country 'was de
veloped by them at great personal dis
comfort and even peril, for an organized
resistance was made by the hill tribes.
Their success in Burmah, however, was
something phenomenal, and Mr. Streeter
insists that he will achieve still greater
things during the live years in which he
will be permitted to carry on his work
in Egypt.
MANNER OF MAJOR LOGAN'S
DEATH.
San Francisco, Cor. New York Sun: Ac
cording to statements by various officers
and members of the crew of the United
States transport Sheridan, there is ground
for suspicion that the death of Major
John A. Logan in the Philippines was
caused by a member of his own regiment
and not by the Filipinos as was report
ed. There is no doubt that he was un
popular. The men of his command were
very decided in their expressions of dis- j
like toward him. Several officers .were !
seen to-day who said they had heard ment
of the Thirty-third infantry threaten to-,
settle with Logan as soon as he arrived in l
the Philippines. !
While Logan had never been a favorite j
with the men of his regiment the feel- I
ing of anger against him was not !
aroused to the danger point until after I
the vessel left Honolulu for Manila. It !
arose over the alleged drowning of a dog ■
which was the mascot of Company A of I
the regiment. According to the* state- !
nients of several of the ship's officers and
crew, Logan had a big brindle bulldog
and one day it attacked the mascot of !
Company A. This dog was highly priz- i
ed. as he had been all through the Span
ish-American war with the regiment and
had been dubbed "San Antone Sam." The
mascot's good luck stuck to him, for he
succeeded in whippping Logan's dog.
The light is said to have occurred on the
forward part of the upper deck in the
presence of a large crowd of soldiers and
sailors.
So incensed did Major Logan become
that he ordered a sentry to throw .Sam
o\erboard and the order was executed.
From that time the animosity which had
been felt toward Major Logan, whose
manner was thought by some .to have
been overbearing, grew into the bitterest
resentment. Friends of Logan assert
positively that no such incident occurred.
It was made out of whole cloth, they
assert, and was nothing but an idle yarn
of a crowd of men. This contention is
not corroborated by the statements of (he
ship's plumber, the first assistant engi
neer or the quartermasters.
"I saw that occurrence myself," declar
ed Quartermaster Comerick. "Logan's
dog jumped on the other dog.and got
licked. That made Logan so mad that
he turned to a sentry and ordered him to
throw the company's dog overboard. The
sentry did it and the -men in .te regiment
became angry over the affair. LjOne- of
the captains told Logan that ahe was
a dirty cur, and one of the otheffoffleera
called him a coward. Both of these, offi
cers were arrested by Logan. The sol
diers were sore as could be after that and
they declared that they would fix him as
soon as they got him out on the fir.ng
line. 'So bitter was the feeling against
Logan that 'the men did not make much
attempt to conceal their sentiments, and
talked quietly about getting pven. No
body liked him and the men used to sit
on the deck after that and. talk .about
him and what he had done."
Ship's Plumber Pearshall is another
who says he witnessed the attack upon
the dog. "The truth of the matter is,"
he said, "that Logan's dog tackled the
other one and got licked, and it made
Logan mad. After his dog got licked he
turned to the sentry and said: 'Throw
that black dog overboard.' meaning the
mascot of Company A. There was a big
crowd of men standing around -and the
sentry did not want to do it at first.
Logan ordered him again to throw the
dog overboard and asked the sentry if he
knew what was the penalty of disobey
ing orders. When he said this the sen
try pitched the dog overbzoard away from
that part of the deck, but the men groan
ed as he did so. After that they had it
in for him, good and strong, and I heard
a number of them say that they would
fix hint when they got him to the Philip
pines. Some of them said that they
would shoot him. I guess he was shot by
some of the men all right."
First Assistant Engineer John Dill
bears out the story fully. Several mem
bers of the crew either witnessed or
heard of the incident cd the dog. and all
say that the members of the regiment
were greatly incensed against Logan,
f tnd threats of injury to him were made
rs wo
sing topical songs about Logan and other
wise manifest their dislike.
. ' That story is all false," declares First
ptfieer -Frazier. "Major Logan was a
fine man and I was thrown very frequent
ly with him on the trip. No such inci
dent as that about the dog took place.
It was nothing but some sort of a sail
or's yarn. Furthermore, I know that
this talk about his being unpopular with
his men is untrue He was an excellent
officer, and well liked by his soldiers."
TOWN AND COUNTRY.
The steady movement of the people of
the United States from the farms to the
cities has been repeatedly remarked on.
It is seen in it the rapid growth of the
population of towns and cities, and is one
of the most striking characteristics of
modern life.
Many reasons have been offered to ac
count for tliis movement. The enormous
and constantly growing use of machinery
in farming is one of them. Another is
the realization by country people, through
reading and the readiness of communi
cation by the multiplication of railroads,
that life in the country is cheerless and
lonely compared to that of the city. The
crowds of people on the streets, the gay
shop windows, the passing vehicles, the
movement and bustle of the city, are
wonderfully arousing and exciting to one
accustomed to aie comparative dullness
and monotony of country life, and aidant i
to stir up in the bosom of the vifiibor a '
strung desire to enjoy -all the delights
that the city seems to offer the superfi
cial but charmed observation of the coun
try boy or girl making a first visit to
town.
Then there is the mistaken nation that]
it i-s far easier to make a fortune in the
city than on the farm. Everybody hears
of ihe occasional farmer's boy who -be
came a great lawyer or millionaire mer
chant. but who ever hears of the thou
sands who spend their lives in toiling
under the most discouraging circum
stances, or of the girls who find only
misery and ruin in the city?
It i-s true, however, that the country
boy .and particularly one brought up in
a country store, often makes his way to
success and prosperity. He is often in
dustrious and has some acquaintances
with practical business. The boy from
-the country general store has some infor
mation as to various sorts of merchandise
and h ■ also understands the manners of
country buyers, and he is often, through
'the possession of these advantages, able
to make his way in city business. A
man who has learned his trade in a vil
lage foundry or blacksmith shop has a
knowledge of al! branches of the busi
ness. whereas, if he had been brought up
in a city establishment, he would have
only learned specialties. . _ .V -.
Such are some of the reasons why
country boys who are honest and indus
trious have Succeeded in cities. But the
façt remains that they are the excep
tions. No failure see-ms to check the
movement of the people from the farms
to the eitles, and the fact is cited that few
or none ever emigrate from cities to
country places. The gregarious instinct
is strong in human beings. They love
to gather in crowds- and communities.
They assemble in numbers for all pur
poses of rejoicing and of -mourning.
Whether pleasure or politics, public busi
ness or public worship, b? the object in
view, they all never fail to bring together
■throngs of people. This sort of tendency
to herd together is one of the chief causes
why the cities are constantly growing at
the expense of the farming districts.—
INew Orleans Picayune.
FIRST-PAST-THE-POST-RACKET.
"If poolrooms were run now as they
were 30 years ago the bank rolls would
not last long enough to talk about it,"
said an old-time follower of the races
the other day.
"In those days," he continued, "there
•was no such thing as the 'dope,' and you
•would have to wait three days before you
could find out the name of the jockey who
rode the horse you had bet on. No
weights or jockeys were given in the
poolroom reports. The names of the
horses were posted on the board with the
j i-ice quoted opposite the name. The
rooms had no special wires as they do
now and all Information -was carried -to
the room by messenger boys. What I
started to tell you was the first time I
ever heard of 'first past the. post.' It
was worked in a very clever manner for
several weeks. The only room in Cin
cinnati in those days was run by 'Doc
Hickey, on Vine street, opposite the Ar
cade. When the betting came in a reg
ular message was made out and given to
a messenger to carry to Hickey's, at the
telegraph office on the corner nearly op
posite the room. The result and every
thing else -was carried bv "messenger.
Several of the telegraph operators plan
ned to beat one race a day. A race in
which there were five or six starters was
picked out. Each horse was given a
number and the conspirators worked
from the operating rooim. One man was
planted i-n front of the poolroom and he
was to he signaled from the window, but
how to do it without attracting attention
puzzled the operators. It happened that
the ink battles were always kept on the
window sill, and it was decided to use
them as a means of signaling. Six bottles
wove placed on the sill, and if Horse No.
5 W on the operator would step to
the window and take up one bot
tle, which left five, and the man
with money would step in and bet
on Horse No. 5 . If three was a winner
three bottles were taken aiway. The man
bad plenty of time to place the wager.
Everything went well for a long time, but
one of the boys told the good thing to a
friend and he told somebody else, and the
result was that in a few days a wire was
-run into the room and the first past the
post was over."
ENORMOUS IRON MINE.
In Newfoundland an iron mine has just
been discovered containing 20,000,000 tons
of rich ore under two feet of soil.
MAUD AND THE JUDGE.
Maud Muller on a summer's day
Mounted her wheel and sped away;
She ran into the judge, who said:
"Confound that woman," as away she
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NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION
Minin* Application No. 4146.' United
States Land Office, Helena, Montana,
October 25, 1899.
Notice is hereby given that Ellef Peter
son, whose postoffice address Is Butte,
Montana, has this day filed an appiica
tion for a patent for 1,500 linear feet, the
same being for 30 feet in an easterly
and 1,470 feet In a westerly direction
from the point of discovery on the Ethel
Lode Mining Cialm, situated in Inde
pendence Mining District, Silver Bow
County, Montana, the position, course,
and extent of the said mining claim, des
ignated by an officiai survey thereof, as
Survey No. 5.V30. Township No. 3 N.,
Range No. S TV., a notice of which was
posted on the cialm on the 2Srd day of
October, 1899, ar.a being more particularly
set forth and described in the official
"it"' n °tes and plat thereof on-file in this
office, as follows, to-wlt:
Beginning at the northeast corner,
where is set a granite stone 6x12x24
inches, 18 inches deep, marked 1-5730 for
Railway Time Tables
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TIME CARD
TRAINS.
BUTTE
EAST
No. 12—-Anaconda to St
Paul..................
No. 11—St. Paul to Ana
conda, dally.........
No. 34—Mixed, to White
ball, daily, except Snn
day; to Twin Bridges
Tuesdny,Thursday and
Saturday ; to Pony and
Norris, Monday, Wed
nesday and Friday ....
WEST.
No 13—To Portland and
all coast points daiiy...
No.' 14—From Portland
and all coast points
daily................
Arrive
9:00 p m
11:40 a ni
0:15 p m
9 :45 p m
Depart
0 :10 am
11:5 pin
8:00 a m
10:30 a m
Standard Pullman. Flrat-Clasa and
Tourist Sleeping Cora to Portland, St.
Paul, Omaha, St. Joseph and St. Louis,
without change.
W. H. MERRIMAN, Q. A.. Butté,
M ont.
CHAS. S. FEE, G. P. & T. A., St. Paul,
Minn.
THE REED
Cab and Transfer Co.
Give the Quickest
and Best Service.
Office—3 East Broadway.
Telephone 33.
Short Line
Only Line to the East
VIA SALT LAKE
AND DENVER...
Two Vestibuled Trains Daily
New Pullman DiningCars tala carte)
New Library Cars
New Pullman Sleeping Cars
Reclining Chair Cars
And the New Tourist Sleepers
Are Acknowledged the Finest Ever Run
in the West.
WRITE US
For information concerning person
ally conducted tourist excursions
twice a week to Boston.
Through Without
Change of Cars...
TIGKET OFFICE
19 East Broadway, Butte
h. O. WILSON
Gen'l Agent, Butte, Mont.
D. E. BURLEY,
G. T. & P. A., Salt LaKe, Utah.
TestibvlBd Mis
Latest Model
Wide Platform
No Dust, No Wind, No Discom
fort, Little Noise, Absolute
Safety. _
DEPART FROM BUTTE.
Local train for Helena and Great
J Falls.......................9:45 a.m.
J Through train east and west.. ..8:30 p. m.
ARRIVE.
Local train from Helena and
Great Falls.................4:30 p. m.
Trough train from Helena, east
and west...................10:30 p.m.
on
H.
Corner No. 1, from wnioh the quarte*
section corner on the -norm boundary of
Section 16. T. 3 N., R. 8 W.. bears north
29 degrees 36 minutes west, 680.5 feet
distant, and running thence south 9 de
grees 40 minutes east, 375 feet, to the
.southeast Corner No. 2; thence south 81
degrees west, 1,480.5 feet, to the southwest
Corner No. 3; thence north 9 degrees 40
minutes west, 600 feet, to the northwest
No. 4; thence north 89 degrees 37 minu'.es
east 1.500 feet, to Corner No. 1, the place
of beginning, containing an area of 16.67
acres, claimed by the above-named ap*»
pltcant for patent.
The location of this mine Is recorded in
the office of the Recorder of -Silver Bow,
County, on Rage 441 in Book S, of Lodes.
The adjoining claims are on the east
SurveyNc. 1,816, the Tiger Irfde, Frank
Kreiter applicant, and on the south Sur
vey No. 3,339, the Oriole Lode, James C.
Friend applicant.
GEORGE D. GREENE.
Register.
JOS H. HARPER,
United States Claim Agent.
(First Publication October 2S. 1899.)
Butte, Anaconda & Pacific
LOCAL TIME TABLE.
Trains leave B., A. & P. depot, Butte,
as follows: 10 a. m„ 1:05 p. m„ 4:45 p. m..
lh:40 p. nu
Trains leave Union passenger station.
Anaconda, as follows: 8:40 a. m., 11:55
a. ni., 3 p. m., 7:20 p. in.
GREAT NORTHERN train leaves Ana
conda:
8:40 a m. Great Falls and Helena local,
via Butte.
:20 p. m. Through train for all points
east and west.
NORTHERN PACIFIC train leaves
Anaconda:
10.40 a. m. Pacific Express for Portland
and all points west.
:55 p. m. Through train for all points
east and west.
OREGON SHORT LINE train leaves
Anaconda:
8:00 p. m., 'for all points, .last, west and
south.
Tickets for sale for all points, local ana
through, on the Great Northern railway,
Oregon Short Line railroad and North
ern Pacific railway, and their connec
tions.
Steamship tickets for sale to all points
in Europe via the above lines.
0 2,000 miles
without change.
( \ At any station along the main
^ ^ line of the Northern Pacific east
. of Seattle, you can get aboard a
' ' tourist sleeping ear that takes you'
< > through to Lincoln. St. Joseph, and <
Kansas City without a single'
1 I change of cars, and to Omaha, Ghf«..,
1 y cago, and St. Louis, With but ötie .
change. : 1
^ Cars run twice-a-week,, are clean'
< 1 and comfortable, and have touet- «
^ ) rooms, porter, clean bedding cur- ^
4 ^ tains, and r.ll the other furnishings ,
, [ (except a smoking room) of a
' ' standard sleeper. Berth rate, Sek.t- 1
i ► tie to Kansas City, is $ 5 . Between '
< I intermediate points it is corre- -
i > spondingly low. See nearest ticket,
agent, or write
PHIL DANIELS, Agent,
35 East Broadway, Butte, Mont.
Atchison, T opeka & SantaFe
(Santa Fo Route)
East via Ogden or Denver to Kansas
City, Chicago and St. Louis, making
close connections in union depots with
trunk lines to all points east and south.
Also the direct line to Galveston, Texas!
City of Mexico and all points in New
Mexico, Arizona and California.
For particulars call on R. G. W. R. R.
or O. S. L. agents, Butte, or address
C. F. WARREN,
Geneal Agent, Salt Lake.
OftSAHA
if
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Chair Cars Free.
TWO FAST TRAINS OAILY.
To Kansas City, St. Louis
And all points East and South. Frea
reclining chair cars to holders of regular
tickets. For maps, folders and Informa
tion regarding tickets, berths, etc., call
on or write H. C. TOWNSEND,
G. P. & T. A., St. Louis. Mo.
H. B. ICOSSER. G. F. & P. A.. Salt Lake.
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