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Vol Is Benton, Montana, Wednesday, May 17, 1882.
THE RIVER PRESS. Terms...................... $5.00 perYear p COLLINS & STEVENS, A it letters and communicaEtions containing matter ?n tenufed for publication in this paper. should be oddresae 0 to "The River Prem.S" and the name of the writer must O be given to insure attention. Local advertisements twill be inserted in these columns 8 at the rate of /iteen cents per line from transient and t ten cents per line from regular advertisers. RATES OF AIVERTISIIG: One Column, 1 year.........................j.....$175 ( " 6 months........... .......... 100 t 8 . ........................... 75 Half Column, 1 year.............................. 100 7 .666 6 months ..................... 40 S 8 3 ........... ... One-Third Column, 1 year........................ 80 6 months ........ 45 « 8 months .................... 80 * Quarter Column, 1 year........................... 75 6 monthe ... ............... 40 I Is 8 months ....................... 30 = Three inches, 1 year .............................. 50 44 6 months..................... 30 .. 3 m^nthe.................... 2 Professional Cv.rds,1 inch, 1 year................. 15 ( Rates for Trarnsient Advertisements given at office. THE "MAGINNIS COUNTRY." Warm Pprings and Maiden Mines-Placer Mines and Gold Nuggets-Rich Gold and Silver Qartz -Free Milling Ores, Etc., Etc. To the Editors of the River Preen. Having reached Dexter's saw mill in our last week's letter, we will commence from that place. A village is rapidly growing up around the mill, called Georgetown, by most of the inhabitants, though some of them cal it Andersonville, but the latter name is now applied to the town one and a half miles above at the mouth of Alpine gulch. The saw mill is driven by steam and can cut 10,000 feet a day. The logs are quite handy to the mill, of good site and fair quality, principally yellow pine and fir. The loge delivered on the roll-way of the mill cost only about $6 per thousand feet. The lumber sells readily for $30 per thousand as fast as it can be cut. With $24 per thousand for sawing, and sale for all the mill can cut, Mr. Dexter has a good en ugh mine there with out bothering himself with quartz lodes. Mr. Samples has nine teams hauling lumber, and as soon as the roads get in good condition the mill will be run nights, when he will take 50,000 f£t per trip to Benton expecting to put in a million feet urio let koetdf This, with what Allen & Olsen's mill, and the Barker mill can furnish the town, ought to give Benton a sufficient supply for the present season. 'Following Warm Spring up, the road by an easy grade reaches Maiden, about three miles above Georgetown, passing on the way Messrs. Bralnard & Gardner's place, where they have a yard for lumber, but scarcely a lumber yard, for their source of supply be ing at Dexter's mill, where the demand from Maiden is so great that they can get no stock ahead. Messrs. B. & 0. are getting sluice boxes in position to sluice their placer I round near by. At Andersonville, about one mile below Maiden, a store, restaurant and three or four saloons have recently opened, ani new build ings are going up daily, in the expectation that the placers up Alpine gulch will make a town here. Coming into Maiden from the west, we strike into the main street at a right angle at its southern extremity, from which, with an ascent of about one foot in twenty, the street extends north to Mr. Atchison's store, a dis tance of perhaps 800 feet. Between these points the town is built up quite compactly with good buildings, largely frame, and sev. eral of which are two stories high. We did not see any in the "Wooster" style of architecture-the prevailing style at Barker, which is of logs, with the front projecting forward, always reminding us of a quaker bonnet-but the air of the camp reminded us of a new, live railroad town, everybody hurrying to get their buildings enclosed, not troubling themselves about close joints or nice workmanship. Looking over the town and its business, we find three stores carrying a "general stock," Dryden & Berg, Dunton & Bro., and Chas. Atchison ; one grocery and provision store, O'Toole & Ce.; two clothing houses, James Brady and D. Goldberg ; two meat markets, ins. Brady and Judd Sandborn; two restaurants, P. J. Gessner & Co. and Joe. Herring ; one watchmaker, Bailey; one hardware store, Brainard & Gardner; one book and stationery store, Levi Eisenberg two lawyers, J. W. Smith and Bigar Edger. ton, one physician, a surveyor, odae black. smith, two barbers, and eight saloons. A more genial, energertic and liberal class of business men would be hard toe And any where, and if theirs dome not becope sprosh perous camp it will not be the fault of the business men of Maiden. The mines around Maiden ase castI *'Magianis mines" by most of the z wspt petr, but it io not theIorrect OesIguatin; as they are distant ty wag'"s moad Ord 00s thirty mile,; y oug trail over .tha o talus it is only mk§* 1IU OSS i chant!, ssppý ug by. th ame, thetº should have his goods sent to Maginnis, sent t them there, and was then obliged to get them f hauled around the mountains at a great ex pense. The correct recorded name of the I mining district is the "Warm Spring Dis trict." During my stay there I visited twenty-five of the quartz locations, extending a distance of not less than six miles, from north east to southwest. Among them is to be found a number of very fine prospects, generally free milling rock, principally carrying silver, I but a few carrying gold. Of the former the t Collar stands at the head, having more devel- t opment than any other in the camp. It is I owned by Messrs. Kemper, Bessy, Erwin, Snow and McPartland, who have sunk at shaft 72 feet, where they have run a level about 80 feet. The vein at that depth shows about twenty feet in width. They are now t running a tunnel in to strike the vein 200 feet below. The ore is a copper-stained quartz, the silver being principally in the form of black sulphuret, The assays run from $50 to $2,100. The Florence, situated near the summit of the mountain, and owned by the proprietors of the Collar, is a very promising prospect, in which the ores assay from 187 to 5,600 oz. of silver, with from j to 1j oz. ounces of gold to the ton. Near Forge Creek, which runs towards Fort Maginnis, I visited the Silver Star and Eureka, near each other, which were being developed, and both showing fine bodies of rich quartz assaying bigh in silver,and in the former assaying as high as $865 in gold. The North Star and Kentucky Favorite were visited, the latter . showing native silver in dark quartz, while another part of the vein bad a purple tinted quartz. The Yellow Jacket was of a character dif ferent from any of the others, having car bonates and iron pyrites in the vein. The Maggie, hear the top of the moun tains, has an entirely different kind of vein matter, being decomposed, with an abund ance of talc, and said to carry free gold, but how much I did not ascertain. We visited the Montana mine, owned by I auser, Holter & Co., of Helena, where a shaft was found sard to be 52 feet deep, at the bottom of which they have run on the vein 40 feet. The timbering of the shaft not looking very safe we did not descend. The quartz shows free gold, which the su trle-nt A. X. Eisler, informed me would go $100 to the ton, with a loss of less than tun nor cent. All of the mines and prospects so far de scribed lie eastward of the camp. The group lying to the southwest, below Alpine Gulch, was then visited, among which we ob served the Red Erie, Pet, Consolidated Ken tucky, Ubet, Great Eastern, Legal Tender, Roby, Monte Christo, and silver Lake, for merly known as Madam Green. Among these were several very fine looking pros pects, showing an abundance of sulphurets of silver and some ruby silver. The ores assay high and the heavy "float" indicates strong veins. The Monte Christo has a shaft 18 feet, from which very flne ore has been taken. Upon the others very little work has been done. The consolidated Kentucky has a dark quartz, carrying evidently considerable ar senical ores. The others have ores consider' ably resembling those of the Collar, Florence Eureka and North Star. Some ten or eleven of these -claims lying adjacent to each other have been consolidated into a company under tee name of the "Ruby Silver Mining Company.". They have se cured a mill site and water right near by, in the vicinity of Dexter's saw mill, and hope to have a mill in operation crushing their ores before twelve months expires-and a man with a national reputation is expected to as sume the head of their company. The next thing to visit was the placer mines, the best paying ones being in Maiden gulch. Mr. J. F. Bage cleaned up the sluic ing of the work of about four men for one day, and the result was about six ounces of coarse gold, about 900 tine. Messrs. Lan du ky and Kayser are also sluicing to good profit. We did not get the figares, but though the kindness and generosity of Messrs. Snow, of the Collar, and Landusky, I find myself the owner of about half an oupce of dust, among which is a nugget weighing about four dollars ; an' ther was shown us, however, that weighed about $84. The scarcity of witer is the only drawback to the successful working of these placers, as the volume is small and the supply only lasts a few weeks in the spring, The sluice bexes were nearly eagdy to commence work on several ad ts 'Warm Spring and Al pine ulche . One advantage of these pines Is the ,ease wit which thq are reacbed from the west tnd northwt, a there l1 a good road fromt Beatop, w ls ajea. to Maitlon that it is a e # t Mels teams with -a ordithe T he g tMse.La o'erkSk teales f tended on every hand by the "good fellows" throughout the cimp. Next week we shall describe the gibs on Belt Creek, in the Montana districL THB IIGTY allsseUl. Faets If Inter.st Cnuceratus mu Naviga SI.on oM Ihis Stresm. One does not have to look up th "oldest inhabitant" along the Big Muddy learn something of the time when the departure of a boat from tit. Louis for Montana, or even Dakota, was an event heralded months in ad. vance and an enterprise supposed to be at tended with the greatest possible dangeri* Not only were the ladians that lined the shores of the river feared, but the perils of the turgid stream itself were supposed to ba of the most imminent character, and only the most hardy mariners could be induced to at. tempt such a voyage. It would pro bly be as easy now to find a crew to go in seirch of the north pole as in those days to secnre one for a trip into the unknown land *rough which the upper Missouri winds its enuous course. But what a change has come over the scene! What was then an unknown re gion and densely peopled with eava s has come under the control of the white man and the upper Missouri is transformed into a great artery of trade and commerce, being of more importance, in a commercial sense, than the lower stream. It is safer to say there are more steamboats plying the Missouri and its great affluent, the Yellowstone, above Bis marck than below that town, while the busi ness of to-day is but a tithe of what it will be a decade hence. The fact that the business of the upper river is growing so rapidly, fairly outstripping in commercial importance the lower stream, suggests the propriety and justice of expending the greater portion of the appropriation for the Missouri in im provements between Benton and Bismarck where the best results can be o'tained and the greatest benefits secured. If the appro pdation is to be allotted to certain parts of the stream our Delegate in Congress should be on hand to show why the upper river, as a matter of right and justice, should have the bulk of it. As evidence that the carrying business on the upper Missouri bai reached such import ance as to demand consideration at the handa of Congress and the country-weapptiI4al of the boats now plying the same together with the officers of each craft: BENTON P LINK STEAMERS. Black 1Ala-Gaiham, master; James Kee. nan. clerk. Butte-Andy Johnson, master; J. Mc Arthur, clerk; Chas. Blunt, Jr., and John LaBarge, pilots. Helena-Joseph Fecto, master; W. F. Rec tor, clerk; Bob. Wright and Ttiouias Ander son, pilots. Benton-Thos. Townsend, master; John Doyle, pilot. COULSON LINE OF STEAMERS. Dacotab-Joe Todd, master; J. Q. A. Parr, clerk. Wyoming-W. W. Coulson, master; 8. S. Coulson, clerk. Josephine-W. H. Gould, master; J. 8. Coulson, clerk; Thomas Wiseman, pilot. Big Horn-W m. Braithwait, master; John Hays, clerk; John Coonce, Lew Coonce, pilot. Rosebud-E J. Anierson, master;Ed. F. Higbee, clerk; Ben Jewell, pilot. Dan W. Maratta, general superintendent, headquarters, Bismarck. PECK LINE STEAMERS. Gen. Terry-W. HI. 8in `amter; W. T. Uilham, clerk; Alva Wright id Mike Foley, pilots. Gen. Meade-J. S. Smith, master; Geo. Hughes, clerk; John Justus and Ed. Papin, pilots. Far West-John Beck, masterj Eph. Wood, clerk; Erastus Wiight, pilot. Nellie Peck-Nelson Todd, master; M. N. Carpenter, clerk; Charles Blunt and Charles Bagley. pilots. Col. J. C. O'Connor, general agent, head quarters, Bismºirck. INDEPENDENT BOATS. Eclipse-Thos. D. Ma riuer, master; Harry Batchelor, clerk. This boat is the property of Joseph Leigh ton &c Uo., of tLt. Paul. She will run during the summer in the Yellowstone trade. Red Cloud-John Williams, master; Alex Stewert, pilot. The Red Cloud is owned by L G. Baker, of Fort Benton, and is employed in carrying private freight for her owner. John W. Behan--Grant Marsh, master; Plucky Marsh, clerk. Key West-J-oe Todd, master: and -- clerk. This boat and the lontana,. which will probably be in the upper waters durig the year, are owned by Joe. Todd And Nlot These boats have an average caraying ca paolly of 800 tons and as they will iake from four to sl tripe between Bm and Dj 4o. ptag gheseasnt becom ttent tat th elb of the upper river be 'ngof in Wle 1hp aneS, whil. the ad. vantage of position Bentun enjoys, at the head of navigation, is plainly enough seen. As a matter of interest to many of our readers we subjoin a table of distances be- t tween points on the river from Bismarck to Benton. DISTANCE FROM BISMAROK BY BITER. Miles Painted Woods ......... ............. . 0 Fort Stevenson....... ........... 100 Berthold......... ..............125 B ford ............... ................... . 400 Poplar River............................... 580 Wolf Point (Fort Peck)................... 615 Carroll ....................................... 915 Rocky Point (the landing for the Mt ginnis mines)............................... 925 Cow Island ..................................... 985 Coal Btnks................................ 1025 Fort Benton........................... 1085 MONTANA MATTERS. Items of Interest Gleaned from Our Terri torial Exchanges. The Mullen tunnel has reached a depth of 545 feet. Clovis Lego dropped dead of heart disease in Deer Lodge last week. It is stated that Butte and Helena will be visited this season by Robinson's circus. Montana contributes $1,000 a day to Uncle Sam's coffers in the way of internal revenue. Gov. Potts desires it understood that he is not a candidate for Delegate or any other office. Jas. Gloster, who killed Dan Farry in Helena three years ago, has been pardoned by Gov. Potts. The citizens of Billings have petitioned Gen. Hazen to transfer the Signal office from Custer to the former place. Custer coumty's outstanding indebtedness on March 1st was $83,595.72, quite a load for so young a county. The sneak thief has arrived at Bozeman and old timers find it necessary to bolt and bar their doors, a new experience with them. On Clark's Fork division of the Northern Pacific there are 3,450 men engaged in grad leg and of this number 2,800 are Chinamen. The Coulson Post is growing with the town. It has been enlarged a second time and promises to keep pace with the progress of the burg. The Inter Mountains Freeman, at Butte, has suspended-gone to that bourne whither many a third paper in a two-paper town has proceeded it. The cattle buyers have cleaned up Beaver i head county, and the demand all over the Territory for beef steers is greater than ever before known. A man named Acres was killed at Glen dale last week by one IKes iler. Jealousy was Sthe cause, the former's wife being the wo man Ia the case. Ten thousand pounds of potatoes arrived at Coulson from White Sulphur Springa re cently and were sold in less than two hours at sevtn cents a pound. A. Z. Bell, a Coulson saloonist, shot and killed .ouis Johnson at that place on the 4th inst. The origin of the difficulty, between the men was a whisky bill of $1.50. Capt. Geo. L. Browning of the Seventh Infantry who was for several years at Fort Shaw and who had many friends throughout the Territory, died recently at Paris. The Rocky Mountain Miesueager has come out with.a new head, "made to order and warranted to give satisfaction." The Mes senger seems to be a fixity in the mountains. Small pox has broke out in the Ripon col ony which has located near the new town of Billings. The disease has been confined to one or two cases thus far and is not likely to become general. The bore of the Big Horn tunnel is com pleted and the work will soon be ready for the passage of cars. It was the most serious obstacle that was encountered between Glendive and the Rocky mountain division. The griding to Benson's landing, three hun dred and forty miles from Glendive, will be finished July 1st. Thirty-six hundred men and twenty-two hundred horses and mules are being employed in the completion of this work. Trains will run to Billings by July 1st. Mr. J. H. Moe, Register of the Land office at [[elens, has forwarded his resignation to Washington, the samen to take effect June 804th Mr. Moe was only recently appointed and cenirmed far a second term, and his de. termination to step down and out is a our .pris to his many friends throughout the Territory. Mr. Moe has made an exception ally good and faithful officer and it will be difcnilt to *1l his place. We understand Mr. K. ce tplates engaglg in merchan tdie pmarlts b* & what plat have not metred. for te...Tw* dwelng5, Btaniag loom, . splWndid eorur kM t Mas asses Zaqur.. a. ?. flolrs. The Small Pox seare. Benton has had quite a small pox scare the past few days, but happily the danger is not as great as apprehended, if in fact there has been, or is, any at all. We have taken par ticular p tins to aicerttia the exact facts in the case, so that our readers throughout Northern Montana may know the situation and not be deceived by the flying rumors which are already abroad in the land, great ly exaggerated, of course. There is no small pox in Benton, and, thanks to the efficient action of our citizens, it is not likely that there will be. The only foundation for alarm is b ised on the fact that two of the boats had cases of the dis ease on board-only this and nothing more. The Nellie Peck, which arrived at 11 o'clock Monday night, had one mild case of variloid. The patient was in the "Texas," apart from the other passengers, and none of our citizens, except the physician, came in contact with him. The passengers w. re quarantined on the levee below the old tort, and to-day, the danger being pronounced over, they were dismissed. From this case there seems to be ro danger whatever of tae spread of the dise tse. The officers of the Nellie Peck cannot be denounced too severe ly for their action in the premises. They have shown themselves to be anything but gentlemen and about as near akin to brutes as man generally gets. Knowing they were lying they denied there was any contagious disease on board, and if our citizens had not taken the precaution to have an examination made the result might have been disastrous. The managers of the Peck Line should see that these fellows are bounced summarily. They are a discredit to the upper river sea men. The Gen. Meade is the other boat that bad small pox aboard, and she was quarantined Wednesday evening below town. One or two patients were put off near Poplar river, and one that died was buried near Rocky Point. These are all the cases that devel oped. The boat was detained several days at the Coal Banks and not permitted to de part up the river until the danger was sup posed to be over. The upper deck was re moved and the boat and cargo thoroughly disinfected, so that little danger remains. But to be entirely safe our citizens have had the boat quarantined. The passengers, four or five in number, will be held "prisoners" until all possible danger is passed and the cargo, which is principally flour and other heavy articles, thoroughly disinfected before it is removed from the levee. This is the whole case. There is no small pox in town, and we have every reason to - hope will not be. If a case should occur, which is not probable, the patient would at r once be removed to the pest house and pirop erly guarded to prevent any spread of the - disease. Our people are fully determined to s keep the contagion at bay, and they will dbo Collector W. H. Hunt, Jr., deserves the specil: tbanks of the community for his pr, i ftirts as a federal officer in exercis tagSi ority vested in him to prevent the sprea ' the disease. Capt. Kline, of Fort A&sinaboine, readily responded to Mr. Hunt's call for aid, and deserte pecial thanks. The committee of safety, appointed by our citi zens, were efficient in the performance of their duty, and have earned the gratitude of all. To-day (Thursday) the feeling is gen eral that the danger is over. Certainly no one need have any fears about coming to Benton. Indignation Worse than Wasted. We notice that a few of our exchanges, that have not yet learned how unreliable the Record is, have taken up the cause of the foar "'innocent" girls who were inveigled to Benton by Jack Lahey and have denounced the treacherous, not to say infamous, act with a great deal of vehemence. It was really a nice case for newspaper indignation and we are sorry to have to spoil it by mak. ing the following statements: 1. The girls understood they were hired to dance in a hurdy house. 2. They came to Benton for that purpose and with that understanding. 3. They refused employment when of fered them by our citizens and can now be found every night tripping the fantastic at Brooks' dance hall. These are the plain, unvarnished facts. The only "quite too utterly" innocent party mixed up in this affair in the gullible youth of the &ecord, who, after everybody else was aware of the facts in the case, published a column of slush that has made him the laugh iag stock of town. Gans & Klein have let the contract for their new building on Front street to Messrs. Tweedy, Ooom1ns and Wilton. The structure Is to be a brick, 25x100 feet in dimensions one story in height and a basement. The wills will be substantially built so that next season the second story can be added in con. nection with another building the same eise eto erected of the corner adjoining. The new building is to be completed bytthe 1st of Augut: