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THE GOLDFIELD NEWS
AND WEEKLY TRIBUNE. ISSUED EVERY baiURDAY BY THE TRIP INK PRINTING COMPANY V U RICKETTS. Pres, and Mgr A. M. MADDEN. Secretary SubscriptJon* Payable in Advance One Year .$5.0u Three Months .$1.25 Six Months . 2.50 Single Copies .10 By Carrier, 50 cents per Month address all Communications to The Tribune Printing Company Entered at the Goldfield Postoffice for transmission through the mails at second-class rates, April 8, 1911. Frankness Is Commended Reports and statements of officials of the Goldfield Consolidated Mines company and the frank manner in which that company has taken the public into its confidence have long been accorded sincere commendation in many quarters and particular attention has been gi en by mining men and mining and technical publications to the recent ad dress of General Manager Albert Burch, at the “get-together" banquet in Goldfield. On that occasion Mr. Burch said, in speaking of the present con dition of his company's properties: “So far as the Goldfield Consoli dated is concerned, everyone knows that the cream has been skimmed and that we are now doing our best to subsist on skimmed milk; but that we are doing fairly well. It can probably never be the profit-earner that it once was. nor can its present scale of operations be continued in definitely ; but on some basis the Goldfield Consolidated will lie running for several years yet. We are now working a low-grade mine, and in order to make it pay we do not plan to reduce wages, nor to ask any man to break his back doing an unusual day’s work; but we do ask him, if he is our friend, to bend his back to pick up a dollar's worth of drill steel if he sees it being buried in the muck, and in any other way that he can use his brains as well as his hands to help stop leaks. Mr. Burch's appeal merits the fullest response from all and it is to the Ixmefit of the entire community that all should contribute to perpe tuate, so far as possible, the succcess of the Consolidated company's mines, upon which, in the absence of other producers of magnitude in the district, the entire community is in a large measure dependent for support and prosperity. The appeal is eminently fair and the officials of the company have long since demonstrated their fairness in dealing with employes and with others with whom they have business relations. In a recent issue the Mining and Scientific Tress made use of the por tion of Mr. Burch’s address quoted above, and commended it without qualification as an example of desirable frankness on the part of a mine official. -+ Nevada9s Mining Ccmps The list of Nevada mining districts that have given good promise - of the making of productive mines is a long one and includes some that have already made a notable production of the precious metals. While a number of these districts have apparently seen their output wane and while their days of greatest activity are past there is always the j>ossi bility of new ore discoveries that may cause them to come back into the field of active producers. Nevada is unique among the states for the wide variety of its known minerals and for the great expanse of ter ritory over which these minerals are found. Many mining properties that have been abandoned for years are again being made to produce, as the result of employing modern methods and reduction processes, and it is probable that many others will be brought back to a stage of re newed activity and prosperity in future years. A survey of the list of Nevada mining camps and districts is of in terest in recalling the vast output of metals made by the state and in pointing to the possibilities for the rejuvenation of many one-time pro ducers that are now nearly or altogether idle. Following is a rough list in which it has been sought to mention the camps and mining districts that have attracted attention in the past or that are now making a reg ular pioduction of commercial ore: Clark county; Searchlight, Yellow Pine, Eldorado. Arden, Crescent, Las Vegas. Churchill county; Fair view, Wonder, White Cloud. Douglas county; Ruby Hill. Elko coun ty; Tuscarora, Gold Circle, Mardis, Gold Creek, Jarbidge, Jack Creek. Columbia, Mountain City, Spruce Mountain, Railroad. Eureka county; Eureka, Mineral Hill, Buckhom, Cortez, Antelope, Bernice. Esmeralda county; Goldfield. Silver Peak, Montezuma, Klondyke, Hornsilver, Gold Mountain, Lida. Coaldale, Red Mountain, Blair, Cuprite, Jackson Moun tain, Stimler, Tide Canyon. Sylvania, Cocomonga, Sweetwater, Rail road Springs, Columbus. Humboldt county; Seven Troughs, National, Rochester, Rye Patch, Golconda, Dun Glen, Antelope, Humboldt Range, Imlay, Buena Vista, Star, Jackson Creek, Rebel Creek, Winne mucca, Rexall, Harmony Range, Bartlett Creek. Unionville, Kennedy, Awakening, Sunshine, Copper Flat. Lander county; Austin, Reese River, Jersey \ alley, Hilltop, Battle Mountain, Copper Canyon. Bullion. Lincoln county; Pioche, Delamar, Jackrabbit, Bristol, Hyland. Lyon county; Mason Valley, Wabuska, Yerington, Ludwig, Thompson, Como, Indian Springs, Sunrise, Dayton, Mound House, Silver City, Ramsey. Mineral county; Rawhide, Lucky Boy, Douglass, Candelaria, Aurora, Lulling, Sodaville, Mina, Mount Grant, Walker Lake, Hawthorne. Nye county; Tonopah, Manhattan. Round Mountain, Pioneer, Antelope. Jamestown, Bullfrog, Rhyolite. Springdale, Gold Center, Cactus Peak, Kawich, Carrara, Stonewall, Silver Bow, lone, Lodi, Goldyke, Orizaba, Berlin, Milletts, Willow Creek, Republic. Ormsby county; Carson, Delaware. Storey county; Comstock, at Virginia City. Washoe coun ty; Leadville, Jumbo, Gerlach, Peavine, Olinghouse. W hite Pine coun ty; Robinson, Ely, Cherry Creek, Ward, Black Horse, Tungsten, Blaine, Kimberly. This makes a formidable list of mining camps and districts; ont that no other state can equal in point of past production or promise for the future of the mining industry. There are many other old camps in the state of Nevada and with the prospecting and development work now in progress throughout the state many others will doubtless be es tablished in the future. .A. The total land area in the state of Nevada is 70.000.000 acres. Of this, according to the department of agriculture, 17 per cent is potentially available for tilled crops, the same amount for non-tilled agriculture, leaving 66 per cent that is not available for agriculture. Even this showing gives Nevada a great advantage over many other states. Will that advantage be utilized? opinion on nx RATE MOTION i ATTORNEY GENERAL DECLARES COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MI ST OBSERVE LAM A new interpretation of the law governing county taxation, and un der which the Nevada tax commis sion was created, is set forth in an opinion just submitted to the com mission by Attorney General Thatch er. and is of interest to all tax payers. Under the ruling of the at torney general it is required that county commissioners of all counties adopt a budget system and that, fol lowing the equalizing of taxes, if it be found that the established tax rate will produce a revenue in ex cess of requirements, the rate shall be reduced to a figure that will yield sufficient funds for the county's needs. In his letter, addressed to the tax commission, the attorney general says: “I am of the opinion that un der the law as it stands at the pres ent time the counties of this state are bound to follow a budget sys tem, and it is the duty of the board of .county commissioners, between the first Monday in January and the I first Monday in March of each year, j to make a budget of the amount of ! estimated expenses of conducting public business of the county for the next ensuing fiscal year, and that having made such a budget it is the absolute duty of the board of county commissioners to keep within the aggregate amount designated in the budget, and further that the tax rate shall be such as to raise the amount of money necessary to return the amount of the budget and no more.” After quoting a portion of section 3829 of the revised laws, providing for the making of an annual budget by county commissioners, the attor ney general declares that it is clear that the law makes it mandatory for the commissioners to so reduce or increase the tax rate as to provide only sufficient funds to defray neces sary expenses and proceeds to quote section 3818, as follows: ‘‘All state and county taxes, re quired to be levied by the boards of county commissioners of the several counties of this state, in pursuance of the revenue laws of the state, shall hereafter be levied by the boards of county commissioners on or before the first Monday of March in each year; provided, that if, after the equalization of taxes in the sev eral counties of this state, it shall appear that the levy previously made by tlie board of county commission ers of any county of this state for county purposes will result in the collection of a revenue .either in ex cess or a deficiency of the require ments of such county for the cur rent year, then, and in such event, the board of county commissioners in any county shall have the power, and it is hereby made the duty of such board of county commissioners, to immediately meet and either re duce or raise the rate of taxation, so previously levied, to such a sum as such board in its judgment may con sider sufficient to insure tlie collec tion of such an amount of revenue as will answer all the requirements of such county for the current year.” The attorney general declares most emphatically that it is mandatory upon the hoards of county commis sioners to reduce the tax rate in the event of a showing that the fixed rate will supply a greater sum than is required and as the recent action of the tax commission in raising the assessment cn property in this coun ty and others in various departments i will result In providing a greatly in I creased revenue from taxation, (t is : regarded as probable that the boards i of commissioners will use their j power to reduce the rate to a figure j considerably below that at first es tablished. j .1 ARBI DOE SNOWBOUND; MAIL DELIVERED ON SNOWSHOES One of the snowiest places in the state is in the northern part of this county, where Jarbidge is situated. It is away up in the mountains and the town is located in the bottom of a magnificent gulch. The roads lead ing out of the mountains, one to the south to Deeth and the other north to Twin Falls, are both impassable at this time of the year, and the town is keeping in touch with the outside world by telephone. The wagon roads wind and crawl up the moun tainsides in getting out of the deep gulch and across the mountains to the railroads, and after the heavy snowstorms set in they are aban doned and the mail is taken on horse back, and part of the time on snow shoes. Reports are that the snow is deeper this year than since the camp was established and the mail has not been taken in for several days. It has-been storming every day and tbe fall of snow is something that can hardly be estimated. Oliver Mc Call. who has the contract for carry ing the mall in from Deeth, has b^en^ trying to fight through on snow shoes. but the storms make the trip an impossibility.—Elko Independent. D. R. CARSON of Fairview is a guest at the St. Nicholas. He reached camp yesterday. C. E. M. BEALL of Las Vegas is a visitor to Coldfield. He is regis tered at the Coldfield. RICH COPTER ORE FROM DEEP CREEK DEPOSIT STRUCK IN WESTERN PACIFIC NEAR MINERAL* IZEI> CAVES Several hundred pounds of splen did looking oxide ores have been sent in from Deep Creek where a recent strike was made in the West ern Pacific Copper property located in the Willow Springs district south of Clifton and west of Callao. An assay made yesterday of the ore gave the following returns: Copper, 24.4 per cent: lead. 2H.8 per cent and 1 ounce in silver. The property is controlled by the Wilson brothers of this city. When seen yesterday, Frank L. Wilson, the manager, said the West ern Pacific Copper is opened by an incline shaft which gives about 250 feet of backs on this deposit. The ere is from eight to fifteen feet apart. The ore is heavy in iron and malachite. In this block of ground are two chains of linked caves, one above the other, one of which is at least twenty feet wide and several hundred feet long. Some flashlight pictures show the caves hold im mense quantities of beautiful stalac tites and stalagmites. In places they make a complete connection between the limy ceiling and floor of the caves. These caves seem to have made out from the Assure into the more soluble limestone, and have their bearing on the mineral deposi tions in the vicinity. rhe principal country rock in that portion of the Deep Creek district is sedimentary, and is largely lime stone. This is cut by a number of prominent parallel porphyry dikes which run in a diagonal course across the main fissures which are north-south. The porphyry is un doubtedly the mineralizing agency, but in many instances the ore is found in the limestone some distance from the intrusives. Mr. Wilson says that years ago he shipped some ore from this roperty. It carried about 13 per cent copper besides other values. At that time the ore was teamed 175 miles, but in spite of the ruling high prices of metals there was little profit on ac count of the excessive transportation charge. At present it would prob ably cost $15 a ton for the wagon haul to Wendover, the nearest rail road point, sixty miles to the north. Deep Creek people have Loire® that the proposed new branch line on the Salt Lake Route up to Delta will go on toward Death canyon, Indian Springs, Fish Springs, Duuway and Granite and will ultimately be sent through over the old survey to Gold Hill and Ferbur.—Herald Republi can. -4 GOLD STRIKE REPORTEO IN LITTLE HUNTOON VALLEY Quite a little excitement, was caus ed in Mina this week when parties came in from the Marietta section and reported that a rich strike of gold had been made in the Little iluntoon Valley, about twelve miles south of the Excelsior Mountain Cop per company at Qualey. The speci mens of ore exhibited were rich enough to have created an old-fash ioned Nevada stampede. The ore was of a character of granite quartz and brown hematite of iron. The iron was lavishly sprinkled with coarse gold and no glass was necessary to make it visible to the eye. The specimens carried values of from $400 to $2000 a ton. For the past three weeks J. E. Brown and Shaw have been quietly developing a group of four claims, known as the Solo Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4, in the Little Huntoon Valley, be tween Marietta and Qualey. Two short tunnels were run on the ledge, on thirty feet above the other, and both are in ore their full width, which, according to reports, carries values of from $tir> to $200 a ton, while a small stringer gave returns of $2000 a ton. The vein is iii a contact of granite and lime porphyry. They have been working along stead ily and keeping their find quiet and it was only by accident that it leaked out. B. F. Baker of Mina and associates had the first men at the scene of dis covery and secured some choice lo cations on the extensions of the original find . They have sent a tent, camp outfit and supplies to the new find and have a force at work on de velopment. B. B. Sheppard and A. A. Bass se cured some very promising locations. Specimens broken from the crop pings on the Sheppard ground were shot through with free coarse gold. Sufficient development has not yet been done to give any accurate idea of the value of the discovery. Those wlia have visited the district were very favorably impressed and believe that it will make good as the forma -tioiilias all the earmarks ot per maueluys^and the ledges outcrc.i strongly.—-^as^ern Nevada Minei \V. A. ^iuRPHYl&^cegistered at the Goldfield from Joliet/^W^, having arrived in camp last evening. JOSEPH ELLIOTT of Los Angeies arrived in Goldfield last evening and is a guest at the St. Nicholas. QUERIES AND ANSWERS (This department Is conducted for the purpose ot supplying ♦ ♦ subscribers with information on various properties in which they ♦ ♦ may be interested and regarding which they may make inquiry. ♦ ♦ Answers to queries contain the best information it is possible to ♦ ♦ obtain, but this newspaper declines to give advice on the pur- ♦ ♦ chase or sale of any mining stocks. All inquiries for Information ♦ ♦ will be answered through this column, and none of them will be ♦ ♦ answered by personal letters.) * j a A a a a a - a - _ . a a a | ▼ ▼ TTTTYYT-TTTl ▼ ▼ ▼ * C. W. H., Los Angeles, C al.—The Goldfield Kewanas company is now undergoing reorganization and on January 23 the secretary, Mr. A. H. HoWe of Goldfield, will send out to all stockholders of record of the Kewanas company a circular letter, inviting them to participate in the reorganization and to send in their stock in the old company for ex change for that of the new corpora tion, upon payment of one and one half cents per share. The old com pany will be dissolved as its prop erty had been acquired by interests in control of the new through fore closure for indebtedness. The com pany’s funds became exhausted and it was obliged to borrow money, which it was unable to pay. Through this means the stockholders in the old Kewanas company will be given an opportunity to participate in the new enterprise. The same method has been followed in resuscitating and placing upon an active operating basis several other mining companies in the Goldfield district, notably the Blue Bull and Sandstorm-Kendall Consolidated, in both of which good ore has been developed. Like these companies, the new Kewanas com pany will be on the assessable stock basis and active development work will be conducted, this work being outlined in the forthcoming letter of the secretary. S. L., New YorkTN. Y.—Will you be kind enough to let me know whether the Greater Nevada Mining company, incorporated under the laws of Arizona, is still in existence. If this should not be the case will you be kind enough to tell me, if possible, when and why the corpor ate existence of the company ceased? Answer—The Greater Nevada Min ing company at one time had some mining claims, held under location, in the Goldfield district, but the com pany has apparently been out of existence for several years as there is no available record of it here at present and for a long time it has had no office or representative here, nor has it performed any work in the district, so far as can be ascertained J. P. A., Rochester, N. Y.—Please advise me as to the value of the property of the Atlas Wonder Min ing company, whose mines are at Wonder, Nev. Is the property being worked and what is the prospect for its future? I should be pleased to have you give me any information you can regarding this property. Answer—The Atlas Wonder prop erty, according to latest advices here, has not been worked for some time past and it has not been developed sufficiently to determine if it is of any appreciable value or if its pros pects, through development on ad jacent ground, are worthy of con sideration. Little has been heard of the company for some time past but it was reported here that some of its ground had been abandoned and per mitted to revert to the government. B. N„ Denver, Col.—It was re ported here some time ago that ex periments v’ere being conducted at Tonopah ^itli a small, portable mill for treating ore in isolated districts and that one of these mills had been taken to the Willow Creek district, in northeastern Nye county, to treat ore at a new discovery. Nothing has been heard of the success of this experiment and the name of the manufacturer of the mill is not known here but you can doubtless ascertain the name of the maker by addressing the editor of the Tono pah Miner. REVIEW OF MINING OPERATIONS (Continued from page one) level and is believed to be nearing the vein opened on the 500 level. Another cross-cut has been driven in a southwesterly direction on the 700-foot level, to cut the main Vic tor ledge. Tilt* Goldfield Oro Conditions at the Goldfield Oro property are now assuming an inter esting phase and it would not be sur piising if the shaft, which is now down over COO feet, were to pene tiate a body of pay ore at any time as tlie formation now exposed in the bottom of the shaft is similar to that associated with the richest orebodies in the adjoining mines, where the best deposits of the district have been found. The Oro company is now working a full force and its ex cellent equipment is working smooth ly, assuring good progress in com pleting the shaft. Samlstorni-lveiulall i on. A compressor of capacity sufficient to operate all the machine drills that may be required on all levels of the mine has just been installed on the property of the Sandstorm-Kendall Consolidated company and a pump ing plant, capable of handling over 200,000 gallons daily, has been in stalled on the 500-foot level of the mine recently. With this new equip ment in operation the development work now in progress will be greatly expedited. It is reported that the ore is holding up well in the drifts on the 500-foot level and the cross cut on the 350-foot level is evident ly nearing the same vein. C. O. 1). Consolidated The Xevada-Co-operative Mining company, successor to the Goldfield Mines Operating company and head 1 ed by the Charles S. Sprague com pany, continues its development work in the Victor workings of the C. O. D. Consolidated property and it is reported that a new discovery of rich ore has been made in the past few days. The work is now chietly con fined to the 350-foot level and to the raise above this level, which is being driven to develop the ore shoot exposed on the level above. A good tonnage of mill ore has been exposed in the various workings of this property. Silver I*ick Consolidated Preparations are now being made to cut a large station at a depth of 485 feet in the main shaft of the Silver Pick Consolidated and at this point the great vein will be cross-cut to hoth walls and drifts will be driven to explore it for an ore-shoot. For a distance of over 80 feet the shaft has been in vein matter, yield ing average assays from $2 to $10 per ton. and the foot-wall has not yet been explored, it is confidently believed that this ground contains important orebodies and develop ment is to be carried on with the ob ject of thoroughly exploring it at depth. Other Goldfield Pros|»ects property of the Reorganiz ed Boftth company development is be ing pressed forward without inter j ruption at a depth of 500 feet and I some prospecting is being done on « j the 350-foot level, where good as- ' says were obtained in the progress of earlier work. In the Diamond field part of the district the Vernal property is making an excellent showing and the main drift on the 200-foot level is being driven to cut the ore-shoot that was followed for some distance by the winze from the ! 100 level. Leasing operations con tinue on the Diamondfield Black : Butte, where the Millard lease has started new work to follow up the . big Quartzite fault and has obtain ed some excellent assays lately. Lessees have been getting some good ore on the Goldfield Belmont and the Daisy and others are preparing I to treat their product on the Great j Bend. Active work is in progress on the Talmage property, where some ore of good grade has been ex ! posed at a depth of 2G5 feet. The | Nevada Eagle has been tied up by i bad roads but will resume shipping [ at an early date. The New Jersey ! Mines company is developing two | properties and getting good assays. It is probable that extensive work will be started shortly on several other properties in the district. ---A._ BUCKSKIN MOUNTAIN SCENE OF EXCITEMENT E. R. Harroun, editor and pub lisher of the VVinnemucca Silver state, says: "The excitement in Humboldt county at present is centered about Buckskin mountain. Several dis coveries of high-grade have recently been made on the Paradise slope of the mountain. The first rich ore was found on the Buckskin National, a property in which Senator YV. J. Bell owns a controlling interest. This strike was made about three months ago. "Since that time the same charac ter of ore has been found on property adjoining in both directions. The ore is the same as that found in the famous National mine which pro duced several millions of dollars. "The new discoveries will run up to from $40 to $60 a pound in gold. A rush to the new camp is expected in the early spring. The recent heavy precipitation has placed the ranchers of the county in high feather. The winter ranges have been put in good | .oudition and indications are that stock will require but little hay tor the balance of the winter. "Present Indications are that the Winnemueca Northern road will be built this year. President Bush of the Western Pacific, with representa tives of two targe New York banking houses, went over the route about a month ago and at a banquet given by the Boise chamber of commerce, President Bush stated that the road would certainly be built. Col. Place, general manager of the company states positively that the road will be constructed, but he is non-com mittal as to details.”—Gazette.