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The Goldfield News
> . “All that’s New and True of the Greatest Gold Camp Ever Known” * ' Vol. I. No. 4. Goldfield, Esmeralda County, Nevada, Friday, May 20,1904^Price 10 Cents. VERY PECULIAR ACTION The Black Butte Claims Turned down After Six Days’ Work. Last week The News chronicled—with considerable pleasure—the fact that Chas. )>. Lane, the millionaire mining man of California, had become interested in Goldfield and had bought the Black Butte claiL.s, -paying $10,000 down, and $190, 000 was to be paid within a year. Mr. Lain' is a man of great wealth, has been in the main succcessful in mining opera tion, and his advent into the camp was haii >d with delight. The News voiced fa pleasure of Goldfield’s citizens at Mr. Lane's participation in the development ' the camp’s riches, and called atten tion to the businesslike manner in which be j ut men to work iu a few hours after he deal on the Black Butte was closed. Ye have this week to call attention to proceedings which do not appear quite so b isiuesslike. We do not do this in a I spirit of criticistn—Mr. Lane has a per j feet right, which no one will question, to ; do as pleases him best—but in view of the possible harm thai his action may do on the outside, we will state the facts as vve find them and let the reader draw his own conclusions: In the first place, a correction has to be made. There was no cash payment of or any other snm made on the property. r. Ish says he insisted from the start on such payment, but that Mr. Lane asked for twelve days time in which to make the first payment iu order that he might inform 1ms associates of the deal before any ca-di was actually paid. Mr, Isli readily agreed to this, believing that the deal was being made as he originally p oposed and that the money for the first payment was as good as paid, he says Ii3 did i ot for a moment believe that the uai result of the deal, to say nothing of ie first pay ment, was to be detei mined v twelve dayB, let alone six days’ i respecting. The work actually done oousisis of a short crosscut through a portion of the eruppings and a 60 foot drift in porphyry which a subsequent survey shows was not j>u the strike of the ore or even under the cropping-, and does not determine any thing except that Mr. Lane’s represents tive whs wrong iu his theory of the for mation . Work now going on shows that this 60 foot drift was run parallel with and not over 5 feet iu any p'lace from the ore body. Without notice to the owner, without crosscutting one foot from this drift to ascertain the strike and the posi tion of the ore body disclosed on the sur face, without waifing even to see the re sult of the work done by the night shift, the manager in charge on Tuesday morn ing summarily ordered his foreman to stop work. In the minds of mauy the question is raised was the decision arriv ed at as the result of the superficial work done, or by an "expert from the Invisible World?” Prospective investors nave frequently criticised the holders of prospects in Gold field for beiug exacting in their terms and especially if a cash payment was de ruanded. There is no question but there has been some ground for such criticism, but it is equally true that prospective in vestors have been just as unreasonable in their demands. And it is just such ti ascos as that on the Black Butte which make the holders of prospects with good showings demand a cash payment, both as an evidence of good faith and to insure intelligent and a reasonable amount of development. • HELP THEM CELEBRATE. The Ladies’ Aid Society will give a Dance Next Tuesday Evening. The Ladies of the Aid Society are suc ceeding so well in their project that they are going to celebrate by giving a social dance in the Crosby building Tuesday eveniug, May 24. Those who feel like helping them celebrate, and incidentally further the plan, will pay $1.00 for the privilege. Ladies will participate, free As this is gotten up rather impromptu, the ladies ask help of all who enjoy such gatherings, in making it a success Tank Reservoir in Place. A 12,000 gallon tank reservoir has been put in place on the hill south of town by the Goldfield Water company. The water will be pumped iuto this and al lowed to settle, thus insuring that it will reach consumers clear and pure. It will also provide a reserve for use in case of tire. THE COMBINATION IS RICHER « The Pioneer-Mine of the Camp Never Looked Better—Good Reports from Various Other Properties. % ( I ( ) There have been rumors during the week of < 1 sensationally rich strikes in the Combination, ] | the pioneer mine of the camp, some of the re i i ports stating the ore was plastered with visible J [ gold in a prodigal manner. Another report j J was to the effect that quite a flow of water had < i been struck in the shaft. A visit to Manager i i Collins proved that the rumors were oxagger i i ated, but he stated that it was strictly within i i the truth to say that the Combination, which i i has the deepest shaft in the district, never i i looked better than it does today, and that the i • average value of the ore bodies recently ex i i posed was greater than ever. I Mr. Collins is ultra-conservative and when i > the record of the Combination to date is taken < i into consideration, his statement shows that the ( i mine is doing well enough to suit the most en • > thusiastic. The best ore is coming from the west drift, < » about 65 feet from the i8o-(oot point in the < 1 shaft. While the ore is not as plentifully < > sprinkled with gold as the enthusiasts had it, J iiiiiM—iltl still it is plainly visible in some of the speci- J [ mens. There are three feet of the rich ore at J | this point. Mr. Collins did not state the aver- J | age value of this ore body, but it is safe to say J | that it goes well into the hundreds of dollars ] \ per ton. There are two other drifts at the 185- j \ foot level—one to the north being in 25 feet, ] | and another to the south is in 20 feet. Both | J are in ore. J [ The shaft is down 215 feet and is in good J | shipping ore. There has been no flow of water j | struck, as reported, but the ground is getting j | damp. | [ The Combination people are now developing ] J the extension of the January ledge which | j passes through their ground. The shaft is ! [ down 53 feet and everything taken out is ap- ! [ parently ore, though little has been sacked for ! [ shipment. ! \ The daily output of shipping ore from the ! [ main ledge has been nearly doubled of late, ! [ and *4 tons were shipped Wednesday, almost ! ! twice that amount being still sacked on the ! ! dump. ! [ ■■■■inaimiittttttttttfitttttitiMin11 Keane, McMahon a Fletcher’s. The owners of the Great Bend group have decided to install a whim and sink an additional 100 feet from the 75 foot point in the shaft h’ecent developments have proven that they have just got the top of the best ore shoot and had they sunk three feet less in depth the crosscut would have missed it entiiely. This shoot has been drifted on for 30 feet and in the bottom of the drift the pay streak is 3 feet wide, but extends upwards less than 3 feet. As the whole streak con tains shipping values and is widening considerably even in the shallow depth so far opened, the wisdom of sinking and opening up stoping ground, is apparent. In addition to the sinking of the shaft, one of the drifts will be continued to catch a shoot which had extra good vqj ues on the surface Strike on the Daisy. Matt Graham & Co., leasing on the Daisy, made a good strike this week about 30U feet east of the Harvey shaft and on the same ledge. The ledge has been opened up near the surface for a width of 14 feet, and 2 feet of this shows big values in pannings. Some of the pannings indicated values up to $200 per ton and of 25 pannings made Tuesday, not one indicated values less than $10, while some went as high as $100 per ten. One specimen, which would not pan a color, was assayed and the result was $165 in gold and $14.24 silver to the ton. The January Lease. The pile of mill ore which Kendall, Reilly, Jones and Patrick have taken out of their lease on the January is assum ing the proportions of a small mountain, a conservative estimate made Friday put ting the amount at not less than 5,0UU tons—the gross value being over $200, 000. The sacks of shipping ore also steadily grow in number as freight teams cannot be had as often as needed. The main shaft is now down 180 feet and the showing in shafts, drifts and crosscuts is practically the same as last week. Florence Lease No. 3. The sub-lessees on Florence Lease No. 3 are still sinking and are doing some stuping besides. The rich ore shoot, which averages above $500 per ton, is still being followed and maintains its widths and values. Curley George and Boom Factions. Wm. L. Wilson, secretary and treas urer of the Rocky Mountain Securities Company of Denver, Colo., has bought a controlling interest in the Curley George and Boom factions, lying east of the Jumbo. The Curley George lies between the Saint Ives and the Union Jack of the Jumbo group. The recent rich strike ou the Saint Ives was made within 8 feet of theside line of the L urley George and as the same ledge has been opened up on the Union Jack and shows values up to $300 per ton, the Turley George apparently has a cinch on good ore with out having to prospect for it. The Red Top. On the lied Top Capt. Bradley is just getting into the ledge in a crosscut from the 50 foot point in the sthaft. The quartz will soon be encountered and it will then be determined if the rich ore formed near the suiface has maintained its values with depth. In the company workings there is the same good showing and al together the Bed Top’s prospects are ex ceedingly bright. The Saint Ives. The strike ou * ar tin’s lease on the Saint Ives is improving daily. The shaft is down 30 feet ami there are 6 feet of ore which will average $75 to $80 per ton clear across. This strike is but 70 feet from the Union Jack cluim, into which property the ledge goes, and from sur face prospecting on the latter it is prob able that it is even richer than where opened on the Saint Ives. The Jumbo. Kichard and Cowing of Tonopah, have subleased from Shieldb and Parham on the J umbo. They had been at work but a short time when they found very good ore. It looks as if they were breaking in to a rich shoot similar to the one found near the main shaft and which averaged $300 per ton. John JVlcKane, one of the owners, has taken a lease on 100 feet ad joining this lease. Zinn Lease on the Jumbo. Work is progressing satisfactorily on the Zinn lease on the Jumbo and on Mon day there was over a carload of ore sack ed and awaiting shipment. This ore will average from $125 to $150 per ton. | Short Mining Notes. V. P. Strange, the mining engineer, will leave in a day or two to look after his interests in l ule Canyon. On the Commonwealth the owners have just put in a collar set and will sink 40 feet and then crosscut to the ledge. The Combination people have taken up the option on the O. K. Fraction which they bonded some time ago from Jones, Uiggiuson, Aiartin and Towley. Wm. Laing Malcolmson and J. C. Thrawles have gone to Tonopah to close a deal on a group of claims five miles south which they recently examined and found of good prospective value. These claims are owned by Hooker, Everett and Grimes, of Tonopah. Tim Cronin is reported to have struck good ore Monday on the claim which he is working for John McKane and which lies east of the I lack Butte. On the Mohawk. No. 2, the east drift is in 5U feet from the 80 foot point in the shaft and the west, drift 40 feet. There is no particular change in the formation. The Hazel Kirk Goldfield Mining Com pany have 12 men at work on the Sand storm. The shaft has reached a depth of lU feet and they are now crosscutting for the ledge. Keane. McMahon, Fletcher aud Hoi laud are prospecting some claims 5 miles north of Diamoudfield on which there is a good showing, some of the rock show ing free gold under the glass. On the Lanka lease on hte February the lessees are crosscutting from the 56 foot point in the shaft. They are in 30 feet on a ledge, all good looking quartz, but the values at this point are low. Geo. Winkler and associates have three men at work on the Eagle group trench ing in various places in order to deter mine the best place to sink a working shaft. Of late they have secured a num ber of good pannings indicating values of S4U to $5(' per ton. The Jumbo and Vernal Extension Min ing company have opened up a ledge from which good pannings have been made on the Three Friends Fraction, near Diamondfield. The directots of the company have voted to dispose of 50,000 shares of their treasuey stock, for which several offers have already been received. The shaft on the Oddie, Ickes and Ray lease on the north half of the January is now down 170 feet and for some time good-looking quartz has been encoun tered, but the values are low. Yesterday some sulphides were struck but the val ues have not been determined. The les sees intend to soon crosscut to the ledge which was struck at a depth of 130 feet. Accident at the White RocK. Peter Maher and Tom Murray were painfully but not seriously hurt in an ac cideDt at the White Rock last Wednes day, The men were being lowered and standing on the rim of the bucket. When the bottom was approached the whim did not work properly and the bucket struck the ground with considerable force. Ma her and Murray were quite badly shaken and the tendon in the leg strained but, as stated above, are not seriously injured. Sanders & Inman, contractors and .builders, are prepared to give bids on concrete houses and all kinds of concrete work. * PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION Nominations for Officers TooK Place at Last Might’s Meeting. A large crowd was present at the meet ing of the C itizens’ Protective Associ ation held last night. In the absence of J. D. Lothrop, A. E. Barnes was elected temporary chairman. After more or less discussion and some changes, the Con stitution and By-Laws of the organiz ation were adopted, after which the fol lowing nominations were made for the different offices which will be voted upon next Thursday evening: For president—Messrs. Barnes, Ish and J. D. Lothrop. For vice president—Messrs. Duffield, Elliott and Nelson. For secretary— 1 udge E. K. Collins. For treasurer—J. A. Fesler. For the general committee of seven— Messrs. Bragdon, Bradley, lsh, Bobohm, Wadleigli, Bell, Utz, Lewis, Murphy, Mitchell, Froberg, Anderson, Spenker, VV. S. Williams, Lind. Hart, M. S. Sharp, Douglass, Nolan, Frank Lothrop, Casey, luman, J. F. O’Brien and Judge Collins. For peace officers—John Casey, Wm. Inman, W. J. Nolan and C. B. Wiseman. GOLDFIELD AND TONOPAH Mark Bradshaw Tells Reno Journal of their Wonderful Showing. Mark Bradshaw, a young mining engi neer, who graduated from the Nevada University last year, returned from To nopah and Goldfield yesterday morniug and gives glowing details concerning the richness of the camps, says the State Journal. In a statement last evening he said that the claims and mines in Gold field and Tonopah were looking better than tuey ever had before and that a vast amount of work would be done there this summer. He also told of the success of some local men in the new El Dorado. King Ryan, formerly the trainer of the Reno Wheelman's relay team, has an in terest in some very rich claims which have been bonded for $75,(JUU and in all probabilities will soon be worth a com fortable fortune. Ed Errickson, also a graduate mining engineer of the University of Nevada, has a position with the Gold Hill Mining company of Tonopah, and is making a reputation for himself as a mining man of ability. Dave Ward, a well known civil engin eer of this city, is in the new camp and intends to go into business in the near future. Bradshaw is interested in several rich leases in Goldfield and after attending to some business in this city he will re turn to Goldfield to look after his inter ests which he says “look good to him.” There are at present five claims in Goldfield working large forces of men and sacking ore for shipment and Brad shaw states that as soon as the road is completed the forces in all the mines will be increased aud more properties will be worked. Pleased With Goldfield. “The greatest gold camp on earth,” is the brief way Wm. L. Wilson describes Goldfield, Nev., in a telegram to Presi dent E. N. Burr of the Rocky Mountain Securities company, and of which Mr. Wilson is secretary and treasurer. He left Denver May 1, for Tonopah and Goldfield, saying: “lam prepared to be disappointed in Goldfield because it has been praised so highly as a region of ex traordinary gold resources.” He was accompanied by H. E. Elston of Phila delphia, a heavy stockholder in the Ton opah Prospectors Development company. They desire to inspect the assets of this company which the Rocky Mountain Se curities company is financing, and it is presumed they found the company’s six claims at Goldfield fully up to the stand ard of value the prospectors finding them had represented two months ago.—Min ing Investor (Colorado Springs). Geo. S. Nixon Here. Geo. S. Nixon, the Winnemucca banker, came in Wednesday to look after his numerous investments in the camp. He states that his visit is a purely busi ness one and has no political significance. Mr. Nixon was accompanied by Rube Battle of Winnemucca, and Robert Hen derson of Glasgow, Scotland. The former is an old-time miner and Vefy well known throughout the State.