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VOLUME LXXXII. -NO. 88.
GOLD KINGS BACK FROM THE NORTH Californians Among the Men Made Rich by the I Klondike, I CLAIMS SAID TO BE WORTH MILLIONS. y . : Six Miners Return From the Land of Ice and Gold With Small Fortunes, but Stories of Vast Wealth. .; SEATTLE. Wash., Aug. 26.— The mag- t nificent story which newspaperdom of the ] world has anticipated in the arrival of the gold-laden steamer Portland is being somewhat shaded by the constant arrival of letters from brave men who have mane the perilous journey by foot from Dawson City to Juneau, and several schooners which during the fortnight have arrived in this port from St. Michael. At 2 o'clock this afternoon tbe little schooner Fred E. Sander, thirty-two days out from Si. Michael, came into the local harbor, arid with her came a story that the Portland cannot surpass and will have great difficulty in equaling. To-day, for tha first time since July 18, the date the steamer Portland startled the civilized worl i by steaming in from the far off Arctic shores with more than a ton of goid, the newspapers are in a position to ie ! the exact condition of affairs In the grea: gold field- of the north as it is told . by six miners who have come direct from fct. Michael, each of whom brought down j a loriune. The arrivals on the Sander and the j ' amount they brought down follow: 1 James McNamee, ; Juneau, $10,000; j Charles Vest, Portland, $6000 and interests in the gold country which will make him independent 'or life; Joe Lowe, mining interests. $25,000; Harry Ah, king of ' Dawson City gamblers, $10,000 and inter ests in claims on the Klondike worth ' $75,000; J. D. Dinsmore, Eureka, Cal., $8000 and an interest in a claim on the new-discovery creek, known as Hunker CreeK, worth $50,000. Here are a few of the American miners j who, according to the statement of J. S. j Dinsmore ot Eureka, Cal., are reliable, in telligent and conservative men and have struck it rich: '= ° Sk ff Mitchell of Eureka, Cal., worth . $1,000,000. if he is worth a cent; James ..MpNamee of Juneau, half interest in -eighteen different claims on Bonanza and "El Dorado creeks, each of which is worth j ;'"Uom $25.C00 to $50,000; Charles Lamb of .Los Angeles, a partner of AlcNamee in a | .number of the richest claims, will be ; .:': worth at least $250,000; Humboldt Gates ' so f Eureka, Cal., worth $100,000, being in t«res:ed in one and half cl*'.im? on Bo ; nanza and one on El Dorado Creek. .."Frank Densmore of Maine, a black ." smith, is the partner of Skiff Mitchell in I Claim 26 on Bonanza Creek, above discov- j . cry. Mitchell and Densmore have the j richest claims on the Klondike. It pays! $4000 to the box. Their ciean-up last ! year on surface dirt was $113,000. At j ; present they are working twenty-ught j men. - • - ' This is in substance the story brought on the Sander concerning the riches of the Klondike. The Sander's passengers • assert that ti*ose who look for tons of gold on the Portland are csrtainly doomed to great disappointment. While the Klon dike is almost weekly turning out new millionaires, very few great clean-ups have been reported since the latter part of June and the first part of July, and the men who are to-day the richest of Dawson VIEW OF THE BAY AND TOWN OF SKAGUAY, With Mount Carmack, 4840 Feet High, to the Le:t, and White Pass in the Distance to the Right. ':;'. [irom a photograph, taken especially for " The Cali."] The San Francisco Call ■ City's inhabitants have their money stored in. their humble shacks, while much i of it is still in the dirt. W hen the Sander left St. Michael the talk of new discoveries had turned to j Bunker Creek, a tributary of the Klon dike, and Menook Creek, 300 miles north west of Circle City. Menook Creek is in | tiie United States and opens into the j Yukon. Twelve men, according to last reports, were at work there, and one, James Langford, the first miner who got \ to bedrock, took out 125 ounces from a box and a half. This iook two men a week. The pay dirt of Bunker Creek, according to the Sander's passengers, is «s rich as the average to be found in the Klondike. It yields at least 75 cents to the pan. Probably the most interesting character who came down on the Sander was James McNamee. He had his $10,000 of dust in his sack and he was careful to see that it was safely stowed away. He is a single man, 30 years of age, and claims Juneau | for his home. He spent a number of years in the Alaskan country and the last four years of nis life has been passed in searching the Yukon for sufficient of the j ye', ow stuff to make him a rich man. Hi 3 • ambition is satisfied. To-day he holds a I half 'interest in eighteen claims on El Dorado ana Bonanza creeks. He has also secured valuable holdings »on Banker Creek. The Sander's passengers, who are thoroughly acquainted with McNamce's financial coud.tioh, assert that each of the claims in which he is interested is worth from $25,000 to $55,000. During the prist few months he has taken out $137,000. He did not, however, come back with ihat much. A big share of it went to pay his i laborers, while considerable was re- i invested in other claims. He says that j he has come down for a rest and will i spend the winter at Bartlett Springs, Cal. | In his absence his partner, Charles Lamb of Los Angeles, will have charge of the claims. Right here it is interesting to tell an in cident of Lamb's sudden strides to riches. Lamb arid' McNan.ee had been partners. | They had explored several creeks in the far north, but the golden showers of for- i tune did not cross their path, and early last spring Lamb deeded to go to Califor nia, get married and return to the frozen Yukon with his bride and see if he would i not have a change of luck. It was in June that he returned to Dawson City, and as he and his bride stepped from the boat McNamee greeted them with, "LamD, you are worth a fortune. Up to the cabin ] there is $37,000 which represents your in terest in the amount of money that we j have taken out of the claims since you went south to indulge in the luxury of a i wife." From that day things have been | coming Lamb's way, and when he returns to Californta with his bride they will put up at the best hotel in San Francisco and will have money to pay for all the luxu ries of life. Harry Ash, king of the gamblers, was , one of the passengers who returned. All sorts of stories are afloat as tothe amount of dust he brought down. That he is SAN FRANCISCO, FRIDAY MORNING, AUGUST 27, 1897. FORT JAMROOD, on the Plain of Peshawur Near the Mouth of Khyber Pass, Threatened by the Afridi Tribesmen. worth at least $75,000 there is no doubt, as near as can be learned, and the informa tion comes from a pa-sen who is inti mate with him. He has $10,000 in gold dust. Ash is an old Pacific Coast gam bler. The sporting fraternity of Wash ington, California and Oregon is acquaint ed with him. In boom days, when town lots were worth $50 and sold for $10,000, he conducted games in the boom cities of this State. City legislation drove him north several ye.-rs ago. Circle City saw him first. Last winter, with Curly Munroe, another gambler who took up a dozen va riety actresses, he made money by running a dance hull and beer garden at that place. News came from Dawson City of great strikes. Munroe sold out and joined the rush. Ash followed. At Dawson Ciiy he opened a general gambling-house, stood in with the mounted police, if stories are true, secured all gambling rights and gold poured into his coffers as it never poured into those of another gambler. Ash made a fortune; got tired of life in an uncivil ized part of the world, sold out in June last to Golden and Stevens for $30,000, and to-day, he walks the streets of, Seattle as air. Harry Ash. reut*einan. Ash has big interests: on Bonanza and -Et: Dorado creeks. Ash has this to say of the golden cargo of the coming Portland: "1 do not believe that the Portland will bring over $1,000,000. Tnree-quarters or less would be nearer. Miners are not shipping their money out, but need it as fast as they take it out to extend their operations. Fur instance, I have eight properties located on Bonanza, El Dora Bunker and Dominion creeks and in Vic toria Gulch. In round figures I have in vested $100,000 where I have taken out but $10,000. 1 explain this to show you that money will not be sent out at this time. Of course, everybody will bring out enough to pay his expenses." Joe Lowe, who assisted Ash in his gambling games, has interests which will foot up $50,000. Lowe is the Mayor of Cir cle City by "choice." He explains that the citizens of the town asked him to. ac cept and he consented. He posed as Ash's father at Dawson City. Ash says . Lowe brings out $15,000 and has excellent paying properties to go back to. Charles Vest of Portland, Or., who is one of the returning passengers, has been doing but little prospecting. He has been engaged in trading. J. S. Dinsmore of Eureka, Cal., gives the most comprehensive story of affairs at Klondike of any of the passengers and one of the finest, if not the finest, that has come from the north since the world was told of the riches of the Yukon. Dins more modestly says that he brought out a little over $8000. Harry Ash credits him with $15,000 and says that- Dinsmore would rot tell his mother the exact amount he did bring. In addition to the sum Dinsmore has with him bis interests on Hunker Creek undoubtedly foot up from $50,000 to $100,000. Here is what ; Dinsmore said this afternoon in a detailed interview: "I was engaged in the mercantile busi Continued on Third Page, REBELS HOLD KHYBER PASS It Is Now Completely in the Hands of the Tribesmen. Fort Luni-Kbtalon : Attacked and Burned by the Afridis. It Is Believed That the Garrison Succeeded In Making Terms. : , Before Surrendering. "• '■>. PESHAWUR, India, ' Aug. ( 26— Fort Luni-Kotalon, situated at the' extreme, end of the Khyber Pass and garrisoned by 300 men of the Khyber Rifles, was at-' tacked and burned by the 'Afridis on Tuesday. The famous Khyber Pass, lead ing from Afghanistan into India, has now fallen completely into the hands of the insnrgcnt tribesmen. SIMLA, India, Aug. 26. -The Afridis aimed for the Luni-Kotalon Tuesday. The garrison held its own until 10 o'clock Wednesday morning when, after sharp fighting in which the native commander of the garrison was killed while gallantly leading his men, the enemy gained an en tra nc. The fight was continued for two hours inside the fortification by the Knyber Rifles in the towers at the angles of the fort, which were strongly built of stone. The Afridis lost heavily before they finally captured the place. They cap tured a quantity of supplies, and then burned the structure. The fact that no news has been received of the fate of the garrison leads to the belief here that they succeeded in making terms before they surrendered. The news is confirmed here that the Orakhis have risen and cut telegraphic communication with all garrisons and posts of Kurram Valley. SIMLA, India. Aug. 26.— The British agent at Cabul, the capital of Afghan istan, reports that the Ameer held a durbar (consultation of the, chiefs) on August 17, and read the protest of Lord Elgin, the Indian Viceroy, on the com plicity of the Indian tribes on the fron tier, and then read his own reply to it, fol lowing this with a solemn declaration, attested by an oath, nat he would always maintain friendly relations with the Brit ish Government. ' •* •;» . , LONDON, Eng., , Aug. 26. -The import ant news that the Ameer has sworn fidel ity to Great Britain has a reassuring effect both in India and here as tending to re move any doubt as to his iqvalty." ■'■'■' ; ° Inquiries at the India- Office late last night elicited the information that the question of sending troops from England remains open, as it is .believed; that the forces already on the frontier will prove sufficient to conduct the operations. '• The Standard this morning takes th*? Government to task for having left Khy ber Pass without British troop-*-. Asjecial dispatch from Bombay says that- 5 cholera has broken out in the Northamptonshire Regiment. ; . - *' The Govern ir- General of Inula, the Earl of Elgin, has lelegrap .ed the Government confirm. ng the news of the capture of Fort Lundi-Kotal, adding that one* native offi cer was killed and one wounded, ''"-■tf-'-tftf [ I Continuing, the Governor-General an nounced that nearly all the garrison of Fort Ali-Mucijidi usd reached Jamrud. The soldiers succeeded in retreating with their guns. , The foregoing dispatch has caused a feeling of relief here, as it disproves the reported massacre af the \ garrison of Ali- Mu«jidi and md cates that the garrison of Lundi-Kotai has not suffered greatly. **::*:■•"-" • *.'. -" - ' "*• * ' 1 *• ■ A NEW POWERFUL EXPLO. IVE. Its Adoption Would "Revolutionize the Present System of haval 11. \ Warfare.- l ' CHICAGO 111., Aug. 26.— Mirex is the name of a new and 'powerful explosive. It was given a successful lest outside of the Government pur this evening. The whole system of naval warfare -may be revo lutfoniz'd by it. War vessels will have to be differently constructed, and the ex pensive and cumbersome naval ordnance now guarding the coast will be a thing of the past. Two Chicago young men, Wil liam S. Darley and Herman G. Pfeiffer, nre the inventors, and have been working on it for the past eight months. Inter ested with them is John H. Edleman, a New York gentleman, who is now finan cially backing their enterprise. No electrical current or mechanical de vice is used to explode mines. , It depends entirely upon the water pressure, and the projectile can be accurately regulated so as to explode in any depth that may be de sired. It is extremely light, only from three to j eight pounds of the explosive being re quired to rend the most powerful man-of war in twain. It is also cheap, $20 being sufficient to manufacture the projectile, while the torpedoes now in use cost hun dreds of dollars, and then are likely to fail in their purpose. In an experiment to-night three ounces of explosive at a depth of fifteen feet shook the pier to its foundation, and with -sufficient i force j to wreck any ordinary craft. -v At' a depth 5 of five feet a shower of water was forced into lie air tti my feet high. If three "ounces of explosives would have such pronounced effect, it" is easy to imagine what a lew pounds would do. : ; ; *'; v The gentlemen are having ' a small gun made which will carry a three-pound pro jectile 200 yards. " '.. PROSPERITY EECQMIhG GENERAL. Telegraph Lines of the Country Doing a Rushing Business Nothing Like It Since 1890. CHICAGO, 111., Aug. 26.— N0 better in dication that business is improving can be found anywhere than in the reports of the telegraph companies. Only once since the Western Union began doing business in Chicago have reports from test offices shown the volume of business to be in ex cess of that of the last six' weeks, and this was in 1890. Colonel R. C. Clowry, super intendent of the Western Union, and L. D. Parker, general superintendent of the Postal Telegraph Company, both say that indications point to an unusual volume of business this fall. The increase shows clearly that conditions are much healthier Li'ap Showing the Part of the Indo- Afghan Frontier Along Which the Afridi Tribesmen Are Making Their Attacks, With the Several Forts and Khyber Pass. .The frontier line as marked .on, the map is that agreed upon between Great Britain and Afghanistan after the war of 1878-79. It it drawn along the base of the mountains, spurs of the great Sui ieman Range, so as to throw all of the rich plain country on the Inaian or eastern' side, leaving the western side, which is covered by a jumble of high, rugged mountains,' to the Pathan tribesmen, who are nominally the subjects of the Ameer of Afghanistan. Though the line is practically as well defined by nature as If it ran along a mountain ridge or a large river course, under ; one pretext and another the British have gradually advanced posts and assorted a sort of control or protectorate over the hill tribes.,' Fort Maude on the Bara River and forts Ali Musjid and Landi Kotal, commanding Khyber Pass, are instances of this advance. ' and that the demand is not only steady but vigorous. Not only nre indications for a period of unusual prosperity noticed in the West but all over the country. _."I am agreeably surprised by the show ing of the reports from our test offices all over the country," said Colonel Clowry to-day. "My division «xtends west of Buffalo and Pittsburg to the Pacific Coast, and includes all the territory north of the Onio River and west of the Mississippi between the Mexican border and Van couver. In this vast territory there are such commercial centers as Cleve land, Cincinnati, Chicago, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Kansas City (with her immense cattle market), San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Galves ton and Houston. Reports from these cities show tbat there has been a steady increase right along for the last few months. This has been more marked dur ing the six weeks just passed. The in crease is not confined to any particular section, but extends all over tte Western country .and is generally distr.bufed, so that it cannot be said to result from any local cause, but to be * a result of general improvement. This looks very much like the return of prosperity and revival of business." ' * ■■ Mr. Parker said : • "The West as a whole shows a /air increase in business, but we could stand a great deal more, of course. Especially has this increase been notice able this month. There has been a great revival in speculative business, which has been dormant so long. Indications are that this increase will be steady, end we hope to do a large business this fall. General conditions of the country are im proving, if our reports are lair Indica tions, and I believe they are." Supreme Council of Foresters. DENVER, Colo.. Aug. 26 — The time of the Supreme Council, Foresters of Amer ica, to-day was taken up with reports of committees. The membership and finances of the order were shown to be in a very satisfactory condition. The con sideration of the report of the committee on laws occupied the greater part of the day and was, not finished when the coun cil adjourned. Among other things it was ' decided to hold open ballots in all courts of the order. The delegates and their friends were entertained at Elitch's Gardens this evening. PRICE FIVE CENTS. MOB RULE THREATENED AT COLUSA Militia Ordered Out to Defend Pedro Vinelli. PLOT TO ATTACK A PRISON. Summoned by Runners, Men Gather to Take the Mexi can's Life. SEEK TO AVENGE MISS POIRIER. One Attack Prevented by the Ab sence of a Leader for the Vigilantes. MARYSVILLE, Cal., Aug. 26.-Te!e --graphic orders were received this evening from Major-General James, ordering Com pany D of the National Guard 10 proceed at once to Colusa and aid the Sheriff in gnarding the jail against the expected attack of a mob, which it is feared will at tempt to lynch Pedro Vinelli, the attempted murderer of Miss Poirier. In response to this order Captain Voos, with a detachment of twenty-two men, left to night at 8:30 o'clock for Colusa. SANTA CRUZ, Cal., Aug. 26.— Acting Governor Jeter received a telegram this evening from Major-General James, com manding the National Guard of Califor nia, advising him that the Sheriff of Co lusa County anticipated an attack to night upon the jail by an armed mob, and asked the assistance of companies from Colusa and Marysville. General James had replitd that he would order Compa nies C and D to repair forthwith to the i county jail at Colusa and act under the orders of the Sheriff, providing Acting ; Govornor Jeter should so direct. General | James himself recommended this step. Mr. Jeter at once wired his approval and the necessary orders were issued. ** . * tf- ' * * ■ —. -.-'.*- MILITIA GUA HI»S TUB JAIL, Colusa and 3larysvill« Companies Assist ' the sheriff. COLUSA, Cal., Aug. 27.— Colusa is in a state of great excitement to-night over the announcement that the attempt made on Wednesday night to lynch Pedro Vinelli is to be repeated before dawn. Ever since Vinelli attempted to murder Miss Fiorina Poirier last Tuesday threats of lynching have been heard on every street corner. Nothing but the precarious condition cf Vineiii, who has been lying in the County Jail, prevented an earlier attempt to wreak summary vengeance upon him. The Sheriff was informed early in the evening that forty citizens armed with rifles • and pifitols would besiege the jail, and he wired to Major-General James, commanding the National Guard, asking that the militia companies at Colusa and Marysville be sent to his assistance. The Sheriff nas had a force of deputies armed with shotguns on guard at the jail day and