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THE CALUMET NEWS.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 1911. Houghton Department BOARD MAY MEET EVERY TWO YEARS R. H. SHIELDS SAYS NEW EQUAL IZATION BOARD LIKELY WILL MEET FREQUENTLY IN FUTURE. R. If. Shields, a member of state tax commission, returned yesterday from Langinc, where on Wednesday evening th state tax commission had a eon- femice with Governor Oborn and the senate committee on taxation. Thesb Ject of the conference was to discuss taxation matters In the state and to devise means whereby a more equit able assessment of the general prop erty of the state could be had. In commenting on the conference, Mr. Shields said: "1'iwler the present law it is the duty of the tax commission to ascertain the value of all property In the state for Its recommendation to the state board of equalization, which meets every live years and which meet this year in August. In addition to this the- tax commission must hear complaints from every dissatisfied taxpayer who cares to make a complaint, and hdd hearings from every dissatisfied tax payer who cares to make a complaint, and hold hearings throughout the state for the purpose of correcting whatever abuses may be found to exist. On the other hand we have bi-cn ! limited to ten clerks, which makes it practically a physical Impossibility to performe the duties Imposed on the board. The tax commission therefore asked that empowered to employ w hatever help may be found necessary, with the approval of the Mate board of auditors. It seemed to be the gen- rfll onilllon nf nil r.r.u..nt fh..l il.ij would be done. In w hich even experts ' would foe employed to place a value on all mines in tho state. "Under the old constitution the state board of equalization was composed of the lieutenant governor, secretary of state, land commissioner, auditor general and the state treasurer, and It was suppose that these omVers would constitute the board for this year. Hut It was discovered that the present legislature must create and appoint new members for this board, but it Is altogether likely that the board will Include the fame mem'-vrs as formerly. There seems to b- a strong demand that one or all the memlxTS of the hoard of stat tax commissioners also become membt-rs of this loard. This will ! eVc-MM very early at the present ses-hm of the legislature. It a!s secm-d to be the opinion of those present that the state board of equalization t-hoiild , meet once In every two years hereaf- ( ter.' iMV. Shields rave as his reason for thinking that the board of equalisation will meet oftener the great variation In the value of prirty in the Mate in five years. He mentioned especially the case of the nines in Ontonagon county as well as other parts of the copper country where the taxation was vjuallzed fa.me five years ag- but h.-v since declined in value, ami in many instances, abandoned. The valuation, however, remain the same (t,r the whole five years. As a comparison, lie pointed to the great incre a i)f val ue of some of the land in the lower lart of the state. In some of the coun ties that formerly were given a very low valuation, great ant'-mobile, indus tries and other business enterprises have grown up In the last few years, greatly increasing the value of prop erty. Should the 'hoard m-et .ft-ner a better bahi. of valuation could ! made. NOR VAL BAPTIE COWING. Does Tesm Work on Skates With Isa bel Butler Here Feb. 7. Manager Mc.Vamara of tho Ampl l drome announce, today that NoraI P;i,tle and Isabel n.jtLr win an exhibition of speed and fancy skating at the A'nphldrof.e i,eXt Tuesday v nlng. February 7. This announcement will be received with pleasure b-,- all ho havo p,.v. Paptie-s exhibitions j f.,rv,er years. The little wonder hat Improved won derfully n the last few yars and has added a largo n'lm'n r of f.-.itx to his exhibitions. Where ,, formerly leaped over four barrels, he now clears nine. Skating on Kiln Is one of his new features whi h 1 si. re to pleas-. Par. tie hails from pithi-at-, V. I;., and for rnmv y.nrs J.as laid claim to the professional speed championship of tile worl '. He holds many seating rec ords. fn hi present trl; he J- making a spec laity of team work. Mis partner, Isabel Putb-r Im h well known fancy kate.r ur th'-ir ur.rk alwavs orlng appliine-, r e-ing ir.t-,. !y spec tacular. FEWER MISHAPS THIS YEAR. It is Believed New Methods Will Pre ' vent Man Lake Accidents. "There W11 he f . u e r aeeidents on the great ;ilrpi )ri 1 : 1 1 than there were In Pp)," s.tld a promine nt member of the .ak Carriers assoe -la t ion. Tli reason Is that more responsibility Is to be plaeee on oh master e,f a ves sel. Instiran'' rats have ,,tn In creasing all oof e,f proportion n th. last few years and th vessel owners are determined to get at the bottom nt the trouble. One thing that Is noticeable is that a few yearn ago whenever nn accident happened to a ship the owners ns well as every one else made- nn effort to cover up the real cause. It was con- sldered a reflection on the owner and the manager of the vessel us well as tn the master. That ide.i 1 changing now. The cause of accidents are be ;lng freely discussed among marin nun. Jt win mean mat more mam will be blamed on the shoulders of the masters and then there will be fewer accidents. "The Pittsburg Steamship company can be credited with first working out this plan. The company carries Its own Insurance ut an average cost of less than 3 4 per cent. The rate giv en by the underwriters to other own era in now six per cent. This state of ! i affairs has attracted the attention of other owners and they are now plan nine to get down to the same low j rate." .J. A A A A . HIGH SCHOOL NEWS. Supt. John A. Ioelle of the Hough ton publ'e schools has received the following letter from the Century magazine: "The Century Magazine purposes to take up the question of the teaching of manners In the public schools, and In order to collect authentic Information on the subject we are venturing to ask you and other educators throughout the country to be good enough to respond to the subjoined questions. "(1) To what extent are manners taught to the children under your su perintendence? "(2) Is this teaching systematic and regular, or is It left to the Judg ment of individual teachers? "You will not understand us as re ferring to what might be called dancing-school manners' but to the manifestation of respectful conduct of children and youth toward their elders and toward each other. "We shall be glad to learn of spec! us instanees or instruction ami we ha" "uch apI.reclate your kind at- tention to the matter. Mr. Docile will respond by saying that a regular course of manners Is not taught in the schools. The teacher Is supposed to be an example of good manners to the children and good manners are as necessary a part of lur equipment us anything else. The teacher works on the supposition that good manners nro taught In the home of the child and does not intrude her opinions till a pupil violates good taste In some action, when she Imine diately gives him a lesson. High School Notes. hollowing is the line-up of the Houghton high se-ho.d liockey team which will play Calumet this after noon at the Amphidrome: Goal, Dol l'nar; point, Chynnw-eth; cover point. Alt; center, Itassett; rover, Croze; r'snt v,ri?- Geising; left wing. Mills. Tr'e Houghton high school will have mid-winter graduation. The semi-nn nual promotion plan adopted by the school will have worked into the high school In about four years, and a class will then be graduated in February as is now dot,., in. the Calumet high school. Next February, a class of twenty-five to thirty pupils win enter the high school from the grades. Principal Kelley of the high school says that this year more pupils are trying for honors In the oratory and declamation contests. In each class there are now twenty candidates work ing for the honor of representing the school In the district contest end pos sibly representing the upper peninsula in the state contest. The large class working on the orations is without doubt the rsu!t of the offer of the faculty to award a credit to each stu dent who enters the contest. Mr. Kelley states that every one taking part In athletics is now eligible as the new semester has started. He aiso states urn the averages among the athletes have been exceptionally hith the past semester. He computes the av.rae of all students In their studies for the first half year to be be tween 8.', and (). a very creditable show lng. The junior class held a meeting this we k for the purpose of electing a president to succeed Arthur Wimmer who has left school. lamer Thrriault was elected. The tilth school will give a concert In the assembly room of the high school next Friday evening for the purpose of raising funds for the bas ketball team. This will be the first musical entertainment of the school for the year. Neither of the teams are in debt but it has been thought advisable to guard against this predicament by holding tho concert. The hockey team will ciie In for a share of the receipts, although It Is exacted that the dance to be given by the lux key team, Friday, February 17 at the Am phldrorne hall, will provide enough re turns to take enro of the expenses throughout the year. A list of those entered In the decla mation contests Is as follows: sopho mores, Florence Obenhoff and Leslie Nelson; freshmen, Raymond Allport, Norman Dollos, Klla Hllss, John Har rington, Archie Lovlne, Mildred I-wls, William Miller, Florence Simmons, Margaret Kecder, Dorothy pearce, Gordon McCurdy. Windsor and Gladys Strocbcl; commercial department, F. Woyd.lak, W. Kd wards and J. Fink. The lfirswt window In Great Pntaln la tho east window in York cathedral. It U Kovenfy-flve feet MrU nud tblrtjr two feet vide. "It takes n frenlus" "To do what?" "To Rot nlonjr with a gen!u3.M-Loti IsrlMe Courier-Journal. A woman never ennsMera a man n bore ns long as he talks to her about herself. AFFAIRS OF THE MINING COLLEGE HAMMER & TONGS LEADS IN BAS ' KETBALL. GOOD PROGRESS IN M. C. M. REUNION REPORTED. The last game of the inter-boardlng house basketball schedule will be played at the Michigan College of Mines next Saturday evening and con siderable Interest Is being displayed in the outcome by the students. The Hammer & Tongs team is now leading In the percentage column with the Williams and Locals close seconds. The Locals played the Houghton hlh school basketball team last evening. The games scheduled for this evening are between the Hammer & Tongs team and the Longyear & Swent quin tette, and between the Odds & Knds and Williams. The varsity of the M. C. M. will next Friday evening meet the Calumet & Hecla team of Calumet In the second game of the seaso. The C. & 11. team won the last game after a very stren uous contest and the game to be played at the colleRe next week Is ex pected to be equally as hard fought. The line-up will be: guards. Newkirk and Schaher; forwards, Klcpetko and Portiss; center, Perkins. Interest in Centenary. President McNalr is receiving many replies to his circular letter Issued last month to the graduates of the col lege Inviting them to attend the 25th centenary and reunion .f the college to be held In Houghton August 8 to 11 this year. Another of these letters will be Issued next week by tho pres ident. A number of stamps and post ers have been devised with humorous drawings representing the grand home-coming and these will be posted on the mail of the college. One of these has a history. At a banquet held a few years ago at Salt Lake City by the graduates of the college, and which was attended by President McNalr, one of the toasts proposed vas, "Houghton In 1911, If we have to walk." The picture shows a mining engineer walking the railroad track back to the M. C. M. Reports from Lansing give the In formation that the biennial nppropria tlon for the Michigan College e.f Mines has been Introduced in the senate by Senator Kugene Foster, chairman of the Michigan College of Mines com mittee. The sum named In the bill Is 1 148,000. Of this very little will be used for Improvement work at the col lege. There has been very little 1m- rovement work done for some time and no plans have been made for anv more for some time. The appropria tion Is to be used for regular work only. Committee to Visit College. It is expected that the college will be lsited some time In the near future by the committees on the collego in the senate and house of the state leg islature. Senator Kusene Foster In the. halrman of the senate committee and his party usually arrives in Houghton some time In the month of February r their annual Inspection of the buildings and the work. The college was visited yesterday by P.obert I. Mclntire, a graduate of the lass of '07. Mr. Mclntire Is now lo cated at Helena, Mont., being a part ner In the mining engineering firm of Popes & Mclntire. He is spending a few days visiting his former friends in Houghton. R, N. Palmer of Ontario, Canada, en tered the M. C. M. this week. The play which is to he given by the students of the mining college some time during the spring vacation is making good headway. A number of students are drilling for each part to be played and as yet no definite cast of characters has been named. The hockey team Is doing some ractielng and the management Is making efforts to secure games with utside teams. A game with the Unl erslty of Michigan hockey team ould be much preferred to any other and it It probable that arrangements o this effect can be made. IS NOT A CANDIDATE. Writer PricUtt of Sidnaw Saya Busi ness Prevents Him. Walter F. Prlckctt, proprietor of the Roycred't farm nt Sidnaw, whose namej has been mentioned throughout the (hukkah: doctor. WHITE MM rlNv-EKOUGHT US ATAFR. J - , (CALM. YOUR. ZNTRUitASivf) ' lYJ 1T WVSTHEANGILS C M2sh THAT iENT THE TWINSVvjA Mh lSLE: "tHfJDOG GOING-A rf v,' upper peninsula as n candidate for li jK'sitlon on the State Hoard of Agrlcul ture, has announced that he U not a candidate for that office, stating that his business prevents hitn from taking on other duties . This decision makes it seem unlikely that the copier country will secure representation on this board. In "peaking of his withdrawal frotn the race, tho tMenomlnee Herald-Leado makes the following statement: "This leaves the field clear to W. J Oberdorlfor of Stephenson, who will pr4ably be re-eltctcd without oppo si tlon. Mr. OiberdorTer Is one of the leading agriculturists In the upper pe nlnsula, and during his residence here ha done much for the farnwrs of the state. He has served as a member of the state legislature, also a member of the state board of agriculture, Is a member of the county board of supr visors. "He will probably be renominated at the state convention to be held In Saginaw in starch." IN HOUGHTON CHURCHES. Rev. Knoev!e to Talk to Young Peo pleServices as Usual. Rev. Frank P. Knowles of the Tres 'bterlan church will address the Young People's Christian Endeavor society of the church tomorrow even lng. Services In other Houghton churches tomorrow will be as follows St. Ignatius church Masses at 8, 9 and 10:15 a. m. Vespers at 3 p. m Rev. A. J. Rezek, pastor. Trinity church Services at 7:30 and 10.30 a. m. and 7 p. in. Rev. John Cur son, rector. Grace M. K. church Services at 10:30 a. m. and 7 p. m. Sunday school nt noon. Rpworth league meeting at 6-30 p. m. Rev. II. C. Shaw, pnstor. Presbyterian church Services at 10:20 and 7:30 p. m. Christian En deavor meeting nt 6:43 p. m. Rev Frank P. Knmvlea. , Christian Science Services nt 1043 Sunday morning in the Christian Sci once hall, Leopold building, Shelden street. HOUGHTON BREVITIES. --J- ?! f 5 5- F. I. Carina went to Chicago on business yesterday. A. J. Ruhl left yesterday afternoon for Chicago on business. James R. Iee has gone to Montreal and Poston on bufinoss. 'Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Willock of Chi cago are visiting friends In the copper country for a few days. Tho subject for discussion at the morning service at the Christian Sci ence hall tomorrow will bo "Spirit." Miss May Palmer entertained a par ty of twenty friends at "."00" last even ing at her. homo in Wc.t Houghton. Missionary A. Wylin will hold serv ices ''tomorrow opening at 7:30 o'clock In the old school building at Trlmoun tain. Krncst Gross of Hurontown has gone to England where he will qend about three months vltiting friends at his edd homo. Arthur Carnahan, mining writer for Gay & Sturgls, has gone to Reston and other eastern towns on a short 'busi ness trip. A marriage license was issued by County Clerk Kaiser this morning to Pel tho Pietela and Maggie Seppala of Palnesdale. H. S. Garvey, commercial agent for the 11. .fe o. railroad, with offices, in Milwaukee, is spending a few days In Houghton on business. There was a clerical and sub-clerical civil service examination In the as sembly room of the Central high school building this morning, commencing at 9 o'clock. Pembroke Hennespcy, the 12-year old toy whose foot was Amputated, thia week, following a coasting accident. Is reiportod to be recovering and gradual ly regaining his utrength. The Houghton Ski club will make the usual Sunday run to the Hoaly bungalow tomorrow. The now is good and a full attendance of the members of the club Is expected- x The funeral of the late Henry Mir on, victim of the Copper Range wreck of Monday, was held nt 9 o'clock this morning from tho Atlantic Catholic church to Forest Hill cemetery. iMrs, G. M. Walker of GocmI Will Farm, visited Houghton today and rc- orta the addition of two more children to the already overcrowded conditions at tho farm, from Ironwood. Michael Porkowskl of Palnesdale made applkatln In the county clerk's SUPERVISORS OF STATE TO MEET ASSOCIATION WILL MEET 'IN LANSING FEB. 7-9 TO CON SIDER IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. Important matters of legislation will 'be considered by the State Association of Supervisors which will be In ses sion in Lansing, February 7 to 9. Rep resenting, as it does, 1,600 assessing ofilccrs in Michigan, the association hopej to accomplish a great deal worth while. "The fact of the matter is," said President Andrew J. Tripp, of Pontlac, in nn Interview, "the board of super visors is a sort of stepping stone to the legislature. Many of the members of the legislature have served a long apprenticeship as supervisors, and they tan readily recognize valuable legis lation." President Tripp is now sheriff In his county. He was In Lansing Thurs day to assist Senator John Leldlcin of Saginaw, vice president of tho asso ciation and Secretary Frank I Dodge of Lansing, complete arrangements for the 12th annual meeting. A year ago In his annual address to the supervisors. President Tripp rec ommended that the mortgage tax law be amended. The association also con- slderexl the election of United States senators by the direct vote of the peo ple. As no legislature has met since that tim no notion has been possible. Now with the law makers at work, it Is very piobable that these same mat ters may again receive attention. office this morning for full naturaliza tion papers. He arrived at the port of New York from Germany in 1900. George Allle, Jr., of Houghton, leaves this afternoon for Puffalo where he will attend the annual convention of the Tug Firemen and Linesmen's Protective association on Monday. Mr. Allle is a delegate from the Houghton local of the association. Sheriff Pycrs has received photo graphs and description of Miss Doro thy H. C. Arnold of New York, who hag been missing since December 12. MNs Arnold Is a New York sooi.'iy bcTi and a diligent search is bvini; made for her throughout the entire country. . TURRENT II 1 J rZOVCTlJ w A AAA ls U NEW YORK, N. Y., FEB. 3RD. Since our last lines a very marked and decided change has come over tho situation, which appears to be due wholly to the Important announcement made by the management of the Harrlman lines relating to their policy of development and their plans for double track ing sonic 1700 miles of road Involving expenditure of at least $7.r.,000,000. Wall street was quick to see the value which lay in this news with the result that the market immediate ly broadened with a good demand for securities all along the lines and with a tetter business than the street bus enjoyed in many a long day. The import ance of the policy announced by the Union Pacific Is not related to the proposal to spend $15,000,000 a year minimum In the direction Indicated, ibut has it's larger bearing on the undoubted eaect it will have on the management of other railroad properties, our Judgment being that where the Union Pacific can lead others at least can afford to follow and. If we cary this Idea to It's logical conclusion it ought to mean the turning of the wheels of industry. in every direction, with the development of a healthy optimism In place of the un healthy pessimism which has pervaded the entire country for so long, and which means in its results the difference between good "business and bad business. Tho December net returns coming along have leen very much better as to the Western properties than as to the Fastern properties, the Pennsylvania flgurt for instance, being distinctly bad although we assume they reflect 'a readjustment in many matters of book-keeping, due to the fact that this company's fiscal year ends De cember 31 t. The Chesapeake and Ohio December re turns also shows marked declines for some reason not clear to us. These individual statements however have had no effect on the market which has been en gaged m consideration of itself alone. Money con tinues eay and the absorption of bond Issues con tinues without reflection there. It looks as If we are In for much better time in the' stock market. A reaction may easily follow the re cent rise, but if It does It should Ibe welcomed ns an opportunity to take on stocks, for we feel that the op portunities surely now exist on the constructive side of the position, and that 'a good healthy enthusiasm will not be amiss for a considerable time to come. N. J. (Miller of Miller and Co. BOSTON, MASS, FEB. 3RD. Price levels during the week Just passed would in dicate that some or the big interests that have visibly been apart for a long time past are acting a little more harmoniously than they have -previously been doing. The best pronouncement we had for a long time has been to the effect that there Is In process of formation a metal selling company which will handle the entire output of the country. The iintold benefit that this would be to the copper Industry Is obvious and especially so when It Is con sldered that three fourths of the rresent choas has brought about by the unbusinesslike methods of marketing the metal. Had tho steel business been so conducted there wou d bo little attraction In It at tho present time. That something important far-reaching In It's effect along these lines I. hatching there Is .no doubt, in the word? of one of the big Interests Upper Peninsula NEWS OF INTEREST- PUPIL ATTACKS TEACHER. Young Woman Has Torriblo Expr ionco With an Unruly Boy, Some of the boy pupils of the Gates vllle echool, In Raber township, Chip pewa county, have been endeavoring to Imitate Jesse James, according to the report made to Judge Sncll by James McCarron, the county truant officer, says the Soo News. Knives, revolvers and clubs have figured In their depre dations, and the teacher of the school has been a victim of their misdeeds. It is alleged that Thomas Forgrave, a youth of fourteen years of age, Is the ringleader and that In December he attacked the teacher, Miss Bryant, with a knife. The matterwas hushed up and the boy has been on his good be havior until a few days ago, when he brutally assaulted the teacher again, this time with a club, hitting her over the body and head, her face being a mass of bruises. McCarron makes the claim that the morals among the boys are the very lowest. Their language Is unfit for publication and they are Imbued with a spirit of lawlessness and defy all authority. Judge Snell has ordered a general Investigation and has summoned the Forgrave boy and others to appear before him for examination. WRESTLING CONTEST. Arrangements for the catch-aa-catch-ean wreatllng matches to take place at the Ishpeming theater in the morning and evening of Washington's birthday will be completed. Wllhln a few days. The principal wrestlers in the morning contest will be Ole Samp Bon. the well known Finnish nthltte, and William Demetral. The latter is one of the best known wrestlers of the country and has held the Greek cham pionship of America. Demetral and Sampson are about of the same weight. Carl Lehto, will wrestle In the even ing, and he will meet either Martin, Cutler or Kala Pasha, the Turkish wrestler, who Is particularly well known In Chicago and through the west. Cutler la a brother of "Kid" Cut ler who threw Ordemann Wednesday nl-'it at Minneapolis. M'artln Cutler is l'ie man who helped Jack Johnson to train for his iflght with Jim Jeffries. Ho and Pasha and Lehto are all about the same weight. f 1 ii w I 11 L-C I I It will be easy I THREW LAMP AT WIFE. Matt Andsraon of Nowbsrry, Latett Arrival at Marquotta Prison. Sheriff Turnbull, of Luce county, has Ibrought Matt Anderson to the Mar quette prison. Anderson was convict ed of manslaughter, he having lu a fit of anger thrown a lighted lamp at his w Ife, -with the result that her cloth ing caught fire and she was fatally burned. It appears that a party was In progress at Anderson's home, and all had been drinking. Arter being out for a short time, Anderson returned to the scene of merry-making to find his witS fitting In another man's lap. Though it Is claimed by others present that all was In funkand that there was no reason for the husband "being Jeal ous, Anderson did not wait for ex planations, but grasped a lighted lamp from the table and hurled it at his ppouse. 'Mrs Anderson wus terribly burned and died the next morning. Anderson was sentenced by Judges Shepherd to from flvo to fifteen years In the Mareiuette prison. MILD SENSATION. Nagauneo Man Appeared on Iron Straat Friday Without Clothing. Andrew Nordland, one of Negaunec's "characters," apeared on Iron street Friday morning at 11:30 o'clock, Btark naked, and was arrested about thirty minutes later by Marshal Rouijh. Nordland now stands a good chance of spending some months, and .possibly a year or more In the penitentiary. Nordland was soiber at the time. He and some other men were in Gust Ek kala's saloon, on West Iron street, and Nordland says that some of the men there dared him to remove his clothing and walk across the street and return, wagering $1 that he would not do the stunt. Hut Nordland "mado good," and did not have even a shoe or stocking on when he crossed over to the candy store on the opposlde side of the street md returned to the saloon. When Marshal Rough went after, him ho found him In William Huntunen's sa loon, about a block farther up tho street. The appearance of the man minus ils clothing caused much excitement. A number were returning to their homes for dinner at the time, and lu v few minutes hundreds of people enow about what Nordland had done. rOOPPERS j By J. A. MINNEAR & COMPANY to effect an organization for the proper protection of copper interests Just hs soon as It is known how this may be effected without making criminals out of Its organizers. Production during the month has been about nor mal with a few Inslgnillcant decreases due to weather and other interrupting conditions, but this has hardly compensated for the lessening in domestic demand. Sentiment Is mixed, as to what we may expect from the producer's guesses being either for a moderate de crease or a moderate Increase. The best opinion is that things have gradually begun to frame themselves up for a better state of affairs oil along the copper line. J. II. Cody of Miller and Co. LAKE SUPERIOR & ARIZONA This Issue has resumed activity, trading around $3.00 a share, an advance of one hundred per cent from re cent low quotations. The upward movement was caused by the report received from the property to the effect that Silver Queen mine, which adjoins tho L S. &. A. property had opened up a body of sulphide ores. The Silver Queen is owned by -the Magma Company, which also has the option on the L. S. & A. property. The Gunn-Thonipson interests who control the Magma stated when they acquired th option on L. S. ft A. that in the event that sulphides were encountered, there would be no doubt but that this option would be exer cised. The announcement this week was therefore of much importance. The Magma interests this week requested the local officers of L S. & A. to forward them the abstracts of titles to tho property. This might indicate the early exercise of the option on the property. The home offlco of L. 8. & A. yesterday afternoon received tho following message from P. Hoar, Superin tendent of tho property concerning developments at the Sliver Queen: "Leary states that the vein cut from the bottom of the Queen shart is four to six feet wide, with diabase ono wall, and quartzlte the other wall. Drifted along tho vein sixty feet each day, making a total length on vein of 120 feet. Ore run four to sixty per cent, aver aging twenty per cent copper for the entire length. All ore sulphides and copper glance." HANCOCK As we Intimated for several weeks past, the di rectors this week declared an assessment of $2.00 a share, on the outstanding Hancock Consolidated stock. This assesment Is to be paid in two Instalments of $1.00 each, the first March 1st and the second on May 1st, The announcement of tho assessment was so generally expected that It had no effect on the selling price of the stock. On the contrary, the shares ad vanced from $18 to $0, ind offerings even nt present prices ore very light. Developments at the property continue very favorable. INDIANA Indiana's new shaft Is down a little over thirty feet, and Is aoing through clay. The management proposes to sink about thirty feet more, and then will concrete tho shaft and continue sinking until tho vein Is reached. Drilling also Is under way, although tho most important line of work now being done Is In shaft finking. To be concluded Monday,