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(loose Creek Coal Kidds. .
Writttn by Pre«. W. T. Jack for tb«' Christ ina*» News. Oakley, Ida., Dec. 9.—Very lit )wn outside of the im mediate vicinity, of the immense coal fields of southern Idaho. tie is But to those who have become acquainted with the vast depos its of carbon in the Goose Creek district it is only a matter of time until a large part of the coal consumed west of here will be furnished from mines in this neighborhood. Although the beds of coal in this locality' ap pear to be of a more recent for mation than those of Utah and Wyoming still sufficient time has elapsed since this deposit to in dicate that the heat from the molten beds of lava, as they flow ed from the north to a proximity adjoining these coal beds, had its effect on the coal for a considera ble depth, so that on the surface and for some distance down the coal is dry, shaley and almost lifeless in some instances, but as the depth is increased this condi tion is lessoned, and it is believed by experts and others who have made the matter a study, that, as reasonable depth is attained, the coal will become fully carbon ized, suitable for mechanical works and locomotive uses. W bile the coal at this writing presents the appearance of ordi nary lignite, there is every rea son to believe that depth and pressure will develop a very fine quality of marketable fuel. GROWING BETTER EACH SEASON, This belief has been strength ened by reason of the fact that the coal becomes better each sea son, less ashes and more carbon being the result. Coal recently brou a to Oakley from the Worti mgton Company's mine, 25 miles south of Oakley, is pronounced by consumers to be as good as the imported coal. This company has run a tunnel 150 feet and in this distance lias attained a depth ofabout 50 feet. During this distance they follow ed a six-foot vein, with a grad ual improvement in the quality of coal, until 10 days ago the tunnel, which had followed a gradual incline, took a sudden dip of five feet which an improve ment to the coal of nearly 100 per cent. And of this Prof. E. T. Barber editor of the Burley Bulle tin, in his issue of Dec 8, has this to say: "Mr. P. H. Bell of Basin, and Mr. S. R. Worthington ofOakley called on the Bulletin Tuesday with samples of coal from Mr. Wortington's Goose Creek mine. We gave the coal a trial in our office stove;its burnitg and heat ing qualities are equal to that of the Ketnmerer coal we are using. At no distant day we expect to see a railroad and alarge mining population up there eating Burley grown truck. Allah, hasten the day." This mine is developed too a greater extent than any of the other claims in this region, and gives splendid promise of a fortune of wealth. Within a few miles of the Worthington claim Messrs. Lang & Jones have a valuable claim, fairly well deve loped from which a large amount of good coal was hauled to Oakley and Milner last winter. On ac count of the protracted illness of Mr. Lang, who is at present in Salt Lake City, getting medical aid this claim has been worked this season. Also adjacent to these claims is that of C, G, Parkinson & Co. This property has produced some fairly good fuel and posses ses the same encouraging features as does the former mine. Sit uated half the distance between Oakley and the coal beds just mentioned in Trapper Creek is the claim ot J. J. Mabey & Co., which gave considerable promise two years ago, but, ow ing to the death ol Mr. Mabey the claim has not been worked to speak of lately. We mention there several claims has to show that Cassia county coal prop osition is not an isolated coloring of the soil, or not single view, but the coal croppings with white sandstone formation, ex tends froTn tkfew miles south of 'Oakley in CnfS'i county, to Grouse Creek, L'tah a distance of 40 miles. Standing at the base of some of the hills in this coal belt, a person can count as many as four distinct stratas of coal along the side hill, and it is urged that below the surface, in the valleys, a similar condition ex ists, viz., that one layer of coal underlies another to a consider able depth, and that the lieds will become thicker and the coal harder and better with increas ed depth Strong indications of coal oil have also been found in j this same district, in which the Messrs Carpenter of Pittsburg, ., have become interested, and j n 0 f Pa on which boring will begin the spring. Strong traces natural gas have also beenfound in this location. CAUSES OF SLOW DEVELOPMENT. That these vast coal fields have not been developed more fully in the past, and are not re ceiving more attention at pres ent is due to the fact that thev cilities; the market has been lim- ! ited to the few loads consumed J by n small number of the local residents; good cedar and have been far from railroad fa ma ' I hogany wood has been so plenti- | fnl that people could procure a | load a day with small effort, i IT&abo The Gem of the Mountains. The following poem was written by Mr. Clarence E. Eddy,— and was read by him at a banquet of the Idaho Press Association in Boise last winter, It has recently been set to music by Prof. J. J. McClelland ot Salt Lake City and is destined to become one of our most popular songs: Hail to thee, Idaho, (Jem of the Mountains: Won from the wastes and the wilderness fan Land of the forest and silvery fountains , Fondly we hail thee , our fag's fairest star. Chorus. Idaho. Idaho, onward forever , Dear mountain home for the m illions to be, One with the Union that never shall sever , Beautiful star in the Flag of the Free. Fair though the skies where our fancies may wander; Fair though the land where our footsteps may Idaho , still to our hearts ever fonder , Fairer thy hills and the scenes of our home. Mystical lights on the mists of the Gemmed as a rainbow of jewels aflame, ■ (Seen by the red men) thy mountains adorning, Gave thee, 0 Gem of the Mountains , thy Stainless and fair as that sunburst of glory. Stanch as the star—above swerving or bright: Land that we love, be thus ever thy story ; God of all greatness . still guide us aright. roam, morning, name while the coal cost from $1 to $2 per ton at the mine, and usu ally consumed two days to get each load, so that until recently, owners of coal mines have had little inducement of means to prosecute the developement work with. This is a new country with many avenues of enterprise —sheep, cattle, horse raising, farming and many other busi ness pursuits, in which men have been able to gather wealth mod erately well, so that they have not had time to devote to ex tensive development of coal or other mines in the few years of our settlements. But that the not distant future will see these fields opened up with several competitive lines of railroad carrying this article of fuel to western consumers by the thous ands of carloads, there is nota shadow of doubt in my mind.j And who may not live to see j Goose Creek coal doing service from Cassia to Vancover? j I \ j j farmer raised a thousand j bushels of wheat,and wheat was j worth a dollar a bushel, his crop j When Farming Pays. It a wou kibe worth a thousand dol lars. If he Sold it and got the money he would have a thou sand dollars to do business on. If, however,he dribbled it out to a thousand différent people and waited a year I'- his pay he would not be able to do any business, but would becompelled ! to go out of business, and join the grand army of tramps, A newspaper does business on the latter plan. It has,however, to pay for stock and material every thirty days. The situa tion is easily figured and we leave our subscribers to draw their own conclusion.—Ex. Cassia County Schools. HySupt. Chu», R, Low», At the cIose of each >' ear eve D' thoughtful person is prone to reflect with some degree of ser iousness upon li is past, to view P resen t an, l to speculate upon his future, It might be well for us to follow very much the same course with reference to our pub lie conditions, and give some lit tle attention to our schools. The past is dead and gone and can be of value to us only as we heed the lessons taught and pro fit by its experince. The pres ent is alike the key to the past and the future. What ti e past has been is told by what the pres ent is and what tlie future will be depends upon the which the present is cared for. manner in At the present time there are do in the county thiriy-seven school districts the area of which varies from about seventeen sections to several townships, number of children, of school age, in any one district is 12 and the greatest number is 406. are but two schools that are at to The least There tempting to teach anything above the eighth grade and those two go only to the ninth, age of pupils who are now at tending school range from six to twenty-two years, and it is not uncommon to see pupils fifteen or sixteen years of age who are not able to do more than fifth and sixth grade work. We have nearly all grades of building from the poorly kept log room with a dirt roof to The The a jy en |'"™ h neatly kept brick building, inside appearance of the depends largely upon the teacher and room the easier pupils but it is to take care of good building than a poor one. \ With the exception of a few the j buildings are seated, or partially j so, with factory made furniture, j but some of it is in a very bad j state of repair. in j The equipment of the schools K not just ns we would wish it t" be, However, 1 think the schools | have been very liberal with their n money in this respect, I realize that to say whether an article is <>f value is largely individual jud: there is a liiticrencr (.it opinion, ! but 1 believe that I am safe in a matter of • ' in which otm saying, that all who have given the matter any thought, will agree with me when I say that those $75.00 charts that were placed in so many of the schools some years ago were compara tively speaking, valueless. Tlu same conclusion will apply to the high priced globes and many of the other charts. I have n thought but that the only mo tive which prompted the pur chase of those things was to do the best for the school but I con sider that the purchasers made a mistake. We who have the mat ter in charge at the present time will have to be very care ful or we will make the very same mistake. To determine whether an article is of value to a sehool or not it must be judged from at least two stand points. 1st. 1st As to whether it con tains informatin that we w'ould desire the children; 2nd as to whethere its information is of such a nature as can be handled by the children. It is generally admitted that our schools form one of the cor ner stones of the foundation on which our nation is builded, yet the elements of our educational oftïe ra g a r™te"f .how* least desired results of almost any of our departmets. How ever, if I am not mistaken in . y judgement, tjie people ot Cassia County are this year fortunate in that they have an efficient corps of teachers. Ladies and gentlemen who are willing to give a full return for value receiv ed; who are conscientious in their work, and who are desir ous of bringing the character of the work done up to the stan dard of the grade they represent. If they were given longer terms I feel that the result would be shown in some way than by grades on a piece of paper. The trustees are equally- zeal ous in the performance of their duties. They desira to spend their money judiciously, to pro vide their schools with better buildings, where needed, and to take better care of the school grounds and school property. The patron's intrest is measur ed in two ways. 1st. Bv the way his children attend school. 2nd. By the amount he is will ing to give for the support of the school. By applying these principles each one can test his own fidelity. There is another class to whom I feel is due great credit. They have our welfare at heart and aid us in many ways and they do it with out direct pecuniary compensation. I refer to the ed itors of our county papers. In conclusion I wish to say that it is not my intention to lament our condition or infer that vve are so much worse than other places but it is my desire to bring before the people the conditions in the exact light n which they present themselves that the people may say for themselves whether they are sat isfied with them. Good Mother. While out strolling last even iug" says a reporter, "we passed a house from which emanated the inspiring strains of music from a piano and the throat of a charming young lady." The on jy words the reporter caught from the song were something about "dear mother" passing on and turning down the side street the reporter saw thru the kitch en window the dear mother with her arms hurried almost to the ■ elbow in a pan ot dough, the sweat streaming down her wrinkled face and the hot range ! enveloping her. She was sit g] in g: " ^e'll Work Till Jesus Comes,-Killeen (Texas) Herald. ^ J&p n jfc ÜSfef CALL AND SEE OUR Christmas (Scobs We Like to show them to you* f £ Thi » i 1 V Oakley Pharmacy «V JOHN N. PRICE -DKALKit in ry Goods, Groceries, Shoes, Hardware, Notions, Etc. Prices the Lowest, Goods the Highest Quality Corner Main Street and Blaine Avenue, § § OAKLEY, IDAHO xrr-' a ry AY7 "II • i • . ilAK. We will continue our business the s3meas and earnestly wish your contin-. ued patronage, >1 PS. C. C.NclSOIl, OcllvlC \ lilll. J. J. MILLAR» AIM» SOINS W L CARRY the celebrated Bain and Cooper Wag ons, also Racine, Enterprise, Columbus find Hesse Buggies. 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