(loose Creek Coal Kidds. .
Writttn by Pre«. W. T. Jack for tb«' Christ
Oakley, Ida., Dec. 9.—Very lit
)wn outside of the im
mediate vicinity, of the immense
coal fields of southern Idaho.
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
"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
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
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,
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
on which boring will begin
the spring. Strong traces
natural gas have also beenfound
in this location.
CAUSES OF SLOW DEVELOPMENT.
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,
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.
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.
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?
farmer raised a thousand j
bushels of wheat,and wheat was j
worth a dollar a bushel, his crop j
When Farming Pays.
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.
At the present time there are
in the county thiriy-seven school
districts the area of which varies
from about seventeen sections to
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
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
neatly kept brick building,
inside appearance of the
depends largely upon the teacher
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
there is a liiticrencr (.it opinion,
! but 1 believe that I am safe in
a matter of
• ' in which
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
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
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.
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.
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