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The Oroville Weekly Gazette
FOURTH YEAR. NO. 39 iOUNIY DIVISION NO 60 Return Home Disgusted of One of Our Delegated Representatives. BAD CASE OF GOLD FEET Representative Bolingcr Dodges Pre-Election Promises made to Oroville Residents. C. F. Sigrist, who was sent to Olym ia as plenipotentiary to represent this lace in the effort to talk the legisla ure into putting the knife to Okano an county and cutting out a new coun y to be known as Tonasket, returned •om his fruitless mission Tuesday eve ing. That it was fruitless was no ,ult of Mr. Sigrist, nor his active asso late, Hon. Geo. J. Hurley, of Loomis, ho was on the firing line in the same tortby cause. Probably the late date f putting the matter up to the legis iture was the strongest factor in eading off the commendable effort to cure the division of an unwieldy irritory, but that was not alone the tumbling block, for had our represen dive stood fairly to promises made and le Methow delegation toted fair, even te late hour at which the bill was •csented would not have prevented s passage. This paper has not said a great deal )out the division movement, because was so sudden, and so precipitately ished that there was little time to tploit the proposition, yet it was an ten movement against which little or developed within the rritory that the people therein pro ved should be set aside. Up to a rtnight ago county division was not Scussed, nor did it entek into the cal lations of the residents of the county, bout that time the people of the ■ethow valley suddenly developed a Htaire to be set aside as a separate The residents of the north of the county at once took up the ■gS’estion years ago advanced of or ganizing a new county out ot the sev- Mral rows of townships just south of H|e international boundary, and made Hie proposition to the Methow people ■pat two new counties should be made Hpstead of one. The Methow tribe ■gerly fell in with the plan, promis- Hpg united action in the effort to bring Wbout division. Delegates were sent £|p Olympia, both from the Methow Kid the upper Okanogan to push the Hphcme, while representatives were ■resent from what was to remain of Bic old county to see that the lines ■id not cut too great a chunk out of 'parent body. At Olympia the Methow ijklegales fell out among themselves, Bresuinably upon a division of the Soaves and fishes, and the Methow bill •as squelched. However, that disap pointed region claimed to be friendly toward the proposal to make Tonaskel lijitounty, but from subsequent develop ments their protestations must have been insincere. When Representative Bolinger was asked to introduce the pill providing for the formal ion of a new bounty he flatly refused and would not 'pven introduce it as by request. In Irder to get it before the legislature ■t all it was necessary lo appeal to the eprescntative from a neighboring nunty. Of course it is recognized hat at so late a moment a hill of this tnponance would meet with difficul les hard to overcome, but had Mr. (olinger adhered lo promises made to esidenls of this place, and given it is hearty endorsement and support, access might have followed. Of nurse the people up here feel very indly toward the gentleman for his ttitude in the premises and only hope j be able some time in the future to ward him by promotion to the senate, n the meantime the people of what tas to be Tonasket county will con nue lo saw wood and grow apace, and dll come in on the home stretch two ears hence. *♦»-—— WILL WORK PLACER GROUND. Dave Roberts, who has been in barge of the Golden Sands mining laitns during the winter, was in town iunday. He reports that it is the in ention of those interested to cora tence work on the property on an ex onsive scale during the coming sum jer, and if the plans in contemplation re carried out it means employment or quite a number of men. The Gold- en Samis is a placer properly along the Similkamcen river, only three miles above Oroville. The claims were located by the late VYm. T. I’elerson, and Milwaukee people became inter ested in them. It is claimed by the engineer who carefully examined and tested the ground last fall that the dirt will yield $4.75 to the cubic yard. This is a remarkable showing for or dinary placer ground, for dirt yielding one fourth that sum would leave a substantial margin to the operators, if there is any extent of pay dirt hold ing up to the figures claimed, and it is properly handled, the property could be made to yield a profit that would compare favorably with the output of the old Rich Bar diggings, located above the Similkamcen falls, which created a stampede over 50 years ago. It is the intention of the company to put in an electric pump and hydraulic the ground, at least it is so reported, and no doubt correctly, as it is the cheapest and most effective system that can be used for working placer ground on a large scale. IN ON A GOOD THING. Geo. Loudon, jr., who is at the head of a nourishing mercantile establish ment at Keremeos, B. C., passed thro - Oroville Saturday on a brief visit to Spokane. Mr. Loudon is a young man who is keenly looking forward to a competency early in life, as ho is not contented with the natural accretion that comes with a prosperous line of trade, but has his eyes open for such investments as look good for substan tial returns. In this laudable pursuit for substantial returns he secured an interest in the Carbon Hill Coal and Coke company, that holds an extensive territory rich in a high grade of coal, located in the Fernie district, a region from which the chief coal supply for a vast scope of country is drawn. The writer has had some opportunity to look into this proposition, and while not an authority on coal feels confident that Mr. Loudon has made an invest ment that will speedily pry his bank account into prominence. ———— SCHOOL NOTES Rev. H. M. Course gave a very in teresting talk on Yellowstone National Park to the Athenian Literary Socie ty last Friday, ,The- t#lk was v«r; much enjoyed by all, and the pupils found the same beneficial. The Oro basket ball gil ls have now two well organized teams, and have had several profitable practices. The teams hope to play a matched game in the near future. Miss Stella Wurty i acting as captain of the town team. Misses Mildred Mitchell and Cora Morris made a short visit at their res pective homes near Kipling last week. It is reported that Mrs J. W. Folds, who had charge of the elocution work in the high school, will return next week. It is greatly desired by the high school students that the lady will resume the elocution course. Miss Blanche Bisseli spent a few days last week with Mrs. J. Myers, of Chopaca. Richard Jackson, who lias been ill for the past few months, has fully re covered, and it is hoped by all that the “little chap’’ will soon he able to re turn to school. The first of a series of three games of basket ball to be played between Riverside and Oroville was played at the former place Saturday last. The following was the line up : RIVKBBIDK OKIHIM E Prof Johnson Hinhi forward Henry East A. Smith i.udl forward '.lcon Michel' C. Williams Center James East Boy Leonard LidtOnard Billy Me.Mlttian Hubert Smith Bight Guard Leslie Stanshury First on the list for that evening was a game between the Riverside town and school girl teams. After a warm contest the game was decided in favor of the town girls. The game between Oroville and Riv erside was called about !t o'clock. Both teams went in for a hard scrap, and for some lime the game was rather rough, resembling foot ball more than basket ball. Time was called for the first half with a score of Ito J in favor of Riverside. After lo minutes inter mission work was again resumed so vigorously that Referees Savage and Davis were kept very busy for a few minutes calling fouls and assuring the boys that they were not playing fool ball. In the last half Oroville suc ceeded only in making one point, while the other team scored •.*, making a to tal score of 21! to a. After the game everybody joined in merry making, and all enjoyed a pleasant evening in dulging in the dance. It is true the Oroville boys returned skinned, but not “sore." O. E'. Hall and D. D. England, of Wenathee, were arrivals to look over the country this week. Mr. England will take charge of the Ellis-Forde Ok anogan valley ranch. OROVILLE, WASHINGTON. MARCH 5, tyoy ANEW INFANT INDUSTRY A Concrete Plant Soon to Be in Operation in This Place. ENCOURAGE THE ENTERPRISE A Popular Building Materal that is Destined to Enter Largely Into Future Impovcmcnts. Carl Hamilton, Jacob Hast and David Louie have completed arrangements for installing a concrete plant at Oro ville. The necessary machiney has been ordered, and as soon as a suitable location can be secured and building erected the trio will begin the manu facture of concrete building blocks, brick, tiling, and such other articles of utility that concrete can be fashion ed into. Several parties about town have expressed an intention to erect con crete buildings this summer, and when the fashion is fairly started others will fall in. and that cheap, convenient and durable material will enter largely into improvement s to be made in the future. Two members of the company engaged in the project are experienced me chanics and builders, and hence will turn out a superior quality of material in shape to be used to the best ad vantage. Concrete is rapidly growing in favor as a substitute for lumber, b.tick and stone, and in a few years it will become the principal material used in private and public construction. It is more economical than brick or stone, and in lime will be produced at less cost than lumber. Besides the recoin medal ion of cheapness experi ment and experience have demonstrat ed that concrete makes the most dur able and comfortable building in com parison with any other constructive material In use. The- audition of 'it concrete plant to tie active industies of Oroville is a matter of general con gratulation, and it is to he hoped that the promoters of the movement may realize a full measure of success from the enterprise they are displaying. STUTF3Y COMPANY COMING Arrangements are being made with the Stuthy Dig Theatre company for their appearance in Oroville while en route lo tin coast eitie,- The .Stutby company does not usually play the smaller towns, as it is composed of 14 people, and the expense attached lo handling a traveling company of that size hardly justifies playing any but the large cities. The company is high ly recommended, and no play put on the stage by the Stutby people will offend the most exacting or refined. The agent for the company will arrive iu a few days and complete arrange ments for the appearance of the troupe, and fuller particulars will lie given at a later date. •«*►- PREPARING TO WORK THE TRIUNE C. M. Strowbridge, who islhe super intendent in charge of the Triune mine, at Golden, was iu town Tuesday for supplies. \ lino of poles is now up from the mine to the Similkamcen Falls power plant, and the wire will iic strung so soon as the snow is re duced sullicieutly to work over the mountain ridge between the mine and the power plant. The company lias a large quantity of material en route from the east, but (lie consignment Iras been side tracked somewhere and cannot be located. When the plans ol operation that have been formulated are c •Tied out the Triune will tie ope ! rated by electric power, and that swell proposition that turned out much liar | gold in years past, will again he pound* | ng out the yellow metal. This will lie advantages to Oroville, as the mine i is only a few miles west of the town, and all business connected with the j mine is done at tins point. *!••- ■ A MATTER Ol PUBLIC UTILITY. Tile utisiglitln condition of the main stret ts at ibis time leaves a rather un favorable impression on tire stranger 'isiting town, and. indeed, the firmly implanted citizen by no means looks upon lire situation with complacency. Tire streets in many places are awash, and mud is prominently in evidence. No provision has been made for drain -1 age, no grading' has ever been done, and hence the ponds remain to. be paddled through until natural percola tion and-e vaporation removes the mois* tore. If the financial condition of the city exchequer is such as to warrant the expenditure and thanks to the uniformity of an ideal townsitc thisex pense should be comparatively light those in authority should make an ef fort to grade the principal streets and cover them with a coal of gravel, it would eliminate the water and mud nuisance, and reduce in a large met urtb the circulation of real estate dur ing the summer months. This item is not written in a spirit of criticism, but as offering advice that none can deny as being good. Everybody is interest ed in the material advancement of the city, which has exceptionally bright prospects, and there is hardly any ex penditure that could be made that would add more to the attractiveness of Oroville than providing neat, solid and well cared for streets. TO HANDLE REAL ESTATE. Mr. Guy Fruit, of Loomis, arrived in Oroville Wednesday, and brings his blankets to stay. He has formed a partnership in the real estate business with ids brother, I’rice, and the firm will be located in the new building about completed, opposite the Peerless hotel. The Fruit brothers are among the oldest residents of the north part of the county, and are thoroughly fa miliar With every locality where land can be taken up, or is under improve ment. They will handle fruit and farm lands, as well as town property, and their knowledge of conditions and sur roundings especially qualities them for giving their patrons satisfaction. Both members of the firm are wide awake pushers, and those who transact busi ness with them are assured of square treatment and honest representation. PUBLIC MEETING, A call eminating from the Commer cial (.lull has been issued through the medium of dodgers—-or otherwise this office would have been ignorant of the movement for a mass meeting, at the Peerless hall, next Monday evening, to take up the question of a compre hensive city water system. Probably there’is no public utility to be provid ed fov a municipality more important than fit adequate supply of pure water, and the sooner the,. matter is set tled, providing it is settled right, the belter for 1 copulation. The question is one in which every individual citizen is directly and vitally interested. There should be a large and represen tative crowd at the meeting, and the question carefully and calmly consid ered. FOUND BAD ROADS F. M. Hall, the genial representa tive of the Gray, F,wing A < o. papei house, of Spokane, came in from Moi son Tuesday. He started down the slope on runners, hut the snow gave out and the last few miles w a-made on the vertebra of a cay use. Not be ing hardened to that method ol loco motion the young man was seeking cushions to sit on. Mr. Hall announced that he was about to shake the road and go into the mercantile bu-iness at Hatton. He will be missed by the press boys along the route he has so i long traveled. - Invests at Oroville. Jas. True, an old and well-known pioneer of the Molson country, recent ly disposed of his ranch that he located on shortly after the opening, of the north half of the reservation, and has purchased a string of lots from J. P. ; Samson, located in the south part of town. It is reported that Mr. True j will at once improve a portion of his purchase by erecting a comfortable ■ borne. It is a wise plan, mid others are invited to locate hi Oroville and ! follow Mr. True's example. POVERYT SOCIAL. Remember the poverty social in yigrist hall, Friday evening, March .1, given by the Ladies' Aid of the M. K. church. A prize will be given for the most poverty stricken gown, both lady ! and gentleman. Ladies are requested i to bring half a pound of tea in a fancy j bag, with their card inside. The sacks w ill be sold at auction. Lunch will he I served free to all. Everybody wi Iconic. -«•*- Paid a Fine. The trial of the young man before ! .Justice Fraser last week developed the fact that the case against 17-;, car-old Alva Holtle,-of Kipling, was not as serious as at first reported. The ori ginal charge was attempted rap. on the person of a school girl, but m\• ai gallon convinced the justice that 1 1 1 i - charge could not ho sustained in Die superior court, so be assessed a line against the bo\ on a charge of simple I assault and dismi-.ed the case. Sev eral people from the Kipling neigh borhood \vere down as witnesses, among j them being the boy s father, who paid the line at the concilia! o . <1 ihc s.e.t.. BACK EDOM THE EAST Monroe Harnan Expects to In stall a Trcatmeut Plant at the Rrtby Mine. TO REA CHLORINATION SYSTEM It Means a Paying Mine at Last For This Upper Country After Long Waiting. Monroe Harman, manager of the Ruby mine, one of the most thorough ly developed and promising properties in the Similkaraeen valley on this side of the international line, situated on the northeast slope of Mount Chopaca, directly on the railroad and only a short distance west of Oroville, re turned last week from an extended visit to his old homo in Ohio. Mr. Harman made a combination pleasure and business trip, and it goes without the saying that he reaped a full meas ure of the former, and found time to transact a good deal of the latter. Mr. Harman lias been at the head of the Ruby, camped immediately upon the ground, for a number of years, and has given freely both of bis means and his best energies in the effort to make a producing mine. Under his manage ment a vast amount of underground work has been accomplished, and a comp 1 hensive system of tunnels, shafts, drifts and uprises lias exposed a vast quantity of ore, the chief values therein being silver. Some of this ore carries ruby, brittle and other charac ters of the richer formation of siver, running into high values, but the vast bulk of the product is of such grade that the best results can only be ob tained by treatment immediately at the mine. Considerable of the high grade ore has been shipped at differ ent periods in the past, but producing, transportation and treatment charges have b. en so high as to cqldqeply into the returns, and the company wisely decided that it was throwing good money away to continue the system. It has long been the aim of the stock holders. and the one great ambition of the manager, to secure and install a treatment plant to handle the output of the mine, as the quantity of ore in sight, with indisputable evidence of its continuation in the workings, is so great that a profitable income is as sured whenever local treatment is pos sible. One of the objects of Mr. Har man's mission east was to personally witness the operation of a n w method of ehlorinat ion, in conjunction with elec trical treatment, A ,'iO hour test run was made, and while some difficulty was experienced with the elecric fea ture that prevented a more extended test, the result in the saving of the values of the ore treated was so satis factory that Mr. Harman feels confi dent that the system, when the defects that interferred with extended opera tion are remedied, is just what he has been looking for to make the Huby a producer of riches in bulk metal. Just when a plant can be installed is not known, but Mr. Harman hopes to have one working out the values in the Huby ore during the coming summer. If this expectation is realized those who have supplied the sinews for car rying out the work so far done on the Huby can figure on returns upon their investment they have so long, and not very patiently, waited for., From a party who met Mr. Harman upon his return it is learned that the gentleman is not only hopeful of an early consummation of long deferred hopes as relating to the mine he is in terested in, but he has a very optomis tic opinion of the future of Oroville. He overheard much favorable mention of the place during his travels, and expressed himself as confident that the town is sure of enjoying a rapid and substantial growth. If our informant did not slip a cog on a cypher or two, Mr. Harman is quoted as having ex pressed the belief that Oroville would grow to be a city of 'Jo,duo inhabitants within the next live years. We would not be at all surprised if he hit the mark, but most of us will be satisfied with half the number in that length ol time, with aoOpMXt margin in ten years. TO LOSE A VALUABLE CITIZEN K. F. Magee, for a longtime cashier of the First National bank, left Wed nesday for Twisp, and as he was ac companied by his wife his stay in the Methow \alley may lengthen out loan indefinite period. During his residence litre Mr. Magee has made man;, warm $1.50 PER YEAR. friends by bis uniform urbanity and courtesy. He is a valuable citizen for any town, as Ins influence is always enlisted on the side of good govern ment and progression, and ins efforts are directed toward advancing the best interests and welfare of the community of which he happens to be a member. While wishing Twisp no Lad luck it is the hope of those who know him best that Mr. Magee will And his way back to Oroville at an early dale. In the meantime the bank will be left in capable and efficient hands, as Messrs. Murray and Arm strong will be at their posts to give the business public the richt kind of service. — Basket Ball at Riverside. The high school basket ball team, with a few rooters, drove clown to Riv erside and tried conclusions with the team at that place Saturday. Owing’ to the limited space in the hall, which prevented tlie springing of the team work that our home boys had framed up, which was confidently expected would wipe their rivals off the earth, and other causes that shall not be enu merated, the Riverside boys, with lit tle regard to the courtesy due guests, threw the visitors over the fence by the lopsided score of 21 to 3. The fol lowing are the names of the home team that took part in the festivities : Glen Mitchell, Win. McMillan, Henry East, Jas. East. Leslie Stans bury. Nighthawk to Work. The report reaches this office that the Nighthawk mine and mill is soon to start active work, and that Henry D. James, of Milwaukee, the manager, will probably spend the summer at the mine, taking personal charge of the work. The Nighthawk has a finely equipped stamp mill, operated by elec tric power, and large ore bodies have been opened up, by means of a main working tunnel, that carry strong values. Owing’ to the late financial pinch the property has been idle for some time, and a revival of operations would put new life in the adjacent village of Nighthawk. The mine is on the railroad only some twelve miles west of < )roville. The Loomis Dance. Ed. Klingman was the only Urovil lian who attended the masquerade ball given under~tlie auspices of the Com mercial Club, at Loomis, last Friday night. It proved to be the most large ly amended and most enjoyable public social event that has taken place in that camp during the winter. The Club profiled handsomely by the effort, and those present express themselves as fully repaid by the quantity and quality of pleasure in circulation. In the award of prizes Mr. Herbert Gregg secured that awarded for the best sus tained lady character, and Miss Millie Richards for the best lady "s costume. Mr. Hurt Ghampneys captured the prize for the best dressed gentleman, and Mr. Kobt. Vail for the best sus tained character. Send the P.iper East. What a local paper needs to be ef ficient lit its service to the community it represents is a large circulation, and il the comniunitv is loyal to the paper it will aid in securing’ that circulation. There are few residents of Oroville who cannot afford to subscribe for from three to ten > xtra papers, having them mailed to friends at a distance. This will be aiding to build up Oroville and surrounding country by spreading broad cast the bright prospects of this locality, at a small tax upon the indi vidual residents. Try the scheme and see the effects. This office is open to j an experiment of the kind. A German Colony. Price Fruit, wiio in rapidly taking j the higher degrees in the real estate j business, expects to land a colony of Germans, from North Dakota, with a j representative of whom he lias been in I correspondence *-for some lime. The | object is to get the homeseekers lo | rated in a body on land in this vicinity. ! It the project can be carried through 1 it will be a fortunate stroke of busi j ness, as the Germans are a thrifty, | steady, industrious class of fanners, who will place the land they occupy in [ a high state of cultivation, and make a i valuable addition to the population. An Ellcmchan Property. W. H. Hix, who ha- long been iden tified with a group ul mining claims 1 located near Golden, and possessing ; evidence of being tie' making of a val ’ liable mine, arrived from Spokane Monday evening, and left for the moun tains Tuesday. Mr. Hix is sustained by an abiding faith in tlie \alue of ids i holdings, and will continue after the lore all summer, il it requires that length of time to reach it. He expect, a party ol Spokane people, interested nth him, out here su soon as the earth breaks throe :h the snow eappinj.