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The Oroville Weekly Gazette
I*>URTH YEAR. NO. 52 I FOR THE SMELTER iHher Test Shipment From ||i Property in Touch |r| With Oroville. ■olden chariot shipping ■■ Returns Justifies the Mine IfHill Probably be a Reg pjv' ular Shipper. |H evidence derived through pros pHk it has been demonstrated that »B|Duntains surrounding Oroville ■■h in mineral deposits. The busy ||Hkrs after hidden treasures have veins carrying gold, silver, |||S and other precious metals. these deposits are extensive ■I to make paying mines remains by development, but been exposed by prospecting Mbharacter and extent to warrant that in the course of will be one of the im- AHE industries of this locality. The mineral are not confined to locality, as ledges have been in the mountains on both valley. What factor these be in the upbuilding of Oro- HHkains for time to tell, although 3199b expected that the future in- I Hnm that source will materially this place a flourishing IH is certain that ores of a high extensive deposit near the least, have been found, and II Bibs for deeper and more exten- Q to decide as to the real 9 SB such discoveries. So far these 9 H have hardly reached beyond I ■pteclive stages, but men with I Bbxperience feel confident that 9 Bfcystom of mining in vogue in 9 where mining is carried n is introduced here a 9 Hof these prospects will turn 9 He valuable properties. 9 9Best known and most extensive- D Bpd groups of claims in imme Ich of Oroville are those situ- Cruger moantain, a short dis tlh of town, on the west side )s lake. This eminence is di n the international boundary mineral has been discovered, edges in which it is deposited, in opened up on both sides of There are several of these )w being worked on a small cl in every instance a tine qual »ld and copper ore has been d. The holders of these claims en handicapped for lack of carry on the work as it should In order to secure the best re t when the true merit of the !s becomes generally known it I certain that funds wilt be ling to carry on development pMff the several groups on Kruger Win none have made a better mg than the Golden Chariot, h !■ being worked under the super •Of Silas Fritz. The workings Ip Chariot have reached a verticle 200 feet, and at the present I workmen are running a drift y strong ledge. There is a quartz and gangue six feet well mineralized, with a pay irough the ledge varying from eighteen inches. Some time • load of ore from the Golden was shipped to the smelter, ■eturns were very encourag- Is week another car load was kit. The ore in this last ship all appearances was much rade than the former eonsign nd better returns are looked >se shipments are in the na icsts to ascertain the values S the ore. Mr. Fritz intends to a greater depth upon the 1 among those familiar with Srty it is believed that sink 3pen up even a better quality d more of it. UMUt was bis mission ? M. Anderson, of Spokane, agent for the Great North- came in last Friday even |l he drove down to Uiv ■B company with K. Fitzgerald, Sunday left for his home H# morning. What the object of nißtras no one knows positively, prevails that he was around in the interests of the (■IIIH 'alley branch. The major is most pleasant gentlemen connected with the railroad official force, and on general topics he will converse fluently, but when it comes to railroad news he shuts up like an oyster, and it is impossible to pry any thing out of him. No fault can be found with him on this score, for he draws a salary for keeping quiet, as well as fur the work he does, and he surely earns all he gets. Even if he was dumb on information his appear ance up here at this time is encourag ing, and leaves the impression that something will soon develop relative to the construction of the southern line. LOOMIS ITKMS. Frank H. Goldthwait, Esq..of Spring field, Mass., president of the Palmer Mountain Tunnel company, spent a couple of days in camp the latter part of last week, looking over the property. Harry Bassett has closed down his bakery and restaurant, and will re move to Riverside. Mr. Bassett has conducted restaurants in this county for years, and on several occasions has been in business in Loomis. He is a restless mortal, and is never satisfied to remain any length of time in one place. He is not pulling out now be cause business is slack, for recently he has had about all he could do, but the old roving fever was on and he just had to make a change. Loomis is now without a restaurant and a man who understands the busi ness would find a good opening here. A hearing was held here last week before FT. S. Commissioner Grahlraan over the town site, and considerable testimony was taken. The object was to straighten out the town site muddle that has been a drawback to the growth of the place since it was first settled, although there is a decided difference of opinion as to how it should be straightened out. R. J. Hall, of Republic, Indian farm er, spent Saturday and Sunday in town on business connected with his office. Senator Moultray, of Bellingham, was in town Saturday, looking over the country. He is one of the prospective school land buyers, and was looking into the chances of an irrigation sys tem from Toats coula creek. Herbert Gregg, who has been en gaged in businness here for a number of years, has sold the residue of his stock to E. C. Willard & Co. and J. M. Richmond. He will finish up what photograph work he has on hand and then take his departure for southern California, where he expects to make his future home. Several thousand sheep belonging to Geo. W. Loudon were driven through town Sunday on the way to the sum mer range in the mountains. During the past few days the forma tion in the face of the Palmer moun tain tunnel has decidedly changed, the rock becoming softer and much water flowing in, A small stringer was cut and the quartz showed strong indica tions of copper. The manager is push ing exploitation, and the force em ployed has been increased. No order has as yet been issued by the Interior department providing for the sale of such of the Indian allot ments in this vicinity not selected by the Indian claimants. It. was stated by this paper that Geo. ,1. Hurley had the authority to make the sale, but this was an error. It is not known when the sale will he ordered, although such a disposal of the land is expected at an early date. J. P. Forde expects to go extensive ly into the fruit growing business on the land he has taken up in this im mediate vicinty. INNOCENT VET CINCHED, E. VV. Pember, one of the old timers of Loomis, spent a couple of days in Oroville the latter part of last week. Mr. Pember was the victim of a sin gular circumstance that was causing him much trouble and considerable ex pense. He was under the espoinage of a special land agent, who was sent in by the land department to collect from him something over SIOO for stove wood cut on the public domain. Mr. Pem ber did not cut the wood, and hence was guilty of no wrong doing. The laws governing the protection of tim ber are peculiar, as well as strict. Not only is the man who actually cuts lum ber, or wood, on the public domain held accountable, but the damage as sessed can be collected trorn any one who innocently buys that lumber, or wood. Mr. Pember bought the wood from parlies who afterwards left the country, and sold it to consumers in Loomis. As the government officials could not jump on the real tresspassers they did the next thing within their power, nailed Mr. Pember- This is tough on the innocent purchaser, but he had to dig up just the same. Attorney Fitzgerald was in Chesaw several days this week, called there on legal business. OROVILLE. WASHINGTON. JUNE 4. 1909. HEADING FOR TIDE WATER Rushing Men and Material to Kemereos to Com mence Work. TO PRINCETON BY OCTOBER After a Long Wait and Conflicting Reports the Iron is to be Extended West. There is a constent movement of men and material to the front that would indicate the early commence ment of the extension of the railroad coastward from Kererneos, where the railroad has been hung up for many, many months. There is no uncertain ty as to the intentions of what the powers that bo have in contemplation. Ft surely means track laying, and that very soon, as men are not accumulated at the present terminous to remain idle. The road bed is graded through to Hedley, and little remains to be done in the way of grading from that point to Princeton. The present display of activity means business, and will be hailed with joy by the people beyond Kererneos, who have long suffered from hone deferred. The coast has always been the objective point, although the system of procrastination in vogue left the impression that the objective point would not be reached within the life time of the present generation. It looks different at this writing. Actual hostilities in the way of bridging the gap between Kererneos and Princeton with steel may not commence in real earnest until the waters of the Simil kameen subside, for bridge building cannot be advantageously carried out during the spring freshet, but if the wait is only until the stream shrinks to its normal stage that will not be many weeks, and once track laying is inaugurated it is certain to be followed up at a lively rale until the graded road is ironed. Besides the men, iron ami bridge material sent forward 20 flat cars have been side tracked at Kererneos for a special purpose. These cars are to be built upon, roofed in and arranged as bunk houses for the construction crew, the temporary quarters to be pushed along as the steel is laid. This infor mation was given out this week, and arrangements of this kind would not be contemplated unless it had been de cided to extend the line. Moreover it is repoi-led with a good show of auth ority that trains will be running into Princeton by the 15th sf October. A crowd of the skilled workmen who were employed on the track laying machine during the days of conseruc lion into Oroville and beyond, arrived Monday night and continued on to the front. Thie is another favorable indi cation that points to the speedy exten sion of the line. And there will not be another pro tracted and tantilizing suspension of canstruction after Princeton is reached. From there the road will be pushed over the mountains to tide water. As it is at present this is not a profitable feeder to the main line, and its reach ing the coast is about the only thing that will insure its paying. It will open up a large and new country, and the trafic will grow as the resources along the route are developed. It will be a good thing for Oroville, as well as the other towns along' the road, as it will give a through connection east and west. The time will come when this branch of the Great Northern will be one of the most important of the entire system. CONSOLIDATING HIS STORES. The branch store of the Glenwood Mercantile company, at this place has gone out of business. It was not a case of failure, simply a consolidation of stock. F. J. Cummings, who has been engaged in the store business in this upper country since the landing of the Pilgrim Fathers, there or thereabouts, of late years has been conducting a large merchandising establishment at Riverside. A couple of years ago he concluded to reach out into other fields, and selected Oroville as a promising point to put in a branch. He built a large building, stocked it with a com plete line of merchandise, and his en joyed a fair share of business. But this thing of a single individual having two separate stores, quite a distance apart, to look after is a heavy tax upon his physical and mental powers, and while Mr. Cummings is long on both, he found the experience very wearing. Besides, during the years he has been in business, he has accumulated a large amount of outside property that also demands personal attention. The com bination of interests he found 100 burd ensome to continue, and in self-defense he was compelled to consolidate his stores at one point, and he elected to retain the parent establishment. By this movement Mr. Cummings secures for himself more freedom of action. He will escape much of the house con finement, and be able to spend more timeout doors looking- after his land holdings, which will be more to his taste, and far better for his physical well being, for large as he Is and strong as he looks recent ailments have demonstrated that appearances are sometimes deceitful. Mr. Cummings has lost no faith in the future of Oro ville, and is as confident now as here tofore that it it a place of coming im portance. He still retains much prop erty in town, of considerable value now, and which is sure to Increase in value as the years rolls around. Ashe has those interests here he will con tinue to be a frequent visitor. —— THE STAYING QUALITY. E. P. Wheeler, of Conconully, was an arrival in town last Thursday on his way to Princeton, B. C. Mr. Wheeler is probably the oldest active mine ope rator in Okanogan county. Possibly not in years, but in the period that he has been engaged in mining. Away back to a time known only by tradition Mr. Wheeler located claims on Miner al Hill, near Conconully, which have since been incorporated into the Min eral Hill Miningcompany, and to those claims and to that company he has stuck ever since. He was comparative ly a young man when he left Spokane and cast his lot with Okanogan county. He has never faultered in his faith. He has put in long days and hard licks in his efforts to make a mine. He has uncovered and exposed much ore of a superior quality, but laboring under the disadvantage of remoteness from transportation so far he has realized little or nothing for his years of appli cation. Ho hr, grey handling hammer and drill, yet his confidence is unshaken, and he feels just as well satisfied today as he was a score of years ago that some time, if he can only hold out long enough, he will make a winning out of Mineral Hill. But that is not the only anchor with which his hope is riding the storms of disappointment. He is largely inter ested in some excellent copper proper ties near Princeton. Every summer for Ifi years he has made a pilgrimage to those claims, paying the Canadian government the annual tax that is ex acted from every miner, and putting in a month doing the regular representa tion work. He is oft on that mission now. He looks forward to the comple tion of the railroad to Princeton as the time when he may hope at last to realize some return for the money and time he has expended. All who know Mr. Wheeler trust that the reward may be ample, and that he may live long to enjoy the fruits of his tenacity. —WWW COUNTY FAIK. 1909. Last fall the county press and peo ple. were a unit in freely and frankly agreeing that the Okanogan County Fair, held at Riverside, bad assembled the largest concourse of people ever brought together in the county. The fair was a success in all respects, not the least beneficial factors being the creation of an opportunity for the peo ple of the various sections becoming better acquainted, and finally and fully convinced a county fair really worth while and producing valuable results could be, and had been, held in a coun ty as young and undeveloped as ours. The first fair premium list to reach this office is that of the Spokane Inter state Fair for 1909, well filled with ad vertisements of the enterprising busi ness men of that city who know that fairs arc valuable investments for the communities which encourage them. This premium list reminds us that the Okanogan County Fair and Racing As sociation has just notified us that the various committees necessary to the success of our own fair are now en gaged in active preparations for the regular county event. We take pleas ure in reminding our readers that they will be engaged in a work that will be of personal, as well as of public, bene fit if they will at once take serious thought as to how they may contribute to the successor a home enterprise that is good and growing better. The current in the Okanogan river was running up stream into Osoyoos lake, and as muddy as the Missouri, Thursday, evidence that the Similka meen is far above the normal and crowding into the Okanogan. I mil FOR THE ROOT The Company Arranging; to Treat Ore on the Ground. KNEW PROCESS TO BE VSEO If the Mill is a Success this County Will at Last Have a Paying; Mine. Parties from Montana who have in vented and introduced a new chlorina tion and electro metal saving system for the recovery of values in ores, were up to the Ruby mine, a few mile* west of Oroville, this week, for the purpose of making arrangements for putting in one of the plants at that mine. We are not in a position at this time to an nounce the result of the conference, but those interested in tne mine five out the impression that one of these plants will be in active operation at the Ruby at an early date. If the pro cess proves that it will aave the values,, as it has extracted the values where thoroughly tested, the Ruby will be come a mine to be listed under the paying head. This is no careless and unreasonable claim, for the material carrying the metal is the to yield the income. It is claimed for this new pro cess that it will save 05 per cent of the values in the ores treated, and the ex pense of operation is so cheap that the very low grade ores can be worked at a margin. It possesses another strong recommendation, as it saves all the minerals the ores treated contain. There is hardly any limit to the quan tity of low, and medium, grade ore the Ruby can produce and a plant that can do the work and insure the saving of values to the extent claimed will leave a large measure of profit to the Ruby company. In past years the Ruby has produced some very high grade ore, the princip al value being in silver, and consider able of this ore has been shipped to the outside for smelter treatment. The cost of production, transportation and treatment was so great that the com pany decided to suspend shipments and await the time that some kind of treat ment plant could be placed upon the ground where all there is in the ore could be turned into receipts. Ne gotiations have been pending for some time for this newly invented plant, the attention of Monroe Harman, man ager of the mine, having been called to it when the first working model was being tested. He has very carefully examined into the process, and seen it work, and is satisfied in his own mind that is just what is needed to make the Ruby a success as a mining proposi tion. He has hundreds of tons of ore on the dump that can be treated, and an almost endless quantity blocked out in the ramification of underground workings that have been in process of excavation for several years. There is much high grade ore that can be taken out, which will average up the cheaper ores. Mr. Harman has been sustained by an unfaltering faith in the property to which he he has devoted the beat years of his life to make a dividend payer. He is not a man that can be misled aa to the merits of a mining proposition, because he has both the theoretical knowledge and practical experience. His management has been marked by care, conservatism and good judgment, and he has followed a method of un dergroud development that has brought the very best results in the way of tonnage exposure. If he succeeds in securing the plant he is after, and it does the work claimed for it, there is every reason to believe that the Ruby will become one of the most important mining properties in the northwest. A MARROW KBCAPK. Ed Gorraley met with an accident Wednesday that came in an ace of winding up his earthly career. Mr. Gormley has a contract on the Favor ite mine, near Nighthawk, and is get ting out ore on the upper workings. Wednesday Mr. Gormley started to the magazine after powder, goingdown over the dump. At that time the sort ers were at work, and the discarded quartz was being cast out of the way. As Mr. Gormley reached the base of the dump, and out of sight, a large piece of quartz thrown out struck him on the left side of the neck. The sharp edge of the rock cut a deed gash from $1.50 PER YEAR. the butt of the ear aroond under'’the chin. Several small arteries were Sev ered and the would bled profusely. So great was the hemorrage that at first it was feared that the juglar vein had been cut. Mr. Gormley 'was assisted down the mountain, and was iathledi ately brought to Oroville on a hand ear by his brother and friends.>~Dr. Webb put several stitches *in the rag ged wound, and the young man is able to be around, although -pretty Sore where he got it in the neck. As'bad as it is it might have- been worse*’ for had the rock struck him fairly on the head he would undoubtedly have sup plied the chief drawing card for a funeral. i Alt KAHTIBN VISITOR. The latter part of last week Frank Henry OoldthWait, Esq., an old, sub stantial and influential resident of Springfield, Mass., passed through Oro ville on his way to Loomis, leaving here Saturday morning for Hood river, Oregon, where he has a son engaged In fruit growing. Mr. Ooldtbwait is of the old school, a graduate of tbat con ■ervatlve eastern business world in which honor is held higher than mere paltry gain, suave and courteous in his intercourse with men and a gentleman whom it is a pleasure to know and meet. He was out here a number of years ago under the guidance of Charlie May, the Davenport banker, whose present whereabouts is a mystery, and who is still believed in by many, not withstanding the cloud banging over him. Mr. Goldthwait and his imme diate relatives became largely inter ested in the Palmer mountain tunnel, and the object of his present trip to this locality was to visit the ground and look over the workings on that property. He was not prepared to say what the company may do in the fu ture, as an expert has been on the ground lately and much depends upon the report he would submit. Mr. Gold thwait is at present one of the direct ors of the company, and has decided hopes that the work of further devel opment will be continued. OVER FROM LOOMIS. Mr. Mid Mrs. Geo. W. Loudon, among the oldeet resident* of the Loomis neighborhood, spent two or three days in Orovllle this week. Mr. Loudon in early day* was engaged in the stock business, and switched a few years ago from cattle to sheep, meeting with re markable success In that industry. This has been a good year for sheep men, and for Mr. Loudon in particular. His flock has increased 110 per cent, and-his wool clip was unusually heavy. Mr. and Mrs. Loudon are widely known throughout the county. Their hospit able and beautifully located home Is always open to the visitor, who is as sured of a hearty welcome. They were in Oroville for the purpose of figuring with buyers on the wool clip. A TEST ROE. Henry D. James and J. F. Baldridge, of the Nighthawk and Favorite mines, left for their eastern homes Tuesday morning, the former going to Mil waukee and the latter Columbus, Ohio. They spent a couple of weeks at Night bawk. Arrangements were completed to make a test run on 100 tons of ore from the Favorite mine through the Nighthawk mill. When the run is completed a car load of Nighthawk and Favorite concentrates will be shipped to the Tacoma smelter for treatment. BEATEN. For the first time this year the Oro ville ball club went down to defeat last Sunday. The Chesaw club broke up the steady string of victories, and the score was shocking" one-sided, Chesaw winning by a score of 17 to 5. How ever it is hardly to be wondered at that the game was lost, as the local club was short several of the best players. This excuse is not run in to rob Che saw of any of the honors, for our boys might not have won full handed, but they would at least have given a bet ter account of themselves. WILL BUT LAND. W. H. Winder, who has charge of the Q. S. mine, between Conconully and Loomis, tor several years, came in from Spokane Wednesday evening. He came out at this time to be present at the Whitestone Flat school land sale that is billed to come off at the county seat tomorrow, and get hold of a few chunks of real estate, providing crazy bidders do not push the price out of reach. He has located some water right* in the county, which can be used either for power or irrigation purposes, and has interested capital to develop them. He will be doing things in this upper country this summer if hi* plans mature. R. Grieger and Burt Hawthorne re turned Sunday from their overland trip to Hedley and other point* along the railroad.