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Küi City Mining News ■ Elk City, Idaho, January 9, 1904 Vol. I, No. 3 $2.oo The Year AT AMERICAN EAGLE The Mill Again Running at Its Full Capacity.—Force of Thirty Men at Work in Mine and Mill. —Large Ore Reserves Opened up and Much Development in Progress. We are glad to be able to announce in this week's issue of the Mining News that the famous American Eagle mine, near this town, has quickly overcame an obstacle that unexpectly loomed up in the dead of winter, as a most serious impediment to the progress being made to soon develop into a great mine. We refer to the re cent breaking of the cam shaft to one of the mill's set of batteries, thus incapacitating five of its stamps. Nevertheless, on the sixth of this week the full force of stamps was again dropping, with the mill now running at its full capacity. And when we take into account that a new cam shaft had first to be ordered by mail from Spokane and then hauled over the mountains sixty-five miles to the mine at this season of the year, certainly no more merited compliment could be paid to the business ability of the present superintendent of the American Eagle, Mr. Evans, than for us to announce simply that the opera tion of this battery was delayed twelve days only, If from any cause whatsoever, there should be a ceasing or a permanent slowing up, even of this finest of mining properties, this would certainly be regarded by our whole community as a calamity, especially now when the winter season is but just fairly begun. A full force of thirty men is now working on the property, one-half of these doing development work exclusively. At tunnel No. 3 a connection has been made through a 50 foot winze at the bottom of shaft No. 3, which was already 100 feet deep. This new opening furnishes good air and the necessary ventilation prepara tory to the extensive development work, that can now be rapidly pushed and at a minimum cost on this tunnel for nearly two thous and feet to connect with the old workings on tunnel No. 2. At the air shaft above mentioned, the depth of the ore bodies from the surface is fully 150 feet, with the hill still rising to the north in the direction the tunnel is being run. A depth of 300 feet will soon be attained. Consequently it is evident that in the American -Eagle far more new ground and at greater depth is gradully and system atically being opened up, than that from which the large output from this mine has already been taken. Still in these old workings in tunnels Nos. 1 and 2 the large body of ore that has kept the mill constantly running at its full capacity for the past year, shows no sign of weakening. Indeed, it is capable of keeping the mill in full operation indeffinitely» and the mine is paying handsomely. The above, we know 1 » will be considered by everyone in this section as the very best of local news for whole community. 1 To Prevent, Corporations From "Swap ping" Improperly wit,h Uncle Sam HEYBURN'S LIEU LAND BILL . The full text of the bill introduced in congress by Senator Heyburn to pre vent the selection of lieu lanos as has been the custom in the past; has been Charges have been made '■ Rceived. from time to time that corporations have influenced the officials to select lands as a forest reserve that had been taken up either as homesteads or rail , 1 , ...... „ . road grants, and that they were not . ° . * ,,v- . , satisfactory or wore comparatively ,, ", i worthless, then according to the old . -, ' ,, ,_„„.I,,.. law the person could .surrender the lands within the reserve and in lieu thereof take other unlocated land, which usualythe most valuable in the was section. \ Senator Heyburn's bill as published in full reads as follows: "A bill limiting the right of selection of public lands of the United States in lieu of surrendered railroad land grant lands- Be it enacted by the senate and house of representatives of the United States of America in congress assem - bled that no right of selection of pub lie lands heretofore given to any person or corporation in lieu of lands surren derod by such person or corporation be of such lands being within any heretofore created created shall cause forest reserve br hereafter to 'he exercised by the selection of any even numbered section of the public lànds of the United States, except in cases where the land so surrendered Was Upon such even numbered section. "Sec. 2. That when Reforest reserve be is created in one state- all lands taken in exchange for lam s « ,'Çrt, e 3° be exchanged only for lands of a like char acter within the samb'state in which said forest Reserve ik £rtUate, andL the exchanges*made *or i'o be made, by rea ton of the surrender rtf lands within any forest reserve, wbetfi 'r said exchange » is made throught th> medium of land «•rin or otherwise A ' "Lc 3 ™ n'thing in this act shall be construed as recognizing the validity o£ any selection or entry of eV en numbered sections of land, either within or vt ithout the limits of any rail road land grant heretofore made by such railroad company or its assigns, in exchange for lands included within any forest reserve." SPECIMEN ORE FOR ST. LOUIS. ,, .. . . . , , The Mining News is m receipt of the * ,,, , 1 , letter from Secretary Wood, of the , , T . Central Idaho Mining Bureau. His re b quest should be promptly complied with F* . , . •. as this.s an exceptional opportunity to advertise the country which will not occur soon a S am: Secretary Wood, of the Mining Bureau, Asks for Large Samples. 1 1 on all who can and at once ship their I ore here, from 50 to 100 pounds each, to go to the St. Louis exposition Will 1 shortly make shipment so no time to no time to lose. We are sending our own man to be in charge ard also Cen 1 irai Idaho. This is the greatest chance ever had for tho&T having properties needing assistance to help develop them and. advt > tiso them to the public, | We will never have as good a chance i ours truly, Fred H. Wood, Sec'y. Lewiston, Idaho, Jan. 5, 1904. Elk City Mining News, Gentlemen: - We ask you to kindly urge Up ■ a .g* ,, T .. . . . „ M. L. Murray is a visitor from county seat. He is here looking after h*s own and company's interests. When ; *** by a Mining News reporter, Mr. Murray said in part: "This is the best. cam;' on top of the earth today. coUr ^; ( fields fartherest away always look but let me tell you, that South Vfrica, South America, Austra lia or Alaska do not offer one-half the opportunities to the investor, the pros pector or the miner th^ can be found in Central Idaho. am 1 NONE BETTER. UNION GROUP LOOKS GOOD. A Sawmill will be Immediately Shipped in.—Property is on Big Creek. One of the most promising groups of claims in the Big Creek section is the Union, owned by the Big Idaho Mining and Development company. George S. Bailey, of Lewiston, is general mana ger and has just returned from a visit to the property. A sawmill will be im mediately shipped in and set up for the purpose of cutting out lumber for mine and mill buildings and a bed rock flume. In doing recent development work in a tunnel on one of the claims, which was being run in on a parallel ledge, fifteen feet of quartz was crosscut that gives every indication of'carrying good values. The depth of this new find is something over one hundred feet, and as the surface outcroppings are strong and assays well, this makes a valuable addition to the ore in sight on the prop erty. • It is the intention of the company to install a stamp mill next season, and, as far as we can learn from disinterest ed parties, they are fully justified in so doing. Besides the quartz claims the com pany owns eight miles of placer ground along Big creek. This ground has been thoroughly tested with pits, to bedrock and the results have been of a very satisfactory nature. Preparations are now being made to put in a Mrge -bed rock flume in the spi ing and the ground worked on a large scale. A great deal of ditches and laterals have already been dug and a number of men are kept continuously at work. HIGH ASSAYS. The Winifred Group, in French Gulch, Produces Fine Ore. Last week we made mention of a group of claims in French gulch called the Maryland. In this we were mis taken. They are k ;own the. Wini fred group, running fro rr Blue Ribbon gulch to French gulch and consists of seven claims, and are situate three fourths of a mile west of the American Eagle mine, a half mile east of the Blue Ribbon and six miles from Elk City. Returns were received this week from two samples sent outside for an assay and they gave returns of $412 and $1800 in gold per ton. The charac ter of the ore is a quartz carrying chlo rides and telluride. Also red, brown, hematite and white iron, black sulphates and a little copper, with a sprinkling of galena. This latter is a good indication of permanency. The owners of the property is F. H. Harper and associates. Mr. Harper is a prospector of many years experience and is the original locator of the now famons Hercules mine in the Cœur d' Alene country. He also spent consider able time in Lardo, B. C., district In 1896 M. L. Murray found ore on these claims that ran away up in the hundreds of dollars, but the property THE DEADWOOD DYKE. This is One of the New Ones and Con , sists of Eleven Claims. was located so had to wait until the par ty owning it got tired of holding it. On the first day of January of this year Mr. Murray was on the ground and lo cated eleven claims on this dyke, which is from 200 to 800 feet in width and the values run from $6 and upwards in gold per ton. This dyke is a quartz-porphy ry and is undoubtedly the source of great deal of the gold that has been taken out of the Deadwocd, Big' and Little Campbell gulches, besides being a feeder to the famous Crooked- riyefi placers. This promises to be' one of ... ... the big propositions of the cjunp ; Murray hasno^a force at tforfc .Thing the location wo-Tc and also"tlèv'fl »pment to prove the value of the rroferty. The mining claims^bich were raffled "t T Frank See were won by | number 233 . The daims are known as j the Gold Buck and are good property and arc located on Big creek, Over; $200 vvas realized in the orawmg w ^r was greatly appreciated by the nuf-r | tunate man. PETITIONS ARE SENT OUT To the Different Minirig Camps and Every Person Should Sign Them as They will be of Great Assistance in Our Fight Against Forest Reserve Injustice. Editor Mining News, Dear Sir: ,1 wish to say to the readers of your able paper, as well as to this whole community at large, that it is of the greatest import ance, that évery citizen, within the territory under discussion, should sign the petition our committee has thought best to circu late in every one of the contiguous, mining districts, in van of send ing it to the United States senate and house of representatives at Washington. On the other hand, this step on our part, will make it evident also, that our able and popular representatives at Wash ington, Senators Dubois and Heyburn, are being unanimously sup ported and urged on in this whole matter by our united community. And this certainly will make a deep and salutory impression on our legislators at Washington in our favor. I wish to suggest also that everyone of our citizens should pay particular attention to the text of Senator Heyburn's new land bill, which your paper will publish this week. This bill is very ably drafted in view of giving full protection to "Uncle Sam" and the people in general against "graft" on the part of the corrupt powers that be. Indeed, this wholesale stealing, under forest re serve pretenses, of vast tracts of valuable lands which of right be long to the people is, in my opinion, the most detrimental and hyp ocritical kind of high-way robbery of the people at large. And seems that we unceremoniously hang horse-thieves in this country, what then should be the punishment to be meted out to these wholesale land thieves aided by political grafters? Voicing the sentiment of the community, I have from the start unequivocally stated, that the people of this section are by no means opposed to the principle on which forest reserve laws are based. Indeed, we all recognize that the utility and necessity, in certain sections of our country, of these laws are such, that the forest reserve principle itself ought no longer be held up to public ridicule and contempt. Furthermore our people, taken as a whole, have, as far as we know, far to much patriotism and love for "Uncle Sam" to wish to see any class of his representatives, or agents, systemati cally placed, like these worthy rangers in our midst, in such an awkward and unpopular position, vis-a-vis our whole local community, that the only direct result therefrom, if indefinitely prolonged, will certainly be to criminally weaken in the minds of many, the sacred bonds of confidence, respect and unity, that must ever bind all our states and each one of our local communities in separably to the great head and center of our Republic at Wash ington, Consequently, as one can see, the points of issue are not on ly local but national anrl far-reaching in their bearings, I remain. Yours very sincerely, D. B. Strong, M. D. In the Stickner District. The Stfickner Group. Frank Stickner, Mose Thorn and JB. V. Dawkins, owners of the Stickner group of quartz claims, two miles east of the American Eagle, have six feet of splendid ore in sight, and their tunnel drove on the ledge 108 feet. The above mentioned ledge is traced some 3000 feet. North of their present tunnel in various crosscuts show ten feet of free milling ore, which pan tests prove the presence of A1 values, to satisfy the j most skeptic. The Topeka Group. - The next joining property is the To peka group, owned by G. G. TV. Lästert, - Mrs. M. A. Parr and Len Kohen. This group has considerable surface work, in shafts and crosscuts at various distances along the entire"course oi the ledge for 3000 feet, A test shaft was sunk 45 - feet and the ledge showed ten feet of mineralized quartz, carrying pay values. . , , ... , . This property shows splendid pan tests and the making of a substantial mining i ; ! | proposition. : j Strike oil Porphyry Quenn. Reports reached here today to the ef fect tha( ,' fine bot , y of ore was cut in a I tunnel teat is being run on this property to crosscut a large porphyry dyke. j ^ The p orp i iyry Queen group is situate m Crocked River, two miles below the th f Ro]ief k and is owncd by mourn ox iv.uei c « , x M. M. Clark. Geo. M. McLaughlin and The Hercules. in the many caosscuts and shafts, To the north lay the Hercules group", owned by W. F. Johnson, Ralph Middle ton and E. J. Comley. This property is under bond and 320 feet of working tunnel completed up to date. The owii ers expect to tap the ledge at 200 feet depth. The surface shows good values Tïïe GlcdiaLcr. To the north of the Hercules lays the Gladiator quartz claim, owned by B. W. Houston. This claim is well named, as ; tg growing proves. The Harsh Bros. ,. ovvn the north extension of the Glac ' la ' tor, which consists of four claims of good merit. Test holes show eleven f e et as fine fi-ee mil ling quarts as one w ; s h es to see. -Tins property has the . . , , _ , ., ear-raarks of future prosperity, and the , YiCners will resume operations in tue near future. E. J. C. Claude Powers, who have been con'.in uously at work since early last fall, Considerable rich float was found scattered over the surface of the dike, but it was never found in place, a parts of the dike is covered with eon-' si( ierable wash. This new strike » , probably the source of the float.