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Küi City Mining News

Elk City, Idaho, January 9, 1904
Vol. I, No. 3
$2.oo The Year
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.
To Prevent, Corporations From "Swap
ping" Improperly wit,h Uncle Sam
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
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road grants, and that they were not
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satisfactory or wore comparatively
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worthless, then according to the old
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law the person could .surrender the
lands within the reserve and in lieu
thereof take other unlocated land, which
usualythe most valuable in the
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
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
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."
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The Mining News is m receipt of the
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letter from Secretary Wood, of the
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Central Idaho Mining Bureau. His re
quest should be promptly complied with
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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 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
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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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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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.
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
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.
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This property shows splendid pan tests
and the making of a substantial mining
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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
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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.

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