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Vol. I, No. 6
$2.oo The Year
Elk City, Idaho, February 6, 1904
The 350-foot Contract is Completed and Three Veins Were Cut
By the Tunnel.—About 245 Feet in Depth is Obtained.
Drifting will be Soon Commenced.
W. F. Johnson, R. Middleton and E. J. Comley, from the Her
cules group, arrived in town the first of the week and report splen
did showings made, upon their property, now. under bond to Wm.
J H. Adams. The boys have completed their contract of 350 feet
A* of crqsscut tunnel, encountering three well defined ledges. No. 1
ledge shows four feet of ore; No. 2 five foot of quartz and talc and
No. 3, which is tapped at a depth of 200 feet, is ten feet between
walla. The owners çxpect to resume operations in the next ten
days and drift upon the above leads, and eventually run an up-raise
of about 245 feet to the surface for ventilation. They have only
been able to run one shift in the last 50 feet, on account of not
having proper ventilating appliances. However, the bad air prob
lem will soon be solved, as they now have air piping at the claim.
The Hercules group is one mile distant from Red river where
an abundance of power can be electrically generated, sufficient to
supply the entire needs of the Elk City mining district, at a cost of
^ one-fourth the cost of any method in use at the present time.
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; Bureau of Forestry Report».
The Springfield Republican Says it Shows Many Evidencee of
a Growing Popular Interest in the Subject of Forestry
in the West.—A Mistaken Idea.
"The report of the United States forester for the year ending
June 30, 1903, now issued by the department of agriculture," says
the Springfield Republican, "is a document of much interest, on
account of the many evidences of a growing popular interest in the
|jkI subject of forestry in the west."
That there is a growing popular interest in forest reserves heré'
in Idaho is self evident, an interest which has indeed assumed ab
normal proportions, but it is not along the lines suggested by Mr.
Pinchot's report. The United States forester is no doubt honest
and conscientious in his special field; certainly he is endowed with
that enthusiasm which Providence sees fit to impart in the mind of
I all evangelists of whatever creed, political, religious or economic.
•1 That this special brand of enthusiasm is also generally illogical and
V* impractical is so much of a truism it is needless to discuss it at this
' time, other than by way of comparison. For instance, Mr. Pin
chot's faith in the efficiency of the average forest ranger as
protector of the forests of the watersheds from fire, is beautiful,
only from a sentimental view point, however; that it lacks founda
tion in fact is the observation of all prospectors and miners in the
Bitter Root range. While the fact is that some of those rangers
are old men, \erging on discrepancy, the younger and major por
^ tion are usually worthless for the work by reason of their lack of
experience or energy, and not seldom from both causes. That
there are exceptions we freely concede and point with pride to two
or three upon the reserve at this time. Even though every man
Jack of them was the pink of manly vigor, endowed at the same
time with all the fire resisting qualities of the salamander, they
would still fall far short of the powers ascribed to them by the
worthy forestor as a fire department.
No, the only protection the forests in the west have from fire
at this time, or ever had, or so far as we can see, ever will have,
lies with the prospector, the miner or the hunter, in their thought
ful public spirit, in their care in properly extinguishing their camp
fires when even only temporarily absent. Should this last precau
tion be omitted and a fire result therefrom, taken as a general
proposition, there is not enough rangers on the Pacific slope to hold
* * a forest fire of ten acres area, to say nothing of extinguishing it.
Without this precaution there might be a ranger stationed upon
every square mile of this reserve, yet would their numbers be in
adequate to cope with the proposition. With the exercise of this
precaution the rangers as a fire fighting force are superflous.
It will therefore readily appear to a thoughtful mind, that the
successful protection of the forests from fire, or indeed any other
evil, rests solely upon the soundness of local public opinion, gov
erned entirely by the needs of the communities directly concerned,
they being the direct beneficiaries in that which was good.
* would logically be the direct sufferers in that which would be evil.

Property Here
Is Inspecting Minis;®
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N. B. Pettifcone, formerly a merchant
of Stites, and his brother, H. B., ar
rived in town Thursday. Mr. Pettibom
tour of inspection of his numer
ous mining interests in Elk basin. Dur
conversation With L. A. Painter,
old friend of Mr. Pettibone, the Min
ING News man learned that Nate is
something of a pioneer himself, arriving
in Elk City in'91 or'92, since when he
has been engaged ^n^varlous^occupa
m^ter^superintendent, iflerchant, up to
. Liuresent when, being progressive, ho
iuccessful deals promoted by Mr. Petti
is on a
ing a
bone, was the transfer of the Iron
Crown, of Newsome, to the late Dr.
Lanterman, owner of the famous Vin
dicator of Cripple creek, the Vesuvius
of Robbins mining district, which he
sold to the Sweeney interests, the
Smith placers of Newsome and several
others which has escaped the scribe's
memory. His matrimonial venture,
however, is looked upon as his most
8 ucceB 3 f u i. i n '97 he married Miss
Mary Shissler, daughter of the late
Fr&nk Shissler and sDtcr of the well
known ShToIor Bros, of Newuonie. The
Stites" in alout a week.
Lewiston Tribune Has Lhe Following
to Say of it.
"W. Hogan, manager of the well
known Hogan mine of the Elk district,
was in the city yesterday and left on
the afternoon train for his property.
Mr. Hogijp çtateg that with the open
ing of spring, the mill at the mine will
resume operations and much work is
planned for the year.
"The Hogan property has become
well known throughout the west o,n ac
count of the extent of the remarkable
ore body and the economy with which
the ore can be handled. The property
also attracted much attention a few
months ago when a deal was pending
for the purchase of the mine, the re
ported consideration being $ 1 , 000 , 000 .
While the deal was pending the mill was
shut down, and later the approach of
the winter season prevented a resump
tion of the milling operations. The 20
stamp mill at the mine is supplied with
water through a ditch and in the winter
season the supply of water is necessar
ily restricted. The plans for the coming
year provide for the construction of a
fiume and with this improvement the
mill can be run steadily through the
winter. The ditch is only about one
mile in length and the cost of the im
portant improvement is insignificant in
comparison to its benefits,
" 'As to the enlargement of the
mill, ' said Mr. Hogan to a Tribune re
porter, T can make no definite state
ment at this time. It is logical to pre
sume, however, that the milling facili
ties will be increased. It has been
shown that the ore can be handled for
60 cents a ton and there has been runs
made at 44 cents. Mining men unac
quainted with the property can with
difficulty understand the economy of
operation possible. The ore is mined
by tunnel, with an upraise from the top
of the reef, and the ore is handled down
through the funnel and then tracked to
the mill. With a larger mill it can be
readily seen that handling rhs ore in
greater quantities, the cost of milling
will even be less per ton. '
The Hogan property embraces a large
group of claims, with extensive water
rights. While no survey has been made,
it is estimated that water can be se
cured sufficient to operate 603 to 800
stamps. Many mining men who are ac
quainted with the property and its fav
orable location, predict that it is "des
tined to develop into one of the big
properties of the west, rating with the
world-famous producers."
Is a Fine Property and has Considerable
Development. Work Done.
Chas. W. Hanlon, B. V. Dawkins and
Mose Thorn, owners of the Virginia
group, have drove 101 feet of crosscut
tunnel and expect to cut the ledge in 15
or 20 feet. This group shows four par
allel ledges, in a width of 300 feet. Up
on ledge No. 1 a prospect shaft has been
sunk and at a depth of 36 feet good ore
was encountered. From one pound of
specimens nine dollars was extracted by
hand mortar.
South of the Virginia group is situat
ed the Drum Lummon claim, owned by
Chas. Hanlon. This property shows a
strong and well defined fissure vein
three to five feet in width. The vein is
uncovered by surfacing some 700 feet
Probably it is not amiss to say, free
gold is present in ore extracted from
the above vein. This property is sit
uated between Seigel creek and French
gulch, and one mile east of the Dredge.
Mr. Hanlon offers no bouquets or prize
packages with the stock of this com
pari y_
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f* M A M Go
L». PI. &. . L/O.
Elk City Mining News,
Dear Sirs:
As there have been a good many
inquiries as the Elk City G. M. & M.
Co., of this camp, I would like to say
that it is the same propery as what is
locally known as the Lily May group,
fcr.d all information in regard to same
, ÄbeBivenb „
j Elk City, Idaho
J. L. C. McCaffrey Returns From the Hump Country and Says
People There are Enthusiastic Over the Withdrawal of
That Section from the Forest Reserve.
J. L. C. McCaffrey returned from Buffalo Hump Monday, com
ing through in one day. In speaking of his trip he said :
' Tt was my first trip to the Hump in a year and while there
are no startling changes, the district has made decided progress.
The urgent character of the business which made my trip necessary
made it impossible for me to visit any of the properties, much to
my regret, but I gathered enough pointers to convince me of the
fact that if Elk City does not "get busy" she will not be even a
respectable second very long, I found the miners a unit with our
selves in the desire to have the mineral country withdrawn from
the. reserve. I am indebted to General Manager Brown, of the B.
B. & I. Co., and Ed. Taylor, manager of the Buffalo Hump syndi
cate for many courtesies, as well as material assistance in securing
affidavits, and circulating a petition, which is supplementary to the
petitions. I heard many words of appreciation for the Mining
News and expressions of good will toward Elk City. They ex
pressed much gratification at the news of the establishment of a
stage line between the two camps in the spring, or perhaps sooner.
I talked to Frank McGrane over the 'phone, while there, looking to
the extension of the line to this point. I done this at the request
of the business men and Mr. McGrane assured me he would bring
the matter to the attention of the proper parties and communicate
with us as soon as possible,
"The suggestion looking to the establisment of a tri-weekly
mail route between the two camps met with hearty approval upon
the assurance that the people of Elk City had no desire to meddle
with mail routes already established. They realize with ourselves
the foolishness of two such important communities permitting
themselves to be separated by one hundred and twenty-five postal
miles when the actual distance is less than twenty-fi . e geographi
cal miles.
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One of the promising properties on
Red Horse creek is the Sunflower group
of five claims, nine miles from Elk City
and adjoining the well known Columbia
group. These claims were located dur
ing 1902 and 1903 by F. T. Jones and H.
N. and H. S. Shuck, of Wardner and
Mace, Idaho, who have interested with
them several other people of those pla
These claims are staked along a ledge
that has been traced for four or five
thousand feet. The Missouri, one of
the claims of the group, is developed by
a twenty foot shaft, which shows six
feet of quartz in the bottom. On the
same claim 500 feet distant from the
shaft an eight foot hole has been sunk
which shows the vein.
Mining News Is Appreciated.
C. H. Natwick has returned to camp
from a trip to the county seat and other
outside points, where he went in the
the interests of the Mining News. He
had flattering success in obtaining sub-,
scriptions for the paper. He was es
pecially gratified with the warm recep
tion and hearty appreciation accorded
the Mining News, both as a newspaper
and as a representative of Elk City and
the mining districts generally,
lacked words to express properly his
high regard and appreciation of the
group of hustlers that constitute grow
ing Grangeville business life. He re
ports the resumption of the Dewey
mine Qn the gouth fork of the clear .
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water. This pioperty ,s principally
owned by Grangeville people and has a
great future in store as a producer.
Good Quartz Om TTs Union Group
a good strike was made this week cn
the Union group. This property is sit
uated about two miles east of the Amor
lean Eagle mine and is owned by the
Mammoth and Great Eastern mining
company, with head offices at Chatham,
Ontario. Andrew Prader is resident
Work was commenced on the proper
ty last summer and a number of open
cuts made, exposing the ledge for a
distance of S00 feet and carrying a good
grade of ore. A crosscut tunnel was
run S3 feet tc cut a porphyry dike which
proved to be twenty-five t» wide and
on the further side a six foot vein of
quartz was cut. A drift was then start
On the Golden Kelzel a shaft has been
sunk to a depth of twenty-five feet and
600 feet from the Missouri shaft on the
same vein. A crosscut was made from
the bottom of the shaft and the ledge
is ten feet in width and pans free gold
all the way across. The next claim is
the Nevada and a ten foot hole exposes
the ledge,
The past summer a tunnel was run in
on the Golden Kelzel a hundred feet in
length and tapped the ledge, which is
six feet wide between walls,
j the ground for all purposes. As soon
| as spring opens operations will be re
■ sumed and a 600 foot tunnel will be
| run which will tap the ledge at a depth
of 250 feet.
There is an abundance of timber on
OtiLo Abeling Superintendent..
"Otto Abeling, the well known min
ing man, is to be general manager of
the company's properties," says the
Grangeville Standard, speaking of the
well -known Dewey gr up. "Ur. Al: 1
ing is adverse to newspaper no tritt y
prefering to have his work speak for
know him best are most sanguine of the
itself after it is done, but those
dorsing the Standard's estimate of Mr.
Dewey's success under his guidance."
The Mining News takes pleasure in en
We are glad to know that the miners
at the Dewey, on the south fork of the
j Clearwater, are to be in clover. Mark
Howe fa to tave the boarding house ^
; Arthur Hillier will be foreman at the
ed in the porphyry
the quartz lead -
it still being six feet wide and with the
sani£ grade of ore. The drift was con
tinûèd on a hundred feet and a third
crosscut made. Here the vein harrow
ed to three and a half feet, but the ore
is of a better grade and a great deal of
gold being visible to the naked eye.
Mr. Trader is much pleased with the
; showing mr.de and will construct
wagon road to the property in the
, 3pri;ig . He will also put in a hoist and
«"ik » deep shaft. There ne . number
I °* ot * ier ledge* on the property but a.e
and run 67 feet when
was again crosscut.
j not yei developed.

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