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ß> T S 9 - # » VoL 1, No. 7 Elk City, Idaho, February 13, 1904 $2.oo The Year ♦ YELLOW JACKET GROUP \ Is Sold to the Badger Mining Company, of Spokane. —Claims are Located Near the American Eagle and is Said to % be a Marvelous Showing. H. P. McCarthy paid our sanctum a visit Wednesday evening and after giving an interesting review of the camp in general, he was induced to talk about the Yellow Jacket group, which he form erly owned but now belongs to the Badger Mining Co., of Spokane, "This group," said Mr. McCarthy, "comprises four claims lo cated two deep upon parallel veins, and are situated between French gulch and Seigel creek and parallels the Fishhawk group, which is owned by the American Eagle company. The names of the claims are the Yellow Jacket, Yellow Jacket No. 1, Yellow Jacket No. 2 and Yellow Jacket No. 3. Two parallel veins traverse the Yellow Jacket and Yellow Jacket No. 1 their entire length, one of which has an average width of two and a half feet. It is opened by nine crosscuts and the average assay returns show $50. The other vein is much larger but has not enough work done to make a basis upon f « which to place an estimate of its importance. That it carries val ues in a good safe amount I am convinced, but as you know, con viction is not certainty from a mining viewpoint. But on the Yel low Jackets 2 and 3, which, as I said before, parallels the Yellow Jacket and Yellow Jacket No. 1, is a ledge I'll'wager my existence on being alright. It traverses the two claims almost their entire distance. We opened it up in four different places with ten foot holes and crosscuts and it shows a width of seven feet, with values ranging from $6 to $10. but there are places in the course of this vein where I can produce ore which will exceed $1000 per ton. For example, Clyde Daniels, while working on an adjacent claim, visit ed me while at work and seeing what he considered a good looking spot in the vein requested my permission to pan some of it. Upon being told to go ahead, he scooped up a double handfull and panned f it, the result in gold was so startling we saved it carefully till we could reach a place where we could weigh it, which, when done, » showed over $4.50, or to be exact, $4.65, but I avoided, for obvious ^ reasons, such ore when taking samples. "Lewis Lusk, a representative of the Badger Investment Co., * of Spokane, was in recently inspecting the property and expressed himself as being highly gratified with the showing. It is his in tention to §ink several 50-foot shafts along the course of the veins and then crosscut, when, if the results are satisfactory, and I am * convinced that they will, there will be things doing in that section. i t\s to the camp's future you can say that I consider it alright. It has reached the stage where the gumboot or tin bucket expert can not hurt it. I have never seen such surface showings of placer, quartz and conglomerate and all developed enough to justify capi tal in taking hold." l .K ;v w The Homestake Group Sold. The Spokane Sokesman-Review says: "Mining claims near Elk City, Idaho, the Homestake group, have been bought by the Leroy Mining company for $50,000 according to W. H. Plummer, secretary and general manager of the company, who has just re turned from a trip east, made to close the deal. He said: " T organized the Leroy company last year at Philadelphia to buy the Leroy property near Elk City. The company paid $30,000 for the mines and has since installed a 10-stamp mill and is going ahead with development work. While east I closed a deal for the purchase of the Homestake, six miles from the Leroy, for $50,000. We bought from Hye Bros. It is our purpose to put in a small stamp mill on the Homestake at once, On this property about 800 feet of tunnels have been run, which have opened up three big ore shoots. The Leroy company has $1,500,000 capital stock, of which * *$610,000 in shares have been issued. Mahlon T. Newlon, a capi talist of Philadelphia, is president and W. B. Riley is treasurer. Eight other Philadelphia men are in the company. Frank Hye, superintendent of the Le Roy Gold Mining com pany, was in town yesterday on a business trip from the mines and states that the above article is correct and expects to commence active wbrk on the Homestake property very soon. |i * *' y y SOME LOCALS. I, Jack Woods was in town from Brun dige's Wednesday on business. J. A. Whitaker, Elk's popular gen eral merchant, received four loads of ç f freight Monday. William Hogan, of Orogrande, made . a flying trip to the metropolis Monday, \ b ^returning the same day. » J. F. Powers, Orogrande's popular ^-postmaster, blew into town Tuesday returned Wednesday. Three loads of machinery passed through town Sunday enroute from Dixie to the Le Roy on Crooked river. Mrs. Susie Ingram is over from New some creak and attended the masquer #ade at the Odd Fellow's hull last night. G. L. Campbell and Pat Monaghan have located the old American Hill * placers. The new group consists of four claims. f * Dick Sime, the well known hunter and trapper of Elk Basin, was in town Wednesday, bringing in a shipment of furs. He reports the fur catch as nor mal. Mrs. F. S. Rice left Tuesday.morning to join her husband at Grangeville, who has been undergoing treatment at the hospital for wound caused by amputa tion. The operation was performed a year ago and has since stubbornly re fused to heal, until his visit to the hos pital, when the difficulty was happily overcome. His many friends will be gratified to learn of his recovery. The new organ, which was purchased by the ladies of Elk City for the Sun day school, arrived by freight Monday and was installed in the Odd Fellow's It is a high grade instrument and hall. the ladies can not be to highly com mended for their public spirit. EJECTMENT PROCEEDINGS BEGUN Against ! Settlers on BiLLer R.oot For est Reserve. Ca.pt. L. D. Schattner, deputy U. S. marshal, served a summons' today on W. R. Bullock ordering him to appear in the United States district court at Moscow within forty days, as défendent in the case entitled, United States of America vs. Warren R. Bullock. The plaintiff is suing défendent for the res titution of 120 acres of "agricultural" or "pastural" land held by him without permission of the honorable secretary of the interior. The plaintiff also sues for seven hundred and twenty dollars, the value of the profits during such time he has had possession of the land, and, of course, the costs of action and for execution. This complaint issued prior to the arrival of the Elk City pro test at Washington, and the assurances returned by Mr. Pinchot to the effect that these burdensome rules and regu lations would be discontinued, it is therefore probable that the matter will not be pressed. However, the commit tee are preparing for any eventuality which may arise. It is their desire to test the validity of the forest reserve laws in their entirety should they be compelled to go into litigation. In view of the forester's assurances, they had hoped to accomplish the desired end without unnecessary friction or expense. Mr. Bullock acquired possessory right to this land by purchase in 1901, and has resided there ever since. We are informed this place was held as a ranch for a period approximating thirty years prior' to Mr. Bullock's acquisition of it. RAYMOND RAYS. We fondly imagine that spring had came; the chinook wind blew; the snow went down; the snow birds started south, but Mr. Coyote lifted up his voice and howled and frightened Miss Spring back to her lair. W. E. Cook has erected a residence across the valley from the Raymond house aud will move into it when the springtime comes, gentle Annie. J. A. Coverly is with us, preparing to resume operations on the Lily May S. Cribbler. gi'oup. It. Must be Railroad Land. It is reported that the United States land office at Boise hss been notified of the withdrawal of thousands of acres of land in Washington and Idaho counties from all settlement except mineral locations. The meagemess of detail leaves us to guesswork as to its exact locality but we suppose it is or will be situated upon the headwaters of the little Salmon river. the Moose creek city Friday Mr. Rich ardson anticipates an unusually good mining season this year, and expects to Moose creek placers was said to be the only naine that paid a dividend last year and only about the third corporation in the history of the county that has reached the dividend paying Mr. Richardson started Sunuay *1110 Moose Creek Placers. C. T*. Richardson, placer miner, was in the and Saturday on business. stage. for Illinois, where his wife and family are visiting for the winter. He will return here in time, to start work about the first of April, if the weather wijl stand for it. —Grangeyille Standard. Clearw.it.er. All era Stevens, the popular general merchant of Clearwater, returned home Tuesday morning after a sojourn of several days in our midst on business. Speaking of Clearwater he said: "We are moving along alright. There are three general stores, one blacksmith shop and one hotel. Four new houses were erected last season. Three fra ternal orders are represented, the I. O. O. F-, the Maccabees and Artisans. The size of this little burg will be a matter of surprise to many miners ' who have never been over that route, those who ever heard of it generally dismiss ed it from their thoughts as consisting of the usual store, blacksmithshop and postoffice combined, all being run by the same local genius. A community large enough to support three stores, however, is a community of consider able inaportance in any man's cquntry. UNJUST DISCRIMINATION County Commissioners Guilty of a Gross Injustice to the Tax Payers of Idaho County in Appropriating Money for Salmon River Trail.—Route is Not Feasible. The present all-democratic board of county commissioners have been guilty of a gross injustice to the taxpayers of the county gen erally—an act for which they should be brought sternly to book. The squandering of thousands of dollars of the people's money up on a sheep trail to a point where there is, and lias been for twelve years or more, a well constructed wagon road, is about the rankest exhibition of leg-pulling we have been called upon to wit ness, and we have lived a somewhat varied life. To where, to -what point, or from what point, do they wish this bridle path to do duty? Is it designed for the benefit of Bear creek? The wagon road is less than eight miles from the camp, so that would hardly justify it. There is a vegetable ranch at the crossing of Salmon river where the state brige used to be and which com missioneresque economy allowed to fall into the river when sev eral hundred dollars would have saved it. It might, and probably will be urged by these intelligent men, this acre and a half of gar den produce demands an outlet via the mule instead of the wagon, which point would be as gravely discussed by Grangeville papers and as gravely endorsed as Tom Johnson's interviews. Of course "the nigger in the wood pile" is Grangeville's laud able, if somewhat frantic, desire to ^e connected with Thunder mountain. That she has the county money placed at her disposal in this ambition, speaks highly of her mesmeric ( ?) powers, but it looks rather bad for the prosecuting attorney as well as the com missioners. Looked at from the view point of present clay busi ness ethics, Grangeville is justified in turning all the water upon her industrial wheel she can get and through whatever channels, present themselves, and were the projected route feasible or pract icable for traffic or travel by anything other than a mountain goat, Elk City would content herself with the effort to prove her own particular route the proper one, and let those most interested judge between the two. But the writer has been over every foot of the projected route twice, both summer and winter, from the state wagon road to the mouth of the south fork of Salmon river, and he is ready to be put upon oath that the only way that route can be made practical from a commercial standpoint is by freezing the Salmon River solid the year 'round. Should Grangeville succeed in doing this—and we beleive she will come as near accomplishing it as any community on earth—she would then be on even terms with the Dixie route, both as to distance and natural conditions. The discussion of such a route would be worse than idle, were it not for the criminal waste of the public money squandered upon a mere pipe dream, when a number of populous sections are need ing bridges and roads. We will quote one or two instances at present; more will follow in due time, no doubt. First we will call attention to the condition of the road between Adams camp and the Hump, which is in such a state of dilapidation the greater part of the year that freighters demand and receive a bonus for hauling over it. They say, in their picturesque, language, it would mire a blanket. It would look better if the commissioners would repair this glaring injustice to the Robbins mining district, but perhaps the county seat figures it that she has the people of that camp secure, whatever comes.. They probably never heard of the dog that grasped at the shadow. As for Elk City district and the, route thereto, they expect nothing which they are not powerful enough to take. A position, | by the way, which they will be in in the very near future. But while on the suBject it might be ip order to ask the honorable ; board why they have not settled the bill of road district No. 29. gball we assume that the goat trail is going to drain the treasury? | ^ ven so, they should not forget that they permittee, the supervisor ] to expend his own money as well as time. mining_ _ _____ ; m m A Big Deal m Copper oa the Salmon. i — - J * * What will be the biggest mining deal ■ever consuma ted ; in Idaho county is now fairly under way, and is now near the closing point, according to reputable authority. It is, the consolidation of the three groups of copper property on the Salmon river near White Bird— the Idaho Copper Mining & Smelting Company, the Salmon River Copper Mining & Smelting Company and Min erai Zone Copper Mining & Smelting Company, and the sale of the three to an eastern syndicate that is to pay one million dollars spot cash for the prop erty. The three properties are capitalized for 1,000,000 shares each. It is expect ed that the new purchasers will spend at least a million dollars within a year or so after the purchase, developing the property, building all kinds of operat ing plants, and laying their own rail road if the outside roads do not care to do.it at once. The syndicate is finan cially able to do that, and then have millions left over for other investments, The syndicate has had men investigating the copper prospects of the Salmon riv er, for two years past, and is well sat isfied that the properties are worth the money, lai-s, for it is a company that once started on a course of action, never lets up. The plan will he to damn the Sal mon river for the power supply of the great milling and smelting plant, and then go after the red metal in dead earnest, It would mean millions of dol There has been a good deal of skepticism here about the value of the Salmon river copper deposits, part ly perhaps because they were to easy to reach. But just now, it looks as if they might be about the biggest min eral deposits of the whole country, and that they will have the most money spent on them to bring them to the producing stage. The properties are only about 15 miles from Grangeville, on both sides of Salmon river.—Grange ■ ville Standard.