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Eîk City, Idaho, February 20, 1904
Vol. Ï, No. 8
Thos. Hye, of Dixie, Who is Familiar With the Elk City Dixie
Route, Says it is the Only Practical One.—Is Passable
at all Seasons of the Year.—No Snowslides.
Editor Mining News,
Elk City, Idaho,
Dear Sir;
It occurs to me, that in vieW of
the fact that it has become necessary
to abandon the mail route to Thunder
* mountain, this would be an opportune
moment, to call the attention of ' 'the
powers that be'' to the fact that there
IS a route that can be kept open with
out effort, at all seasons of the year.
To those familiar with the topogra
phy of Central Idaho, it will be unnec
essary to present any argument in favor
of the Elk City-Dixie route, but it
seems to have escaped the attention of
the postal authorities that the shortest,
quickest, best and in fact the only feas
ablc route to Thunder mountain, lays
through Elk City and Dixie.
It was clearly demonstrated two
years ago that this route could be trav
eled with ease during the period of the
heaviest snow. During the months of
January, February and March 1902, in
numerable prospectors and mining men,
an 1 even women, went into Thunder
mountain over this trail, some packing
their outfits, some hauling them on
toboggans and others with dog teams;
pack horses and horses hauling
hides were also in evidence. As the
trail had not been kept open during the
early part of the winter, and the snow
had accumulated to considerable depth,
it was demonstrated that the trail could
not only be kept open during the entire
winter, but that it was possible to open
it up in the' midst of winter when the
snow was deepest.
A casual glance at the map will con
any person that the shortest and
most direct route from any railroad
point to Thunder mountain is the route
via Elk City and Dixie from Stites.
There is a good wagon road to a point
six miles south of Dixie. This is kept
open at all seasons of the year • by a
daily stage line and many freight teams
as far as Elk City, and a tri-weekly
mail and freight teams as far as Dixie.
From Dixie to the Salmon river the
trail is kept open by miners, ranchers, j
and trappers, living along Salmon river,
who travel back and forth between the
river and Dixie for their mail and sup-1
From the Salmon River to Roosevelt
the distance will not exceed 60 miles.
This, then, is the distance that the
■ trail would have to be kept open by the
Inasmuch as the region
mail carriers,
of deepest snow has' already been pass
ed in reaching this point it would cer
tainly not appear a formidable task to
keep this GO miles of trail open. Many
place the distance at much less than GO
miles. It is certainly not more than
that distance.
The highest point, and the region of
deepest snow, is the mountain between
Stites and Newsome. No difficulty has
ever been experienced in getting the
mail over this mountain. The difficul
ties between Dixie and Thunder moun
tain would be even less. There is abso
lutely no question hut that this trail
What Lhc People on Lhe Forest Re
serve Refused to Sign.
Bitter Root Forest Reserve.
This contract is hereby entered into
by and between John Doe, party of the
"first part and the Secretary of the In
terior for the United States of America
party of the second part, for the privi
lege of occupying about — acres of
land in the Bitter Root Forest Reserve,
and located as follows: On certain un
surveyed land located and claimed by
J. C. Young as a homestead settlement.
(Then follows a description of buildings
and business. )
The occupancy of said land and build
ings to be subject to any valid settle
ment claim thereto.
granted me, I, John Doe, promise and
agree to observe and obey the following
^ conditions and requirements'
I. To commit no tresspass on timber
In consideration of this permit so
or otherwise.
can be kept open at all seasons of the
year. It is the only way that Thunder
mountain can be reached without cross
ing a high range that is at some time
of the year impassible. The difference
between this route and any route that
must cross the Elk creek summit is il
lustrated by the following incident:
A registered letter mailed at Dixie,
on October 29, 1903, reached the Roose
velt postoffice on December 11, as
shown by the postmarks on the post
master's return card. During the
month of November Mr. Churchill made
two trips from his ranch on the Salmon
river to Roosevelt; each time taking a
pack train and a loa 1 o veS"tables.
He evperienced no difficulty whatso
ever in making the trips. Yet the
route over which they were endeavor
ing to get the Thunder mountain mail
was in such condition that it was im
possible to get the mail through.
Another important feature of this
route is that all danger from snowslides
are obviated. After reaching the top of
the hill beyond Salmon river, the trail
follows along the ridges and creeks
through a well timbered country where
snowslides are impossible.
If the camps along Smith creek and
Big creek develops as now seems prob
able, they too will be entitled to mail
facilities. While a number of different
routes can be selected between the
Salmon river and Roosevelt, one of
the best routes follows Smith creek
down to Big creek, thus reaching all ol
these growing camps with one route,
The people along the Salmon river
toq are entitled to mail facilities. At
present they have to come to Dixie for
their mail. The establishment of a
predominated, and the government has
been induced to establish a mail route
where it was impossible to keep the
trail open in winter; while this; the
natural and ONLY practical route has
been overlooked; perhaps because of a
lack of united effort to present its mer
its to the proper authorities, Now that
a new route must be selected we owe it
postoffice at some point alonv the river
would be of material benefit to those
who live along the river.
If reason and good judgment be ex
ercised and the best interest of all con
cerned be considered in the selection
of a mail route, the very nature of the
country will preclude the selection of
any route except the Elk City-Dixie
Heretofore local interests have
to those brothers who are now isolated
from the balance of the world; to put
forth every effort to have a mail route
selected that can be depended upon at
all seasons of the year; a route over
which they'can feel assured that their
mail will re ch them every day in the
year on schedule time; a route over
which supplies, as well as mail matter,
can be taken at any time during the
summer or winter. Such a route is the
Elk City-Dixie route.
Respectfully yours,
Dixie, Idaho, Feb. 14, 1904.
2. Never to assist or encourage tres
pass of any kind by keeping or assist
ing trespassers or by pux-chasing timber
or other material obtained in tresspass.
3. To assist forest officers in the ex
ecution of their duties by fux-nishing in
formation and actual help in cases of
4. To do all in my power to prevent
forest fires and to assist in fighting the
same without waiting to be called upon
to do so by the proper officer.
5. Never to kill game out of season
or otherwise violate the game laws.
6. Not to purchase game, pelts or
skins when there is good reason to be
lieve that the game laws have been
violated in the capture of these arti
7. To obey cheerfully and at all
times the rules and regulations pres
cribed by the Department for the gov
i eminent of forest reserves,
8. To conduct my business in a prop
| er, honest manner, satisfactory to the
j public which is to be served thereby.
To refrain from excessive
I 9.
10. To keep a clean and orderly
11. To keep a satisfactory stock of
goods, so that there may exist no rea
son for additional establishments of
this kind at this place.
12. Never to harbor evil-minded
persons or persons of bad repute.
13. That I will pay the United
States for any and all damage.- sustain
ed by reason of my use and o< cupation
of said forest reserve regardless of the
cause or circumstances under which
such damage may occur.
I further agree to execute a bond,
running to the United States, with ap
prove^ sureties, in the sum of One
Thousand Dollars, conditioned for the
payment of any and all damage, as
aforesaid, and for the faithful perfor
mance of this agreement and strict
compliance with the laws and regula
tions aforesaid, and on the event of
failure on my part to do and perform
any of the requirements hereinbefore
set forth, then in such event, said bond
is to declared forfeited and the permis
sion hereinbefore granted and all priv
ileges thereunder shall cease and ter
minate. It is further agreed and un
derstood that the permission herein
granted is subjected to revocation by
the Secretary of the Interior, in his
discretion, at any time, notwithstand
ing the period for which this agreement
is approved may not have then expired.
A Meeting of the Stockholders Held
in Orangeville Last Saturday.
Below we publish the report ' of the
annual meeting of the stockholders of
sec retary, I. C. Hattabaugh:
On February 13, 1904, the annual
meeting of the stockholders of the
Schedule Gold'Mining and Milling com
pany, limited, was held in Orangeville,
Idaho, at the office of the secretary. A
majority of the stockholders were pres
ent in person and the work of the past
six months was gone over, the reports
of the secretary and treasurer were
taken up and viewed at length, the re
port of Manager Mark Howe was dis
cussed and all reports were approved,
which showed considerable development
work during the past six months with
very satisfactory showing. In fact the
stockholders were verv enthusiastic
stockholders were very cntnu.uasi c
with the showing made.
The stockholders elected the follow
ing board of directors; Dr. S. E. Bib
by, Mark Howe, Frank McMillen, John
Mullinix and J. E. Beede. The stock
holder's meeting then adjourned and
the board of directors met and organ
ized by electing Dr. S. E. Bibby, pres
ident; J. E. Beede, of Harpster, vice
president; I. C. Hattabaugh, secretary
and treasurer; Mark Howe, manager.
The board decided to proceed to drive
another tunnel'on whd t is known as the
big ledge, and also to continue the tun
nel on the small ledge; which has been
opened up for a distance of 38 feet,
showing good values.
There are four well defined ledges on
the Schedule group, all of which have
been thoroughly tested and thé results
satisfactory. While the showing is not
large, like the "Imperial Corona'' it is
enough to warrant further development
and the board is positive that there is a
sufficent amount of ore to justify the
erection of a mill and that it will pay.
In conversation with the NEWS man
regarding the Steckner section, Len
Koen said in answer to a question re
garding his own property;
"Yes, myself and G. L. L. Baskett
own a group of claims over there and
is known as the Topeka Nos. 1 and 2
and Wild Rose Nos. 1 and The
Ho -iml am traversed
claims J* . ,. ..
their entire length by two distinct
ledges. The development work con
sists of numerous crosscuts, one 40 foot
«-Wh His not reached the ledce
tunnel, which , g
as yet, a 4u foot shaft from the bottom
of which a drift is run twenty-five feet,
which intersects the ledge, which shows
1 Width nr ten feet and carries trood
a width of ten leet ana carries gooa
values. We join the Hercules group,
which is under bond to Spokane capi
talists. This bond expires the first of
March unless taken up, which no doubt
.... T rm m 1 „„„
will be done. The Topeka group can
be worked to a depth of 300 feet by
tunnel of 600 feet in length."
A Mining News Representative Makes it and Tells What He
Saw.—Has an Immense Body of Ore.—Mill Will be
Completed by the First of June.
While on a trip up in the Crooked
river country during the Week for the
purpose of spying out the land, the
Mining News man drifted into the Le
Roy camp where, true to the instincts
of the genus prospector, he had hoped
to arrive-in time for dinner, a hope, by
the way, which nearly failed, owing to
a difference in time of which the scribe
was ignorant. However, "all's well
that ends well.
Superintendent Hye, with his accus
tomed courtesy, showed the reporter
around, pointing out the development
work accomplished or under headway.
The main tunnel upon which he is work
ing two shifts extends into the hill
about two hundred feet with a present
depth of one hundred feet. Should
existing conditions obtain for another
two hundred feet it will demonstrate
the surprising fact that there is a veri
table mountain of low grade ore there.
There are also two adits extending
east and west respectfully from the
main tunnel, thus demonstrating that
the ore body is at least one hundred
feet wide. Mr. Hye states that this
ore pans nicely and that the entire body
. ,
gives an average assay value of $4 per
ton. As stated in a former issue, this
group consists of nine claims, all of
Tactics of Some Reserve Officials.
It now transpires that the prosecut
ing witness in the recent ejectment
Ï iroceedings begun against W. R. Bui-1
ock, is liable to find himself in a jack
pot if a certain piece of information as
given in the Mining News is correct.
In the light of this information, which
we are not permitted to give out at
present, it would seem to us that this
suit is the direct outcome of petty mal
ice, engendered in a little mind, and
brought to head by the good natured
contempt with which the lordly preten
tentions of certain reserve "officials''
j ^ ^ ,
the etteet that he must not
bm j d a f ence or put any ot h er improve
ment he saw fit upon his mineral loca
tion, or be compelled to listen to the
assertion of an importent ignoramus to
the effect that his ground was not mm
Let the reader conceive, if he can,
what his own state of mind would be,
if he received orders, mind, not a re-1
quest, to the effect that he must not
was treated.
uie euecu mat ma grounu was not nun
eral, or as was the case of the Ameri
can Eagle company, the said "official
i\ nained carefully out of sight until the
company had cut and rafted several
thousand stubs several miles and had
them banked, when he made his appear
a .'0 and confiscated the pile. We are
credibly informed the stalls were hau'
cd during another period of retirement,
At the risk of becoming tedious we
will relate another incident as being il
lustrative of those "beneficent laws"
that seem to be such a sweet morsel to
Major Fenn's palate. The keeper of
The Engineering and Mining Journal ;
says: The vitality of a fallacy is pro
verbially great; one of the toughest ap-j
pears to be the no'ion that a process
can exist which will extract, profitably j
and on a working scale, more gold than !
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associated with such claims for a great 1
many years. By reference to our files
we find that in 1888 and again in 1897
the Beam process was made the subject
of statements the absurdity of which
was exposed in these columns. By the
use of a muffle of special design and .by
the admixture of salt and sawdust,
more gold was claimed to be extracted
from ores than was detected by careful
fire assay; several moribund mining en
terprises were to be rejuvenated by
Mr. Beam's alchemy and vast bodies of
low grade ores were to be rendered
be determined in an ore by the fire
v. The name of Beam has been ;
As was pointed out at the time, the
ernpbas j s 0 n the inaccuracy of the ordi
rauy assay- means one thing to the
technical man who understands that
thsife are limits to human skill, but it
conveys a wholly false notion to the
pubbC) wbo are j ed to the belief that
j the limit of error is big enough to rep
resent a margin of profit for any meth
od which can do a little better, even on
^ usua] , y diflcarded aa so poor as to
be benea f b the reach of ordinary pro
cesses. As a matter of fact, the fire
i assay, when properly conducted, ex
; recels in accuracy any of the ordinary
methods of ore reduction, and when a;
smo i ter f or instance, extracts an ag
gregate of gold greater than that paid
i for. an assay of samples representing a
which, it appears, carries good values,
The Le Roy No. 2, however, is the only
one upon which extensive development
work has been done. The group is
well timbered and endowed with all
nature's facilities for operating upon
an extensive scale. The machinery
for the mill is nearly all upon the
I ground and it is intended to begin ac
j tive construction at once and it is the
1 about the first of June. ' In speaking of
j the Le Roy's acquisition of the Home
stake Mr. Hye said;
"We have made the initial payment
i intention to have the stamps dropping
on this property and expect to get to
work in about six weeks, we are mere
( ly waiting for Mr. Plummer to make
his final report to the company. There
| are two tunnels x - un on the ledge. No.
1 is in 315 feet and No. 2 is in 450 feet,
! with a distance of seventy-five feet be
] tween levels. The ledge varies in width
from eighteen inches to six feet and
! shows good safe values throughout,
j The surface work consists of a large
I number of crosscuts which shows the
j ledge up for a good distance,
1 "Tins property was located by Pen
man and Yetter m 1894 and has been
held by those gentlemen ever since and
j whom great credit is due for their
J energy and perseverance. ' '
road house in this district was reasoned
with and bull dozed in turn by all and
several of the officials in turn, from and
; including the superintendent, the super
visor and the head ranger to the last
joined third class ranger, to the end
! that he take out a permit to do what
■ constitution of his country already
permitted and guaranteed—the right to
establish a home and make an honest
1 hving.
i fused to apply for a permit. Now for
: t be sequel. Those worthy officers whom
j Mr. Form says does so much good, in
an obstrusive way, did not attack the
| saloon keeper because of his refusal tc
t a g e out a permit. ' ' ' ' ' '
Well, this man, for the sake of peace,
applied for :he permit, signed the bond
I as published in these columns, only to
j find himself practically reduced to peon
| age. For example, he related to the
i writer, the following incident; A man
; named Puelz established a saloon in the
i the same locality as the road house and
being of sturdy stock himself, he re
i f used
i take out a permit. Learning that he
was running a saloon without a county
license, they ordered the keeper of the
road house to make a ft, a; 1 complaint
against him, threatening upon his re
f usa i to play the part oi a tool, to re
yoke his permit and expel him from the
! reserve. How tne matter was finally
1 worked out does not transpire. The ih
cident is merely related to show what
opportunities from harm are sometimes
impulsively placed in irresponsible
hands and how ready the average re
serve official is to usurp the powers of
regularly constituted authority.
large number of ore shipments
suit is due to the cumulative
, this re
effect of
minute quantities scattered throuh a
number of lots, some of which contain
gold below the minimum on which, ac
cording to contract, any payment is al
In the same certain lead
_in the crude state may not carry
enough silver to be appreciable, yet
what there is may become so concen
trated in the pig lead as to yield a not
able silver content, warranting extrac
tion by subsequent refining,
At the present time the Beam pro
çess is the mainstay of a mining excite
ment in the Wichita mountains, in Okla
homa. The Roosevelt Reçoit! supp'
ment contains assays of samples calcu
lated to encourage ficticious nopes.
have recently examined, with great
care, a large number of the best devel
ores ir
oped prospects in the region referred
to, trying in each case to get fair sam
pies of the presumed ore, and, when
nothing at all appeared to be of value,
they secured, from the owners, samples
of the same sort as those in which the
Beam assayers had found values, Up
wards of 300 pounds of samples were
shipped to Washington and 71 separate
assays were made; large quantities
were used and every possible precau
, tion was taken, yet not a trace of gold
j was found in any one of the samples,
The whole excitement appears to be a
j fraud of the first water, and we would
j warn persons who might be misled by
t t t K
1 statements such as those emanating
' from the township which is doing dis
honor to an honorable name.
a matter of fact, government experts

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