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VOL. I. No. 50.
$2.00 The Year.
Elk City Board of Trade Pledges $500 Cash
and $500 in Work.
That the people of Elk City be
lieve in no "pent up Utica" fool
ishness was demonstrated at the
regular meeting of the Board of
Trade on Sunday, December 4th,
when a resolution was carried
unanimously to the effect that so
soon as the construction of the
.South Fork wagon road had been
decided upon beyond a doubt,
the Board of Trade would pay
into that fund $500 in money and
$500 in work.
The subject was discussed
thoroughly in all its bearings,
and while it was the concensus
of opinion that Elk City could
get along very well without the
proposed road, there were other
less favored sections contiguous
to her which would be greatly
handicapped unless the road was
built, and with the true spirit
which is the basis of all sound
public policy, they are willing to
waive the advantages accruing
to them under temporarily exist
ing conditions to the end that
their less fortunate neighbors be
placed to better advantage. It
was also touched upon and thor
oughly understood by all, that the
greatly extended field of industry
which would be opened by this
highway would present, indirect
ly, opportunities which would far
exceed those of the present,
which, direct though they may
be, are limited.
W. A. CLARK, Jr.
Inspecting the McKinley Cold Mine at
The Grangeville Standard says
W. A. Clark, Jr., and D. W.
Stickney, a well known mining
man, accompanied by a mining
expert, made a hurried trip up
the Salmon river this week. The
purpose of their trip was to look
at the McKinley mining property
in which Mr. Clark has been in
terested for some tim e. Reports
nn tbni îalmoff -rTVgf have it that
a large deal is pending, and that
if Clark takes hold of the prop
erty there can be no doubt that
it will make a mine.
George Losie is the present
manager of the company. He is
a mining man of recognized abil
ity and his work has brought the
property out in good shape. He
claims to have $800,000 in sight
at the present time.- He has tap
ped his lead at a depth of 400
feet, and the showing is excellent
at this depth. The trouble at the
present time is that they have no
water near the property and it
will require a large expenditure
to put the mine in working order.
The company, if it retains pos
session of the property, is in
doubt as to what the next move
will be. Some are in favor of
putting up a mill with the show
ing they have, while Mr. Losie
and some of his partners are in
favor of making a still larger
1 showing, so that they can put up
a larger mill when they build.
They feel that the small mill
W'ould be a waste of money, es
pecially since it will cost them
considarable to get water.
bodies, or any who are interested
in the success of this enterprise,
with the view of securing perma
nent organization. This com
mitteo consists of G. L. L. Bas
kett, H. D. Poyneer and J. L. C.
The Board, while offering this
donation, purposely refrained
from outlining any scheme of or
ganization or proceedure further
than that already mentioned
above, believing that the camps
more directly interested should
be heard first along this line; it,
in the meantime, holding itself
prepared to co-operate in any
feasible scheme which may be
agreed upon.
. After settling some points con
cerning its own organization the
Board adjourned till the first Sun
day in January, 1905.
M. J. Sweeney was appointed
a committee of one to confer with
the N. P, officials and sécure data
based upon that company's sur
vey as to possible cost of con
struction per mile of wagon road
as compared with a railroad over
the same course; also the dis
tance from Harpäter to the Elk
City-Hump road where it crosses
Relief creek.
President Andrew Prader was
instructed to appoint a committee
of three upon whom devolves the
duty of communicating with the
various mine owners, commercial
On the Marsh and Cooney Groups in
the Coeur d'Alênes.
John M. Burke this week se
cured a bond on the Marsh and
Cooney groups of claims, adjoin
ing and lying alongside the Tiger
Poorman, says the Idaho Press,
The marsh group consists of five
claims and is owned by Mark
Cooney, Frank Murphy, John
Kelly and Peter Lambert. The
Cooney group consists of seven
.claims,—the various owners of
which transferred their interests
to Mark Cooney for the purpose
of making the deal with, Mr.
Mr. Burke represents a syndi
cate of eastern capitalists, and
the two groups, although bonded
separately, will be handled as one.
He declines to state the figure for
V. Inch the claims had been bond
ed, but his conversation leads to
the conclusion that it was a large
one. Speaking of the property
he said;
"Development work under my
direction is now in progress.
When the bond was made there
was a tunnel on the Marsh claim
about 100 feet in length, which
for a distance of about 55 or 60
feet shows as fine a vein of quartz
as I first had on the Poorman
when I worked it in 1884 before
reaching the great bodies of lead
ore. The work now under way
is a continuation of this tunnel.
I think the Vein we are following
is the Poorman, which in my
opinion comes through the side
line of the O'Neil claim and en
ters this ground. In the face of
the tunnel there is three feet of
quartz which gives assay returns
of from $2 to $17 in silver and
lead, which is as good, if not
better, than my first assays on
the Poorman, and better than any
of the croppings on the Tiger,
except where the ore comes to
the surface.
' 'The value of these claims that
1 have bonded is based, first, up
on their location, and, second,
on the fact that there is not a
mine in that section that had
anything like its good showing
to start on, and which has been
developed to any great extent
that has not proven to be a div
idend payer in the course of time.
On the four patented claims
in the Cooney group, on all of
which more or less work has been
done, the showing is better, if j
anything, than on the Marsh j
group, but as they are higher up j
the mountain, they can be work
ed to better advantage through
the Marsh tunnel which is being
Mr. Burke's former prominence
as a successful mining operator
in this district lends a special in
terest in his reappearance here,
♦ *
When asked to give some facts
in regard to his former operations
here, he replied:
"I bonded the Tiger on July 10,1
1884, for $35,000, which I devel
oped and sold portions of it at
Aftei. paying for the
property I received $70,000 fori
the last one-fifth that I sold.
odd times.
, „ „ , ,
fall of the same year for $30,000,
apd sold seven-eights of it to a
Butte company headed by Marcus
"I bonded the Poorman in the
_ ^ ,
Daily, Patsey Claik and; Major
B. C. Kingsbury, at the rate of
$137,000 for the property, on
which after bonding I had done
only about 60 feet of w r ork up to
the time the negotiations com
menced. I received for the one
eighth which I kept, after getting
several dividends, $62,500,
"$ince that time I have done
no mining in this vicinity until
the bonding of these properties.
I have been here ninety days
after an absence of several years.
during which time I have been
mining in British Columbia, the
state of Washington, Alaska, Cal
ifornia, Nevada, Arizona and old
Mexico, and I return to my first
love because I think it the great
est silver-lead joining section in
the United States. During my
thirty-six years of mining I have
come to the conclusion that Sliver
_ _ . . ,, .
tint as t eod producers are
gradually being worked out, as
all mines are in the course of
all mines are m tne couise ol,
time, there are new ones spring
mg up from the prospects as they
are developed to take their places
such, for instance as the Hercu
lese, Hecla, Alice and numerous
others that were not known in
lead prospects, as a rule, are
more apt to make mines than
any others. Another reason for
my return to this district is that
d'Alene^ daiS " the C ° eUr
MakeS a Deal. . • -
The Thunder Mountain News
says S. S. Whitaker and F. A.
j Roesch made a deal on the Little
! Jumbo mining claim this week,
The property was taken over by
! an eastern syndicate and the cash
paid down, S. F. Hunt acting as
j agent for the purchasers. It is
understood that extensive devel-!to
opinent work will be begun on
' the property next season by a
| new Thunder Mountain mining
Wm Hogan Secures Republic Cyanide Plant
For His Company.
The 400-ton cyanide plant of
the Republic Power and Cyanid
* , . ,
in f c ompany, which was recently
sold to the Bradley Engineering
Lo., was sold last week by them
to W illiam Hogan, preside; t of
the Crooked River Mining and
Milling company, of Orogrande,
Elk City district, who secured the
plant for his company. A new
No. 5 Gates crusher was also
th® mill,
from 6,000 to 10,000 feet per day.
The company has a crew of
carpenters of work on the nevv
Orogronde Items.
[From out special correspondent.]
The C. R. M. <%' M. company's
sawmill was started Tuesday,
Nat wick & Bullock are running
They expect to cut,
building. Walter Cook is scratch
H. Hansen and Bud Kinkaid for
sawing and hauling logs,
R A Rogers arrived in camp
Sunday. He will resume work
on the Tamalipas group, which
Contracts have been let to E.
lays a mile and a half north-west
of Orogrande. It is owned by the
Tamalipas Mining company of
Oaksdale Wn
J. W. Duffield came to Oro
g ranc j e Monday on business and
ret urned the next day to Elk.
^ ie Oregon mine, on Summit Flat,
They will be ready to hoist in a
U ew aa V s - L is rumored that
they w ill ha\ e their 4-stamp mill
hauled in before Janua ry 1.
Q ut p rom Dixie
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n . Geor f 1 f. Brod ° ck " out from
f eek ' stopp f
°' v i era ® vV ajs on is " a > °
enn\a ei or ie wm u. e
wint r™ 3 ° C S U * °" °
j n Fashion.
M j g ween re t urne d to
camp Sunday after an extended!
absence . Mr. Sweeney came in
via. Grangeville and the Hump,
When seen by the Newsman he
said he knew nothing new which
would prove of interest. Asked
he had anything up his sleeve
linn nf u
i , n ® w °P eratlons . he
said; Well, dykes are fashion-.
able> it seems> and j try to keep
within reasonable distance of the
! f as hi 0 ns "
M. J. Sweeney and Andrew'
Prader arrived in Orogrande last
Tuesday night on business.
There is eight men at work on
Oa the Winifred.
F IT Hamer made ft flvino-trin
l to Elk this week from the Coeur
I d'Alenes to look afte his mining
interests here Mr Hamer with
! whom is associated James Keith
of Spokane, owns the Winifred,
group, a very ] romising property
situated on the east end of the
well known Blue Ribbon. He
left on Tuesday's stage for the
1 outside where he will proceed at
! once to Burke, Idaho, and thence
his promising new find, the
Champion, which is belie\ed to
be an extension to the celebrated
i Hercules mine, of which Mr. Har
per was the original locator.
purchased.. The plant is as good
as new, having seen less than a
(.pwipp T'Vip vofq «».p
^ Tus said h^I by those
who are f amilliar with the p i ant
that its acqu i s ition by Mr. Hogan
is- in the nature of a windfall. It
is understood that Clark & Sche
field will move the freight, which
will aggregate 100 tons, from the
N. P. terminus at Stites to Oro
There has been extensive surface
worK done along the course of
the ledge which Js opened up to
good advantage at several points.
This property is owned by V. G.
Keller, Miles Rice and George
Dove. Winter quarters were re
cently built and a 150-foot tunnel
started which, when completed,
will cut the ledge at a vertical
depth of 100 feet. It is the in
tention of the owners to prosecute
this work to completion as' soon
as possible.
This group is situated on Kirks
fork of American river, about
three and one half miles east of
town. It is the east extention of
Luray Group.
the well known Providence group.
Located a Dyke.
E. J. Comley, who has been
prospecting near the mouth of
Crooked river in the interest of
g g Swartscame in Thursday
! f rorn Crooked rive- - and reports
j severa i new discoveries in dykes
in section, some of the rock
showing native gold. He located
five claims on one ore body which,
as is cla imed by every other dyke
i owner in that section, is an ex
tension of the Hogan property,
One enthusiastic claim owner
sa y s he has a dyke compared with
i which Hogan's is a mere stringer.
1 However, there is no reasonable
' doubt that the new finds are in
| * n f° import ant pro ducers.
Th unprecedented drouth this
me unpreceuenteu uioum uik.
j fall, followed as it was by severe
t- fs before snowfall has had a
frosts hefore snowta11 -
himself and Mrs, M. A. Parr, re
i Ports finding a dyke of great
j promise and has located several
' c ^ a * ms t hereo n.
More Dyke Discoveries.
course of the strike of that par
ticular mineral zone, and there
appears no good reason why some
if not all these, should not develop
Effects of the Drouth.
bad effect on the output of this
district in common with Dixie
and the Hump. In this district
i the shortage of water put a per
1 to the P^ acer operations ur-
i usually early in > the season, and
1 >«*«■ >»s towed a shutdown of
the South Fork mill, operated by
! & House > and renders im '
! B° yer mlP as planned by Andie\\
î >ra ^ er - which unfortunate back
set was followed in turn by the
* orc °d closing down o the Com
s ^ oc ^ at Dixie this week from the
same cause. Development \voik,
however, it is understood, ^il be
anticf'ation^of arTuif
usuaUy prosperous season next
year in this and all contiguous
possible the resumption of the

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