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Elk City Mining News
VOL. II. No. 1.
$2.00 The Year.
On tlie Hillside Group in the Spring, Says
Manager E. F. G-orddn.
Mr. E. F. Gordon, superinten-'
dent of the Hillside group on
Big creek, returned from a trip
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to Fortland where he went m the
interest of his company a short
time ago. Mr. Gordon reports
meeting with the most flattering
success and is, if possible, more
enthusiastic than ever. To the
■fW request that he give the Mining
BBJr News an outline of the company's
operations in the near future, his
experience on the trip out to the
claims etc., Mr. Gordon said: •
"We have had a very success
lm trip Going in a week ago
was the hardest ten miles of
snowshoeing in soft snow. Mr.
Hawthorn stood up to it like an
old timer, however, and every
thing has come out according to
schedule. R. Puelz arrived from
Cripple Creek the evening before
we started baçk, to perform his
annual work on the Helen Gould
group of claims, w r hich gave us
a tyroken trail to come out on.
' Tt is an inspiring sight to sec
the vast preparations that the
great Hogan mine is making for
their new 500-ton cyanide plant,
With the definite results that
they have obtained by their most
exhaustive series of Lists wliich
extend over a period of four
years of careful experimenting,
we can all look forward with the
certainty of a bright future for
this portion of Central Idaho.
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UM Land Office Decision in Land
■Saturday was the last day the;
Northern Pacific had to file an
appeal from the local land office!
in the case of some valuable min
ing claims in Shoshone county,
hearing upon which was heard
October 14th and a decision ren
dered in favor of the land re-;
maining under she mineral clas
i.laming unuci sne ramerai cias
siflcation. On account of the
number of mining groups on the
land in question the decision was
an important one and it
thought the railroad company
would appeal to the general land
office in its effort to have the
However, the decision .does not
effect the whole territory in the
region over which there is con
troversy, the attorneys for the
miners and railroads agreeing
that the outcome of th,e present
case should be confined to those
lands upon which right? had been
taken under the mineral act.
whole region which the railroad
company desires declared non
mineral embraces some 29 town-i
Case Stand.
tract declared non-mineral.
ships. The land upon M
ip mining claims have been ■
i .Éfched embraces a stretclfi ÿ
miles long and thn
fe, in the east side of Slpid
I k; CounVy^and running to th^|
HP Amoilr those n'ow in p< asefe
of their Properties with^^^
jr ther land office litigatioJ
appeal of The railroad < oi
are the Wampum grou^j
■Jtroup, LeRoy, Bald
ÄjrtAlpena, Kiijnmel, Rochi
company's properties which we
wen ^ to inspect, are situated tiine
miles southwesterly from the
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j Hogan mine, at Orograndx They
i cons i s t 0 f seven quartz and one
j placer claim. The main dyke of
! this proposition is over 100 feet
; wide, all carrying values. The
two walls, hanging and foot,
; have concentrated pay streaks
: from four to eight feet wide with
The Hillside Mining & Milling
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1 average values of $12 per ton in
| gold. This great reef is opened
along its strike at intervals for
2000 feet, every opening showing
strong bodies of pay ore, which
can all be reduced on the ground
and the values practically all ex
tracted. Our company is in fine
shape financially and otherwise,
We propose to get in hand all
the resources necessary to make
a thoroughly developed mine be
fore we start work, so that when
we do start, success will be as
; sured. The present development
proves beyond a doubt that there
is a rich mine to be had by com
petent and systematic develop
ment. Next spring as soon as
the roads are dry and good, we
expect to start our work, when
we will have favorable weather
conditions. 2000 feet of tunnel
! ing and crosscutting and we will
: be ready for our reduction plant,
This proposition will be paying
dividends within twelve months
i from the time work is started. "!
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Cabin and Tenderfoot groups.
[Several of the groups, notably
i the Wampum, embraces several
, daimS - '
The case was hotly contested
by the miners and came up this
time on a rehearing on their
showing that at the previous
hearing, when a finding was
■ found for the company, sufficient
notice had not been given them,
inasmuch as the notice of publi
1 cation was printed in the St
uuuii wab pmitGu in tnc ou
Maries Courier. The Courier was
: claimed to have been the paper
' nearest to the land, but as the
was'miners lived in another county
; they did not see the paper
the publication notice. The no-1
tice of publication for a rehearing
was printed at Wallace. -Coeur
d'Alene Journal.
Look Before \ ou Leap.
The well known tendency of
new mining companies to install
reduction plants on their prop
erties before demonstrating the
j kind actually needed is comment
on by the Idaho Press in the
; following interest ing manner : -
In the early days in mining
in the west almost every mining
and district saw smelters
aifi on all sorts of mines. In
the majority of cases mills, not
»milters, were what were re
flur ed. The mountains of Mon
'tkfa, Colorado, Idaho and Utah
Brere filled with these monuments
ce mistaken enterprise and igno
■nee of metallurgical require
■ents. This was thirty years
fco, but today there is still dis
losition on the part of those ig
lorant of the conditions essential
o success m smelting operations
to build smelters in place of mills
where it would be impossible to
successfully operate a smelter on
the material available. A smelter
amount of iron oxide and lime
for flux and unfortunately the
flux is generally devoid of other
values than those of a chemical
nature which is suitable for flux.
It is a serious mistake to equip
mine with a reduction plant be
fore the mine is prepare^ to
supply a sufficient amount of ore
to keep the plant in steady oper
ation, but it is a much more ser
in this day, to build a smelter
when a mill is required, or vice
versa, and worse still to put in a
reduction plant of any kind where
none at all is needed. Still these
each year sees chronicled the :
usual number of failures where a'
competent management mav I
have made a success. There ( s
an old saying to the effect that'
'a little knowledge is dangerous,'
and it is fully exemplified in the
man who builds a smelter on a
This property is situated at the
head of French gulch, close to
the top of the divide between
Red river and Red Horse creek,
It consists of three claims and
tance of 230 feet, besides immer
ous crosscuts, showing the ledge
' to average over five feet in width
with a pay streak of very rich
©re accompanying it the entire
length of the tunnel, which varies
in width fron, six inches to three
. I
mme which should have a mill
Cold Dove Group,
was located in 1902 by John Mas
som, J. B. Henniger, J. R. Vent.
Pat Brennen and Hugh McCook
Since its discovery there has been
a tunnel run on the ledge a dis
feet, till the main ore shoot is
encountered, when it widens to
1-3 feet. This body gives values
exceeding $10 per ton, generally
free. The development contem
plated for this winter consists of
a 68-foot winze and an upraise to
the surface, a distance of 70 feet,
which will be opened about mid
way.of the tunnel between portal
and breast, and will be carried!
> ,
through three feet of high
decomposed ore which will be
screened as taken out. and that
j of sufficient fineness will be cyan
and'ided. Construction of vats for
that purpose will be begun im
mediately. A large timber shed
and blacksmith shop has been
built recently in place of the one
destroyed last summer by fire.
j The extreme depth attained thus
iar > which is on the mam ore
shoot, escapes the writer's mem
or y> but it is greatly in excess of
100 feet. It is sate to» say that
with the future developments
carried out as planned, the Gold
^ducin g m ines^f thïïanm and
Idaho county. 1
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The Mining News takes pleas
On the Buffalo Chief Croup in Buffalo
Hump District.
ure in publishing the following
report sent in to it by the Buffalo
Hump Mining company through
i 0. C. Jansen, the secretary. The
report was made at the request
'of the paper recently sent out:
"We began operations July 12,
by starting a tunnel on the 359
foot level on the Buffalo Chief,
American Eagle Company to Pay off ludebt
edness and Redeem Property.
A letter to the Mining News
from P. E. Stookey, receiver for
the American Eegle Consolidated
Gold Mining company, says the
court has made an order extend
ing the time for the sale of that
property from December 30th to
A. W. Boyd, formerly superin
tendent of the American Eagle,
came in on Monday's stage to
look after that company's inter*
ests. To the Newsman Mr. Boyd
said: "The companÿ will pay off •
all indebtedness and will probably
resume operations in the near fu
ture. At present I will have the
annual work performed on the
Fishhawk group which joins the
American Eagle,
January 31, 1905. This was done
to give the company a chance to
meet the indebtedness itself,
which, it is understood, they are
prepared to do.
near ^ 300 feet, and in that dis- )
tance we bave tapped two good
ore sboots - We shipped 18881
P° un ds of this ore to the Tacoma !
smelter wb ' cb showed a value in
K(4d ^8 per tçn, exceptionally !
^ ree mdbng ' Recently we start
ed a t ' Unnel on tbe 4f>0 foot level
on the Ironclad claim. This ledge
is 85 feet wide on the surface,
(with thirteen feet, of solid and,
high grade quartz on the hanging [
wall side. We are now in nearly
75 feet with this latter tunnel, ;
and the showing w r e have is very :
gratifying to all, concerned. The
entire tunnel is in ore of [a very j
high grade. Samples taken from 1
to the pan, and have never got
ten a 'skunk' as yet. In all, we ;
bave now abou t 800 feet of tun
ne ^ on our P ro perties, every foot
of [t bein & in ore - !
"Brides doing the develop
claim. This tunnel is now in I
aT W P art of this tunnel, which is 1
also true of the Buffalo Chief. j
P ans extremely well. We are
able to get from three to 25 cents
nient work we have built a very
shop and other smS
^ lb epuiposc o e com-j
pany to get the ma, .-hmery na for,
(f " S '™ P ™, e ,," re esnowll5

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Ed Roach, who sold the Can
non Ball vronn to Matt T nndin
gradeBail group to Matt Lunmn,
! as ® en assessment . oi
| ^ tai • e ^Pp r s
suits thus far. This group is sit
uated on Galena creek, about one
half mile south of the American
usiner ana Kiuie mcuro ssiu.
, r
; mey eome '
The Inter-State Mining & Mil
ling company, organized at Asotin
j Wash., under the laws of that
state, is the atest addition to Elk
i City's steadi'y grow ing list of
j mining companies. This company
WaS orj?anized to °0 ei ' ate , the Lib '
erty group, comprising six claims,
situated near the confluence of
the Crooked and Clearwater riv
ers, and owned by George Esh
and Billie Allen. The capital
stock is 1,000,000 shares, about
; half of wffiich will be placed in
| the treasury. The outstanding
j stock will be pooled lor two years.
; In fact, every detail is being ar
ranged with an eye single to
making the enterprise a thor
oughly legitimate proposition,
The mineral deposit is a dyke,
said to be-similar in all respects
to the Hogan property.
S, Ç. Hawthorn, who came in
with R F, Gordon to inspect the
Hillside group, on Big creek, last
wepk, made the News office
'pleasant call on his way outside,
During his conversation
Hawthorn said referring to his
impressions of the property vis
ited: "It is certainly a great
proposition. I have never seen
such an amount of rock all of
which carries good free values,
But that, I am told, is the case
with this entire section. It is
certainly a most remarkable coun
try. I have recently visited four
of the leading mj
the western on a
ings are concerned,
thing, you are laboring iS
misapprehension if you umi^
stand that your district has a
name in Portland or on the coast.,
wn. Happily,
S. C. Hawthorn.
ections in
tour of obsç çg
to say they iiothjl
to equal whatT^ve.aeenin $
country so far as 'tor&cé - abo
nr-'. ,
f ■
r 9
^ wid , knQ ,
this condition is **mg rapidly
'overcome through the efforts of
the Mining News, which is rap
idly acquiring a standing of the
h.gl,es ^ order among the rink
"This country," continued Mr.
Hawthorn, "will be my future
field of operations. It ia good
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Mi. Hawthorn left for Portland
on Sunday s stage,
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Changes Hands,
the famous Buster
or the east. The principal claim
of the groi;p was quite well
known several years ago under
the name of Redstone, and at one
time was equipped with a mill.
Leases the South Fork,
R, \y. Brownell has taken a
one year i ease on Abe House's
inserest in the g out h p or k gr0U p
and is laying in his supplies t'His
W gek preparatory to beginning
active operations,
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W. A. Russell sold the Alma,
group of three claims recently to
S. W. Smith. The consideration
stated is $1,250. The property
French Group Sold.
Wednesday from Spokane wffiere
he went with his partner. Peter
Proulx, io close the deal on the
French group, which, as announ
ce d by the Mining News several
weeks ago, was bonded to Prof. J.
G- & a ^ n> ^? r eas ^J' n ca P'
chase price approximates $100JX>0
Wo rk will begin shortly on 'th«
property under the management
I. D. Maxwell returned to camp
of Mr. Garvin.

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