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VOL. II. No. 2.
$2.00 The Year
A Promising Property Situated Five Miles
South of Elk City.
This valuable property is sit
uated on Red river, five miles
* south of Elk City, on the Dixie
wagon road, and is owned by the
Elk City Gold M. & M. company.
J. A. Coverly, one of the best
known miners in this district, is
is superintendent. The work
done thus far consists of a tunnel
210 feet long run on the ledge,
which, at the breast, shows a
width of 20 feet of ore that gives
assay values that exceed $5 per
ton. This ledge is opened along
its course by surface cuts for 1500
feet. The two cuts nearest the
Discovered a Dyke.
George Shissler, when in Elk
City last week, reported that
John Wells had discovered a dyke
near Newsome which promises to
develop into something sensa
tional. There has not been
cnough work done as yet to de
termine the full extent of the ore
body, although there seems to be
no doubt that it is quite exten
sive. Mr Shissler estimates that
it will yield about $6 per ton, free,
rn gold.
Mr. Wells is a prospector and
U. miner who has been identified
r • with the mining industry of
Idaho county since 1894, when he
discovered the Gold Bug mine in
old Florence, which he located
with C. P. Cone. This prope) ty
they sqjd to S. S. Glidden of
Spokane. John's many friends
will be glad to hear of his recent
good fortune.
. . . ,
, ^ The tunnel is now in 100 feet and
I the ledge seems to improve with
I every foot run.
Good Work.
Less than thirty days ago work
was begun on the C. R. M. & M.
company's vat building, and to
day the lumber is not only sawed,
virtually, but framed and in
place in the building. Last Mon
day the lower floor was completed
and about one-half of the super
structure raised and secured.
The building is 90x100 feet inside.
J ' The machinery is arriving stead
ily and everything moving like
clockwork. Mr. Herrington is to
be congratulated on securing
such splendid results, and should
his future operations continue as
successful as at present, the
building will be completed and
< under cover by February 1.
United Verde.
- 1 Miles Rice and Lee Strong lo
cated what was formerly quite
widely known as the Virginia, on
January 1. and named, it the
United Verde. The claim has
splendid surface showing and
will no doubt, with judicious de
velopment, justify the brightest
hopes for its future. The claim
is situated on the north fork of
Siegle creek, in the heart of the
famous Siegle creek gold belt.
Work on the Hope.
Messrs. Simmons & Whitaker
are pushing work on their tunnel
X which they are running on the
Hope to tap their ore shoot, which
\i about 100 feet further ahead.
portal of the tunnel, that is, 200
west is the Happy New Year, an
extension of the Lilly May. The
ledge is opened at both ends of
this claim, and shows up strong
and well defined. This property
is ideally located for easy devel
opment, and has an abundence of
timber on the ground besides a
splendid head of water for power.
and 400 feet respectively, further
up the side of the hill,, shows the
vein to have a width of eight
feet and fourteen feet respec
tively. Both showings give good
results to the pan,
Across the river on the south
Is Encouraged.
Mark Howe, who was here
during December looking after
the annual assessment on the
Wild Rose, Schedule and Amer
ican Eagle Extension, left the
first, in st., for Grange ville, hav
ing completed the work. He re
ported satisfactory results on all
three properties. The Mining
News hopes to see him here again
next summer, as he is a very de
sirable acquisition to any com
Retimbering the Shaft..
Wadsworth Stoever who suc
ceeded J. W. Royer as manager
of the Thunder Mountain Gold
company returned Friday from
The Idaho Press says that soon
after the Federal company took
charge of the Standard-Mammoth
it became evident that extensive
repairs were needed in the shaft.
Investigation demonstrated that
it would have to be completely
retimbered for a distance of 185
feet, between the 200 and 400
levels. Now the Standard shaft
is 1000 feet deep and practically
all the. hoisting is from below the
place where the repairs had to be
made. The problem presented,
therefore, was how to retimber
the shaft and at the same time
keep the mine running and pro
ducing its usual output. This
was the nut passed up to R. S.
Pascoe, superintendent of the
Standard-Mammoth, to crack.
The retimbering of the shaft
could not be delayed, and Mr.
Miller informed him that it was
imparative that the mine be kept
running without interruption.
The fact that the feat of retim
bering a shaft without a shut
down of the mine had never been
accomplished, although in several
instances tried, may have been
discouraging to Mr. Pascoe, but
no one knew it if it was. He laid
his plans with a quiet determin
ation to accomplish his pur
pose, and although the predic
tions were almost unanimous that
he could not accomplish the work
in the shaft without a shut down,
he went at it with a resolution
born of confidence in himself
which left failure out of the cal
The ground around the shaft
, for the distance to be repaired
vvas ve fy loose and was exci ting
a tremendous pressure against
Before new timbers could
placed all this ground had to be
removed, and the great chamber
around the shaft caused by its
removal had to be timbered up
in order to make it safe and at
the same time relieve the shaft
of unnecessary pressure. The
ground sluffed badly and the
problem of catching it up and
holding it while the Work was in
progress was a serious one. In
order to give an idea of the diffi
culties to contend with, it may
be stated that it took fifteen days
to place the first two sets of new
timbers in the shaft. But when
once placed they are there t© stay
for all time.
Slowly and laborously the work
went on, the cages passing up
and down both compartments of
the shaft with accustomed regu
larity and the mine sending the
usual amount of ore to the mill.
The loose character of the ground
added many difficulties to the
work and the element of danger
was ever present. None but the
most skillful and experienced
men in the mine were placed on
the work and from first to last it
was carried on under the personal
direction of Superintendent Pas
coe. Months passed and the
work was at last completed. Ev
ery stick of timber in the shaft
for a distance of 185 feet had
been replaced; the treacherous
ground that caused the trouble
was removed and the walls caught
up by a system of timbering that
will stand for years, allowing
room to do any work that may be'
necessary in the future without
disturbing the timbers in the
shaft proper.
With regard to this timber ex
That Timber Extension.
tension question, it would be well
for the public to understand what
i it means. With a growing scarci
ty of timber suitable for mining
purposes, the timber sharks in
festing northern Idaho are be
coming more and more aggres
sive, and everybody should know
the real meaning of the word
extension in relation to timber
and these timber syndicates. It
means that having secured the
timber at present fit for use, and
seeing that within the next 20
yeai's—the period of extension
desired - the smaller trees will
then be servicable also, they are
endeavoring to secure this timber
by the clumsy artifice of asking
for an extension of time in which
to remove that to which they are
— Kooskia Mountaineer
acts. But the people of northern
Idaho should, under no circum
stances, permit any man or set
of men to do anything detrimen
tal to the best interests of the
schools. We are proud of them,
and it would be strange indeed
if, with this fact admitted, we
tjuietly stand aside and see them
robbed of their just inheritance,
legally entitled.
As C. A. Hastings points out
in a letter to the Tribune, the
^ranting of the extension will be
tantamount to granting permis
sion to rob the schools. This
alone is a sufficient reason for
refusal. When trusts, corpora-!
tions and syndicates are on the
warpath in search of dollars,
it matters little to them who suf
fers so long as they get what
they are after. It has been aptly
said that "corporations have no
souls," and consequently feel no
remorse at the result of their
Washington, D. C., Jan. 1.
To tbe Mining News:
The death of Ex-Senator George
L Shoup cast a gloom over all
who knew him. Universal re
gret is expressed on every side
by senators who were associated
with him during his long term of
Senator Shoop was looked upon
as the ablest representative the
west has had in Washington for
years. When the news was an
nounced to Senator Heyburn he
he said: "I have today learned
with great regret of the death of
Senator Shoup, who for ten years
represented the state of Idoho in
the United States senate. I have
known him intimately for more
than twenty years in the capac
ity of a private citizen, a public
officer and a personal friend. In
all of these capacities he was a
prince among men, generous and
upright in all his dealings. Idaho
has had no truer friend or abler
representative in the past, nor
can we hope that she will have
in the future,
relatives there is probably no one
who feels more keenly the death
of Senator Shoup than Addison
T. Smith, who was the Senator's
seo etary ■ during his senatorial
career; the affection existing be
tween them was often the subject
of remark here. It was more
like that between father and son
than the ties which ordinary ex
ist between those associated in
Outside of his
• >
an official capacity. The senator
' had the utmost confidence in Mr.
! Smith and his judgement, and
his confidence was never betray
ed. Congressman French was a
great admirer of Senator Shoup.
and in speaking of him, he said:
"It is with deep sorrow that 1
have learned of the death of Hon.
officer in the army, as governor
of the territory and then of the
! new commonwealth, as senator
I for many years, George L. Shoup
i has proven himsqlf loyal and true
to the highest interests of those
who in this generation and in
those to come may make Idaho
their home,
The Pure Food bill will come
up on January 4th, and while
great opposition is being shown
this measure by senators repre
senting constituencies who are
interested in whisky and adul
terated food products, Senator
George L. Shoup. I had learned
to love him for his gentleness,
his sincerity, and the ever kindly
interest that he had in young
men. I admired and honored
him, too, for the great work he
has done for the state of Idaho
and the Pacific Coast. As an
The bill providing for the re
peal of the stone and timber act
has been indefinitely postponed
by a vote of ten to four in the
house committee on public lands.
This bill lias been strongly agi
tated for the last two or three
years and it looked lor a time
if it would pass. It is a well
^ knowu fact that Congressmen
French, of Idaho, and Mondell,
of Wyoming, have taken the lead
in opposition to this measure.
: Heyburn, who has the bill in
charge, has the solid support of
| the State Pure Food Association,
| the physicians, and all public
j spirited citizens, and he intends
to make a great fight for its pas
! sage during the present session
of congress,
This action by the committee
kills the bill for the present and
it is not likely that it will come
up again soon,
It is not believed by those high
in authority that the Joint-State
hood bill will pass at this session.
It is being opposed by nearly all
the democratic senators, and if
necessary they will "filibuster
against the bill. The democrats,
however, could not prevent the
passage of the bill were they not
aided by nearly all the western
republican senators. The west
ern republican senators, with few
exceptions, will oppose the bill
on the ground that the several
territories should be admitted
separately. The enormous area
of these territories and their pros
pects for an immense population
demand their admission as sep
arate states. It is also looked
upon by western senators as an
effort on the part of the east to
hold down the west in represen
At the earnest request of the
womens club of Idaho Senator
Heyburn urged upon the commit
tee having charge of the State
hood bill for. the admission oi
Oklahoma and Indian Territory,
that the bill be so amended as tc
eliminate the restrictions of suf
frage on account of sex and the
bill has been reported with that
objectionable word stricken out,
so that the state will be free tc
confer suffrage upon the women
either by constitution or law here
after. Had the word "sex" re
mained in the bill the state could
not have conferred suffrage on
the women..
Last year Congressman French
introduced a bill providing foi
three public buildings in Idaho
They were to be at Pocatello»
Lewiston and Moscow. The bil !
was referred to the committee on
Public Buildings of the House and
reports from all the departments
interested have been made to the
supervising architect of the treas
ury, and he has prepared a report
giving an estimate of the quantity
of floor space desired, the quality
of material to be used in construc
tion and the cost of the buildings
and submitted it to the House.
Mr. French is working hard for
his bill and is very hopeful of its
> y
Congratulates French.
Moscow business men have lost
no time in writing congratula
tions to congressman French on
the outcome of his labors toward
securing a federal building for
this city. Offers of any help
that may assist in the campaign
are renewed, and the following
message was wired to Mr. French
"Hon. Burton L. French.
House of Representatives,
"We appreciate your efforts for
a federal building at Moscow.
Trust you may be successful. Can
we do anything to help?"
(Signed) Business Men's Ass'n
A. S. Blake, President.
There is a disposition among
£j ie business men here to believe
^j ia ^ ^e Washington correspon
( j ent w b 0 wro te of the probable
appropriation for a federal build
i ng here was none too well in
formed, because the sum specified
a s being adopted for this purpose
considerably larger than was
ex pected. However, it is expected
fo a ^ word will be had at a com
p ara tively early date from Mr
French putting the matter in it- •
I correct, form — Moscow Journal

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