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« VOL. II. No. 15. ELK CITY, IDAHO COUNTY, IDAHO. SATURDAY APRIL 8, 1905. 2.00 The Year DOINGS AT DIXIE. That Deserving Camp will Share the Prosper ity of the Coming Busy Season-Good Properties are Being Opened Up. Ordinarily the visit of a sheriff to a community is not looked up on as a blessing, but the presence of Sheriff Green in camp today bears the earmarks of being the cause eventually of starting up what is known to be a good min ing property—the Northern Star. Sharing the fate of many mining companies, it seems that among the owners of this property there crept in a man who, when the capital stock had been exhausted, and a little more money needed to put the mill in running order, did not have the nerve to put up further to place the property on a basis where it would pay its own way. Neither would he sell out at a reasonable figure, so those who had faith in the prop erty could go ahead. So to weed out this partner, the matter was brought into court, with the re sult that in a short time the claims, mill, etc., comprising the holdings of the Northern Star Co. will be sold at sheriff's sale. It is understood that a coterie of the former owners of the property have formed a pool to bid it in, and after the legal snarl is un tangled will immediately begin work. The presence of the sher iff was for the purpose of tacking up notices announcing the sale. One of Rory Burke's lamps has been somewhat dim recently. About two weeks ago he accident ly—of course—filled his left optic with granulated lead, and as a i'esult has since that time made one eye do the work of two. He is convalescing. Wm. Thrasher is still driving ahead with his tunnel on the Com stock No. 2. He is in about 150 feet, but has not yet tapped the lead. Messrs. Perry and Brown are running a tunnel on the Black Diamond which will tap the ledge at a depth of 100 feet or more. There is a 50-foot shaft on the property, in the bottom of which is five feet of ore which gives average assay values of $22 per ton, These gentlemen have done several hundred feet of develop ment on different claims this winter, and by their perseverance are certainly deserving success. A couple of months ago Mr. Brown, in order to keep the muck from scattering over too great an area of the tunnel floor, placed his stomach against the face of the tunnel and then lighted the fuse on several shots. He was blown backward about 20 feet, but aside from some severe bruis es and a bad fright, hewas prac tically uninjured. He has entirely recovered. Messrs. Burke, Thrasher, Send ker and Duncan recently put through 90 tons of ore at the Comstock mill, from the mine the same name, under bond-lease to Mr. Tytler. The result of the cleanup was four pounds three ounces of gold. About 50 per cent of the values are said to have escaped with the concentrates. Mr. Tytler is very sanguiue ( V < being able to raise money enough to take up the property. Billie Sendker expects to make a sale of his property at the head of Little Mallard creek. These claims are developed by both tun nel and shaft, and a good body of ore is blocked out. Michigan capitalists, headed by J. Luby, are coming here soon to look at the property. They say that if it is what Mr. Sendker claims, they will buy it and put a force to work at once. Frank Duncan is negotiating with outside parties for the sale of his Irish Lord group, compris ing'three claims. It is under stood that he is offered $2,500 cash for the group. Several small tunnels and shafts have opened up bodies of ore on this property that lead one to believe it will make a mine, Louis Larson has hauled 20 tons of $40 rock to his arastra and will start to grinding just as soon as the snow begins to melt a little faster. He was somewhat shy of water during cold weather. Mr. Danforth will leave in a few days for Stites, where he will look after the shipment of nine tons of mining machinery to this point. The freight is already at Stites, and is for the develop ment of both placer and quartz claims. These properties were recently sold by Mr. Danforth to eastern parties, who formed a corporation and placed Mr. Dan forth in charge as manager. The work so far done on the claims would indicate that they will pi'ove producers, and it is under stood that the company owaiing them has ample capital to thor oughly exploit the ground. Henry Hazlett has located a ranch on Lemhi bar, and for the time being will drop mining and devote his energies to farming. Messers. Perry and Brown have run a 50-foot tunnel on the Great Eeastern and opened up a small ledge that pans equal to anything ever seen in this camp, property is owned by Messrs. Burke and Sendker. A company under the management of An drew Prader did several hundred feet of development on the Great Eastern several years ago, but Dame Fortune did not smile on their efforts and they abandoned the claims. The winter on the Salmon has been the mildest ever known, but for the past two weeks weather has been experienced that is any thing but cheerful. During this time it has been raining and snowing both day and night. About a dozen men are at work with rockers and beachers, some on pay streaks while others de vote their time entirely to skim diggings; but all are looking for the ground that can be the most easily worked. The higher bars along the river are in most stances ignored, though one and all seem to think there are rich pay streaks running through some ot them. The There is a bar across the river from the mouth of Mallard creek where Messrs. Humes and Pres cott took out with a rocker over $7 per day last summer, and in the fall sold the claim to Seattle parties. A company to work the bar on an extensive scale wasl organized, and all winter prepar atory work with this end in view has been done. A sawmill to cut lumber for several hundred feet of fluming has been erected, and enough other work done to give the company hopes of putting water on the ground by June 1. The work has been in charge of C. H. Prescott. The manager of the company, George Shellhorn, is expected in Dixie next week. Messrs. Goddard and Parrot, who put in the winter at Hot Springs bar, trapping, have met with poor success, though they caught one of tha largest bob cats ever seen in this part of the country. It was as large as a medium sized cougar. Rudolph & Medaris have put their ferry in shape to handle all trade with safety and dispatch. They are looking for a heavy travel toward Thunder Mountain this summer. Work on the Printer group, owned by the Nanpareil M. & D. Co., is showing up large bodies of It is low grade, but pay ore. there is an unlimited quantity Thin Space. of it. Dixie, Idaho, April 1, 1905. Strike on Consolation. Matt Lundin, manager of the Imperial Corona company's prop erty, reports ah important strike on the Consolation, one of that company's claims. The new strike is supposed to be a continuation of the shoot on which the original discovery was made, and lies about 500 feet west of that point. The ore body is six feet wide and, Mr. Lundin says, pans freely.. Report Grangeviîîe Sold. It is reported that the Silver Giant Mining Co. of Spokane, through its agent, F. S. Earnest, has purchased the Grangeville group. It was expected that the company would begin operations April 1st. The company plans to have a reduction plant in oper ation this season. This is about the "steenth" time this property has been reported sold within a year. Hope it is true. Assaying Dyke Rock. In view of the small measure of success attending the efforts of the average assayer in getting satisfactory results from the ore of the Elk City dykes, the follow ing letter from W. H. Stowell of Spokane, to a mining man here, will be of interest. Mr. Stowell says: "It is not so much the time that it is in the furnace as the degree of heat it has for the last fifteen minutes it is in the furnace, and in collecting the particles of gold after parting. Thirty minutes ordinary heat and fifteen minutes extreme heat get all the values there is in it. It should be ground to 100 mesh. The whole sample should be ground fine. Mr. Stowell does not seem to attach much importance to a very extended period of quiet fusion which is claimed by local assayers to be necessary to obtain the best results, and which claim is con sideredas being well proven this community. ' » Orogrande News. Jim Montgomery made a big strike yesterday on the Metz property. He is driving a tunnel and is now in about 30 feet. He has three feet of high grade n the face of the tunnel which is ore similar in character to the Dia mand Hitch. The property lays between the Diamand Hitch and Vendetta group. M. M. Clark encountered the Regnier vein in the Gold Reef tunnel, which is the west exten sion to the Regnier lode. The vein was struck in a drift run south from the main tunnel. The tunnel is in nearly 100 feet. The Regnier is owned by the Crooked River Mining and Milling com pany, and considerable develop ment has been done on the prop erty. The average width of the vein is eight feet between walls, with a pay streak of 18 inches which gives an average value of better than $40. The entire eight feet will average $5 per ton. An east extension is owned by James Montgomery. Tunnel No. 3. on the Vendetta group is now in 40 feet and has been in fine ore all the way. This tunnel is crosscutting the big dyke and will be driven in several hundred feet. Two hundred feet more depth can be gained by the main working tunnel which the owners contemplate running this summer. Orogrande, Idaho, April 4. Thirteen Pounds of Gold. A special from Stites to the Tribune says William Parisot, manager of the Atlas mine in the Buffalo Hump, arrived here yes terday from the Hump accom panied by his family enroute to Spokane. Mr. Parisot was tak ing out two gold bricks weighing thirteen pounds, which is the re sult of a twenty-seven day run with a five stamp mill. He states that on account of a scarcity of water he has been unable to op erate more than five stamps for some time, but a heavy snow storm has recently visited the camp and it is believed that the mill can be operated to the full capacity within a short time. The work will be continued at the Atlas during the summer, and the property is now showing up in fine shape. Mr. Parisot states that the out look for the camp this summer is very good. Much development work has been carried on during the winter and all prospects are looking fine. Work is expected to be continued during the sum mer on the Big Buffalo and a large number of men will be em ployed in the camp. Many of the properties are arranging to open up work this season with large crews and the outlook is considered very favorable for the camp. Senator Lewis is Secretary A special from Boise April 4th to the Moscow Journal says the state wagon road commission or ganized yesterday with Governor Gooding as chairman and Senator M. E. Lewis as secretary. The committee adopted resolu tions that in all projects the cit izens must subscribe and place in the treasury half the cost, paying dollar for dollar with the state. Indications seem favorable for both the Atlanta and Warrens Big Meadow propositions. Mixed in His Geography. The Evening Journal of Port land publishes the following in terview given out by the editor of the Orangeville News, who is visiting in that city, and who, if quoted correctly, is guilty of the provincial's blunder of mixing more than his geography. "Central Idaho is a land of vir gin mineral resources, operating mines and witchery for the pros pector," says H. L. Herzinger, editor of the Orangeville News, who is in this city. "Many dis tricts are being brought out, and most of these are equipped for milling and heavy placer work. Aside from being a much used highway to Thunder Mountain, this region," Mr Herzinger says, "is thronged with mining men. "In Clearwater district, near Orangeville; the Dewey and Ever green are developing constantly. Arangements are being made by the management of the Dewey for a 10-stamp milling plant to be erected this summer. Newsome district, next above Clearwater, is most conspicuous at present from remarkable de velopments of the great porphyry dyke property of Schissler Bros. Other men are doing Ijeavy de velopment in this district. "Buffalo Hump, which is next in order, has several mills. The Big Buffalo's 24 stamps are said to be dropping steadily on high grade milling ore. At the Jumbo ten stamps are dropping, and the Atlas and Wise Boy mines are equipped with 10-stamp mills. The Concord owner is aranging to put a mill in at an early date. The good ore recently encounter ed in the Mother Lode has en couraged the management to erect a mill, work on which is expected to commence early this spring. In general, the Hump is more active this spring than ever before in its history. "At Four Mile there is one property destined to command national attention. This is the., big Hogan mine, on which the great, milling plant of the old Re public mine, at Republic, Wn., is being installed. Over 100 tons of machinery for the Hogan went through Orangeville this winter and spring, and more is to follow. April 1 was the date set by the management to commence milling with the enlarged plant. The Hogan has been using a 20-stamp mill for some time, making in this work a record for low mining and milling never exceeded in the northwest, unless at the Barns-King, Kendall or Big In dian mines of Montana., With the new equipment the manage ment expects to make even a bet ter record. ' 'Elk City is another promising interior district of central Idano, where several placers are said to be making good records. Moose Creek, where a big placer deal was recently consummated, is near Elk City. "Warren has several quartz properties and three or four prominent placers. Senator W. A. Clark's eldest son was in there several days ago, and is currently reported to have an option on the McKinley mine, which has a good showing of ore. . « Syndicate Resumes. M. J. Sweeny started a force of men on-the Syndicate group the beginning of thé week.