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2.00 The Year. _
VOL. II. No. 22.
Local Happenings Among tlie Mines—Leases
tlie Yellow Jacket-—Will Develop the
Union Group—Sensational Find
Leases the Yellow Jacket,.
Messrs. Hillier, Whipple and
Natwick have secured a two
year's lease on the well known
Yellow Jacket in the Siegle Creek
Are Looking for Property.
Messrs. Corkoran and Harsh
of Boston and Denver are again
in camp with the object of acquir
ing mining property.
Are Grinding Ore.
Cole & Duhrkop have started
up their arastra on White Horse
ore after a period of idleness,
during which they developed
their property to a considerable
dearth with the result that they
have better ore than ever.
The Stonebreaker brothers and
Frank Roberts of Stites passed
through town Tuesday with their 1
pack train on their way to Roose-'
velt. Nash Wayland and Harry
Markham arrived in Elk Sunday
with the former's pack train,
also loaded for Roosevelt. They
unloaded here and doubled back
for another load before proceed
ing farther.
Gold Hill Resumes.
Walter Cook, who recently sev
ered his connection with the C.
R. M. & M. company as boss
carpenter, has put a force of men
to w r ork on the Gold Hill placers,
owned by himself and others.
Make a Mill TesL.
Jno. Massam, of the Gold Dove,
reports that himself and associ
ates are taking out ore from that
property preparatory to making
a mill run with the object of test
ing the free values of the ore.
A Sensational Find.
E. E. Espey, one of the owners
of the South Fork group, reports
a new find in the same locality
which, from all reports, is equal,
if not superior, to anything yet
found in the district. The ledge
is five feet wide and is said to
yield as high as $300 per ton to
simple pan tests.
To Thunder Mountain.
Will Develop.
W. E. Rispin and M. Campbell
of Chatham, Ont., treasurer and
director, respectively, in the Mam
moth & Great Eeatern Mining
company, accompanied by N. E.
Linsley, a mining engineer of
Spokane, made a visit of inspec
tion to the Union group this week
with the object of deciding as to
whether the development work
done would justify the immediate
installation of a mill. It is under
stood that while the gentlemen
were well pleased with the pro
gress made in development and
the amount of ore developed,
they concluded to sink 100 feet
deeper and open a new level be
fore considering the reduction
question further. They returned
to the outside Wednesday.
Samples the Buster.
M. J. Heller of San Francisco
spent several days in camp this
week sampling the Buster.
Warren-Big Creek Road.
The state wagon road commis
sion made its first appropriation
last Tuesday. It set aside $10,000
build the road from Warren to
Big Creek, a distance of 30 miles.
The mining companies in Big
Creek and the citizens of Weiser
and upper country have agreed
to contribute an equal amount for
the purpose.
Turning Out the Gold.
The Orangeville Standard says
the chlorination plant at the
Jumbo in the Hump is.-in full and
satisfactory operation. They were
delayed somewhat in getting a
certain brand of flexible hose that
is needed for operating the pro
cess, the chlorine attacking and
destroying ordinary hose almost
like a fire would do. The new
material has been delayed for
several weeks from the factory.
l.nd been committed by theentiy
men, but this the government
failed to prove; no fraud nor ir
regularity whatever being shown
* n transactions whereby Sen
a ^ or Clark came in possession of
th e lands.
a v i n 7
A valuawe uyke.
Dixie, Idaho, May 20, 1995.
Editor Mining News:
During the last two years I
have seen a great many articles,
and heard much talk about the
bifr dykea on the Printer „ roup
big dykes o t e In t g ou P'
near the mouth of Little Salmon.
The major portion of the reports
I had set down as the idle chat
ter of windy prospectors; but now
I am willing to join with the pro-i
cession in saying that the possi
bilities of the proposition have
vint been exaggerated in the least,
Since leaving Elk I have made
rather a thorough examination of
the various dykes, noting their.
length, width, etc.; and I can
honestly say they take rank with
anything of the kind I have seen
in the fourteen years of my min
ing experience. In one thing the
dykes are unique; being at an
altitude ot but 2,500 feet, work
can be carried on the year round
without any inconvenience from
freezing and ice-clogged machin
ery. This is alone an advantage
Senator Clark Wins OuL.
Butte advices state that the
circuit court of appeals at San
Francisco handed down a decis
ion in the case of the United Staes
vs. Senator Clark, appealed from
the federal court of Montana, in
volving title to large tracts of
timber land in western Montana, ;
affirming the decision of the Mon
tana court, finding that Senator,
Clark's title to the land in ques
tion is valid and'that his. patents
stand. It was-stated that fraud
possessed by but few mines. The
main dyke outcrops good and
strong about 200 yards from the
river. From this point I followed
the outcropping without a break,
for about a mile and a half. In
this distance the ground raised
about 1,200 feet. The dyke rang
ed in width from 50 to 200 feet.
It appeared to be mineralized the
entire distance, and in many
places the ore was of exception
ally good appearance. It is prin
cipally porphyry, with a good
admixture of quartz. In many
places the outcroppings show
above the surroundings in masses
of thousands of tons.
Aside from the main dyke at
intervals along the way feeders
branch out in all directions, some
of them from ten to fifty feet
wide. There are a dozen or more
of these. In the aggregate, I
should say the dykes are from
100 to 500 feet wide. The mil
lions of tons of ore they contain
are almost beyond belief. In
fact, I see but one drawback to
the proposition ; there is too much
ore; it would worry a man to
death trying to figure out how to
work out the veins in several cen
There is about 300 feet of de
velopment, all of which seems to
indicate that the ore gains value
with depth. In the drifts a foot
or better in depth is gained for
every foot advanced. In some
places the hills rise so abruptly
to be almost perpendicular,
making the proposition an ideal
Thetrend of the main dyke is
north-east and south-west. It 1
cuts the formation at right angles, ;
and has every appearance of be
ing a true fissure.
The rushing torrents of the ;
Little Salmon river will supply
abundant water and power for
This stream car
in a series of cascades, and makes
the stream a picturesque one.
Considering the modern econ
omical manner of working mines,
I see no reason why this group
should not prove a rich producer
f 0 r many years. It is alow grade
proposition, and necessarily must
be worked on a layge scale to be
successful: As a great many
companies have demonstrated
; within the past year or so that
; ore can be successfully mined and
milled at a cost of about fifty
cents per ton, I do not see any
valid reason why the Nonpareil
Mining & Development company
should not enter this class. lean
not conce j ve 0 f any advantage, in
the way of tonage and natural
facilities for working, possessed
j by any company which would be
in and way superior to this com
gravity one.
r j es
any purpose.
several thousand inches of
■\Y a l£j' and appears to have a fall'
from 100 to 200 feet to the
^wate« tumble along
: Unlike the wildcat operators
j w ho are here todav making- a big
spludge, and pulling out tomcr
, row owing everyone in the com
rnunity, the N. M, & D. Co. is
; going ahead only so fast as funds
are actua „ y on hand . This makes
| the process of development rather
! slow; but under the conservative
, management of Mr. Baily, I have
no doubt but what this system
wil , win out in the end-benefit
jting not only the stockholders of
; this company, but the whole dis
trict as well.
! , Mose Thorn. .
If Bad as Feared the Property
May Remain a Ruin.
A special from Prescott of May
22, published in the Tribune, says
millions of tons of rock and earth
caved in at noon today in Senator
Clark's United Verde copper
mine at Jerome, Ariz., the ground
dropping over the surface to the
700-foot level. Cracking timbers
gave the alarm ^nd three hundred
miners fled for their lives and
escaped uninjured.
For several days the ground
has been settling and the timbers
cracking. Today with a mighty
crash the earth caved, carrying
with it the new shaft, fevelfe,
drifts and stopes.
From fissures on the surface
came clouds of sulphur smoke
from that part of the mine which
has been on fire for several years.
The extent of the damage can
not yet be ascertained, but it is
feared the great property will be
closed and the existence of Je
rome doomed.
The hoisting works, which are
over the mine, have settled and
the machinery cannot be worked.
The smelting plant has also been
shut down and all activity ceased.
The officials of the company take
; arr aptomistic view of the situa
| tj on an( j sa y t be d arna <r e j s no
, inseparable and the that smelter
w j b be wor ki n g- again in a month,
| Locator and His Discovery.
Mining and Scientific Press.
Notwithstanding the fact that
the federal law plainly says a dis
covery of mineral-bearing rock in
place must be made prior to loca
tion, many locations are made
'before a discovery and the actu
al discovery accomplished later
by the work of exploration. The
courts have decided that a loca
tion 80 made is valid and dates
. , ,
There is, however, a j
growing tendency on the part of |
the courts to protect the prospec
tor who-locates in good faith and
w T ith diligence seeks to make a
discovery by working on his claim 1
after the act of location. In those ;
instances where veins plainly
outcrop there is no excuse for lo
cation prior to discovery; but
there are places- where discovery
is impossible without days* or
weeks, and, in some instances,
months, of work. Leadville. Col.,
affords an excellent example of
this condition, for the ore deposist
of that district are to a very great
extent covered by deep deposits
of glacial drift and sheets of por
phyry. The silicious ore bodies
of the Cambrian and Carbonifer
ous formations in Lawrence coun
ty, S. D.. are in many instances
similar where the formations
originally overlying the ore bodies
bave not been removed by erosion,
CMifornia miles of vein-bear
* ng territory are covered by the
debris of ancient rivers and their
vo ^ canic capping. At Tonopan.
Nev, the extensiems of the
mineral veins run underneath the
a ^ ei an desites, and suriace dis.
covery 18 impossible. It must not
thought that the courts will
protect those who merely make
mineral. It requiresEarnest and
continuous effort on the part of
the prospector to find a mineral
[deposit within the lines of bis
from the discovery of mineral by
the original locator, provided no
other party makes a location be
fore him.
claim by actually working at
shaft sinking or tunneling or
sinking bore holes. Having found
the mineral an amended location
may be made which does not con
flict with the pre-existing rights,
others. In former years the
strict letter of the law was ad
heared to, and half a dozen dif
ferent parties might prospect on
given area, all having made
locations, and the first party to
reach the mineral vein or deposit
was awarded the claim by the
courts. Leadville furnished num
erous examples of this practice;
but this was so manifestly unfair
to the others whose efforts, while
bona fide, had been in vain, that
the courts now look with favor
upon the first locator who actual
ly shows his good faith by dil
igent work—not merely the as
sessment work, but continuous
and vigorous work performed,
daily until a discovery of a vein,
or ore deposit has actually been
made. The conditions here de
scribed are preeminently exem
plified in the oil regions, where a
discovery of oil is practically im
possible in most instances with
out boring a hole from the surface
to the oil-bearing stratum, and
the courts have protected the first
locators who. showed substantial
evidence of good faith. The Mex
ican mining laws, framed to ad
vance the mining industry and to
promote the exploration of its
mineral resources, are far ahead
of those of the United States in
this regard. There a citizen or •
resident may apply for exclusive
permission to prospect a stated
tract of land, and, if there be no .
legal reason why such permit
should not be granted, the mining
agent of the district .surveys the
tract selected and is^es the de
plore f or m i ner £s therein for a
stated time. Having found min
eral, the prospector may then
denounce as many pertenencias
as he desires to pay the tax upon.
The advantage of the Mexican
, law is in the exclusive privilege
j w hich it gives those who desire
| to comply with its stipulations,
metal with a-, specific graiity of
21.15. It i à. the heaviest metal
occuring in nature with the ex
ception of iridosmium. It is al
most as hard as iron and ver\
malleable. Platinum does nor.,,
amalgemate with quicksilver, is
not dissolved by potassium c>an
idè when cold, is not attacked by
j acids, except the mixture of nitric
acid and hydro-chloric acid known
as aqua regia. It is more ditficu
to melt than gold.
Platinum is most readily dis
tinguished as follows; (1) By its
great weight—in panning it re
mains behind even gold in the
pan; (2) its white color—it is
whiter than lead and is distin
guished from amalgam by its
smooth surface, whereas the sur
face of amalgam, as seen under a
good glass, is rough: (3) its re
1 sistence to nitric acid, as compar
ed with native silver or lead,
knmvn-Native plenum is usually very
| JWj and otto •
jrnpurities as to be dark in color
and not eas i] y distinguished from
grains of chromite w T ith which it
platinum grains are rounded like
gold du^t. Generally, platinum
grains are smaller than gold -
grains. Large nuggets are rar^..
Pure platinum- is« silvery white

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