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E 1 K City Mining* News
VOL. IX No. 51.
$2.00 The Year
Delivered by the Late Senator W. B.
The following is an extract
from an address in the United
States senate on conservation, by
Weldon B. Heyburn, late senator
from Idaho;
I The government of the United
■ States never discovered or open
ed or developed a mine in the
history of this country and they
never will.
There is a peculiar condition
existing in regard to the discov
ery and development of mines.
It is a business unto itself. No
geologist ever discovered a mine.
There is not a mine in the United
States, or in the history of min
ing, that any geologist ever dis
If you withdraw the mining
lands from the prospector, there
will be no more mines opened in
this country. That applies to all
classes of mines. The coal in
the west was discovered by pros
pectors. The iron mines were
discovered by prospectors,
great Comstock mine, which
perhaps has produced more
wealth to the country than any
other, was discovered by a man
who had what we call in the
mining world a grubstake. He
had no money and he was not a
man who was recognized as more
than a prospector. Yet he found
those mines.
The cost is small. The man
takes his sack of flour and his
side of bacon, a can of yeast
powder, a little sack of salt, a
frying pan, a coffee pot, an iron
iron knife and fork,
spoon, an
and he goes into the mountains
with perhaps only a pair of
blankets, and Ire packs them
generally on his hack.
He does not find his prospect
the day he starts out. I have
known them to go years and
■ years without ever finding any
thing of value and then find that
of which they had dreamed.
Up to that time, that man has
stood alone in the world on his
own responsibility and expense;
and yet—based upon his work
and based upon his privations
and his hardships, based upon
his good fortune, rest the great
mining enterprises of the United
States, present and past.
The Leadviile mines of Fryer
hill were discovered by an utterly
irresponsible man. He grew
^veary and lay down on Fryer
hill to rest, and as he lay upon
the ground he got to looking
around him at the rock scattered
over the surface, the float. He
lie was prospector enough to
kilbw it was mineral in character
arid his energies were revived.
He got to his feet and commenc
ed digging around there. He
worked at it until he discovered
tirât the float on the surface came
from the croppings. He found
the croppings, and discovered
the Little Pittsburg mine.
That was the beginning of the
mining in Leadviile, Colo., from
which hundreds of millions of
dollars have gone into the wealth
of this country. The man who
grubstaked him, Mr, Tabor,
would not have found that mirie
in forty years. He kept a store
at that time. He would never
have' gone to look for it, and it'
would have been there today, '
and the town of Leadviile would
never have been dreamed of un
less some Bther person of the
character and under similar
circumstances had done the same
The same is true of Pierce City
Idaho. Old man Pierce traveled
from Walla Walla, in the state
of Washington, through the In
dian reservation, amidst great
hardships and vicissitudes, and
found gold in Orofino creek as he
went up. He went bAck and
wintered at Walla Walla and told
his neighbors about it, and in the
spring he took a party up. The
result was that within five years
Idaho produced $200,000,000
worth of gold.
Those who did npt find what
they wanted left Pierce City;
they went down farther and met
parties coming up from Portland,
Ore., who had heard of these
discoveries and found Boise
Boise basin hks produced
enough gold to build the navies
of the United States. It was
not discovered by capitalists, nor
by geologists, nor by philosphers.
When the Bunker Hill mine
had been discovered and the ore
exposed, the experts from Lead
viile—and I could name them,
but it is not worth while; they
are men who stand at the head
of the mining world, they are
mining men—turned down that
mine on a bond of $35,000 be
cause they said it was not worth
that many cents,
been mining for years, and they
thought they knew all about it.
They said a mine could not ex
ist in that formation. Other
men came along who did not
adopt the preconceived notions
that led those men to turn that
mine down, and they took hold
of it, and expended some money
on it, and it has produced a good
many hundreds of millions of
dollars in value. That is true of
the mines in Montana. They
were condemned by mining
They had
bere - „
There was not î but ther \ was
a ^ ead there, which on being
followed, led to the ore; and they
^ ound it in such quantities and
va l ue s as to constitute it, as I
have said, one of the greatest
mines - ,
That story could be repeated
re ^ard to a yet y great number
m i nes °f this country.
She _ And ^Lw Sid yoT.ike the meet
m K . George?
He-Fine, especially the tàlfe by that
p '"SZ -mm FeTtheriy^why the silly
I creature hasn't an idea in her foolish
! head!
aot * "y dear, but she's aw
, U "On CU swopd thought, George, you
needn't go with me again."—Cleveland
1 - Plab * Dealer * __ ....
There is not a government ex
pect in the service today who
would have approved of the
Standard mine and allowed it to
be developed. The Standard
mine, which is one of the great
est producing mines of the world
and has been for years, with its
mill right at the edge of the city
in which I live, would, after
they had expended $100,000 üpon
it, have been utterly condemned
by any forest ranger in the
United States as absolutely use
less and of no v&lue. He would
have said, "therë is no pay ore
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Orogrande NoLes
Special to the Mining News j
December 2.
Deputy Sheriff Chas. S. Thomp
son Avas a business visitor Thurs
John Grinde was in camp
Thursday night. Johnny was at
the Gilt Edge the week previous
to Thanksgiving, but when the
day to deliver thanks' came
around, the perplexing problem
of delivering thanks and eating
his own grub, both in one day,
Stared him in , the face. Hence
Johnny's feirried exit from the
Gilt Edge änd prompt arrival in
Friday nSbrning. where he has
a positiori at the Mascot mine.
Sant Conner has gonê to work
at the Black Pine.
He left for Elk
Garrett Byrnes is Working at
the International.
John Fricke came up Thurs
day from his claims. He has a
severe attack of la grippe.
Jim Penman is having his
winter supplies packed to the
cabin at the Homestake.
George M. Saunders, Ernest
Saunders and Perry Nethkin
were in camp Wednesday loaded
with supplies for Colgrove.
Jack O'Leary left Thursday
for Newsome, having finished
work at the Stratton.
R. Kemp Welch, Harold Welch
and Ed Brown were at the
Champion Tuesday. Mr. Welch
was after the balance of his
household goods.
A. F. Schultz, manager of the
International Fur Co., was a
business visitor Wednesday re
turning to the Hump on Thurs
day's stage. Gus says business
is looking up a bit now that
winter is getting started.
S. C. McDaniels and Bill Strait
came in from Grangeville Satur
day to do assessment on the
Cornicopia claims, near Rainbow
lake, of which Mr. McDaniels is
the owner.
The R ev . Irl R. Hicks Alma
^ nac for 1913 is now ready. It is
\ th e mos t splendid number of
j this popular Year Book
I printed.
| more than ever proven by re
nrafkable fulfillments of its
s t 0 rm, weather and earthquake
forecasts this year. Professor
Hicks justly merits the confi
clence and support of all the peo
• pis. Don't fail to send 35c for
hj s 1913 Almanac, or only one
dollar for his splendid Magazine
and Almanac one, year. The
! best one dollar investment possi
^ j n any h ome or business.
Send to Word and Works
fishing Company, 340\ Franklin
Ave.," St. Louis, Mo;
Seth Galvin passed through
oamp on yesterday's stage from
Elk, on his wàÿ to the Jumbo,
where he will be employed.
Levi Colgrove' returned yester
day from Grangeville whefe he
spent the past week at thë Fred
Erskine home.
The stage is uëing a sled from
Elk through to Concord now.
There's some cläÜss to our stage
The Rev. Irl R. Hicks 1913
Its value has been
Find Made in Sinking Shaft
Makes a Proven Shoot ol Over 2C0
The recent strike on the Major
group, situated about one and a
half miles northeast of Elk City,
is of more magnitude than at
first thought. The ore commenc
ed to widen about 20 ft. from
the surface, and has n6w widen
ed to 4 ft. The ore is exception
ally rich and pans very free, the
gold being coarse and heavy.
The Major is owned by Mike
Bagley and G. L. L. Baskett, and
they are now making arrange
ments to put a hoist on the
property, with a view of doing a
large amount of development
The point where the
shaft is being sunk is a good
place to open the property, as
the vein can be drifted on both
ways in the ore shoot, and the
vein that is being opened is only
a short distance from another
vein, of equal size, and one
which has as good a surface
showing, so that at this point it
will only take a short cross-cut
to reach it.
Center Star in New
' dete?mffiation of the validity of
Alaska coal claims from the
hands of the' department of the
|interior and place it m the hands
of the federal courts was en->
dorsed by the congress. A reso
lution was adopted favoring a
[ federal law providing that all
Alaska coal claimants who filed
their claims prior to the with
' drawal order of November \%
Shoot ot High Grade Ore
Chas. Tiedeman, one of the
owners of the Center Star mine,
who has been at work on the
property for some time, has
located a new ore shoot in the
lower workings.
The ore is a hematite, and is
highly oxidized, and shows free
gold. It may be the same shoot
of ore opened on the surface, but
it will take considerable work to
determine this, a& it is found at
à depth. Of some 200 ft. below the
surface;. Mr. Tiedeman will de
velop tKe shoot, w'lh a view of
opening it up and^ may raise to
thé" surface.
Proceeding^'of pie Âiü&ricàà
Mini'Jg Congress. ^
The American Mining Congress
which was in session at Spokane
last week, transacted a great
amount of business of interest to
the mining industry. The fol
lowing are some of the' resolu
tions adopted:
David W. Brun ton of Denver,
Colo., was elected president of
the American Mining' Congress,
and James F. Callbreafh, Denver
reelected secretary.
A law which would take the
11906, be permitted to bring ad
t : on against the United States in
the federal courts of Alaska with
the right of appeal to the United
States circuit court and United
States supreme court to establish
the validity of their claims, the
final action of the courts to be
conclusive, the claims declared
invalid being cancelled thereby
and the issuing of patents be
coming mandatory for those
claims declared valid.
Other resolutions adopted in
cluded a resolution to President
elect Wilson that he appoint a
man from one of the so-called
public land states as secretary of
the interior and that congress
direct the forest service to aid in
building and maintaining roads
to isolated mining camps within
forest reserves. The congress
will urge that an appropriation
be made for the compiling and
publishing of mining statistics
by the census bureau.
What theÿ. declared were the
"wrongs and needs" of Alaska
were presented to the congress
by Alaska delegates.
Joslyn of Fairbanks, Alaska,
chairman of the committee on
Alaskan affairs of the congress,
outlined the efforts made by the
committee to secure opening of
Alaskan lands and building of
railroads by the government.
He declared that Alaska was the
victim of "departmental fools
rather than of knaves," and de
nounced the policy of conserva
tion as applied to Alaska.
From the Mining and Scientific Press.
Tube mills numbering 235,
using a total of 27,511 hp., equal
to 96.5 hp. each, were in opera
tion at the end of 1911.
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0 er in( ret I0U es '
Get one of those new maps of
Central Idaho and send it to your
friends. It will tell anyone the
history of this great mining
Employment of relatives by
mine officials is a bad practice,
and does not spell economy in
any part of the world.
Machinery in the Transvaal
mines, excluding 3157 motors of
179,947 hp. using purchased
power, has a total of 590,590
Collodion is recommended as a
good material for restoring the
surface of tracing cloth after
It can be applied with
a camel's hair or sable brush.
Men employed in the different
metal industries in Germany
total 120,701, who average 94c.
per day when paid by hours
worked, and $1.26 when paid by
Acre-foot is equivalent to 43,
560 cu. ft., and is the quantity
required to cover an acre to the
! depth of one foot. It is corn
... .
[ Lubncat, ° n \ s , the , M * of a
; moving mechanical part. If you
; neglect this important attention
monly used in connection with
storage for irrigation work.
Ice water supplied to men in
hot mihe workings is beneficial
and increases efficiency,
has been proved at the Butte and
Comstock mines. The men must
only drink small quantities and

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