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$2.00 The Year
VOL. X No. 1.
CropndB Property Shews
lip Well.
What Good Judgment and Nerve
Will Accomplish.
The recent strike in the Knob
Hill mine at Orogrand only illus
trates what perseverance and
good judgment can accomplish
in this country.
The Knob Hill mine is situated
on a high ridge between Quartz
creek and the East Fork of
Crooked river, and is owned by
Frank M. Peck. Last summer
Mr. Peck opened the vein by a
shallow shaft and numerous open
cuts, and in this manner located
the ore body. He then started a
cross-cut tunnel to tap the vein,
and this week the tunnel entered
the ore shoot at a depth of 100
ft., and on the dip of the vein of
about 130 ft. The tunnel was
Where the vein
cut it shows 18 inches of
driven ISO ft.
high grade ore that will run
y about $100. The ore is about 4
ft. wide, but the foot wall had
not been reached at last accounts.
The ore is very free, and is a
sugar quartz. The vein is on a
contact of granite and rhyolite,
and shows a long shoot on the
Besides the vein that has now
been opened, the ground contains
several other veins of like
promise, and it is the intention
to drive the tunnel ahead to tap
one that is east, and is a parallel
This vein is much larger
than the one opened and it is
said the surface shows ore of
about the same values. All of
the claims in the group show
good veins, and they will receive
attention as soon as the present
workings are opened up more.
Several years ago when Mr.
Peck was operating the South
Fork mine, he purchased the
Knob Hill mine from Orrin
Lamb, but did very little work
at this time. He left here when
the Porcupine boom was on and
went to that country, where he
was successful in several deals.
Whe the Porcupine boom had
subsided Mr. Peck returned to
Orogrande and commenced the
prospecting of his holdings.
J After finding the first ore he
commenced to buy up surround
ground until he had his
property well pi'otected.
The Twin Butte mill which is
Situated on the river just below
the Knob Hill was in litigation,
and on this being settled, Mr.
Peck bought it and had it over
hauled, and it is now in shape to
commence crushing ore at any
time. The mill is driven by a
fine water power, taken from
the river, which has a head of
285 feet.
Besides having the experience
of a number of years of pros
pecting and mining, Mr. Peck
possesses the one trait to suc
cessful mining-he has the nerve
to back his own judgment with
his own money, and frog»
developments he will now be
able to show that when the
proper amount of surface work
is done, and a little common
sense used there is no occasion
of any one to make a mistake in
this country.
Hauling Crc from the
Bengal Has Commenced
Teams are now at work haul
ing ore from the Bengal claim,
being worked under lease by M.
F. Tytler and Perry Bros. The
ore is being taken to the custom
plant, and milling will not com
menced until the bins are full.
Old Silver Property Will Again Be a
The first shipment of ore from
the Revenue mine, locally known
as the Old California, situated
on American river, about one
mile southwest of town was
made this week. The mine is
being worked under lease and
most of the ore ship was taken
out in development. The vein
on the Revenue is very large,
and has a rich streak of ore run
ning on the foot wall. The vein
as a whole is a good concentrat
ing proposition, but for the pres
ent nothing but the first class
ore will be taken out.
The Rev. Irl R. Hicks 1913
The Rev. Irl R. Hicks Alma
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more than ever proven by re
markable fulfillments of its
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forecasts this year. Professor
Hicks justly merits the confi
dence and support of all the peo
pls. Don't fail to send 35c for
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lishing Company, 3401 Franklin
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A Roadless Land.
Russin is almost a roadless land. It
is inconceivable to tbe foreign visitor
who bas ever left the beaten track of
the railways in Russia how a great em
pire can have subsisted so long and so
successfully without even a pretense
at roads. The secret lies in the fact
ihat for five or six months in the year
nature herself provides roads over the
greater part of Russia — admirable
smooth, glassy roadways over hard
worn snow. The truffle is further
cheapened over these roads by the sub
stitution of a sledge runner for the
wheel and axle. This brings the cost
of laud carriage as near the cheapness
of water borne freight as possible, and
it is the principal reason why Russia
in the twentieth century is still a road
less laud.
of how the expression "confidence
man" meant a man in whom one could
not place confidence at mi. it is said
that some years ago a very well dress
ed man, with a courteous address, was
wont to walk up and down the princi
pal streets of the city. Whenever he
met a stranger who looked hopeful to
him he would approach the man. and
with the most delightfully frank man
ner he would ask:
My dear sir, have you confidence
enough m me. an entire stranger to
you, to lend me $6 for an hour or
And It is said that the man made an
extremely good living by this very sim
pie menus.— New York Sum_
ReCOi ll Making Livestock
Show at Lewiston
The Fourth Annual show and
sale of the Northwest Livestock
Association held in Lewiston last
week was remarkable in several
important particulars. The en
tries of stock of all classes ap
proximated over 3000 head. This
according to the judgment of
persons familiar with the facts,
places the Northwest Livestock
Show this year in a class with
the Chicago International. The
interest of both breeders and
growers has been remarkable
and leading stockmen from the
states of Oregon, Washington,
Idaho and Montana have been
constantly in attendance at the
exhibition. In addition to this,
distinguished visitors, embracing
representatives of agricultural
newspapers and daily journals,
principal officers of the railway
companies of the northwest,
professors of colleges, represen
tatives of the packing industries
and others, honored the show by
their presence and active in
terest. The attendance was un
usually large, rivaling in interest
and numbers the district and
state fairs of this region.
Are Cascade Mountains
01 Recent Orgln?
Some very interesting conjec
tures are opened up in regard to
formation of the Western Hem
isphere by a piece of petrified or
silicified wood recently picked
up near the right of way of the
Northern Pacific railway in
Yakima canyon, Cascade moun
tains, Washington. The piece of
petrified wood, which is an un
usually good sample of this in
teresting phenomenon, was taken
from a stump some five feet in
diameter and ten feet high,
which is surrounded by lava for
a height of about three feet.
This stump is not more than one
hundred feet above the present
level of the Yakima river at an
elevation above sea level of ap
proximately 1250 feet. As no
large trees are to be found now
below an elevation of 2200 feet
above sea level, it is apparent
that some gigantic alteration in
the original scheme of creation
has taken place in this section.
Local geologists advance the
suggestion that the Cascade
mountams may have been formed
by comparatively recent erosion
and that prior to their rising to
the present height, the climate
of the northwest east of the
Cascade mountains, was similar
to that which now exists west of
the mountains where the influ
ence of the Pacific Ocean and
the Japan current makes such a
striking change between the
coast territory and the inland
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I mining - claims is made by filing
i of affidavits to that effect. In
j tho iffirlnvit rrm«t hp filpfl
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j within hi) days alter the comple-,
tion 0 ! (Jie work. It has been
1 r-pij fl V it 1 sinrdp nflriflnvit rnnv
J. , ° amaav it may
cover ' he work on several claims,
but in jurisdictions where the
rtmnl Ivi 5 ? not l)60n niisßd it is
; po „ ; .r,
well Co avoid the possibility of
controversy by filing separate
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The Mining News for $2.
State Geological Survey for
Interview by Geologist at American
Mining Congress.
Mining men, because of the
value of such research to their
industry, and progressive far
mers, because it will lead to the
work of a soil survey, are ex
pected to unite in a movement
for a state geological survey for
Idaho, which will come before
the next session of the legisla
The geological survey in its
researches would make an in
vestigation of the character of
the soils and the water supply
of the state, and thus be able to
answer queries of great import
ance to the farmer, which it is
not now in a position to do. A
movement to establish a bureau
of soils was started a few years
ago for the benefit of the farmers
of the state, but because there
was no geological knowledge it
was abandoned.
Prof. C. A. Stewart, geologist
at the University Experiment
Station, recently discussed the
matter with leading mining men
at the mining congress at Spo
"I discussed the matter with
many of the most prominent
mining engineers of the country
at the recent meeting of the
American Mining Congress," he
said, "and they were unanimous
ly of the opinion that a survey
would stimulate the mining in
dustry of Idaho. Few prospec
tors have sufficient knowledge of
mineralogy and geology to get
the best results from their
efforts. The most experienced
are constantly finding rocks and
minerals which they cannot
identify. They should be able
to send these to an expe-'t for
free identification and for an
opinion as to their possible value.
Valuable veins are usually found
in certain formations and a sur
vey could point out the favorable
"After an ore deposit is located
the profitable mining of it dç
pends upon the understanding of
the geology of the district. All
large companies finds that it
pays to employ an expert geo
legist. A state survey would
he . 1 P A the ,u ma " op f rator- ..
Another great service would
j n gi v i n g outside investors an
idea of Idaho's wonderful min
, , . ,
eral wealth - We have nch re
S0UVCeS) but need more publicity
to attract capital for their de
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ve i opmen t. A properly admin
i s tered geological survey has the
con f 1( Jence of mining men and its
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i opinions are accepted at face
va i ue> Engineers sent to ex
am i ne properties can do their
i , . ,, ,
s work more quickly and report
1 more confidently when they have
the findings of a reputable scien
tific organization as a basis.
"Mining men in the southern
and southeastern parts of the
state have noticed numerous in
dications of valuable coal, clay
and cement deposits. The geo
logical formation seems to be
the same as in the nearby Wyo
ming coal districts. Some coal
has already been discovered, but
am sure that a survey would
reveal other valuable deposits.
There are undoubtedly within
the borders of Idaho good cement
material, excellent building and
ornamental stone, clay for mak
ing brick, drain tile, sewer pipe
and terra cotta, and slates for
roofing purposes. The discovery
and use of these would serve the
double purpose of providing
cheaper materials for construc
tion and of establishing new in
dustries in the state."—Moscow
From the Mining and Scientific Press.
Molten silver absorbs oxygen
in large quantities. The gas is
given off as the metal solidifies,
and results in a blistered appear
ance of the bullion.
In the gasoline-engine cylinder
the highest temperature reported
is in the neighborhood of 4000
degrees F. This is at the hottest
portion of the exploding mixture
of gas and air.
Metric carat as the standard
of weight for diamonds has been
adopted by 50 leading jewelers
of the United States. Under
this standard a carat will weigh
200 mg., a reduction of 5.3 mg.
from the old system.
To produce high-grade cyanide
bullion after the acid treatment
of zinc-box precipitate, the zinc
sulphate must be completely re
moved. The ordinary clean-up
press does not as a rule wash
efficiently. The treated precipi
tate should be allowed to settle
as soon as all action has ceased
The zinc sul
i n the ac id tub*
phate solution is then pumped
through the clean-up press, and
the settled precipitate agitated
with a large bulk of hot water.
Dilution with hot water should
be carried on while filling the
The cakes should be
finally washed with clean hot
water and air-dried.
Zinc-dust is an impalpable
powder which forms in the dis
tillation of zinc when the zinc
j electrothermic zinc smelting; but
; in ordinary retort smelting it
j usually amounts to between 3
an d 10 per cent of the reduced
metallic zinc, with about 10 per
«»>* ° f ° xide - which k"*»*» 1 *
exists as a film surrounding the
' metallic particles.
zinc-dust must contain more than
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10 per Cent of zinc oxide, and
must pass through a 100-mesh
screen. Its most important use
unyuiuiui «
i s i n precipitating gold from
cyanide solutions, and is also
used in the dyeing industry, fire
works, making hydrogen, and
Old papers for sale at Mining .
News office. 10 cents a bundle.
vapor is cooled too rapidly in the
condensers or is diluted by too
large a volume of gas. It may
constitute a large proportion of
the metallic zinc obtained in
The powder consists of

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