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$2.00 The Year
VOL. X No. 4.
Effort to Be Made at the Present
A united effort will be made
at the present legislature to get
an approhriation for a state geo
logical survey, Idaho is the last
state to take up the discussion of
a state survey. All the states in
the union have a survey, and all
find the data very useful, whether
it is for agriculture or mining,
and it is the only way that help
can be obtained from the United
States geological survey. The
following are some interesting
facts about the benefits derived
from such survey :
Idaho is in a great mineral
Neighboring states are
great mining commonwealths,
and the geological conditions that
have made them so are found in
Idaho, yet according to the re
port of the State Mine Inspector
there were in 1911 barely a doz
en profitable mines in this state,
and these wepe nearly all in one
A geological survey
can do great service in correct
ing this condition, and this alone
should be sufficient reason for
forming such an organization.
The work of prospecting is the
. basis of the mining industry, yet
few prospectors have sufficient
knowledge of mineralogy and
geology to get the maximum
good out of their efforts. A geo
logical survey should point out
the regions in which favorable
formations are found, thus en
abling prospectors to concentrate
their efforts in promising locali
ties, and to abandon useless work
in others.
After an ore-deposit is located
the profitable mining of it is de
pendent upon the understanding
of the geology of the district.
The importance of this is shown
by the fact that all large mining
companies employ, in addition to
the regular force of mining en
' gineers, expert geologists whose
duty is to study geological struc
large salaries, and would not be
employed by these corporations
if tnere was not tangible value
These men command
to their work.
One of the great needs of
Idaho's mining industry is pub
licity. Capital has apparently
circled around this state in seek
ing mining investments, and to
this fact much of the apathy in
the mineral industry must be at-1
tributed. One of the functions
of a state geological survery
would be to issue a report calling
attention to the mineral resources
of the state; and from time to
time to publish reports on the
important mining districts.
Business Section Willed Out Thursday
Kooskia. the prosperous town
of the Clearwater section, at the
confluence of the South and
Middie Fork, was fireswept
Thursday night and as a result
nothing remains but the resi
dence section and here and there
a business house. The fire was
discovered at about 11:30 and be
o, fore the midnight hour practi
cally the entire business portion
' the town had been destroyed
and loss of close on to $100,000
While the loss is a heavy one
and the town temporarily in a
bad plight, the people are opti
mistic and are already planning
for the rebuilding of a larger
and better trade center.
It is not known just how or
where the fire started, as it had
gained considerable headway
when discovered.
While the fire has wiped out
most of the business section, with
the exception of three, the resi
dence portion of the town was
saved and the people are not left
without homes to shelter them.
Among the buildings saved was
the school house which, while on
fire three times, was saved. The
mill, the bank, the Mountaineer
office, two hardware stores, the
Pring block and the Forest Re
serve office also escaped.
The Financial Rcpcul ut
the Christmas Committee
The finance committee of the
Christmas entertainment have
made their report, and it shows
a good balance in the treasury.
There was $22.45 left over
from 1911; cash received in 1912
was $61; expenses $54.10, leav
ing a balance of $29.35. B. C.
Austin is treasurer.
Kills Cougar on Road
Near Cailcndar.
Art Meyers, who has just come
out from the Jumbo mine, in the
Hump, brought with him a fine
pelt from a cougar that he killed
on the road out.
As he was coming up the
grade from Callender, two cougar
started to cross the road ahead
of him, he fired a shot at them,
and the smaller one took to a
tree, the large one going down
the hill to the gulch. Art shot
the one in the tree and skined it,
bringing the pelt with him, which
while not very large is a fine
Mr. Meyers reports the snow
at the Jumbo about four feet,
but states that it is snowing very
fast, and that there may be a
heavy fall before spring.
Filling stopes with old sand or
slime from dumps has been done
at a cost of only 5c per ton in
some mines in Western Australia
R. McGregor, Herman Brown
and Jim Murphy have gone to the
Center Star mine. McGregor
w ill ma ke a survey of the under
i ground workings,
We are headquarters for every
thing good to eat. O, C. Lapp
The Rev. Irl R. Hicks 1913
The Rev. Irl R. Hicks Alma
nac for 1913 is now ready. It is
the most splendid number of
this popular Year Book ever
printed. Its value has been
more than ever proven by re
markable fulfillments of its
storm, weather and earthquake
forecasts this year. Professor
I Hicks justly merits the confi
; dence and support of all the peo
pis. Don't fail to send 35c for
his 1913 Almanac, or only one
1 dollar for his splendid Magazine
i and Almanac one year. The
. best one dollar investment possi
ble in any home or business.
Send to Word and Works Pub
fishing Company, 3401 Franklin
Ave., St. Louis, Mo.
Eik City and GraREjevlllC üUCjllî tü
Gut Busy Now.
The mining industry of this
county has been retarded by the
lack of transportation more than
any one thing and if the camps
were more accessible by good
roads there would be today three
fold the prosperity that now ex
ists. Take the Elk camp, for
example; if there was a good
wagon road up the South Fork
from Orangeville, many an in
vestor who has visited the camp
would come back enthusiastic
over the prospects, and consider
able capital would have been in
terested. But the way it is now
those who make the trip are
quite often worn out and dis
gusted, due to the hardships of
the trip. The people of the
mountain section should take the
initative and make a move for a
road up the South Fork from
If a movement was started by
the Elk people, Orangeville could
be counted upon to join in with
them and do everything in her
power to further the object.
There is no good reason why such
an appropriation could not be se
cured, the camp is within the
forest reserve and the govern
ment has always maintained
that it is desirous of assisting the
dev dopment of the reserves. A
united effort asking for an ap
propriation of $75,000 from the
national government for road
construction is worth the effort
which is very apt to be crowned
with success.—Free Press.
Deputy Sheriff C. S. Thomp
son has gone to the Hump to
serve legal papers.
How Frostbite Comes.
The first effect of cold on the skin is
to contract the tiny vessels that connect
arteries and veins. Arteries are ves
sels that take blood from the heart.
Veins are those that bring blood back
to the heart, and the connecting ves
sels are called capillaries. While these
little vessels are contracting the skin
Itself becomes tenser. In a few mo
ments or minutes the effects change.
The tiny nerves whose stimulation
caused contraction of the capillaries
are more or less paralyzed, and the ves
sels dilate so the skin gets red. Soon
the veins are dilated, and the skin be
comes bluish. Then the nutrient fluid
In the skin (the lymph) la coagulated,
and the stretched skin ruptures or
"chaps." If the cold is more severe its
action is deeper, and the blood itself
may be coagulated. This is frostbite.
Oppressive Politeness.
M. Ernest Lavisae baa turned aside
from his historical labors to relate a
bonmot by his frioud Masseuet. If
was at a töne when the musician was
changing apartments- and the historian
Inquired the motive of the change. "I
was too well known, there," Massenet
replied. "Everybody was too oppres
sively polite. Only the other day I
happened to buy a penny stamp In a
tobacconist's shop. 'Pray do not trouble
to carry it,' said the tobacconist. 'It
will give us the greatest pleasure to
send it rouud to you.' Westminster
Evolution of a Play.
"They tell me that plays are built
up. Is that so?"
"It is," answered the playwright
"Here is the method. I cop a joke. I
tell it around, and It goes. Next I
make a dialogue of It Then 1 add a
character, and It becomes a vaudeville
sketch. If it still goes good we make
KnusaTcity Journai tlUn 1 b a p Jy '
„„Otu. y,« wear? The
Young Man— No, Miss Kitty, why do
vou ask that? Little Giri-'Cause i
heard .i.ter .all mum. the otter day
she was going to put a quietus on you
came. — Chicago
the next time you
While He Waited.
Little Girl — Mr. Lingerlong. Is a
Reports Indicates Much Activity This
In summing up the railroad
construction for 1913, the Boise
Statesman gives some very in
teresting conclusions, of course
with Boise the hub around which
all of the projected lines evolve.
The Statesman closes its pipe
dreams by saying: "Boise and
southern Idaho are to have
quicker, cheaper and more direct
outlets to the Pacific coast for
their surplus products; north
and south Idaho are to be brought
into direct communication, one
with the other, as the immediate
result of railway development
now under consideration by the
men who control the traffic des
tiny of the nation.
The part of the article which
is of interest to Lemhi readers
in reference to possible activities
or suggested activities of the
Gilmore & Pittsburg, is as fol
Continue the line west to
Weiser, then on north over the
Pacific & Idaho Northern, to
New Meadows; then down the
Little Salmon to Riggins, where
it will tap the present survey of
the Gilmore & Pittsburg on the
Salmon river. From this point
keep right on with an easy grade
into Lewiston, where connections
are made with all points in the
But at Lewiston there is an
other element that enters. From
this point there is to be water
transportation to the eoast, and
it is unnecessary to dwell on the
importance of this factor in the
transportation of lumber, live
stock,- farm products of all kinds,
and in fact all products in which
the cost of living figures heavily.
This is the first step. For
years the Short Line has figured
on extending its main line throu
this city, leaving what is known
as the main line at a point near
Owinza. The movement by the
opposition to construct a line
from Wells through the Twin
Falls tract on to Boise and Lew
iston has greatly stimulated the
Harriman interests, and this
time the talk of building the
Owinza cutoff into Boise has
much that is tangible back of it.
But this is not all. The taking
over of the Idaho Northern
(Dewey road) by the Oregon
Short Line will, while tapping a
rich section of country, give the
Harriman interests a long lap in
the race for the north. The
Idaho Northern is to be com
pleted with all haste to Payette
Lakes. From there it is no seri
ous matter to push on to Riggins )
to a connection with the Gilmore
& Pittsburg, and from Riggins it
would be an even race between
the wise ones,
pi tts burg is backed by the Hill
interests, central Idaho will re
ceive her share of railroad con
struction next year. It is gen-.
'«ally understood that Hill is
building great expectations of
reac ' n i n o- the coast at Coos Bav
^s known^ thâtMcArthûr Bros
IX is Known tiiat ivicArumr r>rus.,
who built the G. & P. have a
1 hundred mile contract from Coos
the Harrimans and the opposi
tion to Lewiston and connection
with all the roads of the north.
If, as has been conjectured by
the Gilmore &
Bay eastward and have been
building the line since last fall.
In the press dispatches it is
stated that the Hill interests
have placed an order for equip
ment to the extent of ten million
dollars, the new equipment being
entirely new cars and engines.
From the fact that the Hill lines
have invested such a sum for
equipment just at this time,
many conclude that the purpose
is to connect up the links be
tween the regular system and
the various smaller lines, which
are claimed to be Hill projects,
so as to enter San Francisco in
time to handle the immense
traffic for the exposition.
The Recorder has built so many
railroads on paper in the past
half dozen years, which have
failed to materialize, that it does
not place much credence upon
the above conclusions, but give
them for what they are worth,
and let the reader analyze them
to suit his or her own conveni
ence.—Salmon City Recorder.
From the Mining and Scientific Press
Amalgamation is not practised
in any way in the treatment of
Tonopah ores, nor is acid treat
ment necessary in clean-up oper
Slime in treatment mills gen
erally gives better results if as
much valuable solution as possi
ble is decanted or got rid of be
fore filtering.
Ore fed to stamps, in many
cases, is not directly sampled,
but the value is calculated from
tailing assays, concentrate con
tent, and bullion actually re
Bullion produced in the Tono
pah mills averages about 950
fine in silver and 12 in gold. The
bars are sampled by drilling a
hole about 1-2 in. deep at oppo
site corners of the top and bot
Pipes connected with pumps
and tanks in mills situated in
cold climotes should be so ar
ranged that they can be drained
after use, especially where used
in intermittent work, such as in
vacuum Alteration of slime.
Tube-mills half filled with peb
bles generally give best efficiency
in grinding and power consump
tion, It was found at the West
End mill, at Tonopah, that when
filled 6 in. above the centre line,
motor readings were abnormally
high, but on further filling the
power did not rise to any extent.
Various devices have been
tried in order to get better amal
gamation on copper plates, the
latest being a screen fixed a few
inches above the plates which
i breaks the flow of pulp from
) , , A ,
stam P s 3 and £ le ] s shower upon.
instead of flowing over, the
p ates ' there arresting e ow
momentarily and giving better
yellow to full gold color. Gold
alloys are made more reddish by
the presence of copper, and by
varying the relative amount of
is silver and copper in the gold any
desired shade may be o. i ted
from 'Roman gold' to pale yellow,
The presence of impurities may
| , , . . .
a cause gold to show a variety of
colors on a tarnished surface
Gold varies in color according
! the amount of silver alloyed
with it, and may range from pale

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