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« -:K THE WEISER SIGNAL. a l; ■ •; The Sworn Averafe Olroulatlon for lOOO waa 1104 Per W eelr. VOL. XI. WEISER. IDAHO, THURSDAY, NOVEMHER 1901. No. 51 REINHOLD REPLIES Kleinschmidt's Have a Word to Say About Affairs. REFERS TO PAXTON LETTER Cites a Clause in the Contract Covering Par tition Proceedings W eis er, Idaho, Nov. 16,1901. Mr. R. E. Lockwood, Dear Sir:—The article published in your columns of November 14th signed by Mr. O. F. Paxton is mis leading. He states as one of the reasons that Mr. Hall forfeited the contract (on which $70,000 had been paid) because "a partition suit is pending brought by an owner of one When Mr Paxton wrote this article he certainly could not have had in mind clause 23 of the contract which reads as follows: of the other interests." "Should the owners of the seven-six teenth of said three mining claims n»t owned by the parly of the first part, at any lime during the continuance of this agreement, obtain a decree of court parti tioning said mining claims aud the same be partitioned pursuant thereto, then and in that case the rights of said party of the second part under this agreement shall attach to and effect the portion of said mines set off to said party of the first by said partition; and if by said decree of partition said mines be decreed to be sold, and the same are sold pursuant thereto, then and in that case the rights of the party of the second part hereunder shall not attach to and affect the portion of the proceeds of such sale belonging to the party of the first part, and in such event the party of the second part shall have no claim against the party of the first part to be reimbursed for any moneys by him expended on said property or for the repayment of any moneys paid by him hereunder to the party of the first part, or have any interest in the portion of the proceeds of such sale belonging to the party of the first part, except upon pay ment of the entire balance due upon the purchase price hereunder, and the party of the second part shall not be relieved by the pendency of any such partition suit from making payments hereunder. Nothing herein contained shall prevent the party of the second part from making and enforcing for his own benefit any right or claim he may have against the owners of the said seven-sixteenth inter est of said mines or their interest in the proceeds of said sale, and the party of the second part in any such partition suit shall have the right to intervene and to be made a parly for the protection of his rights" From the above it may be deter mined that Mr. Hall has forfeited all his rights to the nine-sixteenth in terest of the American Mining Co., Limited, and as he has only a lease made on September 30 of tbe present year, which said lease is made on the seven-sixteenth interest for one year, it may easily be determined how much interest, if any, Mr. Hall has at this time in the Peacock, White Monument and Helena mines, contract from which clause 23 is recorded in Wash The quoted above was ington county, Idaho, at the request of Chas. W. Whitcomb, and the Boston 1 and Seven Devils Copper Co. being the parties of the second Mining Co. tbe American part, parties of the first part, entire contract may be read at The tbe recorder's office by anyone who The Ameri takes an interest in it. ican Mining Co., obtaining a promise from Mr. Hall and Mr. Whitcomb that they would furnish them copies of any contracts which they had from others on these properties. This promise was made and claimed to have been carried out in consider ation of the American Mining Co. extending at one time some of the which became due under payments the contract with them. The parti suit which is pending was tion started by one A. M. Holter, who claims to own seven-thirty-seconds of the property, be being the sole plaintiff, all other interested parties, including Granville Stuart, are made parties defendant. Holler's title is affected by the recent suit at Weiser. Yours truly R. H. Kleinschmidt, Secretary American Mining Co., Ld. The Boston and Seven Devils Copper Co. have a contract with Granville Stuart for the scven sixteeuth oî the properties for which they agree to pay $775,000 on the same terms as provided in the con tract with American Mining Co., and it is firmly believed that Mr. Hall P. S. and the Boston and Seven Devils Copper Co. will yet purchase these properties from the American^ Min ing Co. and their co-owners. Coal at Heath, 01. Godlove and Sy. Boyles have found a four-foot vein of coal at Heath. Hope it is as good as the boys think. With coal, copper, lead, iron, silver and gold we don't know what more the people of that camp could ask.—Salubria News Letter. SOLD CLAIMS. Theu Made a Big Saving in Traveling Fare to Boise. Statesman. F. Richardson of White Bird, Idaho county, is one of Thursday's arrivals at the Overland. Mr. Richardson made the trip from Orangeville by stage over the new state wagon road known as the Little Salmon road. It requires three days' staging to make the trip from Orangeville to Council, a distance of 119 miles and the fare is $11.30. There are pleasant eat ing stations all along the route and the country is settling up very rapid ly. The road, Mr. Richardson pro nounces as upon the whole a very good one and the travel over it is constantly increasing. Mr. Richardson is an old pros pector. For the past three years he has prospected in the Thunder Mountain section, which he pro nounces the richest he has ever seen. His business here was the closing up of a deal by which he disposes of seven claims in the district, owned by himself and J. D. Brown, to an eastern syndicate represented by J. T. Casey. The transaction has been completed, the deed having passed and the money paids The price is not given given to the public but is understood to be a goodly sum. Mr. Richardson, with other parties, retains seven claims in the district and also a townsite location on Big creek, half way between Warrens and the Moun tain, which it is claimed is a level location of low altitude and free from the heavy snows at the Moun tain proper. 4000 FEET TO OIL, What an Oil Expert Says of Ashley . Gas Well. The Yale Democrat speaks of some recent investigations of the Malheur oil fields by an old oil ex pert. Tbe Democrat then ads: The well near Weiser from which natural illuminating gas is procured, has been visited. It is located on Several residents Dead Ox Flat, thereabout combined to bore for artesian water, and went to a depth of 1,000 feet, without much success, but the principal man in the enter prise, who owned the land where tbe boring was done, gets enough gas from the well to light his house. Mr. Brown estimates that at this point a well would have to be bored at least 4,000 feet to tap the oil bear ing stratum, as tbe formation dips rapidly toward the Snake, and this well is a short distance on the Oregon side from the river. Nampa is direct ly in the line of this basin. A $40 set of silver knives and forks will be given to a lucky customer on New Year's Day by Shields. See that have a few tickets at the draw you ing—they are free with holiday pur chases. Patton's carriage paint at Moyer's. THE DEAL CLOSED Big Thunder Mt, Properties Trans ferred to Dewey. A. 0. HUNTLEY IN THE SWIM Washington County Man Gets Slice of the $ 100 , 000 . The big deal has finally been closed and Saturday at Boise Col. Dewey paid $100,000 to the three Caswell brothers, Wesley Ritchie aud A. O. Huntley, the latter of Cuprum, this county. The title thus passes to Col. Dewey, who is now ready to re peat his Silver City performances and take out a few million more. And is cause for congratulation, at least, that the money will be made by a man who will spend it at home, developing the state that produced the wealth. Dewey has already stocked the mine and has one million dollars in hard cash in the treasury, from the sales of stock, with which to operate upon, and this assures the 100-stamp mill next summer, one time this immense property was controlled locally and the outlook was that the wealth produced would,some of it, aid in building up Weiser, but weak-kneed Weiser men threw it At down and destroyed the chances of various stockholders to gather a few The many friends of A. O. moss. Huntly are gratified to learn ot his large slice ot the pie, which is said to amount to $20,000. MAIL CONTRACTS. On Various Washington County Routes to be Let on Dec. 3d. Mr. Robert H. Barclay, special agent oftbe postal department, called on the Signal last Saturday and gave considerable information in re-, gard to contracts, soon to be let, for carrying mails over various routes in this vicinity. The postofflee department is now advertising and letting all mail routes in the state of Idaho for the next contract term of four years. A very' important feature of the adver tisement is that it contemplates awarding all contracts to local bid ders. This plan will result In great benefit to the service, to the persons actually operating the service, to merchants and others who will have dealings with those persons, and to the public in general. Under these conditions the bidding on all routes should be active and general, and the competition strong, for the con tracts will surely be awarded to local parties. be conservative and reasonable, mak ing due allowance for possible earn ings outside of mail service pay. The residents of every town and lo cality should interest themselves to see that bids are sent in by capable and responsible parties who are known to be in position to render good and satisfactory service, tbe opportunity to contract direct with the government, and no danger of loss or delay thro middlemen, a mail service contract for four years, Estimates of cost should With properly operated, should be a good business proposition, reach the department before 4 p. m. December 3rd, and to avoid risk of delay should be forwarded at once. Further information regarding routes advertised, instructions to bidders, etc., may be obtained at any post office, a copy of the general adver tisement, instructions, blanks, etc., having been placed in the hands of each postmaster. Mr. Barclay gives us the following list of routes advertised in Washing Bids must ton county and immédiate vicinity • Weibcr to Bourne, 12 miles, 3 times a week. Present contract pay, $295. Meadows to Lardo, 9A miles, 6 limes a week. Present contract pay, $549. Meadows, by Resort, to Warren, 59 miles, 6 times a week, June 1st to Oct. 31st, and three times a week the remainder of the year. Present contract pay, $1808 30. Meadows to Council, 30 miles, 0 times a week. Present contract pay, $1080. Helena, by Decorah and Laudore, to Bear, 18J miles, 0 times a week. New service. Indian Valley, by Alpine and Sa lubria, to Cambridge, 17 miles, 6 times a week. Present conti act pay. $989. Heath to Cambridge, 16 miles, 3 times a week. Present contract pay, $360.79. Salubria, by Brannon, to Wilberus, 25 miles, twice a week. Present contract pay, $405; subcontract pay, $405. Orangeville, by Tolo, Wbilebird, Lucile, Goff, Riggins and Pollock, to Meadows, 90 miles, 6 limes a week. Present $2734 20; subcontract pay. $2700, for 18 miles 6 limes a week and 70 miles 3 limes. contract pay, OLD TIMER IN BOISE. Mrs William Allison of Cambridge is Visiting There. Statesman. Mrs. William Allison of Weiser is in the city for a few days, accompan ied by her youngest son, Joseph, visiting witli Mrs. Cuddy and family. She is an old resident of hav 157. She ing first come here in taught school here for many years in the early days, when there were but few houses here and much of the business portion of the present city was covered with sage brush, says that she bad opportunities in the early days to take up claims along Idaho street. Her last visit to Boise was made eight years ago, when Mr. Allison was a member of tbc legislature. The town bas grown so much in the past eight years that she can hardly believe it is the same town. Her family have been continuous subscribers of The Statesman since it was first established in 1864 They still have in their house a copy She of the first paper issued. Taylor's Deal. Last week the Signal mentioned the prospective good fortune that was to come to a Salubria man who bad pinned bis faith to Thunder Moun tain, namely H. E. Taylor. Taylor and bis partner, M. F. Eby have bonded to Erv Johnson their seven claims including tbe proposed townsite of Roosevelt for the sura of $150,000 and have received a sub stantial first payment, liminary steps tor tbe organization Mr. Tbe pre of a development company have been effected,and Pittsburg capitalists are back of Mr. Johnson in tbe deal. All the papers in the transaction are on deposit in the Bank of Commerce in Boise and tbe company to be organized is assured of sufficient capital to fully develop tbe mining properties, besides inaugurating tbe work of the construction of tbe great metropolis of tbe Thunder Mountain region. Mr. Johnson went east to interest men of capital in tbe proposition to take over tbe Taylor-Eby group of claims in tbe Thunder Mountain dis trict, and it was known before bis ar rival that he bad been successful, as upon his wired instructions to bis attorney, George M. Parsons, men had been sent into the district, with supplies and tools, the deal, however, were not made public, and Mr. Johnson is as yet very guarded in his statements for publication. The details of Boer Commandoes Become Very Dar ing in English Territory. Native Colony Troops Throw Down Unns and Refuse to Eight Boers. New York, Nov. 15.—The corres pondent of the Loudon Times and the New York Times, writing from Middleburg, Cape Colony, says that within the last two days the Boers have approached still nearer to Cape town. Sixty men of the commando last seen at Hopefleld have penetrat ed south of Darling (48 miles north of Capetown) but the raid must not be taken too seriously' as the British columns are already in a position to cope with it. The Boers have made the dash either to obtain fresh horses or to revenge themselves on the Dutch farmers who have not sup ported them as they were expected to do. In the northeast district Commandant Foucb and six men leaving the main body, made a raid last Saturday to Middleburg siding. They blew up a few yards of track and shot in cold blood a Cape police man who had surrendered. Fouch lias since returned to the neighbor hood of Jamestown, A patrol of district mounted troops were worsted on Monday by an insignificant force of the enemy. BOERS ON THE AGGRESSIVE. Kitchener Reports Two Attacks by the Fighting Burghers. London, Nov. 16,—A dispatch from Lord Kitchener,dated Pretoria, yesterday, says that a strong patrol of yeomanry while reconnoilering November 3, at Brakspruit (in tbe Transvaal colony, about 140 miles west of Pretoria), was surrounded by 300 Boers and lost six men killed Some of the and 16 wounded, troopers were captured, but subse quently were released. The rear guard of Colonel Byng's column was attacked near Heilbron, Orange River colony, November 14, by 400 Buers, said to be under the command of Dewet. After two hours' fighting the Boers retired, leaving eight dead on the field. Of Byng's column Lieutenant Hughes and one man was killed and three officers and nine men were wounded. CAPTURED A BRITISH LAAGER Remounts for Cavalry Secured by Boers Near Cape Town. New York, Nov. 12.—Dr. Leyd's friends, says tbe Berlin correspond ent of the London Times and the Times, asserts that a New York British laager containing remounts for cavalry now on the way from England was captured by the Boers near Capetown. Tbe circumstance that this success of the burghers is not known in London, according to these inform ants, is due to the fact that is not the custom of the British to mention tbe loss of war material unattended by tbe loss of life. Boers Merciful. 17.—The South London, Nov. African casualty list shows that in the affair at Brakspruit, November 13, which Lord Kitchener reported last Friday, 58 yoemen were captured by tbe Boers and afterward released. Surrendered to Boers. Middleburg, Cape Colony, Nov. 15.—One hundred and eighty dis trict mounted troops, composed largely of Dutchmen, with horses and arms, surrendered to Smut's com mando, Oct. 13. The district troops fired most of their ammunition at long range and then refused to fight farther. Captain Thornton, their command er, believes the surrender to have been prearranged. The Falleu Bridge. The Mt Idaho Mail gives the fol lowing information of the collapse of the bridge over Salmon river on the Florence road: There were two spans of this bridge, one 00 feet in length, reaching from this bank to an iron pier, and a 400-fool span reaching from the pier to the further bank The shorter span fell. The re mainder of the bridge is standing, but it Is said that the unequal weight upon the prior is likely to overturn it and let the whole structure into the river. Tbla bridge has been known to be unsafe for a long time, in fact, it is said it is con structed properly. As much as a year ago the matter was brought to the at tention of the commissioners hut it was only on the July meeting of the bosjrd that an engineer was employed to examine the bridge to determine what repairs were necessary. The contract was to have been let on the 10th Inst for repairing the the bridge. AN ACCOUNTING ASKED Mr and Mrs. Stiles Ask for Portion of Choate Estate The hearing in the suit of Edward Stiles against the estate of Wm. Choate, deceased, began on the lltb before Referee H. P. Stark, and con tinued five days. An adjournment was then taken until today, and the rest of the week will no doubt be consumed in the hearing. Lot L. Feltbam is the attorney for plaintiff and John W. Ayers for J. M. Sny der, the administrator. The story as told by Mr. and Mrs. Styles is most interesting. Some twenty years ago Mr. and Mrs. Stiles and Mr. Choat bought a squatter'« relinquishment to a little cove at the foot of Warm Springe valley, a few miles below Weiser, and operated the place as partners. Sometime daring the '80s the land was surveyed and Choat filed on the land, Stiles having used bis home stead right. In time he made final proof and a patent was issued to him. Stiles claimed a half interest in the ranch, but Choate died without deed ing it to him. As be lived with them for years as oue of the family and as they jointly improved the place thia suit is for a partnership accounting and for an allowance to Mrs. Stiles for cooking and sewing for Choate nursing him during his sickness. It was known that the latter had a fam ily somewhere in the east, and since his death a son was here investigating the value of the estate. Better Service Needed. The people of Brannon are suffer ing from a very deplorable mail ser vice, which could easily be remedied. The mail now comes to them by wsy of Salubria and is most uusatisfac The Brannon package of leaves Weiser on Fri tory. Signal's day mornings and gets to Brannon on Monday following. Tbe distance to Brannon is about 50 miles via Middle Valley station and the stage should leave Middle Valley after the P. & I.N. train arrives,making Bran non in about four hours. Brannon is important enough to have a three times-a-week service. Shields offers a ticket for the New Year's gift ticket with each dollar spent in his store is drawing tbe trade. Read his display ad. Riggs Bound Over. Wm. Riggs, whose examination took place in Judge Jeffreys' court last week was bound over to the dis trict court in the sum of $2500* Riggs furnished bond promptly. Cordelle has finished unpacking a fine lot of lamps. They are of many patterns, and warranted to fit any purse and grace the prettiest of parlors. _ Ladies having their own material can have hats made, to match their suits at Mrs. Shar&i's.