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Idaho Springs Siftings
The News From Everywhere Everytime Published in the Owen Building, Idaho Springs, Colo. Every Saturday. FRED G. SHAFFER, - - - Editor JOHN D. WILLIAMSON, - - Publisher A Paper for People Now on Earth Subscription $2 Per Year Live News Items, Up-to-date Ideas and Suggestions for Making the Paper Better are Always Welcome Advertising Rates Made Known on Application A Fair-fighting, Uncompromising Republican Paper Entered at the Postoflice at Idaho Springs, Colorado as second class matter, January 31, 1901. ALL ORGANIZATIONS SHOULD HELP. The proposed firemen’s tournament for the city is a proposition that will suc ceed. The great majority of the people realize that it will mean excellent adver tising for Idaho Springs, that it will bring money to the city and that every result will be beneficial. The chamber of commerce should aid in helping the proposition along. President Birkins can call a meeting of the directors, and even if it cannot lend a great amount of pecuniary support to the proposition it can at least lend its en thusiastic moral support, and this will be a good thing. The various lodges should all take an active interest in helping things along, and should be in a position to help the firemen and also help in the way of en tertaining the visiting brothers who come here on the occasion of the tournament. The rock drilling contests and contest of the various drilling machines will be a matter of profitable interest to mining men and this should operate as one rea son why they should contribute liberally to the idea. With the business man it is an argu ment of dollars and cents for his own pocketbook, and it is hardly necessary to urge donations under such circum stances. No difficulty should be encoun tered in raising 53,000 with which to carry on the tournament. The boys have appointed an active committee, and this committee is doing its work thoroughly. During the month of April the num ber of cars of ore shipped from Jbe local freight yards was 168 against 64 for the same month of last year. Who said the closing of the Newhouse would make a difference with the output? The Idaho Springs district is getting better every morning, every week in every month in every year. Yankee Hill will soon be telling its story of success to the world through the channel of her advertising associa tion. It pays to be wideawake —as a mat ter of fact a community must be to suc ceed in this modern age. Twentieth century ideas keep a fellow awake all the time. __ Too much credit cannot be given the Big Five federation for the impetus and new life it has given Idaho Springs. Its advertising the resources of the district has accomplished a wonderful amount of good already and the start has just been made. We believe it would be a good idea for the chamber of commerce to offer a prize for the best photograph of Idaho Springs. Let us have a splendid picture of the city as it is today and not be obliged to accept the old photographs that we have had for years. A sufficient fund to guarantee a big tournament is the matter of supreme importance at this time. We are satis fied the people will agree with this and donate liberally. Let Idaho Springs maintain her reputation as a city that ac complishes results. Again the demand for moderate sized cottages is far in excess of the sup ply. Some of these davs our local capi talists will awake to the fact that the building of such cottages is a good in vestment. When it is too late they will discover that outside capital has come to the front and earned good money by the investment. This week the various eastern rail roads having terminal facilities in Den ver, make the statement that the tourist showing will be 50 per cent better than it has ever been before in the history of tourist business. Down in the valley the farmers are cussing us up here in the mountains be cause we did not make it snow more, so that water for abundant irrigation would be assured. It was not Siftings—it was the Gazette. Colorado Springs is charged with watering the stock of some of her min ing companies. Had she failed to “water her stock” the Humane society would have interfered. What was the poor city to do? Two physicians in the east have writ ten to ask what the chances would be for them "here. And all this after having been advertised as a health resort for twenty years! Constant Reader : “No, there are no burro’s nests near Idaho Springs that we know of. There is very little timber around here. They might be found at Georgetown.” It begins to look as if it would be pretty hard to keep Senator Patterson from editing. He is now editing the Con gressional Record—or at least the big gest part of it. Let every business man begin now to study on the proposition of preparing for pretty decorations for his place of business on the occasion of the firemen’s tournament. Idaho Springs has shown the people that she has a genuinely athletic class of pupils in her schools. The field day sports brought out some good material. The building trades’ strike in Denver will not affect the construction of build ings here materially, according to the statements of the local contractors. If we glorify on July 4, why not set the summit of the Big Chief on fire, so that the people of Denver would know where we were on the map ? This is the season of the year when a fellow expects the sun to shine on all four sides of the house at oKce. If it doesn’t he drinks sassafras tea. It is said that since the beef trust has been getting in its work the admission prices to the play “A Texas Steer” has been raised. The new companies operating in the district guarantee an era of development never before enjoyed by Clear Creek county. The plans for the summer indicate that the city will enjoy the greatest bus iness and tourist revival experienced for years. Denver has a building trade’s strike on her hands. Denver always has some thing that no other city wants. A Georgetown man has invented a machine for killing woodticks that ought to have a good sale now. The statements of the two banks show that Idaho Springs has abundant capital back of her. The Denver Times is neat, newsy and a mighty good paper under its new management. If you are not married get married next month —the month of flowers and honeymoons. If you have? not subscribed for Sift ings you will soon discover the need. The cross-eyed woman and the gar den hose is in fashion again. The natatorium is now a thing of beauty and a joy forever. What has become of the militia com pany ? The Burro’s Briefs We have received several letters congratulating the paper upon what it *has said concerning the need for more improved methods in milling and two of the prominent mill men of the city have suggested that they proposed to put in cyanide tanks in a very short time. It is a fact that all the old mining men and mill men admit that the gold found in the ores of the Chicago Creek and Soda Creek districts is so fine that it passes over the ordinary table and is not saved. This is especially true of Soda Creek where some of the richest assays have l>een found but where the mill runs are never in keeping with the assays because the values pass bver the tables. Mr. Wilkie, one of the best known mill men in the district and form er y connected with the Gold Leaf properties, states that he knows it to be a fact that the values in that district cannot be saved with the ordinary processes. Siftings is not chiding the mill men here, for we have the most successful mills in the state, but they are not good enough yet.' It is not enough to know that we lead the state —let us know that we save the va’ues. An old prospector tells me that in going across the mountains toward Bear creek he encountered two or three bear, and states that he also found rich veins. About the same time the bear found the prospector the prospector found the vein, and about the time the bear had failed to find the whereabouts of the prospector the prospector had found himself unable to find the whereabouts of the vein. He states that it was exceptionally rich quartz, and that he panned some of it and got a good big streak in the bottom of the pan. The thing to do now is to go and look for the vein sometime when there are no bear around it. The prospector can hardly be blamed for forgetting where a vein was, for the presence of the bear un doubtedly made a greater impression upon his mind than the presence of the vein. A gentleman back in Rochester, N. Y., who is a subscriber to the paper and also a stockholder in one of the companies operating successfully on Seaton mountain, writes that he has a new inven tion that he proposes trying here during the com ing summer. From what we can glean from the letter, which unfortunately was not typewritten, we imagine he has gotten the idea of his process from the glass blasts. In these S3nd is forced by compressed air through a nozzle and when it comes in contact with the glass it cuts it with a rapidity that would be surprising. The corres pondent believes that the same force and same factor would work successfully in drilling in the rock, or it might, according to his statement, in cutting the breast of the tunnel away. We give the idea space for what it is worth. I** I**! “Billy” Moore, as everyone calls him, is with us again from Lincoln, Neb., and his friends in this district are as thick as the mines that make it one of the richest places on earth. Mr. Moore was handling mining properties in this county thirty five or forty years ago and sold the Diamond Jo, Tropic, properties on Red Elephant and as a mat ter of fact nearly all the big properties in this sec tiod. He mined here many years with a pick and shovel and knows every feature connected with the work. “I have always believed this would come to the front as one of the foremost districts of the state,” he remarked this week, “and right now there is plenty of evidence to bear me out.” He will likely remain here and at Georgetown during a greater part of the summer. I Last week the paper contained a little mining item in reference to the progress of the Anglo- American that should not have appeared. Every, body knows that the property is one of the best in the Lamartine section, and that it is being handled by successful mining men. Our correspondent, probably unintentionally, did the company an in justice in his reference to their progress, and we trust that in the future nothing of the kind will occur. We would not intentionally say one word that would injure a good property in the distrift, and especially as good a one as the Anglo- Ameri can. Knocking is a prohibited thing in the col umns of Siftings and we trust that all correspond ents will guard themselves carefully in the future to conform to this idea. There is no logical or reasonable reason to ad vance why Idaho Springs should not have the greatest firemen’s tournament in the history of the state. The volunteer companies from all parts of the state will be willing to come. We have one of the finest cities in the state in which to entertain them. There will be plenty of money to make it a success, and the prizes will be generous enough ta make it an object for the different departments to show themselves. Every citizen should make it a point to do everything that will make the tourn ament a success. S. M. Smith expects to have a royal good time in New York while absent as a delegate to the meeting of the National Presbytery. Mr. Smith will be near his old home and will pay it a visit on his return. He has earned a good rest, and when he left on Monday morning he looked as if he was ready to take it and have a good time. Louis W. Dealahay, charged with marrying too many times without first following the fashion and obtaining a divorce, as he should have done, is a man to be pitied, after all. He married the woman here and little thought that the other would come to this city. One evening he was told that wife No. i was employed at the Beebee. For a long time he tried to make it pleasant and agreeable for two wives in the same town, but found it impossi ble to do so, and fled to parts unknown. As a rule a fellow has about all he can do to explain matters satisfactorily to one woman, but when it comes to keeping the books clear with two of them the proposition is undoubtedly a most difficult and painful one. I*’*’*" Jackson, the barber, has lived in Kansas sev enty-two years and is not as familiar with mining as he might be. The other day a mining ;nau was telling him about the drifts in the tunnei, when Jackson asked : “What is a drift?” “It is driven out on the vein from the tunnel,” was the reply. “Like a row of corn ?” queried the barber. “Something similar,” was the reply. This was enough to interest the genial Mr. Jackson, and an hour or two afterward he was telling a friend how they were shucking gold out of the rows in the tunnel. “Two fellows take two row’s each on either side of th2 car,” he remarked, and the third fellow husks the gold out of the down row.” It is reported that Greeley is to have a fire men’s tournament on July Fourth and that it ex pects to operate on SI,OOO. Idaho Springs will have $3,000, and it is not probable that Greeley will find herself in competition with the small prizes that would be necessitated by the nominal sum of si,ooo. The boys here need not worry con cerning Greeley. Idaho Springs will be the famous point this year in the tournament line. Traveling Passenger Agent Church suggests that he will do everything he can for Idaho Springs on the occa sion of the big blowout, and the good will of the Colorado and Southern means a great deal in mak ing the affair a success. i**K , i** They are telling a good one on Joe Boyd. The good-natured mining man is learning ‘to use the typewriting machine, but force of habit is again playing its part as it always does. When Joe used a pen he always began his letters like this : “I now take my pen in hand to inform you, etc.” Since he bought the machine he has been waiting the ar rival of a desk from Denver, but puts it on his lap and starts out as if he intended to write a letter to the executive department at Washington. In order to conform as nearly us possible to the old style he now writes it: “I now take my typewriter on my lap to inform you, etc.” Joe denies the story. trier? I was pleased to see the proud parental smile worn by “ Dad ” Cain early this week. He had reason to feel proud for his boy, Walter T. Cain, has finished a four-year course in dentistry at the State University Medical college and came through with class honors. The young man is a bright fellow, and with that a practical fellow, which means that he will meet with success in his chosen profession. I was glad to see “ Dad ” happy and pleased to know that the young man had so suc cessfully passed the course and entered upon the real trip of life. If If** It is a pleasure to note that Mrs. E. M. Mos cript is fast regaining her health down in Denver and will soon be in better condition than she has been in for years. “ I never saw such a remark able change in anyone,” said Mr. Moscript the other day in congratulating himself upon her suc cessful effort at recovery. “1 hardly knew her, and I tell you it makes a fellow feel a whole lot better to know that his wife is a well woman in stead of a sick one.” We are pleased to note that the people of the city are with the paper in its fight to have the evil up Chicago creek removed. It is not a question of restricting an evil at the point mentioned. It must be gotten out altogether. There is no use in com promising with a wrong of this character, where the little children attending school are involved. The city council, so we understand, has jurisdic tion in regulating matters of police powers within three miles of the city limits. It should use its power in this matter and see that the place is driven out. K’JfK’ The showing made by the Merchants and Miners National bank on April 30 was indeed a good one. It opened for business November 7 and in the short time intervening has accumulated a deposit of nearly $145,000. The institution is do ing a splendid business and there is every reason to believe that its continued growth and prosperity will mean much for Idaho Springs. Its manage- * ment is modern, up-to-date, accommodating and ready to help the city along. I am inclined to believe from the conversation I had with Manager Roller of the Shafter that the shaft house recently destroyed will be rebuilt. It is possible that the company may await the ap proach of the Wilcox tunnel of the Big Five, but at the present time it is not considered advisable to remain idle very long. The Central is making good progress through the Wilcox, but it takes time to get through the solid granite. “There is one bad thing about having the county seat at Georgetown,” remarked a gentle man from that town this week. “Every time we have a term of court the city is filled with lawyers, and you know that is not a glorious thing for the place. When the tourists come and are inclined to invest with us they always ask why we have so many lawyers, and then we have to apologize for them and for being the county seat.” O. W. Lowell is becoming quite an automobil ist, if that is the proper expression to use. They Bay he rides one of the machines right along in Denver, and is talking of bringing one to Idaho Springs with him.