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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 Postoffice at Idaho Srrlngs. Colorado as second cl mss matter, January 31,1901. NEW IMPROVEMENTS. The many improvements of the year in the city show that the place is alive to the needs of the future. The extension of the water works and sewer systems. The additions to the na,tatorium and a score of other needed improvements have marked the first half of the year. It is probably fair to say, however, that one of the greatest improvements of the year has been the building of the Trocadero near the hot soda springs The outlay on this place of amusement has been nearly S6OOO and the gentlemen who had the nerve to risk their money in its construction are to be congratulated. It is true that it is now a success and everyone is glad and ready to help it along. But there was a time when it was not so easy to enlist the sympathy and support of the people. They had to be shown and it has taken nerve and untir ing effort to show them. The Trocadero will accomplish more in the way of advertising for Idaho Springs than anything that has ever been built. Excursions will be conducted from Denver and other points and the people will be afforded entertainment Siftings feels that the Trocadero has proven itself a success. CELEBRATION’S LESSON. The closing of the big Fireman’s tournament on the evening of July Sth, marked the occasion of one of the great est advertisements ever enjoyed by Idaho Springs as a city. The people who visit ed the city were everyone pleased with the manner in which the celebration was conducted. But there was still a greater measure of good in the celebration. The city received good advertising because the people who visited the place had a chance to see how it had grown and were given an opportunity to meas ure its advantages when compared with those of other cities in the state. They saw the great resources and also wit nessed the fact that during the past year there has been considerable improve ment. Several visitors from the outside were greatly impressed with the city and its advantages. Several of them invested while here and it is such recognition that counts. There is no reason why Idaho Springs should hesitate to celebrate each year. There is something in the idea of enterprise and progress that always im presses people. They like to visit a live town. There is no satisfaction, outside of rest and weeping, in a graveyard. A DEPOT AT FALL RIVER. This week we received the following communication from one of the repre sentative business men of Denver. It will be of interest in awakening interest in an idea that may become prolific of good results. “ Editor Siftings:—l read with great interest your article in the last paper about the electric line from Yankee Hill down Fall river, and hope it will receive attention. “I have taken up the subject of a rail way station at the mouth of Fall river, and expect to show cause, and good cause, why this should be donej First, it will improve the looks of the country very much. The people who live along the line of Fall river and the road up to Freeland need such a station. They travel, they ship ore, and they buy and ship supplies. These supplies should be shipped direct to that station, and not to Idaho Springs. The wagons for both Fall river and Freeland should not have to come to Idaho Springs to get their goods. Freeland and Yankee Hill are as much a part of Idaho Springs as you are —it is one camp, Silver Plume, George town, Empire, Lawson —all have a sta tion. As Camele says: ‘All nature hopes for spring, why may' not I?’ With one good strong pull, and properly pre sented to the railroad, I think they will go at it at some early day. These people whe live in the two camps should not be compelled to get off the railway or come from the camp to the railway and wait in the mud and snow and rain without shelter, or else walk to Idaho Springs to take a fresh start. It is all wrong. The same conditions existed at Empire and Dumont. The people slept on their rights. The Colo rado Central R. R. under the manage ment of Mr. Trumbull, bucked at build ing those two stations for many years. The old Colorado Central never would do it, but Trumbull saw the injustice of the from the railroad point of view' and built them. I think he will not ‘buck’ at this one very long, because he has seen the advantage to the railroad from building those two stations." “In making these suggestions to you, I only desire to help you present the case as you se4 proper.” WHERE THE CREDIT BELONGS. We understand that at least, a part of the board of county commissioners is calling attention to what it is doing in the way of building bridges down at this end of the county and also calling attention to the expense entailed by the county in the construction of all these improvements. Through another source of informa tion we are informed that the bridges at this end of the county have been built out of state money and that one structure at the other end of the county owes its ex istence to the same source. This is hardly “Democratic success” as the appropriation for all this work was pushed through the legislature by J. J. Elliott, a Republican, and is about the only showing in this line the county ever made. We do not object to the idea that the commissioners should have all the credit to which they are entitled but we do not believe that they would care to create the impression that they were spending county money when, in fact, it is money left over from an appropriation from state money. • The suggestion made by some of the Democratic politicians that either Sena tor West or Senator Roberts resign in order to make the acts of the forthcoming legislature constrtutional, is laughable. A fusionist never resigns and rarely ever dies while holding office. People who pass bungling laws of thig character should not ask each other to resign. They should all hand in their resigna tions. Colorado Springs is beginning to re alize that Idaho Springs is as popular as a great mining district as Cripple Creek and Colorado Springs has not been par ticular where she invested her capital. She has reached beyond Denver in de veloping districts outside of Cripple Creek. Several important directors meetings have been held in the city this week and every visitor has been exceptionally well pleased with the outlook for the property in which he is interested. • * There was so little hot air in the pap ers at the other end of the county last week that it has given us a low tempera ture here during the present week. Let everyone work together and make this district a heavy producer for the last six months of the year. Evidences of political life begin to show themselves oscasionally all over the state. Every citizen of Idaho Springs had twenty-fours of lost sleep to make up this week. The Butte’s Briefs The success of the Trocadero since its opening a little over a week ago has been one of the sur prises for the people. It is already a popular “breathing spot” for the people and every mem ber of the family fc-els at home because it is known that good order will be preserved and the big enterprise will become one of the leading amuse ment featuses of Idaho Springs. The gates are all open on the road above the city on the slope and the people can be afforded a drive of over a mile in one of the prettiest spots of the city. As th»road is employed for driving pur poses it will continue to get better. During the summer months it will furnish the citizens a nice drive. Visitors from every part of the state were pres ent at the celebration and it is safe to say that every one of them had a royal good time. It ife true that the city was inclined to be a little bit noisy, but it was the best behaved crowd that ever assembled in a mining city in the state. Marshals O'Rourke and Libby handled the carefully and successfully so that there can be no complaint of any kind. Idaho Springs maintained her repu tation as a law-abiding city. I believe the Denver Republican is advocating a very narrow policy when it attempts to ridicule Attorney General Post for his tight against the smelter trust. It would appear that the Republi can would possess enough tact and business intel ligence to at least say nothing. The Republican is owned by the estate of the late Senator Hill and so are the Argo smelters, at least represented to be a part of the trust. The Republican should bear in mind that it is antagonizing the miners and mining men of the state when it in any way at tempts to retard the progress of anything that will curb, restrict or modify the ways of the octo pus that has fastened itself upon the mining inter ests of the state. Siftings is not in favor of the agitation of separate smelters to be constructed in every mining district in the state because it be lieves that such a move would only incur expense and outlay for the miuing men and any such al leged co-operative propositions would soon fiud themselves powerless to combat the trust. If there is anything in the way of legislation or the courts, however, let us have the best in stock and compel the smelter trust to treat the mining inter ests of the state fairly and not cripple them to such an extent that development is practically an im possible thing. The will of the late Henry Plummer is a plain, honest statement of his desires and adds still more luster to his memory as a business man and hus band of the character that commands respect. He left everything to his wife and made his last will and testament so brief that litigatiou is impossible and there is nothing for the quibblers after his death. This puts me in mind of an illustration that shows to what extent law is justice. The late Samuel J. Tilden, admittedly one of the greatest constitutional lawyers of his day, employed ten pages of closely written typewriter manuscript to tell what he desired To have done after his death. The lawyers took up the will and it was broken in a thousand pieces. An old farmer, plain and busi ness like, down in Arkansas wrote his will on a slate just before his death and signed it. These words were found: “Everything I have shall be my wife’s.” The lawyers attempted to break the will but failed and it stands as strong in the courts today as it is possible to make one. The success of the big celebration again proves that Idaho Springs people know how to show vis itors a big time. We have a letter here from a lady in Boston who is genuinely sentimental. She wants to see gold freed and does not hesitate to say so. Here it is: “I visited your camp and saw the gold locked up in the mountains. It seemed as though I could almost hear it begging to be unchained from its prison of rock so that it might enter some home and furnish food and shelter and do the good it should do.” We would suggest that the lady write a long letter to the smelter trust and see if she cannot exert some influence with them that will cause them to unlock it a little more cheaply. They appear to have control of the matter at the present time. When will the new postoffice begin to shine? This is the question the people are asking, now that they all know that it has been raised a step into the list of the second class. The answer prac tically lies with Uncle Sam and he has a fashion of attending to such matters as he desires to and at a time that pleases him best. It is probable that it will not be very long, however, until the office will be supporting nice fixtures and everything usually found in a first-class (second-class) post office. It would be impossible to mention the names of all the people who participated in the celebration here, although we would be pleased to do it. It has been estimated that 3000 visitors accepted the hospitality of the city and the estimate is not far from the real thing. City Clerk Noxon and Marshal O’Rourke did good work on the Fourth by shutting down all the “ sure thing ” games that started to bleed the in nocent. One of the propositions was so flagrantly a violation of the code that the fellow would have taken half the money out of town with him at the rate had begun the smooth work. It is always a good idea for the city to use the proper arm of the law to protect the people who visit the place. Attorneys Sabin & Collom appeared to be the winning team in the last term of the district court. They cleaned the docket to their own credit. The firm is a good one and represented by two hustlers with abundant understanding and hustling ability. The idea of improved processes for the extrac tion of gold is creating interest in the e»tire dis trict. Everything in the way of success fllong these lines should be taken up and helped along. It is the constant effort that counts in matters of this kind. The state supreme court has concluded that the action of Attorney General Post in his effort to curb the smelter trust is a proposition that must be handled after Ihe court has taken its vacation. It | is unfortunate for Colorado that the vacation of its supreme court judges must cost the state so j much. At the prerent time proof can be produced ! to show that in some of the districts of the state the development work has practically ceased and many, of the mines are closing down as a result of the fastening of the clutches of the trust upon the j throat of the iudustry. Some of the Denver pap , ers make the claim that the attorney general is doing what he has done for political purposes. I We know nothing about the motive but believe ; that it is a proposition in which all the parties will be obliged to assist. Frank I Weed, of Yankee Hill, secretary of the I Mining Men’s association, spent the Fourth in j Idaho Springs having a good time. He states that I Yankee and Alice are enjoying greater progress in every way than they ever did before. The survey ing of the new townsite is a good thing for the place because it suggests the good things to come for the camp. Siftings is makiug arrangements for a series of pioneer sketches by one of the oldest pioneer min ing men in the Idaho Springs district. These sketches will be valuable to preserve because they will contain history that has never beeu written before and its character will be such that it will be valuable. Parties desiring copies of the paper to send away will speak for them in advance so that they will be certain of obtaining them. - JtJtj* The people of Idaho Springs will miss “Bill” Blair, who left this week for Washington state in the hope that he w’ould find it a section where his line of business would bring better reward. Mr. Blair is one of the best known men of this section and has a host of friends in the city. He will be welcome and an addition wherever he locates. There are bets of 5 to 1 this week that he will re turn inside of six months. The city council last Monday evening took act ion in regard to several matters. One of them was the placing of another arc light along the street leading to the Trocadero and the hot soda springs. These improvements are needed and the council is to be congratulated on its action. The mining men of the district are greatly pleased with the results of the celebration as it has given them, as wel as,the “tenderfeet,” some new ideas regarding mining and mining matters. The contest of the air drills was indeed a good thing for the mining world for it shows the people which company makes the best machinery for the min ing man’s purpose. This means the saving of thousands of dollars. Of course the Leyner proved the favorite of all the machines as it always has in this district. A. F. Pollock, representing the California Powder Works, was up from Denver this week and had a good time meeting in the city friends that live here and in the mountains. Mr. Pollock is the most popular powder man who visits this sec tion and is one of the genial, whole-souled mixers that will drive the blues a mile away. “I have always liked this district because the business is done here,” said Mr. Pollock. “It is a lively place full of lively people and our business has expanded to a greater extent here than in many other camps in the state. I attribute the cause of the expansion to the immense amount of work being done and the wonderful tonnage of powder and other ex plosive used in the district. The fellow who knows the amount of powder you use knows that you are doing some business. You can always figure on that.” It will not be very long now until the new mill is running at full blast. The burning of the Shafter shaft house was a decided loss to the mill as that mine furnishes a great per cent of the ton nage operated on by the mill. The new machinery will soon be in place on the Shafter, however, and new contracts are being made which practically guarantees the big mill alf it can handle for the future. From every indication, Dr. Fraser, Dr. Clark, Tom Rodda and the members of the local pool who have recently acquired mining interests in Arizona have a pretty good thing of it. A gentleman who was here from that section this week is authority for the statement that the rich ones of Cripple Creek are no better than thej. I. C. proposition the boys have interested themselves in. We hope they will meet with all sorts of good fortune as a propo sition of that kind should be backed by good re sponsible fellows, and the gentlemen interested ar< the best we have in Idaho Springs. When we giv« Arizona our best that section has the best there ii to be had any place on earth.