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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 Springs. Colorado as second class matter, January 31, 1901. WHAT WOULD TONNAGE BE? The following from the Daily Mining Record of Colorado Springs represents an idea that should set our home people to thinking: “The tremendous tonnage being made by the mines of Leadville and Cripple Creek, both of which camps are now breaking their former records, show the wonderful vitality of these camps, and in addition is splendid evidence of the vast strides made in successfully handling lower grade ores. Both these camps op erate along the most advanced systems and the question is naturally forced : What would the tonnage of the state be if other camps did likewise? General Hall recently asserted that Gilpin county instead of outputting 8,000 tons a month ought to be marketing from 60,000 to 100,000 tons. This may appear extrava gant, but it is not so to those familiar with the system of operation in Gilpin and Clear Creek counties, and then com pares it with that in use at the two heavy outputting districts referred to above. Great results in mining are only obtained by operations on a giant scale and this applies as well to other camps as to the ones of Colorado.” It is only fair in connection with the suggestion above to state that the lack of capital with which to develop the prop erties has had much to do with holding the districts mentioned, back, as well as the lack of modern machinery and mod ern milling and smelting facilities. General Hall and the Record are right. The time is not far distant when the Idaho Springs district will awake to a Re alization of what it is possible to make the future and then she can easily step into the class of camps mentioned, Crip ple Creek, Leadville and others. Idaho Springs has the mineral—this fact is not questioned by any one. The question is simply to obtain the aid of capital to get it out, treat it by modern methods and enjoy the same wealth any district in the state enjoys. We do not believe the time is far distant when this dream of the progressive people will be rewarded in a most generous manner. IDAHO SPRINGS A WINNER. Mr. Charles A. King returned from an extensive trip to Memphis and other points in the South this week and his re marks concerning the general feeling to ward Idaho Springs as a tourist point as well as a mining district will be of inter est. He says: “I found the people of the South with abundant capital to invest and with a warm place in their hearts for the Idaho Springs district. There is no difficulty experienced in financing a mining propo sition if one goes at it in the right way and is floating a proposition that is fair to the investor as well as to the promot er. So far as the tourist business here is concerned, we could fill a big hotel in this city every summer with guests from Memphis alone. They complain of the accommodations, and righteously so. I found that the ‘Shining Mark and the Mining Shark,’ the little book was doing some good and working along the same lines myself, it acted as an aid because it shows that the people here are inclined to be fair with the outside investor.” Mr. King strikes the keynote when he states that the people will willingly in vest if they are assured that they are in vesting in a proposition where it is not all one-sided and in favor of the promot er, It is about time that sortie of these people of the South and East were begin ning to share in the ‘promoters’ share.’ Let us say to them that we have proper ty with a conservative value placed upon it and that we want them to place their cash against our property value so that development of the property may pro gress and we can share equally in the profit, if any, derived from the mine. This is a good proposition in any oth er line and as such in any other line, it ought to be a good one in mining. Sift- j ings may be mistaken but it is sincere and firm in the belief that the sooner the people awake and accept such conditions the sooner will they find Eastern capital ready to place itself to the aid of mining propositions. Those who disagree with us have the right to do so and it may be that we are right, but it always looked to us as if the half and half proposition was a mighty fair one. A mine without money is not worth much and money without a place where it can enable itself to earn something is worth but little. Money and a mine, properly combined, bring profit to all concerned. The opinion expressed by L. C. Rob ertson, editor of the National Banker of Chicago, shows well for the district and expresses what every visitor would ex press were it possible to have every in vestor here on the ground. During the past year the people of the East have been placed in a position where they could determine the merits of the Idaho Springs district and the volume of capi tal that is being brought in best indi cates the feeling of these Eastern people in regard to its permanency and its fut ure prospects and opportunities. Two more communications have been received calling attention to the very bad grammar employed in the paper. If we can discover the name of the writer, we will show him a line or two of grammar that will appeal to him as being pretty good. It is mighty mean to chide a fel low for lacking that which he did not have the cash to obtain—an education. New strikes are so common in the district that they cause but little com ment. In every section the good news of good luck and big strikes follows devel opment. This is a condition of affairs of which we can all feel proud. It is reported that the new mill will soon be in shape to proceed again and that it will represent everything new and modern in milling with one of the best mill men in the state in charge. Keep saying good words for the dis trict. The truth is good enough and the citizen of Idaho Springs who can tell it even as good as it is, represents a highly eloquent man. The idea of a board of mines where every property can be listed is not a bad one let us hear from the people and bring out the good and bad side of the proposition. The supreme court is now deliberat ing on the Rush bill. It is a question as to whether the people know what they want or not. The vote was two to one in its favor. Rollinsville is now in the list of cities of the state with a good start and plenty of energy inside the city limits. Another party of big railroad people passed over the Colorado & Southern this week. It begins to look as if the Moffatt line might force a competing line through the canon yet. A Denver woman has sued for divorce because her husband threw oat meal at her. Had it been shredded wheat she would be entitled to the decree. This is a pretty good season of the year for the various mining companies to begin to pick out Christmas turkeys lor their employes. The price of silver has not the bottom predicted for it yet. Come in—don’t knock! The Burro’s Briefs The “Clear Creek Edition" of the Colorado Springs Investor will accomplish a great deal of good for Idaho Springs, Georgetown and the en tire connty. The Investor brings out the fact that this county is blessed with a splendid line up of dividend paying properties. The mining men have not been in the habit of advertising whenever they had a dividend to declare and have followed the old style of keeping everything of this kind quiet lest some one should take up a piece of property close by and make a dollar or two. The Investor’s writeup will show that the district is a leader in substantial work tnd substantial character. Mr. Tarbell and Mr. Sachs have made the district ap pear in its true light. Several people have accused The Burro of writing the poem that appeared in last week’s pa per entitled “His Wife Is Away." The poem re ferred to was written by J. W. B. Smith, managing editor of the district attorney’s office. The legislature this winter ought to pass and will pass some laws to make the Eastern investor safer in his investment. It is right and right has a fashion of coming to the front sooner or later. For the benefit of the people it might not be out of place to state that one reason why the labor unions always take occasion to fight for Sunday closing of places of business is because that is one of the tenets, one of the fundamental principles upon which the organisation is founded. There is an association known as the National Retail Clerks Protective association which has always made a fight for Sunday closing. This organization is al lied with the American Federation of Labor and is therefore a part of the great labor federation of the world. Whenever the corns of one union are tread upon, the other union has somethiug to say about it. And now let us inquire of ourselves if the union is not right and absolutely right. We believe that every man, woman aud child in Idaho Springs will admit that the proper observance of the Sabbath is the better part of human nature. We believe thrt they will admit that the man or woman who toils as a clerk in the store six days and a portion of six nights is entitled to the rest intended for them on the Sabbath day. This na tion has become one of the leading world powers because it has recognized the laws of Christianity and the omnipotence of Providence. It is great because its ideas and its ideals and its teaching must be great where the great fundamental truths the Ten Commandments make up the moral and the materia] code. I believe every man has the right to employ the Sabbath day as his own in any honorable and honest method he may see fit. I believe also that there is a law, higher than any law of the land, founded in the custom and usages of ages, which tells us that it is better as a people to observe the Sabbath day and rest from our labor on that day. Nations have endeavored to avoid these moral laws and have failed. People have tried and have failed. They are immutable and inexhorable. There is no reason why labor should not demand that society should conform to the rule of right and the rule that has brought success. In isolated cases it may work hardships but in a great Democratic government the idea of the great est good to the greatest number should always ap peal to the people as the principle which will re vert to the best interests of the community. I be lieve that Sunday closing is right and that the un ion is making a fight for the right principle when it stands up loyally and demands that every mer chant keep an agreement made to do right. In preparing for Christmas I want to suggest to readers of Siftings that they purchase their hol iday goods here at home where it is possible for them to do so and in most cases it is. A Denver merchant stated the other day that prices would be high in Denver this year on everything, that the merchants were paying exhorbitant rent and that they were compelled to charge big prices for every thing. Under such circumstances there is no reas on why the people should not be able to purchase just as cheaply here at home. Every dollar yon pay out here at home goes to help home people. If Mr. Nelson, Mr. Weinberger, Mr. Anderson or any of the merchants are prosperous it stands to reason that the people will enjoy some of their prosperity. Every time you take a dollar to Den ver it takes just that much out of circulation here in Idaho Springs and the circulation at home is what counts in the sum total of prosperity. Keep this in mind. We believe the merchants here will soon begin to realize the benefits to be derived from newspaper advertising. We believe they will find that it pays to tell the people their prices on bargains through the newspapers. Let the people get in the habit of looking at the advertisements to see where they can purchase what they desire the cheapest and they will quit so much of their dealing with Denver stores. In a sense the mer chants here are largely responsible for the fact that many people purchase in Denver. They do not tell the people what they have as the Denver merchant does and as a result the readers of the Denver papers do some of their shopping in Den ver. If our home merchants would stop to think of this proposition they would see where the Den ver merchant is winning. He is a good advertiser and keeps his goods and his prices constantly be fore the people. He would do this year after year and pay the prices he must pay for contracts with the Denver papers if it did not pay him. Siftings would like to see the merchants of Idaho Springs get together with the Gazette and Siftings and talk over these propositions. Let us do something that will show the merchants that it will pay them to advertise. Perhaps returns might not be forthcom ing the first month —advertising does not produce results in that manner. Constant, steady, judicious and impressive advertising, however, will win and when it does win it will be found that tlie best ad vertiser is the man who does the best business. Besides this the advertisement of the merchant is a good advertisement for the outside world: and for the city and district. The Eastern subscriber who notes that Idaho Springs is filled with live mer chants and business people will place more confi dence in the district and in its energy and reputa tion. It may appear as if these were technical considerations but in the course of years they count a great deal. “Siftings is making a royal fight for honest mining methods,” says General Frank Hall of the Denver Post, “and it is refreshing to pick up a newspaper published in a mining camp that does not hesitate to come out aud state plainly the cause of the investor in the East as well as the cause of the promoter in the West.” This is a compliment of which the paper feels proud for it emanatts from, the highest mining source in Colorado. W. W. Kirby, of the Lucania tunnel, is a mail’ in whom the people can place confidence. He is a good mining man and an addition to the district in every sense. His familiarity with mining makes him a man who can bring about such a condition of affairs as will be desirable in the district and such a condition as the people will demand. The Democrats are having considerable hilari ty over the alleged fact that Governor Peabody is having so many applicants for position. Had the Democratic party been out of power for as long a period as the Republicans have, we believe the ev idences of hunger for state pap would create a pan ic in which several would be killed One thing is reasonably certain and that is that the new gover nor will not appoint all his relations as Governor Orman did. Governor Peabody will give Colora do an administration of which it may feel promf. Here is the prediction received from a local weather prophet: “January will be the coldest month known for years. The coldest snap will be felt from the fifth to the fifteenth. It will not be as bad here as it will be down in Eastern Colorado and on the plains, where cattle will perish by the hundreds. February will also be cold but the snowfall will reach the unprecedented during that month. March and April will bring the usual weather with abundant snow. I make these de ductions from a study of planetary conditions as they effect the earth in its course.” We can only hope that he doesn’t know a darn thing about it and are inclined to believe that such is the case. The letter from “Hoosier” which appears onr the first page of this issue is well worth the perus al of every reader. While we de not agree with it in every way yet it is a fair, frank and dignified expression of the feeling of one Eastern investor who would be willing to risk his cash in mining if mining was placed on the same basis other lines are in the commercial world. We have received several of these which will be published from time to time. The chamber of commerce has accomplished some good this year but there will be more for it to accomplish next year. Clear Creek Topics is publishing some excel lent mining matter these days and working a great good for Georgetown. A little more of the strenu ous life in the county seat would make it a place where hundreds of people and thousands of dollars would be going. Keep up the good work. “I have always said that nothing would ever be found over in that district and I believe that I am right.” You hear a good deal of this around the camp. One fellow says one district will never amount to anything and the other fellow says that another one will not —it seems to depend upon which district they happen to hold their property. The idea is bad. One cannot build for himself by tearing down that which others have built. Suc cess comes to the man who makes two blades of grass grow where but one grew before and not to the man who tears out the old blade and grows a new one of his own. This is true in mining as well as in everything else. It is not safe to live in a building built over the ruins of another, espec ially if you are responsible for the ruins of the first one. It is just as easy for a man to say that he knows nothing about the district when asked, or he can even do more than this and be justified in saying that it would be impossible to tell what might come from development. In saying this he would tell the truth and simply be doing the dis trict the justice it deserved. In the early days the greatest mines were on Chicago creek. Then the field of action was transferred to Seaton mountain. Two years ago the big Chicago creek propositions began to open up again and are now listed anjong the shippers. Then again, in the early days the only property was that of the Freeland and the Lamartine. Then the great Lexington and now the vicinity of the Lexingtoy, which has produced nearly a million of dollars, is again opening up. Gold is really where you find it, as the old saying goes. It is better to stfy good things in favor of a district when they are not positive that bad things would apply and there is no process of reasoning that would show that bad things apply in any of the Idaho Springs districts— they’re all good.