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THE GILPIN OBSERVER
VOL. XII. The observer Mining Department. DOING DEVELOPMENT WORK. Daniel J. McKay, manager of the Ayres-Leavenworth’s Gold Mining Com pany’s property in Russell district, re ports that the surface water in the work ings of the mine has been collected by a series of dams, from which it is raised to the surface by a large sized water bucket. Sinking, which was inaugurated a short time ago, is going forward, and good headway is being made. The ore is being crushed at the Gilpin mill in Black Hawk. HAVE PLENTY OF ORE. A Pueblo special to the Denver News of the 11th inst, says that the extreme cold weather and the snow blockade have cut down in a considerable degree the receipts of ore at the Pueblo smelter. Cripple Creek, however, has been able to send its usual amount, and with the stock on hand, no decrease in the num ber of furnaces has been made necessary. The Philadelphia smelter has had 100 cars of coke from Cardiff, on the Mid land, tied up by snow for some days, but hopes to get it through in short order by a roundabout route. Enles3 this is pos sible, it may be necessary to shut down somo of the furnaces. EAST WHITING LEASED. Nate A. Sears, of this city, returned from Denver Monday. While there ho secured a lease of the East Whiting, on Gunnell hill, from the owners, Messrs. W. J. Barker, Stiles E. Mills and the es tate of the late E. W. Henderson. The property is a patented one and consists of 1,400 linear feet on the easterly por tion of that well-known and defined true fissure vein. The mine is provided with a very comfortable shaft building which encloses a good steam hoisting plant. As soon as a few preliminaries can be arranged work will bo resumed under experienced and competent man agement. TEMPORARILY CLOSED DOWN. Henry P. Lowe, of the Topeka mine, Russell district, last Thursday paid off the miners in his employ and closed down the mine for the present; at least until such time as ho will be enabled to secure coal for fuel. The mine has plenty of good ore stripped ready to bo taken down by the ore breakers. As soon as the tramway company are enabled to run their trains with regularity the mine will start up again with its usual forco of minors, and development work already inaugurated will bo carried out. The condition of things that have ex isted for the past three weeks are de cidedly annoying to the producing mines of the county, and to all others for that matter. ROCKY MOUNTAIN ORE CONCEN TRATOR. Mr. John Hannigan, foreman of the Rocky Mountain Concentration Works in Black Hawk, informs The Ob server that the works for the month of January treated 1723 tons of crude ore, which yielded 428 tons of concen trates which formed tho output of the works for that month. The company owning the works—tho Central Improve ment—is working the Margaret Glonnan mine, in Enterprise district, the Forfar and Minnesota in Russell district, but tho condition of tho wagon roads an well as of tho Gilpin Tramway tracks has been such that the works have received but a small amount of oro from them. Tho lattor mine has the oro platforms piled up with ore, but tho drifted snow along the lower road in Russell gulch is to such a depth that tho wagons cannot pass over it. This forms the natural out let for tho ore from that mine. While tho Forfar is connected with the main track of the tramway, no oro cars could bo secured. With these conditions exist ing, Mr. Collins, tho general manuger, very wisely closed down tho works for tho present, on Tuesday of lust week. STAMP MILL IMPROVED. A now form of stamp mill recently in troduced at somo of the mines of Cali fornia seems to show that oven such a well established and ancient piece of mining piece of machinery us tho stamp mill is not yet perfected. Tho now featuro is the introduction of a secondary crusher botwoon the first ore breaker and the stamps. Tho ordinary practico is to feed tho ore automatically to tho stamps as it comes from tho breaker in pieces from 2 to 2?* inches in size. This requires tho stamps to do a great deal of work that might bo done to better advantage by a crusher, tho only question being that of tho wear and tear of the extra machinery compared with tho increase of output through the screens. / By tho new method tho oro is first crushed to the usuul size in the ordinary way and carried to the buttery bins. From these it is automatically fed to the mortar by means of a combined oro bin, gate and feeder, located ulmjvo the feed floor of the battery and operuted by the central stamp, as usual. Tho oro on its way from tho feeder to tho inortar passes through a small crusher, which crushes it to about one-quarter of an inch in size before reaching the stamps. A five stamp battery, with 1,000-pound stamps unquestionably has a greater ca pacity when equipped with such a sup plementary crusher than one without such a err sher, and it is claimed that each stamp has a capacity of five tons of ordinary quartz. This increased capacity of the stamps requires a corresponding increase of plate surface, the plates to be made wider, as it is necessary to maintain a depth of pulp on the plates that will al ways insure fine gold coming in contact with the silvered surface. THE LITTLE FELLOW ALL RIGHT. Gilpin county, which is no bigger than a patch on a school boy's pants, produced gold to the amount of $3,700,000 in 1898. How is that for a little fellow?- -Ft. Col lins (Colo.) Courier. Tho little fellow isall right. We should like to adopt him, and give him the seat of honor at tho table with tho guarantee of an extra piece of pie now and the; . —Orange (Mass.) Enterprise. All right. But youll have to come to Colorado if you get him. Ho is dead stuck on the Rocky Mountains, and can neither be coaxed or driven away. He’s got the “stuff,” though.—Fort Collins (Colo.) Courier. AN ARIZONA PROPERTY. The Mainmoth-ColliDH Gold Minins Com pany. Judge Henry A. Hicks handed The Observer reporter a copy of the Arizona Weekly Star, of February 2, 1899, pub lished at Tucson, from which we glean tho following relative to the above named mining incorporation, of which our for mer townsman, George P. Blair, is the manager: “The works are now reducing 150 tons of ore daily, and in the mining and re duction of which tho company carries about 75 men on its pay roll. The com pany is adding important improvements by doubling the stamp capacity to 100 stamps. The cyanide works are also an important part of the large plant which is Riving very satisfactory results. “The striking improvement to be made is that of utilizing the Arvapia river for generating electric power for the entire work of the* mills, cyanide plant and hoists. This will bo done by collecting the water at a point 15 miles from the location of the works. The water, which at its lowest upply, exceeds 2,000 min er’s inches, will be divided from its chan cel at a point two miles from tho power plant. It will he conducted by pipe or canal, whichever is most practical. At the point of use there will he a fall of 200 feet. It will supply sufficient power r.otonly for the needs of the company, hut for Ecores of mines in that region which may require the power. The total cost of this improvement will not exceed $75,000. This tuken in connection with the fact that tho annual cost of the fuel consumption is $50,000, speaks for itself, as tho producing capacity of the reduc tion of ore can be doubled at from one third to one-half the present cost. “ The work on the now plant will be gin within 50 days. Tho plant will he ordered as soon as tho plans and specifi cations can be prepared, and tho entire improvements will ho completed within six months. Tho improvement in the in troduction of e’ectric power for mining as well as for treating ore, especially when power can he generated at so small a cost as compared with tho fuel and steam proposition is of the most vital importance and interest to the Mam moth mining region, and means much for Tucson. “ Manager Blair expresser himself ns agreeably disappointed at the wonderful mineral resources of Arizona. He has no hesitation in saying that ho believes it to be tho richest mining region in the United States. Ho says one consideration not sufficiently appreciated is the fact that every day in tho year is moderate enough to work. The heut is not so dis agreeable as is generally represented, and the winter climate ennnot be ex celled any whore. This fact, taken in connection with the vast mineral re sources of tho territory, insures to Ari zona a wonderful future in wealth and population.” NEWS AND NOTES. J. H. linfer of tho Rialto Extension mine, returned from Denver Sunday. J. H. Tierney of the homo pool work ing tho Mountain City mine on Glonnan mountain, reports that, a car load of smelting oro from that property sold to tho smelters brought $1,400. Tho London-Colorudo Gold Mining and Exploration company have filed a a certificate of capital stock, as slho a certificate of annual labor performed on tho West Hunter lode mining claim. Mr. Collins hns tho water down in tho California mino 30 feet below tho 1,300- foot station. Ho lias had a lough siege in rearranging tho shaft, which required a largo umouut of now timbering. Water CENTRAL CITY, COLO., THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1899. is also being hoisted at tho west or Hid den Treasure shaft. Water for boiler supply is taken from the American Flag mine workings, which is found to be much better than that coming from the Hidden Treasure and not so injurious to them. Edgar Rickard has been appointed superintendent of the Moon-Anchor mine at Cripple Creek, owned by the Venture Mining company of London. T. A. Rickard will be consulting engineer. Idaho Spriogs News: Tho ore is ban died from the Lamartine on sleighs, a novelty in this part of the country, as it has alwaws been brought down on wheels heretofore. The roads are in such a con dition that one load a day is all that can be accomplished. Two loads a day is the usual work. Alonzo Drake of the East Washington mine, Lake district, paid Central a visit last Saturday for the first time in several weeks, having been laid up at his resi dence from an attack of la gri|p\ He reports that a force of miners is at work in sinking the main shaft, and that the ore passed through is of good quality. Judge liallett, in the United States circuit court, last Friday granted a tem porary injunction in the case of C. O. Norcross and Alfred E. Towne of Boston against the Moffitt System Ore Reducing Company of Denver, and appointed Au gustus M. Estey as receiver. J. R. Mof fit, however, is permitted to continue the business. Burt Sampson brought in from the Puritan mine, on Chesapeake mountain, Yankee hill specimens of ore taken out by James R. Geon, which has a value of 14.40 ounces gold, and silver sufficient to bring the commercial value of tho ore up to S3OO per ton. The streak of min eral is from four to five inches wide, besides which there is two and one-half feet of stnm mill ore. He report. 9 Con siderable work being done there, not withstanding the bad weather. Postmaster H. J. Sears and his asso ciates on the Nagle-Bates property, have their new shuft house completed and the hoisting plant formerly in use at the, El dora mine in Spring gulch, placed in the same, and are now in shape for develop ment work, and taking out oro regi »ly. Mr. Sandberg, who is in charge or the Lombard tunnel workings for Dr. A. Ashbaugh, east of Yankee, was attending to business matters hero Monday. He reports the mine looking well, with a fine body of oro opened up. Hoyt’s “A Contented Woman,” pre sented at Boyd’s theater yesterday after noon and evening, and to be repeated to night, ranks with the many other inim itable and successful fare* emanating from tho author’s facile pen. As is known in this particular instance Hoyt satirizes tho ridiculed and mnlinged “new woman.” None of tho mirth provoking complica tions that might arise in treating this much discussed subject are overlooked. The cast is a mo3t adequato one, and the eatchy songs and rollicking ensembles that characterize Hoyt’s productions pre vail. The star roll serves to display the irresistible naivette of Miss Bello Archer to advantage. Iler repose and elegance are refreshing. The addition to tho company since last seen hero of Mrs. Fanny Denham Rouse and Mr. Arthur Gregory, is a matter of congratulation to their fortunate audiences. The inim itable drollery of these two commedians is convulsing, as was demonstrated by the spasmodic laughter of a portion of the attendance at yesterday’s matinee. Miss Henrietta Lee’s personality in the character of Mrs. EbLsmith, considered notorious, cannot bo denied to be a win ning one. Tho remainder of the cast, in cluding “tho beauty trio,” tho Misses Lockwood, Young and Taylor, aro fully up to tho standard and deserve the gen erous appreciation shown them. Great compliment is duo Miss Archer on her [evident discrimination in sur rounding herself with n coterie of such really nniiablo and qualified artists. Much of the jovial enjoyment of her pro duction must bo attributed to tho art of harmony and pleuFantry which is notice able between tho members of tho com pany where such is permissible in tho more unconventional parts of the play. The fact of Miss Archer’s experience in another department of stagedom than her present enviable position may not bo generally known. Five or six years ago she accepted the appointment of advance agent for tho late Carrie Turner, then appearing in “Tho Crust of Society.” The innovation of a female representa tive of a traveling attraction was so pro nounced and unusual that little oppor tunity was allowed for her to earn her salary as anticipated, the newspapers generally giving tuuoli space to Mina Archer’s unique position, to tho detri ment of her work, which resulted in the termination of her employment in this direction. And she undoubtedly finds it more profitable conducting a production of her own than attempting to advertise successfully the appearance of somo one else. The World Herald, Omuhu, De comber 19, 1898. AVALANCHES OF SNOW Kill Many Silver Plume Miners and Bury Others. The Snow Bank Estimated to Measure Fully 150 Feet in Length. 300 Feet Wide and From 50 to 75 Feet in Depth. Sunday morning a telephone dispatch received here from Silver Plume an nounced that an avalanche of s had broken loose on the steep mountain side back of that place and swept down Cherokee gulch, which killed ten per sons, eight grown and two children, and injured three others. The Denver Even ing Times correspondent in Monday evening’s issue states that at that date it was known that thirteen persons were caught in the slide, two of whom were still missing. Nine buildings, cahinp, and machinery were carried away, stopping barely 150 feet from the upper end of town. Those who witnessed the sight describe it as u grand sight as it came sweeping down the gulch with lightning rapidity. Trees, buildings and huge boulders were car ried away by the mass of snow to a point near the mouth of the gulch. The 6lide was noiseless. As soon as the catastrophe became known nearly the entire male population of the town turned out as a rescuing party. Big ropes were secured, and sometimes seventy-fivo men would be hauling away on one of them to get a big log out of the way. The rescuing party worked until late Sunday night, and upon commencing their work after the accident paid attention to the por tion of the slide where the cabins were locoted. They were successful in a num ber of cases. At the Dcstefeno cabin the body of the mother, seated on tho floor, was found; the son and daughter, in tho attitude of prayer, were found dead, tho body of the mother leaning over the little girl. The body of tho boy was found not three feet away. The snow between them was packed like ice. There was no mark on the mother or daughter, the boy evidently having been struck by a log. The same correspondent says that a greater catastrophe is anticipated, as only a portion of tho snow gave away. The school house, which stands in the pathway of the remaining snow, is liable to bo swept away should a second slide occur. Many families that have become alarmed and moving away. Some of the buildings at the Pelicun mino were swept away, while those at the Corry City were carried out of existence. The dump at the latter mino is what saved tho town. J. 11. Robeson, of the Pelican-Dives group, had a large forco of men at work Monday morning in opening a road to the Seven Thirty mine, which he ox pocted to be swept away at any time by a slide from another gulch. Tho catas trophe will necessitate a suspension of work at the mines for the next sixty days. Snow elides are of daily occurrence and tho wagon roads are blockaded. Other mino owners in that vicinity have laid off their miners. Tony Xegretto, who had a miraculous | escape, tells a wonderful tale of his ox | perience. Several of tho rescued men when found were black in the face, and wore restored to consciousness by apply ing restoratives. In rescuing one tnun it took an hour, twenty men working to extricate him. Those that are dead are: Mrs. D. Dcstefeno, Dominic Destefeno, boy named Destefeno, girl named Desto fono, Joseph Tondeni, John Tondeni, 1 Peter ’Tondeni, Jerome Guianzi, John Bietto, Enrc Navaria. Tho injured are: Tony Negrotto, arm broken; Joseph Concono, head cut: Tony Malino, with Negrotto, leg broken. Tho funeral ot tho victims of the cat astrophe took place from tho opera houto in Silver Plumo Tuesday after noon, under tho auspices of Court Cnvour No. 29, Foresters of America, Umberto First, and Clear Creek Lodge No. 29, K. of P. Rev. Father Donnelly, of Georgetown, conducted the services. Superintendent Robeson, of tho Dives- Pelican mine, contributed $250 toward burying the unfortunate miners. Many other contributions were also made by ot bar citizens. Now and second hand furniture and mining tools. Otto H. E. Goetz. A Now One—“The Colorado Road.” That is only tho name. which nt first may strike you ns unfamiliar. Tlr» Gulf road and South Park lino, which were well-known, w ill hereafter ho called “The Colorado Road," or ntllcially The Colo rado Southern Railway. The Colorado ,fc Southern railway ia a citizen of Colorado, and aa tho Gulf road and South Park line were well known and (Kipular, we bespeak tho aamo con sideration for their successor, “Tho Colorudo Road” T. E. Eihiikr, Gen. Pass. Agt. f Denver, Colo' Weather Test Postponed. The Boulder Representative has been reliably informed that the ground hog has postponed his annual weather test in Eldora until the Fourth of July, oi account of the accumulation of some fifteen or twenty feet of snow at tho en trance of the ground hog. A Unique Offer. The six lawyers of Montrose, Colorado, have agreed to assist in tho matter of re trenchment by advising the town au thorities in all legal matters, provided that the salary of the town marshal be abolished, and that the cashier of one of the banks act free of charge as town treasurer. The action of these lawyers is unique in the history of the legal pro fession. $35,000 in Revenue Stamps. The Colorado & Southern railway filed with the clerk and recorder of Gilpin county last Friday, first mortgage bonds to the Central Trust company of New York to tho amount of $20,000,000. The bonds are 20,000 in number at SI,OOO each, and bear 4 per cent, interest. They aro gold bonds. Revenue stamps to the amount of $35,000 were on the deeds. Also a certificate of fully paid-up stock. Leadville in the Lead. On Monday, the Gth instant, a Lead villo teamster loaded and hauled 36,575 pounds of lead sulphides in one load from the Mahala mine to the railroad station. This is believed to be the largest load of ore hauled by a teamster, and beats tho Aspen ore hauler by a ton in weight. In New Quarters. Sol Bernhard, of The Fair, has rented tho room in Harris block, formerly oc cupied by L*:nt- «*: Co-, and A. L. Ander son, as a furniture store. He will fit up and will open a largo and one of the most complete stocks of dry goods, millinery goods, etc., which are now in transit. His increased business has compelled him to seek larger quarters. By strict attention to business and studying to pleaeo bis patrons, he has built up a large trade. Died. At St. Aloysius’ academy, in Central City, Colorado, Saturday night, February 11, 1899, at 10:50 o’clock, of consumption, Sister Genevieve, in the 26th year of her ago, and the Bth year of her religious life. Deceased was born in Hannibal, Mo., and was known to the world as Genevieve Kelley. At the ago of 18 she joined the Sisterhood of St. Joseph. Her mother visited her here last summer for somo time. Although a sufferer for sev eral years from the dread disease which caused her death, she boro her affliction with Christian fortitude. Tho obsequies occurred Tuesday morn ing, at St. Mary’s Church of the Assump tion, Rev. Father Desaulnier officiating, who said high mass for the repose of the dead. Tho services at the church were well attended by those who had known her in life. Interment was made in the Catholic cemetery west of tho city. “ Blessed are tho dead who dio in the Lord.” Tho following gentlemen acted as pall berrere: Messrs. A. Willinski, Jacob Krull, M. J. Leahey, Thomas Drcnnan, William Flynn and J. A. Noonan. Fine Watch Repairing at the Mineral Palace. Stoves and ranges at Anderson’s. Pianos. Organs and Sewing Machines Sold, rented or repaired by W. S. DuPek. Central City. Agent for Knight-Campbell Music Co. Forman wants Galena ore. They go like Rot cakes and maple syrup, those cakes, pies, jolly rolls, and goods in that lino at tho Union Bakery. A Success. Tho St. Valentine’s masquerade bull given at Armory hall on Tuesday even ing by Rising Bow Tribe and Cherokee Council, Degree of Pocuhontas, proved a great successs, being well attended. Dnncing was kept up until 2 o’clock tho following morning. FREE! FREE! FREE! A I.lf.- Nliii I’ortrult, Crayon, or Water Color. Fr«n. In order to introduce our excellent, work we will make to any one sending us a photo n Rife Size Portrait Crayon, Pas tel or Water Color portrait free of ohnrgn. Small photo promptly returned. Exact likeness and highly artistic finish guar anteed. Send your photo at once to C. L. Maukchalj Aiit Co., 318 Elm St., Dallus, Texas. Carpets, cheap, nt Anderson's. The “Passion Play” and “South Before the War”will, according to all appearan ces, press tho phenomenal record made last week pretty hard at the Third Ave nue theater this week. The passion play in one of the most remarkable tilings ever seen in this city. Tho great relig ious fervor which possesses the simple peasant folk who present it can be seen in every action. As to “The South Before the War,” it is conceded to be much hotter than when seen here before. Tho comedians are funny, specialties are clover.—Seattle Post Intelligencer. NO. 45. PERSONALS. Miss Lizzie Galligan is again assisting Mr. Mcliae at the Gilpin, this city. R. Morris, of Denver, owner of con siderable property in this city, came up last Monday. Henry Becker of the Union and Bo nanza tunnel companies, returned from Denver Tuesday evening. State Senator Samuel V. Newell visit ed Central Saturday and returned to Denver Sunday afternoon. County Commissioner Newton D. Owen is back from Denver, where he worshipped with the Shriners last Mon day evening. Miss Emma J. Harris of Denver ar rived Monday evening to transact busi ness requiring her attention. She re turns Saturday. A. J. Trimble, of Duluth, Minnesota; James Corbis and Joseph Newman, of Denver, and R. R. Stanhope, of Dumont, registered at the Teller Monday. R. Sykes of tho Kansas-Burroug'ns Consolidated Mining company and E. LeNeve Poster of the Saratoga and Gas ton Mining Companies, are back from Denver. Shriners W. J. Lewis, Peter C. Hau sen, Henry Becker and Nelson Franklin, left Monday for Denver to take in the meeting of the Shriners that was held in that city on the evening of the 13th inst. Dr. Henry Paul, who has been examin ing mines in New Mexico, near Albu querque, returned to Denver Saturday, and came up to this city Tuesday even ing. He returned to the state capital yesterday afternoon. Georgetown Herald: Commodore W. J. Lewis, who recently returned from England, is now’ here, to look after tho Doric mine. The commodore says that he came across the Atlantic on the same ship with Rudyard Kipling. Idaho Springs Gazette: W. H. Schae fer is now working in Central City at his trade, blncksmithing. lie walked over\ hero Thursday and soys there was a vast difference in tho weather as soon as he crossed to this side of tho divide. Ho thinks lots of Idaho Springs. Tho Arizona Weekly Star of Feb. 2, says that Hon. George P. Blair, accom panied by Mrs. Blair, are at the New Orndortf, that place. Tho honorable gentleman is the manager of the Mam. moth-Collins Gold Mining company, whose base of operations are at Man.« moth, Arizona. Well Stocked. The Sauor-McShane Mercantile com- P«iUj have a large supply of hay and grain at their warerooms in this city. Owners of stock should remember this. Valentines To suit everybody, of a sentimental or comical nature at Couch's Buzaur. The Mueller Commission Company. For poultry, butter and eggs, hams, bacon, cheese, etc. Liquors at wholesale prices. Vocal and Instrumental Music. Gwilym Thomas, vocal and inatrumen tal music teacher. Leave orders with Dr. L». P. Davies at The Pharmacy, Cen tral City. Last year tho “ South Before the War company turned people away from tho opera house for the want of room in which to accomodate tho multitude who wished to witness the performance. Last evening the incident was almost repeat ed and an immense crowd took in the entertainment which, if anything, ex celled that presented by tho attraction on its former nppearanco here. The specialties introduced were entirely up to-date, tho negro melodics in particular, capturing the audience to the utmost limit. Tho orchostral features of the entertanment wore highly enjoyable and, altogether, the show gave utter satisfaction. Daily Domocratic-Messin gor, Missoula Mont. Fair Festival Concert. The fair und festival given Inst Friday and Saturday, as well ns the concert given on Monday evening at Turner hall by tho Ladies’ Sodality of St. Mary’s Church of tho Assumption, was very liborally patronized. Tho hitter evening, occasion of tho concort, the attendance was unusually large. Joseph Newman, of Denver, was tho chief attraction, who acquitted himself in his usually credit able manner, which accounts for his proving a drawing attraction • herover ho appeurs. The net proceeds will be handed tho Sisters of St. Aloysius academy, for whose benefit they were given. Office and Room to Rent. Nicely furnished, or will sell the fur niture. Address, P. O. Box, 303, Central DID YOU EVER! In all your career hoc such goods and such values at such prices as can he seen atthe Mineral l’ulaco. Crockery Ware. Philipps & Ebli, nt their Lawrence street grocery store, have received n fine line of crockery ware of the latest de signs.