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THE GILPIN OBSERVER.
THIRTY FOURTH YEAR.
PITCHBLENDE ORE
SHIPPED TO DENVER
Deal is Pending For the Purchase
of the Gold Rock Mine in the
Russell Gulch Section.
Two and one-half tons of the
pitchblende ore opened up in the
Gold Rock mine was shipped to
Denver Sunday via Idaho Springs,
to the Colorado Radium company
for a test of the uranium oxide
content. It will be bought by the
Radium company when the test is
completed this week. There were
two classes in the lot and accord
ing to samples the first-class went
about 25 per cent uranium oxide
and the second-class 10 per cent.
The 25 per cent ore is worth
$5,000.00 a ton, and the 10 per
cent ore SBOO.OO a ton. A quan
tity of the low-grade ore on the
dump will run 2 per cent uranium
oxide and this is worth SBO.OC a
ton.
The streak in the mine is hold
ing out well. It is 20 inches wide,
with six inches of high-grade. The
ore is opened up a distance of 25
feet and is 12 feet high in the
stope.
The Colorado Radium company
is negotiating for the purchase of
the mine. An option has been giv
en by Wm. McCampbell and W. P.
McLain, lessees, to O. J. Duffield
and W. M. Kirk and they are en
deavoring to consummate a deal
with the Radium company. Mr.
Duffield and Mr. Kirk have other
promising pitchblende claims in
the vicinity of the Gold Rock and
are intereating eastern people in
their propositions.
The rich find of pitchblende in
the Russell section, where geolo
gists contended it did not exist, is
causing a great deal of interest to
be taken in that territory by peo
ple who want radium bearing ores.
Garden Seed Free
Congressman Hardy announces
that his allotment of garden seed
from the U. S. Department of Ag
riculture is only about half what
it was last season. He is anxious
r.ot to waste any of it and will
not send it out promiscuously. He
will be glad to send seeds to any
body who cares for them, if they
will make a request by postal card
or letter. Requests must be sent
in at once to insure being put on
the list. Address requests to
Congressman Guy U. Hardy, 120
House Office Building, Washing
ton, D. C.
Garlands and Christmas bells
for decoration at Griffith’s.
SHOES!
For the Entire
Family
Less Than
Denver Prices
For Same Grade
and Quality
THE
C. 0. Richards
Company
Wishing You All A Merry Christmas
Contest Over Clear Creek’s
Representative Seat
(Idaho Springs Siftings-News)
Representative-elect Charles 1..
Jaynes returned from Denver this
week, where he thru his attorneys,
Fred L. Ccrtlom of this city, and
Henry E. May of Denver, filed ans
wer to the allegation of J. 11.
Robeson in the contest that comes
up before the house of represen
tatives on January sth.
“ What is the incentive for the
legislative contest over the elec
tion of Charles L. Jaynes?” is a
question constantly being asked
on every hand in Idaho Springs.
It surely cannot be the salary
of SSOO per year that would cause
a man of Jake Robeson’s financin'
standing to seek a contest in a
legislature where his Democratic
votes would be six or eight, while
a Republican majority exceeds 05.
It’s currently rumored that in
case of a Robeson victory, an ef
fort would be made thru some leg
islative enactment to continue the
town of Georgetown as the coun
ty seat of Clear Creek county for
all time. As the present law re
quires a two-thirds majority vote
of resident taxpayers to remove a
county seat from one town to an
other, this does not give George
town enough votes to control i.i
the matter of retaining county
seat.
The petition of Mr. Robeson
puts forth the claim that in sup
port of his cause the ballot boxes
in precincts 1, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
and 17, "be ordered opened, and
that a recount of the votes cast in
said precincts for this contestor
and for the contestee for the of
fice of representative” be made.
Idaho Springs now has over
two-thirds of the resident taxpay
ers of the county, and it is very
evident that the dark cloud of a
county seat war is soon to show
itself on the horizon. But the con
stant anti-Idaho Springs spirit of
the Georgetown newspaper, and
such attitude as displayed by Mr.
Robeson, when he in his petition
accuses the members of the elec
tion board of this place of unfair
methods and unlawfully "pre
tended to count the votes polled,”
has served in a large measure to
widen the chasm of factionalism
existing between the two commun
ities.
Largest Crop Yield in
Colorado in 1920
Although the aggregate produc
tion of all crops in Colorado in
1920 was by far the largest in the
history of the state their value
will be considerably less than that
of last year’s crops, as a result of
the heavy decline in prices of
farm products that has occurred
in the past four months. A few
examples will illustrate the mag
nitude of the loss suffered by
farmers because of this price de
cline.
The total production of wheat
in the state this year is above 27,-
000,000 bushels, according to the
final estimates compiled by the
Colorado Cooperative Crop Report
ing Service, compared with an es
timated production of about 18,-
400,000 bushels in 1919. Yet the
value of this year’s crop at prices
prevailing on December 1 was
about $36,600,000, compared with
a value of $37,200,000 for last
year's crop at December 1 prices.
The output of corn this yenr is es
timated at about 17,400,000 bush
els, compared with 11,750,000 last
year, r.nd the value of this year’s
crop is about $12,200,000, compar
ed with $16,600,000 for last year's
crop. The potato crop this year
is ten per cent less than that of
last year, but this year’s crop is
worth only about $8,700,000, com
pared with $18,000,000 for last
year’s crop.
Wanted—Lesher Dollars
I will pay $lO to S3O each for
LESHER’S octagon silver dollars
of Victor, Colo., according to var
iety. Address H. O. Mann, 224
Coronado Bldg., Denver, Colo.
Christmas candies at Hawley’s.
CENTRAL CITY, GILPIN COUNTY, COLORADO, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23rd, 1920.
REVIEW OF THE WORK BEING
DONE IN HUGHESVILE SECTION
ONE OF THE BEST SILVER DISTRICTS IN THE STATE AND
OFFERS "ATTRACTIVE INDUCEMENTS FOR PROFITABLE
INVESTMENT MINES NOT DEEP BUT HAVE A FLAT
TERING PRODUCTION RECORD.
Hughesville, the oldest silver
camp of Colorado, has been active
the past summer and indications
are that it will resume its old
time activity next spring. Hughes
ville is two and one-half miles
from Black Hawk and Central
City, northeast, and but forty
miles from Denver.
Some* of the old-time producers
have been operating this summer. I
The Alaska, being operated by the
Midwest Mining company, Nels
G. Olson, of Denver, manager.
Several cars of smelting ore, car
rying over $200.00 per ton in sil-'
ver and lead, are shipped monthly,
and the mill ore is being hauled,
two to four loads a day, to the
Iron City mill at Black Hawk. The
mill dirt runs from 10 to 30 ozs. ,
of silver and 8 to 12 per cent lead.!
The Alaska is noted for Mammoth
specimens of wire silver.
I The Midwest company has also
! secured several claims farther up
the hill and adjoining the Alaska,
and a drift is being run from the
tunnel level of the Alaska to in
tersect the known veins on these
properties. Preparations are be
ing made to clean out and sink
the old shaft on the Wellington
claim. The company is also oper
ating the Cyclops, an old produc
er, where it has installed an elec
trically driven compressor, which
furnishes air to the Alaska. A
large flotation mill is being erect
ed to treat the large body of sil
ver ore blocked out in the Cyclops.
At the Silver King, a new prop
erty, an English syndicate repres
ented by T. J. Binney of England,
and managed by Charles Davies,
a commodious shaft house has
been erected and boiler, hoist,
compressor and drill sharpener
installed, and the shaft sunk over
100 feet and considerable drift
ing done. The bottom of fhe shaft
is in ore carrying native silver.
Very high-grade ore has been min
ed and one shipment made before
closing down for the winter, on
account of the high cost of fuel.
At the Atlantic, under the man
agement of R. O. Udall, of Salt
Lake, a drift was run from the 70-
foot level some 80 feet on the vein
and shipments of ore made that
gave returns of over S3OO per ton.
This drift is apparently just at
the apex of the ore shoot. A sub
stantial shaft house has just been
completed and heavier machinery
will be installed soon and the
shaft sunk at least 100 feet, from
which another drift will be driv
en to the ore body. The Atlantic,
is a very promising property andi
will undoubtedly be a large pro
ducer ere long.
Some development has been
done on the Sunset, the Tononto,
the West Toronto, the Fannie, the
, Little Fannie, the Waterloo, the
Rough and Ready, the East Rough j
and Ready, the Boss, the Joe
Bush, the Friday the 13th, the De
Luxe and the Perseverance group,
preparatory for operations next
summer.
Perhaps the best prospect in
the camp is the After Dinner, one
of the De Luxe group. This prop
erty is owned by Hughes Bros. &
Co. Ore was discovered at just
below grass roots. Altho most
thoroughly oxidized and leached,
It runs several hundred ounces in
silver. A shaft is being Bunk, now
50 feet in depth, on the vein and
high-grade ore taken out. Un
doubtedly when the water level is
reached very high values will be
found. This find is only 600 feet
from the old Hard Money mine,
which produced over $370,000 in
eight months, and but 200 feet
from West Hard Money, which
produced over $90,000 before de
monetization of silver. The After
Dinner ore is found along the con
tact of a porphyry dike, where it
was predicted over a year ago it
would be found, by Capt. Swai"
thout, a mining engineer and geol
ogist, of Denver. Its location in
the mineralized belt of the old
producers and its showing at pres
ent development promises a great
future for the After Dinner.
It should be stated that the ore
bodies of this camp have all been
of high-grade. The Hard Money
averaged over S6OO per ton, the
Emerald over SBOO, the Toronto
over S3OO, the Alaska $250. Re
markably high assays have been
had from this camp. The highest
was 22,000 ounces of silver. As
says of from one to five hundred
ounces are common.
Neither the United States or
State Geological Departments
have studied and reported on the
geology of this camp, altho many
bulletins have been published on
Georgetown and Silver Plume,
which are extensions of this
Hughesville belt. A report of a
competent geologist would be in
teresting and instructive.
None of the ore bodies have
been followed to depth. The Per
severance and De Luxe tunnels
will cut Hard Money hill at about
300 feet depth. Each is being
driven on a vein and will cut sev
eral known cross veins and around
these junctions rich ore deposits
should be found.
An accurate record of early
production of this camp cannot
be obtained, but the following es
timate is conseravtive:
Hard Money, $370,000; Cyclops,
$600,000; Toronto, $300,000; Em
erald, $120,000; Rough and Ready,
$100,000; Boss, $150,000; West
Hard Money, $90,000; Alaska,
(early production) $60,000; Fan
ny, $35,000; Lone Star, $29,000.
Persons looking for silver prop
erties should give this camp a
thorough examination. Its loca
tion, but 40 miles from Denver, n
three hours’ ride by auto, makes
it very accessible. While mines
in remote districts may have en
chantment because of distance,
Hughesville because of its his
tory of production und present
development and its nearness to
Denver, should be especially at
tractive to Denver capital. This
paper will be pleased to give its
services to aid inquirers in every
way possible.
Santa Claus and Tree
Imbued with the beautiful spir
it that it is more blessed to give
than to receive, Mr. and Mrs.
George Athanasion had a Christ
mas tree in the Elks’ building
Wednesday afternoon for the
children. The tree was go:gcous
ly decorated with fancy trinkets
and colored electric lights. Mr.
Athanason impersonated Santu
Santa Clnus to a queen’s taste and
delighted the children with his
novel make-up. Bags of candy
were distributed to all who visited
the tree and many of the oldgrj
ones essayed the role of children'
and enjoyed the treat. Mr. and
Mrs. Athanasion by their gener
osity and good heartedness have
made themselves solid with the
rising generation for at least an
other year.
Christmas candies at Hawley's.
Burlington Said to Be
Planning to Take Moffat
All kinds of rumors are afloat
as to the final outcome of the Mof
fat road, which has been in the
hands of a receiver for some time
and which has been a losing prop
osition since it was started hv
David H. Moffat more than twen
ty years ago. The latest report is
that the Burlington road has se
cured control of the bonds 0 f the
Moffat road and will link p„ r ts of
the line with the Denver & Rj 0
Grande railroad which the Bur
lington interests recently acuuir
ed.
The plan as outlined for secur
ing the short line involves the use
of the Moffat rails to Coal Creek
twenty-three miles from Denver-'
the construction of a new grade
to the south, swinging around to
enter Clear Creek canon high on
its northern side, avoiding the
present excessive grade ~f the
Colorado & Southern—a Burling
ton controlled property— thru Id
aho Springs to Empire.
It is then proposed to pierce the
range at Empire with a three-mile'
tunnel, instead of the the six-mile
tunnel proposed thru James peak
on the Moffat railroad. This tun’
nel would cut thru the mountains
just to the south of Berthoud pass
at one of the "thinnest” places in i
the range. From the tunnei a
short line of new track would l
carry the road to Tabernash, from
where it would again use the Mof
fat track to Orestod, and a new
forty-mile stretch of track from
Orestod to Dotsero, on the Rio
Grande system. This would en
able thru transcontinental trains
to cover the distance between
Denver and Dotsero in 177 miles
instead of the distance now trav
eled by the Rio Grande of 363
miles.
Wife of F. W. Dolley
Is Frozen To Death
Mrs. Amy Dolley, wife of F W
Dolley who ran a roller skating
rink in Central ten years ago and
later going to Tolland where he
conducted a pool hall, was frozen
to death in Boulder county last
week. The body was found on a
trail near Silver Lake, where Mr.
Dolley was employed as caretaker!
Mrs. Dolley disappeared from
her home at Silver lake on Oct
28th, presumably while in a de!
mented condition. Her husband
and friends searched the moun
tains several days without suc
cess. Dolley was nbsent from his
home on the day his wife disap
peared, muking the round of his
traps, and did not return until
night.
Mrs. Dolley wore only a thin
dress, und it is believed she per
ished during the first night after
her disappearance.
Mrs. Dolley, who was Miss Amy
C. Blum, cume from St. Louis, her
home, last August to be murried
to Dolley. After nrriving she
mysteriously disappeared for
three days. After her marriage to
Dolley she was sent to a Denver
sanitarium, from where she dis
appeared a second time. She was!
located in St. Louis and brought
back to Colorado by her husband.
Dinner Given Father Hickey
Members of St. Mary's purish
tendered Father Hickey a recep
tion und dinner in the Odd Fol
low’s hall Tuesday evening, the
occasion being the fifth anniver
sary of his ordinution to the
priesthood. As u token of es
teem und in appreciation of his
faithful work, John McNeill in
behalf of the parishioners, pres
ented Futher Hickey with a beau
tiful pair of gold link cuff buttons.
The dinner served by the ladies
was a most elaborate one und was
enjoyed by twenty-five or more of
the members of St. Mary’s church.
After the spread, tile evening was
spent in card playing, music anil
a general good time.
( igars, cundies and numerous
other articles suituble for Christ
mas gifts at Griffith’s.
JURY FINDS WILLIAMS
NOT GUILTY OF MURDER
l 1 orman Shatters Precedent When
He Delivers Sermon With
the Verdict.
(Steamboat Springs Pilot)
Court opened Thursday morn
ing and immediately got down to
business. Calling the docket and
setting cases for trial took up
much of the forenoon. In the af
ternoon the case of the people
against Bruce Williams was call
and before adjournment a jury
was secured. All day Thursday
was taken up with the testimony.
OnFriday motning the jury re
tired about 4 o’clock and by 6
o’clock were ready to report. They
found the defendant not guilty.
A rather unusual feature of the
verdict was that the jury delegat
ed its foreman, Elmer Brooks, to
express their ideas to the defend
ant. Judge Bouck readily grant
ed permission and after the ver
dict was read Mr. Brooks address-
I ed the defendant in what was as
good a short sermon as was ever
heard from the bench or bar in
the state. He said that while the
jury had returned a verdict of not
guilty on the charge of murder it
| did not mean that they approved
of the things they had heard from
the stand. He drew a moral and
I a' lesson, pointed out the inevit
able consequences of bad company
and admonished the defendant to
be guided in the future by the ex
periences he had been thru.
Judge Bouck said afterwards
it was the first time in his exper
ience in a couit room thut a juror
had thus addressed a defendant,
but that if it were done oftener
and with the same eloquence and
conviction employed by Mi;.
Brooks, it would have a good ef
fect.
Mx. Williams thanked the jur
ors for their verdict and his at
torney, W. C. Reilly, also a few re
marks in appreciation.
The court room was crowded to
capacity during the entire trial
and especially during the argu
j ments standing room was at a
| premium. C. R. Munson assisted
District Attorney Delaney in the
prosecution, while ex-Governor
George Carlson and W. C. Reilly
conducted the defense. The case
was splendidly presented to the
jurors by these various attorneys.
The prosecution traced the ac
tions of that day, an auto trip to
Oak Creek by a party of which the
defendant was a member, and of
gambling, quarrels and threats
lasting well into the night at the
home of Ora Neighbors, colored.
Woodfork, the man who was kill
ed, was shown to be especially pro
ficient in rough language and
abuse.
Toward morning Woodfork
stepped out the back door, to be
followed a few minutes later by
Williams. There were three shots.
Neither of the parties could be
found after a diligent search. The
next morning the body of Wood
fork was found with a bullet thru
his body and Williams was later
urrested in Curtis gulch. It was
admitted by both sidss that the
shooting was done with a weupon
belonging to Woodfork, which had
been placed in a pocket of the
auto and later disappeared.
The pleu was self defense, Will
iams admitting the shooting. His
story was to the effect that as he
stepped out of the house he wus
confronted by Woodfork with a
gun in his hands and the state
ment thut he wus going to kill.
He suys he wrested the gun away
from the negro and as the latter
backed into the shadows he
thought he reached for another
gun and he shot.
Aside from the testimony of the
defendant, the defense relied
mainly on character witnesses,
showing the good character and
reputation of Williums thru many
years. Among these witnesses
were Jcnkin Davis of Central City,
assessor of Gilpin county, and E.
W. Davis, recently elected treas
urer of Routt county but formerly
of Central City.
NUMBER 38.

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