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THE OBSERVER EXTENDS THE SEASON’S GREETINGS, WITH THE WISH THAT YOU MAY ENJOY HEALTH. HAPPINESS AND PROSPERITY IN THE COMING YEAR.
THIRTY FOURTH YEAR. IN RUSSELL GULCH Miss Laura Hurford left Friday for Pueblo to spend the holidays with her parents. Pete Zancanella and wife re turned Monday from Denver. All of the mines operating in the Russell section shut down two or three days on account of Christmas. The community Christmas tree was a delightful event. Candy, oranges and ice cream were serv ed to all. Mike Reidl returned from Den ver Monday, where he spent Christmas with his family. Jack Hancock ran across a bob cat Monday while on his way to work. The beast showed fight, and Jack not having his trusty flint-lock along, gave it a wide berth. Chris Plint returned from Den ver Monday evening. Henry Ress returned from Colo rado Springs Monday evening, where he spent Christmas with his brother. Thos. Ellis and wife returned Tuesday evening from Denver, where they spent Christmas with relatives. Chas. Ellis and James Grenfell, Jr., returned Tuesday from Gold en and Denver. W. McCampbell left this after noon for Denver to see about the shipment of pitchblende ore to the Colorado Radium company from the Gold Rock mine. Edward Hughes, who attended grade school in Russell, was elect ed president of the Junior class at the West Denver High school last week. J. L. Davis arrived hcVme the latter part of the week from Steamboat Springs. On his way back he went to Leadville and saw a number of old Gilpin coun tyites. He says Leadville is in bad shape like the rest of the min ing camps. A Mr. Prouse, recently of Eng land, was in town this week to locate the grave of his father who was a victim of the Sleepy Hollow disaster twenty-five years ago. B. E. Seymour looked up the records of the Episcopal church and found that the elder Prouse was buried in the old Forester’s cemetery. Mrs. Melita Seymour and daugh ter returned to Denver this after noon. SHOES! For the Entire Family Less Than Denver Prices For Same Grade and Quality THE C. 0. Richards Company THE GILPIN OBSERVER. WOULD BUILD HIGHWAY IN CLEAR CREEK CANON Wm. G. Evans Says Such a Route Would Be Ideal For Scenic and Commercial Road. (Golden Transcript.) That Clear Creek canon is the logical place for a highway which would have wonderful scenic at tractions, and at the same time be a road that could be traveled at all times of the year, is the opin ion of W. G. Evans. His idea 3of a road that would form a conncc*’ ing link between the great high ways of the state, are set forth in the following letter, read hei'ore the Golden Chamber of Commerce held recently. “The question of planning a system of highways to be ultimate ly built will be a live one for long; time, I think. It occurs to me that those particularly interested should develop plans at this time. "If there were built up Clear Creek canon, near the level of the stream, a highway such as that fine one along Bear Creek, it would be a pretty good thing for Golden, and, connecting with the cement driveway from Golden to Denver, it would be a fine thing for us here, also. “The road over Lookout moun tain is fine for scenery, but not the best to encourage every day travel. “If that highway were gradual ly built up the canon from Golden to the Forks of the Creek, and one branch of it go up to Black Hawk and Central and over toward Tol land, it would ultimately get thru the range, and be a highway that would extend all the way down the Grand to Grand Junction, with a branch- from near Kremmling over into the North Park, and with another branch into the Bear Riv er country and Steamboat Springs and with another branch to Breck enridge, so ultimately, it would prove to be a very useful and a very important highway. “At the Forks of the Creek, one branch of the road would follow up paflt Idaho Springs, to Empire, and the Berthoud Pass, and to Georgetown and the Argentine Pass. “It seems to me that it might be worth while for the Golden people to study this question up, and to talk it up if they approve it. What do you think of it?” Change To Be Made In Jefferson County Republican The Jefferson County Republi can announces that with the first issue of the new year the manage ment of the paper will pass into new hands, the present editor and manager, R. B. McDermott, hav ing disposed of his interest in the concern, the stock he held to be taken by persons who are now stockholders in the paper. Until tha annual meeting of the stock holders of the company which will be held next Tuesday it is not pos sible to state who will succeed Mr. McDermott. However, the paper states, it is betraying no confidence to say that the owners will at once take steps to greatly improve the paper in all respects and that it will be handled by peo ple fully qualified to give Jeffer son county a newspaper that will be second to none for a county the size and importance of Jefferson. Since the paper was established a little more than a year ago, it has been developed from nothing to its present standing, which is a good one. It has overcome a multitude of obstacles and is now on a firm business basis, has made friends and enjoys a class of bus iness that any newspaper could feel proud of. Its future is as sured by its receiving good man agement. Mr. McDermott has made no plans for tjie future but expects to be back in the newspaper game in Colorado shortly. Anita Stewart in "Human De sire,” a six-reel feature, will be the picture program at the opera house Saturday, January Ist. CENTRAL CITY, GILPIN COUNTY, COLORADO, THURSDAY. DECEMBER 30th, 1920. FUTURE FOR MINING IS VERY BRIGHT It is customary at the close of the year for a newspaper to re' view the industrial activity of the section which it serves. Gilpin county being a mineral countv has felt the decline in metals and has suffered with the other min ing districts from the conditions brought on by the war. Conse quently a resume of the work done or production made would not measure up in point of interest with what has often been told in years past when mining was the principal industry of the state and Gilpin county shared in the prosperity that pervaded the metal producing sections. When there is nothing cheering to look back upon the past twelve months, we naturally turn to the future for a ray of hope and it is pleasing to contemplate that the year 1921 holds far more of en couragement than could be an ticipated at the beginning of 1920. That the mines and the miner- PERSONAL MENTION Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Johnson spent Christmas with their daugh ter in Denver. Mr. and Mrs. John Krill, of Otis, Colo., are spending the holi days with the J. R. Rule family. Delmar Vance, of Akron, Colo., is visiting the J. R. Rule family. Mrs. Fred Kruse and Mrs. Fred Rogers left for Denver this after noon to remain for the winter. Sam Thomas was in Denver on Tuesday to sign papers for a lease on the War Dance mine, which he and his associates will work after the first of the year. Miss Lorraine Williams went to Denver Tuesday. James Williams came over from Tabernash to spend Christmas with his mother. Mrs. H. P. Lowe left Monday af ternoon for Denver. Mrs. M. Heuer and Mrs. M. Sterling came up from Denver on Sunday evening’s train to visit the Slattery family. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Moyle and children returned to their home in Denver Sunday afternoon, after spending Christmas with the An derson family. Everett McCoy returned Sunday to Denver. Mrs. McCoy will visit the remainder of the week. Will Hoskin was over from Steamboat Springs to spend Christmas with the Light and Teats families. Mrs. Walter McLeod and daugh ter arrived from Denver the fore part of the week. Mrs. W. O. Jenkins left Wednes day afternoon for Denver to see her mother. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hardy and Hobart Williamson came up from Denver to enjoy a real Christmas dipner with the young folks. Neil McKay was in Denver Wednesday on mining business. George L. llamllik left on Tues day for Denver. Wil' Zeigc and mother return ed Wednesday evening from a vis it to Denver. Harry Eilmann and H. J. Stahl hobnobbed with the elite in Idaho Springs Sunday. LI. P. Davies is confined to his room with rheumatism. O. J. Dufficld is looking after the drug store. H. A. Hicks came up from Den ver this morning to attend a stock holders’ meeting of the Gold Cup company. LI. P. Davies went to Denver Saturday to spend Christmas with his wife and daughters. Mrs. Davies was taken very ill with bronchial pneumonia, which mar red the pleasure of the day. She is much better now and is consid ered out of danger. I als are here is an admitted fact, ; and the tendency toward a return j to normal conditions thruout the country presages a like return of capital to our minra. Gold, our chief metal, in times of high pric es, remained at a fixed value, and it shall continue at that value re gardless of the slump in agricul tural products or manufactured goods. The more the prices of other things go down, the higher shall rise the purchasing power of gold, so that the shrewd and thoughtful investors will gradual ly turn their attention to the gold camps. The tendency toward mining is already too apparent for anyone to doubt. Those who have tried ( oil, farming, manufactory, etc., may have made money when con ditions were right in these invest -1 ments, but these have had their I run. Mining is the next best bet ! and Gilpin county offers abundant | opportunity to prove this asser tion. MINERAL OUTPUT OF ALASKA INCREASES That of 1290 Worth Over Twenty- Two Million Dollars—Larger Production Next Year. The value of the total mineral production of Alaska increased from $19,620,000 in 1919 to $22,- 070,000 in 1920, according to es timates by Alfred H. Brooks, Un it id Stfctes Geological Survey, De partment of the Interior, just made public. This brings the val ue of the total mineral production of the Territory up to $460,000,- 000, over half of which is to be credited to the last decade. The apparent prosperity of the Alaska mining industry during the year is due solely to the increase in the output of copper from 47,220,000 pounds, valued at $8,783,000, in 1919, to about 71,000,000 pounds, valued at $12,400,000, in 1920. Al aska has now produced 616,200,- 000 pounds of copper, worth $127,- 000,000. Alaska has been seriously af fected by the world-wide depres sion of the gold-mining industry of the last four years, during which the output of her gold mines has been steadily declining. The output of gold in Alaska fell from $9,426,000 in 1919 to about $8,000,000 in 1920, bringing the total gold output up to a value of $320,000,000. This decline is, however, not due to any marked depletion of the gold deposits, for Alaska contains enormous poten tial resex-ves of gold and other val uable minerals, but since the pur chasing power of gold has de creased it has been impossible to exploit profitably many of the gold deposits, so that the miner and prospector has been forced to leave. This condition is most serious, for about 60 per cent of Alaska’s population has been sup ported, directly or indirectly, by gold mining. The depression of the mining industry in Alaska is only tempor ary; a change for the better will come when economic conditions become more normal and land transportation has been made cheuper and better. What is chiefly needed is the completion of the government railroad, now as sured, the lowering of freight rateß, and the building of wagon roads. Reported That National Mine Will Work It is authentically reported that E. S. Moulton and associates will start work on the National mine the first of the year. The ore will be treated at the Rocky Mountnin concentrator in Black Hawk. The gold, silver and copper values will be separated and certain of the other content will be used in the manufacture of paints. FULLER ARRESTED IN CALIFORNIA Sheriff Bass Will Bring Him Here To Stand Trial For Defraud ing Men of Wages. Sheriff R. A. Bass went to Den ver Wednesday afternoon to pro cure requisition papers for Ed mund Fuller, who was arrested in Oakland, Calif., where has been living, and is now being held in the San Francisco jail. He has been going under the name of Eugene Foster. Fuller is wanted here for de frauding workmen out of their wages and procuring supplies without paying for them when he with Thomas Mac Culloch operat ed the Becky Sharp and Old Town mines in the spring of 1919. He was arrested shortly afterward and his bond was placed at $3500 by Judge S. W. Johnson of the dis trict court. He forfeited his bond and the sheriff’s office has been unable to locate him until yester day, when notified by the Muller’s Detective Service that they had him and that he admitted his identity. A reward of SSOO was offered by the board of county commissioners for the arrest of Fuller and a like amount for Mac Culloch. Mac Culloch has never been apprehended. He is suppos ed to be in Old Mexico. Sheriff Bass will leave this weelc for San Francisco to bring Fuller here for trial. Recreation On the National Forests Recreational use of the twenty seven national forests in the Rocky Mountain district increased very materially in 1920. These great national playgrounds in cluding over twenty million acres in Colorado, Wyoming, South Da kota, Minnesota, Michigan and Nebraska were visited by over 1,- 408,000 people during the year. Some visitors spent several weeks, others spent only an hour or so. but the average time was a little over three days. Over 1,135,000 of the recrea tionists came by automobile and many of the cars were laden with tents, stoves, bedding and other camp equipment. The people camped as they went along, cov ered several national forests and lingered only at some of the un usually good trout streams. Fifteen of the twenty-seven nat ional forests in the Rocky Moun tain district are in Colorado; there are five in Wyoming; two each in Minnesota and South Da kota, and one each in Michigan and Nebraska. Some of the most popular forests were the Pike, Colorado and San Isabel in Colo rado; the Shoshone and Bighorn in Wyoming; the Black Hills in South Dakota; and the Michigan and Minnesota in their respective states. Colorado with her large acreage of easily accessible national for est land had over 1,190,000 visi tors, and the Wyoming forests in this district had more than 74,000 visitors. Nearly 41,000 people visited the Minnesota forests which gave them an increase of 39 per cent. An average of 95 tons of soil, pebbles, and loose rock is car ried by the rivers into the ocean every year from every square mile of the United States, accord ing to the United Stutes Geologi cal Survey. The immensity of this contribution may be better com prehended when it is realized that the surface of the United States covers 3,088,500 square miles. Central City lodge of Elks will hold their annual banquet and dance at their hall Saturday even ing. Between 130 and 150 per sons are expected to attend, in cluding a large number from Denver and other points. R. G. Griffith will move his gro cery and notion stock into the Elks’ building the middlo of Jan uary. NUMBER 39. SUCK Oil HEWS Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Kriley went to Denver Friday afternoon to spend Christmas with their two daughters. Miss Esther Nordlien came home Friday evening and returned to Denver Sunday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Geo. McCarthy and Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Wolfe came np from Denver Saturday morn ing and "spent Christmas with the Niceum family. Miss Helen Crook came up from Denver Saturday morning to en joy Christmas with her parents. Harold Crook was up from Den ver Saturday for Christmas din ner. Mr. and Mrs. Amos Kearns and children came up from Denver Friday night and spent Christmas with Mrs. Kate Meyer. Miss Nayda Roberts came up from Denver Friday morning and is spending a week with the Geo. Hewes family. Wm. Wicker came up from Den ver Saturday morning and spent Christmas with the Fairchild family, returning Sunday, accom panied by Miss Mildred Fairchild. Albert Oates went to Denver Friday morning, returning Sun day evening. Thomas McGrath spent Christ mas with his family in Boulder. A. J. Gray returned Monday from Raton, N. M. He was ac companied up from Golden by his son, Arthur, who had been visit ing there. Victor Anderson returned Wed nesday from Chicago, where he had been visiting friends. Frank Backus arrived Thurs day evening from Detroit, Mich. He says the manufacturing plants are laying off great numbers of men in that city. Mr. and Mrs. M. F. Brown re turned Thursday evening from Pueblo, where they had been vis iting relatives. Lincoln Allebaugh is visiting relatives in Denver this week. Stewart Brown; spent Christmas with his family in Denver. Albert Schoenherr returned to Denver Sunday afternoon, after a few days’ visit with relatives. Nels. Olson returned from Den ver Wednesday evening, where he spent Christmas with his family. It is reported here that August Grutzmacher, until recently of Black Hawk, was married in Den ver the fore part of this month to Miss Della Willis, of Central. Coeur d' Alene Now Ready For Work The work under way at the Coeur d’ Alene mines has now been completed, the machinery ov erhauled, the necessary repairs made to the shaft house, etc.;also the annual assessment work done on the unpatented claims adjoin ing the Coeur d’ Alene and Isabel patents. It is certainly pleasing to see a good company like the National Finance & Holding company mak ing such a move at this time, and it is also a display of good judg ment on the part of the company in not letting expensive machinery and material go to-ruin, pending the resumption of operations. T. H. Jenks, manager and con sulting engineer of the company, has been here a second time, but has gone to New Mexico and other points to attend to other mining interests for his company. The president of the company, a successful business man and oil operator of Toledo, 0., with other prominent stockholders, will make a visit to the mines around the first of the year, when it is ex pected the date for the reopening of the mines will be set. G. E. Bolander, of Black Hawk, is look ing after the company’s interests in this section. Miss Margaret Auger is spend ing the holidays with her parents.