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The Ketchikan Minin
Of Ketchikan, Alaska
Transacts a General Banking Business
The easiest way to establish your credit in a community is
to open an account with your home Bank. I
Small accounts are welcome *
M. A. Mitchell = Cashier
^. ..
Many Lives Saved
By buying Drugs
at the Neatest Drug Stoi’e in Alaska
The Revilla Drug Co.
leet Maturing Accounts
We Will Give
er Cent Discoun
SH sales for the two wi
b. 16. This applies to
k with the exception of (
ning Supplies and Rul
rhich we will give f> per <
greatest opportunity <
mrenase Dry Lioods, Cloth
niture etc. At rock bot
)epartment Stor
in - - A1
Rates; $1.00 to $3.00 Electric Lighted
Room with Bath Steam heated
Hotel Stedman
Proprietor Alaska
At the |
Elite Skating Rink f
1 Washington’s Birthday Fri. Feb. 22 f
V, Secure your invitations at Rink. Masquers only allowed |
] J on Floor. Masques must be raised, at the door
<> Admission: Spectators 25c, Masquers Free |
!! Grand March at 9 p. m. Sharp |
i: Ladies Skates 25c Gents Skates 50c j
Electric Lighted Rate,: J1 lo J2 5°
Steam Heated Per Da*
The Hotel Revilla
7 J. F. Dubail, Manager
Suites with Bath k ALASKA
„ n i ii i .».Win j ' ■ f I ■ ■) '§■ )'■>
rjwmmmmvi uiuuiil, aiuiing ■
the cheapest of all forms of transporta
tion and avoiding any and all cost
and expense in the construction and
operation of railroads—the numerous
water powers.available for the opera
tion of machinery, the almost super
abundance of water and timber for
all practical purposes, together with
the favorable climatic conditions—did
not appeal to them, and they turned
themselves away to other fields of
not more, if as much, promise in the
way of substantial returns to inves
Those days, however, are past, and
development at the various mines
now working have settled the ques
tion of depth, of the copper deposits
at least, beyond the contingency of
any doubt, whatever. At the Niblack
mine, ore is peing raised from a
depth of at least 150 feet below sea
level, though the original discoveries
and in which the first developments
were made, lie at an elevation of
more than 1000 feet above it. At the
Mamie, depth sufficient to dispel for
ever the doubts raised by the yellow
booted experts has also been attained,
as also at most of the oher working
mines of the district, both of copper
and gold. This being the case, it
may well be anticipated that the
development of the district will pro
ceed with accelerated pace hencefor
i ward and for years to come.
It may be true that our topper ores
are of somewhat lower grade than
those of some other districts, but on
the other hand it is equally true that
our deposits can be opened at a frac
tion of the original cost that obtains
in the others in which long lines of
railway are an essential factor in
development and operation, involving
an expenditure of many millions be
fore hoped for protfis can be secured.
The fact is, that because of the
natural advantages of this district—
proximity to navigable waters, cheap
transportation, cheap power and tim
ber, etc—our mines can produce, and
in case of necessity, place in the mar
ket at a profit, copper at price below
the cost of production in any of the
mining states or territories of the
Union. It is not likely, however,
that competition will become a factor
in the red metal market for many
years; but should it eventually reach
that pass the Ketchikan district will
be prepared to meet the conditions.
The Mining News learns from the
most reliable sources that an internal
oragnization of the Alaska Copper
company has been made, with a new
borard of directors, and all arrange
ments perfected for a renewal of min
ing operations and a relighting of the
smelter fires. This will be good
news for the creditors, not only, but
to the people of the district generally,
flio have come tt> regard the recent
uspension of operations, especially
t the smelter, as having been the
esult of inefficient management
nly. Given a competent manage
tent at the mint* and smelter, un
ampered by contradictory orders
•om a higher power wholly ignorant
f mine and smelter operations, there
an be no reason why the Copper
lout smelter should not be able to
arn good profits for the company
hile at the same time its mine is
adeemed from the inconceivable
ally of those who, for a year or two
ersisted in an expensive search for
•e bodies in places where no sane ex
erienced miner would think of
loking for them. For a year or two,
te policy of the company appears to
ave been to employ and retain per
ms in tlie management whose only
talification consisted of a knowledge
how not to do it. The share
alders are to he congratulated on
e prospect of a radical change in
le more recent order of affairs.
.T. C. Welch, superintendent of the
laska Copper Co's smelter at Cop
■rinount is in town awaiting advices
am his company concerning the
atter of a renewal of operations in
ie very near future. Lest it he
herwise inferred, The Mining News
free to say that what is elsewhere1
id in this issue concernm}' the ”
nibles with wliicli the Alaska Cop- h
r Company has been of late beset, M
reference is intended to be made h
Mr. Welch, whose capability as fo
nine and smelter manager is too tit
■11 known to warrant even a hint of h<
favorable criticism. No part or ec
reel of the blame for the company's
tubles can justly be charged to any
Iot zeal or ability on his part, a
which should by this time be
it to all concerned.
\V. Catlin, who is now in the
is expected here in a couple of
s, prepared to commence the
: of development on the silver
property in Cholmondelev sound,
n as the Moonshine, where a
from the beach to the mine has
constructed and houses built for
ccommodation of men and sup
. The ore taken out in the
e of development will be packed
mrros from the mine to the
i, and thence sent t.o the smelter,
believed that in this way the
can be made to pa'f all custs OT
opment and a handsome profit
e. The ore runs high in silver,
iarries about 80 per cent, lead,
' in fact nearly all mineral.
3 steamship Henriette, arrived
yesterday with 220 tons of coal
be Ketchikan Steamship Com
pany and 225 tons ore from the Out
siders mine, at Maple Bay, B. C., for
the Hadley smelter. After discharg
ing cargo at Hadley, she will go
around the point, to Mt. Andrew and
take on a full cargo of ore for the
smelter at Crofton, B. C., The ore
is waiting for her, and has been for
a week or more. The Mt. Andrew is
making good the promises of the
local mangaement and could very
materially increase her output, if sup
plied with the necessary transpor
Prospectors should investigate all
deposits of black sand. The United
States geological department has
found that this sand usually carries
platinum, which is more precious
than gold. Other valuable minerals,
useful in the arts, are found in black
sand, which is plentiful in the western
states, especially along the big
streams. Platinum is worth $30 an
ounce. It will remain in the pan
with gold, and can be distinguished
by its bright silver color. The'grains
are usually smaller than gold grains.
—Mining Topics, New York. V
The Haldes, a new' 3000 ton Nor
wegian steamship, which Mackenzie
Bros have secured to take the place of
the Themis, is daily expected here.
She will come here to enter, and
then go direct to Sulzer for a cargo
of ore from the Jumbo mine, which
will be the first shipment by the
Alaska Industrial Company, but
which, it is hoped, will be followed
by others at the rate of from 2000 to
3000 tons per month. The ore will be
consigned to the smelter at Crofton,
B. C.
The Hadley smelter was blown in
again last Saturday, and is now in
successful operation once more, turn
ing out matte galore. In the tem
porary absence of Superintendent
Johnson, Assistant Superintendent
Seigor lighted the fires, and is
temporarily in charge of operations.
There is now no lack of water, and
with enough coal and coke on hand
to last until more is received, the
smelter promises a longer continuous
run than ever before in its history.
By the way, does any one know the
whereabouts of that distinguished
russet-legged expert yclept Dr. Sam
nel Peacock V He is blind in one ear,
but can tell a chunk of copper ore
from a cow apple at first glance. He
is wanted to expend another hundred
thousand or more to build a tramway,
ore wharf and bins and then find a
mine to complete the outfit. Salarj
no object, provided it is high enough,
and yellow boots, legg ins and cor
duroys, and libitum, free of charge.
At the Rush and Rrowu Mine, Karts
bay, the conditions indicate wort
1) r i o
& S<
of in
to w
I tort
by a
clearly than ever a large and steadily
increased production, depending only
on the scale on which operations
may be prosecuted. There are now
from fifteen to twent thousand tons of
ore broken and ready for shipment,
hut it is possible that it may not be
sliipped for some time owing to pros
pective complications between the
owners and the lessee by whom the
mine is being operated. j
The tug Clabyurn, towing the
barge Japan with a cargo of copper
gold ore from the Outsiders mine at
Maple bay, arrived up Wednesday
morning, but up to this writing.
(Thursday a. m.) has not been able
to proceed to her destination at Had
ley, on account of the bad state of the
weather. I
Jack McCallion, the practical 1
miner, is now employed as foreman J
at the Mt. Andrew mine, a position
for which no man in the district is !
better fitted. t
Where is it.—Where, oh where is '
that telephone system for which three
or four franchises have been granted .
by as many different councils to as
many diff erent parties?
J. E. Berg, the gentleman who is t
promoting a company to be organized ]
■'Mn- the manufacHi£^^£^M^^MHMfid|
c 1ericaWisi^x^un^u^S^^^^^^®
the pulpits of whose churches are
vacant just at present, is expected
home on one of the first boats from
the north. During his absence the
services at St.Johns have been con
ducted by Mr. Loomis.
Father Duncan, arrived up on the
Farallon, Wednesday night, and
proceeded with out unnecessary delay
to the one loved spot of all the earth
to him—Meltlakahtla, where he was
undoubtedly welcomed with loud
acclaim by his people, from whom he
had been absent for a longer period
txiua at any time mi m
Meet Here.—The Pacific Coast Co’s
steamers seem to be making Ketchi
kan a sort of halfway meeting point
—when they can. The Cottage City,
south bound, and the Ramona going
north, very nearly made it about the
dividing hour between Tuesday and
Wednesday last, the first named
arriving about 12, midnight, and the
latter half an hour later.
The Fraternal Order of Eagles is
growing rapidly in membership—more
rapidly perhaps than other fraternal
societies, if only because of the
reason that the ranks of the others,
especially the Redmen, have been for
sometime past full to repletion. Half
a dozen or more fledglings, whose
initiation has been delayed because
of the want of light in the hall, will
be taught how to use their wings to
night, and do other things becoming
a full grown Eagle.
Needed Improvement.—The Red
men have taken down the old stair
way to their hall and put in a new
one, besides adding an entrance porch
with glass doors. If thy will now
devise and put in a folding partition
so that the large hall can he cut in
twain, it will be more than pleasing
to the fratenral societies who hold
their meetings therein. The hall as
it stands is too large for other than
public gatherings, and a change such
as above suggested is very desirable.
Her Birthday.—About twenty-five
lady friends of Mrs. W. A. Patterson,
most of whom are members of Ton
gass Council No. 1. Degree of Poca
hontas, of which that good lady is
likewise a member, met at her
pleasant homo last Saturday night,
to celebrate her birthday. Cards, in
which “hearts” predominated, and
to breSc^juTTt^o^larceny,and Mr.
Smith, with his proverbial kindness
of heart., consented to the change,
whereupon his honor accepted the plea
of guilty, sentenced Mr. Irvin to
sixty days board a the expense of his
1 uncle Samuel,
; 'Haul Wednesday night at an early
She had fow passengers.
^Mrs. A. P. Swineford entertained
a number of Iter more intimate lady
friends at cards and luncheon, yester
day afternoon, from 2 to (>.
The changes and repairs on the fire
laddies hall and engine house have
been copmleted. (

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