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The Ketchikan Mining News
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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.
Smalt accounts are welcome
M. A. Mitchell - - - Cashier
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Rates; $1.00 to $3.00 Electric Lighted
Room with Bath Steam heated
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on Floor. Masques must be raised at the door a
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'Grand March at 9 p. m. Sharp $
| Ladies Skates 25c Gents Skates 50c |
Electric Lighted Ralea: *> 10 W'50
Steam Heated Rer ^a)r
The Hotel Revilla
J. F. Dubail, Manager
Suites with Bath ALASKA
City Council Decides to Push
Matter of Townsite
“There is no justice in delaying
the patenting of the entire townsite
until the question of ownership or
less than an acre of real estate claim
ed by the Mission is decided, and for
that reason I think we should push
the matter of the townsite survey”
said Councilman Connell at the meet
ing of the city council last Monday
night. The question arose on the dis
posal of a query from the surveyor
general to Leroy D. Ryus as to
whether the town council wished to
have the survey of the townsite, as a
preliminary to the application for
a patent, delayed until the Mission
controversy was settled or not. And
a motion instructing Mr. Ryus to
notify the proper authorities to that
effect was carried after a general
discussion. Five councilmen, Messrs
Connell, Fieckert, Guzman, Lathrop
and Pittenger were present besides
Mayor Hunt, and when the motion
was put all voted as favoring the
movement except Councilman Pitten
ger who went on record as voting
neither way on the matter.
The letters are published herewith
and are well worthy the persual of
every citizen of Ketchikan dealing as
they do with the much discussed
question of the relation of the town
site survey to the mining claims
which will be included therein.
Mr. Leroy D. Ryus
Ketchikan, Alaska,
Dear Sir:—
In view of the fact that a number
of protests have been received against
having the survey made as now pro
vided for, in the particular of leaving
out the area claimed by the Episcopal
Church as a Mission Reserve, a por
tion of which is occupied by adverse
claimants, it is suggested that if the
Mayor and Town Council of Ketchi
kan would make formal request that
the execution of the survey of the
townsite boundaries be deferred until
the differences at issue shall have
adjudicated, the matter will be taken
up'with the Department at Washing
ton with favorable recommendations,
if such action would meet with your
As the Mission Reserve tract, as
claimed by the Church, has now been
made and the returns thereof filed, it
is hoped the matter may be in condit
ion for submitting it to the Depart
ment for adjudication in the near
In regard to the controversy be
tween the Town Council and the
owners of the mining property adja
cent to the town, in regard to the
boundary lines of the townsite, you
are informed that a protest against
the survey of said boundary lines as
provided for in the Contract and
Special Instructions, has been receiv
ed from the Ketchikan Mining Com
pany, through Mr. Charles E. Inger
soll and enclosed is a copy of my reply
thereto dated the 21st ultimo, which
will indicate to you how that feature
of the case now stands.
An early reply concerning the sug
gestion relative to postponement oi
the survey is requested.
Yours truly,
Wm. L. Distln,
Surveyor General
Mr. Charles E. Ingersoll,
Ketchikan, Alaska.
Dear Sir:—
With your letter of the 12th instant
was received a protest of the Ketchi
kan Consolidated Mining Company,
by John Shoenbar, Manager, against
the survey of the boundary lines ol
the townsite of Ketchikan as now pro
vided for in Contract with Leroy D.
Ryus, for the reason that the survey
will cover a number of its mining
In reply you are advised that as the
survey is to be done under the terms
of a contract with Mr. Ryus, which
has been signed and the bond there
under approved, no change therein is
deemed practicable.
The statement of the protestant that
the survey of the townsite 1 soundary
is to extend back one half mile from
tide water is erroneous, as the follow
ing extract from the instructions tc
the Deputy will show:—
“You will begin the survey at Cor
ner No 1. of U. S. Mineral Survey No.
550 made by Deputy N. B. Whitfielc
of the Black Swan Mining Claim,
which is described as a schistose stont
2 ft. x 2 ft. 0 feet above, and at tht
line of ordinary high tide and after
properly marking it for corner No. 1
and a meander corner of this survey
and connecting it by course and dis
tance with U. S. L. M. No. 4, yot
will run thence N. 33 deg. 30 min. E.,
along the westerly boundary of the
Black Swan Mining Claim 0.09 chains
more or less to Corner No. 2 of saic
Black Swan Mining Claim, which ii
described as a schistose slate stom
30x18x0 inches, 15 inches in tin
ground: thence continuing on sam<
course 10.90 chains and establish Cor
ner No, 2: thence N, 50 deg. 30 min
W., 80.00 chains and establish Corner
No. 3: thence run S. 33 deg. 30 min.
W., to a point at ordinary high tide
on the shore line of Tongass Narrrows
and establish Corner No. 4.”
It will be seen by the foregoing
that the boundary line is to extend
only 11 mile back front tide water,
which it seems would very materially
lessen the protestant’s objection to
the proposed survey.
Furthermore the execution and
approval of the survey of the town
site boundary as provided for will
not jeopardize any valid mineral
claims the protestant Company may
possess within the limits thereof as
its interests are fully protected .by
law. See Section lli of an Act of
Congress approved March 3, 1891,
entitled “An Act to repeal the timber
culture laws and for other purposes’’
(2ti Statutes at Large, Page 1095)
which is as follows:—
"Sec. 10 That townsite entries may
be made by incroporated towns and
cities on the mineral lands of the
United States, but no title shall be
acquired by such towns or cities to
any vein of gold, silver, cinnabar,
copper or lead, or to any valid mining
claim or possession held under exist
ing law. 5Vhen mineral veins are
possessed within the limits of an in
corporated town or city, and such pos
session is recognized by local authority
or by the laws of the United States,
the t tie to town lots shall be subject
to such recognized possession and the
necessary use thereof and when entry
has been made or patent issued for
such townsite to such incorporated
town or city, the possessor of such
mineral vein may enter and receive
patent for such mineral vein, and
the surface ground appertaining
Provided, That no entry shall be
made by such mineral vein claimant
for surface ground where the owner
or occupier of the surface ground shall
have had possession of the same be
fore the inception of the title of the
mineral-vein applicant.”
In considering this prevision of law
the Hon. Secretary of the Interior held
in the case of Hulings vs. Ward
Townsite as follows:
“A townsite patent issued under
the provisions of said section (refer
ring to the one just quoted)will not
disturb or impair rights under any
valid mining claim or possession ex
isting at the time of the townsite
entry, or deprive the Department of
jurisdiction to subsequently issue
patent for any such mfe?1 Vj.olaim or
possession on due shovJtii^* jf compli
ance with the mining law.” (L. D.,
29, Pages 21-24.)
This decision was also reaffirmed in
case of Nome and Sinook Company
vs. Townsite of Nome. (L. D., 34,
Page 102).
Yours trulfy,
Wm. L. Distin,
Surveyor General.
Ordinance No. 34 making the con
nection with sewers compulsory pass
ed its third reading and was ordered
published, immediately after which it
will go into effect.
Gus Detlefsen, chief of police, asked
that some kind of a curfew ordinance
be drafted as there were too many
boys in the habit of loafing around
public places during the late hours
of the night, as a result the city
attorney was instructed to draw up
an ordinance requiring all children
under Hi year unaccompanied by par
ents to be home not later than 9 p. m.
during the months of October to
April and allowing one more hour
liberty the remaining months of the
A batch of bills were read and
allowed, G. B. Waterhouse appointed
registration officer; the street com
mittee instructed to look into the con
dition of the underpinning of Market
street between Front and Main
streets, and a communication read
from the San Francisco Relief Com
mittee asking for a list of those in
Ketchikan who had contributed to
the relief of that city at the time of
the earthquake.
Getting Pump in Position—The
new pump for fire protection of the
city is being placed in position at the
plant of the Ketchikan Power Co. and
will be ready for business by the time
the pipe arrives from the Sound.
The pump is a Blake duplex and is
capable of throwing 750 gallons of
water per minute when working at
its full capacity. The intention is to
lay an eight inch main from the mill
to the corner of Front and Grant
streets and a six inch from there
to Newtown. Mr. Burkhart states
that the pump is expected to give a
pressure of 100 pounds to the inch at
Newtown which is probably twice as
much pressure as can be secured from
the fresh water system. The pump
is able to hanale water enough for
five lines of hose so that when in
stalled and in working order it is not
probable that Ketchikan could have a
fire that could make headway against
such an immense volume of water.
The Power Co. expects another boil
er on the next Pacific Coast boat so
that there is absolutely no question
: about having power enough to keep
the new pump supplied with steam.
A balcony—some call it a “Nigger
Heaven”—has been built at the skat
ing rink for the accomodation of spec
tators and the band,
Alaska Copper Company of Cop
perniount Completes Deal
With Eastern Capitalists
Again lias the copper properties of
the Ketchikan miniing district
attracted the" attention of eastern
capital with the result that fully two
and one-half million of dollars will be
expended here with, in the next few
months. This time it is the reorgan
ization of the Alaska Copper Co.
which combined with monied Duluth,
Minnesota, men have effected the
foundation of a company hereafter to
be styled the Alaska Consolidated
Mining & Smelting Co. incorporated
under the laws of the state of Min
The new company takes over all the
holding's of the old company including'
both smelter, mining properties and
leases, and in return assumses the en
tire indebtedness of the old company
and furnishes capital to carry on the
work in the future. F. \V. Hale re
tires from the head of the company,
but who his successor or the direc
torate are to be, has not as yet been
made public. Hut this much is assur
ed that the new company is composed
of some of the most prominent copper
men of the middle west, with head
quarters at Duluth, Minnesota. The
capital stock of the company is named
at ♦-,500,000 with privilege of in
creasing' same at will. It is the com
pany's intention to invest heavily in
copper properties in this locality as
they wish to increase the size of the
Coppermount smelter and to make
such a move a good one, financially,
more producting' properties are
necessary. They have had their men
up in this district for some time and
purchases are sure to follow their
investigations. This move will mean
a great deal for this district as money
in large quantities is necessary for
the development of our properties
here and the coming in of a concern
of this nature, will, as success crowns
their efforts, draw the attention of
men of their kind to our resources
and more outside capital will thus be
interested. There is no denying the
fact that we have the ore and the
values here and all that is necessary
to prove it in a scorce of places is the
investment of money through coro
panfes in the hands of men competent
to bring about the desired result.
This is our great need, and day by
day we see that we are getting nearer
the g'oal. We must bear in mind . too
that the success of our company makes
easier the success of the others in the
district; while its failure makes more
difficult the road of others to
The Norwegian steamer Haldis
under charter of Mackenzie Bros., of
Vancouver, B. C. arrived Tuesday
afternoon and after entering at the
local custom house left for Sulzer
where she is now loading the 3000
tons of copper ore there, awaiting
transportation to the smelter. Claries
A. Sulzer the efficient manager of
the company, is to be congratulated
upon securing the steamer which is
large enough to take all the ore he
now has at the dock at one cargo. He
had a tremendous amount of trouble
in securing a boat having waited in
fact ever since the middle of Decem
ber for her. On the last trip but one
south, of the Amur he went down to
Vancouver where atfer consultation
with the Mackenize's he got a con
tract with them and as soon as the
Haldis arrived from Japan she was
sent north. Mr. Sulzer was on board
to see that nothing intervened this
time, as had happened before, to stop
him shipping.
It is reported that the Mackenize’s
have contracted for a big slice of the
White Pass railroad's freight bus
iness and will make a regular thing
of carriyng ore on the return trips of
their two steamers, the Henriette and
This will unquestionably relieve
the congested condition existing at
so many of the properties in this dis
trict as they will be able to handle
fully 5tHX) tons per month.
The Maime mine at Hadley is Tun
ing to its full capacity again, having
encountered some difficulty in getting
together a crew after the shut down.
This trouble is now over, however,
and the mine is rapidly coming up to
its old record of 100 tons per day. The
ore now being trammed to the smelter
bringing line returns in copper.
Considerable development work has
been done recently which with the
diamond drill propecting shows that
this property increases in richness as
greater depth is reached. John
Hampson, the superintendent of the
mine is demonstrating that the
old Mamie is a money maker and will
long stay in that list. The Portland
Canal properties on the Brown Alaska
Co. have run steadily all winter, the
ore from there holding up to the high
values of the fall. The fine quality
of this ore as a flux is apparent when
the high copper contents of the matte
now being turned out at Hadley are
seen, The last batch is said to have
given better than 50 per cent, in val
ues at the refinery, surely indication
of the high quality of the ores and
the care and skill exercised in smelt
ing them.
The Haidah Copper Co. has some
specimens of copper ore on exibition
at the Hotel Revilla which are pretty
sure to open the eye of even the
casual observer to the future of that
company’s holdings at Karta Bay.
Victor Vigelines the manager of the
company left on the last south bound
boat for the sound whether he went to
secure future equipmen* The com
pany’s new wharf is completed and
the ore bins practically so while the
tram from the mine to the beach is
nearly completed the steamer Mar
ion taking over lumber therfor on
her last trip to Kasaan. TV.y points,
Tuesday of this week.
An Eighty Foot Shaft.—The Xib
lack Copper Co. put on ten more men
this week, materially increasing their
crew. The new men will be put to
work sinking an 80 foot shaft down
from the 220 level This work is to
be pushed two shifts per day and it is
expected will be all the way in ore.
When completed, this shaft, with
the laterals now contemplated, will
enable the company to get out con
siderably more ore than they are now
George Green, the enterprising
manager of the Hadley Consolidated
Copper Co. at Hadley is expected
back from the Sound shortly and woik
at the Stevenstown mine will recom
mence. Work was stoped Christmas
time owing to the coal shortage. But
this property turns out too high a
grade of ore for it to lie dormant
long with the prices of copper hitting
the high places the way it is now
H. C. Strong, returned on the Prin
cess Beatrice from his trip south,
Sunday, while there Mr. Strong in
vestigated the coal situation and re
ports little if any improvement. He
says the mines are not able to get the
coal out of the ground fast enough
to supply the demand and a continued
shortage is inevitable. “The cause
of the shortage,” said Mr. Strong', “is
not that the amount of eoal mined
has been curtailed, but because of the
increase in the number of steamers
plying on the coast. A few years ago,
these big tramp boats were an un
usual sight now there are nearly a
♦core of them at the various ports of
the Sound loading o. unloading. Each
one of these fellows requires from 800
to 1500 tons of coal to fill their bunk
ers and the mine people seem inclin
ed to supply their wants in preference
to supplying' the needs of the ordinary
market. They reason that, if we have
to, we can burn wood, while these
boats must tie up unless coal is forth
“Construction work on our new
steamer, the Northland, is held up at
present owing to the nonarrival of
steel which is tied up somewhere east
of the mountainhs in the snow block
ade. The work on her machinery is
going' on, however, and her builders
say that they will have her out
according to contract which calls for
delivery some time during the month
of June. The Northland will be built
of steel throughout, with double
bottom and will be without a superior
on the coast except as to size.
Bought Five Scows.—The Ketchikan
Power Co. were the successful bidders
in the sale of the five scows offered
by the government at the Lincoln
Rock light house recently. The Vig
ilant brought down three of them
Tuesday morning, the other two will
have to be repaired before making
the trip.
Can’t Find the Daughter.—Leroy
D. Ryus by the last mail had retrurn
ed to him the letter he had written
to Miss Elizabeth Adams, 177 Rich
ard St. Brooklyn, N. Y. the daughtei
of Thomas Adams, the man who dis
appeared from the trail to the Moon
shine property on Cholmondeley
Sound last September. In Adamh
grip was found an identification card
issued to Adams by the Pacific Coast
stewards and Cooks Aossociation
which stated that his nearest relation
was his daughter at the address given
above. Mr. Ryus wrote to the ad
dress with above results.
New Engine Arrives.—The 17 horse
power Hercules gasoline engine for
E. W. Gurney's new boat the Onward,
arrived on board the Cottage City
Wednesday. It will be installed at
once and the Onward will be ready
for her trial trip in about two weeks.
Married Yesterday Afternoon.—
George Carle and Miss Jessie M. Dick
inson were married at the courthouse
yesterday afternoon by Judge Stack
pole. Both the young folk are well
known here the bride being the
daughter of out capable deputy mar
shal, Wm. Dickinson.
The House of Representatives has
passed the bill exempting the Tanana
railroad from taxation and extending
the time limit for the roads comple
Mike Patterson received the two
horse power National gasoline engine
for his boat building shop this week.
Arrives in Considerable Quantities
For Prince of Wales Island
Mining Properties
Further indications of what the
coming season will bring forth in the
mining circles of this district ha
been manifested on practically even
boat arriving from the south for the
past month or more. The wharves
were crowded with new- material this
week for west coast of Prince of
Wales island points until the Alaskan
finished loading yesterday and left on
a special trip with a full cargo.
The Alaska Industrial Co. of Sulzer
sent over several tons of supplies
and lb miners, with the aid of which
it is expected to materially increase
their ore output. The Alaska Metals
Co. of Bruce received a new pump,
piping and general supplies. The
Alaska Marble Co. of Marble creek,
The Cordova Trading Co. of Klin
quan, and W. E Boss, who has suc
ceeded the Young Trading Co. at
Howkan all had large shipments of
material and supplies.
The largest shipper of the lot. was
Capt. 12. 12. Wyman of the Red Wing
mine at Copper City, who sent over
an eighty horse power boiler, 10,000
bricks and 5,000 feet of lumber. Upon
the installation of which it is expect
ed that the output of this property
will be practically doubled.
Thus it will be seen that mining
on the West Coast is opening up with
a rush and the results will soon be
felt in Ketchikan, the natural supply
point for that district. With the
mines there running full blast and
those on the east side getting into
line to follow in their footsteps, there
is no question about 1!)07 being the
banner year up to this time for min
ing in the Ketchikan mining district.
New Fire Alarm System.—The
boxes for the fire alarm system have
arrived and will be installed immed
iately. The system is known as the
Standard Fire Alarm System, and is in
successful operation in many of the
large cities of the country. It con
sists of the regular boxes with indi
cator at headquarters to show from
whence the alarm has come. The old
alarm system has been out of com
mission for some time and the instal- k
lation of the new one will be hailed
with relief by the property owners
of the city.
Observe Washingtons Birthday.—
Special exercises at the school house
were held this morning in commera
tion of the anniversary of Washing
ton's Birthday, at which the follow
ing program was rendered.
Song My Country T'is of Thee, School
Quotations. .. .from Abraham Lincoln
.Miss Karasek's pupils
Song... .Battle Hymn of the Republic
. School
Salute to the Hag.school
Song... .Star Spangle Banner, School
Address.J. E. Ryus
Song.Tenting on the Old Camp
ground. School
Song.Miss Harington’s pupils
Address.Geo. B. Waterhouse
Song.Kellers Americian Hymn
. School
Pacts about Life of Washingon.
. Mr. Mitchell’s pupils
Song.Mount Vernon Bells School
Address.Mayor Hunt
Miss Ryus Entertains.—Miss Ryus
entertained a number of her friends
last Saturday evening, the occasion
being in honor of her birthday. The
crowd gathered at the skating rink
early in the evening and after spend
ing an hour or so at that popular
place of amusement repaired to the
Ryus residence where the balance of
the evening was pleasantly spent.
Those present were Mr. and Mrs. P.
H. Bold, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Burk
hart, the Misses Stackpole, Sample,
Mcllravie and Hopkins and Messrs
Horseley, Shelton, Bauer and Baker."
The Ketchikan Cornet Band is cer
tainly getting plenty of practice lately
with their street parade and playing
in the rink nights. Our band is some
thing we should be proud of. There
are many towns in the states of five
times Ketchikan's population which
could not turn out as many musicians v
and as far as the quality of the
music is concerned, anyone would
have to look a long while for an ama
tuer aggregation that could beat
W. A. Langille, Alaska’s forest
superitendent left on the launch
Spray, Wednesday, on a tour of in
spection. He expects to be gone
three or four weeks intending to go
as far north as Hoouah besides calling
at all the principal places on the
west coast of the islands.
The steamer Corsair is being re
modelled. Her engines and boilers
are being taken out and a 45 horse
power gasoline engine will be install
ed in place of them.
The Farallon came in '1 hursday
morning with 255 tons of copper matte
on board from the smelter at Hadley.
The smelter is now runing steadily
and is turning out high grade matte.

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