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Volume 1. FAIRBANKS, ALASKA. SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 1J10 Number l(i
Reported That Source of Gold
Has Been Traced
W. J. king Is Out Buying Options On
All Available Claims On Third Tier
of Upper Goldstream---ls Said to
Have Very Good Pay.
Following the report of the
discovery of a new paystreak on
the third tier of the upper end
of l midstream, comes the news
that \V. .1 King lias been ac
tively engaged in s. curing op
tions on all availubli ground in
tiiat district.
Current rumor lias it tiiat
in March last King uncovered
sonic extremely rich pay on his
claim which set him to thinking.
He i> stated to have plugged
the hole up again, and kept
quiet until he could secure op
tions on the adjoining ground.
It seems that the gold found in
the creek claims of ( midstream
has almost invariably been con
fined to those which adjoin the
gulches, and it is now argued
that wl'iat was thought to he the
paystreak in the creek claims
was only the sloughings brought
down from the third tier by the
gulches, and that the true pay
streak lies in the third tier,
which lies immediately under
tiie hill.
As an example it is stated
that No. ‘.i creek claim, which
lies just above Last Chance
gulch has no pay, while No. 10
claim, at the mouth of the gulch
has proved very good.
The claim on the third tier
which is crossed by Last Chance
gulch is proving of extraordin
ary richness. It is stated au
thoritatively that sL’.aOO was
taken from this claim in a tiu
foot tunnel.
Another instance illustrating
the above is that of the creek
claims lb and 14. Both of these
claims adjoined Glenn gulch, and
both had good pay, while the
claims next above them had lit
tle to boast about.
If the supposition is correct
that the paystreak runs round
the base of the hill, then all of
the third tier claims should
prove valuable.
It is said that King gave *7000
for the Poker Dick property,
whereon lie made his find.
Whatever may be found in the
future on Goldstream, King
must have good reason for be
ing so anxious to secure options
on the third tier, and in view of
the theory advanced above, it is
very likely that he hit the pay
streak on his own claim in March
last, and that it was so rich that
he thought he would like a little
more of the same kind.
The council has decided to in
crease the rents of those using
the city dock, and the clerk was
instructed to collect the rents,
with the exception of the rent
due by the Independent Lumber
company. In this case it was
decided to let the matter lay
over until Mr. Rutherford could
place his views and suggestions
personally before the council. It
was decided to increase the rent
of the tinshop to $50 a month.
It is said that travel in this direc
tion is the greatest ever known in
the history of the Northwest. The
Pacific coast mast be the ultimate
destination for many who are leav
ing the east, but there is good rea
son to think that quite a large
number are headed for the Iditarod
and interior Alaska points.
Alaska and its resources were
splendidly advertised at the A.-Y.
P. exposition, and scarcely a mag
azine is published in the States
which has not dealt with this coun
try at more or less length during
the past year.
A' it is impossible to overestim
ate ttie resources of this vast coun
try there will be unlimited oppor
tunity’ tor all who care to come
here, so the more that do come the
better we shall be pleased.
It has been the custom iu past
yens tor the majority ot the labor
ers employed on the Copper River
railroad to go outside upon the ap
proach of winter and spend their
earnings in the cities on Puget
sound. All this is changing.
Several of the men who have been
working on the railroad are so en
amored with the North that they
have decided to make Alaska their
permanent home. Parties have
hern organized which will devote
their energies to prospecting in the
tuture, while others have taken up
land in the vicinity of the Copper
river and will engage in farming
and stock-breeding.
It is stated that unite a superior
class ot working men are arriving
in Alaska this year, principally
English speaking or from northern
At last night's council meeting u
communication was read !ro:n Geo.
Gun Smith protesting against the
grandstand used in the Fourth ol
July celebration abutting upon the
sidewalk. He complained that it
interfered with his business and
threatened to bring an injunction
against the committee if the grand
stand did so abut upon the said
After a short discussion the coun
cillors decided to ignore the com
munication altogether.
1 hiring the council meeting last
night Councillor Gardner call
ed attention to the fact that none
of the lawyers of the city had
paid their taxes and that three
newspapers: the Times, News
Miner and Tribune also owed
large amounts; and even Coun
cillors were behind in their tax
es. Me said that he was no
enemy of the lawyers or news
papers, but he thought they
should come forward like men
and pay up.
After discussion and explana
tion from the city attorney as to
the methods adopted with some
of the delinquents, it was decid
ed that notice should he immedi
ately served upon all those who
have not paid, and immediate
i action taken to recover such de
linquent taxes unless they come
Speaking for himsilf as a de
linquent. Councillor Kappolt said
j thiit he wouldn't pay, as he was
j assessed too high an amount and
■the only way the council could
! get the money was to send the
chief of police to seize his prop
An alarm was turned in to the
fire station on Wednesday morning
by Councillors Callahan and
Gordon, members ol the fire com
1 inittee, with a view to testing the
efficiency r>f the department. The
call was made from the Columbia
hotel and a fast run was made
down Front street, to show the
citizens that the tire boys are ready
when emergency arises.
About 7 iu the evening another
i call was made, this time a genuine
one. Faulty wiling caused a blaze
at the Kellogg residence, on Cush
man street bat on the arrival of
the chemical the fire was extin
guished without difficulty, and lit
tie damage was sustained.
Operators in the Chandlar dis
trict have addressed a petition
to Major Richardson asking that
a wagon road bo constructed
from Fort Yukon to the I’hand
The petition points out that at
present it costs l!7 1 cents a
pound to haul supplies from
Fort Yukon to that place, which,
of course, is too high to permit
of development work on a large
It is expected that 100 tons of
machinery and supplies will he
needed to carry on the work al j
ready planned, and in order to
transport this amount a wagon
road is a necessity.
The petition is signed by dii
residents of the Chandlar dis
Charley McGonigle says that
during his recent trip to the sum
mit of Mt. McKinley he encoun
tered numerous rich-looking string
ers carrying gold. The stringers
were found such a long way up,
however, that McGonigle dots not
think that the gold will ever have
a commercial value. But gold has
a peculiar attraction for some peo.
pie, and we should not be at all
surprised to hear of a camp way up
on the slope.-, of Mt McKinley
some some day in the near future.
The long awaited mail from the
Outside is expected to arrive in
Fairbanks late tomorrow evening.
Over -’o tons are coniitu to Fair
banks The greater pa ', of this
mail is third and fourth class.
, Cantain O’lirien, fo;;nerly in
! charge of the North we ten:, has
been transferred to the ' orne run,
and is now in command'w the Vie
i toria.
The trouble and inconvenience
caused by the present method
of bridging the river which div
ides Fairbanks and Garden lsl
; and lias been emphasized during
the past week.
After but a few days' use the
bridge was put out of commis
sion by the Hood, and several
days must elapse before it
can again be made available for
traffic. Even then there is no
guarantee against further mis
hap to the structure, and never
will so long as the present meth
od of construction is continued.
It may have been advisable
; when the camp was in its em
bryo state to erect a temporary
structure; but now that the fu
ture of the city is assured it is
time that a more permanent
bridge was erected.
At present it costs between
seven and eight thousand dol
lars per annum to replace the
bridge after the break up, and
maintain the structure in a fair
state of repair. With mishaps
such as the one which occurred
last Saturday the expense will
be considerably increased, and it
may he that some time in the
future the business of the town
will be brought to a standstill
while funds are being raised to
reconstruct the bridge after a
This state of affairs should
not be allowed to continue. The
city is now on a permanent basis,
and there is every possibility of
increased prosperity in the fu-,
ture. It is imperative that com
munication with the railroad and
creeks should be interfered with
as little as possible, and the only
way to insure this is to build
a bridge which will not be af
fected by the going out of the
ice nor by a run of high water
during the spring months.
The present expenditure of
eight thousand dollars every
year is so much money thrown
away. Even if twenty thousand
dollars were spent on a perma
nent suspension bridge above
high-water mark, that would
only represent an expenditure
of about £5,000 per annum to
cover interest, up-keep, and re
demption of capital, and at the
end of seven years the bridge?
would be paid for, and the only
expense would be the upkeep,
say $1,000 or $1,500 per annum.
This would represent an immed
iate saving of about $0,000 per
annum, and an ultimate saving
of over $0,000 each year, in ad
dition to the added inconven
ience of uninterrupted traffic the
whole year through.
The proposition is certainly
worth considering.
The Little Snug pulled out un
der a full head of steam at 2:35 p.
m. Thursday, before an apprecia
tive audience. Capt. Tucker was
on the bridge, and it is to be hoped
that the chapter of misfortunes
which followed the little craft dur
ing construction are at an end. We
wish the doughty skipper a pleas
ant and prosperous voyage.
Martin A. l'inska is making a
display of quartz from the Tolo
vana company’s ground which is
worth seeing by those who are in
terested—that is to say it is worth
seeing by everybody in Fairbanks.
The exhibit contains several rich
samples which are a treat to be
hold, and nobody should pass it
up. There would be fewer sceptics
about the future of this region if
people only took the trouble to in
vestigate for themselves.
The recent Hoods caused a
great deal of damage to mining
properties on the creeks, several
operators being drowned out.
Hanot brothers were driven
out of their open cut on 2 above
Twin creek, where they were
hydraulicing, and also had their
machinery covered with sand
and gravel.
Herman Buckhorst, working
on Pedro, has installed a Scotch
marine boiler.
George Holmes has taken a
lay on No- 7 Pedro creek. This
ground is owned by Fonta &
Mrs. Anna Doty has brought
suit against Caldo & Co. for three
sums totaling $2845.55, for
meals furnished to defendants
and their labors on Sargent
creek; for cash paid to Barrack
& Co. and for merchandize sup
| plied.
It is reported that the Eng
: lish firm of Hudgin & Co., of
Liverpool, will install a dredg
ing plant on the Lodge proper
ties in the Chandlar, if the re
port of their favors such a
course. This representative is
now at Victoria, B- C.
James Hamil has returned to
his properties in the Bonnifield
country with nine extra men.
Jack Ronan has made appli
cation for a mineral survey of
his claim No. 1 above, Chatham j
creek. F. C. Bleecker has made ;
a similar application regarding ,
his claim on Discovery, Chat
ham .
Gus Berglund has taken a lay
on 1 above, Gilmore, which he
will work by open cut.
Orleans and Sargent are work
ing an open cut on 4 above, Gil
Scene of Early Stampede
Worth Watching
Principal Need ol the Kantishna Region
at Present Time is Better and Cheaper
Transportation Facilities — Freight
Charges Too High
Speaking to a Citizen repre
sentative yesterday, regarding
the Kantishna country, Peter
Anderson, of the Lloyd party,
expressed himself as satisfied
with the present outlook for
that region.
Several new finds lnive been
I made since last fall, and these
[an? being actively worked this
[season. Very good prospects
have been found in the upper
and lower canyons of Moose
creek, and also on Caribou
(Ilrnn crock showvd uj> voi*y
I well last summer. There will he
! about eight prospectors vo-king
the creek this season. Moose,
Glacier and Friday an' Mso re
ported as having pay.
The workings so far have in
variably been shallow, and is
worked by shovelling in. On
Moose, in the lower (anyon,
there is a small hydraulic
proposition working. Not a sin
gle hole has ever been -sink to
bedrock in this locality.
LJdiy ijiu.i ■ is leu ii.p1 wi l
quartz proposition on Eureka,
and is said to have good pay.
Mr. Anderson says that the
prospects for quartz in the Kan
tishna are very good indeed.
The Kantishna is an ideal
country for the prospector.
There is plenty of game and
lisli to he had. and plenty of tim
i her for aII purposes.
| Most of the mining and till
j the quartz so far located is above
| timber line. The ground is
j thawed and can be worked witli
I out machinery.
| Very little prospecting has
been done in the Kantishna dis
trict so far; the principal draw
| hack being the (lit,amity of get
ting supplies into the coantry.
j Freight costs be a pound from
Fairbanks to G lacier. There is
a store at the latter place, but
very small stocks are carried, so
practically everything has to be
I imported direct from town.
Mr. Anderson will he return
ing to the Kantisha shortly.
A judge with an unenviable
reputation is Judge Grosscup. This
is the judge who became notorious
by his decision in favor of the
Standard Oil company against the
people of Illinois, and now he
comes forward to support the Santa
Fe railroad against the telegraph
The Illinois state law says that
the telegraphers shall not work
more than nine hours a day, but
the company determined that the
telegraphers should work these
nine hours as broken time, when
required bv the company. Thus
the company could make a man
work two hours, lay him off for two
or three hours, then work another
two hours, aud so on through the
The telegraphers appealed
against this ruling as against the
state law as it was intended to ba
interpreted, and Judge Landis de
cided in their favor. This did not
suit the railroad company, so they
appealed to Judge Grosscup, who
decided that the men should work
exactly as the company demanded.
This decision means that the men
will never have any spare time
which they can call their own.

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