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The Prospector and Thunder Mountain News April 8, 1905

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The Prospector and Thunder Mountain News

Roosevelt, Idaho April 8, 1905 Volume 1 Number 17



James Hash was up from the Middle Fork for a few days this week.

Robt. Pugh, E. Jenson and Robt. Kirk arrived from Grangeville Monday.

Carl Sandell arrived from Boise this week and went to work at the Sunnyside mine Friday.

Geo. Batters and Al. Adell have gone to Middle Fork of Salmon for a pleasure and prospecting trip.

Willis W. Loy arrived from the outside and is in the employ of the Thunder Mountain Pearl Mining Co.

Floyd H. Barnett is putting a canvas roof on his office to use until he can get roofing material from the outside.

McAndrews & Reuter have bought the general merchandise stock of Gus. Holtgren and moved it to their store on Main St.

Dr. C. T. Jones commenced Wednesday the remodeling of his building on the west side of Main street. [He will make it into a] first-class lodging house.

H. J. Hanson drove two beeves to town this week. The animals were in fine condition and the beef is good. This is the first fresh meat to arrive this spring.

G. P. Pugh and son Robert have gone to work at the 20th Century temporarily – until the snow in the mountains will admit of their doing the assessment work on their various claims.

Tom Neighbors received a letter from S. P. Burr recently that he left Boise for his home in Moscow on the 18th ult. Mr. Burr expects to return to Roosevelt by the 15th inst. via Grangeville and Warren.

Dr. Elmer H. Capen, president or Tufts College, died March 22nd. E. W. Whitcom, Esq., of this town is a graduate of Tufts, class of ’87 and entertained a deep feeling of friendship for Dr. Capen.

Mrs. R. Ross Arnold has been engaged to teach the school in this town. The school books have arrived and school will begin April 24th. Mrs. Arnold will arrive a few days prior to that time.

Patrick O’Donnell, who has been quite sick for several weeks, left for Boise with Wm. Kreps Monday. He was somewhat better and we hope he will fully regain his former health. Joe Surprise went with him.

The water in Monumental creek was muddy as it flowed through town Thursday. We find it was caused by the creek having been turned through the 20th Century flume two miles and a half above town. The pentstock and flume are in fine condition and the mill was started Thursday morning.

Bert Either recently received a letter from Chas. A. Knodle, of Butte, Mont., stating that a railroad will start from Lewiston coming this way and that work will doubtless begin this summer. The exact location or destination of the road is not stated.

E. B. Dodson, a stockholder of the Adams Mining Co., made up principally of Atlantic City and Philadelphia capitalists, arrived last Friday. Extensive development work will be done on their property, situated on Divide creek, between Divide and Cooney creek. H. C. Willis, the vice-president and manager, is expected to arrive within three weeks with necessary equipment.
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News From the Middle Fork.

T J. Lynch returned Thursday from the Middle Fork of the Salmon river where he has been for nearly a month. He was delighted with his trip and speaks in glowing terms of the springs and says that in all his experience in the mountains he never saw two prospectors situated so comfortably as are Voller and McNerney.

They have a fine ranch of about forty acres cleared on which they raise all their vegetables and hay for stock; they have a fine range and are well supplied with fresh eggs, milk and butter. The hot springs are situated near their cabin which is but a short distance from the ore lode they are developing. They are not pushing the work on their mining property very fast – perhaps because they are so pleasantly situated. They have had some good assays. They are now building a two-story house 14×24 feet in the clear.

Mr. Lynch says Mr. Cunningham is very feeble and was unfortunate in loosing [sic] nearly all of his potatoes last winter by frost. J. Herron is assisting him on the ranch.

Jack Murray has taken up a ranch five miles below Mahoney’s. Mr. Mahoney has leased his ranch to his two sons and he himself this summer is going to build “that ditch.”

Mr. Lynch says that deer are very plentiful on the Middle Fork and that the fish are just beginning to come up the stream.
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John Shaffer Drowned

Well Known Pioneer Meets Death in the South Fork.

John Shaffer was drowned in the South Fork of the Salmon River on March 29th.

Mr. Shaffer was one of the best known citizens in this part of the state and leaves many friends to regret his death. He was universally liked; always generous and genial he made friends on every hand and kept them.

He spent several years at Custer in its palmy days, and before the wagon road was built carried the mail there on snow shoes.

During the first excitement at the Coeur d’Alenes, he went to that camp. He was an expert miner as well as an all round frontiersman, and at one time was foreman of the famous Bunker Hill mine. In 1898 he came to the South Fork of the Salmon and bought what afterwards became widely known as Shaffer’s ranch. Hundreds of people stopped there during the rush to Thunder Mountain and all will remember his hearty, kindly ways. While he made much money he was generous to a fault, and did not accumulate a large property though he left a good ranch and considerable stock.

On the afternoon of his death he had been taking up the planking of his bridge across the South Fork, deeming it unsafe, and was crossing on one of the timbers, or stringers, of the bridge; he lost his balance and fell into the stream which at this point is a boiling torrent. The water is icy cold at this time of year and it is thought he either became cramped at once or was stunned by the fall; he apparently made no effort to save himself but was swept down the stream. The body was found the next evening at 5 o’clock some distance down the river.

Mr. Shaffer leaves a wife and two little boys who were at their home on the ranch at the time of his death, also a sister, Mrs. Julius Cross, who is postmistress at Custer, in this state.

The funeral took place the next day after the body was found. Near the house on the ranch is a rounded knoll on which stands a beautiful, wide spreading pine tree. Mr. Shaffer had spoken of this spot as an ideal burial place, and here he was laid to rest.
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Caption (page torn): A [glimpse] of Redfish Lake … Sawtooth range … of Thunder Mountain
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(page torn)… and Lester H. Busby have gone to Reardon [sic] creek to inspect their mining property there.

The Sunnyside mine took on five more men Friday morning. Supt. Abbott expects the stamps to drop not later than the 25th of the month.

Clate Vance and James LeRoy went down Monumental creek Wednesday to their property opposite the Roosevelt Monument to do some assessment work.

Prospectors returning from the hills say the south sides of the mountains are almost entirely bare and water in the draws at this time of year makes panning easy.

M. W. Mouat, of Denver, is in town experting the property of the Thunder Mountain Pearl Mining Co. He says Mr. DeCamp will arrive in about a month.

Peeler Foster, H P. Brown and Lou Englebright sold their group of three claims on the canyon side just in front of THE NEW’S office to T. M. Nichols of Chicago. The group is known as the Alliance No. 1, 2 and 3.

T. G. Thomas and son left Wednesday for Ramey Ridge to commence work on their Mildred and War Eagle properties. Their partner, August Herzog of Spokane, is expected soon. They believe the development work will warrant coutinuous [sic] operations.

At the H. Y. -Climax work is being pushed on the Polo Duro tunnel. Supt. Whitlock was in town Thursday and says he is just starting a shaft near the old cook house, and they have already found some remarkably good float.
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Railroad Activity in Idaho.

The next two years promises to be an era of great activity in railroad building in this state.

The North and South Railway is a topic of intense interest to every patriotic citizen of Idaho and indications point to a speedy accomplishment of this much desired project.

It is confidently believed that the Northern Pacific will extend its line from Stites through the Lolo Pass of the Bitter Roots to Missoula, Mont. Should this be done Grangeville would doubtless get a branch from the N. P. even if the main line should not pass through that city. This cut-off would pass through a very mountainous country and would. doubtless develop a large mineral belt, but of course the immediate object of this connection would be to accommodate the traffic between Eastern points, and Portland and San Francisco.

The Oregon Railroad and Navigation Company have already … (page torn) … to Grangeville.

The O. R. & N. survey follows the Clearwater river up to Big Canyon thence it starts up on to the prairie.

It is reported that the O. R. & N. people will at once start a survey from Meadows, to which point the Pacific and Idaho Northern will be extended this year from Council, and thus shut out the N. P. from the Salmon river valley.

The O. R. & N. lines now extend from Wallace over through the Coeur d’Alenes down to Moscow, and the road is being built to Lewiston. Should the line be continued through Grangeville and on down to connect with the P. and I. N. the North and South railroad would be complete and all points in the western part of the state would have fairly good connection.

The proposed new railroad tapping the N. P. in Montana, passing through Salmon City and Boise thence on to the coast will give Idaho a very good railroad system.

Several projects for building a railroad into the Thunder Mountain country are now being considered and the probability is that within eighteen months we shall hear the locomotive whistle in Roosevelt.
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W. T. Saunders arrived in town Monday from his ranch on Big creek. He says the snow is all gone down there. Mr. Saunders returned Wednesday. He says that the bear is still hibernating but he looks for him to appear in about two weeks, that the feed for stock is luxuriant and that the horses on the range “jump ten feet high and stay up in the air kicking for five minutes before they come down.”
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Western Courtesy.

Seth Bullock went to Washington in connection with the cowboy contingent that took part in the inaugural parade. He has made many sensible statements in various “interviews” with newspaper men. He is quoted as having said the following while on a visit in New York:

“A man from out our way can’t help seeing certain things. He can’t help seeing the way a lot of sheepfaces along these subways and street cars of yours crowd the women and stamp on their feet to get ahead of them. Great God Almighty! I came over from Washington yesterday on the Congressional limited, and things they call men pushed ther [sic] way by women who were there before ’em into the dining car, and when they were through with their dinners, these same critters sat there and smoked cigars and let the women wait.

Now, you don’t see doings like that out in our country. If that’s typical of the eastern gentleman, then the real American gentlemen are to be found out west.

Let me tell you, I don’t think it is typical. I think I recognize some of these critters. For many years the west has been shipping … (page torn) … east to Chicago and I can’t help thinking … those … romping around here in New York with two of their legs missing – having got past Chicago and the scalding vats.”

We are well acquainted with the customs of large eastern cities and feel justified in saying that a woman will receive more courtesy and politeness on any western frontier than in New York City or in any other large eastern city. We believe there isn’t a miner or a prospector in Thunder Mountain, and we know most of them pretty well, who would sit in a crowded car and let a woman stand clinging to a strap overhead. Some of them might forget the senseless fad of removing their hats while in an elevator car if a lady happened to be present, for the western man’s politeness “consists of kindness,” but when it comes to real genuine, downright politeness (we don’t mean certain steriotyped [sic] forms and foolish inconveniences called etiquette) it is found in the big West where men have room to move, good air to breathe, and space for the heart to grow big and brave, and we hope that when our mother or sister boards a crowded car there will be at least one western cowboy aboard, like Seth Bullock, who has a seat, for we know he will not sit and let a woman stand.
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In our columns we often speak of “The Thunder Mountain country.” In using this term we do not refer to the small section lying just about the town of Roosevelt but for want of any other significant designation, we use it to include this whole mining section extending more than twenty-five miles in every direction with Roosevelt at its center.
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Pipe Dream.

On March 27th the Statesman published an interview with Fred. C. Bradley, a member of the exposition commission. An extract follows:

“Today Mr. Bradley will visit Nampa to see Mr. Dewey and Mr. Purdum relative to an exhibit. from Thunder Mountain. It appears the people of Roosevelt have a novel project on foot. They propose to take a pack train loaded with ore straight from that camp to Portland, pitch a camp, and give an illustration of the life of the prospector. Commissioner McBride thinks he can secure ground for their camp if they determine to go ahead with the undertaking.”

This proposition is so preposterous that it hardly needs comment if it were to be read only by mining men and prospectors, or those accustomed to frontier life. It is ludicrous to a packer to read of loading a train with ore, driving it over mountain ranges for 150 miles and then for hundreds of miles over roads with barbwire fence on each side. Some one has surely had a “pipe dream.”
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Idaho has only one congressman, Burton L. French. He is said to be the youngest member of the national house of representatives. He has already made an enviable record for himself and one of which he and his state may well be proud. He is a tireless worker and though not given over to oratorical display accomplishes a vast amount of work with committees which has been of great value to his state as well as to the nation. lie is a man of great integrity as he has evidenced in his refusal to for the construction mileage grab, thus depriving himself … (page torn) … western …vote for the bill which was hardly less than a steal. Mr. French has already taken a commanding place in congress; we predict for him a great future. We are proud of his ability, and still more proud of his integrity.
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Why I Prospect.

‘Tis for the glamor of the life,
And the gleam of the virgin gold
That congour me visions,
Of a wealth untold.
And to perhaps see by my emprise
A city of free wild life arise,
And to feel at last
That when I am gone
My soul for the right
Will prospect on.

– Tamerack.
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Why Kentuckians Elope.

In the country districts of Kentucky a girl is an old maid at 25, at 30 she is passe and relegated to teacups, cats and knitting. Corkscrew curls are hers, and on her hands when she goes to church are half lace mitts, not kids. All this, writes a Shelbyville correspondent of the Henderson Journal, makes the race to conjugal happiness one of almost maddening haste – in Kentucky. Twenty-seven elopements in two days is the record of one backwoods county this season.

In common with all the other states of the Union, Kentucky has more poor families than rich ones, and a follows that the preponderance of marriages is among the former, whose purses are not always equal to heavy outlays for elaborate wedding ceremonies. Hence it is that the most economical scheme of elopement is highly popular, with the added advantage of the spirit of romance that surrounds the idea of running away and being pursued by alleged irate parents, who, it should be noted, never succeed in coming up with the elopers until the knot has been tied. The whole affair is a pleasing illusion, and may it always be so.

The old people, however, raise perennial objections – they always do. The old people are match-makers who follow all the traditions of the south, and the girl who is ambitious to dodge the implication of being called an old maid will take no risks. Down here in Kentucky there is no dearth of suitors, and the average Blue Grass belle does not have to wait long. She has sweethearts before she is out of short skirts, and it is no uncommon thing for her to be engaged while she still wears her hair in a long plait down her back and tops her curls with a junty tam-o’-shanter.

Here in Shelbyville eloping couples find a mecca. It is a quiet little place, with lots of churches and no end of obliging ministers. The town is a stop for all trains, but the elopers do not take the railroad route if they are in fear of being discovered – not in Kentucky. These young Lochinyars take the best high stepper from the stable and start down the pike in a good rig. They then feel assured that they will clear all pursuers and get the knot tied before the father can interrupt their plans by appearing on the scene with bootjack, gun or glad hand.

In some counties in Kentucky last fall the number of elopements is said to have been as great as that of ordinary unromantic, premeditated marriages. There are instances where three girls and three young men have formed a party and eloped together. The method of procedure sometimes is unique. The belle wants none of the traditions lacking – not in Kentucky. Her wardrobe may be slight, because she is in a hurry, but she is sure to take along Something old, something new, Something borrowed and something blue.

A Lawrenceburg farmer heard that his daughter was clearing out with the son of a neighbor. There was no very strenuous objection, and the father bought some wedding presents and with some of his friends started out in pursuit. They arrived in town about an hour after the ceremony and were told that the happy pair had gone to the hotel for dinner. The whole party, headed by the new bride’s father, rushed into the dining room and formally presented the gifts, afterward buying tickets for a honeymoon trip to Cincinnati.

Several marriages have been performed on railroad trains, and one couple sought refuge by taking their minister on board a boat which was plying on the Kentucky river below Frankford.

– Pittsburg Gazette.
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Following is a list of the officers of the Sunnyside company for the ensuing year: F. T. F. Lovejoy, president; J. C. Russell, vice-president; R. E. Russell, treasurer; C. J. Flemming, secretary; R. W. Purdum, general manager. Mr Purdum, in his report to the company, says the drifts and cuts at the mine have blocked out three and three-quarter acres of ore valued, according to the report of Prof. John Kruse, at $800,000 an acre. Mr. Purdum says that by means of the drilling machine now in use, the gold ore blanket has been located under 40 acres of ground and no indication of the limit has been found.
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Big Creek.

R. B. MacGregor and A. A. Lyden arrived from Ramey Ridge, and reported the development work done in the district during the winter was very satisfactory.

I. R. Frier, Supt. of the Pueblo Mining & Milling Co. sunk a shaft to the depth of 90 feet and run a crosscut at the bottom of the shaft, a distance of 70 feet, all in ore, and numerous pieces showing free gold. This company is figuring for the installation of a mill during the summer.

D. T. Davis, who is at present negotiating with a western company for his property on Beaver creek, has one of the best showings in the district. The lead is 60 ft. wide and crops for a distance of 800 feet, several places standing 20 feet above the surface. The values consist of gold and silver. Values from a trace to $40.

James Hand, who has been developing his property on Beaver creek during the winter, has extended his tunnel a distance of 50 feet – all in ore. The face of the drift having a vertical depth of 130 feet on the lead and free gold is very easily seen in the quartz with the naked eye.

Stewart and Lyden, whose property is on the Ramey Ridge side of Beaver creek, have a very good surface showing. They have two parallel leads a distance of 200 feet apart, one being 10 feet 8 inches wide and can be traced for a distance of 900 feet – values from $3.12 to $87.72. A crosscut tunnel has been run to a distance of 131 feet, but owing to not having supplies, were compelled to discontinue the work before reaching the lead. The other lead is 7 feet and can be traced 500 feet on surface – values as high as $70.

Stephenson and Lynch, who are located on Ramey Ridge, have shown up some excellent bodies of ore.

Butcher and Cassette, who were the discoverers of the district, have opened up with shaft and tunnels, a great body of ore. An average sample across the lead valued $11.40 in free gold.

Yates and MacGregor, who have been working on their properties on Ramey Ridge during the winter, report development work very satisfactory.

All told the prospects of the district are very promising.
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Had to Get His Breath.

One of the representatives from Texas says that while he was coming to Washington he was greatly amused by the antics of a young married couple on the sleeper.

“There was a continuous performance of kissing,” says the representative, “and the smacks could be heard like the cracking of a new saddle.” Finally there was a lull in the performance and the bride blurted out:

“Oh, Jim, dear, I fear you have ceased to love me.”

“‘No, no, darling,’ came the answer; ‘but I must have time to get my breath.’

“It was a half minute before the bridegroom ‘got his breath,’ and the smacking was resumed.”

– Washington Times.
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J. B. Pyle and John Sitting left last Sunday for a trip to Boise and will return in about six weeks.
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Do It Now.

When you’ve got a job to do,
Do it now!
If it’s one you wish was through,
Do it now!
If you’re sure the job’s your own,
Just tackle it alone;
Don’t hem and haw and groan —
Do it now!
Don’t put oil a bit of work,
Do it now!
It doesn’t pay to shirk,
Do it now!
If yon want to fill a place,
And be useful to the race,
Just get up and take a brace,
Do it now.

– Frank Harrington, in the New York Sun.
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The Statesman’s Ghost Story.

The Boise Statesman offered a prize of $5.00 for the best ghost story not exceeding 300 words.

Here is the prize winner:


Beside the usual crowd at the Hayville store, was a stranger in a shaded corner, listening, silently, as the others talked.

The wind shrieked dismally, dashing the rain against the windows.

“Makes me think o’ the night o’ man Hawkins killed himself,” said Pete Longman, as he shook the rain from his slouched hat and squirted a quid of tobacco under the farthest leg of the stove.

“Yes, me too. ‘Twas jist sech a night. I’d give mybody twenty five dollars jist to sleep in that house one night,” responded John Sloan, the storekeeper.

“Ye’ll kape yer twinty-foive, I’m thinkin’,” put in Mike Sullivan.

The stranger moved uneasily, then arose, saying:

“Gentlemen, I’m broke, and if you’ll guarantee me twenty-five dollars, I’ll sleep in that house to night. I don’t believe in ghosts.”

“Do it, an’ the twenty five’s yourn,” answered Sloan.

“You bet!”

“We’ll see’t ye git it,” came from the others.

The stranger hastened to the haunted house, accompanied to the front gate by Pete.

He stretched himself on the floor, expecting to go asleep at once, but after several hours, he was still wide awake.

“Just us two!” sounded a hoarse, ghostly voice at his side.

Up he started, caring naught for twenty-five dollars, nor for twenty-five thousand, for that matter. Breathlessly he went down the walk, pausing just long enough to open the gate, which stubbornly refused to yield to his efforts.

“Wasn’t that a devil of a race?” from the same ghostly voice at his elbow.

Off again, through the rain, he plunged, landing this time in a deep mud hole.

“Tired?” breathed the terrible voice. Yes, he was, but on he sped, never halting, until he had left the village far behind.

The ghost was a parrot, owned by the man who committed suicide.

– Ida R. M’Sparran.
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Another Pioneer Passes Away.

George Dyer, living near the Shaffer Ranch, on the South Fork of the Salmon, died of old age March 30th.

Mr. Dyer came around Cape Horn many years ago in company with Mr. Kelley, of the Kelley & Patterson firm, of Warren. He had lived in that section for a long time.
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Insane Man Missing.

At the time of Mr. Shaffers death reported elsewhere, an insane man, whose name we are unable to learn, was being kept temporarily at the ranch house. During the excitement which followed the sad drowning accident, the man disappeared and at last accounts he had not been heard of. Grave fears for his safety are entertained.
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J. W. Wright, a well-known Thunder Mountain and Warren mining man, for the past two years a resident of this city, died last night from an attack of grip. Mr. Wright leaves a wife and four children. Mr. Wright was interested in some of the most promising mining properties in the Thunder Mountain and Warren sections.

– Weiser World.
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The NEWS has two 2nd hand stoves for sale – one heating stove and one cook stove.
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His Opinion of Thunder Mountain.

B. F. Francis, in an interview with a Statesman reporter, describes his trip out, and in speaking of the country, says:

“The most noticeable thing in the whole Thunder Mountain country is the general air of confidence which pervades the whole district for miles in all directions from Roosevelt, the metropolis. This is not limited to those alone who are interested in the great mines whose wealth of mineral deposits has already. been established beyond all doubt, as for instance the Sunnyside, the Dewey, the H. Y. and the Mysterious Slide mines, but on every hand signs of great activity prevail and there seems to be good reason for this.

“Great bodies of heavily mineralized ore are being uncovered on all sides; in fact, there seems to be good indications that the whole country for 25 miles in all directions from Roosevelt will be dotted with stamp mills, and that, too, within a short space of time.

“The Standard mine is the latest big development. The Great Teriett lode, a body of ore 56 feet wide and averaging $10 per ton, has been cut and a drift is now being run. It is impossible at this time to even estimate the extent of this ore body.

“The town of Roosevelt is the commercial and mining center. It is favorably situated right in the heart of what will surely be one of the great mining sections of the world, embracing the Ramey Ridge country, with its great quartz deposits where extensive operations are showing fine developments, Rainbow mountain, a vast depository of mineral wealth, the Big creek country, which is among the most promising of all, and the copper camp district, ten miles below town, which has a fine showing of ore carrying good deposits of copper and gold.

“On the whole the Thunder Mountain country never looked so promising as it does today. Its experimental stage is passed; at least six stamp mills will be running by the last of the coming summer, and more will soon follow.

“The camp has every indication now of soon becoming one of the greatest bullion producers of the northwest.”
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International Happenings.

The free coinage of silver in Mexico ends the 16th of this month and a gold standard is established.

On March 22, Field Marshal Oyama gave to an associated press correspondent his first interview. When asked to discuss the probability of peace he answered, “I am only a soldier, not a politician.”

General Kuropatkin, after receiving two disastrous defeats from Field Marshal Oyama, was dismissed in disgrace from the supreme command of the Manchurian armies. He generously offered his services in any capacity at the front and was placed at the head of the very army which his successor Gen. Linevitch, had left, thus changing places with his former subordinate. This shows remarkable patriotism on the part of General Kuropatkin.

Emperor William is desirous of getting on closest terms of friendship with France and the French people says the Daily Chronicle of London. The time is opportune. The alliance of France and Russia is an unnatural one formed for sinister purposes and the results of the far East render the continuance of this alliance useless. It is much to be hoped that France and Germany will put aside their ancient enmity, so bitter since the Franco-German war, and be friends again.

Venezuela, or perhaps more properly, President Castro is making more trouble. Absolutely devoid of all consideration of the duties of a ruler toward the people, or one nation toward the other nations of the earth, he now proposes to capture New Orleans and teach the United States a lesson. He is not satisfying the just claims of any of his foreign creditors, and we may look for more trouble with this most turbulent little republic, whose whole history since it obtained its independence, has been one of disorder and revolution.
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In accordance with the president’s recommendation congress recently voted to return some confederate battle flags. A proclamation was issued by Gen. Stephen D. Lee, commander of the United Confederate Veterans, praising the president and congress for this action.

Colorado had three governors within 24 hours. Governor Adams was ousted, and Governor Peabody installed at 5 o’clock p. m. March 17th, and immediately after Peabody’s resignation was filed at 4:20 on the afternoon of the 18th, Lieutenant Governor McDonald was sworn in as governor.

For years, Addicks has held up the State of Delaware – for years at a time she has had but one U. S. senator and sometimes none at. all. On March 22nd the legislature adjourned after taking 49 ballots on the senatorship with no majority The state will have but one senator for two years more.
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State Items.

Two baloonists [sic], O’Dell and Dare, were killed in a double baloon [sic] ascension at Wallace, March 20th. They were between 150 and 200 feet from the ground and were almost instantly killed.

Twin Falls City is having a genuine boom and will be a good sized town within a very few years. Moreover, it will be a city of stability as it is situated in one of the finest agricultural districts in the northwest now that the great irrigation project is completed. On March 22nd, 3200 acres of land situated within a few miles of the city were sold at auction at an average price of $21.50; the water costs $15 an acre making the total average cost $36.50.

The Idaho Wool Grower’s Association bought the Great Western salt plant, 12 miles from Ogden, on March 2. Prior to that time, stock salt was selling at $6.05 F. 0. B. The price was controlled by the trust which dropped the price to $3.50 as soon as the association bought the Great Western. The association met the cut with a $3.00 rate; the trust again dropped to $2.50 which the association met. A great stock salt war is on. The Idaho Wool Grower’s Association consumes 5000 tons per year and the output of the Great Western is 20,000 tons.
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Further Reading

Link to Thunder Mountain and Roosevelt index page
Link: Public folder with images of the old newspapers
Link: November 5, 1904
Link: November 12, 1904
Link: February 4, 1905
Link: March 18, 1905
Link: March 25, 1905
Link: April 1, 1905
Link: April 8, 1905
Link: April 15, 1905
Link: April 22, 1905
Link: April 29, 1905
Link: May 6, 1905
Link: May 13, 1905
Link: May 20, 1905
Link: June 3, 1905
Link: June 24, 1905
Link: July 1, 1905
Link: July 15, 1905
Link: August 19, 1905

updated September 26, 2022