The Prospector and Thunder Mountain News April 15, 1905
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The Prospector and Thunder Mountain News
Roosevelt, Idaho April 15, 1905 Volume 1 Number 18
Thunder Mountain Mines
Progress and Development for the Past Week.
The H.Y. -Climax.
At the H. Y. -Climax the new shaft is down about 20 feet; no new developments have taken place but the work will be continued.
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Machinery for Roosevelt.
Two car loads of machinery have arrived in Boise says the Statesman, bound for Thunder Mountain. The shipment embraces an Ellspass mill complete. The company for which the shipment is intended has not yet made its plans public.
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The Burley tunnel at the Standard mine is now driven 260 feet. The rock is now solid requiring no further timbering and the Great Terrett Lode should be cut within … (page torn) tunnel the drift on the lode is in 75 ft. and 65 feet from the beginning of the drift a crosscut of the lode is being made. At this point the lode swerved slightly to the west but is coming back to its former direction. On the foot wall of the lode a drift was started south from the Elk tunnel Tuesday morning.
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Thirty-one men are on the payroll of the 20th Century Mining & Power Co. and the force is being constantly increased. Work is being pushed on the Central, the Toltac and the Blue Point tunnels.
A. A. Lyden, who is an experienced charcoal burner, has been given a contract to burn 2000 bushels.
The saw-mill, which was started and running smoothly last week, has been obliged to shut down for two or three days on account of an accident. A block of wood passed through the grizzlies and stripped the bevel geared wheel of cogs. The damage can easily be repaired however and sawing will soon proceed.
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Work is being pushed at the Sunnyside in preparation for the starting of the mill which will occur in a few days. The tramway is nearly ready, the crusher is being put in place, and the main stope is laid out so that the large number of miners required to furnish the ore may work to advantage. In the Bur Oak tunnel the raise to the blanket is progressing well.
A fine station has been built at the foot of the raise which is underground over 1800 feet. Cars are run under the ore compartments and iron slide doors, opened and closed with levers and worked with perfect case, allow the rock to fill the cars and shut off the discharge at the will of the operator.
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On March 11, THE NEWS called attention to the work being done on Reardon Creek by the owners of the Reliance and Helen Gould groups, eight claims in all. The owners are Frank S. Allison, Lester H. Busby and Richard R. Blackburn. Mr. Busby has just returned from the property and may well feel delighted with its showing. A representative of THE NEWS was allowed to pan some of the rock which was brought in and the prospect was … (page torn) group, where the work is now being done, is about three-fourths of a mile from the summit south of Diamond’s road house.
A well defined lode of quartz runs through the property, and in one place is so situated that by running a tunnel diagonally to the vein the ore will be reached in about 45 feet at a depth of 150 feet. The work is already begun on this tunnel. The surface rock is a white oxidized quartz and seems to be entirely free. Mr. Busby and his partners have great faith in this ground and firmly believe they have a valuable mine.
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Frank B. McCann and Lester H. Busby have made a conditional sale of their property on the east side of Sugar creek about two miles from Rainbow Summit. Capitalists from the East have an option on the group till July 15 for $50,000. A tunnel 65 feet in length has been run and the showing is good. The lode which is of porphyry is 45 feet in width and has both walls of granite well defined.
As the sale depends only upon the verification of the representations made by Mr. McCann and Mr. Busby, it is safe to say that the deal will go through all right.
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Big Creek Mines.
B. F. Goldman arrived from Big creek last Friday. In speaking of the country Mr Goldman said that the Independence mine never showed up well as at present. This is a great cyanide proposition. About 600 feet of tunnel work has been done. The rock is looking better and the assays are running higher.
The Crown Mining Co. is just letting a contract for 1200 feet of tunnel. Upon the developments in the main tunnel at the Independence, which joins the Crown Co.’s property, depends whether the work will be done on the Crown group or the Empress … (page torn) …
W. E Edwards is expecting parties from the East to inspect the property in which he is interested.
Shepp Edwards, in drifting for the Sunday lode on his claims, has run into a body of galena ore over twenty feet wide: He expects to reach the Sunday lode in about twenty days.
Mr. Goldman says the road to Big creek is assured. It is now only a question whether it will be built from Warren across the South Fork of the Salmon and over Elk Summit or branch from the Thunder Mountain road at Johnson creek and go up Profile creek. Mr. Goldman warns all travelers to avoid the Snowslide mountain trail for the next few weeks unless they can get over it early in the day. After passing on Friday, he watched two snow slides shoot down the mountain side tearing everything before them.
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Caption: Concentrator at Bay Horse, Idaho, showing town in background.
Bayhorse, Idaho Ghost Town
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The Mysterious Slide
Placer Ground on Mule Creek
Of all the mining properties of the Thunder Mountain country perhaps there is not one giving great promise, which is less known and concerning which there has been less said and written, than the Mysterious Slide group owned by Martin Curran and Ben Caswell, and for the past two years under the management of Joe Davis, one of the most thorough mining men in the country. Both the owners and Mr. Davis are reticent men which perhaps accounts for the fact that while, work has progressed steadily, the property has received tittle notice from outsiders.
Three of the five claims of this group are located on Mule creek with the stream flowing down through the middle of the ground, the other two are situated on the south side of the upper two claims and running parallel to them. The group is bounded on the … (page torn) property and thus extends down Mule creek from the Dewey mine about three-quarters of a mile and in a direction almost due west. The beginning of Thunder Mountain’s history was the placer from which the Caswell brothers sluiced some $20,000. This placer was situated on what is now the Dewey ground just above the present site of the Will and some 2000 feet above the Mysterious Slide claims on Mule creek.
At the time the Caswell boys were working their placer and before any ore had been found in place on Thunder Mountain, other parties had located the claims below them, or perhaps the placer would have been found at that time and worked to the mouth of the creek.
Mr. Davis has quietly worked the property and from his study of the formations he has formed a well grounded opinion concerning its possibilities and courteously gave to THE NEW’S representative his theory of its future which is outlined below. Mr. Davis’s cabin is situated in the Mule creek gulch about 1500 feet below the Dewey ground. From this point up the creek is a great gravel deposit the width of the gulch – about 200 feet, and varying from 50 to 100 feet in depth. This deposit probably contains eight hundred thousand tons of gravel and ore float which carries values in gold from $4 to $12 a ton. Mr. Davis considers this a great cyanide proposition. There is plenty of water in Mule creek to run such a plant and the returns would be enormous. The west tunnel on the property has been driven over 200 feet through this deposit obtaining a depth of about 60 feet … (page torn) … is noticed. A good prospect can be panned at any point in the tunnel which has been driven under great difficulties. It is wet and caves continually. The ground swells in places to such an extent that lagging cannot be used but the timber sets must be placed scarcely two feet apart.
A few hundred feet above this tunnel another has been driven 50 feet and there is no change in the formation or values.
Below the cabin little real prospecting has been done but Mr. Davis believes that when properly worked a good placer deposit will be found there.
We have mentioned the two claims on the south side of the other three and adjoining the Dewey. These claims lie on the range of hills which extends from Thunder Mountain proper in a westerly direction. A line in the direction of the Dewey stope would pass right through these claims and so it is not unreasonable to surmise that proper development will discover the ore body. The Missing Link tunnel has been run 450 feet but in a direction nearly east. At the time this tunnel was begun the work at the Dewey had not shown the general trend of the ore there. It is thought that by driving a tunnel due south into the side of the hill a good deposit of ore will be found. It is much to be hoped that this property will be thoroughly worked from this on. The developments thus far certainly indicate an extensive deposit of paying ground.
Mr. Davis is not able to say at this time what the future operations will be but he expects Messrs Curran and Caswell within a few weeks and believes that extensive work will soon be begun.
We feel sure that if given good development work the Mysterious Slide will take its proper place among the other great mines of Thunder Mountain.
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Big Creek Wagon Road.
Considerable controversy exists concerning the location of the new wagon road to the Big creek district. We presume the interests of the people living in that district and owning property there have very little right in the matter. The principal question to decide seems to be whether Warren, Meadows, Council and Weiser shall have the financial benefit derived from having that route, the outlet of the Big creek district, or whether Boise shall be the recipient.
The road to Johnson creek can be built for much less cost than to Warren and after it is once built could be used the year round as can the Thunder Mountain road over Elk Summit, would become absolutely impassible during several months of the year on account of its great altitude and snowslides.
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As we go to press, reports of the oriental situation are meager and uncertain. The movements of the Japanese armies are as … (page torn) shrouded … complete mystery … perfect secret … Field Marshal Oyama’s … moves has contributed largely to his success. With Napoleonic confidence in his own matchless ability as a master of offensive tactics and with perfect reliance upon the courage and blind patriotism of his troops, Oyama has planned and executed some of the most daring and overwhelming operations in the annals of war. Russia waits for the terrible blow she knows will soon be struck. We believe the commander-in-chief, Gen. Linevitch will prove a more aggressive fighter than did Gen. Kuropatkin, but it is difficult to conceive of a general capable of enough resource to vanquish the fanatically patriotic soldiers of Japan commanded by the greatest captain of the age.
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The Capital News is an honest, fearless, Democratic newspaper of a high order. We quote from its editorial columns: “They assert at Washington that Senator Gorman scored a victory in the defeat of the San Dominican treaty. Well, what if he did? It is triumphs of this kind that have relegated the democratic party to the rear as a political factor – always opposing some progressive idea, and with no definite purpose of achievement in view. San Domingo needs to feel for awhile. the strong hand of this government to bring order out of the existing chaos, and the president’s plan seems designed for that end. Gorman and his followers would defeat the program outlined without offering any substitute that will bring about a desired result. Such obtuse leadership is destined if adhered to persistently to wreck for all time the stained and leaking ship of democracy.”
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Considerable attention is being paid to the deposits on Rainbow mountain. Rainbow mountain was the scene of a lively excitement about eighteen or nineteen years ago, owing to the discovery of rich placers. The placers proving to be quite small, the excitement soon died down. Today, however, there are a number of promising quartz properties on the mountain, and considerable development work is being done.
– Mining Reporter.
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The NEWS desires to print something upon which all its readers will agree. Here it is — in this blank.
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The reports from the mines this week show increased activity in all directions. Thunder Mountain will soon take its place as a great bullion producer. Six mines and probably eight will have mills or cyanide plants in full operations before winter closes in again. We shall have a large and steady payroll which will continually increase.
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“Love, so says a scientific writer, is controlled by vibration,” remarked young Singleton.
“I guess that’s right,” answered Wedderly with a large, open-faced sign; “at least that had been my experience.”
“How’s that?” queried Singleton.
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– Chicago News.
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New Fish and Game Law.
Provisions of Enactment of the Last Legislature Put into Paragraphs
The following is a digest of the fish and game law enacted by the last legislature, which has been prepared in response to numerous inquires from sportsmen:
Licenses under the provisions of this act are of four classes, namely:
1. For a bona fide male resident (over 12 years of age) for six months prior to issuance, costing $1, entitling the holder to fish and hunt all kinds of game subject to the restrictions of this act.
2. For non-residents of Idaho, a big game license, costing $24, entitling holder to hunt the animals hereinafter mentioned, subject to the restrictions of this act.
3. For non-residents of Idaho, costing $5, entitling holder to hunt birds, subject to the restrictions of this act.
4. For non-residents, costing $1, entitling holder to catch fish with hook and line only, subject to the restrictions of this act (required of all non-residents, regard less of sex.)
Females and children under 12, residents of Idaho, are not required to procure license to fish and take game.
All licenses expire January 31 next following date of issuance.
The open season is as follows:
Trout, grayling, bass and sunfish may be caught at any time with hook and line.
Salmon, sturgeon, carp, mullet, sucker, whitefish, Bear Lake trout and charr may be caught with seine, net or spear.
Quail, Nov. 1 to Dec. 1; sage hen, July 15 to Dec. 1; turtle dove, snipe and plover, Aug. 1 to Nov. 1; partridge, pheasant, grouse, prairie chicken and fool hen, Aug. 15 to Dec. 1; duck, Sept. 1 to Feb. 1; geese and swans, Sept. 1 to Feb. 1.
Elk, deer, mountain sheep, mountain goat, Sept. 1 to Dec. 31.
Not more than 20 pounds of trout, bass, catfish, grayling, or sunfish may be caught in any one day, and not more than 30 lbs. to be had in possession at any time.
Unlawful to kill or destroy, or have in possession at any time trout or black bass of less than four inches in length.
Unlawful to take fish by means of any deleterious drug or by means of an explosive.
Snag hook fishing is absolutely prohibited.
The taking of Mongolian pheasants is absolutely prohibited for four years next following the passage of this act.
Unlawful to snare or trap any protected birds.
Unlawful to kill more than 18 of each of the following kinds of birds in one day, namely, quail, sage hen, partridge, grouse, prairie chicken or fool hen.
Unlawful to take in any one day more than 24 ducks, three geese or three swans.
Unlawful to take fish by means of any deleterious drug or by means of explosive.
Unlawful to destroy nest, eggs, or the young birds of any game bird, or to molest such birds or their young, during breeding season.
The hunting or killing of moose, antelope, buffalo, beaver and caribou is absolutely prohibited.
Unlawful to hunt deer, elk, mountain sheep, or mountain goats with dogs or by means of a pitfall, trap or snare.
Unlawful to kill or capture more than one elk, two deer, one mountain sheep, one ibex, and one goat during the open season.
It is unlawful to sell any protected fish or animals at any time of the year.
Unlawful to hunt any song, insectivorous or innocent bird, except English sparrow, magpie or bee bird, at any time of the year.
Unlawful to cause to be set on fire any timber, underbrush, or grass upon the public domain.
Unlawful not to totally extinguish any fire near any forest, timber or other inflammable material, before leaving the same.
The possession of game or fish unlawfully taken is a misdemeanor.
All devices and nets used in unlawfully taking fish or game are subject to confiscation.
Any and all persons violating any of the provisions of this act are guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be fined in a sum not to exceed $300 and costs, or by imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed six months, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
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News From Gold Field.
Joseph Cheatham arrived from the Gold Fields country last Friday and is glad to get back to Thunder Mountain where he has extensive mining interests. He says the great rush is now to Bullfrog, and that from 25 to 150 teams arrive there daily. A strip of country from Bullfrog, sixty miles long and twenty miles broad, is completely staked and Mr. Cheatham thinks the belt extends clear through into Northern California. He says the richness of … (page torn) disputed … long by a foot square, said to be worth $60,000. It had been sawed in two and showed a bar of gold running lengthwise several inches in diameter and the whole mass seemed to be alive with the precious metal.
Although thousands of claims have been located in the Bullfrog country, there are but twelve, says Mr. Cheatham which have produced anything or give any promise of producing anything, except the fact that they are situated in a gold producing country. As in all other great strikes the country is entirely overrun and everything is overdone. At least 5000 people are in the vicinity of Bullfrog and at least 3000 are “broke.”
Three stage lines run to Bullfrog and they are taxed to their full capacity.
One great drawback to the country is the great scarcity of water. It sells for 50 cents per barrel and to water a pair of mules or horses at the spring or well costs 25 cents. A ranch there with a good spring is better than an ordinary gold mine. He speaks of one rancher who is making $100 a day from his road house and water.
Mr. Cheatham was fortunate in finding some old acquaintances and in company with these they took a pair of mules with a wagon and loading it with provisions, mostly water, they went on a prospecting trip for three weeks – as long as the water would last. The climate is hot and dusty and the dry, hot wind fills the air with alkali dust till it is almost unbearable. Mr. Cheatham says Thunder Mountain with its pure air, bright skies and crystal water is good enough for him.
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W. W. Matheny went down to the mouth of Rush Creek Tuesday looking for his horse.
T. J. Lynch went to Rush creek this week on a prospecting trip. He took three horses.
Clay Spicer is in from Warren. He reports not a large amount of work being done in that locality.
D. Diamond, proprietor of Diamond’s Road House at Reardon creek, was in town on a business trip this week.
O. T. Lingo goes to the Middle Fork this week for a load with his train. He will do local teaming and packing this summer, also supply logs and wood. See his ad.
Postmaster J. B. Randell left Monday for Boise on a business trip. He will be absent several weeks and expects to bring Mrs. Randell and his daughter back with him.
Thomas Neighbors has moved to the Buffalo Cabin on the Buffalo group. He is daily expecting the arrival of S. P. Burr who will survey the property in order that the ground may be patented.
The property on the canyon-side, opposite THE NEW’S office, which was sold to Eastern capitalists and mentioned last week as the Alliance No. 1, 2 and 3, should have read Dividend No. 1, 2 and 3.
A laundry is opened this week next door to THE NEW’S office. This is the only laundry in town and the work will be first-class. No chemicals are used and the clothes will be clear but not destroyed.
Travelers going to Big creek should heed the caution expressed by B. F. Goldman about snowslide Mountain. It is positively unsafe to pass over the trail around the mountain after the snow begins to thaw.
A. D. Almond and Robt. Skinner are building a dwelling house 16×24 feet in the clear, for Sam Bell. The house is situated on the rear of the lot on the west side of Main street thus leaving the front for business purposes.
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New Business Building.
L. A. Wayland & Son commenced their building opposite Amusement Hall Tuesday morning.
They have there two lots making a frontage of 50 feet. The whole front will be occupied by the building, making the largest frontage of any building in town. The structure will be two stories high and well lighted.
In the rear of the store and across the Monumental, Wayland & Son are building a cellar in the solid rock of the canyon-side. This will have tripple [sic] doors making a cellar that will never freeze and one that will always be cool in summer. The bank of the creek has been thoroughly cribbed and the stream will be bridged high so that the whole lot may be used from the street clear back to the canyon wall.
The building when completed will contain the general merchandise store of L. A. Wayland & Son, the Recorder’s office, and other office rooms for rental.
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Fishers Make a Big Catch
Lashed to the stern of a small fishing craft, the largest fish ever taken in Puget Sound came to this port, says the Seattle Post Intelligencer. It measured a trifle more than nine feet in length, and weighed probably 600 pounds. There was a dispute regarding its species when the black monster was towed in by Nick Dupont and a crew of Greek fishermen. Some were of the opinion that he was of the shark variety, and a majority, including men who claim to have seen the same kind in foreign waters, were of the opinion that it was a blackfish.
Dupont operates a small salmon fishing crew on the sound. The nets were set off West Seattle, and about 2:30 o’clock in the morning the crew went out in charge of Dupont, to make the haul. No sooner had they taken hold of the seine than there was a terrific struggle beneath the waters, and it was evident that more than salmon had been caught. The men pulled the net to the surface, when the captive was brought to view.
For a moment the tremendous tail lashed the water into a foam. The net was torn from one end to the other, and whatever the catch of salmon had been, it was released.
While the fish was struggling a rope was secured and made fast about its tail. It was then the work of a few minutes to take the oars and pull for the shore.
On the way over the fish seemed to be fagged out, and did not make much resistance until near the wharf, when he began to fight, and for a moment it looked as though the little fishing craft and its occupants would be sent to the bottom. However, the men managed to keep the fish away, and finally he was landed near a jetty, where he remained over night.
Rough measurements showed him to be a little more than nine feet long. His body is black in color. In form he resembles very much the sturgeon. His back is straight, and his tail bevels up fully a foot over the top of his back? In his thickest part he measures probably 18 inches through, and tapers from head to tail. His eyes are very large, and protrude, giving him the appearance of great ferocity.
After he was tied to the stern of the fishing smack he appeared to be at ease, and took a long rest. An hour later he tugged at the two feet of rope which was given him to play, but again realized his captivity, and settled down for the night.
Within the recollection of the oldest fishermen in Seattle there never was so large a fish taken in Puget Sound before. He is evidently at home in the ocean, and adventure led to his fate.
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Julius Lachs is building the desks for the school house.
McAndrews & Reuter received a lot of new clothing by the last stage.
E. L. Reid, who has had a serious attack of pleurisy has recovered and is again about town.
R. W. Purdum, general manager of the Sunnyside mine has been nominated on the citizen’s ticket for mayor of Nampa.
Felix Lanter came to town Thursday. He has been cooking for Sam Poll this winter and this is the first time he has been in town since Oct. 13 — exactly six months.
W. H. Courtney arrived Thursday from Wallace where he has been spending the winter. He intends opening a restaurant as soon as he can get his building on Main street in readiness.
Bert Ailport, the sub-contractor for this end of the mail route has made arrangements with McAndrews & Reuter to act as local passenger and express agents for all traffic over the line.
Suppose that everyone was called upon for proof of every statement that was made reflecting upon the character of other people, it would put the gossips out of business.
– Northern Idaho Mail.
R. E. Went came in Thursday from Rifle, Colo. He brought in a team from Boise valley and sold them to Bert Ailport, the stage proprietor. Mr. Went will remain it Roosevelt for some time.
B. B. Scott has just returned from Haily [sic] where he has been on a business trip. He reports the road from Knox to Southwest Fork as being very bad. On the summit the snow is deep and not of sufficient strength to bear a, horse during the warmer part of the day.
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White Bird, situated 20 miles south of Grangeville, was nearly wiped out by fire March 23. The estimated loss is $30,000.
James F. Wardner, a mining man of international reputation died recently at El Paso, Texas. The town of Wardner, Idaho, was named in his honor.
M. L. Parker, secretary of the Idaho State Press Association, has completed arrangements for an excursion of the association through the Northwest leaving Boise about June 23. The route leads through Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, Victoria and other western cities. It is possible that the trip will be extended to Sitka.
Any section of the state desiring a wagon road built under the authority of the act of the last legislature establishing a state wagon road commission must pay dollar for dollar with the state. That is the decision arrived at by the commission, which is now in session in this city. The commission has but $50,000 at its disposal. Several times that amount is asked in bills presented during the legislative session and which went over by unanimous consent to be considered by the commission. In order that any appreciable benefits should accrue to different parts of the state it was found necessary to adopt the dollar for dollar rule, which was done by resolution.
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President Castro, of Venezuela, has sent a special envoy named Jose de Jesus Paul to Washington to notify the national government that American Minister Bowen is not agreeable to the Venezuela president.
Emperor William is making an extensive cruise in the Mediterranean sea on the Hamberg-American steamer Hamberg. Dressed in the uniform of a British field marshal he inspected the troops at Gibraltar March 31.
The mystery of the blowing up of the U. S. Battleship Maine* has at last been solved says the Capital News Gessler Rossean, a bomb manufacturer now waiting in the tombs at N. Y. for sentence says that he made the bomb used to destroy the Maine. It was an accident, however, and the Cuban who attached the bomb to the Maine intended to destroy a Spanish ship. He committed suicide. Rossean has just been convicted of sending a box of dynamite on to the Cunard Liner Umbra two years ago.
[* Wikipedia USS Main Sinking]
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Cassie L. Chadwick* has been sentenced to serve ten years in the penitentiary.
[* Wikipedia Cassie L. Chadwick]
The national debt on March 31 at the close of business, less cash in the treasury, amounted to $988,624,599.
Washington, March 30. — Senators who called on the president today to consult as to the probable time of the re-assembling of congress were informed it was likely the special session will be called for October 16.
The Daily Mining Record, of Denver, the only daily mining journal in the world, published on March 17th its annual statistical edition. It was a superb edition of 96 pages, rich with good illustrations and reliable statistics.
The President is taking a two month’s vacation. He left Washington April 3 and while he will deliver a few addresses, the object of the trip is the re-union of his old regiment of rough-riders at San Antonio April 7, and it hunting excursion in Texas and Colorado.
Hon. W. J. Bryan is actively engaged in a systematic organization of Dramatic Clubs in preparation for the national election of 1908. He believes that if general interest is awakened and a campaign of education carried on, the votes of the people will again sweep the Democratic party into power.
A terrible explosion took place in Joseph Lether’s coal mine near Benton, Ill., April 3. The force of the explosion was so great that one of the steel cages was blown to the surface from the bottom of the shaft. At last reports, April 4, it was thought that nearly 50 miners had lost their lives.
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Roosevelt Has Another Baby.
The second child to be born in Thunder Mountain came to Dr. and Mrs. Kilgour April 10. Both mother and daughter are doing well. The child has been named Ruth Frances.
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Ed Lewis went to work at the Standard last week.
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