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The Prospector and Thunder Mountain News July 1, 1905

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The Prospector and Thunder Mountain News

Roosevelt, Idaho July 1, 1905 Volume 1 Number 29

Mr. Treweek’s Opinion of the Goldfield District.

Just before coming to Thunder Mountain Mr. Treweek was sent by Salt Lake capitalists into the Tonopah and Goldfield districts of Nevada. After a careful examination of the principal properties there he states that in his opinion these districts have a very bright future. The mineral is really there and in quantities that will justify the most extensive development.

In the Kawich district Mr. Treweek observed surface croppings so rich that the gold upon the rock could be seen at a distance of several feet. This is indeed remarkable, and when the fact is taken into consideration that the deepest shaft is only 135 feet — a mere prospect as yet — one can only wonder what will be brought to light when real development shall open up that section. It is Mr. Treweek’s belief that that is a great mineralized zone with a vast series of veins paralleling each other. The Kawich district lies some sixty-five miles south of Goldfield.

The great drawback and hindrance to the development of this district is the absence of water. While it is true that water for household use can he secured from a point about thirteen miles to the north, yet water in sufficient quantities for milling purposes is not now available and it is a serious question whether it can he secured. In south Kawich water costs the mining companies from $3 to $4 per barrel.

The Tonopah district, Mr. Treweek states, contains some very fine and promising properties and it is his judgment that they will prove without doubt, substantial and permanent as depth is gained. Tonopah lies about twenty-nine miles from Goldfield.

Mr. Treweek says that Goldfield is somewhat quiet now compared to what it has been — a reaction setting in from the boom. However, there are several producing mines among which being the Florence, Combination, January and others. The Combination mine has a shaft down 300 feet in which water was struck. The water rose to a distance of 50 feet and affords a permanent supply for milling purposes. At the January there are several thousand tons of low grade ore lying on the dump which is now being treated at the Gardner mill. There are three stamp mills in the camp at present.

Referring to the possibilities of Goldfield in the near future Mr. Treweek states that in all his mining experience covering the time since he was but fourteen years of age and extending over Australia, New Zealand, France, United States and other parts of the world, he has never seen a more mineralized section than that at Goldfield and surrounding districts. It is a vast region of surprises in the way of mineral formations and time only will show to the world the wonderful richness of those deserts. Mr. Treweek considers the future of Goldfield as very bright indeed.

Goldfield, like many new camps of the past, has been overrated and boomed beyond the bounds of reason in its beginning. This is due to frantic efforts of certain promoters to gratify personal ambition and a craving for illegitimate revenue. Picture assays alone were heralded to the world through yellow journals and represented as being average values from prospects and properties throughout the district. These wild and fictitious tales eventually were run to earth and probed. Then came a reaction and Goldfield was in many instances condemned. Goldfield will eventually settle down to a conservative business basis and then its true merit will be recognized by all.

One unsatisfactory condition prevailing there, according to Mr. Treweek, is the tendency on the part of prospectors to hold their [prospect?] … (page torn) … fabulous that capital is turned away. It is hoped and believed that this condition will right itself eventually. Mr. Treweek also believes that capitalists will await the outcome of development on the Combination and other properties before investing to any great extent.

Referring to the reported plague at Goldfield and of the many deaths there, Mr. Treweek says that while quite a number a deaths have occurred yet the idea of a plague is absurd. The days are very warm, the nights cool, and occasionally there occur dust storms that sweep up from the desert quantities of impalpable dust. Many deaths have resulted from the simple fact that many people who rushed into the deserts were totally unprepared for conditions as they exist and so were unable to properly care for themselves. The reports of a plague were sent broadcast over the country by towns and camps outside of Goldfield and Tonopah as a result of rivalry and jealousy and a desire to divert capital and people away from these two places.
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Sam Hancock has been selected as foreman at the Sunnyside mine.

C. W. Heath has accepted the position as cook at the Dewey mine.

Born — In Roosevelt, June 26, 1905, to the wife of Ed. Myres, a son.

Jack Green arrived Monday from Nampa with a train of pack horses.

J. C. Cawley, John Wagner and M. S. Hicks have been chosen as judges for the drill contest on the Fourth.

S. A. Hindman(?), of Warren, was in town this week on a business trip.

H. P. Brown has been suffering recently from a (severe?) attack of rheumatism.

Lee Lisenby has just received a new supply of liquors, cigars and hotel fixtures.

Sam Hancock has commenced the erection of a neat cottage in the south part of town.

C. B. Murphy, of Nampa, arrived last Monday and will spend sometime in Roosevelt.

Silence is not always an indication of wisdom – it sometimes conceals a world of ignorance.

Prosper and Ugene Aveline(?), of Boise, were in Roosevelt this week taking a look around.

D. S. Cotter, C. E. Curtis and James Tucker returned Thursday from Boise. Mr. Cotter will start work immediately on his claims.

D. T. Sillivan has commenced the annual assessment work on his claims on Cornish creek. He will also do some prospecting while over there.

E. L. Abbott returned the first of the week and is familiarizing the now superintendent and the assistant managers … (page torn) … various properties … (page torn) … Sam Bell … (page torn) on the Cheapman group of claims, owned by the Thunder Mountain Pearl Mining Co. Mr. Bell has secured some good miners and started work.

W. C. Cooper was in town the first of the week. He informed us there is a big deal pending in his section of the country but could not furnish the full particulars.

When the mail arrived last Saturday there were seven extra sacks of old mail that had been strung along the road for three months. This mail belonged on the old contract. It consisted principally of old papers which were wet and useless.

We are in receipt of an illustrated pamphlet of the Thunder Mountain country, issued by the Thunder Mountain Gold-Reef Mining & Development Corporation of Kansas City, Mo. This class of actual advertising is a credit to a country and a company.

The Braddock Gold Mining Milling Co., as the reorganizer of the Monongahela Gold Mining & Milling Co., which property is situated on Holly Terror and consisting of four claims are making arrangements to have their property patented the coming summer.

W. W. Matheny returned the first of the week from a prospecting trip on the Middle Fork and its tributaries. Mr. Matheny is fairly well pleased with the country and will return to that section shortly. He says the Yellow Jacket mine is starting up to make a temporary test. The Singiser mine is also starting up again.

Chas. Schultz and the Rose brothers, from Blackbird, arrived in camp this week and will probably stop in this district this summer. These gentlemen are favorably impressed with the condition and outlook in the Thunder Mountain district and may conclude to spend some time in prospecting here.
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On the night of June 21st the westbound Twentieth Century flyer was wrecked on the Lake Shore road near Mentor, Ohio. Nineteen persons were killed and as many more injured.
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The citizens of Roosevelt are not only offering the people that visit this city a rare treat and a good time on the glorious Fourth but are spending more money to make it a financial success than any other town of its age in the State. There is no town offering more inducements for a good time than you will get here in the heart of the mountains.
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The White Knob Copper company’s mines, smelters, etc , will be sold at sheriff’s sale at Mackay, July 7, to satisfy a judgment and decree of foreclosure and sale obtained in the district court on June 8, 1905, by the United States Mortgage & Trust Company. The judgment is for $1,068,666.67 besides counsel fees, $7,500 interests and costs.

— Hailey Times.
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Peace negotiations between Russia and Japan appear to be at a standstill at present and the … (page torn) are steadily pushing the Russian outposts back upon their main defenses. It seems probable that a big battle will yet be fought between the opposing forces in Manchuria before either nation will be satisfied to seriously consider a withdrawal from the conflict.
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A maniac in San Francisco last week broke loose from a monotonous routine and for two hours gave a most thrilling and realistic performance for the benefit of a thousand people on the streets. The show was free and extended through three acts when the curtain had to be rung down for lack of a player. The man of bug-house tendency began by firing furniture through a window in a hotel down upon the heads of people in the streets. Then procuring a shot gun and loading it with powder, buck shot and $50 and $100 bills, he gave his undivided attention to shooting all the persons he could reach. Finally, the police pressed him so closely that he concluded to do the final grand act, and turning the gun on himself, blew the top of his head off. Speaking of the wild and woolly northwest it looks as if Frisco doesn’t require any “showing.”
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E. W. Dewey has received the returns from the last 38 days run of the Dewey mill at Thunder Mountain, prior to its closing down awaiting supplies. The number of tons of ore crushed were 1494. Recovered in bullion $7 a ton which made an actual saving of 87 per cent. The full amount recovered was $10,587.69.

— Nampa Leader-Herald.
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C. M. Orr arrived the first of the week from Nampa with a load of passengers.
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19050701Pg2-txt1headline1Change of Mail Schedule.

The mail changes time today and will go on the following time until the 31st of October. It will leave Roosevelt Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 6 p. m. It leaves Thunder City for Roosevelt on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays not later than 7 p. m. It will make the trip in 26 hours.
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19050701Pg2-txt1headline2$15 Reward.

One gray horse, weight about 1125 pounds, no brand, flee bitten on shoulders and neck, dapple gray on hind quarter, long mane and saddle marked.

The above reward will be paid upon delivery of same at Dewey mine.

– E. Haug.
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The sales of landed property, both in cities and the country, east and west, everywhere, show how much gold has depreciated in value. The men who say that gold always remains the same, that a twenty-dollar piece is the same yesterday, today and forever, are right in the abstract statement, but still what they say is not true. Fluctuations in the value of property merely indicate the fluctuations in what men call money, for money in itself is valueless; it is merely a measure of property value. The man who, fifty years ago, possessed a million dollars in gold was very rich. Why? Because he could exchange it for vast amounts of property. Had he been dying of thirst out on the desert, he would have given half his gold for a quart of water. He could loan his gold on government security and draw down $70,000 per annum in interest. With that money he could purchase as much property or merchandise as three times that sum will purchase now. But now on the same security he could not obtain in interest to exceed one-third of $70,000, and with it could not purchase merchandise or property of any kind to the amount of what the same money would have purchased fifty years ago. Hence it seems to be reasonably clear that the $20 piece of fifty years ago is really worth now only about one-third of what it then was, and it is clear that gold has … (page torn) … purchasing power it advances and recedes precisely as its volume decreases and increases. The man who, fifty years ago, could retire and live comfortably on the interest of $20,000, would require today, to purchase the same thing that he bought then, the interest on quite $80,000. The reason is he could obtain only half the rate that he obtained then, and he would have to pay double for what be bought. Of course there are exceptions to this, but the general rule is as stated above.

If the Socialists ever gain control of the country, about the poorest men will be those who have their property in money, for what will they be able to do with it in order to buy food and clothing? There will be no public utilities in which to invest — their money will be like that of the men on the desert perishing for want of a cup of water.

This depreciation of money, we suspect, is the mother of all the strikes in the country, for the rule is, invariably, that when money begins to lose its value, as evidenced by the advance of property when measured by gold, the last thing to respond to the general advance in prices is the rates paid to wage-earners. The working men of Utah — and Utah is no exception — are generally paid the same rates of wages that were paid ten years ago. But with their wages ten years ago they could buy of food and clothing quite 40 per cent. more than they can purchase now. If they only just about lived then, how many luxuries, even comforts, must they surrender now in order to live? Great scarcity of money is a mighty misfortune to a country, but an over-abundance of money is a perpetual menace to a country’s peace.

— Goodwin’s Weekly.
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19050701Pg4-txt1headline2Fortunes, Now and Then.

There has been considerable talk lately of the enormous fortunes some of our American multimillionaires have amassed. The methods by which these fortunes sometimes are accumulated have been very severely criticised [sic] about Rockefeller’s offered gift of $100,000 for the conversion of pagans. Henry Clews now publishes an estimate of some American fortunes. John D. Rockefeller heads the list with half a billion dollars. Andrew Carnegie, who has given away $115,000,000 is still rated as worth a quarter of a billion. William Waldorf Astor is said to be the owner of about $200,000,000 worth of American real estate. His brother, John Jacob, has $75,000,000. The Gould family is put down for $170,000,000. Marshall Field, Chicago’s richest man, is rated at $100,000,000. The Vanderbilts, Russel Sage and many others have more than they need.

It has been thought that never before, in the history of the world, were there such fortunes accumulated. But William E. Curtis corrects this impression. In the glorious days of Rome there were still wealthier citizens than any in this country. Ptolemaesus Philadelphus* was worth a billion dollars. He, like our Rockefeller, was of a literary taste, and he made Alexandria a seat of learning of undying fame. Cicero lived in a $50,000 mansion; and Seneca was a philosopher worth $120,000,000. Rome, then, certainly had its wealthy men, as our country has today.

-Desert News.

Wiki: *Ptolemaios Philadelphos
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19050701Pg5-txt1headline1The Passing of the Prospector.

It has been said that the old-time prospector as a distinct character is rapidly passing from off the stage of action. The virgin wilderness of a generation ago is a scene of activity today or has reached a zenith of greatness and now is but a memory. The prospector — we mean that picturesque figure of the past, so vividly portrayed by that prince of western writers, Brete Harte* — has “moved on,” seeking newer and wilder regions as civilization has kept encroaching upon the domain of his activity. Occasionally we find him now but only at great distances from the common lines of travel and the busy marts of trade. He does not seek the seclusion of the wilderness from any hatred or ill will of the busy, bustling commercial world. He blazes new trails through the wilds or follows the dim paths of the startled beasts only because he loves the wilderness better and there he is at home.

Among the mountains about us, here and there, can yet be seen a representative of that race of sturdy, fearless men who pioneered the way into the heart of the unknown. Unique they stand, generally large of stature, square shouldered and erect, with flowing locks and clear of eye — powerful men — with an ease of bearing and grace of carriage to which men of these later days might well aspire. Observe him carefully when once again you meet him, for the fullness of years will soon press him into the oblivion of the past from whence comes nothing more tangible than a memory.

Wiki: *Bret Harte
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19050701Pg5-txt1headline2Glove Contests.

I challenge the “Terrible Swede” for a 15 round glove contest to a finish. Fight for a $100 purse, $50 a side on the 4th of July. Will come to an agreement at NEWS office.

– WM. Roe, of Boise.

I will challenge Jim Hoffman for a 10 round glove contest for $100 a side. Fight to take place in Roosevelt, if this challenge is accepted. I will meet you July 2nd at THUNDER MOUNTAIN NEWS office.

– Nick Dorsey, of Roosevelt.
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19050701Pg5-txt1headline3Notice of Publication.

Notice is hereby given that on the 17th day of July, 1905, at Roosevelt, County of Idaho, State of Idaho, proof will be submitted of the completion of works for the diversion of one cubic foot per second of the waters of Little Lake Creek, in accordance with the terms and conditions of a certain permit heretofore issued by the State Engineer of the State of Idaho:

1. The name of the corporation holding said permit is Thunder Mtn. Gold and Silver M. & M. Co.

2. The place of business of such corporation is Roosevelt, County of Idaho, St.ate of Idaho.

3. The number of such permit is 1056, and the date set for the completion of such work is July 17, 1905.

4. Said water is to be used for milling and domestic purposes.

5. Said works of diversion will be fully completed on the date set for such completion, and the amount of water which said works are capable of conducting to the place of intended use, in accordance with the plans accompany the application for such permit, is one cubic foot per second.
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link: Notice For Publication.rtf
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Here and There.

Wm. Midgley returned Wednesday from Boise.

The Amusement Hall restaurant will be reopened today.

B. F. Francis has a full line of bunting and flags for the Fourth.

A good sheet iron stove for sale cheap. Good as new. Enquire [sic] at this office.

Newton Hibbs and J. R. Noss have returned from Salmon. They report a moist time.

P. G. Swayne and H. A. Hummell are erecting a building on the west side of Main street.

Rhodes and Kettering will have their building sufficiently finished to be used on the Fourth.

A. A. Lyden and B. B. Scott are working on plans for a saw mill and electric light for Roosevelt.

Geo. A. Stephens came in from Red Mountain district, Colorado, last Tuesday and will make this his future home.

J. B. Randell on his return Thursday says there are 50 wagons on the road from the Transfer loaded with supplies for this camp.

T. J. Thompson & Co. have commenced the erection of a building 25×50 at their present stand between the Dewey and H. Y. mines.

John Sittig came in the latter part of last week from Boise and is now doing the assessment work on the Triple Alliance claims in which he is interested.

D. W. McFadden, of Boise is in town and is looking over a mining situation with a view of starting work immediately. They have the necessary supplies.

W. D. Bull was in town Thursday on his way out to Vanwyck. He brought in some vegetables from the ranch that were a credit to any section of the county.

Grand 4th of July dinner at the Overland Cafe.

The frame of the new addition to the Lisenby hotel is about up. This will be the largest frame building in the city when finished and will help the appearance of that end of the town.

P. W. Duffes, assistant manager of the Sunnyside and Mrs. M. F. Campbell, arrived in town Monday. Mrs. Campbell will most likely spend the summer here and Mr. Duffes will remain only a short time.

Orr & Morrison and Hanson & Cohern have their freight outfits on the road loaded with over 100,000 pounds for the Dewey mine and the Robb Mercantile Co. They loaded from the Robb Mercantile Co. on the outside.

Martin Curran arrived in town Thursday and is looking over their mining situation. Mr. Curran says part of their machinery is at the transfer and the teams have returned to Boise for the remainder. The first load will arrive about the 15th of the month.

The Roosevelt Laundry will change hands today and the present proprietors request all those having laundry uncalled for to please call and get it and settle the bill by July 3rd. The laundry will be conducted hereafter by Mrs. Wersing and will be moved above the recorder’s office.

The sage brush freight question has commenced to present itself again this year. Freighters have commenced to turn in goods that are broken open and smashed up. This will be of short duration for it is meeting with disapproval by the merchants paying for the freight.

Quick service at the Overland Cafe.

Hunter E. Crane arrived Tuesday from the outside. Mr. Crane and James LeRoy are partners in the building being erected north of the amusement hall. They are pushing the work on the building which will be a good structure when completed. They have a new piano and a good stock of liquors on the road and will soon he ready for business.

Work at the H. Y.-Climax property is progressing steadily and their three shafts are being sunk without interruption. Heretofore water has been encountered in almost too plentiful quantities but this is now rapidly disappearing and everything is working well. The bottom of the shaft started in June is looking exceedingly promising and it is the intention of the management to increase the working force after the Fourth.

Special dinner at the overland Cafe on the 4th.

John Treweek, of Salt Lake City, general superintendent for the Sunnyside mine arrived in Roosevelt last Monday. Mr. Treweek comes well recommended and he undoubtedly understands his business. Mr. Treweek was at one time superintendent of the Mercur mine in Utah. This mine was running behind at the time he took hold of it but he succeeded in putting it on a paying basis. The last position he held was as resident consulting mining engineer of the Mines DePierrefitte in the Hautes Pyrennees mountains, that divides Spain from France. These mines are owned by a London company.

Sam Gillam has now commenced to finish and decorate his place of business in earnest. While in Boise on his recent trip Mr. Gillam purchased all the necessary material with which to do this work and his taste will show for itsslf [sic]. There will be five room in the building when finished. The main room has been neatly papered and a nice paper finish given to the back bar. Charley Ball has been doing this artistic work and it is done well and is a credit to the profession. Mr. Gillam is having a stage placed in the rear of the room where he will place a new piano he has on the road. This will be here in time to furnish music for the 4th. Mr. Gillam has just received a fine line of cigars and bonded liquors.
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