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The Prospector and Thunder Mountain News July 15, 1905

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The Prospector and Thunder Mountain News

Roosevelt, Idaho July 15, 1905 Volume 1 Number 31


19050715Pg1A-Ad1The Robb Mercantile Co.
Sunnyside, Idaho

We handle Armour’s Rex Brand Ham and Bacon.
The Best California Canned and Dried Fruit.
Schillings Best Spices and extracts.
Chase & Sabborns, Lions, and Arbuckles Coffees.
Strong & Garfield Boots, and many other good makes
In fact everything in Miner’s and Prospector’s Supplies at Reasonable Prices.
The Store Where You Get Your Money’s Worth
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19050715Pg1B-Headline1The Song Of The Coins
A Word Painting of the Creation

Hold in one hand a silver coin and in the other hand a coin of the yellow metal. As thus they are held both are mute and silent as though they were but fragments of rock. Let one coin, however, gently strike the opposite coin and each will begin to rapidly vibrate, and from them will issue ringing, metallic-like sounds which in most cases fall pleasantly upon the ear. These sounds will often denote to the practiced ear the single spurious piece from among a number of coins looking precisely alike. But giving these two coins the benefit of the question, let us strike them together again, and as the pleasant notes blend in musical harmony let us loose the fetters which may bind our imagination to the prosaic condition of our lives, and thus loosed let it catch the contagion of the music of the coins and in rhythmic measure let it sing the Song of the coins to the music which they produce.

And what a marvelous story we are privileged to hear. Abruptly and at once the Song speaks strange words of creation’s dawn when worlds in vaporous form whirled through the immeasurable vastness of space, ever held in orbits by some mysterious and invisible power. Countless ages passed, and the wild abandon of the glowing globes of vapor gave way to steadier habits, and the elements, many of them, rested in their flight and became as liquids. It was here that the two elements, gold and silver, wooed and mated. (The music of the coins now breathes the sweet tenderness of love.) Other ages passed, and the new world changed, and a thin, quivering crust formed that ever and anon was rent asunder, rendering visible the glowing liquids beneath. Still later the crust thickened and crystallized, and the days and nights were of long duration, so that rains and floods followed the hours of darkness while burning heat was characteristic of the day. Mountain ranges were slowly lifted above the waters, while the metallic elements in solution filled the seams and crevices in their rugged sides and there remain. Often with shock and rush and roar great sheets of molten rock forced themselves up through the overlying crust, and along these contacts the Song tells us that many times there were deposited the precious metals. Vast seas of ice at different periods drifted down from the north and plowed wide valleys through the land. The mountain sides were ground smooth and the fragments of rock were pulverized to dust, while the minerals they contained were left behind to be found in future ages in the beds of streams that once had flowed beneath glaciers.

Until now the music of the coins has been free and full of animation and power as the Song has told of the joy of existence, or it has been tender and dreamful as if nearing the borderland of love. But now it has changed to a harmony of mingled emotions which the song interprets as those of wonder and sorrow and admiration and awe. For the Song now speaks of the advent of strange creatures – an alien band – that spread over the earth conquering and subduing. These beings who called themselves men learned the lessons of nature and used their wisdom to battle with the forces of the earth. Some traversed the hidden places of the world and brought forth the metals of gold and silver which were soon recognized as valuable possessions by reason of certain enduring characteristics and qualities peculiar to them. And from this time gold and silver was forced by the sons of men to play a most important part in the drama of the world’s progress. Empires, nations and states rose, flourished and decayed according as their assets were based upon the valuation of silver and gold. With words pregnant with sadness the Song relates that many times this race of men placed these metals on thrones and worshiped them above all other things. Honor and life and happiness were oftentimes bartered away for these glittering metals which had been content to quietly rest in the cloven faces of the rocks. Then lastly, with a ring of admiration, the Song tells of the later days, how out of the wrecks of the past, new nations have risen; how brave men have pioneered their way into the wildernesses that have in a day as it were become the abiding places of Myriads of happy people, while the gold and silver of the hills and gulches now bears aid to the unfortunate and spreads enlightenment and good cheer throughout the world.

With the utterance of these last measures of the Song the music has risen in one grand note of triumph, then died away, leaving us to marvel as before. For the Song has but hinted at things which are beyond the ken of man, and which with the light of all his learnings, are hidden behind the veil of profound mystery.
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19050715Pg1B-Headline2Pushing Developments on Southwest Fork
New Machinery Arriving Daily

The Rambler, Sand Point and Rand No. 4 claims are working three shifts of eight hours each, these properties we find being located on the Southwest Fork of Monumental creek. Many new buildings are being erected and the camp is all alive. On Monday a ten-foot ledge was cut in the Stark tunnel and is showing up very good. Work is also progressing on the Hawk, Sparrow and Eagle claims. Many thousands of pounds of freight have arrived for the companies operating these properties and six more freight teams are expected in from Boise within the next three weeks.

A McArthur sawmill will be installed on the Rand No. 4 this summer and it is expected that the mill will be running before the snow flies. It is the intention of Mr. Weil, the general manager of these properties, to operate a set of freight teams to be owned by the companies operating the above named properties to haul in their heavy freight. Mr. Weil is now on the ground.

Tuesday last many new buildings were started and are being pushed with all possible speed. So many stories have been afloat regarding these properties that we wish to state they are located about three quarters of a mile from the main wagon road to Roosevelt, and up to the present time the companies operating these claims have been compelled to pack in to the camp from the road. This, however, will be changed this summer, when men will be put to work building in from the main road to camp.

The development work on these properties is being rushed as fast as possible. Nearly all the ore is free milling and shows good vales in almost every pan. The trouble with these companies has been a marked reticence whereby much information has been withheld that would have enlightened the public.

Some new ore cars and 2,000 pounds of rails arrived here from Boise last week for these companies.

The Rand No. 4 and the Rambler claims are showing up much better than the other claims with perhaps one exception, that being the Sparrow claim.

Men are being added to … pay roll daily and … [page torn.]
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Mismanagement is the most potent hammer by which a mining district may be knocked.
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It is said that many fatalities are occurring along the line of the proposed Isthmian canal as a result of the prevailing fevers. Smallpox, yellow and chagres fevers are said to be claiming the greatest number of victims.
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The First National bank of Topeka, Kansas, as been Devlin with the people’s money and some $3,000,000 are reported displaced. Guess the corn huskers will have to go back to first principles and their socks and bury their money in the cyclone cellar after this. We extend our sympathy. Like them, we’ve got the socks.
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The manner in which the daily newspaper have been carrying on a mimic warfare with the hulk of scrap iron which they are pleased to designate as the Kniaz Potemkine, the Russian pirate tub of the Black sea, is amusing to us all and aptly illustrates the fairy tales served out to the gullible anent the Japanese-Russian war. We don’t kick but rather enjoy their entertaining way of taking such long chances at the truth. Keep it [up?] brethren, and may the pirate ship Pot ’em all.
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Quiet Wedding

The marriage of Nash Wayland to Miss Gertrude Pung was consummated last Thursday noon at the residence of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Pung.

The wedding was a very quiet affair. The only persons present were the bride’s parents, Mr. Chas. Hardt, best man, and Miss Martha Riddell, bridesmaid, and Mrs. Nicholas and her daughter, Mrs. Woods. Rev. Chas. Elery officiated.

The bride was attired in a cream silk mulle gown, and the bridesmaid was dressed in white silk trimmed in lace.

After the ceremony the bride and groom took the afternoon train to Spokane, whence they will proceed to Boise and thence to Thunder Mountain where Mr. Wayland has a lucrative business.

Miss Pung is a most estimable young lady, who made many friends while clerking in the post-office for a long time. The News wishes the young couple a happy and prosperous future. — Wardner News, July 1.

The above article refers to our … own townsman, Nash [Wayland] … firm of L. A. … (page torn) … some time the youngest prospector in the early development of the Thunder Mountain section, and together with his father owns many good claims throughout the district. He is in partnership with his father in a thriving general merchandise business here and enjoys a wide acquaintance and popularity through central Idaho.

With the possession of such advantages and with bright prospects ahead, Mr. and Mrs. Nash Wayland set sail out upon the sea of wedded life. May unbroken bliss be theirs, bon voyage and long life.
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An offer will be made today by the committee on Fourth of July funds for bids for the construction of a wagon road from town to the cemetery with the sixty dollars remaining in the treasury and not used in the celebration. A road is much needed and this money could not be placed to any better disposal.
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R. W. Purdum was in town this week on his way to the mine.
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19050715Pg3A-headline1An Electric Railway
Thunder Mountain and Big Creek to Be Objective Points for Electric Line from Boise
Big Company To Be Incorporated
Preliminary Surveys Now Being Made, and Construction to Begin this Summer

We have just received information from sources of unquestioned reliability relative to a movement now on foot for the promotion of a large company of influential and wealthy business men soon to incorporate under the laws of Idaho for the purpose of constructing an electric railway from Boise through to the Thunder Mountain and Big Creek districts.

Application will be made this month for a charter of incorporation and the company will be known as the Boise, Thunder Mountain & Big Creek R. R. The company is to be incorporated for $10,000,000, of which $5,000,000 will be preferred and $5,000,000 common stock, the par value of the shares being $100 each.

Among the promoters of the proposed railroad, we are informed, will be some of the best and most substantial men of Idaho and other states, chief among whom being the following named gentlemen:

J. E. Clinton, Jr., cashier of the Bank of Commerce, Boise;
Judge E. M. Gay, of Idaho City;
Victor M., Weil, treasurer of the Liberty and Investor Gold Mines Co., of Boston, Mass.;
Hon. D. H. Moseley, of Boise;
Frank H. Johnson, wool dealer, Boise;
Frank Blackenjer, proprietor of the Capital Hotel, Boise;
Julius B. Stark, silk manufacturer, of Haverhill, Mass.;
Jas. R. Lush of Carlson-Lush Hardware Co.;
R. H. Johnson, lawyer, Boise;
G. W. Fletcher, of Fletcher Hardware Co., Boise;
Hon. E. W. Johnson, president of the Idaho Central R. R., Boise.

The names of these gentlemen, who are well known and who command almost unlimited capital, are sufficient guarantee of the successful carrying out of this gigantic enterprise.

It is the intention of this company to operate a daily service each way from Boise and Roosevelt, both for freight and passengers. One car will be operated daily from each point for passengers, while several cars will be in daily commission for the handling of freight.

We are informed that surveyors are already mapping out the proposed line, and as soon as the incorporation charter is secured a right of way will be acquired and the work of construction begun.

The News chronicles the above information with pleasure and satisfaction. We realize with many others the vast influence that a line of railway will exert toward hastening the development of the unlimited resources of central Idaho – the largest area of undeveloped natural wealth remaining without modern transportation facilities. By the natural order of events a railroad must surely tap this section soon or late, the only question heretofore raised being that of the most advantageous route. Attention of capitalists is being turned this way more today than ever before.

Agents, representing great financial interests, are quietly but carefully looking this field over, and something is to move quickly. We are glad to say that the first move is announced and that the Thunder Mountain and Big Creek mineral districts will be the first to feel the practical benefits of the initial means of real development.

It has been remarked that the Thunder Mountain district could not guarantee a steady tonnage in sufficient quantity to warrant a railroad in building in here. This, we believe, is due to a hasty judgement of the real merits of our district. Upon the advent of a railway hundreds of properties, now lying idle by reason of prohibitive transportation expense, will spring into activity and mills and mining machinery will flow into this district in a steady stream.

The Big Creek district offers tremendous possibilities in the way of tonnage. The true fissure veins of that district, known and proven to be ideal milling and smelting propositions, will furnish an output lasting through generations. Other districts will open and with their quota of output will make of the south-central portion of Idaho county the greatest mining center of modern times.

Straws are borne by the breezes and show the direction of the coming gale. To the observing there are certain indications pointing toward an oncoming whirlwind of development for Central Idaho that promises to be of momentous import. Watch our prophecy fulfilled.
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Slightly Mixed

A telegram was received in Colorado a few days since, directing the proper authorities to arrest a young man who, it was alleged, had run away with his aunt. “I have an order for your arrest,” remarked the officer, addressing the supposed criminal.

“For what?”

“You have been running away with your aunt!”

“My aunt! Why, she’s my wife!”

“But wasn’t she your aunt before she became your wife? You see, we don’t tolerate that kind of goings-on in Colorado.”

“I suppose you never were in Utah?” remarked the young man, after he had completed his survey of the detective.


“Well, as you don’t understand the relations of aunt and nephew in that state, I suppose I ought to explain them to you, and then perhaps, you may see your duty plainer. My father married my mother.”

“I suppose so.”

“Then he married her sister,” continued the stranger, without heeding the interruption. “Then he married the sister of his brother-in-law. Then the daughter of his uncle who was a cousin to his first two wives, then he married her sister, who was the widow of one of his first wives’ husbands; then he married her daughter, and a son of this wife married my sister, who was also a widow of one of the other wives’ sons. I suppose you are following me,” interjected the narrator.

“Marry your aunt or your grandmother either, or both of them!”

“And you won’t arrest me?”

“No, you might be your own father.”

– Goodwin’s Weekly
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19050715Pg3A-headline3Amusement Hall Concerts
The McCleary Concert Co. to Furnish Evening Entertainments. Change of Program Each Evening

The McCleary Concert company who have been giving very satisfactory entertainments a couple of evenings this week to fairly good houses, have concluded to remain in Roosevelt for some time and will be connected with the Big Amusement Hall where a concert will be given each evening.

An entire change of program is announced for each night, and good entertainments are promised.

This will afford opportunity for an hour’s enjoyment in the evening that should be availed by all. They are good entertainers.
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Warren Stage Robbed

Last Wednesday the stage out of Warren was held up by a lone highwayman and robbed of $1,400 in gold dust and several valuable pieces of registered mail. The holdup took place within three miles of Resort. The shipment of gold dust was being made from the Golden Rule placer mine, and it is probable that a knowledge of this fact by the robber led to the deed.

The robber was concealed behind a boulder and was not seen until he had the stage driver covered. The driver was compelled to cut open the mail sacks, and the highwayman soon had possession of their valuable contents. The passengers on the stage were unmolested. The robber escaped into the hills.
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Mrs. Guy McMillan is a recent arrival from Florence.
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R. C. Schofield came in from Grangeville Thursday.

Deposition will be taken in the townsite case on the 21st inst.

Dr. C. F. Hammer and family came in Tuesday from Chicago.

Mrs. T. J. Thompson came in from Nampa Thursday to join her husband.

Wm. Kreps’ pack train and ore team are making a trip to Long Valley after a supply of hay.

The sale of the H. Y.-Climax sawmill, which we mentioned last week, did not go through from some cause or other.

Joe Surprise and H. P. Brown left Wednesday for the Chicago group of claims to commence the annual assessment work.

H. J. Hanson is on the outside rustling up a drove of hogs and sheep for the home market. He will also bring in a delivery wagon.

W. Q. Connell made a trip to the South Fork last week after Mrs. Connell. They returned Sunday and will make this their future home.

The News’ subscription list is steadily growing. Now is the time to see that your name is on the list so you can get the news of the camp.

George Crawford arrived in town the latter part of last week and has entered into a partnership in the restaurant business with W. H. Courtney.

Ollie Lingo made a trip to Long Valley this week to meet his father and mother and a brother who are coming to Roosevelt. He will also bring in a load of hay.

Mr. and Mrs. Victor Weil arrived in town the first of the week and will remain indefinitely. Mr. Weil is general manager of several companies operating in this district.

C. H. Goodsell, formerly of this place, arrived in town from Spokane Thursday. Mr. Goodsell and S. P. Burr will form a co-partnership in the assaying and surveying business.

In another column will be found the professional card of A. S. Hardy of Grangeville. This is the only attorney from the county seat that solicits a share of the business from this section.

C. E. Bartholomew and wife arrived recently from the outside. Mr. Bartholomew brought in a complete line of hotel and lodging house furnishings for his business which he will start up soon.

J. B. Randell has moved his stock of goods into his new building which presents a neat appearance. He has a good line of hardware and the latest styles in shoes. Among the most important articles noticeable is a fine line of drugs. This has been needed in the camp all winter.

Salmon fishing is becoming quite a fad along Monumental creek, several fish of large size having been caught within the last few days. This week the Stonebraker brothers and Henry Kisinger captured several Chinook salmon in the Southwest Fork that ranged in weight from 21 to 30 pounds, and many more are being caught of lesser weights. A short distance below town some of these fish are caught that weigh from 13 to 21 pounds. These are not fish stories, but are actual facts as we have seen the fish.
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Mountain Delights

The days and nights that are passing now are the crowning joy of a summer’s stay among the mountains. The warm, sunny days fill one with a sense of voluptuous ease and pleasure, and one feels inclined to lazily wander off and fish. The nights, flooded with the silvery sheen of the full moon, cool and refreshing, with the breezes wafting the incense of fir and pine, entice from the heart sentiments of dreamful indulgence. Nature’s poetry is best interpreted, not by words, but through the senses that convey impressions to the soul. Therefore, the mountains are the mecca for the dreamer, the poet and the philosopher.

A vacation for the summer here among the hills cannot fail to be a source of continual delight to those so fortunate as to be able to avail themselves of such a privilege. The streams abound with fish, good camping sites can be secured and the water is the finest in the world. With a combination like this the body can recuperate new strength, the weary mind find rest, and the soul revel in the fanciful imagery of dreams.

Come, come to the mountains.
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Ramey Ridge Property

T. G. Thomas arrived in camp from Ramey Ridge accompanied by several other from that district. Mr. Thomas is engaged in quite extensive mining development down there and speaks in glowing terms of the general outlook. He is driving several tunnels on the Mildred claim and reports the showings made so far as highly satisfactory. Tunnel No. 1 is now in 50 feet and has encountered solid ore. No. 2 tunnel, at the left of No. 1, is in 60 feet and has cut into the lead for a distance of 14 feet. The tunnel No. 3 has reached the 100-foot point and it is expected the lead will be cut any day.

Mr. Thomas owns a half interest in the War Eagle group of seven claims. Assay returns have never gone below $41.65 and from that figure have ranged to $250. The ore is free milling and with development is expected to show up in large bodies.

Upon returning Mr. Thomas expects to begin sinking on this group to ascertain the extent of the deposits.
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It is reported that the bones of a supposed mastodon were recently unearthed on the Snake river near Swan Falls dam. The bones were discovered in a bed of volcanic ashes in one of the lava fields, and are supposed to be those of a prehistoric animal which had been caught in a volcanic eruption.
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A Caved Mine

The recent disastrous cave reported as occurring in the United Verde mine workings, at Jerome, Ariz., illustrates in a forcible manner the shortsighted policy of “cheap” extraction of large bodies of ore, even in hard rock, without filling. There are many large mines where the good-standing qualities of the ore and wall rock lead the management to adopt a system of mining which must ultimately result in disaster. The removal of hundreds of thousands of tons of ore from a large vein or deposit, and the attempt to support the walls and overhead ore by means of timber must have a limit even in the best standing ground. It might be permissible for a single stope to be excavated, and the roof and walls supported by a system of timbering without filling. When a series of stopes, one above another, are thus opened, with only shell-like intervals of rock between levels, and element of danger is introduced which should be avoided, but having been created should receive prompt and proper attention, or, as in the case of the United Verde, the ultimate cost may perhaps exceed that of the application of the proper methods in the first place. It is simply another object lesson in mining, teaching the observer how mining should not be done. As a result of this shortsighted policy the United Verde mine is practically closed. The buildings are settling, and it is said the shafts and foundations of the hoists are so much out of line that no hoisting can be done, and it may be several weeks, if not months, before active work can be resumed.

– Mining and Scientific Press.
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Subscribe for the News
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Quit scraping over the surface of your business chances – quit remaining content with the pay-dirt on the outer edges of your commercial prospects. There is a nugget in every opportunity – if you only delve deep enough to get it.

And don’t merely dig without aim or method. Just as the miner assays his claim before he sinks his shaft, so you should probe each business possibility before you begin to work it. First, locate your claim – you main chance. Then prove it. Then plan your system to work it. Then take off your coat and dig!

– System.
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The Scandinavian sky is clouding over. Swedish war vessels are hovering around Norwegian ports and Norwegian troops are moving towards Sweden’s frontier. What ban goin happen nex no fallars can tal. [sic]

– Cleveland Plain Dealer
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The Boston Globe describe President Roosevelt as follows: “If Daniel Webster was a steam engine in trousers, Theodor Roosevelt is a dynamo in a frock coat.” Wonder what the Globe man would remark if he would take a peep at the camp which glories in strenuousness and bears the name of the rough rider president?
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On July 6 the body of Admiral John Paul Jones was formally delivered to the United States government by France. The ceremonies took place in Paris and were most impressive. At last the mortal remains of one of the distinguished naval heroes of the Revolutionary war will be given a resting place in the land for which he so gallantly fought.
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For Sale Cheap

A good restaurant, including building and fixtures; in a good location, doing a good business. Business calls party elsewhere and must be s old at once. Enquire at News office.
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19050715Pg5A-Headline1Twentieth Century Notes

Considerable building is in progress on the grounds of the Twentieth Century company above town. A new bunk house is now being enclosed that will accommodate 48 men when completed. Its dimensions are 43×34 feet and is in form of a main hallway and assembly room with three wings for bunks. At the rear an addition will be build for a bath and wash room. The bunk house is a frame building of red fir lumber and when completed will be neat, well lighted and comfortable.

Just north of the new bunk house the old boarding house is being raised and will be moved back to line up with the other buildings. The building is 10×32 feet and will be increased by an addition 14×26 feet which will serve as kitchen and sleeping quarters for the cooks.

This week also began the work of framing the mill buildings. Boilers and machinery are on the way and work will be pushed to complete the mill as early as possible.

Wm. Kreps is putting in for the sawmill 100,000 feet of logs which will be converted into lumber during the summer. Just at present the sawmill is closed down owing to a break in the machinery.

Work is progressing in the two tunnels steadily and rapidly. The Toltac has now reached a distance of about 600 feet and the showing is good.

Two new arrivals at the camp this week were Messrs. Carr and Bisbee, two young men from Cleveland, Ohio, who will spend a summer’s vacation here. The boys walked in from Boise for the novelty of the experience and made the distance in six days.

Fishing is the principal form of recreation with the boys now, and every evening the creek is lined with fishermen. Some good catches are reported. One gentleman whose bait wasn’t good was overheard to remark that if his luck didn’t change he would go down below Roosevelt and try to rope some of the big fish said to be roaming among the jungles.
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19050715Pg5A-Headline2Ole Yonson’s Troubles
By Loon Creek Bill

My name bane Ole Yonson; ay bane won Swede and yust com back.

Ay bane work at Yulla Yacket and boss sa ha not suit ma. Ha gef ma time an ay walk down tha bill som. Ay go up Meedle Fork with yackass and pack grub. Ay com bay rock slice and grub an yackass ha go hal-a-hoopin down een reefer. Ay bane brok agen an tank ay get a yob on Mahoney’s deech.

Som tam ay go to Sunnyside for a yob. Ay ax tha boss ay bane a cousin yak, an ha kek ma with hees fut. Ay not go to Sunnyside any more. Ay tank so.

Ay tank ay feesh som. Won mans tal my ay tank bane feesh sen Monumental way hunder tirty poun. Ay feesh tre day and get two feesh 8 inch long. Ay tank ha bane so 2-lag feesh.

Som fallars tal ma ay get a yob to shofal snow at Dewey mine. Ay walk up an tha bane no yob at all. The boss ha tal my tre Swede mans bane want at Twenty Censhur mine an ay tak a walk to there an ha say of ay brak ground. Ay tal heem ay brak twanty aker groun een Long Walley, an ha sa my bane saw wood with ax. Ay cut wood tree day, and tha boss sa ay got time coman. Ha sa ay bane good man an get grub an 2 dollar six bits.

Som day ay go prospect an fallers sy “Ole, ay tank you bane haf good clam. You get ore run two thousand poun to ton.” Ay tank ay go bak Sweden now. Ay bane get plenty money now ay sel ma clam.

Won man sa ha got good hors ha sel ma cheap for tan dollar. Ha sa ha find hors out Beeg crick an ay get heem of ay walk out. Ay pay heem money an ay go out for hors. Ay ride heem to sex mile from Roosewalt an tha hors die standn up. Ay bane lok for faller but ay no find heem. Ay tank my tan dollar bane gon.

Faller say ay get yob on road at Beeg Crik ef ay bane gude double yak mans. Ay tank ay not bane double yak mans or cousin yak mans, too. Ay bane yust won Swede mans an ay tak no yob at all.

Gude-bye; an tank ay write agen som tam.

– Ole
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$100 Reward

A reward of $100 is hereby offered for the recovery of the body of Francis Steele or for information leading to the recovery of his body. He is supposed to have been lost on the Thunder Mountain trail near Ramey creek or Big Creek and to have perished.
J. D. Evans, Brother of Mrs. Francis Steele.

The prompt payment of the above reward is hereby guaranteed.
F. L. Leonard, Cashier Grangeville Savings and Trust Co.
Grangeville, Idaho.
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Forfeiture Notice

To Wm. Burg, his heirs or assigns:

You are hereby notified that I have expended during the year 1904 the sum of one hundred [100] dollars in labor and improvements upon the Golden Chest Fraction lode, situated in Thunder Mountain Mining district, Idaho county, State of Idaho, the location certificate of which is found of record in the deputy recorder’s office at Roosevelt, Idaho, also county seat, Grangeville, Idaho, in order to hold said claim for the period ending Dec. 31, 1904, your proportion of said expenditures being the sum of fifty [50] dollars for said year, for the one-half interest belonging to you. And if, within ninety days after the service of this notice by publication, you fail or refuse to contribute your proportion of such expenditure as co-owner, together with the cost of this notice, your interest in said claim will become the property of the undersigned your co-owner, under the terms of section 2324, Revised Statutes of the United States.

Dated at Roosevelt, Idaho, May 20, 1905
Thomas Neighbors
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Forfeiture Notice

To C. J. Fry, his heirs or assigns:

You are hereby notified that I have expended during the year 1904 the sum of one (100) hundred dollars in labor and improvements upon the Monk mining claim in the Pittsburg group of quartz claims, situated in the Thunder Mountain mining district, Idaho county, State of Idaho, the location certificate of which is found of record in the office of the recorder of said county, in order to hold said claim for the period ending December 31, 1904, your proportion of said expenditures being fifty (50) dollars for said year, for the one-half interest belonging to you. And if, within ninety days after the service of this notice by publication, you fail or refuse to contribute your proportion of such expenditures as co-owner, together with the cost of this notice, your interest in said claims will become the property of the undersigned your co-owner, under the terms of section 2324, Revised Statutes of the United States.

Dated at Roosevelt, Idaho, May 17, 1905.
D. T. Sillivan
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Forfeiture Notice

To E. M. Clements, his heirs or assigns:

You are hereby notified that I have expended during the year 1904 the sum of two (200) hundred dollars in labor and improvements up on the Edmon, Bullion and Amalgan Bar mining claims in the Pittsburg group of quartz mining claims, situate in Thunder Mountain mining district, Idaho co., State of Idaho, the location certificates of which are found of record in the office of the recorder of said county, in order to hold said claims for the period ending December 31, 1904, your proportion of said expenditures being one (100) hundred dollars for said year, for the one-third interesting belonging to you. And if, within ninety days after the service of this notice by publication, you fail or refuse to contribute your proportion of such expenditures as co-owner, together with the cost of this notice, your interest in said claims will become the property of the undersigned your co-owner, under the terms of section 2324, Revised Statutes of the United States.

Dated at Roosevelt, Idaho, May 17, 1905.
D. T. Sillivan
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Notice 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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19050715Pg6A-Headline1The Deserted Cabin
By Geo. A Stephens

Amid the fragrant, dark-hued firs
That cling to the rugged peaks,
Stands a lone prospector’s cabin
And of day gone by it speaks.
A tale it tells of romance true,
Of the ways of daring men,
Of the search for gold
In the days of old
When the trails were blazed again.

It tells how the brooding silence
Was broken when gold was found,
Of the stampede wild and reckless
To the staked and tented ground.
It tells to me of a city
That was builded in a day,
Where from golden sands
In these far-off lands
Flowed the streams of wealth away.

It tells how our glorious West
Came forth from its savage state,
How the wilderness tribes that roamed
Bowed ‘neath the decree of fate.
It tells me of ranches and homes
In the shadows of the hills,
And of willing hands
That have made these lands
To blossom for him who tills.

It tells of a grand advancement –
The pride of each westerner –
Of sturdy men who “saw it all
And a part of which they were.”
Of some it tells of humble walk
But whose hearts were true as steel
Whose graves mark the trail
Along hill and vale
To this cherished land ideal.

But the tale that the cabin tells
Of pick and shovel and pan,
Is nearer and dearer to me
Then the other deeds of man;
And I sit here fondly musing
By this cabin old today,
Where from placered sands
In these far-off lands
Flowed the golden streams away.
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Behind the Times

Recently there appeared in the Boise Statesman an item referring to a communication sent to that paper by a certain citizen of Roosevelt, the burden of which having been a complaint relative to alleged violation of the game laws in this section of Idaho. It was claimed that no deputy game warden was in here and no hunting or fishing licenses could be procured. It was also alleged that elk and deer were being ruthlessly and wantonly slaughtered in open violation of the law.

This no doubt makes fine reading for a person posing as a would-be friend and protector of the game and fish, and who perhaps is so situated that he can leisurely search out the game laws and provisions, and according to their requirement, sit placidly back awaiting their fulfillment and then go forth with a copy of the said laws in one hand and mayhap a rapid fire, smokeless, telescope rifle in the other, to wage warfare on the helpless game for pleasure only. Yes, perhaps.

But what of the rough and ready prospector, of him who penetrates the trackless wiles of these almost inaccessible hills, and blazes and pioneers the way that such as the aforementioned friend and protector might profit and be benefited? These men that cut loose from bases of supplies and are swallowed up for weeks or months in the tangled environment of mountain and forest and rushing steam, and rarely meeting others of their kind, must of necessity carry but scanty supply of provisions, and it has long been a custom of the wilderness to allow them the privilege of taking game at any time as their necessity demanded. This, of course, is not an adherence to the exact letter of the law, but we know of cases in which latitude was sometimes extended by the law to apply to certain conditions.

We do not mean to be understood as upholding the unlawful slaughter of game or of its wanton destruction for sport, but when conditions are such as to render imperative the taking of game and that quickly to maintain life, as is often the case with prospectors, then it should, we believe, be an occasion for the exercise of a little latitude.

As to the impossibility of procuring fish and game licenses at Roosevelt, we can say that the Stateman’s correspondent manifests much ignorance of things most commonly known. Our resident justice of the peace, Jas. McAndrews, is empowered to issue the licenses whenever required. It might be well for the above mentioned correspondent to post up a little before he again attempts to butt in.
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Our attention as been called to an error in giving the names of the two men who were first to drill in the contest on the Fourth. Instead of being the names of Gourne and Baema, as we were informed, we should have said Cosme and Sanso. This was not intentional on our part, it being a mistake by reason of an unfamiliarity with the names.
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