The Prospector and Thunder Mountain News August 19, 1905
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The Prospector and Thunder Mountain News
Roosevelt, Idaho August 19, 1905 Volume 1 Number 36
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Sold His Life for $7.50
Charley Hanlen Killed by T. J. Little
Charley Hanlen was killed by T. J. Little at Knox on the 12th inst. at 2 o’clock p.m.
T. J. Little hired My Hanlen here in Roosevelt some time ago and took him over to the Sunshine mine where they were going to do some work and after working three days (allowing a day to go over) and two days after arriving, Mr. Little was telephoned to close the mine down and nail it up. Mr. Little was acting as foreman for the Spears’ American Exchange and had sent the time in and gone over to Knox to wait instructions. Mr. Hanlen really had only two days coming from the company but was allowed time for three days.
They were camped about a half a mile from Knox and were up at town when Hanlen demanded his money and told Little that “he would go down and take the camp and sell the horses.” Hanlen was drinking some and when under the influence of liquor was very abusive. They tried to reason him out of this idea but this he would not listen to.
Little went down to the camp to avoid trouble and Hanlen finally followed him down and before reaching the camp picked up a 44 Winchester rifle which he had secreted a few feet from the tent and informed Little with an oath that “it was all off with him” and begin firing and Little returned the fire with the above result. Mr. Little used a 44 rifle.
One bullet passed over the heart and one under and either one would have proven fatal. Mr. Little has six or seven witnesses which will testify to the correctness of this statement.
An inquest was held immediately and Mr. Little was exonerated by the corner’s jury.
R. H. Hartmen, deputy sheriff, happened out at Knox the first of the week and Mt. Little surrendered himself to the officer and was brought to Roosevelt Wednesday and his preliminary hearing will take place before James McAndrews on Monday. Mr. Hartman is now out summonizing witnesses for the trial.
Mr. Hanlen was buried in Knox. He spent the winter here and no one knows of him having any relatives. He was a man of about 60 years of age and this ends the career of another shiftless being.
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Rich Ore in the Pearl
Manager Douglas of the Pearl Gold Mining Company a few days ago showed us a sample of ore, from a 7-foot ledge recently opened up in their main tunnel, which showed free gold scattered all through it. The ore has the black color and same general appearance as some of the well known pay ore of the Dewey, and no doubt will run well into the hundreds. Mr. Douglas left Sunday for Boise where he took a 100-pound lot of the new ore to have it sampled.
The present tunnel had passed over the lower edge of this rich shoot while being run, and the ore was only discovered a few days ago when men were at work cutting out a deeper water ditch under the track. A winze is being sunk below the tunnel level to prospect the new ledge.
The Pearl property was already considered as one of the most promising groups of the district; it now looks like a bonanza proposition and a shipper from grass roots.
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Cyanide has been detected in the human system as long as four months after death occurred by poisoning.
The last compartment of the zinc boxes in cyanide plants is frequently reserved for the addition of the necessary cyanide to bring the solution up to strength.
The average hours of labor and wages of Cornish tin miners are eight hours per day and 1 pound sterling per week respectively. Some miners working on contract get 5 to 6 pounds per month.
It is not clearly determined [how] one coal will make good coke and another will not. It is, however, a matter of record in the Appalachian fields that coals approximately similar in chemical composition … (page torn) … in coking.
The sampling of any deposit of mineral containing native metal is a hopeless task, more apt to be misleading than otherwise. In such cases experience will enable a man to pass judgement with as great accuracy as can be obtained by sampling.
In the Lake Superior copper region the use of steam stamps has been brought to a higher state of perfection than at any other place. At the Isle Royal mill, for instance, there is but one stamp and this has a capacity of 550 tons per day. The record for a single day’s run in one of these stamps is 779 tons, while the average in a two weeks’ run was 725 tons per 24 hours of actual running. In the operation of steam stamps of the highest type, the steam pressure follows the stamp for only half the stroke. This develops a velocity of twenty-five feet per second and causes the stamp to fall with a weight equivalent to three or four tons.
In carrying on stoping operations the extraction of ore should begin at the farthest point from the shaft and should not proceed from the shaft outward to the boundary of the property. By the former method the ground can be allowed to cave, the track could be removed when no longer needed, and ventilation would be increased when connection had been established between levels at their end farthest from the shaft. Such a method may delay production until the full length of the drift is run, but it will give better results in the end.
– Mining Reporter.
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District court convenes on the 28th.
S. S. Whitaker left Wednesday for Elk City.
Mrs. J. Wersing left Friday morning for Boise.
Geo. Stephens has accepted a position at the 20th Century.
George Stonebraker and sons left Wednesday for Ramey Ridge.
The Roosevelt townsite case was to come up at … (page torn.)
J. C. Holsclaw is erecting a building on his lot opposite the Lisenby Hotel.
The boarding house at the 20th Century was opened Wednesday morning.
The frost of Tuesday night begins to mark the approaching of another winter.
Frank Haug, a brother of Bert Haug, arrived on Thursday’s stage from Portland.
The Liberty Consolidated M. & T. Co. received a new supply of hardware last Saturday.
T. C. Ealeston was in town from Boise the first of the week on his way to Wilson creek.
H. A. Sake bought in a pack train load of supplies for the H.Y.-Climax the first of the week.
Mrs. Lue Englebright and little daughter came in Thursday evening from Spokane on a visit.
Mrs. Ed. Myers and children and Mrs. Brown Lewers will leave the first of the week for Meridian to visit relatives.
A new road district has been formed for Roosevelt and is known as No. 46. R. D. Almond has been appointed road overseer.
J. D. Evans, of White Bird, will be in to look after the remains of Francis Steele. He most liekly will call for an inquest to be held as Mr. Steele carried about $7.000 insurance.
James McAndrews received a case of the Idaho Free Traveling Library last Sunday. This is free to all and is a good thing for those who get lonesome and want something to read. The state pays the freight.
J. M. Venable, who has charge of the work on the Mosier group of claims, came in last Saturday evening from Boise, and closed down the work, and left Monday morning for the outside with one of his sons. On reaching Johnson creek he received a telephone message to the effect to still continue work.
On the 9th inst., when it hailed so hard in Roosevelt, there was a cloudburst nine miles below town in the gulch where J. M. Venable formerly had claims located. Where the water came into Monumental the flat is about a half mile in width and heavily timbered and the water backed up for an eighth of a mile and broke trees off which were two feet in diameter.
Fred White, deputy U. S. revenue collector, was in town the first of the week on business.
H. J. Hanson arrived Tuesday evening from Long Valley with a nice bunch of beef cattle.
The Nelson Bros. have secured a contract to put in 600 cord of wood and a lot of mining timber for the Dewey mine in addition to what has been delivered.
The new boiler and a load of large pipe arrived yesterday morning for the Mysterious Slide. This is the first boiler to come into Thunder Mountain over the new wagon road.
Sam Bell returned the fist of the week from Boise and gives out the news that the body of ore recently encountered in the Cheapman group gives values from $4 to $12.35 in gold.
Frank Surprise arrived in town the first of the week from Ahsahka, which is located four miles below Orofino, and will spend a couple of weeks visiting with his brother Joe. They are looking over their mining property and doing some prospecting.
The News received a new supply of type and stationery the first of the week and can turn out neat work. We are now prepared to turn out most any kind of job work and for style and neatness we are able to compete with the larger offices. Give us a call before you place your orders elsewhere.
The Buckhorn Saloon, owned by Crane & LeRoy, was opened last Saturday evening. This is the best and most artistic decorated saloon in Idaho county and would be a credit to a city. With the outlay these gentlemen have been to they deserve praise and patronage.
W. R. Polson was in town last Sunday and reported a good strike on the New York claim near the Summit House, which is owned by Geo. D. Smith. He panned free gold out of some of the rock which was larger than a pin head. Mr. Polson was doing the annual assessment work for Mr. Smith when he made the strike.
Jack Young, who killed Fred Morris recently at Warren over a woman, is being held for murder in the second degree. Young’s bond was placed at $1,500 and as court convenes in a few weeks he did not make an effort to secure bond and was taken to Grangeville for trial. Ruby Walker, the women over whom the trouble arose, was also taken to Grangeville and is being held as a witness.
Ollie Lingo returned Tuesday from Johnny Conyer’s ranch and on his way back happened into a party of hunters on Rush creek. It seems as though they all combined on the bear race and out of seven seen in one day they secured three. Bob Schofield had the narrowest escape of any one of them. He grabbed a limb of a tree and swung himself up just in time to keep an old one from grabbing him as it passed under him. They will be moving up in this section of the country soon as huckleberry season is in full blast.
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Recent reports circulated over the northwest relative to a supposed change of position assumed by Senator W. B. Heyburn regarding the establishment within this state of immense areas of forest reserve, are denied emphatically and unhesitatingly by the senator. He insists that he has not given up his fight against the creation of such reserves, and that it is his purpose to carry the fight into congress to the full extent of his ability and to continue the same as long as there remains a chance to fight. In closing with his denial of the statements made concerning him, Mr. Heyburn says:
“I have seen no cause whatever to change my views as expressed and acted upon in regard to the creation of forest reserves in Idaho sine I expressed them. I shall continue to act, as I have heretofore indicated, so long as there is a tribunal before which the questions can be urged. This may be a new way of creating a false impression in the mind of the public in regard to my position, but I shall take every occasion to denounce the method as unfair and the persons responsible for it …” (page torn.)
It is a matter pleasing to the citizens of Idaho, who have the welfare of the state at heart, to know that the statements relating to a supposed change of action on the part of Senator Heyburn are thus proven to be false and utterly without foundation. The interests of Idaho are still paramount with him as all may observe. By closing great areas of the state to public settlement will serve to retard that development which is so earnestly desired and which all are so diligently working to accomplish. Forest reserves are all right in their place, but when the best portions of a state that is just becoming settled are closed to the public then the entire commonwealth may enter protest. We back Senator Heyburn.
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Japan’s and Russia’s peace officers arrived at Portsmouth on the 8th and were taken to the navy buildings where the sessions will be held. The ceremony welcoming the dignitaries was not elaborate, but was sincere. The town was crowded with thousands of strangers and was handsomely decorated. Reimbursement for the expenses sustained in the prosecution of the war and the cession of the island of Sakhalin constitute the main features of the peace conditions given out at their first session on the 10th inst.
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Mistaking her for a woman who had stolen the affections of her husband, a women in Weiser recently slugged a lady of that place with a beer bottle which she carried concealed in a paper bag. This is a case in which not only “a woman” figured prominently, but it also resolved itself into a proposition of a triangulation of the gentle sex.
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She belonged to a society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, but she made the poor dressmakers work day and night to get her ball dress ready on time, and then forgot to pay the dressmaker for weeks and weeks.
She belongs to the society for the amelioration of humankind, but she was keen on hunting bargains that were made possible by the toil and suffering of her sisters in noisome sweat shops.
She reprimanded the small boy that threw a stone at a cat, yet she drove a team of horses with docked tails.
She wrote a beautiful article for the local paper advocating the organization of Audubon societies among the boys and girls, then donned a hat containing three stuffed birds and gaily went to the editor’s sanctum to submit the article.
She was the chairman of the committee on social science at the club, and gave the servant girl a cheerless garret with broken and marred furniture.
She was prominent in her church kensington and read a paper deploring the fact that the poor do not attend church more, and while reading it she work silk and satins enough to defray the living expenses of the average workingman’s family for six months.
Something about the inconsistency of the men might be added to this, but space is too limited to make even a start on this subject.
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It is reported that the Penn-Idaho Gold Mining Company of Boise has filed articles of incorporation for $3,000,000 and will acquire mining property on Big creek formerly owned by D. T. Davis. The property is located on the Independence lode and is said to be first class mineral ground. Considerable free milling ore is known to occur. Through the fall and winter development work will be prosecuted with a view of determining the proper reduction process adapted to the treatment of the ore, and a mill will be erected next summer. The property will be managed by J. B. Eldredge who is also manager of the Independence.
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Rastus – Ah dreamed ob hebbin las’ night.
Sam – Dat so? Whut did it luk lak?
Rastus – It done luk lak a big chicken cook in de meddle ob er watahmillyun patch.
– Houghton Mining Gazette
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A four-round boxing contest will take place at the Wellington Cafe next Saturday evening, (the 26), at 7:30, between Jack Dempsey and Kid Lee. A good time is assured and an invitation extended to all. Tickets $1.00.
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H. H. Hartman, deputy sheriff, is spending the week in this section looking after some important business for the county.
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Van Welch returned Thursday from his mining property in Yellow Pine Basin.
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State Will Assist in Building Mining Road
Boise special to Denver Mining Record, August 7. — Governor Gooding has returned from Custer county where he went to look over the proposed road that is so badly needed to open up the rich mining country of Seafoam and Greyhound districts.
As a result of his inspection the governor states that the state will furnish half of the $4,000 which it is estimated the road will cost. The miners there, he says, state they will have to do the rest. Their subscription will have to be in work, as there are few able to make cash subscriptions. To meet this condition the governor states it is proposed to make a contract with the miners to build half the road under the supervision of the state and on a survey made by the state, as it will be necessary to have a road equally good at all points. A guaranty will be required for the carrying out of this part of the undertaking.
The governor does not anticipate the road can be constructed this year, as the people interested are not all there, and it will be necessary for them to get together and organize for the performance of their portion of the work. The survey will be made this year, however.
The proposed road will start at Wagontown on the Ketchum road, cross Vanity summit, run down Vanity creek to Rapid river and pass down the latter stream to Float creek. It will be 12 miles in length. Its construction will not be difficult. This road, the governor states, will eventually become a part of a highway over which travel from the north can reach the south, as it can be continued to Thunder Mountain and make connection there with the road from Warren or with one up the Salmon.
The governor was much impressed with all that region and thinks it will come to the front eventually as a large producer of lead, silver and gold. Four and a half miles of road will make a connection with the Greyhound mine. The traffic of all that section can reach the road with very little expense for road construction. From what he learned of the mines it seemed to the governor that they are destined to become very active. He heard of a number of properties the owners of which have kept up the assessment work ever since 1881. Men would not do that did they not have claims of established value.
The governor took a team to Wagontown and rode horseback over the route of the proposed road. He went up to the Greyhound mine and spent the night with Steve Smith there. The latter is erecting the smelter which he has taken in to work the ores of the Greyhound property, and will have it ready to blow in in about 30 days.
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Great Writers not Correct Writers
There is not a single great author in our literature in whose works numerous errors have not been pointed out, or thought to be pointed out. They are charged with violating the rules involving the purity, if not the permanence, of the language. A somewhat depressing inference follows from the situation thus revealed. The ability to write English correctly does not belong to the great masters of our speech. It is limited to the obscure men who have devoted themselves to the task of showing how far these vaunted writers have fallen short of the ideas of linguistic propriety entertained by their unrecognized betters. As a result of these critical crusades there is no escape from the dismal conclusion that the correct use of the language is not to be found in the authors whom every one reads with pleasure, but is an accomplishment reserved exclusively for those whom nobody can succeed in reading at all.
– Prof Thomas R. Lounsbury in Harper’s Magazine
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Gold is known to occur in association with a great many minerals besides quartz. It is sometimes found in marble (calcium carbonate) without much of a trace of silica; it is found, too, in garnet, in hornblende and chlorite, in pegmatite dykes, in feldspar, jasper and sandstone; in quartzite, granite, diorite, rhyolite, and in an aggregate of mica scales; in epidote, as well as associated with many metals, such as lead, tin, antimony, zinc, iron, quicksilver, manganese, arsenic, selenium, tellurium and rare metals.
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When You Are in Rome
An American fellow countryman of ours – one A. Bemis by name – appears to have gotten himself into trouble in Halifax and riled the Canajuns [sic] considerably. It is offered by Bemis in extenuation of some ill mannered remarks anent his majesty, King Edward, that he was being pestered by laws that are different from the laws of those portions of the United States where Mr. Bemis has traveled. He says: “I am a Yankee and I’m proud of it.” To be sure. Nobody could take exception to that. It’s a great thing to be a Yankee, and the man who is one should certainly be glad and proud of it. Then he went further: “We licked the British once and we can do it again.” As a matter of fact we licked the British twice. Whether or not we could do it again is neither here nor there, but the average American, of course, is willing to admit that we could. Therefore, up to that point Mr. Bemis played safe and the fielding was faultless. But when Mr. Bemis next opened his mouth he put his foot into it. He said he “would like to see Kind Edward stuck on a wall so he could take his picture.” That wasn’t either nice or ladylike. King Edward is a pretty decent sort of a fellow. He is the first gentleman of Europe. He has a warm spot in his heart for the right sort of Americans, and those Americans who have had the distinguished pleasure of kot-towing [sic] before his majesty express themselves as delighted with him. If we had him in Mexico we would call him simpatico – if such a liberty were permissible. We have no grouch against him at all. He is a thoroughbred, and is only a king by circumstance.
The trouble with Americans like Bemis is, that when they go to Canada, or come to Mexico, or visit any other foreign parts, they usually carry a chip on their shoulders and are always looking for trouble. They use insulting epithets about flags and coats of arms and languages and customs and comestibles, and seem surprised that the people among whom they are sojourning do not take kindly to their boorishness. Americans have been known to want to kick a cohero or discharge a policeman because they wouldn’t or couldn’t respond to their inquiries in English, and many tourists have found it strange that with more than a century and a quarter flown since the Declaration of Independence was spoken in Philadelphia, a great many prominent Mexicans continue to talk the Spanish tongue.
– Mexican Investor.
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Tried to Burn Jail
Idaho county narrowly escaped loosing [sic] her jail by fire the first of the month. “Doc” Martin, who is serving a six month’s sentence for larceny was allowed the freedom of the corridor and is supposed to be the cause of the trouble. Jailer Rambo was awakened by the smell of smoke and going into Martin’s cell found his bed on fire. He threw the mattress out and about an hour later on returning with the prisoners’ breakfast again found a fire started in the paper on the partition. Fortunately in both cases the fire was discovered before it gained any headway or serious damage would have resulted as other prisoners were locked in steel cells and could not have escaped. Martin denied having set the fire but there is little doubt but that he was to blame. He is a morphine fiend and at times is hardly rational.
– Free Press
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Low Grade Ores
One of the most remarkable points in the progress of mining is the profit that can be made from the treatment of low grade ore, says the Denver Mining Record. The Granby Mining Company of British Columbia has been operating its large copper property on an extensive scale. The ore runs about 1.25 per cent copper and less than $2 in gold and silver to the ton. The ore is naturally found in large deposits and the cost of treatment is very low, owing to the cheapness of fuel and the absence of necessity of costly flux. This is proof, however, that many copper deposits that have heretofore been considered of two [sic] low value to be profitable, may be worked to profit, and it is likely that the success of this company will spur on others interested in low grade copper propositions.
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For Rent – A good two-story building, in good location. Inquire of Dr. C. T. Jones.
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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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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 upon 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, you [sic] proportion of said expenditures being one (100) hundred dollars for said year, for the one-third 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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Notice of Application of United States Patent
Mineral Application No. 595.
Mineral Survey No. 2014.
United states Land Office, Hailey, Idaho, July 8th, 1905.
Notice is hereby given that S. A. Hindman and Sherman C. Godlove, whose post office addresses are Warren, Idaho have made application for a United States patent for the Buffalo lode mining claim, Mineral Survey no. 2014, situated on unsurveyed lads of the United States in Thunder Mountain Mining District, County and State of Idaho, covering 1200 ft. of the Buffalo lode in a northeasterly direction and 300 feet in a southwesterly direction from the discovery cut, and more particularly described as follows:
Beginning at corner No. one, a post set firmly in the ground and marked 1\2014, from which U.S.L. Monument No. 4 of Thunder Mountain Mining District bears south 11 degrees 23 minutes east 2624.3 feet distant, thence north 12 degrees 40 minutes east 1500 feet to corner No. 2, a post similarly set and marked 2\2014, thence north 76 degrees west 600 feet to corner No. 3, a post similarly set and marked 3\2014; thence south 12 degrees 40 minutes west 1500 feet to corner No. 4, a post similarly set and marked 4\2014; thence south 76 degrees east 600 feet to corner No. one, the place of beginning, containing 20.656 acres and no conflicts.
The adjoining claims are the Golden Chest Fraction lode on the north, the Black Horse lode, Mineral Survey No. 2004 on the east, the Wouderful [sic] lode on the west and the Washington Fraction lode on the south.
The location notice of this claim is recorded at page 499 of Book 14 of Mining Claims in the office of the Recorder of said Idaho county.
N. J. Sharp, Register.
First publication July 22, 1905.
Last publication September 23, 1905.
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Notice of Application for United States Patent
Mineral Application 596.
Mineral Survey No. 2004.
United States Land Office, Hailey, Idaho, July 8th, 1905.
Notice is hereby given that Thomas Neighbors, whose post office address is Roosevelt, Idaho County, Idaho, has made application for a United States patent for the Black Horse Lode Mining Claim, Mineral Survey No. 2004, situated in the Thunder Mountain Mining District, County and State of Idaho, claiming 1478.70 linear feet along the vein, being 1328.70 feet in a northerly and 1.0 feet in a southerly direction from the discovery shaft, with surface ground 203 feet in width on the west and 143.3 feet in width on the east of the vein at the north end of said claim and situated upon unsurveyed lands of the United States, and more particularly described as follows:
Beginning at corner No. 1, a post set firmly in the ground and marked 1-2004, from which U. S. L. M. No. 4 Thunder Mountain Mining District bears south 10 degrees 50 minutes east, 2680 feet, and running thence north 12 degrees 40 minutes east 1478.70 feet to corner No. 2, a post set firmly in the ground and marked 2-2004; thence south 69 degrees 35 minutes east 346.30 feet to corner No. 3, a post set firmly in the ground and marked 3-2004; thence south 3 degrees 15 minutes east 367 feet to corner No. 4, a post set firmly in the ground and marked 4-2004; thence south 16 degrees 04 minutes west 962 feet to corner No. 5, a post set firmly in the ground and marked 5-2004; thence south 48 degrees 40 minutes west 193.6 feet to corner No. 6, a post set firmly in the ground and marked 6-2004; thence north 69 degrees 35 minutes west 276.2 feet to corner No. 1, the place of beginning containing 13.606 acres, there being no conflicting claims and the names of the adjoining claims are the Buffalo Lode claim, Survey No. 2014 on the west, the Hooptdee Fraction Lode claim, unsurveyed on the north, the Apex and Wisdom Lode claims, unsurveyed, on the east and the Boise Fraction Lode claim unsurveyed on the south.
The notice of location of the said Black Horse claim is duly recorded in the office of the Recorder of said Idaho County at page 37 of Book 22 Mining Claims.
N. J. Sharp, Register
First publication July 22, 1905.
Last publication September 23, 1905.
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1905, Aug. 12 – T. J. Little killed Charley Hanlen at Knox when Hanlen went to clean out the Little camp and Little protected himself and property. Later Little convinced the court in Idaho City that it was self-defense and he was acquitted. One of Hanlen’s acquaintances was surprised that Hanlen lived as long as he did.
From the Aug. 26, 1905 The Prospector and Thunder Mountain News, Roosevelt ID.
see: Idaho History Aug 4, 2019