The Lump City Miner (Lump City, Mont.) 1895-1895, June 15, 1895, Image 1

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'Ingto ong for fui mp a s- t. ies WM1 , 1 flay (wt. hy, 1111111, jam rel+ P 001 Re(lAy teher 'peg Neill he ty. : nip ng ed cd aIi lie e The Lump City Miner. VOL. 1.—No. 24. LUMP CITY, MONTANA, SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 1895. $2.00 A YEAR. For Mining Supplies and Machinery OF GOOD, SUBSTANTIAL AND HONEST QUALITY, AND FOR PROMPT and INTELLIGENT SERVICE, go to A. M. HOLTER HARDWARE CO. 118 End 118 North Main Street. • . - 111CLIeNA, MONTANA. TURNER at Co. Grocers and Miners' Supplies, 20 AND 22 EDWARD ST. Montana Lumber rdlYlanufacturing Co. 1111110 TIMBERS and BUILDING MATERIAL of ALL RINDS. Yards Located at HELENA and BUTTE. A. N. Al )A Cor. Park St. and Sixth Ave., - - - HELENA, MONT. Plumbing, Heating and Ventilating. Wholesale and Retell Dealer in Iron Pipe and Fittings, Valves, Pumps, Mining and Mill Supplies. PRICES ARE CUT DEEP. UNCLE SA 62 South Main Street, HELENA, MONTANA. Having purchased the entire stock of Lowenetien, Cohen ék Co., of St. Louie, Mo., at lees than 50 per cent on the dollar, and in order to reduce my mammoth stock, oonsisting of Clothing. Gent's Furnishing Goods, Gloves, Rubber Coats, Boots and Shoes, Hats, Cape, Notions, Etc., we will offer for sale, beginning Wed- nesday, May 29th, at PRICES NEVER HEARD OF BEFORE. JUST LOOK: 100 Suits of good, durable goods at $3 00 150 Suits at 3 75 40 Suits of Scotch Tweed left, absolutely all wool, at 4 75 100 Coats and Vests, good cassimere, for a coat and vest 2 50 1,000 pair of Pants, from 75e up to (all sizee, 36 to 42) 3 5() 500 Suits Underwear, a bargain at n 00 50 100 Dozen Overshirts, 15o to ... 1 50 Laundried Shirts, Collars and Cuffs attached at 44) Unlaundried Shirts at 2.5 100 Dozen Crush and Stiff Hate at 25 150 Dozen Straw Hats, from .. 10c up A full line of Boots, Shoes, Suspenders and Gèntlemen's Furnishing Goods. Yachting Caps, sold everywhere at 75e and $1, sold at our store for 25 THE PEOPLE'S STORE, 513 and 515 Broadway, Helena, Mont. HEADQUARIIMS FOR Groceries, Dry Goods, Tinware, Notions, CHINAWARE, Hay, Grain and General Merchandise, CHEAPER THAN DIRT FOR SPOT CASH. CHARLES II. HENTON, Prop. James Twiford, I)RALER Furniture, Bar Fixtures and Stoves, ANDREW WOODS, Barber Shop and Bath Room, 33 1 -‘ S. Main St., Helena. FRED. J. THOMAS, ASSAYER. S. Maliri Ore Sacks and Tents, Over Gamer's Shoe Store HARNESS, ETC. Ten Thousand Second Hand Articles of Every Descliption to be sold at one-half their ac- tual value. 235 N. Maill St., HELENA ' Iron Works Helena in Works Ore Cars and Butkets, Track Iron, Car Wheels, Iron and Brass Castings, ete. Special Mining Machinery of all kinds made to order. Miners' lied Prospaote.ra supplies of all kinds Work promptly attended te on short notice. A M. WILLIAMS, Agent, Miner Office \ SCHREIN E RS\ GREAT DEPA R TNI ENT STOIZ MAIN STREET. - HELENA. Wei arry a general line of (fro ceries and House Furnishing goods and at prices that will satisfy any buyer. This we guarantee. SCHREINERS. Arthur J. Craven, AVP)RNEY-AT- LAW, Henms It rind F7, 1414 7 RIAIN A. 11(INTANA. FREI.) SASS, liii N Maui SIrPee, Il ICI ICNA. MAntlfr w ttiror .,f Fine Domestic Cigars, And Ileabe All kinds of Pipea, Smoking and Chew- ing Tobaccos. N\ne but I ill.ett 11 2. ,11.1 ,1 •% , 41 REED & CRAIG CO. Bailey Block, Helena, Mont. Make Shirts to Measure. Hats and Men's Goods. MINES AND MINING. Regular Weekly Clean-up from the 'Mines of the Lump Gulch District. Mining Notes and Items of the Day of as Interesting Character. Bar silver, 67. Lead, $3.30. Copper, $10.50. * ORE SHIPMENTS 11011 THE WEEK. Liverpool 2 cars. Little Nell. Free Coinage Little Alma The editor of the Chicago Tribune learnedly(?) and laboriously tells the world that it only costs 41 cents an ounce to produce silver in the United States, and that the business, «en at the pres- ent prices, is wonderfully profitable. He then goes on to say that there are only \33 men engaged in silver mining,\ and that thee. 33,000 want the other \70 million\ of their friends and neighbors to \come to their rescue and declare that one dollar is two dollars.\ The av- erage Yankee is a pretty cute sort of an individual, and he is not rushing into the \wonderfully profitable\ silver min- ing industry to any great extent just at present; if he was there would be more than \33 men engaged in it.\ It's a long time between now and elec- tion, gold -bug money is plenty and the Tribune will probably be able to pur- chase from such men as Prof. McLaugh- lin (who has been buried several times) and Michels, such distortions and con- tortions that a subsidized press would naturally make use of to bolster up their inhuman cause ; but they will have to come nearer the truth than this 41 cents per ounce argument or they will fall short of the mark. * * • THE FREE (3OINAGE. 1 \ 1 4 1 /.. i The shaft on this mine is down to a depth of 2.50 feet with drifts on the vein 250 feet in length, counting both east and west, on the 200 foot level, where a raise is being made. Twel'ee aenitie working on each shift. The ore chute is about nine inches in width, very high grade, black aulphurete occurring quite fre- quently. It is expected to increase the foroe on this property as soon as work la far enough advanced to use more men to advantage. A small shipment of very choice ore was made this week. The day is not very far distant when the Free Coinage will be heard from in no uncertain manner. • 4 , * THE LITTLE NELL.. found, men will be put at work drifting on te lode and stoping. The vein left the shaft on its incline some distance above the 300, but a short crosscut will reach it, when the Little Alma should give a good account of itself, aft it no doubt will. THE CHIPMUNK. The Latsch Brothers are putting up a whim on this property, which now has a shaft forty feet in depth. There is four inches of high grade ore in the bottom of the eh aft, and about two tons ot it has already been taken out and sacked. The prospect is located west of the Little Nell and east of the Muakegon. It is as fine II looking prospoct, and has as good a I show to make a mine as anything so far discovered here. Several very tempting offers to bond this property have been refused, we understand. • • s The shaft on this mine is now 354) feet deep, with a sump about twelve feet lower. Drina are being run both east and west at the 350. one of them about 20 feet in and the other about lc, feet. The output for the week is one carload of tirst-class ore. A crosscut is also in progress on the 250. The Little Nell is feet approaching the bonanza stage, and is to -day the peer of any mine in Luinp gulch -if it is not, the beet one. It is true that there are other mines here with a greater tonnage of ore shipped standing to their credit, notably the Washington anil Liverpool, but the preliminary work was all finished on these mines while the Little Nall wee still undergoing the prospecting stages. In the bottom of th.. Hump, over 350 feet down from the endure, the ore is a good two feet in width, polld and clean. The I lode is about el feet in width between the walls, with three mid one half fe e t o f quartz in place, in ell of which there is good pay. It will thus be seen that the concentrating dunip is daily growing larger, and will, at no distant day, be the source of coneiderable reven ue to the owners of this property, aside from the large product shipped direct to the East Helena smelter. Stoping is also in progress on the 250 tot level, and ore is being hoisted from all the drifts, leyele and stopee in the mine where men are at work. 'Thirty- three men are at work, and it is expected to double this force in a few weeks, when th• output will be in the neighborhood of abotht ten earloade of firet-clase ore per month. When it is taken into non- eideration that this ore is of very high grade character, the importance of this statement. will be apparent. • • TFIV (.11111 , croegelitting le the order of the day at this mine, both ways, from the boft, wn of the shaft, which has reached s depth of 3(10 feet. and it is expected to get into the ore chutes to .lay (Saturday) If everything ia found MI favorable aa it ia expected it wilt be found, men will be THE IRON CAP. The Iron Cap is just now attracting considerable attention from prospeetors and miners in this district, and the late discovery of ore in its shaft, at a depth of 175 feet, was opportune, and fills in a space of this district which heretofore has received no prospecting below the point where a man could \bench\ out his dirt. On tt.e Iron Cap hill there are many — not mansions—but promising prospects, and the development now go- ing on in the Iron Cap, equipped as it is with a splendid steam plant, will demon- strate more thoroughly the amount of work required to be performed in that locality before it can be expected to reach mineral, as also in a general way to de- termine to a certain extent the worth of the locality—thus it is that particular attention is just now bejng directed to- wards the favorable progress of work in this property. * * * THE OLD DAN TUCKER. On the 9th of the present month work was again resumed on the Old Dan Tucker, in Clancy gulch, under lease and bond from the Reddings, by Messrs. Bell, et al. The shaft is 115 feet in depth, and it is the intention to go on down to the 200 before crosscutting. The lode is about two feet in width, through the quartz of which there is a sprinkling of ore, •Oili• cif it vary rich. Two shine of men are at work- -8 in !ill. Operations on this property will be watched with great interest, as the Old Dan Tucker is thought to be a splendid mine when properly opened up. • • • rim WYOMING. The lode, between walls, in the Wyo- ming, is two and one-half feet wide, and contains one and one-half feet of fine quartz in place with some galena through it. Three men are working in the pros- pect, running one shift. It is the inten- tion to continue operations until the 200 foot level is reached. • • • MINING NOTES. Surveyors have been busy during the past week laying out the concentrator site. The location selected is about one- fourth of a mile below Hartford, or just below the junction of Lump Creek with the Prickly Pear Creek. The company is • Chicago concern, we understand, and it is their intention to put in a 200 - ton plant. As soon as the grounds are in readinefte work will be commenced on the building and pushed to completion as rapidly as possible. L. C. F. Lotz and other Helena gentlemen are pushing the scheme, the machinery is all ready, and it looks now as though the concentrator Was a sure go. There is still another concentrator project on foot which is being engineered by Col. R A. Hawkins, a Helena mining man, though we are not prepared to say where it will be located, or hotar the project has materialized. We have been informed, however. that the Col. means business, and if the situation warranta it, will put up the concentrator. We ex- pect, to live to see the day when wire rope tramways will be in operation from the mines in this gulch connecting with great reduction planta located at con- venient pointe on the creek. below. Work ia progressing very favorably in the Baby Helen, and ore of fair quality is slowly on the increase in the shaft which has reached a depth of 125 feet. Five men are employed on the property. The second eontraet of WO feet of drifting west on the vein in the Musks gon mine has been finished and work is temporarily fiumpended. So good a prop arty as the Muskegon is, however, will not, long be suffered te remain idle. The improvement for the better was rapid in the lad. 25 feet of the contract. Work has started on the Little Anna lode, owned by the (ieffney Bros. of nou I der, and W. H. Burgess, of this city. It is the intention to pink 200 feet An Answer to the Chicago Tribune—Who Is Dr. Ivan C. Michels.? CLANCY, June 12th, 1895. Editor Lu iii' CITY MINER: Referring to the article whicliappeared in The MINER of last week, clipped from the Chicago Tribune, purporting to lie an authoritative statement upon the wet of silver production, by one Dr. Ivan O. Michels, and your request for answers thereto from practical miners, I beg to submit a few observations not that my experience has been such as to enable me to present an accurate estimate of the cost of producing silver --but the cost given by the Dr. is so manifestly errone- ous that I have been wondering by what process of reasoning or computation he was enabled to reach his conclusion. Certainly the figures which he presents are nothing more than a collation of such statistics as are published by the various states mentioned, relative to sil- ver mining, embracing the total output of silver for a given year, together with the amount paid for labor employed pro- ducing the same, and computing the cost per ounce upon this basis. This method is employed extensively in the eastern states in computing cost of manufaotered articles; but there the statistics regarding the total output, ex- aot amount paid for labor are accurate beyond question; and to the labor coat is always added interest on the invest- ment, and a liberal allowance for depre- ciation of plant, etc. White this method may be approximately correct when ap- plied to manufactured articles, where all the figures are gathered with the utmost. care and attention, it would certainly not prove practicable when applied to silver mining. When the manufacturer is ready to be- gin business his investment is represen- ted by a plant which is an asset. When he puts his plant in motion his book- keeper opens his labor account and it is therefore easy tor him to determine the exact labor cost of his wares. How dif- ferent in silver mining? The mine own - ere' first expense is to ascertain if his prospect is worth opening. This may be great or small, but it is a labor (Jost and R is safe to say that it never finds its way into the labor columns to be charged against the total output of silver of any state. His next expense is to develop his prospect, it he has faith in it, which is done by sinking shafts, running levels, crosscuts, étc., and 90 per cent of the coet of doing this is a labor cost, and yet this expenditure, vast as it is, never finds its way into the hands of the compiler of statistics on the cost of producing silver for the reason that this outlay is most frequently incurred long before the mine enters the list of producers and its own- ers are not consulted. Then again this expense is often incurred by the miner on a prospect that never does become a producer, and the amount of money thus expended for labor mining for silver, while properly chargeable to it, cost ot production, are never taken into amount when statistics are peing compiled, es- pecially by such men as Dr. Ivan C. Michels. This cost of opening up a prospect may be said by 'home to bear the same rela- tion to the coot of producing silver that the manufacturers investment in plant, etc, does to hí. cost of production. But the onfairnese of such argument is at once appreciated by referring to the fact that the manufacturers investment in plant, etc., always represents an asset, while the miners inveetment in opening hie mine is a labor cost, and as such is • total loan If statistics could be gath- ered showing all moneys expended in opening up silver mines—those which failed to prove profitable one•—during any One year for the past 20 years, and Ithe amount added to the labor coat, as animated by Dr. Michels, it would show a coat of production nearer $1.29 per oz. than 41 cents as he has it. By the way, it would be interesting to know who is this Dr. Ivan C. Michels who talks thus glibly upon a subject about which he apparently knows little? Can it be that he is a student of anatomy, a dispenser of pills and cordials, a boiler of roots arid herbs, a mixer of vile nos- trums, whose gold -bug patients have been thrown into a tit of hysteria by the growing popularity of the free silver idea and he find. it mors profitable to himself and soothing to them to admin- , inter manufactured statistics than to dope them with herbal concoctions? Or ie he some Doctor of Divinity, speaking by diet» right in the interest of e gold bug congregation, who thug gather sta- tistic., possibly by inspiration, and pro- ceeds with one fell swoop to demollab forever silver am money by redwing ite c o at of production to a mere tutistelis, and cutting its value half into? T. T. L. The weather has been just simply de- lightful during the peat week—neither too non' nor too warm.

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