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• Historical Society of Montana: r ' TO k to e i THE MIA PROGRESS. VOL. 1 BASIN, MONTANA, SATURDAY, MAY 22, 1897. ON RUBY HILL Operations of the Gold Mountain Mining Company A TRIP THROUGH THE MINE It's a Great Big flonanza and no Doubt About It. ast Sunday, in company with Hon. M. L. Hewett, vice-president and general manager of the Gold Mountain . Mining company, and Hon. C. A. Whipple, of Townsend, (tile editor of the Progress visited the famous Ruby mine in the Lowland district. The property is eleven miles distant from Basin, but there is a good mountain wag- ou road all the distance and the drive is a pleasant one, After a drive of a little over two hours we arrived at the mouth of the Ruby tunnel and were shown all through tiwinine by Mr - : - The - weti: The mine is situated on Ruby hill, which rises to a heighth of one - thousand feet above the Lewlana creek, and the main tunnel, at a point directly under the shaft, is 2.loo feet distant from the mill site in the valley and at an eleva- tion of loo feet above the same. Reby \- till is traversed with a eumber of gold and silver bearing quartz veins, of which the Ruby is most important, at leak so far as thNekvancement of actual develop- ment work is concerned. Among the other claims on the hill are the Adelaid, Hamburg, Standard, Gold - Star, Louisa, Mary Ann, North Ruby Fraction, South Ruby' Frac- tion, Ruby Girl, Burlington, Great Republic, Forreet, Woodchopper, Havana and Morton. All of these are full fized claims, 600xl5oo feet, except the two fractions 'and some over -lapping portions of others. The Gold Mountain Min- ing company is handling a group of five of these claims. The (Nurse of the Ruby *vein is from south south east to north north west, and as from 15 to 20 feet wide and over. The lead is confined between distinct walls and the ledge matter is of quartz and other silicious and porphory- itic rock. The ore may not look go rich to the casual observer, but the record of its shipments and every assay ever taken from it has shown it to contain fabulous values. In fact one who is famil- iar with the teeth of its value thus far male can not help believing but that the property is sure to de- , vrlop into one of the largeet and ,best paying mines that have so far been discovered in the state. The perphry on either side of .the lead' also,caeries good values in gold for temetilenthie distance: - When the Ruby v i es .fiest die_ ered it was bonded to the Alla- i tenla Copper Mining Company for the sum of $2oo,00th A ho ore was discovered, but the man in charge dumped it down between the porphry, where it still remains, and recommended to the company not to take up the bond. The owners themselves soon after commenced to work the mine to ship ore. The following is record of their shipments and values returned for the same: Number of car. 4066 3462 7856 8876 4149 3334 4234 7452 8764 12316 12316 178 5799 4218 4346 3459 11474 7897 7864 7879 9174 7885 3087 8287 _ 12900 3463 4673 4454 3677 8498 8792 5829 3142 50'28 8760 4319 12820 3542 4861 5105 4475 11290 351713 7162 3094 3372 7968 Weight, in lbs. 42,438 32.804 35.137 35,842 325 37,216 34.125 41,077 37,900 2,866 23,376 36,963 35,526 1;422 35.146 5'172 5,209 3,505 5,273 31.331 40,139 39,415 41,930 40,033 34,017 35.562 36,087 37,600 35,653 31,948 34,689 35,161 34.716 35,090 32,941 34,847 32,949 26.831 34,114 33,635 34,243 37.188 35,101 34,724 35,042 34,897 36,377 35,076 35,620 24,836 30,108 35,488 36,336 34,484 34,010 102,000 70,000 this and the the Total Value $8,620.00 4,349.57 5,770.78 4,528.83 1,453.48 2,807.46 1,452.97 1,663.32 2,021.62 1,402.85 4,136.00 1,124.62 997.81 398.22 1,426.52 322.69 308.44 191.95 334.67 4,042.71 5,767.59 1,918.00 1,473.00 1,494.71 3,237.18 1,163.60 1,601.45 3,044.11 806.56 1,522.11 1,981.43 1,198.40 561.63 1,386.70 1,002.77 1,020.67 1,802.57 1,413.51 1,976.28 2,166.27 2.731.59 816.33 1,135.11 740.82 572.74 560.01 569 61 726.25 1,474.67 920.83 . 1,643.29 802.65 1,228.15 1,293.14 2,946.94 6,142.88 4,350.30 d i, 1,916,933 lbs. $114,542.36 There is no discount on the above showing -every shipment of ore gave good returns. But the oiners did not succeed in operat- ing the property for any great length of time, for they beis,n to • spute over the management of its affairs and the quarrel resulted in the closing down of the mine, which they would now neither lease nor sell. A number of peo- people have tried for a long time - GT gefITie imine, kinds of offers for it. Last fall Howard Panetta', of Butte, and M. L. Hewett, of this place, began ,liegot tient§ for the property. but \it was Vtintil April of this year that they ticeeedeel in closing the deal. They at once organized a company. and are now going ahead with their work to once more start the mine to proctpc ng, and within ing plant was erected and R shaft ; four month's time they 'will have a 51 tik to the 100 foot level. Giexl 20 tam ownhination Id a- d silver mill in operation, and the mine opened up in shape to furn- ish all the ore the mill can handle. The mill will be built by George F. Bartlett, of Butte, who has been on the ground since last Saturday, and is making the necessary ar- rangements to go ahead with his part of the work. There is a hoisting plant on the property capable of handling the shaft work to the 300 -foot level. The development worn in the mine consists of a shaft 100 feet deep, and a 700 -foot tunnel which cuts the lead at a depth of 60 feet be- low the bottom of the bottom of the shaft. A force of miners are now mailing an upraise from this tunnel to connect with the shaft, after_ which the hoist will be start- ed and the shaft sunk to another level. All the ore that has ever been shipped was taken from the 50- foot level which was stoped for 50 feet. A drift VMS run for a con- siderable distance both ways on the lead at the 100 -foot level, but no stopeing was done. the lead shows up to an excellent advantage here, and an immense body of rich ore is in sight. On the bottom level, reached by the tunnel, con- siderable ore, perhaps as much as 5,000 tons, has been taken out and is now on the dump ready to be milled. General samples taken from this dump have assayed as high as 11 ounces in gold and 962 ounces in silver --no Kemple has ever run under $21 in gold and silver. It is absolute4 free mill- ing, and there is ore enough in this dump alone to pay for the build- ing of the mill and the tramway and to make all necessary improv- ments in '-the mine, and to leave the owners a big profit besides. Aside front this the company has every natural advantage that could be desired for working the mine cheaply and successfully. The Ruby hill is densely covered with a splendid growth of pine and fir timber, suitable for all mining purposes; and Lowland creek furn- ishes an abundant supply of water the year around that c.an be used for both mill purposes and for power. Affairs al tbe Wash I P go Judge Knowels irlhe U. S. court has decided the suit of J,0. Briscoe vs. the Minah Consoli- dated Mining company. Briscoe won. He is allowed to forte-loge tee vendor's lien for which he mine tended . The M in ah group is located near Wickes. It was open- ed by Briscoe. who operated it until March. 1890„ when he sold to the Minali company, composed of English capitalists. He was to receive $377,000 in paid up stock and 300,000. Of the money, $100.- 000 were paid, $50,000 were to be paid out of the mine, and $160.000 were to be paid Jan. 1, 1891, and to secure the payment stock to the aniount of 51,000 shares was placed . in escrow. It was to secure judg- ment for unpaid moneys aid to determine the nwnership* of the I stock that the suit was brought and for a ve does hen on the pr iperty to secure payment. Judge Knowle decided in liriseoe's favor and allowed the lien lick - nil Inittrndfflit. The inah chimed down very siehletily and unex Ictedly last Saturday which was quite probably due to the tenninati of this liti- gation. The mine itself is said to be in splendid condition and has , been werking steedilv for some ' time. BASIN'S MINES & Largest Lease amid Bald the Bealder Mae_ THEY WILL WORK rr AT ONCE NO. 46 Misers' Convenes& The fourth aenual convention of the Western Federation of Miners, after a eecret session of eight days, at Salt Lake. adjourn . ed sine die, Tuesday evening. Edwerd Boyce of Weidner, Idaho, was endorsed by a re-election to the presidency of the federation. For vice president John F. McDonnell of Virginia a City, Nevada.. was elected. Breaks aim/ Tiaras Aire Opening up Resolutions were passed declaring for the free coinage of gold and silver: for the initiative and re- ferendum, and for the affiliation of the union with any party that declares for these reforms. The next meeting will be held in Salt Lake on the second Monday in May, 1898 Butte, Montana, was Rich Rimer Mime_ Dave O'Neill, the well-known mill man of this place, has been endeavoring for the pest six months to get a lease and bond an the Boulder mine, which is located a mile northwest of Rosin_ Mondsy night the two principal owners of chosen as headqu - erters for the the mine, W. H. Snider and K S_ federation. The members of the Rice, of Logansport, Indiana,' ar- rived in town, and Wednesday Mr_ O'Neill and John Largentsucceed- ed in closing a deal with them for the mine on a lease and bond for a period of three years. The Boulder mine was worked by John Allport as far beck as 1881, but owing to the fact that there were no mikes& in the country at that time, transporta- tion was so difficult and the cost of mining so great that the mine did not pay wed. Now that every- thing is favorable for working the property more cheaply, it is be- lieved that it can be made to pay good 1110Dey. Messrs O'Neill and Largent have already gone about, patting thin in shape to start active operations_ The mill will Is. overimuled and enlarged to handle the free. milling kold ore, and a small concentrator will also be pui in to treat the concentrating ore. The wat.-r ditch will have te reopened. and considerable work is also required to put the road in condition b-. tween the mine and the mill Al the mine they will do CI 011S. 41.-ra I prospecting on the surface to find their best ore, and sill prebably sink a new shaft. There are three well defined leads in the Boulder mine, each uf them from two to three feet wide. These have all been opened by means of shafts, the deepest bring 70 feet. There are now Zikl bass of high grade on. on the dump at Um eissd fur a Fermat. Mr. Dahlman, of Holnea and teihInniti, who are working a mine near Comet, was Tn - town. Wednes- day evening, and was feeling in excellent spirits over a new strike of a six-foot chute of high grade ore in the main tunnel They have been working a small form of men on this mine for sonar time and have mined and several car loads of or.. that is said to have netted them a thennand dollars to the ear. They- sill now stops the new ore chute.whirh will give them more ground awl en executive Wald are; William Walsh. Butte; Anthony Shovlen e _ Butte: Anthony Morton. Sand Coulee; R. J. Lyons. Aultinan, Colo.; John J. Freer. Lead City S. D.; for delegate to th American Fedeaation of Labor, J. J. Bennett, Delamar, Idaho. The federation was partimilary fortunate in the selection of its offireis for the corning year. Mr. Boyce, the president, and Mr. J. J. Bennett, the delegate to the Amer- iran Federation of Labor, are two gentlemen in particular for whom the Progress holds a very high re. gard_ We know them to be clear - heeded, honorable, just and sin- cere in their efforts for labor's advancement. Amanda vs. Illarr. The 'Montana Coal and Coke company, of- Hon, \can't\ work its ntinea and has been \compelled' to eetie, deetrie for no other reason than that the miners joined a local 11:1 an of t hi. ‘Vestern Fed. -.ration .if Nliiiera. 'Illis company does 11.4 belie., tee w•irkingnian has_ any rights whieli it should reepeet, and shows a mighty mean spirit. It is interesting to compare this pigmy. flint -hearted, contranted, buLdozing company with the Ana- con d a te.ipper Mining company, winch recently posted this notice in its cual mines at Belt: ••To all employers Referring to the attitude of this company to the „Minos' union, wit wish to slue - , that it is our earnest desire aakt wish that wherever peewit& em- ployee affiliate with this organize- : teal_ The eliaritable and benitieal !futures of this , Argaineatiun are i highly eeninendable, an.I . in this , respect the advisability and duty - uf 'every employe belonging to tbe- ! onion is deneinstrated almost daily. i Employes are removed or injured, ;their &pi:dent families often be- ing left in adv..ree circumstan-es. ' The Miners union has other cone meadable features, but if for no other •rens in than those above stated. this 4 - employ a nil I m ie., stronglv . IIr,re rruplt,tres to arajoiate themselves with the Miners' able them to operate on a ciansieb-r- , union - ably larger scale than heretefore ..., t . aide Illiscer Ceram& r..._ James J. Brooks and Billy Mar tin went up Basin creek Thureilay morning with a wagon kind of nap_ plies to commence work on their placer ;mum'. and expect to come home with all their pockets full of gold dust. They went up and pros- pected their ground Sunday. ,and fount! it elouif' with the yelkes vor at 7 o clock weed. p-in- Cioneb Services. The new chtireh will be formally ned fur srviceis Sunday, tomor- row__ There will bd serviees both - newningand evening at 11 o'clieek a_ in. and at 24 o'clock p. m. Rev. - Edwin M. Ellis. superintendent 41 , Sabbiah school work in the Feats - , Will preneh both morning and eve- ning. Sunday a - hoot at 2 o'eloek and Christiai End