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e• • .1b VOL. 1 THE RAS» 1110611ESS. BASIN, MONTANA, SATURDAY, MAY 29, 189'7.. IT'S A BONANZA work. They will have- everything running nicely within a short time. AT OLD COMET The Gray Eagle Mine on Bishop Gulch. ORE THAT PAYS BIG MONEY Lumber Ordered for a Boarding and Bunk Bouse. The mining men of this district are highly elated over the showing that has been made by the Gray Eagle mine, located in; Bishop gulch, between Comet and Basin. It is unquestionably a bonanza, and will be a great factor in adver- tising the vast and rich mineral resources of the country surround- ing Basin. This mine ia owned and operat- ed by J. J. Holmes and Henry Dahlman, who have been Working it in a modest way, but ‚have al- ready made enough money out of it to soon work it on a pretty - large sea e. A •ut eig teen months ago they first commenced to de- velop the property by running a 100 -foot tunnel. The ore in the Gray Eagle does not come to the surface, and this -tunnel at the end of 100 feet run in on the very top of the lead. They then sur.k a winze 40 feet deep and sloped the ground 'and commenced mining and, ship- ping ore. The first car brought them $2,600, and all subsequent shipments have netted them - not less than $1,000 to tae car. The great success with which ‚-they were meeting very naturally induced them to open the' lead to a greater depth. Accordingly they drove a second tunnel to cut the lead at a depth of 200 feet below the bottom of the winze. They completed this work a few days ago, ďWrwMdiAtf1ktn an eight -foot chute of high grade shipping ore. Heretofore they have been taking out but one car- load of ore a week, but Mr. Holmes now _says that as .80011 as they can get the new ground stoped out they will be able to take out a ear - 1 aday. he owners were in town Tues- day and placed an order with L. D. Kent for material -to build a 30x48 boardirik and bunk house for the miners. This building will be ,erected just as soon as the lumber tan possibly he put on the ground. MINING NOTES. Fred E. Seeley is prospecting over„in the Whitehall country. _ Bert Blivens has a force of men Placer mining In the Lowland district. A The Vogels went to Jack creek last Monday morning to commence Placer mining. Peter Oleson is making good progress on the Last Chance tun- nel, although they. have hut some 4*11 , 1grotind to cotrtriiti • The Prince boys and Joe Brien are still pushing the work right along at the Helper, and the mine is looking better every day. They have a number of tons of end o re fell. Although he WAS badly hurt, on the dump. ' [Mr. Maisner don't Is.t anything Dave O'Neill and John Largent like the breaking of a collar bone who took alewse and bond on tlw , bother him much i and was out Boulder mince few days ago, noa- walking around on the streets the 'have their coats off surd are at next day. As an- ir.ustratron of the pick-ups which occasionally fall in the way of the Montana prospector comes the news that last Friday, while working a placer claim on Indian creek above Hassel, Andy Errick- son found a nugget for which Judge Weston offiered him $450.00 in cash. It weighed $441.00 at $18.00 to the ounce, and Andy considers it an excellent days work. In the same locality, ;during last week, C. E. Leach found a $23.50 nugget and old-timers now living in the valley, who have not pros- pected for years are again turning attention to the Indian creek placer grounds. —Winston Pros- pector. The New Church. .The new chdrch building was formally opened last Sunday. The services were conducted by Rev. Edwin M. Ellis. The building committee submitted the following report: - \To the members and congrega- of former Basin people and all of tion of the First Presbyterian them are busy and prosperous. ehurehr --BEIM/by Mnatanal-- 414 ) 41 r Milee - fhdlivam•-a.hoineveryborlyla The Camp is Enjoying Great - Prosperity. MINES WORKING STEADILY Five Big Four -Horse Teams Engaged in Hawing ere. A representative of the Progress vssited the old mining camp of Comet Tuesday afternoon and found it to be a pretty active place —in fact much more so than one would be led to expect from the little that ia heard of it in the out- side world. The camp is more than twenty years old and its novelty has somewhat worn off, but the camp has not - yet worn out by a long shot. In fact it is only just beginning to become what its wonderfully rich mineral resources entitle it to be. The place is full leling - mmlatteir nsiwttallY friend, is presiding - over a wet submit the following report: goods establishment with the seine grace and hospitality for which he was so well-known in Basin. J. M. Marcus, who also moved from Basin to Comet during the winter, is doing well iu the dry goods 11 308 - 12 businffla It was .due to the assist- ance of these two gentlemen that we were enabled to find out all about the the picturesque and romantic appearing old mining camp. Mr. Sullivan ,was an old- timer in Comet long before he be- came a Basinite, but as was the case with the fous character in the \Arkansas Traveler. - most of the real old mountains were there when he first came to the place. He knows all ab - o -tir - Cariwt - airee cost of building to completion, $1,666.21 Donations, Labor. etc., $1,019.79 46 cash. 30.00 Loan from church fund, 400.00 Advanced from treasury, 8.30 1,458.09 Bal. yet to be raised, 6 DONATIONS ITEMIZED. carpenter labor, Liiithing and plastering; Teaming, Surveying, Hardware Three gal. hard oil, Supdry items, ,Ldmber, Painting, $719.75 80.00 • .50 .50 45.95 7.50 3_55 105.00 28.00 Total donations, (except cash) $1,019.79 cost of lumber, Less donation, 64 14 64 66 46 of -painting, Less donation hauling sand, lime and hair, freight on same, registers, window casings and $630.62 10.5.00 .525. 28.00 70. 6.00 22.20 7.10 3.00 freight, 12.50 $1,666.21 It Nell be seen that the dona- tions of labor and material have been quite large, and that a very small amount of cash will now be requiredlo pay off the remaining indebtedness. It is the desire of the members of the church to ded- icate the church free of trebt, and as the building is a credit and a benefit te the town, all citizens should take a pride in donating something to the cause. Volun- tary subseriptions can be handed to any of the ennmittee or to J. M. Dunbar, treasurer. Norse Fell on His. Henry Meisner sustained pain- ful injuries Thursday afternoon by having a horse fall on him which resulted in breaking his collar- bone. It was a fractious horse 0 . 1 . 41,1,1;11,4e u k With him while he was riding it near tie outskirts of the town. The rider pulled up the horse's head when it started to run away with him over only the 200 and the 300 -foot levels rough ground and stumbled And _Irave been worked- There is the time of the late civil war, but says that if anyone desires historic- al information regarding_the before 1861 that they will have to ask some of the other old-timers, as he does not feel that he can rely upon his memory being accurately correct regarding events that trans- pired prior to that time. We fail- ed.to - find anyone else who would acknowledge being a resident of the camp at that time, so that pert of its history will perhaps never be written. The Comet and the East Rumley mines are being worked to tin ir fu'l capacity. and the indications are that they will continue active during the entire year. The Com- et mine is well equipped with modern mining machinery, having good hoisting works, an air coin- prffloor and a 150 -ton concentrat- ing plant that is now kept running the Boulder hot springs. This da y and ni g ht ' Thai has heel ' noted resoft, wither the efficient operated. off and on, for mort. than NO. 4 . 7 the water le down a little the 400 -foot level. Within fifteen or twénty days the lower level will be pumped out, and then all will be ‚ in readiness for the miners. The Comet mine is being operated un- der' the supervision of Mr. Norville Stuart, who is rated as a very suc- cessful and competent mine man- ager. The East Rumley mine is ling operated by Messrs. Dowlin Johnson. This property lias been worked for about fifteen years, and is developed to,the 300 -foot level. It is not eperated on so extensive - a scale as the Comet mine, but is evertheless a large producer and is perhaps equally as valuable as the neighboring mine. Recently isom - e very rich copper ore has been encountered in the lead, and nearly every miner in ,the camp is carrying about with him a pocket - full of specimens of its beautiful native copper ore, which all take great pride in exhibiting to their friends. The fact that thee are from four to five big four -horse' ore teams engaged almost continually in freighting ore and concentrates &OM -- these - iiiinersfá - the slopping point at High Ore spur on the line of the Northern Pacific rail- road, is an item that shows the camp to be a good producer. And yet mining at Comet is only in its infancy, since there are only two or three mines being worked, while there are scores of claims with large rich leads yet lying idle for the want of the proper expendit. nre of capital necessary to turn them into wealth producing mines. Another good indication of what the camp is, is the fact that the men engaged in business there are all prosperous and hopeful for the future. Farewell Party. A pleasant farewell party was given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. .J.-Broehnlesst Totsistley- ning for Mrs. William Pinkston. and her daughter, Miss . Millie Pettison, who left Basin the next evening for Butte, where they will make their home in the future. A number of intimate friends were present at the party. and the eve- ning was spent most pleasantly in card playing, dancing, singing and other amusements. At 12 o'clock elegant refreshments were served, and each of the guests presented with a pretty bouquet of forget- me-nots. Haulier list Spriegar The hard times don't prevent Basin people from enjoying them- selves, and nearly every Sunday a number of them spend the day at twenty years, and while it bag id. jmanagement of Mr. Milo French, than become the innet popular place ready proèuced a very lance amount of the kind in the state, and we of wealth, it is still eorusidered a know of no other place where a property cf great value, and gives day can be spent more pleasantly. every promise of being a great Producer for years yet to come. The shaft is down only 500 feet, rsert wilt Isé sèreln tnat'effsey only fairly commenced to work out the mina. For some time past large amount of ore on these levels; yet, but the company has decided to work the 400 and the 500 -foot levels, also, which are now being pumped out, The big pumps are now being worked steadily and i The Union Hotel. ienflt dremrtrirste work on the Union hotel, and when he gets through the place will look like a new building, The front is being painted, and the old TOOf is being replaeed with is new one. Carpenferos and decorators will next be put to work, on the and .will finish up the in- terior in an elaborate and elegant A BIG SHOWING Report From the United States Assay Office at Helena. OVER FIFTY MILLIONS Importance of the Mining Industry to the Pacific Northwest. The figures shown by the report of Mr. Braden, director of the United States assay office, at Hele- na, which was made a few days ago, are quite interesting and give much reliable and valuable infor- mation regarding the mineral out- put of Montana. -The total initier , al Production of the state for the year 1896famounted to the large sum of $50,732,099.11 The pro- ductioa of this county, Jefferson. for the same period, was as fol. lows: Gold $ 165,735.86 Silver 1,302,670.14 Copper, in pounds' 503,476 Lead; in -pounds-. - The state's magnificent sliowine is causing much flattering com- ment from the outside world. The Spokesman -Review, publish- ed át Spokane, Washington, in an editorial comment on the report. says: • \Montana's total mineral output for 1896, as given by the report published this morning of the assayer in charge of the United States assay office at Htlena, was $50,735,099. These figures give us some (OW:option of the hilly:se- ance of the mining industry and its bearing upon the general de- velopment and prosperity of the .Pacific 'northwest. \The census of 1890 gave the virtue of Washington's manufactures as $41,768,022, and Oregon's $41,432,- 173. The product of Mantina's 11406 -*es- - .therefure - 414), _ 000,000 greater than the combined manufactures of either Washing ton or Oregon in 1889. When it is considered that these statistics on manufactures cover all the varied lumber • products of those states, the output of the fisheries, of the flour mills, and the innum- erable small manufacturing indus- tries which give employment to so large a proportion of the popula- tion if the towns and cities, we be- gin to get a grasp of the 'signifi- cance of the mining industry. \Manifestly those northwestern cities which neglect to acquire mining interesits--whose business men regard mining as a specula- tive venture, to be ignored and frowned down—must fall back de- feated in the rare for commercial and industrial supremacy. The cities which - witi grow with the greatest rapidity and whose peo- ple will enjoy the greatest degree of prosperity, - will be the cities which will command all the varied industries of this section,--agri- rulture, strdnufacturing, fruit grow - whi c h neglects its mining re ources 'will be deficient to that extent, in the elenienta of wealth and prosperity. It may grow, but slowly. It may prosper, but in a stunted way. • I. Po m °ea in or W bite Rib - style. • bun, at thé >sin drug store. • If you want a good smoke, try La Matilde, a pure Havana; Cable Cabinet, Howard, Lillian Russell, U ue 4 I d •