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TOR OMAHA DAILY BEE : MONDAY , APRIL 30. 1891. f
SHEARING SHEEP BY STEAM
Boasts the First Ilnnt of the Kind
in tlo DnStod Statoi.
DESTINED TO SUPPLANT HAND SHEARING
Iontpr Clip I * Worth .Morn I NT J'otinil ,
llnlilc * Welching Moru 1 linn I lie
Ylnhl front the Old
, Wjo. , April 25. Proud Indeed
ftaro the cltlrcns of Casper's first manufac
turing enterprise , the ntcam Rlicarlng plant.
This plain Is located about two miles di
rectly north of ttio town , Immediately on
tlio north bank of the North 1'latto river.
The building Is n largo frame structure , cn-
rlo" il with corrugated Iron , Bttrrounded with
4large pons. The engine furnishing the mo-
power Is n forly-horao power. The
"nil ars tire an English Invention , having been
in UBO In Australia and South Africa for
" Bcvcrul years , and tlilu la their first Intro
duction Into the United Statoi. The shears
uro very similar to the inuclilno used to clip
lioracs , except that they arc wider and
fitronger built and have n faster motion.
Jn shearing the sheep Is hold In the same
imjltlon as In hand shearing , and the speed
of the shearer Is attained In his skill to
innko a long clip.
The plant started up In full blast last Sun
day on a herd of wethers belonging to ! "
Okie The wuthera weighed from twelve to
fourteen pounds , nnd arc considered about
OH hard u class of sheep to shear as can bo
' found The expert overseeing the starting
of the plant Is teaching the men how to use
the machine , and while the men cannot
jnako the speed they can with hand shears ,
It h the belief of the writer that no person
th.it has seen the machine work but Is con-
\lnced that the day of shearing sheep by
hand Is a thing of the past. William Mar
quis , ono of the fastest hand shearers In
'the world nnd the man who won the world's
I > rl70 for hand shearing , was n visitor at
the pens and after ho saw the expert shear
a sheep ho turned to his companions and
Hald "Hoys , she does the work. I am going
vto pitch In and learn to handle her. She
lias come to stay , and whllo I don't tnko
odils off any man shearing sheep by hand ,
I am going to become an export with the
Mr Marquis , with only thrco days' knowl
edge of the machines , sheared 100 Tuesday.
This same man last year , working with hand
shears , averaged ICO sheep dally. The
steam shears shear n longer staple , do closer
work , and there Is no danger of cutting the
nhcep. Now men hove u tendency to crowd
the machine , and by doing this they pull out
n lot of wool and bring the blood to the sur
face , but tlila fault never occurs with ono
thoroughly acquainted with the use of the
machine. The plnnt Is owned by a
Block company backed by J. II. Okie of
Lost Cabin , Wjo. It was through the In-
fluunco of Mr. Okie that the machines were
brought here , and to J. I ) . Oklo Casper Is
Indebted for her first permanent Industry
In the manufacturing line , and to his enter
prise the wool growers of this section are
under obligations. Two hand-sheared sheep
just out of the Casper Creek pens wore
' caught , and from ono the machine sheared
twelve ounces of wool and from the other
The commission men hero from the east
claim that the machine wool will bring at
le.ist a cent moro a pound than that sheared
. by hand. Taking thcso two things Into con
sideration , the machines are surely a great
thing for the wool growers , who are faced
vvlth a low wool market.
At this writing 4,000 sheep nro dally being
sheared hero nt the three sheep shearing
Although Casper Is not perhaps the larg
est sheep shearing point In the United
States , she has the only steam shearing
jilant In the country.
SOUTH I'ASS MINING DISTRICT.
CIinvnNNr : , Wyo. , April 29. The history
of the rlso nnd fall of the great excitement
In the great South Pass Mining district , Is
familiar to almost every newspaper reader In
the country. There are yet many rich lodes
In that section which will some day prove
veritable treasures to tholr owners. Ono of
these Is the famous Ilurr mine , from which
inoro gold has been taken than from any
other property In the district. This mine
lias four well defined veins of ere running
inrnllel the full length of the property.
TheBo veins nro from four to sixteen feet In
thickness. Some of the ere taken from this
mtno has milled from $500 to $5,000 n ton.
The story of the discovery of this property
by A. T. Durr , from whom It received Its
name , Is full of Interest. It was away
buck In the sixties that Mr. Durr came to
the Swcutwater country from Montana ,
, \horo ho had boon engaged In mining. A
eoldler friend from Fort Washalsle , who was
on a furlough , came with him. At Atlantic
Mr. Durr met S. L. Spangler , nn ac
quaintance , who recommended that they be
gin prospecting In the vicinity of a certain
spring In a gulch to the cast of Atlantic.
The two men found the gulch and the
Bpilng. A few yards beyond the spring
was n bare spot of ground , which upon e\-
nmlnntlon Mr. Hurr found to bo a gravel
formation. Taking a pan of this gravel ho
vent to the spring and panned It out , the
jlelil being 25 cents In gold. The second
imn washed out CO cents and a nugget that
weighed $0. This proved that the gulch was
rich and ( ho two men laid their plans to
mint ) in a buslncss-liko way. A
trench was cut to bed rock and the
dirt washed In the water. They were en
gaged In this work two or thrco weeks and
took out considerable gold.
JOHN STRUCK THi : LEAD.
A Chinaman came along ono day and hired
out to them to do the cooking and nsslat In
the use of the rocker. One day , about n
month after they had taken possession of
the ground , the Chinaman prepared dinner
nt the tent and then wont down to the dig
gings to call his employers. The two miners
wont to dinner , leaving the Chinaman at
vork cleaning the dirt from the bed-rock ,
which Mr. Burr had been examining with
great care , as the pay dirt had disappeared
and this had convinced him that the gold
had como from a lead near at hand and It
\\IIB his opinion that ho bad passed It , The
Celestial cleaned the rock with great care
ulilloUho men were eating their dinner , but
before they had finished the heathen sot up
n howl which HOOD brought the miners out of
their tent to BOO what was the matter.
The ehlniimun kept up his cries until his
companions came running to him In amaze
ment , wondering whether the red skins were
in sight or It ho had suddenly gone crazy.
Arriving on the ground the Chinaman ex
hibited to them 0mo specimens of quaitz
literally studded with gold. The Chinaman
had discovered the load and the Durr mlno
was u reality ,
A few days afterward the soldier was
obliged to return to his regiment at Fort
Vailinklo. As ho passed through Lander
ho sold at the bank J2SO worth of gold.
Mr. Durr worked on and during the next few
weeks took out about $1,000. In less than
llvo years ho took out moro than $8,000
worth of gold , This gold was hammered out
of the quartz In a small hand mortar , the
most crude manner possible of treating the
The Durr Mining company , of which lion ,
J. U. Woodruff of Lander Is the president ,
the present owner of the property , purchased
It from Mr. Durr In July. 1S9J. Very llttlo
development work was done last season , but
the company had made arrangements to
thoroughly test the property. The latest Im
proved mining machinery will bo used. The
coppany has several hundred tons of ere on
the dump which WAS taken out this winter.
It Is to bo expected that this season's work
vvlH demonstrate beyond peradvcnturo the
great wealth of the mining camp , It , however -
over , Is not a place for men without capital ,
It will require * a largo sum of money to de
velop Urn property In that section.
LAHAMIK'S LATEST ST1UKH.
Prof. Wilbur 0 , Knight of the university
liai just completed the assay of a number
of samples of what ho says Is the llnost
galena ere ho has over tested In Wyoming.
The ore ho has Just assayed comes front the
Morgan district nnd was taken from a now
prospect discovered by C. D. Hlchlo , says
Uia Lnramlo Republican , Ono assay from
the prospect ran S16 ounces In allver , $3.20
in gold and 63 per cent In load. Another
earaple wont $17 In gold and eighty-seven
ounces In silver. Two moro nnsayn taken
from the lead , which In three feet In width ,
Averaged ninety ounces of Rllvcr to the ton ,
with a thade of gold and a big per cent of
The new discovery la now being worked
In the Interest of the owners. The assays
referred to were taken from the surface
rock , but the work of developing the claim
will bo gone on vvlth at once. The location
I * above the Morgan mine , just at thu foot
of the main range and at the head of button
nnd Cooper creeks. The richness of the
ore brought to town Is unquestioned , nnd If
the lead holds out the proipect will prove n
bonanza to the > owners nnd will cause n
great rush to the Morgan district as the
The entire range from Rockdalo to the
north fork of the Llttla Laramlo will proba
bly be thoroughly prospected this season
nnd It will bo very strange If some rich
strikes nro not made. A pleco of rock was
picked up the other day from the surface of
the North Stnr location , n claim just nbovo
the Morgan mine , find upon being assayed
was found to run $700 In gold , The float
found between the points mentioned will
run anywhere from $10 to $30 n ton , but
whether Its richness continues under the
surface or not Is comothlng that nothing but
development work will prova.
WYOMING OIL , riKLDS.
Mr. n. L. Olds , purchasing agent of the
Union Pacific , Denver & Oulf railway , came
In on the Cheyenne ft Northern from n trip
to the central Wyoming oil fields near ens-
per , says the Cheyenne Tribune. Mr. Olds
has been making a personal Investigation of
thcso oil fields and gathering Information as-
to their extent , the facilities for production ,
character and quality of thu oil and all other
features of the matter. At the present
llnio the only outlet to market Is by the
Northwestern system , which Is under the
control of the Vamlerbllts. This line , like
most of the big trunk lines , Is receiving nt
nil times enormous patronage from the
Standard Oil company , which controls most
of the oil production of the country , but has
not yet sebcd that of Wyoming. In consequence
quence , the Northwestern has not even seen
lit to make rates by which the Wyoming oil
ean be marketed. It charges $700 to trans
port a car of oil for the same distance that
It charges $200 to transport a car of cattle.
The Inference Is very plain that the North
western docs not want the oil carrying
The well owners have applied to the Den
ver & Gulf railway for a freight rate from
Orln Junction to the gulf. If n satisfactory
rate Is obtained the Pipe Line company ,
which has already been Incorporated , will
at once commence the work of building the
pipe lino. nighty miles of pipe line , with
two pumping stations , will connect the wells
vvlth the Denver & Gulf nt Orln Junction. A
three-Inch main will be laid. Ample
capital Is ready to be put Into the line the
moment the fact Is assured that a market
can bo reached for the oil so that it
can bo shipped nt n reasonable profit.
The quantity of the product Is unknown.
At the present time two wells which the
Pennsylvania company have In operation
have u capacity of 230 barrels per month
each. There Is 150,000 acres of oil luuls
In the belt , all of which Is said to be eqmll >
rich In oil , and the number of wells whlc'j
may bo put down Is almost unlimited ,
The Interest taken by the Denver ft .Gulf
ofllclals in the resources of central Wyoming
and In the country tributary to the Cheyenne
& Northern Is awakening now hope In the
people of these portions of the state , and
the feeling Is growing that there Is soon to
bo a substantial development of the re
sources which have so long lain dormant.
ouunN RIVER PLACURS.
The plncer diggings on Green River have
been attracting a largo nmount of attention
during the past few weeks. Thousands of
acres have been located nnd considerable
development work done. Numerous holes
have been sunk nnd the deepest Is fifteen
feet , but even then bed-rock was not reached ,
says the Green River Star. From the sur
face the pay bcems about the same for the
entire depth. Sufficient gold It Is claimed
Is found from the top down to make the
whole pay dirt. The now devices for saving
fine gold will bo given a thorough test hers
anl If they do the work successfully
machines will bo shipped In by the hundreds ,
for the pay ground extends 200 miles.
A new machine from Omaha Is now being
put up and another la expected In a day or
two from New Mexico. If these get to work
wo will know something of the possibilities
of the Green River placers. There will also
be a new electrical machine put In soon ,
which the Inventors claim Is the thing for
One thing Is certain , the prospects brought
do > vn from the rockers on the river show up
Immense , nnd If much pay dirt llko this Is
struck the Green River placers will be the
wonder of the age. Parties who have looked
over the ground claim that all the bars In
the river nro as rich ns those now being
worked nnd this means miles upon miles of
good pay ground. Ah Say nnd other Chinese
experts claim that from the work they have
done that these bars will pay good wages
worked by the simplest process. It was
rumored that they are now engaged In
making arrangements to bring In several
hundred Chinamen ,
Mining experts by the dozen have been
here recently , nnd nil except ono pronounce
the placers ns remarkably rich nnd nil say
that the now placer machinery will bo able
to save the gold.
CHAIR OP IRRIGATION.
A very Important conference has been
held at Huron , S. D. , upon the subject of
practical Irrigation work for the coming
season. It was between Captain C. S. Fas-
sett , state engineer of Irrigation , Dr. Wil
liam Dlackburn of Pierre university. Captain
13. F Sheldon , president of the board of
trustees of the agricultural college , and
President Shannon of the board of regents.
The regents nt tholr February meeting , says
n special to the Sioux Falls Argus-Herald ,
made arrangements for the establishment of
a "chair of Irrigation" In the agricultural
college , with n view to teaching Inlgatlon
engineering , the analysis and application of
Irrigating waters , etc. , on the theory that
Irrigation Is n sclonca of great present Inter
est to the people of this state , the teaching
of which comes clearly within the tcopo of
the provisions of both state nnd national
The faculty of the college have Joined in
the recommendation of a plan for Immediate
work for the present season only , the en
tire cost of which , teacher , expenses , bul
letins and all , will bo less than $1,000 , and
that Is provided for mainly by national
The teacher , it Is proposed , shall do his
work from May 1 to October , out In the
fields of those farmers who have water and
lands ready for crop. There ore probably
n score of those In the state and ns ninny
will be dealt vvlth as can bo reached with
thorough work. All will bo under the 1m-
modlato charge of the college authorities
and all official reports will emanate from
the school. Dut the owners or operators of
the lands and. in fact , all who at any point
see lit to attend will receive Instruction In
laying out the lands , constructing reservoirs ,
ditching , applying the water to the various
crops , In short , In everything pertaining to
the theory and field work of Irrigation after
the water Is secured and the land made
ready. The state engineer offers to do all
In hi" power to aid the matter , without
charge to the college , and It Is believed that
several of the farmers having wells will aid
In the local expenses of the Instructor.
A colt born nt Fullerton last week had nn
extra leg , and Its owner killed It.
O. D. Jones , n resident of Drock since
1851 , Is dead at the ago of 72 years.
A patent has been granted to M. L. Hall
of Omaha for n check row corn planter.
K. C. Wright has retired from the Wahoo
Wasp , nnd will go to Idaho to edit n paper.
Young Frye , who was accused of robbing
the postofllco at Lexington , has been ac
The Nemaha County Teachers Institute
will bo held nt Auburn Juno 13 and continue
In session two weeks.
The sheriff of Dawcs county has started a
rogues' gallery , and the first faces to adorn
It are those of the men who robbed the
depot at Crawford.
Traces of ix mastodon have been discov
ered on a farm near Kearney , and scientists
are now digging up the soil In the vicinity
for the purpose of unearthing the carcass
of the prehistoric mammal.
Howard Clarke of Paplllton has become
such an enthusiastic bicyclist that he Is
about to make a' tour of Kuropo on his
wheel. Ho starts fer Kngland May 2 and
will spend the entire summer abroad ,
Roy Ilaker , n son of ix Furnas county
farmer , wont out to till the soil with a
riding plow , and when ho returned homo In
the evening his head wai cut open for a dis
tance of thrco Inched. Ho didn't know ho
was hurt , though the blood was flowing from
the wound freely. Ho had evidently been
tUred by the accident , nnd U still unable to
tell how It occurred.
Mrs. Catherine Clifton , probably the oldest
person In the state , died the other day nt
her homo In Alexandria. She was born
November 9 , 1737 , In Lincoln county , North
Carolina , nnd wns therefore at the time of
her death ngcd 10ft years , C months ind 1C
days. She lived In her native stale until
she was 13 years old , nnd then moved 10
Tennessee. She afterwards lived In Ohio ,
ImlUfia ami Illinois , nnd cam ? from the last
named state to Nebraska. She was of Irish
nnd Pennsylvania Dutch descent , of strung
build , nnd wns n largo nnd healthy woman ,
Last summer the planted and cultivated ere
of the best gardens In Alexandria , II r
mind , too , was clear and strong to the 't ' i
Last January she was taken vvlth la grippe
nnd wns not afterwards able to bo out. Last
week she had an attack of erysipelas nnd
this wns no doubt the cans ? of her death.
List week she presented her cane , which she
had owned for the past fifty years , to n
young druggist In appreciation of his kind
ness In bringing her medicine while she was
sick. She became a Christian early In life
und her faith never failed her In nil these
years of trial nnd alllictlon.
A heavy hall storm visited Drooktngs , S. D. ,
breaking the glass In the windows of nearly
all the residences nnd business housco.
Spring seeding Is well advanced In South
Dakota , where the ground Is reported In
excellent condition , with an abundant sup
ply of moisture.
Largo number. ? of prairie schooners are
passing through In the vicinity of Faulk-
ton every day , filled with emigrants for
homes on cheap lands.
A feed mill engine at Iroquols blow up
and smashed the building Into kindling
wood , nnd Instantly killed Ted Calkins.
Pieces of the engine went forty rods and
several persons narrowly escaped.
A meeting of the Missouri River Stock
men's association nnd nonasxoclatlon com
mittees Is called for May 1 nt Fort Pierre , to
arrange wagons , etc. , for the annual round
up , which starts from Fort Pierre May 1C.
Rhodes Bros. , who have the contract to
supply mares for the Indians , are shipping
the her es to Klmball preparatory to de
livery to the agency west of the river.
There nre now nt that place about 300 head
and more coming every day.
Dispatches from Mdgcmont are to the
effect that the recent rains have so swelled
the Cheyenne river that It has overflowed
Its banks , and fears are entertained that
the wagon bridge and the D. ft M. railway
bridge will bo washed out.
Major Clements , Indian agent , has been
at Flandroau distributing houses nnd barns
to thu Flandrcau Indians. About fifty houses
and barns have been dlslilbutcd among
the Indians Soon 250 head of cattle will
bo distributed among the same Indians.
At Northvllle a young man was engaged
In cleaning out the bottom of a grain bin In
an elevator when the adjoining bin burst ,
letting the Immense load of grain In upon
him , smothering him to death , A hole wns
cut In the side of the elevator In trying to
reach him , but life was extinct when ho was
Prospectors down from Dald mountain re
port more snow on the ground In that sec
tion than over before known. Ono branch
of the Dead wood Central railroad Is covered
with a ten-foot blanket of the beautiful ,
well packed , nnd should n heavy rain como
there Is no question but that an Immense
volume of water would down this gulch.
Work on the big Irrigation ditch at Hdge-
mont Is progressing finely. The ditch will
be completed In time for use to water this
year's crop. The water will bo stored In
two large reservoirs until It Is necessary
to use It , nnd there will at all times bo
enough water to supply the land. The
ditch Is large enough to furnish a forty-
horse power reserve of water to bo used
for manufacturing purposes at ndgemont.
A Hot Springs man who has had a force
of men at work excavating fish ponds struck
a few colors of gold in the gravel , which
loads him to believe that the source of
Solomon's revenue has been rediscovered
at last. As n matter of fact , all the gravel
In this country Is more or less auriferous ,
and a healthy , Industrious man can go out
with a gold pan nnd make from 15 to 25
cents In niO.t any sunshiny , ten-hour day.
The Highland Mining company at Lead
are now having timbers put on the ground
preparatory to adding forty moro stamps to
their 120 stamp mill , the woik to commence
ns soon as the weather will permit. When
this Is completed this mill will be equal In
slzo and cipiclty to the Star of the Home-
stake company , which has long been known
as the largest gold stamp mill in the world.
This Improvement will necessltato an In
creased force In the Highland mine.
Whllo Joseph Duslck , an Aurora county
farmer , was hunting along the creek on the
Metzer ranch In thitt
county ho killed n very
fine specimen of water fowl. It was measured
and stands five and one-half feet high , with
a spread of wings of six feet. The plumage
which Is In four different colors , Is very
beautiful. No ono In the vicinity knows
the name of this strange fowl , although
there U llttlo doubt that It belongs to the
stork or heron family. Hunters who have
killed birds of every variety common to the
country say they never before saw anything
of this kind. On account of there being no
taxidermist within reach It was found Im
possible to preserve the Interesting specimen.
Ophlr camp , San Miguel county. Is employ
ing about 150 miners.
Work on the Alice 200-ton concentrator
has been begun nt Ynnkee hill.
It Is reported that the largest cyanide
works In the state will bo erected nt Lead-
If no late frosts occur there Is every prom
ise for n very largo fruit crop In the Ar
kansas valley about Durango.
Mining troubles In Cripple Creek district
are gradually dying out. The differences at
Ibsiie are too small to last long.
A new drift has been started In the- Moose
at a depth of 100 feot. U Is over seven feet
wide nnd brings $350 to the ton.
Alfalfa is up nnd growing In the Arkansas
valley. It Is thirty days ahead of Its de
velopment at this tluio last spring.
The Rio Grande river Is low for this sea
son of the year , and water Is therefore not
as plentiful as it should bo In the San Luis
The Sllverton road will bo open nnd op
erating into the Red Mountain district be
fore May 1. An Immense nmount of ere Is
In the Llttlo Anna claim nt Jasper a 10-
Inch vein of gold quartz has been struck ,
assaying thirteen ounces of gold and seven
of silver to the ton.
The Raven tunnel , Cripple Creek , Is In
over 250 feet and Is outside of the Jack Pot
lines. A good vein Is expected to bo cut
within a short distance.
The first sale of mining property In the
Geese Creek district has just been made by
L. Shcrbano selling $50,000 worth of Geese
Creek prospects to parties In the east.
Sunset claim , ono nnd a half miles cast
of Ilalfour , owned by J. n. Roper , shows
free gold at a depth of eleven feet , the first
free gold shown at this depth In the camp.
The Fort Collins Kxpross says that a train
load of seventeen cars of fat lambs , valued
at $17.000 , loft that city for the Chicago mar
ket. There were 3,600 In the lot and- were
the finest bunch of lambs ever shipped from
Dubols camp Is greatly excited over rich
ere discovered on Wolf creek In the Iron
Cap claim and the Gunnlson lode. There
Is about ono car of ere on the dump of the
Iron Cap ready for shipment that , according
to camp assays , shows $ SO per ton.
Some good discoveries are reported In the
vicinity of "Mossles Cabin , " an old Arkan
sas river camp of the early CO's , whore Ore
City and Granite minors used to do placer
mining. In this vicinity an eruptive
porphyry occurs , In which prospecting has
been going on the past winter.
The following figures show about the
nmount of money spent at La Jaru the past
BX ! months. Grain and potatoes , $50,000 ,
eggs , $10,000 ; butter , $10,000 ; poultry , $3,000 ,
hogs , $15,000 ; cattle nnd sheep , $10,000 ; and
farmers In that vicinity still have on hand
about CO cars of hay , 40 cars of potatoes , 30
cars of oats nnd 20 cars of wheat ,
Consternation , sayB the Pueblo Chieftain ,
prevails In Huerfano county. Farmers along
the Huerfano river who have used the water
of that stream for many years have been
ordered to discontinue Irrigation on account
of priority of water rights of farms In Pu
eblo county. The order practically means
that there shall bo no more farming In Huer
fane county and that the water shall bo
allowed to flow through there to this count ;
IrnvorilnR on the way lorife reaches of xnml
which will absorb the ntd'iVbf ' It and do no
body much good. KVPCJN possible legal ro-
nlstnnce will be mn'Vi to the attempt to de
prive Huerfano county of ( he water of its
At Toledo they nro using , n box cir for n
city jail. U Is the only , ona they have.
A Joint stock company Is being organized
In Illllsboro for n vegetable and fruit can
' ' '
Rev , Mr. Irvine of Albdhy has n copy of
"Calvin's Commentaries' ' 'printed In Genoa
In loG5 , /
Sam Whetstone killed n. black bsnr near
Coqulllc weighing between 700 nnd SOO
pounds nnd measuring soyon feet four Inches
ncross the breast from the tip of one foot to
the tip of the other. I <
Hope I3ros. of Vale lost U700 sheep by the
high water n few days ngo. They were feed
ing them on nn Island , and the water rose
so rapidly that they did not have time to
got them off. They saved eighty head.
Mr. Tcnnlson of Randolph Is building n
flume three miles long to bring water to bin
black sand .claim on the ocean bench. The
wntcr Is being brought from near the old
Lane mine , nnd two miles of the flume Is
N. S. Merrill has laid out n new town on
his plnce , twenty-two miles south of Klamath
Falls , says the Express. Thomas Martin will
build himself n beautiful residence there , ns
his new mill site Is adjoining , nnd , ns the
site Is on the main road to California , It will
make n fine location.
There are sixty men working on thp Hamp
ton ditch on Grave creek , nnd the construc
tion will be completed by the first of May.
The company has 760 ncrcs of rich placer
ground , nnd ns they have all Grnvo creek to
drnw from , wnter will be nbumlnnt for wash
ing down the banks the year round.
Julius R. Miner , who owns 18,000 acres of
timber land up Rogue river , Is having trouble
over holding Its possession. The government
agents sent out have secured some evidence
In regard to how It was secured , and the de
partment has ordered a hearing nt the Rosa-
burg land office , where Mr. Minor Is at pres
As no trains were crossing the Island City
bridge , the railway boys used n novel method
In the trnnsfer of a carload of hogs shipped
from Elgin. They built a sort of animal
cage or den on n push car , coaxed fifteen
hogs thereon , nnd by means of a big cable
and the Iron horse , the whole outfit was
hauled gaily over the river.
In view of the stampede to the placer
diggings on Green river a newspaper Is
being started up.
About 250,000 sheep will be shorn about
Casper , Wyo. , this season , the shearing hav
ing nlready begun.
Duffalo Dill has Invested heavily In the
Dald Mountain placer properties and a lively
season Is expected In the camp.
The shearing season will open nt Fort
Steele nnd It Is estlmnted that nbout 63.000
sheep will bo shorn there during the season.
The Durllngton 1ms nn order in the Pueblo
rolling mill for 7,500 tons of rails for the
now extension from the north of Sheridan.
The snow on the hills In the Lewlston
country of Wyoming has nearly all disap
peared , and already the Influx of prospectors
Ranchmen complain that there are 15-
000 Utah sheep In the v.cstern part of
Ulntah county trampling down the meadows .
and eating every vestige of grass.
Two hundred elk were seen In ono band on
the mountains above Hyattvllle the other
day. This is the largest bqnd of elk that has
been seen on these mountains for several
Frank Grouard left Shorldan to cross the
Dig Horn range on n isecret errand. Grou
ard Is chief of the regular army scouts ,
and there Is much speculation as to the rea
son for the trip.
The placer mining excitement along the
Green river still continues. Many Chinamen
from Rock Springs hn\o started for the now
fields , and It Is reported they are making ;
good wages taking out gold.
What with the excitement over gold dis
coveries In the western part of the state
and the railroad building In the northern
part , there Is every .indication that there
will bo good times In Wyoming this year.
A rival town Is being laid out ten miles
above Otto , Wyo. The new town will bo
christened Durllngton , and It is said will
bo a candidate for the seat of the new
county which will bo taken from Fremont
A large party of Fort Collins gentlemen
will outfit for the. Lo Gardo creek placers
about Mny 1. This party will go prepared
to stay nwhllp In that section , and , after
the snow goes off , will bo prepared to do
some extensive and systematic prospecting.
The mlno at Almy Is turning out an average -
ago of 500 tons of coal per day , that being
about the average for a number of yeais.
This gives employment to about 225 men ,
hence the town at Almy Is In a much moro
flourishing condition than it was a few
Probably the largest specimen of the Amer
ican eagle over seen In the Rocky mountain
region is now on exhibition In Lander. The
englo measures eight feet from tip to tip nnd
four feet from bill to tall. It weighed four
teen pounds. The bird has been In the vi
cinity of the Little Pope-Agio for a number
of years and has killed a good many Iambs
in that neighborhood.
A gentleman who has Just returned from a
prospecting trip to Fremont county states
that It Is not generally known that there Is
an abundance of the finest coking coal In the
world In that county , but It Is nevertheless
tiue. North of the town of Lander there Is
a vein nine feet In thickness. The great
distance from any line of transpoitatlon has
prevented any development of the mlno , ex
cept for home consumption.
A citizen of Whatcom 'has ' subscribed
$2,000 to the fruit cannery project.
There Is a project on foot to establish
glats works at Tacoma , to cost ? 150,000
fcr the plant.
The Prosscr Irrigation ditch was for
mally opened and dedicated , with speeches
and enthusiasm unbounded.
A sawmill Is being constructed at the
mouth of the Kllckltnt. Another mill and
a grist mill will probably bo built at Lyle ,
In the baiuo county.
Claims for homesteads or mineral loca
tions on the Klamath Indian reservation
will bo received at the land ofllco at Eu
reka , beginning May 21.
In the Trout lake scttlcmqnt , Kllckltat
county , there are seventeen unmarried
ranchers with good homesteads , according
to a paper that does not conduct a matrimonial
Promoters of the potato starch factory
at Nooksack are awaiting a guaranty of
1,000 tons of potatoes nt n reasonable
pi Ice before proceeding with arrangements
for establishing the plant.
Work Is being pusiod ] on the lands of
the Willis ditch , and 10very kind of grain ,
fruit and hops Is being t > r\ved nnd planted.
Soon this desert-looking part of the Walla
Wnlla valley will blossom ns the lose.
The Mohican paid off nt Towrucnd the
other day. It took $20,000 $ to go around.
The Leader thinks the Boring sea fleet
wilt disburse same $100,000 this wny , nnd
thereat congratulates Hsolf nnd the town
The populists of Klttltas county have
organized n co-opcratvri ami Industrial
association , nnd will open n store In Klletis-
The Dlue Canyon coal mlno hni now
what It claims to be thu finest expose !
vein of any mlno on the coast. The breast
shows twenty feet of coal , nil fit for the
bunkers , nnd ten feet of which Is absolutely
free from bone nnd other Impurities.
The schooner Volunteer Is now nt Aber
deen , loading with lumber for China , nnd
her cargo will mnko the sixth ( lint has
gone foreign from Gray's harbor within n
short time. The Vol ntccr's deck load ,
consisting of timbers > AO feet square nnd
100 feet long , would astonish nn eastern
Contrnctors nre preparing bids on the
proposed Great Nothorn tunnel nt Ever
ett , which will bo 2,000 feet long. It will
bo thirty-nine feet wide nnd thirty feet
high over all the walls of masonry , the nrch
of brick , unless It should be decided to
build It of timber. It will require 5,200.000
brick , 51.000 ynrds of masonry and 2,000-
000 feet of timber.
King alfalfa Is towering high In the Arkan
The melting of the snow has caused heavy
floods In Idaho.
Dull fights nro n feature of the Spanish
fiesta at San Diego.
The cold snap at Eddy , N. M. , killed Just
enough peach blossoms to assure a good crop.
A very rich gold strike Is reported to have
been made In the Dixie district near Dolsc ,
There Is likely to be a lively fight ngntnst
the confirmation of the land grant In the
Cochltl ( N. M. ) district.
A line of the Postal Telegraph company Is
now being constructed along the Atlantic &
Pacific In northern Arizona.
William Thompson of Napa , Cal. , has
erected buildings nnd made preparations to
cultivate mushrooms for the market.
Work In the Truckco sawmill has been
commenced. U Is expected that at least
10,000,000 feet will bo cut this year.
There Is said to be big excitement over the
placer gold fields In Hell canon , within fifteen
miles of Albuquerque , and at least 100 loca
tions are made.
The new placer discoveries near Ivcs
Pledras , N. M. , are turning out rich. Some
of the miners claim to have made $1 per
hour with ordinary hand rocker.
The Pccos valley of New Mexico Is begin
ning the shipment of nlfalfn-fed cattle to the
eastern markets , and In tlmo this will he one
of the greatest sources of wealth to that val
There are now fifteen oil wells flowing In
Los Angeles. The yield Is steadily Increas
ing as new wells are being bored all the time.
The oil finds a ready market nt $1.50 and $2
Albuquerque reports the discovery of payIng -
Ing gold In several mines In Hell canon ,
about thirteen miles from the city , nnd nt
least fifty people from Albuquerque have
The hay crop of the Salt river valley of
Arlrona will bo ono of the largest ever known ,
and even better than that Is the fact that the
prices to be icnlbcd promise to bo far moro
than obtained last year.
An old Virginia , Nov. , miner. In a letter
written to Nevada City , sijs that the great
mining town Is fast decaying. He says that
most of the people who are leaving are going
to California mountain towns.
The various orange orchards In the Salt
river valley , Arizona , present a beautiful ap
pearance In their white rose-like blossoms.
The orange crop the present year will ba ex
ceedingly largo In the valley.
It Is proposed to supply Santa Clara with
pure water by piping It to the city from Ste
vens creek , nbout eight miles from town.
The pipe line and pumping plant to ac
complish this would cost $120,000.
R. D. Spencer of Denver is nt Santa Fe
after an Inspection of the Cochltn district.
He says ho has a very high opinion of the
district. If It were In Colorado ho says there
would bo 15,000 people there and all at work.
A curiosity that Is attracting a great deal
of attention Is a block sawed from a tamarack
tree. In which the horns of a deer are Im
bedded. The tree from which the block was
taken grew In Lost canon. Mono county , Cal.
The surveyors of Dutte and Yuba counties
have begun a survey to determine the owner
ship of several Islands In the Sacramento
river. They comprise altogether about COO
acres and are claimed by several ranch com
Some fine specimens of galena ore from the
twp lower levels of the Cook's peak mine in
New Mexico , owned by Colorado -Springs
men , which are at the respective depths of
C20 and C25 feet , are being exhibited at the
A Phoenix , Ariz. , Jeweler visited court n
few days ngo , nnd while there went to sleep.
His sleep wns so noisy that Judicial proceed
ings were disturbed. Ho was fined $5 for
contempt , and when ho refused to pay was
taken to Jail awnko but very profane.
Borrego Springs , In the Cochltl district , N.
M. , has been Incorporated as a town. The
town lies seven miles south of Kent City
and fifteen miles northwest of Wallace sta
tion , on the Santa Fo road. It Is the seventh
town recently laid out In the district.
The Indians of northern Arizona hove n pe
culiar branding Iron. It Is undo of steel and
placed on the head of an arrow. Then with
unerring aim It Is shot vvlth such force that
It cuts a mark on the animal , which , when
It heals looks as If It had been burned.
Farmers living near Giayson , Cal , are
wrought up over the presence of a so-called
wild woman In that vicinity. She sleeps In
barns or haystrcks. Her clothing Is said to
be worn to shreds and her feet are bare. A
party of men has gone In pursuit of the de
C. W. Greene says In the Eddy , N. M. .
Argus that while ho Irrigates C.700 acres of
land In various parts of the valley the aver
age cost of distribution of the water for each
of these Irrigations Is but 25 cents per acre.
When the land Is properly graded ho bays
the cost Is about 10 cents per acre.
A recent discovery near Marshall pass Is n
valuable deposit of Iron ere carrying sliver.
The property Is ono of the most peculiar ones
ever heard of In the United States on ac
count of the fact that a flno body of hematite
Iron Is found In Ilmo formation , nnd Immedi
ately under It Is n body of coking coal of un
The meeting of the Montana Stockgrowors
association at Miles City took Important
action looking to the ridding of the ranges of
wolves. People not familiar with the stock
business In Montana were surprised to learn
that the nnlmnl losses from the stock-debtroy-
Ing animals nre greater than thos > o from the
severity of Montana winters.
A Yuma. Ariz. , dispatch reports nn Im
portant strike two miles south of the Monitor
placer mines nt Glla City In a high mountain.
The vein Is eight feet wldo on the summit.
In the bottom of the canon It crosses GOO feet
below , almost perpendicular It Is twenty
feet wldo The vein Is very rich In free gold ,
carrying rich streaks of nuggets nil through
It Enthusiasts pronounce It the richest gold
strike over made In the territory.
and similar annoyances nre cnuscd by Impure blood ,
which will result in a more dreaded disease. Unless
removed , slight impurities will develop into serious
maladies. SCROFULA , ECZEMA , SALT RHEUM
I have for some tlmo been n ( Offerer from n torero ARE THE RESULTS OF
blood trouble , ( or which I toot many remedies that
did mo no good. I Imro now taken four bottles of
wnu jne most wonderful resulu. Are
cnjojliift Iba best health I ever knew ,
have gained twenty i > ound ona my
friend * > they ne > 11 now mo 03 wtlt
I om fooling qulto llko a new man ,
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