In The News
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and
Saturday, July 13, 1912
Tenth Year--Number 119
Whole Number 2861.
SAMSON HARDWARE CO. BUILDS A LANDING
For the more convenient landing of their freight, the Samson Hardware Company
has a crew of men at work today building a substantial landing from the river
bank at the end of the Turner Street bridge out into the stream where it can be
reached by any of the freighters. Some of the timbers salved from the runaway
bridge and then not used in the repairs are being utilized.
GIBSON LANDED THE CHAS. BEAM FREIGHT.
Having successfully landed the Charles Beam freight at the Chena Hot Springs,
and that for some of the miners on the South Fork, Tom Gibson is back in the
city, having come in yesterday morning between three and 4 o'clock. Gibson made
the trip by means of his knuckle-joint motorboat and a poling boat.
ATTORNEY MOVES FROM FAIRBANKS
Assistant U. S. Attorney Gillette, on Friday last sent for his family, who have
been living in Fairbanks, and expects them to arrive in Tanana early next week.
The Gillette's will occupy the Stoddard home on first Avenue.
As a result of a conference with the district attorney, Mr. Gillett states that
he will be in Tanana for the greater part of the summer at least, because of the
ease with which points up and down the Yukon may be reached in summer from this
point, and also in view of the probability of a term of court being held here in
August.--Yukon Valley News.
WILL RETURN TO KOYUKUK
Northern Camp Looks Good to Wm. Gafford, a Recent Arrival.
Back from the Koyukuk, William Gafford, new at the third Avenue hotel, is
figuring on picking up an outfit and returning in a short time to the Northern
True, he was not in the Koyukuk very long, but he saw enough to know that it is
a place he wishes to investigate further.
Of course, in the deep ground on Hammond River prospecting is very slow,
particularly as there is little machinery in the camp, but some of the operators
are getting the money.
The thing that looks best to the stranger above the Koyukuk is the fact that all
of the men are minors and are one in the hills themselves prospecting.
MRS. SHERBURNE STARTS STORE
Former Fairbanks Woman Founds Business House on Long Creek.
Louis Spitz Has Returned.
Old-Time Liquor Dealer Back in the Business at Ruby.
Enthusiastic over a future of Ruby, Mrs. F. Mathes, who left Fairbanks June 9,
returned on the white seal from the lower camp this morning and says that she is
planning on going back to Ruby next year and making her home there. At present
her husband is in the lower camp and will remain there through the winter while
she will go Outside.
During her stay at Ruby, Mrs. Mathes visited the creeks and talked with the
various minors and there is not the least doubt in her mind from what she saw
that the camp will be a good one another year. Long Creek and bear pop in
particular show real pay streaks. Of course, the miners have not had any
machinery as yet and so have been handicapped, but most of them are getting some
in, and will be working this winter.
Ruth Sherburne's Store.
The camp of Ruby looks good to Mrs. Ruth Sherburne who has purchased a stock of
goods at a cost of $3000 and freighted them on too long Creek at great expense.
There she is going to run the store and back house, for there will be a little
town on Long Creek.
The reports of Ruby, that Louis Seitz, the former Fairbanks liquor dealer, heard
on the Outside, made him restless so he to, is back to cast his fortune with the
new _________ who came up on the deal this morning brought in a large stock of
liquors to the new camp and now is opening a saloon and beer_______. He is also
erecting a fine residence up on the hill at Ruby.
ARRIVED THIS MORNING.
Miss Halley, formerly on the Cleary City telephone switchboard and more recently
in the Iditarod, arrived this morning on the Deal from Ruby City. Miss Halley
has just returned from the Outside, first visiting Ruby.
LITTLE WATER IN IDITAROD
Guggs Having Trouble Landing Their Freight at Iditarod.
MANY IDLE MEN THERE.
Reports From the New Innoko Strike Continue to be Favorable.
Arrivals from the Iditarod say that the lower country is suffering greatly from
a water shortage, the lack of water preventing satisfactory mining operations,
while it greatly handicaps the shippers of supplies and machinery. Thus, the
movement of the machinery for the Guggenheims who are installing dredges on Flat
Creek is proceeding very slowly, the company is having trouble in getting the
freight up to Idiatrod City. On her last trip down river the water was so low to
the Iditarod that the White Goat dragged bottom for 29 miles. Of course, it was
impossible for her to get up above ______ to Iditarod.
Many idle men, between 300 and 400 are reported to be hanging around Iditarod at
present without money, water shortage and the _______ down of plants taken
_______ the Guggenheims being responsible.
Reports from the new strike up the Innoko at Fox Gulch about 75 miles below
Ophir City, continue to be very favorable and several Idiatroders are moving
into the new camp.
PATTERSON IN WITH A TEAM.
Valdez Man Has Some Quartz Interests Along the Trail.
Business which called him to Fairbanks, G. Patterson, of Valdez, has just
arrived from the East, having driven over the Valdez trail with the team.
The Valdez man has some mining interests at different points along the way, and
this was one of the reasons for making the trip at this time.
He will leave on his return shortly at which time he will stop in the vicinity
of the rapids to give some attention to the fine quartz in that section.
Joe Chambers, who arrived on the monarch Saturday, reports that he has almost
cleaned up his supply of chickens, and other livestock, and perishables brought
in on that steamer.
MORE DOPE ON BOLIVIA STRIKE
Nome Men Found Plenty of Hardships Down There, but No Gold.
BITTEN BY VARIOUS BUGS.
Mules Would Fall So Far They Would Not Hear Them Strike.
Many Fairbanksans had the Bolivia fever last winter and came near stampeding
when the letters were flooding the country, hence the following from a Seattle
paper of recent date will prove of interest:
"This is the greatest fake stampede that ever was conceived. We wouldn't trade
an acre of boggy, soggy, squash E Alaska tundra for the whole country. We're
coming back, stung again." This is the manner in which Robert D. Adams, Earl
Hyde, Tom Doyle and many other well-known Alaskan mining men sized up a Bolivia,
the country to which they stampeded last winter in great haste and expectation.
News of a big gold strike was received in Seattle last fall, and immediately
Earl Hyde hurried to Washington, where he gathered up a number of passports and
other documents, all covered with gold seals, blue ribbons and other insignia
calculated to impress the Spanish mind with his importance. Great were the
expectations of the Northerners, is still greater was their disappointment. One
letter from Bob Adams to Felix Brown, of Seattle, written like the other, for
the purpose of warning Alaskans that Bolivia is a good country to keep away
from, explains the situation. Adams owns an orange ranch in California, for
which he paid $140,000. His letter is corroborated by Tom Doyle, who invested
his Alaskan fortune in _______ Farms, and by others. The Adams letter, among
other things says:
"That alleged strike on Tipuana River and the Ferguson letter, telling of the
riches to be found there is a fake. There's absolutely nothing to it.
Tells of Experiences
"I arrived in La Paz in March and purchasing mules there, rode to this town,
Serita, and from herewith as carried over the High Cordilleras for the Tipuana
River, where the strike was supposed to have been made. Was eight days traveling
over the worst trail in the world, bar none. The elevation at the summit was
more than 18,000 feet and the trail beyond would make a man be dizzy. If the
mule stumbled off the trail you wouldn't even hear him drop. You couldn't even
hear the echo of the Bray. Nor would you see where he landed. Three Alaskans
behind us lost several mules. One of them had$3,000 in American gold in the
pack. They never found the mule or the money nor could they set down to where
the mule lit.
"We found that no man named Ferguson had ever been on the Tipuana River, nor was
there any trader there to buy the gold. There isn't any gold for anybody to buy.
The whole thing was a frame up to get American money and American minors down
"Some gold was taken out by the Indians a long time ago, and the Spaniards got a
little metal also, but they picked it clean. It wouldn't run an ounce to the
"It would take much capital to attempt to search the lower levels and there is
no available labor. Freight costs $600, Bolivian, a ton. Two white men have been
mining on the river, one for eight and one for 20 years, and both are broke.
No Paying Placers.
"So far as I can ascertain from all records and interviews and the local
history, there is not a solitary paying place or mine in all of South America.
Should an American find a new field, he would have but small chance of making
anything. There is more litigation here when anything worthwhile is found, then
the people of Alaska ever dreamed of, and a stranger has no chance in the
"My partner and myself were the first of the Stampeders to reach the Tipuana. We
had a tough trip down that stream. I lost 25 pounds in weight, and I was in good
condition when I started. We have been chewed on by every kind of blood, fly and
mosquito known to science. On two occasions we were out of grub for 36 hours,
and were kicking at the mules along the trail so steep that in places it hung
over backwards. We finally quit the mules and walked in here, all in.
"M. C. Emerson, Roy Cutting and Jack Tobin, all of Nome, are at La Paz. Till
Price and Chris Temper arrived in Tipuana as we were leaving and intend to stay
there a while. Tom Doyle is on his way over the divide. Earl Hyde and a bunch of
others are struggling to get back. I will wait here a while to see if any of
them need assistance, and then will beat it back to California."
A letter from Tom Doyle states that Hyde has returned to La Paz, and that others
are endeavoring to get back across the mountains. All have plenty of food and
good health, but are showing signs of the hardships through which they have
SEAL BILLED OUT MONDAY
Captain Sproule's Boat Maintaining Regular Iditarod Schedule.
From Nenana last night Whiteley & Karstens, agents for the steamer White Seal,
received a telegram sent by Capt. Sproule, owner and purser, advising them to
bill the boat out this evening on the return trip to the Iditarod.
This morning the Seal reached port about 8 o'clock when it was decided to send
her out Monday evening.
The Seal is maintaining a regular semimonthly schedule to and from Iditarod this
The Seal carried 34 passengers out of Dikeman, 21 of whom left at Holy Cross for
the Outside. Of these 12 comprised the Doc Mading party. Following is the list
of passengers who came in this morning:
From Dikeman--Mrs. Thos. Markuson.
From Iditarod--Sam Luana, Eric Orn, A. Rippa, Geo. Alsoff, Nick Kaloff.
From Ruby--Louis Spitz, Mrs. F. Mathes, Miss Halley.
From Hot Springs--E. Hannouer, Bill Dickinson.
MOVING PICTURES. Two new films every evening at the Tanana. Drop in and see the
new pictures as they arrive. Pete Lorentzen, Prop.
Golden Eagle Hotel, Ester City. Bar and dining-room in connection. Wm. C. Harp,
Third Avenue Hotel Cafe. Remodeled and renovated throughout. Never closed. Give
us a call and you'll call again. R. E. Henneman, Caterer.
Pioneer Hotel. A complete establishment with first class service. D. Petree,
When in town stop at the Third Ave. Hotel. $1.00 to $2.50 per day. H. D.
HEADED FOR CAMP OVER TOWARD CIRCLE.
Among the departures from the city this morning was Jack Clayworth, who left for
the Circle camp, where he will visit Mastodon Creek, on some matters of private
Tom Davis and Henry Hollis, in their second hole sunk on the bench of number
three, deep Creek, which is a tributary to lower Fairbanks Creek, have
encountered some good prospects. This is at a distance of 15 feet from the
bottom of the shaft where they have run into ground that will go $.75 to the
square foot. They will continue their drifting.
CALDER IS ILL AT WENDELL AVE. HOME
Calder, of Calder Gulch, the one for whom the engineer Creek tributary is named,
is seriously ill at his Wendell Avenue home, although somewhat improved in his
condition of late.
BACK TO IOWA FARM FOR BOCKFINGER
To visit his people in Iowa, E. M. Bockfinger is now on his way down River
toward the Outside.
Bockfinger will also go to Denver where his brother lives and investigate the
stamp mill question for he is interested in quartz on Fairbanks Creek and might
need a mill one of these days.
HAPPENINGS AT IDITAROD DURING PAST FEW WEEKS
Fatal Accident on Flat -- Stampede to Innoko -- Motors for Traction Co. --
Creditors Would Bankrupt Operator -- Wireless System -- Notes.
The Iditarod pioneer, and its issue of June 22 has the following items:
Stampede to Innoko Camp.
The first batch of Stampeders for the scene of the new strike on the right limit
of the Innoko River left this camp within a few hours after the arrival of Fred
Anderson with the news, and all week the exodus has continued. Some are going in
with outfits which will enable them to stay and prospect, most have supplies for
but a few days, and are merely making a flying visit in the hope of getting hold
of some ground.
Among those who went over land without delay were Charles Knell and Walter
Hunter, of more Creek; J. Brondino, of three below otter, who took a pack mule
along; John Klonos, Young Dan McCarty, Billy Devans, Fred Vaughn and many others
whose names were not obtainable. It is said that over 30 left flat and discovery
the first two days, among them being several newly arrived Slavonians, who had
no means and little grub.
Fred Anderson, J. J. Price, Archie Mitchell, Shorty Nelson, Erickson, Ed Fondahn
and W. G. Adams left on Al Chapin's launch Monday, taking two polling boats,
plenty of provisions and the drill. Another party got away the same evening.
Walter Hunsaker, Andy Anderson, Billy Ward, Bert Walker and others left on
Tuesday on the launch Otter. C. D. Flannagan, L. Nyholm, Henson and two others
left Wednesday. On the comet, which got away Wednesday afternoon, were Albert
Wile, Ed Johnson, H. Jensen, A. McDonald, O. M. Grant,A. Baro, Frank Gularte and
several others. The comet was in charge of Capt. Gene Norton and Capt. Pearson.
Dan Campbell, who had intended to go to mud River with J. J. Price and Albert
Wile, followed them to the new strike, going overland.
Bob Griffs, of the firm of Haley & Griffs, Diskaket, will take a look at the
camp and if the outlook is promising will rush up a large quantity of supplies.
Hopeful Note from Ruby Camp.
J. H. Richards received a letter from Ruby the first of the week which says that
conditions in the Yukon camp are improving. The writer of the letter, Mr.
Jourdan, says that the northern commercial company has commenced the
construction of a store and warehouse on the opposite side of Ruby Creek, and
premises are also being erected in the same locality for the Ruby Telephone
Company. The latter concern is erecting polls all over the town and on the
creeks, and it will not be very long before the system becomes available for
public use. The creeks are showing up better from week to week.
The influx of people to Ruby had been practically nil up to the time the letter
was written, but Ruby-ites are confident a large number of minors will migrate
there this fall.
Fatal Accident on Flat Creek.
Yesterday morning, at 1:30, on the Shropshire & Burns lay, flat Creek, Batist
Fonatine, an Italian miner, was fatally injured. A slab of frozen dirt fell upon
him, crushing his shoulder and chest and breaking his back. He was hurried to
the emergency hospital, flat city; but, although he receive prompt attention, he
died shortly after admission.
Just before he passed away the deceased appeared to rally and was able to talk a
little. Very little seems to be known about him except that he was an old timer,
and spent last winter prospecting in the Kuskokwim. He had been working for
Shropshire & Burns for about six days. Esther Shropshire tire took the acident
very much to heart, and did all he could for the unfortunate man.
Commissioner E. M. Stanley held an inquest on the body yesterday, the following
jury men being called: William Amalong, F. A. Cleveland, A. J. Colwell, George
Rich and Ed Britt. The verdict exonerated Messrs. Shropshire and Burns from all
blame, the evidence showing neither carelessness nor negligence on their part.
Would Install Wireless at Ophir City.
The Alaska wireless tie at telegraph company has a plant at Dikeman which is not
working and is ready to install in the old diggings if sufficient inducement
offers. P. M. Hall, of the local wireless station said that while the Alaska
wireless telegraph company did not think there was sufficient business in the
Ophir district to warrant the installation of a plant there at the present time,
yet, if the people of that section could get together and agree to share part of
the cost of erection, the company would be prepared to go ahead. The plant at
Dikeman could be shipped up the Innoko at small cost; but the most expensive
item in the outfit--the high pole--would have to be secured and prepared in the
vicinity of the proposed new station.
With the installation of a wireless system at Ophir city, or some other point in
the neighborhood, the miners and merchants of the district would be brought
within six hours of the outside, instead of about six weeks or more, as is the
case at present.
Mr. Hall will give all further information to those interested.
Motors for Traction Company.
The traction motors for the Iditarod traction company are expected to arrive at
Iditarod about Tuesday next. They were supposed to come down River on the Susie,
but missed connecting with that steamer by a few hours, and were shipped on the
Schwatka, leaving Dawson on the 18th.
The motors are of 45 hp each.
The company is also bringing into special freight cars, each having a capacity
of 8 tons deadweight.
The motors are expected to be in working trim within a few hours after their
arrival, and a great saving in time by their use is looked for. The public will
be duly notified when the new system becomes operative.
Change of Trustee for Slippern Mill.
The trusteeship of the Slippern Mill has been turned over to J. A. Slippern,
vice Robert Prichard, resigned. Mr. Slippern is now engaged in winding up the
affairs of the mill, and expects to finish and close the books during the
summer. There are still considerable assets to be realized and a few liabilities
to be liquidated.
Red Wing Had 12 Passengers.
A considerable number of people watched the departure last Sunday morning of the
red wing, which is bound for the Koyukuk. In addition to Messrs. Beattie and
Mitchell, who organize the party, there were aboard Herman Westover, Ernest
Johnson, Joe Mikuta, C. E. Smith, J. Z. Kimberlin, M. Gard, Harry Davis (for
Nultao only) and several others. Most of them go for a prolonged stay in the
northern camp, but Smith, Kimberlin and Gard will probably come out before the
Fred Galli expects to leave within a few days for the Kuskokwim. He will travel
by polling boat, going down River as far as Russian mission, on the Yukon,
thence over the portage to the Kuskokwim. He will then travel upstream as far as
Georgetown, where he will probably locate for the season. Galli expects to spend
next winter trapping and prospecting.
J. R. McGovern, who returned from a tour at the creeks Wednesday, says there was
not an idle man on Otter Creek when he was there a few days ago. He estimated
that there were about 375 minors at work on otter at that time. Work on flat is
being retarded on acount of non-arrival of the machinery for the dredge.
Flat City Notes.
Abe Weiss paid a visit to Iditarod Wednesday.
Mr. Wood, of flat city, who has been ill with stomach trouble for some time, is
now much better.
George Marsh was a visitor in Flat Wednesday.
Graham Sirwell is working for the Yukon gold company.
Charley Suter visited Iditarod Tuesday.
Angus McClellan visited Iditarod Tuesday.
Hank Radwell arrived at Flat Wednesday from the South Fork of the Kuskokwim. He
left here a year ago and has been prospecting and trapping in the Kuskokwim
country since that time.
Manager Hurley, of the American Bank of Alaska, was a visitor at Flat Tuesday.
Jim H___ paid a visit to Iditarod Tuesday.
Mr. L____, who got his hand hurt last week, is better and has been back to work
on otter Creek. He was cared for at the emergency hospital.
Miss Kotach paid a visit to Miss Coolidge on Flat Creek Tuesday.
Miss Anna G. Anderson has accepted a position with the Yukon gold company as
Doc Mading returned to Flat Saturday.
Mrs. Suter and Mrs. Lowrey rode into Iditarod on horseback Friday.
Billy Kay and Jack Lindsay returned from the Kuskokwim Tuesday.
J. W. Charlton was a visitor to Flat city Thursday.
Mrs. Schwartz, of otter Creek, is visiting Mrs. Ashby Bain at Flat city.
Jack White has returned from his stay in Iditarod.
Oscar Anderson is very proud of the conductors Which he received by the last
mail. It has the words "Iditarod traction company" in gold letters on it and
looks quite smart.
James Fraser, the discovery merchant, paid a visit to Iditarod city Wednesday.
Shorty Davenport returned from the Kuskokwim Tuesday.
Chester Riley is still a very sick man at the emergency hospital, and his
friends are much concerned about his condition.
Paul Garcken is working on the Keystone drill on otter Creek, for the Yukon gold
It is reported in Flat city that the Yukon Gold Company has taken an option on
several claims on Slate Creek, which runs into Otter near Discovery.
Gave Captain Letter of Thanks.
Passengers who arrived from Whitehorse on the steamer Tanana say they had an
exceedingly pleasant trip and are grateful to Capt. Langley for the manner in
which their interests were served and their comfort catered to. Prior to
disembarking the pleased travelers presented Capt. Langley with a letter of
A. J. Maiden, who is mining on bedrock bar in the upper Chena, did not get away
from town until today as his departure was delayed by a leaky boat. He was ready
to leave a couple of days ago, but found that he had to stop and recaulk his
George Goranson, who with Freeman Anderson, was injured near Hot Springs a short
time ago, died at the Fort Gibbon hospital July 30 and was buried that same
evening. Goranson was a deckhand on the steamer Schwatka and was struck on the
four head by a flying cable when it parted. He did not regain consciousness.
Anderson sustained a broken arm.