Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and Tanana Tribune
Tuesday, October 1, 1912
Tenth Year–Number 191
NO PAYSTREAK AT GOOD NEWS
Stroecker Receives Word Concerning Operations on Butte.
Rich Spots of Pay There.
Prospecting Difficult and Expensive in Lower Kuskokwim Camp.
Advices which Ed Stroecker has just received from his mining partner, Bill McLean, in the Good News Bay country of the lower Kuskokwim are to the effect that no real paystreak has been uncovered as yet in that camp. True, some very rich spots of pay have been found, but these have the habit of suddenly petering out. This is the case with one of the firms on Butte Creek. Last season the boys took out $11,000. This summer they mined $10,000 and then suddenly ran out of the pay. McLean reports that they now have closed down and quit the camp. Despite these characteristics of the district and of Butte Creek McLean is quite optimistic and is satisfied that a little more prospecting will disclose a real and continuous paystreak from which the rich spots derived their gold.
Still operations are very expensive and slow on Butte, and all of the lower Kuskokwim. There is now need for the boilers, while most of the ground is wet and will require pumping.
McLean and partners put in a bedrock drain, but did not make much ______ because the water could not move the rocks, which are large, of high specific gravity and mostly flat.