Articles by Henry Allen, correspondent for the Weekly
| MAY 25,
YET IN ASHES!
LETTER FROM HENRY ALLEN!
ALL FORMER REPORTS FROM THE MINES CONFIRMED!
By Monday evening's mail, we received the following letter [from] Henry
Allen reasserting all his former statements with additional and better
news from the Gold Mines.
Henry Allen is the same Henry Allen that some vagabond
representing himself to be a Cherry Creek Miner, reported as having
been killed by the disappointed Miners, on account of his letters
heretofore written for and pblished in the Bugle. His letter bears date
several days after the time he was reported to have been killed, and
the town of Auraria burned to ashes. This shows how little reliance can
be placed in the reports of a set of stampeded emigrants.
Henry Allen still lives! Here is his letter - the original can be seen
at our office.
Auraria, K. T., April 24, '59.
Editors, Council Bluffs Bugle
You will before this reaches the Bluffs, see some of those who have
returned from this country discouraged, and will no doubt hear all
kinds of stories about the Mines; people, etc. Some that have come out
here say that they did so on the strength of a letter that I wrote to
my family, dated Dec. 19 h, '58, and they blame me. Well, all I
have to say is simply this. All that
I wrote is strictly true, and was at that time.
The first companies that came through this spring, were hand-cart
trains. They were out of provisions, foot sore and out of spirits. As
soon as they arrived, they wanted work. We had no extra tools nor
provisions to give them. We had been here all winter among the Indians,
that we had to feed, rather than have a difficulty with them;
consequently were nearly out of provisions ourselves when the first
train arrived. The most of these men started back without even
prospecting, and reported along the road that there was no gold here,
and that we were starving.
The next trains were horse and mule trains. They came in after meeting
those that were returning, and not seeing plenty of gold iin our
streets, and large stores of provisions, their minds being already
prejudiced by those they met on the road, readily concluded that there
was nothing here, and some after staying one day, some two days and
some sooner, started back for the States. This is about the truth of
the whole matter.
A great many calculated that they could make a fortune in a few days,
and when they came out, finding that it was going to take work to do it
- they were in a wild country - no
female society -
no provisions but wild game - they began to think of their happy homes
in the States, and commenced singing "Do they miss me at home" and at
once started off to see if they were missed.
Now Messrs. Editors, for the gold news. I am running one sluice on Dry
Creek, which is paying very well, and to-morrow I shall send up two
more. THESE DIGGINGS PAY FROM THREE TO FIVE DOLLARS PER DAY TO THE
HAND, CLEAR OF EXPENSES. On Clear Creek, they make about the same. On
Cherry Creek, near Russelville, there is a company mining and doing
well, in fact better, than we
are doing on Dry Creek. On the Platte, they are making from THREE to
EIGHT dollars per day, according to the manner they are working.
You will probably see some that were here. If you do they will tell you
that they could get the "color" anywhere, and those that went with me,
will tell you that I always got from
two to ten cents to the pan;
but the dirt was to carry from one hundred to one hundred and fifty
feet. They complained that there was too much stripping or that the
water was too far off, and so they took the back track.
In my letter of Dec 19, 1858, I did not say that the gold and water
were together. I distinctly stated that there was a fortune here for
all who would come and work for it, and had energy and would go ahead,
and I say so yet.
We have not the right kind of mining tools - no ditches yet - in fact
there has been nothing done of any consequence but prospecting. We want
a few men of capital and energy with the right kind of Machinery, and
then we could go to work right. One thing I will state. Any man that
will work will make from three to five dollars per day with a Rocker in
the diggings outside of the Mountains, and the diggings in the
Mountains will pay far better. With this letter I send you a Newspaper,
in which you see that Mr. Langly, Henderson, Palmer Goodwin and others,
have just returned from the Mountains, and have brought seven or eight
ounces of coarse gold and Auriferous Quartze. Mr. Langley has been in
the Mountains about eighty miles from here the most of the winter, and
you may depend upon what he says being true. He is an old California
Miner - He reports the Snow so deep in the gulches that they cannot be
worked to advantage for forty or fifty days. I have examined the gold
brought in by him - It is coarse rough and altogether different
from that we get in the mines here. I need not say anything more about
the Mountains as you will see the news from them in the paper sent you.
Now, Messrs. Editors, I wish before closing, to say that I do not
desire to persuade any one to come here; but if you have any persons in
Council Bluffs, who wish to make money, and are willing to work for it,
they can do so by coming here and bringing tools with them and going to
work; but if they calculate to make a fortune by coming out here and
drinking whiskey, or loafing, then let them stay where they are - this
is no place for them.
There is a great deal of suffering on the Smoky Hill route - a company
arrived last night. The Indians stole their cattle - they packed a part
of the weight, and thirty hours before they came in they eat the last
of their pony.
Another company of ten on that route have burried three of their
number, and I think will soon bury two more. They report no water for
one hundred miles, only that found in Buffalo holes.
Col. Babbitt - Dear sir: -
I pledge you my word and honor, that what I say about the gold is true
- there is plenty of it here, all it wants is labor to get it - yes it
wants a man to be in good spirits to do well here or anywhere else. I
think Col., in fact, I know you could make a fortune here. I wish you
would come out here, if it was only for a few days. I get the Bugle about once a month.
I am yours truly,
JUNE 29, 1859
FROM THE BUGLE EXTRA OF THE 23D
ANOTHER LETTER FROM
$3 TO $10 PER PAN!
MINERS MAKING THEIR
RICHNESS OF THE
THE BUGLE ALL O.K. ON THE PIKE'S PEAK
ALL FORMER ACCOUNTS
OF HENRY ALLEN MORE THAN CONFIRMED!!
Through the politeness of Mr. Glenn, who is just from the Mines, we are
enabled to lay before our readers, in an Extra, the following letter
from Henry Allen, Esq., the much abused Correspondent of the Bugle. We have but few comments to
make - the letter speaks for itself.
All former statements made by Mr. Allen, through the Bugle, are fully confirmed. He says
in a private note to us,
accompanying the letter, which was not intended for publication:
"Private - Dear Col. Babbitt: -
You may depend on the above being true, and in fact, I have not told
all, for fear that you might think that I had stretched it a little;
but the fact is, California never developed itself half as fast as this
country. I have seen two men take
out two hundred and fifty dollars in a half a day, and we are
now making OVER A HUNDRED DOLLARS A DAY TO THE MAN; what will it be
when we get machinery?
Come out, Col., it will not take you over one month to make the trip
here and back by the Express. I will
pay your expenses and pay you for your time if you don't make it pay."
We have had the most unlimited confidence in what Mr. Allen has
heretofore written us, and we fully believe what he writes us now. Let
all read and judge for themselves.
Our city is in a perfect blaze of excitement.
Auraria, June 4, 1859.
Dear Bugle: -
Since I last wrote you, I have again been in the Mountains, and to give
you all the news of that trip would probably subject you to some
considerable leisure, as you have some in Council Bluffs WHO HAVE BEEN
TO THE GOLD MINES - "seen the Elephant" and returned to tell all about
the Rocky Mountain Gold Fields - the Burnt Cities - the men lynched,
&c.,&c., and are now telling yarns they do not believe
themselves. I am very sorry for some of them, as I know they have made
big calculations from the reports they have received here, and would
have done well if they could only have been prevailed upon to stay. No
doubt I have received my share of curses, from some, for they have done
it here before they left!
Well, here is the news since I last wrote; and what I write you, you
may depend upon, as I have
been to the diggings myself, and worked them, and have now three companies there at work. The
Editor of the Rocky Mountain News,
and myself, went prospecting, and for the result of the trip, I refer
you to his and Mr. Gibson's report in the Rocky Mountain News. Since then I have been sick.
Foster, Slaughter and Shanley, are in the mountains and are making money - not by the
dollar, but by the hundreds of
dollars! The diggings pay from THREE TO TEN DOLLARS
TO THE PAN! this is
It is Quartz diggings, and there is no knowing how extensive they are.
One thing is certain, I have traced some of the leads nine miles - and
there is plenty of them. I
have found them from twenty-five yards to thirty rods apart, and
running parallel for miles, and all pay about the same. Now you can
tell whether there is any Gold in the country or not, and now near the
truth we have been writing in the Bugle.
I always told you that what I wrote,
should be the truth, and I have never wrote you one word
respecting the gold mines that I
have to take back!
Mr. Kinesman, through whose kindness you will receive this, will give
you by experience in the mines - and you may rely on what he says, for
he was in the mines, and that is more than a great many who have gone
back with their big yarns about there being nothing here.
I can hear nothing of my family, I fear they have gone back with the
Stampede - though I hope not.
The Constitutional Convention for the formation of a new State, met on
Monday. I will post you of its progress.
Health is very good. Provisions tolerably plenty just now; flour, $15