Williams, a mining man who has been prospecting in and about Newsome
Creek for some time, brings in the sad news of the loss of a prospector
by the name of Morris, in the hills.
Me. Williams says that Morris, whose Christian name he does not
know, and his partner, whose name is Pat Leech, arrived at their camp on
August 19. They said that they came from Cripple Creek, Colo.
pitched their camp with Williams’ party, they (Morris and Leech)
having a complete camping outfit. On
Saturday morning about 9 o’clock, Morris announced his intention of
going out prospecting for a short trip, and taking his pick started off,
at the same time telling Leech that he would be back soon.
He went out, and not returning that night by 8 o’clock, the
boys got worried so they climbed the hill and started fires on the
peaks, called as loud as they could and fired guns.
This they continued to do for some time.
They were all camped near Connelly’s placer camp, which is on
Four Mile creek, about seven miles from Newsome creek station.
All attempts to find Morris that night proved fruitless, so next
day the entire party started out to hunt for him but without avail.
They hunted all that day and for two succeeding days, but could
find no trace of the lost man. There
is very heavy timber out there, and it is bad traveling, there being
large quantities of fallen timber in the section.
boys do not think that he is just lot, for Mr. Williams says that Morris
has prospected for 20 years and is an old woodsman, so that the
probability that he is simply wandering around the hills is not worth
considering. Mr. Williams
said: “In all probability some accident has befallen him, for in
hunting, for him we went farther than he would be apt to go in one day,
even if he had food, which he did not.
We might have traced him had we had dogs, but there are none
around there suitable for that purpose.
Mr. Williams immediately came into Grangeville to see if it were
possible to get some bloodhounds to try to track the lost man.