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The Black Hills

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[Oor. Chicago Times.] Custer City is looated in a narrow, beautiful valley on Frenoh creek, a very desirable site indeed. The citizens number upwards of 2,000, and I can add 500 more who are on claims up and down the guloh. The buildings are mostly log. A large number aro eaved, and built with care, making very neat and comfortable quarters. Since the sawmills have began operations loga are too oommon, and large frame buildings are taking their place. These saw-niills are at work, and have all they can do in furnishing lumber at $30 per M. One larga hotel is being roofed, and several comraodious store-rooms are under the mechanic's hand. Building lots are valued at from $30 to $500, size 50x150 feet. Rents are reasonable. A good storeroom will bring $25 per month. Most all branches of mercantile business are represented on a fair scale. Provisions are high at present on account of the roads being so heavy that freight teams cannot get through. The first hord Of beef cattle arrived on yesterday, and I had the pleasure of eating choice steak at 20 cents per pound. Large numbers of deer have been brought in, which sell by the mess at 12 to 15 cents per pound. Game is getting very scarce in this section. Indians, deer and buffalo cannot stand civilization. Labor is very hard to get, and wages low. Mechanics demand from $3.50 to $4 per day. There are too many saw and ' xe men for them. Common laborera . get from $2 to $2 50 per day. The supply of men far exceeds the demand, and wages will be no better until mmmg commences; then they will talk $4 and $5 per day. We have nothing but an accommodation mail line yet, but live in strong hopes of having a regular established line in a few days. We received a mail on the 3d inst., of 800 letters. How happy it made the boys ! Eeading matter is scarce. I have seen but one newspaper since I have been here. Most of the immigration is from Nebraska and other Western States. But few from the East havo arrived yet. A stage and freight line has been established between this city and Port Peere. The distance is 170 miles, with a good road. They claim that supplies can be freighted at $3 per hundred. The supplies at present come from Cheyenne, at $7 per hundred. Two stage lines are established from this city to different points in the Hills, and several other lines are proposed. 1 see in several places in traveling through the Hills preparations being made for farming, and 1 think it will prove a grand success. The soil in the valleys is very rich and deep, and without a doubt will produce very large crops. The grass in these valleys has furnished abundant pasture for the stock brought in. Large herds of horses dejend entirely on it for subsistence. I saw four yoke of cattle that have worked every day since February 4, except two. Chey have eaten nothing except this grass, and they are in flrst-class working order. [From Another Correspondent.] Emigration to this place is enormous. The city is growing mushroom fashion. Over 500 houses have been built inside of two montha. Last week there was a city election, and 800 votes were polled. The fight was nip and tuck between the people's ticket and t'other ticket. The candidates might have been seen ten miles out on the Sioux City, Sidney and Cheyenne roads drumming up voters. Chinamen voted, foreigners voted, womon voted, and miners voted. We birds who have been caught ín the nets of this excitement laugh at the fools who still come. A band of Sioux Indians made a raid on Eapid City, thirty-eight miles north of here, last Sunday, and captured two men on the way to the Dead Wootl country, and also ran off thirty-one head of horses. Very little mining has been done yet, and the prospect for gold is thin. However, the country will be well developed this summer. It is not a good policy for any man to come here unless he has at the least calculation $400.


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