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03/13/1900

CRIME HOLDS HIGH CARNIVAL

Deadwood Seems in the Hands of the Lawless Element Temporarily

Hold Ups, Robberies, Drunkenness and Vice Generally Rampant

Deadwood had two more hold-ups between Sunday evening and yesterday morning, and a box car was robbed on the Burlington siding in the upper part of town. William Ritter, the baker at Martin Reuppel’s Olympic bakery, on Sherman street, was slugged about 4 o’clock yesterday morning by two unknown men, and while he was being held on the floor by one of the robbers, the other went thru the safe and cash till, and abstracted in the neighborhood of one hundred and forty dollars. They got out of the house before he had entirely recovered his senses, and were out of sight. As soon as he was able, Ritter went back to the rear of the bakery, where two boys employed in the bakery were sleeping, and told them of what had happened. On of t hem went across to the Adams block and informed Mr. Reuppel, who came down at once and began taking an inventory of his cash. Patrick Hurley was grabbed by a couple of men, supposed to be the same ones who robbed the bakery, and was relieved of his pocketbook, containing a few dollars, in the rear of Ben Simpson’s saloon. Hurley’s experience was earlier in the night than the robbery of the bakery. The robbery of the Burlington car was not discovered until about 7 o’clock yesterday morning. It was found that the seal had been broken on one of the side doors and a lot of goods, consigned to different mercantile houses of the city had been strewn all over the floor of the car.

Mr. Ritter works night shift in the Olympic bakery. He was called to the front door about 4 o’clock yesterday morning, by a couple of men who informed him that they wanted a quarter’s worth of bread. He unlocked the door and let them in, and started to wrap up the bread. They stood across the counter from him and while he was doing up the package, one of them struck him a terrific blow over the head, knocking him to the floor. One of them sprang over the counter and held Ritter by placing his knees in his chest. He reached one arm around his neck and pressed one hand over his mouth. He says he did not know that a robbery had been committed until Mr. Reuppel came down and made an investigation. He thinks he lay on the floor in a dazed condition some time after the men went out. The two men he says looked to him like railroad men, and he is of the opinion that one of them carried a lantern. He is of the opinion that he has seen them in the bakery before, getting lunches. He was able to give a pretty good description of the men, and the police began working the case immediately. A number of arrests were made during the day, but a couple of suspects were taken before Ritter, who was emphatic in the assertion that they were not the men. A number of other suspicious looking characters around the city were taken into police custody but there is nothing so far to implicate them except general appearances. The two first men arrested had in their possession various suspicious instruments, including skeleton keys and other incriminating property, although there was nothing bearing on tis particular crime.

Mr. Ritter had a bump on his forehead yesterday, and the back of his neck was sore from the cramped position in which it had been held by the thug. He is of the opinion that he was struck with a screwdriver. He did not see the instrument clearly. He says he was aware that the other man was rummaging around in another part of the bakery while he was being held down, for he could hear him prying and breaking something. This was probably when the man was getting at the cash till, for it was found to have been split to pieces.

Mr Reuppel went over his cash book yesterday and found that $139.50 was missing. Most of this was in the safe, which had been left unlocked. About five dollars in change was in the money drawer, and of this there was one five-cent piece left. It is believed that the robbers were persons who had some information as to the amount of money usually kept in the bakery and the manner in which it was kept.

Men answering the description given by Ritter of the two who assailed him were seen around the city Sunday night. It is thought that one of them followed Mr.. Reuppel to his room in the Adams block before entering the bakery, to assure himself that they would not be interrupted by Mr Reuppel’s putting in an untimely appearance. The same men, it is believed , were seen in other parts of the city together. Mr. Ritter says he could identify them, as neither was masked or disguised in any manner.

There is nothing at present to connect the men who assaulted Ritter and Hurley with the robbers of the Burlington box car. The latter took supplies sufficient to last them several months. The broke open boxes of clothing consigned to Sol Bloom, took several suits of spring goods, a number of fine neckties, and several hats. The took a pail of jelly consigned to one of the groceries, two bricks of oleomargerine, and a lot of crackers, a case of gin that had been consigned to John Tierney, and five boxes of cigars, each box containing fifty cigars, consigned to Russel & Higbie. Tracks were found leading from the car over McGovern hill to Deadwood gulch, and it is believed the men came downtown from where they struck Deadwood gulch. They must have had a good sized load to dispose of, and unless there were a number of them, it must have required several trips to get away with it. Search warrants were taken out yesterday, but none of the property was located.

It is not known how much money Hurley lost back of Simpson’s saloon. He was partially intoxicated, and unable to keep account of his cash. But it is known that he had just changed a five-dollar bill in buying liquor at the bar for himself and one or two of his friends. He stepped out at the rear door of the saloon, and bystanders saw two men scuffle with him, without knowing that he was being divested of his money. He did not miss his money for some time, and then considered it too small an amount to create any disturbance over.

When the first two suspects were arrested Officer Henry Donovan had a lively experience with one of them. They were found at Marshall & Ryan’s saloon, next to the Bullock hotel. Donovan started to take them out of the saloon . . . . . .

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03/14/1900

Right Men Not Caught

The police have so far failed to get any of the men connected with the hold-up of William Ritter, the baker, at Martin Reuppel’s bakery. The two men arrested on suspicion Monday were taken before Justice Culman yesterday, but as Ritter said they were not the men and there was no other evidence against them, they were released on the motion of the states’ attorney. Skeleton keys and other things generally attributed to crooks and burglars were found on their persons at the time they were taken into custody, but they might have needed them to wind their watches.

Merritt N. Collins, the deputy sheriff at Whitewood, took in a quartet of fellows at Whitewood who looked generally bad. They wanted to get out of the town without paying railroad fares, and as the sheriff, dressed in his old clothes, looked like he might have been on the road himself at one time, they asked his assistance. They were going to climb into a box car, and wanted him to close and bolt the door after them.. He told them to get into the car, and while they were waiting on him to fulfill the other part of the agreement, he was out after assistance to take them in. He searched them after taking them into custody, and found $200 in express money orders on them, that they had purchased in the Adams Express office in this city the day before. The deputy sheriff and an assistant brought them to Deadwood, and they were kept in the Lawrence county jail all last night, altho there was nothing to connect them with the crime. In fact, when they were taken before Ritter, he said they were not the men who had borrowed Martin Reuppel’s cash of him the night before.

An epidemic of vice seems to be in the atmosphere. Report came from Lead last night that a man had been set upon by thugs near the Homestake assay office, and that he was afterwards found lying in an unconscious condition on the sidewalk, with no clue to the perpetrators.

05/06/1900

Mrs. A. G. Smith came up yesterday from Hot Springs, where she has been visiting her daughter, Mrs. Frank Evans, and is making arrangements to leave next Friday for Nicaragua, where her husband is in charge of a large mining company. Mrs. Smith will go from here to New Orleans, and will sail across from there to the central American coast. She will then take a small steamer up the coast to the mouth of the Banyan river, and will go by canoe from there a distance of 100 miles, to where her husband is situated. Before starting for the south Mrs. Smith will attend the grand lodge of the Daughters of Rebekah, at Mitchell, this state.

The many friends of Dr. George S. von Wedelstaedt will hardly recognize him from the cut which we publish today, but nevertheless it is none other than the same individual who was with us seven years ago. At that time he was studying medicine with his father, the late Dr. von Wedelstaedt, and working for Dr. Stein, as chemist. Since leaving here he has become a physician and surgeon and has been practicing his profession in California, where he has enjoyed the distinction of being a professor in the University at San Francisco. His medical career while in the west has been as eminently successful as his late father’s in this city, who was well known to all. We trust the doctor is here to remain and extend him every good wish in his newly chosen field.

05/11/1900

Dr. George S. and Bismarck von Wedelstaedt have secured elegant offices in the Olympic block over Seebick’s and will continue the practice of their father, the late Dr. H. A. L. von Wedelstaedt. The young men have the advantages of thoro medical college courses and several years actual practice. Homeopathy is an exact science and effective. The young men are wedded to t heir profession, are conscientious and will succeed.

The merchant who advertises because it is cheap, regardless of circulation or character of the medium, may be expected to palm off onto his customers a cheap grade of goods. Better patronize the old reliable firms even tho prices should be a trifle higher the quality will more than even up. In fact a cheap advertiser sells cheap goods and is a cheap John generally.

11/25/1900

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01/12/1901

S. C. Polley, states attorney, has secured an office in the Horace Clark building, on Sherman street. He moved his office furniture and library over in his new quarters yesterday, and is now very nicely situated. He has the corner office room of the second floor of the building, next to Dr. Allen’s office, in rooms formerly occupied by Doctors von Wedelstaedt. Rice & Polley have dissolved partnership, and Mr. Rice retains the old office rooms in the Syndicate block.

Roosters often crow over eggs they did not lay. Same with people who sell an imitation Rocky Mountain Tea made famous by the Madison Medicine company’s advertising. 35c. Ask your druggist.

The Martin Mason Building is located in downtown Deadwood South Dakota.  Built in 1893, it was recently restored in the 00′s and was reopened in 2007. Now operating on the ground floor as the Wooden Nickel Casino with over 80 slots and restaurant. On the second floor is Deadwoods favorite downtown hotel the Martin Mason Hotel which features eight rooms restored in Victorian style. On the third floor is the 1898 Ballroom, a large gathering space for deadwood weddings, events, conferences and meetings. Deadwood and the Martin Mason Ballroom is fast becoming a favorite location for black hills weddings with it’s central location to everything Deadwood has to offer.

11/02/1902

The new furniture store which will occupy the corner room of the Martin & Mason building at the corner of Deadwood and Pine streets will be conducted by Charles R. Williams and Clayton Flower. (****Should be Sherman St.)

Take Rocky Mountain Tea. See it exterminate poison. Feel it revitalize your blood and nerves and bring back that happy joyous feeling of boyhood days. K. G. Phillips

I want smart youth to sell my Chinese Curios. If he catch much business he earn many cash. If so; American stamps send for package postage, I send samples free.

ZAH SAH MOO,

Shanghai, China.

12/06/1902

Furniture store open.

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05/16/1903

A cement walk is to be laid in front of the Martin & Mason block, at the corner of Sherman and Deadwood streets, and the material is being delivered for that purpose. A new stone wall is being laid at the outside cellar entrance, in anticipation of the sidewalk improvement.

A Handsome Present.

R. Russell of this city is in receipt of a present, one of which he is justly proud. It came yesterday afternoon by express, and was from Colonel Cody. It was one of the newest makes of the Winchester sporting rifle, handsomely made and finished, a gun which any one might carry with pride. Engraved on a plate set in the side of the stock is an inscription as follows: “M. R. Russell, Presented by His Friend, William Cady, Buffalo Bill.” Mr. Russell would not take a great deal for the gun, not because of its intrinsic value, but because of the pleasant recollections which it will recall, Mr. Russell having been a friend of Colonel Cody in the days when a plainsman of experience was one to look up to and endowed with plenty of courage of the right kind. Mr. Russell will use the gun on his big hunt, for, besides being beautiful, the gun is useful, and is as good as any every turned out of a factory.

06/12/1903T

The sidewalk in front of the Martin & Mason building on Deadwood street is torn up, in preparation for the laying of the new cement walk.

06/14/1903

The new cement sidewalk in front of Martin & Mason’s building on Deadwood street is rapidly approaching completion. It is being built in a most substantial manner and will prove a decided improvement over the old wooden walk which has formerly been there.

03/30/1904

FOR SALE—Between now and he 1st of April, the Olympic Bakery at reasonable terms. Call at the business place.

06/05/1904

DEADWOOD FACES FURY OF STEADILY RISING WATERS

Unrelenting Rains of Several Days Result in Many Thousands of Dollars Damage.

While Worst Is Yet to Come.

REMINDER OF THE GREAT FLOOD OF 1883

Red Creek Reaches Greatest Height For Many Years

One life lost—Waite Block and Bridges Crumble

The Olympic Bakery rooms filled with water and the occupants were compelled to leave, as was the Seebick dressmaking emporium which is located under the new post office.

11/22/1904

The ground floor of the Martin & Mason block, corner of Sherman and Deadwood streets, is being renovated, new paint applied to the woodwork and new maple floors laid, in anticipation of its new tenant, John Treber, Jr., whose pharmacy at present is in the Whittaker building.

Rev. Havens, state superintendent of the Anti-Saloon League sent President Roosevelt his congratulations upon his reelection and received in return a card of acknowledgement of the congratulations. It is the small things like this that makes the president so popular with the people.

12/09/1904

John Treber, Jr.,has commenced moving his drug stock from the Whittaker building into the corner room of the Martin & mason Block on Sherman street. There has been a delay in the arrival of his new fixtures and this is interrupting the moving process to some extent.

12/13/1904

John Treber, Jr., has moved his pharmacy from the Whittaker block into the Martin & Mason Block, corner of Deadwood and Sherman streets, and is now settled and ready for business. His new quarters have been greatly improved for him and are provided with elegant fixtures.

03/03/1905

AN AUTOMATIC WATER HEATER.

Gas Company Installs Late Invention at the Olympic Rooms.

The Olympic association has introduced facilities for the independent heating of water for the bath rooms. A Monarch Instantaneous Automatic water heater, manufactured at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, has been placed in the bath rooms by the Lead-Deadwood Gas Light and Fuel company and is proving a great success. It is the first heater of the kind ever brought to the Black Hills.

When the bath tubs are not in use, the consumption of fuel ceases and when water is turned on in the bath tub a valve operates automatically in the heater, turning the heat on full pressure and heating the water to the desired degree as it passes through the heater coils. When the water is turned off the valve drops back and shuts off the gas, with exception of the pilot light, which burns constantly and is always prepared to ignite the burners.

This heater is capable of heating four gallons of water per minute as the water flows through the coils and does not require a tank or reservoir for the heated water. By regulating the water pressure, the heating of the water may be increased to as high a degree as desirable and may even be converted to steam. It requires about one and a half feet of gas to heat a gallon of water. This makes the cost of a bath about five cents.

The installation of the new heater was made the later part of last month and it was ready for duty the first part of the present month. It is open for inspection and is really valuable for demonstration purposes, that those desiring a heater may see what it will do. The gas company is prepared and expects to place a large number of these heaters in Deadwood and Lead.

02/06/1906

J. P. HYMER COMPANY’S ELEGANT NEW OFFICES

One of the most attractive office suits in the city is that now occupied by the J. . Hymer company and their counsel, Judge G, G. Bennett. These gentlemen formerly occupied offices in the Martin & Mason block and have just removed to the first floor of the Waite block Annex on Deadwood street. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The company is said to do the largest collection business in the state and the business is constantly growing. It also handles surety bonds, insurance, and real estate.

04/14/1907

A. F. SEEBICK DIES AT BUFFALO

A telegram was received last evening by Miss Teresa Geis from Buffalo, New York, announcing the death of Andrew F. Seebick, which occurred at that place yesterday.

Mr. Seebick left Deadwood last August accompanied by his sister Mrs. Frank Schuman of Buffalo, and went east to receive treatment for failing eye sight. The trouble was most serious and he was able to obtain but little relief. At the same time he was suffering from a general physical failing and since his departure from here has never regained his health.

The deceased was a young man of gentle and polite manners and though apparently of too mild a nature to pursue vigorous business measures, was eminently successful. He was a master in his chosen calling and was recognized as one of the most artistic and finished designer of styles in the country. He was of an intensely artistic temperament.

09/25/1908

Mr. E. A. Hornberger, one of he pioneers of the Black Hills who was for a great many years in business at Deadwood, where he took a prominent part in practically every enterprise of a public or semi-public nature that the town engaged in, is now a real estate dealer at Pittsburg,Pa., with an office at No. 405 Fourth Avenue.

Pittsburg was the birthplace and early home of Mr. Hornberger, whence he came to the west when a young man and served for a time as a scout with General Crook’s command during one of the most energetic Indian campaigns known to the frontier. He visited the Black Hills and remained here several months during 1876, and later when he located here he became a member of the society of Black Hills Pioneers, whose button he still wears in a conspicuous place. He for a long time conducted a grocery in the Martin & mason building on Sherman street, and during the later years of his residence here he erected an attractive dwelling on Taylor avenue.

03/17/1909

EXIT OF THE OLYMPIC CLUB

The Olympic club is dead. And with its passing is revived a host of memories of its early days; of the people now scattered from coast to coast, who helped form its charter membership; of the gay hilarity of its first dances, when under the name of the Curbstone club, its members assembled at the city hall to dance the new antedated waltz quadrille, and the polka long since forgotten and scorned; and of the jolly spirit of social unity that characterized Deadwood society before the town had grown so old, and so serious, and so wise.

Deadwood was not the town it now is when, in the fall of ’93, a number of the society young men formed the Curbstone club. Railroads were then new, and most of us belonged to the aristocracy of those who had come in on the stage coach, and the town was still so young that it had a sort of innocent delight in all of its phases of activity. We did not know then what ennui was; no one talked hard times; the next year would make us all rich. People plodded through the muck and unpaved streets with scarcely an echo of a complaint, did not think of such luxuries as steam heat, but rejoiced when the advent of the railroad made possible the bringing of hard coal; and they traveled from here to Lead on the old Deadwood Central steam cars, congratulating themselves on the cheapness of a round trip to Lead for only fifty cents. It had not been so long since we traveled by the old Alexander hack line and paid six bits to ride each way.

The Curbstone club was the first organization of the kind formed here and had for its first president, W. H. Richards, who was a stenographer in the employ of VanCise and Wilson. He left this country many years ago and has been lost in the silence of the years. Herbert Cable, now of Denver, was the first Secretary, and among others prominent in the club then and later when it developed into the Olympic, were W. S. Elder, N. T. Mason, and A. D. Wilson, who are among the very few still left in Deadwood; Horace Clark and Chas. Coolidge now of Lead were among the organizers and Ben Dwinnell, for several years with the Dupont Powder company of Wilmington; Ed Ford, now in Mexico, Dr. George von Wedelstadt of Nevada, Mose Lyon of the big soul and the hearty laugh, Frank Ankeny now cattle king in Nebraska, and M. F. Montgomery who has since gone into the Episcopal ministry were some of the others who helped to make times gay. Then there were the scores of strangers who happened in for a year, or a month or a day.

When the club finally decided to become something more than an organization for the giving of dances, it changed it name to the Olympic club and took up quarters in the upper floor of the building on Main street n which the New York Store is now located. There a small gymnasium was installed, and there , well established in a real home, the club came to be a strong factor in the social life of the town, and one of the very few legitimate places where a young man could loaf.

When the third story was added to the Martin and Mason and the Clark building in the year 1896, the club found that to be the most desirable home, and moved its Lares and Penates together with its enthusiasm, over to Sherman street, where they all flourished and grew apace for a number of seasons. Then came the wanning time. Interest flagged. The Business Men’s club drew many members from the older organization and the Olympic was undeniably traveling down hill. An effort to revive it proved availing, and though, well along in years, by this time, it struggled once more to its feet and tried to dance the old measures again. Not for long, however, was this possible. Lassitude set in once more. Decay was near at hand. Those members on whom the responsibility was most likely to fall had placed their interests elsewhere, and , in the hands of an immature membership, the organization gradually ceased to be effective. There were no more concerts and musicals at the club rooms: the dancing parties drew a small crowd, and last night some of the growing disorder culminated when a number of the younger boys, hearing that the club was to break up, announced that they would lend a hand in this disintegration and turned the place into a rough house, breaking up chairs and tables, tearing off upholstering and helping to bring about the final chaos.

The Olympic club played its part, for the time splendidly. Here’s hoping that its successor may not do less, and may leave, in its wake as many sunny memories.

SUGAR FARMERS WANT FLAT RATE

PUEBLO, Colo., March 16—-The state convention of the Farmers Educational and Co-operative Union opened here today with nearly two hundred delegates, representing ten thousand members, in attendance. A resolution was adopted supporting the farmers contention for a flat rate of $5 per ton for sugar beats.

Victor Schlichting , who underwent an operation for appendicitis at St. Joseph’s hospital, is recovering rapidly and was able to sit up yesterday.

03/31/1909

April 1 will be opening day, rain or shine for Treber’s new soda fountain. Call in for a refreshing drink or a dish of ice cream

If stormy weather without, it will be pleasant within, at Treber’s pharmacy Thursday, opening day for the new and handsome fountain. Carnations will be given as souvenirs.

Get your first dish of ice cream April 1 at the new fountain, Treber’s drug store.

Be on hand Carnation Day at Treber’s fountain, Thursday, rain or shine.

As Capt. Bullock came over from Sioux Falls last week he stopped off at Interior and picked up a saloon keeper and his two bartenders who were accused of selling firewater to the Sioux whose reservation is only about a mile and a half from the saloon. The Captain brought the trio up to rapid City and placed them in the sanitarium presided over by the sheriff of Pennington county. Later the bar tenders were released on five hundred dollars bail each. The price of liberty for the proprietor was fixed at $1000, in default of which he remains in the sanitarium.

The two new Chalmers-Detroit automobiles ordered by Agent George S. Fuller, arrived yesterday. They were both out for trial trips under the direction of Chauffeur G. F. Shephard, and showed all the points of high class machines. One is a 40 horsepower ordered for R. S. Jamison and the other, a 30 horse-power is for Mr. Fuller himself.

The superb new soda fountain at the Treber pharmacy, a handsome creation in marble, oak and art glass is all in readiness for the opening to take place tomorrow, including the expert who will compound the refreshing drinks, and the various styles of ice cream dainties which will be served. A feature which Mr. Treber especially guarded in the selection of a fountain was to have one sanitary in every respect. All containers are glass, the syrups not coming in contact with metal, except the pumps which are silver. Finishings are in nickel. The syrups also will conform to the pure food law requirements.

12/24/1909

FIRE DAMAGES THE OLYMPIC BUILDING

At 2:30 o’clock yesterday afternoon Brakeman Bert Richards of the Northwestern passenger train which had shortly before pulled in, discovered smoke issuing from the cornice in the rear of the south side of the Martin and Mason building. He called the attention of other trainmen to the incipient fire and an alarm was immediately turned in. Although the fire department responded promptly, the blaze which was evidently between the roof of the building and the ceiling of the Olympic club rooms, had forged it way towards the front of the building and by the time a line of hose had been stretched, smoke was bursting out in dense volumes from all sides of the roof.

Lines of hose were run up the fire escape at the corner of Deadwood and Sherman street, through the Sherman street stairway and a chemical line was carried up a ladder to the rear window of the club rooms. It was a mean fire to fight being confined to the space between the ceiling and the roof, but the boys forced their way through the stifling smoke and finally succeeded in gaining a position where a stream of water could be gotten on the blaze. A line which was taken up the stairway of the F. D. Smiths block adjoining in the rear and carried to the roof of that building was turned on the flames, which by that time had broken through the roof and proved the most effective stream used in subduing the fire, The fire was also attacked through the ceiling of the club billiard room and through the skylight in the hall of the Clark building and the combined efforts, after two hours fighting, succeeded in extinguishing the flames.

The principal damage to the building is confined to the roof, which probably cannot be replaced for less than $2000. The buildings, which are owned by Martin and Mason and Horace Clark, have also been considerably damaged by water, the plastering in a number of places having been injured or torn off.

The heaviest loser will be Clark Anderson, whose stock of millinery on the ground floor of the Clark building is damaged to an estimated extent of $4000. The north and front sides of the buildings received the greatest amount of damage from water, as the hard wood floor of the Olympic club inclines slightly to the north and east carrying water to these points.

The law library of Martin and Mason was damaged by water to the extent of about $300. Dr. Vallier suffered a loss to his office fixtures of $100. S. C. Polley’s law library was damaged about $125. W. C. Amsbury and Walter Drain who occupy rooms in the Clark building also suffered considerable damage, as did the Olympic bakery in the basement. The drug store of John a. Treber on the ground floor escaped with nominal loss, as did also the offices of Stewart and Hodgson and others on that side of the building.

During the early stages of the fire William Heffron and George Micheals were overcome by smoke, while entering the upper floor and were helped down ladders to the Treber drug store, where they were soon revived.

The fire is supposed to have been caused by a spark from a sheet iron flue which leads from the heating plant in the basement of the Clark building, through an area way in the rear. It adjoins a wooden and plaster partition at the south end of the area way and the fire was first discovered in the roof at this point. The damage to the building and to the Anderson stock is fully covered by insurance.

PRODUCTION OF GOLD AND SILVER

WASHINGTON, Dec. 23,—The world’s production of gold and silver for the callendar year of 1908, is estimated by the U. S. Mint at a total value of: gold, $441,932,200; silver, $108,684,400