San Francisco Call
December 17, 1896,
AROUND THE CORRIDORS
Gathered at the Palace Hotel a day or two ago was a group of men interested in and discussing gold and silver mining. Most of them were young men, but among them was an elderly man of striking appearance, with a
face something like that of the late James G. Blame.
He wore a rather heavy gray beard, and his hair, equally irosted, was thick and hand some. A broad, soft, black hat set off his features, and as a whole he looked like one who had seen and experienced much that was
calculated to stir the blood.
The man was Miinp Deidesheimer, famous in the in mils of Pacific Coast mining. He has been a pathfinder in mining, for he was one of the earliest pioneers of Virginia City, and he put in the first bet of square timbers in the Conutock that was ever used in any mine.
For this he has received a handsome medal, which is highly prized by him, and probably will be kept as a precious heirloom in his family. While Deidesheimer and his companions sat talking another old pioneer indulged in
reminiscences of this interesting man. Said he to a Call representative :
“I remember well in the ’70s when Deidesheimer came over here from Virginia City and was tendered a great banquet at the Occidental. In those days he was a bigger man than Mackay, Flood, Fair or others of the bonanza kings. He was worth more, at least it was supposed he was, and everybody beieved in him and lionized him. The banquet was because of a report that Deidesheimer had made on the Comstock, in which he stated that there was $200,000,000 in these mines.
It was still at the time of the great boom in stocks on Pine sticet and of the consolida tion of the California and Virginia. Such excitement as there was on this occasion I never expert to see again. Mr. Deidesheimer was due to arrive from Virginia City, but he was late aud didn’t get in till 9 o’clock.
“Tne crowd that Had massed on the outside was immense. It was packed for four block*
each way. They cheered aud yelied for Deidesheimer, and nothing would do but he must make a speech. Finally he complied. He came out on the balcony in front and made a talk to them. He was not by practice a speaker, but he was a mining man and able to talk off some good points to them. Then he withdrew to the banquet-room, where the most influential of the City were gethered to do him homage. It was a great event is his life, sure. “But he has had some bad luck since then.He owns lots of mining properties, but they are not the snaps that his property was supposed to be then. He lives at the Occidental, and has lived there for almost thirty years.
He owns the Blue Gouge mine in El .Dorado County, and recently sold it on a bond to Mackay, Colonel Head and others He has also lately sold another mine whfen he owns in Calaveras County to Boston jarties. They are the same parties who not long since bought the Pioneer, in Mariposa County, from the
Fair estate and J. E. Davis. “Mr. Deidesheimer’s prediction that there weTe $200,000,000 in the Comstock wasconsid eratly off. They got ¥00,000,000, but that was nil. The rest is due. But that assertion that there was such an enormous sum tnero did more than any tiling else to demonetize silver. It scared the East almost to denth, and it but never got rid of the fear of a flood elswhere.”
Mr. Deidesheimer is now about 65 years old As his name indicates, he is a German by birth.