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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (April 11, 1900)
Wednesday, April n. 1900.
THE SUMPTER MINER.
A Novelty, in That There Is
No Water in Its Bonds.
A projected construction of railway
mileage In the United States for 1000 will i
exceed In the total that of any preceding
year. The new territory to be opened is
limited, though some' still remains, and,
one of the largest areas of this character i
Is the great Oregon plateau lying south
of the Columbia river and between the ,
Cascade and Blue mountain ranges. It
is a vast region of country, comprising
half the state's area; traversed by nu
merous streams; embracing gieat stretches i
of magnificent irrigable agricultural lands;'
ferests of the finest timber in the north
west, pasture and fruit lauds, coal beds,1
Iron and copper deposits, veins of gold '
and silver bearing ores, the very highest '
quality of lime, and possibly cinnabar,
tin and lead ores.
This country is sparsely settled and!
wholly undeveloped; pastoral and placer!
mining pursuits constitute the basis of all
the industrial development that exists in !
the whole region. Hut with the comple- j
tlon of the railways projected into this '
empire of undeveloped wealth, a new era
will have dawned; and already men who
are getting glimpses of the future are
crowding in. The hardy and undaunted
prospector leads, the van. His quest is
primarily for gold and the precious metals
and, in this Instance at his heels comes
the railway, without which the stores of
natural wealth in the region are value
less. The Columbia, Southern railway is
opening the new empire." With the cour
age of youth, the sagacity of a keen In
tellect.and goaded on by the consciousness
of an empty pocket, Mr. E. E. I.ytle, un
aided, took up the task three years ago,
Of putting a first class railroad through
the heart of the state from The Dalles on
the Columbia river to Ontario on Snake
river. In one respect at least, his meth
od is unique, and because of this departure
from conventional methods, he met with
great difficulty in launching his enterprise.
He is building the roadon bonds at 5io,ooo
per mile, while no other standard gaugt
road In the country Is constructed on
bonds at less than $20,000 per mile.
Capitalists expect railroad projectors to
make their money out of the cost of con
struction in other -words to water the
fixed charges. Recause of this new de
parture, capitalists were loath to back the
Columbia Southern enterprise, but Mr.
Lytle rested his faith on the great natural
resources of the country he Is opening.
He reduced the fixed charges to the mini
mum, and will pass the excess of net (
earnings to dividends on the stock, oft
which he owns the control. He Is in a
position to give the public a standard
grade service, meet every legitimate de
mand of the patrons of his road, aid as no
other road can, the development of a new
country, and still grow rich.
The Columbia Southern road is fairly
under way, being completed to Shaniko,
seventy miles out from Rlggs, the point
of junction with the O. K. & N. on the
Columbia, and with reasonable assurance
that it will be completed to the upper John
Day valley within a year.
Prom the present terminus the road has
two immediate objective points Prlne
ville, to tap the great timber belt of sugar
pine and fir on the eastern slopes of the
Cascade range; and Prairie City in the
upper John Day. The latter line will
traverse a mineral belt that gives unques
tionable assurance of great development
and wonderful production. Railway Age.
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General Warren's New Townilte.
Steps will soon be taken to Incorporate
1 new town under the name of Mineral
City, situated twenty miles south of Hunt
ington, on the Idaho side of the Snake
river, in Washington county. The town
is In the center of a rich mining belt. The
promoters are also interested in various
large mining enterprises in that vicinity.
It Is said that General Charles S. Warren,
the father of the Sumpter Townslte com
pany and president of the Diadem Mining
company, Is Interested in the new town.
It may be said that new towns are spring
ing up all over this territory. The excuse
for their existence is the large number of
mines constantly being opened in certain I
localities, nnu cnreiui onservers cannot
fail to note that there has never yet been
a failure In tills district of a property once
opened up. Raker City Correspondent
in Porland Telegram.
Grant County Republican Convention.
At the Grant county republican conven
tion, held In Canyon City, D. P. King
was nominated for sheriff; R.R.McHaley,
clerk; Z. J. Martin, treasurer; M. W. 1
Railey, commissioner; Peter Kuhl, as- j
sessor; M. N. Ronliam, school superin-f
tendeut; W. IV White, suiveyor; Dan
Morrow, coroner; .delegates to the state
convention, K. K. Luce, George J. Par
rett, G. W Dart, William Rudlo, C. G.
Guernsey, J. R. Johnson and A. S.
. (GmtlnufJ Irom .ir .)
W. A. Weatherby secretary of the cen
The following officers were nominated
without oppesition: Representative, W.
E. Grace, Raker City.
Sheriff, W. W. Looney, Sumpter.
Clerk, George H. Poster, Haker
Recorder, C. W. James, Haker City.
Treasurer, A. C. McClelland, Raker
Assessor, G. W. Jett, Sumpter.
Superintendent of schools W. R. Privet,
Surveyor, John Hagel, Raker City.
Coroner, E. H. McDanlel, Raker City.
Por commissioner, W. H. Gleason,
Sumpter; J. B. McKlnnon, Huntington;
A. L. Rrown, Rock Creek, and James
York, Baker City, were placed In nomina
tion. The first ballot stood, Gleason Co,
McKlnnon 34, York 19, Rrown 10. Mr.
Rrown's name was withdrawn. The
second ballot resulted in the nomination
of Gleason, on this vete: Gleason 71,
McKlnnon 29, York 23.
Precinct officers were then nominated.
Por Sumpter, W. H. Pellx was named as
justice of the peece; George Raker, consta
ble; John Rlggs, road supervisor. Dan
Perry was named as road supervisor for
Rourne. Por McEwen, B. R. Mead was
nominated for constable; Charles Gard
ner, road supervisor.
The convention passed a lot of resolu
tions, thanking every body in sight.
TI11. fl.ljff'itc lift mi .1 1111.11.11 tr.'ilti
about 10 o'clock that evening.
S. C. BEEBE I
Constructor of Mills,
ers, Cyanide Plants, etc.
WE BUY ALL OUR GOODS
N CARLOAD LOTS
C. J Johns' Big Store
New Spring Goods
will begin to arrive daily next week,
and we can promise the handsomest
line of DRESS GOODS ever shown .
Men's and Boys' Spring Hats
are here now, and others are arriving from time to
time. SPECIAL a beautiful Use of Ladies' Mus
line Underwear. Must be seen to be' appreciated.
The HARDWARE DEPARTMENT has Wen fuily
. stocked up again with everything in shelf ami
heavy hardware, builders' tools, iron and
steel and miners' wares: also largest
stock of paints, oils, sash, doors . .
and window glass in East
ern Oregon. New
goods are arriving
STARR & ODELL
MINES BOUGHT AND SOLD
We are fully equipped to make report.- on mines, and can handle pro; pets or
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