THE SUMPTER MINER. vol r. SUMPTER, OREGON, APRIL 25, 1900. NO. 33. J- SUMPTER VALLEY RY. WILL EXTEND TRACK SEVERAL MILES TO TIMBER LANDS. New Steel Rails to be Laid Between Sump ter and Baker City. Possible Change! to be Made la Local Yard and Depot Site. Engineering Feats Will Determine These. Claims to Own Auburn Street. Officials of the Sumpter Valley railroad have been surveying in the vicinity of the depot and along its tracks to the south half a mile, for a week or more past. Of course, they look wise and say nothing, knowing that to be the accepted method of giving a con game support to that kind of look. To let people know they were In town, getting ready to carve a fleshy swine in the other end, several people have been notified to get off what the company claims to be its right of way. Among these are said to be the officers of the Sumpter Transportation company, who have been informed, so the story goes, that about half of their barn, corner of Sumpter and Auburn street, is on railroad property. According to this claim, Au burn street, for more than a block, also belongs to this slim gauge railroad com pany. As a matter of fact, people in Sumpter are uncertain as to whether they own their souls. J. R. Stoddard was In Raker City Monday and had a talk with Presi dent Eccles, who informed him that the road is soon to be extended beyond this point. He stated further that twenty car loads of steel rails have arrived, which will be used to replace the two streaks of rust between here and Raker City; that rails for the extension will be shipped as needed. Regarding local changes, all that Mr. Stoddard would reveal concerning his talk with Mr. Eccles is that some en gineering difficulty is anticipated In cross ing the divide to the west; that If this can be overcome, the depot and yards will be removed to the twenty acre tract about half a mile south of the present site. Rut if this can not be accomplished, then the track will be extended across Powder river from its present terminus on Cracker street, and the obstructing hill "switch backed." According to the best Information THE MINER can secure, the road will do just what its officials announced last fall would be done; a logging road ten or a dozen miles in length will be constructed this season. Some months since, the Oregon Lumber company, which is about the same thing as the Sumpter Valley railroad, through its employes, gobbled up"a large tract of timber land out Clifford way. The road, which was originally built as an adjunct of the Oregon Lum ber company's saw mills, and has been operated primarily as a logging road ever since, being run not only on narrow guage tracks, but narrow guage policy as well, will merely be extended to this recently acquired timber. The idea of the rood, under Its present management, entering the field for general traffic in territory to the west and south of here, where broad guage railroad men are contesting for supremacy, is redicu lous. Shirt Sleeves Yesterday Fur Coats Today. Yesterday was summer weather; the temperature was pleasant, the sun shone warm and bright, enticing the prospector to the hills, the lazy man to the trout streams. This morning the ground was covered with two Inches of snow and the alleged beautiful has been falling all day. Mercury stands below the freezing point; overcoats, furs and arctics have been called into service again and the fuel dealer Is giving the ice man the horse laugh. The sooners who put on their new soda water and Ice cream suits weeks ago, are sewing buttons on last winter's corduroy pants and the lining In the sleeves of their -discarded -heavy coats'. It may not be exictly a case of Time turned back in its flight, but surely the seasons have somehow slipped a few cogs backwards. Utah Capital Looking for Investments. G. W. Hall, who represents a syndi cate of Utah capitalists, came here some days sliKe for the purpose of buying the elbctrlc light plant; but found that he was too late, that others had secured it. He Is so favorably impressed with the town and country, however, that he is determined to get In on the proposition someway, and is looking for other Investments. He would like to buy the water works, but It is not known whether or not it can be bought. GROWING INSTITUTION. Columbia Brewing and Malting Company's Business Rapidly Expanding. One of the most successful enterprises In Sumpter today Is the Columbia Brew ing and Malting company's plant on Mill street, where the management has recent ly been making large additions to and im provements In the buildings, machinery and apparatus for the manufacture of the popular beverage. A new two story building for fomenting quarters and tank rooms, has been com pleted, in which is being placed six 40 barrel, the same number of loo-barrel vats, known as storage tanks, in addition to the former spacious ones which had be come too small for the large business this company has built up since John Arm bruster has been at the helm. Another building will be added at once, for the Ice plant, which will when completed make a continuous structure covering $0x100 feet of ground, three stories high. Still another building has just been erected on the opposite side of the alley, In which the bottling works with modern machinery, which has been ordered and Is on the road, will be installed. It will also be used as a keg house, in which four car loads of various sized new beer kegs and barrels have been unloaded. Here also Is room for six horses, as the company will put on its own wagons for the delivery of its product in Sumpter and the towns west of here, where it Is now supplying nearly the entile trade. The output of this model Institution will be 600 to 800 barrels of beer ptr month and if the demand is greater, the capacity will be again enlarged. The progress made by the Columbia people since John Armbruster assumed charge, is little short of wonderful and shows him to be a master of the business, in which lie has had a long and extensive experience, but there is probably no reason why, with intelligent application, together willi amele capital with which to put in modern appliances and secure the best of materials, the Columbia beer will not make a name ror Its self equal to any other in the market. The City Green house, at Raker City, furnishes choice cut flowers. Don't forget to register. LIGHT PLANT TRANSFERRED. Scrap For the Possession of Machinery. The electric plant has been transferred to the new owners and they have organ ized the Sumpter Light and Power com pany, the Incorporators of which are A. C. Little, S. H. Hell and Edward Can non. I lie first namea two are rugei Sound neonle. while Mr. Cannon is con-! nected with an electric machinery house , In Portland, which put in the plant here. His connection with the company means something, exactly what THE MlNISR doesn't know, and about which It will not make a guess today. There was quite a disturbance created yesterday when these men started to move Into the power house, the engine, fly wheel and other machinery belong ing to the plant which has been out on the sidetrack for months past. The marshal appeared with attachment papers gotten out by A. P. Goss, for over 1 1000 ad vanced the former management, and for bade the removal of the stuff. No atten tion was paid either to the legal document or the official warning. Then Attorney McColloch took a hand and tried to per suade them to "ring off," but he, too, was ignored. Attorney Richards says this attachment will not hold, that all the property of the company was transferred to him more than a month ago and that he, in turn, executed a transfer to the new owners several days since, Attorney McColloch stated last evening that he had not decided what course to . (he dearf maWnB a K,)od( comfortable pursue, as other attorneys were Interested j lome for U)e mn eK.,r development In the case, who would have to be con-1 wor(( ,IS niel,tonei ,,P nsX Mle of suited. Till: MlNI-H, was Commenced last week The new dynamo has arrived; but has nilJ wm be ,,rSKuted In earnest all sum not yet been moved from the car. When ., A cross-cut tunnel is heine driven the plant will be in operation Till: MINER will not venture another prediction. General and Mrs. Warren Return Home. General and Mrs. Warren returned Saturday from Portland, where the former had been for a couple of weeks. He says the people of the Webfoot metropolis are slowly learning how to recognize a good j thing when they see it and are 'therefore becoming Interested In the bumpter Uls - trlct. The general says the outlook here is better than It was two months since, that the correspondence of the Townslle company Indicates that a large number of people all over the Ueion are conlemplat- ing coming Here to reside and Invest. W. C. Calder has not yet returned from the coast, but will probably arrive at an early day. Internal Evidence of Fraud. The second number of the Mining Herald and Investors Guide, published at Minneapolis, has reached this oltice. The publication seems to he issued largely in the interest of the American Mines De velopment Company, Limited, a concern whkh the Republic Miner has been de nouncing for mouths past as a rank fraud. It formally claimed to own rich gold mines, towusites etc In that district. Its gold quartz properties have now been transferred to this district, of which the advertisement says: "The gold quartz claims in northeastern Oregon. The Hlue Mountain King and Queen, two claims located in one of the rich camps tributary to the now famous Sumpter mining district. These claims carry a great ledge of base gold bearing ores their entire length and when developed will make one of the companies most valuable holdings." Who in this vicinity ever heard of the Hlue Mountain King and Queen? This confident prediction of what future development will do for these un heard of claims, In itself, contains internal evidence of either the company's ignorance of mining matters, or its intention to de ceive the public. The front cover of the Herald is adorned with the old Telegram cut of this camp and the first page of read ing matter Is an uncredited rehash of an old write up of the district. The paper claims to have a special correspondent 011 c Rround. Who Is tie? The whole thing heirs the Imprint of fake and fraud in eltort to trade on the lame of the Sumpter district in an attempt to gull the public. Salt Lake Capitallits Want Mines. P. J. Donohue, who bonded a com pany of Salt Lake capitalists on Saturday to take the Rlue Itohbin mine at 70,000, is understood to be desirous of obtaining similar contracts on other pieces of min ing property owned by Pendleton parties. The company Mr. Donohue represents Is said to possess large capital and to be In vesting heavily in Eastern Oregon min ing claims. The Hlue Robbin property comprised three claims, and the company bonding It will at once begin development work to ascertain the value of the ore body, which is supposed by mining men to be large and of good average values. Pendleton East Oregonlan. Gold Bug-GrUxly Development. J. J. Henuessy, general manager of the Gold Hug-Grizzly Mining company, came down from its property last evening and reports the quarters for the miners all . cmMej. The hiiildliiK u ifixiX fret in . , cul tlt. e:id at a depth of about 75 feet, at which point it Is the Intention to sink on the lead and do whatever necessary drifting is required to test the lead, bef.ue machinery is installed. Many Coming From Montana. J. K. Pardee returned srveral davs 1 silice frolll .. ,rm ,,, Montana, his former , ,olne, e j,ays that many mining men 1 from ,,at scc, wm come , Sumpter ' jutu,g the present season, but that they ufe ll0 uirry , ,.,,,, lvlllR ., 1 snmv coantry themselves they know how U(.ry j,npr;,ctkal it is to try to form any ( (eKet opinion of a mining region w,c .,y snow mains on the ground. They also know that, In lis uncertainty as to when and where it will be encoun tered, snow very much resembles gold. Notice to the Public. All consumers of city water must make application to the ollice of the Sumpter Water company before the mains are tapped or any residence or business house supplied with water. SUMPTER WATER COMPANY Potatoes for Sale. Lew Hros., of Baker City, have a car load of line Early Rose and White Star potatoes for sale. Enquire at Sumpter Porwarding company. Quartz and placer location blanks of the most approved form for sale at Till: MINER office. Don't forget to register.