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THE SUMPTER MINER.
Wednesday, May 2, 1900.
Oi Great Benefit to the Small
O. M. Rnxendalc, a milling engineer,
has written for the Portland 'J detrain an
interesting and instructive article on
sampling works. He states the well
known fact that thry are much bcnelit to
small producers, who cannot afford to pay
the shipment rate charged for less than
carload lots. 'I his destroys (lie main ob
ject of the article, whkh is to show why
such an institution should tie established
at Portland; as the very first thing the
small shipper would encounter would be
the prohibitive transportation charges i development,
Irnm his mine to sampling works located entered upon
at I'oitlaud, some hundreds of miles
away. Sampling works should he, and
siursstul ones are located in convenient
proximity to mines. ' he following, are
rxlraits of general Inteiest taken from the
"I'uhlic samplers, outside of smelters,
have piuven themselves the greatest bene
factors in the d-velonuienl of the minim'
industry. In Colorado, Montana, Utah, Jugate the expansion of the mining in
nens of a picked character do very well
lor a preliminary assay, yet a man who
puts his money, his energy and his time
underground should be reasonably as
sured that the stuff he takes from the
mine, developed or undeveloped prospects,
is a marketable product.
"'I he ore supply;situatlon of the state 1 1
will thus brleliy describe: According to i
the report of the director of the United I
States mint, Oregon, In iHoo, produced in j
precious metals, chietly gold, in the neigh
borhood' of $2,500,600. The Tiumber of I
producing mines throughout the state were
52, and the number of mines and prospects
in all stages of development 280. A care
ful canvass.hows jne that there are at J
present not less than 24 producing mines ,
in Baker county district alone, and togeth-1
er throughout the state 400 mines, pros
pects and uillie properties in all stages of
.PtW'.un, at present, has
in area of mining activity
only paralleled by the oldest mining states
of the Union. With all due allowance of
over enthusiasm, by the latter portion of
the present year, Oregon will have many
new producing mines added to the ones
GEO. W. WEIGAND,
A complete stock of Dry Goods, Ladles and Men's Furnishings, Boots,
Shoes, Hats and Clothing.
now figuring as producers.
"All ores and concentrates go at pres
ent to ths center and cistern smelters,
with some very slight exceptions. 1 0 II-
Keeps a 1 -till Line of
M. B. MERCER
Sumpter, Ore. -phone ?7i
Idaho and California, these works act as
middlemen between ote sellers (prospect
ors, miners and promoters) and oie buy
ers smellers and reduction works, I hey
receive ores hi any quantity and of dif
ferent and widely apart analytical com
positions, mixed into suitable beds, and
dispose of these mixtures to highest bid
der. It is true that ore buyers ol different
smelters visit, from time to time, the min
ing distil, Is nt Oregon, buy up the pro
duds ot large mines or contract lor their
output, yet tliee men do not dhectly hen
flit or encourage mining, because they are
not after sin. ill ipiautltles, too small to be
of any consideration and ol .111 unknown
analytical tpnlllv, and even II these small
parcels should be of a desirable analytical
character they would not stand the trans
poll. itlou charges, because below the en
load limit and its beuelits.
"With .1 sampler at Portland, Oregon,
either outilght hulug or disposing to the
best advantage, any and every parcel or
ipiautlty of metal healing ores, a groat
impetus would be given to the mining In
dustry of the state. At the present time,
with one small exception, the ore seller Is
at the entile mercy ol the oie buyer. I he
latter does not canvass the held, hecaue
the miner has no sampler to which he
could ship or consign his output; lie, the
ore sellet, has to accept any terms, any
pike, any penalty the oie buyer sees nt to
put or and Impose upon his, the ore sell
er's, product. Ore ol a given grade, ie
gatdless o the precious metals It may con
tain, may be ot a ery undesirable charac
ter, because it may contain analytical pio
poi lions, such as too high or too low a
peiceutage ot Iron, lime, sllka, barium,
sulphut or Inc. that it is practically use
less for redu-tla 1 purposes and, if bought
at ill, so-called penalties, at so much per
cent, are extracted. These penalties di
minish Hit value ol the ore consideiably
aud ate a source of annoyance and loss to
"A public simpler seeks to eliminate
these objectionable features. It keeps hi
store all ores which are subject to a pen
alty, and mixes these ores with such pro
ducts as contain tar less per cent of these
objectionable elementary proportions.
"It is of utmost importance to the man
who has a promising prospect or an un
developed mine to find out the exact na
ture of the ore of the same. He must and
should know what his ore contains. He
must find out the analytical featuies of
his product. And the only way to gain
this knowledge Is to send to a sampler a
few hundred pounds of his ore. A few
chunks of his ore will not suffice. Sped-
dustiy, we may be permitted to marshal
before you some Interesting statistics.
Concentrates shipped from haker City
and Sumpter during March, 1899, 700 tons;
during December, i.Sog, 1400 tons, or 100
per cent more than In .March. With a
sampler at Portland, necessarily followed,
by a smelting plant, every pound of this
steadily Increasing ore output would be
suppled at Portland. 1
"I will not go fully Into the ore supply ,
situation, simply e.xpressing my belief
that eastern Oregon alone could easily and
amply supply a sampler at Portland with
a full tonnage every day of the year, pro
vided tile sampler treats the nihieowner
and his oie with courtesy, fairness and
Big Land Office Business.
The phenomenal rush of business at the
United Slates land office in tills city keeps
up, and at the present rate there will be
tour times as much business transacted
during the present year as was done last
year. As a sample, sl.x homestead tilings
were recorded on .Monday last. Theie
can be no doubt that a strong tide of im
migration has set in to eastern Oregon, on
account of .'igricultur.il, timber and min
eral resources. La Grande CluonUe.
Blue Ribbon Mints Sold for $70,00).
The Mile Ribbon group of mines, lo
cated near Granite, were sold a few days
ago to P. .1. Douohue, repieseutlng the
DeLumar interests, a mining man of
Idaho, lor 570,000. Hie owners ot the
proptitv were Pendleton parties. I'lie
terms of the sale aie ?7,ooo in thirty days,
57.000 in sixty das and 5j5,cco in
ninety d.ivs. The property embraces 1
several claims, some ol which are largely
developed. Haker Cltv Democrat.
Miners Should Do More Cross-Cutting.
Cross-cutting should be indulged in '
more by miners. The more cross-cutting
that is done, the more ore bodies are de-
eloped. Take notlili g for granted; the
walls of crevasses may be back walls of
still other crevasses and not In sight and
W'voud which walla high grade ore might ,
He, that otherwise would be passed by In
ignorance. New Mexico Mining Record.
Notice to the Public.
All consumers of city water must make
application to the ollico of the Sumpter
Water company belore the mains are 1
tapped or any residence or business house I
supplied with water.
SU.WITIiR WVll-K COMPANY ,
CASE FURNITURE COMPANY
THE HOME FURNISHERS
' Parlor, Dining and Red Room Furniture In sets or separate pieces.
Beautiful line of Carpets, Linoleum and Mattings. Come in and let
us explain why you can save money by buying nt home.
We can positively Jo so.
Opera house Block - Sumpter, Oregon
A. P. GOSS, President
A. J. GOSS, Cashier
S Bank of Sumpter 3
Trinsicts 1 Central Banking Bullous
Drafts drawn on all parts of the world. Special attention to collections.
Safety Deposit boxes for rent.
1 STARR & ODELL
MINES BOUGHT AND SOLD
We are fully equipped to make reports on mines, and can handle prospects or
developed mines. .Main ollice, Sumpter, Oregon. Branch Oilices,
Spokane, Washington, and Portland, Oregon.
Cor. Center and North Streets, Sumpter, Oregon.
Telephone No. 131.
First and Always
Only White Labor
All Outside Rooms.
Only Half Block
North of Depot.
4 j THE
Golden Eagle Hotel
BRUCE & FOWLER.
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