Image provided by: University of Oregon Libraries; Eugene, OR
About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (May 9, 1900)
Wednesday, May q, 1900.
THE SUMPTER MINER.
Overlook Good Thing
Lack of Information.
undertaking proving valuable, if he de
sires to be on the safe side.
Second He should not rely upon a horn
test, but consider that although a few as
says will cost him a certain amount of
money, it is nevertheless far cheaper to
for I know definitely the value of his ore than
I to spend his time upon something it were
1 better to let alone, or to leave something
valuable and not know it, to look for
Third Let him realize that If there is
anything in his line of which he is ignor
ant and in doubt, in the matter of actual
economic value of certain classes of ores,
there are hundreds of men who can and
The Mining and Scientific Press has
published a series of interesting articles on
prospecting, written by a prospector.
L ,.VT T ii V; MiKicu . ' wl enlighten him if he will but enquire,
found of special interest to MlNhH readers: . T. .... ,.., k. ,i.i ,.t.
Many prospectors, especially those in
There Is hardly a question he could ask
in relation to his business but that could
be answered in the columns of the Mining
and Scientific Press.
Fourth In seeking to sell a prospect,
quest of free gold, overlook valuable
claims by putting too much dependence
upon the mortar and pan. While, as a
general rule, ores in gold-bearing districts
show some free golJ, it does not follow
that all the values lie in that portion that
Is obtained in the horn.
Ilrai! (Anlnliiliin clliiap Ititlnai! m nfr
thr: ,," V, i 1 7.1 m' Prospector ever yet aided his cause by
he ame time contain enough gold that Is J th, , 01l1K0 J
S,hrJygE. with his claim. No investor ever ex-
wh? , Me,h KT Tn i "lamlnedaclaim which he found to have
which the gold, though practically free, s . .... , . , . , ,, ,
. .. ' . 7 ., . , . . I been willfully misrepresented, who did
in such a fine state of division as to show . . . ,
, u, k i . . not K away disgusted.
MW VTWII U VVIUI VJ 1IIV MUIH UJW I
1 or in trying to interest capital, he should
by all means state the facts as he knows
j them and leave It to the investor to theo
rize and draw his own conclusions. No
Some ores rich in gold would not be I
Fifth, and perhaps not least, the pros-
borne ores rich In go Id wou d not be . '. , , . r . , . , .
-,, , K ,,. ,. ... pector should not confine himself to hunt
noticed by a regular prospector, for the ,, .... , . . - .,..
reason that it has more the appearance of , '" for ""ar,- bu! " k "d of rock ,Ut
country rock that would be supposed t0 , of the ordinary, of which there appers to
arrv cold be less than a mountain, should be con-
clf i u . ! i sldered worthy of Investigation, for the
Some of our richest m nes have as gan-, . , .. ; . ... r . .
.... rM, .ii...r.. k.... . i... .,i. i Nine of the future will be one that has
gue rock ordinary brown or ron-sta ned . . . . . . . .. , ..,
. e u .i .ui been overlooked, s mp y because It Is dlf'
limestone. Some have as matrix nothing , , . , ,. S' . ,..
or iron-stalned por-f '""""" ""
but common brown
phyry, which may be in the shape of
small ledges a few feet In width or in
large dykes or reefs 50 to too feet wide or
even wider, still they carry gold values
sufficient to make them good paying
mines In fact, almost any kind of rock
may carry gold In profitable quantities.
Another class of mines, that the pros
pector looking for gold would be very apt
Sumpter'i Fame Spreading.
I The Mining Review is under obligation
to the Sumpter Townsite company, lim
ited, of Sumpter, Oregon, for a bundle of
literature treating on the magnificent min
eral resources of that section. Sumpter
1 people are seemingly up to snuff, as they
, are putting .out beautifully illustrated
pamphlets and well written papers giving
Still many Utahans have succeeded in
getting in on the ground floor In this pro
lific gold country, and quite a number of
Salt Lakers are now heading that way.
There is no doubt but that they will strike
it rich. Salt Lake Mining Review.
to pass by as beneath his notice, are those an llterestIIR description of the mines and
of such magnitude that the very Idea of ,m,s trbutarv to this growing camp and
uieir oeing wormy 01 invesugai.on wou.u the possibilities offered there for safe and
be considered by him as preposterous. profltabe investments. Such enterprise
Large belts of schist containing numerous i.,kin- i ii.-h. w- rri-t to sav.
, , . ... . ..--..... n ... v. .., .. w .-n.-. . 4
Mrcans auu lenses 01 quariz, aiuiougn
apparently barren, may contain gold
enough to make them veritable bonanzas.
The gold may be free or the veins may lie
wholly, or nearly so, In small particles of
sulphurets widely desseminated through
the country rock, or in either. The major
ity of the dividend paying gold mines of
today are just such propositions. They
are.to be sure, mostly low grade, but they
are the kind of mines that capital is look
There are also waiting to be discovered
and opened base propositions that most
prospectors consider as worthless, simply
because they are base.
If the prospector is of the free gold type,
he will not even know that they contain
gold at all, but will let them lie and move
on to some section where the ores are not
base. If he happens,lnstead, to be a man
who considers it worth while to have the
.ore assayed, he will know that the bases
carry high values enough perhaps to make
them profitable, providing they were free,
but as the ore is base he passes on.
Where the latter makes his mistake is In
not considering the fact that in this age of
machinery and improved appliances so
called base ores are made to pay a profit,
whereas a few years ago were the same
values in the shape of free gold they could
not be handled at a profit.
It is well for a prospector, before start
ing out, to consider that a mine will pay:
First Though small if rich enough,
though of low grade if large enough. The
exercise of a little judgment will enable
him to determine the medium of the two
extremes. He must leave a large margin
In determining the relative limit in size
and richness of his ore body. Better far
be prejudiced against the probability of his
The Waila Walk
WM. KITCHEN, Prop.
DEALER IN HAY, GRAIN AND
ALL KINDS OF FEED.
Good Feed Yard and Stables
Warehouses and Offices, Sumpter
Valley Railroad Track.
Milk-Dairy in Connection
Sumpter souvenir spoons. F. C. Bro
die, watchmaker and jeweler, Opera
Go to Fenner & Worthlngton for all
kinds of engineering.
WE BUY ALL OUR GOODS
IN CARLOAD LOTS
C. J Johns'j 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 Boy s' Spring Hats
are here now, and others are arriving from time to
time. SPECIAL a beautiful line of Ladies' Mus
line Underwear. Must be seen to be appreciated.
The HARDWARE DEPARTMENT has been fully
stocked up again with everything in shelf and
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
C. J. JOHNS, Sumpter
"Just around the Corner"
NERKRGAI.I. Hi MOORE
Fine Wines, Liquors and Cigars
NEILL BUILLING SUMPTER, OREGON