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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (May 9, 1900)
THE SUMPTER MINER.
Wednesday, May 9. 1900.
THE GENTLEMAN I
Han An Idea Or Two On
Prospectors and .Brokers. I
,tCvr lit lh 4arlr11lt11r.1l titc dnrlntr '
ix-iin.. tim. 11.. 0r u L.n nf i your calculations and devote your ener
the 'honest farmer,"' said the gentleman ' ,M t0 de,visi"K ome m,eans, x keeP ,the
from Colorado. "In all mining regions, "" ma" from, " k,n,n5,d by a profes'
it Is the prospector who gets that descrlp-1 slon returned Klondljcer.'
tlve adjective attached to his calling per- SURVEYING PARTY LOST.
sonified. I think you newspaper men are
to blame (or this practice in both cases, as i Laying Out a Railroad Line in Central
you are to blame tor so many or the er-, Oregon.
that rock carried values and he found out
without paying a two-bit piece for the in
formation. That panning operation was
the summer story that did the business.
"There are a few of the best of us here,
but there are more than three brokers in this
town who will yet cut their eye teeth in
the eastern Oregon gold fields if they
"No, if you are thinking about organ
izing a society for the protection of some
body, leave the 'honest prospector' out of
roneous ideas lodged In the public mind.
All trace has been lost of the large sur-
I don't know much about farmers, but, on , , , ()at eft The DaM abou, a
general principles, I will gamble hat they j mont) fof ntefor Q t s
are not a whole lot more honest than their j ,jnt t ,, t near Warm
opportunities permit. In the case o pros-1 s , reservaton but ,f 50 no word has
pectors, I'm more or less well pos ed-but , rMcheJ 0Uts,Je of r(ll,roa(lc,rces. What.
I'll never telmore than about half I know everra,Wi ,he , represents ,,as
011 tnai sunieci. i merely uesire to re
mark, In a general way, that they are as
honest at the average horse trader, before
the bicycle forced that noble animal Into
the hack-number class with silver and
steam power; when there was a chance to
make a dollar in the business. And, just
to let you know that I have read the book,
guess I had better make some reference
to David liarum, in this
ay the party represents
succeeded In covering its tracks in a thor
The Columbia Southern, to whose In
terests the other party was inimical, has
several surveying parties in the field. The
rival party may succeed In finding a pass
through the mountains through which the
Corvallis and Eastern or some other road i
may be extended Into central Oregon, but ,
connection, ,,., tl ,. tl , ,. r.imKi cnil,i,.rn
though, this Is merely to Impress a point w ,,ave )e ,, eJ b s
and adorn these reflections. 'surveyors. This road now has a large
"On the other hand, the world over, ,., ri . ,,,, ,. ,,, n,
party running llr.es along the John Day, t
ultll Pr.llrln Pltu IK ills nMa.-lluj.nnln 1
k I UPPJ and has other parties working east from!
i'rluevllle and south towards Lake view, j
The Columbia Southern Is fully awake to
the importance of securing possession of
the Inland Kmplre against competition.
Il r'lll:il tlmt tht. lire rni.l In t M I
ll!,,?" W'iS.'Wrt - "Y lll the perma-l
the broker is considered the antltlilsis of
to be shrewd and unscrupulous, daring and
dangerous, He Is known as the 'real es
tate shark,' the 'mining sharper,' the
'wheat pit manipulator,' the 'stock board
thlmblerlgger,' and so on; all suggestive
short on moral qualities. Let me confide
;i professional secret to your keeping I
am sure I can trust you. Sympathy for
the prospector, so far as his dealings with
the broker are concerned, is waisted. He
can take care of himself In all such trans
actions. "In speaking of the broker in this con
nection, I don't mean the man whose life
h.is been devoted to promoting big mining
ile.ils. The professional prospector recog
nizes such an operator at the first meeting
and attempts to spring none of the tricks
of his trade on him. Hut it is with the
novice in the business that lie has his fun
iiiiil whom he uses lor spending money
those ambitious farmer bovs and dry
goods clerks who come to milling camps
and invest their capital In office furniture,
gilt signs and bulletin bo.uds. Some of
them will win out in the long run, but
they have to serve an apprenticeship in
this, as in other callings.
"As I said beloie, I'm not going to tell
all I Know about the prospector's system
in playing this game, but to Illustrate my
point, will relate a true story of a little
from Prinevllle to Canyon
City will in all probobllity be built first.
It will give an outlet to the rich mineral!
sections of parts of eastern Oregon, and
w ill run through a rich agricultural and
The ore alone from the mining sections
will furnish business enough for the oper
ation of a railroad. When, added to this,
one considers the trade that will flow from
a large Inland Empire which comprises
the half of Oregon, there will be no longer
cause to wonder at the eagerness of rail
roads to block out the field. Telegram.
Money for Sumptcr-Gran'te Road.
The prospects are exceedingly bright for
Improvement of the Granite-Sumpter
wagon road. Tills road, over which per
haps more heavy freighting Is done than
any other In the state, is next to Impas
sable in the spring of the year. The road i
lias been fixed from time to time, but j
never sufficiently. It is now proposed to I
make permanent Improvements, so that
the road will be eood the vear round. In
transaction I witnessed here in Sumpter, order to do this the county court of Grant
last week. The typical 'honest pros- coiiiilv will be reonesteJ to annrnnrl.it
pector' sauntered into the office of Mr.
liroker and showed some fair looking
rock. Ol course, the latter was Instantly
interested. He wanted to get the prospect
on his list. He asked a doen stereotyped
-questions, winding up with: 'How much
-does it go?' The man with the pick
didn't know exactly. Said he hud panned
:i dozen samples and as near as he could
judge, it went all the way from &10 or $50
to three or four times that amount. It
was good enough to suit him and he
didn't have the price of an assay.
fiooo. 1 he county court of Baker county
will also give f looo for the roads In the
Sumpter district, It is said. Most of this
will be used on the Sumpter-Granite
wagon road. In addition to this, E. J.
Godfrey, of the Red Boy mine, feels posi
tive that he can raise another Jioooamong
the business men of Sumpter for the im
provement of this road, Granite Gem.
All citizens of Sumpter are hereby notl-
This , tied to have the taps made and connected
particular broker is not a sucker by about with their premises by June i, as after
n thousand miles; but he swallowed that j that date the privilege of more than one
bait without a suspicion that the cruel i consumer to take water from the same tap
hook was concealed inerein. lie uau live win uoi re permiueu.
assays made wanted to play It safe.
They ran from a trace to ft I. That was
the object of the prospector's most urgent
desire; lie wanted to know whether or not , kinds of engineering.
Siimpthh water Co.
May i, looo.
Go to Fenner & Worthlngton for all
The Sumpter Lumber Company
can sell doors and sash five
per cent cheaper than any
other concern in Eastern
Oregon. Full stock of dry
lumber now ready for the
J. B. STODDARD, Manager
"THE GOLCONDA" 22MBS
D. M.FERRY .& CO., Props.
Only the host of everything, including first-class
music, day and night.
Family rooms up stairs. Sumpter, Ore.
Handles the best of Liquors,
Wines and Cigars. Draught
beer a specialty by the
pitcher, bottle or glass.
Opposite Depot SUMPTER, OR.
W. S. BOWERS
Real Estate, Loans and Insurance. Mining Patents Obtained
Years of experience in Baker County Records.
No. 2104 Court Street, Baker City; Oregon.
rwin & Co.
.. Opera House Block
Mining Stocks and Min
Have facilities lor telling mining stocks of companies with sollj financial basis, well officered and
well managed. Company must stand thorough Investigation. Address, with prospectus and refer-
L. W. Tulleys, Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Can place mining properties of merit.