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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (June 13, 1900)
Wednesday, June 13, 1900
THE SUMPTER MINER.
VISITOR IS PLEASED.
Intelligent Comments on Mines
and the Smelter.
R. Baird, secretary of the West Side
Gold and Silver Mining company, has
returned from a trip to the Carpenter
group, lately acquired by this company.
He is well pleased with the prospect and
considers that his company has a very
promising property. The ore dump from
the 4o-foot shaft assays 574.41 '" R'dt
besides the silver and copper values,
and he says that will do for a starter.
The ledge is forty feet wide and there
Is a good road to the property, which is
situated twenty-one miles from Sumpter,
in the Greenhorn country, near Robin
sonville. The company is preparing to proceed
with development work on the ledges,
besides prospecting its placers, and will
place the property on a paying basis as
soon as practicable.
While nut in the hills, Mr. Baird visited
a number of mines and prospects, includ
ing the E. & H., Little Giant, Ronana,
Cayuse, Silver Hill, Inter-Mountain,
Diadem, and numbers of others. He
thinks that lew people here realize how
many mines are opening up large boJIes of
ores carrying high values. He considers
that he has the best ot reason for believ
ing that the mining world will soon
awake to the knowledge that Sumpter Is
now and will continue to be the center of
one ot the rkhest mineral districts in the
United States, or in the world.
This country already has railroad and
all the modern facilities and advantages,
and although there are now large paying
mines with mills pounding ore twenty
lour hours a day for 365 days In the year,
this number Is bound to increase in the
near future at a rate that will astonish the
oldest inhabitant. Enterprise and capital
are required to develop the natural wealth
of the district, they are here and are on
the way here.
Mr..Haird interviewed the manager of
the Sumpter smelter lately erected here
by the Union Smelter company of St.
Louis. He inspected the property and
found it already for business and simply
waiting for ores, of which a considerable
quantity have been promised. The fol
lowing are some of the claims made to
him by (lie manager.
That they have erected this plant at
their own expense, with the exception of
the donation of the site, and are ready for
business as soon as they receive ores.
That arrangements have been made to
pay for suitable ores where owners want
to sell such. That if mine owners prefer
to do so, they can have their ores treated
for so much per ton, according to circum
stances, but likely to be in the neighbor
hood of $0 per ton. That the success of
their enterprise means much to Sumpter,
as the following figures submitted by
them will shew: Daily pay roll $212 to
Sjoo or 563,600. a year! consumption
of ore per month 000 tons; consumption
of lime per mouth 240 tons; consump
tion of iron per month 270 tons, total
1 6,020 tons, the hauling alone of which,
w ithout the mining, will cost at the low
rate of 51.2; per ton, amounting to 521,
150. Wood will cost fio per day, or
53000 a year. Tills makes a total yearly
expenditure of 587.750. With coke and
incidental expenses the total of yearly
expense will not fall much short of ninety
or one hundred thousand dollars, a nice
Mini to be expended in Sumpter.
"Now gentlemen," says Mr. Haird
"you have the smelter, use it. (Jive it a
fair trial and do so now."
Mine Discovered While in His Room.
The Little Triangle was located by a
man who wasn't a prospector and who
never had a pick or shovel in his hand In
his life. He discovered it in a little back
room on the third floor of a little cheap
boarding house in Leadville, at about
1 o'clock in the morning. It was some
thing like the mathematical sharp who
discovered Neptune with a lead pencil and
table of logarithms, instead of a telescope.
The man in my story was an old German
proofreader, who had been a scrub survey
or in his early youth. I've forgotten his
name, but that really doesn't matter. The
point is that he drifted out to Leadville In
the days of the great mining boom and
one night, sitting in his little back room
pouring over a map of the mineral tract
for lack of anything better to do, his eye
happened to catch an error in the side
measurements of a rich and important
mine. It was something which would
have attracted the attention of nobody
but a surveyor, and a petty, fault-finding,
scrub surveyor at that, but he
pounced on it like a hawk, made a few
calculations, and there was a triangular
bit of land, about ten feet wide at the base,
and 20 feet long that nobody claimed.
It lay right in the heart of a cluster of the
richest mines in the Leadville distrkt, and
was supposed to be included in the
boundaries of the two most valuable of
them all, but owing to the error in the
survey which I have already mentioned,
it wasn't covered by the deeds. Karly
the next morning he went over and
staked out the triangle as an original
claim. !:olks thought he was crazy at
first, but when they examined the recoids
they sang a different song. The owners
of the adjacent land paid 560,000 for his
title they simply had to have the strip
to work their own mines, and he went
back to ( ierinauy and lived happily ever
after. The property is still known by the
way, as " The Little Triangle." New
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George W. WeigancL.
Only exclusive whole
sale drug house in the
state. We sell only
to merchants. Make
the best prices on min
ers' and assayers' sup
plies. Freight no higher
than from Portland.
Write for quotations.
Spokane Drug Co.
HIGH GRADE LIQUORS
Mining Men's Headquarters
Next Door to Wonder Store.
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C. B. & M. Co.'s Beer
Best in Town
J. B. SCHMIDT
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A. J. STINSOIM, Rrop.
(Successor to Snyde A- Stiuson)
Only the Best Brands of Liquors Served Over the Bar
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Sumpter, - - Or.