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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (Aug. 1, 1900)
Wednesday, August i, 1900
THE SUMPTER MINER.
WHAT IS A MINER'S INCH?
Indefinite and Variable Method of Measur
A recent article, entitled, "Where
Water Comes High," discussing the
quantity of water commonly called a
"mluei's Inch," states that the General
Government fixes the quantity as one
cubic foot in 50 seconds. I have con
sulted nil available authorities on the
subject, and can find no mention of the
volume of a miner's inch being fixed by
the General Government. In California,
where the term originated, it is a well
known f.ict that the miner's inch is about
as deliulte a quantity as a "pall of water,"
and hydraulic engineers have been trying
for ye.irsto have the arbitrary term dis
carded for the "cubic foot per second"
;md "acie foot." In California custom
seems to have made the miner's inch as
equal to one cubic loot In 50 seconds, but
this depends mtkli on geographical loca
tion. In Colorado the statutes fixed the
miner's inch as equal to a quantity of
water (lowing from an inch-square orllice
under a pressure of live Inches above the
lop of the orilice, and assumes that the
quantity of water delivered ispropottlonal
to the area of the orllice; but this is far
Irom being true, l-or Instance, if a How
of 144 miner's inches lie required, the
volume obtained would be ).) 4.;, 4.7
1 ubic teel per second, according as thele
wcie 144 holes one Inch square, one
opening one inch deep and 144 Indies
long, ore one opening li inches square,
the tops o( all opening being live inches
below the suilaie ol the water. Weir
uieasiiteuieuts ale ttitli.lt mole uicurate,
andtould almost always he substituted
tor the method hv oiilurs.
Tin siieiue ol hvdr.'iolUs has made
tousideiabli- piogiess wilhln the la-l
decade, but the mttltiplkity ol detail
necessary to consider in the aicuiale
uie.isuieiiients ot water lenders many ot
the approximate rules valueless, and the
best methods .lie none loo good. It is to
be hoped th.it, hi view of the iiuieasiiig
u-r and value oi water lor pn.wr, Irriga
tion and douiestu purposrs, tin- miner's
huh, as a stand. iitl, will be relegated to
Iiiuimioiis desuetude, and the mote
deliulte measurement ot "snood loot"
iimI in preference. Cor litigation pur
poses the aie loot is generally Kilning
Into use, on account ol the luuveuieiue
In milting call illations. I'lie mte foot
Isoueacie uivered one tool deep Willi
water, 01 4,sfK cubic leet.
Ihe artUle reteried to also makes the
statement that a miner's hulHpresuin.iMv
uiidei a sK-lmh piessuie) mhi's to irri
gate Hw acres ol land. Ihe writer was
for some eais touneited with the Hear
Vallev Irrigation Company, ol Kedlauds,
Cal and under tills system the highest
duty is one mluei's huh to 10 acres, the
average being one huh to font .uies.
I he .lurapa I and ' Water Company,
near San Bernardino, use out- huh to
litigate nine ncresj otliei puts ol Call
toriila use one miner's (six-hull pii'ssiitri
for from 4 to 10 .tires. I. II. Cunning
ham, In Cortland .Mining Hex-lew-.
Thirteen Mllli in Fourteen Miles.
George W. Merlin, a milling in in ol
much experience In the west, Is in thr
iltv after a tour months' dip through the
eastern Oregon gold fields, lie spr.iks
eiithusi.istkallv ot the louutrv. "I
found in an aiea 14 miles squ.ire 1 1 mills
grinding on good ote, and more are being
put in as fast as trams can haul the
machinery to the ground," said he.
" I here is much activity among the mines
and prospects in iranite and Sumpter
districts, in spite ol the f.-nt that the towns
are dull. I believe that theie is no doubt
about the future of the country. It is one
of the most promising I have ever sent.
The actual showing is sutticient to estab
lish It as a great prodtuer, and new de
posits are constantly being explored with
excellent results. The geological char
acter of the country is granite and por
phyry, with quartzite In considerable
quantities. The vein matter is, as a rule,
a black sulphide, and It carries a great
deal of free gold. I do not believe that it
will always be a free-milling camp, how
ever. It will be found eventually that
the cyanide process will be required for
the best results. Now that a railroad into
the district from Hilgard is assured the
country must advance by leaps and
bounds. All that was needed was trans
portation. There is a great deal of
country that is yet somewhat inaccessible,
and with easy ingress and egress it xvill
have a chance to grow that xxill surely
not be lost." Spokesman Review.
NONE OF HIS BUSINESS.
The Auayerit Expected Merely to Find
'I he following is written by J. M. FIsW,
of Cortland, in reply to an article printed
In these columns last xeek, taken from
My attention Is called to a communica
tion of Mr. O. M. Rosendale in The Tele
gram of last week, on the sampling and
assaying of ores. Allow me to set that
gentleman right, as he appears to be a
Nine-tenths of the assays made in Port
laud are not for the purpose of buying
ores, or purchasing mines, but simply to
leant if tile ore contains any metals of
value, and no such certificate should be
taken, or would betaken by a business
man as documentary evidence of the value
ol the property.
The ass.iver has no right or business
to state on the face ot his certificate, e.x
.ully from where he obtained the sainpl",
or what mine It came from. It Is none of
his business. I he certificate Is the prop
erly ol his client, and he can make what
ever disposition ol it that Itesees lit. The
responsibility ol Ihe ass.iver ends with
tht results he stales in Ills certificate.
It would be just as absurd, or as conect
in judgment for a burglar to enter a
hardware store during the night and bring
the lirst thing he had to the light and
s.iy tlif xx hole store was stocked xxith
axes, as to s,iv the one stone sample
.tss.iy xx.is ,-i true sample of Ihe whole
mint- ol ore.
I h.ix-e just returned from examining a
milling propertv, from which I have taken
too samples, and on this result xxill I base
my determination ot its value, and not
1 1 out any one same assay, or anybody's
s.iv'o. Some io yeats ago, when I xx-.-is
gieen In the business, would frequently
ask my client Irom xxhere he obtained
his ore, 01 trom what mine it came from,
and was politely told that it was none ol
tux- business, and that all thev wished ol
me xx as to give them Its x-alue in gold and
silver per Ion.
Mr. Hosendale's scale ol pikes is all
right lor a smelter to purchase ores, by
deducting the units for smeller chaiges.
Hut there ate no purchasers of ores here,
lor smeltets, and no smelter world pur
cluse ores without the proper sampling
ol the lot puuh.ised. Sealed bottled sam
ples ul ore are Irrquentlv sent me Irom
Hritish Columbia, Utah, Nevada and Ari
zona, but they are samples put up bv a
public sampling works, simply for check
on other assurers. Intake three assays
Irom the sample, and take the mean of
the three as the correct one. I have no
know ledge ot the mine it comes trom,
neither do I care. My business is to give
the results ot the sample turnislied.
As for the valuation of metals, we may
as well give New York quotations -is to
give British Columbia or S in Francisco.
There Is no market x'aluatlons on metals
in Cortland. There was a time when we
hid a par valuation of gold bars here, but
we luxe none at present.
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