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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (Aug. 1, 1900)
THE SUMPTER MINER.
Wednesday, August i. 19
SMELTER BLOWN IN.
First Test Run Thursday a
I he Similiter smelter was tircJ up
Weduesd.iv night, 1fr the Itrst time. At
2 o'clock 11. 111. the titst lot of ore was
shoveled into the furnace, ,uul in one
hour mid twenty minutes Liter m.itte u.is
The smelter has experienced much diffi
culty In securing oies (or treatment, some
of (he mine owners seeming to he skepti
cal regarding the adaptahllity of the plant
to reduce ores from this district. I he
run was made merely to demonstrate the
fact that the claims of the builders and
managers could he made good; th.it this
smelter is capable ol treating the ores of
Superintendent Laiighlin says that the
degree of siiuess was beyond even Ills
expectations; that owing to the f.nt that
Ills ore supply was so limited in iualitv,
he was himself a tritlc dubious a to the
complete success ol the experiment in
detail, though he knew, of course, that he
could in. ike a good matte. I he probe
hlllties are tint a test run of this kind
was never made under more adverse con
ditions, owing to the limited varieties of
ores to lie treated. I lie run was nude
on twinly tons of roik fioin the Quart,
hurt: district, near I'raitie City. I he-e
ores carry copper, gold, silver, and traces
of other metals, but no perceptible
(iiiullty ol lead, which is usually con
sidered a ne.esslty as a llux in all
smelting proi esses. Coke was used
instead of diatcoal, the latter being pre
ferred, hut could not be obtained lor tills
'I he run is pronounced by the superin
tendent to be a complete success, the
maximum percrntng ol reduction claimed
for the pnuess having been obtained,
tint of ten to one; the twenty tons of ore
having been reduced to two of untie.
I he condenser also worked to perfection,
the values which usually escape in the
fumes being saved through condensation.
Mils process is based on that ol a retort,
used in every laboiatoty.
'I he smelter will be started up again in
ten iliys or two weeks, when It Is hoped
that a sullicient amount of ore will be
delivered and coutiacted for to insuie a
continuous run. If not, all on hand will
I e leduced, and alter that the manage
ment will deilde as to what will be done
111 the future. Other points ate en
deavoring to have the plant moved from
lure, notably llaUer Citv.
DEVIL'S CINDER HEAP.
Mountain of Recently Formed Lava in
lown In the center of the state, over
shadowed by the lliree Sisters and the
nrray of snow-capped peaks in tint part
id the Cascade mountains, N a little vol-
auic wonder ot whUh not much is heard.
Lava Hutte, the lava beds, the great
oxcades ol the Deschutes and Lava
Hutte cave are a qu.utrt of scenes that
will one d ly be islted by thousands of
tourists. Today the occasional traveler
and lew residents thereabout are the only
persons permitted to revel in tlieseiiatur.il
beauties. More energetic lishermen who
push so far up the Destitutes in search of
theMg redsldes, Dolly Vardens or rain
I11 .v trout, hive long been fain'.liir with
Hie I iva district that, on a small scale,
rivals the great lava beds ot Northeastern
California and Northwestern Nevada.
Lava Hutte is about ijoo feet higher
thin the Deschutes liver, which (lows
neir Its base. Nature never formed a
more perfect, symmetrical cone through
.hich to pnut lava. The upper 600 or
800 feet constitute a sharp pinnacle among
mountains of bar-lv sufficient circum
ference at the apex for the crater, which
Is nearly 100 feet in depth. The sides of
the cone are covered on the north and
west with well-ground loose stone, which
1 is ready to roll from the (.limbers feet.
I At no pi ice In Oregon does lava look
I of more recent formation than the beds
spreading from the base of this hutte. At
1 first glance one would say that It cannot
h ive cooled more tlnn a half doen
years. On the northeastern side, where
the wagon road approaches the hutte,'
I there are beds looking as if they have
I been dumped from a furnace in large I
iwheelturrow loads, i'illed and jumbled I
together hi all imaginable grotesque
' shapes and still retaining the celular form
I of burned coil cinders, with scarcely any
'vegetation climbing up Its sides, this
mass ol lava might well be taken for the
work of a volcano in very recent years. ,
I No one will take exception tn the term, '
" I he devil's cinder heap," which some
I have dubbed it. I
j I here is no course down the sides of !
I the upper portion of the hutte where.'i
f lava stream can be traced, which adds to
I tlit wonder of the scene. It seems to
1 have been vomitted out and fallen olf to
one side as completely as il thrown away
by a patent ejector. I:.xchange.
O. R. & N. ENTERPRISE.
Will Aisist In Irrigating 60,000 Acr in
A prtss dispatch trom Maker City siys:
Willi Its usual progressive spirit where
the interests of Oregon are concerned,
the O. R. N. Co. has arranged, hi
connection witli .1 local company known
as the Powder River Laud and Irrigation
Co., to water about 60,000 acres of the
arid lauds of Maker countv.
'I he report of the consummation of this
deal, which means so much to the farmers
of till-, county, is brought In by V. J.
Patterson, out of the leading merchants
of this city and one of the stockholders of
the Irrigation Company, lie Is also .111
enthusiast upon the subject of the de
velopment. of Uastern Oregon. When
questioned upon the subject, Mr. Patter
"Several of us were hi Portland the
other day and held a number of meetings
witli the ollicialsot the O. R. & N. Co.
Pln.illv they agreed to aid hi the project
of irrigating Maker County by securing
tlie services of a United States Govern
ment engineer, w ho will at once make sur
veys and estimates of the cost of the con
struction of the necessary reservoirs and
"It is our Intention to take the water)
from the Powder Ulver at a point about1
six and one-half miles above the city J
through a canal, which will be 10 feet
w ide at the top, and 8 feet at the bottom,
and biing it to a reservoir to be located1
near the 'lone pine,' about a mile and a 1
half cast of the city. I he capacity of the
reservoir, as at present contemplated,
w ill be sullicient to irrigate about jo.ooo
acres of land, and will be so constructed!
that when needed it can be increased to
double the capacity at very small ad
ditional cost. I he proper distribution of
water over this valley means more to
Maker Citv than any enterprise ever con
Through the Yellowstone.
1 he new route via the Oregon Short
Line Railroad and Monlda, Mont., enables !
you to make a delightful trip through the
I ValLui lIivihi Klitli-itiil I irl Miitftriiirv li
,"'""',",m ..... M V...V,M.h ....
Mould.) and coming nut via Cinnabar, '
making it unnecessary to cover any por- j
Unit of the route twice. Por beautiful 1
descriptive booklet, write or call at Ore
gon Short Line Ticket Office, 14: Third
streel, Portland, Oregon.
Welnhard's beer on draught at Henry
Finger's 10 cents per glass.
Union Smelter Mfg. Co.
OF ST. LOUIS, MO.
Our Sumpter. Oregon, Plant of From
K to 40 Tons Daily Capacity is Now
Ready For Operation.
A spur of the Sumpter Valley Railway Company and easy wagon roads
facilitate the delivery of ores right at the Smelter. Owners or controllers
of Sulphide, Carbonate and Oxide ores, who can contract for their delivery
hi lots of 10 tons at least, are requested to forward to us from 100 to 150
pound'' representing the average character and values of the ores. Such
samples will be annlyed and assayed by our analytical chemist free of
charge, for the purpose of establishing the value of the corresponding ores
to us, and for the guidance of their owners. Our treatment charge, com
paratively moderate, will be gov erened by the special adaptability or de
sirableness of the respective ores for our purposes. The product of our
Smelter will be handled by the Plrst Bank of Sumpter and payments for
ores accepted by us will be mad through the same channel. Special rates
of treatment charges will be made to parties in position to contract for a
steady and large supply of desirable ores.
SAMPLES AND CORRESPONDENCE
The Union Smelter Mfg. Co.
LLock Box P H. Mi-INHARD, Sec'y. C
Bousum & Spalding
Pree delivery of Pure Ice. Leave orders at office of Columbia Brewing and
Malting Co., next door to MlNI-R office.
C. B. & M. Co.'s Beer
Best in Town
J. B. SCHMIDT
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A. J. STINSON, Prop.
(.Successor loSnvdeA bthison
Only the Best Brands of Liquors Served Over the Bar
Paul E. Poindexter,
Bedford McNcal s Cooc