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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (Aug. 15, 1900)
THE SUMPTER MINER.
Wednesday, August i?, 1900
ALAMO CAMP ROBBED.
The Mines are Being Devel
oped and Look Great.
J. G. McGulRitn, of the Alamo Gold
Mining company, operating the Alamo
group of properties, came down Irom
there Sunday to lay In a new stock of
supplies, mining tools and other equip
ment. It seems that during Mr. Mc
Gulgan's absence a few weeks since, the
work was shut down for a short time
and on his return to begin c peratlons,
found his camp had been robbed of every
thing that could be carried away, Includ
ing the cooking stove, which he says was
redhot the last time he saw it. At any
rate, the robbers made a clean job of it,
and it was necessary to outfit anew
throughout. A few odds and ends were
recovered, and Mr. McGuigan thinks he
has the majority of the plunder located,
with some chance of getting it back.
Development of the Alamo was com
menced last December, since when over
500 feel of work lias been done. They
are now driving a new tunnel to tap the
present workings at a depth of 300 feet,
when they can take out ore to the value
of fifteen dollars per ton, in large quanti
ties. A new parallel lend about 100 fret east
of the present one lias been uncovered for
a distance of 700 feet, twelve feet of
which out of the sixteen leel uf width,
will run over $1 5 In gold.
The enthusiastic owner says he has a
mine there equal to anything in the
vicinity, and that it would be impossible
not to find mlors in any pan of dirt taken
around the dump. The stock of this
company was listed on the Oregon Min
ing Stock exchange at Cortland when
that institution tir5t opened, and had a
good sate, but was withdrawn when
sufficient treasury shares were sold' to
proceed with development work.
The Alamo lies in a direct line west of.
r and half a mile from the 'Concord mine,
which has produced such rich ore recently.
The property will be surveyed for a patent
within the next thirty days.
HISTORY OF MINING CAMPS.
Always Three Stages in Their Progress
That history repeats Itself is peculiarly
true of mining camps, lime alter time
the story has been the same. Always it
has been of early struggles for recogni
tion, of the hardy faith and plucky per
sistence of a few against adverse condi
tions, of some lucky chance that has rlv
ited attention, of feverish stampedes,
months or years of wildest expectations
and toweling air castles and finally of the
realization for the few and disappointment
for the many.
This Is the story of the many developed
camps throughout the western country,
and it is the story that Is being acted out
by a host today. Some, like Hutte, Ross
land and the Coeurd'Alenes, have played
the tale to the last, longest ait. Some,
like Republic and the Boundary, are at
the entre act that precedes it. Others
seem on the eve of the lirst e.xcitement
and a host of others are still playing the
The history of Butte tells the tale, fur
many others. Not many years ago Mon
tana's wonderful and famous mining city
was a comparatively obscure and' quiet
town without railroad conuevtionsor mines
worthy of the name. The existence of
large bodies of low grade ores was known,
but it seemed that as paying mines they
were impossibllite. Expert after expert
came from the east to examine them, and
with a single notable exception they con
demned the camp as worthless.
Then a little narrow-guage railroad was
run up to Butte from Utah. The faithful
continued development and soon the pos
sibility of profitable operation began to be
apparent. Almost In a twinkling a full
Hedged boom started and the camp was
crowded with e.cited wealth-seekers.
Claims were staked everywhere and
months ot the wildest excitement ensued.
The possibilities of the camp and the
claims were unknown, though they were
assuredly great, livery ilalm holder
might have the bonanza that would make
his fortune, and none knew what great
thing would happen next. Development
was commenced In earnest, capital assist
ing. Better transportation facilites were
secured, ore bodies were explored and the
possibilities of treatment were tested.
What the resuts were is now well known.
Then came the Inevitable reaction. The
sorting process of the valuable from the
worthless, and consequent lack of oppor
tunity for the prospector, and the concen
trating of attention on the few coming
mines did away with the gambling
element and the camp simmered down to
business. The steady development of the
camp to its present remarkable productive
capacity, the building of giant treatment
plants and the gradual increase of divi
dends, is a familiar story. The camp Is
now in the last net. Spokesman-Review.
Good Mints on Olive Creek.
S. Lew Is In town from his mining
claims in the Bonanza district, and
brought with him some samples of dust
which was panned out by Mrs. Lew.
Mr. Lew, together with Dr. McDanlel,
owns three claims on Olive creek, two of
which are in Grant county and one hi
Baker county. All three adjoin each
other, lie is sacking ore which he says
will average from three to five dollars to
the sack. In the Black Bark, a half
milr below these claims, the owners have
crosscut six ledges, the ore running as
high as )oo to the ton. A nun named
Tursey, he says, has two claims about
three quarters of a mile from his property.
The claims are very rich, and whenever
the owner needs money he pounds out
50 or $100 In a mortar and goes to
Granite for supplies. Mr. Tursey Is all
alone and is steadily developing his
property. Mr. Lew will return to his
property tomorrow. Baker Republican.
"Sniped" $900 For Pocket Money.
At the First Hank of Sumpter one day
last week President Bobbins had on ex
hibition ix scoop, such as is used in handl
ing goldust, which contained nearly ooo
In dust, coarse gold and nuggets, which
come from the Wiuterville diggings. This
was not a clean-up by anv means, but
was simply "sniped" in a lew hours by
Mr. Austin, who wanted a little pocket
money to come to town 011.
The lawn sprinkling hours are from 6
to i o'clock p. 111. Consumers are res
tricted to their own grounds, and will not
be permitted to sprinkle the public streets.
Running water through an open hose at
any other hour than those mrntluoeJ,
cannot be allowed. The water will be
"shut off" whenever these rules are vio
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It Is conveniently located, well built and
comtortably furnished. I erms reasonable,
huquire at this oltice,
"The Portland", conducted by Gus
Woodward 011 Mill street, is fully a
representation of its name. A visit will
convince you of this.
When you travel the Bourne road re
member Barnard has all the latest remedies
for dust in the throat.
The City Green house, at Baker City,
furnishes choice cut flowers.
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