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THE SUMPTER MINER
SUMPTER, OREGON, OCTOBER j, 1900.
RICH PLACER STRIKE.
ON GIMLET CREEK NOT FOUR
MILES FROM TOWN.
First Pan m Bedrock Yield $1.25 From
Ten Square Feet 2 1-2 Ounces Are
Taken Sale of Pine Creek Placers
Active Work at the Grfflth Claims
Building Flume I0C0 Feet Long.
Remarkably rich placer ground lias
been discovered on Gimlet creek, between
three and (our miles from Sumpter dis
covered by the merest chance.
Thomas Allen, Charles House and John
Abraham have been prospecting for quartz
mines out that way all summer. During
the past few weeks they have been doing
oine work on the Little Butte. Last
week they went to the bottom of the gulch
and dug a water hole three or four feet
deep, for the purpise of panning mortar
crushed rock from the ledge above.
One of the men, as prospectors do,
with no definite object In view, panned
out some of the dirt taken from the hole.
Three coarse colors constituted the result.
That was apparently a good thing. They
dug down to bed rock and from the first
pan i.2$ was taken. It was surely a
good thing, and they at once constructed
a rocker and began to lake out gold,
l-rom a space of ten square feet they took
two and a half ounces.
This gold was bought by the Hank of
Sumpter and can now be seen there. It
is unusually coarse and is nearly half
nuggets, weighing from one to live
The discoverers have taken four claims,
all the available ground in that immedi
Sale of Pine Creek Placers.
The Pine creek placers, nejr Rridgnnrt,
south of Sumpter and In the Burnt river
district, were purchased last week by P.
D. Healyaud P.J. Griffin of Sumpter.
The purchase includes the water rights of
Pine and Cottonwood creeks. The new
owners have apparently acquired a fine
property In these diggings, as while only
the surface gravel has been washed by
the former owners, whotre said to have
taken seven dollars per day to the man
therefrom, a prospect hole sunk to bed
rock h said to have given $2.50 to the
pan. Messrs. Healy and Griffin are go
ing to work at once to make such improve
ments during the next few mouths as will
allow them to work this ground on an ex
tensive scale next spring.
Work at Griffith Placers.
Messrs. Soreusen & Kettle will begin
tomorrow hauling tools and supplies out
:o the Griffith placer claims. They have
tound some trouble in securing teams and
wagons to do this hauling, but have tin
ally succeeded and before the end of the
week will begin to deliver the ten thou
sand feet of lumber which they have bought
-for flumes, 1000 feet of which will be built
this fall and winter, preparatory to an
active season of washing next year.
Portland Money in Maidrn's Dream.
A. J. Minson, of Sumptrr, is expected
home in a few days t rum Portland, where
he has been for several weeks. During
this time lie has organised a company to
take over and operate the well known
Maiden's Dteam mine, in Ctackcr Creek
district, and which was formerly under
bond to W. L. Vinson. Mr. Stinson has
associated with him some of the largest
moiiied men in Portland, which will doubt
less mean the extensive development of
this property, known to mining men as
one of the best in the district. Mean
while, he has also been under a physi
cian's direction in Portland and has about
recovered Ills usual good health.
Air Compressor for the Baby McKee.
In this city yesterday Colonel John
Temple Grayson, manager of the Baby
McKee Mining company, gave an order
for a large air compressor for the purpose
of running a rock drilling plant, consist
ing of a compressor, boiler, drills, pipe,
etc., and all accessories for a well equip
ped plant. Colonel Grayson Indicates by
the manner of his operations that he Is
a thoroughly practical mining man and
we look for great results from his man
agement of the property under his direc
KANE MOVED TO BAKER CITY.
Arrested Yesterday on the Charge of Murder
Fred Kane, the man mixed up in the
shooting sctape near here a couple of
weeks since, wa moved to the Baker City
hospital yesterday. There has been some
friction somewhere and there is a whole
lot of talk being Indulged by people who
may or may not know something about
the case. The Baker City Democrat of
this morning says: "A warrant was is
sued yesterday from District Attorney
White's office for the arrest of Fred Kane,
who figured in the Sumpter tragedy about
a week ago. Kane is charged with mur
der in the warrant. Sheriif Huntington
went to Sumpter and took Kane into cus-
today and brought him to this city 011 the
evening train and placed him in St. Eliza
beth hospital. Kane is fast recovering
from the effects of his wound and will
probably be given a preliminary hearing
here In a few days."
Mrs. Kane Is not improving as rapidly
as could be wished. She still has a high
tever and is much worked up over the re
port that another man was mixed up in
the trouble, which statement has readied
her ears. She indignantly denies this
rumor and throws some light on their di
mestic troubles, which, it Is stated, medi
cal examination sustains. She says that
for several weeks prior to this tragedy he
had persistently accused her of infidelity.
When she learned that her husband was
about to be removed from the hospital yes
terday, she begged to be carried into his
room, that she might face him and "make
him confess before all these people," she
It was at first thought that the ball had
passed out of her body, and the greater
portltui of it evidently had, but Dr. Tape
has since found two pieces of lead re
ma'iniug and thinks that all has not yet
been taken out. This fact is a puzzler.
Due piece which came out yesterday was
entirely enveloped In a piece of cloth from
Call for Bids on Tunnel Work.
Sealed bids will be received by the Dia
dem Gold Mining company until October
to, IQ00, at their office in Sumpter Ore
gon, for the running of 600 feet of tunnel,
being the continuation of the company's
present tunnel, which, is in 22; feet. Tile
company reserves tile right to 1 eject any
The Diadem Gold Mining Co.
W. H. Mosby, Secretary.
Sumpter, Or., Sept. 18, 1900.
More Than 250,000 Pounds
En Route Here.
MINING MACHINERY. I ,,,e re,"rn of 0I,P ,lf ,,,e directors, who has
been in Portland, so that the full boirJ
could act up.Mi the npplicitiuit, anJ so the
new teacher was a mystery until school
opened, on the day she entered upon her
duties. The present arrangement is a
wise one, as the combined salary, J8o for
the principal, and $60 for his wife as pri
mary teacher, m ike a respectable Induce
ment by which the school has the advan
tage ot a higher priced head than it could
under ordinary circumstances aftord. Last
year Sumpter had to be content with a
woman principal, as it only paid woman's
"You know there is an Idei among bus
iness men that it is poor policy to talk
about your business to newspaper men,"
said a gentleman to a MlNKR representa
tive yesterday. "In a general way, I
think there is a whole lot of unnecessary
precaution in this policy, but in my busi
ness of installing mining machinery, it is
of vital importance. Suppose, for in
stance, that I should tell you before the
papers are all slimed that i was figuring
with some specified company to put in a
certain line of machinery from such and
such a house. You know there is money
in manufacturing mining machinery.
Well, before the ink was dry on your pa
per, the knockers would draw their long
handled hammers and try to do some dam
age. They could surely occasion some
"Now that is one reason and the princi
pal one why I can't go into details and
allow you to use my name, but guarded
by all these precautious and reservations,
I will say that In addition to the work on
hand, I have contracted to Install mining
machinery which amounts to over 250,000
pounds. This machinery has virtually
been ordered from one house, and not a
word has been said about it in any of the
"Yes, this is going to be .1 great mining
country. The Immense amount of the
latest improved machinery that is being
put in is irrefutable evidence of this fad,
but the country needs mining men with
money. The farmers who have operated
here during the past twenty years have
butchered some line mines, and put in cof
fee mill plants that have kept out good
machinery greatly retarding the progress
of what I consider the best gold mining
region on the continent."
Some Rich Ore.
A sack full of free gold ore was brought
into town recently by J. H. Brown, the
well known prospector, from the Burnt
river country that fairly makes one's eyes
bulge out. Bvery piece is studded with
the yellow gold and an assay runs up into
the thousands of dollars 06,842). The
gouge matter that accompanies the vein
Is also very rich and yields a long string
of very coarse gold when washed In the
pan. The ledge is not large but the form
ation Is solt and easily worked. Prepar
ations are being made to open up the
property In the spring and place a stamp
mill 011 it. Small ledges of rich ore
are invariably bonanzas and poor men's
properties as little capital is required to
opt 11 them up and put in machhery. A
live stamp mill will grind out more bullion
than can be gotten out of the big, low
grade propositions with too stamps, con
centrators and cyanide plants combined.
Work in Sumpter Schools.
Another teacher began work in the pub
lic school Monday morning, and is in
charge of the primary room, Mrs. Holland,
wife of the principal, of Eugene. Still the
rooms are overcrowdeJ. Mrs. Holland
has seats for all of the 42 under her care,
but of Miss Gllesple's 5j charges to are
not provided for. Miss Myers his 46
desks and 40 pupils, and Principal II l
laud has but 10 seats for all his depart
ment. The selection of the primary
(eacher was decided on some lime ago,
but the name was not made public until
Fund for Galvrston Sufferers.
The ball given at Hills Opera house
Friday evening for the benelit of the Gal
veston stiff eiers w.a,s an unqualified sue-,
cess, for which Mrs. McEwen deserves
much credit. Something like seventy-live
dollars was realized for the fund, which
will be forwarded to the relief committee
at Galveston at an early date. All of the
money for tickets sold has not been turned
In yet, so the exact amount raised is not
Will Organite a Club.
Till: MlNi-K is requested to state that a
meeting will be held at the school house
Monday evening, to which the ladles of
Sumpter are invited, for the purpose of or
ganizing a social club of a semi-literary
character, the accumulation of a library
being one of the objects of the organiza
tion. The ladies already have fifty dol
lars on hand, funds raised by the White
Nineteen Liquor Licenses Granted.
At the meeting of the city council Sat
urday evening little was done aside from
passing on the regular batch of applica
tions for liquor licenses. This time nine
teen licenses were granted, only one sa
loon having dropped out of business dur
ing the past quarter. The city receives
ioo each per quarter from saloon license,
which will amount this year to 8,ooo.
May Queen Listed on the Exchange.
Secretary Bartlett, of the May Queen
mine, near the Bed Boy, returned from
Portland yesterday, where he has been
for some time in connection with' the sa'le
of the treasury shares of the company's
stock, which is listed on tile Portland
Mining Stock exchange.
October 1 the Sunnter agency of ,the
Portland Evening Telegram changed
hands. Freshest in telegraph news,
cheapest and only daily giving special at
tention to this district. Page of North-
west mining notes. Ten tents a week, '
by mail or carrier. Send address toAus
tin Crary, Sumpter, for dial mouth.
Go or send to the City Green house,
Baker City, for choke "carnations; thirty
five cents per dozen. Koses hfty' Cents'
"The Portland", conducted by Glis
Woodward mi Mill street,, is! fully ' a '
representation nl 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.
We can fit any form of mankind in our
made-to-order clothing department. Hob
son Mercantile company.
Five dollars will buy a good gnlle pack,"
horse. J. II. Brown, West' Grahllo
Five quart bottles of Olympla beer'for
fi.oo at Henry Fidget's. '