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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 12, 1900)
THE SUMPTER MINER
Wednesday, December 12. 1900
TOWN OF WHITNEY
s 1 tT
A limited number of lots will
be sold to bona fide building
purchasers. No boom.' Let your
eyesand foresight be your judge.
The cars will be running into
Whitney by December 10.
Don't overlook a good thing.
The coming town at the west
ern terminus of the Sumpter
Building Has Actually Commenced
ADDRESS OR CONSULT
BAKER CITY or SUMPTER TELEPHONE BLACK 891
IDAHO MINING DECISION.
Supreme Court Says Patented Property U
Subjrcl to Taxation
A press dNpatCll (mm linlse, M.llio,
tlllrj the lentil instant, says; Mining
property, title to which h.is pissed (rom
Hie government In priv I'r parlies, Is sllh
jeit to taxation In this t . I r exactly like
;iny ntlirr tiirm nt pinrertv. 1'hlx point
Ills just been decided bv the supreme
court in the cae ol O. J. Salisbury, re
spondent, vs. C:nl Lane, assessor, ap
prll.int. Under this decision a mining claim is no
longer a mining cl.ilin within the meaning
i( the statute of exemptions alter it has
pissed to patent, hut becomes property,
lit; decision is of far reaching Importance,
alfectliiK must If not all valuable miniiiK
properties of this slate. The ant-regale
value of these properties Is verv larye and
if it is added to the assessment roll of the
state It will m.ilic a material Increase in
the taxable property.
the case in which this deilsloii has
heen rendered grew out of the assessment
hv the assessor of Custer county of cer
tain pitented mining property belonging
to Salisbury. I he assessor was proceed
ing to sell the pioperty fur taxes when
S illshury paid them under protest and
then brought suit for recovery. The case
was submitted to Judge SuocUslager at
ll.illey, and was decided against the as
sessor. An appeal was taken to the su
pieme court, where the decision Is now
Cat of Gentry v. Baker County.
After being out all Saturday night and
all day Sund.iv until s o'clock in the
evening, the jnrv In the case of J. E.
Gentry vs. linker County brought In
verdict III favor of the foniitv. 'I hl w"i.
the case wherein Mr Gentry sued the
county for damages In the amount of fio,
500, on account of Injuries received by the
overturning of his wagon on a county
road. The attorneys in the case contested
every inch of the ground. Messrs. Court
ney - Knight made a strong fight for
their client, while Hon. Sam White, who
was ably assisted by F. M. Sa.xton and
A. li. Wiufree, was highly complimented
for the able manner in which he conducted
the case in the interest of the county.
The attorneys for plaintiff gave notice of
a motion for new trial argument, which
motion will likely be heart today. The
grounds claimed for a new trial have not
been made known. Democrat.
Will Explore John Day Coal Field.
It Is reported on good authority that the
coal fields of John Day valley, an ex
tended notice of which appeared In these
columns some weeks since, are attracting
the attention of capitalists, who will make
a thorough Investigation of the deposits
at an early day. When this matter was
first mentioned in Till: MlNI-R, It was
stated that the wagon load of coal brought
here from there and shipped to Portland,
was consigned to railroad people who are
especially interested in the fuel question,
and who are also connected with com
panies building lines in that direction. It
is presumed, therefore, that these railroad
builders are the gentlemen whom It is now
reported will explore the heretofore undis
turbed John Day coal fields.
Town Council Proceedings.
At the meeting of the city council Sat
urday evening the finance committee was
instructed to examine the books of the
officials, preparatory to the reception of
annual reports. The monthly reports of
the marshal and recorder were filed. The
marshal was instructed to collect the dray
licenses, A petition was received asking
tor an arc light at the corner of Center and
Five quart bottles of Olympia beer for
1. 00 at Henry Fingers'.
0 O D
Short Stove Wood
DELIVERY TO ANY PART
OF THE CITY
Lumber For Sale
Mining Timbers to Order
CLOSING OUT STOCK OF
SHOES AT COST
J. B. STODDARD, Mgr.
Rre You Seeking Substantial Investment?
If you prefer legitimate investment to speculation and gambling, I can offer
you a few first class mining propositions, from a prospect to a well developed
paying mine. I can advise the purchase of a first class mining stcok that vou
can buy without risk and with a certainty of early and substantial returns. The
Sumpter Mining District is rapidly opening the eyes of the mining world. A
long identification with the district enables me to give reliable information and
advice as to investments. Expert examinations of and advisory reports on any
mining proposition. Correspondence solicited.
W. H. W. HAMILTON, Mining Engineer, Sumpter, Oregon.