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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 16, 1901)
THE SUMPTER MINER
SUMPTER, OREGON, JANUARY 16, 1901.
TWO LEDGES TAPPED
ONE IN THE EVENING STAR, THE
OTHER IN LITTLE GIANT.
Tunnel in First Only Sixty Feet in, Lat
ter Over I0OO Large Body of Ore
Blocked Out and a Ten Stamp Mill
Will Be Installed on the Little Giant
Buildings Already Finished and Ma
chinery on the Ground.
Two ledges were cut during the past
week, both of which were Important
events in the eastern Oregon mining
One wns the vein on the Evening Star,
In the Cable Cove district, Eugene Bar
tholf having the contract for driving the
tunnel. The location of this ledge was
definitely known and was tapped at a
distance of only sixty feet, at a depth of
forty feet. The tunnel w ill now be driven
on the ledge and a large body of ore will
be easily and cheaply opened. This prop
erty is only 1400 feet from the Gipsy
King and Queen groups, the former being
operated by a local company and the latter
by Boston capitalists, under the manage
ment of Mining Engineer Hamilton.
The other ledge cut was on the Little
Giant, in the lower workings, a cross cut
tunnel over tooo feet long, the property
which a rich English syndicate is develop
ing. This Information reached town a
day or two since, but no details are obtain
able. The mine is located about six miles
beyond the Red Boy.
The upper tunnel has exposed a 1 2-foot
body of ore that averages 9i8. This tun
nel has been driven 300 feet and the lower
crosscut tunnel Is designed to tap the
same ore body at a considerable depth.
Now, that the long tunnel has encounter
ed the 12 foot ore body, If the values and
character do not materially change, a to
stamp mill and electric plant will be in
stalled at once. New buildings for both
have been erected and the machinery Is on
the ground. Superintendent A. G. Wil
liams, formerly of the Bonanza mine, Is
directing work with a force of 20 men.
The company's representative now on the
ground is Charles Blamforth.
W. H. W. Hamilton and Eugene Bar
tholf came in from the Cable Cove dis
trict this afternoon, since the above was
written. Mr. Bartholf reports that they
are In on the Evening Star vein seven
feet and there are still no signs of the
further wall. He brought in some ore
with him which carries a large per cent of
lead. It has not yet been assayed. Mr.
Hamilton says they are nearing the ledge
in the Gipsy Queen and everything is
all right. He has spent the last ten days
at the mine.
Gold Scales for Pint Bank of Sampler.
The First Bank of Sumpter has just
received from the New York house of
Christian Becker, one of the largest and
most approved sets of gold dust and bul
lion scales that is manufactured. The
mechanism of this expensive piece of bank
furniture Is simply perfect. A half grain
of gold, of the value of about two cents,
is as accurately determined as Is the 1000
ounces, which can also be weighed on
these scales at one time.
Stamp Mill for the Alamo.
J. G. McGulgan, John R. Cassln and
W. R. Elsenhour, of Spokane, owners of
the Alamo mine, near the enterprlslrg
town of that name, came up yesterday
morning and In company with V. H
Jackson, the well known mining man,
vMted their mine, to determine the ad
visability of soon placing a stamp mill
thereon. Mr. McGulgan says It Is only a
matter of having enough ore mined to
warrant continuous operation as the body
and grade of ore has lung since been
proven. This property has an enviable
reputation and will doubtless soon be a
Rifle Made by Clark Tabor.
Harley Wood has on exhibition in Ills
place a repeating rltle of about 50 calibre
that Is a most interesting relic. With the
exception of the barrel, every part was
made by Clark Tabor, without the aid of
any tools other than those found In eery
milling camp blacksmith shop. He did
the work while wintering in the Green
horn mountains many years ago, and evl
dently it furnished him entertainment tor
many otherwise weary days. The Iron
work, of course, is crude, having had no
means of polishing the parts. The lock
and the mechanism which carries
the cartridge from the magazine to the
barrel is his own Invention, and is similar
In plan to that used In the Winchester at
the present time. The stock Is a hand
some piece of walnut, and is polished as
smooth as a mirror.
Ibex, the Stake in a Freezeout Game.
Slmcoe Chapman has been In town for
a day or two. He says his presence here
at this time is of no especial significance
and he will return to Portland tomorrow.
Mr. Chapman does not discuss the sub
ject with the public, but it Is learned from
other sources that the affairs of the Ibex
seems to be about as far from settlement
as when the trouble first commenced.
Arthur Hill, the principal owner, simply
stands pat and will do nothing, one way
or another. Those who know something
of the affairs of the company are of the
opinion that a freezeout game has been
Inaugurated. No one seems to doubt the
great value of the mine.
Three Ribs and Collar Bone Broken.
Dr. Brock went to Baker City yester
day. On his return in the afternoon he
found a call awaiting him to go to Gran
ite, to attend Mr. Lucas, a farmer down
the valley, who had met with an accident
while at Granite. The Doctor returned
this forenoon and reports that Mr. Lucas
had three ribs and a collar bone broken.
He was driving a load of hay Into a barn,
was struck by a piece of timber and
knocked to the ground. No serious re
sults will follow, but It will be some days
before he can be brought home.
Golconda Pump Works Like a Charm.
Superintendent Stlckney, of the Gol
conda, Is In town today. He reports that
the recently Installed pump is working
like a charm. There Is a stand pipe down
400 feet, consisting of eighty joints. A
water pressure of 3500 pounds is In the
pipe and there is not a leak at any joint.
Of course, Superintendent Stlckney is
not saying a word about the much talked
of sale of the great Golconda mine.
Death of Thomas C. Martin.
T. D. Bellinger returned Sunday from
Portland, to which place he accompanied
the remains of T. C. Martin, who died at
the hospital In Baker City one day last
week. The body was sent to Oakland,
California, for interment. Deceased was
master mechanic at the Bonanza mine.
He was an old friend of Mr. Bellinger,
who was with him in his last moments.
LOCATIONS IN 1900.
Records Show That 1900 Were
Filed in This County.
There Is perhaps no person in H iker
county who would have come within looo
of guessing how in. my mining locations
were made. -ind recorded In Baker county
List vear, and the Democrat reporter who
visited Recorder C. W. James in his
ollice yesterday morning, was not even
that well posted.
Mr. James Is always courteous and ac
commodating, and this paper his yet to
Irani of an instance wltere the gentleman
has failed to assist in every way possible
all who have called upon him for infor
mation, but when the reporter meekly
asked him tor a vopy of the mining I oca
lions made In 1900, that worthy ollulal
threw up both hands and exJalmed:
"Great Scott, man, you don't seem to
realle the enormity of that request. Why,
it would take a stenographer a week to
get started on them. No, I don't believe
I can furnish you with a copy of Ihem.but
If you desire I will show you the records
and you may help yourself. 1 here must
be a thousand or fifteen hundred of litem
at least. We will just glance through the
books, however, and you may judge (or
With the assistance of the gentleman a
few interesting facts were gleaned, l-'rom
January 2, 1000, to December 30, 1000,
there were 1900 quartz and placer loca
tions made and recorded, the majority, of
course, being quartz. 1 1lls is an average
of over five for every day In the year, not
The first location for 1900 was made by
E F. Newton, January 2, and was a
quartz proposition, located and recorded
under the name of Mamie E, situated In
the Virtue district.
The last location for the year was made
on December 2g, at 8 a. m., by H. S. Mc
Cullum, also a quartz ledge. This one
was recorded under the name of the An
nex quartz claim, situated In the Mam
moth district, near Sumpter.
The first location of the twentieth cen
tury, L. L. Osborn has the distinction of
making. It is called the Midnight and Is
located in the Virtue district. Democrat.
Baker City Iron Works Busy.
R. W. Hardenbroik, one of the firm
that recently bought out the Baker City
Iron works, was registered at the Golden
Eagle hotel last evening, and is today
making acquaintances among the Cracker
Creek miners. He Is much pleased with
his Investment in the Baker City plant,
and says they have more work than they
can take care of without running over
time. Mr. Hardenbrook is looking for
several tons of scrap Iron in a hurry, with
which to cast a large fly wheel for one of
the lumber mills, and to fill an order for
some architectural iron work, of which the
institution is now making a specialty.
They also expect to begin the manufacture
of stamp mills at an early day and will
add new machinery for that purpose.
A. W. Gowan Is "Out" for Mitchell.
Hon. A. W. Gowan, of Burns, the
leading attorney of that section and for
merly a member of the legislature, was in
Sumpter Monday and Tuesday, en route
to Portland and Salem. Mr. Go a an
is in close touch with the political powers
of this state and It is thought that he will
play an Important part in the senatorial
contest now on at the state capital. He
is a prnunmuedMiUhell miiiaud stated to
a MINLU m in yesterd iy th it he thinks It
not at all Improbable that Senator Mc
IliiJe will let himself down easy by
throwing his strength to Mitchell when It
becomes .ippuent tint his own chances
are hopeless. Mr. Gowan was in consul
tation with local republican politicians
A Wise Man From the West
Who Intends going east will see tint his
tickets read by way of Silt Lake city
and the Rio Grande Western railway In
connection with either the Denver and
Rio Grande or Colorado Midland rail
roads, tor these reasons; l-'irft, most
magnificent scenery in America, en route;
second, choice of Ihiee distinct routes
through the Roiky mountains; third,
It Is the only tratiscontlurlt.il line pass
ing dlreilly through quaint and pictur
esque Silt Lake the City of the Stints;
fourth, perfect dining car service; lifth,
three fast through trains dally between
Ogden, Denver and all points east,
connecting with .ill trains ol the Southern
Pacllic, Oiegon Railway ' Navigation
company and Oregon Shoit Line; shth,
through Pullman p.il.ue and ordinary
sleeping cars from S in Pranusco, Port
laud, etc., to Denver, (imaha and Chi
cago. I here are many other reasons why
the route through S ill I ake City over the
Rio Grande Western railw.17 is the most
comfortable and enjoyable In the whole
country. Hy inquiry, you can learn a
great peal on the subject ol transcontinent
al travel. J D. MauslielJ, General
Agent, 253 Washington St., Portland,
Ore. Geo. W. Helntz, Gsneral Passen
ger Agent, Salt Lake City.
Delightful Winter Weather.
Old timers say that a thaw usually
comes in January. For a week past the
weather has been unusually mild. One
day there was a light rain, but the re
mainder of the time the sun has shown
brightly and overcoats have be a drug 0
the market. In fact, the weather during
the entire winter, as was that of last win
ter, has been very pleasant; so much so
that this country ought to advertise Itself
as an unequaled winter resort. Had there
not been such a heavy fall of snow during
the early days of this month, the ground
would now be bare. The thawing In the
day time and the freezing at night have
had the effect of putting the snow roads
In an Ideal condition and freighters never
had a smoother snap.
"Mayor Robbins Is all Right."
Mayor Robbins, of Sumpter, comes Into
office with the new year with a message
that Is applicable to every municipality in
Oregon. His recommendations to the al
dermen and other officers of Sumpter have
a ring of sincerity and common sense
which Is truly gratifying to any one inter
ested in city and town government.
Mayor Robbins is nil right and will do
much for the best Interests of Sumpter
during his administration, If he has the
proper co-operation of her citizens. Law
One Train on Sundays.
Beginning with last Sunday, the man
agement of the Sumpter Valley railway
announces that hereafter until further no
tice, the afternoon train on that day will
be abandoned. 1 his gives the train crew
a half holiday and Sumpter no afternoon
mail on Sundays.
Wanted, music pupils, violin and piano.
Address, Charles O. Morrell, corner Cen
ter and North streets, city.