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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 23, 1901)
Wednesday, January 23, 1901
THE SUMPTER MINER
THAT S. V. RY. EXTENSION.
Denial of Report That It Will Connect
With the Reno Narrow Gauge.
The Baker City correspoiidmt of the
Oregonlan writes that paper that there
port recently publkhed in a Salt Lake ra
rer, to the effect that the Sumptrr Valley
narrow gauge railroad and the Renn nar
row gauge, building up ihrounh MdJcc
county, California, weie likely in meet
n the untapped center of eaMem Oregon.
Those well informed on the plan of the
Sumpter Valley line think till talk Is
quite empty. Basis for the statement Is
found in the 16 mile extension heing made
into the big timber belt owned by ihe com
pany. The writer from Salt Lake infers
that this extension is launched off into
eastern Oregon, without definite purpose
or plan, which is contraiy to the fads. It
s primarily to lap the compan's timber
laud, with freight possibilities as a sec
Whitney, and not the center of eastern
Oregon, is its apparent and real destina
tion, for a time at Irast. Many miles of
comparatively unproductivecountry would
have to be traversed In carrying out the
rumored idea of a line into Harney county.
Engineers do not agree In saying that
the route selected for a logging road into
a timber belt would be a proper one for
an extensive Hue half across the state.
Quite serious difficulties have been en
countered in crossing the ridge between
Sumpter and Whitney, and greater ones
would be met in extending the line through
the Prairie City country from Whitney.
If a long line were contemplated into those
distant regions ot the state, it is believed
that the road would not be laid across
country, as the present terminus would
Everybody here knows that the owners
of the Sumpter Valley road own vast
tracts of yellow pine timber in the vicinity
of the extension, and that the work done
was to reach that, rather than to bid for
traffic originating In an exceedingly
sparsly settled district. All talk of it
putting a road much further into the Blue
mountains, for the present at least, seems
very light and airy.
Machine Hand Drill on New Principle
A dispatch from Colfax says that W.
W. Walte, of that place, has secured a
patent on a new kind of machine drill for
all kinds of work requiring drilling in
rock. The Invention promises to revolu
tionize the present methods of mining.
The machine Is onerated bv one man. who
Imply turns a crank which revolves a I
wheel, to which is attached four 4-pound
hammers, which strike the drill with ter
rific force. The machine, which was in
vented and manufactured In Colfax, be
ing made at Carlcy Bros.' foundry, was
on exhibition recently and attracted
great Interest. At a moderate rate of
speed, 216 blows were struck by the ham
mer in one minute. This Is said to be the
work of eight able-bodied men. The ma
chine turns so easily a boy can operate it
with ease. A number of mining men
who witnessed the exhibition say it will
revolutionize mining, and greatly lessen
the present cost of drilling, and will make
many low grade mines profitable. The
machine Is made entirely of iron, and
weighs but 125 pounds. Mr. Walte has
been at work on It for several months, but
did not announce It to the public until last
week, when he received the announcement
that his application for patent had been
received, and that the device had never
Who Can Answer Thcu Questions?
Here Is a fair sample of hundreds of let
ters of enquiry received by THE MINER.
This one is from down In Indiana, and if
any one can draft a satisfactory answer It
will be forwarded to the anxious inquirer.
If left at this office. Here Is what he
wants to know : "Please send me sample
copv of your paper. Would like for you
to write and tell me how deep they have
to dig for gold. Is there any chance for
a man to get a claim where he can wash
gold out of the creek? Is a person nearly
sure of success If he comes there and
sticks to it; or is it only one out of a great
many that strike It rich? Please give me
a little insight into this matter. I don't
know anything about mining, but I have
always had a desire to try my luck. If
you answer this perhaps I will see you in
the near future."
Four Feet of Forty Dollar Rock.
Tom Johnson now has another mine
that is mora than likely to make a million
aire out of him. He calls It the Capital
and It Is located on Granite creek about
four miles from Lawton. He lias en
countered a four foot vein of quartz that
assays 40 to the ton in free gold. Tom
was in town Sunday and felt greatly
elated at his find. He came down to se
cure an ore car and track to facilitate
work on the property. Lawton Standard.
MfcttllLRS OP THU
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