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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (Feb. 13, 1901)
THE SUMPTER MINER
SUMPTER, OREGON, FEBRUARY ij, 1901
NOW IN FORCE
EMERGENCY CLAUSE MAKES IT
FFFECTIVE WHEN APPROVED.
Mayor Appoints Both Recorder and Marshal
Can Suspend Them at Will Bonded
Indebtedness Provided For To be Voted
on by Taxpayers, Including Women
Can't Exceed Ten Per Cent of City's
Assessed Valuat'on Abutting Property
Must pay For Street Improvements.
Sumpter's municipal government is now
regulated by the ne city charter this is
no longer a town, but .1 city; though it
continues to be a "camp." The governor
has signed the act granting the new char
ter. It contained an emergency clause,
providing that It should become a law as
soon as it should receive executive appro
The principal change from the old, gen
eral charter, under which the town has
been run, is that only the mayor, council
men and treasurer are elected by popular
vote; the recorder and marshal being ap
pointed by the mayor and confirmed by
the council The city attorney gets his
job through the same process.
The Instrument provides that the mayor
can suspend his appointees at will. City
Attorney Chance says that this provision
applies to the present recorder and mar
shal, who were elected, as well as him
self. He states the law to be that the
legislature has absolute control over mu
nicipal charters; that the principal of the
law that no act shall be retroactive, ap
plies only in the case of vested rights,
that the tenure of office Is neither a con
tract nor a franchise and therefore not a
The city is permitted to bond itself for
specific purposes, on a majority vote ot
taxpayers, Including women. This bond
ed indebtedness shall never exceed ten per
cent of the assessed valuation of city
property, and no city indebtedness shall
draw more than eight per cent Interest
Special tax levied to pay interest on bonds
shall not for any one purpose be more
than one mill on the dollar, nor aggregate
more than two mills.
A provision is made for street improve
ments, by which a special tax Is levied on
abutting property to pay for the same.
This is not included in the indebtedness
of the city, on which a maxium limit Is
activity, which is the uneasy financial con
dition In eastern money centers. Morgan
and others who control the money market
of the United States are englneelug some
such gigantic deals that they may need
all the money themselves, and if they
need it, it Is a safe proportion to wager
they will have it. In that case, there will
of course be not much left for mining
Investment In the West.
MANN PLACER MINES BONDED.
STRIKE AT GOLCONDA.
Men Walk Out On the New
A. M. Keltic Ties Them up for the O.
P. and P. Company.
A. M. Keltic returned yesterday from
Pendleton, where he lus been for a month
past transacting business pertaining to
the mines of this district. The purpose
of his trip home at this time is to close a
deal for a bond on the Mann pl.icer mines
ad water rights, acting for the Oregon
Placer and Power company, with which
company he has been connected, in the
capacity of secretary since, its organiza
tion about a year ago, and of which N. J.
Sorensen Is president.
The bond Is for nlety days and the pur
chase price is said to be In the neighbor
hood of $ 50,000, though, of course, this
detail is not made public.
The Mann placers consist of 490 acres,
80 of which are patented. They are situ
ated thirteen miles trom Sumpter and two
miles below the Bonanza mine. All of
the ground is considered good and only a
small portion of it has ever been washed.
The owners of the property have received
large returns from the sluices In the past,
and placer experts who have examined
the property, say there Is no richer ground
In the state. Two quartz claims, the East
and West Hope, partially developed, are
also Included in the deal.
The water rights and ditches are the
most valuable in the camp. They consist
of the Quart Gulch, Little Salmon, Ren
net creek, Virginia and Steve Winter's
ditches, and give an immense quantity ot
water for the successful operations of the
property. Part ot the water Is now sold
to the Wlnterville Placer company, and
these privileges in themselves produce a
Considerable of the stock has already
been subscribed for by citizens of Pendleton.
Seymour Bell is Optimistic
Seymour Bell returned Monday from
a hurry trip to Spokane, Seattle,
Tacoma and Portland. He met
some Butte men at Spokane and
transacted some business pertaining to
Sumpter district property, the details of
which he Is not prepared to divulge at
this time. Mr. Bell says: "There area
great many people, mining men princi
pally, coming to Sumpter in the next fev
months, looking for investments. This
is no hot air blast I'm givh.g you, but an
unadorned fact. Everywhere I go, I am
besieged by substantial men who are anx
ious to learn more about this country.
Everybody knows sometning about the
Sumpter district, and that intormatlon Is
generally favorable. There is but one
thing that can prevent this country from
experiencing a season of great Industrial
Farewell Reception to Miss Myers.
At the suggestion of Dr. and Mrs.
Tape a farewell reception and parly was
tendered Miss Anna Myers last Saturday
evening, Ellis Opera house being engageJ
for that purpose, together with the Mor
rell orchestra, which furnished the music.
Word was passed around In the afternoon
by the Doctor, Mr. and Mrs. Strffen,
which brought out sixty or seventy of the
intimate friends of the oung lady, who
enjoyed the pleasantest evening of danc
ing ever had in EMU' hall. No more fit
ting compliment could have been offered
Miss Mvers, who has faithfully served
the Sumpter public as a teacher in the
schools for the past two seasons, the first
of which was as principal. She departed
for her home at Forest Grove, Oregon,
where she will remain until March 6, when
her marriage to Mr. Neill J. Sorensen
will be performed at the home of her pa
rents. Later, it Is stated, the couple will
return to Sumpter to reside, as Mr. Soren
sen has mining Interests here which will
occupy his time this summer.
Every housekeeper in Sumpter can have
the advantages of green vegetables, fruits,
butter, eggs and Iresh tish the same as In
Portland, at H. O. baker & Co.'s, 149
Mill stieet, next to the bank.
Always reliable Giant powder.
The new management at the Golconda.
has appointed F. J. M. Rowe mine su
perintendent, and Air. Rowe assumed the
duties of the position last Sunday morn
ing. For some reisnn, best known to those
concerneJ, the force of miners employed
previous to his coming all walked out
Alonday.ind maiiyot their places were tilled
the same day and yesterday trom Sumpter
and Baker City. It Is staled that more will
be engaged from other points, until a
sufficient force shall be employed to oner-
ate the mine on a larger scale than evrr,
as the new manager intends doing some
extensive development work at once.
There are various reports as to the
actual reason for the differences between
the new men In charge and the old miners.
Mr. Rowe was for a e.ir, until reient
ly, employed in the same capacity at the
Bonanza mine, and previously at other
mines in moniana auu Utah, and is re
puted to be an ellicient man at his busi
ness. Harney County Copper Deposits.
Mr. Fitzgerald who, with Thornton
Williams and Henry Welcome, returned
last week trom the Pueblo camp, gives a
happy report of the prospects for that
embryonic Eldorado. Numbers of pros
pectors are In the region from Sumpter
and other camps, and all seem enthusias
tic concerning the future of the camp,
whenever the necessary development can
be done. So far the work Is confined to
prospecting, but the ore shows good val
ues in copper, gold and silver, and more
recent discoveries show nickel bearing
properties. It is hoped that the expecta
tions of those who are striving tor the
opening of the camp may be realized, and
the Pueblo mountains may in the near
future become a mining center of first im
portance. Harney County News.
Dance Thursday Evening.
Among the social events of the past
week, the delightful entertainment pro
vided by Messrs. Tom C. Gray, A. P.
Goss and Frank Hobson, last Thursday,
will not soon be forgotten by those In at
tendance. Dancing was the order of the
evening, In the hall opposite Townslte
company's offices. The music was fur
nished by the Morrell orchestra, which
needs no further favorable mention. An
agreeable feature of the occasion was the
reallv elaborate sunner served at mldnlvht
in the elegant quarters of the Townsite
company, whkh were beautifully dec
orated by Mr. Gray. Mrs. Frank Hob
sou charmingly did the honors as hostess
during the evening. Following the sup
per dancing was continued an hour, when
the well entertained guests departed for
their various homes.
Sullivan Brothers' Restaurant.
The Sullivan brothers have fitted up
the looms adjoining their main place of
business, comer Granite and Cracker
streets, and made thereof a first-class res
taurant. In appointment they have ar
ranged for each class of trade.from a fight
lunch to the course dinner. The various
rooms, of which there Is a front dining
room, adjoining lunch counter and private
boxes In the rear, have been handsomely
fitted, the decorations and graining work
being done In n modem and tasteful stylo
by Mi Evoy & Shaver. A large ten foot
range will be presided over by a first class
cook, who will make life agreeable for his
patrons. Its a good place to eat.
Rich Ole Shoot in (he Imperial.
Last week Till: AMNhlt mentioned the
fact of a rumoied rich strike in the Impe-
1i.1l. The Baker City Deimkr.it ot to
day contains this continuatien: I ho well
aulhenlli.-itrd topott comics trom Cable
Cove that In the Imperial mine, one of
the Grey liagle group, owned by Crls
mini & Young, .1 tkh pay shoot has been
found in the old vein in (lie 1000 loot tun
nel. The me is said to be of very high
grade character and will give good ship
San 1'rancUco Visitors.
Charles L. Asher, .1 capitalist I rum San
l-'ramisco, and Herbert Uinuski, an at
torney and promoter ot the same illy,
came up Monday a nil were guests of Paul
I:. PoiudeMer. I'hey wne dilveu by the
latter to the Red Boy and Alamo districts,
to investigate a milling property there
abouts, with the probability that another
Sail Francisco company will be organized
to operate here at an e.uly day.
Moth the visitors say the Caliliuulaus
aie Decerning t.imlliar with the mining af
fairs ol the eastern Oiegon district and
considerable money may be Invested hem
from that source.
Benefit for Public School Library.
A literary and musical entertainment
will be given at Fills Opera house on til
evening of Thursday, February 21, by tha
pupils of the public school, assisted
by outside local talent, for the benclit of
the school library. A number of books
and some equipment are iniiili needed anil
it is hoped that the citizens of Sumpter
will extend a liberal patronage to this ef
fort to raise the luuds necessary for tins
worthy object. A program of the enter
tainment will be published next week.
Copy of a Paper Dated August 30, J 77 J.
W. II. ileasou has In ills possession a
copy ot the " Maryland Journal and Bal
timore Advertiser " dated Friday, August
20, 177), whkh Is No. 1 of that publica
tion, now the Baltimore American. In It
is published a patent notice signed George
Washington, but with no olticlal title
given. One of Mrs. Gleasou's iclatlves
gave him the paper while he was east
Run of Entertainments at Ellis Opera House
Ellis Opera house will be " dark " but
few evenings during the coming two
weeks. First comes the Valentine ball;
then Professor Nelson, the hypnotist, has
engaged the house for the 181I1, lyth and
2olh;the public schools will give an en
tertainment for the benefit of the library
011 the 21st and three dances are booked
between that date and the 2UH1.
Death of Alderman Stlnson's Father.
Alderman William Stiuson received the
news within the past few days of the
death ot his father, at Clinton, Outatio,
Canada, at the advanced age ot 97 years.
'I he home papers Irom there give an ex
tended review of his long and interesting
lite. He was the lather 01 fourteen chil
dren, ten of whom are yet living.
F. C. Brodie, watchmaker and jeweler,
has moved to the store .formecly occupied
by Beardsley and Cushman, the barber.
opposite the Columbia maiket.