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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (Feb. 13, 1901)
Wednesday, February i$, 1901
THE SUMPTER MINER
FRENCH COMPANY WINS.
Termination of Hard Fought Case Over
Flick Bar Mints.
An Important mining decision wa-s
handed down by Judge Eakln a few days
ago, it bring In the case of the suit in
volvliiR the possesion of the l-'lick H.ir
mining property on Sn.iUe river, for which,
all told, the Pretuh company paid in the
nelehborhood of Joo.ooo.
The decision was In favor of the French
company. The case Ins been in tin
courts since t8o8. The French company
was represented by Attorney J. L. Hand,
.of this city, w hi lias made a stubborn
fiplit for his clients.
The suit was brought by E. A. Ste
phens, J S.Hriie and others to regain pos
session of the claim on forfeiture of con
tract, the plaintiffs claiming that the prop
erty should revert to the original owners
I n case of a forfeiture.
It appears from the statement of the
case that the sum of $40,000 should he
paid for certain claims, upon a patent be
ing secured for the same The company
pild something over $38,000, leaving a
balance of something less than 5 1,800.
(Part of the ground, 15 acres, was contest
.d and no patent was Issued therefor.
The company therefore refused to pay the
balance of the 540,000.
The following are the salient points uf
"There is not evidence before the court
.of the Value of the said fifteen acres of the
said unnamed claim, orot the value placed
upon the same In the purchase thereof,
.other than pro rata of purchase price of
the whole ground, and this pro rata of
said fifteen acres would exceed in value
the amount atthis time of the unpaid pur
chase price of the property.
"That the patenting of the mining
ground was a condition upon which the
'final payment should become due and
payable, and the failure of the trustee to
obtain a patent to the said filteen acres of
the unnamed claim was not the fault of
the defendant Wood, or of the Flick Bar
Placer Mining company.
"That there Is no breach of contract by
the defendants that entitles the plaintiffs
to a forfeiture of the contract, or a recon
veyance of the properly, or if there wne
such a forfeiture, or right to rescind the
contract, it could on,y be claimed upon the
repayment by the plaintiffs to the defend-1
ants of the purchase orlce, less the dam
ages suffered in consequence of the breach,
as there is no forfeiture of the purchase
price under this contract in case of a fail
ure to perform.
" That the plaintiffs should tale noth
ing by their complaint in tills suit, and
that the defendants should have a decree
for their costs and disbursements."
MEXICO'S SILVER COINAGE.
Oriental Demand for its Dollars Raises Price
of White Metal.
In reviewing the commercial and Indus
trial conditions in the Republic of Mexico
during 1900, the Bureau of American Re
publics gives the following figures re
lating to silver exports and coinage for
One of the singular movements of the
year was that of the exports of Mexican
silver dollars for the use of other nations,
in China and the Philippines. This not
only drained the Repuolic of its medium
-of exchange, but caused an advance in
the price of silver. The director of the
Mexican mint says the demand tor Mexi
can silver dollars is increasing, but the
production of silver is not commensurate
with the demand. The smelters are ship
ping a hrge proportion of their output to
the United States, paying the 5 per cent
export tax. The silver that is exported is
argentiferous lead silver, of which the
stock In the banks and stores of the Re
public is 100,000,000 pesos. The produc
tion hi 1899 was about 80,000,000 pesos,
The present heavy use of silver is due
onlv in part to the demand In the fir east
for Mexican doll.vs, of winch 9,000,000 to
10,000,000 ueie shipped to China In the
last year, to be converted Into Chinese
dollars. The e.lcanpesocoutalns 244 10
grains of line silver, being thus unusu illv
rich in tile white metal, and hence a fa
vorite with the Chinese, Philippine and
Strait settlers. The demand Is due
also to the liureised industri il enter
prises in Meico, requiring sliver coin for
wages and expenses.
Sliver coinage reached Its maximum in
1892 with )o,ooo,ooi pesos. This de
creased In 1897 to 22,000,000, and in 1899
to 19,000,000. The mints during 1900
coined 1,500,000 pesos moutlilv. On the
other hand silver exports are lucre iiug.
I he maximum In exports hi silver In 1892
reached 46,000,000 pesos, coincident with
the date ot the lirst sterling loan con
tracted bv Mexico. Since that time the
exports hae increased, being 57,000000
pesos in 1897. In 1899 the silver exports
were as follows : Ores, 13 000,000; bul
lion, 34.000,000; coin, 25.000,000. For
the year ending June 30th the mints of
the Republic coined 43,754 gold pieces,
having a total value of $599,432, and
22,957,898 sliver coins, worth $21,066,443.
A Factor In Transcontinental Travel.
No one crossing the continent can afford
to cut Salt Like city from his route. The
attractions of the place, Including the
Mormon Temple, Tabernacle and clmrJi
Institutions, the great Salt Lake deader
and denser than the Dead sea In the Holv
Land the picturesque environment and
the warm sulphur and hot springs, are
greater to the square yard than any local
ity on the American continent. The Rio
Grande Western railway, connecting on
the east with the Denver and Rio Grande
and Colorado Midland railways, and on
the west with the Southern Pacific (Cen
tral route) and Oregon Short Line, is the
only transcontinental line passing directly
through Silt Like City. The route
through Salt Lake City via the Rio Grande
Western railway is famous all the year
round. On account of the equitable ell
mate of Utah and Colorado, it is just as
popular in winter as in summer. Send 2c
to J. D. Maustield. 253 Washington
street, Portland, or George W. Debit,
acting general passenger agent, Salt Lake
City, lor a copy of "-alt L ike City the
City of the Saints "
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state. We sell only to
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Freight no higher than
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