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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (June 26, 1901)
THE SUMPTER MINER
Wednesday, June 26. 1901
PUTS ON SCREWS.
Coeur d'Alene Mineowners
Will Build Smelters.
Tlio smelting trust lion suddenly stiff
cued its dctnnndH upon tlio mine owners
of the Creur d'Alenes. Tlio conference
tlmt has been field in New York lino
been marked by developments that linvu
surprised the mine owners consldearbly.
Their surprise Ih mixed with indlgna
tlon. Relations between them and the
smelting trtint are not of the tnoit cor
A contract wan submitted by the
smelting company to the mine owners
aevcral week ago. It called for the pro
ducers to deliver their whole output to
the company for a iwriod of five yeani.
The price for freight and treatment
would be on the Mime basis an at prcs
out. The ncale Ih a sliding one. but it
meant) n churge of about $21 a ton on
niOHt of the ore shipped from the Ca-ur
In addition the contract Het forth that
the prieu nt which lead should bo Hold
would be settled between the mine own
era und the smelting tniHt. It who pro
posed to hold n conference every hIx
months, when the mine owners and the
Hiiielting ciiinpaiiy should agree on the
price of lead for the coming half year.
In cane the two particH Hhould not bo
able to agree, it wiih llxed that the mat
tor Hhould be referred to an arbitrator.
The npirit of the arrangement wiih to be
Thin contract wiih fairly well liked by
niOHt of the big Ca-ur d'Alene mine own
em. It would go into effect the llrst of
next year. A meeting of them wiih ur
ruuged in New York, when they Hhould
confer with the Hiueltiug men. The
meeting wiih new iiihi wcuk. m nun mu
Conir d'Alene men assembled at the of
fices of the Amcrimi Smelting A lie-
lining enuipany, they were met by I),
Otiuirenheini. who is miniKined to lie ut
the head of the big trust.
"Gentlemen," ho mild suavely, "we
have decided to change the contract
which we offered you hoiiiu time ugo.
InMcad of fixing the price of lead by
agreement, we shall diHenHO with that
superfluity. Hereafter our eomjwny
will fix the price of lead. Wo hIiiiII iy
you for your product on that basis."
The announcement fairly staggered
the Civur d'Alene men. They found
thcniHclvcH confronted with the neccs
Ity of nelllng thelrjoro at a price to bo
Used arbitrarily by the purchaser. At
present the smelting trunt Ih intcroHted
In holding up the price of lend, for it
liana nurpluH of about tK),000 tons on
hand that muHtbe worked off. A full
of a cent a tound would mean n Iohh of a
million dollar. Hut the mine owner
reasoned that many thing .might hap
pen inside of live yearn. They were not
at all ready to bind themselves for that
timo to sell their ore at a price to be net
by the buyer.
They argued the jioint at length, but
the manager of the Hiiielting trust stood
firm. He took the Htuud that the com
pany had the matter cinched and the
mine owners would of necessity come to
Thus far the mine owners have not
shown any disoition to accede to the
demand. They are returning from the
conference exceedingly dissatisfied.
Richard Wilson, of the Mammoth,
Thomas Greenough of the Morning Star,
and Frederick Burbidge, of the Caur 'd
Alene Development company, arealready
back. John A. Finch is expected back
There is a
Smelting company will recede from its
position. If it refuses, the mine owners
have under consideration the acquiring
of smelting fncllitlcH of their own.
A preRH dispatch from Spokane, dated
a few days after the above was printed,
Bays that John A. Finch, manager of the
Standard, the richest mine in the Coeur
d'Alencs, got back last night from New
York. Ho said: "The mine owners
will not consider this new proposal seri
ously. There, is a strong feeling that if
tho trust docs not relax its demand the
mineowners will construct smelters of
their own for handling tho output of the
Cwur d'Alene district."
Rica Mines and Farms Need Railroad.
E. E. Cleaver has returned from Prai
rie City, accompanied by his brother,
Dr. Lon Cleaver. They brought with
them specimens of oro from different
Grant county mining properties wliich
are rich in value. From the Clayton &
Guker group, six miles north of Prairie
City, they show ores that range in value
according to assuy from $50 to $600 u ton.
This property is in tho QuarUburg dis
trict wliero Zoeth Houner's mino is locat
ed. Tho Keystone owned by the Ladd
eHtato of Portland yields gold ore which
UHHiiys $lB0aton. The Willie Hoy, owned
by ItccHo & Mclntyro, yleldn from $40 to
$80 a ton in gold and 16 per cent copper.
Prenent Need, owned by P. F. Moray of
Portland, contaltiH $200 u ton ore. Tho
Will Cleaver group, 12 miles south of
Pralriu City, unsays $60 to $00 in gold
and 7 ior cent copur. MoBt of tho oro
of tlicno mines fs biiHe and must bo
smelted on tho ground or shipped out.
Tho great need of this section of. the
country, sny the Clever brothers, is rail
roud transportation. That is all that is
keeping it from being not only a great
mining section, but nn importunt agri
cultural region. Tlio cont of shipping
out ore or shipping in machinery is
enormous by wagon roau ana an mo
prolltH of the mines tiro eaton up by
freight rntoH. Agricultural products
have only local markets, which are
limited. A greut deul of fruit in allowed
to rot each year for want of consumers.
Hay is worth but $3.60 ti ton bccauHu of
no market. Agriculture. lunguiHlies be
caune of no iuiputiiH from good markets
or means of shipping products to the
outsidu world. It is predicted that when
a railroad enters the interior of Grunt
county it will become one bf the greatest
und richest counties of the stute Pen
M. M. FLYNN
A Line of Woolens and Spring Suitings
such as would be found In a Targe city.
Look for yourself. Work guaranteed
and prices right.
DON'T BE A JAY
and weir store clothes
Granite Street. Next to
First Bank of Sumpter
Golden Eagle Hotel
Rites $1.25 to $2.00 Per Day
T. T. DANILSON, PROPRIETOR
Sample, Rooms for Commercial Men. SUMPTER, OREGON
A. P. GOSS, President
A. J. GOSS,' Cashier
& Bank of Sumpter 3
Interest Allowed on Time Deposits
Drafts drawn on all parts of the world. Special attention to collections.
Safety Deposit boxes for rent.
....The Elite Cigar Store....
L. HARRIS, Proprietor
Activity in Sutanvillc District.
John Harrington, a prominent mining
man of Susuuvillo, in u recent letter to
Hurry Timmons of this city, says that
Kiisauvillo is one of the best mining dis
tricts in Oregon. Ho is a man of wido
extwrlenco in the mining business and
owns tho largest interest in a group of
claims located near tho Badger mine.
Mr. Timmons and Dr. Lantx, of this
city, own 0110 claim each in the group
and several Portlauders are interested
in the mines. Sir. Harrington states
that tho ltadger mine has four six-horse
teams and four eight-horse teams busily
employed at hauling ore to Sumpter.
A great deal of this ore is worth $11 a
jkmiiuI, averaging $20,000 a ton. The
mine employs 35 men. The Stockton
and Hull of the Woods mines are also
good proplrties. They have machinery
for development at Sumpter, which will
soon be transferred to the mines. Two
other mines with prospect shafts can be
bought for $50,000 each, it is reported,
but the owners are not anxious to sell
at that price. They claim that when
they get down on tho lead that amount
can be taken out in a short time. Pen'
Newly remodeled and refitted. Smokers'
resort. We are daily receiving fresh cigars
of the leading brands. No stale goods in
Cor. Granite and Center Sts.
Eureka Feed & Livery Company
H. K. BROWN, Proprietor
Horses Boarded by the day or Month. First
class turn-outs and saddle horses. Our spec
ialty is the quick and safe delivery of freight
and passengers to any and all points.
2 HAY AND GRAIN FOR SALE-
Sumpter Forwarding Co.
General Storage, Commission and Forwarding.
Warehouse and office, S. V. Track. SUMPTER, OREGON.
At the Club saloon, Dumphy & Gert
ridge serve a line of goods equal to anv
hope that the American I that money will buy.
SUMPTER BOTTLING WORKS
Manufacturer of all kinds o Carbonated Drinks and Cider.
Operated la connection witt the
Kentucky Liquor House
WHOLESALE AND RETAIL.
J QAQEN 4 SLOAN, PWOr.,