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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 24, 1902)
Wednesday, September 24, 1902
THE SUMPTER MINER
There Were 10,297 Wells at
the Close of the Year 1901.
The consumption of natural gas has
continued to increase, although the
pressure, except in the nev fields (if
West Virtcinlti. litiH continued to decline,
,hecesitutiiitttliu exiense of compression
in order to market an increased produc
tion from thu declining Helds, wliioh ex
pense must I'ontiimu to incrcaso uh thu
pressure declines ami the distance to thu
source of supply Increase.
. The value of natural gu consumed in
thu United Stales hi 1001 was $-J7,Of7,-500,
which, nt fifteen cents per 1000
ruhlc feet, is eulvaleiit to 1HO,4I),000,.
tXK) cubic feet. If it were possible to
store this gas in n cube, tho density
throughout being ctpial,. its Hides wnuhl
Ihj 55:0 feet in length, or 2.V) feet greater
than thu sides of u cubic mile. If 20,000
cubic feet of natural gas be taken as
equal to one ton of coal, 8,4ott,ll00tnus of
coal, valued at f.'t.O er ton, would lie
required to ylcldthc sum of money for
which the natural gas sold, '
Thu value of the production for 11)01
was greater than that of 1IKH) by ,(,
8'H, or over fourteen ier cunt. It also
exceeded that of 1H1M by flt,002.(l'J7. It
may also lie interesting to note that the
value of thu rtll.IWll.llN barrels of petro
leuin produced in the United States
during 1101 was im,417,:M.", and that the
value of thu natural van amounted to
40.7 per cunt of thu value of thu K)tro
Iuiiiii for thu samu year, and that, fur
ther, when thu fuel value of the coal and
wood displaced by natural gas in WOO
which amounts to 1:12,445,15(1 Is consid
ered, this estimated displacing value of
natural gas is nearly 41) per runt of tht
entire value of thu crude utroluum pro
duced in thu same year.
There were 10,11)7 wells producing
natural gas at the close of 11)01, of which
number 74 were not turned Into the gas
mains, and 2088 producing wells wuru
drilled in the samu year; there were W,i
dry holes, or non-producers, and 1084
were abandoned. In 1000 there were
10,'JDtt producing well, of which number
24 were shut in ; 1751) wells were drilled
in thu samu year; 3511 were were dry
holes anil DO I were abandoned. There
were very nearly 800 miles of pie laid
during 11)01, thu mains varying from two
inches up to twenty inches. This
brought the total up to 21,848 miles of
natural gas mains of from two inches to
thirty-six inches diameter in use at the
clone of I!R1.
During the year 1001 theru was an un
usual amount of consolidation of the
older companies, and there were organ
Ued also a number of new companies
with large capital, with a view chiefly of
utilising the great areas of high-pressure
gas territory in Iewis, Harrison, Marion
and Wetr.el counties of West Virginia by
the construction of larger and longer
pipe lines, ho as to market this increased
production in western Pennsylvania and
Ohio. This involves the outlay of many
millions of capital.
An a source of power natural gas
stands at the head of the list for econ
omy among the fuels, both astoexHinse
of installation and exiense of oiuration.
It has been supplying the owur for a
very large number of factories and oper
ations in the gas belt, and lately it has
been extensively applied in creating the
power by which the natural gas itself ii
compressed from a low to a high pres
sure when the original pressure has
' failed and the piie8 are insufficient to
deliver the necessary quantity of gas at
the well pressure. A number of these
compressors work up very close to 1000
horse power, with an economy that en
ables eight to ten cubic feet of natural
gas to develop a horse ower for an
hour, a saving of from forty to fifty ier
cunt over high-duty steam engines.
It is estimated that fully OOO.OOO do
mestic tires are supplied by natural gas,
( and that 4,000,000 people are furnished
i with this ideal fuel and light.
' Companies and individuals to thu
number of 1545 roxrt the use of natural
gas in manufacturing establishments of
various kinds, numbering in all 574'.',
including 102 iron and steel works mid
2111 glass works.
M'NAMEE CREEK DIGGINGS.
Work to B Commenctd on an Extcmivc
Scale in Two Wk.
A curious deponlt of gold-coper oru
uxlsts at the head of McXnmce creek,
about fifteen miles southwest from
j Sumpter. l'rosectlng has been carried
' on theru for thu past four years and n
number of holes have been sunk over nu
area of 200 acres. Kvery shaft has. de
veloped quart when a depth of ten feet
was reached, and a body of 'goId-coiier
oru found ut twenty feet below thu sur
face. The highest assays obtained were $1)
in gold and 24 pur cent copper. Seven
claims have been located and are held
on this mineral farm. Three aru owned
by the Listen bike (Sold Mining com
pany, J. Win Wilson, managur. This
company only took bold of thu property
hist January ; they intend to begin work
on a more or less extensive scale in
in uhniit two wccks. Four claims aru
owned by Oregon City cople, represent
o I by William I'utrow. These parties
have completed their assessment work
and will probably not develop further
One feature worthy of note alsjut this
singular deposit is thu fact that all tools
becomu heavily coated with copjier after
water is encountered in thu different
holes that have lieen sunk to thu de
From 250 to !M0 yards east of these
claims are located tho famous McNumeu
placers. Itecently ocket hunters took
out about $1)00 from one pocket. They
extracted the gold with u rocker and pan
and were evidently very careless, as Mr.
I'utrow cleaned up (24 from their waste
Production of Borax in 1901.
The roKrt on the "Production of Ilo
rax in the United States," by Dr. Joseph
Struthers, in "Mineral Resources of the
United States, 1001," now in press,
United States Geological Survey, shows
that there was a slight decrease in 1001,
the output being 17,887 short tons of
crude Ixirax and 51)44 short tons of re
fined Itorax, valued at (1,012,118, as
compared with the production of 24,2:15
short tons of crude ho-ax and lltOU short
tons.of refined borax In 1000. Of thu
output in 1001, California produced the
whole of thu re II ned liorux and 10,887
tons of the crude borax. The production
of borax in the United States continues
to he derived mainly from the colemau-
, Ite doHislts of California, altliotiuh a
small quantity is produced from thu
marsh dusisits of California, Nevada and
Oregon. Thu iniiorts of borax, borates'
and boric acid in thu United States
amounted to (50,08:1, as compared witli
(:I2,()7I) in 11)00 and with (27,047 in 181H).
Thu Horax Consolidated, Limited (thu
international Isirax, combination), now
operating in the United States, Kuglaiid,
France and South America, nqmrts a
very favorable business for tho year end
ing September 30, 1001. This company
is capitalized at 1,400,000, of which
800,000 is preferred stock carrying fij
per cent accumulative dividends, and
000,000 is ordinary stock, each of the
par value of 10. The net prollts for the
tlscat year were 100,278, from which in
terim dividends of 22,000 on preferred
stock and 110,000 on ordinary ' stock
were paid. There has been but little
fluctuation in thu price of Ixirax during
1001, which remains at 7 to 7.25 cents
for the rcllncd and 0.75 to 7 cents lor the
concent rated product.
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