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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (Feb. 18, 1903)
Wednesday, February 18, 190$
THE SUMPTER MINER
FORTUNES IN SIGHT.
An Idea of What a Sumpter
Mine Has in Reserve.
Very little ia known of tho great
Columbia mine in the Cracker Creek
flection. The management no doubt
being averse to giving out information
to the public. However, it ia the husl
neaa of the writers on a mining journal
to secure reliable news, of all mines
possible and lay the facta before their
readers, as long aa doing so works no
injury on any one.
On the surface the vein of the Colum
bia mine has an average width of
eevanty-two feet. It is opened by tun
nels to a depth of 350 feet. The rich
ores sometimes lie on the foot, and
sometimes on the hanging wall. At
present there is above their tunnel
level over 30,000 tons of ore which will
average fU per ton in gold.
Below their tunnel level the abaft
has reached a dopth of 850 feet. At
each 100 feet levels have been run from
this shaft which in the aggregate have
explored thousands of feet of ground,
and from these levels an immense
quantity of only the highest grade ore
lias been extracted, following the same
plan as above the tunnel level.
On the lowest level, between 1200
And 1300 feet from the surface, tho vein
is flfty-two feet wide nnd the ore is of
much better grade than anywhere
above. This applies to the ore that is
mined and milled as well as that of
lesser grade, which is held in reserve
until u cheaer method of handling it
lias been devised.
Formerly the reduction plant con
listed of a ten stamp mill. This per
milted only the reduction of the higher
grade of ore. Now the mine is equipped
with twenty stamps and a cyanide
plant, hence they can handlo at a profit
ore of a more medium grade,
Between the tunnel level and the .bot
tom of the shaft, there is probably
quite an excess above 100,000 tons of
oro blocked out of which tho lowest
grailo will nvurnge $7 or f 8 per ton.
This does not include the extraordinary
rich rock which this mine produces,
simply the lowest grade which is both
an asset and a reserve.
GEMLETS FROM GRANT COUNTY
Movements of People About the Town
The following items are taken from
tho Granite Gem of the 13th Instant.
John Monahan has been renewing
old acquaintances in Granite for tho
past few days. He has just returned
from a tour of the mines of southorn
Oregon, and has come back thinking
that eastern Oregon is the mining
country of the state.
A. B. Krnst, of Seattle, secretary and
general manager of the North Pacific,
the Virginia mine, in the Greeuhorns,
reports the work on the Virginia pro
gressing in a most satisfactory manner.
He is working a force of 15 men and is
driving a new 200-foot tunnel. The 4
stamp rotary mill is running on high
grade ore. James Constable is in
charge of the work. He was formerly
assistant instructor at the Washington
university of mineralogy,
Messrs. Butler and Kershaw have
bonded their group of five claims known
as the Black Eye group located in the
Greenhorn district for (100,000. The
bond is what is known as a working
bond, and the parties who took the bond
will commence development work at
onoe. About 250 ieet of tunnel work
has been done on the property, in which
ia shown a vein 22 feet wide with a
pay shoot averaging f 12 per ton.
MORNING MINE IN GREENHORNS.
Three Hundred Ton of Ore Run Through
H. H. Ames, one of the owners of the
Morning mine, located in the Green
horn mountains near Greenhorn City,
was transacting business in Canyon City
early this week.
To the Blue Mountain Knglc he stated
that the Morning mino was showing up
excelleut at the present time. They
have just completed the milling of 300
tons of ore from this property at tho
Psyche mill and are well pleased with
This ore was taken from the property
by way of a tunnel which taps the ledge
at a depth of seventy-fivo feet. At this
depth the ore was largely free milling,
the concentrates carrying possibly one
fourth of tho values.
Mr. Ames' company commenced work
on a (100-foot cross-cut tunnel last season
which is now complete within 100 feet
of the ledge. This tunnel will be com
pleted at once, and will tap tho ledge at
a depth of 275 feet below tho surface.
If tho oro at that depth contains tho
values that are expected, the Morning
mine will bo added to tho list of pro
minent producing properties of Grant
There has been for some time much
dissatisfaction over the published esti
mates on the production of Oregon
mines. It has been claimed by Oregon-
iana that these estimates have been too
low. There will doubtless this year
again be complaints made over tho es
tl mates for 1002, but tho fact must ro
main that the year was a very pros
porous one in fact, the moot prosperous
in the history of lode mining in Oregon.
Nor is this all. From every section
comes news of increasing activity and
encouraging developments, which augur
well for the future. The more condi
tions are studied, the more it becomes
evident that Oregon's mining industry
is on tho eve of great proserity.
Jornual For Investors.
PrinccM Mine at Susanville.
Work has been prosecuted for tho
past two years and a half on the Prin
cess claim, near Susanville, by an Eng
lish company, and very little has been
given out to the public concerning their
operations. The have a ledge carrying
four feet of ore which averages above
$20 pur ton in free milling gold quartz.
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