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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (April 1, 1903)
THE SUMPTER MINER
Wednei-day, April i, 190)
FELINES AT LARGE.
Serious Menace to Legitimate
It whh after business hours.
Sevenil mining in on sitting in tlio
lobby of Hotel Sumpter woroitnlk
itiK shop; or rather, ono of Ulxtm
whh and thu odium were listening, up
parcntly not very highly entertained
Shortly after a MINtiK representative
joined thu group, tho spokesman
remarked: "I see that tho opeoratorri
over at Hcattlo aro organizing for
protection. That means, of course,
an ulfort to kill off thu wildcatters."
Every liHtunur liucamu interested
at once. Noticing that ho hail an
Intonated andlonco ho proceeded,
to IIiIh ulfuct:
"They liavo undertaken quite a
job, ono that would till my hoiiI with
joy to neo HiicceHHfully completed;
Imt I can't llguru it out to my own
wit inflict ion jiiHt how they are going
to accomplish anything vury ulfuctivu.
"Theso wildcatterH mo Incoming
ho numuroiiH that they aro alruady a
serious inenaco to legitlmitto mining
promotion, and I four that ere long
mining stocks will Ihi in iiH had odor,
and will Ih) coiiHldored of equal ill re
pute as oil stocks aru today, thu re
Milt of nothing in thu world except
permitting theso iindomuHtlcatud
fell new to run at lurgu. Wo ought
toralHoa fund by private subscription
and pay a liouuty for tholr scalps,
iih we did for Indian scalp lockH in
thu (Hack kllllH in '7(1 neither aro
good until dead.
"XowHpaporx and miigu.iueri aro iih
much to hluniu for thin condition of
alfairn as aro thu dishonest promoters
thoiiirtolvos. Ily thin, I don't mean
thu horde of muHhroom growth
alleged mining papers that have
sprung up all over thu country during
tho pant few years. They don't fool
atiyhody, nor Injure any ono except
tho natural horn sucker, who would
give IiIh money to some gut rlcli
ipilck fakir, or cuhIi a draft for hoiiio
Mranger that ho had met on thu train,
If IIiohu Holf-ntylod Dalyn and
(JlarkH and Do lnnmrs of HoHtou and
Philadelphia didn't take it away
from them. What 1 moan Ih thu
so-called rcputalilo publications,
thoHo that make tho most nolne alioiit
their character and honesty, and aru
coiiHtautly warning their readers
against siiine fraudulent schonie -that
doesn't advertise In their
columns. During tho past two
mouths, I have received propositions
from a number of these self-confessed
'high class publications' that actually
t-hocked me, and 1 am not of a vury
delicate nervous organization, either.
Of course they all say In their
communications, 'if your company
will Unr Invest Igat ion. Wo never
admit any questionable mutter to
enter our columns, ' etc., and so on;
but I notice that they make no
investigation and continue to hammer
away for an advertising contract.
"Home mouths since 1 read with
no little Internet an article in a Now
York Illustrated weekly about gold
production In thu lllack Hills. 1
was especially interested liecauso thu
big boost was given to a mine that 1
had never hoard of boforu, and 1
thought 1 know all thu producing
mines in that country. Well, about
three- weeks ago, 1 received a
communication from thu advertlsnlg
department of that paper, soliciting
business, with thu usual accompani
ment of claiming tho largest
conciliation in thu world and a
miiiiiigumuut excruciatingly honest.
I replied and asked that a proposition
Imj submitted. Hy return mull came
thu abovo mentioned articlu iih a
sample of how honest thu niaiiiigomont
Ih and how far it will go to holp a
worthy cause in consideration of
81,500 for two pages.
"lint tho rawest fako now on tho
boards Ih ono of those 'guaranteed
against loss' games, that Ih being
oerated from San Francisco. A
HUpposodly reputable journal Is
publishing ita flaming advertisement,
which contains a halftone cut of the
'tunnel Hlte, ' which Ih merely a
section of a boulder strewn hillside.
Well, that in tho most marvelous
pieco of photographic and halftone
work I over saw or heard of.
Notwithstanding the fact that tho
cut Ih printed In black ink, you can
plainly seo tho gold In tho 'tunnel
slto, ' in tho boulders, tho country
rock, everywhere; even In a near by
log that chanced to bo within the
camera's range. Of course, that In
a bait fur suckers, aud I am willing
to gamble that it catches that variety
"You goutlonien liavo doubtless
noticed that to obtain the same
results it costH about live times iih
much for advertising during the past
threo months iih it did a year ago.
The reason therefor is this illegiti
mate competition of wildcatters, aud
it Ih growing worse orery day. You
would bo afraid to muko such
HtatomentH and promises as they do;
oven If you wore not prevented from
so doing by any higher motive; afraid
of being hold lu contempt by your
honest neighbors. Not ho with those
osatorn sharks, for 01) per cent of
them Infest thu large oltloH of the
east, for thu vury evident reason that
tholr acquaintances don't know that
they aru worse than horso thieves
' "Thu same conditions apply to tho
local paperH. You couldn't iuduco
THE MINER, for instance, to publish
such transparent, ridiculously im
possible assort Ions as you seo every
day lu hoiiio eastern publication.
In fact, I have found that tho eastern
buyers have more contldenco in u
statement made, oven an advertise
ment, in a local taer than lu ono
two thousand miles from tho property.
They suem to recoguizo tho fact
that an entire community, from
which the paper draws its support,
would not stand for any very rotten
work along this line."
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