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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (July 15, 1903)
SUMPTER, OREGON, JULY 15,1903.
RICH DEPOSIT OF FREE
GOLD IN LIMESTONE.
Discovered In Bear Gulch Near Sumpter
Cemetery On Property Operated By
Solomau Camp, who has a boud on
eighty acres of patented ground in
Bear Gulch near the cemetery, owned
by the Sumpter Vallley Railroad
made an exceedingly rich strike a
few days ago. In a limestone ledge
on the property he encountered free
gold which seems to exist is paying
quantities. A aasapU -of the roek
may be seen at Campbell & Landretb's
jewelry store. It is a limestone,
and the first instance in the history
of the district where gold has ever
been discovered in paying amounts
in this formation. The ordinary
calcareous rock of this region will
show traces of gold, but lu no
previous Instance has the yellow
metal been found to any extent worth
mentioning in lime. The free gold
in the sample shown is clearly
visible to the naked eye, and the in
dications are that its value will go
into the thousands of dollars.
Mr. Camp mado the discovery
under rather peculiar circumstances.
He was not operating ou tho ledgo
but at the sido of it, iu a flint mice of
some thirty feet. Paralleling the
ledge is a soft deposit made up of
what appears to lie the talus from the
disintegration of the lime aud clayey
matter, some four feet wide. This
material is rich iu gold aud Mr.
Camp was sacking it preparatory to
having it shipped for treatmoeut.
It occurrea to him that tho ledgo
must evldouly bo tho sourco from
which the gold came, aud ho made
a short cross tunnel from where he
was working to the ledso and put a
shot in It with the result that the
rook is literally packed with free
This is an old, old property and
It appears strange that it has not
attracted more attention within
reeont years. It was operated iu a
primitive way early in the CO's when
It Is related that a man by the name
of Brltton sunk a forty foot shaft on
the lodge aud encountered oro which
yielded some very high values from
his antiquated methods of treatment.
This old shaft my still be seen.
Later a sixty foot shaft was put
down, which is also said to have
eucouutored rich ore. Hut from
some cause or othor the property
seems to have boon abaudoned, aud
nothing furthor was douo to develop
the remarkable deposit until Mr.
Camp rocently took charge of it.
Ho is going to carry no operations
and thoroughly explore tho ledge to
determine tho extent of the rich
oro which bus just boeu encountered.
Tho property is situated only a
short distance; from tho city limits
lu what Is known as Hear (iulch near
the Sumpter cometery.
working a good crow of men on his I COMPRESSOR PLANT
Iudepeendeuue con t mot aud will In-
creuso the force very largely when he
starts tho shaft. At present he Is
working ou the upralpo.
NEW ENGINE FOR BUCK HORN.
Will bt Installed to Furnish Air (or Work
ings, A two and a half horsepower
gasolluo engine will be installed at
Buckhoru to furnish air for tho
workings. There Is a Sibley stove
at tho niiue but this does not
provldo a suttlcleut amount of air,
so the chauge became necessary.
George Barrett, who Is doing the
contract work, states that since
crosscutting the ledge a fow days ago,
ho is drifting north ou the vein, and
there is a coutaut improvement of
AT THE VICTOR.
Arrangements Made For In
stalling Power Drills
Milwaukee People Provide
Funds for Continuing De
Arrangements are being made to
Inrtall an air compressor and power
drills on the Viator, in the Cracker
Creek district at once. This property,
It will be remembered, was taken
over recently by Adrian (1. llanauer,
of Spokane, aud Is under tho
management of tho GeiKor-IIednryx
Investment company. Mr. Hendryx
returned today from Spokane whero
ho went lu regard to Vltcor
Tho Victor company has five
claims, aud the property contains n
continuation of the Cracker Oregon
ledge. The tunnel is belnc ran to
tap this Jead, which shows fonrteen
feet of oro between walls, and
averages of above 91 !2. Tho com
pany will rapidly dvelop the pro
perty and put It among the dividend
payers at an early date.
Treasury Stock to be Ad
vanced on The 15th of
At a recent meeting of the
directors of the Pulaski Gold Min
1 Ing and Milling company, It was
decided to advance the unsold issue
of treasury stock from four to five
cents a share on the 15tb of August.
Manager Sanders states that by
coutluulug tho No. 'J level u distance
of something less than 200 feet the
leads of tho property will bo tapped
at a depth of about .'150 feet under
tho shaft which will provldo an
outlet for the ore for some time to
como. Ho is confident that the
present showings warrant ocutinuous
development, aud that tho property
has the making of an excelleut mine.
It Is stated by tho mauagemeeut
that it is the purpose iu the near
future to make a shipment of ore to
Sumpter Sampling and Testiug
Works, where ou account of its
extremely free character It can be
To Increase Force.
George Barrett, who was In the
city this week, states that he Is
A meeting of the directors of tho
Mao's Luck Gold Mining company,
operating iu the Deer Creek district,
will be hold tomorrow lu tho com
pany's offices, Xeill block, to pro
vldo for the resumption of opera
tions ou the property. Secretary
McCallum, who Is also manager of
tho concern states that arrangements
havo loon completed with Milwaukee
people to furnish sufltcleut funds
for continuing development work
through tho fall aud winter.
The compauy has ten claims ou
which $5,000 worth of development
work has already been done. This
consists of two tunnels, olio of
which is in i!20 feet and the
other 1H0, togothor with numerous
open cuts aud several short prospect
tunnels. Work will bo resumed ou
tho No. 1 level which will con
tinued about 100 feet further to tap
the three ledges. It Is a low grade
proposition, but the lodges are of
great width. The company owns a
water right, has au excelleut mill
site and is well eqlupped with
buuk houses, cars, track, blacksmith
shop, aud oher appurtenances.
Back From Dawson.
L. F. Allen, au uucle of M. II.
Allen, returned this week from
Dawson, where he is interested lu
mining. He states that the Dawson
placers continue to yield a good
Colonel Topping and W. E.
Sanders Secure Property.
The Oriole, near Susanvllle, wiih
bouded this week to Colonel K. S.
Topping and W. K. Sanders. Tho
Oriole Is regarded as a promising
property. It is stated that It Iiiih
olglitou feet of ore Itetweou wiiIIh
that will average $12 a ton. Thero
is a drift lu twenty-live feet showing
nearly live feet of ore, four feet of
which goes $40, and eight Inches
It is a tellurlde proposition,
and consists of only one claim which
covers the vein for the entire leutgh
of tho ground. Work Is to lx
started ou the properly at once.
HOIST AT LISTEN LAKE.
Air Blast Completed and Now Grading for
The Listen Lake company, operat
ing iu the MoNameedUtrict, has just
finished an air blast, and has liegan
grading for tho hoist which Is to be
installed on the property wlthiu a
The Listen Lake ' is a high grade
copper proposition, aud Mauager
Wilson Is pushing development with
a view to getting ready to sum to
the Sumpter smeller' at ua early di.te.