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THE SUMPTER MINER
Wednesday, August 19, 190$
The SumDter Miner
PUHLISH8II BVBSY WIDNI1DAY BY
T. 0. fiWVNNi:,
Entered at the pattnlllre In Sumpter, Oregun, tor
trintmlMlon through the mallt at econi clatt
ALWAYS IN AUVANCI.
oinciAt. I'At'UH or- ma city on sumpter
The inliitt opurators of the district are
most of thein biHtlly !tinK,'l I" KvttiriK
in their winter supplies. W'liilu u great
many tnHMH'tri nnii munller properties
will clone down for the wintur, a major
ity lit tllllHU lllltltT prtM-CHH of develop.
meut will continue oM!rutioiiN through
out tliu year. A great deal of work linn
beon done IIiIh hchhoii. A great deal of
tiiacliinery has Ihmiii purchased and in
Htallod, and n great deal moru will go in
before cold weather begliiH. Thin Iiiih
been indeed a prosiorouH season for the
district. More work Iiiih been done ho
far thia year and more money invented
by Eastern people in Sumpter properties
than for any other like period in the
history of the cump. Tho illntrict in
proHperoiiH. Hh growth in Hteatly and
mire. Eastern people coming here for
the llrHt llmu are amar.ed at the iniigni
t tide of our mineral resources. They are
mitlsfled with their investments, anil are
von more Hangtiine than the iHin.tors
lly all nieaiiH Sumpter Hhimld Heml n
delegation to the sixth annual meeting
of the American Mining ("ongreHH at
I lead wood ami Lead, South Dakota,
called for September 7 and 12, inclusive.
Mayor McCnlliH'h Iibh leen authorized
to apHiint three representative mining
men to attend. Hut he 1m somewhat at
sea here. Ho does not kiiow whom to
upMiint. The men who liave been
Hounded hh to their willingness to go
stale that it ih not a matter of expense
which keeps them away, but they huvu
not the time to spare. While this Ih a
healthy indication, they coultl very well
afford to lake the time. .Itixt why Port
land Iiiih called a mining tiien'H meeting
on the Maine date Ih a little hard to llg
lire out, hut the relative importance of
the two meelingH hIioiiIiI leave no doubt
ill the mining maii'H mind an to which
he should attend. The Portland meet
ing Iiiih a worthy end in view, but it
would nave oer all right until after the
adjournment of the National Iwdy.
There is a svceiiiien of genus homo
known in the accepted phraseology of
every day parlance as the knocker,
who timitidies in most localities, and
from which, it is to I hi stilted with re
gret, that Sumpter is not entirely free.
The hahilH of this invidious, insidious,
crafty, treacherous, sly Wast of prey are
too well known to deserve extended
comment. Almost every mining uiiera
tor has licen up against him under one
guise or another, knows to what limits
he will go, and is thoroughly coiiM-rsunt
with his nefarious nictlnxls! Specillcal-
ly the knocker may lie divided into two
classes. The lirst.'and the least repre-1
henslble, is the man who knocks on gen-
end principles, crhapH just because he
can, or because he entertains a fettling
of antipathy toward a given community
or toward the world at large. This feel-
ing partakes of the nature of pessimism
to u irreut extent and is not lisuallv in-
dulged ill for any private gain. To the'
second class belongs the man whoi
knocks your business or your reputation,
not because he in advised in tne pre
mines or because he wishes through
honest or conscientious motives to warn
a fellow man from becoming interested
with you in u business way or from asso
ciating with you socially, but because he
seeks to lurtlier his own private ends and
takes this disreputable, dishonorable
means to accomplish his purpose. One
man may warn another against an invest
ment through motives of pure friendship
and without an nxetogrind himself. That
Ih different. This man cannot be cate
gorized as a knocker, ami no reference
Ih here made to him. It is the person
who knocks for individual gain that is
meant. In a mining country the evil
effects of this practice are iierhups more
clearly seen than unywheroelse. While
condemning tliu knocker in general
terms, The Miner could mention several
imHrtant deals which have fallen
through here for the reason that they
received some well delivered raps.
Again, there are a few persona here con
nected with mining properties who will
exhaust their vocabulary in belittling
every other mining proposition except
their own. The knocker Is a short
sighted fool who does not seem to realize
when he undertakes this method to ad
vance his own interests he is adopting u
course which is bound to become retro
active. If for no other reason than that
of pure revenge the man who has leen
thus injured will attempt to play even,
and the knocker cannot tell when he
will receive u blow just us hard as the
one he gave. Ami agiiin, unfair com
ment is Imiind to have its adverse gen
eral effect on the district at large. The
average mine operator here knows the
truth of these statements. He knows
that he has to meet his eastern clients
at Baker City and convoy them to his
proerty because he Ih afraid thoy will
fall into the hands of the knocker. The
Sumpter district Ih one of the most prom
ising mining sections on the globe. It
has many good producing mines and
hundreds of proH)rtie8 which will later
develop into producers. It is to be
doubted if an army of knockers could
blight the prnspcctH of the camp, but
they surely have a most pernicious ef
fect toward checking its growth.
Gold Bug It Mikiog a Fine Showing
Camp Well Equipped.
I'reHident T. S. Van Vleet, of tho Gold
Hug, returned a few days ago from the
property with a line of samples taken
from the sixteendnch ore ehoot in the
drift, which showed exceedingly high
values. The lowest assay was $077.(10
ami the highest $1102. The ledge Ih
three and a half feet in width and its
average values the rest of the way run
from $4 to $2.r.
Tim drift is now in over 200 feet. Work,
however, is being concentrated on the
crosscut to gain greater depth. Ihe
camp is now equipped for continuous
Death of Judge Felix.
Judge W. W. Felix died Saturday of
pneumonia after a brief illness. Judge
Felix serxed a term as justice of the
'iiec here and was well known through-
tail the county, lie was 38 years old
and unmarried. His parents reside in
lllinoic The remains were buried from
.the Case undertaking parlors Monday
afternoon, Itev. Wilder otliciating. In-
'terment in Sumpter cemetery.
George W. Aiken, of Philadelphia,
who is interested in Gelser-Hendryx
properties, spent a few days in tho camp
' tliiu utk. leuvlnir Whtenluv nfternoon.
Mr. Aiken says he is well pleased with
the outlook of the district.
Recorder Start's Report Shows
Excellent Condition of City
In Money Matters.
Few cities the size of Sumpter ran
boast of such financial conditions. Ac
cording to the statement submitted to
the council by Recorder Start, the bal
ance now on hand over and above all In
debtedness is 12,335.0(1.
Following Is the financial statement
at the close of business July 31 :
Resources General fund . f4,170.88
Street and road repair " . 184.00
Total . .
1808 to 1003, inclusive . . 2,028.82
Balance on hand . . $2,335.00
At a continued meeting of the council
held Wednesday night Cook, Kdmison
& Summers were awarded the contract
for the improvement of Auburn street,
between Center and Ibex, at fl,325.35,
this being the lowest hid.
G. I). Hickard was apointed special
patrolman in the place of George White
sell, resigned. The necessity of having
a night fire patrolman during the dry
season while water Ih ho scarce was con
sidered. City Marshal Itand, acting on
this advice, apiioiutcd K. II. Horner to
SINKING AT AUBURN.
Thought That Bedrock it Belog Neared
Now Down 209 Feet.
Superintendent J. K. Heed, of tho
Auburn Peep Mining company, states
that tho shaft being sunk is now down
200 feet, and he exiiects to encounter
bedrock at any time.
It was on the webfoot formation at
Auburn during the placer daH where
such rich deposits were found, and it is
believed that if the previous eriod of
enrichment was equal to that which
placed the gold on the webfoot, the bed
rock when reached will yield similar re
turns. Gold Pockets.
Gold pockets occur under many con
ditionsin black slate, In talc, in dia
base, at contacts, in limestone and in
diorite, but usually where two or more
veins or seams converge. There are us
ually three separate fissures, crevices or
veliiB. First is tho vein of quartz proer.
This is usually barren except where the
ocketH occur. Next is the crossing a
seam or small vein or cack cutting
across the vein and third the gold seam,
the latter being important. It strikes
nearly parallel witli the vein and dips
toward it. Where these three unite the
tocket of gold may or may not be found.
The occurrence of pockets is very uncer
tain under any circumstances; and, al
though the hcarching for pockets has
lieen reduced to almost a science, the
element of luck Is un iniiortant factor.
Mining and Scientllic Press.
Cracker Highland Official Here.
W. G. Perkins, of Portland, vice pres
ident of the Cracker Highland, arrived
here this week to look after tliu inter
ests of the company. In company with
Din Cahill he left yesterday for a trip
through the Greenhorn district.
Left For Chicago.
Knglneer A. It. Hrowne left yesterday
on a two weeks' business trip to Chicago
on matters connected with his mining
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