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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (Oct. 28, 1903)
Wednesday, October 28, iqo
THE SUMPTER MINER
Grand Exodus For the Burnt
River Country, Where
Deposit is Found.
The discovery of phonollte on Camp
Creek in the lower Burnt River
country ia creating a great deal of
excitement in Sumpter and
surrounding points. Several persons
left yesterday for the scene of the
discovery, and this morning no less
than six started for the seat of
phonolite excitement. Others are
preparing to go. Clark Snyde
thought he would be able to jolnHhe
exodus today, but was detained by
business matters and will probably
go with the gold seekers tomorrow.
The Daily Mluer printed an article
descriptive of this phonolite forma
tion on Octobor 3. Since this tlmo
interest in the matter has intensiiled
and there has been a grand rush for
the lower Rurnt river country.
While phonolite in itself does not
carry any great values, the formation
is indicative of sylvanite and
tellurldes of gold. 'Phonolite is
the great mineral deposit which has
made Cripple Creek famous.
Most favorable reports have been
received here. Those who have
been fortunate enough to get claims
on the phonoloite vein, are daily
receiving offers to sell. One report
says that a man from Unity located a
claim, and sold out for a rouud sum
In a short time afterward. Many
prominent mining men and operators
are there, and there is talk of the
formation of gigantlo corporations,
being formed to work the deposits.
All reports agree that the formation
is genuine phonolite and that It is
rich in gold.
The district is located In the lower
Burnt river country, on a branch of
Camp Creek, near Mount Rastus.
It is a short distance from Unity,
and some thirty-five or 'forty miles
from this city. As a general thing
parti .gqjng there, drive through
the country, to reach the. scene of
Great excitement also prevails in
Baker City, and v-prospectors are
daily leaving there for the' 'Burnt
River country. This morning the
Demooart prints the following
acceunt: ' .
All day yesterday and, .the day
before men and teams were leaving I
the olty bound for the scene of the
new discovery. From Boise, from
Supmter, from all over the Inland
country inquiries keep pouring in
for the latest nows from tho scene of
the now find, showing that the news
has been preud broadcast and that
there Hro thousands of gold hungry'
people who tiro anxious' to go on a
stampede, provided tlioy -consider the j
discoveries will warrant it.
Here in Baker City It Is said that
men tiro grub staking prospectors to
go to Mount Itastiis, who nevor could
bo luduced to tuke chances in tho
occupation of miniug before. Four
Inniliwl (nu ri u I off flilu rttfn VAulnriluv
which contained supplies for
prospectors, furnished by business
men who propose to venture that
muoh and take Chances on future
On account of the newness of the
district, it is too early yet to givo
much information about values.
Dr. Curry, of Baker City, panned
down some of the quartz and the con
centrates which ho obtaiued,
principally sulphides, which yielded
a return of $7, 000 per ton in gold.
A local Bssayer tested a sample which
is said to havebeen taken from across a
wide ledge. Thee returns wore about
$30 gold per ton. It is stated that
1G0 locations have been made ou tho
one stream which traverses tho
district, claiming water rights.
Although no definite information
has been received, it is said that a
townslte will soon bo staked out and
a genuine western camp established.
Already parties are preparing to
erect hotels, stores, livery stables
The Baker City Herald says:
The rush to the new camp does not
bear the marks of an ordinary boom.
We have reason to believe theie Is
foundation for the extensive claim
locating work now bing done.
There are several Baker City peoplo
who have been prospeotlng hero and
they have demonstrated that the
values exist. Dr. Curry has rook
going as high as $7,000 from the
quratz in this section.
Joseph Barton, goneral freight and
passenger agent of tho Sumpter
Valley, returned this afternoon fiom
a trip to Mount Rastus, the scono of
phonolite activity. Mr., Barton
brings glowing desrclptlous. Ho says:
"The accounts have not been
exaggerated. Tho greatest excite
ment prevails. Yesterday a Unity
llveiymau had thlrty-flvo horses
hired out to peoplo who wero In
vestigating the situation. There is
a party of Pennsylvania oapltalltsa
there, the least of whioh is rated at
150,000. There Is every appearance
of a permanent camp."
WORK AT THE
Fred D. Smith, general manager of
the Snow Creek mine In the Green
horn dlstrlpt came on last night to
attend the Matonlo meeting. He
was, accompanied by Mrs Smith and
the baby who have been at the mine
Regarding the, progress of the m)ll
Which' Ux being installed on the
property, Mr. Smith states that all
the heavy macblneiy , has been
delivered,., 'and' t tut'. the entire con-,
slgnment will be on the ground this
week. The excavating for the
faunatHlbn baai'keetr completed and
the framing for the buildings is well
underway. 'Mr. Smith IB employing
a -good -force and pushing things to
WATER REDUCED IN MIDWAY SHAFT
Low Walker, superintendent of tho
Midway and C. II. Barnard, who
has charge of tho uow hoisting plant,
are in today from the1 property.
Tho hoist 1s In lino working ardor.
The ilow of water which resulted
from cutting if quartz ledgo tho
other day has been reduced, and is
now being handled without difficulty
Tho electric light plant hits been
practically completed and will bo
roady for operation tomorrow. Tho
shaft is now down over 100 feet.
BOND ON SUMPTER
In Tho Daily Minor of Ootobor 0,
was was published a story regarding
tho scarcity of houses in Sumpter.
Today tho paper contains an advertise
ment of tho real estate firm of Maim
lug & Welsh, whioh partially solves
the difficult problem.
This firm offers to sell a lot to auy
quo, permit him to build n houso
according to his own plans, and
furnish him one half of tho necessary
money. For instance: should
he buy a lot for $200 and ereot a houso
at a cost of $1,000, this firm will
lend him $000 on the property at a
low rato of interest. Tho ordinary
loan companies rarely advance moro
than one third of tho value.
MauulngA Welsh have also secured
a bond on all the property owned by
tho Supmter Townsito company,
which includes all of the outside
additions and a great many oholoo
inside lots. Under this bond they
control tho property absolutely aud
exclulsvely. Tho terms in detail
of the optlou they do not care to
They stato that they have porfeotod
arrangements whereby $20,000 is
immediately available for tho con
struction of homes. This is au
opportunity for every one to own his
own home aud stop paylug rent.
A. E. Cross, of Lincoln. Nebraska.
and J. A. McLaughlin, secrotnry of
tho Kllleu, Warner, Stowart, com
pany, of bo samo place, roturnod
this afternoon aftor avlsit east of about
ten days. Mr. Cross came to look
over tho mining situation here, and
bo expresses himself as pleased. He
visited the several Kllleu, Warner
Stewart, properties, and also a
number of other mines in tho dlsrtict.
Before leaving to a Minor represen
tative, ho said:
"I am mote or less familiar with
tbo mining situation in other parts
of the country but thla Is my first
visit to the Sumpter district. It
is simply immense. Its future
possibilities, beyond any question,
are great. I have visited various
properties here during my stay, and
I can truthfully say that the district
baa not been overestimated in any
particular. I am not going Into
particulars, but speaking of the camp
as a whale. Unquestionably there
are mineral deposits here of untold
value, and the question of this
district's becoming among the
greatest in the country Is only a
matter of development."
Placer Mining Yet on John Day.
Placer mining Is being carried on
more extensively this season than for
many years past. Tho fact that
water is obtained in steadier and
moro reliable quantities this year is
uot . so much duo to au Inrceased
fiow!ns ton wiser and moro economical
uso of It. O. P. Cresup has operated
his rgouud successfully during tho
entire summer1 and Is running the
giant nine hours per day at this time.
good stream Is also flow
ing over William Clark's placer field,
aud Ingenious Chinamen have erected
it reservoir just below It that will
hold a few hundred gallons, catches
some of tho leak and some original
flow in it aud is perhaps able to run
two or three hours por day. (Jrant
Timber and Homestead Filings.
Timber and homestead filings, as well
as final proofs, can bo made before
Charles II. Ghanec, United States Com
missioner, office in First National Bank
of Sumpter building, Sumpter, thus sav
ing applicants expense of n trip to Ia
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