Image provided by: University of Oregon Libraries; Eugene, OR
About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 13, 1904)
THE SUMPTER MINER
Wednesday, January i j, 1900
The Federal government, through
tho reclamation service, has been pur
suing Investigations during the pnit
seasouas to iSOO.000 acres now value
less laud In Umatilla and Morrow
counties, In Malheur county Hud In
H 11 rimy county. In nil those projootH
the Hummer How of the streams had
been practically nil appropriated and
any further reelamiiliou will lnvolvo
the coiiHtrtictlou of more or leas
costly dmnH for retaining the Hood
wnterH of winter and early spring.
An idea of the oohI of those dams
Ih litwt illustrated liy the estimates
on the big diun propoHed for tho Nica
ragua canal. Iuoludlug controlling
workH and spillway, thuHo wure for
:i. 000,000 to 95,000,000 according
to design, the II tut 1 Ht limit lh adopted
being for et,&00,000.
The host InteieHtH of the country
demand, and the reclamation service
Itself requires, that the cost of con
struction iiiuhI not exceed the value
of the outerpriHo when completed."
The largest porject under consider-
tlou may not exceed 00,000 acres of
laud. When the value of such laud,
' with water, but. othorwlHo uuliii-
1 proved, Ih considered, 'it Ih readily
' seen that much Htudy alul the iriOHt
thorough Investigation' in required
of the reclamation service.
The Irriglhln laud, iih well iih all
reservoir hHoh and canal linos,, are
being gone over and carefully
mappiMl, showing all differences , of
elevation of at moHt ten feet, and
In Home, where the ground la very
lint, of iih Utile iih two and one-half
TIiIh Ih gcuoially done with .a
plane table, an Instrument especially
adnpeil to developing tnpngrnhy of
largo areas, and' for thin reason not
generally used except by the guvciu
luent. In very Hat couutrlcH it Ih
often wry dilllciilt to see long dis
tiiuceH over the sago brush, and illus
tratioiiH are hIiowii of luHtrumeut
men climbing tops of houses and
wind pump towers to obtain clear
I'rob.ibly the inont important of all
the investigations Ih that to obtain
the aiuouut of water available, the
dlsclmigo of the varioiiH strcauiH dur
ing the dilfereut inoiithH of the yeiir.
The aliHiilute necessity for hiicIi in
formutioii Ih nicely illustrated by a
well known Irrigation system in
southern California. A coHtly diim
was coiiHtiuctcd, ciiiiiiIh excavated
and much money invented In im
proving laud and setting fruit trees.
The data of stream How, on which
t lit h cnlcrpiiso was based, was
tho'ight then to have been derived
fiom a period of time siittlcicutly
ample to just If y couHtructioii. There
has been mi water at all In thin loser
voir for the punt three yeaiH, and
valunlile Improvement, Midi iih
orange orchtitilH, have been utteily
ruined, probably to the value of sev
eral times the. cost of the enterprise
in the beginning.
AppropriatloiiH by congress in
prevloiiH years have not peuuitted
measurements In any HtreauiH. Till a
Ih now beiitK taken up and pushed
vigorously under the funds provided
by tho reolHiinitloti act. Kxcept
where earlier work has Iweu doue,
vutUcieutly reliable data upon which
to base estimate can hardly be ex
pected with less than two or three
The method of obtaining the dis
charge of a stream throughout the
year is as followH. A gage rod is
fixed at some convenient point in
the river and an observer employed
to read and record the daily varia
tions of the water. The amount of
water passing at different stages indi
cated on the gago rod is determined
by the use of a current meter. Ca
hloH are erected across the stream,
and the bydrographer moves across
In a suspended car. holdlug the cur
rent meter at various measured posi
tions in the water.
Tho instrument automatically in
dicates the velocity of the water, and
from this the discharge is estimated.
Some twenty of tbeso stations are bo
lug maintained at present. An illus
tration is shown of a station across
tho Umatilla river near its mouth,
with tho bydrographer in the car.
John T. Whistler, Kulgucor United
Statos (Joological Survey.
THE GAMP KETTLE
Hoy Weuceslaw and Davo (Soodfel
low came In this morning from their
Camp Kettle clainiH in tho Deer
Creek district, whore thoy havo Coon
doing development work. Thoy
have completed asHesHmout work aud
will continue the drift ou tho vein
for Home forty or Hfty feet further,
The ledgo shows a width of sovou
feet, with averago viiIuoh of about
pit. The property Ih located near
the Golden Wizard.
PRACTICAL IDEA OF WHAT
A MILLION DOLLARS MEANS
A practical Idea of what a million
dollni'H mciiiiH wiih given a few days
ago, when one of Chicago's big
IniiikH moved into Its new building,
adjacent to the old one. There wiih
a little matter of ei'J.OOO.OOO in
cash among the moveable. About
half of the ciihIi wiih in gold coin aud
the rent In silver ami bank notes.
How Hliould the cash be moved?
At tlrst thought, one might my
put it in HiickH and carry it to the
new iitiildiugs. Hut that is not the
way the transfer wiih accomplished.
Ah the tlrst stop in the removal of
cash from the old vaults to the new
onos.n tunnel wiih cut connecting the
buildings by a pannage fir below the
ground surface. Five hundred bank
employes, detectives and policemen
guarded the operation of removal.
The money wiih incased in Iron
bound trunks from the moment they
left the old viiuIIh until they were
deposited in tho new ones.
What wiih the weight of all these
trunks? The (1.000.000 hi gold
i?.r, $10 mid -0 pieces weighed
fifteen tons, and the bank notes tilled
a huge number of trunks. One
million dollars In the form of gold
coin would weigh well over two tons.
Notice is hereby given that there
will be it meeting of tho shareholders
of the First National Hank, of Sump
tor, Tuesday, February 10, 1904, at
their banking bouse at 11a. m.
It. 11. M1LLKR, Cashier.
Dated Jan. 11, 1901.
GOLD AND COPPER
ORE IN THE GRIZZLY
P. D. Healy is In town today and
Is exhibiting some excellent looking
rook from the Grizzly. It is from
what Is called the "small"' vein on
that property, though why it is so
designated is not apparent, until Mr.
Healy explains the situation, for the
vein is full eight feet wide. It Is
stated that it assays 814.50 in gold
and carries four per cent copper,
clear acrose the eight feet.
Now, as to its being called the small
vein, that is merely in comparison
with the othor, which is forty feet
wide, declares Mr. Ileal", an-l he Is
a man whose word Is always worth a
premium on its face value lu these
parts. The trouble with this Jumbo
ledge Is that it hasn't yet been
found in place. The work now be
ing doue is for tho purpose of locat-
lug it aud whou this Is done, tho
Grizzly will bo a bonanza.
Thero is nothing the matter with'
it ns it is, hnvlng eight foot of
tweuty dollar rock, lu gold and cop
per. CUSTOMS MILLS MEAN
MICH FOR THE IMPERIAL.
Captain Paul was lu from tho Im
perial last night. He says that
miuo will resume work as soon as the
tltlo is cleared up ou the claims
which were jumped a year or so
ago, which will not bo a great while
Tho Imperial peoplo are very much
tntrorostod in tho custom mills which
Mr. Li Hey, of tho Ha by McKee, and
his Cincinnati associates will erect
in tho Cable Cove district this year,
as they havo over .'1,000 tons of oro
ou the dump that will averago about
Hfteep dollars. Last year he put
f)00 tons of oightceu dollar rock ou
This Ih oro from which tho high
grade Iiiih been sorted for shipment.
Anything Iosh than forty dollar
values can not be handled at a piollt,
owing to transportation charges.
When the custom mills go in, oro
carrying ten dollars can bo prolltably
TO SECURE A PIANO FREE.
In another column of The Miner is
published a most attractive subscrip
tion olfer. Arrangements have been
mado with The Twice-a-Week Spokes-mau-Hoviow,
the most popular family
newspaper lu the Northwest, to club
with it and permit Minor readers to
participate in the contest foi a hand
some piano and numerous cash
prizes which it olfers.
Such an expensive contest call bo
conducted only by a paper of largo
circulation, ouo that no country
paper could afford itself, unaided, to
I Inaugurate aud Miner renders are
fortunate in securing this opportuu-
j ity to participate in this one.
I Thiu is no guessing contest, but
purely a trial of skill. Head the
advertisement; It explains tho sys
tem fully, and you will surely try to
count the diamonds.
More Water at Scandla.
W. Wade, superintendent of the
Scaudia Tuunel returned last night
from the property. He says that
more water than usual is beiug en
countered in the face jot tbe crosscut.
Only transcontinental line
, dasaing directly through
Salt Lake City
Three snlendidlv eauimed tra ns
1 daily TO ALL POINTS EAST.
Through Sleeping and DiningCars
and free Reclining Chair Cart.
Tho most Magnificent scenery in f
America by daylight. $
Stop overs allowed on all classes 1
For cheapest rates and descriptive
1 t A(A 4 tt ia artiliiABa X
JW. C. MiMIDE, GiHinl AgMt
RIO GRANDE LINES
f Portland, Oregon
and union Pacific
Denver, Kansas City.
CMCIGO ST. LOUIS
Ocean steamers between Portland
and San Francisco every five days.
Low Rates I
Tickets to anil from all parts of
tho United States, Canada and
Through Pullman Standard and
Tourist Sleeping Cars daily to Omaha,
Chicago, Spokane; Tourut Sleeping
car daily to Kansas City ; through
Pullman tourist sleeping cars (per
sonally conducted) weekly to Chi
cago, Kansas City; reclining chair
cars (seats free) to the East daily.
For particular!, call on or addraa
H. O. Bowna,
Agent, Baker City, Ora