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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (March 16, 1904)
Wednesday, March 16, 1904
THb bUMPTER MINhR
HUNDRED DOLLAR ORE
IN MOUNT RASTUS CAMP
Hayseed Company Uncovers Big Body of
High Grade Rock When in Only
'Hundred dollar oro baa been
atruck ou Murray Hill, lu tbe Mount
Arcblo Murray la iu' linker City
from Mouut Rastus tbe uew gold
canip iu Baker coiiuty which tbia
spring will atartle tbe world unless
all signs fail.
Murray la tbe man after whom
Murray Hill, in tbe Mouut Rastus
amp, was uamod. He ia tbe orlg
iual discoverer of tbo camp. He
and Dr. II. K. Curry have owued
mines lu that region for fire years.
Murray located tbo first claim ou
Camp creek fourteen years oro. Ho
and Curry bare found 8500 oro iu
tbelr mine, but Murray didn't kuow
tbat tbe Mouut Rastus camp was the
richest out of doors uutil last year,
wbeu pbonolite was discovered, and
immediately there followed a series
of startling strikes.
A thousand meu rushed into the
new field iu the summer and fall of
1003, but winter came too qulok,
and work was suspended. Tbe camp
Is just now awakening from its win
ter's sleep. Building ia progressing
almost feverishly. Prospectors and
miners are forming tbe advance guard
for tbe stampede tbat la bound to re
sult tbia year.
Have Already Yielded Over
A Million And a Quarter
In Placer Gold.
A strugglo for possession of mi
Alaskan gold mine which iu less than
flvo years has yielded over 8 1,1100, -000
la now going ou secretly before a
board of arbitration iu Chicago. Tho
olaimaut Is tbe Swedish Evangelical
Misslou Coveuant ot America,
through ii former missionary, N. O.
Hulterbutg, of Situ Jose, Cnl., uud
tbe action Is dliectod against P. II.
Andersou, of Chicago', another former
missionary, Dr. C. W. Johnson,
also of Chicago, aud tbe White Star
Mining company, iu which a number
of Cbicagoana are interested.
Tbe dispute reaches back to tbo
discovery of gold in Aslaska and
binges on (be point whether a mis
sionary sent into tbe norbtern wilds
to make converts for his church was
likewise acting for his church when
he staked out a number of mining
claims. These claims have beeu de
"I expect to see flvo thousand meu
in Mouut Rustus this yeai," said Mr.
Murray to a Herald mau this morn
lug. "A big strike was made the other
day ou tbo Hayseed Mining com
pany's group of claims ou Murray
Hill. Tbe cumpany ia tunnelling tbe
east side of tbe bill, just beyond the
'Old Hutch' group. Wbeu in 100
foot the miners struck a big body of
ore. Assays taken from tbo ledge
whore eucountored showed six colors.
A few feet furthor iu a specimen waa
panned and showed llfteeu colors. A
fow feet still fuitber forty-eight col
ors was tbe result. A twenty foot
drift iuto the oro body up tbo shoot
aud assays returned 105.48 per ton.
Tbe workmen are uot yet through tho
"The Hayaeod tunnel was started
on government ground, and tho ore
body waa atruck beforo tbo crosscut
had entered the territory owned by
tbe Hayseed company. When tbe
strike was made, you may bet there
was a big hurry to locate all tbe ter
ritory within n radius of a mile. The
Hayseed owns a group of about
eighteen claims, located In tbe very
heart of the richest territory on the
veloped iuto highly profltaolo gold
mlues, out of which several meu havo
Miss Dora Adams, au Eskimo con
vert, and Constantino Aparosookl,
also an Eskimo, are witnesses for the
church organization. Ex Judge
Charles Johnson, of Nome, la another
witness from Alaska. Thus far ueatly
twenty persons have testified.
Tbe agreement of the litigants to
argue the case before a board of arbi
tration was duo to their dosiio tu
avoid tbo uotoriety attendant on u
court bearing. Tbo board consists
of Hiram T. Ullbort, A. M. Pence
mid D. K. Lane, uud. the finding of
tho arbitrators is to bo final. Tho
church society ia represented by ex
Judge M. Soderburg, of San Fran
cisco; Frank J. Qulun, of I'eorln,
HI., aud 11. F. Williams, of Chi
cago. Tbo defense is represented by
Judgo Axel Cbytraus, of the Cook
In 189,') Mr. Hultborger waa en
gaged by tbe Swedish Evangelical
Mission Coveuaui to go to Capo
Nome as a missionary for tbe society.
He established a school at (Joloviu
Uay, where he remained until 1808,
when falling health forced him to re
truu to the United States for a year.
His assistaut at (loloviu Hay was P.
H. Anderson. Just before return
ing, Mr. Hultborger fouud a pocket
of gold, aud now claims to bo tbe
original discoverer of tbe Nome gold
region. He located bis claim and
left It in tbe care of Mr. Auderson,
with tbe understanding, he says, tbat
it waa to be staked out and held . In
trust for tbe church society. Mr.
Hultborger did uot return to Alaska
until 1800. Ho fouud 'that during
his abseuce, Mr. Andersou, with tho
aid of (lalirlcl Price, a practical
miner, had staked out nl lie claims
adjoining tbe original ".Discovery"
claim. These claims wore held In
the hames of various individuals.
Tho last two wero kuown as No 8
aud No. I). It is this claim, No. 0,
that tbe society seeks to recover.
Claim No. 8 wan first held by Con
atautiuo Aparasoukl, while No. 0
waa lu tbo uame of (Irabrlel Adams,
another Kskimn, now dead, who waa
Aparasookl'a partner. On the plea
that the Eskimos could not lawfully
hold title, it Is alleged tbat Mr.
Audrerson induced them to give up
possession and the property was tbeu
deeded over to Mr. Price. Claim
No. 0 was aold to Mr. Anderson for
820, it is said. Later Mr. Audrcsnn
took Into partnership with lilm Dr.
Jnbusou, of Chicago, who waa act lug
as physician for the Swedish Mission
society. In 1002 tboy formed the
White Star Mining company of Cali
fornia. Last May tho White Star
Mlniug company, of Illinois was or
ganized in Chicago.
It Is charged by Prcsidout C. A.
Bjork, of tho Swedish Missions, that
tbe folo object of tbo forming of
thoso two corporations, one selling
out to tbe other, was to cloud the
title to tbo property uud tbua pro
vent the society from getting rellof
Slnco 1800, it Ih declared, Mr.
Auderson has taken nut about 40,
000 in gold. Claim No. 8, it ia
said, has nettted Mi. Price some
thing like 8800,000. All told, the
amouut. takou from these two claims
alotie aggregates ueary 1,300,000,
and the representatives ot tho Swedish
Mission claim they can prove tbat a
greater sum baa beeu realized.
BONES OF SOME STRANGE
ANIMAL ORA PACK MULE.
A Ilolso correspondent writes the
Hutte Inter-Mountiau tbat tho pet
rified bones of a huge auimal havo
beeu discovered three or four miles
back of tho peuitoutlary grounds by
Deupty United States Marshal C. K.
Andrews. Mr. Andrews also fouud
several fragmeuts which appear to
be petrified Ivor). Incidentally, be
picked up a piece of atream tin aud
a lump of wbut seems to be iron ore.
Mr. Audrews brought a quantity
of bones, which aro quite heavy, to
tbe city. He ia undecided as to
whether they bolouged to a dlno
saurian, diuotberitim, ichthyosaurus
or pack mule.
Leu Richardson, who inspected tbo
bones with a magnifying glass, has
au Idea that at some remote period
lu the history of the statu, probably
about tho time a reduction in coal
rates was first promised, a hapless
prospector aud lilt, pack miilo tum
bled iuto a hot mineral spring and
havo been iu soak ever since. Tho
unfortunate man evidently carried a
hunting knife with an ivory handle.
Mr. Richardson believes that if Mr.
Andrews continues his search he will
Hud sllcea of petrified bacon aud pos
sibly some petrified beans.
Tbe bones fouud by Mr. Audrowa
aro rough, but tho outlines aro well
preserved. They aro hardly large
euough for a mammoth, but evidently
those of an extluot species of the
auimal kingdom. Mr. Andrews found
them scattered about among a num
ber of peculiar formations resembling
huge soap kettles. He did uot ex
amine the ground very carefully, aa
be soon picked up euougb bones to
make a comfortable load.
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