The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905, November 16, 1904, Page 4, Image 4

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    THE SUMPTER MINER
Wednesday, November 16. 1904
The Stimpter Miner
euiiuSMfin EVimv Wednesday by
J. W. CONNEU.A
Entered t the poilofllce In Sutnpter, OreKon, for
transmission through the mails as second elms
matter. ,
SURSCHIPliON HATES
One Year .'.i. aoJ
Months !
ALWAYS IN ADVANCB.
i .. ' 1 - ' '
Nik Tosla'a oritialtism that tbe
Now York subway Ih merely an
elevated roHiJ put In h hole lu tbe
ground. Ih a reminder of the en
gineering triumph aohleved in
Novada during the days of Mark
Twiiin, when eHHturu investors found
that they had contracted for h
tunnel mo extensive that it would he
necessary to construct ieveral
hundred feet of it upon n trestle.
In New Voik a national hank has
enod trout company whioh, hy h
rleooptivo proHpuctuu, had induced it
to hofltimo one of (he uudorwriterti
for the United States Cotton Duck
company, h concern with a capitaliza
tion of t.'IO.OOO.OOO, hut nothing
like thai amount of tni t)lo prop
erty. It Ih charged that the proa
pectua waa IsHiiod with Intent to de
fraud. If thiH case Ih made to
"stick," there are mining
paniea (hat would he acting pru
dently hy onllitiK in ita literaturo.
The Oorniah miuen iu their moat
prosperous timea Rave employment to
71,01)0 men, and yearly turned out
1200 toua of tin and 12,000 toua of
copper. The Cornwall mines have
noon their heat daya and their pro
duct today in Insignificant iu hoth
tin aud copper, as compared with
later-day localities. The Cornwall
mining diHtriot Ih iu the aouthwcHt
part or Cornwall county, and in
oxoavaMoiiH made iu search for ore
in mime places the tuuuelH extoiid for
coiiHidiirahle l inttitutm uuder the
lied of the Atlantic uceaii.
The Gazette, of lialtimore, telle
of a uew locomotive that Ih of Inter
owl to railroad in on. It In expected
to he able to run from New York to
California without a atop, that la,
tor fowl. Oil will he lined for fuel
and it will lie pomlhle to make the
run from coast to coast without the
neoeaaity of having tti renew the
Hiipply. It ih heiiiK mauufautured
for the Southern Pacific railway, iu
part hy three different companies, the
Ameriaan Locomuvtlvo workH at
Schnueutady, the Corliss Kugiuo
company at Providence, and the
General lectric company. It will
furnish another example of the rush
and hurry of the time.
Word lies oome from Loudon,
KuulaM, that the price of diamoudH
hari aaaiidedj another five per cent,
whioa, added to the varioua ascents
iu the phhI (Ive yearn, makeH an ap
preciation of forty live per cent that
(lit Beautiful gems have undergone.
Ah Adah advance iu price lmn heeu
hut a auulerMte five per ceut, we pre
.time that the utllamte hohI t)f the
KtuitlflMan "outrolltog these articles
of,' alutoloto necessity la to make It
an lUijr per cent aud then quit
work. We are very much of the
ImprcttMjou that there 1 no shortage
in the output of the South African
tliamoud milieu, and that an many, if
not mace, of the precious stone are
Mug found uuw-a-daya than ever
before. That diamouda have greatly
augmented in price Is wholly becauBe
tboHo observing gentlemen In control
have noted tbe groat prosperity of
tbeso United States during the past
soveral years aud they simply de
sired to participate. Again, they
know full well that human nature,
alike the worln over, the great
majority, are always hopiug, praying
that some day a diamond, or
diamonds, will be theirs. An
ohHorving portion In his travels notes
tho romarkablo fondues i of mau or
woman for display. This ostenta
tious whim is gratilled only in
women and to a Iobs extent in man,
through ownership' of diamdndH. He
will note that throe persons out of
live in the ordinary run of his travels
wear some article of luxury in
which the diatnoud gleams out in its
beauty. This is characteristic of tbe
rich and poor alike. Tbe ostenta
tions vary rich buy diamonds by tbe
pint. The Well-to-do are satisfied
with a few hundred carats. Those in
moderate circumstances, those In
medium, and those In poor, all want
tho gems, aud will have them, at
whatever cost and sacrifice, whether
diamonds be f 10 or 950 a carat.
Thua tho groat sooret ot their en
chanced value. Lucky is be who
holds shares in the groat glitterlug
monopoly that dlga tbe sparklers to
aupply the conceit of mankind. 7
Mining World.
FRICTION IN GOLCONDA
COMPANY DEVELOPING
Under 11 Pendleton date line, tbe
Spokesman-Review of Saturday pub
lished this: "At 11 moetlug bold
yoHtordey of tho Goloonda stock
holdors it was decided to meet agaiu
Monday, November 14, aud reor
ganize the company, as proposed. At
the moot lug the same board of
directors and officers were re-olocted
to Horvo another term."
Tho paragraph waH shown to .1. A.
Howard, who wan askod what It
meant. "I can't tell you anything
about it," said Mr. Howard, em
phatically. "There will probably
not be any meeting there today."
Ami further tbau that he would say
nothing.
L. It. Hellman, one ot the stock
holders iu the company, says he re
oeived a notice from tbe secretary,
Htatiug that the meeting would he
held today; that It was called for
the purpose of reconsidering the
action taken at the meeting held last
week, when it was decided to soil tho
mine at public auction January 4.
He gave his proxies to 11. T. Hon
dryx, who left yesterday to attend tbe
meeting. That's all he knew about
it for publication.
There is evidently Home friction,
a contest is on for the control of tbe
property, between Messrs. Howard
aud Kaley on the one side aud
Messrs. Trussing and Houdiyx oil the
other. It la a matter that can't be
settled by talking to newspaper
representatives, and Mr. Howard, at
least, la refraining from taking them
into his confidence, perhaps wisely.
Something will probably be doing
wlthiu a week.
Ex United Statea Marahal Zoeth
Houaer, whose home is iu Pendleton,
but who spends most of his time in
Quart7.burg district, where he la In
terested in the Rtaudard tuiue aud
tbe Dixie group, arrived this uioru
iug from the west, ou his way to
the iuterior.
VVA1ER POWER PLANT
EOR THE COLUMBIA
The two oarloasd of water pipe for
the Columbia mine, mention of the
arrival of which was made iu yester
day's Mluer, is to bn UBod iu con
nection witb tho water-electric power
plant that company is now installing,
regarding which important enter
prise little baa beeu known and
nothing heretofore said iu print.
Witbiu thirty days tbe Columbia
mill aud mine.will abandon steam
as a motive power and substitute
elootriclty. The supply of fuel Ib
already becomiug scarce in tbe
Cracker Creek district, and there
fore expensive. Water for power
will be taken from Fruit creek, the
rights to which tbe Columbia com
pany had tbe forethought to secure
some years ago.
Tbe dam baa been constructed a
mile above tbo powor bouse, and tbe
water will he brought down the en
tire distance through oast iron pipe,
these two calroada being tbe Aral
shipment to arrive. The layiug ot
this pipe now constitutes tho major
portion of the work yot to be done,
In order to place tbo plant iu com
mission. Two hundred horse power
will bo developod. sufficient for all'
presout needs at tbe mine.
An interesting piece of informa
tion iu this oonuefltiou is that the
froigbt cbargos alone on the first two
carloads of pipe, from tbe factory
iu Pennsylvania, where it was cast,
to Sumpter, amounted to $000.
There is said to be no dealer 011 this
coast who ships the pipe by water
arouud the boru, aud thus save this
large expense, which, In itself,
would seem to be a fair profit.
COAL FIELDS IN
ARCTIC CIRCLE
Near Cape Lisburue, which is ou
the Aiotic coast of Alaska, H00 miles
uorth of tbe Arctic Circle, are two
coal bearing formations of economic
Importance. They were studied
during the psst summer by Arthur J.
Collier, of tbe United States Geo
logical Survey, who, assisted by Mr.
Chester Washburn, made bia way iu
an opeu dory along that distant
shore as far east an Cape Ueaufort.
The wind iu that quarter of tbe
earth blows everything with cyclouio
foroo straight out to sea every day iu
th ) year except those days wheu, for
a change, it tear duwu from the North
Pole, blowing everything far iuland.
Puttiug to sea iu an opeu boat
might seem like tempting fate iu
that latitude, but tho survey meu
found it tbe most practicable
way of Mtudyiug the formations ex
posed aloug the coast. Comiug
south they were takeu up by tbe
cutter Ibetis, tbe captain of whioh
did eveiything in his power to
facilitate their work.
Of tbe two coal beariug format ious,
oue, which lies east or Cape Lis
burue, la of Jurassic or Lower
Cretaoeouaa age, and tbe other,
which ilea aoutb of Cape Liaburoe,
la either Lower Carboniferous or
Oevouiau. The Mesozoio coal
bearing formatiou, whioh has been
kuown for the last three quarters of a
century, commences at a point
twenty-five miles east of Cape Lis-
burne and is continuously exponed
along the coast to Cape Beaufort, a
distance of forty miles. It contains
the well known Corwin and Thetis
mines, the location of which has
been shown on mauy recent maps
of Alaska.
Geologic study show that the coal
measures of these fleldB have a total
bicknesB of at leaU 15,000 feet aud
coutaiu not loea than forty beds of
coal, oHcb over a foot thick. The
aggregate thickness of all the beds
seen by Mr. Collier if over 150 feet.
Eleven of thorn are more than four
feet thick aud contain coal of good
quality. Analysis of samples from
some of tbe bods show the product to
be low-grade bituminouss coal.' A
limited amount of coal baa been
mined there since 1879 for whalers
and revenue cotters. Several oargoes
were mined in '01 and sold at Nome
market for 918 aud 920 a ton, In
competition with Comax and Wash
ington coal at 925 a ton
None of the ooal beds
permanently developed.
have been
Tbe coal
produced was mined from the crop
pinga along the sea cliff and boated
off to tbe ships through tbe surf.
There is no harbor for vessels nor
protection from any but south winds.
In lOU.'l a amall amount of coal,
probably uot exceeding twenty or
thirty tons, was produced at the
Corwiu miue. In 1004 about twenty
tous were taken" by the'v steamship
Corwiu, aud about ten more tons
were mined for consumption at the
Point Hope whaling station.
Tbo Paleozoic coals out orop at
three points aloug tbe coast, four,
eight, aud twelve miles, respectively,
south of Cape Lisburne. The coal
bearing formation extends southward
for a distance of about forty mllesj
and reaches tbe coast again at Cape
Thompson. Beds over four feet in
thickness occur at eaoh of tbe
localities noted. No analysis of
these coals has yet beeu made. They
are bitumiuouss and of considerably
better grade than the Mesozoio coals
of tho .region. They are totally
undeveloped, but iu 100!) a few tons
were miued from oroppinas in tbe
sea cliffs and used at tbe Point Hope
whaliug station.
Copper and Silver Everywhere.
The Amalgamated company is
digging up tbe grouud in the vicin
ity of the old smelter works at
Auaoonda. Tbe old plant has has
beeu removed, whioh for nearly
twenty years waa in aotive operation.
SVith the great clouds of smoke that
oame from tbe imokestaok there was
carried mauy thousands of tons of
metallic particles of copper and
ailver. It has been discovered that
the surface of the gtouud for miles
within the vicinity of tbe old
smelter it. rich in these metals. In
fact au average sample assay of tbe
surface shows that it oontaius mure
copper to the ton tbau tbe ore now
beiug shipped from the mines in
iiutte. Four and one-half per cent
copper is fouud in this ground, beside
considerable sliver. There are
millious of tons of slag on the
grouud, aud this, too, is being
assorted and sent to the new smelter
for reduction. Under the old
methods a large percentage of the
copper was lost, and all of this
matter will be re-worked. Mining
World.
Jack Soofleld, a miner from the
Overanld, passed through town today
on his way to the hospital In Baker
City. He Is suffering with appendi
citis and may have to submit to an
operatiou.