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THE SUMPTER MINER
Wednesday, January 2j, 1905
The Sumpter Miner
PUHLISHRf) BVEUV WEDNESDAY BY
J. W. CONNELI.A
Lntered at (he postofllce In Sumpter, Oregon, for
rnmliOon through the malls at second class
Onr Year , $.u
Six Months .. '35
ALWAYS IN ADVANCB.
A Witll strmit oporathf says tlmt
tho trouble bbtwoen Hill aud Ilarrl
111 lit), growing out of thu Northern
merger case, whloh 'Iihh finally been
patched up, wiih "merely a niHtlor of
dollars Htitl cents. " Did HiiyouM
ever huar of a row between the tnoticy
magnates that waH uot a "mere
matter of dollars and cents;" a ohho
of tho parly of thn (hat part on
doavnriug to give thu party of the
second part thu dotihlu cross, and
vice versa Y
Thu Chiuo-Japaucso Uaetto pub-
lishos tho report of a most Important
and significant speech by Count
Okuuia, thu former foreign inlulstur
of Japan, lieforu thu Agricultural in
stitute at Toklo. In his romurks, thu
count Haiti: "Japan must follow
thu example of Amoricu, wIiohu hhoou
(luiii'y dates from thu promulgation
of thu Mourou doctrine. If wu win
in the war, Japan should insist that
thoHu foruiguura now In uuHtorn Asia
niust follow Japan's will, whl lo no
olher powers should be puriultted to
obtain any Emt Asian pohhcssIoiih.
Japan Hhould assuniu hurself (o be thu
leader In China, Coroa and Siberia."
It Iihh been known forHotnu mouths
that there has been a heavy shortage
of bar sllvur for the purposo of coin
ing subsidiary silver coIiih, Tliuru is
an urgent domain! for many millions
of dollars' worth of small sllvur
coins. In older to meet this no
inand, thu government uiiiHt either
re -co In some of thu large stock of
silver dollars on hand or comu into
the market for the puiposu of pur
chasing millions of ouiicuh of silver
A bill Is now pending In oongtoss
which has for Us object the re-ooln-ing
of sllvur dollars on hand. Tho
bill will, in all probability, go
through, hh it is practically a govern
ment meatiuiu. If tho people under
stood thu situation and were not
heartily tired of thu discussion of
the money question, wu buliuvu thuy
would make such a protest that the
bill would be defeated. If it goes
through, tin government will
actually uot purchaso silver in the
open market, but will practically de
stroy the backing of the silver bills
now current, and couveit dollars Into
halves, quartets and dimes, Mining
A biaul now opponent of railroad
rates legislation has just put itself
in evidence the Association for
Mainitaiuiug the Klghts of Property.
The Interests that compose thu asao
oiatiou, chiefly the bondholders ami
stockholders of railroad companies,
have eluuys, of couisu, regarded with
disfavor any movement toward gov
ernment control or regulation of rail
ruad luminous; but this is apparently
their Hint organized vlfort In open
bohtlllty to the Koosevelt programme.
It Is significant as showing that they
take the current aigtatiou of the
question seriously and appreciate the
Importance of getting their side of
the caeo tiefore cougrctri In their own
way. Their hired lobbyists at Wash
ington have hung out the red light
danger signal, in the shape of pre
dictions of dire disaster to'the whole
country, in case a rate regulation
measure is passed. They say that in
such event, depositors in savings
bunks, that hold vast quantified of
railroad stocks and bonds, will with
draw their depositH, a general panic
will annuo and all sorts of dreudful
things will happen.
It is really a matter of ""serious re
grot that thu interests of tho mining
industry of Oregou do not receive
at loast respectful attention! from
tho stale legislature; that the min
ing dlntrictH are not represented in
that body by mon who can com
mand scriotiH consideration J for
this Important subject of mining
legislation. Senator Hand, of Hakor
City, is a strong, influential mem
ber of thu upper house; hut he la
ovldently devoting all of his time
and talents to playing tho gamo of
stato politics, for polutH; with an
eyo solely to his own future ad
vancement, and takes no Interest in
this matter. As to our Koprosontatlvo
Smith, it is already apparent that
somebody is "playing hoise," having
fun with him. Thn bill he has intro
duced is uot the one the mining men
of this district, assisted by Attorney
Chance, carefully drafted; but an un
constitutional, ludicrously awkward
and iiugramatical ineastiie that Is sure
to meet with nothing but ridicule.
A half dozen other hills pertaining to
mining have b' on introduced, nono
of them practical or desirable in any
way; and unless Senator Hand gets
in and drills, nothing of benefit will
be accomplished at this uesslnu of
Tiie great aud growing importance
of tho mineral products of this
country keeps alive aud of increas
ing popular Interest the qucstiot. of
creating a regular government de
partment of mining aud minerals,
mtys thu New York Commercial.
Tho mini ti! Intrpts of tho United
Status ii 1 . 1 ...uiidoiiH volume,
aud tb 1 tMii-'lvc iMtiiUcui on ,
along 1 in Cu!,,(iit tu. 1 11 1 1
monctiii i ii- IcmiModh Involved,
have alu.j i...t..i.wo..l uot a fuw far
sighted Americana in the necessity
of ultimately safeguarding tho in
dustry in soma manner, as a govern
ment department now looks after tho
country's argicultiiral interests.
Our gold output In 1001 was
valued, for instance, at IHI.fifil,
IIOO a new high record by about
8f, 000,000 aud an Increase of more
than 10.000,000 fiom the value
of the lOO.'l yield. The value or
thu silver mines yield was 8o!l,-(1011,000-
-i slight falling off from
that of li)0:i. The twentieth annual
report ot the United States geological
tuirvcy just made public, disclosos
hat thu total value of our mineral
production in 10011 was 81,410,721,
f0i an Increase of ICO, 2 11, Kill
from 1002. Iron and coal lead
In value, as usual, thu value of the
latter being tftO:),000,000, Hi) of the
former, $:U 1,000,000. This gain of
about ? lf.lt, 1)00,000 iu thu value of
the entire mineral yield of 100!) is
due to the large Inoroaio in uon
metallic products, the metallic pro
ducts showing a ducreaso from
0l2,2r8,fi8t in 1002 to 8024, !181,
800 iu llKKi, aud the nou-mutulllu
products an increase from 8017,2f)l,
lf.4 in 1002 to 8704,40:15,01 in
Uioa again of 8177,lu2,407. These
figures strain tho ordinary mau's
comprehension uot a little. They
are Instructive, however, as disclos
ing somewhat thu baslB for a belief
in the need of a department of min
erals. CongreuB has been very, con
servative in thiB matter of establish
ing new goveument departments. For
a long period there was no innova
tion of this oharaoter, aud it required
years of agitatinu andjaigumeut,
sometimes in the lace of the fiercest
opposition, to finally induce the'law
makers to create the Department of
Agriculture. For nearly two decades
tho establishment of a department of
commerce was an iHBtie, and whon
the cougrods finally yielded to popu
lar pressure tho new establishment
was made largely a sort of clearing
hotiBO to haudle the Btirplus business
of some of the older departments
aud even now there are some good
citizens who profess not to recognize
its "ralson d'eutre." Some special
considerations, however, appear to
favor this Bort of legislation for the
mineral industry, aud there are in
dications that it may become a live
issuo in the uear future.
The following instrumoutb were
filed at tho court houBe iu Baker City
for rooord yesterday:
KEAL ESTATE TRANSFERS.
Lou L. and Anna 13. Swift to A.
V. Swift, HIT) acres in S. 2, T. 0, K.
30 aud in S. 28, T. 8, K. 40; 6500.
A. V. Swift and wifo and Anna B.
Swift to Lou L. Swift, 245 acres iu
S. 2, T. I), K. HO and S. 28. T. 8, R.
A. V. Swift aud wifo aud Lou L.
Swift to a mi a 11. Swift, :)20 arooH iu
Sees. 7, and 21, T. ri, R. 40; 8500.
U. S. to Erwiu I). Uatowood, E.
X of S.W. &, S. 10, N. E. M of N.
W. 4' and N. W. H N. E. XA. S.
,'18, T 10, R. 118.
U. S. to Karl W. Scbroedur, N. E.
H of S. W.
4, and S.
4, S. :)2, T. 13, and lot I!, S. 5,
14, R. :J7.
John Troy to Mary Troy, his wife,
2 acres iu Soas. 24 and 25, T. 10,
R. 14, aud in Sec. HO, T. 10, R. 42;
David J. Stall to Stella C. Stall,
. i0. )i of N.E. 4, S. II, T. 8, R.
Ira II. Hatfield to Ralph O. Ropor,
of S. E. 4 aud E.
W. .'4, 8, 18, T. 11, R. .'10; 11,000.
Agues K. Douglass aud husbaud
to Harlow J. Evans, 220 acres in
S. 4, T. 0, R. :iU; 88,000.
Juiih Jensen to S. Richardson,
"Midnight," aud "Happy Jack"
quart? mining claims aud a mill lite;
J. II Sellers to Win. Wlegand aud
1. I. Wilson, stock aud fixtures in
the "V. E. A." saloon, Hourue;
S. A. Sootlold to W. II, Drowloy
aud W. S. Loveue, assigua mort
gage give by N. E. luibaua aud wife;
Caylord fc Huut to First National
bank of Raker City, 1004 hay crop
on Orange (Jaylord farm; 87,500.
Edwin Hutze, Sr, aud wife to Ed
li.utz Jr. one-sixth interest iu Warm
Springs Placers Nos. 1, 2 aud il, uud
f quartz claims, viz: "Charlstou,"
"Kuobllill." "Shortstop," "Uiaok
Eagle," "Dauntless, " 87.
Albert Martin, executor Maliuda
C5. Martin, deceased, to W. M. aud
M. A. Rirch, executors, lots 4 aud 5,
block 7, Leven's aadltiou to Raker
A. P. Cosa left on
traiu for Raker City.
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Agent, Baker City, Or.