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Wednesday, September 13, 1899.
THE SUMPTER MINER.
EASTERN OREGON MINES.
Some of the Rich Properties Directly Trib
utary to Sumpttr.
Some months since the Oregonlan pub
lished a list of mines in Eastern Oregon
which were then being worked, together
with the number of men employed on
each property and the name of the mana
ger. This list was carefully compiled by
F. R. Mellls, of Baker City, and like the
loyal citizen of that city which he Is,
dumped In the whole job lot as If they
were nil at Baker's back door. The in
formation given, however, Is interesting
and instructive, and with a few explana
tory notes will prove accurately enlighten
ing to MINER readers at a distance, who
are seeking information regarding this
According to Mr. Mellls' statement,
who says his data is not entirely complete,
there were then, last March, 160 mines in
the district which were being operated; 83
quartz and 77 placer propositions; employ
ing 1600 men; 1087 In the quartz mines
and 513 on the placer ground.
Now, as a matter of fact, of these 160
mines, 56 are directly tributary to Sump-1
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chased and to which point all machinery
is shipped by rail for transportation by
wagon over the mountain roads. The
geographical location and the topography
of the surrounding country render this
necessary. These 56 mines, 29 quartz
and 27 placer, then employed 647 men,
488 by the former and 159 by the latter.
The names of these mines are:
Bonanza, Sloan & Hasklll's,
Ned Boy, Badger M. & M Co.,
Badger G. M. Co., Smyer,
moved, which are already proven to be as
good as the Republic ever hopes to be;
yet, down there for four or five years past
there has been only a dull little village of
two or three stores, a livery stable, hotel,
and blacksmith shop, while Republic has
within a year grown Into a town of three
thousand Inhabitants on the strength of a
promising prospect, that has now appa
rently fulfilled Its early promise. But
Sumpter has already awaken from its long
sleep, the rustlers from the north are mi
grating southward, and I advise you gen
tlemen not to overlook this chance for a
gamble, playing the Sumpter card wide
open and to the extreme limit."
ALL EYES FIXED ON SUMPTER.
Bonanza G. M.Co.
May Queen(Granlt) Carnes,
Banzette, Hope Flats,
Little Giant, Parker,
Imperial, Camp Creek,
Princess, French Co's,
Keystone Group, Tabor,
May Queen(CornpOBull Run,
Climax, Three Cent,
Handy Andy, McWIIlis,
Snow Creek,. Olive Creek,
Success Group, North Fork,
Evening Star, California,
Jay Gould, Parry.
Of course,, these facts and figures are
decidedly antiquated at this time and
THE MINER regets that it cannot for this
Issue revise the list of working mines and
number of men employed, bringing It up
to date. It can be safely stated, however,
that the number of men at work on the
properties tributary to Sumpter Is fully 50
er cent greater than Is given above;
while the list of properties on which work
is now In progress is far from complete.
Perplexing; Problem, Interesting Inference.
Some- days since, D. C. Johnson, ore
buyer for the Puget Sound Reduction
company, was talking to a party of min
ing men in Spokane; expatiating on the
rich mines in the Sumpter district, of
course, as he had recently visited this
camp. Delivering himself of a mass of
favorable-facts and figures, he concluded
with this perplexing problem and interest
ing Inference: "For the life of me," he
said, "I can't figure it out how that town
has lain, dormant for. so long a time.
There are now directly tributary to it a
half dozen developed, mines, distant not
more than.ten .miles, and others further re-
Unprecedented Demand for Publications
Regarding this Favored Region.
In a letter to THE MINER, W. H. Hurl
burt, general passenger agent of the O.R.
& N., says that the demand for publica
tions in regard to eastern Oregon is un
precedented, that the rail road's supply Is
exhausted, and that a third edition of
"The Gold Fields of Eastern Oregon"
will soon be Issued. The artistic half-tone
cuts with which this pamphlet was
Illustrated are now in the east and will
soon appear in a popular and widely circu
These cuts were made for the special
purpose of Illustrating the descriptive
work, those exquisite pen pictures, by
Colonel P. Donnn, than whom there Is to
day no more facile and entertaining writer
of the English language. All who have
ever read a line from his Inimitable pen
know that whatever the subject, however
dull and common place the topic, It is ren
dered attractive by his magic touch, and
that everything he writes is read with
eager Interest by thousands, if only for its
literary merits, which abounds In superb
descriptions, picturesque phrases, peculiar
ly Donanesque comparisons all kinds of
rhetorical acrobatic teats.
So it happens that with his universally
acknowiedg literary ability, aided by the
craft of a sKillcd Illustrator and backed by
the enterprise and money of the O. R. &
N. R. K. Co., at the command of Mr.
Hurlburt, he has produced a book that
has caught and held the attention of the
world, and led it to investigate and covet
the boundless mineral wealth surrounding
Sumpter, the great gold-poduclng camp
Settlers Flocking to Eastern Oregon.
"This is the banner year in the taking up
of public laud in eastern Oregon," sain S.
A.Swackhame., receiver of the U. S. land
office at La Grande. Mr. Swackhameris
In the city as a lay delegate to the Colum
bia River Methodist conference. Contin
uing he said: "This Is an indication of
both present and future prosperity. All this
land that Is being taken up Is being settled
upon by homeseekers. People from the pop
ulous eastern states are finding that they
can secure better land free in eastern Ore
gon, Washington and Idaho than they can
buy for their money in the east. We have
had to increase the clerical force of our
office. Mr. Swnckhamer talked encour
agingly of the sugar beet outlook in the
Grande Ronde valley." Spokane
General Brass and Iron Founders
GEO. F. McLYNN, Proprietor J J
Special attention 1
repairing and rebul
Baker City. Telephone Red 161
Special attention given to
repairing ana rebuilding
kinds of machinery.
e Red Front t
Duck and Mackinaw clothing
Mackintoshes for ladies or men
Rubber Boots and Shoes, Miners
and Prospectors Footwear in pio
fusion. In Dry Goods, Ladies, Boys or
Mens Furnishings your wants can
WE PRIDE OURSELVES ON OUR
LINE OF FANCY GROCERIES a TABLE DELICACIES
W. C. CALDER, Prop.
THE RED FRONT. Sumpttr, Oregon.
General Hardware, Stoves
and Ranges. Mill and Mining
Supplies. All kinds of build
ers and Plumbers supplies.