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Wednesday, September 13, 1899.
THE SUMPTER MINER.
SPOKANE MAN'S VIEWS.
Visits Sumpter, Observes Intelligently and
F. B. Elmendorf, one of the leading rent
estate men of Spokane, was In Sumpter
last week Inspecting neighboring mines.
It Is known that he and his associates
succeeded In securing a bond on some
property near here, but the details of the
transaction have not yet been made pub
lic. On his return to Spokane the Re
view quoted him as follews:
"One of the most interesting sights to
me In that country was the narrow gauge
railway which runs to Sumpter from
Baker City. It Is owned by a company
of Mormons, and It Is the most profitable
railway In the country. It Is 37 miles
long, and was built primarily to haul the
logs from the pine forests around Sump
ter to the Mormon sawmill near Baker
City. Last year it paid a dividend of 43
per cent on its capital stock and the pre
ceding year It paid 60 per cent. This
year it will exceed Its own remarkable
record, on account of the activity in min
ing. The train runs up to Sumpter In the
morning and comes back In the evening
loaded with logs. The cars are a lot
which used to run into Butte In the old
days when the Union Paclffc reached
that city over a narrow gauge.
"There are nine dividend-paying mines
around Sumpter. They are all owned by
private concerns or close corporations.
No one knows positively what the profits
are. Enough is known to make the state
ment sure that the production of gold
bullion Is large each month. Some big
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capital is Interested in there.
"Sumpter Is a lively town. Many
Spokane mining men are there. The
camp Is building up at a rapid rate. A
corner lot In the business district sold for
$3,000 while I was there, an advance of
over $1,000 above the price asked about
three weeks ago. Considerable placer
mining Is going on In the vicinity, mostly
Invests In Real Estate and Mines.
Seymour H. Bell, of Tacoma, left Mon
day, after having spent a week or ten
days In and around Sumpter. Though a
young man, Mr. Bell has the reputation
of being a cool-headed, steady-nerved and
successful plunger In realty and mining
deals. Like all others of experience and
good judgment who visit this place, he Is
convinced of its future growth, and says
that If the tributary mines were in the
state of Washington there would already
be here a brick-built city of 10,000 popula
tion, instead of a wooden town of 1,500
people. Mr. Bell has shown his faith in
Sumpter and its mines by investing his
own money largely in both, having se
cured some valuable land adjoining the
townsite syndicate's property and a bond
on the Chipmunk fraction, located be
tween the Bunker Hill and the Anna
Lula, on the Golconda ledge. A substan-
tial cash payment has been made on the
bond, which, It is authoritatively stated,
will be duly taken up. Men have been
put to work developing the property, with
a view to organizing a stock company, the
headquarters of which will be in Tacoma,
Wash. Mr. Bell has mining and realty
Interests In Keller, near Republic, Wash
ington, which he will visit, after a short
trip to Tacoma, and before returning to
KEEP YOUR EYE ON BIG CREEK.
Great Activity in the Rich Mines of Tha
Section of Country.
W. S. Newbury, an attorney of Porr
land, has been in tovn this week. A few
days since he returned from a protracted
trip through the mining regions east and
southeast of Sumpter. He advises those
Interesed to keep watch of the Big Creek
country and the s. w. slope of the Green
Horn mountains. They are now attract
ing more attention than heretofore. The
ledges are all In place, well defined, mostly
large and within slate walls. This sec
tion Is easily reached by wagon road from
McNamee Creek, Austin and Susanvllle.
Several properties hereabouts re
cently changed owners. The Pine Tree
group, on Big Creek, is composed of the
Pine Tree, the Dewey, and the Monitor.
Mr. Newbury says that on his trip to Mor
mon or Humboldt basin, In Malheur coun
ty, he learned that there was a slate and
porphry belt commencing about four miles
north of the range of mountains forming
the dividing line between Baker and Mal
heur counties, which extends at least five
miles south in Malheur county; and the
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ledges are in place with good strong slate
walls. The Morning Star group, com
posed of the Morning Star, Puget Sound
and Atlantic, all have two ledges ten feet
wide, that prospect well from the grass
Not a Share of Sumpter Stock for Sale.
There Is at the present time not one
share of stock of any mining property In
the Sumpter dlrtrict on the market. Very
few mining companies have been incor
porated, and where they have been, It is
merely for the purpose of more conven
iently dividing the interests among the
several owners, who either do not care to
sell, or else have agreed among themselves
not to do so. How the vast amount of
development work in the district has been
accomplished without the aid of treasury
stock sales Is asurprlse to those who ope
rated In camps where this method has
been resorted to almost entirely. That so
much has been done here is due to the
fact that the early prospectors and miners
have been men of Infinite patience and In
dustry, persistent In effort and undaunted
by obstacles. This state of affairs also
undoubtedly accounts for that other sur
prising fact, that a district so rich In gold,
In the heart of western civilization, has re
mained so long practically unknown toand
unnoticed by the active, enterprising min
ing men of the country.
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