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1 VOL IV. SAWMILL TO BE BUILT IN SUMPTER BY HEWITT Seymour H Bell Closes Deal for Erection of Big Plant Envolving Expenditure of $J00,- 000 and Furnishing Employment to 350 Men, Telegraphic udvlco was received from Seymour H. Bell this morning at Portland stating that tho doul with Henry Howitt, Jr., presldeut of the St. Paul aud Tacoma Lumber company, for the erection of a big lumber manufacturing plant and -w uui n-"-."j-:iM.--i - beeaoloMd'aiid'tlM papers' aUittflMi.N Mr. Bell left Saturday to meet Mr. Hewitt in Portland and perfect negotiations. He will return to morrow. Tho plant which it is proposed to install in this city will consist of a saw mill, with a dally capacity of 100,000 foot, and an up-to-date sash and door factory, involving tho expenditure of over $100,000 and employing botwoen 300 aud 350 men. The Howitt Land company, which is a branch of tho St. Paul and Tacoma company, owns 13,000 acres of timber land around Sumpter, which will furnish tho mill, it is estimated, with about 200,000,000 feet of lumber thus insuring a supply for this big concern during a term AMAZON GROUP TO BE DEVELOPED. J. G. English in Sumpter Looking After Cracker Creek Properties. J. G. Euglish, of Danville, Illi nois, one of tho well known inves tors iu Sumpter properties, was in tho city Sunday looking after his mining interests, aud left for Haker City and Seattle, whore ho 1b also interested. Ho formerly owuod tho Golconda and the Concord aud is now interested in the Amazon group, in the Cracker Creek district. Although Mr. English is 82 years old, be is actlvo, hale and hearty, and takes a keou Interest in his busi ness affairs. He says ho looks upon Sumpter as ono of the coming gold camps of this country. It is re ported that development work will be continued on the Amazon group this seasou. 1 -"'nyniitUHKi SUMPTER, OREGON, MARCH n, 190$. of years, Mr. Howitt is among tho wealthiest lumber curators ou tho Pacific coast, and his standing Is too well kuown to dosorvo soparato comment. It is uudortsood that work ou the new outerpriBe is to be started in a short timo. Hewitt la eoBMOtad UM-ar noet extensive lumber manafaoturlBff concerns in the world and, of oourae, has a market for its product already established. It la statod that the only obstacle to putting in tho mill at Sumpter was tho prohibitive freight rate charged by tho Sumpter Valley railway, which was originally built for a logging road, aud is owuod by lumbermen, for hauling tho output to the O. R. & N. at Haker City, from which compauy, of course, no trouble was oxporloucod in securing satisfactory terms. That it has boeu Anally dooidod to build hore, would, thoroforo, sooin to I ml I cut o that tho roport of a competing milroud bo twoen Sumpter and Haker City is founded on fact. PAYMENTS ON MAXWELL MADE, The Elkborn Consolidated Settles for March and June. Two paymentH of 815,000 each for Murch aud June wore mado last week ou tho Maxwell by Hh prci-ont owuerH, tho Klkliorn Consolidated Mining company, of Minneapolis. This woll I known property, it will bo rcmoin- I bored, was 'sold last July to this i;uiiiiuiiy uy null u. ouiuunuil null compauy, of tills city, aud Mr. Huron son acted as local munagor of the new concern until last Decembor. Tho Maxwell is situatod alongside tho Highland, now being pushed by tho Soreuseu compauy, aud is ono of the best developed properties iu the Sumpter district. It has over a mile and a half of tunnel uud tho work is being pushed ahead right along. Returns to Sumpter. Dr. A. G. Oroenloe, who left Sumpter last October to look after some mining business in tho Will amette Valley, in which ho was intorcstod, returned Saturday and will resume tho practice of doutistry in this city. Ho has takeu otllco over tho Hascho Hardware store. ATTENDED K. of P. CONVENTION, Sumpter Delegation Twenty Strong, Went to L Grande. A dolegatiou of about twenty Knights of Pythias from Sumpter attended tho district convention itt La Grande Saturday. Tho third degreo team work was oxempllllcd coniotltlvely aud Pendleton carried away tho honors. Tho Sumpter push assisted Huntington in tho contest. Tho boys say it was a warm occasion and thoy had thotlmo of their lives. Sixty-two members took tho I). O. K. K. degroo. Sovou of tho victims woro from Sumpter. Their names are, R. II. Miller, H. S. Durgau, Charles H. Chanco, Louis Walker, Frank Sholtou, Mr. Klrby aud W. D B. Dodson. The delegation roturuod home Snnday morning. . BlSS fk Aa F Preparation! are being made to begin operating the Olive creek, Pine creek and Slice's gulch placer minus controlled by the Klllen, Warner, Stewart com pany as soon as the water moves. Ample reservoirs have been built and the ditches are being cleaned out preparatory to beginning work the earliest moment the weather will per mit. The coin any is getting supplies on the ground already to start tho pro position going. Eye Removed. Josso Simons, an omployoo of tho Psycho mine, was struck in tho eye by a crowbar yestorday aud was brought to the ctiy last night about iniduight. It was found iiucossury to romovo tho lujurod niemlier mid Dr. lirock successfully performed tho operation. Mr. Simons expects to leave shortly for Portland to join his relatives. Sumpter Spirit. There Is a spirit of push and ad vancement characterise of the people of Sumpter that is found iu no other town in Oregon. You feel the In fluences of this spirit the moment you come in contact with tho people aud before you know it you are com pletely hypnotized aud iu tho power of those who are pushing to the front of tho processlou. Morning Demo crat. Goes to New York. D. L. Klllen, of the Killen, Warner, Stewart company, left yevterday after noon ou a ten days' or tno weeks' mini ness trip to New York city. Mr. Klllen is going to look after a deal that has been on for some time and it is probable on his return he will have some interest ing facts to disclose. NO. 27 LEAD STRUCK AT HIGHLAND MINE. Neil J. Sorensen & Co., Fis cal Agents Have Nothing to Say. It was learned this morning through what is considered re liable sources that the lead in tho Highland crosscut was struck yesterday. Tho report, however, is not verified by Nell J. Soronsou & Co., lineal agents for this mine, nor is it denied. A MINER representa tive called ou the firm this morning uud endeavored to learn what thoro was in the roport, but found thoro was nothing for publication, though , it was not denied, which would seem to indicate that thoro is something to it. Tho firm would not even admit that anything had been hoard of this character, but simply stated that there was nothing to give oat The information which THB , MINER received In regard to the matter was that tho load had boon struck at a distanco of 75 feot. If It is true that it has boon struck iu so short a distance, it will moan a groat deal for the company. BIG DEAL FOR SHEEP RANGE. M. B, Gwiao, of Bote, Leases 60,000 Acres for Summer Pasture. M. H. Gwliiu, of Holso, Idaho, who urrlved in tho city yesterday, ac companied by his brother, J. H. Gwliiu, of Pendleton, hint just clotted a deal with George '!'. Parr, of tho Eastern Oregon Ijmd company, at Dalles, for tho Ion ho of 00,000 acres of land in tho Illtui Mountains, located in Ilakor and Grant counties. Mr. Gwiun is secretary and treasurer of the Idaho Wool Grow em' iihhocIii- Hon, aud Ih largely interested In thin industry. It Ih IiIh intention to iiho tho laud just leased as a summer range for sheep, and lie will stock it up with liohwon 25,000 and 40,000 head as mioii as the m'iihoii opens up. The deal was closed hero yesterday. J. II. Gwliiu is alHoaneuthiislastlu sheep man and occupies the samo position iu the Oregon Wool Growers' association that his brother does in the Idaho association. Both men are also connected with tho New York Life IiiMirunco company. New Firm on Deck. The J. II. MacCallum com puny has oened offices over the Neill Mercantile company's store and will handle mining properties, life, (Ire and casimlity insur ance. Mr. McCullum is au experienced mining man and knows the country well. It is ssfe to predict that he will do his share of the business.