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Wednesday. January 18, igo
THh bUMPTER MINhR COLUMBIA MINE WILL USE COMPRESSED AIR POWER Some day since, The Miner men tioned the fact that a large air compressor bad arrived for the Col umla, and that there was consider able speculation as to what it is intended for, the miue being already equipped with all drills. While in town today, Manager Frank Baillie explained that it will be used for power, in all departments. Aside from use on drills, this is the first compressed air plant to be installed in eastern Oregon. At the Columbia this power will be transmitted a distance of one mile. The water power reooutly developed will be employed to aompreas the air, which method is adopted, says Mr. Haillle, instead of usiug electricity for tbo power to bo transmitted, be cause tbo latter loses 12 per oont, wbilo tbo loss of powor in tho trans mission of air ih prauticnlly uothing. Another advantage of air over electricity is that it can be used in ouujunatiou with stuum, while tho latter oaunnt bo. The steam is merely turuod into the pipe with KINKS IN THE TO BE STRAIGHTENED OUT Agaiu the authoritative announce ment is made that tho (Jolcouda miue taugle will be uurnvelod without diflioulty, and that all (notional differences will be adjusted without leaviug oven so much as u trace of hard feelings. Jiunes A. Howard, president of tho First National bank of Sumpter, aud geueral manager of the (Jolcouda miue, and Harry T. Ilondryx, junior member of tbo Geiser-Heu-dry Inveatmeut company, aud at-toruey-iu-faut for Alexander Prun ing, of Chicago, trustee for the minority Golaonda stockholders, re turned this morning from attendance upon the anuual meeting of Uoloouda stockholders at I'endletou on Jutiuary 10. The meeting was called lo order by Presideut J. H. Raley aud ad journment uutil Jauuary 25 was im mediately taken. Praotioully all of the outstanding atock was represent ed. After adjournment of the stockholders1 meeting, the board of directors went into session to hear a proposition from Trustee Prussing, submitted by his representative, Mr. Heudryx. This proposition was for the taking over by Mr. Prussing of 175,000 worth of first mortgage (iolconda bonds. The board listen ed to all the details of this plan, DEPENDS THE POLICY Of STATE AID TO MINING The Australian Mining Standard, in a recent Imu, ably defend tba polity of atate aid to tba mining In dustry, and endorsee tba prog raaana the air, and the full power of each is combined. The air plaut already at the Col umbla is of 100 horse power, and another com pressor of the same capacity will arrive in sixty days The plaut now there will be In opera tion iu one month. The power em ployed at the Columbia to operate lti hoist, pumps, drills, quartz and saw mills, amounts to MlO-hurse; which Iu steam coats per year 1100, or a total of 150,000 annually. The water-air power costs praatio-tlly nothing after installing, except for repairs, so this 200-horse power air plaut will effect au economy of 20, 000 a year. Tho company Ih utiliz ing all the powir it owns, and would, of course, eliminate steam entirely, if it could seuuro sutticiout water. The pipe lino used for the trans mission of the air is teHted for a pressure of 750 pounds to tho square inch; though the 200-borso air power plant to be installed will utter ii pressure ot only 200 pouudH to the iucb. GOLCONDA aud decided at length to aik the stockholders' meeting on January 25 to oudorse the proposition. The filing of tho suit to foreclose Howard 'a aud Carter's mortgages against the initio, amounting to JI0, 000, wbiub suit was instituted prior to tho stockholders' meeting, wai Himply for the puropse of clearing title to tho propoity, ho that the directors may be iu shape to issue first moitgage bonds In the event the Prussing plan is endorsed by the majority of the stockholders. Mr. Hendryx said today to n Miner reperter: "The indlcatioue are that the Uoloonda matter will be straight ened out shortly and the Interests of all the stockholders amply protected. I am not at liberty to give my reasons for this belief, but suffice It to say that all parties concerned have dis played a disposition to be fair aud are willing to meet on a commou ground. The fore closure suit to the (iolconda la simply to olear title to the miue, and in no way affects (be points at issue. Mr. Howard said: "Negotiations fur au amioable settlement of (Jol couda affairs are progressing as rapidly as possible. 1 believe a definite understanding will be reach ed at the adjourned meeting of stockholders on January 25.' of the Weetralian miues department for the erection of government smelt ers. It also approve the policy of the atate of Victoria iu the matter of maintaining a government metal lurgical laboratory. It nay a: Public money judiciously apent in boriog, track-cutting, and other similar work of praotlea) utility la money well spent, not iu the iutorest of the particular Industry Imme diately stimulated, but in that of tho whole commuuity houefltod by tbo prosperous activity of that industry, and the welfare of h mining stato will always depend upon tho extent to which It is otlicialy recognised." This program wil strike tho Ameri can as being somewhat pHterual and very different fiom that which has been applied in this country in the matter of government aid to mlniug. The United States geological survey has been confined in Its operation largely to broader scientific Hues, aud to doing (hiugB that Individuals aanuot well be expooted to do. No attempt has been made to Biipply the Industry with commmercial facilities. Tho Standaid evidently does uot understand tho relation of the Americau government to the miniug industry of this couutry, for iu the same article, above quote from, it says: "In the Uulted States, whore the sound public policy of stato aid to mining dovelupmeut is thmotighly recognized aud acted upon, it is de signed to obviate this by taking the laboratoiy uoarer to tho prospector. To this end, a bill has been brought before th senate by Senator (Jainhle, ot South Dakota, for the etiitilisli mont of mining experiment editions iu all of tho mining districts through out the Union, where prospectors, mineis or any other American citizen can have mineral pampled or assayed at nominal coHt. Each experimental station is to be ofllcurod by a geolo gist aud a chemist tiompotout to ills chaige all the duties connected with tho purpose of the station, and when they are uot so engaged tho geologist Ih to examine aud report on the sur rounding oouutry for the information of this department. No ofllcer no employed is permitted to make profit of information obtained iu tho dis charge of hia duty, and tho main purpose kept in view Ih the advantage to the atate through the development of it? mineral resources. The hill passed Its second rending some time ago, and has been referred to the committee on mines and mining. The splendid work of the United States geological survey hears still I more forcible testimony to tho judi cious manner iu which government aids have been extended, aud the wonderful expansion of the industry which has taken place iu the western staets presents the due effect follow ing upon Is Inducing cause." While the (lainblo bill has some adhereuts, it is a distiuct innovation as far as government activity Ih con cerned in thia oouutry, aud it Is questionable whether it will ever be come a law. Mining World. STANDARD COMPANY ACQUIRES CLEAR TITLE The Standard mine has purchased from Joseph Keese et al, of Prairie City, the outstanding half-iuterest iu the Willie Hoy, Last Chance, Hebo Keiluy, and I. X. L. quartz alaiuis at Quartzburg, olear title lo which is now vested iu the Staudard ("onsoll dated Mines company. The legal transfer was made last week through the filing of a deed with the recorder of Grant county. The consideration named in the dooumeut was $0,000. Shipments from the Hasobe store tbia morning included miscellaneous mining equimeut for tbe K. St K., North Polo and Columbia minca oa Craoker creek. sSSSmm Only transcontinental line dassing directly through Salt Lake Qty Lcadvillc i Colorado Springs and Denver Three splendidly equipped tra na daily TO ALL POINTS EAST. Through Sleeping and DiningOara and free Koclining (J haw Cars. Tho most Magnificont scenery in X America by daylight. Stop overs allowed on all classes 01 IICK0U1. For cheapest rates and descriptive uioriuuro, auuruaa W.CMoBRIDE - fiiiinl lent t RIO GRANDE LINES Portland Oregon OREGON Shoreline and union Pacific TO Salt Lake, Denver, Kansas City. CHICAGO ST. LOUIS NEV YORK Ocean steamors Iwtween Portland and Shu Francisco overy five daya. Low Rati I Ticket to aud from all part of the United States, Canada and Europt. Through Pullmau Standard and Tourist Bleeping Cars daily to Omaha, Chicago, Spokane; Tourist Sleeping car daily to Kaueaj,.City ; through Pullman tourist sleeping cara (per sonally conducted; weekly to Chi caKO, Kanaa City; reclining chair cars (seats free) to the East daily. For particulara, call on or addraaa II. O. Bowaa, Agent, Baker City, Or. mm.