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THE SUMPTER MINER Wednesday, April 5, 1905 f fti 1, k r . i i IMPORTANT MASS MEETING The nnaouDoeiiieut Id yesterday's Miner tbat the Kllleu, Warner, Stew art company bs acceded to all de mands iu the matter of the Sumpter Bourue railway, and bail ordered the looal citizens' committee to proceed wltb its work along the Hues uut liued, whh tbe best piece of uowh tbat has reacbod Sumpter since Mount lialdy whh a bole In tbe ground. A maHH nicotinic of citlzoiiH of Sumtper nnd mining nien of tbe Sumpter district Iihh tieon cullod for tonight at tbe Hotel Sumpter, to take final and definite HtepH in tbe matter, and it Is expected tbat hh a result of that mooting work on the railway will begin hh hooii hh tbe weather will permit. Ah will he lumembered, (be Killed, Warner, Stewart company, promoterH ot tbe Sumpter-Mnurno railway, agreed to furniHh thiougb a 9250 0U0 bond Ihhiic the necesHaary fundH for ooiiHtruotlon, e(iulpmeut and opera tion, provided the oltlzotiH of Hump, ter, hh an evidence of good faith, and hh an indication that they would UHsist tint line lu evury way possible to huuome a dividend-payer, would subscribe for 920,000 worth of tbe bonds. The nrigulal Hue of the old railway projuut, of which Hanover wh4 to have been the upper terminal, wh chaugad to mako Bourne tbe virtual end or the Hue, with spurs and switches to points Hi near the big mines of Cracker Creek hh the toporgapby of tbe country, and tbe limited treasury of the railway com pany would permit. Argeemonts weie made tbat the freight ratmi from Cracker Creek to Sumpter would not be greater than $1 per ton, and thin appealed, not only to Sumpter merobauiH and IiuhIiioxh mnu, but to mine operators of the upper camp hh well. A Hollciting committee whh appointed and no WHAT MR. SWEENEY COULD DO WITH HIS $2,600,000 The tule of Charles Sweeuy'a lu teresta lu tbe Federal Mining com pacy for 12,000,000 may uot cauHe a scare on Wall Htreet. but '2,500,000 would be a pretty big pile of mono, anywhere If It should be paid to Mr. Sweeuy lu actual oolu of tbe realm. For Instance, in Mvondupole weight It taken 17 Hllver dollars to tiring a one pouud weight to balance. The largMt box oar ou tbe great freight lluei carry from 50,000 to 00,000 poundi. It would take three of tba care loaded to their limit to brlug Mr. Sweeuy'a 12,500,000 back to Spokntia, should It be dialled out to bhu ill silver. Tbe actual amount of money lu circulation in the United Status up to October 1, 1004, according to tbe New York World almanac, was 92,5J2,i:U,4 8U. riiln name table, figuring the populatluu of the Uuited State to be 82, 21 4.000. estimates (hat there In I'.ll.lO circulation per capita. If 70,000 people lu Spokane have their full bhare of the money lu clruulatlon in oanti it only means tbat tbar la 92,170,000 lu circulation) difficulty experienced in ecurlng eubsoriptiouB to tbe full amount of tbe bonde required by tbe piomoters to be taken here. A closer examination of the plane and speaiHcatlons of tbe rail way promotera, however, revealed tbe fact tbat tbe (twitches and spurs provided for by tbe K., W., S. company were not of satisfactory numbor or length. The Hmirue (Jold Mining company, operating the B & 10. mine, desired a spur built directly to Hh big mill; tbo Bastern Oregon Cold Mining com pany, operating the celebrated North Pole, one of the heaviest shippers in tbe Cracker Creek camp. aikori tor a Hwitch to their ore biiiH, which wore passed ny the main Hiioh 100 foot above aud acrosH tbe canyon. The Columbia Cold Mining company, operating the Columbia mine, requested that a ipur or extension of the main lino be built to the brow of tbe bill bolow Sour Hough Hat, ho tbat the Co lumbia ore biiH could be aooosHihle thereto. The Colcouda company also desired closer connection with tbe rail line, which was also true of the North Pole No. 1, the Tabor Fraction, Viator and other proportion lu the Bourue camp. Lurge subscrip tions to bonde wore scoured from these companies, wltb tbe proviso that their requests be granted. Tbe soliciting committee communicated with the Kllleu, Warber, Stewart company, and in a telegram received Tuesday by Chalrmau Cato Johtie the response received was to go ahead, uh the dcmaudH were Hccoded to. Croat rejoicing in Sumpter follow ed tbe receipt of this dispatch, and touight'H meeting at thojlobhy of tbe Hotel Sumpter Is expected to bo Itrgoly attended. O. C. Wright Iihh been commission- here. Two aud one-half million dollars lu alive" dollara would HH a vault 10 feat high aud aveeii feet square. It would cover an acre of ground aud, piled dollar upon dollar lu a slugle column, would towor aoove the highest paak ou tbe Americau continent. Two aud one-half million dollars in 92 bills would pave Kive.slde avenue fiom Dlvlalou street to Mon roe. If II bauk notes weie laid end on eud, 2,500,000 of theiu would make a Hue of silk ribbed oertlH cates reaching almost to Taoorua ou tba west or to Butt ou tba east. Aud, of cou'se, oue oould go ou estimating what wight be duua wltb postage stamps or street oar tickets, or beer checks. He might speculate ou what might be doue wltb so much money, how many beatbeua might be kept a year in a Hindoo college at 110 a year, bow many Chinamen could be shipped back to Hongkong at steerage rates of 915 per, or how many season oould be speut at Tbe California seaside. Spokesman He-view. A fresh lot of Cbaucelloro Cigars. Now 5 cents, at J. E. Weaaberg'a. Sumpter Hotel Bulldiug. ed to draw an alignment map of tbe proposed line for tbe enlightenment of tbe public, and will QuIbIi tbe work for submission at tonight's maaB meeting. Koughly outlined, tbe road will run fairly straight to tbe Halfway bouse, following the bed of Powder river. From Halfway tbe grade be gins to mount tbe right band side of tbe canyon, passing Hanover bigb above tbe river, and swinging into Bourne in almost an air line, passing 100 feet higher tbau the Ooloonda power bouse and tbe North Pole mill. From Bourue tbe main Hue swings in a horseshoe curve around tbe bead of the gulch and crosses to 'he opposite slope of the hill, thence down the north Hide of tbe oauyou toward the Columbia aud Ooloonda. At some point to be determined later, a spur will Htr'ke off tbe main line below Hanover, ruuiug on a lighter grade than the main Hue, to the North Pole mill. Another spur will branch off from tbo main Hue above Bourue aud striko back to the 10. & E. mill, piiHsiug tbo Victor aud ending at the North Polo No. 1. The main line continues ou ftom this latter spur to Sour Uough Hat, midway between tbe Colcouda aud Columbia. Tbo termi nal will bo but a fow hundred feet from the Columbia oro bins. Kllleu, Warner, Stewart compuny's urigiual estimate of cost of the lino, oxclusivo of tbo spurs above men tioned, wa 9200,000. It Ib prob able that the enlarged plans will in crease this cost by a aousidarahlo Hgure. However, if the proposed 9250,000 bond ihaub is Insufficient to cover tho whole aost, a larger hsue will be made. It la imperative that every ci.tizen of Sumpter and every mluiug mau lu tbe regiou between Cable Cove aud the Sumpter smelter should be repseut. It is of the utmost import ance that final aud detJulte plauH be settled, to the eud that construction may commence at the earliest possible moment, In order that everbyody should enjoy the endless benefits of this road this year. Fortunately, tbo feeling of autag UI1I3I1I which greeted the Hrst projec tion of the Sumptor-Uourue railway enterprise has died away. Tbe nar row tooling which forced a discussion of the probable elfeots ou looal bus! uuss of a rail hue to Bourue Is no longer seriounly entertained. For a time H was strenuously pointed out that the three or four hundred team steiH who make Sumpter tbelr bead quartern would Hud their occupation goua wbeu tbe first locomotive soieamed its way up tbe oanyon. These teamsters are au imporiaut part of Sumpter' wealth-producing popu lation. They distribute tbelr earn ings locally amoug all Hues of busi ness aud place thereby a couaiderble sum of money in circulation. Their elimiuatiou from tbe commercial life of this city is a serious proposition, It is true, but the increased business, cartaiu to follow au enlargement of local trade, la couiidered as more tbau an offset to tbe evil poiuted out Sumpter's future rests upou tbe de velopment of ber surroundiug wines. Anything wnich may teud toward tbat eud is a welcome factor. Coustructiou of tbe Sumpter Bourue railway will not cause a real estate boom in Sumpter. This is uot expected by the geutlemeu who are most in favor of tbe en terprise. But it will have the effect of more firmly grouudiug Sumpter's claim to the distinction of beiug the central distributing point for tbe richest striug of gold miues lu tbe uortbwest. Add to tbat striug of gold tuiuars such others as uubt inevitably be developed through (tbe provision of a cheap and rapid means of transportation, and for every teamster thrown out of a job by tbe railway, there will be a dozen new miners, each drawing pay from mother earth, and adding directly, net only to tbe wealth of tbe world, but to tbe commoroial prosperity of this particular community. It la larg y for dlscussiou of these phases of tbe railway question tbat tonight's meeting has beet called. Mr. Jobnsreoelved today a very important letter from D. L. Kllleu, regarding this proposition, which Ib of interest to everybody hereabouts. It will be read at tbe meetiug this evening, which alone Bhould bring out a big orowd. JIM WARDNER DID NOT WALK The death of James F. Warduer, better kuowu as 'Mini" Wardner, after whom tbe town iu north' Idaho was named, iu El Paso last week, recalls to mind a funny incident in tho career of this best known of nil ploueer northwestern miuors and mining ineu. It was after Jim had made a stake lu tbe Coeur d' Alenes and lost It iu Alaska, tbat he walked into the offlco of the Canadiau Pad Ho railway tiokot ageut iu Victoria and demauded trauapnrtation to Winue pog. Jim exulaiued to tbe ageut tbat be was a big gun, intimately ac quainted wltb all tbe big guns ou tbe C. P. R. R., tbe piesldent being bis most iutlmate friend. Jim was broke and be ueeded a pass. He put up such a good aome-along talk tbat tbe agent, fearful of iujuriug tbe feel iugs of an intimate friend of tbe president of tbe road, aud fearful also of Infracting tbe rules of tbe oompauy, wired tbe oircumstauces to tbe general ageut ot the Hue, winding up with the query, "Shall I issuo pai?" The geueral agent uever heard of Jim Warduar, so he responded J "Don't; let Jim walk." In transmitting the dis patch, some intelligent oporator omitted tbe pucutuatiou mark, aud tbe Victoria agent received the fol lowing cenmand: "Oou't let Jiai walk." He didn't. If Your Are Not Particular. Don't travel over the lllluois Central, as any old road will do you aud we don't want your patronage; but If you are particular and want the best and mean to have it, ask tba ticket agent to route you via tbe Illinois Central, tbe road tbat runs through solid vestibule traius be tweeu St. Paul, Omaha, Chicago, 8t. Louis, Mempbpie and New Orleans. No additional charge is made for a seat in our reoliniug chair cars, which are fitted with lavatories and smokiug rooms, and have a porter in utteudauce. Kates via tbe lliuois Ceutral are the lowest and we will be glad to quote tbem iu connection with any trauscoutiueutal Hue. J. C. L1NDSEV, T. F. & P. A. 142 Third street. Portlaud, Oregon. B. H. TRUMBULL, Commercial ageut, 142 Third street, Portlaud, Oregon. PAUL B. THOMPSON, Freight and passenger agent, Colmau bui'd ing, Seattle, Washington.