ITS MINES, MINING AND MINERS
The East Oregonian. Saturday, Sept. 01, 1877
Granite Creek, Aug. 05, 1877.
Mr. Editor: - Work of every description is being vigourously torwarded, and are all in excellent spirits and laboring with a will.
The Monumental tunnel is moving toward the ledge at a lively rate. Rock breaks exceedingly well, and if the contractor be thus favored until the completion of the enterprise, the ledge will probably be cut in November. Great interest is taken in the tunnel by all interested in the welfare of the camp, confident that valuable and highly important discoveries will be made through its agency. Thus far several very promising veins have been cut, showing conclusively that the Monumental hill is a complete net work of small though rich ledges. Surface prospecting has been discontinued for the time being, the farther development by the incorporation will be left to the tunnel.
Prof. Tiernan, a well known expert paid our camp a visit a few weeks ago, inspecting every ledge in course of development, and expressed himself satisfied with the prospect shown him, and gave Oregon the credit of possessing the richest mineral belt on the coast. This gentleman is not only a scientific but a practical miner, has watched the development of every ledge of any imporatnce this side of the Rocky mountains, and the compliment passed on our camp by one so familiar with the many rich and extensive mineral belts is flattering in the extreme. The famous Austin mines could not at the same depth show as handsome a body of ore as can be found in the Monumental, but to-day the mines alluded to declare a nice dividend and will be valuable property. The ore found here resembles in every respect the Austin ore and must be reduced in the same manner. The development of our quartz field has been attended thus far by many difficulties unknown to the out side world; mines opened by men without capital, every expedient resorted to in order to meet their necessities, still they persevered confident in time that the tide would turn and their cherished hopes regarding the future of Granite Creek mining district realized. The realization of their great expectations will be in the immediate future, and through the medium of penniless but energetic and persevering men, an inexhaustible and fabulously rich camp opened that would do honor to proud Nevada. The development of the Monumental has fully established the permanency of that ledge, and the rich quality of ore taken from the mine surrised those who have made quartz mining a life time study.
Shaft is still enjoying a rest, and operations will not be resumed in this direction until the drain is completed. This improvement is being energetically forwarded and will soon be completed.
Company were visited by fire early last Sunday morning, and the tunnel house and contents destroyed. When the 10 o'clock shift left the tunnel all was well, but about 3 o'clock they were awakened by an explosion caused by a box of caps and found the building in flames. The fire had made such headway that it was impossibly to save anything whatever. No cause can be assigned for the fire, and the boys call it a case of "spontaneous combustion." This company have ever displayed great energy and the injury done will soon be repaired. It is generally customary to keep powder, caps, etc., in the tunnel or shaft house, but the Rather boys have a small house some distance from the tunnel, which they use for a magazine. If the powder on hand had been in the tunnel house it would have demoralized everything within a reasonable distance, and the loss would have been seriously felt. Miners as a general thing exercise but little care in handling giant powder, keeping boxes of it in close proximity to the blacksmith shop, handling it with impunity, and that accidents from such carelessness have not happened is a mystery. The Rather tunnel was at a stand-still for several days in consequence of the fire, but is now moving rapidly along. The rock at present writing is hard and tight , and works very bad. They propose to run eighty feet further and then cross-cut for the ledge.
The Buena Ventura
Ledge is serenely quiet, those interested are occupied in another direction, operations however will soon be resumed.
Ledge, located by J.R. Brown and John Cabell, promises to become a very valuable mine. Cabell is sinking a shaft on his location with very flattering results. The ore taken from the shaft looks remarkably well, assays well in gold, and will make the boys a nice "stake."
Other ledges have been discovered that look well, but we will await further development before we speculate as to the future.
Our friend T.B. Wells, of Bridgeport, "struck" the north west extension of the extensive gravel range or boulder quarry, alluded to in our last, and has commenced operations on the same. We are well satisfied that it is the extension of our valuable mine, the general character of the rock being the same; the boulders however are smaller, owing doubtless to the fact that they rolled seven miles further, and the wear on even a rock in traveling that distance would be considerable, and would lessen its size very materially. Ben is working his valuable discovery on a gigantic scale, and is confident of making an extraordinary clean up. We can imagine the feeling of Ben when gazing on his gold bearing quarry, and while the water is performing its allotted task, we can almost read the golden ideas that are passing through his mind. But a few days ago we were engaged in a similar enterprise, were looking eagerly forward to a bright future, confident that our possessions would not only enrich but immortalize us; but alas, the bright bubble bursted and we found ourselves ten feet over the "ragged edge of despair." Our former partner visited the New Eldorado a few days ago and found Ben hard at work in the race throwing huge boulders with a will, unmindful of the crashing sound of falling boulders, his mind intently fixed on his rich possessions and his great reward. Ben being inexperienced in mining, conceived the idea of employing mining talent to operate the hydraulic, and found a gentleman named Foo Slung Whoop, in every way worthy the name of the miner, to superintend the working of the mine, while Ben would content himself with a subordinate position in the race. Under such circumstances operations commenced and everything went "merry as a marriage bell" for a portion of the day. Miners usually working hydraulic claims have some particular place to throw the pipe when their assistance is required elsewhere or when dirt is running too fast, and from the water soaked appearance of Ben on the day Nail visited the claim, it struck him very forcibly that the superintendent used Ben's back for this purpose. This state of affairs existed for sometime and we suppose became decidedly monotonous to the party operating in the race, and he concluded to handle the nezzle awhile himself and let Mr. Lung try his hand on boulders. Accordingly Ben approached his worthy "Supe" and made known his purpose. It seems this young man had inherited a feeling of pride and considered it would be placing himself on an equality with his novice, if he was to make the desired change, and concluded rather than do so he would sacrifice his important and exalted position. This he immediately did and left Ben "monarch of all he surveyed." This was indeed a trying position for the discoverer, but he considered himself equal to the emergency and he has assumed entire control and will henceforth conduct the enterprise himself. We are anxiously awaiting the end of the run, after which it is the intention of the owners of the two gravel ranges to consolidate with the porcelain discoverer and enter into a new enterprise that promises rich returns, and will also be a great acquistion to the manufacturing interests of the State. Mr. Nail concluded to analyze the matter from which it is supposed porcelain is made, and in doing so made a discovery of vast importance, one that will bring him prominently before the scientific world and hand his name down to posterity. The comonent parts of this matter are electro-velocipede 30 per cent.; pulverized mahogany 40 per cent; and tincture of the tinctum 30 per cent. These terms are unknown to the scientific world, and Mr. Nail deserves great credit for having made this valuable addition to the already extensive vocabulary of scientific terms. Electro-velocipede resembles very much the finest emery and can by the method invented by the professor be obtained in large quantities at small cost, and will eventually, when its superiority over emery is fully established, be generally used in lieu of that rather expensive article. It is the intention of the above mentioned parties to cnsolidate under the name of the R.S.M. Co. [Razor Strop Manufacturing Company], and thereby make profitable use of the important discovery made by Mr. Nail. From the returns from the gravel range and extension we feel that we can raise sufficient capital to meet our necessities and place our enterprise on a paying basis. In this enterprise there will be no elevated sluices or hydraulics used. Frank Rack, well known in your vicinity will be travelling agent for this company, and we hope through his influence to obtain the support of the German population throughout the State.
Weather has been remarkably warm for the mountains and at present we have every indication of a rain. - WPM.
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