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The nugget. Vol. 1. No. 1 1903

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Vol. I.   No. 1
Poplar, B. C, December 4, 1903
$2.00 A Year.
Poplar's First Shipment   of Ore
Sent out   This   Week-Lueky
Jack Tunnel in 225 Feet
Rich Strike on Great  Western.
Swede Group to   Make  Trial
Shipment of 20 Tons.
The Marquis and Gilbert group has
become a shipper. About 200 sacks of
ore were shipped to Trail this week.
It has the appearance of galena, carrying free gold, with the principal values
in the yellow metal. This property is
near the Swede group and the owners
are working it themselves. They are
the right kind of men to have in a
camp, for nothing makes a camp
grow faster than hitting a drill on your
own claims.
The tunnel on the Lucky Jack is in
225 feet and the managers are well
pleased with the way the property is
developing. A stamp mill will be built
■ in the coring j'.isj as sno" as- the size.
and character of the mill can be determined. A shipment of several sacks
ol rich ore will be sent ill a few davs to
the Oyster-Criterion mill at  Camborne.
On Cascade creek, about two miles
from Poplar, August Buffalo has had
the Dominion and Dick claims for six
years, There is a io-!oot lead on the
claims sprinkled with free gold. Chas.
Eiders went to Rossland on Wednesday to complete the formation of a
company for the immediate development of these promising properties.
Tile Swede group is working two
shifts on four to five feet of the prettiest ore in the country. This ledge
has a galena ore low In silver but
iiigh in free gold, much of it running
$500 in gold to the ton. Ore is being
sacked and 20 tons- will he sent to
Camborne when the snow permits ol
Tom Armstrong has made a rich
strike on the Great Western, about two
miles below the Second Crossing. He
has sent some specimens of it to Spokane. The ore is similar to that found
in the Spyglass and is very rich in free
gold. The ledge runs from 18 inches
to 2 feet in width.
The placer company operating-
ground on the Lardo river in front of
the Lucky Jack is still waiting for a
pump. If gold is struck on bedrock
anywhere oround this camp it will
create a hum that will be heard in New
August Buffalo staked part of the
Lucky Jack ground more than a year
ago and called it the Royal claim. He
did one assessment, gave his partner
the money to record the work, but he
skipped and Buffalo lost the claim.
Before many years the Lardeau will
be like the Transvaal. It will have a
string of stamp mills from Lardo city
to the shores of Arrow lake. None of
them will be built by knockers, pessimists or barroom prospectors.
Walker & Olson are working their
property near the Swede group. They
have a nice showing and are running
a drift. Dr. Rogers and Jack Desmond are also interested in this group
of claims.
Barkley Crilly came in from Camborne on Monday. He reports the
10-stamp mill lately put in motion at
the Oyster-Criterion as running without a hitch of any kind.
On   Rapid   creek,   three   miles   from
Poplar, Rogers &   Smith   have worked
a claim for four years.    At   a   depth of
100   feet  it   is   richer   in   gold   than it
was on the surface.
Gold is used as a Christian name to
dozens of claims in this district, such
as Gold Hill, Gold Reef, etc. It
might be as well to use it more in the
sense of a surname.
The Golden Eagle, near the Second
Crossing; has some remarkable leads.
Closely adjoining each other can be
found leads carrying iron, gold, copper and galena.
The trail has been finished to the
Home Run and a small force of men
are driving a ioo-1'oot tunnel on the
Wright and his partner are working
placer ground on Poplar creek within
the town limits.
Some work has been done on the
Fearnaught. The average values are
$40 to the ton.
Citizens Protest  Against  Canadian Pacific  Closing  Lardo
. Branch During Winter
Adventure With Web Press.
Bob Martin ran against a hard formation last week. While assisting to
move the first printing plant in town
he collided with our web press and
was dead to the world for a time. He
has since recovered from his first adventure with a printing press.
Camp Robbers.
The camp-robber sometimes works
his graft in Poplar. The man who
enters the. cabin of a poor prospector
for the purpose of stealing his grub is
not fit to live in a sewer in Hades,
much less the golden city of Poplar'
J. J. Cameron, wife and daughter
came to town on Monday. He will
build a residence and remain for the
winter, having sold his hotel at   Lardo.
Resolutions Passed at a Meeting
Held Last Week  in the
Grand Hotel, Poplar
At a public meeting of the citizens of
Poplar, called to discuss the proposed
action of the Canadian Pacific railwvy
to close the Lardo branch during a
portton of the winter season, due lo
the probable freezing of Trout Lake,
the following resolutions were unanimously pussed :
Whereas, the camp of Poplar Creek
has a permanent population of 300
people solely dependent upon the mining industry ;
And, whereas, it has been announced in the public press that it is
not the intention of theCanadian Pacific
railway 10 maintain the Lardo branch
service during a portion of the winter
season ;
And, whereas, should the said railway fail to maintain a continuous service during said period, this camp will
be utterly cut off from civilization for a
period of al least from two to three
months, with tha possibility of suffering
severe hardships both physically and
financially ;
And, vvheceas, the uncertainty of not
having open communication with the
outside during said period, is already
effecting a material injury to the min.
ing and commercial interests of the
camp ;
And, whereas, it is the intention of
many claim owners, both quartz and
placer, and two incorporated companies to prosecute development
throughout the winter, giving employment to a large force of miners, providing transportation facilities are maintained ;
And, whereas, the Lardo branch of
the Canadian Pacific railwao has been
heavily subsidized by the people ;
And, whereas, the representatives of
the wholesale, manufacturing and
jobbing interests of the province have
requested the citizens of Poplar to urge
upon the said railway company the
necessity of keeping said road open ;
Now, therefore, be it resolved, that
the Canadian Pacific Railway company is urgently requested to maintain
a continuous service during said winter
months on the Lardo branch, and that
copies of thee resolutfons be sent to the
Canadian    Pacific    Railway   company,
the Hon. Minister of Railways, W. A.
Galliher, M. P., Hon. Richard Mc-
Bride, Hon. Robert Green, John
Houston, M. P. P., Thomas Taylor,
M. P. P., the Associated Boards of
Trade, and the press.
Copies of the above resolutions have
been sent to the C. P. R. officials,
members of the local legislature, and
to the minister of railways  at   Ottawa.
New Conductor.
Harry Graves is the new conductor
on ihe Lardo express. Harry was the
first conductor to run a train out of
Vancouver. For a time of late years
he looked at the golden creeks around
Dawson, but the force of habit was too
strong and he is again a knight of the
punch on one of the best pieces of track
in B. C.
The king is expected to strike camp
this week.
Help our city editor by bringing in
all the news of the camp.
Billy Hansen and his partners will
soon have their hotel ready for business.
Bruce Craddock is building a residence and has become a permanent
John McLaughlin and his brother
are the new landlords of the Commercial hotel at Lardo.
A band of ladies from the half world
struck camp last week and ever since
the moon has looked like a piece of
ruby silver.
The C. P. R. has a freight shed in
Poplar. It is always open and would
be a great graft for the cows if we had
any in this progressive community.
During the absence of Ehlers, Aug.
Buffalo will manage the Royal hotel.
Buffalo's numerous friends are rapidly
becoming cognizant of the fact.
Draw poker has been discovered in
Poplar. A little development will be
done this winter, and by spring it is
expected that a chute of blues will be"
Frank Brown is the presiding genius
at the speculative end of the Nelson
house in Nelson, and always has a glad
hand for the boys when they blow into
the metropolis of Kootenay.
Three years ago Henry Mangusson,
who recently made a fortune out of the
Swede group, built the first cabin in
Poplar. It still stands'just across the
track from Dad Kaiser's Waldorf-
Jim McDonald of Nelson went
through on the train the other day.
When passing through Poplar Jim put
his head out of tbe window, and the
natives thought the sun was rising in
a new place, Poplar, B. C, Dec. 4, 1903.
Is published every Friday at Poplar, B.  C.
and is sent to any address for $2.00 a year.
Commercial adve;tising is 81.50 an incl> for
four insertions. Reading notices 15 cents a
line each insertion. Legal advertising 10
cents a line first insertion, and 5 cents a line
each subsequent insertion. Certificate of
Improvement notices, &7; Delinquent co-
owner notices, |10. Address all letters to The
Nugget. Poplar, B. C.
As a rule we like to get into a
camp before the pianos and canary
birds, but on our arrival last week
we found these things had preceded
us, in addition to a large number of
birds that are not canaries. The
camp is a little over one hundred
days old and has six hotels, five of
which are producing every day, four
stores, a livery stable, a laundry,
etc., and more gold in tbe hills
around the burg than we have ever
got close to since we first planted a
set of stakes in the shadow of the
grand old mountains of the Great
-West. No church as yet parts the
air with its tall spire, and the only
tiger we have seen in Poplar is so
tame that even a tenderfoot could
camp near his claws and never wink
an optic.
The Lardeau is wonderfully rich
in gold, especially around Poplar
creek. Gold in some quantity can
be found upon every claim; The
marvellous showings on the Lucky
Jack and other claims would have
set tbe world on fire if discovered
anywhere outside of Kootenay. No
sooner is the camp discovered than
we find knockers trying to tie the
bands of those who are making an
effort t. build up the country. The
claim jumper comes along with bis
augur. The Provincial Mineralogist
gets wise on the district from a car
window and blows cold air through
the coast press, while the C P. H.
treats Poplar all through the summer with tbe coldesi kind of courtesy, and now that winter faces tbe
sturdy trail-blazer, it threatens to
tighten the cinch and- stop operating
during a portion of the snowy season.
Such a proceeding should not be al
lowed for a single day. The people
of Canada built the C. P. K. and it
should be operated for their benefit.
If the 0. P. R. has become too
penurious to run a train to Poplar
because its officials are too short
sighted to make provision against
ice on Trout lake, then the government should step in and run tbe
road. The rights of the few must,
not be sacrificed under the juggernaut of grasping monopoly.
So, seeing that Poplar was in need
of a paper to make known its wonderful resources and fight for "its
rights, we have hoisted our flag on
tbe   banks   of   Poplar   creek,     and
painted upon it the immortal words
of Macbeth. The Nugget is small
but like the camp from which it hails
it will soon grow so large that all the
world can see it without straining
their eyesight.
He is a wise man who always knows
his own stakes.
The Bible is against Poplar. il
says to make no haste to get rich.
As a rule the orator who uses the
biggest words has the least to say.
It is easier to keep out of matrimonial harness than to get out of  it.
It is easier for the average woman
to land a husband than it is to keep
him landed.
Jealousy makes a woman think she
can secure a monopoly on a man's love
by acting up.
General Hcrchanx
Mining' Supplies,
Dry Goods,
Gents' JFuriiisMiig's,-
Boots and Shoes,
Groceries.        Agent for
Bring You   .
to this office. It will not hurt
you, and will help the editor to
live in luxury.
In New Denver
Is one of the cosiest hotels in
the Slocan for a man in
search of food, drink or a
downy couch.     Ask for
when you get inside the door.
Does This
nterest You
We offer KlO  Coffee   of\
best quality, fresh roasted :
6 pounds $i.oo
50 pounds, per pound.  16
100 pounds, per pound.  15
Kootenay Coffee
NELSON, b.  c.
I Qti@@n Hi§s? Stsi9© §
^   Keeps the best lirands of
*      CIGARS,
S PS PES arid
Wholesale anil Retail. •8j
And get a copy of
Written and compiled by
Address all orders to The
Ledge, New Denver B.C.
Hotel in Nelson has
no superior in West
Kootenay. Always
plenty of room lor
Poplar  millionaires.
Sells many kinds of .goods, including
Groceries, Provisions, Hardware,
Tinware. Canned goods of rare
quality always in stock. Supplies
delivered to any part of the city.
Postoffiee in the building, and mail
sent to any part of the universe.
Is convenient to the depot and has accommodation for 50 quiet guests. The nerve~
bracers in the fear are iree-milling", and an
orchestra provides music while the guests
are at dinner. The landlord has studied
human nature from Brazil to Alaska and
knows the way to make a stranger feel at
Poplar,  B. C, Dec. 4, 1903.
Because of Report of Provincial
Mineralogist Robertson on
Poplar Creek Ores.
Believes  That   as  a   Free Gold
Belt   the Lower Lardeau
Is Preeminent.
, The following article   has  been   sent
by"G.-Raymond Payne from    Spokane,
Editor, The Nugget: So little is definitely known as to the great mineral
wealth of the Lardeau, extending from
the wonderfully rich camps of Ferguson
and Camborne and south east to Poplar
creek and Duncan lake, that I feel justified in attempting to give some idea
of the wealth in process of development
and that which is known to exist, only
awaiting capital and intelligence, its
prospective value based on the proofs
which are so surely conclusive as to be
Having only returned from the north
I have just time to enter a protest in
opposition to the thoughtless suspicions
cast by the provincial mineralogist, reflecting very seriously upon the operations of a gentleman whom all mining
men in the Kootenays know and respect, whose name we all know and
need hot mention.
The coast press accounts ot Robertson's opinions of the Lardeau and those
Those parties saw only two properties, spending a few minutes at each,
that time for the most part taken up in
asking questions. Then satisfied that
they had seen the whole of the Lardeau in two hours, they fancied they
could class themselves as authorities
and, both being in the public eye, their
opinions were favorably received and
swollowed wholesale. This was unfortunately so, for the country needed
a powerful stimulant, to moderately,
not mildly excite the energetic class to
new exertions, and was loosening the
tiresome prejudices of outside capital
to enter, and free the long struggling,
patient prospector from tile burdens
carried for a lifetime, but he went unrewarded and saw his recent hopes
Come to naught by the criticism ol
those mentioned.
Now booming founded on lies causes
disaster, but booming on the truth is
absolutely necessary in British Columbia today. The simple truth is not
enough. It cannot attract and the
reason is obvious, requiring no explanation, therefore the methods employed by some of the Poplar Creel-,
enthusiasts were legitimate because
they have undoubtedly the goods there,
and had any other policy been adopted
not a cento!' outside money would have
been invested. Wbai does Mr. Robertson say to the lact that seven-eights
of the money raised for Poplar Creek
-promotions this summer-—CHWrti—Irorn
those who had actually with their.own
eyes seen what they were investing iu ?
Is    there   a   similar   record    ill   B.    C.
mnals ?  it was to me most remarkable
md   I  can   name   no   precedent.     Un-
Read Float.
Job printing can be had at this office.
A college education is good for a boy'
when he recovers from it
Knocking a man down tor calling
you a liar doesn't disprove the allegation.
Consider the ways of the humble
dray ; it has a tongue, but it never
LV      !Jl»«j    dealers   m
'.rid other Provisions.
Nelson, B. 0.
A.  Ii
veyor, Kas"
rt 6-% rf& r?       Pio'viricial
'-£<»;AMi j     Land riur-
terest in the lower Lardeau country,
other than being the owner of some
samples, one of which i picked Lip myself on the Swede group, going
thousands of dollars to the ton, but
having been nearly all over the northwest and in various mining districts in
the world, 1 declare most emphatically-
that as a "free-gold belt the Lardeau is
preeminent and that any cither opinion
also of the correspondent of that excellent journal, The Vivtoria .Mining Re-! fortunately 1 have not the siightes: in
cord, .are not genuine contributions,
their worth being' easily tested, lor ii
was essential for both these gentlemen
to have honestly faced the task of making known the n^w El Dorado and that
is exactly what they have not done,
for does anyone think..that the extensive
mineral bell of the Lardeau, practically
unknown even to the best informed
authority in the country, can be lightly
passed over in a couple of hours, and
be criticized. It is common knowledge
that every mining engineer of repute
usually gives at least two days to raiake
an examination of one claim to do it
properly, but here are two men, the
. one ostensibly for the purpose of gaining further notoriety for his ultra conservatism regarding Kootenay propositions, which attitude is just now
fashionable at the coast, .the other,
possibly because the country being
overrun with paper Bg'ents promising
the immediate advent of a Pierpont
Morgan, if only funds be provided for
a   craftily   worded   write-up, found   no
support, retiring disgusted and the
narrow logic of his argument disposed
him to dampen public enthusiasm just
because there happened to be a dearth
of the coined article and theuould-be
advertiser preferred to be less gullible
than formerly, but was willing to be
shown how a stock advertisement
would pay.
is prejucuc-
What did Mr. Robertson go to Poplar lor? His short useless visit is evidenced When he declares, proving his
incapacity to perform ids duties properly, that "he was informed" that
samples from the famous Lucky jack
property assayed so much. Was it too
much trouble to carry a few pieces of
rock away, granting that gold weighs
heavy, but not possessing' the grayity
of lead which does not incommode him
seemingly. Many other facts might
be cited, each sufficiently important to
demand the dismissal of ffgureheads
and in their places put hustlers and
progressionists, and I am glad to see
that very little is necessary to incite
the mining people of Kootenay to en
force their demands for a fitting repre
sentative. G. Raymond Payne.
Beware of the man wdio never did
anything wrong. There's a first time
for everything.
It is the coming City at  the Second Crossing.
Wholesale dealers in Wine, Beer, Liquors and
Cigars.     The famous  Pabst  Beer always  in
A   special   line   is   Dawson's   Extra
This noted fluid is a nectar fit for the gods
and Poplar pioneers, and a sip or two of it
will bring surcease of sorrow to any soul
weary of bucking bitter fate. Poplar, B. C, Dec. 4, 1903.
I   The I
13b oil Cm
Best Menu in the City
I   Jacobson
Bed Rooms Large and   |
We Sell Liquors
Just as They
Come from the
& Anderson.
Alex Smith will spend the winter in
the east.
Frank Holton is taking a look at
Billy Schnell has bought the barber
business of Ferguson.
Some of the local hotels may soon
have new landlords.
E. L. Masterson spent a few days in
Trout Lake this week.
A communication from Mr. Osgood
is held ovea until next week.
Application is being made for the
establishment of a public school.
It is expected that the clearing of
s reets will be resumed   in a  few days.
It is reported that a temperance
society is to be organized   in Ferguson.
Fraser & Ogilvie have built themselves a hne residence near the Lucky
S. F. Peterson closed his restaurant
last week and returned to Trail for the
Jackson Radcliffe and Joe Palmer
are doing a big business in their new
Phil O'Connor came in this week
and will put in several shifts at the
Swede group.
Percy Godenrath has written a romance on Poplar, in which Charley
Copp is the hero.
A dairy is being established at Poplar, and it will no longer be a condensed milk town.
The agents of God have not yet
made a location in Paplar, although a
parson prospected the ground a few
days ago,     He found a little float.
Joe Squires has obtained the right to
600 inches of water on Cascade creek
and has gone to Rossland to complete
arrangements for puttingtn a plant to
light Poplar with electricity. He will
ask the C. P. R. for the privilege of
stringing the wire along their right of
Mayor Archer of Kaslo blew into
town last Monday. He will build a
large store in March.
Alfred Ockennan has electrified Vancouver by showing in that city rich
specimens from the Spyglass.
This journal is sent to any address
for $2 a year in advance. It is s^nt
for life anywhere on receipt of $25.
Another lead was discovered on the
surface of the Lucky Jack this week.
It is about a foot wide and samples
from it show $4,000 a ton in free gold.
John Malone of Nelson was in town
last week looking at the Gold Hill, in
which he is interested. John expects
it to be a greater bonanza than the
Tremont in Nelson.
Is the oldest hotel in Poplar,
and adjoins the C. P. R. depot.
The wet grocery department
contains pure goods, any brand
of which will produce optimistic
ar Transfer Co.
Fivight moved to any part of the
city or the hills. A heavy team of
horses and a string of husky mules
always at the service of the public.
Lots cleared in any part of townsite
Jost & Ostby will build a butcher
shop next to the Royal hotel just as
soon as the lumber arrives.
J. H. Hambly of Deadwood, B. C.
has purchased a couple of lots in Poplar and will move his stock of general
merchandise here as soon as his building is completed.
J. M. Harais, who has done more
for Sandon than any other man, offers
to bet that Poplar will have 3,000 people in it by next spring. He states
that he has never seen any gold showings equal to those on the surface of
the claims around Poplar.
A bank is needed in these diggings.
The writer saw over $20,000 in gold in
a shack the other day near this office
and is fearful for its safety.
The Poplar Laundry
And Bath House.
Notary   and   Commissioner
George   Chataway.
Has cocktails for the  nervous,
§ beer for the delicate, whiskey ^
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tt for   the   hardv    mountaineer, ^
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§ and cigars for those who pre- *
tt fer narcotic to alcoholic stimu
tt   August Buffaic
lanson Strand & Johnson.
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Manager  ^
Has ample accommodation for a
large number of people. The table
is supplied with the best in the market. The bar contains the popular
brands of liquid tonics and cigars.


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