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 VOL.!. NO. HI.
S2.00A YEAR.
Once  Condemned Hy  Experts  lint
Now A Hummer.
The Original Tool Urou|) us it is To-
Day���Will lie n Scene of Activity
This Scuson.���Brief Mention of
Properties Now Being Developed.
The group of claims originally staked
hj W. B. Pool in '92 consisted of seven
lull claims and are now known as the
I. X. L., the Maybe, the Nettie L., the
Ajax, the Brow, the Raven and the
GlouseCapNo.l. These properties were
then known as the Fool group and were
owned by Mr. Pool and by those ho
had staked in with him. Since then
the majority of the [claims have
changed bands ; in fact Mr. Pool only
retains an interest by location in two
���claims, the Nettie L, and the Maybe.
The writer will try to give IOarlk
readers a general idea of the leading
features of these claims starting at
the I. X. L., on the north fork of the
Lardeau. It is an easy matter to trace
the Nettie L. lead right through the
��even claims above mentioned. In
tact one could practically walk on it
the whole distance. The strike of the
lead is n, w.'and s. e, and for some distance down It has a strong dip to the
n. e., hut where some depth has been
teached the dip is not so great.
The formation of tlie country is
elate and schist cut by several dikes of
diorite of varying thickness. It is ono
Of these dikes of diorite which forms
what is known as the Nettie L. lead.
The only difference the writer can see
l \ between the dike where they find the
'. marvellously rich ore ot the Nettie L.
\ *nd the other parallel dikes of diorite
. la that there is more quartz where the
ore is found. It is the writer's opinion
that a body of ore is likely to be de-
malted along any of 'he. fractures
'Caused by the intrusion of these dikes.
Tim I. X. L.
There has been considerable work
done on some of these claims. Tho. I.
X. L., owned by T. J. Beatty of Vancouver, has an opon cut about 40 feet
���nd between 70 and 80 feet of tunnell'ng
lias been driven. The idea when the
tunnel was started was to crosscut the
lead at a point where a splendid surface- shewing of ore was exposed and
then drift on the ore. Tbe ore was
crosscut and the drifting started, but
only run a few feet till it ran out of
ledge matter entirely and into solid
diorite, there being a slight fault In
tbe lead, but with a crosscut run u
few feet, tbe writer is of the opinion
that a body of ore second to none on
the lead could easily be found.
Tho Maybe.
On the Maybe, which joins the Nottie
L. on the n. w., and now ownod by tho
Double ICuglo Mining Company, considerable work has already been done
with highly satisfactory results. Klch
ore is uow in sight in diHerein places
in the workings, but it Is understood
is mostly of u concentrating nature us
jot. It is practically assured that
Atlth a concentrator this property
-would already be shipping a large
���quantity of exceedingly tiigh-gruile
. concentrates and there Is scarcely a
doubt but that with' a little more development work the Maybe will
expose largo bodies of shipping ore.
Till' NYltlc L,
The next claim is the Nettle L., also
within a stonos throw of Ferguson.
The writer has no Intention of attempting to describe this property. It has
already spoken for Itself. Cireat credit
is due W. B. Pool tho manager, for
bis rigid perseveronco und the way ho
stuck to the property Inspnoofditll
culties which would discourage most
mon. He stayed by it like a porous
plaster, made it a succosb, and now
has tho horse-laugh on the yellow-
legged exports who condemned it.
The Ajax.
Tho Ajax 'Is the next claim, on Oio
n. e. of the N-ttio L. It is also owned
by tho Great Western Mines Limited.
There is very little work done on it yet,
but the company intend to develop it
this season.
The  llrow.
Then comes tho Brow, owned by tho
Iittmpkiebrothers.- Considerable work
has been done on it nnd it is tlie Intention of the' owners to continue its development during tho coming summer.
The gtnvon,
i Tho next claim is tho Haven, owned
by Messrs, Trennor.Unelland Cordon of
Forguson, and Dr. McGuire of Vancouver. There has been a lot of work
done on it. Ono tunnel about 10 feet
In length, crosscuts the lead near the'
surface. Some ore was exposed by
this tunnel and the ledge gave considerable value in gold. Another tunnel 130 foot in length has boon run to
crosscut tho lead at, a good depth.
This tunnel has not roaehod tho lead
yet, but the owners will push work
during the coining summer to tap tlie
ledgo at a good depth,
Till,  (iloUSl,  Clip.
Ou the Glouso 'Cap but little work
has been done yet. The claim has been
surveyed and is bonded to an eastern
I>. Ferguson mid  J. Knowles Will Meet
J.  M.   Slceair   in   Revelstoke   and
if Possible Make a Deal.
The Tower deal is now pending final
decision. D. Ferguson received word
from his partner J. Knowles on Monday, and left in tho afternoon for Revelstoke, where they will meet J. M.
Skeafi and arrange if possihlo new
terms. The owners have lost no faith
in their property, and it is thought
that the Towser Mining syndicate will
agree to almost any reasonable terms,
as they too feel sure tho property is all
right, with further development. The
Eagle can only hope that the deal will
result in the resumption of work with a
large force of men at an early date.
The Eagle has made a careful canvass among the property owners just
over tho summit, on the Duncan slope,
as to their grievance in being switched
oil into the Kaslo mining division,
where they must now go to do their
recording, etc. Tho distance to the
Kaslo oflice as compared with the oflice
on this side is unreasonable. It costs
a man at least $50 and the loss of his
time to go round via the Slocan to do
his business. There is not even a
blazed trail down the upper Duncan
slope. The following loi*>' -.. M-\
Kellie, our representative at Victoria,
explains itself:
Ferguson. B. a, Feb. 20, 1900.
J. M. Kellie, M. P. P.,
Victoria, B. C,
Dear Sir: I would like to call your
attention to tho recent change made in
tho boundary linos of this mining division, and to the inconvenience it will
cause to myself and a great many
others similarly situated. Before this
change we were within twelve miles
of the recording oflice at Trout Lake
City. Since the change we are compelled to go to Kaslo via Nakusp or Nelson, a journey which can not be accomplished without a very great expense
of time and money, which a prospector
can ill afford. It is the wish of all
interested that the upper Duncan remain attached to the Trout J.alio mining division. We think it very unfair
that we should be caused so much inconvenience at the instigation of Kaslo.
We feel conlident that you will give
this matter your careful attention, und
take energetic measures for our relief.
I am, dear sir, yours sincerely,
Jas. A. Lade.
Whoever started this meddling with
the boundaries had vory little to do.
It may have been done to try aud help
resurrect Kaslo, but this too is uu impossible feat. Mr. Kellie did some tall
wiring to the Kootenay Mail some
time ago. He was getting tho matter
readjusted and that at least a
would bo created at Trout Lako City.
Ul course nothing has been heard of it
since. Tho sub-oihee would not he
satisfactory anyway to tho property
owners over tho summit. They will
insist on this mining divisloli including
their properties, und nothing short of
this will satisfy them,
Sinao tho above was written and a
tolograin sent, the following; lias been
received by tho EAGLE. The comment
still holds good.
Victoria, U. C, Feb. 28, 1000.
Eagle, Ferguson,
Ordei'-iii-councll authorizing tho
appointment of deputy mining recorder
on December 30. Taylor notilled on
January 24th. Final order through
gold commissioner issued on February
20th. Claims on Duncan slope may be
recorded at Trout Lake City. Sgd.
W. P. Rohektson,
Provincial Mineralogist.
l're.lriolit ShnughiioBsy Assure,, .Mr. !���:. A.
Helmet That the V. r li. Will lleneh
Trout Lake This Hummer.
Edgar A. Bennett, former manager
of the Silver Cup, sends tbo following
very gratifying and self explanatory
letter to D, L. Clink :
Windsor Hotil. Montreal,
February loth, 1900.
Dear Mr. Clink:   Mr.   Shaughnessy
tells me that their line will bo built to
Trout Lako City this summer.
Yours very truly,
Edgar a. Bun-net
The Slaughter of Men Is Terrible on ilotli
Sides, lint the British lire un Top.
London, February 27.���Principal
events of battle at Paardoborg on Sunday were fighting at a sacrifice of
Highland brigade and the charge on
Roor trenches by tlio Cornwalls and
Lord Roberts reports to war olllco
today : " British casualties in this
battle were 771. Officers and men
killed and wounded, including 03 Canadians and 273 Highlanders.
Lord Roberts has now notified war
olllce that the numbor of prisoners is
4,000. 'His report of Cronje's surrender
tells of the dashing attack made by
Canadians, supported bv tlie 1st Gordon Highlanders, and Shropshire
regiments, resulting in our gaining a
point 700 yards nearer enemy and SO
yards from Cronje's 'lines, where our
incti entrenched and maintained position till morning, which clinched
matters, for at daylight Cronjc surrendered.
In the very successful attack this
morning Major Tooples was wounded
and nine men wore killed and twenty-
nine wounded. Twenty-nine Transvaal
officers and eighteen Free State officers
captured, als 75 Krupp guns and nine
1-poundors and one Maxim taken.
London, February 28.���Capetown
despatch to Daily Telegraph says:
While General Roberts was holding
Cronjc at Paardeberg General French
was moving towards Blomfontein.
Tho effect of Paardoborg victory
will probably be a move nerthward of
Boer forces on Orange river.
London theatres and music halls
shows wildest enthusiasm everywhere.
Morning papers jubilant, but press of
other nations against over confidence.
10,000 additional troops will go out,
giving effective force of 200,000.
London, February 28.���War office
has just received a despatch from
General Buller announcing that the
enemy's main position was magnift-
contly captured yesterday and Jsixty
prisoners taken.
Capetown, B'ebruary 27.���General
Cronje's surrender wan chiefly duo to
the gallant night attack upon his
trenches, by tho Canadian forces.
London, February 20.���The Queen
has telegraphed General Buller as
follows : SI havo learned with deepest concern''of the losses sustained by
my bravo Irish soldiers, and I desire
to express my sympathy and admiration
of tho bravo lighting qualities thoy
have exhibited throughout theso trying operations."
Capetown, Fobruary 28.���Thero are
000 Boer prisoners at Modder river,
most of whom surrendered on Friday
and Saturday. They are kept under
guide between barbwlre fences.
lll'lt  LAST  UHQUE9T,   MIt.   KKI.LIK.
It is a noticeable fact that nearly all
tho mineral claims being worked to
any extent aro located in close proximity to! or easterly from Ferguson,
-i-d many of them are situate just over
the summit somo seven miles west of
hore, on tho Duncan and west fork
thereof. This important part of the
district has been sadly neglected in
the way of trails. J. W. Westfall, who
represents several good mining companies operating almost entirely in
tills locality, has expended very nearly J3.000 In building trails to their
properties, approaching from this side,
but does not feel justified in now building nioro to the head of navigation on
tlie othor side, though badly needed.
There arc also many other well known
properties just over tho divide, though
generally supposed by many to he on
this side. Tliu construction of this
trail would fall partly upon B. F.
Green, if the Kagi.i1 judges aright.
Now if Messrs. Green and Kellie
would got together for ten minutes and
jointly ask lor an appropriation for
this work at once, and securo it, they
would glvo a wonderful boon to this
highly mineralized and promising new
section of the country. When private
companies have soen their way blear
to spend $3,000 on trails from this side
surely tho government can go another
83,000 for the other side, which would
do for a starter. Tho money should be
spent ou a trunk trail, builton a wagon
i'ond grade, up the Duncan and west
fork. The mining companies and
other property owners would be quite
willing to build tho branch trails from
thoir respective properties. This is
surely a businoBB proposition and a
reasonable requost.
The smelter returns of the recent
Nettie "L. shipment went $140 to tho
ton, or $21,000 for the lot. The company will transfer thoir bond office to
Ferguson as soon as they can put up a
building, j
What  The  Owners  Have Already  liiiiii,
Are   l>���iui; mill Will Do.
Tho Lade Group,
Probably there is not a group in the
district which has been more talked of
than this one. It will be remembered
by many as having created a furoro In
the camp in '07, when (lie country
round it was staked for miles. Without a grub stake, at,midnight, anyway
to got there first was the Older when
it leaked out that "the Lade boys havo
struck a mint." Tho assays'obtained
were marvellous; stringers of free
gold in a dirty brownish-black spongelike quartz was plainly visible to the
naked oye. The shocking deatli of
ono of the owners iu a terrific snow-
slido at Silvertou, lack of (rails and
more particularly a big deal pending,
has kept back development more than
otherwise would have been the case.
This well known group consists of live
claims, tho Foundation, Olive Mabel,
Ophir, Goldenville and Annie L. They
are located on tho little west fork of
the Duncan, just over the summit from
tho headwaters of" Gainer creek, about
seven miles sttaight east of Ferguson,
and arc reached via tho Badshot trail
up Gainer creek, a distance of nearly
fourteen miles. A 112-foot tunnel lias
been driven on tho Olive Mabel, to tap
tho lead at about 00-foot depth. There
has also been two short shafts sunk on
the lead, from one of which two tons
of ore were shipped in '97, giving a
return of $440. Tho owners Messrs.
J.A. Lade, V. F. Lade and A. PI, Gunn,
intend extending tho tunnel to catch
the lead, about 30 feet more, early this
season, and expect to strike some very
rich stuff. If surface indications go
for anything they certainly have a
good thing. One assessment has been
done on the Annie L., with satisfactory
results. Negotiations with a good
English company aro now in progress,
and it is not improbable that this
property will shortly change hands at
a good round figure. "The company
will, if terms can bo agreed upon, commence extensive development with a
largo force of men," said Mr. Lade,
who makes Ferguson his headquarters,
"put in necessary machinery and provide better means of transportation
between hero and tlie property." One
assay, made by Mr. Dedplf of the Kaslo
sampler, went $11,343 in gold to tho
ton. Other tests made by different
assayers range from $80 to $3,000.
The Rusty Axe.
This property is sltuato on Haskins
creolt, two miles from Haley creek.
The Rusty Axe was located by Messrs.
Bailey and Smith. Mr. Bailey says It
has one of tho finest shewlngs in tho
district, carrying three stringers of
clean shipping ore varying from 2 to 4
inches in width. A Vancouver company lias taken a working bond on
this property and will commence operations as soon as the Enow goes off it.
The government has beon nsked for a
trail up Haskins creek, which if granted will be a great lift to all claim
holders in Haskins basin, whore considerable ore will be taken out of this
The Josle.
W. Shannon and P. Nicholson cumo
in from the Josie mineral claim, situated about li miles from Ferguson up
the south fork on the south-west side,
on Saturday last. Thoy now have the
tunnel along a big strong ledge of iron
quurtz and graphite, carrying silver,
in 110 feet, and a 12-foot crosscut across
tho lodge at that point. W. Shannon
has acquired a half interest in this
property from" F. Troauor, the owner,
and later on this soason thoy will eon-
tlnno drifting along the load. Thoy
have not struck tho ore chute yot, but
the indications are good enough to
warrant more prospect, work.
The Idle Hour UrOUp.
(Kamloops Group Rcstakod.j
W. II. Howard was down on Tlnn's-
day, for more supplies, from tho Idle
Hour, a property restakod back of the
Nettle L. last full. Mr.'Howard is
working steadily on a tunnel drifting
along tbo lead. Ho is now in about 12
feet and at 40 feet will crosscut. A
deal is now on for this property and
work is being pushed forward with
that end in view. If tho negotiations
3tlok,.work on a much larger scalo will
bo commenced.
it, the middle one being 1 I feet wide,
shewing sovoral itrlngers ol pure clean ore Irom '1 lo 12 Inches
in width. Tee lodge matter consists
of galetfu, zinc bleudo, inagnltltc aud
iron pyrites of iron, and also runs higr
in gold. A 14-foot shaft has beon sunk
on it, with a noticeable improvement
in quality and quantity. Assays havo
in-,mi reoblved going ovor $100 to tho
tou. The owners intend ta do considerable work this season and Vory likoly
:i trial shipment will be made,"
The Cranky <i:,ek.
This claim is located un Lako creel;,
three miles from the Lardeau river
below tho foot of the hike. .1. Rudy,
tho locator, says he has a shewing of
fi inches of clean ore and ���! feet of concentrates. A CuOer M Alone company
has taken over this property and will
commence extensive operations about
June 1st. One contract lias been let
for a 100-foot tunnel to bu driven on the
lead, while another will soon bo let for
a crosscut.
���:A I
"'ort'c iioitiji Increased anil Siililftients
Will Continue.
The Surprise llnittp.
This group is situated on Surprise
creek, seven miles north of Ferguson.
Of the Surprise claim D. Morgan says:
" Thero is un immense surface showing
and. it Is an exceptionally promising
proporty.   Throe  leads  pass through
The Government Will Blsoor Full on tho
Now Distribution   mil.���Juatloo to
West Kootonay.
The new distribution bill seems to
have for its chief object to do justice
to West Kootenay, and make as single
constituencies thinly populated divisions which previously hud two members. The total number of members
will remain the same us now. Island
will lose two members, while West
Kootonay will benefit to that extent.
Two constituencies of north und south
Victoria ure merged into 'One, to be
called Saunich. As of course was only
expected, Esquimalt is to be docked
of ono member. Nanaimo divisions
aro changed back Lo what they were
before the gerrymander act of iwis.
The two Lillooets ure mude into one,
and Boundary Croekgains the member
which the other region loses. Cariboo
is divided into two ridings, and West
Kootenay will send six members in
place of four if the bill passes. These
riding avo ttuvoistoke, Lameuu, Slocan, Kaslo. Nelson and -Uosslaod. No
change is made in Vancouver, Victor la,
Now Wcstminstor, Dewduey, Delta,
Chilliwack. Richmond, Must Kootenay,
(,'assiar, Alberni and Comox.
The following reply received only
last night by interested parties is at
least reassuring.
Victoria, Fobruary Nth, 1900.
Deur Sir: In reply to your letter of
tlie 7th instant, I do not think thero is
reason for any alarm us to the charter
of the North Kootonay Water, Power
& Light company. Tbe power they
may get lo acquire water rights will
be regulated by the Water,Clauses'
Act and unless they utilize the powers
within a certain time they lose any
privilege  they  may   have  obtained.
There   are  special   powers given to
municipalities to acquire water rights.
It  is   difficult to 'refuse permission to
anyono complying with the law * * *.
Yours truly,
l*1. Carter-cotton.
H. J. Jackson, the blacksmith here,
received a wiro on Thursday from Col.
Steele, to report himself at Ottawa us
one of Strathcona's Florso, Mr. -lack-
son has scL-n oigbt years'service in tbo
1st Royal Dragoons, lie is not only a
good rider but'a first claBS Bwordsman,
and no doubl he will give a good
account of himself, or get tilled with
load, oa tho maybe. Owing to
the short notice for him to gel roady,
nothing more could be done iii giving
him a Bond-off than what monoy was
quickly raised, $."1(1., $25 of which was
sent down by the boys at tho Nottlfl L.
Lust night's mail brought in reliable
word that in speeiul meetings the
Slocan miners' unions resolved to lower
the union scale of wages from 83.60 to
$3,25 per shift. The miners arc going
to work iu any mine offering this scale.
Tho information does not say whothcr
the miners' union has been recognized
by tho mino owners or not.
The scalo in the Lardeau will likely
remain at $3;50 a shift.
Just as the ��EaoLE goes to press a
mossengor in post haste arrived from
tho Nottie L. for D[\ Wilson. The
foreman, J. Dohorty, lias been badly
injured by a falling rook this morning
at about 10 o'clock. And it Is feared
with serious results. If possible be
will be brought down tho hill.
The "Ragle" Visits The Nettie L;
nnd Sees the Wonderful I'rojjress
Now 15ein(| Made My the Great
IVestini Mines, Limited.
Tho Nettie L. mino has already received considerable newspaper space,
hut It is all that ever has been claimed
for ii. And the' shareholders havo
good reasons for patting themselves on
the back. It has shippod something
like*2"),U0U worth of ore already, but
this has only been an impetus for
doubling their efforts. The Nettie L.
is a good property for this earn]) in
many ways. The owners, the Great
Western Minos, Limited, intend to
work every man they can iind room
for. They pay the standard wage.
They have provided comfortable quarters for their men, and their cuisine
service is much bettor than the average
hotol. They buy their supplies from
Ferguson merchants. And not the
least, they have demonstrated to the
outside world that this is a camp of
high-grade ores, improving witli every
blast. The surface shewing was nothing marvellous, in fact the property
was once condemned byycllow-leggers,
but nothing daunted; Manager Pool
know his business and is uow reaping
his reward, fie hammered away alone,
Liien hired a eoupleof men giving them
an interest in the property, und finally
organized the company which now
owns It. / larger force was put on
with rosull ��� already known.
The Eagle took advantage of the
best climate ou earth, and ou Thursday last visited tho young mine,���for
nothing less than a mino it is. The
Nettie L. is located just overlooking
tlvdtowu oi' Ferguson .from the east, on
what is now known as the Nettle L.
hill, formerly Mount Homer, about 1+
miles by air line, or .'U miles by the
present rawhide trail. ^Reaching the
mine just al noon we joined the miners
and did ample justice to the well cooked wholesome food provided. Along
With A. K.iKincaide we visited the
upper workings of tho mine. The
amount: of work done is surprising.
The main tunnel crosscuttlng tho lead,
drifts both ways on the load, shafts,
slopes, everywhere clean shipping ore
was banging to the walls whore tho
men were working. The EAGLE "will
not attempt details, its not necessary.
Eight men working hore are taking
out on an average three tons of high
grade clean shipping ore a day. which
keeps Mr. Kincaidc, the ore sacker, on
tho jump. Three men are busily engaged in the long lower tunnel, where
thoy expect to tap. the same lead at
about M0 foot depth In a very lew more
shifts. Even now some orn is encountered. Since the lower tunnel was
driven tho upper workings have beon
drained, much to the comfort of the
miners. Comfortable quarters are
provided, and tlie ore house, blacksmith shop, powder magazine, horse
stable, everything is under cover. Tho
Nettie L. is going to be as rich a mine
as ever graced the Slocan.
Inspector Dornmn Now   Arranging Pot
ii   Now   Service     A    GoilBoiMl   To
ThN UUtriot.
On the 23rd Inst, the Ferguson people
wire 1 Postoffice Inspector Domain at
Vancouvor as follows : " No mail hero
sinco 17th. Investigate at once. No
excuse for delay. Writing.*' This
bringing no reply, on the 25th the
EAGLE liivd another: "No mail still nor
likelihood of any with present contractor. Craig & tlillman, Thomson's
Landing, or A. P. Morrison, Trout
Luke City, will bring it in immediately
if wired to do so. Some action should
be taken at once. Hundreds inconvenienced.'1 This elicited the following
reply, which speaks for itself: "Will
proceed to Arrowhead to arrange
service at once.���W. H. Dorman."
The fact of the matter is that Johnson
took tho contract for loss than it can
be dono for ami apparently la putting
up tho "no ice'' excuse as something to
fall upon. The government is to blame
in tho first placo for awarding the eon-
tract to a man who has no facilities
for handling the task. They deemed
reliable tenderers' figures too high.
But this has proved a bitter mistake.
However the EAGLE has played its
part iu securing an investigation. It
will now await developments. THE FERGUSON EAGLE, FERGUSON, B. C, FEBRUARY 28, 1900.
PublUhed every   Wednesday uiurnlim ut the
Office of publication, Ferguson. ��. U., by
Advertising Rates:    Display ads, tt.M per
column Inch; $8.00 per inch wlien Inserte I on
title page. Legal ads, 10a ncr (n on panel) line for
first insertion; SO for each additional insertion.
Resiling notices loc per lino each Issue. Birth,
Marriage and Death notices free.
Subscription Rates: By mail or carrier, 98,00
per nniiuin; 81.00for six months. No pay, ~~
paper; stopped at expiration.
Job Department: Tub Kaoi.e Job Department
h well equipped, and i�� prepared to execute all
kinds of printing at honest prices. Mail orders
promptly attended to. (Jive us a trial on your
next order.
To Correspondents: THB FaQLK Invites correspondence on anv subject of interest to the
mineral put-lie. and desires a reliable regular cot-
respondent in every locality surrounding Ferguson. The bona fide name of the writer mint ac-
company manuscript.
Address all communications to���
Ferguson, B. <".
" 'Eavy fighting' I    'Ere y'are, sir,
Second Hextry Hevenin' Noosl"
Cried a ragged little urchin, boasting
neither hat nor shoes.
1 watched his perseverance us his shivered in the cold,
And tried to count the coppers for the
papers he had sold.
He must  have seen me standing, aud
came over with a run;
" Ere v'are, sir! Second Hextry:
Yuss, the British troops 'as won
Thank'ee, sir! its wort a penny, an'it
wont go to the pub j
There's the kid and muvver waitin' till
I bring 'em home tlie grub.
What,'art a dollar?   S'elpme;   are you
the Prince of Wiles.
Or maybe Burin Rolschild, what they
writes about in tiles?
Gawd bless yer, Kernel, this 'ere means
a bit o' fire for weeks,
And summat'ot for muvver!'' and the
tears ran down his cheeks.
"The old gal won't think I've pinched it
'cos she knows I'm runnin' strite
Why, she'd git a fit of fright, Bir, if I
only stved out lite!
Battle, sir? Well, I believe yer!   Here's
a full list o' the dead;
My farver's out there fightin,' so 1 'as to
earn the bread.
Yus, I alius takes a copy   'ome,  and
muvver reads the list
Ter  see  if  farver's   number's   in   the
wounded, killed or missed.
No, sir, I ain't no scholard, nut 1 gets a
pal to see
Before I tikes a paper 'ome, for seven-
Would vou mind just a-lookin' for me?
'Ulfo!   Wot mikes yer cry?
'Ave you found out you've lost a pal?
Well, some as got to die.
Wot?   You've got my faver's number!
No!   For  Gawd's  sike  s'v  you're
Ht dropped his papers in the street, his
little face was hidden,
Than lifting up his head, he cried, "Ob
tell us it's anuvver!
1 can't go 'ome and  break  the iiooh, its
lure to settle muvver.''
Th.   kit. Rust Coast Landing  Placm.-
Motltti'ii Convenlfmct*M.
You land In south Africa at the foot
of a mouniain 3,000 feet high. They
call it Table Mountain, and the veil of
mist that, excepting on very clear days
overhangs it, South Africans are pleased to term the. "Tablecloth." Presenting a front of solid rock 1,000 feet in
height, perpendicular as a wall, and for
half a mile on top level, this mountain
affords the best natural signboard on
earth. Time, and again have English
tirmf attempted with fabulous sums, to
secure it for advertising purposes, but,
as yet, there has Oeen no such defacement.
Table Mountain marks the tip end of
tha dark continent. Below it nestles
the city of Cape Town, a beautiful bay
stretching out into the foreground. On
the west the mountain breaks off vary
abruptly, and the railway skirts about
it to the interior. On the east it slopes
off into a hilly, picturesque formation,
known as the "Lion's Back, "and then
gradually rising into tho Drakenburg
mountains. This is the only groat
mountain range south of the Zambesi,
and by noting its location one may understand in a trice just what South
Africa is geographically.
Steaming along the east coast from
Cape Colony northerly, vou have the
Drakenburg in view nearly all the
way to Belra, a distance of 2,0oo mileB.
In Cape Colony and Natal the mountains in miiuy places dip to the water's
edge, and with a Held glims one may
see on their crags and peaks smoke
curling up from the native villages. In
Portugese, territory the mountains recede slightly from the coast, anil at
Delegoa Bay there is an intervening
stretch of lowland twenty miles wide.
At Beira this has increased to HO miles.
At the Zambesi the Drakenburg terminates.
To get into the interior of South Africa from any of the five east coast landing places���Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban, Delagoa Bay and Beira���
one must cross a short extent of lowland and then ascend steep mountains.
Having arrived there, the traveller is
conscious of little or no descent, five-
sixths of the whole interior being a vast
plateau that extends to the Zambesi on
the north and to tbe Atlantic on the
west, and varies in altitude from 8,000
to 6,000 feet above sea level. A fringe
of tropical country, where bloom the
magnolia and the rose, where flourish
the banana, the cotton, and the tea
plant; a long stretch of mountains running parallel to the Indian ocean, the
highest peaks of which are capped with
snow, and in whose valleys wave tracts
nf wheat aud com; a vast prairie, studded here and there with patches of
scrub woodland, mission stations and
vast farms with millions of sheep and
cattle grazing thereon; a few thousand
hamlets scattered like oases over a great
landscape made black by the native
Africans who live in thatched huts, and
wear but a breech clout; a dozen large
towns where is heard the clang
of the American trolley cars and the
clatter of the police patrol, aud about
which men cluster as flies gather to a
jar of sweets; the remnants of a once
mighty zoological garden, including
many leopards, beautiful and lithe, baboons, antelopes, jackals and crocodiles
aud a less number of hippototaml and
giraffes: some iron ore, some coal, some
copper, and a little silver; forty miles of
gold and one hundred acres of diamonds,
That is South Africa.
Among the battle account! from
South African war correspondents received by way of London, is a story
from Bennett Burleigh, representative
of the London Dally Telegraph,dealing
with Col. Long's daring but unfortunate artillery movements at the battle
ofColenso. It contains the following
vivid portrayal:���
"As the men were being shot down
very rapidly, Col. Hunt advised that It
would be better to abandon the guns.
He himself had just baen shot through
both legs. Long's reply waa: 'Wenever
abandon guns.' Subsequently Col.Hunt
called attention to the fact that there
was no use firing. There were scarcely
any men left and next to no ammunition. After that an order was given to
abandon the guns. They had for an
hour been fighting in the face of the
fiercest fusilade the battery ever en
dured. Yet, even then, all was not
over,, for four men persisted in serving
two guns and remaining beside their
cannon. One of either pair carried the
shell, the others laid and fired their beloved 15-pounders.
"But two men were left. They continued the unequal battle. They exhausted the ordinary ammunition, and
finally drew upon and fired the emer
gency round of case, their last shot.
Then thev stood at attention beside the
gun, and an instant later fell pierced
through and through by Boer bullets.
Thus, I say, by the light of all my experience in war, these gunners of ours
are men who deserve monuments over
their graves, and even Victoria crosses
in their coffins."
Thou shalt have no other president
but me.
Thou shalt not take unto thyself any
Britisher: not on my lands, or under
my lands, or by the waters above. I
am a jealous man, but they hate me;
and I shall show no mercy unto the
thousanas that surround me, and not
keep my command.
Thou shalt not take the name of Oom
Paul Kruger in vain; for I am a jealous
and upright man.
Kemember to keep open the Sabbath
day, by going to church; and take thy
Bible with thee���even though thou do-
est all manner of work after���thou, thy
son, thy daughter, nor thy Kaffir. Lord
help a Britisher hanging around my
gates: for this is my country, and I
narrowed it.
Honor Oom  Paul Kruger, pay your
taxes and see that the Britisher pays
his, that thy days may bo long upon the
Transvaal, that I giveth thee.
Thou shalt do no murder���to thine
own people���but if a Britisher crosses
thy path, take your little Bible in one
hand, your sword in the other.
Thou shall not commit thyself by any
degree nf malice or hatred���only when
you show the white rag.
Thou shalt not steal amongst thine
own people���but when strangers come
within our borders take all you can, for
my sake and the government's.
Thou shalt bear false witness against
thy neighbor.
Thou shalt covet thy neighbor's houso
also his land, his mines, his ox, or his
ass���or anything, if he is a Britisher.
A mountain, which Has been on fire
for more than a hundred years, is situated just west of Newcastle, Col. So
close is it, says tbe Kansas City World,
that its shadow envelops the town at 5
p. m. at this time nf year, and yet the
people hereabouts think no more of il
than of the beautiful Grand river whioh
washes the feet of the huge pile where
the fire has burned so long. To the
tenderfoot, however, the glittering
patches of deep red fire, where it breaks
out on the side of the mountain end is
exposed to view, there is nothing in all
the state quite its equal.
The fire is fed by a big vein of coal]
which the mountain contains. Just how
the coal became ignited is not known.
The oldest resident says it was on fire
when he came, and the Ute Indians,
who once lived there, say it was burning
many years before the first white man
crossed the continental divide. The supposition is that the coal was ignited by a
forest tire at an early date in the present
century. It has smouldered and steadily burned until this day. Atnightwhen
the moon is dark is the best time to see
the fire. Then it is that it resembles
the regions of inferno as given us in the
word-painting of Dante. The earth covering the coal is loosened by the heat
and falls away, exposing the sheet of
Efforts have been made to extinguish
the Are. Some time ago a company
which owns a large amount of coal land
constructed a ditch from a point several
miles above the mountain, into which it
succeeded in turning the water which
goes to form Elk creek.
Previously a shaft had been sunk in
the mountain and into the shaft the
water was permitted to flow. The shaft
was soon filled, but the fire was above
the level of the water, and the effort
was a failure.
George A. Gouin, over in Calgary, last
fall loved a married woman more well
than wisely. The husband leaded
George with a six-shooter one day. After
George got well he moved to Innisfail.
The male citizens of that town did not
want him to stay; afraid of competition, probably, so they got up a petition
asking him to leave the burg. The Free
Lance says that John Thompson expressed himself as follows regarding the
"It's nothing but a piece of impertinence," said the genial John, ''and if a
man handed that thing to me (referring
to petition) I'd take no notice of it.
There are plenty of men down on that
petition worse than Gouin, and I can
prove it."
"But Mr. Thompson, our four minis
ten have signed it."
"What in h��� do I care for those ministers.   Every one is a d sight worse
than Gouin."
This is Gouin it pretty strong.
Ha Wanted the Breaks.
A leading citizen in a little town in
the north of Scotland was asked to take
the office of elder in the kirk. He
seemed reluctant to accept the office till
a wag, who knew his weakness, whispered to him that if he became elder he
would get ��5 and a pair of trousers at
the end of the year. The year passed
away and, when the promised garment
did not appear, the elder went to the
minister and said: "I haven't got the
breeks yet," "What breeks?" asked
the minister. The elder ex plained and
the minister smiled and declared that
the promise was only a silly joke. The
elder expressed great disappointment
about the trousers, and was turning
iiwhv, when the minister said: "Vou
seem to care more about tho breeks
than about the money?" "Oh, ay! the
II' pun," replied the elder; "I just helpt
masel' to that fra the plate."
Too Pare for Uie.
As visitors to Wildbad-Gastuin may
remember, says the London Chronicle,
there is a spring in that watering place
which enjoyVhe unenviable title of
"The Poisoned Fountain." Though the
fluid it supplies is clear and sparkling,
and science can detect in it neither mi
crobes nor deleterious minerals, the effects produced on rash or ignorant
drinkers are highly unpleasant. A few
draughts produce decided symptoms of
gastric catarrh, and further indulgence
may lead to serious illness, and even to
death. Professor Koeppe has vouch
safed the explanation that the water is
dangerous simply because it is too pure.
Unless previously saturated to a certain
extent with mineral or organic matter,
water attracts to itself the salts contained in the cells of the mucous membrane, and this latter suffers deterlora-
tion,resiilting in Inflammatory mischief.
This is why it is unsafe to drink the
rills that trickle from a snowfleld or a
glacier.     __.	
Of the world's annual yield of petroleum, amounting to 5,000,000 gallons,
the United States produces half.
The British empire has a papulation
of 400,000,000; of this number 40,405,000
are in Europe; 308,800,000 in Asia; 45,-
000,000 in Africa, including Egypt; 7,-
100,000 in American colonies, and 5,-
500,000 in Oceanica.
-Published at tbe office, Victoria
Ave., Ferguson, B. C, every
mining Jieuis
of the IiaPdeau
and Trout bake
will be its mission, and
tbe interests of these
districts will be its sole
duty first, last and al
ways. Properties now
being operated will be
visited and accurate reports of development
given. Being published
right In the centre ot
the present activity It
will prove a valuable
medium to advertisers,
The Eagle will grow as
fast as the promising
district in which it is
$2.00 per annum
"No pay, no paper."
Will be sent to Ave addresses tor $7.60. Old
country subscriptions,
$3.00. Help the district,
- help the publisher, help
Job Printing
Of every description executed on shortest notice
at moderate prices.
Hail orders solicited.
Ferguson, B, 0.
The Pioneer
Livery, Feed
and Sale Stables
Thomsons Landing,
Trout Lake City,
Ten Mile.
to all points in the
District. Light
rigs for quick trips
provided. Saddle
horses at all stables.
The traveling public accommodated at
any timo of the day
or night. For any
further particulars,
freighting rates, etc.
Craig & Hillman,
By The
Nelson, B. C.
See that the  Blue Label
is on each box.
Staple Stationery
Letter and Note Pads,
Envelopes, Blotters,
Pens, Pencils, Ink,
Blank forms, Etc., for
sale at moderate prices
at the office of���
"The Eagle"
Victoria Avenue.
The Double Eagle
Capital, $1,000,000, in $1 shares.
4oo,ooo in the Treasury.
First Block of Treasury Shares now
on the market for a limited time
at 10 CENTS.
Malinger the Conhranc Kanoh, Limited, Mnelttod.
MmiHirliiK Director of The Nenlil, Culwiry
W. II. POOL, President Groat Weltern Mines, Limited, Ker��UMn and Revchtoko.
,1. I>. GKABAM,
GuldCommuMloiior, Atlin. HO
Rancher, Plncher Creek
Solicitor, Revelitokc
W. H. SHOWS, Proprietor St Leon Hot Spring., Revelstoke.
The Double Eagle Company h;,s been formed for the purpose, not only
Ining its present properties, but of acquiring promising claims and de-
ping them to an extent that will justify their sale to English and other
1 wnles at a profit.   The company already owns and has paid for in lull,
rllby and Old Saul properties in the famous Fish River district, and a
.quarters interest in the May Bee mine, in the Lardeau district one and
miles from Ferguson.   Sufficient promoter's shares have been set aside
purchase of the remaining quarter.
he May Bee is the sister claim to the now famous Nettie L, which has
brok n all records in British Columbia for large bodies oi phenomenally
rich ore. The May Bee and Nettie L were located together in 1892 by
Mr. W. B. Pool (who has been appointed manager of the Double Eagle Co.)
Both claims carry Identically the same rich ore on tbe surface and the same
remarkable ledge runs through both, carrying high values in gold, copper,
silver and lead. The promoters have already spent $4,000 in developing
the May Bee, with excellent results, and in order to place the mine quickly
on a shipping basis the company now offers the public the opportunity of investing to a limited extent In fully paid and non assessable treasury shares
(par value 81) at 10 cents each.
Shares will be sold in blocks of 100
and upwards.
The company reserves tbe right to withdraw the sale of shares from the market nt any time
without notice.     Application* may be sent to the Secretary,
A. H. HOLDIOH, Revelstoke.
Or to JNO. a, YOUNG, Herald Block, Calgary.
Reasons why
The Eagle is in
the District
Ferguson (its nest) is
not a "boom" town, or
liooinerang; but a steady
(rrowlnsr mining camp
since the season of '97.
Its unique geographical
position is by sneer force
making it the commercial and social centre of
Golden Lardeau.
It is situated at the
point where the "waters
of the north and south
forkn of the Upper Lardeau River meet, is
beautifully located on a
spacious flat on tho side
of a mountain, which
affords the only possible
location for a townsite
for many miles in any
direction. Planted as it
is at the forks of the
river, it commands the
traffic of the mining
camps on both the north
and south branches of
the river.
At least 20 mines are
ready to ship ore as soon
as the railway furnishes
transportation in the
vicinity. The railway
experts have been quick
to perceive the natural
advantages which its
geographical position
has conferrel upon Ferguson.
Both the C. P. R.
and Kaslo, Lardeau
& Duncan Ry have
roads surveyed into
Thus making the place
a competing point and
insuring its future as aa
important railway and   '
distributing centre. J
Taking this fnct into/
consideration and re/,
meinbering that as soon
as ever the cars reach
Forguson there will be,
on a conservative esti-
- muto, as or 80" mines
commencing to ship ore
of a grade which is a
marvel in Kootenay, the
land of high-grade silver
ore, there is no reason
for doubt as to Ferguson's  future   prospects.
The pay-roll oi the
mines tributary to Ferguson will.withlti a very
short while of the advent
of the iron horse, begin
to run away up into the
At present the following concerns are doing
business in ' Ferguson:
A saw-mill, three general stores, (which supply even the mining
companies operating iu
the district.wtaich speaks
volumes for their just
prices), four first-class
hotels, (and two more to
follow), two livery, feed
and sale stables (good
outfits for all purposes),
an assay office, a blacksmith shop, a newspaper,
a private school, (a public school to be established at onco), a money
order office, oro and supply houses.
All three store firms
purpose enlarging their
space and stock in the
A town hall, fire hall
and soveral residences
are to be erected as soon
as lumber is available.
Soveral owners of partially developed properties adjacent to the
town intend moving
their families to Ferguson in the spring, and
will then devote their
whole timo to opening
up their properties.
Three mining companies, now working full
forces on high-grade
propositions, which are
shipping oro right along,
will make their headquarters and offices at
Ferguson at once.
Ferguson will be a
smelting nnd railway
How to reach
this promising camp.
Ferguson lied about 54 miles southeast of Kevelstoke and the main
line of the Canadian Pacific Railway. It is approached at present
by taking the Arrowhead branch
at Revelstoke to Arrowhead, 28
miles, thence by steamboat up the
northeast arm of Arrow Lake to
I liomsou's Landing, 10 miles, and
from the Landing to FerguBon.a
distance of to miles, over the government wogon road by staire.
team or horseback.
Soon, however, these conditions
of travel will bo changed very much
for the better.
- Railroad surveys hold out a prom-     ,\
lseof being able to reach Ferguson     ^
either from the south or north comfortably in Pullman cars.
The district is well worth seeing
and will stand Investigation. ��.
tV'yall this bloomin' fuss abaht poor
W'y all this bally nonsense in the
It's wery 'ard for me to understand it,
But my schooling been neglected, I
They stand me driuks till I'm a blarsted
An' puff me till my 'ead begins to
An' makes me feel as if I was Sir Red-
A-drivin o' the en'my dshn to 'ell.
The girls, too���bless their 'earts! I
loves 'em dearly���
Are softer than they've been for many
a day,
An kiss me just as If I was a kiddie,
An' blest if I can tear myself away.
They 'opes I won't be shot by Kruger's
An' sent with all my sins to "Kingdom come."
They'd rather I'd come back to dear
old England.
An' make 'em appy in some little
Still, I sometimes thinks this sudden
bu'st o' glory
Is just a bit o' sentimental fad;
For In times o' peace I ain't no gallant
But am looked upon as something o'
a cad.
laint a-reckoned w'at Is called Ood
Like some ov 'em Salvation Army
In short, Is just a common private soldier���
A good-for-nothin', lazy kindo' bloke.
Well, I mav be that, and more, It dont
much matter,
To battle for my country III soon go;
An' w'ere the shot an' shell Is rsgin'
It's'there I'll be a-flghtln' o' the foe.
The (Boers may put a blessed bullet
through me,
AiP send me to the bangels In the
-AoMf I comes 'ome they'll pin a medal
to me,
Then in some wretched work-'ouse let
'        ma die.
Still, I'd rather fall a-flghtln' for my
In the trenches with my comrades,
true and brave,
Than perish on a miserable pension,
An' be buried In ��� British pauper's
Stanley "Muir of Grand Forks, and
Matthew Rurrell of Grimsby, Ont., have
just purchased ISO acres oi land from
John Manly of the former town. The
land formed part of Mr. Manley'a ranch,
and is four miles from Grand Forks.
Tbe object of the purchasers is to establish a nursery, where fruit trees, ornamental shrubs and flowers will be grown
on an extensive scale, and sold to tbe
residents of this part of British Columbia. They will go extensively into fruit
growing, and general gardening.
The Grimsby district, from which Mr.
Burrell comes, is noted for its magnificent peaches and other fruits, and it is
probable that that gentleman is an experienced fruit grower, and also that he
will be followed to the weet by other
fruit growers from the seme district.
Parts of several of the othei ranches
in the neighborhood of Grand Forks
have been subdivided into ten-acre lota,
and these lots have found a ready sale,
as it is considered that there will be an
unlimited market (or fruit, vegetables,
etc., in this part ol British Columbia.
There will also be a permanent and immense market in Manitoba, Aaslniboia
and Alberta, for all the fruit that can be
grown in British Columbia, and we have
no doubt that all the good land in the
southern part of this province will some
day be devoted to fruit-growing. As the
wheat growers and the cattle raisers of
the prairies increase in prosperity and
wealth, they will be able to pay for more
and more fruit, and will gladly buy more.
No peaches, pears, grapes, apricots,
prunes or other fruits requiring a moderately mild climate can ever be grown
on the prairies of the Northwest, and
the land in the valleys of southern British Columbia will in time be very valuable for fruit-growing purposes.���Cascade
Record.     __.	
What Hoar Says.
0. M. Rotendale said-to a Spokane
reporter recently: "It is an error to
charge the shutting down of the Silver
King mine at Nelson to labor trpublea.
The fact Is that the mine Is out of ore
reserves. Labor troubles have never
hampered mining in the Nelson district,
Beyond a little flurry at the Athabasca
and a slight disturbance at the Ymir,
we have no evidence of labor troubles.
The Silver King has simply been gouged ont to keop the big Hall Mines smelter furnaces going, and this suicidal
system has had the result long predicted
by mining men���namely, the closing
down of the mine.  The trouble is that
the mine is managed from a London
office by men who may be excellent
financiers, but who are not fitted to run
a big mine. When the mine passes into
the hands of men who understand mining and smelting, it will become a big
property and will make the name of
Nelson famous. It bas the vein and
richness necessary to a great mine, but
it needs some miner-like development.
Meantime Nelson suffers a blow through
the mismanagement. I want to emphasize the fact that the district is all
right; that no other mines there are
talking of stopping, and we have some
very good ones, and that labor troubles
should not be blamed for faults not
chargeable to that account. I believe
that the disputes that have hampered
mining in the Slocan will soon be settled, and that we shall speedily see that
district a scene of busy activity."
Russia has 650,000 princes and other
hereditary noblee.
To patent an Invention all over the
world costs about $15,000. This means
in 64 countries.
An eminent American scientist claims
to have discovered that the earth is 500,-
000,000 years old.
London has 18,664 policemen, or 19 to
the square mile. Sixty per cent of them
are on njght duty.
The sun began shining 32,000,000
years ago, and it is estimated it is good
for 2,000,000 years more.
In 18971609 tigers were killed In India, 4606 leopards, 2058 bears, 8142
wolves, and 105,000 snakes.
A fly so minute as to be almost invisible ran three inches in half a second,
and was calculated to make 640 steps
in the time a healthy man would
breathe once. A man with proportionate agility could run 24 miles in a minute.
While you are hanging on by sheer
doggedness and waiting for your town
and business to improve, it is the invest
mistakes to withdraw your support from
tbe local newspaper in order to economise. That paper is the window through
which the passing throng sixes up conditions. If the panes be small and dirty,
and an old hat has taken tbe place of
glass in the sash here and there, no one
will be tempted to look in. Make your
local paper robust and healthy by giving
it liberal support.
'Tis only a small bit of bunting,
Tis only an' old colored rag;
Yet thousands have died for its honor,
And shed their best blood for tbe flag.
It's charged with the cross of St. Andrew,
Which of old Scotland's heroes has
It carries the cross of St. Patrick,
For which Ireland's bravest have
Joined with these on our own British
St. George's white cross on white
'Round which from King Richard to
Britons conquer or die, but ne'w
It floats o'er Cyprus and Malta,
O'er Canada, the Indies, Hong Kong,
And Britons, where'er the flag flleth,
Claim tbe rights which to Britons belong.
It flutters triumphant o'er ocean,
As free as the wind and the wave,
And bondsmen from shackl as unloosened
'Neath its shadows no longer are
We hoist it to show our devotion
To our Queen, our country, our laws;
It's the outward and visible emblem
Of advancement and liberty's cause,
You may say it's an old bit of bunting,
You may call it an old colored rag;
But freedom has made it majestic,
And time has ennobled the flag.
Tea, I've got s little brother,
Never asked for htm from mother,
But he's here;
Bat I s'nose they went end bought him,
For laat week the doctor brought him;
When I beard the newe from Molly,
Why, I thought at first 'twas Jolly;
"Cause yon aee
I Just imagined I could get him,
And our dear mamma would let htm
Play with me.
Bat when once I had looked at him
I cried out, "Oh, dear!  Il that him?
Jnat that mite?
They aald, 'Yea, and you may alas html'
Weil, I'm sure rd never mtaa him,
He's suob a fright I"
He'aBo small it'aluat amazing,
And you'd think he waa blading,
He's ao red;
And hte noae fa like a berry,
And he's bald as Uncle Jerry
On hie head.
He's no kind of good whatever.
And he orlea aa v he'd never,
lie ver stop;
Won't ait up���you can't arrange him,
Ob, why don't rather ohange him
At the shop?
Now we've got to dresa and reed him,
And we realty dldnt need him,
Utile frog!
And I cannot think why father
Should have bought him when I'd rather
Have a dog!
Rain, ailver rain,
Twinkling on the pane!
The earth drinks softly what It needs,
The gay sky lowers like a pall.
The bare twlga string the drops like beads,
And still the silver showers fall.
Rain, rain, rain���
Silver dropping rain!
Rain, nearly rain,
Gliding down tbe pane!
The fence rails have a crystal edge.
The brimming spouts pour fountains free,
The flowera on the window ledge
Are fresh and bright aa they can be.
Rain, rain. rain-
Pearly, gilding rain.
Rain,sparkling rain,
Shining on the pane!
A bit of blue In yonder sky,
Swift eigne of claarlngal) about,
Some broken clouds drift avriftly by,
And, lo, the Bun la shining out!
Ooodby, rain-
Shining, aparkling ralnl
-Annie Iaabal Willis.
The most continental region on the
globe���farthest removed from an ocean
���lies in central Asia, south of Tsian-
Shan. It lies below the level of the
ocean, and the Russian government has
established a meteorological station
If you desire
any Information
Concerning thlsdlstrict
drop me a line and I
will cheerfully give
yon any particulars I
Town Lots or
Mining Properties
Handled on commis
sion. If yon have
either to sell or wish lo
invest, write me.
There are
some splendid
here for various busi
nesses. Write tor
Ferguson, E C.
Big Watermelon Patoh.
George Miller, proprietor of the famous "101" ranch in the Ponca reservation, near White Eagle, Okla., is said to
be the most extensive watermelon
grower in the world His patch is 480
acres In extent, and in one corner of it
is a sign which says: "Five Dollars Fine
for any Man That Drives Past Here
Without Taking a Melon." Miller shipped 200 cars of melons to northern cities
last season.
The only direct route from
Kootenay Country
to all uoints East &
First class Sleepers on all trains from
Revelstoke and Kootenay Landing.
Tourist Cars pass Revelstoke Daily
for St. Paul; Tuesdays and Saturdays for Toronto; Thursdays for
Montreal and Boston. Same cars
pass Medicine Hat one day later.
Dally train to Arrowhead from Revelstoke on main line. Dailysteam-
er connecting for all kootenay
points and Crows Nest branch.
For Boundary country via Robson,
leave Arrowhead daily except
For rates and foil  information address nearest local agent or���
Agt Arrowhead.
', F. Andereon,
T. P. A., Nelson.
Agt Kevelstoke.
A. G>. P. Aa-t. Vancouver
And at all times insist on the
box bearing the blue label
It .helps manufacturers to see  the
force of paying fair and honest wages
Nelson ^igar Makers' Union,
The Sandon of the Lardeau. The destination of both the Canadian Pacific and Kaslo & iLardo-Duncan Railways, which will provide the long-looked-for
transportation for ore to places of treatment. High Grade Ores, silver, lead and (fold, now being shipped, evea under present conditions, at a handsome profit
by a few companies operating. Conveniently situated on an ideal bench at the forks of the North and South Lardeau. All the roads from the many developing
claims and working mines lead to Ferguson. Plenty of timber and abundant water power.        Capitalists come straight through to Ferguson, put up at the com
fortable hotels and from there walk to personally inspect prospective purchases.      The miners come down the hill into Ferguson to get their supplies.
Over 100 men
now working
and many
more will be
in a short
No labor
on in the
Lardeau or
Trout Lake
Mining Divisions. Blest
with practical men, bona
fide mining
Plenty of
room for legitimate investment.
Tilt   C��NT/f��OF
fratVuK ��N<s.a
Lots in Ferguson are going steadily
through the
quietest time
of year.
Ferguson is
the natural
and commercial centre of
the Lardeau
and will be
the h e a d-
quarters for
houses, corporations and
banking institutions.
The mines'
direct supply
The starting point for all mining operations on the North and South Forks of the Lardeau River.      Ferguson is well represented with business houses, hotels, etc
and many have purchased lots with a view to establishing businesses of various kinds as soon as the coming season properly opens up.       An Al location for market
gardening.      Special inducements offered and a splendid field and opportunity for manufacturers.
For further information, apply to���
W. N. Brayton,-
General Agent.
Henry Floyd
Local Agent
| ��=;
A. C. Cummins was down at tho hub
C. R. Scott is busy makinjr collar
''shakes" forhi8 newhouse.
An acknowledgement for $1111.70,
from the citizens of Ferguson, has beon
received hore.
���Use Bland's Dyspepsia Tablets!
Cure indigestion, etc. oOc, a box at
Aiiky's Drug Store.
Wm. Snell, barber, who went to
Greenwood at Now Year's, 16 expected
back in a week or two.
V. Ferguson is recovering from a
severe attack of lngrippe. Dr. TV A.
Wilson 1s attending him.
Tho saw mill will be startod up about
tho 15th, when the urgent local domand
for lumber will bo supplied.
A social and danco Is on for tomorrow night ut tho Landing. Ferguson and Trout Lake City will lie represented.
J. E, Fleming will conduct service
at I! a.m. on Sunday next in Laughton's
hall. There was a fair sized audienco
last Sunday.
S. F. W. Gainer, watchmaker, will
bo hero with his family 'soma time in
April. Mr. Gainer has already arranged for a shop.
I. W. Livingston of tho Golden Bug,
Is sojourning at tho Halcyon Hot
Springs, which is a great resort of
mining men for a brief holiday.
Nothing has been hoard ol poor
Andy Ward slnco lust issue. Tho
search party havo as yet failed to make
���ny now discoveries or got any trnco
of him.
J. McKinnon. nf the Him McKinnon
& Sutherland, and tho Eagle man
will pay tbe Silver Cup mine a visit on
tho "th. A walking record will be
Henry Floyd, local townslto agent,
who with Mrs. Floyd and family are
spending the winter in California, will
return In a fow weeks, and Mr. Floyd
will reopen his office.
" Your Eagle has lit here and I
must say it Is a peach. Put 'mo on the
list Rnd here's $2. Congratulations
and well wishes for your prosperity.
���O. D. Hoar, Revelstoke."
J. Black, "Dad," Is going up to the
Nettle L. on Tuesday. If he can possibly find time away from his business
bo will go down to Trout Lake City
tbo next day, with samples.
D. McCarthy, builder and contractor
at Revelstoke, has purchased a lot on
Victoria avenue, whero he intends to
erect a workshop and residence. Ho
will arrive here about April 1st.
Thirteen nl tho miners at the Nettie
L. mine hnve shown their appreciation
of tho Eagle In a tangible manner,
by doing Hie annual assessment of *2.
each, to bo sent to their friends elsewhere.
J. W. Westfall, superintendent of
several rrinlng companies operating
just over tho summit east of Ferguson,
Intends moving here so as to be handy
to bis work; as soon as he gets a house
.(The Eaglh will venture to say that
It ronelics more people in this district
now than nil tho reet of the newspapers
tn North Kootenay put together. This
statement may appear rather premature, but is a (act just the same.
Tho Ferguson litorary and debating
society meets to-morrow evening as
usual In I.niighton's hall. R. P. Pettiplece will give an address on "government ownership of public utilities."
Everybody. Including ladles, Invited.
.lohn Lnlng, who has been working
on tho Towser all winter, loft for Nel
son on Friday to put In a month or two
previous to the opening up of the
season here. Mr. Laing is well satisfied with this camp, and Intends to
stay by It through thick and thin.
There Is roally no tolling what Mr.
Kollio will do next. Local tousoi'lal
artists have Invested In foot-rules and
tho way Ihey size a man up is annoying. The introduction nf.I. M. Kellie's
bill regulating tho length of hair a
minor shall wear Is the cause of il all.
"What about the whiskers?" asks
the lucrntivo-sceking barber.
Messrs. Sims k Co., of tho Kootenay
Cigar Manufacturing Co., Nelson, II C,
are reaching out for a share of thu
cigar business in this camp, as will be
seen from their ad. In the Eagle.
Their cigars speak for themselves and
In the interests of thoso who interest
themselves In our Hold, these cigars
should be called for and Insisted upon
by men of all classes in this district.
Pour aro busy cutting wood on
the townsite, and are thinning nut the
trees In good shape, in fact already a
magnificent vlow of the great Ethel
glacier tliu othor side of Trout lake Is
given. Ferguson is one of the most
natural sites for a town In British Columbia, It commands a unique position
from every quarter, and has the mines
surrounding it to make it a town of no
mean importance.
Tho redistribution bill now befure
tho local legislature is a measure of
considerable local intorest to people
in Lardeau, since it cuts off the whole
of the Lardeau, Trout Lake aud Arrow
Lake mining divisions from the Revelstoke riding and forms a now and
separate electoral district, to be known
as the Lardeau riding, out of them.
This is as it should be. The government proposes dealing justly by us it
is quite evident.- This extreme measure may possibly save Kelllo's bacon.
But thank heaven that Is nothing to
Lardeau peoplo now. If tho bill goes
through we are well rid of him any
how and at liberty to make our own
undisturbed choico of some lit and
proper local man to represent us at
Down there things are badly mixed.
So badly in fact that, it is almost impossible for any ono to say exactly bpw
the opposing parties will rango themselves in the election so closo at hand.
The labor purty, which once gave
promise of being a deeidod Factor, is
split up so as to almost put it out of
count as likoly to make much of a
showing. Any effort to placo Mr.
Turner and his old following pure and
simple back to power would certainly
be doomed to failure. Rightly or
wrongly the taint of a too strong alliance with monopoly clings to them, a
taint fatal to political success, as politicians will doubtless be beginning to
find out bye and bye. A straight fight
on Dominion party lines would meet
the viewB of some people, but there is
not the least chance that such a contest could be brought nbont in all the
constituencies of tho province. The
live-long Grits and dyed-in-the-wool
Tories may be ready for it, but the
great mass of the electors, who are
not politicians, rather fail to see the
sense of introducing entirely foreign
issues into our provincial affairs for
the sole and avowed purpose of giving
a boost up to ono or the other side of
politics at Ottawa.
It seems then to the Eagle that the
policy of LARDEAU FIRST Is dictated to the electors of this proposed
new riding, not alone by considerations
of tho best interests of tho district,
but actually by the condition of political chaos prevailing in the province.
Our hands are free and wo can without
blame follow the only course, which
seems open to us, by selecting a representative, pledged to no party in par-'
tlcular, but simply elected to forward
to the best of his ability the business
interests, progress and development of
the Lardeau first and foremost and
generally of British Columbia as a
sequence. This is at once our most
reasonable course and the one actually
forced upon us by the exigencies of the
present political situation In the province.
J. Letjeau was up from his line of
traps, near W. Glenn's "wiggy," yesterday, and reports Tuirly good catches.
Postmaster Batho has been notified
by Inspector W. H. Dormau that a
money order olllco will be established
here on April Ist.
W. B. Pool is oxpected here any day
now. Fergusonians are anxiously
awaiting the exact results of tho last
shipment from tho Nottie L. Some of
the miners, working at this property
bought Bhares from tho company, a
very good indication in itself. And of
course they are jubilant. They have
reason to be.
Messrs. Craig & llillman have three
four-hoisc toains drawing orn from the
Nettie L. ore bouse, whore W. Glenn
rawhides it to, to ;the Landing. The
big C. P. R. boat has several trips in
to make us soon as tho ice is broken
on the Arm. S. Danny has also a lot
of Silver Cup oro awaiting shipment at
the Landing,
Ferguson Is the supply point for
nearly ull tho properties now boing
worked in this camp. Tho number
is increasing and with it the volume of
buslnosB is growing. Nelson Is Ferguson's only competitor for the trade of
the upper Duncan and northeast portion of the Trout Lake mining division.
Tho business west and around Trout
lake, which Is considerable, goes to
Trout Lake City. There will bo plenty
of business and room for all. The
field is a large one, and none but a
school boy would think different.
J. Laughton's hall was comfortably
filled on Thursday night to Bear 9.
Shannon's address or rather explanation of the different minerals found
in this district, which was very Instructive and possibly will aid many
in their future prospecting. A. J.
Gordon also read a paper on deep
mining which brought out many practical hints, shewing clearly that when
a camp reaches the deep mining stage
it Is just in its prime. The Ferguson
debating and literary society meets
every Thursday evening and the programme, is. well worth "an hour, of a
person's time.
T. A. Wilson, M. D.
Ferguson, B. C.
Fred C. Elliott,
Few people outside of a mining camp
havo any idea of how little ore, In
bulk, It takes to make a ton. Small
oro sacks about 18 Inches high by 0 to 8
inches in diameter hold from 00 to 160
pounds of ore. Those little sacks, then,
filled with say 100 lbs. of oro running
SliiO to tho ton, as much of it in this
district does, arc worth $7.��0 apiece.
One rawhide alone, at this rate, often
brings down nearly 9200 worth at a
trip, while a four-horse team and
sleighs easily takes out a 1750 lot.
This soon counts up. At the Nettie L.
on Thursday last the Eagle sized it
up this way: Each miner is taking out
besides the development work, about
700 lbs. of clean shipping ore a day,
which gives the Great Western Mines
company $52.50, while the miner gets
$3.50 for his work. Of course the mine
owners are not always so fortunate as
in this case, but it helps ono to get a
slight conception of how so much
development work can be done, and
still pay dividends. Ore worth 5 cents
a pound (a piece not much bigger than
a marble) Ip well worth looking for.
Others havo found it in tills district.
And there's lots more. Outsider come
in help us and help yourself.
The F.agle's Claw must not be mistaken for a cat's paw. If you must
biickrap and hold personal, petty, narrow-minded spitofulness against your
neighbor, go to the aggressor and
settle your grievances, like a man.
The EaOLE has no friends, nor does It
want any In this kind of poppy-cock.
Its sole mission is to advance the interests of tills district, with a monetary
consideration for tho 'publisher on the
side. This mUohievious backcapplng
is only lit for gutter-snipes to indulge
In. Thereforo wo lift our wings, closo
our columns, and set our claws upon
such tommy-rot onco and for all.
The silence of the Eagle sanctum
was interrupted yesterday by a miner,
sober too, who had just drew a $174
cheque, walking in and In all earnestness asfclng us to cash It. The shock
was mbro than we could bear. We
will admit having a swelled head and
lots of other faults, but such an opinion
as this of ourselves swe never for one
moment entertained. What a cha'dge
the climate must make.
A small batch of mall arrived here
last night.   More will arrive���?
Jacobson���At Trout Lake City on the
20th inst., to Mr. and Mrs. Jacob-
son, a son,
Don't wait
for Lumber
We have onliand at the loweBt
pricou in the country
Rough and Dressed
Lath, Shingles, Sash,
Boors, Mouldings, Etc*
('all on us or write for our <inotations.
Hpcclal orders promptly filled.
Kootenay Lumber Company, Ltd.,
conimx, n c.
and house furnishings from
our large and well assorted
stock is already very evident
in the Lardeau and Trout
Lake district, which means
that we are successful competitors with all comers in
price and quality. Before
you invest in our line drop
us a card for {quotations. We
can save you money.
Ferguson Packing
and Transfer Outfit
Contracts entered into for packing, of
Mining Supplies, etc., to any point
In the district.
Good, prompt service, and a,ny worit
undertaken guaranteed/.
Freighting from Thomson's Landing
to Ferguson a specialty.
S. DANjCY, Proprietor.
Ferguson, B, C.
Harvey, McCarter tf Pinkham
Solicitors for Imperial Hunk of Canada.
Geo. S. McCarter. J. A. Harvey.
A. M. Pinkham.
White, Gwillim tf Scott,
barristers, solicitors, etc.
offices: Mckenzie avenue,
Revelstoke, B. C.
A. H. Holdich, Esq.,
Revelstoke, B. C.
No danger of bush fires now
But you liutl bettor commimlcute with the
uiulerslKiicil (or rates, etc., of insurance of
your.lmllcllng.H, stock, etc. Forewarned Is
forearmed. Our rates arc reasonable. Solid
at once for particulars.
Real Estate, Loan ami Insurance Agent,
Methodist 'Church,
Services In Forrester's Hall every Sunday at
7:.S0p.ln. SimhIhv School at :l p.m. Everybody
cordially invited.
S. Shannon,
Assay er and Analytical
Ferguson Shaving
Parlor _
All brunches of the tonaortal art executed with
ambltiexterlolis dexterity.
Tke Pioneer Store
Cummins & Co.
Made by the Enterprise Brewing
Co,, at Revelstoke, is keeping
the camp cneerful. When you
want the best Insist on " Enterprise." All the leading hotels
handle it.
House Painting
and Decorating
HOTEL LARDEAU     J,    JjOOtll.
The s.s. Lardeau
We Can Outfit You
With Everything
required in this district. Prospector, miner, capitalist, expert,
laborer, It matters not, we can supply you, in any quantity, an d as
we already do nearly all tbe local supplying, it evidences the fact
that our goods, prices and treatment is right. We successfully
compote with largo outside lirnis ; we buy direct from the manufacturers in large lots at close cash prices, and can sell you a
complete outfit, carefully packed, and ready for pnuk-horse. transportation to nny part of the district. When you reach Ferguson
don't ovclook thoso [acts.
McKinnon & Sutherland,
Leave* Comaplix (or Thomnon1! LnndtiiK
nt h a. 111.
Leavun TlinmKon'H Landing   (or Arrow
liciul at K:M0a. ni.
ReturnliiK leaven Arrowhead for Thorn-
KOii'K UiHlhiK at '2:W p. ill,
licavui Thomson'*! Landing for Comnpli
at 411.111.
ConiHnlix, B. C.
Drop a line to me, or If yon want
Bread in any i|iiantity, let me. know,
and I'll quote price* fow enough to
hiterent yon. Onr Wedding Cake
artlftt is tlie best in I). C.    AddreM
' A. N. SMITH,
Sick People
If you want medicine supplied from tlie
purest of Drugx and accurately dispensed
send to the
Mall orders promptly attended to.
A large stock of assorted Walt
1'npera, embossed Hint ingrain,
Willi border anil eoillnga to
match, now selling at a very
low figure.
If you wish to jjotjiho- necessaries for home or the
hillside camp.
Groceries, Provisions, Dry Goods,
Tools. Boots and Shoes, Clothing,
Crockery, Steel, Powder; all kinds
of Miners' Supplies
We havo a good assortments these lines, and can supply Camp
Outfits on short notice, at close prices.
Call and see our stock and pot quotations.
ooooKioo+toc juootfuiiotnitf
Batho & Co.
Special'attention to orders sent by carrier.
/. ���Laughton, Proprietor.
Ferguson, B. C.
Ferguson, B.C.
I lllllllllm I HllllllllalMIMIlm
RATES FROM 12.00 TO ��3..i0 PER DAY.
Hotel Ferguson
The Bar is supplied with the best brands of
Wines, Liquors and Cigars    ���
Headquarters for Mining and Commercial Men.
Rates $2.00 a Lhy and upwards.
Ferguson Bros., Proprietors.
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