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VOL.1. NO. IV.
12.00 A YEAR.
Good Reasons Why a Railroad Should
Tap This District.
Out to Places of Treatment Should
Warrant the Early Construction
of Both the K. & L. D. and C.P.R.
Into This Camp.���Proposed Lines
Arc Now Partly Built.
Tho Silver Queen.
The Silver Queen is another of
Ferguson's near future shippers. II
is Burrounded by the True Fissure,
Yankee, St. Elmo, and Winona on the
Great Northern hill just back of this
place to the northwest, some two miles
distant. Development work is being
pushed all winter and some very
promising strikes are being made. Of
the latest one, the Trout Lake Topic
says: The drift on the Silver Queen is
now 46 feet from the crosscut and
from the beginning the men havo had
ore. Just now they are running
alongside the oro body, which is about
five feet in thickness and composed of
clean ore and four feet of concentrates.
They have not been taking out ore on
account of tbe difficulty of storing it,
but instead have been running parallel
to the lead and erosscutting at regular
Intervals. In this way thoy know
exactly what they have got and its
value and the extra trouble of trucking it out and storing it, is done away
with. There is no question at all
but that the bond will be taken up.
Mlnto Group.
This group is owned by the Duncan
River Co-operation and Development
Co., and consists of four claims situate
between the west fork and the little
west fork of tho Duncan. The company commonoed work in July, have
built trails and cabins, and have
provided ample supplies for the winter.
TVy ii.,. nen! I" heino; done this winter
by contract. The load is over six feet
wide and lies between two well defined
walls,-being highly mineralized with
10 inches of nearly clean ore on the
hanging wall. Tho property is now
being developed by a tunnel. This is
an excellent tunnelling proposition.
Great depth can bo obtained and the
property can be developed cheaply.
Assays range from $10 to $127 in
values. It has a largo surface showing, with oro visible for nearly the
length of two claims.
The Towser.
W. Innis, foreman of tbo Towser,
returned from Revelstoke on Sunday.
The Towser deal is oil. Tho Towser
Mining company wanted tho price
reduced from $40,000 to $20,000, with
other arrangements for payment, but
was unsatisfactory to the owners,
Messrs. D. Ferguson and J. Knowles.
J. M. Skeaff and G. P. Hitter have
gone back to Chicago. W. Innis is
bringing down tho outfit to Ferguson
and for tho present at least the company
will discontinue operations In this district. The Towser, which will likely revert to the orlgional owners on the 18th,
will be further developed this season,
and its value demonstrated before fall,
as has been tho case with more than
one property In this camp. In fact a
new deal Is reported to be on for the
purchase outright of tho Towser.
Silver Leaf Group*
This group is owned by the Guinea
Gold Mines Co. of I). C, and consists
of three claims, situated on the little
west fork of the Duncan, joining tho
Old Gold on tbe southeast. There
has beon considerable work on this
property with excellent results. The
lead is exposed for a considerable
distanbo by crosscuts,- exposing a large
body of nearly clean ore four feet wide,
with a seam of steel galena, eight to
ten inches wide paralleling the main
body of ore. On the hanging wall, a
tunnel is being driven to tap the lead
about 90 feet below the first surface
crosscut. A small shipment to the
Trail smelter, gave returns of over $80
per ton from the cropplngs. This
property bids fair soon to be one
of the best In the district.
catch tho lead at considerable depth.
The tunnel is now in 65 feet and the
ore cbuto will soon be reached. The
St. Elmo is in good company and with
development the prospects aro improving every day. This will soon be
another of Ferguson's shippers.
Lillian Group.
This group is owned by the Imperial
Gold Mining Co. of B. O, and consists
of five claims, two on tho lower Duncan, and throe between tbe west fork
and the little west fork of tbe Duncan,
both groups have been worked with
promising results. Work on the
west fork had to be closed down for
the winter through lack of supplies to
continue tho work through the season.
The property is looking well, and
work will be resumed In early spring.
Assays give values of $30 to 118.
Pslm'KOI!   (ll'OU,,.
This group Is owned by tho Lardo-
Duncan Gold, Silver and Copper Mining Company, and consists of throe
claims located just over tho summit
east of Ferguson, on the Duncan slope,
joining the Primrose property on the
northwest. This property is developing well for tho amount of work done.
Work was suspended during the winter, but will be resumed as soon as
supplies can bo taken in. Results of
assays of the oro body range from $40
to $130.60 per ton.
Gold llu[.
On Saturday J. Livingstone returned
from a ti ip to the hot springs, where
he has been for about three weeks.
Ho has taken supplies up to tho Gold
Bug. at 7-rallo, where he intends to
continue work on this promising prospect till he gets the lead, and the
indications at present is the proximity
of an oro body.
The People of This District Determined
To Have A Reliable Service.
At a committee meeting of the citizens of Ferguson, the chairman was
instructed to write Post Office Inspector Dorman us follows:
Ferguson, B.C., March 6th, 1000.
W. H.-Drrman,
Vancouver B. C:
Sir: Your favor of tho 1st. inBt. re
mail service between Arrowhead and
Trout Lako tohand. In replying must
say since you have taken no definite
measures toward securing a reliable
service I must'Call your attention to
Bomo uucontrovertable facts. You say
you do not feel dlsposod todemand that
undue risks should bo taken. In this
you voice the sentiment of every one
in this dis: rlct, but we maintain that
there is nc undue risks to take, when
a person Is properly equipped for crossing the ice. It is a well known fact
that a team of horses crossed tho arm
only two days provlous to Johnson's
refusing to ero6s and also while ho wns
still lying at Arrowhead, men crossed
with carcasses of beef. I do not want
to convey tho Impression that this is
dlreetod at, Mr. Johnson personally, on
the contrary tho trouble originates
with the government in awarding contracts without regard to whether the
partv is capable or has tho proper
equipment for handling the work, but
solely because ho be the lowost bidder.
This boing only tbo beginning of tbo
bad sense;!, what, may I ask, will
become of tho Borvico when the ice
really does become bad? I wish to
refer vou tot lie fact that during tho
winter of 1800 and 1807, one Harry
Needhara carried tho mall Into Trout
Lake and wnB not even known to bo
late during the whole winter. And
also durinrtho winter of 1804 and 181)5.
one Allen brought tho mail all the way
from Revelstoke and did not miss a
trip. I merely enumerate these
instances lo shew that a good and
efficient service can be had without
any risks to the carrier, if it were not
for the niggardly policy of the government.
Your action with regard to the service at this i-id-Is equally unsatisfactory in that it doos not offer any permanent re!" i. for just as soon as tho
closed sea? , is over we would be back
in the oh . ut again and even should
Mr. Join:, in consent to come on
through fi >' the same rate that Mr.
Batho is gi'tt.lng, Mr. Bittho would not
consent to an.' such arrangement unions
he can be ulloved of his contract
altogether, as otherwise he would be
under the necessity of maintaining a
horse, ot/1., in order to resume his
contract iu soon as navigation would
open again.
Conditions are, and have beon, such
that patlor, 3e���with us���bus long since
ceased to be a virtue. We have prayed
and petitioned for a betterment of tho
service, but. all to no purpose. It only
remains for ns now to demand our
rights. The Lardoau and Trout Lake
district is er Med to an eHiciont mail
service ami i. must huve it.
Chairman Citizen's Committoo.
Tlio St. i'Uinii.
This property Hob along tho Silver
Queen on tho west side, some two miles
northwest of Ferguson, one of the
claims which tho proposed new trail
from this place will reach, A crosscut
is being driven from tho west [side to
���If you intend to do work of any
description on any property in this
district this soason, lot tho EAGLE
know iif it. Tills is tho kind of Information tints counts with the investing
The Amount off Work Done Last Soaaon
If Coat to Government Accompanied
tho Keport It Would Alter the
Swelled Appearance.
Nettie L. Trail, (new).���A. E. Kin.
cuide, foreman. Commences at Ferguson and runs up to the Nettie L. mino.
Forest cloarod 2,1125 yards, 10 feet wide.
This route was not completed as a trail,
but may bo used during the winter as
a rawhide road.
South Fork Lardeau Wagon Road.���
(old).���T. E. Homo, foreman. Commences at Ferguson and terminates at
10-milo up the Lardeau south fork.
Graded 20 yards, 12 feet wide. Repaired road anil culverts, renewed
corduroys, and flHod in washout.
Built 1 bridge, 30 foot by 12 feet.
South Fork Lardeau Trail.���(old
trail and extension).���Asa Hillman,
foreman. This is an extension of wagon road from 10-mile up Lardeau south
fork. Cleared out fallen timber, and
made general repairs for 13 milos.
Corduroyed 800 yards, 5 foot wide.
Built 2 bridges, averaging 35 foot by 8
feet by 8 feet.
Gainer Creek Trail.���(old trail und
oxtonsion).���Asa Hillman, foreman.
Commences at junction of Gainer aud
south fork of Lardeau, and follows up
Gainer creek. Forest cleared 10,360
yards, 10 feet wide. Graded 10,500
yards, 3 feet wide. Ditched 17 yards,
2 feet wide, H feet deep. Corduroyed
270 yards, 10 foet wide. Built 2 bridges,
averaging 35 foot by 7 feet.
Brown Creek Trail.���(new).���Oscar
Jacobson, foreman. Commences at
forks of Brown and south fork of Lardeau creeks, and extends up Brown
creek. Forest cloarod 2,040 yards, 10
feet wide. Grubbed 2,440 yards, 3 feet
wide. Graded 2,400 yards, 3 feet wide.
Built 1 bridge, 50 feet by 10 feet.
Westfall Trail.���(reconstruction of
old trail).���Frank Holton, foreman.
Graded 1,343 yards, H feet wide.
Excavated earth 9 square yards. Excavated rock 00 yards, 3 feet ,wido.
Mado 3 culverts, 34 feet by 8 feet by 8
foot. Tho old trail having an impracticable grade, had to be almost entirely
Worth Fork Lardeau Trail, (now).
���T. E. Home, foreman. Commences
at end of wagon road, 1 mile from Ferguson, aud follows the north fork of
Lardeau creek. Forest cleared 0,100
yards, 25 foot wide. Grubbed 5,280
yards, 5 feet wide. Excavated and
graded 5,280 yards, 5 feet wide. Excavated rook 800 feot, 4! feet wide. Corduroyed 455 feet, 0 feet wide. Removed
318 trees, averaging 4 feot in diameter.
Macadamized 50 foot, 4 feet wide. 10
Inches deep. Built ti bridges, averaging 50 foet by 12 feet. This trail,
though apparently costly, was built on
a straight oven grado, on a side hill,
through heavy timber, and excavated
down to a solid bottom, which well
withstood tbo constant trullie of heavily
laden pack animals through Incessant
rains; tho grado .being level, and
bridges sufficiently wide, this trail, by
simply widonlng the grade, can he
constructed into a wagon road.
Circle City Trail.-(old)-T. E.
Home, foreman. This trail extends
up tho loft bank of north fork of Lardoau from opposite tho northern extremity of north Lardeau trail to Circlo
City. Corduroyed 50 yards, 5 foot
wide, and made general repairs
throughout tbo trail.
Trout Lako Wagcn Road.���Commences at deep wator, 1 inilo west of
Thomson's Landing, on north-oast arm
of upper Arrow lako, und runs to
Thomson's Landing; thonce to Trout
Lake City, and on to Ferguson, a distance of 18 miles. M. Mathowson,
foreman. Graded 275 yards, 12 foet
wide. Ditched 150 yards, 1* feet wide.
Corduroyed 275 yards, 12 foot wide.
Excavated rock 9 yards by 10 foet by 3
feot.   Filled in 225 yards by 12 feet by
1 foot. Mado 100 culvorts, 10 feot by 2
feet by 2 feet. Jas. Mesloy, foreman :
Forest cleared 75 yards, 12 foet wide.
Grubbed 250 yards, 12 feot wide.
DItchod 300 yai'ds, 11 foet wldo. Corduroyed 80 yards, 12 foot wido.     Built
2 bridges, averaging 35 foot by 12 feet.
Tho above niuntioned details of work
done on Trout Lake road wore executed
early in tho season, but owing to 'the
constant rains Bince July, and unprecedented tt'ttlilo by hoavy freight
wagons, tho road has required
continual attention.
Eight-Mile Creek Trail,���(old).���Noil
Swlnton, foreman. Commences on tlio
north-oast shore of Trout Lake, tibout
8 miles from Trout Lake City, and
extends 6 miles to the Mablo group of
claims. Cleared out windfalls, rock,
gravol and mud slides; repaired
sovoral bridges, and corduroys, and
made necccssary improvements all
along tbo trull.
Anpimmtly   Mr.   JolinHon   Never   Knew
There Would Kn Had Ice When He
Took Tho Two-BIt Contract.
���Action Wnntml.
Below will bo found a letter from
Post Office Inspector Dorman, which
deals to somo extent with facts already
well known in this district No ! Mr.
Johnson may not want to throw up his
cheap-john contract, but unless ho
{jets a move on tho people mostly
affected want to sec him do so. Tho
EAGLE is left to suppose that Mr. Johnson didn't know what he was undertaking when ho accepted the job for
half its worth. Othor contractors
havo managed to deliver mail over
this route on time. They figured on
"undue risks." And that is all the
Eagle asks Mr. Johnson to do.
Post Office Inspector's Office.
Vancouver, B. C, March 1st.
Dear Sir: T received your message of
the2(ith.at Arrowhead on that date,
also your letter of same date. I have
Inquired into the Irregularity in the
conveyance of mails between Arrowhead and Trout Lake and am satisfied
that the whole trouble has been owing
to tho unsafe condition of the ice.
You state that it is apparent that the
present contractor is simply using the
bad condition of the ice as an excuse
for thowing up his contract. I will
say that tho contractor has made no
application to me, nor expressed any
desire to give up his contract, in fact, 1
am of the opinion that ho would
prefer to continue it. It is correct,
as Btated by you, that men have been
and are crossing in and out over the ice
every day. Those men however, generally travel in companies, ami light.
whereas, tho mail carrier on Ms trips
from Arrowhead lias from 200 to GOO
pounds of mail, which is quite a
different proposition to travelling
empty handed. 1 am quite as anxious
as anybody to have a satisfactory
service performed, but do not feel
disposed that undue risks be taken.
Tho present route is neither a safe one
for passengers or mails and should not
bo travelled in winter except under
exceptional circumstances, when the
ice is very good. At present it is
positively dangerous. It appears to
me tho proper plan would be to have
tho present road from Galena bay
completed so that the mails might be
sent in by that route, in following
seasons, and thereby secure a sate and
regular service. I recognize tho inconvenience caused at Ferguson owing
to iilio tlojievrfcuro   of   tho   OOlU'lOL'    from
that place before tho arrival of the
incoming mail. I will ask Mr. Johnston to continue his trips to Ferguson
if ho is willing to do so for the rate
now paid Mr. Batho, as I understand
from your message that Mr. Batho
will agree to such an arrangement. T
hope that a track will be broken
through tho ice by tho steamer vory
Bbortly, so that navigation may bo
resumed and further inconvenience
owing to the delay of mails, removed.
Yours truly,
1'ost Olllco Inspector.
As to the latter suggestion of inspector Dorman, tho EAGLE learns that
Postmaster Batho has only been asked
to discontinue his contract until
navigation reopens. This, Mr. Batho
does not consider quite buslness-Uke.
If ho throws up tho contract at all, ho
wants to chuck it for good, so that he
will not be compelled to keep a horse
and other nooeBsaries for fulfilling his
contract. This Mr. Dorman should
do, and tbe RAGLE trusts that soon we
will bo enjoying a regular mail service,
with timo to answer tho incoming mail
by return.
A Local   Titlk   Hy A   Local   Miner on n
Local Subject.
In this land of thousands of mineral
claims, good, bad, or indifferent, somo
more or less developed, and some that
have never been ravished with a single
shot or blow, other than that of tho
prospector's pick, there of necessity
are many mining properties for sale.
Now tho selling of gold bearing prop*
orty looks easy to tho tyro, but as a
matter of fact It is not. And the roftv
son of delay or failure too ofton entirely
rests with the owner, in tho simple
matter of over valuation, or in making
terms of sale so hard that the would-be
purchaser refuses to closo for the property. H Is clear that a mining proposition can only be valuable to tho purchaser and the prospector or owner
alike by deposit of ore bodies, thoir
assay values or other tests, the developed ore bodien, or also from what tho
property has produced. It is obvious
that in any event tho purchaser on a
cash basis has to take alt tho chances,
oven calculating on the owner or prospector being tho recipient of a sum
sulllciont to cover all expenses in way
of locating the claims and tho development, if any, and a comfortable margin
besides. But usually the prospector
wants more, and puts a price of $25,000,
850,000 or $100,000 on a prospect that at
the outside did not cost him 9500.
Such men would  sniff at or refuse   a
95,000 offer, notwithstanding tlio ready
cash In their hands would make them
independent and put them in a way of
securing other prospects as good. It
might be noted here that tho owners
who accept a reasonable price or offer
for their claims or mines havo bank
accounts and aro on the road to wealth
and affluence The men who want a
fortune at one jump for thoir claims
have their property today and aro
likely to keep them for a day and a day.
Tho prospectors must understand
that it is not all plain sailing for purchasers after the sale is effected. For
instance we will take a sale involving
850,000 as tbe first cost of the mine. It
is rarely that such a sum is ever put
into a mining venture by ono man.
Instead, the money Is provided by a
number of indivduals, in such amount
as each is able to invest. Tho original
investment, however, is only tbo beginning of necessary outlay. Tho property must bo developed, To do this
properly expensive machinery must be
purchased, and all tho thousand and
ono things that go into the making of
a successful mine. So it will be soon
that tho prospector's sharo in tho enterprise, while important, and in fact
necessary, is only the first step in tho
work and is tbo least In expense and
attendant risk of failure
It also takes time to open and ex-,
plore an ore body, besides good linan-
cial and business management. Three
months would be quick work, and at
least that time should be given intending purchasers before completion of
sale, of course with a small percentage
of price paid to the owner in advance.
The fact of tho matter is that more
mining sale? are defeated by owners
standing out for an outside price than
all othor combined causes, and every
man who has been interested in promoting mining enterprises knows this
to bo true.
If owners want to sell their property
as expeditiously as possible, they should
first, bo reasonable in price; second
show up a good body of ore, with the
more development the better; third,
give plenty of time for examination:
and fourth, advertise. If these propositions aro followed, success will crown
tho efforts of owners in making a sale.
But. tho successful selling of a prospect does not always mean that the
property will make a successful mine,
as that takes time and money, with a
certain amount of luck, to accomplish.
Is the Likely Candidate for the Neit
Provincial Election.
Editor EAGLE: In your last issue
you make a fow remarks regarding tbe
Idle Hour group, mentioning in brackets that same is the Kamloops group
restaked. 1 would like to know whon
this group was tho Kamloops, as it
certainly was not since 1893, and in
fact 1 cannot find any old timer who
ever know of such a group in here.
This same property was staked as Ihe
Kamloops group last May not last fall,
on the same day as it was staked as
the Idle Hour group only a few hours
later, being staked as the former late
in the day, and as the [die Hour at 4
a.m. It is no doubt just as woll to
have those matters correct.
[The EAGLE learns that the original
name of the group was the Black Bear,
owned by .1. Dixon and others.]���Ed.
Th.' [tenia Aro Many niid Look Uig Hut
Tliu Actual   Exjionilltui'o Entirely
Inadequate,���Cltfiiigu Needed.
Tho coming season will no doubt
bring with it more or less building of
now and the repairing of old roads anil
trails. A vigorous kick Bhould bo
registered against the penurious policy
of the government in these expenditures. A glance ever the report of the
Chief Commissioner of Bands and
Works for 1800 would give ono not
familiar with tho facts an idea that the
expenditure indifferent places reached
Into the thousands. The road between
hero and Thomson's Landing may bo
taken as an Instance. Various estimates were mado as to tho cost of
placing tho road In a proper condition.
Tho estimates varied from $3,000 to
$5,000, and tho amount granted was
8(100, a sum barely sulllclout to keep
tho road in condition during tho dry
season. The same may be said of that
portion of tbo road 'between Ferguson
and Trout Lake. 8200 was granted
for repairs on this road where this
amount was actually needed on tho
first half mile out of Ferguson. Good
and odlcicnt men wore employed on
these repairs and a great deal of work
was accomplished, but whore only $800
is distributed in repairs ovor a road
sixteen miles In length 'and which requires at tho very lowost estimate.
$3,000, dt will readily be scon that
thero is no economy whatever in such
a short-sighted policy. If more -work
is not done on this road the minute the
snow goes it will simply be impassable
and last season's work will as usual be
utterly wasted. Let the government
set aside a sulllciont amount to make
those necessary repairs and this continual howl about bad roads will cease.
He Will Stand Por Election on the
Best Platform Now Before the
People. Meetings will lie Held to
Arrange for Delegates to Convention at Revelstoke.
The Ragle is at liberty to say that
Tom Taylor will be a candidate at tho
next provincial election for this riding,
if ho secures the unanimous support of
a thoroughly representative convention. Mr. Taylor would stand by tho
principles of tlie Conservative Now
Westminster platform, which practically means the same policy as that of
the recent Semliu-Cotton government.
Tt also means the maintainarieo of tho
eigbt-hour law, and the furthering, to
a groat extent, of government ownership of public utilities,- railways, otc.
Mr. Taylor is already too woll known
for tho EAGLE to introduce him. Ho
is a local man. Me knows every insh
of the district and its requirements, a
knowledgo which can only acquired by
experience such as Mr. Taylor has
had'. He is tho tool of no corporation
or clique. He is a thoroughly practical man. In fact Mr. Taylor has long
been regarded as tho ���coming member
for this district and his nomination
would mean his election by a largo
majority. Preliminary meetings will
soon be held and arrangements will bo
mado for tbo full number of delegates
from the Lardoau to attend in person
tho convention to be held in Bcvel-
stokc at an early date. There is not a
candidate in B.C. who can poll a dozen
votes In tbe Lardeau against Tom
Taylor. With a fair convention, and
tho only advisable selection Thomas
Taylor will be the next representative
at Victoria for tho north riding of tho
West Kootenay electoral district.
Tiin Whole  District   lionteanntctl si Tlio
Thomson's Landing Entertainment
iuid Dnnoo.���A Merry Timo.
Thomson's Landing, March ;t.���
This place did itself <grand on Thursday night last, their entertainment*
coming just iu time to colebrate tho
relief of Ladysmith and tho capture of
Cronje, tbo llonnof Africa. Tbe entertainment consisted of a concert followed by n dance, both of which passed
off wii.ti great success, everybody being
unanimous in considering it a red let tor
day for tbe Landing. The Prospectors'
Exchange was the scene of merry
making unii right well did Mrs. Gra-
hame haudlo tho whole affair, looking
after details as only a good bostesB and
entertainer can do. At 8 p.m. tlio concert was opened by Chairman Clink,
who presided throughout tho evening
in a most satisfactory manner. A woll
executed piano solo by EI. ,tones was
followed by a chorus, " Dour Canada
for thee." Miss Edith' Jowett then
aang"Prido of the ball." which was
very well received. A vevy creditablo
glee by Mrs. Graham, Mi-- McDowell,
Miss Thomson and Messrs. Bury, Porter and Need ham was next, Both
little Grotchen and clover Walter
Clink called forthe usual encores for
their nicely rendered recitations. An
instrumental trio by Messrs. Jones,
Carruthers and Sumner was one of tho
best features of an enjoyable evening.
"Sweet bunch of daisies." by Miss
Thomson shewed that the young lady
promises to be a valuable acquisition
at all future social ovonts here. A
recitation, "Searching amongst tho
slain," by Miss MoGoo was highly
appreciated by the audience. The
balance, of the program was in keeping
with tbe first part and altogether it
was a credit lo tho participants. A
vote of thanks to the chairman and
Ood Save the Queen brought the ontor-
tainmont to a closo. A large turnout
was present from Comaplix, amongst
whom Mrs. Morklll deserves special
mention for her vory kind and clevor
help to the musicians. Trout Lako
and Ferguson were also represented,
and Mrs. Graham's thanks were freely
expressed to Mrs. Jowett aud others
who lent thoir aid in making tho evening so pleasant to all. Aftor the dance
an impromptu concert took place,
though not bringing forth many stars.
Still it proved that Britain can find
somo of hor most loyal subjects in this
camp. Tho collection taken up will be
forwarded to the Widows and Orphans
fund. Your correspondent trusts that
it will not be long before wo again
have a chance to partake of Mrs. Gra-
humo's hospitality. THE FERGUSON EAGLE, FERGUSON, B. C, MARCH .7, 1900.
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paporist etUtaxiilradcra.
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WEDNESDAY,    MARCH  7,    L900.
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The word socialism has t\
meanings      When used in i
means a science winch deals
economics aud social phenomena,   li iy
also an explanation or interpretation of
this economic and social phenomena.
It explains the laws that underlie our
present industrial system, the changes
that occur through the action of these
laws and seeks an answer to the follow*
Ing question:   "What will be the result
of the action of these, laws?"    Tlie socialist answers that ihe inevitable out*
come will he a higher stale nf society
���jare to buy these mines at even half I wow
their present valuation. The slump
came as it was bound to sooner or
later. Shipping; in order to pay
dividends and keep tbe stock up
finally got so far ahead of development that it bad tp stop. The management announce that they wish to
install better machinery and work
the mines on a more economical basis.
From this we are led to believe that
owing to the low grade natuie of the
ore tbe expense of digging it out is
too great to warrant tbe fancy prices
paid for tbe stock.   .
The affair is a calamity to Rossland aud a blow to stock gambling,
but it will not injure mining. Millions
may yet be taken out of tbe mines in
question, but if it is not tbere is plenty
of mineral in other parts of the coun
try. We feel sorry for George Uood-
erham. lie put Ids money into the
country like a noble little man, and
we trust that the keen edge of thin
sorrow will soon become blunted by
tbe early resumption of these well-
known properties.
wherein the land and machinery of
production will be owned in common
by the people in their collective capacity, and that free access to this land
and machinery will bo granted to all
and that each and every individual will
obtain the full product of thoir social1
labor, since there v. ill be no private
capitalist  who can  retain  the  larger
portion <
This do
������> today
lition ol
it li land
my that
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f the product as ho (h
,'s not  mean the ah
Capital, 1'Ut it does   mean   Ihe
of fcliG individual owners of I
and capital. The socialist.) sn
this inusi be accomplished been
development of modern indust
fifty demands ii. and if it is not accom
pllshed in the near future, capitalism
will (through its crisis and pauperization of the masses) lock itself in Its own
embrace. Ho further points to the fact
that since the development oi the trust
the capitalist has become n useless
parasite on society,
Ihe  fac
I no I..
goi purf
of him, vi:
deuce, etc. These
performed by hired
just as woll work fo
The second manner
is used is when one
tare the socialist stat
hat of suporinten
functions are.now
imployesj thoy can
society as a whole.
in which the word
endeavors to pic-
)f society as it
will be when capitalism ceases to exist.
An explanation, or rather a definition,
of the word in this sense would be, a
society where ruling and oppressed
classes;had ceased to exist and where
equality of opportunity prevailed and
where each and every individual would
be rewarded according to hi* efforts
A society where the means aud opportunities of obtaining "life, liberty and
happiness" wool bo owned in common,
but whore the products produced would
be the properly of the individual, which
would be according to tho Amount of
work performed by the Individual. To
sum up, tbe Ilrst conception of socialism
may bo called the path that leads us to
the goal, while the second conception
would be the, goal itself.
Now Denver Lodge
In Toronto there are many people
who desire to ��ct rich by gambling.
They are too good to buck faro or
deal black-jack, so they buy mining
stocks and pray for the stock to rise
so that they can sell out  to their
neighbor at a profit.    Most of them
know noth'iig about mining and care
less.    They  stmplv want to make
money without working (or it.    They
arc always looking lor tips and many
of them are bo wise that their brains
almost stick through their hats for
lack of room.    When (Jenrge I looder-
ham came out  west to look for the
yellow metal  in  Its  native state  he
was not acttinted by motives of pure
philanthropy.     He was simply looking after George,   He succeeded iu
procuring two gnat properties-the
War Eagle and Centre Star.     The
properties were- stocked and the public allowed to participate In George's
good fortune.      His reputation  as a
financier gave solidity to the stocks
and the price ascended the scale with
alacrity.    Last Juno 1,750,000 shares
of War Eagle at $3.88 aggregated
$6,790,000.    On   February   fith the
same stock at $1.60 footed up only
$2,800,000.    In September last 8,500, ���
000 shares of Centre Star at $1.05
equaled 85,775,000. On February 6th
the same stock at $1 footed up $3,-
The total depreciation is over six
millions of dollars, and there are
scarcely any mining men who would)
Hie Three Kinds That Are Worn In Kn;.*.
land and What They M.'kii.
Thorn 1b no subject uudur tho sun eon
drning which so many mistakes are made.
According to nn ancient joke, one lady
baked another, "Why la your father using
a cockade?" "Oh, pa's just joined tt t.
inuy and navy stores!" And nmnypon
plo scorn to think that n oookmle means
nothing at all beyond the fact of a certain
amount of social eminence. Thero is no
real law upon tho matter, which is simply
governed by lung established custom and
According thereto, there ore three |tf> '\-
of English cockadi* iu uao at tho nam ivi
���the royal, the military end tho naval
There Is no such thing tis a "civil sen lei
oookade." The royal cockndo can bo easily
recognized. It is quite circular. H is hi
lhape much like a double dahlia, nnd is
worn so that half of it is seen above iho
top ot tlio hut. It is nlso larger than other
cookndes nnd projects outward very much
more. The military cookndo la tho one
most usually seen. It consists of n small
ulroular projection, from the top of which
Issues n fan shaped ornament It is worn
ae that tlie fan shaped ornament projects
above the top of the hat. 'the third shape
���tlie navel coaknde���hoa uo ran, and is
oval In shape. It Is worn at the side, so
that no part uf it projects above the top of
the but. The military edokade is worn hy
the servants of those holding military com
missions���vi/. ollicers in the army, mill
tin and volunteers nnd by lord lieutenants, commissioners of lieutenancy, deputy
lieutenants und high sheriffs. The naval
cock ml e is worn by the servants of naval
Civilians und ladies have no right at nil
to any cockade unless coming within the
above descriptions. Tho black cuekndo of
Hanover enmo into use in this country
with the Hnnovui-iimu, though in fchfl riuyn
when hats were worn that required fastening up at the side, the cockade wns worn
by tho ottlcors themselves. The Jacobites,
in their intense objection to everything
Hnnovernfli, started the white cockade,
which was worn hy the officers who took
part In tho Jacobite risings, hutthu"whito
cockade" never had un analogous usage to
tho black eockado of Hanover. It is passible it may in the future, for we hear of
one gentleman belonging to the Order of
tho White Hose who Is industriously saving up to start an equipage in older that
In literal truth hu may "mount the whim
cockade."���Genealogical Magazine
"Come, Gentle Spring, Come!"���
and bring your delinquent subscription with you.
"Get Your Hair Cut, Kellie is coming," might have been a popular
song this summer if Let 'Er Flicker
the Plopper could have had his way.
II tbe Ii. C legislature held its sessions in Kentucky instead of Victoria
Joe Martin would likely be under tbe
daisies, provided Cotton could shoot
as well with a gun as Martin can with
his mouth.
The hay that Canada shipped to
South Africa may have been hard
pressed, as an exchange remarks,
but from the manner in which footgear is gathered in B, C. for the soldiers it is evident that they will sock
it to the Boers. This yarn does not
need any darning.
The Province ot B. C. gave tbe
Nelson & Fort Sheppard Railway
700,000 acres of land. In return wo
get an indifferent service a d high
rates.   Why not own the road instead
of giving away the people's land for
the benefit of a few pampered lords
ot capital. In the future tbe country
should be saved for the people and
not given into the bands of a few.
At the first indication of diphtheria in
the throat, make the room close, then
take a tin cup and pour into it an equal
quantity ol tar and turpentine,then hold
the cup over the tire so aB to fill the
room with fumes. The patient, on inhaling the fumes, will congh out the
membraneous matter and diphtheria
will pass off. The fumes of the tar and
turpentine loosen the throat and thus
afford the relief that bus bullied tbe
skill of physicians.
Developing Well.
The Molly Gibson is being developed
into one of the must promising mines in
in the district. Tbe workings are now
down 800 feet, und connections will soon
be made to the surface. At that depth
tbe vein is as true as on the surface.
The ore holds its value, while the percentage uf gold is increasing. Thirty-
tive-men are employed at the mine, the
payroll being upwards of $41100 a month.
Two four-horse teams are hauling ore to
the landing at the-vjnoutli of Kokanee
creek, and eight horses are rawhldlng
between the mine and tbe bead of the
wagon road. Tho ore is being shipped
to the Trail smelter.
Snowslides are doing �� rushing busi
ness in tho Slocan.
The Pioneer
Livery, Feed
and Sale Stables
Thomsons Landing,
Trout Luke City,
Ten Mile.
The Old Soldier Told tlie Affable Btraojri
How He Obtained It.
One day late In the eighteenth cenlmj
tho groat Emperor Joseph of Austria '���
out driving, when a heavy shower cam ���
uy; us tho first big drops fell nnold piddle
of tho lnvalideB came hobbling to the dn ir
of the carriage und asked lo be taken in
because, hu said, his nnifurm  wns in r.
and ho did not want to get it wet.    'I   ���
emperor, who was taking the air uh a i
veto gentleman with no marks of his ru: k
about him, told the old man to get in, nnd
atones fell to talking with him very i.i
fably.   Boon tho soldier mentioned Hint l:c
had had a capital breakfast that morning
"What was UV" asked the emperor
"   "Guess."
Tlie emperor ran overall the dishes he
could think of that were best liked among
tho common soldiers, but to everything ho
mentioned the invalid answered, chuckling, "Better than that." At Inst, the
emperor giving up the puzzle, ho slapped
his knee nnd declared he had taken a
pheasant out of tho Imperial preserves.
Tho ompBror laughed sympntlmtliutlly, and
tho subject was clmnged. When they had
driven some time, the poor poacher, after
recount Ing some of his experience* in battle, remarked:
" You look like a military man, yourself;
are you In tho army?"
Tho emperor said he was, and wai then
asked what position he held.
"Guess," said the emperor.
Tbo soldier guessed and gimssed again;
he finally guessed everything from sergeant up to marshal, and to every guess he
gob the answer, "Better than that."
Naturally, after uwhlle the truth began
to daw ii ou aimi and the poor man was
frightened nearly out of his wits, but the
emperor only laughed, told him lo Icnra
discretion in making confidences to strangers, asked him where he Wanted to go,
sot him down ut the right door and never
took any further not lee of his loss of a
pheasant than to make It a favorite story
at court.���Exchange
to all points in the
District. Light
rigs for quick trips
provided. Saddle
horses atrall stables.
The traveling public accommodated at
any time of the day
or night. For any
further particulars,
freighting rates, etc.
Published at the office, Victoria
Ave., Ferguson, ti. C,, .every
mining Hems
of the Liafdeau
and Trout liake
-will be its mission, and
the interests of these
districts will be its sole
duty first, last and always. Properties now
being operated will be
visited and accurate reports of development
given. Being published
right in the centre of
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 five addresses for $7.50. Old
country subscriptions,
83.00.' Help the district,
help the publisher, help
Reasons why
The Eagle is in
the District
Job Printing
Of every description executed on shortest notice
at moderate prices.
Mail orders solicited.
Ferguson (its nest) is
not a "boom" town, or
boomerang; but a steady
growing mining' camp
since tlie soason of f>7.
Its unique geographical
position is by sheer force
milking it the commercial nnd social centre of
Golden Lardeau,
It is situated at the
point where the waters
of the north and south
forks of the Upper Lardeau Rivor meet, is
beautifully located on a
spacious flat on the side
of a mountain, which
affords the only possible
location for a town site
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
sis the railway furnishes
transportation in the
���vicinity. The railway
experts have been quick
to perceive the natural
advantages   which   its
feographical     position
asconferrel upon Ferguson.
Ferguson, B. C.
Craig & Hillman,
And at. all times insist on the
box bearing the blue label
It  helps manufacturer! to see the
force of paying fair and honest wages
Nelson Iigar Makers' Union,
Staple Stationery
Letter and Note Pads,
Envelopes, Blotters,
Pens, Pencils, Ink,
Blank formo, Eto., fen-
Bale at moderate prices
at the office of���
"The Eagle"
Victoria Avenue.
By The
Cigar fife Co.,
Nelson, B. C.
See that the Blue Label
is on each box,
An Exception.
First Bonrdot��� Don't you always ban
* Btuffy feeling In tliiH house?
Second Boarder���Not when we are In
the dining romu. ���Loudon Fuu
Now that the wage Bcale has been
reduced the organs ot the mine managers are crying for the repeal of the
eight-hour law. Enough damage
lias been done by these carping demagogues. The law is here to stay;
wages have been adjusted to meet
the case, and the country will proceed to reap the benefit of it, the
subsidized organs to the contrary
notwithstanding.���N. D. Ledge,
The only direct route from
Kootenay Goontry
to all noints East & West
First-class Sleepers on all trains trom
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.
Daily train to Arrowhead from Revelstoke on main line. Daily steamer connecting for all Kootenay
points and Crows Nest branch.
For Boundary country via Robson,
leave Arrowhead daily except
For rates and full  information address nearest local agent or���
Ai<t Arrowhead. Agt Revelstoke.
W. V. Andereon, E. J. COTTLE,
T. P. A., Nelson.      A. U. P. Ant, V.ucouver
Double Ea
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 GENTS.
Mullftgor tlie Cochrane Riiueli. Limited, Muclcotl.
JOHN ,1. YOUNft,
Managing Dlreetor of Tile Ncralil, Calgary
W. II. POOL, President Great Western Mlnen, Limited, Forguson and Revelstoke.
,1. II. I1KAIIAM,	
< Julil Commissioner, Atlin, HO
P. W. (illllSAI.,
Kancher, Plneher Creek
Hofleltor, llevelstokc
W. M. IIIIOWN, Proprietor Ht Leon HotHjirlngs, Revelstoke.
The Double Eagle Company bus been formed lor the purpose, not only
of mining its present properties, but of acquiring promising claims and developing them to an extent that will justify their sale to English and other
comnankis a' a profit. The company ulready owns and has paid for in full,
the Trilby a d Old Saul properties in the famous Fish River district, and a
three-quart* 'interest in the May Bee mine, in the Lardeau district one and
a half miles om Ferguson. Sufficient promoter's shares have been set aside
for the purch se of the remaining quarter.
The May Bee is the sister claim to the now famous Nettie L, which has
broken all re ords in British Columbia for large bodies of phenomenally
rich ore. he 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 the surface and the same
remarkable ledge runs through both, carrying high values in gold, copper,
silver nnd lead. The promoters have already spent $-1,000 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 in-
Nesting to a limited extent in fully paid and non-assessable treasury shares
(par value Si) at 10 cents each.
Shares will be sold in blocks of 100
and upwards.
The .company reserve* tiwtight to withdraw tliuBftlu of shares from the market many time
without nottoo.      Applications may bo Bent to tlie Secretary,
A. H. HOLDICH, Revelstoke.
OrtoJNO. J. YOUNG, Herald Blank, Cnlgary.
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 an
important railway and
distributing centre.
Taking this fact into
consideration and remembering that as soon
as ever the ears reach
Ferguson there will be,
on a conservative estimate, 25 or 80 mines
i commencimr toahipore
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 of the
mines tributary to Fer-
guEon will,within a very
short whilo of the advent
of the iron horse, begin
to run away up into the
At present the following concerns are doing
business in Forguson:
A saw-mill, throe general stores, (which supply even the mining
companies operating in
the district, wliii'h 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 black-
smithsnop, a newspaper,
a private school, (a public school to be established at once), it money
order oflice, ore and supply houses.
All three store firms
purpose enlarging their
space and stock in the
A town hall, fire hall
and several residences
are to be erected as soon
as lumber is available.
Several 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 thoir properties.
Three   mining   coin-
fianies, now working full
orces on high-grade
propositions, which are
shipping ore right along,
will inako their headquarters and offices at
Ferguson at once.
Ferguson will be a
smelting and railway
How to reach
this promising camp.
Ferguson lii�� about 54 miles southeast of Kevelstoko and the main
lino of the Canadian Pacific Railway. It is approached nt present
by taking the Arrowhead branch
at Revelstoke to Arrowhead, '28
miles, thence by steamboat no the
northeast arm' of Arrow Lake to
Thomson's Landing, 10 miles, nnd
from the Landing to Ferguson, a
distance of 1(1 miles, over the government wagon road by stage,
team or horseback.
Soon, however, these conditions
of travel will he changed very much
for the better.
Railroad surveys hold out a promise of being able to reach Ferguson
either from the south or north coin-
fortahlv In 1'ullumn cars.
The district is woll worth seeing
and will stand investigation. THE FERGUSON EAGLE, FERGUSON, B. C, MARCH 7, 1900.
A Fine (lame of I'okrr Played In Trenton
Yenrs Ago.
Good stories are told of the poker
games that were played in Trenton away
back in the fifties, and perhaps none is
better than that which relates how a
wedding was postponed because the
bridegroom was interested in a good
sized jackpot.
One of the hardest players that the
"regulars" had to deal with was James
Rawson, who ran a ireneral merchandise
store down in Cumberland county. He
:also was interested in the oyster trade
and, as the saying iB nowadays, he had
money to burn.
In the winter of 185-1 Rawson came to
' Trenton to help push through the legislature a bill in which he was interested,
and one evening lie got mixed up in a
game of poker in tlie United States hotel with Sol Travels, Jerry Holcomb and
Dick Collins, three of the gamest players
that ever drew cards.
The game was innocent enough when
it started, but long about three o'clock
the next morning it had assumed proportions calculated to make an ordinary
player gasp when the bets were made.
Rawson was the youngest man at the tabic and had probably played poker less
than any of the others,but he had money
and nerve, and tbe way he used both
made the others keep their eyes open.
There wasn't much difference in the
\winnings up to 2:30 o'clock, when the
cards suddenly got freakish, as they will
; sometimes, and then they began to run
. against Rawson.
The players wouldn't give up the game
to eat, and they had their food brought
to them when breakfast time came.
They laid down their cards long enough
to eat, then went at it again. Rawson's
hard luck kept up. He turned his bat
around, crossed his legs, got up and
walked around his chair, rung in a new
pack of cards, and did everything that a
superstitious pokor player does to change
ibis luck, but it wouldn't change. His
money kept drifting away till ten in the
forenoon, when he counted his capital
and found that he had $200 left. He had
fed about (1800 to the "tiger" and naturally felt a little cranky.
At last a jackpot was started about 10:
30 o'clock, and the cards were dealt
round half a dozen times or more, and
nobody got openers.
Down in m Deep, Black Slope
^. ^�� ^#
By Frank Aley, in The Miners' Magazine.
Click,���click,���click, boys, down ill the deep, black stope.
The babies aresleepiug, the stars are keeping, vigils on those above.
Strike,���strike,���strike, boys, for this is the only hope, [love.
To sweeten the life of tlie faithful wife, who gave the world (oryour
It is not so hard to labor, boys, it is not so hard to wait,
Till sturdy, honest and faithful, we lay by a little store;
It is not so hard tn struggle, till the generous smile of fate,
Shall shed its lustre on those who cluster, inside the miner's door.
But down in the awful blackness, iu every tuunel and raise, t* >
At every shaft and station, about each timber and rope. A'''>
The angel of death is lurking, while tho faithful mother prays, J.     j
For him who sings,as his hammer rings,down in the doep,black stope. -X^-,.
Clean out the holes and load, boys; tend to your business well; ��* ^
This is a ticklish matter, where brains with danger cope; r% ~1
Handle the powder with care, boys  "
On every level vou'r
til care, boys Miat yellow quintessence ol bell;  ;K :;y
e facing the devil, down In the deep, black stope. i$Sj
"Hurry up, boys, and open it," said
Rawson. "I've got to catch that 11:45
train. I'm going to be married tonight,
and I must be in by 5 o'clock and dressed for the occasion."
But the boys didn't seem to be able to
hurry. They dealt and dealt bul tlie
right kind of cards wouldn't fall, and finally there waB a nice little pot of about
$000 on the table. At 11:30 Travers
opened the pot for $100. Holcomb and
Collins stayed.  .
"I feel just as if I was going to win
that pot," said Rawson, writing some
figures on a piece of paper and tossing it
to the centre of the table with what
money he had left. "I'm shy $50, boys,
but I gueBs I'm good for it."
"Your check is as good as your cash,"
said Travers.
"Every bit," said Holcomb and Collins. "But you'll nevercatch that train,"
remarked Travers.
"By thunder I" remarked Rawson, "I
forgot all about that I" He looked at his
watch and found he had about three
minutes in which to get to the station.
"There's no use in trying to make it
now," ha said. "They'll have to postpone the wedding. I'll telegraph that
I've missed the train." A few minutes
later a messenger was sent to the telegraph office with a message, and the
game went on.
The pot was $1000 strong when the
men drew cards, and the result waa tho
Tramp,���tramp,���tramp, boys, to the toll of the old church boll,
Marching in solemn order, out to the barren slope,
I lilt to the dead man's city, his ghastly ranks to swell,
For another soul signed death's pay roll, down in the doep, lilac
"" ~5*S" ~    	
most remarkable set of poker hands that
the old time players in Trenton recall.
Travers was dealing. Ilolconib called
for one card Collins look one, Rawson
lour, and Travers one.
Everybody about the table saw lhat
there was business ahead. Travers made
a bid for a raise by betting $25, which
wbb lifted $200 by ilolconib, and Collins
raised the $200, so that when it came to
Rawson it C08t $425 to get in. Everybody thought he would throw down hiB
cards, but he didn't. He Blowly drew a
checkbook out of his pocket, wrote a
check for $1000 and shoved it into tlie
centre of the table, thus raising Collins
$575. The other players thought he was
bluffing.. Travers met the raise at once
and added $500 to it. Holcomb saw that
and raised it another $500. Collins simply saw the raise, and Rawsou raised it
another $1,000.
Travers settled back in his chair and
eyed Rawson narrowly. "You've got
pretty good nerve, old man," he said,
"but you can't make me lay down; not
on a four card draw anyway." Then he
saw Rawson's raise of $1000 and increased it $500.
"I call you,'' snid Holcomb, shoving
in $1500.
"I might as well take a chance for
money," said CollinB, laying $1500 on the
pile. Rawson put down another check
for $500.
"Well, boys, I'm sorry for you," said
Travers, "I've got four queens
threw them down.
"That heats my four jacks," Bald Holcomb. "And my four tens," said Col- j
litis. "But it don't beat my four kings,"
said Rawson, spreading out his cards, t
He had four kings and an ace.
"Thunderatlon, what a draw!" exclaimed Travers.
���"Twas pretty good,'' said Rawson,
raking in the money. "I got them all
in a bunch.   I held up an ace."
Rawsou won $15,000, and $11,250 of it
came out of the pockets of the other
three men. It was the biggest jackpot
ever won in Trenton.
After the money had been counted and
stowed away in Rawson's inside pocket,
he expressed remorse over his indifference to his wedding appointment. But
he didn't have long to mourn. The girl
he was to marry had a mind of her own,
and when she received Rawson's telegram she got herself ready and, boarding
a north-bound train, came to Trenton,
where she arrived about 6 o'clock in the
evening. Rawson was delighted to see I
her, and they went to a preacher's and
were married.
Australia's Big City.
Melbourne, Australia, is a city with
half a million population and rapidly
growing, and it has taken an advanced
stand for municipal ownership. She
owns absolutely her gas works aud last
year made a profit of over $1,500,000.
The street railway system will soon re-
vert to her, when she will transport passengers a distance of three to five miles
for one cent. Long ago she adopted tbe
eight hour law for all city employees.
She provides for the free transportation
of school children. She furnishes free
employment exchanges and one of the
finest school systems in the world. Next
to Paris it is the equal of any. The
municipality gives encouragement to
trade unions. The city owns the docks
and conducts tlie steam ferries. She is
making tremendous strides in many improvements, and it is freely predicted
that from now on she will advance much
more rapidly in municipal ownership
than in the pabt.
Ho Needed a Shave.
He Imd boon out so late the night before that ho did not know at what hour
he had come home. When lit1, awoke,
he was curious to learn just how rocky
he looked. He accordingly reached out
for the silver-backed hand mirror that
lay on the table beside his bod. Instead
of that he got hold of tho silver-hacked
hairbrush. Not recognizing his mistake, he took the brush up and gazed
at the bristles a moment. Then he felt
of the silver back and then stared hack
at the bristles. "Good heavens," he
murmured at last, "but I need a shave!"'
Pay the printer and be honored.
WISE]   AM)   oi ui;i;\vrsi;.
Ti��J cynic might take syrup for his
Native wit may he foreign to the occasion.
Cross purposes often run parallel in
"Roving blades" are bound to lose
their rough edges.
Not a single infectious disease is known
in Greenland.
It is easier to get footing than backing
from a rich girl's father.
With the sensible girl the beau that
(hitters much never matters much.
No erratic genius has yet come forward
with the "Dreams of a llulldozer."
The spiritualistic medium sometimes
goes out of business for material reasons.
He who is always going to the law will
get the law in the habit of coming to
There are men so mean and miserly
that they would like to horde the human
The postal authorities have decided to
utilize the system (if wireless telegraphy,
which will be tried first in London.
The lead pencil originated with the
discovery of the graphite mines in England in 1064, during the reign of Queen
First class passengers in England have
increased only ten per cent in ten years,
while the number of third class passengers have increased 31 percent.
Rival Beantlei.
Paul Kruger is not a handsome man.
It is said that he is the ugliest man in
the Transvaal, but he met one which he
considered his match one day. Being
out on the veldt shooting, he fell in with
an Irish Outlander of ferocious appearance, whom he immediately covered
with his rifle.
"Oi say!" says the Hibernian, "phat
are yez going to do?"
"My people," replied Oom Paul, "told
me if I ever came across an uglier man
than I was, to shoot him. And I think
I have found him.''
"Well," said the Hibernian, after a
good look at Kruger, "shoot away, for if
1 am as ugly as you are 1 don't want to
The Sandon of the Lardeau. The destination of both the Canadian Pacific and Kaslo & Lardo-Dunean Railways, which will provide the long-looked-for
transportation for ore to places of treatment. High Grade Ores, silver, lead and gold, now being shipped, even 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 tlie 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 tlio 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 iu-
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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, o o r-
porations 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���
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W. N. Brayton,
General Agent.
Henry Floyd
Local Agent.
Thero is an opening for a tailor shop
in Ferguson.
.v. Oi Cummins was up from Trout
Lake for a few days.
!���'. Bailey went up to work on tlie
Nettie L. mino on Monday.
���Use island's Dyspepsia Tablets I
Cure indigestion, etc. 50c. a box at
Abey's Du'utt Store.
A laundry has boon started at Thomson's Landing. A like institution
would thrive in Ferguson.
E. Brewster and E. Morgan are
down from their line of traps, with a
good catch, for tho time they wore
TheC. P. Et. boat is not likoly to
break the iee on the Arm Tor a month
yet, ii present ' indications go for
Tom Taylor's resignation from his
woll served position as mining recorder
in this eamp, for tho past several
years, will take place shortly.
S. Danoy. general freighter, was in
town yesterday. Ho is hauling Silver
Cup oro from Baty's, where tho
toboggans leave it, to tho Landing.
The Grand Forks Miner has
purchased the Gazette, and now
Grand Forks has one weekly instead
of two dailies. Competition is not
always the life' Of trade*,'"'
H. J. .laekson received further orders
at Revelstoke, where transportation
was awaiting him, 'to "proceed right
through to Halifax. Murdie McRae
was not accepted after all.
From all appearances the Ferguson
contingent to the Thomson's Landing
celebration had a good time. Thirty-
two'mlles of sleigh ride cuts no snow;
thoy get their just the same.
Another entertainment is billed in
Trout Lake City for the 17th of
Ireland, under the auspices of the
dramatic and literary society. It
promises to be a huge success.
Everybody in this district is elated
over word that the C. P. R. will
recommence construction work in a
few weeks. The road should be at tbe
foot of Trout lake by next summer.
A.McPherson, one of tho contractors
on the long tunnel at the Nettie L.
mine, came down'yeB'terday to consult
Dr. T. A. Wilson. He has throat
trouble, probably caused from the
un derground work.
Andy Ward, who was thought to
have perished in the hills during January, and for whom a search party
were looking for, for several days, has
turned up all right, though he had a
dangerous trip over a glacier. He was
over at the Empire group, but is now
at 7-mile.
Revelstoke Herald: Owing to the
mailing difficulties prevailing last
month on the lake, the first number of
tho Ferguson Eagle is only just to
hand. W.ls a bright, nowsy sheet and
will be a big help to draw the attention of the outside public to the
mineral resources of tho Lardeau
Don't delay 1 Get your name on the
votor's list at once. Registration
forms can bo secured at the Eagle
offleo, which will he cheerfully forwarded to tho government agent, if
filled out. Several havo already took
advantago of tho franchise. If you
are entitled to a voto see that your
name is put on the list at once.
Tho subject for debate in J.
Laughton's hall to-morrow evening
will be: "Resolved that it is in the
Interests of the welfare of this province
that party lines bo introduced in the
coming provincial election." S.Shannon will uphold party lines, while A.
J. Gordon will oppose their introduction. Other speakers will take
part and an interesting time may bo
A movement is on foot in town to
petition the government agent for an
appropriation to help tho business
mon of Forguson to build a trail starting from up tho north fork a little way
and coming back up on a wagon road
grade to tap tho many properties
operating on tho hill overlooking
Ferguson from tho north. Tho Silvor
Quoon, Broadview, Groat Northern,
True Fissure, St. Elmo, Yankee,
Winona, and oven tho Beatrice and
others would fined tho trail very
useful in gotting in supplies from their
natural supply point���Ferguson.
Tho Eagle Is pleased to say that
J, Dohorty, foreman of tho Nottio L.,
who was seriously injured ut tho mino
Wednesday, is improving and his
condition is by no moans so critical as
was  feared.   Tho  paralysis   in   the
lowor part ol tits oouy is aimost gono,
and with the good care he is receiving,
his recovery may soon bo expected.
The shock of nearly 300 lbs. of ore,
which he had just strlppod, falling
seven foet upon him, while in a sitting
position, was very severe, but had it
fallen two Inches furthor back upon
him, ho would havo been crushed to
instant death.
���- Canada operates its own postoffice,
and pays ten times too much for Carrying its mails. Why not run tho
railroads, and give tho masses a
chance?���New Denver Ledge.
The Eagle is informed on vory good
authority that J. M. Kellie, M. P. P.,
will not again stand for re-election.
This is as it should bo, and as tho
electors intended it to be. But who
would havo dreamed of Kollio taking
a tumble ?
The much talked of salmon trust on
tho coast lias had tho effect of raisin,
prices paid to tho fish catchers. Rather
than demoralizing tlio business it has
put it upon a solid basis. Now if the
filthy Chinese canners were only dis<
posed of tho salmon would be much
better relished by the consumers.
The Revelstoke Herald complains of
the Lardeau trade going southward.
If both the rags in Revelstoke would
pay more attention to business interests and less to Kellie and politics
generally tlie long-suffering and tirod
public in tlio vicinity would profit very
largely. The personal twaddle appearing in both of them is enough to drive
anybody or anything away from thoir
B. R. Atkins, tho most devout
aspirant to political office of any old
kind, that this district ever saw, has
lpst his job as private secretary to
ex-premier Serolln. "Windy Ike"
may have to hit the hike again, and
Mr. Atkins re-assume his old position
on the Kootenay Mail; providing
"Windy" hasn't already fixed himself solid with Bostock and Kellie in
the meantime.
The establishment of a sub-office,
for the transaction of business coming
from the Duncan slope, at Trout Lake
City will be of scarcely any use unless
the records of tho Kaslo office are also
kept at the office here, as well as vice
versa. Mining Recorder Taylor has
no knowledge of such intention on the
part of the government. It would bo
well to have an understanding in this
��� The possibilities of liquid air appear
to be without limit. It can be produced
at a trifling cost, and its possible effect
In revolutionizing the future is amazing. In peace and war It promises to
dispense its benefits and curses equally.
Submarine boats and flying machines,
tho propulsion of motile torpedos and
high explosives are within the range of
its possibilities as a war agent, while in
domestic and business uses It stands
ready to freeze anything from the cook
In the kitchen to the head of the house
out of business.
If some of tbe wire-pulling specimens
of human carelessness, with corporate
fronts, who are drawing large salaries
to "mine"in thd"best British and
American sucker habitations, instead
legitimate mining in the Slocan and
elsewhere in the province, were to go
underground and strike a drill for two
hours or even stay underground for
eight hours, the " eight-hour law "
difficulty would soon bo settled. Practical proof is what counts and the
Eagle man has had a trial of it. This
district should congratulate Itself for
its fortunate possession of practical
mining men.
The Standard oil trust cleaned up
$30,000,000 In profits on its 8100,000,000
of capitalization In 1899, says the
Pueblo Courier. Mr. Rockefeller, the
pious, was dissatisfied with tho showing, and after a little time spent in his
prayer closet, raised the price of oil
three cents a gallon. Mr. Rockefeller
says that God gavo him his wealth and
that ho has received orders from headquarters to make*KK',000,O(i0 this year.
So, saintB and tinners, come yo all,
fill your lamps with Standard oil, and
"lot your lights so shino before men
that he may see your good works and
glorify your Father which is In
Heavon," and likewise his holy servant
who lives in Ohio, This is a divine
command; heed it lost yo bo dammod.
���Sandon Paystreak.
Tho Eagle's job printing outfit,
positively the newest, best selootod
and most up to date in North Kootenay,
is now at Arrowhead awaiting |the
transportation company's services.
With this complete outfit secured from
tho famous type foundry of Miller &
Richard, Edinburgh, Scotland, the
Eagle will soon bo prepared to turn
out ^"or work, more promptly and
right in tho district, than horotoforo
over UBed in tho eamp. Mining reports, pamphletB, prospectuses, time
checks, book work, and every description of commercial and fancy job printing will bo executed. Bring in your
orders and get tho benefit of experienced printers. Tho'Eagle will have
tho largest and best printing plant in
North Kootenay within sixty days.
One certain evidence that this camp
is going to go ahead is that claim
holders are "prospecting" less and
have gone to work on the best of their
claims, where they will soon expose
something to ship or soil, or try again.
The history of tho past in this camp
shews that the men who got in and
worked their properties aro the men
who made a stake. There may have
been exceptions, but the sucker element has now drifted to tho Klondike
and South Africa. "Wildcatting" and
the days of soiling surface showings is
past in this district. Tho property
owners havo apparently tumbled to
this fact and this winter finds many of
them hard at work developing their
claims into young mines, instead of
playing "Bluff" and running up a bar
and board bill on the strength of catching somo easy guy iu tho spring.
Prices have dropped to rcasonablo
figures and tlio purchaser will only bo
asked to pay for what he can see. Tho
long-bond short-pay manipulator need
not apply ; there's no time for anything but a working bond or tho cash.
The owners will work their properties
and creato thoir own capital. Labor,
dynamite and a grubstake aro the only
requisites und these aro boing provided
by themselves. Thoy work for some
of tho companies operating in tho district until they get a stake. Then buy
Bupplies and away to their own properties. The merchants also help him,
thus shewing their faith In the camp's
possibilities. The boys are just begin-
ing to realize how little ore it takes to
repay them for their work. And to a
great extent have thrown up the daydreams of becomlngrfabuously wealthy
in one day. For these and many other
reasons the future prosperity of this
camp is assured beyond the shadow of
a doubt.
T. A. Wilson, M. D.
Ferguson, B. C.
Fred C. Elliott,
Ferguson, B. C.
Harvey, McCarter tf Pinkham
Solicitors for Imperial Bunk of Canada.
Geo. S. MoCartor. .1. A. Harvey.
A.M. Pinkham.
White, Gwillim tf Scott,
Revelstoke, B. C.
A. H. Holdich, Esq.,
Revelstoke, B. C.
No danger of bush fires now
| But you hail bettor ooinmunioato with the
undersigned for rates, etc., of insurance of
your buildings, stock, etc. Forewarned is
forearmed. Our rates are reasonable. Send
nt once for particulars,
Real Estate, Loan and Insurance Agent,
Mrs. R. P. Pettiplece leaveB In the
morning for her home in Fletcher,
Idaho, to spend a couple of months with
her parents.
Messrs. Sims & Co., of the Kootenay
Cigar Manufacturing Co., Nelson, B.C.,
are reaching out for a share of the
cigar business in this camp, as will be
seen from their ad. Id the Eagle.
Their cigars speak for themselves and
in the Interests of those who interest
themselves in our field, these cigars
should be called for and insisted upon
by men of all classes in this district.
Methodist Church,
Services In Forrester's Hall every Sunday at
7:30p.m. Sunday School at R p.m. Everybody
cordially invited,
Hoar���At Revelstoke, on March 1st, to
Mr. and Mrs. O. D. Hoar, a daughter.
Smith���At Trout Lake City, March 3,
to Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Smith, a son.
Don't wait
for Lumber
We have on hand at the lowest
prices In the country
Rough and Dressed
Lath, Shingles, Sash,
Doors, Mouldings, Etc.
Call on ns or write for our Quotations.
Special orders promptly tilled.
Kootenay Lumber Company, Ltd.,
and house furnishings from
our largo and woll assorted
stock Is alroady 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 lino drop
us a card for [quotations. We
can save you money.
Ferguson Shaving
All branches ot the tonnorial art executed with
ambldextcrious dexterity.
The Pioneer Store
Cummins 8c Co.
S; Shannon,
Assayer and Analytical
House Painting
and Decorating
J. Booth.
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 the local supplying, it evidences the fact
that our goods, prices and treatment is right. We successfully
compete with large outside firms; we buy diroct from the manufacturers in largo lots at close cash prices, and can Bell you a
completo outfit, carefully packed, and ready for pack-horse transportation to any part of the district. When you reach Ferguson
don't overlook these facts.
McKinnon & Sutherland,
Go to The Post Office Store
If you wish to get the necessaries for home or the
hillside camp.
Groceries, Provisions, Dry Goods,
Tools. Boots and Shoes, Clothing,
Crockery, Steel, Powder; all kinds
of Miners' Supplies
Wo have a good assortment in those lines, and can supply Camp
Outfits on short notice, at closo prices.
Call and see our stock and got quotations.
Batho & Co.
Special attention to orders sent hy carrier.
The s.St Lardeau
Leaves Comaplix for Thomson's Landing
at 8 a. m.
Loaves Thomson's Landing for Arrowhead at8:30 a.in.
Returning leaves Arrowhead for Thomson's Landing at '2:W p. m.
Leaves Thomson's Landing for Comaplix
at 4 p.m.
Comaplix, B. C.
Drop a line to mc, or if you want
Bread in any quantity, let me know,
and I'll quote prices low enough to
interest you. Our Wedding Cake
artist is the bctt in B. C.    Address:
Sick People
If you want medicine supplied from the
purest of Drugs and accurately dispensed
send to the
Mail orders promptly attended to.
Beer     ���*
Made by the Enterprise Brewing
Co,, at Revelstoke, is keeping
the camp cheerful. When you
want the host insist on " Enterprise." All the leading hotels
handle tt.
A largo stock of assorted Wall
Papers, ettiboiiHed nnd ingrain,
with bonier and ceilings to
mutch, now selling at a very
low ilgure.
Ferguson Packing
and Transfer Outfit
Contracts entered into for packing of
Mining Supplios, etc., to any point
in the district.
Good, prompt service, and any work
undertaken guaranteed.
Freighting from Thomson's Landing
to Forguson a specialty.
S. DANEY, Proprietor.
...Hotel Lardeau...
J. Laughton, Proprietor.
Ferguson, B. C.
e- j$h$h?h&$ #$-$-$���$$���&&$ $$-$-$- 5$H$H$H&
ITergoison, B.C.
RATES FROM 12.00 TO tt.50 PER DAY.
Hotel Perguson
The Bar is supplied with the best brands of
Wines, Liquors and Cigars
Headquarters for Mining and Commercial Men.
Rates $2.00 a Bay and upwards,
Ferguson Bros., Proprietors.


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