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THE WEST FORK NEWS.
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Voi,. I.   No. 7.
BEAVERDELL, B,'C, NOVEMBER 2, 1901.
Pkr Year, $2.00
GRANBY COMPANY CRITICIZED.
The Canadian Mining Review, published in Ottawa, contained an article some time ago criticising the Granby company, operating the Old Ironsides group of claimsin Green*
wooil cunip, Boundary district, which was also published in
some of the coast daily papers. Mr. E. Jacobs of Greenwood, who is probably the best posted person in B. C: on
the mines of the Boundary district, has published a reply
refuting many of the statements made in the Mining Review, one of which was that the Granby company intended
to increase their capitalisation from $15,000,000 to $20,000,-
000. It appears that the company has no such intention.
In a paragraph of the criticism, and we believe the most
important one, the Mining Review says: "If, aa is currently believed by those in the best position to judge, the
average gross value of the ore treated does not exceed five
dollars, it is doubtful if operations are not being carried on
at a positive loss." To this Mr. Jacobs' reply is: "Perhaps the most effective reply to this is contained in the fol.
lowing'excerpt from a circular dated Auguat 12, sent to
shareholders with their stock in the new consolidated company : ' Instead of striving to pay dividends before your
property was fully developed, it has been the desire of your
directors, and to this end every effort has been made, to
equip and put the properties and plant in a thorough condition to earn and pa) dividenda regularly. We have been
spending nearly $200,000 in new equipment during the
present summer, which will more than double our preaent
output andprofits. All of this sum we are taking out of
the ground, not having advanced one dollar for the past
year to do this work.' It Would seem that those in the 'best
position to judge'state most plainly that operations are
returning profits, thus directly contradicting the suggestion
that they 'are being carried on at a positive loss',.'"•'.
Perhaps the best argumenta that could be used in reply
to the criticisms of the Mining Review are that S.C.H.
Miner, a practical business man, who is at the head of the
company, is satisfied to continue operations in the mines
and smelter; that the company, composed of men, who
have made fortunes in other lines of business, are apparently of the same opinion, and that whether'the ore is worth
$5 or $10 a ton it is being mined, shipped and smelted every
day and at a profit. It may be that the members of the
Granby company are anxioua to throw money away in
mining, but their records as business men would lead one
to form an entirely different opinion of them.
country they should register their claims. Especially ia
this true in the Mount Baker district, along the north
eastern part of Washington and in north weat Montana.
The last session of congress authorized on behalf of the
United States government four parties, one consisting of
officers of the coaat and geodetic survey and of the geological aurvey, who were to devote their attention to the mining,
districts mentioned, and three other parties ef the geological survey, who were to conduct a reconnaissance of the
entire boundary from the plaina to the Pacific coast. For
convenience the stretch of 410 miles was divided into three
nearly equal sections. The parties are still at work and no
complete report will be made for some time yet.
DC LA MAR LOSES CYANIDE SUIT.
INTERNATIONAL BOUNDARY.
The survey of the boundary line between British Columbia. Alberta and Assiniboine on the one hand, and Waah-
ington, Idaho and Montana on the other, haa proceeded far
enough to show that the old boundary line waa laid down
With subatancial accuracy wherever the old monuments can
be found. Altogether 161 of these were established in 1856
and 1061, extending over a distance of 410 miles. The
trouble with them is that there are not enough of them to
suit the conditions as they now exist. Laid down forty
years ago, in a very wild region, devoted at that time to no
other purpose than hunting and fishing, only the most important points were marked, such as those where rivers or
trails Intersected the boundary line. Consequently long
gaps were left, which today when immensely valuable
mineral deposits near the line have been found, have^ become a source of much friction between the two countries
and of a greet deal of vexation to miners who have experienced great difficulties   in ascertaining with which
A decision has been rendered at Boise, Idaho, by Judge
Beaty of the United States circuit court in favor of the defendants in the famous suit brought nearly three years ago
by Captain De La Mar against the De Lamar Mining company, ltd., for infringement of what is known as the Wald-
itein patent, owned by Captain De La Mar for the employment of zinc powder in a state of agitation for precipitating
gold from a cyanide solution. The process in many particulars is such an improvement over'the McArthur Forrest
process, long employed in many portions of the world,
especially in South Africa, that its adoption promised to
become general. It was adopted at the De La Mar mill with
the, consent of the captain, pending, negotiationa with the
use, the company kept on using it, and De La Mar brought'
auit, claiming $1 pertdo on 75,000 tone of ore reduced up to
that date, and exemplary damages, bringing the amount of
his claim up to $300,000. The complaint and defendant's
answer were filed some two years ago and considerable testimony has since been taken, attorneys' briefs filed, and for
some time past Judge Beaty's decision has been awaited
with much interest. . The decision is an important one to
the mining world in general, and it is now believed that*
the proceaa as employed by the De La Mar Company will be
more generally adopted. It has been proven to be peculiarly
adapted to the cheap reduction of ores carrying gold in
minute particles, and will enable many minea to be exploited and worked which could not be made to pay under
any other known process.
DONE BY CALLIHER
As is well known, the Boundary has been striving to secure a resident county court judge for a long time, and
when the appointment of* Andrew Leamy, of Greenwood,,
was reported from Ottawa, it waa believed that the prayersX
had been answered through the mediation of our representative at Ottawa, William A. Gal li her.   Then it waa ascer- .'
tained that the appointment had been gazetted for KoOte-
nay, and not for Yale, but this was quickly followed by
the announcement that this was an error which would
probably be corrected at aa early a date aa possible by the
Dominion government.
Now comes the statement that the gazetting of Judge
Leamy for Kootenay was no mistake, but waa done intentionally, and that he haa been instructed to take up his
official residence in Rossland or Nelson.
Thus it appears that Mr. Galliher, knowing the great
need of a county court judge in thia part of Yale, instead of
getting one appointed for this section, had it made for'
Kootenay or consented thereto. Doubtless Kootenay needs
another judge, but as Boundary has none, this section
should have been considered.—Phoenix Pioneer; '
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THE WEST FORK NEWS.
November 2, 1901.
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BEA VERDELX, B. C NOVEMBER 2, 1901
Prospectors bonding their claims
ahould be very carefnl m to the terms
of the agreement entered into by them.
This is especially so in reference to
working bonds. There are of course
a large number of mining men who
bond a claim with the object of showing it up and selling at a fair profit.
There are others who enter the business with a gift of the gab as their
principal stock in trade. They will
take more samples troni a camp in a
day than a dozen mining men would
take in a year. These fellows usualy
want an option for ninety days without
the payment of a percentage in cash.
They propose to stock the claim for
say 300,000 shares of the par value of
ft each. Of these shares 100,000 goes
to the claim owner, 100,000 to the pro*
motor and100,000 is treasury stock to
be used in developing the property.
Out of the first sales of treasury stock
the ownerr receives from $100 to $1,000
and is usually ma* foreman of the
mine.   To make the scheme go with a
rush the treasury shares are placed on
the market at 20 cento, and also the
promoter's stock.   Th*. promoter becomes managing director of the company, his brother—an eastern counter-
jumper—becomes superintendent, and
half a dozen other relatives and friends
fill the positions of treasurer, secretary,
typewriter, assayer, bookkeeper, etc.
There are four miners besides the foreman developing the property.   After
a time the stock does not go as freely
as at first, and to continue development the bank is asked to advance
money on stock, not the promoter's
stock, but the original owner's.   The
promoter has already sold his stock,
and the proceeds from  the sale of
treasury stock has been squandered in
salaries for useless officials.   In a few
months the bank owna the shares and
the original owner is out of it, without
anything to show for his claim.   To
many the foregoing may appear overdrawn, but one of the best properties
in the West Fork district has been left
in this position by a stock-promotion
scheme of the kind outlined in this
article, and only three of all the companies organised to take over Boundary creek properties have kept up continuous development on them.    The
others have gone through Numerous
processes of reorganisation, owing to
ignorance and extravagance on   the
part of the management.   This is also
true of a number of company promotions in the Rossland ' district.    We
would 'therefore   advise   the claim-
owners of this district to have nothing
to do with the gabby company promoter who cannot supplement his talk
by a cash payment.
the district as a whole. In a news*
paper experience of a number of years
we have never known a subscriber become angry at untruths in reference to
him or his business, for they usually
flatter, but have known hundreds to become indignant at plain truths.
Dr. Simmons, dentist, Rendell block,
Greenwood.
i^Sem Restaurant
WBKNSR A PITTOCK, PROPS.
MEALS  AT   ALL   HOURS
DAY OR NIGHT
Headquarters for Prospectors
Copper street. Greenwood, B. C.
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Occasionally tho editor of a newspaper, like other business men, is compelled to tell the truth. Not because of
any desire to make a record in his particular line of business, but because
the public inteiests demand that certain frauds should be exposed or that
the action of individuals in their relation to the community as a whole
should be criticised. Tbe News has
been accused of untruthfulness. As
.the accusation has been made in general terms, and does not designate any
particular untruth or untruths which
the editor has doubtless been guilty of,
it is fair to presume that we have unwittingly and without ''malice aforethought" published a «ingle truth or
a number of truths in the interests of
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THIS AND THAT.
Or. Simmons, dentist, Rendell block,
Greenwood.
Gorman West returned from Greenwood Mondry last
An extra force of men were put to
work on the Bell this week.
Third street is being graded under
the superintendence of A. 3. Embree.
The Winter supplies for the Rambler
were packed up this week from Beaver-
dell and Cartni.
Painless extraction of teeth. Dr.
Mathison, dentist, Naden-Flood block,
Greenwood, B. C.
F. C. and Mrs. Boles of Carmi returned Fridry last from a week's visit
with friends in Greenwood.
Two shifts are now at work sinking
on the Carmi. The concentrating
plant will be started next month.
A. W. Strickland, accountant in the
Greenwood branch of the Bank of
Montreal, is visiting friends in Carmi.
R. Parry is doing assessment work
for Pittock A Werner of Greenwood on
the Extension, a claim joining the
Washington and Idaho.
The work on the Butcher Boy shaft
in Carmi camp is showing np splendid
ore, the richest that has yet been taken
out of that camp.
The cabin on the Highland Chief,
Wallace mountain has been completed
and work commenced on the 90-foot
tunnel which is being rim to crosscut
the ledge.       	
Eric Jackson, who has been in the
West Fork district all summer, prospecting and doing assessment work on
his claims up Beaver creek, left this
morning for Phoenix, where he will
work during the winter.
J. M. Cropley of Greenwood was a
visitor to the district this week and left
for home Thursday. Mr. Cropley intends coming back and spending the
winter „working on the Wellington
group of claims, in which he is interested.   '0
For some reasoja the townsite representatives did not arrive in Beaverdell
the past week, although they had
notified the owners of Beaverton lota
that they would be here on the 28th
October for the purpose of adjusting
all claims. They will probably be here
the coming week/
For • first Class Meal Call
-AT THE-
Bull Creek Hotel
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For First-Class
Accommodation
STOP AT
THE BAR
b SappHed With Oaly th
Choicest Wines, Liqasrs
aad Cigars.
Crowell's Hotel
THE DINING ROOM
to Under the Personal
MIDWAY, B. C.
charge ot Mr*. Crowdi. \Samuel A. Crowell, Prop*
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SMITHS  HOTEL
0. W. SMTH. PMPMCTOB.
lbs Best Finished Hesse In the West Fork District
Being located in the center of the Weet Fork mineral belt, the hotel will be
found the most convenient for mining men wishing to visit the properties of the district.   Excellent hunting and fishing
Comfortable Parlors for Ladies. BEAVERDELL, B. C.
Prospectors...
When in Greenwood,
Stop at tEe	
Pioneer Hotel
Href Class Ii Eray Respect.
J. W. Nelson, Proprietor
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THIS AW THAT.
Dr. Mathiaon, dentist, Naden-Flood
block. Greenwood, B. C.
The first fall of snow at Beaverdell
this season occurred Wednesday night.
Jas Cameron left yesterday for Greenwood, where he intends starting in the
blacksmithing business. He intends
coming back to Beaverdell in the spring,
*J. R. Brown, of Fairview, one of
the deputy assessor for the East Riding
of Yale, paid an official visit to the
district this week haling come over
the trait from Pentietou. He left for
Rock Creek Tuesday morning.
C. M. Shaw, C. E., haa completed the
survey of the Sally group of claims
on Wallace mountain and will in a few
weeks issue a blue print of the claims
in that camp. He is at present surveying the Hard Cash group near
Beaverton.       ,
Hugh Cropley completed the cabin
onst$e?Wellington and Homestake the
past week and has commenced development. These claims lie west of the
Sally group on Wallace mountain and.
about half a mile east of Beaverdell.
The nine leads of the Sally group run
through, the Wellington and Home-
jO^^ttftfe 15 feet in depth
poaing a lead of galena 12 .inches wide
and giving good values In silver. On
the', Homestake the work consists of
open crosscuts. The ore in this claim
is higher than that of the Wellington,
assaying sa high aa 1,000 ounces in
Silver.    Work will be continued all
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atsge line had a slight mishap on ms
| | '.Atfjp^flp 1&m Greenwood Wednesday
nT*;    era*h,ff,4>re«king an axle, of his hack..
~, tr. Wilkina was trying to make the
--Vl^io eight hour*, bat at Cranberry
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make time and dodge all
on the government wagon
reen here and Cranberry, He
well until within a mile of
rn.  barring an   occasional   upset,
eh is dot considered a serious set-
by drivers on the. West *<>«* *°*d.
loweverhe struck a stump that was
>re substantial than his hack and
i :an axle.  Owing to the accident
table to make his regular trip
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