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VOL. I.—NO. a.
VAN   ANDA,    B. C,    MONDAY,   JANUARY   15,    1900.
Broker -
Special Lines on
Wire or Write Me
P. O. Bo* 187        Telephone 140
Cable   address,   CHALCOUVER.
Van Anda
Art ill 3. G. shapes Bought
and Sold: .
Do you
Want a Rood Tailor made Suit?
We can snit yon. Mail orders receive
promqt attention.  Union shop. Prices
Westminster Avb.,   Vancouvku B. C.
Saiysiie Hotel!
J. R. SMITH, Prop.
None But Union Cigars Sold.
Rates: $1.00 per Day.
First Glass in Every Particular.   Brat
Brands of Libuors and Cigars.
Van Anda Home
Bread, Cakes, Pies and all
Kinds of Confectionery.
Of all descriptions
1 Hastings St., Vancouver
p. o. nox, 206.
For Mining Books,
'ining Companies' Blank Books
and Office Forms,
Stock Campanics Registers,
". Igers, By-L W and Minute Books
Stock  Certificates, and all
Pointing. Lithographing
and Stationery
! oidsod Stationery Co. Ltd
825  Hastings Stkbkt,
VANCOUVER,     B.   C.
- letter Heads
Bill Heads, Envelopes
Order Sheets, Notices
Bills of Fare
Van Anda, B. C.
The Shoemaker
The Place To Get Shaved or
Have a Hair Cut.
big Strike tin the 400 Foot
Level a! iU fepper Queen
of tiie Vu Audi Co.
Thk   Prediction   of   Eyperts
about   This   Property
Comes  True.
van anda people greatly excited   AND ON   THK TIP-TOE OF
As we go to press we learn that
at the Copper Queen mine of the
Van AndaCompany, a great strike
has been made of an entirely new
ore shoot, 100 feet from the shaft
at the 400 ft, level. The first shot
in the ore disclosed ;J4 feet of solid
copper-gold ore, carrying Jo per
cent copper, $40- gold and to or.
Silver per ton. The people at the
mine are too busy to give' further
particulars this morning. Van Anda is greatly excited and interested
arid further developments may be
expected at any moment.
Ono of Montana's well known and
most efficient experts of forty years experience was so astonished and pleased on
a visit to Toxnda Island by the large ore
bodies of high values, that he has purchased for'a syndicate which he represents, a snail group, on the Island anil begins work on it within thirty days. The
syndicato will start and continue its
efforts in a miner-like manner, in the belief that they have the nucleus of a good
property. He expresses his surprise to
find such a copper country of which he
and others in his profession had heard
littlo or nothing, and gives it as his opinion that it is only a mattor of time when
the steady production of Van Anda mines
will direct tho attention of the copper
world to this town, causing a remarkable
activity in the place. The gentleman
referred to was much impressed with the
"presence of so many various metals on the
Island; free-gold, chrome-silver, nickle,
cpbalt, mnlybdynum. iron, galena, and
zinc in addition to copper being all plentiful. Tho name of the parties in tho deal
ore for tho present held by request.
of theorowoaldiiotboless thin 28 cents
pe lion, which places the vilueof the
proqerty conservatively spoalr ng, at$350,
000. I
Found near Van Anda a sail boat,
marked C. O. E. or C. O. I. 1474:
apparently a fisberinans boat. Contents, black bag containing clothing,
shirts and shoes; drill; pinchbar;
copperwire: brooin; stand for shoemakers foot; Winchester 44, and
small camping auicles.
Apply, L. J. Seymour, J.P.
Van Anda, B. C.
he Britannia group of mines at Howe
Bound recently purchased by H.C, Waltr rs
aiid associates is proving itself a great and
valuable proqerty. The cross-cut tunne.
has demonstrated tho ore body eighteen ft
wide, which will average at least 10 per
cen t of copper. In addition to this there
arc extremely large Isidios, in fact almost
mountains, of concentrating ore. The
owners of this property will bo obliged to
ptt in a transporting and concentrating
plant first: then it can undoubtedly be
amongst the steady producers of ooqper.
The big veins of which the Bonudnry
Oounrrymon talk so mucq.do not compare
tho Britannia and Goldsmith Compniiies
properties nt Howe Sound, either in
quantity or quality.
It is almost never in coprer mining
that a property i.« selfh^poi-tiug
until at least $100,000 has been in*
vested in development. TU; Cornell
is ona of the very few <\<^er mines
which pay from the gras^'jtOts. As
a matter of fact, in lakh,' out the
ore from the surface, the lody kept
getting larger and at all t nes was
of sufficient value for dipping.
The ledge kept on widening until it
had reached over 32 feetoflsolid ore,
At that time the pot bokLwas of
such a depth that it was ne ^ssary to
run a tutmel from beneath tto take
out what was below. Thp tunnel
was run and the same ore Ijody was
encountered still going downward.
Four hundred feet east of tpis point
another tunnel was run 'int| the hill
which tapped a large, rich ore-body
runningin the same directiat as that
in No. 1, which gave the <v>mpany
the imprssion that it was t'ie same
lead. Subsequently to determine
this point, a tunnel at a lo-ver level
wrs run about balf way lietween the
two original tunnels to dftermine
whether or not the Vein really did
run from oue working to another.
After the cross-cut had jgoiie into
the hill, about 140 feet pf fine ore
was encountered, Not content with
tracing both pays of this vein the,
Manager oantinued the i.ross-cut
vertically, for furtfier iu janolher
vein was nMUflfteriS d. Tl'te latter
was apparently the vein ei^ocmter
ed in No. 2 tutinefewWl.e t}(Lfr>nner
was the One encountered irtNo. i~.
It was demonstrated, therefore, by
these workings that there are two
parallel veins in the Cornell.
Work is being pushed along vig
orously.on both, the next move being to remove debris from about Emily Lake to find where vein enters
in order to get a still lower tunnel
level for the removal of ore. If the
Van Anda Company owned no other property than the Cornell it
would have nothing to be discouraged with. The values are remarkable the copper being of very high
grade, while he. gold averages as
high as $30 per.ton. Cornell iscer-
tainly the leading property on the
coastof British Columbia to-day.
Any other property that can compete with it is sure to be a great
Were nil prospectors to follow the ex
ample set by theso mon, there is small
donbt bat that the Coast would hold a
more prominent position in tho mining
world than it does st present.
Mr. D. M. Brewer in this mouth Mining
Record concludes his very able articlo on
'.'Suggestions for the Development of
Mineral Prosqects." If the average prospector and individuals com prising development companies would bo guided by
tho advice Mr. Brewor gives, thej would
save both time and money and avoid
many disappointments.
next generation. Let us keep our own
spirits ctdm and unrufftled.Tb.ere is no
danger threatening ns from our friendsin
the States. The noise comes chiefly
from newspaper men and whiskey-drinking Irishmen-, who in their cups are fond
of' 'ructions.'' Wo bear them no ill-feeling, but they not come over here or we
will lovingly break their hoods, so we
Vancouvor, Dec. 30, 1889.
To the Editor of the. "News- Advertiser."
Kr,_Uist nights Seattle "Post-Intel-!
lVflneer" con tains a sensational telejfruqii
despatch, relative tou lbreRtenedFenian
raid on Canada, and which should be resented by every true Americans living in
British Columbia or elsewhere in Canada.
Tliese two countries are now upon peaceful relations, and nil threats of an nivos
ion of Canada by Irish-American, can
only be construed as intended to frighten
Canadians so that their troops would be'
ketjt home instead of responding to tho
coll of Mother Land to send force to help
her in tho conflict now in progress against
tho Boers en South Hfrica. The Uhitod
States Government is acting under the
laws of strict neutrality, and would not
permit the organisations referred to tn
settle even a local difficulty. British
Columbia never foils to entwine the Stars
and Stripes with the Union Jack, and
during the past season joined (n the celebration of the 4th of July, I shall therefore circulate a petition in Vancouver,
New Westminster, and Victoria, asking
that all Amc icans resident in these cities,
as well as elsewhere throughout this
Province, vigorously protesting against
such organisations and uprisings as I am
referring to, and shall forward the petition to the Executivo of tho United States.
Very rcsqectfully yours,
Vancouver, December 28th, 1898.
 '—;»)■ 1
(With apologies to Rudyard Kipling.)
Editor World. Here we are threatened
by an invasion not of Irish-Yankeys, bnt
by a lot of yellow journalism. There are
several reasons why the Irish will not
not iuvado Canada. First the Canadian
Irish would knock them into smithereens,
and smash thair gobs, so they wouki:
second, the respectable Irish who hold
tho purse strings have better sense than
to wnsto it on sending their sillyoountry
-men for Canadians to bury, no thoy have;
third, the United States Government one
of theso days will send a dozen or two
New York Irish policemen who would
capture the fighting mob and ;mt thorn
under lock and key till whiskey and
political lunacy should pass, so they
would: fourth, we would call on spook-
seeing Stead to send to our help the tatter
od remnants of the 6,000 Frenchmen that
might escape after having tried tocapture
London from 40,000,000 Britishers, so
Wtt would fifth, this question arises in
one's mind concerning these queer people : who is the queerer, the New York
Irish who talk of invading Canada in
the abscence of 9,000 soldiors who hove
set their faces towards Africa, or a man
like Stead, who sees visions iu tho London fogs, or  8.000  Frenchmen  raiding
Woolwich, London and all England tPoor While yon're shouting "Rulo Britanla
silly, ignorant; Irish of New York! Alas, awhile yon r.inK -God save the Queen"
poor Stead, lam glad Canada is giving no And confidence is voiced by every
attention to their frothy twaddle, and \  -   mouth;
that th?United S'jn<»>- rmnnnt«j&dcacc-ad Poor Gl.u Paul ■ ::-growing weary, wished to notice themi   In all  seriousness IJ .    ee he had never seen
say, and believe, that the oue-twentioth]    The gentleman in Khaki ordered south
part of our Canadian loyal Irish  could! He's an Absent-Minded Burgher (he'a
very  comfortably  wollop all the   noisy (       proved often so of late),
blatherskite who might venture to make]    And easily forgets the oaths that bind
a raid on any part of our Dominion. The!       him
managers of these poor creatures are the; Bnt in wiping off his record), should we
It is popular, Central, Comfortable.
Homelike; famed   tor square
dealing, and run on the
Board & room $l.a' day.: immts
'.ri flOAOM  TO AMI,  ,HI
rn.iM.aa •Taa.iaaan*
will find him;
He has   broken   soteuin promisee an
bilked them all along,
And Ihaf'rWhy Ttirny's inning
behind him I
Cook's sou I  Duke's son!
from palate,
Another good lead has been discovered on the proporty known as Coble-
dick's in Estero Basin. It is a very fine
load of chalcopyrite ore, nlxrat 20 feet
wide at present, for they or" not yet
through it. Tho owners nro, f course,
very nnieli pleased, nnd ore pushing
work rigourouily, From a sin 1 By recently mado of thoMonto Oris to, it appears
that only u portion of the work lately done
by H. W.Trent i.inn the Munte (''.-: i' tin.
balance being on tho the Bima|icVt« -. ■
olalniof exceptional pmrfrco i-ho*i'i;rs,
having a lead of pyrrhutiicnl.out' V foot I
wide, and iTnoeoble through Ihreoe] iunr
uud alead of rioll ohflloopyrito ilm,  feet
wide, but which lets not Ix-cii traced elsewhere, and'jet another load about fifty
feet wide, the ore and quartz of which I
reseuiblo very closely DoDglnsPiuO rock,
nnd is traceable  for about    1,000   feet, |
Unfortnnatelv no assays have been made
from the latter lead, hut ''"' other two]
give good values,   in  y.'M<\  mid  copper.
men that should be hrsewhiqped by the
honest, hard.working  Iri^h   girls  and
other good-hearted descents of the Evergreen Isle that have been defrauded  of'
their money, liberally given to men whom j
they trust, men that arc meaner  than
highway robbers.   Sometimes my blood
boils to Bee good, sensible people talk as '
If a few noisy, fool Irish are   the  whole
race or a tithe of Ireland's peopln.   The j
history of Britain, of her wars, writers,
officers, naval men judges and statesmen
Is a history of Irish ability and loyalty, j
There may be a   few  Irish  in  Canada
who are not loyal to  Britain,  but  they
arc few.    And I know of several others
nntions.represontativcs of which are not
very loyal.   But what of it? A few men
here nnd there are not of our mind nnd
spirt need not bothor.   Wo can afford to
be magnanimous, and in time they will
bo all right.    If not, they will die and
their children will be thoroughly British
just ns will bo tho young Doers of tho ,
chance to break the slate,
—Well, he wont   have very much to
leave behind him I
Duke's tons I Cook's son* I hurrying to
the shore;
Thirty thousand to the front — and
more to conio theo say;
They'll each of them light as the rest
I        hnvo fought—and what's to become
I        of the Boer?
Soinr one']] have to foot the Bill, and
I        Pay! Pay! Pay!
' II
There are gnus bo ordered secret, asking
no permission to
(For he knew he wonld not get it if ho
There's the svxerainty question, the Uit-
lnnder grievance, too,
Broken fnith and petty insults infinite.
Oh ! the men he treated casual  wont bo
sorry when he's gone,
For an absent-Minded Burgher they
cottage, or hall;
Rather a tough lot, Krugcr, and
to come they say.
They'll each of 'em do their eounlry'a
work (but what will 70a do OWn
Pawn you- hat for your credit's sake
and Pay, Pay, Pay I
There are families by thouaands
he mined in a week,
He's "commandeered" their goods by
now, no donbt,
They have fled from farm odd township,
new homes they've had to seek,
'Cos the man who took their money
turned 'era out.
He's nn  Absent-Minded Burgher, hat
his mind mnrf seeds be small.
If ho e'er forgets the ..lumen when
we find him:
For he started out to sweep us(the "vor-
doemte roineeks") all
To the sea, bvt Tommy's just left that
behind him I
Boers' job? Doppere' job? W1U they nan
a broom?
But Mr. Thomas Atkins' Mvcb Is all
the other Way:
And whit* rre'i-Ttrt-iii, Urluoini,,, •» „ wk
what's to became of Onm t
For some one'll have to foot th* BBi
and Pay I Pay! Pay I
And let ns manage later, when w* aM
him face to face,
Demanding n receipted bill of war,
To safe-guard the Empire and rearrange
the place
That Krugcr's boers will tremble a* a*
For he's an   Absent-Minded   Burg he*,
and he may forget it all,
If we leave him in the state in whiah
we find him;
Let him work out   his   salvation  (tho'
he's poor material)
With   the   British   Government   la
force behind him;
Yes, a civ ilizing Government behind
Black's son I  White'* son!   From many
a distant shore
Our   Empire's staunches! son*   im
once her fiercest enemy.
But now they're sharing the Empire's
work (and why not also the Boer?)-
It's just—and it's  the pries that he
must Pay I Pay I Pay !
The Goldsmith Copper Company's
property Howe Sound lies between the
Briianniannd the Salt water. Tho bodies of ore which have boeu exposed there
are enormous, but low grade. It is estimated there is an ore shoot on this mine
about 600 fr. long. '{00ft. wide, nnd demonstrated by the cutting of a creek down
one side of ii, to be at least 200 ft. deep.
It is estimated that there are one million
tons of ore in sight, which will average
two per con t copper, of which cun lie 0011-
eentrnted five tons into one. with good
management the profit on the extraction
Tho work done on the Young
Australian claim by the Fairfield Syndi-
cate bus disclosed some exceptionally fine
ore, audit is a matter of much surprise
amongst those who know the properties
on this lead that work should have been
B0 suddenly, not withstanding the fact
that the lead on thair own claim is sup-
]xised to have pinched out.
Work on the Sunset, 0 bornito properly,
just north of Seymour Narrows, and
and owned by three prospectors, is being
steadily prosecuted, several hundred feet
of work having been done by them. Those
men certainly deserve to be rewarded fro
their enorgy, for they have I10011 steadily
developing this property for the lust two
Owners of mines on Texada Island authorize me to say that they
will Bond to you Properties that
will be immediate shippers, without eash payment, on long time
and at reasonable prices
January 15, 1900 Van Anda, P. C
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THE   COAST    MINER,     MONDAY,    JANUARY    15,    1900
0EFI6E - YfllJ JttJDjl, B. (5,
We shall bo glad to receive from owners
and superintendents reliable information of their coast
All communications on the sudjeot of
mining gladly received.
Address all communications, which mnst
have the name nnd address of the
writer,  not necessarily
for publication, to
The Coast Mr .~r re-appears
to-day after a short period of suspension, printed and published in
Van Anda, where the proprietors
have erected a building and installed a plant for thepurpose. With our
office facilities at hand the management hope to deserve for the Coast
Miner a continuance of the kind
expressions of approval from its
public which greeted the first issue
Advertising contracts will date from
from the resumption of publication.
than one mile and, taking the general direction of the vein and open
cutting at the various points in this
mile, the vein has without exception been found.
There is enough ore at present in
sight in the Cornell mine alone to
run the smelter for more than one
The ore bodies in the Copper
Qneen increase in size and richness
at each deeper level.
Over a dozen new veins have
been discovered on the Van Anda
Company's property in the last 90
The progress made by the Van
Anda Copper & Gold Company in
the mines and tomnsite during the
year just ended has been of so important and lasting a character that
we are justified in calling special at-
teution to it without any desire to
appear to boom the place in which
we have a natural interest. The
story of the erection of the smelter
and its success is now pretty well
known from east to west—success
which has crowned pluck and per-
severence, allied with knowledge of
business and processes of smelting.
TV:- other- .vj^gnftninent improvements by ttie company comprise:
a saw-mill; the bt.ilding of afair size
town-now without an empty honse,
a tramway from saw-mill to smelter
for utilizing the waste from the one
to burn in the other; a wharf 450
ft. long with a large warehouse for
the storage of iniseellcneous freight
of the ever-coming steamers from
Vancouver, Nanaimo and other
points as well as the receiving of ore
coke, and other supplies fcr the op-
peration of the works and the dispatch of copper matte and copper-
gold bullion; a new assay office and
sampling works; additions to the
store; the building of roads; and last
but by no means least a printing
office with a fully equipped plant and
printers. Many willing heads and
hands have helped Mr. H. W. Treat
the President and Gen. Manager, in
this vast undertaking; the names of
Kiddie, Knowlton, Seymour, At-
well, Thompson, Reid, Paper,
Sehroeder, Huggett, Pooke, Mars-
traud, Eschweger and others being
amongst those who have "scorned
delights and lived laborious days"
—anil nights—in the interest of the
property and the stockholders. As
n result, the place with its various
mines and inustrics is an object lesson to those who come to Van Anda.
Never before have there; been such
vast piles of ore on the/'roust heaps
at the smelter and never before have
two shipments of copper matte per
week left for Vancouver with unfailing regularity. It liaslieen pointed out by authorities on the subject
that i> takes from three to four years
to make B copper mine. Hut aii'dh-
record has lieen broken by t is
young giant of the coast. I „st we
be accused of dealing in glittering
generalities, lielow are given some
facts authenticated by tiie officers of
the Company; who extend to those
who doubt, an invitation tocofneand
..see for themselves, to do which every assistance will lie afforded llietu.
The ore reserves, as well as the
production of the Cor-nell and Copper Omeen have increased steadily   from  month  to ni2nth.
The Van Anda store, owned by
the company is doing a larger retail business than most retail stores
on the coast, even in snch cities as
Victoria and Vancouver.
All the various branches of the
company's business are in the most
satisfactory and profitablecoudition;
True Country and tried Colonies,  God
keep thee safe, serene,
With ouc voice beneath the Union Jack j;
to sing God Save Our Qneen.
For some time Mr. L. J. Seymour
J.P., has been endeavoring to wak-
public sentiment in favor of establishing a flagstaff on the grounds of
the new school and tints have the
emblem of the United Empire placed
prominently before the eyes of
school children. Although at first
his patriotic suggestion was not immediately entertained, he persevered
in the endeavor, and has, at last,
the satisfaction of seeing his efforts
crowned with success. This is dne
to the zeal of our Van Anda ladies,
who, having become interested in
Mr. Seymour's plan (such is the advantage of being popular with the
fair ones!) and having formed a patriotic ladies' committee to act on
Mr. Seymour's suggestion, went
heartily to work and on the opening
day had a handsome flag waving
over the new school as a token of
Van Anda's patriotism. We congratulate the ladies for the enthusiastic way they have taken up and
cajried out Mr. .Seymour's suggestion. We feel sure they together with
Mr. Seymour, have won the appro-
al of all and in the name of Van
Anda The Coast Miner gladly
tenders them Van' Anda's thanks.
Th' values contained in Texada
ores are above those in any other
copper:gckl ores in the world.
The Cornel,   vein  is  traced  and
developed'for n distance   of more
The local magistrates have been
pressin gon the Provincial Government the necessity of appointing a
Constable to reside at Van Audit,
at present a special having to lie
sworn in as each case arises. There
is also great need of a building for
use as a place of detention for those
who make it necessary and as a
Mr. Theodore Sternfeld,. of the
of the American Metal Company,
New York, a concern world-wide in
its connections, was in Van Anda for
a few days this week. He had just
come from the, Slocan and Boundary
districts, where ho has been in the interests of the company he represents
One of the Coast Miner young mou
was fortunate enough to persuade Mr.
Stornfeld to give, his views on Texada
Island nnd its mines, which from his
experience and known standing in
connection with metalurgy and ns the
expressions of a highly trained, con-
servat.ire business man, aro of great
value. Our visitor declared himself
greatly impressed with what, he had
seen here and recognized the Tsland
as highly mineralized, with very
strong leads. These features, he
thought., were cspecislly in evidence
in the Copper Queen anil Cornell
with all the indications that they will
continue. As to the latter mine, it
appeared to have been worked to the
best advantage and on great economy.
It was certainly remarkable, Mr,
Stornfeld laid, that a copper deposit
should be so favorably situated for
; working, such a formation being most
unusual with copper, although it
might be. expected ;,i the case of gal-
Like all our visitors, Mr. Sternfeld
admired our smelter, not. only for its
location but especially with regard to
the facilities for enlarging it and introducing those economical features
which large tonnage would warrant
,,ind could ho. easily applied to the
present plant.
Tho position of Van Anda for carrying on business in mining anil
smelting, Mr. Sternfeld considered
most favorable, pointing especially to
what had impressed him much, viz,
the water power available later on for
granulating the mattes ami slags, anil
if calciners were put in, power could
also be obtained for this purpose
from the water, which he considers a    groTttonfcut*. ..   .    ,
As to the standing of the company's
product in the metal market, -Mr.
Sternfeld characterized the matte as
of very satisfactory grade and very
clean, containing no lead. Gold values wore unusually high in Van Anda
matte and his firm were. \ery glad to,
have received shipments of it regularly since July last.
In reply to n question. Mr. Slcrn-
said that the weights and assays of
ihe Van Arxln matte, made by his
firm had always tallied with the
those of thn company, thus showing
the accuracy of the assay nlHco at
Van A tula.
Speaking generally, our visitor eoc,
pressed himself astonished at what
had been dene in Vnu Anda nnd the
mines and pioperly of tlie company in
10 short a time and thought the management had shown great ability and
judgement in bringing the property
to its present stale of permanent improvement, us a preparation for busi
tiesref vastly g<*'.-itrr proportions than
that now carried on.
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, 6.28
The Copper Situation.
Joe-ring &■ Marstrand Brewing I
-   -   OUR
Export Lager Beer
Is the Best in the Province. Sold in every
first-class hotel in all mining towns in
British  Columbia.
Telephone   429. VANCOUVER, B. C.
The eppper consumption during [at any price
ind the owners of pro
the yeaAt8yyin the United States J perties which have-reached the pro-
was UMpSjtedently large, the princi
II    II
96 Government St
Victoria, b. c.
pal iucrtflle being for electrical purposes, She manufacturers taking
ihelargejii amounts. Brasscousump-
tion, al3b, incseased 33!'3 per cent.
As a result the stocks throughout
the country were reduced to the
nunumum and at various times dnr-
the year the metal sold for higher
than ever could be realized abroad,
for thetwis, of course, the surplus
production of this continent which
must bejmarketed in Europe, The
production has increased somewhat
but lry up means in proportion to
consumption. A great many 'mines'
have been floated particularly in the
Lake Superior District, to meet the
emergency, but few of them have
become actual shippers. It has been
demonstrated beyond question that
a copper mine takes time to make,
aud irrespective of the readiness
with which capital will take hold,
the obstacle cannot be overcome.
This will become apparent if we consider that for a year and a half the
price of copper has been very remunerative and thus a stimulus to
develop new mines has been large.
In face of all this, the total produc-
ton has not increased fifteen per
At t]ft beginning of the year the
price^ajLake Superior copper was
i-J cents; during the lirst iiumici fr
advanced very rapidlv' to r^ cents
later to-18 cents. Towards the end
of the year it settled down to. 1.6J4
cents, at v, hi.ch it remained steady.
The.outlook appears to be that the
consumption will cot tintie a' an en'-i
ormous rate.
The best judges ascribe the present decline to financial and. political infltienCeS, principally light money and the Transvaal War. tt is
expected tnat when the sky clears
the price of the metal will again he
determined' by :the ratio of supply'
and demand.
During the past year, European
copper buyers have seen many tips
and downs'- At the start they weie
very much against .higher prices and
prophesied day after day that prices
would come down with a crash.
The result of' this belief was that
they worked tin ir stocks down to
the lowest .point gl}d ..bad often to
come into,theraarket'Tor large quantities, withthc effect thilt it-was
greatly stimulated.
Ftoffl the news which I have been
able to gather ■ from t'ne different
Kiinipeiut centres, I am' satisfied
thai the stocks in the hands ol deal-
ery low. The great increase
sumption, for electrical purposes, which occurred in 1H0H—99
nly began to
ers itoe vt
0/ iJiniU
The St. James "Gazette" of London, Bttgland, lias the following
good word for the mult of Canada';
The loyalty and discipline of tjn
Canadians in undertaking ihe dull I iu the United States
courthouse. Our local member of I Work of building railway sidings and gatHer.YO.uine in Europe duri
the Provincial Assembly,^Ir. Ralph erecting platforms al Ornngi River 1891); when to a great extent the
Smith,   has the   matter  under  his Station   is a   better  Drool   ul   their r   . ■■ —1.
...union  is .1 pi luc,r I users oi   horses on   surface   roads
charge and Mr- I.. J..Seymour, J. P.  rettl military value than almost any
will shottlv go to Victoria to inter IauccesS in lighting,
view the ministers cf the Crown
with Mr. Smith on thesubject. The With the rapid progress of thl
increasing importance of Van Anda ' Island the need of more direct com-
and Marble Bay and the large munication with the business centres
amount of revenue received by the becomes palpable to every one and
Government from the Island mine: il would be well for our Dominion
should make Mr. Seymour's task Imember to study the possibilities of
an easy one. Over forty new houses [telegraphic communication with the
havebeen built iu Van Anda since j outside world, a sine qua uon to
July, 1899 aud the resident voters'the advancement oi any coinnmniiy
have increased rapidly to quite an IWhen il i8 *** into consideration
users oi  horses on
commenced    to replace that   means
I of traction b> electrical power. A
I goid deal of this work was done,
I Inn much wits deferred until the
lower prices of copper should be
reached. This deferred construction
will now begone on with and therefore a large added consumption from
that quarter may he expected.
It was fully predicted that if ever
copper reached a certain point in
price consumption would be decreased and substitutes     would be found.
.that we are only   20   miles  distant
important number,   the population fth     d  f ^      •     th   Jdea 1
pf Van Anda including Marble Bay doe8 not take any formidable array Bu'the*e" jU*?T   r V- V
being in the neighborhood of 500. '„r figures nor require any great out-' ' ' ' "": " "
And still they couic. This time
it is n tailor who intends to open up
business over the old school house,
•   illacyj that the use of metal is iu-
■ 11 indent o( Lire element  of price
lay to connect   Van Anda  and the
mines of Texada with the commer-
cial world by telegraph.   Success te wil)
comes to those who wail  so we are | ,        ,
waiting with a    i- id  conception of a .^terextouthnu when at 9cents
its early malerii lization. Copper, in fact, is indispensable
ductive stage appeal to have every
reason for satisihotiorr tvfth their investments.
Austrialian copper is about to be
brought, via London, to New Vork
aud refined there, which proves that
American refiners can produce it
lower than European refineries aud
still make a margin of profit.
The actual cost of produciug copper in the Lake Superior district
has increased very much.
in favor of the coast mine:
;h.   This
The combine known as the American Copp'.' Export Company
is an influence towards higher vol:
ties and will have eifect in regulating production.
The Rev. F. G. Scott, an Anglican Rector in Quebec, and one of
Canadian well-khown poets, thus
eloquently and truly shows what
Britain's downfall would mean:
* aBii'«V'-' he anyiis-i'it would mean
the slavery of India under the trr-
ranny of Russia. Second, it would
mean the revival of the African
slave trane. Third, it would mean
the unchecked crusade -of Mussel-
mams against the christians in Asia
Minor. Fourth, it would mean the
relapsing of Egypt injo darkness
aud misgovertiment under the mal-
admitrtstrotiou of French Colonial
; ■" 5 i : li, 11 would mean the
coustui'.l ' ■ tiace to the whole population of South Africa of an unrestrained and barbarous black majority. ' Sixth, as far as Canada is
concerned, it would mean the total
obliteration under the rule of the
•Uinud States of all .be special priv,
ileges in language, law and religion
which French Canadians now enjoy
Seventh, il would mean the shifting
ol the power of the Anglo-Saxon
Imperialism from Westminster to
Washingtou. And lastly, it would
lni-.tii'u readjustment o.f.riie1 parts of
the jtjmpiri, but it would 11.0I mean
oue.tittleoi loss to Anglo-Saxondoin
But Mr. Scott, like the rest of us
prefers the dilinitness of BtitfslT Imperialism to the vagnepess of Ang
lo-Saxondom, as Confined, moreover
under the circumstances above portrayed    to  the    English  speaking
v.       ■'
N< 1 lii'i' Is hereby given thai 80 days
after date I in I id to moke uppliculiou
totho Ho tumble 1 In ( bit f <' inn tl sionnr
if bnitdi nil ' ' for 1: special lii uoo
lo cut and carry 1 ay titulxT from the
follow in;.'dew ■; cd lands situated on So-
chell Peninsula: Oomuieui lag al u stoke
plantednbont Bmilerwest of Whitaker's
stake, liicuce north 40chains, thencei asl
BO chains, theuci north 1)10 chains, theuct
west (10 chains, thence south •!() chains,
then (i \ '',:; BO chains, thence south 120
nbftlnc, thcuco sist 60 chains to point of
.1. is. TREAT
Van Anda, H C Doc. 87, 1800
, dm wear
English "K" Boots
Always in Stock
e'epe-ipiiig done
as it should he
P. 0- Box, 84
The Miners'
1. SJ
Skilled attention is KivoiAto'lilb llW']l-*| Ha
dtion and imcldug of Miners' Drug
Ontiits. Wo consider carefully the
EXACT] NEEDS of the individual,
which backed With many years of ■ oxper-
icucc, lias placed us first ns the
59 Johnson Street
Victoria, B. C,
OF B. C, LTl£
Head Office and Wharf:
Vancouver, B. C.
Direct Service to Skagway
Three trips each month during
season of navigation.
Freight and Passengers
Billed Through to Dawson.
Coast Settlement Service
Sails every Tuesday and Saturday nt
7 a. m. for Texadn, Lund and Shoal
Bay points! returning, leaves Shoal
Buy every Wedn.itdiy and Sunday at
7 a. m. Every Thurday at 10 a. m.
for Sechelt, Texada and Lund; Re-
turning, leaves Lund at 7 a. m. ou
r>» •ercT.f-'-Monday -at 0 a. m. for
Port Novillo, Alert Bay and way
ports, and every Friday at 5 p. m. for
Slgjul Buy and way ports.
tonight   steamer, S. 8.  OAPILANO, ,
ilOO  tons,  h. w. capacity.     Also tnKS
and wows always available for towing
aud freighting business.
Largo storage accommodation on
Company's wharf.
Wanted .7
or will smelt at a. Reasonable Charge
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NOTIOE Is hereby given that ')<) days
after date. 1 intend to make application
to the Honorable the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works for s special licence to cut and carry away timber from
the following described lauds on Seohelt
Peninsula  Co:    lenc.iniratflstnkoplant-
ed on ,l.lt Tn 0 . li io, tin onorth
100 chains to .1 B Treat's N.W. conier,
thenci west UOcpsius, thence south ion
, hi '"" 11 '."'i i '•■ chtilus tu point of
Van Audn, B-C„ Doc. li?lh, 1890.
Van Anda Shares
Also shares itt all sound British Columbia
For sale in till the principal mines
of the Coast
- ; CUTHBERT & CO., Brokers - -
The Oldest Established Kirtn in B. C.
CUtHB^HT   VICTORIA .- VifitOFlR    B   C
All codes used .UllUHO,   U. \J.
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THE   COAST   MINER,    MONDAY,   JANUARY,    15,    1900
Hardware Dcpt.
8-10 12 Cordova St
Ship Chandlery
8-10 Water St.
" The Gem of the  Gulf "
Texmlii Island, in the I full of Georgia,
British Columbia, first took u prominent
part us a mineral zone whan 80 to so
years ago "Tho Puget Sound Iron 00."
erected at Irondale, Washington, U.S.A.
n large smelting plant for the purpose of
treating tho large bodies of magnetites
deqositod upon their Toxnda properties,
which they had purchased from the Into
Captain Clarke, et a)., at Victoria, B. 0,
in conjunction with the Hematite ore
they hud acquired a short distance from
Irondale. The company constructed a
wooden tramway from what is known
ns the Prescott mine about half a mile
West of their other larger deqosit "The
Paxtou Minn", and began to ship the
product, of the former mine from there
to Irondale, via Kaniiituo, the great
coal city of tho west, Thn old veteran
Captain Adams, schooner Crosby, carrying the outfit of the initio under contract
The genial Captain was later succeeded
by Fcrndnlc when the product became
too large for tho uncertain voyages of
the sailing schooners. The pig iron manufactured by this Company has been considered to bo of the most tenacious quality obtainable on the continent. The
Union Iron Works of San Francisco
mostly, if not ontirely, controlling the
output for years.   With the rise iu duty
in I lit; early 90'S the works closed down
with about '10,000 tons of pig iron in
stock. Since then no attempt has been
made to ro-opoa on any commercial
scale, and for. about 7 years nothing was
done with the valuable Iron deposits.
Tho comqany decided to do some exploration work about three, years ago upon
the qroperties to ascertain it those heavy
iron deposits, which are estimated to
have uqwurds of five millions of tons of
very rich iron ore, were the cap or apex
of heavy bodies of the richer and more
valuable ores of copper, gold and silver.
With this view supported by the opinion
of prominent mining experts, the company commenced to sink u shaft about
•100 feet above the sea level and shortly
afterward augmented by installing an
engine and boiler with hoisting gear
and have have, already sunk a shaft a-
bont 175 ftet deep with numerous levels
cast, west and north from tho same.
Some very nice copper ore has at times
been encountered and it is fully expect-
that, in a short time from tho present
nqncurnnc.es, the deposits us predicted
reward the eomquuy's efforts.
During the full of 1888 some of the
employees of tho company during hunt
iug uud fishing trips through tho adjacent   portions of rhe inland,  discovered
numerous outcrops of mineral south,
oast and northwesterly of the iron deposits, and Mrs. O. Millau wife of the
blacksmith, during one of these trips
found free gold as float on tho surface.
Mr. Millau at once took hold of some
mineral claims and for xeurs has worked
thoses claims and for years has worked
those claims taking out hundreds of
ounces of the yellow metal. During the
fall of '88 and spring of '89 an influx of
residents from tho coast cities acquired
several hundred claims, upon which
more or less desultory exploiting was
done, then the stoppage of the ironworks
came and Texadn dropped back to quietude, leaving only O. R. Millan and one
or two Others who hud faith in the fnt-
resources of the rock bound islo.
Amongst tho old claims ore tho "Golden Sliqper", "Gold Bug", "Nigger Bab-
y", "Mineral", "Twiu Brothers" "Nutcracker" and the old claims staked by
Hugh Kirk —one of those veteran prospectors who lost his life during the big
blizzard of 'III!.
The occassional discovery of free gold
by them again brought the Island prominently forward in 1805 us a gold producer, when another wave of oxoitment
flooded the island with prospectors from
Vancouver, Nunnimo, Comox and Victoria. The result of this work was the
t'miuuHoo of Mwerul  ntiiiiug compauius.
The foremost of those \\ its tho "Ti'xtidu
Gold Mines" at Kirk Lake, where a
shaft 100 feet deep wits Bunk, obtaining
free gold from surface to bottom osabnft,
and good returns from '■) shafts begun in
different parts of the properties. Tho
Oomox boys joined together nod sunk
a shaft, the Enterprise 76 feet deep with
fairly good showings-of Copper. The
following year these people commenced
their Surprise shaft and after sinking
by haul for sumo distance placed a common sense whim on tho same and continued for months sinking. The rich
ore encountered decided them to form a
company and install a double hoisting
engine on the property. With steam
thoy continued downward to a depth of
ibout 875 feet with a big body of ore and
finely defined walla- This .'it! body is at
times rich but is chiefly a fine concentrating proposition. The Lorndale sunk
two shafts on a very well defined fissure
one of which was fortunete in carrying
i rich deposit of free gold. The Silver
Tip was begun on the summit of Millers
Mountain in an outcrop of rich blend.
No. 1 shaft was Bunk 100 feet, which
changed to a copper, silver and gold vein
tnen No. 2 shaft, with a goodly plant
nnd all the heavy nuildings was commenced, and sunk to about 250 feet in
depth, exhuming some remarkably fine
ore in its construction assaying close up
to the $100 mark. The Texadn Island
M. & S. Co. sunk upon some of the veins
On their property and found fairly good
deposits of copper and silver and other
metals. A Victoria Co. took out some,
extremely rich ores of gold but, unfortunately being too near' the su t water,
the first storm flooded the shaft and thou
fillbd it ap Willi gravel until its position
was untenable,   yet there' is free gold
strewed over the lwttnrn of the shaft.
The rich Copper mines of the east
coast have warranted the ferection of a
smelter plant there, capable of handling
50 tons of ore per day and giving to
Texada the home market which lias
long been needed for the disposal of ores.
The old mines which have not been doing much of Into will iu the near future
become sources of supply to the Van
Anda smelter.
The older mines of Texada need better
means of transport from mines to smelter as those above mentioned properties
could with reasonable facilities becomo
important factors to tho tho present
smelting plant as the distuncu from these
works to smelter is only souiu 4 to 6
miles, uud those, mines may readily ship
their products by watt* or by team to
the island market. Some of the old
mines have of late sont tons of ore across
the Trunk Road to tho local smelting
and sampling works ut Vim Anda
The progress made on tilt: Island during the past few years has forever silenced the poseimistio clubs of ■mr Gulf cities and proved that the lab ml of Toxnda
was not misnamed years age whbu styled
"The Gem of the Gulf".
The trade of tho Island
iug and 1000 will'midoul
institution of annum
or suited to its growing.
The introduction of oapilf!
growth for which there
and the day is.not fur diste
win will surprise the mini
the volume of its outpul oi
and copper alone.
daily grow
sdly  see  tin
daily steam
mines on Toxnda Island and whose head
office is at Van Anda.
There is s feeling of business through
out the place: Excited business as the
passengers search out their baggage at
the wharf, amusing business as he sonts
himself in front of the hotel to watch
a young hopeful try to blast the head off'
his dog by getting it to retrieve lighted
firecrackers; auticipativc business as he
hears dishes rattling in tho dining-room;
vigorous business in the scene of disappearing viands; interesting business iu
the discussion of mines iu the sitting-
room ; determined bnsinoss iu the click
of cards as the uight wears on; woeful
business in the delirious ravings of holiday revellers iu tho "woe una' 'oors" :
and business iu reality as the six o'clock
whistles coll the fiirst shift of men to
take their qluces in the morning at the
mines. The mines nre iu operation day
and night.
There uro mines all around Van Anda
The Copper Queen, Cornell, Raven and
Lake Billee belonging to the Van Anda
Copper and Gold Co., Ltd., the Marble
Bay belonging to private owners and
several others within a few minutes1
walk of the town. These mines together with the saw-mill and smelter have a
pay roll of nearly if 10,000 weekly
T'nn Copper Queen has the lowest
haft yet sunk here.    It reaches over 450
aid that i feet and is tm-nhiK  out. very rich ore
« rich flold
I when Tex-1
g world by i
gold, silver.
Van Anda, B. C.
Jan. 181)1. 1000.
Thus the development of this mine is no
longer a mere speculation, tor the ore
uracil more than pays for the development. The Cordoll, shaft No. 8, is turning out $26 ore and the other shall'- are
also looking bright. The Marble Bay at
1C0 ft. depth, is also doing well.
The ores from thoso and several other
mines, such as the Mount Sicker, etc.,
uro being smelted at Van Anda and afford employment to n large force of mon,
nnd also tends to centralize the coast
trade at this point.
The  assay office is regarded as tho
most reliable establishment of its kind
north of San Francisco and holds tho
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ unique record of never having differed
To tiih Eijitoi:— j materially  from comparative electrical
The first impression on arrival at j ns says of eastern nssayers.
many mining camps is frequently very j Socially Van Anda is not to bo out-
disagreeable. Up to the shoe tops in; done by any place. The people are plea-
mud is the rule. But it is not so at Van uautly disposed to a round of pleasures.
Anda, for their is an extensive wharfage Scarcely is one notice torn down ere auto step out upon which makes a very other announcement of a dance, concert
pleasing impression- on tin mind. Van' contest, or other entertainment takes its
Anda is not, however, a mere mining; placo. So far we only heard of two ser-
enmp. It is a considerable settlement of ions breaches of social etiquette. One
over 500 residents and contains a saw-; Was when a gentleman, in an offarves-
niill, several stores, as mr.ny hotels, 8, cent mood, pitched his wife our of the
barbers, a meat market, cobbler chop,  window; the other was when the Nation -
2 bakeries, assay office, nnd several other businesses, aud last but not least iu
its own estimation, a job printing aud
newspaper office. Among professional
men are o minister nnd doctor, whilst
law and order are, represented by a Just-
al Anthem was omitted at the close of
the Public School entertainment, The
convivial gentleman has since sought n-
uother clime while tho erection of a ting-
polo, will atone for the second.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Of course there are, drawbacks to por-
ic.e of the Peace and a constable together feet happiness such as cannot be avoided
With several lively individuals to keep \u a new town. New buildings uro bc-
them busy. iug erected   on   various   streets more
The towusite is theproo 4y of theJV.  quickly than sidewalks can bo laid to
A. C. as G. <    .',   ■"•'      ^TTne , '■ TiHjvil   them    And until electric lights are est-
<l   WIJIUWI aMWtWIIIIilil'il i» MM i I II I   *\ik
11 iiiiii co.
Alberni b Victoria, B. C.
ahliahed, benevolent lauternites hnv
more or less opportunity to let their
lights so shine that new arrivals may
fellow planks instead of groping among
stoiles and stumps. But altogether Van
Anda is a busy go-a-head settlement, a
monument of the pluck and far-sighted
enterprice of its founders. It has evidently cost an enormous outlay af money
end of herculean industry to lay such u
broad basis of operations but unless tho
most hopeful indications of unlimited
ore and sanguine, prophecies of experienced miners prove utterly falser Van
Anda is destined to become one of the
greatest copper producing centres of the
Van Andn, B. O, 16th Jan.
A superb instance of woman's
pluck says the Cape Town correspondent of the Daily Mail )is reported from I.ady Grey, the chief town
of the native reserve, near the I'ree
State border. When the Boers entered the town they went to the post
office with the intention of taking
possession of it. They were met by
the postmistress, anEnglishwoman,
who not only declined to turn over
the post office to them, but ordered
them off the premises and dared
them to interfere with colonial
property. The Boers were nonplus-
set! by the lady's determined maimer. They went outside and hoisted
the I'ree State flag. The post-mistress pulled it clown, and aan up the
Union Jack again. The Boers stuck
up a proclamation annexing the the
district. . The postmistress tore it
down and put np the Governor's
proclamation against treason. The
Boers finally retired, and the last
accounts from Lady Grey states that
the heroic woman is still in possession  of the  postoffice.
Author: "Now,I want your honest
opinion. Toll, me what faults you see in
my book."
Friend: "Well, for one thing, I think the
covers nre to far apart."
"John, "said an American lady to her
now Chinese cook, "why do the Chinese
bind the feet of their women ?"
"So thoy not trottee 'round kitchen and
botheree   cook,"   replied  the Celestial.
The Minister of Mines has issued a
notice terminating the tenure of office
of nil gold commisioners nnd recorders
for the districts the boundries of which
have beeu changed, ami reappointing
them to the nowly described districts.
Transcripts must lie made of all records
of claims affected by the change of
nOYAl'drioH, nvn H rnsctrwhrro claims
have became vacant or abandoned.
Real   Estate   Investment   at
\ ii-vreaBsaBnTwrsr
.5*»?iVa '-&Cfia* tEKEBEaEEB
Beats  Life   Insrance
The Only Smelter on the British Columbia Coast
The Mining Centre of Western North America
Opportunities for Workmen of all Classes
*b        *      **        A Remarkable Health Resert
Houses rented as fast as thoy con be built, at 50 pep oeot pep annum 03 the investment—Uoexcolled facilities fur Manufacturers-Deep salt water Transportation- Regular Steamer Connection with all prominent
Business Centres—Tho Natural Advantages for a Great City are aosuppassed-Wlndlgestion and Sleeplessness are Unknown at van Anda
Abundant Opportunity for Satisfactory SnoGiing and Salt ami Fresh Water Fishing,
TERMS,   $10   PER    MONTH
Earliest  Applicants   Have   the   Greatest   Opportunities-
Correspondence will receive
prompt attention.
The Manager.   VAN
A, B.C.
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THE   COAST   MINER,    MONDAY,   JANUARY,    15,    1900
Powder - - -
Less Fumes
 Full Strength
The Giant Powder Co.
- - - AGENTS - - -
Asocial evont of considerable import
ance will take place on Friday evening
next when the bachelors of Texadn Island
wifl.be-"At Home" to their friends at
the Marble Bay Opera House. The
splendid floor will be in its best shape for
dancing and a most enjoyable evening
•will be spent by all. It is sure that residents of both Van Anda and Texada City
will turn out in full for for the occasion.
cles to surmount in the shape of
weather. The building of the long
approach has nearly reached completion, and the landing pier will be
most of a size to accommodate the
largest passenger steamer plying ou
the Gulf.
Though the past autumn has been
one of extreme humidity we feel
that in some respects we have been
highly favored with a remarkbly
mild winter. Our gardens still have
roses and violets etc. in full bloom
and the theremometer while writing stands at 45' outdoors which
shows that we have more than average mortals' share of nature's show-
ersof blessing. Foramining district
work is easily possible when so mild.
We are often asked by mining men
"can you work during the winter
months?" We would say come and
The class of '98 of the Wester-
leigh Institute, Staten Island, New
York, dined together at Mr. Wiu-
an's Westerleigh Park on the 3rd
of January, Mr. Kiddie is now in
his first year at Cornell, where he is
taking a course of Civil and Mining
Engineering. His Van Anda friends
look forward with pleasure to his being again amongst them during the
summer vacation.
Mr. William Huggett, who as Secretary of the Copper Mines, Ltd., is
well known in Vancouver, has entered the office of the Van Anda
Copper & Gold Co. as assistant accountant. The property of the Copper Mines, Ltd., at Kamloops, B.C.
is being negotiated for in London,
England. Mr. Huggett is building
a bungalow at Van Anda, on the
hill, which he will shortly occupy
, The new school was opened on
the 8th January. Miss Parsons is
teacher. Where all the children
come from is a mystery but there
are fifty enrolled.
Mr. Otto Marstrand, of Doeriug
ft Marstrand Brewing Co., Vancouver was in town for a few days on a
business trip.
M. A. J: Holmes representative
of Dyke &. Evans, Vancouver, has
been here during the week, looking
after the Wants of the musical on the
island. Mr. Hoimes has not visited
the island for some time aud is surprised at the changes which have
taken place and the activity aud
enterprise shown.
■ "At last) Amongst our other bless
ings here we now have our shoemaker and mender. Since his coming here a month ago the tap-tap of
Mr. W. H. Hamilton's hammer has
been constant and he has thoroughly demonstrated his ability to mend
your understandings, aye, sole and
heel them too. .So hurry up you
with weary soles or gaping uppers
to Hamilton and appreciate that
there is "nothing like leather" when
applied by a skilful son of St. Crispin.
Master Willie Scott had a painful
accident last week. He was assisting in cutting down a tree when
the axe of his companion came iu
contact with Willie's ellxiw. Dr.
Keith, however, soon stitched up
the wound and Willie is having a
holiday from work. He called iu
at the office the other with a perplexing and precocious problem. Whe-
tK-|^3 it best to let ones mustache
grow and please the girls or shave
it off aud look young even though
■having makes you look as ugly as
a hedge fence.    Willie is 16 years.
A new Presbyterian Church is in
course of erection. In the meantime services are being held at 11 a.
m. and 7:30 p. m., Bible Class and
Sunday school at 2 p. m., and ;>nt; -
er meeting on Wednesday c\ ., in
the old school house. Rev. Med-
dlll is pastor,
"t: -
; Samuel Britt, of The Meadows,
has lately cut a new road from the
main road to his residence.
The new wharf now being built
by the Government on the west
coast of the island is fast approach*
•1" ing completion and will be of great
benefit to that side of the island.
The stormy weather has greatly detained the work of erection, as it is
almost impossible to do any erection
during the south east storms, which
have been so frequeut ol lute in the
gulf. Mr. A. Raynes the foreman
has had more than ordinary  obsta-
The Chinese lily, which is really
a narcissus, is seen in many windows in Van Andajust now, covered
with blooms. If there is anything
in the Mongolian tradition that the
blooming before their New Year
will bring good luck, Van Anda
folk will come out all right, whatever the croakers tnav say.
The smiling and]7genial face of
our old resident, C. B, Rabson, can
lie seen amongst us again. Charlie
spent the summer in Atlin and has
acquired some very valuable claims
in that land of golden sands and expects to make quite a pile there this
coming summer, as he will return to
Atlin in the early days of spring.
We wish him every success. We
are glad to to see that Charley decided that Texada is the best place
on the coast to spend the winter in.
He seems almost like the returned
prodigal nowadays for his beaming
smile of happiness sheds its refulgent rays on all who come in contact with him. Charley is renowned for his poetical elfussions, local
hits and natural mimicry. He will
prove quite a hit in our social functions, his energetic "whole hog or
none" intrepedity should succeed.
We understand that the "Texada
Kirk Lake Gold Mines" intend to
•oniniense work shortly on a practical basis. The head office is in
Winnipeg, Manitoba, and as soon
as details arc completed, a shareholders meeting will lie held and
the modus operandi put before them
for their sanction. This extensive
properly bus some very Etna outero\m
upon it which are well worthy of
practical exploitation and are coupled with remarkable na'.ural facilities for eonomlcal working
We are glad to see that mining
men arc becoming interested in our
resources. Let them remember we
have first class hotels for their comforts, so come along.
Mr. William Reid, foreman of the
mine, has been elected Mayor of
Copper Queen City by acclamation;
there being no other nominee with
a ghost of a chance.
Alfred Raper Esq., J.P. is now
living in the log - we had almost
written mansion - near the Cornell
mine. This splendid specimen of
log construction, is the admiration
of all who have seen it and makes a
cosy home for Mr. Raper and his
family. Alfred is the soul of hospitality and always glad to welcome
his friends.
Mr. McLeod has lately completed
his pretty cottage at Myrtle Lake
farm where, on New Year's day a
uumh-ir of relatives and friends
had a pleasant reunion.
We are glad to welcome Mr. G,
Mcl.eod a brother ol ourwell-known
resident W. II.. Mr. G. McLeod
has decided to settle 011 Texri'a and
open a tailor shop at Van Anda to
supply Texadaitcs with up-to-date
clothing. Mr. McLeod is a most
expert journeyman in his profession and we can bespeaks real stylish fit and first class workmanship
We hope home Industry will secure
the fullest patronage
Do they say that England's dving;
That this v.-n- shall murk her full;
She that is u.ue*u of .1 hundred lands,
Soon shall own naught, at all l
She the mother of great sea capttthul,
Whose deeds of fi.ino BlioOnipot'SCd the
All the long line of mighty warriors,
Ours the Isles that gavo you birth I
England, the proudest of all nations,
Suelng for peace at Krugur's knee I
Let India's story give tho lio
And Delhi's hnrd-won victory I
Let Fra nco remember Waterloo,
Before she dares to strike, ouce more.
Russin may flaunt her armed hosts—
Our Qeet still guurds our Island shore.
From oottngojionies, from ancient halls,
Old England's sons went forth to fight;
In cottage homes and ancient halls
Is many a broken heart this night.
All full of h,,p" and manhood's pride;
Ah ! BOW they lie so cold end still;
Their Laurel crowns too curly won ;
Their graves lie on some fur olT hill.
England, for yon they guvo their lives
For you they shod  their  heart's lioHt
bli o 1!
But thousand! mora ore pressing on
To face the lire and breast 'he Hood.
England, look up, while sout like the:■■•
From furthest lands may | et bo found
From furthest binds aarOW tl    seas
Thoy speed unto (be batil   irround
For love of liberty thoy come;
For all the thousand links that bind
Their hearts to that dear Motherland—
Their cheers come echoing down the
wind !
laud ■mo shall live while yet remain
Such sons as these—an iiruied wall.
Dangers may thicken, foes arise
On every side—she slmll not fall I
"F" in the Colonist.
About three hundred spectatorsasseui-
at Marble Bay Hotel on New Yoar's day
to v ituoss a drilling contest and enjoy
themselves socially becweeuwhiles. And
this thoy did right royally under the
genial iufluonce of their hast, Mr. A.
Walters. To set the ball rolling or more
correctly, to set tho boys rolling a Tug-
of-war was originated between six young
valiants, Masters Jack Raper, Art. Ror-
isou and Geo. LeRoy to pull against
Masters P. Rorisou, Rod. McDonald and
Jo Thompson. They pulled three timeB
and were very evenly matched both in
strength and wit (for wit played a prom
ineut part in this tug-of-war). If Raper
managed to twine his end of the rope a-
rouud the ornamental trees, Rorison was
not slow to frantically grasp an innocent
bystander; If McDonald turned all colors of the rainbow in frenzied zeal to
uphold his side, A. Rorison equalled him
in tho detenrftnation of bis look; aud if
LeRoy used some by-s'iandcr's feot as a
brace, little Jfj/> Thompson lay behind
some Htmies aV.mmoveublo us nduuiarit
itself. Iu short, so close was the contest
that tho by'sl.mdra-s usually took tho
matter in hand uud assisted then- favorites to make a movo one way or the other. This naturally inado it impossible
to judge accurately which were victori
oca, so it was decided to scramble the
prize' money. The result of which was
that Raper got 20 cents, A. Rorison 10,
aud LeRoy 80—total 60 cents; P. Rorison 15 cents, McDonald 5, and Thompson 25 — total 45 cents. Tho decision
therefore was that JaokRaper's side was
15 cents better than tho other.
The drills wore by this time in readiness for the serious contest and the first
aspirants, Charles Rabson and Ed. Russ,
took their places nt tho appointed rock.
Rabson held the hammer aud Russ tho
drill. From the mouieut they were told
to start Rabson kept up a continuous
hammering while Russ changed drill
after drill without missing a stroke as
they sank into the grauitc, till time was
called. At th* end of the fifteen minutes
they had drilled 2!llfe inches.
The second aspirants were Fred.
Brown and Wm. Whelan. They took
minute turns at the hammer nnd drilled
so furiously hard that nt the end of 9,4
minutes, one hammer was broken and
several drill-heads were broken off in the
hole, so they diirantinued the attempt.
At the end of the 9% minutos they had
drilled between 15 and 16 inches.
The third and last contestants for honors were Ed. Prendergast and Wm.
Clevis. They put in full time but like
Brown and his partner, their strokes
were too heavy and quick for the metal
of their d«ilby, 1, hard rock, so their time
was chiefly spent in drilling steel drill-
heads instead of rock and ended with a
15 inch hole.
The prizo of $25 was therefore worthily won and presented to Rabson and
There was one other who figured conspicuously in the contest and should no*
be overlooked.   We refor to Frank Car
penter. He was called upon to pour
water into the drill holeB and suffered
heroic martyrdom, as the muddy water
splashed into his face, eyes, nose and
mouth with unerring aim and continuous volley. We would advise that iu
future contests a sqecinl prize be awarded to tho one who can most unflinchingly receive mouthfuls of the muddy water. Carpenter would, of course, have to
be handicapped as New Year'B afternoon
experience has placed him at too great
an advantage.
From the diary of a lady at Lady-
smith under date Octoder 25th :
More Committee meetings and an
afternoon spent amongst clothing
given for the refugees. Many service
-ablej things, With a leavening of
garments of strange shapes and colours; however, we are soon to have
a supply of good underliuen from a
working party just started by Uit-
lander ladies. One of our poor refugee
-s has heard nothing from her husband and sous who were mining at
the coalfields .Dundee; they were
underground when the town was
shelled. She hopes they may have
got away. Another of her sons is
in the hospital here; he was beaten
dlack bine by the Boers for leaving
the train to get a mng of water for
his mother and sisters. And yet
these Boers are the men who are
compared to Cromwell's Ironsides
by Little Englauders! One wounded men are in good spirts, and so
thankful to be properly cared for.
They are having letters written to
their sweethearts and wives. Ladies
are buying notepapar and sending
up to them. They are longing for
wounds to heal and to be fighting
again. One poor Gordou Highland
-er was kept quiet by nurse's-threat
of removing his kilts from under
his pillow; he declares against the
blue hospital trousers.
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--Klondike Outfitters
Tho Marquis of Dufferiu and Ava describes the Biege of Bomarsund, during the
Crimean War, as he saw it. He wason
board the battle-frigate "Penelope,"
ween it struck on a sunken rock in the
full fire of the Ru-isian batteries."What
pleased me most during the wholo business," ho writes," was the gallant bchav
-iour of a little midshipman, amorochild
.thirteen or fourteen years of age. About
the same time   Mhon   tho   fire   became
100   AND   102   POWELL STREET
t ■
pretty hot. I happened to come acrosB
him, aud, as he seemed to be as much
out of a job as myself, and took the liberty
of observing that it wns a fine, to which
he politely replied that it was. Encouraged by his urbanity, I ventured to ask
him how long he had been nt sea, to which
ho answered, " I have only left my
mamma six weeks, but I ain't going to
qry on Her Majesty's quarterdeck, " a
remark which I think ns worth recording
as ninny a ono made by more illustrious
heroes. Soon after this, however, a mnu
was killed close to him, and the little
fcUow fainted, and was taken below.
In reference to an instance already pub
-lished a correspondent says: f
The Boers, it appears, have another dodge
which has nearly proved effeotual, and
if accounts may lie believed almost lost
the battle 1 if Elands langntc. The Boers
learned our Bugle calls, and while our
troops were charging their position sound
-ed the" Cease fire'4 and tho "Retire."
Our men were about to retire, when ono
little trumpeter hid. the pi 1 ■• -,-.. 0 of min
tocallout" Retire-be dammed ;  and with
all tho strength of his Innjfu  blow   the
charge.   Wo   should like  to  meet that
trumpetea and shako hahflj, «>ti hua.
Hereis another s"t in >f the Kindly
ways of the Boers, told dy v \v; und
-ed man at Maritzhurg: He found
himself lying close to   his  major,
who had lieen killed. So he covered
the dead ( ffteer's face with a coat.,
A Boer came along, lifted the coat
and then kicked the face and body.
NOTICE is hereby given that .10 dayr
afterdate I intend to ninl.c .■ ■ ; i -.-•ntion OS
the Honorable the Chici!0'>?inrdssionoref
Lauds and Works for a special licence to
out and carry timker from the folloWrag
described hinds, Bitnatod on Sechnlt P0U1
insula: Commencing at a stake plant™
at the S.E. corner of H. W. Treat's limit,
thence east 120 chains, thence north 100
chains, thence west 40 chains, thence
north 20 chains, thence west 180 chains,
thence south 30 chains, thence east 40
chains, thence south 100 chains to point
of commencement.
Van Andn, B. B., December 27»h, 1SW.
CASH   for  ORES
" ;Tf—'**
Purchasers and Smelters
- - of - -
Copper and Gold Ores
NOTICE is hereby given that SO days uf
ter date I intend to make application to
the Honorable the Chief Commissioner of I
Lands and Works for special licence tOi
out and cany away timber from ihe fob .
lowing described lands situated on   He-J
ehelt Peninsula: OommenoingstustHkoi
planted along sid" of Whitaker's stakes,
I hence east 110 chains, thence south 100
chains, thence west 110 chains,   thence
north lOOohains to point of oomraenoe-
Van Anda, B.O., Deo. 27. ixim.
President, Treasurer and Manager,
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