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 QUAMICHAN  HOTEL
DUNCANS
Now Open. Re-built and
Re-furnished. Heated by
Hot Air. Sample Room
for Commercial Travelers.
Boats for Fishing.
K. Nelson, Prop.
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This Space is Open
For
Advertisement
at a
Special Rate.
an& Cowichan flews
Devoted to the Mining and Agricultural Interests of Vancouver Island, Texada
Island, and Coast Mainland Districts.
VOL. i. CROFTON, B. C, WEDNESDAY, AUGUSt 20, 1902.
No. 24
THROUGH THE ISLANDS TO CROFTON.
THE season for excursions and picnics is now at its
height, and no more enjoyable trip can be taken than
that along the coast and amongst the islands from
Sidney or Victoria to Crofton; continuing if desired to Chemainus, Ladysmith and Naitnaiimo. Comfortable pleasure
steamers are available, and a moonlight excursion, especially with a pleasant companion, is an experience that docs
not quickly fade from the memory. For those who like the
longer trip by sea the charms of the coast scenery round
from Victoria to Sidney are well known to passengers to and
from Vancouver, but they are enhanced by the steamer
taking the inner passages up the coast, as she does en route
to Crofton.    From Sidney the waterway is practically land
Canoe   Pass.
locked. A chain of forest-clad or rock-strewn islands girdles
the coast, and the tranquil glistening sunlit or moonlit waters
gleam like diamond-paved paths between the dark shadows ot
the wooded island height', or the weird and grotesquely
shaped masses of the tide stained and moss-grown rocks.
An Indian canoe or a white-sailed fishing boat may be seen
here and there, and perhaps half hidden in the woods tj
settler's home, with the little wooden wharf jutting out from
the shore below, or an Indian's patched-up cabin built as
near the water as possible.
Scon after passing Sidney the steamer enters Canoe Pass,
a photo of which is here produced. Until the very last
moment the opening between the islands is not apparent,
but a sudden turn of the helm, and the passage is revealed,
and the steamer glides narrowly past rocky isknd and
wooded headland; churning the gentle tide rip that would
seemingly delay her in this most picturesque water gap.
Emerging betweetni the islands the lofty forest-covered hills
of Salt Spring Island fall steeply to the shore line and stretch
in bays and headlands far to the eastward. A long, low
wooded island is pointed out as being the property of a;
wealthy Chinaman, and the sacks of cordwood along its
shores suggest his way of making it pay. Further on to the
right  a   group  of  islands  belongs   to   Mr.   Clive   Phillips
Wolley, and as the steamer roiuds the largest of them; one
can view his large residence and extensive clearings with a
picturesque background Of sheltering tfees, and an outlook
toward the towering Salt Spring hills. The steamer is now
passing the point ot Saanich peninsula. Saanich Arm runs
deeply away to the left, with low wooded shores, Salt Spring
Island arises bluffly on the right, and beautiful Cowichan
Bay, with its distant background of mountains looms to
view quickly in front. Another turn of the helm, however,
and the entrance to Cowichan Bay is parsed to the left, and
Sansome Narrows are entered- A small, low island, little
more than a rock indeed, lies midway in the stream. This
was the scene of a gruesome massacre in the days when the
Hydah Indians paddled down to war with the Cowichans.
They foolishly landed on this island to cook their food', and
were forthwith surrounded and massacred by the ambushed
Cowichans, who put off in their hundreds from the surrounding shores—so goes the story. To the right on the
steep side of Salt Spring Island.Mr. M.isgrave's ranch and
residence may be seen perched behind a rocky bluff. And
now Maple Bay on the left opens out—a little homely nook
—whilst on the right, im startling contrast, a deep fissure in
the hills, seeming as though Salt Spring Island were here
cut in half is really only a narrow inlet ot water, known' as
Burgoyne Bay, and is the port of a considerable inland
island settlement. Leaving it to the right and still skirting Salt Spring, beneath the hills and bluffs, where valuable
mines are now being developed, the steamer winds from
one point of beauty to another, until the sliores widen out,
and to the left Osborne Bay may be seem with the brand
new houses of Crofton and the smoking smelter, and the
go!dtn and copper gilt mountains of Mi. Sicker and Mt.
Brenton in the background. From here the view is superb.
The peaceful settlement of Vesuvius Bay lies across the
water, in which whales and seals may be seen disporting
themselves, or perhaps the Crofton racing yacht "Copper
Queen," may be taking a spin to stretch her canvas; and
away to the north, where Salt Spring Island end's, Kuper
Island begins, and the names of the other picturesque islands
through which the trip may be continued if desired, is legion.
MINING NEWS.
WORK AT THE LENORA MINE.
Mining and development work are proceeding on this
property at full pressure. Daily shipments to the Tacoma
smelter have been continuing steadily, and the new large
No. 3 engine is now repaired and making daily shipments
to the Crofton smelter. Nearly two hundred tons of ore a
day are going down the hill'on the railway, and'it is proposed
soon to start shipping from the immense ore dump, which
is roughly calculated to contain140;orxv tons or ore.
THE TYEE COPPER CO'.
The ore body in the Tyee mine is now developed to a
length of about 8oo feet, and the ore dump has grown from
some 7,ooo tons at the time of the annual general meetihg
in July (report of which may be found in our columns) to
8,ooo tons, now ready to be shipped1 as soOh as the aerial
tramway shall be completed. The wire is all laid1 out and
needs but stringing on the forty towers, which are to support THE CROFTON GAZETTE AND COWICHAN NEWS.
its length of 3J4 miles. It is the longest line o)f its kind in
America. The bin at Stratton's Crossing siding on the E.
& N. railway will hold nearly 500 tons of ore. Into this the
buckets will discharge automatically. The receiving bins
at Ladysmith arc almost completed and will have a capacity
of. 1,000 tons. A good deal of the masonry and brickwork
for the smelter works have been laid and the buildings are
framed. The connecting rail track with the E. & N. railway
has been laid to the smelter site, and already three car loads
of machinery have been unloaded. The work is all being
done under Mr. Kiddie's personal supervision with Mr. F.
Sherbourne (of the contracting firm of Smith & Sherbourne,
who held the chief contracts tor the erection Of the Crofton
smelter), as foreman.
MINING AT QUATSINO.
The Yreka Copper Company have certainly lost no time
in pushing their promising property on Comstock mountain. Less than five months ago they sent up their first
batch of miners. Since then they have made a camp, built
a wharf and ore bins, opened up their mine and made two
shipments of ore to the Tacoma and Crofton smelters respectively. Not only that, but they have just given out a contract to the B. C. Riblet Company, of which Mr. R. N.
Riblet is representative, to construct for them an aerial
tramway 4,400 ifeet in length from the mine workings to salt
water. Maerial for this goes up the coast this week on the
'•Queen City," and the time within which the contract is to
be completed is understood to be 90 days.
THE ENGLISH CLAIM, MT. BRENTON.
Development work on the English claim, Mt Brenton, is
progressing with very satisfactory results. A tunnel has
already been.driven for 106 feet, and a further contract has
just been given out to crosscut to the side walls. Mr. J. G.
Richards, of the Bank Exchange, Victoria, and Mr. Creeden,
of the Mt. Sicker Hotel, are interested parties in this property.
NOTES.
Mr. A. F. Gwin, of the enterprising mining firm of
Messrs. Clarke, Gwin & Lea, has been uis^ejting a property
at Harrison Lake, near the Hot Springs- He leaves for the
West Coast to-night. Mr. N. S. Clarke, 01 this firm, is in
California, where he will make enquiries and inspect various
smelting plants, with a view to the erection of smelting
works on Quatsino Sound ere. long.
Mr. A. J. McLcllan, late contractor and superintendent
of the Lenora-Mt. Sicker railway, has left for the Clayoquot
district on the West Coast to start on the construction of
a tramway about three miles in length for the Pacific Copper & Gold Co., who operate what are known as the Seattle
group. Good paying ore is being mined on these properties, and early shipments are in view.
Mr. W. C. Spicer, of the Yreka Copper Co., goes up the
West Coast to-night on the "Queen City."
Mr. W. Buxton, foreman of the Lenora mine, is, we regret
to say, suffering from bad health, and is spending a few
days in Victoria recruiting.
The Mt. Sicker & Mt. Brenton Mines, Ltd., have withdrawn their treasury stock from the market- They have a
cash balance of $25,000, after having -paid for their new machinery, and this amount is ample to continue development
and mining work until the Crofton smelter is ready for
shipments.
Active work is proceeding on the Copper King mine
Mr.  E. C Musgrave, mine superintendent of the Tyee
mine, has been in Victoria on business.
THE TYEE COPPER CO.'S ANNUAL MEETING-
The third ordinary general meeting of the Tyee Copper
Co. was held on the 23rd July at the Cannon Street Hotel,
London, Mr. T. H. Wilson (chairman oi the company) presiding.
The chairman explained the accounts for the past financial
year to April 30th, 1902. Besides two amounts of £9,493
and £8,230 duly authorized by the meeting held in August,
1901, for mine development and purchase of new claims respectively, a total amount oi £14,814 (say $74,070) had been
expended. This was reduced by interest of money on deposit, sales of ore for trial shipment, etc, to the extent oi
£996, leaving a balance of expenditure of £13,818 (say $69,-
090). The cash balance on April 30th amounted to £25,490,
sundry debtors nil, sundry creditors £209. The total expenditure previous to the period here dealt with, including the
expenditure authorized at the meeting in August, 1901, had
been £97,169 (say $485,845). During the year the total
amount of footage—crosscuts, drifts, main shafts, east and
west drifts—was 1,637 feet, and they had stoped out 760
tons one month and 770 tons another month, making 1,530
tons of ore. In next year's balance sheeet a full profit and
loss account would be given. He thought all must igree
that that the financial position shown was very satisfactory.
Mr. William Gardner, the secretary of the company then
made a lengthy statement describing his recent visit to the
mine. Everything he had seen went to convince him that
their confidence in the mime had not been misplaced, and
he congratulated the shareholders on their possession of
such rich and promising property. Mr. Musgrave, the mine
superintendent, was concentrating his force on the preparation of stopes for supplying at least 100 tons of ore per day
for the smelter now being constructed by the company.
There were 7,000 tons of good ore on the dump, and on the
careful calculation of Mr. Livingston (the gencr;-.! manager)
there were 60,000 tons oif ore in sight in the workings, or a
two years' supply for the smelter. The new machinery was
working weil, and the construction of the smelter plant
making good progress under Mr. Kiddie's capable supervision. In regard to the claims recently acquired, extending
to and across the Chemainus river, they were not only possessed of an immediate value for the water rights they controlled, but furthermore the supposition that the Tyee
formation continued throughout their entire length was
more than likely to be verified. He concluded with a high
tribute to the energy and capability of the company's representatives at the mine, Mr. C. Livingston, the general manager, and Mr. Musgrave, the mine superintendent.   To Mr.
Livingston's  character  for business   ability   and   uprightness it was owing that the reputation of the Tyee Company
stood at the very highest point.
The report was adopted.
It was resolved that the £ 13,818 balance of expenditure on
mine development be placed to Properties Concessions account. The two retiring directors, Mr. T. H. Wilson and
Mr. E. B. Livingston, were unanimously re-elected, and the
auditors, Messrs. Everett and Whibley, were re-appointed:.
THE FISHERIES COMMISSION.
At the meeting of the Fisheries Commission held in Victoria on Monday last, the evidence taken with regard to
illegal fishing in Cowichan river was concluded. The members of the commission present were the Hon. Wm. Temple-man and Mr. A. \V. Vowcll superintendent of Indian
affairs; Mayor Hay ward, of Victoria, and Mr- S. T- Mann,
as legal adviser, were also present. ,
A letter was read from Mr.   Hartnagel,   of   the   Dnard
Hotel, stating that the deterioration of the fishing m the
Cowichan  river  was  annually  disappointing  hundreds  of
people who came ifrom all parts of the world for good
fishing  and was thus doing incalculable harm to Victoria
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and the Island. In his opinion^ though there might be a
difference of expert opinion as to the amount of harm the
weirs did, he had always believed that the government had
declared thoir use illegal, and visitors had told him that
ha I they known the use of weirs to be permitted they would
not have come. Mr. Burton, on the contrary, from nine
years' experience of the river, thought the fishing some years
ago the best in the world. In the last five years the fishing
had deteriorated on account of the logging, which destroyed the fishing grounds. The weirs were absolutely a
benefit instead of a detriment. The weirs checked the steel
heads, and in that way afforded good fly fishing. He
strongly favoured doing away with netting by the Indians.
Mr. C. H. Lugrin said that the effect olf enforcing rigorous
regulations on the rivers of New Brunswick wasi of great
benefit to the whole community. The Indians who speared
salmon and the white settlers had opposed the interference
with established rights, but the fishing had improved upon
the new regulations being enforced.
Serator Templeman read a report from Mr. Sword, fisheries inspector, recommending that the Indians should still
be allowed to use weirs in the Cowichan river. Mr. Mann
maintained that the Fisheries Act declared weirs illegal.
Mr. Carthew thought weirs or any other obstruction of a
stream injurious to fish, as preventing them going up stream
to spawn. Detective Palmer had visited the weirs on the
Cowichan and found several nets lying along the banks
ready for use. He also found a dam on one of the streams
running into the lake on the Quamichan reserve- No fish
could pass that dam-
This concluded the taking of evidence and the commission adjourned sine die.
THE S. S. '•STRATHCONA."
The "Strathcona" was the scene of an unfortunate accident
after her return from the moonlight excursion on Tuesday
last. The head of the cylinder blew off and three men were
injured. The most serious injury was to the engineer, but
we are glad to hear that he and thd others are all doing
well. The S. S. "Iroquois" will now be put on the Nanaimo
run, and the S. S. "Mermaid," recently adapted for passenger
traffic on Turpel's ways in Victoria, will take the Island
route.
Iron may be quickly and easily cleaned from rust by
dipping in or washing with nitric acid (one part), muriatic
acid (one part), and water (twelve parts). After using, wash
with clean water.
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(Incorporated 1861)
Manufacturers of High Explosives, Stumping Powder, Blasting
Mining and Sporting Powder.   Dealers in Electric Blasting
Apparatus, Safety Fuse, Detonators, etc.
Head Office, Montreal.  Branch Office, Victoria. Local Offices*
Vancouver, Nelson, Rossland & Greenwood.   Works, Nanaimo
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THE CROFTON GAZETTE AND COWICHAN NEWS.
The Crofton Gazette
and COWICHAN NEWS
PUBLISHED BY
THE CROFTON PUBLISHING CO.
Managing Editor,
Henry H. Newill
rates for advertisements.
75 cents per inch per insertion.
Larger spaces and contracts by arrangement.
SUBSCRIPTION, $2.00 PER ANNUM.
All communications for the present to P.O. Duncans or Crofton
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20th, 1902.
BUTTE MINING CONGRESS.
The mayor of Victoria has received a letter from the secretary of the International Mining Congress to be held at
Butte, Montana, on the ist to 5th of next month, tendering
him a cordial invitation to appoint four delegates to the
mining congress. We hope that one at least of the four
delegates appointed will be a special representative of the
Mt. Sicker; district, which, in the light of recent developments, and ,the proximity of the new smelters at Crofton
and Ladysmith, has a claim second to none in this province
for special representation. The International Mining Congress will foe Representative of the greatest mining interests
in the wofild., ,*nd the value of its deliberations to the mining
industry im^t be immense. And at no better place could it
have been sol»y,e!ned to meet this year than at a city, which
ill .the >WQtr.ds ,of Mr. Irwin Mahen, the secretary, contains
hejlow ijts AWfaQe "600 miles of development work—a world's
THE FISHERIES COMMISSION.
The Fisheries Commission appointed by the Minister of
Fisheries and Marine to investigate the complaints made as
to jthe use- ,of weirs and other practices] for the taking of
fish in the Cowichan river has for the present concluded its
sittings. It has sat in both Duncans and Victoria and taken
evidence from a large number of witnesses who are personally
acquainted) with the fishing in the river. Its scope, as Senator Templeman expressly pointed out, was not to come to
any decision or to give judgment as to the legality olf the
use of weirs and other doubtful practices, but merely to
gather inforniation to be sent in as a report to the minister
for his own guidance.
Of the witnesses heard at Duncans, almost all without
exception were of opinion that the weirs did little harm, and
that even if they were in part detrimental to the fishing the
harm done to the district was not nearly so great as would
be wrought by arbitrarily doing away with old established
rights of the Indians, thus turning the chief landholders in
the district into enemies, whereas they arc now the best of
friends with the white farmers. In Victoria some difference
of opinion was expressed. Expert opinion also differed, but
the balance seemed to be in favour of the argument that
weirs in themselves are not so detrimental to fishing r,s
might appear. On the subject of netting there was absolutely no difference of opinion. The taking of fish with nets
was universally disapproved of as being destructive in the
highest degree to the fishing in the river. Another reason
given for the deterioration of the fishing of late years in
,the Gowi.chan riyer was the passage of logs down the stream,
necessitated by the logging operations at and around the
lafce. The remedy for this last is not easy to find. A good
deal of antagonism has been stirred up by the action of the
Tourist Association, in appealing to Ottawa to have the
weirs destroyed; but beneath it all there is but the main
desire to improve the fishing if possible, while at the same
lime to act justly with regard to established rights, and to
safeguard the local interests of the Cowichan district, which
would be most immediately affected by any change. The
evidence taken by the commission will be very valuable in
enabling the Minister of Fisheries to come to a decision in
the matter.
The Nanaimo people have held a meeting calling attention
to the fact that no survey party has as yet been sent into the
field, as promised, to make a survey for   a   railway   line
through from that town to Alberni.   Is it not time that the
inhabitants of the Cowichan district should also stir themselves to find! out what steps have been taken to make a
su;vey for the alternative railway route through the Cowichan Valley to Alberni?   This was promised to the Cowichan  delegation,  which  many months ago waited on  the
Premier and the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works,
and the survey party was/ to have been put in the field in
June last.   We believe that our reeve, Mr. J. N. Evans, has
already  taken   some  steps  to  press  the   fulfilment  of this
promise;     but    in    view    Of    our    Nanaimo    neighbours'
activity, we cannot begin to talk about our own aspirations
in the matter of railway construction too much or too soon,
or to make up our minds that our claims shall not be neglected.
Several residents of Duncans and district have pointed
out to us a statement made by a correspondent to one of
the city papers that he had seen over twenty deer skins
lying al Cowichan station, from which he deduced the fact
that the deer had been killed out of season. As a matter of
fact these skins might have been seen lying there any time
these last six months.
In consequence of a change of publishers and the* necessary resetting o!f advertisements and making up of paper,
etc, our issue is unavoidably delayed this week.
FOR SALE.
Black Geldings,  three years  old,   thoroughly  broken;
weight, about 1100 lbs.   Apply to Malcolm Elliott, Crofton
and Westholme stage, Crofton V. 1.
Victoria Terminal and Sidney Railway Co
NEW TIME CARD
In Effect June 14th, 1902
DAILY EXCEPT SUNDAY.
Train No. 1—Leaves Victoria (Market Station), 7 a.m. Arrives Sidney
8 a.m.
Train No. 3—Leaves Victoria (Market Station), 10.30 a.m. Arrives Sidney 11.15 a.m.
Train No. 5—Boat Express—Leaves Victoria (Market Station), 2 p. m.
Arrives Sidney 2.35 p.m.
-Train No. 7—Leaves Victoria (Market Station), 5 p.m. Arrives at Sidney 6 p.m.
Train No. 2—Leaves Sidney 8.30 a.m.   Arrives Victoria 9.30 a.m.
Train No. 4—Boat Express—Leaves Sidney 11.40 a.m. Arrives Victoria
12.15 p.m.
Train No. 6 -Leaves Sidney 3 p.m.   Arrives Victoria 3.45 p.m.
Train No. 8- Leaves Sidney 6.15 p.m.   Arrives Victoria 7 p.m.
SUNDAY.
Leave Victoria 9 a.m., 5 p.m.      Leave Sidney 11.40 a.m., 5.30 p.m.
JAMES ANDERSON,
General Manager
Sidney and Nanaimo Transportation Company
STR. "STRATHCONA"
FOR NANAIMO, CROFTON, and CHEMAINUS DAILY.
Leaves Nanaimo at 7 a.m. daily.   Arrives at Victoria at 12.15 p.m.   Train
leaves Victoria at 2 p.m.   Arrives at Nanaimo at 7.15 p.m.
STR. "IROQUOIS"
Makes the Island calls as usual,
JAMES ANDERSON, General Manager,
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Crofton TUP to Date.
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THE SMELTER.
The samplers have been steadily at work and the whole of
the ore that was accumulated for them has now been disposed of, and new shipments can be treated directly on arrival. Shipments from the Lenora mine have been renewed
and will now continue daily. The roast heaps are still burning: one is a heap of about 1.500 tons, the other a smaller
one containing some six or seven hundred tons. The fumes
from them are not felt to any great extent in the town, as
the prevailing winds blow them either directly agj-.instj the
back hills or over the bay. Several carloads of coal have
arrived from Ladysmith, but the smelter company are now
waiting for coke. When this arrives the "blowing in" need
not be far oft, unless as a matter of convenience. The water-
jacket furnace is practically completed and bricked in, a few
connections alone remaining to be made. The new copper
jacket furnace, however, and the converters have yet to arrive, and there is a good deal of work) being done in the
erection of machine and blacksmith shops at the back of the
boiler house, and a foundry is to be installed. The company have ordered a yard engine of their own, so as to be
independent of the railway company in hauling waggons to
and from the wharf, etc. A Fairbanks R. R. Standard Scale
has now been placed in position. On to these the carload of
ore is drawn, and the weight is taken automatically and
tickets stamped with the figures so that no mistake can be
possible. On the return trip the empty car is weighed, and
the difference gives of course the actual weight of ore.
THE WEEKLY DANCES.
The second of the weekly dances took place last Friday,
and was even better attended than the first. Eighteen couples
took the floor, six or seven of them coming from Chemainus.
Their mode of transport afforded much amusement.   They
came in a waggon with hay in it, a very merry party, and returned the same way an even merrier one with an enchanting
moonlight drive before them.    Croftonians hope they will
come again.   These dances promise to be a great success.
Mr. W. T. Deasy, who is working for Mr. Conlin at the
Crofton Hotel, instituted them with the help of Mr.  Geo.
Wilson.   To Mr. Deasy, indeed, most of their success is due,
fie providing the music and being master of ceremonies and
general organizer.   Refreshments are served, and admission
is 50 cents.
OBITUARY.
It lis with very great regret that we have to announce the
death by pneumonia of Mr. J. Croft at Detroit, Michigan,
where he had gone to complete his medical studies. Mr. J.
Croft was brother of Mr. Henry Croft, and only some few
months ago was staying in Croifton. His career had been
an adventurous one, having served in the American army
in Cuba and Porto Rico, where he was twice wounded, and
in the Philippines and China. Much sympathy is felt for
Mr. Henry Croft.
LOCAL NOTES.
Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Bellinger and Miss Bellinger are daily
expected in Crofton.
Mrs. Fotheringham and family have left Crofton on a visit
to Butte, Montana. Mr. D. S- Fotheringham went to Victoria and across the Sound with them.
Mr. F. F. Young and Mr. W. H. Yost, of the smelter,
have been in Victoria on business during the week.
Mr. and Mrs. M. Conlin, of the Crofton Hotel, and Miss
Genevieve Devitt are going over to the Elk's Carnival for
a few days.
Mr. Jos. Bye has been visiting across the Sound-
Mr.   Geo.  Williams,  draughtsman  on the  smelter  construction, has finished his work and left Crofton much to the
regret of his many friends.
Messrs. Parker Clark and Fred Youiir have bought out
Mr, Q, Williams' interest in the "Copper Queen." The racing
yacht is now on the ways at the smelter to have her present
deck of fir stripped off, and a new one of cedar put in place
of it.   This will improve her speed and sailing considerably.
The contractors, Messrs. Smith & Sherbourne, are 110 v
completely through with their work on the smelter construction, and they have left a very good impression behind
them.
Messrs. Craig & Mackintosh, the contractors for the erection of the five new houses on Robert and Queen streets,
and the four later ones on Arthur street, are to be congratulated on their thorough and stylish work. A few nv.>re
such houses, at lower rents if possible, are very badly needed.
Mr. G. Mesher, of Victoria, is contractor for the erection
of Mr. C St. R. G. Master's new house.
At the Osborne Hotel during the week have been registered: Mr. Anthony Anderson, Nanaimo, Capt. S. F. Mac-
Kcnzie, Vancouver; Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Craig, Victoria;
Mr. and Mrs. Willis Coulter and daughter; Mr. J. McCul-
loch, Extension, and Mr. J. W. McCready, superintendent of
the Lenora-Mt. Sicker railway.
At the Crofton Hotel have registered during the week:
Mr. G- Mesher, Victoria; Mr. A. R. iM. Dowie, Vancouver;
Messrs. Jack Pauline and Hugh Little, of Victoria, who have
just returned from South Africa, having left with the last
contingent; Messrs. C. G- Dickinson and J. G. Elliott, of
Victoria and Messrs. Parkin Mason and P. Hitchcock.
A. fast trotting black gelding is for sale at Mr. Malcolm
Elliott's stables, Crofton.
IRON MINES ON WEST COAST.
The iron niinese in the Gordon River district, in which
Mr. H. E. Newton, olf the Golden Eagle mine, is interested,
are very promising. His syndicate propose eventually to
establish steel works at or near Port Renfrew. To this end
they are acquiring properties and developing them to the
producing stage.
A "carload of ore" is an indefinite quantity. On a broad-
gauge, from 8 to 12 tons. Much depends upon the condition
of the road-bed, the car itself, and how it is loaded.
Esquimalt and Nanaimo Ry
THROUGH TICKETS FROM CROFTON
TO VICTORIA via WESTHOLME
Stage leaves Daily connecting with North and South bound
trains. Double train service Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays, connecting with morning and afternoon trains.
Fare from Crofton to  Victoria: Single   $2.00
Return $3.00
S.S. "CITY OF NANAIMO"
Sails from Victoria, Tuesdays at 6.00 a. m., and on Saturdays
at 7.00 a.m., calling at Crofton on both days, handling freight
and passengers at reduced rates.
GEO. L. COURTNEY,
Traffic Manager
Crofton and Westholme
       Stage
Daily connecting with all E. & N. Railway Trains
MALCOLM ELLIOTT,
Proprietor, THE CROFTON GAZETTE AND COWICHAN NEWS.
Duncans anfc> Cowicban local flews
The Municipal Council oil North Cowichan met on Saturday, the 16th inst. The reeve, Mr. J. N. Evans, presiding,
and present Councillors Messrs. Bonsall, Herd, Dobson and
Skinner, and Clerk of the Council, Mr. J. NorcrOss. A petition from several ratepayers was presented, asking the
council ito keep in serviceable repair the wharf at Kfaple
Bay. Two hundred and fifty dollars was appropriated for
this purpose, and steps taken to have it expended at once
Tbe work on the roads was reported well advanced. Tenders for work on Chisholm's road were called for, and one
contract on May's road let to Mr. J. Wiiesmiller.
The health officer reported everything satisfactory throughout the district.
The returning officer, Mr. J. Norcross, reported the Duncan:, waterworks by-law as carried by 44 to 3. The by-law
was then reconsidered and finally passed the council, and
the clerk instructed to have it registered.
A by-law to prohibit the keeping or slaughtering of hogs
in Duncan was introduced by Mr. Dobson, and passed its
first and second readings.
A by-law was considered to further define the duties of
the reeve and treasurer, and a by-law to establish a road
irom the Victoria-Nanaimo trunk road to Chemainus river
near the bridge was introduced by Mr. Herd, and passed
the first and second readings.
The reeve gave notice that he would introduce a by-law
at the next meeting regulating the width of sidewalks and
the planting of shade trees in Alderlea townsite.
The council will meet again on September 20th.
THE LAWN TENNIS TOURNAMENT.
The Cowichan Lawn Tennis Club's annual tournament has
just been brought to a most successful conclusion. Entries
for all the events were numerous, and the play throughout
well sustained the high reputation of the tennis enthtiiasts
of! this flourishing institution.
On the concluding day the prizes were presented by Mr.
Maitland-Dougall. Mrs. Pimbury was to have made the
presentations, but unfortunately the weather was too damp
for her to venture out. Mrs. F. H. Maitland-Dougall accompanied her distribution with appropriate speeches, and was
heartily cheered at its close Before the meeting dispersed
three cheers were also given ifor Mrs. Pimbury, and for the
Hon. Sec, Mr. F. C Rivaz, who, since his appointment, has
been so persevering in his efforts to further the interests of
the club.
The following are the complete results of the play
throughout:—
Open Events.
Ladies' Doubles (prizes, a silver bonbon dish, and a silver
clothes brush—Mrs. Burton and Miss Maitland-Dougall beat
Mrs. Leather and Miss Musgrave.
Gentlemen's Singles (prize, a silver mounted flask—Mr.
R. E. Barkley beat Mr. E. W. Shaw.
Gentlemen's Doubles (prize, a silver pencil case and j?)
silver cigarette holder—Messrs. R. E. Barkley and R. St.
G. S. Master beat Messrs. R. Musgrave and C. F. Rivaz.
Handicaps.
Ladies' Singles (prize, silver vase)—Miss C Robertson
(scratch) beat Mrs. Maitland-Dougall (owe 15); Miss H.
Robertson (owe 15) beat Miss Maitland-Dougall (owe 15);
Miss Robertson (owe 15) beat Miss E. Fox (rec 15-2);
Miss J. Holmes (rcc. 15) beat Miss M. G. Skinner (rcc
15-2.)
• 2nd Round—Miss H. Robertson (owe 15) beat Miss C.
Robertson (scratch); Miss J. Holmes (rcc. 15) beat Miss
Robertson (owe 15).
Pinal—Miss H. Robcrson (owe 15) beat Miss J. Holmes
(rcc 15.)
Ladies' Doubles (prizes, silver vase and silver frame), ist
round—Miss Maitland and Miss C Robertson (owe 2-15),
bye; Mrs. J. Maitland-Dougall and Miss Robertson (owe
2-15) bcit Miss Fox and Miss Alexander (rcc. 15-a); Mrs.
Knox and Miss H. Robertson (owe 2-15) beat Mrs. Leather
and Miss Prevost (scratch); Mrs. Elkington and Miss Mutter (rec. 1^), bve.
2nd Round—Mrs. J. .Maitland-Dougall and Miss Robertson beat Miss C Robertson and Miss Maitland-Dougall.
Mis.  Knox and Miss H. Robertson (owe 2-15) beat Mrs.
Elkington and Miss Muttere (rec. 15).
Finals—Mrs. Knox and Miss H. Robertson beat Mrs. J.
Maitland-Dougall and Miss Robertson, 6-5, 6-3.
Gentlemen's Singles (prize, silver cirgarette case)—E. W-
Shaw (owe 15) beat O. Smythe, 5-7, 6-3, 6-0; R. E. Barkley
beat R. St. G. C. Master, 6-3, 6-3; H. F. Prevost beat J.
Maitland-Dougall, 6-4. 2-6, 6-3; G- R. Mason beat G. Mutter
(rec. 2-15), 6-0, 6-2; C. F. Rivaz beat F. M. Middleton (rec
15). 7-6, 6-2; A. H. Lomas beat' C L. Kingston (rec. 15),
4-6, 6-4, 6-2;F. Kingston, walk over; W. Smythe, bye.
2nd Round—E. W. Shaw beat R. E. Barkley (owe 2-15),
6-5. 6-1; G. R. Mason beat H. F. Prevost, 6-5, 2-6, 8-7; A.
H. Lomas beat C F. Rivaz, 4-6, 6-5, 6-2; W. Smythe beat
F. Kingston (rec. 15-2), 6-2, 6-3.
Semi-final—E. W. Shaw (owe 15) beat G. R. Mason
(scratch); W. Smythe beat A. H. Lomas (scratch).
Final—E. W. Shaw beat W. Smythe.
Gentlemen's Doubles (prizes, 2 pewter cups); ist round—
A. H. Lomas and G F. Rivaz (owe 1-5-2) beat N. Musgrave
and G Kingston (rec, 15) ;0. Smythe and G. Mason
(scratch) beat E. W. Shaw and P- Williams Freeman (owe
15-2); R. E. Barkley and R. St. G. C. Master (owe 15-2) beat
J. Maitland-Dougall and F. Prevost (scratch); W. Smythe
and G. Mutter, bye.
2nd Round—O- Smythe and G. Mason (scratch) beat G
F. Rivaz and A. H. Lomas (owe 15-2); R. E. Barkley and
R. St. G. C. Master (owe 15-2) beat W. Smythe and G.
Mutter, (scratch).
Finals—O. Smythe and G. Mason (scratch) beat R. E.
Barkley and R. St. G. G Master (owe 15-2).
Mixed Doubles (prizes: lady, silver mounted perfume bottle; gentlemen, silver mounted shaving brush) ist round—
Mrs. Knox and H. P. Williams Freeman (owe 15) beat
Miss I. Holmes and O. Smytnc (scratco); Miss Fox and G
L. Kingston (rec- 15-2) beat Mrs. J. Maitland-Dougall and
G. R. Mason (scratch); rest byes.
2nd Round—Miss Maitland-Dougall and R. E. Barkley
(owe 15-2) beat' Miss Prevost and A. H, Lomas (scratch);
Mrs. Knox and H. P. Williams Freeman (owe 15) beat Miss
Robertson and J. Maitland-Dougall (owe 2-15); Miss Musgrave and C. F. Rivaz (owe T5) beat Miss Fox and G L.
Kingston (rec 15-2); Miss C. Robert?cn and F. Prevost
(scratch) beat Miss H. Robertson and G. Dickson (owe 15);
Semi-finals—Miss Maitland-Dougall and R. E. Barkley
(owe 15); Miss Musgrave and G F. Rivaz (owe 15) beat
(owe T5-2) beat Mrs. Knox and H. P. Williams Fraemai
Miss C. Robertson and F. Prevost.
Final—Miss Musgrave and Mr. C. F. Rivaz beat Miss
Maitland-Dougall and Mr. R. E. Barkley 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
Established 1878.
W. P. JAYNES
Wholesale; Importer and Dealer in all Kinds op
Merchandise.
Depot for Giant Powder Co.      B. C. Pottery Co.
Duncans. Quamichan.
DOMINION HOTEL,
VICTORIA, B.C.
BETTER     THAN     THE     RATES     INDICATE
Board and Room $1.25 and up per day.
Room only   50 cents to $1.50 per day.
*"4 THE  CROFTON GAZETTE AND COWICHAN NEWS.
fu
LOCAL NOTES.
Mr. W. E. Blythe has been in Victoria on business.
Mr. S. Hastings Odell, private secretary to the Hon. J-
D. Prentice, visited Duncans on Sunday and is spending this
week "camping out" at Cowichan Bay.
Mrs. James Norcross, of Willow Bank, Somenos, has been
paying a visit to Victoria.
Mrs. J. H. Peterson, of Port Townsend, has been in Duncans visiting her sons. She brought another son and
daughter with her. Mr. P. C. Peterson left with her for
Victoria en Monday en route for the Sound.
Miss Ruth Ford, teacher at the Glenora ("God's country")
school, has gone to the college at Vancouver to finish her
studies fcr a higher teacher's certificate. Herl sister, Miss
Ethel, is taking hei place.
Mr. Sam Robinson commenced work on the construction
of a new house for Mr. Parker, of Westholme, last Monday.
Mr. W. Grassie, eldest son of the blacksmith, has arrived
from the upper country, where he has been engaged as
foreman of a mine and smelter.
We are glad to see Mrs. F. Nelson out and about again
after nearly two months' illness in bed.
Mr. F. Nelson, proprietor of the Quamichan Hotel, has
removed the stables closely adjoining his new house, and
has erected instead a row of shelter sheds for horses and
vehicles at the further side of the hotel yard.
Mr. H. Grieve, well known in Duncans, latterly as the
proprietor of the old .Quamichan Hotel, has taken the Imperial Hotel, Victoria, and is making a really comfortable
house of it. His cuisine was tested at a large dinner given
by the Victoria Cricket Club to the visiting Seattle team,
and was pronounced excellent.
A NEW LODGE AT MT. SICKER.
(From our Correspondent.)
A branch lodge of the Order of the Woodmen of the
World  was  recently  inaugurated  here under the  able  organization of Mr. W- O. Aubin.    It has, as a send-off, already 30 members, and others are coming in.   The "Woodmen  of the World"  are a very popular and far-reaching
brotherhood, and this is one of the many institutions which
bring men together in that social sphere of sympathy and
fellow  feeling which is good for all.    Something of this
kind was badly wanted in Mt. Sicker and the Woodmen have
taken a step in the right direction.    Lamming's Hall has
been chosen pro tern 'for their meeting place, weekly, on .
Friday evenings at 8 o'clock.   Old members of other lodges
will receive a hearty welcome, and would-be new members
can make their desires known to our worthy clerk,  Mr.
Alexander, or to any member of the order.   The new lodge
is very aptly named "The Welcome Lodge."
Every man should belong to some order. In these times
of clieap Chinese and Japanese labour, trusts, combines,
etc., the more unity exists amongst the men, that sow, but
seldom reap the just rewards of their labour the better for
them
The Flour that makes the Best Bread
is sold by
MOWAT & WALLACE, Victoria, B.C.
Try it.       Moose Jaw is the Brand.
TZOUHALEM   HOTEL E =z
DUNCANS,
Stage to Lakeside Hotel, Cowichan Lake, every   Monday,
Wednesday and Friday.
PRICE BROS, --- Proprietors
QUEEN'S MARKET
Cor. Govt. Johnson Sts., Victoria B.C.   Tel. 32.  P.O. Box 18.
LAWRENCE GOODACRE & SONS,
Wholesale   and   Retail   Butchers.    Contractors   by
appointment to His Majesty's Royal Navy, the Dominion
Government, etc.   Shipping supplied at lowest rates.
THE DOMINION HOUSE
PRIVATE BOARDING ESTABLISHMENT
Home Comforts.       Moderate Rates.
Joan Avenue,      -      -      -     CROFTON, B. C.:
Proprietor,      -      A. B. WHITTINGHAM.
A. HOWE
BUTCHER,
Established for six years at Chemainus
Best Meat at Most Liberal Prices.
Joan Avenue,
CROFTON, B. C.
BENNETT'S
CROWN
BRAND
!     ■',,.
GUTTA PERCHA FUSE
AWARDED THE GREATER BRITAIN EX.
GOLD MEDAL, 1899.
THIS   POPULAR  FAVORITE STILL   LEADS
Holman Bros.  Patent  Rock
Drill
AWARDED THE COLD MEDAL, PARIS, 1900.
Drills and Accessories, Columns and Tripods
IN STOCK AT VICTORIA.
-   ;
FELL & COMPANY, Limited Liability
GROCERS,
WINES, AND LIQUORS.
Victoria, B. C.
H.  COLLINSON, Manufacturers of Air Compressors and all kinds of
Late ASsayer Van Anda Smelter.     PROVINCIAL LICENSED ASSAYER Mining1 Machinery
ESTIMATES ON APPLICATION.
Rowland   Machl'n,   General  Agent
YATES STREET, VICTORIA, B. C.
THE VICTORIA ASSAY OFFICE
46 langley Street
Reliable Analyses of Ores, Coals, Etc. _..
P.O.Box 89 (Next to the Law Courts)   VICTORIA,   B.   C a
THE  CROFTON   GAZETTE  AND  COWICHAN  NEWS.
.1
eR0FT©N
The New Smelting Centre of the Pacific Coast
FOR LOTS
-APPLY TO—
Real Estate Brokers
 AND-
The Lenora Mt. Sicker Copper Mining
Co., Ltd.
(Non-Personal Liability.)
VICTORIA, B.C.
TO LET.—Several Stores at Crofton, B.C.   Apply to Above.
H
J. H. WHITTOME,
Agent for - - DUNCANS, V. I.
IUmdon   and   Lancashire   Fire   Insurance   Co.
Royal  Insurance Co.
SPECIAL,  NOTICE.
By special arrangement with the B. C. MINING RECORD we are
able to offer particularly advantageous terms for combined subscription
to that well known excellent periodical and the CROFTON GAZETTE for
$3.00 per annum.
Subscriptions received by the Crofton Publishing Co., Crofton
or the B. C. Mining Record, P. O. Box 645, Victoria.

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