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 IU Crofton tiazem
Devoted to the Mining and Agricultural Interests of Vancouver Island, Texada
Island, and Coast Mainland Districts.
VOIu 1.
CROFTON, B. C, THURSDAY,   JUNE   12, 1902.
NO. 16
OUR illustration this week shows two bird's-eye views of
Crofton, the photos having been taken from the top of
the smelter sampling house, at a height of 90 feet. In tiie
one the lower part of the town may be seen, the houses dotted
on the gentle slope to the water's edge. Behind the neck of
forest to the left there are several more dwellings, and probably that portion of the town at a slight elevation will become
the fashionable quarter of the new smelting centre. The
whole of the country seen here was but a few months ago a
semi-deserted ranch, and the enterprise of Mr. Henry Croft
and the splendid energy of the Northwestern Smelting & Re-
thirty or forty men daily, whilst Mr. Pearce of the Osborne
looks after about a dozen or fifteen more than his fellow-
bonifaee. Just above the Osborne Hotel is a block of five
stores. Some of these are for rent, and, occupying the con-
verient and commanding situation they do, are sure of speedy
occupancy. Opposite is Mr. Howe's butcher's shop. Mr.
Howe has been well known in Chemainus for the excellent
meat that he has consistently supplied to his customers, and
whatever else visitors to Crofton may fear in the imagination
of their hearts they can always rely on a really good cut of
excellent beef, mutton, pork or veal, whatever it may be,
served at either of the above-mentioned hotels or at Mr.
Whittingham's   boarding  house.     This latter   may be   seen
Bird's-eye Views of Crofton.
Taken from top of Smelter Sampling House.
fining Company have made the transformation. In the foreground may be noticed the trestleway erected for the conveyance by rail of the ore cars to the top of the ore bins1 Into
which the ore will be dumped, the operation of unloading a.
car taking about two minutes. The building in the foreground
on the right is the assay oflice, and that on the left the smelter
offices. Away in the distance to the right of the photograph,
overlooking the bay, is the pretty and cosy residence of Mr.
D. S. Fotheringham, one of the smelter syndicate. This house
was lately the home of Mr. A. Ward, who has gone to England, but his pleasurable recollections of the Cowichan district
will assuredly bring him back again. The two hotels — the
Crofton and the Osborne —may be seen at the foot of Joan
Avenue. Mr. Pearce's flag-staff, 80 feet high, makes the
Osborne Hotel a. notable land-mark. Both these hotels are
r< ally good houses, Mr. Conlin of the Crofton boarding some
further up Joan Avenue, to the left of the photograph. Mr.
Whittingham's Dominion House caters for workingmen and
pro>ides them with a really comfortable home. The Post
Oflice, presided over by Mr. J. A. Broadwell, is unfortunately
out of the picture, as is also the general store of Mr. W.
Dyke, who is agent for the Crofton Gazette.
The second photo overlooks the bay to the north. The
boiler-stack rises in the foreground, and near it may be seen
the top —as far as it has gone so far —of the big brick
smokestack now being built to carry the deleterious fumes of
the smelting process to a safe height of one hundred and
twenty feet. The boiler and engine houses are close beside,
and a portion of the roof of the ore bins shows in the
immediate foreground. Further back, the new wharf stretclns
750 feet into the bay, laden, as the photo shows, with a train
of  cars loaded with machinery for the smelter.    The  yacht THE CROFTON GAZETTE AND COWICHAN NEWS.
"Copper Queen," belonging to officials of the smelter company, is lying at anchor near the end of tho wharf, but can
only be seen in this picture as she swings round when the tide
is coining in. Tho owners of the "Copper Queen" have got
together a purse of $860 or more, and are anxious to get up
a regetta at Crofton before they become too busy with their
snititer work. The "blowing-in ' of the smelter will probably
take place about the middle of July, and after that another
group of photos of the new town will show a wide expansion
in the progress of building operations.
The International Mining Company, of which Mr. Rhinehart is manager, has lntely made a strike on its properties up
near the head of the Chemainus River. A contract had recently been let to drive a tunnel for 100 feet, the expectation
being that the ledge which outcrops on the surface has a
regular inclination of 45 degrees. The ore body, however, hrs
been struck almost immediately, lying nearly perpendicularly.
The lodge so far is 1-4 inches wide, and a tine quality of born-
itc. Samples of this have boon taken down to Victoria by
Mr. A. 0. Little, of Tacoma, for assay. Mr. Rhinehart considers that the outcrop found on this property is probably a
fall-over from the ridge of the true ledge. Hence the misunderstanding as to the dip of  the ore body.
Ihe Northwest Copper Company, which has been operating
the Van Anda and other mines on Texada Island, and which
last winter was shut down for want of funds, is getting to
work again. There were signs of considerable trouble when
the mine shut down, with the miners unpaid, and legal action
was threatened ngamst the company. The matter, however,
was smoothed out and arranged, and the promise of the future
is distinctly bright. Mr. Alfred Raper, of Seattle, writing
from Texada, states that the company will begin work again
on the mines, which turned out valuable ore during 1901.
"Gus iSanborn and William Lee," he says, "the bonders of the
Golden Slipper claim from C. R. Miller, the old veteran prospector of Texada, have run a tunnel nearly 100 feet in length
nnd struck the ledge, showing a vein of pay ore several feet
thick. The Puget Sound Company hrs also just opened up
two remarkably rich copper deposits. The Texada Gold Mines
are hard at work under the Gray brothers, and have shipped
to Seattle a fine large chunk of quartz studded with free gold.
There is now being prospected by Robert Swan a g.'ilena vein
of apparently large dimensions, a metal long neglected here.
The Pacific Steel Works have some five or six whites and six
Chinese quarrying the rich iron deposits for their Port Town-
send works."
The steamer Otter has sailed to Quatsino Sound to the
properties of the Yreka Copper Company, to ship some 800
tons of ore to the Tacoma smelter. It is only a few months
since Messrs. Clarke, Gwin and Lea started operations in the
Comstock country, but they are providing a very good object
lesson to the capitalists and mine-owners of Vancouver Island
in the way to promote mining enterprise. The Yreka Copper
Company seems to have a renlly wonderful mine on Comstock
Mountain : in fact a copper-gold quarry would be a better
name for it than a mine, and there is enough ore in sight to
keep the Crofton smelter — to which, we understand, the ore
will later be shipped — going for some years. Regular shipments will now be made. ;in aerial tramway being under
Construction to convey the ore directly from the mine to
salt water.
A very important and necessary work is about to be undertaken by the Domin'on Government on the west coast of
Vancouver Island. Mr. Ernest Haycock, of the Geological
Survey of Canada, has been instructed to make a thorough
investigation and a detailed map of the whole coast, extending
from Sooke to Cape Scott. Mr. Webster, of tbe iSurvey Department at Ottawa, will assist him, and the work is expected
to continue throughout the summer.
Our felicitations to Mrs.  Wood on tbe birth of   a son;
also to Mrs. Edward Kierstead on the birth of a daughter.
Mr. Edward Kierstead, we understand, is leaving Mount
Sicker, after a residence of three years, durnig which he has
made many friends. Mr. Kierstead is boss cook at the Lenora
mine, also postmaster, and the Crofton Gazette will miss its
popular agent.
A new boarding house is going up. This is the property
of Mr. Bebeau, and will be ready for occupation in a few
weeks. Mr. Walter Ford has the contract for the building,
and its excellence is assured.
There is a great dearth of dwellings at Mount Sicker for
miners. Three or four families are already waiting to locate,
but cannot, and there is a good source of investment here.
(Address by Mr. G. C. Creelman at the Agricultural Hall,
MR. G. C. CREELMAN, Superintendent of Farmers Institutes, Ontario, who is at present visiting British
Columbia, kindly consented last Tuesday to deliver an
address on "Agricultural Education," before a meeting of the
Cowichan Fanners' Institute. In the course of his lecture
Mr. Creelman outlined the origin and the astonishingly rapid
growth of the Farmers' Institute system in Ontario. One
of the objects of the system—a sound business object—was to
find fresh markets for farm produce, to find also what those
markets demanded, and to instruct the farmer how best to
supply that demand. Thus the Canadian bacon trade with
Great Britain has been built up, and is now ousting the
United States products from the market. And the same holds
good with apples, poultry, butter and cheese. The institute
system is accomplishing all this, educating the farmer, bettering his position and increasing the prosperity of the country.
Oiitario has among future aims one which might well be
followed by British Columbia, and that is the closer union
and better amalgamation of the Farmers' Institutes with the
older Agricultural Societies. The societies, as a rule, hold
the annual fall shows, and there is no doubt that, from a purely
agricultural point of view, many of these •latter are not up to
the standard they ought to be. Too often they are composed
of a mass of outside features which add to the gate money
without increasing the usefulness of the show.
Mr. Creelman aims at making the shows both more attractive and more instructive in ways which will be of real
benefit to the farmer. To this end the Government will provide expert judges, who will also give practical demonstrations
in butter-making, apple-packing and judging stock. Children
are to be given prizes for skill in correctly naming varieties of
apples, and every opportunity will be utilized for acquainting
the farmer with the best points of all products which his
market demands.
A discussion followed, during which Mr. Ford emphasized
the necessity for more cleared land as the real stimulus to the
farming industry in the Cowichan district. In this connection
the secretary, Mr. H. de M. Mellin, was instructed to write to
the local member of the Provincial House, Mr. Dickie, requesting that information be obtained with regard to the
experiments in clearing land which it had been proposed to
make at the expense of the Provincial Government.
A very sad and shocking event was the death by drowning
of the late popular proprietor of the Shawnigan Lake Hotc1
on the very eve of the opening of his new house. Many
rumours are current as to the cause of his decease, and some
persons have even attributed it to suicide. This is an entirely
erroneous idea. _ Mr. Koenig certainly left a letter to his wife
asking her forgiveness for some act he was about to commit,
but this was placed away amongst other papers in a corner of
the safe, and bore evidences of having been there for some
time. The body of Mr. Koenig was found standing upright
in Iho water at a little distance from tbe shore, where he had
left his clothes, towel and soap. It was his custom to take a
morning bath, but he could not swim, and on this occasion he
may simply have died from suffocation or heart failure. At
the inquest which was held, the verdict of the jury was
"Accidentally drowned while bathing in Shawnigan Lake."
Mr. Koenig will bo regretted by a very large number of
fuends, and to Mrs. Koenig and her family our heartfelt
sympathies are extended.
A Comox half-breed was found with liquor in his possession on the hill near Mr. Duncan's gate. Messrs. A. H.
Lomas, provincial constable, and P. Calvert went to arrest
him, but he showed fight and made a long struggle before he
was finally knocked out by Mr. Lomas. At the court he was
later fined $3o for the offence by J. Maitland-Dougall, Eso.,
stipendiary magistrate.
Mr. Tinion, who owns several mining claims at Shawnigau
iLake, has been down at Victoria on business connected with
The new bill to amend the Game Protection Act, 1898,
reads as follows :
His Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the
Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia,
enacts as follows :—
1. This Act may be cited as the "Game Protection Act,
1808, Amendment Act, 1902."
2. Section 11 of chapter 24 of the Statutes of 1S98 is
hereby repealed and the following substituted therefor :
"11. Nothing in this Act shall be construed as prohibiting
any resident farmer, or employee of such farmer, resident on
the farm and authorized by him, from killing at any time deer
that is found depasturing within the cultivated fields of said
3. Section 17 of chapter 24 of the 'Statutes of 1898,
being the "Game Protection Act, 1898," is hereby repealed,
and the following section is substituted therefor : 17. "No
person shall, at any time, enter into any growing or standing
grain, not his own, with sporting implements about his person,
nor permit his dog or dogs to enter into such growing or standing grain without permission of the owner or occupant thereof,
and no person shall at any time hunt or shoot upon any enclosed land of another without permission, and any one who
acts in contravention of this section shall be deemed guilty of
a violation of this Act, and be liable to a penalty not exceeding twenty dollars, together with costs of conviction ; but
noil.ing in this Act contained shall be so construed as to limit
or in any way affect the remedy at common or statute law of
any such owner or occupant for trespass. .Enclosed land in
this section shall mean land enclosed by a fence, water or
oilier natural boundary, and iu use for agricultural, pastoral
or horticultural purposes."
4. Any person shooting on enclosed land on Sunday, without the permission of the owner or occupant, shall be liable
to a penalty not exceeding fifty dollars for each offence.
This legislation was carried through by M,r. Hayward, and
will tend largely to secure the rights of agriculturists to the
shooting and fishing on their own lands —a right which has
been increasingly encroached upon by week-end sportsmen.
The excursion that came up from Victoria on Saturday
was well supported. One hundred and forty-five visitors went
to Crofton by the popular V. T. & S. Railway, which is improving its services and promises to become a very favourite
route. Special trains were run from Crofton to Mount Sicker,
and passengers were very greatly pleased with the journey.
Mr. Henry Croft went up with the party and showed them
round, and Mr. Creedon, of the Mount Sicker Hotel, was much
congratulated on his excellent arrangements. On the way
home the visitors embarked quite late in the evening, and as
the steamer moved away it was quite a pretty sight to watch
the heaps of stumps burning brightly all the way up the street
at Crofton. Joan Avenue, now that the stumps are removed, is
a splendid thoroughfare, and will bear comparison even with
Government Street, Victoria.
Mr. and Mrs. Daily were up at Duncans taking over the
Qutmichan Hotel from the contractor, Mr. Walter Ford, last
> , •, », hey were very Phased with the new house, and
indeed Mr. Walter-Ford is to be heartily congratulnted on a
tlioioughly-sound and artistic piece of work. Mr. J. Roed-
auift of Ladysmith, is doing the painting, and doing it very
well indeed, and not only well, but rapidly. Mr. Fred. Nelson
hopes to be ready for guests next week, and to have his
formal opening on Coronation Day. Mr. Harry Watson, Into
ot the well-known Dominion Hotel, Victoria, is assisting Mr.
Fred. Nelson in the bar.
Dominion  Hotel,
BETTER than the rates indicate.
Board and room $1.25 and up per day.
Room only 50 cents to  $1.50 per day.
Out-of-town Customers can shop very easily by mail if they only eare to use
the advantages of our Mail-Order System. If you can't come in person write
for anything you want, a post card will bring you samples and information. Experienced clerks will execute order the same Jay as received.     Money Back if
not Satisfied.
80 Government Street, VICTORIA, B. C.
Victoria, B. C.
Stage to Lakeside Hotel, Cowichan Lake, every Monday, Wednesday
and Friday.
Price Bros.,
FELL & COMPANY, Limited Liability,
Victoria, B. C.
Thorpe's Ginger Ale
Prize Medal
World's Fair.
78 Yates St., Corner Broad,
The Crofton Gazette
The Crofton Publishing Co.
Managing Editor, Henry H. Newill
$1.00 per inch per insertion.
Larger spaces and contracts by arrangement.
All communications for the present to P. O. Duncans or Crofton.
THURSDAY,   JUNE 12, 1902.
A WANT already greatly felt in the new smelter centre is
the absence of a suitable recreation ground. The sporting element is very keen amongst the employees on the
smelter construction, and though they work like giants all the
week, they yet want an outlet for their superfluous energies.
The smelter syndicate are known to be patrons of sport, and
they will no doubt forward any movement for the acquirement
of a recreation ground for Crofton. The town has already a
splendid sheet of water for boating and yachting, but as yet
no facilities for sports on land. There is a field belonging, we
believe, to Mr. (Dunne at the back of the town, and this would
make an ideal ground for baseball, lacrosse, and even for
cricket, by the expenditure of a few dollars. The necessity
of a field for recreation in a rapidly growing town like Crofton
is indisputable, and we would suggest a public meeting to
appoint a committee to interview Mr. Croft and the smelter
directors, and other influential Croftouians, to see what can
be done in the matter, and how funds can be raised for the
formation of a Crofton sports club.
The Tourist Association of Victoria are asking for samples
of ore from the milling districts within touch of the city, for
exhibition in their reception rooms on Fort Street. No doubt
the mine owners and claim owners of the Mount (Sicker, Mount
Richards and Cowichan Lako mining districts will respond
with alacrity. The Tourist Association is undoubtedly doing
a great work for the Island. Mr. Cuthbert, the travelling
representative, by his recent visit to the Sound and California,
has interested the railway and steamship companies and
travelling agents of the Pacific Coast cities in Victoria, which
is probably the Queen City of them all as a tourist resort.
So far so good, but when we get tourists to Victoria Ave want
to keep them as long as possible on the Island. A town witn-
out numerous available excursions to offer its visitors can
never hope to be more than a mere one-day passing place for
the travelling and pleasure-seeking public. Now, nature has
endowed our Capital City with beautiful and interesting surroundings, and man, by the aid of the E. «fe N. Railway and
the V. T. & S. Railway and steamboats, and other means of
transport, has put these resorts easily and comfortably within
the reach of all. Instead of passing through Victoria in a
few days, tourists may be induced to visit our lovely lakes,
especially Cowichan Lake and Shawnigan Lake, at both of
which places splendid hotel accommodation is available. They
should visit charming Duncans and fish in its beautiful river,
and delight in its fascinating haunts and comfortable hotels.
The stage thence will take them to Mount Sicker, where they
will find not only a flourishing mining town and all the interest
attached thereto, but perhaps the most exhilarating atmosphere and grandest scneery on the Island, and a first-class
hotel thrown iu. From there again the Mount Sicker 'Railway
will take them to the new town of Crofton, where the smelter
now being erected and to be completed in a few weeks will
afford them food for delight and reflection. No more lovely
situation for a town can be imagined than the townsite of
Crofton, no more charming journey than that by the steamer
through the islands from Sidney, and good hotel accommodation is already offered. It is for the Tourist Association of
Victoria to make known the pleasure haunts of the Cowichan
and Shawnigan districts to new-comers, but it is also for the
residents of these places to work loyally and energetically
with the Association to make themselves thoroughly acquainted with the objects and measures of the Association, and to
further its ends to the best of their power, for the good of all.
The Tourist Association of Victoria cannot be too widely
krown and discussed in the Cowichan and neighbouring
The new Game Act is very soon resulting in a prosecution-
Captain Barkley has summoned six persons from Nanaimo for
trespass on his land for fishing. The case has been remanded
until next Saturday, and the result will be watched with general interest.
Next week we propose to start a Sale and Exchange
column, to meet the needs of those persons who have stock or
other belongings that they wish to dispose of for cash or to
exchange. This column we hope will be the means of bringing would-be buyers and sellers together in our widely scattered districts, and will also be of use in thus periodically
recording the names of likely persons with whom intending
purchasers should communicate. The rate will be 10 cents
for the first line and 5 cents for the others, with a minimum
charge of 25 cents. Communications to P. O. Duncans or
C: often, not later than Tuesday each week, will receive attention.
Trains will run between Central Station Victoria, and
Sidney as follows:
Leave Victoria at 8.oo a. m.   4.00 p. m.
"    Sidneyat 9.00   "       '5.45   "
Leave Victoria at 8.00 a. m.   2.00 p. m.
"    Sidneyat    9.00   "       5.45   ««
Connects at Sidney with  morning train DAILY for
CROFTON.    Returning connects with
evening train for Victoria.
Special Sunday Excursion to Crofton leaves Victoria 9 a. m.
Fare, round trip, $1.50
Crofton lap to Date.
SEVEN carloads of machinery are lying on the wharf for
the Northwestern Smelting & Refining Company. Ihe
consignment includes the Corliss engine, the Connesyille
blowers, and most of the sampling machinery. This will be
brought up to the smelter as soon as the extra rails are laid,
wlfieh will be in a few days.
Mr. R. M. Jeffrey, lately employed at the Lenora mine.
Mount iSicker, has been appointed townsite agent, and not
only this, but steamer and railway agent and waterworks
overseer. He is the busiest man in town. The waterworks
now act like a spring. Mr. Jeffrey will probably be the (first
mayor of Crofton.
Mr. M. J. Conlin is organizing a baseball team to play
against Duncans on Coronation Day. The team will need,
training, and we hope they will start in without delay.
Crofton in the world of sport means to make a name
for  itself. ,      ,     _   M
The "Copper Queen" is now lying at anchor in Crofton
Roads. We understand that ber owners are trying to arrange
for a regatta, or at any rate a sailing match which will in a
thorough sportsmanlike way test the merits of the Copper
Queen compared with the yachts now lying at Victoria and
Nanaimo. A purse of something like %'M) is offered, and if
Victoria has nothing to say to that, s'he will find one of these
days that the yachting centre is elsewhere. Yachting, of
course, is not a really popular sport in this country, but if
yacht owners wish to further their sport they will find a fair
field at Crofton, and they will certainly have a good time.
From experience we believe that the Copper Queen will sail
away from all-comers.
Some of the sampling machinery has already been put in
place. The rock crusher is in position; this is on the ground
floor. On the third floor sampling machinery is already installed, and on the fourth floor is another and smaller i*ock-
crusher. As we go to press, work is going on busily on this
and the furnace building, the other buildings being all
The little son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred. iSherbourne, of the
contracting firm of Smith & Sherbourne, is well known both
in Crofton and Duncans as a lively lad. We regret to have
to report that on Sunday last, as the steamer Unicau was
landing at Sidney, she struck the wharf with a heavy jar,
and young Sherbourne fell off the upper deck on to the lower.
At ifirst it was thought that the youngster had broken his
skull, but this was happily found to be wrong. It is a fall
of something like eight feet from one deck to another on the
Ui.ican, and to fall on one's head at that height is no slight
accident. However, we are glad to report that the latest
news is to the effect that the little fellow is getting on first
rate, and no fatal consequences need be feared. The boy has
the knack of making many' friends, who will hope to see him
soon about again.
Mr. Fred. Young has been down in Victoria on business
and pleasure combined.
Mr. W. H. Yost, an engineer from Butte, Montana, has
arrived to take up a position under the smelting company.
At the Crofton Hotel have been Mrs. and Miss McKenzie,
Miss Webster, Mr. and Mrs. Hay; Mr. Stephen Jones, of
Victoria;   ©r. Jones and Messrs. W. A. Dier and Henry Croft.
Mr. 'Henry B. Thomson, manager of Messrs. 'Turner,
P»i eton & Co., visited Crofton on Sunday last. He thought
that the town had a. great future before it, and he would not
exchange bis lots with anybody.
Mr. Stephen Jones, proprietor of the Dominion Hotel,
Victoria, was amongst our distinguished visitors on Saturday.
He came to see if he could find a better hotel than his own.
This is unlikely in any place he goes to, but he found a welcome
and good accommodation even in this new town.
At the Osborne Hotel during this week have been registered Mr. and Mrs. Elsworthy and Messrs. W. F Craig W
Cotton, J. A. Gilchrist, William Robinson, R. J. McRae'-and
George E. 'Frost, of Nanaimo; Henry B. Thomson, of Victoria;   G. F. Mathews and J. B. Fowler.
Keast's Livery Stable.
Operating Crofton and Mt. Sicker Stages.
Daily connecting with all E.  & N.  Railway Trains.
Daily, Sundays excepted.
H. KEAST, Proprietor.
Civil Engineer and Provincial  Land  Surveyor.
If you are contemplating
building we shall be
pleased to give you an
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Electric Power.
Phone A750.
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THE Cowichan   Amateur Dramatic Society excelled even
its own high reputation at the performance given in the
Agricultural Hall. Duncans, on Thursday last, the 5th
instant, in   aid   of   the fund   to   procure   an   engine for the
Alderlea iFire Company.    The piece represented was the well-
known  three-act  farce,  'Mane,''  by  Harry   Nicholls  and  W.
Lestocq, and the fun was swift all the evening.     The hall
was tilled to overflowing with a representative local gathering,
amongst whom were many distinguished residents, as well as
visitors from Crofton, Ladysmith, Ohemainufl and other places,
".lane"   is a good old-fashioned, screaming farce, exhilarating but at the same time restful.     It requires no   "deep
scrutiny" into human nature nor analytical reasoning powers
to follow the plot.     You  sit back in your chair, giv.e your
higher intellectual faculties a holiday, and resign yourself  to
a simple feast of   mirth   and laughter, and   feel   ten years
younger during the process.    A certain Charley Shackleton, of
no profession, is enjoying an income of £1,000 a year.     This
has been left to him by a rich aunt, who made her bequest
conditional on his marriage, and five years after marriage he
is to become entitled to the whole of   her fortune.    Well, the
fact of the matter is that he is not married at all when the
play opens, but he lias yet been enjoying his aunt's legacy for
some three years.     Of course, it is all very immoral that he
should have represented to his aunt's trustee, Mr. Kershaw,
that he has as wife an extravagant lady, whose innumerable
bills require numerous further applications to tbe said trustee
for funds to meet them.    It is nevertheless all very well until
one day Mr. Kershaw writes   that he will   personally come
down to London and see Charley and remonstrate with Charley's wife on  her extravagance.     The letter arrives in the
morning, and a few hours later the trustee himself will arrive.
What is Charley to do?    He is in love with one Lucy Norton,
a charming girl with a terror of an aunt, Mrs. Chadwick.    In
desperation   lie suggests  to  Lucy  that she shall  marry him
then and tbere.     She unkindly refuses;   and then, on the advice of his man William, he has recourse to the aunt, and the
vain old lady, seeking to win   his   love — or at any rate bis
name —is perfectly agreeable until he explains that the pretence of marriage is only to last for twenty-four hours.    Then
she is indignant.     Shackleton rushes off, and William comes
in.   He explains matters to the old lady, and she swears devotion to her dear Charley behind his back, and runs away to
"make up" as his wife.    Then Jane, the housemaid, comes in.
Sho has that morning been married to William "on the sly,"
fearing the wrath of the bachelor master.    The young couple
desire to keep their marriage secret until by their earnings
they can buy a milk-walk, value £100, and this they agree will
be a closer tie than love.    The bachelor, Charley, puts the
proposition to Jane, will she be his wife for twenty-four hours,
and an extravagant wife at that, and come with him to jewellers and dressmakers, etc., and tit out for the occasion, and
have £100 cash thrown in '?    Of course, she accepts—it means
the milk-walk—and the brand new young couple go shopping.
Meanwhile Mr.  Kershaw arrives and meets Mrs, Chadwick,
who announces, to the old gentleman's consternation, that she
is Mrs. Shackleton.     William supports her yearning ambition,
and then Charley S. and Jane return'as man and wife.   Tbere
is a little scene, and Mrs. Chadwick is explained away to be
Mrs. Tipson, much to William's disgust and to bis master's
loss, for William drops   and   breaks   every plate that be is
carrying when bo hears the announcement.     Mr. Kershaw is
distinctly captivated by Jane, and poor William waxes more
and more jealous, especially when bis bride, Jane, orders him
to leave the room.
The situation at the end of the first act is a distinctly
humorous one. Space prevents us from describing the play
in detail, but of course there are numerous complications in
the following two acts. Kershaw asks for the baby, and
Shackleton suddenly remembers that he has mentioned a
baby in the case, and not only one baby, but two—a two-year-
old at school who is winning prizes. This is of course rather
rough on tho acting Mrs. S., who has to go and 'find a baby on
tho spot. She gets it from a Mr. and Mrs. Pixton, and Mr.
Kershaw is effectually hoodwinked until William's jealousy
gets the better of him, and he gives the whole thing away.
Then Mr. Kershaw—accommodating old gentleman as he is—
declaring that Charley has cut himself adrift from all assistance, goes to his solicitor and finds out that it is not even
yet too late for Charley to marry and benefit under his aunt's
•will, and Lucy Norton and Mrs. Chadwick coming in shortly
after. Charley is enabled to announce his engagement to his
lady love. Lucy. Kershaw gives his blessing, and all is over.
Jane and William retire to their "humble milk-walk in life.
If   all human comedies ended  as well, the world would be
Mrs. H. de M. Mellin ns Jane was simply superb. We
nave here a lady who could walk on the stage with Mrs.
Kendal or any other and "hold up her end." Throughout tbe
play sho -was perfect. In the first act she wore a servant's
black idrcss with white apron, and afterwards a very hand
some grey dress with lace trimmings. Mrs. Maitland-Dougall
as Mrs. Chadwick was admirable. A most difficult part she
performed with freedom and effect. She wore a light heliotrope cloth dress, faced with silk. Mrs. Henderson deserves
great praise for her spirited acting, as also for her "make-up"
as Mrs. Pixton. It was not only admirable, but self-sacrificing. Miss Maud Lomas as Lucy Norton looked charming in
white, and played the erstwhile disappointed lady lover with
both "chic" and deep feeling.    She won her Charley dearly.
As Charley Shackleton Mr. L. A. Knox was splendid. He
is an actor of no mean parts, and we hope we shall see more
of him. His scene with Mrs. Chadwick when for a moment
that old lady rests her head on his shoulders, and he exclaims,
"Lie still, pretty one, lie still—only for twenty-four hours,"
brought down the house. As Mr. Kershaw Mr. H. Williams
gave an inimitable performance. Mr. Kershaw was an old
gentleman whose eccentricities were great and whose credulity was boundless. .Mr. Williams acted the difficult part to
perfection, and endowed the character with a persuasive personality. Mr. G. O. Pooley played the part of William Tipson
with fine discernment and "gusto," and the part went from
start to finish. A special word of praise is due to Mr. Cecil
Cree, who took the part of the irate Mr. Pixton at two days'
notice (in place of Mr. Lomas, who was called away), and came
through the ordeal with flying colours. Mr. F. Parker, who
played Claude, is to be congratulated. Claude is a character
not absolutely necessary to the play, but distinctly amusing,
and Mr. P. Parker made the most of his lines and won well-
deserved applause. In summing up the play, one's reflection
is that the Cowichan Amateur Dramatic Society can put a
play on the stage which both for acting and management is
eqral to anything that we have seen even at the Victoria
To Mr. C. Rivaz, who did the stage management and
p.'.inted the scenery and got up the stage effects generally, a
very special word of praise is due. Thanks to him in the
greatest measure — to Mr. N. Musgrave also, who assisted
him — the play went without a hitch. Miss Lomas as
"prompter" added no little to the success of the evening; and
Mrs. E. C. Clark was most kind in playing the overture and
entractes, thus contributing to the pleasure of the entertainment, which brought in to the funds of the Alderlea Fire
Cfanrjto'nj!) no less a sum than one hundred and six dollars.
AVe understand that the trustees of the late "Our Boys"
fund kindly provided the material for the stage scenery.
A very pretty wedding was solemnized by the Rev. J. A.
Leakey at St. Peter's Church, Quamichan, on Saturday, June
7th, when Mr. Park Calvert, of Mount Sicker, and Miss Grace
Edna Prevost,' of Quamichan Lake, were united in the bonds
of holy matrimony. The church was very prettily decorated
by the Misses Lomas, and was well filled by friends and relatives. The bride was given away by her brother, Mr. 'Fairfax
Prevost. She wore a white silk dress, trimmed with lace and
chiffon, with a tuille veil and a wreath of orange blossoms,
and looked more than charming. She carried a shower
bouquet of white carnations and asparagus fern. The bridesmaids were Miss Elfrida Prevost, sister; and Miss Barbara
Mainguy and Miss Ruby Alexander, cousins of the bride, and
Miss Rita Cameron, cousin of the bridegroom. They were
dressed in white muslin, trimmed with lace and blue ribbons,
and wore gold crescent brooches, the gift of the bridegroom,
and carried shower bouquets of pink and white carnations,
also the gift of the bridegroom, and made a charming picture.
Mr. A. H. Lomas was "best man," and ably supported the
After the ceremony the wedding party went to the residence of Mrs. Prevost at Quamichan Lake, where the wedding breakfast was partaken of. The happy couple left Duncans on the evening train for Victoria, en route for a tour of
the Sound cities, amid a shower of rice, old shoes and good
wishes. The numerous and costly wedding presents testify to
the esteem in which this most popular young couple are held
by tbe community.
Amongst the guests were Mr. and Mrs. Harry Fry. Miss
Gibbs, Messrs. Dan nnd R. Mainguy and family, Mrs. Lomas.
Miss Lomas, Miss M. Lomas. Mr. J. Lomas, Messrs. D. Alcx-
arder, D. Alexander Jr., and Miss Mabel Alexander, Messrs.
F. and W. Prevost and H. Keast. Mrs. Dickie, Mrs. Caustin,
Mrs. McKiel, Miss Katie Woods, and Mr. Herbert Dickie.
Several stores at Crofton, B. C.    Apply to
Non-Personal Liability.
A big potlatcb. is being held at Cowichan this week.
Indians from all round the Coast have been congregating at
Duncans and other places during the past few weeks. Pill
Quillatzheloc is the hero of the festivities. No-ell, or "Gentleman Bill," is a'.so associated with them. A rattling good
time is assured to all concerned.
There will be a special stage from the Yreka mine on
Coronation Day.
' A big fire was raging up in the lulls near the Chemainus
logging camps on Sunday.
Messrs. G. B. Ordano, of Cowichan, and Charles Bazett.
of Duncans, have been down at Victoria on business.
Mr. George Lewis has been away in Vancouver in searcli
of a new steel wire line for use in his logging camp.
There will be a bonfire at Duncans on Coronation Day,
as well as on the peak of  Mount Prevost.
Mrs. J. Rogers, wife of the proprietor of the Alderlea
Hotel, has gone away to Seattle for a few weeks' visit.
The Yreka Athletic Club have challenged the Duncan's
Club for a game of baseball for a purse of anything from $50
to £250.
Mr. H. Keast has been elected captain of the baseball
team Avhich is to decide the honours on behalf of Duncans on
Coronation Day.
The Cowichan Creamery Association are doing such a
big business that they find it pretty hard to supply butter even
to local residents.
The south-bound E. & N. Railway express was held up at
Duncans on Saturday evening by the depth of rice with which
the track was covered after the wedding.
Mr. George Maupin rode in to Duncan on Sunday on his
bicycle with one pedal, and could not imagine what had
beeoine of   the other one.
The framework of the new Roman Catholic chapel if,
already erected, and the building will be completed in a few'
weeks. This inauguration will make Duncans the centre of
the Catholic faith.
We offer our felicitations to Dr. and Mrs. Whiteman on
the birth of a daughter. Mr. Clermont Livingston, best
known of all our residents, is the grandfather, and he is very
much pleased.
Miss Maitland-Dougall, sister of Mr. J. Maitland-Dougall,
and Mrs. Elkington, accompanied also by Miss Hall, Mr. J. E.
Hall's sister, have arrived from England. This is Miss Mait-
laiid-DougaH's first visit to this country, and we bid her welcome and hope she will remain in it.
Amongst other visitors at the Tzouhalem Hotel are Mr.
and Mrs. J. L. Tait, of Victoria; Mr. T. G. Rowley, of
Nanaimo; Mr. Eric W. Molander, of Mount Sicker; Messrs.
John Stewart, R. Lawrie, J. R. Saunders, B. J. Perry; E. A.
do la Saux, journalist, of Chicago; Walter Burton, E. H.
Blakmore and D. C. McNaughton, Vancouver; S. S. Hart,
of Windsor;   and A. C. Little, of Tacoma.
The entertainment given by the Cowichan Amateur Dramatic Society on Thursday last week to subscribe funds to
the Alderlea Fire Company for the purchase of a new engine,
was as successful as its object was admirable. In the Dramatic Society we have a company of players that would undoubtedly make a name for themselves even on the professional stage. The hundred and six dollars which the kindly
eflorte of these clever ladies and gentlemen added to the assets
of the Alderlea Fire Company will not only be a substantial
practical assistance, but will also afford a very pleasurable
■In a letter to the "Times" Captain Olive Phillipps-Wolley
writes that 'he considers that tho new Game Act amendment
has added, 10 per cent, to the value of all farm holdings in
tho country.'
The first Grand Trunk car arriving in Victoria bv the Sidney lorry service brought a full consignment of glass from
Montreal for J. H. Todd, and is taking back to-day a consignment of goods for the Kootenay district.
Mr. S. T. Lewis, secretary'of the Yreka Copper Compnnv
LoiMm„+' ^-vs that lie was never nearer starving than when
nSii ?.«£* Ha£dy -B-ay for % steamer "Willapa." which
Sn i ♦,. ™it 17PlTls,?ns ran 8,h(>rt' and three famished men
V^ncouv^sSmer S ™ ' Wwboat to Alert Bay' to catch a
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