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tbe Crofton Gazette
and COWICHAN NEWS
Devoted to the Mining and Agricultural Interests of Vancouver Island, Texada
Island, and Coast Mainland Districts.
VOL. 1.
CROFTON, B. C, THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 1902.
NO. 3
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DUNCANS.
DUNCANS, the oldest settlement, the most populous agricultural centre, and the recognized capital of the Cowichan district, lies as it were in the
broad palm of the wide spreading Cowichan valley. A
few miles north'of Duncans this valley is overshadowed
by the dark green masses of Mt. Prevost and Mt. Sicker,
easterly it is enclosed from the sea by the straggling
wooded outlines of Mt. Richards and the Tzohalem and
other hills bordering the beautiful lakes of Quamichan
most in the station yard, the new Quamichan Hotel
just now in process of resurrection from the ashes of its
old self.
A hundred yards away across the railway line is the
now famous Cowichan Creamery, which may be called
the centre of agricultural industry of the district. Immediately facing it on the opposite side of the line are
the offices of the Cowichan Lumber Co. Proceeding
through the streets on either hand are various general
and other stores, a caach builder's and a blacksmith's,
the post office, the drug store where the long distance
Lumbering at Cowichan Lake.
and Somenos. Across the Cowichan river to the south
of the town extend the hills that form the watershed of
the Koksilah river. To the south-east, however, the
valley stretches broadly to Cowichan Bay. Nearly
every acre amongst it tens of thousands is capable of
cultivation.
The town of Duncans is laid out in four or five intersecting streets. The E. & N. Railway strikes through
along its eastern edge and crosses the Cowichan river
by an iron bridge. Close by the railway station are
clustered the three good hotels of the town—the Tzou-
halem Hotel with comfortable wide verandahs and gay
in its youthful pride of brick-red paint, the older established Alderlea Hotel on the neighbouring hill, and al-
telephone can be used, as well as several offices where
a great deal more business both mining and agricultural
is daily transacted than would appear from the calm and
peaceful surroundings. A commodious school house
stands on a commanding hill at the back. Beneath this
is situated the Court House, and on the opposite side of
the street the Doctor's house and surgery. Two
churches vary the scene and tell their tale of social enlightenment, and an agricultural hall stands by itself in
a pretty park.
Officially also Duncans is an important place. Here is
the "citv hall" of the North Cowichan Municipality, and
here too* the Provincial Government Agent has his head
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liamentary electoral districts. At no great distance
from Duncans lies some of the finest timber on
Vancouver Island, and the Cowichan Lumber Co'y
has a large mill on salt water at Cowichan Bay.
Duncans is also the starting place of the Mt. Sicker
stage, and a good deal of the trade with that important
mining centre is done here.
The Indian reservation, containing nearly 7,000 acres
of land, lies just without the town on the winding banks
of the river there crossed by a bridge. Many of its inhabitants are well to do living in good houses and driving about in elaborate buggies. Nearly all the thresh
working of the district is done by Indians.
Duncans is a favourite headquarters of tourists, fishermen and hunters. Somenos and Quamichan lakes
are resorts of trout fishers, while Cowichan lake, reached
by a picturesque drive of 22 miles, has a charming hotel
run by the proprietors of the Tzouhalem. The surrounding woods and hills abound in both large and small
game, including bear, panther, wolf, deer, grouse,
pheasant, and round the lakes and in the marshes ducks
and geese. Maple Bay, some five miles distant, affords
excellent sea fishing.
But after all the chief, the undying charm of Duncans
day is actually being retarded and postponed until better
communications are established. Throughout this
Province, and especially on the West Coast of the Island where the forests are heavy and impenetrable, suitable means of communication are the only inducements
to development. The prospector and the squatter do
the best they can, but railways and steam services must
precede the expensive and elaborate operations of mine
and agricultural development. Proof in abundance has
already been obtained of the mineral riches of these
coast districts. Iron, copper and gold has been found
plentifully around Alberni and San Juan, blacks and
gold-workings have been carried on at Wreck Bay, and
large beds of coal are being tapped further north at
Quatsino Arm. A great deal of exploratory work, accomplished under enormons difficulties, has proved the
permanence of many of these propositions. With improved means of communication there can be no doubt
that work on a large scale will be offering, and a vast
increase of development will follow.
The steamer service to the West Coast is capable of
immediate and inexpensive improvement, but the day
cannot be far distant when a railway will be called for
from some point at the head of Alberni Canal to connect
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Duncans.
consists of its many homes—in the truest sense of the
word. These are scattered through the neighbourhood.
Here life is taken leisurely and kindly. The almighty
dollar is not all paramount. Living is inexpensive and
amusements costs practically nothing. If a man is a
man and a good fellow and of a sociable nature he need
never feel a minute hang heavily on his hands.
Cowichan River Bridge.
Our illustrations are taken from the very excellent little
pamphlet on Cowichan published by the enterprise of
residents in the district.
WEST COAST DEVELOPMENT.
THE development of the West Coast of Vancouver
Island is proceeding in spite of the manifest and
burdensome disadvantage of insufficient and uncertain means of communication. The single steamer
"Queen City" is practically the only present means
of communication between the West Coast districts of the island and civilization. It has been
maintained that the trade of the Coast does not
at present warrant a second steamer being put on
the line, and that as trade widens and development proceeds improved means of communication
will be found. This no doubt will be so. But on
the other hand it is equally a fact that development to-
with the E. & N., and perhaps the V. & S. railway
systems. Indeed a large part of the time of the Board
of Trade meeting held in Victoria on 22nd of February
last, was devoted to this very subject It was introduced
by Mr. Lugrin, who strongly advocated a railway across
the Island from Alberni to Cowichan, " nv richer country
can be found in America " he said, " Victoria has at her
doors a country richer than the district which has built
up Spokane and Rossland." Mr. A. W. Neill, M.P.P.
for Alberni told of his frequent efforts to have such a
railway built, and believed that the most feasible route
was by way of China Creek through the Nitinat Valley
and across the dividing hills to the Cowichan Valley.
Mr. E. J. Palmer of the Victoria Lumber Co., stated
that his company had actually offered two years ago to
build such a railway Mr. Paterson, Capt. Mackenzie's
predecessor as general manager of the Victoria and
Sidney Railway, saw no difficulty in the construction of
this railway and suggested its continuance to Cowichan
Bay with a ferry across to Sidney. Mr. Henry Croft at
the same meeting spoke of the mineral riches of the Island and the necessity of railway communication to the
nearest smelters. A railway from Alberni down the
Cowichan Valley connecting with the Crofton Smelter
under construction would be a very practical inducement
to mine development everywhere within its reach, and
the mineral value of the belt from Mt. Richards and Mt.
Sicker right through to Alberni, was no longer a matter
of mere conjecture.
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Mr. D. R. Ker speaking on the subject, gave it as his
opinion that the development of the Island mines needed
further encouragement.
With this consensus of opinion, and the best opinion
possible namely, that of business men, working to promote her interests, it is to be hoped that the West Coast
of this Island will not only speedily obtain more frequent
and regular steamer communication, but also her much
needed railway. Discussion cannot be succeeded by
action too quickly to meet the wants of the case.
MINING AT ALBERNI.
THE Nahmint Mining Co. is easily to the fore in this
district. The group of mineral claims owned by
it is better known perhaps as the Hayes group of
mines. Of these The Three Jays is the property most
developed hitherto. Work has been carried on chiefly
at two levels, viz.: 250 feet and 650 feet, and the total
development reaches nearly 5,000 linear feet. Besides
this the company has installed a compressor plant, and
have constructed an aerial tramway about 1,500 yards
in length. They have further provided considerable
wharf accommodation, and bunkers and surface works
sufficient to handle and ship 200 tons of ore daily. Mr.
Chester Lee's report on this property estimates 70,000
tons of ore in sight, which can be treated for $7 a ton
if shipped, or could be treated in a local smelter for
$5.20. The cost of development Mr. Lee puts at $8.00
per linear foot* Smelter returns from shipments made
for sample tests gave 13.27 copper, 1.06 oz. silver and
0.032 oz. gold per ton.
The Monitor Mining Co. also have done a considerable amount of work on their property. This is situated
2,200 feet from deep water, and the company has made
the connection by an aerial tramway terminating at a
wharf supplied with all facilities for shipping. Shipments to the Tacoma smelter yielded a profit, after deduction of freight and smelter charges, of $12 to $15
per ton. Development work is proceeding by tunnel
and shaft, it being the intention of the company to make
a full exploration of the ore zones on their property before resuming shipments.
The Thistle mine, near the head of China creek, is
now owned by a San Francisco syndicate. Preliminary
development work is in progress, and a waggon road is
being constructed.
The Golden Eagle Co. are building a waggon road
to their claims. They are continuing development for
the present, but as soon as they have struck the ore
body they may suspend operations for a time. There
has been a good deal of claim jumping in this district
of late, -and it is very necessary for claim owners to
make their rights perfectly secure on their holdings before starting upon costly operations.
Mr. Paul W. Law, the well-known mining authority,
of Seattle, during the recent visit to the Alberni district,
formed a high opinion of it as a mining field. His mission was principally to secure options on iron propositions, but he was even more impressed by the copper
claims that he visited. He stated that the iron ores on
the Serita, Copper Island, and Sechart claims, were as
fine as any found in the United States, and that the iron
ore he saw at Alberni contained a larger percentage of
iron even than Lake Superior ore.
MINING ON TEXADA ISLAND.
THE Marble Bay recently acquired by a Tacoma
Company are steadily developing their new properties, and appearances indicate that it is the intention of the Company to open up several levels of this
mine and otherwise do considerable development work
in the form of drifting and cross-cutting before commencing active operations looking to the regular shipments of ores to the smelter which they propose to build
in Washington or Texada. Should this policy be pursued to a much larger extent than has heretofore been
the custom on the Island both at this and neighbouring
mines, a step in the right direction will be taken and the
properties will be given a fair show to be regular and
steady producers. The custom, unfortunately prevalent
in the past, of not having development work ahead, has
been a great detriment to the success of mining operations. With the inflow of increased capital to place
these properties on a proper basis as far as development
and equipment is concerned, we hope to see these valuable mines worked and become large and rich producers
in the future.
With the smelting facilities already at hand on the
Island we fail to see why these ores should be shipped
abroad, especially when we consider the increased tonnage which is certain to be produced under the new
management.
The lime-kilns are running steadily and it is understood to be the intention of the Company to rebuild the
old kilns and extend their lime operations in the near
future.
THE VAN AN DA COMPANY.
We understand that the bondholders of the Van Anda
have again taken possession of that property for their
own protection, and that nothing definite had been
settled as to the future of the mine. It is unlikely however that a property which since it was opened has produced—and that under the most adverse financial
circumstances—something in the neighbourhood of half
a million dollars, should long remain idle. There is a
large demand for developed copper properties, and we
have no doubt that we shall see both mines and smelter
in active operations in a short time.
THE WESTSIDE
VICTORIA'S   LARGEST   DRY   GOODS   STORE.
ABOUT MAIL ORDERS.
The Westside's Mail Order Department gives quick and efficient
service. Experienced assistants are placed at your disposal, and every
order is attended to the same day as received. The best aid in ordering
goods is a copy of our 100 page Illustrated Catalogue—sent post free.
MAIL ORDER ADDRESS:
THE HUTCHESON CO., Ltd.
80 Government Street,
VICTORIA, B. C.
TZOUHALEM   HOTEL,
DUNCANS,
Price Bros.,
Proprietors.
FELL & COMPANY, Limited Liability,
GROCERS,
WINES   AND   LIQUORS.
Victoria, B. C. 4
THE CROFTON GAZETTE AND COWICHAN NEWS.
The Crofton Gazette
and COWICHAN   NEWS
PUBLISHED BY
The Crofton Publishing Co.
to the Cowichan district in particular, and the outer districts of our constituency in general.
In taking the public into our confidence it) this manner we are creating a precedent for ourselves which we
mean to follow on all occasions.
Manager,
Editor,   -
H. Mortimer Lamu
Henry II. Newill
RATES FOR ADVERTISEMENTS:
$1.00 per inch per insertion.
Larger spaces at a reduction by arrangement.
SUBSCRIPTION, $2.00 PER ANNUM.
All communications for the present to P. 0. Box 645, Victoria,
P.  0. Duncans and Crofton.
THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 1902.
WE are making a change in our title this week, and
having now issued two numbers and heard various gossiping criticisms on our publication, we may
take this opportunity to explain our position more fully.
In more than one quarter we have been accused of issuing a boom sheet for Crofton and its smelter, and using
the rest of our constituency to support us. In other
places we have been told that we ought to have called
our paper by some other title—Duncans something, or
Cowichan something, or Island something—anything
but Crofton. In yet another quarter the mere fact of
our appearance has been held to cover some nefarious
secret designs of imaginary capitalists to further their
own fabulous schemes of financial aggrandizement. It
must be added, however, that in the greater number of
cases we have been congratulated on our efforts to
create a really useful and interesting publication which
shall fill a void in this Cowichan district in particular.
In adding the words " Cowichan News " to our title
we are not deferring to any criticism but are merely
satisfying ourselves that our title shall as fully as possible express the aim and purport of our publication.
It is inevitable that population shall be attracted to
the industrial centre of any country, and where population is there must necessarily be the news distributing
centre of the community. Crofton with its smelter to
begin with, and doubtless other industries to follow
must sooner or later become an important industrial
centre. It will be a growing market for the Cowichan
district. With the development of the new town must
proceed correspondingly that of the old district.
However, we are not booming Crofton at any place's
expense. We do not propose to go in for any booming
at all. Our purpose is to make the Gazette useful and
readable, and to publish facts as we find them. In
Crofton we have a new field. In the Cowichan district
we have an old one which has long merited a great deal
more attention from the local Press than it has
received. This attention from a mining and agricultural point of view we shall make it our study to devote
We wish to draw as much attention as possible to the
concert which is to be given at Duncans ere long
in furtherance of a scheme to purchase a chemical engine
for the Alderlea Fire Company. That the whole of
Duncans was not set ablaze by the late burning of the
Quamichan Hotel is as much due to the extraordinary
exertions of this excellent Fire Co. as to the fact that
there was fortunately very little wind on the occasion.
The warning should not go by unheeded.
The matter of the establishment of a Post Office at
Crofton is well under consideration by the authorities,
and something definite should be known about it a week
hence. We understand that the Post Office Inspector
at Victoria has fully represented the urgency of the case
to the Dominion authorities, and that he is only awaiting instructions from Ottawa to take action. We cannot insist too strongly upon the necessity for a regular
daily mall service to meet the increasingly pressing
needs of Crofton's growing community.
As we go to press news reaches us that Col. Prior has
been elected to the vacant parliamentary seat for Victoria. We have not had occasion to take either side in
the contest, but we sincerely hope that the Government
scheme upon which Col. Prior has been elected will be
worked out, and that Canadian Northern trains will as
soon as possible be running through our district. The
due accomplishment of this purpose must be of immense
advantage not only to our Cowichan district, but to the
whole Island. Transcontinental passengers will assuredly not pass through our fair country twice without at
least feeling the inclination to remain in it.
VICTORIA & SIDNEY RAILWAY
Trains will run between Victoria and Sidney as follows:
DAILY:
Leave Victoria at 7.45 a. 111.    4.00 p.m.
"     Sidneyat 9.00   "        5.45    "
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY:
Leave Victoria at 7.45 a. m.    2.00 p. m.
"    Sidneyat 9.00   "        5.45    "
STEAMER   "MYSTERY"
Connects  at  Sidney  with  morning train DAILY for
CROFTON.    Returning connects with
evening train for Victoria.
S. F. MACKENZIE, General Manager.        J. ANDERSON, Traffic Manager.
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LOCAL NOTES.
Mr. H. Keast has rented Dr. Lucas' old house on the
Government Road from Mr. Harry Fry, and is fitting it
up as a residence for himself.
A clearance sale of dry goods, boots and shoes,
house furnishings, etc., is now on.
Mr. R. H. Whidden has bought a lot on the Government Road immediately opposite the site which he is
temporarily occupying on Mr. C. Bazett's property next
door to Mr. Bazett's store. He is engaged in moving
his present workshop bodily across the road to his new
lot, and he will there build a new front on to it and make
other additions. Mr. R. H. Whidden has been in the
wheelwright and carpentering trade in the district for
the past eleven years.
Mr. Robert Grassie is building an addition to his
house. His son, Mr. Chas. Grassie, is building a new
house adjoining.
The Police Court case referred to above and reported
in our columns has been followed with interest, especially by storekeepers who naturally object to unlicensed
competitors coming into their field. The defendant apparently had already been threatened by these proceedings.
Amongst minor activities the Roman Catholics are
letting a contract to clear up their lot. Councillor C.
Dobson and Mr. O. Graham have just had town lots
cleared up and graded, and Messrs. Kitchin Bros, are
having a lot cleared up for building.
Mr. Beamont Boggs, of Maple Bay, cook to the Tyee
Copper Co. at Mt. Sicker, has unfortunately received a
nasty injury to his head by tripping and falling against
his stove. Dr. Perry, of Duncans, was in attendance
on Monday.
CROFTON UP TO DATE.
Tuesday was an eventful day for Crofton, the town
being visited officially by the Cowichan Municipal
Council for assessment purposes, and the Licensing
Commissioners for inspection of Messrs. Conlin and
Pearce's respective hotel premises upon which licenses
have been applied for.
Mrs. Greaves, of Somenos, is putting up a house in
Edmund Street, close to the old building at present occupied by Capt. L. Thompson and his survey party.
This party by the way are nearing the completion of
their labours.
Mr. C. W. Dunn, of Westholme, has lumber on his
lot at the corner of Chaplin and King streets ready for
the erection of a house which will probably be for rent.
The five stores being erected by Messrs. Moore &
Whittington are going up rapidly. These are for rent,
and several enquiries by would-be tenants have already
been made about them. •
Mr. Geo. Williams has been on a short visit to Victoria. Mr. Williams is mechanical engineer to the
Smelter Company, and has previously done much good
work both in Butte, Mont., and Liverpool, England.
We regret to say that Mr. A. B. Whittingham, of
Joan Avenue, has met with a nasty accident through
treading on a nail which pierced his gum boot and
penetrated deeply into his foot, crippling him for the
time being.
Keast's Livery Stable,
DUNCAN, B. C.
Operating Crofton and Mt. Sicker Stages.
WESTHOLME to CROFTON,
Daily connecting with all  E.  & N.  Railway Trains.
DUNCAN to MT. SICKER,
Tuesdays and Fridays.
H. KEAST, Proprietor.
HAMILTON POWDER CO.
(Incorporated i86t.)
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 and Greenwood.     Works:  Nanaimo.
MOORE 5 WHITTINGTON,
CONTRACTORS AND BUILDERS,
VICTORIA and
CROFTON, B. C.
If you are contemplating
building we shall be
pleased to give you an
estimate.
Head Office :
159 Yates Street,
Electric Power.
Phone A750.
VICTORIA MACHINERY DEPOT CO.
Engineers,
Boiler Makers and Founders,
VICTORIA, B. C.
We have great pleasure in welcoming the newly
formed Cowichan Dramatic Society upon its debut in
the district. The excellence of our local musical and
dramatic talent is well known, and we wish the new
society much success.
TRY OUR ARABIAN COFFEE.
MOWAT & WALLACE,
GROCERS.
Cor. Yates and Douglas Streets, Victoria, B. C.
W.   E.   LAMMING,
general store,
Dry Goods, Groceries, Boots and Shoes,
MOUNT SICKER, B. C.
FURNITURE, CARPETS,
WALL  PAPER,  CROCKERY,
AND
Complete  Housefurnishings,
For Hotel, Store or Home.
Write for Catalogue.
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THE   POLICE   COURT.
James Maitland-Dougall, Esq., sitting as stipendary
magistrate, held a court at Duncans on Tuesday, nth
inst., to hear the case of Donald A. R. McKenzie, who
was summoned under the North Cowichan municipal
by-law 14, section 6, for soliciting and selling goods
without a proper license. The defendant pleaded guilty,
but in his own defence submitted that his transgression
of the law had been unwitting, that he was travelling
for Messrs. Nicholles & Renouf, hardware merchants of
Victoria, and that he now asked to be allowed to pay
for and take out a license in due form.
Mr. Chas. Grassie, license collector, who appeared
to prosecute, stated that he was duly authorised to collect licenses from pedlars and hawkers. However, in
view of defendant's present willingness to pay for a license he would not press for the infliction of a fine upon
him. Accordingly the magistrate gave judgment, and
ordered defendant to pay $10 for a six months' license,
and in addition the costs of the case. Councillor C.
Dobson watched the proceedings on behalf of the
municipality.
ST. PETER'S CHURCH, QUAMICHAN.
A special service will be held at St. Peter's church,
Quamichan, on Easter Sunday. In aid of the funds of
this church an entertainment will be given on Easter
Monday at the Agricutural Hall, Duncans. The entertainment will include: Part 1, songs; part 2, waxworks; part 3, operetta "The Twin Sisters." Admis-
sian 50 cents.
THE MASONIC HALL.
A lecture illustrated by lantern views will be given by
the Lord Bishop of Columbia in the above hall on Friday, March 14th, at 7.30 p. m. Subject: "English
Cathedrals." Admission 25 cents, children 15 cents.
Proceeds devoted to the diocesan mission fund.
THE COWICHAN MUNICIPAL COUNCIL.
A session of the Cowichan municipal council is being
held as we go to press, Wednesday, 12th inst. Matters coming before it include the assessments on Crofton
property. Reeve Evans, Councillors A. A. B. Herd
and Henry Bonsall, and Collector J. Norcross, paid an
official visit to the townsite on Tuesday, the nth inst.
The licensing commissioners also inspected the new
hotel premises of Messrs. M.J. Conlin and J. T. Pearce,
both of whom are applying for licenses at the meeting
of the board which is now taking place.
KEAST'S STAGE.
Mr. H. Keast, whose livery stables at Duncan's are
so widely known, is now running a regular daily stage
from Crofton to and from Westholme in connection with
every passenger train by the E. & N. Railway. Through
tickets from Victoria by rail and stage can now be
obtained.
THE  COWICHAN   LUMBER  CO.
Mr. W. Gidley, manager of the Cowichan Lumber
Co., and Mr. Geo. Lewis, the well-known contractor,
have tagether paid a visit to Cowichan lake. This is
believed to be in connection with further logging developments.
Mr. Chas. Grassie has been appointed a license collector for the municipality. He received his papers two
days ago, and the license he issued on Tuesday in the
Police Court was the first collected by him.
THE COWICHAN DRAMATIC SOCIETY.
At a pleasant meeting on Monday night, 10th inst.,
held, by kind permission of Mrs. Price, in the drawing
room of the Tzouhaleen uotel, it was resolved to form
a Cowichan Dramatic Society. The following officers
were elected : President, Mr. H. Williams ; vice-pres..
Miss A. Jaynes ; secretary, Mr. L. A. Knox ; treasurer,
Miss L. Jaynes. A general committee was appointed
to include, besides the above mentioned, Mrs. Henderson, Mrs. J. Maitland-Dougall, Mrs. F. Maitland-
Dougall, Miss Hadwen, Miss Duncan, Miss B. Jaynes,
and Messrs. Service and J. Pooley.
A special committee formed to choose a play for representation and arrange actors and parts was named
as follows:—Mrs.  H. de M. Mellin, Mrs.  J. Maitland-
An error in our last number in reference to Duncan's
Emporium omitted to mention that Mr. A. Peterson is
associated with Mr. Thos. Pitt, late of the Alderlea hotel, in the new proprietorship of this general store. Mr.
Peterson has been in charge of the Emporium ever since
it was opened three years ago.
Mr. Thos. Kiddie, who has charge of the entire
operations in connection with the proposed Tyee Smelter
is making his Duncan's headquarters at the Tzouhalem
Hotel.
MEN'S  CLOTHING STORE.
HATS AND  UNDERWEAR
—AT—
ARTHUR  HOLMES'
78 Yates St., Corner Broad,
VICTORIA, B. C.
M. W. WAITT & CO.,
The Largest, Oldest Established and Most Complete MUSIC STORE
in British Columbia. STEINWAY, NORDIIEIMER, HEINTZ-
MAN & CO. DOMINION PIANOS. ESTEY, DOMINION,
THOMAS ORGANS. We carry an immanse stock of Sheet Music
and books of all kinds.    Write for Catalogues.
44 GOVERNMENT STREET,       -       -       VICTORIA, B. C.
MONEY    TO    LEND
UPON   REAL   ESTATE.
Apply to
TUPPER, PETERS & GRIFFIN,
Law Chambers—Victoria. Solicitors.
4
> THE CROFTON GAZETTE AND COWICHAN NEWS.
• 1
THE WHARF AT CROFTON.
Mr. J. A. Carthew has made a commencement of
work on the new wharf. A number of piles supplied by
Geo. Lewis of Duncans, are lying ready to hand. The
early construction of this wharf will be of inestimable
value to the prospects of the town. At present wharfage arrangements are very bad. The roofed in scow
which is moored to the end of the existing little jetty
and which does duty for a goods shed, is not commodious enough for the amount of freight that will now
more and more be offering for it. Some days ago the
steamer had to refuse nearly two tons of freight simply
because there was no room on the scow to receive it,
and other facilities for unloading are practically non-
existant. Contractors and others who receive shipments
would greatly assist by removing their goods from the
scow as soon as possible after being unloaded.
THE SMELTER.
Though work on this great undertaking has not yet
made much of a show, yet preparations for its construction are in an advanced state of development, and as
soon as the preliminary excavations are completed the
work will proceed very rapidly indeed. The Victoria
Transfer Co., who are doing the excavation, have been
labouring under considerable difficulties on account of
the almost continuous rains. It might almost have paid
them to put a shed over the entire area. They have a
number of teams and scrapers at work under Mr.
Mason, and are progressing as well as can be expected.
Messrs. Sherbourne and Smith, the contractors for
the entire building operations, have erected roomy offices on the smelter site. Some of their lumber is on the
ground, and they are giving  out several sub-contracts    JOAN  AVENUE,
both for work and supply of material.   In their energetic ,	
hands construction is safe to proceed without hitch or
delay.
QUEEN'S MARKET
Cor. Govt, and Johnson Sts., Victoria, B. C.    Tel. 32.    P. 0. 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.
A. B. WHITTINGHAM,
PRIVATE  BOARDING   HOUSE,
Home Comforts.    Moderate Rates. «•
Joan Avenue,      -      -      -      CROFTON, B. C.
89 Johnson Street—Tel. 621. 31 Government Street—Tel. 398.
BROWN & COOPER, Victoria, B. C.
Dealers in FRESH FISH, OYSTERS, POULTRY, GAME,
FRUIT, &c, &c.     Smoked Fish a specialty—our own curing.
I3PCountry orders or produce sent us will receive prompt attention.
A.  HOWE,
BUTCHER,
Established  for  six  years  at Chemainus.
Best Meat at most liberal
prices.
-      -      Crofton, B. C.
The two hotels are nearing completion every day.
The consistently wet weather, however, has delayed
work by preventing the plaster from drying. Both had
hoped to open by the middle of the month. A considerable quantity of furniture went up from Victoria the
other day. Both hotel proprietors are now providing
meals in temporary quarters, and their tables are usually
full.
SEND YOUR ORDERS
-FOR-
BENNETT'S
CROWN
BRAND
GUTTA PERCHA FUSE
AWARDED THE GREATER BRITAIN EX.
GOLD MEDAL, 1899.
THIS POPULAR FAVORITE STILL LEADS.
HOLMAN BROS.
Hay, Grainand Mill Feed pATENT RQCK  DR,LL
-T0-
The Brackman- K er M illing Co.,
(LIMITED)
AWARDED THE GOLD MEDAL, PARIS, 1900.
IN STOCK AT VICTORIA.
MANUFACTURERS  OF
B. & K. ROLLED OATS.
Manufacturers of Air Compressors and all
kinds of Mining Machinery.
ESTIMATES ON APPLICATION.
VICTORIA-
AND
-VANCOUVER.
Rowland Machin, Gen>1 Agent»
YATES STREET, VICTORIA.B. C. 8
THE CROFTON GAZETTE AND COWICHAN NEWS.
,?   LTD.
VICTORIA,   B.   C-
Boots and Shoes, Rubber Boots, &c.
Letter Orders promptly and carefully filled.
MINERS' FOOTWEAR A SPECIALTY.
Write for Catalogue.
ROFTON
The New Smelting Centre of
the Pacific Coast.
FOR LOTS
APPLY TO
Real Estate Brokers
AND
The Lenora Mt. Sicker Copper
Minincj Co., Ltd.
(Non-Personal Liability),
VICTORIA, B. C.
J.  H.  WHITTOME,
Agent for DUNCANS, V. I.
London and Lancashire Fire Insurance Co.
Royal Insurance Co.
SPECIAL NOTICE.
By special arrangement with the B. C. Mining Record we are
able lo 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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