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IU 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 20, 1902.
NO. 4
JOAN AVENUE,  CROFTON.
WE publish this week a photo of Joan avenue taken
for Mr. Croft on the 26th of last month. Already this picture is out of date, as several nrew
buildings have been laid down and completed since the
camera was set up on the prospect. The view is taken
looking up Joan avenue from the bay and the wharf
site. On the right hand in the foreground is Mr. J. T.
Pearce's hotel, now named the Hotel Osborne. Mr.
Pearce, as will be remembered, is a well-known hotel
man of Victoria, having been proprietor of the Telegraph hotel on Store street for many years, and many
a city friend will wish him success in his new venture.
Immediately opposite, at the left corner of the street, is
A point in the foreground a little to the left of the
picture lies the site of the railway station, and to the
left again across a small stream, which is not shown in
this photo, are the luxurious offices of the smelter company. In comparatively a few weeks time a lofty smoke
stack will be raising its grimy head 125 feet into the air
near by, and spluttering furnaces will be belching copper-gold matte, whilst a small army of workmen
will be earning good wages on the smelting works.
Looking up the street on the left is Mr. A. Howe's
butcher store, a replica of his well-known establishment
next to the popular Horseshoe hotel at Chemainus. Mr.
Geo. A. Allen is in charge of the Crofton branch. Still
farther up, on the left, is the general store opened by
Mr. J. Broadwell of Salt Spring Island.
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The New Town of Crofton, V.I.—The First Buildings on Main Street.
Mr. M. J. Conlin's house, the Hotel Crofton. Mr. Conlin was also in the hotel business in Victoria some years
ago, but has since spent his time chiefly in the north,
where he has gained no little reputation for energy and
goodfellowship in every venture which he has undertaken.
Both these hotels are now nearing completion, and
with wide verandahs and ornamental roofs present much
finer architectural features than are here suggested.
Both houses are being built with a view to every possible comfort and convenience for guests, and the outlook
for scenery across the bay and the islands to radiant
Mt. Baker on the one hand, and the snowy peaks of
Bute Inlet on the other, is a wonderfully fine view from
whichever balcony you survey it. These two hotels
will assuredly be favourite tourist resorts in the summer time, and rooms are already being bespoken by
early residents.
On the right hand looking up beyond the Hotel Osborne, fine roomy stores are in course of erection by
Messrs. Moore & Whittington, of Victoria. These are
absent from the photo though a good deal of the lumber for their erection was on the ground when the picture was taken. Beyond again, still on the right, is the
townsite estate office, where Captain Mcintosh presides
over the destinies of the new town, and no more elegant
or glowing description of Crofton's bright prospects
can be had than from the large-limbed and equally
large-hearted captain's lips.
Up the hill again beyond King street, is Mr. A. B.
Whittingham's private boarding house where Mrs.
Whittingham presides with kindliness and charm, and
assures boarders of a really good meal and hearty home
comforts. During the course of the week Mrs. Whittingham expects a lady resident to assist her.
Beyond  again is  Mr. Lindsay's   barn   and   stables THE CROFTON GAZETTE AND COWICHAN NEWS.
where he  puts up the several fine teams which he is
working daily in spite of the bad state of the streets.
Next door is Mr. Keast's stable. This also is a new
building. Here starts the Westholme stage, which Mr.
H. Keast of Duncan's and Mt. Sicker fame is running
daily to meet every E. & N. railway train. Mr. Malcolm
Elliot, who all last summer gained good opinions and
popularity when driving Keast's Mt. Sicker stage, is in
charge of the new line, and his passengers always have
a cheery drive with him in spite of a jolt or two over the
less even portions of the road. Mr. M. Elliot is brother
to the Mr. Elliot of Westholme, who went through the
South African campaign with Strathcona's Horse.
Further up the hill again, near the corner where
stately York avenue crosses and terminates this equally
fine thoroughfare, is the store opened by Messrs. Dyke
& Kirkwood, who claim to be the pioneer merchants of
Crofton, and who display a large stock of general goods
and are agents for the local and Seattle newspapers. In
addition they are receiving and distributing the mails
pending the establishment of the post office, which will
probably be located on their premises. In their store
is already located the Crofton end of the new long distance telephone, which Mr. W. Johnson, late of the
northern telegraph party, is speedily connecting with
Westholme and thereby also Nanaimo and Victoria.
Mr. Kirkwood was for some years with Messrs. Erskine
& Wall, of Government street, Victoria, and Mr. Dyke
was until lately in the employ of His Honour the Lieut.-
Governor.
In the far distance, situated close to the main trunk
road, and just on the edge of the bush, may be seen the
old house occupied by the survey party who have for
many weeks been mapping out the townsite lots under
the direction of Capt. Livingston Thompson, the well-
known and genial P.L.S., assisted by Mr.W. G. Pinder
and a crew till lately composed amongst others ot
Messrs. Sly, Binns, Henry, A. Vernon and Harvey.
Other houses that have been built since our illustra-
tration was made are a block of two residences situated
on Edmund street, close to the survey party's house,
built for Mrs. Greaves of Westholme, and another residence built by Mr. W. C. Dunn of the suburbs. This
latter is situated on King street. Both are believed to
be for rent.
Joan avenue promises to be the business centre of the
growing city. It is a noble street, ioo feet wide. It
has been graded, and was once gravelled, but the prevailing mud was voracious and the gravel went out of
sight like McGinty long ago A portion of the road has
now been corduroyed, and is thus passable. Bad as the
mud is, however, it dries up and hardens quickly when
given a chance, and as soon as the rains stop this fine
thoroughfare can soon be put in good condition.
We hope to publish other photos, of Crofton taken as
progress is made in the town, and our present illustration will be interesting as a comparison with later
views of the developing city.
MINING AT QUATSINO  SOUND.
The Yreka Copper Company have bonded or staked
out some 40 claims at Mt. Comstock, on the west side
of the southeast arm of Quatsino Sound, both copper
and gold propositions. The enterprising individuals
concerned in this company have secured an enormous
deposit of copper-gold ore. This is so favourably situated that it can be simply quarried out of the hillside.
The bulk of it is low grade, but a large quantity of valuable high-grade ore accompanies it, and the prospect
is very promising. The company expect to make a first
shipment of some 200 tons or more to the Tacoma
smelter at the end of May. Their complaint is that the
Crofton smelter will not be ready soon enough for them.
They are meanwhile sending up men to work on a road
and wharf so as to provide shipping facilities on a large
scale. Next month they propose to construct an aerial
tramway from the mines to salt water. Mr. Clarke
considers that they have enough ore in sight to keep a
100-ton smelter ten years. The face they are working
on is one hundred feet wide. It is a second edition of
the Boundary creek country says Mr. Clarke, but here
the ore will average a higher value.
No doubt there will be a good deal of further prospecting in the locality this spring. The Queen City at
present carries passengers up the sound to the mines,
and there is a trail through from them to the East Coast
at Hardy bay. The government have been petitioned
to build a road across here, and have already done some
work in the way of bridging, etc. The trail from Quatsino to Port Rupert is half hidden in dense sallal bush,
and so windiug and intricate is the rout^that one creek
alone is crossed no fewer than fourteeriTrmes.
Mr. H. O. Bergh, who with Messrs. Clarke, Givin &
Lea, is interested in these properties, has been staying
at Duncans.    He is postmaster at Quatsino sound.
Mr. Givin has gone up the West Coast again to report on other properties for the Yreka company.
WINTER  HARBOUR.
Mr. S. Price, of Winter Harbour, on Quatsino sound,
has been prospecting for coal. That part of the country was considered by the late eminent geologist, Dr.
Dawson, as favourable to contain an important coal
belt, and Mr. Price claims that he has found indications
of a large seam at the proper depth. Mr. Price, however, has been travelling farther afield, and report says
that he is getting up a party to continue his late gold
explorations in Siberia.
MINING NEWS.
THE  YREKA  COPPER  COMPANY.
MESSRS. CLARKE & LEA, of this company,
visited their properties on Mt. Richards on Monday. Work is proceeding satisfactorily with a
steam drill and hoist, and they are making about two
feet a day. The shaft is now down 50 feet or more,
and the management expect to reach the 100-foot level
by the 10th of next month. They wili then start in to
crosscut. They are working down at present between
two large ore bodies.
COMING AGRICULTURAL ADDRESSES.
The deputy minister of agriculture has made arrangements with the Hon. C. L. Smith to resumes his lectures
on farming at the various Farmers' Institutes throughout the country in the spring. D. C. Anderson, Esq.,
of the department of agriculture, at Ottawa, is to
speak at a series of lectures now being arranged, the
island districts to be taken first, and addresses delivered at Metchosin, Cowichan, Nanaimo, Alberni, and
other points. At these meetings Mr. Smith will also
continue his happy and amusing talks with his many
farmer friends.
His conclusions, drawn from his last tour, are that
Vancouver Island can never grow beef in competition
with Manitoba farming, and he thinks that farmers here
should get better breeds of cosws ancgoin for dairying
thoroughly. With the Cowichan creamery as a nucleus
of effort in this direction, the Cowichan district should
not be left behind in this industry. THE CROFTON GAZETTE AND COWICHAN NEWS.
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS  BY THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.
Two very interesting and useful pamphlets have recently issued from the Provincial department of agriculture.
A thirty-page descriptive handbook entitled " British
Columbia and its Agricultural Capabilities," consists of
a brief, lucidly-written, review of agricultural operations
in the Province with detailed references to the various
products, and well-reasoned conclusions deduced therefrom as to the suitability of the country for agriculture.
This is followed by a series of articles descriptive of
British Columbia, its scenic and climatic characteristics,
and especially its agricultural and home life. The
pamphlet is illustrated throughout with beautifully executed and admirably selected photographs. The illustrations, at once artistic, accurate and instructive, deserve a special word of praise, and the pamphlet issued
for circulation from the agent-general's office in London, will be an invaluable handbook not only to intending settlers, but also to tourists and students.
'• Bulletin No. 10," also issued by the Agricultural
Department, is devoted to agricultural shows, and as
Mr. J. R. Anderson, deputy minister of agriculture,
.writes : " To bring to the notice of the farmers of British Columbia the desirability of pursuing more advanced methods in the management of the annual fairs, held
under the auspices of the various agricultural associations, with a view, if possible, of obtaining their consent to an arrangement of dates, so that the shows will
follow consecutively, thus affording the judges an opportunity to act at all or most of the fairs."
Mr. Anderson alludes to the value of having expert
judges at these shows, and to the difficulty of securing
them. He draws attention to the fact that the Dominion Department of Agriculture have now offered to supply competent judges in some cases at a minimum cost
on certain conditions, and u«-ges the acceptance of these
conditions which are simply that the shows shall be held
in such a manner that one or two sets of judges will be
able to cover the whole Province, and since the Dominion authorities cannot undertake to deal with every
individual society, all arrangements must be made
through and by the Provincial Department of Agriculture. Mr. Anderson rightly considers these conditions
very reasonable, and referring to the already great pressure of work in his departmen, appeals that the arrangements he suggests " be considered dispassionately, in a disinterested spirit, and bearing in mind the
good of all, to sink any local differences, so that the
generous offers of assistance made by the Dominion
agricultural authorities can be made available."
The deputy minister of agriculture further suggests
the elimination of outside " attractions " such as games,
etc., from fairs, and quotes cases and authorities showing that so called " wide open " fairs are less valuable,
both financially and educationally, than the purely legitimate ones.
•' Bulletin No. 10," contains numerous opinions from
many publications and individuals in Canada, New
South Wales and the State of Washington, bearing out
the deputy minister's views and suggestions. It is both
interesting and instructive, and should be read by every
up-to-date farmer.
We understand that the Post Office Inspector at
Victoria has offered to make up a Crofton mail bag for
the time being, pending the official establishment of post
office arrangements by the Dominion government.
THE WESTSIDE
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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:
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80 Government Street,
VICTORIA, B. C.
R.P. RITHET&Co.Ltd.
WHOLESALE MERCHANTS.
GROCERIES,     WINES,    LIQUORS,    CEMENT,
CUMBERLAND  COAL.
Victoria, B. C.
TZOUHALEM   HOTEL,
DUNCANS,
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GROCERS,
WINES  AND  LIQUORS.
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and books of all kinds.    Write for Catalogues.
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THE CROFTON GAZETTE AND COWICHAN NEWS.
The Crofton Gazette
and COWICHAN   NEWS
PUBLISHED BY
The Crofton Publishing Co.
Manager,
Editor,   -
H. Mortimer Lamb
Henry H. Newill
It is cheering to hear that the North Cowichan Municipality are taking steps to improve the trunk road running from Maple Bay through Crofton townsite towards
Westholme and Chemainus. In places this road has
latterly been simply a ditch filled with mud. The municipality propose to brush portions of it and otherwise
repair them, and in the worst places to cut new lines of
roadway.    This is most encouraging news.
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All communications for the present to P. O. Box 645, Victoria,
P.  0. Duncans and Crofton.
THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 1902.
IT is with much satisfaction that we learn that
fresh arrangements are in progress for the immediate completion of the work of construction on the
Crofton wharf. Bad as the weather conditions have
been during the past month or two, they have not been
a worse hindrance to the development of the town than
the absence of proper wharfage facilities. The important work of unloading and disembarking lumber and
other materials of the first necessity for the building up
of the town has been dependent upon the facilities
afforded by a single scow moored at the end of the little
jetty beneath Mr. Ward's house. The " Mystery" and
other steamers travelling on this route have been unable
to come alongside except at high water, and heavy
freight has at times been refused as it could not be unloaded under the circumstances. Just the other day too
the scow sprang a leak and filled with water and had
to be beached to be pumped out and repaired. An exceptionally heavy south-easter was answerable for this
catastrophe, but that fact hardly excused the accident
in the eyes of consignees whose freight was damaged on
this and other occasions. That this state of affairs
should exist after all these weeks since the original contract was let is entirely due to the failure of the contractor to carry out the work entrusted to him. The
piles were delivered a month ago.
The Smelter Company are now daily expecting large
consignments of heavy machinery, and Messrs. Sher-
bourne & Smith, the building contractors, have yet to
get their materials on the ground, and every other contractor and storekeeper in Crofton is anxiously awaiting
the erection of the new wharf. Operations have even
been postponed pending its erection. We congratulate
the estate accordingly on taking the matter into their
own hands without any further delay. We understand
that it is the intention to advance this necessary work to
the utmost, and to commence construction at once.
It is wonderful to consider how much progress has
been made practically without a wharf at all. The
rapid completion of the work will in itself be a very
important further stride in the town's progress.
The Alderlea Fire Company, as reported in our columns, held a very successful meeting last week. As
may be seen the members got well down to business,
and discussed the situation from a thoroughly practical
point of view which will no doubt be appreciated by
those who are interested in the fire protection of
Duncans.
The appointments made by the municipality of
Messrs. Whittingham, Pearce and Conlin to be fire
wardens of Crofton, and Mr. Lindsay to be sanitary
inspector will be heartily approved by the public and
we congratulate not only the gentlemen themselves, but
on the other hand, the town of Crofton on having
secured the services of such capable and energetic
officials.
At a large public meeting held last week Ladysmith
formed a Board of Trade. Mr. H. P. Marshall was
elected first president; Mr. J. W. Coburn, vice-president ; Mr. James Freel, secretary; Mr. A. S. Christie,
treasurer, and Messrs. Wm. Beveridge, Walter Jones,
T. L. Grahame, Andrew Davidson, I. Gould and John
Bickle were elected on the executive. We hope Crofton
will be in a position to follow so excellent an example
at no distant date.
VICTORIA & SIDNEY RAILWAY
Trains will run between Victoria and Sidney as follows:
DAILY:
Leave Victoria at 7.45 a. m.   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.
> THE CROFTON GAZETTE AND COWICHAN NEWS.
V)
THE ALDERLEA FIRE COMPANY.
A meeting of the Alderlea Fire Company was held at
the Tzouhalem hotel, Duncans, on Thursday evening,
13th inst.
There were present Mr. A. Peterson, chief; Mr. C.
Grassie, secretary; and Messrs. H. Keast, F. Price, S.
Robinson, Jerome and W. Evans.
The meeting having been opened by Mr. Peterson,
the secretary read the minutes of the previous meeting,
at which the following officers were elected :
Mr. A. Peterson Chief.
Mr. A. H. Lomas Asst. Chief.
Mr. Chas. Grassie Sec.-Treas.
Mr. H. Keast Foreman.
A letter was read from the Hon. James Dunsmuir,
in which the hon. gentleman stated that he would be
glad to contribute towards the purchase of a fire engine
as soon as the matter was put on a practical basis.
A letter was also read from Mr. Deasy, of Messrs.
Royds & Deasy, calling attention to the fact that the
government had given $500.00 towards a fire engine
for Atlin, and might perhaps make some appropriation
for this equally worthy and pressing scheme. The
writer recommended a hand fire engine and hose as
meeting the needs of the case.
Mr. F. Price entirely agreed with this view. A chemical engine he thought would be too costly. A hand
engine with lots of water would be equally effective.
He suggested the construction ot several cisterns in
various parts of the town, these to be supplied by the
running water from the hill which could be conducted
into them through half-inch pipes.
Mr. Peterson agreed, and suggested that an appropriation should be asked for from the government for
this purpose.
Mr. F. Price thereupon moved and Mr. Keast seconded a motion that the secretary be instructed to write
Chas. Dickie, Esq., M.P.P., asking him to use his influence to secure such an appropriation.
The secretary was also instructed to write to Messrs.
Royds & Deasy to obtain from them the best terms on
which they would be willing to supply a suitable hand
engine and hose.
Mr. Peterson drew attention to the fact that the dry
weather would soon be setting in, and recommended
immediate action. Other members concurred and it
was generally acknowledged that under present conditions if once a fire should get a hold, the chances of
saving any part of the town would be small. Mr. F.
Price felt sure that if the Fire Co. put a definite fire protection scheme before the public it might rely on ample
financial support. After some further discussion of
details participated in by Mr. S. Robinson, amongst
others, a motion was made by Mr. H. Keast, seconded
by Mr. W. Evans, that the chief appoint a committee to
go thoroughly iuto the matter of the installation of a
system of tanks in the town, and report as to the cost
of construction of four such tanks with piping, etc., the
localities in which they should be placed, and if necessary to call for tenders. This motion was carried
enthusiastically and Messrs. H. Keast, F. Price and S.
Robinson were named on the committee.
On the motion of Mr. Peterson, seconded by Mr. F.
Price, it was further resolved that Messrs. A. Peterson,
F. Price and H. Keast should be appointed a deputation
to wait upon the municipal council at its next session
with a petition for aid.
The accounts were then brought forward and passed,
and the meeting terminated, having decided to come
together again two weeks hence to receive the report of
the special committee on the water tank scheme.
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 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 and Greenwood.     Works:  Nanaimo.
MOORE & WHITTFNGTON,
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.
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Engineers,
Boiler Makers and Founders,
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TRY OUR ARABIAN COFFEE.
MOWAT & WALLACE,
GROCERS.
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W.   E.   LAMMING,
general store,
Dry Goods, Groceries, Boots and Shoes,
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FURNITURE, CARPETS,
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AND
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Write for Catalogue.
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THE CROFTON GAZETTE AND COWICHAN NEWS.
Duncans anb Cowicfoan local IRcws.
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THE NORTH COWICHAN MUNICIPAL
COUNCIL.
AT the session of the North Cowichan Municipal
Council on the 12th inst., there were present the
Reeve, J. N. Evans, Esq., in the chair, Messrs.
A. Blyth, J.P. and W. H. Elkington, J.P., Councillors
C. Dobson, A. Herd, H. Bousall and Mr. J. Norcross,
clerk and collector.
The Licensing Court opened the proceedings. The
first applicants were the new hotel proprietors at Crofton. Of these, Mr. M. J. Conlin was granted a license
for the " Hotel Crofton," and Mr. J. T. Pearce a license
for the "Hotel Osborne." Mr. T. Pitt, late of the
Alderlea hotel, Duncans, was granted a transfer from
himself to Mr. J. A. Rogers, the new proprietor. The
action of the Reeve in granting a license to temporary
quarters for Mr. Fred Nelson during the erection of the
new Quamichan hotel was endorsed.
The Council then formed on municipal affairs. A resolution passed at a public meeting held at Crofton was
considered, and in accordance therewith Mr. Lindsay
was appointed sanitary inspector, and Messrs. Whit-
tingham, Conlin and Pearce were accredited fire wardens for Crofton townsite.
The Council received a deputation asking for an ex-
tensisn of Wicks road to property recently bought by
Mr. H. de M. Mellin. Mr. J. Maitland-Dougall wished
the Council to reconsider their decision regarding the
road to open up the lots on the Watson estate. Mr. E.
J. Palmer asked for a new footpath to the Chemainus
wharf, offering to supply the lumber. The finance
committee performed its appointed duties, and the revision of the old assessment roll of the municipality was
then proceeded with and completed. The new assessment of Crotton was settled, and the Council then
adjourned until Saturday, April 15th, when the revision
court will be held.
THE LENORA-MT.  SICKER CO.
Development work still continues steadily at the Lenora mine so as to block out plenty of ore to allow
for increase of shipments from time to time. The company will ship about 200 tons a day from the mine to
the smelter, and delivery of this will commence early in
April. It will take some months at this rate to deliver
the 40,000 tons now lying on the dumps at the mine.
THE SMELTER.
Mr. Joseph Bye, superintending the construction of
the Smelter, wentdownto Victoria on Monday to arrange
with the Transfer Company, who hold the excavation
contract, to push on the work, and put more teams and
scrapers on to it. This contracting party is getting on
fairly well in spite of the exceptioanlly unfavourable
weather, but the Smelter syndicate are anxious to get
to business quickly.
Messrs Sherbourne and Smith, the building contractors for the Smelter works, have two scows of lumber
in the bay, and a small engine, and they will commence
building operations this week. They are placing several sub-contracts.
Established 1878.
W   P.  JAYNES,
Wholesale  Importer  and Dealer  in All Kinds of Mer-
caandise.
Depot for Giant Powder Co.       B. C. Pottery Co.
Duncans. Quamichan.
DUNCANS FLOUR AND FEED MILLS
Manufacturer of
Dairy Chop and All Kinds of Mill Stuffs por Feeding
Purposes.
W. P. JAYNES,
Proprietor.
MT. SICKER RAILWAY EXTENSION.
The trestle and bridge at Mt. Sicker siding are being
rapidly pushed to completion now that permission for
the crossing of the E. & N. railway has been granted
by the Dominion government, at Ottawa. The lumber
will be supplied from Mr. F. Lloyd's mills at Westholme.
Some three miles of rails are now lying at Ladysmith,
and the balance necessary to complete the laying of this
line will be on the ground in less than two weeks. A
new locomotive now standing in Vancouver will shortly
be shipped across and delivered at Mt. Sicker siding, to
be used for hauling ore from that point to the smelter
at Crofton.
TELEPHONE AND ELECTRIC LIGHT.
The telephone at Crofton in connection with the long
distance system will be completed in a few days. This
will be of great benefit to the townsite, and to Victoria
merchants who will be able to fill orders without personally visiting the town. An electric light plant will be
installed very shortly by an enterprising company who
deserve great credit for their pluck and faith in the coming city. All the buildings under construction are being wired.
SEND YOUR ORDERS
-FOR-
Hay, Grain and Mill Feed
-TO-
The Biackman-Ker Milling Co.,
(LIMITED)
MANUFACTURERS  OF
B. & K. ROLLED OATS.
VICTORTA-
AND-
-VANCOUVER.
) THE CROFTON GAZETTE AND COWICHAN NEWS.
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M
CROFTON UP TO DATE.
Capt. Mcintosh has been down at Victoria on business.
Mr. C. S. and G. Master have been paying a visit to
Victoria.
Mr. Bellinger was lately over at Duncans for a few
days' fishing.
Dr. Foot has bought some lots in Crofton and is preparing to build.
Mrs. Greaves' and Mr. C. W. Dunn's houses are
nearly completed.
Mr. James S. Harvey and Capt. Mackenzie visited
Crofton on Sunday last.
Mr. Fred. Young, engineer to the smelter company,
has been away at Seattle for a few days.
Mr. M. J. Conlin also received a license for the Hotel
Crofton at the council meeting held next day.
Mr. A. Howe was in Crofton last week. Mr. S. A.
Allen is running his butcher's store for him.
Five extra teams passed through Duncans on Tuesday for the Victoria Transfer Co. at Crofton.
The five stores being erected by Messrs. Moore &
Whittington, on Joan avenue, will be open for rent in
a few weeks.
Messrs. Breen & Bellinger, principals of the smelter
syndicate, have been staying down at Crofton, busily
engaged at the smelter offices.
Mr. Joseph Bye, superintendent of the smelter construction returned last week from a visit paid across the
Sound. He went down to Victoria on Monday to hurry
up the excavating contractors.
Crofton was en fete on Tuesday last week, when the
members of the licensing and assessment boards paid
their official visit of inspection. Mr. J. T. Pearce, since
licensed, of the Hotel Osborne, provided luncheon.
Both the hotels will be opened in about a week, and
both promise to be very comfortable in all their appointments. Excellent meals can be obtained at either of
these houses or at Mr. Whittingham's establishment.
Mr. Malcolm Elliott, who is driving Keast's Crofton
and Westholme stage, was at Duncans on Monday to
change one of the horses in his team. The bad roads
caused the animal's lameness.
Considerable additions and repairs are in course of
completion on Mr. A. Ward's house and grounds on the
foreshore. Mr. and Mrs. D. S. Fotheringham and
family will shortly take up their residence here.
Mr. W. Johnson has lately been busily engaged fixing up the new telephone line to connect with the Victoria and Nanaimo service. The Crofton end is located
at Messrs. Dyke & Kirkwood's.
We regret to hear that Mr. Love, who held a contract for grading streets, has had a nasty axe accident,
and was obliged to go to Nanaimo hospital last week.
We hope, however, to see him back amongst us shortly.
QUEEN'S MARKET
Cor. Govt, and 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.
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, Sec.     Smoked Fish a specialty—our own curing.
Country orders or produce sent us will receive prompt attention.
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.
A LUMBER YARD FOR CROFTON.
Mr. Frank Lloyd, the well-known saw-mill proprietor
of Westholme, contemplates putting in a lumber yard
at Crofton as soon as the Mt. Sicker railway extension
is completed. This railway extension will be through
within thirty days.
Holman Bros.
Patent Rock Drill.
AWARDED THE GOLD MEDAL, PARIS, .</«..
IN STOCK AT VICTORIA.
Manufacturers of Air Compressors and all
kinds of Mining Machinery.
ESTIMATES ON APPLICATION.
The contract for the construction of the Crofton
wharf has been let to Mr. Sherbourne, who went to
Chemainus on Wednesday in order to secure a pile-
driver.
Rowland Machin, Gen'' Agent-
YATES STREET, VICTORIA.B. C. 8
THE CROFTON GAZETTE AND COWICHAN NEWS.
-, Ltd.
VICTORIA,   B.   O.
Boots and Shoes, Rubber Boots, &c
Letter Orders promptly and carefully filled.
MINERS' FOOTWEAR A SPECIALTY.
Write for Catalogue.
CIROFTON
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.
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 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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