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 Quamichan Hotel
Duncans
Now Open. Re-built and
Re-furnished. Heated by
Hot Air. Sample Room
for Commercial Travelers.
Boats for Fishing.
F. NELSON,     •    PROP'R
THI
THIS SPACE   IS OPEN
FOR
ADVERTISEMENT
AT A
SPECIAL RATE
Crofton Gazette
and COWICHAN NEWS
Devoted to the Mining and Agricultural Interests of Vancouver Island, Texada
Island, and Coast Mainland Districts.
YOL. 1.
CROFTON, B. C, THURSDAY,   JULY   10, 1902.
NO. 19
CROFTON  GOING  AHEAD.
OUR illustrations show a large consignment of machinery
on the wharf for the Northwestern Smelting & Refining Company, also a view of the smelter buildings seen
from Joan Avenue; but as a matter of fact, photographs
cannot be taken and reproduced quickly enough to give nn
ide.i of the rapid developments to date. The smelter works
are of course the main feature of the town. These are now
nearing completion, but all the time the town is itself itself
growing rapidly. It has its streets and its sidewalks, and
you may meet nearly as many ladies while walking np Joan
Avenue, Crofton, as you can in Government Street, Victoria.
Dances and surprise parties have so far been the social gaiety,
and baseball on the Recreation Grounds behind the smelter
reserve has been the sporting feature. The Northwestern
Smelting & Refining Company have started in to make a
tennis ground, and have already a floating bathing, establishment.    Another public bathing establishment, for both ladies
But a month or two ago the site of the present town was
a muddy waste. To-day some forty dwellings may be counted
from any one spot. The streets are being tidied up gradually,
and lots are being built over. Still, there is room for further
building activity. House room is not yet supplied for even
the ordinary officials of the smelting company and their
families.    The hotels are all at present crowded.
There is room in Crofton also for other industries. No
doubt in a short time it will have its paper pulp mills and its
manufactures.     Floreat Croftonia !
COFFER MINING ON THE WEST COAST.
DR. MARSHALL, the well-known mineralogist, who has
devoted some years to the systematic and experimental
development of copper claims at Sidney Inlet, on the
west coast of Vancouver Island, thus gives his views of the
copper mining industry of  this part of the Island:
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Wharf at Crofton with Smelter Machinery Unloaded from Ferry.
and gentlemen, on a much larger scale, will shortly be completed, and then Crofton should be a f avorite bathing resort.
For yachting and bathing the bay is probably unrivalled.
There are, of course, inconveniences in every young town,
but these are being rapidly overcome by| Mr. Croft's energy
and enterprise. The water supply is in process of being made
as good as any available in any town.
•Hut, of course, it is upon its smelting enterprise that
Crofton is to rely for the foundations of its greatness. The
smelter will be completed in a few weeks, and then ships from
all parts of the Coast may be expected to put in at the new
smelting town, bringing ores for reduction. The completion
of the smelter cannot be delayed for long, and then Crofton
will surely forge ahead.
" There are many causes which affect copper mining, but
limiting ourselves to internal conditions, we must remember
that copper mining is the most difficult branch of the mining
industry, because copper very rarely occurs in well defined
and easily traced ledges. Again, heretofore the greater part
of copper mining has been carried on in countries where the
deposition of copper was caused hy regional metamorphism,
and not, as here, by contact metamorphism, and those who
have worked in regular deep-fissure veins would be hopelessly
at sea on the West Coast. The West Coast is, therefore, not
the place for the empirical miner. Mining there requires the
direction of the modern, scientific miner, who will treat the
development of each property as he would a piece of scientific
research. THE CROFTON GAZETTE AND COWICHAN NEWS.
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" There is one interesting point which I might mention in
connection with the We6t Coast, and that is that the deposits
of economic minerals arc of comparatively recent origin, and
in sonic places mineralization is still going on. Where that is
the case the surface denudation cannot have taken place to a
great extent since the formation of the ore bodies, which explains why oxides such as magnetite are found as outcrops to
sulphide ores.
" 1 think the people of Victoria should do all in their power
to secure the development of this enormous and no doubt
valuable copper area behind the city. Perhaps they may he
surprised to hear that a good copper mine is worth many gold
mines, nnd that in California to-day the product of two copper
mines outweighs in value the produce of all the gold mines in
the so-called Golden State."
once again the busy scene it was a few months ago. The
new ore conveyor and sorting plant specially designed by Mr.
Henry Croft is now in working order. Developments in the
mine are exceedingly satisfactory.
MINING   IN   THE   KOKSILAiH   VALLEY.
Messrs. Macleay and Ryne have struck   a   ledge in the
KoKisilah hills.     It is about 18 inches wide so far, and has
been met in two places.    Assay values are $3 to $4 in gold
and silver, and a very high percentage of copper.     The pros-
. pectors have constructed a road 1% miles to their claims, and
are very hopeful of the outcome.
NEW STRIKE ON THE COPPER CANYON.
A new reef has been discovered near the main ledge running through the Copper Canyon property. The ore body is
well defined and solid, and the quality of the ore is very similar to that found on the Lenora and Tyee properties. The
Mount Sicker & Mount Brenton Mines, Limited, is proceeding
THE TYEE MINING CO.
The Tyee Mining Company are extending their works
generally. The new double-drum hoist is working very well
indeed, and the double-compartment shaft is nsed for both
raising ore and sinking operations. Drifting has now been
dons) in this mine through 700 feet of ore bodies, and approxi-
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Smelter Buildings Viewed from Joan Avenue.
with its development. _ Five electrical drills will be installed,
and if prospects continue as bright as they are at present, a
much larger plant will be installed.
THE KEY CITY.
A new body of ore has been struck in sinking the shaft on
the Key City mine. The company havo a full force of men
working three shifts a day.
THE YREKA COPPER COMPANY.
The Yreka Copper Company arc offering 50,000 shares in
their properties, at $1 per share. The next 50,000 shares put
on the market will Ibc offered at double this price. The
capital stock is $2,000,000, in shares of a par value of $1; but
with the promise of the Yreka group on Mount Richards, and
the extraordinary developments of the Comstock and Superior
groups of claims at Quatsino Sound, on the west coast, the
prospect for investment seems to be a hopeful one.
THE DEXORA-MOUXT  SICKER MINE.
The new five-drill Holman compressor plant has been installed on the Lenora mine, and is working very satisfactorily
indeed.     This well-known pioneer mine of  the district is now
mntely 100,000 tons of ore are in sight. The aerirl tramway
that is to convey ore from the mine to the E. ■&. iN. Railway
siding near Somenos is about two-thirds of the way through,
Mr. Riblet personally superintending the work. The grading
and foundations for the smelter at Ladysmith are already
completed, and the erection of buildings will commence immediately. The company are now starting a sawmill of their
own at Mount Sicker.
THE RICHARD HU. BONDED.
The Richard III. claim, with the Alice, Golden Queen,
end Golden Rod, adjoining the Tyee mine, have been
bonded, through the agency of Mr. E. W. Molander, to a
strong syndicate, and there is not a little speculation at Mount
Sicker as to the members who form it. The main fact, however, is that development work is to be immediately proceeded
with, and a steam hoist is being installed. A shaft is already
sunk for 100 feet.
THE   STRIKE   NEAR   CROFTON.
Particulars are gradually coming to hand of the strike
near Crofton. Mr. C. Brown, of Nicola, B. C, is the lucky
prospector who lias staked several claims in the vicinity,
mostly adjoining the Mount Sicker railway line. Mr. Brown
has now sold the Tidal Wave claim to a local company, of
which Messrs. J. T. Pearce, of Crofton, and Howe., of Chemainus, are prominent members. Assay values of the ore on
the Tidal Wave go to $13 in gold, with 20 per cent, of copper. THE CROFTON GAZETTE AND COWICHAN NEWS.
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CONDITIONS IN AUSTRALIA.
The following copy of a letter from Mr. E. Hutchersoii to
the Deputy Minister of Agriculture is published for general
information :
Clareiuont, Western Australia,
J. R. Anderson, Esq., Victoria, B.C.: May 3, 1902.
I have often thought of writing to you, and regret not
having seen you before leaving British Columbia.
I have now had a year's experience in the Australian
Commonwealth, having in turn visited each of the states-
Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria, South
Australia and Western Australia. 1 made notes at the time,
intending to write, giving you a description of the fruit and
other pests found affecting fruit, and other trees and plants
as well.
I 'would be pleased, should you care to have them, of
extending the same and giving you a description of a number
of insects, as well as fungus diseases, that are prevalent here
and that were quite new to me, and may be so to you, and
from the tone of the press, as well as the feeling of the
people, there is no doulbt that Australia! is going to make an
effort to increase her trade with Canada, and more especially
her fruit trade. And at the same time I would call your
attention to the fact that there is a good opening here for
bome of the upper country apples of 'British Columbia, {to
reach here in October, November and December, and even as
lato as January. Of course, I can only speak personally of
last season; during those months good sound apples were
worth 20 shillings per 50-Ib. case, and even now at this early
date imported Tasmanians are selling for 15 shillings, while
good locals, good in color nnd well packed, at auction go as
high as 17 shillings. 1 certainly would advise some of your
best shippers to make a trial shipment here this winter. On
account of the position I hold here it would be impossible for
me to have anything to do Avith them, more than I would be
able to know what they brought, and the charges. There are
several good reliable linns here, and I enclose the names of
two, and if you were to make shipments of say 50 cases each
per month, would give them a good trial. It would be necessary to get a through rate to Fremantle, as the Canadian-
Australian seteamers only come as far as Sydney. It is
hardly necessary for me to say that only good apples need be
sent, and of good shipping quality, in good strong cases, the
apples wrapped in light paper and the case bound with light
hoop, iron or wire. Quite a number of Californiau apples
reached here last December, beautiful fruit, and would have
(brought at .least 30 shillings per; case, but Wiey would not
stand the inspection test for codlin moth, as they condemn on
traces, though the grub may have left the fruit before leaving
California. The whole lot was burned. The names of the
firms are as follows: Gilbert J. Sharpe, Fremantle, W. A.;
N. J. Simper, Fremantle, W. A. The latter is wholesale only,
While the former are the largest dealers in the state, and have
retail stores in all the mining centres. As regards the inspection in this state, I have been on the staff for the last eight
months, and have been fortunate in being placed on the staff
at Fremantle, where we have the most up-to-date buildings
and plant for fumigating and inspecting fruit and fruit trees
there is in existence. The main Ibuilding is 150 feet long by
50 feet wide, with boiler buildings on the end and two large
incinerators in the yard for the destroying of infected fruit
and cases. To give you some idea of the system adopted, all
fruit trees, plants, nuts, etc., on reaching this port are placed
on board trucks and run down to the fruit sheds; apples,
pears and quinces are at once placed in the fumigating rooms,
to destroy any codlin grubs that might be on the cases; the
cases are then opened and the fruit placed on tables, each case
separately, and all rotten fruit aud wrappings removed and
burned; they are then examined, and should codliiv grubs or
traces of the same be found, the whole case is at once returned to1 the case it was taken from, and burned. In tho
case of oranges and lemons, the wrappings are first removed
and the fruit put into fresh cases before being fumigated.
All cases are first put into steam rooms (of which there are
three) before ibeing used again; there is also a large tank in
the yard, containing a solution of caustic soda, which is kept
at boiling heat, that can be used for dipping cases and lids,
but most importers prefer the steaming. All work in the
sheds, with the exception of the inspection, is done by the
importers or their employees. The Government makes a
charge for inspecting. The revenue for 1901 was something
over #10,000, and 78,175 cases of fruit and 110,700 trees and
plants were treated. So far there have been no codlin moths
in this state, and every effort is being made to keep them out.
.Up to September, 1901, the importation of apples, pears and
quinces was prohibited from countries where codlin moths
were known to exist, and apples went up to one shilling per
pound, and those who had bearing orchards here made small
fortunes, but while they have kept out the codliu they have
allowed the Mediterranean fruit fly to get in, and it has now
quite a hold on what is known as the sutmrfoan district, in and
around Perth, probably 25 miles long by 12 wide. The Government is using every means to keep it from spreading and to
stamp it out. I would certainly advise you in British Columbia to be on your guard against this most destructive insect
pest, and would be pleased to write you again concerning it.
Yours truly,
E. HUTCHERSON.
THE WESTSIDE
THE   GREAT  MAIL    ORDER    HOUSE
SHOPPING BY MAIL ! !
Out-of-town Customers can shop very easily by mail if they only care to use
the advantages of our Mail-Order System. If you can't come in person write
for anything you want, a postcard will bring-you samples and information. Experienced clerks will execute order the same day as received.      MONBV Back IF
not Satisfied.
MAIL ORDER ADDRESS:
THE HUTCHESON CO., Ltd.
8o Government Street, VICTORIA, B. C.
R.P. RITHET&Co.Ltd.
WHOLESALE MERCHANTS.
GROCERIES,     WINES,    LIQUORS,    CEMENT,
CUMBERLAND  COAL.
Victoria, B. C.
tzouhalem hotel,
DUNCANS,
Stage to Lakeside Hotel, Cowichan Lake, every Monday, Wednesday
and Friday.
Price Bros.,
Proprietors.
FELL & COMPANY, Limited Liability,
GROCERS,
WINES  AND  LIQUORS.
Victoria, B. C.
Thorpe's Ginger Ale
Prize Medal
World's Fair.
VICTORIA. VANCOUVER.
NELSON.
MEN'S CLOTHING STORE.
HATS AND  UNDERWEAR
-AT—
ARTHUR  HOLMES'
78 Yates St., Corner Broad,
VICTORIA, B. C. THE CROFTON GAZETTE AND COWICHAN NEWS.
The Crofton Gazette
and COWICHAN   NEWS
PUBLISHED BY
The Crofton Publishing Co.
Managing Editor,
Henry H. Newill
RATES FOR ADVERTISEMENTS:
$1.00 per inch per insertion.
Larger spaces and contracts by arrangement.
SUBSCRIPTION. $2.00 PER ANNUM.
All communications for the present to P. O. Duncans or Crofton.
THURSDAY,   JULY 10, 1902.
TO OUR  SUBSCRIBERS.
THE Editor regrets exceedingly that owing to a sudden
illness he was unable to make arrangements to have the
Crofton Gazette and Cowichan News adequately issued
last week, and for the same reason its issue is a day late this
week.
A   RECREATION   GROUND.
We hope that Croftonians will be able to get their recreation ground. Their sporting proclivities, led by those of the
smelting company, are very keen, and it would not take very
many dollars to make the Held in which the present baseball
games are held a very good ground.
THE    STEAMER   SERVICE.
A great many complaints have reached us about the
steamer service from 'Sidney. Undoubtedly this has been
Very irregular, and great inconveniences have been incurred;
but we understand that the steamer Strathcona will be permanently on the* service from to-morrow. It was owing to
leakage in her water tubes that she had to be taken off for
repairs. Now, however, these have been renewed and amply
tested, and further delays need not be feared.
IS   IT   TRACY ?
A rumour reaches us that a man answering to the description of Tracy, the notorious convict, has been seen in the
neighbourhood, though he lias not yet held anybody up. It is
surmised that this highwayman may have been smuggled
across from Seattle amongst the consignment of machinery
that has just arrived for the smelter company.
THE   WATER SUPPLY.
The water supply has not been all it ought to be of late,
but there are various causes to account for this. The smelter
Contractors have been using a great deal of water, and have
drawn off a large part of the supply. On Saturday next,
however, their pipe will be cut off, and then Croftonians in
all parts of the town may rely on a constant supply. Mr.
Jeffrey, the townsite agent, is indefatigable in his efforts, as
all know, to perfect the system, and has already earned golden
opinions.
THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
The public schools are all breaking up for the summer
[holidays.    These after all are only of a few weeks' duration,
and conic at a time when people forsake their business for
pleasure as much as possible. The Government is no exception to this rule, and we would like to have heard of something definite having been done towards the establishment of
a public school at Crofton before the prorogation of Parliament. A public school at Crofton is now an absolute necessity, and if families continue to pour into the town as they
are doing at present, the necessity for some means of education for the children will be a crying need, and the neglect
of its fulfilment a crying disgrace to the governing powers.
We note that there are no less than 22 applicants for foreshore rights in the Cowiehan district.
The B. C. Mining Exchange, of Vancouver, in starting a
new and enlarged series, has a lengthy article on Crofton
and its progress. Our contemporary is evidently alive to the
importance of the Mount Sicker Mining district.
FOR  SALE.
Clydesdale colt, ona year old, by "Newnham."
A. R. Wilson, Duncans.
Dominion Hotel,
VICTORIA,  B.C.
BETTER than the rates indicate.
Board and room $1.25 and up per day.
Room only 50 cents to $1.50 per day.
VICTORIA & SIDNEY RAILWAY
Trains will run between  Central Station Victoria,  and
Sidney as follows:
DAILY:
Leave Victoria at      8.00 a.m.   4.00 p.m.    •
"    Sidneyat 9.00   "        5.45    "
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY:
Leave Victoria at  8.00 a. m.    2.00 p. m.
"    Sidneyat 9.00   "        5.45    "
STEAMER   "UNICAN"
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
J. ANDERSON, General Manager.
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A THE CROFTON GAZETTE AND COWICHAN NEWS.
PROGRESS OF THE SMELTER.
GREAT activity is apparent at present on the work of
smelter construction, and every day sees the completion
of some portion of the work. The Ibig stack is built up
to its heig'ht of 125 feet, and towers over the r&st of the
buildings. The large dust chamber at its base is nearly
finished, the flue to connect with the furnaces having been
completed some time ago. The furnace and converter bouses
are in an advanced stage of construction, and a few days
more should see their completion. A new converter
stack has already been erected. A cupola furnace has
arrived and will be ready for its work almost immediately.
Most of the sampling machinery has been placed in the
sampling house. The Connesville blowers and the engine are
in place. 'Several new lines of rails have been laid, connecting the different portions of the works, and the trestle work
over the ore bins will be run out GO feet further, to allow of a
whole trainload of cars being unloaded at once. The assay
oflice is completed, with the necessary furnaces built in brickwork, and contains also a laboratory fully equipped, and giving evidences of assay work already having been done. The
and of the month will certainly see the last of the contractors,
Messrs. Smith & Sherbourne, and not unlikely may see the
commencement of the first smelting operations on Vancouver
Island.
DONG - DISTANCE  TELEPHONE.
The long-distance telephone was inaugurated last week,
and now at Mr. Dyke's store anybody can talk with his
friends in Victoria or Nanaimo, or elsewhere, direct. This is
an advantage inestimable to business men.
BUILDING.
A great deal of building is going on, and tlie town is
beginning to assume quite an urban aspect, with well-defined
streets. Messrs. Mackintosh & Craig are putting up four
new houses on Arthur Street for the estate. Of the five houses
erected on King and (Robert streets, four have already been
let. The fifth is not yet completed. Several other lot-holders
are also contemplating the erection of new houses.
MOUNT SICKER, NOTES.
We have to offer our felicitations to Mrs. Andrew McNeil,
of Mount Sicker, on the birth of a daughter.
Mr. Bebeau's new hotel at Mount Sicker, the "Brenton,"
was opened last week with appropriate celebrations. Mr.
Edward Kierstead, who has left the Lenora mine boarding
house, has, we believe, undertaken the management of the
new hotel.
Dwelling houses for miners' families are very badly
wanted in the townsite —dozens of them —and there is a
splendid, opportunity here for an enterprising builder.
Dr. O. M. Jones has been visiting Mount Sicker.
OUTSIDE OPINION.
Mr. E. P. Gilman, of the eminent mining firm of Pellew-
Harvey, Bryant & Gilman, thus expresses his opinion of the
smelter now being built by the Northwestern Smelting &
Refining Company at Crofton :
" There can be no doubt," said Mr. Oilman, "that the
Crofton smelter is one of the best appointed plants in the
world. Messrs. Bellinger and Breen have, of course, built
other smelters, and that at Crofton is the result of their
experience in the past. It must not be forgotten that the
smelter is strong evidence that those gentlemen have every
confidence in the Avealth and permanency of the mines at
Mount Sicker, which are splendidly situated for the cheap
transportation of  ore."
LOCAL   NOTES.
Miss Macfarlane has left for Victoria.
Mr. and Mrs. Tozier have taken one of Mr. Dunne's
houses.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack and Mr. and Mrs. Baker are now occupying Mrs. Greaves' two houses.
Mr. Davitt has arrived in town. He has been appointed
furnace master to the smelter company. He and Miss Genevieve Davitt have been staying at the Crofton Hotel.
Mr. M. J. Conlin, of the Crofton Hotel, has been obliged
to rent a six-roomed house at the back of his hotel to accommodate his visitors.
All the hotels are overflowing.
Mr. J. -Davitt has taken one of tho new houses on
Robert Street.
Mr. and Mrs. Rombauer and family will shortly move
into their new house on Robert Street.
Mrs. Parker Clark, wife of the popular foreman of the
contractors, Messrs. Smith & Sherbourne. has lately arrived.
She and her husband and family are staving at the Oislborne
"Hotel.
Amongst the arrivals at the Osborne Hotel have been:
Mrs. Parker Clark; Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Smith; Miss Olive
Smith; Miss Edna McKeown; Mr. and Mrs. E. F. De Foe,
of Victoria; and Messrs. D. McLeod, from Trail; Anthony
Anderson, Nanaimo; J. Swan. Seattle; L. (}. McKenzie;
W. J. Sauna; and W. W. Duncan, of the Flour and Spice
Mills, Victoria.
At the Crofton Hotel have been registered: Mr. J. Davitt
and Miss Genevieve Davitt; Mr. and Mrs. Dixon and family;
Mrs. Kirkwood and daughter; Mr. Walter J. Ball, of Tacoma;
and Messrs. J. II. Frank, W. W. Thomas and 11. E. Campbell.
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,
Daily, Sundays excepted.
H. KEAST,       -       -       -       -       -      Proprietor.
E. M. SKINNER,
Civil Engineer and Provincial  Land   Surveyor.
DUNCANS.
The Flour that makes the Best Bread
is sold by
MOWAT & WALLACE, VICTORIA, B.C.
Try it.    Moose Jaw is the brand.
Established 1878.
W   P.  JAYNES,
Wholesale  Importer  and Dealer   in All Kinds of Merchandise.
Depot for Giant Powder Co.       13. C. Pottery Co.
Duncans. Quamichan.
W.   DYKE,
Pioneer Merchant,
DRY GOODS, BOOTS AND SHOES.
Joan Avenue,
CONKECTIONERY A SPECIALTY.
Agent Crofton GAZETTE.
CROFTON, B. C.
FURNITURE, CARPETS,
WALL PAPER,  CROCKERY,
AND
Complete  Housefurnishings,
For Hotel, Store or Home.
Write for Catalogue.
Weiler Bros., Victoria, B.C. 6
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MUNICIPAL COUNCIL MEETING.
At a special mooting of the North Cowichan Municipal
Council on the 28th ultimo, the minutes were read and confirmed. Mr. \V. A. Woods asked for advice re draining his
land.    He was referred to fence-viewers.
Mr. E. M. Yarwood, on behalf of Mr. Thompson, applied
for a wholesale liquor license at Somenos station. This was
refused, pending legal advice as to powers.
Messrs. T. A. Wood, F. Price, II. Keast, T. Pitt and H.
Smith, directors of the Duncans Waterworks Company, joined
the Council in going seriatim through points taken by Messrs.
Crease & Crease to amend by-law in interests of municipality.
Some amendments were made, and these with the by-law were
sent to the solicitors to he re-drafted, and as sooii as in shape
will be submitted to the taxpayers.
Accounts to the amount of $104 were passed by the
Finance Committee.
The Reeve presented a report of the Roads Committee on
proposed Speck's road.
The amendment to Schedule "A," By-Law No. XIV., raising hawkers' license to $25 for six months, was finally passed.
Council adjourned to call of Reeve.
LAWN  TEXXillS  TOURNAMENT.
At a committee meeting of the Cowichan Lawn Tennis
Club on Saturday last, it was decided that the tournament
should be held on the 25th and 26th of July this year, the
events to be as follows: Ladies' singles (open), gentlemen's
singles (open), ladies' doubles (open), gentlemen's doublesi
(open), ladies' singles (handicap), gentlemen's singles (handicap), ladies' doubles (handicap), gentlemen's doubles (handicap),
mixed doubles (handicap). The entrance fee for open events
is $1 per head. In the club events no member will ibe allowed
to play who has not paid his subscription for this season.
Eii-tries for all events to be made to the Secretary not later
than Saturday, July 19.
TRANSFER OF LICENSE.
The Licensing Commissioners met on Wednesday and
granted transfer of the license held by the late George Koenig,
of the Shawnigan Lake Hotel, to his widow, Mrs. Koenig, by
whom the hotel business will be carried on.
CASES   IX   COURT.
Before J. Maitland-Dougall, Esq., as magistrate, sitting at
the Court at Duncans, four Indians were last week charged by
the provincial constable, 'Mr. A. H. Lomas, with drunkenness,
and fined $5 each. On the 5th instant another Indian was
also tined $5 for the same offence. On the same date Mr. F.
Beaumont was sentenced to pay a line of $50 and costs for
supplying liquor to Indians. Several other cases of drunks
amongst iSiwashes and Chinamen are pending.
PING-PONG TOURNAMENT AND SALE OF WORK.
The ladies of St. Peter's Church, Quamichan, are holding
a sale of work at the Agricultural Hall, Duncans, on Wednesday, the 16th instant.
Stalls will be held by several ladies for the sale of tea,
ice cream, fruits and other refreshments.
Mr. E, (Pimbury, the president, and Mr. S. Harrison, secretary, announce that gifts of fruits, etc., will be thankfully
received.
Doors open free from 3 p. ni. lo S p. m., and the proceeds
of the sale will be devoted to the funds of  the church.
In connection with the above a ping-pong tournament will
be held, commencing at 2 p. in. The events will be women's
singles, women's doubles, men's singles, men's doubles, and
mixed doubles. Prizes will be given. Entrance fee for single
events, 25c; for double events, 50c. Persons wishing to
cnler must communicate with Mrs. F. II. Maitland-Dougall,
Cortiold. The admission to view the play will be 25c, afternoon and evening.
PUBLIC SCHOOL ROLLS OF HONOR.
The public school at Duncans broke up for the summer
holidays last -week. The rolls of honour were awarded as
follows:
In Mr. Clark's section: Master Alan B. Ford, awarded
as best scholar in the school; Miss Kate Robertson, Master
Martin Smith, awarded for punctuality and regularity of
attendance: Miss Maggie Duncan. Miss Jennie Lomas, Miss
Hattie Whidden, awarded for deportment.    Wo note that Miss
Hattie Whidden has thus repeated her success of last year, in
which she also gained the roll of honour for deportment.
In Miss Lo veil's section the winners are: Miss Annie
Robertson, awarded for proficiency; Master Willie Truesdal,
awarded for punctuality; Miss Nona Smith, Miss Blanche
Truesdal, Miss Fern Harris, awarded for deportment.
CLOSING OF MISS WILSON'S SCHOOL.
Miss Wilson's school at The Cliffs, Duncans, closed for
the sunimer holidays on (Friday last. The prizes were given
some days before, but on Friday the school broke up, after a
most successful term. Breaking-Tip day was celebrated by an
entertainment, at which a large number of guests were
assembled and filled the beautiful grounds. The scholars went
through drill exercises, and gave a charming performance of
a pastoral cantata, which was executed very prettily and with
much ability. The occasion will be a pleasant memory to all
who were present.
LOCAL   NOTES.
Mr. and Mrs. C. Bazett and family are camping out at
Mr. Dighton's place,  Deepdene.
Miss Harrison is going to build a house at Duncans.
We understand that Mr. J. Campbell has secured the contract
tor its erection.
Mrs. iF. Price, of Duncans, has been visiting Victoria.
Capt. Barkley, R. N., of Westholme, went to Victoria on
Wednesday to attend the Diocesan Synod.
Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Blythe and family have returned
from Shawnigan Lake.
Mr. Fred. Nelson, of the Quamichan Hotel, had his new
bar installed on Wednesday last. This adds the finishing
touch to his fine house. Mr. George Weiler in person superintended the placing of the bar, which was supplied by Lis
firm and is a handsome piece of work, in solid oak with back
mirrors. Mr. Nelson fitly celebrated the occasion with several
bottles of wine.
The Cowichan Lake country is looking its best now, and
the Lakeside Hotel, presided over by Mr. E. Price, generally
has a full house of visitors.
A certain hotel proprietor this week thought he had Tracy
and Merrill in the house for sure. He caught two men with
a bottle of polishing oil, a packet of seidlitz powders, a dice-
box and dice, and various other articles in their pockets—all
belonging to him.
Mrs. H. R. Watson has joined her husband, our genial
friend, "Harry," at the Quamichan Hotel.
Amongst the arrivals during the week at the Tzouhalem
Hotel have been Miss E. Sellick and Miss K. Luff, of Victoria; Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Oliver, nurse and child, Mr. and
Mrs. S. J. Hearn, from London; Mr. and Mrs. Ross, Cowichan Lake; Mr. and Mrs. T. Haskell, Boston, Mass.; Mr.
and Mrs. D. R. Irvine, Victoria; Messrs. F. M. Rattenbury,
E. W. Molander; F. M. Wetherell, from iSiam; E. C. Musgrave, of the Tyee, Mount Sicker; Charles Wilson, G. C.
Howell, W. Peters; G. H. Barnard; J. B. H. Rickaby; W.
II. Langley; H. A. Maclean, of Victoria; E. M. Skinner, of
Mount (Sicker; W. A. Aubiii, of Vancouver; and G. Harris,
from Toronto.
At the Quamichan Hotel during the week have been registered Mrs. J. W. Slaughter; Capt. A. Olsen; Capt. F. E.
Ferris; Mr. and Mrs. H. Rhodes, of Seattle; Mr. and Mrs.
R. A. Creech; Mr. F. B. Smith, inspector of mines for the
Northwest Territories; Mrs. E. Lee; Mrs. Johnson; Rev.
W. N. iCarr, of Crofton; Mrs. H. R. Watson; Miss Elise
Huddard, of Nanaimo; Mr. and Mrs. Rhinehart and child;
nnd Messrs. J. H. Good, of Nanaimo; George Kitchen, of
Cowichan Lake; James Richards, of Victoria; Thomas
Brooker; IL. J. Pearce; William Hicks, of Victoria; Lambert Bond;    and R. Barker, from Toronto.
A BATHING ESTABLISHMENT.
Subscriptions have been forthcoming for forming a complete bathing establishment at this beautiful seaside. It will
consist of a floating bathing house, with dressing rooms for
ladies as well as gentlemen, and should prove to be a very
valuable addition to the already numerous attractions of this
young town.    Osborne Bay is noted for its bathing facilities.
TO LET.
Several stores at Crofton, B. C.    Apply to
THE LENORA MOUNT SICKER
COPPER MINING COMPANY,   LIMITED,
Non-Personal Liability.
MacGregor Block,
VICTORIA, B. C. r>
THE CROFTON GAZETTE AND COWICHAN NEWS.
IT MUST BE DONE.
He stands alone by the water's edge,
With pale and anguished brow,
And shudders as he murmurs low.
" It must be done, and now."
He looks into those icy depths,
With wildly starting eye;
And from his panting breast there breaks
A. deep and bitter sigh.
Through all his tense and rigid frame
Great thrills of horror run;
And once again he murmurs hoarse:
" It must and shall be done."
His mind's made up.    A long, last look!
A plunge! and all is o'er.
He's taken—what was his intent—
His morning bath—no more.
—R. Service.
BASEBALL.
Duncans Diehards vs. Crofton Crushers.
This match was played at Duncans on the 26th ultimo,
and resulted in a victory for the Duncans team by 19 runs
to 6. The weather was showery, but a fair number of people
turned up at the Recreation Grounds to watch the ball encounter. Wriglesworth, -who pitched for Crofton, unfortunately pitched his arm out in the first innings, and Sword
took his place. The game, however, all through went against
the Cro.ftonians, and their defeat was signal. A. Peterson,
pitcher for the Duncanites, Dr. D. G. Perry, and indeed every
member of the team Avorked together splendidly, and no
Croftonian will begrudge them a tribute of praise for their
success. C H. Dickie, Esq., M. P. P., was umpire, and
earned golden opinions from (both sides.
The Crofton Hotel vs. the Osborne Hotel.
On the evening of Tuesday, the 8th instant, this match
was played at Crofton, and was witnessed! By over 100 persons. H. C. Bellinger, Esq., proved the sporting proclivities
oft he smelter company by acting as umpire. The game was
really won in the first few innings by the Osbornites, to whom
runs came very quickly. In the last two innings,' however,
the game was much more even. The result of the match was*
20 to 7, in favour of the Osborne Hotel team, for whom Carter pitched.    Sword and M. Conlin Jr. pitched for the Crofton.
Duncans vs. Cowichan Indians.
The Duncans team played a game against the Cowichan
Indians on Tuesday, the 8th instant, and beat them, 14 to 7.
Another match is being played as we go to press.
Duncans vs. Ladysmith.
On the 19th instant a match will be played at Ladysmith
between the Duncans team and the Ladysmith team, and a
good game will undoubtedly lie witnessed; though the Ladysmith players have all the advantage of practice and training,
as well as a considerable reputation.
MOUNT SICKER MINERAL FORMATIONS.
From Mr. E. IP. Oilman. A. R. S. M., of the well-known
firm of assayers, Messrs. Pellew-IIarvey, Bryant & Oilman,
has just been elicited the following very interesting opinion as
to the mineral formation and prospects of the Mount Sicker
district, to which he has paid a lengthy visit of inspection:
"The great thing in mining in such a country." said Mr. Gil-
man, is to stick to your ore, and not to be disheartened if tho
ledge seems very small, because it is liable to widen out at
any print. Such countries ns Mount Sicker necessitate sometimes a little prospecting underground, because it is obvious
that in such a formation there can lie no continuous line of
ledge. There will be points along the imaginary line where
the ore body is wide, points where it is narrow; and other
points again where there is no ore body nt all—the country
rock having closed in as it was shifted by the upheaval. The
same conditions exist vertically; that is to say. the ore body
near the surface may be narrow, and at a depth be found to
widen out. Judging from the results so far achieved by development work, there will bo( no scarcity of ore at Mount*
Sicker."
HAMILTON POWDER CO.
(Incorporated i86i.)
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.
JUST     R6CEiy6D
A splendid stock of LAWN  TENNIS  GOODS made
hy Wright & Ditson and  Ayres,   including Racquets,
Balls,  Poles,   Nets,   Presses,  etc.      Croquet Sets and
other  summer games.
M. W. WA1TT & CO., 44 Government St., Victoria.
QUEEN'S MARKET
Cor. Govt, and Johnson Sts., Victoria, B. C.   Tel. 32.    P. O. Box I
LAWRENCE GOODACRE & SONS,
Wholesale and Retail Butchers.    Contractors by appointmen
to His Majesty's Royal Navy, The Dominion Government, etc.
Shipping supplied at lowest rates.
THE DOMINION HOUSE,
PRIVATE   BOARDING   ESTABLISHMENT.
Home Comforts.    Moderate Rates.
Joan Avenue,      -      -      -      CROFTON, B. C
Proprietor,
A.  B.  WHITTINGIIAM.
A.  HOWE,
BUTCHER,
Established  for  six  years  at Chemainus.
Best Meat at most liberal
prices.
Joan Avenue,      -      -      Crofton, B. C.
BENNETT'S
CROWN
BRAND
GUTTA PERCHA FUSE
AWARDED THE GREATER BRITAIN EX.
GOLD MEDAL, 1899.
THIS POPULAR FAVORITE STILL LEADS.
Holman Bros.
Patent Rock Drill.
AWARDED THE GOLD MEDAL, PARIS, igoo.
Drills  and  Accessories, Columns and Tripods,
IN STOCK AT VICTORIA.
Manufacturers of Air Compressors and all
kinds of Mining Machinery.
ESTIMATES ON APPLICATION.
Rowland Machin, Gen'' Agent-
YATES STREET, VICTORIA,B. C. THE CROFTON GAZETTE AND COWICHAN NEWS.
CROFTON
The New Smelting Centre of
the Pacific Coast.
FOR LOTS
APPLY TO
Real Estate Brokers
AND
The Lenora Mt. Sicker Copper
Mining Co., Ltd.
(Non-Personal Liability),
VICTORIA, B. C.
TO LET.—Several Stores at Crofton, B. C.    Apply to above.
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. 0. Box 645, Victoria.

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