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QUAMICHAN  HOTEL
DUNCANS
Now Open. Re-built aud
Re-furnished. Heated by
Hot Air. Sample Room
for Commercial Travelers.
Boats for Fishing.
F. Nelson, Prop.
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Crofton Gazette
ant) Cowicban flews
This Space is Open
For
Advertisement
at a
Special Rate.
Devoted to the Mining and Agricultural Interests of Vancouver Island, Texada
Island, and Coast Mainland Districts.
VOL. 1.
CROFTON, B.C., WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27, 1002.
No. 25
THE TYEE AERIAL TRAMWAY.
The '''cut" shown below (from an interesting series in last
Saturday's "Times") illustrates the Tyee Copper Company's
ore bins, whilst under construction at the terminal
of the aerial tramway. The E. & N. railway siding, at which
these bins have been constructed, is about ilA miles north of
Somenos station, at the foot of Mt. Sicker. From here the
aerial wire tram line takes as direct a course as possible to
the Tyee mine at the top of the mountain. The distance
is about 3J4 miles, and the ^th-inch and i inch wire used
for the line will be stretched between some 40 towers.   It is
MINING NEWS.
ANOTHER STRIKE ON THE LENORA.
Another rich strike has just been made on the Lenora-
Mt- Sicker mine in the third floor of the east drift on the
No. 1 tunnel level. The ore to look at is as promising as
any yet I'c und in the mine, but the value and extent of this
new and unexpected discovery in what was practically virgin
ground will take a few days yet to prove.
MINING IN THE KOKSILAH VALLEY.
Mr. Macleay's recent strike of rich mineral ground in the
Tyee Ore Bins under construction at E. & N. Railway Siding
one of the longest double wire aerial tramways that the B.
C. Riblet Co., of Nelson, have ever constructed, and they
have had an experience of the work which has made their
name famous on the continent. The ore buckets will carry
half a ton each, and it is calculated that they will be able
to convey if necessary more than 300 tons of ore a day from
the mine to the railway siding. The bins themselves will
have a capacity of nearly 600 tons. The system will work
automatically. Each car as it reaches the bins will by a
mechanical process dump its load, and re-latching by an ingenious device will be carried along the wire way back to
the mine for a ifresh load. Mr. R. N. Riblet has been personally superintending the work of construction.
Koksilah Valley has led to quite an important "rush" into
the district, and claims are now staked over all the adjacent
"country. The scene of the discovery is some six or seven
miles up the river, and it is possible to drive to within a mile
and a half of it. Mr. Macleay has already had an offer
amounting to many hundreds of dollars for a one-sixteenth
snare in his property, but the prospect is too encouraging to
di pose of this. Enough ore has already been mined to pay
working expenses, and these are not heavy, the proximity
of Cowichan station being a very valuable feature in the
matter of transportation.
THE ENGLISH CLAIM, MT. BRENTON.
In last week's issue of the "Gazette" a statement appeared
that Mr. J. G. Richards, of the Bank Exchange, Victoria, THE CROFTON GAZETTE AND COWICHAN NEWS.
was a naif owner with Mr. Creeden, of Mt. Sicker, of this
very pi omit ing property. The "Gazette" reporter must have
been dreaming of Mr. Richards' excellent "Pacific Beer,"
and mixed up his name with that of his assistant, Mr. R. J.
Johnson, who is the fortunate possessor of the half share in
question.
THE COPPER CANYON MINE.
Exploratory and development work is proceeding on this
property. In the tunnel now being driven a large body of
ore has just been encountered of a character closely resembling the main leads of the Lenora and Tyee mines.
AFFINITY OF OIL FOR METALS-
The following admirably lucid article treating of the new
Elmore process of oil concentration recently appeared in the
"Colonist," and is of general interest to mining men:—
"It would be a remarkable thing if the Elmore process of
oil concentration did fcr British Columbia what the cyanide
process did for the Rand. In South Africa that percentage
of the golj which could not be caught on the plates had to
be saved, or else very many of the mines could not have
been made to pay. The development, of the cyanide process
solved the problem, and made the Rand the greatest gold-
field in the world. In British Columbia the problem is entirely different. In the process of smelting the amount of
gold lost is very very small. But there is an enormous tonnage of mineralized rock which, in its crude form, will not
stand the cost oi smelting. The heavy sulphide ore which
contain high values is cheaper to smelt than this low grade
silicious ore. A small percentage of the latter can be mixed
in the furnace charge, but as it exists in the ratio of probably
ten tons to one, this does not advance its utilization much. It
is this ore which the Elmore process attacks. <
"The affinity between metallic substances and oil is well
known. If only a very little oil is poured into the stream ofiif
water concentrator, it will counteract the principle of gravity
in saving the richer particles, and float them triumphantly
past every known device for intercepting them. The Elmore
process uses this affinity between oil ai.d metal. Experimentally it has been proved successful. It remains to be
seen to what extent lit is capable of practical application. If
successful the limits of its application to our low grade ores
arc not easily set. If we take the Le Roi mine alone, there
we have a mine with an immense zone of mineralized rock
all containing a certain amount of gold- The attempt made
to organize the mining and smelting facilities of the property
to admit ill this rock being mined and treated does not appear to have been successful, and the old process of selection
has been fallen back upon. I
"It is needless to say that this entails a more rapid exhaustion of the mime, an increased <:ost per ton for mining,
and a largely diminished gross output- If, however, by the
introduction of this new idea in concentration, the'low grade
ore can be handled at a profit, the whole ore body becomes
again a commercial asset capable of yielding very large returns. Tf this is the case with regard" to one of our largest
and richest mines, -what remarkable developments may be
looked for tin mines in' which pay ore under present con
ditions has not been developed at all, but in which large
deposits of low grade ore exist- Those interested in our
greatest industry will watch very closely the introduction
of this new process of concentration. It may make a very
vast difference in the miming outlook 'for this provinve."
MINERALS AND MINING EXHIBITION.
The secretary of the Provincial Exhibition, to be held under th? auspices of the British Columbia Agricultural Association at Victoria, from the 7th to the nth of October, 1902,
is addressing the following letter to all who are interested
in the mining section. The opportunity afforded by this
exhibition, both to individual mine owners and to mining
companies, to advertse ther propertes is a very valuable
one, and will no doubt be fully taken advantage of. The
invitation to exhibitors fully explains the scope and object
of the exhibition, as follows:—
Dear Sir:—Your active interest and hearty co-operation
are earnestly solicited to give the deserved prominence to
the mining section of the Provincial Exhibition to be held
in Victoria on the 7th to nth of October, and we herewith
call your attention to the great importance of proper representation of the mineral wealth of our Prvince, and that
apart from the excellent advertising medium this exhibition
affords, it should be the duty of all mining people to join
hands in furthering the development of the chief industry
we possess.
Therefore we most earnestly solicit your individual support in this matter, and would be glad to receive samples
of ore from your mines and the whole camp as well. We
would request you to label the samples so that no mistakes
will be made in displaying them. Kindly forward them,
carriage, paid, to the Secretary Provincial Exhibition, Victoria, at your earliest convenience.
We are striving to make a special feature of this most important department, and feel sure that it will be the means
of greatly stimulating the awakening interest that is being
taken in the mineral resources of he Province.
Considerable, mining machinery (in motion) will be exhibited, presenting a most interesting feature to the public;
the mining companies making exhibits will be given every
facility for distributing their literature, thus bringing them
into direct contact with investors.
Trusting that you will not fail to inform all your friends,
and also avail yourself of this exceptional opportunity of
advertising your business and furthering the interests of us
all,
We have the honour to be. sir, your obedient servant,
BEAUMONT BOGGS, Sec
VICTORIA BOARD OF TRADE ON THE PROPOSED
IRON EXPORT DUTY.
At the monthly meeting of the above board the mining
committee reported adversely to the levying of an export
duty on iron. They argue that "the present state of the
iron industry in this province does not warrant a royalty
beiing put on iron ore exported, but that if the government of
this province considers it advisable to impose   an   export
Northwestern Smelting and Refining Co.
Purchasers of GOLD, SILVER and COPPER ORES,
MATTES, COPPER   BULLION and   FURNACE
PRODUCTS.     <M<M%M<MiX:H-Jt-Jt<M>J<>M<M<M<M-Jt-MiH<M>M-Jt
Location of Works, CROFTON, VANCOUVER ISLAND, B. C. r-*v
THE CROFTON GAZETTE AND COWICHAN NEWS.
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duty that it should not exceed live cents per ton. The work
being done by Americans who are at present exporting
what little ore is being mined on the coast is a benefit to
the people of this province, inasmuch as it, is a means of
exploring our iron deposits." At the same time the committee "strongly advise that recommendation be sent from
this Board of Trade requesting the government to look
thoroughly into the iron deposits of British Columbia, and
that they issue a bulletin at as early a date as possible, giving the fullest particulars; this would be valuable to put
before capitalists, and might be the m;ans of introducing
the manufacture of iron and steel into this province."
SALE OF PURE BRED SHEEP.
The Department of Agriculture has been advised by Mr.
Chas. W. Peterson, deputy commissioner olf agriculture of
the North-West Territories; and secretary of the Territorial
Sheep Breeders' Association, that an auction sale of purebred sheep will be held at Medicine Hat on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, the 30th September, and the
ist, 2nd and 3rd of October, in conjunction with the Agricultural Exhibition at that place. This will afford our local
sheep breeders a good opportunity of introducing fresh
blood into their flocks. Any further information can be obtained on application to Mr. J. R. Anderson, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Victoria.
One way to tell the weiVht of ore in a mine "in sight" is
tc   exactly measure an excavation from whence a known
weight or ore has been removed.   Determining the weight
of ore in place is a work requiring extreme care.   Thirteen
cubic feet to the ton applies only to solid quartz rock.    In
the case of oxidized ores it-may require from C5 to 18 cubic
feet to the ton, while in lead, zinc ;nd other base nWals it
may require less than 13 cubic feet to the ton.   As a general
rule, it  may be stated that the  cubic  contents of an ore
body im 'feet, if divided by n if sulphides, and by 15 if oxidized, will give the tonnage j pproximately.
KITTO & GOOCH
BARRISTERS, SOLICITORS AND CONVEYANCERS
Office, Oddfellows Bldg.,     LADYSMITH, B. C.
P. O. Box 243
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 & Greenwood.   Works, Nanaimo
E. M. SKINNER
Civil Engineer and Provincial Land Surveyor.
DUNCANS
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 iu person
write for anything you want, a post card will bring you samples and in for*
lnation. Experienced Clerks will execute order the same day as received,
MONEY BACK IF NOT SATISFIED
MAIL ORDER ADDRESS—
THE HUTCHESON CO., Ltd.
80 Government Street VICTORIA, B. C.
R. P. RITHET & CO., Ld
WHOLESALE MERCHANTS
GROCERIES,    WINES,    LIQUORS,   CEMENT,
CUMBERLAND COAL
VICTORIA, B. C.
Furniture, Carpets
WALL PAPER, CROCKERY,
AND
Complete Housefurnishings
For Hotel, Store or Home.
Write for Catalogue.
WEILER BROS. VICTORIA, B.C.
THORPE'S
THORPE'S
Ginger Ale
Prize   Medal
World 's Fair
VICTORIA      VANCOUVER      NELSON
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.
MEN'S CLOTHING STORE
HATS AND UNDERWEAR    .
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,
HKNRY H.  NhWIU.
RATES FOR ADVERTISEMENTS.
75 cents per inch per insertion.
Larger spaces and contracts by arrangement.
SUBSCRIPTION, $2.00 PER ANNUM.
All communications for the present to P.O. Duncans or Crofton
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27th, 1902.
THE COKE SUPPLY.
A contemporary quoting its Crofton correspondent makes
a statement that the North-Western Smelting & Refining
Co., Crofton, are experiencing great difficulty in securing a
supply of coke for reducing purposes, and proceeds to announce that the natural source of supply at Cumberland is
obviously out of the question, adding that the New Vancouver Coal Company are to be approached to establish coke
ovens at Nanaimo for the purpose of supplying the Crofton
smelter. These statements we have reason to know are
inaccurate in every particular. The North-Western Smelting & Refining Co. have made satisfactory arrangements
with the Dunjinuir collieries at Comox for a continuous
coke supply, which will be delivered at the Crofton smelting
works by the E. & N. Railway Co.
THE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY'S SILVER CUP.
We understand that two years ago a silver cup was offered
Lo be competed for in the races which were held in connection with the society's show. The conditions were that
" the cup had to be won two consecutive years by the same
competitor in order to beome his property. In the second
year of its institution it was won by the present holder, who
has naturally looked forward to a chance this year of repeating his victory of last, and so.obtaining ownership of
the cup. This year it is. announced, however, that there will
be no races held in connection with the society's show. The
question arises, would a victory next year by the present
holder entitle him to keep the trophy? He would have won
the prize for the race twice running, but not on two consecutive years. A good deal of dissatisfaction is felt at the
elimination of the races.
CORRESPONDENCE.
We in the editorial sanctum are being   continually   approached with complaints on various subjects, and requested
to voice the grievances or demands of the most opposing
parties    It is not an enviable position to be in.   It is obviously inconvenient, if not impossible, for us to constitute
ourselves into a court of enquiry and arbitration, and even
if that could be done, it would probably not serve the purpose of the partisans of any cause.   We therefore call attention to the fact that our correspondence columns arc open
impattially to the ventilation of any wrong, or the discussion
of any vexed point of general local interest.    The corres
pondence column in any paper, and especially in a local
one, is in our opinion one of the most valuable features of it.
The function of a newspaper is to give publicity to facts of
local importance, and opinions bearing on those facts, and
generally to add to the stock of useful information. The
editorial "we" is not to be used as a shelter for the individual
agitator or reformer. A fair field is open for him in the correspondence columns—with his name given as a guarantee
of good faith, though not necessarily for publication.
A Victoria correspondent in suggesting a funny column
for the paper asks: "Which would you rather do, or go
fishing?"   The wag will reply himself next week.
A strange tragedy conies to hand from a Mt. Sicker correspondent, who states that the blacksmith's dog has killed
one of Fagan's hens in the most brutal manner.
LARGE LOGGING INTERESTS ON TH1: ISLAND.
In the Sayward district, north of Comox, large logging
interests are held by Mainland mill-owners. The Northern
Pacific Lumber Company own over 15,000 acres, the Hastings Mills control about 75,000 acres, the Toronto & British
Columbia Lumber Company owns 45,000 acres, the Ross-
McLaren Company owns 23,500 acres, and Mr. A. Haslam
8,000 acres of timber limits. The Vancouver correspondent
of the "Colonist" states that this is the only accessible timber left in British Columbia. He has evidently not been
through the Cowichan Valley and across the Island to the
Nitinat region and along the West Coast, especially around
Port Renfrew.
FOR SALE.
Black  Geldings, three years  old,   thoroughly  broken;
weight, about 1100 lbs.   Applv to Malcolm Elliott, Crofton
and Westholme stage, Crofton V. 1.
Victoria Terminal and Sidney Railway Co
NEW TIME CARD
In Effect June 14th, 1902
DAILY EXCEPT SUNDAY.
Tkain No. 1—Leaves Victoria (Market Station), 7 a.m.   Arrives Sidnev
8 a.m.
Tkain No. 3-Leaves Victoria (Market Station), 10.30 a.m.   Arrives Sidney 11.15 a.m.
Train No. 5-Boat Express-Leaves Victoria (Market Station), 2 p m
Arrives Sidney 2.35 p.m.
Train No. 7—Leaves Victoria (Market Station), 5 p.m.   Arrives at Sidney (i p.m.
Train No. 2-Leaves Sidney 8.30 a.m.   Arrives Victoria 9.30 a.m.
Train No. 4-Boat Express-Leaves Sidney 11.40 a.m.   Arrives Victoria
12.15 p.m.
Tkain No. fi -Leaves Sidney 3 p.m.   Arrives Victoria 3.45 p.m.
Train No. 8- Leaves Sidney 0.15 p.m.   Arrives Victoria 7 p.m.
SUNDAY.
Leave Victoria 9 a.m., 5 p.m.      Leave Sidney 11.40 a.m„ 5.30 p.m.
JAMES ANDERSON,
General Manager
Sidney and Nanaimo Transportation Company
STR. "STRATHCONA"
FOR  NANAIMO,  CROFTON,  and CHEMAINUS DAILY.
Leaves Nnnaimo at 7 a.m. daily.   Arrives at Victoria at 12.15 p.m.   Train
leaves Victoria at 2 p.m.   Arrives at N nnaimo at 7.15 p.m.
STR. "IROQUOIS"
Makes the Island calls as usual.
■
.JAMES ANDERSON, General Manager. THE CROFTON GAZETTE AND COWICHAN NEWS.
Crofton Iflp to Date*
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SMELTER PROGRESS.
Very little now remains to be done to complete the smelter construction, The matte furnace and the water jacket
furnace arc complete in place,, and the new copper jacket
furnace is being fitted up in Victoria, and will probably be
brought round to Crofton within the week. The thousand
of one little odd jobs of connecting and adjusting the
various component parts of these great smelting works also
are nearly through. The hands employed by the contractors
have been paid off, but some no doubt will be re-engaged
by the smelter company. The samplers have stopped run-
ningt for a few days, having sampled all the ore received:
the reason ifor the supply of ore falling short being the accident to the No. 3 engine of the Lenora-Mt. Sicker railway. This cause of delay, however, has now been remedied,
and shipment's from the Lenora mine are being resumed,
and before many days the samplers will be in full work again.
An ample supply cuf coke has been arranged for from Comox,
and this will be shipped to Crofton by the E. & N. Railway
Co. The new machine and blacksmith's shops are nearly
finished.
MARINE WAYS FOR CROFTON.
Confirmation is to hand that arrangements are being made,
and a stiong companv is being formed to provide Crofton
with the largest marine ways on the coast. The situation of
tho town, convenient to all the shipping passing up and down
the coast, is admirably suited for this purpose. Negotiations
are being carried on by Messrs. Turpel and Capt. Hackett to
secure a site from the Crofton estate. Mr. Turpel, with his
large experience, will probably be manager of the new
works, and the project is very favourably entertained in several financial quarters. The ways will be constructed to
accemmodati vessels of 8000 tons, and all facilities will be
provided in a large machine shop for the most extensive repairs that may be called for. Indeed, ship-bu'ilding is an
object contemplated in the future by the promoters of this
undertaking.
SUPPER AND CONCERT.
Messrs. Craig & Mackintosh, contractors for the building
of several hoi15.es on Robert and Arthur streets, were entertained by their employees and friends Jvt the conclusion of
their work. The day chosen was Mr. Craig's birthday. Mr.
Pearce, of the Osborne Hotel, was called upon to make arrangements for the supper, and his provision for it was excellent. Speeches and songs and good cheer filled the
evening, and the early hours of the next morning found
these popular contractors still being feted. The music was
willinglv and heartily contributed by Mr. W. J. Deasy, originator of the weekly dances, and Mr. Wayne.
THE WATER SUPPLY.
The water supply is now in good order, and the new system works well; thanks to the energetic superintendence of
Mr. Jeffery. Two men pumping all day were unable to exhaust the well, and the large tank holding over 3,000 gallons
is an ample reservoir for immediate needs.
LOCAL NOTES.
The bathing at Crofton, either from the beach or from
the floating bathing establishment, is a" delight. There can
be no doubt at all that Osborne Bay must become a favourite
seaside r s:rt, both for tourists and campers.
Mr. Cecil H. Cookson, of the Lands and Works Department, Victoria, visited Crofton on Sunday last, and was
charmed with the steamer journey along the islands, and
even more so by the situation and environments of Crofton
itself.
Crofton has been somewhat quieter the last few days,
owing to the departure of many of the men who had been
working for the contractors, Messrs. Smith & Sherbourne;
but lively times are at hand.
Croftonians of a terpsichorean disposition called off their
usual weekly dance on Friday last in order to form a party
to journey in the now fashionable hay cart to Chemainus
to return last week's visit of their friends in the lumber
town
At the Osborne Hotel during the week have registered:
Mr. Wm. Turpel and Capt. Chas. Hackett. Victoria; Mr.
Cecil H. Cookson, Victoria; Mr. W. Foley, Astoria; Messrs.
S. W. Rodlcy. D. Lceman, J. Bond. P. O'Rourke and Wm.
Cameron, all of Victoria; Mr. H. Douglas Rcnwick, Auto-
fagasta; Mr. j. F. Miller, Trail; Mr. J. S. Whalen, Vancouver; Messrs. J. Master and F. Lomas, Ladysmith; C
Brown, Shawnigan; H. Peterson, and A. H. Lewis, Chc-
mainus.
At the Crofton Hotel the following have registered during
hte week: Mr. J. W. Southward. Vancouver; Mr. John Colbert, Victoria; Messrs. F. W. Vincent and C S. Baxter, of
Victoria; Dr. T. J. Jones, of Victoria; Mr.. R. W. Shaw,
Victoria, and Messrs. S. G. Elliott. C E. Dickinson, Oliver
Willott, Fred Marshall, C Armstrong and Dave Hicks.
CHEMAINUS NEWS.
Diplomas for Nurses From Chemainus Hospital.
Capt. Gibson, president of the Chemainus Hospital, attended the monthly meeting of the Provincial Royal Jubilee
Hospital to ask information as to what steps the Chemainus
Hospital could take to enable it to grant diplomas'to its
nurses. He suggested that the Royal Jubilee Hospital might
furnish the medical superintendent of the Chemainus hospital
with a list of the text books and examination papers used
by its nurses, which would enable the Chemainus probationers to prepare themselves for examination. Then if it were
agreed upon by the directors and Board of Examiners of
the Jub'lee Hospital, the Chemainus nurses might pass the
examination at the same time and on the same subjects as
tho-he of the Jubilee Hospital, and so enable the directors
of the Chemainus hospital to issue diplomas and medals lo
the successful students. After some discussion a resolution
favouring Capt. Gibson's proposal was adopted.
Nine large lumber ships are loading at the mills.
Capt. Gibson has returned from Victoria.
Mr. A. Howe has been on a business visit to Victoria.
Mr. and Mrs. Humbird have returned.
Esquimalt and Nanaimo Ry
THROUGH TICKETS FROM CROFTON
TO VICTORIA via WESTHOLME
Stage leaves Daily connecting with North and South bound
trains. Double train service Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays, connecting with morning and afternoon trains.
Fare from Crofton to  Victoria: 5ingle   $2.00
Return $3.00
S.S. "CITY OF NANAIMO"
Sails from Victoria, Tuesdays at 6.oo a. m., and on Saturdays
at 7.00 a.m., calling at Crofton on both days, handling freight
and passengers at reduced rates.
GEO. L. COURTNEY,
Traffic Manager
Crofton and Westholme
Stage
Daily connecting with all E. & N. Railway Trains
MALCOLM ELLIOTT,
Proprietor. THE CROFTON GAZETTE AND COWICHAN NEWS.
Duncans anfc Cowichan local Wews
BUILDING ACTIVITY.
The building activity of the last three or four months in
Duncans has resulted in quite a considerable filling up of
gaps along the streets and a corresponding improvement in
tlie appearance and outward signs of prosperity of the town.
Thp handsome building erected next to the postoffice for the
Tyee Copper Company, in which building also Mr. J. H.
Whittome and Mr. E. M. Skinner have their respective
ollices; the Catholic chapel on Government road, and next
to it Mr. R. H. Whidden's new premises; Mr. Grassie's new
re; idenee. Mr. Jas. Murchie's house, Mr. T. Pitt's residence,
and other new buildings, as well as numerous additions and
improvements to previously existing edifices attest the
growing prosperity of this thriving and steadily progressing
town.
A VERY INTERESTING LOCAL ITEM.
Mr. Hubert Keast, our popular livery stable proprietor,
is leaving this week for Portland, Oregon, and a little bird
has been whispering around the drawing rooms in town
that he will not come back alone. The house he recently
acquired in Duncans has been undergoing a thorough refit
and a refurnishing, and a certain consignment olf paint, supposed to be slate colouir, has unaccountably dried a beaming
sky blue—surely an auspicious omen. The benedict in prospect has made his preparations with muffled tread and wary
speech that never betrayed his unfathomable secret, but truth
will out in the end, and the tell-tale bird has announced that
tbe happy event will take place on the 3rd of next month
at Portland. Modest and retiring as our "Hubert" is known
to be, he cannot very well escape the showers of congratulations and hearty good wishes that will follow him.
A BOLD, BAD PANTHER.
At Mr. Williams' ranch, Glenora, a few days ago in broad
daylight a large panther appeared on the scene and carried
away'a small dog from the wood shed, in spite of the fact
that two children were standing close by. The children ran
'to tell their mother and she ran for the gun, but too late to
shoot the panther—or the dog!
LOCAL NOTES.
Capt. J. R. Gifford, of Nelson, B.C., has been inspecting
Mt. Sicker properties and expressed a very high opinion of
the future of the district.
Baseball practice is now being held every evening at 6
p.m. sh,arp at the grounds, Duncans. The Duncans team
will play a return match against Ladysmith on Saturday on
the Ladysmith grounds.
Mrs. Chas. Watson and Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Creech,
.mother and sister and brother-in-law of our "Harry" at the
Quamichan Hotel, have been paying him and Mrs. H. Watson a visit, enjoying the charms of Duncans at this season.
During the week at the Tzonhalem Hotel, Duncans, have
been registered: Mr. and Mrs. D. Irwin and family, Bishop
Orth, Lieut. A. D. Cameron, R.N., and Lieut. J. W.
French, R.N-, Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Foreman, of Victoria;
Mr. and Mrs. R. N. Riblet, of Nelson; Capt. J. R. Gifford,
of Nelson; Mr. and Mrs. Watson, Mr. and Mrs. Lawton,
Messrs. A. D. Crease and S. Y. Wootton, of Victoria;
Messrs. B. E. Maynard, G. C. Hoven, Lionel J. Pease, F. J.
Hall, Jr., George R. Robson, all of Victoria; Messrs. Roy
Lcitch, Charlottetown, P.E.I.; E. W. Molander, Port
Townsend; E. A. Harvey, Edmonton; E. Hicks-Beach, Wm.
S. Burnett and J. M. Burnett, of Colton, California; E. W.
Shaw, Koksilah; Duncan McRae, Cowichan Lake; B. G.
Goward, E. W- Beale and W. E. Staneland.
At the Quamichan Hotel during the week the following
have registered: Commander and Mrs. Philip Hanken, R.
N.; Miss Evelyn A. McKee and Miss Edna McKee, of Sacramento, Calf.; Messrs. Jas. Murray, R.N.. and J. B. Butcher, R.N., of H.M..S. Amphion; Mr. and Mrs. J. Evan, Ash-
croft; Mrs. Chas. Watson and Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Creech;
Mr.  and Mrs.  J.   C.   Conlin, Vancouver;  Mr.  and Mrs.
Springett and family, England; Mrs. John Creeden and
daughter, Victoria; Messrs. W. Jackson and Frank Jackson, Collville U.S.A.; D. Hattie, Geo. Kitchen and Jack
Livingston, Mt. Sicker; J. F. Fitzpatrick, G. H. Bissell,
F. E. Parmell. F. Shopland, H. Persse, J. W. Sangster,
L. McLaughlin, G. S. Sterling, Toronto; A. P. Wilson,
Vancouver; Jas. Little and R. S. Chapman, Quatsino; J.
J. Whalen and E. Bartlett, Vancouver; W. J. Jenks, Salem,
Ore.; S. W. Bodlcy, A. W. Dier, J'. P. Byrne, Wm. Gal-
braith and the Rev. W. N. Carr, of Crofton.
Mr. Thompson, school teacher at Quamichan, has gone
to the Sanford University, California, to read for a higher
certificate.
The new Catholic chapel on Government road is completed It is a neat building, with red roof and bell tower,
and pale yellow walls.
The Methodists are going to build a small addition to the
end of their church for the nsc of the younger scholars. Mr.
McKaye, late of Mt. Sicker, has secured the contract.
DEATH OF MISS KATHLEEN HUNTER.
A very sad death was that occurring last week of Miss
Kathleen, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hunter, of
Victoria. Miss Hunter was a general favourite everywhere
she went., and universal sympathy is felt for her bereaved
parents by their many friends in this* district as well as in
Victoria. The funeral took place from the family residence
in Victoria on Monday last, and was largely attended, and
the floral tributes of respect were numerous and beautiful.
Funeral services were conducted at the residence and at the
graveside by the Rev. A. Ewing.
GOVERNMENT NOTICE.    .
The The following is posted at the Government office,
Duncans, dated 28th August:
"Notice is hereby given that I will on the 6th day of September, sell by public auction at the hour of 11 a.m., at the
Court House, Duncans, one half Jersey cow (black and
white), and one red cow, the property of Mr. W. A. Miller,
of Chemainus, distrained by me under the provisions of the
Assessment Act. J. MAITLAND-DOUGALL,
Collector.
Keast's
:   Livery
DUNCANS, B. C.
Stable
Mount Sicker Stage, Duncans to Mount Sicker, daily, Sundays excepted.
H. KEAST, Proprietor.
Established 1878.
W. P. JAYNES
Wholesale Importer and Dealer in  all Kinds of
Merchandise.
Depot for Giant Powder Co.      B. C. Pottery Co.
Duncans. Quamichan.
DOMINION HOTEL,
VICTORIA, B.C.
BETTER     THAN     THE     RATES     INDICATE
Board and Room $1.25 and up per day.
Room only   50 cents to $1.50 per day. THE CROFTON GAZETTE AND COWICHAN NEWS.
CORRESPONDENCE.
TZOUHALEM   HOTEL
THE AGRICULTURAL SHOW AT DUNCANS.
To the Editor of "The Crofton Gazette": Dear Sir—I
see from the programme issued by the Agricultural Association that the prize offered at the coming show for the best
brood mare is only $2.03. whereas that for the best hurdle
jumper is$4.oo. This I think is quite reversing the order ol
things. In the one case a man goes to the trouble and expense of bringing a marc and colt, perhaps from a considerable distance with the chance of winning no more than
?2 oo, whereas the man who only needs to jump on the back
of his 'breachy" horse and ride him over the hurdles can
win $4.00. And in any case what is the special good of a
jumping horse to a farming community? Indeed, the prize
for the best brood mare is, in my opinion, so disproportionate to the value of the exhibition that I am willing myself to
present the winner with a farm gate in addition to his paltry
prize. ,
DUNCANS,
Stage to Lakeside Hotel, Cowichan Lake, every   Monday,
Wednesday and Friday.
PRICK BROS, -        - - Proprietors
QUEEN'S MARKET
Cor. Govt. Johnson Sts., Victoria B.C.   Tel. 32.  P.O. Box 18.
LAWRENCE GOODACRE & SONS,
Wholesale   and   Retail   Butchers.    Contractors   by
appointment to His Majesty's Royal Navy, the Dominion
Government, etc.   Shipping supplied at lowest rates.
I am, yours truly,
Duncans, 25th August, 1902.
R. H. WHIDDEN.
W.DYKE
PIONEER MERCHANT.
DRY GOODS.    . BOOTS AND SHOES.
Confectionery a Specialty.
Agent CROFTON GAZETTE
Joan Avenue, CROFTON, B. C.
THE DOMINION HOUSE
PRIVATE BOARDING ESTABLISHMENT
Home Comforts.       Moderate Rates.
Joan Avenue,       -      -      -     CROFTON, B. C.
Proprietor,      -      A. B. WHITTINGHAM.
A. HOWE
BUTCHER,
HOTEL   OSBORNE Established for six years at Chemainus.
CROFTON, B. C. Best Meat at Most Liberal Prices.
PRIVATE DINING ROOM BATH ROOM 	
First-Class Accommodation Joan Avenue,        -       -       CROFTON, B. C.
Rates—$1.00 and up per diem.     Propr., T. J. Pearce
HOTEL CROFTON
BENNETT'S
FIRST-CLASS WINES, LIQUORS AND CIGARS
Rates—$1.00 per Day and Up.
Free Baths fcr Guests. Propr., M. J. Conlin
CROWN
BRAND
The Flour that makes the Best Bread
is sold by
MOWAT & WALLACE, Victoria, B.C.
Try it.       Moose Jaw is the Brand.
GUTTA PERCHA FUSE
AWARDED THE GREATER BRITAIN EX.
GOLD Ml-DAL, 1899.
THIS   POPULAR   FAVORITE  STILL   LEADS
FELL & COMPANY, Limited Liability
GROCERS,
WINES, AND LIQUORS.
Victoria, B. C.
Holman Bros.  Patent  Rock
Drill
AWARDED THE COLD MEDAL, PARIS, 1900.
Drills and Accessories, Columns and Tripods,
IN STOCK AT VICTORIA.
M*  CULLIINIbOIN, Manufacturers of Air Compressors and all kinds of
Late ASsayer Van Anda Smelter.    PROVINCIAL LICENSED ASSAYER Mining Machinery.
ESTIMATES ON APPLICATION.
Rowland   Machin,  General  Agent
YATES STREET, VICTORIA, B. C.
THE VICTORIA ASSAY OFFICE
46 langley Street
Reliable Analyses of Ores, Coals, Etc.
P.O.Box 89 (Next to the Law Courts)   VICTORIA,   B.   C. 8
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. O. Box 645, Victoria.

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