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Che 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, APRIL 24, 1902.
NO. 9
MINING  AT  QUATSINO SOUND.
OUATSIXO Sound, on the northwest coast of Vancouver
Island, is a many-armed nantihis-like sheet of water.
The West Arm is a long, straggling reach of the sea,
and upon its northern shore is situated Coal Harbour, near to
which seams of coal have been found and are being developed.
To, the east of this, Rupert Arm runs only a comparatively
short distance, but to the south and east the Southeast Arm
stretches a lengthy, tortuous course.     On the south side   of
underground development will be quite unnecessary for a
long time to come. The ore from this camp is strictly a
copper ore, composed of chalcopyrite, pyrite and pyrrhotite
in a gangue of massive granite, with more or less quartz in
some places carrying good gold values. The ore croppings
are very extensive, the ledges running 150 feet in width, and
the ore can be quarried like building stone, much of it carrying high values in copper, while nearly all contains Borne
silver, and in a few instances considerable gold. The location of the properties is ideal, being contiguous to tide-water.
Comstock Mountain, Quatsino Sound.
this arm arises Comstock Mountain, and this is the centre of
the valuable mineral discoveries that have been made in this
locality. Attention was first turned to this district as early
as the spring of 1897, when a party of miners wrs sent from
Spokane to verify certain rumours as to the presence of
copper deposits in the place. The party staked a number of
claims, and the owners proceeded to prove them in a quiet
way, and eventually the Quatsino Mining i& Reduction Company and other companies were formed. Quite lately Messrs.
Clarke, Owin and Lea, of the Yreka 'Copper Company, have
bonded a large number of claims in the vicinity of Comstock,
and are employing a .strong force of men to develop them, or
rather to quarry out the ore, for these gentlemen declare that
such enormous bodies of ore lie actually on the surface that
where large ships ran lie close to the shore. Timber is
abundant. A magnificent source of water-power is found
in Canyon Creek, which flows in a continuous series of cascades and waterfalls.
Quatsino Sound is one of the best harbours on the Island,
having with its arms a shore line of nearly 2<K) miles. The
mines can be reached by steamer from Victoria by the West
Coast route, landing passengers at the foot of Comstock
Mountain itself; or else by the East Coast route to Hardy
Bay and thence by a good trail across the Island to Coal
Harbour, a distance of  about nine miles.
At Cod Harbour a syndicate has been at work for
several years proving the value of the extensive coal deposits.
This coal is said to be particularly well adapted for coking, THE CROFTON GAZETTE AND COWICHAN NEWS.
and  its close proximity  to the copper mines, both  on tidewater, adds greatly to the future possibilities of  the latter.
'Mr. A. F. Gwin, who is an eminent authority on mining
in this country, is most enthusiastic in prophesying a great
future for the Com3tock mining district; and no doubt many
prospectors will find their way up Quatsino Sound this spring
and summer.
MINING NEWS.
capitalization of British Columbia mines. He says that the
distrust lately felt in the Old Country for British Columbia
ns a held for mining investment is fast disappearing with a
bitter knowledge of the conditions prevailing here. The
satisfactory results obtained from mining work that has been
done in the Nelson and Rossland districts have helped to
restore confidence, and there is a likelihood of English
capital finding its way in considerable sums to promote the
operation of promising properties.
J
THE LENORA-MOUXT SICKER MINING CO.
Development work here is proceeding steadily and well.
The width of  the high-grade ore body in No. 3 tunnel is now
24 feet.     Boiler inspection took place at the end of last week.
THE YREKA MINE.
Work at this property on Mount Richards is going on very
satisfactorily indeed. The shaft Us now down 00 feet, and the
intention is to develop thoroughly to a depth of 200 feet. Mr.
R. Lea, local secretary of the Yreka Copper Company, is
superintending this work.
THE HAYES MINE AT ALBERNI.
Capt. John Irving has brought an action against Col. G. H.
Hayes regarding 10,000 shares in the Nahmint Mining Company, of a face value of i$26,000, upon which he is said to
nave paid out .$28,000. Allegations as to misrepresentation
are made and denied.
THE KEY CITY PROPERTY.
Capt. Wasson, of Sacramento, Cal., the manager of this
property, has arrived and will commence active operations
immediately. The Americans are starting work here with
their usual energy. A 40 horse-power boiler with a steam
hoist is to be immediately installed, and the sinking of the
shaft and development work proceeded with.
THE VAN ANDA MINES.
Mr. Charles Arnold, who is the representative of Eastern
capitalists interested in the Van Andrn mines, states that work
will be continued there if the prospect is sufficiently promising.
If it is found that the work of "sinking" has been done in the
wrong place, an effort will be made to find the right one. The
smelter, of course, will be ready for business, no matter where
the ore comes from.
THE TYEE   MINING   CO.
•Work on this mine was partially suspended on Monday for
boiler inspection. The ore body at the 300-foot level continues
to show a good face. Excavation work for the smelter at
Ladysmith has been begun. The line for the aerial tramway
from Mount Sicker to Stratton's Crossing, near Somenos Station, has been surveyed by Mr. E. M. Skinner, and the contract for clearing the right-of-way has been let to Messrs. A.
Lee and J. Livingstone, who commenced work last Thursday.
QUATSINO SOUND.
The Yreka Copper Company have just shipped 14 horses
by the steamer Queen City to their mines at Quatsino Sound.
Messrs, A. F. Gwin and N. S. Clarke, the superintendent, were
also passengers by this steamer. They are taking up with
them some 12.001) feet of lumber and about 40 tons of other
freight, also ten more men to work on their claims. The
horses sent up are to be used for hauling ore. This company
will ship at least 700 tons of ore during the latter part of
May. and hope to continue thereafter shipping 50 tons a day,
This will be sent to the Crofton smelter as soon as it. is ready.
On the ground now being worked by this company two men
lately quarried out 200 tons of high-grade shipping ore as a
result of nine days' work—this independently of all their other
work in stripping. Two other men, besides sorting, etc.. took
out 75 tons of ore at another place. Enormous quantities of
ore lie ready to hand on the surface, and only need blasting
out. The prospects of the Comstock mining district appear
to be very bright indeed.
A CHEERY OUTLOOK FOR LOOOERiS.
Mr. T. iF. Patterson, of the Canadian Pacific Lumber Co.,
who has just returned from a trip up the coast, draws a very-
rosy picture of the enormous stores of timber that lie within
easy reach of salt water throughout the whole extent of the
islands and coast-line of British Columbia. Perhaps in no
other portion of the province is this timber so line and so
easily available as on Vancouver Island. This is what Mr.
Patterson says:
" Everywhere I went I saw abundance of timber, and the
manufacturers will have ample to keep them supplied for
years to come. Those men who have taken up limits on the
speculation that with the recent increase of prosperity in the
lumber business they would be able to dispose of them af a
very appreciable .figure in addition to their outlay, will be
much mistaken. The millmen will not be obliged to purchase.
There is too much timber available. While up the coast I
saw a number of cruisers from both sides of tne line who are
spying out the laud as far as timber is concerned. There
was also talk of some Americans building a mill near some
limits they have control of up tlie coast, but there is nothing
definite about the proposition.
" The prosperity which is now attendant upon the lumber
hub stry bids fair to continue for some time. There is a very
large increase from the dealers in the Northwest and Ontario
for British Columbia timber, and I expect, that the present
good prices will continue for a considerable time to come. We
need them, too. Millmen have not made fortunes in this
province, as the cost of maintaining plants and keeping limits
and installing camps has kept the profits down. The present
raise will be felt mainly by the logger, and he can stand it,
as in most instances many have suffered a great deal of hard
luck in the past. With the continuance of a good demand end
fair prices, the province will benefit materially. The good
times have come upon us rather suddenly, which has been the
cause of a scarcity of labor, but this will in time right itself."
PO U'LTRY FARMING.
Mr. ID. Drummond, of Ontario, lately lecturing at Cedar
Cottage, drew attention to the large profits that may be made
from poultry rearing judiciously carried on. He expressed
great surprise that in view of the very favourable local conditions for poultry farming it was still necessary to import so
large a value of poultry and eggs each year into the province.
So far from these imports decreasing, figures show that.
whereas the imports of poultry in 1898 were 11,371 lbs., .in
1000 they were 16,221 lbs.; and with regard to eggs, tbe
large total of 237,384 dozen imported in 1808 was largely exceeded by the number of 344,400 dozen imported in 1000.' For
the raising of eggs Mr. Drummoud favored Leghorns, Min-
orcas and Andalusian breeds, but for fattening purposes these
are of little use. The favourite fowls for general purposes
seem to be Plymouth Rocks. Wyandottes and Orphingtous.
The last-named breed is perhaps the most generally useful.
The fowls are not quite so large as tlie others, but they are
good layers and excellent table fowls. The flesh is' very
white, they have a good breast, and are early ready for the
market. It is very necessary to select sound birds,'and great
care should be taken to have good roosters, both >as regards
constitution and breeding. Tlie housing of poultry, too, is
important, ventilation, comfort and cleanliness being essential.
Mr. Drummond believed in the use of the incubator, and drew
attention to the large profits that are being made in this lino
of poultry farming in the East, where prices are a good deal
lower thru they are here.
COR ON A T ION S E RV'IC E.
There is a movement on foot by
St. Peter's. Quamichan, and the Rev
the church wardens of
. J. .T. Leakey to hold .n
special service on Coronation Day. The Reeve will be asked
to call a public meeting for the purpose, and it it proposed that
the Reeve and Councillors and all the local benevolent
societies be invited to attend.
ENGLISH CAPITAL FOR B. C. MINES.
The Hon. C. H. Mackintosh, ex-Governor of the Northwest Territories, has just returned from England, after
spending there some months on a mission connected with the
Our felicitations to Mrs. W. Bazett. of Maple Bay, on
the birth of a son: also to Mrs. MncNeal. whose little daughter was born last Aveek at Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Beavin's bouse,
at the point   of   Osborne Bay, almost   in   the   townsite   of
Crofton. THE CROFTON GAZETTE AND COWICHAN NEWS.
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THE NORTH COWICHAN MUNICIPAL MEETING.
MR. J. N. EVANS, reeve, and Messrs. II. Bonsall, C.
Dobsou and A. A. B. Herd, councillors of the municipality, were present at the Council meeting held on the
10th instant. This was primarily a Court of Revision, and
some eleven or twelve appeals against assessments were heard,
most of which were allowed or the assessments considerably
reduced. A deputation consisting of Messrs. C. Hazett and
T. Pitt appeared before the Council to urge an increase of
the tax on hawkers and pedlars, and Mr. Bazett pressed the
point in a vigorous speech. Tho Council thoroughly
acquiesced in the views of the deputation, and on the motion
of Mr. 0. Dobson, seconded by Mr. H. Bonsall, resolved to
increase the amount of the said tax from $10 to $26. for a six
months' license. The first and second readings of this
amendment to Sections 0 and 7 Of the Revenue By-Law were
passed forthwith, and the third reading was set down for the
next meeting of the council, on tho 17th of next month. On
application by Mr. Clermont Livingston, the council granted
permission to the Tyee Copper Company to build their proposed aerial tramway from Mount Sicker to a point on the
Esquimalt <& Nanaimo Railway near Somenos. The Reeve
reported to the Council the result of the delegation that
waited on the government to press the advantages of the
Cowichan Valley route for any railway that may be built
through the Island. The Reeve stated that the delegation
had been well received by the Premier and the Chief Commissioner, of Lands and Works, who had promised to have
the proposed route surveyed, aud had asked for any further
in formation on the subject that might be forthcoming, The
Finance Committee's report was adopted, also that of the
Road Inspector, and appropriations were made for road work.
A strong letter was also read from Mr. W. Herd, drawing
attention to the sanitary requirements of Crofton. It transpired, however, that Mr. F. Lindsay, the lately appointed
sanitary inspector for that town, bad not yet received official
notification of his appointment or of the powers conferred
upon Mm by it. This wns ordered to be sent to him. together
with instructions as to his action; and the Council meeting
adjourned until the 17th May.
PROPOSED INTRODUCTION OF USEFUL BIRDS.
Tho Natural History Society of British Columbia, of
which Mr. Aslutown Green of Duncans has always been a
prominent member, has undertaken to work out a plan for the
introduction of useful insectivorous birds into the province.
The Central Farmers' Institute, with which body the society
associated itself for the purpose of gaining information, suggested that the following birds might be study introduced into,
our dields: The skylark, the robin redbreast, the siskin,
nightingale and bluetit. In this selection care has been taken
to seo that no destructive species are included, but only birds
known to be of service to the agriculturist and horticulturist,
and famous for their song. It is nowi proposed to procure a
large number of each species named, and to liberate sufficient
birds, both oil the Mainland and Island, at suitable points, to
ensure their certain and speedy propagation. At the same
time, the society will keep a number of these birds in breeding aviaries for future distribution. To do this, however, a
sum of $1,000 is needed. The Provincial Government have
voted $500 on condition that the remainder is raised by subscription. The committee appointed to carry the matter
through has a sum of $85 in hand and promises of $150 more,
and is now appealing to Farmers' Institutes throughout the
province to invite subscriptions to cover the balance of $205
necessary to secure the Government grant. The object is one
that will commend itself to our readers, and it is to be hoped
that the appeal of the committee will meet with a hearty and
piompt response. All communications and subscriptions
should be addressed to the Secretary of the Natural History
Society, care E. Baylies Reed, Esq., Victoria, and should be
received not later than the 1st June next, as on the 30th of
that month the appropriation of the Provincial Government
will lapse unless it has been covered by an equivalent subscription.
THE TOURIST ASSOCIATION IN DUNCANS.
C. Hayward, Esq., mayor of Victoria and president of the
Tourist Association; Mr. II. Cuthbort, lecturer to the association; and Mr. Savannah, the noted photographer of the
city, were at Duncans last week, enjoying the fisbing and,
taking photographs of the vicinity, thereby no doubt combining business with pleasure. Making the Alderlea Hotel their
headquarters, they took many excursions, roaming as far as
Sahtlam. Every action of the Victoria Tourist Association
is of moment to the inhabitants of Duncans and Crofton. The
Cowichan district throughout is well within the excursion
sphere of the city. While Victoria, with her splendid attractions and hotel accommodation, must be the "draw" to bring
tourists to tbe Island, Duncans, the headquarters for fishing,
Mount Sicker with its mines, Crofton with its smelter. Shaw-
nigar. and Cowichan lakes nnd other noted scenes of interest
and charm in the district Avill inevitably contribute to keep
visitors in the country and provide that variety of excursion
which is of so much importance to the summer tourist.
THE WESTSIDE
THE  GREAT MAIL   ORDER   HOUSE.
SHOPPING BY MAIL !!
Out-of-town Customers ran shop very easily by mail if they only care to use
the advantage! of our Mail-Order System. If you can't come in person write
for anything you want, a post card will brhitf you samples and information. Experienced clerks will execute order the same day as  received.      Monkv Hack IP
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,
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.
Manager,
Editor,   -
H. Mortimer Lamb
Henry H. Newill
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All communications for the present to P. O. Box 645, Victoria,
P. O. Duncans and Crofton.
THURSDAY,   APRIL 24,  1902.
THE NEED OF A SCHOOL.
PERHAPlSthe pleasantest and most gratifying feeling of
a Croftonian to-day springs from contemplation of the
increasing numbers of ladies and children that are to
be seen busying themselves about their homes or taking their afternoon walks through the town. These wives
have ventured all to be with their husbands, notwithstanding
the necessarily rough experiences of life in a new town, and
they bring with them that tincture of refinement without
which a society of "mere man" inevitably reverts to pristine
savagery. These mothers have brought with them their
children, their dearest possessions on earth. These children,
happy, careless, full of life and childish enthusiasm, are
playing about, pleased with a flower or a smile or a kindly
word, a romping game—or any new thing. The brightest and
most beautiful ornaments of God's creation are these children
thus occupied.
But the minds of fathers and mothers meanwhile are
engaged with graver thoughts. With every day that passes,
their children are growing nearer to the time when they will
probably have to make their own way in tne world, their
firmest support the education they received when they were
young. The question that parents in Crofton are asking one
another to-day is, "When will a school be opened?" A public
school can, we believe, be demanded in any district as soon
as ten scholars are ready to attend it. (But in a growing
town like Crofton, where there are bound to be not only ten,
but more likely ten times ten scholars within a very short
period, why should the authorities wait for compulsion before
putting up a school building and making preparations for
school work and the selection of a school teacher? This cannot be done too soon. We think that there must be already
the required number of scholars in Crofton to start a public
school, but whether there are or are not to-day, the fact is
quite apparent that there will be, and 'many more, to-morrow,
nnd under these circumstances we cannot see the necessity
for any delay. The public school should be started at once.
We may perhaps presume in thus calling the education
authorities to task, but only through a deep sense of the
importance of  the occasion.
S. (P. O. A.
The meeting held in Duncans to form a Cowichan branch
of the Society for the Prevention of 'Cruelty to Animals
was a great success. The good which the S. P. C. A. have
done throughout the world is generally acknowledged. We
do not suppose that there is more cruelty to animals in the
Cowichan district than in other places, but unfortunately all
over the world there are minor forms of cruelty which are
perpetrated  mostly through  ignorance,  and the society can
exert great influence in lessening these by judicious education. The grosser forms of cruelty are, as a rule, universally
revolting, but even in such cases a society like the S. P. C. A.
can step in and prosecute the offenders when an individual,
for various reasons, might hesitate. In this way the benefits
that this society confers are invaluable, nnd the Cowichan
district is to be congratulated on having formed a branch of
so admirable an institution.
There is a greatly felt want in Crofton to-day. The
families of workmen are arriving, and they require house
room — for preference, cottages that they can rent at a
moderate figure. Several good residences have been erected,
but the ordinary workingman cannot afford to pay the rent
that is being asked for them. There is an excellent opening
for some capitalist to put up small houses of three or four
rooms. They would be taken off his hands and rented as
soon as built.
It will be gratifying to Croftonians to hear that the appropriation made at the Cowichan Council meeting for the roads
at Crofton was more than twice as great a sum as that for
any other single locality. The necessity for a large appropriation for the purpose of maintaining these roads and
repairing their present state is very apparent. The traffic
around Crofton has already been exceptionally heavy, and as
the town   grows   the   traffic will   certainly   not   decrease.
Crofton is destined to be an important industrial scene, and
much of   the traffic from every point of   this great mining
nnd agricultural district will soon, no doubt, be diverted to
the new smelting centre.
We are glad to read of Senator Macdonald's intention to
lay before the Senate at Ottawa a strong representation as to
the present inadequacy of the mail services between Victoria
and the West Coast ports. Reform in this matter is badly
needed.
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   "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.
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Crofton lUp to Date.
ACCIDENT IN THE QUARRIES.
The quarries on Salt Spring Island close to Vesuvius Bay
were on Monday the scene of an unfortunate accident that
happened to Mr. J. llaggerty, the contractor for supply of
stone for the James Bay embankment at Victoria. It appears
that there was a big piece of rock, weighing 1,600 Uis. or
more, to be dislodged, and Mr. llaggerty had just called to
hw met to stand clear, as he would start it himself, when
down it came. Grazing his shoulder and thigh, it crushed his
leg. A boat was obtained, and be was taken as quickly as
possible across to Crofton, where Dr. Foot was able to give
his injuries immediate attention. Fortunately no bones were
broken, but the flesh was all bruised and torn away. Mr.
•Haggerty spent the night at Mr. Conlin's hotel, where a mattress was laid for him in one of the downstairs rooms, and
everything possible Avas done to relieve his sufferings, and on
Tuesday be was carried on board the steamer Iroquois and
taken down to his home in Victoria. Croftonians will unite
with Victorians in wishing Mr. Haggerty as speedy a recovery
as possible.
INDIAN   RELICS.
A great many stone arrow-heads have been found in the
vicinity of the wharf, and it is thought that this place may at
one time have been the scene of a great battle between rival
tribes of Indians.
SIDEWALKS.
The way has been cleared for sidewalks along Joan Avenue. The townsite estate and lot-holders are dividing the
expense of their construction. We believe that "Mr. Lloyd, of
Westholme, is providing the lumber.
THE RAILWAY.
Some delay was experienced last week in the work of
laying the rails of the Mount Sicker Railway extension; but
the difficulties have been overcome, and it is hoped that trains
will be running into Crofton by Saturday next. Week-end
visitors to Crofton will be treated to a run on the line.
THE WATER SUPPLY.
Energetic measures under the superintendence of Mr. J. C.
Lang have been taken to ensure a water supply for the town.
Pipes are now laid through Joan avenue and up Robert
street. At the top of Robert street they will connect with a
flume, for which a cutting of about thirty yards is being
made, to conduct water from 'Grouse Creek. This undoubtedly is the best creek available. Lilly Creek, at first thought
of, has been found to run dry in summer. Grouse Creek
might have been diverted at a point considerably lower down;
but the dam is now being made above the railway crossing,
and by making the cutting alluded to, a fall of at least 80 feet
will be obtained from thetankwhich will be constructed to feed
the pipes. This fall will carry water to the top of any house
in town, and will be of great service in case of tire. Wo
believe that Mr. C. W. Dunne has offered land on his property for the installation of a pumping plant—should it be
found necessary to convey water from the Chemainus River
to supply either town or smelter.
LOCAL  NOTES.
Mr. and Mrs. D. S. Fotheringham and family have moved
from Victoria to their new home in Crofton.
It is indeed a pleasant sight to see so many ladies and
children arriving in the town to make it their home, and
several social functions are already being organized.
It is announced that Mr. William M. Brewer, whose
name as an engineer and a writer is household word
throughout this continent, has associated himself with the
Northwestern Smelting & Refining Co., of Crofton and
other places. He will examine nnd report upon properties
and purchase ores, etc.
We hope it is not a Croftonian who is the hero (?) of the
latest fishing yam. This is entitled "How I Did the Captain " The Captain is a well-known proprietor of some very
good fishing in the neighbourhood, and, being a thorough'
sportsman himself, sets his face strongly against fishing with
worm in the waters on his property. The story runs that one
day a well-clad individual Avith a cap full of flies and other
fishing paraphernalia came to him for permission to fly fish.
This was granted. The next day the same person' came
again, saying that he had had no sport the day before, and
obtained leave for another day's fishing. The following day
he journeyed to a neighbouring town and boasted how he had
"done the Captain." The flies stuck into his cap were a mere
blind. He had spent the two days fishing with worm, and
had secured large baskets. The very fact that so discreditable a story should be circulated calls for protest in the name
of fair sport.    It is to be hoped that the story is not true.
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.
HAMILTON POWDER CO.
(Incorporated i86i.)
Manufacturers   of   High   Explosives,   Stumping   Powder,   Blasting,
Mining and Sporting Powder.    Dealers in Electric Wasting
Apparatus, Safety Fuse, Detonators, etc.
Head office: Montreal.    Branch office: Victoria.    Local  offices :
Vancouver, Nelson, Rossland and Greenwood.     Works:  Nanaimo.
MOORE & WH1TTINGTQN,
CONTRACTORS AND BUILDERS,
VICTORIA and
CROFTON, B. C.
If you are contemplating
building we shall be
pleased to give you an
estimate.
I Ik ah Office:
159 Yates Street,
Elkctric Powkr.
Phone A750.
TRY OUR ARABIAN COFFEE. f
MOWAT & WALLACE,
GROCERS.
Cor. Yates and Douglas Streets, Victoria, B. C
Established 1878.
W   P.  JAYNES,
Wholesale  Importer  and Dealer  in All Kinds ok Merchandise.
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.
FURNITURE, CARPETS,
WALL  PAPER,  CROCKERY,
AND
Complete  Housefurnishings,
For Hotel, Store or Home.
Write for Catalogue.
Weiler Bros., Victoria, B.C. THE CROFTON GAZETTE AND COWICHAN NEWS.
I Duncans anfc Cowicban local Wews.
WATERWORKS FOR DUNCANS.
A newly formed corporation is the Duncans Waterworks
Company. Particulars of the organization are not yet made
public, but rights and privileges have been duly applied for,
and the company have posted notices that they intend making
application for a record of 300 inches of water from Skinner's
Creek, to be taken at a poiut 40 feet or thereabouts on the
south side of the bridge by which the Victoria aud Nanaimo
waggon road crosses this stream. "It is proposed to builil a
dam at this point and lay pipes therefrom into the town.
The land is the property of Mr. J. E. Hall.
THE S. P. C. A. IN DUNCANS.
At a large and enthusiastic meeting held in the Agricultural Hall, Duncans, the chair being taken by J. N. Evans,
Esq., Reeve, Mr. C. J. South, provincial secretary of the
S. P. C. A., delivered an eloquent address on the objects and
methods of the society, and concluded with an appeal to
parents to teach their children to be kind to animals.
Major Mutter then moved that a Cowichan branch of the
S. P. 0. A. be formed. He felt sure it 'would be a strong
and interesting branch, and it was needed. Many acts of
cruelty were practised through ignorance.
The Rev. C. W. Schlicter, in seconding the resolution,
said he thought that more especially ought children to be
trained in acts of kindness to their pets.
The motion thus put to the meeting having been carried
with acclamation, the Bishop of Columbia in an interesting
speech dwelt on the benefits of the society, and thought the
work to be done in the municipality would be invaluable.
'He was followed by Mr. Liudley iCrease, who felt that
public opinion needed educating. With regard to the legal
aspect of the society, there need be no apprehension. The
society adopted a rational "man-on-the-street" view of the
cases brought before them.
Capt. E. Barkley, R. N., appreciated very much the compliment paid him in asking him to take office, but at fois time
of life he could not act so energetically as he should wish.
None the less he would always take great interest in the work.
He quite agreed with Mr. Sonth as to the necessity of compelling Indians to exercise a more kindly and considerate control over their animals.
Mr. IF. B. Kitto thought it was a great thing to have the
courage of one's convictions, and he instanced the action of
Mr. Colam, the secretary of the London society, at a bullfight
organized in London. In front of the whole audience Mr.
Colam sprang into the arena and declared that such a demoralizing exhibition must be stopped, and there were no more bullfights
The Rev. J. A. Leakey, in moving a vote of thanks to the
speakers, expressed his heartfelt sympathy with the objects of
the meeting.
The officers of the Cowichan branch of the society elected
at the meeting were: President, J. N. Evans. Esq., Reeve;
Vice-Presidents, Rev. J. A. Leakey and Major Mutter: Secretary-Treasurer, H. de M. Mellin, lEsq. The Committee of
Management will be elected at an early date.
A children's meeting held in the Duncans school room was
also addressed by the Bishop, Mr. F. B. Kitto and Mr. C. .T.
South.
'LOCAL NOTES.
The infant son of Mr. Hoy, of Shawnigan, died
very suddenly on Saturday. It was a very sad occurrence.
Perfectly well at noon, the little boy was dead in the evening.
Mr. Norcross, the coroner, held an inquest on the body, and
Dr. D. O. Perry made a poet mortem examination, with the
result that the cause of death was found to be intussusception or strangulation of the bowels. The sad event
has elicited widespread sympathy.
Mrs. Prevost, who was so long laid up by a severe illness
in the Jubilee Hospital, Victoria, returned a week or so ago
and is now, we are glad to hear, well and strong again.
Mrs. Isabel Holmes returned on Saturday night from a
five mouths' visit to California, and her many friends in the
district are glad to see her back.
The Odd Fellows are giving a dance in their hall on Friday night. Admission, gentlemen 75 cents; ladies will please
bring baskets.
Visitors at the Alderlea Hotel this week have been 0.
Hay ward, Esq., Mayor of Victoria, and Messrs. H. Cuthbert,
of the Tourist Association, and Savannah, the photographer,
and several fishing parties.
At the Tzouhalem Hotel have been registered Alderman
McCandless of Victoria; Mr. and Mrs. 0. S. Baxter, of Victoria; Mr. D. Bogle, editor of the Colonist: Mr. H. H.
Nichert, of Montreal; Mr. J. W. Fletcher, of Armstrong;
Messrs. C. .T. Sonth and H. Eagleson. of Vancouver: and
Mes-srs. R. Machin. F. B. Kitto, J. McTavish, iL. J. Seymour
and J. Paterson, of Victoria.
CHEMAINUS   NOTES.
(From Our Correspondent.)
The 'Chemainus dance last week was a great success, the
proceeds beiug devoted to the funds of the Chemainus Hall.
The room was well tilled. Amongst some 250 guests present
were Mrs. E. J. Palmer, Miss Palmer, Capt. and Mrs. Gibson,
Miss Gibson, Mrs. F. Maitland-Dougall, Miss Maitland-
Dougall, Miss Allison, Mr. Allison, Dr. Telford, Dr. lA'chire,
Dr. Rogers, Miss Jaynes, Miss L. Jaynes, Miss E. Tilton, Mr.
and Mrs. R. Barkley, Miss Lyall, Miss Blythe, Miss Taylor,
and Messrs. H. P. Peterson, A. Sutton, A. Evans and A.
Robinson. The company numbered many visitors from both
Ladysmith and Crofton. Dancing was kept up with keen
enjoyment until 3:30 a. m. The Chemainus String Band provided the music, but extra dances were kindly played by Mrs.
Gibson and Mr. Richardson, and at special request Mr. Richardson rendered a violin solo, winning well-deserved applause.
An excellent supper wns provided by the ladies of Chemainus,
and all the arrangements were admirable.
Chemainus society has been a good deal agitated of late
by events in connection with the resignations of several
directors on the board of the Chemainus Hospital, as also of
the resident physician, Dr. Robert Telford, and the matron.
Miss H. >E. Jones, followed later on by the resignations of the
President, Secretary-Treasurer and other members of the
Ladies' Auxiliary Society. This wholesale embroilment has
been brought about by strongly divided opinions held on the
one hand by a section of society Avho hold that the hospital
should not be controlled by the Victoria Lumber Company, as
is the case since the Government have appointed Mr. E. J.
Palmer and Capt. Gibson, both American citizens, on the
directorate. On the other hand, personal feelings or grievances have animated another section of society to an exprcs-
BE WARNED IN TIME.
GET  A  FIRE-PROOF  SAFE  FROM
M. W. WAITT & CO., VICTORIA, B. C,
Who are agents for Goldie & McCulloch Safes, and the Cincinnati Safe and Lock Co.
PRICES   QUOTED   ON   APPLICATION.
Turner,  Beeton  &  Co.,  Ltd,,
WHOLESALE,
LIQUORS, CIGARS AND DRY GOODS.
Sole Agents for
ROBERT   BROWN'S 4-Crown Scotch Whiskey.
P L A Y E R'S Navy Cut Tobaccos and Cigarettes.
VICTORIA, B.C.
SEND YOUR ORDERS
 FOR-
Hay, Grain and Mill Feed
-TO-
The Brackman-Ker Milling Co.,
(LIMITED)
MANUFACTURERS OF
B. & K. ROLLED OATS.
>
VICTORTA-
AND-
-VANCOUVER. THE CROFTON GAZETTE AND COWICHAN NEWS.
sion of dissatisfaction with the late officials of the hospital.
Two or three lawsuits are pending. Mr. Pierson, a patieut
whose arm wns amputated, is suing Dr. Telford for heavy
damages, alleging that the operation was unnecessary; Avhilst
Dr. Telford, oti the other hand, is claiming a large sum as
professional fees from both Mr. Palmer and Capt. Gibson.
The cases being sub judice, comment is precluded, and in any
case perhaps the less said the better about a very unpleasant
state of affairs.
The funeral of the late John Hart, aged 28, the logger
who was killed by the fall of a tree limb in the Chemainus
woods, was an impressive spectacle, being attended by a large
concourse of his fellow-loggers and friends.
Mr. Lewis, in conjunction with Mr. H. Keast, is delivering stone, gravel and sand for the smelter works at Crofton,
and has several teams at work there. The stone is quarried
well ahead of the teams.
Mr. George Lewis, the well-known contractor of Duncans, has started his logging camp at Cowichan Lake, to get
out timber for the Cowichan Lumber Co. He has moved his
camp from Oyster Harbour, and is sending his eight-horse
teams and some thirty or forty men up to the lake.
SEEDS FOR FARMERS.
The Postmaster at Duncans has been kept very busy
lately. He despatched between three nnd four hundredweight of small parcels of seeds last week. Enquiry shows
that Mr. C. Bazett, of Duncans, is responsible for this increase of post office work. Mr. Charles Bazett has been
appointed agent for the province to Messrs. Sutton & Sons,
the famous English firm of seedsmen, and has already not
only produced a catalogue which is worth sending for. but has
distributed nearly a ton of seeds throughout the province, and
sent out over 1.000 tin boxes of samples. We hope these
signs of activity mean business, not only for Mr. Bazett, but
for our agricultural districts.
iSALE AND EXCHANGE), ETC.
A. F. Owen, piano-tuner, is open for engagements.   Tzouhalem Hotel, Duncans. .
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.
Mrs. A. Cayzer and her two daughters arrived in Crofton
on Tuesday to join her husband, who is working for Messrs.
Smith & Sherbourne.
NOTICE
Notice is hereby given that application will be made to the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia at its present session
for an Act to incorporate a company with power to construct, equip,
maintain and operate a single or double line of railway, to be operated
by steam, electricity or any other mode of power, at and from the City
of Victoria in the Province of British Columbia, thence northwest by
the most feasible route to a point at or near Seymour Narrows in the
said Province of British Columbia; and with power to construct, establish, maintain and continually operate a railway ferry steamship service _ -
for the purpose of transferring for reward, passengers and passenger and J OAN AVENUE,
freight cars from the said point at or near Seymour Narrows in Vancouver's Island to a point on the Mainland of the Province of British
Columbia ; and with further powers to build, equip, maintain and operate branches of the said railway from any point on the main line
thereof to any point in Vancouver Island ; and with power to build
and operate tramways in connection with the said railway ; and with
power to build, construct, equip, maintain and operate telegraph and
telephone lines in connection with the said railways and branches; and
with power to generate electricity for the supply of light, heat and pow-«
cr, and for all, any and every other purpose mentioned in sections 80,
81, 82 and 83 of the " Water Clauses Consolidation Act, 1897," and
A. B. WHITTINGHAM,
PRIVATE   BOARDING   HOUSE,
Home Comforts.   Moderate Rates.
Joan Avenue,      -      -      -      CROFTON, B. C.
A.  HOWE,
BUTCHER,
Established  for six years  at Chemainus.
Best Meat at most liberal
prices.
Crofton, B. C.
BENNETT'S
CROWN
BRAND
to do everything necessary or incidental to the carrying out of all or any
of the objects referred to in the said sections ; and with power to exercise all the powers given to the company by parts IV and V of the
" Water Clauses Consolidation Act, 1897 ;" and with power to build,
own and maintain saw-mills ; and to carry on a general express business, and to build, maintain and operate bridges, roads, ways, ferries,
wharves, docks, steamboats, steamships, coal bunkers and other works;
and to make traffic or other arrangements with railway, steamship or
steamboat and other companies ; and with power to expropriate lands
for the purposes of the company and to acquire land bonuses, privileges
for other aid from any government or municipality, or other persons or
bodies corporate, and with power to build waggon roads to be used in
the construction of such railway and in advance of same, and to levy
and collect tolls from all persons using, and on all freight passing over
any of such roads built by the company, whether before or after the
construction of the railway, and with power to sell out its undertaking ;
and with all other usual, necessary or incidental rights, or privileges as
may be necessary or conducive to the above objects, or any of them.
Dated at Victoria, B. C, this 24th day of March, A.D., 1902.
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, 1900.
Drills and  Accessories, Columns and Tripods,
IN STOCK AT VICTORIA.
6-6
ROBERTSON & ROBERTSON,
Solicitors for the applicants.
Manufacturers of Air Compressors and all
kinds of Mining Machinery.
E. M. SKINNER,
Civil Engineer and Provincial  Land  Surveyor.
DUNCANS.
ESTIMATES ON APPLICATION.
Rowland Machin, Gen'' Agent-
YATES STREET, VICTORIA.B. C. 8
THE CROFTON GAZETTE AND COWICHAN NEWS.
TELEPHONE 25.
J. A. SAYWARD
P. 0. BOX 190.
Manufacturer of and Dealer in
LUMBER, LATH, SHINGLES, SPARS, Etc.
DOORS, SASH and MOULDINGS.
32 Constance Street,
LUMBER MERCHANT
VICTORIA, B. C.
ROFTON
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 periodica] 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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