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 vol, I' M E 3, NO. 8.
S 0 D T 11 P 0 R T (i E 0 R G E , B . C . F E B R U A It Y 24th., 1 9 1 2.
§15 P E It A N N U M
r«ie pioneer publishers of the Cariboo District.
,,u herald's policy i.i to expose lhe operation's of uuual-
:„,',   i,',.; n- •°i_S_ trading upon the future assure, th a sc< -
Saral _____ advantage of Its remoteness to Mat their
rurnmadotloa upon a distant market, ______^__
Saturday, February 24th. 1912
The above is a copy of a telegram received
in,ni John A. Fraser, one of our provincial
members, by the local Conservative Association. To   this district   the news does not
come entirely as a surprise, for for it was a
foregone conclusion that   the McBride railroad1 policy    would   have to   deal  with a
north and south railroad. The editor o'f The
Herald would   draw   your attention, with
pardonable pride, to an interview that appeared in the   Vancouver News Advertiser,
three years ago, in which he foreshadowed
the con-;! met ion of just such a railroad as
ilic policy provides lor. The material of the
article reprinted on page two, is practically
a forecast of the   government's policy. We
arrived at the views expressed from a close
study oi conditions governing me; ns of across by railroad  to this country, although
at thai time the G. T. P. announced their
intenii m of building south from Tete Jaune
Cache   md not from Fort George.
The mos sing needs of British Colum
bia today will Lu met by the construction
of this new line of railway. The two great
transcontinental lines, the Canadian Pacific
and tlie Grand Trunk Pacilic, lie far apart.
Hiey cross the narrow breadth of the province. Mosi of the great arable valleys,
through wliich How the rivers that drain
British Columbia, persue a northeasterly
course in a general direetion. These valleys
"noi'd water grade for railroads, but as
railway construction in British Columbia
eas largely depended upon the invasion of
hnes from the east, with their tributary
brunches to tap British Columbia tonnage,
tne natural centre route of tlie province has
j"'',|! neglected. With the construction of a
of railway up the Fraser River from
'"'■ an enormous area will open up to
''Itier, and at this point such a railway
connect with tha inter-provincial belt
lin UP the Peace finer valley, that will un-
l,,"btodly be speedily constructed by the .).
I;  McArthur Construction Company.
1 '10 railway   policy,   as above provided,
w   ! assuredly take hold in British Colum-
1'lore is no adequate reason why any
■" with common   sense should  turn it
'"•   'he Herald bias long since given up
purtizan support   of the   Conservative
■   which   we adopted   at  the outset of
Journal's existance, and also in former
l)nPer enterprises by the publishers, for
country has been sadly neglected, and
country is our home. Our policy is to
"n     whieh party     or issue   promises
"'s*  results.   Results that, bespeak pro-
'or the'land we live in, that promise
"'r|ty and promote advancement. Such
"'.v has been announced by the McBride
rnwent, and, if the scheme carrys no
'""''"'"'uisinjr features we believe it should,
w»l be strongly supported. There are
J exceptions to be taken to the policy
of the government as a whole, but again,
the administration has wrought prosperity,
where previously chaos reigned.
WE believe that the Herald's fight
against unscrupulous townsite
promotion methods has possibly been the
longest and most consistent journalistic
campaign that has ever been waged in British Columbia by one lone newspaper against
promoter!', whose methods of exploiting
their propositions have needed just such
strenuous publicity as that shed upon thorn
by The Herald. In order that the public
might be protected against investing under
misapprehension as to. the future values and
thie future importance of these properties,
in whieh such strong inducement to invest
was forced upon the public generally at the
first sign of interest, by floods of misleading
advertising, we have carried the fight to
such length that the editor of this paper has
has been haled before the judgement seat on
a charge of criminal libel, and has also been
sued for $35,000,00 damages, by the promoter who has been the life and moving
spirit of the operations we refer to.
We have always anticipated that sooner
or later the promoting gang would try and
stifle us by     process of law. We even intimated  to a     representative   of George J.
Hammond the fact that we welcomed such
proceedings, for     in the past the press at
large has either ignored the controversy, or
have brazenly lined themselves up with the
promoters against The Herald, for the promoters an> amongst the biggest advertisers
in British Columbia. When these cases come
belore the courts, however, the evidence produced can not be ignored, and the truth of
the whole business will out. The Herald will
have the satisfaction of   knowing that its
reputation for   publishing the naked truth
has been well recorded. The attempt at de-
! preeiating cri-tieism, by such mush-brained
j space-padders as the would-be editor of the
| Fort George   Tribune,    Hammond's house
| organ, we can afford to ignore. That journ-
i al's [squeaking is not very audible, and very
futile, yet, as such work must be done for
Mr. Hammond     in order   that counterfeit
["independent" opinion may be foisted upon
■ the Tribune's exchange list, we are pleased
: to note the miss-fire character of such underlings—and to smile.
Locally,—amongst the people—The Herald
is supported ami endorsed almost unanimously. Its policy of protection to public
interests before everything is commended
far and wide. We intend to stay in the newspaper business, anil we want, first, last and
all the time a reputation for reliability. The
rewards of such a policy come slowly, but
they are not fleeting. We are gradually reau-
ing them. This will be borne out by the following excerpt from a letter to the editor of
The Herald dated February 13th, nnil signed by ('has. M. Hays, President of the
Orand Trunk Pacific Railway:
"The effort made by the Port George
"Herald" to prevent misrepresentation
with respect to that locality, that would
be misleading to prospective settlers is
certainly commendable and has our
heartiest endorsation, and I have no1
doubt if you will continue to persue
this policy that you will have cause to
feel well repaid for so doing by the reputation for reliability you will have established when railway transportation
facilities have reached Fort George over
our line, which we hope will be the case
within the next twelve months, and as
soon as we are in a position to do so
if is our intention to make a dof'mi|te
announcemeot for the guidance of tho
settlers and the public generally who
are going into that country, with respect to the plans we shall finally adopt
for the development of thc Fort George
Indian Reserve."
A     SPECIAL   meeting of the South
Fort George Conservative Association was held in the fire hall last night. The
meeting was called for the election of delegates to attend the nominating convention
in Quesnel, which is called for March the 1st.
A telegram und letter were read from the
secretary    of the.   Cariboo Central  Conservative Association,  which informs us that
this place is entitled to only two delegates,
and other townsites  to none, the basis of
allotment being upon the vote polled at the
last provincial election. The absurdity and
injustice of this basis of allotment is glaringly apparent. The election referred to was
held on November    12th.   1909,   over two
years ago. Obviously since that time there
has been a large increase in the vote polled,
and a vast difference in the juxtaposition of
that pote. Considering the fact that a Dominion election was held on September the
, 21 st last, we cannot find mitigating, excuse
. for the  ignoring    of names added    to the
voter's list between   that election and the
one held two years before, in so far as their
priveleges in gaining   additional represent-
I ation at the convention be concerned. The
effect of such a ruling upon Fort George and
the entire northern country is such that it
eliminates us altogetner as a powerful faction to obtain more direct representation at
, Victoria, and throws us. upon the results of
requests for the   consideration of the convention towards    nominating     a northern
candidate   from   the     metropolis     of New
. Cariboo, together with one from the older
portion of the district. And these representations are made to men who, by weight of
1 mumbers, hold the ability to grant, or to
| deny, more     dljrect   representation to the
j northern country, in so far as the weight of
! the   Conservative    nomination   will carry
'them in the   forthcoming   election. As we
j have stated, and as no fair minded man will
deny,   the   northern part   of the     district,
during   the next     term, will   undoubtedly
' stand     in very pressing    need of its own
1 member. The   district  is allowed two representatives, and these two could certainly
attend to the ; requirements of the district
if they are chosen from such sections of the
district that promise best to represent the
main interests, the greatest future development, and the   established   and recognized
centres thereof.
The opinion expressed at the meeting
shows conclusively that the people up here
ative attitude of the lower end of the dis-
are no longer content to tolerate the neg-
trict towards the claims of the north to
the nomination of one of the two Conservative candidates to which the district is
entitled. The meeting appointed Messrs. A.
G. Hamilton and George E. McLaughlin to
from South Fort George. They were in-
attend the Quesnel convention as delegates
structed to bring before the convention the
name of Mr. P. Campbell of this place, as
tho unanimous choice of the meeting, and
The Herald trusts that the convention will
appreciate the perfect equity and reasonable
grounds for endorsing Mr. Campbell's nomination <ts the "Northener's man."
Mr. and Mrs. McHaflie are expected
home on the next stage, after a long
holiday in Europe.
A. Moran arrived here yesterday
hy stage, and is negotiating for the
purchase of A, G. Hamilton's blacksmith shop.
W. F. Cooke is still in Ottawa. He
will not leave tor tlie west as soon
as he had anticipated, owing to
business of an urgent nature which
demands his attention in the capital.
Mr. May, a capitalist [rom the
east, was amongst the arrivals on
the stage yesterday. He states that
he is here to stay, and he will settle upon land in this district.
Down in Vancouver, W. J. Mackay,
late o( The Herald stall, is once
again looking northward. We hope
to welcome "Mac" here before many
moons have waned.
A consignment ot fresh eggs arrived here this week from one of the
QneBnel ranches. They sold speedily
for $3 a dozen. Twenty five cents
for one single specimen of a hen's
best effort!
Messrs. MeGaghren and Thorne,
the Fourth Street confectioners, are
enlarging their premises and making
ready for the summer rush.
Mr. McEwan is erecting a carac-
ious store on Fourth Street, on a
lot next to Dr. Lazier's residence.
A tower has been erected on the
top of the fire hall for the housing
of the big alarm bell.
E. J. Avison, of Quesnel, who was
amongst the business visitors here
this week, states that our neighboring town 100 miles to the south,
is steadily building up into a live
and prosperous community.
A. White arrived from Ashcrcft
this week with a load of oats. Mr.
White also brought up a large load
of dried fish and fur from Hamilton
& Williamson's trading post at
Stewart Lake, which had been sent
out via Blackwater.
For the benefit of our many enquirers we are publishing a page of
information of a general nature
which will Berve to take the place of
many letters, but The Herald, as
heretofore, will always be pleased to
answer any enquiry direct, or to
place such enquiry where such information may best be forthcoming.
The gun-fight up the Nechaco river
resulted disastcrotisly for the Nechaco River townsite. The South
Fort George Gun Club "put it hll
over" thc Fort George team on their
own ground. The shoot was held on
Wednesday last, and resulted in a
score of 66 to 44 in favor of the
home team. The day was an exceptionally bad one for shooting, md
a low general average resulted.
Two men arrived here this week
from Tete Jaune Cache, having walked the entire distance of 31") miles.
They made the trip down tbe icebound Fraser in twenty one days.
They informed The Herald that railroad work is proceeding rapidly at
the Cache. Great mountains of pio-
vinder are piled high on the hanks A
the Fraser at the head of navigation ready for distribution nlong the
grade, by the dismantled steamboats
"Distributor" and "Conveyir" now
being re-built at the Cache.
THE preliminary trial of John B.
Daniell, editor of the Fort George
Herald, on a charge of criminal libel, was
held this afternoon bfore Stipendiary Magistrate Heme, behind closed doors, owing
to the smallness of tne court room. E. .1.
Avison, of Quesnel, acted legally for Mr,
Hammond, the prosecutor, aod owing to
and reserved his defence. The witnesses to
the fact that the article to whieh Mr. Hammond has taken exception is apparently libellous, and the ease was committed for
trial to the next court of competent jurisdiction. Mr. Daniell pleaded "not guilty"
prove publication were Carl C. Cutler, locul
manager for Hammond, and F. N. Dewar,
who stated that he was manager of the
Hank of Vancouver on Hammond's site.
The Fraser river ice is beginning
to show signs of weakening under
the heat of the spring sun. The past
winter has been a period of charming weather, it has been tho most
moderate winter period in our
experience of the past six years. The
weather we are now experiencing is
a continual source of surprise and
pleasure to people who have not previously experienced a northern spring
Church  services,  during Lent,  will
be held as under, by the Church of
South Fort George:
Sundays, 3 p. m. Children's service.
7.30, Evensong and course
of  sermons.
Fort George:
Sundays:   8.30,  Holy  Communion.
11 a. m.     Mattins    and
Fridays:    7.30    p. m.     Lectures   on
Church   History,   followed  by Choir
Thc Northern Interior Amusement
Company are preparing for a busy
season. They are completing plans
for the electric lighting of their big
theatre, and will commence a season
of amusing vaudeville shortly after
the opening of navigation. A FOREWS\™CLO \M GeorSe Trading & Lumber Co., Limited
J   Of erators of Steamers on (he Fraser, Nechaco and
V ^SEfS^M-'iS9 Sluarl Rivers Manufacturers of Lumber
RuMist Realization      j
All Kinds of Rough and Dressed Lumber for Sale
" Bone Dry Lumber in the Yards "
Freight consigned to steamer
"Chilcotin" «i Soda Creek will
be carefully transported to the
point of destination.
Phone: One-One
chas. e. Mcelroy
General Managi
South Fort George
Send for a folder Send for a folder
Stages Autos     Steamboats
From Ashcroft to Fort George, and all points in
the northern interior of British Columbia, carrying
the Royal Mail, passengers and fast freight.
The Palatial4Steamer B.X. Awaits the Arrival of the Company's Stages
Head^Office:"Ashcroft, B.C.
Freight consigned to Bteamor at Soda
creek will be promptly forwarded.
Prom the    Vancouver News Advi r
tiser, July 29th., 1909.
Optimistic     reports  of   the  great
Quesnel country, through which it  is
stated the li- T. P.  will run _ 1.ranch
line  south  from   Porl   George,   have
teen broughl  to Hie City by Mr.  J.
li. Daniell,    editor ot    the Garil o i
Observer, Quesnel, who is a business
visitor lure.
Mr, Daniell states that the opinion
is current In  the     Nortli   thai   the
Grand     Trunk     Pacific's     p.oposed
southern  branch     lino wil nol   run
down  the Thomi son  river  valley  to
the eastward,  but     w 1   turn smitli
from llu1 main  hii" nt   Kurt   George,
follow  the  Fraser     pasl   Que n I  to
Lillooet,  run  across  the   Pemberton
meadows  to     Syuamtsb   river,  and
then down to Howe Sound,  trlnglng
it to within easy reach of Vabcouvor.
This mute  is regarded  as a  fea ible
one,  while it   will open  up a rich ag-   Immb
ricultural     country    extending  over
to  the  I'eaee    river,  where  there is
now  no  means  of  transit..   Coal  and    *A
timber  abound,   and   those   who  have , V
already     taken  u|>     ranches  In  this   }
fertile country have prospered. Fruit
has also been successfully grown, al     •»
though the season is rather short,
Surveyors,   when      this   route    was
looked   over    some   time  ago,   failed , *A
to find any grades that would create ^t
engineering difficulties. In thai: re }a
speet it Is far more profitable than M
the Thompson valley route, and in ' V^
well will open up a morc di.ect line
to Vancouver. i v^
Quesnel, which is 220 miles norlh ' f-t
of Ashcroft, and 90 miles south of
Kort George, is sit ated at the c n *>a
fluence of the Quesnel and Fraser ■
Rivers, and is surrounded by rolling l i_
bench lnnds covered w.tlv a light M
growth of poplar, No irrigation is ^
necessary at all. This country was _4
well known in the early dnys of the JB
Cariboo gold rush, but up till recent- i *>a
ly has not been developed, Now, m
however, large numbers of settlers Vj
are going in to Fort. George, Quesnel m
and Alexandria,  and  Soda Creek to ^B j 	
ply on the ^ tfO-H-N    A.*   Jr KxmrS-Ui-K
Fraser  river     in  that   d strict,  and ! fA
they  all     have  a     heavy  traffic  to j \W
handle.  Quesnel     is   connected   with    *J-
Ashcroft by a  good  road,  on  which
a twioe-a-week Httific service is oper
ated.   It boasts of n  branch  of  the
Northern Crown Hank, and a number |
of thriving business houses.
Mr. Daniell is in Vancouver in con- j
nectlon with the Incorporation of
his paper Into a company, which was
gazetted last week as the Northern
Interior Printing Company. He will
take a quantity of new machinery
with him for the purpose of improving  the facilities of  the  "Observer"
We have
secured the
agency for
and have a
stock of
for the
Just Drop In and Let Us Show Yon.
,'e pay special
mail orders.
Remember we pay special attention t.
Front Street, QUESNEL, B. C.
E take this opportunity to inform our many custom- }
ers and the public generally that the low prices )j
A    which have prevailed in our store through the summer jj
A    months will be maintained throughout the winter. g
'E'have been fortunate in receiving most of our heavy }j
goods before the close of navigation and having our }
A    own teams will be able to bring our goods over the road g
A    at the minimum cost. fc
Jj      RUSSELL PEDEN                                                        W.F.COOKE I
A  -^ -_Ktw.~~-t-.vt~   ir irirmini^mfl^   f&D\ f,
*  Store, Office and Lumber Yard, South Fort George ►;
Second St.
and Peed Stables
Rigs, Saddle and Pack Horses furnished on short notice.
Draying of all kinds and excavating done. Feed of all sorts
continually kept on hand.
Terms reasonable and satisfaction guaranteed.
Real Estate  garden tracts
250 ACRES °Khif1le,e'$60 per acre
in  hCHK Out Uf mile from Inidin Rtscrvc ~G. T. P. lowoiitc.-- fl CAA
Settlers located on 180-acres of good Government land.
Kennedy, Blair & Co. Ltd. I
WM. KENNEDY, Manager. R
Cor. Second and Hamilton Aves., SOUTH FORT GEORGE, B. C.
ware Co.
General Hardware and Sheet Metal Workers.
All kinds of tin and sheet Iron  work done.
Camp stoves:   Hot air Furnaces,   etc.
Alberta   will    him*  the  distinction   P"-AA> _^4_4_\i__^,4___SZf-^*rj
of being tlm lirst province t > leuis- : t.
lute fur the regulation o[ the real
estate business, says the Edmonton >
Bulletin, in1 reporting an Interview
with Mr. (1. P, Smith in regard to
his hill tn regulate the operations
nl real estate agents.
Bpoaking    tu     th.'     Build n,   Mr.
Smith   said   tin1   purpose   of   thi'   art
which will In' called ti> regulate thc
Survey,   Reslstratlon     mid    Sale of
Townsite ami  Subdivision propertl s
was  tn prevent,  as  far  ns  possible,   *
the  fraud   which   was  at   present   at    **,
tempted  by  tin'   unscrupulous  mem   f
bora n( tho real estate business,  lu
some quarters  tin'   Idea  ul control    t
Hid* real rsti.ti' operat'ons has been
scouted  and'   described   as  an  effort
tn legislate brains Into Ig oranl and
unthinking  persons.   To   those  who  ^
think  this     way,    Mr.   9m th  would   f
reply thnt the timet mi nt a gov rn
ni .ut  consists  largely  in  protecting   t
the  weaker     members     of  thc community.
'the    bill     provides tbat     plans nf   _\
sites  or  sub divisions  must  be  reg
Istered at   the Land Tibs Office f. r  fA
tho district  in  which  the land is sit.    **fl
Uatcd, and im plan w.ll receive a cer    \~
tlflcate of endorsation  until  all  the    J
provisions ol the a t   have le n  coin     V
plied with. Clause 6 of  the act   pro
vides dial     im lots shall     l.e oil red
lor sale ace rding   to nny  townsite
or   sub division   plan   until   tlie   plan
Conllnuod mi page four.
A Occidental
I     Hotel
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We are fully equipped to meet the "rush" of 1912. tt
Those who will require outfits during the coming W
season can procure anything desired at our store. We -
sell the best goods at the lowest figures.   ..'"..
Most  modern  up-to-date hotel in the interior of British
Now four-storey building.   Accommodation for 120 guests
All outside rooms—large, well-lighted and ventilated.
Steam heated.
Weekly and monthly rates on'application
Wire for rooms Wire for rooms
BUILDING on corner of Second
Street and Lasalle Avenue, suitable for small store:
Only $850
Real Estate.
o  South Fort George.
E. L. KEPNER, Proprietor
jj Close & Brown
4        South Fort George, B. C.
li SUIT-
Now is the Time lo Order Your SPRING |
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Ask the first best dressed man you meet—We are ft
sole agents for; f,
igh grade Tailors. Prices -i
a The Art Tailoring Company. It ft $«
"Liquor Licence Act 1910"      .known us Campbell's store Bit-
(Section l(.).) 'uute   ut*  South    Fort George*
NOTICE is hereby given thut upon the lunds described us Lot
on the First, day of' Murch noxt, Seven in Block numbered seven,
application will be made to the in District Lot numbered ■'•'
Superintendent of Provincial Dated this 27th. day of <"•»
Police for the grunt, o' a licence uury 11)12.
for the sale of liquor by whole- " P.CAMPBELL*
sule in  und upon  the premises Applicant* INFORM A TlfllVr for Investors, Property
J.J* _V X_fM.Vi.l__.___i. J. 1U119 Holders, and Intending
Settlers; Regarding Townsites; Conditions; Prices etc .*. /.
The plan reproduced above was
prepared for the Port George Herald
by Messrs Gore & McGregor, the
well known provincial land surveyors, It shows the location ol the
various sub-divided properties here
today. The various District Lots
that are subdivided bear the iuitials
or the names of the firms offering
tliem for sale. The South Fort
George townsite, the business and
residential centre of the district, is
situated on Lots 933 and 934. Dis-
trict Lots initialed "N. R. S. Co."
are owned, or being sold by the Natural Resources Security Company
limited, of Vancouver. The Hudson Hay Company's property and
Lots 931 and 932, generally known
as the "Bird Addition" are not as
>''t on the market. The area sub-
divided, and either owned or sold
on the profit sharing, plan by the
Natural Resources Security Com-
!'""y Ltd., totaU about 1800 acres.
'''Is concern has been responsible
such   development    as  may  be
found today on a small portion of
'•ot 938, the smallest of their sub-
aiyistons. Their townsites are lo-
"llc« on a high jack-pine tlat. The
soil Is gravelly, and, generally speak-
"'*•. will not produce domestic vegetation. There are no wells on the
t'twiiHite. owing to Its height, and
M*ter muut be brought from the
"v«r* The South Fort George town-
''"<■ is a very much smaller area. It
'"'Bis about 150 acres, and is slt-
. ,'u ed  on  the lower benches  of  the
'user River, which is navigated by
ine largest   steamboats   throughout
ne open senson. The Nechaco River
"'wnsites  are  not  regular  ports of
»n, as owing to the difficulty in
navigating the Nechaco river except
1 nigh water the boats do not call
'"'re unless paid to do so. Lots In
h"n.c sulKiivisionB of the Natural Re-
h'nirces Security Company Limited
'"ve not increased in value to any
material degree during the past three
years. Their initial sub-divisions
are as yet quite indeveloped. South
Fort George is a good live town. It
has been largely built up and developed by the pioneer element, who
settled on the site as soon as it
was placed on the market. The Late
John Houston, the veteran frontier
newspaperman, established his paper
at South Fort George in its earliest
days. The town contains over two-
thirds of tbe entire population of all
the inhabited townsites. It has two
banks, the Bank of British North
America and the Trader's Bank of
Canada, two sawmills, tin shop,
three large general stores, a large
theatre, a newspaper issued by the
pioneer publishers ot the Cariboo
district, a licenced hotel, pool hall,
bakers, confectioners, two churches,
drug store and restaurants. It is the
terminus of the British Columbia
Express Company's mail steamboats
and stage line. It is the headquarters
of the Kort George Trading and
Lumber Company's steamboat and
sawmilling operations, The headquarters of the Northern Lumber Co.
merchants and sawmill operators.
It is close proximity to the Government buildings, and is situated in
such manner that the main development of the Indian Reservation
will benefit it more directly than
any other sites. The railways that
are to be built from the south must
of necessity follow the Fraser River
shoreline in order to secure a water
grade, and will form a junction with
the main line of the G. T. P. near
the east end of the Indian Reserve.
Acreage close to the South Fort
George townsite is changing hands
every day lor large figures. The land
comprising the South Fort George
townsite, and all the Fraser River
properties is of excellent quality, S
covered with a light growth of pop- j
lar with scattered firs.
The foregoing resume of the town-
sites here will give the reader some
idea of the respective merits of both
townsites.  The  Fort George  Herald
has no affiliations with either of the
exploiting   companies   whose   interests appear1   to   be opposed. Those
who have    invested in   South Fort
George property, not too   far back
from the river,     may   rest assured
that they have   excellent value for
the money they have invested, owing
to the rapid growth of development
created by independent initative.  If
they desire to sell they should list
their'   properties    with one    of the
local realty operators, who are constantly  recording    handsome profits
for investors. Lots in the townsites
of  the  Natural   Resources   (Security
Company depend for their value on
their  proximity  to  that portion  of
their property along the waterfront
at waich they are trying to centralize their development. At that point
tbe townsite company is putting up
a number of buildings, and are trying
in every   way to start    a trend of
development,  having    their business
centre for its radiating point.  This
will hardly be accomplished to any
satisfactory     degree for    the large
majority on their sites, for a long
time to come. We advise no one to
purchase on the strength of their advertised   statements.     Intending  investors   in   any    sub-divisions bere
should bear in mind that the Grand
Trunk Pacific    Railway   Company's
townsite will add   about one thousand acres   more   townsite   property
to tbe   combined   area    offered for
habitation. The    market    has been
dangerously    flooded    already,   and
bearing this in mind the careful investor will not venture his funds in
any townsite that can not actually
claim the    active and    independent
development that    signifies the approval oi the people on the ground.
Unless they can invest in a townsite
that    is  being     developed   and increased in value by independent enterprise, they had better await the
sale of the    G. T. P. property or
buy in or near the business centre
j of the district.
I    Intending settlers   can obtain 160
' acres of land by pre-emption. There
are large    tracts of   land open for
alienation by pre-emption    only,  in
[ this district. The land is capable of
i raising   good crops   of garden pro-
I duce, hay, oats, and practically any-
] thing but fruit, which has not so far
' proved   a success  up    here,  should
| maintain that    this  district should
! not be regarded as a fruit growing
country until that branch of culture
has been   properly     tested.  This is
! naturally a mixed farming country.
Wild  berries,   however,     are   found
throughout the   whole   northern interior country,  as far north as the
Peace River  Plateaux.  Wagon  roadB
| are being built into the surrounding
j country, and progress will be made
j on such public works, as future cir-
I cumstanccs demand. The FraHer and
Nechaco RiverB afford transportation
to their tributary valleys, the Fraser
particulary,  being navigable for 160
{ mileB south and  315  miles north of
this point. We believe that the best
way to secure a    good pre-emption
is  by  engaging  the  services  of  one
of the reliable locators, who make a
business     of  locating    the   settler.
Some of these men have been in the
district for a    long time,   and can
Bave the land hunter time and cash
! by  his experience.   The Herald will
1 be pleased to advise the settler regarding  landB open  for  pre-emption
and  the best     means   of obtaining
information  thereof,  on  application.
Building materials are at hand in
large  quantities.     The local     mills
havf   about three     million    feet of
i lumber In the yards,  in preparation
for the spring.   Lumber coBts from
$35  to  $75 a thousand  feet.  People
intending building    should    consult
by letter some    of the    local  contractors, who, we are informed, will
be pleased    to furnish    all information.
The fare into the country from the
railway point, Ashcroft, fluctuates
i with the seasons. During the summer
when navigation is open on the
Fraser River, May 1st. to October
31st., the fare amounts to $45, and
the expenses en route about $10.
This is by automobile and steam-
j boat. The winter fare, from November 1st. to March 31st. totals $62,
with expenses of about $15. Travel
in the winter is by sleigh. The express rate in the summer is 124 cts.
per tb. The winter rate 20cts. The
summer Freight rate is 6cents, and
the winter rate llcents per lb.
The cost of living may be gaged
by the following scale of prices now
prevailing. This rate will be materially reduced when freight comes
down the Fraser River from Tete
Juane Cache, via the G. T. P. steel
from Edmonton. This should transpire next Bummer: Flour 11 cts lb.
Sugar 14 cts. lb. Ham 35 cts. lb.
Bacon 40 cts. lb. Beans 15 cts tl).
Rice 15 cts. Hi. Dried fruits 25 cts lb.
Overalls sell for $1.25 a pair. Meat
18 cts. tb. Meals in the hotels, however, cost but 50 cents each.
The banking interest charged here
is ten per cent.
Employment in the past has been
limited to survey work, building
trades, (carpenters), loggers, steamboat crews, packers, canoe men,
land and timber cruisers, laborers
| on government road work, and such
work as has been done towards the
j development of townsite properties.
Farm laborers arc not In demand as
yet. There is no railway work here
up to the present, but during the
next season and thereafter laborers
may reach the grade from this place,
that is, after next June or July.
Wages range from $4 to $7 a day,
according to the class of labor.
Prospectors will find practically a
virgin field for their explorations.
The whole district has every indication of being highly mineralized. THE MC ARTHUR
issue of the Winn ii": Free Pr s
seems in siniw ilml in Alberts t i
the projected railroad from Edmonton in Porl George via the Peaci
Hiver country Is going to be a llvi
.Must uf the atternoon session oi
February 9th., of the Alberta I gis
laturo was taken up with the dis
c.isk'iin in committee of the whole of
the lirst of the railway guarantes
bills, the one und r discussion being
the Edmonton, Dunvagen an I llril Ish
Columbia Railway company. Oppot:
itinii members took strong excepl
imi to the bill which they clalme I
was  a   similar   ileal     Id   the   ill 'aliil
water-days act.
'I'lie premier, in reply, Btatcd Umt
,1. ii. McArthur, of Winnipi g, was
the pn sub nl i.f the com] a y, ami i
every one of the directors was res
iilnit in Canada. Mr. McArlhur's
name was snilicinl guarantee nl the
bona fide nature of the com] a: y.
Eight clauses uf the bill were paseed
in  committee.
Tlie .1. I), McArthur Construction
company will push die two great
arms uf the triangular railway (rum
Edmonton ami Port George to tip
high apex at Dunvagen, ;iisl as fast
as the line can be laid out, 'llie Mc
Arthur Construction Company bus
large interests in Suutli Porl George,
o Roberts, Jones & Willson a
EDWARD ROBERTS Nilirr Public,      E. E JONES      A. J. SEI.WYN-WII.LSON. Auditor
FOR SALE: Farm Lands. Garden Tracts. Timber Limits. Mineral Claims. Valuable town lots.
I IST YOl'l.    PROPF.kTTF.S WITH    US    Reference-.: Hn Train'-. BmkofCinidi
■L'T"    ' WVU   ' KLL! l-i'vl"-^  Willi    Ilia-  Theb.,,1, „, ymmtti Fdi,MW.B.C.
:es: Hamilton Avenue, South Fort George: Central Avenue, Fori George, B. C.
We don't ask you to purchase South Fort George lots by
making a pencil mark on a townsite plan   You would
be safe in so doing, but if skeptical
I and General Wood Work
Satisfaction guar-
Repairing   —
Suml articles by mail i« Fori Goorgo, H.C.
Fort Georgepr^
°       lions a
Drug Co.   ^__
iargeshipment,just received
Tollol artlcals, Patent Medicines,
Magnzinc-s.Books, Stolionory,
Toilet Articles, DruBf-isls1 Sun
Land Timber Cruiser
Pre-emptions Located.
^_^_^_^^^^^^^^^^       j      SOUTII FORT GKORGE, 1 C.
has been  registered.  Sales according Es:'imatbs Submitted,
to  unregistered   pluns   shall   be ab- !	
solutely  null and void. 	
Every nnt|> or  plan  us tl  ii solicit   ,\ Fort George, B.C.
r— 1
Intending Building?
NOW is the lime to build,
whilst seasoned lumber is
obtainable. Labor conditions
are now in your favor. We
contract to design and construct your building, guaranteeing satisfaction: Call
or write us.
Bronger & Flynn
Builders and Cnnl factors
=>    Investigate Our Proposition
and you will find a good live town    Two banks, saw mil
pool hall, newspaper, two general stores, splendid
hotel, bakery, stationery store, mail-boat
landing, scores of buildings,
and crowds of  satisfied   buyers
172 Hastings Street, Vancouver, B C , or the resident agent,
G. e. Mclaughlin
Fourth Avenue, South Fprt'^George
ing sales  ot  property  shown   in  thei
plan  shall   include     a  key-map  and
shall  als"  bear  the signature <>f an
Alberto   land     Burveytir.     Sufficient i
topography   must   be      Shown   on   the   I Surveys of LandB, Mines, Townsites, Timber
map   In  clearly   indicate  the  nature     Limits. Etc.
 ■Victoria, B.C.
F. I'. Burden, Mirr. F. C. Green, Mgr.
Nelson, B.C., A. II. Green, Mgr.
Green Bros., Burden & Co.
Civil Engineers, Dominion & B. C. Land Surveyors
of the ground  and all  bills,  ravines, I —
water courses and sloughs. | ary.
An  important   cliinse  in   the  bill   is  . 	
designed to prevent the sab' of sub- defined for breaches of the act, the
divided property In other than bona maximum penalties allowed are as
fide townsites. it. provides that the | follows:
minister of public works shall re'tise
to certify any plan of a proposed
sub-division which purports tu be a
new    townsite     on    any  exis'ing or
Using an unregistered map, $109
and costs, on summary conviction
before two justices of the peace, for
every lot sold or offered for sale.
Fourth St., Soulh Fort George
| 1836
Assets Exceed Fifty Million Dollars
|  1912
Bank of British North America
Your money is safer in the Bank than in your house or in your
pocket, it is not tied up. You can get it out at any time without delay. NOTES discounted. Local and Foreign Drafts bought
and  sold.  COLLECTIONS made piomptly.   Money Orders issued.
Fort Geoge Branch,        L. G. MacHaffie, Mgr.
proposed line of railway, unless audi Using a map not including a key
until the location of the siding I map bearing the signature of an
which is to serve the said town is ', Alberta land surveyor, or, if such
delinatcly lixi'd bv the proper author- ; map does not fairly represent the
ities. A new townsite shall not in- j topography of the district, U.000
elude a sub-divided area of more I and costs on summary conviction
lnan 80 acre8, j before  two    justices,  or six  months
In certain  well known cases extra-1 imprisonment.  In  flagrant cases the
justice may impose both the fine and
the imprisonment. Such penalty shall
be  without  prejudice  to  any  action
ional point on the G, T.  P. wist of   which may be taken against the of-
Edmonton,   where   llie e  are  no  less j fender for misapresentation or fraud,
ordinarily large sub divisions have
been made at the commencement, as
for instance  Edson,    the  first  <li\is
than  HI.IMill  lots.
When the land shown in the plan
of a proposed sub-division is situate
within tbe limits of any minicipality
Head Office:
Paying Out-of-Town Accounts
Small amounts can be sent safely and at small cost by using
Bank Money Orders. Any bank in Canada (Yukon excepted)
will cash them without charge, and they can be cashed in leading American cities.   They are sold at the following rates:
f, nnil under
Over $10 to MO
'A cents
10 cents
Over   $5 to $10
Over $30 to $60
6 cents
15 cents
Capital and Sni plus
H. C. SEAMAN, Manager.
Smokers' supplies
a specialty
and   all    sales  so  shall   be  declared
absolutely  null  and  void. 1
The  heavy    punishment  meted  out   \
to   offenders    under the   c'ause, Mr.
Four pool tables
Splendid environments
or within two nubs thereof the mn  I Smith  said,   was  necessary  to  com-j
ister may  require a  report from the |bat  downright   fraudulent  misrepres-
councll   of    the   municipality  setting legation,  which   was exactly on all |
forth  whether or  noi   in  their opin-1wltn  obtaining money  by false  pre-
nui llu* placiiiK of the said sub-divis-
Ion  on   the  market   tor  sale   is  nee s
sary and in the public Interest.
For   violation   of  other  provisions
f the net, the offender will be liable
An  Interesting feature of the  bill   l" n lim"    of 950 and   costs on sum-
Is  that   no  loi    in any  townsite or . m,"'*>'  conviction,
sub-division    pl tm    sha 1    have  lesa
than .Mi feel  frontage nor a del th of
let    than  150    feet,   excepting that
the depth ot lot i in iv  be varie 1  In
the    discretion  of   the   in nlster ot
public   works     in   order     to    nut'o
streets conform with existing streets
and  further     these     lo's mini t  ba
sub-divided,   Explaining    the  tea. on
for this clause Mr.  Smith said that
whereas   the      class   of      people   who
bought small  lots al   prie's ranging
from $20ii lo $300 could not become
buyers if Ibe lot were so'il for $500
a practice hail arisen nf S'Jb-divld-
ing thc lots and Belling each half
tor J250, the dealer thereby get! ng
$600 for one lot.
The limits of sub-division of town
property art) set as fo 1 iws:- In
cases where tbe proposed sub division
purports to be an nnmx or addit on
to any city of a populat'on of
twenty thousand or under, the plan
shall not be approved unless all of
the land which it is proposed
subdivide liis within one m'le of tbe
corporate  limits  of  such  city.  If the
population is greater than 20,000 the
laud to be sub-divided must lie
within two miles of the city bound-
gore & McGregor, '
Victoria and
Fout George. R. C.
j     Head Office* VANCOUVER, B. C.     c '
CAPITAL AUTHORIZED -             -             $2,000,000
Il I It R C T 0 U S :
K. P. McWNNAN Esq., Presld-nl, RoDert Kennedy     New Westmill-
sitlc  Hardware,  Vancouver,  II.  C. .                      "
McLennan,   MeFcely & Co.    Whole* .    .    ■.,,.„,.,,,., .      ,.         n   t. o ,
I,. W. SIIATF0RU Esq., M. I.. A. Vi, tori!'   no                   Capitalist,
Vicc-Prcs. Merchant, Hcdley, B. C. R   VuKAPS.  Ksi,.,  E   11.  Heaps *
HIS  HONOR T. W.  I'ATEUSON,  Lieu* Co.,   Lumber  and  Timber;   President
tenant-Governor British Columbia. Columbia  Trust Co..  Ltd.,   Vancou*
M.  II.   CAIU.IN. ver,  II. 0.
Cniiltnllst, Vlotorla, B.C. ,1.  A.   HARVEY,  Esq.,  K.C.,  formerly
A.  IS I hi,  Iisq, ol  Cranbrook.  B.C.,  Vanoouvor,  B.C.
C.  S.  DOUGI-AjS Esq. A.  ,„ pKAVAK. General  Manager.
Fort George Branch; F. N. DEWAR, Manager.
is equipped with the most complete
Job-printing plant in New British
Columbia, including typesetting
machinery and presses capable of
printing any job from a visiting card
to a 2-foot by 3 poster sheet.
is owned by the oldest publishing v.
i°.! concern in the Northern Interior. It
Fort George
Nechaco Valley
Bulkley Valley
Skeena Valley
In every case our
lands were carefully inspected by
expert cruisersde-
fore we purchased
THE GRAND TRUNK PACIFIC RAILWAY will make all these districts
accessible to all the wcrld. Every rail laid adbs
to the value of the land
North Coast Land Co. Ltd.
General Offices: 610 to 624 Metropolitan Bldg., Vancouver, B.<
London Office:   6 Old Jewry.
~-        T       .         $1,500,000.
publishes the truth.
CASSIAH  l.ANI) DISTKICT. th,- north slmro and marked "H. !'■, K- ''"
01  lite  Peace River  Lnml District. corner"    Ihenco  imrth     Ho  chains]   tncu**
TAKK notice that Hcnrier l'rcpuntainc, west   Ho  chains;     thencc  smith   35  c']fl
nl Vancouver, II. C, occupation gentleman more or  less  to the  lnke;  tl.encc Bislci .
inteiuls  to  apply Inr permission   lo  purcli along  tlle slmre to puint nf cntnmcncciii*1
ase the Fallowing describe I lands: cotltaining  *,ji> acres nmre nr less.
Commencing at a pnst planted  n miles H3NRY I'liKPONTAIN
, west  ol  the eust  end of Choo-chi   lake oil      September  15th.,  1911. Dec   •
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