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 IVOL. 3, NO. : 3
Within the next two weeks a
[railway construction camp will be
[established five miles east of
iSouth Fort George. Before the
lend of July thousands of men
[will be employed on construction
[between here and the Grand
This is the news brought here
this week by Mr. S. Lund, of the
jund-Rogers contracting firm, of
St.Paul, Minn., who have the
fcontract for about 42 miles of
onstruction east of here. Mr.
Lund arrived here Thursday at
loon in a gasoline launch, the
irst craft of its kind to navigate
lie waters of the upper Fraser.
Fn company with Bob Alexander,
[he contractors' Grand canyon
pilot, the 100-mile run here was
nade at the rate of 25 miles an
pour. The boat is 26 feet long,
Ind has an engine capacity of 20
The Lund-Rogers firm of contractors have an enviable reputation in the railway world. Their
[organization is as near perfection
[as it is possible to make it, consequently they complete their
[contracts within the specified
Mr. Lund informs the Herald
[that his company has installed
la camp at mile 187, about 40
(miles east of here by railway
j survey. Another camp will be
placed on the western end of his
". contract, about five miles east,
i just as soon as men and supplies
| can be brought down river
Owing to low water on the
! upper river, the big boats of the
Foley, Welch & Stewart company
are not having the success that
promised early in the season.
The contractors are therefore
using barges and rafts almost
entirely in the transportation of
supplies and equipment, though
later when the high water season
arrives the big boats are expected to take up the burden of
transporting men and equipment.
With its favorable position and
splendid dockage facilities on the
Fraser river South Fort George
must necessarily become headquarters for all the railway-building to the east and west of here.
Mr. Lund has already announced
his intention of opening an office
here and making this town his
Not only will grading and construction camps be in evidence
soon in this town's vicinity, but
bridge-luilding will be carried on with vigor. Two representatives of the Bates & Rogers
Construction Co., of Chicago,
Messrs. Houston and Rasmussen,
spent the week here, arriving
from Tete Jaune Cache Monday
in a rowboat. They are looking
over the contracts to be awarded
next week for all steel structures
between here and the Cache—a
total of ten bridges in all. Three
of these will span the Fraser, one
a short distance below the Cache,
one at Bear river, and the mammoth railway and traffic bridge
to be erected a scant half-mile
above this town. Seven smaller
bridges make up the total of ten.
Before leaving for Winnipeg
this morning Mr. Rasmussen
stated that it was a hundred-to-
one chance that his company
would be awarded the contract
for the entire ten bridges. If
they are as successful as they
hope to be, Mr. Rasmussen stated that no time would be lost in
getting men and material on the
local site and rushing the work
with all speed. The contract
specifies five large concrete piers,
and the completion of the whole
structure would take at least a
year. Work would be carried on
throughout the winter months,
and a force of perhaps two hundred men would be necessary to
complete this big undertaking in
the specified time.
On the construction of the main
line of the G.T.P., from mile 28
west of the summit to mile 53,
there are at work no fewer than
6000 men blasting the right-of-
way through the mountains,
grading the track and laying the
ties for the railway.
By July 1, according to the
forecast of the sub-contractors of
Foley, Welch & Stewart, the steel
will be laid as far as Tete Jaune
Cache, at mile 53, B.C. Before
the road can be completed to this
point the contractors must finish
the tunnelling from mile 47 to a
point 2000 yards west. Here is
the heaviest work on the whole
grade, and from 1500 to 2000 men
have been engaged for months
on the task of blasting a tunnel
through the solid rock part. This
undertaking accomplished, the
contractors will make fast headway.
Throughout the summer months
24 steam shovels will be at work
between Tete Jaune Cache and
Fort George, Sub-contractors
state that the actual amount of
grading done and the mileage of
steel laid will at the close of the
present season be greater than
the accomplishment of either of
the two preceding years.
At Resplendent, B.C., where
the steel gangs laid down their
tools at the end of the active
season last fall, track-laying commenced again last week.
Judge Calder will arrive next
Thursday afternoon and sittings
of the County Court will be held
at 4 p.m. at the government office.
The safest barometer of the
business condition of a town or
city is its building of residences,
A residence invariably represents
a family, and when a number of
residences are being constructed
it means that the population is
growing, and quite naturally
there must be business to encourage people to locate here and
build residences.
There are today more residences under way in South Fort
George than in all the remainder
of New Cariboo combined, And
they are residences of which any
city might be proud. Following
are a few which have come under
the Herald's observation this
week. These will all be completed within the next fortnight.
Chas. Houser, a five-room cottage on Fourth street, just north
of Hamilton avenue, Danforth
& Mclnnes, contractors.
Jas. Cowie, nine-room residence on Sixth street, Bronger &
Flynn, contractors.
H. W. Gross, a five-room cottage on Lasalle street.
L, F. Wilkes will commence the
erection of a cottage within a few
days. i
Wm. Rowat, six-room house on
Fourth street.
In addition to the residences
noted above, several new business places are being planned by
Perhaps the most important of
these will be the new hotel on
the corner of Fourth and Hamilton, to be built by Messrs. War-
cup and Nicholls, recently from
San Francisco. Plans of this
building are practically completed and the work of erection will
be commenced within the next
few days. It will be a 40-room
structure of the most modern design.
Messrs McGaughey and Senior
are erecting a motion-picture
theatre on Third street, near the
corner of Laselle. The building
will be of modern design and
the equipment of the latest, One
special feature is the sloping
floor which allows of an unobstructed view from the rear seats.
The promoters hope to open their
new theatre on Dominion Day.
Vancouver, June 1.-Premier
McBride, on his return from England, makes the important announcement that the bonds of
the Pacific Great Eastern, the
road from Vancouver to Fort
George to be built by Foley,
Welch & Stewart, under a bond
guarantee from the provincial
government, have been successfully placed in London.
To show their good-will and
help boost along the building of
the Grand Trunk Pacific transcontinental, the business men of
South Fort George tendered the
visiting railway contractors a
banquet in the Thorne & McGaghran hali last evening. A
splendid repart was set out and
covers were laid for twenty-five.
The guests of the occasion were
Mr. S. Lund, of the Lund-Rogers
Construction Co., and Messrs.
Houston and Rasmussen, of the
Bates & Rogers Construction Co.
At 9.30 a jolly party sat down
to the banquet with Mr. W. B.
Dean, king of toastmasters, officiating. After the groaning board
had been relieved of a portion of
its load, Toastmaster Dean, in a
happy little speech, welcomed the
visitors on behalf of the business
men and citizens of South Fort
George. The advent of the railway men was indeed a happy occasion to the people of the Fort
George district, many of whom
had for years been awaiting the
coming of the iron horse. Mr.
Lund was then called upon to reply to the toast "Our Guests."
Mr. Lund, in his opening remarks, expressed his great pleas
ure in meeting the business men
of the district on so happy and
unexpected an occasion. "In my
experience as a builder of railways I have had occasion to visit
many parts of Canada, the United States and South America, but
in no town or city have I met
with the hearty hospitality and
good-fellowship accorded me by
the people of South Fort George.
I came down the river expecting
to find a hamlet of shacks, but
found a vigorous young city
throbbing with metropolitan
life." In an interesting and lucid
manner he told of the progress
being made on the transcontinental line from the east, and
stated that from his knowledge
and observation of the work already performed, Canada would
have a railway second to none on
the continent when the Grand
Trunk Pacific is completed. He
hoped to frequently renew the
many happy acquaintances made
in South Fort George. J
Mr. Rasmussen, replying to
"The Builders," expressed his
pleasure in being a guest of the
business men of the town. He
confessed his amazement at the
growth of this place, as yet 300
miles from a supply source, and
predicted a wonderful future for
the city on the Fraser. He told
most interestingly of the work of
"In my experience as a builder of
railways I have had occasion to visit
many parts of Canada, the United
States and South America, but in
no town or city have I met with the
hearty hospitality and good-fellowship accorded me by the people of
South Fort George. 1 came down
the river expecting to find a hamlet
of shacks, but found a vigorous
young city throbbing with metropolitan life."—Mr. S. Lund, of the
Lund-Rogers Co. *>
bridge construction, and hoped
to be present at other such happy
occasions here.
Mr, Houston told the gathering
that he was not a speechmaker,
but was delighted with his visit
here. He was acclaimed with,
"He's a Jolly Good Fellow."
Several local speakers gave interesting talks on conditions past
and present. Messrs. Senior and
Alexander, with harp and violin,
discoursed sweet music at intervals during the evening, and Mr,
Hancock, the popular local basso,
delighted the gathering with a
It was 2 a.m, when the party
finally dispersed after singing
"Auld Lang Syne." Messrs.
Houston and Rasmussen were
then escorted to the steamer B.
X. by a merry bodyguard. They-
left at 6 a.m. for Winnipeg. ^Mr.
Lund will remain here for a few
days before returning up-river
where his camps are located.
Messrs. P. Thompson, of Seward, Alaska, and Henry Maillard,
of Seattle, are among the week's
arrivals. They have practically
decided to open a bottling works
here, for the manufacture of
soft drinks of all kinds, such as
soda water, ginger beer, sarsap-
arilla, etc. There is a lucrative
field here for such an industry
and their venture is bound to be
a successful one. Both gentlemen are favorably impressed
with the splendid future in sight
for this town.
Messrs. Wesley & Wiggins today concluded the sale of the
double corner on Hamilton and
Third, directly opposite Hotel
Northern, to Mr. S. Lund, of the
Lund-Rogers Construction Co.
The price paid was $4000.
The buyer intends erecting a
modern office building on the
property. His firm will make
South Fort George their head
quarters for all work to be carried on in the district, and their
offices will occupy a large portion
of the building. The remainder
will probably be let to other railway contractors.
The plan of the proposed building will be a three-storey frame
structure with full basement.
Hot-water heating and all modern conveniences will be installed,
Mr. Lund informed the Herald
that the investment is purely a
personal one, and that after looking over the local situation he
had decided that South Fort
George was the place to invest.
This is the second sale on this
street in the past few days to
newcomers, Messrs. Warcup and
Nicholls having purchased a site
a block farther west for a modern
The forest fires in the Bulkley
Valley were much more serious
than at first reported and instead
of a lot of waste timber lands
being destroyed there was a lot
of farm buildings, hay stacks,
ecc. consumed by the flames also,
There was practically one fire
from Fraser Lake right through
to the west of Telkwa and Aider-
mere. Geo. Driver & Son were
among the heaviest losers. Their
farm is a couple of miles west
of Telkwa and they lost their big
barn, stable, fifteen tons of hay,
and a couple of miles of fence.
Their loss will amount to about
$5,000. Several other farmers
also lost heavily, and some even
lost their machinery,
After a three-weeks' visit with
the local Indians, Father Coccola
left for Fort St. John last Monday. He was escorted for several
miles on his journey by a band of
Indian horsemen and a number
wagons loaded with squaws and
I i , run i litutibt ntnnui
Devoted   to   the   interests   of   Fort
George and  the entire Northern Interior.
J. B. DANIELL, Rdltor.
There is now no room to doubt
that local business will, this
season, experience the stimulus
resulting from railway construction, since the Lund-Rogers company has located a camp on the
Fraser, five miles from here, and
as camps have been established
along almost the entire line between here and Tete Jaune Cache,
by the first of July the whole
valley of the upper Fraser will
present a scene of uniform activity. Construction work along the
Clearwater was interfered with
by forest fires, which entailed
serious loss and inconvenience in
the destruction of camps, provisions and equipment. The necessity of immediately replacing
these rendered it impossible for
steamboats to take advantage of
a suitable stage of water occasioned by the spring freshets to
descend the river to this point
with men, equipment and provisions to initiate operations in
this vicinity. We are assured,
however, that within a few days
work will be started between
here and Willow River and will
be energetically advanced.
It will be gratifying to the
pioneers, whose confidence in the
future enabled them to endure
the hardships and difficulties of
the past, to note with what progress this section of the north is
being reclaimed from the silence
of the lone land. Settlers and
citizens now arriving will not
hive long lo wait until every
convenience and facility afforded
by older places will be found
here. The impetus which every
industry and business will now
experience has been long anticipated and will prove the lure of
many new enterprises. Here
there is room for all, and opportunities not elsewhere to be
found. Evidence of this is afforded by the steady increase of
population, the demand for agricultural land and business locations. Our city, occupying as it
does, an unexcelled geographical
position, with great agricultural
and timber resources, can look
forward with optimism and confidence, as every condition is
present to assure the permanence
and greatness of its future.
will not be long delayed.
Everyone familiar with the
routes of travel through the district understand that a great deal
of time is required to visit the
different camps, and, of course,
the possibility is always present
that errors will be made, especially when a foreman yields to
such advice as recommended the
present route up the hill from the
Nechaco river.
The duties of the road superintendent this year call for his
presence at points from Quesnel
in the south to Pine Pass in the
north, and from Eagle Lake in
the east to Francois Lake in the
west. When the time consumed
in travelling between points so
distant is considered with that
required to cruise out and locate
the line of all new roads within
those bounds, a minute supervision must appear an impossible
task for one man. Under such
circumstances it is easily understood how errors may be made,
and for provision against these a
division of the duties of the present superintendent between two
men would appear a better remedy than a search for an aviator
with a knowledge of road work.
Such a division is imperative if
time is to be allowed for the
proper supervision of government
work in all parts of this division
of the Cariboo district, and the
sooner this fact is recognized by
the government the better.
Mr. McNevin's competency as
a road-builder is recognized
throughout the district, and in a
fair consideration of the work
accomplished by him as road superintendent the necessity of improving the grade up the bank
of the Nechaco would reflect little
on the general character of his
There are those, however, who
covet his position, and their
assiduity with the hatchet is unlikely to abate if it tends to their
own preferment.
Act;   ana   ijn   inc.   m""""   -
Cooke, Peden & Company, Limited*
Cooke, Peden & Company, Limited, will
at the expiration of one month trom
I the first publication hereof upply to the
Registrar of Companies for approval ot
change of name from Cooke, Peeler a ,
Company, Limited, to  "The Northern
Lumber    &    Mercantile     Company,
Dated this 4th day of May, 1912.
Quesnel, B.C.
Solicitor for Cooke, Peden &
Company, Limited,
District of Cariboo.
TAKE notice that Arthur Charles Egbert McElroy, of South Fort George,
B.C., manager, intends to apply tor
perniission to purchase the following
described lands:
Commencing at e. post planted at the
Northwest corner of Lot 4201 and
marked C. McElroy's Northeast corner,
thence south 10 clmins, thence west 40
chains, thence north 80 chains more or
less to the Nechaco River, thence following the said river southeasterly to
the point of eommencement and containing 140 acres more or less.
Arthur Charles Egbert McElroy.
May 6th, 1912. jul20
The extent of the  northern
division of the Cariboo district is
a fine subject to conjure • with
when liberal appropriations are
sought of the government.    But
the distances which separate the
various places for which provision
was made for public work is conveniently forgotten when fault is
to be found with the supervision.
The distribution of the appropriation for public works in this section of the district indicates a
very careful  representation  of
the needs of the   constituency
by Messrs. Fraser and Callanan.
When particulars of the vote
were available no time was lost
by the road superintendent in assembling men and starting the
work, and so far we have observed no laxity in his application
to duty to justify the attack on
his character made by the organ
of the Nechaco townsites promoter.
lt is not contended that the
route up the hill beyond the Nechaco is the best, nor that the,
present one cannot be improved;
provision is made for that work,
So many of our public men
seem to be obrcsied with the
idea that greatness and success
are achieved by slickness and
clever political juggling, in which
their names figure prominently
in the hireling partisan press.
Canada'needs a few of lhe type
of men of the late Judge Mabee,
who was actuated ly high principle, a devotion to duty, and a
reasonable conception of common
honesty. It seems to be the fate
of this young country that whenever one of her citizens develops
to any small extent these qualities, the Lord dispatches His
grim messenger for him. Perhaps, however, the example that
Judge Mabee set may have some
little influence in driving home
to the dull and calloused mind
of our public men the idea that
if they only knew it, their best
asset would be patriotism, honesty and service to the human
race,- Manitoba Free Press.
SEALED TENDERS  addressed  to
the  undersigned  and marked on   the
envelope "Tender for Buildings,   Fort
George Reserve," will be received  up
to noon of Tuesday,  July 2,   1912,   for
the erection of the following buildings
for Indians  on   the  under  mentioned
On Reserve No. 2, Fort George, B.C.
18 large dwellings for Indians.
6 small
1 Church.
1 Schoolhouse.
On Reserve No. 3, Fort George,  B.C.
4 large dwellings for Indians.
6 small
On Reserve No. 4, Fort George B.C.
1 large dwelling for Indians.
2 small dwellings for Indians.
Plans and specifications may be seen
at the offices of Mr. John F. Smith, Indian Agent, Kamloops; Mr. Peter
Byrne, Indian Agent, New Westminster; Mr. Wm. McAllan, Indian Agent,
Fraser Lake; Mr. A. M.Tyson, Inspector of Indian Agencies, Vancouver;
Mr. W. E. Ditchburn, Inspector of
Indian Agencies, Victoria: and the post
offices at Ashcroft, Quesnel and Fort
Each tender must be accompanied by
an accepted cheque on a chartered bank
for ten per cent, of tha amount of the
tender, made payable to the order of
the undersigned, which will be forfeited
if the person or persons tendering decline to enter into a contract when called upon to do so, or fail to complete the
work contracted for. If the tender be
not accepted' the cheque will be returned.
The lowest or any tender not necessarily accepted.
The unauthorized insertion of this advertisement in any newspaper will not
be paid for.
Asst. Deputy and Sec'y.
Department of Indian Affairs,
Ottawa, May 1, 1912. 41
Fort George
Drug Co.
Prescriptions a
large shipment just received
Toilot articals, Patent MediclneB,
Magazines,Books, Stationery.
Toilet Articles, Drugg-tata Sundriea
The sittings of the County Court of
Cariboo will be held as under:
CLINTON-Thursday, June 6th, 19)2,
at 9 a. tn. at the Court House.
150 Mile HousE-Monday, June 10th,
at 10 a. in. at the Court House.
South Fort George - Thursdny,
June 13th, at 4 p.m. at the Government
Quesnel-Saturday, June 15th, at 2
p. m. at the Court House.
RicHEiELD-Tuesday, June 18th at 10
a. m. at the Court House.
By Order. C. W. GRAIN,
Robert Spinks
inting and
South Fort George : B.C.
Little Nugget
The most modern and best-appointed
cafe in Fort George.
Meals       •       50 Ccnta
Short Orders a Specialty
Mrs. F.C. Nahrwald, Proprietress
Cor. Hamilton and Third
South Fort George.
I am prepared to
Locate Pre-emptors
Good Government Land.
N. C. Jorgensen.
P. 0. Bon 21.
Stalk Firt boric, I. C,
Satisfaction guar
fl Our New Stock is now on display-the finest
a ever brought to this country.    Every line is
'A now complete.
jj Our Prices Are Still the Lowest
A Hardware       Groceries      Boots and Shoes
a Clothing        Builders' Supplies
I Mortlkeni Lumber Co., Limited
Q  ■  -:  | -	
jj  Store, Office and Lumber Yard, South Fort George
City Livery, Feed &.
Sale Stables IAffS,».
Single and Double Driving Horses.   Saddle and Pack Horses.
New Buggies and Thoroughly Reliable Rigs.
Fort George Hardware Co.
General Hardware and Sheet Metal Workers.
All kinds of tin and sheet Iron work done.
Camp stoves
Hot air Furnaces, etc.
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
^=^>   Investigate Oar Proposition
and you will find a good live town--Two banks, sawmill,
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 Fort George
Send articles by mall to Fort George, B.C.
B.C.        i
Most modern up-to-date hotel in the interior of British w
fi  Columbia. K
4L  New four-storey building.   Accommodation for 120 guests to
Ja  All outside rooms—large, well-lighted and ventilated. K
fl  Steam heated. 74
Weekly and monthly rates on application K
Wire for rooms Wire for rooms ft
E. L. KEPNER, Proprietor Premier Borden was offered a knighthood among the king's birthday honors,
but declined it. It is probable he will
accept the honor and become Sir Robert
when next new year's list is announced.
The south «ide of Second avenue, the
business section of Wainwright,
Alberta, was swept by fire last week
with a loss of $100,000. The town hall
and Union Bank, the firehall and other
buildings, were destroyed.
Premier Borden has given a prompt
and emphatic denial to the supposed
outline of the naval policy of the government, which was that Canada is to
maintain two fleet units to be placed
by Great Britain, one on the Atlantic
and one on the Pacific, with a drydock
to be established on each coast in addition.
Unofflcials but approximately correct
figures of immigration into Canada to
June 1st 1912, show a total of 175,329
as against 153,125 for the same period
a year ago. While increases have been
considerable from Great Britain and
Europe the greatest   percentage   of
i increase has been from south of the
1 international boundary
An urgent call for help to fight a fire
J which threatened a bridge on the Bar-
■kerville road, 18 miles out, was receiv-
led in Quesnel last week.   A number of
Then immediately responded and were
(taken to the scene of the trouble in an
tuto.   They succeeded  in saving the
The fiercest forest fires in years are
■raging in  the  country  north  of the
[Saskatchewan river,  to the north of
Prince Albert.   The railway  construction camps on the Hudson's Bay Railroad have been destroyed,   as wil as
nuch valual le timber.
A gang of men, in charge of Len Ford,
| commenced work last Monday on the
f Barkerville-Fraser River Road. It is
the intention of the Government to complete this road as far as Bear Lake thi?
( season, for which purpose a large num-
1 ber of men will be employed also sev-
t eral teams of horses with plows, grad-
| ers and scrapers.
With the rails but a mile from the
I little town of Hope and the assurance
of a Canadian Northern train in the
I course of but a few more days, there is
I a great deal of excitement in the little
j community on the lower Fraser at
j present. Only the completion of thc
1 bridge over Silver Creek  remains,  all
the lumber being on the ground, and
j then a short stretch of track will con-
{nect the town with the outside world by
I rail.
Announcement of the appointment
of E. J, Chamberlin to be president of
the Grand Trunk Railway has created a
lot of speculation in railway circles as
to who is to succeed him as general
manager of the Grand Trunk Pacific.
In this connection the name of George
W. Caye, who has acted as assistant
to Mr. Chamberlin in the management
of the western lines, is most mentioned
Officials of the Grand Trunk Pacific
refuse to make any comment.
Writing from Clinton, Rube Hull
says that Jim Wardell has canned his
yellow cook, and now hu a white lady
presiding at the range. For grub and
other accessories before and after the
fact Rube says that Jim's hotel deserves a scare head. |Rube also says
that the home of romance in B.C. is
along (he Cariboo road. It should be a
good place to get material for a dime
novel, judging from the news that
we hear about police chasing the
Indians.-Greenwood Ledge.
The name of Sir Charles Hibbert
Tapper, K.C!., of Vancouver, is now
being mentioned in connection with
the chairmanship of the Dominion railway commission. The vacancy has not
yet been filled nor has the matter come
before the government since the return
of the minister of railways from
Toronto. It is believed that while the
vacant office has not yet been offered
to Sir Hibbert Tupper, hia name has
been under consideration. It is not
known whether or not he would be
willing to accept the position in view
of his large professional interests in
the west. At the same time he is
regarded as a likely man for the office,
having an exceptionally wide knowledge
°f railway law as well as a close
familiarity with the conditions of rail
way development in Canada and of its
'elation to private and municipal rights.
uiiiunuu- lmumun nun
There are a great number of town-
site properties on ths market in the
land adjoining the Indian Reservation
here. Most of the subdivided properties are owned, sold by or controlled by
the Natural Resources Security Company, Limited, of Vancouver. Their
properties comprise Lots 777, 1430, 936,
1429, 937, 938, 2608, 2G1U and 2507.
The South Fort George townsite, tht
business and residential centre of thi
district, is situated on Lots 933 anc
934. The Hudson's Bay property ano
Lots 931 and 932, generally known
as the "Bird Addition" are not as
yet on the market. The area subdivided, and either owned or sold
on the profit sharing plan by the
Natural Resources Security Company Ltd., totals about 1800 acres.
This concern has been responsible
for such development as may be
(ound today on a small portion of
Lot 938, the smallest of their subdivisions. Their townsites are located on a high jack-pine flat. The
soil is gravelly, and, generally Bpeak-
ing, will not produce domestic vegetation. There are no wells on the
townsite, owing to its height, and
water must be brought from the
river. The South Fort George town-
site is a very much smaller area. It
totals about 150 acres, and is situated on the lower benches of the
Fraser River, which is navigated by
the largest steamboats throughout
the open season. The Nechaco River
townsites are not regular ports of
call, as owing to the difficulty in
navigating the Nechaco river except
in high water the boats do not call
there unless paid to do so. Lots in
some sub-divisions of the Natural Resources Security Company Limited
have 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. Tbe 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 the entire population of all
the inhabited townsiteB. 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 of the Cariboo
district, a licenced hotel, pool hall,
bakers, confectioners, two churches,
drug store and restaurants. It is Ibe
terminus of the British Columbia
Express Company's mail steamboats
and stage line. It is the headquarters
of the Fort George Trading - and
Lumber Company's steamboat and
sawmllling 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 for large figures. The land
comprising the South Fort George
townsite, and all the Fraser River
properties is of excellent quality,
covered with a light growth of poplar 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 inter.
ests appear 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 grqwth 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 which they are trying to centralize their development. At that point
the townsite corppany 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 here
should bear in mind that the Grand
Trunk Pacific Railway Company's
townsite will add about one thousand acres more townsite property
to the combined area offered for
habitation. The market has been
dangerously flooded already, and
bearing this in mind the careful investor will not venture bis funds in
any townsite that can not actually
claim the acttve 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
intending settlers can omain ±t>u
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
raising good crops of garden produce, hay, oats, and practically anything 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 roads
are being built into the surrounding
country, and progress will be made
on such public works, as future circumstances demand. The Fraser and
Nechaco Rivers afford transportation
to their tributary valleys, the Fraser
particulary, being navigable for 160
miles south and 315 miles north of
this point. We believe that the beat
way to secure a good pre-emption
is by engaging the services of oue
of the reliable locators, who make a
business of locating tbe settler.
Some of these men have been in the
district for a long time, and can
save the land hunter time and cash
by his experience. The Herald will
be pleased to advise the settler regarding lands 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
have about three million feet of
lumber in the yards, in preparation
for tbe spring. Lumber costs 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
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 steamboat. 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 12} cts.
per lb. 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 rats 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 summer: Flour 11 cts Ib.
Sugar 14 cts. Ib. Ham 35 cts. Ib.
Bacon ' 40 cts. Ib. Beans 15 cts Ib.
Rice 15 cts. lb. Dried fruits 25 cts lb.
Overalls sell for $1.25 a pair. Meat
18 cts. Ib. Meals in tbe hotels, however, cost but 50 cents each,
i 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
development of townsite properties.
Farm laborers are 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 ot labor.
Prospectors will find practically a
virgin field for their explorations
The whole district has every indication of being highly mineralized.
ST. STEPHEN'S-Services next Sunday: 8.30, Matins and Litany; 9, Holy
Eucharist (sung); 3 p.m., Children's
Service; 7.30, Evensong and Sermon.
KNOX CHURCH-Services every Sunday evening at 7.30. C. M. Wright,
Minister. ,
Office and Store Fixtures.
Hamilton Ave.    South Fort George
I'. A. Landry J. H. McGregor J. F. Templeton
T. A. Kelly, Timber Department
Gore & McGregor
British   Colombia   Land   Surveyors
Land Agents Timber Crullers
Chancery Chambers, Lanirley Street, VICTORIA,
B.C., P.O. Box 162, Phone 684.
McGregor Building, Third Street, SOUTH FORT
2 The Time
The Place
The Store
PITH SPRIN everyone wants something
NEW.   Try this store for the best the
market affords.   We are showing a particularly
nice line of
i Do you |
| contemplate f
y  Prints, Ginghams, Muslins,
4 Satins, Sateens, Silks, Etc.
If your storekeeper has not got it, try Quesnel's
leading merchant
John A. Fraser
4 Front Street Quesnel, B. C.
m Mail Orders Receive Prompt Attention.
Then in- n
_       our workmanship and get our estimate.
Danforth & McInnis
Contractors a Builders.
Hamilton and First.
Prospective Builders
Are you aware that it takes less labor to build with OUR BONE DRY
LUMBER, and that the result is permanent, weatherproof and saves
repairs and fuel; also that the lumber costs no more than other lumber?
All Kinds of Lumber and Mouldings For Sale.
The Fort George Trading & Lumber Co., Ltd.
SOUTH FORT GEORGE, B.C.    Phone 11.   Chas. E. McElroy, Mgr.
Pioneers in Sawmilling and Steamboating on the Upper Fraser
and Tributaries.
Our GUMLESS SPRUCE SIDING and V-JOINT will not warp, check
nor shrink endways, and contains no gum to cause the paint to peel.
Farm Lands,      Timber Lands,      City Property,      Garden Tracts.
Fire, Accident and Life Insurance.
TWO SECTIONS of choice land in the Salmon River
Valley.   Price, per acre $15
575 ACRES of land suitable for subdividing.    Only one
mile from town.    Price, per acre      ...      $55
TEN-ACRE Garden Tract, close in, per acre
cn Roberts, Jones & Wiilson o
EDWARD ROBERTS'Nfrtarr P>d>lk.      E. E. JONES.     A. J. SttWYN-WIUSON, Ada*.
FOR SALE: Fans Lands. Garden Tracts. Timber limits. Mineral Claims. Valuable town lots.
Offices: Hamilton Avenue, South Fort George: Central Avenne, Fort George, B. C
Corner Hamilton & Third
South Fort George, B.C.
The newest and most modern
hotel in the northern interior
Rates $2.50 and $3
Monthly aad weekly rates oa •»«
Best of wines,
liquors and cigars
Albert Johnson, m.
— COMPANY =====
Send for a folder
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 Palatial Steamer B.X. Awaits the Arrival of the Company's Stages
^KHbMLSEBn^    Head Oflice: Ashcroft, B.C, PAGE FOUR
BOKN-On Friday, June 7, to Mr. and
Mra. L. F. Wilkes, a son.
Al. Johnson, proprietor of Hotel
Northern, left this morning on a business trip to coast cities.
Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Carney arrived
from the coast by Thursday's boat.
Mr. Carney is the donor of the baseball
trophy now in possession of the local
Intend Building?
Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Cowie are spending a few days with Mr. and Mrs.
Armstrong at the Hudson Bay post
pending the completion of their new
Fred'Tiemeyer, of the German Bait
ery, has put in a complete stock of
confectioneiy. Recently all-glass showcases were installed and his store on
Second avenue is now one of the neat
est in the country.
Smokers' supplies
a specialty
Four pool tables
Splendid environments
Fully a dozen "prairie schooners"
have arrived in South Fort George during the past ten days. The newcomers
are all settling on lands adjacent to
South Fort George and are well supplied with, implements, provisions and
live stock.
Kort Qporui*. B.C. Victoria, B.C.
F. V. Burden, Micr. F. C. Green, M*r.
Nelson, B.C.. A. H. Green. M|tr.
Green Bros., Burden & Co.
Civil Engineers, Dominion & B. C. Und Surveyors
Surveys of Lands, Mines, TownsitoB, Timber
Limits, Etc.
• NOW is the time 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 Contractors
Land Timber Cruiser
Pre-emptions Located.
Estimates Submitted.
The Wright Investment Co., Ltd.,
have recently opened an office in the
Gore and McGregor block, Third street.
They specialize in Fraser river farm
farm lands, and their holdings are said
to be the choicest in that favored
Joe MeNamee, the veteran trapper,
who for many years has dwelt amidst
the furry denizes of the North Fork of
the Fraser, was here this week on his
annual visit to civilization. His season's
catch was a good one, camprising 85
marten, 65 beaver and a grizzly.
According to the Ledge, Henry Stege,
who recently sold his hotel in New
Denver, intends [starting a brewery
here. Hank will be royally received in
South Fort George. Suds costs a dollar
a bottle here, making a beer jag an
expensive bahast for the average
The steamer Chilcotin left yesterday
afternoon for Tonoquah Creek, 95 miles
up the Fraser. She had a passenger
list of 25 and carried 50 tons of freight.
The Chilcotin is performing splendid
service on the upper river this season,
greatly to the benefit of the many
settlers located along the waterway.
South Fort George
July 1st - 1912
Horse Races, Foot Races,
Baseball,    Athletic Events
F.C Swannell, P.L.S., with a survey
party, leaves today for Fraser Lake
from which point he will Work north to
beyond Stuart Lake. Later in the
season he will make an exploratory trip
north of the Findlay river and will report to the provincial government on
the possibilities of that vast unsnrvey-
ed region.
It is expected that the B. C. Express
company's new steamboat will be ready
early next week for a trial run from the
Soda Creek shipyards at to Quesnel. A
bunch of fifty beef cattle for the contractors' camps now await transportation from Soda Creek to the upper
Fraser. These will go on the (irst iri|
of the new boat.
The ice cream social held Thursdaj
evening in the Presbyterian church wat.
a distinctly successful affair. In addition to the delicious refreshments
served, an entertainment by locrl
talent was greatly enjoyed. Those
contributing to the program were Mrs.
McElroy, Mrs. Brewster, Miss McArthur, Messrs. Thorne, Lynn, Hancock,
Alexander and Senior.
Miss Dora Dickson, who has spent
several months here the guest of hei
cousiu, Mrs. Al. Johnson, left this
morning for her home in Vancouver.
A wise little bird remarks that Mist
Dickson will return in the autumn at
the life partner of one of this town'*
most promising young men. In singlt
blessedness or wedded bliss the populai
young lady will receive a hearty welcome back to South Fort Geoage.
L. C. Gunn, late G.T.P. engineer, ii
locating the Pacific & Great Easten
line from Vancouver in this direction.
Mr. Gunn spent several years in locating the Grand Trunk transcontinental
line from the Yellowhead to the Bulk-
ley valley. He has a thorough know*
ledge of the topography of this countn
and last year completed the initial G.
T.P. Vancouver branch linesurvey fron
here to Soda Creek. ThiB survey will
now be used by the Pacific & Great
Manufacturers of High-Grade Confectionery
ICE CREAM and all kinds of SOFT DRINKS
Catering Tobaccos and Cigars
■*■*■-*.•*. **-*■•*■ *^*^**-.i*..,*.™*.***.<.4^r*\4*>f*.>.+>.4+*'+>'A>'A?.'A»!m>'m!'*
Fresh Meats
Beef, Mutton E
and Veal       i
\| Seed Potatoes - $5.00 per 100 lbs. jj
jj        FRESH MEAT and RANCH EGGS our specialty.        g
Travellers and Shippers to F01*tGe01*ge
and New British Columbia
Travel in comfort and safety via the Steamer "CMlcotln" the only
oak-ribbed steamer on the route; and consign your goods to the care of
the "Chilcotin" at Soda Creek, they will be carefully transported to
their destination,
The Fort George Trading & Lumber Co., Ld.  J
The Pioneer Operator1*, of Steamboats and Manufacturers of
Lumber on the Upper Fraser and Tributaries.
The Auto Transit Company
Agents at ASHCROFT, B.C.
Choicest Seasoned Lumber
We have specialized in the Lumber business, which means
that we know this business thoroughly, and can give satisfaction by filling orders from a stock of the highest grades.
We Make a Specialty of Seasoned FIR Lumber of the Best Class
Get estimates from us on all kinds of Building Material.
Northern Lumber Co., Ltd.
Head Office and Yard, South Fort George.   Branch Yard at Fort George.
Men s Clothing
and Furnishings
WE wish to draw your particular attention to our stock of
Men's Clothing and Furnishings.   All our goods are
especially adapted^to the needs of this country.
General Merchandise
While we direct especial attention to our Clothing line, do
not forget that we carry a complete stock of General Merchandise-Groceries, Provisions, Boots and Shoes, Hardware
and Building Material.
We Can Supply All Your Wants
at the Most Reasonable Prices
Close & Brown Co., Ltd. I
Lasalle and Second Street Soutii Fort George, B.C.
» •»•v.   u
| 1836 |      Assets Exceed Fifty Million Dollars      1 1912 |
Bank of British North America
Your money la safer in the Bank than in your houM or in your
pocket. It is not tied up. You can get it put at any time without delay. NOTES discounted. Local and Foreign Draft* bought
and gold. COLLECTIONS made promptly.   Money Orden issued.
The Average Deposit of the
Canadian People is $122.00
per Person
u,,c.i .    A portion of your weekly or
t, ...ir j     a savings account will soon brine
/ to *t.'.  oe surprised how rapidly $2 deposited
eiio.,«.   i    aake a substantial payment on your
Saving money can be m
monthly wage deposited
you up to the average, p
weekly will amount to ei
H. C. SEAM .(V w«n- cr
■oath Fort 49«Ori*
Head Offlc*:
R. P. McLRNNAN Esq., President,
McLennan, McFeely & Co. Wholesale Hardware, Vancouver, B. C.
L. W. SHATFORD Esq., M. L* A.
Vice-Pres. Merchant, Hedley, B. C.
HIS HONOR T. W. PATERSON, Lieutenant-Governor British Columbia.
M.  1.   CARLIN.
CntiHnlist, Victoria. B.C.
Robert Kennedy, Now Westminster.
J. A. MITCHELL. Esq., Capitalist.
Vlotoria, B. O.
E. H. HEAPS. Esq., E. H. Heaps *
Co., Lumber and Timber; President
Columbia Trust Co.. Ltd., Vancou*
ter, B. O.
J. A. HARVEY. Esq., K.C, formerly
ol Cranbrook. B.C., Vaneouver. B.C.
A. L. DEWAR. General Maneier.
Fort George
Nechaco Valley
Bulkley Valley
Skeena Valley
In every case our
lands were carefully inspected by
expert cruisersbe-
fore we purchased
THE GRAND TRUNK PACIFIC RAILWAY will make all these districts
accessible to all the world. Every rail laid adbs
to the value of the land
North Coast land Co. Ltd.
General Office*: 610 to 624 Metropolitan Bid*., Vancouver,B-C
London Office:   6 Old Jewry.
. .        $1,500,000


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