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70L. 3, NO. 15.
anif;!!'s Statement Regarding the Recent Libel Suit
|ohn Hill, Jr., of the Chicago Board of
Trade, Reviews the Situation.
On Friday, the eighteenth day of October, in the criminal
assize court at Kamloops, the editor of The Herald was found
guilty of criminal libel. The case, which terminated so disastrously for The Herald, was the outcome of a campaign into
which this paper has been forced by a chain of circumstances
familiar to our readers. We do not intend to resurrect the history of this campaign, neither is it our intention to fill the
columns of this journal with lamentations over the fate of the
libel case, or with the voluminous material which we have
gathered prior to and during the progress of the recent proceedings, in support of our old attacks upon the man who
brought the case into court, one George John Hammond.
Let it suffice for us to say that The Herald went into this
fight alone,   That there was never anything in it for us but the
gratification of knowing that we were modifying the disastrous
(effect of indiscriminate, misleading advertising literature which
(was flooding the continent regarding Fort George, and the belief that the future would justify our attitude—a belief which
(we still adhere to in spite of the verdict returned against us in
(the Kamloops court.   We went up against the bankroll of a man
(who has accumulated a vast fortune in the operations to which
|we took exception.   Our business was badly affected by our
1 determination to carry the fight into the last ditch, and the libel
(proceedings instituted against us have cost this journal thousands of dollars.   In spite of the assertions made by the organs
(controlled by Hammond there is but one interested party in the
■Northern Interior Printing Company, Ltd., owners of The
iHerald, and he is the man who conducted the fight against the
Interests, and we say here and now that NOT ONE DOLLAR
■upon our resources during the campaign we have been assisted
pn our financial affairs by many gentlemen who appreciated our
position and who had confidence in our policy, but this money
pa to be repaid with interest. It was our fight.  We took all the
chances.   We have lost; so be it.
There are many circumstances in connection with the case
vhich we would like to refer to at length-circumstances which
vould place our version of the story in a light which would
fcommand general public respect for our work, and appreciation
pf the facts which induced us to follow the line of action pursued by this journal in the past.  But in spite of everything we
can say now the fact remains that twelve fellow-countrymen of
purs filed into court at Kamloops and found that the editor was
("guilty as found in the indictment." The public look at results;
ve bst the case, the editor was subjected to a withering
address from the bench, and he walked out of the courtroom
vith the stigma of a nominal sentence upon him. The fact that
(tha prosecution feared to allow the case to go to trial where the
(operations of both the complainant and the defendant are
natters of common knowledge: that we were not allowed to
bresent documentary evidence on which we largely relied to
lubstantiate our charges, and that we were hampered by limit-
fed financial resources, did not enter into the consideration of
fhe proceedings.   It was a question of law and justice, and the
law seemed to have the best of the deal.   And so we bow to
lhe decision of the twelve fellow-countrymen; and we shall refrain from publishing the evidence which we were not allowed
fc> introduce at the trial, for this is a paper with rather high
Ideals for a country newspaper on the outskirts of civilization,
pud it shall not be said that we are poor losers, or that we seek
redress by utilizing the columns for which our subscribers pay
In a long explanation of facts in support of our version of the
Affair.   We leave the public to judge for themselves.   There is
• regular method of redress open to us.
Before we lay the story of Mr. Hammond and his operations amongst our record of subjects which do not justify further discussion (for the development of this country has obviated the necessity of future reference to his townsite opera-
T'ons, and his advertising campaign is now a thing of the past)
p must dwell upon some matters in connection with the trial
(which have been so shamefully misrepresented that in justice
P° the people who support this paper and to the gentlemen involved we must publish our story.
•In the bill of indictment prepared by George Hammond's
attorneys in the case against us, exception was taken to refer-
*nces we had made about the past record of the complainant.
F order to verify all the information we had received on the
subject J, B. Daniell visited the States last summer and made
^"•angements with a gentleman named John Hill, Jr., of
lh'cago, to appear before a commission in Chicago, with other
witnesses, and give evidence which would support our statements.   The commission failed to materialize owing to the fact
It rv" °ffieial of the court did not send the necessary papers
I o Chicago in time to have the testimony taken and to get the
Papers back in time for the case.    We, therefore, telegraphed
I r; Hill asking him to come west armed with documentary
pidence and testify in our behalf.    John Hill, Jr., has been a
pemler of the Chicago Board of Trade for over 25 years.    He
I aa ^airman of the "bucket-shop" committee whose duties
were to protect cash grain and to safeguard legitimate specn-
lation by prosecuting the bucket-shops in Chicago.    That his
efforts were successful, and were appreciated by the Board of
Trade of the city of Chicago may be gathered from the following resolution adopted by the Board of Trade Jan. 13th, 1902:
"Resolved: That the thanks of the officers and
members of the Board of Trade of the City of Chicago
in annual meeting here assembled are hereby tendered
to Mr. John Hill, Jr., for his determined, unfaltering,
courageous and successful efforts for the suppression
oftbucket-shops and of every form of uncommercial
"Resolved, that a copy of the above be sent to
Mr. John Hill, Jr."
In addition to his work on the Board of Trade Mr. Hill was
also Chairman of the" Civic Federation Committee of Chicago.
His work for this organization was the suppression of gambling. In order to secure evidence against the gamblers Hill had
to employ low characters. It was noticeable in Kamloops that
Hill's testimony regarding Hammond was not disputed, S. S.
Taylor, a business associate of Hammond's and his star lawyer,
confining himself to trying to impeach Hill's testimony by referring to the so-called crooks that Hill had employed. On the
17th of August, 1898, Hill's house was dynamited, and his wife
and himself narrowly escaped with their lives. The police circulated reports to the effect tb-*t Hill had dynamited his own
house for advertising purposes, and color was lent to this
theory by the Chicago Inter-Ocean, a paper then performing
similar services for the gamblers and bucket-shop men of
Chicago, to those rendered townsite promoters by such sheets
as the Fort (Jeorge Tribune, the Vancouver Saturday Sunset
or the Victoria Week.
We have on our files the reports of the Chicago Record, the
Chicago Times-Herald, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago
Evening Post, and the Chicago Daily News reporting how the
grand jury had denounced the charges made against Hill and
censured the police. Mr, Hill has been held up to all sorts of
abuse by the organs which champion Hammond's cause,
Some time ago we received the following letter from
Chicago, and we publish it verbatim. It is an expression of
opinion which may vot meet with the approval of everyone
who reads it, but we think that it will interest our readers, as
the charges it contains are laid by a man who has made a long
study of speculation. We print the letter hereunder, as it is
evidently intended for publication by the sender:
Chicago, October 31, 1912
Dear Mr, Daniell:
I arrived in Chicago Friday evening October 15th; it required almost a week to return from Vancouver, as I met with
numerous delays. I hasten to write you at the earliest opportunity as I wish to convey to you my impression gained by a
three weeks' sojourn in British Columbia.
It was my first visit to that part of the world and I must
confess that I am disappointed in your people and their methods
in so far as I was able to get their attitude toward the investor
in, and the promoter of townsite, farm and orchard properties.
The opportunity given me to analyze this situation was
unusually favorable owing to my work in your defense in the
case of George J. Hammond, President of the Natural Resources
Security Co., Ltd. against you for libel. I made a close study
of the methods of the promoters and the claims they make for
their respective townsites.etc.
To say that I am surprised, does not express fully the
effect upon me of the information I have gleaned, rather say
that I am dumfoiinded. That British Columbia cannot see that
this townsite, orchard, farm boom spells disaster, leads me to
believe that your lawmakers and courts are hypnotized by the
glamour that the promoter's bankroll shed3 over his operations.
The newspapers the world over seem to have become
"creatures of advertisers," so that, while the bankrolls are
working, the public will not be informed in a conscientious
manner of the true conditions.
That you were out of step with the times has been proven
against you. You did not realize the true functions of the
present day newspaper, which is to take the advertiser's money
and "be good,"
Although convicted of libel you wiil at no distant day be
thanked by thousands whom your campaign have saved from
In the crude frontier days "bunco-steerers" and "cappers"
directed the public to gambling dens, urged them to "take a
chance at a square game, etc." Progress and civic pride have
wiped out that element, but in Vancouver "spider and fly"
method of selling townsite lots to the chance passerby, who is
attracted by a gaudily dressed window on the business thoroughfares is as heartless a business as that of the bunco-steerer.
Taking the spider and fly method, in connection with tl. e
selling of lots by mail to residents of the States, of England,
and of Eastern Canada, by means of flashy and deceptive literature, "follow up" letters, etc., the whole business savors of
fraud. It is worse than the old get-rich-quick schemes, which
have been driven out of the United Stages by the postal authorities and federal prosecutions.
It speaks well for your moral stamina that you have not
(Coutinutd on Page Two.)
There has been considerarle
activity in the local real estate
market recently, the sales affecting close-in acreage principally.
Mr. John Bronger sold his preemption, District Lot 2440, to an
Edmonton real estate firm for
$200 an acre. This acreage is situated directly across from the
northwestern section of the Indian reserve on the Nechaco,
Mr. W. F. Cooke, of the Northern Lumber Co., sold Lot 1433,
a quarter section of land half a
mile west of "Fort George Centre, '' to the south of the Collins
Addition, for an equal sum.
Indications point to a growing
demand for close-in acreage, and
we believe that very large figures
will be paid as such property
changes hands en bloc in the
Edmonton Alta., Doc. 1.—Mineral
wealth is in evidence everywhere in the
Fraser valley, said G. L. McDonnell, a
prospector, on returning to Edmonton
from western British Columbia, where
he was sent by an English syndicate to
report upon the mining possibilities.
He walked from Mile 140 to Mile 53
over the grade for the Grand Trunk
Pacific railway. The trip was a tough
one, he added, but it was interesting
from the fact that the scenery is more
picturesque than that in the Kicking
Horse Pass of the Rockies.
"With the completion of the Grand
Trunk Pacific through the mountains,"
Mr. McDonnell said, "the old Cariboo
will return to its former fame as a producing district. Barkerville is not
likely to come back but other camps
will spring up. Fort George seems
destined to t e the center of the next
big gold mining development.
"Prospectors, who know every foot
of the country, believe there is much
gold there, saying that the old-time
miners only quit when placer mining
gave out; they had no apparatus or process to reduce the quartz. Now new
possibilities arise."
For obvious reasons Mr. McDonnell
was reticent. He Would not give exact
locations. However, he said that silver
and lead are plentiful, also that copper
shows strong on out-croppings, adding:
"Prospectors say gold should be there
too." He indicated also that his report
will be satisfactory to his principals in
"The Fraser valley is the most beautiful and interesting of the two routes
through the Canadian Rockies," he
continued. "It is wider and more expansive than the panorama in the Kicking Horse Pass. On the southern side
of the river, say down as far as Mile
100 the mountains are some distance off,
their snow-clad peaks silhouetting the
sky-line, shutting out that which is beyond.   Beyond is the Cariboo   country.
"On the other side of the stream,
here threatened by the tumbling river
of many rapids, and there, where the
river suddenly diverts on its bending
way for perhaps twenty or thirty miles
to the northward, are expanses of timber, the green leafed overtopped with
the masses of the amber tints of other
hardier woods, all billowing, surging up
from the fifty-by-fifty-mile plains until
the reach the railway grade, jump it,
and in their course climb the mountains
until they recede into the barrenness
beyond the timber line."
Mr. McDonnell said that between
4000 and 5000 men are working on the
new railway in the valley. The ring of
their picks and shovels on the shale, the
thunder of blasting, the stamping of
hundreds of teams: the lowing of hundreds of steers being taken in for food,
the crunch of beaching scows heavily
laden with supplies; the commingled
sounds of all these find no echo outside
the mountains which encompass this
army of workers.
There was a shortage of fresh meat
in several camps visited by Mr. McDonnell, but this is explainable, he
says, by the fact that the beef were
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Devoted   to   the   interests   of   Fort
George and the entire Northern Interior.
Subscription $3.00 a year.
J. B. DANIELL. Editor.
The recommendation recently
adopted by theCreston and Cranbrook boards of trade, that legislation be enacted varyihg thc
conditions under which pre-emptions are procurable in British
Columbia is likely to obtain early
and favorable consideration by
the Lands Department, which is
inclined to see merit in the pro
posal advanced--which is that a
smaller money payment and the
requirement of additional actual
work in the improvement of preemptions is to be reviewed at an
early date, and changes in the
law regarding them are almost
certain. At present the department is collecting all data and information bearing on the subject,
in which respect the inspectors
of pre-emptions will no doubt
render valuable assistance. Mr.
H. Cathcart, the newly-appointed
inspector of agencies, is now on
his first official tour of the provincial interior.
Referring to the many references that have appeared in the
provincial press of late having
Daniell's Statement Regarding Recent Libel Suit
(Continued From Page One.)
followed the mob and become a part and parcel of the dishonest
system which is giving a false prosperity to British Columbia.
If Hammond alone can sell over two million dollars' worth of
Fort George lots to residents of the United States, Eastern
Canada and other foreign districts, turning land worth two or
three dollars an acre three years ago, into cash at the rate of
$1000 to $4000 an acre, by simply driving a forest of stakes 25
feet apart in one direction and 120 feet apart in the other direction , (Townsite lots in Fort George are 25x120 feet) and Fort
George is similar to the other townsites I see displayed for sale,
then the apparent prosperity has no permanency. It will fade
away as soon as an outraged public, or some honest public
officer, or a powerful newspaper, attacks the system and stops
the flow of gold into the real estate shark's maw.
But the pity is that the loss will fall on working men and
servant girls who have been induced to buy lots in some land of
milk and honey, such as Fort George, where flour is $28 per
barrel, and oats $3,40 per bushel. Where on October 3rd, 1912,
there was no sugar, no bacon, and very little flour for sale, and
the railroad is still several hundred miles away; a three-hundred-mile stage ride being necessary if the buyer wishes to view
his real estate.
Cruel men like Hammond do not hesitate to mislead the
public. His record in the United States has been exceedingly
unsavory and his methods in British Columbia differ none from
those he used in the United States, where in 1899 at Chicago he
formed the Combination Investment company, promising great
riches to investors in his pools in grain. So successful was he
that within ten months he was able to abscond with a fortune,
and when the bankruptcy court closed up the affairs of the
company, the report of the referee contained the following
reference to Hammond as an officer of the company:
' 'The proceedings here taken was the filing of a
bill by Gallagher, who was one of the officers of the
Combination Investment company, which company, I
will remark, so far as I have been able to ascertain,
was formed for the purpose of fraud, and it certainly
was carried on in that spirit. The responsible officers,
who appear to have been in charge, have absconded
apparently with a large part of the funds, as no explanation has been made of the discrepancy from $300,-
000 of debts to $27,000 of assets. The filing of the
bill resulted in the appointment of a receiver and the
holding of about $27,000 in bank, which, were it not
for the speedy stoppage by the power of the court,
would presumably have been drawn out by these
absconding officers."
Georgo J. Hammond was the President of this concern and one of the
absconding officers of which there were only two. The creditors number
about fifteen hundred, many in Canada.
This ended Hammond's career in Chicago and after a year or more in
"retirement" Hammond slipped into Minneapolis and with his partner in
the absconding affair formed the Coe Commission Co. As President of the
Coe Commission Co. his career in Minneapolis much resembles his present
relation to the world of finance in Vancouver. He was dazzling the public
by boasting SSOO.OOO capital and surplus when the Coe Commission Co.
went broke, owing several hundred thousand dollars to over a thousand
creditors who never received a cent; $12,000 was all that was left of the
boasted $800,000 and the trustee for the Estate sued Hammond for almost
two hundred thousand dollars, tho books of the company showing that he
hud drawn out at-least that much in excess of his salary, etc. ln the end
the help received 27 per cent, of tho wages due them "at the time of the
failure, again Hammond faded away to slip into Vancouver and the confidence of tho Baitish Columbians and become President of the Natural Resources Security Co.
The people and the courts of British Columbia back up this notorious
swindler even to the extent of convicting you of libel for publishing the
truth about him, but I predict that they will apologize to you within twelve
months and that Hammond will get his desserts if he does not take the
same course that he did with the money of the Combination Investment
Company's funds and abscond.
That your conviction waB really a victory and a tribute to your courage
in refusing to retract or apologize is emphasized by the fact that you have
succeeded in making a public record of George J. Hammond's (alias Fred
J. Francis) Rogues' Gallery picture taken in May, 1898, when he was
arrested for wire-tapping.
His whole record has been that of a swindler, and you were amply
provided with proof to convince any fair court of that fact, but evidence,
which in our courts would have been accepted without question, especially
when offered by the defence, was not. permitted to go to the jury.
That the not result of Hammond's operations in British Columbia will
equal the results of his various criminal operations in the United States
will be your vindication and the shame of your courts and newspppers who
now encourage him in his nefarious promotions.
1 hope you will continue the light and the reward is sure to be yours.
To John B. Daniell, JOHN HILL, JR.
Editor Fort George Herald,
South Fort George, B.C.
for their text the stated deter-;
mination of the government to
erftct a joint traffic and railway
bridge in partnership with the
G.T.P. railway company, at Fort.
Fraser, Deputy Minister Foster,
states that this announced inten-1
tion of the government is erron- ^
eous and decidedly premature,
Correspondence has taken place
with the railway company, and,
the fact has been ascertained that \
that company is willing to be
joined by the government in the
erection of such a bridge as sug- \
gested.   It is now the business.
of the department to investigate.
fully the question of cost, and
ascertain if the joint bridge proposed can be built with no more
expense in the governmental contribution than would suffice to
erect an independent vehicular
traffic bridge,   when  necessity
arises for such a structure.
to Section 3 of the Munieipaltiea Incorporation
Ast the ownera of the land within the following
ilescribed limits, to wit; within the limits ot Lots
933 and 934, Cariboo Distriet, in the Province of
British Columbia, intend one month after the
date hereof to present to the Lieutenant-Gover-
nor-in-Council a petition askinB for tho Incorporation of the said lands as a City Municipality
under the corporate name of the City of South
Prince George.
Dated this 22nd day of November, 1912.
150 HEAD of horses, cattle or dairy
stock to winter. Good sheds for stabling if required.
For further information apply to
REEDER & ROSS, Soda Creek P.O.
and 5th Sundays in month, Holy Communion, 8 a.m.; Evensong and Sermon, 7:30 p.m. Second and 4th Sundays in month, Matins, 10:30 a.m.:
Holy Eucharist and Sermon. 11 a.m.—
Rev. R. H. Isaac.  Williams,  Vicar.
KNOX CHURCH-Services every Sunday at 3:30 during winter. Sunday-
school at 2:30. C. M. Wright, Minister.
W. F. Cooke Geo. E. McLaughlin Russel Peden
Lumber and Merchandi
—Stock is Complete
We have an especially good stock
of Winter Clothing and Bedding,
You cannot afford to overlook our
stock of Boots, Shoes and Rubbers
when buying.
Remember, we have had a great deal of experience in outfitting parties for the field, and excel in
in this line.
Estimates cheerfully given for all material
going into your building.
Northern Lumber & Mercantile
Company, Limited
Subdivision of
Lot 483
This property is situated within one mile of the
Railway Depot and terminal yards, right across the
railway and traffic bridge of the Fort George G. T.
P. townsite and Indian Reserve.
 It is the choicest property in the district and the best buy on the market today.
Because it was the first established post of the H. B. Co., 50
years ago,
Because it was the first selected pre-emption by the early
Because it is like Strathcona to Edmonton.
 Then why buy twenty-five foot lots when you can get 11-2 acres for
half the price and within closer radius of the G. T. P. Depot.
Sole Agent, W. B. DEAN, Calgary, Alta.
Local Agents, Roberts, Jones & Willson
South Fort George, B.C.
m, ,*■»-*
..THE HERALD for fine Job Printing** 1SETTL1NU rAiiw m™
- Mr H   S. Clements, member
lor Comox-Atlin, has given notice
, the Dominion House of the
lollowing resolution:
"That in view of the large
■jreas of agricultural land in Brit-
L Columbia at present unoccu-
[ied and undeveloped, immediate
ition should be ..taken by the
Ideral government to encourage
rriculture by  assisting actual
'ttlement on such lands, and also
/establish a small number of
xperimental farms in British
lolumbia,  particularly in   the
lorthern part of the province.
"That the government should
[ike immediate steps to revise
he present Indian regulations in
British Columbia,'with. the idea
P establishing in that province
bore industrial schools, and also
lore systematically and thor-
lughly develop'the reserves held
■or the Indians in order to fur-
lish them with a higher standard
If educational facilities than they
It present possess.
"That the members of the fed-
Iral service in British Columbia
Ire at present receiving salaries
hat are inadequate for their
pelf are, considering, the high
lost of living in the province, and
[nmediate'steps should be taken
i the government to substan-
tally increase the salaries now
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Most modern up-to-date hotel in the interior of British
New 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
The Agricultural Gazette of
lew South Wales, issued under
e direction of the minister of
igriculture of that country, says
farmer there has discovered
at a mixture of equal parts of
ulphuric and nitric acid will de-
roy a stump of the hardest
'ood in a few weeks.
The stump of a mahogany tree
jhree feet six inches in diameter
•as destroyed so completely in
ve weeks by the use of 12 cents'
vorth of acid that it could be
mocked to pieces with a garden
toe. On the subject of applying
lhe acid, the Gazette says; "The
icids are used in equal parts and
iothing is added to them. A hole
bored in the stump with a two-
Inch augur, deep enough to hold
]he quantity of acid to be used,
ind then one acid is poured in
md the other added. The hole is
[hen plugged airtight with  a
ooden plug."
A stump three feet in diameter
piould be treated with about one-
lalf pint of each acid. The nitric
icid is poured into the stump
••■st, and the sulphuric acid is
idded in all cases, and not the
averse. In mixing these acids
mch heat is generated and care
■ust be taken that not over a
Mf-pint of each is mixed at one
"me which must be allowed to
•ooi before any more is added.
wth of these acids are extremely
onosive and should not be allowed to come in contact with
ie person or their clothing.
A run of twenty-one miles over the
pwcn prairie roads by the Calgary
lotof lire apparatus saved the business
fection of the town of Langdon from
destruction     recently. Fifty-five
lSe? a£te,r the ca» for helP was rata .IVn Val«ary, the city motor pump
■th, n.T1?8 wa,ter from » 8lou*n '•*»
■^outskirts of Langdon into thellicks
■rock, where a general store and stock
■™e*e consumed.   The timely arrival of
IS™ the "re ,nto the "W"'"*
go Outsiders
Reliable information given on
anything in Port George district. Property looked after.
Real estate reference Al.
E. L. KEPNER, Proprietor
City livery, Feed &.
Single and Double Driving Horses.   Saddle and Pack Horses.
New Buggies and Thoroughly Reliable Rigs,
Men for cutting right-of-way by the'acre, west of Mud
River. " Good prices.   Work all winter.
South Port George, B. C.
Little Nugget
The most modern and best-appointed
cafe in Fort George.
Meals       -       SO Cento
Short Orders a"Speclalty
Mrs. F. C. Nahbwald, Proprietress
Cor. Hamilton and Third
South Fort George.
Intend Building?
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
Wholesale and retail
Land Timber Cruiser
Pre-emptions Located.
Estimates Submitted.
Robert Spinks
South Fort George : B.C.
P. A. Landry J. H. McGregor J. F. Templeton
T. A. Kelly, Timber Department
Gore & McGregor
British   Colombia   Land   Surveyors
Land Agents Timber Cruisers
Chancery Chambers, Langley Street, VICTORIA,
B.C., P.O. Box 162, Phone 684.
McGregor Building. Third Street, SOUTH FORT
Office and Store Fixtures.
Hamilton Ave.   South Fort George
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Nelson, B.C., A. H. Green, Mgr.
Green Bros., Burden & Co.
Civil Eminetri, Dominion t B. C. lul Snvettn
Surveys of Lands, Mines, Townsites, Timber
Limits, Etc. 	
Smokers' supplies
a specialty
Four pool tables
Splendid environments
We do a large mail order business &
and guarantee satisfaction. S
Our stock of general merchandise ^
is large and up-to-date, which en- R
ables us to fill all orders quickly, g
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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 arid 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.
Acreage— Garden Tracts
o Roberts, Jones & Willson a
EDWARD ROBERISJIotarr Public.      E.E.JONES.     A. J. SELWYNWILISON, Auditor.
FOR SALE: Farm Lands. Garden Tracts. Timber Limits. Mineral Claims. Valuable town lots.
Offices: Hamilton Avenue, South Fort George: Central Avenue, Fort George, 6. 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 and weekly rates on application
Beat of wines,
liquors and cigars
Albert Johnson, prop.
Christmas Confectionery
A complete'stock of Confectionery for the holiday season-OUR OWN MAKE.
Catering Tobaccos and Cigars
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John A. Fraser, M.P.P, who has
recently returned to Quesnel from a
trip to the coast, will visit South_Fort
George next week.
The Fort George & Alberta Telephone
Co. have installed telephone instruments on their wire, between Black-
water and this place, at Pinker's and
Smith's road houses.
Several freight teams arrived in town
this week from Quesnel. I. A. White
brought up the steel cells for the new
George Hardie returned from a trip
over his right-of-way contracts between here und Stoney Creek yesterday. Mr. Hardie has about 150 men at
work. He states that it is a difficult
matter to secure men at present.
R. C. S. Randall, of the local Government office, is building a fine home
on his island pre-emption at the mouth
of the Nechaco.
The largest single mail to leave Ashcroft for the north over the Cariboo
Road left the railway last Saturday. It
consisted of one hundred and six sacks.
That the work of blasting oue the
rocks at the "Hudson's Bay Gardens"
is progressing rapidly is borne out by
the continuous explosions which are
heard in town as the work is carried on.
Mr. Jones, one of the Nechaco Valley's pioneer ranchers, arrived in town
this week with a freight team from
Milne's Landing.
John 0. Williamson, of the Fort
George Dru*; Company, has on hand a
splendid stock of Christmas goods.
Before Stipendiary Magistrate Heme
this week an Indian named Maurice
Quah was sentenced to six months' imprisonment for being drunk and disorderly.
J. B. Daniell returned from the coast
last Wednesday. He left Ashcroft at
ten o'clock last Friday morning in one
of the B.X. motor cars, arriving in
Quesnel the following evening, the
roads being in perfect condition for the
cars. Mr. Daniell states that interest
on the outside is keen regarding South
Fort George, especially in Winnipeg,
where he stayed for some time on a
business visit.   .
L. E. Bonner, manager of the 'West
Canadian Deep Leads Co., of Stanley,
was remanded for trial an a charge of
blowing up the ditches of the Lowhee
hydraulic mine at Lightning Creek a
short time ago. Mr. Bonner was admitted to bail in the sum of $3000. The
case was heard before Mr. John Stevenson, of Quesnel.
Hon Duncan Marshall, minister of
agriculture for Alberta, has placed an
order with a firm in Montreal for a
thousand pure-bred Barred Plymouth
Rocks, Rhode Island Reds, Buff
Orpingtons and White Wyandottes for
delivery early next spring to the provincial poultry farm in Edmonton. The
birds are solely for breeding purposes.
Stock and eggs will be delivered to farmers and poultry growers direct from
the experimental farms in various parts
of the province. It is expected that
several thousand high-grade birds will
be added to the flocks during the earning year. Mr. Marshall believes the
best way to encourage the industry is
to assist the farmers.
Mrs. Arthur Murphy, president of
the Women's Canadian and the Women's Press clubs of Edmonton, is at
the head of a movement to bring before
the provincial legislature at its session
next spring a plan to preserve for the
people the buildings known as Fort
Edmonton, formerly owned and occupied by the Hudson's Bay company,
organized in 1670. The fort, erected
prior to 1805 and known as "the last
house of the world," is to be restored
by using the original materials. Thu
original fort was owned by the Norlli
West Fur company and was built in
ths latter part of the eighteenth century by J. Hughes, M. Shaw and J.
MacDonald of Garth. It was known as
Fort des Prairies and Hughes' fort in
1805. This and the Hudson's Bay
company's post were amalgamated in
1821. W. Bird, a factor of the last
named company, named the place Fort
Edmonton after his birthplace in England. The building occupies a prominent site on Parliament Hill.
A superb assortment _ has
arrived and inspection is
Toilet articles, Patent
Medicines       DrurebU'Sundries       Mowuim*. Books, Stationer
In every case our
lands were carefully inspected by
expert cruisers before we purchased
Fort George
Nechaco Valley
Bulkley Valley
Skeena Valley
THE GRAND TRUNK PACIFIC RAILWAY will make all these districts
accessible to all the world. Every rail laid adds
to the value of the land
North Coast Land Co. Ltd.
General Offices: 619 to 624 Metropolitan Bldg., Vancouver, B.C
London Office:   6 Old Jewry.
I T       . 91,600,000.
General Merchants
South^Fort George, B.C.
G. T. P. & P. G. E.
Railway Construction
will be on the Fraser River waterfront, adjoining South Fort George, with the opening of
spring. This spells good times in this immediate neighborhood. Buy a Lot this spring
while they are cheap, and take your profits in
the early summer.
Also 2 1-2 acre Garden Tracts close in.
Write for details.
The Northern Development
Company, Limited
403-404 Carter-Cotton Building
Winter Schedule
Mail and Passenger Service
Stages leave the company's South Fort George office for Ashcroft, Quesnel and way points at 5 a.m.
Tuesdays and Fridays
The mail, passenger and express stages arrive
from the south on
Wednesday and Saturday Evenings
Auto, Stage and Steamboat Owners
| 1836 |      Assets Exceed Fifty Mon Dollars     | 1912
th. Bank of British North America
Tour money Is saler in tbe 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 promptly.   Money Orders issued.
fE make a specialty of Fine Commercial Job
Printing. Our plant is the most modern in
Central British Columbia, and our prices compare
most favorably with Coast figures. Your orders will
receive our best attention and will be delivered
promptly.   No job too big, none too small.
The Royal Bank of Canada
With which is united
The Traders Bank of Canada
Capital paid up
Total Assets
Head Office
H. C. Seaman, Manager
Montreal, Que.
South Fort George, B.C.
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.
Willow River
Grand Trunk Pacific Railway
Calls it "a Town of Importance/'
"The establishment of this new town (on the
Fraser and Willow rivers) marks a chapter in tne
development of British Columbia. It is outwara
evidence that each day sees the Grand Trunk pacific Railway pushing farther west and thf1.^"
riches of an inland empire are, for the first time,
becoming available. That portion of British Columbia west of the Rocky Mountains and east ot tne
coast range and drained by the Fraser. Nechaco,
Stuart. Salmon and Willow Rivers, hold the centre
of the stage in one of earth's greatest dramas- tne
development of Western Canada. Approximately
midway between Edmonton and Prince Rupert, a
territory virtually 700 miles long and 500, mue»
wide will contribute to the upbuilding of this new
town, ,    . ,,
Do not delay, Write today for maps and pnntea
matter, giving fullest information.
Pacific Bond & Land Corporation. Ltd.
Joint Owners and Sole Agents (D. L. 788.)
517 Pacific Bid., Vancouver, B.C.
Local Representative, L. M, Bower,
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