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VOLUME 3, NO. 10
SOUTH FORT GEORGE, B.C    MARCHitth,  1012.'
WBX. Express" Will k
Queen of Fraser River trait
Manager West, of the British
Columbia Express Company, was
a business visitor here this week
on matters in connection with the
preliminary organization of the
company's summer service.   Mr.
West told The Herald that rapid
progress was being made on the
construction of the company's
new boat at Soda Creek. A large
gang of ship carpenters are already  at work under Builder
Alex. Watson, the designer and
constructor of the   province's
most powerful and successful
type of stern-wheel river craft.
The new boat, Mr. West states,
will be Watson's masterpiece.
The company have given the
builder absolute authority to carry
out his own ideas as to construction, type and power equipment,
depending on him only for results, and as no expense is to be
spared Mr. West is confident that
the new boat will be the swiftest,
most powerful and, for her size,
the lightest draught boat'on'the
inland waters of British Columbia. ) The new boat will be called
tije "B.C. Exprejg.;.'.She.willbe
61-2 feet shorter than the company's present palatial steamboat
the"B.X.," but will have the
same beam and the same breadth
of stern wheel   the aim of the
builder and owners is to construct a boat of extremely shallow draught, *s the ulterior object of the vessel's' construction
is the establishment of regular
communication    between    this
place and Tete Jaune Cache during the season of navigation..
The "B.C. Express" will be
electric-lighted throughout Her
appointments will be better than
those of the "B.X." and it is the
aim of the company to spare
neither trouble nor expense in
equipping the boat for the greatest convenience of the travelling
public. The upper deck-house
will not extend so far aft as that
of the "B.X." and a large open-
deck space behind the ladies'
cabin will afford a lounging place
for the passengers.
For power equipment the
"simple" type of engines will be
installed, Both Manager West
and Mr. Watson have recently
returned from Chicago where the
Chicago Marine Ironworks are
constructing the powerful engines. There are several recent
improvements to stern-wheel
machinery which the new craft
will be the first in British Columbia to carry, important amongst
which will be the elimination of
the eccentric rods leading from
the stern-wheel, the breaking of
which by driftwood is a danger
thus avoided, whilst the improvement also allows for a broader
wheel. A Yarrow boiler will furnish a high pressure of steam.
These boilers are the simplest and
most successful of water-tube
types, and their method of construction permits the cleaning
from the tubes of the sediment
that the muddy river water deposits.
From the present rate of pro
gress, and providing, nclthihg unjr
foreseen occurs, the new boa£
will be ready to take the water
by the firtt.week.'jin'iM^. iJjDutfi
ing the e&iy part of the'sdaso^
she will run between Soda Greek
and .Quesnel, assjsjtingjlie, "B,
X." in moving?thc heavy import!
of freightlhaf comes to jwitblthe"
opening of the navigable season.
Later she will establish a service^
with TetejJaune<Jache, the head]
of nav|ganoh Smiles northeast
of here. Mr. West expects a
heivy traffic from Edmonton overs
the new line of cbhst^ction iHtcf
the Fort George country" Via the!
FraSer river, 'into 'Which the oldf
t;ariboo road -wiir also <~*_vrit' liv*-
ing traffic to the ucma.cj&,,oUts
transport^ion faeries. j
The British Colwnbia Express?
Company is to be commended fori,
its enterprise and progressive
policy towards the development!
■of the newtffiprth^pa/lSs Miller,;*
"one of Jhe .pnneipar o^w^ of|
the pn^yate or^ahlfealion^Orrtrol-l
ling the concern, now ih Jamaica,!
wM.viskt$i§,fc^&aJn the|
ya80n*      -      .Th HTil'JO^
An unfortun^t^sht^i^wefc
derit'^dccurred"1ie1«^n1is wSek
when* Mr./Soh>n,.Knto^J& prp
When Mr. „-jojm.v.xpQx,va pr*>
emptor, an^-tte ;<§§ jthfef|rm of
Jorgensqn « Knox, the Dric|?
makers, accidentally discharged
a shotgun whilst-elambering ov|r
a log.-Hijd-blew the muscles 0$
his lefUhouideroft.^ 'The jicdl-
dent happene4('att9u.tf;^ye-nines
beyond the. Nechaco,:toynsite|,
and in spitet^the ^act-^at the
man bled terribly, he-walked
back to town_.witb_.his..companions of the Hunting "trip. W./
McL.-ffcn^^E;^ one of hiq
party, tjed upthejwound, andonj
reaching theTort" ^George town-i
site was taken to the new hospital
sewed upjthe- wound:
" \_p *w'«flj ah ,.—
he ^M*$$,?m
t loss of power, as th^
is bearing up1 tfeflj andlV ts;'pbs-|:
sible that
very great
muscles remaining will probablj
develop abnormally.
The Liberal candidate for Cariboo electoral district, Mr, John
Holt, addressed a well-attended
meeting in the Fort George Theatre last evening. The meeting
was called to order at 8:30 by Mr.
John Flynn, who officiated as
chairman. Mr. Holt was accompanied by Mr. Dowling, of Quesnel, a prominent Liberal. Mr,
Dowling spoke at some length
upon the Liberal view of the
shortcomings of the McBride
government; he was indisposed
and'had to terminate his speech
earlier than he had intended, Mr.
Holt, whilst placing himself on,
record as being in support of tjiej
railroad policy, condemned the
general policy of the government*
principally along the shortcomings of their land policy. Bearing;^ mind that Mr. Holt used
to support the McBride government so strenuously in the days'
yfhen the evils of the land policy'
were in the curable stage, we fail
to see why his advocation of reform measures, along these lines;
should/be considered, when we
appreciate the fact that the conations to which he refers are
nditions which recent legisla-
on have largely eliminated in
is district. As an independent
lunjal.. and teking.into duecon-;
deration all the Views expressed
as to needed reforms; we fail to
Msee how Mr. Holt fits in. He:
J\ wants to support the railway poi-!
icy, because he knows that to
oppose it would efface for him
eveita rempte.PQS8ibility for success at the polls, yet in all else
he will oppose' the" government.
His platform is carefully calculf
ated tp appeal to the Liberal,'the
half-hearted Conservative, theS
Independent and, the Socialist.
The Herald believes, in a little of
all the political policies., but we
cannot approve of Mr. Holt's advocation of the mixture.
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i Commencing April 1, Presbyterian Sunday service will begin
at 7:3dp.m.
jlr. John Campbell, proprietor
of the Princeton and Fort George
Drug Co., who has recently re-''
turned from a visit to his business
in the former place, has received
information that his store had
been, severely damaged in the recent fire at Princeton which demolished a whole block. 'Johnny'
Campbell was chief of the fire
department, at Princeton for some
yt)ars.;., ..,
This Town's Prospects Were
Never Brighter Than Today
South Fort George, two short
years ago, was a poplar-covered
pre-emption. Tpday it is a thriving community. It is peopled by
a progressive, bustling element—
a people who welcome opposition*
who fatten upon the attempts of
their townsite adversaries to' oppose their title to the championship be^t for tfie 'trade centre of
the Northern Interior, and a
populace, thai can show inore. re:
suite in.'j^wi«it^,dey'e]top^e^t,for
an expenditure,'df'-less promotion
money than any,, other' off-the-
railroad townsiie in British Columbia! : Soutii Fort George is a
permanent, . has-to-be trade
centre. Its waterfront is a continual natural' dock. Its topography takes the form of terraced
benches thai might Have been
laid out by some huge prehistoric
being who sought to fashion a
living place for the mannikins of
the twentieth century. Its' soil
is productive:, the i\\.m the rivers
that made the land, th development it is growing daily, and its
growth is the result of independent initiative, and it invites the
people^f {be earth to come and
share in jtk. oMa-AeU prosperity
of the.'future.'   """"' \ZZ'Z ■
Here ^t'^duth Fort George the
hard, fighting,' doubtful days of
the pioneers have gone, by. The
heavy work has been, done.
Through all the era of doubt the
pioneer^ stayed right with the
townsite they, had adopted as
the .natural centre, to, await the
coming of the .railway., Theri.
John Houston came. He located
hjs newspaper right. Here on the
South Fort George .townsite,
where it remained until he died,
when the jungle-lot promoters
bought it and removed it to cheer
for their townsites. For the next
Mo years South Fort George will
be the business centre,,'aud by
the end pif that time the growth
of development on the site will
havp/reached Such stages that its
future will be assured for all time
to come..
;T)je Pacific Northeastern line-:
the.creation of the McBride gov-
Wilful Misrepresentation
see.iiro specjflc directions for
iWri. oPthVslatiort'belweehVthe
ernment, will run right through
the townsite. After the town be-,
comes incorporated, which we
believe will be in the immediate
future, the municipality will undoubtedly develop the town by
the addition of such necessary
improvements to streets and public properties as may be expedi*-
ent and, justified by circumstances. ,: i :  i:;
There is no place in-British'
Columbia that offers moreoppor-i
tunity for a man who is looking!
for a live town in which to start;
business than South Fort George.
In the spring the activity of con-M
struction will commence.   iThis,
will add enormously to the sphere
of local markets.    It will stimu-
late development and accelerate,
progress along all lines of enter*-1
prise.    Prospects were   never:
better than now, and prospects.,
have always been bright.<q There
are several great lines of railway;
headed for this place.   They will I
all add bountifully to the imbor*.
tance, to the develonment and to*-
the march of progress at South
Fort George, and the Fort George;
of the future, which will he loeaw.'
ted on the Indian Reserve, ^juato
to the north of us. The property j
of the Hudson's Bay Comparty*,vl
adjoining this townsite will, with:
this townsite and the eastern •
portion of the Reserve, form thei
business centre of the greater)
town the nucleus of which is here
today. ;  '    :
the Herald invites the cones*
pondenceof people who wish to
enter into business enterprises;
here. The time is ripe for out-
side capital to.lend its power to*
the development of the future;
city, and so place itself where;
high profits will accrue. • eri
On Wednesday, March 6th, an
application was heard by the Railway Commission of Canada from
the Natural Resources Security
Co., Ltd., of Vancouver, for certain station privileges on the Indian Reservation here. Without
resurrecting the details it is sufficient to state that the townsite
concern applying for this concession have sold a vast quantity of
townsite lots under the representation that the railway station
would be at a certain point on the
Indian reservation, adjacent to
their townsites. In opposition to
this application there appeared
representatives of South Fort
George interests—the people of
the real town here. The Railway
Commission refused to consider
the application of the promoter,
who sought to make use of the
powers conferred upon the Board
to substantiate statements ,,they
had made in their advertising literature. Notwithstanding the
setback that the decision deals,
out to the promoting concern
above mentioned, George J. Hammond, president of the outfit,
sent the following message to his
organ, the Fort George Tribune,
which was published under scare-
head display that announced a
decisive victory for the Natural
Resource Security Co., Ltd.:
Ottawa, March 6.-The Dominion
Railway Commission has handed down
its decision relative to the Grand Trunk
Pacilic station site at Fort George, directing the railway to build its station
not less than 3500 feet west of the
Fraser river, on the Indian Reservation, also giving the applicants, the Fort
George Board of Trade and the Natural
Resources Security Company, Ltd., permission to reopen the case at a later
date to
tKe iocati'oi	
of WifJWa-Jtnue^ »*wl Georfee.- •-*.. bt
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tWA^Wtl^e^nflWhk: P*"5'1""8-
Pactt^liMMahy- t™'
ply to'Mo||^|w|^i;
Message received. Commission did
not state where railway station shall
be placed, and will not do so until railway company has opportunity to makt
proper surveys and present plans as to
best location, when they will be approved in -the customary manner.
To carry out the victory effect
the Nechaco river townsite people, under the impulse of the
Natural Resources Security Co.'s
agents set about celebrating the
"victory" by banqueting and
C. ,A. Carmen, representing.}
Mackay, Smith & Blair, of. Van.*,
couver, was an arrival in, town-j
this,week, coming, in by special,
conveyance from Quesnel. 'Bertf;
Carmen, as he is familiarly;
known, was the first traveller in
here with his line of merchandise, a
. Thomas Chetwynd, the popular
local agent of the B. C. Express
Co., left on Monday's stage for.
the south, accompanying Mr. W, •
Ji Weat, manager of the company, *
yit.. Ghatwynd will be-agent for-,
the -company atTete-Jaune-Cacbe,-
where Mb. West-expects a large •
business', for- his -<5om- -
summer..- ■. isveryene-
here regrets Mr. Chetwynd-Side-J
pasture, v His: successor"• here -la-
Mr. Bray. ••:•..,...:.' ■-..'■_•-. ■-.:_
' Mh Moore, of the1'' Provincial^
Department of Lands, is a visitor1
here.. Mr. Moore's business is iri'J
connection with the policy of fa-''
cilitating pre-emption, that the
government strongly maintains, -
and he is looking into the preemption of land as a condition up'
here. Mr. Moore is warning pre-;
emptors who are neglecting their.
duties on their land, that the gov-1
ernment will not tolerate lax ,
conditions, as it is their wish to .
see the lands alienated by preemption productive of crop.        -
Devoted   to   the   interests   of   Fort
Ueor-je nml  the entire Northern Interior.
J. B, DANIELL, Editor.
Newspapers that continuously
print material calculated to fashion public opinion against the
dictates of that which their publishers know to be the truth, and
that use their columns to interrupt the formation of proper
ideas with regard to any existing conditions affecting the welfare of the public at large, should
be expelled from the mails and
dealt with as a menace to the
nation. Such a paper is the Fort
George Tribune.
Until quite recently this once-
respectable organ has been run
openly under the ownership of
the Natural Resources security
Company, of Vancouver, who
purchased the paper from the estate of the late John Houston. It
is now, apparently, the property
of an outfit called the Central Interior Publishing Company, Ltd.,
of which H. W. R. Moore, a man
who has executed various commissions for G. J. Hammond,
president of the townsite concern,
in Victoria, and W. E. Playfair,
the advertising manager of the
aforesaid townsite company, are
the reputed controllers. The
maintenance of this alias is rudely disrupted by the palpably Hammond controlled policy of the
organ referred to.
On another page we reproduce
a telegram sent by him to his local
townsite manager, together with
one received by The Herald from
the Secretary of the Grand Trunk
Pacific Railway Company. The
Hammond telegram was published in the last issue of the Hammond organ, together with several columns of material which
would lead the reader to believe
that a pronounced victory had
been won by the Natural Resources Security Company. Ltd.,
in their application for special
station privileges on the Indian
Reserve here. Now, everyone
conversant at all with the situation here knows that statements
have frequently been made over
Mr. Hammond's signature to the
effect that this much-vaunted
station would be placed at certain
precise locations near their town-
site, whilst the maps of the town-
site concern have shown it in such
various localities as have best
suited their purposes from time
to time in the past.
As our telegram shows, no location has Deen decided upon, or
can be decided upon, as we have
always maintained, until the
proper surveys are made, yet
Hammond and his townsite organ
are vainly trying to impress the
public with the idea that the decision of the Railway Commission
is a victory for him, whereas the
decision maintains the contention
of the independent business in-
tertsts here that the station
should not be located until the
steel reaches this place. And this
preposterous townsite organ, the
Tribune, masquerading as an independent organ of the people,
has nerve enough to criticize
those people who opposed the absurd application of the nervy
townsite promoters, and succeeded in maintaining their contentions before the Board of Raii-
way Commissioners. The document which left South Fort
George bearing the objections of
the people here to the Commission stated the facts  concisely
and without exaggeration, and it
served its purpose against the
stack of petitions and the army
of lawyers employed by the promoters.
The policy of The Herald, that
of the protection of public interests, together with the support
of everyone expressing a view of
local conditions that does not coincide with, or that obstructs the
schemings of the townsite con ■
cern or its protecting journal, is
blatantly condemned by the man
who writes the confidence-inspiring ragtime for the columns of
the Nechaco weekly.  He takes a
fling at President Hays, of the
Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Co.,
in his latest issue,  for going on
record as endorsing the policy of
this  paper,   and  tries  in    his
wheedling futile manner to discredit this paper by lying about
the standing it possesses in this
community, and by trying to instill the idea that the people here
are sick of having The Herald
fight this thing through to a
knockout for the protection of
their interests.    Unfortunately
for the townsite promoter's utility organ, President Hays is undoubtedly in possession of sufficient of the facts in this case to
have more than justified his action in endorsing our policy, and,
by the same token, he appreciates fully the mission of such
contemptible newspaper counterfeits as the Fort George Tribune.
As for the inferences of that rag
with regard to the standing of
this paper in this community, we
have only to say that there is less
foundation of truth to them than
to any other canards it has as yet
and cannot be too strongly condemned, but as the evil has been
done and cannot be undone, we
must grin dnd bear it in the interests of progress, which will
separate us eventually from the
narrow-guage politics of Old
lions a
Fort George
Drug Co.
largeshipmentjust received
Toilet urtieals, Patent Medicines,
MiiK,i/.ino«,Hook», Stut iinii'ry. ,
Toilet Ariirl™, Drugglsta' Sundrios
The provincial estimates of
revenue and expenditure show a
gratifying increase in the amount
of money appropriated for the
construction of roads, trails and
bridges in the Fort George district. This is quite as it ought
to be, and if anything, not sufficiently so. Because this place is
widely advertised as the radiating point for 1000 miles of navigable waterways, the government
must not fall into the error of
imagining that we can walk on
water—it is too soft—and some
people have to walk in a country
like this where there are no street
Intending 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
Our Price
?E take this opportunity to inform our many customers and the public generally, that the low prices
which have prevailed in our store through the summer
months will be maintained throughout the winter.
?E have been fortunate in receiving most of our heavy
goods before the close of navigation and having our
own teams will be able to bring our goods over the road
at the minimum cost.
Store, Office and Lumber Yard, South Fort George
Smokers' supplies
a specialty
Four pool tables
Splendid environments
I am prepared to
Locate Pre-emptors
Good Government Land.
N. C. Jorgensen.
P. 0. Boi 21.
South Fort Gtorft, B. C,
Second St. __\
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.
farm lands     Real Estate  garden tracts
155 acres 6 miles above
fjY|i«-4 G_4kg%W*_fA on Nechaco River with G. T.
M. VA I WCU1g-C p survey throngh property.
Price $12.50 an acre l-3rb cash, calance 6,12 and 18 mos.
Settlers located on ISO-acres of good Government land.
| Kennedy, Blair & Co. Ltd. |
5| WM. KENNEDY. Manager.                                        fj
'A Cor. Second and Hamilton Aves., SOUTH FORT GEORGE, B. C.         tt
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We are fully equipped to meet the "rush" of 1912.
Those who will require outfits during the coming
season can procure anything desired at our store. We
sell the best goods at the lowest figures.   .."'..      ,."..
The oracle has spoken, George
J. Hammond gazed into his crystal a week or so ago and saw a
railway line nicely laid out along
the eastern boundary of his town-
sites. He is now advertising the
fact in big, blackfaced type.
Hammond likes to play the "inside information" game. He is
just crazy about inside information. Back in little old Chicago
he started in to sell the stuff to
people who wanted to plav the
stock markets. He was very successful, we understand, but his
clients went belly-up with the
bucketshop concerns which evolved themselves out of his original
"inside information" peddling
stunt. The brand of advertising
that this man finds effectual
doesn't fool us for a holy minute,
but apparently it has the desired
effect upon the credulous.
a coraeinnip;
jj building?
fl    mansh.D and eet our
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There is no earthly show for
direct representation from the
north of Cariboo during the forthcoming term. In spite of the fact
that the British Columbia Conservative Association declares the
basis of allotting delegates to the
Quesnel Conservative convention
unconstitutional, there is no time
to shuffle and deal over again now
without deferred elections in
Cariboo. It has been a rank piece
of political jobbery in the.party,
and General Wood Work _=z=_z
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BUILDING on corner of Second
Street and Lasalle Avenue, suitable for small store:
A^« JlJlo W LtJ-LlCi II e south Fort George.
gore & McGregor*,
Victoria and
Fort George, B. C.
Land Timber Cruiser
Pre-emptions Located.
Estimates Submitted.
Fort George, B.C. Victoria, B.C.
F. P. Burden, Mirr. F. C. Green, Mgr.
IvIelBon, B.C., A. H. Green, Mgr.
Green Bros., Burden & Co.
Gvil Engineers, Dominion { B. C. Und Sorreynri
.Surveys of LandB, Milieu, Townbitee, Timber
Limits, Etc.
| Close & Brown
■        South Fort George, B. C.
Now is the Time to Order Your SPRING |
MAsk the first best dressed man you meet—-We are fe
"" sole agents for; \,
J TheArt Tailoring Company. Z St It * *
" . !	
"Liquor Licence Act 1910"
(Section 19.)
NOTICE is hereby given thut
on the First day of March next,
application will be made to the
Superintendent of Provincial
Police for the grant o' a licence
for the sale of liquor by wholesale in and upon the premises
known as Campbell's store sit-
uato at. South Fort George,
upon the lands described as Lot
Seven in Block numbered seven,
in District Lot numbered 933
Dated this 27th. day of January 1912.
In 1906, just five years ago,
when Gore & McGregor made their
first surveys about Fort Geurge,
the Nechacq and Fraser valleys
were far less known and less i.asy i yet on the market,
of access than their geographical j dlvided. and either
_IIV OUUI.II  IWU   vjcuij^e    luwilBllt*,   U1C
business and residential centre of the
district, is situated on Lots 933 and
934. The Hudson's Bay property and
Lots 931 and 932, generally known
as the "Bird Addition" are not as
The area sub-
owned or sold
position would lead one to expect. Z«™iXL£TL$% *„£
pany Ltd., totals about 1800 acres.
This concern has been respsnsible
for such development as may be
found 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 speaking, will not produce domestic vegetation. There are no wells on the
townsite,  Owing  to  its height,  and
Circumstances had sent them,
during the preceding 15 years,
backwards and forwards from the
forty-ninth parallel of Southern
Koo'tenay and the Okanagan to thu
wheat latitudes of Edmonton and
the valleys of Tada, Babine, Uease
and Teslin Lakes, ranging from
,ri2 degrees to 60 degrees North
Latitude in British Columbia.
At all these points fertile valleys
were found, and settlers successful in agriculture,
This broad knowledge of what
the wider country contained
brought home to them instantly
the great future of Central British Columbia, and impelled them
from that day to this to keep an
open office at the Hudson Bay post,
now growing into the great City
of Fort George.
At that time the initial surveys
of the Grand Trunk Pacific were
confined to the north shore of the
Nechaco, and those who put their
faith in Fort George were sustained only by the natural characteristics of the junction of the
two big rivers.
The isolation of the spot in those
days is almost inconceivable now.
Only six days' journey from
Quesnel, it was praceically out of
reach of mail communication, and
it actually took less time to plant
and grow a sack of potatoes than
to send for and receive the same
from the nearest railroad.
In fhe spring a few cottonwood
dugouts passed up to Giscombe
portage with the year's grocery
luxuries of the trappers and fur
Through the summer an occasional scow, poled and pulled by
a dozen young Indians, brought
more or less bacon and sugar to
the Hudson Bay posts, and possibly a mail bag.
Nothing was certain but thc
bigness of the country and the
fertility of the soil.
It takes great faith, when you
are months and months away from
the nearest of bare necessities, to
see and believe that some day the
valley of your starvation will be
flowing with milk and honey, but
this is the faith that Columbus bequeathed to America.
This faith—the faith of the
prospector and pioneer—is even
yet strained to the breaking point
by adverse happenings, and not
until one or more railroads are in
operation will the wild land submit tamely to the yoke of the cultivator. But the promise is sufficiently proved to satisfy those who
go a little ahead of civilization.
All land surveyors must do this
in the way of business, and the
firm of Gore & McGregor have
done their share in every part of
thc Province.
Their pride in being the first of
their profession to settle at Fort
George, to build an office there aud
to carry out explorations and surveys in the now well known valleys of the Little Salmon, the Willow and the Mud rivers, is based
only on the experience that determined their actions.
For five years they have seen
the whole of Fort George, south,
eentral and west, as certain to
grow into the great central city of
British Columbia, with no more
doubt or hesitation than had Simon Fraser when he founded the
chief trading post of New Caledonia a century ago.
In five more years, when half a
dozen railroads have converged at
that point, they may feel justified
in sitting back and taking ease,
hut in the meantime they will be
found always ready to work, to
hoost, and to advise, to the best of
their ability.
BT.aut.iy   reuuruiug     uauunuuic  puu*.
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 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 here
Bhould bear in mind that the Grand
Trunk Paciac Railway. Company's
water must be brought from thej townsite will add about one thou-
river. The South Port George town- sand acres more townsite property
site iB a very much smaller area. It to the combined area offered for
totals about 150 acres, and is sit- habitation. The market has been
uated on the lower benches of the i dangerously flooded already, and
Fraser River, which is navigated by j bearing this in mind the careful in-
the largest steamboats throughout j vestor will not venture his funds in
the open season. The Nechaco River i any townsite that can not actually
townsites are not regular ports of', claim the active and independent
call, as owing to the difficulty in I development that signifies the ap-
navigating the Nechaco river except ! proval oi the people on the ground,
in high water the boats do not call j Unless they can invest in a townsite
there unless paid to do so. Lots in j that    is being    developed   and 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. 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 the 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 of the Cariboo
district, a licenced hotel, pool hall,
bakers, confectioners, two churches,
drug store and restaurants. It is (he
terminus of the British Columbia
Exnress Company's mail steamboats
and stage line. Tt is the headquarters
of the Fort George Trading and
Lumber Company's steamboat and
sawmilling operations. The headquarters of the Northern Lumber Co.
merchants and sawmill operators.
Tt is close proximity to the Government buildings, and is situated in
such manner thnt 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
erade. and will form a junction with
the main line of the G. T. P. near
the east end of the Tndian Reserve.
Acreage close to the South Fort
George townsite is changing hands
every day lor larce figures. The land
comnriBing the South Fort Georee
townsite, and all the Fraser River
properties is of excellent quality,
covered with a liirht 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 Her/ild
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 tor
the money they have invested, owing
creased 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
of the district.
j Intending settlers can obtain 160
acres of land by pre-emption. There
j 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. ThiB 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 aflord 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 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
save the land hunter time and cash
by his experience. The Hera'd 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 miHs
have about three million feet of
lumber in the yards, in preparation
for the 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., tht 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
to the rapid growth of development in ths winter is by sleigh. The ex-
created by independent inltative. If j press rate in ths summer is 121 cts.
they desirt to sell they should list I per tb. The winter rate 20cts. The
their properties with one of ths! summer Freight rate is 6cents, and
local realty operators, who are con- | the winter rate 11 cents per tb.
There are a great number of town-
site properties on the market in the
lend adjoining the Indian Reservation
here. Most of the subdivided proper-
ties are owned, sold by or controlled by
the Natural Resources Security Com-
P»ny, Limited, of Vancouver. Their
Properties comprise Lots 777, 1430, 936,
M», 937, 938, 2608, 2610 and 2507.
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 otfapplication
Wire for rooms Wire for rooms
E. L. KEPNER, Proprietor
THE HERALD is the recognized newspaper of the New
Cariboo. The entire district
is thoroughly covered and its
influence extends far beyond
the confines of the province.
Its advertisers reap rich returns as a result of their investment in HERALD publicity, why not get on the bandwagon yourself?
Advertising Rates on Application
llie Fort George Herald
South Fort George British Columbia
a * Activity at Tete Jaune Cache
Satisfaction I uar-
Repairing   •__*
Band articles by null to Fort George. B.C.
Robert Spinks
Painting and Paperhanging
South Fort George : B.C.
Two men named J. Laurie and
C. H. Cooke left Saskatoon on the
seventeenth of January bound
for Fort George via Tete Jaune
Cache. They arrived here a week
ago. An account of their journey
is of considerable interest, as it j
deals with a recent trip through
the route of G.T.P. construction
the other side of the big hills.
The two left Edmonton for Edson,
the next divisional point on the
G.T.P., on the 20th of January.
Edson, they state, is about the
same size as this place, but is
rapidly growing.   It is the gateway to the Grand Prairie country
and the Peace River.   From Edson the train proceeds direct to
Fitzhugh, a place in Jasper Park,
and the next division on the new
road, near where the steel ends,
300 miles from Edmonton.   At
this place there were a few
stores, log cabins and tents. The
travellers' tickets showed their
destination as 'Resplendent,' but
on reaching the end of steel no
one could inform them where this
place was, so we presume that
'Resplendent' will move toward
Fort George with the advance of
They arrived at the track-end
on the 22nd and proceeded over
the tote road to Tete Jaune Cache
on foot. There are about one
thousand teams freighting from
the end of the steel through the
Yellowhead Pass,>aid Mr. Laurie.
There are roadhouses along the
tote road, which follows one side
of the Fraser River, whilst the
grade is on the other. Both tracks
are high above the river level-
about 300 feet—and they follow
the high level to Tete Jaune
Cache. There are great numbers
of men working on the rock this
side of Moose Lake, near Fitzhugh, the work being done by
station men. Progress is necessarily slow, but the rockwork
should be complete by the late
A place called Hinton. in the
mountains, is the end of communication for independent
freight. Past this point the G.
T.P. refuse to carry the supplies
of the Canadian Northern (who
have been able to rush their construction by the aid of the G. T.
P. facilities) until the road is
handed over by the contractors
to the company. This place is at
Mile 65 Alberta, and 100 miles
from the Cache.
At a point about midway between the end of steel and the
Cache the travellers passed the
two heavy boilers from the dismantled Skeena River boats Distributor and Conveyor, being
taken in to Tete Jaune Cache for
installation in the two duplicate
boats now being built there by
Foley, Welch & Stewart. Oneof
these boilers is being hauled over
the tote road by a donkey engine
and the other by 12 teams of
horses. At one place it took five
days to haul the boilers a distance
of one mile. At Tete Jaune Cache
there are forty men working on
the steamboat construction. The
lumber is all shipped in prepared
from the coast, and the boats are
being built by coast carpenters.
The point where the boats are
building is about three miles
south ot the old Cache. Foley,
Welch & Stewart's cache is at
MilebS B.C., mrtherdownstream
than the boats. Here they have
big otncts, two 200-foot ware
houses, and a mountain of fodder
for horses. At the Cache there
are a few log buildings and stopping places; a restaurant and a
poolroom are being started. A.
K, Bourchier of this place has a
' store midway between ine uaj
I offices and the improvised shipyard. The engineers' camps are
- at Goat River, where Engineer
I Weiss is in charge, and L. C.
Gunn has a camp 40 miles above.
Bakers and Confectioners
Soda Water and Ices : Caterers
Cigars and Tobaccos
Fort George Trading & Lumber Co., Limited
Freight consigned to steamer
"Chilcotin" at Soda Creek will
Operators of Steamers oa the Fraser, Nechaco and
Start Rivers —— Manufacturers of Lumber   tm^_t_________f^ to the
AD Kinds of Rough and Dressed Lumber for Sale
"Bone Dry Lumber in the Yards "
Phone: One-One          Mouldings
/   South Fort George
chas. e. Mcelroy
General Manager.
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.
o Roberts, Jones & Willson o
UWUD10KRTSN*nrrtfc.     E. E JONES.     A. J. SELWVN-WIUSOH. t___.
FOR SALE: Farm Lands. Garden Tracts. Timber Limits. Mineral Claims. Valuable town lots.
Olces: Hamilton Awnue, Sooth Fort George: Central Avenue, Fort George, B. C.
■ . - ■        COMPANY ——
Scad 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.
IV Palatial Steamer B.X. Awaits the Arrival of the Company's Stages
Head Office: Ashcroft, B.C.
Frebtht consigned to steamer at Sula
creek will bt promptly forwarded.
We have
secured the
agency for
and have a
stock of
for the
Just Drop In and Let Us Show You.
Remember we pay special attention to
mail orders.
Front Street, QUESNEL, 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
^=a   Investigate Our 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 FortlGeorge
| 1836 |      Assets Exceed Fifty Million Dollars      | 1912 |
TBe Bank of British North America
Tour money is safer in the Bank than in your house or In your
pocket. It is not tied up. You can get lt out at any time without delay. NOTES discounted. Local and Foreign Drafts bought
and sold. COLLECTIONS made promptly.   Money Orders issued.
The Average Deposit of the
Canadian People is $122.00
per Person
Saving money can be made a habit. A portion of your weekly or
monthly wage deposited regularly in a savings account will soon bring
you up to the average, and you will be surprised how rapidly $2 deposited
weekly will amount to enough to make a substantial payment on your
H. C. SEAMAN, Manager
South Fort GeOrse
Head Oflice:
R.  P. McLENNAN Esq., President,
McLennan,   McFcely & Co.    Wholesale  Hardware,  Vancouver,  B.   C.
t. W. SHATFORD Esq.,  M. L. A.
Vice-Pres. Merchant, Hedley, B. C.
HIS HONOR T. W. PATERSON,  Lieutenant-Governor British Columbia.
M.   I).   CAKL1N,
Cnnitnllst, Victoria. B.C.
A. ISTEI, Esq.
C.  S.  DOUGLAS Esq.
Robert Kennedy,   New Westmin-
J* A. MITCHELL. Esq.. Capitalist,
Victoria. B. 0.
E. H. HEAPS. Esq., E H. Heaps A
Co., Lumber and Timber! President
Columbin Trust Co.. Ltd., Vancouver, B. 0.
J. A. HARVEY, Esq., K.C.. formerly
ol Cranbrook, B.C., Vnncouver, B.C.
A. L. DEWAR. General Manager.
Fort George Branch; F. N. DEWAR, Manager.
Fort George
Nechaco Valley
Bulkley Valley.
Skeena Valley
In every case our
lands were carefully inspected by
expert cruisers before 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 Offices: 619 to 824 Metropolitan BIdg., Vancouver, B.C
London Office >   6 Old Jewry.
01 the Peace River  Land  District.
TAKE notice that Hcnrier Prcpoiituine,
ol Vancouver, B. C, occupation gentleman
intends to apply (or permission  to purch*
ase the following describe :1 lands:
Commencing at a post planted  ii miles
west  ot the east  end of Choo-chi  lake ou
, the nortli shore and marked "H. •?*, 8. E*
corner'' thencc north 8o chains; tnenee
west 8o chuins; thence south 35 chai'"
morc or less to thc lake; thence easterly
along the shore to point of commencement
containing 320 acres morc or less.
September 15th.,  1911. Dec 9*


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