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Array THE
Vol. 2, No. 44.
LILLOOET, B. C, FRIDAY, MAY 11,   1900
$2.00 a year.
The first shot in the campaign was
fired on Monday night when a crowded
house greeted the political aspirants in
Santini's hall. The presence of ex-
Preinier Turner and the knowledge that
he would address the meeting was an
attraction not to be missed, for we are
sorry to say Lillooet has been Badly
overlooked by ministers in their political tours. Major Burnett waB chosen
chairman and after a few preliminary
remarks notified the audience that Mr.
Smith would speak first) Mr. Skinner
next, and that Mr. Turner would wind
up the proceedings.
Mr. Smith, on rising, waB received
with a fair measure of applause, but on
unrolling a truly formidable array of
notes, a look of resignation settled on
the faces of the audience, which was
only obliterated when he succeeded in
getting them inextricably confused.
After giving us a synopsis of his previous career in the House and all he
had done for the district of Lillooet—
which it is unnecessary to relate did
not consume much time—the old gentleman launched out into a tirade of
recrimination and abuse and consumed
the time of the meeting with purely
personal and private affairs, which
were entirely foreign to the issues at
stake, and not only showing extremely
bad taste but we are sorry to say were
deliberately misleading and untrue.
For instance, he stated that everyone of
Mr. Skinner's supporters in Lillooet
weie men whom he had befriended.
'' Allow me to cite one case in particular," said Mr. Smith. " A certain
party, only about a year ago, came to
me saying he must have $500 at once,
otherwise be would be ruined, and he
offered me $25 by way of interest. Gentlemen, I loaned that man the sum he
asked for, and by doing ,eo it saved him
$1,000. He repaid me the money and I
gave him back $20.00, and how does he
now show his gratitude,*by doing all be
can to undermine me. The name of
that man gentlemen is Arthur Noel, of
the BendOr mines,"
Mr. Smith's statement that he has
over $8,000 loaned out in this district,
bearing no interest, must also be taken
with more than the ordinary grain of
salt. Even Mr. Smith's warmest admirers do not credit him with being a
philanthropist, and we can rest assured
that if the interest is not coming in it ie
piling up with the principal until tbe
security ultimately falls into his hands.
However, with these matters the public
have nothing to do—Mr. Smith is alone
responsible for having dragged them to
the front, and they reflect very little
credit on him. Another circumstance
in connection with thia meeting shows
he is not above resorting to little tricks.
He wrote to Mr. Skinner, inviting him
to be present at the meeting held by
him on Monday evening, for the purpose of airing his views—it was to be a
joint meeting—nox mention whatever
was made of Mr. Turner, and he thought
to seriously handicap and disconcert Mr.
Skinner by the presence of our esteemed
He had no doubt led Mr. Turner to
believe Mr. Skinner was a disciple of
Joe Martin, notwithstanding Mr.
Skinner's emphatic assertion to the contrary.   Mr.   Smith also tried  to make
political capital by repeating private
conversations in connection with overtures made to him by.Mr. Skinner to
join the Semlin government. Mr.
Skinner's version evidently disconcerted his opponent and considerably mod-
ificc the unctious rectitude of Mr.
Smith. Mr. Skinner nor his hearers
saw nothing very henious in his proposition, as it is a well known fact that
Mr. Smith was one of the strongest advocates of a coalition government and
that he always had a decided leaning to
Mr. Cotton.
The district was languishing for appropriations for roads and bridges. What
Mr. Skinner proposed was that Mr.
Smith should call a meeting of his constituents and coneult them as to the advisability of his throwing in his lot with
the government. It was a plain business
proposition meant entirely to benefit
the district and with no ulterior object.
On comparing the two candidates and
the impression made on their hearers
all must acknowledge that Mr. Skinner
had decidedly the best of it. He positively repudiated all connection with
Joseph Martin and asserted he was prepared to support an anti-Martin government. The leader will probably be
chosen after the election, it will likely
rest between Ex-Governor Mcintosh and
Mr. Turner, and Mr. Skinner is prepared to abide by the decision of the majority. He promised to use his utmost endeavors and ability to promote the best
interests of the district and to interest
capital in the mines and as Mr. Skinner
is a man of well known energy and enterprise, the electors can rest assured
if elected he will keep his word. We
are sorry to be compelled to say there
has been a stagnation in Lillooet district, not noticeable in any other in the
province and if the electors will only
take a calm impartial view of the situation, they will be forced to the conclusion that a great deal, if not the
whole of it, has been caused by the
ancient methods of our member. We
do not wish to speak disparagingly of
Mr. Smith nor indulge in any unbecoming criticism, but we must confess that
he is not sufficiently up-to-date, and
we would earnestly request the electors
to consult the best interests of the district and decide on a change. They must
not allow themselves to be swayed by
sympathy as Mr. Smith is an adept at
appealing to the emotions. His appeal
that he is an old timer and that being a
member is a good and inexpensive way
of spending the winter, is very touching,
but not business. Charity begins at
home and Mr. Smith has been weighed
in the balance and found wanting.
The chairman then introduced Mr.
Skinner who was received with cheers
and applause, and as this was his first
appearance on the platform here, we
give our readers his speech in full which
is decisive and to the point and from the
manner in which it was received, we
have no hesitation in saying he had the
crowd with him.
Mr. Turner who, as waa expected received a rousing welcome. It was a
spontaneous outburst of the esteem and
sympathy which we all feel for him in
the unfair advantage which was taken
of him by the lieutenant-governor. His
speech was listened to with the interest
it deserved and we all hope soon to see,
him again occupying his old position ai
premier of Ihe province and truBt that
while this was his first, it will not be by
any means his last visit to this section.
Want of space prevent our giving his
speech in detal.
The only point we can take exception
to in Mr. Turner's speech, is that in his
closing remarks he displayed a little
favoritism to Mr. Smith on the grounds
that he Was an old personal friend and a
local man. It is acknowledged that the
best representative the district ever had
was the late Mr. Davie who resided in
The following is Mr. Skinner's speech
which will be read with interest by the
electors of the district:
(Continued on page two)
Mm and the Bear.
Editor Prospector, Sir—On my return
here I was informed that Mr. Smith on
Monday night stated that he had done
me a great favor, and that  in return I
showed my  ingratitude   by supporting
Mr. Skinner in this election.   Now, Mr.
Editor I will explain   the true  facts of
the case and leave it to the electors to
judge for themselves whether under the
circumstances I  should support him or
Mr.   Skinner.     Sometime  during  the
spring of 1898 I had a dispute with the
party   running  the boarding   house at
the Bend'Or mine, who claimed that I
owed him $1,000.     He finally agreed to
accept $500  in Sash,  providing   I paid
him   that  day,   and   not  having  the
money here I   went  to Mr.   Smith and
offered him $25 if he would let me have
the  money   until I  could   get  it from
Vancouver.     Mr. Smith agreed to loan
me the money providing I gave him a
mortgage^on my house and lot here, together with a chattel mortgage  on my
furniture,     horses,   pack   and   riding
saddles, buggy, harness, etc., and in addition over $100 worth of gold nuggets—
the whole of  which was   worth at least
$3,000.    I made tbe stipulation that he
was not to register the mortgage unless
I failed to  repay  the   money before 21
days expired, which time is allowed by
law in which to  register  a  mortgage.
Fourteen days  afterwards I repaid the
money'and Mr. Smith enly charged me
$5.00 at which I waB pleased, although
this was at the rate of 30 per cent, per
annun, as  the loan  counting   the gold
nuggets,   was really only $400, but you
can imagine my feelings when I was informed by several parties in Vancouver
that  they  had Been  in  Bradstreet or
Dun's mercantile reports  that a mortgage  had   been  registered  in Clinton.
Upon making inquiries I found that Mr.
Smith   had registered   the    mortgage
within a few days after loaning me the
money, thus not only injuring my credit
but also to a certain extent the Bend'Or
mines.    Mr. Smith may pose as a good
Samaritan as much as he pleases but in
this instance he showed himself more of
a Shylock. Yours truly,
J. C. Brown, of New Westminster, has
been sworn in as finance minister, and
Ryder is now out of a job.
All those who wish West Lillooet to
become the best known and prosperous
mining district in west, should mark
their ballots on June 9th for Robert B.
One morning last week while the night
shift working on the McGillivray creek
mines were taking lunch, they were
startled by a large bear walking into
their midst. The were in the blacksmith
shop and had a candle for a light when
a medium sized bear walked leisurely up
and put his head in thedoor, sniffed and
looked at the men for a few seconds,
then turned and walked away quite unconcerned. While passing the tunnel
the bear evidently thought it worth exploring as be sauntered in there also.
As the men who had the pleasure of
Mr. Bruin's company were not bear
fighters, they thought it advisable not to
raise his ire by any act of violence, bo let
him have his own way. The bear finally finished his visit and wandered off.
When daylight arrived it was decided to
send for " Jim "' Brett who was camped
on an adjoining claim, as it waB well
known that he had a hankering after
big game, and had lately purchased a
new r'fle and abundance of ammunition,
and it would certainly be a pleasure for
him to have an opportunity to get bis
eye and gun on a bear. Just as a decision had been reached that "Jim" should
deal with the bear, who should walk
into camp bit himself, rifle in hand and
plentv ammunition in his belt. He waB
acquainted with the facts, but to the
consternation of everybody, he timidly
remarked :. " Boys, I'm after grouse
this morning not bear."
C. M. Glenn was in town from Cadwallader this week.
W. E. Brett returned Thursday from
a visit to Asbcro
J. H. Anthony and Miss  Anthony of
Lytton are registered at the Pioneer.
Fire at Sandon last week destroyed
the whole town. The loss is estimated
at about $500,000.
u No Liquor Licenses.
Premier Martin at Kaslo said: "The
recent disallowance of legislation passed
by the Semlin government in 1898 to restrict O iental immigration, he noted
that the Liquor License Act had been
disallowed at Ottawa because it provided that no license to eell liquor should
be given to any Jap or Chinaman. "By
that disallowance," said Mr. Martin,
" all our affairs are thrown into most
absolute confusion. There are no liquor
licenses in this province outside of city
municipalities. Every person who is
selling liquor in unincorporated localities, under proper form issued by the
province, is liable to a fine under the
old laws, which are revived, because he
has really got no license, and there is no
way giving the owners of hotels throughout the province any protection whatever until the legislature meets on July
5th. ____________
W. H. Keary, manager of the Provincial Fair, to be held at New Westminster, has announced the dates as
October 2, 3, 4 and 5.
Mrs. Young and Mrs. May of Vancouver, mother and siBter of Mrs. W. Ferguson and Wm. Young are in town
The Chinese Reform Association are
showing their humanity and politscs by
subscribing $1,000 for the widow of
Policeman Main, who was killed by t'ic
Chinese, and have engaged a lawyer, R.
McBride, to prosecute the suspects.
Captain.D. J. Lamoree, A. S. Brackett
M.D., and Prof. F.G.Refenburg all from
California arrived in town the first of
the week and left Thursday morning
with Fred Richardson to look at Bridge
river mining properties.
49r. A. S. Additon and wife arrived in
town last' Monday from California and
have gone to the Ample mines where
they will reside. Mr. Additon will have
charge of the cyanide plant at the
Toronto-Lillooet Gold Reefs Company's
jTH. Purdy, J. W. Johnston and H.
Stewart of Vancouver arrived in town
the first of the week and have left for
McGillivray creek where they are interested in mining 'property adjoining the
Anderson Lake Co.'s mines. They will
remain a few weeks doing development
The remains of a human being were
found in a secluded part of Stanley
Park, Vancouver. There was little left
but the skeleton and clothing. It is
probable that tbe mystery may never be
cleared, for the man must have come to
his end a year ago at least. The police
say they have not the slightest clue to
work upon and hope by the news of the
shocking discovery being widely circulated that someone may come forward
that can throw some light on the
Mr. Chairman and Gentleman:—It iB
somewhat with feelings of diffidence that
I am he. j this evening to address you—
I say with diffidence advisedly for two
reasons, one ol which is that on entering tnis campaign I do so feeling that
the contest between Mr. Smith and
myself must of necessity be more or less
a personal one. if we were politically op-
Eosed to each other it might be different,
owever, it is my intention to refrain as
much as possible from saying anything
regarding Mr. Smith that can be construed as being offensive. The other
rea >n, and to me the most important
one, is that I cannot help feeling that
owing to the fact that I am not a resident of the riding, that among a certain
number of the electors, particularly so
with the old timers, I am looked upon as
an outsider or interloper as it were.
But gentlemen, I propose proving to
you that in no sense of tlie word am I
such an outsider as Mr. Smith and some
of his supporters would like to lead you
to believe. Were la stranger having
no further interest in the riding than
that of seeking to be your representative in the L ^islative Assembly, then
•very elector would, be perfectly justified
in regarding me as an outsider, but I am
no Btranger among you, for since coming
here first about four years ago, I have
visited the district at intervals of every
two or three months, and certainly in so
far as the mining sections are concerned,
I am much less of an outsider than Mr.
Smith, who in the past has only uitide a
tour of the outlying districts just prior
to an election in order to canvass for
votes. I have visited every portion of
the district with the exception of the
rembe'ton Meadows, and it is my intention to go there at an early date, so you
see gentleman that taking the district as
a whole I know it as well as Mr. Smith,
«t any rate I can safely state I know its
requirements fully as well as he does.
Now, gentlemen, I think you will
agree with me when I say that the
future prosperity ^of this town and the
•urrounding ranching country is solely
dependent ori the successful development of the mining industry. I say to
you who are ranchers to whom can you
•ell your produce unless you have a local
market, vou cannot export except at a
loss, you are therefore dependent on the
mines to create a market. Only a few
weeks ago I visited Mr. James Dickie,
and he and other ranchers along the
river informed me that they had grain
in their barns two and three years old.
Here you have in this town three
hotels and a dozen stores of one kind or
another, and I ask you is there more
than a fair living for half that number
with the Btate of trade as at the present.
It is therefore plain to everyone that
you are all living iu hopeB that the development of the mines will bring you
increased trade.
Now, gentlemen, I think we are all
agreed as to tne necessity for the development of the mineral resources of the
Lillooet district, and without appearing
i > be personal I would like to know
what Mr. Smith has ever done in
this direction, I ask vou tell me
if he has every directly or indirectly
been instrumental in bringing in one
dollar of capital for this purpose. Has
he ever invested his own (money in developing any mine, if he has, I am not
aware it, hut I do know that during the
excitement on Cayoosh creek some time
ago that he made several thousand dollars, common report puts it at $8,0C0 to
$12,000, by selling undeveloped claims,
usually called " wild cats," and instead
of using any of thia money which was
obtained so easily, in trying to develop
other mineral claims, he invested it in
securities outside the district.
Of course it is Mr. Smith's privilege
to do what he pleases with his own
money, and no one has the right to dictate and say he should invest it in mining, but I ask you gentlemen, as a mining community, is a man like Mr. Smith
who :s afraid to ris't his money in mining the best kind of a representative for
& mining country. Can such a man
no matter how willing, be successful in inducing capital to come
here, possibly if Mr. Smith
were a poor man it might be different, but being wealthy does it not
fltand to reason that capitalists whom be
might be trying to interest in the district would naturally say, if the district
is as good as you say it is, how is it that
you do not bIiow faith by investing your
own money.
Now, gentlemen, after criticising Mr.
Smith, it is in order for me to show
what I have done towards the development of this section of the Province. Ab
most of you are aware I was the
first  man to invest a dollar in quartz
mining in what is known as tbe Bridge
river district, and the Lorne, Ida May
and Bend'Or groups of mines were located in 1897, by men who had been
working for wageB for me on the Forty
Thieves group. Now, I do not mean to
say that these valuable mines would not
have been discovered were it not for my
enterprise, but I do claim as the pioneer
investor in that section that I am entitled to some credit for their being in their
present shape.
At that time I showed my faith in the
district by expending several thousand
dollars of my own money, and have
shown it since by never allowing an opportunity pass to say a good word for the
camp, and by doing so have succeeded
in getting several companies to send in
their engineers to report on different
properties. That they all did not take
hold of them is my misfortune, and their
lo-s. but not my fault.
Then again, take the Brett property
on McGillivray creek near Anderson
lake. After expending $2,500 in development work I urged my associates to
go further, aud bo strong was mv faith
in this mine that I offered to put up
more than my share but owing to ihe
adverse report of their expert they declined. Surely, gentlemen, I am entitled
to some credit for having brought this
property to the fore, at any rate the
original owners, the Messrs. Brett's,
think so for they voluntary have agreed
to give me a good round sum as an ack-
nowledement of their appreciation of
my services.
I think I have said sufficient to convince you that whereas Mr. Smiih has
done nothing, I have done considerable
towards the development of this district.
To refer again to my being an outsider
I wish to point out to you that in my
opinion I can do more good by resiaing
in the coast cities than if I lived right
in this town. In the first place, living
there gives me an opportunity to meet
capitalists from all parts of the world,
who visit the province, and by meeting
them I am enabled to interest them in
this district, and possibly induce some
of them to visit it, with a view to investing capital. On the other hand it I resided here I would soon become like itiy
friend Mr. Smith, mote ornamental than
Now, gentlemen, with reference to the
political situation, I do not think I can
do better than to take Mr. Smith's election address and criticise, it clause by
clause.    He says 1st:
Gentlemen: As the present condition of af.
fairs in the province can not last long it will be
necessary to appeal to the country by n general
election and I again come before you, for the
fifth time, to ask you for your suffrages, and if
you do me the honor to elect me to represent you
in the Legislative Assembly, I shalleonsider it
my duty to use my utmost endeavors to forward
your interests in every possible wuy, and those
of the whole province.
Well, gentlemen, there is nothing to
criticize in this, it'is the same old story
—just a little taffy.
The most urgent requirements of the district
at the present time are the construction of
roads to the Bridge Kiver, McGillivray Creek
and Blaekwater mining sections, and roads that
will give better and more convenient outlets to
the farmeri of Pemberton Meadows, Watson
Ear creek, Empire Valley and Chilcotin
agricultural sections, and if elected I will do all
I possibly can to have these roads constructed
as soon as possible.
I must say I am glad to see that Mr
Smith has at last wakened up and recognizes the necessity for expending money
in this way, but gentlemen should not
at least some of these improvements
been made long ago, and as a matter of
fact has he not promised most of them
before in every pre-election address.
I believe that the district is on the eve of
great prosperity, and I am in favor of the judicious expenditure of money in the construction
of roads and trails so as to give easy access to
all parts of the district, thus bringing its rich
mining and agricultural resources within easy
reach of the minors and agriculturalists. Such
a policy I am certain would result in a large
increase in the population and expansion of
tlie ravenuo as would justify a*iy government
in the expeodituie.
Gentlemen, this reads very nicely and
sounds well, but what are the true facts,
have you not been clamoring for just
s ich improvements for years but to no
nurpose. Three years ago on my return
from Bridge River I spoke to Mr. Smith
ab mt the wretched condition of the
trail and urged him to get an appropriation from the government to put it in
possible shape, his reply was that it was
unreasonable to expect the government
to make trails wherever prospectors
wanted. I replied saying he should
make the same trip as I had, when he
would find that the request was not unreasonable, but what was asked for was
an absolute necessity, as we had to wait
three  days   at Gun   Creek  before  we
could cross our boises, alitor the want
of a few dollars being expended on a
bridge. Since then the trail has been
slightly improved, but what we want
and must have is a road to Bridge River.
I do not think it would be in the best Interest of the province for the government to
assume the expense of constructing and operating railroads.
I agree in this with Mr. Smith, but I
have always advocated the Dominion
ownership of railroad, telegraph, and
express companies, for 1 see no reason
why the Dominion Government could
not operate them as well as they now
control the postal service, besides we
have tbe experience of most of the
European countries where it has worked
to the satisfaction of the public.
(Continued oil page three)
CLINTON, B. C. Branch at Lillooet.
Manufacturers of all kind of
None but the best material used. Miners or
prospectors sending in orders will receive
prompt attention and satisfaction guaranteed.
VANCOUVER,   -  -  -  -   B. C.
Dealer in Watches, Diamonds, Jewelry and
Opticol goods. Our repair department is unex
celled for fine work. Leave your orders with
he postmaster who will have it attended o as
well as if vou came personally.
R.F.Anderson &Co
General Hardware,
Paints, Oils  and Varnishes,
Stoves, Enameled Iron
and Tinware.
Miners Steel, Picks, Shovels, etc., Wire Cable
and Russel Wire Fencing.
Mainland Cigar
British Lion
or   Mainland
An<' be sure that each Cigar is branded, otherwise tl'ey ai. not tenuine.
They a",e not oaly made of the Choicest To-
bxeco but are o' home manufacture, and
s.iould be pairon „ed by nil good cuVeus.
123WaterSlreet, VANCOUVER.B.C
Lillooet, B. C.
Have in stock all kinds of
Dried Lumber, Finishing
Lumber and Mouldings.
All orders will receive
prompt attention. Write for
prices or apply at the yard.
Fred. H. Nelson, Proprietor.
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First Class Hotel in every respect.     Accommodation
for Eighty Guests.    Large Annex comfortably furnished]     Commercial travelers and others
receive every attention by staying at the
Pioneer Hotel.   Large sample room.
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Headquarters [tor the B. Cr Expreaa Stages
Hotel Victoria.
Thie hotel being new and thoroughly finished throughout is the only first
class hotel in Lihooet. Persona calling at Lillooet will receive every attention by
stopping at the Hotel Victoria. Good stabling in connection with the hotel. Headquarters for the Lillooet-Lytton stage.      ,
0   9   9   9   9   9    CHARGES   MODERATE.     9   9   9   9   9   9
alex. Mcdonald,
The Bar is supplied with the best Wines, Liquors and Cigars.-
Stage leaves Lytton every Monday and Friday morning
for Lillooet, returning next day.    Special trips made.
If you contemplate a trip into Lillooet district, write us for information.
CAMERON & HURLEY     -:-    Lytton and Lillooet, B G.
Flour Milling Produce and
General Merchandise.
2PJA.-WXXJ1G1ST, 13. C.
Flour and Offal sold at mill and delivered at reasonable rates.
**,"■ ji*' '.«*,     GI--E3Isr__3_Ea_^_Ii  BTOBB.     <*-     «**   «*-
Post Office and Telegraph Office in connection.   Freight teams plying once a
week between Lillooet and Ashcroft.
W. CUMMING, Agent, Lillooet B. C.
Storage & Forwarding Agts
Consign your goods" to our care.    We settle railway charges and forward to
estination without delay.   Correspondence solicited. W. B. BAILEY & CO THE PROSPECTOR, LILLOOET, B. C, FRIDAY, MAY 11,1900
(Continued from page two.)
In order to encourage the more rapid development of the placer mining industry of the
province, I think that holders of leases of hydraulic mining ground should be able to obtain
a crown grant of their holdings on terms similar to those granted to holders of mineral
This is a pretty broad question and I
do not know that the giving of a crown
grant would at all tend to the rapid development of hydraulic ground, the effect might be the very opposite, still
under certain conditions it might be advisable to give a crown grant for a limited number of claims in one group.
I think that some arrangement should be
made with the Dominion government so that
rich mining ground, now held as Indian reserves, can be mined by white men.
I quite agree with Mr. Smith in this,
for there is no doubt that right in this
district rich ground is now held as Indian reserves.
•I think that in order to protect white labor
the Dominion government should increase the
tax on Chinese coming into the country, and
that Japanese should pay the same tax as is
paid by the Chinese.
I will comment on this.'wben referring
to the next clause.
I believe that eight hours should be a day's
work in all underground metalliferous mines,
and that neither Chinese nor Japanese should
be allowed to work in such mines.
Now gentleman, what can you make
■s of a man like Mr. Smith, here he tells
■ you that he believes eight hours should
be a day's work, where as in 1898 he
roted against the eight hour bill, and
again during the past session he most
strenuously Opposed it claimingit should
be repealed, and as for Chinese and Japanese legislation, I have it from members of tbe Turner administration, that
he opposed every anti-Chineso question
ever brought into the house. In fact it
became a standing joka with members
on both sides of the house, who said it
i» no use in trying to get Smith to oppose the Chinese as he makes his living
out of them.
I think the act known as the Alien Act, and
the Liquor License Act, 1899, should be repealed.
Well gentlemen, this has been vetoed
by the Dominion government, so it relieves Mr. Smith of any furl her responsibility, but at the same time as he voted
for this bill a year ago, it shows that Mr.
Smith is, to say the least very inconsistent.
At this stage Mr. Smith interrupted
■aying he did not vote for the Alien Bill.
Mr. Skinner replied saying you did not
vote against it although you were in the
chamber at the time which is tantamount to voting for it.
The amendment made to the Placer Mining
Act, under the supervision of Hon. Jos. Martin
during the session of 1899, which has virtually
allowed the Chinese all over the province to
mine on all crown lands during the past year
without paying for a free miner's, certificate,
should be amended.
Gentleman there is no doubt in my
mind but what this omission was was a
pure oversight, no douht due to the fact
that there ia very little placer ground
worked by the Chinese outside of this
district, but I ask gentleman, is this the
proper time for Mr. Smith to draw attention to the omission, why did he not
at the proper time and on the floor of
the house draw the attention otthe government to the omission, when I am
sure it would have been rectified immediately there and then.
Here again Mr. Smith interrupted
■aying, "What about Atlin?" Mr.
Skinner replied sharply " We don't have
any Chinese there."
In order that those who meet with accidents
in the mines or are sick from other causes should
be able to obtain medical aid with the least
possible delay. I think that the government
should give such a subsidy as will induce a
physician to reside permanently in the district.
I quite agree wilh Mr. Smith in this,
but I honestly believe had he fought
harder for his constituency he could
have had this subsidy letained, for had
protested when the appropriations were
before the house, it should have had the
desired effect, particularly as similar
subsidies were retained in other districts.
I do not think the policy of the present government is such as will promote the best interests of the province, and is not in accordance
with the well understood wishes of a majority
of the people.
Again, I am in accord with Mr. Smith,
and here gentlemen let me say, I wish
to give a most emphatic denial to the
statements circulated by Mr. Smith to
tha effect, that I am a supporter of tbe
Hon. Joseph Martin or his government.
Jin a matter of fact I voted against Mr.
Martin at the last general elections, and
Mr. Smith knows it for I repeatedly told
him  so.    Moreover gentleman, only a
short time a^o, the last time I saw Mr.
Martin in Vancouver, he informed me
that he purposed putting up a candidate
who would run in his interest against
Mr. Smith and myself. With reference
to the statement of Mr. Smith that I had
interviewed him on behalf of Mr. Martin, I wiil tell you the exact facts of tbe
case which puts it altogether iu a different light. I met Mr. Smith here in November 1898 and I suggested to him that
as he was elected by the people, not because he was a supporter of the Turner
administration, but purely on personal
grounds, as any strong man at that time
would have snowed him under. As the
Turner party were now in opposition
that in my opinion he should call a
meeting of his leading supporters
throughout the district and place himself in their hands and if they wanted
him to take sides with tlie government
instead of remaining in the opposition,
that I could assure him from Mr. Martin that his district would be liberally
dealt with. Mr. Smith told me he was
not bound to support the opposition, although Mr. Turner was an old friend
and that he (Smith) had seriously
thought of doing the same thing and
certainly would call a meeting
before going to the house in January. Mr. Smith never consulted
his constituents clearly showing
that I bad the interest of the district
more at heart than him. These gentlemen are the true facts and not as put by
Mr. Smith.
Why Mr. Smith should circulate such
a report, knowing as he must that there
is not a vestige of truth in it, I cannot
understand, unless it was for the purpose of inducing our distinguished friend
Mr. Turner, to come here to speak in
his interest and against me. Now gentlemen, I have often have been asked what
stand do I take. My invariable reply
has been, I am a conservative but am
running as an independent against the
Martin government. Why should I
pledge myself to any particular man as a
leader. At the present moment there
are several in the field, and while my
inclinations might lean towards one
more than another, still I do not deem it
advisable at the moment to say which
one I favor. However, I will say this,
if our honorable friend Mr. Turner is
returned and if the majority of the anti-
Martinites are favorable to him as their
leader, he can count on my hearty support, and I think it is unnecessary ior
me to say more than this.
Now gentlemen just a few more words
and I will have finished. It is an old
saying that, every man seeking political
honors has an axe to grind. With some
it is for fame, with others it is to further
some cause such as temperance, possibly
with a few it may be for the salary there
is in it, but it is for none of these causes
that I am seeking your suffrage, nor am
I posing as a philanthropist whose sole
duty it is to better the ranchers and
prospectors. I will be candid with' you
and acknowledge that I am seeking the
position simply because if elected I know
that with the progress and prosperity
of the mining district there will accrue
profit and advantage to myself. I have
faith in the mining resources of Lillooet
district, and as a private individual I have in the past been the
means of helping largely to develop this
industry, and I honestly believe that as
your representative I will be able to
very much increase my usefulness in
this direction.
If I succeed in my efforts to bring in
capital, then I know that with you, my
pocket will be benefitted directly, and
eo will yours, and I guess when we come
down to the fine point substantial prosperity is what we ail aim for aud should
work to bring about.
My first duty, if elected, will be to
urge upon the government the absolute
necessity for an appropriation sufficient
to build a wagon road to your mines and
mine on Bridge River. It is outrageous
to see what in my humble opinion the
richest camp in British Columbia so
utterly neglected, if we had a wagon
road there this year I am certain you
would see a boom that would make yo i
all happy, because it is a class of mining
that is inexpensive as compared with
other camps, and a road would reduce
the cost for freight at least seveny-five
per cent.
Gentlemen, I feel perhaps more
keenly on this subject than most of you,
for aa you know I am largely interested
in the Forty Thieves, and if ever a property got a black eye through want of a
road, that one did, for in the spring of
1898 the British Columbia Agency who
had a bona on the property, sent a party
in with some supplies to commence
work—it took them nearly six weeks to
get into the mine, and if there had been
a road it would not have taken over
three days at the outside. Through
want of funds they had to throw up the
bond but I have found it hard ever since
to get other companies to take hold of it
as the report got about that the country
is inaccessible.
I have seen reports from several first-
class mining engineers and they all say
that in no part of the world have they
seen better surface showings or better
defined true fissure veins, but (there is
always a but in these reports) until
such times as proper facilities are given
for the transportation of heavy machinery, they could not recommend their
principals to operate them,
Gentlemen, this is no election guff,
I am statfng the plain truth and I am
sorry that I have not got some of the
reports with me to confirm it, but you
can take my word that it is so. Only
the last time I was up there I had an
eminent expert, Mr. James Brady, with
me, and these were the exact words he
made use of on his return: " Skinner,
how you can expect any man to make a
favorable report after going over such a
damnable trail beats me, the first thing
you ought to do is to get .the government to put in a road."
A very short time ago I visited the
Empire Valley and all I have to say
about the state of the trails there is,
i hat if I am elected and do not succeed
iu having them put in better shape, the
next time I pay a visit to my constituents, I will ride a goat, for ths best oi
them are none too good Mr goats.
Now, gentlemen, think the matter
over carefully. Mr. Smith is a non-producer, he gives employment to no one,
and as tor the littles money expended by
the government in the district is concerned, you owe no thanks to him, as no
representative you could have bad would
have secured less for you than he has
done. To those of you who consider
Mr. Smith competent and willing to
further the mining industry as well as
myself, I say do not hesitate a moment,
but give him vour hearty support. I
will not feel the least-bit offended, but
to those who believe that I can best
serve you, I say it is your bounden duty,
a duty-you owe yourselves and families
to set aside all feeling of local prejudice
towards me as an outsider aud give me
your hearty support.
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r  —
FRIDAY. MAY 11. 1900.
D. Hamilton ia in town for a few days
from Bridge river.
To the Electors of the
West Biding of Lillooet Electoral Dis-
Dr. Sanson ia erecting a new office on
Main street near the drug store.
The Lytton atage haa made Beveral
extra trips the past few days with passengers.     	
E. O. Delong of the Royal hotel at
Sucker creek has been in town the past
week on business.
Fred H.Nelson proprietor of the Pioneer hotel is having improvement? made
and will put it in first shape shortly.
Mr. R. B. Skinner will Ifmve for Pemberton Meadows and McGillivray creek
in a few days to interview the electors.
Several good, praoti<al tninera can
bave employment at once in the Bridge
river mines, Lilboit u..;rK . W ges
$3.25 per day, eight hours.
During the p",ajt wock quite a number
of men have left for the different camps
to work in the mines and do pssesetr ent
work on their mineral claim?.
Arthur F. Noel returned Wednesday
evening from Vancouver where he bad
been with the cleanup of the Bend'Or
mines. He will leave for tbe r .nes in a
few day.	
All those who wish West L'.liooet to
become the best known and prop lerous
mining district in we8t., should mark
their ballots on Jure 9th for Robert B.
Skinner.       ^	
W. A. Preston of Rat Portage, visited
McGillivray creek mines this week and
expects to return again shortly to investigate more thoroughly the different
mining sections.
Fred A. Richardson, representing the
Ames, Holden Co., with headquarters at
Vancouver, was in town for a couple of
days this week on business, having come
in by special stage from Lytton.
J. H. Turner, ex-premier of British
Columbia, was a passenger on the Lytton
stage last Monday and attended the political meeting here the same evening.
He left next morning for Victoria.
Dr. \V. M. Scott one of the directors of
the Turonto-Lillooet Gold Reefs Co. was
in town the past week and visited the
company's property on Cayoosh creek.
He leaves for Toronto Saturday.
The Hon. Joseph Martin, premier,
will hold a political meeting in Santini's
hall on Tuesday evening, May 17th. We
learn that Mr. D. M. Eberts will also be
in attendance at the meeting. Everyone
should attend and hear both sides of the
questions that are bothering the people
of this province.
'Jentlemen: As the present condition of affairs in the province can not last long it will be
necessa:y to appeal to tlie country by a general
ele< (iin and I again come before you, for the
fifth time, io ask you for your suffrages, and if
you do me thi> honor to elect me to represent you
in the Legislithv; Assembly, I shalleonsider it
my duty t j use my utmost endeavors to forward
your interests in every possible way, and those
■   the whole province, •
The most urgent requirements of the district
at the present time are the construction of
roads to the Bridge River, McGillivray Creek
and Bluckwater mining sections, and roads that
will give better and more convenient outlets to
the farmi i emberton Meadows, Watson
Bar creek, Empir Valley and Chileotin
agricultural sections, and if elected I will do all
I possibly can to have these roads constructed
as soon as possible.
I believe that the district is on the eve of
great prosperity, and I am in favor of the judicious expenditure of money in the construction
of roads and trails so as to give easy access to
all parts of the district, thus bringing its rich
mining and agricultural resources within easy
reach of the miners and agriculturalists. Such
a poli/y I am certain would result in a large
increase in tlie population and expansion of
the revenue as would justify any government
in the expenditure.
I do not think it would be in the best interest ol the province for the government to
assume the expense of constructing and operating railroads.
In order to encourage the more rapid flevel
opraentofthe placer mining industry of the
proving, I think that holders of leases of hy.
dranlic mining ground should be able to obtain
a crown grant of their holdings on terms similar to those granted to holders of mineral
I t.iink that some arrangement should be
made with the Dominion government so that
rich mining ground, now held as Indian reserves, can be mined by white men.
I chink that in order to protect white labor
the Dominion government should increase the
tax on Chinese coming into the country, and
that Japanese should pay the same tax as is
paid by the Chinese.
I believe that eight hours should be a day's
work in all underground metalliferous mines,
and that neither Chinese nor Japanese should
be allowed to work in snch mines.
I think the act known as the Alien Act, and.
the Liquor License Act. 18U9, should be repealed.
The amendment made to the Placer Mining
Act, under the supervision of Hon. Jos. Martin
during the session of 1899, which has virtually
allowed the Chinese all over the province to
mine on all crown lands during the past year,
without paying for a free miner's certificate
should be amended.
In order that those who meet with accidents
in the mines or are sick from other causes should
be able to obtain medical aid with the least
possible delay. I think that the gevernment
ihould give such a subsidy as will induce a
physician to reside permanently in the district.
I do not think the policy of the present government is such as will promote the best interests of the province, and is not in accordance
with the well understood wishes of a majority
of the people.
I shall endeavor to see you before the elec
ion takes place and explain my views on the-
various topics more fully to you personally,
and at public meetings.
I have the honor to be gentlemen, your obedi
ent servant
Mr. Turner in his remarks at the political meeting on Monday evenine, stated
that he had always dreaded Mr. Smith
coming around about the time the ap-
priations were to be made. The inference drawn by the audience was not
that Mr. Smith always asked for such
excessive amounts, but that he was fishing for a cabinet position.
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West Riding of Lillooet Electoral District.
Gentlemen : At the request of a number of
influential voters I have decided to seek the
honor of representing your important district
in he Provincial Legislative Assembly.
I am as many of you are doubtless aware,
interested to a large exent in mineral property
in the district. I am therefore desirous that
its resources should be developed, and consequently will be sure, if elected, to endeavor to
obtain as large appropriations as possible for
he making of roads and trails. I am convinced
that in the immediate future there will be a
largo influx of capital into he tProvince, and
I shall use every effor to encourage the investment of money here. I have shown my faith
in the district by investing my own money, and
indirectly I have been largely the means of the
development of some of the best properties. As
the future advancement of Lillooet and the
farming community in the surrounding country
is solely dependent on the mining industry: it
is to your interest to be represented by some
one who is directly interested in mining.
Though not a permanent resident of the district, I am continually visiting the various mining camps and am therefore, well able to judge
of the country's requirements. The fact that
my residence is more or less in Vancouver and
Victoria should rather be in your favor than
otherwise as I am continually in touch with
prominent business men from all parts of the
Province and capitalists who. visit the coast
I am in favor of a very liberal expenditure of
money for opening up the whole country so
that the world at large can see what great
natural resources we have and I will, if elected,
advocate the borrowing of money for this purpose to the fullest extent. I am of the opinion
that roads to open up Bridge River, the Empire
Valley, Pemberton Meadows and Anderson
Lake districts and the improvements of roads
and trails generally, are an absolute necessity
With regard to the eight hour law: I consider
that for an honest eight hours work underground, any man is entitled to a full days
wage, but under certain circumstances and
conditions I see no reason why men should not
be free to work extra time provided they were
compensated accordingly.
With regard to Alien Act: I may say that I
have always opposed it even before it was passed
in the house, and from my personal observation
in Atlin last fall my opinion is that it was a
grevious mistake.
I am opposed to the employment of Oriental
labor in mines.
I consider it was a mistake to withdraw the
subsidy given to physicians to induce them to
reside in outlying districts in the province.
The improvement of the laws pertaining to
quartz and placer mining shall always receive
my most careful consideration and attention.
It is my intention, if elected to visit every part
of the riding at least once a year in order to ascertain the needs of my constituents so that I
shall bein a position to urge their claims on
the government.
It is my intention, if possible, to call on each
elector in order to explain my views more
Trusting that you 'will show your confidence
in me by placing me at the head of the poll.
I have the honor to be, your obedient servant
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