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Jenkinson & Co.
Real Es'.ate, Insurance and
Financial Agents
telephone 3415 1219 Langley St.
The Week
A British Columbia Newspaper and Review.
Pabllahad at Victoria, B. e.
Wellington Colliery
Company's Coal
1232 Gov't St.
Telephone 83
loi,. 10.   No.
Tenth Year
Tenth Year
One Dollar Per Annum
The  Publishers  of The  Week  would respectfully direct attention to the present issue which
lonsists of fifty-two pages.    Of these forty pages
lonstitute a special edition dealing with the progress and development of Victoria.   They believe
pat this issue is unique in its completeness, and
effectively demonstrating the marvellous era of
Irogress on which the City has entered.    From
lie standpoint of The Week this is not an adver-
Ising  edition.     It   has   been   prepared   at   very
pavy cost, approximating $3,000.    It is intended
celebrate  the  entry  of The Week upon  its
|nth year of publication, and at the same time
, furnish reliable data on the material growth of
le City.   The Publishers wish to recognize the
Itiring efforts of Mr. C. E. Cameron in preparing
lis issue, and the splendid  typographical work
IThe Acme Press, which undertook the printing.
*HE NAVY LEAGUE—The various
branches of the Navy League of
British Columbia held a mass meet-
the Victoria Theatre on Thursday
The purpose of the meeting was to
lasize the impatience of the people of
lh Columbia at the delay in announc-
fhe  Naval   Policy  of  the  Dominion
■rnment.   As long ago as last October
Borden stated on the floor of the House
]a definite policy would be outlined,
|that before announcing it a Confer-
would be held with the Admiralty,
le months later the Provincial House
Tjht it would do no harm to jog Mr.
■en's memory,   and   a  resolution was
\_ by Mr. Brewster, seconded by Mr.
ride, ancl unanimously adopted, calling
the  Dominion   Government   for an
lediate" announcement of their policy,
lhe establishment of a fleet unit on the
lie Coast.    What Mr. McBride, with
"ne responsibilities of party leadership
|s shoulders, Mr. Brewster, the leader
Opposition, and every member of the
' House  thought   fitting and  wise in
ary could surely not be deemed pre-
Ire in May.   Indeed the Navy League
Reflected public opinion in expressing
^iew that no further time should be
Whatever conditions existed in Oc-
last to justify Mr. Borden's promise,
Jvhatever conditions existed in January
Istify the resolution of the local House
" been accentuated since.   The German
Eminent has added substantially to its
and Military estimates.   The open-
|»f the Panama Canal, which will have
1 an enormous influence on the shipping
Lis Coast, is many months nearer. The
liary coas. shipping has increased 50%
|/o years, and today embraces a greater
age at the port of Victoria than at any
lin the Dominion.   As pointed out in
lolumns of The Week the First Lord
lie Admiralty has recently made some
1 significant speeches;   the most signi-
I undoubtedly being a challenge to the
lseas Dominions to "get busy" and at
Ito "police their own seas."   All these
ltions rendered it obligatory on the part
le Navy League to take a firm stand in
Inatter and to make a timely protest
1st further delay.   The enthusiasm with
li its Resolution was received by the
lng, and the absolute unanimity with
li it was passed fully justifies the action
le* League.   The croakers who stayed
J because they were induced to believe
(the meeting had  a political  aspect
hardly fail to regret their attitude
they realized the true Character of
lesolution.    They should reflect how
[lack of courage might weaken the ac-
J)f the League and so retard the cause
li they have at heart.   The energetic
I lent has already forwarded a copy of
Resolution with a report of the meet-
Mr. Borden.   With the endorsation
Jr. McBride and Mr. Brewster, the
Political leaders of the Party, it can
Ir fail to have some effect, and should
|;then Mr. Borden's hands in the course
he has pledged himself to pursue,
lull text of the Resolution, moved by
I.Villiam Blakemore, seconded by Mr.
1. Langley, and supported by Lieuten
ant-Colonel Hall, Mr. H. C. Brewster and
Mr. Clive Phillipps Wolley, is as follows:
"Whereas, the people of British Columbia
have repeatedly placed themselves on record in favour of a substantial and prompt
contribution on the part of Canada to Imperial Naval Defense, and
"Whereas, the Premier of Canada has, on
the floor of the House, announced the intention of the Government to confer witli
the British Admiralty before finally deciding on its policy, and
"Be it resolved, that, in the opinion of
this public meeting of the citizens of Victoria, held under the auspices of the various
branches of the Navy League in British
Columbia, no time should be lost in deciding on a Dominion policy in a matter so
vital to the interests of the Dominion ancl
the Empire, and no policy will be satisfactory to the people of British Columbia
whicii does not include substantial and
prompt contribution and the establishment
of a fleet unit on the Pacific Coast."
"Whereas, the British Admiralty at the
last Conference on Imperial Naval Defence,
in July, 1909, made a definite recommendation of the establishment of a fleet unit on
the Pacific Coast, and
"Whereas, the conditions which then existed have since become accentuated by the
enormous expansion of the shipping trade
on the coast of British Columbia by the
impending opening of the Panama Canal,
and by the increased expenditure of the
German Government on naval construction, and
"Whereas, Mr. Winston Churchill, the
First Lord of the Admiralty, has recently
delivered a significant address in which he
specially emphasized the responsibility of
the outlying parts of the Empire in the
matter of Naval Defence.
MR. R. F. GREEN' M. P.—The new
member for the Kootenay, Mr. R.
F. Green, shares with his distinguished friend and former colleague, Mr
McBride, the honour of being known to all
his friends by a nick-name, for everybody
who knows him calls him "Hob.," just as
even now, with the honours of a premiership on his shoulders, all Mr. McBride's
close friends call him "Dick." This is a
compliment, and it is the keynote to the
popularity and success of both men. They
arc men of the people, in close touch with
the people. They started at the bottom
rung of the ladder, and have climbed a
long way up. They have grown with the
country, they know it thoroughly, understand its needs, and have devoted thc better
part of their lifetime to advancing its in
terests, so that the nick-name becomes not
merely a compliment but a mark of personal
affection. Mr. Green knows Kootenay as
well as any man living, he has taken an
active part in its business and public affairs.
For years he represented Kaslo in the Provincial Parliament, and during that time
held the portfolio of Lands and Works,
and gave the Province a taste of his great
organising and executive ability. It is freely admitted that the Province was never
better served departmentally than when Mr.
Green held that portfolio. Subsequently he
brought the same organising ability to bear
on the political affairs of his party, and was
successively President of the Victoria and
the Provincial Conservative Association.
No one can doubt that the present position
of the Conservative party, its overwhelming victories at the polls, and the practical
annihilation of t'he Liberal party is due to
a very great extent to the ability with which
Mr. Green has organised and conducted its
Campaigns. He goes to Ottawa in the
prime of life, with a knowledge of the West
inferior to that of no man, and imbued
with the aggressive spirit of the West. He
is not a great talker, but he is a keen, incisive debater, and shares with Mr. G. E.
Foster the great natural gift of being able
to see to the heart of a subject, and to express himself in cogent language. Mr.
Green is particularly distinguished by a cold
logical faculty, and sound judgment. He
is a man who is never carried "off his feet,"
and while he may not shine as an orator
he will speak effectively on all matters vital
to the Province, and will have to be reckoned with in their settlement. The Week
predicts for him a career of great usefulness in' the wider sphere to which he has
been called, and great distinction in a high
and honoured position whicii he did not
HOME AGAIN—Once again the
Honourable Richard McBride, Premier of British Columbia, has returned from a visit to the Motherland. He
went on Provincial business of importance
which was satisfactorily adjusted. It had
to do with the settlement of difficulties
which had arisen between the Vancouver
Municipalities ancl the B. C. E. R. ancl with
the impending construction of the Vancouver and Eastern Railway from Howe Sound
to Fort George, ancl ultimately to the Peace
River. Incidentally Mr. McBride probably
did more important work of an unofficial
character for the Province and the
Dominion. He had extended interviews
and long conversations with the First Lord
of the Admiralty ancl Prince Louis of Battenburg on the subject of Imperial Naval
Defence. While he is not at liberty to disclose the details of those conversations he
is able to announce that when Mr. Borden
and Mr. Hazen reach London early in July
they will find the Admiralty prepared to
meet them in a generous spirit, and to facilitate thc carrying out of any practical proposals that may be made. Whilst in London Mr. McBride attended to the important
matter of arranging for new offices for the
Agent-General, which will be something like
adequate to the requirements demanded by
the vast expansion of the Province. The
gratifying feature of the Premier's visit is*
that he found in the Metropolis of the Empire an increased interest in the affairs of
British Columbia, and a growing disposition to invest in our securities. It must be
gratifying to our people to note the great
strides which have been made by the Province, and the phenomenal development
now under way. It must also be a matter
for pride that wc have a Premier who
looms large in the eyes of the world, ancl
whose personality ancl force have done
much to bring the Province into promin-
'ence at llic heart of the Empire. THE WEEK, SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 1912
As a Lounger oue of my favourite
occupations is to wander round at decent intervals and look over my old
haunts in the hope of finding something new to marvel at, and during
thc last week I have been exceptionally lucky. The fine weather tempted me forth for a stroll round the
Dallas Road, and as I was passing
thc hotel I thought I would just drop
in for the sake of old times. Like
the man in the song, however, "I
walked right in and turned around
ancl walked right out again," for 1
thought t'hfvt I had made some mis-
' take in the house. A second investigation showed me that it was still
the -same Dallas, but with a wonderful difference. As most of my
readers know,., the hotel has lately
changed hands, and the new proprietors have gone in for wholesale
improvements. The office, which was
always the worst feature of the old
house, has been cut in two by a partition, behind which is a comfortable
smoking and writing room, ancl the
general effect is most pleasing. The
big reception room needed no alteration and is still one of the attractions of the Dallas. A tour of inspection through the upper rooms disclosed an entirely renovated hotel;
new bedsteads, new wall-papers, new
satin-wood furniture, and glazed-
paper windows, where necessary, instead of dust-collecting curtains, all
showed that spirit of optimistic energy which the Dallas Hotel was beginning to need. Under the capable
management of Mr. Keys there is no
doubt but that this popular sea-side
hostelry is about to enter on another
career of prosperity.
* *   *
It is a Lounger's duty, as well as
his privilege, to inspect decorations at
times of public holidays, and I was
interested to see whether the judges
of t'he various business men's windows would see eye to eye with me
this 24th. ' I am glad to say that they
did, and Messrs. Moore & Johnston,
of 632 Yates Street, carried off a well-
deserved first prize. A feature of
this particular window decoration was
that it in no way served the two-fold
purpose of advertising the firm's
patriotism and their business as
well. There was nothing in the
window to show whether it was the
business premises of a butcher, baker
, or candle-stick maker; certainly nothing which would lead thc stranger
to surmise that he was gazing into
the oflice of a go-ahead real estate
firm. From every quarter of the
British Dominions over the seas heart
lines in the national colours led to
the great Heart of the Empire, and
there in the middle was a portrait,
one of the very few displayed in town,
of the late Queen in whose honour
the day was being celebrated. The
top and bottom of the windpw, both
inside and out, were artistically
draped with Hags. Great credit is due
to the two partners ancl their assistants, Messrs. Dillabough, Lougheed
and Cheeseman who expended much
time and ingenuity in the successful
efforts to gain the desired effect.
* *   *
The subject of automobile speeding seems to be perennial, it matters
not how many scorchers are hailed
before the local "beak," nor how
much he may increase the fines there
are still a few law breakers in our
midst who are determined to defy
authority. Time was when everyone
thought that the raising of the fines
from $20 to $50 would stamp out the
evil, as a matter of fact it has scarcely abated it. They had the same experience in the Old Country, where
fines as high as $500 have been imposed ancl it now begins to look as if
the local authorities will have to price
scorching as a luxury and not as a
necessity. I have seen at least a
score of drivers this week not merely exceeding the speed limit but
doubling it at the very lowest esti
mate. On Monday a stout lady,
whom I did not know, nearly ran me
down at the corner of Government
and Fort. She passed Fort, going
south, at a speed of nearly twenty
miles an hour, without tooting the
horn, or giving any signal, and I
only escaped by making a large draft
on my athletic training. On Thursday another machine containing one
chauffeur and two gentlemen nearly
ran over one of the best known
ladies in Victoria as she was alighting from a car at the corner of Bastion and Government. In the latter
case the auto ■ was forcing its way
between the tramcar and the sidewalk when passengers were getting
on and off. In other cities an auto
has to stop under these circumstances,
and it is about time that the rule
was introduced in Victoria.
*   *   *
It is not often that the appreciation
of the Lounger's column conies in the
form of a friendly letter, when it does
it is especially gratifying because like
lots of well disposed people who try
to do a little good in*this world I
get more kicks than half-pence. The
letter which caused me so much gratification came from a valued subscriber
at Saturna, and the reason that I
value it so highly is because one man
at any rate agrees with me on a subject on which there is evidently
some difference of opinion. I refer to the "light slogan." My remarks in the last two issues brought
me some criticism, although I am
bound to say more approval, but my
Saturna correspondent is kind enough
to say that he appreciates my
"straight talk" and my advice to "be
honest and own up" that it is really
the money of the tourist that we want.
His suggestion may now be amplified
to include the method of illuminating the "slogan." It should read
"We Want Your Money" and the
electric globes should be the colour
of "old gold" to complete the realism
of  the  appeal.
I think it will be admitted that I
am a long-suffering individual, perhaps I am also a worm since once
this week I actually turned when
trodden upon. I should not refer to
the incident but that it is one of many
of the same character and perhaps
a little publicity will do no harm. On
Thursday afternoon I came clown
town on a Fort Street car. In order
to be ready to get off as soon as the
car stopped I got on to the top step,
perhaps fifty yards before reaching
The Week Office. Behind me was a
big burly man pretty nearly twice my
own weight, who was also getting
ready to leave the car at Bastion
street. He began prodding ancl pushing me in the back at which I remonstrated ancl suggested that I could
not get off the car before it stopped
and that he should have a little patience. With a surly remark, which
I did not catch, he deliberately
pushed me off the top step while the
car was still travelling smartly, ancl
only by grabbing the iron stanchion
did I escape a heavy fall to the
ground. After getting off I asked
him why he acted in that manner, ancl
being somewhat irate told him that
we did not tolerate that kind of con-
d'uet in Victoria and if he stayed here
long enough he would learn a lesson.
His reply was an insolent one; so
labouring under a sense of gross injustice, and making up my mind that
it was a good time to begin the lesson
that he so badly needed I hailed a
passing policeman who followed him
into the Bauk of Montreal and gave
him a little salutary advice. I hope
it will be effective. At any rate I
had the satisfaction of seeing him
"wilt" as most bullies will when
tackled by a representative of law
and order. There are many people
in Victoria who push quite unnecessarily when getting off a car. It is
a ridiculous and silly habit.    Surely
life is not so short that it is necessary to get off a car before it stops.
*   *   *
Everybody will sympathise with
Mr. Huxtable, one of the old, respected pioneers of the city, who got in
such a painful mix-up with an automobile on Douglas street last week.
Mr. Huxtable is widely known, and
as widely respected and at his advanced age such an accident could
hardly fail to contain serious potentialities. However, I am pleased to
hear that the old gentleman is recovering and is not likely to sustain any
permanent injuries. Whilst it is no
business of mine to "rub it in" to the
driver of the automobile, I cannot
help remarking that the fact that
when he turned aside to avoid the old
gentleman, his machine mounted the
curbstone ancl dashed into the window of Hickey's store, proves that
he must have been moving along at
a pretty goocl rate. Any machine
would stop dead on a curbstone, if
it were travelling slowly. This is one
more warning against carelessness, or
at any rate lack of sufficient caution,
which might have resulted much
more seriously.
The London
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Saturday, 11 tol,4to6&8to 10p.m.
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737 Fort Street
Victoria, B. C.
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There's every delight and no aftermath of ill in
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and is properly aged for months before being
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Your dealer can supply you for home use. Ask
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Wholesale Agents for B. C.
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Automobiles for Hire
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Hand Worked Madeira
Come in today and see these lovely examples of Real Madeira Work. We cannot remembe
having seen anything so exquisitely perfect in this class of work, and we know all lovers o
beautiful needlework will appreciate its dainty loveliness.   Many pieces eminently suitable fc
Wedding Gifts.
Table Centres
Beautiful embroidery and eyelet
work, on the finest linen, and
some perfectly plain with
scallopped edge; $11 to..$i.oo
Table Scarves
Really   exquisite   work.     Each
$io to  $3.5°
Baby Pillow
and Buggy
Pillow-slips of pure fine linen
and covers of pique; $8.00
to  $3.50
Various sizes, both oval an
round. Plain linen with sew
scallopped edges, from iy}i
to 65
Beautifully embroidered, froi
50c to  $1.?
Lunch Cloths
Suitable for use at lunch or fiv
o'clock teas. Each $22.5
to  $6.5
Tray Cloths
In plain linen, from $l'$°
Embroidered, each $1.50 to  $3**5o
Dainty Little Guest Towels, plain, $1.50 to $1.;
Embroidered $2.75 to $3.;
GORDONS, LTD.—Victoria's Ideal Ston THE WEEK, SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 1912
The Empress Theatre
Carr, the Hebraic comedian, is
the best  drawing card at the
_ss this  week.    Both in  get-up
atter he is well nigh inimitable,
ketch, "Jimmy Pinkerton's First
is  a  vehicle  for  some  really
character acting on the part of
Heron and is better than the
e  in  plot.    Harry  Thriller  is
ly  a   "thriller"   and   his   chair
ing  partakes   of  the   uncanny.
.  Marron  & Heins have con-
to contract a full-grown min-
oupe into two and their turn
inly good, whilst Luce & Luce
■frank Luce the opportunity of
gratifying  the  audience  with
lin  playing until  he  switches
) the    odious    "glide"    music
is turning this planet into an
There  has  been  a  decided
bent  in the  standard  of  all
iws   which   have  taken   place
the past two months, and the
week  is well  up to the im-
The Majestic Theatre
Trail of Gold" was the title
lodramatic Western story told
ires this week at the Majestic,
exciting one it was. In the
Chronicle there were several
taken in connection with the
the Titanic, which, though they
lot compare with thc special
iwn recently at the Majestic,
11 worth seeing.
Romano's Theatre
-Xtrcmely pretty and at the
imc a singularly interesting
own at Romano's on Monday
lesday last was of the educa-
.erics and showed the growth
ers. This proved to be one of
st fascinating of the many set
5 sent out which deal with na-
henomena of various kinds.
The Crystal Theatre
•en Woodscn made a great hit
beginning of the week with his
ful imitations of birds and ani-
hich were received enthusias-
by large audiences. An excep-
f strong line of films has also
l evidence at the Crystal this
one, of educational value, "Thc
c Spark," being of unusual in-
"Nobody's Widow"
opular and talented American
presenting a typically Ameri-
medy by an American author,
the managerial  guidance  of  a
American producing man-
s the offering coming to the
a Theatre, for one night anly,
y, June 3rd, when Blanche
will appear in "Nobody's Wi-
by Avery Hopwood under the
ement of David Belasco.
Bates' artistry as the "widow"
ealed in her latent endowment
is heretofore been somewhat
it by her long association with
hal roles, such as "Madam But-
The Darling of the Gods,"
5irl of the Golden West" and
ighting Hope." Her departure
:cess, therefore, is all the more
s judging by her undisputed
•ity, she discloses native attri-
hat are essentially characteris-
Maude Adams
e is a halo of importance at-
to the engagement of Maude
at the Victoria Theatre Sat-
June Sth, matinee ancl night,
lhe actress, wdio is the most
player in the United States, is
een in Edmond Rostand's cele-
play, "Chantecler." Rostand
author of "Cyrano de Ber-
and "L'Aiglon" and is looked
is the foremost French poet
matist of thc times. Much was
id from a man of his genius in
'.st work and much he has ap-
y given for the play is rccog-
s a line and charming piece of
"Chantecler" stands today as the
greatest novelty that the stage of this
or any country has to offer. There
is no under-estimating its positive
values. In rich, flowing verse it carries a message of great strength and
beauty to the worker in the world.
Charles Frohman has given the work
a series of settings whicii for massiveness exceeds any other production
that the stage has had. It is to the
humour and the beauty of the play,
however, that attention is called
rather than to the things whicii are
only necessary details of the unfolding. The preparations for the production, of the play by Miss Adams
took an entire year.
The play opens with a prelude
spoken before the curtain by Miss
Adams in her own proper person.
This prelude is necessary to explain
the absence of all human beings from
the scenes and to kindle the imagination of the audience for what is to
come. Then the ascending curtain
discloses the birds, fowls and animals
in possession of the farmyard. As
Rostand has drawn him, Chantecler
stands for a brilliant idealist with a
Whole-souled devotion to his work:
indeed if Bunyan were naming him he-
would have called him Faith. Chantecler is surrounded by destructive influences in the first act—the blackbird, typifying hypocrisy; the peacock, affectation; the guinea hen, frivolity; the cat, treachery. Only in
thc loyalty of the dog are his high
ideals understood. In the farmyard
where clay stands for everything that
is beautiful and right, and night
stands for evil suddenly appears the
golden hen pheasant seeking refuge
from the poacher. The pheasant
falls in love with the lordly Chantecler. With the night come the owls
wdio hate Chantecler because he
brings the day that deprives them of
their power to. destroy and kill. The'r
hatred is shared by the hypocritical
blackbird; by the pompous turkey,
who will not acknowledge him as hero
who he knew as a youngster; hy the
pullet, because he is not ugly, by the
cluck, because his toes are not stuck
together; by the cat, because thc dog
loves him—for of such trifles are
human  enemities made.
Around these characters is woven a
drama of tremendous intensity full of
rare humour. Through the plotting
of the birds and animals, male ancl
female, Chantecler is driven to the
forest and there crushed in grief, lets
the hen pheasant, wdio symbolizes
selfishness ancl love, cover his head
with her wing while the light begins
to dawn in the heavens. When he
raises his head again hc finds that a
clay has been born without his crowing whicii hitherto, Chantecler in his
superb egoism had believed to bc his
great work in life. His faith almost
dies until suddenly a nightingale sings
to take up the song of another that
has just been killed by a huntsman.
"There must be a nightingale in the
forest," says thc songster,
"And in the soul a faith
"That lives however oft 'tis slain,"
answers Chantecler.    For Chantecler
realizes that while he may not create
the light he can at least proclaim it
to  a  sleeping  world.
The drama is divided into four
acts. The first act laid in the barnyard shows the farmhouse, the clog
kennel and the various farming paraphernalia all greatly exaggerated in
size so as to dwarf the stature of the
actors. The second act shows the
edge of a hill, the third a corner in
the kitchen garden and the fourth
the heart of a wood with its immense
trees. It takes a small army of stage
hands to manipulate the various
scenes. There are over seventy parts
in the play.
Victoria Theatre
David Belasco presents
in the Farcical Romance
Nobody's Widow
By Avery Hopwood
"Nobody's Widow is everybody's
delight."—N. Y. Evening World.
"Nobody's Widow has buried dull
care."—N.  Y.  Herald.
"Exhilarating as May wine."—N. Y.
Evening Sun.
"Another Belasco Triumph."—N. Y.
With the same incomparable cast and
production that captivated New York
City for seven months last season
Prices—$2.00, $1.50, $1.00, 75c, and 50c.
Seats now on sale.
Victoria Theatre
In "The Success of the Century
The Man from Home
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The Week
A Provincial Newspaper and Review
published every Saturday by
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Published  at   1208  Government   St.,
Victoria, B. C, Canada
The Woman with
the Hoe
By Bohemian
Edward Markham attained fame
through writing a poem which has
been translated into every civilised
language. It is a democratic poem.
It apotheosizes the dignity of labour,
and throws a halo around the toiler.
But in his "Man with the Hoe,"
Edward Markham made a mistake and
one which was avoided by the great
painter Millet whose immortal "An-
gelus" will forever stand as the expression of nature's "bcnedicite" on
the weary toiler.
In Millet's picture there are two
patient, weary, humble figures, a
man and a woman, sharing the toil,
sharing the reward and the blessing.
But Markham is an American, and
perhaps he realises that in the New
World it is only the man who works,
he may even have been inspired by
the fact that in the Garden of Eden
Eve had nothing to do, not even plain
Still Markham does not know
that there is a spot in one of the valleys of British Columbia, which I
have for fourteen years considered
the most lovely in the Dominion, and
which might well be called Canada's
garden of Eden.
He does not know that in this valley are to be found the finest orchards, the richest meadows, and the
most exquisite sylvan retreats even in
this most luxurious Province. Nor
does he know that if his poetic fancy
had ranged in my valley, he would
have found material for a second
poem at least equal to the first, whicii
force of circumstances would have
compelled him to entitle, "The Woman with the Hoe." But then in my
valley labour is a delight, and one
realises its most idyllic aspects.
Modem American comic opera has
familiarised us with the type of woman whose assurance has crowded
out almost the very recollection of
the gentle-woman who was the
heroine of the past.
It is not yet thirty years since Gilbert made a milkmaid the heroine of
"Patience." It is only about twenty
since "Sweet Lavender" gave us a
breath of t'he lush meadows, and of
"haying" across the footlights. Some
of us have sighed for a revival of
the pastoral play, with its elemental
passions, ancl direct simplicity.
If any ambitious dramatist is sighing for a subject on which to base a
modern pastoral play, T will tell him
where my valley is, where he can
realise what I have tried to picture
above, and lastly where he will lind
"the woman with the hoe," engaged
perhaps in arduous toil, but reproducing in her strength and sweetness
the finest features of Acadia whilst
trying to mould to her service, tlle
green-horn and the tenderfoot, who
if they had been born north of the
Tweed instead of south of the
Thames, would probably be apter
At any rate 1 am prepared to vouch
that there are women who can wield
a hoe, who can carry more than their
share of the burdens of life, and
whose courage and competency redeem them from any suspicion of inferiority to the creature who so fondly imagines himself to be the "Lord
iof Creation."
A Descriptive Tale
Written lor "The Week" by Waller Aniienon.    All Ri.ltts Reserved.
The low-toned chanting of men's
voices, now low and soft, now higher
and stronger, rising to a passionate
peal of savage intensity, again falling gently, soft, full throated as an
organ's note. Through a glade amid
sweet smelling firs, is seen a slow
moving procession of dark robed
Priests. Thc short, sweet grass
grows fair in the aisles of the dark
green forest. The gentle breeze, filtering softly through the millions of
tiny leaf fiords, sets up a drowsy, mysterious humming, a fit accompaniment
to the wild chant of the mystic Doctor men. Light fleecy clouds float
lazily across'the rifts in the tree tops.
A grosbeak 'midst the topmost limbs
punctuates, with harsh, metallic note,
the smooth, deep voiced chanting of
the Drttidical mystics.
With slow, stately steps they
moved, their tall, sinewy forms
shrouded from neck to heel in close
woven drapes of wild goats' wool,.profusely ornamented with black and
yellow figures of monstrous birds
and beasts. Around the brows, cinctures of embroidered skin held in
place the coronas of eagle's feathers
and hemlock sprays, and confined the
flowing tresses of long black hair.
Leading the procession was the Head
Doctor, a man whose strongly marked, ascetic features bespoke hours of
privation and self sacrifice. His
gloomy, deep-set eyes burned with religious light. The cult of which he
was the head, was ancient and secret
as the oldest order known to mankind. Between two Doctor men, just
behind him, walked a boy of perhaps
twelve years of age. He was naked,
except for a girdle ancl head band
of red cedar bark. From beneath
the head band, his jet black hair escaped and hung down to his shoulders.
Slowly and solemnly the procession
moved, the weird chant of the priests
rising and falling, swelling and dying,
among the dark fir trees. Suddenly
the band emerged from the forest into the sunlit space in which was built
the village of the tribe. Here, women
sat about in little groups on thc
smooth, hard earth about the lodges.
Knots of men gazed idly out to sea,
wrapped to the chins in their woollen
robes. Others, kneeling about a
spread mat, engaged in various games,
others again carried wood from the
beach into thc great wooden lodges.
These last were the only ones who
wcre doing anything in the way of
labour, for the time of the Corpse
Dance was at hand, and no work of
any kind must be done, beyond the
necessary daily duties, while the
Doctor Men prepared for the ritual.
The procession passed through the
village, but no sign of greeting was
given, no word of welcome spoken
by the groups of men and women
there. Not a glance was thrown in
their direction. They might have
been invisible, unheard spirits from
another world, for it is not good to
speak to, or even look at, the Doctor
Men when they make medicine.
Slowly the procession passed, and
entering the door of a lodge highly
ornamented with mystic signs and
symbols, disappeared from sight. A
group of men, seated about the door
of a lodge, opened conversation.
"Waliasa, our head Doctor, is said to
be preparing a greater Corpse Dance
than ever before," said A-mon-us.
"But the white men who have lately
come into our country are against our
customs, and their head man has been
heard to say that he will stop the
dances." So spoke Wanntit, the Raccoon. A silence fell upon the group,
broken at last by Wctaska, a younger
man. "We have bidden the white man
welcome; why then, will not he allow
us our ancient customs, our own
amusements?" "The white man is
strongheaded; hc thinks that everything is wrong that is not of his own
way," answered A-mon-us, rising as
he spoke, and walking towards h's
dwelling. His departure was the beginning of a general breaking up of
the group who one after another
arose, and went each his way. Evening was now at hand, and from the
deep lir woods came strange night
sounds.    The   call   of  the   prowling
raccoon, the quivering cry of small
owls, the chirp of an affrighted bird,
startled from its roost by some predatory roamer of the night. On the
other hand, the sea lay, a sheet of
leaden blue, calm as a field of ice.
From the beach line of the fast receding tide, came the sound of splattering ducks seeking a belated meal.
Overhead the sky, and with a hoarse,
harsh cry, dropped swiftly down into
a shallow pool.
Inside the lodges, the merry crackling of fires made a cheerful sound,
a red glow from the open doors was
inviting to the stray loiterers. The
showers of sparks flying from the
smoke-holes bespoke warmth and
cheer. From the Doctor Men's lodge
came weird sounds of rattle and
drum. Solemn, low voiced singing
warned listeners that mystic rites
were being practised. Gradually, the
sound of voices from the lodges
ceased. The fires burnt low, the Doctors' drumming stopped ancl soon all
was quiet in the village. Across the
bay, the lights twinkled in the windows of the white settlement.
The mysterious society of "Doctors" dates back beyond the ken of
living men. Tradition says the cult
existed among the first men in the
world. Their rites are secret, their
ceremonies are meaningless to any
who have not been initiated in their
mysteries. This initiation, being a
prolonged ordeal of self-inflicted torture, of fasting and of self sacrifice,
is of so severe a nature that few out
of many attain to the topmost heights,
and become eligible to enter the Society, to gain full knowledge of its
mysteries. Waliasa, the head Doctor,
was wise in the lore of the craft, and
as such, was respected and in a manner, feared, by the rest of the tribe,
who regarded him as a wizard.
Some days after the enactment of
the scenes described, the village presented an appearance of unusual activity. Men were carrying stores of
firewood into the great central lodge.
Women prepared food, and plucked
the feathers from hundreds of slain
wild fowl. Lads carried in armfuls of
sweet green boughs and the stores of
prepared food. Old men sat about in
groups, talking in tones of subdued
excitement for the coming night was
to see the long expected event, the
Corpse Dance. A hush fell suddenly
on the assembled groups. The boys
ceased their laughing, thc women
their chatter, while the men glanced
darkly under their loads of wood as
a tall, strapping young white man
came strolling through the village,
glancing curiously and sharply from
left to right as he strode carelessly
by. He nodded to some of the men
as hc passed, and spoke a word of
greeting, but the answers wcre short,
and lacking in cordiality. The
stranger passed along and was quickly lost to sight around a bend of the
road. Only then did the buzz of talk
resume its clatter, like water, temporarily stopped, suddenly set fire. The
white man was the law officer of the
intruding race. He was feared because of his iron determination, liked
for his fair dealing and good nature,
yet now mistrusted because of floating rumours that he intended to stop
the tribal customs in general, and thc
Corpse Dance in particular.
Towards evening, the procession of
Doctor Men came out of the forest
as they had clone daily for weeks
past. Just as before, the boy walked
in their midst. As they passed on
their way, they chanted their weird
song, but when before, the words
were vague, their meaning obscure,
now there was a ring of exultation in
thc hymn. The theme was clear, the
meaning plain—"The Spirit has found
for us a victim; we shall feast upon
his flesh! Let all come to the Corpse
Dance. This night we shall hold the
feast." With slow, stately steps, the
procession moved on to the Head
Doctor's lodge. The silent bystanders, many of them men who were
splendid hunters and fearless canoe-
men, accustomed to look danger in
the face unmoved, shivered in the
presence of the awesome Doctor
Men, so greatly were they feared, so
much their powers held in reverence.
Darkness had settled upon the fir-
clad land and shimmering sea. From
various points in the thick woods
lying behind the village, came the
weird, flute-like notes of the Doctors'
whistles, their wild sweetness mingling strangely with the cries of wandering night birds. Thick showers
of sparks flew from the smoke-hole
of the great central lodge, within
which a circle of huge fires burned
fiercely on the earthen floor. Strings
of men, women and children were
filing into the building, seating themselves on the raised dais built against
the walls around the entire interior
of the building. Great piles of firewood and pitch-pine were stored under this seat, from which store the
fires were kept well fed by a troop
of boys. A row of great carven
posts ran the length of the centre
of the building supporting a huge
ridge beam of cedar, now blackened
by the smoke of the fires of many a
wild orgie.
The central portions of the lodge
were brilliantly lighted by the flaming piles, while shadows black as ink
lurked in the corners and niches,
where at times half lighted faces
would suddenly appear, and as quickly vanish as a tongue of flame would
leap up and then die away.
A voice begins a chant, somewhere
amongst the vast seated multitude. A
beating-stick taps time upon the
sound-board in front of the inner
circle, which is entirely of men, the
women and children being seated behind.
Another voice breaks in. Another,
and then another, until the whole immense circle catches up the wild minor
song, ancl hundreds of beaters on
sound board ancl drum keep time as
A dancer suddenly springs from the
throng and bounds within the circle
of fires. He wears a loose tunic of
dressed deerskin, hung with row upon row of feathers, shells, and bits of
metal. The lower limbs were bare
from the knees down. Heavy anklets
of deerhoofs strung together, adorned the ankles, and similar ornaments
were worn on the wrists. A headdress of embroidered buckskin, encircled with the beautiful, black
tipped tail feathers of the Golden
Eagle set upright, was worn as 3
fillet confining the tresses of long
black hair. Streaks and circles of
vermilion and black disfigured the
face, giving a most startling effect in
the play of the firelight.
The dancer, a tall, sinewy man,
moved first with slow, light steps in
time with the crashing of the heating sticks. Gradually, the time was
accellcrated, the fervour of the singers
increasing, and carries pondingly, the
actions of the dancer became more
animated, until at length, the springy,
bounding feet seemed scarce to touch
the earthen floor. Whirling in and
out between the fiercely blazing fires,
the muscular limbs quivering with
tense, spasmodic action, the painted
face distorted, the nimble footed
dancer was the personification of the
latent savagery of a subdued, but still
wild and untutored people. At length,
exhausted, hc drops back behind the
throng. A wild wailing note is heard
from another part of the hall, and
another dancer springs into the blazing circle. A woman this, who moves
with slow, graceful movements, her
supple body swaying and bending
easily as she dances. So one after another, man and woman dance in their
The beaters wax warm, under
.eir exertions.   Perspiration streams
jm dusky faces.    Eyes smart with
e   acrid   pungency   of   smoke,   yet
ilder and fiercer rises the weird
lelody, more inspired become the ac-
s of the  dancers.    A drum beat
heard outside, and a wild shrilling
f Doctors' whistles. Instantly, the
ancing ceases, the rhythm changes,
ie chant becomes dirge-like in char-
cter. Great faggots of pitch-pine and
Is of oil are flung upon the fires.
oluines of inky smoke curl upwards
the roof log.   High leap the shoot-
ig flames, until it seems as though
too, would reach the roof and
stroy it with their licking tongues.
Suddenly, a wild, discordant yell
aks on the expectant, listening
, then from thc outer darkness,
into the centre of the blazing ring
of fires, rush the band of Doctor Men.
The sedate  solemnity which m;
their deportment on previous da
gone.   Instead, their features an
torted with the violence of em
Their writhing bodies are  conl
into fantastic. postures.   The
muscles of their limbs stand ot
steel cords as they spring ligh
the weird  Corpse  Dance.    The
tesque patterns of their painted
exaggerate    the    frenzied    gri
which, with the rolling eyebal
the  gnashing  of  their  strong
teeth, render them hideous in t|
Borne on the shoulders of thel
Doctor, is the boy previously!
tioned. He is naked except fj
girdle, and a fillet of barlj
feathers about his brows.
Around   the   fiery  ring  dani
weird figures.    Their song is
blood;  of death and resurrectiij
thrumming'   of    the    beaters
More oil is thrown upon the I
fires, until the whole interior I
wild savage inferno. The sonl
suddenly, and the silence whl
lows is so intense it can aln|
The waning flames throw
light as the group of DoctJ
sink down in a circle in thel
of the lodge. Eager, awestriJ
gaze fearfully from all all
great ring of waiting spectatq
voice of the Head Doctor
wild refrain, a chant of wll
subtle meaning is hidden fi
laity. The other Doctors' voi
in antiphonal, while the Heat
mysterious passes over the
the boy sitting in front of hi
gradually sinks, arouses himsc
again sinks, this time into
hypnotic slumber. More pass
the nerveless form, a rattle sh
time with the chanting, ant
silence. The softly breathiri
is closely scrutinized, then
over with a woven robe. Mo
mysterious singing, then the
whipped away. The Head
raises the inert figure in his ai
keen knife gleams in his rigt
Firmly he grasps the long bla
and with a swift, quick sw
slashes the throat from ear
As the warm life blood strean
in welling gouts, a long, lov
dering moan breaks from the
ing circle. Women cover the
with their robes and sit still i
horror. In the centre, stands
fill figure of the Doctor M
bloody knife held in one outst
hand, the gruesome figure upl
the other. Suddenly, he c;
corpse down in the centre of t
of seated Doctor Men, who
upon it like Harpies on thei
Their teeth are buried in the
form. The women's moaning
again, subdued yet keen, like
through forest trees.
A sudden crash is heard,
vast multitude springs to
rushes wildly from tlle lodge
crowd of men break through tl
and run to surround the T.
The white man who had pas:
village that day springs int
midst. "You infernal Ghot
roars. "We are too late to s
boy, but you shall suffer fo:
Thc Doctor men sit quiet, une
cd, the Head looked the ofl
the eyes. "Why do you distt
ceremonies?" he asks. "Distil
you vllliansl when you hav
dercd a boy, and wcre about
him?" "Murdered? We hav
dered no one. Pray look agar
officer stoops and grasps the
with both hands, starts back
again, and stands up, non
The Head Doctor laughed,
sign, and two of the others,
thc figure by the limbs
asunder—a cunningly cons
mannikin, made of moss, and
with pliant deer skin, startlini
naturalness. "The boy? He i
—and raising the corner of
lying among the medicine m
figure of the sleeping boy is di
A few passes, and he sits 1
billg his eyes. "I am hung
says.    "Give  me something 1
The officer stared, utterlj
founded, then a smile wrinklec
face. "Boys," he said, "I hav
to tlle conclusion that the dri
on me this time. Let us go.
night  Waliasa." THE WEEK, SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 1912
May 23 to May 29
McKenzie—Forbes St.—Dwelling  $1,800
|hith Murphy—Wildwood St.—Dwelling  3,700
Weeman—Fifth St.—Dwelling  3,000
Burns & Co.—Store St.—Shed  150
Bertucci—Mason St.—Addition  300
Ager—Trutch St.—Garage    150
|inson & Oden—Hosmer St.—Dwelling  4,000
Dods Motor Co.—Rockland Ave.—Storage Rooms  5,500
Clark—Princess Ave.—Dwelling  2,800
ot. Sears—Hillside Ave.—Dwelling  250
|H. Godfrey—Robertson St.—Dwelling   2,900
|L. Kinzell—Prior St.—Dwelling  3,500
jRamsey—Hamilton St.—Dwelling  1,250
McDonald—McGregor St.—Garage  250
I Buchanan—Springfield Ave.—Dwelling  900
[Murray—Carlin St.—Temp. Dwelling  100
R. Hughes—Government St.—Garage  400
jHodgkinson—St. Charles St.—Shed  475
|m. Harris—Topaz Ave.—Dwelling  2,500
elrose Co., Ltd.—Johnson St.—Alterations  600
ic. Nicholls—Prior St.—Temp. Dwelling  350
McMicking—Richardson St.—Garage  145
rs. Le Seuer—Second St.—Temp. Dwelling  250
Jpt. J. Gosse—Crescent Rd.—Summer Residence  300
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The reports of correspondents show that out of a yield of 215,-
|00 bushels of wheat harvested last year, 188,255,000 bushels, or
ler cent., were merchantable, states a bulletin issued from the
lis ancl Statistics Office, and that at the end of March, 58,129,000
pis, or 27 per cent, of the whole, were yet in farmers' hands. The
lity held by farmers in the Maritime provinces on March 31st
?,000 bushels; in Quebec, 350,000; Ontario, 3,874,000; in
a, Saskatchewan ancl Alberta, 53,626,000 bushels, ancl in British
fnbia 48,000 bushels.   At the same date last year the quantity in
in all Canada was 33,042,000 bushels, or 22 per cent, of the total
jof 149,989,600 bushels, of which 141,096,000 bushels, or 94 per
were of merchantable quality.
)ats, which last year gave a yield of 348,187,600 bushels, was
liantable to the extent of 310,074,000 bushels, or 89 per cent., and
|uantity in hand at the end of March was 153,846,000 bushels, or
per cent. In the Maritime provinces there was in hand at that
In Quebec 12,780,000 bushels; in Ontario, 24,870,000; in Manito-
laskatchewan and Alberta, 111,735,000 bushels, and in British
454,000 bushels. In the preceding year the quantity in hand
If a total harvest of 323,449,000 bushels was 127,587,000 bushels,
1,4 per cent., and there was a total of 301,773,000 bushels, or 93.29
lent., of merchantable quality.
Irhe barley yield of 1911 was 40,641,000 bushels, and of this quan-
|here was in hand at the end of March 13,235,000 bushels, or
oer cent. The merchantable yield was 36,683,000 bushels or 90.26
The barley crop of 1910 was 45,147,000 bushels and the
lity on hand at the end of March last year was 13,135,000 bushels,
1 per cent. The merchantable quantity of the crop was 41,505,000
|;ls or 91.93 per cent.   Ontario's crop last year was 13,760,000
Is, ancl that of the three northwest provinces 24,043,000 bushels.
[The merchantable yield of corn last year was 84 per cent, of the
crop, of buckwheat 84 per cent., of potatoes 80 per cent., of
Ips and other roots 85 per cent., ancl of hay and clover 88 per cent.,
Impared with last year's percentages of corn 84 per cent., buck-
It 87 per cent., potatoes 77 per cent., turnips, etc., 87 per cent., and
land clover 88 per cent.   The quantities on hand'at' the'end of
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March were in bushels, corn 3,659,000, as compared with 4,734,000 in
1911; buckwheat 1,728,000 against 1,750,000;;. potatoes 20,404,000
against 23,564,000; and turnips, etc., 14,055,000 against 16,159,000.
Of hay and clover there were on hand at the end of March last
3,134,000 tons compared with 5,287,000 tons on hand at the end of
March, 1911.
The condition of livestock at the end of March, expressed in the
percentage of a standard representing a healthy and thrifty state ancl
denoted by one hundred was for horses 96; milch cows 92.58; other
cattle 95.53; sheep 93.40; and swine 94. Only in Prince Edward
Island for cattle, in Nova Scotia for milch cows, in Ontario for cattle,
and in British Columbia for cattle other than milch cows ancl for
sheep, do the figures representing them fall below a percentage of 90.
On May 31 the Canadian Pacific Railway liner Empress of Ireland
will leave Liverpool with a large and distinguished party of British
men of affairs, constituting the "Financial News" industrial and
financial commission, who it is stated represent £250,000,000 of British
capital. These ambassadors, of British industry, bent on a mission
fraught with great Imperial possibilities, include leading men in almost
every branch of British manufacture. Armour plating ancl ordnance
making, electrical engineering ancl almost all other branches of
engineering, the motor car industry, printing, flour' milling, biscuit
making, ancl general confectionery, all kinds of food preparations, with
many another typical British industry, are represented by this delegation. British chambers of commerce ancl insurance offices are likewise to the fore. These captains of industry who, at the close of
May, will set out on a tour extending over two months, are giving of
their time with the serious purpose in view of seeing how far each
can contribute to the building up of Canadian industry.
The incorporation of the Canada United Lumber Company,
Limited, of Vancouver, with a capitalization of $4,000,000, marks an
important step in the development of the lumber industry of British
Columbia ancl the Canadian West in that it is the first big flotation to
be financed which will be operated from ancl have entire executive
authority at Vancouver, Mr. James C. Shields being nominated for
president ancl general manager, ancl also because it will be the first big
company to operate line yards in the prairies without the medium of
subsidiary companies, making the delivery of the lumber to the consumer direct from the stump without the intervention of any middleman's profits either in the logging, milling or retail handling.
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A British Columbia Newspaper aad Review,
Published at Victoria. B. e.
Capital City of British
Vol. 10.   Xo. Tfs. *J
Tenth Year
Tenth Year
One Dollar Per Annum
On the Completion of the Panama Canal. Victoria will become one of the Greatest Distributing Ports on the Pacific Coast
lEOPEE who have lived in
Victoria for fifty years are
rubbing their eyes and
Ijering whether it is all a dream.
|le who have lived here only
years can hardly believe that
liuge blocks whicii are rising
|rery hand are not the result of
mirage or phantasmagoria,
[start was so sudden, the ex-
lion 'has been so rapid, ancl the
|lopment so great that it is far
difficult to realise than in the
|of a prairie city which springs
nothing almost in a day.
lie past history and character
lictoria are all against modern-
It had acquired the air of
I'ctability, solidity and placidity
go naturally vvith a Capital
[composed largely of British-
1 people.   It was wont to draw
Idrt a little closer, and to raise
lead a little higher when ob-
|ng the sensational vagaries of
western cities, which niani-
Id all the known characteristics
lushroom growth.
lany conditions contributed  to
■conservative atmosphere.  Vic-
was rich with more than $20,-
1)00 on deposit in its banks at
I interest.   Victoria had a past
dated  with  the  clays  of  the
|boo and Fraser gold rush, when
were almost as many people
|ie city as at any time up to
Victoria   boasted   a   large
Iber of wholesale houses and es-
Ished   businesses   which   hark-
back to those clays.   Then, un-
■jttely, Victoria claiming Esqui-
as its suburb, was the home
lie Pacific Fleet, and last but
lio   means   least   the   seat   of
the   traditions   of   British
|mbia,  from the days of the
Sir James Douglas, cluster
Id  Victoria,  and  amongst its
honoured citizens may still be
fed a few of the pioneers of
early days.   Is it to be won-
at that with such a record,
Isttch traditions, ancl with such
|vals, Victoria should have be-
a very conservative city, im-
it of change, and almost in-
|tnt of progress.   But nothing
withstand the Western spirit,
Jit last the Western spirit has
led Victoria.
piost everything has changed
1906. Hundreds of frame
ings, dwelling houses and
\, many of them on our main
less streets, have been swept
j and are rapidly being replaced
lisiness blocks constructed in
Inost   modern   and   approved
style. The pioneer of these was
most appropriately the Pemberton
Block, which will forever perpetuate the name of one of our oldest
ancl most respected citizens. When
this block was completed two years
ago Victoria began to realise that
the change had commenced. Yet
even then there were many who
doubted whether it was a sound
business proposition or a sensational speculation. That problem
has been solved by the renting list
which shows that every office has
been occupied from the day it was
Now one can count at least a
dozen similar blocks either completed or in course of erection;
some of them running into a much
higher figure than that of the Pemberton Block. Of the stores that
have been built it would be impossible to give any impression in a
mere summary, but it is correct to
say that the business area is every
day encroaching'on the residential
area, and the latter on the suburbs.
Only a fortnight ago it was officially announced that there were
one thousand dwelling houses under
construction, ancl this took no cognisance of business places. The
building permits for the first four
months of 1912 exceed the total for
the whole of 1911, and the rate of
increase is still greater this month.
So much for the outward and visible signs of prosperity and development. Alongside wilh this has
gone an amount of civic woric on
streets, sewers, lighting, water and
sanitation wliieh has amazed the
The condition of Victoria streets
a few years ago was "a proverb
ancl a by-word" throughout the
Dominion. Today the city has
more than twenty iniles of paved
streets. By the end of 1913 it
will have thirty miles; all these
streets outside the business section
are boulevarded. Within the business section cluster lights are rapidly being installed, and the improve*
ment they have made is so great
that property owners everywhere
are clamouring for them.
Under the energetic supervision
oi Dr. G. A. B. Hall, the medical
officer, the City is being cleaned
up, rookeries are being demolished
ancl a general metamorphisis is being effected. In less than two
years, as well as being the most
beautiful, Victoria will be the
cleanest, the best kept and the most
attractive city in the West. Its
popularity as a residential city was
established many years ago.   It is
now becoming the "mecca" of
wealthy homeseekers and wealthy
The latter feature is a more
modern development. Ten years
ago there were upwards of seventy
local manufacturing industries.
True many of these were small, employing a few pairs of hands only,
today there are over one hundred
which means not only that upwards
of thirty new ones have been added
but in nearly every instance the old
ones have been expanded. When
this inventory was taken it was
found that the number of persons
employed was in the neighbourhood
of three thousand, with an annual
pay roll approximating a million
ancl a half. Today the number of
persons employed is nearly five
thousand ancl the pay roll three million dollars.
The foregoing is but the barest
synopsis of some of the leading evidences of the prosperity and development of Victoria, and the facts
recited lead one naturally to ask a
question. Is this a boom or is it a
permanent advancement? Ancl the
further question on what foundation does it rest? Both questions
can be answered easily and with the
fullest confidence.
This is no boom because it possesses none of the ear-marks of a
boom, and anyone familiar with
general conditions can lay his linger
on the obvious causes. The first
is that the investor has at last begun to realise the importance of
Victoria from a geographical standpoint.
British Columbia is admittedly
one of the richest Provinces in the
Dominion as far as natural resources are concerned. This is
proved not only by its enormous
"per capita" production running to
about $200 per head per annum, but
by the additional discoveries whicii
are continually being made and the
optimistic reports of the various experts in mining, forestry and agriculture who are carrying on the
work of exploration.
It is now firmly established that
we shall have three great staple industries in natural products, and
that a very large surplus of this
production will be exported by
water. In addition the most competent authorities are agreed that
in the future a large percentage of
the grain crop of the prairies will
be sent to Europe by way of British
Columbia and the Panama Cana!.
And then there is the further factor
in the shipment of prairie grain
through    this    Province    to    thc
Orient. To the extent of grain
shipment there will be no limit
short of the possibility of production, for not only is the European
market a permanent one, but the
awakening of the Orient and the inevitable substitution of bread for
rice as a staple food opens up possibilities of wheat growing in Canada of whicii it is impossible to
form any adequate estimate. These
are not conjectures, they are ascertained conditions about which there
is no difference of opinion among
the best posted authorities.
Assuming then that both as to
our own natural products ancl
prairie grain large shipments must
be made from British Columbia
ports it follows that that port will
do the most shipping which has the
most favourable geographical position and the best facilities.
Taking the question of geographical position first a reference
to the map will show that ports will
undoubtedly be' established in the
Northern part of British Columbia,
such as Prince Rupert and at other
natural termini for railroads whicii
will reach the Pacific at three or
four points north of Bute Inlet.
These ports will no doubt secure
a large share of the Oriental trade
but no port can compete with Victoria for shipment to the South,
and through the Panama Canal.
The only port which can be
named in this connection is Vancouver whicii will be a great port
ancl a keen competitor with Victoria, but even here the Capital
City has the great advantage of being 80 miles nearer the open ocean,
with a safe access at all tides, an
absence of fog, ancl an area for a
natural harbour many times the
size of any harbour that could be
constructed at Vancouver. In addition it does not share the disadvantages of that City in an approach of 80 miles of difficult and
tortuous channels.
There can be no question that
from a geographical standpoint
Victoria possesses a great advantage over every other British Columbia port for southbound traffic.
This leaves only the question of
harbour facilities, and it is the development of these which is inspir
ing Victorians with so much confidence in '.he future of their cit >
Victoria has a natural harbou:
extending from Holland Point
round the sea front, embracing the
inner harbour, West bay, Esquimalt
and the West shore of thc Royal
Roads as far as Albert Head. This
is more than 20 miles of available
waterfront. The Dominion Government has taken the first step towards converting tllis enormous
sea area into a series of docks. It
has authorised the construction of
a breakwater from Ogden Point towards Brotchie Ledge, and on the
opposite shore a similar breakwater
from Macaulay Point, thus furnishing complete protection to the
present inner and outer harbours.
The survey preliminary to this construction is now being conducted by
Mr. D. R. Harris, the eminent engineer, ancl work will be commenced this summer. It is guaranteed that by the time the Panama
Canal is thrown open the breakwater will be completed ancl a large
instalment of dockage constructed.
This is the initial step towards
creating a national port of magnitude and modern equipment at Victoria. Work will be continued
from year to year as circumstances
require, and in the opinion of those
in the best position to judge it will
continue until Victoria will become
one of the greatest ports not only
on thc Continent but in the world.
Thc only question remaining unanswered is what is to promote this
growth of shipping locally, and
what is to build up the City of Victoria on ils own merits. The
answer to the former is that tlie
Provincial Government, fully alive
to the possibilities and demands of
the future, initiated a policy which
will insure the construction of at
least three thousand miles of railway on Vancouver Island.
Of this mileage approximately
one thousand will bc required to
convey main line freight to and fro
between Victoria ancl the North end
of the Isiantl. The balance will be
in the shape of branch lines, tap-
from which mineral, lumber, or
agricultural produce will be
shipped. Such a mileage on an
Island only two hundred and fifty
miles long and forty to fifty miles
wide, will ensure a network of railways ancl an adequate service for
all local industries. The terminus
for all this railway mileage will be
The other local conditions which
will ensure the steady growth of
the City ancl a continual increase in
its permanent population will be the
increased facilities thus afforded
for the establishment of large
manufactories, and the creation of
an industrial centre which will vie
with Pittsburg, on its business side
and with Los Angeles on its
residential. II
VICTORIA«The Financial Centre of the Island
THE financial situation in the
Capital City is one of
great prosperity and one
which warrants the utmost satisfaction on the part of the financial institutions themselves, and extreme
optimism on the part of the people.
It is a situation of which all have
a right to be proud, for it evinces
not only enterprise among the
citizens, but prudence and wisdom
as well as courage, especially
among the banks of the City.
Nothing so clearly demonstrates
the stability of municipal growth
as the expansion of its financial
The figures given below show the
Bank Clearings of Victoria from
January, 1909, to March, 1912, by
months, ancl they reveal a condition
so healthy, and at the same time
so remarkable that it is warrantable
to call special attention to them.
all the enquiries that reach the Vancouver Island Development League
daily from all parts of the world,
there is some allusion made to the
reputation Victoria's financial institutions bear everywhere. The presence of so many of the leading
banks is not only creditable to their
own spirit of enterprise, but a testimony to the commercial importance of Victoria from a banking
standpoint, and the establishment
here during the past year of three
more of the principal banks of the
Dominion is a fact most significant.
The bank, while it derives its own
advantages from the prosperity of
a place, is itself a considerable, nay,
a powerful contributor to the prosperity, and in Victoria the spirit of
reciprocity and mutual trust between the banks and their customers has been one of extraordinary cordiality.   The banks, one
the City along. Trust companies
are of the greatest importance to
growing ancl important cities like
Victoria. Indeed they are the
most beneficial of institutions in
their many and diversified operations to any city or community
where they establish themselves.
Not only do they act as Trustees in
the strict sense of the term with
integrity and ability, but as investment companies they encourage
thrift among the people by their
splendidly organized savings systems, where the smallest deposits
are received at call and accorded
the highest rate of interest. They
are, moreover, the means of attracting to the city many investments which without them might
find their destination in another
The Trust Company is quite as
symptomatic an institution as the
forces of trade, commerce, shipping
and the new developments incident
to railway and harbour expansions
are too strong to admit of any retrogression.
To the Bank of British North America belongs the credit of being the
first Bank established in Victoria and
to it also belongs much of the present prosperity of the Capital City,
for there has been no business that
has done more for the development
of the Island than this Bank, which
has played the benefactor to our important business enterprises when
they were in their infancy. The Bank
of British North America, whose
Head Oflice is in London, England,
was established in 1836 and incorporated by Royal Charter in 1
Since this time it has been one of
the most important Financial Institutions in the Dominion, and has ex-
since 1841—and along that vast ran
of years they have exerted an evi
extending, and more potenital inf
ence upon trade and commerce.   T
records kept by them  are  treasu
houses  of knowledge whicii  are
procurable elsewhere, ancl which i
at the  service  of business  men  a
merchants upon ternis which are
founding   in   moderation.   It   is   i
possible  to follow the  firm into
widely  extended ramifications of
business; nor is it necessary to re<]
the operations, and beneficial achie
ments, commercially, of the mere
tile agency.   Sufficient  is  it,  in
review, to say that the work and o]|
ations are as ably and vigorously
ried on here, under the keen and
ful   management   of   Mr.   Arthur|
Mallett as they are in any other
of  the world;  and  we  add that|
trust to see Mr.  Mallett conduq
the affairs of R. G. Dun & Co.
the Mercantile Agency while Vicll
expands and enlarges her comme|
nfluence and mercantile status,
offices  are  408  Pemberton   Buill
--Photograph by Leonard Frank, Alberni, I
Comparative Statement showing the increase in the Victoria
Bank Clearings since 1909
January   -
February -
March   -  -
April   -   -
May   -    -
June   -   -
July    -    -
August   -
October   -
Total -
$ 70,695,88.
$ 11,902,519
9,078,881 12,610,627
That Victoria is on the verge of
a period of natural growth that will
reduce the figures of other years to
the level of thc commonplace is
clearly demonstrated by the extensive preparations that are being
made for the improvement of the
harbour and the extension of the
C. P. R., and C. N. R. on the
Island, bringing with them a capacity for transporting the enormous
amount of freight wliieh will go
through Victoria on the completion
-of the Panama Canal.
As a matter of fact, in the number ancl size of the City's financial
institutions Victoria takes second
place to no other city on the Continent when population is taken into consideration, ancl it is a matter
of public interest to know* that in
and all, testify to the high standard
of the reliability of those whom
they have facilitated, and the uniform opinion of the business classes
of the City, is, that the banks have
shown themselves able and willing
to promote, to encourage and carry
through every legitimate project in
which their co-operation has been
The banks saw and felt—because
they were in thc best position to see
and feel—the symptoms of the new
life and extraordinary strength of
the rejuvenated city. They have
reflected their appreciation of tlie
changed conditions by many tokens.
The Trust and Investment Companies of the City are also in their
own growing prosperity symptomatic of the progress that is carrying
bank, ancl the companies in this
City are managed by men whose
hearts are in the City and whose
integrity is undoubted. All of them
have contributed largely to the general prosperity, and have never
swerved from their allegiance to
Victoria or retracted their oft-expressed faith that the City was not
asleep as some asserted, but reposing it might be, though assuredly
with at least one eye open, for the
opportune moment when she should
renew her march to greatness.
As new enterprises are being
projected, capitalists are responding
to the call with alacrity and spirit,
and thus testifying in the most
practical of all ways their faith in
the future of the city, and in the
potentialities of her position as the
future manufacturing, shipping and
distributing point for the Pacific
trade of the Dominion. Men, too,
who formerly turned their eyes to
other spheres for the investment of
their capital are seizing upon every
opportunity for investing it here in
real estate. This would not have
been done a few years ago, not because they thought the investment
unsafe, but because they were convinced that they could secure a
better return in a shorter time by
investing elsewhere. Their renewed faith in the city, which at
first moved slowly has now progressed to a fervent zeal. So that
altogether the financial position of
Victoria may be accepted as strong
and endurable. The acceleration
of progress is too great, ancl the
tended its branches from time to
time as 4he Dominion opened up,
until today it is represented in every
important centre with 85 offices from
Coast to Coast, of whicli there are
14 branches in this Province. At the
last Annual General Meeting held in
London on the 5th March, the Statement presented was one that called
forth the highest praise from the
stockholders. It showed that the
Bank was sharing in the splendid
prosperity whicii is all over the
Dominion and a few figures taken
from this Report will be of interest.
The paid-up Capital is $4,866,666, with
a reserve fund of $2,774,000; the Liabilities were $54,307,913, and the Assets $62,290,504. During the year
dividends at the rate of 8 per cent,
per annum were paid, and $94,015 was
carried to Profit and Loss. The management of the Bank has ever had the
name of being one of the most conservative financial institutions, but at
the same time one of the most progressive. It has clone everything in
its power to foster and build up legitimate enterprises for the development of the country, and that its
efforts are ancl have been appreciated
is evidenced by its present large connections. Mr. David Doig, the manager, is one of tiie best known men
in Victoria, and has had the duty of
guiding the destinies of the Branch
here for many years.
R. G. DUN & CO.
The presence of R. G. Dun & Co.
in any city is in itself a proof of the
importance, commercially, of that
city, ancl when we find it here in
Victoria carrying on its widely extended affairs with vigor and zeal we
are gratified, and know that this city
has a commercial as well as a social
status. Messrs. R. G. Dun & Co. have
long been in the mercantile world—
Mr. J. G. Elliott is the get
agent at Victoria of the Atlas Ai
ance Company, Limited, one of
very oldest and certainly the 1
widely famed insurance corporat
in the world. One can hardly re
the fact that the Atlas Assur
Company commenced its operat
in the reign of George III, and
its last annual meeting in April,
was the one hundred and third
nual meeting. Between the ai
sion of George IV and Queen
toria, the income had more
doubled and the assets had multi
six-fold. Ancl between the acce:
of Edward VII and the present
the income had risen from £70
to £1,369,379 and the funds or a
from £2,237,081 to £3,037,218.
increase is still proceeding and
more rapid rate than before; foi
Company are issuing more po
than ever in fire ancl life as well
Employers' Liability Insurance,
figures given above do not cove
entire assets of the Company
have besides a subscribed capit
£2,200,000 or in round figures
$11,000,000, making in all a
total of about $26,000,000 of a
The Company is most econom
managed, and though its pren
are the most moderate in the v
yet its last dividend to its
holders was 25 per cent, per ai
on the year's operations. Son
the greatest financiers in the
are on its Board of Directors.
Company never shirked an oblig
and never contested a legit
claim. With pleasure we noti
fact that Mr. J. G. Elliott repre
the Atlas Company in Victoria
we are sure he will admirably si
its great name and reputation,
offices are 532 Broughton. THE WEEK, SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 1912
Victoria Bank Clearings Show Rapid Growth
rVith the absorption of the Traders
Ink   of   Canada   within   the   past
Wh, The  Royal   Bank  of  Canada
|ich was incorporated in  i860, has
isummated  one   of  the   most  im-
ftairt  financial  deals  of  the  year,
amalgamation has put the Royal
|ik in a better position than  ever
serving their customers with ce-
Ity,   and   has   given   them   a   very
Lh wider field covered by branches
Ich  will  be  of  great  convenience
those with whom they are doing'
Iness.    The amalgamation  having
In place since the last annual gen-
meeting a few figures will be of
rest to the public as showing the
[ding   of   the   bank   at   the   30th
:h, 1912.   The fully paid up capi-
now $11,854,000, with a reserve
of $10,920,000;   the total assets,
Iver $170,000,000 and the deposits
flit to over $130,000,000.   In Vic-
tlie   Royal   Bank  opened  their
ph   some   years   ago,   and   from
|time it has been value*'! as one
staunch friends and influential
frks  of  the  community.    There
bank in the Dominion that has
more  for  the   development  of
|h    Columbia   than   the   Royal,
foresaw the magnificent future
pre for the Province and estab-
a network of branches for the
mience of their customers.   The
has some fifty branches in Brit-
lolumbia besides over three hun-
throughout   the   Dominion;    it
pas a number of branches in the
India Islands, and agencies in
JYork and London, England, and
Ispondents  in   Australia  and  on
jontinents  of  Europe  and  Asia,
punch credit cannot be given the
Igement of the  Royal  Bank  for
pioneering of British Columbia
?y have done, and the apprecia-
lof  the  public  is  shown  in the
Irt   it   has   given   the   various
[lies.   The local manager is Mr.
Taylor, who took charge some
ago,  and  who   has  during  his
Je   carried  on   the   same   broad
.regressive    line    of    work for
|i   the   bank   is   so   well   known
.ver it establishes a branch.
|e Bank of Vancouver is one of
institutions which exemplify and
It   the   financial   genius   of   the
Idian people, a perspective power
pprehending the  necessity for a
krehensive    enterprise    and    the
ly to  seize the  opportunity and
Ito convert what to men of less
ly might have remained a dream,
la great and tangible reality.    It
conceived on broad and generous
land started on its eventful career
two years ago and the annual
|t for thc year ending 30th Nov-
1911, showed the Assets to be
,192, while the subscribed Capi-
jis $749,608.   The Profit and Loss
|nt showed $26,304 carried to the
This  is  a   splendid  showing
young an institution, and shows
lhe people of British Columbia,
lally   those   of   Vancouver   and
ria,   appreciate   thc   efforts   of
men   as   President   R.   P.   Mc-
|n and General Manager A. L.
in   their   enterprise   and  will
|up a Home institution on the
des which  dominate the  Bank
Incouver.   The   report   shows a
lid, healthy continued growth of
lank, both in regard to the ex-
Ins and developments; the open-
of new branches, and increas-
posits.    The Directors are men
highest standing in the com-
lil   and   financial   world.     The
|_ in    Victoria,    and   the    sub-
at Government and  Cormor-
reets (whicii restricts its oper-
almost    exclusively    to    the
|>e   business),   have   only   been
about a year, but have won
|ire success.   The local manager
W. H. Gossip, to whom in a
large measure is attributable the success of this branch, and whose individuality quickly advanced him from
the trustful relationship of Banker
into personal esteem, which continues
to increase. We are sure of the
Bank's continued success in Victoria.
The Imperial Bank of Canada, one
of the largest and strongest financial
institutions in Canada, was established with Head Office in Toronto
in 1875, with D. R. Wilkie president
United States, Great Britain, France,
Germany, Japan, China, Australasia
and Soutii Africa. It has been a great
factor in the upbuilding of the Dominion, particularly in this western
part, and has ahvays been amongst
the foremost in assisting all legitimate business enterprises. In Victoria the Imperial Bank has played
an important part in developing the
City and the Island, and that this
Branch has been appreciated is evidenced by the large business whicii
it is now doing, and which is increasing daily with the splendid expansion
and development which is taking place
throughout the whole Island. To the
local Manager, Mr. J. M. Lay, who
took charge in January of this year
we extend the hearty greetings of
Victoria and trust that he may long
remain as Manager of the Branch
in the Capital City of B. C.
In the front ranks of our financial
concerns stands the British Columbia
Permanent Loan Company of Vancouver. It was incorporated in 1898,
and procured a special charter which
enlarged its scope and potentials in
1909. The office in Victoria has been
in operation for 10 years, and at no
time was it more active, or its transactions more numerous or larger, individually as well as in the aggregate,
than in 1911. The B. C. Permanent
Loan Company has been contributory
in a large degree to that all-abounding progress and prosperity which the
city is evincing, and the Company has
materially aided the unfolding and
concentration of the causes which are
now propelling Victoria forward, ancl
urging her to expand and adapt herself to the greatness which is inevitably hers. The report for 1911
shows that the assets of the Company were augmented by 'over $340,-
000 for the year; that its earnings
were increased by over $40,000; while
its reserve fund rose by $100,000 and
now stands at $500,000, with its surplus funds at $520,029. After making
some necessary and judicious provisions there was a sum equal to i/'/i'/i
on the permanent stock, but the directors decided to increase the actual
dividend to 10%. The applications for
loans iu the year were numerous, and
rose in aggregate amount, as completed loans, from $2,630,050 to $2,-
880,325. These figures arc their own
testimony to the progress of fit's
Company and to the ability which
controls its operations. Mr. Thomas
T. Langlois is still the president, and
the manager here in Victoria is Mr.
W. McQuarrie, whose ability is well
sustained by his courtesy and business
celerity and accuracy in carrying
transactions to a conclusion. The
offices here are at 1210 Government
street at present, but such is the faith
of the B. C. Permanent Loan Company in the future of Victoria that
they are now erecting at the corner
of Douglas and Johnson streets on a
lot 60x60 feet, a 10-story and basement, steel frame, brick and terracotta facing, fireproof building, which,
when completed, will be the finest in
and general manager, and Hon.
Robert Jaffray vice-president. Its
paid-up Capital is $6,000,000 with a
Reserve of an equal amount. At
the time thc last annual Statement
was issued on 30th April, 1911,' the
deposits amounted to $46,504,492, and
the total assets were then $63,710,026.
Since that time the Bank has expanded with the development of the
Dominion, and when the next Statement   is   placed   before   the   share-
The annual report of the British
American Trust Company brought
down to the 30 June last shows a remarkable development in the Company's operations. The authorized
capital is $500,000; the the paid up
stood at $114,530, while the surplus shows the splendid amount
of $100,000; the assets were $586,477
and the liabilities to the public $236,-
477. The Company undertakes all the
manifest functions to which the numerous forms of trust give rise; executors, administrators, guardians, receivers, liquidators, trustees in multiform relationships arising under wills,
marriage settlements, trust deeds of
every kind and purpose. They act as
collectors of rents, interest dividend
coupons, and as fiscal agents. They
also make loans on real estate and do
a general deposit business, allowing
interest on all deposits. They do a
very large insurance business, being
agents for a number of the most representative companies doing business
in Canada, placing fire, marine and
accident and employers' liability insurance; they are the general agents
holders, there will be shown a large
increase. During the year ending
April, 1911, dividends at the rate of
11 per cent, per annum were declared
for the first three quarters of thc
year, and at the rate of 12 per cent.
per annum for the last quarter. The
Imperial Bank has over 100 branches
scattered over the Dominion from
Quebec to Victoria, and has agents
in   all   the   principal   cities   of   the
for thc Alliance Insurance Co.. of
Philadelphia, Xew Zealand Insurance
Co. of Aukland, X.Z., Franklin Insurance Co. of Washington, D.C., Northwestern National Insurance Co. of
Milwaukee, Acadia Insurance Co. of
Halifax, and thc International Casualty Co.; it will thus be seen that
the insurance business of the Company is a very important department,
and as they issue policies from this
agency direct clients are assured of
getting their business through without delay. The Company recently
erected their own building in Victoria, with every convenience for
carrying on their work; here they
have installed a large number of
safety deposit boxes in a burglar, fire
and water-proof vault of the most approved type. These boxes vary in
size from 3x5x24 inches to 10^x24
inches. Each box is provided with a
double lock, which necessitates the
use of the lessee's and attendant's key
to open. These boxes are rented at
very moderate rates and have proved
a great convenience to the public.
The accompanying cut shows a sectional view of the vault, and also the
main door of five-ply drill proof steel,
bolted between layers of heavy
armour plate and the steel grill inside of this door which is used during
the day as a gate.
With Which has Been Incorporated
Bevan, Gore & Eliot, Limited
The new title, above given, simply
indicates that the oldest, largest and
most reputable of our Brokers, and
Fiscal and Investment Agents—
Bevan, Gore & Eliot, Limited—have
been re-incorporated on broader and
more comprehensive lines, with immensely larger capital and powers,
to enable them more effectually to
cope with the phenomenal developments, the augmenting investments
and enterprises and the expansions,
industrially, commercially, and otherwise, which are everywhere so pronounced ind potential not only in
the City of Victoria and the Island,
but in Vancouver and through thc
entire Province of British Columbia.
The flotation of the re-incorporated
Company took place in London,
where there is an office at 11 Hay-
market, the arena of the greatest
financiers and investors of the day;
and the capital is now adequate to
sustain the Company's most gigantic
undertaking. The Company's operations will continue to be in Real
Estate, Stocks and Bonds, and as
Fiscal and Investment Agents.
Through the medium of thc old company more British capital came for
investment in British Columbia than
through any other Fiscal Agents, and
the re-incorporated Company will not
relax but continue to receive ever
augmenting amounts for real estate,
acreage, farm and timber lands, the
mines, minerals and natural wealth-
producing resources of both the
Island and the Mainland, as well as
capital for mortgage loans and industrial enterprises both in Victoria
and Vancouver. An advisory board
in connection with the Company is
being formed, too, in London, which
gives added prestige to it as well as
confidence to the investing public
there who at once expressed their
appreciation and reciprocation of this
laudable proposal by subscribing
$250,000 for investment here. The
volume and magnitude of the operations of the Company in the past,
huge as they were, are merely a prelude, but they are also a guarantee
of what they are destined to be in
the future. The management will
continue as formerly, and Victoria
will have the advantage still in ils
midst of Mr. Victor A. G. Eliot as
manager here. Mr. Eliot has long
since won the confidence and esteem
of the citizens by his great ability
and his unrivalled business methods,
as well as by the principles of rectitude and integrity so clearly evinced
in all his dealings. Moreover he has
proved his own, as well as his Company's deep devotion to the cause of
British Columbia's greatness, and of
Victoria's splendour as her Capital
City, by supporting, generously, every
project calculated to contribute to
the one or advance the other. Thc
ollices have now been removed for
increased accommodation and convenience to the corner of Fort and
Broad streets. IV
Loan and Insurance Companies Prosper in Victoria
There is no greater indication of
the growing importance of Victoria
■than the attention which is being paid
to the City as a financial centre. One
of the recent acquisitions in this
branch of her development has been
the opening up here of a branch of
the Union Bank of Canada, whose
head office which was originally in
Quebec, has been recently moved to
Winnipeg. The Bank was established
in 1865, and from the beginning has
played an important part in the upbuilding of Canada. The Union Bank
of Canada is one of the strongest
banking institutions in the Dominion,
and a few figures taken from the last
annual report of 30 November, 1911,
will be interesting. The paid-up capital is $4,914,120, with a reserve of
$3,129,0,35; the dividends paid were
at the rate of 8% per annum, paid
quarterly. The Bank has over Z45
branches extending from the Atlantic
to the Pacific, and has also correspondents in all the important cities
in the United States, the United Kingdom, the continent of .urope, and
the British Colonies. A branch of
the Bank has been established in London, England, at 51 Threadneedle
Street, E.C., where letters of credit
and drafts payable at all important
points in Canada and the United
States, can be purchased, and money
transferred. A visitors' room is provided for the convenience of clients
of the Bank wdien in London, to
whicii their mail may be addressed.
The Victoria branch, although only
established a comparatively short time
ago, has made rapid progress. The
advent of this Bank has not only been
of importance from a financial standpoint, but has also been of great importance from a developing point of
view, as is shown by the splendid
building which they arc now erecting
on Government Street. This building, when completed, will be one of
the handsomest office buildings in the
city, and will be as nearly fire-proof
as modern science can make it. The
erection of this building is one of the
greatest proofs we can show to outsiders of the position whicii Victoria
now occupies in the minds of the
financiers of the Dominion.
Among the great and powerful
financial institutions which havc been
main contributing factors to the development and unfolding of the resources and potentials of the West,
undoubtedly a pre-eminent place must
be accorded to the Great West Permanent Loan Company. This Company, constituted by special charter,
has not only achieved a phenomenal
success for itself, but its operations,
and the broad, generous and comprehensive lines on whicii they have
been conducted, have resulted in the
development and expansion of many
of thc most prosperous and progressive cities and towns in all the
Western provinces, and in the laying
of the foundations of prosperity and
progress in hundreds and thousands
of homes west of the Great Lakes.
Here in British Columbia, the influence of the Great West Permanent
Loan Company has been felt to be
most beneficial not only in the city
and city districts, but throughout the
towns and suburbs generally. The
strength and stability of this Company may be shown by a few figures
taken from their last financial statement brought down to 31st December, 1911. The subscribed capital
* amounts to $2,426,750, and the paid-
up -capital to almost $2,000,000 beiug
.•an increase of $173,095 over the previous year; The mortgage loans increased during the year hy $476,717.
and amount to the grand total of $4,-
.321,867. The total funds on hand and
in the bank was $216,369; and the
total assets amounted to $4,763,296.
The deposits with the Company more
than doubled during the year, and the
reserve fund is shown to be $562,570
or 28.17 per cent, of the paid-up capi
tal. Two half-yearly dividends of nine
per cent, per annum were paid to
the shareholders, and after providing
for all liabilities a surplus from the
profits of $44,383 was added to the
reserve, bringing it up to the figure
named. Most of the Company's funds
are invested on lirst mortgages, and
as all real estate is an increasing
quantum, the security continually rises
in value. Notwithstanding this thc
Company are always able'to command
the best part of the loaning business
in every city and town where they
are located, on account of the high
reputation they have built up by the
prompt despatch of business, and by
the fair and equitable ternis on which
everything is carried out. 'I'o facilitate, and not to impede the borrower
is the motto of the Company. Here
in Victoria we have had the advantage of Mr. R. W. Perry as the manager of the Company for this city as
well as the island, and it is only fitting to say that he has worthily sup-
Canada can boast of some of the
most prosperous and progressive institutions in the world today, and in
the front rank of them it is a pleasure
to place the British Columbia Life
Assurance Company, which is a purely Western Organization, having been
organized in Vancouver and having
its head office there. Although only
iu its infancy as yet, the Company is
growing stronger every day, and at
the first annual meeting held in Vancouver recently the statement as then
presented to the 3tst December, 1911,
was a magnificent showing for the
year. We herewith give a few figures
from the statement: The assets were
$167,726; the paid for business for the
year reached the large figures of
$1,095,805, on which the annual premium income is $35,315, the license to
issue policies was only obtained in
May of last year, so that the showing
try. They have a constantly developing real estate business, and have carried through several large transactions. Besides they have some of the
finest available investments on hand.
They handle mortgages and negotiate
and carry through loans with promptitude, adjusting the ternis on the
most equitable basis for the borrower.
They are fiscal agents of the B. C.
Motor Truck Transportation Company, Limited, a concern which
though only projected and promoted
in the present year, has already
shown that its future must be productive of enormous results to its
shareholders. Its chief object is to
conduct a general delivery business
with motor trucks, and particularly
to handle heavy and bulky freight.
The Company is splendidly managed,
with a reliable directorate and ample
capital. The Almoure Agency has its
offices at 325 Pemberton Block.
UKIOII CLUli, VICTORIA, now in course of erection, the finest building on its kino on the coast
ported the great and progressive
policy of the Company, and while
promoting their interests, he has
proved a "persona grata" to everyone
having dealings with the Company
ancl formed himself a link of mutual
interest and reciprocal trust between
the two. This is an achievement
worthy alike of the Company, and of
Mr. Perry's well-known diplomatic
ability and integrity.
For the past live years Mr. S. Martin and Mr. II. Martin have been
operating as stockbrokers, financial
agents and real estate brokers, and
they have developed a business of
wide extent. Messrs. Martin have
specialized to a considerable extent in
the making of investments for English capitalists. They have a wide
connection of these people who act
upon their direction and advice in
their investments. Not only do M essrs.
Martin operate in city and suburban
real estate, hut they deal extensively
in agreements of sale whicii they purchase upon the most generous and
equitable conditions. Loans, by way
of mortgage, are quickly negotiated
by them, and promptly perfected, on
ternis adjusted to the borrower's peculiar requirements. They endeavour
ill every instance to promote the interests of the borrower, and to facilitate him by their prompt and expeditious handling of each transaction.
\s investing brokers, with large resources of ready capital behind them,
there arc few more influential concerns in Victoria. Their oflice is 210
Pemberton  Building.
of the Company, if taken pro rata,
would show as large a business as the
oldest companies doing business in
the Dominion. The policies of the
Company are in every respect up to
date. They carry every protection for
the policy holder, especially in regard
to bonuses. This is a point which as
thc years go by the newer companies
are enabled to gauge with such an
accuracy that they can guarantee the
amounts they will be able to pay as
a minimum. With such a man as Mr.
Kay Anderson as provincial manager
the business of the B. C. Lite Co. in
the Province is sure to grow to large
proportions. Mr. Anderson is one of
the best insurance men we know, and
any time that he tells a client a thing,
he is always prepared to back up his
statements with figures. We wish this
young representative British Columbia Company many years of unalloyed prosperity.
Though this is a new enterprise
having been established in the present
year as fiscal agents and brokers and
operators in bonds, real estate, mortgages, etc., yet Mr. Joseph Almoure,
the head of the business and its general manager, is well known, and both
he and Mr. J. A. Iloyle, who is assorted with him in the agency, are
men of experience. The chief department of the business is as fiscal
agents, and in this connection they
handle on a large scale stocks and
bonds and other securities, and are
thoroughly conversant with all the resources and enterprises of the coun-
When Mr. John L. Beckwith wai
elected Chief Magistrate of the City
of Victoria there were some who predicted disappointment for the people,
but this sentiment has not been realized in any way. His Worship Mayor
Beckwith has fulfilled the highest expectations of his supporters, and has
earned the enconium of many of those
who opposed him in his campaign for
the mayoralty. The Mayor, who has
been a resident and progressive business man of the city for over 25 years
has watched Victoria grow from a
small town to be counted among the
cities of the Continent, both as regards population and as the future
transportation point for the trans-Pacific trade of the Dominion. During
these years Mayor Beckwith has always taken an active interest in the
advancement of Victoria. He has been
prominent in public life for the past
12 or 15 years, and was a member of
the City Council some years ago. He
did not, as many men do, when he retired from the Council, give up his
interest in matters for the benefit of
the City, but has always been in
close touch with all civic affairs, so
that when he was called upon to take
over the reins of government he had
matters well in hand. Mayor Beckwith has had a large business experience, and this he is bringing to bear
on the work of the city. There are
large and momentous matters for the
future benefit of the city before the
City Council of this year, but wc feel
confident that they will all be brought
to a successful issue by Mayor Beckwith, assisted as he is by a Council
that is for Victoria first, last and
the time. As to the Mayor's bt
ness ability and executive skill
must be said that in the short ti
he has been in ollice he has pro'
himself to be a man of great org
izing ability, and his actions h
proved to the citizens that he
brought the full maturity of that a
ity to the city's affairs. There
no novice hesitancy displayed in
suming the reins o. office, but
manifest courage of a masterh;
and we feel assured that by the I
of the year he will have acquil
himself with dignity, and won by I
dom, alacrity and zeal the spont|
ous applause of every citizen.
The methods of business preval
at the present day, demand morel
ever before, the highest professl
ability, training and equipment ol
part of our chartered accountant!
auditors.   That they should be ml
the highest integrity everyone acl
seeing that their signature oftel
volves thousands of people whol
practically nothing else on whil
rely.    We are glad in this revif
Victoria   to   place    Mr.   W.
Sampson,    chartered   accountan|
auditor, in the  front ranks of
whose   professional   status,   and!
sonal integrity fulfil all  the rea
ments and attributes referred tol
has   a large    and    widely exte|
business  in  whicii   he  acts  as
tered   accountant,   auditor,   assl
liquidator, etc.    The  developmel
Vietoria along the large comma
shipping ancl  mercantile  lines
are clearly before her, is adding!
stantly ancl will continue to acl
Mr. Sampson's business, in  ever|
pacity  in  whicii  he  has  acted.
Sampson   has  performed   the   cl
and met the obligations ancl resa
bilities of his  work  with  an  a|
decision,   and   candour   which
brought him to the esteem of a|
clientele.    Mis offices are 1219
ley street.
As the city advances in comml
importance, develops new  indttl
extends her    shipping,   and beq
more   and   more   the   central
around which revolve the enterj
of the Island and of the entire!
vince, the public accountant cornl
to greater prominence, the scol
his operations enlarges, and hel
himself, if not absolutely the hea|
front, at all events the centre
ganization after   organization
controls  the movements of prol
ancl advancement.   Mr. W. G. B|
has been  one  of our leading
accountants   for some  years, al
him    emphatically    and    particl
may the foregoing words be ad
He   is    not   only   auditor    fo«
Saanich    municipality,    the    jl
Hospital,   the   Anti-Tuberculosi|
ciety and  some  of our leading
cerns, but he has acted, and is
as  the  secretary  of  more  thai
enterprise designed for the coil
expansion.    His work as a publ
countant and auditor has alwayl
marked   by   strict   accuracy   ai
clear and precise judgment—qtl
which have given him an und!
status at the head of his profJ
He is a specialist in Limited Li|
Company   work.   His   offices
Green  Block.
Lord Strathcona said on th|
September,   1909:    "It  give
great pleasure to see the prl
which Victoria is making,
one of the most desirable s
the world.    Indeed, 1 cannol
ceive a more desirable place ol
dence." THE WEEK, SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 1912
Large Amounts of British Capital are Being Invested
The term, "New British Columbia,"
much  discussed  in  these  days  of
henomenal    growth    and    soaring
reatness by this the largest and most
rtential province of the  Dominion,
hit  "New  British   Columbia"  is  no
|ldition  to  our  vastness  of 400,000
luare miles.   The term means mere-
the evolving of the  interior,  and
ily partially exploited resources and
rtially  developed  valleys  and  pla-
liux of the Coast, Cassiar, Cariboo
|d   Lillooet  Districts.    Right  from
Peace   River   country,   at   the
■th-east of the Province, westward
lthe Pacific Ocean, there are huge
las of this land amounting to mil-
lis of   acres.    Superb   rivers    and
|ir tributaries flow through it, and
!ss will soon be had to it through
George at the junction  of the
;er   and   Nechaco   Rivers,   Fort
Irge    has    tributary    to    it    and
Itching   for   miles   in   every   di-
[ion   immense   areas   of   agricul-
and  arable  land  of  unexcelled
|ness, especially between the val-
of   the   Fraser,   and   westward
lig the  Nechaco Valley as far as
(ser Lake, Francois Lake and Ootsa
fe, a little   farther  westward  be-
the Bulkley Valley District im-
hsely rich in agriculture and arable
|ls.     The   Grand   Trunk   Pacific
Iway   passes   right   through   the
|kley  Valley;    and   Hazelton,   the
of steamboat  navigation  along
Skeena   River,  is  only  55  miles
11  the  heart of the  valley,  while
ice  Rupert is no  more  than  240
:s distant.   The Bulkley Valley ex-
Is a distance of 100 miles, and is
iplendidly adapted for farming and
culture.    Its soil is a rich black
n, very productive and unequalled
he central interior.   The valley is
tly rolling    in    character, lightly
)ered with   small  poplars,  about
of the land is open and park-like,
aining a rank growth of vegeta-
and the balance is easily cleared,
re are two towns in th'e Valley,
ermere and Telkwa, where settlers
obtain   everything   needed   in   a
country.   There are also schools,
toffices,   stores,   telegraph   offices,
relies and a hospital, besides other
iness houses, and it is confidently
ected that in tllis vicinity the rail-
will    locate   their   town, which
lout a doubt will be the biggest
nt   between   Prince   Rupert   and
George.     Some   of   the   finest
|is in the country are located here,
even with all the drawbacks of
|sportation, some farmers have in
:ry few years acquired comfort-
riches.   Along the Maclure Lake
superb  farms and  fine  stretches
bark-like  country, the  lake  itself
puding in fish, like the other hums lakes and streams of the dis-
Wheat, oats, barley and other
li   and   potatoes   and   other  root
Is grow luxuriantly and  produce
marvellous results. The climate is all
that could be wished, and affords the
greatest satisfaction to the many
settlers who are going into this favoured area. Besides agriculture there
are large tracts of plateaux land, coal
deposits, and the adjacent 'hills contain large deposits of copper-gold
bearing quartz, and other minerals.
The Grand Trunk Pacific Railway are
running passenger trains 100 miles inland from Prince Rupert—and track-
has been laid 80 miles further to the
Skeena River Crossing, in the vicinity
of Hazelton, the railway grade is
practically completed to Aldermere
and ready for the laying down of rails,
so that trains should be running this
fall from Prince Rupert to the Bulk-
ley Valley. As the opening of the
railway approaches, more and more
manifest are becoming the magnificence and splendour of this most favoured of all the valleys along its
course, for not only is it nearer the
In the short space of less than a
year and a half, Mr. R. H. Duce has
become one of our prominent Real
Estate Brokers. Thus he evinces the
all-prevailing spirit of Victoria today,
and the activity with which she is
reaching forward to, and putting her
house in order for her great future.
Mr. Duce has an extended scope of
operations. He handles not only the
real estate of the city and suburban
districts, but also the acreage and the
farm and timber lands of the entire
Island. Progress is the word everywhere, not only in the city, but
through the Island, and Mr. Duce's
record of transactions shows that his
energy has carried him just as far as
that word "progress" is sounded. He
has many of the choicest investments
of the day in all the classes of property named, and his knowledge of
them as regards both the present and
the future is as nearly perfect as per-
No review of the progress and development of Victoria would certainly be complete without a sketch, however brief, of the British Canadian
Home Builders, Limited, for though
only established in 1911 yet they have
been carrying out a work and a plan
of operation which are oi consummate importance to the city and province, and are being extensively
availed of by the people of both Victoria and Vancouver as well as the
citizens of smaller cities and towns
where the home builders arc to bc
found. Thc system inaugurated by
the British Canadian Home Builders,
Limited, appeals emphatically to that
class of people in whom is reposed
the highest and best element of
citizenhood—the aspiration and longing for a home; and as too often this
noble craving is perverted or thwart-
seeker is quickly installed in that for
whicii he craves, and that which
makes him the best of citizens. The
Home Builders will draw the plans of
a structure, or will prepare them according to their clients' tastes and
desires. They wil! buy a home and
lot for their client for cash, and* resell it to him on time; -and in fact
to acquire a home one has only to
have the home-craving, a certain percentage of cash, and to consult them.
In addition to its building department the Company carries on a general real estate and insurance business, the profits from whicli to swell
the dividends on the shares which
may be purchased on easy terms at
$1.10 per share. This enterprising
firm has copyrighted an indexed map
of the city whicii may be obtained
free of charge at the offices, third
floor Sayward Building. The Directors and officers are all leading Victoria and Vancouver business and
professional men of the highest standing. The managing director is Ernest
Coast and the great centres, but its
lands are in the very heart of an immense mineral zone, where the richest mineral claims of the country are
even now being developed. With
the opening of the Grand Trunk
With the opening of the Grand Trunk
and the Canadian Northern in another
year or so, and with the completion
of thc Pacific and Great Eastern from
Vancouver to Fort George in three
years, and the five or six other railways now under construction or in
immediate contemplation there is no
doubt that British Columbia in her
entirety is rapidly emerging into her
greatest epoch of expansion, development and splendour, and that the new
co-operating with the old will prove
its right to pre-eminence among the
provinces of the Dominion.
leal Estate       Timber       Insurance
P. R. Fleming
Telephone 2307
\34 View Street       Victoria, B. C.
sonal investigation can make it. He
negotiates loans quickly and on the
most favourable conditions, and estates are managed, and rents collected upon sound business principles. He places insurance and is
agent for thc B. C. Life Assurance
Company.    His  offices are  704 Fort
H. J. HEAL & CO.
This is one of the best known and
most extensive firms of financial brokers and investors in the city, though
they have only been established her'
for about the past couple of years.
They have large financial resources,
and have an extensive clientele of
capitalists who are constantly making
investments through them, II. J.
Heal & Co. have made a specialty of
floating bond issues over and in connection with large mining enterprises
through thc Province, and they have
been eminently successful. The firm
themselves have an intimate acquaintance with the mining resources of thc
country, their present position and future potentials; and this enables them
after examining any new project, to
form a reliable judgment as to its
intrinsic worth. The firm also make
a specialty of California oil lands, and
here too their operations have met
with success. They deal generally
also in Victoria real estate, and in the
acreage and wild lands of thc Island
and the Province. Where any project
is .contemplated requiring strong
financial aid and influence, no more
dependable firm can bc consulted than
H. J. Heal & Co., whose offices are
124 Pemberton Block.
ed until it is lost, the British Canadian Home Builders, Limited, have
designed the plan that appeals to the
home-seeker who has not perhaps the
means of acquiring a home, though
he may be fairly on the way. lie
may have the lot without the money
to build, or he may have the lot already mortgaged, and uot the mean.*,
to complete the home he has h*_giin,
or he may have considerable savings
towards both thc lot and thc home,
but not quite sufficient to acquire
what is needed for his desires. In
these and a multitude of other conditions the British Canadian Home
Builders, Limited, are a Company of
true benefactors, for upon the most
reasonable and generous of terms
they will step into the breach of the
difficulties and see to it that the home-
When one looks at Victoria and
her tremendous evidences of development and expansion, the mind turns
quickly to her business men whose
manifold affairs contribute, to urge
her forward upon her now clearly
marked out and defined career. Mr.
Nigel B. Gresley is a stock broker
and financial agent. It is in the latter
capacity chiefly he is in a position to
exert a potent influence in the City's
development. Capital, largely derived
from British and outside investors,
constantly finds its way through Mr.
Gresley into the up-building of the
City's manifold business and other interests. Mr, Gresley is particularly
adapted to this class of business as
his early training was in banking
circles, which he only abandoned a
few years ago to go into this business.
As a stock broker Mr. Gresley is well
known and highly thought of, he is a
member of the Victoria stock exchange and takes an active interest in
the management of this institution.
As an accountant Mr. Gresley has the
highest capacity. He has a reputation for accuracy and skill and unswerving integrity. Real estate and
insurance also claim a part of his attention. His offices are at 132 Pemberton  Block.
Tbe I Vernier of British Columbia, in his New Year's message,
said: "British Columbia during the
past year has enjoyed wonderful developments, and everything
points to 1912 being the most prosperous year in tlie history of the
Province. The expansion of tlie
coming twelve months will be unexampled, and an indication of the
great future of the Pacific Coast of
Canada." A'ictoria is thc capital of
British Columbia, thc farthest west
city in Canada, and thc wealthiest
per capita in America.
Real Estate &
Financial Brokers
Timber and Farm Lands
a Specialty
Telephone 862 P. O. Box 1514
Offices 3 & 4, 1216 Broad Street, Victoria, B. C. VI
Real Estate Values Advance with City's Development
REAL ESTATE in Victoria
though it is vaulting upward with giant strides is
not doing so at any greater pace
than the city itself is being transformed into a vast manufacturing
arena, and becoming a great commercial distributing centre: nor at
a more rapid rate than the port is
asserting, if not its absolute superiority, at all events its quality,
with the great harbours of the Pacific Coast. Real estate brokers in
Victoria as well as the owners of
property here, have long preserved
they could secure. Their faith has
justified itself, and today they have
their reward. Victoria has entered
upon a path of progress from which
there is no retrogression. It was
about the beginning of 1908, or perhaps a few months earlier, that
tokens began to appear that Victoria had a destiny to whicii certain forces were propelling her.
Soon these forces became manifest,
and soon the forward movement of
the city could not be mistaken.
There was nothing sporadic or unreal   about   the   new   movement.
this equilibrium between real estate
values and manufacturing, industrial ancl commercial progress, and
consequently there has never been
a "boom."
As long as the prices of property
bear a just ratio to the present or
immediately prospective demands
of trade and manufacture carried
on upon that property or in the
environments of it the prices are
not exorbitant and there is no boom,
no matter what those prices i;iay
actually bc.
In Victoria the prices of real estate have never gone beyond that
ratio. The prices here have never
been anything else than values, and
real estate has been strictly an investment and not a speculation. It
is an investment too, whose values
have been fixed not by any spuriously created demand, nor by any
arbitrary conditions, but by the cooperative prosperity of the elements of industry and enterprise
and expansion, which are making
tbe City itself.
For several years the industrial
condition of Victoria practically remained the same; it neither rose
nor fell; neither advanced nor retrogressed. Real estate followed
the same course. It was practically quiescent. There were no doubt
:many investments in it. But there
■was no attempt to boom it. Those
who had faith in the future nf Victoria stuck to whatever they had in
spite of thc quiet times and they
acquired at current prices whatever
Railway expansion and development and harbour improvements
that had long been contemplated
began to resolve themselves into actualities, and to leave no mistake
that while they would traverse
many routes, they would ultimately
converge to the City making a network through the richest and most
fertile section of the Dominion of
Canada, of which Victoria is the
The purchase of the E. & N. railway by the C..P. R. and Mr. McBride's contract with the C. N. R.
have linked the Island and the City
of Victoria with the interests of
these two great transportation systems. In beneficial rivalry they are
extending their lines throughout the
Island and introducing its vast and
rich resources to the attention of a
widespread connection of capitalists, investors, developers and colonizers.
During the present year work-
has been carried on upon the C. N.
I', line from Victoria north-westward for some thirty-live miles, and
upon C. V. R. lines in districts a
little further north toward Cowichan Lake and Crofton. In addition the latter company has completed the very important extension
of its line from Nanaimo to Alberni and bas thus brought a railway service to the west coast, a region hitherto almost untouched.
To line agricultural areas in the
immediate vicinity of Victoria thc
I'. C. Electric Railway company, a
powerful financial institution whose
lines in this Province have been
most successful, has decided to extend a system of radial lines and is
beginning with a 24-mile run
through the Saanich Peninsula.
This will make profitable the cutting ti]) of large farms and the cultivation of the ground for the purpose of supplying the market of
Victoria with products now imported from abroad in great quantities and at high prices, both for
local consumption and for supplying vessels.
But this is not all.
Manufacturers, whether they began to apprehend the new movement or whether they were attracted by the unquestionable economic
basis on which the Capital City of
British Columbia had insisted on
keeping her real estate, or whatever
was the cause, the fact remains indisputable that they have been acquiring property here for the purpose of initiating new industries.
This significant trend of events
has been strengthened and intensified since it is no longer doubtful
that Victoria will in the immediate
future become one of the most important ports on the Pacific Coast.
We have stated these events at
some length to show that the marvellous developments in real estate
values are attributable to natural
and not to sporadic or ephemeral
Here are a few notable figures of
how real estate values have increased within the past two years.
These are authentic cases of augmented values:
On Yates street the property
known as Calwell's stables which
sold about three years ago for $8,-
500 was recently re-sold for
Lot 969, Yates street, bought for
$6,500 in December, 1909, sold
about eight months ago for $15,000.
The corner of Quadra and Yates
which was purchased four years
ago for $1,350, was sold one year
ago for $40,000, and is today held
at $60,000.
On Pandora street, one lot was
bought about three years ago for
$5,200 and was recently re-sold for
The Denny Estate on Pandora
street sold originally for $6,500
found a buyer recently at $26,000.
Two lots at the corner of
Broughton and Douglas street, 120
by 120 feet, which were offered to
the Victoria Theatre Syndicate for
S45.000, were afterwards put on the
market in separate lots, one of
which found a purchaser at $1,200
per foot, and on the other a seven-
story building has been erected.
In residential lots the rise in
values has been in proportion. Lots
in Rockland Park- subdivision,
which sold three years ago at $200,
have changed hands recently at
$1,200 and $1,400 each, while many
are now held at $1,800.
Three lots at the corner of Government and Eliott, which were
sold a few years ago for $1,400 for
the corner and $1,200 for the inside lots were reported to have been
refused on an offer of $90,000.
The above figures were given to
the writer by Mr. F. Landsberg of
the Empire Realty Co., who has
been in the business for about
thirty years.   The figures may ap
pear to the uninitiated as being
phenomenal, but the prices of property in Victoria are recognized as
most conservative, when the tremendous growth in the population
is taken into consideration. This is
Victoria's growing time and the future before her is superior to that
of any city on the Pacific Coast.
It will be noticed that these remarkable increases in value have all
occurred within the period which
we have designated the "period of
new movement" in the advance of
Victoria to her present commanding place among the cities of the
The causes which have originated this new movement are not
only permanent but accumulative
and reproductive, and their effects
are not only enduring but will rise
in magnitude proportionately with
maturing and developing of the
causes themselves. In other words,
increasing value of property will
follow, side by side, in the wake
of the augmenting commerce,
manufacture and industry of the
This is the true economic plan;
this is the way to attract capital,
to promote the city in her development and expansion.
It must in justice be said in conclusion, that the real estate brokers
of Victoria have striven in the past
to avoid a boom, and to preserve
the just equilibrium between industrial prosperity ancl real estate.
And in reliance on their continuing
thus to act in the future, we shall
The tremendous   progress   of Viq
toria City during the past couple
years being no more than the inatl
guration of an era of splendid growt|
and    advancement,     indications
which are to be seen everywhere,
naturally  and   necessarily  produciil
new firms to handle the situation ail
cope with the demands that it makJ
Among such new concerns is specil
ly  to  be  noticed  Beckett,   Major |
Co., Limited, whose business was
tablished last year, and whose pr|
cipals, finding that business deveh
ing so rapidly, prudently incorporal
it in accordance with the now rec|
nized fact that enterprise can be
moted more effectually by that
cies  of  business  combination,
company are  Real Estate,  Finanj
and Insurance Agents.   Though
operate in Real Estate in general
make a specialty of that in the
and in the immediate suburban ail
Within this district there are few i
cenrs in the city who are more|
liable, or   whose   listings    are nl
complete with the choicest of in\i
ments.   Business and residential
perty of the best class pervades tl
Register, and  it  is  constantly b(|
replenished as sales are being effee
They   also   operate   in   acreage
farm lands, as well as in timber
the Island and the Mainland.   L(
are speedily negotiated by the C
pany, Whose connections among c
talists, both local    and    outside,;
very extensive.   Agreements of M
too, are handled by them.   Theirl
surance   business   is   developing!
know that the increasing values of
real estate arc not spurious but the
natural effect of ever augmenting
causes; and that they are the dial
which unerringly indicates the rise
of Victoria to her present splendor. In another column wc have
thc pleasure to print an article on
thc aims and objects of the Victoria
Real Estate Exchange, which is doing so much towards placing Victoria real estate on the sound commercial basis which it now holds.
quickly as that of their real  es]
and they represent the Quebec [
Assurance   Company,  of which
are the Vancouver Island Agents.|
F. C. Beckett and Mr. R. J. S.
man   are   the   Company's   princl
Mr. Beckett being the managin|
rector  and   Mr.   Bateman  the
tary-treasurer.    Mr. Beckett has|
considerable experience in real e|
both in England and in Canada
Mr. Bateman, who has invested II
ly iu Western Canada, has had il
years' experience in financial maj
The Company's offices arc at 6431
Waterfront Properties Being Rapidly Acquired
The Queen City Realty is, like Vic-
_ria itself, revealing expansive
owers and new elements of potential
reatness, day after day in its pro-
ress and development. Messrs. J.
Isklund and A. L. Proctor, the prin-
Jpals of the concern, are constantly
jlding to their listings of unrivalled
Ivestments; and though their clients
re coming in, in ever increasing num-
prs to acquire these, yet the register
lever complete with the newest pro-
jisitions. Sales and new listings fol-
Iw one another in quick succession
lthe oflice of the Queen City Realty.
(ley extend their operations into all
|y and suburban property, as well as
the acreage, the farm and timber
lids of the Island and Mainland,
pents from all parts are entrusting
them funds for investment, and
ly are open to consider wealth pro-
ping propositions at all times,
pital to an enormous extent is also
Jtheir hands, or at their disposal, for
lestment by way of loan or security
proved by them; and loans are
Icted by them with promptitude,
on the most acceptable condi-
tis. They place insurance, collect
|ts, and manage estates. Both Mr.
klund and Mr. Proctor are men of
lerprise, sound judgment, and in-
Irity, and the Queen City Realty
fierves the confidence now gener-
jsly flowing to it from a discerning
lie. The oflice is on Douglas
One of the most significant features
of the present expansion and development of the city is that the optimism is all-pervading, and as soon
as men initiate a new business or
enterprise they seem to carry it to an
instant success. These general observations may be particularly applied
to Mr. J. Frank Povah, who established his real estate, financial and insurance business about a year or so
ago, and already the volume of transactions in each department must be
pronounced large. Mr. Povah handles
all classes of real estate in the city
as well as the suburban districts;
also farm ancl timber lands, acreages,
Since Victoria awakened to the calls
of her destiny, and responded to the
propelling forces of progress and
prosperity, real estate has attracted
many men to the city whose ability
and energy have since been used in
demonstrating its intrinsic and prospective worth to the investor. Among
these we notice the firm of Child, Garratt & Co., whose members are E.
Child, B. Garratt-and W. Kennedy.
They have certainly exercised a powerful influence ill the real estate
arena. But the ramifications of their
business carry them into other property as well—the acreage, farm and
fruit, and timber lands of the Island,
on all investments, and their reports
are greatly in demand and highly
prized. Funds are invested by way
of mortgage for clients in all parts,
at 6)_ per cent, and upwards, and the
firm pay special attention to purchase
investments for English clients. The
bringing in of this British capital and
investing it here promotes the quicker
evolution of the city and country.
The firm also collects rents and interest for their clients. The members
of the firm are E. W. Floyer, P. Byng
Hall, and N. A. Jessop, all members
of the Victoria Stock Exchange. They
have the highest standing as business
men, and the best reputation for integrity. Their offices are McCallum
Block,  Douglas  Street.
Though  the  business  of  this  firm
Is only established in the year 1911
Ihas already attained to  consider-
|e proportions; for just as Victoria
is advancing with a marvellous
bidity so  men  of business  ability,
terprise and resources are attaining
lick  success  in  handling  her  real
(ate.   The Macdonald Realty Com-
ny operate in all kinds of city and
burban property and in fruit, farm
lids   and   acreage   throughout the
land, and their register has  many
I the best investments in all classes
property.    They   manage   estates
|d collect rents, and have a grow-
business in this department. They
feo negotiate loans, and have a large
lentele of investors who rely on and
•predate their judgment and integ-
ly.   In this way much outside capital
Ids its way to city and Island in-
Istnients where it is contributing to
Id aiding the vast developments and
fpansions.    The   firm   have   also   a
pidly increasing insurance business,
Id  represent   some   of   the   leading
[mpanies.   The firm consists of J.
Macdonald, J. T. Macdonald, and
A.   Macdonald,   and  their  offices
le at Room 8, Promis Block.
lines are well exemplified in the motto of the firm, "Our clients' interests
precede our own." The operations of
the business include all classes of city
realty—business and residential sites
and water frontage, while farm lands
and timber limits on the Island and
Mainland are also extensively handled
by them. They make a specialty of
business sites and their listings contain some of the most desirable in
the city. They also make a specialty
of timber lands on the island and in
these have some of the best available
limits in their listings. Residential
property in the city and suburbs also
find a prominent place on their books,
and they are continually adding to
their snaps in this class of investment. They carry on a prosperous
business also in placing insurance
with the most reliable companies operating in Western Canada. Messrs.
Patrick & Ireland are well known
for their personal integrity, and their
interest in looking after their clients'
affairs. Their office is at 645 Fort
etc., and many of the finest available
investments are on his books. Investments are made by Mr. Povah for
clients resident in all parts of the
world. He has splendid facilities, too,
for making and negotiating loans on
the most acceptable ternis for every
borrower; and insurances are effected
promptly with the best companies.
Among others, he represents the Occidental Fire Insurance Company.
Mr, Povah has shown himself an excellent judge of property value, a reliable guide in making investments,
and an expert man of business. These
no doubt account for his success. His
offices  are   113  Pemberton   Building.
Western Lands, Ltd.
We have several excellent pieces suitable for Apartment Building
One of the best is 120 x 120 on corner of Cook and Burdette for
I $25,000—contains 3 Houses, renting for $85.00 monthly; will stand
good advance in rentals.    Terms: $6,500 cash, balance to suit.
and also into considerable property
on the Mainland. Their transactions
have been numerous, and the trend
of prices has ever been upward. They
have made a specialty of New Hazelton Townsite, and we know no firm
who is better acquainted with the
present and the prospective future of
that unique scene of investment and
speculation. This firm, unlike most
other real estate concerns, have excluded from their operations the
subordinate or auxilliary departments
of the real estate business, and have
confined themselves to the business
proper. By this method, however,
they have been enabled to acquire a
knowledge and a mastery of the business better by far than they otherwise would have had. Their listings
arc choice and comprehensive; ancl
their skill in carrying transactions to
a successful conclusion is unique ancl
unrivalled. Their offices are 506 Sayward Building.
Hall & Floyer are well-known
stock and investment brokers who
are carrying on a highly prosperous
business whose influence and results
are directly beneficial to the City, the
Island, and the Province of British
Columbia. Besides being stock ancl
share brokers, on an extensive scale,
buying and selling and collecting dividends, etc., for their clients, they
operate largely in investments whicli
they make on behalf of their clients
both by way of mortgage loans, and
by actual purchase. They make a
specialty of both of these; and they
are exceptionally well equipped for
experts through the complete and extensive knowledge they possess of
the present values ancl future potentials of all land, timber, mines and
natural resources of the Island and
the Province. They make it a special
feature of their business to supply
authoritative and responsible reports
This is one of the best known firms
in the city, having been in operation
for quite a number of years, and like
other successful enterprises, it built
up its own reputation by business ability and integrity. The proprietors of
the business are Messrs. K. S. Patrick, who has been interested in the
firm from its inception, and Mr.
George Ireland, who lately joined liim
and who was formerly with Messrs.
Monk & Monteith. The business will
continue to be conducted upon the
same lines as in the past, and these
This firm, established under the
above designation during the present
year, was formerly known as Stu»-
gess & Harris, but Mr. F. Sturgess is
still its head and associated with him
is Mr. G. Rylands. It operates in
real estate in general, city as well as
suburban property occupying its attention, also the farm lands, acreage
and timber of the interior of the
Island. Its listings in all of these is
formidable. The members of the firm
are intimately acquainted with the
present worth and prospective values
of all properties handled by them, and
they are men whose judgment is
sound, backed as it is by characters
of absolute integrity. Their register
contains undoubtedly most of the best
investments of the day. As financial
agents they are being constantly entrusted with large funds for investment, for they make a specialty of
this class of business, having negotiated sales since the commencement
of the year totalling in the neighborhood of one quarter of a million dollars. Loans are made by them with
promptitude and upon the most acceptable of ternis to the borrower.
They manage estates and collect
rents, ancl place insurance, representing principally the Travellers' Life
Assurance Company of Canada, and
the Canadian Railway and Accident
Co. of Canada. We are sure that intending investors or borrowers, or
sellers will find in F. Sturgess & Co.
men of business acumen ancl strict integrity. Their offices are 318 Pemberton Block.
Timber Lands    Coal Lands    Agricultural Lands
Gavin H. Burns &
Phone 2624
W. Wallace Grime
Phone 2623
Comer Government & Broughton Streets
PirtST Floor
P. O. BOX 684
City Property
Investments VIII
Island Property in Active Demand by Settlers
The name of this firm clearly indicates the character of its business.
Though its operations cover real estate, in general, and extend to the
acreage and farm and timber lands
of the entire island, yet it is principally concerned with British clients
whose capital, ever more anxiously
and persistently, is seeking safe investment in this country; and it is a
highly gratifying fact, and one
that Victoria should recognize, that
Messrs. E. H. Mansfield and J. F.
Gardner, the members of the firm,
have fixed upon this city as the centre
of their operations. The firm are at
all times in possession of funds for
investment, and from these loans are
carried out promptly and quickly, ancl
on the most acceptable terms. They
purchase Agreements of Sale on the
most generous terms, and they collect
rents and manage estates upon the
best business principles. The register
of their listings in all classes of property, particularly business and manufacturing and residential sites, is most
complete and up to date, and the
knowledge and ability of the partners
will be found at all times available to
the intending investor. Great success
is, we are sure, ahead of the Overseas Investment Agency, whose offices
are 208 Pemberton Building.
This is a firm of real estate brokers
and financial agents whose business
lias risen to immense size and influence within a short time. The business was formerly conducted as Crow
& Read. The scope of its operations
includes all kinds of real estate, business and residential, in the city as
well as the suburbs; and not only
have their completed transactions
been steadily and quickly increasing
in number, but they have been continuously rising in value. Their register is a complete array of unsurpassed opportunities. Their business,
as investors, grows and extends continuously also. They handle, for
clients resident in all parts, the farm
lands and acreage, as well as the timber and other natural resources of
the Province. Of all of these they
have a deep and thorough knowledge,
and the investments made by them
have produced splendid results, ancl
contain enormous potentials. They
have unrivalled facilities for the rapidly developing loaning business carried
on by them, with enormous funds.
Loans are negotiated and made with
quickness and promptitude, and upon
terms of equity adjusted in every case
to the borrower's needs and desires.
The firm also manage estates, collect
rents, and place insurances. Their
offices are 732 Yates street.
Those who had faith in the fufure
and great destiny of Victoria, are now
being rewarded, and among these is
the British Realty, Limited. Its business has always been conducted with
the sin.cerest conviction that Victoria's great day was only deferred.
The British Realty, Limited, make a
specialty of Vancouver Island farm
lands, of which they have the listing
of some of the choicest in the market.
While making this their specialty,
they also extend their operations into
all classes of realty, in the city and
suburbs, as well as to the acreage and
timber lands of the Island. Their
books contain listings of the choicest
investments in each of these classes
of property. They too make large investments in City and Island property
on behalf of British capitalists whose
funds are intrusted to them. Loans
can be procured from them, on the
most acceptable conditions to the borrower. To facilitate their widely extended operations they have a branch
ing the past year. We have abstained
from using the word "phenomenal" in
regard to the progress; for it is quite
natural, and it is the beginning of
that epoch of splendid success which
Victoria and the Island have had
ahead of them for years. The firm
collect rents and are sub-agents of
The Queens' Insurance Company for
whicii they do an extensive business.
Their offices are Davie Chambers,
Bastion Street.
Bagshawe & Co. are one of the
firms who early foresaw the great
potentials and future of Victoria, and
established their business here more
than twelve years ago, and were
among the charter members of the
Victoria Real Estate Exchange. The
city was very far then, from the
scenes of activity whicii every day
presents along her streets, and within
her bounds and the adjoining suburbs,
not only in magnificent building operations   but   in   many   other   ways.
are in a position to handle large deals
at short notice, and through their insurance department can look after
this important detail for their clients,
while they also do a large business
in buying and loaning on mortgages.
As home builders the Company are
doing splendid work toward the building up of the city, they have built a
large number of homes, these are built
for clients cither on easy terms of
payment, or on terms to suit. In this
way the Company is assisting very
materially in giving to the fast increasing population good homes, up
to date in every respect. Messrs. W.
T. Williams, president; Albion Johns,
vice-president, and S. C. Thomson,
secretary-treasurer, are all well known
and have the respect and confidence
of all their clients and the general
investing public. The office of the
Company is at 120 Pemberton Block
and here the officers of the company
will be pleased to show the investing
public and those who are wanting a
home, just where they can give them
the best value for the smallest outlay.
This firm, established only about a
year ago, has already attained a high
status as real estate ancl financial
agents. The volume of tlieir business has gone on steadily increasing
month by month, and larger ancl more
valuable properties have been finding
places on their register of available
investments. All kinds of city and
suburban real estate are handled by
them, as well as acreage and farm and
timber lands throughout the Island,
and intending investors should certainly sec their register. The members of the firm have made a special
study of present ancl future developments; ancl they are without a doubt
authentic ancl reliable guides as to
the values of all property especially as
regards ulterior results. They havc
a splendid business as financial agents
ancl as such do a large mortgage business and invest also from private
funds at their disposal and are constantly increasing their general insurance business. Thc members of the
firm are: J. Wise, H. Girdwood, and
H. Paterson, and they are men of
prudence as well as enterprise, and
of the highest integrity. Their offices
are too Pemberton Block.
office at Duncan, under the management of Mr. J. S. Rothwell. There is
no real estate concern whose business
ability and integrity today stands
higher than the British Realty, Limited, whose President and General
Manager is Mr. R. P. Wilmot, and
we are sure the Company will,
through Mr. Wilmot's well known
ability and integrity continue to exert
a potent influence on the present and
future development of the city. The
offices of the Company are at 403-404
Sayward Block.
The Imperial Realty Company
whicii consists of Messrs. J. R. Leonard and W. E. Sandy, has within
the past year established and developed one of the most reliable ancl progressive business in the city as real
estate, insurance and commission
brokers. Their operations include
real estate in general, embracing city
as well as suburban property and
acreage in the best fruit and farm
lands of the Island. From the start
the business expanded rapidly, for the
members of thc concern brought to
tlieir aid talents of integrity ancl
judgment which their clients were
quick to appreciate. As one of the
direct consequences of this, they became large investors for outside capitalists, ancl as such, ancl in this way,
they have been potent contributors to
the remarkable progress and development which the city has seen dur-
But from the start Bagshawe & Co.
never lost hope in the future, and
what is more the members of the firm
never lost an opportunity or relaxed
an effort to urge or to lead the city
forward upon the identical path she is
now so firmly and splendidly treading. Their reward is here before their
eyes today. Their operations cover
all classes of real estate, business and
residential, and in thc city as well as
the suburbs. They extend, too, to
farm and fruit lands, and acreage and
timber, as well as the coal deposits of
the Island, and we firmly believe no
linn has finer listings of all these
classes of property. Their sales are
numerous, ancl ever produce ample
satisfaction. As financial agents they
negotiate and make loans. They also
collect rents and manage estates. The
members are Mr. E. C. B. Bagshawe
ancl Mr. C. R. V. Bagshawe, and their
offices are 224-5 Pemberton Building.
The City Land Company, Limited,
has been in the thick of the real estate operations of Victoria for some
time past. The business of the Company is that of real estate, investments, loans, insurance, mortgages,
ancl houses built. The Company do
a large business in real estate, their
listings are replete with the most attractive "buys" in the market all the
time; having large amount of funds
for investment and for loaning they
For the past two years this linn
has been rapidly coming to the front
in the real estate field. They have
built up a business of wide extent and
contributary in a large degree to the
development and improvements manifest on every hand. Their operations
extend to all classes of real estate in
the city and suburbs, and they have
been interested in several very large
deals, and have the finest listing of
property of all classes. They are at
present making a specialty of Gorge
Heights subdivision. This is one of
the most desirable residential sections
of the city, and is fast coming into
popularity, as is shown by the demand they have had for these lots.
They make a specialty of building
homes, ranging in price from $3,500
to $6,000, and have done a very large
amount of work in this connection.
The residences erected by them are
first class in every way, and have the
most careful supervision. Mr. II. J.
Seymour, the proprietor, who was formerly with Tracksell, Douglas & Co.,
has become known as one of the most
reliable men in the business. They
invest largely for both city and outside capitalists and represent ".;•
eastern syndicate of capitalists, for
whom they invest, acting under a
power of attorney. They have large
funds on hand always to carry out
their contracts and for loans and they
also place insurance. The office is at
507 Sayward Block.
Established in    1880,   the   firm c
Leeming    Brothers,    Limited,    coir
posed of Messrs. T. H, Leeming, D.
vid Leeming ancl John Leeming, ha
been  long  identified   with  the  city
growing greatness, but they have eve
a worthier record, that of being coi
tributors   to   and  participants   in   i
Few indeed are the firms which hai
a deeper and more intimate person
knowledge  of the  real  estate  situ
tion, more especially in city and
side business property, both of wh:
this  firm  have  made their  specialt
and their register constantly contai
many    of    the    finest    investmen
Acreage and farm lands also recei
a    considerable    attention    at    th
hands.   They also collect rents, m
age estates and negotiate loans, a
their services are highly apprecia
by borrowers.   Through them a la:
amount of outside capital has fo
its way to investments in the city ;
throughout the Island.   The firm _
have an extensive insurance busin
in which they represent some of
leading companies.    But more  t
this,  they    are  general    commiss
agents and the managing owners
the steamers "Cascade," "Oscar"
"Forager,"  which  are  known  ev
where.    There  is  no  more  reli:
concern in the real estate and fin
cial world of Victoria than Leem
Brothers, Limited, whose offices
at 524 Fort Street.
Mr. Maddock has been establisl
as a real estate and investment b
ker and financial agent, for someth
like a year, and his success has b<
such as proves him to be a man
energy,   and   business   ability.   1
volume  of business  that  has  pas
through his hands in the time is p
nomenal, as also is the splendid ar
of investments that have been pla
in his hands, and that are to be foi
upon    his    register.    His operatic
cover a wide range—city property 1
farm ancl  fruit lands.    In city p
perty we include  suburban,  and
classes—business as well as resid
tial.    Many of the best available
vestments in these are on his ref
ter,  especially in  western  city  1<
Mr. Maddock   makes   a specialty
prairie lands in Saskatchewan whi
he has handled with great success
some years.    He invests largely
clients, and he not only buys for tin
but places    their    money    on  lo:
Loans, therefore,    can   be procur
from Mr. Maddock, and with pron
titude.    His office is 209 Pembert
L. B. KENT & CO.
The business now carried on as
B. Kent & Co. has been establis
for about two years or so, and
change of the name only indicate
more enthusiastic and progressive
velopmcnt of the manifold classes
property handled by the firm
scope of the business embraces r
estate, business and residential in
city  and  suburbs;   also  farm  Ian
timber, mines  and other  natural
sources of the Island.   And many
the finest and choicest opportunit
for  the   intending  investor,   in   e;
and all of these are in the hands of
B. Kent & Co.   They have an auth
tic knowledge of present conditio
ancl are excellent judges of future
tcntials  of  all   property  handled
them.   They make a specialty of F
George  town  property and  also
acreage ancl  farm lands adjacent
this go-ahead town.   They also s
cialize   in    farm   and   timber   lat
through the Caribos, with which tl
are  well  acquainted.    They  are
thusiastic advocates of the  exploi
tion of the Island's natural resotin
and have been important contribut
to  the   present  advance   movem
which is everywhere manifest in ■
city and through the Island.    Mr.
B. Kent, who is well known and hi]
ly esteemed through  the city is
proprietor,   and   the   offices   are
Green  Block, THE WEEK, SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 1912
Suburban Properties Coming Prominently Forward
This is a firm established only about
year ago, who have marked out for
•lemselves a comprehensive plan  of
perations, ancl have in the members
I  it talents and qualifications adapt-
to that plan.   Their operations con-
Ist largely of general real estate, city
ltd   suburban,   Island   acreage   ancl
lrm lands, also timber.    The raem-
Irs of the  firm  are  Messrs.  G.   E.
}ogan  and   G.   R.   Crook,  both   of
liom are well known in realty cir-
1s and both of whom have the en-
|e confidence of their large list of
ents.   As dealers in city and subur-
11, residential and business sites the
|n have put through some important
ls, and have been instrumental in
|ting many outside investors to buy
Victoria.   They are making a spe-
ty of Gordon Head and Cordova
property and have the listing of
arge  amount   of  this.   They  are
Jroughly conversant with the pro-
|y  in   this   district,   having  lived
|e for some years.    The tremen-
expansion which is taking place
|he  entire  Island  at  the present
is only a forecast of what is to
place in the future and shrewd
stors  are  buying  now,  for  any
of   investment   in   real   estate,
|e is no more reliable or progres-
firm with whom to get in touch
Messrs. Grogan ancl Crook. The
Je of the firm is at 128 Pemberton
tk and here one of the members
Jways to be found eager and will-
Ito assist buyers with their advice,
led by experience.
It was about three years ago that
Mr. W. E. Pidcock commenced business in Victoria as a real estate and
stock broker, and during that time he
has built up a business of latge proportions, and one that is today among
the leading in his line. As a real
estate broker he handles extensively
all kinds of city and suburban property, both business and residential
sites, and his register shows many of
the most inviting investments now
being offered the public. Mr. Pidcock is thoroughly versed in values,
and makes a specialty of wild and
improved lands on the Island. Another branch is that of timber limits.
He has control of some of the best
of these which arc all exceedingly
valuable being excellently located
As a stock broker he has an ever increasing business ancl being well
posted in the business, is in a position
to serve his clients with promptitude
and to look after their interests with
care.    The   opportunities   which   are
cialty of the fruit and farm lands of
the Island from the beginning of their
operations, for Mr. E. B. Shaw, one
of the firm, is himself a practical expert on fruit, and brought all Iks
knowledge and ability to the solution
of problems that confronted r.iany intending investors in fruit and (arm
lands. The Shaw Company, at all
events, has for a long time been regarded as one of the leading authorities on fruit land investments and
enormous quantities of these have
passed through their hands. The
firm's connections in city and suburban real estate, have been also extending and developing, and many of
the very choicest investments are on
their books. The same observation
may be applied to the timber lands
handled by them. The firm collect
rents, assuring prompt returns and remittances to the owner. They have
also a constantly increasing fire, life
ancl accident insurance business. Mr.
E. B. Shaw and Mr. W. B. Shaw are
the partners and the offices are Suite
302 Pemberton Block.
Mr. T. G. Proctor, who recently established an office here as a real estate and mining broker and investment agent, has advanced into a leading place among the realty interests
of Victoria. His operations cover
real estate in general, city and suburban, ancl the farm, fruit and timber
lands of the Island and Mainland.
They extend also to the coal and
other minerals and mines of the province. The register of his real estate
investments is exceptionally fine and
complete with choice propositions.
He has lately placed on the market
the Brethour property adjoining Sidney, and has done a large business in
this, as all Sidney and surrounding
properties are now attracting a great
deal of attention and are considered
among the best buys at the present
time. He invests largely for outside
capitalists in both.* real estate and
lands and mining properties, and
many of his clients invest entirely
through him and on his recommenda-
all transactions for the benefit of his
clients. Mr. Proctor is in fact the
manager of the Kootenay Valley
Company, Limited, of London, England. He has a branch office at Nelson, ancl his head office is at 615 Sayward  Block, Victoria.
|r. Paul Edmonds is one of Vic-
i's   best  known   citizens,  and   in
capacities than one.    But it is
real estate operator and dealer
Jlesign here to refer to him. He
Ibeen one of thc citizens whose
in the future of Victoria never
lied, but rather it grew and
Jigthened, ancl particularly so at
Is when other professors of the
I* faith appeared to waver, or to
liin from advocating it. Mr. Ed-
Ids handles all classes of city and
Irban property — business and
|ufacturing sites,   ancl   residential
and his register contains many
Je most attractive and the choicest
|he  available   investments  today.
volume of his sales is steadily
Rasing and clearly shows the uptrend of values. Mr. Edmonds
Ists, too, in our city and suburban
1 estate, capital entrusted to him,
prawn from outside sources. This,
lis a most important factor in de-
Imient. He carries through loans
liptly and quickly, and conducts
luxiliary branches of rent collcct-
and estate managing. Mr. Edits is not less known and es-
|ed as a real estate man than he
a   musician.     Composer,   and
v.ilarly a vocalist of great abil-
Ind as he is contemplating a busi-
lvisit to the Old Country short-
le  can    be    depended    upon to
" the praises of Victoria as the
I desirable residential city in Ca-
and one that at the same time
unequalled opportunities for
lable  investment.    His  office  is
femberton building.
being offered to the public today are
such as will never be seen again,
as Victoria and Vancouver Island are
attracting more attention daily. Mr.
Pidcock is a man of wide aud varied
experience and investors cannot do
better than consult him at his office,
131 Pemberton Block.
The Shaw Real Estate Company
has within the space of three years
risen to a leading place among the
most influential of our real estate
brokers. ■ Their business embraces
fruit and farm as well as timber
lands.   Indeed they have made a spe-
Member Real Estate
G. Scott Whiting
toMS 11-12 Promis Blk.
Victoria, B.C.
In the real estate business Gisbert
X. Witt's name is prominent as one
of the new comers who have earned
a welcome by his aptitude in business
matters ancl general ability. As a
manufacturer's agent Mr. Witt finds
a scope here that is broad, and having established himself here this year,
he has already become part of the
commercial world, and is generally
recognized as a man of prominence.
Real estate, insurance and investments are added to tiie lines hc took
up on opening in business, so that he
can serve many clients in more ways
than one, and fill a business want in
various phases. Thc importance of
the real estate interests in Victoria
was recognized by Mr. Witt as necessary of having honest and industrious mediums, ancl he was not any
length of time in making connections
of value to himself ancl those with
whom he made them. Mr. Witt is
numbered among the young commercial community that is urging Victoria ahead by leaps and bounds to
greater prosperity and importance.
Beiug well acquainted outside the
city ancl through a long business experience in many parts of the world,
Mr. Witt is in touch with many of
the leading concerns abroad, who are
already showing great interest in li.
C. Mr. Witt will most likely go over
to Europe in the near future and
make definite arrangements for the
representation of several important
manufacturing and steamship companies in Victoria. I'he office is at
2 McCallum Building.
tion and advice, lie makes a specialty of thc Kootenays in lands, mines
and minerals. Mr. Proctor has had
over 20 years' experience through this
part of the west and his knowledge
and experience is brought to hear on
During  the  past  year  there   have
been many    prominent    additions to
our business  interests, and  one  that
has taken its place in the front ranks
of the realty interest is the firm of
Bryan  & Sharles, whose office is at
123    Pemberton    Building.     Messrs.
Wm. Bryan and Chas. J. Sharles, the
proprietors of the concern, came here
about a    year    ago    from Hazelton,
where they had been for some time.
The realty field of Victoria appealed
to them as the  most active on the
Coast, ancl since their advent into its
circle;  their  faith  has been justified
as they have built up a splendid business and- they have become one of
the most optimistic of our business
firms.    They  deal  in   all   classes   of
realty, city, suburban, Island property,  farm  lands,  etc.,  but they  make
a specialty   of   farm   lands   on the
Island  and   Mainland  and  have  one
of the best  listings  of this class of
property in the city.   They are thoroughly conversant with all the lands
they handle  and can give the most
reliable information.   The farm lands
of the Island and Mainland are coming into more demand daily, and they
have placed a large amount of these
during the past year.    Their listings
show  every  particular  in  regard   to
transportation,    soil,    etc.,    and    the
study they have  made of this  class
of  realty has enabled  them to  give
most valuable information to clients.
Their register   also   contains    many
very fine propositions in Victoria and
Vancouver realty, both' city and the
adjacent     growing     suburbs,     and
whether  it   is   for   business   or   residential,   for   building   or   for   investment buyers would do well to consult  this   firm.   Timber,   mines,   etc.,
also are to be found in their listings.
As  financial  agents they have  large
amounts  for  loaning,  and  loans  are
put through with despatch and at current rates on easy terms.   They also
place    insurance    for    their    clients.
Messrs.   Bryan  &  Sharles  are   well
known and have built up a splendid
reputation for reliability and straightforward business methods.   The firm
have an office in Vancouver under the
management of Mr. H. Jardine.
Oak Bay Specials
North Hampshire Rd.
Next to Corner of Oak Bay Avenue. Two splendid Lots,
each 50x125 to a lane. Price $3500.00, 1-3 cash, balance
1 and 2 years.
Davie Street
One-half block south from Oak Bay Car line. Two beautiful Treed Lots, 98x120. Cement sidewalks, etc. A moneymaker at $3200.00 for the two.    Terms.
McNeill Avenue
Two large lots facing Monterey Avenue. Splendid situation.
Property rising in value rapidly in this district. Price $1500
each.    Good Terms.
All kinds of Insurance Written
Gordon Burdick
620 Broughton St.      Phone 250S      Pf.mbkrton Block X
Farm Properties Increasing in Importance Daily
This is one of the most progressive
as it is certainly one of the most enthusiastic, of the younger concerns
established in Victoria. They are
completely imbued with the spirit of
the place, and have thoroughly caught
the current of the progress movement. Their operations are confined
to the sphere of mines and timber,
but the scope of this sphere embraces
not only our local timber in the island
and mainland but also mines as far
north as Alaska. In handling these
mines, they carry out their operations
on a thoroughly business principle;
because they send out in every direction their own cruisers who are always competent and responsible men;
and thus they are enabled to put before their clients the most reliable
of data, and to express themselves,
the most confident of opinions in regard to richness, resources, etc. The
firm do an exceedingly large business
principally for foreign investors
whose capital is constantly being reposed in their hands. They have
proved their ability and integrity in
manifold transactions, and in varied
classes of investment; and we commend them to every present and
prospective investor in either mines
or tinVber. Their offices are 603-4-5
Sayward Block.
Mr. L. W. Bick has been carrying
on for some four years, not merely
the business of a real estate agent in
general, but one which is intimately
connected with B. C. Colonization
and Development, ancl it is around
the latter his chief interests have
lain, and to them his best judgment
and ability have been devoted. Investments is the key-word of his
manifold operations, and through him
large sums have found their way from
outside sources into all kinds of real
estate in the city and the suburbs,
as well as into the acreage, farm and
fruit lands and the timber limits of
the Island. There is no more complete and up-to-date register of available investments than that kept by
Mr. Bick, whose enthusiasm in disposing of them is not merely the zeal
of the business man, but the ardour
of the patroit who wishes fervently
to see the country colonized with
people and developed with capital.
He therefore co-operates in every project designed to accomplish the twofold end. His business has flourished
enormously. Loans are made by and
through him promptly and quickly,
and he has a constantly growing insurance business. We are sure his
success will be as great and certain
as the progress of the city itself. His
offices are 222-3-4 Sayward Block.       ■
We desire to mention the firm of
F. G. Porteous & Co., Real Estate
Brokers, as a fair example of what
energy and enterprise can accomplish
when combined with business tact and
honourable methods. The firm whose
office is Room 1, 707^ Yates St., have
been in business for over four years
and have built up a very large patronage. They deal in general City ancl
Island real estate, and timber and
their close attention to the rapid
development which has been taking
place in these things enables them
to give reliable ancl valuable information on the present and future valuation of these important phases of
business. They have a very large listing of the most desirable properties
on the market, and as they are in a
position to finance loans on large or
small deals they can assist their
clients in this very important matter.
They have a special department for
collections and look after these matters for resident and non-resident
clients. They make investments for
both city and foreign clients and have
put through some of the largest deals
during the past four years. Mr. Porteous, the proprietor of the business,
is among the really representative
business men of Victoria, and has
done much for the benefit of the city
by bringing her claims before capitalists who are looking for investments.
In a review of Victoria's progress
and development one of the most gratifying parts of the work is the frequency with which one encounters
men who have made a success of
their own particular enterprise; and
who attribute that success in a large
measure to their own fervent faith in
ing spirit of the enterprise, had formerly been established in Vernon.
His 'business ability ancl acumen are
themselves proved by the fact that
when he decided to relinquish Vernon, he fixed his choice and destiny
in Victoria.
The firm operate extensively in all
classes of real estate—city property
of all kinds, business as well as residential; also in acreage, farm and
fruit lands; and timber limits are
also within the scope of their operations. On the registers of the firm
are to be found some of the choicest
investments in all these different
classes of property. Captain Guy has
studied, and is intimately acquainted
with, the situation not only as it
stands now, but as the developments
proceeding will speedily unfold it in
the future; and his judgment is sound
ancl has received ample verification
again and again. The firm manage
estates and collect rents. They have
also ample facilities for loans whicii
they place and negotiate on the most
reasonable conditions; and they transact a large insurance business as
District Agents of the German Alliance Insurance Co. The offices are
at  1009 Government street.
Established some ten years ago the
business of Mr. Clark has grown
with the development of the city and
the unfolding of the marvellous resources of the Island not only in timber but in farm and fruit lands as
well as in coal deposits and other rich
minerals. The operations of Mr.
Robert William Clark have therefore
not only been a success in themselves
but they have been largely instrumental in attaining the great prosperity which the city is now enjoying
as a part of her great and permanent
destiny. Mr. Clark's business has
been wide ancl extensive in all kinds
of real estate, but he has specialized
it in city property and in the Island's
timber resources. Yet he has handled
enormous quantities of farm and fruit
lands, and at the same time some of
the r'chest propositions in coal lands
have passed through his hands, for
Mr. Clark's experience is unique, ancl
his judgment, backed by a reputation
for integrity, is unsurpassed. His
business, too, in the making and negotiating of loans has been extensive
and constantly progressive, for his facilities in this regard are unexcelled,
and through him much outside capital
has found its way to the City and
Island investments. Mr. Clark's offices are at Mahon Block, Government Street.
what they extolled or commended to
others, as well as to the spirit of optimism which infused itself into all
their operations, an-d carried them
vigorously along from day to day.
And it is especially so in the case of
the firm of Moore & Johnston, general real estate brokers, who, in a
comparatively short  time have built
Riverside Homes
We have a choice subdivision of Section 90, three miles from
Alberni on Sproat Lake Road. Fourteen blocks of from 2 to /'
acres have river frontage of about 300 feet each. The soil is of
the best, large patches of cleared land being interspersed with
trees of maple, dogwood, cedar, fir ancl alder.
As this property lies below the forks of Sproat ancl Stamp
Rivers, which flow from Sproat ancl Great Central Lakes, the
fishing is unsurpassed on Vancouver Island. The river at this
point is navigated by small boats ancl canoes. The banks are not
over ten feet high ancl the shore clean ancl gravelly. Call and
see photos.
Price ahout $250 per acre. Terms over 2 years
R. S. Day & B. Boggs
620 Fort St.
Telephone 30   Established rSgd
Victoria, B.C
up one of the largest and most influential businesses in the city. Both the
partners have measured up the present and the future of both Victoria
and Port Alberni, ancl they have concentrated their energies around these
places. Some of the finest investments for present as well as prospective results are in their lands, and it
is convincing to hear the firm discoursing on the unfolding of the
Island's northern potentials, ancl
the inevitable greatness of Port
Alberni, and a stream of people will e'er long prove as a fact,
what so long was regarded as fancy
—the potentials of the Island for
farming of all kinds. The members
of this firm are W. W. Moore and T.
C. Johnston, and they are men not
only of enterprise and ability but of
absolute integrity, and earnest promoters of all that advances the Island
or our Capital City. Their offices are
at the corner of Yates and Broad
streets, and are a pleasure to visit,
ancl we desire to congratulate them
on the unique window display which
they have, Messrs. Moore & Johnston
being the pioneers in really artistic
real estate window cards in Victoria.
This is the firm of "The Home
Finders," and certainly the present
year, from all indications, will call
into activity all their resources; for
Victoria is advancing and expanding
at the behest of forces and propelling
causes which will rapidly enlarge her
population; and this popular firm of
home finders must provide the attraction to the new-comers in the form of
homes. They, however, are not confined in their operations to any one
species of real estate. The ramifications of their business extend in all
directions. The property of the city
as well as the suburbs,—business and
residential,—no doubt occupy a large
part of their attention and energy; but
they also operate largely in the acreage and farm lands as well as the
timber limits of the entire island. The
volume of their transactions in each
of these carried to completion, continues to increase, and the present
year is certain to see Victoria infested
with investors from many spheres
who, until she began to evince her
own vitality ancl resurgent powers,
were loth to place their money in a
country of whicii she is the capital.
This firm negotites loans on the most
satisfactory terms, and carry them
through promptly. They also effect
insurances with the best companies
ancl manage estates; ancl we are sure
their business ability is well sustained
by their integrity. The firm are G.
A. Heinekey and J. Shaw, and their
offices are 319-320 Sayward Building.
making and negotiating of loan!
ample funds, derived from both loc^
and foreign sources, are constantly
his hands, and from these advancd
are quickly made on approved secul
ity, ancl terms most acceptable to ttf
borrower. Mr. Bond is one of Vil
toria's most progressive and well il
formed realty operators and his offil
at 304 Pemberton Block is a stot]
house of knowledge for the shre\j
The City Brokerage Co., with offil
at 1319 Douglas street, are among ]
most prominent factors in the lifej
the city.   They have been in busin
here for over seven years and
built up a large and influential cl|
telle  throughout the  the  City
Island.   When they entered the
ty field there was very little calll
Victoria property, but they fortj
the  future  of  the   Capital   City j
have  been   among  thos;   who
done so much to put the city itJ
present   proud   position.    From|
first they advised their clients to
inside  business  property and  si|
ban, in Oak Bay and Saanich.
clients are now reaping the bd
of this sage advice and foresight. 1
of these districts are prominent!
popular, and well worthy of th{
tention of the shrewd investor.
A. T. Abbey, the proprietor ofl
business, makes a specialty of "Hif
property, ancl has an exceptional!
ing in this class.   He also lias a
amount of timber  lands for ifl
ment, and a splendid lot of bus
properties  are  to  be  found  oil
books.   To the newcomer we can|
no   better   advice   than   before
chasing a  home  see  this  firm. I
have them to suit all classes anl
purses.    If you are away froml
and desire to see what kind of a r
Victoria can supply write to Mrl
bey,  he  will   send  a  picture  of
house and a full description, on tl
you can  place  your  assurance J
what he says is so.
E. F. HILL & CO.
C. G. GUY & CO.
We know of no firm which within
so short a period as one year has attained so undoubted a success as the
firm of C. G. Guy & Co.. The proprietors are not however novices, for
Captain C. G. Guy, the head ancl mov-
Mr. W. C. Bond, the well known
financial and realty dealer, making a
specialty of British Columbia investments, has been in operation in Victoria for a number of years, ancl is
constantly increasing the scope and
ramifications of his business. Mr.
Bond has always been noted for the
optimism ancl energy with which he
has conducted all his transactions
whicii are every day being added to.
Mr. Bond operates in all kinds of
real estate, from city and suburban
property to farm and timber lands,
and they are not confined to the
Island alone. Some of the finest properties for industrial ancl business
sites in Coquitlam are in his hands;
he has made personal investigations
of the situation, both as it is now
and as to future prospects, ancl his
knowledge is that of an expert. Investors should therefore consult him,
and thus procure lirst hand knowledge
—in regards to investments in city,
suburban, Tsland or Coquitlam properties—and thc soundest advice ancl
guidance. His listings of Island property are comprehensive ancl complete ancl constantly present the finest
opportunities to the investor. He
carries on an extensive business in the
One of the leading men in the
whose efforts are always direct*^
the development    and    expansic
Victoria, and the attainment of
day of greatness in which theyl
vently believe, is Mr. E. F. Hill!
principal  of the real  estate bus|
carried on as E. F. Hill & Co.
Hill has been in the city and con|
ing this  real   estate  business,
goocl number of years, and marl
the  finest available investment^
exclusively in his hands; while
number of the principal transad
of recent years have been carriel
by him.    Besides being a brokej
agent, Mr. E. F. Hill has been
vestor, on a large scale himselfj
in this he has effectually demonj
ed his sincere belief in what
commended to his clients.    Bol
and  his  clients  have  had amp!
turns, and they are more than!
convinced of the progress and f
perity and great epoch of sple|
now  before  this   city.    There
firm whom the intending investd
consult with greater confidencd"
E. F. Hill & Co.   They carry tl
usual adjuncts   of   real   estatel
making,  placing  insurance,  etc!
all  transactions  are  carried  thi
with punctuality and precision!
with   every  mark  of  that  int|
which  has  characterized  the
tions  of  E.   F.   Hill   &  Co.,
offices are Mahon Block, Gover|
Victoria, Vancouver Isianl
vanced greatly during thel
1911, ancl all previous recorebj
broken, in thc value of new
ings, bank clearances, amou|
municipal work, sales of real
tourist trade, and increase of |
lation. THE WEEK, SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 1912
Real Estate Values Most Conservative in the West
In the front ranks of the great in-
stment concerns, and real estate and
ancial  brokers,  operating  in  Brit-
i   Columbia,  stands  Alvo  von  Al-
nsleben, Limited,   and    though its
adquarters are in Vancouver, it is
st gratifying to find an important
inch  here,  in  Victoria,  under the
e management of Mr. W. H. Spald-
The business of the  Company
established by Mr. Alvo von Al-
sleben   himself,  and   the   concern
le such phenomenal progress and
uired so widely extended an influ-
financially and otherwise, that it
found  necessary  to  incorporate
This was done under most aus-
us   circumstances,   and   all   the
k  available   to   the   public  was
ciptly subscribed for.    The Com-
handle all  classes  of real es-
and undertake investments in it
lancial agents on behalf of an ex-
ngly numerous clientele.    Their
ations do not stop here by any
is, for they handle and invest, in
same way, in. all the great pro-
tions connected with the land, the
er, the mines and minerals, .and
r  vast,   and   almost   exhaustless,
ral  resources of the  Island and
Mainland.    Their work has been
ficial   in  the   highest   degree   in
oiting  and   developing  and  prong the utilization of these wealth
ucers of the Island and Province,
those who have purchased pro-
', or made investments through
1 in real estate or the resources
ed, have found a concern whose
ance and advice were founded up-
horough knowledge and experi-
and backed up by unswerving
jrity.   The manager here is Mr.
H. Spalding, a man whose busi-
ability and rectitude are every-
•e recognized and esteemed.   His
e is 636 View street.
The real estate business established
by Mr. A. von Girsewald with offices
at the corner of Fort and Quadra
Streets has attained a quite remarkable success; first, because he is a
man of experience and conspicuous
ability, ancl secondly, because of the
reputation for absolute reliability and
fairness which he has gained among
professional colleagues and clients
alike. This is the way to attract
clients, ancl by such methods has Mr.
von Girsewald built up a personal reputation as he built up his business.
He has a general city, suburban and
farm real estate business, and enjoys
an unique European connection. Mr.
von Girsewald has worked up his excellent business with a special view to
attracting British and German capital
to Victoria, and his listings include
the highest class and the best values
at present to be had in the city and
suburban property, both in lots and
houses. He has made a careful study
of the real estate situation in this
.locality and is unquestionably one of
the best authorities on values in the
business. Whether for investment or
for building there is always to be
found a large number of the choicest
properties to choose from in his
books. This speaks well for the business, and also the class of broker
with whom the public are dealing.
Victoria and Island property is now
playing a prominent part in the money
markets of Europe. That there has
been no abnormal boom, is in a large
measure clue to the men in the real
.estate business. Values in Victoria
and vicinity are rising from natural
pauses. The splendid growth of the
population and the development of the
Island generally is the cause of this
inevitable, though remarkable, appreciation in land values. Mr. von Girse-
wald's connections give him exceptional facilities for assisting "Home
Building," and new comers could not
do better than consult a gentleman
from whom a "square deal" is assured
every time.
The business of this Company has
been one of the rising and prominently prosperous ones of the city for
the past ten years, though the Company itself was not incorporated until last year. The firm was originally known as Howell & Self. They
are manufacturers' agents and general real estate operators. Of course
the latter department, as is natural
owing to thc developments of the
city and the country, predominates.
The Company handles all classes of
real estate in the city and suburbs,
and acreage ancl farm lands as well
as timber ancl other natural resources
of the Island. But they have specialized for some time in the splendid
farm lands which the Island is so
quickly proving herself to possess;
and we are safe in saying that we
believe no concern is more intimately and personally acquainted with the
location, circumstances, ancl worth of
these farm lands. The intending investor in such should without a doubt
consult them. The Company make
it a feature of their business to collect
rents and manage estates. They also
negotiate loans with quick despatch,
and on easy terms. They have, too,
an ever increasing investment business. The offices of the Company are
1016 Douglas street.
The firm of Wallace & Clarke has
shown itself fully in touch with* the
development spirit of Victoria; for in
the space of a little more than a year
this firm as Brokers and Financial
Agents, and dealers and operators in
Real Estate, and in the Lands, Timber, Coal and Iron of British Columbia, has established and built up its
large and influential business. The
.scope of the business embraces real
.estate in general—City as well as
suburban; besides the lands and other
natural resources of the Province
named above. But a specialty has
been made of acreage and farm lands,
and particularly of Bulkley Valley
lands, as well as of Alberni properties. The firm also specially handle
timber limits, some of the best of
which are in their hands. They are
also constantly offering many of the
most acceptable propositions in real
estate ancl acreage. They make
loans, on the best of ternis, with
promptitude, and place insurances, being agents of the Pacific Coast Fire
Insurance Company of Vancouver.
Both Mr. W. O. Wallace and Mr. R.
Wilson Clarke are men of business
ability ancl integrity and have been
.residents of Victoria for the past
twenty years, therefore are familiar
with values in both acreage and residential property. Their offices are
721 Yates Street.
Crompton & Barton are one of our
most progressive and enterprising
firms, quite recently established and
imbued with that spirit of optimism
and enthusiasm which are not only
the elements of their own success, but
necessary to the conviction of the
halting investor who often loses his
best chances while trying to solve the
riddle of the broker's sincerity in what
he says. Crompton & Barton's sphere
of operations covers real estate both
in the city ancl the suburban districts;
also acreage, farm and timber lands
through the Island, ancl they have on
their books some of the finest opportunities of the day, in every direction.
For facilitating themselves as well as
their clients, they have an office at
Port Alberni, where Mr. Barton looks
after the firm's interests. The members of the firm are R. W. Crompton
and W. S. Barton, and in dealing with
them the public will find business acumen and ability of a high order together with promptitude and despatch
in bringing every transaction to a
quick ancl satisfactory conclusion.
Their offices are 120-130 Pemberton
Messrs. Walter Mortimer and Robert Baldwin who are the active men
in the above Company are well known
to realty dealers in Victoria. The
Company although only recently established come before the public
thoroughly versed in all real estate
matters as the dominant spirits have
been in the business for years. They
are dealers in real estate generally,
both Vancouver Island, Victoria City
ancl suburban property and Mainland
property. In Victoria ancl Island property they have many of the finest
listings that are on the market, but
they are making a specialty of some
of the best selected lots in Edson
Townsite, and they have invested a
large amount themselves in this property. The fame of Edson has not
only risen within a brief period, but
it far transcends that which called
Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina and other now large and flourishing centres into prominence. The
Grand Trunk Pacific and the Canadian
Northern Railways have selected Edson as the great divisional point for
their systems. The car shops of the
Grand Trunk Pacific have already
made rapid progress in construction,
and the hum of increasing people and
of industry is already heard, as if the
town had heen rolling on the wheels
of progress for years. The great
splendor and attractiveness of the
future city we cannot pause to describe. We can only refer our readers to The Grand Prairie Land and
Townsite Co., whose offices are at
1212 Douglas Street. Mr. Baldwin,
the manager of the Company, is full
of tiie facts whicii tell, and of the
faith and enthusiasm which convince.
The great wealth made by early investors in all the other great Western
Cities is nothing compared with what
Edson will assuredly pile into the
pockets of those who are wise enough
to get in "on the ground floor."
New British Columbia
If you are looking
for an investment
where safety is considered; a sure profit to be had; where
there is a future for
you and your family, we would like
to hear from you,
and will cheerfully
furnish you with
valuable information regarding this
great country.
Vancouver Is/and
121 Pemberton Bldg.
Lands easily cleared, rolling in character, 10 per cent,
open, rich soil, well
watered, can be had
now in the Bulkley
Valley, at one third
of what it will be
worth in five years.
Prices $12 to $20
an acre, on terms.
Remember we are
Pioneers of the District, and have personal knowledge of
the Country.
Victoria City
Victoria, B.C. XII
City Property Attracting the Attention of Investors
The firm of Brubaker & Meharey
is one of the most successful of our
most recently constituted firms operating in real estate, and their influence is already an important factor
in the great progress movement now
proceeding throughout the city, and
the adjacent districts. Brubaker &
Meharey have on their books some
of the finest available investments today, and the volume of the transactions passing constantly through their
hands is the best possible testimony
of the appreciation of that fact by
the investing public. Their business
grows in volume day by day, and constantly widens out and enlarges its
sphere, so that no intending investor
should fail to see what it is they have
to offer. They have made a specialty
of loans, ancl started off with the object of inaugurating a system whereby loans could be negotiated and carried through promptly, and without
the dallying and delays whicii the
borrower in need of the money too
often encounters. Accordingly this
firm became expressly the representatives of the Canadian Mortgage Association Loan Company, which is an
organization with unlimited capital,
and whose main object was exactly
in consonance with Brubaker & Me-
harey's ideas of facilitating and not of
obstructing the borrower. Loans are
therefore made, and carried through
on an ideal system of promptitude.
They have a good general insurance
business representing the American
Union Fire, and the Canada Casualty and Boiler Insurance Co. Their
offices are Merchants Bank Building
Since Mr. A. T. Frampton established his business in 1907 he has had
a career of ever augmenting success,
and the volume of his business today
proves the magnitude to which it has
grown. His operations cover all
classes of real estate, in the city as
well as the suburbs. They extend
also to the farm lands and the timber
as well as the coal of the entire
Island. He not only has on his books
the finest of these properties available to the investor, but he is constantly investing in them himself
monies entrusted to him from outside
sources. In this way by the in-drawing of outside capital, is our development being promoted and accelerated.
The number of Mr. Frampton's transactions grows larger and more extensive continually; but he is a man of
keen business alertness and activity.
He is thoroughly in touch with every
property he handles, and knows its
present worth and prospective value.
He is a man of sterling rectitude, and
this, and his knowledge and business
ability make him the best of all guides
and advisers. He exports lumber,
and places insurance. We are sure
his success in the future will be as
great as the city's own development.
His offices are 725 Fort street.
Messrs. R. X. Ferguson & Co. are
more extensively known as investment
brokers than, perhaps, they are as
operators in real estate. To a large
extent they have made a specialty of
making investments in property of all
kinds for and" on behalf of capitalists
and clients who are resident not only
in the city lint more frequently outside thc Province and even the
Dominion. Many of them are resident in the Old Country, and the expert knowledge of property and of
present and future values which undoubtedly this firm possess is of the
In compiling this expansion review
of Victoria and Vancouver Island,
wherein her representative business
firms receive careful attention, we desire to refer especially to Mr. H. A.
Bell, who although only recently
started in business for himself is well
known to the investing public, having for some time been with thc
Island Investment Company. Mr.
Bell, whose office is at 841 Fort
street is one of the best posted men
on values of property throughout the
city and island in the real estate business.    His  experience  with  his  for-
tion of the City, and all parts of the
Island are witnesses; and to be contributors to such an advance movement is an achievement worthy of
record in this business review of the
city. Croft & Ashby will purchase
Agreements of Sale and advance
money on mortgages. All through
the years they have added to their
business reputation for ability and enterprise, a record of high and honourable dealing. They have an office in
the Winch Building, Vancouver,
whicii is chiefly looked after by Mr.
Ashby, while Mr. Croft confines his
attentions to Victoria, where the oflice
is at  126 Pemberton  Building.
utmost moment to investors who are
not here to decide for themselves, or
even if they are here, have not the
experience and equipment essential to
a wise choice and decision. The opinion of R. N. Ferguson & Co. is not
only reliable, but it is absolutely
authentic, and no investor has ever
found it amiss. The linn have extensive operations in city and suburban
real estate, but to a large extent it is
property of their own that they
handle. This does not prevent the
investor from securing a splendid investment capable of both present and
ulterior results. It rather aids him
to secure such, and those who consult the register of R. N. Ferguson
& Co. will find some of the most attractive investments available today.
The firm are of the highest standing
and integrity. Their offices are 202
Pemberton Building.
The Victoria Listing Company will List your property with 60 Real Estate Firms who are their
subscribers.    60 Agents will have your
property in their hands for a
Quick Sale
Save confusion and delay in the sale of pi .petty
by Listing exclusively
304 Central Building Victoria, B. C.
mer company has brought him in
close touch with the very best in the
Island. He has surrounded himself
with a Iarge list of wealthy clients for
whom he is acting entirely, and on
his own judgment, among these we
might mention Sir Claude McDonald,
the British ambassador to Japan, for
whom he is making large investments
in City and Island realty. Mr. Bell
has a splendid listing of the choicest
buys now being offered, his register
covers property in the city, suburbs
and over the Island generally. As
financial agent, Mr. Bell, who is an
old Ceylon Civil Service man, having
been Police Magistrate in that Island
for a number of years, is investing
large amounts for Old Country, Ceylon and Japan clients. He has also a
large list of most desirable houses for
rent and for sale. To investors who
are not thoroughly posted on values
we would recommend Air. Bell. He is
one of our most optimistic and progressive business men and stands
high in the business and financial
This is one of the best known and
most extensive of our real estate concerns. Their operations cover real
estate, timber, mines and coal lands,
and their interests in each and all
of these are of the most extensive
description, embracing some of the
finest available propositions for the
investor today. The firm have made
a specialty of Vancouver Island and
Peace River lands, also of Port Hardy
Townsite and adjacent country, and
any investor contemplating thc possibilities of one or the other should
consult Croft & Ashby. They have
been earnest contributors to the
causes which are now producing the
splendid results of development and
general progress of which every sec-
This linn though established only
some two years ago, has become,
through the enterprise and business
ability of its members, one of the
best known in the city. Its operations embrace those of Customs Brokers, and Forwarding and Commission Agents, as well as that of Real
Estate, Finance and Insurance
Agents. The success of the firm in
each of these departments has been
achieved by the business ability and
integrity of its members. As Customs Brokers and Forwarding Agents
they have participated in as well as
contributed to the marvellous expansions of Victoria within the past two
years; while their real estate business
is mounting up by leaps and bounds
just as the city is expanding in all
directions with its array of new
buildings  and its long lines of new
streets.    The  real  estate   operatio
of the business embrace city as w
as  suburban property and  fruit ai
farm  lands,  and  their  register  co|
tains some of the finest investmci:
to be had in each of these classes
property.    They specialize in sell!
sub-divisions and properties on ea
terms and have a number of sub-
visions on the market today, both
the city and outside summer reside;
tial portions, among them one beil
at Cordova Bay, situated eight mi
from the city and commanding an 1
cellent view of that well known stfl
mer  resort and  which  is  to  be
finest summer resort for bathing
swimming on the coast.   The firm
an extensive business in the malt
and negotiating of loans, and in
surance,  in    whicii    they    repre
some   of   the   best   compan'e
doubtedly the firm have laid spie:
foundations and their future  sue
is as assured as that of the cify it
The members are Fred. J. C. Don
Manager of the Customs  Broke
Department, and Geo. S. McMo.
Manager of the Real Estate and,
surance Department,    together
Robert Clark, Real Estate and lij
ance  salesman.    Their offices ar,
the Mahon Building at 1112 GoV
ment street.
Contrary to what has occurre
other places, the activity and op
ism displayed in Victoria realty*
not been created or conjured u[
the brokers, but has been the pro
of a momentous movement in tin
rection of vitalizing Victoria and'
Island   of   Vancouver.   The   N<
West   Real   Estate   Company,
have been established for the pas
years, with offices at 751 Yates st
have been experiencing an increa
demand for all classes of real es
Especially is this the case in re
to business  and  residential  prop
in    the    city    and    throughout
suburbs;   also in regard to land;
over the Island.   In fact so great)
become the demand that they are
specializing in City and Suburban
perty, of whicii they have a sple
listing of many of the most invi
propositions now before the public,
investment.    During their long 1;
ness career they have made a st
of locations and are in a positioi
advise clients as to the best places
investments,  whether  for  reside;
or business sites.   To the investoi
better recommendation can be g:
than  to  consult  the  register  of
North-West   Real   Estate   Comp'
Messrs. T.  Howard  and  J.  Mid
ton, the well-known proprietors of',
business, have    their   registers t
oughly up to date, with all the
blems of present worth and futur
tentials thoroughly solved.
Heath £f Chaney
Agents for the Royal Exchange Assurance Co. of London, Englan
P. O. BOX 1261
PHONE 2964
Sayward Block
Victoria, B. C THE WEEK, SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 1912
Realty Brokers All Report Rapidly Growing Business
For the past year there has been
o more active operator in Victoria
alty than J. L. Laing, whose office
at 420 Sayward Block.    Mr. Laing
though only in the realty field for
)out  a  year,  has  made  a  splendid
iccess of the business, as he made
complete study of the situation here entering into business.    On Mr.
ling's register are to be found many
the   best  investments  now  being
ered  to  the public.    He  has  sur-
inded himself with a very high class
property and has been the means
making   money   for   his   clients,
e  renting of houses and the  coition of rents is also looked after,
his list of houses for rent and
sale  is  always  replete  with  the
t that is going, as he has a special
aliment    for    the    collection    of
ts,   clients   are   always   sure   that
important department is attend-
o with care and promptitude.   As
prance agent Mr. Laing writes in-
nce in all the leading companies,
looks  after this  for  his  clients,
ns are arranged on  short notice
at  the   most  conservative  rates
on ternis agreeable to both borer and lender.   Mr. Laing is well
Iwn in realty circles for his energy
strict business methods and has
t up a large clientelle through his
sonality  and  on  the  most  up-to-
business methods.
Ls realty brokers and insurance
|nts the firm of Hamilton, Forester
have been in business in the city
J many years, the present members
lhe firm whicii was originally start-
\ by   Mr.   Hamilton,   are,   himself
Mr.   Gra'hafn   Forester.    During
time the linn's operations have
|wn with the city and today they
one of the leading real estate
lis. As realty brokers the firm
Idle a large amount of property all
Ir the city and suburbs, and on
jr registers are to be found suitable
Js and locations for any kind of
lusiness or residence or for an in-
tment. They are the exclusive
|nts of many of their clients, who
ancl  sell  on  their  advice,  their
and intimate knowledge of realty
lies  makes their advice of excep-
|ial value, and if you want to get
real value of a piece of property
|au investment they can give it to
without a moment's hesitation,
fey have large amounts for invest-
lits for clients and are able to
lnce loans on most reasonable
Ins and at short notice. They also
page estates and collect rents and
le special facilities for these two
ft important departments. As in-
jince agents they represent the
|maii American Fire Insurance Co.,
of   the   best  known   companies.
linn's office is at 614 Sayward
lhe enormous developments and
Elusions for some time taking place
l/ictoria, are not only heralds of
1 great destiny, as a leading com-
Icial and shipping centre, but they
lrctlective of the huge interest
lh the Island has aroused
lughout the financial world. For
le years or so the firm of List,
Irregor & Co. have been one of the
|t active and progressive real es-
brokers, auctioneers and coin-
lion agents in the city, and we
lit if there are any more trust-
thy, reliable, and competent
les of the present worth and fu-
J potentials of property in the city
■surrounding districts. They have
led many transactions of large ex-
1 through their hands both as bro-
Jand as auctioneers, and they have
Iheir books many of the choicest
jable investments in city and
Irban property. They have ample
Is for thc making of loans on the
Igage of property whicii they ap
prove, and they carry out negotiations
for loans quickly, and perfect them
promptly, facilitating the borrower
and making terms the most acceptable to him. They also collect rents,
and guarantee prompt results and remittances. They are resident agents
of the Los Angeles Fire Insurance
Company, one of the best on the continent, and one that never shirked a
liability. This firm, as resident agents,
issue policies direct. Mr. J. H. List
and Mr. J. S. McGregor constitute the
firm whose record has won them the
highest reputation. Their office is 610
Cormorant Street.
With the tremendous interest which
British Columbia, and especially Vancouver Island, and the Capital City,
Victoria, are attracting all over the
Dominion, the Empire and the financial world, it is no wonder that men
of ambition and enterprise are constantly becoming real estate brokers
and financiers. And here we may refer particularly to Mr. H. R. Ella and
Mr. J. M. Stewart, who have done so
within the past few months. They
carry  on  their  business  as   Ella   &
tials and attractions of the Nechaco
Valley. The railway developments of
the Province are making it more ancl
more a pivotal point in the great arteries of commerce and traffic. The
lands of the Nechaco Valley Land
Company, Limited, are continguous
to thc main line of the Grand Trunk
Pacilic Railway, and they are equipped with natural watering places in
every section. Considering their
proximity to the Nechaco River and
the railway routes, main and spur,
they undoubtedly constitute the greatest attraction to thc new settler.
Rapidly they fill up, but still some
more are left, for the valley is both
long and wide. Now, however, is the
time, and there is no man who aspires to cattle raising and general
farming in the western world who
should pause in securing a homestead
in an arena where all the attributes
of modern traffic and development
are around his door, and where the
speeding train will bring him to the
largest cities of the West, and home
again at night in spite of the fact
that a few years ago these lands were
thought to be arid tracts of boulder
rock. The offices of the Company are
620 Broughton Street, Victoria, B.C.
In this year the business of Herbert Cuthbert & Co., attains its majority, for it was established by Mr.
Cuthbert in the year 1891. During
that time Mr. Cuthbert has conceived
and devised plans and projects for
development, and has vigorously cooperated in those of others, and that
Viotoria is now assuming her due
status, is due in a large measure to
Mr. Cuthbert and men like him, who
never relaxed their vigorous exertions
on her behalf. Investments is the
keynote of the business carried on by
Herbert Cuthbert & Co., but being
long imbued with the belief in the
future of Victoria as a great business
and manufacturing centre, property
suitable to these has formed a specialty with them. Their books contain some of the finest property of
this class, and the special knowledge
of its adaptability possessed by the
firm is always available to the proposed investor. But their operations
are not confined to this; for they
handle all kinds of real estate in Victoria, Alberni and throughout the
Island; also timber and mines. Their
offices are at 635 Fort street.
Stewart, and already they have established an extensive connection not
only in the city and the suburbs, but
through the Island. They handle all
kinds of city and suburban real estate,
business as well as residence, and
some of the finest available investments are in their hands. As financial agents, they control powerful
money interests, and they are prepared to discuss any project requiring money-aid. Loans are quickly negotiated and promptly carried through
by Ella & Stewart, who have many
wealthy clients desirous of making investments in this way. The linn have
a quickly developing insurance business, and are agents for the Queens
Insurance Company. Both partners
are able, experienced and reliable, and
their office is 1214 Government Street.
When the Nechaco Valley was first
presented to the public as a fertile
land whose soil consisted of rich
white silts and black loam, and
whose climate was the most equable
and salubrious, many doubted and inclined to believe that some person's
imagination had bereft him of reason,
and that nowhere west of the Rockies
culture and general farming be found.
But time has told its own tale, and
with the aid of the Nechaco Valley
Land Company, Limited, whose efforts have never relaxed since they
projected their great enterprise, few
remain unconvinced not only of the
reality of what was first described,
but of the immensely greater poten-
The present year has seen the advent of many new firms in Victoria,
but there is none of them whicii has
made such rapid success as that of J.
Hallewell & Co., real estate and financial brokers, with offices at 1303
Broad Street. The business of the
firm is that of real estate and finance.
As realty brokers they have secured
the listing of thc best class of property in both the city and suburbs,
and they have made a number of important deals. They, however, do not
confine themselves to this class of
property, they have also on their
books some splendid propositions in
farms, timber and coal lands on the
Island. Messrs. Hallewell & Co.
also place insurance and arrange
loans on approved security at equitable rates and on easy terms, and
place insurance for their clients. A
feature of their business is that the
senior member of the firm, Mr. J.
Hallewell, is an architect, who has
had many years of experience which
places them in a position to assist
clients who buy for building purposes, by making their plans aud
looking after all buildiug operations
for them. In this way all their business is done through one office and
they arc sure that they arc getting
thc kind of residence or building they
really want. To new comers and also
to residents we might suggest that
they consult this firm before closing
when they arc looking for splendid
service and best results.
This is a general real estate brokerage which has been established by
three men whose ability, energy, and
optimistic enterprise are certain to
carry it, to a splendid success. Their
special object will bc the handling of
subdivisions. Victoria is building
very rapidly, and it must constantly
be extending, and thc suburban districts must for a long time to come
continue to be made available for residential purposes. The present advance movement, felt through the
Island, is no more than the prelude
to an immense and long continued
development. The Victoria Subdivision Company, therefore, have
started an enterprise thoroughly in
consonance with the advancing movements of thc time. Acreage will be
taken over by them, subdivided, and
sold on commission. To this important work the firm will bring experience and undoubted ability, but
they will bring something equally
important—a fervent faith in Victoria's great future, ancl a determination to be contributors to it, in every
way possible to them. The business
of the Company, of course, covers
real estate in general, and investors
will lind it to their advantage to consult them, as they have some of the
best available property on hand. The
linn consists of A. M. Gregg. August
Stein, and Frank Abbott. That they
are men of experience and thoroughly devoted to thc city, goes without
saying. Their offices are 207 Pemberton  Building.
This business, although only established early in 1911, ancl incorporated
towards the close of the year, has already to be classified as one of the
leading realty interests of Victoria.
The operations of the Company embrace real estate in general, all classes
of city and suburban property, business as well as residential, and acreage and farm lands throughout the
Island and also timber limits on the
Island and Mainland. Their listings
contain some of the best investments
in these classes of property. As
financial agents they are entrusted
with large amounts of both local and
outside capital, for investment, and
act as agents for a number of eastern
capitalists for whom they make investments on their own judgment.
They manage estates and collect
rents, and devote a special department
to this. The Company lately took
over the insurance business of 25
years' standing, of Wm. Monteith &
Co., and are carrying it on with
greater vigour than ever. The officers
of the Company are: Mr. T. B. Monk •
President, who is at present in England completing negotiations for
larger capital for the business and
opening a London branch; Mr. F. F.
Arbuckle, Vice-President, who until
recently was in business for himself
on Langley street; Mr. R. G. Monteith, Secretary-Treasurer, a native
son of Victoria, and one of the best
posted men on values in the city.
The General Manager of the Company is Mr. P. J. Webb, who is an
expert real estate man, having had
some sixteen years' experience. Under his efficient management we predict for the Company a brilliant future. The offices of Monk, Monteith & Co., Limited, are at the corner of Government and Broughton
streets. These offices have lately been
thoroughly re-modelled to accommodate their increasing business and
here their staff of some eleven clerks
are kept constantly busy in their various departments.
This Company was established
something over a year ago, operating
in, and advancing the interest and development of, the particular class of
property mentioned in its name: Vancouver Island Farm Lands. But it
has also extended its operations to
logs and timber lands. Their specialty, however, is that bountiful and prolific area lying between Nanaimo and
Alberni. This is the coming district.
At the present time the C. P. R. are
constructing another railway line
whicii will give this district two railways, thereby enhancing its value as
by these means there will be splendid
transportation facilities for farms iu
this region. The Vancouver Island
Farm Lands Company arc receiving
letters every day asking about these
lands, and they are doing good work
in the development of the Island, by
getting tlle right class of people coming here. There is a saw-mill at Hil-
lier's Crossing which is running night
and day to supply the wants of the
incoming settlers, and there is another
mill being rushed to completion to
supply the demand. There are splendid roads in this section and more are
being opened up all the time. There
are also all t'he necessary adjunct of
a growing district, as there are
schools, churches, stores, etc., all
handy and convenient to the entire
district. The lands are acknowledged
for their intrinsic worth, and within
a short time this is bound to be one
of the most important sections of the
Island, and a due measure of praise
must be accorded the Vancouver
Island Farm Lands Company for their
exploitation of tllis district. The office of the Company is at 1230 Government  Street. XIV
Real Estate Exchange Progressive and Optimistic
FEW better illustrations of J
the progress of Victoria
and the spirit of faith in
its permanency could be obtained
than the existence of a Real Estate Exchange. The presence in a
city of a representative and popular exchange of this kind testifies
to the standardization of the real
estate business. The elimination of
a very large proportion of the ob-
yet. As its relation to the community stands at present, it has established reliability in the minds of
owners and investors alike. Holding its members rigidly to fair dealing on a basis of fixed commission
and percentages and sternly and explicitly forbidding anything that
smacks of sharp practice, it has
develope:! a spirit of confidence all
round and in exact ratio has in-
jectional features sometimes met
with, uniformity of commissions,
reliability of transaction and, in
short, the elevation of the realty
business generally, but the existence of such an exchange also indicates tliat Victoria is abreast of
the times, a trifle ahead if anything.
The Victoria Real Estate Exchange is comparatively new,
formed a few months ago, the result of the energy and activity of
some of thc local real estate agents.
The membership began to grow immediately. At the time of writing
the exchange numbers 121 members, among them some of the oldest ancl most prominent real estate
firms in Victoria.
Unfortunately, in real estate business throughout the North American west, the many straightforward,
painstaking and hardworking, real
estate agents are made to suffer for
the sins of the few who have not
been straightforward. In many
quarters the idea has grown up that
the real estate agent is a sharper
who takes all he can out of the
community and puts nothing back,
leaving the situation worse than he
found it. The Estate Exchange
has done much to counteract
this    view    and    will    do    more
creased the bulk of investment business in Victoria and sent the city
that much further ahead. The
Exchange, like other bodies of a
similar nature, works through a system of committees. At present
there are ten active committees
meeting constantly to attend to the
affairs of the body as a whole.
These are the membership committees, the committee on commission, the committee on valuation,
the arbitration committee, the publicity committee, the committee on
legislation, the committee on scrutiny, the city committee, the grain
elevator committee and the luncheon committee. These committees have done careful, helpful
work. The legislative committee is
always at work seeking to have
more effective legislation as regards
real estate matters brought into
force and in this field it has already accomplished sufficient to
promise well for the future. The
luncheon committee is always on
the lookout for opportunities to
bring the members together over
festal board to discuss some large
question of general interest or hear
the remarks of a local or visiting
speaker whose peculiar knowledge
of his subject  renders his  views
valuable. Out of this goocl has already come, notably the enthusiastic dinner tendered to Mr. H. S.
Paterson, a prominent grain man of
Winnipeg, at the Westholme Hotel.
As a result of this dinner ancl the
spirit aroused by All". Paterson's
ancl Mr. C. H. Lugrin's remarks
and the discussion following, the
Federal Government was memorialized in favour of establishing in
Victoria the government-owned
grain elevator that has been decided on as an experiment. With the
impetus developed at the dinner it
would not be surprising if the work-
went on to a point where eventually
Victoria would be established as a
great grain shipping port.
The work of the Publicity Committee has been well conceived.
This committee seeks to work in
harmony with the Vancouver
Island Development League—perhaps the most effective sectional
publicity force in the Province for
the furtherance of the story of
Victoria's climate, health and general potentialities. It has also laid
out a definite campaign of municipal publicity of its own and is now
preparing the first of what will
prove to be a series of booklets,
pamphlets and folders dealing with
general and specific features of
Victoria's greatness. In this work
particularly are the estate agents
seen giving the most direct kind of
assistance to the development of
the city, not in vain, empty "boosting," but in well planned, conservative, advertising, based on solid
facts. In this work the Exchange
has planned to spend many hundreds of dollars from its own coffers, both in personally effected
work and in contributions to the
funds of such organizations as the
Development League and similar
Another important feature of the
work of the Real Estate Exchange
is its harmonious activity in common with other local public bodies,
including the Aldermanic Council
ancl the Board of Trade, for the
general good of the city. As a
public body the Exchange is able
to concentrate its weight and influence for good. Recognizing that
reliable agents, despite the opinion
of many people who have been unfortunate in their selection of a
broker, is a very necessary factor
in the development of any growing
place, in his knowledge of values,
his work in inducing investment of
outside capital and his ability to
assist the community's progress, the
effect of the Real Estate Exchange
is to combine all the agents' good
qualities, to eliminate all or practically all of his bad qualities ancl
concentrate his energies on one object—the steady, conservative, solid
upbuilding of his locality.
The attitude of the Exchange towards Victoria is one of optimism
based on knowledge and faith, Victoria is now well on the road to
the ultimate goal, high up among
the great and rich desirable cities
of this Dominion. A few years
ago the city was a desirable place
in which to live and little more.
Today, with new buildings climbing skyward on every hand, with
paved and brilliant lighted streets,
with extended car lines, ambitious
harbour improvement, railroad activity and rapid steady growth of
population, it is a centre of safe investment where the most glorious
climate in North America renders
home life as nearly perfect as possible and certain development assures generous returns on capital
put out. Never in the history of
this continent, perhaps never in the
history of tlie world, has there been
a city that so truly and wholly combined thc old phrase of "Health,
Wealth and Prosperity."
Naturally, with the rapid development of the past few years, real
estate values have risen markedly
ancl many fortunate owners of the
old regime have become wealthy.
That the values are well founded
is demonstrated in the fact that
they are still rising, forced up by
the purchases, in many instances of
buyers from other parts of the
world, men whose experience and
financial ability enable them to look
ahead and see that Victoria has a
future that will justify every investment. There is one fact, however, that should be brought to the
attention of the Eastern investor
unacquainted with the local situation as regards real estate, that is,
that prices quoted on lots here refer to sixty or fifty-foot lots and
not to twenty-five foot lots as is
the call should come for her to rii
ancl proclaim her might.   The c;
came in 1909.   Last year the bar
clearings showed an increase ov
those of 1900 by $43,363,842, ai
surpassed those of 1909 by $6/
234,134.    Indications   already
1912 point to a still greater increa
over 1911.   Again, in 1911, the ct
toms   collections   totalled   $3,73
091.36, as against $2,563,039.84
In 1910 exclusive of contn
work, the corporation carried
eight miles of street paving ;
twenty-live miles of sidewalks;
1911 the comparison showed tw
ty-one miles of paving and tw
ty-seven miles of sidewalks,
expenditure in the first mentio
year was authorized at $2,000,
ancl in the latter year at $4,000,(
Illustrative of the growth
building in Victoria it may be n
tioned that last year showed an
crease of $1,992,270 over 1910
work done in the city proper,
greater Victoria (including Es
malt, Oak Bay ancl South Saani
the increase was $2,514,220,
first mentioned increase was one
approximately 55% and the la
one of approximately 95%.
1911 the total number of pert
the case in most places. In this
is a very material fact to be borne
in mind when comparisons of
values are made. It places an
Eastern lot at a given price and
a Victoria lot at twice the same
price on an absolutely equal basis.
The real growth of Victoria
dated from three years ago. Prior
to that for fifty years the city languished, waiting for the days when
issued in the city proper was 1
as compared with 774 in 1910
568 in 1909.
In the forwarding of all
progress the Victoria Real E.'
Exchange is endeavouring to
its part fully. Individually
collectively its members are
Victoria all the time, believin;
her, loving her, working for
and seeking her greatest good. THE WEEK, SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 1912
Architects A Large Factor in the City's Progress
normous indeed are the influences
the architect, particularly in a
ing epoch such as Victoria is
experiencing, and quick, too, are
perceptions of the public in dis-
ing the man whose genius and
jstic ability produce fine and beau-
structures adapted to their pe-
1 requirements. Mr. Jesse M.
ren established his practice here
twelve months ago, and has
in that short space of time drawn
(plans of, and been otherwise coned in the erection of many
ble structures. He is, the archi-
of the McPherson & Fullerton
hers' Office Building, known as
I'Central Building," now in course
onstruction. He prepared the
and now is superintending the
It is being constructed of steel
oncrete, and is designed to be
nest office building—graceful
eautiful to the street, and inter-
arranged for, and adapted to,
|ighest utility and comfort. Mr.
n similarly drew plans for, and
erintending, the Canada Mosaic
uilding, and the B. C. Hardware
ng, on Fort Street; and he has
y completed several ware-
s, and quite a number of beau-
esidences and homes. It is with
Ireatest pleasure we look at and
lie Mr. Warren's architectural
and reflect on the fact that he
stined to exert many years of
eneficent influence on the new
ria. His office is 414 Sayward
the citizens of Victoria Major
llidgway Wilson has been long
avorably known. In this review
|ctoria's expansion and develop-
accompanied by something of
Ignostication of the future, the
ect deserves and must necessar-
ke a prominent place in such a
Major Wilson has been the
:ect of many of the principal
:ures erected in recent years; and
e architect of some now in
e of construction. He planned
uperintended for instance, the
on of the Victoria West school,
South Park school, and is now
Iirly engaged in carrying through
•St. John's Church, and Colonel
's superb residence. These are
[y mentioned as specimens, for
r Wilson's work has ranged over
de sphere, and has covered a
plicity and great variety of struc-
We know of no more profi-
or highly esteemed member of
irofession, than Major Wilson,
lope to see him exerting a bene-
influence on the New Victoria
arising around us. He is a Ma-
the Sth Regiment, and is Past
I President of the Architectural
nation of Victoria. His office is
'emberton Block.
I ong the most able of our archi-
we are pleased in this survey of
ria's  expansion,  to  reckon the
_f Bresemann & Durfee.   They
len   whose   celebrity preceded
here, for they have been well
■1 and esteemed for a consider-
|time   along the  whole   Pacific
Immediately after starting to
Ise here, they were called into
^:y.     Their    operations    extend
Seattle   to   Vancouver.     Mr.
imann controls the work in Se-
tnd Vancouver, while Mr. Dur-
tends to that in Victoria. Both
m are possessed of the highest
■, whicii their study and experi-
lave perfected in an eminent de-
Messrs. Bresemann and Dur-
Ie experts, as their works testi-
d their reputation proves. To
ia, therefore, whicii is building
,, we welcome this firm.   They
Iie architects now of the new
irey St. James Hotel on John-
reet; the Hayward Undertaking
s,    and    the    Congregational
Church at Quadra and Mason streets,
being erected in Colonial style, which
is in itself a classic design. The
building will be thoroughly equipped
for all its branches, whicii go to the
making up of a modern church, and
in addition to these they have also
carried through a considerable number of other structures. The members of the firm are E. J. Bresemann
and M. Eugene Durfee, and their offices are at 516 Sayward Block.
In this period of Victoria's resurg-
ency, the architect of taste, experience and ability becomes a more and
more important factor. Mr. C. El-
wood Watkins has been engaged in
the beneficent work for something
like ten years, and he has prepared
the plans and supervised the construction of a vast number of buildings during that time. He has indeed carried out some of our very
largest work, some of it being of a
& Janies are proud of them. Among
these residences are: The Hon. Justice Galliher's house, Mr. G. H. Barnard's and Mr. A. Lindsay's homes.
But these are not all their achievements wherein the charm of taste and
style is evinced, for the Oak Bay St.
Mary's Church is also the work of
their hands. Their many and varied
buildings in the city cannot be enumerated, but among them are: The A.
W. Bridgman Building, the Haynes
Building, the Deans Block, and the
Balmoral Block. These prove that
every variety is adequately met by
their versatility, and the same striking features are evinced in every
structure, however diversified might
be the design. Messrs. Janies &
Janies have studied the profession in
its historical unfolding as well as in
its most modern ideals, and they certainly manifest their culture and resource in an eminent degree. The
firm are Mr. P. Leonard Janies A. R.
A. I. C, and Mr. Douglas Janies, and
their offices are  Bridgman   Building.
The professional services and the
ability of the architect were never so
much in demand in Victoria as at the
present clay when new buildings are
not only springing up in all directions, but new ones are in immediate
contemplation, and it is because the
architect is an indispensable, and an
important factor, in our developing
greatness, that in this review of Victoria's present conditions, and forecast of the future, we accord a place
to the architectural profession. Mr.
John Wilson is one of the most distinguished among that profession,
practising in Victoria. He has been
established here for about four years,
and during that time has accomplished much work, and of great variety. He has, among other notable
structures, designed and carried
through the University School. This
structure is well known and much admired for the combinations of utility
and beauty which it evinces.  Mr. Wil-
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business, some of a residential, and
quite a lot of it, of a public or semi-
public description. He is of course,
in this building period similarly engaged, and is now, as one part of his
work, erecting, or supervising the
erection of, the high school, whose
plans were drawn by himself. We
may say in this connection that his
skill ancl ability have found such a
high recognition by the School Board
that he has been retained to design
and carry through the erection of all
the school in future. Mr. Watkins
has always displayed in his structures
the highest faculty of bringing out
picturesque lines of style and grace,
while at the same time every nook
and comer is, in accordance with
modern ideals, utilized in full. Hc
was formerly associated with Mr.
Thomas Hooper. Confidently we say
we think he has no rival in the
modern school. His office is I and 2
Green Building.
The firm of James & Janies, architects, have been exerting their influence in the most beneficial and elevating manner for the past three years.
During that time a vast number of
structures has been entrusted to them,
and of very varied descriptions. In
them all, they have displayed architectural skill and ability. The residences they have built are a tribute
ancl testimony of which any firm of
architects might well be proud. And
we do not deny that  Messrs. James
C. H. TOPP & CO.
Land surveying and civil engineering are professional works which in
this country entail skill and ability
of the highest order. In C. H. Topp
and J. T. Laidlaw, the members of
C. H. Topp & Co., there is a combination of talents, experience, and
complete and absolute efficiency such
as is not everywhere to be found, and
the excellence of their collaborated
works has already demonstrated the
fact to their clients, now flowing in
from all parts, and striving to secure
a share in the time and attention of
C. H. Topp & Co. The firm have had
already to specialize, and civil engineering work is the specialty. Mr.
Topp was, himself, City Engineer for
eleven years or so, before he entered
into the present enterprise about a
year ago. The short time has more
than confirmed him in the wisdom
of his decision. Their engineering
work grows apace, but their land surveying docs so also in a remarkable
degree. The firm do work of both
kinds for Government as well as private parties, and orders, from both,
are repeated to them again and again;
thus proving the appreciative acknowledgment of their clients, concerning the efficiency of their undertakings. Wc wish the firm, both of
whom are men not only of ability,
but of rectitude, long continued progress and success. Their offices are
211-212 Pemberton Block.
son has also designed and carried
through a large number of other
buildings for private persons. Satisfaction is the word which has beeu
applied to them all. All Mr. Wilson's designs are permeated with
taste and judgment, which add grace
to beauty and utility to every line.
His offices are 221 Pemberton Block.
Mr. A. I. Robertson is a B. C. Land
Surveyor, who has been established in
Victoria for the past five years, but
previous to that he had been engaged
in survey work throughout British
Columbia for about fifteen years, and
has done survey work from the Yukon to the Montana boundary. Mr.
Robertson has made a number of surveys for thc B. C. Government, and
also for a number of the largest land
holders iu the Province. He has surveyed entire tracts of timber on Vancouver Island. His work has always
been carried out with promptitude
ancl accuracy, and this with the clearness of his reports has given him a
prestige among business men. Mr.
Robertson is now engaged largely in
sub-division work. He has surveyed
many of the best subdivisions now
being offered, and in every case his
survey has been done with that accuracy which has made his services
highly sought after. He has also done
a large amount of work through the
Gulf Islands and this has been of tlle
same high class as all his other surveys. Mr. Robertson's office is in thc
Chancery  Chambers,  Langley  street
An old reliable firm of surveyors established about IS years in the Province. This firm has offices in Victoria, Nelson, Fort George and
Hazelton, and makes a practice of
dealing with surveys anywhere in the
Province with accuracy and speed.
Their office in the Pemberton Block
has a most up-to-date blue printing
equipment and does much work for
the various real estate firms of the
The great arena for the land surveyor and civil engineer today is undoubtedly British Columbia, where
the territory is vast and cities are
rising rapidly into the front rank of
commercial importance. The interior
of the Island as well as of the mainland, still remains to a large extent
untrodden and unknown. But the
spirit of progress and development is
rampant, knowledge of intrinsic
wealth, and of productive powers in
the country is spreading, and the
land surveyor finds, day by day, the
scope of his operations expanding.
The firm of Gore & McGregor has
been practising here for some time as
B. C. Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers, and they have already accomplished much work both for the
Government and for private individuals. It has been found to be work
of the most accurate and perfect description. The consequence has been
a constant augmentation of contracts
and orders of various kinds. The
members of the firm are Messrs. J.
H. McGregor, J. F. Templeton and P.
A. Landry. The head office of the
firm is here at Chancery Lane, Langley street, and there is a branch office
at Fort George, which is looked after
by Mr. Landry. As a result of many
enquiries and in accordance with the
increasing demand for B. C. timber
lands, Messrs. Gore & McGregor have
inaugurated a department for making
cruises and reporting on same; Mr.
T. A. Kelly, who is well knowii in
timber circles, has been placed in
charge of this work, and clients are
thus assured of expert work, backed
up by the reputation of Gore & McGregor.
Mr. E. Stanley Mitton is known as
an architect of the highest eminence
from one end of British Columbia to
the other, and especially is he so
known and esteemed in our two greatest cities—Victoria and Vancouver,
where recently in the former city he
has opened offices in co-operation
with Mr. Herbert T. Whitehead. They
have designed and been the architects
of many of the noblest residences
erected in Vancouver and the province generally, within the past few
years, and whoever has examined
their works, even with a critical eye,
must have been not only delighted
and charmed with the grace and beauty of the style, the symmetry and
harmony, and proportionate splendour
of every part, but also he must have
admired thc punctillious accuracy
with whicii every corner and recess
of the interior was brought into utility. This firm have displayed in many
of their structures, a profound intimacy with thc styles of the old masters—die Grecian, Roman, Norman,
Elizabethan, etc. They have evolved
by an inimitable process of fusion
of old and new ideals, some of the
most superb designs, and have produced styles of structure which have
already attained the dignity of standards. Wc trust Mr. Stanley Mitton
and Mr. Whitehead may long exert
this beautifying and elevating influence on the edifices of the Capital
City. Their new offices arc in the
Green Block, Broad Street, where
they have an unique collection of
plans and photographs of their numerous works. XVI
Professional and Other Interests Actively Engaged
Architecture was never more needed in Victoria than it is at the present time when it is undoubtedly
building for a permanency, and not
merely for temporizing expedients.
The style of the city's architecture is
of momentous importance, because
not only is a standard of structure
being established, but the City's characteristics as a building community
are being fixed. Therefore, it is that
real architects who have studied the
art in its every aspect are essential
to the city's up-building. Such an
architect is Mr. E. Butterficld who
has been resident in Victoria for
about six years, and practising on his
own account, for the past two years.
The characteristics of his work are
reflected in every structure. He has
erected quite a large number of residences, and he has many more on
hand, besides he has in course of preparation plans for some excellent
blocks in the business section of the
City. Mr. Butterfield reflects the
great ideal of modern architecture at
every point—the fusion of the beautiful with the utilitarian, that is to say
that while beauty is never ignored,
utility of every part of the structure
is kept rigidly in view. His work i_
done promptly, and there is neither
hitch nor jar in the conclusion of any
contract or operation in whicii he is
concerned. His offices are 724 Fort
To interview the senior partner of
tllis eminent firm of civil engineers
and surveyors, is to hear of British
Columbia before she had a single mile
of railroad. Mr. J. H. Gray was on
the staff of Dominion Railroad Engineers in the seventies on location
work through northern B. C, and
where subsequently his junior partners surveyed several millions of
acres along the G. T. P. in the Bulk-
ley, Nechaco and Stuart Valleys. This
firm has the distinction of being responsible for a part of the C. P. R.'s
original work on the main line into
Vancouver, the northern end of the
E. & X. Railroad and The Victoria
& Sidney Railway.
Their oflice files show operations in
every part of B. C, and contain a
valuable and interesting collection of
information, in fact, it forms a large
part of the history of B. C, for not
only are surveys of some of the now
prominent mines in the Kootenay and
Boundary country shown, but many
interesting items, such as the details
of that pretty piece of tressle bridge
work on the Slocan and Kaslo Railroad. Although this firm is associated so closely with the early development of B. C. in the South, they were
the pioneers in survey contracts in
the north. An exact estimate of the
lands surveyed by them adjacent to
tiie G T. P. during the past eight
years has never been calculated, but
from the several million acres laid
off, they have been able to compile
their own reference map which is the
first of its kind to show where and
how the agriculture lands of northern
B. C. are situated. Besides important
reconnaisance surveys in B. C, they
have varied their operations by propounding one of the largest irrigating
schemes in the dry belt in Washington. The latest branch to be added
to their practice, is a Bureau of Information, which was instituted for
the benefit of their clients and actual
settlers wdio need reports, maps and
information on the many large areas
of land coming under this firm's own
personal observation. Here, then, is
one of the oldest firms of recognition and ability, keeping abreast of
the times, and on broad and comprehensive lines organizing all their valuable information to help investors and
new comers. Their survey corps this
season are scattered all over B. C,
including the Peace River country.
Mr. W. P. Dickson is an expert
electrical engineer who established
himself in Victoria last year, but
whose fame and reputation preceded
him from the Kootenays, where he
had been practising the art of electric
installations for a period of fifteen
years. It was the success whicii he
achieved there, and in other places
that naturally inspired his ambition
for a greater success in this rapidly
developing and extending city and its
environments. Mr. Dickson installed
most of the lighting plant in the
Kootenay district; also in Kelso, Nelson, Cranbrook and other places, and
they have all produced the highest
and most satisfactory results. As a
practical electrical engineer he is as
thoroughly conversant with the power
as the light side of the science, and
he makes a specialty, in fact, of examining into, and reporting on all
problems connected with lighting and
power plants. He has made a particular study of these matters, and hc
Mr. F. Street, F.R.H.S., is a landscape gardened, who has been established in Victoria for about two years,
and in the course of that time has exhibited taste and skill of the highest
order in the designing and laying out
of grounds in and around this somewhat artistic city. It is too often,
however, that the taste is confined to
mere sentiment for want of a man,
like Mr. Street, with capacity to carry the sentiment into a realized thing
of beauty. This is exactly what Mr.
Street is prepared to do, and wdiere
a person desires a landscape, and has
no very pronounced taste or propensity of his own, Mr. Street is prepared to supply the deficiency entirely, and lay off the area, whatever it
may be, great or small, in the most
artistic and beautiful style consonant
with the surroundings, etc. Mr.
Street, we have had pleasure to observe, has been appointed the superintendent to lay off the Uplands, and
we can readily conceive, and so can
their hands, both business and residential, within-the City and through
the suburbs; also timber lands and
other investments through the Island.
They have an extensive business as
financial agents, and they make investments for clients, resident in all
parts of the world, in all classes of
property in the city and the Island.
They have exhaustless facilities for
the making of loans, and these are
carried through promptly and on
ternis adjusted to the borrower's
needs and desires. They have an extensive insurance business representing, among others, the Western Union
Fire Insurance Co. The firm are
Herbert S. Lott and Donald M. Ma-
lin, and their offices are Pemberton
This Company which was constituted a short time ago, has already
attained a considerable success. The
scope of its business is general build-
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has frequently been retained in the
elucidation of complex problems. We
are sure Mr. Dickson's success will
be as great relatively in Victoria as
it had been in the smaller spheres
named, and that his undoubted ability
will be recognized and appreciated by
thc people of this city. His offices are
123A  Pemberton   Block.
our readers, what a testimony this is
to his efficiency, taste and capacity.
We trust to sec Mr. Street more and
more requisitioned in the marvellous
opportunities presented for delightful
landscape gardening in and around
the City. We can speak confidently
of his ability, and are assured of the
promptitude with which all he undertakes is carried out. His office is at
Brown Block, Broad Street.
This is one of the best known and
esteemed of our firms of civil engineers, consisting as it does of Mr.
H. W. E. Canavan and Mr. A. K. Mitchell. Both men are highly equipped
by training and experience, as well as
by professional ability, for responsible
and highly varied work which falls
within the scope and purview of their
operations. These operations include
not only examinations and reports
upon, but also the carrying through
of, undertakings such as these—irrigation and drainage, hydro-electric development, waterworks, sewerage and
sewage disposal, etc. Mr. Canavan
acts as consulting engineer in all
classes of works. The offices of the
firm are 227-228 Pemberton Block.
Lott, Malin & Co. have held a leading place for some years among the
principal real estate, timber and financial agents of the City, and the
volume and ramifications of their
manifold business operations widen
out ancl extend year by year. The
tremendous development and expansion now so manifest in every part
of the City and surrounding districts
are attributable in many ways to
firms like Lott, Malin & Co., who
have consistently advocated development and adhered to their advocacy of
the magnificent future that awaited
Victoria. Now they see it being realized, and we are all the participants
in the progress. Lott, Malin & Co.
have some of the finest properties on
ing operations of all kinds, ancl from
the commencement is making a specialty of reinforced concrete work,
municipal improvements and sewerage, etc. The manager of the enterprise is Mr. J. B. Holdcroft, C.E.,
who was lately the chief of the sewer
department of the city, and as a consequence can claim to be an expert in
sewerage and municipal work. The
firm undertake surveys, make reports
and submit estimates in connection
with all kinds of structural enterprises, and these are founded on expert as well as scientific knowledge
and experience.   All contracts unde -
taken  by  the  Western  Construct!
Company are carried out with pui
tuality, and those who are acquai|
ed with Mr. Holdcroft know and
preciate what it means to  any c<|
tract either as regards time,  or
quality of work, to have him as
manager   and  superintendent  of
operation whatever it  may  be.
are certain of this firm's  quick s|
cess,  ancl  we  are  sure  it   has
heartiest   wishes.     The   offices
Room 8, Green Block, Broad Strl
An industry that is rapidly conl
to the fore in the Province of Br|
Columbia, and one which will p|
of  great  benefit to the   Provinc
that of fruit growing.   The prod
made in this line during the past|
years is almost incredible,  and
only on going further into the ml
and seeing what has been done ii|
line that one can estimate the fi
success  of this great industry.l
present a great deal of the fruitl
sumed in this Province is impif
a great portion being handled
R. Stewart & Company, a firm
sented in Victoria by Mr. Robel
Brenchley, a gentleman who hal
respect of the whole communit}!
R. Stewart &    Company,    wlvol
fruit and provision merchants,
been established on this Coast
great many years ancl handle ai|
tensive line of goods.    Not onl
they keep fruit of all kinds anc|
best provisions, but also cured
ancl produce.    They grow fruit,!
also pack and export it, and arel
known to all the fruit growers if
province.   The head office of this|
is   in   Vancouver,   where   they
been established a great many _|
Mr. F. R. Stewart and Ml
Brenchley, the principals of \he
pany, arc both very popular audi
known men throughout the Pro!
and deserve the success which
have secured. Their warehouse!
offices are at 541-545 Yates Stred
Among one of the more recenl
quisitions to the business interesl
the city, and one that is of a verjT
portant  nature is the  Farmers' I
change,    Limited,   of    618    Joh|
Street.    The   business   of   this
pany  is   that  of  produce   and
dealers.     The   proprietors,   whoJ
well known in the city for their]
ergy  ancl  enterprise,  seeing  thel
vantages  there  would   be  to  hc|
keepers to have a place where
would be    sure    of getting    strl
fresh eggs seasonable vegetables!
fruit, are now catering to this cial
trade.    They buy their goods d|
from the    farmers   daily   and
store is always filled with the frel
and the season's latest vegetables
fruit.    In order that they should J
everything strictly fresh, they errj
an auto truck whicli gathers thej
ducts of the farmers ancl brings
into the store every day.   The
pany have  special  delivery  arrJ
ments and telephone orders hav|
same attention   as   orders
counter.    Patrons are well lookej
ter and "to patronize home g
a substantial way of assisting tol
up  Victoria  and Vancouver  1^
We bespeak for this enterprising
the consideration of all lovers <
and pure things to eat.
Telephone 1835
P. 0. Box ml
Real Estate, Financial and Insurant
Agent, Notary Public
Estates Managed
yVestern Outpost of the
The Week
A British Columbia Newspaper and Review,
Published at Victoria. B. e.
Capital City of British
k. 10.   No.
Tenth Year
Tenth Year
One Dollar Per Annum
\On the Completion of the Panama Canal, Victoria will become one of the Greatest Distributing Ports on the Pacific Coast
(HE bewildered question of
the old-timer  in  Victoria
"what does all this activ-
lan?" He sees millions of dol-
tming into the Island to be
|d in various enterprises. He
3n every hand modern and
Id buildings going up.    He
lin the daily papers of the
lion Government entering in-
|is for the construction of irri-
outer harbors, ancl the im-
|nent of the inner harbor of
apital City.    He marks with
Iture of admiration ancl awe
Itcnsion of railway systems all
the Island, and the progres-
Ind aggressive policy of the
|icial Government in railways,
educational ancl agricultural
bement, ancl   he   repeats to
If his query, "what does it all
■/as not so, mind you, in his
I There was an absence of all
lustle, stir, and business pro-
[in the days when he came
|;ly to his office some  time
the noon hour, and took his
|ation   after   the   lotos-eating
br,    as    suggestive   of   the
hy and even "dolce far niente"
(of other Islanders.   Maybe a
1 restful, possibly even a hap-
mode of life, but essentially
lent from life in Victoria now-
|has been  a hard matter to
Victoria    from    its   shell.
tl by the balmy climate and
liarm of sea and shore, exist-
Iwas marked more by the se-
|and   the   traditional   phases,
than by any admixture of
l-nity.    It was delightful, no
|. but it was doomed from the
Eor by the geographical sit-
of the city, and from the
|tnd potential resources of the
it only remained for time
the machinery of progress
for a radical metamorphosis
te place.    Victoria and Van-
Island are making name and
[for themselves now because
are    awake.      They    have
Id suddenly from the domain
earns to the arena of deeds.
Jig before the  Panama Canal
leing talked of, Victoria was
Icing  in  commercial  import-
Iwith swift strides.    Building
Its,   bank   clearings,   customs
Its, tramway traffic, shipping
1 both foreign and coast-wise,
bch and every avenue of busi-
[ictivity was showing marked
Iteady increase.   The doubting
lases stuck to their pessimistic
Iwith a perseverance worthy
of a better cause, and wagged their
heads owlishly, predicting utter
ruin and decay in a short time. But
each year the tide of prosperity rose
higher and each 'season showed an
advance over the previous twelvemonth.
Finally the feeling became so
strong, and so many outsiders and
capitalists came to reap the harvest,
that local men became aroused ancl
began building and developing, and
they have continued to extend ancl
energize business conditions, and
the result is a complete reversal of
the old regime of laissez faire.
veloped as yet, we add the requisite
for ship-building. Pulp mills and
paper mills, piano factories and
furniture factories, automobile factories and factories for the turning out of agricultural machinery.
Steel rails and locomotives. Everything, to be brief, into which iron,
steel, wop'd and copper enter into
r.s manufacturing necessities can be
furnished by the Island.
Did some one say Power? The
amount of water-power available
from Vancouver Island streams,
lakes and rivers is immense, running into the tens-and hundreds of
In coupling Victoria with Vancouver Island it is well to recollect
'that their aims are synonymous,
their destiny uniform. The city is
the Island and the Island is the
City, ancl the growth of each district and city is bound up each with
the other and all with the Island as
the foundation stone of the general
prosperity. Needless to say there
will be other cities on the Island in
days to come, and manufacturing
plants and mills and mines will be
located at various of these cities,
as they are now at Nanaimo, Ladysmith,   Cumberland,   the   Albernis
This local movement, little as it
has been generally taken notice of,
has'been the basic principle of Victoria's development in the last five
years; in the last three years particularly. The upward move once
begun, it has gone on ever since,
and although the tortoise-minded
may still occasionally emerge from
the shell to preach ruin and desolation, it is seldom, indeed, that the
voice of the turtle is heard iu the
What has Victoria to make it a
great manufacturing and commercial centre? No argument is necessary to prove it an ideal residence
city. To begin with, it is the
largest and most advantageously
situated city in a district which is
the richest in Canada, if not in
North America, in the extent, variety, and value of its natural resources. And these resources are
capable of covering a very large
portion of the manufacturing field.
When we take the fact that iron,
coal and timber are here in Vancouver Island in vast quantities, we
assert that there is no limit to the
possibilities in the manufacturing
essentials which made Pittsburg a
great city. When we add that copper is here, although largely unde-
thousands of horse-power, ancl it
is adjacent to and easily available
for the plants which will eventually be built to bring the natural resources into market. From Cape
Scott to Victoria, from the West
Cuast to the East, the mountain
ranges send down their yet unharnessed horses of the vales. What
these various rivers and watercourses are capable of producing in
the way of power has been variously and roughly estimated at between
500.000 to 800.000 horse-power.
This is a low water figure. Al
high water it would be doubled, anel
with clams, redoubled. Remember,
this is only a one-fourth estimate
compared to the opinion of men
high in the ranks of the world's
If there is at present as much as
50,000 horse-power developed and
in process of development on the
Island, including the 1!. C Elcc-
tric's plant at Jordan River of 24,-
000 horse-power ultimate development (ancl possibly more), that is
a liberal estimate. In the .Alberni
District there is superb ancl extensive power possibilities; so also in
the Comox District; and at Campbell River the falls arc capable of
an enormous development.
and other points. But great as
these centres must certainly come
fo be, it is submitted as an argument based on geographical and
natural facts, that Victoria is ultimately certain to be not only tiie
most important commercial centre
on Vancouver Island, hut the
largest and greatest cily in British
Columbia, giving due and high
credit to the present supremacy of
the City of Vancouver on the mainland.
Nearness to the Pacific, freedom
from fogs, safety in port and in
transit to blue water, and thc bridging of ihe Seymour Narrows will
lift Victoria from Provincial semi-
importance to world eminence. Pine
as is her record today in ocean
traffic, it will be nothing compared
to the day when from east to west
the rails stretch, an epic of steel,
from Nova Scotia to Victoria, unbroken and commanding. The
Narrows will be bridged because
shipment from Victoria through
lhe canal will be the cheapest way.
and the quickest way, the safest
way ancl (he surest way. Economy
is a foundational commercial level.
Capital is no spendthrift. All the
mid-Canada wheat will be shipped
from   Victoria   in   time.    All the
West Canadian steel manufactures
will be concentrated at Victoria.
From a tourist resort ancl residence
city, Victoria, still retaining these
advantages, will step, full-panoplied, into the ranks of the world's
metropolises, the Sidon of the
western seas.
When we come to consider the
variety which Vancouver Island offers of natural wealth and resources
we find an embarrassment of
riches hard to choose from. The
fishing, whales, herring, halibut ancl
salmon, would afford scope for
several volumes. Thc mining, particularly coal mining, would do the
same. Undeveloped minerals such
as iron, gold, etc., and the partially
worked or prospected copper mines
would add another tome. Agriculture ancl horticulture would be another interesting study.
Ship-building, so long a topic of
interest, ancl to some extent a matter of commercial enterprise at the
Capital City, will come with the
opening of the Panama Canal, and
before the bridging of Seymour
Narrows. Car-ferries will increase
with the canal opening and these
will continue until the steel is linked in one close-welded line from
extremist east to furthermost west.
Manufactures will inevitably increase, and Victoria by reason of
her key-situation to the Pacific, cannot avoid being permanently placed
among the greatest of ocean ports.
As a city of homes, Victoria is
already becoming world-famous.
This is literally true. Men havc
come here who have built houses in
various lands and climes, only to
cast anchor at last and for good in
thc Capital City. Tn beauty of situation, delight fulness of climate,
charm of surrounding, and not
least, desirability from every social
standpoint, A'ictoria has no rival.
From the building survey, Victoria
is coming into an era of high-class
business structures in the downtown districts, still guarding watchfully her reputation for beautiful
and flower-surrounded homes.
The present of both Victoria ancl
A'ancouver Island is one of urgent
and active business prosperity, optimism, and confidence. The future of both City ancl Island is
based on a solid foundation, and is
one of undoubted fulfilment. No
city of the Northwest has today
its business and financial activities.
No city in North America can look
forward to a more assured prominence, and even greatness in
time to come.
Ernest McG.u'kkv. XVIII
Formerly Linden & Rolland
Messrs. J. C. Linden & Co. are a
firm of general real' estate brokers,
who, commencing business only last
year, quickly caught the spirit of the
time and the wave of activity and enthusiasm that is carrying everything
forward rapidly in Victoria. Their
business has, consequently, already
assumed a size and scope which otherwise it might have required years of
able exertion to impart to it. Both
members of thc firm are enthusiasts
for the future of Victoria, and they
are doing all that in them lies to see
that future realized quickly. They
handle all classes of real estate, business and manufacturing sites and residential lots, and certainly their
books contain listings of most of the
choicest investments available today.
They also handle farm and timber
lands throughout the Island, as well
as the acreage of every description.
They have many transactions in each
of these classes of property, but as
often as their register loses, one
choice investment it is replenished by
another; for both members of the
firm are men of keen activity and
ability. They make a specialty of the
inside city property. They manage
estates on the best system and collect
rents; besides placing insurance with
the leading companies. The offices of
this progressive and reputable firm
are 738 Fort street.
As Victoria develops fast ancl extends her building operations in all
directions, new businesses spring into existence continually, and speedily
attain to wonderful importance.
When we say this we have emphatically in mind the Hub Realty Company, whose offices are at 620 Johnson street. Though its operations
have been commenced within the past
few months, they already cover a wide
scope, and in their register of available opportunities for the investor are
to be found many of the largest and
best propositions of the day. It is
certainly phenomenal, the negotiations
that have been completed, and those
that, though pending, are certain of
completion in a short time. Thc firm
handle all the real estate of the city
and the suburbs—business as well as
residential property, also the farm an*:l
timber lands, and the mines and minerals and natural resources of the
Island, and whoever wants a safe and
Among the most enterprising and
successful of our younger real estate
firms we place the Brain Realty Company, who commenced business about
a year ago. Their business embraces
all kinds of real estate, and investments of all the manifold natural re
agents for the Investments Registry.
Limited, one of the wealthiest individual corporations in England with a
capital of £30,000,000. Through this
Company the Brain Realty have
placed some very large loans. The
Investment Registry, Limited, also
loan on industrial enterprises ancl
finance municipal bonds, and in these
also the Victoria firm has done considerable business for them. The
Brain Company are therefore in a
splendid position as financial agents
for negotiating investments and placing loans on the most satisfactory
conditions. The Brain Realty also
collects rents and manage estates, and
conduct an ever increasing insurance
business with the best companies. The
members are A. W. Bain, J. B. Jacobs, and G. Hymers, all men of integrity and business acumen, and their
offices are 1305 Government street.
sound and highly productive investment should consult them. Messrs.
E. Ferguson and G. H. Keefer, the
proprietors, are well known business
men and have a reputation as enterprising and able business men as well
as men of rectitude. They are both
old timers in Victoria and the West
and are well posted on all values,
both in City and Island property.
sources of the Island. They handle
extensively city and suburban property, business as well as residential, and
their registers show that some of the
most desirable arc in their hands. In
acreage and farm lands they are also
'argely interested, while the timber of
the Island and the minerals have
received considerable attention at
their hands.    They are the Canadian
New businesses are constantly being formed in Victoria, and almost immediately become formidable.
Among them is the business of D.
Lewis Co. Established in 1911 it has
already attained a high status among
our best real estate concerns, and its
business is not only large but it extends in all directions and embraces
all classes of property from real estate in the city and suburbs to timber
lands and acreage on the Island. The
Company handle a large amount of
property in both the city and suburbs,
and are making a specialty of this
class of investment, having on their
register many of the most tempting
propositions now being offered to the
investing public, and intending investors cannot be better guided than by
consulting their listings. The Company also make a specialty of loans
ancl their resources and facilities in
this department enable them to put
through loans with celerity and at
most reasonable and equitable ternis
and rates. They too effect insurance
with the best companies operating in
Canada. Messrs. D. Lewis, T. G.
Lewis ancl R. R. Hindmarch, the proprietors of the business are all well
known as men of integrity and busi
ness acumen  and business entry]
to their care is looked after with)
greatest   care   and    attention,
company which is on the list o||
Victoria Real Estate Exchange,
their offices at 117 Pemberton Bll
There is no better known fir-j
realty operators in Victoria than'l
Capital City Realty Co., with of
at 618 Yates Street.   Mr. E. J. Bf
the proprietor, has been in the
estate and insurance business il
city for the past two years andl
ing that time he has made a nil
of most important sales.    The I
tal City Real Estate Co. deal ir
eral real estate and their regis
constantly changing as they
number    of    buyers    who    o|
through  them  exclusively,  and
also  invest    for    outside  capij
They make a specialty of businel
residential    sites    in    the    citjl
suburbs, and have some splendj
ings in these classes; they all
Island property and have a sm
collection of farm and acreag|
positions.    They place loans
proved  security  at  reasonable!
and on the most generous terrrl
these are put through with prl
tude and despatch.   Mr. BrightJ
cognized as one  of the best
men on values in the business al
advice is always available for
who are looking for a good bujj
has always taken  an  active ir|
in  the  progress  of  the city,
among the foremost to assist il
enterprise for her expansion aif
To Everybody—A healthful ell
inspiring surroundings; goldel
portunities in all walks of life|
laws, well administered; a 1
modern educational system—frej
denominational primary and
schools; all the convenienci
civilized life; health, peace, co|
ment and happiness
AT $1.10
Price Advances June 3rd to $1.15
British Canadian Home Builders
KRNKST KBNNEDY, Mau. Dlreilm Limited
3I3-315 Sayward Bldg.        Telephone 1030 VICTORIA, B. C.
In Victoria Real Estate
is the safest and soundest form
of investment that can be
made today—
We have a large list of City
Suburban and Island
Pemberton & Son
Real Estate Brokers Advance Business Interests
here  have  been  many  new  con-
s added to our business interests
ie past year, and among them we
: the Investors' Securities Co., real
te and financial agents.   The busi-
of the Company is that of gen-
real estate dealeis, business loca-
, collectors, rental, insurance and
icial agents.   Messrs. E. T. Wilson and A. C. Hounsell who com-
this Company are men of experi-
in all the branches of their busi-
and  their  standing  is   of  the
■est   in   all   circles.     As   realty
lers they have a splendid listing
jiany of the best "buys" now on
|narket, and as they are in pos-
Dii   of   large   funds   for   loaning
I can place loans at short notice
Ion   most   equitable   ternis.    As
|ess locators they have on their
at all times many most tcmpt-
Iropositions and as they look into
|ese before listing them, they can
authoritive   advice.     In   their
Ition  department they have ex-
hnal  facilities  for  looking after
Ints, and these are reported as
1 as   collected.    Their   insurance
|is   well  attended to,   and  they
risks  with   all  the   best  corn-
Is   doing   business    in    Canada.
: is no better firm to get in touch
Ion any of their lines and clients
fssured of having their interests
looked   after   and   thorough-
Jotected.   The office of the Corn-
is at 1316 Douglas street.
Ir more than three years this has
J one of the concerns exerting an
(increasing influence on the fu-
1 and destiny of Victoria. It is
In that period that the city has
tened from her apathy, and be-
I to display the tremendous life
|activity which now animate and
ade her, an'd we must say that
I Edwin Frampton has been one
lie contributory causes to the tre
mendous change which has turned
everything into glowing enthus asm,
activity and vigour. The Edwin
Frampton Realty are operators in real
estate in general not only in the city
and suburbs, but throughout the
Island, where some of the best of
the farm lands, acreage ancl timber
are to be found. Some of the choicest
of these are on the books of this
concern who have been endeavouring
with some success to interest British capital in the exploitation, and development of the Island. This is an
aspect of the business of the Edwin
Frampton Realty which we wish to
record, and record with our heartiest
commendation and approval. The
offices are 1 ancl 2 McGregor Block.
To realize the growth of Victoria
during the past few years, one must
leave the City behind, and go into
the surrounding country. Everywhere there is building going on;
everywhere the large farms are being
subdivided and the property sold in
small sections. There is no doubt
about the fact that wire fencing is
more durable than wooden fencing,
and is of much simpler construction.
With the large amount of subdividing, there has developed the need
for contractors to take over this work
from the farmer. Jones & Rant are
contractors who have made a specialty of erecting wire fences, by contract. During the two years since
their establishment they have built
over three hundred miles of fencing
for the railway companies, in addition
to a large amount of fencing for farmers. They sell hard coiled steel
wire, farm and lawn fencing, and
gates, the office of this progressive
firm being at 1417 Broad Street. They
have under contract now, for the present year one hundred and sixty miles
of fencing to be erected. Their specialty is coiled spring wire with
wooden uprights, whicii makes, in
their estimation, the best fence. They
also make a specialty of erecting ornamental fence in the city.
Among those who are co-operating
in the City's evolution is Mr. Stuart
G. Campbell, who has been established as a realty broker for the past
year, and whose office is at 212 Pemberton Block. Mr. Pemberton is
thoroughly acquainted with all the
classes of property which he handles,
and with every investment whicii his
register contains, lie always has an
extensive listing of choicest city and
general real estate including suburban
and Island realty. The demand for
real estate in all branches has withui
the last couple of years come to be
recognized as a paying investment and
Mr. Campbell has been instrumental
in attracting a large number of people to the city, who are today satisfied that they were right in taking
his advice. He has by study and
observation of the past, ancl his intimate knowledge of the requirements
of the future, been able to assist his
clients in their locations. In addition
to the realty busiuess he also has
large amounts of funds for investment
and can negotiate loans for his
clients on reasonable and equitable
ternis at short notice. Insurance is
also placed in reliable companies, ancl
rents collected and estates managed.
Mr. Campbell has built up a splendid
business through giving his best attention to all matters entrusted to his
care and has a reputation for sterling
advice and straightforward business
methods that have won him friends
all over the Dominion.
The members of this company are
Mr. A. Taylor and Mr. B. Shaw, and
besides being extensive operators in
real estate, they carry on business as
auctioneers. Mr. Taylor is an old-
timer in Victoria, ancl had been many
years in business prior to the formation of the present partnership about
a year ago. He has been extensively
employed as an  auctioneer of both
real estate and general personal property of every kind, and he has been
most successful in that sphere of operation. The present firm has
strengthened the forces of the business and enabled it to be extended
in both the real estate and auctioneering branches. More vigorously than
ever is the entire enterprise forging
ahead. The Town ancl Country Realty Company have some of the choicest
property in the city as well as in the
suburbs on their hands, and investors
should consult them, because they are
experts in value, and the present ancl
future potentials of property. They
handle also acreage, and farm as well
as timber lands throughout the
Island. Their operations in this department are constantly extending.
Both Mr. Taylor ancl Mr. Shaw are
men of eminent ability ancl, of the
highest rectitude. The offices are at
579 Yates street, corner of Government Street.
During the past seven years Mr.
Stewart Williams has been constantly
before the public eye. As an auctioneer of lands of all descriptions,
and of furniture he has become well,
and what is better, most favourably
known, and his business as an auctioneer, valuator and appraiser has
been constantly on tlle increase. Thc
business -done by Mr. Williams in
these departments, especially as a
valuator of lands, and the experience
resulting therefrom has been utilized
by him in the business whicii he carries on as a commission ancl real estate agent. In this department his
activity and ability are finding congenial occupation in developing a
splendid and widely-extended connection. He operates largely on real
estate everywhere through city and
suburbs, ancl also in acreage and farm
lands, etc., in the Island. His judgment of values has so often been
verified by immediate realization, it is
safe to say that the investor acting
under his guidance is absolutely free
from any cause for doubt or ominous
apprehension. The character of Mr.
Williams for absolute integrity is
thoroughly appreciated, and it is verified by the seven years he has been
conducting his business in .the present building 637 Fort street.
One of the best known firms in
the city is Hinkson Siddall & Son,
whose business was established some
teu years ago, and like Victoria itself
it has been advancing at a rapid pace,
especially during the past year or
two. Thc connections of this firm
are wide ancl extensive especially
among the legal confraternity, and
the capitalists and financial people
who have money to invest. They are
general real estate, financial and insurance agents ;they are expert conveyancers, and collect rents ancl
debts. During the past number of
years the firm have been in intimate
touch with all that concerns the development and upbuilding of the city,
and some of the choicest properties
in the city and the suburban districts
are in their hands. Investors have
found it to their advantage to consult them on account of their extensive connections aud absolute dependability. Loans can be quickly
negotiated, and promptly completed
through tllis firm. They have for
some years performed the somewhat
onerous semi-legal duties of bailiffs,
ancl Mr. Hinkson Siddall has been
the Marshal of the Exchequer Court
of Canada for the British Columbia
Admiralty District. There is no abler,
more reliable ancl absolutely dependable firm than Hinkson Siddall &
Son, whose members are Hinkson
Siddall himself and his son, Edwin
P. Siddall. Their offices are Empress
Theatre Building, 1311 Government
Interior of B.C.-S'Fort George
Prices Are
If you wish to learn conditions and quotations in the town of Fort George, in the surrounding Country, or in the great
Peace River Territory
we are in a position to furnish you with the
best figures and the most reliable information.
Prices Are
Natural Resources Security Co., Limited
Head Office: 6th Floor, Bower Bldg. Paid-Up Capital$250,000.00 Vancouver, B. C. XX
Building Permits Show City's Rapid Development
SEEING is believing" is one of
the oldest of adages, but it
is ever new, being like truth
itself a parodoxical blend of age
and freshness. It is particularly
applicable to Victoria today, where
the manifest developments and improvements in buildings and streets
exclude the possibility of any, even
the most sceptical doubt, that the
Capital City has entered on the
road which leads to real greatness.
Building and construction are
among the undoubted evidences of
a city's growth and progress, and
the last is perhaps even more significant than the first. For the man
or firm that begins to remodel and
extend proves to the world that the
premises which formerly were
ample for, ancl commensurate with
the business have ceased to be so.
Generally the improvement begets
such a period of prosperity as justifies in a short time either a complete
re-buikling or the complete removal to another location.
A glance at the figures setting
forth the assessed value of lands
and improvements in Victoria for
the past few years staggers the
mind unused to encompassing facts
that seem to the average man to be
a veritable fairy tale.
and stores being erected are not
taken into account in totaling the
City's building returns.
Within the past two years a tremendous change has come over the
character of the new buildings being erected in the business portions
of the City, and where formerly
brick and wooden structures were
to be seen, these are now being
torn down to make way for buildings of steel, stone and concrete.
A number of steel buildings have
been completed and there are
others now in course of construction and several upon which work
will be begun in the next month or
six weeks.
Other conspicuous additions to
Victoria's splendid buildings are
its thoroughly modern apartment
houses, which have gone up during
the past two years, and others that
are now under construction in various parts of the city and represent a type new to Victoria, but
which have been called into existence through the tremendous
growth which has taken place in her
population. During the past three
years Victoria has begun to "move"
and already she has attained a mo-
1907 -   -   -   -   -
1912 (approximate)
> "2
$ 6,552,420
- E
18  months   for buildings  ranging
from $10,000 to $20,000.
Pemberton Block   $ 250,000
Royal  Hank    45,000
Catholic Convent     60,000
McCallum   Block    $ 30,000
Times  Block     72,000
Westholme Hotel    40,000
impress Hotel Addition   125,000
Sayward Block    100,000
Y. M. C. A. Building   85,000
Mt.  Edward Apartment   65,000
Alexandra Club (Ladies)     51,200
Brown Block^ $ 40,000
M. Leiser (Fort and Quadra)...... 25,000
Prince George Hotel    100,000
Micks Apartments (Quadra and McClure    ;  35.000
Bell  Telephone  Building  65,000
Gault Bros., Ltd., Department Store,
(Yates St.)     48,000
Mrs. A. M. Brown (Fort St.)   55,000
Dr. Milne  (Fort St.)     25,000
Janies Bay Hotel    40,000
Dinsdale & Malcolm (Field St.).... 20,000
Union Club Buildine   190,000
D. R. Ker (Pandora and Cook)  38,000
Central   Building     125,000
R. T. Elliott (Cormorant St.)  23,000
Strathcona Hotel (Douglas Street). 126,000
Challoner & Mitthell Block  85,000
Dean Block    21,000
Hook Ling Tong Block   23,000
C.  Hayward  (Broughton St.)  30,000
Second Addition Empress Hotel.... 250,000
St. James, Ltd. (Johnson St.)  100,000
Mrs. Irving, Alteration Office B.dg..$ 22,000
Grant & Lineham    63,000
Dr. Jones Block,  Fort St  66,000
Moore & Whittington (Pandora and
Fort)     25,000
Union Bank Building   175,000
W. & J. Wilson, Alteration Business
Block    25,000
Belmont Apartment House ;  400,000
A. Shcret, Blanchard and View   43,000
Moore & Scott, Garage  30,000
Addition to Parliament Buildings... 1,000,000
must augment, and that while time
endures the Capital City must continue to wend her way onward as
a great shipping and manufacturing centre. In a word, she has not
commenced to build from any spurious causes, through a boom, or
from any fantastic conceit of herself. The propelling forces of
manufacture ancl industry have
urged her; and let her build well,
for she is building for a more glorious evolution and attainment than
any other city on tlie western seaboard.
In closing we desire to say a
word in regard to the men who
are carrying to completion the
splendid buildings with which Victoria is now being filled. We refer
to the Contractors and Builders.
The men who represent these
phases of the business life of the
City are among the best in the
Dominion. They are experienced,
practical men, and men who are
In addition to the foregoing statistics, it is significant that the
building permits issued during the
year 1911 exceeded those issued in
1910 by $1,903,270, and it is even
more significant that the amounts
of the permits for the first four
months of 1912 are only a very
small amount under the total for the
twelve months of 1911. We give
below the permits for the past three
years, which show a striking comparison :
mentum of speed that will urge her
forward. For as the forces from
which that momentum are derived
are themselves the result of inevitable laws, they must continue to
augment, and as they do so, impart
a continuous propelling power to
the city's progress.
Among the more important of
the buildings which have been
erected, are in course of construction and for which the ground
work is now being prepared, the
January   -
February   -
Mai ch   -   -
April   -   -
May  - - -
June   -   -
July   -   -   ■
August - -
October  -
General repairs
Total   -  -
fc &
; 78,080
y. a,
; 128,985
95 i
>   151,4-55
k ft,
.   319,885
In view of the tremendous increase in building operations, as
■demonstrated in the foregoing
.tables, and in comparing Victoria's
municipal statistics with those of
other cities, it must be borne in
itinind that the area of Victoria proper is very small ancl that a large
percentage of the people who work
and do business in Victoria live outside the City limits, ancl the houses
following list and the amount of
the building permits, are an eloquent evidence of the enormous development now taking place; this
list gives buildings for which permits of $20,000 and over have been
issued. Space does not permit of
those of amounts under this, but
we might say in passing that there
have been a very large number of
permits, especially during the past
That is the exact difference between a "boom" ancl the marvellous
expansion of Victoria. The former
is the result of some sporadic circumstance or transitory condition
whicii people mistake for a permanent cause, while the latter—
genuine expansion—is produced by
the concentration to, or convergence around the City of numerous
forces which, so to speak, have recreated her.
What are these forces ? Railway
expansion; the recognition of the
superiority of her harbour; her location as a manufacturing centre,
and the recognition of her geographical situation as the logical
trans-shipping port on the opening
of the Panama Canal.
As the world is advancing, ancl
Canada more rapidly than any
other part of it. As her resources
are only beginning to be appreciated, and as the demand for her products is bound to increase with the
years not only in other parts of the
Empire but in the Orient, it is plain
that the causes whicii have originated the advance cannot abate but
known and respected by all classes
of citizens for the manner in which
their work is carried out, both in
regard to strict adherence to the
terms of their contracts ancl the
rigidly carrying out of all the provisions of the City's Building Bylaws. Many of our contractors and
builders have assisted materially in
bringing the City to her present
status by themselves erecting buildings on their own account. For
the class of work which is clone by
our builders and contractors, one
has only to look around and ses
the way that the buildings now going up are being constructed.
There is at the present time in Victoria a Builders' Exchange, composed of many of our most prominent ancl progressive contractors,
builders and allied branches, and
which is an organization that is sure
to be of immense benefit not onh
to the members but to the public
Victoria   is   rapidly   building
homes, stores    and    business ble
Old ones are being renovated and
call for building material is groi|
greater every day.   There is no
that is doing more for the city in|
department than the well known
N.   O'Neil   Company (Victoria)
whose office and show-rooms ai
512 Fort Street and warehouse a
Ladysmith street.   This establish
is one of, if not the largest of its
on the Coast.    The head office
Vancouver, but so great becamd
demand for their goods that aboul
years ago this branch was establil
and at once took a front rank an
the business    concerns   of   tlte|
The Company carry a complete
of building materials which are 1
fied  under the  heads  of their
department,"   Glass   department!
terior   Fnish   department,   Stru|
department, ancl miscellaneous,
also have a mantel and grate dl
ment, where they carry a largl
up-to-date stock, and from whiclT
submit designs when requested|
every department they have a
sentative stock of the very besl
latest on the    market,    and bu|
have  come to  understand  thatl
can get every requisite from this!
gressive firm.   The Company isl
catalogue whicii is sent on applica
and do a very large business all!
the Province, and through the pra[
Also they have the only silverind
bevelling  department on the  Isl
besides a lead light art glass del
ment.    They have  supplied thef
terial for most of the large buil*
which have    been    and    are stl
course of construction in the city|
their materials    have   in every I
where they'have been in compel!
with other goods, taken the conl
both  for  the  quality and  for  i|
The manager of the Victoria br|
is Mr. Jas. M. Mellis, who is oil
the best authorities on building]
terials in the Dominion, and who
gained for his firm the greatest cl
dence   of   the    contractors    by [
straightforward business methods,!
his willingness at all times to dJ
in his power to assist the butlden
giving   him   the   very   best   in
Mr.  A.  H.  Mitchell,  who  has I
the past five years been in the tl
of the real estate operations wl
have been going on in the city, is
of the best known and most hi{
esteemed builders and contractor
Victoria.    Mr.  Mitchell  has  mad
specialty  of  "Homes"  and  many
our most representative as well ;
large number of popular sized ho
have been built by him.   "Homes"
what  he  specializes  in;  these  ra
from $30,000 to $2,000, so that one]
judge at a glance of the variet}|
his work.    At the present time
Mitchell has under construction s<|
fifteen houses, these are being h]
of  the  very  best  material  that
market can    produce,    and therl
every modern improvement and i|
venience embodied in them; he is ;
erecting three large business bio
which, when  completed, will add
his already high prestige.   The D
Block and  the Jewish Temple v\
erected by him, and he also did [
alterations to and the interior fitti
of the Dominion Bank.   Mr. Mite
has a regular staff of some 50 n
while at times his pay list is larj
increased.    We  desire  to  extend
Mr.  Mitchell  the hearty congrat
tions of Victoria    on   the spier
work he is doing towards placing
in the position she deserves ancl
trust to see him continuing this wl
for many years.    Mr.  Mitchell's
fice is at 110 Pemberton Block. THE WEEK, SATURDAY, JUNE 1. VA.
Contractors Busy with Many Fine Structures
I long our most prominent ancl ac-
firms of builders are Murray &
Limited. Though only quite
tly incorporated, the business
ieen in operation for some years.
Company undertake and carry
uilding operations of all descrip-
■and thc accuracy ancl punctual-
Iith whicii they  carry  out their
ids  have been  everywhere rested for a long time.   The repu-
won by the firm in this regard
I rough t them much of the most
tant,  and  the  largest   work  in
ty.     Among    other structures,
juilt thc University School also
John's  Rectory,  whose taste
|eauty are well known to every
also many others.    They are
Irecting the large Brown build-
n Fort street, the Grant &
im building on Douglas and the
crct building on View street,
are merely mentioned as spe-
>of the size ancl style of the
1 undertaken by them. They
yon the highest respect and re-
n not only among the public
om they contract; but with the
cts who have the superintend-
f the work for the faithfulness
:ill with which they adhere to
part of their contract, not only
ards time but also as relates
quality of the material and
|orkmanship. The members of
firm, and the principals of the
It Company are Mr. A. J. Mur-
lanager; E. O. Aves, superin-
t, and Mr. M. Menkus, secre-
and their status as builders is
Ied only, or rather we should
is confirmed ancl sustained, by
high reputation as men of in-
Long may this company
tr and continue to add to and
lte the great advance building
pient of Victoria. The offices
1222 Pemberton Block.
s is a firm whose work as con-**
rs ancl builders has been large-
ntributory   to  the   development
xpansion of the city during thc
ive years, for they have partici-
[ in a more than ordinary degree
immense   building   movement
is keener, more  buoyant, ancl
active  today than ever it was
le, ancl the enormous number of
structures now in course of erec-
are, it is'plain, merely prelim-
:s   to   the   still   greater   number
imediate contemplation.    Nelson
I eek   &  Sons,   since   they   coined  operations,  some   five  years
have been constantly increasing
contracts,  ancl  extending  their
works in all directions, so that to-day
they are one of the leading and most
trusted concerns. Their work has
brought the highest commendation,
ancl they have undertaken a vast variety of structures. If they have
made a specialty of residences, it is
because the volume of contracts entrusted to them in this line, excluded
the possibility of other classes of
work for the time. And their fame
increased with each house they built.
They built, among others, the superb
residence of Mr. Justice Galliher, also
that of Mr. II. T. Slater, and many
more no less beautiful ancl artistic.
The firm have been noted for the
punctuality ancl precision with which
they carry out their contracts, and for
the faithfulness with whicii they employ the best of material in accordance with their specifications. They
handle real estate, also, generally in
the city and suburbs, and their building operations bring them so much in
contact with property that they are
the most reliable on questions of
value, and: they have always a fine array of lots on hand ready for the investor—particularly the investor who
intends immediately to build. The
firm are Nelson Benueck, and his
sons, Angus ancl Nelson J. Benneck.
All of them are experts and each of
them is a man of ability and integrity.
Their offices are 19 and 20 Green
Block, Broad street.
Of the many firms who have been
contributary to the wonderful expansion and development which has taken
place in Victoria in the past few
years, none deserves a higher place
in this review than that of Wm. Dunford & Son, the well known real estate and building firm-, whose offices
arc at 232-233 Pemberton Block. The
name of "Dunford" has become
synonymous with the beautiful bungalows which are scattered all over
the city. The firm which was formerly in the lumber business in Winnipeg opened up their business here
some four years ago and during that
time have made a wonderful success.
The firm are practical men, ancl have
been in this line of business for years
but are constantly imbibing new
ideas, Mr. Dunford, Sr., taking a trip
to California, that home of bungalows, every year to get the very
latest in this style of residence. Since
their advent into the Victoria field
they have built up, almost entirely,
the Oak Bay district with their bungalows, and have also built up
Chamberlain and Fell streets. The
bungalows built by them are composed of the highest grade in every
department of work, ancl there is 110th-
onstruction and
Co. Inc.
'ictoria, British Columbia, Canada
ing in the way of comfort or convenience known to the building trade
which is not embodied in their construction.*. The bungalows range in
price from $3,500.00 to $5,000.00 dollars, and all work has the guarantee
of the firm. There is also a real estate branch of the business which is
conducted on the same high standard
and in their listings are to be found
many splendid  buys.    Thc  members
Sir.g Tong Block, while at the present time they are constructing the
St. John's Church, and the Vancouver
Island Power Sub-station. In addition to the above they also built for
themselves the splendid brick store
and office block at the corner of Gladstone ancl Fernwood Road, where
they have their offices. We certainly
know of no firm who have proved
their versatile ability in so many di-
of the firm are Messrs. Wm. Dunford
and J. O. Dunford, and to these gentlemen we desire to extend our congratulations on the splendid work
they are doing in the building up of
the reputation ol" the city as a residential centre, and we heartily recommend newcomers as well as present
residents to see them for up-to-date
Immediately that this linn established itself some three years ago. it
became one of the leading contractors and builders in the cily. and at
tiie present time it employs a permanent staff of not less than 100 men,
The partners when they entered upon their conjoint work had not to go
in quest of knowledge, for each of
them had had his own individual
training and personal experience as
an asset for thc partnership concern
of Parlitt Brothers. All the large and
numerous contracts that have passed
through their hands during the past
three years, have brought the utmost
satisfaction to those for whom they
were building, and their work has
proved in every instance thoroughness, and the highest quality, even
clown to the last detail. The scope
of their operations embraces building work in all branches, and of every
description. This is best exemplified
by stating a few of the structures
carried out by them—George V
school, Ladysmith Custom House and
Post Office, Hong fling Block, Lee
Association Block on Fisguard, Standard Oil Warehouse, Janies Bay Hotel, of which they arc owners, works
for the B. C. Pottery kilns, and Hook
rections, and of course we must not
ignore their claim to be master builders of unsurpassed residences, both
for beauty and utility. They also
undertake jobbing work, ami all their
contracts are carried out with precision. The firm are J., Aaron, Fred,
Mark and Albert Parlitt.
Now that building ancl construction
are all abounding not only in the City
of Victoria and the City of Vancouver, but also throughout the Province,
and in widely extended areas round
the cities named, it is with pleasure
we notice in this review of the progress and prosperity of the Capital
City, The Vancouver Portland Cement Company, Ltd. The works in
which their splendid product is
manufactured, are situate at Tod Inlet, Vancouver Islaud, and every constituent clement in the product is procured there. So that thc industry is
truly a native one, as none of its constituents are imported, and the site
of the works is quite at Victoria's
door. Next to this, the most gratifying circumstance wc have to note
is the great popularity of, and enormous demand accorded to "Vancouver" Portland Cement by builders
and contractors in all directions. It is
said to present features of superiority and excellence which none of its
competitors possess, and its celebrity
increases as each building season advances. The orders, aud the large
contracts, made by the Company for
supplying it, are constantly augmenting, and it easily commands a reputation equal to, if not better than, the
oldest and best known brands of
Portland cement. The Company employ a staff of fully 300 men in the
works, and as the demand increases
this large roll must be extended.
Many of the men arc skilled experts,
and the highest wages prevail everywhere through the works. The Company have won a high reputation not
only for the excellence of 'Vancouver Brand," but for their splendid
methods of business, ancl for the
precision with which all their contracts are performed. Mr. R. P.
Butchart is the managing director,
and Mr. H. A. Ross, the treasurer,
and to their high business ability
much of the Company's celebrity is
due. The offices are 28 Board of
Trade  Building.
Vancouver Island has an ideal
climate; the greatest wealth of merchantable timber in proportion to acreage in thc known world; the largest
areas of pulping woods in all Canada; the most extensive deposits of
coal, ancl that of the best quality, on
tlie Pacific Coast; the most suitable
soil and climate lor fruit growing in
tiie entire Dominion.
& Porter
Financial Reports
Water Supply
Electric Transmission
Railway, Light & Power
j2 William St.
New York
1414 Douglas Street
Nevada Hank Bldg.
Sun Francisco XXII
All Lines of Building Interests Actively Engaged
The exploitation and development
of the wonderful natural resources of
the country, and the founding and expanding of new industries therefrom,
are complimentary parts of the great
patriotic work of building up our
great Province, and making its wealth
available to its present and future inhabitants, and the fact that this often
means very serious loss in organizing
and commencing work; to those who
apply ability, energy and business
methods, success is sure to follow,
and in time they will have the satisfaction of reaping a reasonable reward for their labour. An instance
of this is the Victoria, Vancouver
Lime and Brick Co., which was incorporated about a year ago, acquiring
at the outset the old Silica Brick
Company's property, plant and assets.
Since then the present Company has
been leading the way as brick and
lime manufacturers. On taking over
the old Silica Brick Company, the
present company completely replaced
or made equal to new all the old plant,
and now everything is of the most
modern and up-to-date description
and of the highest quality. The output capacity is equal to 20,000 brick
and 300 barrels of lime daily, and yet
this does not meet the enormous demand for these indispensables of construction, and the company have been
obliged to operate both the brick and
lime works on overtime in order, if
possible, to cope with the orders. All
the materials of both the brick and
lime are procured on the Island, so
that there is no difficulty on that
liead. The high quality of the Silica
brick has brought them into tremendous demand and this is becoming
greater every day as contractors and
builders recognize its superiority over
all other material in the same line.
Wc trust to see the Company continue enlarging their works as the
Dominion grows.
In this "Progress Edition" we desire to mention the name of Mr. Albert F. Roy, who for the past four
years has been steadily coming to the
front as a manufacturer of Art Glass.
Mr. Roy, who has had over thirty
years' practical experience in this line,
is one of the best known men in the
building trade in Victoria, having
clone work on such buildings as Grace
Lutheran Church, the Y. M. C. A., St.
Mary's Chapel at Oak Bay, the Chapel ancl Assembly Hall for the Convent, the Court House at Grand
Forks, stained glass window in the
Methodist Church at Salt Springs,
and has just completed the Dome for
Terry's new drug store. The Works
at 915 Pandora Avenue, are complete
in every way to look after the large
amount of work whicii is always on
hand. Mr. Roy is also manufacturer
of plain leaded glass, ancl is the sole
manufacturer of steel cored lead for
churches, schools and public build-
. ings and residences. Hc has clone a
large amount of this work in the city
and vicinity, and his highest recommendation is to refer patrons to some
of the work already done. Sashes are
glazed by contract, and all work is
fully guaranteed. He gives estimates
on work free of cost, and will also
supply designs. This is a branch of
thc business at which he is an exceptional expert.
This firm of carpenters and builders which has been established for
the past eighteen months, are successors to J. P. Burgess. Messrs. E.
Williams, S. C. Trerise and J. T. Williams, who comprise the firm, are all
practical men who have been in the
business for years ancl are well known
in Victoria. They make a specialty
of office ancl store fittings and alterations and general jobbing. In this
branch of the business they are kept
constantly busy.   They have clone a
large amount of work in this line and
are now working on several large contracts in the city for the alteration
and re-fitting of some of the large
stores ancl office buildings to bring
them up to date. The firm have made
a special study of this class of work
and are in a position to submit plans
and estimates for all classes of building and re-modelling.   They have had
The day of the large wooden and
brick structures is fast passing away
and in the place we are having more
re-inforced concrete buildings rising-
all around us. This had brought the
business of the Rock & Gravel Company prominently before the building
Coast, both in Victoria and at Vancouver. The rock crushing plant is
at Albert Head, ancl the gravel washing plant at Royal Bay. The Gravel
is washed from the bank by hydraulic
method under a supply of water of
1,000 gallons per minute, then carried through flumes to a grizzly,
which rejects all boulders larger than
three   inches,   material   smaller  than
the contract for several of the finest
residences erected in the past year,
and in every instance have given perfect satisfaction. They guarantee all
their work to be absolutely up to contract, and point to their past work as
their greatest recommendation. The
members of the firm are held in the
highest esteem by all with whom they
have dealings and are always out to
do what they can for the betterment
and the development of the Capital
City. Their offices are at 853 Cormorant Street.
Concrete Building Blocks are coming into demand ancl popularity more
and more every clay, and this is manifest particularly in Victoria where
building operations are proceeding at
such a rapid rate. Henson & Co.,
who arc themselves one of our leading firms of builders and contractors,
arc also the makers of the Standard
High Grade Concrete Block. They
manufacture it at their works which
are at the corner of Gorge ancl Manchester streets. The block is practically hand-made, but iu connection
with the operation they have four
machines, with the aid of whicli the
workmen can. turn. out. about 350
blocks per elay. Their facility for the
manufacture is very fine, and they
havc many potentials for expansion
which they are prepared to make as
thc demand grows. Concrete blocks
were used in the building of the Convent School, Ladysmith, also in the
erection of some fine residences on
Cook street and Simcoe street. Hen-
son & Co. do not, however, confine
their building operations to structures
where the concrete block is employed.
They undertake the contracts for all
classes of building, and submit plans
and estimates. Their work in this
department grows rapidly, and they
are engaged on many buildings now
proceeding, or in immediate contemplation. They havc a high reputation
for excellent work, and for carrying
out their contracts punctually. The
proprietors are F. J. Henson, C.E.,
and S. Henson, and both have a high
standing for ability and personal integrity. Their office is corner of
Gorge  Road ancl  Manchester Street.
trade and has developed it to a remarkable extent. Among the most
prominent in this business we desire to place the Producers Rock &
Gravel Co., Ltd., whose offices are at
the foot of Chatham street, Victoria,
and at the foot of Manitoba street,
Vancouver. This is one of the largest
companies in this line at the present
time; they are supplying the rock and
gravel to many of the largest building and    paving   concerns    on  the
this is divided into two equal parts
and passed into a double line of rotary screens having each of the following openings; 2}_ in., Yt in. and Y%
in., grading the material as the size
of these perforations indicate. The
screens are of the Gilbert type. The
rejections from each are met by a
spray of clean water, thoroughly
washing the gravel as it drops to the
storage bunkers below. From the
bunkers it is run through a chute on
to a 30-in. conveyer belt, having ;
pacity of 400 tons per .hour, then 1
ed into scows and shipped to its
tination.    The capacity of the {
has   been   tested   up   to   1,500
yards per day without reaching
limit.   The Company   are   supp*
the  material  for  most  of the
buildings now being erected, and"
for the    street    paving    and  p*
works now going on in the city.'
W. C. Hall, the general managij|
thoroughly versed in every detal
the business, and it is largely d|
his energy and business ability]
the Company are today in theij]
position.    The    Company    empj
large number of hands at theij
ferent works and are doing mufj
assist  in  placing    the    Capital^
among the important ones of the!
Among the pioneer manufac
concerns of the city we find the ■
Brick and Tile Company, who 11
past 22 years have been supplil
very large quantity of the briclf
tiles  for  the   buildings  of  th|
The firm which has been knov
der its present title for over twoj
is composed of Messrs. Peter
son, Jas. Baker, G. H. Baker, i\
T. Delong, these four gentlemej
among our best known business,
and are well known for the pusj
business   ability    which    they ^
brought to bear on the business,
Company are manufacturers of
and drain tiles, the enormous
sion  which   is   taking  place   ill
building up of Victoria at the p:l
time is calling into effect the hi
class of bricks and tiles, and itj
this  trade  that  the  Company
They are supplying the bricks ail
for many of the large blocks no'J
ing erected.    Their  brick  is  dl
very highest grade and will star!
test of the best brick imported.^
factory    is at    present    turninjl
about   40,000   bricks   daily,   ai|
capable  of  doing double  this.
Company .employ   all skilled   \{
and guarantee all their products.
Company's works and offices  a
the  corner  of  Douglas  and  T<
W. S. McDonald
H. Wilson
McDonald &
General Contractors
Cor. Robson & Howe Sts., Vancouver     Superior Street, Victoria;
Building Supply Houses Taxed to Meet Demands
Melrose Co., Ltd., which has
established for a number of
is recognized in the building
of the city as carrying the very
st grade of stock, and many of
argest contractors are supplied
ly by them. As manufacturers
dealers in paints, oils, painters'
ies, plate, window and ornamen-
lass, art glass windows, wall
burlaps, etc., they have a stock
d to none, and everything car-
he guarantee of the firm. This
ny are agents for Hall's famous
ry washable distemper, and
h cathedral, fancy and plain
for Mogul paints, and for some
! best known makers of wall
!, burlaps, lincrusters, etc.; in
the variety of patterns is un-
id and they have had the Conor many of the public build-
id best residences, etc., in Vic-
The use of plate and leaded
s becoming more and more
and in these lines the Mel-
p. have an established reputa-
Under the capable and prole management of Mr. C. B.
e, the Company have extended
[usiness all over the Island, and
[heir stores on Fort ancl Broad
they are supplying a very large
't of the trade for both the City
land. They are also agents for
s Plate Glass Insurance, and so
ve their clients worrying over
surance by placing same at the
hey put in their plate glass
or windows. They also furn-
.lminated signs of all descrip-
nd have supplied these to most
best firms in the city.
lontractors of all kinds the dis-
niachinery on the premises of
Maysmith & Lowe, 545 Bas-
Ireet, will strongly appeal.  Dur-
le two years the firm has been
|shed   they  have   supplied   ma-
and    implements    whicii are
li use all over the Island.   Parity has this been the case with
to mining, rock crushing, gra-
lashing   and   screening   plants,
jdump cars and portable  track,
are now playing a not unim-
|it part in clearing the land, se-
mineral wealth and develop-
in e   country   in   the   vicinity   of
Ha in  many ways.    Messrs.  S.
laysmith ancl Robert Lowe, both
lorn have had a long, practical
lence in this line, have devoted
liest efforts to obtaining for con-
Irs and others the most modern
Inery, which combines efficiency
I'conomy, and among the power
|economics   for which   they are
are Torpedo & Demon boiler
cleaners,    Bishop's    adamant
I glasses, non fluid oil, ancl Kar-
lickings.    They also furnish all
|r of electrical machinery, hoist-
lid   excavating  plants,   gasoline
engines,    steam    engines ancl
and  machinery of every de-
Ion for conveying, elevating and
pitting, for all of which quota-
vi 11 bc gladly supplied on ap-
Mr. G. Foster, whose office is in
the Green Block, is a builder and
general contractor, and his business
today as contrasted with what it was
a few years ago, is the highest tribute to his ability and rectitude, as
well as the best testimony to the tremendous strides which the city has
meantime made. Mr. Foster has
erected some of the finest ancl most
representative residences in the city;
for since he commenced operations
here he has made a specialty of residences and frame buildings. The
contracts of Mr. Foster are entered
into with prudence, and carried out
known shop on Cook Street is accomplished by the aid of the large staff
of carpenters employed by Mr. Holden, who are busy turning out the
work for customers from this shop.
Mr. Bolden has always made a specialty of the office fittings ancl this
class of his business can be inspected
in several of the large office premises
in Victoria. The fitting out of stores
with counters and shelving has demanded much attention ancl time
from him. He has been established
in Victoria for ten years and has a
successful business, a feature of whicii
is the complete equipment of electric
power by which all the machinery is
operated and controlled.
Messrs. Morris & Edwards are a
firm not only of real estate brokers
but of builders ancl contractors; building ancl erecting homes both on the
instalment plan ancl by contract, and
by assisting purchasers of lots to
build their own homes, as well as by
adjusting ancl effecting building loans,
everywhere, with promptitude and upon ternis specially designed to aid
and facilitate the borrower. They
handle city and suburban and outside
real estate of every description, especially the residential lots, ancl all intending investors should examine the
splendid  array  of  property  in  their
with despatch, and not only is his
work done according to contract and
plan, but in a manner which evinces
the highest workmanship and skill;
while the material is at all timss of
the best. Every artistic feature that
is to be shown in his structures, is
faithfully and ingeniously brought
out; and at the same time substantiality and durability are not ignored.
Thc fact that Mr. Foster has again
and again undertaken contracts for
the same people is a circumstance
more eloquent than words, and we
certainly look forward to him undertaking ancl carrying out large
quantities of the work of this, Victoria's building epoch.
The improvements in modern carpentry cabinet making and office fittings that decorate the homes and
offices of Victoria have been achieved
in part through the agency of the
workshop of Mr. John Bolden, who
has turned out much that is distinctly tasteful as well as useful from his
well known place at 1616 Cook Street.
Telephone 1308. Prompt execution
of orders that emanate from the well
Telephone 2 J3 4
Cousins Bros.
>r. Garbally Rd. & Selkirk    Victoria. B. C.
The Pacific Coast Construction
Company, Ltd., is not only foremost
among our contractors and engineers
—one of the very largest construction companies operating in British
Columbia, but they are manufacturers
of the now celebrated Patent Ferroconcrete Piles, ancl of the Patent Ligno-Concrete Blocks, from which the
Patent Ligno-Concrete buildings are
constructed by them. The Ferroconcrete Pile not only has arrived,
but asserted ancl maintained its superiority at a momentous epoch in
British Columbia's history—at a juncture we might say when the transitory period is passing rapidly away,
ancl tentative methods are quickly
giving place to those of permanency,
durability, solidity and stability. This
is particularly so with regard to our
wharfs, and all harbour ancl sea-
washed structures. The wood, even
the best of hardwood, pile, was at
the mercy of the Teredo worm ancl
thc corrosions of the sea water, and it
is yielding its place to what is immune from the destructions of both
—to concrete. The Patent Ferroconcrete Pile, superior to everything
else on the market, and manufactured
by this Company, has already been
used in a large number of works—on
the docks at Prince Rupert, ancl the
Marine Depot ancl Fisheries Station
at Digby Island, as well as on their
own and several other local harbour
structures. Greater by far are the
demands for, and accomplishments of,
this Company. Houses and city structures of all kinds are rising fast
from ligno-concrete being non-conductive and fireproof. Enormous contracts arc on hand for these and other
works. The engineers and managers
are all men of the highest scientific
and commercial attainments. Head
office and warehouse are at foot of
Yates Street, and the Ligno-Concrete
department has a separate office in
the Board of Trade Building.
register. The firm are building, and
are laying off plans for building yet
more extensively, in all directions.
Some of their operations are merely
as contractors for others, but many
of them consist of the erection of
homes with the object of sale and of
receiving the price by way of instalments.    They   are   building  a   large
number of bungalows, and other dwellings, in this way at the present time.
In this connection we may say that
Mr. Edwards is himself an architect
of ability. The success which is attending the firm both as real estate
dealers and as builders and contractors is won by the capability and integrity, the splendid work, and the excellent methods which prevail everywhere in the operations of Morris &
Edwards, whose members are Mr. J.
P. Morris ancl Mr. I. C. Edwards.
Their offices are 521 Sayward Building.
The contractors of Victoria are
busy in these times when over three
million dollars' worth of new buildings are in. course of construction, and
multitudinous other work of an auxiliary and preparative character is
proceeding in all directions. But there
are none more busy and active than
A. E. Thompson, who, commencing
operations some three years ago, has
been coming more and more into request and demand. He is a general
contractor and builder, but makes a
specialty of residences, and some of
the finest structures of this class
erected within the past three years
are the product of his contracts. In
contracts he does not seek for a
division of them, but he undertakes
the whole operation in its entirety,
ancl not only carries it through but
guarantees it from one end to the
other. Mr. Thompson carries out his
contracts rigidly ancl concludes his
work punctually, and the best of all
evidences of the satisfaction he renders to all, is that over and over
again he has been retained, and his
tenders ancl estimates accepted by the
same parties. His office i**, at Room
20, Green Block.
For the employment of capital in
new or existing industries and business concerns in and around Victoria,
the following is :i partial list: Ship
yards and ship luilding; the establishment of car s' ips; the smelting
and manufacturing of iron aud steel,
the manufacturing of mining, lumbering ancl wood working machinery;
woollen mills, ancl especially the
manufacture of   blankets,
Telephone 2386
Paving Company
Hollywood P.O.
Victoria, B. C.
Pit Phone R.R. 1527
Office Phone 2386
Sand & Gravel
Sand & Gravel
Rock, Etc. XXIV
Large Business Blocks a Feature of City's Growth
Victoria City achieved one event
last year of more than ordinary significance when The Canadian Mineral
Rubber Company, Limited, established a branoh of its great enterprise
here. The circumstance has a double
significance, for it testifies to the high
place whicii the City is rapidly attaining in the eye of the commercial
community, and it proved no less the
fact that the huge industry of this
Company has triumphed, and that the
value of its products and operations
is now recognized from one end of
the Dominion to the other. The headquarters of the Company are in Toronto, and now one of its branches
has been located on the Pacific Coast.
The Company's great product consists
of sheet asphalt pavements, asphalt
macadam pavements and brick pavements, and of asphalt alone it laid
for the City last year 220,000 yards,
an amount which, vast as it appears
to be, is to be more than doubled in
the present year. The City are proud,
as they may very well be, of their
streets, for they are a credit to any
community, and it is manifest from
the contracts made with this Company that the City does not intend
to abate its ardour in constructing
ancl laying them out but rather that
its object is to keep them commensurate with the enormous developments taking place in every direction
where there are over $3,000,000 worth
of new buildings in the course of
erection. Last year the Company employed in their operations some 500
men and 100 teams, ancl it is easy
to calculate how this great array will
have to be swelled this year to carry
out the pending contracts. To dilate
upon the value and permanent efficacy
of the Company's pavements, sheet
asphalt, asphaltic concrete and brick,
—would be beyond our present scope
and space, but all-pervading success,
from one end of the country
other, is more emphatic in their ]
than all the eulogies and dissertaj
in   the   world,   and   the   satisf:
thing to us is that Victoria has j|
the vast rank of approvers by
lng these pavements.    The m;
of the Company is Mr. H. Raw!
a gentleman    whom we    are cl
will bring efficiency and integrl
the carrying out of all the ConiM
operations.     The    offices   her<|
Central  Building.
This is the day of Victoria's building as well as of her renovation, ancl
consequently this is the time when
a firm like Brooke & Barlield are
more in demand and more highly appreciated. They are successors of F.
Keown, and are extensive painters,
decorators, paper-hangers, glaziers,
etc., and they do a large business in
wallpapers, paints, oils, varnish, glass,
etc., large stocks, and immense varieties of all of whicii they have always on hand. Brooke & Barlield
prepare and submit estimates for all
departments of their business, and undertake contracts which they carry
out with accuracy and promptness.
Indeed this is one of the strong elements in their success, and it has
been one of the principles on wliieh
they started operations—to attend
promptly to every order ancl to carry
out every contract punctually. Thc
firm are George Brooke and D. Bar-
field, ancl their business is at 2001
Douglas Street.
ln the person of Mr. Fred Wood,
Victoria, is adding to her array of
fine builders ancl contractors, one
whose ability and training and experience not only in this country but in
England will speedily find a full recognition and the amplest acknowl-
edment. Besides his experience in
England, where he carried on business on his own account, he has been
acting as manager for one of the
largest firms on the Island. He is
conversant, therefore, with the arts
and crafts of both countries. He has
projected his present business on lines
of permanence, for excellence in
everything is the watchword which
will govern it in all its operations.
He will make a specialty of line residences, ancl of residential structures
of all kinds, and reinforced work will
be one of his favourite methods of
construction. He will undertake the
entire contract for all building work,
ancl will thus obviate that division of
labour whicii so often leads to confusion, ancl delay in the completion of
work. Mr. Wood, too, has a special
faculty of his own, not possessed by
every builder. He can, ancl will for
his customers and clients, draw plans
for all classes of structure—residential and otherwise; ancl in this way
he will facilitate building, and promote the welfare of his principals.
We sincerely welcome Mr. Fred
Wood, as a builder ancl general contractor to Victoria, ancl not only wish
him, but assure to him a quick and
generous measure of public support.
His offices, etc., are at 323 Pemberton Block.
Although only established one year
ago the business of D. B. Plunkett
has grown with the ever increasing
demand for high class work. The
manufacture of cornices, skylights,
ventilators, metal ceilings, fireproof
metal clothes dryers, and tile metal
and gravel roofing is thc business carried on. Mr. Plunkett is a practical
man in the business ancl gives it his
entire attention.   All work entrusted
to him has his personal supervision
ancl through his straightforward manner of doing business has built up a
large connection. Repair work is a
specialty ancl this gets the same careful attention as the most important
new work. At 1314 Wharf Street Mr.
Plunkett can always be found ready
to give estimates on new or repair
work, and he has only to refer new
customers to some of the many for
whom he has done work to be assured of landing a contract. He has
clone a large amount of work on the
finer residences and stores in the city
and these are his greatest recommendation, He is a firm believer in
a Greater Victoria and can always be
relied upon to do his best in assisting along nny work with this object
in view.
Old friends in the day of progress
and prosperity are what we love to
greet, and here is one of Victoria's
oldest business friends, ancl steady
contributors,   to   that   period   of   ad
vancement and development wl|
are all as citizens appreciating
The business of this Compail
established some 30 years ago.T
are general contractors and teal
and handle supplies, for huildcl
building contractors, of sail
gravel, beach gravel, black earl
rock, granite ancl sandstone, eta
are well equipped with these si
ancl can fulfil the largest col
Their plant and staff and equi|
are ample for both this supply j
ment, and for general teaminl
which they carry out very extel
throughout the city ancl suburll
tricts. The business has alwajT
conducted on broad lines, witli
desire to meet the wants and cl
ence of its patrons. Ancl tllis j
its principal aim, and vvith proij
tention to every order, its
adds daily, to its past achievij
Mr. John Haggerty, whom
know and esteem, remains thel
dent. The offices are y) Di|
street. THE WEEK, SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 1912
Vancouver Island, the Land of the Heart's Desire
/ an estimated area of 15,-
000 square iniles. Noth-
conveys a better idea of magni-
than comparison with other
ltries, so a few are appended,
he Island is substantially of the
_ area as the Province of Nova
ia, exclusive of Cape Breton,
is twice as large as Wales,
is 30 per cent, larger than
is nearly twice as large as
achusetts and larger than
sachusetts, Connecticut and
e Island combined,
acres the Island is not much
10,000,000, including the ad-
t smaller islands.
|e climate of Vancouver Island
ximates closely to that of
Britain, modified by its geo-
ical situation. The proximity
[he snow-capped Olympian
ains has a marked effect on
liminer temperature, which is
intensely hot, while the Japan
t, striking the west coast,
with it moisture ancl heat,
temper the severity of the
agricultural settlements on
ttver  Island,  near  Victoria,
the line of the Esquimalt &
imo Railway, and at Comox,
ie oldest in British Columbia,
lie excellence of their products
ore than a local reputation.
1 poultry, Island mutton ancl
Island strawberries, cherries,
^ ancl apples, ancl Island butter
and the highest prices, and
is   the   demand   that   little
s   the   Mainland—the   local
t absorbs  all  and  asks for
Cattle,   sheep,  swine   and
y do well on the Island, the
te being so mild as to permit
roaming at large and picking
abundance of green food the
round.   Dairying is a profit-
ancl   growing   industry,   al-
kh the local market is still far
being supplied, while the proof mining, lumbering and fish-
s constantly creating new dells, ancl the Oriental trade, as
|i its infancy, assures a continu-
of goocl prices in the future.
|average price of butter at lirst
is 34 cents per pound, retail
35 to 55 cents.
different parts of the Island
successes  have  been  made
heep, fruit, poultry ancl dairy-
Many farmers do not like to
themselves to any breach, but
the best results follow from
ct devotion to one particular
Hog raising, iiorse breeding
market   gardening   are   also
lies which can be carried on
profit,   yet   the   first   four
lies named will be found the
paying for all the year round
tor year in and year out farm-
hen the old, improperly culti-
| orchards of Vancouver Island
to be replaced by newer and
stock and methods of fruit
lng, very few realized the im-
lice the industry would reach
fhort time.
newer orchards and fruit
|ns have a high commercial
that is rapidly increasing,
are planted with the best
lies; cultivated ancl cared for
tn who know the business, ancl
Singly bring large profits to
their fortunate owners. It may
here be said that there is ample
opportunity for hundreds more to
engage in this profitable industry.
Within a radius of ten miles of Vic-
apples, Duchess, Wealthy, King
ancl Alexandra; for pears, Bartletts
and Louise Bonnee; for plums,
Pond's Seedling, ancl the Italian variety of prunes.
supply of green food out-of-doors
all the year round, places the Island
at a great advantage when compared with that famous poultry
country, California, for it has all
toria there are splendid locations
available. It is only a question of
a few years before nearly all the
suburbs of Victoria will be plantecl
Strawberries are almost in a class
by themselves.
The climate of Vancouver Island
is, for the most part, better suited
California's advantages and has not
the dry, intense heat to contend
with that is prevalent in the summer in that country.
with orchards, making it the fruit
growing centre of the coast.
Generally speaking, the best varieties to plant are as follows, given
by a recognized authority.     For
to the successful carrying on of this
industry than almost any part of
thc United States or Canada. Vancouver Island offering tlie exceptional  advantage of  a  continuous
All the cereals grow to perfection.
Apples, cherries, pears, plums antl
prunes thrive especially well. Berries of all kinds attain large size
and excellent flavour.   Hops grow
luxuriantly and the yield is of fine
quality. Flax of fine quality can
be grown, of long, fine and silky
fibre. Cattle do well the year round
on account of the mild winters.
Sheep-raising is followed with substantial profits. The raising of
horses offers unusually good inducements. Hogs do well and the market for them is always good.
Dairying is a leading industry on
the Island. Poultry-raising is carried on with the greatest of success.
In the Cowichan Valley the soil
is of peculiar richness, being
strongly pregnated with carbonate
of lime, and usually a depth of two
to three feet and a subsoil of blue
clay and gravel. The soil is suited
to all kinds of crops, but is particularly adapted to fruit, which*
grows in great abundance and is of
excellent quality and flavour. The
roads throughout the district are
the best on Vancouver Island—
where bad roads are almost * un->
known—thanks to the efforts of the
local Municipal Council. Cedar
and Cranberry Districts very much
resemble Cowichan and possess
large areas of goocl farming land.
North of these districts the character of the soil changes, inclining
to be sandy and gravelly in patches,
but around Qualicum it again reverts to a rich loam of the best
quality. A good deal of fine land
is under cultivation in the country
lying between Nanaimo and Comox, but much of the best of it is
still unreclaimed, ancl many thousand acres will be available when
cleared of timber.
Extending from the northern
boundary of Nanaimo lies the Comox and Courtenay Districts, considered one of the best agricultural
and dairying sections of Vancouver
Island. Sixty miles long, with an
average width of seven miles, between the sea and the mountains, is
a bench of undulating land admirably adapted to cultivation. Parts
of it arc heavily timbered, ancl there
are many marshes ancl beaver meadows easy of reclamation. Several
valleys cut through from thc mountains to the sea, and these are specially fertile. All of this bench
land will produce crops.
Alberni Valley, at the head of
Alberni Canal, (with its two towns
of Alberni and Port Alberni),
about 20 miles long, ancl from six
to eight miles wide, is destined to
become an important district from
an agricultural standpoint, as it is
the centre ancl natural distributing
point for a large and rich mineral
district. It is 134 miles distant from
Victoria and 55 miles from Nanaimo, and is connected with the latter
and Victoria by the E. & N, Railway. A very large area of good
agricultural land can easily be
brought under cultivation by clearing ancl drainage. The soil generally is a clayey loam ancl very productive, being well adapted for
fruit-growing and dairying. A very
considerable part of the fertile Alberni Valley lies within the Esquimau & Nanaimo Railway grant, and
is included in the areas which the
Company will render fit for cultivation and offer for sale to settlers. XXVI
Opportunities for Manufacturing and Lumbering
AS a centre for manufacturing
Victoria is at the present
time attracting world-wide
attention; few people realize the
importance of our present manufacturing district and the opportunities there are in Victoria for manufacturing enterprises.
Victoria has natural power facilities which are hardly equalled, certainly not excelled anywhere; the
cheapness of power, the proximity
to coal fields, the natural mineral,
timber ancl other resources of Vancouver Island, place Victoria in a
premier position for manufacturing.
Manufacture is not absolutely indispensable to the greatness of a
city. Several have attained that
distinction by other means. Liverpool for example—and the greatest
city of the world—London. Shipping has made some cities, while
the primary cause of the greatness
of others has been their irresistible
situation as commercial centres of
mercantile distribution.
No city of the West has a greater
future before it from both these
standpoints than Victoria, and perhaps what is best ancl most significant of all is the fact that she is
proceeding to avail herself of all
these advantages.
The manufactures, with whicii
this article is specially concerned
are already numerous, and are rapidly increasing, while their wide diversity shows that the captains and
controllers of all classes of enterprise recognize her matchless position on the Pacific seaboard, for effectively carrying their operations
to the highest success.
Naturally the tremendous amount
of building which is now going on
in the City ancl suburbs, places the
manufacturing of all building materials in a foremost position
among the industries of the City;
the lumber, brick, tile, etc., used in
these buildings is almost entirely of
Victoria manufacture. Lumber,
which is dealt with elsewhere, is
one of the most important industries in the City. The cement, cement block, brick, tile and all kindred works, are all working to their
utmost capacity, and as regards the
quality of their products, it is conceded by the building trades, that
their products are second to none
on the Continent. These industries
have been great factors in the upbuilding of the City; they employ a
large number of hands and their
payrolls run into the hundreds of
thousands monthly. Another, and
just as important an industry, although it is not brought so prominently under daily notice, is the
shipbuilding and allied trades, iron
founders, machinery builders, etc.
There is no city on the coast so
admirably situated for these industries as Victoria, and that this is
recognized is evidenced by the large
amount of work always going on in
the ship yards, foundries, ancl machine yards. These industries employ hundreds of men, and among
them a large number of skilled mechanics, who command a high rate
of wage; and in the Victoria yards
goocl men can ahvays find employment. These industries arc large
contributors to the prosperity and
prestige of Victoria, by the amount
of their payroll and the place they
give Victoria in the shipping and
mechanical world.
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So we might go on enumerating
industry after industry, many of
them of years standing, and all
holding a high place in their various lines and assisting in building
up the Capital City. Among the
larger and more important manufacturing plants of the City are to
be found such industries as aerated
waters and syrups, biscuits, baking
powders and extracts, carriage ancl
waggon works, chemicals, brewer-
THE lumber industry of Victoria is without doubt the
largest and most important of all at the present time. This
is but natural when it is taken into
consideration that there is more
timber on Vancouver Island than in
any other one section of the
Victoria as a lumber manufacturing centre has been long known not
only throughout British Columbia
and the Dominion generally, but
along the entire Pacific Coast and
worry about getting lumber for the
large amount of building going on,
it is at their hand, and the finest
lumber that is on the market is that
produced here. In Victoria is situated one of the largest and most
important lumber mills in the Dominion. There are altogether about
ten lumber companies, besides sash
ancl door, ancl all other allied businesses, and they all use, almost entirely, lumber cut from Vancouver
Island timber. The lumber mills
ancl other factories are up to date
ies, cigar factories, cereals and milling, clothing, creameries, electric
signs and boats, granite ancl marble
works, paints, oils and soaps, etc.
All these industries are in a
splendid position, both as regards
the men who govern them and the
class of goods turned out. Like all
our other industries, they too, are
doing much for Victoria, and we
trust to see them all enlarging their
works, as many are doing now from
year to year.
The climate of Vancouver Island
approximates closely that of Great
Britain, modified by its geographical
situation. Victoria enjoys the double
advantage of both the ideal summer
and ideal winter temperature.
to the countries bordering on the
Pacific Ocean, as vessels load here
for all parts of the world. The importance of this industry is without
doubt a valuable asset to the City,
and the men at the heads of the
various lumber companies recognized the fact of Victoria's splendid
geographical position when they established their mills here. The
scene along the water front, where
are situated these mills must immediately impress the stranger with
the importance of Victoria's lumbering industry. The mills are all
running to their full capacity the
year round, and a very large portion of the product of several of
them is used entirely in works now
going on throughout the City and
suburbs.     Builders   have   not   to
in every respect, the machinery i°
most modern and the process of ail
manufacturing is carried on, on a
high plane, and the timber used in
the manufacture of the lumber,
doors, sashes, etc., is conceded by
experts to be among the best in the
British Columbia may now be
said to possess the greatest compact area of merchantable timber
in North America. Recent estimates place the area of Canada's
merchantable standing timber of
from 300 to 600 million acres, and
the British Columbia Forestry
Commission credits British Columbia with 240 billion feet of first
class milling timber, or about or.e
half of the forest wealth of Canada.
The Douglas fir, the most wide
ly   distributed ancl   valuable
found on the Pacific Coast, grj
as far north as 51 degrees whe|
is supplanted  by the   Cypres!
Yellow Cedar, Red Cedar, Heml
and Spruce.   On the Coast itl
tains immense proportions, sq
times towering to the height ofl
feet, with a base circumferenc|
30 to 50 feet.    The best ave,
trees are 150 feet clear of lil
and five to six feet in diameter,
fir is the staple of commerce, pi
for its durability and strength!
great bodies   of this   timber]
found on Vancouver Island, ol
coast of the Mainland, and ii|
Selkirk and Gold Mountain.
The trees indigenous to the|
vince are: White fir, western
fir, mountain balsam, large-ll
maple, vine maple,  red alde|
butus, western birch, canoe
western dogwood, red cedarJ
erican larch, mountain larch, I
ern   larch, white   spruce, w|
black spruce, black spruce,
marked   pine,   scrub   pine,
mountain pine, yellow pine, wl
crabapple, balsam, poplar, cl
wood, aspern, cherry, Dottgla
western   white  oak,   lance-ll
willow, willow, western yew, ]
cedar, yellow   cypress,   or
western hemlock, Alpine henl
There are 225 sawmills al
shingle mills in the Province \i
daily capacity of 4,500,000 ii
lumber and 4,400,000 shingles]
Pulpwood requires a word 1
we close. The supply in the Ll
States and other countries il
coming exhausted, while thol
British Columbia have sc;|
heen touched.
Along the > coast-line ofl
Mainland of British Columbia
Vancouver Island practically
haustible areas of pulp wood!
be found. South of Knight's I
the most abundant wood is
Douglas lir, which is success
used for the manufacture of ell
cal pulp. Its suitability fori
chanical pulp is not so cei
North of Knight's Inlet isl
spruce and hemlock belt, affoi
enormous supplies of excellent!
wood—the Sitka spruce espej
being unexcelled by any other
for pulp purposes. These v|
cover large tracts immediately!
tiguous to the sea coast, so thai
can be landed at the mills atj
low cost.
Owing to its wealth of rav
terial, excellent water-powers!
geographical position, British|
umbia occupies a position of
ent advantage in competing fc|
pulp ancl paper trade of the
A practically unlimited marl
afforded by Australia, Japan,
and the western coast of An
—both North ancl South.
The strong tendency at p
is to preserve this great sout
wealth, and to establish fac
at home, where the pulp cot
converted into the full fii
article. The establishment of
factories would not only en
our timber resources, but add
mously to our prestige and ;
as a manufacturing centre;
employ thousands of people
would distribute the natural
of the Province into hundre
channels where it could be u
in the great development p
upon which we have entered. THE WEEK, SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 1912
Interests That Have Aided in the City's Growth
The splendid enterprise carried on
this Company is one of the indus-
es which  for more than 21  years
s  contributed  to  the  growth,   de-
opment and extension of the City,
cl now that the City itself has en-
ed upon its own career of great-
ss we may be sure that this Com-
ny will not lag, but will continue
expand  commcnsurately with the
y itself and the splendid suburban
tricts of which it is the centre. The
mpany     are     manufacturers     of
igh and dressed lumber, laths and
ngles, doors, sash, blinds, windows
,1 door frames, mouldings, brackets,
Lusters, mantels, stairs, railings and
immensity of internal fittings ancl
orativc  work.    They manufacture
ct  from the logs,  and these  are
lcipally of fir and cedar, specially
cted ancl brought to their works
Rock   Bay.    They   have,   too,   a
e    class   of    manufactures    from
I woods.    These  woods  are  im-
ed direct by them from Australia
the United States, and they are
ys of the highest and most per-
quality so as to ensure the high
■acter of the manufactured articles.
Company   have   been   extensive
|>pers   to   Alberta,   Saskatchewan,
liitoba,   etc.,   as   well   as   to   the
ent, but Victoria's enormous press   and    development,   her   huge
(ding and construction operations
only in the business but in the
fdential  sections,  have  practically
orbed the output of the Company
a considerable period.   The Com-
y make a specialty of wood finish-
for dwellings and stores, and the
tractors to whom they sell have
II constantly increasing their cle-
nds for it. Their finish has been
cl in, and supplied for, some of the
st business    blocks,    hotels, resi-
jices and other artistically designed
ctions and edifices, including Hat-
Park and the famous Dunsmuir
Istle. Mr. J. J. Lemon is President;
A. Gonnason the Vice-President,
:l Mr. F. Nickells the Secretary-
easurer of this notable and highly
cessful business enterprise.
(Lumber is our greatest industry,
Id therefore it is that in a review of
le progress and development of the
ly, particular notice is due to such
concern  as  thc  Cameron  Lumber
pmpany, Limited.   They are manu-
Icturers of and dealers in all classes
lumber, lath, shingles, doors, sash
fd    frames,    mouldings,    turnings,
lind sawing, oak flooring and casing
Ld many other classes of interior
liish. They make telephone, tele-
laph ancl power cross-arm?, and
ley have the best of dry-kilns, and
|c most up-to-date machinery to en-
le them to turn out the finest fin-
liing lumber. The Cameron Liini-
lr Company, Ltd., have built up an
Itensivc business which is rulistant-
011 the increase, like the reputation
|r superiority of manufacture a.A
loduct upon which the business is
lunded. Years ago they set before
lemselves  the  ideal  of  th;  highest
lality of material in all their niatm-
Ictures,  and    of  the    most  perfect
brkmanshlp. They have steadily ad-
Jred to that standard, and have i'm-
|oved and extended their plant ami
achiuery from time to time. Today
ley have about the best equipped
|i11s in the country, and every order
1 promptly filled with the best ma*
Irial of its kind. They keep . laige
lock of their manifold manufactures,
lid they are in a position to (ill all
jders promptly. In fact they have
lade this another element in their
Jccess and progress—'their punctual
It en tion to every order, and the
Jompt delivery of it. The mills and
Ird of the Cameron Lumber Com-
|my, Limited, are at the foot of Gar-
lily Road. Mr. J. O. Cameron is
Resident, Mr. A. A. Freeman, vices
fesident, and Mr. D. 0. Cameron
fcretary-treasurer  of the  Company.
The splendid new Victoria industry
owned by this Company which was
incorporated in November last, was
first projected by Mr. George Ager
and Mr. R. W. Marsh about a year
ago. The Compauy are manufacturers of "Argilla" Mosaic flooring
tiles, and the gratifying feature is
that everything connected with the
work, except alone the colouring material, is secured locally—the cement,
the concrete, etc. The process of the
manufacture is a German one, and the
Company have acquired the sole
right of using it not only in Canada
but in the States, and as the popularity of the "Argilla" widens through
the Dominion and the States, branch
factories will be established. To the
present industry here, however, soon
will be added the manufacture of all
the by-products of concrete. The
new factory of the Company in Victoria West will soon be ready for occupation, and they will then have an
output capacity of 1,000 feet of "Argilla" tile per day. The "Argilla" tile
is not only perfect ancl durable owing
to its component and structural qualities, but it is picturesque in effects.
These effects can be seen in structures where it has been already used
—the McPherson, Fullerton Block;
the Grotto saloon, the Clarence hotel and the Grand Forks Court
House. The Company are also under
contract to supply it for the Central
Building, Revelstoke Court House,
Kamloops Old Men's Home, Merchants' Bank, Nanaimo; Balmoral Hotel, Victoria; Baptist Church, Victoria, new six-story hotel, Victoria;
six-story apartment house, Victoria;
G. T. P. Hotel, Prince Rupert, etc.
Recently the lirst provincial coat of
arms to be produced from it was laid
in the Craigflower school, Victoria,
and similar coats of arms are to be
reproduced in all provincial schools.
We wish this great Victorian enterprise local celebrity and multiplying
success equal to the rapid evolving
of the City and Province. A limited
amount of stock in the Company is
being offered for subscription, and
anyone looking for a sound investment would do well to investigate this
proposition. The President is Mr.
Beaumont Boggs; Managing Director,
Mr. George Ager; and Mr. R. W.
Marsh is the Superintendent. The
offices of the Company are at 1318
Wharf street, phone 1045.
This is one of the oldest as it is
one of the most progressive and extensive of Victoria's industries. It
was founded more than 26 years ago
by the father of the present proprietor. The works have acquired
through this long period of years the
highest reputation as boiler-makers
and blacksmiths ancl as experts in
steamboat and shipwork of every description. They have a large staff
of men who are constantly employed
in the repairing of boilers, because
they understand to the minutest detail every species of boiler whether
it be used for marine or railway or
factory or other purpose; knowledge
of every piece of machinery they
handle guides and controls the carrying out of whatever repairs or alterations may be entrusted to them,
and it is the reputation for this thoroughness that has been the strongest
force in advancing the concern for
years. They do all kinds of new and
repair work along the lines indicated,
and they do extensive blasksmith
work for building and shipping. They
have carried out large contracts and
orders for the city, and the steamboats, factories, mills, and the city
are their best customers. Mr. Fred.
V. Robertson is the proprietor and
he is a practical man himself, and the
manager of the concern Mr. Robertson has lately purchased some property adjoining, the present works.at
1710 Store street, and will in the near
future extend his present plant to accommodate *he large amount of work
which is increasing daily. :
There is nothing more gratifying
in connection with the enormous developments and expansions of Victoria, than the splendid success of
some of her manufacturing enterprises; for after all that can be
said, manufactures, productive works
wherein are utilized the country's
natural resources, must form the
foundation of our future greatness,
just as they are the main supports
of the city during its early emergence.
One manufacture holds a prime place
in our esteem, for it has not only developed itself, with a splendid plant,
and equipments as a magnificent industry of the 'city, but it has spread
its trade and business through the
entire province, ancl far, into the
prairie provinces. The company are
manufacturers of vitrified salt glazed
sewer pipes, sanitary fittings, agricultural drain tile, terra cotta, chimney
pipe and flue lining, chimney tops,
fire brick, fire clay and fire clay goods
of all descriptions. The output and
the demand have been constantly
and steadily increased. Builders, engineers, architects and contractors
commend the company's products,
and they are prescribed for in specifications everywhere on account of
their unquestionable superiority. To
this great local manufacture, we tender our warmest congratulations on
their success, particularly on their
achievements in competitive areas lying outside this city and province.
The works arc at Victoria West, ancl
the offices at corner Broad and Pandora street.
In the short space of less than a
year the firm of Smith Brothers have
established and built up one of the
most prosperous and extensive businesses in the city as brass founders
and finishers. The business is a *nost
important one in this great day of
Victoria's building and development,
and the work done by Smith Brothers
is of a very varied description and
always of the highest excellence.
They have a splendid plant, with
every kind of machinery and equipment for turning out the best classes
of work. And they make a specialty
of all kinds of castings. Castings are
made to order by them with absolute
accuracy and on the shortest 11 tice.
Estimates are made and contracts undertaken for all kinds of brass founders' and finishers' work. The proprietor of the business is Mr. T. W.
Smith, whose practical experience and
business ability have quickly won the
linn's success. The business is at 640
Pembroke Street.
It is only the better class, well-
finished picture that we wish to preserve of ourselves, or that we desire
to be remembered by our friends. Mr.
Fred Goodwin, an experienced photographer, has a studio at 1214 Government Street, specially fitted up for
the production of artistic work. But
not only has Mr. Goodwin made a
special study of the taking of pictures, hc has come to appreciate that
the developing is an important, if not
the most important part of the work,
ancl to be able to do this to the best
possible advantage he has a fully
equipped dark room for finishing. The
picture postcard photo has attained
universal popularity, and to meet a
growing demand for a good class of
this size Mr. Goodwin has given it
his undivided attention, ancl is able
to furnish a photo which for artistic
finish cannot bc excelled, family
groups will also find ample provision
made for them at thc Star studio. All
classes of commercial work is undertaken, and those who wish their
house, store, boat or ground photographed can have tllis done.by arrangement with Mr. Goodwin.
The Royal Shorthand School, which
was established less than a year ago,
to teach the simplified Pitman system
whicii became so deservedly popular
in England, has already attained a
premier position ancl is now the
largest shorthand school in Victoria.
Here are taught with skill aud thoroughness, shorthand, book-keeping
and typewriting. A complete course
in McEwan's - Pitman's simplified
shorthand requires only three months.
Individual instruction is given by an
expert London teacher, and those
completing the course are equipped
for any important position in the business world of today. The typewriting and book-keeping classes are conducted with equal efficiency. That
four of the first six pupils who entered the school obtained good positions in less than a month speaks for
itself. A great feature of this school
is that evening classes are held three
times a week for those who cannot
attend during the day. Associated
with the school is the Royal Stenographic Company, whose business is
that of public stenographers. All
kinds of legal, literary and commercial work are done by it, and translations are made from or into French,
German and other languages. Expert
stenographers are also promptly supplied. This school is a credit to the
city and we wish it continued success.
The school is carried on at 426 Sayward Block.
When this Company about a year
ago acquired the business of Raymond & Sons, and established themselves in Victoria, we were convinced
that the business operations of this
splendid concern would promptly ancl
visibly contribute to the commercial
ancl mercantile status of this city, and
exert the same potent influence on its
expansion and development as Evans,
Coleman & Evans are very well
known to have done in Vancouver.
We were not disappointed, for the
business is even now wide and extensive, and formidable in its scope.
They keep an immense stock of
builder's and contractor's supplies;
cannery supplies, cast iron and steel
pipe, iron and steel products, mining
and milling supplies, mantels, tiles,
etc., steel rails, switches, etc., steel
wire rope, smithing coal and coke,
etc., and an enormous range of other
and corresponding products. But it
may safely be said, there is nothing
falling within the above general terms
whicii they do not keep in full quantity. Their business has gone on increasing since coming to Victoria,
showing they met a real need and that
their action is warmly reciprocated.
They are certain of long-continued
success, for Victoria, and this part of
tiie province, have entered an era of
tremendous expansion. The local
manager in Victoria is Mr. II. J.
Crowe, who is well maintaining the
Company's prestige and reputation.
The offices, etc.. arc 613 Pandora
The business of this Company has
been an ever-increasing and potential
factor in the commercial expansion
of Victoria for the past eleven years,
and today it occupies a premier place
among the great wholesale and commission brokers in the City and Province. The range of their operations
covers liquors, groceries, provisions
and fruit, ancl not only is the stock
of these commodities perfect in its
completeness, but it is absolutely unrivalled from the viewpoint of quality, high grade and purity. Their
wines, spirits and liquors are unequalled. Not only are they the finest
products of the makers but they are
matured to the highest excellence—
Buchanan's Scotch whiskies, Les Fils
de F. Schmidt Bordeau clarets and
burgundies, Magnier's cognacs and
brandies, etc. They represent, too,
the Cumberland Packing Company of
Sidney, Australia, whose canned
meats iare the finest on the market,
also Cotterall's celebrated New Zealand honey; and an extensive array
of goods and manufacturers which
stand first among all competitors.
Not only has the Company developed
to enormous dimensions here, but a
splendid branch is operated in Van-;
couver and the business has been extended throughout the whole of the
Province, and up into the Yukon, thus
making thc city a tremendous influence as a wholesale distributing centre, for all kinds of high class wines
ancl spirits and groceries as well as
the green and dried fruits of California.   The oflice is 531 Yates Street.
The great enterprise which has
been established under the name ancl
auspices of this Company has attained a marvellous success despite
the keen competition whicli exists
among the many makers of similar
products throughout the world. The
company are manufacturers of the
"Staneland" brand of mixed paints,
varnishes, dry colours, etc., and these
products have asserted their superiority over all corresponding commodities. So much is this the case that
the "Staneland" brand is quickly and
in ever-increasing quantities finding
its way into far outside places where
a few years ago it was quite unknown. The company are sole agents
in British Columbia for Burrell &
Co.'s (London), warranted' genuine
English white lead and linseed oil;
for Pratt and Lambert's varnishes,
ancl for "Duresco" famous washable
water paint. The Company have uow
established a branch house in Prince
Rupert. It is with the greatest
pleasure we record a continuance of
progress and expansion on the part
of the Staneland Company, Limited,
not only because their enterprise deserves success, but also because it is
a local industry, whose influence is
momentous on the city's growth and
expansion. Mr. W. Iv Staneland is
the managing director whom wc all
known and esteem for his business
ability and rectitude. The Compauy
is located at 836-840 Fort street.
Telephone 2075
P. O. Box 447
Lumber Company
All kinds of
Lumber, Lath
Shingles, Etc.
6iS Montreal St.
Victoria, B. C. XXVIII
Victoria's Wholesale Interests Command Attention
TO a large extent the enterprise, the growth and the
future of a city is known
or sized up by the number and
character of its wholesale and retail houses.
The wholesale and retail interests have a very close relationship
with, and interdependence on, each
other, though of course those of the
former are wider and vaster.
In the wholesale interests of Victoria, among which are many that
have been identified with the development of the City for the past
half century, are to be found represented almost every line of business enterprise.
The grocery houses carry large
stocks, well selected, and retailers
find it greatly to their advantage,
for within an hour or two they can
have in their stores any line of
goods they desire. The liquor trade
is also well represented by firms of
the highest standing, carrying
stocks unsurpassed anywhere on
the continent. While we have no
large wholesale dry goods or millinery houses with headquarters in
Victoria. These lines are well represented by jobbers and by sample
rooms of the largest and most representative firms in the Dominion
and of the European markets.
Considerable amount of stock is
carried by both the jobbers and the
sample rooms for sorting, while
these representatives have facilities
for getting in goods at the shortest
possible notice. Large building and
plumbing supply houses carrying in
stock of all classes of builders and
plumbers' supplies, iron, steel, tiles,
etc., are well represented in Victoria's wholesale district. There
are several large houses making a
specialty of flour, grain, cereal
stuffs, hay, etc., while in vegetables,
fruit, poultry, meats, etc., the
wholesale and distributing houses
compare favourably with any city
in the Dominion.
Classed, with. the. wholesalers
should be the manufacturers agents,
for they do a very large business,
and all find Victoria admirably situated as a distributing point. These
agents represent practically every
line of manufactured article, from
complicated engines to the commonplace household utensil and material. The territory covered by the
wholesalers, jobbers and manufacturers' agents, whose stocks represent goods from all over the world
extends not only over the entire
Island, but it also takes in as far
north as the Yukon, ancl even invades the territory as far east as
Winnipeg. Much of the credit for
Victoria's commanding position as
a wholesale centre, is due to the
optimism of those who are today
known familiarly as "the old
timers"; they always saw a bright
future ahead of the Capital City,
ancl we of today must "doff our
hats" to the men, who through
years of slow business and hard
fighting against tremendous odds,
still held firmly to their conviction
that Victoria was only waiting.
These men are today reaping their
well earned reward in their splen-
idid increased business.
In retail stores, Victoria has ever
had the best that business would
warrant. Tlie Victoria merchant
has ever been ambitious.    It has
been his desire to increase his business ancl add to the attractiveness
of the store.
The growth of Victoria's retail
centre is a subject of amazement to
those who came here a few years
ago, went away and then came back
again this year. New stores have
come, ancl are daily coming into existence, while the older ones have
been compelled to make extensive
additions to their floor space to accommodate increasing business.
Only five years ago Government
street was the only busy shopping
street in the city. Today Yates,
Douglas, Fort, Johnson and Broad
are all as busy as Government street
was then. The larger cities of the
Dominion cannot make a better
showing than Victoria in the line
of retail stores. The establishments
are up-to-date and inviting and the
proprietors and their assistants are
courteous and obliging, ancl all
goods are the best the markets can
supply, both in style and quality.
Victoria trade has always demanded the best, and it has also insisted
that the price be right. In all lines
of business, dry goods, boots and
shoes, clothing, millinery, groceries,
household goods, hardware, meats,
dairy products, etc. The goods offered to the Victoria buying public
have ever been of the very highest
quality and the purveyors are men,
who through their attention and
strict business methods have gained the confidence and respect of
their ever increasing clientele, and
this taken in conjunction with the
growth of retail business generally,
plainly indicates the general prosperity and wonderful growth of the
Capital City.
Established only two years ago, the
firm of Harvey & Briggs has met
with unbounded success, for not only
are they one of the largest importers
of, and, wholesale dealers in wines,
spirits, liquors, etc., in the City of
Victoria, but the ramifications of
their business extend throughout the
Island, all over the Province of British Columbia and into the adjacent
Province of Alberta. The high quality of their goods, coupled with the
most excellent methods of business,
accounts for their phenomenal success. Their stock is a most extensive
one, and includes all the standard
wines of the best vintages and produced by the most reliable concerns,
lt also embraces the leading Scotch
and Irish whiskeys, and the best standard brands of brandy, rum, gin, etc.,
and the finest products of the leading
distilleries and breweries of Canada.
A few of their specialties, but only
a few, for everything they handle is
special, are the following: Clan MacKenzie Scotch, Harvey's Special
Scotch, Ernest Irroy & Co.'s famous
champagnes, Barclay & Perkins' ales
ancl stout, etc. Their assortment of
choice vintage champagnes is exceptionally fine, including as it does, the
famous vintages of i8rj8. The firm
are highly skilled in the art of preserving their stock in the highest perfection, and whatever they sell is
guaranteed absolutely pure. Mr. A.
Harvey and Mr. Harry C. Briggs are
the proprietors, and their success is
clue to their ability and enterprise
combined with superior goods, prompt
attention to every order and promptitude in delivery. Their stores, offices, etc., are Wharf street foot of
Bastion street.
Motor Boat
& Automobile Supplies
Whatever you need for your Boat or Auto we can supply
We have the largest stock of Motor Boat and
Auto Supplies in Canada
Bosch Magnetos
Schebler Carburetors
Bryant & Berry Propellers
Harthan Speed Propellers
Edison Storage Batteries
Bosch Spark Plugs
Paragon Gears
Bald ridge Gears
Aplco Lighting System
Heinze Coils
New York Coils
Marine Hardware, Etc.
The Canadian Fairbanks-Morse Co., Ltd.
510 Johnson Street
Telephone 2020
Victoria, B.C.
Ill estimating the progress that this
city has made of recent years, and in
anticipating her growth during the
coming years one must not forget
that shipping has played perhaps the
most important part in that same upbuilding. With the improvements
contemplated to the harbour, it is reasonable to predict that the volume of
commerce will increase very materially, and that shipping will continue to
The phenomenal prosperity and development of Victoria whicii arc now
so patent upon every hand, and in
every direction, are clearly reflected
in the magnificent enterprises of the
city among which we place that of
R. Harris & Co., Limited. This concern was established some four years
ago, and it was incorporated in the
year iyn. Mr. Alexis Martin is the
president and Mr. Roy Harris is the
secretary of the Company;   and we
hold one of the foremost places in
the industries of this province. With
the large amount of shipping conies
the need for ships supplies, and there
is in this city a firm which makes a
specialty of catering to wants of ships
and steamboats. E. B. Marvin &
Company have been established in the
City for a great many years, in fact
they are the oldest firm in their particular line of business in the city.
They are ship chandlers and commission merchants and handle a great
deal of busiuess in shipping 1'nes,
For over fifty years they have held
an enviable reputation and are today
one of the foremost firms in the city.
Their stores are at "4 Wharf Street.
Mr. F. W. Adams has for a great
many years been the popular manager oi the concern.
are justified in saying that in their
hands its business is safe ancl equally
sure to expand. The Company are
the managers of the well-known
"Red Cross" goods in Victoria; and
among the many varieties of commodities in which they operate we
may particularize the "Red Cross"
Chemical Closets; the "Ajax" Chemical Fire Engine, Fireless Cookers, and
Advertising Novelties. Their stock of
goods is one of thc highest and best
in the city; and its quality is matched
and measured only by the splendid
business methods which characterize
the Company's dealings at all times.
Hence the success of the business
keeps a pace commensurate with the
city's extraordinary activity and development at the present time in new
buildings, new enterprises, and in increasing population. The business of
R. Harris & Co., Limited is at 1107
Langley Street.
The rapid growth and enormous
velopmcnt of Victoria arc exemplif|
and reflected in no more potent
striking way than in the splendid pj
portions to whicii some of her grl
industries have attained in   the   pi
few years.    We have particularly |
mind as we make these remarks,
enterprise carried  on   by   Huitchisl
Brothers & Company, Limited.   Fel
merly  it  was   known as   HutchisI
Brothers, but the incorporation soil
five years or so ago meant only tl
carrying on of the business on mol
comprehensive lines, but on the sail
system of high quality ancl perfecticf
which had won for it a  position
pre-eminence in the city.    It is no
one of the largest concerns in the cil
or anywhere in the Province, and til
scope of its  operations  covers  elel
trical  and    mechanical    engineerinl
iron and brass founders, and electa
oal installations of every descriptid
—light, heat and power—-and of evel
magnitude.    They have installed tl
plants for some of the largest entcf
prises  in  the  city  ancl  through   tl
Island.   Some of these have involvl
ornamental cast-iron poles and othl
work, and these two have been mal
by the  Company  in  their own  ir J
and brass foundry.   Their own plail
machinery ancl equipment are of tl
most perfect ancl up-to-date descril
tion; ancl they have for years mail
tained the high  quality and distiuf
tive   individuality   of their  work
means   of   their   own   draughtsmd
their own pattern shop and the othl
accessories necessary to  make thef
a  self-centred,  self-reliant and  absl
lutely complete concern in themselvj
The Company is officered by men
the highest eminence in their seveij
spheres, ancl of undoubted ability ai|
integrity.    They are;   R.   Hutchiso
president and  electrical  superintenl
enit; J. H.    MacEachem,    secretarl
treasurer;  D.  Dixon,  mechanical  s|
perintendent,   and   D.   C.   Hutchisc
general manager.   The works, offic(|
etc., are on Esquimalt Road.
"Shine  yer  boots,   sir?"
"Nol"  snapped   the  man,
"Shine  'em  so's   yer  can   see yer  face j
'em,"  urged  thc   bootblack.
"No,   I   tell   you!"
"Coward!" hissed the bootblack. THE WEEK, SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 1912
Wholesalers Report a Large Increase in Business
Ihere is no    more    healthful and
_ful   and   encouraging  indication,
none which in a review of Vic-
p's trade and progress, we should
willingly record than  the  fact
an important and powerful con-
like that of A. P. Slade & Corn-
should deem it necessary to cs-
Ish a branch in this city.    Their
|quarters  are  in   Vancouver   and
operations extend all  over the
|land.    Since   coming  here  they
materially  added   to  Victoria's
ssale commercial houses.    The'r
ltions cover the wholesale deal-
li butter, eggs, cheese, and other
fee,    imported    and    domestic,
large   consignments   come   to
from  all  parts,  and  these  are
luitly being    repacked    and relic! all over the country.    They
lit  to be distinctly known that
lare   prepared   to   purchase,   in
|or small quantities, all the do-
produce that they can procure;
bat they pay the highest price
Ich   produce,  on  the   condition
lcomes to them in a clean, fresh
lire condition.    Not only is all
fierchandize of the first quality,
orders are promptly attended
delivered or shipped punctual-
lo those consigning them  pro-
femittances are promptly made.
Slade-Stevens,   an   able   and
Irising   business   man,    is    the
Ier, and he has great  faith  in
Hand ancl the future of the city,
[archouse of the Company is at
rtes street.
Rie month of June last Mr. W.
Vel, Phm. B., Pharmaceutical
st, established Ivel's Pharmacy
IWestholme Hotel building, 1415
Government street, and the enterprise
has met with complete success. Not
only is there kept a full and complete
stock of all the drugs and standard
chemicals, but also of medical and
surgical   appliances   and   equipments.
tors' prescriptions are filled ancl compounded with not only the highest
technical skill, but with scrupulous
care. The drugs and ingredients are,
like all the rest of the stock, absolutely pure.    Mr. Ivel keeps in stock
proved by the vast, and ever-increasing numbers who patronize it from
day to day. The ice cream served at
this place is made by themselves of
the very best cream procurable and
every ingredient is guaranteed to be
All the patent medicines recognized
by the medical profession are also
kept, and every drug in fact known
to the pharmacopoea. Mr. Ivel's
standing in his profession makes him
an ideal dispensing chemist, and cloc-
the vast variety of articles now usually found in the modern up-to-date
drug store—perfumes, toilet articles,
stationery, etc. He also keeps a very
superior soda fountain, and the excellence   of   its   refreshing   contents   is
pure. This ice cream is conceded to
be the best on the Coast. The entire
enterprise is conducted on excellent
business lines and principles, and we
wish it long-continued success.
This Company represents one of
the greatest successes among the
splendid array of Victoria's rapidly
developing industries. But the Bakeries, Limited, have succeeded by vir-
true alone, or in other words on the
merits of their products. The plant
and machinery installed by them are
the best and most up-to-date for the
most effective and scientific methods
of baking. In the next place, the ingredients employed are in every instance the most select and the purest
that can be procured, and then their
workmen are experts who carry out
their operations from beginning to
end with a rigorous regard to the
highest sanitary requirements, and so
as to avoid taint or contamination of
any kind. Absolute purity characterizes everything produced by the Bakeries, Limited. Their output of loaves
is about 100,000 a month. The bread
is in the highest demand and in the
highest favour in the city as well as
through the Island. The Company
has had to keep increasing its staff,
as well as its outfit of waggons, etc.,
for delivery purposes. The steamboats of the Grand Trunk Pacific,
as well as of the C. P. R. are both
supplied by the Bakeries, Limited.
The Company has had the advantage
of the able management of its
bakeries as well as of the business
of Mr. G. A. Okell, ancl he commands
not only the esteem of the workmen,
but the amplest measure of confidence from the citizens.
Sharpe—"On his birthday before their
marriage she gave him a book entitled: "A
Perfect Gentleman."
Swifle—"Any change after a year of married life?"
Sharpe—"Yes; on his last birthday she
gave him a book entitled: "Wild Animals I
have Met."
Within the past few months one
of the oldest and largest of our wholesale firms—Pither & Leiser, whose
business was established some forty
years ago—was incorporated with a
capitalization of $2,000,000. But the
change in thc name of the firm will
be about the only thing noticeable to
the public, as the well known heads
of the firm will still take an active
part in the new and extended enterprise. The officers and directorate of
the new Company will be composed
of Messrs. Luke Pither, Max Leiser,
W. P. Gcoghegan of Dublin, who was
for many years connected with the
world renowned firm of Guinness, A.
E. Goodbody and Jas. Hunter. Mr.
Hunter will assume the general managership of the new company with
head offices in Victoria as of old, but
both Messrs. Pither and Leiser will
still always be on hand as an advisory
board, their long experience placing
them in a unique position in this respect. Mr. George A. Gardiner will
continue as local Manager and Mr.
George N. Joy will still look after the
Company's interests in Vancouver.
I The name of no other importing and
I wholesale distributing concern is so
conspicuous and so popular in this
section of the West as that of Pither
& Leiser, Ltd. Their magnificent six-
storey, stone and brick warehouse at
the corner of Fort and Wharf streets,
specially designed for their business
in all its departments, testifies to the
I size and magnitude of this splendid
enterprise. The scope of the business embraces wines, liquors and
cigars, and that these are the product
of the best makers in thc highest
state of maturity and perfection, and
guaranteed to be absolutely pure, the
best of all warranties is, the guarantee of Pither & Leiser, Ltd. They
handle all classes of wines, liquors
and liquers, both by case aud cask.
Among others we may mention,
Mumm's Extra Dry, Mumm's Selected Brut, and Mumm's Cordon Rouge
Vintages, 1900 and 1904 Champagnes;
Lemp's Extra Pale St. Louis Beer;
Dog's Head Bass' Ale; Dog's Head
Guinness, ancl Carnegie & Co.'s
Sweedish Torter, White Rock Lithia
Water, King William IV Scotch
Whiskey, Kilmarnock Scotch Whiskey, Old Gaelic Smuggler Scotch
Whiskey, all of the highest grades
of Scotch, and all the other leading
brands of Scotch, Irish and Canadian
Whiskeys. The finest Jamaica and
Demerara Rums and the favourite
liqueurs are also within their category. They are among the largest
importers of Havana cigars which are
specially picked ancl packed, and preserved in a specially designed section
of their warehouse, in the most perfect condition for the customer's use.
With their great expansion on all
sides, within the city and through the
Island and Mainland, this eminent and
progressive concern is certain to develop to still greater proportions, and
thus contribute to thc City's advance,
and its own well-won success. XXX
Victoria's Business Houses Optimistic and Progressive
Whether we view it as wholesale
merchants or as manufacturers, Turner, Beeton & Company, Limited,
must be classified in the front ranks
of our  greatest   enterprises.    Nearly
half a century ago—in 1863—the business was established by Mr. J. H.
Turner, formerly premier of British
Columbia, and still its Agent-General
in London. The business was then
that of wholesale merchants, importing all kinds of dry goods and kindred merchandize, a specialty being
made of working men's apparel and
equipments. After the Company was
incorporated in 1902 the project was
developed, and an additional department was added to manufacture many
of the lines which had formerly been
imported or made up by the local
Chinese firms. Thus originated what
is known as The Big-Hom Factory,
one of Victoria's leading industries.
Its particular products are overalls
and shirts. These include, denim
penters' and cooks' aprons, Mackinaw
coats and pants, duck and canvass-
pants, jackets, jumpers, waiters', car-
lined coats, and other articles. They
are all union made, and are unrivalled
in the trade for quality, cut and workmanship. The output of the factory
is now 2,000 dozen per month, and
the payroll for the girl operators
amounts to some $35,000 a year. The
Big-Horn brand has eclipsed all competitors, ancl the goods of the Company are to be found in every store
in the Province and through the west.
The wholesale dry goods ancl importing business has also enormously developed, the Company's representatives being on widely extended routes
of the country all the time. The
Company have an agency in London
—the H. C. Beeton Company, while
Mr. G. A. Kirk is managing director,
and Mr. H. B. Thomson, M.P.P., is
the manager here in Victoria—two
names which guarantee thc Company's loyalty to Victoria ancl the
commercial success of the enterprise.
Among the many first class men's
furnishing stores in Victoria, one that
has taken a very prominent place, although only established during the
present year, is that of Spence, Doherty & Co., at 1216 Douglas street.
The partners in this firm are all well
known, having been residents of the
city for some years.    Their store is
chilly cut and made. Messrs. Spence,
Doherty & Co. have arrangements
with the makers of these clothes for
making suits specially to order. They
can suit the most fastidious from the
samples they carry. The splendid
business which this firm has built up
in their short business career, speaks
volumes for their ability and integrity
and for the popularity which they
so well deserve and enjoy.
coming payable are also promptly collected, ancl remitted whether their
client resides in or out of the city.
Both Mr. A. Lindsay and Mr. A. McDonald are thoroughly able and reliable men of business, and anyone
entrusting business to them may be
assured that whatever ability ancl
energy can do will be accomplished
by them. Their offices are Green
Block, 1216 Broad Street.
the rendezvous for the man who
wants to be "well dressed." They
carry a large stock of all classes of
furnishings, hats, caps, gloves, and
clothing. In furnishings and hats they
stock only the highest grade goods,
and have the exclusive agency for
some of the best makers. They have
the very latest in styles as soon as
they are on the market, and every
article in their store is guaranteed. In
clothing they are the sole representative for the T. & D. clothes; these
are recognized as one of the highest
grades in Canada. The factory in
Hamilton is among the best in the
Dominion and all their goods are spe-
This enterprise has made rapid
strides since it commenced operations
here in 1911, and judging it by the
ability and energy which it has
evinced, there can be little doubt of
its attaining a great success. Indeed
the enterprising spirit of its proprietors has already launched them on
quite an extensive scale into real estate and general insurance. This is
a department of course by itself and
apart from the main business of the
firm. They collect all classes of accounts, and all kinds of old or outstanding indebtedness. Accounts accruing  or  interest  or  dividends  be-
The business of J. E. Painter & Son
is one of the oldest in the city, for
prior to the present partnership, Mr.
J. E. Painter himself carried on one
of the most extensive businesses in
the city in wood and coal. The firm
are sole agents for the genuine Old
Wellington coal, and they make a specialty of first class A No. 1 household
coal. Other grades for ranges, furnaces, etc., are also supplied by them.
Their wood is all specially selected,
and cut to any required length for
fuel purposes by electrical machinery, The firm do one of the largest
businesses in the city in teaming. All
kinds of truck and dray work are un
dertaken by them,  and they hav
large supply of light and heavy y
gons, etc.   They keep at all time:
efficient and highly dependable
of men, for the purpose of being
to promptly   undertake   all teanl
truck and  dray    work    entrustecf
them, and this branch of their
ness is looked after with great
and attention.   Both Mr. J. E. Pal
and his son    are    well    known I
highly esteemed as business men]
have  been  unfailing  contributor!
the promotion of Victoria's  prof
ity and progress.   Their office ij
Cormorant Street.
The   Island    Creameries   As
tion, Limited, which was estab|
about   two   years   ago,   is   a
co-operative    concern    projectcl
comprehensive  lines,  and  it  hi
all dairy products, some of whil
utilized for butter and ice-crean|
ing, some are distributed retal
some wholesale to the retail dl
The  country  is  the  great feel
■the city, and it is most gratify!
find a splendid organization HIT
having taken  in  hand the pro
of the freshest and purest prodl
the dairy and farm, and redis|
ing them to the citizens at thtl
moderate    rates.      The    Assoil
handles the products of 80 to
the best ancl most modern farl
the Island.    It makes 'Tsland C|
cry" butter and "Quality" ice
whicii have a pre-eminence alfl
own, as niay be seen from till
that the Association sells oveil
pounds of butter weekly, and tl
gallons of cream daily for houj
and ice cream in winter, audi"
400 gallons daily for the saml
poses  in the  summer.    Besidcl
they  distribute   over  goo gallcl
milk daily;    seven    retail   andl
wholesale rigs being utilized ft!
purpose.    Their famous ice crc|
also handled   wholesale   ancl
Their plant is the most moderl
up-to-date on the Island and kl
a condition which delights the]
patrons of the Association ail
public who visit it.   Their goo'
used by the city most largely, a
the C. P.'R. and G. T. P. boats
officers of the Association are
Corfield, President; Watson A.
Manager; N. W. F. Rant, Sect
and Geo. M. Chapman, superii
ent,   and   they   have   our   hei
wishes for the Association's lonj
tinned prosperity and success.
One of the oldest and most reliable
of our tailor and clothier concerns
is the firm of Allen & Company, who
are now located at 626-628 Yates
Street. This firm was established
,some 12 years ago, and for a lengthened period it has had the highest
standing and reputation. Certainly
as each season comes round, it has
the most complete and fashionable
display of wares, and the buyers' perplexity is not in meagerness but in
profusion   of * choice.     Besides"..the
prices are always kept on a reasonable basis of profit, the object of Allen & Co. for, years having befen to
secure a customer from each '• new
deal. They are sole agents in Victoria for the Fit Reform of Montreal,
and also for Priestley's rainproof
cloth coats. They keep a staff of expert cutters and tailors on the premises, and evcty garment before leaving the store 'is guaranteed to be a
perfect fit. The proprietor is Mr, A.*:
E. Allen, wh6 is1 well- known, and
esteemed, in. the business and mer-.
cantile life of'tlie city;' ~ '■''  "   "'•' "
R. P. Rithet
Groceries, Wines and Liquors
Cigars and Tobaccos, Etc.
Pacific Coast Steamship Co.
Osaka Shosen Kaisha
Bank Line, Ltd.
ii 17 Wharf St., Victoria, B.C
City's Varied Interests Doing Growing Business
This is a Company which though
presenting one of Victoria's oldest
Id largest wholesale and retail en-
fprises, yet is by no means local in
■operations,   for  it  has  as  accesses to reach the best commodities
products, offices in London, Eng-
d, and New York, U. S. A.   It has
inch  establishments,  too,  in  Van-
iver, Kamloops, ancl several other
nicies  throughout  British   Colum-
The Company import wholesale,
and plate iron and steel of all
Ids;   pipe   and   pipe-fittings,   nails,
e   rope,  pumps,   gasoline   engines
shelf   and   heavy   hardware in
Jndless  variety.    They are  exclu-
agents for Massey-Harris farm
bhinery,     for     Meyer     Brothers'
]ips, and for many other  special-
makes of machinery, implements,
This Company has grown with
Igrowth of the country, and it will
itably continue so to grow. The
ity of its supplies has preserved
unvarying   excellence,    and  this,
Iled with the methods of business,
mparted to the Company a unique
s in the trade generally,
ner array of excellent business
and of men  deeply devoted to
Ioria's  development no  Company
esses as officers.   They are, Hon.
Prior, President;   G. F. Mat-
vs, Vice-President; G. W. Wynne,
Iiaging Director, and C. P. W.
wengers, Secretary.
This firm of importers of grocers'
specialties, although only established
some six months ago, has made a
very decided success of tlieir business, and are daily increasing the size
of their list of customers. Messrs.
J. A. Macdonald and G. N. Hodgson,
who comprise the firm, are men who
are thoroughly conversant with every
detail of the requirements of the present day up-to-date grocery house
and have secured the agencies for a
number of the best English and foreign houses. The demand for high
class groceries is increasing rapidly
and with the wonderful development
that is now taking place all over
British Columbia, we predict a brilliant future for the firm. Among their
specialties we might mention "Hu-
gen's Atera Suet," J. & A. Carpenter's English-made preserved provisions. They are also the special
agents forv Tamlin incubators and
chicken feed. These are well known
ancl have a reputation second to none
in their line. They also carry a full
line of all kinds of grocers' sundries.
Their travellers cover the entire province but they make a specialty of
Vancouver Island business and their
goods are to be found in every first
class store on the Island. Messrs.
Macdonald & Hodgson are both well
known throughout the trade and have
gained an enviable reputation for
their business acumen ancl the prompt
and efficient manner in which all orders are filled. Their office and
sample rooms are at Commercial
esteemed citizens, and while they
have built up this splendid industry
themselves. They are devoted to the
larger expansion and development of
Victoria. The bakery and store are
at the comer of Fernwood and Gladstone.
The firm of Rennie & Taylor are
the best known bread and cake bakers
in the city, and the products of the
Imperial Bakery have been in high
favour with the citizens for the past
13 years. Today they have many opponents in the field, but no real competitors; for par excellence their
bread and cakes stand above all, and
without a rival. The firm have their
own brick building in which all their
baking is done, and the very latest
plant and appliances are in requisition for the purpose of producing the
highest quality of every commodity.
It is needless to say that nothing but
the most perfect material is used, and
the most scrupulous cleanliness in
every part of the process as well as
in the handling. Quality has ever
been the motto and aim of the firm,
and by their adherence to it, they have
won their success. They make a specialty of their "Butter-nut" bread and
this is a great favourite throughout
the city. They employ is men, and
nothing but experts handle the baking. They deliver their goods to all
parts of the city and employ for the
purpose five wagons and one auto-
deliverer. Mr. W. J. Rennie and Mr.
J. T. Taylor, the members of the firm,
are among our most progressive and
The general machine and blacksmith shops of Mr. Janies Morrison
have been carried on for years, and
they have acquired a reputation quite
their own for the skill, and efficiency
as well as the promptitude with
which they carry out all orders entrusted to them. Mr. Morrison is not
only our most efficient ship-smith
and engine-smith, but the extent of
Wis operations covers miners' drills
and outfits, logging outfits, iron gates
and fences, and in fact all kinds of
general jobbing and machine and
blacksmith work. Mr, Morrison has
all along the 21 years that he has
been in business, adopted the principle of giving to each customer absolute satisfaction through the use of
nothing but first class material, and
the employment of first-class skilled
workmen. He thus acquired the name
of turning out everything perfect, and
as he adhered to this policy through
the years, the success which he has
gained became more complete. He is
practically without a rival for prompt
and perfect work. His shop is 1311
Wharf Street.
As fine art dealers and handlers of
photographic supplies, etc., we do not
think the firm of C. H. Smith & Co.
have any equals in the city. Since
their big fire and their installation in
their newer and more commodious
premises, the business has been extended and developed in many ways.
Their stock of kodaks, photographs,
supplies and art goods is most comprehensive, and their display of water-
colours, fac-simile water-colours, photo gravures, carbons, planiotypes,
hand-coloured graveures, etc., is provocative of the highest admiration.
Indeed it is the centre of attraction
to the hundreds of admiring people
who week by week visit the establishment. Printing, copying and enlarging, as well as picture framing are
carried out with consummate skill and
artistic taste. Amateur finishing is
also done by the firm. They have
special apartments and the finest facilities and most modern methods for
all these classes of work, and we may
say they are the leaders in their line
in the city. Mr. C. H. Smith is one
of our best known and most highly
esteemed citizens. He is the proprietor. The store is at 611 Fort
iritish Columbia Telephone Co., Limited
Ireat as has been the development
expansion of Victoria and Van-
ver Island as well as throughout
I entire  Province, we  can  not,  in
review  of the  city,  omit  for  a
|nent a particular notice of one of
most  potent  contributory   in'flu-
es  to  the  splendid  conditions  of
Igress and prosperity in which the
pens   and   people   of   the   country
themselves.   The British Colum-
| Telephone Company has not only
ved to create our prosperity, but it
with admirable spirit and enter-
(ie aimed to keep pace with the
id movements of the past few
rs. Lilies radiate from Victoria to
various business centres of the
ind as far as Ladysmith, Nanaimo,
Iinberland and Comox, while a
endid submarine cable system
ks Victoria with Vancouver and
[er Mainland points as well as thc
ervening islands through the
|aits of Georgia, while a heavy cop-
circuit directly connects Vancou-
itself with Seattle, and new cir-
Its are in immediate contemplation
ween Nanaimo and Victoria,
ies and new centres of activity
augh the Island as well as the
inland are constantly being added
the long-distance systems having
ir centres cither in Victoria or
iicouver. There are some forty
es and towns in the Province now
ng served by the B. C. Telephone
tem and others are being added
quickly as installations can be
de.   Victoria itself has had a most
Inirable system, but this has been
y much improved within the past
nth  with  the  opening  up  of  the
offices of the Company in their
Jd'ing on Blanchard street.   In this
liew of the progress of Victoria we
lire   to   make   special   mention   of
splendid structure in which the
mpany is now housed in the Capi-
City.    This building which  was
Icted at a cost with equipment, of
i.ut $300,000, is one of the most up-
late of its kind on the continent,
building has been erected with
idea of being capable of handling
Ithe business o