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 Vol. HI.   No. 49.
PRINCETON, MAR. 21,  1903.
Around   Hedley and   Similkameen City.
Mr. Frank Bailey came up from Simil
kameen City late last week, and reports
considerable development work going on
in Camp Hedley.
Mr. Duffy made a rich strike of copper
in a lime gangue while doing a assessment work on his claim, the copper occurring in the form of chalcopyrite.
On the south side of the Similkameen
River, Mr. Pollock has located and developed to some extent a group of free
milling quartz claims, from which good
assays are obtained, and which promise
to become profitable investments to the
company that secures them.
W. Allison and J. M. Hitchings are doing assessment work on the Red Chief |
claim, just north of Similkameen City.
The lead on this claim is about 8 feet
wide, and carries from $8 to $40 in gold,
with small values in silver. Two other
free milling leads are also found
property. A. E. Howse, of Nicola Lake,
holds a large interest in this claim.
Mr. Bailey is seeking aid from the Pi
vincial Government for the completing
of the Nickel Plate-Penticton wagon
road from Riordan to the Similka
valley, thus opening up a very rich
eral belt on the west side of Twenty Mile
Creek. The route has already been gone
over and will be surveyed this spring.
From the centre of the Similkameen
townsite a practical wagon road can be
built at small cost, the distance not being more than five miles from the Prince-
ton-Keremeos road to the Nickel'.Plate-
Penticton road. The most feasible route
could be obtained by switching up the
side of the hill to a draw on the Red
Chief claim, thence up this draw to the
top of the mountain, thence west along
the summit of same, crossing the West
Fork of Twenty Mile Creek about a mile
from the forks, thence following the East
Fork of Twenty Mile Creek on the west
side to a point about a mile south of the
Chain Lakes, thence due east, connecting with the Penticton wagon road about
a mile south of the Riordan Pass. This
five miles of road could be constructed
for at most $500 per mile, and when fim
ished would be short cut from all points
up the Similkameen valley to Penticton,
bringing Princeton within 51 miles of |
Okanagan Lake.
The Nickel Plate Company have had
great trouble this winter in keeping their
wagon road open on account of the
quantity of snow, but by the building of
this road to the Similkameen Valley, all
the traffic bound for the   Princeton coal
fields and the Upper   Similkameen :
ing camps would undoubtedly take this
Mr. Bailey has started work with a
small crew on the development of his
properties adjoining Similkameen City,
J. A. Munson, the contractor, has moved bis camp to  his sawmill, west of the
A. Green, who was   up   from   Hedley
City on Monday last, was at   Olalla di
ing the visit there of   President   Brew
of the Olalla Company, and a number of
the directors.
The party was accompanied by Horace
F. Brown, the San Francisco smelting
expert, and a thorough examination of
the workings on the Bullion   group
The   visitors  seemed   highly  pleased
with the condition of  the property, a
it is   expected   that work will   be   co
menced on the smelter during  the co
ing season.
Three shifts were working  steadily
the   Bullion   tunnel, and the ore chute,
which it is being run to cut, was thought
to be close.
Angus Stewart, who has been appointed by the government to arrange a collection of B. C. ores for the St. Louis
Exposition, is in the Boundary country
getting samples from the   camps in that
He sends word that he will visit
Similkameen in June for the purpose of
getting samples from this district, and
wishes the prospectors owning claims to
get suitable samples   and   leave them at
be   impossible for him to visit  the <
ous camps.
Samples weighing about 5 lbs. will be
the most suitable.
Specimens for this purpose left at the
Star office will be held ibr   Mr. Stewart
itil he arrives.
PS -j
A checking^ account with a bank is a
great convenience, not only to business
len, but to others as well. More people
■ould keep such accounts if they knew
just how to go about it. We gladly assist
e who need help in getting started.
Deposits received by mail.—Bank of
Hamilton, Kamloops.
Al Johnston has   returned   from.Mun-
>n's   camp.    An   accident to   his hand
having compelled him to quit work for a
Brief News Notes of Princeton
and   Vicinity.
Mrs. Hugh Hunter is   confined 1
house with a severe cold.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Waterman have
been suffering from an attack of la grippe.
The Vermilion Forks Co. has been selling considerable coal to Hedley customers. This is a business capable of great
future expansion.
John Smith, of Stirling Creek, was i
visitor to Princeton for a few days thi
A report is in circulation that the Holt
syndicate, owning coal lands five miles
west of here, which Alexander Sharp, M,
E., explored last season with a diamond
drill, is about to incorporate.
Max Wilson was up from Hedley City
for a few days on business, and returned
again Sunday. Luke Gibson drove down
with him.
J. G. Thynne brought in two loads of |
hay Wednesday from Otter Valley. The
protracted winter is making hay
and dear.
Keremeos folks celebrated the 17th of |
" ould " Ireland with a.masquerade ball,
held in the Richter-Conkling hall,
J. Budd left Wednesday for Kamloops,
where he goes to consult a knight of the
forceps.   We wish him a pleasant  inter-
H. W. Hardy, M. Foy and Fred Oel
rich, are busy doing assessment work or
a claim up One Mile Creek.
M. Silverthorn returned from the Coast
on last week's stage—at least as far
Otter canyon, where the stage got stalled
snow slide. Mine host of the Hotel
Jackson found the walking poor between
that place and J. Thynne's, a distance of
: miles. Mr. Silverthorn finally arrived here Wednesday on top of a load of |
hay, after spending nearly a weel
road between this place and Nicola Lake.
Such is life in the far west.
J. McDonald, who has. been spending
the winter at the Coast returned on Monday last, coming in via Penticton.
E. F. Voigt reports that work in
Voigt's camp is being proceeded with,
four men being at present employed running a 500 foot open cut on the Yellow
Jacket claim. This claim adjoins the R.
S.' Fraction, and the ore body on the
Yellow Jacket is  thought  by Mr. Voigt
be a continuation of the R. S. lead,
which was uncovered last fall.
W. A. McLean, T. Sloan and Neil Henderson, came up Thursday from Hedley
City. Mr. McLean is crippled with an
injured hand, which he came up to have
attended to by Dr. Whillans. He states
while recently at Nelson the press contained news of a volcanic eruption on the
north east arm of Arrow Lake, by which
a large portion of the mountain affected
was thrown into the water, causing such
a tremendous wave that a steamer plying
on the lake was thrown 200 feet up on
the beach.
No.  2.
Mr. H. Hayman Claudet, Manager of
the Canadian Ore Concentration, Ltd.,
and the Le Roi No. 2 management, announce that an arrangement has been
definitely made for the erection of a 5-
unit plant immediately to treat 50 tons
daily of Le Roi No. 2 ore. It is added
that within a month work will have
started upon the first mill to be erected
in Rossland upon the concentration principle. Within two months the machinery will have arrived from England, and
within three months concentrates will be
shipped from Rossland, the first in the
history of the camp.
It is claimed that the Elmore process
can treat the ore at a cost of between $1
and $1.50 per ton, inclusive of the royalty, according to the number of tons concentrated, and that it will concentrate
this ore at about 6 or 7 to 1. As no sorting of ore will be necessary, the cost of
mining should be reduced to about $3
per ton, especially as the whole width of
the vein will be taken out. The recovery will be about 85 to 90 per cent of the
value. Altogether the concentrator can
handle successfully ore between the values of #6 and $7, and will make a further
reduction as the plant grows larger.
Senator Templeman is reported as having obtained a promise from the government at Ottawa to pass legislation during
the coming session increasing the head
tax on Chinese to $500. The question of
Japanese immigration will also be   dealt
Princeton meteorological   readings for
week ending Mar 18, 1903:
Thursday,   Mar. 12— 20
Friday, "     13— 24
Saturday, " 14— 28
Sunday, " 15— 42
Mondaj, " 16— 44
Tuesday, " 17— 41
Wednesday, " 18— 40
Mean 34.14
A. E. HOWSE,      -     Manager,
The project mentioned elsewhere
in this issue for shortening the distance between this place and Penticton, appears to De one well worthy of government aid. Judging
from the information received, the
route from the Similkameen valley
across to the Nickel Plate road is
an entireiy feasible one, and could
be constructed at a cost of between
two and three thousand dollars.
When the great advantage of it to
this part of the Similkameen is considered, the outlay is trifling in
comparison with the benefits to be
gained, and it is to be hoped the
powers that be at Victoria will not
hesitate to give the required assist-
By the present wagon road Penticton is about'/ 5 miles distant from
Princeton, and the journey between
the two places occupies the better
part of two days.
By completing the Nickel Plate
road the distance could be brought
down to 51 miles, and the trip between the two places could be accomplished in a single day.
The road built by the Nickel
Plate Company (aided by the Provincial Government) was for the
purpose of bringing in mining supplies from Penticton, the nearest
point on Okanagan Lake. The
road is about 26 miles long, and
ends 5000 feet in the air, the Nickel Plate people being the only ones
now using it to any extent.
By extending  it through  to the
Similkameen River at a point about
22 miles from Princeton, it could be
made to serve the whole upper portion of the valley, besides making
it less troublesome to the Nickel
Plate Company to keep open, the
increased traffic preventing the
snow blocking  it so   badly in
The portion to be built in order
to connect with the Princeton-Ker-
emeos road would be about 5 miles
long, and would leave the Nickel
Plate road a couple of miles north
of the mine.
If, for the benefit of a single company, the government saw fit to aid
the construction of the road from
the lake to the mine, it seems reasonable to expect it to   complete the
ad by extending it through to the
river, thus benefiting   all the ir
ests of this section.
attained by operation of a plant
this size will therefore be watched
with great interest.
The Similkameen should send 1
good collection of ores to the St
Louis Exposition. Millions of dollars are being spent to make it
success, and people from all parts of
the world will be there. Its value
as an advertising medium can readily be seen.
^Qn account of the delayed mail
no political news has percolated
through to the Similkameen for the
last   two   weeks.    The   lightning
hange artists at Victoria could
form and wreck three or four gov-
ments without us knowing anything about it. The legislators
would be robbed of the benefit of
advice in a case of this kind.
We have here another argument
favor of the early construction of
the Coast-Kootenay.
If the rumour regarding the incorporation of the Holt syndicate is
correct, it would indicate an intention on the part of that company
to proceed with the development
of their coal locations in this section. Their ground is situated on
what Mr. Sharp, their engineer,
considers the geological centre of
the basin, and consequently con
tains coal that has been subject to
greater pressure than the seams
that crop near the edge of the coal
It is interesting to note that the
Canadian Ore Concentration, Ltd.,
represented in Rossland by H.
Hayman Claudet, is preparing to
erect a five unit plant for the daily
treatment of 50 tons of Le Roi No.
2 ore, by the Elmore oil process.
From experiments made by this
company on Copper Mountain ores,
it is believed the process could be
successfully applied to the copper
ores of  this section.    The   results
Requisites of Mining.
The requisites of successful mining are not alone in possessing the
veins containing the precious metals, but also the knowledge and
skill of how to best develop the
property for the economical working of it as a legitimate business
proposition. The successful management of a mine requires the
same business qualifications as are
necessary to conduct a prosperous
manufacturing enterprise or mercantile business. The field is a
most attractive one. As a rule panics do not affect mining, except in
the arbitrary destruction of money
metal, as was the case in silver.
The tariff only slightly affects the
steady, increasing profits of mining.
Political parties may come and go,
but science and improved machinery constantly reduces the cost of
production, and mining goes on.
High salaried salesmen are not
needed, for the demand is practically unlimited and the product is at
once marketable. With proper
care and judgment in the placing of
investments, nothing that is offered
the public is more worthy the attention than properly managed, legitimate mining enterprises.—Ta-
coma News.
" 15. Princeton—Service n a. m.   S.
Granite Creek—Service 7:30 p.m.
' 22. Princeton—Service 7:30 p. m.; S.
School 3:30 p.m.
' 29. Princeton—Service n a. m.   S.
School io a. m.;   Granite   Creek
3:30 p.m.
A sitting of the Countv Court will be
held at Princeton on Thursday, April 23,
By Order,
Registrar County Court.
Princeton, Feb. 28th, 1903.
Notice of Forfeiture.
d each of you  are  hereby notified that
of the undersigned, under Section 4 of an Act en-
"     i " An Act to Amend the Mineral Act, 1900."
ted at Princeton, B. C, this 24th day of Jan.
Look Out for the Paystreak.
" Assays across the ledge." or
" average samples," which are so
universally called for in reports
upon mines, may easily be very deceptive, says the Mining and Engineering Review. The precious
metals, especially gold, seems to
prefer a limited zone, or paystreak
in the vein, and are rarely to be
found diffused throughout the
ledge. Frequently a few inches of
paystreak gives all, or nearly all,
of the value to be found in a six-
foot ledge. The profits of a really
good mine may easily be consumed
in working barren rock, or rock too
low grade to be worth the .handling. More than one instance is
known where a twelve-inch paystreak fertilizes a ten-foot ledge,
and the inexperienced owner runs
through his mill nine cubic feet of
barren quartz to one cubic foot of
ore—determined to get " all the
values." Sample the ledge in sections and look out for the paystreak, if there is any, and waste
no time on barren rock.
Mar. 1. Princeton—Service 11 a.m.    Sui
day School 10 a.m.
Granite Creek—Service 7:30 p.n
Mar. 8. Nickel Plate mine—Service 2\--
p. m.; Healey City 7 p. m.
C. O. wrench's claim, 80 chains south, 80
west, 80 chains north, to  point  of com-
M.K. FRENCH, Agent
d this 5th day of March, 1903. m-28
Covington, Portland, Vicksburgand Quebec Min
eral Claims, situate in the Similkameen Min
ing Division of Yale District.   Where locat
Take   notii e  that I, J. E. Bate, Free   Miner';
Certificate No. B49851, agent  for The  Portlam
"ining Company, F
3355, intend, sixtj
_, apply to the Mini       _.
Notice   of Forfeiture.
nentioned sum which is now due, together with
ill costs of adverti-ing, your interest in the said
:lalm will become the property of the undersign-
imend the Mineral Act, 1900."
Dated at Princeton, B. C, this 7th day of Feb-
Jno. Patterson.
A. R. COLI,., SC. D.,
Civil and Mining Engineer
PRINCETON,     -   -     B. C.
The Valuation of Mines.
In discussing the question of
mine failures, the Engineering and
Mining Journal of New York, pres-;
ents arguments that are particular!
ly applicable to   British Columbia.
" The principal source of trouble
arises," it says, " from over-valuation. A mine may be said to be
worth a given sum when it can return that sum as profit from oper-*
ations covering a term of years plus
the interest on his investment during the period consumed in the return of the stated price. When
this is translated into a share capital the conditions are the same, air
though the amount of interest
which should be returned in the
form of dividends will vary in percentage according to the hazard of
the different kinds of mining.
" Apart from specific
there are several general influences
which militate against true values
There is that expectation of better
things, that resolute hopefulness
which is necessary to all exploratory work. We cannot do without
it, but it should be so restrained as
to regard the rules of arithmetic.
It is natural to the owner, to the
manager, to the intending purchaser, to all persons to whom the success of the mine ministers, directly
or indirectly; therefore, all the
more reason, for taking care that
the valuation of the mine be intrusted to those whose judgment is
in no wise vitiated either by sanguine sentiment or that disturbing
influence which is covered by the
term participation. To summarize,
mines are often over-valued because
the valuation is usually done by
people who are interested in getting
a maximum appraisement.
'' There is another far-reaching
factor : mines are frequently
bought to sell. It is a cynical truth
that more money is made by selling
mines than by buying them—because they are often sold for more
than they are worth. Therefore it
happens that although a property
may be recognized as worth a stated sum, nevertheless shrewd persons will be willing to pay a larger
amount because they have a reasonable expectation of selling it subsequently for   still -more.    If  this is
brought about by further intelligent
development, by solving knotty
problems of ore treatment, by a
new equipment which minimizes
working costs, that is, by engineering talent of the best kind, then assuredly the enhancement in price is
both warranted and deserved ; but
when it merely presumes upon the
ignorance of individuals or of sharer
holders, it partakes of the practicep
which slide imperceptibly into acts
that are dishonest.
'' The result of these tendencies
is that it is hard to purchase mines
at a fair valuation—that is, we repeat, a valuation such as is likely
to give a return of the purchase
price plus a reasonable interest on
the capital invested, The supply
of good mines is far below the demand ; in addition to those who are
shrewd enough to recognize that
gold mining, if properly safe-guarded, is the safest industry extant
there are a large number who see
the advantage of trading upon the
sanguine temperament of human
kind, and there is also another
class of people who rush in where
experienced men fear to commit'
themselves. Thus, if a mine is
worth a certain sum, as nearly as
the fact can be determined by skilful and trained specialists, then the
first group described will pay that
much for it, while the second will
pay more according to the popularity of the locality and the attractiveness of the scheme, and the
third group, of innocents, will be
deluded into parting with a price
which, humanly speaking, promises a loss with dreary certainty.
" These are some of the reasons
why mining ventures prove unprofitable ; they are such as time alone
can remove—time and the education of the public to a realization of
the fact that-while no industry affords such rapid and remunerative
returns as legitimate mining, none
affords so readily the facilis decens-
us Averni which awaits the greedy
or the foolish in   the   financial ar-
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What Papa Wished to Enow.
The agitated young man began
" Mr. Brockman, you may have
noticed that I have been a frequent
caller at your house for the last
year or more."
"Yes," replied the busy merchant. " I have seen you there
now and then, I remember."
" You will not be surprised,
therefore, when I tell you that I
want to marry your daughter."
" But—"
"Let me anticipate any objections you might have, Mr. Brock-
man. I am of good family ; I am
not dissipated; I have a good business, and am abundantly able to
support a wife.   All I ask is—"
" But/ young man—"
" I can bring testimonials to
prove all I say. I have never
wanted any other girl, and—"
'' And never shall want any other girl. From the first it has been
a case of—"
" Look here, young man, let me
get in a word Which one of my
daughters is it you want ? "
A Telephone Enigma.
"I recently heard," said the inquisitive man who had the faculty
of being able to be in two places at
once, " the following conversation
over the telephone:
" ' Who are you, please?'
" ' Watt.'
"'What's  your  name, please?'
" ' Watt's my name.'
" ■ Yes, what's your name? '
"'I say my name is Watt.
You're Jones.'
" ' No, I'm Knott."
'' ' Will you teil me your name ? '
" 'Will Knott.'
" ' Why won't you ?'
" ' I say my name is William
" ' Oh, I beg your pardon.'
" ' Then you'll be in this afternoon if I come around, Watt ? '
" 'Certainly, Knott.' "
" Do you wonder   they rang off
in despair and  disgust ? '"—Kanss
City Independent.
His " Quack " Doctor.
Dr. Robert F. Weir, of the College of Physicians and Surgeons,
was descrioing an operation he had
performed for the purpose of making a new nose for a man who had
lost that more or less ornamental
organ. To replace the lost bony
framework Dr. Weir had made use
of part of the breastbone of a duck.
The doctor concluded by saying :
" The man was very well satisfied with the result, but I do not
think I shall repeat the operation,
for this patient persists in speaking
of me as   his ' quack' doctor.
New York Times.
The citizens of a town must be
generous, enterprising and broad-
minded if they wish their burg to
grow into a city. People with
nickel souls can never build anything great.
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Hedley Meat Market,
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Caps, Flour and Feed.
A Specially is Made ol catering to the Prospectors wants.
Lake of the Woods==The Best Flour in the
World, always carried in stock.
THE A. E. HOWSE CO., Limited.
The Town of
British Columbia.
Lots for
• • • BaJCLl C • • •
From $2.00 to $JO.
Per Front Foot.*£*£
Size of Lots50xJ00
Ft and 33x100 Ft.
Terms: 1-3 Cash;
BaL 3 and 6 months,
with interest at 6 per
cent, per annum. <&
Government Head-
quarters For the Similkameen District.
BEAUTIFULLY SITUATED at the Forks of the Similkameen arid Tulameen Rivers. The BUSINESS CENTRE for the following Mining Camps:— Copper Mountain
Kennedy Mountain, Friday, Boulder and Granite Creeks,
Summit, Roche River, Upper Tulameen and Aspen Grovej
and pure WATER
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Resident Manager VERMILION  FORKS


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